What sort of financiering is this?
A great number of Germans and others are going to Norfolk, thinking, as one remarked, if they can't go to the United States the United States will soon come to them.
Many believe that Burnside will get Norfolk.
I think differently, but I may be mistaken.
Some of the letter-carriers' passports from Mr. Benjamin, which have the countenance of Gen. Winder, are now going into Tennessee.
What is this for?
We shall see.
Again the Northern papers give the most extravagant numbers to our army in Kentucky.
Some estimates are as high as 150,000.
I know, and Mr. Benjamin knows, that Gen. Johnston has not exceeding 29,000 effective men. And the Secretary knows that Gen. J. has given him timely notice of the inadequacy of his force to hold the position at Bowling Green.
The Yankees are well aware of our weakness, but they intend to claim the astounding feat of routing 150,000 men with 100,000!
And they su
more men. And they will be required.
A resolution was passed demanding of the Commissary and Quartermaster-General the number of their employees capable of performing military duty.
It would be well to extend the inquiry to the War Deparment itself.
A letter from Norfolk states that at a grand ball, in celebration of the emancipation of the negroes, Gen. Vieille opened the dance with a mulatto woman of bad character as his partner; and Mrs.V. had for her partner a negro barber.
The Northern papers are filled with what purports to be the intercepted correspondence of Mr. Benjamin with Messrs. Mason and Slidell. Lord John Russell is berated.
The Emperor of France is charged with a design to seize Mexico as a colony, and to recognize Texas separately, making that State in effect a dependency, from which cotton may be procured as an offset to British India.
He says the French Consuls in Texas are endeavoring to detach Texas from the Confederacy.
If this be a ge
ouse (they had heaped combustibles under it) were instigated by Yankees who have been released upon taking the oath of allegiance.
But I think it quite as probable his enemies here (citizens) instigated it. They have one of the servants of the War Department under arrest, as participating in it.
The weather is delightful, and I seek distraction by spading in my garden.
Judge Campbell is still allowing men to pass out of the Confederate States; and they will invite the enemy in!
The Secretary of War has authorized Mr. Boute, President of the Chatham Railroad, to exchange tobacco through the enemy's lines for bacon.
And in the West he has given authority to exchange cotton with the enemy for meat.
It is supposed certain men in high position in Washington, as well as the military authorities, wink at this traffic, and share its profits.
I hope we may get bacon, without strychnine.
Congress has passed a bill prohibiting, under severe penalties, the — traffi
bridges have been destroyed in many places.
The young men (able-bodied) near the Secretary of War and the Assistant Secretary, at the War Department, say, this morning, that both have resigned.
It is said the Kentucky Congressmen oppose the acceptance of the portfolio of war by Gen. Breckinridge.
Whoever accepts it must reform the conscription business and the passport business, else the cause will speedily be lost.
Most of our calamities may be traced to these two sources.
Foggy, and raining.
F. P. Blair is here again.
If enemies are permitted to exist in the political edifice, there is danger of a crash.
This weather, bad news, etc. etc.
predispose both the people and the army for peace-while the papers are filled with accounts of the leniency of Sherman at Savannah, and his forbearance to interfere with the slaves.
The enemy cannot take care of the negroes-and to feed them in idleness would produce a famine North and South.
Emancipation now is phy