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glorious cause. I had reason to be apprehensive, to fear a bloody attack, but not he. Strange l’” We turn from the enemies of loyalty and liberty and welcome the vindicators of truth, patriotism and justice. In the following letter of Mr. Dibble he denies the false assertions of the New Orleans Times: “NEW ORLEANs, August 4, 1866. “Editor Times: “SIR: Your accustomed falsification of truth, in the evening edition, cannot pass over unnoticed. You say, speaking of the members of the Convention and other loyal citizens who were shot down by the police: “We know not a single one of them who is not forced to admit, when cornered by direct question, that he was conducted safely from the building,” etc. Now, sir, Dr. Dostie states, in his dying declaration, that he was shot down, cut, beaten, and left lying in the street by the police. The Rev. Mr. Horton was shot and beaten by the same persons. Mr. Fish, whose statement will be found in the Advocate, which I send you, was shot by policemen, to whom he surrendered himself. And further, sir, I have heard as many as twenty persons say that they saw policemen shoot negroes who were unarmed and making no resistance. “You should beware, sir, how you falsify facts, for the investigations now going on will prove to the world what we in New Orleans know, that you have no respect for truth, and lack the ability to hide your falsehoods. “Let me commend to your perusal the Advocate. Yours, etc., HENRY C. DIBBLE.” At the Dental Convention in Boston on the 3d of September, Governor Bullock was present and made a speech in which he said: “I have, for the last two or three days, in reading the account of the most deplorable occurrence in a remote city of this Union, had my attention directed to the fact so striking, so sad, and so educational to us, that an eminent member of your profession, Dr. Dostie, of New Orleans, fell by the hands of a populace angry with him |because he was exercising the rights of an Amcrican citizen. I trust and believe that the same spirit of devotion and loyalty to freedom and the Government of the country which animated his heart, animates the hearts of all the members of his profession.” [Applause.]
Said Rufus Wopples in an address before the Executive Committee of the Republicans of Louisiana on the 8th of August, 1866: “The cause of colored suffrage is not new in Louisiana. After the redemption of New Orleans from rebel rule, the cause awoke from its slumber. I will not recount the history of its progress. To-day we behold it cut down, but not destroyed. It has been stricken down by the hand of organized assassination, some of its noblest advocates have given their lives for the cause. Let it be remembered, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” “Truth crushed to earth will rise again, The eternal years of God are hers, While error wounded writhes in pain, And dies among her worshippers.” “‘I am willing to die,” said the brave and magnanimous Dostie to me on the day of his death, “if my death shall promote the cause of Liberty.” He felt that it would yet live; and he, with that spirit of unselfish devotion for which he was remarkable, seemed perfectly reconciled to his fate. I answered, “I hope you are, in other respects, willing to die.’ He said, ‘That is all right—I have made my peace—that is all right.”
“I said to him, “Dr. Dostie, I remarked yesterday to some friends that you are the man, who, in case of yellow fever, small-pox or cholera epidemic, would work night and day, and risk your life for a friend—and I believe you would do it for an enemy.” He promptly plied, ‘I would do it for the rebels.’ I trust that
“The sunset of life gave him mystical lore
that he saw the God of Justice vindicating his prerogatives, and the cause which he loved, succeeding in the future.
“I saw Rev. Dr. Horton die. I was with him an hour before his death, and witnessed his last agony. He died a martyr for that Christian religion which teaches the great doctrine of human brotherhood. The eloquence of his prayer to the King of Nations had scarcely ceased to echo from the walls of the people's Representative Chamber; his touching allusion to the assassination of the beloved and lamented Lincoln had scarcely ceased its thrill in loyal hearts, when this brave and true soldier of the cross was summoned to join the noble army of martyrs. If not a sparrow falleth to the ground unnoticed, the fall of this noble man will not be in vain. His blessed Master fell a victim to the mob because he preached unwelcome truth, but the cause of human brotherhood still lives, and we advocate it to-day.”
In a letter of General Banks he thus writes of Dr. Dostie : “I knew him well. No country ever gave birth to a more unselfish man, a truer patriot, or a more devoted friend of liberty. He and his associates were dangerous men to the enemies of this country. The unseen hand that smote him was that which applied the torch to the city of New York, and by which Lincoln fell. His death will be avenged, and in this, as in all trials of good men, the blood of the martyrs will be the sustenance of the church.” General Butler in an address delivered in New York, thus vindicates his friend and the cause of justice: “I now remember a man who came to me in New Orleans and took me by the hand and with tears in his cyes said, ‘I thank God that you have come; I bless God that your flag waves over me again—the symbol of justice and protection of my country, and yet I have seen that man murdered in cold blood. That murdered man was Dostie, the best and purest Union man that ever trod the soil of Louisiana, for he periled his life, when he had no hope, in defense of the flag. I speak with feeling, for he was one of my best and staunchest advisers and aided me by all means in his power. As long as I had a command, my flag sheltered him and every other man within my territory. And that that man should be murdered with that slag flying over him —not to him an emblem of power and protection—and we be told that these men are our brothers. [Applause.] The rattlesnake may be a brother of the copperhead, but not mine—not mine! And what was his offense ! He went to a convention to discuss their rights as we are assembled here to-night, a right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, and under the protection of the flag. “The whole North was aroused by the New Orleans massacre, following up, as it did, the Memphis riot. President Johnson telegraphs to General Sheridan, putting what lawyers call leading questions to draw out a savorable answer. He don’t send on to General Sheridan, saying, ‘come tell us all about this riot.’ The President’s dispatch asked for as kindly a report as possible of the affair. “When the President asks General Sheridan if the civil power is sufficient to take care of these men he answers: ‘I should say emphatically they are not.’ This is after the President had issued his proclamation of the 18th of August that peace reigned and civil authority is sufficient protection for all citizens. I am sorry to see that in face of the facts that Horton the clergyman, Dostie the pure patriot, Loup and others are dead, and wounded men are coming North with the testimony of all these unavenged, with Northern people unprotected so that they are obliged to leave New Orleans, that the President has issued his proclamation that peace has obtained throughout all the land, and the civil courts are ample to protect life and liberty. And in the face of General Sheridan's emphatic disavowal of the ability of the civil authorities to protect the citizens, the President on the 18th of August turns over every Union man in the South to the mercies of the thugs, assassins and murderers of Lincoln and Dostie.” At the Southern Loyalists’ Convention which met at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, in September, 1866, the