distress to encounter, but all this and more will be cheerfully sustained, sooner than surrender our birthright to the despotic and fanatical hosts of the North
Nor must it be imagined that these losses and sacrifices will be confined to us. The North
cannot live without Southern trade, and this is gone from her forever.
She cannot put immense armies on a war footing and maintain them save at a fearful expense, which will tax all her resources to meet.
Every blow she aims at us will recoil with terrible force upon itself.
In striving to conquer us, the North
is exhausting her wealth, her strength, and her productive energies, and will feel the pernicious consequences of her folly and iniquity for countless years.
Her people, in the paroxysm of insanity under which they labor, fail to perceive the desperate act of suicide they are committing; but when it will have been irretrievably consummated, they will be haunted by vain regrets for the ruin and impoverishment they have brought upon themselves — and all this, too, without accomplishing the wicked object they have at heart.--N. O. Bee, May 4