The Gate City makes the following flattering mention of BAUSMAN, of the Des Moines Times:
Bausman says that slavery is not the cause of the rebellion and the war. Yes, Bausman says so. – J. B. Bausman writes and publishes that recondite truth for the benefit of Governor Kirkwood and Colonel Crocker and the rest of mankind. Bausman gives his readers to understand too, in his peculiarly chaste style of writing, that Governor Kirkwood and all who agree with him, are “unloyal,” and that Col. Crocker is a coward.
Who is Bausman? – “Aye, there’s the rub!” Who and what is J. B. Bausman? The fellow has a record but the world has not kept it. His record is in the papers, but the public are not cognizant of it.
Brusman [sic] is a political bastard, “a hermaphrodite, the ‘spawn’ of the unloyal” embraces of certain weak-kneed Republicans, with the weaker backed fraction of the Mahony Democracy of last summer. Bausman was the conductor of the Commonwealth, the organ of the said Republicans, and as a result of the aforesaid “unloyal” embraces between the Journal and the Commonwealth, the organs of said weak fractions of the old political parties, the Des Moines Times was “spawned” upon the public and the Journal and Commonwealth died in the effort.
Bausman survives to certify that slavery was not the cause of the rebellion and the war. If we had a blind pup for whom there was little hope of vision, we would drown him incontinently.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, February 1, 1862, p. 3