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selfishness. Whatever our past wrongs, to defend the cause of neutral rights and let us repair one greater wrong done by the so-called liberty of the seas ; for it is us to America at her birth, nearly a the interest of all Continental powers that century ago, and refuse, as far as we the belligerent rights of England--who can, to assist at the dissolution of a will always be the greatest maritime great, a self-governed, and an Anglo- belligerent in the world-should be Saxon republic. When the Southern strictly defined. Within twelve hours Confederacy has clearly shown that it of the news of the proceedings of the is something more than the bubble of a San Jacinto, the official Parisian press year, it will have a right to those in seized on the golden occasion, and Engternational courtesies which permanent land was encouraged by France to comGovernments alone can claim. It is yet mit herself to a declaration of the rights possible that the flame of revolution may of neutral navies. The proceedings of expire in the Southern sky as suddenly as the Paris Congress of 1856 prove suffiit has risen, and leave behind it no sign ciently that Great Britain, in return for but the smouldering embers of an extinct the suppression of privateering, and the conflagration. The suspension of specie rule which compels a blockade to be payments in the North is an ominous effective, is not unwilling that immunisymptom of financial exhaustion, but ties should be granted to neutral goods the Confederates have already passed this on board an enemy, and to enemy's landmark on the road to ruin. If the goods on board a neutral. But ContiNorth deserves victory, it will have spirit nental Europe is so firmly impressed with enough to do what the mother country the idea that England is the tyrant of has done before now, and cheerfully to the
occan, that it rejoices at our solemnly support taxation proportioned to a grand estopping ourselves from future violaemergency. During the next few months tions of international law. The Emwe may expect a series of military peror of the French has been in this movements, the effect of which in all instance—what he loves to be the human likelihood will be the serious leader of the European Chorus, and the discouragement of the Confederates. No champion of the principles of progress. irreparable affront should be offered to Nor is it merely that he hits officiated as the North by an English cabinet, until the spokesman of the Continent. It is in a the course of events and the tardy justice difference between England and America due to the South require us to acknow that his authoritative and friendly senledge—what generous Englishmen will tence has made itself heard ; and both never acknowledge but with pain—that England and the New World have heard the Union is finally dissolved.
with profound attention his trenchant The fortune that attends on genius, and vigorous words. Slowly but surely out of the mortifying occurrences of the he is creeping into the first place at the last two months, has brought honour council-board of Europe.
it is someand advantage to the French Emperor. thing that he has proved his loyalty to The affair of the T'rent furnished Na- England, and at a critical moment conpoleon III. with an opportunity of ciliated our respect and good-will by a making a diplomatic stroke and winning mark of his good faith. It is something, a diplomatic triumph. A short-sighted too, that he has hindered the navy of politician, in his eager anxiety to break the North from dashing itself to pieces the Southern blockade, might have in an encounter with an unequal foe. hailed with satisfaction the prospect of But not the least useful of the advanan impending collision between England tages he has gained by his prompt and the Union. But the French Em action is that he has once more taught peror plays a longer and a more brilliant the powers of Europe to accustom themgame.
Since the American revolution, it selves to listen for his voice. has been the traditional policy of France
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