Topic Proportions

Topic Percent
anti-northern diatribes
62.96%
religion
13.58%
European news
3.7%
humor
3.7%
[unclear]
3.7%
war bonds
2.47%
accidents, particularly fires
2.47%
ads--medicine, substitutes, wanted, etc.
1.23%
war reports
1.23%
second-hand news
1.23%
poetry and patriotism
1.23%
war prisoners
1.23%
court proceedings
1.23%
From the Sat., Oct. 04, 1862 issue

The power of Fanaticism, which has at length taken complete possession of the Northern government, has never been more strikingly illustrated than in the present war. "Be not righteous over much," and "Let your moderation be known unto all men," are texts of the Bible always ignored by Puritan theologians. Nevertheless, there is no greater danger to religion and evil to society than fanaticism, and men of true virtue will always be on their guard against it. The excesses committed by Cromwell's fanatical soldiery in Ireland were not only as great, but in many respects identical with those perpetrated by the Robespierre bloodhounds in the French revolution, showing that infidelity and fanaticism are equally destructive of morality peace, and even common humanity. The descendants of the same fanatical race have brought upon this continent all its present afflictions, simply from the same madness of religious zeal and bigotry which turned England upside down, and now threatens to make a St. Domingo of the South. When men begin to be more righteous than the Bible, they generally end by becoming less righteous than the most shameless publicans and sinners.