Secession Era Editorials Project
Glorious News from Washington -- Passage of the
Cincinnati, Ohio, Daily Enquirer [Democratic]
(24 May 1854)
Our telegraphic column, this morning, contains
the announcement that the Nebraska Bill has passed
the house by thirteen majority.
It passed in the
shape it came from the Senate, with the exception
that the celebrated Clayton amendment is striken
It will go back to the Senate, which will doubtless
concur with the House in its action, be signed
by the President, and soon become the law of the
The minority in the House used the most
unscrupulous parliamentary action to kill the bill,
but it was ineffectual.
The struggle upon its
passage was vehement and severe, the House being in
session nearly all of Monday night.
We need not say that the success of the bill is to
us a subject of peculiar gratification.
it from its introduction, the principle in it -- that
of leaving the question of slavery to be decided by
the people of the Territories themselves, which was
so fiercely controverted -- being right in our
judgment, and worthy of the support of all patriotic
citizens who desire the perpetuity of our Federal
Those who desire to keep the disturbing
and distracting subject of slavery in Congress,
as an eternal bone of contention between the North
and the South, instead of referring its decision to
those to whom it legitimately belongs, will, of course,
send up a howl of rage over the result, which, to
them, is so calamitous. But it is a great and
glorious triumph to every one who believes in the
doctrine of popular sovereignty and the right of every
State and Territory to do its local legislation.
The success of the Bill, we expect, be made
the occasion for a fresh outburst of indignation
upon the part of the fanatical disunionists and
traitors of the North, who have threatened to do terrible
things in that event; but in a few days we shall
hear no more of it. Greeley and Garrison, Fred.
Douglas, Sumner and Chase, may fret and foam,
but it will have little effect upon the great body of
the American people, who do not sympathize with
them in their unpatriotic views.
They will not be
able to create half the excitement against it that
they did against the Compromise measures in 1850.
They may threaten to raise the banner of repeal,
but that is well known to be an impossibility.
could they carry a House of Representatives favorable
to it, which is unlikely, the Senate, where the
majority in its favor is more than two to one, can
not be changed for many years to come.
opponents, therefore, may as well make up their minds
to acquiesce in it at once, for they will never be able
to erase it from the statute book.
We rejoice over its passage for other reasons than
the provision which is in it respecting slavery -- a
territorial organization being sadly needed in
Nebraska and Kansas, to render comfortable the great
tide of overland emigration to California and Oregon.
To the West, especially, it is very important.
cannot conclude our notice of its passage without a
word of commendation of the noble band of Democrats
from the North and West, more than forty in
number, among whom we are pleased to recognize
Mr. Disney, who, unmoved by the
fanatics, and looking only to the good of the whole
country, have given the bill their support.
will have their reward, not only in the approval of
their own consciences, but in the future good opinion
of their countrymen.
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