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              [newspaper clipping]
one or the other of these things, or something of
the sort, The Journal of Commerce and The Consti-
tution are ready to charge him with misprision of
treason.  Can anything be more absurd?
  	         HUGH FORBES.
  We have been favored with another long rigma-
role by which Mr. Hugh Forbes�sometimes called
�Col. Forbes��tries to increase the measure of
public contempt and loathing wherewith he has
already covered himself.  The attempt is hopeless.
He cannot render himself more despicable than he
is already known to be.  His new performance re-
veals nothing, amounts to nothing, proves nothing,
save his own baseness, which was already estab-
lished beyond dispute; and his efforts to cover the
sale of himself and his correspondence�such as it
is�to the Pro-Slavery party might well provoke a
horselaugh.  It seems unaccountable that this
fellow should not have wormed out of somebody or
other a letter which could be turned to account by
his new employers.  That he could make no reve-
lations is plain; for there was nothing to reveal.
He was sent out to Kansas in one of the
most desperate exigencies of the Free-State strug-
gle against Border Ruffian invasion and outrage;
but, before he arrived here, the exigency had
passed, and he did nothing for there was nothing
for him to do.  What projects were thereupon
talked over between him and some one else, we do
not know: we only know that the friends of Free
Kansas dropped him right there, considering the
$900 which he had got from them a full equivalent
for the nothing he had already done for them and
the nothing more that they wanted of him there-
after.  He never hinted to us, nor to any of our
intimate friends, that he or any one else had any
idea of operating against Slavery anywhere else
than in Kansas.  All his cry was for money, more
money, for what he had been willing to do there if
anything had been required.  We presume the
burden of his song to every one else was the same
as to us.  He can now safely say that he talked of
Old Brown�s Harper�s Ferry project to Dr. Bailey
of The National Era, since Dr. Bailey is dead; but
we do not believe him.
  This poor creature intimates that he is about to
[c]lear out, to evade further questioning.  We advise
him to go down to Richmond and set up as a slave-
holder.  If the Fifth Avenue Hotel Committee
have paid him enough to begin business upon, very
well; if not, let him haunt and hound them as he
did the Free-State men, and they will soon be
[r]eady to do almost anything to be rid of him.
   Mr. McLane, is is understood, is about to return
to Mexico in the hope of bringing that treaty which
has been so long on the carpet, to some satisfact
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