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[79] banditti made idle threats last night that they would assassinate me. . . . I am not afraid.

Ten minutes after this message is posted in New Orleans, every lip is rippling into merriment and mockery. “Afraid! Who's afraid? I'm not afraid. Are you afraid? Why, Sheridan's not afraid! Ha, ha! Even Phil. Sheridan's not afraid!”

Caesarism has strong points; but the temper to put up with scorn and sarcasm is not one of those strong points.

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