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Court Term.—The new County Court
opened its February term this morning, L.
McKenzie acting Presiding Justice.
A communication was received from Edw
Burchell, chosen, at the last term, Collector
of the Revenue. He states that his health
is in a state which compels him to decline
the proffered office, as he would be unable to
discharge the duties of the office.
Several, applications for licenses coming
up, Mr. McKenzie read a request, transmit
ted by CohjJfCLean in December last, to tbe
effect that if would be very satisfactory to the
military authorities if the Court should re
fuse to grant any further licenses for the sale
of ardent spirits. Mr. McKenzie said that
he supposed that the liquor would be sold
whether licensed or not, and that, therefore,
the Court might as well grant licenses to
proper persons.
Several licenses were accordingly granted,
and, there being no Collector of the Reve
nue, the clerk of the Court was directed to
receive and receipt for the license moneys.
The case of Wm. Gregory vs. Mrs. Noland
—action of ejectment to recover the posses
sion of certain premises at the upper end of
King street —was taken up, and a jury em
panelled. Mr. Beach appeared for the plain
tiff, aud no appearance having been entered
on the part of the defendant, the jury gave
a verdict for Mr. Gregory.
One of the jurors asked some questions
relative to tbe case.
Mr. McKenzie said that of couise, unless
the jury was unanimous, tbe case was not
Mr. Beach.—Certainly not. He supposed
it was a mere matter of form.
Mr. McKenzie said that some suggestion
had been made as to whether the plaintiff is
a loyal citizen. '
Mr. Beach said that question had not been
Mr. Perm. —I will raise the question. I
believe that this Court has, at its last term,
decided that no one shall take part in its
benefits who does not acknowledge its au
Mr. McKenzie read the order, wbieh was
found to refer to attorneys only.
Mr. Beach doubted whether it was in the
power of the Court to exclude claimants by
any rule they laid down. They were to ad
minister the law which the Legislature pass
ed, and not to make laws themselves. If
they transcended due bounds, their action
would be reversed if carried up to a higher
Court, and all parties, loyal and disloyal,
suffer great inconvenience. He thought that
the Court had transcended its powers in tbe
rule in relation to attorneys, and he thought
that until tbe Wheeling Assembly acted on
suoh cases, that rule was illegal.
The Court and jury professed themselves
satisfied, and the verdict given for Mr. Greg
ory was affirmed.
J. B. Stewart, of Washington, was intro
duced to the Court, and admitted to pructic* j
as an attorney.
Mr. Stewart filed a petition, setting forth
that the Alexandria and Washington Rail
road Company had given a certain deed of
trust to certain creditors of the c impany, of
which Walter Lenox was trustee ; that Mr.
Lenox and all the representatives uf tbe com.
pany bad gone beyond the jurisdiction of tbe
Court. He therefore prayed that a new trus
tee be appointed, whereupon the Court ap
pointed J. B. Stewart trustee of the deed in
The committee appointed to investigate
the condition of the Clerk's Office reported
that Liber U, of the Land Record; the mm
ute book from October, 1858, to June 1861;"
tbe law rule book and the free book were
Jas. McCallough qualified as Administra
tor of Alex. Hayes, deceased.
And no further business appearing the
Court adjourned until to-morrow.
"The Odeon" at the corner of King and
Henry streets, was opened to the public on
Saturday afternoon, where a large number
of persons were present. Wine and Lager
flowed freely. A band discoursed fine music
and every thing passed off in "grand style."
Jon Printing neatly executed at the !
Alexandria Gazette Office.
The First Sunday in February.—Yes*'
Wrday was an exceptional day of the sea
am—being overhead clear, and giving a :
glimpse of sunlight. The streets, however, I
did not display the animation of the previ
-o*l Sunday. j
At the Baptist Church, Rev. Mr. Bitting I
pleached an excellent discourse. j
Rev. Dr. Early, S. J., President of George
town College, preached an eloquent dis
course at St. Mary's (Catholic) Church at
the morning service, which was listened to
by a large congregation.
At the First Presbyterian Church, Rev.
Dr. Harrison conducted the usual services.
The Prayer Meeting at the rooms of the
Y.ung Men's Christian Association in the
afternoon, was largely attended.
At St. Paul's, (Episcopal) Church, servi*
ces were held as usual, Rev. Iv J. Stewart
The u-ual services were held at the M. E.
Church, a U. S. cbaplain officiating.
River Movements.—On Friday night,
several bay and river craft, loaded with coal,
wood, and oysters, passed the Confederate
batteries on the Potomac, without being fired
at, and arrived up on Saturday evening and
yesterday. They report nothing worthy of
The U. S. steam tug Telegraph still lies
submerged, in the dock at the foot of Prince
street, and for tbe present all efforts to raise
her have been aband me I. It is said that
operations to float the tug will be resumed
when the weather becomes more favorable.
