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Protecting the public property.

Mr. Lincoln says he makes war on the South to protect the public property. The manner in which he ‘"protects it"’ is to be seen in his provoking the Carolinians to fire upon what he considered public property. ‘"Fort Sumter,"’ while his fleet lay outside without firing a gun for its ‘"protection."’ Another example is Harper's Ferry, which he ‘"protected"’ by ordering it to be set on fire; and another still, the Norfolk Navy-Yard, where he destroyed everything he could lay his hands on, and made every preparation, by mining the whole yard, to scatter millions upon millions of the public property to the four winds of Heaven. Similar preparations for protection have been made in the city of Washington, where the public buildings are all ready for a grand explosion, in case it becomes necessary to ‘"protect"’ them from the hands of the ‘"rebels."’ We can understand from this what kind of ‘"protection"’ is meant for the South in general, and the Constitution in particular, by this new ‘"Protector,"’ who is like his Cromwellian model in everything but courage, common sense, and character.

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