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Essatuii.—ln tbe first item, of the thiru
column, first page, of yesterday's L>cal News,
where it speaki of damage dona by heavy
rains, the plaoe was leit out. It was at bac
ramsnto, California. |
Maskitinc — Tbe market this miming
was well supplied witn>good beef and pork,
hot there was a scarcity of veal and mutton.
Beef retails at 12J cts. $ m. for choice cuts.
Mutton 12_ ets. for fore, and 15 cts. for hind
quarters. Vegetables are only in m iderate
supply—Sweet Potatoes 75 cts., and Irish
37} cts. $ peck; Cabbage 5@200. a head;
Celery 6(_)Be ;» bunch. Poultry is scarce,
and prices exorbitant: ordinary sized Tur
keyssl.2s@sl 50; very few buyers. Chick
ens 50(_,62_c., end Decks 37J(_)T5c a piece;
Geese 87_@$1 25 a piece.
L'ical Items.—A Court of Inquiry into
tbe affairs of the U. S. Hospital io this place,
is now in session here. It was detailed at
the request of Dr. Porter, the surgeon in
Joseph B. Stewart, substitute trustee, an
nounces tbat he will oell at public auction,
in this city, tbe franchises and property of
tbe Alexandria Railroad Company oa the
10th day of April next, in default of the pay
ment of interest on the company's bunds.
Shot.—A negro man on board the schoon
er Luoretia, received a severe wound in his
right hand, yesterdey afternoon, by the bsll
from a pistol fired by one of the Illinois eav
mhj X *The) vessel was lying in the stream,
off the Foundry wharf, where several of the
aavalry were shooting at a target, and tbe
ball from one of tbe pistols inflicted the
Fcxl Masxst.—Wood is very scarce,
•and there is no Pine for sale. Oak $G $
cord for gree • No Cumberland Coal for
sale. Anthracite scarce, and $9 $ton for
White aad Red Ash.
Ths Conbitioh or ths Strkits was
scarcely ever worse. The crossings on the
principal thoroughfares are nearly impassa
ble for females, and on (be uupaved streets
mm rts, wagons, and othe** vehicles cau scarce
lj get along. j
Rivss Motsmbnts.—We have nothing of
interest to note. AC S. "teamcr passed up
Io Washington this morning very early, but
Wish this exception, .there bos been uo arri.
vol from hekiw.
Mr. Hale, of New Ilempshire. in the U.
9. Senate, yesterday, made a strong speech
on the subject of the purchase of vessels for
the United States, by George D. Morgan, of
New York, and Mr. Van Wyck, in tbe House
of Representatives, exposed numetous cases
of fraud in government contracts. <
The despatch giving an account of the
capture of Fortress Henry, in Tennessee,
was sent by the Secretary of the Navy to
tbe U. S. House of Representatives, yester
day, and read from tbe Clerk's desk, amidst
cheers and applause from tbe floor and the
The Indians in New Mexico are getting
The ten million note bill, which origina
ted iv and passed the* U. S. Senate, yester
day, is intended as a temporary relief, until
the bill from the House can receive the coo
sideratiod of the Senate. Ii will be repor
ted by the finance committee ou Monday.
A bill bas been introduced into the Penn
sylvania Legislature to confiscate the pro
perty of every person in revolt or rebellion,
wr waging or laying war of hostilities against
the United States, or against the State of
The accumulated funds of some of the
life insurance companies is reaching an
H6n. Jesse D. Bright intends to return
boms and stump the State of Indiana.
Tbe New York Herald ridicules Mr. Sum
ner's proposition to commence diplomatic
relation's with Liberia and Hayti.
The lager beer brewery of John Lips, in
Philadelphia* was burned down hut Wed-'
•esda-y. .... .
Prices ef real estate in New York are de
clining, in all quarters of ihe ciy.
Fort Henry, a Confederate fortification on
the Tennessee river, in Tennessee, was as
saulted and captured by a flotilla of seven
Federal gunboats, under tbe command of
Com. A. 11. Fonte. On Tuesday Inet eight j
thousand Federal troops, under Qen. Mc
Clerrrand, encamped about lour miles below
the fort, and is supposed were afterwards
joined by seven thousand more under Gen.
