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A quiet Government.

The Washington Chronicle, remarking upon the plan of creating a commission for the government of Washington city and the District, and thus relieving her citizens of the trouble of voting and the cares of their own government, very complacently says:

‘ "There is a growing feeling among the members of Congress in favor of such a city government as will dispense with the present municipal organization, and, at the same time, with the machinery of voting. The plan is to create a commission, to consist of citizens eminent for integrity, energy, intelligence and experience. We can almost imagine the future of the District of Columbia and the city of Washington with a government constituted of such citizens — men who would not administer the affairs either in a mercenary or in an extravagant spirit."

’ This is, indeed, a happy prospective for a very much exercised community. The people of Washington would be delighted with it. Gladly would they get rid of one hundred and fifty rulers, and submit to the authority of a few citizens of "integrity, energy, intelligence and experience!" Whether these virtuous men would long remain so, time only could answer. But the people would risk it, and throwing off the "machinery of voting" and the dreaded hundred and fifty, betake themselves to their own affairs in a quiet and secure manner. They are in an excellent frame of mind to philosophize upon human government — to contrast the evils of the "one man power" and the rule of many men. Quite ready are they, no doubt, to try government in the retail way, having seen enough of its whole sale nature. Humanity in most phases in much more tolerable in homœpathic doses than in copious draughts. We look forward anxiously to the future Washington —— where there will be no voting--no electioneering — no bad speeches of corrupt politicians (except in the capitol)--and where the people will be quiet, orderly and well behaved — free from agitation and solicitation. They will enjoy the supreme felicity that many a persecuted voter has sighed for, from the bottom of his heart, viz.: (he) will have no vote to give!

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