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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore), How Secretary Stanton settled a point. (search)
How Secretary Stanton settled a point. Washington, Feb. 3, 1864.--The town is laughing at an amusing story of a recent interview between the Secretary of War and the President of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. It is too good to be lost, and I give it as I find it afloat: The draft has fallen with great severity upon the employes of our Company. Indeed? If something is not done to relieve us, it is hard to foresee the consequences. Let them pay the commutation. Impossible! The men can't stand such a tax. They have a rich Company at their back, and that's more than other people have. They ought to be exempted, because they are necessary to the working of the road for the Government. That can't be. Then I will stop the road. If you do, I will take it up and carry it on. The discussion is said to have been dropped at this point, and the very worthy President is still working the road as successfully as ever
A stirring Appeal to the women.--From copies of Savannah and Columbus (Ga.) papers is taken the following: to the women of Georgia. Atlanta, Feb. 5, 1864.--A report has been put in circulation in various portions of the State, that the socks knit by the ladies of Georgia for this department have been sold by me to the troops on the field. Without entering into the details of this vile and malicious report, I hereby pronounce the whole tale to be a malicious falsehood! I deny, and challenge the world for proof to the contrary, that there has ever been a sock sold by this department to a soldier of the confederate army since my first appeal to the women of Georgia to knit for their destitute defenders. I hereby bind myself to present one thousand dollars to any person — citizen or soldier — who will come forward and prove that he ever bought a sock from this department that was either knit by the ladies or purchased for issue to said troops. This report has been inven