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FROM NORTiTcAROLINA.
TROUBLE IN REBELDOM.
DREARY PROSPECTS AHEAD.
A PROTEST FROM GOVERNOR VANCE.
THE CALI* FOR A STATE COWEMIOV.
Nxwbekn, N. C., January 27.
In speaking of the growing discontent among the people
to North Carolina, and their desire to hold a State Con"
mention,the Wilmington (N. C.) Journal says: “We say
and we say most sincerely, that plans evidently concocted
and movements evidently set on foot in North Carolina
herself are ominous of araver consequences than even the
advance of the enemy.”
The Raleigh (N. C.) Standard, in its appeals to slavehold
ers for peace, says : “ We went to war to protect the State
sovereignties, and to defend and to perpetuate the institu
tion cf slavery; but if it should appear that we are likely
to lose both, as rational beings we should pause and con
sider well the direction which things are taking. If the
war should continue twelve months longer, with no
greater success to our arms, there is great danger that the
institution will be hopelessly destroyed.”
Governor Vance, of North Carolina, comes out In a card
in the Raleigh standard against the taxation of State prop
erty by the Confederate government.
The North Carolina and Virginia papers are firm in the
belief that Wilmington is soon to be attacked, and have
much to say about the concentration of forces at Newbern
which are magnified into very large numbers.
Dr. J. T. Leach, the conservative member elect in the
new Confederate Congress, which meets in February,
says, in the Raleigh (Standard of the 13th instant: “North
Carolina now claims the fulfillment of the compact, or
the right to depart from the Confederacy in peace.”
At the great meeting held recently in Johnson county,
favoring a call for a State Convention, Dr. J. Leach was
chairman of the Committee on Resolutions. Meetings are
held in different counties favoring the same object.
The Raleigh State Journal says the proposition for a state
convention, so close on the heels of Mr. Lincoln’s propo*
sition to let one-tenth of the people form a State govern
ment, has a very strong odor of disloyalty and treason
about it
The Henderson (N. C.) Times is delighted over the ro
ported retirement of General Butler and the re-establish
ment ot the Department of North Carolina, which, the
Times says, removes the most serious obstacle to the return
c*f North Carolina to the Union.
The Raleigh State Journal BAyst “ Our exchanges from
all quarters of the Confederacy admonish us that an ad
vance by Beast Butler on some point on the Wilmington
and Weldon Railroad is probable.”
VICTORY OVER THE REBELS
NEAR KNOXVILLE.
OFFICIAL DISPATCH OF CEXERAE FOSTER.
A FIGHT NEAR ATHENS, ALA.
KErUUSE OF THE REBELS.
Washington, Jan. 30th, 1801.
The following dispatches have been received at the
headquarters of the army here :
Headquarters Military Division 1
of the Mississippi,, >
Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 29th, 18G4. )
Major-General J. G. Foster telegraphs from Knoxville,
Tenn., under date of the 28th, at 9 A. M., as follows :
1 have the honor to report that the cavalry under Gen
eral Sturgis achieved a decided victory ever the enemy’s
cavalry, yesterday, near the Fair Gardens, ten miles east
of Levierville.
McCook's division drove the enemy back about two
miles, after a stubborn fightf lasting from daylight until
1 P. M., and which time the division charged with the
sal er and a yell, and routed the enemy from the field,
capturing two steel rifle guns and over one hundred
prisoners.
The enemy’s loss was considerable, sixty-five of them
being killed or wounded in the charge.
Garrard and Woolford’s divisions came up after a forced
inarch in time to be pushed in pursuit, although their
horses were jaded.
General Sturgis hoped to be able to make the rout
complete.
Jno. A. Rawlins,
Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.
Headquarters of the Military Division I
of the Mississippi, >
Nashville, Jan. 29,1863. ?
On the morning of the 35th, the enemy, 000 strong, at
tacked our garrison of about 100, at Athens.
After a two hours’ fight, the enemy was repulsed and
driven.
Our less was twenty ; the enemy’s w as much greater.
On the 27th, Colonel Miller had a severe fight, on this
ride of Florence, repulsing the enemy. Our loss was 15
killed and 25 wounded.
John A. Rawlins,
Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.
THE TENNESSEE.
Washington, Jan. 30.
Authentic advices from General Foster, show that Gen,
Sturgis achieved a decided victory over the rebel cavalry
r-ear Fair Gardens, on Thursday. The enemy was gal
lantly reputed at Athens on Monday, and near Florence
on Wednesday.
FROM KENTUCKY.
TKe Capture of Scottsville by the Rebels.
Louisville, Ky.. Jan. 30.
The Journal has the following further advices In regard
to the affair at Scottsville, Ky.:
Captain Gillum., of the Forty eighth Kentucky, w*as com*
manding at Scottsville, with one hundred and fifty men.
when Colonel Hamilton, with five hundred rebels, attack
ed him.
Alter a desperate fight, Gillum surrendered Scottsville
to Hamilton, on condition that private property should be
respected, and his men parolea.
Hamilton assented to this, but afterward fired the Court
Hous?, destroying all the public documents.
Gillum then informed Hamilton that he no longer con
sidered the parole of his men legal.
Our merchants have just received further information
that Hamilton robbed several stores.
Scottsville is the captital of Allen county, Ky., about one
hundred and ten miles south of Louisville, and some ten
miles from the Tennessee State line. It contains several
churches and stores, in addition to the usual county build
ings.
FROM WASHINGTON.
DESTRUCTION OF THE STEAM PROPELLER
CALVIN TOMPKINS.
DEPARTURE OF THE NAVAL CO&tfITTEES.
Washington, Jan. 30,1864.
The Eeeneng Star has the following: “ About 12 o’clock
night before last steam propeller Calvin Tompkins, loaded
partly with pc wder, took fire lying at the wharf at Fort
Washington, was blown up either from the fire setting off
the powder or from the boiler bursting, or perhaps both
causes. Captain and crew were all saved by getting on
shore before the explosion took place. The part of the boat
not destroyed by fire was blown to pieces- the smoxe
stack being thrown a considerable distance away on the
shore and portions of the machinery were strewn around
the scene. Tug Lookout, which plies between this city
and the fort and the barge Gardner, both lying near,
were in danger, but fortunately were hauled out of burn
ing way. The Tompkins was a boat ot about the size of
the Collyer, and was chartered by government She was
owned, we believe, in New York, and was at the time
bound to this city. Captain and ciew arrived hero yes
terday in tug Lookout.
The gunboat Eutaw, Lieut. Commander Blake, left this
morning on a short trip down the river, taking down the
several members of the Naval Committee of each house
Commodore Rodgers and others.
FROM THE GULF DEPARTMENT.
A FIGHT IN MOBILE BAY.
Farragut tn ?iew Orleans.
A letter dated Mobile Bay, Jan. 9th, in giving an account
cf an attempt to destroy a rebel steamer aground on the
bar, reports quite a fight between our fleet and Fort Mor
gan. We were unable to get the steamer out, but received
»o damage.
Admiral Farragut, in the Hartford, arrived at New Or
leans on the 21th instant.
The steamer Yazoo, from New York, arrived at New
Orleans on the 23d.
Cotton at New Orleans was firm, with no advance.
Sugar.—Stock is light, and prices % @ X c higher.
Molasses is dull and neglected, the supply being of the
poorer grades.
THE~WHISKY tax.
A Washington dispatch last evening says : The Senate
Committee on Finance were engaged to day in listening
to an appeal from about thirty whisky specuTators and
dealers, who are opposed to the amendment taxing all in
store when sold. These men are very bitter upon the
House for passing such a bill, and declare that if the Sen
nate endorses it, they will dispute its legality. They
claimed to have Interested the Commissioner of Internal
Revenue cn their side. The Senate will act upon it early
next week
The Russian Fleet at Havana.
Havana correspondence of the 26th says :
Admiral Lesoffsky arrived on the 24th, in the Alexander
Jievfiky. Two mors are hourly expected,
FROM MEXICO.
ANOTHER REVOLUTION IN MATAMORAS.
