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pared for war, but a record was to be mado and was made within less than two and one-half one-half one-half months. The most glorious victories of which history gives account were placed to the credit of our great country the greater and lesser Antilles were outb tho nations of tho world looked with profoundest admiration at the deeds of daring of our soldiers and seamen our victories were bo rapid and complete complete that our own people became, or seemed to becomo, frightened at the impetuosity of our defenders ond raised the cry of "expansion." "expansion." Tho whole of Europe revered audi honored our soldiers for their bravery, but some of our statesmen, who at first were loudest loudest in their declarations ' for war, turned agalnet their early actions and declared opposition opposition to tho Government on the grounda of expansion. No American anticipated. the glorious glorious success that has crowned American valor. Every rod of territory acquired was reached aa tho result of the. eftort to whip Spain. When Dewey's fleet exterminated that of Spain In Manila Bay and took possession, this Government became responsible to neutral nations for the property and lives of the Inhabitants Inhabitants of those Islands. Every act of tho United States Btnco that time has only been la keeping with results gained in tho contest. At the outset a majority of tho citizens of this great republic urged the war to be waged, upon Spain,, and it naturally follows were to be bound by tho results, whether they be In defeat or victory. It Is too late now to com-1 com-1 com-1 plain ahd'to stab our soldiers In tho back, when the wholo World Jovea and honors them. When tho American flag is fully recoguize as tho emblem of authority, all territory in as the 'emblem, of authority over all territory la dispute, then will a magnanimous Government Government legislate favorably to tho people who shall have yielded submission to the authority of the Stars and Stripes, the true emblems of equal rights and privileges. A. 8. REAVES. Hartsville, Tenn., Dec. 14.