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CEO. V. A. C. fi. BENEDICT, CJitort mid PropTutmt. HITKI.IXC3TOX FUIDAT MORNING DECEMBER 23, 1864. Tlir. HEKHLV FnCE Pit SS. Is published every Friday morning, containing the news of the week frc.m nil parts, interesting correspondence from the army, ind local and general intelligence. TERMS. Two Dollars per year if paid absolutely in advance, otherwise S2.M per year. Single co pies C cents. For rates of Advertising, Ac, inquire at the Free Pbcs OrriCE, No. C College St.. Burling- t0D'U' GEO. TT. & 0. 0. BENEDICT, Editors & I reprietors Your Passport. Sir! The President lias i-sued nn order requir ing all travelers into tlic United State" from foreign countries, cspe-ially from the British Provinces to be furnished with passports. The order is as follows : DrnnTMEXTorSniE, WKnisoTox. December 1". -n, TW.lent directs that, except immigrant passengers directly entering,, American port. It m.T.i traveller shall hereafter be allowed to enter the United fctatcs Irom a imi u .oou..j, :.i . , ,.nnrt If a citizen, the passport . i- cm ti.u "enirtnunt. or from some United States MinWer or Consul abroad; and if an al cn, from the competent nuinomy o. u. country, the pf p-rt ITto.. . . ' rcn1 of the I nited States. This regnhtwn i intended to apply espec a lly to persons pronr.inc to come to the United State" IOper.nn.P Provinces. Its m ' ' ..,?,.lr -iforr! by all cfB-cr" rivd mint irT and naval. ,n the service of the United States and the State and municipal nu- .h.-ritif. are reonested to aid in .ts execution. is expected here ihit no immisrant is"enpr ;L. h in the manner aforesaid, will be obstructed, or any other perron who may set out oi. tl.e.r wiv hither before intelligence if this i.:- .,1.1 rmnonablv be cioeetcd to reach t!,e rrar.try from which they may have started (? -med) William II. SnvAnn. Secretary of State. Tl.e risks and perils to the atopic on thi kidf of the line from tlie felonious incursior 1 litis and other evil doers in the guic of i..rst citizens, are very great in these . ... i.i . times, tven if the authorities iui u-idente on tbt other side were ever to i i I-.mt to prevent them. Hat when, ns tl. In t i,.is been, a large and ioOuential portion f..- Canadian twee and Canadian people I ,t, lxt-n outspoken in their sympathy for i lie i-liel causc.and havegiven itall the aid t , s.i no more, whioh language could still furtUr, wWn we see judicii.1 proceed- ie. cinouetid to as to set free in de6anceol i.,.t !,..ti ,,lliaU(UT. those who 1 ad come from Cnnadm on purpose to rub, ami tintinir ro'dud and murdered, lad made tht cteape Ijack M Canada as a sfe asylum, and see Canadian officials acting tn the direct in tcrest of the robbers, tlie danger to our coin munitv it increased tenluld. and calls for un usual mens Jres ol sell-prutection. D.tubtlcss tl.e assurance, siren by the high er .iffiecrR of the (':tnadin piTtrninent that they eondcuiwd tlie eourKe ol Jade Coursoi and Limothf. and wuld d al!intbeiriwc to ic-arn ft the escaped villiiinsmd tobrin; jutioe t!io-c who !iad been in Icosuc with them, had an influence in deciding the l re i j-nt to diMll iw i-o much ol (It-n. Dix'e or der as directed puituit ui 1 made acroc: line it other attempts at robbery rhould U made from the other aide. 15ut tluit twin; done, sme measure of proteetiun Ijecnme al-olutely necewy. A rigid pa!!rirJ tern ia one. It will put our friends, over th b Tder to soice inexinvenienee in their trnn aciions with thi-Tnited Stattf. but they may onsole theinijeltcM with thinking that t' cv Imd taken i:ac pains to prevent roll here and murderers from having an asylum intlitircountrv.it would have hern avoide Wc must know who comes from acros tl. liiM- lHtrrHfter. since we are not to Ikiv t'nieve-s that do cime siren np to ju'tice. ArTair. in Cminda. ThcMontrtal Witness nf Mon-lay nicht says that posters wtre "it out all over the city Saturday night, urging the attendance I!ritun at a put die meeting to vnte down Vnl. f. Am i xi-tijnists and their sill dupes. wlwwoiiM ifenoimeea Bri'ish ji:dgc. T Witness rcoiarks : e doubt not the Ounfi-deratr refugees her.. ho i.ave already so cruelly hctrayc nnd jhased tl'e nrivilf"j;c of asvhim will A th ir Vf' to hire mwdirs to break up a poll- he met tine, - l.-it that opini will s Kia he seen to he of the m.ist ennteiupt i .. kind It ii- feared hy some, howe-.er. tint the French CinadiaiiK will muster to breik up the m'iing, Iweaiise the two func tiunarits implicated in tin- business are Fieneh Canadians, and hecanfe they gencr ally sympathiic with the South. The evidence, of IVterfiebl, the Confi-dcr-a'e agent, at the examination of tamothc, Ci.ii f ol Police, shows that at the Iwiir fix ed br itndiilng judgment he was in court, and tl.c lujmeni the julgmnt was rendered, hclore tlx Judge left the bench, or the priso neis left the lxx, Lc received from the Chief an order to get the money, and jumping in to a sleigh which he had at tbed.wr waiting for l.iiu.lie drove rapidly to the lnk and got the money. Geo X. Sanders, who was examined yes" terdy, udmits that he knew the prisoners wuuid be discharged, and made arrangements nixordingly. The Witness says.: "Tbo ninety thousand dollars are, it is said, to be given up, the rlucder becoming too hot to hold. Wc would liko to know it each of the parties among whom it was understood to be divid ed, has handed back his share of the bank plunder, under the pressure of legal investi gation and popular indignation." A despatch from Quebec says that thir ty companies ol volunteers have been dis patched to the frontier this week. Lamothe, the chief of police, has resigned, doubtless to avoid being dismissed. It is reported that Coursol has resigned, but it is thought to be untrue." English Ignorance of America. The deep-seated ignorance which prevails in England concerning this" country, is one of the marvels, of our times. We do not wonder that the great body of the people in France, Austria and other continental coun tries, where the English language is unknown except by a very lew, should know but lit tle about the United States, except the fact that it is tho country of all others in the world, where the poor have a fair chance tu bsttir their condition and to provide well for their families. Bat that tbo English people speaking the tame language, and having bjoks and newspapers in tho same language als , is we do, and with an almost daily in tcrcjura: by sea, should, with such rare ez ccpiijur, seem to be M ignorant of our ge- ography ai they arc of the interior of Cham Tartary, u beyond all reasonable comprehen sion. Yet the fact is notorious. The blun ders in this respect, of the most influential English journals, are astounding, and often most laughable. Mr. Cohden, in his late speech at Rochdale,advertcdto this ignorance as follows : p "If vou t?;ink that Mr. JclTcrson Dati would be c.mtented with the cotton state and not be allowed to extend into Texas he would not thank von. They are tiiritin; in e South to carry slavery leyond lexasinto .o-tnat rrfians uf Central America. Now r ihut if the reO!?riti!.ieal fi-aturenof the eountry bad Iwn looked at by the ruling classes an those who write in the newsj- f, they would not Iie arrived at a cou inion if the success ol tl.e.