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title: 'The Local news. (Alexandria, Va.) 1861-1862, December 14, 1861, Page 1, Image 1',
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The City Market.—The show of busi- I
ness made at the City Market was the smal- [
lest we have seen on a clear Saturday morn
ing for a long time. Both demand and J
supply fell off from last week, and prices
ranged about as usual. Meats and poultry
unchanged; Irish Potatoes 32@36c. $ peck. |
They were sold on the streets from country j
carts at 85c. $ bushel; Sweet Potatoes 50c.
$ peck; Apples 50@60c. $ peck; Cabbage
2@loo. head; Turnips 18@20c. $ peck;
Parsnips 25c. $ peck; Butter 20(«)28c. f
pound; Eggs 25c. dozen, and other articles
Prices of all kinds of provisions brought
to market for sale, such as poultry, vegeta
bles, Ac, &c, are much lower in Washing
ton and Baltimore than they are iv the Al
exandria market. Oysters, and wild fowl
are, also, cheaper, in Washington and Balti
more than they are here.
The Fuel Market.—The supply of Fuel
has, during the past week, slowly increased,
while the demand has somewhat lessened'
Prices, however, yet maintain high rates.
A few vessels from the lower P- tomac re
gion, some country carts from the immediate
vicinity, and the Alexandria, Loudoun and
Hampshire Railroad are now the sources of
supply. We quote :—
Coal— Anthracite— none for sale. Cum.
berland, Lump $7.00; Run of Mine $G.GO.
No fine in market.
Wood— Pine— Two cargoes came up via |
the Potomac, one of which was bought by
tbe U. S. Bake House at $o—retail price of
small lots now in market $6 50. Oak, sea
soned $6.75 delivered, unseasoned $5 50.
Runaway and Serious Accident.—To
day, about noon, a serious accident occurred
on South Fairfax street, between Wolfe and
Wilkes. A horse attached to a Spring Wa
gin, which was standing near the Tunnel,
took fright at the whistle of a passing loco
motive, and started at full speed up Fairfax
street. A little girl of some six years uf
age—daughcer of Juhn Boyer-was'crossing
the street at the time, and was knocked
down by the horse, which with the vehicle
passed over her. She was considerable in
jured, but proper assistance havirjg been
given, she is now improving.
The Poor House.—Mr. Robert Hodgkins,
the newly eleoted Keeper of the P,>or and
Work House, has entered upon the discharge
of bis duties.
The number of residents now in the es
tablishment is about fifty. The Work House
Ihas but a single occupant.
The Mayok's Office.—The business at
the Mayor's Office, this morning, consisted
of a few unimportant police oases, and ap
plications for licenses.
Detained.—A small schooner, which has
been trading from this place and Washington
to the Maryland shore, for some time, was
overhauled yesterday by the U. S brig Per
ry, lying off this port, and has been detained
since. A guard was placed on the schooner.
The Weather.—The weather all this
week has been uncommonly fine, for the sea
son of the year.
Funeral.—A military funeral passed
down KiDg street about noon, to-day. These
processions have, of late, became so com
mon that they have ceased to attract much
attention ou the thoroughfares.
River steamer Cham
berlin, from Philadelphia, and several small
vessels passed up the river this morning,
from below. The steamers Diamond State
Philadelphia, City of Richmond and others
came down this morning with bread for th
An Error.—ln the notice of the Justices
of the Peace, whose commissions have ar
rived from Wheeling, which appeared yes
terday, the name of Thomas Nichols was
substituted by mistake for that of Robert
Crupper— Mr. Nichols was first named, but
a subsequent change in the ticket elected
Thanks.—We have received from George
E. French, "Maum Guinea"—a double num
ber of the Dime Nuvels.
Gen. Harvey Brown, commanding at Fort
Pickens, states, in an official letter, that af
ter the recent bombardment was over, one of
the shells thrown by the Confederates was
picked up and laid aside, and that, contrary
to express orders, one of his men, whilst sur
rounded by a crowd, knocked one of these |
shells against another, when an explosion
occurred, which instantly killed five of the
Federal soldiers and wounded seven others.
The Charleston Courier of the 9th says
that a detachment of Confederate tro ps on
Saturday last visited Beaufort, where utter
silence reigned, and proceeded to destroy all
the adjacent crops, to prevent their falling
into the hands of the Federal troops. Seven |
hundred hales of cotton and a quantity of
corn were turned on one plantation, and in
all seventeen crops—4,ooo bales—were de
The Charleston Courier of the 10th says
that the Federal fleet seized a schooner on
Saturday, and that a steamer was seen pass.
ing on Monday with a floating battery or
dock in tow. A body of Federal troops were
seen near Port Royal on Sunday.
