Waiting for a Partner.
an eminent journal, printed in a neighboring city, the managers of which care more for their own crotchets than for the country, has promulgated a patent labor-saving method of saving the Union
, to which we extend the benefit of this advertisement,
, Gen. Geo. B. McClellan
, at present upon a tour of exhibition in the principal cities, is to be restored to all his honors, dignities and commands.
We object to this, though not very strenuously, because Gen. McClellan
having received a great many houses and horses, the donations of tenderhearted friends, we think that he should be permitted to stay at home to reside in the first and to drive the second.
Otherwise the intentions of the charitable bestowers of roof-trees and free rides may be entirely defeated.
At any rate, if the General
is to go back, we think that he should reconvey to the donors the houses and horses and shawls, as having been given by mistake.
, Gen. McClellan
is to be furnished with “a fresh body of troops.”
We object to this, because from what we know of Gen. McClellan
, we believe that he would prefer
veterans to raw recruits.
We believe that he is considered to be perfectly immense in drill, but we cannot in conscience ask him to repeat those gigantic labors from which he is resting amid the enchantments of numerous donation parties.
, Gen. McClellan
, with his “free body of troops,” is to “maintain the forms of Government until the opportunity occurs to elect another Administration.”
We object to this, because it is n't complimentary to Gen. McClellan
, who seems to be the best entitled to compliments of any man in the United States
It does n't look very friendly for his professed friends to propose him for a mere locum tenens
, a post, a peg, a stalking horse.
And it is certainly alarming to consider that we can now do no more than merely “maintain the forms of Government.”
Pray what is the enemy to be doing all those fine months?
Maintaining the forms of his
government, we suppose, by assaulting, worrying, surprising, harassing and hunting the “fresh body of troops” which, meanwhile, will display a masterly inactivity, except when compelled to “mizzle.”
, Nothing is to be done until we have “a new Administration.”
Of the Democratic
stripe of course!
And what, pray, is to be done then?
Is the fighting to be resumed?
Then why not fight now?
Or is the new Administration to be of the diplomatic, assuaging, persuading, intriguing, compromising, palavering, protocoling and rose-water variety?
propositions, conferences, communions, conventions, speechmaking, enacting, and. Heaven knows what beside?
And is Gen.
expected to shine in these grand palavers?
Is that the reason why, with his war-paint off, this chieftain has been perambulating the country!
Practising the Art of Speaking — eh?
Are epaulettes and buttons to yield to the peace-of-the-toga?
Was it for such reason that the General
was presented with two coach horses instead of one charger?--with a carriage instead of a saddle?
We are sorry that the gentlemen who propose this notable plan of restoring the Union
, should forget that its success would prove their Secession cronies to be liars of the first magnitude.
Davis et al
/ are certainly committed fairly enough upon the record against a reference — they have said distinctly enough, a thousand times in all manner of State papers and newspapers, that come back they would not and could not, unless compelled to come back by force of arms.
And yet by this scheme we are to proffer them new chances of returning to loyalty — for the scheme can only mean that, or letting them go in peace.
The talk about “fresh troops” is literally insulting to the gallant fellows now in the field; is only a blind.
For who supposes that a National Administration of the Horatio Seymour
tint would fight?
Who would expect them to display any extraordinary vigor in the field or to maintain the Constitution
there with any tenacity?
Nobody in his right mind.
A Democratic Administration — we say it without fear of contradiction — would be a Peace-at-any-price
Nothing better than semi-treason would be expected of it; nothing better than haggling, patching and most disreputable bargaining.
“Erring sisters, depart in peace!”
would be its legend.
If the people choose to trust Brooks
) the Woods and men of like kidney with the adjustment of national differences, why the people are omnipotent and can do that in haste which they will bitterly rue at leisure.
If the army be in the least demoralized and the progress of the war at all suspended, the fault lies at the door of the Democratic party.
If it has done so much mischief out of office, of what will it not be capable in power?
and honest men, true lovers of the Union
, would look with fear, trembling, distrust and disgust upon any postponement of the assertion, sharp, vigorous and offensive, of the sanctity of the laws, until after the coming, election.
We think that to save the whole country from the anarchy which now distracts so great a part of it, we need prompt, muscular and decisive action, military and naval; and that any attempt to carry the question of Peace or War into a Presidential election, might result in schemes of demagogy and in scenes of bloodshed frightful to anticipate.
We say nothing of any delays occasioned by military necessity; but we do say that any other is abominably cruel.
The Emancipation Policy which, after all, is what these schemers hate, rests upon the plighted faith of this Government, and any attempt to evade it, will be followed by national miseries
which will be all the harder to bear because they will be so richly deserved.
February 12, 1863.