Newspaper of Bedford Gazette, June 20, 1856, Page 1

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IS 1" GEO. W. B<m TIA\. NEW SERIES. THE BEDFORD CAZITTE. Ilcrif'orri, June SO, ! s.T(i. G. W. Bowman, Editor and Proprietor. The National Capitol to the liemocrn tic \oinina tioias. SPEECHES OF PRESIDENT PIERCE, GEN. CA SS, AN D JUDG E DO UGL AS. Noblf. patriotically, and enthusiastically has the national capitol responded to the nominations of the Democratic National Convention. Without any prep aration, and with scarcely any previous notice, the Democratic citizens of VV ashiniton assembled in mass meeting at half-past seven o'clock this evening to ratify the nominations made at Cincinnati. In consequence of the unfavorable state of the weather, the meeting was held in Cam's Saloon. The saloon, which is one of the largest in the city, was tilled to overflow ing. Hundreds were unable to gain admit tance, and the enthusiasm of insiders and outsiders was never exceeded at any previous popular demon stration in the city of Washington. Several of the distinguished standard-bearers of the democratic pasty. as they took their seats upon the stand, were vociferously cheered. The appearance of Judge Douglas was hailed with deafening shouts of ap pi.iiise. The veteran statesman and patriot, General Ca-s. was received with tremendous cheering the .Marine Band, which was in attendance, appropriate !v playing "Auhl Lang Syne." The meeting was railed to order bv Mr; Ratclitl'e, of this city, w ho moved that Hon. Samuel A. Smith, of Tennessee, be appointed chairman. The motion was unanimously adopted. Upon taking the chair, Mr. Smith spoke as follows: Fellow-citizens of the District of Columbia; ] should feel it an honor at any time to preside owr so large a meeting as is here assembled to ratify the nominalioVts made at any National Convention : and more particularly so do I now foe!, you have assembled together iri such large numbers, and upon such short notice, to ratify the nominations recently made at the city of Cincinnati, and which, according to the enthusiasm which is manifested here and else vfo re over the country, must and will he suc ossful on the first Tuesday in November nest. [Ch-ering.j 1 also l<*e| highly honored in being railed to preside over this meeting, because it is t lie addressed by those whose long devotion to t.foir country, the constitution, and the Union, fas enshrined themselves in the hearts of their countrymen, under whose lead w e have fought in times gone by, and under u hose lead we ex- In AUt t'.,r • * [~ri 'I It is not inv purpose, it is no; "my place, to speak to you anv further in reference to the candi dates nominated in Cincinnati. I can only re j-ice with von. in common, that the nomina >fops wvre made with such unanimity and such i umrnv as always characterize the gieat dem ocratic party when assembled together, with the noble purpose that it did a few days ago, to preserve the Union. [Great applause.] There, iray be no one here from the Slate which I have the honor to represent, and I will travel out of ■ - usual course merely to sav, corning as I do, k m the State of Tennessee, that, in November ; >x ! , I pledge myself, and the pledge u ill be re deem-.1, thai.we will roll up such a majority for the nominees of the Cincinnati Convention <o has never before been given by Tennessee •-.Mf'tldays of Andrew Jackson. Mr. Smith took his seat amidst tremendous applause. Tiie following vice-presidents were (lien an nounced : Daniel RatclifT", Geo. Parker, Win. 15. Magruder, C. W. C. Dunnington, ' Thomas Carberrv, I*. J. Senmnes, Walter Lenox, Jerome Diggs, K. H. Gillette, Peter Hepburn, Lambert Tree, Gey. Ml-.heir, Dr. Wm. Jones. Henry S. Davis, Secretaries. J no. F. Ennis, Francis McN'erhany, James S. Holland, Wm. J. Donohoo. Gen. Cass's Speech. General Cass, on being introduced, was re. •reived vviih enthusiasticcheers. He said: Ido not come here to make you a formal address. I came to unite wit It you in your congratula tions upon the termination, the fortunate termi nal ion, of the mission of the representative f vof the democratic party at Cincinnati. A v <i;ie |,a s reached us f'rnin tiie V\ est, borne by that t; vsteri us agent which defies both time am! space, announcing that the convention has ram- I in., HI- partv the name of a statesman and patriot fir the Chief Magistracy of the Union and tor our standard-bearer, dining the coming, which will unite the hearts and hopes and. exertions of the whole demociacy of the country. And that man is James Buchanan. If - is respected hv the American people fir his to-rv ires and experience, for his unsullied integ rity and unquestioned talents, his intimate ac quaintance with public affairs, and for his pa triotism and devotion to the country, in what ever situation he has b w en placed, at home or a broad. He has filled with honor and distinc tion various high stations, and left them ail en joving a greater measure of public confidence than when he entered them—a rare circum stance in tiie life o| a public man in our coun try. And he is especially respected