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JUXCTIOX, K 4KS.4S,
SATUBDAY, HIAECH 7, 1SG3.
tThe attention of the citizens of Clay
County is called to a law entitled, "An Act
relating to Unorganized Counties while they
remain attached to an Organized County for
Judicial Purposes' It will be found in an
other column. They may proceed immediately
to the organization of a township, and the se
lection of the proper officers.
m m m
JESyMcClellan is getting into hot water.
Each day's developments only serve to entan
gle him the worse. The Committee on the
Conduct of the War are stirring deep into the
mis-doings of the past, and it is said that evi
dence of a strong nature against him is coming
to light. Charges are being prepared against
him with a view to court-martial. His recent
stumping tour in behalf of Coppcrheadism
should entitled him to this. The papers con
tain a letter from Gen. Scott, wherein " Little
Mac" is charged with disobedience of orders
as long ago as 1801.
'It is supposed by many that Kansas
will be exempt from the operation of the Con
scription Bill. The President is authorized by
the bill to give credit to the different States or
districts for the number of men already fur
nished by them. This, if Kansas is subjected
to the draft, will cut down materially the quota
required of us. But the situation and circum
stances of our people, should exempt the State
from the workings of the bill. The heavy
drain upon our numbers caused by the patriot
ism of our people, has left us hardly enough
men to carry on the ordinary pursuits of a
community. It is a question in our mind
whether there arc at this time hands enough
in the country to gather the coming crops.
The Times says that the agricultural interests
of the State would be ruined, and calls on the
authorities to canvass the subject.
SIGHS OF THE TIMES.
The main features of the Conscription Bill
we give in another column. It sets forth those
liable to military duty, in case the Adminis
tration should deem another call necessary.
Whether the law limits the President to .a cer
tain number, or not, we know not ; but we are
told the indications at Washington are that a
call for 000,000 or 800,000 more troops will
Boon be made under this act.
The want of a sufficient number of troops
has been a serious drawback to the cause of
the Government. This all must admit. But
that this only has been the impediment cannot
be sustained. We hold that there has already
been men enough in the field, as well as suffi
cient time used, to have crushed the rebellion
and restored peace to us. Drunken, incapable,
and lukewarm officers, arc those to whom, in
the main, must be charged the protraction of
this strife, and the unnecessary loss of so many
valuable lives. True, these were not the only
causes chargeable with this. A distinct policy
was wanting an earnest and energetic prose
cution of the work before us. Slavery was the
origin of the rebellion, and until the 1st of
January an impassable barrier to its suppres
sion. View the prospects before us in whatever
light you may, and everything tends to cheer
us to leave the impression that but few
months will elapse ere the work will have been
accomplished. The rebels themselves seem
conscious that they have lost the sympathies
of Europe, and the wails they set up regarding
Uic sigus of the times are truly pitiable. "ot
withstanding we have found fault with the
inactivity of our armies, in common with hosts
of others, and still believe much has been
wasted, we feel somewhat reproved by the
following admission of the Ilichmond Enquirer.
It is the concluding paragraph of an article
headed, '-Third Stage of the War." In no
quarter can the desponding editor see any
"signs of relaxation on the part of the enemy."
"Where, in all this icicle circuit, does the invasion
seem to be fainting or giving ground? All round
the border, and in the very heart of the Confederacy,
the foot of the enemy is planted and his felon Haq
flies ; and it means subjugation and extermina
tion. It is, indeed, the third stage of the war,
and we believe the last ; but the struggle wili
be desperate. If it be the last card it is one
on which the stake is life or death, honor or
sbanie cither our name and nation will be
extinguished in a night of blood and horror, or
vise a ucw sovereignly, tne newest, fairest,
proudest, will take her seat among the powers
of the earth, with the applause of man and the
blessings of Heaven."
This candid admission affords much ground
for hope. The evil resulting from the lack of
troops will doubtless soon be remedied. Great
improvement has been made in officers a
great deal of weeding out has been done. The
following compliment from the same article
proves this assertion :
"On the Rappahannock, two hundred thous
and men wait for a drying wind to move 'on
to Richmond' once more, led ly a genuine avot
tle of extermination. Under Hooker
they count upon owning Southern plantations
and giving law to Southern vassals." . '
A distinct policy has been attained. Slavery
now gives way to the Union. All obstacles
have been removed, and all, we believe, that is
necessary to wind the rebellion up, is simply
to go ahead.
