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Rebels and pirates

--Even amid the solemnities of war, it is impossible to overcome that sense of the ridiculous which arises from the idea of rebellion against Yankees. We forgive them their intention to insult us, on account of the drollery of the conception, and the jocund moments we pass every day in contemplation of that most mirthful of ideas. Nor is the application of the term pirates to privateers, by a people who, if privateers are pirates, have been pirates all their lives, worthy of serious notice, except just so far as they undertake to visit the pains and penalties of piracy upon our seamen now in their hands. Then it becomes indeed a serious matter, and quite as serious for the Yankee prisoners new in our hands as for our noble privateersmen. We have enough of these gentry to hang two for every one. The game of the halter is one at which two can play.

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