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The Yankee press does not exhibit its usual cunning in the jubilation it makes over the reported intention of the Confederate Government to employ negro troops. Its rhapsodies have an artificial look. It is evident to the most superficial observer that there is nothing it so much dreads as precisely that thing which it pretends to be so glad of. If it really anticipated such advantages to the Federal cause from this measure, it would remain mute, and permit us to go ahead and make the blunder. Private accounts from Yankeedom represent that the real sentiment upon the subject is very different from that expressed in the newspapers.

The Yankees have often declared that the negro soldiers in their army fight better than their own troops. Why, then, should they be delighted with the prospect of having their best troops matched by men of their own color?--They affect to suppose that they will not fight equally well on the Confederate side, but they know that stronger motives can be brought to bear on them to fight well on that side than the other.--They pretend to believe that Southern white soldiers will not permit their servants to assist them in defending their lives and property from robbers, burglars and murderers. But they are only whistling to keep their courage up. They do not believe a word they say, and are trembling in their at the thing they pretend to laugh at.

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