Rebel Terms of Peace.
A curious story appears in our dispatches this morning in reference to alleged peace negotiations with rebel peace commissioners at Niagara Falls. Its counterpart, however, is to be found in the account of the alleged visit of two well known gentlemen to Richmond. Both stories, though told in a circumstantial manner, look decidedly "fishy," and we are not disposed to give them credence until better substantiated.
The most significant part of the whole story from Niagara Falls, if there is any truth in it whatever, is, that the rebels should be disposed to treat on the basis of a restoration of the Union — a confession, in itself, of defeat. The Copperheads will, no doubt, be greatly disgusted with the first proposition that "all negroes who have been actually freed by the war shall be secueed in their freedom." This would, in some sense, be a confession of the efficacy of the Emancipation Proclamation. It would suit the taste of Northern sympathizers much better, not only that the negroes who have been freed by the war should be returned to slavery, but that all others should be enslaved likewise. The other propositions, including the assumption of the war debt of the South, and the recognition of the doctrine of "State Rights," will be perfectly satisfactory to Copperheads. The last will be especially acceptable to these gentry, as it constitutes a pledge on the part of the South to renew the rebellion just as soon as it is strong enough to hope for success.
We shall await the response of the Copperhead press to these terms of its friends with some interest.
— Since the above was written the correspondence has been received, which appears in our telegraphic columns.