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An.-tuer Debt Case.—We find the fol lowing in the Washington correspondence of the N. Y. Times : " The decision of Provos t Judge Freese, of Alexandria, that merchants in 'Dixie' within the Union lines, must pay their debts to the North, has brought on quite a number of New York merchants, with claims considered past recovery. Judge Freese on Friday reiterated his determination to enforce payment in every case where it could be shown that a loyal citizen would be the sufferer should the court refuse to act; that in every instance where a refusal to pay could in any manner be connected with the rebellion, he would enforce payment. Judge Freese decided a case on Friday between two citizens of Alexandria, that involves these points. It was shown, from affidavits made by Mr. Hallowell, a Union citizen of Alex andria, that a citizen named Fleming was col lecting debts and selling property for J. E. Douglas, also a merchant of Alexandria, who has gone into the Confederate army; that be (Douglas) owed Hallowell money, which Fleming refused to pay, saying he had no authority, but admitting that he had sold some of tbe property of J. E Douglas te the firm of Reckver & Partner, also of Alexan dria. Upon this statement of facts, made by Hallowell and admitted by Fleming, Judge Freese compelled Fleming to pay Mr. Hal lowell out of funds in his possession belong ing to J. E. Douglas. Judge Freese remarked that as Fleming had assumed authority to collect money for Confederates, he would grant him authority to pay tbe debts of Con federates also; that one of the pet theories of the Southern leaders, and one of their in ducements to Southern merchants to join tbe rebellion, was that they could repudiate their debts to the North. He intended, so far as he was concerned, that they should pay their §bts. He also granted Mr. Fleming tbe ivilege of paying Mr. Hallowell in gold." An Autumnal Sunday.—Yesterday was the first clearly defined autumnal Sunday of 1861. The fall has been growing upon us, but now the faded leaves, not yet clothed with the rich beauty of Indian summer, the half-bare trees, the cool winds that forerun tho snow, are all upon us, and tell that the last glories of the summer will soon be swept away by the icy breath of winter. Services were held in all the churches now open, and at most of them the attendance at all the services was excellent. Just before noon, solemn music filled the air, and a military cortege passed through the principal streets, paying the last honors to an officer of the U. S. forces, and escorting the remains to the steamer, en route for the North. :*At other hours of the day, two less imposing funerals i>ld that the destroying angel had visited nne city homes. The day was quieter than sual, the chilly atmosphere having the ef ;ct of keeping large numbers in doora. The Relief Supply Store.—The prelim tary arrangements of the committee in ! charge of tbe distributing operations of the : Volunteer Relief Association are now com- ! plete, and stores are being purchased daily, j We learn that„on Friday next, the supply ! store will be opened at the store on Fairfax j street, opposite the city market, and lately > occupied by James A. English. The Washington Star says:—"Some ar- : rangement is absolutely necessary by which three-months' men returned from having been prisoners may draw their back pay.— The law makes the signature of certain of I the officers of the regiment necessary, before ' any payments can be made. Those regi- i ments being disbanded, tbe officers are not at hand to sign the certificates. There are now j many disabled returned three-months men here who cannot draw a dollar of their dues on that account, and who being minus legs and arms, are helpless. Many wounded ! three-years men have also returned here whose regiments are at a distance, and find themselves in the same situation." Great preparations for "coast defence," continue to be made by the Confederates in North Carolina. ' j 1 Military Court.—The Military Court I he'll its Meal session, at the County Court EtuUtS this morning—Judge Freest, presid" ing. The atter.dance of citizei Bof the town was much, t larger than we have ever 'known before. A number of representatives of Nor thern firms were also present. The preliminary affidavit in the civil case of Vuruham, Plumb & Co. against Barley & Triplett was read, whereupon the Court or. dered that the representative of said firm be summoned to answer forthwith. After the transaction of some military business, the Court took up, V Bowen, Hume& Co. and M S. Hallowell against G. R. Witmer 4 Bros. In this case, the five days allowed the de fendants to reply having expired, the case came on for adjudication. Messrs. I. Liuis Kiuzer and H. O. Claughton appeared for Mr. Slaymaker; co-partner and representa tive of Witmer & Bro., and S. F. Beach for tbe plaintiffs in the case. Mr. Kinzer read the answer of the defend ant to the complaint of the plaintiff*, which jhe stated was prepared not so much for the eye of the Court, as with a view of carrying tbe case up upon an appeal to the authorities at Washington. The answer, after stating the facts in relation to the business of Messrs* Witmer, proceeds to deny tbe jurisdiction of the Provost Court in the premises, asserts that martial law has not been declared in Alexan dria, and reviews, at some length, tbe incon venience and danger attending the proceed--. ings of the Court as now administered, and objects to the same as