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SAINT PAUL. Saint Paul, Friday, July 90,1861. Minnesota Disgraced at the Capital. A gallant and reliable officer of the first regiment, in a letter published by us yester day, calls loudly for aid for the regiment. He says the condition of the men is deplo rable ; “ that we are probably the worst “ provided regiment in the whole service. “ Many of our men have not been out for “ days, because they had no pants to wear.” Why is it that Minnesota is thus disgraced at Washington? Upon whom should the blame fall ? We answer upon the State authorities alone. It was the duty of Gov. Ramsey, if he was disinclined to convene the Legislature to make proper provision for the comfort of our soldiers, to have assumed the responsibility himself, and looked to the people’s representatives for a ratification of his acts. They were free of their pledges of “men and money” last win ter, to support the Federal Administration. Why uot make them good ? The fact is, our weak-backed Governor was afraid to assume auy responsibility whatever, and in this he was most ably seconded by his Ad jutant General. We do not believe the record ui recent military operations, in any State of the North, will begin to equal in inefficiency and vacillation, the action of our State authorities. It will be a rich history when it is written. —The Press — “the organ”—is endeavor ing to white-wash the State functionaries from the attacks made upon them by Kino, of the Minneapolis Atlas, who is now at Washington. Its success has not been re markable, and, we do not think, has affected in the least the almost universal sentiment of this community. In a late article, in speaking of the matter of clothing, referred to above, it says : It is true, the articles were not quite as good as might have been had in the Eastern cities; but they were the best that could be provided here at the time, and in time to get the Regi ment into the held. They were all examined by United States army officers, who decided that they would answer, and that of course the soldiers would not be charged in their clothing account for more than they were worth. The last sentence of the above quotation, which is an attempt to throw the blame of the purchase of worthless articles upon Unitid States Army officers, is without the slightest foundation. The goods were not examined by United Mates Army officers, and the responsibility oi their purchase and quality rests solely with the state authori ties. —We 6ee only OBe way to even partially remedy the blunders or ciimes of the State Administration, in the equipment of the First Regiment. Let it be doue by volun tary subscriptions from cities, towns and counties of the State; from individuals, churches, and schools. The suggestion of Chaplain Neill to the parsons, is a good one; but let everybody put his shoulder to the wheel. Why should not the Board of Commissioners of this County, or the City Council of St. Faul, devote a §I,OOO to this purpose. It will stimulate subscrip tions from other towns and counties in the State ; and a commencement of the good work is all that is needed. —The following is the article from the Minneapolis Allas, which called forth the strictures of the Press : But I cannot refrain from remarking in this connection, that the infamous swindle perpe trated upon the Regiment in the furnishing of uniforms, was most painfully evident upon their arrival here. Their shirts, pants and shoes were “as good as gone,” when they reached this city, and they will have to be refurnished before they can ever take the field. If certain distinguished geutlemen, whose duty it was to procure uniforms for our brave volunteers, will not think me too inqusitive or impudent, I would like to ask who it was that robbed them of the clothes ou their back, and the shoes .on their feet; who it was that thus picked the pockets of those noble fellows, who so cheer fully tore themselves away from home and friends to fight and die, if need be, for their country’s salety and honor ? If certain gentle men can spend the time, can forego their “regular business” of rubbing their sore heads and swearing about our Congressional delega tion and the federal appointments long enough to furnish such information, and will do it, I won’t stop to inquire why the First Regiment was sent off without sufficient camp equipage, without baggage wagons, without ambulances for the sick and wounded, all of which other States have supplied, and tor which the Fed eral Governmeut pays the bills. 