button'for the negroes whom they were enfranchising, are now warmly
supporting precisely that section of Northern opinion against which this accusation was and is true, and vilifying to the best of their powers precisely that section of Northern opinion which took up the cause of freedom in earnest, and not as a mere weapon against disunion. The explanation is obvious. During the war, to charge the North with insincerity on the ground that it did not really care for freedom or the negro, served the friends of slavery. Now to support those who do not care for freedom or the negro serves the friends of slavery still. There is a real con- sistency beneath the seeming inconsistency.