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Southern Humanity and Kefinement. The following is
one specimen only of a class of letters which are almost daily
received by Gov. Andrew, of Massachusetts, from " chival-
rous " gentlemen (?) in the Southern States : —

" Union Springs, Alabama, )

Confederate States, May 6, 1861. }
" Gov. Andrew :

"Sir, — We see in a New York paper that you have
requested the authorities of Baltimore to send the bodies of
the soldiers of your regiment that were killed at Baltimore
back to Boston packed in ice, at the expense of the Common-
wealth. We also see that you anticipate sending 200,000
men to coerce the South, to march from Washington City to
Pensacola, Now, as it is very probable that some of these
soldiers will be killed, we propose to take a contract for send-
ing back their dead bodies, so as to be much cheaper to your
people and give general satisfaction to their kindred. The
following is our proposition : —

" For the first thousand, $50.00 per head.
" ten « 37.50

" thirty " 25.00 "

" one hundred " 15.00 "

"We pledge ourselves to have them packed as quickly as
possible after they are shot, so that the corpse will retain as
much of his native bloom as possible.

"In all instances, commissioned officers will be charged
double the above rates.

" Should your Excellency be pleased to give us the contract,
we will thank you to notify us immediately, or as soon as the


Northern array crosses Mason and Dixon's line, for it. will be
necessary for whoever takes the contract to begin at that
point, as Lee and Beauregard and Ben McCulloch and Jef-
ferson Davis will be there to receive them, and will be very
apt to kill a few — and we would regard it a great calamity
for the Northern soldier to spoil ; besides, we Southerners, in
our hot climate, dislike offensive smells. After due reflec-
tion, and some little Christian consideration, we will be
pleased to hear from vou.

" Very respectfully, TONEY & WAUGH."

Ravings of a Virginia Epitor. The Richmond (Va.)
Exa??ti7ier indulges in this highly amusing view of the North
and its soldiers: —

"The North has no officers to command or drill the cow-
ardly, motley crew of starving foreigners and operatives that
it proposes to send South to fill ditches and as food for can-
non, because it has no room in its penitentiaries and poor
houses to receive or sustain them. The regular troops of the
Union, since the resignation of the Southerners, are deficient
in officers; and who are to drill and command the 75,000
militia sheep?

" If we except Benedict Arnold, there never was a North-
ern man who was fitted to command, if you would give him a
chance to run. Like cowardly boys, when pent up on ship-
board without a chance of escape, they gather courage from
despair, and fight desperately. But with ninety-nine North-
ern men in a hundred, on all occasions, duty, honor, ])atriot-
isra, has ever been considered a mere matter of profit and
loss. Since the days of Washington, they have ever deemed
that course of conduct by which most mone}^ is made and
least risk incurred, the most virtuous and honorable.

"They will not come to Washington, they cannot be hand-
cuffed and driven to Washington, if we only precede them,
and let them see that they will have to fight for glory, and
not for spoils and plunder. They never did fight, and never
will tight, except for ))ay, for pillage and plunder. Once
satisl'y them that no money is to be made, no plunder to be
gotten by invading the South, and no power on earth can lash
^d kick them south of iMason and Dixon's line."


""Weeping Warriors." Under this caption, the New
Orleans Bulletin indulges in the following effusion : —

" If we can credit the Northern journals, there must be in
old Abe's officers very little of that sterner stuff soldiers are
supposed to possess. Whenever or wherever they make their
appearance, it is, like Niobe, all in tears. They weep when
they surrender; weep when reinforced at some invested post;
weep when ordered into service ; weep for not being ordered
into service, and weep even when the recipients of a great
popular ovation. By the Rood, these Northern Paladins are
o'er given to the melting mood. From the Lieutenant-Gen-
cral down to Lieut. Jones, who, in one night, ran all the way
from Harper's Ferry to Carlisle Barracks, Pa,, there rains
such a flood of tears,

"That were the world on fire,
They might have drowned the wrath of Heaven,
And quenched the mighty ruin."

