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Page) to suppress the rebellion. The only question of the moment is,
whether the Administration is so deeply persuaded and so ably officered that it
will respond to this unanimous popular energy and resource. If it does not, the
cause is lost. The moment that the willing people see that the feeling, the
money, the. men, the general sacrifice they offer is feebly grasped and
foolishly managed, that moment they will insist upon giving up the war, whatever
It is of no importance how you
describe this war ; you may call it suppressing an insurrection, or punishing
rebels, or maintaining the Government, or defending the Constitution; the fact
remains the same all the while, that we are at war with a domestic enemy
intrenched upon our soil and dangerously fortified by a thousand advantages that
no foreign foe could ever possess. Consequently it is not war only, but war of
the most desperate kind. It has been actually waged by the enemy for nine
months. It has been nominally recognized by the Government for four. But no one
would be so hardy as to declare that the Administration had at any time so
profoundly comprehended the occasion as the great mass of the people.
The open freedom of intercourse
across our lines —the reluctance to accept regiments—the free publication of
details of movements—the crowd of notorious traitors who held office in the
Departments and elsewhere—the inexplicable imbecility of the blockade—the
universal complaint of the troops-the abominable Lobbying—the public service of
Adams's Express into the disaffected section—these are all wrongs that ought to
have been righted long and long ago. Many of them, indeed, are supposed to be in
process of correction. But surely a Government never before moved so slowly and
sadly in defense of its own existence. The one great difficulty seemed to be an
unwillingness to believe that there was a war, and to remember that effective
war can be made in one way only. The sole remedy for the delays and just
complaints is to make it in that way.
And to that end the Departments
must be in the hands of men known not only as honest men and warm partisans, but
as executive officers of the most untiring and comprehensive energy and
practical skill. The right man in the right place is an army. Now it is a simple
fact that there is a universal public conviction that two or three important
members of the present Cabinet are not armies. The practical question therefore
is, whether, with the present composition of the Cabinet, it is long possible to
maintain that unity and ardor of public sentiment without which success is
WHAT shall be done with the
citizens of the United States taken in arms against the Government ? This
question does not concern
privateers. If the gallows is not permanently
visible over them to the whole world, the whole world will presently furnish
pirates as candidates for our clemency. If the
Jeff Davis or the Sumter should be taken, there
could be very little difference of opinion as to the proper fate of the crews
upon conviction. If there were, it would show a state of the public mind which
foreboded the surrender of the Government to the rebels.
But is the exchange of rebels
taken in battle a recognition of the independence of the rebellious section of
the country ? The question may be answered by another. Is the ransom of a friend
from robbers a recognition of the right of robbery ?
Theoretically the Government of
the United States is suppressing an insurrection : actually it is engaged in
war. Theoretically it is dispersing an armed mob : actually it is fighting an
organized enemy. The Government must, therefore, suppress the insurrection
according to the rules of war. To read the riot act is not enough. The affair
has passed from the hands of the Sheriff into those of the Major-General. The
Government must deal with the facts, and it does so when it receives a flag of
truce. Police officers surrounding a house do not receive any flag of truce.
They say, "Surrender at once, whatever the circumstances; whether you have one
of our number in the house or not : surrender at once, or we shoot." That is the
way with the police. That is the way in putting down a street riot. The
authorities do not treat with the ringleaders. They summon, and if no dispersion
follows, they shoot.
The English Government held the
Colonies to be in rebellion and the Continental soldiers rebels, but they did
not hang all the prisoners they took. They exchanged them ; but they did not
consider them any the less rebels. They did it upon the principle that a humane
man buys a slave in order to free him. He does not think any better of slavery
or the slave-trader because he deals with him as he would with an honest man for
lawful merchandise : nor does he in the least remit his exertions against
There is a solution suggested by
the Toronto Globe. It is, that all rebel prisoners shall be held until the close
of the war. But that is a question of feasibility. Such action must depend upon
numbers. For the present, certainly, they should be held. For the present and
until the war threatens to be more permanent than it now promises to be, it
would be better not to exchange. But the policy of exchanging is merely a matter
of convenience. It involves no principle.
WHY is the opportunity of making
capital for treason afforded in the case of the habeas corpus of the Baltimore
prisoners at Fort Diamond ? The ease may be settled before the question gets
into print, but it is useful to ask it for future cases.
The Constitution of the United
States says distinctly : " The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not
be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety
may require it."
