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Stamford, Conn. (Connecticut, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
d be made at noon, and New York city be reached not later than 10 P. M. The trip was finished at 9 P. M., a speed of a little less than eighteen miles an hour if the first rider did not start ahead of time-a point about which the Tribune in its boasting of the feat the next morning could not be certain. A rider charged with the duty of bringing in the returns of a Connecticut election left New Haven, in a sulky, at 9.35 p. M., on the arrival of the express locomotive from Hartford, reached Stamford in three hours; there encountered a snow-storm and darkness so intense that he ran into another conveyance near New Rochelle and broke a wheel; took the harness from his horse and pressed on on horseback, arriving at the office at five o'clock the next morning. The most energetic reporter of to-day could not exceed this rider in enterprise and persistency. The ocean steamers of those days were not greyhounds, and so great was the competition for the earliest foreign news that enterprisi
Petersburg, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
tered, and, although the last rider made the trip from New Haven in four hours and a half, a rival journal had had the news on the street for two hours before him. When Henry Clay delivered an important speech on the Mexican War, in Lexington, Ky., on November 13, 1847, the Tribune's report of it was carried to Cincinnati by horse express, and thence transmitted by wire, appearing in the edition of November 15. During the Mexican War a pony express carried the news from New Orleans to Petersburg, Va., the nearest telegraph station, in this way delivering the New Orleans papers of March 29 at the telegraph office on February 4. The exploits of these expresses were described by the press all over the country, and all this gave the competing journals a big advertisement. I am inclined to think that what did as much as anything to widen Greeley's reputation, and to advertise his journal in its early days, was his devotion to isms. One of his laudators had insisted that he had only
Portland (Maine, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
ers of those days were not greyhounds, and so great was the competition for the earliest foreign news that enterprising newspapers did not wait for the arrival of the mails by water at the nearest home port. On one occasion, when news of special importance was awaited, the Tribune engaged an express rider to meet the steamer (for Boston) at Halifax, and convey the news package with all speed across Nova Scotia to the Bay of Fundy, where a fast steamboat was to meet him and carry him to Portland, Me., whence a special locomotive would take him to Boston, from which point his budget would be hastened on to New York by rail and on horseback. Modern enterprise can not hope to excel this scheme, and we can sympathize with the editor in its failure to save him from being beaten. The rider made his way across Nova Scotia through drifts so deep that his sleigh was often upset, and was hurried across the Bay of Fundy through ice in some places eighteen inches thick, making Boston in thirty
Manchester (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 9
a certain number of adventurers and busybodies, who fluttered between the two great parties, and were glad to occupy the attention of prominent men on either side with schemes whose only real object was some slight gain or questionable notoriety for themselves. Nicolay-Hay Lincoln, IX, p. 184. One of these adventurers who gained Greeley's ear was William Cornell Jewett, of Colorado, who had been an interminable epistolary adviser of the President. In July, 1864, he wrote Greeley from Niagara Falls that two Confederate ambassadors were then in Canada, with full and complete powers for a peace, and urging Greeley to go on at once for the purpose of a private interview, or to obtain the President's protection, that they might meet Greeley in the United States. This proposition so impressed Greeley that he wrote to the President, reminding him that our bleeding, bankrupt country also longs for peace; shudders at the prospect of fresh conscriptions, of further wholesale devastation
Manchester (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
-198; opposition to Lincoln's renomination, 199-201; proposed withdrawal of Lincoln's name, 201; a fault-finder, 202; Niagara Falls negotiations, 203-208; letter to Lincoln, 208; a suppressed editorial, 210, 211; final view of Lincoln, 212, 213; for with, 93. J. Jackson-Adams campaign, 16. Jeffersonian (newspaper), 42, 43, 47-49. Jewett, W. C., part in Niagara Falls negotiations. 203-208. Jim Crow cars in Massachusetts, 131. Johnson, President, Andrew, Greeley on, 219. Jone90-192; reply to Greeley's Prayer of Twenty Millions, 197; Greeley's opposition to his renomination, 199-202; part in Niagara Falls negotiation, 203-208; suppressed editorial on, 210; Greeley's final view of, 212, 213. Log Cabin (newspaper), how last days, 54, 55; on slavery and the Abolitionists, 134-136; on Lovejoy's murder, 136; on Texas annexation, 143. Niagara Falls peace negotiations, 203-208. Northern Spectator, Greeley's employment on, 10-16, 19. Noyes's Academy, attack on
