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Page) every disaster that befalls that Government, and at every
success of the rebellion from whose dominion they have run away.
They denounce the
unconstitutional acts of the Government, while the rebellion in which they
delight is a stupendous act of destruction of the whole Constitution.
They declaim against the
restriction of liberty of speech while their tongues are entirely unbridled; and
under the dominion of their beloved rebellion, if they dared to indulge a
corresponding freedom of talk, they would be incontinently silenced.
They scold at the danger to the
liberties of the citizen from the Government; but when they are reminded of the
reign of terror in Texas, of the inconceivable horrors which have pursued the
Union men at the South, they declare that it is not the act of the rebel
authorities. When, then, they are asked what kind of government it is which does
not repress such atrocities at any cost, they shift the question, and reply that
where there are slaves it is not safe to let people say what they will, which
gives a charming foretaste of the delights of a government based upon "the
system of involuntary servitude" as its chief corner-stone.
They declare that if the
Government had let them alone there would have been no trouble, which is equally
true of all other public offenders who resist the laws. They seem to think that
they should have been allowed to steal forts, territory, and public improvements
without the least notice upon the part of the Government which owned them, while
no man in the country is suffered to steal so much as a watch with impunity. And
with incredible and amusing stupidity some of them seem honestly to think it
strange that a great, sovereign, imperial Government would not suffer itself to
be snuffed out like a tallow dip.
These gentry who have not had the
courage to stay at home and maintain with arms the cause which they affect to
consider so just and holy, are the most contemptible phenomena of the rebellion.
They congregate with our own indigenous Copperheads, and hiss at the Government
to which they owe the security of their lives and rights, and the protection of
all the property which has not been consumed by the relentless despotism for the
success of which they so ardently pray.
WORD ABOUT CONNECTICUT.
THE interest in the Connecticut
election is not merely a State and local interest; it is national, because at
this time any election which proceeds upon the ground of supporting or opposing
the war is an expression of opinion upon a national question. Yet it is to be
borne in mind that no orator in Connecticut, not even Mr. Thomas H. Seymour
himself, nor Toucey, nor
Fernando Wood, has dared to pronounce for disunion.
That is a policy which Vallandigham, the chief of Copperheads, eschews now,
although three years ago he openly favored a dissolution of the Union into four
or more parts. And no observer should forget that the majority in Connecticut
has always been very small either way. Therefore, while the result of the
election is interesting, it is not of that supreme importance which has been
attached to it. For it is not the State of Connecticut declaring for war or
peace. It is only the decision of the voters who are left in the State whether
they wish to try to embarrass and paralyze the national Government in its
endeavor to maintain the national existence. The great mass of the voters of
that State who are in the field are unreservedly national Unionists. Let every
man remember, then, that if the sense of all the legal voters was to be
expressed at this election Connecticut would show herself exactly as loyal as
every other loyal State. If by the result of the election she shall seem to
waver, nobody will know more certainly than the seeming victors that they win
because thousands and thousands of faithful citizen soldiers are away. "I appeal
from Philip drunk to Philip sober," said the old philosopher to the king. And
the heart of every true American Unionist, in case of Mr. Seymour's election,
will at once appeal from Connecticut deprived of the votes of her patriot sons
in arms to Connecticut with all her citizens at home and voting.
MEDORI'S Norma is the finest
rendering of that character we have ever had in this country, except that of
Grisi, who created the part. And it is the more pleasant because it is entirely
unheralded. M. Maretzek arrived with his company, and with much less than the
usual preliminary trumpeting they appeared—and they conquered. The spirit, the
unanimity, the dramatic power and co-operation, are such as we have never seen
at the Academy. The opera of "Norma" is often languid and ineffective in the
representation, for the tenor usually slurs Pollio, and the basso's Oroveso is
unimportant, and Adelgisa is subordinate. But, with true artistic instinct,
Mazzoleni made Pollio, and Biachi Oroveso, and Madame Sulzer Adelgisa, what they
ought to be; and the representation was a great and deserved success.
This is the more interesting
because neither the voices nor the singers are especially magnetic. Medori's
voice is full, but it has a marked tremolo, and its tone is more clear than
sweet. But she is a truly noble lyrical artist, and her mien and action are of
the largest and finest school. There was not a look or a posture or a movement
that was not queenly. She looks all the Druidess, and her bursts of passionate
emotion were of that intensity and fury which belong to the conception of the
wild British forest. It was Boadicea that we saw; and the amplitude of the
singer's person merely deepens the impression. There have been finer voices, in
certain qualities, and more elaborate vocalization than Medori's upon the same
stage, but no Prima Donna whatever—not even Grisi, for the most part, when she
was here—has so prevailed by pure dramatic power.
