“A Contrast,” New York Herald, January 20, 1861, p. 4: 5.
New York Herald
Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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A CONTRAST. – While the people in the Gulf States are busily engaged in furbishing up their muskets and preparing for bloodshed, the politicians in New York and Pennsylvania are busily engaged in getting ready their paper batteries, petitions, applications for office and certificates of services rendered, and are bringing them to bear upon Lincoln with as much sang froid as if the country was not threatened with civil war. This wild hunting for office has been the curse of this country, and it seems that nothing can arrest it. If the Union should be violently torn asunder, the country ruined and laid a deserted waste, the last man left will be an office seeker.