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Mr. Jefferson DavIs.
It.is not 6nly gratif ing and refreshing tca
read so.admirable an article as that which we
give bAlow fr(m4 the Cininnati En.u,ier, b)ut
remarkatle that in the State of Qhin, the
home of Salmon P.. Chase, and noted Radical
stroghold too-such calm, sensibie,~and kind
Isentimaents coulld be expressed in behalf of the
disti gui shed p?i Ioer ofFortress Mnroe.
Speaking of the report of- Sirgeon Coopel
upon the heahh of Afr. D4-avis and conmenting
10reon, it cod anes:
This is cat'ment That is accorded 'to a
n w, frr yt'1 jear s, was at the head of i
~e than oic -mrd of the States of the Ameri
a. Ubion and repre-sented their Govertiment
W;i.afb'i6 . and ahroad. It iz the ':kind -f
rerengeAhit is taken upon an individual wh9
was e -iecif: pon nt of a national senti ment,
nracing-apiuntry nearly as large as, the
niitent:o)fEurope, exclusive of Russia. itl
;n4idntes the manner in which the dignity of
Ithe country is displayed toward that great
%mahtant who for years w;Ided- a power
that. r ted forces tha.would have ovc-I
throw y ofjhe mighty n4amrchies tipo
thp.C ilVof Eu.nip*. It i cormpkting th e
record . at weare making up.forfuture his
try. B1i appear that te a
ro of eleven sovereign Stu tes, after a long
nanddesperite-tmQggle wic d their twefy'
com.peers, at last, by 6hefrtun.esof war, fell
into their bands.. There were many limes
-when a trifling ehabge ofcircuristgnees wou-Id
have sulficed o have thrown the balance into
Ahe other scale. A long career of successi
hone resplendent pon.the banner of thes3
S66.thern belligerents in the -gife. The namesi
of Bull -Rum., birst and second ShAoh, the Seven
,,ines, of Gaines' Mill, of Fredea ksburg, of-!
dMeantain, ot Harper's Ferry, of ,Cha
cellor'ville, of Angitm, of Chickamauga, ofI
MAurfrees.oro'and Gsttysburg,ofSpottsylvania,
of Coal Harbor ofthe Wilderness, of eharles
tonadddichnona, and Petersburg, sugges
th.e'greatest military events, -both - in their
nignit04e and in the bravery an d determina
,tio.-of-th6ir contestants that appear.in modern
historv. "Prisoner Davis,".as bh&is called, in
thisFoitress Monroe disp&ach, had-irnde him
military- commanders as consumnate ias Marl
oorouigh; Wellingt6n, or Prince -Eugene. He:
~cQmmarded others who possessed the fire, the:
dash; the intrepidity and the heroie bravery of
Marshals Ney, Murat, Lannies and DavoLust,
the great.rmilitary palladins that surroun'ded'
,Napoleon I. SFor four y-ear.s Qrisoner Daist'
was at Richmond. with his so-called Confed- ~
erate:Govenment, within one hundred and
twenty miles of.the seat of the-American Gov
ernent. -A million of soldiers under arms,
the bestCin the world, were :not ~adequate to
r his capture. It required a force as large -as
Sthat. which fought upon both sides at Auster
l-itz, or Jena, or Eylau, or Waterloo, or Fried-1
- lnd, to protect our Government in its Federall
Capital. Men talked about its being a rebel
linan inurrection, but. in fact, it arted
equal belligerent,rights with ourseves and all
of tbe nation-s of Christendoni. Itsgu,n9ye,
heard for months with tremhling and Alarm at
Washington, and it hosts were se-en in grqatV
nutibers:from >ts capitol spires and domes.
Itsgovernment was as strong rd 'as perfect
in every,respect,- as --much Jonn'ded . in the
choice 6f{e people. as the one that ruled over
us at Washinrgtm. -
.Thile we, ~biided by the fin-es of-rage and
pvsi6n, had outlawed all this mighty- tnas of
peonie at the SIuth, of us who .were contend
infor the Conv-ittion as it hat beca. intir
p1 eted k tieables4 Aifmerican sttemen, their
deeds and achievements had awakened a -fe.el
ing :-kin to admiration in their behalf .in all
the disinterested nations :)f Christendom.
The names of Davis, ofLee and "Stonevall"
Jackson, of doe Johnston, of LOngs.4reet of
A. P. 1HiI, of Beauregard, of Hood, of E-xeli,
of.Forre,t, of Stuart, were carried to the re
.mot-cst LouIAaries of civilization and inspired
even a-t -the North something warmer than
merd respect.
