The Alexandria--Yankee foreign Enlistments.
The seizure of the Alexandria
by Government authority is one thing, and her condemnation after trial is quite another.
The trial of the question as to her destination will no doubt be a fair one, and as the onus of proof in English law rests upon the prosecution, it will be no easy matter to convict the vessel.
The prying Yankees
, looking into all the ship- yards of England
, behold in every vessel that is on the stocks a "290." They have awful forebodings of the havoc each will play with their commerce on the seas, and they endeavor, by appeals and threats, to induce the British Government
to intercept them, disappoint the rebels, and protect their commerce.
The British Government, recognizing its obligations under the law of nations, is instituting inquiry touching the suspected vessels.
How it will result remains to be seen.
Yankeedom, with all its superior numbers and its immense naval force, embracing the entire old navy, two-thirds of the cost of which was paid by the Southern States
, is not satisfied.
Not a keel can be laid in the ship-yards of England
without attracting the notice and prompting the prying inquiries of some long noses.
The British Government has no rest from their suspicions and their demands.
Yet they are shipping from the British
ports, with out limit or hindrance, every sort of appliance of war. Just about the time of the rupture from the arrest of our Ministers on the English steamer Trent
, they had bought all the saltpetre in England
, in order to forestall the Confederacy
and deprive it of the means of making powder.
, fearing a war with them, interdicted its exportation, but withdrew the interdiction as soon as the matter was settled.
Not only are they getting aid in this way from the nation they seek to force to deny us everything, but they are enlisting men in Ireland
to come over and fight the South
Their emissaries are all over that country, deluding the poor Irish
with every sort of promise and cunning scheme.
Among the latter is the project of the liberation of Ireland
after the South
as if the Yankee
would incur danger or expense for anything on earth but his own benefit and emolument!
No people could exhibit a greater indignation than did the men of the North
at the attempt of the British
agents to enlist men in this country for the Crimean war. Nothing appeased their wrath until the enterprise was abandoned, and the British Government
had disclaimed the right to undertake it. Now behold them following the example they denounced as outrageous!
But they are more cunning than the English
, and it will be no easy matter to detect them.
It is amusing to us, since we know the real motives and policy of John Bull
, to see how he is perplexed by the Yankees
They keep him over on the anxious bench.
He has to protest his neutrality as often as old General Scott
puts his foot in a bucket of cold water to relieve it from the twinges of the gout.
Indeed, the Yankees
stick to John not unlike the gout.
They stir him up in the same periodical and sharp way, and he will never get relieved from them until he treats them with the most effective and vigorous remedies.