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ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.
General Agent of “The IrishBepublic” Newspaper. We have the utmost gratification in being able to announce that the conductors of this journal have appointed Captain William H. Grace, late of the United States army, and subsequently Central Organizer of the Fenian Brotherhood, a General Agent for The Irish Bepublic. Captain Grace is a young Irishman of high intelligence. He is an earnest advocate of universal liberty. His devotion to his oppressed country has been proved by his readiness to enter the ranks of war in her defense, and by his unwearied and self-sacrificing labors to promote the cause of her national independence. In point of character, he is a man of the most unblemished integrity. We, therefore, ask for him, from every friend of Ireland and of liberty, a cordial reception, with every possible assistance in the carrying forward of his noble work. He will enroll subscribers, both Irish and American, for this journal, collect advertisements, organize clubs and appoint district and local agents. He is empowered to receive payments of all moneys due, or on any account contributed, and his receipts will, in every instance, be acknowledged at this office. We again most respectfully and earnestly ask our friends and the friends of our country to assist our agent in every way possible to them. Captain Grace, while engaged in discharging the more immediate duties of his office, will, when suitable opportunity offers, lecture on Irish nationality and organize Circles of the F. B., where such are desirable and necessary. This will be a labor of love—one done free of all cost to the general Organization. We do hope, therefore, that the friends of our noble national cause will be everywhere careful and anxious to take advantage of it. The following is the route which Captain Grace will follow. After spending a few days in St. Paul, Minnesota, he will procceed to McGregor, Iowa. Harrisburgh, Pa. Dubuque, “ Philadelphia, “ Lyons, “ Baltimore, Md. Davenport, “ Washington, D. C. Iveokuk, . “ Bufiiilo, N. Y. Quincy, Ills. New York, “ Chester, “ Albany, “ Cairo, “ Troy, “ < Louisville, Ky. Principal cities of N. Y. Cincinnati, O. State, New Jersey, etc. Principal cities of Ohio. Springfield, Mass. Pittsburgh, Pa. Boston, Mass. Commissioned Officer, Buffalo, N. Y.—We would rather not interfere in the affair concerning which you write. It is the duty of the officials at the Fenian headquarters in New York to look after all moneys contributed for Irish national purposes. AVe have received the following letter, and as the subject to which it refers is one of considerable importance we print it entire: Troy, N. Y., September 28,1867. To the Editors of the Irish Republic. Sirs: Where is that catalogue of books for Irishmen’s reading that, you were to publish some weeks or months since? I have anxiously watched for its appearance. I have read some of the books Irishmen should read, and am desirous to read and learn more, and have great faith in your judgment as to what is best to read. Please let us have the catalogue. Your obedient servant, Trojan, F. B. The explanation we have to give is simply, that the pressure of other business has compelled us to overlook, for a time, the matter concerning which our correspondent makes in quiry. AATe shall be careful not to lose sight of it, however, and hope to be able in a week or two to publish such a catalogue of Irish books, and books referring to Ireland and Irish affairs, as will be a real assistance to our patriotic countrymen who wish to acquaint themselves with the his tory and the rights of their native land. The Irish Republic in California.—A\Te have re ceived the following letter from the publisher of the frisk News, San Francisco: San Francisco, September 10,1867. To the Editors of The Irish Republic. Gentlemen: 1 am the publisher of the Irish News of this city. Said paper is going on its 5th year of publication. I have sent at least naif a dozen exchanges to your office, and I have not received a single co]>y of yours in return. I suppose you have an agent here, and who he is I am sure I know not. I would willingly have pub lished your Prospectus of the Republic had I got one for that pur pose, but I did not. I cannot, certainly, attribute this slight to the parties managing the Republic at Chicago. I thought, however, I would inform you of thefacts in the case. Respectfully, r Jeffrey Nunan, Irish News San Francisco, Cal. AAe thank our able cotemporary of the Golden State, and beg to assure him that we have been sending The Irish Re public direct to his office since we received his first ex change. AAe also thank him for his liberal offer to publish our Prospectus. Such proffers from old established papers to t lose see 