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, uIftoeare not ttruck with Judicial blind
ness, toe shall cling to this Constitution at
ih mariner clings to the last plank, when
fu&Af and the tempest close around htm
-Lewis Cass.
Gen. Lewis Cass,
Gen. Wm. 0. Butler,
Electorsor President and Vice President.
1st District JOHN C. WELBORN, of Pike.
2nd "
4th "
6th "
A. 3VTKINNEY, of Rudolph.
E.B.EWING,of Ray.
G. D. HALL, or Lafayette.
B. F. MASSEY, of Lawrence.
J.H. RELFE,of Washington.
TRUSTEN POLK, of St Louis.
For Governor :
far MA. Governor,
For Congress,
WILLIAM V. N. BAY, of Franklin.
. County nominations.
For Representative,
For Sheriff,
For Assessor,
- - JULY 24.
That the Whig letter writer of the Seventy-Six
leek to defeat the election of John
B. Header on because, O ! horrible ! be
cause he is guilty, yes guilty of the heinous
offence of being poor. The charge has
substantially been made coupled with an
effort to prejudice bis election on that ac
count. It has gone forth from the political
scribblers and been seized upon by tbe will
. ing retailers of the dirty work, to break
down the prospects of an honest but poor
young man.
It is with reluctance that we touch such
subject, but when means so foul are drag-
ed lato the political arena, we feel bound
to expose them to public gaze and scorn.
Think of it ye voters of Pike, and ponder
well the influence you are to give to such
sentiments. Shall it be said of the freemen
of Pike that none but the opulent are eligi
ble to office in their county? Shall it be
said, in this era of republicanism and equal
rights, that in Pike county a federal aristoc
racy has raised its hideous head to sap the
foundation of our free institutions? The
poor can feel no interest in the Government
. is their doctrine I Are you ready to sanction
such a creed? Tbe very idea would rob
our government of its strongest bulwark in
the hour of need. Our free institutions
rely upon the virtues of the people, and
their love of country, for support -Incul
cate tbe idea that patriotism has no nobler
impulses than the love of money, and you
eradicate republicanism from the land and
east a withering blight over tbe prospect of
American institutijns. You render our ar-
mies helpless, and our fair land an easy
prey to the hireling shurfs of foreign net
canary princes. Tbe fact that such a charge
has bees made furnishes the best evidence
of Mr. Henderson's fitness to represent you.
While is shows the political faith and feel
ings p( those who would urge such n ob
jection, it also argues well for our candid
ate that no more valid objections cap be
Such is their axiety to defeat him that
after having put upon the .track, as they
believed, their strongest man for tbe con
test, a change came o'er the spirit of their
dreams," and the man whom at first they re
jected, for reasons best known to them
selves, suddenly became available in their
eyes, and now stands forth as tbe candid
ate of their choice. Of this gentleman's
fitness or qualifications for the office we
have nothing to say. But we shun no just
comparison that can bo drawn between the
saen. Attacks have wantonly been made
upon Henderson ; let fhose who have done
it lay bear their respective merits, and
judge ye voters of Pike between the two.
