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John Barleycorn in Alexandria.—
From times, whereof in the solemnity of legal phrase, the memory of man runneth not to the contrary, John Barleycorn bas been utterly uncrushable. He has no peer in tbe number of his adherents but iv To 6occo, and that humble weed revolves at a respectful distance a satellite of his most ancient master. Routed sometimes King Alcohol has been—taken prisoner by tbe cold water army—carried to the Lyceum Hall in triumph, and indicted for divers of fences—and let off without conviotion—his body has Been afterwards seized by bis rt torney for a fee. Bachus royal-minded, and luxurious went down before the mead—(that Lager of olden time) drinking hordes of Germany', but John Barleycorn has survived all changes— semper etubiqueidem. Robby Burns who knew him intimately (as excise man) devotes a poem to honor the Uncon querable,; spirit of his hero. He tells nf two both great and high, who ba sworn a solemn oath John Barleycoi n should die—how they'buried him, and he rose up: how they ctflflfwn with sharp weapons, beat him with frails; threw.him into a vat of w:- Bind how after "laying him out," They wasted o'er a scorching flame T/.e marrow of his bones, et how after all his trials John Barleycorn got up aeain, nd sore surprised them all." n this town .for the past few months bis trials have been as severe and his triumph as complete as ever. Th«vfirst proclamat'c 1 of Col. Wilcox was issued against Jeff. Da vis and John Barleycorn—proscribing alike "the retail of ardent spirits and all conspi racies and combinations against the Uniied Not that John Barleycorn is at all a favo rite in the Confederate States, for General Bragg who owes bis reputatit n to "a little more grape," approves of that fruit only in its solid state, and has proscribed Barley corn even more fiercely than did Col. Wil cox. All the successors of Col. Wilcox here have been almost as severe with John, and yet "he has surprised them all." They have fined those who harbored him, sent to prison his best friends, and rolled him in tbe gutters, and yet "John Barleycorn gets up again." For the past two or three days tbe contest has been especially vigorous, and on many streets tbe gutters reek with the newly emptied "crather," yet John Barley' corn comes into the Mayor's Office every morning, charged with fighting, stealing— disorderly oonduct, or something worse. He goes very obediently to jail or the work" house, and the next day makes his appear ance again to undergo the same punishment. Drive him from public places, and be finds eecret resorts, where, to make up for extra trouble, he uses more drugs and demands additional tribute. When we know tbat women have carried jugs under tbeir hoops, and retailed the stuff in side-alleys—when it is found concealed in flour and salt—or bid away among old barrels, one-half foil, put at the bottom of a dozen empty ones; when even coffins have been used to trans port it, the difficulty of stopping the traffic saay be estimated. Magistrates may well declare that they believe there are morepeo- S going to the devil from this town than o any where else in the world, for there 0 other conclusion to be drawn from past | history and present experience than that which the Great Bard puts substantially in Is mouth of the wounded, and drunken ,ssio : 'John Barleycorn you're the devil.' A large force of laborers are still engaged relaying the track along tbe line of tbe asbington and Alexandria railroad. Tim. ber ooodemned as unfit to remain in \he Long Bridge, whiob has recently been repaired, is Ing used as sleepers for a portion of tbe w road. Although the muddy condition tbe roads greatly retards the progress of work of reconstruction, as much dispatch aa possible is being made to get the road in running order before the middle of Februa ry at furthest. ' Tnx Weather.—Yesterday evening and last night we had spits of snow which mel ted, and added yet more to tho muddy con dition of this neighborhood. j River Movements.—The only river move- | *ment of interest is the departure of the U. S. transport City of Richmond with one of the Pennsylvania Regiments, recently sta tioned in this vicinity. The regiment, some eight hundred in number, came down the L >ud"un and Hampshire Railroad, and em barked on the steamer en route to Wasbing- Liquor Seized. —Considerable amounts of liquor were seized last night from various establishments, by the P-ovost Guard, and emptied into the streets. Mayoe's Office.—The only cases which came up at the Mayor's Office, this morning, were watch-house cases of no interest. j Some applications for licenses were gran ted, and an application of Wm. Oog'an for license to sell periodicals or periodical pa pers, refused. _ Thousands of barrels ot oil have been swept away by tbe freshet in the Aileghany river. . . ("treason bill" occupies connderable v discussion in the Maryland Legisla ; s workmen at the Northern navy yards on a "strike," are all returniug to 3 "advance movement" of the Federal in Kentucky will take place as soon as an- weather permits. The correspondence between Gov. An drews, of Mass., and Gen. Butler, is very "spicy," especially the charge*, pro and coo, as to the appointment of improper efficers. kt the lastdatea. Archbishop Hughes was in Paris. j London letter in the N. V Expreosays that meetings will be held in England soon on the subject of " Recognition of the South em States"—and that the matter wiU be taken up early in Parliament. The Prince of Wales will soon proceed to visit Corfu and lonian Islands, as arranged before the death of his father. There is to be another "Greek-fire explo sion experiment," in Washington, to-night Mr. Lane, of Indiana, in the U. S. Senate, yesterday, advocatecTtbe expulsion from that body of his colleague, Mr. Bright, on the charge of "treasonable correspondence."