-uuthcrn ride- There isa newspaper in Imdon,read by ev eiyljody, but I have marvelled at the igno rance wmcli II nae ueirnj oj oii ii'u j;woin ..- cal fratures or this ternt irv. in one aru-li- reeentlv. there was a river of fne hun dred and eighty miles of internal na igati n. to which the largest river in tin coiintrv ! mere rivulet, and it was made to turn up ill anv number of miles into another river. nd those two rivers cemented, were m me to fall into a third river. Illear. hear. Now there n a real danger in the ignorance ol what, for wont of a better term, I may tan the ruling classes ot tins country : ncre is real danger from their total ignorance oi everything relating to America, ana Tu may get into difficulties from thia ignorance which may cost much national dishonor to escape froiu. Cheers. II I were a rich man I would endow a pro- fesi-orV chan at Oxlord and (Jainiiriogc to it.urnrt the undergraduates of tlmse u ni- eisities in Ameriian hi-tory. I will unocr- Lr. tn Nflv. and I srcik adii-tdlv. that I Mill take anv undergraduate now at Oxford or Cambridge, and will bring him to a map ol the United states, and ask turn to put nn 6n"cr on Chicago, and will undertake to say that he dues not go within a tuousanu mnta f it Yet Chicago 13 a placcot lou.ouii in habitants, from which I.IHMl.tKMJ to 2,000, OIK) ol jieople in our own country are annu ally fed.-' Tot the Free Treu. 1 CITY CHAKTErt. Editors frit Prist , Before noticing the reply of the Frit Prtss to my communication on the subject or the proposed City Charter, it may be well to at tempt to dissipate the fog in which the Prut seems eavelopol.or wishe to cnielope others, by showing the limits and popuhtion of that por tion of the town to which aDy arguments Sir a City Charter can apply, and of that portion which is set apart by the proposed chatter for a city. Tne township of Burhngtin beinn four by ix miles, contains twenty-four miles of surface. Now a block in regular form ami less than two miles square, (being one sixth part of lb town) can be so 1 tid out as to cover all that part of the town which cau now or for fifty years hence, require anything, but the ninpLst Ua organi zation and it is adding iitso.lt to injury fur the Tress to assume that that portion of the town outside of sai l block corned within tha pretended iintfit of the City Charter or constitutes any el ement in Us favor. Aadnhitis the form and shape of the contemplated city ? Take a map of the town awl color that portion representing ihe land within the described limits of the char ter, and, without intending a jke, I insist that its profile -w.il! rem... I yon of anasaeless animal lying on his sil with his nose at the -x'renuty , , the Lake, his of Uol Bock Point, his legs in aek broke hy Willislon Avenue, his hind parts at the Falls, and his large bushy tail spreading away north over the intervals and terminating at the mouth of the riter measuring about six miles from the tip of his nose to the end of the Nil ! And what is the population that it is claimed is suffering far the luxury cf paved straits and sidewalks, lights, water and police ? The Fret Pritt of the Clh inst, claimed that "abiut 8.W0" resided within the City limit., but it now ehiais the nuaiber within that limits to be 9000 ! .tn extraordiuarj increase of population in so short a priod ! The population of Burlington by the eenjus of 1SS0, was C,110 by the cen. tus tf 1SC0, it was 7,713, being an annual in creaie cf about ICO now assuming the increase of the last fourjeara to have been at the rate of 20D per annum, tha present poDulation of the loum would be &513. What is to be dedue:ed therefrom for the population on the 20 square miln occupied by the farming interest ! If juu say l,500,you have within the foursquare miles 7,013 rather a small pattern to require the same organization and officers as London or Set York. The Press says that "Union" is mistaken in asserting that the procurement of the Charter was a private enterprise. AVas the petition any thing but tht act of individuals, and they, "hundreds" if they were, but a small minority cf these equally interested, to whom the paper was never presented ? As to the power of taxation of the many by the few, the Press seems to treat the fact of con ferring on the City Council the power of taxa tion to the trifling amount of 50 cents on the dollar, and that too without designation of the 1 j;t or application, as not indicating any such design and quite unimportant and in great simplicity, does not seem to dream how ready a pliant Legislature, under the influence of adroit managers, would lie to grant to the City Coun cil, the necessary authority to raise money by loan or tax, to carry out the large powers and duties with which they are charged in the char ter; if, in fact,they need any s Jah additional au thority, to commit the City to any amUDt of debt. The Press does not attempt to sustain by any substantial fact or argument, the necessity cf a change of town government, and it may well filter in the face of the long continued and generally judicious, eeoremical and satisfactory administration of our affiirs, and the prosperity and security we hive enjoyed. I have reter until now, beard of "as often discordant board of selectmen," and rarely cf an "inefiijient one. If the Press seeks to avoid such af Sietiocs by the aioption of a city government, it will find itself disippointed, as the elements of discord, if not inefficiency, will be increased in the ratio of 1G to 3. Viho can rationally expect a more judicious selection of o6:crs when you have thrown away a great portion cf the conservative force represented by the farm ing interest I Boston lived and flourished un der a simple town charter from its first settle ment until 182-.', when it reluctantly gave it up with a population of 45.000. I thiak wt may stand it a little while longer. The Press says "tks txptntt it the main ob jection to the Charter, and is in onr humble be hef.a wholly fallacious one." What does the Press mean T ' It will either cotT more or not is a question of ftct, and there is no fallacy about it. Tht tax-payers will find the fallacy in the assumption of the Press. You add from 40 to 50 officials to the present number of offi cers of the town. Your Mayor will want a room furnished in handsome style, and warmed, watered and lighted. The board of Aldermen sad Common Ccuncil, will each require a room furnished and provided ia like manner, and all requiring the various articles of stationery and all these oScars are to be paid directly or inii really, charter or no charter. A xasrabership in the board cf Aldermen cr Common Council In the large cities, though without any stipulated pay, is sought as a lucrative' position. Th fret says "the salary of tht Mayor will not ax seed whit ws now pay the selectmen" -on what authority T Tht City Council tad sot the THE BURLINGTON FREE PRESS FRIDAY MORNING, DEC. 23 rconlc will settle this. Ana mis me x V ....... will find to be but a "drop in the Ducket " com- , ,i...i f tilmr curaJairs narvu nun vv-"-- j :.uc.i. n..,t;n,nn. and of carrving out the 1 vat projects contemplated in the Charter. t ; s ly nothin- of those to be conjured up by tLe ambitious oEciala of a new city. , I fear I shall too much encumber your co!