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The Daily Dispatch: February 11, 1865., [Electronic resource], The sword of justice. (search)
The sword of justice. As we anticipated, the refusal of the Southern Commissioners to accept terms of degradation, which those who proposed them knew could not be accepted, has been followed by a menace of exterminating vengeance. Lincoln's newspaper organ, the Chronicle, says "the sword of justice must execute the work which the folly of blinded leaders would not accord to the arts of pacification." The whole mission of Blair to Richmond was designed for no other purpose. Was ever a country before, with three large armies in the field, called upon to lay down its arms in unconditional submission; to give the party making the demand the right to hang its principal citizens if he chose to exercise it; to surrender its whole property, as the only condition of peace? And could a Government, making such a proposition, seriously expect compliance? Could it expect the most heroic race of men on this continent to sheathe their swords upon such terms? Could it believe the South