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a land where strife shall cease, Where arms shall clash no more;
Where all is calm content and peace; Lord, bring us to that shore !
In the rough tent, in the wild tent,
In the marches by the way,
Be thou the soldier's comforter,
His strength, his staff, his stay.
About the graves of good men gone
Make thou the grass to shine; Our armies lead to victory on,
And make their victories thine.
In the rough tent, in the wild tent,
In the marches by the way,
Be thou the soldier's
His strength, his staff, his stay.
And when we've
done with life's events, When the dark shadows fall,
Help us, O Lord, to strike our tents For the last march of all.
To the sad tent, to the sick tent, To the dying tent, come down,
And gem the rough wood of the cross With the blossoms of the crown.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1,
THE CHICAGO CANDIDATE.
THE patriotism of the American
people rejected with such instant scorn and indignation the craven platform of
PENDLETON party that the
managers are now painfully struggling to separate the candidates from the
Convention and platform. So far as regards Mr.
PENDLETON this effort is
hopeless. He is as plainly and fully upon the record as Mr.
political philosophy as
precisely that of
JEFFERSON DAVIS. He is a
Union man of the school of
and of no other. No
" Union" capital can be made out of Mr.
GEORGE H. PENDLETON. He is
therefore passed by , and
letter is offered as "a
good enough" platform until after the election.
"My face is my fortune, Sir, she said." His letter is his platform, we are
told. That would have been a more plausible deception if the party
which is to support him had
not already declared what he
is to do. The representatives of that party from all parts of the country, and
fresh from their constituents, met at Chicago and deliberately proclaimed their
opinions and their policy ; and as the New York
Herald, the earliest
supporter of McCLELLAN,
truly says : "
The Copperheads are the law-makers of the
Democratic party"—if the meeting at
Chicago is to be allowed to usurp that name.
But the letter itself does not deny the assertion of the platform that the war
is a failure ; on the contrary, it substantially repeats it, by saying that we
derive no result from our victories. It does not reject the effort for an
immediate cessation of hostilities ; it says merely that when it shall be
probable, whether by means of such an effort or otherwise, that the rebels are
ready for peace upon the basis of the Union, then—they may return to their
obedience to the Government ? Not at all ; but that then we will proceed to
consider upon what terms they are to obey. Is not the Constitution enough ? If
so, why does he not say so ? Having taken up arms against the Government, are
the rebels to be bribed to lay them down by the promise of a change in
the Constitution ? That is to grant the success of the rebellion. It is the
surrender made at Chicago, and it is repeated in
vague phrases about "exhausting
all the resources of statesmanship."
No man who reads this letter but sees its juggling intention. It talks of " the
Union at all hazards," but so the Chicago platform declares Union to be " the
aim and object" of the party. But
what Union is meant ? Is it Union under the Constitution of the United
States, or the Montgomery Constitution?
HORATIO SEYMOUR says the last is the best. Senator
HUNTER, of Virginia, told a member of the Peace Congress in 1861 that all
the Northern States except New England would accept the Montgomery Constitution.
McCLELLAN knows perfectly well the intended policy of the men who are his
supporters, and they have purposely left this loop-hole in his letter.
But after this fine flourish about Union, what
does the letter end in? In the acceptance of the nomination offered by the
framers and supporters of the platform, and by falling into line with Mr.
GEORGE H. PENDLETON a frank
disunionist. To know the real significance of this campaign, therefore, and the
true position of the candidates, we are to ascertain the views and intentions of
The organ of McCLELLAN
in New York, which informs a sympathetic world that it " loves" him, says that
when he accepted the nomination he,
of course, accepted the platform.
VALLANDIGHAM paper, says that
McCLELLAN " stands on the platform erected by the Convention as far as it
goes, and adds another," which, "under his administration
would never be required for use."
Times, one of the most virulent submission sheets
in the country, says : "He
accepts the trust and with it all the conditions named."
