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immediately set about investigating the affair.  I trace it to some rash expressions, by drunken men, communicated to a set of four Freedwomen, who are prostitutes; and the only danger to result, is the effect produced on the Freedmen, who are thus encouraged to regard the officers of the Bureau, as their enemies.  Still, I think, if the Captain had only half a dozen mounted men, it would be the means, not only of preventing breaches of the peace, but of strengthening the Bureau, and really be of as much benefit to the Whites as to the Blacks.  Without some paid soldiers, the office will fall into contempt, and no one will regard its mandates.  Its only power now, is in the Rations, which are issued; and which are dispensed to many, poorly deserving the charity of government.

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