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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, ISG3. POISONING THE ABUT, The Copperheads have raised funds and organized clubs and procured runners for the purpose of disseminating traitorous newspapers among the soldiers. Large bundles of the World and Express, which Are rank secession sheets, are sent daily to the Potomac army to be given away to the soldiers when not purchased by them. In tbU way thousands of copies of* these traitorous sheets are circulated among the troops. Is it any wonder we hear of “ de sertion, mutiny and demoralization, ’’ in that army? The same game is being played in Grant’s army. The Jeff. Davis organ of fhitt city, and the Enquirer of Cincinnati, which is almost as traitorous, arc scattered broadcast among the regiments on the His sisrippi for the express purpose of produc ing insubordination, and undermining the loyalty of the soldier?. A correspondent of the Cincinnati Commercial, writing from the Vicksburg army, says: It seem® the traitors nre not all yet bung In the Korth, nor imprisoned, nor hare they yet “ ceased to do eviL*' loiters have come here addressed to Midler*, advising them to leave the army, and got away aud home as beet they could, and after they got there they would be protected; thaa striving to got up insubordination and mutiny awl tion in the annv. Another very strange feature is, the Chicago Time-' and the Cincinnati two noted secession sheets, find their way to camp almost by the cart-load, and are distributed at the j ow ra tc of five cents, while it is almost impossi ble to got a loyal paper, cither from Cincinnati, Louisville, Chicago or St, Loaia. In fact, they never come In packages for sale, and we only get them through private hands, singly, and very few even thus. Is there a combined effort on the part of the enemies of the Government to corrupt the army with this trash i It is perfectly astounding that the War Department allows a single copy of a Cop perhead print to circulate in the army, tVcst OI East. What can he the motive that permits poisonous trash to reach tire hands of the soldiers? tVould the Secre tary of War allow hundreds of civilian rebels the free nm of the camps, to tamper with the men, corrupt their loyalty, create dissatisfaction and advise desertion, and do it openly ? Hardly; yet this very thing is allowed in another form. It is printed advice to mutiny and desertion, instead of spoken. The treasonable appeals arc made on paper, which is worse in its ef fects than if delivered orally. How can Hooker and Grant command the confidence and obedience of soldiers whose minds may be filled with the incendiary teachings of traitorous sheets? or who may be dis couraged by the firc-in-the-rcar opened upon them by Northern Copperheads? The soldiers arc citizens, keenly alive to public sentiment at home. They read whatever papers come into their hands, but have not the privilege of talking to their Generals nnd Colonels, and openly discussing political questions, as military rules forbid it. But they read at their camp-fires the papers that reach them, and talk over public mat ters with their messmates. The most dan gerous and damaging blow that can possi bly be inflicted on the Union cause, is to permit the minds of the soldiers to be mis led, corrupted or discouraged, by reading Copperhead papers. It destroys discipline, saps loyalty, breeds discontent, causes sol diers to surrender to the enemy, in order to be paroled—and, in short, is more to be dreaded than the rifle and artillery of the enemy. How strange, then, it is that the War Department interposes no objections to .the dissemination of these agents on paper of JcIT. Davis among the Union sol diery. It might ns satein open the lines,and subject the regiments to personal visits' lions by delegations of rebels sent by the Confederate authorities, to preach and ex hort our troops to mutiny nnd desert. In deed. it would do far less harm, because in the latter case, our soldiers would talk back and argue the matter, and then mob the scoundrels out of their camps. But the temptation now comes in the quiet, seduc tive and inaduous shape of rira.i-papers, giving the current intelligence of the war, as well as the world, and the poison thus dis tilled into the mind can hardly fail to pro duce mischief. Will the War Department apply the remedy to this great evil before U is too late? COLORED SOLDIERS. Mr. George H. Moore, librarian of tlie Iscw York Historical Society, has done the country great service by the publication of a little historical in relation to the employment of negro soldiers in the armies of the Revolution of 177 C. "We referred to his labors when his vol ume first appeared; but public sentiment was not then ripe for entertaining the pro position to organize negro regiments, for completing the work that the Revolution commenced. Since, however, Congress has passed a law, the effect of which will he to pul & large number of colored sol diers into the field, it is well, for satisfying the people who arc afraid of innovation in a matter of such delicacy and importance, to glance at a few of the historical prece dents that Mr. Moore furnishes; and for that purpose, we make,to-day, a somewhat lengthy quotation from his book, inviting for it the attention of our readers, who will assuredly have profound respect for what our fathers did. Mr. Moore is unquestion ed authority in whatever concerns the his tory of the period to which he refers; and his facts must be accepted as conclusive. the conservatives. Great fault is found with the measures of the “radicals” by those who call them selves “conservatives.” Every step the former take is resisted, on the ground that it is 100 ultra. The conservatives insist that they are first rate Unionists, and pro fess to be sincerely opposed to secession and rebellion, yet for every word they utter against the rebels tboy pronounce nine against the “radicals.” "What sort of pat riotism is that? But look at this matter in another light All the efforts and measures of the ‘Tad- icals” are aimed against tlie rebels. They propose nothing that injuriously effects any loyal m-.n They would not hurt a hair j on a loyal man's head, hut would protect j him in. all his rights and privileges. I When the radical asks for more energetic Generals it is the rebels he want? to hurt. When he advocates confiscation of the properly of secessionists, it is to the end of weakening the rebellion. When he calls fora liberation of the slaves of rebels, the end in view is to deprive the enemies of his country of the powerful support derived from their labor. When he advises organ izing the slaves into regiments, under white officers, it is for the purpose of more speedily and effectively quelling the rebel lion, and at the same time avoiding a resort to a draft for more white men. And so of «H the measures the “radicals" advocate, the sole object of each and all of them, is to promote the grand purpose of crushing the rebellion and saving the Union. All their blows are aimed at the rebels, and them only. Why then arc the “radicals” so meanly traduced, and so savagely assailed by the “conservatives?” Why do the latter break tbc force of every blow aimed at the seccsh, and pinion the mm uplifted to strike them. If the con servatives really desire the war ended by the arrov, why do they oppose every step looking towards a vigorous prosecution of - hostilities? The truth is, a “ conservative" in time of a terrible struggle like that now existing, has no legitimate place, lie is a dog in-the-manger, who will do nothing himself; nor let others act. Conservatism is a half way house be tween loyalty and treason- It squints both wavs* It likes the Union moderately and cherishes a snealdngaffectionforsccession. It wants the Union saved but screams out £ don’t Strike ” at the hearty loyalist who draws Es sword to run the pamcide through. The radicals are too rough on the rebels to suit the faint-hearted conserv * stives, who want the murderous traitor? dealt with gently and gmgeriy. Nothin^ more dangerous than paper wads or very fine bird shot in limited quantities must be projected at them lest some of the “ dear brethren” mny get hurt. The first year of the war was con* ducted by conservative Generals, on con servative principles, with conservative re sults. The next six months inclined to the radical method, in spots. The policy of the past three months has been three parts radical to seven conservative. And thus the war drags along without satistactory results, accompanied by great sacrifice o! life and immense waste of treasure. One thing is certain, the warmustbe conducted on more earnest, vigorous, principles or the Union is hopelessly lost. THE rBENCII-CONFBDEKVTE loan. The Richmond correspondent of the Charleston Mercury says that the French rebel-sympathizing hankers have offered the dying Confederacy a loan of seventy five million francs, but the terms of the loan arc not yet given to the public. For eign loans to the rebels have been announced several times hereto fore, but the reports have always proved untrue, and we guess this last is like the rest. It is quite possible, however, that the rebels arc carrying on negotiations to procure foreign credit on the strength of the cotton crop, which the Confederate Government proposes to seize for iU benefit. A bill whs introduced into the Confederate Senate, on the 2SVh nit., by Hr. Phelan, ot Mississippi, for condemnation to the p ublic use of all cotton within the Confederate States, and the bill was referred to a Select Committee. A writer in the Richmond Whig strongly urges this mea sure. The plan is for the Confed erate Government to seize