Secession at the South
We publish elsewhere almost all the news we can glean from the Southern States. It will be seen that there is a deep-seated and active feeling among leading men and the people generally in favor of secession – a division of the confederacy. It is not for us to say whether they magnify the evils to be apprehended at the hands of a republican administration of the government; nor whether they are perfectly justifiable in resorting to the means which they invoke to shield them from those evils. The Democracy of the North have striven hard to avert even the appearance of such calamities to the South; they have defended southern rights under the Constitution; they have staked their political existence upon the maintenance of justice to the South; they have stood in the breach before the aggressions of northern sectionalism, defending to the last gasp the constitutional guarantees of the “peculiar institution” of the South. – But these things have not secured us favor with our southern brethren; they have turned their backs upon our assistance, and have derided our proffers of help. They divided our party – and destroyed our political power. In doing this, what have they gained for themselves? They have gained a sectional President, under whose administration they have vowed that they would not live. Can they now go out of the Union? Do they now appeal to northern Democrats for a recognition of the doctrine of peaceable secession? We do not laugh at their calamnity. But can we not lay our hands upon our hearts and say, “We have done our duty to the South – they spurned our help when that help would have saved them, and now they can take the consequences.” We do not propose to speak for others, but as an individual we feel a “serene indifference” at the self-inflicted calamities of the South. We believe we are a non-interventionist still; and in this contest, for the time being at any rate, we are willing to let the sectionalists of both sections worry each other to their hearts content. – Both seem equally determined to rule or ruin; let them play the game themselves.
What will it be?
The policy of the administration of Mr. Lincoln is yet to be marked out. What will it be? This question is now the absorbing one, and is the cause of a great deal of anxiety in the republican ranks. They all feel that somebody is to be cheated – that the elements which elected Lincoln are incongruous, and cannot be combined in any one rule of action. The abolitionists are to be cheated, or else that portion calling “conservative” have had the wool most effectually pulled over their eyes. The latter class are now very anxious for Lincoln to write a letter, or issue a semi-official proclamation, or make a speech, for the purpose of assuring the South of his conservatism, and of conciliating the secession element now strongly rampant in that quarter. On the other hand the abolitionists, the “irrepressible conflict” sectionalists, are importuning him to be quiet, to be as easy as he can, and not compromise his dignity by giving out an uncertain sound as to his course of action as President. They point to his speeches as containing all that anybody needs to know – in which speeches
“He wires in and he wires out,
And leaves the people still in doubt.
Whether the snake that made the track
Was going north, or coming back.”
Between the abolitionists who fear, and the conservatives who hope, Lincoln will find a sword of Damocles suspended over his head. Let him take whichever side he will, he will be assailed by the other; no half way measures will do them. No half-way house can shelter him. He must “become all one thing or all the other.” In the meantime let Democrats possess their souls in patience and bide their time. Let them watch and pray, and they will soon have the pleasure of witnessing a discord in the republican ranks, compared to which the late jarrings of the Democratic party were the sweetest harmony. Stand to your principles, fellow-Democrats; stand to your men. The flag of Popular Sovereignty is buried but temporarily; it will have a glorious resurrection in a short time. The future is full of promise, and the Democracy will arise the purer and the better for the present chastisement. The country demands that all Democrats preserve their integrity.
A President Wanted.
O, America! Our beloved but distracted nation! For thee another Washington, a Jefferson, or a Madison is needed. A President – a patriot – a spotless pilot is wanted to carry thee safe through the storm now about to overwhelm thee in ruin! In vain do we plead for peace – in vain are our appeals to mad fanatics to cease their ravings, their jealousies, their hatred towards their fellow-men. In vain may we hope for the storm to subside while Abraham Lincoln is considered the President elect. We have only to call forth from the ranks of the wise, the patriotic, and the good, a President who will speak “peace, be still!” to the turbulent elements of sectionalism. Where, O where is the son of righteousness who will arise and stay the impending calamities? Our goodly father Washington and his compatriots are not – Jackson is not – Clay and Webster are not! To whom, then, shall we look? – for the house is verily to be divided, and through Abraham Lincoln no help can come. To a better and a wiser President and ruler we must look for our safety as a nation.
Alton and Rock Island Rail Road. – A friend at Industry writes to us to know what has become of the Alton and Rock Island Railroad. He says the farmers and mechanics of that township subscribed and paid their money in the belief that the road would be finished in two years. The two years have elapsed, and the only signs of a railroad are a few ditches now being filled up by the rains, and a few embankments being washed down. We fear the people will have to wait more than two years longer before they see the iron horse on that road, and as for dividends, the sooner they dismiss such a hope from minds the better. – We presume all who have subscribed and paid would not regret the loss of their money if the road were built; but we fear this consolation will not be afforded them very speedily.
Brown’s Hotel is now under the management of Messrs. Brown & Rodgers, and the traveling public will find it the best house to stop at in this part of the west. The tables are unsurpassed for furnishing the best that the markets afford, and the proprietors are true gentlemen and accommodating landlords.
C. A. Jones & Co., are this week receiving one of the largest stocks of heavy and fancy groceries ever brought to this town, and will sell them at very low rates for cash. They have a stock of fancy confectioneries, which are just the nicest things out for young folks’ parties, etc.