" But the latest and most affecting of all these exhibitions
is the following, from the Providence Journal : —

" ' We learn that when the Massachusetts troops arrived at Fort Mun-
roe, the commander of the fort was moved to tears. He exclaimed, seizing
the hand of their Colonel, " in Heaven's name, where did you get such
noble-looking fellows as these ? " He shook every man by tlao hand.'

" Well, if the greasy operatives of Lowell and Lawrence,
and the smutty shoemakers of Lynn, be ' noble-looking fel-
lows,' then language has lost its meaning. Probably the
weeping commander, being a kind-hearted man, used the
language attributed to him in the sense that Wordsworth
somewhere says " the vieanest things can call up thoughts
that do often lie too deep for tears."

"Let patriotic citizens, then, go forth upon the trackless
war paths of the ocean to fight for their country in the most
effective manner. Hundreds and hundreds of millions of the
property of the enemy invite them to spoil him — to 'spoil
these Egyptians' of the North, who would coerce us to stay-
ing when we strove peaceably to make our exodus to inde-
pendence of their oppressive thrall ; to go forth from degrad-
ing fellowship with them. The richly laden ships of the


enemy swarm on every sen, and are absolutely unprotected.
The harvest is ripe; let it be gathered, and we will strike the
enemy to the heart — for we hit his pocket, his most sensitive
part, nis treasure ships, laden with California wealth, tra-
verse Southern waters. Let them be the prize of the bravest
and most enterprising.

"His commerce is the very life of the enemj^'s solvency
and financial vitality. Strike it, and you lay the axe to the
root of his power — you rend away the sinews of war. Let
the flags of privateers show themselves on the seas, and the
blockade will be raised. Lincoln's fleet will scatter over the
world to protect the commerce of his citizens. But they
cannot protect it, though they try. They are numerous
enough for the blockade, but not to rjuard the ocean. The
risk of the privateer will still be trifling, a7id he will con-
tinue to reap the harvest, laughing at the few scarecrows
which would fright him from his profitable employment.

"It is easy to put privateers afloat. There are an abun-
dance of brave men among us ready to volunteer to fight any
where. There are many among us ready to give money to
the cause of their country, not looking for return. In this
privateering, the most enormous returns are promised, with
but trifling risk. Let the men of means fit out privateers if
they would best serve their country and advance their own
interests. Let companies be formed to embark capital in
privateering. If they can't get the craft here, they can get
them somewhere. It is a pursuit of honor, patriotism,
profit. Let us scour the sea, and stveep their commerce from
it with the besom of destruction." — Montgomery Advertiser.

"We predict that Jcfl". Davis will be on the banks of the
Hudson within thirty days ; that Mr. Lincoln will fly, with
what little may be scraped together from a bankrupt Treas-
ury, from Washington, and that Gen. Scott will bear him
company; that nothing will be left a month hence of the Old
Union, except possibly New England ; and that the s))ecial
session of Congress, called for the Fourth of July, will not
meet nearer Washington than Portland, Maine, if it ever

ets at all.'' — Memphis Avalanche.


" The proceedings of the brutal mobs in Philadelphia, New
York, ifcc, are, of course, what might be expected of those
sewers into which the whole world has poured its superfluous
filth anU scum. The action of these church-burning, flour-
plundering, swinish groundlings, has no terrors for any but
their Northern masters, the cowardly conservatives, or con-
servative cowards, who succumbed at the first onset of their
white slaves. It is not only easy, but delightful, for bestial
and craven natures to be ferocious and blood-thirsty where
there is no danger, and Philadelphia, New York, &c., being
supposed to be perfectly secure from bombardment, of course
the dogs, wolves, hyenas, &c., had it all their own way.

" But upon the barbarians who compose the lower orders of
the Northern cities, and who are much inferior in humanity
and refinement to African negroes, it is a waste of ammuni-
tion to exhaust a single invective. The grossness and besti-
alities of these ' lewd fellows of the baser sort ' are all upon
the surface, and, therefore, bad as they are, they are not as
contemptible as their masters. With some exceptions, the
wealthy classes of the Northern cities are reptiles who have
emerged from the same Stygian mud in which • the more
demonstrative and unclean mob are now wallowing, and in no
wise differ from them except in their wealth, which has no
power to confer elevated sentiments or purity of character.

