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ssissippi, the appearance of Gen. Van-Dorn on his flank, and threatening his rear, near New Madrid or Cairo, would unquestionably disconcert the plan, and compel him to enter upon a new campaign in Missouri as a preparation for invasion. Even if this movement of Gen. Van-Dorn should accomplish nothing but t gain time for maturing our river defences by arresting the progress of the enemy, its wisdom would be amply demonstrated. It may be remembered that this paper conjectured, as soon as Gens-Beauregard and Van-Dorn went to their new commands, that the movement in question was embraced in a general plan of operations in the West. We have no doubt that it has all along been entertained, and that Gen. Van-Dorn's purpose in so speedily attacking Curtis was t cripple him as much as possible, and, leaving him in te wilds of Northwestern Arkansas, where he could gain nothing by invasion, move across to he Mississippi, in order to act against Gen. Pope at New Madrid. The Boston mer