Our Forces Saving the Property of Ameri
can Citizens.
The steamer Evening Star, from New Oclean-, on the
24th, byway of Havana on the :’<sth instant, which arriv
ed this afternoon, brings late* and important news from
Mexico.
EAdvices from Matamoras report another revolution
,therc. Cortenas was again in power. He was placed sec
ond in command ortho troops, according to previous ac
counts, to march against Mexico, and used his power to
again make himself Governor.
There was considerable fighting among the Mexicans in
Matamoras! on the-13th inst., during which Gen. Herron,
commanding our forces at Brownsville, dispatched the
Twentieth Wisconsin, Ninety fourth Illinois, and five
piece. o of the First Mi«°ouri battery, across the river.
All but the Twentieth Wisconsin bivouacked on the
banks, but this regiment went almost up to the Plaza,
spent the night in front of the residence of the American
consul, who next morning was escorted to Brownsville,
together with two millions of dollars belonging to Ameri
cans and the United States Government.
When Gen. Ruiz felt compelled to return to the Texas
side of the river, he was accompanied by a large number
of followers. Some two hundred of them retained their
arms, which they delivered up to the United States Pro
vost-Marshal of the pest, as the commanding General
could not permit armed foreign soldiers to remain on
American soil.
They were most hospitably received by our troops, who
sympathized with them in their defeat, which was owing
to other causes than a lack of courage.
The fight on the night of the 13th was not very sanguin
ary ; about thirty were killed and ninety wounded on
both sides. Cortinas has good artillery and good rifles
while Ruiz had unwieldy cannon and poor firearms. Of
course the result was in Cortinas’ favor.
Our Havana letter of the 26th furnishes the following on
the same subject:
“ Advices from Matamoras state that Colonel Cortinas,
who was placed in command of the forces, and was to
march upon Tampico, refused t© go, but used them to
besiege Matamoras, which was delivered up to him. lie
then reinstated Serna and his government. General
Ruiz fled, it is not known whither. Juarez is said to be
at Monterey, and will retire to Texas if hard pushed.”
THE WAR IN OEORBIA.
Advance of Oar Forces to
Tunnel Hill, (Ja.
RETREAT OF THE REBELS.
Cincinnati, January 29.
The Commercial has the following special dispatch :
“Five milks north of Tunnel Hill, Ga , January 29.
General Palmer, with General Davis's division, moved
here yesterday on a reconnoisance.
“The Twenty eighth Kentucky and Fourth Michigan
drove in the rebels’ advance pickets, and captured a
company of rebel cavalry.
“The rebels retreated from Tunnel Hill during the
night They lost thirty-twokilled and wounded. .
“Our loss was two wounded.
“ The object of the reconnoisance was effected.
“ General Clairborne’s rebel division is above Tunnel
Hill, on the Daltcn road. The rest of the rebels have
disappeared. They have probably gone to Mobile or East
Tennessee.
THE PARTICULARS OF THE ILLNESS OF
STEPHENS.
The Richmond Enquirer of January 19, has the follow
ing We are pained to announce that Mr. Hidell, se
cretary to Vice-President Stephens, yesterday received a
telegram from Augusta, announcing the sudden and seri
ous Illness ot Mr. Stephens at his home at Crawfordville,
Georgia. He was attacked on Monday morning, and sent
on that day to Augusta for a physician. This attack,
with the known state of his health during the winter, has
created serious apprehensions in the minds of his friends.
He -was prevented from coming to Richmond at the be
ginning of the session of Congress by the serious illness
of his brother, the Hon. Linton Stephens, at Milledgeville;
then by his own feeble health and the great severity of
the weather. When again ready to start for Richmond
his brother was a second time very severely attacked,
which delayed his coming over a week. He was a third
time ready to leave, and would, no doubt, have started to
this city yesterday morning but for this untimely attack
Should he recover, as we trust he will, it is altogether
probable he will be unable to visit Richmond during the
winter.”
METHODIST "RECONSTRUCTION:’ IN
MISSOURI.
The foHowlng notice appears in the St Louis Democrat :
ATTENTION—RADICAL METHODISTS.
The Methodist Protestant, churches and conferences in
Missouri having become disorganized or embarrassed in
their official operations in consequence of the present un
holy rebellion, the Board of Missions of the Methodist Pro
testant Church in the loyal States, have appointed the un
dersigend a missionary, to travel through the State and as
sist the brethren in restoring order and reconstructing or
reorganizing one or more annual conferences.
All loyal ministers (and we hope there are none who
are disloyal) willing to co-operate with us in this good
work, or rather to receive our co operation, will please
report themselves as early as practicable.
The brethen in the several fields of labor heretofore ex
isting will please furnish me with all the information in
reference to the state of the work in their possession.-
laymen as well as ministers are requested to attend to
this.
I purpose commencing my labors in the bounds of the
Platte Coflference immediately.
Address me at Princeton, Mercer county, Mo.
January 16, 1864. G. Williams.
Explosion of tlie Bennington Powder-Mill.
The Troy Times of last evening says: “About six o’clock
this morning, just as the Troy and Boston train was leav
ing Bennington for Troy, an explosion took place at the
mills of the Bennington powder company, a mile from the
| East Village. There were five separate, distinct reports
i attending the explosion, but, fortunately, not a person was
injured by the accident. Four buildings were destroyed
—two wheel mills, solid structures, containing machinery,
the press-house and corning mill. The cause of the acci
dent is not known. Every care was taken in the manu
facture of powder to guard against such occurrences and
protect the workmen. There were only about twenty-five
barrels of powder in the mills that were destroyed.
“In the village of Bennington the sound of the accident
resembled a series of earthquakes. Residents fancied
their houses were about tumbling upon their heads. At
Troy, thirty miles away, the noise was heard. At North
Adams,Jtwenty-two miles off,.plates were jarred from’table
and glasses broken.”
Fatal Shooting Affair.
Buffalo, N. Y., Jan 30.
Last evening, at the Central Depot, as some substitutes
were about leaving for the West, under charge of soldiers
belonging to the New Hampshire Invalid Corps, a boy
belonging in Buffalo was shot and almost instantly killed
by one of the corps, under the impression that the boy
was a substitute trying to escape.
There was considerable excitement for a time about
the affair, and the greatest indignation was manifested
against the soldier for so recklessly shooting the boy.
Railroad Grants.
Washington, Jan. 30.
The House Committee of Public Lands have under con
sideration the subject of railroad grants to Alabama,
x Florida, lowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi and Wis
consin. The law of 1855 provides that in case the roads
enumerated shall not be completed in ten years, the land
shall revert to tne United States. The Committee have
been instructed to inquire whether it would be just and
expedient to extend the time of the grants, several of
these Statesnow being in rebellion.
WASHINGTON ITEMS.
Washington, Jan. 30,1864.
The President has recognized Daniel Perez Barreda, as
Nicaraguan Consul at New York.
Representative Elijah Ward, of New York, has been con
fined to his lodgings the past week by illness.
MISCELLANEOUS WAR ITEMS,
Gen. Pleasanton, Commander of
Cavalry in the Army of the Potomac, has issued an order
to guard against surprises by guerrillas in the uniform of
the United States. Hereafter no scouts or patrols will be
permitted to approach our pickets until their identity has
been established, and no excuse of “surprise” will toe ac
cepted from our own officers. Every guerrilla or other
rebel caught making war upon us in the uniform «f a
United States soldier, is to be hung upon the spot
|gThe Bth Illinois Volunteer Infantry,
known as the “ Big Abolition,” has been in service two
years and a half, and during this time has killed, where
they alone were engaged, 330 rebels, wounded 1,125, and
captured 1.352- total, 2,807. This is the result of more than
eighty engagements, forays and scouting expeditions, to
inflict which cost the Bth Illinois nearly t/x) men, who fell
in battle or were lost to the regiment by disease.
