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it is grief beyond expression to recall all the heroisms and agonies of the war, the to establish belittles the American people, scandalizes the State which he represents
blood shed and the noble lives laid down, and to reflect that in a high sense these and disgraces himself. It will fall into contempt as it deserves to fall, and the
sacrifices have been in vain. His book will not be pleasant reading for those author, who has shown more of the weakness of his nature than even his enemies
whose crimes are therein held up to the execration of the civilized world, nor to ever suspected him of, will be lucky if he does not fall with it.
those others who have fed their vanity or gratified their spite by turning over the
government of the Union to men who fought to destroy it. But it is a full store-

Brooklyn Eagle (Dem.), May 17.
house of information for those who want to know just what the war was, how it There is no explanation of Gen. Logan's purpose in becoming a bookmaker ex-
was caused and pushed to its conclusion, and how it came to pass that those who cept a belief that he can benefit his Presidential boom by doing so. The idea is a
could not conquer in the field, nor yet at the ballot-box, have nevertheless seized mistake, but in the form of a delusion it has taken complete possession of what
the Government.

the general calls his mind. The theory that we as a people must or profitably New York World (Dem.), May 16.

could recur to Gen. Logan for information of the causes of the war is essentially But for the saddening reflection that this farcical composition is put forth with

ludicrous, but the general, who is devoid of humor or perspective, is also replete an assertion of seriousness by a Senator of the United States and a leader of the

with ambition, and he really believes he has a story to tell

. He forgets that BuchRepublican party, it could not fail to prove amusing. As a revelation of Republi

anan, George Ticknor Curtis, Thurlow Weed, Horace Greeley, Henry Wilson and can campaign tactics it is a marvellous confession of weakness. In his preface the

James G. Blaine have undertaken in part and in different ways to do the same author announces that he has tried to be fair, impartial, and accurate. He has not

thing. He forgets that their efforts were qualified successes because they did not been eminently successful, to put it mildly. The first forty pages of the book are

have the historical spirit. He fails to realize that to the making of an historian devoted to a brief review of the history of slavery in America. The rest of the

something more than an experience or observation of the events treated is necesbook, despite liberal padding with extracts from the Congressional Record, lit up

sary; that one must be a trained thinker, a clear and correct writer and a man by a fierce and flaming rhetoric, a wealth of indiscriminately placed capitals and

with the power to enter into the motives of both sides. Gen. Logan has not these sentences of purest Loganese, is not strikingly interesting; yet the scheme of the

necessary qualifications. He has never thought out questions to their elements. book is intensely sensational. The beginnings of Mr. Logan's alleged “Great Con.

He is a tropical, lurid and entirely uncultivated writer. He has brought himself spiracy.” are found in the institution of slavery, in the Kentucky resolutions of

into a state of mind which leads him to regard an opponent in war or politics as 1798, and in the South Carolina nullification ordinance of 1824. Throughout the

guilty of a sort of moral obliquity. He has so little realization of the art of authorbook he makes a strenuous effort to connect and identify free trade with the slave

ship that he really thinks a volume which interests him will interest the great mass power. The “Conspirators," as nearly as we can discover after a painstaking

of readers. That interests him which is so keyed as to appeal to certain political

elements on which he relies for a Presidential nomination. These are all drawsearch through this voluminous stump speech, are “a class of individuals greedily ambitious of power and determined to secure and maintain control of this Govern

backs to bookmaking. They insure “The Great Conspiracy” a place of honor in ment." There is nothing so very bad in this. With the best possible intentions

Gen. Logan's happy and sunny home and the comradeship of Patent Office ReDemocrats, Republicans, Mugwumps, and Prohibitionists alike seem to be « ambi- ports in other libraries. The paper on which his book is printed is, however, extious of power and anxious “to secure control of the Government.” But our

cellent. The type work is large and clear. The binding is strong and sumptuous. author goes on to say: “They advocated free trade hand in hand with African

The engravings are attractive and the volume is worth more than it will bring by slavery, and, as a natural corollary to it, as a means of degrading free white labor

the pound when it reaches its destiny of reconversion into other matter by caloto the level of black slave labor.

From its very conception as well as

ric agencies.

Chicago Tribune (Rep.), May 19. birth they hated and opposed the Union, because they disliked a republican and preferred a monarchical form of government.

Even as Cain hated his GENERAL LOGAN has been too much in earnest to polish his sentences. There brother Abel because his sacrifices were acceptable in the sight of God, while his is no pretense of literary finish, no effort at fine writing, in this grim, soldierly reown were not, so the Southern conspirators *

had come to hate the cital of fact; and yet there is at times real eloquence of expression, and throughout Northern free-thinking, free-acting, freedom-loving mechanic and laboring man.”

a remarkable wealth of information marshaled with the power of one who feels Did ever "statesman” pen such utter buncombe before? Does Mr. Logan think

that others must share his own intense convictions if he can but get the same facts that he can throw dust into the eyes of intelligent workingmen, North or South ? before them. General Logan's work is in no part stronger than in the over. Is the soldier and the citizen so sunk in the politician that he can think to set a re whelming array of proof that secession was the result of deliberate and long-mediunited people at daggers drawn by reviving memories of words uttered in the heat tated conspiracy, having for its ultimate end the establishment of a separate aristoand passion of an almost forgotten conflict? Will decent Republicans look upon cratic government, in which the detested idea of equal rights should have no place, his attempt to drag in the mud the constitutionally elected Executive and his ad

and of which free trade should be the corner-stone. Even to those who were visers with anything but contempt? Can anything be more absurdly ridiculous active in public affairs in those days the recital will come like a revelation, so than this pretense on the part of a former Democrat and present leader of the strongly does the author group facts which all remember, but only as isolated party that gained power by such methods as the electoral fraud of 1876 and the events—facts which many have forgotten, and other facts which now for the first Indiana purchase of 1880 that the Democratic party is a band of Conspirators (with

time are made public. a big C) bent on overthrowing the Republic and enslaving labor? The name of