This being precisely that case,
why is it not made
manifest to Judge Garrison that
what Judge Taney could not do in Baltimore, Judge Garrison can not do in New
York ? If the Government has not suspended the writ, the prisoners should be
produced. If it has, the Judge who forcibly resists the Government and foments
trouble should be himself dealt with as an offender.
HUMORS OF THE DAY.
THE following contribution from
South Carolina reached no by way of California, and for the present our postal
communication with that State will be by the same, or some equally convenient
route: "The session of 1855, at the South Carolina Medical College, was passing
away without any thing to distinguish it from its predecessors, except, perhaps,
a scarcity of materiel for the dissecting room. To remedy the deficiency several
prominent spirits of the college put themselves on the alert in the vicinage of
the various burial-grounds, but for some time with poor success, as interments
were few, and those too well guarded to allow of exhumation. Fortune smiled at
last; and one dark night the writer, with several others, succeeded in exhuming
the body of an individual who had died of delirium tremens. Being the corpse of
a stranger and a drunkard it was accomplished without opposition, and we
proceeded to refill the grave. At this moment a signal from one of our watchers
notified us that persons were approaching, and operations were suspended, all
observing the strictest silence and lying motionless on the ground waiting for
the signal to begin again. At this moment, one of the party electrified us by
saying, in his deepest tones, ' Isn't it melancholy to see so many fine young
men filling a drunkard's grave !'"
A CONUNDRUM.—Why do the young
ladies look so much at the moon ? Because they think there is a man in it.
An Irishman, referring to the
sudden death of a relative, was asked if he lived high. " Well, I can't say as
he did," said Terence, "but he died high—he was suspended."
A negro, on being examined, was
asked if his master was a Christian. "No, Sir; he is a Member of Congress," was
Misery no doubt loves company,
but when a young lady has her lover's company 'tis no sure sign that she is
To all men the best friend is
virtue; the best companions are high endeavors and honorable sentiments.
"I say, Bob, you have been to
Canton, haven't you?" " Yes." "Well, can you speak China?" " Yes, a little —that
is, I speak broken China."
A speaker at a stump meeting
declared that he knew no East, no West, no North, no South. " Then," said a
bystander, '' you ought to go to school and learn your geography."
There is no such thing as an easy
chair for a discontented man.
THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE.-It must
have belonged originally to an omnibus, for it is continually " taking up" and "
putting down" people.
" You want nothing, do you?" said
Pat. "Bedad, an' if it's nothing you want, you'll find it in the jug where the
The miser lives poor to die rich,
and is the jailer of his own house and the turnkey of his wealth.
If you are too fat and would like
to fall off, mount a vicious horse.
You can not preserve happy
domestic pairs in family jars.
A man often expresses the same
idea by wagging his head that a dog does by wagging his tail.
A man may very well afford to
have gray hairs, when a wife is getting too blind to distinguish them.
A recent philosopher discovers a
method to avoid being dunned! "How?—how?—how?" every body asks. Never run in
Which is the best way of
retaining a woman's affections ? —By not returning them.
We should use our cunning as we
do our courage—always have it ready to defend ourselves, never to offend others.
If you are looking at a picture,
you try to give it the advantage of a good light. Be as courteous to your
fellow-creatures as you are to a picture.
In the game of life men most
frequently play the knave, and women the deuce.
Why is life the riddle of riddles
? Because we must all give it up.
A hungry man no doubt wishes
himself a horse when he hasn't for a long time had a bit in his mouth.
Every man complains of his
memory, but no man complains of his judgment.
Any merchant may make his house a
custom-house by attention to its duties.
Why is a selfish friend like the
letter P? Because, though the first in pity, he is the last in help?
Tradesmen often lose their custom
as field-sportsmen do their fingers—by high charges.
An artist is not so strong as a
horse, but he can draw a larger object.
When you dispute with a fool, he
is very certain to be similarly employed.
A man's want of conversation
generally arises from his supposing that his mind is like Fortunatus's purse,
and will always furnish him without his putting any thing into it.
" Were you ever cross-questioned
?" "Yes, when questioned by my wife, after spending the evening abroad—cross
enough, in all conscience."
Though men boast of holding the
reins, the women generally tell them which way they must drive.
The sense that men can least
afford to dispense with is the sense of shame.
Probably the men who can boast
the possession of the most varied and numerous gifts are the beggars.
The newest definition of "hard
times" is sitting on a grindstone and reading a politician's speech.