At Gettysburg, 28,000 muskets were
taken. Of these, 24,000 were found to be loaded, 12,000
containing two loads, and 6 090 from three to ten loads
each. In many instances half a dozen balls were driven in
on single charge of powder. In some cases the former pos
sessor had reversed the usual order, placing the ball at
the bottom of the barrel and the powder on top.
The sum of $543,000 has been paid
out by the City Treasurer of Philadelphia in the shane of
bounties to volunteers. The balance to the credit o'f the
fund is $7,700. It is shown from the amount already paid
that 2,172 volunteers have received their bounty, and that
number will, of course,|be credited to the quota of the city
for the next draft
A letter from a captive at Point
Lookout, to his mother in Washington, after assurance of
loYhlty to the Union, and want of sympathy with the
South, thus concludes : “ There are now in confinement
five thousand men who would be glad to to take the Pre
sident’s oath, and more than one-half of them would
gladly join the Union army.”
The retels have commenced to con
stiuct a battery on York river, ten miles above Gloucester,
and on that side of the river. They have also placed tor
pedoes m that river, and two at the mouth ot the Pamun
ky. 1 hey have also obstructed the passage up the East
nyer b> torpedo.es, several being placed near its entrance
into Mobjftck bay,
A gunboat expedition is fitting out
on the Mississippi for the Red River. There are said to be
some thirty rebel steamers in the Red and Ouachita riv
ers. This expedition will open up a large sect ion of coun
try, and enable considerable cotton to get io market,
provided it is not burned by the rebels.
A officer on board the iron-clad Nan
tucket, at Port Royal, January 18, for repairs, writes as
follows. We are now high and dry on the b«ach, clea iln x
the ship’s bottom, cn which the oysers, ba nacles am!
gras° lorm a solid coating of one inch in thickness. Tn
oj siers make a nice stew. I have eaten oj e from th n!”
Five blockade runners, recently
from Richmond, were arrested, on Tuesday, at Washing
ton, while on board of the stage which had just arrived
from Port Tobacco. On their persons were foundjbetween
$30,000 or $40,000 in gold, 22 gold watches, five Georgia
State bonds of SI,OOO. and two North Carolina State bonds.
A correspondent with the Army of
the Potomac writes that it was two Mississippi regiments
that attempted, on Saturday week, to fight their way out
of the rebel lines, for the purpose of taking tne oath of
allegiance to the United States.
On Monday night of last week a
Copperhead newspaper office at Sunbury, Pa., was mob
bed by a number of indignant soldiers attached to ttie
Tenth New Yora cavalry. Tne types and materials wer j
thrown into “pi” and the press damaged.
The bombardment of Charleston is
steadily continued, with the effect of causing frequent
firesand the gradual crumbling away of the houses within
range of our guns. There is little firing on the part of the
rebels, who seem averse to expencinsr their ammunition.
The work of raising the sunken mon
itors Keokuk and Weehawken is in progress, but not with
rapid results, as the immense mass of metal in the hulks
and guns requires machinery of extraordinary strength to
move it.
The Rebel Senate has passed a reso
lution indorsing the outlawry of General Butler by the
Government, and approving the determination of the
authorities at Richmond to hold no communication with
him.
The Fifth Maryland Regiment has
re-enlisted for three years, all excepting three members
thereof, and they will probably do so. The greater por
tion of our Maryland regiments will re-enlist as tneir
terms expire.
Since July last between one hun
dred and thirty and one hundred and forty heavy guns
have been landed on Morris Island. Charleston harbor.
One of the guns weighed 27,555 pounds.
One of the 117th New York Volun
teers having straggled away from the line of march dur
ing Gen. Smith’s late expedition In West Tennessee, was
hung up by the heels and had his throat cut.
Major Burroughs, the guerrilla chief,
was shot dead by the guard, last week, at Fortress Mon
roe, while attempting to escape from the pest-house,
where he was under treatment for the small-pox.
Late arrivals from Chattanooga state
that the army there was placed on full rations for the
first time since October, on Wednesday last.
Governor Tod, of Ohio, increased
the reward forthe recapture of Morgan to SS.O(W, as soon
as he heard of his safe arrival in Dixie.
Insanity, induced by exposure, is
prevalent in the Western armies. Twenty-five insane
soldiers were sent to Cincinnati a few days since.
Twenty-two Illinois regiments and
two batteries have already reported as veteran troops,
and re-inlistments are rapidly progressing.
From two to three regiments pass
through Indianapolis, on their way home, daily. They
are all re-enlisted.
One hundred and fifty rebel deserters
frem Jce Johnston’s army lately arrived in Chattanooga
in one day, and squads are arriving continually.
The troops at Fort Gibson are re
ported to be subsisting on half rations, owing to a defective
supply system. Forage is also very scarce.
Bills authorizing soldiers to vote
have been introduced in both houses of the Michigan Leg
islature.
Arrests continue to be made in
Washington of agents from Northern cities who come to
recruit negroes.
The rebel Gen. Vance, captured on
the 14th, is a son of the present Governor of North Caro
lina.
The Senate of Ohio has passed a
bill by which nearly three millions of dollars will be
raised for the benefit of soldiers’ families in that State.
In Richmond, the simple operation
of shaving costs from fifty cents to a dollar.
Two full regiments of loyal Texan
cavalry have been raised at Brownsville.
Gov. Bramlette, of Kentucky, re
fuses to permit the recruiting of negroes in that State.
All the Minnesota regiments, except
one, whoee time expires in the Spring, have re-enlisted.
Over one hundred thousand veterans
have re-enlisted since the first of October. ’
Twelve hundred Colorado troops
have re enlisted as veterans.
WMd of
MUSICAL.
The Italian Opera Company under
the baton of Field Marshal Maretzek, after having made
a successful campaign in the Department of the East,
will lay seige to New* York on to-morrow evening. They
return to us laden with spoils nobly won. The opening
opera will be the ever favorite “ lone,” with Mad. Me
dori, Md’lle Sulger, and Signors Mazzoleni, Bellini and
Biacchi in the cast with Nuno as conductor. The season
is to be of four weeks duration ; the operas to Bbe>!given
on four evenings of the week and a Matinee. The season
will doubtless be a successful one for, New York will not
allow' itself to be out done in the evidences of its devotion
to music by the people of the “ Hub,” who have lit
erally lavished money and praises on this incomparable
company.
The German Opera Company gave us
Nicolai’s “ Merry Wives of Windsor” on Wednesday eve
ning last, under the baton of Anschutz. It was, taken as
a whole, one of the most successful performances of the
season. The house was filled by a highly appreciative
audience, who went away delighted. The same opera
was repeated at Brooklyn on Friday evening. Mad. Jo
hannsen, as Mrs. Ford, sang very finely indeed, and ap
peared to enter most fully into the spirit of her role—we
have seldom heard her to better advantage. Mad. Frede
ric! acted very well indeed, as Mrs. Page, but did not ap
pear as fully at home in the music as in some other parts
in which we have heard her; her fresh and delicious voice,
however, carried her through with eclat. Little Canissa as
Anne Page dressed well and acted well; but she sang out
of tune at times, and gave evident signs of needing study.
Himmer, as usual, succeeded in very nearly veiling his
faults of voice by his admirable method ; while Habel
maim as Fenton seriously marred his vocal efforts and de
tracted from the effects of his admirable voice from the
lack of method which be displayed. The gem of the
evening, and one of the finest performances which we
have lately witnessed, was the Falstaff of Hermanns.
This artist Is truly admirable, both as a singer and as an
actor, and -was perfectly at home in the music of the role.
Taken as a whole, it was a performance to be long re
membered ; full of beauties and with scarcely a blemish.
The season of German opera, in this city, closed on that
night.
Hopkins’ Matinees.—The second of
Hopkins’ Matinees took place at Aquaria Hall, last Satur
day afternoon, at the usual hour. This, we are happy to
state, was much better attended than the last given at the
same place, a fact which wc opine had a very beneficial
effect upon the efforts of the several artists engaged. Mr
Hopkins’ selections were of a very high character, and did
much credit to that gentleman’s good taste and judgment,
as the performance of them did to his execution and fine
touch. If we repeated the above in regard to Mr. Trom
well, we would scarcely say one word too much in his
favor. The second Matinee was certainly far more suc
cessful than the first, and we therefore trust that Mr.
