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THE MISSOURI HAD I CA Ui.
A Partv "- Asain 1 Ilrutal
JIarderer in jthe State Legislature.
On one or-Cwo "occasions we have spoken
of the new Constitution party of Missouri.
a3 a party of assassins- The name is a
strong r one ; but a legal and official
assemblage of the members of that party
has just afforded us the proofs of the
appropriateness and accuracy of the ap
pellation. We. refer to the spectacle pre
sented in the Missouri House of llepre-
sentatives last Friday, on the occasion of
Col. Babcoke'fl speech, narrating his story
of the Wright massacre in Phelps county.
Babeoke is a mauslayer. The blood of
five citizens of the State, unconvicted,
and even unaccused of crime, slaughtered
in cold blood while prisoners in his hands,
bedabble his skirts. The killingof these
men was & shocking and terrible affair.
Nfne-tenths of th people believe it was a
mahcioos, preplanned and cowardly innr
dev. ' '"''
I I'at.what do. we sec? , The. brutal
author of the massacre traverses the
State as free as the wind. He goes from
the cccnc of. the murder to the Capital of
the State, and into the presence of the
State's Chief Magistrate. lie meets with
no rebuke. He is met with the gracious
and marked irieudship of the Executive
Xo legal cognizance is taken of his atro
cious crime. He goes unmolested to his
home in Miller county. He comes un
molested from his home in Miller county
back to the State Capital, to take his seat
as alegifclator. He is welcomed and hon
ored as a hero by his fellow members.
They take his bloody hands into theirs,
and congratulate him on the vigor and
success with which he took the lives of
his unresisting and unarmed captives
During the formal proceedings of the
house, his crime is incidentally mentioned.
He makes a ppceeh, in which he tells
murderer's story of the butchery. By
legal usage a murderer's statement in de
fense ot his crime is utterly worthless
because the murderer had every reason to
tell a lie. and no inducement to tell the
truth. The common law, in justice, wil
not permit a criminal to give evidence in
favor of himself, and, in mercy, will not
compel him to give evidence against him
self. If Uabcoke had told his story be
fore a jury of twelve men, in court, the
court would have instructed the jury to
pay not a moment s attention, and give
not an atom's weight to it ; for it was the
story of a murderer. But the honorable
legislators of the State of Missouri the
makers of these laws for the protection of
life and liberty,-of which Uabcoke is so
brutal a violator how did they receive the
murderer's ferocious and exultant narra
tive of his crime? With emphatic dem
onstrations of approval. His speech was
frequently interrupted with applause."
Indeed, so delighted were the murderer's
fellow-members with one expression that
surpassed all others in braggart ferocity
and brutality, that they could not restrain
themselves from uproariously stampingon
the floor. In fact, they openly and pAib
licly indorsed the crime of the bloody
malefactor, an J at the close of his speech
ho took his seat as triumphant as a crack!
burglar who had just narrated an unusu
ally successful exploit to his gang of con
federate and admiring scoundrels, around
the reeking bar of a thieves pot-house.
That Babcoke s statement was the man
ifest lie of a murderer, is proved by one
stern, eloquent fact, which the monster
has never been able to explain. It is
this : .
The murdered men were all shot in
front; the faces of some of them were
burned with powder; and there were in
all, 27 wounds on their five bodies.
It was a strange thing to see the legis
lators of Missouri joining in this murder
er's hyena-like exultation over his bloody
crime applauding his cowardly defama
tion of the character of his voiceless vic
tims his coarse and unmanly aspersions
of the desolate woman whom he had made
a widow his ribald declaration : "If the
thing wa3 to bedone over again, so help
me ginger-bread aud coffee, I would serve
them the same way;"--and his supercili
ous defiance : '
" All I have to my in reference to the
matter is, I have explained the matter,
and if. it is satisfactory, all right. I am
prepared to prove every word I have said
by numbers of witnesses. If they are
not satisfied just let them help themselves.
Applause. If they want me to tell
them, or to show them any plainer, how
tho Wrights were killed, if they willcome
out aud meet me in that forest, on the
same place,' I will give them a practical
demonstration on that subject."
Are -we not correct when we speak of
the party" m the legislature that thus
made thcmsC-lvcs Babcoke's accomplices,
a party of assassins?