Smith; tbe combined forces to act in concert
with a flotilla movement if needed. On the
same day a reconnoiesance was made by three
Federal gunboats, and quite a brisk fire was
exchanged botw *en tbem and the fort. Ac- <
cording to the official report, the seven gun
boats moved for a general action on Thurs
day, and after a fight of one hour and fifteen
I minutes, captured tbe works and took Oen
Lb yd Tilgbman and his staff and sixty men
prisoners. One of tbe gunboat*, the Essex,
was disabled, and compelled to retire from
the action. Another boat, the Cincinnati,
was struck a number of times, and bad one
man killed and eight wounded. Several
men were reported scalded on the Essex -*■
Com. Foote reports tbst the fort was defend
ed by the Confederates with the most deter
mined bravery. The armament consisted ef
seventeen gun*, mostly 32 and 34-pous-dfrs,
and was manued by sixty men, besides* their
officers. Unofficial reports of the engage
ment state tbat the battle commenced at
12.30, and continued until the Confeuerate
flag was struck, at 1.40 P. M. It is also
stated tbat the Confederate forces in the rear
of the fort retreated, and that tbe Federals
had taken possession of tbe railroad bridge
fifteen miies below. I'he Federal leas, by
these amounts,' is plactd at seven killed,
twenty-five wounded and five missing, sup
posed te be drowned. The Confederate loss
j was five killed and ten wounded.
An arrival at Fortress Monroe from llat
-1 teras brings intelligence of tbe Buraßide
I expedition up to Tuesday ef ening last. At
tbat time the fleet was inside the Inlet;
about six thousand troops bad been landed
from the* transports. On account of the
continued boisterous weather no forward
movemeut bad taken place, but it was expeo
ttd tbat a movement would sburtlj he u>ade. •
The steusuer Louisiana had been gotten off
without aUstsiuing serious damage, aud the j
only disaster in addition to those previously i
reported v tbe loss uf a gunboat. Most of']
the rifles and a considerable portion of the]
ammunition in tbe wrecked steamer New ■
York is said to have been recovered uninjur
ed. It was reported that the Confederates
bad offered to evacuate -Ruauoks Island on
condition tbat Elisabeth City should not be
attacked. Bishop Ames and Governor Fish
were still at Fortress Monroe.
It is reported tbat on yesterday forenoon
j Colonel Friedman's Cavalry, the Cameron
I Dragoons, numbering eight hundred men,
i went out in tbe direction of Fairfax Court
! House for the purpose of capturing the Con
j federate pickets. They swept the country
: from Fairfax Court House to Hunter's Mips,
j perhaps a distance uf five mi lee, going with
jin half miie ot Getiaanjewn. Thej dsevs
jin all the Confederate pickets, thirteen ea-1
' cepteu, who belonged to the First North Caro
| Una and Steuart's Virginia Cavalry. These
they captured, aud they were brought tv
j Washington. They were found iv a log
house, aud'on being surprised tired upon the
• scouts. One Confederate was killed, and
. Captain Wilson, 'of the Cameron Lragoons,
I was wounded in the neck. A sergeant was
' also wnuuded. The command was under
j Major Mos.s, ol the Camerou Dragoons. A
I transportation wagon Of tbe Confederates
[was captured, together witb six horses and
j several Celt's rifles.
Yesterday, it is stated by a telef as from
Sandy Hook, a Union man was intiosd
across the Potomac at Harper's Ferry, by
some Confederates, and shot. In retaliation,
a number of Federal troops crossed over the
river and burned all tbe lower part of the.
Hi i-jcluding the two hotels and the rail
au arrival at New York, advices from
fort Royal to the 28.b bit. have been receiv
ed. Tbe expedition, supposed t. bi. destined
for Savannah, sailed January 26. On the.
! day the vessel sailed heavy cannonading wo*
: heard in the direction of Fort Pulaski.
