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if we are a-going to legislate to favour the people of other states at the expense of our own people. I don't approve of the plan of creditors from other states coming here to take away our property. Folks are very fond of talking about honesty, and good faith, and all that. As to faith, they may talk, but I'm more for works; and the man that works hard and can't pay his debts is the one that ought to be helped, in my judgment.


They'll tell

you that the man that sues for a debt is owing somebody else, and

wants his money to pay with.

Now I say, he's just the man that ought to feel for the other, and not want to crowd him hard up. Besides, if we pass exemption laws, don't we help him too? Isn't it as broad as it's long?"

A murmur of applause.

"Then as to honesty, when'll you find an honest man if not among the people? and such measures are on purpose to relieve the people. The aristocracy don't like 'em, perhaps, but who cares what they like?

They like nothing but grinding the face of the poor."

Here a shout of applause, and a long application to the tumbler.

"Gentlemen," continued Mr. Rice, "some people talk as if all debts not paid were lost; but it is no such thing. What one man don't get, t'other keeps, so it's all the same in the long run. Folks ought to be accommodating, these times. Now, if they're accommodating, they won't object to any measures for the relief of the people; and if they don't want to be accommodating, we'll just make 'em, that's all.

"Some say it's bad to keep altering and altering the laws, till nobody knows what the law is. That's a pretty principle, to be sure! What do we have a legislature for, I should be glad to know, if not to make laws? Do we pay them two dollars and fifty cents a-day to sit still and do nothing? Look at the last legislature. They did not hold on above two months, and passed rising of two hundred laws, and did'nt work o' Sundays neither! Such men are the men

you want, if they'll only carry the laws far enough to do some good.

"Now, gentlemen, I see the poll's open, and I s'pose you want to be off, so I will not detain you much longer. All I have to observe is, that although I am far from commending myself, I must give you my candid opinion that a certain person who has thrust himself before the public on this occasion is unworthy of the suffrages of a free and enlightened community like this. He's a man that's always talking about doing justice to all, and keeping up the reputation of the state, and a great deal more stuff of the same sort; but it's all humbug! nothing else; and he has an axe to grind just like the rest of us; and worse than all, gentlemen, as you very well know, he's one of these teetotallers, that are trying to coax free-born Americans to sign away their liberty, and make hypocrites of 'em. I'm a man that will never refuse to take a glass of grog with a fellow-citizen because he wears a ragged coat. Liberty and equality, I say - hurrah for liberty and equality! Three cheers for

liberty and equality, and down with the tee-totallers!"

The orator had been so attentive to the tumbler, that the sincerity of the latter part of his speech at least could not be doubted; and indeed his vehemence was such as to alarm Seymour, who felt already somewhat ashamed of the cause he was bound to advocate, and who feared that a few more tumblers would bring Tom to a point which would render his advocacy unavailing. He therefore sought an opportunity of a few moments' private talk with the candidate, and ventured to hint that, if he became so enthusiastic that he could not stand, he would have very little chance of sitting in the legislature.

Now Mr. Rice liked not such quiet youths as our friend Seymour; and especially in his present elevated frame did he look down with supreme contempt upon anything in the shape of advice on so delicate a subject, so that Seymour got an answer which by no means increased his zeal in Mr. Rice's ser

vice, though he still resolved to do his best to fulfil the wishes of Mr. Hay.

Rice's conduct throughout the day was in keeping with the beginning which we have described; and such was the disgust with which it inspired Seymour, that he at length concluded to quit the field, and tell Mr. Hay frankly that it was impossible for him to further the interests of so unprincipled a candidate.

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