The City and the District

November 7, 1870


As election day nears, the Dispatch urges its readers to come out and vote, because they have the strength to both elect their ticket to mayor, as well as their candidate to Congress.


We can elect Keiley and the ticket he heads by a decided vote. We have the registered strength to do it. Then, we shall be faithless to ourselves and the city not to do so We can rid ourselves of Porter and send to Congress Colonel Ordway if we will but vote our strength in this district. Porter is even abominated in the Republican party. Colonel Ordway is a courteous and intelligent gentleman - one who has cast his slot with us and proved his readiness to share hare our fortunes. He has been on the liberal side in the policy towards the South, and has bitterly opposed all disfranchisements and pains and penalties. He is with us and for us, an enterprising, liberal, and loyal gentleman - loyal to the people he lives amongst, and loyal to the public interests. What a grand victory that will be which defeats Porter and elects Ordway! It can be done. Discharge your duty, voters, and it is done. Gentlemen of the city and the district, a united and faithful effort to-morrow gives us the victory. Victory here will be of inestimable value in its influence upon the political condition of the State, and upon the credit and contentment of the Commonwealth.
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