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Poetry.
LUKE LATHER.
AFTER HOOD.
Lm ii Latrkr wii i barber, ilrt ;
And lived at Islington:
Be oed to soap hi customer.
And laid It thickly on.
And yet he was no flatterer.
For often be would carp
At what they Mid. and belnj blunt,
He took them op quito sharp.
Tern wry atranea a mm to pert
Could so expertly shave:
But thongh no one could better scrape,
lie never learned to aave.
m clrcnmstancea belne straight,
All thlnpn with him wort wry ;
Ills fnnds'were low, no doubt Dccaue
H held lila head so high.
For It waa fonnd by all who crossed
Tlie threshold of his door,
Tho more be took their heard away,
lie boarded them the more.
And o ble customer fell off.
Because hi tongue ran on.
And wince no folk came In hie abop,
lie found hia income gone.
lie tried to borrow, but hla friend
nd so nnfrlenrily crown.
They left him to himself, and yet
lie could not get loan.
He thought " How cold tbla ernol world I"
On ita wide arasta adrift ;
Aril went and pawned hla ahlrt, for be
Waa put to such, a abilt.
He pensive, grew, through lack of pence,
And melancholy eyed;
And getting nuite.hoslde hlmaelf,
Committed suicide.
And ao be pissed, a chlldleaa man,
The victim of despair,
(For thongh he hslr had often dyed,
He died without an heir.)
And having nothing else to spend,
He spent hla latent, breath ,
And all who once had known him a&ld
It waa a barharoua death.
"AnVr Jntirnnl.
AFTER HOOD. Selected Miscellany.
PRACTICAL JOKES.
Althotoh we arc all crown so practical.
and study how to become more practical
with daily increasing success yet practical
j oking is at a discount. Practical jokes
are often vulgar, witless, stupid, ill-natured;
and it is really impossible to deny that the
popular verdict is a correct one : But how
amusing they often are 1 And, after all, is
not that the great tiling ? Man, look you,
is the only animal (the hyena excepted)
that can laugh, and is not this laughter as
valuable a noon as either of hfs other
characteristics? A fine use he often makes
of his reason! The gift of speech is an
edged tool which frequently cuts himself,
and is always doing mischief; but who
ever failed to receive benefit, both bodily
and mentally, from a hearty laugh ? It as
sists the digestion, clears the brain, and
softens the heart.
Now, I think I receive as much pleasure
as any one from a witty repartee or a hu
morous description; but did you ever see
any one trying to get into an apple-pie
bed? Did they call "absence" at vour
school on holidays to prevent the Doys
from straying too far? They did at ours ;
and on fine summer days, when the mas
ter read the names over in the playing
fields, it was a common trick for one of us
to creep on his hands and knees behind a
boy whose turn was coming, while another
gave him a slight push on the chest at the
critical moment. To see a lad hold up his
hat, and shout " Here, sir 1" and simultan
eously take a back-somersault, was really
very comical.
You must, in your youth, have either set
or fallen into a " booby-trap." It consist
ed, you may remember, of books, boots,
ta, balanced on the top of a door, which
was left ajar so that the first incomer got a
solid shower-bath.
Another trick was to pour water into a
stone ink-bottlo, cork it tightly, and slip it
between the bars of a boy's grate on a
winter's evening, when he was returning
to his room after a temporary absence,
the nozzle, of course, directed towards his
chair. The tenant returned, and sat down
to his verses or translation ; presently the
water began to boil, and the steam fired off
the cork at him.
The fun of a practical joke consists in
the surprise of the victim, and this was
certainly attained by gently turning up a
cupboard-bed with its inmate. The aston
ishment of a sound sleeper on finding him
self standing on his head in a cupboard,
is very great indeed, but it is a mercy that
no boy was ever stilled.
Children, indeed, are probably as much
given to practical joking now as ever they
were ; it is to be hoped so, for only in ex
ceptional cases do boys understand any
other kind of jest; and a human being
without fun is in a morbid, unhealthy con
dition. The same remarks apply to those classes
of the commuuity who have received
least intellectual education. It is shallow
to cry out against their horse-play; horse
play is ten thousand times better than no
play at all. The newspapers are always
very harsh when treating of tho little ec
centricities of army men; and whether
this pressure of public opinion has cowed
them, or competitive examinations have
sobered them, or an undue proportion of
Indian service has made them languid, or
Aldershott has bored them into listless
ncss, it is the fact that even in crack cav
alry regiments there is very little practi
cal joking now.
Certainly they Uhed to carry the thing
too far; there seems to an outsider but
little humor in cutting off the tail of a
man's charger, or smashing his barrack
furniture.
An acquaintance of mine with a some
what saturnine, disposition, who entered
the army late, met the ordeal to which
newly joined ensigns in his regiment were
customarily put in a very dangerous man
ner. Having been warned that his barrack-room
would probaby be invaded in ,
the middle of the night, and all his clothes
and chattels subjected to a hay-making
process, he barricaded his door, and when
Lis brother officers began to burst it in, he
sent a pistol-bullet through the panel
about half a foot over their heads. They
let him alone after that
Perhaps the decline of practical joking
both in the army and amongst civilians is
due in a great measure to the abolition of
duelling. It seems mean to play tricks
upon a man who has no redress in case he
should take serious otfense ; and this un
doubtedly is the weak part of the practice,
that it necessitates a victim. This is the
case, indeed, with the majority of our
amusements: onecannot win a game with
out another losing it ; fox-hunting is un
pleasant tor the fox ; and shoo'.ing entails
pain and death upon the objects of our
sport j neither does anybody, however
f:ood a face he may put upon the matter,
ike to be made game of. But in the lost
instance there is an element of treachery
which distinguishes it from the others ; to
insure the success of a practical joke, it is
generally necessary to lull the victim into
a false security.
Altogether, then, I am afraid we must
let practical joking, at least among edu
cated adults, go to limbo; but surely there
can be no harm In liking to hear about it
I hope not ; for to hear or read of a good
trick amuses me vastly. Who can read
the life of thnt emperor of practical joking,
Theodore nook, without enjoyment?
Who would not have liked to be in the
secret of the great Beroers Street Hoax,
or But I must steer clear of anecdotes
which the reader has by heart. This one
is not so generally known:
In the year 1773, a nephew of the Em
peror of Morocco visited Paris as his
uncle's ambassador. He was received with
great pomp at the court, and all the no
bility vied with one another in giving him
fete. Certain young men thought this
afforded them a good opportunity for play
ing a trick upon a very pretentious man
ntuiod Seplenville, a rich horse-dealer.
Tbey began by persuading him that he
ought to invite the Moorish prince to a
frteaX his country-house, which was one
of the mist beautiful in the environs
of Paris; they assured him that
they had su melon t influence to persuade
XI U Excellency to accept the invitation and
honor the affair with his presence. They
pointed out to him that the money it cost
would be well spent in the end ; that a
connection of this description would give
great notoriety to hi business, and enable
him to extend it considerably, and that
very likely His Excellency would, out of
gratitude, send hiiu some Barbs. Seplen
ville calculated all theae advantages, and
decided without much atruggle to receive
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the ambassador, with all tho expense and
show proper on the occasion. Some days
afterwards, he was informed that His Ex
cellency consented to do him tho honor of
passing a day at his place, to which he
would come on such a day, at such an
hour. The merchant immediately began
doing all he could think of to render his
house worthy of receiving such a guest :
he ordered fireworks of Torre, the great
man of the ago in that line; he had his
frrounds and the front of his house bril
iantly illuminated ; he engaged the most
celebrated musicians at a great expense ;
he sent out invitations to all tho nobility,
and people of fashion whose names and
addresses he could get hold of. to the
court, to the most distinguished foreign
ers, : an me nanusomest actresses. Ui
course, the arrangements for the banquet
were on a scale corresponding with all the
other preparations.
On the annointcd dav. after havlnc al
lowed himself to be waited for for some
time, the ambassador, accompanied by all
his court, arrived in a magnificent car
riage. He was received with a flattering
address, to which he replied by
means of an interpreter. He ws
asked to sing, aud consented wllh
tho utmost affability. The fete went on
capitally, and Septenvillo was out of his
wits with joy. At tne banquet, no refused
to sit at table with so illustrious a guest.
but insisted on standing behind his chair
with a napkin under his arm. The ball
opened, and the guests enjoyed themselves
thoroughly without expecting any trick,
till three o'clock in tho morning, when a
body of soldiers and police appeared in
the ball-room. They had come to take
the sham ambassador Into custody; and
Septcnvillo found he had been "duped.
The man who played the ambassador was
the sen of a bookseller named Prault He
was precisely of the tame age and Bhape
as the Moorish Prince, and was so well
got up as to deceive everybody.
That was as carefully prepared a hoax
as any Hook was ever guilty of, and the
French used to be quite as much addicted
to practical joking as ourselves ; indeed, I
fancy that the palm for ingenuity in such
matters must be awarded to them, for the
plots of some of our best mystifications
have come from the samo country that
supplies ns so liberally with the framework
or our piays.
The idea of sending innumerable coffins,
hearses, wedding carriages, pictures, beds,
tables, &c at a eiven day and hour, to an
unfortunate individual's house, was origi
nally French.
But, after all, these elaborate jokes are
not so humorous ss those which are spon
taneous, such as the following ;
A young French gentleman, who led a
very gay life, going to bed late and getting
up late, lodged in an entresol. A milkwo
man took up her position under his win
dow, and the chattering of her customers,
with the braying of her donkey, effectual
ly destroyed his slumbers. In vain he re
monstrated ; the milkwoman said she had
a right to the pavement, and that
place suited her. He got up, went
out, and reasoned with her. No good.
What, then, would she take to select an
other station ? Nothing ; ho was an aris
tocrat, and she made it a point of honor
to stand upon her rights. "Well, then,"
he said at last, " since you will not listen
to reason, I must appeal to your donkey ;"
and he whispered in Neddy's ear, the
crowd which had gathered round laughing
at him till ho ran in. Presently, however,
the donkey began to kick and pkinge as if
it were possessed, spilling all the milk,
butter, cheese, &c The woman cried
out " Witchcraft ;" the crowd took up the
cry ; aud there was such a riot that the
police came.
" What is the matter ? " asked the com
missary.
" A young man who lives on tne entre
sol has bewitched my ass," replied the
milkwoman.
Pooh, pooh ! " said the commissary ;
but the woman would not be pooh,
pooh-ed, and he had to take her up to tho
gentleman's apartments and confront him
with the complainant.
She told her story at length. The young
man waited patiently till she had quite
(lone, and then said : " Sir, the woman has
spoiled my night's rest for this month past.
I have complained, I have entreated ; she
has scorned my requests and my prayers.
I could not revenge myself upon a
woman ; but her donkey, who is mascu
line, had no such claim upon my forbear
ance ; besides, the peculiar cries of the
animal are what is most distressing to me.
This ass, as avaricious as his mistress, has
a sister upon whose succession he count
ed, but who is going to marry again ; it
was this news, whispered by me in his
ear, which exasperated him to such a
degreee that he conducted himself in so
violent a manner."
Tho commissary, who could hardly keep
his countenance, said that the young man
had better pay for the milk that was spi't,
and advised the milkweman to move her
station beyond the reach of a man who
had such a peculiar power of conversing
with animals. Both assented, and the wo
man took the money, crossing herself, and
went.
"And now, then," said the commissary
to the young man, " how did you do it ?"
" I dropped a lighted fusee in the brute's
ear," said he.
A French auditor of accounts in the
seventeenth century was a great practical
joker all his life, and even played a trick
alter he had lost tne power ot enjoying it,
for he left four large candles to be carried
at his funeral, which had not been burn
ing fifteen minutes before they went off as
fireworks.
When a lady condescends to a practical
joke it is generally a very neat one. M.
iioncourt, , tne rich nnancier, was very
stingy to his wife in the matter of pin
money. One day a lady, closely veiled,
and very anxious not to be recognized,
called upon him, and borrowed a very
large sum, leaving her diamonds as a
pledge. It was his wife.
The French thieves sometimes used to
steal so funnily that even their victims
were half inclined to pardon them.
The Duke of Frousac, nephew of Mar
shal Richelieu, was coming out of the
opera one night in a splendid dress em
broidered with pearls, when two thieves
managed to cut off his coat-tails. He
turned into his club, where everybody
laughed at him, ad so he found out what
had happened, and went home. Early
next morning, a well-dressed man called at
the Duke's hotel, and demanded to see
him at once, on a matter of most
vital importance. Monsieur de Frou
sac was awakened. " Monseigneur,"
said the visitor, " I am an officer of- po
lice. Monsieur, the lieutenant of police,
has learned the accident which happened
to you yesterday on leaving the opera,
and I have been sent by him to request
you to order the coat to be placed in
my hands, that we may convict the offend
f 'J'fT S,mParlni? 1 with the mutilated
taita. The dress was given up, and the
Duke was in raptures with the vigilance
of the police. But it waa a new trick of
the rogue who had stolen the tails, by
which he possessed himself of the entire
garment.
The ancients nsod to Indulge in practical
jokes to a considerable extent; for in
stance, the Thracians, at their drlcklng-
Earties, sometimes played the game of
anging. They fixed a round noose to
the bough of a tree, and placed under
neath it a stone of such a shape that it
would easily turn round when any one
stood on it. Then they drew lots j aud he
who drew the lot took a sickle in his
hand, stood on the stone, and put bis neck
into the halter. The stone was kicked
way ; and if he could cut himself down
with the sickle, well and good ; but it he
was not quick enough, he was hanged out
right ; " and tho rest laugh, thinking it
good sptrt"
Then there was some oM gentleman I
forget his name and nation who pre
tended to make friends with his enemy,
Itnd asked him to dinner ; and, for the last
course, a large diah was brought In, which
proved, when uncovered, to contain the
heads of the guest's wife and family. This
was carrying a Joke almost too far.
