What does this mean?
--The following is a leading editorial article in the Cincinnati Commercial:
For the first time the rebels are at a loss as to where they are to be struck.
The circulation of female spies and traitorous Northern newspapers being greatly circumscribed, and the disloyal clerks in the various departments of the Government
being closely watched, and the publication of army movements being so far restricted as to embarrass the inquirers after truth, and the arrest of spies and other agents of the conspirators in the North
rendering more circumspection in their movements advisable, our ‘"Southern brethren"’ are really beginning to be plagued to know what we are about.
More than all this, the Adams' Express has stopped carrying letters to the South
, and telegraphic dispatches are not to be forwarded from Louisville
any more, while increased vigilance is to be exercised all along the Ohio
, to prevent smuggling and stop the movements of the conspirators.
This will really embarrass our ‘"Southern brethren."’ They will not know where to look for the blow.
The next they know, a mighty fleet, with ten thousand men aboard, will open one of their cotton ports and let a streak of daylight into the benighted regions of the original Secession. --Yellow Jack
is not guarding their coast this year.
The New England
skippers know the Southern
coast far better than the Southerners themselves know it. ‘"Things is work in'. "’ The reverses which the people at the North
have met have not changed the order of things, or reversed the march of empire.
This is followed up by another editorial paragraph as follows:
There is reason to believe that the profound repose which the Southern
coast, and the nests of the conspirators in the Cotton States
, have been permitted to enjoy, will hereafter be seriously disturbed.
's expedition is not the only one that will be launched.
There is nothing to prevent the embarkation of ten thousand men at Baltimore
any day, to strike a blow somewhere on the Southern
It would not surprise us to learn that Gen. McClellan
, having securely fortified Washington
, had made a forward movement by way of Charleston
or New Orleans.
Now, it may be that all this is a part of a concerted plan to endeavor to induce us to withdraw troops from Viginia and Missouri
, to defend the Southern
On the other hand, there may be some such purpose entertained as is here foreshadowed, and expeditious, similar to Butler
's late expedition into North Carolina
, may be fitting out for a more Southern destination.
In either event, it can do no harm to be prepared.
Although it may be a feint, it becomes us to prepare ourselves at every point.