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[for the Richmond Dispatch.]
badges for our soldiers.

Mr. Editor:--We have read in the newspapers more than one recommendation to our troops to wear a badge of a particular description, designating the part of the person on which it should be worn, in order to distinguish one another in a melee with the enemy. Now it is obvious, upon very little reflection, that a badge which becomes known to the enemy, either by being published in a paper, or by any other means of communication, must expose those who adopt it to infinite danger. We remember, many years ago, hearing one who had been an actor upon the particular occasion, speak of this device as having been adopted by one of two violent political parties, between which a collision of a very hostile character was apprehended.--It so happened, that a spy obtained possession of one of its badges, and sent it, with a description of the manner in which it was to be worn, to the opposing party. The latter unscrupulously resorted to the expedient of wearing the identical badge, at the same time adopting another, by which its, own members could readily distinguish each other, but which was not sufficiently conspicuous to be recognized as a mark of distinction by others. Had the expected collision, under such circumstances, taken place, the weapons of the betrayed party, if used at all, must have been used equally against friend and Foe, and its badge would have insured its own destruction, or placed it at the mercy of its enemies.

Our former allies, if not like the Spartan youth, taught to steal, in order to enable them the better to deceive and enemy, are yet thoroughly practiced Spartans in the art of deception; and we have every reason to be satisfied, by what we have already witnessed, that if, in the course of this war, they ever gain any advantages over us. it will be by low craft rather than by valor and by arms. The very name, Yankee, denotes one who, in peace, puts money in his purse by cheating, and who, in war, spoils only by stratagem.--Instead of suffering them to triumph over us by mere guile, let us rather, by caution and vigilance, be prepared to take them in their stonnet.

Timto Yankaios, non pugatintes, sed fugentes, precantes, fentes, and donam porentes.


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