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E 7 N 18 c «i! D } ALEXANDRIA, TUESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 10, 1861. 7 rranoAtni"
: rzr-— — —A—--.. 1 ALEXANDRIA GAZETTE OFFICE.
are quite a number of the public services of
religion in this city on tho other days of the
The services of a "Daily Prayer Meeting"
are still continued each afternoon at tbe
rooms of the Young Mens' Christian Asso
ciation, Exchange Block. The services com
mence at three o'clock, and continue for half
an hour. They are quite impressive, and
are generally well attended.
The "Sodality of the Immaculate Concep
tion" meets daily for religious worship at St.
Mary's Church. The exercises commence
at C_ o'clock, P. M., and terminate at 7
o'clock, whea the usual morning mass of the
Catholic Church is offered up.
Regular religious services are held on the
Thursday evening of each week at the Meth
odist Episcopal Church, and on Wednesday
evening at the Lecture Room of the St. Paul's
The Lecture Rooms of the F.rst Presbyte
rian and Baptist Churches are also frequent
ly open for D.vino Service during the even
Improvements.— The demand for stores,
caused by the influx of dealers in army goods
and provisions, has caused quite an improve
ment in business localities. We notice that
several new stores are being fitted up. The
establishment formerly occupied by F. M.
Weadon, on King, near St. Asaph street, is
now under the hands of the workmen, and
is undergoing quite a trantdbrmation. Two
neat and showy establishments take the place
of the dingy front which has so long been
an eye-sore to that MMtiut of the town. An
other small store is in the process of con
struction on King street, near Wafer, ad
joining the establishment of Peel & Stevens.
The Streets.—The Spring-like weather
of the past few days has produced a marked
effect upon the streets of the town. More
ladies are abroad than usual, and some
streets on which trade does not drive its
vane, and which are generally quite deser
ted, now make occasionally a considerable
show of animation.
The Mayor's Office.—A considerable
number of peisons attended at the liajor'l
Office this morning. The business consisted
almost exclusively of applications for Cor
poration licenses and the granting of the
same in consideration of the cash.
The River.—A more quiet morning on
the river side than this morning has not been
experienced perhaps since the days when
Alexandria was'Bellhaven. There was no
wind, and consequently no arrivals of any
description of vessels. No vessels passed,
and the river laid the whole morning undis
turbed even by a wavelet.
Int publishing the report of tho proceed
ings of the Union meeting held two weeks
ago. a mistake oeourted in the name of the
officer who had proffered to drill the Hi me
Guard, now being raised in this city. It was
Captain Schaedle, and not Shay.
Congress —The House yesterday adopted
a resolution requesting tbe President to in
augurate systematic measures for the ex
change of prisoners. The committee on for
eign affairs was instructed to inquire into
the expediency of furnishing relief to the
starving population of Ireland. Among the
bills reported was one to abolish slavery in |
the District of Columbia. As to-day and
to-morrow will be devoted to proceed
ings consequent on the death of Senates
Baker and Bingham, the House has post
poned the consideration ot the various sliv
very propositions until Thursday. Mr. Ste
vens, of Pennsylvania, has modified bis res-1
olution in several important particulars, viz:
Declaring there can be no solid and perma
nent union so long as slavery exists, and that
ali slaves be proclaimed free ; full compensa
tion to be made to loyal masters who have
been and continue to be supporters of the
The exportations of breadstuff's from New/
York, continue very heavy; and the dearth
in Ireland will increase them.
forces, under General Sfhoeff, were retreat
i ing before an advancing force of Confede
rates, ton thousand strong. The latter are
said to have crowed the Cumberland river,
and to be marching on Somerset. The Con
federates are rapidly accumulating an im
mense number of men at Columbus, in an
ticipation of an attack upon that place by tbe
Ou Saturday last, a Confederate force came
to dam No. 5, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal,
on the Virginia side, and commenced firing
at the federal force on the Maryland shore-
The fire of the federal force was not effective
in returu, they having only smooth bore
muskets. On Sunday the federal troops, be
ing reinforced with men with Enfield rifies,
the firiug was resumed on both sides. The
Confederates abandoned for a time their
pieces of artillery, but returned and toek
them safely away. The telegraphic account
says some 15 to 20 Confederates were killed,
and several wounded, and one of the federal
force wounded during the skirmishing. This
is the substance of the account as published
Gen. Bragg has issued a congratulatory
order to bis troops at Pensacola, for their
conduct during the recent bombardment
The* Richmond correspondent <>f the Mem
phis Argus says that the Confederate gov
ernment does not contemplate any forward
movement on the Potomac lines.
