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AJtOTMMt Willi RAID.
CAPTimi W SIXTEEN HUNDRED OF
.,F-W. -
Rnmort'on (be streets, fin1 Saturday and Sun
day, wen prevalent that Stuart'e cavalry had
nude a descent upon Dumfries, and captured
allien' hundred of our men stationed there,
and a large quantity of tnppllet. Thta wat a
portion of Bljel'a corps, and constituted three
regiments. ,
At the pretest writing w get no more facta
respecting tin capture. Should' any more par
ticular! come to hand we ahall give them.
PnESIDKKT BAVM MDOIMRAL
WWTBS S i
The lata proclamation of President Davit,
pnblltbed on the oatalda of tola paper, threat
ening retaliation against the cotnmluloned
officer .erring under Geu.TlaUer, la preceded
"by a tedious recital of certain aaanmed facta,
the verity of which, aa a whole, mar be' Judged
of from the faUlAcatlon of the case of Alum
ford. President Davis makea It a special point,
that Mumford waa executed for wo act iloni of
fir tSi rapture of Km Orleans, which la, exactly
contrary to the real fact. It waa after our
army had captured and were In possession of
the city, that Mnmford attempted to etlr tip a
revolt, for which he waa, after a fair trial and
conviction, aentencod to be hanged. Instead
of .offering for anything he might Ian fully
hare, dono as a soldier In resitting our attack
upon the city, he forfeited his life by an Indi
vidual effort to get np a disturbance, after the
proper civil and military authorities of the
enemy had surrendered and evacuated the city,
'False In one thing, falsa In all, Is an old and
approved maxim, and Is well Illustrated In this
proclamation of Frcsldent Davis. If he did
not scruple to misrepresent tlie Mumford case,
with which the whole country Is familiar, It
need not be supposed that be Is very scrupulous
about other things, which he can falsify with
less certainty of being known to do so.
President Davis complains of arbitrary as
tessments upon the citizens of New Orleans by
General Butler. These assessments have been
arbitrary, only In the sense that they are the
acts of a military power which Is essentially
despotic In Its own nature. They bare not
been arbitrary, either In the object for which
they were levied, or In the manner In which
they were apportioned.
General Butler has levied no contributions
for the support of his army, and haa exacted
no tribute to be. sent homo to his Government.
Finding the administration of New Orleans
thrown upon his hands, he haa made a neces
sary provision for the starving poor, In the In
terest, sot only of general humanity, but of the
quiet of the city, by contributions Imposed
upon the rich. lie has, In fact, merely com
pelled the rich to do what they ought to have
done without compulsion.
In his method of apportioning assessments,
General Butler has pnrsued a course which Is
the reverse of arbitrary. Instead of acting
according to mere will, pleasure and caprice.
he haa adopted a rule, and this rule founded
npon data which seems adapted to the purpose
in view. He baa taVen llsta of voluntary sub
scriptions to the rebel cause at various limes
before our occupation, and made his assess
ments correspond pro rata with contrlbmtons
which Indicate the wealth and secession viru
lence of the partlea making them.
It Is hardly to be supposed that President
Davis himself really attaches any Importance
to these charge against Gen. Butler. He
makea tula parade of them, partly to gratify a
popular clamor at home, but principally to give
color abroad to the calumnies of the London
TSrws and Its coadjutora In the bad work of
representing the war against the South as one
of brute numbers against humanity and clvlll.
zatlon. Mr. Davis knows how It falls In with
tho Indolence of mankind to conclude, Ithout
examination, that there must beisome founda
tion for accusations which are loud and numer
ous. He counts upon the republication of his
proclamation In Europo, where bis slips of
memory, or of the peu, In reciting facts, will
not be noticed, but where his vigorous and un
sparing epltbeta will produce an effect by com
manding a partial credence. It is for the mar
kets of London and Paris, that Ibis tirade
against Gen. Butler is prepared.
SECRETARY CHASE.
The Chicago Trtbunt, of December 34, eaysi
"Secretary Chase Is too sensitive. No part
of the profound dissatisfaction that exists In the
public mind In relation to tlse coujuct of the
war, rests upon him. He has managed his de
partment of put lie affairs with signal ability,
and with Integrity above suspicion. No Cabi
net officer ever enjoyed a larger measure of
public confidence or respect. The bitterest and
most unreasoning partisan Democrats find no
fault with him. The Republicans would de
plore his retirement as a public calamity, and
the regrets of the Democrats would also be
sincere. Whoever else may retire, the Presi
dent rau-t not permit Chase lo leave the Cabl
net while the war lasts. Ho must stay and seu
the thing through His financial talents can
not be spared at this time. Some years lunce
smaller men may be eultuitid with the Treasu
ry portfolio, but while the present crisis lasts,
he is needed lu Just the office he holds. The
Republic has tho right lo command tho services
of Its loyal sons, for whattrer post they are
best fitted to fill "
James E. Mi bdoch. Hie emlucut actor aud
master of tjociitton, rend lo night In tho Kcp
rcMt.ut.Yei1 r lumber, at the Ca,.Uol. la ftl J of
the fuQ. for the relief of nick aud u ouoded sol
dier. The fhtle proceeds, ore to be- placed In
tb hand M Ibe offleert of d I (fere nt Bute
aitoclatloni fur dUbunement.
The programme laoaeof tho moAt iarhd
nml rare, In a literary point of Ie.eerpre
aenled by Mr. M. and, lu rcpeet to hU artistic
And erqnlilte vocal tendering, to those who
hare before enjoyed tho aatlifacllon of listening,
fell comment la superfluous. To luch a have
nerer listened to hU finished reading, we ran
Insure a rare pleasurr, besides that of ailing
In noble duly. In contributing means for
UeTMtln suffering among our noble de
fenders. ClIAHOM IX TDK Cabixitaisd AftUr. Jin
raor is again busy wlih partial reconstruction
of the Cabinet. It Is now said that Hen. Bnt
.er lto be mad Secretary of War, and Gen
rcmou! it tutu maim uiv Htuuvi.
MEDIATION.
We an coaldeat that we are on the era of
some developments respettlngforelgn feta
tion. Thee era maayttrawe 'which, todlejke
how the wind Usooa to Maw. Rl Ml
The NoMiXsWAaeia.tolM dal&.
that,enMwiltkf Wletatapnaltlak
of pe"ace craght"to have been made) that both
partlea could then hare made proposals of this
."!"" " 2S BV. 'Xrl'JiM. itaMdi
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ine new xotk mount nas a wen considered
article Anon the subject of foreign mediation,
proposing the Swiss Cantona aa the media
tory power. It doe not object to the French
Government making an effort In this direction,!
but la not to well satisfied with CngWd. Our
people might be satisfied with the Interference,
or mediation of the Swiss ,CanJopt, or even of
France, or most certainly o(,Rntsla, but never
with ptrJldtoHl IMgla$id, ( its can help if.
