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Prospects Of Starving The Rebels Out

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Froui evcry quartor where our :miii's are inassed - from Vicksborg TnJahonia, C har lep on and Fredericksburg - e have the vmst gratifying accounts of the condilion of uur t oopa and their oertain ability to copa with any foroe t ha t the entmy may luirl Hgainst theui. The only poin t upon uhicli thtre i room f'or apprehensioo is that our forcea may be t'orced by want of fnod for man and hosTses to reiinqu sli the etrongholds frum whieh the tuemy oould Bever dislodgo thetn, und that this is & giave and pressing dangcr we have ïuany faara for be lieving. Il is n fa et as well known to the enemy as to ourselves that ai 1 tlie country in the viciuity of our arniies h"s long buen stripptd of its provisionS and f'or ace, and that ai mus depend for their existenee and maintenauee upon the ruil roads. Tliese being fucts whiuh none, we tliink, will venlure to gaiuway, it behooves tlie government to keap posted is to the eoudition of these roads, and provide that tlny bu i;ept ia a s Httü of tho utmost efficiency. Lt is useless to pass laws putting men into the anny and returuing theui to it ulitti ihty run away, if .reasures are uut at the same time ta kun to support llie anny wuen it is gotten togethor. 'J'he goveruiueut shuld not be content even to keep the railroada in the conditiou 111 whieh tlie war found tliein ; it Bhould eudeavor, und the tffort would be suocessfal, to improve upon that conditiou The better the roads, the better supplied would our armies be, and .consiqnently the more uertain u tlie resístanos to the extraordmary efforts fof our subjugtttiou which the eneinv propo es to inalce during the coming eampaign The railroads of thi's t.tate are on the pond of givuig out. '1 liey have decreased tt'.eir speed to ten miles au huur as a tiiiixiniuui rate, and are oultyiug tvventytíve to íifiy per cent less tunnage than formerly This change in their rata of speed and quautity of freiglit has beeu made through neeessity. 'i'he woodwork of the roads has roited aud the ïuachinery has wo.n out, and, ovving to the stringen' enforoemeiit of the conserption law with nfereuce to lailroad employés, the compauies have not been able, witli all eff.iris, to supply neither the ono nor the othcr. We are pot informad of the ae tual condition of the rai roads 1D the more Southern lates, hut conceive that thev are little better off than our own, ezcept, perhaps, in the matter of negro labor. The slaves aloug their routes may not have had the same facilites for esoaping to the enemy as in this State. We have vontured to cail attenticn to tbis subject because of its vital importance, and fi om a knowledge that owing to the great raeaaures of finalice, impresa ment, &c , ïiovv weighing upou the government, it has been ovvrlooked it lt tiot necessary for eovefn ment to take pos session of the roads. Be.t it should sup ply thetn abundaut!y ,it'i llio neCesgary labor s:n(l irou, and then msist on their being liept in first rate order, and being worked efSciently To this end govornment soould appoint at) inspector of railroads Railroads are a part, and an in dispensable part, of our military gy steil), aud if they are alloweiJ to fall througb from any causes government and people in y prepare for the retreat of our ar mies, and the surretider of miieh of the valuable territory uo-.v in our pTfexeBsion.


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