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150 Years Ago Today... August 17, 1860

Boston Evening Transcript, August 17, 1860, Friday, Boston, Massachusetts

Napoleonic Relics- A nephew of Prince Demidoff has just opened a “Napoleonic” museum at the Island of Elba. It consist execlusively of furniture, clothes, and jewelry which belonged to Napoleon I.

New York Douglas Convention- Syracuse, 16th. The convention met this morning, but the committees not being prepared to report, they took a recess.
The committee on the electorial ticket had a long debate last night on the propositions of the Bell and Everett committees, their demands being considered unreasonable.
After a short recess the convention reassembled, but the committee on the electoral ticket were still absent. Several speeches were made, including one by George Copway, a converted Indian, who asserted that the doctrine of popular sovereignty originated with Iroquois or Six Nations. Another was then taken until afternoon.

…A electoral ticket was adopted, ..and the Committee of the Bell and Everett party was invited to take seats on the floor of the Convention….
A series of resolutions was then adopted…

…the organization of a sectional party in the Northern States founded on the idea of an irrepressible conflict between the free and slave States, is a movement at war with the peace of the nation, the equality of the States and the stability of the Union, and deserving the reprobation of all patriotic citizens.

That we recognize the equality of the States and their equal rights in the Territories, and that Congressional intervention to protect and benefit a particular species of property peculiar to a portion of the States, while such protection is denied to all other property, is unequal, unjust and subversive of the great principal of the non interference of Congress with slavery in the States or Territories, and in violation of the Constitution, and tending to weaken the bonds of Union; and that all threats or disunion to coerce such intervention, or in retaliation for its refusal, are dangerous invasions of the rights of the States and the citizens there of, and that in such a struggle we will stand by the Union against disunion.
…we [The State of New York] receive Douglas and Johnson as the democratic candidates for President and Vice President…

That nothing will prove so disastrous to the peace and integrity of the Union, as the election of Abraham Lincoln, the sectional candidate of the Republican Party, and therefore we invite all conservative citizens to secure his defeat by withholding from him the thirty-five electoral votes of New York, and to give their support to the electoral ticket presented by this convention.


The Zouaves At Home- Chicago, 15th. A salute of one hundred guns was fired at half-past ten last night, on the arrival of the train with the Zouaves. They were met at the depot by Gen. Swift and staff, and the entire military of the city, the Police Department, Turner Societies, Fire Department, and the Wide-Awakes with their torches; a procession was formed , and marched through the principal streets to the Wigwam, where they were welcomed in a brief but eloquent speech by the Hon. John Wentworth, Mayor. The Zouaves then marched to the Briggs House, where supper had been prepared. Speeches laudatory of the Zouaves were made by several gentlemen. The festivities were kept up till a late hour. Several buildings along the line of march of the procession were brilliantly illuminated.


The Outbreak in Constantinople- On Friday, July 13, a Protestant Armenian died at Ballat, one of the quarters of Constantinople proper. On Saturday his friends proceeded to bury him in the Armenian burial ground, where his wife owned a lot.
For ten years Protestants have buried in the old Armenian burial places without molestation, it having been decided by the Turkish government and the church that these belonged to the Armenians as a nation and not as a religious sect. Without any suspicion of trouble the procession moved for the place of burial. Suddenly a mob of the lowest class of Armenians rushed upon them with loud yells and fierce threats, declaring that no Protestants should be buried in that ground.
The small police force at hand could not quell the riot, and it was at length decided to send a messenger to the Armenian patriarch. He soon returned with a large police force, and an order form the patriarch (the head of the Armenian church in Constantinople) ofr the immediate burial of the man in the ground. Still the mob refused to permit the burial, and drove off the officer of the patriarch, beating him almost to death.

