Provocation.Our whole national debt is less than sixty days interest on that of Great Britain, yet, with all our resources the English call us bankrupt!-=– Boston Post.
Reply.But England pays her interest—large as it is; and if our States will not pay even their debts, small as they are, why should they not be called bankrupt?
Provocation.A charge that the Tribune sacrified the Right to the Expedient.
Reply.Old stories very often have a forcible application to present times. The following anecdote we met with lately in an exchange paper: How is it, John, that you bring the wagon home—in such a condition?
I broke it driving over a stump. Where? Back in the woods, half a mile or so. But why did you run against the stump? Could n't you see how to drive straight? I did drive straight, sir, and that is the very reason that I drove over it The stump was directly in the middle of the road. Why, then, did you not go round it? Because, sir, the stump had no right in the middle of the road, and I had a right in it. True, John, the stump ought not to have been in the road, but I wonder that you were so foolish as not to consider that it was there, and that it was stronger than your wagon. Why, father, do you think that I am always going to yield up my rights? Not I. I am determined to stick up to them, come what will. But what is the use, John, of standing up to rights, when you only get a greater wrong by so doing. I shall stand up for them at all hazards. Well, John, all I have to say is this—hereafter you must furnish your own wagon.