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They are in Earnest.

On the night of Monday, Sept. 2d, Adjutant Quidno, of the 49th Georgia volunteers, and nineteen others of his regiment were taken prisoners, within a mile of Fairfax Court House, while stationing pickets during a violent storm of wind and rain, and, through the darkness, accidentally wandered into our lines, where they were suddenly surrounded and captured by our troops. But two out of the nineteen rebels taken had shoes upon their feet, seventeen of them having marched for three days with their feet tied up in rags! and so slashed by pieces of rock and stubble that these very rags were clotted together with blood.

Adjutant Quidno (he is a Polander) also said that the rebel army had subsisted in its recent marches almost entirely upon green corn, what they call "roasting ears" in the south, and in consequence of their self-denial, in enduring every hardship and privation, they feel the more confident of success.

These facts show what terrible privations the men of the south will undergo to achieve what they call their "independence." With them war is a reality; with us a pastime. — They put their substance into the fight at once, we only those who have gone forward for occupation, or volunteered for patriotism. They have put nearly their whole fortune up on a single card; we risk a moiety of our opulence, trusting to the comfortable theory that victory must be ours, because they are eight, and we twenty millions. The hour of service and of sacrifice is coming, to every man and every woman in the loyal states of the United States, and the men who have discussed among themselves the possibility of avoiding a draft must volunteer. Our gentlemen and our office-seekers must abandon the practice of invoking the workmen to go into the army, and set the example of going themselves. Among the very first to encounter the hazards of the battle in the south were the politicians; and when we read over the list of killed and wounded, we find that those who advised secession and advocated disunion, fought and bled and died for both. It is very true, that in the slave states the desperation of the secession cause forced the party leaders to take the lead; but the people of the free states must borrow something from this example, in order to secure the victory they deserve.