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Meeting of the Union Association. —
The usual weekly meeting of the Union As
sociation took place at Lyceum Hall last
night, S. Shinn, President, in the chair, and
0. C. Whittlesey, Secretary,., a*-■
The band ef the Eightyti&hth Pennsyl
vania regiment opened the meeting with mu
sic, and, after the usual preliminary proceed
ings, twehty personsjoined the Association,
the usual oath being administered by Lieut.
The President announced that unavoida
ble circumstances, would prevent either Mr.
Segar or Mr. Carlisle fr6m attending. He
hoped, however, some ef the gentlemen pre
sent would entertain tbe assembly.
The President then read a communication
from General McLane, requesting that tbe
American flag be displayed over the Lyceum
building, and kept flying as much as possi
ble. What action would the Association
take upon the matter ? '
R. H. Wade moved that a committee be
appointed to wait on Capt. Ferguson, and
request bim to furnish assistance in raising
a flag-staff upon the Lyceum. The motion
was adopted, and Mr. Wade named as tbe
The President then read an anonymous
letter, received through the post office. The
writer desired to know, if the Union men
hoisted their flags, if tbe secessionists would
not be allowed to display theirs when the
British fleet came up the river, and hoped
that, as Judge Freese bad given instruction
as to the method of tossing heads, the Asso
ciation would give instruction in tho matter
of flags. Tbe President stated that, as this
was his only method of answering the wri
ter, he would say he would be very glad if
every one would hoist their flag.
The band again discoursed excellent mu
There were loud calls for "Massey/'
W. D. Massey took tbe stand, and was
loudly applauded. Mr. M., prefaoing his
.remarks with a declaration that be could only
offer to the meeting such thoughts as the oc
casion suggested, proceeded with an address
supporting the position occupied by the Union
men in Virginia. He regretted that the se
cessionists did not attend these' meetings—
did not, indeed, with some honorable excep
tions, permit Union men to talk with them.
He had met some of these gentlemen, who,
a year ago, were loud in declaring for the
Union, the Constitution and the enforcement
of the laws—who were in the habit of abu
sing a certain party as the source of all the
evils which beset tbe country, one of whom
declared that South Carolina ought to be i
whipped, and he had wondered how they
could now so stultify themselves as to be
come secessionists. He avowed that he loved
Virginia as well as any one of her sons, but
that he loved his country better. [Applause.]
No man who knew him would accuse him
of pandering to the prejudices, or arousing
the passions, of any class of the community,
but there was a report now before the so
called Legislature of Virginia, submitted by
Mr. A. H. H. Stuart, in whioh it was propos
ed to substitute a " property qualification "
for " universal suffrage." Tbe people were
to be deprived of their share in the govern
ment—they were, however, to be still allow
ed to do the fighting—tbe F. F. V.'s still
wanted the mudsills for that. He warned
them that the Southern Confederacy would
be an end to their liberties. He dwelt at
some length upon the movements of the U.
S. army, and declared that the flag waved
upon some portion of every one of the orig
inal States of the Union save two. He ad
verted to the rumors of a war with England,
and declared that he would rather fight th%n
surrender Mason and Slidell. The United
States could conquer the Confederates, and
whip England beside. [Applause] He con
tinued at some length, advocating the cause
of the Union.
Calls for " Hallowell"- succeeded, and C.
S. Hallowell addressed tbe meeting.
Mr. H. said that he had been led, during
the day, to a course of reflection upon this
hall—:he reason of its dismantlement. He
had thought of the memorable 24th of April,
when he closed forever the fine establish
ment he had formerly conducted in that
building, and parted with those noble youths
.—most of whom were now on the other side
of the line. This, together with the disposal
to-day of some of his Southern stocks at a
ruinous rate of depreciation, had led him to
a sad train of cogitation. But he bad heard,
in the midst of it, that Qeorge Mason, of
Hollin Hall, had made application to the
colonel of the regiment which was stationed
on his (Mason's) land, for the privilege o f
selling pies to the soldiers. [Applause.] He
did not exult in the misfortunes of any man
but he must confess thnt it gave him conso
lation when he saw that the misfortunes
which fell upon Union men, were shared by
those Who were instrumental in bringing this
state of things npon the country.