Courier, which declares the war
infamous, unscrupulously advocates the election
VALLANDIGHAM says that while McCLELLAN
will adhere to the Union (Mr. V. himself proposes to divide it into quarters),
yet " he is committed to—and he is a gentleman, and will carry out every pledge
made—he is committed to resort to peaceable instrumentalities to accomplish that
purpose." Mr. V. made the Chicago platform, seconded the nomination of McCLELLAN,
has read his letter, and, as the Cincinnati
Enquirer says, will " cordially support and vote for McCLELLAN
FERNANDO WOOD, who, as Mayor of New York, regretted that he could not
send arms to the rebels to shoot loyal men with, says that he shall give all his
influence and weight to the election of
McCLELLAN, and that his letter declares for compromise.
BONE, of Pennsylvania, said, at Chicago, that " if they wanted the war to
go on, then they should support
LINCOLN." But he,
BONE, of Pennsylvania, as a peace man, was in favor of McCLELLAN.
of Pittsburg, remarked that " if Democrats catch LINCOLN'S
satrap spies among them they must cut their d
throats, that's all. It is the duty of every
American to vote for a peace candidate
and his miserable followers ! I should like to see the noble GEORGE B.
as President; and that great Democrat, HORATIO SEYMOUR,
should be Secretary of State." The " Capt.," we hope, enlarged upon " the
which suppresses free speech.
PERRINE, after some indecent remarks disparaging
LINCOLN and extolling
DAVIS, asked that " the people shall bow down to the will of the people,
and they have willed that
GEORGE B. McCLELLAN
shall be nominated and elected."
ISAIAH RYNDERS said : " We are one and all for peace my first choice
GEORGE B. McCLELLAN."
A Memphis " gentleman" gave his voice for
peace, and invoked the election of the
Mr. " Sunset" Cox declared " the war a failure," and supported McCLELLAN.
the President of the Chicago Convention, denies the right of the Government " to
coerce States ;" that is, to enforce the laws : and said in Wisconsin that the
Chicago candidate was the representative of the principles of those who
The resolutions of the State Conventions of the party during the year, as in
Maine, Kentucky, Illinois, and elsewhere, are all in the key of the Chicago
These are the men and the influences which went to Chicago, declared the war a
failure, called for submission to the rebellion, and nominated McCLELLAN
PENDLETON. These are the men upon whose support
McCLELLAN rely. Suppose that, alarmed by the popular wrath,
McCLELLAN strikes a fine attitude and shouts, " The Union at all
hazards!" is any honest man deceived? What says his party—what say his backers
and supporters ? " Wait till we elect our man," says shrewd old Amos
KENDALL, " and then we can do what we choose."
Is it to such men in such a crisis that the people of the United States are
likely to intrust their Government ? The letter of McCLELLAN
is merely a fool-hardy experiment upon the intelligence of the American people.
GENERAL SHERMAN ON "A CESSATION
IT is refreshing to
turn from the shame of the Chicago
confession of rebel invincibility and the duty of national submission to the
to the noble order of
congratulating his troops. It has the
manly ring of all his words and all his acts. It is modest, clear, vigorous, and
not without a glow of generous pride in the great achievements of his trained
soldiers. A brief history of the stupendous campaign, an honorable
recognition of the patience and skill of the enemy, a word of heart-felt honor
and sorrow for the fallen, naturally
culminate in an expression of the profoundest
faith in the grand old cause to which every true heart is devoted.
Let all faithful Americans who are not willing to see their nation humiliated
and ruined, and its Government overthrown by the arms or the arts of rebels,
compare the following passages from General
order and from
platform, for whose
candidates our votes are asked. The McCLELLAN-PENDLETON
resolution says :
does explicitly declare as the sense of the American people that after four
years of failure to
restore the Union by the experiment of war. . . .immediate
efforts be made for a cessation of hostilities."
Hear now a declaration of the sense.
of the American soldier :
completed the grand task which had been assigned
us by our Government, and your General
peats his personal and
official thanks to all
and men composing this army, for the indomitable courage
and perseverance which alone could give success. We have beaten the enemy on
every ground he has chosen, and have wrested from him his own Gate City, where
were located his foundries, arsenals, and work-shops, deemed secure on account
of their distance from our base, and the seemingly impregnable obstacles
intervening. Nothing is impossible to an army like this, determined to vindicate
which has rights
wherever our flag has once floated, and is resolved to maintain them at any and
Upon the first platform stand
VALLANDIGHAM and the
WOODS, FRANKLIN PIERCE and
HORATIO SEYMOUR. Upon the last stand
PORTER. With which of these, American citizens, are the honor, dignity,
and peace of the nation most secure?
