into his entrenchments or taken a new shute towards our position.
The latter seems hardly probable.
A strange rumor is in circulation, one of those tales traceable to no particular origin, and yet believed on account of its probability, that McClellan has attempted an advance upon three different occasions, but retired each time because his men did not come up to the mark.
Now, the rumor goes, he has given up entirely until the success of the armada shall inspire his men with confidence.
Possibly this may be true; out, if so, only by accident.
One thing now seems evident — McClellan does not intend to advance until the fleet is heard from, or until the Southern troops, hearing of the invasion of the Cotton States, shall have gone home and left Bull Run at his disposal.
Yesterday a scouting party of about sixty Federal cavalry came up near Fairfax, and, Her making a reconnaissance, retired Our lines run about a mile this side the town, and upon a hill commanding a view of a