iMftWi azin.-Wi have re
estrsJ ftsia thebce of John R. Hum
' pnrsjttCb., Albany, N. Y., the Odd Pel
loir's C5tiIa9,;for July, which wa find to
Ve'M I (ptarieftfejjF publication. j
Some altercation has taken place with
the press as to the responsibility of a sepa
rate canvass of the State, until lately, by
the nominees for Governor. The follow
ing correspondence, which we have never
published, wilji not only set that matter to
rest, with the candid, but serve in a striking
manner, especially to those who. heard their
speeches, to portray the character of the
two men. Judge King is an affable, courte-
ous man, who in debate uses arguments
rather than slang, prefering to meet issues,
when offered, to indulging in the low flung
scurrility that shields his opponent Major
Rollins is a speaker of much fluence and
ease, and resorts to all the sophistry in las
rang to build up his cause a portion of
which it is our intention to notice and not
unfrequently indulges in language if not
directly offensive to the gentleman, at least
falls harshly upon his ear as coming in ex
ceeding bad taste. For instance, in that
part of his speech, here, 'in which he at
tempted a reply to Judge King's remarks
upon the origin of the Mexican war, he
was so far run for arguments (for really he
failed to produce any upon that subject) as
to charge Judge King, whose head is silver
ed o'er with age, with inconsistency, for ad
vocating the side of his country when en
gaged in a foreign war and not volunteer-
ing to fight the battles of that war. The
sophistry, to say nothing about the want of
courtesy, good taste and good feeling, is
striking. To say that all who spoke and
wrote upon the side of their country were
bound to volunteer as soldiers, would be
preposterous ; first, because they would not
be wanted ; secondly, because it would be
surrendering the civil departments to thos
who sided with the enemy; besides the leg
islative and judiciary interests of the coun
try must be attended to as well as the army,
Judge King, however, very promptly head
ed him by informing him he had sent his
son in his place, and left the gallant Major
to take the alternative of sideing against his
country as an excuse for his absence from
the army, or of being inconsisten if he sup
ported it, according to his own rule, by
staying at home.
The following letters, as we have said,
will give an idea of the character of the
men. X bey were exchanged at soon vine
immediately upon the nomination of Major
Rollins by the Whig Convention : j
Booiivillb, April 4, 1848. j
Dear Sia : As you have the nomination
of the Whig Convention of this State for
the office of Governor, I propose, if agreea
ble to you, that we shall make a tour or the
State in a canvass together. If this propo
sition meets with your approbation, we can
reduce or mode of operations to a system,
publish our joint notices, and thereby have
an audience, at all times made up of the
two great political parties of the country
I should be pleased to hear from you before
1 leave this place.
I am, very respectfully,
Maj. James S. Rollins.
Could anything be more courteous or
marked with better feeling ? Could anything
more be desired to show his willingness to
canvass the State with his adversary ? The
following is Major Rollins' reply :
Hon. A. A. King Sih : Your letter of
this date has been banded to me by Mr.
Risk, and its contents considered. It was
only a few days since that I returned home
from the south, where I had been absent for
the last three months, endeavoring to dis
pose of the products of my farm, in conse
quence of which it will require a short pe
riod to arrange mv private business, and to
prepare for planting the crop for the season
as soon as m is is uone, it wiu give me great
-1 i .
pleasure to arrange tbe appointments to
suit our joint convenience, to meet you be
fore the people in the discussion of those
great political questions in which they feel
so deep an interest Having, as I learn.
devoted yourself very assiduously to the
Iiromotion of your political interests for the
Bst six months, in seeking the nomination
which you have secured at the hands of the
Democratic State Convention, you may at
at the start have somewhat the advantage
or me, but I feel assured that after I shall
have reviewed the political topics of the
day, and aided you in telling the whole story,
1 shall beat you at the polls. And when I
reflect upon the long neglected interests of
our great Mate, and the policy which will
be pursued during mv administration to ad
vance them, although defeat at first may be
somewhat unpleasant to you, much will be
left to console you ; for, as you will per
ceive, that which you regard st your loss,
will be toe people's gain.
I am, Judge, respectfully,
It is strange, in the face of these letters,
that some whig papers ar unscrupulous
enough to assert that it was J udge King who
avoided his competitor. With regard to
the ungenerous insinuation in Maj. RoIHns'i
reply that Judge King had devoted himself j
very assiduously to the promotion of his
political interest in seeking the nomination
which be had received, &c, and which he
was unscrupulous enough to indecorously
repeat before an enlightened audience at
Uiis place, we believe that the fair minded
will scout it with indignation. .