The budget of the city of Paris for the
year 1801 amounts to two hundred millions
The schooner Richard A. Wood, Cap'nin
Crammer, has arrived at New York from Al
exandria with a cargo of coal, having run
, the blockade in the Potomac, during a snow
j storm, on the night of the 2d inst.
j The brig Pico, from G .naives, which ar
rived at New York on Saturday, broughr 55
bags of cotton, the produce of the island.—
Kis the third import from Flayti during
>ast four months,
well known genthman of financial abil
as prepared, and will publish this week,
explanatory of the Secretary of
the Treasury's proposed system of national
Next week ebven officers and two hundred
and forty prisoners of the North Carolina
regiments will be sent to Fortress Monroe,
fr»m Fort Warren, and released on pamle.
An equal number will be returned from
Mr. Wiglitman h is been elected Mayor of
Boston by 1,000 niaj, mv, over the regular
The Memphis Avalanche says that Brown
low did gain a Federal victory in East Ten
The arrival of the Connecticut at New
York with the latest intelligence from Fort
Pickens and Port Royal is hourly expec
The Prince of Wales is the subject of ma
ny rumors regarding his prospective mar
riage, which a dignified London sheet says:
'is an oveut which, in the natural order of
lungs, may be looked for shortly." The
oung princess selected is a daughter of
Prince Christian, of Denmark, seventeen
years of age, exceedingly beautiful, and
possessed of the right to succeed to the
throne of Denmark.
All the necessary fixtures, is to be sent to
Port Royal, and a newspaper will be started
under the supervision of Gen. Shermann,
with a suitable person as editor. The issue
will be weekly.
An improved style of the congreve rocket
E about to be introduced in the army of the
otomac. This weapon is one of the most
arful that can be devised for setting fire
to ships or villages, or for use against com-1
pact bodies of cavalry or infantry.
A man in New York, on Sunday, killed I
his own mother, by throwing her out of a
fifth story window.
This month will have two new moons and
In the case of Catharine N. Forrest,
ngainst Edwin Forrest, a full bench of the
New York Superior Court on Saturday de
cided against the motion for defendant for
a new trial, and confirmed the award of
$4,000 a year alimony,
At New York, a German Concert saloon
in the Bowery was visited by the police on
Sunday night, who arrested all the musi
cians, performers, singers, barkeepers, and
On the 15th of last month an estimate
was made of the sickness in the army, when
it appeared that Gen. Banks' Division was
tb» healthiest by a considerable per centage.
The commander of the British forces in
Canada, which now number nearly 10,000
men, has received instructions from the home
Government to grant no further permissions
of leave to officers, and to retain the body of
the troops within his immediate supervision.
In the House of Representatives, yester
day, Mr. Upton, of Virginia, introduced a
bill to faciliate judicial proceedings in the
confiscation of captured property, and for
the better administration of the l*w ol
The funeral of the late King of Portugal
took place on tbe 16th ult., at Lisbon.
There was a grand nrocession, including
Mr. Hale's proposition, in the Senate, for
remodelling the Supreme Court, was warm
ly opposed yesterday, by Messrs. Fessenden,
Browning, Foster and Collamer', and laid on
Commander F. A. Neville, a native of
Virginia, and late of the receiving ship
Ohio, has beet dismissed from the navy.
A private named Paul Powell, in the Dis
trict regiment, near Washington, assaulted
Capt. Rodier, when Lieut. Towers, to pre
vent the captain from being beaten to death,
fired and killed Powell, and wounded Capt.
Rodier, accidentally, in the leg.
Messrs. Maaon, Slidell, &c, have certified
that they were treated by Capt. Wilkes,
whilst on board his vessel, with courtesy
The Nashville was still at her berth at
Southampton when the Africa left Liver
prof, but no movement had been made to
supply her with coals or stores, or to effect
repairs. A body of police was on duty, in
cisc of any breach of the peace betweeu the
crews of the Nashville and the Haivev
On Saturday, the authorities of Monmouth
couuty, N. J., discharged Mrs. Marks from
custody. If will be remembered that she
was confined in jail at Freehold several
weeks since upon suspicion of being con
cerned in the murder of Mr. Fellner.
A large contract for one hundred thous
and india rubber poncho blankets has been
given out by Col. Grossman, assistant quar
termaster general. The advantages are that
two of these, besides nerving as a garment,
will make an excellent tent for picket ser
Commanders E. K. Thompson and Over
ton Carr, and Lieut. James A. Doyle, of the
U. S. Navy, have, upon recommendation of
P" c Board now in session in Hew York, been
tired upon furlough pay.