NOTES.—The new copyright bill, it is said, seems to be one for the protection of the author is certain to give the book notoriety. If it were such a contribution to

American publishers, with incidental protection for the foreign authors. A new our military or political history as the reader has a right to expect from General

work by Prof. Ely on the labor question is announced; also a work on the same Logan, he might feel that he had got the worth of his money. As it is, the vol

topic, from a Russian point of view, by a Siberian exile, whose work has been forụme is from first to last a weak, hysterical appeal to prejudice and far beneath the bidden in Russia. -Another copy of Lamb's Beauty and the Beast has average of campaign literature.

-Leopold von Ranke, the greatest German historian of this century,
The Chicago Herald (Ind.), May 20.

died Sunday, 23d. He did not live to finish his greatest work, “ The History of EVERY true American, every patriotic citizen and every friend of General Logan

the World." -The first edition of the “ Pilgrim's Progress" was believed until will be pained and chagrined at the wretched mixture of falsehood, bigotry and recently to be represented by a single copy only. Within a few weeks, however, ignorance which that gentleman has issued over his own name in a book entitled two copies have been picked up by collectors at the price of sixpence each. One " The Great Conspiracy.” It is inconceivable how a sane man, one who passed has been secured by the British Museuin for £65, while the other has passed into through the war of the rebellion, saw the doctrine of secession torn out root and the hands of a London publisher for £25. -“ The Authorship of Shakespeare,' branch, and witnessed the gradual return of friendly relations between the sections by Judge Holmes, has reached a fourth edition. -Lieut. Greely's book is about so long at war over ideas and so desperately engaged in armed strife for four years, to be published in Paris in a French edition.

.-Prof. Hardy's new novel is to be can write as he does, not only of the origin of the difficulty, but of its conclusion.

entitled “ The Wind of Destiny." -The Scientific Arena, edited by Dr. Wilford If General Logan is correct the war for the Union was a failure, the Republican Hall, is a new candidate for public support.-Ninety thousand copies of " Ben party has been the most stupendous fraud of history, and all the lives and treasure

Hur” have been sold. -Mr. Howells has returned to Boston.

There are a sacrificed for the perpetuation of this Government have been worse than wasted. few curiosities in the great library in the City Hall, N. Y. One of them is No. 3,903, His absurd “conspiracy” is still in existence, as he claiins, and yet when traced

an old black-letter quarto printed at Basle by Nicholas Keller in 1496. It is bound down it is found to be at this time nothing more formidable than a " conspiracy”

in boards covered with stamped hogskin, and is in a very fine state of preservation. by a political party-composed, as the last election returns showed, of more than It is in Latin, and its title is " Moralia Sancti Gregorii.' It consists of a number one half the of American people—to keep itself in power. We are all familiar with of epistles written by Pope Gregory and directed to Bishop Leander. It is illumithat kind of conspiracies, and, under the same definition, Mr. Logan himself was an nated by hand in colors throughout, some of the initial letters being very handarch-conspirator not long ago when he endeavored to " seize" the Vice-Presidency.

-Lady Dilke's book of mortuary and fantastic stories comes from its Lon. To his disordered vision free-traders are also “ conspirators,” the natural descend don publisher in a particularly appropriate dress. It is printed in black-letter, ants of the secessionists, bent on destroying the Republic as the nullifiers were. bound in a kind of semi-mourning, and has funereal head or tail-pieces, and a final In a word, everybody who is not a Republican and a protectionist is a conspirator, dainty device of Death on a pale horse, with companion skeletons.-A new and in Logan's book his connection with all the conspirators that ever lived can monthly, The Cosmopolitan, comes from Rochester, N. Y., in which city there is be traced as distinctly as the pedigree of a thoroughbred. Outside of and above no small literary appreciativeness. -The Rev. Amos S. Cheseborough has all the conflicting claims of partyism the production of a book like this is su brought out a little volume through the Congregational S. S. and Publishing Socipremely shameful. It is a libel on America by one who has enjoyed honors innu ety, " The Culture of Child Piety.” Winslow L. Knowles, of Boston, has in merable from her people. It is a falsehood, the product of an insane partyism active preparation the fourth and fifth volumes of James Schouler's “ History of the which cannot but belittle the Republic in the eyes of the world. It reveals a United Sta'es Under the Constitution.” The third voluine has just appeared. frenzied bigotry and an ignorance so dense on the part of the author as to make Mr. Brayton Ives has been making a catalogue of his library. Mr. Ives has about his elevation tó the United States Senate a reproach to every citizen of Illinois.

six thousand volumes altogether, and many are the treasures to be picked out upon It is a degrading, brutal and causeless attack on the statesmanship of his own his shelves. He has a superb copy of the Bible of Gutenl erg's printing, of which party, on the memories of the dead, and on the best aspirations of a united people the Lenox Library copy is the only duplicate in this country. In first editions, for a peaceful, contented and prosperous future. In every way and from every too, Mr. Ives is rich-such as those of the Iliad, Plato, Cornelius Nepos, Horace's point of view the silly argument which this envenomed party chieftain has sought Odes, and St. Augustine's “De Civilate Dei."

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FOREIGN.—Greece has a new Minister. There is skirmishing on the Greek frontier between Greeks and Turks. Justin McCarthy strongly supports the home

rule bill in the Commons. Enormous fields of ice are reported in the North AtAT THE ART SCHOOL.-Mrs, Nouveau : “ And is that large picture some of

lantic. M. de Lesseps contradicts the report of M. Rousseau on the Panama

your work?”
Pupil: “Mine? Oh, no, madam. That is one of the old masters."

