French Opinions of the South.
--The New Orleans Propagateur Catholique contains the following extract from a pamphlet ‘"on American affairs,"’ recently published in Paris
"The best proof of the intellectual superiority of the South
over the North
is the part the former has taken in public affairs.
Notwithstanding its numerical superiority and the jealousy of its antagonist, the Presidential chair has been filled during forty-four years (out of the seventy-two) by Southern men. No Northern man has been re-elected President
The South has had two Presidents
elected four times.
Of thirty-three Presidents
of the House of Representatives twenty-one were Southerners.
Of seventy-seven Presidents
of the Senate (Vice- Presidents
of the Republic
,) the South
has furnished sixty-one.
It has been the same in regard to ambassadors.
"To the South
, Patrick Henry
, Clay, Marshall
— men not less distinguished for their exalted character and noble qualities of heart than for their talents and intelligence.
These men are not only an honor to their country and to their century, but the glory of humanity.
To these are joined others as remarkable, but less known in Europe
, and Taney
"To the eyes of whoever has examined it closely, the South
has nothing to envy in any nation in respect to civilization, right-mindedness, and elevation of sentiments.
"The women of the South
are tender mothers and devoted wives.
The Creoles are equal to the French
ladies in exquisite grace, distinction, sensibility, generosity, warmth of heart and ideas, with intelligence of all that is noble, beautiful, and good.
In the epidemics that have ravaged the Southern
coast, they have given a thousand proofs of inexhaustible charity, and of self-denial, lavishing their cares without distinction of rank or color.
And what is there so astonishing in this similitude between the inhabitants of the South
and those of our country?
Is not Louisiana
of French extraction?
Did not our religious troubles take to the South
thousands of families who were among the best of France
These families have taken root there, and their race has not degenerated.
The race has preserved that — I know not what — of the French
that never effaces itself.
Hundreds of thousands could be taken from among the first of those States where those families of old blood, could be counted, who think it an honor to recall the ties which bind them to the country of their ancestors.
So the South
Of all the nations of Europe
ours is one with whom they sympathize the most.
There is not a family that does not have its children taught the French
is, then, naturally called upon to pronounce herself in the quarrel, and to take part with the South