by his own parly for his attachment to its cause and prin r'fles, his fidelity in trying times, and his rejec tion of mere Ucnl considerations, always regar with solicitude the rights and claims of ev. vry section of the country. The labors of the convention are closed, and well closed, and now ours—that is, yours and mine, those, indeed, of the whole party—begin. L* t us determine to elect our nominee. We can tlo it, and shall do it. Let every frtte democrat buckle on his ar mor— not the armor of 9harpe*s rifles, which are supplied by some of the churches of the J country, instead of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but the armor of truth, of reason, and of per suasion, and go forth to the combat, and he j s _ sure to go forth to victory. And never was there a time which more de manded the patriotism and devotion of everv * honest-hearted American than does the present. Evil days are upon us, and in the very wanton ness of blessings and prosperity unknown else where in ancient or modern times, we are en gaged in an angry and fearful sectional contro versy, whose consequences no man should con template without the most gloomy apprehension. e One portion of our country, not sa tiss-d with a enjoying the rights ot self-government, seerri to desire to govern the other. The day of trial s has come, and the destiny of the Union, under } 'he God of our fathers and our own God, who F led us through the waters and the desert to ' this beautiful land, not of promise, but of per formance— under His overruling Providence ' the destiny of this Union is in the hearts and hands of the democratic party. Our old and honorable opponents, the whigs—the whigs of the days of the lamented Clay and Webster— who so long carried on a contest with our p>ar ty upon great constitutional questions, and in a spirit of liberal patriotism, are disbanded. Its leaders are dead or discouraged, its standard is in the dust, and its time-honored distinctive principles are among the things that have been, am,' mainly out of the ruins have arisen sec tianal parties, some of them with avowed de signs, fatal to our national existence, and all of them without any other connecting bond than opposition to the democratic party. L-*t us nut undeirate the strength f ,f t Hat opposition; hut I* t us prepare for if, and we ran overcome it in fair combat, and save the Union. And here, this night, at this democratic meeting of appro- j vnl and ratification, in the political capitol of the repirdic, let ns pledge ourselves to each oth- i • r and to the partv to do our duty, and our w hole duty ; and if this example is every where followed, as it w ill he, the battle w ill be half won by the determination to win it. Let every democrat sacrifice his personal prejudi ces and predilections, if he have any that will he injurious, upon the altar of his party. And it I have one single friend in this numerous as semblage who, for the sake of auld lang syne, has any regard fir mv wishes or opinions, I ask him to do as 1 shall do—support zealously, heartily, earnestly, the election ol James Bu chanan. He will find his reward in the good j ol his country and in the stability of her insti tutions. , As to the candidate far tile vice presidency, the selection is honorable to the convention and the party. Those who know Mr. Brecker.ridge j best, best know his true democracy, his high and his claims upon the public confidence. He will he a faithful co-laborer with Jane's Bu chanan in the cause of the country. Success to them both ! but, above all. success to this glo rious Union, which has given us a greater mea sure of prosperity and freedom than ever before fell to the lot of any nation ! Withered be the ! hand that is stretched out to touch the Ark of ♦lie Constitution ! During the delivery oi' Genprai Cass's speech he was repeatedly interrupted with loud and enthusias tie cheers. At its ronclu-ion, shout alter shout j went up for Judge Douglas. Ihe chairman then ! stepped forward and -aid that it was almost useless for him to introduce to the meeting one so nniver- j sally known as the "Young Giant o! the West, i As soon as the wild applause which followed this announcement had in a measure subsided, Judge Don- , gla? appeared, and spoke substantially, as follows : j Judge Douglas's Speech. Hon. Stephen A. Douglas said he came before the meeting with a hearty good will to endorse , and ratify the action of the National Conven- j lion at Cincinnati. [Applause.] lie came not | as a matter of fi>rm, not in compliance with a ; custom, but with liea*t and soul in the cans-. He camp to congratulate them upon the unani mous adoption of a platform which commands the approbation of every democratic heart: to congratulate them upon the nomination ot a candidate for presidency and sice presidency; worthy to stand upon that platform, and to re ceive the unanimous support ot every democrat. |Cl>eers.] The platform arid the standard-bea rers were worthy of each other—each accepta ble to the w hole democracy of the entire coun : try. He felt more heart in this contest than any \ he had ever before