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combat between Fort Sumter and Beauregard, the London press amused itself with the trifling expenditure of blood which occurred. It was evident that the amiable philanthropists of that region either comforted themselves with the assurance that Americans were not a sanguinary race, or sought to jeer and taunt them into an expenditure of blood that would make the quarrel incurable. Whatever the motive, we trust they are now satisfied of the mistake of their first impressions. For four years Death has held a high carnival in a once peaceful land. No European war of recent date has seen such slaughter as in all that time has desolated the land.--The foreign connoisseurs of murder will observe that Americans stand killing remarkably well, and we cannot congratulate them upon the conclusions which they will have to draw from that fact. The elephant, the horse and the ass are patient and loyal animals, because they do not know their strength. It is not at all likely that they woul
These are shocking sentiments, of course, and no one can be expected to indorse such heresies. But it is a singular coincidence, that events should seem to sustain the minister's prediction. --Before the introduction of that excellent card, universal suffrage, the American population was as orderly and contented a population as could be found under the sun. Judges were independent, defaulting sheriffs a rarity, and abolitionism impotent for mischief, But, from the moment that the inestimable gift of universal suffrage was bestowed upon the people, things took a downward turn, and the popular madness ended at last, not in a "farce, " but in such a tragedy as the world has rarely seen. What the future has in store for the people of this continent it is difficult to determine. It will take more than one violent convulsion, we fear, to enable Americans to realize that men are not so infallible in wisdom and immaculate in virtue as to be safely endowed with universal suffrage.
d witnessed between two men, and had just got one of the combatants down when the train arrived at the Petersburg bridge. The Prime Minister of such a constituency could scarcely be expected to do justice to a fight between millions of men in four years; and Sir Frederick Bruce will have to hear the interminable sequel of that story, and discuss, as best he can, the innumerable, points of interest to his Government to which it will give rise. " Veni, Vidi, Vici," is not the Seward style of correspondence. It must be a source of intense gratification to Americans that the British Minister has broken down in an effort to keep pace with the verbosity and endurance of the American champion. In both speed and bottom, the great and glorious Republic defies all rivalry. If they cannot kill the King's English in one way, they can in another. The British Lion has no chance with this Samson of the nations, who needs nothing but the jawbone of an ass to slay any number of his enemies.
an fortifications were battered down by artillery, and General Lincoln, the commander, compelled to sign a capitulation, surrendering the entire army, amounting to five thousand men and four hundred pieces of artillery. The American army in the South, after that event, numbered only four thousand men, of whom one-half were militia, from North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia. This little army, under Gates, was soon whipped by the British in a battle, in which between six and seven hundred Americans were killed, and thirteen or fourteen hundred taken prisoners, whilst the British loss in killed and wounded amounted to only three hundred and seventy-four. When Greene took command of the remnant of the Southern army, it consisted of only two thousand men, more than one-half of whom were militia. If the "moral effect" of that state of things did not paralyze the spirits of our ancestors, we must be degenerate descendants to be unnerved by anything that has now taken place. It is true
and they did not. The incorrigible bachelors resorted to all manner of frauds and artifices to evade the law, and kept up such a hideous howl of persecuted men that even Nero, when he ascended the throne, was touched with the sorrows of these suffering innocents, and mitigated the severity of the laws. The salutary terror inspired by the Roman matron gradually ceased, and debauchery, without a parallel in human history, held high carnival in the centre of the world's civilization. If Americans, who bid fair, in martial enterprise and prowess, to become the Romans of modern times, would emulate the grandeur and dignity of Roman domestic life, they have only to endow the women with the rights, liberties and franchises claimed by the Womens' Rights Societies, and place them uniformly above the laws. At present they are not permitted to exert any influence over their husbands except by Caudle lectures; they cannot control their own property; they have no way to get rid of a refract
n a few months after they were born. The London Punch, on the contrary, is a perennial fountain of wit and good humor. The good things go out, but the good things also come in. Its punch bowl is like one of those juggler's utensils which has an unlimited supply, and the more you empty it, the fuller it gets. The truth is, that Punch is witty, and his wit has a higher purpose than mere amusement. The Britons pay for their wit like men. It is a commodity not so common among them as among Americans, and brings a higher market value. It would be wrong to infer from the failure of American comic journals that there is in the people a deficiency of humor, or a want of appreciation of that pleasing quality. The very contrary is the fact. It is so common that every man furnishes his own supply, and does not need to buy it ready made. We doubt, for the same reason, whether a comic paper would succeed in Ireland. What budget of fun could any publisher get up which could possibly equal
The Daily Dispatch: December 16, 1865., [Electronic resource], Discovery of remains — a Murder three years ago. (search)
obe is the property of man; but "the new continent is the property of Europe." He urges Europe to take possession of her rights. These rights consist in the mines of gold, the cotton, corn, wheat, flour, potatoes, which are raised in America. We had always supposed they belonged to the people of this continent, but it seems not. They belong to Europe, and to Lamartine, as one of the inhabitants thereof. We congratulate him on at last owning something. He tried for a long time to induce Americans to pay his debts, and, having found moral suasion unsuccessful, is now going to put an execution into the hands of Napoleon, who has been a constable in his time. He says we have no eloquence, no architecture, no literature, no fine manners, no taste for art, no orders, no liberty. But it is curious that we do have all the staple products which he mentions,--the gold, corn, cotton, etc.,--and if they afford a pretext for seizing on Mexico, why not on the United States, or, at all eve
at will be the ultimate action of the United States in regard to Mexico. The Imperialists were greatly excited by the last news, informing them that General Grant had publicly expressed sympathy with the Republican cause, that General Logan was appointed Minister to the Government of Jaurez, that Sheridan's army was on the Rio Grande, and was being reinforced. The French officers and soldiers in the Imperial army openly express strong hatred for the United States, and desire to fight Americans. [Bravo!] Two important decrees were lately issued by Maximilian--one of them extending for fifteen days from the 29th November the time in which the soldiers of President Jaurez's Government are allowed for laying down their arms to be granted amnesty; and another ordering a general draft for his army throughout Mexico. The postponement of the argument of Reverdy Johnson in the case of Garland, an applicant for readmission to the bar of the United States Supreme Court without t
United States victory in Switzerland. --Henry's breech-loading rifle, presented by Mr. Winchester, of the New Haven Arms Company, has carried off the prize offered by the Swiss Federal Government for the best breech-loading fire-arms. "The Americans (says the Swiss paper) are now the first in war, and the first in peace, because they are determined to be a free people."
e thousand dollars. It is said that nine-tenths of the national banks are in favor of removing the Currency Bureau to New York. The rebels are said to have fired stones from their cannon in one of the battles of the war. They were load-stones, of course.--Prentice. Such people as Wilson and Sumner and Thad. Stevens are flies in the Union cream-pot. Prentice. The Indiana Republican Convention will be held on the 22d, and the Democratic Convention on March 1st. Some Americans have recently constructed a telegraph across the Andes, to connect various cities of Columbia, South America. The Dominican Republic is in a sad condition. Completely desolated by the recent Spanish invasion, the people are almost destitute. The Mississippi Senate has adopted a resolution for the erection of a monument at Jackson in memory of the rebel dead. The Mississippi river levees are soon to be rebuilt by military authority. A marble statue of Andrew Jackson is
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