"Eternal Vigliance."

While the destinies of the Republic hang trembling in the balance uncertain whether freedom or despotism will kick the beam, and the great, grand and decisive struggle, fraught with the hopes and fears of expectant millions, is going on, it is natural that the public mind should be in a state of anxious suspense, breathlessly awaiting the issue. The whole nation turns its solicitous eyes towards the terrible tragedy now being re-enacted, for the dozenth time and with augmented horrors, upon the war-wasted fields of Virginia. The popular excitement is deep and intense beyond expression. The attention of the public is fixed and completely absorbed by the painful panorama unrolling in the mighty theater of present military operations.

Now, this state of affairs offers a rare opportunity for guerrilla raids for purposes of robbery and plunder. Several of our weakly garrisoned outposts have lately fallen into the hands of the enemy. Following out the advice of the Richmond papers, bands of desperadoes have captured out of the way unguarded points, and massacred their prisoners indiscriminately. We have no doubt, too, that they have attempted still further to carry out their diabolical programme, and that they have secret emissaries in the North to burn and ravage out cities. It is a well ascertained fact that we have numbers of them in Quincy. From documents at our command, we are satisfied that there is here now in existance, an organization of treason plotters. We have sometimes alluded to them as the K. B.'s, which our Missouri exchanges inform us stands for Knights of the Brush. The difference between them and the K. G. C.'s, is that they are composed entirely of bushwhackers — rebel refugees from across the river. Hence they are a set of the most reckless cut-throats and desperadoes, with all to make and nothing to lose, thus rendering them even more dangerous than our home traitors, who sometimes have property at stake to restrain them from acting out the malice of their hearts.

These Knights of the Brush have been very numerous in Missouri, yielding slowly as they are exterminated. They are in fraternal cooperation with the order in this city, pass and repass from one State to the other, and concoct their hellish schemes of murder and robbery. Their covetous eyes have long dwelt upon the tempting wealth of Quincy, lying almost within their grasp. For the past week serious apprehensions have been felt for our safety, and most vigorous exertions made to ferret our the scoundrels. Detectives have explored their den and partially learned their secret intentions. Finally, enough has been done to secure us against an immediate attack. Meanwhile the work of organizing goes briskly on, and we shall soon have an armed force that will not only repel invasion, but will also rid our city of the red-handed rebels and murderers now prowling around our streets. Our citizens are in terrible earnest, and bushwhackers will shortly be at a decided discount in Quincy.