" Consequently, as their own newspapers testify, the classes
of those cities called conservative, which is but another name
for men of money, are the most depraved and ignorant of any
society in the world which pretends to social elevation and
influence. It is believed that Paris, in its worst days, never
equalled the corruptions of society among the fashionable
classes in the Northern cities.

" For true conservatism, we have the most profound respect ;
and Heaven forbid that, in forming a new government, the
South should have root or branch of the accursed level-
ling and agrarian spirit which has brought this country to
its present ruin. But for the whited political and moral
sepulchres of the North, called conservatives, simply because
they have money in their purses, and seek to conserve it at
the cost of a nation's peace and happiness, we have no senti-
ments but those of profound loathing and abhorrence." — Rich-
mond {Va.) Dispatch.


" That the brutal fanatics who sit in the high places at Wash-
ington are ready to plunge the whole country into contest and
blood, we have never doubted. It was a thorough conviction
of their treacherous and desperate hatred of the Sou^h that
compelled us to urge, as the only course of safety for the
South, a prompt and eternal separation from their power.

" Events have shown that our estimation of this brutal and
bloody faction was correct. Large portions of the peo})le of
the seceding States did not believe it. The frontier slave
States have not believed it. They have still believed that
there were feelings of respect, feelings of fraternity toward
the people of the South, from the great body of the people of
the North. Hence they have lingered in the foul embraces
of a Union mastered by Abolitionism, wliose one great policy
was the subjugation of the South to the dominion of the
North — whose one gi-eat passion was to destroy the South.
Slowly, but surely, time has lifted the veil from the hideous
and loathsome features of Abolitionism enthroned in Wash-
ington. Its inauguration by cannon and bayonets manifested
at once its principle and its reliance for success — despotism
and force. Oliver Cromwell, praying whilst Charles the
First's head was being cut off, was the example of its bloody

" With Lincoln's proclamation, and his requisition for
troops to march upon the South, the standard for the con<[ucst
of tlae South is at last unfurled. Thirty years' agitation and
hate at last breaks forth in its eager cries for blood. It is
most natural. Thank God, the consummation is in our day,
whilst yet we have the power to resist — the capacity to save
ourselves from its meditated devastation, insurrection and

" But will Northern hate and fanaticism fail in its prey ?
Will it not at least carry through the South one long track
of blood, which will tell to future ages it« fierce invasion, and
stern efforts for conquest ? We answer, no !

" Fortunately for the world, it is never all mad. The
first great result of the meditated invasion of the South will
be to unite the South together. Linited together, the South
is invincible. The North knows this as well as the South.
On this account, we rejoice at the late demonstrations in
Charleston Bay, and the war policy declared at Washington,


Virginia will soon be with us ; and the other frontier States
will follow her load. They are forced to take sides by the
Abolition government at Washington. They must help to
conquer us, or aid us in our defence. We cannot doubt the
result. The miserable fanatics and charletans at Washington
are pursuing the very course of policy we most earnestly de-
sire them to pursue, and will defeat and destroy their power
for evil in their eifort to exercise it. We deprecate war ; but
we frankly confess, that if war is necessary to consolidate the
South, it is far preferable to the slaveholding States being
divided. It is very far preferable to a mixed confederacy of
slave and free States. The demonstration of war upon the
South will, however, prevent war, by raising up such a power
to meet it, through a united South, as will ensure its defeat." —
C/tarleston Mercury.

A Model Letter from a Baltimore Secessionist. One
of the valiant secessionists of Baltimore has written the fol-
lowing curious letter to his brother, a Union man: —

"Baltimore, Md., April 25, 1861.

"My Dear Brother, — I received your letter yesterday.
All glad to hear from you. We have had stirring times in
Baltimore since last Friday. We have driven back the
hordes of negro worshijTpers from the North. It is really
laughable to read the extracts from the New York papers
about sacking and burning our city, when we have fed the
half-starved slaves of Lincoln. On last Monday, we sent
three car-loads of bread to the Pennsylvania paupers sent to
attack us, and Baltimore told Lincoln to order them home,
and he obeyed her. You have no idea of the war spirit
here. Man and boy are all ready for the attempt to destroy
us. In twelve hours, we could have sixty thousand men
under arms, all eager for the fray. New York is a ruined
city ; the South is done with her for ever ; her attitude to-
wards her will not be forgotten soon. Maryland is out of
the hateful Union — this will be the battle-ground. I be-
seech you not to volunteer against your native State. Your
brothers and nephews will be in the ranks of old Maryland.
I am so much excited, that I cannot write any more. / a/ii
a rebel.