W. W. White said that, as the meeting
hid been entertained by the army and by
civilians, he hoped* that the naty would let
the meeting hear from them.
The President said the officers of the brig
Perry, now upon the stand, had not come
prepared to address the meeting.
i After music by the band, and calls for
" Snyder" and " Davis," Mr. Davis, of New
York, then addressed the meeting, avowing
an ardent attachment to the Union, and de
nouncing the secessionists.
On motion, " tbe thanks of the meeting
were then returned to the officers of the U.
S. brig Perry, for capturing tbe secession
Tbe captain of the brig Perry thanked the
meeting for the compliment, saying he had
done only what was his duty, and that be
would continue to do it. [Applause.]
The band then entertained the assembly
In response to calls, Mr. Snyder appeared
and sang a Union song, which was loudly
The Association then adjourned.
t GENERAL ftEWS.
Washington Star says that 1 General
, who lately issued the proclamation,
has been already superseded, and some one
sent in his place, "tocounteract the mischief
be has occasioned." The Star seems to think
Phelps is half crazy.
The sound of the firing of cannon, from the
Confederate lines, was heard in Washington
Mr. Chase, the U. S. Secretary of the Treas
ury, has gone to New York to consult with
tbe bankers there in relation to financial
The Senate Military Committee report
against the bill abolishing the distinction
befween regulars and volunteers, introduced
by Senator Wilkinson. The Committee
think that the effect of the bill will be to es |
tablish a regular army of 600,000 men.
Mr. Granger, of Michigan, introduced a
bill in the House requiring that all princi
pals, agents or attorneys, in cases brought
before any Department, or any Federal
Court, shall take the oath of allegiance be
fore being heard, and also that the oath
shall be administered to all jurors in tbe
, Federal Courts and all contractors with tbe
< Government. Tbe same trentleman intro
duced a bill appropriating $100,000 for the
relief of Union prisoners in the South.
Mr, Charles Dickens, jr., was married in
i London on the 19th nit., to a daughter of Mr.
Evans, one of the publishers of Punch.
Gen. Humphrey Marshall has some four
or five thousand men under bis command,
and swears he is going to dine in Lexing
ton, Ky., on Christmas day.
The Committee on the Judiciary in the U.
S. Congress have reported in favor of the
right of Mr. Frederick Stanton to the seat
now occupied by Mr. Lane, of Kansas.
The Cincinnati Enquirer of Saturday saysr
"The receipts of bogs to-day were 7300
head. The demand was aotive and prices
very firm at the outside rates obtained yes
terday. The market closed firm and in fa
vor of sellers. The range of prices are $3.30
The Washington correspondent of the
Philadelphia Inquirer says: '•The last!
steamer from Europe brought a large num
ber of letters, papers and packages, directed
to people in the North, from their friends
and correspondents in tbe various Southern
States. How they reached England I bave
no means of knowing, but very likely by tbe
Confederates' much-talked of Mexican route,
or else they may have been placed on board
of some of the Southern vessels that run the
The mass of the Irish population in New
York, is said to be very anxious for a war
If the accounts by the Europa be true,
that Great Britain has stopped tbe exporta
tion of saltpetre to this country, tbe for
warding of the purchases recently made by
this Government of all the saltpetre in Eng
land will be stopped at once. The plan for
effecting this purchase was devised so quiet
ly that nearly the whole stock was bought
before any one was apprised of the unusual
Three slaves, returned to their masters,
in Montgomery county, Md., last week, af
ter having been in the "camps" for three
The imports of foreign goods at New York
for the month of November amounted in
value to $9,639,012, agains«|||l,42l,ls6
during tbe same mouth of last year. Of the
exports the Journal of Commerce says :—
"The exports of produce in November have
been absolutely enormous, tbe total being a
very large gain upon any' month of any year
in our history."
The Washington Star states that Captain
Thomas Hewett while going down the river
yesterday in bis boat, was seized by the U.
