The Columbia Democrat. (Bloomsburg, Pa.) 1837-1850, April 11, 1840, Image 1

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    UAtlf fcVrtrh hUnti Hits Altar oftrotU fcllt-HiaA hostility to tsvter-J- form tof Tytaliiijr bter the Wad ' M'""-i-ThmQ8 Jeflcruon.
office or Tin: democrat,
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jntblislml evcty SaiutJny morning at
TWO 1)0!. 1, JlUS per artittlni, jittyttblt
half icarh inuJvancuor Tttf) Daitat)
Wn Cents if not paid within Aetfcrif,
'jYo subscription will bttuhnfor it st0r7er
iirrioi tVian six mPiKui nor" tint tftscoit
tiimitce permitted unlit nil ttrmtvges
are disrharscd
'Jlill'EIlTlSE MUSTS not PJCMKrtrtg 8
j7rte mil be conmcuomht insttltd (U
One Dollar for the first time inmftions
nnd TwenUj-fwe cents for cVcribubse nscrlion 6C7" Memr (iscotrn
,)ifi7e 'o thane who a wcrtue bxi Hit mar,
t.RTTEHS luUruvcd an bmiims nxUit
be post paid
& Notf-l'ONMlTTAi
Ono of the moot curious methods or litis
banding a candidate tlint we have yet liratt!
of, is narrated in the following itituln lrom
tho N. Y. Evening Post relative to Gener
nl Harrifim. U seems tlint J Committee
hold watrli and ward over him i-PmI;i'i
An extraordinary course ii:tn lately been
Initrn with General Harrison hy lit friends
in Ohio, They have raised commitlrc,
to whom lliey have given liim in fhargo
ps aii idiot is committed In the train of trtis
tecs. The cnmmiilcc receive and read his
pol'niral teller?, and determine lipnn llio an
swer to he given, leaving the poor old sen
tVnian without any dtscrelinr, or agency in
Ihe nutter. Gcnrgn the Thin), of Eltp
I n ', in tin; d;iy of his old ago and insani
ty, deprived of all power in his own got
cm ucnl, was a kmc after much thosinie
favh'on that Harmonic nnW it rnildidajr.
The Oinveso' I'lillndltiui, of Wednesday.
rnnt.iins n correspondence between the Os
wemi Union Assoeiation nnd the cominitlei'
vho liavo taken possession of Harrison.
"V?tt ronv the letters, wldeh we have the
positive assurance ol the Oswego print are
tenuinr : .Tan. Ul, 1810.
To the Hon. William II. Harrisntt.
Dear Sir In accordance w'lli a resn!u
tion of iliu Union Annallon of OsWcjjo,
1 am inntriifiied in propoto inree qucslions
lto you. in relation ti) snbji-r! that a large
portion of this ecciioit of the rnuniry feel a
deep interest in. The fir,it u.
Are. you in favor of rrreiving and referfin
petitions for the immediate i.liolition of shue
ry in the Distriel of Colu'.nhiu '
Seeond Are you in favor of n United
Slates, or foinc iiiMiliilinn eimilar to
lliftt, for the safu keepini; and dMmrsing f
the public moneys, and forgiving mini
:fnrm currency ihtougliout ihe UniieH
tst:te? ?
And lastlyWould ymi Tavor Ihe pussngn
of a (toneral llankvupi Iriw, hy Congress-
po that its opei.ilions might he equal in all
the States of the Union t
1 have only to say, sir, lllnt llm nlmve
inq'iiries are made in iieeordance with tlie
unanimous wishes of this afooruitnn, the
membtrs of whifh, I am iiinrueted to sry,
rntprlain the liihfst repaid for vniir past
.'ferviecs. and hope, should you ho elected
Ha llio Iiil'Ii offu-u for which von arc nomi'
tinted, that nothing may occur to Icn.'en you
Sn lliv'estimaiiiiir of a great and free peo
I nm, sir,
Kc?nrrtfti!ly. vnur.lit srtv't.
Corresponding Secretary i
.Cincinnati, Fob'. 28, 1$I0.
lOswego Uuiuii A-ooi'intion,
r. r .... P .1.- Hi..
uentienicn' . i out leiirr in wic oui u.
