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A Call From Missouri.
Fillow Citizens of th Fkii Statjs:
Placed on an advanced post of liberty in the
presoDl straggle for the maintenance of our
Government, we have in obedience to the
call of our President, organized the four
regiments of volunteers from Missouri. , As
citizens of a otAte wbose nrst executive is,
as you well know, opposed to the Govern
ment of tbe United States, wo, as a matter
of course, cannot expect support from bim,
or tbe State Government, for furthering tbe
purpose of tbe Federal Government. We
are therefore compelled to appeal to tbo
sympathies of our follow citizens in the free
Stat o.s, who have, with unprecedented unan
imity come to the support of our Govern
ment, for tbe necessary menus of providing
our first equipment. Many of our men are
destitute of tbe means to purchase tbe ne
cessary uniform, blankets, die.
Having no claim on our General Govern
ment until after three mouths' service, we
appeal to the sympathies of our Union
loving fellow citizens in the free Stales for
tbo necessary assistance and support, fully
satisfied that a part of that patriotic libor
nlity so Iroely sbown to their own volun
teers, will not bo withheld from us. Antic
ipating such sympathy we will strain every
nerve to uphold tbo authority of our Fed
eral Government in this remote and import
ant post of the great West, agaiust treason
and rebellion, in order that tbe wishes of
the patriots and Union loving men of this
country may soon be fulfilled, and that re
bellion be forever crushed, and the cause of
right and justice be triumphant over treason
Gov. Gustavus Kosruer, of Belleville, 111.
has kindly consented to act for us as receiver
and disburser; and without consultation, we
feel at liberty to ask Isaac Sherman, Esq.
and Sigismund Kaufman, Esq., of tbe City
of New York, Evans Rogers, Esq., of
Philadelphia, and Judge Kuosell, of Boston,
to act in our behalf in those cities.
FRANK P. BLAIR,
Colonel Ftret Rfrinwnt Mieeourl Volunteer.
Colonel SMond Repiment llieeouri Volunteers.
HENRY BŒERNSTEIN. F. SIGEL,
ColnnelTbhd' Rflrtment MinnonH Volunteer.
Colonel Fourth Regiment Miunuri Volunteer.
All papers friendly to the objects of this
publication will confer a favor by copying
it into tbeir columns.
Position of the Government.
Tbe N. Y. Tribune has advices, from
Washington which assure it that tbe govern
ment is fully determined on war an active
and aggressive war, to vindicate the power
and dignity of tbo Uuited States. Mr.
Lincoln has long been strongly in favor of
this policy, and so nave Messrs. Clair, (Jhaso,
and Cameron. Messrs. Seward and Wells
at first dissented, but have at length yield
ed to the general voice of tbe people. ' In
allusion to tbo recent attacks in the news
papers upon tbe Administration, Mr. Lin
coln said on the 1st: "We can afford to
pass them by with the dying words of the
Massachusetts statesman, 'We still live.'
I am sure tboy don't worry trie any, and I
reckon they don't benefit the ' parties who
write them." , ' : ' '
1 ' e ' i
From a statement in the Washington
Republican, we gather 'that fifty-one per
sons are now employed that is,' paid
about the Capitol of the United States as
draftsmen,' clerks, messengers, Ac.,' &e j in
connection with ' the Capitol Extension,
wbiob Is at a dead stand, while tbe amount
"paid these gentlemon mainly "open or se
cret sympathizers with the Secession rebels
is considerably over f I.OOQ per week.
We. respectfully suggest that they may be
discharged In a Imnp, and the "money now
paid saved fo buy Provisions' and Munitions
for the War. If tut Tor It Trtbnne.-
Military Matters at Washington.
Special dispatches to the Cincinnati Commercial.
Washington, May 10.
Tbe Pennsylvania Regiment, together
witb tonr hundred regular Army Infantry
and Sherman's Six-gun Battery, came in
this evening. Tbe regulars are just return
ed from Texas, and look rather worse for
Six companies of flying artillery with
thirty-six field pieces are now stationed here.
I be number ot troops now in tbe city lira
its exceeds 25,000
Daily visits to tbe White House and De
partments give mo the best possible oppor
tunity to ascertain tbe relative zeal of Presi
dent, Secretaries and assistants in discharg
ing their duties at this momentous time,
and I can assure your readers, that all labor
faithfully and energetically for tbe country's
An absence of exciting events for a few
days should not induce the belief that mat
ters are going wrong or slow at headquarters.
Ibe war will be prosecuted vigorously as
soon as plans of iutended aggressive ruovo
mentsaro fully elaborated, and all the means
to carry tbem out successfully will be at the
hand of the military authorities.
No less than eight steam craft, heavily
loaded with ammunition, and with clothing,
blankets, dec., and provisions, have arrived
up the Potomac within tbe last forty-eight
hours. Supplies now here would feed one
hundred thousand troops a whole year
Much confusion has prevailed heretofore, in
the subsistence department, but matters are
now rapidly brought into working order.
four hundred unmounted cavalry arrived
tbis afternoon. Tbey inarched through
Maryland, from the Pennsylvania lino, with
out being tbe least molested.
