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WIT OF THE WEEK.

CLIPPINGS FROM CONTEMPORARIES. WORKING OVER TIME.—A Florida hen having laid two eggs in one day, it is understood she will be boycotted by the Knights of Labor for over-production.Robert J. Burdette.

MATERIALIZING MEDIUM: “ This is the spirit of Harry Hardup. Does any one recognize him?"

Voice: “Ach, yah.”
Medium: “He does not seem to know you.”

“ Sufferin' Isaacs, nein. He was owing me $10.79. Holt 'em vhile I put some attachment dose angel vings of his on."Boston Post.

THE forthcoming marriage of President Cleveland having been publicly announced, the marriageable young ladies of Washington are expected to boycott him. Anyway, a “tie-up” in the White House is threatened. — Norristown Herald.

UNCLE GEORGE: “And so you go to school now, Johnny? What part of the exercises do you like best?”

Johnny.-" The exercise we get at recess.”Pretzels National Weekly. · FATHER,” said Rollo, “what is meant by intoxication of wealth ?”

“Means that money is tight,” replied Rollo's father, who had been shinning around all the afternoon with a piece of paper looking for an autograph.Burdette,

“I HAVE loved you and love you still,” he said to the girl he had been courting for several months, but there has come recently into my affairs a new order of things, and I fear that we can never be more than friends. I cannot marry

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American Historical Association holds its third meeting this week in Washington. Mr. Geo. Bancroft, president, has presented an interesting communication from Leopold von Ramke. -Two common-place books of Burns brought £325 and £284 at a recent sale in Edinburgh. Washington, the Expander of England," is the title of a new essay by E. A. Freeman, the historian- -Walt. Whitman is lecturing on the Death of Lincoln. He announces his intention of doing so at the anniversary of Lincoln's death until he too shall join the majority. -Mrs. Frances Brooks has just presented to the Boston Kindergarten $200, her share of the profits on the sale of the last edition of “ Heidi.” Ludwick Schick, of Chicago, will republish German fiction. Most of the issues are short and very attractive in both form and matter. -Canon Farrar thinks Mr. Browning obscure only in the sense that his thoughts are profound. -Bancroft's “ History of Alaska" does not escape adverse criticism.

-First class works on architectural subjects are increasing. -Mrs. Van Renssalaer will commence her papers on “American Country Dwellings” in the May Century. -The Political Science Quarterly proposes to discuss politics from the historical and scientific rather than the party point of view.Count Tolster has published “Scenes from the Seige of Sebastapol” from the Russian side.

-Mr. Stevenson sends to “ The Academy” (London) a letter on “American Rights and Wrongs,” in which he says that American authors should be careful to understand the bargains into which they enter with English publishers, and either strictly reserve their American rights, or see that they receive an equivalent. Mr. Stevenson adds“ that he has known English publishers dispose of advance sheets without accounting, when the book was burdened with a royalty, to the author." -Cassel & Co. and Messrs. Routledge are in a quarrel over the right to first steal an American work and publish it abroad.-President Porter has completed his work on Kant's Ethics. It is now in type, and will appear early in April, as the fifth volume in the series of Grigg's German Philosophical Classics. - Frank Moore's Songs and Ballads of the Southern People are in press.Gen. Logan's book, “ The Great Conspiracy,” will be out between the first and tenth of May.----Mr. W. H. Bishop begins a new serial story, " The Golden Justice," in the May number of the Atlantic. -The short story that recently appeared anonymously in the Atlantic, entitled “A Brother to Dragon," was written by Miss Amélie Rives, of Richmond, Va.—“Anna Karenina," by Count Leo Tolstor; "Ameil's Journal,” by Henri Frederic Amiel; and Andrew Carnegie's * Triumphant Democracy” are receiving much attention from the reviewers. Hittle's History of California is said to be a thorough history of the Gold State. The editor of the Literary World thinks that English novelists, when they touch on politics, go to pieces artistically. - There is to be a Thackeray carnival in Boston -Miss Susan B. Anthony is writing the last chapter of “ The History of Woman's Suffrage.” -A Southern poet says, “I would rather be remembered by one poem, though I had written millions, than by millions. It seems to me that, with the exception of Shakespeare, the best loved poets are those of whose verses we really read only two or three.”

BOOKS RECEIVED, UNWISE LAWS.--A consideration of the operations of a protective tariff upon industry,

commerce, and society, By Lowis H. Blair. 178 pages. G. P. Pütman's Sons, New

York and London. THE LEADING FACTS OF ENGLISH HISTORY.-By D. H. Montgomery. 253 pages. Grim

& Co., Boston. DOWN THE WEST BRANCH, OR CAMPS AND TRAMPS AROUND KATADIN.By Capt. Chas.

A. J. Farrar, 311 pages. Lee & Shepard, Boston; Chas. T. Dillingham, New

York. LABOR DIFFERENCES AND THEIR SETTLEMENT.-By Joseph D. Weeks. Society for Po. Llitical

litical Education, New York. THE PHYSICS AND METAPHYSICS OF MONEY.—By Rodmond Gibbons. G. P. Putman's

Sons, New York and London. REPORT OF THE BUREAU OF AGRICULTURE.-By John F. Davis, Commissioner. Tor

general distribution. A PRACTICAL MANUAL OF PARLIAMENTARY RULES.--By Ainsworth R. Spofford, Librarlan

of Congress. A. H. Andrews & Co., Chicago. A WOMAN'S TRIUMPH.-A true story of Western life. A. A. Andrews & Co., Chicago. HOW WE ARE GOVERNED.-- An explanation of the Constitution and Government of the United States. A book for young people. By Anna Laurens Dawes. 423 pages.