been engaged in, and there ■ was more of importance to tie attached to it in its result, and more to inspire the patriotism "I i everv lover of his country. This Union was j made through the constitution, and cannot stir- j | vive for a single day the obligations ot that in- ' jstrument. The democratic party stands before j the cotintiv as the onlv national party in the; whole republic : the onlv party which avows: principles alike in the East and the VY est, in the , North and the South; the only party whose ; principles must prevail wherever the const it u-j • tion reigns. [lmmense applause.] Look at the creed of the party as promulga ■ fed at Cincinnati : and then upon that dbtur-j ■ t-irig element, the v-x*H question ol slavery, j ■ you find a platform which has received the - sanction of every democratic, delegate from ev - eiv State in the Union. Democracy is now > the same in Massachusetts, in South Carolina, - [applause,] in Michigan, anci in Illinois, in O hio and Louisiana; and wherever the Ameri i can flag waves there the democratic creed is - one and the same. What other parly can cross - the Ohio river and Mason and Dixon's line arid - carry their principles with them? [A Voice. . None.] Can this Union be preserved in the - hands of a political party whose principle- of r action is hostility on ihe part of one half the f States against the rights and institutions of the j other half of this Union? Can sectional strife, a sectional animosity, and sectional warfare—a - part of the North against the South, a part of l the South against the North—produce that fra r fernal feeling and brotherly love which is es- FRIDAY MORNING, BEDFORD, PA. JUNE 20, 1856. , sential to preserve the republic as our father: - made it ? Have we not the greatest induce s merit to stimulate our utmost exertions? Nc • leas than the integrity of the constitution, thr - j preservation and perpetuity of the Union, rie f j pend upon the result of the election. VV e had a candidate for the presidency w*hose - reputation was as wide, tie was about to say, a> - the republic, but he would say as wide as civil - ization—a man who has filled the highest offi ces in his country, save that only to which he - is to he inaugurated on the 4th of Match next • j —[great and continued applause]—a man ot >; wide experience in the House ol Representa )j tivrs, in the Senate, in the cabinet, in the for ! | eign service, and wherever commanding abili • j ties and stern integrity were required fir the >. discharge of high duties. Everywhere in the > line ot duty you have found James Buchanan i elevating tiis own reputation, while sustaining ■ and carrying forward the interest and honor ol his country. He was a man without a stain upon his private character, and with a political record equally untarnished, from the days of Jackson down to the present time. Allusion was made to the Signal services which he had performed, not tfie least of which , was the delicate duty ot representing this coun try at the first court in the world 'during the present admini-tration. Such was the man whom the democracy had presented to them for their suffrages. The candidate fir the vice presidency was too we|| known to a Washing lon audience to require much praise. Most of them knew him personally, and all that was necessary was to know* him in order to love ! him. He possessed the highest qualities fir the • office fir which tie was now designated, or for a higher station in future years when his expe rience should be more fully matured. The democracy thus had standard-bearers with which they could defy the combined forces of the en emy. J hey w ere one compact party, profess ing one common cr-ed ; and they were arrayed ■ against the allied farces of abolitionism, know- ' nothingism, and everv other ism. He rejoiced : that they had got all the isms into one common i line ; he had long been wishing to get them where the Democrats could rake them ail down j at once. 1 hese isms were animated by one j i common sentiment, and that was hostilit vto the .democratic parly. Abolitionism and know nothingism were first cousins generally; hut in Illinois they were at least'hrothers, and Siamese tw ins at that. They would always go fur the same candidate, no matter whether he was a know-nothing or an abolitionist. The coming conflict, however, he believed, was one in which the democracy would triumph, and the effect of that triumph would be to restore peace. Quiet, and to the Ui i in. There . ocratic ranks; fir all who agreed in | ririciple were now invited to act together, without re gard to past differences. One ol the great prin- i cipies of their faith was ihe equality ot ihe States, and the right ot self-government in the Territories, subject to the limitations of the constitution ; or, in other words, the great prin ciple of the Nebraska bill, ILanl applause.] There were no more any anti-Nebraska denio [ crats now than there were white black birds to lie ionod. The platform endorsed the NVbras j ka bill : and w hat more, said Mr. D., could I 1 desire ? If there was anything u ore to he de sired, it