Republican Troubles

September 25, 1867


The indications of a change in public feelings at the North which caused an alarmingly rapid tendency to get away from radicalism.


Republican Troubles. The indications of a change in public sentiment at the North-an alarmingly rapid tendency to exfoliation from radicalism-have occasioned much deliberation among editors and politicians as to what is best to check this tendency and protect the Republican party from disintegration. In the measures recommended we perceive censures of certain Puritanical notions and political policies which are alleged to have been the cause of Republican losses already incurred. The New York Times, which has been always prompt to detect worm-eaten and rotten planks in the platform, and whose cautious policy Las never met the approval of its party because the numerical force of the Radicals was irresistible-and therefore they were intolerant, uncompromising, and brutal-now sees that defeat is certain unless much more prudence is displayed. "The temperance question, in its prohibitory aspect," it considers the cause of the losses in Maine; and from its agitation in Michigan and other States of the West it fears disaster, quoting Carl Schurz against "attempts to 44 use the Republican party to inflict upon 44 the community arbitrary legislation, encroaching on individual rights in connection with temperance and Sunday ques44 lions "; and it further quotes General Leib, a leading German, to the effect that nothing short of the complete censure and abandonment of the course heretofore pursued on these subjects 41 can secure to 44 the Republican party the future political 44 support of the Radical German Clement." The Times appears to the most exercised on a point which is of far greater national importance: The Tariff for Protection. Mr. Greeley believes in nothing so much as a protective tariff, and his wing of the Republican party will press it upon Congress. The Times sees nothing but disaster in this policy, and though we believe in principle that paper is its advocate, yet it demands that to avoid defeat it shall be ignored. It thinks duties will be necessarily high, to meet the Government liabilities, and that this should suffice without putting the "protective" or 44 prohibitory " principle in the 44 platform." Senator Grimes denounces that plank, and General Baker declares that if a "prohibitory tariff plank " be interpolated in the platform of the Republican party " it will be smashed to atoms." It is a healthy indication of the public mind when it is found necessary for an overgrown, overbearing, and tyrannical party to temporize and moderate its excesses, and to put the breaks upon extremists. The discarding of ultraism and evading fanatical issues is like the throwing overboard of freight to keep the ship afloat. There is danger that in the hurry and alarm the very means of subsistence may be pitched into the sea. It is a part of the history of great majorities that when they begin to discard issues and circumscribe their held of operations-when they begin to shorten sail-that it is too late. In the pride of power they are blind to danger until too late to avoid it. The storm is upon them, and they are wrecked before they are in trim to meet it. It would be a great blessing to mankind if this history may now be permitted to repeat itself in the fate of the worst party that ever existed on this continent. That it will be, we have not a doubt. But let us not be too sanguine as to the time this may happen. It may at least be further off than wo desire it should be. Impeachment-It is evident that one hitch in the impeachment is Mr. Wade, the violent and vulgar senator from Ohio. His own party cannot reconcile themselves to the idea of his being President in virtue of his office by the suspension of Mr. Johnson. There is not only a radical objection to the man himself, but the fact that ho is an aspirant for the Presidency arrays against him the friends of the other candidates. Neither the Chase Radicals nor the Grant Radicals-indeed, we may add, nor any other Radicals, save a little corporal's guard which may be followers of | Wade-have any disposition whatever to take a step that may place such a man in the Presidential chair. It is very much to their credit, whatever be their routine. A person applying for the benefit of the bankrupt law cannot obtain a discharge from his debts if he has lost any part of his estate in gaming within four months of the filing of the application. Fiduciaries as Bankrupt. -No debt created by a bankrupt while acting in any fiduciary character can be discharged under the bankrupt law, but such debt may be proved with others, and the dividend will be credited on account.
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