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Making, to unmake.

In the last Southern Illustrated News is an engraving of a Manassas steam ram in process of construction. A soldier asks a sailor what the object of the queer looking customer is, and he answers, ‘"Why, of course, we're making it to blow it up. "’

It is not the steam rams alone that seem to be manufactured only to be destroyed. We make and unmake great warriors and statesmen with equal facility. The idols of to-day become senseless blocks to-morrow, fit only to be burned Gratitude, Reverence, and Stability, are among those household gods of England which the colonists forgot to bring with them when they came to America. The Puritans rebelled against England upon the most shallow protects, and then, by acts of injustice and oppression, such as George the Third never even dreamed of, drove half the States from their own Union. Let us learn a lesson from our enemies. Let us neither build steam rams, statesmen, nor States, only to be blown up.--The last hope of Republican Government on the earth is this young Confederacy, which we should seek to strengthen and preserve, by promoting the mutual affection and good understanding of all the States and sections, and by banishing that demon of party spirit, against which Washington warned, but warned in vain, his countrymen.

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