uOld-Fuss-and-Feathers" of the Colum
bia (Mo.) Statesman, still rants and froths
most ferociously because he cannot make
it appear, in early life, that Gen. Cass was
a Federalists. He has labored with a spir
it that deserves a better cause, for weeks,
to fasten the odium of his own party leaders
to the JefierstMiian Republican Cass, from
his earliest political career to his nomina -
tion by thedemociatic republican party lor
the office of President. The grounds upon
which he endeavors to sustain his charge Testation of uneasiness and this affectionate
aie contained ii vague and idle tales, that appeal fur the support of the ticket? The
Cass, while a teacher of a latin school in fact is, whig principles are floord, and con
Delaware, appeared with a black cockade science whigs are inquiring everywhere
in his hat Now when we take into Con
sideration the fact that Gen. Cass was but
seventeen Years old at the time, about which
the Statesman writes, it renders the whole
atorv about hiateachincr a school h e h v m-.
probable. He quotes from a Willmiiigton
paper that it was a latin school and fiom
j 0 C3
Niles Reeister that it was a grammar school,"" " election of Ca-s and Butler, and
-Cass' age is better evidence than both
that he taught no school at all. The issue
that he wishes to prove, however, is that!
Cass was a Federalist. In his effort to do
which he refers us to Niles' Register where
he says it is stated that Cass appeared with
the black cockade in his hat while teacher
of this school. Upon what the Register
says, then, hangs the Statesman's hopes of
convicting Gen. Cass of Federalism. Hear
what the Register says in vol. 47, page 18,
the stme quoted by the Statesman. Read
it ye miscreants of falsehood and deffama-
tion, and blush for youi want of moral hon
esty: "uov. Cass, on his nrst appearance in
public life, was the vindicator and support
er of Mr. JEr r EKSUN, - and received
from that republican patriarch, distingnisli
ed marks of his confidence. From that
day to this, Gov. Cass has been identified
tth the republican party, and most signal
ly marked his devotion to it in the darkest
hours nf the last war."
Does this look like black cockade Fed
eralism? How dare the Federal prints
charge the supporter of Jefferson, the au
thor of the Declaration of our Independ
ence, from "his first appearance in public
life" with Federalism. He who "most sig
nally marked his devotion". to his country
"in the darkest hours of tbe last war."
O" If a man is not old enough at a con
stitutional age to represent his county in
the State Legislature, when will he be old
enough to represent his State in the coun
cils of the Nation ? All will admit he should
go through a school of experience, thee-
retically or practically, before he is elected
to that august assembly. If John B. Hen
derson is r.ot old enough in years and poli
tics to represent his county in the State
Legislature, by what rule of right does Gil
christ Porter become eligible to a seat in
the National Congress? There are those
who urge the objection to Henderson but
can see nothing to prevent them from vo
ting for Porter. If John B. Henderson is
to live until he is as old as James S.
Rollins before he can represent his county
in the Legislature, bow comes it Rollins is
now old enough' to be the whig Governor
of Missouri ''O sonsistency! cpistency!
hen will you find a resting pv
:!in the
bosom of tbe whigs?
Senatob Atabison. The "Jefferson In
quirei" announces the lact that uenetal
Atchison will consent to serve another term
in the U. S. Senate, if desired by his con
stituents, and adds its opinion that such
will be the general wish. Gen. Atchison
occupies an enviable hold upon the affec
tions of the people, who will take pleasure
in making him their sentinel at Washington
The announcement that was sometime
ago made that he would not serve another
term, was received with general surprise
and regret
. ' iuyV
A joint resolution to give to th of
Missouri the cannon captured V -
ipuBB, was pesscu uj voof 3
The Jolitt Signal it n the Jt c
Democrat in that county who will jsecond
it.- ' : . T I
ine coiling ntovemciji ai vnicago.
Whig Boastino ako Whig Feas. It is
amusing to see the confident assertions pot
forward, weekly and daily, by the whig
press,' expresing their confidence in the
certainty of the election of old "Zack,"
that "no future event can be more certain,"
&c, when their doubts and fears, clothed in
ords ef exortation, are conspicuous in al
most every column. The New York Week
ly Express, a rabid Taylor paper, after
using the above quoted asset tions says:
"Let all, who are dissatisfied whigs, ask
each other, 'where am I to go ?' What is
the refuge, if we cut loose from the nomi
nees of the whig convention, and in what
but locofocoism shall we end ?"
