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Rev. Geo. W. Peppeb

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There was recently deliyered in Trinity M. E. churoh by the Rev. Geo. W. Pepper, of Wooster, O., an able diseourse on Ireland. In the course of his reniarks he said: I stand here on this sacred sabbath day as an apologist, the defender of the suffering and infamously oppressed Irish people. It has been asBerted that they are to far off, but our voices and prayers can travel shrough the wind and the waves and find a pathway in every Irish heart. Sprung from the same stock, redeemed by the eoelodb b samleiving in the same God, and candidates for the same immortality, am not these five millions reduced to starvation and driven to frenzy by the tyranical and brutal British government? Are they not, I inquire, entitled to our sympathy, consi deration, and active co-operation? I would to God that our words to-day might be so effective as to cause the young meu of Ireland to clasp their virgin blades like virgin brides to their hearts. Who in this Methodist American audience can think of Ireland without tears? Who can remember her poets, her orators, her philo3ophers, her statesmen, her soldiers, and her saints without wondering that a land once so bright and so mighty in intellect should now be a prostrate wreek? We owe much as Protestants to that unfortunate land. The first Methodist preacher in this country, Philip Emburv, the first Presbyterian minister, the first Episcopalian dean and the founder of the church to which the lamented Garfiild belonged, Alexander Campbell, were all from Ireland. In every struggle for the indepenence, unity, and preservation of this glorious Republic Catholic and Protestant Irishmen poured out their rich blood in torrents to strengthen the bonds and to perpetúate the country of Washington. As americans we love and abnost worship the memory of Robert Emmet. He had as much of the spirit of God as any mortal that ever lived. The sentiments of his immortal vindication have penetrated into every corner of America, and all Christian colleges and schools pronounce bis name in the same breath with that of Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln! And although for a hundred years the iron hoof of Britain has with devilish malignity tried to trample his principies into the earth, yet, glory be to God, his memory lives in the hearts of thousands and tens of thousands, and it is a proud eulogy on the character of the IrUh people that, despite all the vigilence, all the landlordism, all the hired soldiers, all the cruelty of England, the people of Ireland are more rebellious now than when young Emmet died on the scaffold. Among the first lectures I ever delivered was one in this city when for the first time I was your pastor. You received me with a generous enthusiasm. Since then I have revisited the sceues of my childhood. I have pressed the same flag stones with thrüling emotions which were walked over by Grattan, Curran, Tone, Burke, and Emmet. I have traveled extensively in the north and south of Ireland. Never in any land have I seen such pictures of natural scenery. Never did the pencil of the Almighty Artist appear so exquisite in its delineations as in that distressed and land-lord eursed country. It has beea asserted that the Irish people were murderous, turbulent, and lawless. I contradict the assertion and solemnly swear before the eternal throne of God that the real murderers in Ireland are the governing officers, the landlords, the spies, the soldiers, and the obscene brood of court hirelings. Where is there a nation so ground to earth as Ireland has been for centuries, so crushed by the Moloch of landlorism, that can show so etainiess a record as that people? For every tyrant executed by the oppressed one thousand of the poor have been exiled, starved, slain. If such a vile system of slavery existed in any other country on the earth the people would rise in their might and extermínate their oppressors. When Fox, one of England's greatest statesmen.was denouncing the slave trade, some one said, "Let us regúlate it." "Regúlate murders!" exclaimed Fox; "there is only one method - extermination." So let it be with Iiïsh landlordism. I am no fanciful enthusiast, but the solemn examiner of historical facts, and T have no hesitation in saying that Ireland will yet rise from her disasters and take her place among the representativo nations of the earth. My hopes stlll vastly preponderate over my fears. Thicker, thicker darkness may gather over Ireland, like the clouds round the summit of Sinai; but out of all the gloom shall come a voice - the voice of the Almighty - calling Ireland, like Moses, to come up to the Mount. We have been engaged in the newspaper business since 1867, and during our experience as a public journalist, we can truthfully say, that we have never been attacked. And the low-lived scoundrel who dares to say as the Journal iusinuates, is a liar and fraud. This Ruel is well known to the people of this community ; his man, Danzer (better known as Friday), the tramp and beggar, is still better known. His low remarks concerning the Germans of this county can not at this time be commented on. Prof. Fbothingham, the celebrated oculist, and proprietor of the Ann Abor Register, one of the best weekly papers in the state, was attacked in the Journal, an obscure Germán sheet published in this city, last week. Br. F. is a gentlemau ; Ruel is a newspaper fraud - his man Friday a bigger one. Take the two together and they would make a fine team for a scavenger wagon. Chbis. Kuel, the self-styled editor of the Journal, and his man Friday - Danzer - have been indulging in billingsgate though the columns of the above tlirty sheet. The editor of the Washtenaw Journnl had a scurrilous article in his last issue, intimating that a certain newspaper man in Ann Arbor was at once an atheist and an enemy of personal liberty. From the wording