Signs of flagging,
--All the Yankee
papers which we receive are filled with braggadocio — speaking, always, of the crushing out of the rebellion, as though it were already an accomplished fact, and constantly threatening France
, and Spain
, with the vengeance of the all-powerful Yankee nation.
If we look a little below the surface, however, it is not difficult to discover that this is all talk and nothing else, designed to delude the multitude and encourage them to persevere in the prosecution of this war. The signs of exhaustion are so palpable that they cannot be mistaken by the least experienced eye.
In the first place, the New York World
tells us, what we had previously heard from a source entitled to credit, that the draft has proved a complete failure, not having secured the services of 60,000 men, all told, throughout the whole Yankee States.
Now these 60,000 men will go but a very short way to fill up the gap made in the Yankee
ranks by the campaign of 1863, at Chancellorsville
, at Gettysburg
, at Chickamauga
, at Vicksburg
, and by sickness and desertion which have prevailed to a most unusual extent throughout the Yankee
Secondly, the New York Times
, a short time since, in the course of an editorial designed to spur up the flagging energies of its Government, stated that the greater part of its army would go out of service next May; that the winter and the mud would prove most powerful auxiliaries to our troops, as they did last year and the year before; that the rebellion must, therefore, be crushed before November, and that if not crushed before that time it could not be until next fall.
It stated that the only troops it would have on hand for the grand crushing operation next May--the earliest day at which it would be possible to open the campaign — would be the new conscripts.
It rated their strength at three hundred thousand, but the estimate of the World,
we have reason to know, is much nearer the mark.
Thirdly. In commenting upon the failure of Rosecrans
campaign, the New York Herald
revealed the fact that it was undertaken for the purpose of seizing several hundred thousand bales of cotton known to exist in that State, which it deemed essential to support the credit of the Yankee
finances.--This is a most important revelation.--It was hoped by the Yankees
that this cotton would be sold, in Europe
for specie, and that, by means of the money thus acquired, the credit of their Government would be sustained.
But the enterprise has failed and the relief is not afforded.
The indebtedness of Yankeedom to Europe
certainly does not fall short of one thousand million.
is growing impatient, and must have principal or interest in specie.
Yankee dom, its piratical inroad into Georgia
having failed, can pay neither principal not interest.
There are lively hopes of a general crash, and when her financial bubble shall have exploded, what is Yankeedom to do.?
Fourth and lastly.
In order to reinforce Rosecrans
, the Yankees
are compelled to take heavy detachments from the army of Meade
at the very time when that officer is expected to make a fresh "on to Richmond
," and when, according to the New York Herald
, there can be no doubt of his success.
If the Yankees
have the overwhelming force of which they boast, why is it necessary to deplete one army in order to strengthen another?
In order to reinforce Rosecrans
, also, they are stripping the whole lower country of troops, thereby exposing it to reoccupation by our troops.
Why all this, if they have the hosts they pretend to have?
The fact is their mighty armies are, for the most part, "men in buckram." They exist nowhere but in the imagination of Seward
and their editors.
strength is not greatly superior to ours.
Our people, when they feel a disposition to despond, should think on these things.
They should reflect that if they are straitened
, the Yankees
are They should observe that they strengthen one army without
weakening another, or overrun one part of the country without abandoning its equivalent somewhere else.
When the first Cabinet
of Gen. Jackson
exploded, a caricature was published well known at the time as the Rat Caricature
The members of the Cabinet
were represented as rats, and the General
as endeavoring to put his foot on their tails to prevent their scampering.
But as he had but two feet, and the Cabinet
were five or six in number, he was compelled to take his foot off the tail of one while he tried to put it on the tail of another.
The condition of Lincoln
with regard to the Confederate States
is very similar.
As fast as he puts his great splay foot on one, another gets from under.
Let us be of good cheer.
We think the signs of land are more unmistakable than they ever have been.