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An Agreeable rebellion.

The Northern journals are never tired of nothing the ridiculous word rebellion, as if we could be such a thing as rebellion of a foreign State against any other sovereign, less against a mere federal agent of the Sovereignties. But, passing by the ri inappropriateness of the term, they mainly are to be congratulated in this, that have the excitement and eclat of some rebelling against them, without any of and perils which usually appertain such a condition. When there is a rebelling in England, France, Germany, Italy, or other country that we have ever heard the superior power is generally in at least much peril as the insurgents, who take good that the game played by their masters not be, ‘"heads I win, tails you lose."’-- is the first ‘"rebellion, "’ if it can be called in which the rebels set themselves up as ninepins, to be bowled down at such as the dexterity of their assailants can the feat. Or, if not a rebellion, a war as we suppose, between equally and independent nations, then it is first war and the first combat of any kind, which we ever heard in which there were blows to give as well as blows to take.

one long year has war, in its most vindictive form, raged upon Southern territory, yet to this hour not a single blow has struck upon Northern soil, not a Southern has been fired beyond Southern limits, the sound of a hostile gun has been upon the Northern air. Not one Northern family has been driven from their homes, the Northern homestead given to the not one Northern acre desolated.-- this we have borne — we who only ask for we who only desire to be let alone, we, unoffending people of the South, are made all this, and have, once to strike back our cruel invaders. We are playing the of the frogs in the pond, pelted with by cruel boys, and only to find safety in as best we can the dangerous missiles long is this more than child's play to be What good has it accomplished? our sufferings softened the hearts of our Has our forbearance inspired them sentiments of toleration? On the conflict has increased their hate and ferocity They look upon it, not as forbearance but as pusillanimity. If we had followed at Manassas, burned Washington to and rallying around our banner serious men of Maryland, had poured our legions Pennsylvania and Ohio, would by this time be ended, or at the enemy's capacity for mischief Peace is peace, and war is war, all the wars we have ever heard of, out side deserves the name. If late to retrieve this fatal error, we make a gigantic effort to hurl back enemy's country, in an irresistible all the calamities and evils of war for one long year he has visited at his upon ourselves.

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