- umni, and shall defer further remarks wra f.wdayt. , USI0. Afr. Editors: The Press asks if "Union" takes the ground tint ihtre should be no cities ! I siy no, but the government of a city necessirily implying the surrender cf the right of the many to the few, the exercise of large poeis liatVe to be abused and otfenng tac'bties tor corruption, sh. uld lie lefertel ui.i i me i c Cfbsiliesot a Urge aLd thus.- jpuU'io-i should demand a charge. And whit Kiisdi.e ou'sd.r will say ih.it the small and uuusually ! Susid population of the village tf Burlington conns within ihe category ? But the Press, it seems, is willu.g to "play city," and covetsthc name. "Union" thies not refer to the trict i onh and north e of IV villtge, illooe. but lu 11 that part lort'i ai.d south o.d ea-t u.ih i to br eubjec; to city taut en covers, without any bceefi! ainuu.iiiug m arm to six suuir' mile, including In to nf.etii hundred lo 'MOO acres of intertal and swaaip land which is ovei flowed sev eral trroes a year. What is the eonsolitien which the Press otfers to those in their unpleas ant predicament ? To the people of the north, it says, in tfiVct, "there are not many of you, any way, so if jou have rights they cannot amount to much there are but zertn owners who do not naide in the village those who do.although they do not wish a city charter, ire know better than they, and ire shall make things right with them in the "benefit" which they will recche from a city government and the -start' it will git e things" to you who are residents and uvntesi dents who cannot partake in any way of the fuxunVsof a city, but jet pay for them why, although a little doubtful about our ethics, and not sure they would not change with a -'change of base." yet we must say this, it may be ha.d for youjet you must yield to a city "necessity" and pay your taxes to the end of time, for we cannot longer endure a "diseotdsut board of Selectmen !" The Press may think this is a rather free translation of the spirit of their reply, but let the reader judge. And as well let him judge as to the spirit evinced in its reply to the objections of l"o.ou to the Charter as an "ill ttmtd" exptrininit. The alt absorbing fact that we are iu the un.'st of a terrible struggle for the life of the notion, dt- I manding already an amount tf taxation scroti I known in any other country, and wl..ch i but the forerunner of greatly increa-el bur 'c .n.d which it is yet a problem whether tlie,.t;'. can and will toUrale, is ignored by th.. Pi . s . r flippantly disposed of by saj ;ug, "li it is a g ul thing to be done, aoir is a g xl time to do it,' and comforts itself with the "new spn or," which it will give to the business of the ( 'ace ! Can the Press be serious? or dues it deli .de it self with the idea ihat if the people shall adept this Charter aod its inttudid aLd nv .-citable coiMequcnce of vastly increasd l iiii'cn and expenditure, that this txpei.duurv of our own money will be a legmni itc .lem .nstra rion of the magic "s; ring" wti.eh is to on ilde as to better i bear the -. ui leus of in ar ? I: tl us is not the , only new spnug io uvcnoiv, w mi-u aakt let the Pri-s explain the uu ining tf tnean "apmiiTi" an 1 "starts." The Pus. saitnes itself with Lie division of the .tn, uid the allel loss of pr,-' gv mxt 1 influence by the consideration that tUn ill be two rp:esuutivesiuthe place of one.mihoui the itaftt appiebension that this represent-itioii miy be "discordant," which, from the very uituit of Hkc w.ll be probable. But ibey mil rep resent, not the hrel'town iu Iht j-.ate iu pupuli- tlou, if uol iu liiH-ral.lt and patriotism tl.e old glorious towu ol Baiiliigtou hut tWu auibitljus Iragmeiits of the biui the oi.e a town without a unite, meotbtr a centre without a city. Di vision is a depleting process. 1 have already al luded to the little German States which under one got crnmeut would be respected and power ful, jet by division they have become proterbial for their insignificance. I much mistake if South Burlington, under the influence of old awl pleasant associations and joint history, does not staud by the interests ef the town. "Uuun" does not admit the correctness of the statements of the Press in the article of Satur d iv, but will notice only the following. I didut "abandon the plea of increasing taxation ;" the tax of 50 cents on the dollar by the City Council,is an increase but this is nothing, otlj a dollar on a poll cr two dollarson a cow. And it is nothing to the tax whkh the mistaken working of the system will impose upon the peo ple whether they will or no. A respectable lawyer well acquainted with the New York de cisions in a smilar ease, insists that the power conferred by this Charter on the Mayor and City Council, will enable them to carry out the large projects therein contemplated independent ot the apparent restrictions. "Union" in ooiclusion would beg to notice two objections to the Cily Charier, which he deems important, and which hare not before been presented. 1. The extraordinary powers conferred on the Street Commissioners. The Cjsrier says "the Street Commissioners shall have power on giv ing It! days nGtice to the parties of the time and place of hearing, to assess the owners of lands adjoining such highways, so much of the ex pensea of opening altering or repairing such highways as said CoBimbsioittrs shall judge such lands to be benefited thereby, 'which shall be a lien on susli land', but with the right of appeal to tho county court. Are we then to pay a tax of 20 (eats on the dol lar as a highway tax and such pait uf the SO cent tax to be hid by the City Couaed as they may see fit to appropriate to streets and high ways, and yet to pay for any adjudged benefit from the outlay, whether we wish it or not ? W hat is to be the cocstructiou cf lands adjoining such hihwajs t" Bat let the people cxamiue the subject, and sec if they arc reaiy to confrr on any three mtn a power soicdefinile and liable to abuse. 