“A Good Sign,” Fayetteville (NC) Observer, November 3, 1859, p. 3: 2.
Fort Wayne (IN) Times
Fayetteville Semi Weekly Observer
A Good Sign
Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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A GOOD SIGN. – The Fort Wayne (Indiana) Times, whose Editor is a member of the Republican State Convention says, -
“The moral of the late disturbance at Harper’s Ferry is one that will not soon be forgotten. The people will ponder over it and make their own comments. Now that dangers are no longer prophecies, but a visible, tangible reality, staring them in the face with impunity and uttering sentiments which they never dreamed of, and threatening the stability of the Union, under whose aegis the people have lived in peace and flourished, beyond all precedent in the history of the world, they will see the suicidal policy which they have endorsed – the extreme fanaticism – and will return to a more national and conservative policy. It will prove an argument against the doctrine which we have opposed, that will be unanswerable. If the elections in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Iowa were to take place to-day, the result would prove of a different complexion from what it is. The people will now perceive that the tendency of this slavery excitement is evil, and pregnant with the most vicious results.”
This is sensible, and we are happy to say that we see many other signs of conservative Republicans cutting loose from the ultra fragments of their party. In such a condition of public sentiment, it only needs a proper degree of moderation to bring the best of all good out of the late evil at Harper’s Ferry, by banishing the slavery question out of the political arena, as well as stopping the practice of stealing from the South. We shall be greatly surprised if Northern people themselves do not make a strong effort to accomplish both these beneficent results.