--The people of Baltimore
have a gloomy prospect before them just now. Maj. Gen. Lew Wallace
has been appointed military Governor of that department, and we find the following in the Baltimore American
concerning his entering on his duties:
The new commandant of this military department, Major Gen. Lew Wallace
, in his response to the welcome extended to him by the City Council yesterday, made the following explicit declaration of his views with regard to the political rights of the disloyal
"He held that a rebel and a traitor had no political rights.
We therefore regard this declaration of Major General Wallace
as a significant intimation of his intention to prevent all who have taken part in the rebellion, or who have, by their sympathy or their acts, given aid and comfort to the enemy, and who have rejoiced over our defeats and mourned over our victories, from enjoying the political rights they have clearly forfeited.
Every one of them are still rebels at heart, and their votes will be given only to the detriment of the wishes and purposes of all truly loyal citizens.
After the war is over it will be time enough to take into consideration the future political rights of rebels and traitors.--Whilst it lasts they have, in the language of Gen Wallace
, "no political rights.