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Military Court—Tbe Militaiy Court,
Judge Freese presiding, held its usual ses
sion this morning.
The case of Sergeant McCormick, charged
with shooting a pistol in the shop of John L-
Smith, came up as continued.
A lieutenant of his regiment testified to
the general good character of the accused.
Documents were produced, showing that
the accused hud been admitted to practice
law in the Supreme Ccurt of Georgia, and
had been prosecuting attorney of Adams &
Co , Ohio, and had held other offices of trust
and profit in that State.
The Court said that it was evident tbat
the accused was a murium iniac from drink
at the time he shot the pistol. Messrs. auiitb
and Kerr had desired that the case should
proceed no inn her.
The Court directed the uoouned to give
9500 security lor good behavior, and' he was
After the adjudication of several mi'ilary
aud police cases,
Mr. J Gardner presented au affidavit, as
preliminary to a suit against Jas. M. Benton,
alleged to be in the Confederate army.
The Court said that it could not, at pres
ent, take cognizance of the case. Ar> order
had been received by Gen. Montgomery, di
recting that the Provost Marshal of his com
mand should suspend action in civil cases,
and take such jurisdiction only as was ne
cessary to maintain military discipline and
a proper police. A though this order refer
red to the Provost Marshal, and not the Pro
vost Court, it was evidently intended for the
latter, and the Court would carry out its in
teut. It declined, therefore, to take jurisdic
tion in the case.
Mr. Kinzer, for Witmer & Co., inquired of
the Court whether tbat firm would, under
the operation of tho order, be restored to the
possession of their goods and establishment.
The Court replied that wished to carry out
the intent of the order, and would hold that
question under advisement for a short time.
And after some unimportant business, the
The Wharf after the Flo d —The Po. i
tomac subbided considerably on Sunday, but
on Monday sunk to within a short distance i
of its ordinary high water level. The strand i
along the river, however, exhibited as many
evidences of the passing of the waters as the
laud of Egypt after the Nile's embrace. The
embankment of the Alexandria, Loudoun
and Hampshire Railroad, crossing the low
grounds near the *• gut," was somewhat
washed by the influx of waters, but may
easily be repaired. Fishtown, as usual, has '
been partly floated away—piles of timber, j
grass and detritus mark tbe path of the wa
ters. The bed of the O-ange Railroad, from
Queen to Prince street, has been damaged,
and will, at Borne points, soon require to be
relayed. At the foot of all the streets, there
is a deposit of rich mud, varying from five '
inches to half an inch in thickness. Some '
of the lower store floors are cated in a like '
manner. Some of the timbers of the Long
Wharf have been torn away, and Hunter's
Wharf, near the lower plaster mill, is almost
bare of planking. The other wharves have
suffered but slightly. To is morning, how- j
ever, the traces of the tl iod were in most I
places nearly obliterated.
County Court—October Tirm. — The
Oouaty Court of this coutny met at the Court
House, io October session, yesterday after
noon, at three o'clock.
The following Justices composed the Court:
James A. English, Presiding Justice pro
tern.; Samuel Beach and Robert Bruckett,
The Levy Court was adjourned until next
The case of B. 11. Berry was called, and
its consideration c -otioued.
The Court then adjourned until Court in
Fou—A heavy log prevailed over the town
this Burning, and to a Mill greater extent
upon the Potomac river.
There was a heavy frost oa hist night.
TUESDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 5,1861.
New Books.—We have received from Mr. I
George E. French, a copy of the Cheap Edi- [
tion (25 cts.) of Dickens' last Aork—Great
Expectations—published by Peterson &
Brothers, Philadelphia As Dickens' works
are generally very popular, aud tlie present
ifi a capital story, this Cheap Edition will
meet the exegineies of the times, and give
the book a wide circulation.
Peterson & Brothers have also published in
a neat little volume, Ellsworth's Z mave Drill,
a complete manual of the musket, sword,
and sabre, by the late Col. Ellsworth, with a
biography of his life. For sale by George
A Call upon the Ladies.—The commit
tee of the Relief Association h;iv) invited the
ladies of this city, who are willing io unite
in the charitable design of the association, to
meet at the rooms of the Young Men's Chris
tian Association to-morrow itltcrii; on, at '<i
o'clock. We learn that the main object of
this call is to procure tbe assistance of la
dies in collecting and remaking second-hand
clothiug, for the benefit ol destitute children
of this city. We trust that this call will be
libeially responded to by the fair ladies ol
Wo-ud—We call the attention of our read- I
ers to the advertisement of Mr. B. T. Plum- ;
mer, which appears in another column of to- j
day's News. Those iv want of an excellent j
article ot wood, could do no better thing than
to leave their orders with him at once.