Other Indications are manifest, that some-.
thing in tire snape oi interference or mediation
Is soon to take place. TheEngllah,theFrench,
and other governments, are tending large Beets
to the West Indies, and li It confidently abated,
In tome rlrclet In Washington, that proposi
tions of the nature of mediation will be made
by Louis Napoleon, January ltt, and lhat'the
French minister, haa already such Instructions
from hit muter. AH thlt may be premature
and nnfoundcdi still, we are doubtless ap
proachlng a crltlt In our national affairs.
We may not be pleased with the compWon
our public affairs are assuming! still, we know
the utter folly o( resisting the Inexorable logic
of events. If we cannot or have not put down
the rebellion, we cannot expect, nstlont which
suffer much by our quarrel to look on as dlshv
terested spectator! forever.
It appears that a Mr. Jewell, who went to
Europe sometime since, la figuring In this busi
ness abroad somewhat conspicuously,
We give below tome of tho Dnlmu'i views
upon this Important topic, at follows i
Wherever war exists, no matter whether
International or civil, we hold that there
U ample excuse for friendly and impartial
mediation. 1c can scarcelr Imagine a case
wherein such mediation would be Justly re-
Krded as Impertinent or In any way offensive,
then, tbu Emperor Napoleon or the. British
Ministry bad torn fit, at any time since the
bombardment of Fort Sumter having prevl
touslv given no lust cause of offence to cither
party to lay to our Government and to that of
the rcbele respectively, "Be entreated to stop
fighting, and let us try to bring you to a belter
undemanding and abetter disposition," we
should have regarded the Interposition as kind
and humane. No matter if the action w ere
not strictly disinterested concede It to have
been prompted by a regard for the Interests of
Furopean trade and manufactures quite as
much as by anxiety to sparo the effusion of
American Diooa wo suit insist uuu it iwiai
lull been JttiHed and proper, and that our (7o
ernnuut irould Mr been foww! to met! it tn a
conciliatory tptrit.
Again, the Trtbuiu says:
At to France, the case It somewhat different,
or waa prior to the appearance of M. Dronyn
de L'Hays'e overture to Great Britain and Rus
sia. We will not here critically examine that
document, having already done so, but lit as
sumptions were so one-sided and so mistaken
that we cannot regard Its author or his master
as in a proper frame of mind for fair and use-
mi mediation Mr. Jewell to tne contrary not
withstanding. But If a government notoriously free from
Sartlallty or from alnlster Impulses that of
wltzerland. Tor example were to tender to
ours Its good offices to bring aliout a reconcl
Hatlon between us and the rebels, ire thould urge
that fAe proportion be nut franJJu and cordially.
Whatever Us result, we should regard the
proirer Itself as an act of genuine Mndness.
Give us an Intelligent, capable, upright tribu
nal, and ice teobU wryr that our Government
tliould accept Uand appear befvrt It prepared to
prove iAal the union oj ait our filaut u a gtoara
iJileal and Dofiicni nertuitv that the North
cannot possibly be fighting to subjngate the
South, eeclne that the Government she fights
for is that which has generally secured the
sway of the South and that slavery, nothing
but slavery, seeks the dissolution and overthrow
of the American Republic. Onhjucun a capo
kit and nwH I tribunal, amlm ihovld tx tullina
to tufnnd vttftoutear to Ut arbitration.
F.DITOlUtr. BUMJIAltt.
Tne nucii la referred to onr first pace, for
a bloodr mmaed proclamation from thst arch.
conspirator and traitor, Jeff. Davis,
Tue Maine FrrTii uxotMriT, now consisting
of only twenty live men, have returned to their
homes.
The Isterxational Relief Committee have
ri.sedthesumof107,li33.!l7 for tbe suffering
operative of Fngland.
There uab been some Intimations that tbe
President nlll Vflo the bill admitting AVe-icrn
Virginia Into the Union. We doubt It.
Hon. James Buonks Is abonttoeullghteu the
citizens of New York, lu a public speech, as to
tbe bent mode of carrying ou the war.
Tue New York Tr&um favors foreign media
tlon bet wet n the North and South, to stop tbe
war,
pATMEMOr Western Troops Au officer
in one of the "lighting' Western regiments
writes as follows tohla friend, In thUcltj. Ve
hope the proper authorities 111 "male a note
of 11 1"
"Whenever you fee the President, J ut hint to
Mm theeipedUncyof hunting np the payment
of the estsrn troops. 1 he Arm) of the Olno
has not been paid since April, the Army of Ten
nessee since Junej and the Army of Kentucky
since July."
WAsntNOTON Varieties.- This new and
beautiful place of resort has been drawing
crowd til houses during the past wclL, and we
congratulate the management on being aMe to
secure a troupe of performers which have given
such general satisfaction to the Washington
public. The performances bare teen of a
bl'h order. 1 ho great feat of Moreete, on tbe
horizontal bar, Is unique The beautiful danc
ing, by tbe M lines Lehman, Ellra Floreuce,
and Kate Marshall, w ts creditably done, MUs
Toman mado her Utbut. mid was well reef I, ed.
She lit a chr.riT.lng singer, and bids fair to I -come
a great favorite, "Tho Old Sexton,"
sun j; !i) Panl fcrger, cannot be excelled In this
country. Mr. lkrgor Is a fine singer, aud haa
Abaolce of Tint compass, TbeBudvtorlh
brothers are as Joll) and full of fun as everj
they are good performers, uud have been veil
received. The managers, as will be seen bj
their advertisement, hate secured two of tbe
best female singers lu tho country, Lva Brent
and Kathleen O'NIel, also, the beautiful dan
sense, Mad. Zoe, together with Bam Long, the
comic singer. They will all appear lo-nlght,
and we bespeak for them a In arty vteleome.
IIcruaiide7, as the French Dancing Master, vra
the most laugliAbla thing we have witnessed
fur a long time He has become quite popular
during his short stay In Washington,
Ferionau U G Rote, Indians) Jacob D itler
and My, Iowa) B ', Marmon, I, . J W, Deck
er, Port Jsnls.N John ... Chie, N . I Uui
0 Fly, N J t Commodore a Brunt, V s N , Chas
0 fUlpurg, D)erLooui.B and Earl Pierce,
Pa i Geo Green, V A A I Judge H W Crime, MJ ;
M Lyons, Manchester, N II II C Inion and
wlte, Phlla i L, M ChlMs so 1 lady, liostoni are at
the National
MaJ Sherman, V S A ; J W. Aosenberf aod J,
5 HU.t!V,on;N.eT otkl '"?' AlBjr:N l
liBiHuwuMuuv), n I.I li u srencn ana
I wife, Conn
W H Up'on, Ohio are at the Metro-
I point
WllAT HAS BKKIC DONE!
