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Great Storm—Heavy Bain—Bise in the Bivor
A severe gale from the South-East, ac
companied with rain, commenced early last
night, and continued to-day. The wind was
very high, the tide rose considerably, and |
fences and trees were blown down. It is pro
bable that the effects of this gale on the At- '
lantic coast, have been felt severely—and !
speculations as to whether it has been
encountered by the great naval expedition*
The storm raged with great fierceness on
the Potomac River. The Washington and
Alexandria ferry boats were much incom
moded, but made several trips notwithstand
ng. The fierce rain, which stirred by ths
wind, prevailed on the river side of the
houses, drove every one in-doors on that side
and forced tbem to take shelter on the Union
street side. The tide rose, to a considerable
height, and is still rising when we go to
press. A portion of fishtown has been sub
merged, but as yet the greater portion v •
mains above water. The waves are break
ing over the foot of Queen and Cameron
streets. The foot of King street is submer
ged. At Prince, the tide has slightly over
flowed, the river's barriers. The waves dash
over the foot of Duke street—Wolfe street,
also, has boon slightly trenched upon by tho
waves, as has also a considerable portion ol
tho Shin Yards. The marshes, Noith md
South of the town, bave been invaded by the
flood. Vessels in the harbor require secure
moorings to keep from off the wharves, but
we have as yet heard of no damage more se
rious than the floating off of some sf-av tim
The United States flag, hoisted last week
on the flagstaff at the corner of the Market
Square, was rent by the wind, and the ma
jor portion carried away.
The trees have been nearly stripped of
their leaves, and in all the wooded places
nedr !iy, streams of whirling leaves meet the
Towards noon, the wind increased iv vio
The City Market —The city market this
morning was poorly attended. owi*g. doubt
less, to the extreme inclemency of the wea
ther. Tho Maryland supply was non est,
ami uf course the amount delivered lrom
other sources was small. The demand was
in excess of the supply, and prices ranged
high. Geese, 75 cents apiece; chickens,
37_(V,50 cents apiece; meats unchanged;
sweet potatoes, 37(V 40 cents per p-ck ; Irish '<
do., 25(rt131 cents per peck; cabbage, 4(>i\lo
cents a head, &c, <&c.
Fine Building Destroyed —Thefine brick
mansion of Mr. James M. Bent on, in Fairfax
county, about six and a half miles from 'bis
city, which was considerably mut-'iated some
time since, by the Federl troops, was yester
day set on fire, and completely destroyed.
The most important news from England is
that which relers to the speedy re-assemblin- l
-of Parliament, aud the increasing anxiety
of the Lancashire manufacturers and their
numerous operatives with respect to the fu
ture supply of cotton.
Men. Stone's account of the battle of Ed-1'
wards' Ferry, does not give satisfaction in (
some quarters at the North, and is much ! '
criticised. Col. Hinks estimates the Federal
loss in the battle at about 900.
Most of the Northern papers echo and up.
prove the declaration of Secretary Cameron
to Gen. Sherman in Kentucky, that "the ad
ministration is tired of a defensive war."
The New York Herald's correspondent
says that the advance of the Federal army
iii the Potomac, will take place about ihe I
oih of this month.
Com. Gusravs 11. Scott, U. S. N., is to have j,
a court, of inquiry on his case—tocommeuce j
I; is stated that the Salary of Judge Mer- ' i
rick, of the Washington Circuit Court, ha
The English intend plating their ships
war — ilsu, to increase 'hi-ir defensive works
in India, Co in a, and the Mediterrane v.
SATURDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 2,1861.
Religious Observances.—Yesterday be
| ing tlie day set apart by the Catholic church
es tor the honor and invocation of such as in
ages past have secured their salvation, and
now reign with Christ in heaven, suitable
services were held at St. Mary's Church,
South Royal street, at 7 and 10 o'clock a. m.
und 4 p. m.
The ceremonies at 10 o'clock were of an
imposing character, a solemn mass being cel
ebrated by the pastor, Rev. Peter Kroes, as
fisted by the Rev. Messrs. Tissot and Wil
iams, as deacon and sub-deacon. A discourse
od the rewards of heaven and the conditions
for obtaining them, was delivered from the
pastur, from St Matthew, chapter 5, verses 1
to 12. The "Feast of All Saints," as it is
called, was first instituted by Pope Boniface
the 4th, in 607, when the Emperor Honorius
j having prohibited the worship of idols, and
j desiring to preserve the Pantheon, that mag
nificent temple was dedicated to the worship
of God, " under the invocation of tho B.'ess
led Virgin Mary and all the saints." This
j occurred on the 13th of Map, which day was
annually celebrated until 837, when Pope
Grejj iry the 4th transferred its observance to
the 1 t of November.
T>-day.solemn services were also hold " in
j commemoration of the faithful departed," in
I accirdance with the doctrine of the Catholic
Ichurch, as set forth in its Catechinn, "that
> tlice- is a noddle state of bo.lh, suffering for
time on account of their pins, aud that they
are helped by our prayers."
