Affairs in Texas.
--Excellent wages are paid in Texas
for field hands.
Negroes sell at from three to four thousand dollars each.
Upwards of a hundred thousand slaves have arrived from Louisiana
Planters and speculators are going beyond Shreveport
to purchase or hire.
Good beef on the foot sells at eight cents per pound; vegetables are cheap; cattle bring thirty dollars a head; coffee thirty-five cents per pound; silver five dollars in currency at Brownsville, Texas
Planters are cheerfully according tithes to the Government
Thirty-two of Lincoln
overseers are at Huntsville
, to be sent to Eagle Pass
for their liberation.
The country in that region is a desert.
Foolish reports are spread through Texas
It is reported that President Davis
and Gen. Bragg
are both dead, and that Gen. Lee
has been superceded.
is in great repute.
has been elected Governor by a small majority.
, and Branch
are elected to Congress.
Military matters are quiet.
The people and troops are prepared to repel invasion.
The health of the State
on the frontier are troublesome.
An average of fourteen vessels are constantly off Galveston
, blockading the harbor.
Great confidence is felt in Gen. Magruder
The crops in Texas
are unprecedentedly large.
and corn enough are made to supply the western bank of Mississippi for two years to come, if not a grain is sown in the interval.
The summer has been very dry.
Cotton picking commenced in August.
About one hundred and fifty thousand bales of the old crop are now in the State