Washington (DC) National Era, "Gen. Walker and the Administration," November 26, 1857

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    “Gen. Walker and the Administration,” Washington (DC) National Era, November 26, 1857, p. 190.
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    Wes McCoy, Dickinson College
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    After the return of General Walker to this country, he made no secret of his intention to make another descent upon Nicaragua at the earliest favorable moment. His scheme has been openly countenanced in the South, by prominent public men and presses favorable to the Administration, and for months past he has been organizing his forces and arranging his plans. The Administration has not been kept in ignorance; the subject has been brought to its notice by the Costa Rican authorities, and no one entertains a doubt that it was fully apprized of the General’s purposes.

    On the 10th instant, for the sake of decency, he was arrested at New Orleans; on the 11th he was admitted to bail in the sum of $2,000; the same day, the Fashion, carrying supplies and munitions of war, sailed from New Orleans for Mobile, and General Walker, with his followers, started by another route. At midnight, off Mobile harbor, he and they, and recruits from Mobile, were received on the Fashion, and she proceeded on her way, whithersoever the Filibuster might direct, having given the slip to the United States authorities and to the steamer Fulton, which, it is said, was watching her! The Administration, we suppose, intends that the People shall believe that it has done all that could be required of it, to maintain our neutrality laws, and protect itself against suspicion of complicity with this lawless expedition. But even the National Intelligencer, which has reposed such trust in its conservatism, is shaken, and the Courier des Etats Unis, of New York, which labored for the election of Mr. Buchanan, is scandalized beyond measures at the criminal delinquency of his officials. They have both yet to learn that the conservatism of this Administration consists chiefly in its guardianship of Slavery. Where this system demands the aid of filibusters, Mr. Buchanan is expected to wink very hard.

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