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r Election Incidents.
AO inoldent occurred at 'the Second
Ward polls, .which is worth narrating.
Aa otherwise" respectable looking indi
ridual, in a state of partial intoxication,
.approached the polls and demanded a
Maine Law ticket. A bystander gener
ously placed in his hand a Democratic
ticket,' whereupon the victim of tempta
tion, after glancing at it for a moment,
cast it from him, exclaiming, f I want to
vote the Maine Law ticket; want them,
to stop selling liquor; if they did not sell
liquor I would not be drunk ; but I can't
help it!" He grasped the Maine Law
ticketand placed it in the box, and ad
ded,"! hope the Law will be passed."
A number of 'persons Were afterwards
heard to declare that they were induced
to vote for the Maine Law by the feeling
appeal of this poor inebriate. , ,
At another place of voting, a son of
Erin was accosted by a friend of the
regular whisky ticket, with an assurance
that he had the kind ot ballot he wanted
to vote. The half-inebriated Irishman
asked him what sort he carried.1 , The
reply was, "the regular democratic tick
et." "D -n your party tickets.? "I
promised my wife to rote against the
whisky men, and Democrat as I am, I'll
do that same." , , ,
; A father and three sons, all Democrats,
voted at the same precinct. The father
is a worthy and estimable citizen, but
cannot resist the temptation to drink to
excess when exposed. His oldest son, a
professed temperance man, and member
of the Presbyterian Church, resisted the
appeals and entreaties of his father and
brothers (who make no profession of reli
gion), to vote for Maine Law men, and
actually deposited a. full whisky ticket.
He would lather sign his father's death
warrant than disobey party leaders. We
saw several regular topers electioneering
all day for the prohibitory ticket. On
being asked the reason, the answer uni
formly was, "I want to be a sober and
decent man, but cannot unless grog-shops
are shut up."
A liquor-seller in Mill-creek, said he
believed the well-being ot society re
quired a law of prohibition, and although
a strong Democrat, ho voted the Maine
Law ticket. "
A wealthy distiller in this county, an
ardent Whig, came with all his corps of
workmen and voted the Democratic
whisky ticket. Many, very many Whigs,
loving liquor more than party, imitated
the distiller's example. .
Fatal Accident Man Killed.
A day or two since, a man by the
name of James Masson was descending
a stairway, when he made a misstep and
fell to the bottom of the stairs, breaking
his jaw and neck. He only lived half an
hour after the accident occurred. 'He
was in a state of intoxication at the
time, which was probably the means of
his losing his lifev Mr. Masson was the
book-keeper in Goodhue's foundry, and
has always been known as a very honest,
kind-hearted and amiable man. A wife
and three children are left behind to
mourn his loss. Who are they to look
to for a reparation of this loss? Is not
the man who sold him the liquor1, which
was the cause of his death, to blame ?
What a blessing it would be to some
men and families, if this intoxicating
stuff could be taken from their reach.
This man would have been an ornament
to society, and a blessing to his family,
had it not been for liquor; but by that
he met an ignoble) end, and brings hu
miliation upon his friends. "! 1 ' B.
!BT The Aurora Washingtonian Society
will hold Its Quarterly Session on the 17 th
and 18th of D ecember next . ;
- WidoWrKite."
An' unknown lady has written us a
long letter,' expressing ''her, anxiety, (or
the enactment of a'prohibitory law; She
is a very poor woman,1 earning a scanty
subsistence for herself and children by
making garments for "slop-shops,", and
yet she sends thret dollart to aid in de
fraying the necessary expenses incident
to the campaign. She is willing to rise
earlier, sit up later,, work harder,! and
retrench family expenses, to secure a
shield for her loved ones against the al
lurements of grog-shops. 'Not knowing
the generous matron, we 'could not re
turn her contribution, as our feelings
would impel us to do, and have placed
it in the common fund. What a lesson
is this to the thousands of temperance
men who, with abundant means, have
contributed nothing, or who . have given
but little, and that grudgingly, to aid in
the struggle against the whisky power 1
How this single fact should bum like a
hot iron into the consciences of thoce
who, for the sake of securing a mere party
triumph, arrayed themselves against the
cause of ' prohibition and deliberately
gave their votes for the minions of the
liquor traffic!, This poor mother looks
in vain to her country to save her ten
der offspring from the tiger grasp of
those who lay in wait for blood, and
must lift her supplicating voice to Him
who alone 'hears the needy when they
cry. To the God of the widow and the
Father of the fatherless, we commend
the mother and her jewels.
