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[304] of personal confidence. I know well the sentiments of these, my Southern brothers, whose hearts are so infolded that the feeling of each is the feeling of all; and I see on both sides only the seeming of a constraint, which each apparently hesitates to dismiss. The South—prostrate, exhausted, drained of her lifeblood, as well as of her material resources, yet still honorable and true—accepts the bitter award of the bloody arbitrament without reservation, resolutely determined to abide the result with chivalrous fidelity; yet, as if struck dumb by the magnitude of her reverses, she suffers on in silence. The North, exultant in her triumph, and elated by success, still cherishes, as we are assured, a heart full of magnanimous emotions toward her disarmed and discomfited antagonist; and yet, as if mastered by some mysterious spell, silencing her better impulses, her words and acts are the words and acts of suspicion and distrust.

Would that the spirit of the illustrious dead whom we lament to-day could speak from the grave to both parties to this deplorable discord in tones which should reach each and every heart throughout this broad territory: ‘My countrymen! know one another, and you will love one another.’

The new South

Delivered before the New England Society of New York City at the dinner of December 22, 1886. in response to an urgent invitation Henry W. Grady, then managing editor of the Atlanta constitution, attended the banquet, expecting to make a mere formal response to the toast of ‘the South.’ but the occasion proved inspiring. The Reverend T. Dewitt Talmage spoke on ‘old and New Fashions.’ near Grady sat General William Tecumseh Sherman, who had marched through his native State of Georgia with fire and sword. ‘when I found myself on my feet,’ he said, describing the scene on his return to Atlanta, ‘every nerve in my body was strung as tight as a fiddle-string, and all tingling. I knew then that I had a message for that assemblage, and as soon as I opened my mouth it came rushing out.’ thus the speech which stirred the whole country was an impromptu effort from beginning to end.

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