a change of tone is evident in this despatch.
Yesterday the word was applied to White
leaguers only; now it is applied to similar organizations, whether White
has learned, not merely that a Black League exists, but that a Black leaguer may be brother in offence to a White leaguer.
No longer of opinion that a proclamation by President Grant
is sufficient, Sheridan
now asks the ministers to get an Act of Congress passed, giving him authority to hang such men as General Ogden
and Captain Angel
, Governor McEnery
and Lieutenant-governor Penn.
Banditti! How the word appears to leap on every lip and blister every tongue!
Banditti? We banditti?
We, the proudest gentlemen and noblest gentlewomen in America
, branded as outlaws by a subaltern of General Grant
“ You see a female bandit,” sneers a young and lively girl, on whose father we make an afternoon call.
“A dozen bandits,” laughs a famous soldier, introducing me to an evening circle at the Boston Club.
These citizens fret and fume, not only against the phrase, but what the phrase implies.