By a private dispatch, says the Richmond
Examiner uf the Gth, from a perfectly relia
ble source, and received in an official quar
ter, we have information that the Federal
flotilla, which lor some days past has been
concentrating at Old Point Comfort, has
passed up the Potomac, its destination, doubt
less, being the batteries atEvansport. There
is reason to believe that this demonstration j
!on the river may be intended to be con tern*,
porary with an attack upon the Confederate
lines at Centreville, which, for the past two j
weeks, has beeu almost daily anticipated.
According lo tbe Richmond Examiuer of j
Tuesday last, the Confederate forces on the j
line of the Potomac were held in readiness
on the previous Saturday and Sunday, for a
decisive movement. Battle is said to have
been oS'ered by Gen. Beauregard, but was de
clined by Gen. McClellan.
According to the Columbus (Ky.) Confed
erate Newt, the reported battle at Morris
town, in which the Unionists under Brown
low were said to have achieved a victory,
(turns out to have been wholly false,
n. Zollicoffer, in Kentucky, Is again re
d to be retreating, thus defeating the
of the commanders of tbe Federal for
rho were endeavoring to cut off hia coni
zation by getting in his rear.
) letters from Pensacola to navy officers
that the ordnance of the Confederaes I
ich superior to that of the Federal \
The fleet of old stone-laden vessels, which i
have been fitting out at Boston for the clos
ing up of Charleston harbor, left that city
Gen. Prentiss' command was to move from
Platte city to Richfield on the llth instant.
| A Confederate camp, numbering 3,000 men,
is reported near Albany. The report that
Gen. Prentiss had bagged 500 Confederates
is not true.
Rumors are rife to-day of an expected en
gagement on the Peninsula. Magruder evi
dently expects the attack to commence on j
"Christmas is coming," and almost here
' hut it will not be the "Christmas" here,
j which has been kept from the earliest recol
lection of the oldest inhabitant. The times
are not such as would induce the old time
The report of the stoppage on the high
seas, somewhere off Bermuda, of the British
gun boat Landrail, by a U. S. corvette, has
been received in Halifax, through a letter
from Bermuda. The report excites much
comment—but it is not known to be true.
The Scientific American says it antici
pates for petroleum a more rapid extension
to a great variety of applications than mark- j
ed even the introduction of India rubber.
The Mexican cotton manufacturers are i
ige'ting their cotton from Texas at the low I
rate of nine cents per pound.
J A man was hung at Knoxville, Tennessee,
lon the llth, for bridge burning.
The English papers are full of comments
on the capture of Mason and Slidell. It is
evident that there was much excitement at
the reception of the news, as was shown by
the public meeting instantly held in Liver,
pool on the subject. The Times is cautious,
but it says the federal government must not
provoke war, and it says to Mr. Seward, that
whatever may be the issue, whether the act
be declared legal or illegal, " the voices of
the Southern Commissioners sounding from
their captivity are a thousand times more el
oquent in London aud in Puns, than they
would have been heard at St, James'and the
Tuilleries." The Loudon Chr< nide and the
London News are very loud in their condem
nation, and call for reparation or action. So
are other British journals. The Loudon Star,
the organ of Cobden, &c, takes grouud, and
it says the law officers of the Crown also do,
in favor of the right assumed by the federal
government, and '"advises that no irritation
be shown at such annoyances as must inevi
tably arise in the course of such a struggle."
The London Chronicle of the 28th ult.,has
I following: "The following important
ment is said to have been made on the
rity of the Confederate Commissioners,
are at present in this country j—The law
rs of the Crown have given their opin
lat the Nashville, 'being a regular com
oned ship-of-war,' of the Confederate
s, is entitled 'to repair and refit' in
ih ports, Mr. Adams, the Minister of
ederal Government, has been warned
>rd Russell that the stopping and over
hauling of any royal mail steam packet by a
Federal ship-of-war will be considered as an
insult to the British flag, and, should blood
shed ensue, as a casus belli."
The Havre journals state that Gen. Scott,
who arrived at that port in the Arago steam
er, was, ou landing, honored with quite an
ovation by officers of the American merchant
men lying in that port. On leaving the ves
sel, the general had to pass under an immense
American flag held by several officers, and
was cheered by an enthusiastic crowd of his
countrymen all the way to tne hotel, which
was profusely decorated with American and
French flags, as were also the American ves
sels iv the docks. Gen. Scott is now in Paris.
The London Star of November 20th says :
"A numerous party of Unionists met on
Monday in St. James' street, London, to cel
ebrate by a dinner the victory of Port Royal.
