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ortant to the people at Washington than would be plans of every fortification held by the Confederate forces. And it is at such a time — when the enemy has nearly gone the full extent he can possibly go — when peace is almost within our grasp — that the army of croakers is spreading over our country, like the frogs, lice and locusts of Egypt, defiling and debasing everything they touch, and poisoning the very atmosphere with their pestilential breath. Why, the very fact of his allowing old Blair to come here is proof positive that he is in a state of extreme anxiety, and ought to encourage our people to the utmost. These croakers are already making themselves ready for submission.--Things, they say, will not be half so bad as we apprehend. Negro emancipation will not take place. The same power that has already emancipated and made soldiers of two hundred thousand slaves, where there is a large army opposing them, will become moderate as soon as that army shall have been disba<
pressure peace news. The Yankee correspondents at Washington are trying their hands on the quality and quantity of peace rumors that they can manufacture. A Washington correspondent of the Tribune telegraph on the 13th: An old hand at peace negotiation declared to-day to a committee room full of congressmen that, from his knowledge of what was, and would be, done in Richmond, he knew that a cessation of hostilities preliminary to formal negotiations would take place within ten days. Mr. Blair has not yet returned. General Grant telegraphed up to night that the Richmond papers, received at his headquarters to day, contain nothing of interest. The air is full of a feeling of coming peace. All that talk speak of the close of the war as near at hand. Men feel peace in their bones, as they say many shrewd men to-day felt it in their pockets. More than one member of Congress sent orders North to-day to instantly sell their stocks; they dreaded a speedy fall. The wife of Sen