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by's designs are not yet developed. General Ewing, commandant of the district of St. Louis, took a brigade of A. J. Smith's troops down last night, and otherwise prepared to meet the enemy. Pilot Knob is well fortified and garrisoned. Cape Girardeau, on the river, can stand a sledge; and the only damage the rebels can do is temporarily to cut the Iron Mountain railroad. When Price crossed the Arkansas river some days since, at least a part of his forces moved towards Batesville, evicentrating to aid in the movement of the column now in the southeast, doubtless under Shelby, who has some six or eight thousand men. Reports are circulating to-night that part of the force which occupied Fredericktown yesterday captured Cape Girardeau to-day; but they are very doubtful. The enemy may be demonstrating in that direction, but the post is too strong to be taken by cavalry. Military preparations here are very active, and troops are already moving southward. The blacks