2. The Charter contains no provision for its indeticudcnt submission to and acceptance by the pecple within its limits ; so that while there may be a large majority of. those within these limits opposed to a city government, it may be Imposed upon them by the volts of ou'sidrrs and they may as well be the people cf Willisten or of the county of Chittenden, as of South Burlington. Can the Legislature d.rcctly or indirectly impes: a City Chjrter on a people unwilling to receive it ? U.VIOX. For the Free Press. TIIE CITY CHARTER. Editors Free Prut : Whether or not the City Charter , .. , .. . Jr,nn -.t-.... . ..... I side the limits, leaving 000 within. should be adopted by the voter, of the village, wonld seem to depend upon the consideration, .whither they desire to have a certain class of improvements undertaken, cr more thorough Improvements made in the -village, than will be likely to be, or can properly be undertaken or made, under the present town organization. It is very clear, that whatever improvements are desirable, it will cost money to make them. If they are not worth the money they weald cist, tney inouta not DeunatrukenDy either town or,( . ., i uui u . iuuic ui,.t . . . 1 . . . 1 1 , , I .,...V.n policy rcquirra luai mcy uu. . bv either town or city. The array of Cgirea - - . wh:ch I fiod in the oommuuicatioa of "V m the Timft of Saturday, showing the prolable , cost of certain specified improvements as, con- ncctmg union street wun .viaiaen iiur. vng a .Market, House or t.crrcc3on, i.c. , ior tnis reason.no argument asunsi . v.., f Charter, but an argument anan-t the; im-. i " ' provetcenis themselves, by reasoa of the ctt, i whether undertaken by town or city. If the I charter should be adopted, the same argumsnt coull be midc against them in the City Countil as now in Town .Meeting, viz.. thtt theywould cost too much, and that taxts arc already as onerous as wc can bear. But let us suppose that a partfcular improve ment is not only desirable, but is fully worth the coat ; as, for instance, the extrusion 04 Union street through to Maide-a Ltiie; what is the probability of getting it under I the town org.wzitloli7 I understand that n pt titiou for extension has been for a long 'ame in the haudi of the Selectmen, but that they take no action under it, either to liy o'jt the street or to deny the tttilioii unless thirr ne glect to act may be slid to amcuat to a denial. The majority uf the board are rsidents of the tillage and naturally would take an in'.erest, as inditiduais, in this, as a village improvement. I dunbt not they appreciate this as it desirable, iaiprotement, and worth to the village what it would cost. Why do they not then lay out this extension T I suppose, lhat this answer tnay be given "we are officers not of the vilUgcfbut of the town of Burlington, and iust protect the interest of every inhabitant of the town. This improvement, though desirable, is nil', !0 fir local, that the taxpayers of the remot'i parts of the town ought not to be burtbeneJ jn makitg it. If we eould assess the land h' ,Uers for the benefit it would be to them, an.', eoukl lay the tax for the work upon the rese ients of the village, who would be mr.re partieul irly benefitted by it, we would open the street; but as it is we ean "not. Xow this answer my be right, as may be wrong, in this partie ular instance. It 13 clear, as to certain impo' tant improvements for the tillage, such woe Id be a proper answer for the Selectmen of th'j town to make. As to others of such general i mportaoce as to justify undertak ing them at toe expense of the town, the opposi tion or ft ,r of opposition from the tax-payers outside the village, and a fear of displeasing such w ,; offal deter the selectmen from action. tt c, the strenuous opposition of outside tax P1Tr rs to particular village improvements, unless ele rly unreasonable, wouli control in town no eting (as perhais it ought), even against a n .ajority interest the other way And there still remains another ci.tss of important improve ments tor the 1 ill ige. a hieh are not within the I rowers of the Select rut n, and hardly within toe corporate powers of the town to effect. ' It remains for the voters to say, whether they wdl have these improvements or not. If yea. I hey moat take the charter. With the charter we shall not be forced to have them. Will it pay T will always be an open question in respect to every proposed improvement. If it will, then ia respect to very many improvements I the City Charter to effect them. A. B. For the Free Press. A boat that itv Chaster. Messru Editors; I has pnuateed to give your rr.ider toeae substantial reasons why the City Charter, recently got op as a private erterpnse, ought to be rejected; and if these reasons do not meet the approval of the legal toters and tax payers of the town, it ia )ie.-.iu- they must htte tome pecuniary interest in souring the accept ance of the charter, or they must be new .omers, who hate little or no refe?t for tad t i.K-ln.nored hus'iH-s t.ews of many whose fa- j tints were the first ettlemuf the town.an lastuch u-ijuirul I irge litided estates which descended to their ch 1 ln-n who now constitute the real intelligence anl moral worth of the town. It has been a source of great annoyance to me, since the railroads were projected, that outsiders have crowded themselves upon us with their new notions of business, ami introduced the demoral izing idea that a business man, who is compelled to borrow money to -lo business with, is as much entitled to respect as be who is able to acoommo dtte biro by a loan. Such men gradually began to accumulate in this town in M'J. simultane ously with the construction of the railroads. It would have been an easy thing then, to have choked them down and discouraged their schemes which modern men call enterprise. I felt then that we ought to do it we should have refused them bank facilities, kept them out of good society, discourage I their business; and my wjrd for it, we should tut now be overrun witii actite ambitious men, clamoring for improve ment ami demanding a city charter as a means of accomplishing their plans. The only .remedy left in our hands to protect us against such innovators, is to keep power out of their hands, retain the town organization, and they will have no power to establish police courts. houses of correction, markets, sewers, and. gush like useless appendages to a well-organized com mumty. If we allow improvements to go on, the population will increase and these things will become necessary; but if we can drive away the new comers, and keep the old stock at the bead of business and society, we shall stand no need of this expensive machinery. Then we shall not see a city without visible bounds, in the shape of a nameless animal, six miles from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail and six milts from the tip of his tail to the tip of his nose making in all twelve miles of narades animal. Pon Arr.ca. Till CITY CIIAKTKK. Tlie communication of "Union" in ou piper to-day, so far carries with it its own 1 efutati jn as to need but brief reply. And first, as to population. We have put the population of Burlington at about OOCO, aid that pottion of it within the limits of the jroposed tiiy, at about 000. We still hjld to those figures Our population by the census of 1S60, was 7,713. The mini btr ol dwilliug hou-es sinte creeled ; the existing scarcity of tenements ; the increase in the nunibtrol ebopsand stores ; the Urgt increase in the vot of the town all indi citcn more rapid growth during the past four tears, than we hate witnessed in twin ty ytnis previous. An increase ol 300 a year sinix lc'CO, is, as we lielieve, a lout esti mate, which gives us a small fraction lets than SHOO. The tchole of this increase, or very nearly so, has been in the village. Tie dwelling houses outside the propo-cd city limits, number, as nearly an we tn aseer tain, somewhere from 140 to 150. With six i occupants to a house,, which is a tair allow- Rnlv. w h-iv tt nnrjtlMtinn nf aiv Oflrt But what it it is 500 short of this, as "Union" claims ? A better organizationand higher municipal powers are needed for this place, with in, population whRt it is, in it 7,500 or tOOO. As "Union" armnduu ,Li plea of increas ed power of taxation ! the many by tie few, falling back on n "dtcam ' of such in. creased power, to be granted in future hy 1 pliant Legislatures, we need not uucuas I th i , Ok...... nlT.,A(T M IIB. -v.