THE CRY OF PEACE. – The New York Express thus pointedly and truthfully exposes the absurdity of the demand made for peace in a very few uninfluential quarters in the North:
The only form of “peace” now existing as possible is the hauling down of the United States flag, from Fortress Monroe, on to Texas, and the complete [hearty?] recognition of the Secession flag. They who think of this sort of peace ought to maintain it by additional propositions for a standing army of at least three hundred thousand men – to be stretched in cordons from the line of the Susquehanna river, along all the bluffs of the Ohio and Missouri rivers – with fortresses to be erected on these bluffs costing at least $500 000,000 – for, unless this standing army follow and stand in these fortresses, the peace would not last – nay, not even long enough to build the fortresses!