Everything from this point now possesses interest.
The following is from the Memphis Bulletin, of the 28th:
The steamer John D. Perry
reached the city last night.
From Capt. Alex. Zeigler
we learn that the steamer Swallow
hailed his boat about four miles from Cairo
, and asked him to land at that point, He told them that he had intended doing so in any event.
On reaching Cairo
, the commanding officers came aboard, examined his cargo, and took 20 kegs lead and 6 kegs buckshot, consigned to R. R. Hawley
& Co; and 8 kegs and 30 bundles barlead, and one sample cause, consigned to Burton
, Tilus " Co; of this city.
had aboard 2 cases guns and 25 packages gunpowder, which were delivered in Missouri
; and yet so perfectly informed are the Cairo
authorities, as to the arms and ammunition on board every boat leaving St. Louis
, that they inquired where this powder and guns had gone to. The commander at Cairo
says he has no instructions to touch anything on board any boat that passes, except articles resulting in war.
There are said to be about 2,000 men at Cairo
, and the number is increased by every train.
The officers said, when the Perry
left, that they already had about 25 guns mounted.--The Swallow
, when she went up to meet the Perry
, had two guns mounted, with a large lot of soldiers aboard.
--Since the above was written we have conversed with a gentleman who spent two days at Cairo
He says Colonel Prentice
, the commander at Cairo
, is kept perfectly posted as to the cargo of every boat leaving St. Louis
for the South
, and hence it is impossible to get any arms through there.
But what is singular is, that no steamboat destined for the Ohio river
has yet been stopped at Cairo
Even boats for Louisville
are permitted to pass without molestation.
But all boats coming this way are closely watched, and whatever guns they may have on board, it is almost certain will be captured.
There are about 2,500 men already at Cairo
, and the Chicago Zouaves
are said to be watching bridges not far off.