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Major Brown and the fleet, and that it will not take very long to render the abandonment of Fort Pickens a matter of military necessity — Its adds: Yet there is a difference among military men and civilians, too, as to the policy of an attack upon Pickens, even with the certainty of its reduction. The reason for the attack is that the United States flag insults, while it files over a soil declared to be independent of the Government it emblems, and that honor demands it should be expelted at every cost. This is true, but it is also true that it is no more insulting to-day than it was two weeks or two months ago, and if we have put up with that insult for several months because we could not help it, may we not do so for a time longer if it is a manifest advantage to the cause and our ultimate triumph!--Those against the attack urge that the presence of a Federal army and navy at and off Penscola is doing no earthly harm to the Confederate cause, while they might be employed elsewhere to its injury. Pensacola is not a city of commerce — the dominion of the enemy is confined to a barren island, and except his hirelings, he has no subjects but musquitose and sand flies. He is keeping that post at great cost, inconvenience and privation to the troops, and danger to the flest. As the hot season advances all this will become more manifest. Fevers will attack the troops, and the inovitable August storm will compel the fleet to ‘"cut and run,"’ or go ashore. While this is the case as to them, as to us no harm is done. Ready to repet any attack at any moment the enemy chooses to make it, and drive him from the island if he dares the conflict, the Pensacola Navy-Yard, mean-time, forms an admirable camp of instruction, where 10,000 troops, under experienced officers, and in the presence of the enemy, are rapidly hardaning into disciplined voterans. When they are thoroughly schooled, send them to the field and replace them by 10,000 new loyies, to undergo the same training.--Meanwhile Maj. Brown and his people can stay at Pickens, and flad all the amusement they can from watching the procedings with the spy-glass, fighting the mosquitoes, and eating ship stores for their dinner.
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