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"V--- rtv (t I) t Xtniori. Junction City, Kansas, SATUEDAY,DECEMBER G,1863. BRIGHTENING PROSPECT. Not since the first setting in of emigration toward "Western Kansas has the prospect been so bright aad flattering for our ultimate prosperity as at the present time. The gloom and depres sion of business naturally resulting from the feeling which pervaded the community during the first two years of the war a feeling of dis trust and anxiety as to our success in putting down the rebellion, causing capitalists to invest reluctantly and business men to avoid large ventures is fast passing away; and the encour agement inspired by the success of our armies on the field, and the friends of the Government at the ballot box, making the final triumph of the Union a3 near certain as human minds can divine it, is giving us new life, and Western KansaB is advancing with all the rapidity pos sible with her present scarcity of labor. It is no feverish Impulse that animates, but the healthy action of a section replete with Nature's choicest gifts, needing but the hand of industry to rear a Commonwealth of thrift and wealth. Kansas is not surpassed by any Stite in the Union for fertility of soil, mineral resources, or salubrity of climate ; and the"Western part of the State possesses these qualities in a pre eminent degree. Our crops the past year were superior to those of any other portion of the State; our corn could not be surpassed anywhere. In the Republican valley Salt manufacturing is carried on by the settlers with the rude appliances at hand sufficient to supply their own wants ; and on the Saline, all that is needed to make Salt manufacturing a paying business is capital and skill. On the Smoky Hill, Coal is found in abundance, and many veins have been opened and worked, and our town is being- constantly supplied from them, and when sufficient transportation is afforded it will take the place of wood for common nse. The healthfulness of Western Kansas is pro verbial. Without local cause of disease, as miasmatic swamps and sloughs, we are free from the ravages of those malignant fevers which commonly prevail in the Western States. Abundautly watered by the Republican and Smoky Hill Rivers, with their numerous tribu taries, and with a fair supply of timber for a prairie country, this Bection presents rare in ducements to those seeking homes : and ire look the coming spring for a large increase of our population. The great Pacific Railroad will soon pierce this section, affording transportation cither to the East or to the West for our surplus products. The importance of this road to the prosperity of this section cannot be over-estimated. Giving us every access to the Gold Re gions of the Rocky Mountains, our farmers will ever find demand for their grain, cattle and pork, and the wealth of that region will be Kured into our lap. Land here nt present is "dog cheap." Improved farms may be had for from three to eight dollars per acre, and second hand unimproved land for two and two dollars and a half per acre. This may seem strange 'to many, that with so bright a prospect before us, laud is so cheap. But they must remember that millions of acres of as good land as ever was trod upon still lays unclaimed, and may be had as homesteads for the asking. Improved claims are cheap because many of our first settlers are of that class of restless, dissatisfied spirit, who are ever looking Westward for the realization ef their hopes, and who now, having opened the way to be filled by more permanent and stable citizens, sell out, that they may push farther West, and follow up the retreating footsteps of the Indian and the Buffalo. ARKANSAS A FREE STATE. ' We are indebted to Captain John Whitcford, formeily of this place, for a copy of the proceed ings of an unconditional Union meeting held at Fort Smith, and of another held at Van. Buren, Arkansas. The object of the meetings was to nominate a candidate for the Federal Congress, and to pro ceed to the construction of a Free State. The sentiments expressed by the meeting are not weak and tame, but such as might be expected from men schooled by hardship and suffering, vho3C loyalty has been tested as if by fire They