New York Times, "Southern Students in New York," December 22, 1859

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    “Southern Students in New-York,” New York Times, December 22, 1859, p. 4: 5.
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    Southern Students in New-York. – Gov. WISE’S promises of military honors and munificent donations have failed to turn the heads of all the Southern students at the North. The medical students of New-York, natives of the South, yesterday held a meeting in this City, to consult upon the propriety of imitating the step taken by their fellow-countrymen in Philadelphia. Their proceedings were orderly and rational in the highest degree, and when the issue of the proposed exodus was finally put, but fourteen out of more than three hundred students present pronounced in favor of shaking off the dust of their shoes against us.

    This result does not equal credit to the good sense and the patriotism of the gentlemen concerned, and we trust it may do something to counteract the injurious influence of the escapade perpetrated by their comrades in Philadelphia. It should also be noted as a fresh testimony to the prevalent nationalism and conservative right feeling of this imperial [Imperial] City, whose good name has been of late so sadly battledored between the Democratic Scapins and the Republican Jeremiahs.

    The fourteen seceders themselves may perhaps end by thinking it best to say where they are and put up with the Union, since New-Orleans, to which they applied as a City of Refuge, has kindly informed them that she “will receive them with open arms,” on condition of their paying all the usual fees! There is no Gov. WISE in Louisiana; and if we may venture to offer a word of advice to these ill-treated pilgrims, we should warn them that the study and practice of medicine on the shores of the Mississippi is not unattended with peril as well as expense. A young surgeon cannot even be sure of an aneurism in New-Orleans without fighting for it, as was sadly exemplified in the great case of Choppin vs. Foster some time since.

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