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"If you're coming, Why Don't you come Along?"

The slang interrogatory of the Bowery Boys of New York may be addressed with propriety to their masters at this time. The hordes upon our borders, according to the published programme, were to have invaded the very heart of Virginia long ago. The storm of war, we were told, was to burst in full fury upon our borders on the day that Virginia voted upon the Secession Ordinance. But the day of voting came and went, not even a summer cloud of battle dimming the clear sky. Richmond, if our enemies were to be believed, was to have fallen into their hands long ago. The war was to be a short and sharp one. But at the rate they are traveling now, when do they expect to reach the Gulf of Mexico? Will England wait all that time for cotton? Old Virginia is renowned for hospitality, and she has been ready for some time or the expected guests. At the present time, what with her family circle and the neighbors who have assembled to grace the feast, she has a larger circle to receive the strangers than all the visitors that will arrive. ‘"If you're coming, why don't you come along?"’

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