Maj. Gen. Banks in Cairo.
Scarcely an hour's notice occasioned the convening of a very large concourse of people at 12 o'clock, to listen to an address from the above-named gentleman.
Before the General took the stand, Colonel Prague read the sad tidings, and Rev. Mr. Blythe offered an appropriate prayer.
General Banks was then introduced. With trembling lips, and eyes gushing with tears, he paid a glowing tribute to our departed Chieftain and his Secretary of State, and concluded by saying that though the body of the President was now useless, the spirit which animated it — the wisdom which guided it — the patriotism which controlled it, would not be forgotten by our people, and we must now look to God, who in times of trouble and adversity had never failed to supply a leader. We were a nation of mourners, and our country was widowed, and God alone could deliver us.
At the conclusion of the pronouncing of the benediction by Chaplain Johnson, Gen. Banks offered the following resolution, which was adopted by one unanimous and heartfelt "aye."
Resolved, That we mourn, deeply and beyond expression, the death of our public servants who have fallen by the hand of the assassin; that we will show our devotion to their principles by renewed labors for their success, and that we will, with more energy and fervor and confidence than ever, maintain the government they represented.
During the delivery of the address, and for a considerable length of time thereafter, the bells of our city were tolled, and grief was deeply imprinted upon the countenances of all. Nearly every business house in the city, as well as many of the private residences, are draped with mourning.
PRISONERS. — Eighty rebel prisoners — seventy-seven privates and eight officers — arrived in this city last evening, en route from Fort Delaware to Nashville, there to be exchanged.