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JOHN S. BARRY

BY H. H. RILEY

He was also well versed in European statesmanship and politics. It was always a pleasure to him to get a group of men around him in his store, and talk to them on these subjects, as he could talk, and there were not many men who could talk better. He was a lawyer by profession, and a statesman from study and practice. He was an out and out Jeffersonian democrat, and advocated a limited and rigid construction of the constitution. He believed that we were drifting away from both its letter and spirit; that we wen governed too much rather than too little; that state sovereignty was being gradually usurped by the general government, and that the line of jurisdic ition between the two was fast fading out; that corporations needed watch ing, and their powers kept within the limits of their charters; that the government belonged to the people, and not the people to the. government and no man who had not the pleasure of meeting him socially, has any ides of his great knowledge on these questions, and his skill in pressing them home upon the listeners around him.
Governor Barry was not an orator. He had none of the graces of rhetoric nothing of the charm of delivery, which sometimes captivates an audience He never tried to rouse the mighty multitude by clap trap, or melt the people 'down by pathos or sentiment. He was cold and rather awkward in his delivery. He always brought to his hearers a mass of facts, and was always fortified with the history of his subject, and he gave his audience matter enough to think about for a month. He was once a candidate for congress and canvassed our district. I was with him and had a good opportunity of seeing him at his best. A district was never better canvassed than this one by Governor Barry. More political history was scattered over it than was ever heard before. It required a good head to follow him in his argument, and a great many persons were unable to do that, and therefore failed to appreciate him.

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