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A LEX AND KIA. V A
An Interesting Que tion Argued—Tho
Military Court, Judge Freese, held a special
sessicn yesterday afternoon, to hear argu
ments in relation to the municipal affairs o
this city. .
A considerable audience, consisting main
ly of members of the Union Association o
this city, was present.
Messrs. S. Ferguson Beach, C. S Ha
lowejl, Jonathan Roberts, and J. A. Stouten
berg, appeared on behull of the Union Asso
Mr. Beach opening, called the attention o
the Court to the fact that the officers of th
Corporation of Alexandria,had neglected t
take the oath required by the Convention as
sembled at Wheeling iv July last, and askei
that the provisions of the law be carried <;u
Mr. James A. English, appearing, he sai>
at the request of some gentlemen intcreste
in the city, objected to 'ho jurisdiction of th
Court, affirmed that there was no power i
the Wheeling authorities to remove officer
of tho Corporation, except in the marine
prescribed by the charter; declared that, th
city officials had received no notice from th
Wneeling authorities of any oath requiret
to be taken, and that it was unjust to oust
man for doing tbat which he hud never bee
asked to do. If a fair election should b
held, he apprehended that, beyond doubt,
those who held the officers cuuld beat those
who wanted them.
Mr. Beich, disclaiming any desire to oust
any of the present, city offices, t-aid the un
dertaking was solely to see that the laws of
the Commonwealth should be carried out.
Luws passed were supposed to be known by
ail who were interested iv knowing tiiem,
and it would never be a valid pica for a
party in defence to taiy he was ignorant of
the law. As to the powers of the Conveu-'
tion, no one could douht that if the Rich,
mond Convention had pssed a sitpilar ordi-
Banee, no one who adheivd to that body
ould deny its validity..
Tbe oi.urtßr.i_. that I'.e statu* *rf ilm-ywo
pie of Virginia was determined by the act
of the Richmoud Convention passing a se
cession ordinance. By that act all persons
in the State became rebels—Hence in reor
ganizing a new government, it was proper
that those who did not wish to be included
in the rebellion should take or retuae the
Kth of allegiance. Therefore the act of the
heeling Convention was eminently proper
and all officials <>f every character should
be compelled to take the oath of allegiance,
or surrender their positions. Iv law no no
tice of a requisition to take the oath was ne
cessary, but this Court was one of equity,
and would not undertake to oust officers, who.
had not had notice of the oath required of
them. The Court, therefore, directed C. S.
Hallowell to notify all tne city official, to
take and subscribe the oath prescribed by
the Wheeling Convention, on or betore Mon
day morning next, to take which the Court
adjsurned further proceedings iv the case.
The Court then adjourned.
Volunteer Relief Association.—The
Volunteer Relief Association ot this city,
held its regular meeting at the Auditor's
Office, Market Square, yesterday afternoon,
the President, Mayor Price iv the Chair, and
11. Peel Secretary.
«The various committees of the Association
ide reports that the preliminary arrange
>nts bad been completed, and the Assoeia
u would commence active operations un
the Ist day of November.
On motion, it was agreed that a committee
sf four be appointed to invito the co-opera
tion of the ladies iv this work of charity.
The following gentlemen were named as
the Committee: —
First Ward, Ja es Entwisle, Jr.
Second Ward, John L. Smith.
Third Ward, Robert Aehby.
Four.h Ward, George Baldwiu.
The Association then adjourned.
lo the Wheeling district of Virginia, J.
B. Bluir has been elected to the Federal Con- j
gress, vice (. urlile resigned.
We -till huvt delightful fall weather.
FRI DAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 1,1861.
Supply Stork.—Tho Supply Store of the
Relief Association waß opened to-day at the
spacious establishment, lately occupied by
James A. English, ou Fairfax street, oppo
site the Market Square. A good supply of
Bacon. Salt Pork, Flour, Meal, &c, were on
hand, and some two hundred persons bad
their needs supplied. We are happy to
chronicle the inauguration of this most ex
cellent charity. Tlie Orphan Asylum and
the ."supply Score are the noblest institutions
of the city.
Military Court.—The Military Court
hold its usual session at the County Court
House in this city, this morning, Judge
Thomas De Vit filed an affidavit prelimina
ry to a suit in the said Court against Wash
ington & Co.
J. Sturges filed a .similar affidavit fur suits
against J. E. D< uglas and Washington & Co.
Preliminary proceedings were taken in
these oases, and the Court adjourned.
The Max.<l"n House—We learn that the
Man sin House Hotel, of this city, will
shortly be occupied by the forces of the Uni
ted Prates as a Military Hospital. The Ho
tel is the most commodious, and one of the
most splendid, buildings iv this city.
