Foreigners at the North.
Foreigners do not seem entirely satisfied with their treatment at the North
, and enlistments among them do not thrive so well as in the beginning of the war. Meagher
, being unable to recruit his regiment, which had been nearly all slaughtered, resigned his office with evident dissatisfaction at the manner he and his men had been treated.
But the best indication of the growing reluctance of foreigners to enter the Federal
army is afforded by the proclamation which Lincoln
has recently published, giving sixty-five days notice to all foreigners who have recorded their intention to become citizens of the United States
that after that period they will be liable to military duty, and no plea of alienage will exempt them.
We have before us the Irish American,
of New York, which is very sarcastic upon this document.
It is satisfied the paper is Lincoln
's own — the whereases
shew the country lawyer, etc.--concluding its remarks thus:
"It is a two months notice in advance to foreign powers that we are about to kidnap certain persons who have not yet got rid of their responsibility to them, and that they had better be ready to reclaim, as best they may, the erring subjects who were straying into the pleasant paths of Republicanism, but whom this manifesto of Mr. Lincoln
will undoubtedly frighten back into the arms of their former rulers."