Mrs. Nouveau (in undertone to her companion): “I don't like to hear a DOMESTIC.—Gen. Durbin Ward, of Ohio, dies. The anarchist investigation is
young man speak so disrespectfully of his teachers." ---Life.

being diligently pursued at Chicago. The death of Stephen Pearl Andrews is

reported. The U, S. S. Nipsic arrived at New York. Along the sea coast of COUNTRY GROOM: “ What's in them red dishes, Mariar?”

Maine the greatest indignation is felt against the conduct of Canadla in the fishery
Bride : “ Sh! William. They're finger-bowls.”

Groom : “What are they fer?"
Bride : “ To wash the hands in."
Groom: “ Huh! wly didn't they bring 'em in sust-off, then, an' not wait till a

CONGRESSIONAL.—The House debates the Dunn Free Ship bill. In the Pań. man's all through his dinner?”Puck.

Electric investigation a sensation is produced by an affidavit from ex-Examiner

Wilbur, confessing corruption on his part and alleging bribery on the part of per-
We never speak as we pass by,

sons interested in the Bell patents.
Although a tear bedims his eye;
I know he thinks of when he wrote

FOREIGN.—The young King of Spain is christened. Home-rule interest inten-
His name across my three months' note.

sifies. There is more fighting on the Greek frontier.
- Puck.

All old masters are boss painters; but all boss painters are not old masters.-

DOMESTIC.—Bundles of explosives are found on the sidewalk in Chicago. Im-

mense losses to business by reason of labor troubles are reported from all the larger “ So, Pat, she's dead at last ?

“ As a bucket, Mike; iver since last Chewsday.”

How did she die, Pat-asey like?”
“ Beautiful, Mike; jist as asey It's a proud man I was on Chewsday, upon

FOREIGN.—There is more and heavier fighting on the Greek frontier. · The me sowl, it was.”- Puck.

prospects of the home-rule bill are improving.

WIFE (with frelful baby): “I wonder what kind of powder would be best for

DOMESTIC.—A Canadian schooner is seized at Portland, Maine, for alleged non-
Husband : «Gun-powder."— Puck.

compliance with the laws. The railroad strkes at Pittsburgh are being arbitrated,

In the Maxwell murder trial at St. Louis a detective officer who was in jail with THE Chicago socialists beg that they may be put to death rather than sentenced

the prisoner, under a charge of forgery, relates a confession in which all the histo hard labɔr. Perhaps they realize that six days' work would kill them. Or, they tory of the killing of Preller, its method and its motive are circumstantially given. may be smart enough to know that when a murderer is sentenced to death he has

The North Atlantic squadron will leave Gravesend Bay next Monday morning and nine chances ir ten for going entirely free.-R. 7. Burdette.

will anchor off Riverside Park, to take part in the Decoration Day ceremonies at

General Grant's tomb. EIGHTEEN thousand dollars is an enormous price to pay for a small peach-blow vase, that's a fact; but look at the man who squanders $30,000 on the flowing bowl, and all he has to show it is a peach-blow nose, not one-fourth the size of CONGRESSIONAL.-The Senate discusses secret sessions and the House considers the vase aforesaid !-Norristown Herald.

oleomargarine. GIBBS: “ So the man was killed up at the hotel, was he?"

FOREIGN.—Home rule prospects are reported to be improving. The Greek
Squibbs : “Yes; shot right in the rotunda.”

army is to be disbanded. Dr. Holmes is welcomed in London.
Gibbs : Great Scott! No wonder it killed him. That's a terrible place to hit
a man.”—The Rambler,


DOMESTIC.-The General Assembly of the Knights of Labor begins at CleveMRS. GREENING: “How strange it seems for us to be married. We who used

land. A great home-rule meeting in Chicago is addressed by Alexander Sullivan. to quarrel so much.”

The Congress of Churches meets in Cleveland. The National Baptist anniversary Mr. Greening, “Yes; we did have some trouble at first."

meeting occurs at Asbury Park. The Presbyterian General Assembly is in session Mrs. G.: “Do you remember that night last June when you flirted so and I

at Minneapolis. The Unitarian Association is in session in Boston. Springfield, vowed I would be revenged ?

Mass., begins celebrating her 250th anniversary.
Mr. G.: “Well, you got even at last, didn't you ?”
Mrs. G.: 6 Why, how?"

CONGRESSIONAL.-The Senate gives attention to pension debate, Dolphin papers,
Mr. G.: “By marrying me."--Rambler.

and Lieut. Greely's services. The House debates the oleomargarine bill. “Life” presents its respectful compliments to the queen of Spain, and congratulates her upon the birth of her son, As an American citizen and born ruler, we

FOREIGN.—The British Cabinet decides to modify the home-rule bill. Forty are glad that there is another of us kings, and we wish the little lad as many good

persons are hurt in a railroad wreck in Canada. gifts as ever were bestowed by a fairy god-mother.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19. DOMESTIC. Maxwell, on trial in St. Louis for the murder of Preller, testifies in his own behalf that he having been medically educated, undertook to treat Preller for a painsul disease, and that the patient died under the influence of chloroform administered by the defendant in order to make an examination of the patient's

It is believed that Jaehne has written and sent to the police authorities of

New York a long and minute statement as to the bribers and bribed in the BroadTHURSDAY, MAY 20.

way railroad case. The Knights of Labor, in session at Cleveland, propose to DOMESTIC.-Prosessor Timothy Dwight is elected President of Yale College. make numerous important changes in their organization. The fifty-seventh anniThe New York Legislature closes its session. General interest is manifested in versary of the Brooklyn Sunday School occur, and there are 50,000 children in the Maxwell murder trial at St. Louis. The wife of Mr. Pendleton, U. S. minister line. Returns from the principal wheat growing counties of California place the to Berlin, is thrown from a carriage in Central Park and almost instantly killed. total wheat acreage for the same season at 3,450,000 acres, with an estimated yield Jaehne is sentenced to the penitentiary for nine years and ten months.

of 60,000,000 bushels. Armour & Co., of Chicago, sign a contract with the French

government for 7,000,000 pounds of canned beef—the largest contract ever CONGRESSIONAL.—The Senate passes the Arthur Kill bridge, and the House awarded one firm in the meat packing business. The General Assembly of the rejects the mail subsidy amendment to the post office bill.

