The Enforcement of the Conscript law.
--The Lynchburg Va
has the following comments upon the manner in which the conscript law is being enforced:
Are our recruiting and conscript officers discharging their duty to the country?
Are they promptly and efficiently enlisting and sending to the service all who come under the last call of the President
We think not. Indeed, it is reported to us from various sources that neither in Lynchburg
or in the surrounding counties, except perhaps the Appomattox
, are these important and necessary officers enforcing the law. They publish little advertisements calling upon conscripts to enroll themselves at such and such places, and then quietly set themselves down in their large armchairs and "wait for the wagon." If there was any money in the matter people might go and enroll themselves without asking, but as there is none, but few of them are going to do so. Nor are those enrolled sent promptly into service, as we learn.
We know nothing of the facts ourselves, nor do we make any charge of delinquency against these officers, in Lynchburg
We hope our information is incorrect, but it is our duty to publish what is reliably stated to us, that in this city and in the adjoining counties there are numbers of conscripts walking about in open day, and in the face of the proper officers, without being put to duty.
Can this be so?
We hope not. We know the conscript officer of Lynchburg
, and can scarcely believe that he will fail to do his duty, upon the rich and the poor, the weak and the strong alike.
We mention the fact simply because several gentlemen of the highest respectability and influence have mentioned it to us.