" Your affectionate brother, * * *."

Tft" SPifCff OF THE SOl?T!r

" The rapid enlistment at the North of ' Dead Rabbits,
'Plug Uglies," Blood Tubs,' 'Jakics,' 'Soap Locks,' 'Bar-
room Loungers,' 'Loafers,' 'Wharf-Hats,' 'Thieves,' and
' Pickpockets,' reminds us that it is time we had begun to or-
ganize, and prepare to defend our wives, our sisters, and our
little ones from the menaces of a lawless horde that is now
preparing for a descent upon our sacred hearthstones. Thou-
sands of vagabonds at the North, with nothing else to do, are
enlisting, not only for their bread, but the plunder that they
expect to place their lawless grip upon. Men who have
nothing to lose make the best thieves, and the outlawed
scoundrels who are now filling the ranks of the Black llepub-
lican army are men who have no interest in common with
humanity. Their nature is to prey upon their species, and
they are prepared, like all other freebooters, to cut the throats
of their neighbors, their fathers, or their brothers, for the sake
of gold !

" To call them Judases would be a compliment, for that
fallen disciple must have been possessed of the devil, and
was prompted to betray and deliver the body of Christ, more
by the influence of his Satanic Majesty than for the sake of
the filthy lucre. But these mercenary hirelings, these Ar-
nolds, are influenced alone by the thirty pieces of silver, and
are not possessed of a sentiment half so sublime as that which
the devil placed in the bosom of Jutias,

" Is it to be supposed, then, that the Cut-Throats and As-
sassins, who sell themselves to the Typhou at Babylonish
Washington, for Gold, for Booty, and for Beauty, will spare
our homes and our household goods? Let no man lay that
'flattering unction to his soul,' but rather let us prepare for
their defence, and wall them in with bristling bayonets, de-
termined hearts and willing hands," — Norfolk Day-Book.

"The people of the North are either scared half out of
their senses, or they are endeavoring to frighten us with their
war bluster. By all accounts, they are raking their country
from one extreme to the other, to catch every ])oor vagabond
that they can cither coax, buy or force to enlist." — Sacannah


" We are ready for action — they are getting ready to pre-
pare to act. They may raise plenty of men-— men who
prefer enlisting to starvation, scurvy fellows from the back
slums of cities, whom Falstaff would not have marched
through Coventry with ; but these recruits are not soldiers,
least of all, the soldiers to meet the hot-blooded, thorough-
bred, impetuous men of the South. Trencher soldiers, who
enlisted to war on their rations, not on men, they are — such
as marched through Baltimore — squalid, wretched, ragged
and half-naked, as the newspapers of that city report them.
Fellows who do not know the breech of a musket from its
muzzle, and had rather filch a handkerchief than fight an
enemy in manly combat. White slaves, peddling wretches,
small-change knaves and vagrants, the dregs and olF-scourings
of the populace — these are the levied 'forces' whom Lincoln
suddenly arrays as candidates for the honor of being slaugh-
tered by gentlemen such as Mobile sent to battle yesterday.
Let them come South, and we will put our negroes to the
dirty work of killing them. But they will not come South.
Not a wretch of them will live on this side of the border
longer than it will take us to reach the ground, and drive
them over.

" Mobile is sending forth to wage this war of independence,
the noblest and bravest of her sons. It is expensive, extrav-
agant, to put such material against the riff-raif of mercenaries
whom the abolition power has called out to war upon us. We
could almost hope that a better class of men would fall into
the Northern ranks, that our gentlemen might find foemeii
worthy of their steel, whom it would be more difficult to con-
quer, and whose conquering would be more honorable. For
the present, however, we need not expect to find any foe
worth fighting, with the exception of a few regiments, for the
North is now getting ready, and will likely be whipped before
it is ready." — Mobile Evening News.

