The old North State.
The Hon. Mr. McKay
, of North Carolina
, addressed the late Macon
From his remarks we take the following:
Well, sir, while I may boast of what my State has done, I may boast of what the Southern Confederacy is determined to do. I may be pardoned if I take up a few moments of your time in showing you what the city I hail from has already done, and is doing, for the cause of the Southern Confederacy.--While I cannot say, as has been remarked by a gentleman from Charleston
, that his city was first in this great cause, I may say, certainly say, that she is second to no other.--Sir, in the city of Fayetteville
we captured 40,000 stand of arms that were used in almost all our battle-fields, having been supplied to soldiers from Georgia
, South Carolina
, and Virginia
, and, I think, Mississippi
Well, sir, after securing these arms, what else have we done?
My city, on the vote of the Ordinance of Secession, did not appear to do much; she only pulled between six and seven hundred votes.
She did not do her best; but when she came to furnish soldiers to fight in the cause, she sends out eight hundred and sixty, that are now upon the soil of Virginia
Well, sir, there are other things which we are doing; we are manufacturing things that the soldiers in our army need, and that are wanted all over this Confederacy, and I stand here to day for the purpose of letting you know what we are doing.
In the first place, then, I will show you something that has no Yankee about it. (Mr. McKay
exhibited a bundle of socks that appeared to be very substantial.) These can be afforded at $1.75 per dozen, cheaper than those we have been in the habit of receiving from those who were drinking up your life-blood, while they were taking the money out of your pockets.
In doing this our ingenuity has not been exhausted.
Here is some sewing thread, containing 600 yards to the ball.
This beats your Yankee thread, Wilson
& Co., and is afforded at 84 cents per dozen, as cheap as the spools that contained but 200 yards, and as a friend behind me reminds me, that while they professed to run that amount of yards, run only 75!
They did not run half as far as the Yankees
did when the Southerners were after them.
exhibited some cloth suitable for ladies' dresses — the patterns of which were so becoming that a gentleman, whose wife had clothed herself therefrom last Sunday, remarked that he had never seen her look so pretty in all her life — also some iron, called the black band iron, which he shewed, from a passage he read from the report of a geological survey in North Carolina
, by Professor Edmonds
, to exist in inexhaustible quantities, and to lie on the surface of the ground.
He also referred to the coal mines, which he said were able to supply not only the whole Southern Confederacy with that indispensable article of comfort, but also the whole world.
In the city of Fayetteville
he said there was seven cotton factories, with an aggregate capital of $384,000, and the carriage factory of A. A. McKethan
, who did a business in 1860 of $90,000. He also alluded to the lead mines of North Carolina
He referred, in conclusion, to the immense importance that North Carolina
would be to the Southern Confederacy. Pennsylvania
was not more important to the old Constitutional Union than North Carolina
would be to the Southern Confederacy.