No event has occurred in the last quarter of a century more startling and suggestive of evil to the Southern people than the recent emeute at Harper's Ferry, and no intelligence from any point of the compass possesses for our readers a more absorbing interest than the details published in the last and present issue. Of course, no apology is needed on account of the large space given to this topic, although every other item of interest has been thereby excluded.
In its immediate results this affair is a ridiculous, miserable failure. It could be nothing else. That Brown with his handful of deluded followers expected to arouse a general servile insurrection, overthrow existing governments, emancipate the entire body of Southern slaves, and build up a government of his own, only exhibits the pitiable plight into which the mad fanaticism of Abolition hurls its votaries. The culprits will attain the martyrdom which they seem to covet, and thus will end this contemptible disgraceful farce.
Should these considerations fail, however, to affect the Northern masses, the Harper's Ferry treason cannot fail to startle the Southern States into a keen appreciation of the folly and madness of a continued wrangling amongst themselves. -- If Northern fanaticism shall rage without abatement, carrying fire and slaughter and domestic warfare and servile insurrection over our borders and into our homes, where can our safety be, except in a firmly knit union at home, and a war to the very knife against the aggressor? We will need no argument to prove the recreancy of our Northern brethren; to persuade us that our only hope is in ourselves; and, surely, the very instincts of our being will urge us to band together for a common defense.
We hope much from this affair, insignificant and ridiculous as it appears to be, and we would have our readers thoroughly informed of its details and of the lessons it inculcates. We shall, therefore, continue to publish in full the accounts from the scene of action as they reach us.
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