Small vessels continue occasionally to come
up the river, either by hugging the Man
land shore, passing the batteries in the night,
or being allowed to sail by unmolested.
It is impossible for us, in our limited space,
and with this small sheet, to publish long
articles ; and, besides, in these times, if they
ci uld be printed, they would not be read.—
We have to condense, in the shortest possi
ble space, the current news, of which we
must keep a daily record, and the local items
—often compressing the whole columns of
words of the large newspapers into real sub
stance contaiued in what the printers call a
stick full, and laboring to present the " age
and body of the tim.es, their form and pres
sure," wiihin the limits to which we are
now curtailed, and we hope all our citizens,
every Alexandrian, will generously aid us in
our efforts to present them daily this little ■
home paper, until the opening of the mails,
to the southern counties, the revival of busi
ness, and the condition of public affairs will |
allow us to recommence again the publica
tion of the old Alexandria Gazette in its for
From the official report of thp proceedings ;
which occurred between General Stone and
General McClellan preceding the battle at '
Ball's Bluff, it would appear that there was
some misapprehension on the part of General
Stone as to the precise meaning of the order >
sent to him by General McClellan. It is cv- !
' ident that the latter officer had no intention
ito order General Stone to cross the Potomac;
j but it seems that the instructions to keep a !
: lookout on Leesburg, and to make a demon- I
stratum, so as to distract the Confederates ,
while General McCall was advancing from J
Drainsville, was construed into an order to I
I throw his troops across into Virginia. |
The ship Jura, with English dates to the
24th, has arrived. Cotton advancing—bread- I
stuffs going down. Captain Semmes, of the
Confederate privateer Sumter, has arrived at
Liverpool. The Bank of France is to adopt
some measure to relieve financial pressure.
Austria, it is thought, will recognize tbe
kingdom of Italy. An heir to the Austrian
empire is expected in February.
General Scott arrived at New York on Sat
urday evening, iv th l midst of a severe rain.
There wan DO public reception, as he was not
expected, but when tlie crowd about the car
cheered him, ho said, good naturedly, "Oh
go home, friends, and don't make a noise.''
He was assisted to bis earring-, and was
driven tv his ton's residence).
There are reports of the nava! expedition
having been seen no Tuesday or Thursday—
it is doubtful which—i little northeast if
I GENERAL NEWS.
A '"special dispatch" from Fairfax Court
House, dated near a month ago, published
in the Charleston Courier says, a soldier
'escaped from Washington," states "that
Oen. McClellan has an army of 120,000 in
fantry, 10.000 cavalry and 120 batteries —
He is waiting to drill the latter two arms.
A general advance is not anticipated until
the middle of November, His policy is to
advance in three columns, a mile at a tinie>
aud to fortify &_ he proceeds. Several tons
of bales, Hiak.'il in tui'pintine, have been
provided, with which the troops intend burn
ing the Wood? after the leaves have fallen.:
their Brat object being to smoke oat masked
batteries; second, to illuminate in case of a
night attack, Fort flUsworth, and other
fortifications, have been mined. The oom
mnnders of the United States forces on this
side of the Potomac are Generals Franklin
and Kearney. The fusee on the Virginia
side is Dot less tbflffi 70,000."
The Washington eoirespondent of the!
Philadelphia Gagetta has had no interview
with a gentleman who leit New Oilcans on
the 24:h ult. His advices are the very latest
received. He reports having experienced no
difficulty in travelling on the way, and rep
i resents that the people all along the southern
■ tier of States feel no serious apprehension :
j whatever of any very damaging result from i
the operations of the Federal fleet.
It is said that the Court of Inquiry in the
I case of Col. Miles, U. S. A., have acquitted j
Gen. Scott's inco • c, as a retired tfficer, j
will still be near $10,000 per annum.
| Thirteen dead bodies of soldiers drowned j
recently at Edwards' Ferry, were found near !
the Chain Bridge yesterday.
The late storm was very severe on the
Eastern Coast. Two barks were lost on |
Seituate beach. The ship Maritana was
wrecked near Boston harbor, and twenty
seven of her crew drowned.
Difficulties and counter statements, rela
tive to the late battle at Edwards' Ferry,
amongst the officers concerned, still con
tinue in the newspapers.
Brunswick, Georgia, is another of the j
points named, as the destination of the na
The U. S. sanitary committee have aban
doned the design of having a number of
military hospitals in and about Washington.
The old rumor that France claims the free j
navigation of the Mississippi, under the j
treaty for the sale of Louisiana, has been re- :
vived in England. j
Mr. C. L. L. Hatcher, of Loudoun county,
Va., killed at Edwards' Ferry, was a grud
i uate of Columbian College, D. C, in 18G0.
