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Hark From The Tombs

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Day
1
Month
May
Year
1874
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Public Domain
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Froin the tomb of the Credit Mubilier swindler the doleful voice of the once gushing and frolicksome Colfax again speaketh. A delegation of Indiana " statesmen" have been to the sepulchre, under the impulse of a noble but siightly irrational loyalty, entreating the sheeted figure to come forth and run for Uongress. The sheeted figure, however, declines to come. He declines in a communication, which, while proving that the grave in no essential respect changes the identity of politicians, also proves that the capacity lor cant and cheap piety is not of necessity shuffled off with the mortal coil. In a tone that must have awakened lively reeollections of the happy past, when the saintly Schuyler exhorted Suriday schools, impelled the temperance car, and graciously smiled upon enterprising ïailroad speculators, he, the ethereal, says, after refusing to recross the Styx for any possible Congressional honors : " I have found, too, that the truest happiness in life is in being out of office, and master of one's own time and movementa. And, therefore, no possible inducement or contingency, that I can either imagine or foresee, could tempt me to desire a return to Congressional life, with what are so well known to be its caros aud toils, its injustice and falsifications, its envyings and all uncharitableness." As to the possibility of calling up spirits from the vasty deep, we have until now been sceptical. From this time forth, however, . are we spiritists. There can be no mistake about this communication. The rhetoric is that of our late Vice-President, and the sentiment also. Even as we knew him to be dead we are now convinced of his veritable existence in another and higher sphere. Who but he could have recalled " the falsifications, the envyings and the uncharitableness" of the Oakes Ames legislators ? There are no lips but his that could have dropped without contortion so impressivo and lofty a sentiment as this: " I have faithfully striven to serve my country with such industry, fidelity and integrity as to have a conscience void of offense toward God or man." We almost weep when we reflect that this great soul shall no more be seen in the halls of Washington. Our tears are only restrained by recalling his beautiful life and remembering that his examplo will be for all future time a lamp to the anibitious youth who may feel iuspired to serve their kindby forwarding with their right hand the cause of religión while frugally gathering with their left the spoils of the ungodly. m

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Old News
Michigan Argus