We are not surprised to learn from sources which we consider reliable, that many of the sober- minded people of the North
are beginning to be heartily sick and tired of the present war, and to long for an amicable settlement.
So far as they are concerned, the frenzy of the war fever has passed away, and they are solicitous for quiet and repose.
They are not blind to the fact that the only parties whom the war benefits are the speculators, the politicians, and the military adventurers; whilst the solid and productive classes of society are withered as by the breath of a pestilence.
But, unfortunately, they are powerless to resist the oppressions under which they groan.
Bayonets are in the ascendant, and the wily despot who wields them has the North
more completely at his mercy than the South
It is in vain that the minority pants for peace — that peace which the South
offered at the beginning, and which she is still willing to accept upon just and honorable terms.
will not permit peace till his vulture appetite for carnage is glutted by the bloody overthrow of the South
, or by sheer incapacity to prosecute further his atrocious schemes.
has sown the wind, and must reap the whirlwind.
It may realize are long that another inspired declaration sometimes applies to nations, as well as individuals: ‘"He that draws the sword shall perish by the sword. "’