Kansas-Gov. Walker

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“Kansas-Gov. Walker,” Democratic Alleganian, Cumberland, Maryland, 4 July 1857, p.4.
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Democratic Alleganian (MD)
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Kansas-Gov. Walker
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Meghan Fralinger
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The expression of dissatisfaction by extremists of the South, which the course of Gov. Walker in Kansas- is seized upon by a portion of the Opposition press to give color to the charge that they National Administration has proven false to the promises which secure the popular favor and placed it in favor. It is alleged by them that the Democratic party was pledged to bring Kansas into the Union as a Slave State; and that the administration of Mr. Buchanan has sought to make it a Free State.

All who can recollect the discussions of the last Presidential campaign will know the first allegation to be untrue. Then the Black Republicans, and some of their Know Nothing cousins, persistently charged that they Democratic party favored the establishment of slavery in Kansas. The press and speakers of the party, however, everywhere denied the charge; had laid down, as the doctrine of the party, non-intervention in the affairs of the Territories by those who were not bona fide citizens thereof. Kansas was to be admitted into the Union, when she had the requisite population, with or without slavery, as the majority of her citizens might determine.

Nor is there any truth in the second allegation-that the Administration of Mr. Buchanan has sought to make Kansas a Free State. Mr. Walker was doubtless chosen Governor because of his conservative views and administrative talent; and he has never been regarded as holding doctrine imminent [obscured text?] to the interests of the South. The most prudent sometimes err, and Gov. Walker may have erred in giving public expression to the opinion that Kansas will become a Free State. He has not, however, gone in opposition to Democratic doctrine, as proclaimed in all the States last year, by advising that the Constitution of Kansas about to be framed should be [one word illegible] to the people of the Territory for their ratification ;-the complaint of the Georgia Convention to the contrary notwithstanding.

In the North as well as the South, complaints are made against Gov. Walker. But it is likely, as says the moderate and judicious of both sections of the country will find in this community of censure, coupled with the conflicting grounds on which it is based, a pregnant proof that Gov. Walker is endeavoring to hold the balances erenly between the two contending parties in that distracted Territory-too evenly to suit the exaggerated demands and assumptions of either.
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