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lious barons, and uttered in glowing language that has como down to us from the ages long ago, and is still sounding in our ears as the sweetest note ever sounded from the clarion of freedom. Listen, Senators, to its music, as it sounded strong, and without overflowing,' full in the ears of a tyrant king: 'No freeman shall be seized or imprisoned, or disseized, or outlawed, or in any way destroyed, nor will we go upon him, or send upon him, except by the judgment of his peers, or the law of the land! Our fathers caught the inspired strain, and it was prolonged in that sonorous sentence I have quoted above from our own Constitution."
Since Mr. Wall left the Senate, he has not been idle. He has been connected editorially with three daily Democratic journals, furnishing the chief editorial matter for all
HON. ROBERT ELLIOTT.
ON. ROBERT ELLIOTT, one of the political pris.
oners of 1861, is a citizen of Freedom, Waldo County, Maine. He is a gentleman in independent circumstances, and about fifty years of age. Having entered into the mercantile business in the town of Freedom, nearly thirty years ago, he readily acquired a competency by his energy and industry, and there continues to own and superintenu an extensive stock in trade. By his intelligence and integrity, he has made himself very popular, particularly in his own town, where he has for the past twenty years continued to fill the most important offices. His elections by the people, have always been by large majorities, and not unfrequently by an unanimous vote. He at one time represented his district in the Legislature, and was also a member of the Gov. ernor's Council.
In the latter part of the night of September 7, 1861, Mr. Elliott was aroused from his slumbers, at his residence in Freedom, by Chas. Clark, who was acting as Marshal for the State of Maine. The Marshal, after gaining admittance into the house, was quickly followed by ten or twelve men who bad hitherto been invisible, having secreted themselves in the out-buildings, and under the fences, until their peculiar services were required. Not one of these men, it is proper to mention, resided in Waldo County. Mr. Elliott, thus surprised and surrounded at the hour of midnight, was ordered to dress and prepare himself to accompany Clark and his men ; receiving no other explanation of his untimely arrest, than that it was done by authority of a despatch from Siroon Cameron, Lincoln's Secretary of War. And long before his friende and neighbors had begun to break the stillness of the
morning, Mr. Elliott was far on his way to Fort Latayette, i prisoner in the hands of his Government. Thus seized and carried away from his home, his family, and his friends, he was thrown into prison, where he remained nearly two months, without any charge having been preferred against lim. Being unable to subsist on the rations furnished him liere by the Government, because of their umwholesome nature, he united with other prisoners, and had suitable provisions furnished from New York, at their own expense.
From this noted Bastile he was conveyed to Fort Warren, and confined there one week. He was then unconditionally discharged on the 7th of November of the same year, without receiving intelligence from any official source, why the sanctity of his home had been invaded, and his personal liberty violated. Close confinement and its attendant horrors of impure atmosphere, and, for a portion of the time, unwholesome diet, made serious inroads upon his health and strength, but failed to weaken his fidelity and adherence to Democratic principles, or to diminish his sense of the wrong and injury which had been inflicted upon him.
During this vile and wicked persecution of his person for his political opinions, the Republican press of the country, under sanction of the Government at Washington, was filled with incendiary articles, false and libellous in their nature, calculated and intended to excite the prejudices and illfeelings of the mob, not only against him, but other similar victims of political cruelty. And who can question the right of the masses to practise mob law, when Government officials lead the way, and establish the rule that might is right?
How successful they were in their teachings, can be further „een in the destruction of Elliott's property by hireliugs, desperate characters, and Government spies. During the wight of August 16, 1863, his two barns, at the time well filled with hay, were fired, and the wind blowing in the proper direction, the flames were communicated to his dwelling. house and other buildings, including a large amount of proporty, all of which were entirely destroyed The loss which
ne sustained was very heavy, as only a small portion of the property was insured. He then built a large barn, at great expense, on the same site, and stored away in it more than a hundred tons of hay. But before the workmen had more than half completed the task of pressing it, and while Elliott was in Boston to arrange for the sale of it, in the night of December 31, 1866, the barn was set on fire, and it, together with the hay, hay-press, and other property of value, entirely consumed. His loss, at this second fire, was also great, only about one-third of the property destroyed being covered by insurance. There can be no doubt that this diabolical treatment of Elliott, in his person and property, was nothing more or less than politicul persecution.
REV. ROBERT DOUGLAS.
THE subject of this sketch, was one of eight brothers, dış
tinguished for their height, their erectness, their handsome personal appearance, and their manliness. The smallest of this fraternal band, was six feet one and a half inches tall - the largest, six feet four inches. Born in the northern part of Ireland, but of immediate Scotch descent, they were in physical stature and bearing the very type of the historic family of “ Black Douglas,” to which they belonged, and in their uncompromising spirit they seemingly embodied much of that courage and independence which kept the hills of Scotland so long free, and to whose keeping, in the person of James Douglas, Robert Bruce bequeathed his heart in trust.
Robert Douglas was tall and stately, with dark complexion, black hair, brilliant "ark hazel eyes, and a mouth denoting firmness of purpose ; which, added to the dignity of his car. riage, made up the measure of a very handsome man. In his boyhood he was conspicuous for his swiftness of foot, for daring horsemanship, and for various kinds of manly accomplishments. In the northern part of Ireland, a ditch which was the scene of a fearful leap by him when a school-boy, still bears his name. Robert, full of the spirit of adventure, left home at the early age of sixteen, and parting from his father and mother, and brothers, he determined to seek that fortune and freedom in America which the oppression of England denies the youth of Ireland. Reared in comfort by a father of respectable means, and cared for fondly by an affec. tionate mother, his natural independence and self-reliance had been nurtured and not smothered, and it must have been strong indeed when it impelled him to abandon the home he