its traditions, and traitorous out of mere petulance, must be very strong indeed in money, men, and all other material resources, in order to maintain itself The South cannot complain that it has been slandered by its foes.
It stands to-day self-accused and self-convicted.
From its own newspapers, and from the speeches of its leading men, and by their own passionate confession, we can prove it behindhand in commerce, in intelligent agriculture, in letters and in popular enlightenment.
Governor Wise has said this over and over again, in numberless letters, of his own State of Virginia; and what is true of Virginia is true of her Southern sisters.
Do the really intelligent men of these unfortunate States, imagine that acts of Congress, whether in Montgomery or in Washington, will bring wealth, industry, prudence, energy — lines of steamers, miles of railway, great commercial centres?
Secede, and secede again, but the curse and blight of Slavery will still remain!
It will be a less