Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune, May 22, 1876, Page 2

Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune dated May 22, 1876 Page 2
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2 toiled only for Itself, and lifts loved only itself, and contemplated only Itself. As when n heart looks only inward upon Its own sinfulness, and deals only In conversation nbout self and the. greatness or sorrows of self, It becomes elthcf, morbid to the degree of Insanity or else becomes only an egotist, so when religion looks only at Its own idea It seems to become half demented and rapidly exchanges -the sobllmo -for the ridiculous. When the German- philosophers looked Into the depths of the transcendental system-they lost sight of all realism, and did not gain sight of tho Ideal, but became blind, like one Who looks always at tho sun. Thus whenever'Religion has turned all tho day’s labor upon itself It hod become a fanaticism of most fatal qualities, parlylo says tbo divinity students came bomo from flic seminary ut Jena In Kant’s day “ with their minds well nigh delirious” that “objurgations,” “excessive bitterness,” “.heresy jarring, and unprofitable logic were universal.” One young clergyman at Wcimiu* ahol himself becauseot these tur moils of tho soul. Goethe said he should simply wait for the “scheme to nave Its day ami die.” , . . If you will read tho hUtory of religion,—of Christianity, I mean,—you will find how rapidly It reformed its Ideas and habits the moment the new Industry of the lost three centuries began Its marvelous earner. As soon ns the ago ofin dustry began to dawn the ogo of religious hal lucination began to wane, fur a hallucination Is always an absorption of mind Into one Men, to the (atont that It loses the sight of the world and loses thus Its equilibrium. When the hu man mind began to see new pursuits—law, med icine, democracy, inventions, oris, sciences—lt pecan suddenly to see tbo old pursuit In a calmer, dearer light. Anew love utspcllcd an old infatuation. TCho reform of Protestantism and tho flual overthrow or reform of Romanism are coming and to come greatly from a* uni versal Industry that will break up the magical spell in which minds have been held for hun dreds of years, ns birds arc said to he charmed to tho death by tho glittering eyes of a serpent. Wo need not hesitate, therefore, to soy that In tho economy of God religion was to be tho friend of all the wcasurckM labor that was to cover tho wide earth. This alliance was to help religion. It was to keep her so employed In the actual that she should he In little danger of falling into the pit of tho visionary. Uer inter est lu education and charity and liberty and eternal life was to protect her against attempts to sound the unfathomable, ana to make Ma donnas blink ami holy bones cure disease. This alliance waste help her to a simple’practical religion like that of Christ, all the words of which make up now soul, new mauhood, Just os fresh rains make new, sweet grass. A broad In dustry Is the death ot fanaticism. Tlda alliance was reciprocally to bless the wholo domain of Industry. A perfect mauhood being tho earthly and heavenly achievement ot religion, religion Is bound to live and work for oil those means that help work out tho final end. A converted men -Is not all that religion seeks, for many a converted man cannot read or write, and the grossest crimes have been done by Ignorant converts to piety. lienee, tbo Church must help In the public education os ar dently os it throws itself Into a revival, for after conversion has made a soul willing to do Its duty it should bo educated to know what la tho highest right and tho meanest wrong. A revival of piety Is worth little except when con nected with a revival of thought. Religion must bo tbo Immediate friend of every art useful and beautiful, because they arc the means of perfect manhood, and tbatwhlch loves the great termina tion of man’s life cannot bo neglectful of any of the steps by which tho great height; Is reached Religion must bo the unwearied friend of high ideal politics, for her sanctuary is built In the middle of tho state, and unless tho state Is full of Justice and freedom tho temple ot God will bo dragged down as In Rome, Spain, Mexico, by tbo Ignorance and depravity of tho Empire. In our land, where tho people mold the-State, a minister watching the ballot-box all day and up to midnight Is standing nearer God’s altar than over was a robed priest kneeling to the solemn music of a cathedral. In such a watch ful heart all tho wishes and painful anxiety are prayers clothed with the deepest piety and full of sweetest acceptance before Goa. Thus have we seen that religion Is to take tho world’s labors in her aim*. As God, tho Author ami Reason of religion, stood by the first six days of this great activity, passing along from stars to oceans, and voles and rivers, so man, succeeding in the labor of creation, Is to make his religious sentiment become an atmosphere in widen each art and science shall spring for ward with new life. Atheism could not orlug to manldnd motives of labor powerful enough to impel or beautiful enough to allure. Under Atheism tho theory of life would decline. The toll of the human race demands tho Christian theory ot this life. That theory cun tell us where toll for fashion and vanity Is too large and far tlul soul too small; It can check tho one and inspire-the other; it cau tell us the mean ing of the state, that wo shall become good citizens; it can so enlarge tho moral faculties, that toil will lie here not black with vice but white with virtue; It can assure man that all his works will follow him, and then when in tho midst of all his Industry and burdens he is fall ing. sinking, dying, It can cheer him with tho liigu and deep psalm of immortality. T7NITAIUAKISM. tmAT TUB RECENT LOUISVILLE CONFERENCE Tlio Rev. Dr. Powell, pastor of the Third Uni tarian Church, occupied Ida pulpit yesterday morning, having just returned from a Confer ence of ministers of his faith at Louisville. 11a made the sentiment and work of the CoalcrcuCo the subject of his discourse. The object of the Conference, ho said, had been to promote u personal fraternity rather than u doctrinal union, and as such it had .been eminently successful. Hut one spirit had animated the body, and that was characteristic of the Western workers. There was there radical and conscrv • alive, hut no inharmony. Toleration had been sought and achieved, and the result was that harmony prevailed throughout, however differ ent may nave been the current of thought. They all hud felt, nevertheless, that beneath all discussions and expressions there were vital underlying problems, wldeh must sooner or later coma up, and problems similar to those to-day being brought to light sim ultaneously In dllfereut parts of the globe. They had felt and appreciated the enormity of the great moral questions which had stirred past generations, and were In no wise blind to the struggle with science ul the present day. The greater problem there had been tho author ity of the Bible, and the question whether It could be placed us infallible against the reason ing of modem thinkers. Was it divine, super natural, or natural! Was itobllgiitory to press the law of the old Jews In bondage upon every soull or was tho law of Moses so superior to all other law that It must bo adhered to through all ages! were tho grout questions. No one troubled the faithful compilation of tho Bible, so fur us It went, but tho larger proportion of the Conference had been inclined to place It oa the basis of other books, and to look upon its miracles us they did upon the works of other authors. Its stones of persons living iu a furnace heated seven times butter than our ordinary furnaces, and in tho bowels of lish, they were inclined to accept with a great deal of allowance, and the whole of its authority was regarded quite os fallible as tho Church of Rome.was llexlulc. Since tho author ity of the Bible was regarded os far from super natural, the Conference viewed the great con test going on as not between science and relig ion, but between science and Muses, between common sense and Jonah, and between Dr. Uaxlcy and Balaam's ass. Tho speaker then reverted at