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THE IMPENDING CRISIS.



3SrXJ3VEBEI^ OIsTE.



SOUTHERN REBEL THREATS!



il^hother Civil War Imminent !



Seymour and Blair Pledged to Repudiation !



czTi2ii:srs, FxtzEr^Ds of the VSTIOM',

RZSAD ABr3» REFLECT !



The object of this publication is to
)r'esent in a form at once convenient
m<l eifective for campaign use, a triith-
"nl exposition of the real purposes and
nolicy of the Rebel-Democratic party,
IS declared by its leading public speak-
M's and papers. Regarding the j^resent
'ampaign as an imjiending political
■risis, involving the results of the late
,var and the perpetuity of the Federal
[Jnion, it is intended to make use of
ivery honorable means to achieve the
;uccess of the Union Republican cause,
IS the only way whereby to preserve
[\\ace and its attendant blessings.

Fellow Citizens! That you may
:>o kept fully informed as to the inten-
ions of the Southern wing of the Reb-
'1-Democratic party, which was so re-
'ently arrayed in arms for the over-
throw of the Union, (and which now
controls the National policy of the
Democratic party,) and whose leading
spirits dictated the Tammany Hall plat-
bnn and the nomination of Seymour
md Blair, the sayings and threats of
:,hese men are spread before you, that



you may read and judge for yourselves
what is your duty in the pending con-
test.

Friends of the Union and of Re-
publican Freedom! The combat
deepens! We are in the thick of a
desperate struggle, but we can see
through and beyond it. A few weeks
more of resolute eflbrt will usher in a
long biTght season of tranquility and
safety. We must not be beaten. The
patriot blood of Union Men, ])oured
out like water on a hundred bloody
fields, cries aloud to us to press on to
the glorious consummation for which
so much has been sacrificed. The elec-
tion of Grant and Colfax secures the
ascendancy of Liberty, Justice and
Peace ; it is the Appomattox of our
civil conflict ; it insures that ours shall
be henceforth a land of Equal Rights
and Equal Laws; it makes our recent
history coherent and logical ; it dem-
onstrates that the discomfiture of the
Rebellion was no blunder and no acci-
dent, but the triumph' of principle, and
an added proof that God reigns.



DEMOCRATIC-REBEJL THKEATS
AND MUXTEBINGS.

The revolutionary threats commenced
by Fkank Blair, in his letter bidding
for the nomination at Tammany Hall,
have given courage to the Rebels North
and South, and since the Convention
adjourned the air has become impreg-
nated with bombast and sulphur. These
men now threaten violence and forcible
resistance to legal authority — provided
the coming election does not result
favorably to Seymour and Blair —
with all the coolness and impudence of
Mexican revolutionists, or unwhipped
slave-driving Rebels. This is in keep-
ing with the conduct of the Southern
Democrats, who, in 1859-60, boldly
proclaimed that unless the then pend-
ing Presidential election resulted in ac-
cordance with their Welshes, they would
set the National authority at defiance
and erect a Southern Republic. Now,
Northern Democrats strike hands with
Southern Rebels, and alike indulge in
similar menaces, threatening that if the
Republicans carry the election they will
repudiate the Legislative branch of the
Government, tear to pieces with the
bayonet the Reconstruction Acts, drive
from the Capitol all JNIembers of Con-
gress who are objectionable to them,
and assuming the reigns of Govern-
ment, conduct National affairs gener-
ally in accordance with their own views
and wishes.

Fellow Citizens ! Are you willing
to see our country again plunged into
the horrors of a civil war? A war
compared with which the one wliere-
from we have just emerged will appear
as a mere pastime ?

Mothers and Sisters ! wdiose sons
and brothers, slaughtered by Rebel
bullets, lie mouldering in Southern
graves, entreat your husbands and
brothers to vote against a party whose
teachings have already deprived you
of those you held dear, and who now
pledge unrepentant Rebels their aid in
renewing the fratricidal strife.