Taare It much complaint In certain quarters
wlthlhe conduct of thlt war by the Admlnlt-
ftAL JfcaftMldJnfWthaMarak)
idseuiuiaaimfaea
AMhs'
tfcaaat etsai
all Win j&tnrMm
aaaaltnstfcvraaiT
HJieaaVtonatl
H -
faun, easy1 to grumble,
'deed, It It a good
old Anglo Saxon right,
privilege of gram
Mine. and. wo exercise it aa a people pretty
ireeiy ana late aausiaciion inerein.
To aay that notUttrsmab, miliary JrtafV or j
nybody, when this war Drat broke out, con-
calved of-the magnUwoe ta'whlch-lf-would
grow, Is to utter but a common trutU which is
now patent loal, TIf, under the circumstances,
we have not achieved alt we could have wished,
we have nevertheless
cblevedj much,ery
y well lie proud.' When
much, of a hlch we may well lie proud,
we contrast thq.condltton of our army and
navy at the beginning of Mr? Lincoln's Ad
ministration, with What' Is the condition of
these departments to-day, we certainly can lay
very much hat been done. Wehavecreated an
army greater than the world has seen In mod.
cm times. We have a navy effective and active
on all our coasts and rlrert, and It Is dally In
creasing In power and efflclency, and will Boon
be fully able to cope with the r aval force of any
nation.
If we have not always been victorious In bat
tle, we havo achieved tome victories. If we
hate not taken all the Southern territory, we
have taken much; we have circumscribed tho
limits of rebeldom. We have lost no territory,
and stand to-day wllh a big army upon rebel
soil, threatening the speedy subjugation of the
rebel hordes, and the entire overthrow of the
bold, bad men who hold sway tn our Southern
Slates. We have blockaded every Southern
port, so that It Is with much difficulty thst any
vessel reaches the destination of a Southern
haven. We hold many Important Southern
towns and cites, while the rebels have icarcely
a foot hold In any loyal State.
Twenty months hat e expired slncl this war
commenced, and though not all we expected or
hoped has been done, much, very much, has
been accomplished, for which we may well
take courage and persevere, till this wicked re
bellion Is crushed. If the South has hell out
longer than we expected, she. has galncl
nothing in territory, nothing lu priitlfj. If
she has sometimes repulsed our forces, she has
taught us some wholesome lessons, from whlth
we may profit.
On the whole, our strength, our resources,
our means of carrying on the war are aa pow
erful and os numerous as ever, If "re will but
know It and avail ourselves Of what God and
nature hasplaced at our disposal.
Party blckcrtnga and party strifes may crip
ple and destroy us. Herein Ilea our danger
We trust, however, there Is enough ol patriot
Ism and loyallty among the peoj le, so that
whatever party ahall bo In power the work of
snbdulng the rebellions South will go on, till
the Constitution and the laws shall everywhere
be respected.
Who, seeing what 'baa been' done In 'these
months past and gone, will despair of the He
public 1 La us rather take courage and go on
till we see tue ota nag restored, and our couu
tr one and Indissoluble.
MAJOR QKX. JOHN U. FOSTER,
The able an! distinguished officer to n hose
brilliant achievements all eyes are at this mo
ment especially attracted, Is a New England
man, born and nurtured ou the mgged soil of
New Hampshire. Ills father, Capt. Perrj Fes
ter, some years since deceased, wa one of the
most active, Influential business men of the
city of Nashua, In that Stale. lie was a mau
of a military taste and turn, and was many
years commander of the Nashna artillery com
pany, and the son "a chip of the old block"
In this respect organized and commanded a
Juvenile artillery company with so much skill
and capacity at to attract tho fpeclal notice of
the late Senator Atherton, who res did lu that
city. To this fsct he was Indebted for his ap
pointment as a cadet tn the Military Aiademf,
which he entered In 1842, at 10 yvars of age.
lie graduated In 1840, standing fourth In a
class of sixty members, In vihlch den. MtCM
Ian was second. It Is worth icmarklng, how
ever, that, In their second year, Foster stood
next below, and In their third jear noxt aboie
McClcllan, and that, when they gradnated,
Fostet was above McClellan In military ladle.
Immediately on leaving the academy, Foster
was called Into the Mexican war as brevet sec
ond lieutenant of engineers, was bmeled first
lieutenant, lu 1B47, for gaUaulrj In tbe battles
of Confreres and Chnrnbusco, and again, In
the same year, brevet ted captain for like con
duct at Molinn del Rcy, In which latter named
battle he was severely woundel. When the
relellIon opened, he was a full captain In his
corp, and lu command of hU company. In
Fort Sumter, and the noble manner In which
he bore himself In that opening conflict, was
premonitory of his high subsequent career.
On tbe 23d of October, lftCi, he was com
missioned brigadier general of volunteers, und
ordered to duty lu the Department of North
Carolina, under General BurnsIJc, aud on the
SSih of April, 1SC3, for Ut conspicuous ser
vices, was made major general, and, "hen
General Durnslde was called to another Arid,
was assigned to tho command of the Depart
ment of North Carolina
In person, General Foster Is a thick, solid
b jilt, noble looking officer, dlgulded and man
ly lu his bearing, unostentatious, and calm In
his manners, Bnd although a strict dlsclpllul-
arlan, exceedincly rcrereueed aud Vol ed by all
ubo serve under him. Abstemious aud eiem-
plary In bis habits, elevated In his aspirations,
aud able every wboie, Willi a dcslro to sea this
rebellion humbled, by whatever eHectlie ineaus
Providence has placid In our power, future dj-
velopemeuts alnuecau determine whatposltlon
In our army he Is ) ct dostlned to occupy.
Ills father was a decided Democrat, aud, so
faros he has any politics, tlcneral roster's
politics are believed to be In the tamo dlrec
tlon"
He married a New York lady, who,
with their two children, have been with him at
his headquarters, at Newbem. Ills excellent
mother still resl les at Nashua. He was 3J
years of age lu last June
Vi irnnivn fKir n, llnpri,, tn V(,..
tUTTItnlNO 11AHK or IIMPFCT TO Miss
CAnoLiKERicniva This really accomplished
and desert Ing nctrcss aud vocalist Is tender d a
grand complimentary testlmonlil, to comeolf !
ou Wednesday evening neat. The benefit
gotten up by thoso high In office ant rennwued
mnll Tirofiaalons Tha nartlcnlnra line li.n
all proiisstons j ne particular luvtebcen
handed US for publication bl tho committee of
arrangement, which will appear In to morrow's
paper, previous to the announcement of the
great bill of attraction, which will also appear
Inlhlssheel. Wowere aware that some evl-
.,... r ,t,a nnl,ll,B nnnrz-lntlnn nf fl..