Nero's Jests were likewise very prac
tical. "What a fat fellow that senator
is I" he observed one day to a courtier j
" see me cut him in two t" and he did it in
the most facetious manner.
Indeed, in the early stage of civilization,
practical wit is apt to be grim; as society
advances. Jokes at other people's expense
are not quite so heartless; when we reach
a certain pitch of refinement, nothing
gives us pleasure which causes pain to
another, and then there is a chance of
practical Joking dyingout altogether ex
cept in the case of boys, who will proba
bly never bo humanized, Chamber'
Journal.
GOD—GRANT—VICTORY.
BY SHORNBERY.
Tub natton'e voice ring out once more,
For him who led hla boat before,
To gtrd again hla armor on.
Till one more victory shall be won.
Thnt glorious chieftain, then, we greet.
Who never vet has known defeat.
And at the front the banner plant,
KruolnKoned with the name of UhantI
Uxttlrtmta txttly victory
Once again our battle cry ahall be,
And once agalu we'lrbeat the men
Who fought u four long yeara in rata I
No rebel horde conld e'er withstand
1 he fury of hia warring hand ;
No fearful, mean hypocrisy
Could long escape his watchful eye ;
Straightforward to the end ho'll go
Past seeming friend and open loo.
And fight It out on Freedom's line,
Beneath the llnlon'e star divine.
(rod(Himtapfiy victory
Once ninre our battle-cry ahall 1m,
And ouce again we'll beat the men
Who fought ua four long yeara iu Tall I
" 'Twill take all anmmor," but at laat.
To know the nation's trouble pant,
Hhall well be worth the hard campaign;
So each one to hla potit again
" Trust God and keep hia powder dry "
Pause not till rebel colore lie
Prostrate where now they boldly flaunt
And thank kind Heaven that Omnia l a Grant I
(ml (rant a toeeity tic'ory
Unce more our battle-cry ahall be.
And once Bgaln we'll beat the men
Who fought ua four long year in vain I
The Rosecrans-Lee Correspondence.
Tna letter of General Rosccrans to Gen
eral Lee was evidently written in flio in
terest of Seymour and Blair. It is accord
ingly couched in the language with
which the Northern Democracy are wont
to approach their superiors. General
Kosecrans draws near to General Lee " with
his heart in his hand, to learn the condi
tions, wishes and intentions of the people
of the Southern States." He had forgot
ten that General Lee's conditions are writ
ten in a parole which he took at Appo
mattox Court House. They require him
to elxy the law in force ictere he reidti.
Perhaps General Kosecrans never heard of
those conditions. It would have been be
coming in General Lee to have reminded
him of them before reciting any others.
General Kosecrans proceeds to say that
ho especially desires to "ascertain the
aentiuients of those brave, energetic and
self-sacrificing men, who, after sustaining
the Confederacy for four years, laid down
their arms and swore allegiance to the
Government of the United States." Tho
spirit of self-sacrifice which enabled Gen
eral Lee and his men to lay down their
arms at Appomattox certainly requires a
certificate from somebody to establish it
General Rosccrans ought to have put it in
the form of an affidavit. Without the
solemnity of an oath it might be ques
tioned by some people, and might fail to
pass into history as veritable and undis
puted truth, especially where it is known
that General Kosecrans is no friend of
General Grant, and that he might seek to
disparage the hitter's military achieve
ments, by making it appear that Lee and
his army were not captured, but laid down
their arms in a gush of self sacrificing
patriotism.
Generals Lee and Beauregard, in their
answer, acknowledge that peaceable se
cession and the restoration of slavery are
no longer possible, and that they consider
these questions settled. General Lee then
states, on his own responsibility, that " at
the close of the war the Southern people
laid down their arms and sought to re
sume their former relations with the
United States Government." This is not
exactly true. When the Southern people
had their arms taken from them by su
perior force, and when their Generals and
their soldiers were captives in the hands
of the Union armies, the war closed and
not before. The Southern people never
laid down their arms, but it is true that
while their leaders and politicians were
going about, as it were, with halters
around their necks, they did seek to be
restored to office and to the control, man
agement and direction of the government
they had fought to destroy. These men,
who upon oath abjured all allegiance to
the Union ; who had upon oath repudiated
the National Constitution, the moment
they were taken prisoners of war, and
were liable to be hanged for treason, de
manded the right to cast two votes each in
all subsequent elections, one for them
selves and one for their liberated slaves.
The American people have put an end to
that anomaly, and, therefore, General Lee
and General Beauregard, aid the other
recent rebels, doubt whether there can be
permanent peace. In 1800-61, these men
said there could be no peace so long as
trie Union sought to maintain its authority
against the objections of "sovereign
Slates." The American people, however,
found out a way to enforce a peace, and
they will maintain that peace, whether
Lee and his associates are content or not.
These men say that " if the advances of
the Southern people had been met in a
spirit of frankness and cordiality" the
wounds inflicted by the war would have
been healed. In other words, if the rebel
Senators and Representatives had been in
vited to resume seats in Congress; if
Howell Cobb and Jake Thompson were
restored to the Cabinet ; if Lee and Beau
regard were put in positions in the army
on terms of equality with Grant and Sher
man ; if the Southern dynasty wei re
stored to power and peace, then the
South might have, " in a measure." for
gotten the injuries she sustained in the
war.
These gentlemen rebels tell General
Kosecrans that tho Southern people would
have no hostility to the Government were
they not deprived of their rights under
the Constitution ; these rights they ask to
have restored to them. " Above all," say
they, " they weuld appeal to their coun
trymen for the re-establishment in the
Southern States of that which has justly
been regarded the birthright of every
American the right of self-government"
This birthright of every American, these
rebels say, cannot be, by any possible
means, extended to four millions of native
born free people of the Southern Slates,
"The birthright of every American"
means, according to their logic, the right
of nine millions of persons to do all the
voting for themselves and for four other
millions of American citizens. Four gen
erations of blacks have grown up under
the foterinir care, tha Lumaniiinsr pre
cepts, the Christian example, and the "mu
tual kindness" rule of the whites; and yet
these whiles demand that they must con
tinue to rule and govern these blacks, be
cause the latter are sunk in the depths of
ignurance,and are hardly better than bar
barians. Experience is the beat of guides.
The guardian who would claim tuatthft
families of children reared under his
" kindness" were so ignorant and depraved
that it was difficult to distinguish them
from barbarians would hardly be allowed
to usurp their political rights on that
ground. What the blacks are, they have
been made by their white neighbors, and
the greater their depravity and Ignorance
the greater the reason for removing them
from the influences and control which
have reduced them to their present de
plorable condition. CMtnyo Tribune, 0th.