Tab asd Feathering Ir Dox't Pat.
In an action tried before the Supremo Judic
ial Court at Salem, Mass., latelv, Mr. Geo.
W. Stone recovered damajres to the amount
of $8LX for injuries received at the Lands of
William Soger and other citizens of Swamp
seott, on the morning of the lGth of April
last, the day after the assassination of Presi
dent Lincoln. It appeared that the plaintiff,
who was a house-painter, was fit work in
Swampscott, and was called upon by a num
ber of persons, inhabitants of Swampscott,
who told him that he had been heard to ex
press his iov at the news of tho President's
death, and the regret that it had not occurred
three years before. As he failed to make
sstisfactory retraction or explanation, he was
tasicn iroin tiie liouse, marched some tnree-
quarters of a mile to the postofSce, and there
tarred and feathered. lie was then taken to
the town hall, where a convention of teach
ers was being held, and finally was placed in
a boat and draped nearly a mile. There
was also some evidence tending to show that
he was kicked and struck, and that other
violence was onered hiai. liut upon this
point the evidence was-confiictintr: The
damages were laid at $25,0CK).
In tho gallery of a Dublin theatre one
evening a coal heaver made himself disagree
able, and the crowd shouted " Throw him
over !" " A droll fallen suggested' to 'Vfe'e
crowd in the' pulert i I 'Don't weste hhq,
bovs ; till a fiddler wil htm V
From the New Orleans True Delta.
GENERAL nOREKT E. LEE.
Robert FJ. Lea is probably one of the
handsoinost and most aristocratic-looking
men ot this age. In person he is tall,
muscular and well-proportioned. His
motions are marked with ease, grace and
ecision; his lace beams with intelligence
and benignity, and there is something in
his eve which is most winning, at the
same time that it commands respect and
reverence. Guileless as a child ; plain in
his dress; unostentatious in his manners,
there still needs no second glance to dis
cover in that man the wonderful energy
and capacity which upheld the tottering
lortunes ot the tJonlederacy .upon its At-
lantcan shoulders lor three long years
against' the efforts of the most powerful
nation ol the world. There is no char
acter in antiquity which can be instanced
as the prototype of this great and good
man. In the fertility of his resources, in
his isolation from external supplies and
reinforcements, the unswerving fortitude
with which he stood calm and hopeful
against all odds, he may be likened to the
lionian General fcertorius, cooped up with
a few hundred adherents, in the fastnesses
of the Spanish sierras, and successfully
bidding defiance to the combined legions
of Rome, during a long period of years.
In his-pure, unselfish devotion, his pa
tience, his want of all ambition, except
the ambition to do his duty, in the mod
esty, prudence and sagacity which have
characterized his career, he yields to none;
or, if to any, to Washington alone.
It seems strange that, although every
body s attention in America and hiurope
too, was rivctted, during the past four
years, upon the man and hi3 actions: the
real martial character of Gen. Lee is but
little understood or appreciated. Most
men believed he was a cautious and de
fensive commander, skillful in checking
or foiling an invading army, and satisfied
with holding his own -position in one
word, that he was merely a consummate
engineer, without the vehement enterprise
of a Napoleon or a Frederick. There was
never a greater mistake ; no officer in the
Confederate armies was more strongly im
bued with an aggressive and pugnacious
nature. What restrained him from dis
playing this characteristic was the contro!
exercised over military operations by the
civil authorities in Richmond, together
with the defective means ot-transportation
for baggage, artillery and supplies. Be
neath his calm exterior there was a fiery
spirit, which chaied at the inactivity to
which he was compelled, or the advan
tages he had to forego for his eagle
glance caught, as by inspiration, all the
lortunes and fluctuations of a heavy light.
In battle, General Lee was as serene
and imperturbable as in church; wher
ever duty seemed to call him he would
ride rapidly, but quietly, never shunning
or seeking observation, ueneral Jjong
strcet, just after the battle of Chicka
maugua, had quite a spicy conversation
with the PrcsidcntoftJje Confederacy,
in regard to matters in. controversy be
tween himself CLongstrcotS and General
Bragg. " Mr." Davis," said .the General
with unusual warmth, " I have had the
honor on many occasions, while under
heavy fire,, to be consulted by General
Lee, but I never saw him flinch. On
one occasion, particularly, I remember the
hnng was so hot that the men m the
ranks cried out to us for God's sake to
withdraw before we were killed;, but
General Lee placidly continued his re
marks, and, when he was through, saluted
and rode liesurely away, as if no shells
or bulfcts were whizzing around."