1 won’t ask our worthy Governor why our Regiment was thus turned out of the State in such a con dition, uncovered and uprovided for by the State authorities as other State troops have been, if I can only have an honest and truth ful answei to the question of who stole them naked ? Pacific Railroad. —Co). Crooks, the engineer of the Minnesota and Pacific Rail road, informs us that the road bed from the river to a point near the cemetery, in the rear of the city, has been put in complete order lor the superstructure. This portion was most injured by freshets, and the re mainder on to St. Anthony can be put in good condition in a very short time. Mr. Crooks will soon commence the erection of a freight house near the river. There seems to be an urgent necessity now for the ex tension and grading of Third street to its point of intersection with the railroad, and we hope the City Fathers will be ready to afford every facility for the accommodation of the business interests of the city. ;V : V' v 4U.- ' v s The Expulsion of tfee Seceding Sen- It is humiliating to our State that one of her Senators found nothing worthy of expulsion from the United States Senate in the most fla grant treason of those arch traitors, Hason, Hunter, Clingman, Wigfall, etc. In the vote upon Senator Clark’s resolution expelling these miserable Catalines, Senator Rioe’s name is recorded among the nays. The resolution was adopted, 32 to 10.—-Press. Mr. Bicb did not vote for the expulsion of the seceding Senators for the reason ad vanced by Mr. Latham, of California, who moved that their names be stricken from the roll, and their seats declared vacant. He (Latham) made this motion because he knew that some of the Senators proposed to be expelled were not in favor of seces sion—they had even labored to prevent it; but they thought they had no right to re main in their seats in the Senate after the action of their States, in formally with drawing from Union. Mr. Rick coin cided with Mr. Latham, and voted to de clare the seats of the Senators vacant, and .to strike their names from the roll. He voted, too, with Andrew Johnston, of Tennessee, who favored the same policy. The Press, with characteristic dishonesty, suppresses a portion of the facts, to indulge in a fling at Senator Rice, who has uniform ly voted during the session, for every meas ure sustaining the Administration in a vig orous and energetic prosecution of the war for the restoration of the Union. We pre sume this is part of its policy, to denounce as a “traitor” the man who does not sub scribe to the Abolition vagaries of such radicals as Lovejoy, Hale, Sumner, and Chandler. Another “Masked Battery.” The Press pays no attention to those masked batteries, chiefly engineered by Simon Cameron, which are doing so much injury to public service, by demoralizing the army and plundering the government. It has not the independence to criticise a single act of the administration. Party be fore the country ; the plunderers before our gallant soldiers, appears to be its rule of ac tion, except when, Titus Oakes like, it is in search of “ a plotthen our cotemporary is monopolizing and vociferous in his pa triotism. We are glad this is not the way with all Republican journals. The New York limes, ot last Saturday, exposes another of Simon’s ‘‘masked batte ries,” in the removal of Colonel Craig, the head of the Ordnance Bureau, and the ap pointment in his»stead, in violation of the regulations of the service, of Col. Ripley. Colonel Craig has rendered himself obnox ious to the mercenary crew of jobbers and peculators who have dealings with the gov ernment, by his unflinching resistance to their schemes of plunder; and these men have had the adroitness, through Cameron’s agency, to get rid of him. The limes 7cor respondent, after stating the fact that Col. Craig was before removed from the Ord nance Bureau, by Floyd, but reinstated by the patriotic Holt, add 3: The conduct of the present head of the War Department in following in the footsteps of Floyd, by making friends of his friends, and enemies oi his enemies, is inexplicable. The fact that Colonel Craig incurred the hostility of that arch-traitor and prince of public plun derers, by his refusal to connive at frauds upon the Treasury, will commend his case to the favorable consideration of all honest men, and the people will demand the reason why a Re publican Secretary of War has struck hands with Floyd’s parasites in the effort to get rid of this officer. Colonel Craig, as I am assured by well in formed persons, who have given spe.ial atten tion to army affaiis, has seen more hard ser. vice than any other officer of his corps. He was in the war of 1812, and in that with Mexi co he was honorably mentioned by General Taylor in his official reports of the patties of Palo Alto, ltesaca, Monterey and Buena Vista, and was breveted. During a ten years’ admin istration ot the affairs of the Ordnance Depart ment, he bas incurred the ill will of the whole army of