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1 THURSDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 7,1861. j „ r . EXAS gg,r B E A D z^x T E H o E FFicE.
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Meeting—A regular meeting of the
Union Association of this place, was held at
the Lyceum Hall, last night, Stephen Shinn
in the Chair, and 0. C. Whittlesey, Secre
The band of the Cameron Light Guard
was in attendance, and opened the meeting
by playing "The Red, White and Blue."
The President announced that the fir6t
business in order was the reception of new
members, whereupon nine appeared, were
properly Touched for, and their names en
The proceedings of the meeting of Wed
nesday night last, also of a business meet
ing of the Association on Thursday night,
were read by the Secretary.
At the meeting on Thursday night, it ap
pears that the subject of continuing in office
the present Corporation officials until March
next, was discussed at length, and the mat
ter finally referred to a committee, consist
ing of Lewis McKenzie, Jefferson Tacey, C.
S. Hallowell, Walter L. Perm, and James
Stoutenberg, who were to consult with tbe
Military authorities here on the subjeot.
The minutes being approved, on motion
of James Stoutenberg, seconded by Jeffer
son Tacey, the meeting unanimously approv
ed the acts of Judge Freese.
C. B. Shirley stated that John Under
wood, of the Treasury Department, was in
the Hall, upon which announcement the
President invited him to the stand—invita
tion accepted, and the band played two tunes.
The President then introduced to the au
dience, Jno.C. ot New York, who
proceeded to address the meeting. He sta
ted that the object of his visit to Alexandria
was especially for the purpose of inducing
the citizens ot this place, who were true and
loyal to the United States Government, to
form a Military Company—4 Home Guard, j
He had an order in his possession authoriz- j
ing him to raise such a company, and an as
surance from the Secretary of War, and the j
President of the United States, that if such
a company could be raised here it should
have the post of honor and favor assigned it.
He appealed to the members of the Associa
tion to come forward and enlist.
In response to the appeal, W. L. Perm ex
claimed in a loud voice that he would head
Judge Freese seconded the suggestion,
and appeal for raising a Union Home i
Guarc" — whereupou, four persons advanced
to the stand and enrolled their names as
members ol the proposed company.
Judge Freese hoped that diffidence would
not prevent any from giving in their names,
ami desired that tbe names of such as would
j"in the company should be proclaimed from
the seats—but there was no response.
J. 11. Henry, it was stated, had the names
of several who would join if the company
was started, and he himself would volunteer ,
his services as drill master, or in any way
assist in getting up the ouips.
John Hodgskin moved that every member
of the Association under the age of forty
rive, form himself into a Home Guard, suij- '
ject to the order of the War Department at
A member desired to know if the mover!
of the resolution had him-elf giveu in his i
name as a member of the proposed com pa- i
ny.—Hodgskin answered in the negative, j
which caused some merriment.
The President and Judge Freese though*
that the method proposed was a bad one, and j
trusted that the motion would be withdrawn;
—suggestion adopted, and motion with
The nine members who had joined the '
Association were then called up, and took
the oath of allegiance ty the United States
Government, administered by Judge Freese-
Five others also came forward, joined, and
were sworn in.
The Judge then announced that the Asso
ciation now numbered 416, when the band
played a stirring air.
The President presented from the Union
ladies of Alexandria a bouquet to John Uir
derwood, also, one to Judge Freese, the laf I
ter of whom reaponded, and returned thanks i
for the gift.
The President announced that a business
meeting of the Association would be held to
night, at tbe Lyceum Hall, and desired a
full attendance, as business which bad been
on hand for some time was to be disposed of.
Two bouquets from the Union ladies were
then presented to the leader uf the band: in
response, the band performed a beautiful
Lewis McKenzie then addressed the meet
ing;, complimenting the Band, and insisting
that such fine music would certainly put an
end to many of the secessionists in the town
who now looked so sour that it was painful
to behold them. He said that one good
effect at least of the present unfortunate war
would be to put an end to what he consider
ed the greatest nonsense and humbug of the
age, the term "sacred soil" applied to Vir
ginia. He had visited Massachusetts, Ken
tucky, Alabama, Louisiana, and other
States, and examined their soil, and saw no
reason why the soil of Virginia was more
sacred than in any of the other States.—
This war would obliterate the cry of sacred
soil—a cry which had had its iufluence in
causing the State to secede. To the preach
ers and women, especially to the former, he
attached much blame for the dissolution of i
the Union. He next alluded to tbe flag, and j
aaid, he never expected that the time would
OOflM when the Stars and Stripes wuu'd be
looked upon with scorn, as that flag was now
by many. He then reverted to the "sacred
soil," and repeated that it was the veriest
humbug and nonsense. After again com
plimenting the band, which he pronounced
the finest he had ever heard—he concluded'
and upon the suggestion of tbe President, a
motion to adjourn was put and carried, and
the meeting adjourned.