1 r, .. . .
Rlchlngs' rare abilities was on foot, anl we
are glad that .11 the preparatory wo.klug In It,
farm-1 nnw poiiiumniftted. and (hit the trrand
' coraplimentarr testimonial ts n sure thine, oni
I"""'6'"0 be qnllo a fcaluro Ip the annals of
. -, . ... . , ., ,
amusement In our city ,
THE rORTEst TfUAX.
SartraDiTt December IT.
The exetnhWlon.of MaJ.Gen, Morell wat
continued oa Bati
. .. - - . &. mT . ..9S.
ileum uen
xnornlna- of!A'
Porter, bidding hli Itttantty towithi
forces, In advance, back to the main body of
the corps. This occurred while that portion of
lhe,raUtnltr. trmj-WM .pa Us jaatcK.from
Aqnla Creek to form a Junction with Pqpe. He
atciarea. inavt-orter jiaq vtwaya spown e.wui
Ingncaa to co-operate with the other command-
ersTend hadlifafiSM WMfKWtirftai 154
ability. !
Col. Rngglrt; chief of staff of the Army Of
Virginia (not of lllil oPope, at he desired
partleultrly to slate) wat next examined,'
IIo wat handed several orders which a he, hart
wrlten when chief or staff, and, after inspec
tion, pronounced them gennlno.' ,The imam
point to which his evidence referred waa tho
purport of a private conversation between
Gens. Pope and Porter, ai tlie headquarter! of
the former, near Fairfax Conrt-house. Being
cross-questioned by the Judge 'Advocate, as to
the cause pf his feelings towards Gen. Pope,
he replied that, though he was not absolutely
hostile to him, he thould prefer' never to serve
again under his command. f ,
' The court adjourned till 11 o'clock Jilts morn
ing. i
TUB Me DOW KZ.I. COU11T OP HKtVIRT,
SaTtmrAV, pxraunn 27.
Tho cross-examination of General Slgel It
ttlll prolonged To explain thalnconslsteneyof
his having returned almost to the tame point
he had started from while on the march towards
Manassas, he urged that it was in compliance
with Popc'a orders he bad done so, these hav
ing directed him to march to Cenlrcvllle by
way of New Market. He was asked If General
McDowell had not luformed htm at Buchland
Mills, that the cavalry which had been sent
forwsrd under Buford had forced Longstrcct to
deploy his whole army between Salem and
White Plains, thereby delaying his progress' t
He said he did not nmembcr. He was also
questioned aa to the reason of his advance SHU
halting at Gainesville at 71 a. m.. where they
had spent an entire night. He answered that
ho had chosen this position because it contained
plenty of water aud was easily defended.
Tho court adjourned till ll a.'nV; to-day.
Z3T The vi rlter of the following article Is an
assistant surgeon of Armory Square hospital,
lie has always lived In this city, and Is a man
of excellent character aud standing here. In
relation to the snbject matter of the article, It
Is not our province to express an opinion,
To the Washington Pnbllc
The good name and reputation of one of the
very best hospitals in tills conn try has been as
sailed In the most nnjustlflable and malicious
manner which a mean personal animosity could
concoct. A statement In a public print
whether It Is sanctioned by tbe editor or not
whether It Is the most dlatfolical lie which ma
lice can invent- or whether It is the naked
truth whether Its words arc, prunu bt, the
ousprmg oi personal spue, or wneiuer mey are
the lofty aspirations of a Christian spirit
wnetner it appears jn me commnsoraiymg.
disloyal, auu miscniei waging newspaper, or
whether it appears In a respectable and patri
otic print no matter vhat the circumstances
are, we say It still has an Influence on tho pub
lic mind. The greatest Injustice and the most
fearful wrongs are sometimes fastened upon
Innocent parlies by such scheming diabolism
as has recently appeared in the Aor newspaper
of this cllv The writer of this note has lhed
in Washington many years, nna nas ueeuom
clally connected with Armory Square hospital
ever since Its organization. UU character for
truth and Tcradty, bis facilities fur knowing
v. hat he Is saying, he Is willing a Washington
public shonld compare with those of any
" penny-at-llncr " br the Star,
The truth Is, a ccrtiln lady, whose name ap
pears appended to tho article In the Mar, ex
pressed her lndlgnatl6n because her advice nas
not always deemed tho beat that could begl.cn
h) the nurse In chorgo here. Both she and
ln.r rustic CMorl threatened to punish the good
remit atlon of this hospital It an offensive pub
lication In the Star newspaper, unless some of
me arrangements were aiiereu io smi ineir
ioncy.
This was on Christmas. Ou tho day pre
ceding Christmas, a msn. who professed to te-
long to tho editorial fraternity of the Star, came
litre and Informed some of tho hospital nurses
that unless tuey altered tne custom or taking
their meals before the patients took theirs, he.
forsooth, uould cam out the, same threat of
punishment which the aforesaid twain subse
quent!) threatened to Inflict upnuthe managcri
nf this hospital The base libel In tho Mar
originated from such trilling personal, resent
ments. The lady selfeleciea to fhe coisorshlp
of this hospital appears In a most complimen
tary way In the Star. There are ladies In this
hobpltalvtbo hsto coma from dUlant States,
hundreds of mlhs from this city, who hare de
serted their vtciUhy and luxurious homes In
order to spend their entire time, with ceaseless
cuirgyaiid untiring labor, lu watching our
tho emaciated form of the sick aud dying sol
dier, and In ministering to his wants and ne
cessities. Messages of love to his distant
frlcud1, aud the last MhUperel words of the
djlug hero, these angels of mere carry to loved
ones farawaj. They are ladlis of i duration
and refinement. I have not heard that they
desire to advertise their demoted and sclf-denv-
i lug labors In any newspaper, and least of all
In the Star. Not one nord Is said lu the Star
fiapcr about these ralthrui women. Thcreason
s nhrlons. The mollTcs for the puh)li at ion of
smh a base falsehood arc obvious.
Lacking any good ground for complaint,
there Is an evident studied elfort throughout
the Mar article to litng odium upon this hos.
filtil. The most trilling things are dressed up
n hateful Mords and sentences, lu order lo do
ceil tt the public,
l.et public opinion put the bruud upon such
knavish Infamy which It most righteously de
scries. 11.