the cot ton, give the owner a receipt for the price of it at 13 1-2 cents a pound, selling it to the Government of France or to dealers in England, and let the purchasers see to its exportation. The loan of the French bankers may have something to do with this scheme. The traveling public who have occasion to visit Davenport, lowa, will find the Scott House and the Pennsylva nia House good places to stop at. The ' keepers of each arc unconditional Union men. The Burtis House has become a den of Copperheads, and is, consequently, an unpleasant place for loyal men. The proprietor tamed a newsman out of his House, and refused to let him sell the Tribune to the guests, because his loyalty would not let him sell the seccsh Tima. The journals throughout- the coun try are almost unanimously calling for a reduction of the duty on printing paper, and if the present Congress ignore this de mand, and allow the monopolists to con trol the paper market for another year, it will go hard with any member of that body who shall ever again present himself to the people for their suffrages. TTc warn them in time. gsr* Wc would call the attention of the people to the developments made in the article on the cotton speculations practiced by Gorman and Uovcy, at Helena. These statements conic from one of the first citi zens of lowa, who went to Helena at the instance of Gov. Kirkwood, to ascertain whether lowa troops were being used to put money in the purses of shopkeepers in shoulder straps. Army Jlachiuations, The country is much puzzled to understand the secret of Mr. Wilson's motion in the Senate, to investigate whether subordinate anny officers had intrigued against and inter fered with the plans of Gen. Burnside. The secret U just this. About three weeks ago, when Gen. Burnside had prepared fur a cros sing of the Rappahannock, and a general assault upon the enemy—the weather being such as to Invite an attack—Gen. Franklin sent two officers to Washington, one of whom was John Cochrane, to remonstrate with the President against the imprudence of the plan, and predicting for it certain tuliiro. Mr. Lincoln being in an exceedingly nervous state about army matters, immediately coun termanded tbc attack, and sent ordars to that effect to Gen. Burnside. Burnside then went slonniugup to Washington, but it was too laic. The mischief had been done, and when he was next ready to advance, the mud and rain caught him in hia movement, and he was forced to abandon the design. Truly, the rebels arc lucky fellows; and their standing toast should bo il Thc Generals of the army of the Potomac 1" A Great Liar. Roger A. Pryor commanded the rebel for ces ul Hie fight at Blackwatcr, near Suffolk, Va., on tbc nOtli nil., and Gen. Peek tbc Fed eral force. Pryor Issued a flaming dispatch, claiming that he had -won a great victory, esti mating the Federal loss at 500 killed and 2,000 •wounded! and placing his own loss at «>0 killed and wounded. The truth of the matter is that the rebels were whipped and driven back to Carrsvillc, eight miles, with the loss of £OO or 300 men. The official report of the Medical Director of Gen. Peek's force, stoles our loss at exactly 21 killed and SO wounded. Tbc rebel braggart endeavors to shield his de feat by n cloud of falsehood. But for the cow ardly and insubordinate behavior of one or two regiments of drafted men, who refused to stand lire, hut broke anti ran, the rebels would have been cut to pieces. So much for the facts of the ease. £outlx Carolina. A bill to amend an act entitled an act to or ganize and supply negro labor for coast de fense, in compliance with requisitions of the Government of tbc Confederate States, and to authorize and direct the Governor to proceed to furnUh negro labor under said act, Is be fore the South Carolina Legislature, now in session at Columbia. In precisely what way the “negro labor tor coast defense” is to bo “organized” does not appear. We suppose the negroes arc to be employed on fortifica tions, Ac., along the coast. At all events, South Carolina is to be defended by the aid of negroes. And if Beauregard may employ negroes in raising rebel works to defend the Slate, why should not Gen. Hunter employ negroes to scale those defenses? If black hands may work Beauregard’s artillery, why should they not work Hunter’s cannon ? Alalo letter from Newborn states that an important discovery was made there a few days since. About a mile and a half from tbc city, and beyond a dense wood, it was ascer tained, by accident, that the rebels had actu ally commenced the erection of extensive earthworks, with a view ot shelling the place after the departure of the expedition for Charleston. Precautionary measures were at once taken to prevent the completion of the undertaking. The Washington JirpuWcan calls attention to the passage in a letter of Mr. Memminger, comprised in the rebel diplomatic correspond ence recently intercepted, winch suggested that be had two millions and a half dollars in gold coin, which might he sent to England la a British man-of-war, if it first became the properly of British subjects. Not many days ago it was stated that 1L B. M. frigate Vesu vius bad arrived at Havana from Mobile,with n million and a half of dollars in coin, and the Hfjiullican hints that Mr.Seward will prompt ly demand explanations from Lord Lyons* 557* The Chicago Time* says that twelve of the rebel prJpotHTßofTvarconfined at Camp DougWs froze to death on Sunday night last.—.V.T. Herald. We lind Ibis villainous falsehood of the Jeff. Davis organ traveling the rounds of the Cop perhead press. It was concocted for the ex press purpose of inducing the rebels to mal treat Federal prisoners in their hands. We would not be snrpriscd to learn that twelve of our soldiers bad been starved to death In retaliation for the twelve rebel prisoners •which the Copperhead scoundrel tells them were froze to death nt Comp Douglas. . ST The Copperheads in the Indiana Legis lature have got a proposition before that body to establish a Military Board, to be invested with executive power, similar to the bill now before our Legislature. It is put forth for the purpose of transferring Executive power from Gov. Morton to the Legislature. The lories may be able to pa*s the bill, but they will find hiuorc difficult to execute It.. |gv'A large sale of slaves "took place at Fayette, Howard county, Missouri, on tho 3d lust. The gale was for cash,and tho prices were carried up to an average of S9OO. • This sale was doubtless got up to influence the action of the Missouri Legislature in regard to Its emancipation policy. Congress, U will he recollected, has decided that $303 should be tlxo basis for slaves. If those slaveholders can convince the Missouri slaveholders that slaves arc worth SOOO to SI,OOO, they think they have brought an influence to bear which they hope will defeat the emancipation bill before the Legislature. A Villainous Dodge.—The Burlington JiaieJuyc stales that Gen. Augustas Ciesar Dodge made a speech at a Democratic caucus meeting in that citv, last Saturday night, “in which he said that Davis was a much honestcr and belter man than Abraham Lincoln—tliat he (Dodge) esteemed him higher—and much more of the same 6011.” That speech of the villainous Dodge was “a big thing.” About thirty-six hours alter it was uttered, a municipal election was held in the same city of Burlington, and the Copper heads were wiped out by 150 majority. The year before, the same Copperheads, at that time claiming to bo War Democrats, carried Burlington by £OO majority. Give us another speech, Gen. A. C. P- Goon rou Russbll.—Boll Run Russell, in Ids “Diaiy North and Soutn," eays the mis erable sophists who expose themselves to the contempt of the world by their paltry thcsl cles on the divine origin and uses of slavery, arc infinitely more contemptible than the wretched bigots who published themes long ago on the propriety ot burning witches, or on the necessity of the offices for the Inquisi tion. g3p*Thc British steamer Princess Royal, which was recently captured in attempting to run the blockade, belonged to Lindsay, the great ship-owner and member of Parliament who visited this cltyafew years since. Hcwas the man who moved a resolution in Parlia ment that the American blockade should not bo recognized by the British Government, owing to Us Inefficiency. The reported dangerous illness of Gen. Wolcott, at New York, is greatly exaggerated, lie lias telegraphed from New York to Mr. Upson, his law partner at Akron, Ohio, that though seriously indisposed, he has not been confined to his bed at all; that he was then a great deal better, aud that he should bo at home within the week. The Copperhead Democrats of Calhoun county, Michigan, held a convention at Mar shal!, on the 4th inst., and passed a scries of resolutions, sixteen in number, filling about a column in the Detroit Free. Press , every one of which assaults the war, the Government, the Administration —not one word against the re bellion or the rebels. £gT"Wlicu our soldiers, wouuded in the Blackwater fight, were being carried into Suf folk, many seccsh women stood at the win dows and jeered in such a disgusting manner, that it was neccssaiy to set guards about the houses, not only to put a stop to the insults, but also to save them from summary destruc tion. On, What Angels.— A mother of South Carolina writes to the Charleston Courier as follows: “ I propose to spin the thread to make the cord to execute the order of our no ble Davis, when old Butler Is caught, and my daughter asks that she may be allowed to ad just it round his neck.” fgT* It is becoming evident that the Dem ocrats in the United States Senate intend to make issue on Senator Wilson’s bill for or ganising and drafting the mill-In. In this op position, it is understood that Dick Richard son, of this State, intends to be the leader. Union Convention at Indianopolis.