During Lee's famous march into Penn
sylvania, the army passed through a large
town in that State, the people of which
were peculiarly hostile and demonstrative
toward the Confederates, some of the
women flaunting Union flags in the faces
of the dusty and tattered veterans. As
General Lee rode slowly by, he was recog
nitfedj either from the reverence paid him
by the. men in the ranks, or by the distinc
tion of his air, and was turned upon,vith
all the virulence of female spite and ha
tred. "Lloary traitor, wretched rebel,"
were among the terms flung at him. . The
chivalrous old man checked his horse,
raised his cap, and mildly saluted the wo
men, with a pleasant smile upon his' face.
This simple act of courtesy rebuked his
assailants into silence, and as he rode on,
one of the youngest and handsomest cried
out in her vexation, " Oh, don't you wish
he was on our side "
These few hasty remarks may recall
many similar instances, relating to the
great Chieftain of the Confederate armies,
to the nlind3 of . such, of our readers as
'served in Virginia. We should be grate
ful to be furnished with any anecdotes of
the kind, m order that we might contrib
ute our mite in perpetuating the memory
of one of the purest, ablest and noblest
characters in the history of all time.
The constables in Boston have adopted the
despicable practice of going, in plain dress,
to eating houses on Sunday, prevailing upoii
the proprietors to furnish them with a meal,
and then prosecuting them for it. In any
decent community, officers who were thus
guuiy vi muuuiiig ana seuucing cuizens to
violate the lew, would . themselves" be more
severely punished than their dupes ; and m
the cstimatio'n of honest men an ofScer who
would resort to the base trick practiced by
the Boston constables would be regarded as
unworthy of belief or consideration.
Mr, Beecher, a prominent and active tem
perance man and a strict church member in
Southbury, Connecticut, was caught, a few
weeks ago, stealing cider brandy from the
distillery of a neighbor named Stiles." The
latter had missed his cider brandy before.
and had fixed a, rope and a bell to the door
of the still, which woke him up when it was
opened. Several barrels of the stuff were
found in Beecher's cellar, which he had at
odi times abstracted from Stile's cellar.
The canting hypocrite and tippler is only a
specimen ot the majority of his saintly ilk.
A witness in a case before aNewXork
court answered " No !" to every question so
persistently as to arouse the suspicion of the
Jfagi'strate; "It was then discovered that the
witness was a" (erm'an who understood no
t other wcrq cf Lngush.
From the Cincinnati Enquirer.
AOVISIXO THE SOETII.
It is now in .b power of the, Soih, by-
prompt, cordial ana entire acceptance of the
resident s policy embracing the repudia
tion of the late war debts, and the acceptance
of the Congressional amendment prohibiting
slavery to bring the Iemocratic triumph in
the recent elections to perfect fruition. Is
there a Southern State that will hesitate in
that respect? Chicago Times. . .
Out attention is called to the foregoing
by the Gazette of this city, which casts
it in the face -of the Enquirer seemingly
in retaliation of certain remarks ot ours
touching the moral results of. the late
Northern, electious. What we shall have
to say will not, however, be in that con
nection; but will be rather the expres
sion of a few thougnts suggested by the
Chicago paragraph. " -
If there was nothing in politics but
party: if to gaim and hold possession of
the offices was the solcend and object oi
party organizations and principles: if
there' were no such tliiDgs as principles
and no public purpose to be subserved by
mat political macninery wnicn is legaliz
ed by constitutions : if citizens were only
puppets, and statesmen on Ij persons skill
ful in pulling the wires, the advice of the
Times would probably jbe as good as any
that could be given,-; Whatever is the
real stake in the game is the thing to be
played for; and if the stake be office," to
pursue office, to the disregard of all minor
or collateral considerations, is the part of
wisdom. We do notp-however, takethis
view of the case: We look upon party
simply as a means to arriYtTtit something
more valuable than its temporary success.
aud upon olhce rather as an incident than
as a result.
What the people of the South really
need is a full recognition of their rights
as men and citizens. " They will not gain
these by voluntarily conceding them away,
nor by selling them forji consideration.
