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Moral Of The Belknap Case

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The crisis carne when the ignofíint !qllier, coarse in hia tastes and blunt iü ús perceptions, fond of money and material enjoyment and of low company, was put in the Presidential chair. We )lame nobody for this, and nobody was blamable. The party did the best it could under the cireunistauces, but his real character as a civilian began to apaear very early in the administration. tt was fully revealed when he received ais second nomination, and on the day iie recieved it the Eepublican party assumed the responsibility for him and his followers whioh is to-day covering it with Lnfamy. We have been warnmg the readers of this journal for seven years that to this complexion it would come at last ; that the regime under which we were living was o coarse and Tenal that it must end in some tremendous catastrophe, that would cover ua with ahame and flll us with despair ; that the Southern "outrages" were but a blind, set up by the thieves to throw the pólice off the scent, and that the great enemies of freo government in the country were to be found, not in Louisiana and Mississippi, but in Washington ; and that the chorus of adultion and apology which was addressed every year by Kepublican editors and Republican conventions to the President were only hardening a somewhat obtuse and selñsh nature in courses and associations which were full of danger to the country. The mischief is, however, by no means irreparable. We have just one year more of this deplorable administration to bear with, and during that period we must. while pushing on the work of investigation and praying that the discovery of guilt may stop short of the highest place, possess our souls in patience. But it. is still in the power of the American peoplo to see j that the affliction does ot recur by electing a President whoso synipathies ! and associations connect him with the i best social life of the country, who ! longs to ite men of honor and intellect and morality, who is familiar with its best politica! usages and traditions, and who is 'either content with the fortune he has got or whose character has been tried by temptation and resisted it, and who has the courago which is needed to head a revolution. For revolution there must be. The reform of the army of 80:000 civil officers must come, and it must come in spite of the Camerons, and Mortons, and Conklings, and Boutwells, and Chandlers if the form of the


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