Southern ideas of Northern Bravery.--The Chinese
and the Yankees
are exceedingly alike, and we have always thought that they were much more nearly related than the Japanese and the almondeyed people of the Flowery Kingdom
When a Chinaman prepares for war — measuring his enemy's courage by his own — he attempts to work upon his fears.
He puts on a hideous mask, arms
himself with a huge shield, upon which he paints some unearthly monster; and, when thus accoutred, he goes forth in cold sweat to encounter the enemy.
As soon as he beholds his adversary, he utters a fearful roar, broadsides his shield, and if his opponent does not at once take to his heels, John Chinaman
The wars of New England
have always been conducted upon the Chinese plan.
To hear their orators and read their newspapers, one would suppose that he was looking at a Chinaman clothed with all the pomp and circumstance of mask, shield, and stink-pot.
The Yankee orators are only equalled by the Yankee
editors in deeds of valor.
Let war be breathed, and they first swear to a man that they are ready and anxious to exterminate creation, whilst the latter, not content, like Alexander, to sigh for more worlds to conquer, threaten to destroy the laws of gravity and lay violent hands upon the whole planetary system.
Yet, these war mandarins are all members of the Peace Society, and would no more think of resenting a blow on the cheek, the seduction of a wife, or the dishonor of a daughter, than they would of flying.
We have not forgotten how all Massachusetts
collected in Boston
when Anthony Burns
was to be delivered to his Virginia
master, and swore that it should not be done.
A single file of soldiers, however, marched the fugitive from State street to the lower end of Long Wharf, through miles of streets packed with valorous fanatics, who did nothing but sing old Puritan
hymns, with a most hideous and barbarous disregard to metre.--Richmond Examiner