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Simon Cameron.

--There may be those who are inclined to suppose that Secretary Cameron has dropped off from the arteries of the Federal Government because, like a leech, who has sucked his fill of blood, he can hold on no longer. This would be doing great injustice to the absorbing capacities of the Lincoln Secretary of War. If there could only pour down a flood of gold for forty days and forty nights, Cameron could drink it dry and give no signs of a deluge. In fact, if the flood should hold up, Cameron, like Oliver Twist, would cry for more. Like the daughter of the horse-leech, his eternal invocation is give, give. He never came in contact with a public exchequer which did not come off the worse for the collision. He entered his present position with half a million of dollars, plundered from various public institutions, and we shall be greatly surprised if he is not now the richest man in America. He professes to pay six or seven hundred thousand troops now in the service of the United States, and we venture to predict that, when the true history of these times comes to be written, one half of them at least will be found to be men in buckram.--There is but one other country in the world where official peculation and plunder equal those of the United States. It is Russia, to which Cameron has now been appropriately sent as Minister, a worthy representative of the United States, who will be highly appreciated and admired by the skillful and renowned operators upon the Russian Bear.--He ought to take out Billy Wilson, of New York Zouave notoriety, as Secretary of Legation, and then Russia will have a specimen each of the most famous grand larceny and the petit larceny rogues of the United States, that may well make her die with envy. It is intimated that he will stop in Scotland on his way out and re-organize the Cameron clan for the purpose of cattle stealing.

When such a man as Cameron lets go his hold of an office yielding a rich revenue, every friend of the South may derive the most happy auguries from the fact. We hear almost simultaneously that the United States is bankrupt and that Cameron has resigned. As soon as the treasury is empty, Cameron disappears. His resignation is the best evidence that we have yet seen that the United States is on its last legs. When old Scott threw up his position it was evidence that no more laurels were to be gained in the present war, and when Cameron vamooses, it is equally demonstrated that no more money is to be had.

If the conservative pressure brought against Cameron's abolition programme has been the cause of his retirement it is another sign of a radical split in the North upon the policy to be observed with respect to slave property in this war. It will have the effect, like Fremont's resignation, of alienating these radicals from the support of the Government. They will see, and the world will see that this is a mere war for and

plunder, and utterly devoid of principle and patriotism. But no amount of outside conservative pressure would have forced Cameron out if anything ward left in the Treasury to steal. That is the palpable, gratifying fact. Uncle Sam has ‘"nary red"’ and Cameron resigns.

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