.sdilresscil (o Oeneral'Harrisoii, hits Ihtii
placed in our io9e?iiir)t with a vmwtnenr
)y alinrion. This u u.iavoidable, in coll
ficqnenro of tho very niimenm Ij-tters te
.TcitTtl hy ihe General, and to which his re
ply in percon la rendered ahsuluioly im
As from In coululentiai cum
let Should lint meet vouf appfttlvaimlh .you
Will uttrihnte Ihe trttir rather to ourselves
ahd hi lintnwllatb ndvUcrs, iluitj tu General
Harrison, Tin pulicy it thai the liener
l make nu further deelahitlun of his prin-
eiple?( tut the public eye, whilst occupying
Its ptese'H ptitnlnn.
Stielt course has m ai)iptell, twt fur
ptifpoics of eom-ealnirtit, nor to avoid all
proper responsibiltu l but under ihe impres
sion Ihut iht? GeuerulV licw?, in regard to
nil the important and e.xciiing ineiiotiB of
the iUV have herctoiore been given lo ihe
public, I'lititiccieil Willi constitutional or mh"
er rjueuilolis of Very genertd interest, have
undergone tin change.
The committee are sltengthdned In re
gald to ihe proprieiy of ibis polieyi iltat no
new tcBtie he made to the public, fiom the
t onsidcrlitttitit that ihe national mnveulion
deemed il impolitic ut Ihe then vriain, io pub
lish any gelieiid detlurntion of the iews of
llic great opposition party, and eenaitdy the
polit y Ut the prrcrut rrmains unaltered. In
tltc ineait litrio v o ratuiot help e.prrstleg
the hone, lhatout friends, etrrv where, will
receive the Humiliation of General Harrison
with something akui to geiietal confidence
Wheii we relied iiprtlt the tlislliigukhrd lit.
trlligeiire of the nominating oouvention
how ably all Interest were tlprcseitted in
that body, ve certainly havo !i high guar
.iliiy, that Bholdd General Hnrtittm be ihe
snct esKfnl rendidate for the piestdeiicy, thai
office Will he happily and eon8iiiuiioiiid!y
iiihiiiuisiereu, tinuer eUlilance ol Hie same
prlneiplcs which direrted our Washington
Jefferson, and Madison, Helieving you
will concur with us in the popriet,of the
policy adopted, we have pleasure insubecrib
tng uurselvcsi
Your friends,
II. It. Spcneelf, Cor. Sec'ry.
The committee arc now oublifhing In
painihlt form many of the former expres
scd opii.inns of the Gnueral, and facts and
iurldents connected witii h;a past life, which
will be forwarded lo you at an eurly m
" Thus," says the Oswego pnprr, " Sen
eral Hanison has passed into the hand of
a committee, without the formalitv of a
wiii dc Itttmtico quimulot He is intcrro-
gaed on three questioiie of high importance,
and by the dirtciiou of the committee he
stands mute, Thov acknowledge thai ntik
tnerous letters daily arrive, aildressed lo the
whig candidate for ihe presidency, and we
inftr from the language of the committee
that these letters contain Inquiries in regard
lo his political otiintotvs. These letters are
answered only w iih a denial of the informa
tion which their numerous writers solirit1,
they are told (hat die candidate of the whig
parly, of rather tho committee widt h has
him in charge, has adopletl the jmliey of
those who nominated hini,--lhatof making
no declaration id' his opinions, allowing no
expression of his views in regard in ihe
gte..t contested menseres of ihe present mo
ment to escape him, but demanding that the
people shall put the helm of sute into his
hands without knowing whither lie is to
steer the vessel, We havo heard ruin II of
nnii'commiilalism in our lime, but this it.
non-committalism will) a vengeance.
