Congress and the Cultivation of the sell.
We think it must now be evident, even to the warmest advocates of an extension of the Conscript law, that it would have been better to leave boys of seventeen and men between 45 and 50 out of the army, to cultivate the fruits of the earth.
We need an army of producers quite as much as of fighting men, and are in more danger from the diminution of producers than from the enemy in our front.
It is to be hoped that the earliest attention of Congress, at its approaching session, will be given to this important subject.
The enemy has made no such increase of his forces as demanded the extraordinary measures for the increase of our army.
On the contrary, he gives signs of debility and exhaustion, and must place his main reliance for bringing us to terms on starving us out.--He must see by this time that he can conquer us in no other way; and, if we are wise, we shall use all the instrumentalities within human power to prevent that deplorable result.
With the blessing of God on our agricultural industry, we can deprive our adversaries of their last hope.
But to do this we must bestir ourselves, and enlist in the army of production every man under eighteen and over forty-five.