some length to tho effect of the miracles of the Bible upon the growing generation, and especially upon tho Bahbuth-eciiool attendants. While Uio Bi ble remained as recognized authority Its ntorlcs (could not be gotten rid. of. It hud to bo taken us a whole or not at all. Them was but one way out of the difficulty, and that was by teaching children good works, and keeping their minds away from creeds and church dogmas— teach them to love the good mid beautiful, and to eschew the wicked and immoral. In no other way could the morale of ths Church bo retained In the face of tho teach ings of I‘uul and the men of bis time, and who were no hotter or brighter in the light of reason than the authors and thinkers of the present. Luther denied tho right of tho Church, ques tioned its councils and. made his own Bible. Ho eliminated three books from tho old Bible, and It was not long before he bod his followers. The more modern reformers bod mode further strides In the same diocctlon, and they, too, had had their followers, and the speaker saw no reason why still others should not follow, until the Bible was stripped of all that was supernatural, and until reason took tho place of tho grand superstitions of old. Tho Louisville Conference luff done u noble work In tills direction. It had cut loose from the old ideas of Unitarians in New England, stepped la advance of Chanulng, believing, as It did, that Jesus was Mot God. It hud been a body of thinkers, and did not believe to be exceedingly human wps to bo exceedingly depraved. It ouliovcd that Uidtarionlsm was extinct as a sect, and that to do right, from tho highest to the lowest, and toward tho hum blest as well os the greatest', should ho the aim and purpose of lifu, 'When this idea was em braced, tho speaker urged, it would ho muro emulating to give the poor washerwoman her dues than to pay homage to Jesus around tho sammtnvd supper-boards! The speaker closed his eloquent, radical, end l fMJ totcrcsUng address, by saying that tho voice . ot- tbo LonlsrJUe Conference h«d been jin ’ favor of reproducing and re- Edbllsnlng Theodore' Parker's Works aft the csb literature for.the times, because It was founded on reason and common sense. Its voice was also In favor of doing away with that which was supernatural, which would leave hu manity without obligation about the hereafter, or at least without obligation to work for the filling of God’s Paradise after any of the super natural theories or plans. The Conference wanted the Illbie judged by reason, and every man guided by hts own conscience In bis walks of life, and the Chnrch to labor for the promo tion of correct principles and an Improved public virtue,—tho contest being not between Bolonco and religion, but between saints and sinners. ILLINOIS 8. 8. ASSOCIATION. TUB UIOIITBENTH ANNUAU CONVENTION rno- OIIAMKB. Tho Eighteenth Annual Convention of tho Illinois State Sunday-School Association will bo held at Jacksonville on the 23d, 21th, and 525th ot this month. Unusually largo preparations hare been made to make this ono of tho must Important gatherings of tho kind ever held in this or any other State, anil among the great lights who ,are to be present are Moody and Sankey, Bishop Cheney, Mr. Whittle, and others. So large an assembly is expected that it Is able arrangements wfll bo made to tho sessions in two or three different buildings nt tho same lime. Mr. Moody will sneak each evening in one place, and Sankey will lend tho singing In the same man ner. Bishop Cheney and Sir. Whittle will speak Tuesday evening, nud other gentlemen Wednes day evening. Tho usual love-feast will bo held Thursday evening. The regular programme for tho sessions of tho Convention has been published, and shows that the plan has been thoroughly considered and well arranged. It will lie emphatically a working Convoullou. The programme includes for tho first session. May' 13J, tho call ing together In tho morning .with prayer and praise, tho oifcunlzotlon, and an address of welcome by the Itev. 8. M. Morton. At 3 o’clock of tho same day the second session will be held. It will commence with a thanksgiving service for the Bible: addresses on “The Books of Iho Bi ble,” by Mr. M. C. Hazard; “ How to Study the Bible,’’ by Air. Moody; and “Tho Bible and Modern Doubt,” by President 11. 11. Adams. The third session will bo held in the evening, and will commence with a street meeting, to be followed by a meeting for prayer and praise, an address, “ How to Illustrate Scripture,” by Bishop Cheney, and addresses by Messrs. Moody and Whittle. Tho second day’s sessions will consist of similar pralsu meetings) and reports will lie re ceived from the various counties, and addresses will bo undo on tbo following subjects: “Tbo Bible Id tho Pulpit ami Pew;” “The Bible In Teachers’ Meeting;” Blblc-rcndlngs, by Mr. Moody; “How to Teach Adult. Intermediate, and Primary Classes;” “Tho Bible audSalva tion.” Among tho topics to be discussed the third day will ho “State Work/* “The Bible ut Family Worship,” “The Bible In Private,” “The Bible in bong,” “How to Review a Les son.” Id order to enable delegates to reach tho Con vention nt reasonable rates, tho following rail roads have agreed to carry for one aud one-fifth faro: ■ Chicago A Alton; Peoria, Pekin A Jackson ville; Peoria A Rock Island; Rockford, Bock Island A St. Lonls; 8L Louis A Southeastern; Chicago, Danville A Vincennes; Chicago & Northwestern; Oilman, Clinton A Springfield; Illinois Central; Chicago A Iowa; Chicago, Pekin A Southwestern; Toledo, Peoria A War saw. The St. Louis A Cairo Short Line, and tho Jacksonville, Southwestern A Northeastern, will return delegates free. The Indlonapolls, Bloomington A Western will carry delegates for 5 cents per mile one way, tho Ohio A Mississippi for 2cents per mile both ways, aud the Toledo, W’nhash A Western will sell rouud-trip tickets at 35 per vent off. ARCHBISHOP PURCEI/L. FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS ORDINATION. Cincinnati, 0., May 131.—The celebration of tbo fiftieth anniversary of the ordination of Archbishop Purcell commenced to-day. Last evening a largo Dumber of his friends colled upon him or sent valuable presents. Among the latter arc a gold drinking goblet from Cardinal McCloskcy, a solid gold erucillx from a religious order In > New York, a beautifully bound and illuminated missal, from Henry Probosco, Esq., of this city, and a magnificent gold chalice 10k inches high, weighing 700 pennyweights, beauti fully engraved, ami sparkling with diamonds and amethysts, from his people in this diocese. Trains this morning on all railroads leading Into tho city were loaded with visitors, who came to witness or take port In tho day’s proceedings. Tho procession In tho afternoon was composed of the military and various so cieties of tbo church, and made a handsome display, although somewhat Interfered with by tho rain, which commenced falling just previous to Its starting on its lino of march. Tuo exer cises will close on Tuesday with n pontlllcal high mass In tho morning at tho Cathedral, par ticipated In by Cardinal McCloskcy and many visiting Bishops, and u gram! concert in tho evening by a chorus of 300 trained voices and an orchestra of Huventy-flvo musicians at tho Ex position Hall. twenty-five years. OB LBO RATION OP ITS QUARTER-CENTORV UT THE , Pi 113 T CONORBOATIONAL CUURCU. The FlrstCoDgrcgatioualChurehof this city cel ebrated its quarter-centennial yesterday, levying been established twcnty-flvoycnraago, on May 2J, 1851. Tlio Rev. E. P. Goodwin, tho pastor, de livered tho commemorative address, hi which ho sketched tlio rlso and growth oL the Church from its secession from tbuThlrd Presbyterian Church, on the slavery question, and spoke In an interest ing manner of Congregational Iseucsof Mils vicin ity, and thoprogressmodo and workuccomplis lied by tho First Church. Thu sermon was very de tailed in Its account and contained many inter esting facts in relation to its subject. For a text, Dr. Goodwin took Psalms, xlvilL U-i-f. Jt is regretted that circumstances and the lack of space in these columns prevent thu reproduc tion of the discourse in fill), and an abstract would bo but a poor apology. It Is to be honed that the sermon will no printed in phumpbjet, as It would form a