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arting correct views of Southern affairs and polities. Our forefathers did not commit this lamentable oversight. They supplied a large fund to their Commissioners in Europe for this purpose. At the head of that Commission they placed Benjamin Franklin, a printer and editor of long experience, acquainted with the means of shaping and creating public opinion. The art of forming public opinion is known thoroughly only to men long apprenticed to service in the press. To the rest of the worhas to be borne by individuals. In view of the fact that the English Government will not act against public opinion, and that this opinion is not yet ripened for us, this omission certainly seems a strange one. In the revolutionary struggle, Dr. Franklin and his fellow-commissioners had $200,000 secret service money allowed them; but here, when the promised good is so much more manifest, and with resources so much superior to the "colonies" at that time, our commissioners have nothing. Had pu
writs of replevin, and long lawsuits with the sheriff; no appeal to Virginia stay laws; no running up the costs of Court, to eat up the whole claim; no tedious delay of months or years; but prompt, vigorous, decisive, and float action, from which there is no appeal. Oh, for the Provost Marshal's summary justice in New York! What a world of trouble it would save us. But, after all, Alexandria languishes. No telegraph wires convey intelligence except those to Gen. Heintzleman's or Gen. Franklin's headquarters. The Newton House, that has had as many as fifteen hundred guests at once must be content with fifteen. Even the churches are closed, most of them, for if the ministers have not shouldered the rebel musket, most of their male congregations have done so. The music of regimental bands replaces the music of the choirs. People not in uniform seem to move about the streets as if afraid of their shadows — as if-- "A sense of mystery the spirit daunted, and something whin