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Speech Of A Southern Unionist

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Wiir meetings are held every day on Boston Coniinon. At the meeting on Thumdêy, the Rev. 0. II. Clark, oi Texas, spoke. Mr. Clark was a Baptist Minister in IIousloii, TeZBt. His remarks were heard with difficulty, on nceount of a bronchiiil diseasa from which he suffercd. The Rev. Mr Clark is the son of ihi present rebel Governor of Texas, and son-in-law f Gen. Sam. Hoüston. He esid he had ioughl not only his neighbors and friends, but alsn his own father in defeflffj of the glorious old Stur-Spangled Bannor, and he was rady to finich the balance of his feeble life in the same glorious cause- thí cause of his country, the cause of hamanity, and Ihe cause of his God - The niiijority of the people of Texas are nuw and have been Joyat. The State was carried out by calling the roll of the Legislatura half an hour before the usual time, vvhen the Union men were not in their Beats. Sam Houston, the Governor of the State, was brought beiore them on a charge of treason, and the old man made the moift denuneiatory speech against them and secesion that he ever heard in his life. The secessiocists rose and giuhered abont him, bent on violence, but his friends crowded around hitn, and lor awhile nothing was heard but pisto] shots and the clanking ot knives. The speaker hirnself received a wound then that would prcbubly coon terminale hislifi-, His iullier, wlio had been Lieutenant Govi-rnor, nssumed the office of Governor of the Statf. Mr Oisrk desciibfd at lerigth how Texus was carried out f the Union by the treaiwn of Twiggs, and its dire effect on thot-e who retnuined true to the Uninn. Men and women who, two yeiirs ago, were poffessed of wealth and uil tho luxuries ot lite, vro now in the streets of Galventon befcRiog for bread. He said that il 3,000 troopn hould land at Galveston and maich ihroiiih Texas they wonld be joinedby 10.000 raen before reauhing Suu Auto nio. Mr. Clnrk siid he had been surprised since coming North to huar that it had been reported that Govetnor Houston had given hip adherance to Becession. As his son in-luw, and the ona who tlosed his eyes in death, hu stigmalized thetn aw false. The old man was loytil tn the diy oí his death. He took a violent cold at the meeting held by the Union men to devise tneans to protect themselves, which finully settljd into pneumonía. About an hour before his death, he said, "Uhailie, have you an American flag?" On being answered in the affirmalive, "Bring it out," he said, "and npread it over me; I want to die under Ha glurious folds ' Among his last words ho said, ''I airi sorry that it m tha will of God that I eannut fee lh:it flag ft at ngain. Do you be faithful and true to it forever."


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