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The Blow At The Press

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The Cincinnati Commercial, apeaking of the bill to gag the press which the ConkIing8, Carpenters and Chandlers drove through the Senate the other day, says : The irapudent pretense that the people and the press need to be cared for, revised and restricted by government, is a rlinisy audacity. If there is any fault in the press greater than another it is the faiiure to speak in all faithfulness of the iniquities in high places. The half has not been told of the corruption in and around Congress. If complaint must be made of the press, it should be about the sins of omission. The conceited and rlabby-headed creaturos of the iáenate are as dull as jackasses, or they would know that the press will scoff at their law, and defy and deride them, and teil the truth of them more and more, disagreeable as it may be. There has for some time been upparent a disposition amoug the corruptionists in Washington to attempt to check the natural growth and iudependence of the press. This has beou pressed in bilis discriminating against the large concerns, ml the Matt. Carpenter and Ben. Butler bill is prepared with the same general purpose. If the bill should pass the House, of course the President would sign it, for he is so bull-headed as to thiuk all criticism of the administration is personal to hiinself, and that all reference to his movements that are not in the nature of songs of praise are abusive. It is nothing new for bull-headed and blatherskites and public jobbers to be troubled about the press. We suppose they must still be troubled. They require tenfold the attention heretofore bestowed upon them. Here is what the Cincinnati Enquirer says of the bill : Stripped of its verbiage, this bill means that the rascáis in Congress and the District of Columbia want the privilege of 8uing offending newspapers for libel, and compelling them to stand trial before the corrupt judges whom they control in the District. If an article appears in a public journal, in any part of the country, not pleasing to thieves in Washington, the correspondent or agent of the paper can be served with a process and the publishere dragged before the rascally tribunals of the District of Columbia to answer. Such a law would afford the ucoundrels of Washington, who fear no power but the press, the faoilities to embarrass and intimidate every responsible publisher in the land. It is infamous in its character and design, and fully shows the inclination and determination of the plunderers who infest the national capital. We doubt very much whethter such a measure can be pushed through the House, though there is an interest of rascrlity in Washington strong enough to move heaven and earth. The frieuds of a wit, expressing some surprise that, with his age, and fondness lor the bottle, he should have thought it worth while to marry : "A wife was neces8ary," he said ; " they begin to say to me that I drank too much for a single man." At flrst class weddings in l'gyyt, it is the correct thlng to fliug gold noin upon the heads of the visitors. In this country, rhe visitor has only to look abont him awhile at a wedding, to perceive that he is not in Egypt.


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