Presbyterian Church South adopts a report opposed to evolution. The Chicago

police make two arrests of anarchists, which are considered important. A quan-
FOREIGN. - In the House of Commons the debate is somewhat acrimonious. tity of dynamite, a bomb and some revolvers are found in their rooms.
Lord Randolph Churchill denies that he had urged the Ulster men to extreme
The Arms act passes the second reading. The Czar of Russia issues

CONGRESSIONAL.— The Senate devoted most of the day to debate on Chinese
to the officers and sailors of the Russian Black Sea fleet an imperial decree com immigration, and the House continued discussion of the bill to tax oleomargarine.
plimenting them on their past record, and expressing reliance upon them for the

FOREIGN.—Mr. Gladstone's circular calling a meeting of the Liberal party for FRIDAY, MAY 21.

Thursday invites to the meeting “all members of the party who, while retaining

full freedom in all particulars respecting the Irish government bill, are desirous to DOMESTIC.—Mr. Bayard requests of the British Government the release of the vote to establish a legislative body in Dublin to manage affairs specifically and excluseized fishing schooner David J. Adams. Rudolph Schnabel is supposed to be sively Irish." The Czar and Czarina are welcomed with great pomp and cerethe Chicago bomb thrower. Mormon missionaries who have been proselyting in mony at the Kremlin, in Moscow, on their return from Livadia. King George, Washington county, Pa., are mobbed and compelled to flee. Jaehne is taken to of Greece, is to make a tour abroad. Malignant small-pox prevails at Guaymas, Sing Sing.




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able right to find fault. According to all accounts, there is positively no fault to be found with the bride. She is a lovely and perfect type of the flower of womankind an American girl. A truce, then, to contention, criticism or discord during the wedding week of the President! Let the sweet June air resound only to good wishes for the happy couple. Power is good, if wisely used. Wealth is a cruel master, but an excellent servant. Honors are justly prized, if bravely won. But, after all, “ love is the impelling force of life”_"'Tis love that makes the world go 'round.”

Washington Critic (Ind.), May 29. The representative, typical, ideal citizen of the Republic is what the people would prefer in their President. He can live and woo and wed just as other men, but in proportion as he is of greater prominence so will his private acts be of greater general interest. A whole nation will be interested in private affairs which only a Jittle village or a circle of friends would discuss if he were in an humbler sphere. The President, while taking so much trouble to emphasize his belief in this principle, has not, perhaps, applied it altogether wisely. A private citizen would scarcely have taken so much pains to conceal the fact of his engagement, or endeavored so vainly to shroud the arrangements in mystery. The President, therefore, might have carried his views of his personal, private, inalienable rights much further, and the American people would have thought all the better of him for being more of a over and less of a chief magistrate in his courtship. Private secretaries and special trains and revenue cutters and wedding arrangements by proxy would seem to have been an unnecessary and superfluous feature of so pleasant an affair. More of the sentimental and less of the official would have been more Democratic and more popular.

Philadelphia Times (Ind.), May 29. In the determination to avoid a vulgar display there is sometimes a danger of the opposite extreme. It might as well be recognized that while no peculiar distinction attaches to the person of a Republican official, such as belongs inherently to the idea of royalty, yet the interest which all people feel in the personal fortunes of the President, and especially in a matter which so deeply concerns his life and happiness, is entirely natural and right and may very properly be gratified without any violation of good taste. It is no doubt in recognition of this fact that the return of Miss Folsom has been hastened and that the wedding is now announced to take place during the coming week. It cannot possibly be made so quiet that public attention will not be concentrated upon it and the bride will have to make up her mind that she is to live for a few days at least under the public gaze, as a part of the price that must always be paid for distinction and sometimes even for personal happiness.

Albany Journal (Rep.), May 29. We congratulate our President. He does well. Late in life to take the step and taste the joys of wedded bliss, he acts wisely and not too late. We doubt not he realizes that

“He'll never meet
A joy 80 Sweet

In all his noon of fame.” This is a time when we can all tender our congratulations and best wishes. Our President is to be relieved of his loneliness; the White House is to have a bride, and to be once more a home, with its own domestic circle. All that is said about the new mistress is to her praise. Sensible, affectionate, talented and refined, she will fill her sphere and make the President a happier and no doubt a better man, for the poet himself has said, in felicitous words:

O I Love of loves 1 to thy white hand

Of earthly happiness is given the golden koy."

New York Morning Journal (Ind.), May 30. It is fitting that the handsome President of the United States should be married in June. It is the month of roses, romance and recreation. Upon the threshold of the month this man who from the obscurity of a hard-working boyhood has cleaved his way like a sturdy knight to the foremost seat in the Republic begins the happiest period of his life. He has chosen a maiden who unites in her own enviable person all the intelligence, naturalness and charın of a true American girl. Neither she nor her stalwart lover has any nonsense about them. They have chosen a lucky day upon which to enter the orange-blossoming portals. A gallant captain Phil Sheridan by name—chose the third of June, and he has been the happiest married man in the army. May the sun shine and the flowers exhale their sweetest perfume.

