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own Heights appears the Soldiers' Home, breaking the horizon on the left. Its elevation and the purity of the surrounding atmosphere renders it a favorite resort for distinguished individuals during the summer season. The lofty spire of the Episcopal Theological Seminary, near Alexandria, appears to the naked eye from almost every hill in this region of country, and when viewed with the telescope it shows itself to be a building of nice proportions and exquisite finish. The balloon of Professor Lowe can be seen regularly twice a day making observations upon our movements. The Washington Artillery shot at it a few days ago, and it has been very cautious ever since in peeping over the trees at us. The drums of the enemy keep up almost an incessant beating day and night. There are various conjectures what it all means. It has been thought that every man who threw away his gun at Bull Run has been promoted to the office of drummer. We can hear the Yankees play "Dixie" upon their bra