valuable addition to thu church history of Chicago. Eloped with Her IMoml'i Lover, An adopted daughter of a rich farmer at F.ldred, Pennsylvania, her ago 1(1 ami name Ulcssie Cookton, is a believer In practical ro mance. Miss Bluselo had a lover and a school friend, the latter named Miss Peters, who also had a lover. Miss Peters caimrto make her a visit, ami during her stay Miss Blessle planned a May day party, their beaux, of course, being llrst Invited. Finally the young hostess and Urn lover of Miss Peters were missed, and, search being made, a note was found which stated tliat they bad gone off te be married. Miss Blcaslo’s lover took tho matter nhilosupldcally, but Miss Peters attempted suicide unsuccessfully, though she injured herself quiet seriously. Blcsrio Cookton boa a remarkable history. Bho was found, iu tho summer of 1860, on tlio doorstep of Farmer Cookton'a house, hr a basket. Ac companying the infant was this note: "This child’s father is tho son of a Senator of the United States. Its* mother is a gypsy girl, who Itos been converted to Christ, ami cannot bear the thought of this innocent creature growing up lo ignorance ami vice. Is there room for It Iwrel Its little wings ore weary, and, like dear Jesus, it baa no place to lay its head. Turn It not away, but keep it for the love of Christ.* 1 Tito child was a bright little thing, nml, as the fanner had no children, he and his wife conclud ed to adopt it as their own. It emuo to bo such a sunshine in thu bouse that they gave it the name of "Blessing,** which was subsequent ly turned Into "Blcssie.** Tho gypsy blood seems to be indicated in this latest escapade. Donations to Railroads. The Ltaal JVtau of Saturday publishes tlio opinion of tho Supreme Court of the United States, by Strong. J., holding that the bonds and coupons in suit Issued by the Supervisor and Clerk of tbb Town of Concord, Iroquois County, under tho act of March 7,180/, are null and void. Tho Court states the effect of thu Constitution of 1870 upon acts of thu Legisla ture authorizing towns and cities to subscribe to railroad stock or make donations to rail roads. Tho act of 1607 was authority for a do nutlou at any time prior to July 2,1870, but *w authority at all afterwards: that the new Constitution auuußotl the power of municipalities to make donations to railroad companies: that a clear distinction Is made In the Constitution between subscrip tions to tho capital stock of u railroad company, or u private corporation, mul donations Orleans lo such corporations. Thu latter ore prohibited under all arcumatanes;. tbo former way still be mode, If they have bean authorized by a vote of tho people prior to the adoption of the Censtl tutlou; that alter July ff, lb7o, thu day when tho new Constitution became effective, the Sower to make donutioua no longer existed In :io municipality. The principle announced in uils opinion will relieve several towns in tho Slate from thp payment of their bonds donated tfi railroads. THE CHICAGO., TRIBUNE,:.,-MONDAY, MAY 22, 1870, POLITICAL. Gen. John M, Harlan’s Opinion of Bristow and Reform. Bristow Could Curry Kcntuclty ns tho Republican Can* dtdnto. Morton’s Strength as Esti mated by a Morton Man. lilnj. Wlinm on tho Bcvoriilgo Family ns Public Servants. Tho Governor and His Brother Shown Up in an Ugly- Light. How Wisconsin Has Fared Under Granger Reform Rule. BRISTOW, NAMING TUB NEXT rRRSIDBNT. 2b the Sdllor of The Tribune. Is It too much to nsk of Illinois to name tbo next President vow f For tho last fifteen years, Illinois has nailed the winning banner on tbo outer wall, early In tho canvass, to' stay. A unanimous delegation from this State for Ken tucky Bristow will settle differences: and tho noble old party, which has accomplished so natch lu the past, will live agalp. Reform. OES. HAnUAN’S OPINION OP BRISTOW. Correspondence Xew Yerk Herald. Louisville, May 15.—A rumor has gone abroad that In Kentucky, tho homo of Bristow, a great many Republicans favor Morton for tbo Presidency; but, like all tho yarns concerning the Secretary of tho Treasury, there is no (ruth In It. Of late I have been busily engaged in seeking tho views of the prominent Republicans of Louisville lu regard to their cboico for tho Presidency. 1 have yet to find a Morton man of any prominence. Among those with whom I conversed I found all for Bristow, even men whom 1 understood were for Morton. The most prominent Republican of Kentucky Is Gen. John M. Harlan. Ho was twice a eamll elate for Governor, and each time received over 00,000 votes in this great stronghold of De mocracy. Many Democrats forgot their party and voted for the man. Ocn. Harlan obtained a vast amount of Information In his two can vasses. and 1 think that no man to-day la as well posted about Kentucky and Kentuckians os he Is. The other day your reporter called on Gen. Harlan and interviewed him in reference to fiolltlcal matters In Kentucky, so far as they re nte to the approaching Presidential coutcat. Gen. Harlan was reluctant to bo interviewed, but your reporter managed to get him talking, as can bo seen from tlie following: Question—l see It stated in some of the papers that the Republicans of this county have neld a meeting and declared for .Morton for President! A.—lt Is not true that any such meeting has been held. 1 have beard of a little squad, not exceeding a dozen, meeting in the country and passing resolutions for Senator Morton, and that Is the meeting telegraphed over the coun try ns having been neld nt Bristow’s home. Thu Republicans.of tills city and county will not hpfd their primary meetings until May 4. That 1h the time regularly appointed, and it is certain that no Republican will bo sent to the StUto Convention from this city or county who (s not enthusiastic for Bristow’s nomination nt Cincin nati. The State Convention will be held on tbo 18th of May, and it will bo found that the Re publicans of Kentucky will present Bristow’s name with ns much unanimity as tbo old Whigs of Kentucky presented that of Henry Clay, In 1844. The Republicans of Kentucky are proud of Bristow, ana lookwlthconlldcncu to his nom ination and election to the Presidency. 1 Q.—ls there any movement in this State be ing made for Morton? A.—ln one or two localities an effort Is being mode to rally the colored Republican voto in his favor, but It will result in nothing. The Ken tucky delegation nt Cincinnati will ho a unit for llristow. However much the Republicans of 'Kentucky esteem Gov. Morton for hfs sendees In tho Republican cause, they are for Bristow above all Olliers. They have not forgotten his dear record ns a stanch Unionist umTcuuaUteut Re ' publican. , Q.—But they arc urging In tho North that, be ing a Southern man, he Is not to be trusted. Howls that I A.—l do not fear any such point against him. Bristow should be trusted by Die Republicans of the North os implicitly os they would any public imm Itorn and raised on tho other side of JhiHon and Dixon’s Hue. Tho men who urge Mils ob jection forget Mint Abraham Lincoln, Dick Oglesby, amt James G. Blrucy were born In Ken tucky, and passed some portions of Ibclr lives la this State. Thu men in tho North who say that a Southern Republican is not to lie trusted, are like those In tho South who distrust Northern men because they were raised under untl-ahivery principles. Bristow was reared n Whig, promptly sided with the Union cause In 1801, fought gallantly In our army, never faltered hi nts opposition to tho Re bellion, was for uB tho men and money necessa ry to put down thu Rebellion. As a member of tlio Kentucky Senate, before tbo vVtor closed, ho voted squarely for Uio ratlllcation ox the Thir teenth Amendment abolishing slavery*, ho de fended tho employment ut colored troops; he improved and defended the Civil Rights bill; as DUtricteAttoruey prosecuted thu murderous gangs of outlaws who maltreated thu colored men; lias uniformly defended the nubile school system, and maintained tho duty of the ijtalu to afford equal facilities for education to all Its children without regard to color; approved and defended both the necessity mid policy of tho Fourteenth ami Fifteenth Amendments to the Federal Constitution; has maintained tlio right of the colored man to hold office—iu brief, Uo lias stood by thu Republican party ever since It hod an organized existence in Kentucky. The Northern man who cannot trust Bristow with such a record, maintained ns It Ims been under circumstances when It cost u great deal to bo a Republican, must be very hard to pleaso. Gen. Harlan said lie hod heard of a distin guished Nortlmrn Republican's saying that it ; would nut bo safo to trust a Southern Republi can; but when ho come to think of that gentle man's record, he recalled tho fact that, although lie Idioiulf had been educated underantl-alavcry lallucnccs, ho stood by and defended tho policy of the Democratic party when It made war with Mexico for the purpose of extending thu area of slavery. Tho reporter continued: What Is Bristow do* < log to bring about his nomination! A.