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**Gen. Blunt Suppresses the Inquirer. The Editor and Publishers in the Guard House.
On Sunday night Colonel Barstow, provost marshal, by the order of Gen. Blunt, took possession of the office of the Inquirer, a daily paper published here, and put under arrest Burrell B. Taylor, editor; W. H. Adams, P. Ronan and D. D. Taylor, publishers, and W. H. Westbrook, "local." The paper has been published here about three months and has never printed a line either in favor of sustaining the government or putting down the rebellion. More pernicious sentiments than it has given birth to were never published in any paper at any time.
In this proceeding, as indeed in all others which have marked his government since he was placed at the head of this department, Gen. Blunt has acted with the utmost caution and only after the fullest deliberation. If any censure whatever of his course shall proceed from the lips of loyal men, it will be that he exercised too great forbearance towards this disseminator of treason.
In the suppression of the Inquirer, no blow has been struck at freedom of the press. Freedom does not mean license. The right to talk and to print does not imply permission to utter treason or to publish libidinious books, for the reason that the first duty of a citizen is to protect his government, and the highest right of a community is the protection of its morals. Those who affect to believe that anything can be said and anything can be printed possess a patriotism which is akin to treason, and a morality but a slight remove from vice.
The order of Gen Blunt which we publish below, although intended for a special case, says very plainly (and all "sympathizers" cannot be too hasty in heeding it). You cannot talk or print treason in Kansas. And he is justified by the Constitution and by every good law ever enacted in making this public proclamation. Gen. Halleck has already enforced this principle in his department, and the sneaking mutterers of treason are daily arrested in St. Louis.
Some sullen dogs were saying in our streets yesterday that the Inquirer was suppressed because it was a "Democratic" paper. Well, hounds, when you have proved that the Inquirer was "Democratic" you have proved that "Democracy" is based on treason. Such a statement falls harmless on Gen. Blunt and recoils to the traitor who makes it.
The truth is that every man who finds fault with the "cleaning" out of that Secession den simply criminates himself. The great mass of our people, however, whether Democratic or Republican, breathe freer today and most heartily thank Gen. Blunt for his patriotic act. He will be thoroughly endorsed by the people of the state and by all the loyal North.
We do not understand that the Inquirer is stopped on account of any particular article or that any particular article was needed to stop it, any more than a rattlesnake is killed for a specific bite.
WE HAVE before us a copy of the Missouri Army Argus, dated "Camp Churchill Clark, near Corinth, Miss., May 25th." This is number 24. J. W. Tucker continues to be the editor, assisted by Thos. C. Johnson. This 7x9 sheet has followed Price in all his wanderings and is probably dated the "Last Ditch" by this time.
THE OSAWATOMIE Herald will be moved to Paola on the first of next month. It is now in its fourth year, is an able and staunch Republican paper and deserves liberal patronage.