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Plain Questions and Answers for the Campaign.

Q. Is there a Political Party in our country in arms^for the destruction of
the Union %

A. Yes. There is such a party.

Q. What party is guilty of this ten-ible crime ?

A. The democratic party that desires George B. McClellan for President.

Q. Hpw is this proven %

A. The democratic party is the only political party that ever existed in the
rebellious States. The Republican Union party never had any existence in
that section. Had there been such a party there, there would now have been
no rebellion, filling our land with grief.

Q. Is the democratic party of the rebellious States the same democratic
party that is working for McClellan's election ?

A. Yes. The same. The democratic party at the South desires the per-
petuity of slavery over the entire continent, and the establishment of an
aristocracy that shall rule the people, and the democratic party of the North
desire the same thing. The democrats South and the democrats North both
did all in their power to keep the present government of the Union out of
authority, and democrats both South and North ai'c to-day doing all they can
to destroy that government. The Southern democrats by force of arms, the
Northern democrats by dissension.

Q. Does McClellan favor such actions %

A. Yes. His friends are now working as strongly to break down the present
government of the Union as Ihpy worked to keep it out of office.

Q. What elfect on the rebellion would McClellan's election have ?

A. Better for the rebels than a new army of one hundred thousand men well

Q. How does this appear ?

A. First, because the party that supports McClellan is in favor of giving
the rebels all they ask, and would do all in their power to this end ; and,
second, because the rebels would hail such election as an evidence that the
loyal States were divided in sentiment, knowing that such dissensions would
weaken us, and thereby make it easier for them to overthrow the government
and conquer a peace from us to their advantage and to our ruin.

Q. Where are the promiuent men whom McClellan's friends supported in
the last presidential election %

A. Many of them are in arms for the destruction of the Union — armed
rebels, as Breckenridge and company.

Q. Has McClellan's supporters condemned such treason in their friends ?

A. No. The Chicago Democratic Convention blamed the people of the loyal \

States for not yielding all that the rebellious South demanded; that is, for
not giving the traitors of the South the pei-petual control of the government.
They said not one word against the rebels.

Q. What is the inference to be drawn from McClellan's former political
association with Southern democrats, (such as Davis, Beauregard, Twiggs,
Benjamin, &c., now in arms against the Union), and his acceptance of the
nomination by the democratic party of the North ]

A. There can be no inference but this, viz : that he and they are in hearty
sympathy with the rebels, and would prefer to have them succeed in their
wicked designs rather than that the Union should be saved by the present
government, whose continuance in ofiice he and thej^ so bitterly oppose.

Q. Who censures the government for its efforts to defend itself against
armed treason ?

A. McClellan's friends and partisans.

Q. What is to be inferred from such unpatriotic conduct on their part 1

A. Plainly that they, McClellau and his supporters, sympathize with the
rebels, and think they ought not to be hurt in person or property.

Q. Who calls this wicked rebellion merely a bit of " irregular opposition V

A. McClellan's supporters, in fact all the leaders of the northern "PIECE"

Q. Who advocates McClellan's election ?

A. Every man in sympathy with Jeff. Davis, every man that believes in
slavery — every man who would repudiate the national debt — every man that
justifies the barbarous treatment the rebels have bestowed on our wounded
men and prisoners, in fact, all who favor Eebellion and oppose the govern-
ment of the Union.

Q. Has a single rebel newspaper, or a single rebel leader, or a single rebel
sympathizer, said one word in favor of Lincoln 1

A. Not one. They all hate him with a never-dying hate.

Q. What does this prove 1

A. That they know no favors can be expected from him. That he is in
favor of crushing out their unholy rebellion, and of coercing them into sub-
mission to the laws of the Union, as Old Hickory would have done.

Q. Have any of the rebel papers or leaders, or their sympathizers, said one
word against the friends of McClellan 1

A. Not one word. Their soldiers shout kd at his nomination.

Q. What does this show ?

A. Simply that they, (the rebels) look on the northern Peace Democracy
as old and well-tried friends, whom they can rely on in time of need.

Q. Yf hat papers and orators are now advocating the cause of McClellan ?

A. The sauie that have always sided with the rebel States ; the same that
think treason should go unpunished ; that traitors are as good as loyal men.

Q. What does that show ?

A. That these papers and orators consider McClellan to be the best man
for the rebels ; that his election will aid the rebellion.

Q. What party was in power at Washington when the rebellion began in
South Carolina?

A. The democratic party, of which McClellan was and is a leading member.

Q. Did that party do anything to put down the rebellion in its early stages?

A. No. The leaders of that party did all they could to give it strength.

Q. How is this made clear ?

A. The democratic party had control of all the arms and other material of

war belonging to the United States, and tbey sent nearly all to the South for
the purpose of strengthening the South and weakening the ISTorth.