" It is said that affairs in New York are in a very gloomy
state, and that the ]>eople have no hopes of a better future
state. Of course they haven't — Heaven was not intended
for Black Republicans." — New Orleans Delia.


A writer in DeBow's Review, the ablest of the Southern
magazines, gets quite beside himself iu talkiug of the North.
Hear him !

"Our Southern women are- all conservatives, moral, reli-
gious, and sensitively modest, and abhor the North lor infi-
delity, gross immorality, licentiousness, anarchy and agrari-
unism. 'T is they and the clergy who lead and direct the dis-
union movement. It is a gross mistake to suppose that
abolition alone is the cause of dissension between the North
and South. The Cavaliers, Jacobites and Huguenots, who
settled the South, naturally hate, condemn and despise the
Puritans, who settled the North. The former are master
races — the latter a slave race, the descendants of the Saxon
serfs. The former are Mediterranean races, descendants of
the Romans ; for Cavaliers and Jacobites are of Norman
descent, and so were the Huguenots. The Saxons and An-
glos, the ancestors of the Yankees, came from the cool and
marshy regions of the North, where man is little more than
a cold-blooded, amphibious biped.

" We are the most aristocratic people in the world. Pride
of caste and color and privilege makes every man an aristo-
crat in feeling. Aristocracy is the only sal'eguard of liberty,
the only power watchful and strong enough to exclude mo-
narchical despotism. At the North, the progress and ten-
dency of opinion is to pure democracy, less government,
anarchy and agrarianism. Their hatred of the South will
accelerate this noxious current of opinion, and anarchy will
soon wind up in military despotism. There will be as many
little despots as there are now States, for no usurper will
wield means sufficient to conquer or fuse into one several
States, It will be a great improvement in Northern affairs,
and is far preferable to Northern Democracy, agrarianism,
infidelity aud free love."

"Virginia is the particular object of abolition envy, hatred
and arrogance. As the doomed and damned of Topiiet hate
the blessed in Paradise, so do the ujean, hungry, avaricious,
lying, cheating, hypocritical, cunning, cowardly Yankees hate
the high-toned, elevated Southeruer, but, above all, the V'ir
if nian," — llichinuad Kxaminer.


Men in Buckram, The New Orleans True Delta says :
"It is really refreshing this ardent weather to read the
.ucubrations of the Northern journals, each one of them,
from the infamous Herald to the slimy Journal of Commerce,
trying to outdo its mendacious neighbor in lying upon the
most stupendous and patriotic scale. The immense armies
these individuals proclaim as springing like Macgregor's
clansmen from every bunch of heather, eager to devour these
States, niggers and all, are, in our opinion, in buckram only ;
mighty upon muster rolls, but few and far between upon
marching occasions. That a good many can be got to go to
Washington, we do not doubt; pastures thereabout are pleas-
ant, and when open gratis to all visitors, agreeable and wel-
come; but when it comes to the turn of Patterson, or Butler,
or Gushing, honest Caleb, to try their 'prentice hands at war
making to the South of the Potomac, our belief is that they
will be missing.

" Virginia, we think, can hold her own against all the
armies this description of men will lead against her, without
any other aid than her own fighting resources will furnish ;
still, as her climate is inviting, and her hospitality of world-
wide recognition, we would wish our gallant young soldiers
now sickening upon the Metaire ridge an early safe deliver-
ance from that locality and its execrable commissariat, and to
get the route for Ilichraond. When there, if Butler and
Cushing should find followers from the Massachusetts men,
or the terrible New York Seventh, other than such deserters,
the country will be delighted, and for once in their lives
these worthies will have a chance of meeting that retribution
which sooner or later never fails to reach the betrayer of
principle, the enemy of right, the venal conspirator, and the
traitor, in all of which characters they have appeared and
flourished. Let the Abolition and Breckinridge Democratic
journals of the North continue to call for the destruction of
the South ; it inspires no more uneasiness than the incoherent
gibberish of the drivelling idiot, for they well know it means
nothing, and that those who most vociferously unite in making
the cry will be the very last to undertake the experiment of
putting it into execution. The people are bewildered, but
their enemies tremble in the presence of the spirit they have


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