FRIDAY EVENING, JUNE 5.
The Nation-?! intolHironcer has an article on
tlio ".Retaliatory (./*>?!*.'. and speaks of the
"caution with which sivrh awful remedies
-hould be threatened or invoked on the one
>i de or the other." It says, "if the wafers of;
rhis Mi-rah are once unsealed, they may spread |
inlo a sea of blood. j
The Old School Presbyterian General As- j
>emb!y have resolved that it is not expedient j
at this lime to take any decided action with j
reference to a re-nnion of the old and new :
School Presbyterian Oh arches; but they re- j
commend the cultivation of fraternal inter- j
course and mutual good will and friendly feel- j
in*r. ||w[ _ |
The increase of the German element in the j
present population of this place and the neigh- j
borhood, is proved by the publication and j
circulation here of a weekly German newspa
per called the Alexandria Beobachter, or Ob
server-?which is entirely in the German]
Maj. Sherburne, and Captains McGowan
and Gamble, were assailed yesterday, from a
house between the Aqueduct and the Ch?in
Bridge, by a party of soldiers and others.?
They called up a guard and had the party ar
rested, not, however, before Maj. S. hud
wounded a roan who threw a stone at him.
At the late election in this county, W. W.
white, A. o. Harmon, J. L. Dyson, J. II.
Sherwood, C. (J. W ade, Wm( B. Lae\r, and
J. A. Sisson were elected Magistrates. Oli
ver Cox wan elected Surveyor. II. S. Wunder
overseer of the poor. J. H, Russell, Common
i ?nffltffijUMiw ?
The vote in Fairfax county for annexation to
Western Virginia was 155 for it; against it SO.
Geo, Tucker was elected Commonwealth's
Attorney for Fairfax.
The New York Times says, "The order
put.dug the department of Major General Dix
ini'ler the command of Major General ffooker,
was issued on Monday. It is presumed that
Gen. Dix will ask at once to be relieved from
The Chicago Caual Convention was largely
attended, and had a harmonious session. Res
olutions were passed in favor of the construc
tion and enlargement of the canals between the
Mississippi river and the Atlantic.
The 18th Virginia regiment, !J. S. V., for
merly commanded hy Col. J. T. Close, have
been mustered out of service, the regiment
never having reached the minimum in num
bers required by the regulations.
The result of the primary Ward meeting in
Baltimore for the election of delegates to the
nominating Convention for Congress, is in fa
vor of the friends of H, Winter Davis.
ihe prisoners confined in the jail in Wash
ington recently made an attempt to escape.
but were foiled in their attempt.
The immigration of foreigners into New
York continues to be verv large.
The drouth is very severe in North Carolina.
i The dates from Vicksburg are to Sundaj
I last. Gen. Johnston- was reported to be ad
[ vancing but ween t.he Yazoo and the Big Black
I river-, with \)mi intention of retaking Haines's
| Bluff. and breaking (he Federal communica
tion* on the north. On \\ ednesday, the-27th,
one army corps rook .seven days' rations and
marched out to meet him. His force is va
riously estimated at from fifteen to thirty
thousand. It is reported through Confeder
ate sources that General Grant, having been
j unsuccessful at every point oi the Vicksburg
defenses, had fallen back upon the line of the
Big Black, and was fortifying his position
there 10 prevent Gen Johrston from crossing.
The siege operations on the river side were
kept up on Saturday lact, the mortar boats
firing day and night upon the Confederate
works. Another dispatch, however, states
that there had been no material change in af
fairs up to Sunday, ann that there had been
no lighting for several days, hut that the siege
works were being energetically pushed for
ward bv Gen. Grant.
" A dispatch from Washington contains ex
tracts from a Richmond paper of Wednesday,
stating that General Grant had demanded the
surrender of Vicksburg on Thursday last, but
! the Confederate commander replied that the
! garrison would not surrender. Federal _ ad
vices tip to Sunday represent that the siege
was progressing with reasonable satisfaction,
and that there was no immediate pressure
upon Gen. Grant's rear. Gen. .Barks was in
vesting Port. Hudson.
(Jol. Kilpatrick has made another raid
, in lower Virginia. At the conclusion of
Stoneman's raid, it will be remembered, Col.
Kii pa trick's command remained at Gloucester
Court-house. Last week he was ordered to
again join the main army, and on Saturday
morning, May 30th, he started on the march
| to Urbarma, on the Lower Rappahannock.?
