EVEN after the bombardment of Sumter, however, the gravity of the revolt, and the power and will of the slave States for a strong and continued military resistance to national authority, were not at all realized at the North, except by a few. Nine-tenths of the people of the free States lookd upon the rebellion, as started in South Carolina, from a feeling one-half of contempt, and the other half composed of anger and incredulity. It was not thought it would be joind in by Virginia, North Carolina, or Georgia. A great and cautious national official predicted that it would blow over in sixty days, and folks generally believd the prediction. I remember talking about it on a Fulton ferryboat with the Brooklyn mayor, who said he only hoped the Southern fire-eaters would commit some overt act of resistance, as they would then be at once so effectually squelchd, we would never hear of secession againbut he was afraid they never would have the pluck to really do anything. I remember, too, that a couple of companies of the Thirteenth Brooklyn, who rendezvoud at the city armory, and started thence as thirty days men, were all provided with pieces of rope, conspicuously tied to their musket-barrels, with which to bring back each man a prisoner from the audacious South, to be led in a noose, on our mens early and triumphant return!