A Southern reaction to "Lincoln’s Emancipation Programme"
Lincoln's Emancipation Programme. The South has given its answer to Lincoln's programme or e:u nnsipation at Fredericksburg and Miirfrcesboro'. If he wanted to know in advance what would he the tff:et of his promised proclamation, he has probably by thN time been partially enlii;hteneJ. The ftouth d es not answer his manifesto with word. "She leins upon her bl""d-t lined word," indifferent alike whether he oils his iipeech with soft, conservative blarney, or whether he howls forth the threat or the incendiary and murderer. When he comes ne.ir enough, she strikes, and sends his mynuidon reeling tuck; n.lo'Hly and dying, to their mas'er. S far as his promising of a St. Domingo campaign is expected to Intimidate our eo(le, he may d.-cide whether the late battles g've any token of such influence ; so far as it is dosig led to operate upon the aervtie population, he might as well proclaim emancipa-Hiou t the serfs in Africa. When he und-rtakes to jgive practical operation to his policy. by organizing nd sending atnoug us negro regiments, we ahull kuow how t d-al with such an envrjency. It will. theu. be a literal hoisting of" the blatk flag ' by his owii hinds, and his sable stand ird will not lie recognized is entitled to the protection of the xu!-s of civilized war. The black barbarians wit! f-e d-at with afH.-ding to the State biws alrevly in existem e f'r Jin-di oflVnees, and their white cn-pi il :is will be .subjected to the came capi'tal pun-i-tmeiit. Hut no proclamation which the- Yankees have issued, or may issue, wi'.! have the slightest effect npon the slave population fif the South. Wherever his armies have penetrated, they have kiduapped every negro they eoald hiy their hands on, and, priclam.iti"n or no proclamation, whenever they are able, they will continue to d the same." Cut beyond the lines of the Federal army, slavery will continue intact and impregnable as the rock of C.ibraltar. It is a good da! older than any earthly Government, and it wiil last a good deal longer than any throne or republic of the earth. Cursed le Canaan ; a servant of serv ints shall he be to his brethren."' is a proclamation which even the mighty Abraham Lincoln cannot abolish. j i . re-; judi-i !