MAJOR-GENERAL GEORGE H. PENDLETON B. McCLELLAN.
the candidate of " an immediate cessation of hostilities" and " peaceable
methods" with rebels who defy the Government,
and slaughter and torture loyal citizens and soldiers, stands arm-in-arm upon
Platform with Mr. GEORGE H. PENDLETON.
If you vote for the one you vote for the other. It is the same figure with two
faces. The one turned North is called GEORGE B.
The one turned South is called GEORGE H. GEORGE
B., in a military coat, says, " The Union at all hazards." GEORGE
H., in the whitest of
white cravats, and the whitest of white
feathers in his button-hole, weeps, " If they must
leave the family mansion I would bid them fare well so tenderly that they would
forever be touched
by the recollection of it." GEORGE
B., in the military coat, shouts still, not daring to amplify, " The Union at
all hazards !" GEORGE
H., with the CALHOUN
starch in his cravat, asks,
Sir, what force of arms can compel a State to refrain from doing that which her
State Government, supported by the sentiment of her people, is determined to
persist in doing?"
" The Union at all hazards !" shouts the
GEORGE B., looking heroically for six months
into the mouths of
Quaker guns. " No, no, no," votes the civil GEORGE H. against
all the bills to support by arms the authority of the Government. At
GEORGE B. gives
LEE a day to draw off his army from destruction. In Washington
GEORGE H. votes that it is not the duty of the people to overcome the
rebellion, and that the seceding
States should be allowed to go with assurances of distinguished consideration.
Which is it ? Who is it ? What is it ? If a man votes for the Chicago nominees
does he really believe that he is voting against the rebellion? Which side of
the candidates does he vote for ? In the universal confusion he can be perfectly
sure of one thing only, and that is, that he is voting exactly as JEFF DAVIS and
the rebels wish him to vote. " Hurrah for McCLELLAN and PENDLETON !" shouted an
estimable " Conservative" voter, whose wits were bewildered either with wine or
with the hopeless Chicago fog. "I mean for McCLELLAN and PENDLENTON! No, that
ain't it. Hurrah, I say, for McCLELLAN and PENDELTON !" The poor fellow got
further from the mark at every attempt, until he finally gave it up in despair,
exclaiming, " Oh! d—n such a mixed up mess ! Hurrah for JEFF DAVIS !"
THE SIMPLE QUESTION.
IF lanterns voted and rockets argued—if shouts carried an election, and a New
York crowd in
Union Square were the American people at the ballot-box, Mr.
PENDLETON and General McCLELLAN ought to be contented. Possibly the illumination
of the meeting in Union Square a week since may have been bright enough to be
visible at several miles distance.
But dazzling as it was, we can assure our friends outside the city that
it did not obscure in the least the plain question before the country.
There are but two candidates and two platforms. Every voter will support one or
the other. Every man who wishes the unconditional maintenance of the Government
will vote for LINCOLN and JOHNSON ; while all who have no faith in the right or
the power of the Government to sustain itself—all who think that the "
Confederacy" should be recognized—all who hold that a State is " sovereign," and
may coerce the National Government and the other States, but must not itself be
"coerced"—all who intend that the national debt shall be repudiated—all who
believe that the war is and ought to be a failure, and that there should be an
immediate cessation of hostilities, will vote for McCLELLAN and PENDLETON.
We do not say that some citizens who honestly mean the absolute maintenance of
the Government will not vote for PENDLETON and McCLELLAN—but in what company
will they find themselves?
The hope of the McCLELLAN-PENDLETON managers is to carry the State of New York
by securing the Chicago candidates an immense majority in the, city. That they
will have a majority here nobody doubts. But does any body doubt that the same
city would cast a , heavy majority tomorrow to make peace on
JEFFERSON DAVIS'S terms ? Can the majority of such a city be considered a Union
majority? Can the candidates who will unquestionably receive it be considered in
good faith Union candidates, especially when one of them frankly says that the
Government has no right to maintain itself by force, and that if we can not
conciliate the rebels we must "let let the seceding States depart in peace ?"