Grant and Rawlings.
A oonRKKroNPF.NT of the Hartford I'm!
at Washington, reports an Interview with
General Kawlings, chief of Grant's staff.
The following is tho principal part of tho
conversation :
"I was born a few miles from Galena,"
said General Kawlings, "and moved In
there when I was in my twent'es. Soon
after entering the bar, I got by some luck
or good word, tho law business for the
leather and hardware store of Jesse Grant
It was a large, fine store, built deep, with
only a place below for sizing the skins,
which were tanned at Covington, Ken
tucky. I don't know how General Grant's
father got into business at Galena, but
there was a Mrs. Lee living there, half
sister to General Grant's mother, and her
house was next door to mine.
" Her favorite topic of conversation was
l. ant. urant, or I lysses, as she generally
called him, who was represented to mo as
the flower of the flock. He had been in
the army, at West Point, in Mexico, and
Mrs. Lee represented that ho had made a
Particularly handsome figure on horse
ack. I had quite a curiosity at least to
see this member of the family ; for, up our
way, we had a great idea of a Mexican-war
soldier, tho extent of our heroes being pri
vate soldiers of that war. I was sixteen
when it broke out, and was almost crazy
to get permission to enlist"
"Weill General, did Grant come at
ast?"
" Yes; I saw him under theso favorable
anticipations a few davs after he came. I
had previously seen all his brothers, and
not one of them but was a sagacious,
business man. I looked cautiously at
Grant, and under his simplicity saw the
marks of power given him by nature and
command, ne was not a tanner at Galena,
but a clerk, sat on tho store counter and
related incidents of Mexico, a country that
seemed to have stirred him with enthu
siasm by its beauty and resources, ond ho
holds tho same regard for it still. I got to
know General Grant slowly and respect
fully, and it was not till after the begin
ning of the war that I fouud out that he
had any specific liking for me."
" Well, General, I see you are coughing.
I will ask the rest another time 1"
" I am talking too much, but I'll finish.
The war matter grew before Grant had
become half acquainted in Galena, Ho
was not an arguer on politics, but lie had
been an old line Wkig and cast a vote in
1850 for Buchanan. I was a Douglas
Democrat and took the stump there.
Grant U.ld me that he had a great admira
tion for Lincoln. He had read as they
were made the speeches between Lincoln
and Douglas, and suid it was a nice ques
tion to say who got the best of the argu
ment We counted on him as a Douglas
Democrat, though all his brothers were
Republicans. Some time during the cam
paign John E. Smith, a soldivr of the
Mexican war, burst upon tho town with a
magnificent display of Wide-Awakes,
whom he had drilled secretly. This mor
tified our side a good deal and we resolv
ed to get up a similar organization. We
thought we would elect Captain Grant
tho marshal of it, or in his stead, should
he decline, John Maltby, afterward Brig
adier General
" I was one of the committee to call on
Grant He said he was beginning busi
ness, and should have to decline entering
into politics. We therefore chose Maltby.
Grant went on with his store, selling har
ness, saddlery and hardware, and got into
the firm at last. Lincoln was elected.
Grant said from that time that the South
would fight I could not bring my mind
to contemplate this, but the Captain seem
ed to be positive, and from that day began
to speak oftener of his military education,
his debt therefor to tho country, and to
talk with me upbn the capacities of the
North to raise troops. About that time
he wrote a letter, so expressing himself,
to a man in Missouri and this letter Albert
D. Richardson, unknown to Grant, found
out and inserted in his book. When Sum
ter was attacked we all looked to Grant,
Smith and Maltby. The former went to
work at once, accepted the presidency of
recruiting meetings, and wn three, with
Rowley, afterward on the staff, went to
Galena and Hanover and raised that com
pany for three months' service. Sixty-two
men out of eighty odd afterward enlisted
for the war.
" In this season I saw now energies in
Grant A larger career had opened be
fore him. He dropped a stoop-shouKlcred
way he had of walking, and set his hat
forward on his forehead in a less careless
fashion. And yet he never seemed to have
an ambition above a regimental rank, and
all his talk with me was upon the best
place in a regiment that I should try for.
He became a carpet bagger then, and I
saw him as he left Galena with his traps
in band.
" ' Kawlings,' he cried, 'If I see any
thing that will suit you I'll send you
word I'
" Do, Captain
" I took my sick wife eastward soon af
terward, and saw in tho New York Tri
bune that Grant had been made a Brigadier
General, and also found a letter forwarded
from him, saying: 'Kawlings, I am en
titled to a Captain and A. A. G. ; I guesss
you bad better come on and take it." I
therefore withdrew from a regiment that I
was raising, and, doubtful of my capacity
to be independently useful, so inexperi
enced, I joined Grant at Cairo.
" He had an office in the great bank
there, and I was amazed at the quiet,
prompt way in which he handled hla mul
titudes of letters, requisitions and papers,
sitting behind the cashier's window-hole,
with a waste basket under him, and or
derlies to dispatch business as he did it.
"Beyond my friendship for Grant, I
felt that I was going to be attached to a
man equal to the enlarging situation.
And so I have remained with him ever
since I"
I
I
Are they Forgeries!
TrtE New York World says: "The
Radical newspapers have forged speeches,
and put them in the mouths of Southern
Democrats by whom they were never ut
tered." Is it"a forgery that Frank P. Blair, the
Democratic candidate for Vice President,
wrote to Colonel James O. Brodhead on
the 30th of June :
" There la but one way to reHtore the Govern
ment and the Constitution, aud that la for tho
President elect to declare these acta of rer.on
atructiou noil and void, compel the army to undo
Ita neurpaiioua at the Houtb, disperse the carpet
bag titato government, allow the white people to
reorganize their own goverunieuU aud elect beua
tora aud Kepreaeuutiveaf
Is it a forgery that Wade Hampton said
at a Democratic ratification meeting in
NewYora:
"And I want yon all to register an oath that
when they ' the white people
utte people oi ine ouio' w.in.
oat regard to'heescepUonsof the recoastrociioo
acta do tot, that these vote shall b eooated,
and If than la a majority of white vote that you
will place beymour ana Blair in in. v uiw House
la spit of all Ui bayonet that ahall be brought
against them "
I it a forgery that Wade Hampton said
at hi reception in Charleston, that be
proposed In the Committee on the Plat
form in the Democratic Convention to in
sert the words : " And we declare that the
reconstruction acU are revolutionary, un
constitutional, and void?" and that he
added :
" When 1 proposed that, every single member
of the Committee and the warmest men In II
were the men of the North came forward and
said thry tnwtti ilirt U wf In Iht swi t"
is it a forgery that Mr. C. C. Lanplon,
delegate to the Democratic Convention,
said in a published letter before tho 4th of
July, thnt the reconstruction measures are
"unconstitutional and, of course, abso
lutely void," that this would be the chief
plank in tho Democratic platform ; that
the Supremo Court probably at its next
term, would so decide ; and that he added :
" Then all we want la a President whose views
are to accord with that decision, and who has the
will and I he nerve to do hla duty. It will be his
duty to enforce the decree of the C'onrt, If need
be, at the point of the bayonet ?"
