--The redoubtable Yankee nation have just succeeded in ‘"humbling John Bull
" ’ Three weeks ago they said he needed ‘"humbling,"’ and they were the boys to do it. They declared that if he said one word about Mason
they would instantly steal nine hundred millions worth of his property which they alleged was in their possession; that they would send out six thousand privateers to rob him of everything he had on the ocean; that they could raise a million of men in the North
east and North, who would kidnap Canada
, where they alleged there was also a strong Union party, in three weeks. Having thus victoriously humbled John Bull
on paper, they wound up by humbling themselves in reality, and licking the very dust from his feet in their abject degradation and terror.
Did ever a braggart before so thoroughly kick himself out of the respect of all mankind?
The national mouthpiece, the Herald,
and other organs of public opinion, hold out the ferocious menace that, after they have subjugated the South
, they will avenge themselves upon England
What a chivalric and high-spirited-turkey-cock!
Three weeks ago Bennett
was going to whip all creation; now he is willing to take them one at a time, and not lock horns with John Bull
till the South
is spared till that happens, she has a fair prospect of living a long time yet. But even if by some miracle the South
could be subjugated, in what way would that strengthen the United States
so as to enable it to cope with Great Britain
They cannot subjugate our spirits; they cannot make us love the hands that are red with the blood of our sons and brothers; they cannot make us uphold the Government
which has sought to enslave and degrade our whole people.
Burthened with an enormous debt, the United States
will be under heavy bonds to keep the peace for the next century; to submit to every kick and cuff — and they will be neither few nor far between — which every country in Europe
will be disposed to administer to it, or if it does go to war, the South
would welcome as a friend and deliverer, and aid with all its power, any enemy that would strike a deathblow at the most debased and infernal despotism which has blackened the pages of modern history.
We take it for granted, therefore, that England
will not be alarmed by the threats of future vengeance, and trust that she will continue to tweak the nose of Jonathan, and otherwise humble the American
jackdaw, who has just been threatening to humble the British
Even if she should go so far as to raise the blockade, and thereby save five millions of her workers from starvation, she may be assured that Jonathan will take it meekly.
Like all other bullies, there is no depth of self-debasement which he is not capable of reaching when in his eagerness to ‘"humble"’ somebody he happens to wake up the wrong passenger.