Good advice to the Irish.
In Bishop Haghes
's address to the Irish of his disease, who were supposed to have borne a conspicuous part in the late in New York, he said, among other things, --"Keep out of the crowd within which immortal souls are launched into eternity without a moment's notice." Now, that is just what the men who resisted the draft were trying to do. Bishop Hughes
would have them keep out of a mob in which not a dozen Irishmen of that city were killed, and precipitate them into an assemblage like Meagher
's brigade at Fredericksburg
, and another Irish brigade at Gettysburg
, in which scarcely a soul survived to tell the tale.
Nothing could be wiser than the advice of Bishop Hughes
, if applied to lawless assemblages of any kind — those on the Potomac
, for example, as well as New York.
In letters of gold it should be inscribed on every recruiting office in the North
, and echoed from every pulpit in Ireland
, "Keep out of the crowd within which immortal souls are landed into eternity without a moment's notice." Let the priests of Ireland
impress this lesson upon their credulous people, whom Federal emissaries are entering to America
to fight the battles of men who care neither for their bodies no their souls.
Let Bishop Hughes
, who rests his appear to his hearers upon the danger to their souls from sudden death, prove himself a good shepherd by keeping his flock from the wholesale destruction which awaits them by enlisting in the Federal
armies, where they have so often been led as sheep to the slaughter.