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Conditions of Baltimore

          All accounts from Baltimore represent the condition of affairs in that city as most fearful. Irresponsible mobs, calling themselves Vigilance Committees, exercise a severe espionage of persons entering or leaving the city, and those who incur their suspicion or displeasure are treated in the most harsh and summary manner. Numbers of the people are flying from their homes and seeking safety in the country. The bridges over the roads connecting with Baltimore have all been destroyed, and armed parties assembled to prevent their repair or reconstruction. Travelers coming North have great difficulty in getting from the city, and on the slightest pretexts are detained subjected to hardship and indignities.

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