But if he knows that he was so wrong, then he should be ashamed, and not proud.
He should know that men are responsible
to God and their fellows for errors so gigantic.
The only attitude for him should be contrition, deep humility, confession, and tearful entreaties for pardon.
Of one thing we are sure, if we had committed so enormous a blunder and crime as Mr. Cable
now says he committed in 1861, and that, after being so positive we were right, if we had persisted in our error four years, and sealed it with human blood falsely shed, when at last we found out our delusion, we should have hidden our heads and laid our hands on our mouths for the rest of our natural lives, and we should have never again presumed to teach a fellow-citizen his civic duties.
That is the only attitude for so fatal a blunderer.