Bradford reporter. (Towanda, Pa.) 1844-1884, May 05, 1855, Image 1

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'j'OW A NDA :
Cifttnrhan fttorninn, fltaß 3, 1855.
Sclctttb jJoctrn.
As honest men, attend and hear,
The serious fact the times are dear ;
Who owes a hill, 'tis just as clear
As star-light in the winter,
That he should come without delay—
That's if he can -that hill to pay,
And ere he puts his purse away,
" Fork o'er " to the Printer.
The Printer's cheek is seldom red,
The fine machinery of his head
Is working when you are in bed,
Your true and faithful " Mentor;"
All day and night he wears his shoes.
And brains, to furnish you with news ;
But men of conscience ne'er refuse
To pay the toiling Printer.
Tis known, or ought to be, by all.
His dues are scattered, and they're small,
And if not paid, he's bound to fall
In debt, for fuel, bread, rent, or
l'erliaps his paper ; then to square
Up with his help—a double care
Bows down his head—now, is it fair
That you don't pay the Printer ?
His wife aud little prattlers too,
Are now depending upou you ;
And if you pay the score that's due,
Necessity can't stint her ;
But if you don't, as gnaws the mole,
Twill through your conscience eat a hole!
Ana brand the forehead thus—" No soul
Of him who cheats the Printer.
The eat-* will mew between your feet,
The dogs will bite yon in the street;
And every urchin that you meet.
Will roar with voice of Stentor—
'• Look to your pocket 3, there he goes,
The chap that wears the Printer's clothes!
The proud, though every knows,
The grub, he gnaw'd the Printer!
Be simply just, and don't disgrace
Yourself, but beg the " Lord of Grace,"
To thaw that hardened icy " case,"
That honesty may enter ;
This done, man will with man act fair,
And all will have the " tin" to spare,
Then will the " Editorial Chair,"
Support a tcell paid Printer.
P is tt 11 sue on*.
The Fat Cockney.
I was bound from New York to Boston ;
and it was of a Friday afternoon, in the month
of March, that I took the steamer at Provi
dence. The day had been chilly and bluster
ing, with the wind due east—cutting, so as to
pierce, like needles, to the very vitals—while
the "mackerel" clouds that had been gathering
over the sky, portended, with an almost abso
lute certainty, the near approach of one of those
driving and blue-devil storms, in which no quar
ter of the world can proclaim itself New Eng
land's counterpart. Even as I stepped on board
—shivering, and buttoning my overcoat close
about me, the big drops of rain and sleet
dashed against my face, and chequered the
Being a inau of curiosity, and unwilling to
burrow, like the hundreds of other passengers
who were on board, in the close cabin, I sta
tioned myself to the leeward of one of the
smoke-pipes on the upper deck, that 1 might
derive some consolation from its genial warmth,
and lifting my umbrella—although the wind
threatening every moment, to tear it from my
grasp, or rend it piecemeal, for my temerity in
braving its fury—l busied myself in noting the
process of casting loose and getting under way.
The big bell tolled—the voice of the mate
echoed "All aboard!" the little bell of the
engineer tinkled, and the wheels splashed in
the water, while the huge bulk of the steamer
yielded to their force, and moved majestically
along the pier. Just then, a carriage which I
had noticed and heard whirling and creaking
along the roud by the water side, with the
horses at full speed, was halted at the head of
the pier- the door was hastily opened—and a
tall, burly man, with a very protuberant ab
domen, and little eyes, half hidden by his
cheeks, bundled himself out, and ran down the
pier fast as his legs could carry him, screaming
as he came, in a soft voice, siugularly inconsis
tent with his size :
' Ere, you cap'u ! 'Old lion ! 'Old lion !
Ere'.? a passenger vot's left! 'Old hon ! 'Old
h" n ! Oh, my, it's too late !"