A reward of $2,000 is offered for the mur- I
■ derer of Fellner, the German Jew, near New
! York. The women arrested (one of whom
I has committed suicide) are said to be only
I All the news that we receive from the
i South is now furnished through the New
York and Boston papers—so closely are the
I lines drawn.
Tho 3teamer Golden Gate has sailed from
San Francisco for Panama, with $1,000,000
lin treasure. She carries 14 army officers, ]
j 500 soldiers, aud 200 passengers. The trea
' sure shipments are small, on account of
large remittances in treasury notes and
The Richmond Examiner states that the
peninsular reinforcements ordered to Gen.
Mugruder have h.-en countermanded, it be
in-; now known that the naval expedition is
not intended for the Virginia coast.
First Regiment Maryland, Baltimore Vol. i
utiteers. in the service of the Federal gov
ernment, have gone on to Baltimore, to vote ■
at the election to-morrow.
JOHN T COOKE,
011E A P FAM IL V QROO ER,
C-inicr „f I'rincv. and Pitt Streets,
(Out Post Oitk k Coii.n-.i-.)
A in hand a large and well selected
A. stock of FAMILY GROCERIES, which will
«c sold on terms to suit the times,
From his Continental retreat, M. Kossuth
has addressed an elaborate letter en tbe af
fairs of Hungary to a friend in Glasgow.—
He expresses his approval of the attitude as.
sumed by the dissolved Diet, and commends
tbe policy of passive resistance to the Aus
Colonel Gower, in a letter from Sevastopol,
dated September 20, says : "Last week w*e
had a visit from the Emperor, accompanied
by the Empress and the Grand Duke Cell.
BfßDtine. The\ visited 'He Malakeff arid tbe
various batteries where war raged so furious
ly a lew ago. IL. has ordered twelve
large nionumei.t- to be place I o'i (he sides
of the various bat'eries, sod the names of
the officers who were killed at the friege of
Sevastopol arc t> be Inscribed upon them.
Alexander Dumas the younger, lies dan-,
ger. usly and almost hopelessly ill in Paris.
His malady issi.d lo be not only bodily but
Pr'iLcess Anna Muiat is said to be the
I beauty par excellence of the French Court
and what is saying much, a sans reproche
member of a Court that does not precisely
sh'neas reg.rds morality.
The Washington Star says, there ia to be
I a convention held in Washington of railrowd
i managers between Washington and New
York city, to consider a proposed change ef
mail schfdules, by which a through mail
leaving Washington at 5J p. m., will be run
|to New Yoik; and startiug from that city in
j this direction, at 11 p. m. The Post Office
: Department believes that it will surely be
The parting scene between General Scott
I and General McClellan, on tbe departure of
! the former for New Yurk, is said to have
been a most impressive affair. Gen. McClel
lan and staff proceeded to the depot, to bid
farewell to the veteran soldier, and as Gen.
Scott pressed the hand of his young succes
sor, he besought him not to he controlled by
the advice of any parties who might counsel
him to act contrary to his own judgment.
The Secretary of the commander ef tho
United States flag ship Minnesota, writes to
; the New York Tribune that the person who
lately "mysteriously disappeared from tho
fleet was -id attached to any officer in confi
Lieut. Bibble, U. S. A., was knocked down
and robbed in Washington, on Sunday night
Jby four men wearing uniforms. He was
! considerably injured.
It is thought that Gen. McClellan is iv fa
vor of commencing a system for the regular
exchange of prisoners during the present
i The newspapers frequently contain state
ments said to be made by prisoners, "contra
band*," deserters &c, of Army movementi
on both sides. Their own stories frequently
prove that they, wilfully falsify, or are them
selves deceived. The Army officers place
but little reliance on their reports.
Georgia, it is said, has forty regiment* iv
the Confederate government service, and nix
regiments in the State service for cast de
Bjs_, JOB WORK neatly and expeditious
ly executed at the Office of "The Local
News," on Prince street.
Smith O'Brien takes sides against T. F,
Meagher; in tbe matter of the difficulties in
this country, and offers to assist in restoring
pi-ace between the belligerents.
At Fulls Church, Fairfax county, V.i... on tho
j 17th of September last, LEW 13 K. QRIDLEY,
in tho 2-1 tli your of his age. Mr. ft was a uativo
of Ulster county, N. V., hut for the past eight.
: years a resident of this State.
I WILL take orders for OAK WOOD, deliver-,*
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no - s—(it* B. T. PLUMMBK, Agent
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