jobbers and speculators. JHor« Privateers off the Coast. In addition to the Sumpter war steamer, which got to sea from New Orleans, the re bels have other marauding vessels off the coast. One of them, formerly the revenue cutter Washington, seized at New Orleans, but now sailing under the name of the Jeff. Davis, captured five merchant vessels, and sent them with prize crews to Southern ports, during the first ten days of this month, in the neighborhood of Cape Hatt eras. The Davis is heavily armed and com manded by an ex officer of the Federal navy, Postell, by name. On the 12th, a fleet of revenue cutters sailed from New York, in search of the Davis, aDd on the 13th, the gun boat Iroquois left in pursuit. We will probably hear more of the privateer in a few days. The worst feature about this privateering business is, that it demonstrates that the Southern ports are very imperfectly block aded. This fact will give John Bull a suf ficiently valid reason for interfering to break the blockade. —The Memphis Bulletin of the 12th, says that the Confederate States war steamer Sumter, Captain Richard Semmes, has reached New Orleans with fifty-five thousand Enfield rifles, rifled cannon, and other accoutrements, the same having been imported from England and brought to Cuba in an English vessel, and transhipped to the Sumter, which brought it to New Orleans, independent of the blockade. THE WEEKLY PIONEER AND DEMOCRAT. The Judges of the Supreme Court. Justices Catron, of Tennessee, and Waynr, of Georgia, are now the only mem bers of the Supreme Court, residing in the seceded States. Judge Watnr is repre sented to be loyal to the federal government, but Judge Catron is unmistakably so. In his recent charge to the Grand Jury of the U. S. Circuit Court, at St Louis, he re pudiated the pretended right of a State to secede, and held that all citizens of the Uni ted States, no matter under what pretence, found in arms against the Government, are guilty of treason, and should be so dealt with. Recently, Judge Catron went to Nashville, to hold the appointed term of the United States Court in Tennessee, after the secession act of the Legislature. He was warned by the Marshal to desist, or his life would pay the forfeit. The intrepid Judge commanded the Marshal to do his duty in preparing for and opening the Court, and spare himself all care of the Judge’s life. The Marshal then confessed himself afraid to discharge his duty, and flatly re fused. And he and all other subordinates declined to act; and so Judge Catron failed to hold his Court in Tennessee. There are now three vacancies in the Su preme Bench, caused by the death of Jus tices M’Lean, of Ohio, and Daniels, of Virginia, and the resignation of Judge Campbell, of Alabama. The telegraph, in contradicting the other day, the rumor that Mr. Holt, of Kentucky, would be appointed to one of the vacant Judgeships, announced that the President would make no appoint ments until the Court was reorganized This, of course, puts off the appointments until after the meeting of Congress, in De cember. An Investigation Promised-—General In pursuance of a resolution introduced by Mr. Van Wyck, of New York, the Speaker of the House has appointed as a Committee to inquire into the subject of army contracts, Messrs. Van Wyck, Wash burne, Holman, Fenton, Dawes, Steele of New Jersey, and Jackson, of Kentucky. Five of the committee are lawyers and the other two practical business men. The Herald correspondent says: Mr. Van Wyck, the Chairman, has been in Washington most of the time since the army of occupation has been here, and has observed the kind ot provisions that have been dealt out to our troops, and tbe quality aud quantity of clothing distributed among them. He has in formed himself to some extent of the manner in which ships have been chartered for trans portation purposes, and how cattle have been purchased, from whom, and what reputation the parties bear with whom some of the con tracts have been made. It will be shown whether some of these contractors were giv ing “aid and comfort” to the enemy when the federal government saw fit to select them in preference to thousauds of good loyal citizens, who were ready to supply the goverumeut with all the cattle and provisions needed. The great coffee and pork frauds will be veutilated, and various other things too num rous to men tion. The manner in which horses have been purchased by authority of the governmeut, in different parts of the country by agents de tailed to that duty, will afford material for a most interesting chapter. The Washington correspondent of the Herald, in a lengthy letter, gives a circum stantial account of the reasons why Gen. W ool, the experienced commander in the war of 1812 and the Mexican war, is kept in