All the colored lanterns in the country, all the denunciation of the President
of the United States as a bloody monster, a usurper, an ape, a joker, and a
buffoon, can not blind the common sense of the American people to the issue.
FOREWARNED IS FOREARMED.
AT the late McCLELLAN meeting in the city of New York, Mr. RANKIN, of
Philadelphia, formerly President of the Keystone Club, said that
"If Mr. LINCOLN remained in office under the plea of
military necessity, when ' Little MAC' was legally elected
the next President, the people must use force to install
him their chief magistrate."
Mr. W. J. ROSE said
" That if any unfair means were used by the Administration
to hold power under any plea but justice, then the
people must show their might and power in enforcing their
Governor PARKER said that the speech of
Mr. SEWARD at Auburn
" Conveyed a threat that, in case Mr. LINCOLN should
be defeated at the polls, he would resort to the means generally
adopted by despots, and endeavor to perpetuate his
reign by the force of the bayonet."
Mr. JOHN KELLY said :
" Let no soldiers stand in the way of the people at the
ballot-box. It was done once before—let it not be done
Mr. John M 'KEON said :
" These men are determined to exercise their rights at
the ballot-box, and will the Administration dare to bring
military power to bear upon you ?"
Mr. A. OAKEY HALL said :
" There is yet a more dangerous kind of tactics which
our opponents hold in reserve. It is that which theorizes
with bayonets and dogmatizes with bullets, and we have
that to fear in the elections."
Judge COMSTOCK said :
" The usurper now has his heel upon the free suffrages
of the people ; yet if the people be defrauded by military
intervention at the polls, the people must and will take
GEORGE B. M'CLELLAN in their arms, and carry him to
From whom does this kind of talk come ? From the supporters of the only party
members of which have ever resisted by force the result of a constitutional
election. From the late political allies and the present apologists of JEFFERSON
DAVIS and the rebels.
For what purpose is it used? To give occasion for resistance to the result of
the election if the Government shall take measures to prevent fraud at the
' These fiery and foolish orators should remember
that their late friends the rebels at the South,
and themselves at the North, tried to carry the last Presidential election by
the same kind of threats. They menaced the people with civil war then if they
did not submit to the dictation of Davis and YANCEY and TOOMBS, and allow
BRECKINRIDGE to be elected; and the people of every free State in the land
spurned them and their threats.
They believe these people to be now thoroughly cowed and craven, and utterly
whipped in by Davis and his crew, and so they crack the whip once more, and
threaten fire and slaughter if McCLELLAN is not elected. Well, do Vermont and
Maine seem to be very much terrified ? and do the gentlemen suppose that threats
which could not intimidate a people actually rusty with peace and ignorant of
war, are likely to appall the same
people when for four years they have been trained to war and are still in
arms ? These orators will discover, as the rebels are fast learning, that the
people of the United States do not intend to be Mexicanized ; and that
politicians merely betray the frantic desperation of their cause when they
conduct a Presidential canvass by bloody threats instead of arguments.
"A SOURCE OF FEAR AND
MR. AUGUST BELMONT, Chairman of the National "Democratic" Committee—the
gentleman at whose house, as was
publicly stated in the newspapers at the time, an Englishman was allowed
to wear a rebel badge without reproof from the host—a gentleman of such
uncertain loyalty that there was long and serious opposition to placing
his name upon the Committee of the
Metropolitan Sanitary Fair, and a gentleman known as an especial partisan of
General McCLELLAN—said at the last meeting in Union Square, as reported in the
papers, " that the nomination of General McCLELLAN [and of
course his companion PENDLETON] was a source
of fear and dread to the Southern leaders."
Let us see if it is.
McCLELLAN and PENDLETON are the candidates of the party which calls itself
"Democratic." The nomination of McCLELLAN was
seconded by Mr. VALLANDIGHAM, who has been the faithful friend of the
rebels, and the steady apologist of the rebellion. Every man who has(Next