—Nothing—absolutely nothing. 80 far os I know ho has never uttered award or written a line which suggested that any effort bo mode by Ids friends in that direction. On tho contrary, he has discouraged his friends from pressing las name. If those who think favorably of his nom ination at (JiuelunuU should succeed. It will not bo by reason of any assistance or encouragement they have received from him. | Q.—lf Bristow should bo nominated can ho carry Kentucky 1 A.—My deliberate judgment is that he can. There aru a very large number of Old Lino Whigs who were Union men daring the War. but dif fered with tlio Republican party about llie policy of reconstruction, who will come to us if Bristow should bo nominated at Cincinnati, They uro being drawn largely to our party by tbo manner In which Bristow has administered ths affairs of tho Treasury Department. Between that class of men and thu Republicans there is notliluglcll to divide them. They agree in the main as to questions of constitutional construction, and as to tho relations which thu Status bear to the Fed eral Government There Is an impression abroad that Kentucky sent more soldiers to the Con federate army than to tho Union army. But this is a mistake. Not less Ilian 70,000 white men went from Kentucky into tho Union army, mid at no period during tho War did a majority of thu wldtu people Iu It favor thu success of the Rebellion and tho dissolution of thu Union. With Bristow as our candidate, hosts will lloek to imr standard who, since the War, have drifted into thu Democratic organization. Bo rides these Micro ore many Ikm-erats who say they will vote far him. But these outside volts will not come to Bristow because of any agree ment as to tlio slavery question, or with any ex pectation that Bristow will abate one jot or tltMo from his principles as a Republican, tried in thu tire; but solely because they have faith that It will have an honest, pure administration of public affairs, and give the country safe government. Ills numiuaMon will arouse ‘such v cnthnsf«*m hi -thi* Slate tis him not Been scan since the day* of Htnry Clay. Q.—Do you think tho Republicans will elect thofreanflidato for President! A.—Yon can tell that a* welt ns I can. Tint I do not doubt our success. • If tho Republican party, by Its action nt Cincinnati, will satisfy the country that It Is In earnest In tho great work of reform, Its nomlnees-wlll sweep the country. The great mass of the people desire genuine, thorough reform In all departments of the I while service. They have no desire to restore lie Democratic organization ,to the control of the National .Government, and nothing hut the folly of our party can brlug about such u de plorable result. Such are tho opinions of Hen. Harlan, and there Is no Republican In Kentucky belter qualified to answer the Interrogatories put to him. MORTON. what ms fninnns claim von him. r-> Vie XkUtor 0/ The Tribune. Indianapolis, May 10.—'A correspondent of Tub Tjuuond, signing himself “O. r. Q.,” writing under the date of May 13, from Waalt- Ington,gives a table lu which he " ciphered out ° tile strength of the prominent Republican candidates for the Presidency, and made certain statements concerning the various candidates, which, so far ns Senator Morton Is concerned, nrc, to state tbo case as mildly as possible, totally unreliable. 1 now propose to. give your readers the strength of Senator Morton In tboJJtatca where Conventions hovo been held, which is based upon actual Information la possession of the Iton. George N. Fricdler, Chairman of the In diana Republican State Central Committee, who will take great pleasure lit satisfying any gen tleman who may call upon him of Its reliability; Arkan5a5.............. 12|Vir„ T lnln., 11 i.'llTcnoewco aosMJwlwlpp! ir»|l)lßtriclof Columbia. ml Ucnrgiti Indiana t'iorth Carolina. South Carolina; Texas.... Those nro from Conventions actually held, not counting tho'AJabanm bolting Convention, onc-hnif of whobe delegates favor Morton. Senator Morton will receive accessions from even' Western and Southern State whose Con ventions nrc yet to be hold, In the some pro portion as above. Soino.of the most experienced politicians In the country, who have given considerable at tention to tills matter, arc confident that Mor-. ton will lead all the candidates on the first bal lot, and that ho wilt draw more votes from the other candidates on the second ballot than any of his competitors. ' Tho newspaper or politician who Ignores or underestimates Senator Morton in any particu lar, or attempts to wipe out his candidacy with a flippant paragraph or false statements, will find out his mistake when tho Convention as sembles. Thu Insinuations In Uio concluding part of the samp letter, concerning Senator Morton, arc false in every particular, and 1 am astonished that any intelligent Republican correspondent should repent them, even under the guise of f ;lvlng the Information to Morton's friends. Senn or Morton’s record is before the country. Hols not unknown. His nets ore a part of tho most glorious history of this country, and nrc a mat* ter of pcrmanontrccord. It is upon that record that tho friends of Senator Morton present his name to tho Republicans of tho United States, and ask Unit ho may bo nominated as tho stand* ncd-bcarcr in tho approaching contest. Ho is tho peer of any person whoso name has been mentioned In connection with that high oflicc. His ability Is unquestioned, and no taint or sus picion against )Us Integrity over has or can bo successfully urged against him. R. S. T. WHXM ON BEVERIDGE. VARIOUS GRAVB OUAKOBB. To the Editor Of The Tribune. Salem, 111,, May 19,—Plcoao give tbo follow ing statement of facts place in your issuo of Monday, and oblige yours truly, J. W. Wham. “Render unto Ctesar tho things that aro Crcsar’s, and unto God tho things that are God's.” Republicans, let us obey tho above command, and not bow tbo supple hinges of the knee to that sneaking virtue called policy, but trust to the integrity and Intelligence of tho people, and to tho God of Nations, for the victory. “ An act to amend an act to provide for tho erection of a‘new State-House, approved Fell. 23,1807,” mode It tho duty of the State-House Commissioners to procure material for tho erec tion of the new State-House of the Penitentiary Commissioners. Tho contract entered into be-, tween tbo two sots of Commissioners gave tho Penitentiary 80 per cent on tho entire amount (43,500,000), which Is over 41,000,000. . Now, what will tho hardworking tax-payers of Illinois think when they And that this valuable contract, worth over a million of dollars to tho States through tho Penitentiary, was. In violation of all law, turned over to a middleman (W. D. Richardson), tbo builder of the Macoupin Coun ty Court-House, tiic history of which is so well known. Let mu be • distinctly un derstood: by this transfer of con tract tno State was defrauded of a large amount of money: and ns clearly under stood in another matter: that James 11. Bever idge was tho chief conspirator la this whole transaction, and Gov. Beveridge stood by and sustained rdm, with a fixedness of purpose worthy of a better cause. I took charge, of affairs, as Warden of the Penitentiary. Aug. 20, 1878, and on tho 25th Inst, received a letter from James IT. Beveridge, containing an Infamous proposition to sign blank vouchers (or construction of new State- House (to cost 48,500,(XXJ), and assigned them, so signed, over to him; which, if mode custom ary, would soon buukeupt