In the proceedings of the United
States Senate, February 21, wc notice that
Lane's bill to grant land to Kansas for the
construction of railroads and telegraphs was
passed. Also a bill was introduced to grant
the right of way through the military re
serves of the State.
WHY THB,RKBKT.T.IOir 18 HOT PUT D0W2T.
Editors Union : By your leave I propose to
show why the Rebellion iB not put down. Some
charge Uie fault to the Administration ; others
to the want of patriotism of the people ; others
to the treaehery of some of the leading gener
als. Some charge the fault to one cause and
some to another. But, gentlemen, you can tell
your readers one thing, which is a fact, the
Union "army must be largely increased or down
goes the Republic.
In conversation the other day with a promi
nent officer of a Kansas regiment, he asked
why it was that Vicksburg and Richmond were
not abandoned, so far as fighting them was
concerned, and a large army of sufficient
strength be sent to some vulnerable point on a
railroad, say in Mississippi, and cut off the
lines of transportation between these two
hitherto impregnable points, another take pos
session of say some point on the East Tennes
see & Virginia R. It., and another of the
railroad in North Carolina? The answer
readily suggested itself, We have not men enough
in the field to do all this; for it would take all
of our grand army of the Potomac to go round
to the south of Richmond, which would give
the rebels Washington, although they might
lose Richmond an exchange which they no
doubt would be willing to make. Should the
army now at Nashville and Murfreesboro, and
other important points in Middle Tennessee,
leave their positions and take the E. T. & V. R.
R., what would hinder Bragg's Army from
taking possession of Nashville, Murfreesboro,
the Louisville & Nashville R. R., and even the
city of Louisvillo ? Nothing. But had we an
army to go in and occupy, Rosecrans could then
be spared to go and capture said E. T. & V. R.
R. In September I was with a portion of Buell's
army for a few days, while occupying the
Memphis &. Charleston R. It., through North
Alabama. One morning I saw them packing
up and preparing to leave in hot haste. On
inquiring, Is it possible that you are going to
give up this important point? the answer was,
Yes ; Bragg is marching on Nashville with a
tremendous force, and even Louisville is threat
ened, and for-thc icant of men enough at Nash
ville to meet Bragg, we are compelled to give
up this important country to the rebels and go
and meet him ourselves.
Now let us look at the relative strength of
the opposing armies. Looking at the Presiden
tial election returns of the seceded States, and
then at the fad that those States arc depopula
ted; that those States have sworn into the
service a number equal to their voting popula
tion (taking as they do boys of fourteen and
old men of sixty), and you have an army
amounting, in figures, to 1,500,000. Their first
were twelve month's men, but the Conscription
retains those. Of this number many have
died and have been killed in battle, yet it is
fair to presume that this number has been
made up by accessions from the Border States,
hence, it is fair to set the rebel army down at
one and a half million. The Federal army,
according to the report of the Secretary of War,
numbers seven hundred and some odd thous
and. This at first seemed too small to be correct,
until the twelve month's men were taken into
account, whose time had expired. Now these
are facts and figures, and not assertions, and
being facts what do they show? It shows that
the cause of the Union is bright if the people
and Administration will do their duty.
Let us look at the condition of the two sec
tions. The South has raised the last man.
Lame men who were not liable to do military
duty are on horseback in the rebel service.
Their supplies of everj: description arc nearly
exhausted. It is sometimes said that they are
receiving plenty from Europe; that the block
ade is ineffectual, &., &c. ; but how does it
happen if it is only a paper blockade that hand
cards for carding cotton, that once sold for
seventy-five cents, now sell at fifteen dollars,
as the writer has seen, and almost everything
in that proportion. It way be said that those
prices were paid in Confederate scrip; very
well, that shows that Confederate money is not
as good as greenbacks.
In conclusion, what is to be done ? Why,
let the Administration call for two millions of
men, and my word for it. the rebellion would
be put down in less than three months. Can
this number be raised ? Most certainly they
can. The writer lately made a trip East to
Boston, and the cry was all through the Great
rrce North, "ne don t miss the men; our
business is good. Wc hardly feel the war.