Is it a forgery that John Forsyth said,
in the Mobile liiyinter, speaking of recon
struction :
" And here we may as well say that the people
of the HiMith d not Intend to submit to that
permanent rule, result as the Presidential election
may?"
Is It a forgery that Raphael Semmcs
said at Mobile :
" I have come to declare that I have Riven In mv
allegiance, heart amlsonl, to the old flag, ir-orM!
we can restore the old flag again to be tho repre
sentative oi the principles of the Constitution,
w hich we will be able to effect by the election of
Heymour and Blair T"
Is it a forgery that the Charleston Mer
cury said :
" Peace waa made by General Sherman In the
soring of ld, in his terms of capitulation with,
(ieneral Johtoton. That waa peace, and nothing
vise ever wl II be peace 1"
Is it a forgery that Albert Pike said :
" Tho South la our land ; the North la a foreign
and hostile realm.... if the old I'nlon cannot no
restored, we will hope to see the South Independ
ent before wo die J"
Is it a forgery that General Battle, of the
late rebel nrniy, said at the Democratic
meeting iu Mobile :
"The Democratic party Indorses principle for
which you battled?"
Is it a forgery that the Richmond En
quirer says :
"The next Democratic Hons of Representa
tives, Incase of a contest, will recognise, and only
recognlr.e, such members as come there nnder le
gal constitutions, and that have been adopted by
the free consent of the white people of the State! '
Is it a forgery that tho Richmond Whig,
speaking of the Blair letter, said :
"Ho declared without any hesitancy, and In
terms too clear and decided to bo misunderstood,
that, were he President, the whole Executive
power should bo employed to blot out every ves
tige of Uadical reconstruction r"
Is It a forgery that Wado Hampton
said :
" Try to convince the negro that wo are hla real
friends; but If he will uot be convinced, and la
still Jul nod to his Idols, convince him at least
that lie must look to those idols, whom he
serves as his gods, to feed and clothe him. Agree
among yourselvea and act firmly on thla belief,
that you will not etnuloy any one who voles the
Radical ticket?"
Is It a forgery that Albert Pike, as Pres
ident of a Democratic club, officially said
of Democratic cards of recommendation
for colored men :
" We hope that hereafter, when any Democrat
desires to employ a colored man In any capacity,
he will ask to see hlscard, and If none la produced
will refuse to employ him ? "
Is it a forgery that tho Chattanooga
Union said :
" Suffer any and all tnnnt of tyranny nntll after
November, and then well, we would rather be a
uiinble squirrel than a while Radical ? "
Is it a forgery that tho New York World
said of such speeches of Wado Hampton
as we have quoted :
" We have found thorn to be the candid and por
suasivo utterances of au honest and courageous
man "
And If theso are all forgeries, why is it
that the Charleston Mercury said :
" Private advice from our most strenuous
friends at the North request that we abonld pro
test agalust the Imprudent expressions that have
escaped eomo Southern speakora alnce tho ad
journment of tho National Democratic Conven
tion It is questionable whether at this time any
thing is to be gainod by too much reference to
thinga that jar on people's nerves. What we
wans just now is to win 1 "
If these are not forgeries they show dis
tinctly that the policy of tho Democratic
party, should it succeed at the polls, will
be the forcible overthrow of the govern
ments of the Southern States. That will
necessarily produce civil war. Harper's
"
a
Encounter with a Tiger.
The following exciting description of an
encounter with a black tiger is from an
article upon Lako Nicaragua, in an En
glish magazine :
une niirnt, alter i naa ncen six monius
on the Island, I was seated by the fire,
waiting lor tuo plantains that were Dolling
in a pot. Joachin was not in the hut, ana
was expecting him homo to supper.
Suddenly l heard ins snout ouisiae, ana
the next instant ho dashed into the hut,
banged tho door to, and threw the heavy
bar across it. Just as ho fixed it, and pant
ing, leaned his shoulder against the stout
wood as an additional support, a shock, so
heavy that the whole hut quivered, made
the door bend. Another followed then
all was still.
I sprung up at the first sight of Joachin,
but the scene passed so quickly that no
word had been spoken as yet But when,
alter tho second blow on the door, the at
tempt seemed to be abandoned on that side,
took the native by the shoulder and shook
him, for he seemed wild with fear.
" Hullo, man!" I said, "what is this?"
His appearance was ghostly. The old
Guatemala jacket he wore, his leather
breeches, even his boots of alligator hide.
were ripped and cut by the thorns of the
acacias, ins iace aireameu wim uioou
from many deep scratches, and perspira
tion drenched his lone hair.
"A black tiger," ho whispered ; " it has
chased me acroos tne savannan, lor my
horse was tired out It is after me. Oh,
listen I"
Then, in the silence, while we held our
breath, and Joachin strained my hand
backwards and forwards, I heard the hard
snoring of a tiger Just outside the door.
No doubt of it I The beast had singkd
Joachin out, and let the horse go free.
While we listened, the direction of the
sound moved about, now up and now down,
accompanied by raps against the door, as
if the animal was resting his paws against
it as he reared himself on his hind legs.
At length we heard the sound of scratch
ing, and I drew my machete. In a few
seconds a black paw, armed with terrible
crooked claws, was seen working on our
side of the door. I gave a downright cut
which nearly severed it and the animal,
roaring savagely, threw himself against
the wood, again and again, in rage.
Then another pause followed. Very
soon a noise upon the roof showed, as we
had expected, that the enemy waa direct
ing bis attack in that direction, and I got
my old gun ready. As soon as I saw the
animal's fur I fired, and wounded him, no
doubt, fur be roiled from the roof, and
we heard him full heavily Again and
again he returned to the attempt, aud every
time I caught a glimpse of his back and
shining skin I tired.
His roaring was terrible to hear, and
Joachin, who never had courage to spare,
sat on tne floor in a corner, striving to close
his ears to the sound. . -
All night the Btruggle lasted at Intervals,
and every crack of the hut was tried by
this untiring foe. He dashed upon the
door, he bounded upon the roof, scratching
the thatch away, but ever disturbed by my
tire; he tried the walls and door aga'n and
again. It was an awful night, that's the
liict ; and I, for my part, did not recover
from the nervous strain for months.