A telegram from Augusta, Ga., states tbnt
one of tbe Confederate batteries on the South
Carolina side of New river was attacked by
a Federal naval force on Monday morning
last, and resulted in the disabling of a Fed
eral gunboat. Gen. Beauregard was at
Nashville at last accounts. Gen. Pillow bas
withdrawn his resignation, and will soon
take part in active duties in the field.
From Missouri tbe telegraph brings tbe
intelligence that tbe Confederate pickets are
witbin thirty miles of Lebanon, and that
firing had taken place between them end the',
Federal pickets Gen. Price, it is stated
made several ineffectual efforts to remove his
baggage, but failed, end then assured his
men tbat the only alternative was a fight or
Gen. Butler's expedition is preparing with
dispatch at Boston, Six ships and several
steamers are already loaded or loading, and
it is believed that tbe whole will get off dur
ing the tuning week. Gen. Butler's divi
sion will consist of about ten thousand men.
The Richmond papers contain Gen. Evans'
official report of tbe battle of Leesburg. It
is dated October 23d. Gen. E. puts down
bis total loss of killed and wounded at 153
and 3 taken prisoners. Of the Federals, he
says 1,300 were killed, wounded and drown
ed, and 710 taken prisoners. He also says
he captured fifteen hundred stand of arms,
three pieces of cannon, one stand of colors,
a large number of cartridge boxes and bay
onet scabbards, and a quantity of camp fur
Intelligence has been received at Wash
ington tbat Gen. Lander has again occupied
Capt. Gordon, the African slave trader, is
to be hung in New Yoik, in two weeks, as
President Lincoln cays be will not again in
Large supplies of oysters now reach Bal
timore, and prices hare gone down.
Large numbers of cattle, for the use of
tbe U. S. army, bave arrived ut Baltimore,
from the West, en route to Washington.
A schooner laden with clothing, for Hat
teras, bas beea out thirty days, and, it is
said, in lost.
t Gen Beauregard, in his official report of
the battle of Manas«as, snys the Confede
rates had 269 killed and 1,483 wounded—
to*al 1,862. Tbe Federal reports of the
name battle set down tbe Federal loss as 4SI
killed; wounded brought in, 1011—missing
The Boston Post rays:--" From the Upper
Potomac, roupd to the posts al.ng the Lower
Potomac, so read published and private let
ters, mud adhesive, mud tenacious, mud
knee-deep, mud intolerable, mud indescriba
ble —prevails everywhere."
A letter received in Philadelphia, from
Captain Ritchie, in command of the U. S.
steamer Suranuo, dated at Acapuleo, Janu
ary 19, makes no mention of any trouble
whatever on board his vessel, from which it
would seem that there mint be some mistake
iv the report sent hither from Panama about
all his officers being under arrest.
A special dispatch to the Chicago Tribune,
from Leavenworth, states that Gen. Lane in
tends to go with Geu. Hunter's expedition
to the Indian Territory, if be has to become
Ths Boot of a Federal soldier, who was
shot at tbe late skirmish near Occoquan, and
bus since died, was brought in to this city
yesterday morning, and taken to the bead
quarters of Col. M;Lean.
Gen. Crittenden, of the Confederate army,
was at Ktoxville, Buffering severely from
wounds he received at tbe battle of Somei
j i;t or Mill Springs. He was thought to be
in a critical condition.
I Quite a number of troops bare been ieav
ing Norfolk for the Southern coast. A regi
ment of infantry left ou Wednesday, and a
company of cavalry on Thursday, bound, it
was supposed, to Roanoke Island.
Tbe Richmond Dispatch says the loca|
• ditor if the Richmond Enquirer .recently !
Visited Baltimore, and passed the Fodnral
lines without any difficulty.
The Richmond Dh-patolt, of Feb. 4th, says:
"The House of Delegates having agreed to
Senate amendments to the bill authorising*;'
connections between tho railroads in Rich
mond and Petersburg, it ii oow a law. The
bill for a cmnectiog link between Richmond
and Fredericksburg, and tbe Manassas Gap
railroads, at the junction if the respective)
mad*, will come uo for c insideration iv th _
Senate ibis morning."
