90.--opinions of the New Orleans press.
The sectional prejudice among thousands which, until recent events, had laid dormant and inert, has been roused to active demonstration by the fiendish tactics of Black Republican journals.
These have so mingled the most violent denunciation of the South
and its institutions with frantic appeals in behalf of the Union
and the American
flag, as to stir up the ignorant masses to a pitch of uncontrollable excitement, and to fill them with vindictive and malignant hostility.
If these fomenters of strife were permitted to direct the policy of the United States Government, a war of extermination against the South
should be waged.
All their counsels tend to this object; and, as they appear to be gradually obtaining the ascendency with the Lincoln Administration
, it may be that before the lapse of many months the conflict will really assume the hideous character they desire to impart to it.--N. O. Bee
, April 27.
Public sentiment in the South
has become a unit.
Never before was there such unanimity on any question as now exists in the Confederate States
; and in those slave States that are not yet technically within them, almost the same unanimity is manifested.
The coercive policy of the Black Republican Government
has produced what nothing else could have done.
It has obliterated all mere party differences in the Southern States
, and brought all men upon the same platform of resistance to such coercion.
The conservative sentiments of the border slave States are rapidly giving way before the crazy efforts at subjugation of the usurping despotism at Washington City
That power seems to have entirely forgotten that there is a legislative body known as Congress, for it is arrogating to itself as much authority as Louis Napoleon
or the Emperor
The Republican Cabinet has been converted into an oligarchy, wielding unlimited authority.
Genuine Republican theory and practice appear to be completely lost sight of. The Lincoln Cabinet, instead of merely carrying into effect the laws.
that Congress passes, makes laws of its own, or rather proceeds to make war upon the Confederate States
without any law. Why don't Mr. Lincoln
fulminate a decree declaring Congress abolished, and himself and his friends in perpetual authority, with power to do just what they like, law or no law?
He might as well do this, as to do what he is doing.--N. O. Bulletin
, April 27.
also says that while the South
is a unit, public opinion in the North
appears to be settling down into a determination to support the war measures of the Lincoln Administration
Among the journals which still resist the tremendous pressure of fanaticism, and denounce the insane policy of the coercionists, the Bulletin mentions the Bangor Union, and the Argus
; the New York Daily News and New York Day Book, and the Greensburg (Pa.)
We believe the Boston Courier might be added to the list, and perhaps Medary
's paper, the Crisis, in Ohio
Of course the opposition of these journals is utterly incapable of checking or modifying the war current in the North
Nothing can do that but some terrible reverse to the Northern
Nothing but downright force and physical terror can achieve a moral triumph over the brutal instincts of fanaticism.
The N. O. Crescent
, referring to an article in the Toronto (Canada)
The Leader says it is “too late now for the North
to adopt the only statesmanlike policy — to recognize secession as a fact, and act accordingly.”
We think not. We think the North
may save itself much of disaster, much of national disgrace and dishonor, millions of money and seas of blood, by promptly recognizing at this time, the independence of the Confederate States
It is all that we have ever asked.
We have asked only that we be recognized as a separate nationality, and all questions connected with our future relations and our former joint possession of national property to be settled by peaceable negotiation.
What we demanded at first we will eventually have, just so sure as fate — except that, since this inhuman and unnatural war has been precipitated upon us, the North
will lose much that it might otherwise have preserved.
speaks of the utter contempt and disregard of laws and Constitutional forms manifested in the recent proceedings of the Lincoln Administration
With the cry of the Constitution
and the enforcement of the law on its lying lips, it violates both, and proceeds to inaugurate a bitter and bloody war with the. preposterous avowal that it is not making war, but only taking measures to “disperse” a mob and put down a riot.--N. O. Delta
, April 27.