knew little of them individually and took their tone from the politicians of the past.
So — as it is a known fact that politicians are never satisfied — the Cabinet and Congress, as tried in the hotel alembic, were not found pure gold.
So the country grumbled.
The newspapers snarled, criticised and asserted, with some show of truth, that things were at a dead standstill, and that nothing practical had been accomplished.
Such was the aspect of affairs at Montgomery, when on the 10th of April, Governor Pickens, of South Carolina, telegraphed that the Government at Washington had notified him of its intention to supply Fort Sumter-Peaceably if we can; forcibly if we must.
Bulletins were posted before the Exchange, the newspaper office and the Government House; and for two days there was intense suspense as to what course the South would pursue.
Then the news flashed over the wires that, on the morning of the 12th of April, Beauregard had opened the ball in earnest, by comm