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Text for Page 125 [12-22-1862]

                Gen. Ben. F. Butler.
Tribune having �supported� him used a
favorite sentence of his: �I hold that Seces-
sion is treason and treason deserves death�
&c &c.    He was handsomely dressed in his
Major General�s costume and looked a bul-
ky man, of loose figure, his countenance
being resolute, peculiar, not prepossessing, his
hair � what remained of it � reddish.   The declen-
sion of one eyclid was very noticeable.     I did-
n�t regret the chance of seeing the man; one
of the few really remarkable ones produced 
by the war.     I believe he ruled the most in-
fernal city ever known on the American conti-
nent magnificently � as it needed ruling �
but I find it difficult to credit his honestty.
A. G. Hills introduced me to the General and
to others present, whose names I have forgot-
ten.    Gen. Hamilton, Shaw and Herbert were
there � the first a great friend of Butler�s,
who had received him kindly after his es-
cape from Texas.      Out with A. G. after,
to a wood-carvers shop where I saw three 
effigies of negroes, intended to represent a
man, woman and child.         It was designed
to carry these in procession by the colored
folks on the 1st of January � when the Eman-
cipation proclamation of the President was
to come in force � with chains upon them,               
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