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ouncilman. I shall now cite a few authorities upon the rights of war, to ascertain in how far the course pursued toward the inhabitants of Atlanta is in accordance with those laws which are now universally recognized. Halleck, Vattel, and Grotius establish the following rules: Grotius, B. III, chap. 12, sec. 8. (The italics are the author's.) * * * It is a just remark made bysome theologians, that all Christian princes and rulers who wish to be found such in the sight of God, aGrotius, B. III, chap. 12, sec. 8. (The italics are the author's.) * * * It is a just remark made bysome theologians, that all Christian princes and rulers who wish to be found such in the sight of God, as well as that of men, will deem it a duty to interpose their authority to prevent or suppress all unnecessary violence in the taking of terms, for acts of rigor can never be carried to an extreme without involving great numbers of the innocent in ruin; and practices of that kind, beside being no way conducive to the termination of war, are totally repugnant to every principle of Christianity and justice. Women, children, feeble old men, and sick persons, come under the description of enemie