Tuc Couuissioifr or Inteidul Hevesce
Is prepared to fumUh revenue stamps of every
kind and denomination. Stamps which were
ordered on or before IheJtth lnlantwlll be
I forwarded during tho present week,
"" '
8" a woman In anilhcr column picking
Bamlud (lras, for Sicr's Ine. It Is au
admirable article, used In ttospltals, and by tho
first families In Paris, London and New Yoik,
lu preference to old Port Wlue. It la worth a
' trial, aa It gives great satisfaction. tf
xjur (MiTsnmrjtr iut.l
Will. HE KE-OPBNKll
W.iluesdn , Nesv leer's Err,
Sl'ECIAr. NOTICE.-1 ill' ABIE LOT?
AS IJf IltL UllLKOlU DLYOT Attention
I respectfully tailed to the sale, ty iKcree of
iOUrl, OI two ISIU-lDle llillldlnr Ui In ine Imme-
, olateTlclnlt) nf Ilia Ilalllnorr and Ohio Railroad
station, to take place on atomla), Deiembrrzsth,
JAS (,. MinUlRl ft CO,
Auit and Coin Merchants
' Xtot,cic.aii persons hln claim, ax.lnst
IN the t state of JAM! s HlcifAKDSO'f, late of
boston, seaman in ths United Mstes naval service,
.injHe'j,.,, requested topretent .aid claim, at
IheoiUce of the tourth Audttor,at Wa.hlngtou.
J.',"? tox" '"""""jLT.N IW."!,
lio.ton, December 8, K1 dec 8 H
Tor,rnAII , er.on. harm, claim. .,.ln.t
I thot.tateof 011N IIILT.Ialiof Bo.ton.sea.
man In the Unttrd State, lisv al service, deces.ed.
are requested to nrc.rnt .aid claim, at the ottlce
of the fourth Auditor, at Waahlniton. D c.
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Hvi.Ioq. Dcrmbrr i-l. istu. iIpl j at
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. Alt - IM,Y i afttlUH V ll 1 ,
xsw QiXTEMimtr nut.
VVJU.BB hE-OrENZP
tVsdJissd.', Nvr lear1 Brs.
EGRAPH.
7l,ii Command of (At JDtvartmtnt of (ht Oi
amJoTrnu, !
StfiriV?
L Wew toVl&&.Tbe steamship Roan-
one naa arrived iron, new uneans on tne inn
YtaHATitia-cwtf !!
The newria Important, f . ,T n
. The North Star wUhOencrallUnlu ana staff
Hth. The newa transpired on the following day
that Major General Butter was superseded. And
occasioned" the, utmost surprise among all
classes Kven the registered enemies were tor
ry.to'part With, an officer who at least hid
brought order and, security to tbe city.
On the ICth Instant, Gens. "Duller and Banks
met st the headquarters of JGen, Butlef, when
be welcomed pen. Banks to the department of
tbaautrandaswrMriim'tie'wonldilnd here
troom who wooUlrOirady to 'Yield a cheerful
obedience W eteryl ofder tTeieral Bahist-
s ponded, thatha only pleasure Hist he had In
taking the command, wat in obeying the order
of the Government of the'Unltea States. The
meeting was most cordlat the Interchange of
sentiment whs that which marks the coming
together of old friends. m ' . t.
After the Introduction of each other's staffi,
Gen. Banks and, hit staff withdrew. 1
Gen. Butler then withdrew his staff, request
ing each member to take paint to enlighten and
assist their successors, and spoke In a most
irenerouB manner of Gen. Banks and hta atalf.
Gen. Batler'aparttflg address to thetroopa bears
date fifteenth Instant. It alludes in eloquent
terms to their success In the field, to the restor
ing of order and quiet to ew Orleans, to the
feeding of .starving wires and children of ene-
the Govern ra en t less by four-fifths than any
oiner.
Tbe speAWnfeof tli wordufrewlt" wai'te
only sorrowful thought be had: and he com
menas atta to tneir commanacr as wortny or
nis iuven j 1
On the 10th Gen.tBanka treneral order, as.
turning eommnnd'of tbe Department of the
umr onu 01 me otaic or i exas ana tne n amine
of htt staff was tissued. Another order Is for
all military and civil officers In the department
to report to hi mi and. still another to suspend
all public sales of property on acconnt of the
Unit ed States tilt further orders.
General Butler, accompanied by Colonel
Shaffer, Colonel Turner, Major Strong, Major
Bell, Captain Paris, Captain Kensel. and other
members of hit staff, was to bare sailed on the
td for New York. Captain Clark was to re
malp on dnty at New Orleans.
General Banks wits pushing things with char
acteristic energy. Five thousand troops who
accompanied him had landed at Baton Rouge,
and the remainder ,of the expedition, was 10
have been sent forward aa fast as they arrived.
The weather at New Orleans was fine, and
the troops In good health.
On the 18th General Banks Issued bis procla
mation, as follows.
PROCUUIATIOV.
IlRAPQUARTERS DePARTKNT GfUT, NEW
Orlf4Nr, December 10, 186J In obedience
to orders from the President of the United
States, I assume command of the Department
of the Oulfto which Is added, by his special
order, the State of Texas. The duty v. 1th which
I am charged, requires me to assist In restor
ation of the Government pf the United States.
It i my desire to secure to people of every
class, all privileges of possession and enjoy
ment m hlch Is consistent with public safety, or
which it Is possible for a ben etl cent and just
Government to confer. In execution of the
high trust with -which I am charged, I rely
upon the co-operation andconnset of all loyal
and well disposed people, and upon the mani
fest Interest 4of (hose dependant upon the pur
suits of peace, tit TfU. as upon the support if
the naval and land forces.
M v Instructions require me to treat as enemies
thosu who are enemies, but I shall gladly treat
as ineuasiuose wno are incuus. no restric
tions will te placed upon the freedom of Indi
viduals which Is not imperatively demauded by
considerations of public safety but while their
claims will be liberally considered, It Is duo
aiso 10 mem 10 siaic an me riguis 01 tne uov
ernment will be unflinchingly maintained.
Kespoctful consideration and prompt repara
tion will be accorded to alt iersons who are
wronged In body or estate b) those under my
command.
