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themselves on each other after a violent tempest. I have heard of these, but have never seen any before. Let us proceed cautiously, and not go too near.' We were within 20 paces of it. The terror of our horses prevented our nearer approach, to which none of us were inclined. On a sudden the pyramid mass became agitated; horrible hissings issued from it ; thousands of serpents rolled spirally on each other, shot forth out of their circle their hideous heads, and presented their venomous darts and fiery eyes at us.” However uncommon such scenes as the above may have been to travellers in South America, scarcely a church in our principal denominations, conventional gatherings, or political assemblies, in our Northern States, but has presented the same hideous aspect to abolitionists. We have had some agitated masses in the church and senate chamber; and let any good man and true rebuke the present unholy, fratricidal war, and no parties in Church or state more than some who claim to be “famous anti-slavery agitators” will fling their envenomed darts or turn up their fiery, malignant eyes!
This is no uncommon thing in America, since no person or party is allowed to hold an opinion different to that of their own, without being subject to open rancorous malignity; or feeling Joab's vengeful stab. -Yours, for truth as well as liberty,
JOSHUA R BALME,
32 Sun Street
ON THE AMERICAN UNION.
TO THE EDITORS OF THE LIVERPOOL MERCURY.
GENTLEMEN, -Our Union, so called, in America, is so drunk with sorcery and witchcraft, so corrupted and perverted with falsehood and fraud, and so wrinkled, withered, and bowed down with crime, that it is a matter of surprise how any sincere and upright man can look upon her haggard features, or her doubledyed garments of dishonour and shame with any other feelings than those of utter detestation and abhorrence; and yet we find Federals and pro-Federals who profess to have the “honour clear,” and “soul sincere," ever and anon introducing her to the favourable notice of mankind as if she was the grand polar star of attraction which was to draw all nations to worship at her feet-the mighty enchantress of the world, that could not only stir the air, but also the ears and hearts of men with harmony, and charm them wisely and well! The Hon. Edward Everett is amongst the first and foremost of our country's admirers to call our attention to the Union, and to expatiate on the spell of her enchantments, and the witchery of her charms; whilst with deepest and broadest emphasis he puts the crown on her beauty, pronouncing her to be “the nicest adjustment of human wisdom.” When referring to the robes of splendour and beauty which she is said to wear, Peter Sinclair, Esq., the agent of the Union and Emancipation Society in this country, solemnly avows, in one of a series of letters to the Edinburgh Review, that she is covered with “the fairest fabric of human liberty the world possesses.” And if we are to believe John Bright, M.P., or the Hon. A. H. Stephens, the Vice-president of the Confederate States, we must pass through “Glory's morning gate and walk in Paradise to obtain a glimpse of her heritage,” since Stephens, in a speech which he made in the Hall of Representatives, Georgia, November, 1860, described her domain to be the “Eden of the world, the Paradise of the universe"-a sentiment in which John Bright coincides, as shown in his affirmation that “ America is a land of which angels might dream.”
According to the above, it must be delightful to dwell in such a land—to gaze on landscapes painted with such rich beauties and suffused with such heavenly light-where still waters glide through such meadows of enchantment and fields of paradisaical beauty-where flowers bloom along every pathway, incense floats on every gale, and where warbling songsters fill every forest and grove, and sweep the mystic chords of every heart with their enchanting
Tiot, tion, tion, tion.
Tið, tiô, tiô, tiô, tio, tio, tio, tix.
“Before creating such a land,” says the celebrated Charles O'Connor of New York :-“God, in the benignity and far-seeing wisdom of his power, permitted the great family of mankind to live on, advance, improve step by step, 5000 years and upwards, until the earth was deemed mature for laying the foundation of our truly free, truly happy, and truly independent empire." "Then," says O'Connor, “God raised up a set of men whose like had never existed
the face of the earth-men unequalled in their perceptions of justice, in their comprehensive benevolence, and in their capacity to lay safely, justly, soundly, and with all the qualities which should ensure permanency, the foundations of the above empire-the first assembly of rational men who ever proclaimed in clear and undeniable form the immutable principles of justice, and consecrated to all time, in the face of tyrants, and in opposition to their power, the rights of nations and the rights of men.” Senator Doolittle has proclaimed it to be his religious belief that our American republic was the “political power foretold by the prophets--for which good men in all ages looked and prayed—and to whose duration and success Heaven, with all its omnipotence,was pledged.” The poet Longfellow has recently put the capstone of glory on the above column of testimony in honour of the Union in his ode to its greatness, in which he makes the Union to be the great keystone in the centre arch of Society and the world, and boldly declares that
“Humanity with all its fears,
With all its hopes of future years,
Such being the case in their estimation, it is no wonder that the Federals, or pro-Federals, such as John Bright, should dread disunion, or that the Hon. Secretary Seward should bring up the rear, and assure mankind that our great and glorious Union, so-called, has been ingratiated into the "world's affections," and that the different nations of mankind are "prepossessed in its favour to an extent that no other nation enjoys