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The Black Republican plot — the countryThe New York Repress, well known to our readers as the leading journal of the Conservative Whig party in New York, referring to the failure of the conciliatory labors of the Border States,--the emasculation of even the Corwin plan, and their only response to the prayers and entreaties of the Border States being a suggestion that they may form a National Convention to amend the Constitution at some indefinite period of time in the remote future, --says, in view of these startling facts, and in view further of the inexplicable course of the so-called conservative Republicans, within the last few days — it is impossible to resist the conclusion — that the leading men of that class have all along been playing a daring, desperate, double-faced game. Mr. Seward and his friends, says the Express. have all along been deluding the country with the belief that the conservative element of which they set themselves up as the authoritative exponents, would be the controlling influence with their party in Congress, and the controlling influence with the incoming Administration; but now, that the delusion has had its intended effect, in influencing the recent elections in the Border States, and throwing dust in the eyes of the Bankers, Capital-1sts and Merchants of the Northern cities, who subscribed to Government loans on the assurance that Peace, and not War, was to be the Lincoln policy, the mask is thrown off, and lo! these conservative politicians are now hand and glove with the Chases, the Blairs, the Trumbulls, the Hales, the Fessendens. and other men of notoriously extreme views, as if defeat the very measures of adjustment which they were morally pledged to support! The Radicals, it is now evident, have been playing into the hands of the so-called Conservatives, and the so-called Conservatives have been playing into the hands of the Radicals for a common purpose — to Gain time.--The role of the Conservatives was to cry peace, peace, peace; the role of the Radicals was war; but the Conservatives professed to be able and willing, when the time came, to drive the war hounds back to their dens; and the Union men of the Northern and the Border States put full faith in the profession.--Well, the time has come, but Mr. Seward and his friends do not respond. They have gone over to the enemy. When their voices and votes were wanted, neither could be had, save to procrastinate, and, finally, to shut the door in the face of Conciliation, Compromise, and Adjustment. Their purpose, as we have said, has been accomplished. They have gained time. The Express, when its article was published, had not seen the Inaugural; and therefore it thus concludes, and to that conclusion we earnestly invite the attention of all Virginians: ‘ "The time is come when masks must be thrown aside. The hour is here for plain speaking and for delphic utterances — for parables and cloudy sayings to cease. If we are to be thrust into a civil war, the thrust must not be in the dark. It brother is to shed brother's blood, the People — whose voice was not permitted to be heard — will demand that it be done in daylight, and with open eyes. Having denied us the ballot, if the buller is to come next, our masters ought to let us know it. Subterfuges will no longer answer. If, in the Inaugural to-day, the revolution in the Southern State is to be ignored — if the people there are to be treated a rebels and traitors after the manner of Lord North and George III. --if the revenue is to be collected, the arsenal recaptured, the forts reinforced, and all the broken mashinery of the Federal Government replaced by sword and bayonet --with no olive branch to after — then the country may as well understand, first as last, that the inauguration of Mr. Lincoln to-day is the inauguration of civil war, and the death-knell of the Union." ’ All this the Inaugural has done, and yet while the death-knell is booming solemnly and heavily upon every ear, there are those who cry, Peace! Peace!
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