rled against us before long, so as to effect as much injury as possible before defection can spread extensively, and before the expiration of the enlistments of some 200,000 men in May.
And what are we doing?
The acceptance of substitutes who desert, and the exemption of thousands who should be fighting for the country, employ hundreds of pens daily in this city.
Alas, that so many dishonest men have obtained easy places!
The President has been grossly imposed upon.
A beautiful day. Yet Gen. Lee is giving furloughs, two to each company.
If the weather should be dry, perhaps Hooker will advance: a thing desired by our people, being confident of his destruction.
The papers issued extras to-day with news from the Northwest, based upon the account of a reliable gentleman, who has just run the blockade.
He says Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois have resolved to meet in convention, at Frankfort, Ky., for the purpose of seceding from the United
reported that the enemy are advancing up the Peninsula in force, and, to-morrow being Sunday, the local troops may be called out. But Gen. Rhodes is near with his division, so no serious danger will be felt, unless more than 20,000 attack us, Even that number would not accomplish much — for the city is fortified strongly.
It is rumored by blockade-runners that gold in the North is selling at from 200 to 500 per cent. premium.
If this be true, our day of deliverance is not distant.
Clear and windy.
There is nothing new that I have heard of; but great apprehensions are felt for the fate of Mississippi-said to be penetrated to its center by an overwhelming force of the enemy.
It is defended, however, or it is to be, by Gen. (Bishop) Polk.
I hear of more of the escaped Federal officers being brought in to-day.
The correspondence between the President and Gen. Johnston is causing some remark.
The whole is not given.
Letters were received from Gen. J. to
shing the Bureau of Conscription, the office of provost marshal outside of our military lines.
Gov. Smith's salary is to be increased to $20,000, and he is still exempting young justices, deputy sheriffs, deputy clerks, constables, etc.
Bright and cold.
Very cold, and fuel unattainable.
The papers speak of heavy raids in process of organization: one from Newbern, N. C., against Raleigh, and one from East Tennessee against Salisbury and our communications.
The news say the system of passports in use has inflicted great detriment to the service, a fact none can deny, and if it be continued, it will be indeed idiotic suicide, as Gen. Preston says.
The weather is moderating, but it is the most wintry 14th of February I remember to have seen.
Yet, as soon as the weather will admit of it, the carnival of blood must begin.
At Washington they demand unconditional submission or extermination, the language once applied to the Florida Indians, a few hundred o