Gen. Walker

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    "Gen. Walker," Richmond (VA) Dispatch, November 16, 1857, p. 2.
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    Gen. Walker.

    The renowned filibuster is again upon the track of glory and empire. In spite of the observations heape upon him from every quarter of the land, and the military, naval, and judicial impediments thrown in his way by the vigilant and energetic government of the United States, he is "once more upon the waters," having outgeneralized the government which was instructed to stop his expedition. The tidings of this event has doubtless caused considerable discussion in Washington, where the cabinet has manifested such laudable anxiety to nip filibustering in the butt. We may however do Gen. Walker injustice by calling him a fillibuster. He is the President of Nicaragua, the constitutional Executive of that country, and returns, like Bonaparte from Elba, to rename a suspended administration, and drive back the allied powers and the enemies of liberty. Moreover, he is a missionary of freedom and civilization, and will open the eyes of the benighted people to the blamings of Anglo-Saxon institutions.

    Walker is a man of more than ordinary shrewdness and energy, and may accomplish great things in Central America as England has achieved in India. The people of that country, besides being extremely ignorant, in consequence of never having enjoyed the blessings of our free schools, and high standards of morality, law and order, are abominably weak in a military point of view, having as little sense as sharp, and so small capacity of resistance. Their entire helplessness is an irresistible reason for at once taking possession of the region which they neither know how to cultivate or defend. It is a fundamental maxim of international law, which, if not told down by Grosius. Pufferdorf, or Vattel, is illustrated in the practice of every country under heavens, that might makes right, and that weak nations were created, to be overpowered by the strong, as small states are swallowed by the large and repacious. The conquests of England in India, and of France in Algeria, are a few instances of whales gorging themselves with myriads of small fry, which Americans may be pardoned for imitating on a limited scale in Central America. Indeed, considereing the excellent education which Jonathan resolved from old Bull in land stealing, we are astonished that he has hitherto shown himself so unworthy his percentage. With all the fuss raised about filibustering, he has never yet performed an act that would reflect honor on the bold highway robber, from whose loins he sprung. California he paid for, when he might have had it for nothing and Mexico he gave up, when any other nation would have held on like grim death. We are therefore, disposed to look upon Gen. Walker as a man who means to do something for the credit of his country, and keep American up with the progress of the age.

    If Great Britain has a mission in the East, the United States have a mission in the West, and the Rev. Mr. Walker is our missionary. He will propagate the true faith in Central America, and perhaps extend his operations hereafter to Cuba. All the Wes India Islands belong physically, geographically and morally to the United States, having evidently formed part of this continent at some former time, and hbeen detached by a convulsion of the elements. They lie directly under the shadow of our wings and the reach of our talons, and are clarly consigned to our guardianship and protection. We may jointly be held accountable for their conduct; if these small tenants of our dismembered estates, whose cottage windows are directly under the batteries of our castle, are permitted to waste their lands, and pursue hill and vicious courses, the world will hold us responsible for not keeping them in order. If we have the responsibility, it ought to be accompanied by the power. The man of destiny has gone forth to inaugurate a work which it is to be hoped will not terminate, till all the islands of our Western archipelago are reclaimed from their semi-barbarous condition, and compelled to enter our peaceful family hold and enjoy the blessings of our complete American civilization.

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