ressed and downtrodden in the regions of the Southwest, in whose breasts is but one sentiment, that of love for country, and one desire, that the old flag come again and rescue them from Southern Tyranny.
It was the duty of the American people to relieve these men, if it took a million in arms.
[Applause] He was not revengeful, and he dissented from a sentiment of hate against the misguided private soldier, however severely he had fought against us, but he would be for giving Lee, Davis, Beauregard, and all that class of men — not taking them by the hand and telling them to go, but for giving them a rope to hang them with.
Gen Clay, in the course of his speech, announced that a dispatch had been received from the Secretary of War announcing the retreat of the whole rebel army under Lee, and that two corps were right on their heels giving them the very devil.
At this announcement the whole audience rose en masse and cheered vehemently for several minutes