Expected war in Europe.
The Yankee papers are giving circulation to reports from Europe
, fabricated probably by their correspondents abroad for the American
market, that Russia
and the Western Powers
will ere long be at loggerheads on the Polish question.
We have various reasons for not believing a word of these statements.
In the first place, the most unreliable of all "reliable gentlemen" are the European
correspondents of the public press."They are almost to a man pure and unmixed sensationalists; as complete penny-a-liners as any who pick up accidents for the newspapers in London
They have no access to Cabinet secrets.
Diplomatists do not make any men their confidants, and least of all do they whisper their purposes into the speaking trumpets of the public journals.--Moreover, nations do not go to war now a days, if they ever did, from sympathies, and England
, who have permitted Poland
to be blotted from the map of nations, and who have on various occasions, when these oppressed races struggled for deliverance, manifested as much interest as they now do in their deliverance, have never yet given them anything but fair words, and have no more reason for interference now than formerly.--Besides, even if they should go to war, we see no great good the North
is to derive from such a contest, nor any evil the South
has to apprehend.
It is evident that neither the English
nor French Governments are inclined to render us any assistance, and that being so, we cannot lose anything by the occupation of their energies in a European war. They will not permit us to have ships, and do permit the North
to have men and munitions of war, which they cannot do should a European war require them to husband their own resources.
So we care not how soon they go to war with each other, for such a struggle cannot weaken any party in the American struggle but our enemies.--There is no reason, however, to anticipate any serious conflict in Europe