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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), April 13, 1864

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Editors Daily Palladium: - A little matter has come under my notice, which so clearly portrays the contemptible character of a certain class of men in this city, that I cannot refrain from giving it publicity, in order that they may be held up to the scorn and abhorrence of all good men.

A vessel Captain (whose name I omit , but who bears the reputation of an old and experienced navigator), made an agreement with the owners of a certain schooner to sail her for them as long as she remained in their possession, they expressing themselves as having entire confidence in the Captain's ability to command her and in his integrity as a man.

Soon after this, the seamen of Oswego saw fit to form themselves into a protection "Union" having for its object "the mental, moral and financial improvement of its members, and the accumulation of a fund for the benefit of the sick and disabled ones belonging to it," an the Captain (whose sympathies are with the "working man") became a member of the organization, and by his able counsels, always advising moderation and fairness in all their demands, rendered the Union invaluable assistance.

For this reason, and this only, he has been discharged and is now without a vessel for the present, simply because the honest, noble soul of the Captain would not unite with the aristocratic owners to keep down the sailor and refuse him his hard earned wages. Would to God, that these men could see themselves as they are and could be made to realize that fate which awaits them in the great hereafter,


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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), April 13, 1864