A Specimen Northern Traitor.
Chief among Northern traitors is Clement L. Vallandigham, of Ohio, the head and front of the Copperhead party. This man Vallandigham made a speech at Newark, N. J., a few days ago, in which, under a flimsy guise of Unionism, he managed to give utterance to a deal of infamous talk. For example, he said that "they have the ballot at the South just as free as it is here; there is as much free speech South as there is North to-day." Mr. Vallandigham, if he knows anything, must know this statement to be utterly false. Suppose a Unionist had stood up in Richmond as he, (Vallandigham,) a traitor, stood up in Newark — denouncing Jeff. Davis as he denounces President Lincoln, — denouncing rebellion as he denounces the war, — branding the secessionists of the South with opprobrious and insulting epithets as he and his followers brend Union men; how long would he have been left free to do so? Mr. Vallandigham must know, if he knows anything, that he would have been hung for treason. No man in any part of the Southern States would be allowed for an instant to talk against the rebel Confederacy as he talks against the Union. No man's neck would be safe for an hour who should vote in the South where Jeff. Davis' Government had full sway, for a Union man for any office whatever.
In much that Vallandigham said in the speech referred to, he talked so like a fool, that one scarcely feels like holding him responsible. When, for example, he said that "we should immediately cease hostilities, and proceed then to determine the question whether a majority of the people of the North and West will unite with a majority of the people of the South, and restore the Union as it was," it is hard to believe that he had not come fresh from an idiot asylum, instead of the halls of Congress. But when a little afterward he invoked active hostility to the efforts of the Government in carrying on the war, it is easy to see that the traitor and the knave is stronger in him than the fool. Hear him:
"Shall the Democratic party be induced for one moment to strike hands with those who desire to change the purposes of the Administration, and bring it back to a war for the Union, whan the whole people united cannot accomplish anything before the 4th of March, 1865? Will the war continue during that time? [Never! Never! from all parts of the room.] Will you send your sons again to the battle-field? [Overwhelming, enthusiastic, and unanimous cries, "No! No!" "Never, Never!" "God forbid!" "Not if I know myself!"] Shall they be conscripted to carry on this war for two years more and for the negro?" [Tremendous outbursts. Yells, cheers. Cries of "No, never." "Let them try it." "See them d—d first." We defy them."]
After this precious suggestion of treason, he went on to say:
"It has been proclaimed that it never was their purpose to invade the Northern States. It is very true that if this war is kept up, battles fought, no relenting spirit, no prospect of peace, no sound of concord to reach their ears, they ought to be induced to make that invasion."
The Southern rebels "ought to be induced" to invade the North, unless we stop the war! That is Mr. Vallandigham's opinion; and he is left free to proclaim it. The fact that he is free is a sufficient refutation of the miserable falsehood, that there is as much freedom of speech at the South as at the North. If he were to say half as much against the Confederacy in Richmond, as he said against the Union in Newark, he would have been hung by the mob.
Yet this man, vile Copperhead as he is, is compelled by force of the great reaction which is now sweeping over the land against the machinations of traitors, to at least avow himself in favor of the Union. There is proof in this of the strength of Union principle among the people, but there is still no less necessity for these spouters of treason being watched. If they cannot corrupt the people they will endeavor to deceive and betray them. We say, let them be watched.