contrary to the Con stitution of the United States, the proclama-j tion 4jf the President of tbe United States, j and of Col. Wilcox, the commander of tbe j forces which took possession of Alexandria on the 24th of May last. Mr. Claughton followed, arguing that even supposing all civil courts to be abolished, tbe . Military Court was bound to administer the law as recognized by the Federal Govern-i ment, in acknowledging the authority of the ! geivernmentof Virginiaestablishedat Wheel-1 ing. Tbat authority having been recognised j as binding, all tbe laws of the Com moo-1 wealth enacted previous to the winter of 1860, this court was then bound to adminis ter those laws, and tbey afforded no authi.ri- | ty for the action which it was proposed the ' court t-hould take in this case. Mr. Beach thought that a recent law of the Wheeling government provided fur just such an exercise of jurisdiction. The Court said that the hinge of the con troversy was whether martial law existed in Alexandria. He thought that it did. It was true there had been no formal proclama tion to that effect—but the appointment of Gen. Montgomery as Military Governor of Alexandria, seemed certain to contemplate a military government. The Court was aware it was a singular state of affairs, but it had to take things as it found them, and administer J>-Hice as best it could. It was desirous tl v] the case should go up to the Washington Purities, and the whole matter be adjudicated before them. It would accordingly postpone an opinion until to-morrow, and allow an appeal ,to be taken, and retaining the goods of the Messrs. Witmer in the possession of the Court—would stay further proceedings un til the appeal was decided, And after seme other business, the Court adjourned. The \oi,unteer Relief Association. The Volunteer Relief Association, of this city, met at the Auditor's Office, in adjourned meeting, on Saturday afternoon last. Wil liam B. Price in the Chair, H. Pell, Secreta ry, and a considerable number of gentlemen The resignations of the standing committee from the Fourth Ward were received, and Messrs. A. J. Fleming, Wesley Avery and James A. Chamberlain named as a new com mittee. After some business relative to the pur chasing of supplies, &c, the Treasurer re ported a balance on hand of some two hun dred dollars, and tbe meeting adjourned. timnre Sun says :—"The Federal fleet, wflicfa -ailed from this port on Sunday night last> took with them several slaves belonging to parties in this city and vicinity. It is al leged that the slaves secreted themselves in the vesfcels, or were stowed away there by the soldiers, unknown to and contrary to the explicit orders of the commanders. Some tight or ten were arrested while endeavoring ) get away, and lodged in jail; and one was arrested at Fortress Monroe, by policeman Hubbard, of this city, and taken to Balti more, and lodged in jail. It is generally believed that the nffiogrs of the ©-.pedition did all in their power to prevent tbe escape oi negroes. They arrested several and j handed them over to tbe sheriff." j The special correspondent of the New York Times, who communicates to that paper, intelligence from the country around Washington, under date of October 25, says:—"Neither the females nor children of Alexandria will be allowed to insult the Federal troops with impunity in future.— The females will risk confinement in tbe guard house, and the parents will be made responsible for the good behavior of their offspring." The Washington correspondent of the Baltimore Sun Bays:—"lt is inferred in some quarters that the Federal troops are going into winter quarters hare, because of the advertisement of Major Rucker for lumber. The fact is, the amount advertised for will not begin to answer for the construction of huts for the entire army. As much has al ready bees used here." The New York World correctly remarks that "the most sensible and judicious por tion of the public we believe, would greatly prefer truthful and trustworthy accounts of battles, even though delayed a few hours, to having the thousand and one wild, false, and painful rumors of tbe day after the battle neaped into the columns of tbe newspapers only tv be contradioted and exposed in the same place twenty-four hours later." — -— . — Gen. Evans, in his official report of tbe engagement near Leesburg, \ übliehed in tbe Richmond papers, gives three hundred as the number killed and wounded on tbe Southern side. There is said to have been general quiet on the Potomac lines yesterday. Interesting Relics—The occupation of the Fairfax Court House, alternately by the Federal and Confederate forces in Virginia, has caused the almost entire dismantlement of the Eriisopal church at. that place, so re nowned fir its antiquity, and the soldiers of both armies, when encamped there, spent I much of their time in converting pieces of the wood work ol the sacred edifice into s u venirs for themselves and friends. Many of these took tbe shape of smoking pipes, and we have seen some of very neat shape and finish. The church at Fairfax Court House was built by Lord Fairfax, and the pulpit and altar were constructed in England. In this church, and at this altar, George Wash- | ington was married. The altar has been j nearly all cut away, and it is mostly from the material composing it|_m the pipes are ' made by the souvenir- toLßalt. Sun. j The whole story atif ,40 Jshington's ' having been mattM PitfitFairfiix Court House fai Hjj| Fall's church or PoJtf Fne was ' married in HHvM P" f ' * —____ ___ f Gen. Stone Col. Ba ker.