V^oters ! read ^yhat these Rebels
and their abettors threaten, and then
gird on your armor in support of the
Republican ticket. Blair, in his letter



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to his friend Broade(ead, bidding for
the Tammany Hall nomination, said :

"There is but one way to restore the Gov ■
ernment and the Constitution, and that is,
for the Premdent elect [Seymour] to declare
the Ik'constructton Acts null and rmd, compel
the Army to undo ita usurpations at the South,
disperse the carpet-bag State Governments, al-
low (he White people to reorganize their oun
gorei-nments, and elect Senato7-s and Bepresev-
tatireii. The House of Rejiresentatives will
contain a majority of Democrats from the
North, and they will admit the Ee])resen-
tatives elected by the White people of the
South ; aud, with the co-operation of the
President, it will not be difficult to compel
the Senate to submit. * * i repeat that
this is the real aud only question that
should be allowed to control us. * * *
" Frank P. Blair."

Blair's letter is short, sharp and de-
cisive. He would haA^e the President
put down by force all that has been
gained by subduing the rebellion, and
he would exact a pledge to pursue this
course, from the candidate, as a test
of fitness. Acting on this hint, his
rebel friend in the Convention, Wade
Hampton, says he compelled the Com-
mittee on Resolutions to insert in the
platform the following :

" And we declare that the Reconstruction Act's
of Congress are revolution-ary, unconstitutional
and void."

When this clause of the platform
was read in the Convention it was re-
ceived with vociferous cheering, and
cries of " read it again ! " which was
done ; and when Wade Hampton re-
turned to South Carolina he made a
speech in Charleston, in which he said :

" Having thus pledged themselves, I feel
assured that when the Democratic party
come to triumph, they will show us a rem-
edy for our misfortunes in their owu good
time, for which I am jierfectly willing to
wait."

In his letter accepting the nomina-
tion, Mr. Sey]mour endorses fully all
that Blair has said, and all that
Hampton claims. He says in that
letter :

" You have also given me a copy of the
resolutions put forth by the Convention,
showing its position upon all the great
que^stious which now agitate the country.
As the presiding officer of that Convention,
I am familiar with their scope and import.
As oue of its members, I am a party to



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^THEIR TERMS. ThEY ARE IN ACCORD WITH

MY viEYTS, and I stand upon them in the
^^ contest upon which we are now entering,

. and I 6HALI, STRIVE TO CARRY THEM OUT in
future WHEREVER I MAY BE PLACED IN PO-
LITICAL OR PRIVATE LIFE."

> In plain words, Mr. Seymour pledges
^ liimself, if elected, to declare the meas-
ures enacted by the present Congress
unconstitutional, to destroy the State
Governments organized under them,
and to employ the military in re-estab-
lishing the system which existed at the
close of the war ; and with the concur-
rence of a Democratic House of Rep-
resentatives, he virtually promises to
secure the expulsion of Members elect-
ed on the reconstruction basis; the
- ousting of Senators by military force,
and the admission in their places of
others elected under the Blair pro-
gramme. So elated are the late Rebels
at the prospect, that in a speech at St.
Louis, (the home of Feank Blair,)
Charles Gibson, one of the orators,
exposed what is probably the plot.
He said:

"Mr. Blair, in his letter, tells us that if
he be elected Fresideyit of the United States, or
become Fresideyit, [A voice, 'Vice President']
— ivell, if he is elected Vice President, he may
become rresident — he tells you that if he becomes
President of the United States, that he ex-
pects these unconstitutional governments
in the South, begotten of the sword, to
vanish from the halls of the nation, and
he tells you that if, in the exercise of his
constitutional powers, it becomes necessary,
he will use the necessary measures to remove
tliem out of those halls." [A voice — " He's
right!" and cheers.]

The Vicksburg Tunes, %vith the Sky-
MOUR and Blair ticket at its head,

says :

" Objection is made down this way to the
endorsement of the Blair letter by a few
timid people, on the score of prudence, and
yet it Avas this identical letter of Frank
Blair to his friend. Col. Broadhead, that
secured the Missoiu'i hero the nomination
for Vice President. We^vant just such ammu-
nition as Frank Blair uses."

This is the cheerful programme to
wdiich Horatio Seymour has pledged
himself. It is a pledge to anarchy, to
revolution; and to this, men of New
York, you give your aid and counte-
nance by voting any part of the Dem-



ocratic ticket. Forewarned is fore-
armed.

Blair was an officer in the United
States army during the war, but hf
has exchanged his principles and his
uniform, and now wears the Confeder-
ate (jrai/ instead of tlie Union blue.