announce their conviction that the war ought to be prosecuted as long as there is a rebel in arms ; that they endorse all the measures of the Administration, past and present, for the suppression of the rebellion ; and recommend a Convention to reorganize Ihe State-Government. The next resolution is a remarkable example of the progress of the anti-slavery sentiment, and the powerful weapon the sword has been in opening the way for it. Many earnest anti-slavery men would two years ago have plead " military necessity " in their anxiety to make such a proposition ; but these men do not : "And whereas, The institution of Slavery is on iucubus upon the welfare and material inter ests of the State ; therefore be it ' Resolved, That Arkansas should take her place in the Union as a Free State, and that all laws tending to establish or perpetuate the insti tution of slavery should be abolished." . Jt is evident that they have no love for their "erring" oppressors, for they demand that none but unconditional Union men be allowed to vote fU the coming election. Aad as they have been schooled they intend to practice in this emer gency. "Their last resolution deaaands that all voting be dene viya voee. Th U system, of voting was one of the principal means by whieh the bullies of the South have sustained Slavery man dared not vote a folded ticket and we are gUd to see then adopt this style of oarkiag rebels. All Hail to Arkansas as a Free State. The Convention nominated Col. James M. Johnson, of the First Arkansas Infantry, as their candidate for the- United States Congress. -I "Over '$60,000 of ihe popular five-twenties lota has been taken in A'snsas. ' A NEW UPRISING IN THE SOUTH. The Hon. Ef W. Gantt, of Arkansas. has lately issued an address to, tEf people una jAiuiy lsaueu au nuuruao mi lb uvumc i uiiaicu uiiiUj uos luugui iui uvuiuciu tuue- dependence, but now returns, sorrow strick en and'pe'ni'ten'and asks 'to' beTToace again taken under the protection of the old flag. His eyes opened to the perfidiousness ot the rebel leaders who 'have plunged the i South into the vortex of ruin and desolation, he calls upon the citizens of Arkansas to arise and resume their place in the old Union. Plainly and impartially he recounts .the sufferings and privations which they Tiave endured under the rule of Jeff.' Davis and his tyrannical minions, and implores them to come out of the ''counsels of the wicked." To the rebelGeneral Hindman, who so long held despotic reign over the people of Ar kansas, he gives 'a most bitter scathing. Although a slaveholder, he says let slavery go, if they can thereby secure peace ; that slavery has accomplished its mission, and that even a majority of the slaveholders 'in the South are becoming tired of it. The address is very long, and we have 'only room for the following short extracts : WHAT SHALL WE DO ? This question naturally comes up, after all that has preceded. If Mr. Davis, when he held the lives and fortunes of many mil-' iions in his hands, so blundered as to lose his opportunity, what can we hope from him, now that a scene of blackness, of an guish and desolation reigns where wealth, happiness and plenty smiled. If he would not protect Arkansas when he could, but,' instead, gave it over to plunder and oppres sion by his pets, what have we to hope now that he trembles in llichmodd for his own safety, and wakes up at last to the terrible reality of his weakness, folly "and indiscre tion ? If we icerc not protected when we could have been, and if we can not now be protected, what must we do? Some say continue the struggle let the last man die, &c. I thiuk differently! We ought to end the struggle and submit. But you say it is humiliating. No more than to surrender when whipped. We have done that 'often always when we could do no better. I have tried the experiment twico and found it by no means foolish, Submission is but surrender. We are fairly beaten in the whole result and should at once surrender the point. If we don't get the hanpinesswe enjoyed in the old Government, we can get no more misery than we have felt under Jefferson Davis. But I look for peace there. We had it many years. "Even while arrayed against, I find that hostile forces in our midst give more protection to citizens than they had when Holmes and Hindman were. It is true the Johnsons tell you that Gen. Steele has imprisoned and oppressed people here. Not a word of truth in it. And they know it all false. In a few months, when no more Confederate money can be invested, and nothing more made out of the people, they will sneak back and claim his protection. 