The young ladies of Bloomington,
111., recently held a meeting, and re
solved to have nothing to do whatever
with any young man who indulges in
the. use pf intoxicating liquors .Ex.
That's the way to talk it. Every
one of those young ladies deserve a
gold needle and one of the most prince
ly beaux that our country affords.' We
have half a notion to go out there our
self, on this consideration. We think
it speaks loudly for the independence
and virtue of a society of young ladies
to come out and take so noble a stand.
There is nothing more abominable in
our eyes than a Bociety of females, so
troubled and annoyed by visions of a
"life of single blessedness," that they
are afraid to take any coercive means
to reform young men in morals, lest
they displease the young "lords of
creation." ; We hope that this praise
worthy example will be followed in
other places, and we feel quite sure
that a more efficient instrumentality
could not be introduced for the refor
mation of young men from the evils of
intemperance. ' ' 1 b.;
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,i 0. H. Belden. '
This gtntleman, hailing from Mesopo
tamia, Trnmbnll county, writes us a let
ter, requesting an immediate discontinu
ance of his paper, giving as his reason
that the cause of temperance cannot be
promoted by one who acted so shame
fully as did the Editor at the World's
Temperance Convention. In his letter,
in the bitterness of his spirit, he cries
"How could you have taken that detested
step ? I feel indignant, chagrined. ' You
are not a true reformer, and I cannot
help sustain you." Hold, Mr. Belden,
don't hurt yourself;; don't let your indig
nation make you commit suicide, nor
permit your "chagrin!1, to induce a fatal
melancholy. We are not, thank' God,
dependent upon you for support Yon
are at liberty to stop your paper. ' But
we beg yon to calm your troubled spirits.
, .
03" A good beginning is a thing half
done. i ; i .';(..' 1 tr! --. '. : ; v i .
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r ,EMPE R AlfC E RFtOR?,ff
' Interesting ' to Publishers and
I. .
Deemonef our Cincinnati p. in. reverted if
., the Pott Jfter General. -i ,,4 (,
We regret the necessity of easting reflec
tions upon , Government officials for the
non performance of duty; bat our obliga
tions to those friends of ours , and the
Temperance came, who hare .contributed
fundi for the purchase of tracts, etc, for
gratuitous distribution, compel us to make
a statement in relation to the official mis
management In the Cincinnati Post Office,
that is any thing but creditable to the judg
ment and courtesy of this branch of the
Post Office Department. . J
. The decision referred to is one of import
ance, and affects the interests of publishers
generally, as well as the recipients of such
documents.'- , ;
We noticed in the Organ, daring the
campaign just closed, that we were prepar
ed tofurniah tracts by Express, or through
the Post office, at $5,00 per 1000, charges
added. . By a decision of our former P. M.,
J. C. Hall, Esq., tracts were forwarded at
the rate of a cent per ounce, pre-paid;
or one cent when not paid in advance; and
daring his administration thousands were
mailed at this rate. u i u . -
Dr. Vattier came into office, and for a
time our tracts passed at the same rates,
with our statement that no other rate had
been charged; but in the wisdom of the inex
perienced officials, we were informed that
double this rate must be the one fixed, vis :
one cent per ounce, pre-paid. ' '' ". - '
We (with some objections, which were
overruled) complied with their decision;
but, when subsequently, we were informed
that thereafter, no tracts could be received
at less than one dollar per hundred, postage
pre-paid, we remonstrated, and asked the
grounds for such a decision. We were told
thatsueA was the decision of P. 4M. Vattikr,
and the only recourse was an appeal to head
quarters. We stated our intention of so
doing, and in compliance with their request,
furnished them our letter for their perusal,
thereby giving full opportunity for them to
forward their views on the subject in con
nection with ours. We claimed that our
tracts should be governed by the following
provision in the General Laws for regula
tion of Postage; which is, to our mind, clear
and well defined. '
" Packages of small newspapers publish
ed monthly or oftener, and pamphlets not
containing more than sixteen pages octavo,
when sent to one address, in packages
weighing at least 8 oz., and pre paid in
stamps, 4 cents, 10 oz., 5 cents," etc.
Not hearing from the Department at
Washington. After a few weeks bad elaps
ed, we again addressed them, asking their
immediate attention to our former commu
nication; to . which we received the follow
ing inreply: . , ..... . , , . v. ;,..
. " Post Omci Defartmknt,)
"Appoimtotnt Officb, Oct. 8th, 1853. J
. " Gentlemen: la reply to yours of the 5th
Inst., you are informed that on the receipt
of your former letter, the Post Master, at
Cincinnati, was instructed to rate your
pamphlets at a cent an ounce, when sent
in single packages, weighing at least eight
ounces, to one address, pre-paid Dy postage
stamps. Kespectnuly, - i i-
" I our odi. serve., .