D. Lothrop & Co., Boston. EXERCISES FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE SENSES.—By Horace Grant. Edited by Will

lam Small. Lee & Shepard, Boston. FORGOTTEN MEANINGS, or an Hour with a Dictionary.--By Alfred Waltes. Boston, Leo &

Shepard. New York, Chas. T. Dellingham. THREE HUNDRED PRESENTS - DECORATIVE AND FANCY ARTICLES FOR PRESENTS, FAIRS,

ETC. - By Lucretia P. Hall and Margaret E. White. 206 pages. Boston, S. W. Tilton

& Co. LOOK WITHIN–Five Thousand Facts.- Compiled by W. R. Adams. 25 cents.

A. H Andrews & Co., Chicago.

HARPER'S HANDY SERIES. SEA LIFE SIXTY YEARS AGO.-By Capt. George Bayly. 25 cents. WITH THE KING AT OXFORD.-A tale of the great rebellion. By Rev. Alfred Church, M. A. 25 cents.

CASSELL'S NATIONAL LIBRARY.
LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF BARON TREUK.-Vol. 1. 10 cents.

FRANKLIN SQUARE LIBRARY.
THE MYSTERY OF ALLAN GRALE.-By Isabella Tyvie Mayo. 20 cents.
THE LAST DAYS OF THE CONSULATE. From the French of M. Fawriel. 20 conts.
TaE COSMOPOLITAN. April. $2.50 per annum, Sunlight & Field, Rochester, N. Y.
WIDE-AWAKE._$3 a year. Lothrop & Co., Boston.
CASSELL'S FAMILY MAGAZINE --New York and London.

“Well, whoever said you could?” she answered, with a snap that jerked him backward out of the front door and shattered even the hope of friendship. — Washington Critic.

JOTTINGS FROM JUDGE. Mr. T. of a prominent banking-house reached home at 3 o'clock one morning of this week. “ William, is that you ?" asked his wife.

W-w-why!” said William, with profound surprise, “w-who else d-d-did y-you expect ? ”

COUNTRYMAN (who thinks of living in the city)—“What rent do you charge for one of them fats ?”

Landlady (snappishly): A thousand dollars a year.”

Countryman (petrified): “ How much for the rent, I mean ?-we'll furnish our own meals.”

THE question of trousers or no trousers is being agitated. We know not what others may think, but as for us trousers or give us a warmer climate.

LAWYER (joysully): “ How do you feel now ?”

Condemned murderer (who has just been reprieved) : “ As playful as a child, my boy."

Lawyer (slapping him on the back) : “ Ah, I see; you have just skipped a rope.” MRS. GRADY (through the hole in the back fence) :

« An' how's yer son, Moike, ez wint wist fur his health, gettin' along at-all at-all ?”

Mrs. O'Brien (taking the clothes-pin out of her mouth) : “ Splindirl, me dear; splindid. He must be gittin' sthrong ez an ox, fur he's jist sint me a litter in which he sez he's been alter holding up a stage in the Rucky mountains, an' aul be hisself too, moind ye.”

A LARGE crack has been discovered in the Washington monument. It has taken so long to complete the monument that we half suspect it is the crack of doom.

PICKINGS FROM PUCK. In answer to Joe Cook's question, “ Is life worth living ?” we reply that it all depends on the liver.

I UNDERSTAND you haf vailed in peesness, Mr. Levi ?”

Yes, I vas unvordunate in a brivate sbeculation. Dot vas not the vorst. I vas deceised.”

« How so?”

“ In my assignee. IIe vas a scoundrel. He vormed his vay into my convidence, unt made me bay ninety-six ber cent. Did you effer hear of such an oud.

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The fact is that when the entire congregation down in Georgia is chewing and spitting, it doesn't seem - sociable-like” for Sam to stand up there without the customary bulge in his cheek.-- Kansas City Journal.

The great study of politicians now-a-days is how not to make a record.—N. Y.

LAUGHTER FROM LIFE,
FIRST CITIZEN (excitedly): “What has happened to the officer ?”
Second citizen: “There was a riot here just now, and he has fainted.”
First C.: “ Why, how was that po
Second C.: “ He got here before it was over.”
A CLOTHES shave—a ballet girl's costume.

OVERHEARD at midnight on a Cunarder.-Small boy: "Ma! Mar! My dinner won't stay swallered!”

TIFFANY asks $85 for a scent bottle. And there are 100 cents to a dollar.

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BULLETS.

FOREIGN.-Lord Sherburne attacks the Irish proposals. The Greek question is still unsettled. King Louis, of Bavaria, has been declared bankrupt, and it is

anticipated that a regency will be declared. An attempt was made in Madrid to The situation in the Democratic party at the present time seems to be that Frank

blow up a church. Hurd has been voted out; that Joseph Pulitzer has resigned; that Henry Watter

SATURDAY, APRIL 24. son is going to Europe, and that a Republican woman has been appointed postmaster of the Louisville Courier-Journal.Chicago News.

DOMESTIC.-Ex-President Arthur's condition is reported very critical, with pros.

pect of early demise. The corner-stone of the new College of Physicians and IF 500,000 are embraced, as Mr. Powderly says, in the organization of the Surgeons was laid in New York. A letter on labor troubles by Jefferson Davis Knights of Labor, while 18,000,000 wage-earners in this country have preferred was made public. He favors arbitration. There is an unusual pressure of businot to join that or any other organization, government for the people will not take ness in the Chicago divorce court. There is no change in the situation on the the part of the few against the many.-N. Y. Tribnue.

Gould lines. Funds continue to pour into the treasury of the Knights. The rail

road companies declare that their roads are in no way hampered and that business The Knights of Labor declare that moral worth, not wealth, should be the

has been fully resumed. The cotton manufacturers of New England are said to standard of individual and national greatness. Corporate monopoly declares that

have combined to oppose strikes. Six Italian laborers were burned to death in a gold, or its equivalent, based on selfishness, shall be the standard of greatness.

shanty near Mount Alton, Pennsylvania. “Arbor Day" was inaugurated in MassaWhich is to be most commended ?- The Craftsman.

chusetts by the governor and the mayor of Boston formally planting an elm tree Tue statement that the Democratic majority on the Pan-Electric Committee has

each, resolved to whitewash Garland, Harris, Casey Young, and the rest, if correct, would seem to show that the party is prepared to resort to any expedient to defeat CONGRESSIONAL.- The House in session, but nothing of general interest ocCleveland in 1888.–N. Y. Tribune.

curred. Sir CHARLES DILKE is going to emerge from his obscurity for the purpose of seeking a denser shade. In his efforts to find it, Sir Charles will have the hearty

FOREIGN.—A fight occurred between Orange and Catholic societies in Glasgow. assistance of every morality-loving person in both hemispheres.— Philadelphia

There were 128 victims of the Stry fire. Greece is expected to disarm. Times.

