Our streets are very lively these days. What with the movement of troops, the receiving and forwarding of supplies, and the general business of the campaign, we are having busy times.
BUSHWHACKERS. -- The bushwhackers are said to be gathering in Clay county preparatory to a strike at Liberty. They are congregated in quite large force near Richfield, and keep pickets out.
BUSHWHACKER KILLED. -- Four or five of these scoundrels attacked a house on the road to Parkville, on the other side of the river, last night. They were driven off with the loss of one of their number.
NEW DAILY. -- We have received the Daily Herald, published at Paola, Kansas. It has a very clean and intelligent face.
ARTILLERY. -- Col. Coates has obtained some artillery to be stationed at this point. We have needed this a long time and are very glad that we have at last got it.
The Benton came down to-day with supplies for the troops. Kansas City is, as we have always said, the natural point for supplying the border. When the time for the real defense of Kansas comes, here is where Headquarters will virtually have to be.
THEATRE. -- The Theatre was well attended last night. To-night "Miriam's Crime" and the "Dumb Belle" are repeated; both are excellent plays, and performed with the perfectness which practice always gives.
There is said to be no great loss without some small gain. And if our citizens have lost by interruption to business occasioned by Price's invasions, they have at least gained the instructions they have received in military matters. They are now all armed and organized. We wish tat from this time forward, as long as war lasts, they could be thoroughly drilled, at least as often as once in two weeks. In times like these, nothing contributes so greatly to the security of any community as a thorough preparation for war.
The experiences of the last two weeks should teach us wisdom for the future. How many absurd and improbably rumors gained credence? How many times the rebels were close upon us? How sure people were that Price had Independence? And yet, now we see that while there was all the time danger, and danger sufficient to justify the most vigorous measures of self-defense that we put forth, still t here was at no time any such imminent peril as to reasonably cause fright. In times of war there are two things which should not be neglected: First, a full preparation for all the dangers that ought to be reasonably guarded against, and, secondly, the cultivation of a spirit of coolness and self-possession. Thus we may not only diminish real dangers, but may be delivered in good part from the fear of imaginary ones.