The war and the Northern Congress.
--The Baltimore Exchange
devotes an editorial to the probable action of the Congress
, concluding with the subjoined expressive language:
If the members of the present Congress, resolutely casting themselves loose from the trammels of party, disregarding all sectional affiliations, and trampling prejudice and fanaticism beneath their feet, were capable of rising to the height of the occasion, they might win for themselves immortal honor.
But the temper in which they assemble, the programme which is already marked out for them, and the measures which it is confidently stated they are prepared to sanction, denote but too clearly that they are willing slaves to the madness of the hour, and that truth and reason, Christian principles and humane feelings, the promptings of patriotism and the teachings of history, will be alike lost upon them.
They are for war — war on a scale hitherto happily unknown in this country — a war which, if prosecuted in the evil spirit that has prompted its initial proceedings, will be marked by cruelties and barbarities as repugnant to the spirit of the age as it will be fatal to the liberties of this people.--A war so instigated and so conducted can have but one result — the South
will triumph; for everything that the South
cherishes is at stake upon the issue, and every instinct of manhood revolts at the idea of subjugation.
The Southern people may be made to suffer much, but they will inflict much suffering in return, and the end of all will be a treaty of peace and the recognition of the Southern Confederacy as an independent power.
Yet the North
will have war, and Congress will respond to the sanguinary appeal, and much blood will flow and much treasure be wasted, and when ruin stalks over all the land, and the wail of widows and orphans is heard on every passing breeze — why then we shall have peace.
Were it not better that we should have it now?