"Uniform" and "Plain Clothes"
of St. Louis
, who are a great power in the State
, held a meeting on the 10th inst., as the call specified, to consider the propriety of recommending the removal of Gen. Halleck
from the post of Commander-in-Chief
of the Army, and a reconstruction of the Federal Cabinet
, and the appointment to active duty in the field "of those Generals
who are qualified to command."
The Federal Brigadier-General
, in command of the district, addressed a note to the leaders before the meeting was held informing them that they must discard from their proceedings so much as related to the removal of Gen. Halleck
and that while it was not the intention of the military authorities to interfere with the peaceful assemblages of citizens for deliberation on national affairs, "those of a partisan character will not be permitted."--"You must reflect, gentlemen," says the Brigadier
, "that it is in these times the duty of those who wear plain clothes, as well as those who wear uniforms, to support the President
and his appointed agents!"
But the Germans were not to be muzzled in this manner.
They are too inflexible and pertinacious, too sensible of their power in Yankeedom and their importance in the army, to be frightened by the threats of a Brigadier.--They held their meeting and passed their resolutions for a change in the Cabinet
and the removal of Halleck
They added another not originally contemplated, viz: Solemnly protesting against the abridgment of the liberty of speech guaranteed by the Constitution
, by military authorities!
Well done, Germans.
As a class they have been appealed to and have enlisted by hundreds of thousands in Lincoln
's army, and it is too bad that they are to be denied, whether in plain clothes or not, the liberty of saying what they think about public men. They pay too high for the privilege to have it disputed by an upstart Brigadier!
If they take it into their heads to expatiate, the Yankees
had as well try to thwart "donner and blitzen"