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NEW CHRISTMAS STORY.
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I. MRS. LIRRIPER RELATES
How SHE WENT ON, AND WENT OVER.
II. A PAST LODGER RELATES
A WILD LEGEND OF A DOCTOR.
III. ANOTHER PAST LODGER RELATES
HIS EXPERIENCE AS A POOR
IV. ANOTHER PAST LODGER RELATES
WHAT LOT HE DREW AT GLUMPER
V, ANOTHER PAST LODGER RELATES
HIS OWN GHOST STORY.
VI. ANOTHER PAST LODGER RELATES
VII. CERTAIN PASSAGES TO HER
MRS. LIRRIPER RELATES
HOW JEMMY TOPPED UP.
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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1864.
IT is a merry Christmas although
the cloud of war yet rests upon the land. It is merry because the great gale of
victory parts the cloud, and gives glimpses of the heaven of peace beyond. It is
merry because every man feels now that the people are able to subdue the
rebellion; and merriest of all because they have just declared that they will do
it, and show from the Mississippi to the sea that they are doing it.
Yet now, as from the beginning of
the war, the purpose of the country is only peace and good will to all men. It
has learned that a peace which is simply unquestioning submission to the meanest
injustice is only more fearful war, Neither baseness nor cowardice are peace,
except as death is. War is sorrowful, but there is one thing infinitely more
horrible than the worst horrors of war, and that is the feeling that nothing is
worth fighting for, and the blindness which can not see that war is often the
safest, surest, shortest, and least bloody way of peace.
More truly than ever before the
legend of this country is good will to all men. If it will hold fast to it
is forever secure. The strongest and most unfailing force in the world is an
idea. The most visionary and impracticable of men is he who sneers at ideas. If
this famously practical people had hitherto believed in principles it would have
had no civil war. If it will only cleave hereafter to the principles it now
acknowledges it will never have war again. It is bullies and bad men who are
always fighting. It is the just men who are at peace.
Today, then, under the Christmas
evergreen, the country asks only for peace, and breathes only good will to all
men. Despite the sharp war, its bountiful feast is spread, It stands, as Mr.
NAST represents in the large picture in today's Number, holding the door open to
welcome the rebellious children back to the family banquet. It does not forget
one of their crimes. It remembers the enormity of their attempt. It will take
good care that the root of bitterness is destroyed forever, and that the peace
of the household shall be henceforth secure. But it asks what it can command. It
invites where it can enforce. It says now, as it has said from the beginning, "
Submit to the laws made by all for the common welfare, and there will be no more
Nor does that country for a
moment forget the sad and solitary hearts and hearths upon which the light of
the holy season shines. It is a grief too deep for anger, and it requires that
such sorrow as this Christmas sun beholds shall be made impossible hereafter.
They rest from their labors, the young and brave who have made this country
better worth living in. The hearts that are broken with those completed lives
time will soothe, but can never wholly heal. Yet never did seed sown more surely
grow and flower and crown the happy harvest home than those precious lives. In a
deeper national faith, in a purer national purpose, in soberer, simpler, nobler
individual lives the harvest of that heroism shall be seen.
"Come home come home, then," says
the mother. " While you refuse you shall be scourged with fire. I have no anger.
Your crime grew because I suffered it to grow. I have no anger, for in the
heart's-blood of my darlings my sin is washed away. I ask for peace, I breathe
only good will. But Peace you have learned that I mean to have!"
THE indomitable soldier who saved
the day for us at
Chickamauga after the commanding General supposed it to be
lost, has won another and decisive victory before
Nashville ; and the name of
THOMAS is henceforth as popularly precious as that of
SHERMAN, and of
SHERIDAN. His management of the Tennessee campaign has been masterly even to
eyes that are not military. SHERMAN confided to him that
part of the country. HOOD'S
victory would have been SHERMAN'S humiliation as well as THOMAS'S defeat ; but
SHERMAN knew his man, and THOMAS knew his men, and simultaneously with SHERMAN'S
arrival upon the coast HOOD is driven back, baffled and routed and disgraced.