SUNDAY, APRIL 25. ClergyMEN, as a rule, make the worst husbands in the world. Editors rank

DOMESTIC. — The building contractors in Boston formally oppose the eight-hour The reasons are, that while editors are away day and night, clergymen are

Easter observances were very general. Spring wheat presents a hopeful at home night and day.„Kansas City Times.

outlook. The fishermen of Gloucester, Mass., are opposed to any treaty with AMONG the arrivals in Baltimore on Saturday was a jackass from England. The

Canada which shall affect any of their present rights. They are indignant at the commendable thing about this particular animal is that he will not take to the lec threat of the Dominion government to seize and confiscate their vessels if they enter ture platform.—Baltimore American.

any Canadian port, LABOR can only be really strong by being right. And the labor cause will break

FOREIGN.–Archbishop Croke delivered an eulogy on Mr. Gladstone at Thurles, down unless it studies the principles of human society and obeys them.--N. Y.

Ireland. Mr. Gladstone has addressed an autograph letter to a London morning Commercial. Advertiser.

journal in reference to home rule. Las Vegas, N. M., has been considerably damATTORNEY-GENERAL GARLAND has been vindicated in every respect except as aged by the overflowing of the Rio Gallonas from recent heavy rains. The posta poker player. It seems to be true that he plays poker very badly.—Cincinnati office building, railroad buildings, oil and lumber works have been destroyed. The I imes.

war feeling in Greece is intense. WHEN Rev. Beecher called the Democratic party a double-eared ass he doubt

MONDAY, APRIL 26. less forgot that he brayed with the drove in 1884.--Milwaukee Journal.

DOMESTIC.—A train was wrecked and several passengers killed on the Union A WASHINGTON promise of favor is like a lover's promise of devotion_easily Pacific railroad. Four moonshiners and a deputy marshal were killed in Tenmade, and broken with great facility.–St. Louis Globe-Democrat.

The death of Mrs. Wendell Phillips is reported. The John Hopkins

University, at Baltimore, Md., celebrated its tenth anniversary. THE trouble seems to be that when Mr. Blaine retires from public lise he gener. ally takes public life along with him.-- Philadelphia Times.

CONGRESSIONAL.-Both houses in session. In the Senate Messrs, Stanford and Two years of tariff unrest and business prostration should finally dispose of a Van Wyck spoke on the Inter-State Commerce bill; Senator Whitthorne, of TenDemocratic Congress.--N. Y. Tribune.

nessee sworn in. In the House, Mr. Springer, of Illinois, introduced a bill to

create a Department of Labor. The President might take a trip to Detroit and conser with Senator Jones.-N. Y. Tribune.

FOREIGN.— The reply of Greece to the Powers is not satisfactory. Lord Hart

ington spoke in Lancashire against the Irish government bill. EVENTS OF THE WEEK.

TUESDAY, APRIL 27.

DOMESTIC.—George Bancrost delivered an address before the American HisTHURSDAY, APRIL 22.

torical Association in Washington. Twenty-four tailors were arrested in New DOMESTIC. — Faiher Ryan, the poet, died at Louisville, Ky. Four girls were

York for boycotting. The partisan troubles in the Ohio Senate are likely to be badly bitten by mad dogs at Lindenville, Ohio. Statistical reports show great in

resumed over the committee reports on the Cincinnati election frauds. Three lives

were lost on the Potomac river by the capsizing of a schooner. George E. Graham, dustrial growth in the South. The labor troubles continue at many points. An exiensive fire occurred in. Broadway, New York. A large surniture factory was

the evangelist and wise-murderer, was lynched by a mob of 400 armed men at burnel in Chicago. The business affairs of E. Remington & Sons, of Ilion, N. Y.,

Springfield, Mo. have been placed in the liands of receivers. The New York grand jury rendered

CONGRESSIONAL.-Both branches in session. The Senate discussed the Interindictments for conspiracy against seven men who bribed the Aldermen of 1884 to

State Commerce bill. The majority reports of the special committee of the Ohio grani a Broadway railroad franchise.

Legislature on the election of Senator Payne were laid before the Senate, and, on

motion of Mr. Payne, who addressed the Senate, were sent to the Committee on CONGRESSIONAL.—The Senate debated the Inter-State Commerce bill, and the

Privileges and Elections. The House continued debate on the River and Harbor I louse continued debate on the River and Harbor bill. Jay Gould testified in

bill. relation to labor troubles in the Southwest. FOREIGN.-A hostile meeting of Greeks and Turks is reported on the frontier

FOREIGN.—Representatives of foreign powers in Athens discussed the Greek

question. There is a serious uprising of the Galician peasantry.
of Thessaly. A large meeting was held in London in support of Gladstone's Irish
The Irish Land Purchase bill was made public.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28.
FRIDAY, APRIL 23.

