Wednesday morning, April 13, 1864

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--"It has been supposed by some that the St. Louis Democrat would not,
under any circumstances, support Mr. Lincoln for re-election. That
paper, of the 11 inst., says:

'We do not wish to be understood as declaring for or against any man
for the Presidency, for such is not our purpose. Men in such a contest
as is now going on are of secondary consequence, and we are forced to
greatly question the patriotism of any individual who declares himself
unalterably in favor of or against any man for office. If Mr. Lincoln
will best carry out our views, he is our first choice. He may prove to
be that man. He has undoubtedly progressed in his opinions, as well as
ourselves and the great majority of the loyal men of the country. That
he once lagged behind a sound public sentiment, or for that matter, is
there now, will be no necessary disparagement, provided when the time
for the decision among men comes, he is found to accord with it.'

--"Cassius M. Clay's daughter, down in Kentucky, is a good shot. She
shot a guerrilla's cap off when he tried to steal Cassius' best horse,
and frightened him so that he forgot to steal."

--"Dr. Paul Swift, of Hartford College, Pennsylvania, lately discovered
that sulphuretted hydrogen, in carbon, forms a very explosive compound,
it having blown a hole through a thick oaken bench, upon which the first
experiment was tried. It is said that the substance will be an
excellent substitute for gunpowder."

--"In Washington, a party of refugees, arrived lately, bring late
intelligence from Richmond. They report daily augmentations to Lee's
army by large numbers of conscripts from various portions of the
Confederacy. The rebels are increasing their armies very quietly, but
effectively and rapidly; and they expect to start Lee out on the Spring
campaign with not less than eighty or ninety thousand men, without
weakening other armies in the field.--The conscription is merciless in
the extreme. Its effect on the people are studiously concealed,
newspapers being prohibited from any expression in regard to it. The
conscript troops arriving at Richmond are mostly armed and organized,
and are sent forward to the Rapidan without delay. It is the general
understanding among the citizens of Richmond that the rebel leaders have
concluded on a defensive line of operations this Spring. Misery and
want everywhere in Dixie continue to prevail, and the great problem of
the food questions is to eke out present supplies until vegetables can
be raised.

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"If the person who stole a pair of Buckskin Gloves from this office
yesterday will return them immediately, his name will not be made


"The freight train from Dunleith ran off the track yesterday afternoon
when within 1 1/2 miles of this city. The cars occupied several
positions in a very short space of time, grain went up, and then down.
Ditto several roads of rail.

We have no account of the injury of any person."


"Dr. R. A. PIERCE, of Winona, formerly of this city, is spending a few
days here with his friends. The Doctor is a genial, large-hearted man
and a successful physician.

Doc, suppose you move those little pills back down here, you will be
sure of practice."


"Lieutenant POOLE, of Co. A, 96th regiment, will leave this evening to
join his regiment, at Cleveland, Tennessee. POOLE passed through the
bloody battles of Chattanooga and Chickamauga without a scratch, but
while in his tent near the field of Chattanooga, two days after the
battle, a tree blew over, demolishing his tent and breaking one of his
legs in two places. He soon after came home, buy his limb was so badly
fractured that he has not been able to return till now. He is a good
officer, and a favorite with the young men of Galena. We hope to grasp
his friendly hand again."


"The Mineral Point Tribune says that on Saturday evening, the 2d inst.,
Mr. Daniel CARNES, (better known as Dan. RILEY,) came to his death by
falling into the cellar of N. LATHROP's store. The deceased being under
the influence of liquor was followed around town by a lot of boys, who
undoubtedly designed having a little "fun,' at Dan's expense. To avoid
the boys he went into Mr. LATHROP's store, and attempting to pass out of
the back door, but mistaking the door leading into the cellar for the
one leading to the back yard, he fell to the bottom of the cellar,
fracturing his skull and causing instant death. Mr. CARNES lived in the
town of Waldwick, and leaves a wife and several children to mourn his
death. This is another warning against the intemperate use of ardent


"At the DeSoto House, in this city, April 12th, by Rev. Mr. YATES, Mr.
J. W. WATTS, of Bloomington, to Miss Sarah J. PERRIN, of Council Hill."

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New York, April 12

--"Heavy rains still further the delay of the movement of our army for
the present,--The roads are in a horrible condition."

--"The Times has a letter from New Orleans, reporting that the rebel
steamer Clifton, formerly the U.S. gunboat, in attempting to run the
blockade off Sabine Pass, on the night of the 21st, got aground on the
Bar. She remained immovable, and was burned to prevent her falling into
our hands. She was totally destroyed with her cargo."

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Philadelphia, April 12

"The Inquirer has the following dispatch dated Nashville the 11th:

"It is certain at last that East Tennessee has been abandoned by the
rebels, and that they have destroyed all the bridges in their hasty

Seven of Longstreet's Generals have been court-martialed in consequence
of the failure of the campaign in East Tennessee."