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t. Such is the grand but simple outline of the war for the Union, as it will open out in the spring, or is, rather, already begun, at least, if prophets could have the shaping of it. How often they do not. Any persons who have it in their minds to flee to this place to escape from the draft in the North would do well to reconsider the matter. It would be but to leap out of the frying pan into the fire. So numerously had the draft-skulkers congregated here from other points, that General Hurlbut determined to make a descent upon them. The order requiring all persons to report for enrollment is rigidly being enforced; to such an extent, indeed, that Captain Hibbard, in charge of enrollment, finds it necessary to keep his large clerical force at work early and late. It is an opinion which is very largely gaining ground among the citizens that the order was made in first-rate earnest, and will be thoroughly executed, and the business in substitutes has become brisk accordingly.
flag has been hauled down by some unknown party. The Times of the 25th ultimo is informed that the assigned reasons of the Emperor Maximilian for delivering the passport to the American Consul at Matamoras is the non-recognition of the French-Austrian authorities in Mexico by the Government of the United States. The Times also says that it is reported that Generals Caraval and Cortinas are marching on Matamoras, where General Mejra, with 4,000 troops, awaits their attack. General Hurlbut has ordered that no permits for vessels or merchandise be granted for Matamoras until farther orders. A Washington telegram to the New York Herald has the following gasconade about Mexican affairs: The affairs of Mexico are at present attracting a good deal of attention here, and I have heard a variety of opinions expressed, in this connection, as to Napoleon's idea in not making any allusion to the war in this country in his recent speech to the French Chambers. The Emperor,
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