The New York Herald and the Emperor of the French.
We published the other day an extract from the New York Herald
, in which the writer undertake to explain the attitude of the French Emperor
with regard to the contending parties in this war. It seems he is as much in need of cotton as Lord Russell, but has not quite so much confidence, in the power of Seward
to furnish him with the desired quantity.
He has therefore determined to take the matter into his own hands, and to intervene after a fashion that cannot but prove successful.
He is to insist upon it that the Southern Confederacy submit at once to the Yankees
, and take them for their masters without any further resistance to their demands.
Then the Emperor
will have cotton, and that seems to be the grand object of all the diplomacy extant in the European
world at the present time of writing.
is to lay aside his predilections for universal suffrage, and to settle our affairs on a basis different from that on which he has been tofore been accustomed to settle the affairs of the several European States whom he has been so kind as to take under his protection.
This we are assured was the object of Count Merciers
visit to Richmond
Now, there are two small objections to this arrangement.
1st.It is impracticable.
The people will have something to say in the matter, and they will enter into no arrangement which supposes the continued existence of our political association with the Yankees
They hate them with a deadly his tired.
They always felt a contempt for them; but that contempt has been raised into fury by their invasion and all the abominations which it brought along with it. For more will they resent and resist any attempt to make them submit
to these same Yankees, and to become their vassals and slaves for the future.
If the Emperor
should succeed in forcing such a settlement, he will not be enabled to get a pound of cotton for his pains.
The Southern people have that cotton in their possession, and they can burn it to prevent its falling into his
hands, just as well as they can burn it to prevent its being taken by the Yankees
The annunciation of an intervention on such a basis would be the signal for a general conflagration.
If the Emperor
ever doubted this before, he must have become convinced of it by the capture of New Orleans.
It added not a bale to the stock of France
, while it consigned thirty thousand bales to the flames.
We believe the Emperor
of the French
to be far too sagacious a statesman to make any such proposition as that foreshadowed by the Herald.
It might suit the calibre of small men like Lord Russell, whom Lord Althorpe contemptuously designated as ‘"Little Johnnie,"’ when he overthrew one of the ministries with which he was connected. [‘"Little Johnnie has upset the coach again"’] Little he certainly is in every respect.
Little in size, little as an author, and little as a statesman.
As a man he stands about five feet two; as an author be almost made.
For and Moore
contemptible; as a statesman, he has overthrown every ministry with which he has had anything to do. The Duke
once said ‘"Lord John is a host in him self;"’ but what he meant thereby there is nothing in Lord John's history to explain.
Probably Lord John did not know himself, although he was hugely tickled with the compliment.
This scheme looks like one of his connecting, and has not a touch of that profound sagacity which distinguishes everything that emanates from the imperial brain of the third Napoleon
Or it may be a mere manufacture of the Herald
At any rate, the Southern
people will not lay down their arms at the bidding of the French Emperor
, merely that he may get his necessary supply of cotton, after having gained so much without his sympathy.