Tha snow storm gave the river an unusual
ly desolate appearance this morning.
Snow Storm.—About 7 o'clock this morn
ing, a Snow Storm commenced, which has
\ continued with increased violence up to the
: time we write this paragraph. The wind is
from tbe East, and tbe snow falls "fast and
furious," and lays upon the ground to the
depth of two and a half or three inches.
The weather for the past few weeks has b«en
the most remarkable ever experienced in
(lis section. _
The Streets —The condition of the streets
i general is very bad—worse than has been
nown for a long time—several of them are
now almost impassable'for carts and other
vehicles, the mud coming up to the hubs of
the wheels. Henry street, along which the
new railroad has beeu made, has thereby,
with the action of the weather, had an em
bargo placed upon it, and even pedestrians
find much difficulty in crossing it.
The Affair near Occoquan.—We con
tinue to have conflicting reports of the late
affair at a house near the village of Occo
quan. The report th.it there were no Texas
Rangers in tbe house gains credence. Mr.
Caleb Athey, a civilian, ivell known in this
[ place and Washington, was, we learn,
| among the killed. It is also reported that
| two children were killed.
The New Railroad—The track of the
new Washington and Alexandria Railroad
has been completed, and we hear that it is
contemplated to commence running trains
over it to-morrow or next day.
.... _
Heavy Firing was heard yesterday after
noon in the direction of the lower Potomac
batteries. Of the exact place, the cause, or
effect, if any, we have no reports to-day.
The Roads. —The condition of the roads
io the vicinity of this place is horrid! In
many places they are almost impassable
even for light wagons.
The Ericsson, from Key West, via Hatter
as, arrived in Hampton Roads on Friday,
having in tow the bark John Truck, of the
I Burnside fleet. The J. T. had on board
! eeven hundred and fifty of the D'Espinue!
Zouaves, but was of too heavy draft to get
through the inlet, and her troops could not
be landed. She remained off Hatteras,
I short of provisions and water, until Sunday,
tbe 26th ult., when she was ordered to re
turn to Hampton Roads. On the way up
the coast she experienced heavy weather,
and was blown off. The Ericsson fell io
with her outside of Cape Henry and towed
lii opposition to the newspaper accounts I
the telegraphic accounts from Washington,.;
published in the Northern papers, assert
that the official despatches from Eugland
and France are all favorable for the preser
-ration uf pease with the United States—and
that the matt amicable relations have been '
restored between Mr. Seward and Lord
Mr. Seward's diplomatic dinner last week
was attended by most of the foreign minis
ters, and several U. S. army officers. There
is to be no reception at the President's
House iv Washington to-morrow night—but
"Mrs. Lincoln is to have a private party on
Wednesday night."
It is said that a number of Southern se
cessionists are in Canada, whose bueiness it
is to collect money from sympathising
friends, to forward and receive dispatches
from Europe, and place them in such secret
channels that they may reach their ultimate
There^ were eighty two vessels lost during
tho month of January. Of this number
thirty were abandoned at sea, eighteen of
those abandoned being grain-laden, having
cleared with some four hundred and twenty
thousand bushels of wheat and corn. The
total valtfe of the property lost and missing
was one million six hundred and forty-two
i thousand dollars.
The body of one of the victims of tbe
Ball's UlulF affair belonging to tbe late Gen'
eral Baker's brigade, was last week discov,
ered on the Virginia shore of the Potomac,
nearly opposite Fort Washington.
At the late affair at Colchester, a rifle,
said to have belonged to the late Mr. Marion
of Lexin gton, was captured. Thereupon is
grave y reported in the Washington letters
to the Northern Papers, that Mr. Marion
was |in the habit of shooting apples from
off the heads of his negroes with this rifle,
and of hitting the ace spot on the centre of
a card held out in the hand of one his ne
gro servants.
The Illinois Cavalry attended divine ser
vice, yesterday at the Methodist Episcopal
Church, in this place. The services were
couducted by Chaplin Matlaek, of that re
giment. About eight hundred officers and
soldiers were present.
A bill bas become a law, which author
izes the President of the United States,
whenever in his judgment the public safety
requires it, to take possession of all the tele
graph lines, and any or all the railroads in
the United States, is very stringent in its
provisions. The second section makes any
attempt to interfere with the unrestrained
use of the property by the Government
punishable by death, or such other penalty
as a court-martial may impose.
On Saturday afternoon a - marriage in
theatrical "life was celebrated at Christ
Church, in Baltimore, the contracting par
ties being C. B. Bishop, the comedian of the
Holliday Street company, and Miss Jose
phine Parker of the same company.
