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of all columns; or it may be a pillar of salt, like that of Lot's wife, and which commemorates the fate of one of the seceders from Sodom, who lingered, like Mr. Crittenden, upon the "borders," and could not bear to think of dissolving her blessed union with the cities of the plain. It does not follow, therefore, even if the United States were a column, that it is deserving of universal respect, and destined to immortal duration. It is an unfortunate figure employed by Mr. Crittenden, this "column rising among the nations of the past." If he had said among the nations of the present we could have understood his meaning, whilst we should not have admired his modesty. But a column among the dead and buried nations is strongly suggestive of a graveyard. In this light Mr. Crittenden may have stumbled upon a just and applicable figure. It is a column rising over the grave of constitutional liberty, indicating the spot where the death-worm is busy with his prey, and which none