Things at Cairo.
--The Columbus, Ky.
, correspondent of the Memphis Argus, writes (July 31) as follows:
There has been one continued excitement here and at Cairo
since the rumor reached here that General Pillow
was moving on Bird's Point
. General Prentiss
has been running around like a dog "in high cats" for a week past.
The other night the picket guard at Bird's Point
came running into camp at the same speed as their going from Manassas
The picket guard were terribly excited — They brought in intelligence that Gen. Pillow
was within half a mile with thirty thousand well armed men, moving on Bird's Point
— The soldiers in camp were thrown into a state of confusion, which existed for some time.--They were contemplating a retreat when news came that there was nothing of Gen. Pillow
's movements towards Bird's Point
, who has been instrumental in stealing negroes for several months, is fearful that he cannot maintain his position at Cairo
, and has it in contemplation
to evacuate Bird's Point
and put his entire force in Cairo
General John Charles Fremont
will visit Cairo
in a short time; so he has informed General Prentiss
He is now in St. Louis
A few balls thrown into Cairo
would cause a stampede equal to the "Virginia