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The fleet. A Washington Republican paper learns that a dozen vessels of Commodore Stringham's fleet will very shortly put to sea. This fleet, it adds, " is to consist of at least fifty war vessels of various descriptions, accompanied by sufficient steam transport for the accommodation of a land force at least twenty thousand strong." This is the most approved style of Republican gassing. There are but seventy-five " war vessels " of all descriptions in the old U.S. Navy, and at least half of those are worthless hulks. Revenue cutters and musket steamers armed with a gun or two, with a few " war vessels, " probably make up the fleet of fifty, which will have to behave much better than the great fleet sent to Fort Sumter, before anybody will be hurt or even scared.