number were shot by the rebel officers, "on the ground that they had been enlisted in New Orleans." By what rule the enlistment of men in New Orleans, a city that Jeff. Davis has not for nearly a year exercised any authority over, doom them to be shot, is beyond our power to explain; and we trust that our Government will authorize Gen. Butler to make a note of the transaction in his future dealings with the rebel officers in Louisiana.
With reference to the threatened retaliation on Geo. McNeil, of Missouri, for his punishment of guerrillas, or upon a sufficient number of Union prisoners to represent him, the case seems no less plain against the Confederate authorities.
Guerrillas and bridge burners in the Union interest in East Tennessee and elsewhere have been invariably and incontinently, not shot, but hung, by the rebels, whenever they could lay hands on them.--They have set an example of zealous and implacable hostility to these irregular partisans.
Their Congress has dis