Albert Lea Freeborn County Standard, May 18, 1871

Albert Lea Freeborn County Standard

May 18, 1871

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Albert Lea Freeborn County Standard (Newspaper) - May 18, 1871, Albert Lea, Minnesota FREEIW l-fUttSHSD Per Tear, In Advance, ___ n or ADVEBTISINO inr inch inch inch inch iach col. eol. 2.50i 8.25 4.00 4.oO 0.50 1.60 3.50 4.50 S.30J 2.50 8.50 5.00 5.50 4.50 6.00 7.00 10.00 6.00 8.50 9.00 16.00 10.00 18.00 15.00 20.00 -V25I 7.00114.' 8.50 25.00 00 00 22.00 SC.OO 50.00 30.00 90.00 The following, in addition to the above, be strictly adhered to: Professional cards of five lines or less be inserted at per year estra for e.ncli additional liuu. Local notices, teu- cents i per line for the first insertion, aud five cents per line for each additional insertion none taken umler fifty cents. Editorial notices, inserted by request, with a view to advertising business, fifteen cents per line. Heligious and charitable_ notices, also of marriages and deaths, wilLbo in- ported without charge, Legal and Government advertisements will be charged at 7-3 cents per square for first insertion, nnd per square for ndilitionitl insertion. Attorneys ordering in legal advertise- ments nre regarded fis accountable for the game, unless there is an agreement to charge same to another party. Transient Advertisements must be paid for in advance legal, when the affidavit of publication la given aud all others quar- terly. JIgents. A. ATTORNEY" AT LAW, Land Collecting Agent, Albert Lea> Minn. Office iu Union Block over the brug Store of Wedge Blackiner. ITas a complete, and the only, abstract of title to all lands in Freeborn County. Abstracts furnished and certified to as required by law; and titles perfectedjapen reasonable terms. S j----- JM'gainst jpi're! OLD, RELIABLE COMPANIES, REPKESKNTED AT ALBERT LEA. BY and Departures Albert Lea. Arri Tills Departs daily At 12 9 r. u. of Malls nt Arrives daily at al 12 s daily WKOTKHS. at 3 F.M. Arrives daily SOUTinCRK. Albert Lea and Forest City Wednesday nnd Saturday at A. M. Ar- rives Tuesday and Friday ut 6 M. AlbertLeaand Sat- urday at 12 M. Departs Puturdny at 1 r. M. NORTH WEST KItN. Albert Lea and Mon- day, Wednesday nnd Friday at r. u. Arrives Name days at A. M. Albert Lea nnd Satur- day osed by this time to be dead. He was nany years State senator before the war, s about seventy years old, and a moderate Icpublican. VLtt held no office. Now, what was the trouble with this venerable man This was his only rime, I presiime, that ha was a Union man, and was a member of the party which has been the salvation of the Union. If he had been an ex-rebel. with the spirit of rebellion still alive iu iis bosom, he would have been sate. 3ad he been a member of the Demo- ratio party, he would have been lad he been a Ku Klux, he would been safe. On the other hand, he was undoubtedly disposed to yield to he new order of things about him, to accept the new civilization which, us an event of the war, had set in about him, 3e was at least disposed to aqeept the ituation, build up again the industries if the South, and treat the coloro'd man as really and truly enfranchised. He was inclined to be a reasonable man and a Joyal citizen. 'This Kukluxism is doubly fearful be- oause of its thoroughly organized char- >cter. It is most completely organized. it has its signs, its watqlmords, its laws, and its oaths, a! I disclosing the hellish designs anil purposes fur 'which it has a >e'ing. I have read tlj'e oath of the or- ganization. It' is as follows You solemnly s'wear, in the presence of Almighty G-od, that will nov.er- reveal he name of the person who initiated you that you wip ngver wsvoal iR riow ibout to come to 'your1 knowledge and that rou are not now at. member >Red String Ojtfer, Union League, ol America, 'Grand Army of tbe Rep'uljUc, or my other organization whose aim' and ,in- ention is to destroy the rights of the, qr of of the-gjeople, elevate the negro t'o d political equal- ty with yourself i'-tai that'yoniare op. to all such pyjaeinjos. you You further Wear before Almighty God 'be taji tto tlie principles of t his brotherhood meniber and that you will netor revjsal any or tho get into it. And, sir, it is a rcmaikable coincidence that while the men of J North Carolina in the Democratic and there are many of them, and I intend io do them all honor, aye, more than honor, I come