The people of the Souths if they arc such
as we esteem to be will not be perma
nently content with a measure of personal,
social, and political rights and powers less
than those which are conceded to the peo
ple of the North, or than those which
they enjoyed up to the ,time when, as con
quered, they were compelled to submit to
military constraint. All of these that
they voluntarily give away, and all that
they barter for advantages of a temporary
character, they will, in the event, find it
necessary to get back ngain ; and they
will not come back rjgairrwithoufc trouble,
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expense, ana pcrnaps Humiliation.
It is, in our n icw, of the utmost impor
tance to the South that its people stand
firmly upon the platform of theirN native
rights that they defend, as well as in
tnem lies, ine original rigms oi ineir;
States and their constitutional status in
the Union. For) them to do this is also
of the utmost importance to the North.
The best interests of the two sections are,
and must be, as Jong as they remain to
gether, identical. When the South has
been reduced-to a sMti of colonial depen-JtHic-e3ir2QjuIjtli-45fieral
North will speedily follow and the work
of centralization and consolidation will be
complete. The South can lose .little of
that which is forcibly taken away ; but
all that is voluntarily given or sold is lost,
only to be recovered by processes which
will be, in their character, original - and
revolutionary. : " -
There is a large body of the people of
the North who feel thus : and who conse
quently watch the temper and acts of the
South with extreme anxiety., They feel
that, in order to struggle hereafter for a
eommon liberty, there must be a common
platform. The rights of the States, and
the people in the States, will supply that
platform so long as none, upon either part,!
have been abandoned. , lhi3large body
of the people of the North is not now in
power; yet it is not without! power. It
is growing in moral influence and in nu
merical strength.. Day by day in -the
most unexpected quarters, the old feelings
of jealousy for the rights of the States are
their appearance ; and old and
true doctrines are cropping out from be
neath the mountains of fanatical sophistry
that have been piled upon them. . The
North is helping the South, and Can help
it more if it will but remain tine to itself.
We will hot speak of sympathy, for the
word has been abused ; but there is a
sense of need of mutual assistance,' with
an assurance that mutual courage, patience
and constancy will, slowly perhaps, but
surely do all that can be desired.
The advice of the Chicago Times to the
South is-identical with that givenby Mr.
Chase in his pretty well-known private
letter, to the Democrats of the .North;
Accept the condition. Let Congress and
the Administration razee the States until
they are satisfied; arrange the Govern
ment upon the Abolitio-Republican plan ;
forget all the evil, wrong, destruction and
tyrrany that' have been practiced ; and
thus, having wiped out all the" old issues,
let parties reore-anize and struggle for
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office and power ' oyer the ' dilapiuatea
fragments of what once was a republic.
This is the plan upon which the Chief
J ustice seeks to be the candidate oi me
Democratic party for ' the Presidency at
the next election. It may have charms
for the Chicasro Times, but confess
that, for ourselves, we neither like the
plan nor admire the inventor.
We may be behind the spirit f the
age. We may be wanting in sympathy
with that progress which, to some, is so
apparent and so distinctly indicated by
our national destiny. We confess that,
to us, the true line of progress lies in get
ting back our lost political rights and lib
erties, lo accept the wrong is to invite
its repetition. If we can content ourselves
with a vulgar fraction of freedom, the
next question will be with tow small
fraction will we be content. We cannot
sever the rights of the South from those
I of the North.- If the Government may
do with the Southern States as British
kings were wont tof do with the Colonies,
amend, alter, or revoke their charters at
pleasure, t will sooq ha tinio for a
Declaration of Independence.
1 ' From the Baltimore Gazette. .