was to he found in the lesidue ot the platform, and he cordially responded to every clause therein embraced. The democratic party j was united vv 1111 a common creed arid common , I objects: and thev were marching certainly and j sure]v to a common victory. The platform was equally explicit in refer-! j ence to the disturbances in relation to the lei- j i rilory of Kansas, it declared that treason was lo he punished, and resistance to the law s yas jto lie put down. That was the whole question j involved—whether the supremacy of the laws : should be maintained, or whether mob violence j should overcome the officer ol the law. On this question, between law and violence, the de mocracy had expressed their sentiments: they . say tiiat the laws shall be executed so long as they stand upon the statute-book. Bu'. the black republicans sav that they w ill trample upon the \ law,and shoot down the officers who execute! it, because they do not like the law. '1 he whole question was, whether-law and ogder and the 1 constitution shall prevail, or whither lavvKss violence and mob shall rule in their stead. Tile convention had met that question with a firm ness ami directness that trust find a cordial re-j spouse not only in the heart ot every democrat, but in that i f every lover ol* his country, no matter what his political opinions might he. i The great principle of the Nebraska bill was 1 the right of !tie people to make their own laws: ' and hence the duty of the minority to suhu it to j laws made in conformity with the constitution : and the organic act. It they deny the const i ■ tutionalit v or validity of any law, let them test i it in the courts of law, and abide by the result : I or, if they desire to have any of the laws r**- j pealed, 1,-t them try to carry their point at the j polls, and let the majority decide the question : j but so long as the laws stand upon the statuD lo d<, so long asthe courts pronounce them con j stitutional, just so long they must be obeyed. ; These remarks were applicable not to the laws of the Territory ot Kansas alone, but to a I I laws. It was a universal principle in every free government that the supremacy of the law must lie maintained : and it that principle should he lost sight of lor a moment, what would the liberty of the people he worth ? Now, this 1 was not the first time that there had been a ilis ' position to resist the laws because some of lie people dill not like them ; not only had there (••-en nppositinn to the laws of Kansas, but to the fugitive slave law, and in each case ttey made the satne exfti?". Indeed, no other ex cuse could he made for refusing to obey tli-it , law than 'hat they did not like it heraus* it sends the negro back to slaver)*. But he ven tured to express the opinion that, if tieie ■ could be found a hole in it big enough to let ■! every negro drop through, they womf fin! it

Freedom of Thought and Opinion. rs | the holiest law* that ever was made. Thecon- I st it lit ion says that theslave must be surrendered: 0 i and those who object to this object to th" con e | st it ut i< >n ot the country, and not to the fugitive - ; slave law. The principle of the Mack republicans is to e j obey such laws as they like, and repudiate those I s they do not like. They claim protection under j - the constitution, and refuse to yield obedience j -j to it. Ihe difference between them and the de- : e | mocrac.y is, that the democracy support the con- i t ; stitntion i:i all of its parts with equal fidelity, : fj without reference to whether they like or dis- ; - j like it. It is no excuse for a man to sav that ' - he does not like a law, and therefore will not - j obey it. Did they ever know a criminal who ■ j hked the law? [Applause.] Law-breakers ' ' never like the punishment that follows the act. 1 [ Law-abiding men have no fear of the suprema : , cy of the law; and the question to be decided fj in this contest is, whether a law' made in pur i suauce of the constitution, and a expounded I ! hy the courts, shall prevail, or whether such a I i law is naught, and whether cowardly leaders may shoot down the officers ol the law with ; j impunity. ' i : He rejoiced that the convention, by a unani ■; mous vote, had approved of the creed that law* : • must and shall prevail. [Applause.] He re joiced that v.*e had a standard-bearer with so i ! much wisdom and nerve as to force a firm and undivided execution of those laws. When, he ■ said, the issues were presented between the two great parlies—he said tvo parties, because know nothiogism was dead, and nothing but black republicanism was left, [laughter :] thev would find such a verdict as this country had never rendered in favor of a democratic platform or a democratic standard-bearer. [Great cheering.] He hardly knew where the opposition would ( get any votes, in order to let us know when the history of this contest should be written, who'■ , its candidates were. T lie Democracy did not intend their oppo- , ' rient< should get a single State in the great Northwest. They wore a law* abiding people , there. He was stir** they had no hopes in