If the officers of steamboats were accustom
p'i o stop their engines for every laggard who
tfr 'uld go on board, they would never leave the
narf. Our captain, in the present instance,
ensconced in the .wheel-house, into which, not
withstanding that the windows were all up, and
'he now fast falling rain patted merrily against
lllP m, the voice of the petitioner penetrated,
0!il y turned his face towards him, and unmov
ed by his imploring accents, gave no command
l ' stop. But the few porters and coachmen
V fbe wharf, were more considerate —whether
'nrough a perception that here was rich game
! 'J r a joke, or through real pity of the mischance
the anxious cockney, I cannot determine.—
1 ''ispering a moment with each other, they
; P r ung towards him, and without explanation,
? r rou'-'h as "By your leave," seized him by
ari D s and legs, overturned him to a horizon
position, hurried him to the corner of the
i' r round which the boat was swaying, and
ter two or three preliminary swings, back
* jr 'l and forward, to obtain a sufficient impe
while others threw in his luggage, let him
' ~ 0 jand wherever his good or evil fortune
AA d'SjiOße of him. As good luck would
lir ' l'-' l ' lo Wa * Ver y ' OW aU( * d eC k
. *nieh J stood, nearly on a level with the
! fj f , ie cockney struck fair and plump be-
t the wheel-house very near me, and, in his
' ' rr " r and amazement, would have, floundered
J 'he water, from the inclining as wrll as
wet aud slippery deek, had X not sprung to his
I got him shortly to his feet, though I lost
my umbrella in the effort; for the wind that
had been striving with me so long, took advan
tage of my humanity, and while X was engross
ed by my good offices, struck it from my baud,
and launched it in the water, an eighth of a
mile distant, whirling it over and over in its
triumph. In spite of this misfortune, I could
scarcely restrain my laughter at his ridiculous
appearance. The dirt upon the deek, had, of
course, adhered to, and the water saturated
every part of him that had come in contact
with it, which included every prominent por
tion of his system, aud his hat, which had come
violently in collision with a beam, was ludicrous
ly curtailed of its fair proportions by the con
densing jam.
" Veil, hif this 'ere hisu't," said he, dolefully
lifting either arm successively, and surveying
himself before and behind—" 'Ows'ever, I'm
werry much hobleeged to ye, for 'clpm'me, mis
ter. Oh, my, vot a state I am hiu !"
Some servants of the boat had, by this time,
removed his luggage to place it under shelter,
and I followed him into the cabin, wherein a
bright Lehigh fire, in a tall Kbit's stove, com
municated a gratifying warmth to my half tor
pid frame. slv cockney friend speedily disap
peared behind the berth-curtains with a tra
velling bag, and joined me after a short time,
with his sorry appearance materially renovated
aud improved.
" Hare you werry sure this 'ere cap'n's a
careful man ?" he asked, as we seated ourselves
by a table in conversation. " I'as a mortal :
'orror o' these 'ere steam wessels ; acause the
cap'ins hin this 'ere country is so werry went
I assured him that he had no cause of fear,
and all went well until we reached Newport,
where it had been concluded by the officers to
lie, at least until after midnight, as the storm
was too violent to excuse a venture round Point i
Judith. The thuudering sound which accom
panies the blowing off of the steam, made our
cockney start to his feet and turn wofully pale,
as he faintly gasped, " Oh, my, vot's to pay now?
Isn't ve blowin' up ?" and justified his previous
admission of the fear which he entertained.—
My explanations calmed his perturbation, and
we recommenced our conversation, which lasted
uutil until bed-time ; in the course of which I
learned that his name was John Todsley, of the
Strand, London, haberdasher ; on a tour of
pleasure in the United States.
Bidding him adieu for the night, I " turned
in" to my berth, which was in the middle range,
and directly abreast of the stove. After an
examination of his number, and a search among
the berths, my friend Todsley found his two
and-a-half-by-six receptacle to be directly be
neath my own. With a remark, iutended to
be very facetious, upon the fates which brought
us together, he divested himself of his coat on
ly, donned a white night-cap, aud clumsily laid
himself down. He was not destined, however,
to obtain repose so easily. A moment or two
brought the steward and a brace of servants to
his side.
" Hello, my friend," cried the steward, "you
must rouse out!"