Goods arc high, it is true, but then wc get a
good price for our wool, and everything we
have to sell."
Is it an assertion ; is it not a fact, that the
Great North, with over twenty millions of free
people can raise two millions of soldiers ? Of
course they can be raised. And is it not true
that this number could put down the one and a
half million of rebels ? Most certainly.
Let us hope, then, that the people will soon
learn what is the matter, and save the country.
It is to be hoped, and no doubt it is the case,
" that the people when informed will do right,
The man who is not willing to fight for his
country is not worthy of a country. 'F.
8S, We learn that on Tuesday last Benj.
Seamen, of Linn Co., was arrested in this
city by constable M. O. Teeples, on a war
rant issued by A. S. Barnuni, at the instance
of Captain Eli Snyder, charged with mur
der. The facts as they have been repre
sented to us are, that in September last one
Robert Seaman generally known by the
name of Bates started off with some mon
ey belonging to a band of jayhawkers.
The jayhawkers followed him to this city,
took him a short distanco from town and
shot him. Benj. Seamen it is alleged was
chief the gang, and either committed the
murder himself or ordered it to be done.
When taken he was on his way to Iowa:
His examination has been continued till the
5th of March for the purpose of procuring
material testimony. iWa Ecrald.
y Senator Pomeroy has introduced a
resolution in the U. S. Senate, providing
for the organization of regiments for the
purpose of building the Pacific Railroad,
The Conscription Bill.
This conscription bill, ought to bo thor
oughly understood by the people. It pro
vides, in substance, as follows . - x
All able-bodied citizens, and those who
have declared their intentions to become
such, or have exercised the right of suffrage,
between the ages of twenty and forty-five
years, constitute the National forces of the
United States, and are liable to perform,
military duty when called out by the Presi
dent. The exempts are -those only who are
physically or mentally unfit, the Vice
President, heads of Executive Departments,
United States Judges, Governors of States,
only son of an indigent widow, or infirm
parent, or one such son, where there are
two or more, to be selected by the parent,
also the only brother of orphan children
under twelve years, also tho father of
motherless children of the same age; and
where two of a family nre in military ser
vice the remainder of such family, not
exceeding two, shall be exempt. No per
son convicted of felony shall be enrolled or
permitted to serve.
The national force not now in service is
to be divided into two classes, the first em
bracing all between twenty and thirty-five
years of age, and all unmarried men between
thirty-five and forty-five years of age. The
second class embraces all the others, and
will not be called into the service until after
the first class. For convenience of enroll
ment, districts are made corresponding with
the Congressional districts, in each of which
the President appoints a provost marshall,
with rank and pay of captain of cavalry, or
he may detail an officer of similar rank,
who shall have a Bureau in the War De
partment, and shall make needful rules and
regulations for carrying out the provisions
of this act. These marshalls are to arrest
deserters, report treasonable practices, and
detect spies, &c.
In each district there is to be a Board of
Enrollment, consisting of the Provost Mar
shall and two other persons, appointed by
the President, one of whom is to be a
physician and surgeon. This board shall
divide the district ioto convenient sub
districts, and perfect an enrollment once in
each year, each class to bo enrolled sepa
rately. Persons thus enrolled are subject
for two years to be cilled into service to
serve for three years or during the war, on
the same footing with the present volunteers
advance pay, bounty money, &c, included.
When necessary to make a draft, the Pres
ident shall indicate the number for each
district, taking into consideration (he num
ber already furnished since the beginning
of tho war, so as to fairly equalize the
burden; the enrolling officers shall then
make the draft with 50 per cent addition,
and within ten days serve notices upon the
Substitutes may be furnished, or com
mutation made not to exceed three hundred
dollars, at the discretion of tho Secrotary
of War. Any person drafted and failing
to report, or furnish a substitute, or pay
his commutation, .shall be deemed n desert
er and subject to immediate arrest. Tho
bill provides for a proper surgical examin
ation of drafted men, and the punishment
of surgeons who receive bribes. When the
malt is um&neu, all those not laKen nre
allowed traveling pay back to their homes.
