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GENERAL NEWS. I
Two of the prisoners from North Carolina
being carried from Fort Lafajette to Warren,
contrived to make their escape, and have ar
The widow of Commodore Thomas Ap.
Catesby Jones is among those who, having
removed into Virginia, has lost her pension
ilt is reported that the Chamber of Com
merce of New York will present Captain
Wilkes with a silver service. It will be re
membered that his home at Washington was
robbed of all its silver and other valuables
Of the Boston boot and shoe market the
Reporter says shipments continue: few or
ders are being received; trade is conducted
on a cash basis. Total shipments of boots
and shoes by rail and sea for the week 9,413
Two companies of the 12th Indiana regi
ment, at present stationed near Sharpsburg,
crossed the Potomac one night last week,
and captured tbe folowing named citizens
of Jefferson county, Virginia, and returned
with them safely to camp: R. Davis Shep
herd, son-in-law of Hon. Alexander R.
Boteler, Abraham Shepherd, George D. Mc-
Glincey, Conrad Crowl and George W. John
The imports of foreign dry goods at New
York, during the month of November, were
less than half as large as the corresponding
total in either of the previous two years; and
more than half of this consists of woolen
goods, chiefly imported for army purposes.
It is ascertained that for some' time the
heaviest kind of mail robberies have been
going on between Green Spring and Rom
ney, Va. The mails have been frequently
rifled and large sums of money abstracted.
Thirty-one contrabands have arrived in
Baltimore. They are women and children,
and were brought over from Matthias'
Point by Col. Graham, during his recent re
connoissance. The men, numbering over
fifty, are still with Gen. Sickles, employed
The Washington Republican says—"lt
is now so well known that there can be no
possible impropriety in alluding to it, that
I -os-dent Lincoln, upon receiving the report
the Secretary of War, insisted upon al
•ations m that part of it which related to
8 treatment of slaves. Tbe conclusion is
avoidable, in respect to that part of the
port of the Secretary of the Navy which
ates to the same subject, that it met the
probation of the President, as there has
en no intimation from any quarter that
he dissented from it, or desired any modifica
tion of it." J
~T M ya ßhiDgton Re P ubli <*n speaking of
the Mail arrangements in Washington, says-
The trains due at this place, for the last
three months, have scarcely ever arrived at
scuedule time, or even within an hour of it
Ihis is caused, doubtless, by the immense
amount of Government freight, and the
large number of troops being conveyed over
the roads between here and New York The
Post Office Department has done all in its
power to remedy the evil, but so far without
A quantity of Commissary stores, consist
ing of twenty-one tierces of bacon, and sev
eral more of other smoked and salt meats
were seized yesterday, by the U. S Mar'
•hal, in New York, on suspicion that they
had been stolen from the government. Most
e° llT^f &l T 1 " ° D the P acka S eß wow
erased, but enough remained to show that
they had once belonged to tho Government
The broker, i„ whose hands they were found,
claims that they had been consigned to hi
clerk, by order of a high official in the army
I at Washington, to be exchanged for rye.
Mr. Charles B. May has erected buildings
at Montgomery, Ala , suitable for the manu
letither ° f
eather. Mr. May succeeded in getting from
the North, some time since, two or three
workmen, who thoroughly understand th
business, and who are said to be the besl
workmen m the country. He has ail the
necessary machinery and ingredients, and
•s going immediately into the manufacture
on an extensive scale. -"noiure,
A large number of wicker baskets, euc h
as were used in the Crimean war for throw
log up fortifications, have been prepared
and sent to the front: They are P J ed J
It is stated that the President as a milita
ry necessity has given hi, approTal t0 .
scheme of building a telegraph from Wash
ington city to Fortress Monroe, twenty milts
ot which is to be submarine.
Among the documents transmitted to Con
gress by Secretary Welles is the protest to
Capt. Wilkes by Messrs. Mason and Slidell,
against their arrest on board the British
On the 2d inst. a furious gale prevailed at
Hatteras Inlet, but the fortifications were un
injured by the tide. The troops were all in
good health. The schooner Alexander, Cap
tain Miles, laden with government stores,
dragged her anchor during the storm, and
was flying a flag of distress, having sprung
a leak. About three-fourths of her cargo
would be saved in a damaged condition. The
vessel is unfit for further use.
The Washington correspondent of the Chi
cago Times affirms that, since "the great re
view," numerous and serious skirmishes have
occurred all along the lines across the Poto
mac, and that all of them have resulted di
sastrously to the Federal troops. The writer
more than intimates that the facts have been
A spicy correspondence is going on be
tween Captain Griffin, of Griffin's battery,
and General Barry, in regard to the loss of
Eattle of Bull Run. The capture of
t's battery was the beginning of the di
on that day, and Captain Griffin has
always boldly proclaimed that the loss of his
guns was the result of an unmilitajy order
of Major Barry, who, as a reward for his
blunder, has since been made a Brigadier.