— The loyal Union men of Indiana have resolved to have a grand State mass meeting at In dianapolis on the 20th inst. Gov. Andy John son, of Tonn., has been invited to be present and address the meeting. Union Meeting. The Union men of Coles and adjoining counties intend holding a grand Mass Meeting at Mattoon, on Thursday next, the 12th last., at the Methodist Church, and if necessary, the Baptist Church will also be occupied. By order of the Union Committee, John Cunningham, Secretary. Tlic Would-bc Martyrs, The sick and dying Copperhead journals arc fiercely indignant at the course pursued by Boileau, the Philadelphia editor, to obtain his release. One of the most anxious of the Cop- pcrhcadjoumals to become a martyr 1b the Boston Courier, which is lingering out a bank rupt'existence, and must soon go under. It saw in Boilcau's case a chance to be suppress ed, and thus saved the shame of “dying with out making a sign.” Hear how he berates the ex-martyr: It is evident enough that Mr. Bollcau, of the Philadelphia Journo!, who was clandes tinely arrested in that city and hurried to prison, has procured his release in such a way as to forfeit the sympathy to which he would otherwise he entitled as u martyr for the free dom of the pres*, and a vindicator of this great and essential right. His suddou eleva tion to distinction was followed by an equally sudden and most ignominious fall, and, show ing himself unlit tor a post of honor, ho will hereafter occupy one of deserved insignifi cance and contempt. The New York TTorZJ, which, financially, Is in about the same condition of the Couritr, is equally sorrowful and Indignant at the con duct of the Philadelphia editor. Its chance for martyrdom is thus placed beyond the hour I of its certain decease. Patriotism of the Acw York Mo rcltanl*. A meeting of the New York Chamber of Commerce was held on Thursday last. A set of patriotic by A. A. Low, and introduced by S. B. Chittenden, were unanimously passed. The resolutions, after rehearsing the successful achievements of the Federal army, urge upon the people a continuance of confidence in the Govern ment, and to follow up the war manfully and hopefully. The Chamber also passed a reso lution that, it would discountenance tho efforts of secessionists, m Avi? York or d<e ,. A< iy, to depreciate the United Stales cur rency. A communication was received from a com mittee of the Lancashire operatives, saying that owing to the immense draft upon our labor for filling up the army there is a scarcity of operatives In the various branches of in dustry. This fact has caused a great sensa tion among the operatives which they repre sent, and many hundreds of them have already expressed their willingness to emi grate to America, if a free passage and sup port could be afforded to them until employ ment can be procured. If such a scheme of emigration should be carried out, we have no doubt that the flower of the Lancashire ope ratives would avail themselves of the oppor tunity of making a home where they can “claim kith and kindred with thousands who have emigrated to a country whore Libor Is belter paid and the laborer more respected. Gentlemen, os a body we shall be most happy to give you all information and render ell assistance we can, In selecting a good and efficient class of hands. In conclusion, we cannot close this address without expressing our most earnest and deepest sympathy for tho great-struggle in which yon are at present engaged. Hoping that yonr efforts to recon struct the Union In all its entirely may he crowned with glorious success, and that yonr country may be hailed as the great republic of the world, Is the most sincere prayer and earnest wish of yours truly, the cotton spin ners of Preston, in gcncr.vUnccting assembled, held in the Spinners’ and Winder*’ Institute, Church street, Preston, Lancashire, England, January T, IsStSJ.” Signed on behalf of the meeting. XVJiat CoiiNtltiiteH n Ifloctcade*. Earl Bussell settles tills matter pretty cer tainly. In a letter to Lord Lyons, dated Feb rnary 15,1852, lie says; “ Her Majesty’s Government hare bad ua dcrtlielr consideration the state of thoblock ade of tho ports of Charleston and ‘Wilming ton. It appears from the reports received from Her Majesty’s naval officers that, al though a sufficient blockading force is sta tioned off those ports, various ships have suc cessfully eludea the blockade, A question might, therefore, be raised as to whether such a blockade should be considered as effective. Her Majesty’s Government, however, are of opinion that, assuming that the blockade is duly notified, and also that a number of ships ore stationed and remain at the entrance of a a port, sufficient, really, to prevent access to it, cir to create an evident danger of entering or leaving it, and that these ships do not vol untarily permit ingress or ogress—ln fact, that various ships may have successfully escaped Uirough it, as la the particular in stances here referred to, will not, of Itself, prevent the blockade from_bclng an effective one by international law. The adequacy of a force to maintain a block ade being always and necessarily a matter of fact and evidence, and one as to which differ ent opinions may be entertained, a neutral Shite ought to exercise the greatest caution with reference to the disregard of ft dc facto r.ud notified blockade, and ought not to dis regard it, except when it entertains a convic tion, which is shared by neutrals generally having an Interest in the matter, that the pow er of blockade is abused by a State either un able to Institute or maintain it, or unwilling, from some motive or oilier, to do so.” Petitions Presented, In the United States House of Representa tives on the 4th, Hon. I. N. Arnold presented the following petitions: The memorial of the State Agricultural So ciety of the State of Illinois, in favor of the enlargement of the Illinois and Michigan the petition of the officers and pri vates of the 05ih Illinois regiment of volun teers, an J officers of the Oth Vermont pray ing that General Order ho. 1.4 of the War Department may be rinded, and Chat toe regular army may not be recruited from VOl- Ul Alem the memorial of the brewers of Chi cago, praying for a modification of the revenue laws. „ Also, tbo petition of 141 citizens of Batavia, Illinois, against the repeal or redaction of tho duty on paper. OCR SPRINGFIELD LETTER. fFrom Oar Own Correspondent.] SpniNGFiELP. February 7,1043. SENATE PROCEEDINGS. There being no quorum in the Senate to day, but fifteen answering to their names, no business was done. The Democrats tried, upon the coming of members In the forenoon and afternoon, to do business without a coll of the House, hut were prevented. Much good humor prevailed, and at one time the Lieutenant Governor, having provided the members with cigars, declared the member from Cass, who is noted for his dignity of de portment, out of order in rising to a point of order, because he bad not lighted his cigar. At another time it was proposed to allow nil the gentlemen at that time within, the rail ing to take their seats, but the Lieutenant Governor said he saw some gentlemen Jnst from the penitentiary there (Dr. Back, Com missioner, and other officers), and it woald bo necessary to have them first restored to the rights of citizenship before that could he done. HOUSE PROCEEDINGS In the noose, In the forenoon, nothing of jcneral interest was done. The Senate bill fensing the penitentiary to Mr. Pitman of Qnincy was passed. , , .. In the afternoon the Democrats pressed the resolution to take a recess of the Legislature till June. The doors were locked and the Serceant-at-Arms dispatched for absentees. Enough members were finally found to wake a quorum, and the resolution passed, several Republicans refusing to vote. THE FRAUDS AND COBBUPTIONS. Charges of fraud and corruption against members of committees, and others, are freely talked of in the lobbies. It is stated there are cliques among members, several outsiders controlling so many members. Say G con trols a dozen members, H eight or nine, and D half a dozen more or Ices. Each man calls his clique together every night and re ports. He keeps, eay filly or twenty-five per cent, himself, and divides the remainder among the clique. Old members say the cor ruption of this Legislature exceeds that of any other that has heretofore cursed the State. It la shameless and appalling. In the case of a certain railroad bill, which the committee refused to report upou, I un derstand the committee Inis been brought to report, and the resolution asking for an In vestigation into charges of fraud inis been withdrawn. A horse railroad bill of Chicago, securing important privileges, it issaid, has been smug gled through the Senate under a false title. Two prominent Chicago lawyers are charged with this little “coup.” The Republicans are free from these charges of fraud and corruption In almost every in stance. Their being in the minority, how ever, may in a great measure account for this. 1 know of roy own knowledge instances in which they have been approached, however, and which they indignantly rejected. I leam that the Democrats, or a sufficient number of them in the Senate, have pledged their honors not to pass the resolutions for an armistice and peace convention, and that there will probably be a session of the Senate on Monday. Zbta. FROM VICKSBURG. [Special Correspondence of the Chicago Tribune. Youso's Point, ) Neab Vicksburg, Fob. 1.1863. f NAPOLEON, ARKANSAS. There was no fleet at the mouth of the Ar