'ing an entrance on the public stage show that the frisk News is published and edited by men who are not afraid to be liberal. AVe wish to cultivate the friendliest feelings with newspapers honestly devoted to the advancement of Ireland s independence. That we do not all agree in details is no reason why we should not practice toleration. AVe are afraid that certain parties in California have not acted fairly towards us. AVe have been sending weekly from one to two hundred copies of our paper, since ita first issue, to John Hamill, Esq., of 315 Montgomery street, San Francisco, State Center F. B. for California. AVe were led to believe that Mr. Hamill would help to circulate our paper, or in any event find us an agent there. We have repeatedly written to Mr. Hamill, but can receive no answer. We fear that, for some reason or other, our paper has not been circulated, or disposed of, to our advantage. We would expect from a man in Mr. Hamill’s position the courtesy of a reply to our com munication. If he did not like the “ political hue” of our paper, and wanted Resolutions passed by Congress condem natory of it, simple courtesy would dictate to him that he should notify us to send our paper elsewhere. The matter stands thus with us in California at present, that we are with out an agent, unless in a few of the mining districts. We have, therefore, some reason to fear that not a few of our friends in that State do not know anything about The Irish Republic, and we know that over $150 worth of our papers have been sent, for which we can get no ac count. We are more pained at a seeming want of courtesy on the part of some who make great professions of nationality than at the loss we may suffer. Will some kind friend or friends who reside in the Golden State take this matter in hand? Should we find out that we have done Mr. Hamill any injustice, we will gladly apologize. If, on the other hand, our fears (which we have crowded down so far) are justified, we shall spare no pains nor expense to let men know that, be their private or public motives what they may, as the paid servants of the Fenian Brotherhood they cannot play such games with impunity. We want all men to understand, that where the hired officials of our national Organization go out of their way to calumniate and oppose The Irish Republic, (as some of them have done and are doing,) they will wake a hornets’ nest about their ears. If our principles of liberty are too broad for their bigoted brains, they must not use their official power, for they have no force of their own, to place us in a false position before our brothers in the Organization at large. The sooner this business is stopped the better. Our paper is the organ of no man. We tell the truth, as far as wre know7 it, without caring whose feelings w7e hurt. We do not require from our readers “ a blind belief” in all things we say. Let them read and judge for themselves, like rational beings and men worthy of that liberty for w7hich they say they are struggling. But this sliding around under a religious cloak and stabbing us with “ heavenly sighs” and cries of “infidelity,” is the work of false men. f HB IRISH REPUBLIC “ Liberty—Her Friends, Our Friends; Her Enemies, Our Enemies.” CHICAGO, ILL., OCTOBER 12, 1867. English Free Trade and American Protection. To which of these are you going to give your vote and influence ? This is a serious question, and it is one which the workingmen of this country—and among them those who are of Irish birth—will very soon be called on to answer. On the present occasion we shall ask our countrymen and brothers to yield us their earnest attention for a short time, while we endeavor to examine this most im portant matter. We shall do so in a spirit which is anxious only to ascertain the truth, and which, there fore, will fling aside all party passion and prejudice, as things utterly unworthy to bias the judgment or influ ence the action of intelligent and independent men. Let us, with minds calm and clear, endeavor to ascertain what is the real path of duty and interest; and when we have found it, let us, with the iron energy of a resolute and determined will, pursue it steadily and unflinchingly, no matter how mighty the obstacles dishonest politicians may place in our way, or what amount of hell-born malediction they may hurl at our heads. Let us survey this English free trade in its origin and objects, in its influence upon ourselves as individuals, and on the country under whose protection we find freedom and independence, in its bearing on the fortunes of that fair land where so many of us first saw light, as well as on those of that tyrant power which for ages has been the hater and persecutor of our race and nation. If this English free trade is a good thing, if it is fair and just and right, if it is beneficial to society