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Excerpt from Speeches of Gen. J. H. Lane, of Kansas
This war is for slavery - let us make it the mighty engine for slavery's destruction, and the rebels will soon cry enough. They will see that, like Saturn in the fable, they are eating up their own children, and will consent to cut short the repast. Every guarantee that is given to slavery by the Government strengthens the rebels in their course.
The Kansas brigade has met the enemy in battle, and routed him in' every conﬂict. We have destroyed Osceola, a sort of half town and half military post; but all these things combined have not brought the rebels to their knees as has the escaping of a few hundred slaves, by following the back track of the army. [cheers] Gentlemen, my logic teaches that we cannot defend and make war upon the same fee at the same time; and, if it is the purpose of the Government to crush the rebels and prevent their slaves from stampeding, two armies should be sent into the field. An advance force might be called the treason-crushing army, and should be armed with offensive weapons. The other should be called the slavery restoring army, and should move about ten miles in the. Rear. It should be clad in a defensive armor of triple steel, for such is the meanness of* spirit. Which is bred in the hearts of men by slave-breeding, slave trading, and slave-holding, that the masters would creep into every place of ambush, and fire upon those who were gathering up and returning their fugitive human property. It would be illegitimate for the slavery-restoring army to return the fire, as they might harm some of the pets and darlings for whom they are so generously acting.
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