With the dawn the tiger's fforts became
fainter, and at length ceased. When the
sun rose I took my gun and sallied out to
meet the creature in lair fight I followed
his trail for a mils or more, easily guided
by the clout of blood which stained the
gram aud rock. He was wnundnd t' the
death I plainly saw. And at last I lound
him dead beside the body of Joachin's horse,
which he mnst have destroyed in the very
but effort 'of hl rage, dying in the act,
a
a
"
VARIOUS ITEMS.
Ot.it Bfi.i. has Invented a new piano.
An early spring lumping out of bed at
five o'clock in the morning.
Tiik grasshoppers have put apples up
to 25 cent apiece In Utah.
Tiik Horseshoe Falls at Niagara have
receded six feet in tho last year.
A wonvmknt to tho late Mr. Elliott is
talked about by his artist friends.
Font thousand Mormon immigrants
have passed through Canada this year.
St. Pktehbiu'iki has five daily papers
four published In Russian and one in
French.
New Jkrsrt temperance men propose
to circulate 80,000 copies of Parton's ine
article.
TimiTT vn.i.ioNS of the annual revenue
of England la derived from the sale i.l
opium to the East Indiana,
At a recent book sale In London, six
volumes printed by William Caxton
brought the enormous prico of $.1,4801
It Is said that the Editor's Drawer in
tTitrfxr' Miigarint is made up by women.
So are a good many editor's drawers.
A wuiTRit in the Paris Figaro says all
women are devil. They are the ucvils
most men like to be possessed of.
A Gkkman statistician has found that
Universally the deaths are most numerous
in the first four months of the year.
A Nkw YonKF.n advertises to give les
sons iu tho "Grecian bend." Any one
can get it cheaply by eating green apples.
In London there is a man who lives by
begging catalogues and selling them for
waste paper at ihreo half pence per
pound.
Rkbtoiiino lost children is a big business
in Brooklyn. Last mouth VM anxious
and aimless babes wero restored to their
parents.
Kahi. D a mm, a writer in a New York
German paper, says that arscnicum, given
homcopathically, will cure the cattle
plague.
A nuirtAi. pair in Savannah were chlo
roformed by burglars, and robbed on
their wedding night, recently, and tho
bride died.
A winowRn in Hardwick, Vt, forty
five years old, and who has children mar
ried, was lately wedded to a girl twelve
years old.
A ci.euovman, after marrying a couple,
made a prayer over them, concluding:
Forgive them, Lord, they know not what
they do."
Ouveu Dveii, who brought "tho wick
edest man in New York" to public view,
the answerer of correspondents in tho
Now York JMgtr.
A i.adv In East Brldgowater, Mass., was
recently severely burned In tho face by tho
explosion of a sealed can of tomatoes left
on the stovo.
" Wht don't you ask mo how I am ?"
smilingly said a lady visitor to a four-year-old
girl. "I don't want to know, was
littlo innocent's reply.
A VAi.rAin.n jewel, stolen from the
Royal Treasury at Lisbon two years' ago,
was recently recovered at Athens. It wits
diamond worth $1.10,000.
A.iokkh in New York has posted up in
his place of business : " No money lent
In sums less than a million dollars under
any circumstances."
A man In London kept tho body of his
dead daughter In the house seveutoen days,
until he could get up a ralllo to pay tho
funeral expenses.
Tire letter carriers for tho suburbs of
Paris are to be supplied with velocipedes,
wnich will enable them to nnisn tneir dis
tribution four hours earlier daily.
TnE grain crop in California this year
will be immense. At least L0,000,000
bushels of wheat have been harvested.
Tho grape crop is also above the average
Professor Watson, of the Detroit Ob
servatory, announces tho discovery of
another minor planet, minerio unanown.
shines like a star of the tenth magni
tude. Howk Wiiitb, of Norton, Mass., eighty
six, and wife, seventy-soven years ol ago,
were delighted a few days ago by a sur
prise visit from forty-six children and
grandchildren, who had not all met togeth
er for forty years.
A London letter-carrier, with children
and a sick wife to support on nine shillings
week, stole twelve postage stamps from
letter, and has been sent to prison for
five years.
Albany has the credit of having fur
nished New York with its " wickedest
man." John Allen was a graduate of Al
bany Academy. His name of Allen is said
to be an assumed one.
Tna mail agents on the Union Pacific
Railroad have been armed with Spencer
carbines, with which to defend tht msolves
against any attacks the Indians may make
on mail trains.
A. L. Burden, of Staffords Springs,
Conn., poisoned the files in his house re
cently, and swept them out of doors.
where they were eaten by a brood of
chickens, every one ol whom died.
The editor of the Vermont Journtd, pub
lished at Windsor, in that State, has in his
garden a tomato nearly ripe, measuring in
circumference one way seventeen lncucs,
the other, twenty and a hall inches.
Spi rof.on says : "The world maintains
its players and fiddlers far better than the
Christian churcn remunerates lis minis
ters ; and a dancer or an actor will receive
more than the most learned and edifying
divine."
Smoking by ladles iu Boston is on the
Increase. An extensive cigar dealer in
that city says he sells an average of three
hundred per day for ladies' use, and thinks
a thousand per day at least aro puffed by
the fair ones.
Josh Bim.inos says : " Most people de
cline to learn only by their own experi
ence, and I guess they are more than half
right, tor l don I s pose a man could get a
correct idea of molasses candy merely by
letting another feller taste it lor him."
Tub distress of the people in the Red
River settlements of British America,
north of Minnesota, is represented as ex
treme. The crops have been a complete
failure, and the people are in danger of
general starvation.
ARCRBisnop Kenrick, of St. Loul has
Instructed the Catholic clergy in his dio
cese to denounce " Planchctte," aud warn
Catholics that if they do not desist from
its use, ater reasonable admonition, they
will be excommunicated from the church.
" Is tour father at home ?" inquired the
man of the little girl who admitted him.
Is your name Bill V" " Some people call
me so," he replied. "Then he is not at
home, for I heard him tell John to say if
any bill came to say he is not at borne.
A man in Hudson City disputed the un
dertaker's bill for the burial of his son.
Thereupon the undertaker opened the
grave and broke off a piece of the coffin
to substantiate its fine quality, and is now
to be prosecuted as a resurrectioulst
"Ma, if I should die and go to heaven
should I wear my moire amniue dress?"
No, my love ; we can scarcely suppose
we shall wear the attire of thla world in
the next" " Then tell me, ma, how tho
angels would know I belonged to the best
society ?"
The Rev. Morrill Allen, of Pembroke.
Mass., is the oldest living graduate of
Drown university, lie belongs to the
clans of 17K8, and is U3 years old. He
kept preaching until he reached bis UOth
year, having been
pastor of Pembroke
yhtWh for forty year;
"
A PARTY of surveyors has latelv diannw.
errd extensive ruins on the banks of the
Little Colorado river, in Arizona, which
extend along tho banks of the river for
mile. The walls of tho building are in
some rases s!s or eight feet high, and old
canals can be plainly seen.