" Vy, vot's to pay ?" cried Todsley, thrust
ing the night-cap out of the bed with his head
in it.
" Come out, and I'll tell you," replied the
" Yell now, this 'ere's werry hunreasonable
conduct, sir, to disturb a gemmeu barter 'e's
laid down, hand give no hexplanation vot hit's
for—werry, hindeed ! I shan't do no such thing,
sir !" and thereupon Todsley pulled in his night
cap, and placed his head on the pillow in extreme
At this answer, a servant held up to his vis
ion, a framed placard, to the efl'ect that "Gentle
men are requested not to get into their berths
with their boots on."
" Look at this, aud I guess you'll know
what you must get out for,"cried the steward.
Again the night-cap was protruded. "I've
read that 'ere, sir, an' it hain't nothin' to do
vith me, hanv 'ow, ncanse I vears shoos !" and
Todsley thrust out one leg, to the extremity of
which, covered, indeed, by a shoe, he apj>ealed
in proof of his exemption from the requisition
of the placard. A laugh from the neighboring
berths, which greeted his reply, somewhat vex
ed the steward, who seized the offending shoes,
and pulled them off without consulting Mr.
Todsley's views upon such summary conduct.
Todsley offered no resistance, however, and
contented himself, after the retirement of his
tormentors, by muttering himself to sleep.
I was awakened, at what hour of the night,
I know not, by the preparations for departure.
The disturbing sounds had evidently alarmed
Todsley, for a faint " Oh, my 1" frequently is
sued from his berth, and now and then the
white night-cap bobbed up, as its owner took a
survey of the premises. The ringing of the
bell and splash of the wheels, in starting, dis
composed him sufficiently to make him leap to
the floor, but finding all still in the cabin, he
" turned in" again. There was no sleeping
more. The increased rolling of the boat herald
ed our approach to the Point; and finally, the
guards were plunged in the water with every
fierce wave, while the timbers creaked ominous
ly. Todsley was evidently growing desperate
with fear. The night-cap bobbed out and bob
bed in again every two minutes, and I heard
him talking to himself all the time although
I could not distinguish what he said. At length
a desperate lurch threw several sleepers from
their berths, on the opposite side, and terrified
all. I started up, aud as I was about to de
scend to the floor, a second careening proved
too violent for the gravity of the tall stove,
which slid along some feet towards us, all
glowing hot as it was, and then was falling di
rectly upou us 1 Todsley had got well out,
with the exception of one leg ; and with more
self-possession than I should have given him
credit for, he grasped the poker which lay by
him, and thrusting it against the stove, using
his leg for a brace, unheld it by main lorce.—
Then his terror found free vent.
" I Ho, 'ere ! 'Elp! 'elp! Vy doesn't ye come?
Ve're burnin' hup ! 'Elp ! 'elp !"
The rolling of the boat after the wave had
passed, restored the stove to a perpendicular
• position, and Todsley, dropping the poker
grasped his coat and shoes, and hastened to a
securer situation, which example I was by no
means negligent to'imitate. Hurrying on my
clothes, X ascended to the deck, where all who
were not prostrate with sickness, had congre
grated. It appeared that the boat had been
broached round into the trough of the sea, and
that our danger had been imminent. The
aspect of the waters was terrible to look upon,
and while I gazed in awe and admiration on
the huge white-crested waves, a shaking hand
was laid upon my arm. I turned, and lo !
there was Todsley, livid, and with
horror, the white night-cap, which he had for
gotten to dislodge still sunuountiug his globular
"He is lost now !" lie cried, in a hardly
audible voice, half interrogatory, half exclama
tory. I could not offer him much consolation,
for my own fears were excited ; and shortly
after, descended to the cabin. Todsley follow
ed, and through the remainder of the night,
adhered to my side with almost childish trust
in my companionship. His misery was too
inteuse to be any longer a source of amusement.
He seemed at any time, to be devoting
thoughts which he presumed to be last ones, to
his distant friends, for X heard him, now and
then, utter a name, with endearing epithets.—
Every frequently plunge of the guards, in the
meantime, dieted an " Oh, my !" of agony, and
sometimes a stifled sob.