tho tax-payers, make them tsill, as did the Israelites of old, for a King to rule over them. Again, in letters dated Sept 25, Dec. 2. and Dee. 0, he renews and urges hla request I have six of these vouchers Which were inclosed to mo for signature. But his most Infamous Intentions did not op- Er until It was thoroughly understood that blank vouchors would nut be signed, when tbo gentleman sent mo tho following letter, showing the real object at which he had been driving: First, to get tho vouchers signed in blank: then to fill them up with building mate rial, which ho would claim was delivered from .Chicago, Indiana, and Missouri,—thus having mo certify to delivering material from tho prison, of which 1 knew nothing, and which had never been ut the Penitentiary. P*c. (I. MaJ. J. IF. IFftam—Dear Sia: This method of doing business is as unpleasant for mu as it can possibly bo for you, but 1 can see no alternative. Wo aru so licit by tho law that \v« ora obliged to tike this course, or subject ourselves to extortion, or liability thereto, by advertising for material on which Ihcru can bo no competition. Our Board, and tho former Boards of tho Peniten tiary, adopted this course,— construing the low ’ liberally, thus to save tho Intercuts of the State. 1 cannot sco how it will affect you. Tho policy was inaugurated before your time, and a failure now t<» curry it out would subject us In great Incon venience, . and tho State to loss. I trust you will sou tho way clear to return tho vouchers, properly Indorsed, layouts truly, Jas. 11. Bbvbiiioub. Even in this plausible explanation, lie admits he is violating the law, and insists on my co operation, And the following' la the letter in which 1 was naked to loan or advance thfi public funds for the benefit of W. D. ilieimrdson, the man in whoso interest the blank vouchers were to Ihj signed: Majou: Lot mo surest lUcharflmn has paid Walker, say. 815,000 on stonu delivered, fur which wo will libuo our voucher*, payable un t of taxes collected the coming winter. iUchsrtUon borrowdd that money of the bank. Bayyouglv* lUchoxdsoiiachcckonlhobunk toe $15,000; with that be will take up his note. Thu bank reduces your deposit, and you hold Btalo paper, good be yond a question. The only question I*. Can you do without the money so longt It will not bo paid until March, perhaps April, by this arrangement you will bo relieved of anxiety as to tho soctrlly of the amount so arranged. lam not BQioasto the amount paid Walker by Ulchardson,— probably moro than 815,000. If such an arrangement will suit you, ami will ao advise, wo wilt make a voucher to cover tho exact amount, or teas If youdcalro. I mentioned It to It., and ha would like to do It, as it would allord relief to the bank to that extent. . . . J. 11. o. Hero Is an extract from James Q. Beveridge’s own explanation, made to the Investigating Committee over Ills own signature, under date of Juuo2, 1675: The Commitialoncra never handle any of the moneys appropriated for the new State-House: tliat, by law, It remains in tho Treasury until paid out oil vouchers issued by the Board in favor of th« parties doing tho work or furnishing the materia): that no party has any right to bavo any advances hi money made to him; and, If advanced, U would be a fraud, In which the Architect, the Commis sioners. the Secretary of Stale, tho Governor, and the Auditor, must alfqoro or less participate, and a fraud which would not only be wicked, but wry foolish, because so many safeguards are thrown around as (o render detection certain and easy. Uocflu’t his letter abovo ask ui) advance to lUchardflon, uml. 1114 own subsequent explana tion admit that. If mode, It would bo a fraud! And the facts diner from the same explanation in Ibis, that lie repeatedly urged- me, us stated above, to shjn blank Timelier* ami assign them so signed over to Aim, Instead of to tbo “narfto ddiny the work or j'uruUhiiy the material. ,, as lb claimed in the above explanation, and as the law requires. Air. Kidmrdson was indebted SIO,OOO to tho Penitentiary, ami, under tho law, it had to bo paid or tho contract annulled, I spoko to him about payment, and hla answer was, “Wham, X can’t;” but I, arguing tho matter,said, “lUdi nrdsbn, you mrist." Hl* reply wiw, ‘*l ain't, ami. by Tl—d, I won’t," and took the train to Springfield, and returned with the following let* ter from Qor. llevcridge hlraaolf, telling me to stop the prosecution of Richardson. ami thus to violate* plain provision of law, which I refused to do, ana ten any* from that tlmo was removed: RrniNomi.T), .Inly 21, 1H74. Maj. Wiia*: Mr. Hlchnnlson falls to get anythtngof the State-House Commissioners, and it will he inconvenient for him to meet his monthly payments at tho Penitentiary. I therefore suggest that It rnn till Bitch tlmo as lie may receive funds from tho Commissioners. Yonrs truly, John h. Uarsaimia. It Is reliably stated the above SIO,OOO has In creased to SBO,OOO, and that the State wllllcso tho entire amount. After nn extensive examination, I am unable to point to n single fraud on tho Government, of any magnitude, which has not been perpe tmtwihy a system of blank voucher*. The Tweed Rlnir used them In stenting $00,000,(XX) faun New York City. Spaulding, a Paymaster In tho navy, only last winter defrauded tho Government of $1,300,000 by signing blank vouchers, and allowing his clerk to till in the amounts. In tho building of tho Custom- House at New Orleans, workmen were employed ntsl.sonerdny, but required to sign the pay rolls In blank, which were afterwards filled in by the disbursing ofllccr at $5 and $0 per day. Another case In point, and similar In many rti * specie to my own, Is that of Col. McGuire. Col. Font, of Bt. Louis,-who was Internal 'Revenue Collector, died, and Col. Con McQnlro was ap pointed to the position. Tho Whisky Ring had long before been formed and was running. Gen. McDonald, Col. Joyce, and others explained to McGuire that Ids predecessor had signed re ceipts and certificates in blank, aiid that It was customary, etc. Ho soon saw that ho must submit to the re quirements of the Ring or lose his position, so signed the blanks, and now, though never sharing In the plunder, must pay thcpenalty by going to prison for two years. The former Warden died, and I was appointed. .Tames 11. Revcrldge, State-House Commissioner, and brother of tho Governor, explained that my predecessor had signed blank vouchers, that the custom was Inaugurated before my time, etc. Had I yielded, and thus aided tho plunderers of that same people we had all sworn to protect* Instead of tv simple removal from ofllcc, which i got, I would have deserved tho sumo punish ment meted out to McGuire. If John‘S. Beveridge receives the nomination for Governor on the S-tth Inst., that grand old army of Republican voters that saved tho notion’s life will .bo compelled to excuse and apologize fora million of taxes stolon, millions more disbursed on vouchors signed In blank,— God and James 1L Beveridge only knowing to whom or for what- I Intend to ante tho Republican voters of this district to give me their support next November for tho Legislature, my only object being to get these frauds unearthed, and the perpetrators brought to justice. . J. W. wham. B.vLeu, May 19. IlililNOlS. CLAY COUNTY. SpeciaJ Dispatch to The Tribune. Flora, 111., May 21.--Thc Clay County Re publicans met In Convention at Louisville Sat urday. It was a largo and harmonious gather ing. Tho delegates chosen are enthusiastic for Rldgway, TIPTON FOR CONGRESS. Special Dispatch to The Tribune. Havana, 111., May 21.— 1 t is generally un derstood by Mason County politicians that Jo* soph C. Bauer, of Mason City, will withdraw from tho contest for a nomination for Congress virtually In favor of McLean County, which, with tho assistance of any other county, cou nominate Tipton on tho first or second ballot. TUB WATCH ON TUB 21U1NB. Special Dispatch to The Tribune. Bloomington, 111., May 21.—Tho JJeutche Prttte. a Gorman Republican paper of tlds city, In its last Issue pilches into McLean County Hc- severely for omitting to placo any ermans on Uie State delegation from McLean County. POWBLL. Special Dispatch to 77<« Tribune. Olney, HI., May 21.