Those who furnish substitutes aro exempt
for the cntieo time of the draft, and the
substitute has the same pay. &c., as though
The bill also provides that volunteers now
in service who rc-enlist for one year shall
have a bounty of fifty dollars, one-half paid
down ; these who enlist for two years re
ceive twenty-five dollars cf the regular one
hundred dollars bounty. There aro also
provisions for tho consolidation of skeleton
regiments ; also that generals in the field
may execute court-matial sentence against
spies, deserters, mutineers or murderers,
without reference. to the President; courts
martial may reduce absentee officers to the
ranks; clothing, arms, &c, shall not be
sold, pledged or given away, and may be
taken wherever found in illegal hands; per
sons who entice soldiers to desert, or harbor
them, or buy their arms or uniforms, and
ship captains and railroad conductors who
knowingly convey deserters, may be fined
five hundred dollars and imprisoned from
six months to two years.
Any person who resists a draft, or coun
sels others to do so, or dissuades them from
performing military duty, shall be summar
rily arrested, locked up until the draft is
finished, then tried by a civil court, and
finod five hundred dollars or imprisoned two
years, or both. The President on the pas
sage of this act, shall issue a proclamation
recalling absentees from the army, who may
return without punishment within the time
indicated, except the forfeiture of pay for
the term of absence; those who do not
return will be deserters. Officers absent
with leave, except for sickness or wounds,
receive half pay; officers absent without
leave, no pay at all. There are other pro
visions, but chiefly of details not particular
sT About 150 sick and wounded men
were brought to Fort Scott last Monday.
Also about 300 refugees. So says a gen
tleman who saw them. He says the refu
gees were in an awful condition, some of
them being wrapped in pieces of old wagon
sheets, their only clothes. Whites,' In
dians, and Negroes, barefoot, and looking
almost starved, coming here for the protec
tion and assistance of those are enjoying
the blessings of health, plenty and pros
perity. Will that assistance be given them,
or will they be lett to perish. Monitor.
J9 From the report of Quartermaster
Haskell, it appears that the property con
fiscated and turned over to the Government
by the Kansas Division of ths Army of the
Frontier in Arkansas, amounts to, about
$75,000. Pretty good for the Kansas boys.
i An Act M
Relatiag to Unorganized OenntiesrhiU tW
reawm i attached to an Orfnnized Cointy er
'Be it enacted by the LfyialatHre of tfte'btate
of Kansas :
Section 1. That so long as any one of
tne unorganizea counties in mis state shall
bo attached to an organized county "for
judicial purposes, it shall constitute and
form one of the municipal townships hereof
and as such shall be entitled to: township
officers, and. all things pertaining to the
rights and privileges of a township, and be
subject to the same regulations and liabili
ties as other townships of such county.
Provided, however, that in no case shall
the taxable property, in such unorganized
county, be liable to be taxed for the con
struction of county buildings, or making
public improvements within such organized
county, and all school districts within such
unorganized county shall be separately de
scribed and numbered.
Sec. 2. That this act shall be in force
from and after its publication once in the
Daily State Record.
I hereby certify that the above bill ori
ginated in the House on the 30 th day of
January, A. D. 1863, and passed that body
on the 19th day of February, A. D. 1863.
A. It. BANKS,
Chief Clerk House of Representatives.
Speaker House of Representatives.
Passed the Senate March 2d, 1863.
T. A. OSBORNE, Prcs't of the Senate.
JOHN FRANCIS, Secretary.
Approved March 2d, 1864.
State of Kansas, Executive Department, "
Ofiice of Secretary of State, V
Topeka, March 2d, 18C3. J
I hereby certify tho foregoing to be a
true copy of the original enrolled law on
file in my office.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto
set my hand and seal of office.
W. W. II. LAWRENCE, Sec'y of State.
The Conscription Bill in the House.
Wasiiinton, Feb. 25.
Mr. Powell again bitterly denounced
Gilbert for dispersing the Frankfort Con
vention, which was to have nominated him
for Governor. Wilson retorted by de
nouncing the members of that convention
as traitors, only too cowardly to join the
The House took up the conscription bill
again, and the majority permitted the call
for tho previous motion to be withdrawn to
prevent the Democrats from having any
reason to charge them with an effort to stifle
debate. It is still under discussion, but
the Republicons will try to force it to a vote
before the close of to-night's session.
