What does it mean?
--The Powhatan and Brooklyn
, off the months of the river, fired yesterday twenty-one guns.
What does this mean?
It is unusual to fire a number of guns equal to that of the States, and the proclamation of Lincoln
is that there are thirty-three States.
Does he mean to exclude the eleven seceded States, as either independent or subject States?--adding Maryland
--or does he mean to dodge the whole question, and at the same time to ignore the division of States, substituting a Presidential salute of twenty-one guns?
This is the most probable version, as in all the Northern States
the clamor is for a strong Government, the obliteration of State lines, and the concentration of all powers in the President
!--N. O. Delta, 5th.