Issue 26 and Volume 54.

NEW YORK AND THE TWO PLATOON Among the most admirable features of the Constitution of the United States is that which prohibits government by mob. It is yet to be shown where an individual or a body of men have achieved their object by a threatening demonstration or the calling together of a crowd of men for the purpose of menacing their opponents, in violation of law. The instigator of the assemblage of uniformed firemen at the City Hall last week when the question of two platoon was to come up before the Aldermanic Committee, did the very best thing he could to defeat the system which he aimed to establish. The demonstration not only showed the weakness of the cause, but arrayed every well-meaning citizen against it, and antagonized many who had previously been in sympathy with it. It was an arrant move, a revolt against discipline and a…

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