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Borrowed plumage.

--There is an old fable of the jackdaw in borrowed plumage, which the great number of civilians not in the military service, who are strutting about our streets in military caps and buttons, would do well to study.

There are many who wear the military garb merely from vanity. There are others who use it as a disguise for loafing and indolence, and there are others who use it to elude the police, and to cover the thieving operations which have been going on in this city for sometime. A party of industrious chevaliers from Baltimore are said to be prowling about the city, who take advantage of the great number of strangers amongst us and of the usual military insignia, to elude detection in their professional operations.

The garb of a soldier is honorable, his calling a noble one; and it is in the last degree vexatious that the vain, the indolent, and the felonious, should succeed in counterfeiting an honorable calling by the cheap expedient of lace, buttons, and brass. For anybody not attached in good faith to the military service, to wear the insignia of the army or navy, is to confess by that fact, not merely that they are vagabonds, but that they are impostors.

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