to them, by name, for hjiving the courage in tbe midst of such ail organ- ization to stand up and denounce this wing of their is a significant fact that a large iving of the Democratic party in these Ku Klux KJant> ID Carolina had necessarily to be soldiers of the rebel army in order to enable tuem to enter the por- tals of the secret, mystic ring! We are asked if the proposed law will do any good or be effective. I do not doubt on thih point. Tho cx-robcls have once felt the power of the Gov- ernment. Let them again be assured that it will protect the citizen and in.iko secure the rights which belong to him, protect him in his life, liberty, anu property, and they will at luast be less bold in their career of blood. They will, indeed, begin to respect the Gov- ernment. If the United States cannot protect every citizen in die full enjoy- ment of all tho.se rights, privileges, and immunities which are guaranteed to us by the Federal Constitution, then is the Governtiignt a failure. Some here have contended thnt our protection must conic from the State in the which we chance to reside. The old hateful doctrine of State rights is here urged, and we are told that the Federal Government has nothing to do in behalf of the citizen, unless, indeed, the State authorities call for aid. These narrow views are repugnant to me. Our national life is involved in crisiscs such as this. Shall not a power coextensive with, this life be invoked? Do we not instinctively turn to the Government for protection The honorable gentle- man from New York [Mr. 13 H. Rob- j yesterday eloquently illustrated this point. He said .EveryAmerican citizen turns instinct- ively to that power which was ordained to establish justice, insure domestic trnn- quitity, and secure the blessings of liber- ty." They look to Congress to provide for the common defense nnd general wel- fare of the United This is a na- tion, nnd in no nook or cranny of its do- main is there a spot where the national tegis does not cover the humblest of its cit- izens. So much is guarnntied-in the clause of the Constitution that "no State shall abridge the privileges or immunities of cit- izens of the United and statutes may rightfully so provide, and may be en- forced by every proper means. The pres- ent violence is directly aimed to brtak down not only national law, but the re- cent, amendments to tho national Constitu- tion. May we create citizens and not pro- tect them? Does (he Constitution enfran- chise a race, only to consign it hopelessly to wrong and outrage and In seeking for power to protect the citizen in these rights sv.hieh.'are secured to him by the Constitution, we must study the spirit as well as the ivords of that instrument. These great distinct- ive rights which arc enumerated in the Constitution ought to be made secure to us under the, Constitution in which they are named. By what other view can we deem our liberties safe The gentleman fromMassaehusettsfMr.Hoar in his remarks upon bill, very prop- erly asked, Where are the liberties of the people safe, if not with sentiment of the people We, the people, do ordain the people of the Republic, people whom we here in Congress represent. They ordain, and they must protect. I have nit designed to discuss the constitutional hearing of this bill nblcr men on this floor have already demon-" strated to my mind that authority for thislegislatiqn exists in the Constitution. It wps, supposed the fourteenth amend- ment ma'de doubly certain all the rights set forth in the Constitution. The closing article provides that Congress shall have power, by appropriate legis- to enforce the provisions of the amendment. It was this provision of this amendment which the espocinl opposition of the Democratic party in Congress and in all'tho'State Legislatures. They ad- mitted there that it gave the power which we now claim for it. It may well bo asked, as it has been during this de- bate, what would be appropriate legisla- tion, if this be not saoh eitizonuhip has but little worth, if th7n law cannot be passed How idle tny declaration, "I nm an American if all the rights which are seemingly made part and parcel of iny possession as sucli a citizen uiay be at the mercy of assassins, and the Government not have power to pro- tect me I do not wish to be told thnt. I must look to my State for protection. The Government claims my allegiance, and my life when it is in