kansas, and -when vre reached Napoleon, Ar kansas, about daylight, not a human being could be seen. By dint of persistently blow ing thesteara whistle we managed to wake up a forlorn looking butternut and three negros, who came down to the landing to see what was wanted. No troops were there and we did not tarry. GUERILLAS. It was well we waited for convoy, for we had hardly steamed twenty miles before wo saw a large force of the enemy galloping along the edge of a piece of Umber just Inside the levee, on the Arkansas shore, evidently pre paring lor an attack. "Wo had 100 soldiers on board, and these began to get together their guns, overhaul their cartridge boxes, and pre pare to make a suitable resistance. The enemy was evidently staggered by those de monstrations, and took to the recesses of the forest, uot, however, before one of our boys had emptied the sadddlc of one of the fore most of them. The Indianola came along directly after, nnd, by the discharge of a dozen shells in the forest, effectually relieved us of all apprehensions of attack in that neighborhood. MILLIKEN'S BEND. We arrived at MUliken's Bend at 4 o’clock Sunday morning, without accident or inci dent deserving special mention. Here we found tho transports tied to the shore, and the soldiers encamped just behind the levee. I could not, if I would, tell how runny arc here. Five miles below arc some of the gun boats watching the entrance to the Yazoo, the dark and bloody ground of Sherman's late campaign. We were now twenty mliea from our destination. IK SIQUT OF VICKSBURG. At daylight, wc left for Vicksburg to report to (Sen. Grant. As I write, through the fog ;md the rain, I can discover tbo brick dwell ing and steeples of Vicksburg. Of course I am too far removed to give you an idea of the town, but at this distance it looks like a thriving citv, and covers the side and apex of of extensive blufis. It is said that for a dis tance of twelve miles or more, the face of the Muffs Is thickly studded with batteries, and that every hour of delay adds to the strength of the position. I presume this is trnc. The mouth of the canal is In plain view from the hurricane deck of the Magnolia, upon which I ara temporarily quartered. 1 have not yet visited it, but they say the water in the chan nel is five feet deep. TABLE OP DISTANCES. Forfutnre reference, I append the following table of distances from important points on the Mississippi Elver: From New Orleans to St. Louis 1.2W *• New Orleans to Baton Rouge 12-* “ Baton Rouge to Port Hudson 25 “ 2*ort Hudson to Gram! Gulf 185 « Grand Quit to Vicksburg GO »• New Orleans to Vicksburg 403 4 * Vicksburg to Helena 3ii «• Helena to Memphis W “ Memphis to Fort Pillow 70 »• Fort Pillow to Island No. 10 110 •• Island No. 10 to Columbus 40 “ Columbus to Cairo “ CahotoSt. Louis 185 BUSSING Tire VICKSBURG BVTTCBIBB BT THE BAM QCEES OF THE WEST. Ix PinnT op Yickpbchq, Feb. 2,1803. The dull monotony of life on board of the transports was unexpectedly varied jnst be fore daylight this morning by the report of heavy firing In the direction of Vicksburg. I went to the hurricane deck, and there, with the aid of a glass, discovered the ram Queen of the West attempting to run the blockade and engaging the rebel batteries. 'When X first saw her she was abreast of the upper batteries, and nearly opposite the point of the peninsula. The top and sides of the bluff were alive with fire from a hundred guns, and for a time it seemed as if the gallant little craft must be overpowered and sunk. But she seemed to bear a charmed existence. The very first shot llrod at the Queen was a huge eleven inch missile, which came from such direction that it would inevitably have destroved the boat had It not fortunately hit the brass gun sta tioned on the bow. This broke into a thous and fragments, and turned the formidable mass of iron harmlessly to the side of the the boat, whence it dropped into the river. TVe who were on the Magnolia thought she had received her death blow, but the Tog line of black smoke belching forth from her chim neys and moving down the river, showed that we had miscalculated the powers of tho little craft. BUNTING A 3JEBXL IRON-CLAD. Directlv in front of some of the heaviest and most formidable batteries nt Vicksburg, and moored at the landing, licsthe ride-wheel steamer Vicksburg. Tins is a cotton boat, for merly running between St. Lonis mid New Orleans, of great speed and power. The re bels arc covering hor with railroad iron, inthc hopes of sending her on a mission of destruc tion among the Federal transports, tied to the levee above. She is said to be armed and cov ered like the Arkansas—the rebel ram de stroyed last summer. The intention was for the Queen to give her a passing blow as she moved down the river, bnt she was Iving so straight and paral lel with the levee that it was found that no groat harm conld be done her. When directly opposite her, and while ex posed to the tire of the heaviest batteries, Gen. Ellct, who was on board and personally directed her movements, ordered her to make for the ether shore. She did so,and, turning, faced the town, pnt on a full head of steam, and started for the Vicksburg. During all this time, she bad been the object of respect ful attention. Shot after shot was fired from every battery, and fire and iron held high car nival. Her wheclhonsc was pierced thrice; one shot went Into Capt. Sutherland’s room, and, passing through his wardrobe, lodged in his bed. Fragments of iron fell upon her like hail, and the water around her boiled like a cauldron kettle. She struck tho Vicksburg justaflof the cook house, her sharp pointed prow cutting through the guardsand crashing inthc hull, until the bales of cotton plied upon her own decks acted as a fender, and prevented farther destruction. Just as she struck, she let slip her dogs of wa'r, and dis charged two shells, which, bursting amidst Uie machinery, broke them into fragments and ignited the cotton packed around it. both IHONCLADS ON FIRE. At the same time, from a eimilarnccidcnt, our own cotton was discovered to be on fire, and the attention of all parties was turned to wards it* extinguishment. The Queen had lost her capgtaln, and waa hit at least a dozen times during the brief engagement. Things began to look a little gloomy, and appear ances indicated that both might bum togeth er. The current, however, here setting in strongly, wrenched the Queen ffomtheVicks burg'and they separated, the former unhurt, except as above related; the latter listed over to one side, and was probably considerably In jured. On the Queen the fire was soon extin guished, and she passed on below the lower batteries without further injury. She Is now moored below the mouth of the canal, where her crew will to-day join her. Tho Vicks burg, easily seen from where I am writing, Is evidently working her engines, probably her pumps, to keep her afloat. I do not natlcl pale that the injury she received is irrepara ble, or that tho will not soon bn as strong as ""rbcrc is groat, consternation Vicksburg. I can sec tho mon and womca excitedly walking the bights; locomotives ;a:o moving in ana out tho depot; flags arc tying from the Court House and public building?, and the roofs vt buildings are covered with citizens w itching with eager interest all ofotr movements. Tho Court House steeple is evUently a signal sta tion. for every movement of transport or iron clad is indicated by tho display of flags with different devices. They doubtless think the running of iho blockade tic prelude to an at tack upon tho city. - .. If the Vicksburg is but slightly injured, it !s reasonable to conclude thatehc may be dis posed to try conclusions wi'h the ram, and it would not be strange if tie two should en gage near the month of the canal. THE EFFECT OP THE PASSA.GB. The good effects arising from this passage cannot be over-es.iroatcd. It is, in effect, the blockading of the entire Red River country, since supplies from Arkansas and Texas can not reach Vicksburg so long as tho Queen of the West floats. SLTTLIBS OUT OFF FROM TICKSBUBO. The batteries established on the Louisiana shore at the mouth of the bayou between the i77i&mif/icv of the canal wad a point opposite Warrcnton, already prevents supplies reachiu B Vicksburg by steamer. Produce must now be landed at Warrcnton and bo transported thence by train to Vicksburg. The Queen •will ply below Warrcnton, and will doubtless destroy this source of supply, unless she finds an’nntagonist in tho “Vicksburg ” or some other ram or iron clad up the Rea River. Bod. from the army of the POTOMAC. Reorganization Under Gen. Hooker- BlcClcilanlsm in. the Army. [From the N. Y. Evening Poet, sth inst.J [Thu writer ol the following letter has been in the Army of the Potomac from the Umo when Gen. ilcClellan marched upon the al ready empty works at Manassas, He has watched this army for nearly a year, under different commanders. Originally, in com mon with the whole country, a believer in the genius of Gen. McClellan, he has seen the Incapacity of that officer demonstrated, not only by bis failures in the field against the enemy, but equally by his errors of adminis tration, which affected in too many ways, the comfort and efficiency of the army entrusted to him.] TtgAtvqn*.nrtnß AasTf, Feb. S, 1863. General Hooker returned from Washington yesterday morning, with fall discretionary powers to the necessary reorganization of ibis army, and he and Butterfield aro at work. It- docs one's heart good to see the manner la which they grapple the task before them. They arc sound. They are going to the bot tom of ©very evil and curse afflicting this army, with the vigor and confidence that as sure every’ one that they realize the