Exhibition of "a Here."
Barsum is exhibiting at his museum a negro pirate, whose successful murders have made him a hero, that great desideratum at present in the North
, and Congressmen have contributed to his celebrity by declaring that he is the greatest hero the war has produced.
‘"I want a hero — no uncommon want,"’ has been the exclamation of the Northern
press for some months.
But no sooner has it obtained one than Barnum
manifests the same desire, and rushes with headlong haste to secure the rarity.
He is successful; the piratical negro is placed on exhibition by the side of his cousin, the Gorilla, and the more wonderful curiosity, a hero,
is exhibited to the gaping population of New York at twenty-five cents a head.
Multitudes flock to behold the rarity, and for only twenty-five cents they are permitted to see that which they had never expected to be able to see at any price.
We admire the proper appreciation of self and of country manifested by those Republican Congressmen who declare that the African pirate is the greatest hero their ranks have produced.
In view of the exploits of some of their number at Manassas
, where Weed
and other ferocious leaders of their party proved themselves as pusillanimous as they are base, and of the declaration of General Scott
, that he, the chief of their soldiery, is the ‘"greatest coward in the world,"’ we admit the justice of their declaration that a negro assassin is the greatest hero abolitionism has produced.
Equally natural and characteristic is the conduct of Barnum
in appropriating the first exhibition of heroism among Black Republicans to practical and solid uses.
The war being a war of base greed and avarice, a war purely to make the South
tributary to the cash boxes of Northern cities, it is right and proper that every heroic action and actor in it should be appreciated by a money standard, and should make as much out of it as they can. Barnum
never made a better hit then in exhibiting a Black Republican hero as a curiosity.
We advise him to add a new charm to the exhibition by exhibiting in the back ground of the picture which shows the ‘"greatest hero of the war,"’ the man who stands confessed as ‘"the greatest coward in the world,"’ the late Lieut
, General Scott