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Lincoln's war message.

It is reported that Abraham Lincoln, in his forthcoming message to Congress, will recommend that five hundred thousand men be raised at once, and two hundred millions borrowed, to carry on the war. This would be a larger army than France, with double the population of the United States, possesses at this moment, when it is believed that she is preparing for a European war. In proportion to population, Louis Napoleon would have to raise an army of a million to put the French Empire on a military equality with the magnificent programme of Abraham Lincoln.--The London Times complains that it is portentous of war in Europe, when Napoleon has at his back an army of four hundred thousand men, which, it says, is one to every one hundred of the whole population, or one out of sixteen, able-bodied men. To raise five hundred thousand men, would be bringing into the field 1-36th of the whole Northern population. Who believes that it can be done? It is an easy matter to send off the riff-raff of the large cities with the devout hope that they may all be killed before next winter throws them on the parish, but when it comes to moving the men of substance, they will be hard to start until you can prove to them that it will pay. Most of them are of the class eulogized by a Yankee poet, who puts these words in the mouth of a shrewd Jonathan listening to the fife and drum of a recruiting company:

"Whack away; let's hear you rattle
On them kettle drums of yourn;
Tain't a knowing kind of cattle
That is cotched with mouldy corn.

"Toot away, you fifer feller,
Let folks see how spry you be,
Guess you'll toot till you get yeller,
Fore you git a hold of me."

The money is a still more difficult problem than the men. Where are they to borrow two hundred millions? For it will require not one cent less to carry out their programme. Their last loan of fourteen millions only proved a failure. The credit of the United States has been good because of the Southern staples which lay at the foundation of its wealth. Without the South, the North is poor as a church mouse, and she confesses as much by her enormous efforts to retain these States in bondage. Who will lend her money when, even if she could conquer, she would destroy herself? for the South has determined that every bale of cotton shall be consumed, every cotton field devoted to destruction, and the whole land shall be made a desert, before it shall come again beneath the yoke of the sordid, heartless, and depraved wretches who, from purely money considerations, are bringing fire and sword upon our hearths and homes. They can neither get the men nor the money; and if they can, we can borrow two dollars for their one, and raise a million of men to meet their five hundred thousand.--There will be only this difference in the future conduct of the war: We shall no longer stand on the defensive. We shall carry home to the farms and firesides of those wretches the infernal atrocities they have visited upon our own soil.

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