old ( Pennsylvania, the Keystone Mate, the homecf ( : Buchanan. In New* York, he said, tiie Demo- ( : crats are united, thank God. [Applause.] Did | any one suppose that lawless violence was to * triumph over the laws and the judiciary of the country in New* England ? Was it there that, . under the advice of the pulpit filled with Sliarpe's rifles, law u as to be spurned, constitu- lional obligations to be defied, and the mob to ' j take possession of the power of the government ? j He repelled the charge. He had New* England Mood in his veins, and did not believe that the r people of New England would decide lor mob ( . viaii-ni*e over the Uooctitnlioi-. Ihe laws, the itl in our institutions. [ New Hampshire, too, would come in with a , glorious victory—New* Hampshire, the birth , place of Franklin Pierce, ihe star in the East , that never sets ! Did anv one suppose that she ' j would join this mob-law* party ■ Never, so j long as sin* remembered the laith'ol adrninistra- j tion of Franklin Pierce. And w hen the histo- | i v of these times should be written, it would [ be seen that there never had been a Chief Mag- , istrafe who had stood with more religious fidel- , it v by Ihe constitution of his country than has j the present Chief-Magistrate. [Great Applause.] , The proudest honor which his successor could ( desire to have paid to him would he to say that , lie had been as faithful to the constitution and ( the Union as had been Franklin Pierce. [Re newed cheering.] Mr. 1). said that he felt it a j ; duty and a privilege to have the opportunity of j, saving, under circumstances when there was , no danger of misapprehension, what every De- j mocrat had in his heait to say. that the country , owed an immense, undying obligation to this,, administration (or the fidelity with which the £ 1 constitution has been upheld and guarded. i ( Following the example of my illustrious ( friend from Michigan, (he continued,) 1 will , I say here, as 1 hope to have the power of saying j in a goM many other places between this time ;, and the first of November, that if I have a friend , in this Union who loves me, or regards mvj f j opinion, or has anv respect for my memory, let t : him put his shoulder to the wheel, and do ev- : ( i ery tiling in his power lo win a great and glo- ( ! l ions victory. j, | Mr. D. took his seat amidst tremendous cheer- i ing, and the band played "The Star-Spangled | Banner." i At the conclusion ol" Judge Doui'la-'s eloquent and ' I powerfully effective speech, the chairman announced ; that the meeting would adjourn for the purpose of ' serenading the President of the t'nited States. Pic- ' ceded hy the Marine band, their numbers swelling 1 I at every step, the ma> meeting, now formed into ' sections for marching order, proceeded to the Presi dential mansion, where they arrived about ten o*- " clock. Seldom have we seen a greater as-emblage of people than were gathered about the F.xeCritive Mansion on this memorable occasion. The occasion, ! ' the place, the presence of so many men distinguish i ed alike for their ulents, their public services, and 1 ! their devotion to the Democratic cause, the exulting ' ! shouts of the gathered and gathering thousands, and > ; the strains of music the more inspiring from their patriotic u-sooiation, combined to Jorm a scene | which will be indelibly impressed upon the memory j of all who witnessed it. Conspicuous among the! crowd on the north portico of the building were Gen. j Cass and Judge Douglas. Their beaming counte- j nances showed how truly they sympathized with their fellow-citizens on this occasion of general joy j and exultation. After the band had played several airs, a loud, en- , thusia-tic. and prolonged rail was made for the Pre sident of the United States. Promptly and graceful- j ly the President appeared, in obedience to the popu- j lar summons, at one of the windows overlooking the portico. His appearance was followed by an out break of poplar enthusiasm, and we might with tiuth 1 add, of popular affection, which has never been ft- ; celled in tbi or any other pait of the Union. Cheer followed cheer, shout went up afte* shout, until it 1 seemed that the call was made not to hear but to be j heard. The band struck up "Hail to the Chief," but the music only added to the universal excitement.— At the conclusion of this air the President spoke as follows : President Pierre's Speech. I congratulate you, my fellow-citizens, upon the occasion which btings you tier'*, ami I in | dulge the confident hopp that the joy with I which you hail the harmonious and unanimous j result of the deliberations at Cincinnati may be : strengthened and deepened by the ratifying | voice of our countrymen. It is pleasant to realize that, however other | parties may b<* divided and distracted, there is • nothing with us but union of purpose, and will jbe nothing but union in action. From this hour jto that when the polls w ill be opened in N<>- i vember all prejudices and personal animosities among those who should cultivate mutual re -1 gard and afford mutual support w ill be laid a ! side : nay, even preferences, which may have existed in our ranks are already no longer rc membereil. The preference of the convention is the preference in this crisis of everv friend who cares more for the country than for him self. Devotion to the cause, and an earnest support of the standard-bearers who are to lead us through the great struggle, w ill constitute the controlling sentiment of the Democracy, North ami South, East arid We*t. We are a!!, I am sure,quite sincere in our convictions that not only the prosperity of the republic, but the perpetuity ol this 1,1 ss-*d Union, depends essen tially upon the vindication and maintenance of the principles declared hv the recent conven tion. But these principles can be vindicated and sustained only hy conceit*..) action, and that can only be secured by organization.— Hence, fidelity to this organization and its usa ges becomes, like fidelity to principles, a cardi nal virtue. The latter can onlv be manifested and made effectual through the former. My friends will have duties to perform in the canvass which my position alone will prevent me from attempting to fulfil in person. It is never to be forgotten by me that, in 1S:)2 old er and better [many voices cried out "not bet ter Uj soldiers than myself, (Mr. Buchanan and General Cass) —men who had been faithful and tried leaders through many years of labor and conflict—were passed by to call me from the retirement which J had sought, and to which I shall return without regret. May* I not add, gentlemen, that, it life be spared, I shall go back to the State ol my birth with a consciousness of having adopted no single measure of public pol icy during my administration which I did not be|ieve to be demanded l>v the best interests of my country, nor one which does not, to-night, command the approbation of my judgment and of whom I liave spoken, and ol the younger nut nevertheless better soldier, [Judge Douglas*,] now* standing bv the great, venerated, and good man, (General Cass,] w ho, tor so many years, lias had, not merely my confidence and respect, but n.v affection, will never cease to he grate fully remembered by me. They were ai! in the field, not merely to encourage and direct, but actually to lead the columns. Their ener gies were not put forth because the standard was in mv l ands, but because its bearer w as, in their estimation, for the time being, tiie im personation of those sound constitutional prin ciples which they believed could alone give stability and permanence to this glorious fabiic of our institutions. It is cheering to know that the action ol the late convention places the statesmen and patri ots, who are to lead us now, upon a piatlbrm identical, in scope and spirit, with that which I accepted with full conviction of my judg ment and with everv sentiment of my heart, and that thev are to occupy it with the stand ard lowered never an inch, so far as the strict construction of the const it ut ion and the vindi cation of the constitutional rights of every por tion of the Union are concerned. Much and justly as we admire the patriotism, attainments, and private virtues of our stand ard bearers, there will be nothing like man-wor ship in this contest. Men become compara tively insignificant, except as instruments when great principles and the vast interests ot a country like ours are involved. There w ill be, on your pait, no appeal to un wot thy passion.-, no inflammatory calls lor a second revolution like those wtwch are occasionally reported as coming from men who have received nothing at the hands of their government hut protection and political blessings, no declaration o( resis tance to the laws of the land, no invocation to the shedding of blood by those w ho have had none to shed when our countrymen have stood face to face with foreign foes. But the issue will summon vou to a calm, earm -t struggle far the constitution, and, consequently, for the Union. Y'ou will bear yourselves like men determin ed to cling to that sacred instrument as tiie on ly securit v from general wreck, and the only refuge from universal ruin. Men who (eel and act with you cling to it with patriotic wisdom and steady fortitude, and they will defend it, if need be, with heroic valor against all assaults from without or within. That a signal triumph awaits you in such a cause I entertain no doubt. If, as I fully believe, our fathers were not on ly guided and sustained through the changing scenes and struggles of the revolution, but were insj ired after its close to devise and adopt this constitution bv Omnipotent Power, we innv repose ujion a humble but unwavering faith that that Power w ill not permit the madness of their children to destroy it. Accept, gentlemen, rr.y best wishes lor voii collectively and individually, and my thanks for th is gratifying call. municipal election in Washington City held on last Monday, resulted in the Mic tion of Magruder, Democrat, over hi.-- Know- Nothing competitor- Another Democratic City. TER.WS, 82 f'fiiSl YEAR. VOL XXIV; NO. 42. 1 The Dear WiS'e aiatl the Keaf Attul. 