retirement, while politicians aud civilians, who have not the least qualification for the positions, either by nature or education, are appointed to the command of our gallant soldiers. It appears it is a matter of Cam eron’s contracts which keeps tbe old hei;o in a New York village, while thp public service is suffering for just such officers. Gen; Wool, while in New York, at the breaking out of the revolution, intervened to prevent the Pennsylvania followers of the Secretary from plundering the govern ment, retarding military operations, and stealing from the soldiers. He put an effec tual stop .to all such rascality and misman agement. And this, the Herald correspond ent urges, is the reason why the old veteran was “ turned out to grass.” Since then, Simon’s camp followers have been having ‘(kings all their own way. The correspond ent also shows the great value of the ser vices General Wool performed during his brief stay in New York. It was to him, in fact, that the credit of securing the fed eral arms in the Arsenal at St. Louis, be longed, and his services in forwarding aud equipping troop 3 were equally valuable. The Herald demands, on behalf of the pub public, that a joint investigating committee be appointed on the treatment ot General Wool and like operations. Unless some thing of that sort is done the lobbyists, who have so loog flourished unmolested at Albany and Washington, will resolve them selves into disastrous army and navy worms, and prove an expensive appendage to the war, causing the loss of millions by their operations. Professional Exchanges. —lnasmuch as gentlemen whose specialty is the law, are transferred to high military commands, the Philadelphia Inquirer suggests that Capt. Doubleday and Lieut. Slemmer be appoint ed United States counsel to conduct the case when the privateers of the Savannah are to be tried. —Let the North and the South inter marry their sons and daughters. That’s the best way for them to “join issues.”— Louisville Journal. Wool. The March of the Grand Army. “ON TO RICHMOND.” Gen. McDowell’s movement has thus far been crowned with success. His force marched from Alexandria on Tuesday, in different columns, one of which reached Fairfax Court House and the other Vienna, on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, on Wednesday. The advance had also pene trated as far towards Manassas as Centre ville, where the enemy were in force. This is about twenty miles from Alexandria, and ten from Manassas. A battle, it was ex pected, would be fought there yesterday. There can hardly be a doubt of a decisive engagement before the close of the week. We do not doubt the result. Manassas will be occupied, if deemed necessary, by lederal troops. It is on the route—ninety seven miles distant—to Richmond, and in the oc cupancy of the United States, cuts Vir ginia in two, so far as Railroad communica tion is concerned. The He) aid, of Sunday last, published the following, from its Washington corres pondent : A thousand of the sturdy lumbermen of Maine, selected from five regiments from that State, and composed of the well trained hew ers from the Aroostook, the Androscogin and the Kennebec, supported by a squadron of regular cavalry, are now in possession of Fair fax Court House, which they occupied without a contest They found the roads covered with obstructions, felled trees, strong abatis across the roads, and in some instances in trenchments. The brawny arms of the Maine lumbermen, armed with axes, cleared the roads from these obstructions as they went along. The rebels left the place twenty-four hours before our forces entered. This is a forward march in good earnest. This was denied the next day, and the ori gin of the statement ascribed to an adven ture of a scouting party. So, there i 3 no doubt but that Gen. McDowell’s advance first occupied Fairfax Court House. Gen. Patterson, at last dates, was on the point of marching Irom Martinsburg.to attack Gen. Johnston, who was encamped near Winchester, distant about thirty miles. The Federal force consisted of about 30,000 soldiers, including several squadrons of cav alry and batteries of artillery, among them one or two of rifled cannon. Johnston’s force is inferior to that of Patterson’s, but is entrenched. If the former does Dot give battle, he will undoubtedly fall back on Manassas, and eflect a junction with the main rebel force under Beauregard. Col. Stone, who marched from Washington, via the Potomac, effected a junction with Gen. Patterson ou the Bth inst. Gen. McClellan has at his command, in Western Yirginia, a force of probably 50,- 000 soldiers, but they are dispersed over a great extent of country, a portion of the command being on the Kanawha, under Gen. Hill, and others at Grafton, under Gen. Cox. At