Notes of the War.
The Northern papers raise something of shout over the appointment of Andy Johnson
as Brigadier- General
, and his transfer from the Senate to the position of ‘"Provisional Military Governor"’ of Tennessee
.--They seem to regard it as fully settled that the people of Tennessee
will hall their new ‘"Governor"’ with an enthusiasm which no other man could command.
In connection with this appointment, the New York Herald
discusses old Abe's ‘"Union policy"’ as follows:
We think it very probable that one of the immediate consequences of this war will be an emancipation pressure upon the border slave States, which will rapidly operate to the abolition of slavery therein; and by the action of these States themselves, in view of the changed condition of things around them, Maryland
, and Missouri
, with the restoration of the Union
, will, we think, find it to their advantage to slough off this institution of slavery as quickly as possible, consistent with the public tranquility.
We think, too, that such will be the course of said States, with the issue in their hands, and the question should be left to them, and to every other slave State of the present day, as it was left originally to the slave States of New York, New Jersey
, and others.
This is the policy of ‘"Honest Abe Lincoln
;"’ and as it has been consistently pursued in the reclamation of Maryland
, and Tennessee
, from the gripe of this rebellion, we may venture the opinion that it will still be adhered to, all the emancipation schemes of Sumner
, and Greeley
, to the contrary notwithstanding.
It is this policy which has broken down the stronghold of the rebellion in the West
, and which, if not disturbed, will speedily break up the whole concern.
We expect shortly to find it fully developed in the complete restoration of Tennessee
to the laws and benefits of the Union
In this connection we would suggest, however, that no State convention is necessary.
is not in the condition of a province wrested from a foreign enemy.
She has not, in fact, been out of the Union
Her functions as a State adhering to the Union
have simply been suspended by a lawless armed mob. We have beaten off this mob, and its spurious State officers and agents, and all that remains to be done is to fill the vacancies which we find in the personnel
of the legitimate State Government, and in the representation of the State
in the houses of Congress.
We dare say, however, that under the instructions of the President
, and with a powerful army to support him, Governor Johnson
will fulfill the public expectations in the restoration of the law and order of the Union
Proposed tax upon newspapers.
The Tax bill introduced in the Federal
House of Representatives by Mr. Stevens
, proposes to place several heavy taxes upon newspapers, and the consequence is quite a commotion among the individuals who control the New York press.
claims that it would have to pay from thirty to forty thousand dollars a year in the form of taxes for the support of the Government
, but facetiously remarks that this large sum would be cheerfully paid, and hopes that the bill may soon become a law. The following is a pleasing picture of the harmony existing in the ‘"happy family"’ of New York journalists:
states that its annual taxes will amount to about twenty- five thousand dollars, and the Times
will have to pay proportionate sums.
As the Tribune
confesses that it is now losing money everyday of its publication, it will of course be unable to contribute its twenty-five thousand dollars, and the Times
are both in the same peculiarly perplexing pecuniary predicament.
For the benefit of this impoverished and ruined trio, therefore, we revive our former suggestion, which they would have done well to regard some time ago, and kindly advise them to make a copartnership of the three establishments, and issue only one paper.
They must either combine or collapse, and we are anxious that they shall combine.
Together their aggregate circulation would become almost respectable, their advertising would occupy several columns, their expenses for editors and reporters, printers and pressmen, would be diminished, and they would make almost harmonious trio, and work together, as usual, for the abolition of everything generally, under the pleasing and appropriate title of the greatest newspaper on earth--‘"the World, the Flesh, and the Devil."’
As for the evening papers, the Post
are least able to endure any pecuniary strain, and will have to coalesce upon the Christian
principle of bearing one another's burthens.
The Journal of Commerce
will die, no doubt, having killed many of its readers lately with
. It has been diseased a long time, and its decease will be very natural, not unexpected, and very little regretted.--The Express
will probably be able to pay its little tax of about ten thousand dollars from the receipts of its ninety-nine editions; and the well known patriotism, liberality and public spirit of its proprietors, leave no doubt that its contribution will be cheerfully paid, and even doubled if the Government
requires the sacrifice.
The Sunday papers, however, must either unite or become extinct.
On the part of the public we sincerely desire that the Sunday press may decide upon the latter alternative; but, if all the Sunday papers bundle together, we suggest that the result be called the Sunday Sewer,
and wish it all the success it deserves and can obtain as a new rival to Barnum
's ‘"Happy Family."’
By all means, then, let the tax bill pass immediately.
The Government needs the money it will realize from the taxes, and the public is anxious for the newspaper reforms the taxes will inaugurate.
A correspondent of a Northern paper, writing of the evidences of treason among the ladies of Nashville
I have seen only two cases of women who are loyal, and both of these are among what might be called the ‘"lower walks"’ of social life.
