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stronghold, was received with emotions of gratitude and joy, by men like Dostie and his excited companions who had fled from their genial homes to escape death and oppression.
Men of secession principles like the Rev. Dr. Palmer, who had sacreligiously preached disunion and slavery from their pulpits, vowed revenge upon Farragut, Butler, and the United States Government; calling loudly upon the “Confederacy” to demolish the loyal army and naVy, demanding the head of the “Beast ’’ who had made their Monroe tremble before the law of justice—silenced the insults of rebel women, and made the outward signs of secession unpopular in New Orleans.
Mayor Monroe at first defied the commands of General Butler, but speedily brought to fear the iron will and just demands of his superior, he changed his course and sought by intrigue and hypocricy, to throw a veil over his duplicity, but the stern eye of the great criminal lawyer pierced his every motive. Laying his hand upon the traitor, he was conveyed to Fort Jackson, where he remained for months—not to repent of treasonable acts, but to plot future conspiracies.
The Public Schools, the Churches and the Rebel women of New Orleans, (all venomous in their treason) were made harmless for a time, by the firm rule of the subduer of traitors.
The Star-Spangled banner waving under the command of Farragut and Butler, invited Unionists from all parts of the country to seek protection under its folds. Among the number who came, was Dr. Dostie. His arrival in New Orleans was thus announced in the True Delta, of August 20th, 1862:
“Among the arrivals by the steamer was Dr. Dostie, an eminent dentist of this city, who was compelled to leave, last August, on account of his bold expressions of Union sentiment. Dr. Dostie has been welcomed by a large circle of friends. He is a fluent and earnest
speaker, and we hope, will be heard by our Union citizens at their meetings.”
When Lafayette and the Baron de Kalb stepped upon Liberty’s soil after a tedious voyage of months, they mutually swore to conquer or die in the contest upon which they were entering. That noble resolve was prompted by their true love of liberty. It was the same spirit which led the patriotic Dostie to exclaim, “I have come back after one year’s absence from my loved home, to die for the cause of liberty, if by such sacrifice it shall receive one impetus.” From that time his life was a continued series of patriotic deeds and self-sacrificing acts. Aug. 21st, 1862, just one year from the day he left the government of Jefferson Davis and the command of Gen. Twiggs, he addressed a Union meeting in New Orleans, under the Government, claiming Abraham Lincoln as its Chief Executive, and General Butler as its military commander. The Rev. Mr. Duncan—President of the Union meeting addressed by Dr. Dostie, Aug. 21st, 1862—was to the cause of the Union, what Dr. Palmer was to the cause of Rebellion. Both were men of superior intellect. Both were in a position to exert an immense influence, either for good or evil—for a Republican Government, or a Slave Despotism. Dr. Duncan loving his Church next to his God, tore himself from its rebel influence, proclaiming amidst persecution and insult, his devotion to his Government, the Union, and Liberty. An exile from his Church, his family, and the society once dear to him, his mental anxiety and protracted labors were more than his delicate constitution and sensitive nature could endure. He died—a martyr to the sacred cause he had so cherished. A short time before his death he said, “There is no one who can appreciate my Union sentiments, and the sufferings I have chdured for the beloved cause of liberty so well as my friend Dostie.” Dr. Dostic was never an orator. Yet he possessed the elements which constitute true oratory. He had never cultivated those powers, and never acquired that cornmand of strong and appropriate language, which is an essential quality of a popular speaker. But he possessed the fire, spirit, the enchanting wildness, and magnificent irregularity of the true orator's genius, combined with judgment, imagination, sensibility, taste and expression. Discipline would have made him an effective, graceful and popular orator. The enemies of Dostie have pronounced him a fanatical, reckless and thoughtless agitator. Yet his life proves him a deliberate, philosophic and thoughtful man—ever sincere, honest and truthful. Said he to a friend, “I have always been in the habit of spending half my nights in reading, studying the works of philosophers, our standard poets, and best writers. It is one of the great pleasures of my life to commune in the silent hours of the night with those noble minds, who have left us their writings to cherish.” His patriotism was based upon philosophical principles and profound reason—not upon famaticism. The great purpose of his life, expressed in his every act, was to assist in upholding a truly Republican Government. Oppression, despotism and treason he dared oppose, even at the risk of life and property. His defence of humanity and freedom ; his lowly birth, his poverty, and above all, his out-spoken hatred to the rebellion made him the object of marked dislike with the solid men of New Orleans, who like Roselius, IRozier and Barker, watched with jealous eye their superiors in patriotism, humanity and reform, and delighted to style them, “fanatic.” Surrounded by bitter enemies, determined to crush the fearless Dostie, we yet find him a power, rising superior to his enemies. At all the Union meetings, Associations and Leagues established in the Crescent City, he was a prominent worker in his beloved cause, braving every hatred and malice. In the midst of these labors he often received anonymous notes warning him to prepare for death, filled sometimes with scandal of the lowest order. To these he never paid any attention, s