The New York canals may now be said to
be closed for the season. A large number of
loaded boats, as is usually the case, has fro
zen fast along the whole line of the Erie ea
! nal, and their freights must necessarily be
| transferred to the Central railroad in order
jto reach their destination. The closing is a
little earlier than the usual time.
j A series of resolutions were offered in the
Kentucky Legislature on Saturday, in which
was included a demand on the Federal au
thorities for a return to the State of ex Gov
ernor Morehead and other political prisoners,
and affirming that the President's message
foreshadows the impossibility of preserving
or reconstructing the Union.
Lieutenant Parnell, of the New York
Mounted Rifles, has been promoted to a cap
taincy in that regiment, for his conduct in
the late skirmish near Annandale, between
a squadron of the Confederate cavalry and
the pickets of General Blenker's division.
On Saturday, the Prussian Minister gave
a diplomatic dinner to the Orleans Princes.
The conduct of the President in modify
ing Mr. Cameron's report, and the great
confidence which is placed in Generals Mc-
Clellan, Buell and Halleck, is having in
fluence in calming the anxiety of the Union
men in Kentucky.
have been stolen. Some of the guilty par
ties have confessed, and arrests made.
It is stated in the Washington Star that
a wretch wearing the uniform of an officer
because some little children could not show
him the way to a house of ill-fame, drew
his sword upon him, and struck one of them
(a daughter of Mr. John B. Creighton ) over"
the eye with the edge of it. He made his
escape after this dastardly outrage.
A deputation of Creek, Cherokee, and
Seminole Indians is in Washington, »>olding
interviews with the Secretary of the Interior
who is explaining to them the affairs of the
country, and urging their allegiances.
Gen. Fremont has taken lodgings in Wash
The announcement, as officially made of
J* J. Astor, of N. V., the millionaire, as
volunteer aid de-camp to General McClel.
Occasional shells are thrown at vessels
fec owing up the Potomac, from the batteries
c Virginia shore—but most frequently
nail craft are allowed to proceed unmo
A colored man, servant of Rev. Mr. Beech
er, Chaplain of the Long Island regiment,
has been detected in Washington, in whole
sale stealing fiom the soldiers. They were
very much enraged, when they found out
how the rascal h id been cheating and plun
dering them. He is a -contraband" they
Some movements from Winchester to
wards Harper's Ferry, by Confederate cav
alry, have recently been reported.
A bill has been introduced in the Se ate
for the construction of a horse rail-road
through Washington and Georgetown, I
Lean? * fUII ° f mOW '" Ilichm ° nd M I
I There are h ports of com, laints i
| Oen. Magruder published in the Charleston
•Papers in letters from Richmond I
A party of Confederates on their way to
Texas, overland, were captured on the North
ern border of tbe State by Union troops. It
is supposed that one hundred an fifty others
intending to leave California by the same
route, will be taken. Showlter, the duellist,
Tbe effort to abolish the distinction be
tween regulars and volunteers in the Union
army, by merging the whole volunteer force
into the regular army, will meet determined
opposition, and will not probably succeed.
La Mountain is making experiments in
military aeronautics, near Alexandria Sem
inary, which promise to eclipse the feats of
his rival, Lowe. The latter, as is known,
keeps his balloon moored to terra firma by a
oord. Profossor La Lountain has an im
One of the leading men in the House says
a resolution will be introduced requesting
the President to order an advance.
One of the finest pearls in tbe world has
recently been found in the bay of Panama.
It is of a perfect pear shape and of the finest
Mr. Chase, tbe Secretary of the Treasury
has sent in his report. The New York Tri-
I bune says that Chase takes ground in favor
|of confiscating as a means of revenue; and
recommends an additional war tax on tea,
sugar, coffee, distilled liquors, stills, tobacco
j Ac. A tax upon bank notes, evidences of
debt and conveyances, is urged upon Ctn
gress. The Secretary estimates that the pub
lie debt will amount in 1863, to eight hun
dred millions of dollars.
He negotiated with the associated banks
to the eastward two loans of fifty millions
each, on the condition that they were to be
reimbursed, as far as practicable, from the
amounts to be subscribed by individuals to
the national loan, based on an issue for three
years of Treasury notes bearing an interest
for that period of 7.30 per cent., which bonds
were subsequently to be merged into stock
of the United States. A third loan was ne
gotiated for fifty millions with the same par
ties in November last, by agreeing to issue
to them fifty millions of dollars in six per
cent, bonds at a rate equivalent to par for the
bonds bearing seven per cent, interest. The
amount of demand notes put into circulation
up to the 30th of November last is stated to
be rather over twenty-one millions of dol-
S u 't. The aggregate realized from loans in
ious forms is said to be one hundred and
ety-seven millions two hundred and fifty
two thousand five hundred and eighty-ehrht
The receipts from customs for the past fis
cal year have dsappointed expectations. He
estimated the receipts at fifty-seven millions
jof dolla.-s-tbe returns show but thirty-two
milhons-but including the direct tax of
i twenty millions, and minor sources of reve
j nue, the aggregate revenue, it is supposed,
will amount to some fifty-four and a half
j millions of dollars. In view of the increas
|mg demands upon the Treasury, he urges
j retrenchment aud reform in every depart
ment of the government.