Beverly, and at the scene of the recent brilliant engagements, all in close contiguity, there were on the 13th, upwards of 20,000 men, under the personal command of Gen. McClellan, assisted by Gens. lio- SKNCRANTZ and SCHLEIGH. It is undoubtedly intended that a junc tion shall be made between the forces of Gens. McClellan and Patterson, and probably prior to the attack on Johnston at Winchester. This may account lor the dilatoriness of Patterson’s movements. Beverly is about one hundred miles from •Winchester, and by rapid marches the joint armies of McClellan and Patterson could be united in an attack on the rebel force at that point by the time McDowell reaches Manassas. Having defeated John ston at Winchester, this western division of the grand army, 50 000 strong, would have a choice of railroad routes to Richmond : either by Manassas Junction, or, as is the most probable route, via. St aunton, Char lottesville or Lynchburg. This latter route would bring them before Richmond in a different direction from that of Gen. Mc- Dowell’s force. Judge Catron’s Charge. The following is a synopsis of the charge of Justice Catron, of the United States Supreme Court, to the Grand Jury of the Circuit Court at St. Louis : 1. That to constitute treason, there must be treasonaole intent, as well as a treasonable overt act; aud in order to make' out treasona ble intent and overt act, the party accused must have been leagued iu a conspiracy to overthrow the government. 2. That there are certain constitutional guarantees which passion nor the frenzy of the hour cannot touch, and among them is the right of expression and discussion aud the free dom of the press. 3. .That no sentiment, however hostile, can be held to be treasonable. 4. That the right of every citizen to bear arms is an inalienable right that cannot be in fringed; and the fact of a citizen having arms, without being in league with a hostile force, was not an act for which his liberty could be abridged. 5. That it is the duty of the Grand Jury to protect both the citizen and the government, and that they should not, on account of any fear, favor or affection, shrink from the dis charge of that duty. As an arm of the judi ciary, the Grand Jury should diligently inquire into all offences brought to their knowledge, and bring to the bar of the United States Court all who have been guilty of unlawfully uniting against the Government and the laws of the land. —The third and fourth Massachusetts regiments, aDd the illustrious Brigadier Pierce, are to leave Fort Monroe, immedi ately tor home, their three months time hav ing expired. From the South* We are indebted to a friend tor a copy of the New Orleans Picayune of the 6th July. It contains President Lincoln’s Message by telegraph, and the proceedings of Con" greas, showing that the Southerners obtain news much more readily from the North than we do from the South. The Message was published by the Picayune but a few hours after it appeared in the New York papers. The market report is the most in teresting feature in the number before us. As showing how the commerce of that city has fallen off, under the operation of “ Abe Lincoln’s odious blockade,” read the fol lowing, from the market review, for the week ending July 5 : Cotton.— We notice sales during the past week of none on Saturday, none on Monday, 45 bales on Tuesday, 24 on Wednesday, none yesterday and none to-day, making a total of 69 bales. We omit general quotations as they would be entirely nominal, but remark that middling is held at 10&@llc. and has been Bold as low as B£c. Week’s receipts 248 bales; last year 1,478. Total since Sept. 1, 1,851,838; last year, 2,209,- 110. Week’s exports, none. Week’s exports last year, 12,864. Total exports. 1,916,973 bales; last year, 2,176,109. The stock of cotton bn band, July 5, was 8,964 bales; same time last year, 58,995. No molasses or sugar was exported for the week, but the receipts nearly equalled those of last year. Superfine flour is quoted, in large lots, at §6, and choice extra at $8.50 to §9. The week’s receipts were but 941 barrels. Corn is quoted at 70 cents ; oats at 55; hay S2O; mess beef sl4 to $lB, and pork at $25.50. Butter is sold, wholesale, at 25 to 30 cents. The local column contains an account of one or two suicides, a murder, and the fol lowing instance of “ tar and cotton:” Tar red and Cottoned.