: and then announced that none of them had been legally married, and might be liable to prosecution.
To obviate this, he proposed to marry them over, charging only a dollar for each couple.
He realized several thousand dollars, and then returned to the North.
This was a legitimate Yankee speculation; and no doubt the preacher will continue to be an enthusiastic advocate of a war of subjugation.
As long as the Yankees can make money by it, and escape killing, the war will continue.
No stirring news yet. The enemy's fleet is at Port Royal, S. C. Everywhere we are menaced with overwhelming odds.
Upon God, and our own right arms, we must rely, and we do rely.
To-day, in cabinet council, it is believed it was decided to call out all conscripts under forty-five years of age. The President might have done it without consulting the cabinet.
Yesterday Mrs. Goddin, the owner or wife of the owner of the house I occupy, failing to get board in the country, and we h
rders; but he was honorably acquitted.
Missouri will some day rise like a giant, and deal death and destruction on her oppressors.
Col. Gorgas, Chief of Ordnance, says the enemy have taken more guns from us than we from them-exclusive of siege artillery --but I don't think so.
Our people are becoming more hopeful since we have achieved some successes.
The enemy cannot get men again except by dragging them out, unless they should go to war with France — a not improbable event.
Gen. Lee wrote to the Secretary of War, on the 22d of January, that his army was not fed well enough to fit them for the exertions of the spring campaign; and recommended the discontinuance of the rule of the Commissary-General allowing officers at Richmond, Petersburg, and many other towns, to purchase government meat, etc. etc.
for the subsistence of their families, at schedule prices.
He says the salaries of these officers ought to be sufficient compensation for their services; t
Mr. Seddon has published a correspondence with the President, showing why he resigned which was a declaration on the part of Congress of a want of confidence in the cabinet.
The President says such a declaration on the part of Congress is extra-official, and subversive of the constitutional jurisdiction of the Executive; and, in short, he would not accept the resignation, if Mr. S. would agree to withdraw it. So, I suppose the other members will hold on, in spite of Congress.
Bright and cold.
It is estimated that the enemy lost 1500 men in the fight near Petersburg, and we 500.
Sherman has got to the railroad near Branchville, and cut communications with Augusta.
At the meeting, yesterday, Mr. Hunter presided, sure enough; and made a carefully prepared patriotic speech.
There was no other alternative.
And Mr. Benjamin, being a member of the cabinet, made a significant and most extraordinary speech.
He said the white fighting men were exhausted,