—Information received hare makes (t certain tbo Nineteenth Congres sional District will bo solid hi tho Republican State Convention for J. A. Powell for Auditor of State, and nearly all of tho tho Eighteenth District, as well as a largo portion of tho Sev enteenth District, with a strong vote from Cen tral and Northern Illinois. A delegation of twenty-Qvo of our most influential citizens will accompany Dr. Powell to Springfield to press his claims for tho nominatiou. wiscqnsin. HOW THE STATE FARED UNDER GRANGER RULE. Special Correspondence of The tribune. Milwaukee, Wls., May 18.—The ‘Wisconsin Reformers have Just had a taste of the pleas ures of an investigation into tho official con duct of their Granger cx-Govornor. Tho last Legislature appointed a Committee clothed with all necessary authority to look into Gov. Tay lor’s accounts, and they havo been doing that same to an extent which brings sbamo to tbo cheek of every citizen of Wisconsin who cares for tho good name of his State. Of all the in cftpablcs that ever sat down in tho Executive office—and the Republicans have furnished sev eral-—Taylor Is tho most conspicuous us a sham, a cheat, and a fraud. In tho beat of tho Grange excitement of IB7U, Taylor was brought out os a REFORM CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR, and was elected over Washburn by a majority of over 15,000, and ho was again nominated last full with tho rest of Ul9 old officers that had been carried In by tho tldid wave of Reform. Taylor was tho only candidate on (ho ticket that was beaten, and sinca tho Investigation into tho affairs of his office and tho exposure of Ids looso manner of disbursing tho contingent funds, it Is strongly suspected that some of tho other State officers would bo as much damaged os tho cx-Govcrnur, if tho affairs of tbolr offices could bo thoroughly overhauled. When Taylor was running for re-election Inst fall tho Reform cry on tho stump and in tho press was, that Taylor had conducted tho affairs of tho Gubernatorial office so economic ally and so systematically that ho had saved tho State SSOO per day (or each and every day that he had been in office. Indeed, that lying delu sion got crystollzcd Into a sort of party shibbo leth,—a kind of battle-hymn of reform that was In every Democratic orator’s mouth, and dripped freely from every Democratic editor’s ileal pen,— until we were made to believe that all there was to do lu order to “ save SSOO a day.” was to vote for Farmer Tuylor, tho Grangers* favorite, and the cxpoucut of all that was honest, economical, and Just in public life. Washburn, Taylor’s immediate predecessor, was stigmatized by his (ip|)oucuU as a very extravant officer,—bad spent a largo sum of money in an irou fence around the Capitol I’ark to gratify the pride of the Madison people, oud had got into an expensive quarrel with tho Statu of Minnesota about a worthless harbor on I jibe Superior, and other charges were truinphed up to convince tho frugal and‘un sophisticated Grangers that Tayorwus tho best man to manage tlieaffolrsofStolc. But the Inves tigation Into the affairs of the Exccutlvoofficc, us run by both Washburn and Tuylor, reveals a state of forts which show tho people of Wis consin very clearly how much of a mistake they made In tho exchange of Gen. C. O. Washburn for WUlioin R. Tayor os Governor of tho State. Of course the decent Democrats that supported Taylor with tho honest but mistaken hope that his election was In tho interest of Reform. epdM with u capital R, are greatly disgusted with thaway their ”Former Government” baa panned oat. It is to the credit of some of them that they cull him by Ids right name, and that tho reader may now got tho right spirit of tome of tliH Democratic papers that used to make us deaf with tho insane cry of ** Reform,” I quote two articles on this subject, tho first from the Watertown Democrat, one of the old est and most respectable Democratic papers in the State: TUB LAST 09 A SHAM. We favored William U. Taylor’s Aral and second nomination for Governor, wo gave bia administra tion a consistent support, aud wo slrouidy ap- r roved of his official conduct at the close of his urm. Wo now propose to apeak allttle of the man in bis lost public appraraoco. He turned out a scamo, or. In tho words of bis own rHvato secre tary, oas * * prostrated himself to the leva of a com mon thief,’’ This may bo severe language-but it is too true. A Legislative Investigating Committee is now sitting at Madison to examine the charges agahut ox-Oov. Taylor In relation tohla management of the contingent fund, and bis transactions In State stationary at the close of hla administration. Tak ing Ids own statement alone, which la con fused and contradictory, there to no excuse or apology for conduct ao moan, dis graceful, and dishonest. The evidence of hie private secretary and messenger mode matters atill worse for him. Wo never rsgsrdod Gov. Taylor as Agreotuau, but wo did codalderblma cUUen of fair intelligence and ordinary integrity, la both llieso claims, moderate as they arc, it seems wo are mistaken. To any one who has hitherto sup ported and defended Oov. Taylor In good faith, toe recent developments of bla baseness and cupidity ate mortifying, especially in the Kxccotlvs of a great State. To taka • map from a public office, with the intention of keeping it, and, when it Is mUacd, try to gel It beck to Us nlaco in a cUmJes- Una way; to secretly box up ana carry away to bla liomos£uO or S3OO worth of all kind* of station ary.- belonging to the State, for the purpose of hating a,load supply on hand, without private cost; to appropriate a largo nmoiftit of postage stamps bolimclng to tho public,—.ln other words, rrscllcallyscl/lngso 1011011100007} to draw SSOO rom ttio contingent fund, ntul keep It three months, until an Investigation resolu tion frightened 'him Into paying It over In an Illegal manner, and then being unable to toll what lie would havo demo with It, If Uo had not nn tlclpatodcxposnro—nro nets eo mercenary and grov cling In A retiring Governor that they ought to cover Ida name with elinine and contempt. This la natrnngo example for n leading Granger and re former to act, who has been honored with the high est «nice (ho people could confer. George W. Bird, Ida private secretary, and T. L. Hacker, hlapri vate messenger, refused to tuko away a pen, pen cil, or a aheet of paper belonging to tfio State, though the nx-Govcrnor told them that they might do a little plundering in that line. What n contrast between a little man Inn big place, and fair up right men In lower positions. An long ns wo denounce fraud, bribery, corrup tion. stealing, and robbery In Republicans, we nro not going to defend auch deeds in Democrats when they nro proved guilty, neither xvlll any Democratic paper como to their assistance. Bx-fluv. Taylor cangonhuut with what impudence and brass ho can command, after an exposure that renders hla name Infamous. The next quotation Is from tho Fond du Lnc Journal.\ WII.UAM n. TAYLOR. For a week past the person named In tho head ing of (Ids article has been before ft Committee in session at Madison, appointed by the late Legisla ture to examine into certain alleged Irregularities of his In the dlsburcmentof tho contingent fund, subject to Ids discretionary control ns Chief Ex ecutive of tho Btato while he occupied that posi tion. The result of the- Investigation Is as damag ing to the late Governor as It Is humiliating to his late friends, who honored him far beyond Ids deserts in making him their standnrd-bcurer In two State elcctlona It establishes beyond tbo possi bility of donbt tho fact that. In the long lino of worthless and merccrnnry Incapable# who nave sat In the Gubernatorial chair of this State, not one was more utterly unworthy of the honor, cither mentally or morally, limn the paltry hypocrite who adroitly managed to palm himself off upon the re formers of Wisconsin as an embodymont of prin ciples with which he had no sympathy, ana the representative of a movement which was unfortu nate in nothing eo much as In having been duped Into Ids support. Not only has It been proved against him, and out of his own knavish mouth, that ho systematically stole from tho contingent fund, endeavoring to cov er his shameful conductby blundering subterfuges, painfully betraying at once his