He suggests the propriety of depriving the
banks of the country of the authority to cir
culate notes of their own issue, and to sub
stitute in their stead notes issued by the gov
ernment. Two plans for accomplishing this
are suggested. Ist. By a gradual withdraw
al from circulation of the notes of corpora
tions, and of the issue in their stead of Uni
ted States notes payable in coin on demand.
<5d A National Banking Institutien which
shaH distribute the notes of the bank to lo*
cal banking institutions, to be secured by the
pledge of United States bonds. He favors
the adoption of the second plan.
An i ncreaße of the dire<jt tax to
millions for the loyal States is regarded as
absolutely necessary, as is also duties on
| stdls, distilled liquors, tobacco, bank notes,
i carriages, legacies, .paper evidences of debt
I and instruments for conveyance of property'
and other like subjects of taxation. The
proposed income tax, it is suggested, shall
| be abandoned.
R. M. T. Hunter, Jr., B(jn of Secretary
Hunter, d.ed at his father's residence, in Es*
sex co., Va., on the 28th ult.
Dr. Griswold.of the Thirty-eighth New
York Regunent, one of the prisoners sent
to Charleston from Richmond, died in that
city on the 30th ult.
I The rumored appointment of Col. Heath i
Ito supercede General Price, in the depart
ment of Missouri, has created great dis
satisfaction, and especially among tho Mi.,
Twelve hundred Creek warriors have re
belled, and called for from the '
Federal government. Tbey are watched by
one regiment of Texans and one of ihe Cher
There has been introduced in secret see.
sion of Congress a bill to put down the slave
trade and prohibit the importation of ne
"secret organisation," tbe nature of
i is not stated, has been detected, in
ounties in Arkansas.
. Singletary, who has lately been court
aled, has been suspended from eom
for two months and repremand. He
esigned. He was tried for insubordi
brigade review, on Saturday, of a mass
le on Hall's Hill, the band struck up
lohn Brown," and the whole brigade
joined in the chorus, making the echo ring
out for miles around.
During the coming few weeks the navy
will require a large number of vessels now
The Washington Star states that an inves
tigation into the Commissary Department
in Washington, has developed a regular
conspiracy among certain military men,
teamsters, purchasers, &c, for the purpose
Jof stealing from and defrauding the govern
ment a large amount.
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♦ j W ? OD can be had on application at
aasaf A, "" dri *' ____§£»£
SCHOOL FOB BOTB.
T H o?^!.'k LI . PPIT T, at the solicitation
SOHoor f S" ° f ° itilen8 ' pr °P° Beß *«> open a
will Wf X° k Btor * °, f Jameß Bntwisle k Son's
will justify the undertaking. nov 30—lw
JOHN H. DEVAUGHAS'S
Wo. 111, King Street,
_ no v ins? the ***""* hocse -
JULIUS DIKELT, DENTIBT,
Office. No. 17 Washington street, above King
no V v H 22-tS* CAN BK F ° UND ATALL **-»
O BILL HEADS, CIRCULARS. Ac ka
neatly and expeditiously printed, on he lowSt
terms, at the Alexandria Gazette Office near the
corner of Prince and Fairfax streets
™R COOZ * C0 > W *»8 at, Alexandria
X lttent° Med a i n r UP^ 0f cKffifc
* ■ ■* 'nent Medicines. Sni(><>« iwi... n . _ m
article usually found in . woll re«„la te 3 BruJ
. oct 11—tf
400 Sfii L °, NS °, f P above ' whic h « univer-
WrY o y to anv a „ C fb noWledged *be e «* aal > -ot ."
dMS y ther ' received »nd for sale at a re
duced price. h__ nry COOK • »
___Barepta Hall, King street.
OIL! OIL!! 01L77.
T A?? ol^^ achine 0iI ' Unseed, both raw and
Triirl b aLft Ethere . a i? U ' P ure Neat«footCoaT Si.
™v»^ received » nd for sale by
A CO., Sarepta Hall.
JJ eeived, and for sale by ' J n
_i ec _i____________JOHN T. COOKE.
-^!L?l_______________JOH£T : _COOKK
KJ just received, and for sale by '
nov 27 JOHN T - COOKE,
Old Post Office Corner.
s.leby ' JU T B nuv e r d^ and f °r
01d p o»t Office Corner.
HENRY ~ "
BOOT AND SHOE MANUFACTURER
TT EF?s' 7 * 1"!? " treet ' Ale «»dria,
the shortest notice, and "
liafTu??o°;!l].^ W ' nt l f * g °° d his
___^ = w _i___! 0 r a call. oct 7
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DRYAIf 4 ADAMS, Agents,
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JIWELBT, j*. - —
W. W. ADAln\ "
DEALER IN WATCHES, JEWELRY, AND
All kinds of WATCHES and OLOfIK-a
paired. a PAULAS le-