A VOl'No lady advertised for a drwialnir
mald. One applied, and In response to
the inquiry If she was quirk, sho replied:
Oh, so quick that I will engage to dress
you every day in half an hour." " In half
an hour, reiterstod tho young lady; "and
wiiat nau i uo mo rest ol the day ?"
IN Hyo uracil, recently, a man of pleas
ant disposition built a ftro under a balky
horse to Invito him to motion. Tho horse
put it out by lying down in it and the
amlablo gentleman filled his mouth with
gravel, stabbed him several times, sawed
him with a rope, and added other persua
sions. On a recent Sunday, as aladv wn W.
Ing Trinity Church, Bridgeport, Conn.,
her hoop skirt suddenly gave way, and
dropped into tho aislo. Sho stepped out
of it, and passed on as If nothing had
happened, and called the next day to re
claim tho article, which was hauded over
by tho ptdite sexton.
Nkvkii ohac vour hat when It blow
off in a gale of wind ; Just stand still and
you win presently see hair a dozen tier-
sons In pursuit ot it. When ono has cap
tured it, walk 1. Is irely toward him, re
ceive It with grateful acknowledgment
and place it on your head. Ho will inva
riably act as if you had done him a favor.
Try It
Tim operation of tracheotomy, substi
tuting a silver tube for a portion of tho
trachea, which is sometimes performed to
relievo children sntlcring with the croup,
has Just been performed on an old race
horse' at Paris, with complete succefs.
The horse, which was about worthless
before tho operation, has lately won a
race, and carried off ono of the llrst
prizes.
A novel failure has come to light in
New York. A German doing a large
business in woolens never kept any books,
and notified his creditors he had failed,
offering 75 cents on tho dollar. One of
tho creditors ottered to take the business
ond pay tho other creditors In full, which
oiler was accepted, and the buyer It is said,
will ruiko $73,000 or $100,000 by tho
operation.
A Sauatooa correspondent, writing of
tho fashion there, says, among other things,
that " some women dress to please each
other ; somo to please men, or rather ono
man, for as a general thing they despise
men's opinions on millinery. But the
most dressy women don t dress to
please anybody ; they dress to worry other
women."
A mechanician of Springfield, Mass,
has produced a velocipede which he
claims to bo far superior to tho French.
In ordinary bauds it will average twelve
miles an hour, and on a smooth way like
Boston Common can bo propelled at the
rate of twenty miles an hour. It can be
manufactured at a much less price than
the French velocipedes.
Staiii carpets will wear longer by plac
ing a thickness of old carpet over the edgo
of each stuir. When a new carpet is laid
down, either In rooms or upon stairs, beat
tho old one, and lay that down flrBt, then
put the new one over It. It Is a good plan
to buy moro carpet than is needed to
cover tho stairs, and move it several times
every season, so that tho whole will wear
evenly ; If stair carpets cannot bu changed
in tlrls way, they will not last long.
A ci.i u called the Lazy Society has
been formed in East Bridgeport It al
ready numbers several members. Two
members have been discharged, one for
striking a mosquito which had lighted on
lila fan,, nnntlinr fnr minlnit tin r.ul..lrlir
and opening his mouth too wide. A third
member was censured for running down
Old Mill Hill, but was let off on the plea
that he was too lazy to hold back ! The
society is in perpetual session.
A Ki.Eint atko naval officer tolls the
following anecdote : On one of his cruises
the sailors saw a comet, and were some
what surprised and alarmed at its appear
ance. The hands met and appointed a
committee to wait on the commander and
ask his opinion of it They approached
him and said, " We want you to enquire
about that thing up there." "Now, be
fore I answer you, first let me know what
you think it is." " Well, your honor, we
have talked it over, and think it is a star
Bprung a leak."
A ci'itiors "tell tale" apparatus is In
use at a factory in Mulhouso, France.
There are four night watchmen on theso
premises, and they have to make ten visits
to 03 stations, in all IKiO visits. On com
mencing his rounds a card is delivered to
each watchman, which he carries about
with him. At every station he has to
visit is a frame of the size of tho card, at
which, at a given time, a stamp presents
itself and impresses a stamp on the card.
The marks are so arranged that when the
whole are printed they iurm ono complete
design. Any delay or omission on the
part of the watchman leaves a blank space
on tho card which tells tho hour the man
failed in his duty. When going off duty
the men push their cards iuto a kind of
letter box, and as this is done the exact
time at which they are delivered is print
ed. All this contrivance is completely be
yond the men's control and there is no
possibility or tampering with the mechan
ism. No description of the apparatus
would be intelligible without the drawings
which accompany it
Keep it Before the People.
That tho Republican party has reduced
tli national debt over Jive hundred million
of dollar since the close of the war ac
count That the Republican party has lightened
the burden of taxation more tutn tuo hun
dred million of dollar since the close of
the war.
That the Republican party has reduced
the rate of taxation about one-half what it
was during the war.
That the Republican party saved the
Union from the results of Democratic
treason.
That the Republican party is the only
party pledged to the support of all rights
for all the poor as well as the rich, the
ignorant as well as the learned.
That the Democratic party, through
open and covert rebellion, has cost this
country over three thoutand million of dol
lar and th annuid interest thereon.
That JJetnocratio rebel took th lix of
three Hundred inouiana of ine oraveil pa
triot the world has ever known.
That Democratic rebels crippled for lift
three hundred thoutand a pur patriot as
te world has ever known.
That the Democratic rebels gave to the
North a million weeping widotctandnuurn
ing orj)hitni, our friends, our neighbors
and relatives.
That the Republican party will restore
peace and prosperity to the country.
That the Democratic party is pledged to
revolution and repudiation, and that this
policy means more debt, more blood, and
overwhelming ruin. Albany Journal.
m a m
tSu To Grant for President :H
So. boy I anal bumper,
While we all In choi-oa chant
" For next President w nomiiuiUft
Oer own Ulyseea Grant 1"
And If asked what 8iai he hall frem,
Thla our sol reply snail be :
" From near Appomattox Court Hcuae,
With Ita faiuoua appl tree I"
For 'twas there to our I1 lyase
That Us gav up th fight.
Now boy To Uraut for 1 resident,
. A4diUu4d,,',u4lurlgutl"
Taxation.
Mr. SKYvntm saya In als letter of ac
ceptance l "The hours of toil of onr labor
ers are lengthened by the cost of Hying
made by the direct and indirect exactlona
of Government Our people are narawwi
by tho heavy and frequent demands or the
Ui gatherer." Mr. Pendleton asks at Ban- .
gor t " Why is it that your t consunje
such an enormous amount of yonr yearly
supply ?" The lesser orators of the party
repeat the assertion and the question.
