RECRUITING. -- Several companies of negro troops have of late been scouting through Pike county, recruiting. Many of the negroes of that county are reported to have taken to the brush to avoid conscription.
"How Are You, Conscripts?" -- The telegraph tells us that the draft is proceeding quietly thought extensive sections of the country, and will doubtless go on till completed. In Missouri the commencement was made in the first Congressional district, as having the largest deficiency to supply.
GUERRILLA DEFEAT. -- Last Saturday night, about four miles from Lexington, in the neighborhood of Richmond, Mo, an army of militia fell upon a band of bushwhackers, and a sharp fight ensued. The rebels were defeated, with a loss of six or seven killed, and a few wounded. The militia followed them up, and it is to be hoped they will capture the whole party.
AUTUMN. -- The weather is now delightful. The cool morning and evenings presage the coming frosts that will crimson the woods, and the winds that will rob the forests of their leafy robes. Autumnal landscapes will soon greet the eye, emblematic in their dying beauty of the transitory things of earth. Barren trees will afford no shelter to the rebel assassin and the bushwhackers like evil birds, will seek a more southern clime but not warmer than Federal fire has made their atmosphere the past summer.
SALOON KEEPERS LOOK OUT! -- Capt. Hall, Assistant Provost Marshal, being asked what was meant by "malt liquors" in his s=circular permitting saloons to open for the sale of beer or malt liquors, replied, "Malt liquors are meant to include beer, and not wine, brandy or whiskey," and he added that the saloon keepers of this place had better look out or they would march under guard insets of fours to Independence, to be tried for disobedience of military orders.