The chairman of the military committee
is now (midnight) closing the debate on
tba conscription bill.
Mr. Yallandigham made a bitter and
forcible speech against it, to which Mr.
Bingham made a splendid response.
Mr. Yallandigham warmed under Ring
ham's fire, and attempted insolently to
interrupt ; to which Mr. Biugham prompt
ly responded with repartee so cutting that
Yallandigham was contented to desist.
Voorhie3 made a speech in reply to
Bingham, which would have been a capital
partisan effort on the stump, but was whol
ly unworthy the dignity of the United
States Congress. He declared that any
attempt to enforce this conscription in In
diana would result in bloodshed.
The Lobs of the Queen of the West.
At 10 o'clock on Saturday morning we
captured tho Confederate steamer New Era,
No. 5, loaded with stores for the rebel
army at Little Rock. There were on board
95 privates and three commissioned officers.
The privates were paroled and the officers
Wc had heard that a rebel battery was
in position 80 miles from the mouth.of Red
River, at Gordon's Landing ; r.nd a we
approached within 300 yards of the fort,
while rounding a point, the pilot ran the
Queen hard aground. In this position the
rebel batteries opened fire upon us with
guns of heavy calibre. The Queen had no
guns bearing on the fort, And could not
reply. One shot, coming between case
ments and deck, perforated her steam-chest,
and we were compelled to abandon her and
escape down the river, some in skiffs, some
on cotton bales and some on the De Soto.
The bteam penetrated every portion of the
vessel, but the fracture was so small that
but one man was scalded very seriously, an
engineer, who is not expected to live. One
white man and four negroes were drowned.
Col. Eilett escaped to the De Soto on a bale
of cotton. The enemy have possession of
tne Queen of the West. All the survivors
were removed to the Era No. 5, and the De
Soto was blown up and sunk. We were
pursued by the gunboat W. H. Webb ; but
fortunately, just before she overtook us, we
met the U. S. gunboat Indianola. The
indianola fired two guns at the Webb, and
she ran like a deer. We remained with the
Indianola two days, and then started for
"Non-Intervention" and Southern Ideas.
Certain officers on the staffs of Generals
Hunter and Foster, who have been at
Washington within a few days past, de
nounce very bitterly the officers of the two
British men-of-war, in Charleston harbor.
Their purpose there, they say, is for the
purpose of carrying a million and a half of
gold, which the rebels have accumulated at
Charleston for the purpose of purchasing
arms and war-like munitions in Europe.
This is one of the results of Secretary Sew
ard's lenient orders.permitting British naval,
vessels to enter any of the blockaded ports,
where our own vessels cannot so. The
officers, who are thus denounced are known
to have engaged ia carrying mails and in
telligence between Charleston and Nassau,
and are the men who united 'twith Beaure
gard and the Consuls in the declaration
that the blockade was broken, and said they
went out aver the bar with a declaration
which is proven by the united teetinMny.of
our officers a the station tcbe wholly and
palpably umtrue. J ? ' -
I The Richmond J&quircr, o the 18th,
expresses great indignation against Baron
L'Huy'a peace plan, and scouts all ideas of
mediation, and says " all the commissioners
they have are Beauregard, Longstreet,
Jackson and Johnson."
In reference to the proposed conference,
it says r y
" It is well the Jacobin Government re
fuses the suggestion. - Conferences are good
and battles are good, but both together
would be too much. The French Emperor
was snubbed by England and lectured bv
the United States. Will he end as he
ought to have began by recognizing the
Confederacy and sending a minister to
Richmond ? Until be comes to this point,
the Confederates will no more thank him
for his interference than the Yankees."
A Richmond dispatch of February 20th,
referring to one of Yallandigham's recent
speeches, says this speech looks like a lucid
interval in the Northern mind. Their army
will be 300,000 only on piper, let us keep
ours up to OU0,Q00, and dictate peace at
Washington or Alexandria.
GENERAL NEWS ITEMS.