extent of the work, and have the ability to perform it. The remaining devotees of McClellan here, among the generals, have suddenly become very silent and humble, and are nervously wafting results. Hooker will not make par tiality for any former commander a test, un less that partiality is so marked as to prevent I an officer from giving an earnest and cordial | support to the present commander. But obedience and vigor, in the performance of their duties, he will have. That can be read in the firm set lines of his countenance, and in the sparkle of his eye. There Is no waste material abontHookcr. Every faculty of his mind and body is under complete control, and in the most vigorous use. 1 believe he loves power; but he Sa so earnest in this work of crushing the rebellion that he will not fall to use his power forthc benefit Of the country. He comprehends more In one hour than Mc- Clellan did in a day, and more business is al ready done with the staff departments—ln complete as they arc—than lias cvqr been done before in the same time at headquarters. Ton may depend upon it that Hooker wi' not let any formalities of rank keep him from putting the fighting generals in their proper places, and tne proverbially slow men, al ready well known, will be well marked here after. Crowds of officers from all parts of the ar my, throng headquarters day nnd evening, to pay their respects to, and congratulate the General and his staff. Many are waiting to sec more evidence of Hooker’s ability before they express themselves, while a few bigoted men refuse to believe that anybody but Mc- Clellan has any military ability. The great majority, however, can see no reason why Hooker cannot master the detail ot this army as well as the detail of a grand division, and for evidence they point to tho pregnant fact that in no position which he has yet occupied has he tilled to more thau equal expectations; and the expressions that some choose to call boasting, arc amply home out by his past ca reer, and justified, not only by that, but by the complete knowledge of his own abilities, and confidence in himself, a quality which it is eminently necessary that a military leader should have. .. Base rumor to the contrary, Gen. Honker s habits are not such «s to cause any alarm. He has never been known to be under the influence of liquor. His clean-shaven face, with his thin white skin, showing the healthy blood under the surface, gives to Ills counte nance, after riding In the wind, such a roseate hue as perhaps to deceive those who do not know bim. lie is emphatically one of the men dcvel- | oped by this war, and it is by such that this war must be brought to a ders already issued arc Vigorous in their tone. The llrsl thing ha did was to grasp the seri ous evil of desertion, which was increasing very rapidly. Two hundred and fifty men are already awaiting trial in the different divisions, and severe examples will be made of some of the m. Don’t let any sickly sentimentalism prevent the press and the people from saying *• deserved, in ease some of them arc shot The lime has come for it. Absent officers (without leave) ore also' tended to. Some of them who have presumed so much upon their ability to fix things all rigid after they gel back, will, lo use a famil iar expression ’‘find their cake all dough.” If thev wish to save their positions and repu tations it is necessary for them to report im mediately. It is now plainer than ever, that the remo val of McClellan should have been made long before it was. To him is chargeable the fail ure ol Burnside. He permitted a refractory and mutinous spirit to crow in the army—he permitted the artnv to set him up as king,and swear that they would neither worship nor obev any other idol. He taught them to re ward him with greater enthusiasm than the cause for which they fought. Instead of being feted and presented with homesteads, ho should be stripped of his rank and sent into the world like his pet Porter. Had Burnside seized the army with the con fidence and spirit by Hooker, he might have done more with it, but he took hold with a mistrust of his own ability, which was quickly seized upon by the irate McClel lan admirers, as evidence that nobody was his equal, and they most heartily reciprocated and encouraged the sentiment of the 41 want ol confidence” which Burnside expressed in regard to himself. The result was that subor dinate commanders grew refractory, disputed his plans, compelled him to change them at limes, and completely disconcerted him by appealing to the authorities at Washington against hire. “Burnside Is not a great military genius, but be is an honest, energetic, patriotic and good man, who believes lu right earnest and 7«xr<i fighting nithcr than strategy. There i are many oflicers in the army wfio preferred at rat egy of the McClellan order to legitimate fighting, but their number Is rapidly decreas ing—not that they are leaving the army, but that they are gctllug their eyes opened to the necessity of using every means in our power to crush* this rebellion. Hooker is a man of strong will. He will not allow himself to he used or brow-beaten by army politicians. He will assume to know a.stlic commander of the army, what it needs and who arc the meritorious ones in It, and without regard to politics, any man who docs his whole duty will be well considered. But there will be one rule inexorable—every other feelingand desire must be subordinated to the desire to crush tlus atrocious rebellion bv any and every means, and In the shortest possible time. Any mau who sticks at imma terial points, or argues the question at all, may consider hlmsclfas useless ami inefficient, and may depend upon being thus treated. The question of moving depends, of course, upon the weather, and not upon the desire of the commander. But should the weather prevent, the country will not suffer. It will have a better army at the end of thirty days than it has now. Butterfield, ns Chief of Staff, is well liked. Some few intimate surprise that a purely vol unteer officer should be chosen for such a po sition. It is true he didjuot graduate at West Point, but he has one of the most compre hensive and executive military minds in the army, combined with a business talent and cneigy which is inexhaustible. He mu? already surpassed even his chief by the facility with which he seizes and masters the details of his position. Ho bore this reputation when at the head of his old brigade, where he was noted lor having everything at his fingers’ ends'. He entered the three months' service as colonel of the 12th NewTork State Militia, was subsequently made Brigadier General of volunteers, and as the commander of a brig ade, division and corps bas been found equal to his position. He is a Lieutenant Colonel of the 12th infantry in the regular service. Hooker discovered his energy and capacity, and resolved to use it. , . . Seth Williams Is McClellan’s old Assistant Adjutant General, and is just the man for his place. Ho Is careful, systematic to an intense degree, and was always noted for the regular ity and promptness with which he performed the great detail of business in his office. He bas an able assistant in the person of Lieu tenant Colonel Dickinson, oi Gen. Hooker s old staff. The Truth Now and Then. In a late editorial of the X.ondon Timr*, which, for a wonder, condemns the retaliatory proclamation of Jeff Davis, it says: “ The South should remember that they were the first to draw the sword in this quar rel, that they rose against on established Gov ernment in the exercise of its legal functions, that they obtained, by the agency of traitors in that Government, a considerable supply of arms and money, and that the Union which they seek to dissolve, is, as events have proved, the dearest wish of every American heart. Parson’* Battery. Extract from the report of Brig. General Palmer, commanding 2d division, left wing, at the late battle near Murfreesboro, Tenn.: ‘■Daring the whole day I regarded the bat lery under command of Lieut. Parsons, assist ed bv Licuts. Cushing aud HunUugton, as my Tight arm, and well did the brilliant conduct oi these courageous aud skilful officers justify my confidence. My orders to Parsons wens simple, * Fight where you can do tho most good.’ Hcvcr were ortlers belter obeyed.” Steubenville (Ohio) Anuritvn Union , a malignant Copperhead, has started ‘ the fol lowing ticket lor the next Presidency: For President in ISO 4, General Gcoigc B. McClel lan ; for Governor, Hon. Hugh J. Jewett. J3j-Tlic New York IforW proves to its own satisfaction, by a Louisiana secessionist, ttot Gen, Butter is » monster of depravity. COTTON SEECES.ATTON IN THE WEST. VoltcdStates Officers Trndlnpr Contra basdCoodsand Negroes lor cotton* The accompanying documents have been received In Washington from persons of tho highest character, connected with the army in tho Southwest. They arc introduced by the following statement, dated Helena, Ark M Jan. 18,1803: While In Memphis I procured a document, a copy of which I enclose, marked “A.” I then went on to Helena, determined to follow up the case of Col. Hovcy, of Illinois. I went In search of the boat and crew that did the business. 