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The Daily Dispatch: May 22, 1863., [Electronic resource], Jonathan and John Bull-Pent-up wrath (search)
irs, know that neither they nor their Government will ever make reparation, apology, or atonement, when the demand for either is not backed by the power to enforce it. Does any man with sense enough to keep out of the fire believe that Mason and Slidell would have been surrendered to a demand from Mexico or Portugal, or Denmark? Would the tiger voluntarily surrender the fawn?--or the hyena his exhumed food?--or the anaconda the victim within his folds? Neither would the Yankee restore anythin be becomes the lasting enemy of any who may extort restitution or amendment from him. He cannot brook the deprivation of his gratifications either of his malice or his selfishness. Therefore when the Yankee Government gave up Messrs. Mason and Slidell--whose fates it had prefigured and gloated over with a brutal satisfaction like that enjoyed by the Cyclop over the victims in his cave — it gave them up with smothered wrath and in ward promises of revenge upon the power that demanded them.