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The Daily Dispatch: May 21, 1864., [Electronic resource], The War News — Grant Quiet — Another Reverse for Butler on the Southside — the battles in Louisiana, &c. (search)
regard to color, "the confiscated lands in insurrectionary districts. " It passed by a vote of 75 to 64--a majority of 11. The chief defender of the bill was one Julian, of Illinois. In the course of the debate on it, Mr. Pendleton, of Ohio, contended that under the present law the forfeiture of lands was not to extend beyond the lifetime of the owners, and besides, that at the present time they had not required lands to be divided into homesteads. Julian replied that large districts were coming into their (Yankee) possession, which were to be sold for taxes, and there was no law (Yankee) on the statute book which stood in the way of acquiring the fee of estates. Of course! Mr. Julian is right. There never is anything either in Constitution or law which stands in the way of the appropriation of the property of the Southern people to their own uses, by the Yankees. Yet the meagre majority of eleven on the passage of the bill in the House was a small fanatical majority to boas