“Suspicious,” New York Times, October 8, 1859, p. 4: 4.
New York Commercial Advertiser
New York Times
Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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SUSPICIOUS. – The Washington correspondent of the Commercial Advertiser says, that “the President openly declares that he will arrest WALKER, even in the interior of Nicaragua, and bring him back to the United States by force, should he be impeached for the act the next day.” This is precisely the language of a man who does not intend to do anything of the kind. Open declarations of this swaggering sort are usually intended for popular effect, – and will very speedily vanish into empty air the moment the effect desired has been produced, or whenever popular current seems to run the other way. If the President will fulfill these promises, we shall very heartily approve of his acts; – but we should have had much more faith in his intentions on the subject, if he had not taken such special pains to proclaim them openly.