DOMESTIC.-An important mass meeting was held in Washington to express sym

pathy with the Irish home rule movement. Jefferson Davis received an ovation in DOMESTIC.-- Boycotters were indicted for robbery in St. Louis. The Wheeling Montgomery, Ala., where he delivers an address. Senor Elmore, Peruvian Minand Lake Erie road was sold. An insane woman at Harmony, N. J., killed her ister, took official leave of the President. Secretary Whitney has written to the four children and herself. There was a more general observance of Good Friday officers in charge of the work on the new naval cruisers, calling attention to the than is usual throughout the country. An immense crevasse has occurred in the

delay in completing the Atlanta, and asking that she be put in condition for sea as Mississippi levee near Helena, Ark., and thousands of acres are flooded. The

soon as possible. execution of Robert Fowler for the murder of Miss Lydia Burneti took place at Louisville, Ky., in the presence of five thousand people. Mrs. Monroe Smith, the CONGRESSIONAL.-The Senate discussed the Post Office appropriation bill, after wife of a farmer near Keyport, attempted to murder her whole family, and suc Senator Mitchell had spoken on the Chinese question. The House continued ceeded in killing one chiki.

debate on the River and Harbor bill. CONGRESSIONAL.—The Senate was not in session. The President's special FOREIGN.—Greece denies that she has yielded to the powers. The situation is message on labor troubles was warmly discussed in the House.

still critical.

measures.

PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY THE PUBLIC OPINION COMPANY.

Vol. I.

WASHINGTON, D. C., SATURDAY, May 8, 1886.

No. 4.

POLITICAL.

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JEFFERSON DAVIS AND THE LOST CAUSE.

The laying of a corner-stone of a monument to the Confederate dead, at Montgomery, Alabama, on the 29th ultimo, and the unveiling of a statue to ex-Senator Hill, at Atlanta, Georgia, on the ist instant, were the occasions which called Mr. Jefferson Davis to those ci:ies. His speeches and other incidents of the ceremonies have elicited the comments here collated.

Montgomery Advertiser (Dem.), April 29. THE great day has come and gone with its pomp and ceremony—the outward show of what the heart did feel. Mr. Davis has returned to the capital that saw him invested with a new-born nation's leadership. On that other time he was the great chieftain of a proud and confident people, who saw in him the star of their hopes and resolution. On this later day he comes after defeat has perched upon his banners and his people have trodden with him the valley of the shadow of death to the bright shore beyond of a new prosperity. Once he heard the wild huzzas of hope and pride. Now he hears the deep-toned voice of a love we never felt in the day of his power. There is something romantic, something that talks to the fancy in this gala welcome of Mr: Davis to the city where he was inaugurated president of the Confederacy. He is sheltered under the same roof that sheltered him then. He beholds the same scenes, walks the same streets, and hears the same shouts. As if in rebellion at a break in the eternal fitness of things, the heavens frowned. And in obedience to their frown, he went and stood upon the self-same spot where he stood and uttered the solemn oath of his high office. As he stood there and looked out upon the glad throng before him and back through the years that have fled, what a host of memories came crowding in his mind! What event in the course of time has had so much of thrilling interest, so much that appeals to the sentiment and the imagination of the heart! Since Mr. Davis has been in the city he has heard the enthusiastic plaudits that greet few save the conquerors of earth. A Roman general, with kings at his chariot wheels, saw the heavens rent with shouting, and might well have believed himself a god. Yet he knew in his heart these were fruits of victory, and defeat would hurl him to the dust of forgetfulness or disdain. Tlie same people who “threw high their ready caps in air” for him, would repeat the show in honor of his rival. To-day they weep fof Cæsar slain; to-morrow build a monument to Brutus.” Not so with the people whom Davis led. They were with him in the hour of victory, in the hour of defeat, and are with him now, and will be to the last. Seeing and hearing what he has since leaving Beauvoir, Mr. Davis said: “It takes a great people to do this.” Ay! a great people! Pomp and pageantry and all the ceremony which greets a popular idol are easy when he comes from a field of glory. All peoples in all times have done this. But how many have struck for independence, been beaten to allegiance, accepted results, gone back to the ways of industry, built up their desolated country, and through it all maintained their love and veneration for the man they looked to, and looked to in vain, for salvation from their enemies? « The price of defeat is the king's head" has been the rule as this world goes. Let the pageant of yesterday go down as proof how closer defeat drew around our illustrious chiestain the hearts and the homage of his people. But is it because we are the greater people or he the greater man? Something of both. No nation ever followed such a man to the grounding of their arms. No wonder on yesterday as his carriage passed up the streets and the thousands on thousands of his countrymen sent up the voice of gladness at the sight, his face beamed and a smile lit the worn features and he became as young again. He knew it all was sincere, the pure outpouring of the ple's faith in him and belief in him and love for him. There was no other reason in the heavens above, or the carth beneath, or the waters under the earth, that could prompt a plaudit or stimulate a cheer. On the long journey to Montgomery, of all the hundreds who have talked to him, not one has heard a bitter word or regretful allusion to the past escape him.

He is too great a man to weep above his broken idols, and to-day no man in all the South is nore - hopeful of the future, more earnest in his wish to see his people happy and prosperous in the way the God of destiny has willed it.

A WISH.—It is the earnest wish of the people of Montgomery that when Mr. Davis shall at last sink beneath the weight of years -and may the day be far distanthe will allow us reverently to bear to his first capital his sacred remains and lay them to rest in our own soil. This wish is uttered, not prematurely, but as the tenderest tribute our love can pay him. Will he think of it when he is back at his

quiet home by the seaside? It is an honor 100 great, almost, for hope, and yet one we fain would have.

The New Yorker Staats-Zeitung, April 30.

[Translated expressly for PUBLIC OPINION.] A Few Republican leaders in Albany, at which the not particularly renowned Gen. Barnum was at the head, could not reconcile to themselves the idea of a memorial festivity at Montgomery, and especially a speech from Mr. Davis; but the

press of the States, in general, has taken no umbrage at the ovation which was accorded him, nor his remarks upon the same occasion. This indicates the great revolution which has taken place in the Northern mind. Unquestionably a like demonstration at an earlier period would not have been met by the same indulgence that it now receives. To this is to be ascribed the clear conviction which has permeated the Northern mind that the South no longer dreams of reconstructing the lost cause, but, on the contrary, has become sincerely reconciled to the restored Union, and clearly understands that the abolition of its peculiar institution is not only irrevocable, but that it has proved itself a blessing to the South. After having reached this conviction, the North can estimate, without prejudice, the feeling in the South toward the victims of the struggle for the lost cause, and the few remaining leaders in that struggle. It does not enter into the minds of the immense majority of the Northern people to regard this feeling as a demonstration against the Union of to-day.

