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Cherokee Newspaper, 1828

From The Adams Sentinel
Gettysburg, Pa.
Nov. 12, 1828

MARCH OF IMPROVEMENT

The establishment of a Cherokee paper, as well as the invention of an alphabet in that language, are goodly signs of increased light among these natives of the forest. What is still more astonishing in their career of improvement, is the appearance of an Executive Message from the principal Chiefs of the Nation to the General Council; a state paper containing some wise suggestion touching the policy of their commonwealth. In one particular, this document is worthy of notice to the legislators of Maryland: it recommends that the names of voters be registered. We are as decided friends of universal suffrage as any body else; but we conceive some enactments will soon be necessary to preserve the purity of our elections, and restrain impositions so often practiced at our polls, of illegal and spurious votes. Men who have no local habitation and name, and who are as transient as blue jays, are flitting among us during our contested elections, and perchance too from neighboring States, ready to swell the votes on either side, as they may be acted upon the demagogues of the day.

Hagerstown Herald.

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