T. DWIGHT THACHER, Editor and Proprietor.

Thursday, August 11, 1864.

     The weather continues -- so does the dryness, and the dust, and the scarcity of "drink."  P. S.  Our prayer Sunday has been answered -- a small leak opened yesterday evening in the floodclouds.  May it be the sprinkle that precedes the shower.  In three words, we want rain.

     Gen. Blunt has reached Fort Riley, and taken command.

     The Missouri is stationary, with four feet in the channel.  The Post Boy is advertised to leave for St. Louis to-day.  There is very little freight for up bound boats.

     The man who enlists now in the Union army for three years gets in pay and bounties $1,326, or $441 per year in addition to "board and clothes."

     The black guards who have been doing duty at the military prison in this city, left yesterday morning on the packet for St. Louis, where they will be attached to a colored regiment.

     Quiet a number of  our citizens went off on the packet yesterday for Leavenworth, among whom were Col. Van Horn, Major Pritchard, Capt. Hall.  We wish them a pleasant sojourn in that city.

     The "Freedmen's" school exhibition, which came off on the evening of the 9th inst., proved a success.  Everything went off in fine style.  The scholars behaved admirably, performing their pieces as a general thing well -- many splendidly.  The songs were good.  We have seldom heard the songs of "John Brown's Body," &c., and the "Year of Jubilee" sung better than by the school.  All honor is due to the teachers, Mrs. Jane Stumbaugh and her sister, Miss "Petmellie" Huff, who have labored with such sacrificing devotion among this people.  The exercises were concluded by Rev. J. Copeland, under whose direction the school has been going on.