New York Tribune (Rep.), April 30. TWENTY-ONE years after he should have been hanged this unrepentant old villian and Union-hater gets up and whines about the “loss of liberty” and the

glories of the Lost Cause,” the cause which was lost being that of human slavery and the opportunity to extend the shameful, undemocratic, abominable practice over the free Territories of the West. Instead of devoting his few remaining days to repentance for his black treason to the Republic and for the horrors of the war which he planned and precipitated upon this unhappy country in order to spread and perpetuate slavery, and to expressions of gratitude that the Union soldiers who captured him did not shoot him on the spot, as they certainly would have done had they not thought that he would be tried and hanged for his treason, he seebly sputters out his chronic disloyalty to his country when he took the oath to dù his best to destroy it, and with the flag waving above him to which he proved a recreant traitor. Had justice been done—the justice which never before in the world's history failed to overtake traitors—the country would have been spared this disgraceful spectacle. The ex-rebel soldier who followed him, Gen. Gordon, declared his devotion to the old flag, showing that he is again loyal; but Jeff Davis could do no more than show unrepentant disloyalty. The mistake in dealing with the rebellion was, that it was not disgraced with a rope around the neck of its chief. The only mistake made was that of unfortunate and unprecedented leniency, and that was the work of Andy Johnson and Horace Greeley.

Memphis Avalanche (Dem.), May 1. It is to be hoped that the patriotic numbskulls who met at Albany, in the State of New York, to sing, “ We'll hang Jeff Davis on a sour apple tree," and to resolve that “ treason is odious," contenplated their little crowd of two hundred, one half, doubtless, mere spectators, with a comparative view as to what numbers wouldi have attended such ineetings at any tiine from 1865 to 1876. The fool is sometimes the sincerest person in the world. Idiots are sometimes very positive and earnest in the little they do know and believe, and the most adhesive person in the world is the monomaniac. It is not necessary to doubt that these patriotic idiots contemplated their diminished numbers with a feeling that patriotisin had waned, and they were the last of the salt of the earth. We have no doubt that, by extraordinary drumming, an equal number could be found in the South who would sing, “ We'll hang Abe Lincoln on a sour-apple tree,” and resolve that the American Republic ended at Appomattox. Fortunately, a country lives and propagates and descends through its great common-sense masses of people of all classes, and not in its fools and idiots, sincere and earnest and, so far as intent and motive goes, patriotic, as these fools often are, when it is possible to separate the residuum of genuine sentiment from that love of a little cheap notoriety which is always a large moving force with such people.

Atlanta Special to Philadelphia Press, May 1. ANOTHER day of flowers, yells, crowds and excitement. It is all for Jeff Davis: “ This Easter week is the most glorious occasion since the resurrection,” shouted Henry Grady, of the Constitution, while speaking in front of the veiled statute of Senator Hill this morning. Mr. Davis sat on one side of him, and Gen. Longstreet, clad in his Consederate uniform, on the other as he spoke this sentence. The expression has no more significance in it than hundreds of the extravagant phrases one hears from Southern lips. It typifies the wild enthusiasın which the presence of the leader of the lost cause has awakened among his former followers down here in Dixie. These incidents may be taken as the one danger which it was feared would follow Mr. Davis' re-entrance into publicity: His people are overdoing it. For the first time since Mr. Davis left bis home in Mississippi, nearly a week ago, the people of the South are beginning to feel that it would have been much better to have let the aims and ideas which he represents be undisturbed in the grave in which they were buried a generation ago. The South has undoubtedly turned its face to the future and the men who are furnishing the energy and brains to make it a prosperous country are the ones who are taking little or no part in the present ceremonies.

St. Louis Republican (Denz.), May 2. LAYING the foundation of the Confederate States government and laying the corner stone of a monument to the Consederate dead are very different tasks, as

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Mr. Davis and the Alabama people have the best reasons for knowing; and yet, than the Declaration of Independence the very kernel and heart of Anglo-Saxon
the magnificent outburst of passion with which the one was done twenty-five years liberty and freedom. The time will never come when Southerners will be ashamed
ago, and the profound and pious affection with which the other was performed last of the soldiers of Lee and Johnston, or fail to honor the statesman whose only sin
week, equally reveal a valiant and heroic people, and disclose qualities which, is that he was their chosen chief and proved his title to their confidence by eager
combined with the more rugged and robust virtues of the North, supply the ma and most patriotic devotion to his duties.
terial for the future American people. Mr. Davis has outlived both the friends
and enemies of 1861. He saw the beginning and the ending of the Confederacy.

Albany Evening Journal (Rep.), April 29.
He saw it in its cradle, and he lives to stand over its grave.

He has seen the expe

No more pusil [?] and ridiculous spectacle ever has been presented to the riment of twenty-five years ago embalmed as a “ lost cause" in elegies that make people of the United States than the resurrection of Jeff Davis, whose political the tears course on thousands of cheeks. He has seen the stars and bars turned ghost is now on exhibition at Montgomery, Alabama. The senile old rebel slobinto the conquered banner” and folded away forever. He is the disappointed,

bered over his venomous treason with a cracked and wheezy voice, glorying in the vanquished, and broken leader of a disappointed, vanquished, and broken people.

anniversary of his perjury amid the clamorous applause of brass bands and a blatAnd yet, even his enemies must yield him the credit of a high and patient intiep

ant and bragging crowd. The Confederate martyr, changed by unrepentant years idity in standing under the flag of a country which denies him the right of citizen into a mere Confederate scarecrow, gibbered and snarled yesterday over the defeat ship and performing the last pious offices in honor of the comrades who died in

of the bloody attempt to create a slaveholders' oligarchy on the ruins of a broken battle against it.

and divided republic. The hate that inspired Andersonville and Libby prisons

drizzled its poison through his rhetoric. A traitor still, powerless, bul yet with the New Orleans Times-Democrat (Dem.), April 29.

heart of a political assassin, he gesticulated before an admiring crowd, and also DEFEAT, with all its accompanying humiliations, the surrender to an over before a patient country whose mistaken magnanimity had years ago tossed back whelming power, the desolation and impoverishment of their homes, the heca to him as not worth taking his cheap and perjured life. No “ bloody shirt” the tombs of victims of the sanguinary struggle, could not subdue the conscious pride North has ever aired to menace political murđer has equalled the clotted banner in the integrity and sincerity of all who participated in that contest, or extort a Jeff Davis waves. confession of the wrongfulness of the cause for which they fought and suffered.

