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IFrom the Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 30.]
Tho Union Ken of Sloxaadria Have s Sup
per—Speeches and Speakers—Some Doubts
Expressed- Unionism on tbe Half-Eheli.
A large Union supper war. given on Fri
daj night a Alexandria, by several Union
men of the place, among whom were Stephen
Sbinn, President of the Union Association ul
Alexandria, Mr. Maasey, the Postmaster,
end others. Invitations were extended to a
number of officers who were quartered in
that city—Col. Geo. P. McLean, Assistan>
Adj Gan. Freese, Rev. Mr. Clothier, Chaplain
of the Eighty eighth Pennsylvania regiment,
Captain Morris, commander of the Pensac >-
la, <fee. Several gentlemen from Reading,
Pa., who happened to be in Alexandria fur
tbe night, were also invited to be present
and see the manifestations of loyalty from
those who had periled tbeir lives and their
property in defence of their country's rights,
ander tbe most trying circumstances.
It appeared, by the remarks of Mr. Maa
ley, that out of a voting population of fifteen
hundred in Alexandria, seven hundred of
that number are now in the Confederate ar
my, cr otherwise engaged in aiding them, in
different parts of the South. Mr. Massry
proceeded to say that if tbe General Govern
ment had sent troops to Alexandria one
month before she did, nearly the whole of
those seven hundred would now be in tbe
Federal army. He said that tbe manner in
which so large a number of men happened
to be found at this time in so unjustifiable a
position, was in consequence of their having
at first organized themselves into a sort cf
Home Guard, and then being ordered out of
the city by tbe State authorities, for a short
distance, under the pretence of being placed
in "camps of instruction." Having been
removed from the city proper, other troops
from more southerly sections, were sent in
to take their places. Whon Ellsworth and
his men came down, these foreign Virginia
soldiers retreated from the towu, and the Al
exandrians being in their "camps of in
struction," sense distance away, were unable
to return, as large numbers ol them d-siree
to do. Assistant Adjutant General Freeze
made some remarks adapted to the occasion,
and iomplimeiued the members of the Union
Association of Alexandria for their labors in
behalf of loyally and the maintenance of re
publican institutions. He offered, in con
clusion, the health of the gallant Colonel of
the Pennsylvania*
This i ccasioned a reply from Col. McLean,
during which he stated to tho audience his
views with regard to what is termed here the
"Union Association." He remarked that it
was the first time an opportunity hud been
afforded 60 propitious as the present. He
had much intercourse with a large number
of those who claimed to be " Union men,"
and would not try to conceal the fact that, in
hin opinion, too many of them were of the
milk and water class. In hopes of creating
s more general and hearty feeling of loyalty
in tbat city, John C. Underwood, himself a
refugee from Virginia tyranny, was request
ed to visit them, and encourage the forma
tion of a company of " Home Guards."
The endeavor was made, and Col. Frees©
appointed mustering officer. What was the
result? Out of about five hundred or more
members of the so-called "Union Associa
tion," but three offered themselves as will
ing to be enrolled in the Home Guard. Af.
ter all tbeir meetings, tbeir patriotic speech,
es, and tbeir loud talk about the Union,
three only came up and were ready to keep
step with the music for the Union. Ass's
tant Adjutant-General Freese iffered some
objections to a portion of the remarks of the
previous speaker, and referred to individual
cases where it was manifest no hypocrisy
was in use; hut that it must be borne in re
tueinbrtince that in the whole number of
members there were many who were halt, '
lame, blind, and others whose petition*
(oak) not admit of their becoming attached
i active service. Col. McLean thought
lat although there might he many who
ere incapacitated from duty in vari
ous ■hay.-, they were in a pitiable plight if
oni hundred could not be raised out of the
whole. He did not desire to flatter them.
he d .; . it come there f>.r any such purpose,
bat : implj Go give ad unqualified opinion of
' a great many who called themselves Union
men, and yet, bad no right to claim that ap
pal .o.
Instances were cited, where several of
«ac Union men, as they pleasantly ter
msflves, bad brought their friends to hjoj
sud Beaked b fa •. give them passes, without
oomnsllrng th tn to sign ths "obligati n" m ; .
tu aid or w mi rt the enemies of the United
States He thought it was a shame tbat
ejMfi,men were now permitted to walk the
atreets whereon Washington bad t»ad<
But those men vrero after ihw loaves a^d
tisber; they joined the "Union Association,"
t en bad a card priuted, showing that they
were members of the '•Union," and then
expected every facility that they desired,
»uch as trading in the camp», selling li
quors, Ac.
