So The Newspapers Still Went On Waging The
War, And Every Morning General Fremont Was Recalled, And Every
Evening They Who Had Recalled Him Were Shown Up As Having Known
Nothing Of The Matter.
"Never mind; he is a pioneer man, and will do a'most anything he
puts his hand to," his friends in the West still said.
understands the frontier." Understanding the frontier is a great
thing in Western America, across which the vanguard of civilization
continues to march on in advance from year to year. "And it's he
that is bound to sweep slavery from off the face of this continent.
He's the man, and he's about the only man." I am not qualified to
write the life of General Fremont, and can at present only make
this slight reference to the details of his romantic career. That
it has been full of romance, and that the man himself is endued
with a singular energy, and a high, romantic idea of what may be
done by power and will, there is no doubt. Five times he has
crossed the Continent of North America from Missouri to Oregon and
California, enduring great hardships in the service of advancing
civilization and knowledge. That he has considerable talent,
immense energy, and strong self-confidence, I believe. He is a
frontier man - one of those who care nothing for danger, and who
would dare anything with the hope of accomplishing a great career.
But I have never heard that he has shown any practical knowledge of
high military matters.
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