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Purging the service.

--Yesterday the President directed that the names of Capt. W. B. Johns of the 3d Infantry, and first Lieutenant Abner Smead of 1st Artillery, U. S. Army, be stricken from the roll of the army; the former for declining the command of his company in New York when about to start on the current expedition; and the latter for having, when with his company on board the Brooklyn, tendered his resignation to escape from duty.

The above fling is from the Washington Star of Saturday. The "duty" declined by these officers was, that of fighting against their own kindred.

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