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The Outrages In The South

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The New York JSvening Post (Kepublican) has the following to say of the troubles in the Southern States : We have no doubt that the existing disorders are due to political hatred, but what evidenoe is there that they are beyond the control of the local authorities, or that they will eudanger fair elections. The witnesaes are such men as Governor Kellogg, Marshal Packard, Senators Spencerand Patterson, and Representativo Hays, all of whoin are notoriously holding offices without a shadow of right, and who as notoriously abuse the authority which they have usurped. Many witnesses, fully as worthy of belief as Kellogg, contradict his account of the origin of the troubles in Louisiana. In South Carolina one of the Federal judges has spoken emphatically against the course of Patterson, who aims to strengthen the fortunes of Moses and his associates by frightening the voters. Alabama and Arkansas and Texas and Tennessee are afflicted with "patriots" equally anxious about their personal prospects. They see in every robbery a desperate plot to ruin their party, and in every ïnurder an attempt to reduce the nuinber of their constituents. We want more trustworthy testimony ; we decline to accept the evidence as conclusivo upón a point of such vital interest to the witnesses themsolves. We would uot be misundersteod. Shocking deeds have been committed in the Southern States, but there is no war of races and there oannot be, unless the Pattersons, and Kelloggs, and ClaytonB, and SpenceTs, are able to goad the nogroes on to fight for their unworthy political masters. Outrages are committed which undor respectable State governments, would justly bring upon the perpetrators the highest penalty of the law. But these outrages should not be allowed to possess the significance which some persons attach to them. Let us repeat that, by a few words promptly and decisively spoken, the President may do niuch to iestore order and insure fair eleotions. These words should be to the effect that the looal officers ought to be able to maintain the peace, and that, without indubitable evidence of an organized effort to intimídate voters, no military force will be used in behalf of any political party as against (any other. The recent instance of Vicksburg furnishes a sound precedent. The President by now, as then, doing his whole duty, may put an end to this so-cailed " war of races " as oonclusively and as satisfactorily as ne did to the war of the rebellion.


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Michigan Argus