In Article Mortis
The Washington Chronicle
says ‘"the call of the nation, in her great agony, (for five hundred thousand men,) should reach every heart."’
We have no doubt it will; but the sensations produced will be anything but agreeable.
The nation (meaning thereby Lincoln
& Co.) may call with all its lungs; but when the details of the ghastly carnage at the Wilderness
come to be known, the call will awaken "an agony" of horror in every heart which it reaches.
The natural response will be, "Why don't you go yourself?
Old Abe, W. H. Seward
, Washington Chronicle,
and other bellicose throats of the nation, all nearer the scene of conflict than those you call upon, why don't you girl on your swords and hurry to the bloody banquet you are so fond of inviting other people to?"
But all these remonstrances will be of no avail.
The five hundred thousand may as well make up their minds to follow the five hundred thousand who have gone before them.--And if they have not the courage to resist Lincoln
's standing army, what may they expect when they come to confront the warriors who have so often cut the minions of Lincolnism to pieces?
There is a dismal prospect before them.
Their only encouragement is the confession which the late battle has scourged from the Washington Chronicle,
that the nation is in "her great agony." We don't question it. She will be in a greater agony yet before she finds relief.
The possibility that the rebels may get to Washington
, which has always haunted "the nation," is now looming up to a fearful probability.
Only suppose "the nation" should fall into the hands of Jeff Davis
It is too fearful to contemplate.
It is near its last gasp.
With thundering words upon its lips, it is fighting against destiny, and slowly but certainly struggling to its dying grasp. --We know not what future effort it will make, nor how furious may be the flurry of the dying whale, but our confidence is calm and strong that the Power which has hitherto manifactly vindicated our cause will continue to confound the devices of our enemies and make as equal to every occasion that may arise.