13utJwe are whipped fairly beaten. Our armies are melting and ruin approaches us. Will continuing this struggle help us ? Every battle we might gain ought to wring tears from the hearts of Southern men ! Wc are just that much weaker, that much' nearer our final ruin. Anguish and sorrow and desolation meet us wherever we turn. The longer the struggle the more of it. Don't let yourselves be deceived with the hope that tho United States will abandon the struggle. They can never do it. They have toiled and spent too much to see the solution of the problem, and not foot up the figures. They scarcely feel the war at home. Their cities are more populous and thriftv to-dav than ever. For everv man that dies or gets killed in battle, two emi grate to the country, lueir villages ana towns, their fields and country, flourish as fresh as ever. They could sink their armies to-day, and raise new levies to crash os and not feel it. IIo is it with us ? The last man is in the field, half our territory overrun, our cities gone to wreck peopled alone by the aged, the lame and halt, and women iand children ! While deserted towns, and smoking ruins, and plantations abandoned and laid waste, meet us on all sides, and anarchy and ruin, disappointment and dis content lower over all the land. " ' NEGRO SLAVERY. I am of opinion .that, whether it is i a divine institution or nat.negro slavery has accomplished its mission hore. A great mission it had. A, new and fertile country had been discovered1, and must be made use ful . The necessities of mankind pressed for its speedy development. Negro slavery was the instrument to effect this. It alone mnld oDcn ud the fertile and miasmatic Tegions of the South, solving the problem of their utility, which no theorist coald nave reached. It was the magician which, suddenly revolutionized the commerce ot the world bv the solution, of the problem. It peopled and made opulent the barren hills of New .England, ana tnrew iw pow erful influence across the-great Northwest. Standing as a wall between the two factions, it caught id rolled northward the wealth and population of the old world; and, held in their places the restless adventtrers of New England, or turned .them along the great praries and valleys: of the. Wait Tons .New England reached its climax? an tho Northwest was overcrows of its tfc, while the Sontb, with, its negro 'laborer; was- sparsely settled and comparatively poor, anas envery naa aone 11a jbisbok for New .England aaat im JNortiwest, jana was a trattrbt ubon-the Sontk ULft"tkw point, itfrdisappcaranoe couldJaw jalaarlyj commenced, whaUintold suffering and sor row might hate Men avoided, I j ow mighthave been avoided I u Vk exiafcntaa lhari lwkimViri Vlte exisfen!seljad 'i)4sx)meJatomDatilfc .lt , rr rr, iZ JT. If 7? & Vi eminent. damming up the current and holdine back the Deonle and laborers of the North, it had, by thus" posciuuing iree intercourse Between the eee tions, produced a marked change in their manners, customs and sentiments. And th two, sections, were growing mora diverg ent every day.4 'This wall' or the1 Govern ment one, must-give way. Tha shock came which was to settle this question. I thought that the Government was divided, and ne gro slavery established forever.-v I erred J The Government was stronger than slavery. As I have said, the mission of the latter is accomplished. And, as' his happiness must' aaways do su Dominate to mat 01 inc wmte man, he must, ere long, depart on Ihe foot prints of the red -man, whose mission being accomplished, is fast fading from our midst. m ' : c' GOOD NEWS. The following telegram speaks'for itself : Chicago, Dec. 1, 1863. To Samuel Xfallett, Leavenworth : - Eighteen cars of Iron, with Locomotives, will leave Chicago for Quinoy to-morrow morning. I leave in person to-morrow night, to. see that all crosses the river 0. K. A. H. Waterman. STATE ITEMS. Geo. Francis