E he company heartily approved that Gen.
cott should be entertained at a banquet in
In the midst of the excitement created by
ie Mason-Slidell affair, attention in London
was drawn to the fact that agents of the Fed
eral Government had recently purchased, at
extraordinary prices, all the saltpetre in the
market and to arrive in port, to the extent of
three thousand tons. Such a sudden and
imprudent moke of buying, "seemed to de
note," it was alleged, " an intention of offer
ing an outrage to England, such as might
render it difficult to obtain supplies hereaf
ter. It was assumed that, under the circum
stances, the British government would sum
marily prohibit the clearance of such "con
traband of war."
Letters from Port Royal, published in the
Northern papers, say that the Confederates
approach by night the vicinity of Hilton
Head and carry off property and "contra
bands," that were supposed to have been
brought under Federal jurisdiction. Ou the
other Islands and on the main, they are
setting fire to all the cotton they cannot take
I away, and sometimes include in the confla
gration their dwellings and storehouses.
Some of the regiments of the U. S. troops,
I encamped a little north of Washington, is
going into winter quarters.
Capt. Thos. Kerrigan, of the 25th Reg.
N. Y. V., who was wounded on the night of
the 15th of Sept., while on picket duty at
Ball's Cross Roads, Va., died on Thursday.
Capt. Kerrigan is a brother of Col. Kerri
| Bumside's expedition was expected to sail
from New York to Annapolis to-day. Forty- !
five vessels, it is said, are employed in this
w. li. Johnson, a private in the Lincoln
Cavalry, arrested as a deserter, was publicly
executed on Thursday. The execution took
place in the presence of Gen. Franklin's
Division. Eight soldiers at first fired, and
then four more, before life was extinct in the
person doomed to death.
The sutlers are holding meetings and com
bining, to prevent the passage of the bill for
abolishing sutlers in the U. S.'Army.
The court-martial for the trial of Col. Ker
rigan. U. S. A., has adjourned to Monday.
Efforts are being made for the appoint
ment of T. F. Meagher as Brigadier-General
in the U. S. A.
The water will in a f ew days be let out of
[the canal at the Georgetown aqueduct,
which is to be planked and used as a car
riage way. This will increase the facilities
for communication with the Virginia shore.
The railway carriages in France are now
warmed very comfortably by means of the
exhausted steam from the engines.
It is stated that Gen. Sickles has asked
that his brigade be made independent of
Gen. Hooker's division.
■ Mr. Johnson, the provisional Governor of
Kentucky, in a message to the Confederate
Legislature, says he will gladly resign his
position -, hen Magoffin shall escape from his
virtual imprisonment at Frankfort.
A letter in the Philadelphia Gazette says
that a Federal fleet with 25,000 men reached
Hilton Head on the 4th, to operate against
Charleston aud Savannah.
The war feeling in Canada seems to be
getting up, more and more.
Gov. Brown, of Georgia, in his message
to the Legislature of that State, says that
State will now sooner perish than yield, in
the struggle commenced.
One day last month, a building of seven
stories, in High street, Edinburg, suddenly
fell, buryiug nearly the whole of the inmates
in the ruius. The house was several centu
ries old; the whole gave way at once, collap
sing inwards; twenty-two bodies have been
taken out dead, and twelve injured.
TheN. Y. Journal of Commerce condemns*
the course of the ultras in the U. S. Congress
and says there be Union meetings in New
York to sustaiu President Lincoln and to
A man by the name of Morgan has been
captured by Gen. Heintzleman's brigade.—
He had a heavy amount of Georgia and
South Carolina money in hie possession.—
He said he was broker.
On Friday night last, Mr. Madegan, re
aiding in Euclid, Ohio, awoke with a sense of
suffocation, and discovered that during his
sleep he had swallowed a partial set of teeth,
with the gold plate to which they were at
A St. Petersburg telegram of the 18th an
nounces severe frost. The ice was fixed be
yond Cronstradt. Snow fell in large quan
tities for two hours on the 16th in Paris.
The chairmen of the various business com
mittees of the U. S. House of Representa
ttves, met together at the residence of
Speaker Grow, to consult relative to the
progress of the business of the House. Full
debate on leading questions is to be allowed
during the present session, and an adjourn
ment during the holidays was agreed upon.
Col. Mulligan has been reinstated in the
command of his regiment.
In this city, on the night of the sth i ßst fin
youngest son of Elizabeth and the late £-
lei Monroe, in the 36th veumf ki Dan "
long and protracted .u£ri ßg "°h." LlfkoT*
that knows no waking" Asa devoid ° S e ep
fectionate brother, a kind „ i3BSlft_S/
hvnnemory will be long cherished! S m * St "'
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