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“The Gate City,” Keokuk, Iowa

July 18, 1861

p. 2, c. 1 & 2

More Arms

Several hundred stand of arms have been sent here by the Governor for home use.  Our citizens are now taking vigorous measures to place our town in a state of complete defence.   Thousands of cartridges have been prepared, and more coming.  All the guns and muskets in the city have been or are being cleaned and repaired, and a thorough organization for protection by night and day will be set on foot immediately.  Our citizens are determined to effectually ward off all danger of an attack by being thoroughly prepared for one, and, if necessary, they will carry the war into Africa.

Arms Received

Several hundred muskets from the Saint Louis Arsenal were landed yesterday at Warsaw by the steamer Hawkeye, for the Union men of North east Missouri.  A regiment of Home Guards is organized in Clark county, under orders from Gen. Lyon, of which Wm. Bishop, Esq., of Alexandria, is Colonel.  The regiment has been sworn in and with the arms just received they will be on a footing successfully to cope with the “Seceshers,” who are and have been for some time, night and day, “busy as the devil in a thunder storm.”

There is now little doubt that the increasing boldness and activity of the rebels all through Missouri, especially in the northern part, is caused by the incoming of thousands of rebels from Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, &c., who have been sent up and have come in in little squads, dropping down at all points, and stirring up all possible mischief.  It is believed that at least 5000 southern rebels are thus scattered over Missouri, and it is owing to their presence and encouragement that the Missouri rebels are picking up new courage and becoming active, bold and defiant.

But the Government is preparing for them.  In addition to the troops already on the line of the H. & St. Jo. Railroad, Col. Palmer’s regiment, Col. Turchin’s [sp?] new regiment, and the Irish Brigade, just from Chicago, have been sent over.  And more will be sent if necessary.  Rebellion must and will be crushed out, and traitors cut off.

The Princess Mary, of Cambridge, whose betrothal to the Duke of Newcastle has been announced, is a very comely personage, but very stout – so stout, in fact, that she finds crinoline entirely superfluous, except around the bottom of her skirt; and it is said that it has been necessary of late to enlarge the door of her carriage.  A marriage was proposed between her and Victor Emmanuel, and he was delighted at the prospect of a connection with the royal family of England through the owner of so charming a face as that of the portrait which was shown to him.  But when on his visit to England he say the lady, il Re galaniuomo – himself no slender lad – he retired precipitately from the negotiation.  “I cannot marry that woman,” said he, “she’s broad enough to sit upon the seven hills of Rome.”

A Democratic Senator, Bussey, who co-operated with the Republicans in the last session of the General Assembly, has already been rewarded for his recreancy with a staff appointment, and we doubt not that others are licking their chops while they gaze intently upon the savory viands spread temptingly to entice such as are only too ready to sell themselves for a mess of spoils. -- Herald.

The Herald is a constant growler. It growls because, as it says, Democrats get no offices from Republican rulers, and when Democrats are appointed, the Herald growls because they accept of an office. Northern traitors are blest with a sweet disposition. --
Dubuque Times.

Farewell Ball

The Keokuk Jaeger Company will give their Farewell Ball at Burrow’s Hall, on Friday Evening, July 19th, 1861.  Admission 50 cents.  Tickets can be had of all members, and at the Door.

Attention, Keokuk Rangers

You are hereby commanded to meet on Johnson Street, between Second and Third, this day at 2 o’clock P.M. for the purpose of drill and other business of importance to the company.  By order of the Captain.  Joseph W. Stimpson, O.S.

The Last Chance for Volunteers

Capt. Parrott wants a few more good men to fill his Company, which is accepted, and will be mustered into the U.S. service in three or four days.  Rendezvous on 3d street, between Main and Johnson streets, where Volunteers will be received till Saturday.