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A dispatch from St. Louis, dated 9th inst.,
says the report sent last night that tbe Con
federates captured ten mule teams and took
the teamsters prisoners, was a mistake.—
Tbe men and teams arrived there, having
been released after all the arms belonging
to the party were taken from them.
Col. Hudson, of Major General McClcllan's
staff, has reported, as the result of his late
inspection of the Fourth Connecticut Vol
unteers, Col. Tyler, that they more nearly
approach tbe condition of remarkably efficient
regulars than any other regiment he has so
far bad occasion to inspect.
Two residents of Newark, N. J., within
the past few weeks have perpetrated one
grand swindle. It appears that they visited
the bakers of Newark, and the surrounding
towns, and procured large orders from them
for flour at depreciated prices. They then,
by false representations, fraudulent letters,
and the exhibition of their large orders, pre
vailed upon Messrs. Smith, Woodbury &
Co., Jesse Hoyt & Co., and other firms of tbe
New York Corn Exchange, to eeY them
flour to the amount of nearly $30,000, at
thirty days. The flour was shipped to New
York, and it is presumed was disposed of to
various parties, tbe swindlers receiving cash,
with which, instead of paying the New
York firms, they left for some unknown lo
Gerritt Smith, Beecber, and the other ul
tra Republicans at the North, discourse
against the President's Message, in relation
Four European steamers are now about
due—and the news from England is anxious
ly looked for.
Besides the great amount of freight, in
the shape of military stores, &c, sent down
to Fortress Monroe, by the steamers from
Baltimore, every boat now carries from thir
ty to forty thousand feet of lumber, design
ed for building barracks, store-rooms, sta
bling for horses, &c.
The reported evacuation by the Federal
iorcescf Tybee Island, (Ga.,) announced by
the Savannah and Richmond papers, was
disbelieved at first —and partially denied at
Washington—hut a correspondent of the
Philadelphia North Americtn writes, under
date of Saturday, that "the reported evacu
ation is confirmed by intelligence whic
reached here to-day." nL
In some of theftowns in Massachusetts th
results of the municipal elections have been
adverse to the ultra Republicans.
Judge Collamer, of Vt., advises an early
adjournment. He says:—"Woris not a busi
ness Congress cat) engineer. It is properly ex
ecutive business, and the moment Congress
passes beyond the line of providing for the
wants of the Government, and deciding the
purposes of the war, to say how it shall be
conducted, the whole thing will prove a fail
Senator Wilson, of Massachusetts, visited
the jail iv Alexandria, last week, to inquire
as to the "contrabands," &c.
The St. Louis correspondent of the New
York World severely condemns that portion
or Gen. Halle :k's proclamation, in which he
renews his threat nf shooting all persons
found in arms against the government in
Western Missouri, The correspondent Bays
••Its consequences, if enforced, must renu!
in a strife so sanguinary and cruel ;*_ to lost
the name of war. It is not to be sunpoeoc
for a moment, that ths Confederates will sub
in it to such treatment without a dreadful
and wicked retaliation; and if we are not
strong enough to put them down without
such resentment, we are still weaker with
Wm. Johnson, brother of ex-Governor
Johnson, of Pennsylvania, had bis pooke
picked io Washington at the railroad station :
of two government drafts, one for $5,000
and the other for £1,800, a cheek on a bank
m Pittsburg f r £3,500, and $800 in cash.
The Nashville papers contain a letter from !
George N. Saunders to Kossuth, extolling]
the secession movements, M.d hoping that
the European lovers of freedom will extend
their sympathies to the South.
The report of Secretary Chase is very gen
orally spoken of as able, but some of Lis re
oommendations, especially in regard to the
currency, are not endorsed ly the Northern
press as a general thing.
The weather at the West, it appears, iuj
too warm for pork packing.
A rumor was in circulation r lat a mem-j
her of Qen. Bank's .staff suddenly decamped j
lately, taking with him some papers of great i
w.!ue to tbe DS , a : ;d -till greater 11 the Con-
federates. It is surmised that he has left for
tbe South. Persons have been sent in pnr-
Buit of him.
The government has found that a serious
defect exists in the engines of the frigate
Pensacola; so much so, that they will proba
bly have to be entirely replaced. This, oi
course, will be a very costly operation, and
will detain the vessel some time.
The Richmond Enquirer, of Deo. 2nd, has
an article upon a winter campaign, stating
it to be one of the greatest delusions to sup
. pose that it is possible at the South, on ac
( counts of the condition of the roads.
