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n men and Southern independence have their way; but future events will prove to them that they who would themselves be free, must do as these people are doing — strike the blow. I hear no threats of war upon the people of the North by the Government of the South; indeed, such as I have spoken with in the subject, have deprecated hostilities, but have at the same time declared earnestly and emphatically that if war was the election of Lincoln, he should have his fill to his heart's content. Davis is to take command in case hostilities commence, and in anticipation of such an event, he has made preparations to an extent little suspected outside of the States particularly interested. Two companies of soldiers leave here in the morning for Fort Pickens, and Gen. Clarke, who commands the Mississippi forces, is ordered to proceed to that point forthwith. Judging of what is to take place in the vicinity of Fort Pickens in the course of the next thirty days, by the great preparations maki