The Legislature of Virginia yesterday
, (says tbe Dispatch of the sth) went into se
cret session, for tho purpose of considering
an important communication from the Gov
ernor upon a sul jeet in regard to which it ie
understood the State and Confederate author
ities are entirely agreed. Its purport wilt
not transpire at present.
The official members of tbe Baltimore
C inference Methodists, Fredericksburg, Va.,
adopted resolutions iv favor of as a
conference, with the Southern Metnodisi
The Missouri difficulty has been satisfao
torily arrai gcd. Gen. Price will doubtless
bee immissioned a Major General, and he
and the Missouri troops be received into the
Confederate t-ei vice as twelve months volun
An order was issued from the Southern
War Departments on the 4tb ordering all
military commanders to impress all thesalv
petre found in their districts, except suoh as
8 in tbe hai.da if original manufacturers
and government agents and contractors,
paying thenfor 40 cents per pound, and uo
\ Mrs. Margaret Hires, the sister of the*
Hon. Wm, C. Rives, died lsst week at Carl*
ton. t.ear Charlottesville. Va., at'therm**)
denee of Alexander Rires, Esq.
A local correspondent of the Norfolk Day
Book writes a complaining article relative te
the recent esoare't.f slaves from that oiij*—
He says these escapes are made through in
strumentality of secret societies in Norfolk
mho hold their meeting* weekly and iq
open day. Ho estim.itea tbe value of the
contrabands recently escaped at $20,000.
A serious disturbance broke out in Rich
mond on Tuesday night last, which for m
time threatened disastrous consequences Us
life snd property. It is said to have first
commenced io a drunken brawl. At this, a
crowd collected, aud soon arew to formidable
proportions. Three or f>ur persons are said
to have been killed, of wh no some were uf
The Virginia correspondent ef the Charles*
ton Courier, save that out of the Fifth
South Carolina Regiment, numbering ei_ht
hundred men. whose term of service* is
about expiring, but one hundred and seventy
have signalled their willingness to enlist
Quantities of salt are now manufactured
along tbe Coast of North Carolina.
)u tha 21st ult, Mr. JOHN HANCQfCK, of
arles county, and Miss PHEBE EDMOJUA
IRTON, of Prince Ooorge's county; Md.
")n the Bth ultimo, WM. FLOWERS and Mir*
NE CLIFT, all of Charles county, Md.
it the residence of Charles H. W. Weems,.SSfA,
the morning of the 31st January, of oonttumn
n, MARK ALIiEN LENAIIAN, aged abort
years—a native of Dublin, Ireland, but for the
last three years a resident of Calvert county, Md.
PUBLIC SALE OF THE ALEXANDRIA AM
WASHINGTOH EAILHOAD, Ac , «c.
DEFAULT having beea made by the Alexan
dria and Washington Railroad Company, ia
the payment of the interest on certain bonds, mee
tioned and described in a certain deed of trust*
from laid company to Walter Lenox, bearing date
on the 16th day of July, 1857, and the undersign
ed baring, by an order of tbe County .Court of
Alexandria County, made at its February term,
1862, beon luhstituted and appointed trastee, an.
der the said deed of trust, in the plane of the saii
Lenox, and having been requested ia writing by
the holders of upwards of three fifths ol the bonds
in Raid deed mentioned, I will, pursuant with said
request, and ot the provision* of said deed sf
trust, on THURSDAY. THE 10th DAY OF
APRIL, 1862. IN FRONT OF THE MAYOR'S
OFFICE, IN THE CITY OF ALEXANDRIA,.
VIRGINIA. AT 12 O'CLOCK, M., selUt public
auction, FOR the railroad uf said com
pany between its terminus in Alexandria. Va,.
and the depot of tha Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
in Washington, together with tbe franchises ef
said company, and all tbe rights and,privilege* of
the company pertaining thereto, and all property
embraced in or oorered by said deed of trust
Nvtr.—A copy of the djSed.of tru»t abom net
rioned, may be inspeotrd at my law office, in Wa*h-