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[76] A bandit is an outlaw, and an outlaw subject to the military arm.

A fire-spirit seems to have breathed all day on street and quay. At midnight, Sheridan telegraphs to Belknap, using a secret cipher for his message:

New Orleans: Jan. 5, 1875.
There is some excitement in the rotunda of the St. Charles Hotel to-night on the publication by the newspapers of my despatch to you calling the secret armed organization banditti. Give yourself no uneasiness. I see my way clear enough, if you will only have confidence.


Belknap has confidence; so have the adjutants. Caesar is not so sure. Caesar is never half so sure of things as his lieutenants. Will the army support a purely military policy? American soldiers are American citizens. Though brave and loyal, they are free men, caring little for glory, and much for liberty. On whom besides Sheridan can tile President rely? Sherman stands aloof. McDowell is offended, not only by the loss of his Department on the Gulf, but by the secret orders under which

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