1 found two of Iho crew, and took their statements, of which I enclose cop ies, marked “B” and “C.” Gen. Gonnan came to Helena the Ist of December, to take command of this post. He forbade oil persons going outside of the lines or down the river to buy cotton. After a few days it was said that he was goingto establish a military post at Friar’s Point, at the mouth of the White River. Ho, with Ids escort, went down the river a number of limes, for that purpose it was said, but the boats seldom or never returned without cot ton. The White Cloud is the boat the General used for himself and staff, but the st eamer Evansville got the most cotton. They always had a large stock of whisky, salt, qui nine, and other contraband articles, on board going down. I spent a number of days quietly looking after them, and went on board several times to sec what they carried. By and by Gen. Gorman issued an order that no one should go on board without a permit. This cut me off. but I kept a look out. On the 25th day of December, Gen. Gorman with his staff, and a part of the 2d Ohio battery, on the White Cloud, and the 2*JtU Wisconsin Infantry, on the Evansville, started down the river to establish a military post. They slopped at Friar’s Point. The General ap pointed a Lieutenant, Provost Marshal. The soldiers, with Government teams, were order ed by the Provost Marshal to draw cotton to the boats. The Colonel of the 20th remon strated against having his soldiers do that kind of duty, and sent an officer to the Gene eral to ask what right the Provost Marshal had to take a company of his men against their will to draw cotton. The General replied by an order putting the Colonel under arrest, his sword taken from him, and he sent a pris oner to Helena, to await further orders, iul of which was accordingly done. • The soldiers were there about two weeks. They collected a good deal of cotton. The greater part of it was paid for in contraband goods. When they returned the Evansville had 118 bales and 15 bags of cotton, valued at $50,000. The captain of the boat said a part of the cotton belonged to him. The Govern ment paid the crew and furnished fuel for the boat. 1 Inquired If the Government had noagent to attend to such business, and was Informed thatT. 11. Yeatman of Cincinnati, now In Memphis, was special agent of the Treasury Department I sent him notice to come down. Before lie arrived, Gen. Gormnn had ordered the cotton to ho put on the Government wharf-boat. Some of the Government stores had to be put outside to get the cotton in. Mr. Yeatman seized the cotton and put a man in possession of It; but the man is" a cotton speculator, and I have uo confidence in his integrity. Since Mr, Yeatman left, the cotton lias been put on a steamboat. The Government is paying the boat SSS per day, and using it to store cotton. On the 10th day'of January, Gen. Gorman crave a verbal permit to a man living in Missis sippi to take colored men in Arkansas and carry them out of the State. The General told the negroes to go, and ordered the captain of a steamboat in the United States son-ice, (the boat being owned by the United States) to take thcn\ trom Arkansas to Mississippi with out pay. It was done. Let me say in conclusion, the soldlcrsof tho Northwest did not enlist to steal cotton for officers, nor to return fugitive slaves to their traitor masters, nor to be abused and dis graced if they refuse to perform such imsol dierly and inhuman duty. No wonder they desert by hundreds. If the Government will not correct these evils, it deserves to be left, without an army, to be swept from tbc face of the earth by tho tatterdemalion infantry of Jeff. Davis. The following are the statements to which I referred: [A.] Helena, Arkansas, Sept. 27th, JS62. Gen. Steele, Commanding Army of the Southwest, Helena, Ark.: General: Two transactions of a very singular and grave character have come to my knowledge, which 1 feel it my dnty to make known to yon. that the interests of the Government may he pro tected, its honor vindicated, and the guilty par ties exposed, punished and disgraced. Previous to September 24th, 1562, sixteen negroes were taken from a planter living about twelve miles be low Laconia, alien., and carried to tho encamp ment of Col. Chna. E. Hover. 33d Illinois volun teers, about seven miles below Helena. Ark. On the 21th or 25th of September these sixteen ne groes were placed on board the Government steamer latan, taken back to their owner and ex changed for forty hales of cotton. By this extra ordinary proceeding, this cotton became the pro perty or rather was placed In tho possession of Eomc officer or speculator. I ask. General, that this matter be thoroughly investigated, and if it Is proved that Col. Uovey effected or connived at this disgraceful exchange, that he be dismissed from the service of the United States, and brand- Ed with the iuf:;my of the crime before the Amori can people. •Another affair ot a less homous nature, nut un justifiable upon any principle of justice and right, is probably traceable to tin* same officer. On the 2Glh of September, some 200 troops were ecul from Col. Hovey's camp to Friar's Point. JlSps., about fire miles from camp, and occupied the town, while a small force consisting of cav alry, infantry end artillery, started from a point immediately opposite Iheoz.tampnu-tt on the Mis sissippi side of the river to the interior c»F the State. About twenty miles from the river some Bi-0 ball's of cotton wen* seized, placed in Govern ment wagons and hauled to the river bank, arriv ing ou the evening of Sept. 27. The troops at Fri ars Point marched np the bank of the river and arrived about the same time. These 3130 bales of : cotton were marked ** Confederate States.” or *• C. S. A.” and were believed by uninterested parties to be cotton subscribed to the rebel war fund, col lected by some agent of the Confederate Staten.and stored for their account ot the place where It was A private individual, named Grant, I think, of fered to sell the cotton at thirty-five cents per pound. This would indicate that the public prop erty of the Confederate States to the value of eighty or nicety thousand dollars, had been captured by United States troops under command of Col. Ho ve v, transported twenty miles in Government wag ons, and then bv some mysterious arrangement, fell into the hands of some cotton speculator with out any compensation to the Government. 1 ask that tills cotton be seized and placed in the hands of some honest Quartermaster, to be sold for ac count of the United States. If the facts above stated are found, upon examination, to be correct. The results of this slncrular movement, to the army, were as follows: Capt. Chris tl, of the lllh Wiscon sin, and three privates, captured at Friar's Point, on the SClh of Saptemher mid paroled next day. Mason, of the 33d Illinois, killed; Capt. Potter and five privates of the same regiment wounded. The officers and men of tins and the lltUWis. declare thevwill go on no more similar expedi tions, unless the cotton Islcaptured by authority of, and for the use and benefit of their Government. The indignation of the officers and men with whom I conversed, nt being thus employed, their lives imperiled, their comrades sacrificed for such mean, xuerciuary purposes, was iuteusc, amount ing almost to mutiny. It may he proper to state. General, that I have no motive whatever in making this statement to you. but the good of mycountry. and have not purchased or sought to purchase any cotton since the occupation of Memphis by the Union forces, ou the Cih of June last. Respectfully, T. M. Toarcxr. Memphis. Tcnn. I certify that the above is a correct copy of the original letter received at Headquarters Army of thu Southwest on Sept. 30.35C2, anil entered in the letter book, page 368 (N0.8‘82.) Jojun C. Lowbowbr, Clerk. TTKACorAETEr.s Ai'.jit of the Southwest. I Helena, Ark., Sept. 30,1862. f 181 ETATEiIEXT OP KOBEBT V. KEKDALL. j December sth. 1562. 1 Name. Robert V. Kendall; age, twenty-seven; I occupation, river pilot. I was employed on the I miner latan in the United States employ daring I September and October IPC2. I was paid by the United States. Rations for all bauds of the boat I were drawn from the United States Commissary I Department every ten days. B. J. B. Weaver was captain of the boat. Mike Williams was mate. I Nicholas Bams was chief engineer. Adolphus j was 2d engineer; Geo. Hobbs was assistant. ( John Parey assistant. On or about the "Hi of 1 April 3SG2, an expedition went down the river of 1 which tho latau formed a part. I think the 11th I Wisconsin and 83d Illinois regiments were on ) board the latan. I think Col. Hovey waa onboard I the latan, and it was understood that Cob Hovoy I was commanding the expedition. Wo landed at | McGee’* plantation on the Mississippi shore. 