but he incurred others, and was not, for any week, free from anxiety.
The price of the paper was low, and its unlooked—for sale involved the proprietors in expenses which might have been avoided, or much lessened, if they had been prepared for it. The mailing of single numbers cost a hundred dollars. The last number of the campaign series, the great ‘O K’ number, the number that was all staring with majorities, and capital letters, and points of admiration, the number that announced the certain triumph of the Whigs
, and carried joy into a thousand Log Cabins, contained a most moving ‘Appeal’ to the ‘Friends who owe us.’
It was in small type, and in a corner remote from the victorious columns.
It ran thus:—‘We were induced in a few instances to depart from our general rule, and forward the first series of the Log Cabin
on credit—having in almost every instance a promise, that the money should be sent us before the first of November.
That time has passed, and we regret to say, that many of those promises have not been fulfilled.
To those who owe us, therefore, we are compelled to say, Friends!
we need our money
—our papermaker needs it!
and has a right to ask us for it. The low price at which we have published it, forbids the idea of gain from this paper: we only ask the means of paying what we owe. Once for all, we implore
you to do us justice, and enable us to do the same.’
This tells the whole story.
Not a word need be added.
The Log Cabin was designed only for the campaign, and it was expected to expire with the twenty-seventh number.
The zealous editor, however, desirous of presenting the complete returns of the victory, issued an extra number, and sent it gratuitously to all his subscribers.
This number announced, also, that the Log Cabin
would be resumed in a few weeks.
On the fifth of December the new series began, as a family political paper, and continued, with moderate success, till both it and the New Yorker were merged in the Tribune.
For his services in the campaign—and no man contributed as much
to its success as he—Horace Greeley
accepted no office; nor did he even witness the inauguration.
This is not strange.
But it is
somewhat surprising that the incoming administration had not the decency to offer
(W. H.) made a speech one evening at a political meeting in Philadelphia