Day dawned, and we were in smooth water,
off Stouington'to which, the nearest harbor,
our course had been directed for security. We
lay therein until the afternoon, and then an
attempt was made to resume our course. AVe
braved the violence of wind and wave until into
the night, but the courage of the officers be
came exhausted, as well as the stock of wood
—forcing them put about into New London,
to reach which, required the consumption, as
firewood, of every practicable article. AVe
reached that port somewhat before daylight,
ou Sunday morning.
Sunrise brought a change of wind, and a
cessation to the storm, and by nine o'clock,
with a replenished stock of wood, we once
more turned our prow New York-ward.—
Todsley had all this time said very little. He j
showed the strongest symptoms of the con-1
tinued possession of his faculties, when he
discovered, on Saturday afternoon, some fifteen
or twenty life-preservers strung upon a pole.
" Vol's them 'ere ?" he asked, forgetting his
anxiety in a spasm of curiosity. I explained
to him the intent of these articles, so interest
ing to the drowning man. A smile of satisfac-,
tion lighted up his countenance at the informa
tion ; and somewhat composed in mind at the
propiuquity of this resource of danger, he went
to his birth, to refresh his nature, exhausted by
long watching and mental distress. The majori
ty of the passengers, equally wearied, were sunk
in the oblivion of sleep.
For myself being acquainted with the cap
tain, I went to the wheel-house, and while
engaged in conversation with him, a clergyman,
a passenger, came to the door and suggested
that, as there might be those on board who
would be pleased to attend divine services, if
they knew a clergyman was among them, de--
sired that notice might be given to that effect.
The captain readily complied, and guve orders
to the steward to arrange accordingly. I stood
on the cabin stairs with him, as lie merrily
jingled his bell, and shouted " Divine services
will now be attended in the saloon !" The effect
of this announcement had not been anticipated.
But this one idea seemed to possess all simul
taneously, that we had sprung a leak, or burst
the boiler, or that some mischance of equal de
vastation had occurred, and that these divine
services were in the light of " extreme unction"
—prayers that Heaven would have mercy on
their souls, halting on the verge of eternity !
The words had no sooner left the steward's
mouth than from every berth jumped a miser
able wretch, and without a thought of his lack
of attire, in his extremity of fear, rushed, amid
shrieks and yells to the stairs. I instantly ap
preciated the terrible error, and escaped to the
dec';; but the poor steward,dumb and riveted
to the spot with amazement was knocked over
and trampled upon by the eager throng.
Attaining the deck, some ran wildly to and
fro ; while others, possessing a degree of self
possession, dashed into the ladies cabin, shoal
ing aloud the name of wife, sister, or child.—
The alarm was thus communicated to the fe
males, of whom there was a goodly number,
and who, rendered equally careless in the
abandonment of fear, poured out upon the dock
in night attire, their countenances blanched
with affright. 1 was too much disconcerted for
a time, by the general phrenzy, to explain
matters ; and when I recovered myself, and
was about to speak to those around me, a .sight
struck upon my eyes, that made me laugh out
right. There was Todsley, with every cue of
the fifteen or twenty life-preservers girded about!
him, and not a solitary one of them inflated,
skulking in a corner for fear of being seen and
robbed of his treasures. But his precaution
was vain. The negro wench, who officiated as
chamermaid, and who was of enormous bulk,
espied him, and darting upon him, commenced
a direful struggle. Encumbered with the life
preservers, Todsley could not offer effectual
resistance, and soon measured his length upon
the deck, the negress falling plump upon him.—
There they lay, rolling over and over in the
continued conflict, Todsley holding fast upon
his possessions and kicking and thumping, while
the black pulled, scratched and tore.
The smiling faces, and explanatory words of
the crew and myself, who now mingled with
the half naked crowd, gradually brought them
to their senses ; and as they severally detected
their semi-nudity, and the peculiar intermingling
of the sexes, males and females retreated blush
ing to their cabins. I could not persuade
Todsley to divest himself of his life-preservers
under half an hour. It was all irresistibly
I know not. what has become of Todsley.—
Perhaps he has safely regained bis native land,
and is now pursuing bis vocation, exulting over
his " air-breadth 'scapes, and orrid weuturcs.