Chicago Inter-Ocean (Rep.), April 29. With fortitude and patience they have met and endured the penalties of failure,

THERE was, of course, no call for Mr. Davis, on his own account, to come to the but not the shame of voluntary surrender of their conviction of the justice of

front. The occasion was deliberately planned and carefully prepared for by those their cause, and the consciousness of a patriotic duty discharged with a heroism

who, for some reason, determined to make the demonstration as striking and imand fidelity never surpassed in history. Honest and loyal as has been their sub

pressive as possible. That there are in the South so many thousands eager to enter mission to the victor in the defeat of the object and aim of their struggle, and im

into such a plan is a fact worth remembering. Jefferson Davis was not in accord plicit as will be the confidence of all right-thinking men in the pledges they have with the men who have made the new South. That the new South should care given of their renewed relations of brotherhood with their recent foes, and the

to stop in its progressive march and turn for one week to make a hero of the man resumption of their seats in the household which their fathers once filled, they

who represents the old South is a question to be considered and discussed, and will not and should not be so faithless to the memories of their martyred brethren

after it has been discussed the question of the effect of such a demonstration will as to repress the flow of patriotic and grateful sentiments on occasions when they remain unanswered. The answer is to come in the course of the next twenty may be appropriately expressed.

years, and the effect will be good or bad as the professions of the South in favor of Washington l'ost (Dem.), April 30.

the Union are stronger than their impulse to make much of the memories of what There is no reason why the people of the South should be otherwise than

N. Y. Herald (Ind.), April 30. manly and self-respecting. The logic of events and the stern arbitrament of war proved that they were mistaken in their views twenty-five years ago. But no

WHEN Mr. Davis, on Wednesday, revived the memories of the past, the flag of one questions the bravery—the heroism_with which against such odds they main

the Union floated from the masthead over the crowd, the flag of the Union hung tained the terrible struggle. No one at the North, except a bigot, doubts their

in drapery from the front of the capitol, the flag of the Union almost touched with honesty of purpose: The memories that reach down from the period of their de its protecting folds the head of the ex-president of the Confederacy, and we do not votion to duty and patriotism, as they conceived these virtues, will always affect the

use facts too lightly when we affirm that a patriotic love of that flag filled the Southern mind with enthusiasm and pride. It is the “ lost ” cause that every

hearts of the very men who cheered Mr. Davis' eulogy of the courage of the where embodies the sentimental and poetical elements, and makes the strongest

Southern army. Let the South build as many monuments as it will to its numberappeal to the sensibilities of the generous heart. The people of the South therefore less heroes. We have done and are doing the same for our noble dead: God would have shown themselves singularly lacking in those honorable and chivalrous

knows we fought each other grandly, but now the time has come to grandly forattributes with which they are credited if they had failed to receive with respect

get. We did our best to win the victory, and we won it; they did their best to the man who stood foremost in the movement in which he and they staked their

wrest it from our grasp.

We can both hereafter do our best to protect and purity all a quarter of a century ago.

a government which, with all its imperfections, is the last and noblest product of

centuries of political experience.
State Senator Coggeshall, at the Albany Indignation Meeting.

Newark Advertiser (Rep.), April 29.
I CAN NOT believe that the words which were at Montgomery uttered to or by
Jefferson Davis express or reflect the true sentiment of any considerable portion of

A few faded old men like Davis hang over the extinct fires and turn their menthe people of this land. In my humble judgınent the time is not yet, nor do I be tal vision backward; but the rest of the world is looking forward. And the Jieve it ever will be, when this great nation will so far condone treason as to honor

South, no longer the South, but the Union, is pressing on to repair the disasters of the man, living or dead, whose treachery caused it so much suffering and loss.

the old days with new and splendid moral and material achievements. It may be Rear and dedicate monuments, if you please, to the Confederate dead. Cover the

that the age of fantastic chivalry is gone. Let us hope that it is. But, as the emmounds where they sleep with floral offerings, but do not strew flowers in the

bodiment of an obsolete idea, Davis has a certain hold on the enthusiasm of his pathway of the man whose treason made possible their deaths, and who of all

fellow-citizens. He is a curiosity of the time, an archaic relic. It were cruel to others deserves the condemnation of every liberty-loving, law-abiding citizen of our dispel the old man's dream. And it were worse than useless to interrupt this fair land. Let no laurel wreaths be entwined about his brow; greet him not as a

passing show. The Union, strong and great, may look serenely on while a few “hero" or as “a type of manhood," either of the North, South, East, or West, but aged survivors fight the battles o'er again and futilely deplore the fate that made let him go forth an “Ishmaelite," with the brand of Cain upon him—a wanderer,

them free. an exile, and an outcast.

Providence Journal (Rep.), April 29.
Charleston News and Courier (Demo), May 1.