In consequence of the increased Eastern
travel for' Washington in the afternoon, the
Baltimore and Ohio Bailroad Company, in
order to expedite the heavy mails and in
creased passenger business in the commerce
line, to run an additional train on the Wash
ington road, making the sixth train , daily
between Baltimore and Washington in both
The remains of Zollicoffer and Peyton
reached Mumfordsville yesterday in charge
P {offer's Brigade Surgeon, temporarily
on parole for the purpose.
ty;seven carpenters were discharged
3 Washington Navy Yard a few days
cauke of the scarcity of work.
The Secretary of War directs that officers
and soldiers of the United States who are or
may be prisoners of war, ehall during their
imprisonment, be considered entitled to and
receive the same pay as if they were doing
active duty.
On the 29rh of January last, HANNAH S., j
daughter of Capt. John and Mary B. RatclifTe, I
aged 2 years, 1 month, and 21 days.
The proposed U. S. tax on newspapers is
every where denounced by the press as ini
quitous and unjust. The New York Herald
alone is in favor of it.
Mr. Peabody, the London banker? is per
fecting a plan for the benefit of the poor in
London, which will give them the* interest
.... ,
More damaging developments relating to
tbe Morgan purchase of vessels for the Uni
ted States, are reported in the New York
The New York Times' Washington corres.
pondent states positively that Gen. Stone
has retired from the command of tbe division
at Pwolesville, on the Upper Potomac.
Gen. Lane, who was bound South so fast,
is reported to be en route back to Washing
ton, having been overruled by his superior
officer, Maj )r General Hunter. In the mean
time, Gen. Hunter, if properly supplied with
means to go forward, will command the ex
pedition in person.
It is stated upon good authority that tbe
Committee on the Conduct of the War have
taken the testimony of one witness, to the
effect that Gen James Lane purchased sev
eral slaves, civing in payment for them or
ders on the United States government. The
slaves were taken, as the orders set forth,
from loyal men. The prices ranged from
$800 to $1,200 each. The orders were pre
sented to the Quartermaster of Gen. Hun
ter's division. The latter refused to pay.
William Hutchinson, one of the witnesses
before the Potter investigating committee,
was treated pretty roughly on Thursday
night, in Washington, in a quarrel growing
out of bis testimony before the committee.
On Saturday morning Major Thomas
Quantrill, a highly respected citizen, and a
vets-an of the war of 1812, fell upon the
side walk, in Washington near the Canter
bury Hall, and died in five minutes. Major
Quantrill was about seventy years of age.
The old boiler has been taken out of tbe
steamer Mount Washington preparatory to
putting in the nsw one. ***
Lieut. Colonel Sir P. Windham, late com
manding a brigade in the Italian army, has
been appointed oolonel of a Michigan regi
ment of lancers.
Mr. Fish and Bishop Ames, the Commis
sioners appointed to visit the Federal pri
soners at the South, have completed their 'ar
rangements and have stated on their mission.
General Banks is still in Washington, and
rumor bosily connects his stay there with
the probability of his assuming the charge
of the Navy Department.
John Bredan, of the Second regiment,
Excelsior Brigade, was shot by a corporal
on the 28th ult., and instantly" killed. The
killing was reported an accident, but the
Colonel of the regiment pronounced it a mur
der, Bredan belonged in New York city.
[Second Floor — Entrance on Henry Street.)
THE PROPRIETORS have leased the commo
dious part of the building in the above local
ity, and hare spared neither money nor time in
making it one of the best, if not the best,
The SALOON will be opened to :he public in
general on Saturday, February Ist, at 4 o'clock,
p m., and the public are cordially invited to call.
will be supplied, at all times, with the choicest
The proprietors will make it their duty to fee
that strict order is preserved, and visitors prompt
ly waited upon.
From th" celebrated Band of the 31st Regiment,
New York Volunteers.
Z&~ Come one; come all. Admittance, free.
jan 31—lm Proprietors.
I HAVE removed my Law Office ove* the store
of Bryan A Adams, Agents, King street,
jan 31— 2w I. LOUIS KINZER.
session of Miss ELLEN MARK'S SCHOOL
will commence on the sth of February, when seve
ral pupils in addition to the prosent number, can
bo received. The School Room is pleasa*tly sit
uated at her residence, 214 King street,
jan 3'—eo2w
llradquarters First Keo't Eastern Va. Brioadk.)
Alexandria, Va., .Tun. 1.1862. L
171 King strwt.J
T>EFUGEES, men of Virginia, and others, whe
J\ wish to enlist in the First Regiment of the
Virginia Brigade, for the defence of the Union
can now do so by coming to the headquarters, No.
171 King street, and they will be mustered in im
mediately. Clothes and rations will he given at
once, pay also commencing on same day.
A Bounty of $100 paid on discharge.
W. WALL, Colonel Commanding.
J. H. Livingston,
Ist Lieuteuar.t and Recruiting Officer.

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