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The Daily Dispatch: June 21, 1861., [Electronic resource] 4 0 Browse Search
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companied it in its frenzied efforts to get from the enemy's territory. We safely confide our all to the direction of the sagacious and brave men administering our Government in its present difficulties; and above all, with a conviction which almost amounts to an assurance, we rest securely in the thought that our counsellors are influenced by Infinite wisdom in their course of action, that our cause is just and right, and that an Omnipotent hand is outstretched for our defence — that our cause must and will succeed. I cannot close this paper without expressing a wish which I know will meet an affirmative response in every Southern heart. May unusual efforts be made to take Praiter Scott. Let a special arrangement be made for that purpose. We would wish to see him again in Richmond, either in irons or in rags, or in any way; but, high above all, suspended from a lofty gallows, receiving the just reward which his felon act so deservedly merits. May such be his doom. Senex.
Scott and Thermistocles. A modern writer observes that the fine sentiment we call Patriotism is, in the first instance at least, an instinctive feeling of attachment to the place of our nativity — the spot of earth on which we were born. In its inception, man is hardly conscious of the germ of this sentiment, which, however, exists in every heart, but it grows with his growth, and strengthens with his strength, till it becomes a principle and a passion, capable of facing death itself, with the words which Horace wrote, and many a patriot has illustrated by a splendid fate : Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. Metastasio has beautifully painted this passion in his opera of "Il Themistocle," in which he describes the Athenian General, an exile at the Court of Xerxes, assailed by strong temptations to turn his counsels and arms against his ungrateful country; but in vain : Them.--And would's thou have Themistocles a rebel, To o'erturn his native walls?