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General Butler, in his late Lowell speech, reiterates his old position, which, indeed, has been all along the policy and purpose of the Black Republicans, if the Confederates will not come to terms, to take away their houses, farms, and goods and chattels in general, and give them to the loyal Yankee soldiers. We can imagine the applause which shook Lowell to its foundations when that proposition was made. General Butler, it is true, is not in eloquence a Bolingbroke or Chatham. He rather resembles John Wilkes, both in personal pulchritude and a high moral tone. The points of similarity between himself and Demosthenes are not numerous. We can think of only one at present — the promptness and good order with which he falls back from a fight. For Butler was designed by nature for a general rather than an orator. He can gesticulate more gracefully with his legs than most orators with their hands, and the great Demosthenian quality of "action, action, action," never was more strikingly illustrated than in the thrilling flights of Great Bethel and Fort Fisher. But, in this Lowell speech, Butler proved that he had reflected deeply upon the principles of Yankee human nature and held their hearts in the hollow of his hand. He made a ten-strike when he appealed to that patriotic love of property which glows in every New England bosom. With all its faults, Jonathan appreciates his country — especially its real estate--and if he cannot love his neighbor as himself, he comes as near it as possible by loving his neighbor's goods, and regarding them as his own. When Butler holds out to Massachusetts every foot of land in the Confederacy — the poor man's few acres and the rich man's plantation — every house, every chair and table, every article of property of every kind, he touches the inmost chords of every New England soul; its sense of right, of justice, of humanity, and, above all, of duty to itself and to posterity. We warn the people of this Confederacy that this is no idle threat. We tell them that the Black Republican party of the North are in dead earnest when they threaten confiscation and extermination unless the South submits. It is idle to say that they could not be so wicked. --Wicked! They do not consider it wicked. They regard it as the essence of virtue, justice and religion. It is their solemn opinion that "rebels have no rights. Their lives are forfeit. If we slay them all, we only do justice."-- True it is, Massachusetts was the first "rebel" in the old Union; she gloried in treason in the late war with England; she passed resolutions declaring that the annexation of Texas would afford sufficient ground for the dissolution of the Union; she was always busy in nullifying the fugitive slave law, and her fanatics declared that the Constitution was a "compact with hell."-- That is the very reason she is more merciless than any other community. It is human nature to loathe and abominate our own defects when we see them in the characters of other people. Whatever the reason, the South is hated by those New Englanders with a malignity that its people have no conception of. Their detestation of our persons is only equalled by their love of our lands. Not one of us will have a roof over our heads, and very few a head on our shoulders — unless we save it by exile — if we refuse to return to the American Union, and are conquered by our enemies. We warn the people of this country that, incredulous though they may be of the existence of such gigantic wickedness in the human heart, they will find it out to their inexpressible anguish when it is too late, unless they resist as men ought to resist whose all on earth is at stake. Let every soldier of the Confederacy bear in mind that, however humble his home is, that home will belong to a Yankee if he does not fight for it as a man ought to fight for his home; let every citizen open his heart and his purse, and cheer on the heroic defenders of the soil; let Congress put the bone and muscle of the country in the field; and if it has any question of the availability of any particular class of the population, for military service, refer that question to General Lee, who is the most competent judge, and whose opinions upon any subject connected with the public defence all men have confidence in. With united and determined action, we can show this Confiscating and Exterminating gang that the deliberate scheme of robbing and murdering a whole people cannot only be prevented, but punished and avenged as such diabolical crimes against humanity demand.
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