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The Infamy of Resistance to the Draft.

In order to appreciate the absence of all patriotic motives on the part of the anti-draft rioters in New York, it is simply necessary to remember that while they are thus endeavoring to embarrass the Government by forcibly resisting its authority, there are thousands of patriotic soldiers at Vicksburg, Port Hudson, in Tennessee, on the heels of Lee's retreating and demoralized army, at Charleston, and elsewhere, the friends and countrymen of the unpatriotic peace men of New York, who are enduring all the privations and hardships of life in the camp and on the march, and exposure on the battle-field, and who are winning glorious victories for the Union cause. Many of these men have been in the service for two long years, and have endured all its fatigues and hardships without a complaint. Now, when called upon to asssist the men who have so long protected their homes, the New York rioters meanly attempt to defeat the objects of the law and deprive their more patriotic countrymen of the aid which they have a right to expect, and which is only needed in order to bring the war to a speedy and successful issue. The open hostility of the rebels themselves is not more infamous than the hostility to the Government of these their Northern aiders and abettors, who add to their crime of practical treason that of cowardice and the grossest ingratitude to their friends and neighbors, who have so long and so manfully borne the brunt of this war.

But there is another feature. While the country districts have furnished liberally of their men for the public defense, the cities have, in a most niggardly manner, been far in arrears. No State has furnished more liberally of its men than the agricultural State (and especially the agricultural districts) of Illinois, which now boasts of its twenty-odd thousand in the Union army in excess of its quota. On the other hand, no portion of the country is so far in arrears as the great city of New York, with its crowded and vicious population. And [unknown line] enough to attempt to apologise for and justify the unwillingness of those who compose the New York mob to discharge their full duty to their country. Is it right, is it just, that the brave and patriotic young men of Illinois should give their lives freely, as they have done, for their country, while the degraded and brutal ruffians, the habitues of the beer saloons, of New York and other cities, remain at home in cowardly and unpatriotic safety? Those who apologise for the New York mob say so. It is for the loyal men of the nation who still stand by the Government and our brave and noble armies to put the seal of their condemnation upon such foul injustice and practical treason.