Is this mourning for the “ lost cause?” It is not mourning, at all, but rather an

outburst of joy and thanksgiving such as the South has not had in a full score of THERE is nothing to regret, nothing to apologize for in his reception. The peo years. It is not sorrow for the past so much as pride and exultation in the presple of the South, who accord to President Lincoln, to Charles Sumner, lo William At the North there will be a difference of opinion as to the taste displayed Lloyd Garrison, and all the hosts of devoted Union men the praise and honor in selecting the occasion for this remarkable celebration, but the occasion is of which is their due for devotion to principle, the people who voted for Horace secondary importance. Under the old flag, with expressions of heartiest loyalty to Greeley for President, and who sincerely mourned the death of Gen. Grant, of the Union and the Government, the present greets the past with a significant hail McClellan, and Hancock, claim the poor right to honor the devoted patriot who and farewell. So we choose to regard the Alabama episode, and so regarding it presided over their destinies in the shock of war, and will honor him to the end. we fear nothing more serious than that the festivities of the week will reduce some There is no need to conceal this sentiment. It is deep and lasting, and will abide

of the newspaper organs to a pitiable state of uncertainty as to the exact date of for all time. In honoring him and honoring the Confederacy the South proves the close of hostilities between the States." its undying loyalty to its convictions of right and to the Government of its choice. Its allegiance has been transferred, by the will of heaven, to another power and

Newark Evening News (Rep.). another cause, and there is no safer rule than to judge its present faith by its faith No one who loves his country will say nay when the people of the South see fulness to the past.

fit to erect a monument to their sons who fell in the strife to disrupt the country Memphis Appeal (Dem.), April 30.

that nursed them, and to destroy the flag under whose proud folds they were born No man or body of men at the North can teach or tell the people of the South

and reared; but when the chief imp in the devillry rises up continuously after the anything about the Union. Every foot of the soil of Alabama is consecrated by the

blessing of peace has been secured to sew a new crop of traitorous notions, it is

high time to protest. blood of the soldiers who fought to win it for the Union under Jackson, the man who, above all others of his time, emphasized by his words and deeds his love and

Springfield, Mass., Republican, (Ind.), April 30. faith in the Union. Just such a love is treasured for it to-day everywhere in the How could we respect the Southern people if they did not believe in the thing South, in the confident belief that it is a beacon to a darkened world, and the best they undertook to do, if they were not attached to its memory, if they did not government ever devised by man. So believing, we can still turn to the graves of honor their leaders and their soldiers, nor exalt their services and their sacrifices? our dead and honor them with monuments for their devotion to a principle older They do well to cherish the sentiment that hallows their story. General Gordon

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is right in suggesting that the valor of the South must be held as a possession of any State, and the most conspicuous representative of treason can freely proclaim the nation. Ten years ago the Republican looked forward to the time when the

that its cause was just, and give utterance to the other treasonable language used dead of both sides in that great war would be honored together, as illustrating by Mr. Jefferson Davis at Montgomery. So far as Mr. Davis is concerned it is American manhood when brought to the supreme test of courage, endurance and only by grace of the leniency of the loyal people of this country that he has been devotion. The time is at hand. Ours is one country; all that has been done in it permitted to draw breath during the last i wenty years. was a concession to to the credit of the American character is the heritage of the whole country, nol a sentiment of exaggerated magnanimity that spared the life of Mr. Davis, and it solely of one section.

was a grave political mistake. Kansas City Times (Ind.), May 1.,

The Gourrier des Etats-Unis, May 1. THERE are various ways of looking at things even among party organs. There

[Translated expressly for PUBLIC OPINION.) is the Chicago Inter-Ocean, which thinks that the celebration at Montgomery is “more a tribute to the bravery and heroism of the men and women who made

The role that Mr. Jefferson Davis has played in the ceremonies which took place such sacrifices in the cause which was ultimately lost; which no amount of hero

at Montgomery this week, attending the laying of the corner-stone of a monument ism could save.And here is the Kansas City Journal which writhes in the

consecrated to the memory of the Confederate dead in the war of Secession, has thought that "men don't realize that there are plotters against the peace and in

been criticised by certain pseudo-Puritans of the North as a new appeal to pastegrity of the nation, and that such occasions as this at Montgomery are used to

sions extinguished, and a provocation calculated to revive the recriminations of the poison the rising youth of the South and keep alive the spirit of hatred till the

bloody shirt.” Wiser are those who look upon the ceremonies at Montgomery as favorable time comes to strike for lost empire and revenge.” When such eminent

the official interment of the Southern Confederacy, and the address of Mr. Davis as

its funeral oration,
Republican organs disagree there would appear to be no reason for a vast exercise
of mental trouble.

Taggart's Sunday Times, Phila., (Rep.).
Atlanta Constitution (Dem.), May 1.

JEFF DAVIS was a traitor of the deepest dye, and if a man ever deserved hangATLANTA gave Mr. Davis the grandest reception on yesterday that she ever ing, he did. He was educated at West Point at the expense of the Government, tendered any public man. The demonstration was never surpassed in enthusiasm held high and important positions of honor and trust under that Government, in any city in this country. We doubt if it was ever equaled. Had Mr. Davis but after being thus honored he became false to the nation that had so honored been returning to this city after having concluded a triumphant peace, with the him and did his best to destroy it. In any other country he would have been exeterms of victory in his pocket, his welcome would not have been as overwhelming cuted more than twenty years ago, when he was captured, instead of being allowed as it is when he comes now, twenty one years after an overwhelming defeat. In to live, and at this late day to vent his spite upon the Union which he tried to dethis superb demonstration Atlanta honored herself more than she honored him, stroy. But the world is wide, and the people of the North can afford to laugh at and the good that comes to her from this lifting up of the hearts of her people and

his impotent ravings. the glorious revival of tender and pathetic memories will outweigh the good it can

N. Y. Sun (Dem.), May 3. bear to him,

It seems to us that there are braver and more magnanimous things to do than to Philadelphia Telegraph (Ind.), April 29.

wage war with a harmless old man, and nobler policies for a political party than to THE demonstration at Montgomery, Ala., yesterday, comes at too late a date in try and distort an interesting and not unworthy sentiment into a revival of hostility the century to occasion much excitement in this part of our dear native land. To to the Union. The South cannot with any self-respect forget how much was gloa considerable portion of the adult American population of to-day, the specta rious in a cause which was still well lost ; nor is she less true to the Union because cle of Jefferson Davis appearing, amid a flutter of Union flags, 10 deliver an ad

she nourishes the fading memories of futile aspirations stoutly struggled for. But dress in the first capital of the one-time Confederacy, awakens curious rather than the Republican party will never be satisfied, whatever the South does. Abuse and hostile emotions. He will represent to them a remoteness as far away from their distrust of the South are the principal remaining assets of that concern. personal experiences as would the ghost of some Revolutionary worthy or unwor

Indianapolis Journal (Rep.). thy, were he to revisit the glimpses of the moon for the purpose of whimpering about the merits, from his point of view, of the cause which he espoused.