New Haven (Connecticut, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
several days, and extended into New Jersey. The public animosity shown to the Abolitionists in the North was quite as determined against any attempt to better the condition of negroes. The Jim Crow cars of the Southern States to-day were common on Massachusetts railroads in 1840, and Higginson remembers when a colored woman was put out of an omnibus near Cambridge Common. When, in 1831, it was proposed by the free people of color to establish a school on the manual labor plan, and New Haven, Conn., was selected as its site, a meeting of citizens there resolved to resist it by every lawful means. Because of the admission of colored students to Noyes's Academy, at Canaan, N. H., in 1835, three hundred men and one hundred yokes of oxen moved the building from its foundation. When Miss Crandall, a Quakeress, advertised in 1832 that colored pupils would be admitted to her school in Canterbury, Conn., a town meeting was called to abate the nuisance, and the town authorities induced t
Atlantic Ocean (search for this): chapter 3
se of assisting in the concentration of the true safeguard against invasion — the muskets of our citizen soldiers ; proposed the formation of associations in the city to enforce the law against houses of ill-fame; and, when rents were advanced downtown, urged the building of railroads from the Exchange, the park, and the Battery to the Harlem River, in order to make the upper part of the island accessible; opposed the forcible removal of the Creeks and Cherokees from their homes in the southern Atlantic States; and, while maintaining that the United States Government was right in its claim regarding the northeastern boundary, deprecated war and proposed arbitration. Greeley's view of clean journalism was well set forth in an article in April, 1841, in which he condemned the spreading of details of crime before newspaper readers, saying: We weigh well our words when we say that the moral guilt incurred, and the violent hurt inflicted upon social order and individual happiness by tho
New England (United States) (search for this): chapter 2
se to plow before going to school for the day, and killing wireworms in the corn. But the father was an easy-going rather than an energetic man. In those days whisky, rum, and cider were served even at the ordination of clergymen in parts of New England, and Zaccheus Greeley was never behind his neighbors in acts of hospitality. He was, his son has testified, a bad manager, and always in debt, and his farm did not enable him to gain on his indebtedness. In the hope of improving matters, he accompany him to a newspaper office in Whitehall, N. Y., where he had heard that there was an opening for an apprentice. But he was rejected as too young for the place. By the spring of 1826 his father had given up the fight for a living in New England, and decided to carry out a project he had long had in mind — a move to Western Pennsylvania. He bought a tract of four acres in Erie County, about three miles from Clymer, N. Y., on which was a log cabin with a leaky roof, in a wilderness, w
New England (United States) (search for this): chapter 4
in the first presidential campaign after his paper was founded (in 1832) ended in the loss of the State and the nation by his candidate, Henry Clay, and Marcy defeated Seward for Governor the year following. The Whig party, as the National Republicans had come to be called, was stunned by these defeats, and when Harrison ran against Van Buren in 1836, Van Buren carried forty-two of the fifty-six counties of New York State, Massachusetts wasted her vote on Webster, and Van Buren carried New England and had a popular majority over his three opponents. But the Whigs were now to have as an ally the influence most potent, perhaps, in the politics of a republic — a financial panic and an era of hard times. How potent this influence is in shaping the fortunes of parties and candidates the history of the United States has proved in later years. On President Van Buren was laid the responsibility for the long list of business failures, the monetary evils, and the commercial stagnation. W
New England (United States) (search for this): chapter 6
ng that things dreamed of were at last to be realized. Greeley's mind was naturally receptive of new plans for reform — a tendency inherited, perhaps, from his New England place of birth, that land in which every ism of social or religious life has had its origin. The hard experience of his own family, as he shared it in his earleen a farmer, he wrote in 1868. Were I now to begin my life over I would choose to earn my bread by cultivating the soil. The lack of intelligence displayed in New England agriculture was impressed upon him in his boyhood, and he never wrote more enthusiastically than in teaching farmers what he thought they ought to know. In thece which was willing to ask them. Hale's Lowell and his friends. Emerson wrote to a friend in 1843, There is now a lyceum, so called, in almost every town in New England, and if I would accept an invitation I might read a lecture every night. But all lecturers were not expected to contribute their wisdom or entertainment withou
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