willingness ond his want of ability to bo a rogue, but tlio testimony al so convicts him of numerous paltry Inrconics'when leaving the Executive office which wo have not the heart to enumerate in detail, but that the vc'icel sneak-thief would blush to ackowlodge. Verily aurent disasters are often “blessings India tc," and now, for tho first time since'tho elec tion of last fall, do we feel grateful for what at tho time we acutely regretted—the partial defeat of our ticket which relegated to private life this states man of the Itching palm, and ended his career of petty peculations la tbo office ho so foully dlshon- It our language in treating this matter Is strong, It is because our disgust Is intense and our disap pointment deep. It Isa sad surprise to us—who nave believed Implicitly In the personal Integrity of thin man Taylor, and supjiortad him heartily because of that belief In tho face of his notorious lack of other qualities essential to fit him for the chief magistracy of tho Hlate—to find that we have been so completely deceived os to his character. And with this surprise conics the blttec reflection that not to the reform party lint tolls enemies is due tho preservation of tbe State from the further shame of bis conUnranco at the bead of tho Gov ernment. Wo nro lnno‘mood to write wards of extenuation In behalf of man whom we have as sbdcdlnhODorlngonlytobo repaid with unmerit ed humiliation; whoso paltry Agreed no sense of decency, honor, or partisan obligation could eradi cate or restrain. In this sad and mournful requiem of bogus reform tbo Democrat'* article mny servo ns boss, nud the JonmaV* as tenor; and here comes In the alto voice of the Madison Patriot, In tho minor key, and quite ns plaintive ns (ho rest: And, after all this, with tbo plou« promise of re trenchment ond reform on bis clammy Mps. Gov. Taylor makes n raid on tbe contlngcntTincl other funds, and stands oatb-convlctcd tq-day, as a very small pcculatlonlst, before tbo people. It Is laid down In tbo books that kleptomania Is a disease. Wo bollcvu It. Wo cannot ucliove Oov. Taylor would take the llttlo, nud comparatively valueless, pickings he has owned up to as strictly a sane man. Wo cun only sympathize with him, and tho party that must sutler more tbunhocan. lie couldn't help It. The panes of kleptomania wero on him; and ho fell tbolr Victim. A LITTLE HILL. Bnt’ I need not lumber up your valuable space with the yelp of these lame curs that have been pricked with this Taylor’s needle, and I close this stuimcful chapter of our political his tory by quoting from the testimony of thoex- Qovemor’s clerk before the Committee. It was on tho 81st day of December, 1875,—the day on which his term of service expired, and ho was to return to his farm, —that Taylor drew on tho Superintendent of Public Property for tho fol lowing list of goods: Four rubber erasers, 10 cents; cold pen and bolder, $5.60; nix balls of ribbon, §2.52; knife, $2.25; bottle red Ink. 17 cents; two boxes pens, $1.08; two reams legal cap, $0.72; two reams letter paper, $0.48; two roams note, $0.25; two boxes envelopes, 00c; Journal. $1: memorandum book, 53c; ream legal cap, $3.52; ream Jotter, $2.53; ream note,. $3.02; box of envelopes, 00c; half ream note, 88c; two boxes of nous, $1.35; inkstand, 47c; letter clip, 30c; bottle Ink, 40c; blotting pads, 30c; ruling pen, 53c; ruler, 00c; portfolio, £3.60; scrap book, $1; penholder, 15c; Congress ties, 85c; rnbber bands, 35c; two pens In cases, $0.00; blotters, 35c; rubber bands, 75c; scaling wax. lie; mucilage, 30c: brushes, 10c; bill bolder, $1: two gold pens, $3.04; three rubber penholder*, $1.32; three packs Congress ties, $1.35; bottle redink, 40c; wrapping paper, $3.25; ten Congress ties, 35c; blotting paper, 34c; knife, $2.25. Of conrso this ends Taylor ns a politician, and will open tho eyes of some of the Grangers to the fact that It is not a man's vocation that makes him honest. ‘•Honor ami shame from no condition rise, Actwell jour part; there all the honor lies. ” MARY M£RR(T. I don't know who the real and original Mary Mcrrlt was, or whether she was respectably connected or not, but so far as tho bark Alary Mcrrlt Is concerned, It Is now generally thought here that . the bright young fellows that are striving to mnko a good newspaper of tho Commercial Tima were imposed upon by witnesses in that case say ing oue thing hero aud other under oath at Washington. Certain It Is that tho Jury of tho public has acquitted Mr. Bristow of all wrong intent In the matter, nnd tvs it has given the Tima considerable edat nnd 'advertised it, It am very well afford to call It even. Thu ex amination of tbo case, however, developed two or three ugly facts In regard to other persons. It scums that Mr. Hazleton, then n member of Congress from tbo Second District of this Statu, got a fco of SSOO from Air. Wleso, although by tho statutes of tho United States he was prohibited from appearing us counsel against the Government. The law is very severe against all who disobey It,—lnflict ing a fine of SIO,OOO, with several years' Impris onment. and disfranchisement and Inability to hold office, into the bargain. Rut 1 understand, that Air. Hazleton claims that ho appeared in , tbo interest of tbo Government, winch was nil right; but how docs it happen that Wiesa, who was opposing tbo Government, should jeo the counsel on tho other side) That Is a specimen of liberality that puzzles tho ordinary brain very much. Perhaps it Is all right T. CONCORD, N. H. HR. CHANDLER CANNOT RUN THAT PLACB. Special Dispatch to The Tribune. Concord, N. 11., May 31.—Never before la tho history of Concord was so much Interest dis played In caucuses of tho Republican party as was mufflfestcd on Saturday evening, when del egates wore chosen from several wards to the State Convention on Jho 28th Inst. Singularly enough, tho question of tho Presidency did not enter Into tho contest, tho real light being mode on personal grounds, tbo question turning upon the candidacy of tho Hon. W. E. Chandler us a delegate to Cincinnati; Chandler Is Idcntillcd with our city only enough to exorcise’ tho right of voting here, Ids real residence being In tint City of Washington. In bis zeal to gain a place In our delegation to tho National Convention, Air. Chandler came on fro'm Washington, called meetings of bis friends in several citywards, and organized them for tbo contest. Tho opposition accepted tho Issue, and wore mar ehalod under the leadership of Col. James E. Larkin, between whom and Air. Chandler there Is AN old tbud concerning the Poet-OAko here, in which mat ter Col. Larkin U sustained by a largo majority of the Republicans. The tight soon waxed warm, and the result was that, after an exciting contest, Mr. Chandler was beaten la every word la the aty except the Sixth, which ho carried bv a majority of four votes. In the Fourth Word. where Mr. Chandler votes, the cau cus was addressed by that gentleman la his own behalf, and by the Hon. Moaes Humphrey and Col. J. E. Larkin In opposition, knd Mr. Chandlar’s defeat In that ward would moid to settle the matter of his election to Cincinnati, especially us there seems tQ bo STUONO OPrOBITION TO UIU * In all parts of the State. In the Fourth Ward, the uuU-ChamUer tldretwas elected by almost four to one, and In the Ninth Ward by five to one. So fur, as the Presi dential Convention Is concerned, it Is eafo to o&suiuo that a majority of the delegatee favor Soaratory Bristow as their Urst choice, although the nomination of Mr. Bluiuo would be cordially accepted. The qaestloa ,tlld uot enter at oil Into the contest.—Chandler M tlio man who says nialno will lm nominated If New England supports tilrii with practical unanimity. MISOEIiTjANEOUS, iOURNAMSTIO. Special Dispatch to Thi Tribune. Nbw York, Mny 91.—The salo of the World may ho looked upon rw another reverse to Til den. Mantou Marble has been strongly urging TJhlcn ns tho only nvallnhlo Democratic candi date, to the exclusion of nil others, such os Bay ard, Hendricks, and Pendleton, 8. L. M. Bar low, the former owner and chief stockholder, is n hrother-in-lnw of Bayard, and It Is understood Barlow lias bought Marble’s Interest. It is un true that negotiations for thosnlo of tho Tribune nro pending.- 7b the Western Associated Press. Nbw Tome, May 91.