danger why should it not protect me in these rights, for that life way be eiven up? Lifu, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness these are the rights which the Federal Constitution has guaranteed to every citizen. When we take this view of the cage, we give dignity and character to our ciitzenship it becomes national Such rights as these are the true end of government. Vattcl on the Law of Nations says: The end or object of civil society is to jrocurcfor the citizens whatever thcj stand In nted of for the necessities, tlie conven- x-iices, the accommodations of life, and in ;enerul whatever constitutes happiness. ,Mlh the peaceful ol property, a ncthod of obtaining justice with security, and, finally, a mutual defence tigaiust external violence, It is just these beneficent ends of government, for the protection of which we aak this law. This law is asked fu he protection of every class of cituens. We demand it not pimply for the black man, but for the t'niun men of the South, and even for the ex-rebels who would now yield obedience to the Gov- ernment. A civil government inakos the sulj- exhibition of beneficence when it lifts up and makes safe the humblest citizen when it throws around him it-- strong arm and to bids him put forth nnd enjoy the fruits of his best endeav- ors. Security in life and property must be relied on by the citizen, or his citi- zenship gives no occasion for boasting: Xothing can so n'fafcpj' tlie life of a gov- ernment as even to seem io neglect its citi- No higher duly can exist thiiii to protect tliera. The honorable gentleman from York [Mr. Wood] said to this side of the House that we must retrace our j feteps. Was it an error in the Eepubli- can party that it put fiirth all its power I to put down rebellion? lie can nut mean that this act was wrong, and must be retrac-ed. The sanie p-irty has se- cured the adoption of the thirteenth, the fourteenth, and the fifteenth amead- ments Would he have these amend- ments declared null and void, and reopen the mighty questions settled by their adoption Will he dare recommend to the Democratic party the adoption of a platform for the next presidential cam- paign which shall pronounce against amendments If such shall b1 the watch-word of that party, it will learn that the American people have had enough of war that they demand peace, and will not sustain a party that Mick> to uphold rlisorderaml lawlessness Too fresh- are the which the great rebellion made, to permit the peo- ple to be deceived The triumph of the Democratic party in New Hanip- hhire finds no echo in Conuecticut or elsewhere it was but accidental That party will yet learn lhat revolutions do not go backward. The black man has been freed and enfranchised. The.se great acts have been consummated. They are steps which cannot be retraced and will not be. .No party will darn proclaim such a policy. It is a matter of profound regret that the present reign of terror in the South attacked. It tuny iave been, crufel in the President; but, in my opinion, "the country will not call it au act of disloy- alty. When a President shall afck Congress to give him powpr to protect lift; tys and property in any and every sec-. tion of the Jand whon in jooprady} he- but the popular heart. The men who fight this grant of pnwcr, though they talk ever learnedly about the- ConstifTitirn, will fail to cak-h the sym- pathy of the people. The law-abiding do not fear fttring.'nt lnws ic ia the Jaw- less who 'iquirni The higher civiliza-. tion to which we have believed our tato- war would lead us, if true to should have all the support that legte- ion can give. I mean, of course, all jroper constitutional legislation. ear can play no good part in dictating such legislation. The bold, though prur dent, man will best lead thr> way. The Republican members of the 3ouse will premit me to express my profoundest thanks to the honorable geiv- leuian from Ohio. [Mr. hairman of the committee >ill. for liis untirinz and effective ef- forts in bringing it before the House and the country. His eloquent appeals have not been in vain. His voice lira been clear; personal prejudices and eiik- bitions have not marie it husky. Let hiswoice be that of the Rr publican'psr- fy. and it will add to its history many a page of siiccessi'iil legislation in promo- tion of law, good g -vcrnment,

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