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[68] at Vicksburg, in Mississippi, should, in justice to law and order, and the peace and prosperity of this Southern part of the country, be punished. It is possible that if the President would issue a proclamation declaring them banditti, no further action need be taken, except that which would devolve upon me.

If the President will only declare them banditti! Yes; in that case you can stand aside and leave the rest to me!

Is this, men ask, the language of an American soldier, living in the nineteenth century, writing of his fellow-citizens? The tone is that of a Castilian general in Oran, of a Turkish pasha in Belgrade.

The adjutants and secretaries near the President seem delighted by such vigour, and in forwarding the news to public departments they begin to use scant courtesy and suspicious terms. A copy of Townsend's first letter to Sheridan, now twelve days old, is sent to General McDowell, from which this eminent soldier learns that his command in the Gulf has been swept away! In telling General Sherman that

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