Of course every one can understand how Massachusetts
is enabled to send so many men to the Lincolnitish army.
The operative population of the State
The stagnation of business and cessation of manufacturing have reduced many thousands of the operative and laboring classes to the verge of starvation.
It is these paupers who are so abundantly pensioned off on the Federal Government
by State and municipal authorities.
The body of the Massachusetts
soldiery are the merest hirelings.--Charleston Evening News, May 7
the Richmond Dispatch
gives the following description of a company from Western Virginia
, called the Grayson Dare-Devils
They number one hundred men, all six feet high, and unfailing rifle shots.
The company consisted of one hundred and thirty-five, but it is said their commander informed, them that only one hundred would be allowed to come to Richmond
; and to decide which of them should enjoy that desired privilege, they fired at a mark running
, and the hundred who struck the target nearest to or exactly in the centre, were accordingly detailed, to the chagrin of the remainder, who were as confident as their comrades that they could send a ball at every crack through the vitals of a Lincolnpoop.--N. O. Delta, May 7