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The Massacre in Missouri.

We have forborne all remark upon the atrocious murders committed by the Yankee General, McNeil, in Missouri, until we could arrive at the exact truth. We published the statement of the enemy yesterday, softened, no doubt, to make the case as favorable to them as possible. Giving it all the credit which can possibly be claimed for it, it was one of the most cruel, unwarranted, and unprovoked murders which civilized warfare ever brought forth. To find anything like it we must recur to the annals of Mexico and Spain, and even they, in the highest fury of civil war, can scarcely present a case that surpasses it.

The offence was this: A man named Allsman, formerly a soldier, and of late a spy upon his neighbors, whom he was regularly paid to keep watch upon and to denounce to the Yankee authorities, was seized and detained by a party of Confederate guerillas. There appears to be no proof whatever that he was put to death, although his employment as a spy upon his neighbors would amply justify such a measure of retaliation. Gen. McNeil, the Yankee commander in that quarter, forthwith wrote a note to Joseph C. Porter, in which he threatened that unless Allsman were returned by a certain hour he should proceed to execute ten Confederate prisoners then in his hands. This was done by an officer of the same Government, whose troops never enter any place without hurrying off to prison all the male inhabitants, old or young, who refuse to take the oath, and whose bastilles are crammed to suffocation with civilians from the Confederacy. The man not having been returned, the assassin proceeded to execute his threats with all the circumstances of devilish cruelty that could suggest themselves to an imagination that revealed in crime. Some of the unfortunate victims, we are told, were not killed at the first fire, and the ‘"reserve"’ was called in to dispatch them with their revolvers!

If the Government of the Confederate States take not some steps to make reprisals for this damnable deed of blood, it should at least abdicate its functions, and give place to men who have the nerve to protect the lives of its citizens. If the conscience of a ruler is so tender that he can not reconcile its promptings with his duty, then let him withdraw and give place to sterner and more callous men, better suited to times like the present. The protection of the Confederate Government has been promised to the brave men in Missouri, who are perilling their lives in our cause, although they are separated from us by the Mississippi; and if it be not accorded, the whole people of those States will be disgraced. The Yankee Government wishes to establish the doctrine that brave men, defending their homes may be murdered in cold blood by authority of law, and upon that doctrine they are now acting all over the country.--And we! What do we do? Why, we issue a thundering proclamation now and then, and withdraw it as soon as each particular atrocity begins to be less vividly remembered. In the meantime, the Yankees burn and murder worse than ever, and we submit to it, as though they really were our lawful masters and we their rebellious slaves.

If the Government is afraid to take this matter up, we hope it will at once be taken up by the army and that they will exact a vengeance for this deed the very mention of which shall appal posterity to the hundredth generation. The combined Virginians North Carolinians, and South Carolinians, who fought and gained the battle of King's Mountain, hung nineteen stories whom they found among the prisoners, and who had rendered themselves conspicuous by their atrocities. This example we hope will be imitated by our own armies, whether the Government sanctions it or not.

When the Emperor Alexander, of Russia, was on his death-bed, he said to the attending priest who was offering him the consolations of religion: ‘"Ah! father, kings have much more to repent of than private men."’ And so they have, and so have all rulers, who do their duty as it ought to be done. The decision of life and death is constantly in their hands, and from that decision there is no appeal.--The man whose conscience is so tender that he cannot discharge a sworn duty, though it may save the lives of hundreds, or perhaps thousands, while it only involves the loss of a single one, had best divest himself of his authority as soon as it may be practicable. Had a dozen Yankee officers been hung in retaliation for the murder of Mumford, we should not now be called upon to urge vengeance for the Missouri murders. We see no remedy save that to which we have above alluded. The army will be compelled to protect itself by taking the law into its own hands. The Yankees laugh at our blustering proclamations, and answer them by burning unarmed towns and murdering unoffending citizens. ‘ "Blood will have blood,"’ in spite of all that may be done, or neglected to be done.

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