The Government does not profit by the pro
longation of the civil contest, or private or
public sufferings which attend It. Its fruits
are not cquany mstriouiea. in aisioyai mate
desolation has Its empire, both on sea aud on
land. In the North the war Is an abiding
sorrow, but not yet a catamlty. Its cities and
towns are increasing in population, wealth,
and power. Refugees from the South alone
compensate In great part for the terrible decl
inations of battle. The people of thlt depart
ment who are disposed to stake their fortunes
and Hi ea npon resistance to the Government
may wisely reneci upon tne immutable condi
tions which surround them. Tho valley of the
Mississippi Is the chosen seat of population,
product, and power on this continent. In a
few years twenty-fire millions of people, uu
aurpasmd In material, resources, and capacity
for war, will swarm upon its fertile rivers.
Those who assume to set conditions npon
shelf exodus to the gulf, count upon power not
given to man. The country washed by the
waters of the Ohio, Missouri, and Mississippi
cau never be permanently serered. If one
generation Itasely barters away Its rights. Im
mortal honors will rest upon another that
reclaims them. Let It never be said either
that the East and the West may be teparated
Thirty data' distance from the markets of
Europe mar saiisiy ine wants or Louisiana ana
Arkansas, but It will not answer the demands
,f i1"?01!,.8?1' Ohio. The valley of tho Mis-
s ss ppl will have lis deltas upon the At antic.
The ihvsleal forco of the West will deboueh
upon Its shore, with power as resistless as
the torrents of lis glaut rlrert,
This country cannot be permanently divided.
Ceaseless wart may drain ltt blood and treas
ure domestic tyrants or foreign foes may
grasp ths sceptre of Its power, but Its destiny
will remain unchanged, It will ttlll beuultcd.
God hat ordained ll. What avails, then, the
destruction of the best Government ever de
vised by man, and the self adlnstlng, self-cor
recting uonstiuuion oriuc united maiesi
People of the Southwest, why not accept tbe
conditions Imposed by Imperious necessities of
googroplcal coudguratlon and commercial su
premacy, nnd re-establish your ancient pros
perity aud renown 1 Vt hy not becomo founders
nf Stales, which, as entrepots and depots of
your own central and upper valleys, may Hand
lu aillticuco tn their resources without a supe
rior, and In privileges of the people without a
pwr among tha natrons of the earth.
(Signed N. P. Bakes,
-iiajor ueuerai commanding,
Tlie ouly additional newa In Ibe New Orletut
ipera Is the capture of two stiamers loaded
naners Is the caul
with sugar, and a launch filled with arms, am
munition and one small nrass cannon,' ny an
expedition sent to the Atcbafalaya river by
Commander Buchanan,
Advices received from Ship Island on the
lBlb, state that all ths ahlpa that sailed from
Hampton Roads with troops for Gen. Banks
had reached there excepting two, vlxi the
Thames and George's Creek. Th. latter Is still
at Key West. Tho Curlew rah ashore there
but was got on safely.
The rebel schooner Relief, at navana from
Mobile wllh cotton, reports the rebel steamer
Horlda alias Otlcto, had got out with a erew
of one hundred men, passing the blockade dur
ing tha night.
Nothing later has becd recelt ed from Mex
ico, Among the vessels from New York which
have uot yet reached Ship Island, In addition
-to those already reported broken down, are the
Shetuckct, Continental, Qulnncbang' and Hon
unras.
STILL LATER FROM NEW ORLEAN.
More of Qeuerals Butter ia4 llauka. j
New Yohk. Dec. 28th. The steamer Colnm.
bringing Havana dates f w thaSM lit
bla has arrived from New Orleaua ou the 20th, I
i Tbe stCADier Potoraao liss also arrhed from
' ,New Orteniit. bringlns; dates to tholfith. There
,is no news 01 uioinrut,
The rebels, thinking thev si e In On. Dsnks
I a less vigorous commander than his predects.
LATEST BY, TBI
tl maw irarvv'aaaH.Ekiia.
ie fltKtffiy F joJtttHffi BANKS. JT
or, appear In lbs ttreeta of Mew Otloaus la
crowds. J ssiaaaaaatJi
uneaar nam tent a chaaaaaajawannil to
Geo. aMler. who pat it iaaaV Docket, and sent
might
rrtTrd
"Tha DtlfiS haa liait iwoaafan i ti fwtnAii 111.
urtlBft treason or th. Pttmmx
Largs numbers of arwcnlaU
tfU
atora had arrlrad,
Gen. Banks was ray bnar. and In honrlf
consultation with Gen. BataM Th Ittst, ffef.
lng eilsu between them aha their Mptcflr.
ttttfdf ltal Tfrtt KJbnijMui'tWfffff a.
hatfealgnad. , , r lfia , r.
,, M'ns, uaakt,and Poller went aerenadaAiOa
the nt(ht of tb. )fhh Instant, br th. band pf pi.
Thlrtr-nrst .Massachusetts regfrASnW,, i vj
,lfl j" 1 I a wj
Ti Aiakaaaa) t atsr Deprtdatkos, t
1M V. t f'F ' J) f j
CAPTVnaS TUB CAtlFonXIA STKAUSJi
a tufWv 1 II u X li
'arms jtp AHHVstnds': hsmoIkd foH
a ' ill 1 r it
THE VrslFL THEN RAMOMRD rO OVCR
.TWO HUNDRrD THOUSAND DOLLARS.
' n 1 . a j li
Appr'ttteBatWKxpnsMlei V.r Ik's' l.ftt'y
,, of 6tbirTrtsr. 111.1 -,
.!' u -f " x ) t l
BOASTINGS OF THKlJtEML COMMAMPKB.
ilill 1 'l I I
Bk'K Faaactioo, Dee. 37. B lbs' arrlral'of
ins aioarasnip uoatiiiuuon, irom ranama, wa
hare highly Important andctlttn( news.
Th. Constltatlbn reoorta that th.steamahlD
Ariel, from New Ton for1 Aiptawallj waa cap.
inraa dt ids AitDama on tn. Tin insuni. iuo
Alabama doulaed th. Ariel antll th. 10th In.
slant, when sh. allowad her to proceed toward!
Asplawall, on tha captain glflng bonds as a
ransom In thd snra of VB8MO. to b. paid at
so. conclusion' oi puce.1 an. 'anna ana am
munition on board th. Ariel in taken from
her. A hundred and twenty marine, wars pa
rolcd.'li I n"ri I v
There la ranch aaxletr felt 'hers lest th. Ala
bama should re-capture tbe Ariel on her return
trip to New York, and telza ttMtanmamouht
of treasure which sho will carry to th. tatter
place. j a t,.tttr'' J
ano passengers on uoaro. inr Anal speaa in
uh aiKum lenns oi t in. counesj snown ineiu
tjTi;apuuntfenime.n(T ru i. 3
Th. Ariel waa eaptared near the east and of
I'uua, ana tne only pinnae remorea rromiuer,
with tha exceotlon of .rme ahd aramunltlon.
was 18,000 In green-backs, belonging; to Walls,
j- araro vo, - e '
Th. Alabama last coaled at Martlnlnue,
When leaTlnc that port th. Ban Jacinto aimed
her Runs at her, when simultaneously the guns
of the fort war. turned on ths Ban Jacinto at
least so says thallrttlleutenant of th. Alabama.
uapu bemme. aayt Ins tpeed or bis amp under
twtfnty-flT. pounds of steam It tlateen knots
an hoar, bha OTertook ttiei Ariel with onli:
eltTenpoundaofatoamandnrcd two gnna aT
her. when sh. hove to.