— Mr. L. supported all the measures of tbe government so far in the present war. Tb« Martinsburg Republican of tbe 17tb appeals to the Governor "to arm ihe ne groes." It says that, at tbe late battle nejr Bath, the Confederate forces were met by 700 negroes on the Union side, who killed three of the officers, two privates, and wouo- j ded fifty others belonging to a Southern Ger man regiment. A man named Wright, formerly of Balti- j more, has been detected in endeavoring to procure the transportation of several sacks j of salt into Virginia, at Dam No 4, oo spec ulation. He is now in custody. Tbe latest intelligence from Western Vir- j ginia is to the effect that Jackson is near j Romney, and partially occupies the town« i while Lander has fallen back a few miles to wards Cumberland. There has been no ac tion. Gen. Williams' brigade remains at \ Hancock. Lieut. Dulaney A. Forrest, of Virginia .1 Messrs. Ruggles, of Virginia, Claiborne, of J Louisiaoa, and Wharton, of Tenuessee, all i late of the U. S. navy, were released from Warren yesterday. They will probably go to Noriolk under a flag of truce. The practice of "salting" the slippery j streets in New York, has been prohibited by the Board of Health there. j The Philadelphia News has a severe arti- j cle upon the Banks and Bankers of New It is said in some of the English papers i that the Prince ot Wales has not much "turn" or taste for scientific or literary sub jects—differing in that respect entirely from his late father. The New York Herald says : — "From the indications that reach us from every point, it is certain that the operations just impend ing will render the campaign one ot the bloodiest and most terrible on record." I j A letter from Troy, N. V., published in the , |N. Y. Herald, gravely announces that " the long anticipated cock fight—the Athenian amusement, the boasted pleasure of China, India and the Phillippine Island, and the fa vorite subject of Aristophanes, the Greek — between Albany and Troy cocks, came off in Troy, on the 21st inst, io the cock loft of Paul Kavanaugh's saloon, io Congress street The elite ot American sportsmen, from John Morrissey down, were present, and the whole scene was mostly characteristic of liberal American life, unrestrained by the police.— The contest engaged the attention of Albany J aud Tr\>y cocks exclusively, and up to half- I past twelve that morning the Albany birds' were in the ascendant, hope:* turning cvi- I dently upou tho final victory of the Troy j Important changes, it is said, are about to be made in the disposition of the New York regiments in the U. S. army enlisted for only two years. There are thirty-eight of these regiments in the field, and they comprise the only ones not enlisted* for the war. It is proposed to have them allotted t3 brigades from which their removal at the end of their term of enlistment will be attended with m. such results us iv July last attended the P'ttwal from active service of the three s' regiments. Washington Star says:—" Last Sun day, a man professing to be Captain A. C. Ward, of the Indiana volunteers, met with a Mr. Mathews, a soldier in one of the New York reg'tneots, at Br wn's Hotel, und they two want together the entire day, visiting numerous places and enjoying themselves in any way they pleased. They visiuti the Sev i enih Ward, ana the captain led his compan ion into a very muddy place ou Four-and-a- j bait street, and he became carelesj of going further on that route. Coming W a paling fence, Captain Ward took a strip of it on pretence that'a dog generally troubled him in that neighborhood. Mathews; at last dc [dined to go further with him, and Ward struck him with the strip on the head, stag _#rW him. .Mathews defended himself but feebly, and Ward repeated bis blows till he knocked him down, and then robbed him of about $280. The officers have been on his trail." The ice io the Delaware river moved off towards she ocean on the 19tb inst. j The Washington correspondent of the i New York papers give details of a "oowhid ' ing affair" on the Avenue in Washington— and a serious "domestic difficulty"— he par ties in one case from New York—in the other from Massachusetts. ! IWthree batteries of artillery which were originally intended for British North Ameri- Kid landed by the Arabia at Halifax, j >ering nearly four hundred will be des ed to Bermuda, in th? West Indies, as as the necessary means of transporta tion can be arranged. It is said that Archbishop Hugh s bad a "very cordial" reception at the hands of Napoleon tbe Third, and that the Prince Im-1 lis brought forth in order to receive j ing of his Grace of New York. biladelphia News says:—"A Court • being held in Gen. Casey's Divi de last case before the Court engag teotion is that of a volunteer cap > is charged with enlisting a female purpose of having her as a mistress. ) years old, and rather pretty. She las a soldier for two months, and the name of Frederick Wood. Her Harriet Howard, and she belongs to eport that the privateer Sumter was z— and subsequently another report was sunk there —are now both said anards." ty of the twenty-five young men re rrested in Baltimore, charged with upon refusing to take the oath re have been sent to Fortress Mollenry. ALE.