DEITIOCRACY AND RK BELL, I ON

THE SAME TMING.

Soldiers who fought to save the
Union, read the following from the
Louisville Journal., w^hich carries th(^
Seymour and Blair flag at its edito-
rial head:

" The Republican party has especially
commended itself to the detestation of the
South, by its wholesale persecutions of
Southern men, and now lias the eflrontcry
to pique itself upon the fact that Thomas,
Sheridan and Meade, who have grown fat
off its indulgencies, are its friends; while
Lee, Hampton and Forrest, whom it lins
striven to destroy, are its enemies. Nwi
are we embarrassed to know that Lee,
Hampton and Forrest desire the election of
Seymour. We rejoice to know that they
are with us. We rejoice to recognize theiri
as brave men, able men, honest men. We
rejoice to meet them once more as our fellow
citizens; and as fellowship and citizenship
imply the most perfect equality, we should
despise our pretentions to Democratic prin-
ciples if we should ask for ourselves anglit
we do not freely concede to them. What
sort of republicanism is that Avhich would
honor Gen'ls Sheridan, Thomas and Meade,
and degrade Gen'ls Forrest and Hampton f
Forrest is as good a man as Sheridan. No
one will pretend to say that Hampton i.s
inferior in talent, virtues or accomplisli-
ments, to Thomas. When General Hamp-
ton was at the head of his legion, and
General Forrest was in his saddle, they
levied an honest and vigorous war against
the United States. They fought splendidly
and skillfully. And to say that eitlu r of
them might have entered the United States
Senate the day after, if the people saw fit
to elect them, is our sort of Democracy.
Hampton, Forrest and Lee are accessions
to the Democratic party. They are like
mile posts along the Democratic highway.
We are proud of them; and we present
them with confidence to the people of the
North, and we say, ' Here are our trophies.' ''

Forrest, the butcher, who is thus
lauded and placed above the Generals
of the Union araiy, is the same For-
rest who massacred the loyal soldiers
who were forced to surrender at Fort



Pillow, and who is now making stump
speeches for SEYMOUKand Blaie, calls
upon his old foUowere to be prepared
for another crusade whenever he shall
*' toot his liorn," — assuring them that
in this ncAv crusade he would give " no
quarter."

It is quite probable that before the
close of the campaign, this butcher
will be invited North to speak for the
Democratic ticket. It might be pleas-
ant for the scarred and maimed veterans
of New York to hear this eminent
murderer " toot his horn " for Seymour
and Blair. It would can-y them back
to Fort Pillow, where scores of loyal
men were massacred by his order, and
would induce them to doubt the genu-
ineness of that Democracy which has
mich au advocate. By all means, let
Forrest "toot his honi" hereaway.

The unrepentant feeling and thirst
for revenge of the Southern Rebels,
can be seen by the following speech of
IIowETX Cobb, of Georgia, he says:

" The Reconstruction Acts are null and
void, and shall not stnnd. * * * The giiu-
uing skeletons which have been set up in
our midst as k'gislators, shall be ousted by
I"^ank Blair, whom our party has expressly
appointed for that purpose. * * * Come
one and all, and let us snatch the old [Con-
federate] banner from the dust, give it
again to the breeze, and, if needs be, to
the God of battles, and strike one more
honest blow for constitutional liberty. *
* * * The doors are wide open — wide
enough, broad enough to receive every
white man in Georgia, unless you should
discover him coming to you creeping and
crawling under the Chicago Platform. Up-
on them there should be no mercy. They
have dishonored themselveS and sought to
dishonor you. Anathematize them. Drive
them from the pale of social and political
society. Oh, heaven ! for some blistering-
words, that I may write infamy upon the
foreheads of these men, that they may
travel through earth despised of all men,
and rejected of heaven, scorned by the
Devil himself. They may seek their final
congenial resting place under the mudsills
of the anoient institution."

The Meridian (Miss.) Jlercwn/, with
the Seymour and Blair colors at the
head of its columns, in a flaming ar-
ticle in their behalf, says :

"With the skull and cross-bones of the
'lost cause' before ns, we will swear that
this is a White Man's Government. We



must make the negro understand that we
are the men we were when we had him in
abject bondage, and make him feel that
when forbearance ceases to be a virtue, he
has aroused a power that will control hini
or destroy him."

