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the mind of J. B. such a 'particular' good reason for 'condemning the rebellion,' as the insult to this community of being criticised by ' such a man.' Wonderful logic! Admirable consistency! Who compose the community which he asserts I have insulted? My communication to General Banks, which has provoked this irascible, superanuated old Copperhead to publish that scurrilous attack upon my character and motives, had reference to no other 'community' or classes of men than, 1st. persons claiming protection as subjects of foreign powers, some of whom were formerly considered citizens, and who are not suspected of any attachment to the Union; 2nd. the Banks among whom I placed J. B.'s Bank; 3d., those proverbial for having no patriotism; parasites, only coming to make money out of either party, and 4th., avowed rebel sympathizers.
"These classes compose the entire c community' referred to in my letter on the gold question, and they alone are the 'community' to whom my publication was an insult, if insult it was to any. If that' community' to which it would seem J. B. claims to belong, feel insulted by my criticisms upon theit want of patriotism, they, and J. B. in particular, can seek any redress which they deem their 'wounded honor' demands.
"In the statement made by Mr. Barker of his paltry motives for condemning the rebellion, he discovers to public view a poverty of soul in striking contrast with the plethora of his money bags. Between the money and the man, the former has outweighed the latter and given him the position he now holds in society,c Mene, mene, tekel, uphcwsinS His record as a citizen of a great republic is unworthy of his sires, and of the sublime lessons of Union and liberty transmitted by them to him. But let him come and labor side by side with the friends of the Union, and that immortal ordinance which forever abolishes slavery from Louisiana, and then I will call him honest, and believe him respectable. i Principles demand support.'
A. P. Dostie."
"To the Editor of the New Orleans Times,—The True Delta having found room in that interesting sheet for a score more of falsehoods from the pen of one A. P. Dostie, the public will be pleased to excuse Mr. Barker for noticing a few of them.
"This man says, c I did not name Jacob Barker.' That I am the sole proprietor and manager of the Bank of Commerce is as well known in this city as is my name; therefore to say, 'I did not name Jacob Barker' is a contemptible subterfuge, worthy of its author.
"It is false 'that Mr. Barker reluctantly took the oath before the Provost Marshal at the City Hall, just ten minutes before the expiration of the time limited.'
"Mr. Barker took the oath in court at the Custom House long before—not at the City Hall, and not just ten minutes before the expiration of the time limited; nor did he receive for two members of his frmily, nor for any other number, 'registered enemies' papers.' The allegation is therefore false, and Dostie is indebted for it to the Delta—a vile sheet which Mr. Barker's pen silenced long since.
"A. P. Dostie's prolific mind rendered it unnecessary for him to borrow falsehood from others.
"As to the iron-clad oath, he considered it harmless, as it could not increase the duty of a loyal citizen, yet he took it reluctantly, not liking to swear to support a proclamation he had not seen. The first law lesson he received was from General Alexander Hamilton, which was, never to form an opinion on a paper he had not read.
"The occasion on which Mr. Barker took that oath was preceding the first election, which required one-tenth of the population to vote to make the election valid, which General Banks considered important should be cast, and therefore requested Mr. Barker's co-operation, which was yielded with great earnestness, and which could not be done without taking that oath.
"This man, A. P. Dostie, not satisfied with denouncing Mr. Barker and his bank, assails the fair fame of the National Advocate. The dimensions of that paper having been taken by the community, and particularly by Mr. Barker's lady friends, he has not anything to say on that subject further than that he feels more vain of the fame it left behind than of the history of any other part of his life.
"The public will be pleased not to expect me to waste any more ink powder on this man, who should remember that 'our trees grow tar and our birds carry feathers.'
Jacob Barker. "New Orleans, July 31, 1864."
"new Orleans, August 1, 1864. "To the Editor of the True Delta:
"Sir—i Mr. Barker,' having exhausted another charge of 'ink powder' in throwing empty bomb-shells at me through the Times of yesterday morning, permit me to trespass once more upon your columns.
"Jacob Barker asserts that my statements concerning him are false. Then, why does he not prove them so? He simply asserts them so without bringing forward any facts to substantiate his assertions.
"I am prepared to prove that on the 23d day of September, 1862, a few minutes before 3 p. M., at the City Hall, 'this man' appeared before the Provost-Marshal and took the oath, and at the same time received from that officer 'registered enemies' papers' for two members of his own family, remarking by way of apology, as he did so, 'that he could not control the members of his family in that respect.'
"Does the astute J. B. imagine that he has outlived the history of his earlier business career? Can he possibly drive himself into the belief that people have lost all recollection of the celebrated 'Washington and Warren Bank?' or what was worse, the 'Marble Manufacturing Bank?' Does not the ghost of his pitiable tool Malapart haunt his terror-stricken conscience, and warn him against the further misdeeds of the banker, broker and breaker? Or has he forgotten the time when he * left his country (New York) for his country's good?'
"If he had not intimated that he would not waste any more 'ink powder' on 'such a man,' I should be tempted to inquire how he invested the large amount of' Confederate money ' he bought up in 1862? I think that tran< saction was one of the modes of his 'condemning the rebellion.'
"' This man ' takes occasion to inform the public that c our trees grow tar and our birds carry feathers,' intimating that if I persist in giving utterance to the truth against him, he will have me receive a coat of tar and feathers. If he expects to intimidate me by such puerile threats as that, he entirely wastes his 'ink powder.'
"If the chief object through 'Mr. Barker's' life of which he feels 'vain' is the 'fairfame' of his defunct traitor sheet the National Advocate, he has very little now in his old age to look back upon with vanity or pride.
"The lady admirers of that paper, of whom he speaks, are well known in this community, and a season spent on Ship Island would be very beneficial to their moral health.
A. P. Dostie."
"To the Editor of the Times:
"Mr. Barker feels constrained to depart from his determination not further to expose the deliberate lies of one A. P. Dostie.
"In the True Delta of Tuesday he demands proof. Here it is:
* Department Of The Gulf, Provost Court, ) New Orleans, La., July, 19, 1862. \ 6 Jacob Barker has taken the oath required by General Order No. 41 for a citizen of U. S. A.
'Witness: Major Joseph M. Bell,
Provost Judge. * C W. Woodbury, Dep. Clerk.'
"The man Dostie avers that he has proofs that his vile falsehoods are true. If true they are matters of record, open to his inspection. Why not then give them to the public, in place of calling upon Mr. Barker to prove a negative.