The tools of the Administration is Kentucky.
Washington in this State may not be uninteresting. Chief among the agents of the usurper and tyrant, should be classed the editors of the Louisville Journal, a paper of large circulation, great power, and wonderful influence. Both the editors of this paper are Yankees--Mr. George D. Prentice having been born in Connecticut, Mr. Paul R. Shipman in New York or Canada — It is believed the latter. Both are able and both are unprincipled. Both are at heart enemies of slavery, and each has labored, seldom directly, to give ‘ "freedom to all men."’ And yet the Journal, though under their direction, has catered to the popular sentiment in the main, looking to its interests. At first, it was determined to oppose Americanism, and an unanswerable argument was actually prepared by its editors in opposition to that order; but satisfactory evidence was furnished that it would "pay," the argument was suppressed, and the Journal reaped a rich harvest in praises and dollars for its disinterested support of what it came to very near opposing. On two or three occasions subsequent to the election of Mr. Lincoln, it gave indications of a disposition to go with the South, or at least of a determination to oppose the Administration in its war on the Constitution and the rights of the people; but it only showed its teeth to teach the corrupt court to properly appreciate its temper and to put a suitable estimate on its value. It succeeded. The ‘"miserably unfit man"’ elected by ‘"the enemies of the country"’ (its own language,) to the Presidency, had a contract for the purchase of horses given to Messrs. Osborne and Henderson, two of its proprietors, and Mr. Prentice was supplied with Colt's Navy Revolvers for distribution to ‘"good Union men"’--an arrangement which left him a round profit on each one, and thereupon the Journal, stopping at nothing, gave a cordial and earnest support to every act and the whole policy of the Administration. It is well known that Mr. Prentice, while calling down vengeance on the heads of all "smugglers" and traders with the South, was conniving at the sale of pistols to the "rebels." Thousands, perhaps, certainly many, of the pistole put into his hands for ‘"good Union men,"’ are now in the hands of the brave Confederates. Another chapter in the perfidy and treachery of the conductors of this paper may yet be made known; other facts may yet, and will soon, be published that will bring down on them that vengeance of their present master which they have so ferociously invoked on others.
Garrett Davis is a little man, of no particular ability, and inordinate vanity. Aspiring even to the Presidency, when others knew that the most exalted position for which he was qualified was that of county attorney, or perchance, member of the Kentucky Legislature, his disappointments have soured his temper, and he hates a people who but too correctly appreciate him, and who ridicule his pretensions, even while they are annoyed by them; and, acting as the tool of others as bad and almost as weak he is, he has succeeded in rendering himself at once notorious and infamous by the part he has played in the introduction of Federal guns into the State, which he covered up, to some extent, behind pledges which have been violated and promises never meant to be performed.
Nelson--Lieutenant Bill Nelson, of the Navy--Brigadier General William Nelson, of the United States Army is, I am sorry to say, a native Kentuckians who has been attached for a number of years to the Navy, but who has never fired a gun in defence of his flag, and never will — a man of Falstaffian proportions, tastes, and instincts. If such a man could have feelings and sympathies, they would be with the South; but Nelson has neither, and looks not beyond the perquisites of his late employment, which have been considerable, and the commission he has just received as a further reward for his services to the enemies of his section, his State, and his people.
Brig. Gen. Lovell H. Rousseau was born in Kentucky, but educated in Indiana, where he read law and has lived until recently.--There he imbibed these anti-slavery sentiments which control his conduct. As a military man, his experience is limited by his service in the Mexican war as captain, and in that his only achievement was his disgraceful flight from the field at Buena Vista.
Leslie Coombs is old, feeble, garrulous, vain, proud of being the dope of others, and to get his name into the newspapers willing to expose himself, in all his deformity of intellect, to the pitying gaze of the world.
Nat Wolf is able, plausible, persevering, originating nothing himself; but working for pay in any line of policy in which he may happen to be employed. Two years ago he was elected to the Legislature, where he went as the paid attorney in fact of certain interests in the city of Louisville, which, in consideration probably of a counter-fee, he neglected. As he works not for fame or position, only for gold, it is not unreasonable to suppose that he has been handsomely fed by the Administration, to engineer its programme through the House or Representatives at Frankfort.
Judge Bramblett, now a Colonel of cavalry, has borne a fair private character; but now, in defiance of the plainest provision of the Constitution he has solemnly sworn to support, he exercise the duties of two offices which that instrument makes incompatible, and doubtless draws pay for both.
The Speeds.The Speeds — James E., Joshua, and John J.--are soulless, heartless gamblers, who are in favor of the war because they can make money out of it, and of war in Kentucky because the nearer the conflict is brought to them, the easier may they gather up the rich treasures. They are original emancipationist. Joshua Speed, having slept with Lincoln once, assumes to have the ear of that distinguished gentleman, and certainly influences him in his movements in Kentucky. None of the Speeds are men of ability.
Col. J. S. Jackson has been regarded as a gallant, dashing, chivalrous, and honest man; but having bankrupted himself and deeply involved his friends, he repudiates, the violent and revolutionary Southern sentiments which he publicly proclaimed in Louisville in January last, became a Union candidate for Congress, was elected, voted men and money to subjugate the South, got some good contracts, and came home with a Colonel's commission in his pocket, and is recruiting for the Federal Army.
John M. Harney, the editor of the Louisville, Democrat, some years ago the teacher of a mixed school in a free State, and frequently charged with abolitionism, had half wiped out the political errors of his younger life by the courage with which he had fought Prentice and exposed his corruption and profligacy, when, under circumstances that caused his integrity to be called in question, he exposed a political heresy, now buried in the past; and that step has been followed up by a complete surrender of the Democrat to the Administration. That paper is now but a tender to the Journal. Mr. Harney is content to be an humble imitator of a had man whom he displace and has fittingly denounced. The price, it is understood, is to be the State printing, which will be paid over by the Legislature now in session.