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[73] Americans as a people engaged in “ the pursuit of fame, fortune, and honours;” not of honour, but of “ honours.” It is nothing, probably, but a clumsy phrase; yet critics roused to anger cry out against it, as the very accent of a Caesar. Fame, fortune, and honours! Are these things the ideals to be held before American youth? Snakes hide in grass-Caesars may lurk in an unguarded phrase.

A whisper of the President's doubts and fears arrives at Headquarters, in the St. Charles Hotel. The adjutants want a little more “vigour;” and Sheridan, who never stops to weigh his words telegraphs to his friend the Secretary of War:

New Orleans: Jan. 5, 1875.
Please say to the President that he need give himself no uneasiness about the condition of affairs here. I will preserve the peace, which it is not hard to do, with the naval and military forces in and about the city; and if Congress will declare the White Leagues and other similar organizations, White or Black, banditti, I will relieve it from the necessity of any special legislation for the preservation of peace and equality of rights in the States of

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