The people of this city and District are to have the opportunity next Thursday of expressing their views as to the propriety of giving the right of suffrage to negroes.
It has already been announced that a bill for this purpose has passed both branches of the City Council.
It has since received the approval of Mayor Wallack
Of course there is not the least probability that the vote will be in favor of any such privilege to the Africans; and there is as little that the Radicals in Congress will pay any respect whatever to the voice of the lawful white voters of the District
It is understood that a bill is to be introduced into Congress to repeal the charter of the city of Washington
, and to confide its administration and police affairs to two Commissioners, to be appointed by the National Executive
The object of this is to deprive the people of the District
of all suffrage, and thus to get rid of the vexed question of Negro Suffrage.
A very happy riddance.
It will much promote the quiet and order of the good people of Washington
Politics and elections are a great trouble to communities!
Apropos of the "dark man"--as Varmounters call him — and of Massachusetts
; the Intelligencer
of this morning calls attention to some recent revelations in regard to negro impressments for the army during the recent war. Mr. Lloyd
of the Board of Aldermen, stated that most of the negroes who went from the District
into the army "were taken possession of by men of their own color, and sold
into the service of the United States
," and it was added by Mr. Gulick
that "many of them were credited to Massachusetts,
" that ever cunning, ever selfish State!
bears testimony to the truth of these statements.
It says further, "that many of the soldiers (black) were enrolled in the spring of 1864 for the Massachusetts
For each of these recruits that State paid a bounty of three hunded and twenty-five dollars, and the towns and cities paid an additional bounty of one hundred and fifty to two hundred dollars for each recruit." That truthful journal adds: ‘"It is a fact, susceptible of the clearest proof, that none of these recruits ever received over three hundred dollars. Of the residue of this bounty they were robbed by Government officials and Massachusetts
agents. * * * Could the facts connected with these wicked transactions be fully spread to the country, it would awaken a tempest of just indignation, and cause all good men to blush for the heartless depravity of their species.
"’ No doubt of it!
It is understood that Congress is solicited by influential citizens to purchase the ground on the north side of the city known as the Washington J. Berry
property, for the purpose of erecting thereupon a mansion for the President
, with a magnificent park attached.
The ground has an area of between three and four hundred acres. The property is advertised for sale on the 21st instant, and hence the spur is used to hasten up Congress to the rescue.
It is very plain that the tolerably spacious and moderately presentable mansion of the National Executive
is much below the grandeur of the Federal Government
in its enlarged and overshadowing sphere; and whether the Washington J. Berry
property be purchased or not, a more gorgeous palace will have to be awarded to the Chief Magistrate
What would answer for other days will not do for these.
The Department at the western end of Pennsylvania avenue must have equal consideration with that at the eastern end. If Congress deliberates in super-splendid marble halls, the high officer who holds the veto power over its acts, and is chief of a co-ordinate branch of the Government
, must have the equal honors of lavish expenditures upon the finest edifices that the genius of architecture can conceive.
This is but right.
Congress has no right to appropriate all the money for building purposes to its elegant ease and convenience.
is full of beggars.
can hardly be fuller.
The recent war may have thrown upon her more in proportion to her population; but it also threw upon Washington
a vast number.
It is supposed that forty thousand blacks are now within her limits, three-fourths of whom were slaves at the beginning of the war. There will be immense suffering among them this winter.