Another speech of Vice President Stephens.
Vice President Stephens addressed the citizens of Savannah, Ga., on Wednesday night. The Republican, in a sketch of his speech, says:
He contrasted the strength of the Confederate States with that of the Colonies at the time of their struggle for independence, and showed that we had more territory, more wealth, and more men than our fathers had when they asserted and maintained their independence.
Our perfect system of government would attract the border slave States, and we would soon have more States, but even if they choose to stay where they are in the old Union, we still had territory enough for an empire — more than twice as much as some of the most powerful nations in Europe, with a soil and climate and productions superior to any in the world.
With a good government and a brave, virtuous and intelligent people, we had nothing to fear.
With less public debt than the Northern States, we have greater resources, and were bet
The figurative "old mistress" is Columbia, no longer, alas!
a happy land, who, with blind confidence, places her fate in the hands of — of whom?
Who is the second metaphorical personage?
No other than Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.
The significant title, "Weaver," has been, from time immemorial, applied to spiders, and from them transferred to politicians--"weavers" of cunning plots.
The name, William, is added partly for the sake of alliteration, and partly (as Dixie."
Can any one now fail to see that, in the verses of this deservedly popular song, an epitome is given of the events which, since last November, have shaken this land?
The election of Lincoln, the decay and dismemberment of the United States, the threats of civil war, and the rise of a new power in the South, are all foretold, and even an invitation to join this nascent empire extended to the surrounding States!
The most skeptical must at least confess that these verses contain