A few days ago Gov. Yates
received a letter from a town in the south part of the State
, in which the writer complained that traitors in his town had cut down the American
flag, and asking what ought to be done in the premises.
The Governor promptly wrote him as follows: “Whenever you raise the flag on your own soil, or on the public property of the State
or country, or at any public celebration, from honest love to that flag and patriotic devotion to the country which it symbolizes, and any traitor dares to lay his unhallowed hand upon it to tear it down, then I: say shoot him down as you would a dog, and I will pardon you for the offence.” --Boston Transcript, July 25