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s localities. As an excuse for robbing the inhabitants of their provisions, Grant's men alleged that they were hard pressed for something to eat, which was no doubt the truth. Another Demonstration against Petersburg. Various rumors, were in circulation yesterday relative to another advance of the enemy upon Petersburg. We learned last night that at an early hour yesterday morning a force approached Petersburg by the City Point road; were engaged during the day with our troops at Dearing's farm, two miles distant from the city, and were driven back. On application at headquarters to learn the situation of affairs, we failed to obtain any information whatever; but though it lacks official confirmation, the reader may rely upon the correctness of the above statement. Rumor magnified this affair into a direct attack upon Petersburg, the capture of the second line of fortifications, and gave a high coloring to the picture generally; but rumor in this instance was decidedly at