—The fui]ow_M,4g £h was sent to Col- Baker by General f|ton« va Sunday, the day before the advance of the Federal army to wards Leesburg. This dispatch was obtain ed from an authentic source, and its reliabil ity may be depended upon. It shows that the movement was under instructions frum Gen. Stone, who commanded the brigade : To Gen. Baker—2 P. M—Sir: Soori" as you get your forces in position, make a dash at Leesburg, and shoot down any lawless de predators that may leave the ranks. Gen.' Gorman is moving up on the left, and I ex- I Bto8 to be in possession of Leesburg to-night. I Stonk. c Potomac River.—There has been no I al to-day from below the Confederate J batteries at this port. A wood vessel passed j up to Washington, but whether she came I from below Quantico, we are not informed, j The Lydia Ann, which escaped the batteries a few days since, and other vessels, left the port, and sailed down the river about noun. ' Ihe veil of secrrcy has leen rcniovnl hy the Government, in reference to the great expedition about to sail from. Hampton Roads. The commander of the land forces is Gen. Thomas W. Sheinfan. The troops are to be divided into three brigades, under the respective commands of Brigadier-Gene rals E L Viele, Isaac J. Stevens, and 11. G. Wright. The naval commander of the ex pedition is Commodore S. F. Dujont, with the (.team frigate Wabash as bis flag ship.— The fleet will consist of the Sabine, (50 guns,) Captain Ringgold, now blockading Charleston; tnn Susquehanna, (15 guns,) Captain Lardnef; the Flag, Commander Rod. gers; the Savannah, (24,) Commandei Miss room, off Savannah; the St. Lawrence, (50,) Capt. Porviance, off St. Simon's; the Dale, (16,) Commander Yard, of Fernandina; rbe Vandalia, (20,) Commander Haggerty, re cently off Bale's Bay, S. C, but just return ed to Hampton Roads; the Governor, Capt. C. L. Litchfield, with Major Reynolds' Bat talion of Marines; the steam gunboats Sem mole, Mohican, Florida, Pocahontas, James Adger, Augusta, Alabama, Unadilla, Otta wa, Seneca, Pawnee, Pembina, Isaac Smith, R. B. Forbes, Curlew and Penguin. The entire armament of the fleet is reported to be not less than 400 guns. In addition to this immense force, there are some thirty five steam and six sailing transports, which are all armed. As to the destination of the fleet, we are still left in the dark. The New York Herald says that "the Waterloo of America is at hand"—and that "soon one of the greatest and most bloody battles on record may be expected in Vir ginia." The New York Tribune calls for 'a proper tribunal to inquire into the failure and loss at Edward's Ferry." The New York World says that, "in view of what has recurred, although tbe Northern people have absolute faith in their final success, they will have to add to their faith, pa tience." ■ V The Cirouit Court ot W ashing to D base re ceived the notification that President Lincoln has directed tbe U. S. Marshal not to eerve the notice upon the Pruvodt Marshal, he hav ing suspended the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in military cases—and re marked that it was a grave and important matter, and they would take time to con sider on it. The Confederate account of the battle of Edward's Ferry, reports the capture of 000 prisoners, aud 1 200 stand of arms. The forces were the Virginia Bth and the 17th, and 18ih Mississippi regiments. The 13th Mississippi was held in reserve. The killed and wounded on the Federal side is put down at about 1,000. The only Confederate prisoner taken by the Federal troops at the battle of Edward's Ferry, was Lieut. Barrert, of the Virginia Eighth, formerly a Clerk in one of the De partments in Washington. OBITUAEY. 1 Died, September 6th, at Wheatland, Clarke co Virginia, VIRGINIA MORRILL, daughter ot I the late Capt. William Morrill, of Alexandria. | Seldom do circumstances occur to throw such a saddened interest, as those wh-ch attended thesud j den demise of one so beloved by all who knew her" i A dutiful daughter, an affectionate sister, a kind ! and sympathising friend, an agreeable companion her loss has cast a deep gloom over many hea> <' I among whom, after those of kindred and intimate | friends, nono will more sincerely grieve than the humble ones to whom it was her delight to minis ter, as God gave her the ability. Unceasing in charitable endeavors, her place was seldom vacant where the cheering influence of her presence whs manifest in the pruunpt attendance and pleasinir we come of those for whose temporal and sp-itual welfare she gave time and labor. But the many joyous associations of youth were suddenly inter rupted, and the peace aud quiet of home speedily disturoed by the attending horrors of civil war Seeking retirement with beloved friends, for a sea" son she seemed happy in their companionship; but the unwonted excitement, the crushing inuu ence ot our national troubles, together with the arose of isolation, tau.sed by the military barrier which separated her from beloved kindred, weigh ed too heavily upon her noble and affectionate '?'£•' t Sh ?^ ro °P cd ' and like many other victims ot thi j terrible calamity, passed to a better coun try—a land of peace and holy joy. Died, July 10th, ISSI, JAMKS THOMAS, in fant son of Ann K. Carroll, aged five month* -No more I clasp thee in my arms, Nor nurse thy little head ; No more I watch thy gentle sleep, For thon, my babe, art dead. Son, thou hast gone to rest, And this shall be our prayer Tb»t when we reach our journey's ear Tky glory we may share."