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Reniors — paper currency — Failure of Mails, &c.

Lynchburg, Va., Sept. 17.
Since my last we have had all kinds of rumores in relation to military matiers in the Western part of the State and elsewhere.--All the reports which we have from the neighborhood of Kanawha, go to prove that severe fighting has taken place in the vicinity of Ganley river, between the forces of General Floyd and Rosencranz, and from what can be learned of Wise, it is more than likely that his forces, too, haye been engaged. The tenor of what news we learn here, (which romes to us by a different route from which you get your reports.) go to confirm the main points as reported via Lewisburg, viz; that the Federals were badly whipped, with a loss of about 400 killed and over 1,000 wounded, while our loss was very slight--one killed and a few wounded; but that Floyd was compelled to fall back from his entronched position and recross Ganley river, for fear of being cut off from his provisions by the advance of Cox's forces. The great disparity in casualties appears strange, but it would be no less stranger if the accounts we have, which reach us through so many different channels, should prove incorrect.

For some days past great activity has been discernable in the movements of the military here, and if I mistake not some momentous event is near at hand.

The amount of trash in the shape of currency thrown out on the public in this community is truly alarming. For some time past the notes of numberless defunct Southern banks have been imposed on the ignorant and unsuspecting; but the latest abomination out is in the shape of individual notes, of denominations of 10,25 and 50 cents, which made their appearance in our city on last Thursday. This shinplaster currency goes off readily with the ignorant, and soldiers who are strangers here, and are very naturally led to believe it to be the best of money merely because it purports to be issued in Lynchburg. If prompt measures are not taken to suppress the circulation of these illegal issues, the whole country will be flooded to such an extent that we shall have no currency at all, as it will be supplanted by the due bills of every individual who chooses to force his worthless trash on the community.

A stirring revival has been going on for some time at East M. E. Church, in this city, under the pastoral influence of Rev. H. P. Mitchell. Up to last evening, nineteen persons, several of whom were soldiers, professed to have found hope in believing, while there were at least 20 or 25 penitents at the ‘"anxious bench."’

For some days past the weather has been oppressively warm, and if it was not for the appearance of the ‘"sear and yellow leaf,"’ we might possibly be persuaded that it was midsummer instead of autumn.

The prices of many articles in common use are extravagantly high with us. Coffee from 40 cents to 50 cents per pound; sugar 15 to 20; bacon 20 to 25; ordinary calico sells for 20 ets. per yard.

That model instilution controlled by the Hon. J. H. Reagan, known as the Post-Office Department, still seems to work admirably for the benefit of the customers who are forced to patronize it in the transportation of merchandize Yesterday the Dispatch bundle was azain sent to this city via the Central and Alexandria Railroad, reaching just three hours behind other Richmond papers. Once more allow me to state, for the information of those who have control in the premises, that the proper route to send mail matter from Richmond to Lynchburg is via the Danville and Southside Railroad. O. K.

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