It may be regarded as certain that the
subject of meidation will be discussed in
Congress before the adjournment, and reso
lutions will probably be offered from tho
Administration side, giving Europe fair
warning to stand " hands off," and make no
further c Obits to meddle in our business,
Rebel authorities, negotiating an ex
change of prisoners, say there are in the
Southern jails from 3,000 to 4,000 North
ern civilian prisoners. They hold very few
prisoners of wnr, and the balance in ex
change of prisoners is very largely in our
favor, The few soldiers cf ours they have
are mostly in hospital,
The Times' dispatch says Gen. Hooker
has arrested thirty deserters and had them
tried by court-martial, which sentenced
them to be shot. It is believed ho will
inexorably enforce the sentenoe.
A plan has been submitted to the Mili
tary Committee of both Houses for consol
idating regiments in the field, and for filling
them up to the maximum, and keeping
them full from the new troops to be raised
under the new conscription law. It gives
the President power to muster out of the
service officers whom the consolidation may
leave without commands, always discrimin
ating in favor of the oldest in the field and
most noted for service and ability.
A special to the Cincinnati Commercial
from Indianapolis says the withdrawal of
uie uuion memoers irom tue House on
Weducsday, has, perhaps, put an end to
further legislation this session. But two of
tho minority were in the hall this afternoon.
All have now gone home. The ciuse was
an attempt to pass an unconstitutional
measure to strip the Governor of all mili
Gen. Butler was offered the command of
the expedition against Yicksburg, but de
clined. Tho Sunday Mercury's dispatch states
a long list of officers who have uttered dis
loyal sentiments has been reported. They
will be dismissed and the list published,
The Herald's dispatch says tho Virginia
roads are becoming passable.
A Fort Monroe correspondent states : By
private advices from Richmond received al
Norfolk, I learn the small pox is making
frightful ravages in Richmond. The dis
ease has assumed the form of a plague, and
the city presents tne appearance of a huge
Gen. Cameron has resigned, and Clay
been reappointed Minister to Russia.
The reports from the military hospitals
at Washington, Alexandria and vicinity,
present a very gratifying improvement in
the health of the army. The number of
patients now is less than 7,000, showing a
decreaso of about 15,000 from the highest
number under treatment at any one time.
At no time within a year has the num
ber fallen so low.
Camp near Vicksburg, Feb. 19.
After a week or two of steady rain, the
sky has again cleared up ; the water has
already covered a good part of the camping
ground, so that the rain ceases not a mo
ment too soon. Yesterday we had quite a
spirited engagement between one of our
mortars and the enemy s batteries. About
noon a mortar b'oat was towed down to a
favorable position within easy range of
Vicksburg, and directly across from their
principal batteries. The boat immediately
commenced firing, most of the shell being
directed at the rebel steamer Vicksburg,
which was hit two or three times, but the
extent of damage was not known. The
rebels replied from two batteries, 'throwing
shot and shell into the water around our
mortar, but causing no injary. It is un
derstood that a couple of boats will remain
constantly at that point, to annoy the rebel
oy uropping avery utteen minutes some
shells among them.
Reports from all our operations around
here are very favorable. The canal by way
of Lake Providence is regarded as a cer
tainty, and it is thought will be finished in
ten days. The ironclad, Indianola, is
understood to be above Port Hudson, and
to have destroyed a steamer which was lay
ing under the guns at that place. Stirring
times may be expected here within two
Second Dispatch. Nothing has yet
been heard from the ram Qeeen of the
West, which started several nights a?o for
Red River. About a dozen rebel vessels
were known to be up that stream, and her
mission wiu oe one ot the greatest import
ance. Already much suffering is known to
exist in Vicksburg, in- consequeioc of our
ram thus cutting off their entire liver com
munication. Deserters state that unless
they have relief speedily, that place will of
necessity he evacuated. K A rebel lieutenant
while speaking otrtbe natter yesterday, to
our officer, wept, 'saying it was too bad to
see brave soldiers thus in danger of being
disgraced by starvation, cud not allowed to
defend their homes. There is no doubt
whatever that these stories of privation are
The gunboat Indianola is supposed to.
have already passed Port Hudson, andA
communicated with Gen. Banks.