The Chicago Post notices the arrival in
that city of the remains of a member of Col.
Farneworth's cavalry regiment, who had
been tried and executed for sleeping while
on duty as a guard.
Extraordinary activity is observable at all
the navy yards— at Philadelphia, New York,
Boston and Portsmouth—a large force being
employed in ordnance <md machine shops,
as well as in the department of construction.
Military men say that the weather, dur
ing the last six or eight days, has been the
finest for military movements, ever known
at this season of the year.
Two thousand wives of German volun
teers lately held a meeting in St. Louis, and
prepared a petition to Gen. Halleck for'pay
ment to their husbands under his command. I
j The New York Independent, (Beecher's I
paper,) is not pleased with the President's ;
message, as to what it !>ays on the slavery j
possibility of disarmament in the present
state of European affairs, and the correspon
dent of the London Times says that the be
lief was gaining ground that there will be
no disarmament by hind or sea, and that ail
that will be done will be to allow some
50,000 or 60,000 to go home on leave.
A whiskey distillery in Williamsburg, X.
Y„ exploded yesterday. Loss $20,000.
It is said that in the Republican caucus,
held at the Capitol in Washington, on Sat
urday, the general feeling seemed to be to
confiscate the slaves-pod all other property
of the Confederates and of their aiders ikkl
abettors, and not to interfere with those of
the Unionists. A resolution somewhat to
this effect, it is said, is pending.
Another Republican caucus is to be held
in Washington to-morrow night.
The Scottsman reports, ou what is Mid to
be good authority, that the law officers of the
Crown have expressed the opinion that
"(here might be fair legal grounds for an
American cruiser seizing a mail steamer as
a prize, even in British waters." Whether
the case .of Messrs Mas ( .n and Slidell will
fall under this interpretation remains to be
seen, as also whether the law officers of the
Crown have given any such opinion at all.
Tho affair of the Confederate steamer
(Nashville and the ship Harvey Birch, of
which we received particulars per last steam
er, creates considerable sensation in Enc
By the Africa, at Nqw York, we learn
that the steamer Arago, with General Scott
on board, arrived at Queenstown on the 23d
Marshall Lamon has nude a report to the
Senate, showing that tho recent arrests and
imprisonment of slaves in the District of Co
lumbia, were in conformity with law.
Mr. Seward has informed the government
of Spain, in his instruct ions to Mr. Schurz,
that the Armistad claim will not be allowed!
As Spain makes this claim the sine qua non
of a treaty of commerce and the adjustment
of claims, nothing can be done on that sub
Ou Friday night, a man from the Eastern
Shore of Maryland, who has been since Sep
tember last a member of Capt. Andrews'
Confederate Maryland artillery, now station
ed a short distance up Chopawamsic creek,
effected his escape from the Virginia side!
and crossed over in asmall boat to the Mary
laud shore, where he was taken in charge.
He says the Confederates on the other side
say that they have twenty-five thousand men
on the Lower Potomac, under Gen. Holmes,
and are anticipating an attack from the flo
tilla and the Union forces on the Maryland
sid*. He also states that the Confederate
| steamer George Page was on Thursday night
I removed from Quantico Creek, and is now
| lying in Chopawamsic Creek for greater
| safety. He thinks, us she is useless to them
jat present, tbey intend to take the guns fr« m
jon board of her for service on land.
Lord Stanley, in a speech to his consti
tuents, said it was not reasonable to blame
the Federal Government for not doing that
which, as trustees for the people, they hard
ly could do, and which no government since
the world began had ever done—for not giv
ing up half their territory without a blow
io its defence. The result of the *ra«rle
was beyond human calculation; bat ke
thought, sooner or later, a Southern Confed
eracy would be established. Mr. Layard
Under Secretary of State for Foreign Af
fairs, in a speech before his constituents al
luded at some length to the American ques
tion, and defended the policy of the British
government towards the United States.
Scouts sent out from Gen. Wadsworth's
brigade on Friday returned on Sunday-
They report that Flint Hill and also Fairfax
Court ll.une are entirely deserted by the
Confederate pickets. They p u ,sed through
and beyond the village of Fairfax before
they met the pickets of the Confederates.
SARA t |f i, B? 1 & W ?T Ce ™ b, l r *" 9th ' 1861 ' M "
o£ , JtllJW ELL ' in *••<- 57th year of her a_re
alter a long and painful illness. '