Poor General HOOD went upon a
fool's errand, and JEFFERSON DAVIS sent him. Nor is it possible that the great
disaster which uniformly follows JEFFERSON DAVIS'S visits and advice in the
Southwest can fail to injure his prestige among faithful rebels. Except for him
SHERMAN might now have been at
Atlanta and HOOD watching him there. But the wit
of charlatans is the opportunity of wise men. Davis must needs rush frantically
into Georgia ; order HOOD to the rear of the Yankees; announce to the Georgians
that SHERMAN'S retreat was to be more terrible than that of NAPOLEON from
Russia; utter at Macon, Augusta., and Columbia a few hysterical sneers and
cries, hasten home to Richmond to watch the game and presto ! in two months HOOD
is routed, and SHERMAN has victoriously traversed Georgia to the sea.
These are facts which every rebel
can plainly mark. They can see how SHERMAN has handled DAVIS, as the elephant
disposes of the bull in the Saragossa arena. The bull dashes in; the elephant
gazes at him, and as the furious animal plunges toward him, with one blow of the
elephant's trunk he is thrown to the ground, and with one pressure of his foot
he is trampled to death. Davis, with every other rebel, has found his master.
And while the air rings with
victory it is impossible not to contrast the present command of our armies with
that of previous years. Against the Union armies, with GRANT, SHERMAN, SHERIDAN,
and THOMAS at their heads, what have the rebels to show? After
who has proved himself to be a good defensive and a very poor aggressive,
soldier, there are some partisan chiefs, and then no-thing. Neither BRAGG, nor
BEAUREGARD, nor HARDEE, nor EARLY, nor LONG STREET, nor
have shown great military genius. They were superior to many of our minor
Generals, but while we have patiently endured the winnowing of time, and are at
length rewarded with truly remarkable soldiers, the rebels had evidently their
best at first. And from the moment that the United States began to be relieved
of its fancy and political Generals our success has been steadily increasing.
The only real disaster to the Union cause during the last year was the
disgraceful Red River expedition, and that was not commanded by a soldier.. No
man could ask for a more able leadership of our armies and navies than that they
And let no skeptic say that
HOOD'S army will only withdraw and must be defeated again ; and that therefore
no real advantage is gained. For although THOMAS may not destroy it, as the
English did the French army after Waterloo, yet noon's army deprived of fifty
guns, with thousands of its men, and several of its chief officers captured,
with the consciousness of total failure in its attempt, and of a tottering cause
all around it, may be an army still, but it is not the same army that with
foolish pride invested Nashville. It is not an army that can impede or perplex
General THOMAS. The year ends in national glory ; let it also end in national
THE speech made by Professor
GOLDWIN SMITH on the evening before his departure for England is described as
sad. It is not surprising that it was so when we reflect how determined the
rebel intriguers in Canada, the Canadians themselves, and a large party among
our selves, seem to be, to involve England and the United States in war, while
Mr. SMITH, with every thoughtful American and Englishman, knows that such an
event would be a profound misfortune to civilization itself:
Certainly it should be enough to
make the most exasperated enemy of England pause, to reflect that his wrath is
used by rebel emissaries as a tool against his own country. The one thing that
would set all the bells of Richmond ringing, that would be more than an of set
to SHERMAN'S and THOMAS'S successes, that would nerve LEE'S arm to strike more
cheerfully and heavily at GRANT, is a menacing difficulty, and chiefly a war,
with England. To that end all the rebel agents in Canada are working ; and if
this foolish Justice COURSAL could, by his release of the St. Alban raiders,
occasion war, a statue of lead would justly be decreed to him by the rebel
Congress, as the greatest benefactor of the rebellion.
That the governing class in
England are, as a body, opposed to us is true, and the reason of the opposition
is obvious. The only excuse for a monarchy is its cheapness. It is a better
police or it is nothing. But if it can be shown that a nation can govern itself
and suppress a fearful rebellion, and conduct a general and most exciting
election in the midst of civil war with perfect tranquillity, then a republican
form is demonstrated to be cheaper, easier, and better, and what can a monarchy
say for itself? The objection to our system has hitherto been
that it was never tried. In June,
on a calm sea, your pretty yacht sails smoothly enough, has been the cry, wait
until January and a tempest; they are now here, and if out of the tornado the
yacht safely emerges, the critics must be dumb. The aristocratic or feudal form
has sincerely disbelieved in our popular system. It could not wish it success,
for success was its own destruction. Therefore, with few exceptions, the
aristocracy of England has been against us, and the commercial class, which
hopes one day to be aristocratic, follows in its wake. The aristocrats and the
snobs are our enemies. But they are not England.
