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Brutality.

The moral brutality displayed in this war (says the New Orleans Delta) by the Yankees is in keeping with the physical brutality which the war has served to conspicuously develop in the same people. It is impossible to civilize and refine a genuine specimen of the race by any amount of culture. You cannot convert one of them into a chivalrous for man by giving him a sword, a uniform and spare, any more than you can change the nature of an ass by covering him with a lion's skin. You can no more transform one of them into a Christian gentleman by teaching him theology and dressing him in the cler oth, than you can make a white man out of a negro by painting him white.

A favorite form in which the Yankees have displayed their moral brutality since the war began, has consisted in an impertinent, vulgar and eeling practice of lecturing the Confederate prisoners on the wickedness of ‘"rebellion."’ A hypocritical tone of pity generally vates the outrage. Crocodile tears are want to besmear the unfortunate men who recompiled to listen to didactic lessons on the duty of loyalty from men whom they loathes and despise. Next to the passion for grabbing commodities to which he has no fight, is the Yankee's burning desire to impart opinions which are not wanted. He is pre-eminent alike and for propagandism. Having ed you to poverty by the one, he yearns i you to mental servility by the This marked his conduct towards the South before the war began. He pilfered from his pockets with one hand, and did his best al away our mental independence with other. The war has changed his methods, but not his principles. He has substituted military robbery for financial and commercial robbery, and instead of the Abolition it capture upon which he formerly relied, he s to delivering lectures to helpless pris and to administering oaths to intim citizens.

While O. Jennings Wise was lying mortally wounded, a prisoner on Roanoke Island, he was approached by a beastly Federal Surgeon who, instead of using his professional to soothe the agony of the dying man, embraced the occasion to sent the exultation of his brutal soul over the scene of Confederate disaster by predicting the speedy restoration of the Union. His brutality was irreplaceable. The instincts of a Hottentot would have taught him more charity and gentleness in such a situation. But this Yankee vulture must plunge his foul beak to the eyes in the mortal anguish of the fallen hero. He must, if possible, torture the mind of the dying Virginian, quivering on the verge of the last mystery, with cruel doubts of the success of the cause in which he considered it a happiness and glory to fall.

A like brutal display occurred in Ohio on the occasion of a sermon delivered to the Fort Donelson prisoners by a Federal chaplain. Such things are doubtless of daily occurrence, but this has accidental prominence from the fact that it was reported and extensively published shortly after the arrival of the prisoners in Federal territory. The holy man observed that he did not appear before them to taunt them with their humiliating situation; he would overlook the folly and criminality which led to their misfortunes, he was there to testify the wondrous stretch of Gospel mercy which did not exclude even such wretches as they from its pale. The canting brute! We have given the substance, according to recollection, of the insulting exordium of his sermon. It gives a faint idea of the slimy, snake-like malignity which steeped the words actually employed by the hideous Yankee effigy of a man of God.

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