The prosperity of New York.
makes an attempt, as ghastly as the grin upon the face of a skeleton, to wax mirthful over "the reviving business of the North
," and "the prospects for a prosperous fill trade." The only articles of commerce that show signs of life in that quarter are those connected with war. The contractors for the army have their hands full and are anxious that the war should last forever.
But outside of this field of remunerative patriotism, there is little evidence of reviving commerce in New York.
Its prosperity in its best days was delusive and partial, a state of things in which the rich became richer, and the poor poorer every hour; in which material wealth absorbed every other consideration, resulting in that shocking moral degradation which the present war has developed.
God forbid that the South
should ever be cursed with such prosperity as that!
's saying that "great cities are great sores on the body politic," has received an illustration in the career of New York and her conduct during this war, which will not soon be forgotten.
But, such as her greatness was, it has departed.
New York shall never more be the Tyre of the American
The bodies of her fallen Zouaves at Bull Run
will rise from their graves before her fallen fortunes can have a resurrection.
She is at present under a wholesome penitential discipline, and notwithstanding its denials, the Herald
itself unwittingly furnishes evidence of the fact.
Its advertising columns give the lie to its editorials.
In prosperous times that paper had often forty columns of advertisements daily.
The Montgomery Advertiser
, referring to this fact, speaks of a recent number of the Herald
which has only about sixteen columns, and these were set up in types much larger than were formerly used in that paper.
Of these advertisements, the great bulk are "sales at auction," "for sale or for rent," situations wanted, matrimonial cards, gastrologists' cards, and personal notices, being nearly all assignations of a criminal character, which no paper conducted by a Botany Bay
convict of ordinary decency would be willing to publish.
A very small portion only of the limited number of advertisements published by the Herald
are of a character to indicate that such a word as business is not obsolete in New York city.
They indicate, in fact, that the prosperity about which the papers are so fond of prating is a thing of the past, and not of the present or future.
In the same paper, Sept. 7th, appear some items of city intelligence, which illustrate, perhaps, what Bennett
means by a "revival of business." Thus, it is stated in a paragraph "that seventeen families were dispossessed in East Twenty-Ninth street, early in the week, and have been allowed to remain on the sidewalks for three nights without assistance.
Some of the children are in the most pitiable condition." Seventeen families, in one street, turned out to starve or perish from exposure, remaining for three nights on the sidewalks, without one compassionate hand in that vast city being extended to them or their little children!
But all this is only in the early part of September.
What will be the misery of New York when the long, dreary winter sets in, and the laborer can find no money, and the hard-hearted landlord thrusts out upon those inhospitable pavements, in the midst of blinding sleet and snow, thousands, instead of scores, of hungry and freezing families?