AM APPEAL IX BEHALF OF JEF-
The following beautifully written paper
was handed us for publication. It is from
the eloquent pen of Mrs.- Downing, of
Virginia, written at the request of friends
during a brief 'visit to this city.. The pe
tition has clrcady,"besn extensively eircu-latcd,-and
we learn has many signatures :
To his Excellency And rew Johnson, Pres
ident of the LiiiCett States! ' V
" We, the undersigned,' acting on : the
part of the women of your "Excellency's
native city, and actuated. by the "spirit
which animates the women of the bouth,
most respectfully beg leave to present to
your Lxcellency our petition;-.-'! .",;
1 his is in behalt of Jeiterson Davis,
lately invested with all the prerogatives
of a position similar , to the one in which
your Lxcellency, by the direct mterposi
tion of the hand ot God, lias been placed,
new a captive languishing m prison
Whether' that prison be the just doom of
him who is suffering ff qui 1 its effects is
not a question not to be argued by us. If
lt De conccaeu mas me man wno is me
' t . .-I ji
representative of the people must suffer
the consequences of such representation,
then the decree which consigned Mr.. Da
vis to imprisonment in a land "which has
hitherto " been the" world's synonym - for
freedom was the most proper one, and he
is undergoing ronly a fitting expiation for
the offended "majesty of the Jaw. , But
has he- not suffered it sufficiently long ?
Is it impossible for justice to be temper
ed.with mercy t Will not the resources
of your Excellency's mind devise some
means by which their antagonism may be
removed i ' " - "
- Is not America sufficiently : glorious ?
Has she not proved sufficiently great to
allow" her to ; rise superior to the petty
conventional codes of smaller nations, and
exhibit to the . world at' once her ' power
and her magnanimity, by extending a free
pardon to one who, though he may have
erred grievously against her, is still her
child and still loves her ? .. Will not your
Excellency be America's agent in this
matter 7 ' Will you cot as the embodi
ment of her strength and greatness, un
loose the bonds of the patient sufferer,
who has so meekly and uncomplainingly
seen the spring blossom into summer and
summer fade into autumn seen it through
prison bars ? ? : : ;
-Will you not release him -before the
dreary winter comes, bringing with it so
much of material discomfort to his frai
and delicate body, and what is far worse
than the most acute - physical suffering.
the wintry chill of .hope - deferred to his
soul which pines for freedom ? Give him
back, we implore you, to tho women of
the South. , He is ours and we love him
We bound up our hearts and souls in
him and the cause which he once repre
sented. God has seen fit to ' permit that
cause to be lost forever, and we bow to
his decree. ' In all the broad South there
is no one so mad as to cherish hope that
MrrxaTis may, in any wayptra connected
with a '.future, consonant with what our
wishes were when he was invested with a
dignity which has proved "so fatal to him.
No such thought has an existence ; he
has no future, and all our hopes in him
were connected wholly with the past and
are dead forever.
But we would be les3 than women if
we lorsook him with whom the cause
which we loved and ' lost was identified.
and ; woman-like', we cling to him all the
more closely because he : is suffering and
stands in need of our sympathy. , , :
ihe sweetest and holiest season of the
year is 'approaching,- bringing -to human
remembrance Him who - opened the prison-doors
of the enchained universe and
gave freedom to a ransomed world. :
Will not your" Excellency mark the
Christmas of 1865, a year which has wit
nessed the reunion of a glorious country
and made you a Chief Magistrate, by giv
ing as a Christmas-gift,to the women of
the Souths the . freedom of Jefferson
Davis? ,', '
Listen, we implore your Excellency, to
our pleadings : give us the boon we ask,
not so much because you may Consider
the gift right in itself, but because there,
is no, wrong in it, and because we want it
so much, and beg for it so earnestly." -
Give back -Mr. Davis to his own little
children ; give him back to us, who once
stood in that relation .toward him, rDo
not, we beg you, permit death to antici
pate and give to his sorely tried spiritthe
freedom which it is now' in the power of
your Excellency to bestow; and by his re
lease make for yourself a home in every
Soutbern woman's heart; Cause your name
to ring .with praises in every Southern
woman's mouth, and go up to God every
night and morning, with every Southern
woman's prayers, loaded with blessings
andr shielded by petitions for -your long
life and felicity. .
