The New Constitution rejected.
By the Governor
's proclamation, in another column, it will be found that, contrary to the almost universal impression of the people, the new Constitution and schedule of the state have been rejected by a majority of 678 votes.
It cost the State
several hundred thousand dollars to manufacture it, and was in process of incubation for many months.
When the Convention
was in session, so of on did it and so long, that many people began to imagine it a permanent fixture.
Expiring at last of inanition, it left as the result of many weary months' labor a structure that has been velled to the ground by a few hundred votes.
The qualification of the right of suffrage, though adopted by the popular voice, falls in effect, because of the provision made that it should become a part of the Constitution
.--We expect there is scarcely an instance in history where so much time, labor, money, sequence, and other ingredients, have been compounded with such insignificant results.
The rejection of the instrument is due, no doubt, wholly to the abstraction of the people on the subject of the war. This is shown by the very small vote.
It is, perhaps, unfortunate that the voting resulted as it did the new Constitution, with all its faults, presenting many points of advantage over that which it was designed to succeed.