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blame upon man.
But while our tears fell upon the bier of our friend, we could not but dwell upon the atrocious crime, which had snatched him from our side; and then a choking indignation demanded JUSTICE.
“He was a popular man in every sense of the term. Earnest in his labors, fervent in his attachments, true to his word, and generous towards all, he gathered about him a host of friends, and at the same time, as all men of positive character must, gained not a few enemies.
“As a public speaker, the Dr. was forcible and intensely earnest, his native talent and earnestness in denouncing wrong; his honesty of purpose and consistency of action enabled him to carry conviction when others would have failed. In politics he seemed to agree with a distinguished humorist of the day. “If you are right, you cannot be too radical.” However, he was not the agitator which his enemies would represent him to have been. Bold as a lion and loving truth for truth's sake, he denounced error and the advocates of wrong in terms of bitterness. Much had been said about his speeches a few nights before his murder; his words stung his enemies because they were pointed with the steel of truth. But he did not speak in the terms which the papers of this city represent. They willfully misstate his language, and for this are jointly responsible with those who committed the crime for his murder.
“Socially, Dr. Dostie was genial and obliging. In appearance, he was a handsome man; of medium height, straight as an arrow, and well formed, with a dark piercing eye which seemed to flash at times with enthusiasm,
“He was stricken down in the prime of life, not be
cause his murderers bore him personal malice, but because he held and advocated political opinions conflicting with their own. He died a martyr in the cause of human rights."
The following is the announcement of the death of Dr. Dostie in the Tribune, a paper edited by colored men in New Orleans :
“ Dr. A. P. Dostie died of wounds received at the Mechanic's Institute, Monday, July 30th, 1866, by the rebel spirits who ruled in that dark hour of the reign of terror. He died for a principle, and that principle is the right of suffrage to the colored men, and the right of Union men to govern the State. He died on Sunday at half past five o'clock P. M. Calmly and nobly did he bear his fearful wounds; and nobly said, “if those principles could be sustained he would dio content.' They shall succeed ! "
The following is taken from the New Orleans Times, edited by Wm. C. King, who has immortalized his name by his unceasing labors in the cause of Andrew Joh son's reconstructed :
“Dr. Dostie, wounded at the riot of Monday last, expired yesterday near half past five o'clock.
“Death came upon him sudden as a thunder-stroke; came to him when not a single friend but the attending Sister of Charity was at his bed-side. Before 7 o'clock the Hotel Dieu swarmed with them.”
Common humanity, suggests the propriety of treating death with a respect due to civilization. But that spirit which has ever reveled in the blood of the victims of despotic slavery, fearful of the exposure of conspiracy and crime, assailed one in his grave, whose spirit had passed beyond the limits of the cruel vengeance of his enemies. The name sacred to Liberty was held up, while yet the blood of Dostie stained the streets of New Orleans, by the vindictive press of that city as one linked with “fanaticism, revenge and riot.” Before the grave could receive the mangled remains of the murdered victims, the conspirators had prepared their scurrilous articles for the press, hoping thereby to shield their crimes from an enraged nation, who saw the spirit of Free Institutions outraged in the massacre of July 30th, and in the reconstruction measures of Andrew Johnson, the revival of the Spirit of Slavery.
We quote the following article from the New Orleans Times on the riot of July 30th:
“The incendiary teachings of a pestilent gang of demagogues have produced their natural fruits-tumult and bloodshed. Fearful indeed is the responsibility which rests on the heads of those who have been concerned in the great crime of attempting to overturn all civil authority among us, and of superseding it by a wicked usurpation.
“A band of poor, deluded negroes, urged on by unprincipled white men, have, unfortunately for themselves, been the principal sufferers. Armed with pistols, clubs and razors, they collected in great numbers in the neighborhood of Mechanics’ Institute, for the avowed purpose of defending the revolutionary Jacobins who had raised the banner of negro suffrage, and the result of their folly is sorrowfully apparent.
“The riot was commenced in every instance by negroes, spurred on by white men, and it is highly creditable to the police of the city that they succeeded
in quelling it without any military aid. Many of them were wounded, but it is not likely that the results will prove fatal in more than two cases.
“ And so the Convention of 1864, which commenced in usurpation, has ended in riot and bloodshed. As Mr. Roselius declared yesterday: “Every participant in the treasonable scheme should be arrested and sent to jail.' This, it must be remembered, is not the opinion of a political adventurer, but of a grave jurist, an original Union man, a sober, quiet citizen of the highest respectability.”
On the 2d day of August, Judge E. Abell, true to his mission in the reconstruction measures of the Chief Executive, charges the jury as follows:
“Gentlemen, if you are satisfied that a riot has taken place in the city of New Orleans, then I charge you that it is the duty of all peace officers of the State to assist in suppressing the riot, using no more force and violence than is necessary; and it is the duty of every citizen to aid the officers of the law, using the like caution, and if it becomes necessary to slay one or more of the rioters in order to put it down, it is not murder but excusable homicide. If more force and violence. was used than was reasonably necessary upon the circumstances of the case, then the party using the excess will be guilty of murder, manslaughter or assault and battery, according to the circumstances of the case, and the nature, fierceness and magnitude of the riot to be suppressed."
The following is an announcement in the New Orleans Times of the progress of the foul conspiracy:
“Sheriff Hays last evening began the re-arrest of the
members of the ex-Convention and participants in the riot, whose release from custody by General Baird has already been noticed. Judge R. K. Howell, ‘President pro tem,' and 0. H. Poynot, were released by Judge Abell upon bonds of $1500 each. G. H. Flagg was still in the Parish Prison at 9 o'clock last night, unable to procure the necessary amount of bonds; also several others in the same predicament. We suppose those who are now at large will be taken to day, and be held to answer for their revolutionary proceedings.”
The editor of the New Orleans Times attempts in the following to quote the words of the dying Dostie as evidence of an insurrectionary spirit:
“The conspirators, whose recent attempt to overthrow the State Government and usurp the reins of power was defeated in so disastrous and lamentable a manner, have incautiously uttered expressions on several occasions which confirm a fact of which those who investigated their movements were previously convinced, viz: that a portion of the preconcerted plot was to cause the shedding of blood—a collision between whites and blacks. Dr. Dostie has given additional proof of this fact in a recent declaration at the Hotel Dieu.
“On Tuesday Colonel De Witt Clinton, of General Baird's staff, and Recorder Ahern visited Dr. Dostie to take his dying declaration. The Picayune recounts the following incident of the visit:
'He inquired in regard to John Henderson, Jr., and was told that he was dead. He paused for a moment, and remarked : 'Well, it is a strange coincidence. We were born upon the same day, and embarked in the same