The people of the North
have had good reason to complain of the hoaxing done by the telegraph; but the way in which the people of the South
have been humbugged is positively shocking.
All over the South
, they had, on the morning of the 20th, the resignation of Gen. Scott
; his joining Virginia
; the defeat of the New York 7th Regiment with an immense loss; capture of Norfolk Navy Yard, and Harper's Ferry
Arsenal; the probable resignation of President Lincoln
--in fact, the utter discomfiture of the North
The Natchez Free Trader
says: “Forthwith our citizens thronged the streets, the bells of all the churches and public buildings rang out a long-continued, merry peal, sky rockets and other fireworks lit up the night, guns were fired, the cannon roared and the people shouted most lustily and harmoniously.
A grand mass meeting, gathered in ten minutes notice, was held at the Court House
, which with its surrounding grounds and the adjoining streets, was thronged.
Speeches were made by sundry citizens, interrupted by frequent applause and cheering.
never was so grand, nor her people so jubilant.
The pen fails to make the record a just one.
We are hoarse with shouting and exalted with jubilancy.” --N. Y. Tribune, April 23