The Ladies Relief Association.—Pur
■t to the request of the committee, a good
lmher of the ladies of Alexandria met,
ie Young Men's Christian Association
, yesterday afternoon, at 3 o'clock.
The object of the meeting was stated b
tbe chairman of the committee, Mr. G. T.
Baldwin was appointed Secretary.
The ladies proceeded to select a manager
For this branch of the charities connected
with the Volunteer Relief Association of Al
Mr/s. John B. Daingerfield was elected to
The following ward committees were then .
First Ward—Mrs. G. 11. Smont, Mies Mary !
Wilson, Mrs. Lewis Hooff, Miss Mary Mc-
Second Ward—Mrs. Henry Peel, Miss
Mary Steuart, Mrs. John 11. Parrott, Mrs. i
Third Ward—Miss Isabella Kincaid, Miss :
Virginia Gordon, Mrs. Monroe Newton, Mrs.
Fourth Ward—Miss Hughes, Miss Vande* !
grift, Miss Eliza Daingertield, Mrs. John '
The committee were empowered to increase
their number when occasion required.
The manager was requested to notify the i
parties selected of their appointment.
On motion, it was
Resolved, That the Volunteer Relief As- j
aociation be requested to place at once in the
uands of the ladies, as large an amount ot j
money as could be spared from its funds.
On motion, the days fixed for the regular
j meetings of the ladies were Tuesday and
Friday, at 10 o'clock in the morning.
On motion, adjourned to meet at 10 o'clock
to-morrow (Friday) morning, at the same
Many thanks to C. L. kB. The "senior"
!is still at his post, (where he now expects to
I be, all his life long,) assisting in making
j this little sheet useful and acceptable, and
j thus rendering more easy and certain the
I resumption of the old Gazette, which he
I hopes yet to see flourishing more than ever,
| and retaining the favor of the public. "Re-
Large numbers of Mr. Breckinridge's ad
dress to the people of Kentucky, have, it is
said, been circulated at the North.
i The announcement of the annual meeting
'of the stockholders of the Orange and Alex
andria Railroad, at Charlottesville, to-day,
makes us realize very severely the difference
between Alexandria now and Alexandria a
year ago. This time twelve months since,
our streets were thronged with our friends
from the country, and presented a very live
ly, business like appearance. In our own
office, a fall complement of printers, men
and boys, stood with overflowing cases before
them, putting in type, for the next day's
Gazette, the reports and proceedings of the
railroad meeting—the Hotels were all filled
—the merchants were actively engaged in
selling their goods, the mechanics in dispos
ing of their work or receiving orders. Now,
all is changed! But still, we must not be
altogether dispirited or depressed. We must
yet hope for better days, for peace, for re
Military Court—Yesterday. —The Mil- i
itary Court, Judge Freose, at its session yes- I
terday alternoon, was entirely occupied in
the consideration of cases of drunkenness
and violations of military discipline.
Russell, in one of his late letters, gives a
graphic picture of the scenes as Washington
is approached at this time. He says: "The
approach to Washington by rail just now
i presents a very picturesque, but, to a patri
| ot, a mournful sight. All through Maryland
I the bridges on the railways are guarded by I
i little camps. And as the noise ot the train
is heard, the men rush out of the tents to the
line awaiting iheir shuwer of newspapers
which is let fall by the passengers, and eve
ry diop of which is the object of a friendly
scramble. As the train draws nearer to the
capital, tl ese camps increase in number and
in size, till the white canvas frosts every
knoll, and gleams through every woodland
and glade now coloring with the glorious
tint of the autumnal foliage. Monster trains
are passed, and the soldiers inside rend the
air with yells and shrill cheers. The fields
are tilled with dark lines of infantry at drill;
heavy trucks, laden with guns and munitions
of war, block up the sidings, and look sulki
ly out of their secluded shunting places. On
the undulating gr tund, from which all tra
ces of forest aud grove are fast vanishing,
are visible immense packs of horses ; com
missariat camps, long lines of white tilted
wagons, cities of mules, and columns, of dust
seam the sky, and mark the march or evolu
tions of armed men. Strains of music are
hoard as the unfinished dome of the Capitol
and the spires of the city rise in view, aud
long stretching lines of tents wind in and
out as ii encompassing the place in their
arms till they fade away in the distance. The
: air pulsates with the flash of arms in the
i sunlight, and now aad then the booming of
In the Circuit Court at Philadelphia on
| Monday, the case of .lis Petrel privateers
was called up, but postponed till next Mon
day. While the District Attorney was urg
ing the trial, Judge Grier said he could not
I consent to have the regular business of the
court interrupted. It seemed like a farce to
' try them at this time, when the country
: played civil war. The dictates of humanity
I would counsel ihe government to treat cap
i tives on the sea the same as thoi-e taken on
the land, and he could not understand the
' policy of hanging the first and holding the
latter as prisoners or releasing them.