Traia is in Leavenworth., He is said to be there on Pacific Railroad business. Colonel Cloud, of the Second Kansas, is ex pected to arrive in Leavenworth soon from Fort Smith.' ' The Kansas Eighth Regiment now has only 195 men fit for doty, and 7 commissioned offi cers. So says its Colonel in a letter to the Champion. lion. Ml F. Conway has announced a speak ing tour in this State. His present appoint ments arc north of the Kansas river. t One hundred and thirty-seven houses have been built in Lawrence since the Quantrell Massacre. John Speer has commenced the publication of a daily at Lawrence. It gives the first news received by telegraph at'Lawrenee, The State Journal will soon appear as a daily also. A daring thief entered the sleeping room of Marshal McDowell, at the Chase House, on Saturday evening, and stole his wallet, con taining a draft for $1000, about $300 in scrip, and $200 in money. The villain has not been caught. Record. The Kansas Tribune mentions the death of Hon. Lyman Allen, who died at his residence in Lawrence on the 30th ult. Mr. Allen was a -well known citizen in the State, having settled 'in Lawrence in 1855. Ho took a prominent part in all our early troubles, ha3 filled the office of Senator in,tbe Territorial and State Legislature. His death will bo regretted by a host of true friends., Judge Safford has decided, that our State Liquor Law is unconstitutional, from the fact that it exempts cities of over 1000 inhabitants from its 'operations, thus being unequal and unjust. Our Legislators must male it constitu tional hy all means. Wc must have the law. -Toprka Tribune. t We learn that a man by the name of Ellis was killed at 'the house of Mr. Frank Hopper last Fiiday evening, about two miles from Lawrence, on the Delaware" side of the- river. There was a dance there, and probably some drinking! A soldier has been arrested charg ed ilh the offense. Daily Tribune. Mr. John L. nallett and J. jr.,Hall of the Union Pacific Railu ay called on us briefly yes terday. Mr. Hallet's whole force is now em ployed in getting out ties for the first forty miles the grading of which is done. The ties arc, expected to bo out in a couple of weeks. Mr. H&llctl ha3 paidhis whole force up in full, and the hands are all in fine spirits over tho rapid work they have been doing. Kansas. City Journal. Made 'Voters. During this sitting of the United States District Court, nearly one hun dred Pottawattomies have appeared, taken the oath and secured naturalization papers, ac cording ?o the treaty of last year. Msj. Ross informs us that about half of this number are residents of this county. This entitles them to receive their land and what else is due them, to pay taxes arid to vote. Tribune Franklin county may be called the banner county of the State, at least in one respect, and a model for all generations to come. ' We learn from good authority that there is not a""drop of liquor sold in the county; both of her Repre sentatives and her Senator, all of her county officers and a maioritv of her township officers are strictly temperance men. Will the rest of Kansas imitate. Gen. Ewing has issued an order allowing all loyal men to return to the district vacated byhis previous order No. 11, with such provisiona as will prevent the, return of rebels and bush whackers. The loyaLmen, so returning, are to form .themselves -into companies of not less than thirty men.each, for self defense, to "re ceive .arms, clothing and rations, and be treat ed as nuliaa or the bute in active service.. We think the order is timely, and will have a good effect. ?J " - . Gen; Ewing- -has ordered that the Military TeJgraphtd(Fort Scott commence at Kansas City. '"Speaking of the line the Jiurnal of CMtXer&jjt$az " WennderBtand.it is the in tentSsn "riflGen! 