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A dialogue.

Q. What cause do the rebels claim to have for trying to destroy our Government?

A. None.

Q. What pretext?

A. The fugitive slave code of some of the Northern States.

Q. What effect could a law in Maine or Massachusetts have upon a citizen of Georgia or Alabama?

A. Not any whatever.

Q. Why, then, did the rebels make this a pretext?

A. Because they had not, any other.

The leaders well knew this this was no rightful pretext, but they knew also that they could not divert the mind of the general massaes without urging some excuse for secession; and as they could hatch up nothing else, they were forced to urge this.

Q Upon whoso shouldcers does this war rest?

A. The poor man's.

Q. Whose soul is stained with the blood spilled?

A. The rich man's.

Q. Who, then, is to blame for this war?

A. The rich men of the South.

Q. Upon whom then, should the punishment rest?

A. Upon thie rich men.

Q. What should be (lone with the poor man?

A. He should be pardoned.

Q. Who are the supporters of the rebel army?

A. The slaves.

Q. How do the slaves support the rebel army?

A. By raising supplies in f od and clothing.

Q. What, then, ought Uncle Sam to do with them?

A. Liberate them.

Q. Is it right to make soldiers out of slaves?

A. It is just as proper and right for them to uphold the flag of the Union by fighting as it is for them to uphold the rebellion by working. If the Union troops have the right to use a rebel btttery against its original owners, they certainly have the right to use their slaves against them. Their being property does not destroy this right, for batteries are property also. A traitor is not any too good to be shot by a negro, though he be as black as hell. ***

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