After nil, the fiiemls of Harrison are per
baps', right to surround hiln with a cabinet.
while he is yet a candidate, lie would
make as wild work without n Regency as
tho poor crazy old grandfather of tho prcs
cm Qncen of England. If he were to ati
swer at his nwn discretion the lelteis ho re'
cciU's, he would, unquestionably, givu an
swets thai would embarrass his party, an
6wers sometimes extravagant, sometimes a
tnlo from tho purpose, sometimes mcrel
foolish, and sniuB(lmes perhaps right hy c-
cideil, which wo suppose would provu to
his friends- the iratest embarrassment ol
a!'. Thoy are tight, doubtless, in standing
gtmrd over llio old man, lesl the muzzle
" HAtrlrtn tt John Miinxs Fedttdb ' tiiat the tiiilitia 'til' tho United States tan on
txtV asks a distingtiised friend in Lincol.t j ly he rctldered flllcieni by atmingt vqihp'
counlj i Wo answer, by quoting a nan of oin ',dnd iliH-itirniliiir rt select bodv, Il an
CSen, Ilaifrisim's reply to the charge of be
iug such a Federalist, pteforretl against hint
by John HjiuIoIoIu Gen, Ilatrison'a own
admiKsiouB ought ut he reliable evidence. j
We eopy from the Nashville lJauuor, of ihe
3th iusti
"In the l-rtuVse ut tills debate, Mr. Harri
son said that Ii.; coll d nut refrain front ma
king bio acknowledgements to the gentle
men from Virginia, Mr. Randolph) Tor the
notice iu had bticit pleased lo take of him.
He has been pleased to say, that, in (he ad
ministration of Mr. Adams, I was a Feder
alist, and becomes to this conclusion from
Ihe course pursued by me in the session of
1701M800. Ai that session, the geuilc
men ami myself met fur the first iime--lie
id the siation of Representative for Virginia
nd I in the more humble one of delegate
fr.nn the North Western Territory, llav
ing IHi vole,l did mil think it proper 10 take
part in lite discussion ot any ol tho great
iiulilieal questions which divided the two
Itirties. My business was id procure the
passage Of the bills, which 1 had introduced
for ihe benefit of the people I represented
Flie gentleman had no means of knowing
my political principles, unless ho obtained
them in private conversation. As I wak
upon terms of iniiili.vy with ihe gentleman,
it is very probable that be might have heard
ttie exprcMS sentiments favonble to the ad
ministration. I cKiiTAiNiA ri:ir tituji
so l.n t ni least, as to the course pnisued in
islation to the Government of Francei
Nor, said Mr. ti, was I unsupported io
thin opinion by those who h id
pears to Us that thu present Socrclaty l'
Wat hae done nd mor'e ihalt -udopt those
suggesii. ns drill digest llio necessary dctailo
to carry the plan into practical eflecu So
far Irom the scheme ol proposing a lory ol
regular troops, it is calculated, us it seems,
lo prevent the necessity of large standing
armies cien in time of wart and it will be
satisfactory to those who hate exhibited &d
much tduraiv to be informed thai the batta
lions are to be assembled within ihe limits
of the State where thu militia belongs ! and
to be officered iii precisely the Bamc man
ner as the militia are now officered s ds
likew iset that tho period Of llicir being Call
ed x ut for drill is to be fixed bt) law: An I
morentert that the mass of the militia, more
than a million and tt half of intelligent free
men, are to be armed and equ'ped as here
tofore. After this development, we hope to
hear no more of this unwarranted ottcry a-
gainst a plan so eminently calculated to rcn
der efficient the permanent defences of lire
IVt.fchJjer GO.
) ta'r and feathers," said Ditson, setting hi
teelh firmly together. ' Corite on, arid yoti
shall nee sport.'
my actions if not my opinions!
a right tu
lo no pan
nfilie country were those mearliteo more
decidedly approbated thnli by lny coliaiiiu
euts the Legislature of llio Norlh Wcs Territory r as ihe address of that body
lo (he President, during that session, w ill
show. For Mr. Adams (said Mr, II.) I
entertained at that time, and have ever siurr.
enteitained, Ttrli om:ati:st rkspkct. I
beliovc him to be nit honest man and a pure
patriot, and his conduct during that session
proved him to be such." iYtfi.tiVc Union
tnillee, you will uptilt this raspnlisr. j hujt! flip .from his inmnh and lie should
oiwl if tho policy ouservtu uy tun comiilit-1 ueiray iniiisen oy uucung
THE ougamz.vtiox tiie mi
litia. The Globe publishes tho detail of i!ie
plan proposed by the Secretary of War lor
rc-org.iuizuig the imliiia of (ho United
Si itcs. It is accompanied by tin explana
tory statement, which fully refutes the billy
slang about Executive recommendations of
a standing army ol two hundred thousand
mcini bodies of armed men to be matched
from Stale lo Stale lo intlucnco the elcr
lions ; increase of patronage by the power
to be given lo Ihe IV.usidkkt to appoint as
well as cnmmUkiuii the officers t ami, a-
hove all, the immeasurablu expemn arising
from the unlimited period for which thin
body of militia is lo be kept in service!