A petition to the Secretary of War has
hceii sent by "loy.il citizens of the United
State I, resident in Washington and Geur'ge
t iv.n," asking him to take steps to prevent
the extortion now practised in the sale of
wo.id aud coal—induced by, as they allege,
a combination and monopoly such as existed
unintig ihe flour dealers in April last. They
denounce the present prices of fuel us unne
cessary and uutrsgSiilltt, and ull engaged in
the attempt thus mads to harrass, oppress,
and ruin the citizens, and ask for protection- !
The captain of the schooner Susqiulian
nah, (a colored man) which sailed from Al-1
exandria, on the 15th for Philadelphia, has
arrived at the latter port, and furnishes an
account of his running the Potomac blockade.
Lis rap-Often, ia. that—l»<* -**•_# fined -a-U .«■•• _fti
Quantico, the balls from tho batteries there
going entirely across the river, but eleaped
withuut having his vessel Btruek. He could
se-i no guns nor fortifications, but the bul's
The Pilot Knob (Missouri,) correspondent
of the St. Louis Democrat, speaking of tie
late battle at Fredericktown in that State
says, that "a greater portion of the dead
and wounded were boys irom fifteen to eigh
teen years old, mere stripling-, with tbe
down on their faces.
Capt. Jervis, a Member of Parlianiei t,
has made a speech a* -f .Conservative me*t-1
ing in favor of the right of Secession, aMd
urging the people of England to give 'o
strung an expression of their sentiments as
would induce the Government to ace accord
The Baltimore American of to-uay says: -
"Scouts have brought iv word that Geoerr.l
Johnston oconpies Martinsburg with five
regimentd, and that stirring times are expec
ted by the Federal pickets of the Twelffh
Indiana Regiment stationed in that vicinity."
The Camanches and Utahs have been lock
ing horns near Maxwell's Ranche, originat
ing from a theft committed by the Utahs, in
which they obtained 100 head of Camane 1 c
horses. The Camanclie-* followed to obte.'n
the.- i'lv-i.-vty, *..d in the smuggle di-u.*?*f '
their uumber were killed.
Is is wrong to rrejudge accused pers.us-
but certainly "the bill of indictment" against '
&en. Fremont, preferred in Adjutant Gen - i
ral Thomas's report, is one whicii looks as f
lit would be hard to get over or around.
A despatch from San Francisco reports* „
terrible gale having occurred at Mazatlan, <
blowing down houses and wrecking ships at 1
i a fearlul rate.
The destination uf the Nival Expedition, .
it is said, is known at Old i'oin., and eau '
i revealed to-day or to-morrow. •
Hogs are now selling in' Cincinnati at *-'
|n• :. A heavy packing business is expected- l
Southern News.—The following extracts
from late Richmoud papers, ure given in
Shoemakers are advertised for in the Rich
mond papers. One firm want a substitute in
the army until April, 18G2, to whom a "lib
eral salary will be paid."
Thomas F. Goode, a well known politician
andjnow a private in the 2d regiment Virgi
nia Cavalry, wants to represent the Filth
District in that State in the next Congress
The election for President and Vice Pres
ident takes place in the new Confederacy
The Southern people are quite indignant
at the fact of the Comte de Paris havin<- vol
untested in the United States army. A cor
respondent of the Charleston Courier hopes
that one of their sharpshooters will pick off
the young sprig of royalty.
They are making preparations to run am
bulances on the railroad trains between Ma
nassas and Richmond.
The United States marshal at Wheeling
has seized the property of Charles W. Ru
sell, Esq., in that city, as lubjsot to confiscr
tion, the owner being in the Confederate ar
my. Mr. Russell is now an aid to Gen. Lee,
was a 1 iwyer of considerable ptomineuce,
and, at the time of his departure from Wheel
ing, was counsel for tho Baltimore and Ohio
Railroad in a case of much imp otance.
The retirement of Lieutenant General Scott
raises Major General McClellau to the posi
tion of commander-in-chief of the armies ol
(he United States, unless the President should
roe lit, which is scarcely probable, to appoint
• one one else to that position. After the
d.-ath of Major General Macomb, Gen. .(Scott
iiii-nicd his successor, over tho head of
iral Games, h ; s senior officer, to the
t displeasure of the latter.
Ivices from Havana show that couimuni
n by steam and sailing vessels is regu*
etween that port and the ports ofsoutb
-sfates, and more frequeut than with tbe
utb pari:-. It MM ■ppsSM that iht.
ederate ministers, Messrs. Slidell and
n, did go from Charleston to Cuba in a
ederate steamer, but not the Nashville,
ice the battle of Ball's Bluff, a great
I of the friends of the wounded soldiers
visited the hospitals at Poolesville. The
lington correspondent of the Philadel
luquirer says: "Several hundred peo
ruui Massachusetts and Pennsylvania,
come on to see their wounded relatives
friends at Poolesville. They aie row
ig out daily."
o war has changed the spirit of our
tl of fashion, and we are now avowed
mists. Already tbe good work of rc
ation has spread far and wide over the
There is little or tin market for French
and expensive jewelry now. The im
tions have therefore all but ceased, and
article of foreign luxury is equally
iof the crew of the privateer Jeff Da
■ied in Philadelphia, has been aoquit
he government asking for a favorable
;t. It appears that he is thought to
impeded tbe sailing of the vessel all he
•go amounts of army stores, forage,
nd considerable numbers of troops, are
ig on from Baltimore to Washington,
via the Railroad.