'Ewiiif to eonstrmet the line rroiervia Westport, to Olathe, and thence throuenrsola and Mound City to fort Beat.' Andsisb, if permission can be obtained, to' construct -a line from Olathe to Fort LeaTBS- wertK usinr the poles of the Leaveawortaraad Iawrenee line to support Ihe wires for a' great part of the distance.1 'In this way, bothFert Ttm worth mnd.ansas City Will be put,in direct amstunicatian with Fort Seott, aaaT.a mmts471ua..by way oi uif wju fcw,-?Mr Usiedibetween Kansas City and, Fprt Leam- worth. X-- HEWS GLEANINGS. MFwmASOO t3,000 hogs ak daill shjfpeJJ Her thiv Hannfcl & St. Jo. lR. P g H shlybankinj&ytem odKeW KorjB waw re cently discussed and defended in the Interna tional Social Science Congress at Ghent. Petroleum eil tor the. extent of twenty mil lion gallons nas Deen snipped irom toe r eueral States and Canada during the last eight months. ,. The bricklayers and-hod carriersot Denver have struck -respectively -for 'SG and S4- per day. The - thinks they-will not get it. The Wr Department has revived the old rule, to pays the wives of prisoner in the hands of the Confederates the money due" to their husbands. Brough's majority over Vallandigham is Gl, 752 on the home vote, and 38,078 on the soldier vote, making .his total majority 100,380. Something of a burial for the traitor Val. Last Saturday a'soldier, under guard at St. Joe, was detailed to dig a grave. 'While dig ging he got into a quarrel with the guard, was shot and fell dead into the grave he was dig-3 Charles Diokcns, in a recent article, says a great pitched battle is seldom more deadly to men than the gaiety of a London season is to the pale army of girls who live by the -most, wrenched flipperies of fashion, and fewer, per haps, dje by the bayonet than by the needle. A Maine regiment was the first to land on Texas soil, in the recent expedition of General Banks. Thus the extreme North' has the honor of first planting- the banner of freedom, upon the soil of the extreme South. The National flag now floats proudly, defiantly and perma nently upon the soil of every rebel State. It is said that, upon the opening of the next session of Congress, a Western representative will propose the following amendment to the Constitution', vir: " There shall be neither slavery nor invol untary servitude, except for the punishment of crime, in any portion of the United States." The Lawrencer bridge is 690 feetin length, and will contain 200 000 feet of lumber, 1590 cubic yards of masonry, 40,000 pounds of wrought and 19,000 pounds of cast iron. The piers are twenty seven feet above low water mark. Workmen are busy" completing it. - The payment for all branches of the public service for the fiscal year ending with tho last of June, were 5903,000,000," of which' amount SGOO,000,000 'were for the army, and. SG6.000, 000 for the navy. A sufficiency of 'money has been placed in the hands of all our paymasters to pay our armies up to the first of the present month. The shoulder-hitters are becoming .greatly interested in the coming " mill " for S10,000 between Heenan and King, which is fixed. for the 22d of December. The betting in England is eight to six in favor of Heenan, and these odds have thus far governed the wagers in this country, to a great extent. ' LalFrance says that the French 'ladies arc going to start a new fashion. Thev little tuft, says the writer, which starts from the roots of hair on the side, and which formerly formed the little curl known as an nceroche-cocur, is now to fall straight down the check in a thick mass, and be frizzed so as to 'look like whisk . . IK. crsi . The Kansas Oily Journal says two citizens were riding into town, on Wyandot street, withfthehorscsona full run. , They were met by a man riding out of( town,' also at a rapid pace. Neither party would give the road ; the consequence was a collision, the force of which was so great as to instantly kill both of the horses, and jrery seriously injure both riders. ' Asst. Quartermaster Chapman gives notice through the St. Louis papers that the Govern ment will no longer pay extravagant prices for hay. If a good article of baled hay does not come forward at $25 per ton, the Government will seize it wherever found, send it to St. Louis or Cairo, and deduct the transportation from the above price. Secretary Chase has granted the demands of the workmen on the Treasury extension in Washington to be paid by the hour, instead of working from an hour after sunrise to sunset with an intermission of an hour for dinner. The Government bookbinders' strike for 18, instead of $10 a, week still continues. The printers intend to ask an advance of two dol lars on the present pay of $18 a week. In the meantime, workmen are coming;. in