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                          Tribune Letters.

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  It will be resumed, it is said, as the organ of Gen.
Banks.  At present the Secessionists of this city are
gratuitously jubilant on the subject, and with their
inevitable fatuity determined to mistake it for a re-
actionary measure.  By others, I have heard the
dismissal of Col. Brown and Capt. Clarke attributed
to the republication of a letter purporting to be
written from this city by a correspondent of The
Boston Post, in which Gen. Banks�s staff, and
especially Col. Irwin, his Assistant Adjutant-Gen-
eral, was severely reflected on�of course with
injustice.  To know the latter gentleman is to regard
him with awe, with admiration, with affection.
  So much for a small matter.  Apropos of my
last, Gen. Weitzel has not yet started from Thibo-
deauxville on his expedition into the Teche country.
We hear that Gen. Paine left Baton Rouge on the
morning of the 7th, for Plaquemine, with three
regiments�the 41st Massachusetts, 4th Maine, and
the 12th Maine.  It is understood that they will be
conveyed westward by transports, on the Plaque-
mine Bayou and Grand River, there to attack a 
Rebel force at Bate la Rose, then to push for the
Bayou Teche, with the intention of effecting a junc-
tion with Gen. Weitzel at New-Iberia, as explained 
in my last.  With the combined forces, amounting 
to 6,000 men, Gen. Weitzel may then succeed in ex-
tending our lines as far west as Vermillionville, and
southward to Vermillion Bay, where the Rebels
have established extensive salt-works, which it is
very desirable to wrest from �the Confederacy.�
  Yesterday the little steamer Confidence, which
plies on Lake Pontchartrain was detained, and three
barrels, containing $2,500 worth of quinine, destined
for the use of the Rebels, taken from her.  These
attempts at smuggling are perpetual, and doubtless
many of htem are successful.
  I suppose The Picayune will inform you, in due
time, in its column of news �derived from South-
ern sources� �in other words, surreptitiously con-
veyed through our lines�that the Rebel Legislature
for this State, which meets at Opelousas (the capital
at Baton Rouge being hardly available, for the
combined reasons that it is burned up and in pos-
session of our troops), has passed a law appropriat-
ing $10,000 of Confederate shinplaters for the
apportionment of the militia to be levied under the 
new act of conscription, including every male
between the ages of 17 and 50.  Also, another nullify-
ing all United States sales and confiscations.
  The Bank of Louisiana, an old-fashioned building,
rather picturesque in its surroundings, caught fire
this afternoon, at about 3 � o�clock.  The roof has
fallen in, and the interior is entirely destroyed.
					T. B. G.
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The Teche Expedition�Negrophobia�Cruel
  Treatment of the Colored Soldiers�Af-
  fairs at Baton Rouge�The Reported
  Capture of the Brooklyn.
From Our Special Correspondent.
     ST. CHARLES HOTEL, NEW-ORLEANS, La., Feb. 12. 1863.
  Contrary to the anticipation expressed in my last
letter, I have nothing to communicate respecting
Gen. Weitzel�s proposed expedition into the Teche
country, for the purpose of �cleaning out� the
Rebels there.  As the General was in this city yes-
terday (I write at early morning), I suppose one of
those apparently inevitable delays attendant on

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military operations has supervened.  From up the
river, however, I derive the particulars of Col.
Paine�s movement, designed to act in conjunction
with that of Gen. Weitzel from below, as hereto-
fore related.  They are as follows:
  Col. Paine, Acting Brigadier-General, left Baton
Rouge on the morning of Saturday, the 7th, with
three transports�the Iberville, Continental and
Che-Kiang�conveying the 4th Wisconsin, the 8th
New-Hampshire, the 133d and 173d New-York.
These troops disembarked at Plaquemine, thirty
miles below, on the west bank of the Mississippi,
anc marched straightway inland to a place denomi-
nated Indian Village, at seven miles distance, com-
prising about half a dozen miserable cabins.  Arriv-
ing at sunset, the troops bivouacked or the night,
the Iberville following with the stores and tents
and a guard of cavalry by way of Plaquemine
Bayou.  There our troops are temporarily encamped,
at no great distance from a crevasse which has al-
ready submerged some adjacent woods.  Two weeks
ago this Indian village was occupied by a band of
guerrillas, who were driven off by a company of
United States cavalry.
  The Iberville took on board, in lieu of her military
stores, upward of $4,000 worth of sugar and mo-
lasses, from the neighboring planters, who professed
themselves rejoinced at the opportunity of transmit-
ting their produce to New-Orleans.  It lies now at
the levee of this city.
  Gen. Amory left here for Carrollton yesterday, to
proceed with the following regiments ot he re-
enforcement of Col. Paine: The 38th and 49th
Massachusetts, 156th New-York, 16th New-Hamp-
shire, and a section of the 18th New-York Battery.
With these there may be others.  Combining with
the four regiments under Col. Paine, the entire
force will push for Bute la Rose, there to effect a
junction with Gen. Weitzel.
  At Baton Rouge things are quiet, but hardly sat-
isfactory.  I am informed that two epidemics, indige-
nous to this Department, have appeared there�that
they are, indeed, horribly prevalent.  I allude, in
the first place, to the plague of speculators, akin to
that of Egyptian locusts; secondly, to the disease
negrophobia�a moral blindness through which our
nationality may yet grope its way to the pit of
destruction.  In a former letter I have surmised
that perhaps the only effectual cure for the first evil
would lie in a big crevasse, deservedly to the second, I
have hitherto preserved a reticence, which I shall
now break.
  Three weeks ago there was sent up to Baton
Rouge the 3d Louisiana Native Guards�a colored
regiment, commanded by Col. J. A. Nelson, formerly
a Captain in the 31st Mass., and Provost-Marshal of
Ship Island.  Having previously mustered in two
colored regiments, this officer became satisfied of
their usefulness and efficiency, and himself accepted
command of a third.  The men were principally re-
cruited in New-Orleans, and did good service in the
Bayou Teche fight, ending in the destruction of the
Rebel gunboat Cotton and the death of [unclear word]
Buchanan�particularly in throwing up [unclear word]
earthwords, a kind of labor always unwillingly [unclear word]
formed by white troops.  So satisfactory was [unclear word]               
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