Elections in the North.
It often happens, after a Presidential election, that the victorious party, owing to the lassitude which usually follows great effort, suffers severe loss.
Here and there they lose a State, simply because they are exhausted with their previous exertions, and disposed to take their case.
But, much as we have heard of the reactions which were to follow the effects of Lincoln
's election, and often as we have been told that if the people of the Free States
had only to decide the same question over again, we should see a very different result, we have as yet seen no proof of the fact.
The developments so far have been just the reverse.
We commend to those who are sanguine of an immense Northern reaction the following facts from the N. Y. Tribune
"Since the bold assumption by certain enemies of the Republican party, that the State of New York
would now give 100,000 majority against that party, the people have looked with sharpened curiosity upon everything like a popular election.--The general result of the February town meetings by no means sustained this crazy assertion; the Republicans not only fully holding their own, but in many places making handsome gains.-- Next came the city and village charter elections, the returns from which are now coming in.-- The cities are the strongholds of the opposition, and the larger the place the stronger their force.
How much they have gained may be told in a few words.
a Fusion Mayor
is chosen by 240 majority.
Last November Troy
gave Fusion 645 majority, and last spring a Mayor of the Democratic
stripe was chosen by 300 majority.
the Republican Mayor
has 600 majority, last spring only 150.
, the Republican
candidate for Mayor
has 508 majority — more than ever before.
, a similar result, by 351 majority, against only 300 last spring.
elects a Republican Mayor
a clean majority of 120 on all the ticket; Saugerties
elects a Republican by 13 majority; last year a Democrat by 247.-- Mamakating, the native town of the Hon. P. C. Van Wyck
, gives a Republican Supervisor over 600 majority, when, in the great struggle in November, the majority was only 221.
Other towns might be named, but these will suffice.
They show that in spite of the utmost efforts of an active opposition; in spite of the timid counsels of some within the camp; in spite of the usual tendency of a successful party to fall off after an exhausting contest; and in spite of the dismal croakings of frightened conservatism, the Republicans of the Empire State
--under the banner of the Union
, the Constitution
, and the Laws — are stronger to-day than when they marched to the great battle of 1860.
The heart of New York is true."