Wherever he is, success to him, for the remem
brance of him has been to me a never-ending
fund of amusement.
RY'. —The first American who discharged his
gun ou the day of the battle of Lexington, was
Ebcnezer Lock, who died at Deering, N. n.,
about gfty years ago. He resided at Lexing
ton in 1775. The British regulars, at the or
der of Major Piteairn, having tired at a few
" rebels" on the green iu front of the Meeting
House, killed some and wounded others, it was
a signal for war. "The citizens," writes one,
" might be seen coming from all directions, in
the roads, over fields and through the woods—
each with his rifle iu his hand, his powder-horu
hung to his side, and his pockets provided with
bullets. Among the number was Ebcnezer
Lock. The British had posted a reserve of in
fantry a mile in the direction of Boston. This
was in the neighborhood of Mr. L., who, in
stead of hastening to join the party at the green,
placed himself iu an open cellar at a conven
ient distance for doing execution. A portion
of the reserve was standing on a bridge, and
Mr. Lock commeueed firing at tliem. There
was no other American in sight. He worked
valiantly for some minutes, bringing down one
of the enemy at nearly every shot. Up to this
time, not a shot had been fired elsewhere by
the rebels. The British, greatly disturbed at
losing so many men bv the random firing of an
unseen enemy, were not long in discovering the
man in the cellar, and discharged a volley of |
balls which lodged ou the walls opposite. Mr.
Lock within—remaining unhurt—continued to
load and fire with the precision of a finished
marksman. He was driven to such close quar
ters, however, by the British ou the right and
left, that he was compelled to retreat. He
hud just one bullet left, and there was now but
one way to escape, and that was through an
orchard, aud not one moment was to be lost—
he leveled his gun at the man near by, drop
ped his gun, and the man was shot through the
heart. The bullets whistled about hiru. Lock
reached the brink of a hill, and throwiug him
self upon the ground, tumbled downwards, roll
ing, as if mortally wounded. In this way he
escaped unhurt. At the close of the war he
moved to New-Hampshire, where he resided
till his death twenty years after. He lived iu
seclusion and died in peace."
HORRIBLE REVENGE. —Dr. Radcliff, who was
fond of the pleasures of the table, was one af
ternoon comfortably disposing of a bottle of i
wine, wheu a countryman entered the room,
and begged him to come immediately to his
wife who was dying.
" I can't help it, my fine fellow, I can't come
till I have finished my bottle."
Now it happened that the countryman was
a large strong man, and the doctor a very small
oue ; so it occurred to the former that his best
plan was to seize the doctor, and carry him off
on his shoulders. He did so ; and while he
was bearing him along, the doctor, bursting
with rage, exclaimed :
" ou villain, I'll cure your wij'ef' and he
was as good as his word.
"Now."—"Now" is the constant syllable
ticking from the clock of time. " Now" is the
watch-word of the wise. " Now" is the ban
ner of the prudent. Let us keep this little
word always on our minds, and whenever any
thing presents itself to us in the shape of work,
whether mental or physical we should do it
with all our might, remembering" that " now"
is the only time for us. It is indeed a sorry
way to get through the world by putting it off
till to-morrow, saving—"Then 1 will do it."
No. This will never do. JVow is ours; then
will never be.
A QUAKERESS, being jealous of her hus
band, took occusion to watch his movements
rather closely, and one morning actually dis
covered the truant hugging and kissing a pret
ty servant girl whilst seated oil a sofa by her
side. Broadbrim was not long in discovering
the face of his wife as she peered through the
half open door, and rising with all the coolness
of a general, thus addressed her : " Betsey, my
wife, thee hadst better quit thy peeping, or,
thee will cause a disturbance in the family."
