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ternal ligaments which bind the sovereign members of this glorious confederation ; and we here solemnly pledge ourselves, one to the other, and all to our country, to oppose all parties whose claims to public confidence are in any manner identified with disunion sentiments or designs, and to regard as enemies to Republican liberty all who attempt to separate these States from the Union.”

The antagonism between slave aristocracy and liberal principles, was one of the conspicuous causes of the war. In 1860–61, the slave power ruled with a rod of oppression the entire South. Raising her potent hand she exclaimed in demoniac tones, “Behold the destiny of liberty crushed by the power of despotism : She shall be buried beneath the corner-stone of the ‘Confederacy,' and upon her ruins shall rise an empire devoted to Slavery.” The great mass of Southern aristocrats cried out in their madness, “ Let us fall down and worship our idol-Human Bondage !"

Thuggery-offspring of the “pet institution ”-scrutinized with a watchful eye all inovations, designated “ reforms.” Lucien Adams, chief of the Thugs in New Orleans, protected with the bowie knife and pistol the interests of the devotees to the ruling power,

and marked with his murderous eye the man who dared to whisper “reform.” The Police were all Thugs. “ Assassination” was their watchword. Their record is marked by tyranny, outrage and murder. Monroe, the Mayor of the city, given up to the worst features of slavcocratic law was the personification of Thuggery. A man of no moral principle or intellectual culture, he was just the magistrate required to legalize the crimes of a people given up to intrigue and conspiracy. A lover of faction

and anarchy, without the boldness to lead a mob, his forte was to accomplish by intrigue and cunning what he could not accomplish by his infamous treason and defiant manner. In his official capacity, he always had an excuse for crime, a smile for a traitor and a word of encouragement for his companions in rebellion. It was a class of men like Monroe and Adams, that the multitude followed. They possessed the true spirit of slavery. It was sufficient for these instigators of riot to indicate a spot on which to assemble, to create a panic, or infuse a sudden rage in the breasts of the populace, and prepare them for murderous action.

CHAPTER V.

BUTLER'S MILITARY RULE IN NEW ORLEANS.

May 1st, 1862, is a memorable day in the history of New Orleans. On that day, General Butler gladdened the hearts of a patriot nation, and struck terror into rebellion, by scizing the stronghold of Treason—the metropolis of the South. When Lincoln said to the noble Farragut, “Go with the fleet to New Orleans, and to the brave Butler; take your troops to that rebellious city;" he believed that the nation must be all free—that destiny had decreed the death of the national curse.

“Sweep from the waters of the Mississippi the foul works of traitor hands," was the command of Farragut to his brave men. Victory was theirs, and the StarSpangled Banner floated in the breeze, and the national airs from an heroic band mingled with the music of the waters, in glad praises to freedom and loyalty. Farragut had struck the blow the Government required at his hands, and added a trophy to our naval laurels. Butler, as commander of the United States troops, was now to regulate the disordered elements, which had made New Orleans a tempestuous sea of revolt and anarchy. The harmonious action of the

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navy soon calmed the storms which threatened to destroy the riotous city. The news of the great Union victory over treason's

stronghold, was received with emotions of gratitude and joy, by men like Dostie and his excited companions who had fled from their genial homes to escape death and oppression.

Men of secession principles like the Rev. Dr. Palmer, who had sacreligiously preached disunion and slavery from their pulpits, vowed revenge upon Farragut, Butler, and the United States Government; calling loudly upon the “ Confederacy” to demolish the loyal army and navy, demanding the head of the “Beast” who had made their Monroe tremble before the law of justice-silenced the insults of rebel women, and made the outward signs of secession unpopular in New Orleans.

Mayor Monroe at first defied the commands of General Butler, but speedily brought to fear the iron will and just demands of his superior, he changed his course and sought by intrigue and hypocricy, to throw a veil over his duplicity, but the stern eye of the great criminal lawyer pierced his every motive. Laying his hand upon the traitor, he was conveyed to Fort Jackson, where he remained for months—not to repent of treasonable acts, but to plot future conspiracies.

The Public Schools, the Churches and the Rebel women of New Orleans, (all venomous in their treason) were made harmless for a time, by the firm rule of the subduer of traitors.

CHAPTER VI.

RETURN OF DOSTIE TO NEW ORLEANS.

The Star-Spangled banner waving under the command of Farragut and Butler, invited Unionists from all parts of the country to seek protection under its folds. Among the number who came, was Dr. Dostie. His arrival in New Orleans was thus announced in the True Delta, of August 20th, 1862:

Among the arrivals by the steamer was Dr. Dostie, an eminent dentist of this city, who was compelled to leave, last August, on account of his bold expressions of Union sentiment. Dr. Dostie has been welcomed by a large circle of friends. He is a fluent and earnest speaker, and we hope, will be heard by our Union citizens at their meetings.”

When Lafayette and the Baron de Kalb stepped upon Liberty's soil after a tedious voyage of months, they mutually swore to conquer or die in the contest upon which they were entering. That noble resolve was prompted by their true love of liberty. It was the same spirit which led the patriotic Dostie to exclaim, “I have come back after one year's absence from my loved home, to die for the cause of liberty, if by such sacrifice it shall receive one impetus.” From that time his life was a continued series of patriotic deeds and self-sacrificing acts. Aug. 21st, 1862, just one year from

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