Imágenes de páginas

the gladdened eyes of the lovers of liberty and Republican institutions. The doubtful are convinced, the hopeful assured, and the confident are elated ; that, notwithstanding the outside pressure of a gigantic civil war, and a factious and fierce opposition from within, the great experiment of a constitutional Government, based on universal suffrage, has not failed. Clear above the din of battle and the clamor of faction was heard the low, but articulate voice of the people. Was it not the voice of God ?

62d. That we also rejoice in the election of Andrew Johnson to the next highest office in the Republic. It is fitting that he, a Southern man, alone 'faithful found among the faithless,' should preside over that august body, before which he raised—but raised in vain-his voice in thunder tones of remonstrance against the suicidal act of secession.

“ 3d. That peace, and not war, is the primal and healthful condition of nations. That we ardently desire peace on the basis of the integrity of the Union, and if the knot of our complications can be untied by the pen of diplomacy, while the sword is upraised to cut it. If possible let diplomacy arrest the impending blow."



To his friends, in whom he reposed confidence, Dostie was all gentleness and good humor. His winning simplicity and kindness of manner, made him very popular with his numerous friends, but with Jacksonian temper he sometimes poured out his fury upon the heads of his enemies he believed capable of injustice, fraud and oppression. There has been, since the existence of slavery, a class of men in the South who have spent their lives jealously watching all who did not spring from Southern chivalry or Southern slave aristocracy. Their greatest pleasure has been to watch an opportunity to scandalize those they chose to brand as "political agitators, inovators, new comers, &c., always adding those who spring from the lower classes.” Pre-eminently among this class in New Orleans stands the name of Jacob Barker, Esq., whose idol was money; a man in society without money, in his eye, had no rights in common with the wealthy 'aristocrat. Dostie who was born in poverty, and had been deprived of his honest earnings by rebels and aristocrats, had but little sympathy with the Barker class.

The following correspondence simply illustrates one of the many contests between the monied Goliah's of New Orleans and “ the son of a barber," who often smote the monied Philistines “ with a sling, and with a stone."

“New ORLEANS, July 7, 1864. “Major Gen. Banks :

“ Sir—In compliance with your request for information relative to the receipt and disposition of gold in this city, I take pleasure in communicating all that I have been able to learn.

“The receipts of gold from New York from the 1st May to the 17th June were, according to published statements, as follows: May 3.

$23,000 May 30..... $169,964 May 15..

67,065 | June


256,240 May 15.

92,300 June


124,432 May 18. 98,075 | June 13.

105,339 May 21. 47,075 June 14..

47,250 May 23. 210,200 From Interior..



[ocr errors]


$701,955 537,715

Total ...

...$1,239,670 “That this large amount of gold was not sent here for any honest purpose, or to satisfy the demands of commerce, seems very apparent.

“The large shipments received just previous to the publication of the bogus proclamation indicates quite strongly that the holders had a knowledge of its intended issue, and that it was a part of the conspiracy to sell that gold at an enormous rate in this market.

“ The fact that the proclamation was telegraphed from New York to Cairo, and other points, after its falsity was known, favors this supposition.

“Of that received during June, the consignees naturally divide themselves into the following classes :

“First-persons claiming and receiving protection as subjects of a foreign Power.

“Many of these persons before the outbreak of the war, were considered citizens, and are believed to have voted, and accepted other privileges of citizenship.

• They are not known to have any attachment to the Union, nor is it believed they would forego an opportunity of profit because it might work injury to the Republic.

“The second class of consignees is composed of banks : June 6-Citizens' Bank ..

$50,000 22

50,000 8

124,432 4-National Bank

10,000 22

15,000 66 13-Bank of America

13,000 21

17,000 21-Bank of Commerce

10,000 At the beginning of the war the officers of these State banks were among the first to bestow substantial aid upon the rebel cause.

“Although corporations, having no souls, may not be guilty of treason, yet it is most certain that the individuals owning stock were, in sccession, regarded as genuine rebels, and it is believed that they have exhibited no evidence of substantial repentance.

“ Third-Persons having no feeling either for or against the Government, save as it may help their specu. lations.

•These are among the worst parasites preying upon


[ocr errors]

the country. The friends of neither combatants, they are ready to prey upon both parties.

“ The fourth class is that of avowed rebel sympathizers, some of whom have taken the oath.

These men are among us, but have neither part nor lot with us. They have not even the decency to hide or disguise their treason.

'I am persuaded that the great bulk of gold in this market, is in the hands of unscrupulous persons, caring for nothing but the money they make.

“I have not thought it within the compass of your inquiry to make any allusion to the measures necessary to be taken in this behalf.

“It is suggested that Order No.- having discouraged the speculation in gold within this Department, there is evidence of a combination to make breadstuffs the staple of this unholy object. It is believed that a systematic arrangement is now being made to enhance the price of articles of subsistence. “I remain, very respectfully yours,

A. P. DOSTIE." To the Editor of the New Orleans Times, July 28th -The editor of the True Delta having declined to make the correction, the editor of the Times will be pleased to inform the public that the statement of A. P. Dostie, published in the True Delta of yesterday's date, is FALSE, so far as it represents the Bank of Commerce or its officers, as among the first to bestow substantial aid upon the rebel cause.

“Neither the said Bank nor its officers subscribed a dollar at that time, nor at any other time, to the Con federate loans in this city or elsewhere; nor has that

« AnteriorContinuar »