Why one would suppose from the first
quoted assertions, and others similar, there
was ho necessity for such words of exorta-
tion. If there is such harmony and strength
in the whig camp as to bring about Taylor's
'election beyond all doubt, why this mani-
Where shall we go?"
John Wentworth has been re-nominated
Congress as the anti-Cass candidate.
The above is a characteristic item of whig
misrepresentation. John Wentworth ad-
the Chicago Democrat, his paper, supports
their names at its mast-head. So we go.'
It is supposed that Taylor will beat Cass
in Ohio at least 20,000 votes Western
It is supposed ! Now we just believe that
the Eagle does hot believe what it tries to
give currency to, or it would have tried to
gire some reasons for this mere suppose.-
The truth is the whigs believe they are
beaten in Ohio, and they have good rea
son for believing it, if we may judge fiom
the tone of the press, the course of their
delegates in the convention, and the ex
pression of the people upon the reception
of the nominations.
The St. Louis Republican, St. Charles
Star, and Cape Girardeua Eagle, have all
been clamorous about the resignation of
Judge King, while eanvassing the State for
Governor. Judge King resigned his office
some weeks ago, but Judge Cook, the whig
candidate for congress in the 1st district,
has not; will those papers open their batte
ries on Cook ?
Application will be made to the next
General Assembly of Missouri, for a char
ter granting a company the privilege of
making Mack Water Navigation on Platte
river from its mouth to the Buchanan line,
and higher if necessary. This improve
ment is proposed to be accomplished by in
dividual enterprise, without asking the
State for a dollar. Platte river runs throng!
the richest and most populous country in
the west 1 he citizen are able and will
ing to improve it It is their interest to do
so. 1 hey want to make the improvement
themselves, with their own means, adding
to the wealth and prosperity of the country
and those most immediately interested.
The farmer, mechanic and merchant de
mand this work. Platte Argus.
General Taykr and the ffhig Nomina
tion 1zain. A correspondent of the
Charleston News, by way of showing that
the recent letter of General Taylor to the
Whigs of Keleigh has little significance as
to the manner m which he will accept the
Whig National Lonventmn nomination, pro
duces the following as an extraet of a let
ter written by the old hero since his nomina
tion in Philadelphia:
"My former declarations are only which
govern me and which I now repeat That
it is not my purpose to accept tf the Whig
nominatiim on a Whist platform, or vpun
any platform but that which is based upon
my own repeated declaiations. Bait
The enigmatical position of Taylor out
Jeeds the Sphinx entirely. One day he
writes a public letter, next day he authorizes
a committee to make a public statement for
hi n, and all the while indites private epis
tles, from all of which no other conclusion
can be drawn than that ha is playing a de
liberate game of deception. His private
letters are intelligable; his public mistified
Why is this, but for fraudulent purposesi
St. Louis Union.
Hon. William R. King has been ai
by thJ Governor of A, Sama to '
cancy occasioned by Mr. Bagby's
Hon. William R. King has been appointed
the va
tion of his seat in the Senate of tbe Uuited
Tha Pern Beacon has hauled down
tha Taylor flsg.
From the St. Lotus Union.
BAY AND POSTER. - -Palmtba.Mo..
July 17th, 1843.
Mess as. EciToas: Agreeable to previ
ous notices, Messrs. Bay .and Porter, the
Democratic and Whig candidates for. Con.
gressin the 2d Congressional District, ad. 1
this place, on Saturday, the 16th wst At - j
nanal with thm Whicrs Sn anoh 'I
had been busy for some dsys defore, in try.':
ing to create the impression that their can. r
didate, Mr. Porter, was a real champion i '
the cause of Wbiggerv,and that he was,y
tar, an overmaicn lor nis competitor, tit.
