The women of the South.

Nothing can be more noble and heroic than the spirit of the women of the South from the beginning of this contest. In their brave and generous hearts the flame of patriotism has burned from the beginning with a flame which no cloud of disappointment can dim nor floods of disaster extinguish. In the language ascribed to a noble Southern lady, who, hearing of our resent reverence, expressed calmly, but with profound emphasis, her desire to be crushed to death by one of the enemy's bomb-shells rather than witness the subjugation of the South, we believe that the women of the South would rather die to-morrow than witness the degradation of their native land. To talk of subjugating a people whose another, wives and daughters are aminated by such a spirit is the wildest insanity. We have always regarded the enthusiastic and constant devotion of the Southern women to the Southern cause as a signal proof of the goodness of that cause, and of the moral strength it would command among the Southern people. Virtuous unselfish, disinterested, their prayers will be stronger with Heaven than the arms of man, whose patriotism is too often mixed with the alloy of selfishness and ambition. Whilst the South has such women, her sons must be as brave as their mothers are pure and noble. God bless the women of the South! The cause is in their hands. And no matter how selfishness, greed, ambition, and inhumanity, may run riot elsewhere, no matter how men in petticoats may quail, and ravens may croak, the prayers of the mothers and wives of Israel will avail with Heaven, and their spirits inspire the souls and nerve the arms of our people to ‘"fight on, fight ever,"’ till their liberties are secured.

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