We actually shuddered when we saw this
atrav of dngers which threatened the liber-
tie. ol the Republic although somewhat at
a Ions to understand why the alarm was
Sounded so long after the publication of the
Secretary' report t for thai at first, com
plimentary notices of the plan it proposed
appearcil in llic papers of both parlies.
The explanation and details line given
have dispelled all our fears. The plan ill
elf has little in it that is new oxcept in its
practical application,
General W.BiiiNatoi( first proposed lo
discipline a k'elecl body o( the militia i Mr.
JKi'i'r.nsoN urged the classification of the
.uilitia ol thu Unitetl Males, ami mat n tr
ied hudy of three hundred ihoiuand men
should he sM apart as ihe active class, to
sarve for" a ceriain Icrm of years. The
hoard of officers, regulars and militia, (hat
assembled in WHshiugion by order of Mr.
UARnoutt. wiieit aecreiary-oi t ar, rccom
mended thai the miliiii of the United Stales
should he divided into classes t and all the
communications from the most experienced
officers, elicited hy tho interrogatories of
that functionary, contained the assertion
Just before Ihe breaking out of the revo
Union, a mail by the name of Diison,beloti
ging to Billerii a Mass., was tarred and fea
thered. by lhu Uriiish soldier, under ihe
orders of liicutenati.t Ncabit. The Uiii
officers wtslicd lo pretenl the Americans
from pitrelusiog gnus, and in order lo Tor
n'.sh an oppurtuutiy to hillict punishment
nnd lo f.iUo occasion fur a serious quarrc
a soldier Was ordered to offer Me old conn
trttuan an old rusty musket. DnSou catigh
at the b.i'u, mid ptnehased the gun for litre
dollars, He was thereupon seized and af
ter he'rutj confined in lint guarddioliso all
niirhl. was stritnel ftittfriv naKCih - ami
cotercd with lar and featiiets and in lhat
condiiion paraded ihrough tho streets
Huston. The Yankees, however, began to
Collect III great numbers, and tho military
fearing fur their own safely; dismissed the
man and retreated to their own bar
racks, Thtls far thc.inciilehl is related by rt crih
tenipurjry historian. What follows we
have fiom the lips of llic old continental
himself. Many a time and oft have we
heard him relate the story, with clenched
hands, and ejes Hashing fire, and always
with this ending "liul 1 had my re
venge r
When lie Wa dismissed by the Biiiish,
hii called for his gun, which during the ope
ration of tarring ami feathering had been la
ken from him, "Take thu got! nnd be
ll ill" said the oflicer who had command
ed tho tarring and feathering 'you'll be the Yankee, I'll be sworn who will come
here to purchase a mtuket."
'tUut nut the last lhat w ill tts& nub,0 said
Ditsoti, as he grasped the weapon, " and
mark me, Sir, I'll have my revenge."
'The eock.w clear game," said the offi
cer, turning to his companions with n laugh
but ho had better rufitdhis feathers On his
own dunghill I'1
Di son, by ihe aid ilf soap ami w'drm wa rid of his feathery coat J but the idea
of lhu insult clung to his mind burning deep
er like ihe shirt of Nessus, He hinged for
an opportunity of revenge, tt was the
iheme of 'tis ilioughts waking or 3leepingt
He dreanil of it by night ho putiderul on
the means of accomplishing it by day. But
how wa.'ho lo accomplish it t
An opportunity was not long Wattling for
lhat purpose. His cuuniry Hew to
rcdiess its ptiblio grievances t and ho to re
venge his private ones. As soon as ho
heard Ihai the Uritish had inarched for Coni
cord, he seized hit rusly musket, anJ ran
to tho scene of action i
What are you going hi do t" said his
neighbor, as they saw him unyoking his
team in the middle ol thu fitdd, and at an
unteasonahlu hour of the day.
