The U. S. agent has engaged the rest.
All the world seems to be in the market buying arms.
Mr. Dayton, U. S. Minister in Paris, has bought 30,000 flint-locks in France; and our agent wants authority to buy some too. He says the French statisticians allege that no greater mortality in battle occurs from the use of the percussion and the rifled musket than from the old smooth-bore flint-lock musket.
This may be owing to the fact that a shorter range is sought with the latter.
We are resting on our oars after the victory at Manassas, while the enemy is drilling and equipping 500,000 or 600,000 men. I hope we may not soon be floating down stream!
We know the enemy is, besides, building iron-clad steamers-and yet we are not even erecting casemate batteries!
We are losing precious time, and, perhaps, the government is saving money!
I believe the Secretary will resign; but immediate still lies on his table.
News of a battle near Springfield,
fifteen thousand men could be concentrated here in twenty-four hours. Richmond is not in half the danger that Washington is.
Saw Vice-President Stephens to day, as cordial and enthusiastic as ever.
Members of Congress are coming to my office every day, getting passports for their constituents.
Those I have seen (Senator Brown, of Mississippi, among the rest) express a purpose not to renew the act, to expire on the 18th September, authorizing martial law.
In both Houses of Congress they are thundering away at Gen. Winder's Provost Marshal and his Plug Ugly alien policemen.
Senator Brown has been very bitter against them.
Mr. Russell has reported a bill which would give us martial law in such a modified form as to extract its venom.
Mr. Russell's bill will not pass.
The machinery of legislation works too slowly.
Fredericksburg has been evacuated by the enemy!
It is said the Jews rushed in and bought
n can be taken from the rear, as well as by water, for no forts can withstand the Parrott guns.
Then there will be an end of blockade-running; and we must flee to the mountains, and such interior fastnesses as will be impracticable for the use of these long-range guns.
Man must confront man in the deadly conflict, and the war can be protracted until the government of the North passes out of the hands of the Abolitionists.
We shall suffer immensely; but in the end we shall be free.
We have nothing further from Charleston, except that Beauregard threatened retaliation (how?) if Gilmore repeated the offense, against humanity and the rules of civilized war, of shelling the city before notice should be given the women and children to leave it. To-day, at 11 A. M., it is supposed the shelling was renewed.
This day week, I learn by a letter from Gen. Whiting, two 700-pounder Blakely guns arrived in the Gladiator.
If these could only be transported to Charleston, wh