— A Gennau, named Antony Hargood, was givea a coat of coal tar and cotton by a volunteer company on Tchoup itoula street, near Hunter, for having, as is al leged, joined several companies aud then re fused to go with auy of them. Hargood made his escape, and ran for his life until lie reached the First District Lockup, where he sought protection. Mr. McClellaud. the humane Chief of Police, ordered the man to be cleansed with grease, aud put in a condition to return to his home. The Picayune's correspondent, writing from Gen. Beauregard’s army, speaks as follows of the probable issue of that battle which has doubtless been already fought: As to the issue of the battle, though we have here perfect confidence in our strength and po sition, it may not be wise to predict it. This, however, may safely be said : If we are victo rious the enemy will be driven across the Po tomac, and Washington will be at our mercy. If we are defeated, we have safe lines to fall back upon, in the midst of a people whose pa triotism shines brighter aud brighter as the de cisive hour approaches. But while iu view of the uncertain fortunes of war I make this reserve, I may say that each and every maul meet looks forward with perfect confidence in the result. This confi dence, I also understand, is shared by ail the people of the surrounding country, who are best acquainted with the spirit and strength of the opposing armies. The same correspondent says the number of the Northern troops “is exaggerated, aud “ the material of their army is inlerior to “ ours. With rare exception, tub kiiltd of “the enemy are Germans of the lowest and “ most degraded character.” He then says; We have in camp a few live Yankees. Ou Thursday iast one of the picket guard took a sergeant and lieutenant prisoners, and they are -in camp at present. Both were armed, and both yielded to a single sentinel. Were they not brave fellows? The odds two to one will not turn out to be too great. The hearthstone is a sacred spot, and will call forth energies unknown to an advancing foe. Sliakopee College Meeting* At un adjourned meeting of the citizens of Shakopee, held at the Court House on Saturday, July 13th, the Shakopee College committee on subscriptions being called on for a report of their success, submitted the following report, to wit: The committee on subscriptions report that the citizens of Shakopee and vicinity have subscribed liberally lor the Shakopee College. Nearly every person called ou has given according to his ability, la two days the committee have received subscriptions to the amount of over two thousand dollars, and in a few days as much more can be ob tained. The committee on resolutions report as follows, which were accepted and adopted : Whereas, The education ol youth is alike the duty of the parent and the citizen, and literary institutions are necessary to the just and prop er discharge of that important duty; and Whereas, The Order of St. Benedict of the State of Minnesota is about to commence the erection and establishment of a College at Shakopee to be called the St. John’s College, with arrangements ample for the accommoda tion of all who may choose to bestow upon them their patronage; therefore Resolved by the citizens of Sliakopee in mass meeting assembled, without distinction of sect orifaith, That the establishment of the Shako pet College in their midst is an enterprise for which the founders are entitled to receive and do receive their thanks, and the successful opening of the institution will be the source of congratulation and encouragement among all good citizens, aud ought to receive aud will re ceive liberal support and patronage. » HENRY HINDS, ) J. W. SENCERBOX, J- Com. M. HESS DAMARA, J On motion, it was then Resolved, That the proceedings of this meet ting be published in the Shakopee, Belle Piaiue and St. Paul papers. J. W. SENCERBOX, Cli’n. Frank McGkade, Secretary. Parson Brownlow, ol the Knoxville (Tennessee) Whig, declares that an attempt has been made to destroy his life by inocu lating him with small pox. He says that a package was sent to him containing about a halt yard of brown domestic, with blood and scales on it, resembling a <cloth taken from some one afflicted with small pox. MaJ. Heinselman* Gen. McDowell, Ac. Thublow Weed, fresh from Washington and the table of Gen. Scott, gives a rebuke to the newspaper “ Generals” who are qui etly sitting at their desks and crying, “ on to Richmond,” and says: Some years ago, in Mexico, a bush-house, containing all the ammunition of the regiment, caught fire. The danger was imminent. An officer commanded the men to rush through the flames and bring out the powder. But the men hesitated while the flames spread. At this critical moment Colonel (then Captain) Heinselman appeared, exclaiming, “Boys, fol low me!” and rushing himself in the magazine, was the first to emerge with a keg of powder in his arms. The men did follow and the work was accomplished. In that spirit, “on to Rich mond!” means something. Col. Heinselman is in command of one of the columns now form ing upon “sacred soil.” Another word of this gallant officer. Some weeks since, when the field officers