Mr. Benjamin made a great speech at Richmond on the
9th February, in which, while confessing destitution of men, food, stores for the army of all kinds, he demanded that all true Southerners should give up everything — cotton, pork, slaves, everything—to the State for the purpose of the war. The speech was received with enthusiasm, but nothing came of it. The Southern Congress has not yet even made up its mind to arm the slaves, and probably if they did, it would be too late. Revolution- ary measures should be taken before hope has fled, not afterwards.