Q. Has the democratic party, as a party, given any evidence, since that
time, that they regretted such strengthening of the South 1

A. None whatever.

Q. What is the natural inferences to be drawn from such acts %

A. Nothing, but that they think the rebellious States ought to have been
armed for the destruction of the Union, and they doubtless think so still, or
they would censure those States for their wicked acts.

Q. Has any prominent democrat gone from the North to the South since
the rebellion began anS taken up arms against the Union ]

A. Yes, many. Two democratic oiUce holders from this city, Lovell and
Smith, also Colonel Dunham, from Brooklyn. One has been defeated by the
Union troops at Corinth, fighting against the old flag.

Q. Did the democratic party condemn the treason of Lovell, Smith and
Dunham ?

A. Never, so far as has been made public.

Q. What is the reason for their silence ?

A. Plainly, that they think they did right.

Q. Can that party be trusted with the management of public affau'S in this
terrible crisis %

A. No, certainly not. That party would patch up a disgraceful peace with
the rebels by giving them all they demand, and compel us of the loyal States
to pay all the expense the South has incurred during the rebellion.

Q. Which is the party, and who is the man to be in authority in these try-
ing times %

A. The Eepublican Union party and Abraham Lincoln.

Q. Why should this party and this man be preferred to the democratic
party and McClellan %

A. Because the former are in favor of obedience to the laws, in favor of
upholding the Constitution, of preserving the Union, and of crushing out the
rebellion, while the others are in favor of slavery, in favor of secession, in
favor of rebellion, in sympathy with treason, and recreant to the genius of our
free institutions, and therefore they are not to be trusted.

Q. Is the McClellan " Piece " Democracy in favor of fraud and robbery ?

A. Yes, judged by their newspapers and speakers.

Q. What is the proof of this ?

A. When the rebel cruiser "Tallahassee" decoyed an emigrant ship with
the " old flag," and robbed the poor emigrants of their luggage, the Northern
democratic papers and leading men spoke of the act as " smart " and " justi

Q. Is the McClellan democratic party in favor of an American monied
aristocracy, that desires to keep the poor emigrant from finding a home in
America ?

A. Yes. Mayor Gunther (a McClellan pro-slavery democrat) of New
York, (whose father came here a poor German, and now become rich off the
labor of other poor emigrants), the Treasurer of the McClellan Minute
Men's Association, uses his official position against emigration to America.

Q. Is the McClellan slave-holding democracy really an aristocratic party,
opposed to political equality among men, including even white citizens ?

A. It is thus aristocratic, as proved by its opposing, in every instance,
the proposition advocated by the Union Lincoln party, to allow the common

soldier and sailor the right to vote while in service. The McClellan
Peace Democracy would let the officers of the army and navy go home to
vote, but would not allow the honest private soldier, who could not go home,
the right to vote in camp. It also opposed, by the vote of its Congressmen,
the giving to soldiers the confiscated lands of Southern rebels. The Union
party passed that Bill in spite of Democratic votes. The Democratic party


Q. Is the McClellan Peace Democracy a cowardly party ?

A. Yes. They are advocating an armistice, while the rebels are in arms,
for the destruction of the Union, and when they are about used up.

Q. What would follow an armistice ?

A. The Union armies would have to leave the rebel States and give up all
that our brave soldiers have so dearly won, and thus give back to the slave-
driving rebels all the forts, arsenals, &c., that they originally stole, and which
we have wrested from them by Northern pluck, founded on Law, Liberty
and Justice. No White Feather policy in front of an almost subdued

Q. Is the McClellan Slave-breeding Peace Democracy in favor of dissolving
the Union under any circumstances ?

A. Yes. Their papers, like the New York World, Express, Albany Argus
and others, their speakers, such as Fernando Wood, James Brooks, Burr,
Seymour, Vallandigham, Pendleton and company, advocate cutting off the
New England States, then to form a confederacy of the Norib-western States
and then add the Middle States to the present rebellious States, and guarantee
on the part of the two last, the return of all fugitive slaves, and the rights of
the slaveholders to carry with them and keep their slaves wherever they may
go. This must not be allowed. There must be but one nation on this
Northern part of the American continent, and that must he of a FREE

Q. What is the only proper mode to prevent the robbing of poor emigrants
on shipboard, after decoying them by the old flag ?

A. By voting for Lincoln and the UNION. PARTY.

Q. How shall we restore the OLD UNION, and keep it one and UNDI-

A. By voting for Lincoln and the Union party.

Q. How shall we break up the aristocratic designs of the party that opposes
the right of poor emigrants to come to this country 1

A, By voting for the party that aids the poor emigrant in getting to
this country, the party that advocates FREEDOM, of which those
working poor men, LINCOLN and JOHNSON, are the candidates.

The McClellan Pro- slavery, Democratic, Peace at any Price Party must
not be allowed to divide the Union, to perpetuate and extend human slaveiy
to prevent the poor emigrant from finding a home in this laud of Liberty.

To prevent these wrongs, to avert these crimes against Liberty, against
Justice, and equalitv, we must vote for LINCOLN & JOHNSON. STAND

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