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Maine And The Republican Party

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Now that we can fairly get at the facts in Aluin! we uiay set ourselves to regard oonscientiouel y the causes, extuut and lessons ot' the Republican defeat. Souie deduction is to be made tor the fatal over-confidence and neglect of the Republican managers, but after eveiy allowanco is made they cannot deuy or diminisb the immense signiiicance of the event. Is it to be accouuted for simply by the preference of soine tbousands of the the voters of Maine for one platform to another i We agree with ourcontemporary, the Times, which of late has been envisaging the prospects of its party with a courage and iïaukness thiit the party's managers have lacked, that the Greenback disease is no longer confined to the West - in other word8, that no section of the Union has a monopoly of unrest, distress and visionnry uuthusiasm - -but there is not reason enough furnished here for the change of beart in thousands of men of principie, education and strong party attachment8. Even granting the coincidönce of hard times (which always ti-11 against the party in power) and of the greenback craze, and the reason is not sufficient, especially when we consider the panic that this single blow has wrought in the Kepublican party everywhere, and the indifference or cougratulation with which men view the prospect of the disappearance of that party from the field of national politics. Is it not more rational to conolude that the nation has passed sentence uponi the Republican party and declared that as it bas nothing better to offer than a bugaboo about Southern claims it should be cut off as a cumberer of the ground 'i It is only oighteen months sinco Mr. Huyes was inaugurated, and with hiin a policy of Southern couciliation, and the fírst issue that the Republican party raises in a campaign where the controi of.Oongress and the Presidency in 1880 are at stake is that of the Southern claims. If we look at the other wing of the Republican party we find Robesou, Carpenter, Chandler, Logan and the Whisky Ring all coming to the front, and an indefinito revival of Grantism offered the peoplb as their only salvatiou ! When this is all that the Republicans can offer the country, is it anv wonder that tho people of egun rise and slay Mr. Mitchell, and the peopie of Maine revolt and make an end of Messrs. Blaine, Hamlin and Haloi' Whether this is the end of the Eepublican party we shall be better able to teil after the October electione, when Iowa and Ohio are tested, the ono a strong Eepublican State, the other debatable ground. There is one signifioant point our Eepublican frieuds overlook - that of late yeara when the Deinocrats capture a State they keep it, and when the Eepublican powor is at all shaken it is never restored. In Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, everywhere in the South that the Democriicy has regained control, the Ktpublican party has tanished like a bursting bubble. Since the Eepublican party in Missouri was broken by the liberal movoment of 1870 it has failud, till now, within eight weeks of election day, it luis not made one nomiuation for Congre88 while holding four of thirtei'u seats. Indiana was wrested trom Morton in 1876 and the Eopublicans have no hope of regaining it. Up to 1873 only once in twenty-one years had Ohio goue Deuiooratic, and in Presidential years it was Eepublican by from .'4,000 to 64,000 ; in 1874 and 1873 the Deinocrats carried it; in 1870 Hayos barely sa ved himself ; in 1877 the Democrats entered the citadel, and in 1878 thu Eepublicans are only going through the motions of a State canvass. ïhero was Pennsylvania, which in 1872 gave Grant 136,000 msjority. The tidalwade shook it, and though Hartranft and Hayes squeezed through, it carne over last year and this year will elect a Democratie Governor. There is Illinois, where Grant's candidature eacu time secured a majority of ovor 50,000 ; the Eepublican uiajority in 1876 was a little ovor 2,000. Michigan's majority has shrunk from 60,000 to 10,000 New York is a recognized Democratie State. What further evidence is needed to show that the Eepublican party has exhausted itselt' '( It ran upon the torce of an idea for some years. When thut impulse was lost and its mission was accompliBhed it retained itself in power by inertia, force, fraud and prtjudice. Once bereft of power it has no active principie, no recuperativo forcé, no plausible or decent exouse for existing. -N. Y. World. - At Charlotte September 16, Claud Knowles.ll yoars oíd, fell fifty feet from a tree which he had climbed to catch a squirrel. He broke his thigh twice, tore the fli'sh from his jaw and sustained other very seriousi njuiies.


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