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Lincoln's last proclamation.

There was a time when the proclamations of Lincoln for more men had something alarming in them for the people of the Confederate States. That time has past. They are now always received with pleasure, because they are regarded as so many acknowledgments of defeat, and by consequence so many evidences of weakness. After every Confederate victory we hear of them, but they are no longer followed by a general rush of whole populations to the field as they were when they were yet a novelty. The last call for 300,000 men was successful to the extent of raising one-sixth of the number called for. The present call, notwithstanding the heavy premium offered, is not likely to be more so. Lincoln began the war with volunteers. They were killed off so rapidly that each succeeding call yielded fewer men than that which had preceded it. At last he was compelled to resort to a draft, and he has tried that expedient until it has been worn out, and ceases to have the desired effect. Now he falls back upon his original scheme of a volunteer force. There is in this proceeding a strong proof that both methods have failed, and he can possibly resort to no other.

The time at which this new call is resorted to is significant enough. Most of the Yankee army was enlisted, or drafted, or volunteered for three years. The time of nearly all of them expires next spring or summer. At least three hundred thousand troops will then go out of service, and the present call is doubtless intended to meet that emergency. How far three hundred thousand recruits, even if they can be brought out, are capable of filling the places of the same number of veterans, inured to all the hardships and dangers of war, it is hardly necessary to inquire. But can he get them? Now that the elections in Pennsylvania and Ohio are over, we should not be surprised to hear that he had succeeded in doing so by drafting. But they will after all but fill up the gap in the ranks left by the retirement of the old soldiers. He will get very few by volunteering, we venture to predict because the materials out of which his volunteers were formerly made are pretty well exhausted. The Irish and Dutch, as we have before taken occasion to remark, can now get a plenty of employment in New York and the other cities, whereas before there was no work for them to do, and they volunteered to escape starvation.

The declaration of Lincoln that his object is to "reinforce our victorious armies in the field," is ludicrous enough in view of the actual facts, and will impose upon nobody. --The Yankee nation, of all other nation, is the last to be cheated into danger by any such clap-trap declamation. Indeed, Lincoln has done his worst. He can never, hereafter, do us as much harm as he has done heretofore. We have seen and felt the full extent of his power, and, with the assistance of Providence, we have been enabled to withstand it without so much as flinching. If he has failed to subdue us heretofore, he cannot do it hereafter, ever with the assistance of Great Britain, which, under the auspices of Lord Russell, seems to have thrown off the mask and come forth as our avowed enemy. The force which we now have in the field is nearly equal to that of the Yankees, and, as fighting men, is every way superior to them. That the Yankees cannot greatly increase their force becomes every day more and more evident, and it is not sufficient to subdue the Confederacy.--What their Congress may do towards retaining in the ranks the men who are already there we cannot, of course, foresee. It would be illegal to detain them; but the Yankee Congress never allows law to stand between them and the accomplishment of a purpose. Let their action be what it may — let the men be dismissed or retained — they still have not a force large enough to accomplish their purpose, nor are they likely ever to have one.

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