1 SICONU D1SPITCU.)
BAnrTxiKcrsco, Nor 87, p. m. Captain
Bern met, of th. Alabama, first Intended to de
stroy ths Ariel br burnlnr her, first putting:
her passengers ashore on a ltttlo aettlement of
nuts ai nan vominiro. capiaia a oaes. or tne
Ariel, protested that half of hla passengers
would ui. 11 mis were none.
Captain Semmea then proposed to land the
passenger, at Klnestont but. after maeh par
leying, an arrangement was eflbctcd to release
tha Ariel on Captain Jones giving bonds In
ths turn of $328,000, payable, thirty days after
the acknowledgement of the Southern Confed
eracy, a 1
(TBtiD DisriTcn.l
New Toar. Dec.28. 8 a. m. The steamship
Ariel haa arrived np to port. 'The newa of her
capture and release, by tbe pirate Alabama, aa
siaioa in ine nan r raucisco aispaicnei, it ruiiy
conflrmed.
Knox WAg.At'.
fEW TfoaK, Dec. 28. Tho steamship, Ariel
brought no specie from Asplnwall, ,
The steamer British Queen has arrived from
Nassau, having left there on the Std Instant and
Havana on tbe SOth. Flerr. Sonle wat there at
the latter date. '
The Naasau papera tav tliat the Governor haa
Issued a proclamation forbidding pilots bring.
lng In Federal or rebel cruisers.
Tho scheoner Rover, srom Charleston and
the sloop Enterprise, from Florida, had arrived
at Nassau
A schooner, bolonglne to the well known se
cession firm of Adderly d; Co., of Nassau, haa
been captured by thotetearaer Tioga, which
event tb. Nassau papers call " another Federal
outrage.'
Admiral initio arrived at Nassau on tne i3tn
Instant.
Two Federal cruisers aro cruising near Eleu
thera. In ths Channel Kcvt. '-
Ths steamer Glraffo, a blockade runner, had
arrived at Naasan. from Liverpool, with an as
sorted cargo, probably to run ths blockads
aealn.
Brig Charles II. Frost, from Turks' Island,
for Philadelphia, put Into Nasaau on the 5th
Instant, with a lota of the foremast, and
leakv.
Ship George Washington arrived from Liver
pool. '" OFFICIAL NQTICE.
Hturiqi x Photost lUasuai's Orricr,
1 . Washington, Dec. 57, 18T2.
In cnntetiiience of frequent complaints that
packages sent tn tbe Army of the Potomac full
to reach their destination, the attention of Re
lief Associations and friends of soldiers Is called
to paragraph VI, General Orders No. 187, ITead.
qnartCrs Army bf tho Potomac, which provldee
,' . , . , , ,, , , i
f' ' ""ll d delivery of tuch packagft
hy tho Provost Marshals of tho army, and no-
tic given that this detention and uilicarrlago
cau bo avoided by marking all express matter,
besides name of regiment, brigade and division,
In care of the Provost Marshal nf Washington,
nnd sending receipts or attested copies pf re
ceipts to theso headquarters.
liy orderi W. E. DOSTER,
Lt. Col. and Provost Marshal.
C. V.C. MURPnY,
Lieut, and Adjutant.
OFFICIAL.
DirAUTuavr or Statc,
Washington, January SH, 1802.
The Secretary of Slate will hereafter receive
members of Congress on business on Satnrdays,
I .nmm.n.tn. will, Halnr,1v Ihfl flrat r,r iitI
,,,, 1,
' wltluitll hkwaud
SICK AND WOUNDED OFI-'IOrilH.
8UR0ION Gexmai.'s Orrm,
Washington, Doc. 16, 1S0J.
Sick and wounded Officers of tho Regular
Army In thlt city will call on Burgeon J. K.
Barnes, U. B. Army, for professional attend
ance. Office No. 280 II street.
Sick aud wounded Officers of Volunteers lu
thlt city will call on Surgeon M. Clymrr, U, B.
Volunteers, for professional attendance. Office
203 Pennsylvania avenue.
The above named Surgeons are specially as
signed to this duty,
JoBtrii R. Burro,
Acting Surgeon General.
dec 18-dif
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OTIOE, The tehrs T. i, Toll, Mary A.
Mrtrrn, avnd M)tl hsvt Just s
, a. alr rnnBlirviif will annlT IO
u.i arnvvu irum
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fffrR BFRRV,
dm-at
U Water at , ueorietowu.
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wiil.be Kr-orcirn
tV.dncsdar, Hew "Jeer's KY.
waB at uwnt
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ax.v. anAsriTARXT rAtirxa'ador.
1 -n.lrTqVATias'AaliT-pr'TaareWoaf'c,
.,1 'v tj.!-i . 'ifaiiWiT.'f'
The Richmond iJiipoM oj; the 3tU tntt. hss
been recelycd hetr,lf Vbhtalnt Wi WloWIng
tlltpatchtif''1'- wn"auiWM
I,rrtWoef.lJ.-Ov'MohJs'y General
rryojt, with a small id ttaehment, attacked a
Tankee fore, of aeveral hundred stationed I at
Isle of Wight C. JL 1 to protect aba rUctlon or
Representatlrt to Congress. ,, , t ..
At ths first charge pen.(DLt,' protectors led
ln,gTeatfon(ntIon and, wercichatsd.teo allies 1
at full speed. 11 J"
Oar lose Wes trUlofirt Pryor afterwards vis
ited Bmlthdeld. z , '- , , . ;
1. inli. ii fn or 1 1 I '
Sausa, AU See. C& A rcpor( of tkl mora
log aayt thatipaaaeagere by lssl, hhjbt'a' train
report thst, SW mennpder Vatt born, dash!