The efl'ect was electrical.
was telling a witty Bostoniau how terribly he
was abused for his exertions in returning fugi
tive slaves, saying that not only the abolition
ists, but good conservative, cowardly folks now
spoke ill of him, and applied names to him ;
that tliey even called him Judas ! " But,"says
II ALI.LTT, "I don't care if they do call me Ju
das." " Oh, yes," replied his friend, "it's all
very well for you to say YOU don't care, but
how do you suppose Judas likes it ?"
" We once knew an eccentric old man
in the " Nutmeg State," in its Northern part,
who went to the familiar title of " Uncle Aaron."
The old man had raised a large family of boys,
the youngest of whom —a wild roystering blade
—was named after himself. In speaking of
his family, the old man said, with a very long
face : —Among all my boys I never had but
one who took aft er his father, and that was my
Aaron ; he took after me— With a club.
"Xtia A black man once went to Portland,
and attended church. He went into a good
pew, and the next neighbor asked the man
who owned it, why he put a nigger in his pew ?
" Why, sir, he is a Ilavtian." "Can't help
that, he's black." " Why, sir, he's a correspon
dent of mine." " C'au't help that, he's black."
"He is worth a million of dollars." Introduce
feaT An Irish tailor, making a gentleman's
coat aud vest too small, was ordered to take
them home and let them out. Some days after
the tailor told the gentleman that his garments
happening to fit a countryman of his, let them
. at a shilling per week.
" poplar jpokragntn."
[From the Easton Argus.]
The result of the late election in Kansas
Territory has already beeu announced through
the Union, and it is very generally understood
how it was conducted. According to the cen
sus, taken but a few weeks previous to the I
election, there were a littlo over 3000 legal j
voters iu the Territory, and yet the returns
showed a vote of between seven and eight thou-'
sand. It is to be deeply regretted that such I
a state of things should exist iu this interest
ing Territory and that so little regard is paid i
to the action and directions of the constituted '
authorities of the government. Any such vio-!
lation of the principles that govern us as a peo-1
pie, while it agitates and convulses the entire j
nation, will go far to shake the faith and weak- j
en the confidence of the democratic party of
the North, iu the principle of "popular sover-1
eignty" as recognized in the Kansas and Ne- j
braska bill. There are thousands of warm,
true democrats who approved of the plan, deem-'
ing it no more than just aud fair and in keep- j
ing with republican principles, that the citizens '
of every Territory should mould their own in
stitutions ; but if such scenes as Kansas has
witnessed are to be enacted whenever a new
territory is to be organized—if the " actual re
sidents" in each instance are not to be permit
ted to carry out the iuteut of the law—if the
people of another State are encouraged or sus
tained in a systematic aud formidable invasion
—they will soon arrive at the conclusion that
it were far better that no such bill had ever
passed. We speak plainly on this subject aud j
wish to be properly understood. We were an
ardent supporter of the Nebraska doctrine of
" popular sovereignty"—we are so still, if it,
can be properly aud practically carried out.— |
We desire to see those who have a right to vote
in a new territory, exercise that right without 1
hindrance or restraint. When they are notal-:
lowed to do this, the doctrine becomes a farce ;
and a humbug. And if this course is to be
persisted in, we regard it as the bouuden duty \
of the National Administration to enforce the
spirit and the letter of the law, even if it must i
be done at the point of the bayonet. What is I
it but rebellion against the laws of the United '
States ? What is it but self-constituted mob |
law ? Suppose the people of New Jersey or j
New York should come in large bodies to Penn-;
sylvana, disregard the acts of our legal authori
ties, seize upon the ballot boxes, thrust out of
their places the legally chosen election officers,
fill the vacancies with men of their own selec
tion and do all the voting to the exclusion of
our own citizens? Would we not be justly in
dignaut, and demand the interference of" the
government in our behalf ? That this has bceu
done in Kansas no one pretends to deny. Aud
yet the citizens of another State have 110 more
right to overrun Kansas and over-power her
people than the residents of New-Jersey have
to do so in Pennsylvania. Such conduct, let
it come from what quarter it may, should not
be tolerated, and the sooner it is cheeked the
better for the peace and the happiness, not on
ly of Kansas, but of our whole country.