At length vaA tv cerior numbevs .rd
eme geraye*political mistakes of JeffersOn Dh
vi derided the day ag-ainist the el6ven sover
e:ign StAtes,of the South. Their leader fell in
.to our hands, and we,to onr shame and dis
grace, Vave been treatirfg him like a felon and
auiefac"tor. The treatment- of-Napoleon Boia-,
parte by the English Government upon the
island of -St. Helena, which has been a ta-rk
stain upon the hono' of Great Britain, was
excellent anil liberal compared tb the misera
ble persecutions and torture of ourig'eat a
tagnist. - -We have sought most ridiculously
to belittle a great national transaction down
to the dinensions of-an odi-oisand tr'easonable
conspiracy. We have practised upon_ our l
tiriaps prison-er the refmnd 'crzelty .of the
Chie; i.con derning him to de'ath by the
slow tortut.e-of a want ofg lep.o A man well
tricken inf eais, withaconstitution enfeebled
by disease, and:of the m43st delicate ~oriIza
tion, hu.-as been confined in prisot for tnore
than a year, subjected to al-Lhe rdebrutality
that the,.military turnkey-5 could iniet, iand .
that :too by tho*e.whointimC p.st -dare not
hrook itIe gaze of the'eyes of the inaisoned
bioftain. - -*
There is not a mnan*of' ordinary senst anc&
ntelliginee who does not,kiow (hat the cues
ion of the right of' a State to secede tns& a!
~ys been at last an open one .in Ameri.
:an politics, apon which, uiice the -igin. of
)ur Governmeh-, the wisest of,-onr statesmein
~are differed, and thatjto Ta'pli. i
ividual treason ever iigeied tirat case. To
nake Jefferson D~a21 'it ilt, mrder such
ircumistarces-to especialy single him out
or punisl~iment, is the v4ry highest of enni
a1.njustice. Duiring-the er we exclum~ge:d
risoner$ w-it.hthe Copfederate Gyrnef
Ld in other respects recoguizeil it asoniequal
eligerent -with, ourly.Wh. Voer healrd
f exchangving prisoners with traitors oy riot
~rs? To go behinds these .exnts. gfter the
near m oer and eroct the g-aiinwsannithe. mri
on of those we thus treated, is simplytoward
ly and cruel inconsistency.
We should have done to Jefferson Davie
kng ago what we did.to General Lee-and -his
military compeers-released him upoin 'paiole,
and considered the -matter dismissed. Such
conduct would have been wo-ihy ,of a g"Ot
and magnanimous people. It would :hae
shown that we, in one respect at least, &.
served.hb victorywe had worl, and dhat w
had the %wisdom;o a eiate the -true charao
ter of the.struggie-nd to *profit by it. The
soonier- the President performs this act ofjxts
tice the better for his own rutationa and
That of the country. None but The bleed
this gty and the cowardly .desire' the firther
persecutirn of Jefferson DaVs. The shre-A
among the Radicals do not want an -issue tht
they considered decided by the war to- go
agatn ~before and o -be sibected .to-heabitra
TMent,of a jury. - In other words, -to:sidk a
great.nationzd straggle down to the dimen
siilns of.a P rininal trial by whose esul
they cannot poSsibly-strcngthen thoirposition.,
The1.Chief Justice of the United:States, wh
befor e ououpied his present positiontaught
te doctrine p which Mr. Davis acted,~viz
the right of a Stata-to-secede, has shirked the
trial. Hehas invented excases to preventit,
.or he krio,ws, as we all know, tit it would'
be %worse:than a shameful farce. Theconnry
wants not an exclting and irrit-ating trial to
,open old sores-wounds but-it needs a gene
ral and universal amnesty forill meni.
The CndinnaCi rOette MpIh speci
gie giom -accoun6t of affairs in Mississippi
an)dLouisiana, from the dcstructive fiood,
the cold weather, &c. He predicts there 'will
eamirji--the South before alnother seasm
Planters havo neglected planting grain, hop
iig foran immense crop of -cotton 'and ig
pres.S In T'any piaees the planters%ave -no
adid are out of provisio.s Merchants
si e no n-ore credit, thoug mo-rtgges on
-the cong ~er arc.offered at low g1n1es.
The Constquen-mst be that'iie araRoos
will he abandoned uiless u ony pa snplies
are ibtained frorn hhe'orth
Ti Co.scar o L*EUPE -A i.Par s
ter-witer says. -
"Bist ween the Bosphorus an~d the'lBaltic a
rand conseription. .i -jroc eeding ; ther4es&
not-a land3ed propriefer, ai simple shop-keep.
-a toid:' :mechlie,-c .a 'winbeaten mamr
.:yhere, wh'o is;fnot moved tosteTrro' ,
tIisa.n. Now3 if every the gfe taagtienk
dfdi. icnes:i maroeLuQsis 9;ate de i'stit
't ed.; Ii he, immediate-part-i to I he .ut%geat
lu Italy and Pruss'ia .aainst Austri;bt
wimal thiese opotdjs togetegaH
wiH eitead.i(1 qiuarrels toas satisted;'
ehre i /a ito le e gqreer o1hcteaan,
this idanfldo' tIct oMant Thrh he-hole' an~ 46
brcdia wver a dock every tunfeIat s.

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