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Congress and the army.

We again take occasion to implore the Congress of the Confederate States to pass a law for the recruiting of our army. They have been here now six weeks, and have literally done nothing but talk. The very spirit of the miserable old ‘"Logomachy"’ from which we have separated seems to animate them. The House has passed one conscription bill and the Senate has passed another, and the provisions of the two are so discordant that it would take the most acute lawyer in the Confederacy to reconcile them. They seem utterly incapable of comprehending the spirit of the age. While everybody outside is painfully anxious for the safety of the country and the cause, they seem to be intent on nothing but securing their own popularity at home. We hope they are better than they appear to be; but to an outsider they seem to think it quite as great a misfortune to lose a vote as to lose a country.

Have these men forgotten the experience of last session? Have they forgotten the disgraceful hurry with which, after utterly neglecting the public safety for months, they fled from Richmond upon the first alarm of McClellan's approach? Do they wish to repeat that disgraceful exhibition? Will not one suffice? If they are not satisfied, we tell them they are taking the best possible steps to bring on the necessity of another stampede. If they will not recruit the army, and that shortly, there is nothing more certain than another armed invasion.

Was there ever such criminal folly as that in which the Congress of the Confederate States is at present indulging? Last year, while they were talking and wasting time, the enemy raised, armed, and disciplined a force of 700,000 men. We all recollect the terrible consequences. Now the enemy is doing the very same thing. Yet they appear to have forgotten all about the last session, including that stampede.

Our armies want recruits. They have fought most valiantly and most successfully; but their losses have been heavy. They must be recruited, if we expect them to continue their victorious career. Yet, as long as the enemy is at a distance, we can see no hope that it will be done.

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