Not only GOLDWIN SMITH says that
"the main body" of the English people are not against us, but Earl RUSSELL at
Blairgowrie, more than a, year ago, frankly confessed that the British
Government would be neutral because the majority of the people sympathized with
the Government of the United States. These are witnesses from both sides.
GOLDWIN SMITH is one of " the main body" for which he speaks. Lord RUSSELL is
one of the hostile governing class, which the opinion of the main body controls.
Now although it is true that the
aristocracy directs the acts of the Government, it has regard in that direction
to the popular sentiment. It stopped the rams very decidedly, not only because
it was told that we should regard their departure as a virtual declaration of
war, but because it knew that a war with the United States would not be popular
in England. The England of a hundred years ago, which was that of the
aristocracy unchecked by the people, would have long since recognized the rebel
Confederacy and made war upon us. But as governments come to represent the
people, directly or indirectly, they grow wiser. It is the people that pays, the
people that fights, the people that suffers, and they will not blindly or
foolishly rush to war. In our own case the British aristocracy, the rebels, and
the rebel emissaries in Europe and Canada, would gladly embroil the two nations.
But what have the American people and the English people to gain by war ?
National honor is not vindicated
by giving way to passion or prejudice. A hot and furious nation is no more
respectable a sight than an angry man. The haughty insolence of manner in a
government should no more disturb the national equanimity than the
superciliousness of an English Lord should exasperate a cool American gentleman.
He is a gentleman who keeps his temper, and whoever keeps his temper best
protects his honor and defends his life.
If the sound public sense of
England can not restrain its Government from direct or indirect acts of injury
and outrage upon this country, war will, of course, follow, sooner or later.
But, meanwhile, let us all carefully discriminate our friends from our enemies,
nor be swift to suppose that the acts of individuals are necessarily national
acts. The meeting in Liverpool to protest against the escape of the Alabama was
quite as significant as the sailing of the vessel. The timely detention of the
rams by Earl Hussman was quite as important a fact as the rescue of the pirate
Semmes by an English "gentleman ;" and the repudiation by the Canadian
authorities of the judgment of COURSAL is a much weightier event than that
Dogberry's release of the St. Alban robbers.
GENERAL DIX'S ORDER.
IN view of the information in his
possession of contemplated raids, and of the formal release of the St. Alban
robbers and murderers,
General Dix could hardly do less than authorize the
pursuit of invaders upon our soil wherever they might flee for refuge. For the
solemn judgment of a court must be held to be final until it is reversed, or
until it is repudiated by the executive authority of the Government, and
meanwhile the whole frontier is exposed to invasion and massacre. But when the
President learned the prompt disavowal by the Canadian Government of the action
of Justice COURSAL, he, in turn, did well to avoid unnecessary complication by
revoking the order. For if Canada means to guard her own frontier it is much
better that she should do it than we.
Yet General DIX'S order was not
necessarily, in an offensive sense, hostile. The decision of COURSAL was a
simple declaration that the laws of Canada did not defend a neighboring nation
from attacks proceeding from Canadian soil. That is to say, the laws of Canada,
as expounded by COURSAL, did not maintain her neutrality, and consequently did
not protect our rights. In such cases the international custom or law is very
clear and unmistakable.
PHILLIMORE, a chief authority
upon international law, says : " A rebellion or a civil commotion, it may
happen, agitates a nation. While the authorities are engaged in repressing it,
bands of rebels pass the frontier to shelter themselves under the protection of
the conterminous state, and from thence, with restored strength. and fresh
appliances, renew their invasion upon the state from which they have escaped.