from the North, and1 filling up the vacant places. Facifio Railroad Survey. Two parties are making surveys from the Missouri river to Donver, on the South Pass. B. B. Brayton, an engineer 'in the employ of the Union Pacific Railroad Com pany, is now examining the Cheyenne Pass of the Black Hills, and Bridget's Pass through the Rocky Mountains. The News says: r ' l "Mr. Brayton and Mr. Dye, of the M. fc M. Road, have already begun the Pacific survey at the Missouri river, the former beginning at the mouth of the Platte, and following up the margin of the stream while the latter runs direetiy west from Omaha. -The two lines intersect near Fremont, to which they are completed be fore this time.' Both well along before Mr. B. left 'From that point a single trail line will be continued onward to the moun-' tains.", , ' : .Taetfe BaOrtaa. The Chicaco Tribune, of Nov. 20th says: ." This road' is being pushed forward rap idly. ' Xest'erday the 'contractors tranship petTfrom this.city the iron for the first.fifty miles of th6 roaaf which will be running by the 1st of January, 1863. Twenty of the finest'-passenger i afirst class locomotive aad all the -jpacbinery necessary to equip the road, from Leavenworth, and .the mouth of the Kansas, ver. to Lawrence, were also sent"westw"The KansssJbrUjh of the Rational .Pacific railroad, willMae Completed. a)jti earl? day. Iwiirprobably terminate at Jton jwaxnej, JxcDrasxa. From the Army of the Potomac. T New- Yopjl,JSov. B Hlh ilhe Trib$pe has tljefollbwiagdatei Afiny of thecPotoDttcSatbrdayriiigh't: , dlli , lllfnl This morning afllb'clock "our forces were pushing forward in line of battle, on the Orange and Fredericksburg hill, towards the. first mentioned point, driving the ene my's skirmishers before them. This morning opened with a rain storm, but the whole armv was on the advance at j early hourr The od cor'psy which crossed the Kapidan at .Jacob s Mills, and was en gaged yesterday 6ix miles from Locust Grove, on the road leading to Culpepper, deployed to the left of our lines. The 5th remained on the right, and the 1st oh the left of the 6th. The 2d retained its posi tion, while the 5th deployed from its first station on the left to Locust Grove, as the reserve of the army. The engagement of the 3d corps, yesterday, will'be referred to before, closing." Bri;k skirmishing com menced as our1 ine reached a point a miic and a half to the west -of Locust Point. Our forces pushed steadily onward, howcv- er, .. JrBra AKn AMnaww-'n iNlMaMlnll AV9 nnrf uiitiuu aiuc uucuiv a B&iiiiuauui.a, uu hastening 'their retreat bv ah occasional shell from our batteries, to which Xhe guns of the enemy did not reply. The head quarters was ordered back, out of range. Long trains of ammunition wagons and ambulances were moving to the front, and everything indicated a general engagement, should Leo fall into position, and should the weather be favorable. The rain continued to fall at intervals, but' still the troops pressed forward and the skirmishing still went on as before. The rebel line is gradually falling back until it has rcache'd the western bank of Mill Run, two and a half miles from the river and a short distance from old Verdersulle. II ere evidences of the intention of the enemy to dispute the passage of the river wero had. Earthwoiks were visible on the clearing Behind, and Gen. Meade accordingly dis posed his forces along a densely wooded crest of hills east of tbe river. Owing to the difficulty of moving artillery, and even infantry, through the woods on either side of the road, sometime elapsed beforo the formation of our line. Night soon came on, and beyond the firing of pickets and an occasional shell from our lines, nothing of importance transpired. The army of Gen. Meade are occupying a section of what is termed the wilderness. Many discredit the story that Lee will give battlo this side of Orange Court House or Gordonsville. Glorious News from Chattanooga. Grant Ahead. Washington, Nov. 24. Latest news up to 10:40 this evening, from Grant, is most satisfactory. Generals Thomas and Sher man have got well ahead. Fighting in our immediate front has lasted all day long. We have forced the enemy backwards. Chattanooga, Nov. 25. Bragg's retreat from the position