Albert Pike, of the Memphis Ap-
peal, at one time a Rebel general, and
who enlisted Indians for the purpose as
he then proclaimed, of " scalping every

d d Yankee," and who after great

bluster and small performance came
sneaking Northward, seeking atten-
tion and in some instances receiving
ovations from Northern Democrats,
counsels thus:

" Young men, it is for you to bring l)ack
those golden days. The South is our land ;
tlie North is a foreign and hostile realm.
Stand at the altar of your country. Swear
eternal hatred of its oppressors. Sweiir
that the day shall come when the Susque-
hanna and Ohio shall be like rivers of tire,
as they are now rivers of blood, between
your native land and that of the Northern
Huns, which no man shall attempt to cross
and live. * * * * Wq do not love and
will not pretend to love that Union, though
we have agreed to obey the laws of the
conqueror. We hope to see the South in-
dependent before we die ; and if Jacobin-
ism is to become supreme in the North, we
wish there could be an imjiassable wall or
a gulf of lire between it and our Southern
States. The day will come Avhen the South
will be independent."

John Forsyth, a leading Rebel — a
prominent member of the Democratic
National Committee, and Editor of the
Mobile Advertiser — while vigorously
supporting Seymour and Blair, writes
thuij:

"Now if civil war comes out of this con-
flict of political forces, the white men of
the South will not be worsted. * * * *
And here we may as well say that the peo-
\)l(i of the South do not intend to submit,
result as the Presidential election may."

The Mobile Tribune, which flies the
rebel flag and supports the Seymour
and Blair ticket, says :

"We must Irealc uj) the loyal Imgves, and
to do this it is only necessary that the ne-
groes should be properly instructed. Point
out to the negroes the way they should go.
Tell them that the radicals in the Legisla-
ture are the veriest scum thrown up by the
boiling cauldron of the late revolutionary
war ; that they are a gang of political vag-
abonds o]i the prowl for plunder, and they



-will surely aid in drivwg the unprincipled
leretches from the State."

There was a State Democratic Con-
vention at Atlanta, Ga., on the 24th
of July. It Avas composed of the iin-
i-econstructed Rebels of the State, v\dth
Toombs, Cobb and General Hiix as
leaders. Their speeches ran over Avith
treasonable threats, like the following,
which is the reported speech of one
Kamsey, of Columbus :

'• We have aroused in our luigbt once
more, under the leadership of Seymour and
Blair. Georgia has passed through a fiery
ordeal. Some of her children, during the
war she Avas compelled to -wage, deserted
her and .ioined her enemies. Let them be like
Arnold, forever accursed. We have seen our
soldiers fall, our cities in flames, our citi-
zens toni from thoir peaceful homes. We
looked ujion it unmoved and unblanehed.
But we can bear it no longer. Wcicill now.
at all hazards, recover our lost liberties, and
restore the State. We are in the midst of
a great revolution, which may end peace-
fully at the ballot-box ; but if not, then
the true men of the South will rally once
more around their now folded banner, and
twill try the issue at the cartridge-box. [Loud
and enthusiastic applause.] Remember
the ancestors from whom you sprung.
Tho'e are men in the North who are now truli/
Kith you, and who will, iti such a conflict, if
necessary, lead your battulione. We did not
make the other war. It was forced upon
us. We 6imj)ly stood for the rights for
which our fathers bled ! And we will stand
there again, come peace or war. [Loud
applause.] "

A Mr. Willi AMSox, of Shreveport,
lia., said at a New Orleans Democratic
gathering, a fcAv nights since :

" I believe we will carry our candidates,
as firmly as I believe there is a throne of
God. But even if defeat should fall upon
us, be not discouraged; the time will come
when we shall redeem the country. Let no
man leave his native State — let us leave
our bones in Louisiana, and if these scala-
wags and carpet-baggers remain, let's hunt
tliemfrom the country!"