Hopkins will favor us with a third, at an carlr date.
Irving Hall.—The grand Charity
Concert in aid of the fund of the Ladies’ Benevolent Soci
ety of the St. Ann’s Church for Deaf Mutes, took place
last Friday evening, at Irving Hall. Previous to the con
cert. an “ Ode to Charity” was delivered by John A. God
frey, Esq ,of this city, by whom it was written. The ode
is full of poetic fervor, and reflects great credit upon the
author. This was a concert of a miscellaneous character,
at which several artistes of admitted ability assisted,
among whom were Mad. Elena D’Angri, Miss Jenny Van
Zandt, Miss Jennie E. Moss, Mad. Henriette Herz, Mr. Rus
sell Glover, Sig. A. Maccaferi, Mr. Louis Schreiber, Sig.
Centemeri and Master Bernhard, Sig. Abella acting as con
ductor. The concert, as a whole, was a very creditable
affair ; perhaps a little too classic for the miscellaneous
audience present, yet on this score not positively objec
tionable. The artists who so kindly volunteered their
services for the occasion did all in their power to make it
a success, and were successful in the highest degree, as
we have no doubt it was also in a financial sense.
Wood’s Minstrels.—We notice by
the announcement in another column, that Mr. Wood is
about to pay a tribute to departed worth, which is not
only merited by talent the of the person so honored, but is
really demanded more generally at the hands of the many
in this particular line of business, who have from time to
time been either benefited or delighted by the products
of said talent. We have reference to the late Stephen C.
Foster, and the initiative step taken by Mr. Wood to re
produce the many popular musical compositions of that
fine composer prior to his death. The first selected by Mr.
Wood is, we think, the best and the most appropriate,
viz.: “ Come where my Love Lies Dreaming,” and will,
we are confident, draw the tear of regret over the mem
ory of the departed from the audience when sung as this
company alone can sing it. Let the public attend, not
only to the song, but also to the fact that the widow and
orphans of Mr. Foster are now living in abject need.
Something should be done for them. His labors have en
richcd many, cannot some one step forward in behalf of
the widow and the orphans. We await an answer.
Bryants’ Minstrels.—We have long
been under the impression that dwe ling in “ these United
States” (as a certain madman author hath it), was de
cidedly out of fashion; yet here, in our very midst, we
find a severe case of the same being enacted nightly be
tween two of our managers, differing only in respect to
the explosive substance employed— brains instead of pow
der being used in these fearful affairs, and the weapon a
rich burlesque instead of a Colt’s pistol. But this is not the
first time that a burlesque has been Jmade out of a due’,
either of a sanguinary or intellectual characture, and the
public feel interested, accordingly crowding Bryants each
night to learn the rights of it. Let the public continue to
do so, and inform us of its conclusions, for really.we find it
quite impossible to come to any—at least in the repeated
announcement that “The Takc-it-and-Leave-Man” is to
be played for another week.
NEW YORK DISPATCH.
New Music.—We have this week re- i
ceived frera the publishing house of William A. Pond .t
Co. two pieces of new music, viz.: a song called “The !
Time I’ve Lost in Whining,” music by Ceor’e Boweryem, 1
words by Diomas Moore, and a serenade entitled ‘ Alo i ■. '
Alone.” the music by the s.i.ne compoier, the words by
.Twines Russell Lowell, both bting.of that high character I
of music usually issued by that h< ; Y,se.
Jure .set’s Theatre Francais has b<n
doing a very tine business since our last. On Tuesday,
one of the finest performances of rhe season .will be
given : “Ae Maria la compagne,” from which our “ Serious
Family” was adopted for the English stage, and “ZZs
Mcli—Melo-de. la Hue MeslagM
Mr. La Fayette F. Harrison, long
and most favorably known to the musical public of this
city, has been tendered a grand testimonial concert, which
will probably be given at Irving Hall—fast becoming a
classic spot—early in March next. The hall is not large
enough to do f ull justice to the merits of the man.
Rlk. Hermann’s, the Basso, intends
establishing a German Opera. Such a step will be hailed
with intense joy. He is the man—modest, unassuming, and
an artist of the first water.
L. M. Gottschalk is, we understand,
in town, and will in a short time give a series of concerts?
we suppose, as before, at Irving Halt
DRAMATIC.
At Niblo’s the “business,” as the
management call it, has been all that could be desired :
the standing room and passages having been filled on
every night of the week. Mr. Williams’ late assault on
the critics, and their replies, do not appear to have had
any effect upon the patronage of the house. We have
heretofore refrained from noticing these circumstances,
and would not do so now did we not think that one of our
cotemporaries has dealt unjustly with a class of our citi
zens and with the theatre. Mr. Williams’ remarks may
have been in questionable taste ; but he was expressing
his individual opinions or feelings, and for these, if he was
unjust, he was obnoxious to censure : but the journal to
which we refer, sneered at the character of the audiences
of the house by stigmatizing them as “the Irish audience,”
the “Irish people,” &c., &c. Now the audience at Niblo’s
is as mixed, so far as nationality is concerned, as that of
any house in the town, and in the next place, if they were
all ‘lrish,” we cannot conceive why that fact should be.
come the grounds ork of a reproach. If particular na
tionality is a crime we are wrong in this ; if we are not
such a species of assault as that which we have referred
to, is deserving of rebuke. Aside from assailing a class, it
attempts to assail the management and the character of
the theatre. During the whole of this week the Connie
Soogah will be given. Mr. Williams’song in the second
act and the chorus, are alone worth the trouble of a visit
to the house. On Friday evening next, Mrs. Williams will.
take her first benefit during tlie present season, when the
entertainments are promised to be of a very superior
character,
At Wallack’s, nothing new has been
done since our last. Indeed, and judging from the audi
ences which have nightly filled this theatre, no necessity
exists on the part of the management for producing any
greater novelties than are afforded by the old comedies, in
connection with “ Rosedale.” The latter play has been
acted for eighty nights and upward, and now when
placed on the bills fills the theatre, and long before the
curtain rises necessitates the display of Mr. Moss’s placard
—now nightly use J—of “ Standing Room Only.”
Tomorrow evening, “Naval Ergagements” and the
“ Old English Gentleman;” on Tuesday, the ever fresh
and welcome “ Rosedale”—the whole receipts of the even
ing to be given to the Sanitary Commission ; on Wednes
day, “ Married Life on Thursday, “ Rosedale,” and on
Friday, the “ Clandestine Marriage ” The admirers of
Miss Gannon (and who does not admire her V will be grat
ified to learn that she is convalescent.
Mrs. Wood’s Olympic has rivaled its
most successful contemporaries in the lavish amount of
patronage which it has received during the week. The
management made no mistake when they engaged Mr.
Frank Drew. His specialty is broad burlesque, and bur
lesque is the undoubted specialty of this house. The peo
ple look for it, indeed demand it. and would be as much
surprised at seeing anything there which verged upon the
tragic, as they would if they should see Parson Cheeyer
and his Deacons playing at ten pins up the middle aisle of
that parti-colored preacher’s church on Sunday, in their
Shirt sleeves. The company is so evidently fitted to bur
lesque or broad farce, that any deviation from them will
soon lead to the public making a demand on Mrs. Wood
for a special apology therefor. Mrs. Wood stands at its
head, Mr. Frank Drew matches her in breadth of fun and
drollery. Mr. Davidge, in burlesque and broad farce, is
seldom praised up to the meed of his merits; Mr. Stoddart
is the very embodiment of strong eccentricities ; Miss Har
ris nightly is gaining in public favor ; Mr. Owens has made
Ids mark as a broad farce actor, and young Parsloe, when
put into the right places, show quaint and original comic
talent. Of Mr. Mortimer we have spoken at length in pre
vious editions. We do not know what he might do in bur
lesque ; but in the line of comic parts assumed by Mat
thews while in this country, Mr. Mortimer has not an
equal on our stage. So say we, give us what the public
expect, Mrs. Wood ; those things for which you and your
excellent company are fitted to give. Veil Melpomene
ard brush up the mask of Thalia. “A Bull in a China
Shop” and “Mazeppa,” will be given until further notice.
