--The various rumors which have been afloat for several days past concerning military operations in the interior and their results, will no doubt soon be set to rest by the reception of the news of some decisive engagement.
Intelligence by telegraph arrived during yesterday, at short intervals during the day, showing that those engaged to supply the public with authentic information were at their respective posts and not idle.
The alacrity with which the public hastened to possess itself of the details as they were spread on the bulletin boards of the different newspaper offices; shows with what interest the mighty struggle is watched by the people.
While hoping for the best, it is well to be prepared to bear with philosophic firmness any little reverse that may attend our brave defenders who are offering their bodies on the battle field as a wall of defence for our protection.
They will do the best they can to drive back the base invader, and it is our duty to cheer them on in the holy work.
If any one wished to see what has been called ‘"the barometer of social life,"’ let him look upon the eager countenances of the crowds who surround our bulletin boards and stand upon the corners drinking in the latest news.
If it be a report favorable, how they light up with uncontrollable joy. If the reverse, what a sad, serious, sombre aspect is marked upon every physiognomy.
As in the natural elements, so in the moral characteristics we have our weather fair and foul — sunshine and storm — smiles and tears.
Whatever may be our destiny, let us not fell that, ‘"Because the tempest cloud doth sometimes rise, And glorious day must darken into night,"’ the smile of Heaven is not still upon us, and that He who balances with equal power ‘"a dew drop or a world,"’ will not bring us safely through our dangers.