Speak low, ladies, and yet always
endeavor to be high-toned women.
What is that which every man can
divide, but no one can see where it has been divided? Water.
Matrimonial history is a
narrative of many words, but the story of love may be told in a few letters.
KISSES BETWEEN WOMEN. —Quilp
says, when he sees kisses between women it reminds him of two handsome unmatched
gloves—charming things with their proper mates, but good for nothing that way !
PROCLAMATION BY THE PRESIDENT.
WASHINGTON, August 16, 1861.
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
WHEREAS, on the fifteenth day of
April, the President of the United States, in view of an insurrection against
the laws, Constitution, and the Government of the United States, which had
broken out within the States of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida,
Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, and in pursuance of the provisions of the act
entitled an act to provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of
the Union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions, and to repeal the act now
in force for that purpose, approved February 28, 1795, did call forth the
militia to suppress said insurrection and cause the laws of the Union to be duly
executed, and the insurgents have failed to disperse by the time directed by the
And whereas, such insurrection
has since broken out and yet exists within the States of Virginia, North
Carolina, Tennessee. and Arkansas; and whereas, the insurgents in all the said
States claim to act under authority thereof, and such claim is not disclaimed or
repudiated by the person exercising the functions of government in such State or
States, or in part or parts thereof, in which combinations exist, nor has such
insurrection been suppressed by said States ;
Now, therefore, I, Abraham
Lincoln, President of the United States, in pursuance of an act of Congress.
passed July 13, 1861, do hereby declare that the inhabitants of the said States
of Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama,
Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas Mississippi, and Florida (except the inhabitants of
that part of the State of Virginia lying west of the Alleghany Mountains, and of
such other parts of that State, and the other States herein before named, as may
maintain a loyal adhesion to the Union and the Constitution, or may be from time
to time occupied and controlled by the forces engaged in the dispersion of said
insurgents) are in a state of insurrection against the United States, and that
all commercial intercourse between the same and the inhabitants thereof, with
the exceptions aforesaid, and the citizens of other States and other parts of
the United States is unlawful, and will remain unlawful until such insurrection
shall cease or has been suppressed ; that all goods and chattels, wares and
merchandise, coming from any of said States, with the exceptions aforesaid, into
other parts of the United States, without the special liscence and permission of
the President, through the Secretary of the Treasury, or proceeding to any of
said States, with the exceptions aforesaid, by land or water, together with the
vessel or vehicle conveying the same, or conveying persons to or from said
States, with said exceptions, will be forfeited to the United States; and that
from and after fifteen days from the issuing of this proclamation all ships and
vessels belonging in whole or in part to any citizen or inhabitant of any of
said States, with said exceptions, found at sea or in any port of the United
States, will be forfeited to the United States.
And I hereby enjoin upon all
District Attorneys, Marshals, and officers of the revenue, and of the military
and naval forces of the United States, to be vigilant in the execution of said
act, and in the enforcement of the penalties and forfeitures imposed or declared
by it, leaving any party who may think himself aggrieved thereby to his
application to the Secretary of the Treasury for the remission of any penalty,
or for forfeiture, which the said Secretary is authorized by law to grant, if,
in his judgment, the special circumstances of any case shall require such
In witness whereof I have
hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done in the city of
Washington, this 16th day of August in the year of our Lord
1861, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-sixth.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN. By the
WM. H. SEWARD, Secretary of
A CALL FOR MORE TROOPS.
The following important order has
been issued by the War Department :
WASHINGTON, August 19, 1861.
All commanders of regiments of
volunteers accepted by this Department in the States of Pennsylvania, New
Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, New
Hampshire, Maine, and Michigan will take notice of and conform promptly to the
general order this day directed to the Governors of the States above named,
which is as follows:
TO THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF
By direction of the President of
the United States, you are urgently requested to forward or cause to be
forwarded immediately to the city of Washington all volunteer regiments, or
parts of regiments, at the expense of the United States Government, that may be
now enrolled within your State, whether under immediate control or by
acceptances issued direct from the War Department, whether such volunteers are
armed, equipped, or uniformed or not.
The officer of each regimental
organization that may not be full shall leave recruiting-officers at their
several rendezvous, and adopt such other measures as may be necessary to fill up
their ranks at the earliest date possible. All officers of volunteer regiments
on arrival will report to the Commanding General, who will provide equipments
and other supplies necessary for their comfort.