IntaJ Corlqih on Bu'n'dayi dispersed the yank'ees
and took poatesaloa of tb place. n
''xIfcWfHraA'arBjiya
faijea, back towarda Tallahatchlovi An Import
aat cxpodttlda nrnter iVan Dom;i whlei baa
beenipul''ieeral'ilsW;ih.a-'Dot been'hearV
wAta- 'h fnt ) r l.nt r J i
I J V t i . I
taoDitpateh contains an appeal for the re
lief of th. Fredericksburg tuflerer. -w.h are In
rlchmond. -t ( v J 1 1 ml
, The latest reliable Intelligence .relating to
th. read army, who an an onr front, atatet
that they hava, massed their, forces on both
aide of tho railroad from Fredericksburg to
below Gulnney's, suilon. Th. track, for, two
mile south of Fredericksburg, baa been torn
np, nd the rails an belna used for turnouts at
ths present terminus of tha roadj ,
On Tuesday, a brigade of rebel cavalry wero
oatnttfdjwllh ration and forage far several
days, and revolvers, wen distributed Jo the
men near Gulnney's station. 1 ,j
It waa believed then that their destination
was King George county via Port Royal. ...
On Saturday, a new encampment mad. ltt
appearance an tha second range, of hills In the
rear of Fredericksburg, la fall view, from 1 our
position. , 1
Aicoualderabl. number of en Is, have re
cently been sent up from Richmond to Lee's
array, l , th
.The Richmond Xtamlntr, or the 25lh, lntl
mated' tht ,Lee, with a portion of hit army,
.waVmovlag towards Cnlpcpcr. to make de
monstration In front of Wasbtmrton. but It
f w aa frnown that he wat ttlll at Fredericksburg
on rrtdaj noon. .
, The enemy are engaged every night In raising
and extending breastwork alongjths. street
fronilng tbe river, at If to prevent aar. future
crossing by pontoon bridges. ( -- ,
A friendly Intercourse has existed between
the respective river picket until recently. To
prevent ths communIction of Improper Infor
mstlon, a poaltlvs order hat been Issued to sus
pend the fraternization. . ,- ,
1, On Friday, a nbel commissioned officer and
iwo private were aelzed on this slda aad sent
back to their side of the river. , ,
Ths exchange of; newspaper! has alio been
lnterdlrted bv GenBurnslde.
Flag of truce cross the Rappahannock every
day, principally to anafer to ths .other side
citizens who cam. Into our line. 10 escape the
bombardment. -, ,
Our soldiers an taking advantag. of th
pleasant weather, In providing against futui.
cold weather, by building hnta. .
asoonD DispATcn. 1 1
HtAbd'as AiiMT PoimlAC. Dec. W. Heavy
urlngwss heard yesterdiy evening, In the d
rectlon of Dumfries, ' - - -
Intelllgenn1 from'Aqala Creek atatta-that
about 4 o'clock yesterday about four thousand
rebels, with four guns, mads an attack; on four
regiments 01 ugoi iniantry at uumines,
The conflict lasted not if dark and Was again
renewed this morning. The cannonading waa
mm Intense and apparently nearer thlt point
than oa yesterday.
The telegraph office ceased to work yesterday
afternoon, aud up to 4 p. m. to-day, no official
dispatch bat been received here.
TrnaDTiarATCit.
IIcASQrABTna, Dec. 28. A general order
haa been published to facilitate the return of
couraletcentt and atragglere In camp at Alex
andrla to their rcglmcnta.r Major Wood, of
the Seventeenth Infantry, ha. been detailed to
aoompllsh this duty. v
Notwithstanding the presence of oni gun1
boats Iri the Rappahannock the enemy have of
late procured urge supplies of cattle, horses
and forage from the peninsula counties. Last
week Gen. Pleasonton captured one 'hundred
and fifty head of eattlo which had been thus
collected en route for Leeds.
An officer of Loncstrcet's'tlsfr, -who had
crossed Into King George county for the pur
pose of getting married, was taken by General
Pleasanton. Ills two groomsmen escaped.
Tbe cllltens of the Peninsula state that they
have lost ten thonsand contrabands since the
beginning of the war. c '
Advices from Richmond slate that1 the Iron
clad gunboat Richmond make' !a dally trip to
jirurya uinii.
(rotrntu dispatch.
Tclegrapliie operations have been resumed.
An official report states that the enomy's cav
alry numbered but 'fifteen hnndredi that they
attacked the town of Dumfries but were driven
oft with loss. Our loss was three killed aud
eleven wounded
The firing to day was In the direction of Oc
coqnan and was probably caused by tho ene
my's cavalry falling In with Gen. Blocnm's In
fantry. It Is unofficially stated that several sutlers'
wagons have been captured by1 Lee, and It it
considered unsafe to transport cA hy that
route.
Kxccullou ofladtau alnnterera.
St. Pat. I, Dec. 27. Thirty-eight condemned
Indians were hung yesterday at Mankato In
the prCBcnco'of several thousand spectators.
All passed off quietly.
Til. Fred.rleksburfX Battle,
rxtrscts from a Letter from an Ontaer, dated
"Camp, near Falmouth, Dec "
We have at last rocelved Unorder to malt
the grand advance, and to be ready on the 11th
to cross Into the face and eyes of tne rebels
guns. ,
I hope tho people of tho North will be satis
fied If they1 have succeeded In driving General
Birnsldelnlo making an attack here, which
can prove nothing more than another bloody
light, with no deDulle results. Should the
rebels "evacuate" aud tear up the railroad, It
will take us till Spring to march to Richmond,
without any other obstacle, front the rebels.
For Instance! we have been on short rallons
ever since we have been here, until lately aud
u we cannot get supplies wnen so ucar tne ao
pots as w now arc, what can we do when 20
miles from this place, and In a country dettl
tute of everything In tbe shape of forage! I
tremble when I reflect upon It, aad fear tl
5 rand Army of the Potomac will melt away
aat, from snow aud hardships, as MeClellnn
did on the Chlckahomlny. The North lias net .
appreciated our enemyi and I have vet to tea
thutnf Union man tlilt tide of the Potomac.
Prom tho limited means of transportation, we
are expecled to live In shelter tents, and three
wall teuts to a regiment are all that will be
transported. So, please, think of us these cold
nights. Rut If wo can only "whale" the rebs,
I, for one, am ready to stand any amount of
hardships.
A court-martial ou an officer tried for mis
conduct before the enemy Is postponed, and he
ll now In New York tuning a fine time If tie
wat half u man, he would ask for bit tword,
go Into tho coming fight, and try to redeem
himself.
NEW
HTOCK Of
tl Clothlni from the reonls s Clothing store, No
SCO Seventh street, near a, -intr suvwwu- i
thing you can bur tad they are sold so cheap a
" 'a 1 U. IMiTH'l,
on
so cheap at
aMITH'..
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