The way they do it.
--Among the Northern
papers we have received is the Washington Star
The following is the way the defeat is smothered up:
Last night the town was considerably excited by a mischievous rumor to the effect that there had been heavy fighting on the Peninsula
, and that McClellan
had met with a bad reverse.
Such rumors have usually been put in circulation by Secesh, but the present one was traced to an employes at the Capital
, who stated it on the authority of members of Congress.
There was not a word of truth in the story, and it seems to have been set afloat in a spirit of revenge by some of the junketing marplote who were so deservedly set to the right shout by Gen. McClellan
, on their endeavor to predicate to his front, on their late visit to the Peninsula