Detractor of the Gettysburg Address

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into . J., kjiv. in hor occasion the be to at of on or a one of ol li-nala do- in- or tlie , a as a in it. be its 11 in A VOICE FROM THE DEAD. We havo redd the orat ion ol" Mr-Everett. Wo have road ilia little rveecbe ul' Presi- jdenl J.incul 11, us repoiied Iw ami publish- , , ,ea in ins pally vivf, an-l e bave read remarks of tlio lloiv. Secretary of I u ' "r '"rr1"'1 U olTJ J ,e 0Cl!'""0n r d.oaiin). hr .National .metery u p lot o ground a apart ometery, a plot of erouud t aoart lor the burial of the dead who fell al Gettysburg, in the meinorablo atrlfe which oc-curied there between tho levees ol the Federal Government and lut I v wo pa of Iho Confederacy of the Secedad States To say ol Mr. Kverott's ortiou that it rose to the height lo which Uw occasion. demanded, or to ssy of the President's remarks that they foil below our expectv-tions, would bo alike false. Neither tlio oiator nor the jester surprised or deceived us. Whatever may be Mr. Fvorett'g failings he does not lack sense whatever may bo the President' virtues, he doe. nol possess sene. Mr. Lvoielt failed as an orator, because the occasion wa a mockery, and he knew it, and the President succeeded, becauso he acted naturally, without sense and without constraint, in a panorama which was gotten up more for his benefit, ami the benefit of hi party than for the glory of the nation and llie honor of the dead. We can re idily conceive that the thousands who wont there went as mourners, to view the burial place of their dead, to consecrate, so lar as human agency could, the ground in which tho slam heroes of the ualion, standing in tho relationship, lo I hem of fatheis, husbands, brothers, or connected by even remoter lies of mar-ringe or consanguinity , were to bo interred. To them Iho occasion was solemn ; with, lliem the motivo was honest, earnest and honorable. Ilul how was it with tho chief actors in the pageant, who had no dead buried, or to be hurried there: from none' of whose loins had sprung a solitary hero,, living or dead, of this war which was begotten of their fatialiciwu and has been ruled by their whims? They atood there, upon that bloody ground, not with hearts Btricken wilh grief or elated by ideas of true glory, but coldly calculating the political advantage, which might be det ived from the aolutun corenioiiici of the dedication. Wo will not include iu this category of hcaitlcss men the orator of tho day; but evidently he was paralyzed by tho knowledge that he was surrounded by unfeel-. iug, mercenary men, roady to sacrifice, their countrymen for the bafe purpose of retaining power and accumulating wealth. His oration was therefore cold, insipid, unworthy the occasion and the man. We pass over Iho silly remarks of tho President. For the credit of tho nation wo ate willing that tho veil of oblivion shall bo dropped over them, and that they shall be no more repealed, or thought of. Put tho Secretary of State is a man of note. He il was who first fulminated the doctrine of tho "irrepressible conflict;" and on tho battle-field und burial ground of Gettysburg he. did net hesitate to reopen tho bleeding wound, and proclaim iinew the tearful doetnno that we we lighting all those bloody battles, which have drenched our land !n gore, to upset the Constitution, emancipate tho negro and bind iho while man in Iho chains of despotism. Un that ground which should have been sacrod from tho pollution of politics, even tho highest magnate in tlio lamb, next to tho President himself, did net hesitate to proclaim the political policy and fixed purposo of the Administration; a policy which if adhered to will require nioro ground than Gettysburg to hold our dead. and which must end in the ruin of the nation. The dead of Getfysburg will speak from their tombs ; they will raise their voices against this great wickedness and implore our rulers to discard from their councils tho folly which is destroying iu, nd return to the wise doctrines of, tho Fathers, tho pleadings of Christianity, to tho compromises of tho Constitutions which c in abino save us. Let on rj rulers hearken lo tho dead, if they will nol to. the living for from every tomb which covers a dead soldier, if they listen attentively they will hear asolomnsound invoking thorn to renounce partisanship for patriotism, and to save tlio country from the misory and desolation which, under tlioir present policy, is inevitable.

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  1. Clearfield Republican,
  2. 02 Dec 1863, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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