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We have now had many years' experience, and we shall leave no exertion unmade to render the Ledger for the year 1876 superior to any preceding volume.

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The Safety Fund Law provides: for the creation of funds from Net Profits, by which larger sums are secured for the payment of losses in great conflagrations; for the payment of such larger sums on demand, and without the intervention of Receivers, and for the complete protection of holders of policies on property outside of the burned district.

The dividends of the Company are limited by the Safety Fund Law to 7 per cent per annum, upon the amount of its capital, and of those funds formed of its profits.

The income from investments largely exceeds this amount of dividend. The balance of interest, and all the profit of its business, go to the increase of the Safety Fund.


We mean to make these Safety Funds as large as the entire profits of the business and the remoteness of the next great fire will permit."

GEO. T. HOPE, President.

H. H. LAMPORT, Vice-Pres.
CYRUS PECK, Secretary.

Fellow-Democrats! the result of the political battle to be joined during the coming twelvemonth will determine the character and bent of our Democratic institutions for many a future year will restore prosperity to the people or involve our shattered industries in a still more disastrous overthrow.

"Grantism" in the Federal Government-"Hard Times' from the Atlantic to the Pacific Coaststhese are the achievements of the party, this is the plain outcome of the principles of the party which has now fallen from the hands of its founders into the control of its corruptionists and the lead of a President who regards his acceptance of the chief magistracy as a "personal sacrifice" to be rewarded by an unprecedented lease of power.

Democratic institutions can not survive the domination of such as these, the avowed partisans of Centralization in Government, of Monop oly in Trade, and of Chicanery in Finance.

They were routed along the whole line in 1874 by the masses of the great North and West marching under the old Democratic flag of

HARD MONEY, FREE TRADE, AND HOME RULE! That flag-the flag of Madison, and of Jefferson, and of Jackson-raised anew in this banner State of New-York as the sign of victory in 1874, still floats in the front of the Democratic hosts. Elsewhere, under influences to be forever regretted, but not, we trust, to be renewed, it wavered in unsteady hands at points in the line of 1875, where it should have been more high advanced than


What was the result?

Confusion and disaster wherever that untarnished standard was missed from the field.

In New-York alone, VICTORY, and a foothold triumphantly kept against overwhelming odds, for the final assault soon to be made upon a party swollen with the corruptions of its own long misgovernment, and relying upon the sordid fealty of an army of 80,000 office-holders.

Who can misunderstand the lessons of 1875? Who can be indifferent to the Supreme Duty of 1876?

Fellow-Democrats of the Union! let us discard minor differences but not Democratic principles; let us abjure sectional jealousies, and all our contentions except against the common foe: let us strengthen each other's hands for the one momentous conflict.

The indispensable condition of Democratic Success is the Unity and Harmony of all Demo


The best weapon in the warfare for Democratic principles is the Democratic Press.

Away, then, with Democratic dissensions. Increase, then, the circulation of the Democratic Press.

For thirteen years The World has labored steadfastly

For Home Rule: against Bureaucratic Imperialism;

For Hard Money; against a public debt made legal tender for private debts, the broken promises of Peter to pay forced into the pockets of Paul in exchange for the sweat of his brow and the work of his hands:

For Free Trade; against Tariff Monopoly, which robs the citizen under the pretense of developing the State, and which diverts into the coffers of a privileged class an enormous annual percentage of the hard-earned rewards of the industry of the people.

A victory is now within the grasp of the De-. mocracy, which will secure to our country these priceless blessings:

1. The Capitol ruled by the people, not the people by the Capitol:

2. An honest dollar for every dollar's worth of labor that we give;

3. An honest dollar's worth of goods for every dollar that we spend.

We ask you to re-enforce The World, that it may do its part in winning this victory.

We ask you to aid us to enlarge, every day, every week, every month of this Centennial Year the circle of our readers North and South, Esst and West.

By the fullest, most varied daily pictures of the life of the metropolis, of the whole Union, and ot the globe; by the freshest and clearest daily setting forth of the results of the commercial, sei entific, literary, and artistic activity of both Con tinents; by daily and accurate reports of all the markets and all the industries of mankindWe shall daily preach the gospel of


For fact and fiction. prose and poetry, the wis dom and the folly of all men and of all nations all, when rightly understood, are but ministers of the great, immortal, unchangeable principles of the Democratic Creed-the creed of Common Sense, of Ascertained Law, of Enlightened Free dom.

It will be our duty thus to make every reader of The World familiar with all that is thinking. planning, doing, from day to day, not in politics only, nor in finance, but in literature, in commerce, in science, in the arts, in the religious and social life of this busy Nineteenth Century. Is it it not your duty, Democrats of the Union, to strengthen our hands in doing this, and the hands of all our fellow-workers in the Democratic press, assured, as you must be, that we daily sow the seed which will bring forth a hundredfold in such a Democratic Victory as alone can round the First Century of American History with a solid re-affirmation and a solid re-establishment of the


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