News from the North--what is said There.
We publish this morning news from the Northern
press to the 12th inclusive.
The extracts given are curious and amusing.--Up to the 9th, which is the latest date of our first batch of news, Stanton
had the telegraph under his control, and made it say what he wanted it to say. Grant
was victorious and on his way to Richmond
, said Stanton
; but he singularly enough sends him via Fredericksburg
, which is due east of Germanna, while Richmond
is due south.--He however puts Hancock
on the same day (the 8th) into Spotsylvania Court-House, from which, if he was ever there, he was certainly whipped, as our forces hold it and confront the enemy, who has been unable to dislodge them. "The cool determination and courage" of the Federal
troops, says the truthful Stanton
, "was too much for the desperate fury of the rebels, who have been driven at all points" ! ! Butler
sent him General Lee
's modest and guarded message of the first battle, and he communicated that to the public, no doubt believing that a report like that would be construed by the Yankees
, so accustomed to boasting and hombast, into the admission of a defeat by General Lee
helps them to this conclusion by adding himself that it was generally believed in Washington
that "Lieut. Gen. Grant
is achieving a complete victory" !
The third dispatch of the veracious Secretary of War
's dispatch not yet deciphered, but he is on to Richmond
Oh, most lying officials and most gullible Yankees!
Gold went down from 180 to 169⅜. Lincoln
at once published his proclamation, according to custom, calling for thankagiving for the glorious victories and the capture of Richmond
, now beyond a doubt!
But the monster, in the midst of his boasting, declared that a great deal remained to be done.
This must have been one of his jokes, to trifle with the hopes he had so prematuraly excited.
The monkey never smiles; his joy is expressed by a grin hideously human.
After this first batch of boasting and thanksgiving for Yankee victories, we received the later intelligence of the 12th, which begins to take a different impression.
The telegraph had broken loose from Stanton
says that Grant
's losses, previous to the change of base to Fredericksburg
, were twenty-seven thousand men,
exclusive of stragglers and sick — i, e., Lee
had put that many Hors du combat.
And the Herald,
discouraged at the appearance of things, suggests that if the rebels continue to give Grant
such trouble on his road to Richmond
, "his chances will be slim." But the Washington Chronicle,
a sycophantic Lincoln
paper, puts Grant
's losses at thirty five thousand.
It must be remembered that these estimates relate only to the fights of Friday and Saturday, the 6th and 7th.
There have been at least three heavy engagements since, in one of which — that of Thursday--the enemy is belieyed to have lost twenty thousand men. So that our correspondent is evidently under the mark in putting the whole loss of Grant
, down to that day, at fifty thousand Grant
's is evidently a terribly damaged army, and well may Gen. Lee
's troops be in the highest spirits.
It certainly cannot require many such blows as they have delivered to disable and drive off Grant
— last man or no last man. Under this news gold jumped up to 176.
It is no wonder that, under the disastrous repulses Grant
had received, the news from him should be slow, and afford
the Joker of the White House
the opportunity to draw upon him the characteristic comparison, that he (Grant
) was like the man who ascended the ladder and pulled it up after him i & e. he cut off communication with the world!
can extract no other comfort from the gloomy nature of the reports from Grant
, he can certainly look upon him with satisfaction as more than probably a defeated competitor for the Presidency.
That the true nature of Grant
's advances towards Richmond
had begun to leak out is plain from the rapid rise of gold, which-had advanced suddenly from 169¾ to 176.
We may infor from the confessions of the enemy that our own opinions of his losses are much under the mark, and that the achievements of the glorious army under Gen. Lee
exceed, in the damages they have inflicted upon the enemy, any of the battles of the war!
Well may a distinguished General say that, if not another gun is fired, Grant
is the worst whipped Yankee General that ever tried to get to Richmond