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New York papers of the 14th instant are received. There is nothing of interest contained in them. The Herald reports Early as massing his forces on Sheridan's left, and in the same paragraph announces that "the enemy seems to be retiring, with Averill close upon his rear." They had some oratory in Washington, Tuesday, on the occasion of a flag-raising by the Lincoln and Johnson Association. Lincoln was serenaded, but in a brief response said he had "made up his mind not to do much talking, as he had observed that some persons had lately injured themselves very much by plain speaking." Seward also made a speech, in which, the following related to his Auburn promise about the draft: Fellow-citizens: In a speech I made at Auburn, I said there should be no draft, because the army is being reinforced by five to ten thousand volunteers per day. The people of Auburn understood me, and cleared the district of their draft by volunteering. Patriotic men in Philadelphia write me that there they understood me to say there will be no draft, and therefore they stop volunteering. I avail myself, therefore, of this occasion to correct their mistake by saying, that as grace can only show itself by works, so the draft will surely come if we do not volunteer and, so prevent it. I hope that point is settle now. It appears that the draft in New York city will now take place, Seward notwithstanding. Says the Herald: ‘ "A draft has been ordered to take place on Monday, September 19, in Ohio and other States whose quota has not been filled up. It is also ordered to be proceeded with, this morning in the Twelfth and Thirteenth districts of this State in accordance with the President's proclamation of July 18." ’ The Herald says that it is reported at St. Louis that about fifteen thousand rebels are concentrating at the mouth of the Red river apparently for some hostile purpose yet undisclosed. William McDonald, a man of great wealth, and the owner of the celebrated trotting nag, Flora Temple, died at his residence, near Baltimore, on the night of the 6th, in the thirty-fifth year of his age.
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