Troy Telegram (Rep.), May 29. IT WOULD perhaps have been better if the President had taken the public into his confidence weeks ago.

It would have spared him much annoyance from impertinent newspaper correspondents, but the public should remember that, although the President himself is now a national character and an object of national interest, this was an affair in which another person was very largely interested whose wishes were entitled to respectful acquiescence, and any announcement of the fact that she was to become the mistress of the White House might have subjected her to unpleasant notoriety during her trip abroad. The secret is

THE WEDDING AT THE WHITE HOUSE. The following statement was issued from the White House at 10 o'clock last Friday night, 28th ult.:

President Cleveland will be married at the White House on Wednesday evening, June 2, to Miss Frances Folsom. The recent death of a relative of Miss Folsom has changed the original plans for the wedding, and the invitations will now be limited to a few of the near relatives and the members of the Cabinet and their wives. Rev. Dr. Sunderland, of the First Presbyterian Church of Washington, will oficiate. The ceremony will be followed by a collation, and the wedding in all its details will be plain and unostentatious.

Washington Post (Dem.), May 29. There were circumstances in the case which rendered such an announcement inadvisable at an earlier period, but now that it is made the public that has been following with the deepest interest such surmises and details in this connection as have for weeks past been furnished by the press will, with unbroken unanimity, entertain a feeling of gratified and hearty good-will respecting the President's happy lot and the union about to be consummated. While it is inevitable that the President's official position should be kept in view as that which accounts for the exceptional interest of the public in an event which possesses a certain national importance, yet it is to the man about to be made happy and to the bride-elect soon to be the first lady in the land that the full, sincere, and hearty outflow of good-will goes. It is an old and well-authorized saying that it is not good for man to be alone. This truth has found its illustration in all the experiences of life. Neither peasants nor princes have been exempted from its application, nor are Presidents an exception. Nay, they even more than others may be supposed to come within its range. Whatever sweetens life and increases its joys must be of essential value and in especial requisition amid the cares and responsibilities of high official station. For this cause mainly the whole people will rejoice with the President in his marriage joys and hope with him in his nuptial hopes. To the distinguished lady who has won the President's love the heart of the nation will go out in sentiments of warmest regard. It will sympathize with and sustain her in the duties of her high social position, and it will anticipate for her, and for him whom her affection has blessed, a long and prosperous career crowned with such happiness as is only known in the honorable estate of marriage. In all the felicitations to the happy pair which are pertinent to the occasion the Post joins most heartily, and bespeaks for them the most favorable omens.

Baltimore Sun (Ind.), June 1. PRESIDENT CLEVELAND's marriage will doubtless prove to be the most popular act of his administration. It will bring him closer to the hearts of the people than anything else he could have done. Marriage may be said to be emphatically an American institution, for in no other couniry in the world is the sacred relation held in higher respect and esteem. A bachelor is but an insignificant factor in the economy of American social life, and President Cleveland testifies his appreciation of the fact by getting out of his lonesome condition at the earliest possible moment after becoming the Chief Executive, and, therefore, the official representative of the nation. If current reports are correct, he has chosen for his partner a typical American young lady, so that his wedding assumes in all its phases a distinctly patriotic tinge. For ordinary people a wedding is an exclusively domestic event, but in the President's case it becomes an affair of national interest and importance. The average American citizen, with the consciousness of his innate sovereignty strong upon him, is apt to feel that he has a proprietary interest in the political representative whom he has elevated to a position of dignity and trust, and that he can treat him without much ceremony. For this reason, doubtless, the curiosity about the President's matrimonial intentions has been permitted in some instances to transgress the bounds of propriety, and the temptation to make a joke of the affair has been too strong among some people to be resisted. But the marriage of the President is, in point of fact, an incident of his career which should bespeak the delicate consideration and respect of his countrymen, as it will surely commend him to the affectionate interest of every intelligent household in the land.

Boston Herald (Ind.), May 31. LET Congress stop sending the President bills for the present. It would be most ungenerous to test his capacity to say “no” on his wedding week. Let the officeseekers go to work, go afishing, go anywhere, rather than to the White House. Let the Canadians illustrate international courtesy, and show that the warmth of love is honored even in their cold clime, by permitting Yankee skippers to buy bait in their ports until the President gets down from Elysium to his desk again. It would be most unkind to trouble hiin about a cold-blooded and prosaic thing like fish. Let the Democratic papers cease nagging the President for not giving offices to the faithful as rapidly as ihey think he ought to do. The spoils will keep. For Cupid's and Hymen's sakes, let the clamorers forget the partisan and toast the bridegroom. Even the mu vump can afford to forego for a fortnight his unalien

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out now, however; the truth has been simply and plainly stated, and regard for the feelings of Miss Folsom, if for no other reason, will force the press of the country to treat the marriage with the dignity which it deserves.

National Republican (Rep.), May 29. Our poet laureate is already under the magnetic influences of the occasion, and his muse sings the song herewith presented :

A Nation hails the happy day

The White House door receives a bride,
And over seas and far away

Glad greetings thither glide.
Hail the Chief of Freedom's Land,

Hail the gentle, lovely l'air,
Trustful hand unite with hand,

And heart with heart be there!
Pleasant be their lives, caressed

Still by thoughts and fancies sweet.
Ever through the worldl-path blessed,
Brightening to the bliss complete!