To insure the movement of troops
more rapidly than might otherwise be done, you will please confer with and aid
all officers of independent regiments in such manner as may be necessary to
effect the object in view. All clothing belonging to or contracted for the
several regiments shall be forwarded to Washington for their use, detailed
reports of which shall be made to the Commanding General. SIMON CAMERON,
Secretary of War.
POSITION OF THE REBEL ARMY.
An observation made from the dome
of the seminary at Alexandria last week resulted in the discovery that a large
body of rebels was marching down the Leesburg turnpike, within three miles of
the Union lines.
From information received in
Washington it would appear that the rebels have fallen back to Fairfax Court
House, although their pickets still occupy a more advanced position. Some of
them are in sight of the
Chain Bridge, and it is said that two rebel regiments
are at Falls Church.
BATTERIES ON THE POTOMAC.
The Potomac squadron continues
from time to time to provoke attacks from the concealed batteries in and around
Acquia Creek. The steamer Resolute was sent to Matthias Point for the purpose of
reconnoitering, on Thursday after-noon. Seeing a boat filled with barrels a
little below the Point, the Resolute sent a boat with a crew of six men to take
possession of it, but a volley of musketry was opened upon her front the woods
adjacent, and three of the crew were killed and one wounded. With great
difficulty the unharmed men brought back the boat to the Resolute. The steamer
opened a fire of canister and shell into the houses, which probably did some
damage. The Reliance came up at the same time and joined in the fire. The rebels
were seen to fly from their ambuscade in small parties.
On Friday night, near Acquia
Creek, the Pocahontas was fired upon, though without doing her any damage, and
it is said was obliged to retire in consequence of her inability to make any
effective return of the fire. These batteries should be dislodged, or the
navigation of the lower Potomac will soon be obstructed.
THE NATIONAL LOAN TAKEN.
Several meetings of the Bank
officers, to take measures concerning the National loan, were held last week at
the American Exchange Bank, when a plan was adopted. The chief point in the plan
was an agreement by the banks of New York, Boston, and Philadelphia to take
$50,000,000 of 7 3-10 Treasury Notes at par immediately, with the privilege of
taking the like amount on the 15th of October and the 15th of December.
THE PASSPORT SYSTEM.
An order has been issued from the
State Department directing that, until further notice, no person shall be
allowed to leave a port of the United States without a passport
from the Department, or one
countersigned by the Secretary of State. No person shall be allowed to land here
without a passport from his Government, if a foreigner, the same to be
countersigned by a Minister or Consul of the United States; if a citizen, he
must have a passport from such Minister or Consul.
DOINGS OF THE PIRATE "SUMTER."
The rebel privateer Sumter
arrived at Curacoa on the 17th of July, but her flag not being recognized at the
fort there, she was not permitted to enter; but upon Lieutenant
commander, sending a boat ashore and representing her position to the Governor
as a war vessel of the
Confederate States, he was permitted to enter and refit.
She went to sea on the 24th ult., steering to the eastward. There were one
hundred and fifty men on the Sumter. The vessel took no provision on board at
Curacoa, one of the officers stating that they had taken enough out of one of
the last prizes to keep the crew for some weeks. She was armed with four
thirty-two and two sixty-four pounders. Those officers who had been in the
United States Navy wore their old uniforms, with the United States Navy button.
The general feeling among the merchants at the port was against admitting the
privateer. There was a Dutch
man-of-war in the harbor, and the officers refused
to associate with the officers of the privateer, and went on shore without their
uniforms while the Sumter was in the harbor. Later dates report her capture by a
United States frigate.
MUTINY SUPPRESSED IN THE CAMP.
A difficulty occurred last week
Seventy-ninth New York Highland Regiment at Washington, and was settled
by the prompt, energetic, and soldierly action of
General McClellan. The leading
disaffected soldiers have been put in irons, and are in confinement. A
court-martial has been ordered to try then for insubordination in refusing to
march into Virginia when ordered. Upon learning of the mutiny General M'Clellan
ordered the Provost-Marshal, Colonel Porter, to surround the Seventy-ninth with
a force of cavalry, infantry, and artillery, which was promptly done. General
M'Clellan then issued the following proclamation, which worked like a charm on
the discontented members: " The General Commanding has heard with the deepest
pain of the acts of insubordination on the part of the Seventy-ninth Regiment.
Without attempting to enter into a discussion of the causes, it is sufficient to
say that they are frivolous and groundless ; that these acts have thrown
disgrace upon the regiment and the service, and taking place at this time, they
give rise to the strongest suspicions of the most abject cowardice. The regiment
have forced upon the Commanding General an issue which he is prepared to meet.