last night is repiesented by the dispatches as a perfect rout. Sheridan reached Chattanooga Station at 4 o clock this morning, and captured five hundicd prisoners, four guns and a number of pontoons. The enemy attempted to burn the bridge behind them, but only partially succeeded. They burned the depot and ail the stores. Sherman crossed, the Chicamauga this fore noon, and Hooker was reported at Ringold at 5 P. M. Captures and desertions are rapidly thin ning tbe rebel army. The number of cannon captured thus far is reported at fifty-two, including the cele brated Loomis Battery, lost at Chicamauga. Sherman's loss is much less than was es timated. It will not exceed five hundred. Nearly six thousand prisoners are reported taken. Breckinridge himself narrowly es caped. His son was .captured. A strong column is in pursuit of the enemy, and it is not improbable that another disastrous defeat will be forced upon him. Nov. 30. There has been no fighting in Northern Georgia for two days. Our troops hold the country as far as Ringgold and Cleveland. The enemy is below Tunnel Hill, and the campaign is probably ended. No news from Burnside at headquarters. The siege of Knoxville is no doubt raised ore now and the rebel force in East Tennes see can only escape by a miracle or miracu lous fighting. The fruits of the victory are 6,000 prisoners, 48 guns, 7,000 btand of small arms, and a large quantity of stores. Our total casualties will not exceed 4,000. Indian Operations in Few Mexico. It appears from official reports from Gen. Carlcton, commanding tbe Department of New Mexico, that Calfornian and New Mex ican volunteers are scouring tho territory, penetrating to the haunts of tbe Navajo Indians, destroying villages and crops, and making captures of persons and stock. Owing to the scant supplies of grass and water, lurtber operations, are to be made in detached parties on foot, which plan of campaign is to be continued during tbe winter. The Navajo Indians haye been more severely punished during the summer than ever before. Thoy have been closely hunted, id almost every direction, by our troops, and of late by the Zuni, Apache and Pueblo Indians. In the large scope of country which ha's been traveled this au tumn, every evidence tends to show they have no longer permanent abiding places, but are fleeing from one place to another in aT state of continual; fear. A resolution was adopted in the City Coancil of St. Louis, providing for the appointment of a committee to report a suitable programme for ihe celebration of the hundredth aooiversarv of the settlemcat of .thai city, whicli occmrs on-the 15th of February next. , y j r Corn Wanted. We' will pay until fattherrnotioe, thirty .three septs per bash el or Corn in the ear, delivered to the' (Josrtennsiter at Fort Riley. " Streeter 6 Strickkr. A House of Refuge Wanted. r u - a p (sThrec yeksagJM a My" named James umer, aDoK twelve years oju, went to Marshal jScuott in great distress, for food and clothing. The Marshal examined his case and, concluding him to be an object of charity, secured bim a comfortable home iat tho country. Soon after, the man who took him was in town and informed the Marshal that the boy was a thief and a desperate young character. He actually feared thr boy would, if be kept him longer, burn his buildings. When the man returned home the boy was gone run away; The next seen of him was at Brown's livery stable ia this city. On Wednesday night he stole from, a certain blacksmith $88 in green backs. Thursday morning he appeared before the Mayor. Eighty four dollars, were recovered, twenty of which was found in the sole of hi3 companion's boots. The Mayor ordered him to be sent to St. Joseph his home. Tbe Marshal says, there are one hundred and fifty boys in the city at the present time who arc under no reliable control, but are allowed to ran loose, con tracting dissipated and ruinous habits. Over a dozen, be thinks, obtain a Hying hy stealing, and others are taking frequent lessons in the profession. Believing that their tender years are a sufficient protection they stand in no fear of officers or tho jail. The only placo for such boys is in a House of Refuge. Kansas has none. Would it not be well for the Legislature to establish