- Xot as long as the chief specification rt . , increased e iveme, ere the petty items ot a , Bnli stationery for tbo City Council, j n(cJ wc .nide;. that joint again. ajj we i,c tu maintain on mat point is, t,at ti,crc ;9no infcjeincrcasc c-expeiise. c artertiiat the control or the Uxalion dcb. wiU a;n with our r,i- icnj. and tlrat increascJ expenditures, -four people chooN! to incur tbeni, for projwrtioii atc improvements, can bo far eaorc judicious ly ordered nod economically made under the proposctr corporation. If Union's irwuol question : "And Hiat i- tiie jopulatioti that is sufieriirr tor the luxury of paved streets and ioVr.nlks, limits, water and police?" impli's that iic thinks our place lias no ncedef these improvements, wc do not agree wsth hitu. AVe believe our citttens desires and vire ready to pay for, the improvements which other places of Mir site enjov, -ind which are so cetidur-e to their comfort and welfare. In saying so much answer, also, all that is inctcrial -tn the ill-natured couiuiuni catiotis uf the Times' correspondent " V," vhosc opjiosition to the charter would seem primarily due to spiteag.iinst the razKl'i.us, and whose accuracy ol statement may be in ferred from his assertion that a City Clmrter has been for many years a hobby of the Fkis I'bxs-i. This is so far true, that the Fan I'atss, during the twelve years it ha-heen in the hands of its piesent proprietors, lias (to the lest of our knowledge and I lief) never contained a single line or allusion on the sub ject of a City Charter for this ploce, up to the notice of application for a Charter last fall. The whole question i one which cannot be settled by-pettifogging arguments or per sonal reflections. It is a question uf what is best Jar Ike place, sum and herenfter In t.iis question wc certainly Irnve only tl.e in terest of .1 citizen ol the town, having its welfare deeply at heart. If the place is likely to do better under thi city charter than now, let us adopt it, if not. let it be rejected. To settle the point in the winds of our citizens, will need more extended discassion than can lie given to it in the columns of oar newspapers I-et us have sumo public meetings, and hate the points nt irsne fairly and openly del ated, and we, lor one, will contentedly nbik- the result. A week ago Saturday, an atttiupt was made to throw off the night tram on the Sullivan railroad while crossing Sugar lliter in CUremont, X. H.. about - A. M. A hole had hti-s dug down, and a log of wood set down in it. Im lo comotive struck the obstruction . but at .. low rate of speed, and the train ran u) i. the bridge, which is more than 'M fe-et . igh, beloreit was topfd. Had it gi.m 1 fl 1 ota person on it would have been left to u'.. tl.e tale. Jtiwsr.trtstAL It is ssi.i ill YrA Slar is to le rtmototi Iroiu Dniiti'. to I.tndon. The Soldiers in Sloan Mospitalat .M. im peller have commenced the publication ol a newspaper, the "Voice of the Soldier.' It is to be published twice a month. The Eiitorssay, not correctly we think, that it is a lame Concern, bjt lay i; to the fact that several ol them have lost their legs in hat- tie. Tne first number is a sufficiently neat looking and interesting sheet. The Vermont Record is to be removed to llrattOehoro, where Mr. II. A. Burt, .t ti e Northampton, (.Maes.) F-tt Prist, will N- oome asKreiated with the present proprietor of the Ilccoui. in the publication of the paper in an enlarged form. XXXVIII CO.-tC It I1SS Second Session. On Monday, Senator Foot asked to be excused from serving on the Judiciary Committee, on the ground of his excessive occupation on four oth er committers. His request was granted. Mr. WiL-on from the Military Committee, re ported the House ball to enable aliens who have served in the army or navy, to become citizens of the Unitetl States, and it was read the tirst time. Mr. Sumner believed the great object of the raiders was to provoke a war between us and Great Britain. He said : Xololy stts the wrong we have suffered more clearly than I do, but 1 see other things also. While never ceasing to claim our just rights and reminding this power alwats of duties which it has plainly neglected, I cannot forget that we .ire engaged at this moment in a war tor the suppression of along continued and most viru lent rebellion, which has thus far taxed our best energies. To this work let us now dedicate onrsehes without arousing another through whose alliance Ihe rebellion may be encouraged and strengthen ed. Let us put down the rebellion. I this, ami we shall do everything. Meanwhile I trust the Senate will not be moved by pi-sion into any hasty action on any of the measures now ' before it, but that each will le considered carefully and calmly on its merits according to the custom of the body. This surely, is the dictate of prudence, and I ctntiot doubt that it is the dictate of patriotism too. Mr. Sherman reminded Mr. Sherman of other outrages committed on the lakes, recapitul iting them. After further remarks he expressed re gret that the order of (Jen. Dix, which wis in strict accordance with international law. sSould have been revoked. He believed the spirit of the onler wJ the only way in which we cjuld meet these marauders. Mr. Grimes slid the true way to defend our hIvcs on the northern frontier, was to hire ar senals and armories there. All we want when difficulties shall occur between us and (ireit llritain, is to have armaments whi :h wi can throwinto ships and take possession of tbemiuth of the Welland Canal. The subject was referred to thi committoe on Foreign Relations. Nciv Pablicntfons. Little Rid Riding Hood and a Visit rr.ou St. Nicholas, in a fanciful shape, and color ed aro published by L Prang 4 Co., of Bee ton, who issue also other simiilar juvenile publications, games, Ac, and their beauti fully colored album-cards, a list of which is too long for publication just the things for holiday presents. The N'ew live land Gaues aro published by Milton Bradley A Co., of Springfield. Mass. The following are some of them : The Checkered Game of Life, an entirely or iginal game. Modern Hieroglyphics, or Picture Writings for the Times Scries No. 1 and 2. What is it ? or the Way to .Make Money. Russian Domino, a very popular Russian game recently introduced into this country. Santa Claus Puzzle. Curious Bi ble Questions. Patriot Hemes, or who's. a Traitor 7 We se very complimentary notices of these games in some of our exchanges, and hate ourselves examined some of them enough lo see that tho compliments aro not unw arranted. The Sprinefieldr7rpuiican says: These are) not mi re idle amusements. They rjuseattrntion.tliey quicken the perceptions, ttty stitaulato thought Instead of leaving a -lad taste in the mouth,' like too many ritulous diversions, they leave wholetottsj lacu in the memory, and leave them wreath- id uVut und Iniued in with the brightest mementoes of early life, i... . r...l...