tember, simply because they have been caught napping, and want time to intrigue and to buy up the trading politicians among the delegates to suit their purposes.
Postponed or not, the Convention will be but a gathering of trading politicians, and some incompetent candidate may be expected.--From the beginning of these national party conventions we may date the beginning of our present troubles.
The first convention candidate was Martin Van Buren, and his convention successors, Harrison, Polk Taylor, poor Pierce, poor old Buchanan, and Lincoln, the joker, are a sorry catalogue.
The time has fully come when the responsible representatives of the people in Congress should again take this matter of the Presidential nominations into their own hands.
Under this system — from 1800 to 1824--we had such Presidents as Jefferson, Madison and Monroe; and in resuming it we are confident that a Congressional cancus will return to our first class men. Let the war and Union members of Congres
--Mr Wagner, a bearer of dispatches from Gen E. Kirby Smith, has arrived in Mobile and gives the following information about the battles of the 8th and 9th on Redrive:
A complete defeat of the enemy, with a loss estimated by Gen. Taylor at eight thousand in killed, wounded, and missing, but their own admissions put their loss at fifteen thousand.
We captured twenty-one pieces of artillery, ten thousand stand of small arms, twelve hundred mules, four hundred wagons, and a lar twenty-two hundred killed and wounded. Gens. Mouton and Greene were killed.
Three Yankee Generals are reported killed.
The enemy's force was thirty two thousand.
Cars from eighteen to twenty thousand. Gen. Kirby Smith directed operations.
Gen. Taylor commanded the centre, and Gens Walker and Mouton the wings.
On Sunday, the 17th, the enemy attempted to cross the Red river, and were attacked again and whipped worse than before, but no particulars have been received.