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(My G, G Grandfather - Tariff Must Be Reduced)

 
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TARBOROUGH PRESS

"Forever float that standard sheet,
Where breathes the foe but falls before us;
With freedom's soil beneath our feet,
And freedom's banner streaming o'er us."

TARBOROUGH:
WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 1845

Joseph John Pippen, Esq.

This veteran democrat and father of Conetoe democracy addressed the people at Cross Roads, on Saturday last; and the way he made the "fur fly" from that "same old coon" (Whiggery) was a caution.

Mr. Pippen commenced by saying that he had come there on that occasion for the express purpose of addressing the people. He had been a friend of Mr. Toole and a warm one, but Mr. Toole was now out of the question and he went for Clark heart and soul. He could not remain silent under the present circumstances. He saw the Whigs chuckling in their sleeves at the prospect of a split in Edgecombe. It was their darling object. Once get Edgecombe divided and we will break down her democracy. These were the thoughts if not the language of the Whigs. He had heard that the coons about Washington were calculating that there would be a falling off in the Edgecombe vote, 3 or 400 they said. Mr. Stanly had taken the field against Clark, and was doing all he could for Donnell the Whig candidate; under these circumstances silence was criminal and neutrality was rank treason. He would never prove a traitor to his party; he was born and bred a democrat, and prayed he might die one.

Mr. Pippen adverted to the importance of the present election - important in many respects, but chiefly in respect to the Tariff and Texas. The Tariff must be reduced; it was grinding the South to powder. The northern manufacturers were declaring dividends of 25 and 30 per cent per annum, while the poor farmer at the South could scarcely "make both ends meet." The Tariff must be reduced - it made the rich richer and the poor poorer.

And Texas - Texas would come up before the next Congress - a violent struggle might be expected, many of the northern democrats were not sound on these two questions, hence the great importance of securing Southern democrats in the House of Representatives. What had the people to expect from the election of Donnell? True it was the Whig papers that called him a republican - but what sort of republican? A republican who was in favor of the present high Tariff - a republican that was dead shot against Texas, and who made speeches last fall against it and for Henry Clay. Save him from such republicans. Any man, said Mr. Pippen, to refuse to vote for Clark aids the election of Donnell the Whig candidate. Are you willing to do this, fellow citizens? For his part he was not, and should give his cordial support to Clark. He called upon every democrat to go and do likewise.
We understand Mr. Pippen's remarks were well received, and produced a good effect.

P.S. While writing the above we learn that General Joshua Barnes was out among the people at Gay's last Saturday, doing good service in the cause. This is right. The General is a host within himself, and his glorious Western Reserve will do the thing nobly. We bid you God speed, gentlemen, in the glorious cause. Let us teach these bragging Whigs a lesson. Freemen of Edgecombe, rally! rally!! rally!!!

(He is buried in my graveyard. BT)
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