is the nucleus around which have gathered the military forces, embracing the wealth and talent of private and public life, it is also the focus where has converged and radiated a handsome proportion of the editorial opulence in the shape of newspaper correspondents of the same region.
To say who they are, or where they are, would require a degree of clairvoyance which we do not possess; but that they are certainly in Virginia
, thick as mosquitoes in a cotton patch, one has only to pick up any journal in the South
to see ‘" Our Special,"’ or ‘"Our Occasional"’ revelling in all the glories of fresh items, undiluted facts and astute speculations.
We like it. Now and then a paragraph indiscreetly penned may find its way into the columns of the press, but where there is one injury to the public cause thus done, a thousand benefits result.
The people want light, and whether it emanates from the tail end of a lightning bug, a tallow candle or the noonday sun, metaphorically speaking, news — good, bad or indifferent — is as welcome as a new-born baby.
All hail, then, to the press!
"The mightiest of the mighty means
On which the arm of progress leans."
Many of these gentlemen have donned ‘"the buckler and the shield,"’ and are serving their country, God and readers in the field; but a goodly number, believing that ‘" the pen is mightier than the sword,"’ stick to their old clothes like ordinary Christians, and are doing their duty in a civil sphere.
Among those we have had the pleasure of meeting in our ‘"private corner"’ are Messrs. Alexander
, of the Savannah Republican
, of the New Orleans Delta
, of the New Orleans Picayune
; de Fontaine
, of the Charleston ' Courier
, of the Vicksburg Whig; S. Phillips Day
, of the London Herald and Chronicle,
besides a dozen other ‘"birds of passage,"’ who have not stopped long enough to leave a lock of their hair, much less the first essential of an obituary notice.