1 had an aunt coming to visit me for the first time since my marriage, and. ido jiot know i what evil genius promoted the wickedness which I perp.-lraied towards my vviffe and an aa i cient relative. : "Mv dear," said J lo.rly wife, on the day • before my aunt's ars i"you know aunt Mary is loming to-morrow : weft, forgot to mention a lather annoying circumstance with regard to}, her. She's very deaf; and although she can * ; hear my voice to which she is accustomed, in its ordinary tones, yet you will be obliged to speak extremely loud in order to be heaid.- it will be rather inconvenient, but i know yon will do every tiling in your power to make her agreeable. Mrs.—announced her determination to make herself heard, • i po.-i'.lr. I then Went to John T , who loves a joke about u> well as any person 1 know of, and told him to he at the li )Use at six o'clock. P. M., on the following evening, and felt com piunlive! y happy. i went to the railroad depot with a carriage next night, ami when I was on rnv way home with my aunt, J said : '•Dear aunt, there is on" rather annoying in firmity that Anna (my wile) has, which ] for got to mention. She's very deaf, and although she can hi ar my voice, to which she is accus tomed, in its oaiim.ry tone.-, vou wtil t;e obli ged to speak extremely loud in order to be heard. lam sorry for it indeed. Aunt Mary, in trie goodness of her heart pro tested tiiat she rather liked speaking loud, and to do so would afford her great pleasure. Ihe carriage drove up : on the steps was my wile, in the window was John T., with his face a> utterly solemn as if he had buried ail his re latives that afternoon. I handed out my aunt, and she ascended the steps. "1 am ti> lighted to see vou," shrieked try * wife, and the policeman on the opposite side walk started, and my sunt nearly fell down the steps. "Kiss me, my dear," howled my aunt, and the hall lamp chattered and the widow shook as with the ague. J looked at the window.— * John had disappeared. Human nature could stand it no longer. 1 poked mv head into the carriage, and went into strong convulsions. When I entered the parlor mv wife was helping Aunt Mary to take off her hat and cape; and there sat John with his sober face. Suddenly, "did you have a pfeasant journey ?" went of? n<v wife like a r is'nL and John nearly WWW# L.iLLL- ' ]he fir blocks around must have heard it. When J was in the third story oi the building I heaid every word they said In the course of the evening, rr.y aunt took occasion to say to me, "How loud vour wife speaks, Don't it hurt h r ?" I told her all d"af persons talked loudly, and that my wife being used to it, was not effected by the exertion, that Aunt Mary was getting a long very nicely with her. Presently mv wife said softly— "A If how very loudly your aunt talks." "Yes,' said I 'ail deal persons do. iouare getting along with tier finely: she hears every word you say." And I rather think she did. Elated at their success in being under-stood; they went at it hammer and tongs till every thing on the mantle-piece clattered again, and I was seriously airaid of a crowd collecting in front of the house. But the end vvas near. Mv aunt being of an investigating turn of minii, was desirous of finding out whether th" exertion of talking so loud was not injurious to mv wife. So— "Does'nt talking so lomi strain youi lungs said she in an unenithly whoop, for her voire was not quite so musical as it was when she was young. '•lt is an exertion." shrieked mv wife. "Then why do it." was the answering scream. "U'can-e—because you can't hear it I don't." screamed my w if.-. '•What." said rr.y aunt, fairly rivaling a rail road whistle this time. 1 began to think it time to evacuate the prem ises. and looking round and seeing John gone, I stepped into the back parlor, and there he lav flat on back, with his fret at light angles with his body, rolling from side to side, with bis fi-ts poked into his ribs; and a most agoni zing expression of countenance, but not utter ing a sound. J immediately and involuntarily nssumed a similar position, and I think that, irom the relative position of our heads and left, and our attempts to restrain our laughter, ap poplexv must inevitably ensued, il a horrible groiiu which John gate, had not betrayed our hiding place. In rushed my aunt and wit", who by this time comprehended the joke, and such a scol ding as I then got I never got before and 1 hope never to get again. I know not what the end might have been if John, in his endeavors to appear respectful and sympathetic, had not given way to such a groin and horse laugh that all gravity was up set. and we screamed out in concert. I know it was very wrong, and all that, to t"ll such falsehoods, but I think Mrs. Opie her self would have laughed if she bad seen aunt Mary's expression when she was informed that In r hearing vvas defective. [£7 Tiie best thing to give your enemy is for giveness: to your opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart , to your child, a good ex ample ; to your father, deference ; to your mo ther, conduct that will make her proud of you • to yourself, respect Wai! men, charity.