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The Foreign press on the American
troubles

The most extraordinary ignorance is manifested by the foreign press upon the great subjects which now agitates this country. All their ideas and facts connected with slavery are derived from the Republican journals of non-slaveholding States. The London press, of all others, manifests the most malevolence and stupidity. It is just barely beginning to open its eyes to the possibility that there is a real crisis in American affairs, and that before that crisis has terminated, their own country may be involved in a widespread ruin. The London Herald,(Dec. 10,) the only paper in London which is fast becoming wide awake to our actual and imminent cause for anxiety, concludes an article on the subject thus:

‘ But there are other considerations than this life and death question of the Territories which are now maddening the South. Senator Trumbull declares the late election will bring about a Northern "Pacific Railroad, a judicious tariff, the admission of Kansas into the Union as a free State, a reform in the financial department of the government, and, more than all, the verdict of the people that the Constitution is not a slavery extending instrument." These propositions mean the acquisition of the commerce of the continent by the Northern States the substitution of protection for free trade, two more votes in the Senate against the South, the annihilation of Democratic finance, and prospective emancipation of the slaves by the force of circumstances. The South sees absolute ruin staring it in the face from such measures; and, whether it secedes immediately or not, attempt to secede it must shortly in defence of its very existence. We repeat, Senator Trumbull declared that such would be the new President's policy, and he declared it, too, almost within hearing of Mr. Lincoln, and in answer to the threats of secession. Furthermore, Mr. Lincoln himself has stated how Southern attempts at disunion will be met by a Republican government. In a speech delivered at Leavenworth, some months since, he thus avowed the proper mode of dealing with rebellion:

"While we elect a President it will be our duty to see that you submit. Old John Brown has been hanged for treason against a State. We cannot object, although slavery is wrong. That cannot excuse violence, bloodshed and treason. It could avail him nothing that he might think himself right. So, if constitutionally we elect a President, and therefore, you undertake to destroy the Union, it will be our duty to deal with you as old John Brown was dealt with. We can only do our duty."

This is the policy with which Mr. Lincoln is certain to act towards any State which may attempt secession, and against the whole South, too, if it combine for that object. We appeal to the manufacturers of our Northern counties — is it right for you to depend longer for your supply of cotton upon a country in which civil war is so obviously imminent? Is it right that the well being of 4,000,000 of artisans should be imperilled by your senseless persistence in the belief that this impending storm will blow over and leave you scatheless? We appeal to the whole industry of the empire, and we ask whether her Majesty's advisers have yet taken any measures to avert the calamities looming in the near future? Though at the eleventh hour, there is yet time to prevent the full extent of danger, and the country demands whether the present government is prepared to act in the emergency.

’ We may soon expect to see other London journals taking the alarm; but up to this time their blindness has been astounding. In view of the intellect and intelligence which are supposed to direct the columns of the leading newspapers in the first city of the world, it is marvellous that we should find such ignorance of subjects in America which it concerns the guardians of British interests and industry to master and understand in the most complete and thorough manner. Nothing can explain their utter imbecility on all that relates to slavery, but that besotted hate of the Southern States which has become chronic in the fanatical English mind, and which blinds it to every ray of truth and justice. It is impossible to read the articles of such a journal as La Presse, without seeing at a glance how different the animus towards this country, which pervades the columns of the French and English journals. The former, whilst quite as anti-slavery as the latter, manifest no disposition to use the subject to the disparagement or injury of any section of the United States, but, on the contrary, exhibit sincere concern for our National disquietudes, and genuine solicitude to heal the wounds of an ancient ally, and make us again "one and indivisible." All honor to our old and loyal friend! The South does not ask the world to concur with it upon that which concerns no one but itself — its domestic institutions — yet it has a right to expect from those who share equally with itself the benefits of its peculiar kind of labor, the common courtesies of civilized life. It has not received even these from the press of England, a country which forced slavery upon the South, and which subsists and waxes fat upon slave products.

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