Fox’s Old Bowery and the New Pan
tomimk.—The great event of the season to jk place at this
establishment last Monday, in the production of G. L.
Fox’s new pantomime, entitled “The House that Jack
Built,” and a brilliant affair it is, replete with everything
to gratify the eye and ear—splendid scenery, of the most
costly detcription—beautijul dresses and charming music. The
tricks and properties were of the most novel description,
and the machinery worked to perfection. The piece is an
honor to the inventive faculty of the manager and the
artists engaged in its production. Mr. Fox, who is the
Gabriel Ravel of the piece, kept the audience in a contin
ual roar of laughter, and with his brother Charles, Tony
Denier, Bradshaw, and the Columbine, gave satisfaction
and delight to every beholder. Fox and pantomime
would soon become synonymous terms were it not for his
ability also in comedy and burlesque. The building
of the house by the gnomes, has a very pretty effect from
front, and the Lilliputians were all pretty. The entire
troupe acquitted th» mselves most creoitably, and the last
scene was superior to anj thing we have lately witnessed.
Imagine a child’s dream of Paradise, and that may give
some idea of it. It was, in truth, what the manager says on
his bills, “Apicture of the most dazzling splendor.” It will
be played till further notice, every evening and on Satur
day afternoon, commencing at half past two, M'lle Mar
tinetti appearing as Columbine, having been engaged ex
pressly for that purpose. In closing, we wou’d state that
the new piece is quite original in its various tricks and
transformations. The old hackneyed style is entirely
avoided, which speaks volumes in its favor, and the open
ing is very pretty. There are two pieces played nightly
with lhe pantomime, but as the dramatic element of this
place at present is of minor importance to the attraction, !
we will let them repose till after the present rush is over.
New Bowery.-*-At this house, it is
only necessary to say that we ire to have another week
of Miss Kate Fisher—her fourth, and the tenth of Mr. Ed
win BUnchard— “Mazeppa” being the leading drama,
followed by a canine play, which varies according to the
discretion of the management, which appears to have a
very just appreciation of the tastes and desires of the pub
lic. The benefit of Miss Kate Fisher was, as we antici
pated, a “bumper,” ard as the public declared, well de
served. This is as it should be. The bill, therefore, re
mains as before, with the above exception.
Barnum’s American Museum.— The
magnificent drama, “ Camille’s Husband,” has occupied
the stage of the Museum sir.ee last Monday. It is a very
attractive play, and seems to be much better appreciated
than was the drama which immediately proceeded it,
the “ Ticket of-Leave Man.” The other attraction at this
house, at the present time, are, “The Tyrolean Whistler,”
whose performances, on organs of very limited capacity,
are the subject of wonder with all who hear him; Mr. W.
B. Harrison, the comic vocalist and extravaganza poet;
■ four enormous giants; the Lilliputian King; the What Is
It? Groups of Moving Wax Figures; monster serpents:
Grand Aquaria; mammoth bears; and seven hundred
thousand other curiosities---and all for twenty-five cents!
Park Theatre, Brooklyn.—The dra
matic company at this house has been disbanded. The
manager will, iff the future, rely exclusively on opera for
public support So far, English opera has beeh exceed
ingly successful. " The Bohemian Giri” and “ Maritana”
filling the auditorium, on each representation, to its ut
most capacity. This was the case on each night of per
formance during the past week. It is understood that
hereafter there will be two opera nights at the Park, the
company being engaged to appear on two nights in each
week at Niblo’s Saloon, on and after Wednesday next.
To-morrow evening Maitiana will be repeated, the leading
roles being assigned to those favorite vocalists—Madame
Borchard,contralto,Mr. Campbell, basso, and Mr. Cas
tle, tenor.
Niblo’s Saioon. —The Hon. John J.
Saxe read a humorous and patriotic poem called “Love,”
last Wednesday evening, at the above named place, to a
very numerous, intelligent and fashionable audience.
The poem as a literary effort was above mediocrity and
was evidently intended to be didactic, which we jare of
opinion is rather out of Mr. Saxe s line. He, however,
treated his subject with much skill, touching upon the
various forms which love, as experienced by the human
beir g, assumes; such as love of country, maternal and
connubial love, etc., etc., giving, we think, a slight glimpse
into his own private experience in the latter kind, which
was very pleasing and piquant, concluding with a fancy
sketch of an old bachelor and a heartless coquette, de
tailing with much graphic power the miseries resulting
from those wma'ural conditions ; finely concluding with
his idea of divine love, which was really very poetical
and exalted. The audience gave very marked demon
strations of their pleasure and approval; and the public
is, as it must ever be, the true critic on all such occa
sions.
Burton Dramatic Association.—This
popular association gave a dramatic exhibition to a very
crowded and highly respectable audience, on Friday eve
ning, at Niblo’s Saloon, which terminated about 1 o’clock
on Saturday morning. The tragedy of “ Othello,” with
“Love and Murder,” were selected. We don’t mean that
Othello was murdered, although the lovely Desdemona
and Roderigo were ; but “Love and Murder” was the
afterpiece, in which the Irishman, Mr. Mickey Magraw i
was very humorously enacted by Mr. J. P. Sandell, who
made his mark, in addition, as a comic singer. Othello
was very respectably put on the stage, the jealous Moor
being creditably represented by Mr. Mr. (
Ward, as lago, gave occasional displays of talent, which I
were duly appreciated by his friends; and Mr. Maxwell, ■
as Eoderigo, was very amusing. The Desdemona of the 1
eve’vng was a very pretty young lady—Miss Louise Ta
bor—who j.avc evidence ot much ability, but was rather
nervous, which somewhat marred her otherwise excel
lent performance, for which fhe received great applause.
The i melia was fairly re Miss Julia Colwnl,
who also obtained considerable applause. Another per
forn i-nce w ill shortly be giv en at the same theatre.
Broadway amphitheatre.—lt will be
seen, by a glance at our advertising columns, that we are
to have increased attractions at the Broadway Amphi
theatre, this incoming week. This new feature is the en
gigemcnt of the renowned Arab company of acrobats
who figured so prominently in London a short time back,
under the management of Messrs. Haws and Cushing,
winning the universal praise of the public, and the most
unqualified encomiums of the entire press. That their
feats of agility and strength are surprising in the largest
sense of the word is true, as the public, we are
will, with one accord admit, when they have had the
pleasure of seeing them; and when witnessed conjointly
with the unsurpassed feats of M’lle. Tournaire and others
of the excellent company engaged by this enterprising
management the performance will be pronounced such
a i has never been given in this country before. There
is also to be a change in the order of business, a grand
performance being given every Wednesday and Saturday ’
an arrangement which the public will pronounce good.
Broadway Menagerie.—We were tin
der the very excusable impression that Van Amburgh &
Co. had already received all the animal wonders known
to the civilized or savage world, at least all that were
known to have been taken into and let out of the Ark,
by that old patriarch Noah, at the time of that heavy
rain which is said to have deluged the world and
drowned all not taken therein. But strange to say, we
were mistaken, in one or the other of the above, to wit,
either that old Noah forgot some of the animals and left
them out in the rain, or that he took some aboard without
registering their names; for, strange to say, he has sue
ceeded in finding a cunosty in the feather-line heretofore
to the world unknown, viz: a pair of white Peacocks.
We understand these wonders came from Germany, and
having seen them, can safely say, will amply repay &
visit to the Menagerie, which is open every day anl eve
ning, to satisfy the commendable curiosity of the public.