The Cincinnati Commercial s.iys, that it is
now believed that Gen. Soutt was opposed to I
the naval expedition and to the advance uf
the Federal army before next Spriag—on i
both of which points he differed with Gen. i
i McClellan. We do not know what authority
there is for this statement.
Col. Florence, an ex-member of Congress j
from Philadelphia, is spoken of as Chief!
Engineer of the new government steam-fire- I
engine department, to be established in ,
Mr. Roberts, who was a member of the !
Wheeling Convention, and afterwards taken I
prisoner while on his return home by Wise's
party, has been released or exchanged for a
prominent Confederate, who was held as a
hostage at Wheeling.
The comet, whose sudden appearance in
the Northern heavens last summer startled
the world, is still seen through a telescope in
the constellation of Hercules.
Gen. Fremont has left Springfield and
j gone to St. Louis.
The Washington correspondent of the N.
Y. Times calls the place where female pris
oners are detained in Washingson, who are
charged with affiliation .with the Southern
Confederacy, the "Hotel Greenhow." Mrs.
Greenhow is in close custody. Mrs. Onder"
donk, of Louisiana, is along with Mrs. G.—
M*-s. Posey, of Charles county, Md., is also
a prisoner, and she has for company her
daughter, a beautiful girl of fifteen, and her
little son of five.
Mrs. Lmoolu, wife of President Lincoln,
has gone on a visit to New York.
The State election in Massachusetts has
resulted in the success of the Republican
ticket. Gov. Andrews is re-elected. Caleb
Cushing is elected to the Legislature.
Are not all the reports about the captain
of the privateer Sumter being in Liverpool
mere stories ?
Adjutant General Thomas made a speech
in New York, on Monday evening, when
Secretary Cameron was serenaded, in which
he said that " the United States had such an
army as was never marshalled before since
the foundation of the world, aud that it
would pour over the whole Southern country
like the sea." Secretary Cameron, too, pre
dicted the complete triumph of the United
The storm of Friday last was very severe
at Hatteras Inlet. The tide here made such
inruadsthat it was thought the fortifications
would become untenable. The steamer
Spauiding attempted to land clothing and
stores for the troops, but they were washed
away and lost, and she brought back to Old
Point most of the cargo. The loss of the
clothing will be much felt by the Indiana re
On Monday five small Confederate steam
ers came near Hatteras Inlet, and fired at
the troops there, but soon retired. Two coal
schooners, with fuel, made the inlet during
the gale, in distress, but could not be reached
by the vessels inside. •«t J^
The New York election has resulted in the
success of tho People's Union ticket by a
very large majority. Tbe Legislature is said
to be " unanimous in support of the federal
At the election in B tlr.iinore, Gen. Dix is
sued Instructions to the judges to allow no
man to vote who took part or bore arms in
the April riot, or who relused, when chal
lenged, to take an oath of fidelity to the gov
Parker 11. French has been arrested at
Bran ford, Connecticut, by government de
tectives. Treasonable documents were found
upon h's person, it is said.
A now C mied'Tiite battery is reported at
Aquia Creek. Tne government steamer
Stepping Stone ran the blockade on Tuesday
nijiht. It is again reported that Matthias'
Point has been, or is about to be, lortified by
A number of " contrabands," principally
from about Cedar Point, and some from the
Rappahannock, have been brought up to
Washington in the steamer Stepping Stone.
J. 0. Berry and Redmond Burke, Confed
erate prisoners iv Washington, have both es
caped from the Capitol Hill prison.
Tho Washington Star sajs that horse
stealing is flourishing just now about the city
There are 194 prisouers at present in the
Washington city jail.
One account says that it was the measles,
not the small-pox, that broke out on the Har
riet Lane. Another that it was the small
pox carried on board by "contrabands" from
A government agent recently purchased
in Cincinnati, from one of those contractors
whose " patriotism " always prompts them to
serve their couutry, one hundred tonsof hay.
It was taken to Parkersburg, Va., and, on
being weighed, was found twenty tons short.
Swindle, one hundred and ninety dollars.
There are parties of jayhawkers in differ
ent parts of Western Virginia whose prin
cipal business just now seems to be to steal