A gentleman stepped forwaid and propo
sed that all should endorse the sentiments
just heard uttered. But two or three out oi
ihis Union assemblage ventured to coincide
with tbe speaker's views. A sort of half
(Judged Lieutenant, or person holding some
lower position in the Navy, replied openly
that he could not endorse such sentiments.
Yet that man receives his pay and support
from this Government, which he at the same
time thinks, undoubtedly, from bis feeble
statement, is unjust in her demands. The
same nautical individual gave his attention
slightly to the "press." He gave it as his
"opinion" that "we should be much baiur
off without the newspapers than with them."
Of course, it is not difficult to see tbe pa
triotism of that man. 4.
Cross-j.inversatinn finally became so poin
t d that Mr. Stephen Shinn made a request
that tbe remaiks shoJd be continued no
farther. O.hers ventured to be heard in va
rious parts of the room, hut it was manifest
that the genuine Union spirit had not been
overflowing in the breasts of tho greater
number of those present. Tbe hand having j
discoursed «ome pleasant music, this rather
doubtful Union meetirg dispersed. •
The Banks in Boston, New York, and
Philadelphia, all suspended specie payments
yesterday. As this was not unexpected, tbe
matter creates no great excitement. It is '
supposed that all the Northern Batiks will
follow the example of those in the large
P mltry, in considerable quantities, brought
from the X.jrih, an J ofF-roi at exo-bitantly
high prices, was iv market this morning —
We ara pleased t,. bear, that even those who
are able to hoy, refuse to purchase on the
Considerable ie ', was formed last .night, in :
Hunting; Creek, and along the river sLorS.
There Has a very heavy white frost.
Douglas Hospital has been assigned by the
U. S Surgeon General so tbebl'ck of birlld- {
Meg*; including the former' reshlence of ibe j
distinguished Senator, on Minnesota Row, '
lately leased by the United Sates for a gen
eral hospital The institution will speedily
Cpsn, and will have accommodations for ihree
hundred patients. It is under ihe charge of'
Dr. E 11. At adie, am»ied by Dr. Warren
Webster, of the regular army.
The brig Empire, Crosby, which sailed on
Saturday from Old Point for Port Royal to
open trade with a cargo of fresh provisions,
&c, look out a balloon and chemicals, and
apparatus for inflating it, consigned to Gen.
Sherman, under the direction of Professor
I Starkweather, of the eort nautic department
j Prof. Starkweather will make ascensions in
j the vicinity of Beaufort.
A note from Gen. lluger to Gen. Wool an-
I nounces that he is ready to send 240 pri- j
soners of war down James river from Rich- j
mond, by flag of truce, whenever they will
be received. Gen. Wool will send a flag of
truce to meet them on Thursday or Friday j
next. No list of those to be released has
: yet been received.
I The National Intelligencer urges an im
j mediate revision, by the concurrent action
of England, France and tbe United Sates,
of international law relating to contrabands
of war.
It is stated that in some of the counties in
Virginia it has recently been 01 dered—first,
that all males between 21 and 2G repast for 1
military service for three yeare; second, nil
between 20 and 31 to ser\e for 2 years; and
third, all between 31 and 44 t6 be enrolled
as a reserve force.
1 he faro tables arid other apparatus, se'zed
la° Richmond by the police in the house of
IF. 11. L. Allen, and Murphy & McCnnn, and
' Richard Copeiaud, were touunitfid to the
Barnes, on Broad street, front of ihe city .hall,
on Friday, _ , ,
A London correspondent iadioates, in a
spec',;! letter the Manchester Guar ban,
that even tho release of Mason and Slidell
will not cause England to abate her war
pr parations.
The c ih red firemen of Norfolk and Ports
mouth bad ;< gala day on Thursday.
It is stated oat of a voiins: papulation of
1,500 in Alexandria, Va., 700 are in the
derate army.
The "weather wiser" have been saying for I
1 tho la 11 lew dsya-» H Look out for snow." We '
' - ppvss it w'ui o; mi , but when, who knowr?