- Wn ..... lT.iit.iEirii. 180- The Gaues ibiv l funrNl il FrLU.R's, Hv.NTiNCTos's and Fburii's Uiofcstorcs. n.titriE's MetflULT Maoizim, lor Janu- nry, i 'laiKi. The Tour 1 hrmrrh Arixo- D fc ntinupd. The artkis on tfce sei-o of i Vieksburg will be rZa with interest, as will , that on tho fell-nee of CW Orleans, filly j years eg'j. The s rial?, Armadale, by Wil- 1 kre Collins, nnd Onr Mutual Friend, by ' Dickins, are continued. The sketch of Sher idan's llattle atWinehester, by a member of j the Nineteenth Army Corps, engaged in it, is a spirited artieio. The gallantry of the ; Erghtb. Vermont, Colonel Thomas, is con- spieuously noticed in it. Oodey's Lidv's Iiooc, for January, vrtth its usual attractions for lady rentiers, is re ceived. The tertas ot the Ladv's B ok for 1S65, are $3, n a single topy ; 5 50 for two copies ; $10 for four copies, for one venr, and cheap at that. Published by L. A. Godey, Philadelphia. The II0l1d.1t. Our Dry Goods men have rtit ived news th..t the Holidays were coming, and are iuliy equipped. Our lets hand n-iirhhor hut right hand man at the Corner. I.rwaN, has "tuh stantial solids and comforts" and many thing which at first would i-ecm luxuries, but wbidi once pussessjed and worn prove indiperible. We have found by exper rience that it taitangerons nt anytime of day to come round Lyman's Corner too rapidly, lest there be a collision with a line of ladies going in or coming out of the store. Going up ChurehSt , between Rices' and IIariow's, a purchaser might find himself like the ass between two bundle of hay. with this difference that instead of dying without tastinc either, be will make trial ..f loth. From gloves to slippers, from belt to unlervect yoei may find anything in their line, and obliging proprietors glad tosh-w them to yon. Messrs. Picks' ' Bee-Hive" on College St., has more than a mere lical reputation ; we frequently see it mentioned by pIr in adjoining town. "Such sweet cloaks '" such poplins, alpacas, delaines tnl print-! but what sweet things can yon not have in a " Itee-Uire ?" Smith i I'latt's handsome st' tv in I i i m Block is deservedly well pttrnniicd by lay ers of Dry Goods. And Icaides. the ustu! steady attractions ot tlnir st.-ek. tli.y pro jos to gtte " laugaine" fur trie luxt thirty days in their stock of Dry Gjod-. Cloaks, Hosiery, .lc. The IIooestoees tiegin to lie t ronged, a the time for Chti-tm is and Ne Ttar gifts draws near, for there are imt a few who think then can iiardly ! 111 . e acceptable pre e it than a utful. 1 nv-imi'ing or ornament al hwk Our Hni ii'i' n bookstore. . usual, are prejiareit 1 r t t .ic-a-i n.ind wit1 larger ana m-ire mrii -i sI.h-'ks ol k and fancy artkhi, thnii iter f.i- .i 1 si.nl jf Sim 11. HiSTiv.Tov is i. Ih sti.lt.! with standard works, with el. -.;it i i 1 - nnd prr.yer b .iks. v ui jti m.t - .i.i-l toy 1. oka, n.d- 11'- -, ,lv . A . in .ittr.ii-tne va-i- s n li !- u. 1 o? li .ring it i- .ii t . si .rl i ri. t ; a d.-i'er w t A. Ft LLS.lt, is u-l '..t.-'s. wit:i an ahundant -tore ! . it, tides, rich stati Miery.w -- L expensive git; Ikm.-. illutr.it fr mi market ; nit ntney ar- s. 1 -rtfolios, if w-irk-. and j standard books. U.ught witn txpt-ritmv atn! i taste, and ofltrtd reami-i! It , 1-otividcrnMi tlie pWcof gold and p.ir. C. O. Ficu A Co., on the corner, are . aU, ;ut ftom market, and opening a Iwtuti- ' ful kssortictn: .very-thing in their line. Kieb illustrated work were never in such ' variety as this year, anda full stock of them will be found here with a great variety 01 fancy articles, goiu pens, handsome inkstands nnd a long list of just the things for the sea son. Our btaikstore have no equals in Vei mont, or in any place of our size that w know of, and their proprietors are all gtnilt men and worthy citizens. The JawEUir Stores, too, are ready for the holiday rash, for it is harvest now with them. JinES K. IIrim-kiid, the longest establish ed jeweller in these arts, is still at his old stand, and is fully stocked with rich gold and silver goods, with elegant plated ware, wit) watches and chains, nnd a thousand articlts of taste and luxury and use. BaiNSUtiD A Hildreth hate filled their well known stole in Bank block, with a fuil and tasteful stock of every thing in then line costly watches, rich silver and siht- -plated goods, dishing jcntls, cutlery, una firearms for those wbuw thoughts turn .is whose ltsr?rt,nowailays? on rcvolteisui.i. riuesrnid we know not what that is tasteful, ornamental and useful. At C. W.WiNOaia's, neat store an Church street, will also be found a very rich assort ment of jewelry, selected with unusual taste . and elegant gold and silver goods, in grt at variety. What cannot be found at one 01 thtse stores, will probably be atsnotlier. and customers may be assured that they hate reliable and trust worthy men to deal with, in all of our jewelers a conaidt-rati 11 ot some consetpience in buy ing jewelry . CoLVEit A Tins. No. 2 Bank Bloek. have many things in the line ol gentlemen's fur nishing goods, that will be found acceptable as a gift Item a friend ; and we have seen instances where a gilt of a handsome new suit was productite of most pleasant results. If you I ate been fortunate enough to nave a bandssiine vest pattern given you, go to Mcbejt, opposite Allen's Bloek, and get it made up. It is a moot question whether food or clothing is tho wore important. Take the world over and lood would seem to be, since there arc some nations that do without clothes. It is fortunate for this eommunity that there is no danger of going without a supply of food, so ong as PtiECE keeps his general Grocery Stand, on College street. That his Land in Unit line is a most excellent one, is plain, so long as he has a " Right Bower" left to play Ira RcssrLL, on Church street, well sus tiins the reputation of Dewey's old stand ; and has tlie beet of goods at the lowest of prices as prices go. llRrw & Son, in Union Block, a new firm ii a new store like one of their own r.cw brooms, sweep clean a wide circle, drawing in new comers aod old ones too. In Allen's Block, on Church street. War ms 1 Adam:, without giving up the retail Grocery business, so long carried on by G. U Warntr, are making a specialty lately oi FIjur nia! Feed. C. I, Hart, in Bank Block, besides Gro-u-.tee lie ittlate and stomach, has lea'ts f 1 He eves and provocatives of grow-sir-ity u i' . uir.ger part of rnmmamty, in Toys I g- si - a fresh supply just brought nolo market tor the Holidays. Sinca last Christmas, too, R. I. Fiiusox is reoved up to Chor-. b.rcct, and between meat lor th3 Wind and bonnet for the teau tru. (the book-storc and the milliner s shop), offer, pabulum for the peilate-e.io.ee raa.1 lv (itLcetiesTif all Uinds, Ifany individual wants lo kin.