From The Constitution, March 27, 1861 (volume 24, number 1213)

Twenty Millions Squandered

The last democratic Administration squandered twenty millions of the public money.  The revelations made before the Covode Committee show that this amount was shamefully wasted by fraudulent contracts, and that it was used for party purposes.  At least one cabinet officer made himself rich by his connection with the government funds.  If the democrats could again obtain possession of the public treasury the Government could not endure a year longer.  Will the republicans of Middlesex County vote for any man who will sanction the frauds of the last Administration?  Will they not rather vote for John Woodruff, as their representative in Congress, a man whom they can trust, and in whose integrity they can confide.  Those who would condemn the frauds and peculations of the last Administration and its shameful squandering of the public funds WILL VOTE FOR John Woodruff.

Read : Read!

EVERY VOTE for the Republican Ticket next Monday is a vote in favor of maintaining the government of the United States.

EVERY VOTE for the Republican Ticket is a vote in aid of the Administration in its arduous duties at the present crisis.

EVERY VOTE for the Republican Ticket is a rebuke to secession and treason.

EVERY VOTE for the Republican Ticket is a vote in favor of an economical administration of the Government.

EVERY VOTE for the Republican Ticket is a vote to establish and confirm the Republican principle of freedom in the territories.

EVERY VOTE for the Republican Ticket is a vote in support of the interests of the WORKING MEN OF CONNECTICUT.

EVERY VOTE for the Republican Ticket is a vote for honest men who will never abuse the trust which is confided to them.

Work, Work!  Boys Work!

Remember next Monday is the last day.  See that every thing is made ready for a day’s work not to be ashamed of.  Every man, remember the importance of one vote.  Remember New Hampshire!  The eyes of the nation are on Connecticut.  She is expected to do her duty.  Remember that our town is for the first time honored with the nomination for Lieut. Governor, and let our worthy fellow citizen, Benjamin Douglas have such a vote as we shall be proud of.

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Mr. [Benjamin] Douglas authorizes a positive denial of the statement that he caused the bell of his Factory to be tolled on the day of John Brown’s execution.

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Charleston, March 23.

Capt. Ferguson, of the steamer Planter, who returned this morning from Fort Sumter, reports no preparations for evacuation.  Major Anderson was rather increasing the defences [sic] by pouring molten lead in the crevices of the sally ports, strengthening the weak stone work, &c.  Capt. F. carried the furniture of Capt. Foster from Sullivan’s Island to Fort Sumter—indicating no present prospect of breaking up housekeeping.

The policy about Major Anderson being allowed to leave with the honors of war is under consideration.

The Columbia sailed to-day without taking his men.

The works on Morris Island have advanced with such rapidity that no vessel with reinforcements can pass the batteries.  There is the utmost vigilance night and day, and all suspicious vessels are obliged to come to.

It is reported that the twenty million government loan has been subscribed from one of the Southern cities alone.  People of large and small means are subscribing here.

Major Anderson declines receiving verbal orders to evacuate Fort Sumter.

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Sleighing 23d of March

The streets were lively from the excellent sleighing we had on Saturday, during the entire day, although there was a warm sun.  A foot and a half of snow, average, covered the ground ! The roads were so impassable, that men with teams were out to break through !

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The annual Fast and Humiliation is on Friday next.  The churches in this city will be opened for services in the morning.  In the afternoon there will be a Union Prayer Meeting at the Baptist Church.

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The store of O. Utley was sold on Saturday for the sum of $8,000.  W. S. Camp, purchaser.

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A correspondent offers his services as a letter-writer; and warrants his epistles to start a parent’s tear, stir the expiring embers of waning affection, and awaken the full ecstasy of a lover’s heart.

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Read the biographies of our great and good men and women—not one of them had a fashionable mother.  They nearly all sprung from plain, strong minded women, who had about as little to do with the fashions as with the changing clouds.

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The Annual Exhibition of The Middletown City High School

Will be given at McDonough Hall, MONDAY EVENING, April 1, 1861.  Exercises will commence at 7 o’clock.  Tickets of admission 25 cents.  Children (accompanied by parents) 15 cents.