General Sherman and the President.
The “ Hannibal Courier ” gives the following particulars as to how the celebrated. General Sherman, the hero of the Georgia camnaign, resented an insult .offered by the “ mob to President Hayes “ The travellers arrived at the depot at 10 p.m,, and were rudely assailed by a crowd of roughs with jeers and abusive shouts. The President appeared on the platform of the car, but upon observing the character of those present retired within. General Sherman then appeared, and being ' called on for a speech said ; ‘ Boys, lam General Sherman. My home is in St. Louis, and I expect to live and die in your State. This is a glorious State, rich in everything that goes to make communities prosperous and happy, but I tell you that as sure as there is a God in Heaven the day will come, and ere long, too, when Missouri will be peopled by ladies and gentlemen who will not insult the Presi dent of the United States when he comes within your borders. [Cries of 'Good! good !* 4 Bight! right !’] I know your State, and have travelled across xt in every conceivable direction, and I tell you that your children will be the richest in the- United States. [Cries of ‘Hayes' Hayes ! we want to see Hayes ! ] The President came out to see you, and he will hardly care to come again after the fre tjnenl he received. You must not insult the President of the States, and 1 you must not insult me, for if you do so, so help me God I’ll fight. [Cries of 4 You bet!’ 4 We know you’ll fight!’] If you will promise to bo respectful 1 will see the President, and I think he will come out and see you again. [Cries of ‘Throe cheers for General Sherman!’] Never mind, boys; cheering for me ; just treat the President respectfully when he ■comes out, and you’ll please me best.”
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 40, 27 December 1879
General Sherman and the President. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 40, 27 December 1879
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