-.v where Htvy JarttcuVir Wnd ol j?'? good" of par ticuhr ooaiiiy ft to had. Set him read over rsiuriilV. idverti-unenti; and take our assurance that tbo advertisements, nu- ,k- re. don't by any nitans tell all tlere is in their store, on the south ,rfe of the square. 3eio5 it weak I' p' B'-boJJ bv a inudsomt) ykeiwB or yourself in any one of Wr many kinds that Millfk makes at i.-.. wi ir.known room- in Allen's Block a "i-ireelain picture," or a carte-de-visitf, or even one ot those exquisite little gems aid buy an album to put it in. Ali fine styles of pictures arc made by A. F. Styles, at his " Vermont Gallery"; and be offers espial attractions for the hol idsvs in over 30 varieties ct photograph al bums, tbore indispensable ornaments of the parlor table. He continue also to furnish his photograiAs or Vermont Scenery, ol which we have heretofore spoken more par ticularly. Browm's -'CWnnHsll," Central Block, we stepped into, the other day, and found it full td tne China and Glass ware, I.itr hangings. Curtains, Ac. &e. It was full of customers, too. keeping Mr. Brown nnd his clerks busy enough. There was many an or nimented "and useful article there excellent ly fitted to please some friend as a holiday gilt. Next door, Mrs. S. S. Brown's Millinery store attraets the notice of every passer by, Brwivclmv ..... unltss it be some hardened male, wretch or other who doesn't know a love of a winter l,:iiet from a hist year's coalscuttle. suattiix. Flanaws. No. 1. Union Block, have Furs. those most acceptable ot aills at thi. season in great variety.Hats, Cans. Gloves Ac. Ac., a large supply. .-ukoo. Walkers .t Wires also occupy a store in Union Block, ami have a finpassort- uiciit of Crockery, China and Hardware of ,11 kinds; with Shedd A Walker's large tin s' ..i. to supply dv thing wanted in that line. i SToar's Music Store may be purchased. not only the best musical instruments of any ui-ii.-d kind and the newest and b. st sjwet mnsie. but also picture frames and pas-e-parf.uts, fancy card photographs, plain and colon d, and fine steel engratings. We have mentiontd in this and previous numbers, some ! the places where tne pur dnser of Holiday Gilts may find their mon- .11 Ui.i out. to wtuih. in looking over -v.. . , . .. the advertising columns of the Fan Press sttMitttin has been attracted. But let it zm.1 beeuptosed that these are ad tht re an in town. There are the Drug Mores, with . sfi.Ti.i rv and toilet articles : the S oe Siora, wh. se content go to the soft oa. woman or . aid : the Hardware Stores. with table and ticket . utlery. skates. ,t t. - tho Tohueeo and Ciear Sh ira ; Variety tore ; and many tin r. In any one, i1l hisu tastes, or thisse of the frit-mi lor wlom they would purchase, load them thither, may find some article that shall be a token of kind rtgard, or an occasion of thankfulness at this liday time of year, when good wi-he are Upermost , and by whose help s-imetnm; ni.-.j tie done toward making a Merry Christ m . and a Happy New Year. A Old Settler cone. Thomas Davis, of M intnrlier. died on 'he 17th int., at the advanced age of 95 years and eight months He was the last of the. first settlers of Mont pelicr. having come into that place with his father, the first settler of the town, in 17 The forest trees which then occupied the site of the present village of Montpelier were cleared away by the axes of himself and fa ther. In 1M)7 be built the Pavilion Hotel, which be carried on for a dozen vs-trs or so. Walton's Journal say; of him . Mr. avis was an uncommonly unobtrusive, exemplary man, ever avoidiag giving offence, and practicing all these virtues that make the worthy man and good citizen. Wc do not re member to have heard from his lips a single Kile word. To Correspondents. Wo have received one or two long communications written in pmcil. The tai on tho patience of eom itorsand prool readers to make out Murr- d pencil marks is more than can be afforded. Communications as well as advertisements, ..i.-t be written out plainly in Ink, tn se- i.re attention. Death or M. Dattos. The last arrivals .ring news of lie death of Hon. William ) yton, U. S. Mini-U-r to France, from apop- j iexy. Mr. Dayton for a long period was a man of mark in this country, held in high estimation by all who know him. His bear i ingas U. S. Minister at Fans has been hottorable to himself and tn his country. Vermont Items. Some people, since the St. Albans raid, have been much sen red in several border towns- at seeing what seemed to lie signal lights. Last week lights made their appear ance around St. .lohisshtirr, hut careful examination showed that they wero only tt oodchopper's fires ; ami tbe scared ones telt relieved. Movements are on too, to tend the I " "'c rlIer """I1- , ri,1"d m "if "-l . Paseonipsic B. It. to tbe boundary line, and 1 ?f llw fort -admiral Porter will p.-jba. three miles over, into Stansted. C. E. haT0 rccour5e tlie ejploeion ot pow ' close under tho walls, demolishing them James Berry, an employer of the Messrs. I concentratipn. The powder will becarr Fairbanks, become n raving maniac, from ! there by old transports, the effects nfMillcrite excitement, a week ! The obstructions removed from CapeFea-" ago Saturday. He took a rail from his bed- river, the fleet can pass up to Wilmingt. stead. smashedhhrough the doors, and drove and assist Gen. Butler in the capture every one in tbe house -ut into the street, giving chase, with nothing on hut a shirt, to one of his own sons. Berry was finally secured by main force, heforu "he had killed any one. A hnx was shot in Victory on the 27th ol November, hy a son of James Towle, that mea-urcd 4 feet ten inches in length. The St. Jol.nsl.ury Cafeionian says that on Friday, December 2, the farmers in that arel neighlioring fiwns were ploughing and doing other work commonly done in Novemlier. A efc ago Thursday a barn belonging to Mr. Jiihn Ixster, or factors Point, 2(1 by CO. was taken up and carried ten feet hy tbe wind. Two m were in it at the time, and liad just finishetl nailiir-- down tlie Lfloxr. . , ,, , , Joseph Johnson of Huntinctun has tbe prcsorn seas, fitttemsl atl killed a hog. a 1".- iV ""Sfcoi when UreMnl tills Us. jnd n Imlt 31ILITIA KECItUITING. II. G. Cadin, of Ilurlington, is appoints,! raisi acompany of Militia in Burlington, 111 place of Geo. D. Thompson, declited. Kdar Nash is also appointei to lais; a company in Sielbume 11. , lace of Frederick Fletcher. ' - clined. A. J. CRANE, Supt. of Recrnitiag, Second Dutrict. l'ersonnls Lieut- Emerson IT. Liscum, Twelf-.u P.e;. ular Infantry, son of Mr. John Li'.