Mazzoleni is worthy to sing with
her. His organ is not of the elegiac sweetness of Brignoli's, but it is fervent
and powerful; and he throws himself so fully into his part, and acts and moves
with such spirit and grace, that he compels admiration and applause. Madame
Sulzer sings with the same spirit; her voice is excellent, with some fine
contralto notes, and her vocalization finished and true. She often divided the
honors of her scenes with Medori. And Biachi completes the quartette with a most
effective bass, a striking presence, and dramatic talent.
Medori is undertaking other of
the grand lyrical parts. Norma was to be followed by Semiramide. Let us hope
that M. Maretzek will not forget how long it is since we have had a really
satisfactory presentation of "Lucrezia."
CONNECTICUT IN LOUISIANA.
SEVERAL of the Connecticut
regiments in the field have already spoken to their fellow-citizens at home. The
Twelfth Regiment, now in Louisiana, has added its voice, and one of its bravest
officers, speaking by the consent and with the enthusiastic approval of his
fellow-officers, including the old line
Democrats, writes as follows:
"If the rest of the army is like
the Twelfth Connecticut —and I believe it is not far different—the President
need not make a disgraceful peace."
This is the universal sentiment
of all the Connecticut voters who will not vote at this election; and their
number will vastly surpass any majority which may be cast against the Government
of the country.
THE TIME OF DAY.
SOME two years ago the Lounger
described a most interesting visit he had made to the factory of the American
Watch Company at Waltham. He has lately been there again with increased wonder
and delight. The works have been enlarged and the machinery carried to a yet
finer perfection; while his own private experience of the quality of the
American watch has confirmed all that he then said. And at a time when the war
for American nationality engages and engrosses the profoundest interest of all
loyal citizens, there is the greatest satisfaction in knowing that the minutes
and days and weeks and years of that war are told by an American watch in your
pocket. The beauty, the precision, the greater cheapness, the uniform excellence
of a watch constructed by machinery so exquisite that the mere spectacle of its
operation is poetic, gradually give the American watches a public preference
which will not be deceived. The Lounger again, and with the emphasis of
practical experience, commends this masterly manufacture to the attention of all
his friends who wish to keep time with the onward march of American skill, and
enterprise, and success. And if they are not willing to take his word for it,
let them step into the pleasant office at No. 182 Broadway, and ask Messrs.
Robbins and Appleton what they think upon the subject.
THE dedication of Mrs. Gaskell's
last novel, "Sylvia's Lovers," just issued by the Harpers, is an illustration of
the earnest sympathy with which so many of the most intelligent and influential
persons in England regard our war. Mr. Norton, known in our literature by his
little book of the ripest scholarship, "Travel and Study in Italy," is also
known less publicly as one of the most faithful and devoted leaders and workers
in every form of patriotic and national effort in Massachusetts. Mrs. Gaskell
properly names him among her many American friends in her dedication, which is
"This book is dedicated to all my
with the truest sympathy of an
English woman, and in an especial manner to my dear friend, Charles Eliot
Norton, and to his wife, who, although personally unknown to me, is yet dear to
me for his sake."
WHEN Mr. Fernando Wood tells us
that he is not a loyal man, he might have spared his breath, for no one ever
supposed he was. But when he says that there is no such thing as loyalty in a
republic, he is sufficiently answered by the hundreds of thousands of American
citizens who stand in arms from the Chesapeake to the Mississippi, and who are
inspired and united by one sentiment only, and that is unswerving LOYALTY to the
Government which their fathers made, which they have inherited, and which, by
the grace of God and their good right arms, they mean to maintain.
HUMORS OF THE DAY.
ECONOMY—How to make pantaloons
last: make the coat and vest first.
What kind of men are most
above-board?—Why, chessmen, of course.
While Rabelais lay on his
death-bed he could not help jesting at his very last moment; for having received
the extreme unction, a friend, coming in to see him, said he hoped he was
prepared for the next world. "Yes, yes," answered Rabelais, "I am ready for my
journey now; they have just greased my boots."
