Chicago (IL) Tribune, “How They Do It,” September 21, 1861

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“How They Do It,” Chicago (IL) Tribune, September 21, 1861, p. 1: 1.
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New York World
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Chicago Tribune
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How They Do It
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Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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The following text is presented here in complete form, as it originally appeared in print. Spelling and typographical errors have been preserved as in the original.


Whenever a paper notoriously under the influence of any one of the half dozen candidates for the Presidency in the Cabinet, speaks of Gen. Fremont, the public is sure to be treated to a chapter of charges that have probably not the least foundation in fact. As a specimen, we copy the following, purporting to be a special Washington dispatch, from the New York World:

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18th. – The pressure on the Government is very strong for the removal of General Fremont. It is now affirmed that the Administration will be forced to supersede him in consequence of overwhelming evidences of his incompetency. Moreover, it is stated that he has been dabbling in contracts, and is wastefully extravagant. Talk runs high on this matter to-night, and General Meigs and Banks are variously spoken of as Fremont’s successor. The Cabinet held a meeting on this subject to-day, and it is known that the gravest charges against Fremont came before it. No decision has as yet been arrived at.

The World does Simon Cameron’s dirty work, and that fact will account for any number of just such paragraphs as the above.

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