Both Houses of tbe U. S. Congress have |
adjourned until Thursday. To-morrow be
ing Nhw Year's Day, the usual Levee at the
President's house iv Washington will be!
The N. Y. banks suspended specie pay
nionts "because of tbe heavy drafts on their
oin, caused by their large advances to tbe j
government, and that depositors have been I
drawing out coin and stowing it away in or
der to sell it at.a premium/
Neat ly all tbe Northern papers, some with
humilia ion and a little complaint, are ac
quiescing, at least, in the decision ef the U.
S. government in tbe Mason and Slidell af
fair. It seems to be generally agreed that
it was tbe only way to avoid a war with
For the second time in but little over four
years, the banks of New York have suspen
ded specie payments, and it is a curious co
incidence that now as in the other case they I
solemnly resolved a week or two before that I
they would nut suspend.
Tbe loss of gold by tbe banks in N. V.,
in two weeeks, reached about $16,000,000 j
which has gone to tbe interior, to Boston I
and into private pockets.
Gen. Prim, commander-in-chief of the al-!
K forces in Mexico, arrivtd at Havana, on
d of the steamer Ulloa, on the 23d insf.,!
accompanied by his wife and only child, and i
also a numerous staff. His arrival ere ited
the greatest excitement among tbe Spaniard*
in that city, who gave him a most enthusias
tic reception.
Mrs. Baxley, who came up from Norfolk
feu Oil Punt, under a lag of truce, upon her
arrival in Baltimore, was arrested, and a
number of letters found in her clothes. She
refused to give any information to those who
questioned her. A joung man named Sep
timus Brown was arrested vt the same time.
'I he sol ipsa of the sun took place yesterday
earning, tut was veiy httle noticed or
boughs ab u'.
We have news from Liberia, dated at Mon
rovia on the 10,b of October. The Republic
was intensely flatted in consequence of the
expected retarf of a Spanish force from Si
rta Leone, in order to avenge the insult
said to have been offered to the fl lg of the
Qieen by the gunboat Q'lail, a-tina under
orders of the Liberiau government.
A U. S. detective reports in the Northern
pipers, that, notwithstanding repeated ef-I
f irts to prevent communications, merchan
dise and mails are continually carried from
St. Mary's county, Maryland, to Virginia,
and that persons are continually crossing tbe
Tbe Confederates have removed the woun. !
ded prisoners belonging to General Stone's j
division, and taken in the battle of Bali's
Bluff, to Richmond.
Mr. George F. Train lately lectured amidst j
considerable tumult at Tuostall, England, on
the subject of the crisis in the relations be-1
tween Great Britain and America.
United States and other stock, after the I
suspension in Now York, rose. Gold is
worth J per ct. premium. For domestic
use, it is said, gold and silver can be bad I
without premium.
It is said, that by direction of Lord Lyons,
the steamer Niagara will leave Boston to
day, taking Messrs. Mason and Slidell to
England. This is one statement in the
newspapers —but late accounts say that no
j orders for the reception on b<ard of the
Confederate Commissioners had been receiv
ed yesterday, but were hourly expected.
The steamer Persia, is to take the place)
;of the Niagara ordered to England to-day. J
As the U. S. steamer Resolute came up
i from Indian Head yesterday, she fired,
' without effect, at the nttw battery at Cock
pit Point. The Conftderaves, it is said, are
erecting a new battery this side of Cockpit
Point, opposite the month of Matawoman
Creek. The batterj at Buyd'a Hole, which
sunk the schooner Three BistctS, is ef field
pieces, but the guns are rifled guns of the
best construction, a.t they eagsged the Reso
lute al adihtarceoj marly two and a half
mika oh tbe 18th mat., ai.d, although she is
v small vr - d, tl ree o» loo? abuts otiuekher
' ■ •■ over bar.
The Federal tro as are digging a well at
one of ihe ; r fortifications on this side of the
river, which is slready 140 feet, and "no
!n " r '' "They aeys," about fights at »*eV
hick"—"regiments surrounded"—"num
bers Yf killed and wounded"—"Confede
rates.!!..-... back"— Federals retreating af
.ter being trapped," &.-., &,.., have been
thick for ihe last twu or three days. No]
-.When Mr. Potter's resolution relative to
information concerning the removalot clerks
from the Departments, was belore the U. 8.
