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ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.
General Agents of The Irish Republic 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 Republic. 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. In addition to theabove, it is now our privilege to announce that Capt. William J. IIynes, late Central Organizer F. B., and one of the most able and successful advocates of Irish national independence in America, has kindly consented to act as a general agent for this journal. And as Captain Grace is at present in New York State, these two gentlemen will take hold of the Eastern States, and visit all the great cities and principal towns and districts in that section of the country. We trust that all the friends of Ireland and of American and universal liberty will give them such a cor dial welcome and energetic assistance as will enable them to place The Irish Republic at the head of the press. These gentlemen, while engaged in discharging the more immediate dutiesoftheir offices, 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. Captain Hynes’ present address is 298 Bowery, New York city. All friends who desire the benefit of his services to address public meetings, etc., will please communicate with him immediatelv. -<i^n Union, St. Louis.—Letters such as you refer to, in connex ion with the subject of “Union versus Rebellion,” may be, and in this case probably are, written by individuals who have not pulled the nails out of their brogues yet, and cannot understand the subject. We have never said that men who fought for the destruction of this Republic—the only refuge of hunted slaves on earth—should not be allowed to fight for Ireland. Bless you, we would allow his satanic majesty take a rip at John Bull, if such a thing were possible as severing the links of interest that bind the pair. What we have said, and what we now reiterate, is, that the Irishman who will ingly drew his'sword to destroy this American Republic is, in our opinion, one of the blindest criminals that ever our country produced. That the Irishmen who fled to this coun try—runaway slaves—from the infernal tyranny of England, and who, by voice or pen, help to persecute a fallen race in America, and whip them back into slavery every time they try to reach the light, are mighty doubtful material for building up a Republic in Ireland. Still, if they will help to regenerate their native land, we will not fly the track, no matter who is beside us in the fight. We try to be consistent in our advocacy of the rights of “all men to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” We are crying out for freedom ourselves, and we will not choke our neighbors, even if their skins are darker than ours, when they hurra for freedom. Prejudice is a gorgon we never bend the knee to, no matter how many of her blind followers howl at us. Those very sensitive gentlemen who will not work for Ireland because we denounce treason to American liberty as treason to liberty everywhere else, are too delicate in their love for Ireland. We denounce those great leaders who once were the light houses by which the Irish mariner steered his bark, and who endeavored to lead the Irish people against the country that gave them homes and refuge, as the greatest curse that Heaven ever permitted a suffering people to he afflicted with, and as far greater enemies to Ireland than the British government. We. object, and will object, to those men, whenever they thrust themselves forward us leaders in our movement for liberty. I lie man who is honest in his desire for the liberation of the Irish people will never sigh for “plantations well stocked with slaves.” -- The Irish Republic. My country ! justice has been scant, In giving you what natives want, For which so many bosoms pant, And that ii} a Republic. We want no queen, we want no king, To Freedom and her shrine we cling; Beneath the shelter of her wing, We want a free Republic. We want no tithe, nor grinding tax, We want no gibbet, jail, nor axe, No laws of Draco, never lax— We want a free Republic. We want no famine—sure to be Where waves no flag of Liberty, Where absent reigns the absentee. We want a free Republic. We want no prison, want no chains; One hope of liberty remains, And that will well repay our pains— Hope for a free Republic. Oppression’s tree, shook by the storm Democracy rais’d for reform, Sapp’d by corruption’s fatal worm, Shall fall by the Republic. We want—like all great people free— The land should for her people be— No step-mother—call’d tyranny— We want a free Republic. Oh, England, pause upon your track, Upon your despot rule look back ; Say, shall we choose again the rack, Or fight for a Republic? The hand is seen upon the wall, To trace once more Assyria’s fall; Then rising from her ghastly pall, Shall come the new Republic. The peasant shall, erect, stand free, And know his native dignity— Shall in his mother country see The glorious Republic. ’Tis written, he shall see advance On London’s towers the flag of France, And in the blaze of bayonets glance The star of the Republic. When England’s ships go down at sea, Columbia’s shall the conquest be, And with her shout of victory, We’ll hail the new Republic. William C. Desmond. TUB IRISH RBFUBU3 “ Liberty—Her Friends, Our Friends; Her Enemies, Our Enemies.” CHICAGO, ILL., NOVEMBER 2, 18G7. The Pretended Catholic Press of America. There is an old saying that “ the devil hides behind the cross.” If his satanic majesty approached us in his naked hideousness, grinning sulpurous breath in our eyes, his black curls of fiery serpents twirling and dabbing their hissing heads at