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KOSSUTH AND INTERVENTION.
BS TUB EDITOR.
* His presence here, we feel assured, will not conduce to our national peace; for if he comes, he comes avowedig to fan the flame of animosity against European states; and with the prestige of his name, and the influence that he will exercise with the Red Republicans who have recently swarmed upon our shores from the revolutions of the Old World, it is not too much to believe that the American ballotbos will be made to echo the radical sentiments of European malcontents, and perhaps, ere long, involve us in a bloody and disastrous war. Why not American demagogues stand ever ready to grasp at any theme that promises to carry them into power; and why not Hungarian independence as easily as American disunion ?"
These words were used by us, in the Novem- | sions of sympathy ; senates and legislaber number of the Republic, in relation to tures, eager, like the rest, to secure the Kossuth. The great Magyar had not then prestige of his name, pass resolutions favorreached our shores, and our opinion respecting his doctrines, and promulge addresses ing the motive of his contemplated visit, and of fulsome adulation. The “Father of our the influence that he would exercise upon country" has become heterodox; he has been our politics while bere, was pronounced by weighed in the balance against the Hungamany good and thinking men to have been rian doctrine, and found wanting; and it is unfounded in truth and probability. dangerous to quote his precepts now; they
Since that artiele was written and printed, are antiquated and feeble, in comparison Kossuth has come amongst us, and every with the new theory of Louis Kossuth. Nay, man, even to the most obscure portion of the more, it is asserted that never until now land, is enabled to judge from facts how have we rightly understood his meaning; truthful was our prediction. The champion the Hungarian has given us a new translaof Hungary came to us with his heart upon tion. The magnates of the nation are parahis tongue. In his words there was no guile, lyzed; they dare not open their hearts, for no concealment—all could understand him. popularity's sake; and the aspirants for the Before he had been forty-eight hours on suffrages of the people in the great oncomAmerican soil, he said, “I come to ask your ing contest, bow down before this foreign moral, financial, active aid” in the cause of influence, and over the wine-cup shout for Hungary against the despotisms of Europe; | intervention. The gray hairs of our land, and from that moment to the present he has and the calm voice of wisdom and age, have Dot ceased to “fan the flatne.” How far the been insulted for daring to confront the dansecond portion of our prediction has been gerous torrent of European sympathy; and, fulfilled, all know; the “European malcon- in a word, it is plain to foresee that European tents” are active in every nook and corner interests, European sentiments, and Euroof the land. Red Republicanism, albeit he pean influences, will gorge the American acknowledges no sympathy with its theories, ballot-box at the next Presidential election. has flung its sanguine flag to the breeze, and on these issues the demagogues of the land cries for intervention, American interven- are already hanging their hopes of success ; tion; politicans throng around him with and the great contest will take place, not at adulatory promises; parties, Whig, Demo- the election, but before it. It is not now a cratic, and Abolitionist, seize upon the skirts contest for partisan supremacy, or for meaof his mantle like fawning hounds, and em- sures of domestic policy; these have grown ulate each other in hollow-hearted profes-too insignificant for American statesmen; VOL. III.
like all things else, they are absorbed in the had freedom, and “the faculty," in posmeteoric blaze that is sweeping over the land; sessing the right of suffrage, to be happy : and the great struggle will be to secure be- Louis Napoleon gave her the opportunity, forehand the European sympathy, the Euro- by universal suffrage, to choose him as her
supreme dictator or not, and she chose him Said we not truly then ? Have not all through the ballot-box. We say, therefore, our anticipations been realized, so far as with Kossuth, France “ does not deserve to time has rendered their realization possible? be free and happy," and we have no right All, in fact, save the grand finale, war? As- to meddle in her affairs." Or if that right suredly; and the American people have but was ours, we are not willing to risk the to go on in the impetuous career already existence of the only free government on marked out for them, to arrive, ere long, at earth in a contest so unthankful, so utterly that consummation to their hearts' content, hopeless. war,-a war, not " for our firesides and our But it will be argued that France is not homes," nor for “ our native land;" a war, Hungary; and therefore we have no right not for our rights contested or a wrong per
to judge the one by the other. True, France formed against us; a war, involving not is not Hungary, but in all the attributes of merely our honor and our strength, but our freedom, she is immeasurably her superior; nationality itself, and with it the great prin- and if France, who, after Rome, gave literaciple of civil and religious freedom.
ture and civilization to all Europe besides, Are we ready to embrace these issues at
and who has retained at least an equality a moment when the demon of Despotism with all other nations, and a superiority reigns in the complacency of renewed vigor over most of them in intelligence, is unfit over the whole of continental Europe, from for self-government, what can we expect of the North Sea to the Mediterranean ? the nations of the far interior, who have when, with his four millions of greedy bay been for ever immersed in despotic darkness, onets about his person, he looks out securely and accustomed to look to their governupon the world, and laps the blood of vic- ments for the means of supplying all their itims who lack either the courage or the individual necessities ? Besides, Kossuth tells will to be free? Is not the prediction of us that it is not Hungary alone that needs Napoleon verified! The continent of Eu- our sympathy or aid, but all the despotrope is at this moment Cossack ; and if ridden nations of Europe. A fine prospect, France, with her thirty-six millions of people, truly, for Brother Jonathan, with his four after serving two apprenticeships at repub- millions of able-bodied men, and an empty licanism, and in the possession of universal treasury. suffrage, cannot, or dare not, or will not Again, this war, if it ever comes off, is to resist, even with her vote, the despotic be not merely political in its character and usurpation of a single man, what can Ame-objects, but religious also; Catholicism rica do for European liberty ?
against Protestantism. Bishop Hughes has The opinion of Kossuth on this point is already issued his anathema against Kossuth precisely our own. In one of his speeches and his mission. If the United States dein this city, he made use of these words :
termines to defend Hungary against des“I believe every nation has got all it can desire, potism in Europe, men, money, and muwhen, by the blessing of God, it has got freedom, nitions must necessarily be sent over to back and the faculty to be master of its own fate; and if a nation has obtained this faculty, to be master her pretensions and sympathy. Who are of its own fate, but has not the understanding, por the men that will go? Will they be rethe will, nor the resolution to become happy, why, then it deserves to be not happy, and it is not for cruited from those who call so loudly for a stranger to meddle with its atfairs."
American aid for the emancipation of CathFrance occupies the latter position; she olic Ireland ? No, they have different no