'I'm going to pay the ted coats for tho
"Uiu Voii arc ttnt ftoinrr lo take lliat old
Iflisiy plct et" eaid one,
4lUut t am though, eaitl Ditsin , "l shall
Like none tho wtirst tiiglil, fur its being rus-
''Hrvhaslcrteti io iiii: ttetti oPfigliii fillii tit
neighbors went with hint Having select
ed tho boughs of a thick ireei by Ihe way
side, whither the Dt'ui.ih Were oil their re
treat, he climbed into ihcrh, :lnd there j se
curely ensconced and taking belibcrate aim!
every shot from the old ttisty musket told
I aimed," said tjitson, "particularly it
thb officersi and the first man I dropped wai
the commander of the taj kettle-. That did
me untie good than die best dinner I ever
me in my life. "There I" I eould'rit help
exclaiming "1 told ou I'd have my re
venge I" Half a dozen shots were fired in
to tho tree bin ihuy weru fired at random
tor I was well sscured in llic boiiglis arid
only tWO bullets went ihlutigli my hal.
,ly bosom fell lighted as soorf as llio offi
cer fell. The lar tectuedi as it Wcrci to
loosnn fVoin mx'bxiin anil 1 felt fifty per
rut. bettei. Dm Still 1 had not completed
my revengei 1 he tar hail not yet all drop
ped off. It way there aiitli in imagination;
-tnd the fcfjier clung to it; The Uritish
would make a fighting cuck of me and I
was determined they should feel the full
length of my spurs."
Ditson was again prcserit hi Into battle of
Hunkers hill', where ho had an opportuni
ty of using the old musket to greater 'advan
tage than at the battle of Lcxingloti, ( He
sen in'g his lire agreeably to ihe mode en
joined by l'utm-Jii Until he could see tho
enemies' c.yest he brought down his man at
everv i-hoi and several more; whdsb coim-
lenaufCs lie recollected as having belonged
to those engaged in Ihe larrinc and feather
fell victims to the slrength of
his memory, ihe accuracy of his atih, and
the sure lire of his rustv old piece. Ut
was (lie last to leave the ditch; and when
his piiwder and ball was expended, he
fought like a tiger with the butt of bis mus
ket! and as lie dashed it into tho skull of
two or three of the " regulars" in quick suc
cession hri exclaimed, "That's to pay yotl
for the tar and feathers t" He was at last
wounded and Was with difiiciillV brought off
by hU companions. He suffered much in
consequence; ' but," as he used lo exclaim
iii afier years. " I didit't mind lhat for 1 had
in v revenge I"
HcrrcoU'rcd from his wtiund; and fought
through the wui; and although halurally
itate and attached to his country; his cour
age and his patriotism Weie Hot a little stint
olatcd by the. letticiubr'anee of tar iitttl feath
ers. No single arm rent a greater tilntiber
to their final account. He at length saw
his country Tree. Her injuries Were redres
sed and so were ids own.
Ho lived to be an old matii Poverty vis
ited his hut, Every thing that could bo
spared was sold, except the old musket.
lid would shoulder thai,
" And how lltiw ficlJa we're1 won.''
as his eye gleamed at tho recollec
tion of the insult, ho1
would exclaim, " It was all owing In ihe taf;
atld feather, Hut Jf litid mi rcvenze .'"
JMlimon tllipptr.
i?ytlitflcji.-Yhrii Qnin was ohe day
lamenting his growing old, tt pert young
fellow asked him what he Would now giro
to be as young as he I t could almost eon!
tent," replied Qutn,."lo' bo as foolislu"
Democracy. Democracy is tiie" child of
light atld adopn every enfranchising truth
lhat itmu and genius and tho public mind
may developb. Tho rtiasses of iveallh, wc
admit, are against il. Can (lie same bo
said of intelligence t ftaVo the gifted minds
of our nation been tile adversaries of thtj
Democracy I Salem Advtrtiief,
Rewardi and puiiishuieuu arti iho basij
of good government!