It was in obvious submission of memory that she brought out after a moment: "They WERE rascals! But what can they now do?" she pursued. On the contrary, no care that can be used in the construction of our Government, no division of powers, no distribution of checks in its several departments, will prove effectual to keep us a free people if this spirit is suffered to decay; and decay it will without constant nurture. Imagine all this, and you will have some idea of the horror of the stench of hell. When I said to myself: "THEY have the manners to be silent, and you, trusted as you are, the baseness to speak!" I felt myself crimson and I covered my face with my hands.