The belief is becoming strong (hat boats
will be able to reach Red River from the
Mississippi at Lake Providence, and the
consequences of such a result could not be
but important, as the principal supplies of
the unsubdued districts there come down
the Red River. To pass from the Lake
into the Mississippi, however, will yet cost
hard labor, as a canal is is be dug threo
miles in length must wash considerably after
being dug, iu order to make it practicable
for steamboats. It is settled that the real
destination of the gunboat Indianola was a
point on Black River, this side of Grand
Gulf, forty miles below Vicksburg, where
the enemy's boats where lying, and where
the Jackson & Vicksburg railroad crosses.
The destruction of this road would strike a
damaging blow to the Confederates.
The steamship Africa, from Liverpool
14th, arrived at New York Feb. 28th.
The London Times ridicules the Lord
Mayor for bringing Mason into promiuenco
and shows the affair was without significance
and says Mason's remarks about an early
recognition, are far ahead of the facts.
That when the Federals find themselves
obliged to leave the Confederates in quiot
possession of their slates will be time for
the discussion of tho question of recogni
tions That Mason has received no assist
ance or encourngemont except from irrc"
A Liverpool mass meeting to adopt an
address of sympathy to Presideut Lincoln
is fixed for the 19th,
The Polish insurgents show continued
activity. The London Times reiterates its
belief that the rising of tho Poles is a v
thoroughly national affair, and headed by
the Catholic priests. It is said the insurg
ents appear to be increasing, and keeping a
hold on the province of the country.
The Sumter had left Gibraltcr destina
The reply of President Lincoln to the
Manchester address was republished. It
deplores the sufferings occasioned by tho
cotton famine, and rejoices that the efforts
to create sympathy for the secessionists was
a failure. It gives utterance to the Man
chester meeting as sublime heroism, and
expresses a deairc for perpetual peace be
tween the two nations.
A great meeting has been held at Ballon
which expressed warm sympathy for the
The Pari3 Moniteur, noticing the cor
respondence in the intercepted Confederate
dispatches, says the so-called Consul of
France is not even a paid consular agent of v
France at Galveston. He acted ns deputy
to the Consul at New Orleans. The ouly
instructions he received from France were
to maintain the greatest reserve, and care
fully abstain from every kind of political
interference in the affairs of the country.
The Revolution in Poland.
The Russian accounts of the insurrection
in Poland report that the rebels have been
crushed, but Russian official bulletius aro
not the most reliable in the world. Tho
Warsaw correspondent of the Berlin iVa
tionul Zaitung, writing on the 25th Jan.,
says: "I can only confirm my account of
yesterday, that the country is in completo
revolt, According to the arrangements of
the revolutionary party, the outbreak was
not to take place until the 1st of May, but
tho government themselves have hastened
the catastrophe by the unhappy recruiting
movement. From all parts of the country
wiuc vau lupins, una ioiiowmg tne other.
In Kiele and in Sicdlic Provisionary Gov
ernments are established. Fighting has
taken place at many points with varied
results. All the telegraphic lines are brok
en, and on the Warsaw and St. Petersburg
and the Vienna Railways, the rail are toro
up and carried off. On the Warsaw and
St. Petersburg line the insurgents have
burnt a bridge. All the lines have become
insecure, and it will cost tho Government
much trouble to become masters of the
movement. The insurgents seem to be
about to carry on a guerrilla warfare. A
great inducement for the extension of ac
revolt is, that all the landholders have de
clared to their peasants that they desire no
rent from them, and that all the ground
they hold is given to them in the future.
The country people now begin to waver,
and at many places they already make com
mon cause with the rebels. Altoghter it it
estimated that tbcro are 500,000 rehels in
The Indianola Captured.
U. S. Mississippi Squatjrov. 1
Via Memphis, March 1. j
To Hon. Gideon Welles, See. of Nayy :
I regret to inform you that the-Indianofa
has also fallen into the hands of the enemy.
The rams Webb and Queen of the West
attacked her 25 miles from here, und ram- i
med hero until she surrendered, all of which
can be traced to a non-compliance with my
orders. I do not know the particulars.
D. Porter. Com.
From Fort Doselso. f
Gen. Tottle, at Cairo, has received the
following dispatch from CoL Lowe :
Fort Henry, Feb. 12.
The forces of GeB. Rosecrans' command
have captured six hundred of Gen. Mor
gan's men. We are still picking up deift
and wounded in the neighborhood of Fort
Dooekon. The desd will sow umber
more than two hundred.
(Signed) W. H. Lowr,