Harassing the enemy.
--A Northern letter from St. Louis
The 1st Kansas regiment, which did such excellent service at the Wilson
's creek battle, is now stationed at Lexington
, where it will probably remain during the entire winter.
This regiment since its arrival there, has been thoroughly examining the country around Lexington
, and has captured some of the most noted desperadoes of that region.
On the march thither some of the soldiers in the rear guard were shot from the bushes by concealed assailants, who always managed to escape, Colonel Deitzler
, not approving of this mode of warfare, has seized all the wealthy Secessionists of Lexington
, and states by proclamation that, while he is ready and willing to meet his enemies in open fight, he will not have his men assassinated from places of concealment, and for every one hereafter so killed he will hang or shoot five of these hostages.
As Col. Deitzler
is known to be a man of his word, the rebels greatly fear him, and have entirely abandoned their murderous practices.
The sending of troops to Cairo
progresses slowly, in consequence of the ice blockade.
The 13th Missouri and a body of cavalry left this morning, by the Iron Mountain Railroad, for Sulphur Springs
, thirty miles below here, where they will embark on the steamer Jr
. January for Cairo
a shower last night, with thunder and lightning started the ice opposite this city, and the channel will soon be clear.