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The Daily Dispatch: March 9, 1863., [Electronic resource] 4 0 Browse Search
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traband letters and other articles were captured. On information of a negro that rebels were planting torpedoes between Port Hudson and Bason Rouge, the gunboat Essex went up the river and captured four, containing each 200 pounds of powder. Reports from Baton Rouge represent that there are numerous indications of an immediate movement, and that great activity prevails in the army. Lincoln communicated to the Senate a message with a memorial from distressed operatives of Blackburn England, expressing gratitude for material aid, and hoping an interchange of feeling will be productive of a further manifestation of sympathy, with a prayer that the civil war may "come to a speedy termination in favor of freedom, regardless of race or color." The message suggests that more effective relief could be rendered by aiding the sufferers to emigrate to America, and urges the adoption of some plan of assistance to emigration. A message was received communicating a letter of similar
perfect impunity. It was in vain that the public press invoked Buchanan to send out a few vessels and inflict summary punishment upon the offenders. He could not be kicked or pummeled into anything more than a gentle remonstrance. Would England, with the knowledge disclosed by the present war, have ever ventured upon such indignities, or an American President, who had formed the fainest conception of the strength of his country, have failed to obtain reparation? The profound anxiety of England to avoid a collision even with the mere ramp of the United States is a suggestive contrast to the gunboat bullying of four years ago. But of what avail to Republican ideas in Europe will be the military greatness of the United States if the South is subjugated and enslaved? A great military despotism, sympathizing with military despotisms everywhere, and having no affinities or interests in common with human freedom in any clime, will be the inevitable result of the triumph of the Nor