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Recollections Of Gen. Cass

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Whilo on the subject of anecdotos of reat men, allow me to relato one of Gen. Cass. Aller the defeat of the Quintuple reaty through the intervention of the American minister at Paris, Lord Brough m denounoed Gta. Ctss by name in the 5nglish parlianient, because he dcfeated a ecret treaty which would have given the ïritish government the right to search American vessels on the high seas. He randed Oen. Cass as the "very impersontion of mob hostility to England ; as one who, having been sent to uiaintain peace, nd to reside at Paris for that purpose, afer paoific relations had been established beween France and America did his best to reak it, whether by ciroulation of ttateïnents upon the question of international aw of whioh he (Gen. Casa) hd no more onception than of the languages spoken n the moon, or by any argumenta of reason, for whioh hc had no more oapacity ban he had for understanding legal poiata nd differences." "For that purpose he was not above pandering to the wort mob f the United States," and the mob feelng he characterized as composed of "a awless set of rabble politicians of inferior oaete and station"- as "a grovelling gioundling set of politicians"- a "set of aere rabble, as contradistinguished from ersons of property or respectability and if information, etc. It was becauee of uch attack that threats of mobbing Gen. }ass were made if he dared vitüt England. Ie did visit England, and was not mobbed. On his return to France, in crossing the hannel between Dover and Calais, he remarked to a passenger that the English might brag as much as they pleased about heir steamehips, but they were not equal o ours. "For whom do you takeme? 'For an American," was the reply. "I am an American, it is true, by birth, but ! have cut the country, and wish to be considered an Englisbinan'said the passengor. 'Indeed," said Gen. Cass, yiuwing the person with contempt ; "America has lost nuch by your cut of the country !"- They larted. Neither knew the name of the ither. Some weeks afiter, Gen. Cass, in he dusk of the evening, was in his office, when a visitor was announced. He recogniied him as his late fellow-passenger on he steamship. Aftex giving nis name the 'ellow said ere was to be a presentación at court to the king, and he wished to get a tioket of introduction. The General replied that very few tickete were given to ;ach legation, and those given to him he must reserve for his fellow-countryroen." "You had better," he added. "apply to the British minister." "But I am an Ameriean," said tbc vis-itor, "and tbis is the rason I apply to you." "It is true," said Gen. Cass, "you are an American by birth, but you yourself told me, while crossing the ohaanel, that you had cut your country and wished to be considered an Eaglishman. If the English minister considers you an Englishman he will give you a ticket. AH I have will be given to those who, in heart, are American citizons." And then, and not till tben, the fellow discovered in the farmer like passenger on the steamship Gen. Cass, the American minister at Paris. Whether he got a ticket from the English or not ia a conjecture.