us, hoofs, tail and all the rest, there would be little danger of being deceived or seduced. But being as wily as he is vicious, he arrays himself in the odors of sanctity, folds his snake locks under a holy hood, hides his tail in trailing garments, takes his position behind the sign of man’s salvation, and bellows lustily about sin and infidelity, and pelts us energetically with fierce adjectives, feeling secure be hind his sacred bulwark. He takes his place behind the cross, and, while using his billingsgate ammunition in defiling us, he will cry infidel, radical, negro-lovers at us, and accuse us of assailing the cross, when we merely wish to get a shot at himself. Every cunning knave who has the good fortune to get the approval of some bishop or priest will start a political blottiug-sheet, and write “ Catholic” at its head. Straightway he finds himself specially delegated to speak, and woe unto the wretch who does not fall dowm and cry “ mcacidpa, mca culpa” have mercy on us poor miserable sinners ! A few weeks ago we published one of these copper head fulminations flung at our “ vulgar” heads in the name of religion. This came from St. Paul, (the new apostle of Minnesota,) and the very pious and holy writer commands the entire Irish people, for their souls’ sake, to keep this radical and infidel Irish Republic out, of their houses. Another of these crawling copperhead creatures, who has the impudence to call himself Catholic, and who vends his dullness in the city of Charleston, South Carolina—a city "virtually in sackcloth and ashes foi her sins—is continually warning the Southern Catholics * against us, as being guilty ft* the sacrilegious crime of being willing to accept of the aid of colored men to assist in freeing Ireland. In our last issue, an article appeared, under the heading of “ Bigotry on the Rampage, ’ which was one of the finest specimens of the ranting of his Satanic holiness from behind his sacred barricade. The paper from which we gleaned the ^ article is published in that whitest of cities—speak ing in a double sense, white shutters and hatred to black skins—Philadelphia. This pretended Catholic crusader accuses, in the true splenetic style so pcculiary the property of those pious individuals who have bigotry carefully and beautifully developed to the exclusion of that first principle of true religion—charity. We would not oblige those politico-religio-coppcrissimo fossil scriblers by stepping on their coat tails—albeit they arc worn very long and drag very loosely in the mud— for the purpose of bandying billingsgate with them, but that we have a duty to perform to our country. We beg to assure them that we live in the nineteenth cen tury, a fact which they—moving in the dark ages—do not seem to comprehend ; and that wc do not vanish in blue blazes, leaving an awful smell of sulphur behind, at the ringing of bells and the frothing of incensed bigots who worship mammon in sacred robes. To show our people that those “ vexed old women” who rail at us from behind the (so-called) pious press of America, are using the Church to promote a political party, we have only to compare their “ war cries” against us, and see how nicely they echo each other—“ radical and infidel.” They place the sin of radicalism in advance of infi delity. Did we advocate the political doctrine which these gentlemen claim as orthodox, they would willingly forgive us for our heterodoxy. The Philadelphia paper boasts of being the oldest Catholic paper in America. It is the old adage verified, “ the older the worse.” It is like the old farmer who boasted that he had lived for eighty years and never moved ten miles from home. We have the most exalted veneration for our old grannies, and of course we enter the oldest Catholic papers in America in the antiquated list. There is such a thing, however, as living too long, and the venomous and lying mouthing of our drivelling cotemporary has in it nothing but the garrulous spleen of extreme age. How long the shadow that covered the dark ages throws its gloom across the sunshine of the reign of mind! Of all the pretended Catholic papers in America there is not one that is not opposed to Republicanism. There is not one that does not class Radicalism with infidelity. There is not one that does not foam at the idea of giving a black man the rights of citizenship. In fact, a black skin or a red shirt—in most cases a green jacket, also— 'sets them wild. Now, if those papers had such an interest in the spread of Catholicism as they pretend, the correct polit ical course for them to pursue would be to maintain and defend the rights which God, the author of religion, gave to all men. Why attack the Radical party, when they know that within that party the great majority of the American people think and work ? Why try to make the American nation believe thatCatholicity and cop perheadism” are linked together, and that to be a radical is to be an infidel ? Are the Catholic Church and the Democratic party so closely allied, that to be a Ca tholic one must be a Democrat also ? To this, of course, we as well as all our readers can answer no ! But we arc no religious organ, and our denial is not authorita tive. On the other hand, every pretended Catholic paper in America—those published under the orders of bishops and those published in the “ Catholic” name— have been, and are, doing all that lies in their power to convince the world that to be radical is to be infidel. Our St. Paul friend says, for your souls’ sake, Catholics, do not admit this radical and infidel sheet into your houses. What does this imply ? Why, that outside of the Democratic party there is no toleration in this world,