--In the Herald,
of February 19th, 1861, was an editorial article devoted to contrasting the characters of the two rival Presidents
After declaring it quite evident that Lincoln
"has not sufficient mental calibre for the discharge of the duties he has undertaken, the writer speaks of the Southern President
"The other President
, Mr. Davis
, has been received with the greatest enthusiasm during his journey from Mississippi
to Montgomery, Ala.
He made five and twenty speeches en route,
but we do not hear that he told any stories, cracked any jokes, asked the advice of the young women about his whiskers, or discussed political platforms.
His speeches are rather highly flavored with the odor of villainous saltpetre, and he evidently believes that civil war is inevitable.
But we must recollect that Mr. Davis
is a soldier, a graduate of West Point
, a hero of the Mexican
war, and a statement of a military turn of mind.
was a splitter of rails, a distiller of whiskey, a story teller and a joke maker.
He after wards became a stump orator, and used his early experiences as his literary capital.
Now we have the rails abandoned, the whiskey still stopped, but the scent of both hangs about the manner and the matter of his speeches.
For the future, the Northern President
should profit by the examxple of his Southern rival who does not attempt to sell the Southern
people that the crisis is nothing, that nobody is hurt, (on the contrary, he acknowledges that the revolution hurts North and South;) but declares that the South
is ready to meet any hardship rather than to abandon its principles.
must look this state of things in the face.
It cannot be turned off with a joke; and when next he opens his mouth we trust he will not put his foot in it. If Mr. Lincoln
aspires to be the second Washington
of this great Confederacy, let him come out emphatically in his inaugural in favor of the Crittenden
resolutions as amendments to the Constitution
; let him call an extra session of the new Congress, and in his first message boldly reiterate this plan and its submission at once to the people through the States; let him appoint his Cabinet, but not dispose of another office in his gift till this great and overwhelming question is settled."
continued to speak of the two Presidents
in the same tone, until the visitation of the mob, which took place, we believe, some time in April.
That enlightened body effected a change in his sentiments, which will remain without revulsion until the Southern
army shall have established its head quarters at the St. Nicholas
, or in some of the palaces on Tenth Avenue. Perhaps even then the pity and contempt of Beauregard
may allow him to proceed in his present strain.
We advise these Generals
beforehand, not to interfere with him if he should abuse them.
But above all things, let them not permit him to praise them.
The public will, in that event, be sure to believe that they have been guilty of some great moral delinquency.
His abuse is endurable, his commendation insufferable.
Most humiliating is it to an ingenuous mind to be the victim of his laudation.
The abolitionists must enjoy the humiliation of Bennett
They hate him, and he hates them.
But they have the satisfaction of seeing him compelled everyday to shower flattery upon themselves and their representatives.
They know that it is death to him, and they must take pleasure in witnessing his pangs.
The scene between Fluellyn and ancient Pistol is repeated everyday.
Our Pistol was, six months ago, the most rampant bully to be found within the limits of the old Union.
He seemed ready to pitch into the whole abolition party, with fire and sword, as he daily did with pen and tongue, whenever Jeff. Davis
should give the order.
But the mobocratic Fluellyn made him a domiciliary visit, presented the leek of abolitionism to him and made him swallow it to the last atom.
Affecting even a relish for the disgusting meal, he rolls it under his tongues like a sweet morsel, while his whole inner man revolts at the infliction.
From our souls we pity the poor devil — pity and despise.