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The New York Herald says that Northern merchants are already making arrangements to import goods into Charleston, Savannah, and New Orleans, in order to avoid the duties of the Morrill tariff. A few corrupt and depraved politicians concocted it, with the double intent of increasing the revenue and patronage of the present Administration, and of benefiting the manufacturing and iron interests of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the New England States. It is a disgrace to every one concerned in it. Its authors will be disappointed in their expectations. The fact is, that the superior advantages offered by the South, and the certainty that imported merchandize can be transmitted, by rivers and railroad, to any part of the Northwest, and the States south of Mason and Dixon's line, at the lower rates of duty of the Montgomery tariff, will divert importations from New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts, to South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana, and a blow will be struck at the local prosperity of the former States, the effects of which it is impossible accurately to calculate. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that every effort of the Washington government to prevent the free ingress of merchandize into the Southern ports, must prove abortive. The united navies of England and France could scarcely guard such an immense line of coast. Thus, able as the South will be to import goods, and, after they are landed, to forward them to all parts of the continent, they will practically collect duties for the whole Union. It is simply absurd to suppose, adds the Herald, that any European nation would neglect the advantages which it might derive from a commercial treaty with a Power having so extended a commerce within its grasp.

If the Border Slave States had gone out with their sister States of the South, Norfolk harbor would have been alive with the shipping of the world, and the North, in the event of such a secession, would never have made an attempt to collect the revenue. The Northern merchants would then have made their arrangements to import through a nearer and larger harbor than any in the Southern Confederacy. Norfolk would, besides, have become the great ship-building station for the Southern naval and commercial vessels.--What has not Virginia lost by the unspeakable blindness and stolidity of men who do not recognize that the world moves, and that those who do not move with it are left behind to darkness and chaos.

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