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The Demoralization at Washington.

The cross purposes of those who, in congress and in the administration, have conducted the war are seen, most prominently, of course, in the breaking up of Gen. McClellan's arrangements for the capture of Richmond and in the consequent disasters in front of that rebel capital. We see them, however, in greater nakedness, though in a less consequential form, in a statement by a Washington correspondent of the New York Tribune, as follows:

"Senator Chandler was authorized to use in his speech yesterday the testimony taken before the conduct of the war committee, by a vote of that committee at a regular meeting. Four members, being a majority of the whole number, were present, and unanimously granted him permission. Had the official correspondence asked for been furnished, there would have been no need of resorting to the records of the committee."

That is, the president, or the war department, having deemed it incompatible with the public interest to furnish the correspondence which had been called for by a resolution of the senate, Chandler obtained the consent of four members of the senate committee on the conduct of the war to take from their records the information contained in the correspondence which had thus been withheld.

We have here the spectacle of a senator, by the consent of several members of a senate committee, proclaiming to the world information the publication of which the president had deemed incompatible with the public interests. With such disorganization and demoralization in the government is anybody astonished at the disasters which have overtaken our armies in Virgiania? And yet the public here have but a glimpse of the disorganization and demoralization which have prevailed.

We have in the appointment of Gen. Halleck ground of hope for better things in the future. But for his appointment we should see ground of hope for nothing in the future but irreparable disaster and the speedy collapse of the Union cause.

Gen. Halleck will find safety only in wholly repulsing the conspirators who have hitherto been instruments of such terrible mischief. Happily congress is dispersed and the conspirators have thus lost the greater part of their power for harm. But under any circumstances, we take it that Gen. Halleck is not the man to tolerate the interference of these or any malignants. — Chicago Times.