How it works.
The New York Herald
says that Northern merchants are already making arrangements to import goods into Charleston
, and New Orleans, in order to avoid the duties of the Morrill
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
, and the New England
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
's line, at the lower rates of duty of the Montgomery
tariff, will divert importations from New York, Pennsylvania
, and Massachusetts
, to South Carolina
, 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
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.
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.