is even intimated that the men engaged in this business have the protection of men in high positions on both sides. Can it be possible that we have men in power who are capable of taking bribes from the enemy?
If so, God help the country!
Col. Ashby with 600 men routed a force of 1000 Yankees, the other day, near Harper's Ferry.
That is the cavalry again!
The spies here cannot inform the enemy of the movements of our mounted men, which are always made with celerity.
A lady, just from Washington, after striving in vain to procure an interview with the Secretary of War, left with me the programme of the enemy's contemplated movements.
She was present with the family of Gen. Dix at a party, and heard their purposes disclosed.
They meditate an advance immediately, with 200,000 men. The head of Banks's column is to cross near Leesburg; and when over, a movement upon our flank is intended from the vicinity of Arlington Heights.
This is truly a formida
n of them, and sell their children to pay for the whisky. This order was sent to the Secretary, who referred it to Gen. Sibley, of that Territory, to ascertain if it were genuine.
To-day it came back from Gen. S. indorsed a true bill. Now it will go to the President-and we shall see what will follow.
He cannot sanction such a perfidious crime.
I predict he will make Capt. Josselyn, his former private Secretary, and the present Secretary of the Territory, Governor in place of Baylor.
The news from Kentucky is very vague.
It seems there has been a battle, which resulted favorably for us, so far as the casualties are concerned.
But then Bragg has fallen back forty miles, and is probably retiring toward Cumberland Gap, that he may not be taken in the rear by the enemy's forces lately at Corinth.
The President intends suspending the Conscription Act in Western Virginia, for the purpose, no doubt, of organizing an army of Partisan Rangers in that direction.
session of the United States cruisers.
There are one or two French war steamers now at Charleston, interchanging courtesies with the Confederate States authorities there.
It also appears by Gen. Smith's letter that a large amount of arms for the trans-Mississippi Department were deposited at Vicksburg, and fell into the hands of the enemy.
The President indorsed on the back of the letter that this was a blunder, and asks by whose order the deposit was made.
Col. Gorgas must answer.
Nothing definite from Lee. I fear his little campaign from the Rapidan to Bull Run was not a glorious one, although Meade did run to the fortifications at Centreville.
He may possibly have had a counter-plot, which is not yet developed.
Our papers are rejoicing over thousands of prisoners picked up; but Captain Warner, who furnishes the prisoners their rations, assures me that they have not yet arrived; while our papers acknowledge we lost 1000 men, killed and wounded, besides several
m Georgia daily, and the opinion prevails that Sherman will come to grief.
The militia, furloughed by Gov. Brown so inopportunely, are returning to the front, the time having expired.
A Mr. B. is making Lincoln speeches in New York.
It seems to me he had a passport from Mr. Benjamin, Secretary of State.
Gen. Lee writes to-day that negroes taken from the enemy, penitentiary convicts, and recaptured deserters ought not to be sent by the Secretary to work on the fortifications.
There is a street rumor of a battle below, and on the Petersburg line.
The wind is from the west, and yet we hear no guns.
The Secretary of the Treasury sent to the Secretary of War today an argument showing that, without a violation of the Consti-, tution, clerks appointed to places created by Congress cannot be removed.
We shall see what the Secretary says to that.
Fort Harrison (Federal) opened its batteries on our lines at Chaffin's Farm yes