House of Representatives yesterday. Mr,
Wickliffe, of Kentucky, said he was oppo.
sed to the adoption of the resolution. Tha
House of Representatives had evinced s de
sire to usurp power in tbe military, judicial
and executive branches of Government,
hitherto unparalleled. Congress bad no
business to interfere with the removal of
clerks in tbe departments, tbat bnsineas be
longing exclusively to tbe heads of those
Departments; but if it was done, the em
ployees should have the privilege of appear
ing before the committee of investigation
and clearing themselves of the charge*
against them."
Tbe Confederates are reported to hays
burned another train of oars on the North
Missouri Railroad, and it is said express
their determination to prevent any traffic on
the road during this winter. ~,
Well informed citizens of Kentucky doubt
whether the much talked-of and daily ex
pected battle of Bowling Green will ba
fought before mid-winter.
The rebuilding of the extensive govern
ment stables, near the Observatory, iv
Washington, burnt down last week, ia al
ready rapidly under way.
Now tbat they can be no run upon banks
for specie, it is to be presumed tbat tbeir cir
culation will be largely increased by issues
of notes of small denominations.
The new military bridge over the Alexan
dria Canal Aqueduct has been floored. It
will be finished entirely in a/ewdays.
JLj received, and tor sale at the ■ tli •.- <>n King,
Snar Water street, utely occupied by Wise k Co.
.1 cc 27—d Iw S Age .its.
XT OTXCH.—The subscriber having t<> pa; cash
Xl for his purchases, respectfully inioruis hi*
Irfeadi und customers, that, from andafterthc Ist,
(lay of January, 18li2, ho will supply thorn with
all articles in his line for CASH ONLY, and tbat
the usuni reduction for cash will be made upon
such purchase*. JAS. ENT WISLE, J a.,
dec 28—3 i* Apothecary, D 4 King street.
I II XVE nt hire several SERVANTS, of differ-
A. ent, ages and sexes, among them some g<od
cooks, washers and irouers. Apply atmy resi.
deuce, near Alexandria, on the Washington road,
dec 3l—2i» THOMAS W. SWANN.g|
O V VIRTUE of a doed of trust, bearing date
JL> on the 23d of May. 1854, and by consent of
thu patties thereto, I will, on Til URSDAY. JAN
UAKY.2I), 1862, at 12 O'CLOCK, M., in front of
tho Mayor's office, in the city, of Alexandria, sell
Mai public auction, for cash, a two. story TEN
south side of Cameron street, between Pitt and
St. Asaph streets, lying next west of the property
owned »nd occupied by Benjamin Waters, Esq.—
The lot fronts on Cameron street about 30 feet, and
extends back about 100 feet.
dec 23—cot* S. P. BEACH, Trust**.
JUST RECEIVED, a full supply of Brown's
td Bronchial Troches, Spaulding's Throat C«a
teotions, for coughs and sore throat, Ayer'a Sarsa
parilfa, Cherry Pectoral, and a good assortment
ol other Drugs, Ac, for sale at
MILBURN'S Drug and Chemical Store,
17—2w N. W. corner Kb.gand Wash'n.st.
rilHh SUBSCRIBER has just received the foi-
X lowing articles, and invites the attention o
customers and citizens.
2,000 lbs. nev Buckwheat, in large and small
1,000 lbs sip all Family Hams aad Breast Pieces
Raisins, Currants and Citron; also, an assort
ment of smalt family cakes and crackers, to wit:
Jumbles, Jrrmy Lind Cakos, Uingw Cakes, Uip
gor Snaps, and Tea Cakes, Soda, Water and Sugar
Crackers, all of which will be sold at low prices
lurcash ; JOHN T. COOKE.
,lee 13 Corner b.dow Post Offiae.
MINCE MEAT.—Just received, a nice article
ot Miaee Meat. j. x COOK
_ ' l ° " [• Old »ost Otßoe Corner.
XTEW JOWL.-Jtist received, a lot of n« v
Xl Jowls, very nice. J. t. COOK,
tlec la Old Post Office Corner'
No. 74 King- street, Alexandria,
TT-EKI'S oriband, ; ,„d is prepared to man.
XV factnreßOOTS and SHOES of all kinds.
notice, and of the best material.
Persons In want of s good article in hi*
II do well to tiive him a cull. o rt 7

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