Notwithstanding the fact that the cam
paign is over in Western Virginia, and that
the larger portion of the troops have been
I withdrawn, strong positions in that moun
tainous region are still occupied by detach
ments from the main bodies of both bellig
erents. 1 ;.
The Confederate forces are, it is said, en
gaged io rebuilding portions of tbe line of
tbe Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, west of
Col. Kerrigan's trial is going on in Wash
ington. Heavy charges are against him.
Radski, the murderer of Fellner, has es
caped so far from his pursuers.
A little boy, son of Mr. Omohundro, of
Richmond, died in Philadelphia a few days
ago. He had been sent there to school, be
fore the present war commenced, and since
then could have no communication with his
friends at home.
A little incident occurred in the Senate,
on Thursday last, which is worthy of note.
Mr. Grimes, in reviewing the finding of the
court of inquiry in the case of Col. Miles,
intimated that he could put no trust in any
public man addicted to intemperance. This
sentiment called down such a round of ap
plause from the galleries that the Vice
President had promptly to rebuke it.
It is said that the Republicans in the Se
nate are talking of expelli. g Senator Bright,
Ileavy firing was heard, yesferdav after
noon, in a southwest-ward ly direction from
A. number of persons recently confined as
prisoners of war in Washington, have heen
released, on agreeing not to serve iv arms
against the United States.
In the House of Representative*, yesto
day, Mr. 11 Conkling, from the Committee
on the District of Columbia, reported s; reso
lution requesting of the Attorney General
his opinion with regard lo the proper mea
sures to be instituted for the ivtroce-soun of
that portion of the District now iv Virginia}
Brig. Gen. Philip St. George Cooke, U. S.
A., has heen appointed to the cnimaud of
all the regular cavalry in the army of lhe
Potomac. Brig. Gen. of Volunteers Stone
man, continues the chief of the bureau of
the cavalry of the army, and also has spe"
cial command of its volunteer cavalry.
In Washington, on Monday night, a man
was killed in a house of ill-fame by a team
ster named Contner. In the same city, a
woman was found dead in a shanty—supp<
sed to have been killed by her husband.
A telegram dated Suvnnnah, December 7, i
says that Gen. Butler's expedition had arriv
ed ou that day.
Dr. Johnson Clnrk, Surgeon of the Union ,
Coast Guard, has died at Old Point of ty-!
Eight ascensions have been made io Prof. '
Lowe's balloon, near Budd's Perry, aud op- ,
p. site the Confederate batteries. A topo
graphical engineer is engaged in making a'•
tine jnap of tlieir fortifications, showing
very point in detail. Another balloon was
ilaeed on board a canal boat, and despatch
ed to the Upper Potomac, where balloon re
oonooissanoes will be made about Leesborg,
and that vicinity.
Mr. Crittenden was serenaded at Wash
ugton on Saturday night. He spoke in fa
vor of an onward movement to Tennessee,
share, he predicted, the Federal armies
would be within ten days He pledged
Kentucky as unalterably for ihc'Uuion and
ts maintainance at aoj cost.
A few days since a messenger from Gov. !
leed, of North Carolina, came under a flag '
if truce to Gen. Hooker's Division, and was
b.mce forwarded to Washington. Ilia mis- I
ion was to procure the children of Senator
)oUglas, to be sent South, to prevent the i
onfiscation of their estate in Mississippi, '
Mrs. DuOglttt, who has the guardianship of
the .-oris of ihe deceased Senator, refused to "
isten to the proposition, contending that the i
b'lldren belonged to Illinois. •
Mr. Gurley's bill, to be proposed in Con-'
gress, declares all Confederate property con
fiscated, and all slaves belonging to Confede
rates free, and provides for the appointment
of Commissioners to carry out the confisca
tion of property and the liberation of slaves
in a systematic manner, and to take charge
of such slaves and employ them in the ser
vice of the United States at reasonable
wages, and in transporting to Florida such
as may not be needed for the public service,
and to apprentice them there for not more
than six years at reasonable wages to loyal
proprietors of lands; after which term of
six years they shall be entirely free. Flori
da to be occupied by the U. S. forces as far
as is practicable, and the estates of Confede
rates are to be sold by Commissioners to
loyal purchasers, and the slaves of loyal citi
zens purchased and paid for out of the con
fiscation fund. It is to be governed by mil
itary law, and as a Territory, until it shall
have sufficient loyal white inhabitants to en
title it to a representative in Congress, when
it may form a State Government and a Con
stitution exoluding slavery.
