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istance to the movement was continued until late at night, and some of the Republicans actually seemed to think war, horrid war, was about to bristle in our midst. The real facts of the case we took pains to ascertain. It seems that the United States has for some time past been constructing a couple of forts--one at Ship Island, below New Orleans, on the east side of the Mississippi, and the other at Galveston, Texas. These forts are now ready for the reception of the ordnance. Secretary Floyd has ordered a number of eight and two inch Columbiads, and some eighteen and twenty-four pounders to be transported from our Arsenal for the purpose of arming these forts. Thus we are informed by Major Smyington, who is commandant at the Arsenal, and Major Butler, the paymaster. The circumstance was not so unusual as to attract any particular attention with the military men of our city, but just now many of our citizens, even those with cool heads and calm judgment, look upon this ord
w the people of Washington are entirely dependent on the Baltimore Sun; and, now-a-days, a morning paper is as necessary a stimulant as the bitters and tansy drams of our fathers used to be in old times. We shall have the "Star" at dinner, perhaps. In telegraphing to you that Bailey was innocent, I was actuated by the fact of seeing him discharged on the trifling bail of $3,000. Today, the report is that he is guilty. I am told that he gave up the bonds to Russell in order to shield Gov. Floyd, whose niece he married. But Gov. F. bitterly repudiates the idea, while Bailey himself says that the Honorable Secretary of War was entirely ignorant of the transaction, which was known to three persons only — himself, Russell, and another party, whose name he gave to Secretary Thompson, who immediately put the police on his track. I feel like an astronomer who has discovered a planet, and just after verifying his calculations receives a dispatch telling him it was discovered a mont