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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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."

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