' Give us back J efferson Davis; and by eo
Hying in your own right, ;do what, as
your .Excellency is very well aware, has
never yet been done, conquer the women
of the South 1 . ; - "
AH of which is most respectfully sub
mitted. " ' .' " .'.-" " "
The Philadelphia Presbytery has adopted
a resolution denouncing the publication of
bunday newspapers as a desecration oi tne
Sabbath, and calling on the Christian public
to abstain from readinir or buvinz them. It
is our conviction that.the worst of the many
Sunday papers, and all of them combined,
do not exert so mischievous and baneful an
influence as most of the Sunday preaching
of the day that delivered from Puritan put
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A correspondent at Galveston says : "
have to-day seen a Confederate Colonel, with
his full uniform on, stars and all; driving a
dray, with a mule whose harness was made
of ropes. A late Lieutenant General of the
rebel army is. a clerk in an Express office at
New Orleans,; and the officer who drove off
rranklm and his 15,000 men at faabme is a
barkeeper at Houston;"; ; , : , ;
In a Terre Haute court lately, a question
whether a will made on Sunday wa valid, I idea came from tho negro suffrage orator
was decided in. the affirmative, , r . . ; jnot from the defender of the white man.
From Chicago Times, Dee. 12th.
Dispensation of Proviftcnce.
Some rather curious proceedings were
had in a Baptist church in thi3 city on
Thursday. . It was a new church, and the
services were dedicatory. .. The subjoined
curious specimen of scripture mangling
we reproduce froni a " loyal" newspaper,
whose report will doubtless be generally
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After this followed the dedicatory sermon
by President Fairfield, who selected for his
text the" passage of scripture to bo found in
the epistle of Paul to the Phillipi&ns, 1st
chapter, 2?th verso : .r ,
'.Let your conversation be a becometh the
gospel Of Christ. y ; . '""-w :
The speaker thought the translators nd
mistaken the meaning of the apostle in the
use of the term given in the text. " lo him
it seemed as if the apostle meant to say,
"Let vdur conduct as citizens be 'such as be
cometh the gospel of Christ..'? ..' By this was
meant; ciuzensnip ln.xne ngtim oi uoa,
and such conduct as would best comport with
that citizenship. - i ; .
Lus text, theretore, suggested its own sub
lect The relations and dut'.es of ourselves
as citizens to the General Government seemed
to him a subject fitting to be discussed upon
such a day as this, ; - . ..... ;
No one will be surprised that a divine
who Could thus easily improve upon Paul
should, without' difficulty, be" led to the
appended ' " loyal conclusions :
r xears aajo we sanctioned. the sum or vil
lainies, the fugitive slave" law; and made our
former villainy yet darker;- In this we re
enacted t-nc lormer sin, and made tne last
act much worse than the first transgression
Our fathers had no right to pass such a law
The fundamental law of the nation ought
always to have spoken in the clearest tones
of the fundamental riehts of mani'.gttaran
teeing to him the light to life, liberty and
the pursuit ot happiness. And it the prcs
ent generation refuse to ratify the Constitu
tional Amendment abolishing slavery, upon
their, heads will rest all the blood that has
been shed in this broad land from the fall of
Sumter to the surrender of Lee. ' We ought
many years 'ago to have said, we demand
freedom for our brothers ; abolish slavery or
be prepared to meet 100,000 bayonets. This
ought to have been demanded it ought to
have been firmlv 'said thirtv vears ae-o
Glorious old John Brown ! lie dared to die
for freedom 1 He was wiser than Wise, and
Wise was a fool to hang him. His soul has
been marching on until, voiced by a million
stalwart warriorsi at last it ha3 culminated
in the grand old anthem, " Glory, Halle
lujah !". . . ... r - V . . :. ; .
God, it "seems ' was of 'fhe opinion tha
we had one too many' churches in this
city prostituted to the celebration ot Ab
olition orgies, for, a few minute3 after the
close of - the services in this one, it was
burned down." We believe in specia
Providences. ' We believe that the Jioys
who-mocked at Elijah were eaten by the
bears for their irreverence, and not be
cause the bears were particularly hungry
The coming of the bears was not acci
dental, but ordered. Wliether it was
worse to say "Go up old baldy" twice
than to sing hallalujahs to a horse thief
and murderer while professedly dedica
ting a temple to the worship ot God, is
question about which there ought not to
be two opinions. ' We think- tnaf the
aouihttg-of .tho devouring" fire, like .that of
the devouring bears, was not accidental
but ordered: This opinion is strength
ened by the fact that the. furniture of the
church was burned a few nights ago" iri a
warehouse, a circumstance which should
be pregnant with warning to insurance
companies how they take risks on appur
tenances to John Brown churches. They
have too long insulted the Almighty by
irreverent fanaticism in professed worship,
and in this dispensation of His providence
they may learn thatr; y, : -..
ihe power incensed the pageant will desert
Tho priestly robe and sacerdotal state." ;
George F. Train on Negro Voting
The eccentric George Francis Train, in a
letter to a friend, thus comments upon the
proposition to extend tho right of soffrago to
negroes. He says to his friend :
Consistency is a jewel.. You are consist
ent so am I. Hence diamonds are trumps.