A French gentleman, who had heard
rum called spirits, went into one of our hotels a few evenings since, and called
for a glass of punch, requesting at the same time that it should be made with
"ghosts from the Vest Indies."
THE FOUR SEASONS.—Schoolmaster:
"Come here, boy, and tell me the names of the four seasons." Young Prodigy:
"Pepper, mus'ard, salt, and vinegar; them's what mother seasons with."
A man who squinted, but was
unaware of his infirmity, had his portrait taken by Nicholson, and, on being
invited to inspect the performance, said, with rather a disappointed air, " I
don't know—it seems to me—does it squint?" "Squint!" replied Nicholson, "no more
than you do." "Really, well, you know best, of course; but I declare I fancied
there was a queer look about it!"
"Bill, you young scamp, if you
had your due, you'd get a good whipping." "I know it, daddy, but bills are not
always paid when due." The agonized father trembled lest his hopeful son should
be suddenly snatched from him.
A poor widow's little boy wanted
a slate at school, but she couldn't afford to buy him one. The next day, seeing
one in his hands, she inquired, in some surprise, "Why, Tommy, dear, where did
you get that slate?" "I heard you say, when papa died," he replied, "that now he
has gone we must look above when we wanted any thing, so I went up and got this
slate off the roof. I wish I had a frame for it."
The individual who attempted to
raise colts from horse-chestnuts went into the market the other day, and
inquired for a mock-turtle to make "mock-turtle soup" of.
A NEW DANCE.—"Shall I have the
pleasure of your company for the next set?" asked a not very well educated young
gentleman of a pretty young lady at a ball. "What is to be the dance, Sir?"
"Ditto," said the young man, referring to his programme. "Oh, you must excuse
me, then," said the young lady; "I can't dance that."
Monsieur Thouvenel, the French
minister, expressing his surprise at the Japanese eating raw fish, received from
the first embassador for reply, "We eat raw fish as you eat raw oysters."
A thrifty wife wonders why the
men can't manage to do something useful. Might they not as well amuse themselves
in smoking hams as smoking cigars?
WANTED TO KNOW.—If a man who did
not know what to do ever got a job?—and if a bald-headed man can be said to be
She that marries a man because he
is a "good match," must not be surprised if he turns out "a Lucifer."
"What are you doing?" said a
father to his son, who was tinkering on an old watch. "Improving my time," was
Many schoolmasters entertain no
doubt that the tree of knowledge is the birch.
Advice is like snow—the softer it
falls the longer it remains and the deeper it sinks.
Some men are like musical
glasses; to produce their finest tones you must keep them wet.
DO YOU GIVE IT UP?
Why are there no horses in the
Isle of Wight?
Because the inhabitants prefer
cows (Cowes) to ride (Ryde).
Why is a blush like a little
girl? Because it becomes a woman.
A man bought two fishes, but on
taking them home found he had got three. How was this?
He had two, and one smelt.
ADMIRAL FARRAGUT PASSES PORT HUDSON.
THE daring attempt of
Admiral Farragut to pass the rebel batteries at
Port Hudson, on the Mississippi, was completely
Hartford (flag-ship) and the Albatross were the
only two vessels that succeeded in running the gauntlet. The firing is described
as having been most terrific and continuous. The Richmond made vigorous efforts
to go by the batteries; but after firing for over an hour was disabled, and had
to withdraw. The loss of the Mississippi by fire is fully confirmed.
General Banks is said to have co-operated with
a land force, but doesn't seem to have achieved any thing. At last accounts he
was at Baton Rouge again.
LAST OF THE "INDIANOLA."
A dispatch has been received by
Secretary Welles from Admiral Farragut dated below Warrenton, Mississippi, March
19, in which he says that about ten miles above Grand Gulf he saw the wreck of
the Indianola on the right bank of the river. She was partially submerged and
her upper works were very much shattered by the explosion.
An attempt to run by the rebel
batteries at Vicksburg was made by the Union rams Lancaster and Switzerland on
25th ult. without success. According to a dispatch, dated at
Cairo 31st, as soon as they came within range
the rebels opened a tremendous fire. The Lancaster was struck thirty times. Her
entire bow was shot away, causing her to sink immediately. All the crew except
two escaped. The Switzerland was disabled by a 64-pound ball penetrating the
steam drum. She floated down, the batteries still firing and striking her
repeatedly, until finally the Albatross ran alongside and towed her to the lower
mouth of the canal. While coming up the river the Hartford and Albatross
encountered a battery at Grand Gulf more formidable than those at Port Hudson.