S. brig Perry, and that a number of letters
for the Confederate States were found on
board. The seizure, it is added, is likely to
be serious to Hewett.
The Richmond Whig has received a few
additional particulars of the attack upon
Gen. Johnson'n forces on the 13th inst., at
Camp Alleghany. Tbe Federal forces were
reported 5,000 strong. The fight began at
7 o'clock in the morning, and lasted seven
hours, when the Federals were repulsed.—
The Whig says that the Confederates lost
25 killed and 80 wounded, and that the Fed
erals carried away their wounded and left
90 to 100 dead on the field. Johnson's force
was 1,500 and after the battle be was rein
forced by two additional regiments.
Tbe Centerviile, Fairfax correspondent of
the Richmond Dispatch, writes, Dec. 15th:
The fortifications aronnd Centreville are
now compteted, and present quite a formid
able appearance. For field fortifications
tbey are built very strong, some of the wotks
being bastioned forts, constructed in a man*
ncr that shows skillful engineering.
The steamship Constitution, Capt. A. T.
Fletcher, sailed for Boston at midnight on
| the 27th. It is supposed that she will there
| take on board three more regiments for some
point on the Southern coast.
The Richmond Examiner says that "in
telligence apparently better founded than
that which generally finds its way from
Washington, have been received of an in
tention on tbe part of the military authori
ties of the United States to make an advance
on the lines of the Potomac and risk another
general engagement within the next ten
The Centreville correspondent of the Rich
mond Dispatch says that Hampton's Legion
has gone down to Colchester to look after
the Federals who are expected to oross at
that point and advance towards Occoquan.
The new Potomac batteries are not on
High Point, (this side of Occoquan,) as ru
mored, but are between Freestone Point, and
Shipping Point, on Timber Branch. Tbey
were probably erected to command the mouth
uf Mattawoman Creek, up which stream U. H.
transports convey stores for Sickle's Brigade
encamped on its shores in the vicinity.
On Tuesday, some cannon were discharg
ed from tbe Confederate lines at the advance
pickets from Gen. Blenker's division of Fed
eral troops. The division was called out to
repel attack, but nothing ensued.
Gen. Buel writes under date of Louisville
Ky., Dec. 18, to the U. S. War Department.
that on that day a portion of Gen. MoCook's
division had a fight at Munfordsville with a
Confederate force of Texas Rangers and in
fantry, with a battery of six guns—that the
Confederates retreated—and that their loss
was 33 killed, including Col. Terry, of Tex
as, and 50 wounded. Federal loss, Lieut.
Saxe and 8 men killed and 16 wounded.
Tbe following are late telegraphic dis
patches :—Memphis, Dec. 14.—Three thou
sand Federals at Paducah marched to Vien
na on Thursday, and burnt a me dwellings,
lumber piles, &c. They returned to Padu
cah, and made no attack on Fort Beaure
gard. All quiet at Columbus, Ky. Jeff
Thompson recently surrounded a party o
Federal guarding a bridge, between Charles
town and Bird's Point, killed four and cap
tured two of the bridge guards.
The Federals at Cairo have changed their
policy; none are allowed to leave there. All
communication has cease. Government
transports are idle in the day time and busy
at night. It is supposed by those high in
official quarters that the Federals are moving
an immense force to the Tennessee river to
cut off the communication with Bowling
On the 16th the 'Federal forces at Tipton,
Mo., received orders to hold themselves in
readiness to march at a moment's'notice. —
Gen. Pope at the same time marohed west
ward to prevent Gen. Price from reaching
Lexington, where Gens. Rains and Stein
It was reported to Gen. Banks on Tues
day night that a large force of Confederates,
under Gen. Jackson, was preparing to cross
tbe Potomac, near Falling Waters, and make
a descent on Williamsport, to seise the arms
and army stores deposited there. A brigade
under Gen. Williams was ordered to prepare
to make a forced march for the threatened
point. Firing was reported to bave been
been beard in the direction of Falling Wa
ters yesterday afternoon.