-u? ' bis place, has received oScial act-. froa sbe rvtrv of "iV ar, ttut "the i r . dent of tie United States has appointed turn, for gallant services nt tho battle of Betls-ad Church and during tIieprc-icntcamp.iig-1 be fore Richmond, to a Captaincy bv n wi. is the service of tit United States." Charles S. ban, Esq.i of St. John5iur has ti-en appointed Collector of 'n'epV Revenue.vice tieorge A. .Merrill, resigm-u Major Lot Chamberlain, pretty ei. known in tneoo iirtn.and now United States Riymastcr. the New York Tniuae reports. has been committed to the Old Capit,.. prlv on for being a defaulter;. Tlie steamer Cuba, just arrived. .nr.tr- news of the death, at I'aris, of Mr. Dayt, a United States Minister to France, ofap.. pleiy. In the Des Moines (Iowa) Daily R-pstrr appears the professional card of Major S, , Eaton, as an Attorney at Ijaw .tir. hat. P is a graduate ot the University of Vrnu r: anl wen tnowu m ij,4'-'- -one studied law. Hobart Butler, Esq., of Stanhndge a graduate of the Uniyersity uf Vermont been admitted to the fur ol Lower I ana la. At a meeting of the Vestry of St. pau' Church, holden pursuant to notice duly gi,ro, on Monday, the lPth ef Dec., the follow eg Preamble and Kesolutiens were uraniui usiy adopted : rTcii,Iths3 pleased our lleaienlj FsUis- -. tale to Himself oar venerated andhe!ovlai.-i:t TtituAKD li. Cots, Em- wL has. itunsv ihs. . DHtory of this Parish, been identified with .:, . fits chief supptrtersi fjrtho listlhirt; j.4r.L filled the offlce of Vestryman . for the iait k.-ii;; years has keen the senior War4ea, aod I- r Uis ei ihteea ears tho Treasurer of the Paruh. an : ' , lb last twenty ffvs ears, and until Cuba; ea.-! compelled him lo retire, was tu .ealer r :- mu.-ioftl;el.'hnreh; therefore. Be K rm-txrJ y lf IVitTr, That we I- w w.-.. verectsasmissiootothisatSletivo disjisuat l ' our l!eaver.ly Father, aod rejoice in the i, is- suranea!uehtbeholTlifaanilhepai:eru. i' ofourvenerate4roUteraird that our reat . -. st his uneprosahle gain ; and that we tni-r . , widow aad fUsally the assurance of oar liea.- sap thy SnsM. That the upright and gcsl'.j ..re i. bruiser, during Use whole period f U(.-f- - with St. Taufs Parish, tba pr-emin--ot fa.tt1r4.nc'! aod zeal wila which he fulfilled all tl.e out e-. ' . important offices he held 10 the Church. :ti w - -. . of his counsels, and th cheerfulness and gene- -ly of his eontrihatioaa to the support ..f t'ie Par -l and to ever- plan for the advancement . t t 's csts, rendered 1 ua a pillar of strength ar. 1 a r s aod a blessing to oar Church, and rr,u?: c. eommend bt iat-tii.ry lo the vencrat'oa j . r the people of tuts Parish. Rttmhti. That tl e-trj will atter -'ef.-'-a of3lr Cole laa tsjdj, and sear the u-ai a.s saournins for thiitjr amy flimlitd. That the -ecretary be instructs i - j. manicate these rrsolntioas to Mrs. Cole, i.--: u puMish them in tho papers of the tnwo. ac : ; ti Ckurek Journal, aad Ihe CHri-tutn tfttmtt THUS. 11. CANF1ELD. Sc. of tho t estrj si; - ol the War. War DEr'T, Washington. ) Dec. 19, J P Jl. ( To Maj. Get. Die: Tbo following report of bis operations on yesterday has been received from Major Gen eral THuinas : Hea do, carters Dir. or tue Cimberland, Near Spring Hill, Dec. IS j The enemy have been vigorously pursued to-day, bat has studiously avoided any at tack by ray irtiopi. I have succeeded in ta king a lew prisoners, some 200 or 300, but our captures are light in comparison with the masses of the past three days. The pur suit will bo continued in the morning at as early an hour as the trovps can march I hate found the railroad thus far but i.ti.i disturbed, and my trains will be up by rA. road in a day or two at the furthest. The telegraph is up with me now I p 3 receiving more correct reports of the opera tions of the 16th inst., it was reported that Major General Ed Johnson's entire divisi : with all tbe brigade commanders, was -ar-lured in the works, which were captured 'j assault, besides destroying a brigade of t- -enemy's cavalry and capturing its cimman. er, Brig. (Jen. llucker. Among the captur made to-day, are the rebel Brig.-Lier Quarles, wounded, and a number uf rebels, also wounded, lying in the houses by the roadside, unable to go away. GEO. 11 THOMAS. Maj. Gen. Com. So report for to-day has reached the De partment, except tbe followirg unofficial Nashville, Dec. l'J, 1 P M. This forenoon the rains have been so hea vy that little progress has been made. Our cavalry skirmished with the enemy a shot distance south of Spring Hill, finding Forrest in command. The river is swelling rapid! Xo intelligence Irom Gen. Sherman has ' received to-day. A call and draft for t. hundred thousand troops, to makeup ficiency on the last call, has been orueri.: "? tho President. EDWIN M. STANTON, Sec. of War Richmond papers of Saturday concede that Savannah mast lye taken. Tclegraphir e- w munieatioti with that city i" cut utf Ti " indicates tbe complete investment -if the phveu. The Commercial Advertiser announces ti ar ' Wilmington Harbur is tl.c supposed destina ! tien of the great ei edition which ssj, I from Hamilton Koads on the 13t'n mst I' I says the plan of Admiral Porter will tr -1 ably be to eflect first the reduction d t I Fisher, which will be shelled at a long rat jtf I and as soon as the tiro of the fort s.ai'tr the light draft gunboats and mortars w ' puss the fort and encounter the obstruct ' ; Wilmington. If success is achieved, Vu rningtoti will undoubtedly be made a baeef T future operations. Tho fleet, which numbers over sixty vessel, was tiassed on tho ICth. off New Inlet, C. There are with it the new Ironsides aa 1 four monitors ; and the Dictator, wl-.ic J reached Fortress Monroe on tbo 17tb, ' " j 'urPd is also to join them, ' , , . . . . , , . ,mI ,1 j th"ftcb ndatef "l" thc, ?,tom,1"- ,Drc' 18 831,95 , mine t ' Little ot interest commanders seeming " awai! theresult of Sherman's operations an- Porter's tlt. Good deal o! hravT going on for the past two days at Dutc'i W; Canal. The enemy a day or two ago if" ed a new hundred pounder in trout of Pew"- burc. nnd since hate been industri al' throwing shells at the railroad trains. T-' hate done no dimiige. nor are likely t 1 ... ,Ar m.ra.-v MatK uf unc UHI)irrd guns was fired in hoa- r ..rriioina,' vi-iory' Keel batteries m . .. . ... . 11 . :,h ., .t,aD,. daw- lopit ours is 'V " --"V , age. Pieletsoi. the right veryactite. Err; ing upcoinpliminl all night Desintchiw fwm Nashville, I ne 19 .r...rt the reliel lorees 111 full ' Hatch's ravulrv attacked rebel nT.tf,. aiuidat. cjpiJ.rina large numbers ot P .r..r- '."I. 4tl. I'.tl- ef'1 "" rit.rs- Fr.nkhn Sunday mernins rrs I.. 1 is - ,IwouudeU. b"f' eburcli atsl public building there taken I hospitals, nearly all the churches wM viUcare appropriated for our wounded.