Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, “The Pirates,” October 10, 1859

    Source citation
    “The Pirates,” Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, October 10, 1859, p. 1: 1.
    Newspaper: Publication
    Chicago Press and Tribune
    Newspaper: Headline
    The Pirates
    Newspaper: Page(s)
    Newspaper: Column
    Date Certainty
    Don Sailer, Dickinson College
    Transcription date
    The following text is presented here in complete form, as it originally appeared in print. Spelling and typographical errors have been preserved as in the original.


    Mr. William Walker, the grey-eyed man of destiny, is so absurd a personage, that but little space in the newspapers ought to be given to him or his plans. Were it not that his antics compromise the reputation of our government as a treaty-observing power, and were it impossible for him to be the means of [imbroiling?] the country in a foreign war, he might be dismissed with only a word of contempt. But, unfortunately, such is his hold upon the ruffian class who have adopted filibustering as the first article of their creed, and upon the [rampant?] nigger-driving politicians of the South, that his importance cannot be thrust out of sight. Fortunately for him, and for the preservation of our peaceful foreign relations, his latest attempt to organize, and set forth with a hostile expedition, has proved a more disgraceful failure than anything which he has attempted. For this we owe no thanks to the exercise of the Federal office holders in the South, who seem to be his principal abettors. The failure is due to the folly and incompetence of those by whom the piratical cruise was conceived. What they may do next, no man of honesty can conceive; but it now seems to be certain that they will drink more whisky and – do nothing!

    How to Cite This Page: "Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, “The Pirates,” October 10, 1859," House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College,