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Col. John Cochrane is, we suppose, a fair specimen of the average intelligence and character of Northern politicians. When he was in Richmond in February last, a crowd had assembled one night in front of the Exchange Hotel, where some Southern Members of Congress were staying, who were called on for a speech. John Cochrane happened to be at the hotel at the time, and two or three persons in the crowd called "Cochrane, Cochrane. " We are sure there could not have been more than three or four voices, but that was more than enough for the modest Cochrane. He rose to the surface with the buoyancy of a cork, preceded at once to ventilate his patriotism and magnanimity to the edification of those ing ous persons, from the rural districts, who continue to believe in the existence of truth and honor among mankind. Substantially he said: ‘"The idea of such a thing as coercion is ridiculous. Before New-York would permit such a thing as coercion of the South, her streets would run red with blood. An army of a hundred thousand New Yorkers would rise and resist any army of invasion that could be raised in the North. No such army will ever reach the South. It is idle to talk of the subjugation of the South. No sane man believes in such a thing. It will never be attempted. This war, if there is one, will be in the North between the friends of the Union and the Black Republicans and fanatics of that section. "’ Many citizens will recollect the speech, which is substantially what we have here reported, and which was delivered with emphasis and earnestness.

As soon as the war of coercion was attempted, this man Cochrane proceeded to raise a regiment, and he has lately made them a speech, endorsed by the Secretary of War, the following brief summary of which will bear re-publication:


From Washington--col John Cochrane on the War.

Washington, Nov. 13
--Col. John Cochrane delivered an address to his regiment to day in the presence of Secretary Cameron and other distinguished gentlemen. The most important point in his segment was in relation to the treatment of slaves during the present contest. He said we should use every means in our power to subdue the rebellion. We should take their cotton and sell it or burn asmight be best, and seize their arms and munitions of war. Confiscate their property, and, when necessary, take their lives, And as their slaves were used as an element of strength against us, we should not hesitate to take them, and, it necessary, to place arms in their hands that they might assist in establishing the mights of a common humanity." This sentiment was cheered by the soldiers with unbounded enthusiasm. [Special Washington Dispatches to the New York Tribu — c.]


The emancipation of the slaves.

Col. Cochrane's regiment received to-day its winter clothing. The new and beautiful uniforms made a gain day in the camp. The regiment, after evening parade, was formed in a no ow square, and addressed by its Colonel. The Secretary of War was present, having ridden out expressly for the pleasure of seeing the Cha rs in their new uniforms. Col. Cocorone made a speech, in the highest degree eloquent and patriotic, in which he placed himself squarely upon the doctrine of the "military necessity of the emancipation of the slaves." The regiment received every sentence of this vital part of his speech with enthusiastic clamor. immediately after the speech of Col. Cochrane there was a tumultuous demand for the secretary of War. Mr. Cameron came before the regiment, and said:

‘ "soldiers It is 100 late for me to make you a speech to-night, but I will say that I heartily approve every sentiment uttered by your noble commander. The doctrines which he has laid down I approve as if they were my own words. They are my sentiments — sentiments which will not only lead you to victory, but which will in the end reconstruct this our glorious Federal Constitution. It is idle to talk about treating with these rebels upon their own terms. We must meet them as our enemies, treat them as enemies, and punish them as enemies, until they shall learn to behave themselves, Every means which God has placed in our hands it is our duty to use for the purpose of protecting ourselves. I am glad of the opportunity to say here, what I have already said, elsewhere, in these few words, that I approve the doctrines this evening enunciated by Colonel Cochrane, [Loud and prolonged cheering]

’ If the South were disposed to hind her eyes to the character and purposes of this war, developments like these would render such self-delusion no longer possible. The great error she committed at the first, of meeting the most inhuman and ferocious threats with forbearance and moderation, can no longer be persevered in, in justice to herself and her people. It is not men who are fighting us; it is wild beasts who are panting for our destruction, and whom we ought to exterminate, whenever we meet them, as we would wolves and panthers. We have endeavored hitherto act towards our enemies upon the principles of civilized warfare. They will not permit us to be humane.--They do not recognize us as civilized enemies. They threaten to hang our gallant privateersmen, for engaging in a service which they have themselves always practiced and vindicated, and when we determine to retaliate by hanging one of their piratical invaders of our soil, they consign our noble representatives, Mason and Slidell, to the hangman's halter. They brought handcuffs and ropes with them at Manassas to fetter and hang us all. They have driven our people from their peaceful homes, defiled and desecrated the churches of the living God polluted family altars, and declared their deliberate intention to confiscate the property and defile the hearthstones of the Southern rebels. And now we have an authoritative endorsement by the Secretary of War of this outrageous speech of Cochrane, in which he proposes not only to confiscate our property and take our lives, but put arms in the hands of the servile population. Such a determination as this shows at once an unfathomable depth of malignity and wickedness, and the otter desperation of their cause.

A more heartless, diabolical, and cowardly policy was never announced or employed by any people. We defy them to put it in executions but, put in execution or not, we will hold them responsible for the base and devilish purpose. It is time, fall time, that we should realize the character of the people with whom we have to deal. That it is as corrupt as Sodom and cruel as hell, is proved by the developments of everyday. Two of the most powerful and degrading agencies of evil in all this fallen world, the last of gain and fanaticism, have conspired to reduce the Northern character to a depth of infamy and diabolism that their virtuous ancestors of the Revolution would have shuddered to look down upon. All that was chivalrous in the North has been crushed out by the worship of Mammon in the Middle States, and the combined influence of greed and Puritanism in New England. Men of the South, our enemies have raised the black flag with their own hands. It only remains for them to give the signal, in the deliberate murder of our privateersmen, for a war upon both sides in which the motto shall be inscribed on every Southern banner, and executed by every Southern hand,--"No quarter asked or given."

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