At the time appointed, Mr. Porter ope. '
ed the debate in quite a lengthy speeeL
an i t be is a man 01 very respectable '
taleuult wis evident from the disappoint ':
meniihet'w as depicted in the countenanp
of f fery ' Whig" present, that he was not, by
tar, coming op itrrjneir expectations, ai
though he made, as much out of the case
he bad to advocate as almost any other man
could have done. His great hobby was tha i
subject of internarimprovements, in which if
he. assumed the position mat tbe Democrat
ic party was opposed to internal improve
ments bv the general government in everr
form, and quoted from Mr. Polk's veto mes
sage of December last to prove.it Al his
other positions were in perfect keeping with '
this, and about as well surtained.
After Mr. P. baa concluded, Mr. Bay
ed, Mr. Bay m
ugh he has.
. J.k.l.. 4 I
next took the stand, and although ha ha
the reputation ot being an able
he far exceeded the expectations
ns of hi most J
ject of inter-' J
sanguine mends. Un the sum
nal improvements bv the general govern
ment, he was peculiarly happy, and sustain-
ed the position of the Democratic party on
that subject with an ability seldom equalled.
He showed that the veto mcsssge of Mr.
Polk, from which Mr. Porter had quoted,
contained the true doctrine on that subject
by the message itself showing that. Mr. P.
had not only attempted to sustain himself
by reading garbled extracts, but tnat be had
in fact, incorrectly read those very portions
which he had quoted. Up to this time tbe
Whigs had seemed to stand Bay's broad
side tolerable well, but when this came out.
when they saw that their champion was
not only used up in the argument of the
question, but had been detected and expos
ed in his attempt to misquote the authority
to which he had referred them, they seem
ed at once to give the thing up, and every
now and then an old coon could be seen sli-
ly slipping out of the house ss though he
wished to get away unseen. On all o her
questions Mr. B. demolished bis antagonist
as effectually as he did on the subject of in
ternal improvements. In his remarks on
the late war with Mexico he handled the
Whig party without gloves, and showed so
clearly that the course of the present ad
ministration was not only right, but the on
ly one it could have pursued without com
promising the national honor and rights, that
it would seem impossible that even the most
ultra Whig who listened to him could for a
single moment have the hardihood to inti
mate that we were in the slightest particu
lar in the wrong. In a word, Mr Bay's
speech was one of the most powerful and
triumphant vindications of the great priaci
ples of Democracy to which it ever was
my pleasure to listen. When he had con
cluded, Mr. P. attempted to rejoin, but ev-
ry Iirlc he struck made bad worse, and
when he wound up the Whigs left, mortified.
chagrined and disappointed, but the Demo
crats went away, proud of their country
proud of their principles, and proud of
their candidate, for whom on the first Mon
day in August, they will give a long pull a
strong pull, and a pull altogetler. X.
Tbe CoMraomsE. The telegrsph has
announced that the special Committee of
right to whom the whole subject was in
trurted, has reported a bill for territorial
Governmects in Oregan, California and
New Mexico, and that nothing in said bill
refers to slavery It further announces that
six of the eight members of the committee
agreed to tbe bill. We feel deep solicitude,
in common with all who regard tbe Uuion,
in the settlement of that vexed question.,
and although the telegraphic report is very
indefinite, we are led to expect that the bHI
reported, is based on the Baltimore platform.
inon-interference by Congress with that
In the Senate on the 11th, Mr. Clayton
introdused the subject, and his proposition
for such a Committee was aeeeded to ayes '
31, noes 14. The committee consisted of;
two northern Whigs, and two southern
members from each party, chosen by ballot
Certain! j, we can hope much from the joint
labors of such a Committee, especially whew '
three-fourths of them agree upon a nroieU
That subject decided aaoiher question mea- -
acing the stability and fraternal feelings or
this confederacy will be quieted, we hope
forever. Some days must elapse before '
we learn the precise character of the new '
compromised bill. St Louis Union. '
Don't Ppblish. It is said that General ,
Taylor has written a letter to the Maryland
Independents, which is very unsatisfactory
to them; and requested them not to publish -it
What an insult 1 Dare ha not speak? J
St. Louis Union
The Pennsylvanian states that tha Dem
ocratic Press of Pennsylvania, without an ,
excevtim. hava spoken in condemnation of
I tbe Utica Convention and its aomiae. i

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