The steamers Murray and Satellite arri
ved at the Navy Yard in Washington on
Sunday. Four shells were fired from the
Confederate batteries at the Satellite as she
j came up, none of which struck her, all go
| ing too high, though good line-shots.
During the march of a portion of Gen.
Bank's division to Frederick in Maryland,
the indiscriminate use of bad whiskey, pro
cured geuerally from country groggeries,
caused great annoyance along the route,
and in some instances was near producing
serious results. On the third night after
leaving Darnestown, the 29th Pennsylvania
bivouacked on the Monocacy below the junc
tion. Permission was granted the soldiers
to procure supper at the farm bouses. One
of tbe privates, named Lynch, in a state 01
partial intoxication, offered an insult to the
lady, when he was seized by Major Scott,
but before assistance could be called Lynch
made a furious a&sault upon the Major with
a large knife. This tbe latter wrested from
him, but quick as thought drew a second
and smaller knife, and would have killed his
officer had not Lieut. Col. Par ham arrived iv
time to averc tne blow and seoure the wea
pon. The culprit is now in confinement
Some time since there appeared in the
New York Tribune, resolutions purporting
to oe passed by a convention of Unionists at
Hatteras Inlet, N. C, which convention, it
was intimated, largely represented the feel
|;s of the population in that State, it being
ended by delegates from forty-five coun
s. The New York Sun (a Union paper)
yesterday, however, pronounces the whole
iir to be complete and unmitigated bogus
horn bejriuumg to end, and not worth the
On Tuesday, in Baltimore, private Koons,
of Company I, 2d Maryland Regiment, fired
at and k.lled instantly Lieut. David E. Whit
sou, of the isauie company. Just a week
ago, Lieut. Wlnisou killed a private ot the
i.t is uuderptojd that underwriters of Boa
have decided io oiiaigo exu-u premium
vessels leaving that poll, lor Europe, and
those already in Europe bound home,
mice the great increase or travel on the
branch of the Baltimore and
Ohio Railroad, a large number of pickpopk
ets have made their appearance, and daiiy
cc the unwary, who may uaanoc to ooine
bin their reach.
portion of the session yesterday, in
h branches of Congress, was devoted to
ices of tho death of the lale Senator from
.diigan, Mr. Bingham,
.'he Collector of Philadelphia, a few days
, seized the schooner Eiia, five-eighths of
ich is owned by William 11. Fowle, a
dent of Alexandria, Va., who is alleged
to be in tbe Confederate army. The same
vessel •soaped the vigilance of the custom
house officials in New York and Boston, in
both of which ports she has recently been.
In the Washington Board of Aldermen, a
communication was received from Odea
Bowie, esq., President of the Baltimore and
Potomac Railroad Company, stating that
that company h.-.d a charter to build a rail
road from Washington to Baltimore, and
would have no epilation tax tv pay tbe
State of Maryland.
Tho Episcopal Convention of Alabama
has. by a unanimous vote, elected the Rev
Richard Wilmer, D. D., Bishop of that Dio
cese. A worthy successor to the late Bishop
I V. Fowler, ones Postmaster of New
York, is carrying on a tobacco manufactory
in Tepee, Mexico, und is said to be making
The London Star, in the course of some
• very indignant comments upon the subjeot
- of tbe capture of the Harvey Birch by the
t Confederate steamer Nashville, makes the
- following observations: " Nothing can be
i more barbarous than the distinction recog
i nized by tbe usage of war between private
• property on land and on water. Except in
i the actual presence of the enemy, or in the
1 case of a town taken by storm, the houses
, and goods of non-combatants are respected.
i It is justly deemed an act of wanton cruelty
1 to break into a dwelling, or to fire a hayrick,
f except for purposes of military strategy.—
- No doubt such acts are common and almost
r inevitable incidents of a campaign. They
• were committed by our own troops in the
) Crimea, in India and in China. If the spoils
- of houses, museums, and even temples could
- be traced to their destination, we fear a good
- many English families would have cause to
I be ashamed. But the license of war is one
' thing—the laws of war another. Comman
ders invariably rebuke these outrages, if
• tbey do not punish them ; and the ultimate
possessors of the plunder excuse themselves
' for its possession by stories of purchase or
discovery. It would at any rate be deemed
• a monstrous atrocity fur a civilized govern-
I I ment to • take, burn or destroy,' every build
ing in their line of march or throughout a
| given territory. Yet this is the very letter
jof instructions given to naval officers. They
are bidden to seize or sink every vessel car
rying the enemy's flag, no matter what her
size, character or occupation."
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