What does he Mean by it?
When a reckless and dangerous man, who has proclaimed that between you and him there is an "irrepressible conflict," "draws a bead" on you with a riffed, it is of course your duty to advance towards him in a polite and deferential manner, and ask him what he means by it!
When a robber aims a slungshot at your head, or a burglar breaks the fastenings of your door, or an incendiary applies the match to the inflammable materials which he has prepared for a conflagration, by all means, before you prepare to defend your life and property, ask him what he means by it?
Ten to one, in each of these cases, he will assure you, as Abe.
does his Southern interrogators, that he means no harm whatever, and that his intentions are of the most pacific character.
Three thousand troops and a squadron of war ships sent to the South
, are such evident measure of conciliation and compromise that, but for politeness sake, we can't conceive why Virginia
should inquire of the Black Republican President
what he means by it. His purpose is just as plain as was that of his illustrious prototype, John Brown
, when he proceeded to "occupy and possess" a Southern stronghold.
When Gov. Wise
heard that Gen. Brown
, with pikes and men, had invaded Virginia
, he ought to have sent a deputation and inquired what he meant by it.-- Brown
would no doubt have informed him that he meant peace, for he always protested that, if the slaveholders would lie still and be plucked without remonstrance, he wouldn't hurt a hair of their heads.
The legatee of John Brown
who now has possession of Harper's Ferry
and Old Point
, means no more harm than his testator.
He is only adopting means to come into peaceable possession of his estate, and, unless he is resisted as old John was by Gov. Wise
, not a drop of blood will be shed.
, U. S. Engineer, who goes out from New York with the peace-making deputation of three thousand, was asked what it meant.
He replied, ‘"In about ten days you will know."’ That is about the length of time of the voyage by sea from New York to Pensacola