Tbe saltpetre used in this country is for
the most part brought from India. It was
manufactured in this country to some ex
tent, however, both in tbe revolutionary war
and in the last war with England, by pre
paring nitre beds, and by leaching tbe earth
taken from beneath old buildings. It was
also manufactured in the Mammoth Cave in
Kentucky during the war of 1812.
Canada is fast getting the military fever,
and tbe formation of volunteer companies is
the order of the day. The whole frontier
opposite the United States is being fortified.
Everything looks military.
The Northern papers speak of many re
cent skirmishes between advanced parties o!
both sides, on the Potomac lines, within the
last few days.
Stringent rules are threatened in reference
to attorneys and suitors in the Federal
Courts, and tbe qualifications to be required
Affairs with England occupy the most oi
public attention; they supersede, for a time
MINCE MEAT. .
aUT FOR SOMETHING GOOD.
AVERY superior lot fit MINCE MEAT, for
sale in large or small quantities, at
W. G. SIMPSON'S Bakery,
dec 17—lw No. 149 King street.
JOHN H. DEVAUGHAN'S
No. 111, King Street,
Opposits the Marshall' House.
JULIUS DINELT, DENTIST,
Officr. No. 17 Washington street, above King.
WHERE HE CAN BE FOUND AT ALL TIMES,
JOB PRINTING, HANDBILLS, CAR D.S,
BILL HEADS, CIRCULARS, Ac, Ac.,
neatiy and expeditiously printed, on tbe lowest
terms, at the Alexandria Gazette Office, near the
corner of Prince and Fairfax streets.
DRUGS, CHEMICALS, Ac.
JUST RECEIVED, a full snpply of Brown's
Bronchial Troches, Spaulding's Throat Con
fections, for coughs and sore throat, Ayer'a Sarsa
parilla, Cherry Pectoral, and a good assortment
of other Drugs, Ac, for sale at
MILBURN'SDroganI Chemical Store,
dec 17—2w N. W. corner Kit, g and Wash'n-st.
HEN-IT COOK ft CO., 89 King st, Alexandria,
KEEP a constant supply of Drugs, Chemicals,
Patent Medicines, Spices, Perfumery, Fan
cy Articles. Coal Oil, Ethereal Oil, Lamp Oil, Lard
Oil, Alcohol, Dye Staffs, Paints and Paint OU ol
all kinds, Window Glass and Putty, Coal Oil
Lamps, Stove Polish, Paint Brushes, and every
article usually found in a well regulated Brag
Store. oot n_tf
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. PORTLAND KEROSENE.
A fid GALLONS of the above, which is univer-
Tty 1/ sally acknowledged te be equal, if not su
perior, to any other, received and for sale at a re
duced price. HENRY COOK A CO.,
poy P Sarepta Hall, King street.
OIL! OIL!! OIL!!!
T ARD OIL, Machine Oil, Linseed, both raw and
JU boiled, Ethereal Oil, pure Neatsfoot Coal Oil,
Train and Tanners' Oil, received and for sale by
■ov9 HENRY COOK A CO., Sarepta Hall.
hkw buckwheat, hams and citron.
fTIHE SUBSCRIBER has just received the fol-
J. lowing arttele-, and invites the attention o
customers and citizens.
2,000 lbs. new Buckwheat, in large and small
1,000 lbs small Family Hams and Breast Pieces
Raisins, Currauts and Citron; also, an assort
ment of small family cakes and crackers, to wit:
Jumbles, J->nny Lind Cakes, Ginger Cakes, Gin
ger Snaps, and Tea Cakes, Soda, Water and Sugar
Crackers, all of which will be sold at low prices
for cash. JOHN T. COOKE,
d«c 13 Corner below Post Office.
! BOOTS ANITsHOES.
HENRY C. FIELD, ~
| BOOT AND SHOE MANUFACTURER,
No. 74 King street, Alexandria,
TT'EEPS on hand, and is prepared to manu.
IV facture BOOTS and SHOES of all kinds.
BOOTS or SHOES made at
the shortest notice, and of the best material.
in want of a good article in hit
line, will do well to give him a call.
W. W. kpAtf
DEALER IN WATCHES, JEWELRY, AND
All kinds of WATCHES and CLOCKS re