one during the ensuing session. There is everything in favor of it and nothing against. The future moral and political interests of our State demand tbe immediate establishment of an institution for the con finement of depraved youths, an institution that shall snatch them from the ways o idleness, vice aud ignorance, and train them in tho paths of industry, virtuo aud wisdom. Leavenicorth Times. The new mines at Bannock City are marvellously rich. A party just returned to Omaha say that common laborers are paid S per day and board, and a man with team $15 and board. New diggings are daily discovered. Plenty of claims not worked pay $10 per day. Special Order No. 1. IIeadq'rs 1st Brio ue N. D. K. S. M., 1 Junction City, Dec. 4, 1863. The following are designated as tho Staff Officers of this command. They will be obeyed and respected accordingly : "William Mitchell, Brigade Inspector, with the rank of Major j Robert McBratney, Brigade Judge Advocate, with the rank of Major; Daniel Mitchell, Brigade Engineer, with the rank of Major; S. B. Steele, Brigade Quartermaster, with tho rank of Captiin. J. M. Lackey and Joseph E. Walter, Aids-de-Camp, with tho rank of Captain ; X. B. White, Brigade Chaplain with the rank of Captiin. Geo. II. Purinton is detailed as Acting Adju tant. S. 51. STRICKLER, n4 Brig. Gen. Comd'g PROPOSALS! Office A. C. S., Fort Riley, Kansas, November 27, 180-1. j SEALED PROPOSALS, in ' duplicate," will be vecehed at this office (from loyal citi zens only) until 12 o'clock M., on Tuesday, December 15th, 18G3, for the supply and de livery at this Post, of 50.000 FOUIfDS OF FLOUR ! Beat single extra, made from good sound Fall Wheat; In new, strong sacks, each to contain 100 rounds of Flour. 5 O0Q Founds of Cora Mal ! Of the best quality, and put up in new, strong sacks, each to contain 100 Founds of Meal. The Flour and Meal to be delivered after the 1st January next, in such quantities and at such times as the A. C. S. may require; but all to be delivered by the first of March, 18G4. Separate bids, for not less than the full amount of cither article, will be considered, if made out in "Duplicate" and accompanied by two written guarantees that the bidder will sign the contract if awarded him. The con tract nillbe subject to the approval of tha Chief Commissary of the District and Depart ment, and payment made in such funds as may be furnished by the United States. The undersigned reserves the right to reject any or all bids offered. Proposals must be di rected to the A. C. S. at Fort Riley, and en dorsed ' Proposals for Flour," or " Meal," as the case may be. They will be opened at tho aboTe mentioned place and time, and bidder must -be present with responsible securities ready to sign the contract. J. R. McCLURE, n4-2 1st Lieut. 11th K. V. & A. C. 8. UNITED STATES TAXES ! -tv NOTICE ISHEREBY GIVEN, that the In ternal Revenue Taxes embraced in tha Annual List for 18G3, are now due ; and that I will attend by myself or Deputy, at the Coun ty Treasurer's office, Junction City, in Davis county1; on the Eighteenth day of December, A. D. 1863; it the County Treasurer's office ia Abilene, Dickinson county, on the Twenty second day of December; and at the County Treasurer's office in Salina, Saline county, on the Twenty-first day of December; and that all taxes unpaid after that date will be liable to and charged a penalty of ten per cent. JOHN SPEER, U. S. Collector Internal Revenue. Davis and Clay County Tax If otict. rTWE TAX ROLL OF DAVIS AND CLAY 1- Counties for; the year 1863 has been placed in my hands for collection. The tax-payers in said counties are hereby notified that I will be in each precinct, at the usual places of holding elections, at the following times, to collect said taxes, vi: West Point o Ashland, ' Clarke's Creek Lyon's Creek ' Clay Centre Gatesville ' Monday, December 7th. Tuesday, " 8tb. Wednesday, 9th. Thursday, " 10th. Monday, 14th, Tuesday, " 15th. Wednesday, 16th. Quimby's On all takes remaining unpaid aftftr the lit day of January, x. n. 18G3, a penalty f tenTS, per eent will be,added. . r , DANIEL MITCHELIs " nl-5t Treaanrer ef 'Dayis county. Teams Wanted, To. haul "Wood to Fort Riley, at $2 per aord. - Can make two trips each day. " Streeter & Stricklsr,