for the new regiment were about to be designated, we were dining with General Scott, and asked to say a word on behalf of an officer we thought enti tled to promotion. “Who sir?” inquired the General. “Major Heinselman,” and as we were gbout to add something more, the veter an interrupted, “Not a word, sir—l am respon sible for Major Heinselman’s promotion.” This was stgrnly but kindly said, when Colonel Stone, who was present, related the magazine incident. Gen. McDowell, who is to have the immedi ate command of the columns forming around Arlington, Alexandria, &c., is a young officer of great intelligence aud indomitable energy. He is looking actively to the discipline and ef ficiency of his men. Hi 3 general orders indi cate capacity and good sense. They eDjoin, in the most forcible language, order, sobriety and obedience—especially in regard to the protec tion of the persons and property of non-com batants. General McDowell is in his saddle early and late, giving direction and effect to whatever concerns his command. He is in ro bust health, equal to an}’ emergency, and will do his whole duty. He will be seconded, ably and gallantly, by Sherman, Tyler, Hunter, Heinselman, &c,, who are to lead columns. And now (or an instance of the bravery of “Old Chippewa,” when headlong cour age was of avail. In a recent speech deliv ered at Newark, N. J., Judge Conrad, in answer to a charge of cowardice made aguiDst General Scott, produced a docu ment which was sworn to a few years since, as part of the evidence oi a soldier at Lun dy’s Lane, who stated in his affidavit that General Scott, after he was wounded, rode to where the soldier was stationed, “ his neck, breast aud arms in a gore of blood, which ran down his legs aud trickled from his boot upon the ground,” and said to the commander of the line : “I am wonnded and very weak ; I want one of your young men to get up behind me and hold me on my horse.” A young man threw down his musket, and at one spring leaped upon the horse, and they swiftly galloped away to the muiu body of the army. The excitement produced by reading the document was tre mendous. Hundreds rose on their feet and gave most vehement cheers, so that it was some minutes before the speaker could pro ceed. Congressional Intelligence Uur Congressional reports, by telegraph, have not been very full of late, and we are therefore compelled to fall back on our old resource, the Eastern papers. In the Senate, on the 16th, Mr. Sumner presented petitions for the abolition of slavery, in the Southern States; he also introduced bills for the confiscation of property iD the rebel States. Mr. Breckinridge spoke at length in opposi tion to the bill approving the acts ol the President, in calling out troops, &c. In the House, on the 16th, 20,000 copies of the obituary speeches on Senator Doug las were ordered to be printed. The fol lowing resolution, submitted by Mr. Ed wards, was unanimously adopted : Resolved, That the thanks of this House be presented to Major General McClellan and the officers and soldiers of his command, for the series of brilliant aDd decisive victories which they have by their skill and bravery achieved over the rebels and traitors in the army,on the battle fields of Western Virginia. A Senate bill was passed, fixing the 30th day of June as the date when the sloop of war Levant fouudered at seo.acd providing ior the relief ot the widows aud orphans of those lost. Mr. Burnett made a lengthy speech, in which he denounced the President, in his official acts, as having violated his oath to support the Constitution. He advocated a peaceful solution of our difficulties. Commentary 0:1 Civil Oenerals.223 Once upon u lime, in a Grecian Assembly, the Legislature made by oue edict an hun dred Generals. The extraordinary action incensed a veteran of the army, who, by permission, thus addressed this venerable Assembly : Fathers, Magistrates Only yesterday we had but lew great warriors, Generals. Your grave body has, by legislative edict, supplied us with an hundred. We now lack horses. Will you not by a similar happy act ol legislation transmogrify our asses into horses aud supply our lack of cavalry. Tbe General Government has supplied us amply with Geuerals, nut our army is iu singular need ol horses. —Dr. J. Simmons, ot the Medical De« partment, United States Army, has been j detailed for a very important mission by the Secretary of War. He has been sent * to the great camps ol the west, to survey minutely the hospital regulations there s[bd to report on their condition, making such suggestions for the introduction of new, and the removing of old systems as may appear fit to him. It is said that the eminent gen tleman is not prepossessed in favor of the' practice of appointing fema nurses. . i