The Democratic press would be glad to make it appear that the venomous old

traitor, Jeff Davis, stood alone; but the demonstrations in Montgomery and Chicago Tribune (Rep.), May 1.

throughout the South tell a different story. He is the mouthpiece of a very large THE Montgomery monument commemorates the regret of the slaveholders at element, if not the controlling element, of the Southern people. The presence of the loss of the system of human chattelhood. It represents no achievements ex the stars and stripes to grace the occasion when this superfluous veteran drooled cept those of treason. The shouting, yelling crowd welcomed Jeff. Davis as the

his treason to the applauding shouts of the assembled thousands, was a profanation representative and incarnation of disunion. They honored him for his treason, and which will mantle with a blush of indignation the bronzed faces of the veterans paraded their allegiance to him and his pro-slavery sentiment and his hatred of the who bore it to victory over the Southern rebellion. American Union. The astonishing magnanimity of the American people left him

New York Independent, May 6. unhanged, and the result is now apparent in this fresh outbreak of his venom and its laudation by the South; and yet these disunion howlers have the sublime

JEFFERSON Davis, the ex-president of the defunct confederacy, last week had

what he thought and what his friends doubtless thought to be a brilliant reception audacity to accuse Northern men of waving the bloody shirt, and of keeping alive sectional differences !

at Montgomery and Atlanta. The better way for the South, and equally for the Boston Post (Dem.), May 1.

North, is to leave Mr. Davis in the quietude of his retirement, and let him die there,

without parading him before the country as the representative of the “lost cause. PERHAPS it was indiscrete and unwise to hold the Montgomery celebration.

The less he says and the less said about him the better. It is not wise to make him But it commemorated a great chapter of history. It carried men in remembrance an occasion for the discussion of issues that are now practically obsolete. Let the back to scenes of valor, sacrifice and suffering. They were scenes similar to those

South bury him with flowers if they will. which come thronging at the call of recollection when our commemorative days are observed at the North. Could we keep silent under such circumstances ? Can

Chicago Herald (Ind.), May 3. we cxpect that ļhe men of the South will be like “dumb-driven cattle” when With the people the Confederacy is a bitter memory; wiih Mr. Davis it is a confronted again with the great deeds of their past? The men whom we fought fond regret. He would have things different; they would not change them now so hard, and at last so successfully, were soldiers to be proud of. We are proud of if they could. He has stood still sor twenty-five years, while all about him has them at the North. How much more may they be supposed to be so at the sprung up a generation which has new aims and aspirations. In his old age he South ?

touches their sentimentality, their local pride, their humanity; but he does not Cincinnati Commercial-Gazette (Rep.), May 1.

shake the conviction that long since seized every rational mind at the South, that We do not mind the celebration by the people of the South, of their heroes

secession was a blunder akin to a crime, and that its success would have entailed who died for the lost cause,” or of the survivors of those who were in at “ the sur consequences infinitely worse than its failure. render.” The Southern soldiers were brave men, and those who sell, as a rule,

Der Baltimore Journal, April 30. had been nurtured on the provincialisms that were the personal folly and political

[Translated expressly for PUBLIC OPINION.) poison of their section. They were enthusiasts-narrow mnen-and strange as they may think it, fanatics. But we do not like to see the old rankling State

We have frequently heard it strongly objected against the Grand Army of the rights heresy, which was at the bottom of the mischief, revived and praised and

Republic that it tended to keep alive recollections of the civil war. But what

shall be said of the speech which Jeft Davis has just delivered in Montgomery, set up for sanctification. It has cost the country blood enough. The South should

Ala., in which he praises those who sacrificed their “blood and treasure for the not put itself in the way of sacrificing any more brave men on that line..

good cause of the South ?" It sounded like irony when Gen. Gordon afterward N. Y. World (Dem).

sang pæans to “ Jeff” and his wise statesmanship. So far as Jefferson Davis' recent speeches in the South are concerned, nobody

Davenport, Iowa, Gazette (Rep.). cares for them in the least. He has said nothing that he has not been saying

The blood of thousands of brave Union soldiers stains Davis' worthless carcass, steadily for twenty years. The fact that Mr. Davis is “ unreconstructed is well

and his death would be but a feeble atonement for it. Let it be hoped that a understood, and he is privileged to say pretty much what he pleases. But the vast crowds that have paid homage to him, the flowers that have been strewn in

patient and long-suffering people will never again be afflicted with his revolting

and clamnable political heresies at even an ordinary gathering in the South. His his pathway, the approving hurrahs that have ascended with his utterances, have given the enemies of the South another opportunity to declare that the spirit of speech has put the South back several years in its social and political relations with rebellion is abroad again, and to this extent it is to be deplored that Mr. Davis was

the North. One or two more such wild demonstrations of applause at the appearpersuaded into making another public appearance.

ance of Jeff Davis will enable an outraged public to bury the Democratic party out

of sight in 1888. Troy Press (Ind.), April 30.

Boston Advertiser (Ind.), April 29. There is something about this Government that needs reconstruction when a The extravagant tone of laudation of Mr. Davis adopted by the Southern press monument to treason against such Government can le erected within the limits of is not calculated to produce pleasant sensations on the part of the defenders of the

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