Mr. Williamson speaks for his party.
He has observed the proceedings of the
New York Democratic Convention.
He has read the platform it put forth.
The Democracy have declared that the
Reconstruction acts of Congress are
*' revolutionary, unconstitutional and
void." Their candidate for the Vice
Presidency announces thut if its ticket



is successful, the govemmcnts fonncvl
under those laws will be disbanded by
force. And General ^VADE Hamiton,
author of the platfu-m, says he has a
Confederate flag, laid away after tlie
downfall of Columbia in 1865, whicli
he proposes to unfurl in triumph after
the election of the l>LAiit and Seymouij
ticket, l^et the Blaiu and Seymour
ticket be successful, and loyal men Avill
be driven from their homes. Loyal
Governments overtln-OAvn and super-
seded by combinations of traitors. The
debt of the Government repudiated,
and that of the Confederacy revived
and enforced for the behoof of credit-
ors. A Avar upon property, and the
A'irtual if not actual reA'ival of Slavery
as a political institution. Such is the
entertainment to Avhich the Democratic
party iuA-ites the country — such the
picture of the future, Avhich it paints
for those avIio have been faithful to tlie
Constitution and the LaAvs. Let such
as doubt that orator Williamson spoke
by the book, read again the letter of
Fkank Blair to Colonel Beoadiieaj).
The Pine ]?luff (Arkansas) Vhuli-
cator, a staunch supporter of Sea'siour
and Blair, says :

" We are now in the building from wliicli
fluttered the first Confederate flag in Ar-
kansas. The glory of that day has departed
outwardly. Changes have been wrought,
but the memory of that morning when ayo
unfurled the Stars and Bars, in honor of
Arkansas defending her honor by seceding,
will never die. Not even the ra\'ages made
by the despoiler's hand can eradicate one
glorious remembrance of the past. We
live as of yore, and though chained and
down-trodden liy fanatics, knoAv the time
is fast approaching when right and justice
will sing a requiem over the graA'e of Rad-
ical wrong."

The New Orleans Crescent, after de-
A^eloping the Blair project, and con-
sidering the possibility that it may not
succeed, boldly rushes into the anns of
the revolutionists by declaring it the
duty of the South to rule or ruin. " We
ought at least," says this echo of l)at-
tle, " to do what Ave can to lighten our
yoke by making it an equal despotism
for North and South alike. One more
trial for State riglits and Constitutional
liberty ! "



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Alluding to the Blair threat, in his
letter to 13roadhead, the Vicksburg
Herald says :

"Here is the easy solntion of all these
troubles. We clalui that we have these
rights secured to us by every law. Then
let us execute them, and if we are pre-
vented, let the onus rest on those who
interfere. In other words, we owe it to
ourselves to demand our rights and en-
deavor to exercise them, otherwise they
will never he forced upon us. It is the
duty of the people of Mississippi to seat
themselves square upon their rights at
once."

After reading these and similar de-
clarations, can any one doubt for a
moment, that the late action of the
Democratic party has virtually placed
the rebellion upon its legs again, re-
vived the drooping hopes of the van-
quished, who will seek if successful at
the polls, to recover the " lost cause " ?
Clearly this is what the leaders of the
Southern wing of the party, at least,
understand by the adoption of the rev-
olutionary platform and the nomination
of Blair, who assures his confidential
friends that " if elected Vice President,
he shall surely succeed to the Presi-
dency within a year, and that then the
South will be restored to its lost rights^

Fellow Citizens ! These threats by
unreconstructed Rebels mean Revolu-
tion, and are endorsed by the Albany
Argus, the Buffalo Courier and the
New York World, clearly showing that
the Democratic party is a Revolution-
ary party, and that the election of
Seymour and Blair would precipitate
another rebellion at the South. This
is the plain truth, unless current Dem-
ocratic utterances both oral and written
are mere wind and bluster. What, for
instance, does the folloAving, from a re-
cent editorial in the New York World,
mean, unless it means Revolution ? It
eaid :

" When the Democratic party has elected
the next President, it will be manifest to
everybody that the uegro [present state]
govenunents cannot be permanent. If the
Senate and the Southern negroes shall then
yield to the will of the country, we shall
liave immediate tranquility. But if they
choose to make a factious opposition, the
Southern whitos mil probably cut the gordian
knot Without waiting for a change in the Senate



to have it untied. If the negro governments
should suddenly collapse, a Democratic ad-
ministration will not interpose to resusci-
tate them, and the local authority will
easily revert into the hands of the whites.
If there should be a deviation from the usual
forms, it will be because the Senate and the
negroes refuse to comply with the will of
the majovity, as expressed in the Presiden-
tial election."


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