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potism has made in subduing the souls of its victims, and rendering them fit subjects for the iron rule of the tyrant. Every manly feeling, every free aspiration, every independent thought, seems to have been crushed out of the souls and bodies of these unhappy people. They no longer even claim to be a free people, governed by a written Constitution, and laws of their own enactment. They are as absolutely slaves as though they were the subjects of Alexander II., as though Chicago were St. Petersburg, and every petty military tyrant a marshal of the Prussian Emperor. And yet these are the people who promised themselves that freedom would run riot with the election of Abraham Lincoln; that there should no longer be slavery, or the semblance of slavery, from the St. Johns to the Rio Grande; that professed themselves willing to go on a crusade against the whole world in favor of freedom, and that have converted the Southern States into a huge slaughter-pen in pursuit of their favorite