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efending the coast and of protecting the citizens and property thereon, the people will do it. We call upon the Legislature, therefore, not to wait for everything to be done by the Confederate States Government, but to take steps themselves to prevent the advance of the invaders. A skirmish in western Virginia. The Southwestern Times gives the following account of a skirmish in Boone county, Va., of which the Federalists have published the most exaggerated statements: On Saturday, the 31st ult., a skirmish between a small Union force and about a dozen Secessionists took place near Boone C. H., in which two of the latter were wounded, and two or three horses were shot. The Secessionists retreated to the Court-House and being very bloody and bearing their wounded with them, produced a very great excitement in the village. The Unionists were reported to be advancing on the town, and the Secessionists expected to retire to an island near by and await reinforcements. Appea