Xbos. . f . Meagher, tbe Irish patriot.
reached here last night. Ho is attached to
tbe 69tb Kegiment, tbe band of which es
corted bim to quarters.
Senator Wade is here on military busi
Explosion in a Virginia Coal Mine.
Explosions of "fire damp" are not as common
in tho enal mines of thin country as in those of
Ureal Britain, and are there lore more noticeable
when they do occur. On the 30th ult., three
Germans at work in a coal mine at Wetree. on
the Ohio river, a few miles below Wheeling,
went Into the mine a usual, -with their lamps
Durning on ine iront pan 01 uieir cape. A
strong wind had interfered with the ventilation
of the mine, so that the "fire damp" had accumu
lated. The explosion of gas must have occrred
immediately on their entrance, but the fact was
not known until two hours afterwards, when the
strong smell of gas and the disturbance of the
soil awakened suspicion. Two men went in at
the risk ot their lives and pulled out toe insen
sible bodies of the three miners. Two were
dead, and horribly shattered by the explosion.
1 he third la alive ana may possiDly recover.
The people of Virginia have reason to bo
indignant at the manner in which they are
mad a cat's-paw to pull hot chestnuts out
Of tbe fire for tbe rebel confederacy. Vir
ginia has been draws) into the secession
folly, and tbe seat of war thus transferred
to a safe distance from the Cotton States,
and these Slates now fail to rush to the
rescue when tho Virginians suppose that
they are in imminent danger of attack.
" If the Southern Confederacy is worthy of
existence, says tbe Richmond Examiner,
"it will come at once to the front. . "The
Southern States," it says again, "are both
traitors and cowards if they do not come at
once to the front," "Why," H exclaims,
"do the wheels of tbe chariot tarry! Tbe
hour for action ts on us, and if tbe South
has ' half the decision for which it has- the
credit that hour will not pass unemployed."
Tbo people of, Virginia begin to suspect
lbat tbey have got into- bad company.
Tborr Blat is tbe rat that foolishly volun
teoted tvput the boll on tho.cat.
A gentleman who recently returned from
tho South, where be had spent some year,
9ays that the groat body of the Secession-'
ists foel perfectly sure of taking Washing
ton. Thoy expect to bring 400,000 men
into tho field ty midsummer, when they
calculate tbnt the heat will bo far more op
pressive to the Northern troops than lo
theirs, and that then if not sooner, they ex
pect to acbievo thoir great triumph.' They
caloulate on powerful, aid from Maryland at
the critical moment and mean to make
sure work of it.
We print these calculations to warn our
people of the desperate nature of tbe strug
glo before us. ' We cannot make too groat
preparations for it, nor be ready for greater
sacrifices than will be iroporitivoly required.
New York Tribune.
A leading mercantile house in Philadel
phia, which has done much and paid liber
ally to stand well with the South, lately re
ceived a letter from a debtor in Louisiana
in these terras:
"Our note to you for 10,000, due this
daj, will not be paid. We have lent tho
money to the Confederate States, and you
may go to ."
I be creditors hope to make of their ac
count a cartridge to fire at tho rebels.
They have no idea of ever realizing it other
wise. The Washington Chronicle of Sunday
says: Major Anderson, who arrived in
Washington yesterday, was the bearer from
New York of $4,000,000 in gold from tho
New York sub-treasury to tbe U. S. Treas
ury in Washington. .
Last week, tho ladies of Boston were in
formed that five thousand shirts, for soldi ors,
were required within twenty-four hours.
They joined with thorn sotno of tho ladies
of Roxbury, secured the assistance' of sewing-machines,
went to work in ."Liberty
Hall, thoir headquarters, and bad tho
whole number completed fairly within the
allotted time; . . .
By an address from Frank P. Blair and
others to the citizens of the Free States,
published in another column, it will beseem
that the loyal men of Missouri appeal to
their brethren here for aid in arming
against the enemies of the' Union. Their
State Government will givo tbem noilber
sympathy nor assistance; but tbey ' are
ngnt in tooKingio me rree iioriu ior tneir
help, and they will not be disappointed.
Tbo Richmond Enquirer whines pitifully
over what it calls the "hypocracjr of North
ern statesmen. It says the fact is clearly
demonstrated that tho "Northern 'allies'
upon whom we chiefly relied, are as 'fals as
boll,' and that our only safety, is in the
erection of a wall between us and tliorrr as
high as Heaven.".
U. S. Cavalry. The attention of tha
Government has been given to tbe organi
zation of tbe mounted troops now in the
U. S, regular service. The present strength
is as follows: Two regiments of dragoons,
2,000 ; one regimont of mounted riflemen,
1,000; Two regiments of cavalry, 2,000
Total, (,000 men. These soldier aro sta
tioned in diflurent part of tbe country.
There are about 1,000 of thnm at prosent
located in tho Department of tha East,
chiefly members of the Second Cavalry.
Of the new addition to tha army, to consiat
of 7,000 men, one or two regiments will be
"horse soldiers." t ;- . ; ',
' ' There1 is atirivnte in the' Rhode Island
regiment at Washinton who iV worth half a
million of dollars. Tbo Tribune's Wash
ington correspondent states that he ' saw
him mopping the floot of the barracks. 1