The Republicans Breaking Up
April 1, 1867
Conflict arises within the Republican dividing them and exposing their weaknesses. While they are already struggling to rebuild the South, they have difficulty organizing themselves.
The Republicans are breaking to pieces rapidly. Dana, formerly of the Tribune, with one of the Conklings, has purchased Tammany Hall, and with a capital of two dollars, or two hundred dollars, or two thousand dollars, or two hundred thousand, or two millions, we do not know which, is about to start a new paper, to run against the Tribune. So the Republicans, who have hardly yet succeeded in reorganizing the South, are busily employed in disorganizing themselves. They are about to diverge into three distinct factions, one under Greeley, a second under Weed, and third under Dana, each with an organ slung about his neck, rather burdensome to carry, but capable of making a great noise and creating considerable discord. Well, we wish Dana luck in his enterprise, and a full third for his share ; and as to the Republicans generally, we wish they may have a good time, and plenty of fat offices to enable them to enjoy it.
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