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The truth at last, in spite of Fremont and the Yankee Newspapers.When the Roman Consul Sempronius, was defeated, with the loss of half-his army at the Trebia, he retired to a strong town, many miles distant, with the remnant, and sent a dispatch to the Senate, in which he concealed his defeat, and represented himself as having fallen back to the point he then occupied merely for convenience. This tale was believed in Rome, until stragglers began to arrive from the army, and the truth began to leak out.--The alarm, when the facts became known, surpassed all conception. The very attempt at concealment gave a terrible impulse to the panic. Men believed that the defeat was even more complete than it actually was. The Senate saw the evil effect produced upon the public mind by the lying message of Sempronius, and they determined to profit by it. Accordingly, a few months after, when news arrived of the terrible catastrophe of Thrasymene, the Consul assembled the people and began an address by saying, ‘"we have lost a great battle; the whole army has been cut to pieces; the Consul Flaminius is among the slain."’ It was a terrible shock. Terror and dismay at first pervaded all ranks, but they had heard the worst, and they let themselves to work at once to repair the evil. It was far better to let them know the whole truth at once than to suffer them to discover it only by accident. It inspired them with confidence when they found the Senate concealing nothing from them. Gen. Fremont does not appear to have profited by the lesson conveyed in these two memorable examples. He made the most extraordinary efforts to conceal the terrible catastrophe which has overtaken the Federal arms in Missouri. He telegraphed to all quarters of Yankeedom, that the Federalists had obtained a signal triumph. And yet, in spite of all his efforts at concealment, he was compelled to let the truth slip out. He knew that the Yankee mind would not rest satisfied with mere generalities. He was chliged to descend to details' and in those details appeared results which it was impossible to reconcile with the idea of Federal success. The Rebels, he said, had 23,000 men, the Yankees but 8,600. The Yankees inflicted a terrible defeat upon the rebels. They stormed their batteries; took their cannon, burnt their tents, and then retreated thirty miles--the conquered rebels, of course, pursuing them. In consequence of this great victory of his own friends, he found it necessary to declare martial law, to reconstruct a disbanded regiment, to appeal to the loyalty of the Federalists living in St. Louis, to cry with agonizing emphasis upon Illinois and Indiana for help. The very Yankees could not be deceived. They must have felt that if such were the consequences of victory, there could be little difference between it and defeat. Their papers show that they saw through the thin disguise. Would it not have been better to have acted as the Roman Consul did when the news of Thrasymene arrived? Would it not have been better to have told the whole truth at once? Is it not of advantage to a Government to possess the confidence of its people? And how can such confidence exist if the people never know when to believe what their rulers tell them? The truth could not possibly be concealed a very long time, and when it came at last, it must act upon the public mind with all the force of buoyant hope suddenly converted into the phrenzy of unredeemed despair. Enough of this, however. It will be seen, by reference to another column, that Lyon's force has been routed beyond the hope of recovery — that he himself has been killed — that between three and four thousand of his men have been made to bite the dust — that the rest, at the last accounts, were flying before a large body of cavalry, with the prospect before them of being cut off and captured — that he lost vast quantities of arms, ammunition and baggage, besides several field pieces and a large number of wagons. It is further stated that Generals Harder and Polk were on the point of joining McCulloch, and that the whole force would move directly upon St. Louis. We already regard the Confederate cause as won in Missouri. We regard Missouri as not less certainly than Virginia a member of the great Southern Republic. Praise be to Him to to whom all praise is due for the glorious consummation.
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