The "Marines" at Cairo.
— A correspondent of the Republican, writing from Cairo, speaks thus of the "pets" that have arrived at that point to man the gunboats in the descent of the Mississippi:
There was a scrimmage on the levee this morning, in which a sailor knocked down five soldiers "in rapid and brilliant succession."
There exists considerable jealousy, if not a stronger feeling of antagonism, between the sea and the land fighting men, and it seems to be on the increase. The blue jackets look rather contemptuously upon the soldiers, and are always roady to pick a fight with them, believing in their ability to whip any number of the "land-crabs." They are a rough set, though a splendid body of men, who will do first-rate fighting when called upon. When the other large installment arrives, which is daily expected, it will be difficult to keep them under control. When coming down by railroad, through Illinois, they burst all bounds, and those in charge of them were compelled to allow them unlimited license, as they took it whether or no. They were continually fighting with fists and knives, occasionally varying the amusement by pushing each other off the cars while in full motion. It is said that as many as fifteen were killed on the trip through this State. When they arrived here, seventy were missing; but some twenty or more have come straggling in during the past week. Whenever the train stopped at a station, they would make an indiscriminate raid upon shops and stores, taking anything that could be of service to them, and many articles they could not possibly use. They took the entire kit and "fixings" of a shoemaker's shop. They killed three cows, bringing their tails as trophies, while hogs and such small "deer" were slaughtered recklessly and uselessly. These uncouth cubs are being gradually licked (in more senses than one) into shape by Capt. Bausman, who has charge of them on the Denning, and generally behave themselves well in town.