New York World (Dem.), May 30. NEVER did prospective brile and bridegroom receive so many honest wishes for their prosperity and happiness before. There is no shadow of alloy in them for the reason that the act has not a trace of partizanship, offensive or otherwise, about it. The fact that “all the world loves a lover” may have something to do with it. It is certain that it loves a young and beautisul bride, and, take it altogether, there is so much good feeling about this particular occasion that there is no room for any other kind. We congratulate the elected bride and bridegroom, and congratulate the people that the White House is henceforth to be presided over in the regular orthodox way. The White House itself is to be congratulated that its experience as Bachelor's Hall is about over and that it is to resume its normal career of a stately family mansion.

New York Times (Ind.), June I. MR. CLEVELAND does not now learn for the first time that he is highly esteemed in New York. The parade of business men which he reviewed during the week before his election was a sight such as New York had not seen before, and a mark of confidence in his uprightness and his worth of which any man might be proud. His reception yesterday showed the belief of the people of New York that their confidence had been well bestowed, and that the pledges of good government which he gave had been redeemed so far as depended upon the President himself. It was also a tribute of very hearty and general personal good will to him, and the expression of a hope for his happiness in the new relation he is about to sustain, in which he may be sure that his fellow-citizens everywhere share.

New York Star (Dem.), May 30. The marriage of a President is of national importance. In this case it will change and beautify the atmosphere of the White House, It is now almost five years since à President's wife lived in Washington, but the pleasant traditions connected with the home of the Grants and Garfields will not soon be forgotten. The hard and practical side of the Presidency will be softened and made graceful by the womanly influences of the young bride. We shall hear less of toil and more of the delights of life. The President will be a better chief magistrate, for he will be a happier man when he shall have done what society requires for the complete fulfillment of a man's destiny. We congratulate not only Mr. Cleveland and Miss Folsom, but the country. We shall all rejoice in their nuptials.

New York Tribune (Rep.), May 30. The interest manifested by the people in these unusual nuptials is not unkindly felt. Those of us who expect to furnish the White House with a new tenant within a few years, still wish Mr. Cleveland and his bride to find it a happy abode, and to leave it with delightful memories of the first Presidential honeymoon it has witnessed. They have the satisfaction of knowing that no American wedding has attracted such general and such amiable attention, and the President may felicitate himself on having accomplished one act, at least, which all his countrymen, without distinction of race, color, or previous condition of servitude, generously indorse.

Washington Correspondence Indianapolis Journal (Rep.), June 1. The diplomates cannot understand why the engagement was kept such a profound secret, nor why the announcement came so near to the date of the wedding day. Then the bride coming to the groom to get married puzzled them beyond measure. They understand that in America the groom usually goes after the bride, and they are at a loss to understand the President's movements. Indeed, the diplomates are worried. They are afraid of committing some awful impropriety, and yet they don't know what to do to do the proper thing. One thing which perplexes them most is whether they shall congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Cleveland and how.

N, Y. Sun (Dem.), May 30. The President ought to celebrate, and give his party a housewarming. And the celebration which would be most welcome to Democrats, and which they would appreciate most highly, would be a general invitation to come into the offices and keep warm. Let the Republicans be pushed out into the cold, where they may solace themselves as best they can with making faces at the happy Democrats inside. The President is about to become a happy man, and he should seek to make the other Democrats happy, too. Benedictus benedicat, which, being made into English, is : Let the married man do the proper thing by his friends.

Brooklyn Eagle (Dem.), May 29. THERE are those perhaps who will say that, as the President had waited twenty.

eight years since he attained his majority, he might have waited three years longer and so have gotten the better of the correspondents and the paragraphers. Still it is undeniable that it was his own private and personal business whether he should marry or

ot. He had a perfect right to choose between continuing his celibacy and encountering the newspapers and the chatter of a continent. He has chosen the latter, and as a consequence fifty millions of his constituents, more or less, are making free with his domestic affairs.

Brooklyn Times (Rep.), May 27. CITIZENS of every party will unite in sincere congratulations to the President and his bride on this auspicious event. The young lady so far has borne herself with a modest dignity worthy of all praise in the trying and conspicuous position in which she is placed. There need be and there will be no fear that she will not wear worthily the honor that will fall to her lot of presiding at the Executive Mansion, but every true-hearted man and woman will pray that her choice may be a source of happiness as well as of dignity, and that no cloud may mar the bliss of her wedded life.

Philadelphia Sunday World (Neutral), May 30. THE columns of trash about the ocean voyage of Miss Folsom, the bride-expectant of the President, is nauseating to people of reason; and the publication of the little sketch she wrote for the manuscript paper, for the amusement of the cabin passengers, is the extreme of Jenkinsism. While it is of interest to the people to know that the President of the United States is to be married, and whom his bride is to be, the two have a right to the same privacy as to details as have the humblest in the land; and the Paul Pryism manifested is disgraceful to journalism.

Illinois State Journal (Rep.). Now, that the President is about to be married, is the time for the valorous organs to do something for him, if they ever intend to do anything. Why can they not now fall in with the mellow influences of the time and start him up the heavy grade for another term ? He is a hard-hearted organ-grinder who can deny to the President the exquisite thrill of pleasure which would come to him when he says:

Well, here we are, Frankie, in the great White House, and the fun of it is we won't have to get out till March 4, 1893, if the Mugwumps only stand by us again."

Brooklyn Union (Ind.), May 29. The President ought to be forgiven for endeavoring to keep so interesting a plan a secret, and he is entitled already to the congratulations of the people that he has kept his temper so well in spite of the annoyances of these gentry, first as demanders of spoils, and latter as eavesdroppers, as to have found time and calm enough to think of marriage; as he will be entitled a little later to their congratulations on marrying a lady who gives such promise of adding not only to his own happiness, but to the social success of his Administration.