You prefer, the negroes; I the Irish. I
know that you are honest you know I am.
I court no man's vote-ncither do you. You
would not accept omcc neither would I, Let
us shake hands. I favor the whites you
the blacks, ' Mj philanthropy is home-made
-yours-is imported. Cobden Bright and
uoldwm femith are not our mends ; neither
Exeter Hall nor FrceTrade Hall should gov
ern American. The Irish have no defenders
-the negroes many. : Did the negroes build
our factories, foundries canals, Or railway! !
1 he Indian has no vote, nor the Uahlornia
Chinaman 1 Are they free and equal men
and brethren ? White . New England wo
menj brave, moral, intellectual women, have
no vote. Why?, Are thy not capable I
Stuart Mill says so. Would you make the
unlettered negro their superior? Is Mrs. H.
B. S., the aristocratic Caucassian New Eng
lander, willing that Mr. A. B. C, the igno
rant : African negro, should make laws to
govern her property? Again, we have a
million educated youths, between sixteen
and twenty-one," (many of them soldiers)
would you give the boorish plantation freed
men more political power than these enter
prising Americans possess?
You mustr stand by the working-man's
friend He says let the States settle the
question. Twice, New York has said no,
and a dozen more Northern' States say no 1
Massachusetts having few negroes only said
yes recently. ., ,
You say the negroes were the only race
who proved loyal to the flag." Not so. They
prolonged the war ; . they gave the enemy the
earliest information ; their knife cut both
ways ; they took money on both sides ; their
most reliable spies were negroes. Four mil
lions of slaves loyal? To whom? Their
masters? Yes,' but not to visa Otherwise
had they been worthy of votes,, there would
have been a servile insurrection. Four mil
lions of loyal men would not have remained
silent through fear. Where were their Tcus-
samt JL Uuvertures 7 1 ' ' ,
: I question not your philanthropy or your
patriotism. No man has done more no,
not so inuch as yon for their cause ; but I
frankly confess , my sympathies are not in
that quarter; ' -. '-'';;;',.-, i .
The poor negro must follow the Indian to
his hunting-field, yvith thi3 epitaph over his
Potter's Field gruve-rDiedJrom an oterdesi
of .Exeter IIq.ll I Fear jrfillioifa . That would
give forty negro Representatives,' makinjc
Whortleberry Pudding Cono--- v.aC
wougiass cpeer of tne Hmiaft naann.
t.'Ji iDon't forget that the repudiation
Times in New Orleans Au Inter-.
esting Letter. 'iV:j
A correspondent writing, from Ney -
Orleans, under date Nov. 15, 186&, says:r
bainbo is beginning to experience
in a very practical, and . to him, a very
unsatisfactory manner, the burdens and.
obligations of freedom. Hitherto, under
the administration of the parsons of the
Conway school, they had been Jed to re-j
gard freedom as a state of utter idleness,
with the right" : to wander about . tho
country and pick and steal all that they
wanted tor subsistence and luxurious en
joyment -to scorn all honest employment,
and to . regard and treat all the old citi
zens with hatred -refusing to work for'
theirrjt is generally believed that this
ast mea was iust tiled into their minds, to .
