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It is the aperative duty of Congress to act without delay upon the various measures be or the public defence. At the very be of the session we set forth the reasons in our pinion, required immediate We had hoped that not a week would permitted to pass without the extension of Conscription law, to meet the immense force called for by Lincoln, and which, whilst our representative have been talking, has been in part already raised. And yet, up to this moment, the two houses have not agreed upon a law to meet an emergency which never admitted a moment's delay, and which , if promptly met, would by this time have brought to the field an army fully adequate in men and material for the occasion. But the irresistible propensity for loquacity and hair splitting has overcome all sense of the public danger, and whilst the new levies have been pouring into the Federal capital by tens of thousands, our Congressmen have been making speeches at the rate of one speech for each new company that has enlisted under the Lincoln flag. If this were the age of miracles, the value of a jawbone might be as great as it was in Samson's time; but, under existing circumstances, we doubt whether Samson himself could prevail over the Philistines with such a weapon. It ought by this time to be evident to the whole country that this war is likely to be one of indefinite duration, if we do not promptly put into the field a force equal to the exigencies of the public service.

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