Rebel Conditions of Peace and The Mechanics of the South

armed man. Hungry ruin has them in the wind. It cannot be long before the Cabinet of Washington will have, indeed, to consider seriously proposals for peace, under auspices and circumstances very different from the present. For the present, the war rolls and thunders on, and may God defend the right.” THE MECHANICS OF THE SOUTH. Abject Posture of Labor and Laborers. The Richmond Examiner, of the 12th inst., says: That on Saturday, the 10th inst., a very large and spontaneous meeting of the mechanics and workingmen of Richmond was held, to consider their interests, and obtain a free expression of the sentiments of the people generally. From the resolutions passed, we select the two following: Resolved, That awakened to a sense of the abject posture to- which labor and we who labor have been reduced, and to the privileges, which as citizens and people, the Institutions of our Country vest in us, we will not sleep again until our grasp has firmly clenched the rights and immunities which are ours as Americans and men: until our just demands have been met by the concessions of all opposing elements. Resolved, That it is the duty of the Government to take care- of the unfortunate, and not the rich. The Enguirer is extremely indignant at this assemblage, and deals with the 44 workingmen” in the following fashion: 44 The mechanics of Richmond enjoy all the 4 rights and immunities’ that any and every other man enjoys, and they will not be permitted to 4 grasp or clench? any more. We hope the Legislature of Virginia will not permit itsef to be influenced by such minatory resolutions' to pass a law forbidden by the experience of all history, and opposed by the teachings of every ’ public economist, and which is now opposed by some of the ablest and wisest men of their own body. The men who compose the armies of the Confederacy have, for the last two years,, permitted all their 4 rights and immunities’ to be most materially circumscribed, their 4 privileges’ reduced to the one high and holy privilege of shooting and being shot for their country. These men, without. shoes, blankets, provisions—in want, and suffering with wounds, and even unto death, have nobly and gallantly borne all these hardships, unmurmuring and uncomplaining. Upon what are these sleepless resolutionists to fix ■their 4 grasps?’ We leave the Governor and Mayor to answer these questions, and to interpret these resolutions, and to decide what their respective duties may be when the 4 grasping* and 1 clenching'* begins?*