The South is rich in all the materials of ship-building, and we wonder that we have not already at least the beginning of a navy.
We cannot afford to wait for foreign countries to open our ports.
We ought to be able to open them ourselves.
The world is always ready to help those who do not need its help.
We have naval officers who deserve to be employed upon their own element, and who could render efficient service to the country if we could only put them afloat.
It is intolerable that we should longer permit the Federal
navy and Yankee pirates to vapor and bully along the whole extent of our coast, and completely isolate us from the rest of mankind.
If, at the beginning of the war, a few millions had been expended for iron-plated frigates, we could by this time have sunk the whole Yankee navy, and opened our ports to the commerce of the world.
It is not yet too late.
By energetic efforts we can get a fleet ready by spring, which will save us from a humiliating reliance upon the intervention of foreign powers.
Every effort should at once be made for the relief of the country from the Yankee
We trust that the Executive
and Congress will bestow their earliest attention upon this most important subject.
Our naval officers, among the most accomplished and heroic in the old service, are panting for an opportunity of distinction and usefulness upon the ocean, and we hope they will not be disappointed.
We know of no expenditure which would yield as rich returns as the construction of a few ships of war.--Richmond Dispatch, Nov