What does the gentleman want -- said the servile Douglas, in reference to Senator Sumner -- "does he want somebody to kick him?" Can it be possible that the spirit of this most insulting interrogatory can ever be applied to the people of the North? Have they taken hint upon hint of the contemptuous designs of the slave power so meekly and forgivingly, that the last resorts of violence may be counted upon?
It is true, the present aspect of things at the
North would seem to be all we could wish. The
"murderous, brutal and cowardly" assault on
Mr. Sumner for using his simple constitutional
rights has touched a deeper chord in Northern
feeling than was ever reached before. And
The presidential campaign is now on the point of being arranged, and the hosts are soon to be mustered in definite lines. Party organizations are to bring their appliances to bear in the shape of partizan motives and personal inducements.-- The feelings will lose their freshness, great principles will become obscured, and old associations, expediency and ambition will grow apace. The way of duty will become hidden, and the way of party routine open as day. What, then, is to be the fate of these great questions? Time will determine, will show whether the grand interests of freedom, which almost alone actuated our fathers, have lost their vitality in the hearts of their descendents. One thing is certain: these aggressions will continue and increase all the while, and if our people do not turn from every seduction upon the right hand and the left to meet them promptly and thoroughly, they will breed into an aggravated form which will endanger the existence of the republic. Let every man think of this now, and determine what he will do for his part. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, and if it has been neglected, let it, by all means, be instantly and bountifully made up.
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