[It is now Wednesday--The mob grew to thousands and the General commanding the troops (several thousand) was ordered to clear the ground and allow the Protestants to buy their dead.]
The mob now became furious, and endeavored to press forward to the spot. At this juncture [the authorities] courage seemed to fail…, and [it] was ordered the grave be filled up and another one dug in the middle of a neighboring carriage road. In this most dishonorable place the Protestants, as previously advised by the Embassadors and Missionaries, refused to bury their dead. The [authorities] would not yield , and the Protestants retired , leaving the body in the hands of the Turks. By this time it was buried in the street, after which the immense mob were allowed to rush over the grave, each one trampling and spitting upon it.

After this…[it] was ordered that the road should be turned aside and obliterated, and a space enclosed around the grave. This was done, and it has ever since been guarded by a company of soldiers.
The excuse which the government offer for this conduct is, that this mob really had nothing to do with Protestantism, but was got up under Russian influences for the purpose of bringing about a collision between the Turkish soldiers and the Christian population of the city. …

The result might easily have been foretold. The experience of a single week has proved it experimentally. A mobe has driven the Protestants…from their homes not only in Ballat, but also from Samatia and Hasskuey, two other quarters of Constantinople…One thing, is certain, Great changes of some kind are at hand in the East. The Christian world will never allow a repetition of those horrors which are now to be witnessed in Syria…


Republican Mass Meeting- Bangor, 16th. The Republican mass meeting here today, upon the occasion of the County Convention, was one of the largest ever held in the city. The procession in the morning was over a mile in length, and escorted by the military under the command of Col. Jameson. In the afternoon the crowd was so great that it was found necessary to organize two meetings, which were addressed by…leading Republicans. In the evening there was a torchlight procession, illuminations, etc., which wound up the day’s proceedings in a blaze of light and enthusiasm. The torchlight procession was a mile and half long.


Soldiers Of The American Revolution- It is estimated that about one hundred of the soldiers of the American Revolution are now living. On the 30th of June, 1858, there were two hundred and fify-three revolutionary pensioners; eighty-nine of these died before the 30th of June, 1859. Those who took part in the Battle of Lexington, the opening act of the great drama, have all been “gathered to their fathers.”


A Hearse Puffed- The Hartford Times gives a first rate notice of a new hearse recently added to the attractions of that pleasant city. The new hearse is designed for two horses. The sides are of glass, and its trimmings are exceedingly chaste and rich….


Whittier’s Poetry in Georgia- Many of Whittier’s grand poems are circulated at the South without his name, and some of the verses are subjected to “emendations” to suit that market. The Alexandria Gazette, in an able article in favor of Bell and Everett, uses a quotation from the Quaker poet’s “Prisoner for Debt,” but substitutes the word “Union” for “Freedom”…


Marriage Customs In New England- …The Pilgrims and puritans both held to the Protestant principle that marriage is a civil and not a religious rite…a record of 1617, 4th day 6th month, states “we are not willing to bring in the English custom of ministers performing the solemnities of marriage, but if any ministers were present, and would bestow a word of exhortation,” etc., it was permitted.


A Successful Cruise.- The Chaplain of the U.S. Steamer Powhatan writes to the Journal of Commerce the following statement of her voyages: …Leaving Kanagawa, Japan, Feb. 13th, and expecting to reach Philadelphia tomorrow, we shall have steamed and sailed, since leaving Kanagawa, 22,000 miles in 109 days, making a total of about 57,278 miles we have run, and 313 days we have been actually at sea…


Political- …A democrat with Southern proclivities, on Wednesday last wrote as follows:

As to political prospects in Iowa nothing favorable can be said. Lincoln will sweep everything before him, even in Indiana. The Breckinridge opposition to Douglas has rendered this certain.

Among Democrats who are not office holders or expectants, there is a growing feeling in favor of Bell and Everett, and a faint hope that New York or Pennsylvania will withhold it Electoral vote form Lincoln, and thus permit the South to send Bell to the House and Everett to the Senate. No one honestly claims the election of Douglas or Breckinridge by the people. The only question is, shall the Democrats conspire to elect Lincoln, with a view to spite each other.

The Maryland Douglas State Convention will be held in Baltimore Tomorrow. They will repudiate fusion, as their Breckinridge rivals have done, and are determined to take such a course as will give the Electoral vote of the State to Bell and Everett.

David Upton

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