Howe’s Bowery Circus.—Every man
ives and moves in his own particular and individual
world. This is no more a fact in the case of the individual
than it is in the case of each particular place of amuse
ment now within the limits of the musical world of this
city. Each has its stars and satellites, which engage the
admiring gaze of a multitude of spectators, no matter in
what part of the amusement firmament it may chance to
be located. So is it with Howe’s Bowery Circus. This
little place of equestrian and acrobatic amusement of the
east side is rapidly growing into public favor, as may be
witnessed by “ the throng who nightly there do congre
gate,” and come away delighted with he pleasures there
enjoyed. Of th’s, however, wc shall not at present par
ticularize, but leave it to the east side public to go and
judge for itself. We have now the pleasure of noticing
that next Friday evening, Feb. sth, a joint complimentary
benefit of Misses Ida and Amelia and Master Charles Sher
wood. The announcement of this is really a pleasure to
us, because of the merit of the artists thus complimented.
Perham’s Stereoscophcon and Mir
rob or the Rebellion, Broadway.— The Mirror and Stere
oscopticon is still attracting large crowds of art-curious
amusement seekers, all anxious to witness the last great
effort of the artht and that most beautiful of all scene
painters—the sun—whose work of skill in this Instance
surpasses all that we have ever beheld in this particular
] ine of business. Last Wednesday afternoon was made an
occasion of much interest to the proprietor of this estao
lishment by the presence of the 102 d Regiment, N. Y. V.,
to witness the “ Mirror of the Rebellion,” and with one
accord they pronounced it “true to life,” they, of all
judges, being the most competent to judge, speaking as
they did, of what they had seen, and must therefore know.
This, we take It, is the highest possible compliment that
could be paid to the artist as well as the proprietor, and
must, in consequence, be gratifying in the extreme to all
concerned.
The Museum of Anatomy.—lf you
would know all about the fleshy tabernacle in which you
live and move and have your being, visit the Museum of
Anatomy on Broadway, and carefully read, in the many
specimens of the human body it contains, the earthly
history of man.
SCRAPS, MUSICAL AND DRAMATIC.
Mr. Wheatley has retired from and
Mr. Leonard Grover has undertaken the management of
the New Chestnut street Theatre, Philadelphia. He open
ed on last Tuesday night, with a reorganized company,
introducing, among others. Miss Susan Denin, Alice Pla
cide, Mrs. A. R. Chapin Miss F. E. Adams, Henrietta
Wells. M’lle. Johanna Claussen, (the Swiss soubrette,)
Charles Barron, Harry Pearson. Ames J. Prior. W. A.
Donaldson, and Messrs. Rogers, Lennox, Andrews, Mor
ri aunt, Knight, Donnelly, Herndon, Hall, Ward, Everett.
Forrest, Jr., Matthews, Blake, and Mitchell. The play or
“The Veteran,” splendidly cast and elegantly mounted
will be the introductory piece of the season.
At the Varieties Theatre, Washing
ton, they are doing the “ sensational” drama -with a ven
geance. Tate the following as a specimen description of
a play called “ The Skeleton Accuser “ The wild, wierd,
mystic, legendary drama,rich with traditionary lore—the
yawning graveyard—the moldering skeleton—the shadow
of the grave—the troubled spirit of the dead—the shroud
and the coffin. The scroll of mystery—the mission is ful
filled : the skeleton accuser rests in peace 1” Ugh I
Mlle. Vestvali-Lund, a kinswoman of
the accomplished artist whose name she bears, is now
playing with great success at the German Theatre in Phil
adelphia, and the critics speak of her In the most laudato
ry terms. So do several excellent judges of acting whom
we have met. This lady is engaged, so we are informed,
to commence the season at the opening of the new Ger
man Theatre in this city.
Mr. Foriest commences a four-weeks
engagement to-morrow night at the Boston Theatre. He
opens in •‘Coriolanus,” which Mr. Marshall will put upon
the stage with all the splendor of which the theatre is ca
palle. New scenery is preparing for it, and every effort
making to render it an immense success Mr. Bandmann
will perform on the ‘off nights,” reproducing in Boston
his great part of Narcisse.
Max Maietzek’s Operatic Troupe
closed on yesterday afternoon a season of four weeks, at
the Boston Theatre. The entire engagement was a suc
cess, and the speculation will decidedly inure to the bene
fit ot the very able and indefatigable i/npreseario. The fol
lowing are the operas of the week • “Judith,” “Faust,”
“lone,” “1 Due Foscari,” closing with a matinee.
Miss Lucille Western closed her
farewell engagement prior to her departure for Ca litor
nia, on Wednesday night at the Walnut street theatre,
Philadelphia. She made a great sensation during her
appearance at this house as Lady Trobel and Madame
Vine in the drama of “East Lynne.”
Mr. BaLdmann, who last year so
took the town by his acting Shylock, Narcisse, and Ham
let. has just returned from a very successful western tour,
during wi ich lie has won “Golden opinions from all sorts
of people.”
Miss Reignolds, the leading comedy
actress of the day, takes a trip tn Europe for rest and
pleasure, at the close of her performance in Boston, play
ing a few engagements in other cities before her departure.
Vestvali is at Grover’s Theatre,
Washington. She appeared during the past week in her
great impersonation in the play of “Gamea, or the Jew
ish Mother.”
Mrs. D. P. Bowers continues at
Ford’s Theatre, Washington. She is received nightly by a
crowded house, who are delighted with her splendid role
in John Brougham s play, “ Lady Audley’s Secret.”
Ri chings’ Opera Troupe played dur
ing the whole of the past week, at the Howard Athenaj
nm, Boston On Monday they presented the grand roman
tic opera of the “Enchantress.”
“ The Ticket of-Leave-Man” has met
with extraordinary success in Boston. It has been played
to crowded houses, hundreds at each performance being
turned away at the Tremont Theatre and the Museum.
The Buckley Minstrels have got up
a burlesque on Tom Taylor’s last plav, which they name
“Take-It-and Leave-Man ” It is full of fun and crowds their
“Opera House” in Boston, every night
Mrs. Emma Waller, the tragedienne
is at the Pittsburg Theatre, performing a two week’s en
gagement. She appears at the Chestnut street Theatre,
Philadelphia, on the Bth of February,
Mme. Ponisi has received an auto
graph letter from Mr A. E. Brachvogel, one of the most
distinguished dramatic authors of Germany, compliment
ing her for her performance of Pompadour in “ Narcisse.”
An opera singer of some eminence,
named Sophia dall’ Occa Schaberiechner, died a few
weeks ago at St. Petersburg. It is believed her name
killed her by its weight.
Mr. 0. B. Collins and Miss Kate
PaA mond are playing in a new equestrian drama, entitled
the “Foundling of the Prairie” at the Continental Theatre,
Philadelphia.
Mr. Gottschalk’s third concert in
Philadelphia was given at Concert Hall, on Monday. It
was, as a matter ot course, well attended.
The Ai ch street Theatre was closed
on last Monday night, in consequence of the death of Mrs.
Stephens, the sister of the manager, Mrs. Drew.
Emily Jordan, Chas. R. Thorn, Mrs-
Jas. Stark, and an excellent company, are engaged at the
Metropolitan Theatre, San Francisco.
Tho Boston Howard Dramatic com
pany are at the Portland Theatre, and doing an excellent
business.
J. H. Budworth had a benefit on
Monday last at the Washington Theatre. He was sus
tained by a brilliant array of talent
Grau’s Opera troupe is announced
to commence at McVicker’s Theatre, Chicago, on the Ist of
February.
Miss Avonia Jones is reported to
have recently enacted Sha-kspqre’s Juliet in a most superb
manner, at Wood’s Theatre, Cincinnati.
The two hundred and twenty-fourth
anniversary of R cine’s birthday was celebrated in the
course of last month at the principal theatres in Paris.
Miss Mary Provost, now in this city
an invalid, is expected to play in St. Louis early in Febru
ary, should her health permit.
A new play, called “ Zouave de la
Garde,” has been produced at the Theatre des Folies
Dramatiques, Paris.
Miss Leo Hudson is at the Front
street Theatre, Baltimore. She is doing a good business.
Cubas is underlined on the bills of
the Louisville Theatre for an early appearance.