help; along theYankJessees of planta
tions, by enabling themtK.get hand
easier .and at cheaper rates than the-old
planters. " But it was "no go."" The
Yankee lessees have been' nearly all
broken up. They went into, planting, top
hastily, and tound they not only did hot
understand tne pusmess, out tnat tne ne-
groeswouldn't work for thorn as well as
they did for the old planters. This id one
of the causes of the disgust of Convayt
who, 1 see, reports amurs,in the bouth as
very unsatisfactory and unsettled.' ' Cef
tainly they are, and no one has a larger"
responsibility fof out , presefit condition
than this mischievous and dishonest littld
demagogue. But matters have improved
visibly Eince his departure, and they will
continue to improve, if the present policy
initiated by General rullerton, and. now1
being carried out by . General fBaird, ia
continued; r To be satisfied of-the latter
officer's resolution to execute the ', new
policy promptly and vigorously, you will
have only to go on the levee and see what
was never before exhibited in this city, a
legitimate negro pen; An inclosed lot is
there established, in which all the negro
vagabonds .wharf-rats, all who can t'give
an account of their what-aboiits, arfe col
lected and imprisoned. : Attracted by
such an extraof dinary spectacle, I stopped
and asked the negro soldier guarding this
pen what it all meant. "Dem's loosrj
rats, sir, what won't workj and want td
live by stealing." ! Meantime planters
and others wanting negro help, hard only
to call upon the Provost-marshal and get
as many as they want, tor domestic or
plantation service. They are generally
however,, a sorry set. freedom and the
mode in which they have been introduced
to it, have thoroughly demoralized them,
n, i- ,j cni.:
otcaung, idleness, urumk-euiiusa uuu mtm
hess have Under these influence? devel
oped to a degree which, you Northern
people can not conceive. Those that are
honest and industrious do well; they gen
erally remain at their old homes. Instead
of encouraging them to do so, the radical
demagogues are warning them not to
trust the piantersj but to look to "them
and the Yankee school-marms, and to
stand by their rights, especially the Tight
of suffrage', which will give them bread
meat and whiskey. One of these dsma
gogues, an empty-headed, loud-inoathe
youth, who rejoices in the name of, War
mouth, the- same who got up the. election
for Congress to which the negroes were
all invited to come with their ballots and
a dollar each, for the privilege of voting,-
told them in arspeech a few nights ago
that they ought not to work 'for the whits'
people until they got their rights, " but
that they could live upon the spontaneous
productions of Louisiana, and starve the'
white people into a concession of the right
of suffrage. The spontaneous products of
Louisiana, bull-frogs and alligators, didn't
seem to be a very attractive fare to poor'
Sambo, who is always a glutton' and
somewhat of an epicure. ; ' . : ' , r
There is a great scare and tremor herer
among certain le'deral ofnc;als who havrf
grown suddenly rich during the last four ,
years, by intimations oi suits which arer
about to be instituted against them ty re
cover the property of citizens' who have1
recently been amnestied, which property;
it is alleged, got into their, hands in an
irregular and illegal' manner. It , it
charged that the United States Marshal
and the late District Attorney were large1
buyers of properly sold under confiscatiori
judgments. The property of Hon. Chasj
M. Conrad, Secretary of War in. Fill
more's Administration, is said to he held,
by the Marshal; and the residenceof
General Harry T. Hays, with his Jitrafy
and furniture, is now occupied and pos
sessed by that , immaculate, patriot and
martyr,, Waples, the late District Attor
ney, who,5 at the commencement of thai
war, used to live in a loft of an old siore
and board at the markets and lunch
houses.. Though the law under which he?
held his office limited his emolument to'
a certain sum, and required him' "tr pay
over his surplus to tne;United States"
Treasury, he is now worth $100,000. He
never had a dozen suits from privat a in
dividuals during his whole professional
career. ' "'; ; 'l .. ,
- The city is exceedingly lively, arid busi
ness seems to be very active. The stores"
are all selling largely, and the hoteli life
crowded. More produce, especially cot
ton, comes to the city than was eipe ite'd;
Of sugar, only a few, perhaps twen f ist
thirty hogsheads of this year's crop; hare
reached our wharves.' The whole crop
of the season may reach 10,000 hogsheads.
There is still a deplorable lack of cari-v
tal to operate with:. It is especially
needed to enable the planters to provision
their plantations and buy stock and sgri-"
cultural utensils; Cotton is lively, and
buyers find difficulty in filling , their
orders. All sorts of Western provisions
are high and in good demand. Coal i
two dollars arid a-quarter per barrel,' andi
has an upward tendency. A large ot
TvhicK was put up for sale by the Uilitfa
States Quartermaster, was wltlidrarri
1 78 per bushsl. ' "
Gen. Canby has qz'eZ the churchci be.
TJging to tne" Methodist Church Socthia
Jjew Orleans, which had been seised ly tha
Church North, to be restored to their iight
ful owners, and all damages done to theta by
the usurpers to be paid for, u ?
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