The Washington Republican upon General Grant.
There can be no stronger proof of the uneasiness of the Radicals with regard to the security of their party than the fierce assault made by the Washington Republican
, a few days since, upon the bill introduced into the House
by Mr. Washburne
, of Illinois
, for creating the rank of "General," That paper says that if the bill in question had an honest title it would read, "A bill to raise the salary of the "Lieutenant-General
and his staff until he "Lieutenant-General
and his staff until he "dies or is elected President of the United
"; and it adds: "It is already rumored "that the tours over the country made by the "Lieutenant-General
--which, we doubt not, "were for proper purposes of military inspection, although the uncharitable say that there can
"be no farther use for them, as the war is over --have "been undertaken in order that the office of "General might become vacant
"! "Otherwise than by death"! That is, by election to the Presidency.
is here openly accused of making his military duties a cover for an electioneering tour, and that electioneering tour, be it remembered, made among the Southern
A graver, and, if false, as we believe it to be, a more iniquitous charge was never made nowhere." It is said of General Grant
, too, by a man who, so far as we have heard, has rendered no service whatever to any cause.
It is done not because there is really any fault to find with General Grant
, but because General Grant
, is in favor of carrying out the policy which he fought to render perpetual.
, is in favor of restoring the Union
, first drew his sword with that object; and with that object he gave, after having become master of the subject, that advice to the President
which excites the deadly animosity of the Republican.
In the days when beasts, birds and inanimate things held converse like men — the days to which the veridical pages of ÆSop are devoted-- a pot of iron and a pot of earth found themselves one fine morning sailing down a river together.
The iron pot was very loving, and insisted upon a more intimate acquaintance.
But the poor earthen pot begged to be excused; for, said he, though the contact might be very innocent to you, it would smash me into a thousand fragments.
Let the Republican
newspaper and the Republican party ponder on this.
When the famous "All-the-Talents" Ministry blew up, Sheridan
, who was one of them, said he had known many a man to run his head against a wall, but he had never before heard of building a wall for the express purpose of running one's head against it.