The Theatre des Varieties, in Cairo,
Egypt, was consumed by fire recently.
Verricke, the trapeze man, was at
the National Theatre on the 18th inst.
Edwin Adams’ late engagement at
Wood’s Theatre. Louisville, was a success.
Robinson & Howe’s circus is in Chi
cage.
I The steamship Australasian, from
• LTve’wxfl the 16th, and Queenstown the 17th of January,
■ axihtd at this port on Friday last
; The investigation into the flircumstances of the fitting
out aid departure from Sheerness of the rebel privateer
Rat vahannock, late H. B 8. gun vessel Victor, had ter
minal cd. It was ascertained that certain officials at
Shet rness Dock Yard had been guilty of a gross neglect of
duty, and at the same time committed an unwarrantable
; violation of the neutrality law. and the Government has
acc< rdlngly decided in prosecuting the principal offender.
A wa riant was therefore issued for the aoprehension of
Wfii. Bumble, Principal Engineer and Inspector of JU
clih try Afloat. The accused was apprehended, but liber
ated by the Rochester Bench on heavy bail.
Lt is announced that the steamer Germania, from South
ampton on the 14th, for New York, took out sever U heavy
siege guns of large calibre from the Low Moor Iron
Works, it is presumed for Federal uses
In the Liverpool police court, on the 15th of January,
three persons, engaged in the ship chandlery busiiiess,
were summoned to appear and answer a charge 0i at
tempting to enlist men to serve in the sea service of the
Confederates. The counsel for defendants denounced the
charge as one of the most trumped ever got up, and con
demned in severe terms the espionage pursued in Engand
by the American Government One of the defendants
wag held over to answer ' . _
A terrific gunpowder explosion occurred at Liverpool on
the 15th January. A vessel named the “ Lotty Sleigh”
lying in the river, bound for Africa, with a considerable
quantity of gunpowder on board, took fire, and was de
sei ted by her crew, after they found it impossible to sub
due the flames. The vessel was soon blown to atoms, and
the concussion was so great that the destruction of glass m
Liverpool aud Birkenhead was most extensive, and the
greatest alarm and consternation for a time prevailed.
People were knocked down in many places, but no loss of
life was reported.
A treaty of amity, commerce, and navigation, between
I the two negro republics of Liberia and Hayti, had been
signed in London.
The market for American securities continued dull and
inactive, and in the absence of business quotations re
mained without change. There was a considerable move
ment in the rebel loan on the 14th inst. It opened at 38a
4i), rose rose to 46a50, with transactions at 48. and closed at
44a46, showing a rise of 6 per cent, on the day.
Her Koval Highness the Princess of Wales gave birth to
an heir Jan. 12th, under peculiar circumstances, an event
not expected before the beginning of March. The event,
however, is the occasion of universal joy throughout the
land, and great preparations are making for a grand dem
onstration in hr nor thereof, as soon as the mother is able
to bear the fatigue of going through the ceremonies. It is
Eaid the child is to be named Albert.
A plot against the life of the Emperor Napoleon has re
cently been discovered, and is the cause of much excite
ment in France. The Emperor was to be blown up by a
bomb in the approved manner once practiced upon the
uncle of this illustrious nephew; but the plot was abor
tive.
The Warsaw (Poland) official journal publishes an ad
dress from twelve of the minor and middle towns, showing
that the insurrection is in a great measure suppressed, and
expressing a wish for the re-establishment oflegal order..
and
Terrible Explosion in Maiden Lane
—Fire and Loss of Life At a quarter past 3
o’clock last Tuesday evening, an explosion occur
red on the second floor of the five-story building
No. 65 Maiden Lane, corner of William street,
occupied by Strasburger & Nuhn, dealers in toys
and fireworks. The explosion set fire to the
premises, and in a few minutes the entire upper
part of the building was in flames. Shortly af
terward another explosion occurred, which shook
the walls of the building to a great extent. The
first explosion occurred, it appears, while some
of the employees were handling fixed ammuni
tion for parlor pistols. Paul Hoffman, one of the
employees, was instantly killed ; another, Chas.
Block, was badly hurt, and taken to the City
Hospital. Before the fire could be extinguished,
the entire upper part of the building was des
droyed. Loss to Messrs. Strasburger & Nuhn,
about $66,000 ; insured. No. 89 William street,
occupied T. O. Grannis, as a furnishing store
was damaged by water to the extent of $1,000;
fully insured. The coroner held an inquest, on
Wednesday, upon the body of young Hoffman,
and after hearing the testimony the jury delibe
rated for a long time, and finally rendered the
following verdict: “ That the said Paul Hoffman
came to his death by injuries from the explosion
of detonating powder used in connection with a
toy pistol sold by Messrs. Strasburger & Nuhn.
They further consider the storage of such pow
der within the city limits to be censurable, and
recommend the passage of a law regulating the
sale and storage of such powder, and similar ex
. plosive materials.”
Interesting to Literary Men.—Value
of Dramatic Productions. A Theatrical
Manager in Court.— A suit, involving the va
r lidity of a newspaper advertisement, was yester
day called up for trial, before Judge Quinn, of
the First District Court, but adjourned at re
’ quest of defendant to 9th of February. The de
fendant, proprietor of one of the flashy places of
amusement about town, advertised in the public
papers of October 28 and November 1, 1863, for a
prize drama, in one or two acts, to play under
an hour, and to be original. For this he offered
’ a reward of $250, and signed his name “Robert
i M. Butler” to it in full. Plaintiff, a member of
the daily press of this city, composed a drama,
called “Fitzboodle Voyage,” which he offered to
. Butler, and which was accepted and played as
“the prize drama,” and ha*d a successful run of
some two weeks. The manager now refuses to
, pay for it on the pretence that the advertisement
, was not sufficient to bind him, etc. It’s the old
story, but if our fellow-quill is plucky enough he
I is sure to win. We believe the late William Bur
ton was mulcted in an almost similar case, even
: in the absence of any written contract, but sim-
■ ply because he did not return the MSS. accord
ing to promise.
Soldiers Committed. Francis and
' Lawrence Tinknor, soldiers, entered Elizabeth
O’Donnell’s saloon, in Park street, on last Thurs
-1 day night, and having had a dispute, drew their
pistols and began firing upon the inmates. Be
fore any one had been hurt the soldiers wore ar
rested by officer McGuire, of the Sixth Precinct,
and taken before Justice Dowling.
Death of a Fireman.—Last Tuesday
, morning Coroner Wildey held an inquest at the
' New York Hospital upon the body of Patrick Mo-
■ ran, a member -of the Insurance Patrol, who on
the evening of the 16th inst., at the burning of
Messrs. Fairchild & Fanshawe’s warehouse in
Duane street, was carried with the first floor
down to the cellar, when the walls of tho build
ing fell in, He was taken from the ruins shock
ingly disfigured, and sent to the hospital, where
' he lingered until Thursday evening. He was a
native of this city, 43 years of age, and an ex
empt fireman.
Not Down in the Bills.—While the
play was progressing in the Old Bowory, on Mon
day evening, a portion of the ceiling fell from
the gallery, when some person raised a cry of
fire. The audience at once made for the doors,
but was soon quieted by the assurance of Capt.
Jourdan and other officers of the Sixth, that
there was no danger. Happily no one was hurt,
although in the crush it was at one time feared
that several persons must have perished from
suffocation.
Emphatic Action of a Provost Mar
shal.—For some time there have been serious
complaints of the action of the aUaeltes of tho
Second Congressional District—the headquar
ters of which are at No. 26 Grand street, Brook
lyn, E. D.; and yesterday afternoon the capable
Provost Marshal Maddox, discharged the whole
crowd of detectives and deputies. The public
will endorse this prompt action of the Provost,
who has been very successful in enlisting men
for some time past. Last week 177 men were re
cruited.
Probable Fatal Accident. About
one o’clock this morning an alarm of fire was
given, occasioned by the explosion of a kerosene
lamp in the rear of No. 9 Frankfort street. Mrs.
