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Garibaldi.

The Federalists must be hard run for military leaders when they have to apply to that defeated, wounded, captured, played-out European brigand, Garibaldi, to come over and occupy a position in their army. And in accepting such an invitation, Garibaldi gives the best proof that his fortunes are as desperate in Europe as those of his new allies in America. We long ago regarded Garibaldi as a brave adventurer — nothing more — of execrable politics, and, as a military man, a huge humbug. This last fact has been made so evident by the circumstances of his late capture' that his best friends can hardly have the face to claim for him any quality of a leader except that valor which is common to soldiers as well as Generals. He is not even a sagacious politician, or he would never have undertaken his last enterprise. Red Republicanism has seen its last success in Europe, and henceforth America is to be the theatre of its demoniac energies. The convulsions of the times present a favorable opportunity for its introduction upon this continent; and if all the horrors of that hell upon earth, the first French Revolution, are not let loose in America, it will not be because the elements for such a conflagration are lacking, or because there are no devils to stir up the fire and brimstone.

The Red Republicans of Europe act wisely, however, in transferring their battle-field from the Old World to the New. If their co-operation with the Federal Government could accomplish the reconstruction of the Union, a Power could be created on this continent which would ultimately overthrow every throne in Europe. It is strange that the instincts of European sovereigns do not impel them to be as wise in their generation and to strengthen a cause in America in which is involved their own preservation.

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