1 I know that there wore some fifteen negroes taken | on board from that plantation, and Capt. Weaver I told me in a few days after that Col Hovoy gave the I overseer. Brown, a receipt for tliem, and that they I were to be returned as soon as we could pet others I to take their places. It was about two or three I weeks after that they werorotnmed. luthomoan time, clothing was drawn for them from the United j States Quartermaster's Department- At the time ) that we took the negroes back, it was in the night we landed, and there was a detachment of J United States soldiers on board. Ido not know what regiment they were from. Wetookonboard j some cotton. Capt. Weaver told me that there J were twenty-six boles. They expected to got thirty hales at that time. I know the negroes were I put ashore daring the night. Capt. Weaver told me that they tied them to ropes and delivered them to J the overseer. Xdo not know whom tho cotton be- I longed to Bnt the talk among the hands on board I was that It belonged to Capt. Weaver and Col. J Hovey. I heard Mr. Cooper, tho carpenter of the I boat say that he was a witness to a bill of sale to I Cant. Weaver, and! afterwardshcardCapt.Wcarcr I sayibct he made $23,000 off of tho cotton. Some- j t ; mo after I was acting as Captain on the ferry boat Lnclla, when Col. llovoy'a command wasen- j caged In getting so large an amount of cotton Iram j Mississippi at the Delta on the bank of the river. I saw Col. Hovey at the Delta. He had about 100 bales of cotton taken on board there. We went across to Col. Hovey’a camp, and at evening started nptoHclcnawithit. Mr. C. C. Avery told me that the gentlemen who got the cotton, said to him that ho paid Col. C. E. Hovey $20,000 forgetting thislot Mr. Av’crv is now sutler in the 9th lowa Infan trv. A Mr’ Grant I understood to he one of the 1 owners of this cotton. He told me one day at He-; lona that be was afraid he would loose his cotton, j That It had been seised by the Government out afterward* that it wa* released, and that he would ship it to Memphis. It was not Mr. Grant that was reported to have pald.Col. Hovey the $20,000, but a man whom I do not recollect. Thi* statement Is, to the best of my recouectton, correct RoBT. V. KENDALL. At present Pilot on the Key West. Nicholas Burns Is nt present 2d engineer on the Titer- George Hobbs formerly belonged to the 11th Wisconsin infantry. Mike Williams, now la St, Louis. . . Cooper, the carpenter, in Bt. Lotus on Gratiot Adolphus Cornelius, now 2d engineer on the Ne braska. • _ , F. J. B. Weaver, Captain of the steamer Lake Oily. .. _ „ 3olm Pavoy. Ist engineer on the Lucia. [C.] STATE KENT OP D. C. HASSELTEXO. Helena. Ark., Dec. 7,1565. Ape twenty-six; occupation engineer. I was employed aa assistant engineer on the steamer Ictan miring September, October and November, ISGa. Tho steamer was employed by tho United States, aud all the hands of the boat were paid by the United States. Rations-were drawn from the United States Commissary Department forali on beard, every ten days. B. J. B. 'Weaver was Captain; Michael Williams, Mato; Nicholas Bures, John Savlel, Oeorpo Deoff, and myself were the engineers. Soon alter I ship ped on board an expedition consisting of our Etcamcz and the “ Kmnu,” with parts of the lltli Wisconsin and the SW IRlnoie Infantry, under command of Col. E. Hovcy of the 833 Illinois regi ment, went down tho jlvct to McGee's plantation Co!. n„m itpii tV 3¥ HUr.olß reurneul were on the in the night r.t McGee's planta tion ' Col. Hovey dumamled of the qrrmw.one Drown, nil llic neuron* on the plantation. -dc Gee not being at Lome, but aft.-r oveteter. he consented to loa\ e su pul Ltieen u„ grocs.thc ovcrsccrby the aid of n r “r^ out fifteen, and they were taken on board, tapt. Wearer told the negroes that they were free to all -iiitcntasnd purposes. that they to their master, und that they would be paiuby the Government for tbefr work, or aoinethWto that effect. Capt- Weaver drew clothbc from the Quartermaster's Department, and dfttrlhated it rnon-'the negro™. One of the ne-rroes escaped from the boat, and rnn away at Old Town a few day* after. About two week* after obtaining ln« nepTOCB, Capt. Weaver told me he was going to take Ibe negroes back to their master, audsaiu that he had orders from the military authority to do so. I think be said Col. E. Hovey ordered him to do bo. It was about two weeks after obtaining the negroes that we went down the river with them, a detachment of about thirty men In com mand of a Captain of the 33d Illinois regiment, was on board at the time. We land ed in the night, and the negcofcs rolled on board twenty-nine bales of cotton; after so doing, and when they were all on board, a guard wob placed around so as to prevent their escaping. Captain Wcavcrtold them that they most go back to theirformcr master. They were sent on shore, and one of them ran away, thereat were tied band to hand by the orerseerßrown and the mate of the ■boat, while I held the lantern for them. Thirteen uecros were returned to the overseer Brown, two having escaped. I have heard it reported that Mc- Gee, the owner of the negroes, Is a Colonel in the rebel artnv. The cotton taken on board was claim ed to have been bought by Captain Weaver, who said he had paid the money for it and had got a bill of sale from Brown, the overseer. Captain Weaver showed me a permit from General Steele to bny cotton from any parties except soldiers and negroes. The cotton washrought np the river, and Captain Weaver told me that he made on one gale of that cotton—l do not know as that included the whole lot- AfterppUing the negroes ashore we returned without any, except three or four Irish deck hands. Another expedition was soon after the returning of their negroes, set on foot to obtain 300 or more bales of toiton in Mississippi back of a point on the Kivcr known as the Dclu. Troops and transportation were sent over from Cel. Y.. Hover beyond end Proceeded into the coun try. The steamer lataa was lying at tr.c loroo at the Delta and I saw Col. Hovey and other officers busy iu shipping thecotton on board the ferryboat to Helena. I don'tthink the latan brought op any cotton at that time. Col. Hovey and other officers ; and some citizens came on the utan to Helena. I knowtwooftbe citizcnsto have been one Jones formerly a Sutler in Hovcy’s command at Helena, I and a Mr.Haekel, a cotton merchant from Philadel phia. This statement Is to the beat of my recol lection correct. _ _ _ (Signed) D.E.Ha«SLTBSO. Nicholas Bcrns, Chief Engineer, at present on Hobbs, Assistant Engineer, at present mate, I think is in St. Louis. Cooper, the carpenter, I think is in St. Louis. D. O. B. Weaver, the Captain, now on the Lake C join Saver, the Assistant Engineer on the steamer Llnefaer. . _ _ . R. V. Kendell, pilot on the Key West. P S —At the time of returning tho negroes, when one escaped, the officer in command of the soldiers said to the overseer that the negro could notuct outside of the pickets, and that tho men would take him in the morning, for they were In structed to let no one pass—orwords to that effect. Thi« !e to the beet of my recollections correct. (Sign* d) D. E. Hapseltbko. I would state, after some reflection, that I was not correct in regard to tbe time of my stopping on board the latan. It was on the lOthorflth that I went ou board. I went down ou the steamer tv Polar Star, 1 * and met the latan Tat Old Town, where I got on board. This was as she was returning from McGee's plantation with the negroes, and that part of my statement in regard to ob taining the negroes was obtained from reports I had from others of the crew who heard and saw the whole transaction. The day that I went on board Mr. Cornelius was discharged from the place of second engineer, and John Savey was shipped in his place. jgy** Judge Chester Ilayden, the head of the Cleveland Law School, died in that city, on Fridayjtiight. lie was a gentleman of excel lent legal attainments, and highly respected. f5T* An officer that resigns bis place In the army because he thinks Ills promotion Is not fast enough, simply shows that his promotion has been faster than he deserved. Tho price of gold in Richmond is 13.60 premium. Sterling exchange is quoted at the same rate. Northern exchange is $1.40. g3pThc Bt. Louis Democrat has a rumor that Gen. Pope is coming West to take com mand of the expedition against Vicksburg. rpnE NEW AMERICAN CYCLOPEDIA, TO BE COMPLETED IN ONE MORE VOLUME, MAKING SIXTEEN IN ALL. PRICE, In firth 11l W CCl> In half morocco. In half rus After the publication of the sixteenth rolnme.whlch will lie early In the ensuing month, the price will be Increased 30cents OV'-«ch voluisc; so that tho*e pur chasing now will mve [From the New Y«rk Evening Post.} ••In n few days the labors of the editors of fie New American Cyclopedia will bo finished. A task which has occupied for nearly six year?, permanent!?, a staff of 25 able vrrlUvs. beside a great nnuibcr of occasional writers, is at last completed, and the event Is one wor thy cf notice. The present work of Messrs. Ripley & Tana is the first original general Cyclopedia complct cd In this country. The publishers. Messrs. D. Apple ton & Co., have invested fU3.OM In this great literary ventme. Of the literary execution of this work we. who have occasion to refer to it dally, can speak ot It with entlslactlnn. The Now American Cyclopiedla is correct, full In It? Information, conveniently arranged forrcfcriT.ce. The articles arc concise audyct com plete ; and the work, continued and finished, as It has teen, in the midst of a great civil war. is an honorable example cf American thoroughness uadcntcrprisc.” Sold hr S. C. GRIGGS * CO., Publishers* sole ‘Wholesale Agents for the North western States. fc9-zk*3-3t RESULTS OF CITATION Bv AUGUSTIN COCHIN. Price $1.50. The "North American Review” says of COCHIN’S RESULTS m E^AMSIPATiOM “It h rurre history, rot argument or appeal, nor yet a selection of fact* made to sustain a particular theo ry but such a bor-k as a tnan with no ncart would be compelled to make from the material famished to ula * ,S **Tho orly condaVon that can he drawn Is tba emancipation is entirely safe.*' y 0 Intelligent American citizen shonld till to read TJic Springfield ••nepnbllcaa~*ftye •**lt only requires to tc looked into, to recommend UrfCi!" l-.vcrv American tdionld “look into it, asltconliloi ■M the information wanted, and wanted sow. by eve earnest citizen. One toI., l« mo. Price |U>O. S. €. GRIGGS Sc CO., 33 and 11 Lake street. reD-zsc^st Q.OOD BLANK BOOKS VERY LOW PRICES We have a large assortment or flrst-elas* Blink Pocks, wbleli were made by a Western firm who failed some, lime ago. Tbo Books are in good order, and ft* we bought them at about half price, we Will sell them at Oreat Bargains, either m brge lots to dealers, or single books to con bumcre.ascmlotoers maydealre. There ace Ledgers, Journals, Day Books, Cash. Books, bound in Russia. Sheep or Boards—almost any style decked. SAVE MONET BT BUYING THEM. DUNLOP, SEWELL & SPAULDING. Printer* and St ationere, 40 Clark street, Chicago. ftg-fcStf-lW 17STABLISHED 1655. —Passage Jlj Tickets and Bfila Lading between iIVEBPPOOI AND IBBLANI), and any part of the Western States. Via ** Great Eastern,’* Steamship, MONTREAL OCEAN STEAMSHIP CO. Sailing Weekly. ilercltanfs Lice. Old Line. Washington Line and Black Ball Line, of Sailing Vessels, twice a week. SJB Liberal sd-ranc*'* made on consignments ofPrO dace to Liverpool and Glasgow. . Royal of Ireland la mss to suit. P O Box Clo2. .T. W ARRACK, Agent. * 'J'O LIVERPOOL. STEUI WEEKLY "FROM SEW YOKE, Landing and embarking passengers at QUEENSTOWN, IRELAND. Liverpool, New York and Philadelphia SXEAiHSHB? CO3IPAWT, WiUdl«T)fttcb every Saturday etc of their fall power Clyde-built Iron steamships. . T Cttvof KcwTcrk.... Js£ol City of Baltimore .2*57 City of Washington...2R» I City of Manchester. .