Chicago Herald (Ind.), May 29. The bells ring rather late in Grover's life, but better late than never. Fat and fifty, he cannot pose as a Romeo, but what he lacks in youth's ardor and comeliness he compensates with the glamour of exalted official position. He will not talk poison with 'pothecaries or mouth beautifully at tombs; but, like an evenpaced, hard-headed, and mature person, he will enter steadily and soberly into the realms of matrimonial bliss, while all America will echo the words of our Uncle Sam'ı, “ Bless you, my children, bless you!"

New York Sunday Mercury, May 30. PERSONALLY, as well as officially, the President is a fortunate man, that the lady of his choice is a model of good taste, graceful deportment, and womanly charms, and the floral horseshoes, satin slippers, and showers of rice that fall on the bridal pathway on next Wednesday will be accompanied by the hearty best wishes of fifty millions of Americans, including the Republican Sen. ators who have found the President's patient policy too strong for their partisan obstinacy.

Kansas City Times (Dem.), May 31, It is unfortunate that the Democratic simplicity of the White House wedding is to be marred by the selection of a Republican clergyman. Dr. Sunderland is a good man, and will meet civil-se ice requirements, but the knot ought to be tied by a Democrat. If there were no good Democratic clergymen in Washington there are plenty of them in Missouri, full of Christian virtues and Presbyterianism and Jeffersonian Democracy. We are prepared to fill all orders.

Oshkosh Times (Dem.), May 30. Well, it is a good thing the President is going to be married, and every A. Jackson Democrat in the country will applaud this sentiment to the echo. It rather softens a man to get married, and it is believed that after Grover has been well subdued by the persuasive influence of the broom-stick that he will be so docile that the old-line Democrats can get near him. And then, it is positively stated that Miss Folsom is not a Mugwump, either. So there, now!

New York Herald (Ind.), May 29. No President has ever labored more faithfully and assiduously than Mr. Cleveland; none has been more conscientious in the fulfilment of every public duty, Even at this time, when the country would readily excuse a little inattention, it sees that he has not forgolten his work. All joy go with him. We have sometimes found fault with him, but he is an honest and faithful servant of the people, and the Herald gives him in advance its best wishes.

Hartford Post (Rep.), May 29, Now that he has taken the country into his confidence, the marriage will be looked upon as an interesting and notable social event, and the people will be glad to know that there is to be an undisputed mistress of the White House, a recog

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nized “first lady of the land.” From what can be learned of Miss Folsom, she is THROUGHOUT the President appears as the citizen, winning his bride by merits by nature and education a lady that will do credit to the trying position in which that made him lovable to her whose love he sought, and claiıning his own without she, as the wife of the President, will be placed.

the interposition of official go-betweens, or the perfunctory gayety of royal nuptials.
St. Louis Republican (Dem.), May 30.

New York Commercial Advertiser (Rep.), May 29.
The generous heart of the people is kindly disposed to the young girl who is The union for life of one man with one woman is a divinely ordained institu-
soon to represent the womanhood of America in the loftiest station open to an tion, and the nation's Chief Magistrate is honored in its recognition. That it will
American woman. If she shall fill that station with grace and graciousness, and

lead to his larger usefulness and certainly to his far greater happiness we have no above all, with womanly simplicity, as everything entitles us to hope and think she

manner of doubt.—Detroit Tribune (Rep.), June 1. will, she will deserve well of her country and win a rich reward in the affectionate

WHEN Mr. Cleveland gets his hand on the Folsom estate, we trust he will be esteem and love of all her countrymen.

made to see the propriety of either putting some of the Omaha property in the Petersburg Index-Appeal (Dem.), June 1.

market or of improving a few of the score of vacant lots which lie scattered about When President Cleveland arrived in New York on Sunday to meet the very

the city.—Omaha Bee (Rep.), May 29.
charming and worthy young woman who is to be his bride, the crowd met him The New York Times is the only leading paper in the country that has refused
with the enthusiastic, but homely greeting : “Good for you, Grover.” There is to editorially notice the President's approaching marriage. Perhaps the editor of
no snobbishness about the people. They speak directly from their hearts. And the Times is a little huffy because he wasn't made best man at the wedding.–
yet there are some persons who will be daintily indignant at the expression of such Baltimore Herald (Ind.), June 1.
“good comradeship.”

The interest taken by the people of the United States in the wedding of the
Pittsburgh Press (Ind.), May 29.

President is without doubt widespread and sincere. Crude as some of the expres-
It is a complete surrender on the part of the President, and a great victory on sions of it have been, it is neither snobbish nor intrusive, but respectful and cordial.
the part of the newspaper men. To them the credit is due, for it is well known -N. Y. Times (Ind.), June 2.
that Cleveland resisted and protested all along that it would never be. Now he
has capitulated—on honorable terms, of course—and the flag of the victors in the

The American people can and will appreciate the sacredness of a love-match, shape of a newspaper may be considered as floating over the battlements of the and will, in any event, wish both bride and groom the sull realization of that White House.

happiness which marriage can but does not always bring.–Columbus, Ohio, DisWisconsin State Journal (Rep.), May 29.

patch (Ind.), May 29. Miss FOLSOM is young, not having yet outgrown the romantic ideas which THE Globe-Democrat gave its consent to this union some time ago, and will not usually last for a few seasons after seminary graduation. She is pretty, graceful, at this late day withdraw it, although we think the honors are unequally divided, well educated, gives evidence of being sensible, notwithstanding her romance, the President getting very much the best of the bargain.-St. Louis Globe-Demoand will undoubtedly make a most excellent and popular mistress of the White crat (Rep.), May 29. House. As for the President, he has made an excellent choice. It is never too

THE mugwumps will undoubtedly be angry with the President for not allowing late to reform.

them to choose a wise for him. Carl Schurz, Col. Codfish, and James Freeman Columbus Dispatch (Ind.), May 29.