— I The Sun having reported Hint Mr. Manlon Marble was about to retire from tbe editorship of tho World . tho latter paper will publish to-morrow tho following; After tho New York Democratic Slate Conven. tlon at Utica had adopted tho platform reaffirming Its Syracuse platform of 1874 and and had presented tho nsmo of Oov. Tlldon for President to tbo National Democratic Convention soon to ■meet at 81. Louis, Mr. Warble accepted an offer from the undersigned which bad been open sov end months for tlio purchase of all tl;p shares of stock of the World Company, and tbo transferwas effected Iflitt month. William Berry llurlosdt. LBC COUNTY, !A. Special Dispatch to The Tribune. Keokuk, In., May 90.—Tho Leo County 80. Subllcan Convention to select delegates to. the talo Congressional and Judicial Conventions was held nt Domiellson to-day. Tho gathering was ft largo and harmonious one. Tho follow lug is a list of tho delegates chosen: Slate Convention—S. M. Clark, IT. W. Rolhort. • William Leighton, 0. 0. Halo, John N. Irwin, J. U. Dimkln, J. C. Swan, S. 11. Craig, John Van Valkcnburg, Thomas Sawyer, L. D. Lowell log. A. Anderson, and H. Sargent. Congressional Convention—ll. T. Cleaver, Wlllloiii,Tlrobcnnan. C. P. Blrgc, Harry Fulton, Sam S. Sample, w. W. Wlntcbotbam, J. C. Swan, H. Clay Stuart, William Prctchett, W. 11. Morrison, L. A. Gordon, J. B. Weir, James F. Milllnr. Judicial Convention—R. 11. Olllmore, J. A. Anderson, C. W. Taylor, * W. 13. Kellogg, E. Uadascli, 1L A. Ferguson, Arthur -McCabe, Henry Smith, A. C. Glanccy, L. E. Welling, F. H. Semple, li. C. Stcmpcl, w, A. Donnell. UNN COUNTY, lA. „ . Special Dispatch In The Tribune. Cedar Rapids, In., May 20.—At tho Linn County Republican Convention, held at Marlon to-day to elect tho State and Congressional Conventions, idelegalcs wore chosen, pledged to support the lion. J. 11. Young, of Morion, lor Congress, and James D. Olden, of Marlon, for Circuit Judge. Tlio delegates to the State Convention go unlnstructcd, but It Is thought that Blaine aud Bristow will ho their choice. JOHNSON COUNTY. . Special Dispatch to The Tribune. lowa Oitt. In., MoySO.—Thcßopubllcan Con* vcntlon for this county (Johnson) won held hero this altcmoon to select delegates to the State Convention at DesMotnes on the 31st Inst., and also twelve delegates to the Congressional Con* vcntlon for this (Fifth) district, lo ho held lit Cedar Rapids Juno 21. 4 Tho delegates to tho Statu Convention were the Hon. Kush Clark. K. 8.. Flnkblnc, John Dlllatush, W, F. Buck! N. 31. Bralncrd, A. J. Miller. 8. D. Price, D. K. Shaver, J. E. urlfllth, J. W. Wilson, Charles Pratt, and D. M. Dixon. ' ’ Tho following gentlemen were selected aa delegates to the Congressional Convention, who are n unit fgr the Hon. Rush Clark, of this city, for Congress: Gov. Kirkwood, tho Hon. C. W. MeCunc, Jacob Kleord. Thomas Combs, C. F. Lovelace, Charles Lewis, J. M. - Carr, Dr. J. C. Shrader, A. D. Packard, Thomas Allen, T. M. Bmibury, J. W. Joyncs. Tho Convention was largo and harmonious. After tlio delegates were choscu a Prcslden tlnl vote was taken. Out of tho 74 votes Blaine had 60, Bristow 11, the rest sentteriug. WATNB COUNTY, MICH. Detroit, Mich., May 20.—TUden men wero elected to the Democratic Convention by tho Wayuo County Convention to-day. FAKES TO ST. I.ODIS. New York, May 20.—Samuel Carpenter. General Eastern Passenger Agent of the Penn sylvania Central Railroad, announces a reduo tlon of 50 per cent In rates for delegates to Cin cinnati ami St. Louis. Excursion tickets to Cin cinnati will bo S2O; to Bt. Louis, $37. Excur sionists may stop over In Philadelphia going und returning. New York, May 20.—Tlio Erie Company an nounce half-rates for delegates to the CflfeJn nail aud Bt. Louis Conventions, and excursion rotes for other visitors. Tickets good for ton days before aud after tbe Conventions, RT. LOUIS. St. Louis, AfaySO,—Tho Democratic primaries were held to-day for the election of delegates to tbuStato Convention to bo held at Jefferson City on the 81st lust. There docs not seem to have been any contest in favor of any particular Presidential candidate. liOCAJj POLITICS. TUB TRENCH REPUBLICANS of this city held a meeting yestordoy afternoon 1 In tho ollleo of Mr. Qerardln, No. 183 South Clark street,.with Mr. Qerardln in the chair. Tho Executive Committee was Instructed to canvass among the French Republicans of tho city in order to get their views, so that they may secure a proportionate recognition'ln the selection of candidates in the future, and make arrangements for ugciicrul mass meeting, under tbo auspices of tho Cook County Central Com* mlttce, some time soon after tbo adjournment of tho Sprlngfleld Convention. TUB STATE CONVICTION. Delegates to tho Republican State Conven tion, which meets at bprlngtlcld Wednesday, and Intend going over the Alton Road, arc re minded of fnu necessity of buying round-trip tickets, which they can get far quo aud one llfth,o£ tho regular rates. Tho road declines to continue the old system of full faro down and one-fifth faro back on certificate of tho Secretary of tho Convention. ELDER JOHN LELAND, To the Editor of The Tribune. Elmwood, 111., May 10.— Not long since I no] tlcod (a Tins Triuunb an article copied from on Eastern paper, purporting to give some account of Elder John Lelaud, and Ids trip to Washing ton with iho mammoth cheese which was pro seated to President Jefferson. Tho article rep resents tho gift and trip as having a religious (Baptist) ttgnltleanco, and as being tbo basis or occasion, of a great revival, of religion. Rrom tbo way in which tho writer of the article In Juestion draws on his imagination for his fact*, should judge ho must La a revivalist of tho Hammond sort. Eider Lelaud was eccentric, witty, and able, a shrewd and zealous politician, uu excellent man bat an Indifferent sectarian. .Ho was on enthusiastic admirer of Jefferson, and so great was his Influence la his own town, Cheshire, Aloss. (not Cheshire, N. Y., os tho Eastern pu ller has It), that, at tho time the great cheese was made, there was but a single Federalist voter In tho township. 1 never heard that the good Elder admired Jefferson any tbo less on account of the well-known free-religious views of tho latter. Indeed, tbo Elder himself was a thorn in the flesh of his ecclesiastical brethren, especially in thematic; of Sabbatarianism, and Ids rulusid to accept any salary lor his pulpit work. Often, on his way to church, ho took a grist to mill, and hod It ground by tho non church-going miller during Dlvluo service, or Imd a horsp-shoo sqt by tlio blacksmith, who lighted his forgo-flro after meeting. He hated oppression, double-dealing, and cant, most In tensely. ... „ „ Thu presentation of the cheese to Jefferson, an his accession to tho Presidency, was purely a political affair. Tim cheese, which weighed 1,450 pounds, was pressed In tho elder-mill of ono Elisha Brown (of whoso tribe tho present writer Jau distant sprout), aud Elder LeUw took It to Washington, transporting It a good part of tho way by ox-tcaqi. On his way to Washington, tho Elder stopped fora night’s rest ut a hotel In Baltimore. IBs personal presence was rather insignificant, ami, as ho sat smoking iv short black pipe In the bar-room, some young Federalists proposed to quiz him. “Mr. Lu* land,” sold their spokesman, ‘“Wo have been Inspecting your big cheese, and wo Hud Jt mus ually I" ,‘‘lndcedl’* replied tho witty Elder, “Well, well, It's quite possible. You see there was om FaUralUt £u town, and toe Ut him put m hia curd/" Jelfcrson was delighted with the unique pres ent, and returned u sample to the donors, and sent a piece to each of the Governors of the sev eral States, .. On u plain granite shaft In the old Cheshire Cemetery is the following Inscription, simple and true, as written by himself: “ Hero lies the budy of lIHV. JOUH LBLAMP, Who labored ti 7 years 4 Xo promote piety and vindicate The civil and religious liberty Of all uauklud. ,, »* OCEAN STEAMSHIP NEWS. o Fauthhu Pojmt, May 91,—The steamer Bur ma thm, from Liverpool, has arrived, * Plymouth, May SL-Slcanubipßcsilng, from New York, has arrived. . . • Nbw Yobic. Msj 3L-r-Ajritcd, the steamer Idaho, from Liverpool.

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