The Mobile Advertiser
, has an interesting letter from Houston, Texas
, from which we make some extracts:
All quiet in the Trans-Mississippi
once more.--The rebellion is yet rampant here, and nobody left to crush it. Banks
have gone, and left us with nobody to fight.
We shall not be , however.
The spirit of our Generals
They are already looking out for new fields in which to exercise their
After the battle of Saline Bottom, April 30th, Steele
fell back to Little Rock
, and the of Blount
's old army went off in the direction of Fort Smith
What became of this latter we do not know.
went, however, in pursuit of it; but his pursuit evidently has been diverted and probably turned into a raid.
On the 17th inst he captured Dardaneville, Arkansas, and paroling the garrison, crossed the river and went on towards we know not whither.
You will doubtless, however, have heard from him through Yankee channels before this reaches you.
too late to participate in any of the batties of the late campaign returned to this point last week.
we learn that nearly the entire State west of the Mississippi
is cleared of Yankees.
Our rangers have been charging up and down the country, and as they approach the Yankees
leave as though they were sent for. It the Federal
troops are kept busy on the other side of the river so as to prevent their reinforcing in this department, we will soon clean them out here.
The Texas Legislature was convened by Gov Murrah
on the 9th inst. The Governor, in his message, appears to regard the action of Congress on the currency as little short of repudiation. "They created," says he, "and they destroyed I have no comments to make, " He urges the building up by the State
of manufactures within her limits.
He urges the enforcement of the laws against crime, etc. The Legislature has as yet done nothing of public importance.
The condition of the currency in this department is becoming rapidly such as to force the rejection of the Confederate
notes as a circulating medium.
They are to-day in all the principal cities of this State rated at about 40 for 1.
All sorts of goods that come from abroad are sold on a specie basis.
Even the newspapers have been compelled to come to that basis or discontinue their publications.
What will come of it all is difficult to see. Happily, there is more specie in this part of the country, I think, than at any previous period of our history.
In all the Western
part of this State it is now the only circulating medium.
All this has nothing whatever to do with patriotism, and the day when patriotism sustained the currency has passed.
Confidence once lost in money is not easily restored.
It is the old story.
We must carry on the war without currency, pay our expenses by taxation, sell our cotton, and supply the military chest from the proceeds.
The spirit of our people is, as has been shown in the late battles, most excellent.
There is no more idea of submission here than there was in August, 1861, after the first Manassas
What little of demoralization existed last winter has been swept away like the morning mist before the rising sun.