Barker, who was intoxicated, had retired, and
had in some way mismanaged her lamp, and her
neighbors were awakened by the smoke. She
was burned so terribly that she cannot possibly
survive. The Fourth Precinct police conveyed
her to the hospital, where her case was pro
nounced hopeless.
Eight Tons of Greenbacks.—Eight
tons of greenbacks were carried over the New
Jersey Railroad to Washington one day last
week. The money is said to be the collections
of different internal revenue officers.
Unwise Man and his Money.—Ed
ward Barton, a patron of the Astor, appeared
before Justice Dowling, and complained that
Ann McCauley had robbed him of $145. Officer
McCarthy found SBS of the money in a bed in
William street, and the justice committed the
cyprian to the Tombs. •
The Iron Clad Fleet Building in this
Vicinity The iron-clad fleet in course of con-
struction in this vicity is making good progress.
The Puritan (sister ship of tho Dictator) will be
put afloat about the first of April, from the Con
tinental Iron Works, Greenpoint. At the same :
place the light-draught iron-clad Cohoes is go- I
jng on very satisfactorily, and one of the iron 1
double-enders is very far advanced. At Mr. J7
9. Underhill’s yard in Greenpoint, the Moduc, a
light-draught monitor, is so far advanced that
she will be ready for launching in about six
weeks. In Williamsburg, Captain Perine has ths
light-draught iron-clad Nanbuc almost in perfect
shape, and will be able to launch her about the
same time.
In Jersey City, at the yard of Messrs. Secor &
Co,, there are now three iron-clad vessels of war,
two afloat, and one on the stocks. The Manhattan
and Tecumseh are preparing for active service,
and the latter will he ready to make her trial
trip in about two weeks. The Manhattan will be
ready in about a month.
At the Navy Yard the plating of tho iron-clad
Miantonomeh (the only one of the Navy Yard
batch afloat) is going forward rapidly. The Dic
tator will be ready to make her trial trip several
weeks sooner than was anticipated. All these
vessels have been improved by alterations of the
original models.
Fatal Result of Clubbing.—Dennis
Lyons of No. 10 Mulberry street, died on Sunday
night last of wounds received at the hands of
officer George Grassick, of tho 6th Precinct. Oa
the evening of the 16th inst., deceased, who was
intoxicated, ran against a little girl in Mulberry
street and knocked her down. Officer Grassick
ordered him to go home, but he refused and "was
arrested. On his way to the stationhouse, he
seized officer Grassick by the throat, and the offier
to rid himself of his assailant’s grasp, struck him
With his club. He was afterwards released oa
bail, went home, was taken sick and died as
above. Coroner Wildey held an inquest.
Shot in the Arm—Julius Strauss
and Peter Connolly quarreled on Saturday even
ing week in Grand street, and Strauss shot Con
nolly, the ball taking effect in the right arm.
Strauss, who was arrested by officer Parsons of
the 14th Precinct, said in his examination before
Justice Dowling, that the complainant first at
tacked him, and that he used a pistol in self-de
fence. He was committed for trial.
The Accident at Fulton Ferry.—
Last evening about half-past seven o’clock an
accident occurred by which a sergeant in the
regular service of the United States lost his life.
He went onboard the ferry boat while it was in
the slip, and being somewhat under the influ
ence of liquor, was rather unsteady in his move
ments and walked off the other end of the boat.
The utmost exertions were made to rescue him,
but before the body could be fished out life was
extinct. There were no papers upon the body
to indicate the name of deceased. From his uni
form it was judged that he was a sergeant in the
regular service.
Arrival of the Iron-Clad Onondaga.
—The Quintard iron-clad battery Onondaga hag
arrived at the Brooklyn Navy Yard to be docked
for the purpose of ascertaining the amount of
damage caused by the recent accident. A sur
vey was held on tho vessel yesterday, which de
monstrated that in a very short time the dam
aged wheel can be put in working order. The
vessel will then make her trial trip.
The most striking peculiarity of the Ononda
ga is her armor, which, unlike that of every other >
iron-clad vessel, consists of an exterior of wood,
covering the inner armor of iron, four and a half
inches thick—equal to the entire protection of
the monitors of the Passaic class. Outside the
wood is a light covering of iron, for the purpose
of preventing the timber from falling out .when
it is perforated by projectiles.
Sinking of a Dispatch Boat off the
Navy Yard.— The dispatch steamer Rose, a new
vessel, which had just been transferred to the
Government, was sunk off the Navy Yard on the
night of the 27th. An ensign and engineer had
been placed on board to take charge of her, but
deeming her safe enough, it is alleged that they
went on shore during the night, and found next
morning that nothing but her smoke-stock was
visible. Workmen were engaged yesterday in
raising her above water, in which they finallv
succeeded. The cause of the accident was the
turning of the stopcock near the keel, in conse
quence of which she was filled with water and
sunk.
Wife Shooting.—On last Monday
evening, at No. 45 Crosby street, Thomas Hac
kett, a soldier who has recently returned from
the army, drew a revolver, and shot his wife,
with whom he had previously quarrelled, in the
hip. Hackett was arrested.
Hugh Daley shot his wife in the abdomen, at
his junk shop, No. 71 Beach street, on Monday
evening. He was arrested. Mrs. Daley lies in a
critical condition. Daley states that he shot big
wife accidentally.
Bold Attempt of Recruits to Desert.
—An attempt of several recruits to escape from
the old police building, in Broome street, on
Thursday last, caused considerable excitement.
The escape was effected by the roof windows
descending from thence to an adjoining build
ing, and it has been ascertained that several
soldiers, belonging to a detachment of men
from Schenectady, recently attempted to escape
in this way. Detective Watson aud Lieut. Reed
have had every part of the building secured so
as to prevent desertion. The men who attempt
ed to escape were “bounty jumpers.”
The People of Hoboken held an in
dignation meeting at Odd Fellows’ Hall, on
Thursday evening last, at which any amount of
indignation at the management of the ferries
plying between this city and Hoboken, was gob
off. We do not wonder at this from facts that
have como to our knowledge. The boats used
by Mr. Stevens on these ferries are regarded as
hazardous in the extreme. Unless the evil is
speedily remedied.it will be the duty of the Com
mon Council of this city to take the matter in
hand to guard against the sacrifice of the lives
of the passengers who are compelled to travel oa
these femes.
A Committee of the Board of Aider
men have under consideration the question of
overhauling the Russ pavement in Broadway. It
is to be hoped that the City Fathers will taka
early action on this important question. Broad
way, as it pow is, is a decided aud dangerous
nuisance. Let the evil bo abated at once.
Murder in Water Street.—On Fri
day night Alfred Thompson was killed in an af
fray which took place at Boatman’s Hall in Wa
ter street, by some rowdies. Yesterday after
noon Coroner Naumann held an inquest on the
body of deceased, and the jury rendered a ver
dict that deceased came to his death from frac
ture of the skull, from blows with clubs in the
hands of Jas. McCloskey and Charles Myers, and
one or two others unknown to the jury; and also
that George Christofl'ers was an accessory after
the fact.
Falling of a Wall one Man
Killed. —About 5 o’clock last evening the side
wall of the flour warehouse, No. 3 Bridge street,
fell in, partially burying a horse and cart which
was standing near. The workmen succeeded in
making their escape without injury, with one ex
ception. John Quinlan was found about half
past five o’clock by the Ist Precinct police, who
conveyed the bodyto the slation house in Broad
street. The building, which was occupied by
Mr. John Mellany, was very flimsey. It wag
about 5 years old and was very unsafe. The de
ceased leaves a wife to lament his untimely loss.
The Receiver of Taxes, having com
pleted his raid on the banks, has been devoting
bin attention to the insurance offices, during tha
present week. Most »f them have “walked np
to the captain’s office,” some voluntarily, others
under a gentle reminder from the marshal who
represents the city, and put down the amount of
the tax and interest.
City Inspector Boole has been active
during the past week in cleaning the streets. If
the present mild weather holds out a few days
longer, the work will be thoroughly accom
plished.
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