The Sinking cause of Jeff. Davis and his Southern Confederacy.
[From the New York Herald, Jan. 1.]
The independent Cotton Confederacy of Jeff. Davis
has seen its best days.
Under the increasing pressure of our fleets and armies, it is reduced to the condition of a city invested by an overwhelming force and cut off from its supplies.
Growing up, as in a single night, into a luxuriant development, like Jonah's gourd, it is willing as rapidly away.
From every quarter of the South
, in every variety of manifestation, the facts and the evidence are daily accumulating upon our hands that nothing but the intervention of England
can prevent this overstrained and exhausted rebellion from collapsing within Mr. Seward
's limitation of ninety days, like the Great South Sea
Bubble or any other audacious but shallow imposture.
In the interesting statements which we published yesterday from two Union refugees who had run the gauntlet of the Davis
despotism from Texas
, there are some very suggestive disclosures.
Thus it appears our ‘"blockade is depriving the people of the revolted States of many of the necessaries of life;"’ that ‘"their currency is in the most wretched condition, and is daily growing worse, while the sugar and cotton planters have already mortgaged their plantations in order to raise means of subsistence for their families and slaves, "’ that ‘"gold
down the Mississippi
have almost entirely disappeared, the former being at 35 per cent. premium and the latter not to be had at any price;"’ that ‘"many of the most intelligent and influential of the sugar and cotton planters frankly acknowledge that their ruin is sealed unless the blockade is raised; and of that they are beginning to lose all hope;"’ and that ‘"already in the city of New Orleans
a large and formidable organization of Union men exists, which is ripe for insurrection when they are satisfied that a Federal army is in a position to sustain them. "’
We are entirely satisfied of the truth of all these statements, and are as well convinced that they afford but a faint conception of the wretchedness, destitution, confusion, and desperation which prevail throughout all the States groaning under the iron heel of this rebellion.
We give to-day some confirmatory extracts from the editorial columns of a stray copy of the New Orleans True Delta
which has fallen into our possession.
The first of these extracts is from a long article of that paper on the late message of Jeff. Davis
to his Confederate Congress at Richmond
The editor does not believe that the peculiar logic of Davis
will convince England
of the inefficiency of the Federal
blockade, or bring either of those Powers to his assistance, but argues that European
nations are not to be gained to the rebel cause by merely refusing them any cotton except through Confederate ports.
In the next article of the New Orleans philosopher on ‘"The Prospect"’ he thinks that praying and fasting are not equal to the duty of coping with Enfield guns and rifled cannon for that Providence
always takes the side of the heaviest artillery; that our ‘"formidable fleets"’ have created a terrible panic throughout the South
; that Fernandina
, and other places on the Southern
seacoast, are in great danger of sharing the fate of Cape Hatteras
, Port Royal
and Ship Island
; and that, in short, ‘"the prospect"’ of an independent Southern Utopia within any reasonable period of time is exceedingly gloomy.
But the third article, that on ‘"Government Speculation,"’ from our doleful New Orleans contemporary, we are gratified to say, reveals the fact that all the swindling jobs of government officials, contractors, bucksters, sharpers, and rogues are not confined to the public service of the United States
. Judah P. Benjamin
, the head of the rebel Department of Justice at Richmond
, has at least one subordinate who deals out ‘"justice"’ by first extorting silver from the people, and then selling it at fourteen per cent. premium; and this, we are told, is in perfect keeping with the extraordinary conduct still pursued by the Post-Office Department." ‘"Indeed,"’ says our indignant New Orleans editor, still harping on the Richmond
rebel junta, ‘"it is no exaggeration to say that Buchananism is in full and magnificent development, the machinery to conduct it is perfect, a complete espionage over the telegraph, the exercise of unregulated and unrestrained power over the export trade of the country, the unlimited and arbitrary control of legal machinery, by which the property of one citizen is illegally and despotically taken from him without adequate compensation, while that of another is paid for at enormous prices, and the most profligate abuse of authority generally in every department is the rule."’
This testimony is from a New Orleans editor, and we take it directly from his own columns.
There can be no doubt that he is telling the truth; and, though we are sure that he does not tell the whole truth, he tells enough to show that Jeff. Davis
, with his Southern Confederate despotism, is fast becoming a public nuisance in the estimation of his victims.
But, it may be asked, if there is such an intolerable despotism existing in the revolted States, how is it that this New Orleans editor is permitted to speak so freely?
The answer is given in our preceding information that there is a large and formidable Union league existing in New Orleans ‘"ripe for insurrection,"’ and that it is only awaiting the appearance of a Federal invading force to break out into open revolt.
Our New Orleans editor has the league at his back, and Davis
and his tools are aware of it.
New Orleans, it will also be borne in mind, is the financial centre and commercial metropolis of our rebellious Confederate States
; so that with its restoration to the Union
, through the assistance of its ‘"formidable Union organization,"’ we may expect a grand succession of such escapades, from New Orleans around to Richmond
, and thence through the interior to Nashville
, utterly breaking up the Davis
despotism, root and branch.
exercise their patience and philosophy a month longer, and two things will be made manifest to them--first, that the Southern
cotton nationality of Davis
and his confederates is an exploded bubble; second, that the Government
of the United States
is a fixed and enduring reality among the great Powers of the earth.