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PURE REASON
Harper's Weekly, June 27, 1868, page 403 (Editorial)
We had scarcely finished reading the neat sentences of Senator Hendricks of Indiana, one of the innumerable candidates for the Democratic nomination, to the effect that the stories of disorder in the Southern States were vile inventions of the Radicals, intended to overthrow the Constitution of the United States, when we found the Charleston News, one of the Senator’s party-papers, speaking of the murder of a Republican member of the next South Carolina Legislature as "one of the elect come to grief." It seems that the facts which excited the badinage of the waggish News were merely that a party of the Ku-Klux Klan went to the house of Mr. Dill and murdered two or three persons who were guilty of being colored men and non-believers in the Ku-Klux Democracy.

"Very well," exclaims some disciple of Vallandingham and Seymour; "you are responsible for it." "How?" "By exciting hatred of race with your confounded equal rights and suffrage." "And how would you have prevent it?" "By putting the nigger in his place, and keeping him there."

Such a conversation is a free but a remarkably accurate rendering of the speech of the Indiana Senator, candidate, etc., who said that in his judgment "the people" of the late rebel States meant the late rebel class, and that they alone were rightfully invested with political power. Let them do as they choose with the rest of the population. Such a plan would not, of course, excite any hatred of race. "I am a perfectly reasonable man," says the angry husband. "All that I ask is to be allowed to do exactly as I’d___ please."

Harper's Weekly, June 27, 1868, page 403 (Editorial)
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