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The United States Congress.

The National Congress assembles to-day in the Capitol at Washington. It meets in the midst of the greatest crisis to which this country has ever been exposed. The House of Representatives being organized under the elections of the last session, there will be no exciting scenes, such as have grown out of the attempts to organize that body so frequently in these modern days of the Republic. Nevertheless, a resolution offered, or a word uttered, may elicit a storm of the most furious nature. The President's message, of course, will be promptly sent in. We shall not be surprised to see some Northern fanatical fool, inflated with vanity and venom, open the discussion of that document in the most offensive manner, and with the most insufferable abolition slang. If some such person does not do this, it will be because men of that kind can be alarmed into the silencing of their everlasting gab. But if the perilous condition of the country cannot repress the folly and bitterness of those individuals, why we may expect something possibly worse than a war of words on the floors of Congress. The Capitol is like a powder magazine — a spark may create an explosion there.

Whatever comes of the present alarming state of the country, it behoves Congress to deliberate, if possible, with dignity and decorum. If there is a hope left of preserving the Union, impudence and indiscretion, taunts and threatening there, will blast it at once, and complete the event of disruption, without a prospect of re-uniting the dismembered divisions of the Republic.

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