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he presence of a competent force at the entrance of the post is necessary to make a blockade effective. We find this doctrine plainly enunciated in the ordinances of the Congress of the Confederate States, In the decisions of the prize courts of the United States, in the messages of its Presidents, the dispatches of its Foreign Ministers, the commentaries of the text writers. We fired, moreover, in its treaties, a definition which goes beyond all this, and adopts fully the oppression of Grotius, " obsession " In two treaties of commerce entered into between the United States and some South American republics, a blockaded place is defined us "one actually attacked by a belligerent force, capable of preventing the entry of the neutral." From this position the Federal Government cannot recede, and it is one which clearly stamps the fictitious character of its own blockade of the Southern Coast. There is no sufficient force off any one of the ports along that extent of coast. Even