in general, and especially if it is a friend and helper to the honest, hard-working poor, then stand by it, no matter what party in American politics may oppose and denounce it. But if it proves to be exactly the reverse of all this, a falsehood and an injustice and a wrong, if it is calcu lated to impoverish every class in the community and sap the foundations of the power and prosperity of this great country, and above all, if it oomes as a crawling thief to rob the toiling laborer and artisan of their hardly earned wages, to take “ the fowl out of the pot,” and to quench the fire on the hearth, and to leave their wives and children worse housed and worse clad than they were before—in short, to reduce them to the level of the king-ridden serfs of Europe—if this is their English free trade, then away it, no matter by what party in American politics it is recommended or sup ported. Amid the endless lies and shams which England is o forever palming off on an unthinking world, this free trade is one of the greatest. Does such a thing as free trade exist in England ? If any man is simple enough to think so, let him try and land a pound weight of Amer ican tobacco in Liverpool or London. Once he finds himself in a British prison, with a ruinous fine to pay into the bargain, he will probably begin to entertain a slight suspicion that to believe English assertions about things in general, but particularly about the existence of “ free trade” is simply to be a fool. The truth is, the entire affair is only another astute plan concocted by English selfishness to aggrandize themselves. Everything that they stand in ueed of is admitted free to the English market. The breadstuff's of America, for instance, because, without them, English* stomachs would remain in rather an uncomfortable state of emptiness. For which great boon of free trade, as it is pompously called, we are quite as grateful as we1 ought to be. Thank you for nothing, gentlemen of England. You take our flour free, when you cannot get on without it. And we give you the comforting assur ance that we shall continue to let you have it so long as our own people do not require it. But we hope you are not so unreasonable as to suppose that we shall do so for an hour longer. Of course you are very clever in consulting your own interests. And we give you credit for it. The arrange ment which you are pleased to call free trade would be a very convenient and comfortable one for you. Having destroyed our mercantile navy by your pirate cruisers, during the late war—which you did so much to embitter and prolong, if not actually to produce—you have plenty of available ships to send over the sea laden with the rotten rubbish of your manufactures. This would simply stab the young giant of American industry to the heart. It would leave our looms and factories idle, and the pockets of our workingmen empty; while it would make the American nation dependent for its very existence on English capitalists,who have always proved themselves our persistent and malignant enemies. And to complete this blessed and beautiful arrangement, you could use our American corn and wheat and flour as cheap ballast for your returning vessels, and thus be able to feed your millions of over-worked, enslaved victims at a cheaper rate than you could possibly do if you had to raise the bread out of your own soil. You would derive greater advantages still from this precious “ free trade,” of which you have been pleased to constitute yourselves the chosen apostles. By flood ing America with your English goods, you would draw all the wealth into England. This would enable you to employ and feed your myriads of white slaves, and keep them contented with your blessed British Constitution. So long as you can put plenty of gold into your English purses, and plenty of roast beef and plum pud ding into your English maws, you will, like well fed mules, bear any amount of kingly and queenly and princely and lordly taxation and oppression. Oh, yes, so long as this is the case, neither Radicalism, nor Chartism, nor Republicanism have the shadow of a chance. You could thus prolong your cruel, conscienceless, murderous tyranny for years, perhaps for centuries. But let your free trade be understood to be the lying sham it really is—let it be flung back with scorn to you, its pious inventors and protectors—let America make her own goods and pocket her own money—let the Englishman find out that his purse is without a penny to keep the devil from dancing in it, and—worse than that—oh, horror of horrors, blood, thunder and inextricable confusion, that his stomach is left unstuffed, and the world will very soon see the stupid lumbering Bull changed into the ravening wolf. Then for another and worse edition of the French Revolution on English soil. And it is coming, and will come as