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Genuine Yankee infamy.

Capt. Semmes says that Winslow had covered his ship with chain armor, and then nailed planks over it, to give it the appearance of a wooden ship, while in fact it was an iron-clad. After learning this, we no longer wondered at the instantaneous promotion of Winslow. It was meet and proper, and altogether in keeping, that an infamous Government should reward an infamous renegade for perpetrating the most infamous fraud that was ever practiced upon the high seas. A reward from Lincoln would be a disgrace to any man who was not already beyond disgrace. Had such a foul advantage been taken over one knight by another in the days of chivalry, the perpetrator would have had his spurs hacked off by the common hangman, his arms reversed, his name stricken from the roll of honor, and his carcase stretched by the neck between sun and earth, until the birds of the air had torn his eyes from their sockets. What must be the sense of honor of that Government which can encourage such damning infamy in its officers.

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