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While mustering, he had a few idle days to wait, and, finding himself near St. Louis, waited there. The town was a pot of conspiracy. Claiborne Jackson, the governor, with a Union mask on, was stealing troops and arms for Secession. Francis Blair and Nathaniel Lyon, two most competent patriots, watched him through his mask. At the right moment they captured his entire camp. A rebel flag which had been flying in St. Louis then came down to stay down. Grant looked on at this, and presently, entering a street-car, was addressed by a youth in words that may be dwelt upon. The mouth of Ireland never uttered a bull more perfect. Secession never drew its own portrait with a straighter stroke. The profound self-contradiction between the youth's two sentences has placed him in history. “Things have come to a damned pretty pass,” said he, “when a free people can't choose their own flag. Where I ”

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