! lie destroyed considerable property, and _ ar
| rived at Aquia Creek on Wednesday morning;
On Wednesday morning the Confederate
pickets on the Rappahannock were considera
The Boston Traveller has the following-?A
gentleman just from New Orleans, holding a
position in connection with Farragut's fleet,
gives an account of an expedition up the Red .
river to Shreveport, where the Confederates
had a navy-yard. Two iron-clads of great I
power were Ion rid upon the stocks. They '
were blown up and destroyed. It is believed i
they were powerful enough to have destroyed
the whole Mississippi fleet. The iron for!
them had been sent from Richmond. j
The British prize steamer Dolphin about'
which there has been considerable talk on the
other side of the Atlantic, has been condemned
by the Prize Court at Key West, as a lawful
prize. Enfield rifles and sabbres were found
to constitute a portion of her cargo. Several
valuadle prizes have been captured recently?
among them the Spanish steamer Union, the
English steamer Eagle and a number of
The U. S. thip De Soto, Capt Walker, over- '
hauled on the 17th ult., in the Gulf of Mexi- j
co, the Confederate steamer Cuba, which had
sailed with a valuable cargo. The Cuba was !
set on fire by her officers and crew, when they j
found escape impossible, and taking to their;
boats, their vessel was burned and sunk. The j
boats were picked up by the De Soto and the ?
officers and crew carried to Key West. j
Lieut. Com. Walker, who took possession of j
Haines' Bluff after the abandonment of the ;
works at that point by the Confederates, states j
that he found one gun there which he spiked,
and burned the carriage. He also destroyed
some forty tents and a steam saw-mill. On
his arrival at Yazoo City he burned three
vessels at the navy yard there, which were in
process of construction. One of these was
the Mobile, a screw vessel of which the frame
was completed ready for planking?another?
the Republic?which was being fitted out for a
ram; whilst the third was the "monster" ves
sel spoken ol by Admiral Porter, three Inm
?]ml awl ten feo.t krng and -event? fret. W;1Ui. ,
The latter does not, however, appear to WvJ
been in a very forward state, as( we; are t,,U '
t y/as **ou the stocks. lne Naw
' V-irfl with its mills and machine shops Vail
boon fired previous to the arrival o| W,
W'likev: but he competed the \wtk ot <W
-uiq hi lined large saw tmll aWe. ?W
truo.101., an ^ ^ ^ st0rps V,e state,
h,d\',een removed.. Whilst the vessel, ecu,
t- ?;n. the expedition were on their return ,,
fhe Mississippi they were attacked war \m
oof Landing, and had one matt ,n\led au.l
. (;'1en- Ujnian, commanding thcne-rom*
iu Genera! Banks department, lias?i.ssui?,l
card, m which he reports Captain Sairer.Ny
Conn, volunteers, and provost marshal iU c."
Bernard's Parish, as having used violent mn,
uves against the organizing of colored
and dcmg all|he could to prevent the reeniitC
of such soldiers. General Ullmao says be #:j
report him to Secretary Stanton.
The U.S. Government has at last determined
to reform the mode by which the Army of tk
Potomac has been furnished with newspapers,
and to break up the monopoly by which ihe
soldiers have been forced to pay ten cents a
copy. The cost of any paper sold is not to
exceed five cents a copy. The privelege of
acting as newspaper agents is to be confined to
discharged or disabled soldiers, and given to
the highest bidder, the amount to be paid into
the proper hands as a hospital fund. It is un
derstood, also, that the privilege of supply?
officers' messes at headquarters is also to 1< I
awarded to the highest bidder on simitar term
Admiral Foote has been detached from bis
bureau and ordered 10 relieve Admiral Dupont |
as commander of the South [Atlantic Block- ;
ading Squadron. Admiral Foote will sail from \
New York in the Tuscarora, The ret-on that [
General Gilmore Is to relieve Gen. Hunter ^ \
Commander of the Department of the South. |
is renewed, and General Gilmore is at Well
ington making preparations for some new duty,
The city government of Portsmouth was or- j
ganized yesterday. The inauguration o- i
city government of Norfolk will be delays! |
about ten days, from some cause not explain*! $
The keys of the public buildings have been^ I
en up by the military authorities, aiiJ ilienc?: |
e.ssary order to subordinate military office j
will soon be promulgated. I
The Princess Metternieh made her ?pp<*' I
ance in ihe streets of Paris lately in a drcs- |
Havana-colored silk, ornamented ffith I
trimmings, studded with steel-headed w- I
The bonnet was ol the same material, out- v
merited in a iike manner; and so \va.i the l"?r> I
sol. (But, what color is "Havana-color?-; |
The laige collection of paintings belongi"/? K
Rev. Henry Ward Beecber were so!' at I
Derby Gallery, New York, on ^ ^ ?
evening. The catalogue comprised abmi ^ u
pieces, some of which sold for goo p"C I
The whole collection netted ?ever.i. - I
dolllars. ,, I
The Provost Marshal General has ^ i
Major G. 0. Haller, ith t- &? . fof I
Acting Assistant Provost Marshal 0 ? 1
Maryland, headquarters at Baltniw' ^..n. |
Information has been receiver j 1a ^.0 1
federate steamer Alabama boar< 0 ]^h I
sloop off the coast of Can?peac l; f
of May. . j L,#D y^ \
The subscriptions to the l a !' " I
^ . -.1 op" 9(XJ
terdav amounted t<- '? " j
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