«d*« .Etna SJS Wfngbargh .2107 Eaog&roo I Glasgow B s ®- Rates of passage as low as any other line, perverts wh-hfng to bring oat their mcndi* front Eng land or Ireland canbuT tickets In Chicago to great ad vantage, either by steam or sail. , „ . These steamers Imre superior aecotaw.Qaat.Opa. and cam- experienced surgeons. They are built la wates ttght nos sections, and carry patent urc annlmla- For fetter lalemUlo^lJ Si Clark street. Chicago. |y Exchange on Europe sold la sums of £1 andra* wards. ma-s»a&»-ly Jj'RKKOH ARTIFICIAL EYES. another large lot of FRENCH ARTIFICIAL EYES, .Tusi received by GALE BROTHERS, Wholesale and Retail Druggists, 3J3 Randolph street. Chicago. ; dcl^xO-ly TTOR SALE —By tbo subscribers, JL* A large assortment of best Scotch Canvas, con sisting of Extra all Long Flax. N'o3. CfX to B do do ‘ Gov*nt contract.... do do Kavy vine Flax do do Navr Belled do do BoCedTow do„ do . . HAVILLO.SD. notraa * CO. January SO, 1&9, ft»-«S«air rro T,AITF. STREET.—We invite I O the attention ol tie unto to oar Ursa stock or CORSETS, SKIRTS, HOSIERY, Velrct and Trimming Ribbons, BCGIE iSD STEEL TBIMHKfiS, GILT AND JETDEESS BUTTONS SILK AND WORSTED Embroidery and Dress Braids, THREADS, &e., &c M AH of which wc will sell at Ims thaa.KEW. TOEIt PRICES for net cash. Close buyers arc Invited to csU. GRAVES Sc IRVI\E, 78 LAKE STREET. SH-zim gUTLEB’S GOODS, WINTER GOODS, DRESS <3-00103, CASSCSHIES, BOOBS, NUBIAS, soNxa.es, And tlie most extensive and attractive Stock of Staple and Fancy Dry Goods AT WHOLESALE IN CHICAGO, tsr Orders accciapsided trtt'a money or references, secure our best attention BOWEN BROTHERS, 'IMPORTERS AND JOBBERS. 72. 75 and 7ft Laka street. CMccgO. QLOTH HOUSE. FIELD, BENEDICT & CO., 31 & 30 I* alto street, Have now In store the Ursoet stock of COTHS, CASSIMERES, VESTINGS, SATINETS, Sheep’s Greys, Beavers. Bilota, Meltons, And all other poods for simrs WEAR. aver exhibited la lids market. Mbbchants are invited to ex ftminn oor stock of goods of all kinds for OFFICER’S UNIFORMS. BlucClotlm, Blno Flannels, Blao Cnsslmeres. ap7-plOMy ___ QEOCEEIES. EWING, BSIGGS & CO., 76 South Water street, Chicago, Offer for sale AT TITS VERT LOWEST PRICES to CLOSE BUYERS AND PROMPT MEN. a well selected stock of GROCERIES AT WHOLESALE, EMBRACING Sugary JPisli, Teas, Tobacco, Coflecs, Rice, Syrups, Spices, Molasses, Soaps, Dried Fruit, ■WOODEN WARE, and an articles usually included la their line. TTe hare bought most or our cooAs for cask, and be lieve that we can make It to the Interest of all tmrcUa*. lug In tb!a market to call and examine our ttocjc before ouslae. EWIKO, BRIGtM 4CO„ * Ko.TS South Water street, Chicago. Win. L. Ewing. St, Loci*. Mo. Clinton nrUres, I cLlesao Tnomai Heennaca. r uw ' Q.HOCERIES. 16 & 18 STATE STREET. Ci ©■ GO©SC & GO., WHOLESALE GROCERIES. Cawli btiycrs arc Invited to examine onr Stock. noHy ,t3W each. . a.50 each. . -l.Woath. . 4.50 each. PAPE® BANOINOS AT WHOLESALE TO THE TRADE, FOR SPRING SAMS, At less than N. Y. Prices. E. G, L, FAXON, 7& ImUe Street, 7Q bedding WAREROOMS, 70 LAKE STREET. Purchasers of Bedding for the Winter, or to re-fumish for Spring, should call and examine. • MATTRESSES* Blankets, Comforters, SPREADS, Etc. STEAM CURED FEATHERS. «U) FEATHERS RENOVATED AND MATTRESSES MADE OVER. _S. 6?. E r. Fol&OJt*. 'J'ODD,. DEXTER & CO., general commission merchants, 141 South Chicago, m. TAXSI TODP. LtKOOLff. gTRTKEB & CO., 141 T.ATTF. STREET, Are noer offering THEIR RETIRE STOCK OF WINTER CLOAKS A.T COST! Comprising; all the best stjle« in market* Sliawla of every description. wnnr.EW HOODS, SKATING CAPS, SOHTAGS, SCASES. AM. AT GREATLY REDUCED PRICES. To close the Season. ¥OOL BED BLMKETS At leas price than they can now be bought for. »2SESS UOOBS, £LOV£S, IIOSIEET. AND KIBBOSS, 500 best styles of Balmoral Skirts at low figures. &r The attention of the trade U c*Uod to the shore E ” <K STKVKEK & CO., 1U LAKE STREET. inylo-rfl2ly CKATING PARKS NOW OPEN FOR THE SEASON. If You want Skates go to BARMIM BROS, 133 Lake St, and see the SHELL GROO'V'E SILITE, NORTHWEST SKATE, Boston Eockci-Skate WHITE BTOEAIO SKATE, And ai: other patterns now la esc. BARNUM BROS., Ho. 138 Inis street, between Clark and laeaJlo streets. THE MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, Or MEW YORK. EEE2E2iCK S. WXSSTON, Pres. ACCrMUL-VTEO FCSD $9,000,000. o. CBOSKIIITK, Agent, 1.1J5-21C3 ?w J> AWSOX & BAKTLETT, Manufacturers and Wholesale Dealers In BOOTS AND SHOES, SO Lake Street, Chicago, 111* Wc would rc*pcctftillv call the attention of City and Country Merchants to our extensive stock of Boots ami Shoos which we hare now lit store am! are dally rc o lrlnir from our Factory la West Bovlsteo. Maas., which cocslslsts of a ftill assortment of those celebra ted Custom-Made Patna Kin aadCalf.andGrain water proof Boots; together with a Bill stock of all styles of FA IX ISO WISTEB GOODS, Of the best quality and manufactures, which wo ara prepared to sell for CASH and prompt paying trade, at Boston and New York Jobbing prices. TO H N GHA Y, DEALER IX WOODEN WARE, BROOMS, Pails, Brushes, Mats, Twines, Cord age, Tubs, Chums, Cradles, "Wagons, Oliairs* Baskets, See. mylS-rigMy Nos. 15 Fulton and 202 Front Street*, t*2S-7IW-lm piUCAGO'LEAD AND OIL V WORKSJ Cerner Clinton and Fulton Streets West Side, u ji) rii'E. bk-lets, Bin a. sheet lew. 1-IXS3SED OIL. Sint. Whit, lead, Bed lead and litharge, PIMPS AND HYDRAULIC RAMS. Or.irm from the trail© aollcitftd. Highest market price paid for flax Seed. I*. U. H056116. fe i £. TT. PLATCIIFOKO. EGGS, HOGS, HOGS.—We are - dow prepared to handle LITE ASD DRESSED DOGS to the host advantage. Parties In the country will flat! it to their interest to ship their pork to us. Wo will guarantee quick sales at the HIGHEST MARKET PRICES, n*l litimn.editil** returns. BATES. STONE A CO., deO-aVJO-Soi 'lll South W-Uer street. Chicago. Merit aione makes a SEWING MACHINE valuable The people are percelvlcg that glowing reprecaant tionaarenot merit. Tliat it Is econonr and wisdom to purchase only •EWING MACHINE of known practlcal.utlltty. There are 105,000 Machine* In use in tbi* country u& Europe. ThU Machine U PROFITABLE and AVAILABLE A LIFE TIME. It ia equal to TEN Eeauutreaeee. AN ANNUAL DITIDRND of ICO to SCO percent. (OS 1U cost) may be obtained In nac—by lt» possessor. Tblala the onlr FKWTNO iIACHIXK In the werH iraklue the LOCK-STITCH wish Ujo ROTATING HOOK, and blue ibe GLASS FOOT. GEORGE S. CHm General Acent forDUcoLOTkcoaMn. lowii.Kortlicra Indiana. iUane»ota aud Kang m ind Lake street. Chicago. I2T Circulars maybe had ou application wtypoit miiSinCtO-ly f’.-cS-rr agjwwMgj ■tSsEWiNe^ wll IZmcgfcSS^ The -FLORENCE- ST.WIMV MACHINES mak3 rocs DTyPKtiKXT MUchcs on one and the »ame Machine. Thus the LOCK.i>otmi.K lock.doc3Ls kxop ami knot. all of w licit make tlie tears alike on both sides of the fabric. ratJier or all caa be produced while the Ma chine la In motion. They tare the isirrewini.* ynso motion which en ables the operator to taro the work carry eiUipr way, or to charge the direction and flwtcn the end of seama, rrhMi. tesether with matins alone aau a shortsUtdb, is done alaiply done by turning a thiunD screw. Their motions are all posnrra There are no springs to cet out of order. The* are so simple that the ao*C limxpcrlcnced caa work them perfectly and with ease. They are xoiatLzss, aad caa be worked where qoleCli neewaary. TRET arc Die FASTEST SETTERS la the WORLU making Ore stitches in eaah rcrolntlon. They oil Tie dressed Their STITCH is the wonder ot all. becaiue of its combined xiAsnoTT, bthenotti and ntatrrr Aacnts wanted tbroughont the "Western country With a small investment of capital, a proUtabla bast* nca* can be readily established. For circular* and sma* plo of work, address • FIOBEHCE SEWEfG MACHINE 00., Post OtQceßosStG. Salesroom. TMXake street. aot-ttSB-ly r pilE OLDEST SEWING MA- X C2USEIX TUB WOULD. TKE ORXC3-I3ST-A.Xj. HOWE SEWING MACHINES. Invented to ISlS—Perfected In ISBJ. Signal reward to the great American InTcntor— fire Premiums taken ty the Howe Sowing Machine at the International World s lair thu season la London. Eng land, where the HOWE MACHINE Took the Imperial Gold Medal aathoflrst highest Ppv mlnst for excellency of Machine: also four other Gold Medal* aa First Premium* for the four different grade# of work; abo four Honorable Mention* fprgood wdTk, comprising tbo only ITcnduma s tren, either tor excel lency or tor work. Tim* tbo Or.glna. Hawo Sewing Machine, from.Ucb all 55''",, ?!?.’? .lUlic, Ills MUfcfchcd llaar !>7, ““55 »“ “i klt and fnnr 1TonO:*blO J.eaLons oat of Q*s. at * ■World’s Fair where «J1 oftbelaadlngSewlKtMaAlacfc both In this country and Eoropo. were oaUlal. as tie V. rt Cairlcz Machine in the world. . ia the 'Western and Sortkwost coouln!« full description. of SUchlaan, 4ISF” u arpu “ :1 “- or ““‘S^rATT. A General W«tcm Agent, SS Lake street Chlsag» s mynda-iy. NUBIAS, COHPOETEfiS, 6 Clark street. Chicago. New York, fPEN, ■>?