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hich swept off from Irish soil 1,500,000 souls. And what has been done by our Government to prevent such catastrophes? Simply nothing. We are drilling on into the cotton famine as we drifted into the Russian war, and with some of the same statesmen at the helm. We stand by and fold our arms, while the great game is being played out, with an effort to arrest the tide of war or to avert its calamitous consequences. It may be too late to interfere now. The time had passed even before Mr. Seward gave our statesmen such a glorious opportunity for holding their tongues. But surely it is no great feat for our Foreign Secretary to boast of, that in the long interval between the secession of South Carolina and the first collision in the field he simply waited on events, contenting himself with the pious but somewhat selfish prayer that Providence would keep us out of the quarrel. We are bound to the Americans by the closest of ties. The advice that might have come from us would, per