is a little more than the usual amount of moisture in the atmosphere, the smell of burning grass is distinctly noticeable by those having sensitive olfactory organs.
I cannot champion this theory, however, for the smell of burnt grass might be due to prairie fires in the neighborhood.
I am not sure that the number of square miles of prairie in the northwest denuded of grass every year by fire, would produce smoke enough to overspread such a wide region as we have to account for.
Captain Willets, of the Fourteenth Kansas cavalry, who was sent out several days ago by Colonel Blair, on scouting service in the direction of Lamar, Missouri, returned with his company on the 3rd, via Osage Mission, Kansas.
He found no enemy, but, from accounts that have reached here, he permitted his men to engage in disreputable depredations, robbery and murder.
If the statements made in regard to the matter are true, he deserves severe censure, if not indeed summary dismissal from the service.