--The Wilmington Journal
The true character of the Lincoln
blockade begins now to appear.
The object is clearly not to blockade the ports of the Southern States
, but to lie around our inlets, and, by false signals and other dishonest strategic means, steal everything they can decoy into their grasp.
The fact is well known that no important harbor has been effectually guarded since the war commenced; and yet, they call it a blockading squadron, instead of piratical, as it should be.
A British brig has been lying at Morehead City
for several weeks, taking cargo, and now that it is full, the blockading squadron makes its exit to give it a chance to leave.--As soon, however, as it is out of sight, if a fishing smack belonging to a Confederacy-man were to attempt to come in, they'd steal it, and feel glorious over the feat.
Now, it England
is going to pursue a course of this kind — play second fiddle to the blockade, merely to secure cotton and naval stores to keep their manufacturers employed, and ignore us as a nationality — it is time we knew it, and would put a stop to all exportations in that direction.
We can live independent of both the North
and Great Britain
, and we should do it, at least until they can realize that we are a people.