Governor REF.DER has proven himself, in this
crisis, a brave and an honest man and a true
patriot. He fills a position that calls for the
exercise of much moral courage and firmness.
Those who knew the man felt satisfied he would
never flinch. Knowing him as we do, from a
long and intimate social and political acquain
tance, we have no fears from him. Bad ai d
1 reckless men may threaten to " hang" liim, but
no power on Earth can force him to swerve
from what he feels to be his'duly. He will
die at his post before he will be forced info a
wrong act. He has too much of the spirit of
old Hickory in his composition, to be driven
into any step that his conscience does not ap
prove. If threats of assassination make him
yield oue inch, then we don't know the man.
It is very evident those who made them did
not know liiiu, or they would have spared tl\,em
selves the trouble. The following articles from
the Lawrence (Kansas) herald, prove our es
timate of the man :
TRUE STEEL. —We feel proud of the Gover
nor of Kansas. He has shown himself to be
true steel during the exciting times of the last
week. The Missouriuns waited on him in per
son, and threatened to hang him unless he
would give the pro-slavery candidates certifi
cates of election. His reply was : —" (iGentle
men, two or three of yon can assassinate me, hut
a legion cannot compel me to do that which my
conscience does not approre." Such a man de
serves well of the country, and the people of
Kansas will not be slow to do him justice.
THE GOVERNOR.— -Our news from the Gover
nor, at the Shawnee Mission, is down to Fri
day noon. The state of matters there had as
sumed a pacific aspect, aud no apprehensions
of violence to any one were entertained. It is
represented that a committee from Missouri
waited upon the Governor and told him he had
the choice of one of three things : "To sign the
certificates of election within fifteen minutes,
to resign, or hang." The response was ready ;
fact that the Governor is still living is conclu
sive evidence that it was deemed risky business
to attempt mob violence ou the Executive of
Kansas. He had friends in the crowd who
would have been at home in a practical enforce
ment of this threat.
[From the Evening Post.]
Outrages Committed on American Citizens
Governor Reeder, it seems, finds that he can
not perform his duties as Governor of Kansas.
His power is taken out of his hands by a set of
lawless desperadoes from Missouri, who swarm
over the frontier, vote in the elections, keep the
actual residents of the country from the polls
by demonstrations of violence, and insist that
Governor Reeder shall give the candidates for
whom they have voted certificates of their elec
tion on pain of being lynched Thf Governor
naturallv dislikes this ..ort of treatment, and
vor, xv r . — NO. 47.
would naturally prefer to govern the territory
himself. He is now on his way to Washington,
to lay the matter before his friend the Presi
dent, ami to say that if he eau be properly
supported by the government he will order a
new election, inasmuch as an election by the
people has been forcibly prevented.
The Chief Magistrate has but oue course to
pursue. Ho must stand by Governor Reeder;
he must see thdt the real settlers of Kansas
elect their own legislature, aud if they are dis
turbed and hindered by bands of ruffians from
any of the States, the disturbers must be put
down by the strong arm of' the government.—
We have raised a few new regiments lately for
the purjMise of protecting the people of Oregon
and California from the Indians. In both those
parts of the country the Indians are now quiet;
not a rifle is likely to be aimed by a savage at
a white man for months to eoine. nor a cow or
horse to be driven off from the neighborhood
of a white man's cabin. It is the settlers of
Kansas who are in danger; they are ten times
more exposed to the incursions of marauders
than the settlers of the region beyond the
Rocky Mountains. If they are not to be plun
dered of their property, they are to be robbed
of their political rights ; the plot is laid by a
tribe of savages bj whom the Indians on the
Pacitic coast are quiet and pacific, and blood
is to be spilled by the arim d and drunken crew
who go out on this profligate errand, rather
than it should fail of execution.. Here, then,
is the place for the new regiments ; a detach
ment of men in military order to guard the
polls when any disturbance, any violent intru
sion of the bullies sent out from Missouri, is
expected. There is not one man iu ten thro'-
out the whole country, who would not say that
this is the best use to which our troops can be
Some of the newspapers are talking of 1 insults
inflicted by the Spanish authorities ou Ameri
can citizens, and calling on our government to
interfere. If our government desires to distin
guish itself by protecting its citizens from insult
here is an opportunity. Take all that Spain
has done from the beginning, put the worst
face upon every case, adopt every complaint
without selection, and form them into the lar
gest possible aggregate, still they are nothing
in comparison to the injuries winch the Mis
souri ruffians have inflicted upon our country
men in Kansas. What are tiie cases of Mr.