Clarke do not seem to have been even consulted in the affair.—Philadelphia Press OFFENSIVE partisanship will be laid aside; the national old shoe will be gently (Rep.), May 29. tossed after the newly-joined couple for good luck, and Republicans, Democrats and Mugwumps will unite in agreeing in this case that “ to the victor belong the

Mrs. CLEVELAND will have to wait until March 4, 1889, to start upon her spoils," although which is victor and which spoils, may be a question reserved for wedding tour. After that day her husband won't have any excuse to offer about the decision of the future.

being detained by public business.— Philadelphia Press (Rep.), May 31. Rich nd Whig (Dem.), May 30.

PRESIDENT CLEVELAND has at last been obliged to make the sweet confession,

the truth that everybody knew beforehand is out, the marriage is on, and IF Colonel Lamont, as Mr. Cleveland's private secretary and confidential adviser,

everybody will be joyful. — Philadelphia City Item (Ind.), May 29. doesn't “cut up rough” during the Presidential honeymoon, while the billing and cooing and the frequent interchange of love's sweet confidences are going on, he Never in all the world's history have nuptials been celebrated amid such a is a sweeter-tempered and milder-mannered man than has ever previously filled wealth of God-speeds as will attend the wedding of Grover Cleveland to the daughthat responsible trust.

ter of his old friend.- Washington Post (Dem.), June 2.

We trust that the wedding festivities will be altogether pleasant, and that the AFTER abusing the President like a pickpocket because he would not open his

future of Mr. and Mrs. Cleveland may be crowned with all the happiness their lovmouth and gabble at the velocity of sewing-circle pressure, the gossips are now

ing hearts may crave. — Utica Herald (Rep.), May 29. forced to commend the action of a gentleman who had the grace to remember that there are two parties to a marriage contract. The country is safe in the hands It is hardly fair for President Cleveland to have Rev. Dr. Sunderland perform of a man who stands by his sweetheart.Manchester Union (Dem.), May 31. his marriage ceremony, and thus ungratefully ignore Parson Beecher and Parson

Burchard. —Des Moines Register (Rep.), June 1.
SPEAKER Carlisle and the other gentlemen who were “in a position to know,”
and who declared all the talk about the President's coming marriage to be “ fus MR. GROVER CLEVELANI), President of the United States, will please accept the
tian and falsehood,” will stand up in a row next Wednesday and be counted as a congratulations of the Tribune. May he and his fair bride live long “und bros-
group of gentlemen berest of the sweet pleasure of saying “ I told you so.”—Chi per.”Minneapolis Tribune (Rep.), May 29.
cago News (Ind.), May 31.

MR. CLEVELAND has made a wise decision, and his choice seems all that it
As it will be the first Presidential marriage which has occurred in the White should be. Let us all wish him a long and happy life, and better still—let him
House, the next week will be one prolonged and thrilling sensation at Wash alone.—Norfolk Landmark (Dem.), June 1.
ington, and the Jenkinses will be the busiest men in the Nation. It is not often

ALTHOUGH this is President Cleveland's last day as a bachelor, no careful journ-
they get a chance to write up such a stirring and supreme society incident.–St.
Paul Press (Rep.), May 29.

alist has ascertained whether any steps have been taken to relieve him of his night

key.— Philadelphia Ledger (Ind.), June 1. MR. CLEVELAND has been President a year and a quarter, and while he will continue to accomplish a full day's work, he will not have to tax his strength so

The jubilant Nation joins in congratulating its chief magistrate, and wishing much during the rest of his terin. In taking to himself a bride now, he acts

that “ Cleveland luck” may follow him all through his new experience in life.

The Irish American for Fune 5. wisely, and he will receive the congratulations of the whole country.--Richmond State (Dem.), May 29.

THE civil-service commission did not select Mr. Cleveland's bride for him. The That the President does not make a vulgar national pic-nic of the sacred rela

mugwumps will now claim that the President has violated his pledges.Atlanta

Constitution (Dem.), May 30. tionship into which he is about to enter, and which is above all things eminently private in a republic of which he is but the servant, may not suit the gossip scav It is now positively stated that Miss Folsom is a Democrat. We are glad of this. engers, but is infinitely complimentary to his manhood.Boston Globe (Dem.),

It is an encouraging sign to see a Democrat put in office now and then.—Macon June 1.

Telegraph (Dem.), May 29. AND is, in this time of congratulation, one might address the bride-elect, The

Every one will honor President Cleveland for the quiet and unpretentious manPress would say to her in the words of Juliana, “ the matchless wise,”—

ner in which he will secure a wife and the first lady of the land. Cleveland Plain

Dealer (Dem.), May 31.
Good lady, love him !
You have a noble and an honest gentleman !

All can unite in the hope that the union will be a happy one, and that the

- Troy Press (Dem.), May 29. marriage bells will ring in many pleasant years of wedded life.- Philadelphia We are reliably informed that Miss Folsom is a stalwart Democrat in character,

Record (Ind.), May 29. and it is to be hoped that she will carry her ideas into the White House, and that

It would be sentimentally awkward if the President should have to postpone his her strong but gentle influence may overcome the blandishments of the mild-eyed wedding day in order to lead a hostile force to invade Canada.— Philadelphia Inand seductive Mugwump.-Nashville American (Dem.), May 29.

quirer (Rep.), May 29. The austere old barracks known as the White House has never been the The country will join in hearty congratulations of the wedded pair and in scene of a more interesting ceremony, and fifty millions of people, with one con

wishing them a future of unclouded happiness and prosperity.--Chicago Journal sent, will wish the Presidential couple long life, happiness, and the delights of. (Rep.), May 31. mutual affection.-Florida Times - Union (Dem.), May 29:

MR. CLEVELAND has been cultivating the veto habit so diligently that he will

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