One of these was a bare-armed, bare- headed female that issued from a shanty on the bluffs as we passed along the front of the city, and commenced waving her hands wildly up and down, at the same time tattering
violently on her toes, like some devotes before the altar of an Aztecoidol.
She continued this demonstrative but original welcome, till a couple of other females issued from the same shanty, and forcibly carried her in-doors.
It may be suspected that her loyal recognition sprang rather from whiskey than patriotism — a suspicion that my own mind is not altogether free from, as I have carefully reflected upon this singular and almost isolated case of Union feeling.
The other case was also that of an Irish lady, and seemed more the result of genuine loyalty than of stimulants.
As Gen. Grant
and Staff were riding through the city, a woman rushed out from a house, and throwing up her hands in the style adopted by cruel parents when they say ‘"Bless you, my children,"’ in fifteen-cent novels, exclaimed; ‘"God bless ye, gintlemen!
Success go wid ye!
Arran, git in there, ye thafe, and don't be boderin' the life out o' me!"’ The last remark, I may say, was accompanied by a resounding slap, and was addressed to a dirty-faced gessoon that thrust his unkempt head beyond the doorway — and not, as may be surmised, to the Illinoisian hero.
The youth set up one of those vigorous howls so peculiar to offended juvenility, and amid a chorus of slaps, blessings, and the roars of the suffering infant, the General
turned a corner and disappeared.
A little further, and the party passed slowly by a costly carriage, out of one of whose windows was thrust the head of an elegantly dressed lady.
She was giving some directions to the liveried darkey that held the reins, but looking up as the party passed, she caught sight of the Federal
With a ‘"baugh!"’ as if she had swallowed a toad, she spat toward the ground, and with a contemptuous and expressive grimace of disgust upon her features, drew in her head, and threw herself back in her carriage.
Quite possibly such movements are the very height of Southern breeding — further North, in the land of Yankees and wooden clocks, a woman who would perpetrate an act of this kind, under similar circumstances, would be regarded — well, to use a convenient everyday expression, as ‘"no better than she should be"’--a somebody closely skin to, if not the identical, scar;et feminine spoken of in Revelations.
The following is from a recent number of the London Saturday Review:
deserves compassion for the difficulty which he experiences in finding suitable candidates for the different offices in his gift.
, after becoming too notorious at home, is made a Minister Plenipotentiary
, and Mr. Cassites Clay
, whom he
supersedes, having made himself unusually absurd at St. Petersburgh, is to be consoled with the commission of Brigadier-General
seem not to understand the comic impression which is produced on the minds of foreigners by the language of the involuntary buffoons, or simpletons, whom it is their pleasure occasionally to employ.
commenced his mission to Russia
by delivering at Paris
an extravagant speech against England
, which he thought proper to threaten with a French invasion.
On arriving at his destination he was overwhelmed by the condescension of ‘"Prince Alexander Gortschakoff
of Foreign Affairs to His majesty the Emperor
."’ ‘"He received me in a cordial way, shaking hands and causing me to be seated."’ Mr. Clay
probably expected that Prince Gortschakoff would treat a Foreign Minister like a serf; but at his departure the gracious Hessian
once more reassured him by ‘"again shaking hands"’ The Emperor
paid the United States
Minister a more unusual compliment by ‘"speaking American mostly."’ The proverbial astuteness of the House of Romanov
is strikingly illustrated by the labor which the Emperor
must have devoted to the acquisition of that nasal dialect of English which is seldom mastered by Europeans.
judiciously informed His Imperial Majesty that he should rather like a war with England
, and ‘"the Emperor
seemed to like my defiance of old John Bull
very much. "’ It must be admitted that great potentates can seldom find in the formal reception of a diplomatist so much opportunity for amusement.
concludes the dispatch with the hope that Gen. Scott
will ‘"slowly and surely subdue the rebellion, 'stock, lock, and gun-barrel, hook and line, bob and sinker.'"’ The gods have granted half his prayer in conceding the slowness of the Federal
progress; and Mr. Clay
himself, in his military capacity, will be in time to insure the final result before the bob and sinker have finally disappeared.
The difficulty of conducting a great war when it is thought necessary to give General
's commissions to such addle-brained prattlers, may, in a certain sense, be admitted as a partial excuse for the blunders and helplessness of every branch of the Federal Administration
The approaching failure of funds may be converted into a public benefit, if it enables the Government
to relegate into private life the chattering Brigadiers and Colonels
who have suddenly risen from the stump into the saddle.
has refused to confirm 1,400 of Mr. Cameron
's commissions, and if he were to cancel as many more on the pretext of economy, he would probably do good service to the army.