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Text for Page 095 [01-13-1870]

              [newspaper clipping]
  It is at last certain that Texas has been carried by the Radical can-
didate for the governorship, that the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amend
ments will be ratified by the Legislature just elected, and that a majority
of the new Congressional delegation is Republican.  It was only by the
skin of his teeth, however, that Davis was saved and Hamilton beaten;
for it is only by about a thousand votes that the latter runs behind his
competitor.  So far as we make out, Hamilton owes his defeat�for
which everybody may be heartily glad�to the fact that a good many
thousands of the white voters staid away from the polls.  For doing this
they had two reasons.  When it was profitable to be a violent Repub-
lican�and, to do him justice, at a time when, as things turned out, it
was not profitable, but dangerous�Hamilton was a Southern Unionist
of the most pronounced type.  It is not yet stale in the memory of
many of our readers that, two or three years ago, he made a trip
through many of the Northern cities, and delivered speeches in which
he seemed to maintain that General Sherman�s march through Georgia
and the Carolinas was not only good war, but would do very well in
the Southern country as peace.  Nothing was too bad for rebels.
The average white Texan, therefore, has been in the habit of look-
ing on �Jack Hamilton� as �a full member of Parson Brown-
low�s church;� and although the ex-governor has of late developed a
�truly statesmanlike� anxiety to pardon everybody who would only
say and swear that pardoned he would not be, he has not succeeded
in getting much of the confidence of his old enemies.  There was, how-
ever, a disposition to make use of him; but for some time past it has
been clear to most of the Texans that the admission of the State to the
enjoyment of all her rights and privileges would be very doubtfully
facilitated by Hamilton�s election.  Their feelings and their interest
then conspired to induce his fellow-citizens to let Hamilton go to the
wall, and, for the moment, we have an end of one of the most unsatis-
factory politicians that the Southern wing of the Republican party has
been infested with.

[Gunn�s handwriting]
N. Y. Nation.  Jan 13, 1870.               
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