The invaded state remonstrates. The remonstrance, whether from favor to rebels
or feebleness of the executive, is unheeded, or, at least, the evil complained
of remains unredressed. In this state of things the invaded state is warranted
international law in crossing the
frontier and in taking the necessary means for her safety, whether these he the
capture or dispersion of the rebels or the destruction of their stronghold, as
the exigencies of the ease may require."
VATTEL also says " If his
neighbor affords a refuge to his enemies, enabling them to recruit and attack
him at leisure, he must either prevent them from so doing, or else they may be
sought and fought on his territories."
The release of the St. Alban
raiders was, under the circumstances, properly taken as a declaration that the
Canadian law can not or will not protect the neighboring nation. For if it were
said that the warrant of arrest was not properly signed, the reply was why, in a
case so momentous, was it not properly signed? That fact, of itself, indicated
that "favor to rebels" which PHILLIMORE cites as justification of pursuit by the
aggrieved nation. Or if it were urged that perhaps the next warrant would be
properly signed, and perhaps the next Judge would decide differently, the reply
was that in the mean while American citizens might be robbed and murdered.
Moreover, there was no reason to suppose that the Canadian Government or people
would disavow the decision of COURSAL. They have been uniformly and furiously
hostile to us. The same robbers might depart in the same night upon another
expedition. General DIX knew that such enterprises were making ready. He could
not tell how soon the Government would act, if it acted at all, and it was for
the immediate state of things that his order was intended.
The unexpected and entire
repudiation of COURSAL'S decision, which the Canadian Government is understood
to have made, properly terminated the necessity for such an order. If Canada
says she will protect our rights upon her soil, she is entitled to our patient
waiting until the fact is proved either that she can or can not. Nor can the
judgment of COURSAL now be held as proof that she can not or will not, since
public opinion and the executive authorities refuse to acknowledge it.
ARMING THE SLAVES.
THE Richmond Enquirer declares
that the only hope of saving the rebel Confederacy lies in destroying its corner
stone. " Let us free and arm the slaves," it says, " to defend a Confederacy
whose object is the perpetuity of slavery." And
General LEE is reported to cry
Amen ! It is in vain that JEFFERSON DAVIS and his associates insist that they
are fighting for their independence, and care nothing for slavery ; because the
world knows, and they have themselves announced, that they wished their
independence for the purpose of maintaining slavery. They claim that they are
essentially a different people; that their social and industrial systems are
inharmonious with those of the rest of the country ; that, in a word, the North
and the South are incompatible. If that were so, it is but another way of saying
that they cherish slavery, and the rest of the country does not. They began the
rebellion to save slavery, and now they propose to abolish slavery to save the
rebellion. The military force and the logic of this infamous conspiracy against
civil order and human nature break down together. The pretense of independence
is as hollow as the "Confederacy." The whole moral and military rebellion is a
shell which is gradually crumbling in the grasp of a people faithful to liberty
The practical question of arming
the slaves is interesting. What would be the effect of the movement, even if the
mere proposal did not cast an apple of discord into the happy family of " free,
sovereign, and independent States of the Southern Confederacy ?" Would it
prolong the war ? Would the slaves fight for the slave drivers ?
It is obvious that the large mass
of slaves are so ignorant that they might easily believe their masters when told
that the Yankees would sell them to Cuba. But the truth is, as told by slave
holders themselves and confirmed by universal testimony, that the slaves
perfectly understand the war. Notwithstanding our doubtful policy at the opening
of the struggle ; despite the foolish orders of our Generals, and the painful
stupidity of the twaddle that " we don't care about niXXers," which might well
have alienated the sympathy of the slaves they have been patient, intelligent,
and sympathetic ; always our best guides, our most faithful friends, and truer
to our own cause than we ourselves have been. They have never doubted, according
to the most trusty testimony, any more than the laboring classes of Europe, that
the cause of the Union and Government was their cause. The fear of being sold to
Cuba by the Yankees will not be very terrible to them.
There is another important
consideration whether many of the slaves who are attached to their masters and
the plantations on which they live will not fight for them ? Undoubtedly in some
instances this would be the case. But it is the house servants, not the field
hands, who would do it; and while the house servants might be willing to defend
their homes when they were drafted into companies and regiments, and marched
elsewhere to fight, then for the very reason that they are the most intelligent
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