—A substantial business WAGON covered top, made by the best New York aas) bas been but little used, and will be a sacrifice. Also, a fine large BAY suitable for the above wagon, and SETT IN ESS. The HORSE is perfectly gentle, anted sound and kind in every respect. t 37, King street, where they can be seen. MISCELLANEOUS. THE HUTCHINSON FAMILY fTIAKE GREAT PLEASURE IN-A-NNOfXC. A. ing that they will give (one, only,) (if their old fashioned SOUL STIRRING CONCERTS st IYCEVM HALL, ON THURSDAY EVENING. Hundreds of their old friends are here iv ibe city and in the Camps, whom tbey will be glud •to meet on this occasion TICKETS 25 Cents. ian 21-^.2t E STRAY.—A live HOG, weighing about 160 lbs., black spotted in the loins, was taken up estray in the streets by Provost Guard on Satur day last. The owner can-have (he h«tr by-provi ng property and Paying expenses. Apply at tbe office of tbo Provost Marshal. jan 81— St* FISH WHABF FOE BENT. * SEALED PROPOSALS will be received by like undersigned, until 12 o'clock Saturday, the 25th instant, for the renting during the ensu ing Fishing Season, cuminencing on the first day of March, and ending on the first dny. of June, 1862, tbe property known as the FISH WHARF, and bounded by Union street \m the West, the north line of Oronoco street on. the North, the River Potomac on tbe East, and the line of Andrew J. Fleming, eed\:, on the Soiitb; excepting the three lots teased to J. T. James McLean, and Samuel Bench, csqs., front ing pa Union street. This property will be rented as it now is, and • the rent«r will be required to furnish the lumber for platforms sufficient to accommodate the trade. In renting this property, it must be dis'inctly ' understood, that n-o privilege respecting the saJ» of- Liquors thereon will be granted, inconsistent wiih the laws on' that subject,' and that the usual passage ways on the property must be kept free and open. Rent to be paid—one-third on the I*t of May; one third'On the Ist of June, and one third on the Ist of July. Security for the prompt payment of the rent at maturity of the obligation, to'be given; a deposit of collaterals satisfactory to the Committee, in in character and amount; and the obligation of the lessees to provide for a sale of such securities, upon ten days' notice after failure to pay the said rent. 0. B. SHIRLEY, j__ 17—dtf Ctiair'n Com. on Public Properly. GAS AND STEAM FITTING. WILLIAM COGAN. PRACTICAL GAS FITTER, No. 15 North Royal Street, * NEAR MARKET SQUARE, Alexandria, Va. IS PREPARED to do GAB and STEAM FIT TING in all its branches. Stores, Dwellings, Churches, Machine Ships and Public Buildings filled up on the most improved plans, and at rea' sorable terms. He is also prepared to furnish Steam Pipe, Steam Guages, Steam Cocks, ke., Ac. Contracts will be made for work, and fixtures of any kind sup , plied at tbe lowest rules. I work warranted. jan 15—2w ATTENTION riMPOBTANT7~ Headquarters Kirst Riot Eastern Va. Brigade.') Alexandria, Va.. Jan. 1.1862. > 171 Kingstreet.) I T> EFUGEES, men of Virginia, and others, wh* Xti wish to enlist in tbe First Regiment of tha Virginia Brigade, for tht defence of the Union can now do so by coming to the headquarters, New; 171 King street, and they will be mustered in im mediately. Clothes and rations will be given at once, pay also commencing on same day. '%■&, A Bounty o» $100 paid on discbarge. W. WALL, Colonel Commanding. J. H. LIVINGSTON, i Ist Lieutenant and Recruiting Officer, jan I—t wantedT" rTIEA LEAD, ZINC, and all other old METAL X at 17 King street, Alexandria, Va 1,000 REAMS WRAPPING PAPER or sale. 20 Gross TIN PLATES, also 500 bushels OATS, which will be sold very low. dec 31—lm* JOSHUA HORNER. GBOCEBIES. . , BaU- IWI ;. « FAMILY GROCERY, No. 19 Fairfax Street, I'NDdR GREEN'S HOTEL. fell- Constantly on hand an assortment of the best GBOCEBIES for the use of families. WATTLES slai FAMILY GROCERS, NO. 175 KING STREET, Between Washington and Columbus Streets, I IT* Keep on band and for sale the best qual >f FAMILY GROCERIES. jan 15 JOHN T. COOKE, HEAP FAMILY GROCER, AR CONSTANTLY on hand a large assort. men t of FAMILY OBOCEBIES, consisting ACON, of all kinds; FLOUR by the barrel mailer packages; BUCKWHEAT, CUR ITS, RAISINS, PRUNES, FIGS, SAR ES. Ac, ko., to which he invites the altea of customers. jan If BOOTS AND SHOES. HENRY c7fIELD, ~ BOOT AND SHOE MANUFACTURER, No. 74 King street, Alexandria, KEEPS on hand, and is prepared to man «. facture BOOTS and SHOES of all kinds. BOOTS or SHOES made at the shortest notice, and of tbe best mutt rial. ;(£#•" I'er.son.s in want of a good article in his line, will do well to give him a call. DBY GOODS. j DRY GOODS. QBYAN k ADAMS, Agents, IXJ No. 76, King street.