Believing features of the War.
The President of the United States
, in his late speech in Baltimore
, consoles his hearers for the bereavements he has occasioned throughout the length and breadth of his land; for the multitudes whom he has hurled into the grave, and the countless hearts that are breaking over them; for the frightful misery in every form and the shocking demoralization of society, by declaring that the war has had its "relieving coincidences" in "Sanitary and Christian Committees and Volunteer Refreshment Saloons, unknown in the history of the world before."
The "Volunteer Refreshment Saloons" is a point which "Uncle Abe" can appreciate as well as any other philanthropist in the land.
We understand that he once kept a "Refreshment Saloon" himself, vulgarly called in those parts a "doggery," and dispensed old eye, though not entirely on the "volunteer" principle.
If it was volunteer, it is the only volunteering he has ever done.
He never has anything to do himself with volunteering or draughting either, except to take a big drink.
A "volunteer refreshment saloon," or, in the vernacular of the West
, a "free doggery," is a compensation, in his opinion, for all the horrors of war.--It is the supreme consolation for all human distresses and calamities.
If any man has lost a son or a brother; if any widow walls over here lost husband or child; if any patriot is in sackcloth over a once glorious Republic in ruins, free Constitution destroyed, the fires of Liberty gone out upon her broken shrines, and the hopes of mankind betrayed and destroyed, let him or her step into one of old Abe's "Volunteer Refreshment Saloons" and take a drink.
There is a panacea for every human woe. It seems to be the belief of His Excellency
that as mankind fell by the forbidden fruit, they have only to distil the fruit to repeals all the damage it has occasioned.
It was eating the thing, not drinking it, which was Adam
's fatal blunder.
Such appears to be old Abe's theory, and we dare say Gen. Grant
agrees with him in that opinion.
But the "Sanitary and Christian Committee" part of the Baltimore
speech is a better joke than the Executive
joker has yet got off in any of his wonderfully funny orations.
The world has never seen the like before, he says, and we may add the hope, will never see the like again.
The world has seen for many centuries Christian Associations, commonly called churches, (which, being founded by the Divine Founder
of Christianity, may not have been the eclat,
in old Abe's opinion, of his "Sanitary and Christian Committees,") striving in every conceivable way to mitigate the horrors of human warfare.
The world has seen, even of late, "Sisters
of Charity," "Sisters
of Mercy," Florence Nightingales, and hosts of kindred spirits, shedding the light of heavenly consolation upon the bloody battle fields of Europe
, ministering at the bedside of sick and wounded, whether friend or foe, and, when human help could no longer avail, turning the eyes of the dying from their own bleeding wounds to the redeeming blood of the Son of God.
"Sanitary and Christian Committees" as Abraham enlogizes, the world, happily for itself for Christianity, and for man, has never seen before.
The Christian Associations of the North
have been the leaders and untiring aiders and abettor's of the most ferocious war of modern times.
The humane and merciful spirit towards enemies, peculiar to Christianity, has never had a place in their counsels.
Peter the Hermit, and not Peter the Apostle, has been their model.
exhorting Christians to gentleness, forbearance, and forgiveness, has been discarded, for Paul
before his conversion, breathing out threatening and slaughter, throwing men and women into prison, and consenting to the death of the martyr Stephen
We had a specimen not long ago of these "Christian Sanitary Committees" at Fredericksburg
, where they vehemently urged that the place should be utterly destroyed by fire, and instigated other savageries which had not been dreamed of by the armed vandals of Lincoln
We are not surprised to learn that there is more infidelity at the North
than ever known before, for what else could be expected when Christianity is thus betrayed in the house of its professed friends.
Such men as Dr. Breckinridge
, of Kentucky
, and Bishop Mclivane
, of Ohio
, are worse enemies of religion than even Abraham Lincoln
We advise the President
of the United States
to look about for other "relieving coincidences" of the war. If these are all, the war, so far as his empire is concerned, has no relieving feature.
No light from earth or Heaven shines upon its sepulchral shades.
It is, from beginning to end, the pure and unmixed work of the devil.