*The title is written in the cipher of the Confederate Signal Corps; key-word, "Manchester Bluff."
One of the most popular pastimes is puzzling over puzzles. The picture of the tree with the smiling features of an old gentleman awaiting discovery among the spreading branches holds a challenge for the worldly wise as well as for the young. Even the business man, after a trying day, may be counted on with some degree of certainty to turn from the first page war news to figure out the name of an important American city with the picture of an overflowing laundry basket and a cart load of coal as clues. But there are puzzles and puzzles. Some, like the old man in the tree, are made to be solved. Upon the ingenuity of the constructor of another kind of puzzle may hinge today the success of an army, the safety of a fleet, the destiny of a nation even.
2In Series I, Volume 16, Part I, page 780, War of the Rebellion Official Records may be found the following dispatch:
SOMERSET, KY., July 22, 1862.
General J. T. Boyle, Louisville, Ky.: