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The Voice of the People.

In strong contrast with the resolutions gotten up by army officers, to whom nothing can be so undesirable as a peaceful solution of our national difficulties, and an honorable termination of the war — for with peace their receipts of greenbacks would terminate — are the proceedings of the vast mass meetings held in every township and county throughout the state, where, unterrified by military despotism, the PEOPLE meet voluntarily together, and express their true sentiments, fully, fearlessly and without reserve.

Never in the history of our country, except during a heated political campaign, have meetings so large and so numerous been held. In spite of the rain, mud and almost impassable roads, the sturdy yeomanry of the country turn out almost en masse, and without invoking the aid of politicians, give vent to their feelings in the manner indicated in the resolutions adopted by the clay county meeting, which we publish this morning. These resolutions are made by the people themselves — not manufactured by office-holders or office-seekers — and truly reflect the sentiments of the masses. They are so plain that a wayfalling man, though a fool, cannot mistake their temper. If any man ever seriously doubted that the pacification resolutions of the Illinois legislature embodied the ideas of the people of the state, that doubt must now be forever removed. Indeed, the people, in their independence, sometimes go beyond the point at which their representatives thought it prudent to stop.

It will occur to all who look on and mark the progress of events, and the growth of public sentiment, that these resolutions are the utterance of the fathers, sons and brothers of our soldiers in the field — men in every respect like unto themselves — of the same mode of thought, the same education, and holding the same tenets of ethics and politics. They thus serve to show what the soldiers themselves would say if "the colonel" were absent. The daily interchange of ideas between the authors of resolutions like the ones we print, and their friends and relatives in the army, could not fail to result in a community of thought, if not in an absolute identity of sentiment. Men in the army think, on the great political questions of the day precisely as men as home think. And men who have cords of affection and interest to bind them to their homes — who went into the field not from a spirit of adventure, but from a sense of duty, will always remain in sympathy with their friends at home, who attend to politics while they do the fighting. And notwithstanding the threats and bravado of the men of eagles and stars, about turning the bayonets of the army upon the loyal citizens of Illinois, the soldiers still cherish the memory of their relatives and associates, and do not, in the slightest degree, sympathise with such Bombastes' talk on the part of their officers.

The army is of the people, and neither threats nor artifice can disentangle them from their connections with home. As the people think, the soldiers think.