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Retribution will come.

--The time will yet arrive, we are fully persuaded, when the North will be made to drain to the dregs the bitter cup of invasion and bloodshed which it has forced upon the Southern people. It is true, that Divine retribution for evil works is not often executed speedily, nor always in the present life; but, sooner or later, it is inevitable, unless we suppose that justice is not one of the attributes of God. The history of nations is full of demonstrations that national crimes provoke national punishments, and that as righteousness exalted a nation, iniquity, wrong, and cruelty, are sure to degrade and destroy it.

The North has acquired vast wealth suddenly, and almost without an effort. Its principal cities have sprung up like mushrooms. Jonam's gourd was scarcely more rapid in its rise than the public, and, in most cases, the individual, prosperity of the Northern people. They have worked up the Southern mines in every variety and shape that could be made available to Northern benefit. The North has allowed the South barely its food and clothing for its enormous contributions to Northern wealth, and then has laughed at and derided our poverty and simplicity. It has built up its factories, its commerce, its cities, its colossal fortunes, with Southern staples; it has supported its traders, shoemakers, tailors, carriage makers, manufacturers of agricultural implements, of house furniture, of negro clothing, of almost every article that can be named of convenience and use in the household and in the daily avocations of life, by Southern customers and Southern patronage. It has annually fleeced our votaries of fashion of millions at Northern watering places, whilst millions more have been contributed for the education of Southern youths at Northern schools and colleges. Our reading community have been inundated with Northern periodicals. We have had nothing of our own, not even a literature; they have had all, and left us the bare means of subsistence; and yet they were not satisfied! And so they have drawn the sword, and are striving with all their might to cut open the goose that laid the golden eggs.

Was ever such wanton wickedness since the world began? What have we done to this people that our soil should be thus invaded, our homes outraged, the blood of our dear sons and brothers spilled like water, our whole country threatened with plunder, death, and extermination? What have we done but feed and clothe, enrich and pamper the invaders who are using the very wealth they have extorted from us as the means of our dstruction? Can a just God look down upon such injustice, and permit it to triumph, or to go unpunished? These wretches, who are polluting our soil, and sending their hordes to invade and murder us, are themselves in perfect quiet and security. They sit at their ease, in safe and comfortable homes, and know nothing of the war except the pleasant reading in the public journals, made palatable by the innumerable falsehoods of their lying newsmongers. They plot and compass our destruction in perfect safety; they look serenely at our families broken up, our young men butchered, our towns bombarded, our sea-coast blockaded, our women threatened with dishonor, our men with death, our institutions and our very existence with extermination, and themselves feel not one throb of apprehension for a single interest they possess in human life. Can this unequal condition of things always remain? Must the South be always a passive target for the North to practice upon till we are riddled to pieces? Again we say, this cannot be, unless Justice has forsaken Heaven. The time will come — oh, that it may come soon — when the blazing rafters of their own dwellings, and the crashing of artillery in their own streets, will begin the long arrears of vengeance which their abominable injustice has provoked.

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