Thompson and Dr Peck in Cuba, to the scores,
hundreds, thousands of American citizens in
Kansas stripped of the right of suffrage by a
combination of violeuce and fraud ? What is
a shot fired in the air. by a Spanish vessel of
war in order to bring to the steamer El Dora
do, which was afterwards allowed to proceed
on her voyage, compared with the wrong done
to the Kansas electors, by a party of drunken
ruffians taking possession of the polls, with ri
fles nnl revolvers, making it necessary for the
genuine voter to take his life in his hand if he
upproa<'hed/thtMi'{ Wi>at case of avice
cousul in Cuba, arrested, liberated and com
pensated for his detention, compared with that
of Reeder, the Governor of a territory, receiv
ing his appointment from the President of the.
United States, beset and Dai ted by those bul
lies threatening to take his life if he refused to
set his hand to a false certificate of the legal
election of those men for whom they had given
their votes? If the government should submit
—and we think it will not—to indignities of
this sort, if it should allow its representative
j in Kausas. and the people over whom he was
I placed to exercise the Executive power, to be
treated in this manner, the present administra
tion would deserve to be regarded as one of
the most feeble and spiritless that ever had the
management of public aflairs in any country.
Governor Reeder, it is well known, cherishes
no particular enmity to slavery, lie approved
| of the Nebraska bill ; lie was a democrat of
the genuine Pierce stamp, unsusjiected of any
tendency to abolitiouism, and was appointed to
the post lie liils partly ou account of these
qualifications. He might, tin reforc.oae would
suppose, have expected some forbearance from
the agents of Mr. Atchison. He simply re
fused to go all lengths ; he would not consent,
to make himself infamous, and for this he was
driven from the territory. It will he the bnsi
ne:S of the government to send him back with
such support as will make him safe in the ex
ercise of his functions ; and if lie is not willing
again to face the bullies from Missouri, to scud
somebody who will.
Our readers may not perhaps he aware that
Atchison and his bullies have their newspaper
organ in Missouri, entitled the fyu-atter Sw.
reign, conducted by a man named Sstrongfeh
low, which, during the election and immediate
lv afterwards, was tilled with inflammatory ex
hortations to commit violence on the Govern
or, whom it called a perjured villain, a white
livered abolitiouist, fu\ We quote a passage
or two :
" There is a feeling rising in (lie territory
against (he Governor, (hat only lii.s absence
will prevent the general outbreak. . Revolution
is in every mouth, and. if the President still
persists in forcing R-eeder upon us, God only
knows what the e<n equeuees will le. We
hope, we pray, that we may be spared the ne
cessity of such desperate measures, but. if we
are left the alternative of living under a despo
tic government, or of choosing a more honora
ble mode of freeing ourselves, we are plain to
admit that we shall choose the latter course
* * * "We would not like to
see the governor dangling in the air by the
neck—he will soon be dead, dead, dead, with
out that—merely because we consider him a
fair specimen of eastern chivalry, and a fair
sample of a freesoiler ; but if he is an aboli
tionist at heart and in action, and would abet
in running off darkies into Canada, it might be
well enough to place the noose around his neck
byway of experiment, if it were only to hear
him cough, and see him make pretty taces."
AgaiD, in a later number of the paper :
" Pierce looks upon Kansas as a political
slaugbter-pen, and freesoil candidates for office
of long standing, are assigned the governorship
of this territory, with the unders'auding that
the administration is not responsible for life or
limb. If the feelings againct the Govejrnor|ift