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y except in some mode in which he has already injured and weakened us. If the enemy pulls our nose, then, and not till then, we may resent his insult; but we must only do it by pulling his nose in return. If he knocks us down, we may then legally, and with the approbation of the civilized world, knock him down too, if we be not disabled from doing so. But, after he had twitched our nose, or spit in our face, it would be an unheard of enormity, if we should let fly at him with the left, a la Heenan, and floor him. England, thus has subjugated for mere empire a hundred millions of people; Russia, Austria, and Prussia, who conquered and partitioned Poland; Spain, who utterly destroyed two civilized nations; and France, who made war against the world — would say we had done wrong if we struck our enemy except in retort; and even Lincoln and Seward would denounce us as savages. Because the Congress of the United States has as yet passed no general bill of confiscation, the refore