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Getting Hot For Them

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" A man might as well be in hell 'f out a. fan, as a Republican Oabinet Min ister with a Democratie Honse ;" lately , remarked that distiuguifihed theologian, ( the Hon. Zack Chandler, Secretary of the Interior; The figure is Stroflg, bnt ' it has the mèrit of suggesting forcibly the '. actual situation of those members of the Oabinet who now stand close by the fires of retribution. With. a Republican House they liad no need of fans. They could keep as cool as their impudenee, and rake in their piles with steady hauds, f earing no Congressional warning. No investigating committee asked them impertinent questions ; and if soine imprudent newspaper, or some audacious Democratie Bepreseniative put a disagreeable complexion on their acts, their i Republican retinue in the House either coughed it down and held their hunds uplif ted at the idea of such impious irreverenee, or if forced to make formal inquiry into administrativo performances, the majority could safely be relied on to stop questioning just short of the bottom facts. They knew how to mix the thickest sort of whitewash, and to cover up any cracks beginning to appear in Oabinet reputations. Grant, Delano, WiLliams, Bobeson, Oreswell, Kichardson, and all their chums and cronies, could always retire from these judicious investigation with serene souls and the ■white8t of coate. Then the Republican party as a whole would daub on another layer of whitewash, and cry out to the people, " Did you ever see such a clean and sweet lot of fellows ? There is no mud on thom. They don't need any fans. They are not in the pit. They are on the cool highlands of patriotisin, and the zephyrs do the fanning for them." But whitewash is a poor coccealer of cracks and rottenness. It is liable to be rubbed off, and experienced eyea, knowing why it was applied, oasily detect the dirty and broken places it thinly covers. A sound reputation needs no whitewash, and that the people of the country understood. So they turned out the whitowashers, kicked over the pail, and threw the brush out of the window of the Oapitol, in which they 'put men whoso office it was to discover, not to cover up, the rotten spots. The new House of Representatives has been in session only about three months, and yet that has been long enough for them to display Grantism as it is, and to destroy all its hopes of perpetuating itself in the Government. It has made it as impossible f or any candidato for the Presidency who favcrred or flattered or used or protected Grantism to be elected, as for Grant himself to get a nomination for the third terna. Kurely this is a good hundred day's work. There never was a better done ia the Capítol. But it is only begun, this work of purification and exposure. The colleagnes of Zack Chandler may well bewail the evü day when their fraud failed longer to deceive the country. Not only are their chances . of making more money gone, but whal they have taken burns in their pockets, and its clinking is discovering the thieves. Meantime a pall rests over the Grant society oi Washington. It is in truth a season of fasting for them. We hear ef Grant's despondency becaose Marsh told and was not hanged rather than allowed to squeal ; because brother Orvil was compelled to utter bis arüess tale of jobs put up at the White House by fraternal affection ; because Kilbourne will have to teil all about that Washington ring pool in whieh Grant and the valiant Prince Fred were among the confederates. The outlook upon the world seems very black just now to the occupant of the White House. He cries out against the ingratitude of repubh'cs and the impertinent interference of the people with their rulers, as if when a man gave up certain "emoluments" to become President and risk tlie being turned out at the end of four years, he should not be permitted to use the office for nis pleasure and benefit, and as a reward for bis services. Zack Chandler is right. The situation of a Grant Cabinet Minister just now is a hard one. He stands in slippery places. His house is built on the sand, and there is a whirlwind blowing about Washington. But better that the whole city should be blown down than that its houses should be used to hide the spoils


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