The men are ordered to lay down their arms and return to duty. All these
refusing to do so will be fired upon immediately. If they comply with the order
the ringleaders only will be punished. The colors of the regiment are taken from
them, and will be returned only when their conduct in camp shall have proved
that they understand the first duty of a soldier—obedience; and when, on the
field of battle, they shall have proved their bravery. The names of the leaders
in this revolt will be sent to the Governor of New York, to he placed in the
archives of the State."
A RICH PRIZE.
A very important arrest of an
agent of the rebel, was made in this city last week. A passenger from Liverpool
by the Persia, named Serrell, who, it appears, boasted while on the voyage that
he was the bearer of a large sum of money for the use of the rebel government,
was arrested by the United States Custom-house officers, on information received
from the other passengers, and upon searching his baggage the sum of $200,000 in
Bank of England notes was found therein. He was taken to the District Attorney's
office, and admitted to bail in the sun' of $40,000 to appear for examination.
ANOTHER TREASONABLE PAPER
Another Disunion paper in New England has received a severe blow at
the hands of an irritated crowd. The Bangor Democrat was lately visited, its
office destroyed, and the furniture of the establishment burned. One of the men
connected with the paper was rudely treated, and finally locked in jail for safe
It appears that the capture of
Sir. Nelson, member of Congress from Tennessee, was effected through the
treachery of a man of whom, in Virginia, he inquired his way. He was taken by a
party of forty horsemen.
Ex-Minister Faulkner is still in
confinement at Washington, his examination having, apparently, not yet taken
OUR TROUBLES IN PARLIAMENT.
QUEEN VICTORIA, in her Speech at
the prorogation of Parliament, said the dissensions which arose some months ago
in the United States have unfortunately assumed the character of open war. Her
Majesty deeply lamenting this result, has determined, in common with the other
powers of Europe, to observe a strict neutrality between the contending parties.
On the last day of the session
Lord Palmerston stated his views on the question of blockade. He said, to
effect, if the blockading force should allow any one vessel to enter a blockaded
port by the payment of duties, the blockade from that moment is raised. A
belligerent may seal up a port, but if he lets one vessel in his right is gone.
It follows, therefore, that when a Federal cruiser willingly allows a ship to
pass a blockaded port upon payment of customs, the blockade will be at an end.
NEWS OF THE BATTLE OF BULL RUN.
News of the
battle of Bull Run was received in England on Sunday, 4th of August.
It caused a profound sensation.
Northern Americans were much
depressed, and the Southerners correspondingly elated. There was almost a
collision in the Liverpool News Room.
Mr, Russell's letter to the
London Times was confined to graphic details of the rout of the Northern Army.
He calls it a cowardly rout, a miserable, causeless panic, and disgraceful to
men in uniform not soldiers.
The London Times editorial says
the victory was a cornplete one. The Union army lost all, even their military
honor, and wishes it could find something in it to congratulate either victors
or vanquished, but sees nothing but what must stimulate the evil passions of
both combatants. The London News denounces the Times' criticism, but says
nothing has happened which was not anticipated as possible. All journals think
the event has closed the door of compromise, and must imbitter and prolong the
The London Times has another (a
second) article, 'bitterly sarcastic, on the battle at Bull Run. It says there
must rise a gathering doubt that the Southern nut is too hard to crack, and that
the military line, as a matter of business, does not answer. The same article
ridicules and laughs at the threats of a prominent New York journal against
England's going into the ports. It fears the question of the blockade in America
may involve England in some difficult complication. It remarks that there is a
little cloud which, although only as large as a man's hand, may come to
overshadow the whole sky.
An anonymous advertisement
appears in the Liverpool Post, inviting a shilling subscription for a
General Beauregard in admiration of his skillful generalship.
OPPOSITION TO A UNITED STATES
In the House of Commons, on the 29th of July, Mr. Gregory asked whether
the First Lord of the Treasury had received any information that goods
contraband of war, among other thing, a battery of artillery, had been conveyed
from this country to New York in the steamship Kangaroo, and that a loan for the
United States Government had been offered upon the Stock Exchange? If so, was
this in accordance with our principles of non-intervention ?
Lord Palmerston replied that he
was not personally cognizant of the matters to which the honorable member
referred, but that, should they arise, they would, of course, be dealt with by