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Owen Lovejoy.

The Chicago Post thus comments on the proposition of the Chicago Tribune to have Owen Lovejoy elected a colonel of a regiment of Illinois volunteers:
We are now informed, through the Chicago Tribune, that Owen Lovejoy is an aspirant for the colonelcy of one of the new regiments. We suppose he will get it. We suppose the alternative will be offered to some ten companies to elect him their colonel, or they will be sent home as "not wanted." And we think Lovejoy's election to such a post an appropriate illustration of the miserable policy established at Springfield. Is he a man that the people of Illinois desire to head their troops in such a contest as this? Known from Maine to California as an open and armed rebel to the laws of the United States, is he the man is such a war as the present — a war for the enforcement of the laws of the United States — to lead the friends of the constitution and the Union. We repeat what we said some weeks ago, that Mr. Lincoln and his cabinet have declared that this is not a war upon the property or institutions of any citizen or state, but a war to maintain the authority of the constitution and federal government in the execution of the laws. Any war for any other purpose upon any of the states would not command the support of any loyal citizen. The president would call in vain for volunteers for a war having for its purpose the forcible emancipation of the slaves. He might summon a few Lovejoys and John Browns, but no good honest loyal citizen would respond to his call.

Is Owen Lovejoy, blatant defier of the federal laws, who owes all his notoriety to his ultra shameless repudiation of constitutional obligations, to be selected as a leader of Illinois troops to put down resistance to federal laws? And, yet, while the three thousand gallant, loyal citizens of Chicago who have volunteered, have been turned away, the wire workers at Springfield have fished up this offensive and brawling demagogue, and propose to make him a colonel of a regiment. The appointment or such a man at this crisis would do more to strengthen Davis in the border states, than a gift of a half million of minnie rifles. Let us hope that the state will be spared the infliction, and the cause not injured by so foul an act.