" We are taxed," they say, " beyond pre
cedent If we did but know it, we are
the most oppressed and ta-Hddcn people
in the world." And haying exhausted
epithets in describing taxation, haying
made the most astounding misrepresents
atlons of the expenses of the Government,
and carefully retrained from proposing
any financial policy except that of Jeremy
Diddler. they propose a riaaeea for the
national sullerlog in the election of Sey
mour and Blair.
Now tho national debt Is undoubtedly
large, and the burden upon the tax-payera
is heavy. Yet In broportlon to the na
tional resources, it is much smaller than
the present debt of France, and i not a
third of that of England In 1816. But In
considering a debt and relief from it sen
sible men lwk first at its origin, in order
to determine whether thooe who adminis
ter tho Government be Justly charged with
a responsibility for tho debt; and, second'
ly, at the character of those who denounce
it as a means of bringing tb'-ejselvea into
power, and at the general policy that tbey
advocate. Pursuing this course, we find
that our debt of $3,500,000,000 is the price
of our continued national existence, which
Is tho guarantee of our individual welfare.
The debt is the cost of defending the
Government against the bloody and dca
peato and prolonged assault of those who
now aspire to control it To subdue Mr.
Wado Hampton and his legion, for instance,
probably cost the Government more than
a million of dollars. In the Democratic
Convention, which protested so patheti
cally against the enormity of taxation,
there were scores ot ex-rebel officers, both
civil and military, who wrero Individually
riiargeanie with several millions oi ine
debt To suppress their insurrection the
debt was Incurred. Twenty-five hundred
millions of dollars is the price of the Union
that we have maintained, of tho cancer of
slavery that we have cut out of the com
manding position and vast influence among
nations that we have won, of the funda
mental principles of a freo government
that we have vindicated and are vindicat
ing. This is the origin of the debt and it
can not be firgottcn.
Is the Republican party justly respon
sible fir It? The rebellion was plotted
under a Democratic President Its chleis
were Democratic Cabinet officers, Demo
cratic Senat ors. Democratic Governors and
Judges. It whs sustained In arms by
Democrats ; Democrats aid their utmost
to paralyze the Government in the contest.
The Democratic Convention declared the
efforts of the Government futile, and de
manded surrender to tho rebellion. And
now that at this vast cost the rebellion,'
waged by the arms and prolonged by the
sympathy solely of adherents and leadera
of tho Democratic party, has been sub
dued, those leaders step forward, denounce
tho debt which they compelled the country
to incur, and demand the control of the
Government which they culd not over
throw. AVhat. then, aro the promises under .
which the demand is made? Are they
such as reasonably to justify the expecta
tion of a return of that public confidence
without which prosperity and reliet lrom
taxation will bo indefinitely postponed?
The policy announced by the Democratic
party by which to pacify the country and
cement tho Union Is revolution and repu
diation. It is distinctly declared by the
candidates and the lenders that tho present
organizations of the Southern States are
void ; and tho most unqualified assertion
that they ought to bo at once forcibly
overthrown by tho President secured for
tho candidate who mado it an enthusiastic
nomination. This policy, which tho
Cramers of tho platform ardently agreed to
carry out to the end, can bo curried out
only by involving tho States concerned in
anarchy. Congress and the decision of
tho Supreme Court will sustain one of tho
governments; the Democratic, President
will support tho other. In the nature of
things compromise will bo impossible.
The difference will bo referred to force.
Is another civil war tho way to relieve tax
ation? Tho other point of tho proposed Demo
cratic policy is repudiation. Tho public
demoralization that would follow is in
calculable. It would be poison at the
very sources of the national life. It would
properly make this country a despised
outcast among nations. We should be a
society of swindlers, and tho whole glory
of our victory over the rebellion would be
fatally tarnished by our voluntary dis
honor. The rebol chiefs would have tho
exultation of beholding tho disgrace of tho
people whom they could not defeat To
them tho satisfaction would be the same.
They aro indifferent whether they humili
ate us by arms or by art But the moral
character of every public question is its
really essential part But the industrial
ruin, like the public demoralization, conse
quent upon repudiation is inconceivable.
Already the actual loss to the country from ,
the mere suspicion cf a possible intention
to repudiate may be estimated at millions
of dollars. Such a suspicion is a shock to
the public credit which is felt through the
whole system, and every dollar which is
thus lost is taken from the resources with
which the pressure of the debt is to be re
lieved. In public as in privato affairs,
honesty is the best policy. The man who
to relieve present necessity becomes a
thief must not hope to be rerrcd among
honorable men. But a man whom honor
able men despiso can hardly make an
honest living. Is national dishonesty tho '
way permanently to relieve taxation ?
The whole matter comes then to this
that the party whose rebellion against the
Government caused the debt, now, as a
means of obtaining control of the Govern
ment, denounce the taxation necessary to
pay it According to the Democratic ora
cles the Republican party is three times
guilty : firat, of not submitting to rebellion ;
second, of suppressing it by arms ; third,
of wishing honestly to foot the bill ol ex
penses. " neavy and frequent demands of
the tax-gatherer 1" " Enomous amount "
of taxation I shout Messrs. Seymour, Pen
dleton, Vallandigham, Wade Hampton,
and their friends. Mr. Hampton, ir you ,
had not taken up arms against a Govern-'
ment that never injured you ; Mr. Seymour
and Mr. Pendleton, if you had never patted
Mr. Hampton upon the back, the taxes
would neither have been frequent nor enor
mous, and your names would not be those
of willing witnesses of their country's de
struction. Harper' Wtekly.
m
A story has been circulated through
tho Copperhead press to the effjet that
Robert T. Lincoln, Esq., of Chicago, son
of the martyred President, waa " heartily
for Seymour and Blair." The following
letter from Mr. Lincoln, writteu to a friend,
will put the story at rest :
Chicaoo, Aug. 17, 1868.
" Dbab Sib : Your letter of the 13th
Inst, inclosing a slip from a newspaper in
which it is stated that I am heartily for .
Seymour,' etc, and requesting word
from me on the subject, is received.
" You tell mo that the report has been
somewhat extensively circulated in the
Eaat. I had heard such a ruraor two day
ago, but gave it no attention, thirklpg it
deserved none; but, in reply to your let
ter, I have to say that there is no truth
whatever in the paragraph. Although
not now taking an active part in the po
litical campaign, I feel sure thui there is
no one who more earnestly desirea the suc
cess of Gen. Grant and the Republican
party than myself.
" You may make such use of thl note as
you may deem proper.
" I am, sir, very truly yours,
"ROBERT T. LINCOLN."
The National Mercury 3, tea a horri
ble account ol the slave trade curved on
by the Boers of the Transvaal Republic
who make expeditions against the native'
tribes, kill the adulu aud carry off the
children into slavery. The. Rev. Mr. Lui
dorf stated in a public meeting recently
that on one occasion a " nunibe.- oi child
ren, too young to be moved, were oovtr
td Uh long grass and burn, alive,"

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