of the article and from other recent evidences of his mean and slanderous conduct we believe he refers to the proprietor of the Register. The latter is neither an atheist nor an enemy of personal liberty, and the miserable specimen of humanity who runs the Washtenaw Journal knew it when he made these false insinuations. He is actuated by disappointment because the ownèr of the Register would not accept him as a Batellite and take a pecuniary interest in his sickly and dirty paper. Finding that he could not possess himself of any of the hard earned cash that supports the Register, the grovelling sycophant has ceased his importúnate appeals for aid, and is seeking to make capital for himself by thus misrepresenting the proprietor of this paper to the few Germán readers of the Journal. He will flnd that it will require more capital than slander, and more sober hours than are devoted tohis sheet, to make a respectable paper. - Register. This is the way Prof. Frothingham proceeds to scald the infinitesimal that runs the new Germán paper, The Journal. It is well known that the proprietor, Ruel, has only 186 subscribers ; and in order to bolster up his sinking ship to créate sy mpathy for his weakly,ie attempts to pander to a certain element. It will not down. If Ruel thinks he can build up his sheet at the expense of the other county papers, we believe that he is very much mistaken. We beg pardon of our many readers for wasting so much valuable space on so small a Ihing as the infinitesimal. The New York republicans are attempting to harmonize and get back the 196,000 majority against them for Cleveland. The party machinery is entirely under the control of the stalwarts, and to get it out of their control is the wish and prayers of the half-breeds; to effect this thé editor of the Tribune proposes to go back to the original source of power - the people, and that in electing candidates for local offices and delegates to state conventions, every republican be permitted to cast a vote. It is almost certain that under the proposed method, the half-breeds would be left out, as usual, for the stalwarts are in a large majority. The half-breeds are aware of this, and the Tribune editor's scheme provides a safeguard by directing that no republican, in voting at a primary election, shall be required to pledge himself to vote for the ticket. The meaning of this is that ihe half-breeds and independents shall have the liberty of acting with the party till the nominations are made, and of then turning against it; of doing all they can to secure the nomination of their favorites, and, in case they are outnumbered, of defeating the ticket as an act of resentment. - Monroe Demoer al. The star-route trial is ürawing to a close. What the result will be no one can teil. We know, however, that the government has been punished to the extent of over half a million dollars in trying to place the alleged conspirators in the penitentiary. The jurors also know that they have been punished by nearly half a year's confinement in the jury box. And the public know that if it had not been for the si ar-route contractors, " who are now on trial for stealïng," Indiana would have ohosen Hanoock electora in 1880, and Arthur would not now be president. The star-route swindlers were a boon to the republican party three years ago, but now they are - well, we we will wait for the verdict of the jury to determine what they are. Perhaps that verdict will be " guilty, but not proven."- tacfoo Patriot. 3 kt Gould says he is a republican, and he might have added, a monopolist, protectionist and corruptionist. In 1872, when the management of the Erie railroad by him and his co-thief; Jim Fisk, was undergoing investigation by a committee of the New York legislature, he testified as to his politics, when asked oonceming the money he spent to aceomplish his purposes, as follows : " I do not remember how much I paid towards helping friendly men. We had four stateB to look after and we had to suit our politics to circumstances. In a democratie district, I was ademocrai; in a republican distri3t, I was a republican ; and in a doubtful district, I was doubtf ui ; but in every district and at all times I have always been an Erie man." Jay Gould is a fair specimen of the average republican monopolist. In last week's Register a paragraph appeared telling of " a lively row in the homoeopathic medical society, which recently convened at Lanning. The Register takes every opportunity to imagine a row among the homoeopaths, yet how oblivious it seems to the many disgraceful rows that take place in its own school. How it twisted, turned and performed the most grotesque somersaults in the late fiasco in lts own society at Kalamazoo over the attempted " vindication," Sas., and yet all was serene there. The fact is the homoeopathic society held an enth'usiastic and harmonious meeting, and the president's address was an exceedingly able and instructivo one. No " lively row " entered within its peacef ui habitations, and with the exception of a resignation or two, the society adjourned in peace and prospectivo harmony. The celebrated sale in Shelley's case involved a small amountof property compared with the amount affected by it; but the Illinois railway case, recently decided by the United States Supreme Court, perhaps excels all others in the proportion between the amount involved and the amount affected, which is estimated at $5,000,000,000 in railway stocks. The controversy was over two cents, the difference between eighteen cents, the leg il fare of three cents a mile, tendered, and the tweuty cents claimed by the road. Thus a matter of two cents settles principies affecting $5,000,000,000. Of the 186 papers sent to the post-oflBce by the publisher of the Journal each week, 96 papers are returned to Ruel in a bundie. It is a wonder that business men patronize the Infinitesimal, a sheet of 186 circulation.


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