John Logan at Last Heard From.
Our strictures in reference to the equivocal course of John Logan, have acted like a charm. They have brought the gentleman to a thorough realization of his anomalous condition and made him do what it seems neither the wishes or the threats, the entreaties or the denunciations of his constituents could effect. On yesterday, as we learn, in response to the demand made upon him by the JOURNAL, he proceeded to Camp Yates and delivered a firm and emphatic Union speech in the course of which "he discoursed eloquently of the duty of all patriots to sustain the Government in its efforts to vindicate the Constitution," etc., etc. This is good. It is what Logan ought to have done long since. It is what every consideration of honest patriotism ought to have prompted him to say in his own district, to his own constituents, when his words would have done some service to the cause of his country. Instead of aiding and abetting treason by his stolid silence; instead of permitting the minions of Jeff. Davis to organize soldiers under his own nose for their unholy war upon the Constitution; instead of keeping away from the Union meetings of Southern Illinois when public sentiment down there needed to be cultivated; instead of outraging his own immediate constituents by refusing to define his position until they openly denounced him as a traitor and requested him to resign his seat in Congress; he should long since have come out and said, as he is now forced to say, that he is for standing by the Government in its efforts to put down the fell spirit of disunion. We say it is late in the day for Logan now to define his position. There was a time when such eloquence as he can command, would have placed him in the front rank of the noble army of patriots and statesmen; but we fear his silence heretofore has done more harm than his eloquence can do service now. — We fear he has waited too long; that his patriotism was too slow in culminating. It may yet, however, have some effect upon the few misguided ones in Southern Illinois, who are secretly allying themselves to the fortunes of Jeff. Davis; and for that reason at least we are glad we have succeeded in making Mr. Logan define his position. We are glad he has concluded to be on the side of the Government and the Union. His constituents will, of course, give him the credit he deserves for the patriotic sentiments which he can now find a voice for.