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A mistake.

[From the Columbia (S. C.) Guardian.]

One of our Southern contemporaries, in making an extract from the Philadelphia Inquirer, rebuking that reckless sheet, the New York Tribune, intimates that the taunts and sneers of the Black Republican press have provoked the people of the South to a high state of excitement.

This is altogether a mistake, at least in this section of the country. All the taunts and sneers that the Tribune or other sheets of that stamp could print for a year would have not the slightest effect in exciting or irritating our people. They have other and graver matters to attend to than the coarse and stupid witticisms of the malign slanders of such a press. They are passing from one condition to another and higher — that of a people disenthralled from the political rule of spoilers, cut-throats, and fanatics.

And yet, notwithstanding that they are engaged in this great work, there is comparatively but little excitement here. Men attend to their ordinary business as usual; new buildings are going up all around us; the merchant, mechanic and tradesman are all busy, and a passer-by could scarcely discover a political ripple on the surface of every-day life. But one thing the most casual observer cannot fail to notice, and that is, the marked, though calm, determination which has settled upon all that the State of South Carolina must at once withdraw from the Union. The fact is, she has withdrawn, all but in form; and out of her whole population a corporal's guard could not be found to make the essay to prevent her from resuming her sovereignty as soon as possible.

The Charleston Courier, noticing the efforts of some of the Northern papers for the repeal of the nullification laws, says:`

‘ As a sign of returning justice and reviving faith, and as a basis for future amicable relations, the repeal of these laws will be acceptable. It is now too late, however, for any statutory concessions to save this Union.

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