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John Cochrane

This man is perhaps the most genuine representative existing of Northern politicians, perhaps of Northern society. In that society, every thing is for sale; virtue, patriotism, the honesty of men, and the honor of women, are all regarded but as so many commodities in the market, waiting to be knocked down to the highest bidder. With them, Government is a huge job, and he the most successful statesman who makes the most of it. Sallust tells us, that when Jugurtha had succeeded in bribing half the Roman Senate to acquit him of the murder of his cousin and rival, and was leaving Rome, he lifted up his hands in amazement at the corruption of which he had become cognizant, and exclaimed "omnis venalia suni! Reglia," ("every thing is for sale at Rome.") The same condition of things exists at this moment, is that vast assemblage of pimps, prostitutes, gamblers, infidels, and sharpers, known as Yankeedom. Cochrane lathe product of a society in the last stage of rottenness, and he acts after his kind. Cochrane was here, walle the Convention which took Virginia out of the Union was in session.--He had been sent, or he came of his own accord, to prevent that consummation if possible. Had he been in Yankeedom, his task would have been easy. He would have bribed the members, and stopped the proceedings. But he was out of his element. He was among honest men; and rogues, simply because they believe that all men are rascals, never know how to deal with honest men. Debarred from his natural expedient, he tried every other at his command. He lied, flattered, and wheedled; but it was of no avail. He could produce no impression.--The State went out, and he went home.

During the sojourn of Cochrane, the friends of a distinguished secessionist understanding that he had just arrived, and taken lodgings at the Exchange Hotel, determined to give him a serenade. It was done, the gentleman made an appropriate speech, and two or three voices were raised for Cochrane. Thereupon up popped Cochrane, and made the most ultra Southern speech of that ultra Southern season, sitting down amidst vociferous cheers. He maintained that the North neither would nor could make war upon the South. That no Northern army could ever march upon such a crusade. That the Northern Democracy would render it impossible. That they would meet any such army at home, upon Northern soil. That the gutters of New York would run with blood, if it were attempted. That the Northern Democracy would expend the last dollar and the last life in defence of their Southern brethren in such a conjunction. A few days afterwards, his mission having failed, he went home.--When Virginia had seceded, his first act was highly characteristic, and precisely such as might have been expected from him. He raised a regiment to fight against the South, and had himself appointed Colonel. Since that time he has hated the South with all the bitterness of an apostate. He was nominated at Cleveland the other day Vice President upon the radical Abolition or Fremont ticket, and after his nomination made a speech, in which he said, "When we have got through with the rebellion, we will prove to the world that we have vigor and will enough to preserve the American continent free from the polluting tread of the myrmidons of foreign powers." He says this — John Cochrane says it — while the cause he supports is upheld by foreign recruits at the rate of forty thousand a year. We hope Maximilian will not hear of this threat. He would be very much distressed if he knew John Cochrane was against him.

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