"M. Hobbib,
' 1st Asst. P. M. Genl.
' Messrs. C. Clark, t Co., i .
" Cincinnati, Ohio." , .....
By the interesting decision of P. M. Tat
teir, we lost some thousands of tracts, but
the detention of large numbers, ordered
and paid for by the friends of the. cause in
Ohio and neighboring States, caused more
anxiety and regret, as there was no possible
way of sending them, other than by mall.
Numerous complaints were received, whioh
occupied a great portion of our time in an
swering, . : ; ; .i . :..'
The tracts were ordered for distribution
daring our campaign, and the good effects,
as far a concerned the election, was lost
by instructions from the General Depart
ment reaching us only one day previous to
the election. 1 We trust our kind' friends,
throughout the State, will appreciate our
position and overlook the delay n' fulfill
ment of their orders. , .,' y (.-i....
-Onr of the wden lame through-Paste
Master Vattier, Irom a.friend ef.hialWe
hope his faith In ' thf principles; and good
Influence of par cause may not be shaken
by the connexion. Enclosed with oar arst
letter to the Department at Washington,
were specimens ot the different kinds of
tracts, In order that his decision might be
given understanding Yet, on oar apply
ing to the Cincinnati Post Office, with his
decision, asking that our tracts might be
sent, we were told by one of the attacheSj
that the Post' Mwter General did not under
stand the case, or he never would have so
decided It y . ' ''.',., '
We would respectfulljr suggest that the
Department at Washington change' places
with our Cincinnati Post Office, as such un
heard of wl-dom, in an official capacity
deserves all commendation. " ,
From the following, It will be seen that
our co-laborers, in other quarters, have been
sufferers by undelegated power in officials
connected with the Post Office Department,
" Nathaniel Bishop, Postmaster of Mark
etta, (elected solely by the Locofoco voters
of this town and Vicinity, be it remem
bered,) on Tuesday last, refuted to matt tM
Maine Law Mettenger, published . here, and
declared that said paper should not be sent .
through his office I We suppose his excuse '
for this high handed outrage will be, that
the Messenger is an incendiary publication!
What other excuse can he ofitir? Marietta
Int. , . , ,.'.. ,
" We know the editor of the above Mes
senger to be a good Democrat, and for some
years he was one of the publ shers of the
Locofoco paper in Marietta. The outrage
is one ot a gross character, ana tne oitendi
ing Postmaster should at once be removed1,
by the Postmaster General, Things have'
come to a line pass If this sort of conduct is
to be tolerated. 0. 8. Journal. i ;. i
,i "Going it Blind." . - a
We have known people so extremely
akin to the "long eared'1 species, that
they would "gq it blind" for any
movement, no matter how damnable,
so that it came under the head of their
particular faction, clique or party.'
This is nothing but a verification of
the adage that "none are so blind as
those who will not see." But a case
has fallen under our observation that
is still more strange than that. , Ai
man who has always been addicted to
imtemperate habits.went entirely blind,,
through the effects of ardent spirits.;
But, notwithstanding this, he still in-1
dulges in the use of the poison.which
has already deprived him of one of
God's greatest blessings, and voted at
our last election the clean no, the;
Jilthy " Anti-Maine Law, whisky
ticket" Now, this is what we call'
"going it blind," in the full sense of
that term. It is too rigidly adhering
to that precept of the Bible which com-j
mands us to "love our enemies." : It'
is too scrupulously and superstitiously'
living up to the moral law, when' of d1
King Alcohol, "smites you on your,
right cheek, tp turn unto him your
left also ; when he takes your coat to'
give him your cloak." ' It ; gives us1
pain, and we think that no one can;
but feel deeply sorry,'; that any, man,
who has been so tangibly warned of .
the blasting effects of liquor, as to losa
1 '.tit !l Jil ' 1 J 1 ! 11 j
ms sigm uy us innuence, snouia siana
by and defend it
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. B. .
Thk MAYOEiiT? o FinroM. -The City "
Council of Fulton, have succeeded in filling '
the vacated office of Mayor." Mr. John J.
Hooker was elected last Monday evening,
and will commence performing the duties'
of the office next Monday. He was elected
we understand, under the pledge that he,
would carry out the ordinance prohibiting .
the sale of liquors in the to wn. As he is an . '
energetic 'man, 'e, may .look fora whisky t
war in Fulton, next week. ' . , ,, ,
I 03r One vice is' more expensive than '
ten virtues. J l " 1 ' " '' !" '' ;
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