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Answer        : Takes place lifetime generation command american government.

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015418/1884-12-09/ed-1/seq-7/ ... generation it will harden into custom until the badge of inferiority will attach to the Northern white man as odiously as ever Norman noble stamped it upon Saxon churl.
This subject is of deep interest to the laboring men of the North.
With the Southern Democracy triumphant in their States and in the nation, the negro will be compelled to work for just such wages as the whites may decree wages which will amount, as did the supplies of the slaves, to a bar subsistence, equal in cash, perhaps, to about thirtyfive cents per day on an average over the entire South.
The white laborer in the North will soon eel the distinctive effect of this upon his own wages.
The Republi cans have clearly seen, from the earliest days of reconstruction, that wages in the South must be raised to the just recom pense of the laborer, or wages in the North ruinously lowered; and the party has steadily worked for the former re sult.
The reverse influence will now be set in motion, and a condition of affairs produced which, years ago, Mr.
Lincoln warned the free laboring men of the North will prove hostile to their indepen dence, and will inevitably lead to ruinous reduction of wages. A mere difference of color in the skin will not suflice to main tain an entirely different standard in wages of contiguous and adjacent States, and the voluntary will be compelled to yield to the involuntary.
So completely have colored men in the South been already deprived by the Dem ocratic partj of their constitutional and legal rights as citizens of the United States, that they regard the advent of that party to national power as a signal for their enslavement, und are affrighted, because they think ali legal protection for them is gone.
Few persons in the North realizo how completely the chiefs of the Rebellion wield the political power which has triumphed in the late election.
It is u portentios fact that the Demo cratic Senators who come from the States oi the late Confederacy all and I mean all, without a single exception person ally participated in the Rebellion against the National Government.
It is a still more significant fact that iu those States no man who was loyal to the Union, no matter how strong a Democrat be may be today, has the slightest chance of politi cal promotien.
One great avenue to honor in that section is a record of zeal ous service in the war against the Govern ment.
It is certainly an astounding fact that the section in which friendship for the Union in the dajs of its trial and agony is still u political disqualification should be called now to rule over the Union.
All this takes place during the lifetime of the generation that fought the war, and elevates into practical command of the American Government the identi cal men who organized for its destruction, and plunged us into the bloodiest con test ot modern times. I have spoken of the South as placed by the late election in possession of the Government, and I mean all that my words imply.
The South furnished nearly threefourths of the electoral votes that defeated the Republican party, and they will step to the command of the Democrats as unchallenged and as unre strained aslhey held the same position for thirty years before the war.
Gentlemen, there can not be political inequality among citizens of a free repub lic; there cannot be u minority of white men in the South ruling a majority of white men in the North.
Patriotism, self respect, pride, protectien for person, as well as safety for the country, all cry out against it.
The veiy thought of it stirs the blood of men who inherit equality from the Pilgrims who first stood on Ply mouth Rock, and from the libertyloving patriots who came to Delaware with Wil liam Penn.
It becomes the primal ques tion of American manhood; it demands a hearing and a settlement, and that settle ment will vindicate the equality of Ameri can citizens in all personal and civil rights.
It will at least, establish the equality of white men under the National Government, and will give to the North ern man, who fought to preserve the Union, as large a voice in its government as may be exercised by the Southern man, who fought to destroy the Union.
The contest just closed utterly dwarfs the fortunes and fate of the candidates, whether successful or unsuccessful.
Pur posely I may say instinctively I have discussed the issues v. consequences of that contest without rnivnee to my own defeat, without the rtnotst reference to tlit? tntlt a u who is eiuvatd to the Presidency.
Toward kra, personally, I have no cause for Ik slightest illwill, and it is with cordiality that 1 express the wish that his political career may prove gratifving to himself and beneficial to the eouutr, and that his administration may overcome the embarrassments which the peculiar source of its power imposes upon it from the hour of its birth. rwEl ft ill ApPiff!
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Source:        http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/http:/-chroniclingamerica.loc.gov-lccn/sn82015418/1884-12-09/

Publication: PACIFIC COMMERCIAL ADVERTISER (1884)
Notes:         Text recreated from OCR scan.