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The Misery On The Mississippi

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It is to be hoped thnt the people of ;he United States will show theniselves at least as prompt and as eainost in reieving the great misfortune and iuffer? ng of their fellow-CouDtrymen ruined y the overflow of the Missiasippi and ts tributarias is wemo the paople of üreat Britain iu coniming forward to ift u'p and save their fellow-subjects of ndia prostrated by the fatnine in iiengal. Ovir Greeks on this occasion are literally at our doors. It is not ten _thousand miles away over sea and land but within two or three days only of New York and PhiladelOhia by steam that ;housands of our fellow creatures are in imminent peril of absolute Btarya;ion. Not only has this terrible thinji come upon them through no fault of ïheirs. In a certain seuse it is through our fault. The levees and works of our great Western river have been potoriously neglected since the close of the civil war. Our politicians" have been so busily absorbed in "roconstructing" the political system of the South and the Southwest that they have had no time to attend to the vitalmaterial interests of those regions. It is no time now, however, to enter upon elabórate indietments of the people more or'less responsible for this state of things. What the very moment bids us do is to open not our mouths for condemnation but our purses for eonsolation and relief. The cry of distress which comes up to us is a genuine and piercing cry. It comes from whites and blacks alike, from rich and poor. For the great floods are out, and all the world there is in the water. The shelter and the supplies of the present are lost. With them, too, are lost the immediate hopes and resources of the future. The suiferers who are barely koeping themselves alive to to-day are looking out helplessly on the disappearance and destruction of all that thev could fairly count upon as a provisión for the morrow. And all this, we repeat, is happening not to the alien subjects of an European monarchy in some remote clime but to the American felloweitizens of Americana in the very heart of the great republic. The regions now scourged so cruelly are among the most prolific within our dominions. The valleys of the Yazoo and the Sunfiower are the paradise of the cotton-planter. The lands devastated now in Lonisiana have contributed vast sums to the exchequer of the country and to its enterprise. When the waters begin to subside and the dry land to appear it will be in order to insist urgently upon a thorough investigation of the origin of this calamity in so far as it might have been and has not been prevented by human foresight and skill. Uut now it is only, in order to help them that are ready to perish. It is of the highest concern to the good name of' the metropolis of American wealth and enterprise that there should be no stint in her generosity now and no delav in administering it.-


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Michigan Argus