The annual observance was commenced by
Odi ug. an abbot, who d ; ed in tbe year 1048,
Lid was extended to the entire church by
*op« John tho 19th at some time between the
yea.a 1024 and 1033, tbe exact date being
not well ascertained. In accordance with the
UStooa of English Catholics, it is here known
s " till Souls' Day " In some Catholic coun
tries and in Louisiana, it is customary for
surviving relatives md friends to pass the
ay oy the graves of the departed in prayer,
eo.iiating the tombs with lights and flowers,
>ut here the custom does not prevail.
Tlie Albany Argus is tha keenest criticiser
f Q n. Fremont that we read. It pungent
y says thnt he If "a general who never won
battle— a statesman who never said or did
thing—a guide and exploror who al"
ays lost his way—a millionaire without a
laic in his pocket—a commissary whose sol
)ts starve to death vn an average allow-
of one beef per man per day."
The Richmond Examiner complains of the
amblers and their "hells" in Richmond—
nd urges their «upp re »i . They are na
crous, and shameless, and the harpies from
em are preying, it is said, upon the young
en of the army, and others fools enough to
mi themselves, and those who have oonfid
i in them.
An advertiser in the New York Tribune
wants a a son-in-law in some
spectable famili!" He adds that he has
no obj'ctioDr to gesa short distance into any
ral district. Thif|"caps the climax."
The the New Yo>k Her
d says : —"lt is evident that all the stories
' destitution or suffering on the part of any
>ortion of Johnston's army are totally un
ounded in truth. Not only are they abun
nntly supplied with arms and munitions of
ar—not only have they fortified their whole
me from Leesburg or Goose Creek to Fred
icksburg—but they are well supplied with
.rovisioris and with facilities for cooking
i -.it properly, huts, clothing," &c, &c.
llev. R. J. Breckinridge, of Kentucky,
ites that the Confederates committed a
mi-take in coming into Kentucky at all, and
predicts that they will be defeated and driven
out. lie sopanues entirely fruni his nephew,
the late Vice President—one being a strong
Un vi man, the other equally a* strong a
A new battery of three rifled guns has
bp\! ■' •reeled about a mile and a half below
tb tieur Shippir g Point. It is situated a
little below a new brick house near the wharf
at Evaosport, on tho Potomac.
The election is to take place in Maryland
War News.—Dr. Lloyd, of Vienna, here
• tofore acting as a guide to the Federal troops
in Fairfax, has been arrested and sent to
Washington, charged with giving informa
i tion to the Confederates. A " cont' :band "
reports that the Confederates have extensive
fortifications at Centreville, and an army
there and about Fairfax Court House of 50,
--000 men. About 10,000 are now at Manas
sas. The outer pickets of Gen. McCall's di"
vision were driven in on Thursday night, but
a large party coming out the advance ceased"
Gen. Fremont is at Springfield, waiting for
the other divisions of his army. Major
White, of the Prairie Scouts, had been cap
tured by the Confederates, but was subse
quently rescued by the Federal troops. There
are rumors about the defeat of Price's rear
A letter received from Darnestown, Mary
land, says that the Confederates n»w picket
Harrison's Island, and that reliable intelli
gence from Leesbnrg gives information tbat
on Tuesday succeeding the fight at Ball's
Bluff, the Confederates withdrew their forces
from Leesburg, on the Federal troops being
thrown over at Edwards' Ferry, leaving only
a few battalions. They subsequently took
away all their supplies, and were at the Ir. •
test accounts resting on Goose Creek, seven
j miles south of Lsesburg.
We are requested to say that the proceed
ing before the Provost Court on Thursday,
reported in our issue of Friday, was not in
the nature of an application for the removal
of the present Corporation officials. It was
only an inquiry into the general subject, with
a view to an explanation of the position oc
cupied by those who support the government
of the United States. That position was ex
plained to be this: "That under what they
(the supporters of the government) recognize
as the law of tbe State, the Corporation offi
cials did not now hold their offices tie jure —
that they are only de facto the officials, and
that it was simply a question of expediency
whether their position de facto should be
made to conform to their position de jure."
Tnere was no appointment of any individual
a> a committee to serve any notices upon the
officers, but a suggestion that such would be
a proper course to pursue.
A letter from Leesburg, published in the
Richmond Enquirer, says, "at the late battle
there, about 30 Confederates were killed,
among whom are Clinton Hatcher, of Lou
doun county, Donahue, of Loudoun, and a
son of Gov. Pettus, of Mississippi. Many
are wounded: Lieutenant-Colonel Tebbs, of
the Eighth Virginia, was slightly wounded—
graze on the cheek. Col. Burt, of Missis
sippi, was badly wounded in the thigh—not
mortally. Dr. Martin, of Mississippi, was
shot through the lungs—supposed to be mor
tally wounded. Lieut. B. G. C.irter, Eighth
Virginia, was wounded in the baud. Lieut.
