Extraordinary Consumption of Humble Pie
--The New York Herald
owes its great success as a journal to its systematic ‘"sensation"’ When there are no facts to produce a sensation, it resorts to fiction; and its imagination is infinitely more active in inventing than its industry in discovering this electrifying food for the morbid appetite of Gothem.
What the New York Herald
is in journalism Mr. Seward
is in his high office of Premier.
He is constantly striving after sensations.
His ambition delights more in a successful sensation than in a masterly feet of diplomacy.
It matters not to him what may be the character of his act, if it only produces a profound surprise upon the public.
He startled the whole North
to its feet, one fine, quiet morning, by a circular calling upon its Governors to fortify their lake and ocean coasts.
He next electrified them by causing to be unexpectedly brought in from the Cuban sees Messrs. Mason
, who were thought to be safely landed in England
And now he fires a grand sensation Columbiad over the slumbering coaches of the Yankees
by a six column dispatch, consenting to deliver up the captured Commissioners under demand from Great Britain
, which he pronounces ‘"intrinsically and in conformity with American doctrines"’
The cravenly cowardice of the act is really much relieved by the brazen audacity with which the consummate knave faces a jeering and disgusted world.
He has been playing a deep game of duplicity and audacity, from which he has won for his Government nothing but disgrace; although succeeding in achieving for himself & reputation, which he much covets, of being the cleverest knave that ever reached a high place in diplomacy.
Recent facts have shed a flood of light upon transactions that heretofore seemed explicable.
The circular of Seward
issued to the Northern Governors
now turns out to have had some other object than the sudden running down of stocks in Wall street to the great gain of the few friends he let timely into the secret, and who had ‘"sold short."’ It was in said about the time he sent instructions down to the Federal
naval officers in the Gulf
to capture Mason
on any vessel in which they should leave Havana
He knew that he was preparing a quarrel with England
, and took the precaution to give timely warning for defence in the seaboard and Lake States.
On the arrival of the arrested ministers he sent out dispatches to Mr. Adams
, declaring that the arrest had been made without ‘"specific
"’ instructions from the Government
, and that the Commissioners
would be given up if demanded, and suitable ameade
He had thus prepared the means of avoiding collision by disavowing an act authorized and directed in advance.
To the demand of the English
ministry presented by Lord Lyons, he had out to reply hankly and promptly that ‘"certainly he would give them up, with the greatest pleasure; the demand was intrinsically just, made in conformity with doctrines long contended for by his Government on this subject; indeed, he had instructed Mr. Adams
two weeks before, that he held the prisoners subject to the orders of Her Majesty's Government."’
Such in the statesmanship of Mr. Seward
What the North
at large will say to the proceeding remains to be seen.
The House of Representatives had passed a resolution of thanks to Commander Wilkes
The Government had made themselves accessories after the fact to his act by receiving the arrested Commissioners and throwing them into a dungeon.
The Naval Secretary
had fully and cordially approved the proceeding of Wilkes
The City Council had voted him the freedom of New York, and the Governor
's room at City Hall had been put at his disposal, where he held a grand levee.
The whole press of the country had sanctioned the act and extolled its hero.
After this universal ovation to Commander Wilkes
, and exultant glee over the capture of Mason
, their surrender will be the most humiliating act of cowardice that Yankee annals afford.
It will be curious to observe the reception which will be given the news of it by the public at the North
and in Europe