page contained editorials and correspondence.
The third was where the ‘Splendid Victories,’ and ‘Unprecedented Triumphs,’ were recorded.
The fourth page contained a Tippecanoe song with music, and a few articles of a miscellaneous character.
's lecture upon the Elevation of the Laboring Classes
ran through several of the early numbers.
Most of the numbers contain an engraving or two, plans of General Harrison
's battles, portraits of the candidates, or a caricature.
One of the caricatures represented Van Buren
caught in a trap, and over the picture was the following explanation:—‘The New Era has prepared and pictured a Log Cabin Trap, representing a Log Cabin-set as a figure-4-trap, and baited with a barrel of hard cider.
By the following it will be seen that the trap has been sprung, and a sly nibbler from Kinderhook
is looking out through the gratings.
Old Hickory is intent on prying him out; but it is manifestly no go.’
The editorials of the Log Cabin
were mostly of a serious and argumentative cast, upon the Tariff, the Currency, and the Hard Times
They were able and timely.
of the campaign, however, is contained in the other departments of the paper, from which a few brief extracts may amuse the reader for a moment, as well as illustrate the feeling of the time.
The Log Cabins that were built all over the country, were “raised” and inaugurated with a great show of rejoicing.
In one number of the paper, there are accounts of as many as six of these hilarious ceremonials, with their speechifyings and hard-cider drinkings.
The humorous paragraph annexed appears in an early number, under the title of ‘Thrilling Log Cabin Incident:’—
The whigs of Erie, Pa., raised a Log Cabin last week from which the banner of Harrison and Reform was displayed.
While engaged in the dedication of their Cabin, the whigs received information which led them to apprehend a hostile demonstration from Harbor Creek, a portion of the borough whose citizens had ever been strong Jackson and Van Buren men. Soon afterwards a party of horsemen, about forty in number, dressed in Indian costume, armed with tomahawks and scalping knives, approached the Cabin!
The whigs made prompt preparations to defend their banner.
The scene became in-tensely exciting.
The assailants rode up to the Cabin, dismounted, and surrendered themselves up as voluntary prisoners of war. On inquiry, they proved to be stanch Jackson men from Harbor Creek, who had taken that mode of arraying