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De Ruyter New Era, Thursday, October 21, 1880.

A Voice From the South.
Cuyler, Oct. 18, 1880.
Editors New Era:
   Will you please give the following extract from a letter from an old inhabitant of De Ruyter, who has found a home in Virginia, and who writes to his cousin living at Cuyler, fearing that he will not know of the Southern sentiment and vote for Hancock. After writing a family letter, he says:
   "Well now for politics, cousin: I do not know what your political sentiments are, but mine are National. I think the Greenback party is the party, but I doubt our success in-so-far as President is concerned, but will increase our Representative strength, and this will be enough for this fall. There is great danger of the power of this Government passing into the hands of those who once tried to destroy it, it should by all means be kept where it is and not placed in the hands of those—they of the South and their allies of the North. I Mean, Sir, the Democratic party.
   Dear Cousin, if you could see what I see and hear, hear every day from the leaders of the Bourbon Democratic party here; if you knew their designs and wishes, Ah! if you knew their intense hatred of this Government and of those who saved it, you would never, Oh, never, cast your vote for Hancock and English and thus join the rebels and the enemies of your country. It is not the men I speak against, but the principles which their party support here at the South. Cousin, in the name of the God of Nations, in the name of the five hundred thousand brave men who gave their lives to save this country and left their bones bleaching upon a Southern soil, and in the name of unborn millions yet to come, I ask you not to cast your vote for Hancock and English. No, no, put your foot upon treason and slavery, and cast your vote for liberty, justice and good government, by voting for Garfield and Arthur. I hear such sentiments as the following at every turn, of which I will cite but one instance, from a well known orator, Gen. Field at Buckingham Court House, Va., Sept. 14, 1880: 'Not enough Yankees had been killed in the late war, he wished we had killed twice as many,' and he said it too illogically and inconsistently while he was condemning a speech of Gen. Garfield."
   The above was received by a well known citizen of Cuyler and its accuracy can be proven, and the writer is well known in De Ruyter. I will merely say that the one who received it will vote and labor for Garfield and Arthur. Yours,

   After several days trial at Morrisville of Mrs. Francis Shrouder, for poisoning to death Mrs. Barnard in September, 1879, the jury returned "not guilty."
   Mrs. Barnard was about the Saturday before, it was claimed, and as well as usual. Suspicion was soon aroused and within a day or two Francis Shrouder, the old woman's daughter, was arrested, and her husband, George Shrouder, who had the reputation of being a worthless character. They were charged with poisoning her with arsenic, which the woman was known to have bought at a drug store in the village.
   William M. Smith, a chemist, swore before the coroner's jury that the liver and kidneys of the deceased contained arsenic, and a verdict that death had been caused by that drug was brought in October 6th, with the words: "And we find that the circumstances and evidence point to Francis Shrouder and George Shrouder, her husband, as the persons implicated in the giving of the poison." The two were accordingly indicted by the grand jury at Morrisville a few days after.
   In an interview in the Morrisville jail both prisoners stoutly denied knowing anything of the cause of the death of Mrs. Barnard. After their indictment for this crime, suspicion being greatly aroused, they were charged of having poisoned the father, Charles Barnard, who died the summer before after a lingering illness, and also a Mrs. Pope, an old woman who boarded at the house and who died suddenly some little time before her body was hurried off rather unceremoniously by Shrouder to Truxton in Cortland county, and buried there. After the indictment of the Shrouders for the poisoning of Mrs. Barnard, it was exhumed and an inquest held. A chemist who made an examination testified to the presence of poison in the body.

   UTICA, N. Y., Oct. 19.—On account of a disagreement with the faculty over their studies, the senior class in Madison University at Hamilton requested letters of dismissal. President Dodge refused to receive the applications, and this morning each of the twenty members in the class sent an application to him by mail. The President has left town.

   If you are weary of prosperity, we cannot censure you for voting against Gen. Garfield.
   If you wish for a continuation of prosperous times and good Government, vote for Garfield and Arthur.
   Republicans, election occurs one week from next Tuesday, and with a proper effort on your part New York State will give its electoral vote to Garfield and Arthur on that day. Are you doing your duty?
   We sincerely believe that every Republican voter in the loyal old
county of Madison will cast a clean vote for the candidates on their ticket and thereby roll up such majorities as the county never before gave to any party or candidate.
   Republicans, and lovers of good Government, have just cause to rejoice over the result of the October elections. The people are fast awakening to the reality of the situation, and the "change" so much desired by our Democratic friends will have to be postponed at least four years.
   Ohio and Indiana have spoken, and have declared for ''no change." The large Republican majority in each of those States clearly indicates the drift of public opinion. There is no doubt about the final result. Garfield and Arthur will be elected in November. Let us rally, boys, and make New York sure for the Republican column.

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