Fleming had hh leg shot off, and Dr. Brock
his arm." _
Gen. Dix, U. S. A., commanding in Balti
more, has issued a proclamation directing the
arrest of all persons in rebellion against tho
United States, and who may return to tho
city and appear at the election polls next
week, and calling " on all good and loyal cit
izens to support the judges of eiectiou, the
United States Marshal and his deputies, and
the Provost Marshal of Baltimore, and the
police, in their efforts to secure a free and
fair expression of the voice of the people of
Maryland, and, at the same time, to prevent
the ballot boxes from being polluted by trea
Of all our old exchange papers from Vir.
ginia we do not now reci-ive a single one.
We do not know, even, if any of our former
familiar newspaper acquaintances in the
neighboring counties appear "in public" at
all—and the other day, when we saw in the
Northern papers an extract from the Lees"
burg Wasbingtonian, ir, seemed like hearing
of the safety of a friend whom we had sup
posed list or dead.
Tho Northern papers give full accounts >f
the batteries on tbfl Potomac, extending from
Quantiec to Aqoia Creek. They ar3 repre
sented to be strong in position, with heavy
trims, and well manned.
P. Scott sent to the President of oe
States, on Thursday, a letter an
ng his retirement from active service
Army. He states that the infirmi : es
, some hurts received a few years ago,
c necessity for recruiting his. health,
impel him to this course. He speaks of
pain which he experiences from what he
calls "the unnatural and unjust rebellion
now raging iv the Southern States ot our
lite prosperous and happy Union;" and ,e
--turns his thanks to tbe President and Secre
tary of War, fur their uniform kindness to
him, and compliments "the patriotism with
out sectional proclivities or prejudice*.' of
the President. The letter was read at a
Cabinet Meeting, and tbe request of Genera*
Scott complied with. An order wa'pr led
that the retirement should be made without
deduction in Gen. S.s pay, subsistence and
allowances; and complimenting him -n the
highest terms. This order the President and
Cabinet carried to the residence of Gen. S..
where it was read to him. He spoke to the
Presideut feelingly, reiterating lis belie
in the patriotism and ability of the admin
istration. The President made an appro-
I priate reply—and will send Gen. S. a w.'-
I ten letter. The Secretary of War h
already addressed him a letter. Gen. Sco.t
will proceed to New York, accompanied by
the Secretaries of the Treasury and of Wai'.
He may make a voyage to Europe. Eve.y
possible honor has been done him by the
Gen. McClellan has, in obedience to o
1 ders, assumed the command of the Arm'rs
of the United States, in the place of Geneu I
Scott, retired, and has issued an add res ,
announcing the acceptance of his new pos'
tion, and speaking in the most exalted terms
of his predecessor. lie concludes h's pro
clamation by exhorting the troops "to do
nothing hereafter which can cause General
Scott to blush for them, but to let their fu
ture victories illuminate the close of a life so
Foreign News.—The steamer Boruss'■*.
has arrived, bringing dates tv the 23d alt.
Cotton is buoyant; Floor and Grain dull and
with a downward tendency. Toe London
Times says that the American blockade s
not effectual, and the failure in the supply
of cotton, is the work of the South as much
as the North, and effected to force Englacd
to take sides in the American quarrel. T*bs 0
lis abundance of bullion In the Bank of Eng-
! There must be ad< cided'y lively time down
! the Potomac, especially at Budd's Fey, on
the Maryland shore, and at Quantioo and
about there on the Virginia shore. Mr. Posey
and bis family, living near Budd's Feu\,
; are under arrest. The Federn' troops are
putting up batteries, and are very active in
j finding out those who are suspected of g v
-1 ing iv formation to the Confederates across
! the river. They are in pursuit of a Mr. Lem-
I uel Hannon, charged with ths offence.
The determination to make promotions in
the United States army, fromdeserviug men
in the ranks ia said to be received with great
' pleasure by the soldiers, and to give much
, satisfaction to all. We have never doubted
j tbe excellency of the system iv n iy army—
nor do we believe that the extensiou of
plan to the navies of great powers wo v >'d V .
1 sen their efficiency.
Th 3 New York Times publishes a letter
from a correspondent in Washington, dat 4
J October 28, in whiol' tho writer s.iys: "Of
Ocurst there are a thousand conjectures as to
the destination of the great naval expedition
■ but I rather suspect its fiald of operations
: will be along Pamlico Sound."
(Jen. McClellan if so much incommoded
. by visits of cariosity, that he has had, "1
self-defence, to exclude visitors, except on
1 very important business.
It, is t-aid in the Washington & ;ar hat Cv:\
, veu Ashford, of Fair ax connty, ; s not do I,
We bave bat confined, i a perfect ar.d con
tradictory acooonts of skirmishes and war