The Baltimore American (Union) pro
nounces a recent'article in the National In
telligencer (Union) in regard to Maryland,
The families of Clay and Ciittendeu, 'n
Kentucky, are all divided by the present
civil war—some of each belongiog to the op
Col. Henry L. Scott, one of the inspectors
general, and son-in-law of Lieut. Gen. Scott,
has been retired by the army board, owing to
his physical disability.
Rev. Dr. Butier, of Washington, goes to
Cincinnati to a church in the latter city.
i By order of Brigadier General Sickles, a
i family, consisting of husband, wife and
daughters, were arrested near Port Tobacco,
• and brought to Washington. They are con
fined in ihe jail o-i Seventeenth street, char;*.
• ed with harboring Confederates, and giv'ng
information detrimental to the interests of the
A letter from an nfiiucr on board the F u
erul steamer Pawnee, off Old Point, to the
Philadelphia Press, states that the ironclad
Confederate steamer Merriniuc bus shown
herself several times leoently. She strums
down the Elizabeth river from Norfolk, and
generally lays in the vicinity of Cvaney
The Federal prisoners of State beietofmo
confined in Fort Lafayette were on Wednes
day removed to Fort Warren, iv Bo«ton h;>r
bor. Ainoug the number are thii.y-six eiti
j zens ot Maryland, principally from B.tl i
mure. The object of their removal is not
Major Eaton's purchases of subsis ence at
! New York t'le first quarter of the present
! year amounted to $100,000* His purchases
for the second quarter amounted to $750,000.
For the third, ending October i, the amount
has been largely increased.
General Shields was at M-tzatiun on tbe
13th of Outober. lie declines the appoint'
merit of Brigadier General. He is encoura
ging some p un for Irish emigrants to settle
in tne Western States of Mexico.
The Washington correspondent of the
I Baltimore Sun says, that letters from Re pub
! licans in the West, affirm that Adjutant
j General Thomas has actually understated
i matters in reference to Gen. Fremont.
The steamer Arago, from Southampton on
| the 10th ultimo, has arrived it New York,
I bringing a oomplats supply of army equip
ments and clothing for twelve thousaud men.
At about ten o'clock on Wednesday morn
ing, a boat, with what was suoposed to be -■.
! flag of truce, was seen caning across the Po
tomac from the mouth of Qnautico creek.—
I Captain Adams, of the First Ma sachuset's
regiment, went down to the shore at Budd's
Ferry to receive it. When within about a
thousand yards from the Maryland side, the
men iv the boat threw overboard a barrel,
I which thoy anchored like a buoy. Taking iv
J the flag, they pulied back to the Virginia
side as fast as possible. Alter reaching land
the same flag was flaunted oy one ol the crew
over the battery at Shipping Point. In tbe
afternoon heavy tiring wae heard down the
Potomac from Budd's Ferry.
The Spanish fleet for the invasion of Mex_. **•
ico leaves Havana as soon as the squadron'
arrives from Spain—in all, 12 steam vessels
of war and 300 guns. Unless the demands
of Spain are met in the right spirit, with
good promises to fill their obligations and
comply with the Miramon treaty, the fleet
will take the best security it can obtain, and
by force if necessary, calculating to be sus
tained by France and England.
The citizens of Buffalo, claiming General
Heintzelman as a townsman, have petitioned
the President to appoint him Major-General.
Tho list ot signers, begins with Millard Fill
The King of Prussia was crowned with
great pomp and splendor at Konigsborg on
the 18th ult. At ihe conclusion of the
ceremony his Majesty delivered a very «in
pre.-sive and animated address.
The Navy Department has just ordered
500 more rifled cannon, and immense quan
tities of shot and shell are in the course of
Col. Wm. B. Mann, of Pennsylvania, has
resigned his commission in the Federal army.
At Millwood, Clarke county, Va.. by the Right
Rev. Bishop John.*. JOHN JOHNS, }_ f q.. to MA
RY, eldest daughter of Rev. John P. McGulre, of
Fairfax county, Va.
Tn W..s..,inf.ton, on Wednesday, Mr.-'. LTD IA
MIDDLETON, sgadM years, former]*- of AUx
In Georgetown, as An Stt* _lt . ANDRgFW
.' 'H .SON, infant son of Geo. L. nnd Jane M.