The Hartford was struck fourteen times, and had three men killed. Both vessels
returned the fire vigorously, and both were more or less injured.
GENERAL SHERMAN RETURNS.
The expedition under
General Sherman, to the rear of Haines's Bluff,
by way of Steele's Bayou and the Sunflower, has returned to Young's Point. There
is nothing definite from the
Yazoo Pass expedition under
General Ross and General Quimby.
REBEL INVASION OF KENTUCKY.
A dispatch from Cincinnati says
that the rebel raid in Kentucky has proved a failure.
SKIRMISH AT WILLIAMSBURG.
A dispatch from Fortress Monroe
states that the rebels, with a force of infantry and cavalry, on 24th ult.,
attacked Williamsburg and were repulsed by the Fifth Pennsylvania cavalry under
Colonel Lewis. The loss is not reported.
MONITORS AT CHARLESTON.
On the morning of the 25th ult.
all the Monitors (six in number) left
Hilton Head for
Charleston, together with several wooden
gun-boats and half a dozen schooners. The Ericsson had just arrived there with a
floating nondescript in tow, called "The Devil." Its purpose is understood to be
to clear channels of torpedoes and other obstructions.
GENERAL BURNSIDE IN OHIO.
General Burnside has assumed command of the
Department of Ohio, and has issued his order announcing the fact, which is
declared most satisfactory. Indiana is made a separate military district, under
General Carrington, who reports to General Burnside.
The rebel privateers continue
The Alabama burned on February 21 the splendid
ship Golden Eagle, of New York, bound for Queenstown, Ireland, with guano, and
destroyed on the same day the bark Olive Jane, of Boston, bound from Bordeaux to
New York with a rich cargo of wines and fruits. The captain of the British bark
Crusoe, from St. Thomas March 17, reports that the English screw steamers Pet,
from England, and Arius, which had previously landed a cargo of cotton in Porto
Rico from Mobile, both sailed on the 15th for a port in the South. The British
frigate Phaeton sailed in company with them as a convoy.
EARL RUSSELL SNEERS AT THE
EARL RUSSEL, speaking of the
Emancipation Proclamation, says: "There seems
to be no declaration of a principle adverse to slavery in this Proclamation. It
is a measure of war, and a measure of war of a very questionable kind. As
President Lincoln has twice appealed to the
judgment of mankind in his Proclamation, I venture to say I do not think it can
or ought to satisfy the friends of abolition, who look for total and impartial
freedom for the slave, and not for vengeance on the slave-owner."
SLAUGHTER AT THE PRINCE'S WEDDING.
Prince of Wales and his wife remain at Osborne,
on the Isle of Wight. During the illuminations in London some seven persons lost
their lives, and over one hundred others had limbs broken. The crowd was unruly,
and the confusion very great.
We have copious details of the
progress of the Polish insurrection, and its gradual assumption of the character
of a great European question. A portion of the revolutionary troops encountered
the Russians at Sosnowitz, but were routed after a sanguinary engagement. Some
of the retreating soldiers of Langiewitz were driven on to Prussian territory.
On the other hand, the Poles had defeated a body of Russians near Mysozowa,
killing over one hundred of them. Langiewitz held a good position and was
prepares for a great engagement at the latest dates. Garibaldi had written him a
letter of sympathy, in which he held out a promise of active personal
assistance. This the Dictator of Poland declined. General Dembinski had
published a letter in Paris, in which he classes every man—Kossuth, Ladislas, or
else—who seeks to stir up the Hungarians against Austria at the present moment
as an enemy of Poland. Meanwhile the Cabinets and people of England, France
Austria, and Prussia were very much agitated and alarmed by the situation of
affairs in Poland. Lard Palmerston declined to state his opinion to a deputation
in favor of the Pales; but the London journals seem to indicate a
non-intervention policy for England. Paris was full of rumors, and it was even
said that Napnbeon and Austria had determined to restore the nationality of
Poland, even at the cost of a war with Russia and Prussia.
A PROFESSIONAL VIEW OF IT.
NEW YORK POLICEMAN (off
duty).—"Just to think of it! Seven lives lost at the Prince of Wales's wedding!
That comes of living in a place where there ain't no Broadway Squad!"