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Conscription of the Negroes.

Our report this morning from Richmond does not give the most glowing account of the success of impressing the negroes into the rebel service. The dark skins are in a panic, and when caught and carried to camp, find some way to escape. What else could have been expected? Negroes are a good deal like white people when asked to do something they don't like, or when it is attempted to force them to an act against their inclination. They will submit just so far as they are compelled, and will dodge whenever an opportunity offers. The law of the rebel congress offers them no inducement to enlist, as their services, if successful, would only perpetuate the bondage from which they now hope to escape. This law makes their freedom conditional upon the consent of their masters, after their term of service has expired. What folly to expect voluntary aid from them under such circumstances; and what benefit will enforced service be? The habit of implicit submission has been seriously interfered with by the war, and the vaunted love of "master" and "missus" is more a past than a present trait of character.

The predictions of those who opposed the plan of conscripting the slaves are rapidly fulfilling. The negro will not fight in a cause to which he is either heartily opposed or is indifferent; and if he is armed, he will be quite as likely to turn his hand against his oppressor as against those who offer him liberty and protection in his personal rights. This last expedient will not save the rebellion from ruin, or restore the lost power of its leaders. Secession is too far gone for any remedy, and, least of all, the last desperate resort now in process of trial.