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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2U, 1861.
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To-morrow will be the 25th day of
I)occember, the first Chr istine,- in the
Southern Confederacy; ; t it he we.ll
observed. To all of oi .~ -useri'ber
we extend the usual salur;ations of
the day, hoping that it filds them in
the enjoyment of good healhh, and
that they may all live to see the In
dependence for which we are battling,
acknowledged by all, and peace and
prosperity once more reigning tri
iumnphant throughout the Confederate
We have received the firse number
,,f the Confederate States, published
in New Iberia, La., by Messrs. Simp
son & Burnett. It is neat in appear
ance and ably edited. Success attend
your efforts, gentlemen.
Fire in Montgomnery.-Tl'he Mont
g~omery Advertiser, of Friday, makes
note ofseven attempts within the two
preceding days to set fire to build
ings in that city and vicinity. In
one case, the residence of Mrs. E. II.
Dickerson, just beyond the city lim
its, was fired in several places, and
consumed. Loss about 812,000, of
which $3,000 was insured.
Tlie New York Herald publishes
the following paragraph from its spe
cial telegraphic correspondent, under
date of Washington, 3d inst.:
Considerable feeling is manifested
here at the fact that Powell, of Ken-i
tucky. and JBright, of Indiana, have
taken their seats in the Senate. Their
.loyalty is doubted, hence their posi
tion is a dangerous one for the Union
cause, since they are entitled, if they.
remain in that body, to attend the
as cret sessions of the Senate,where tle
strength and movements of the army
are to be disrussed, and other imapar
tanft information is to be communi
cated, which ought not to be known
t", the enemy.
Froa the Rio Granae.
The Brwnrville -Flag of the 28th
ult., gives full particulars of the do
ings in Matamoras. Gen. Carvajal,
at the =bead of the State troops, ap
peared before the town of Matamoras
on the 18th ult., and the people of
the town immediately raised the
black flag. On the 17th Gen. Garcia
who was supposed to be in Tampico,
suddenly marched into Matamoras at
the head of a troop variously estima
ted at from 150 to 600 cavalry. His
presence seemed to infuse confidence
at once, for the population, which
was flying to the other side of the
river, at once set back to Matamoras,
and began fortifying the eity in the
most secure manner.
Barricades were built across the
streets leading out of the Main Plaza,
or public square, and forts were hastily
thrown up at many places three or
four squares from the Main Plaza.
''lhe assault commenced with a
lively charge upon the upper end of
the city, the assaulting column being
lead by Commanders Pena, Aldrette,
and Manso. Citizens of Brownsville
who heard the assault, state that it
sounded as if three thousand muskets
had all exploded at once. In the
midst of this terrible rattle of mus
ketry, the advancing column shouted
with entlhusiastic gusto, "V ival'ena!"
"Viva Trivino ! " " Viva Carvajal! "
The response of the citizens of Mauta
.mormas rolled back over the roar of
battle, " Viva Garcia! " "Viva
Capistran ! " "Death to the traitors! "
The attacking force, made great
headway, towards the main plaza, at
the outset, driving the enemy before
them up to within three squares of
the public plaza. The time was then
occupied until daylight it selecting
positions and bringing up the re
serves for the onset of the morning.
The Rojos (Carvajal's party) corn
inla:ed a Iorward mnIovemtntt at an
early hour after davli-lit, alnd in a
hort timne the force inside of the city
was comphletely surrounded, bein~g
hemlned itn at the Plaza..
'l'he ligh!t continue.d, with varied
success, frtm a daylight till amltnost half
past two o'clock afternoonl, when the
cavalry force of Gen. Garcia sallied
forth, and drove the assailants back
towards the river. In this contest,
the defenders of the town pressagem
their sally by throwing a fiew bomb
shells in Carvajal's quarters, opposite
Freeport; and having created sonic
thing of a confusion among the Rojos,
they made the successful sally. Thu
sally was short-lived, however, fom
the lines soon clo.ted up again, and
the Rojos were left masters of the
situation so far ais the surbitrlls of tmhe
town were concerned.
The number of' lives lost, is not
stated. 'Tl'en large conmnerci;dl louset
were totally dstrovyed ; while nea:rly
every houte-, it, the town is sonmiewhat
injimitd by the firing of' mumsketry.
It is now pretty well ascertained
that Gen. ''hos. L. Crittenden ha.s
no more tlhan 5000 effective men.
We are informed they were frighten
ed out of ail pIropriety when they
heard of Gen. Urcekinridge's advance
and manifested all the symptoms of
the WildCat panic. [Bowling Green
We undeastand the Federals are
stillat Camp Nevin. There are about
twenty-eight regiments in that vicin
ity, and some two or three drilling
near Louieville. Those at Nevin
have the measles and typhoid fever,
and thilrty or forts are dying daily.
Three of the regiments are in .liza
Nortli Carolina has devoted *100,
000 to the manufacture of salt, to be
supplied at actual cost.
As will be seen by reference to
dispatches published in another part
of our paper, quite an excitement was
created in Liverpool, by the receipt
of the intelligence of the arrest of
Messrs. ;Slidell and Mason on the
deck of the British Mail steamer,
Trent. An indignation meeting was
immediately held by the people, ex
pressive of their feelings on the sub
ject. We are iuformed that England
demands the return of our Commnis
sioners. However, we do not feel at
liberty to pass any commnents at pre
sent, deeming it advisable to await
further particulars, which probably
will come to hand in the course of a
Reports to the Legislature.
Among the reports to our State
Legislature, we notice that of the
Adjutant-General; from which we
learn that there are 23,577 troops in
the field, from the State of Louisiana;
20,202 of which were organized by
the State, and 3375 volunteered.
The report of the Louisiana 1In
stitution for the Deaf, Dumb and
Blind, exhibits the state of the in
mates as in good health; not a single
death is announced, and no serious
sickness. The expense for the past
year was $19,,52 75, leavimig a bal
ance on hand of $U000 from the ap
propriation. last year; which the
Board of Adlministrators say will be
needed for necessary expenditures.
There are thirty-tive- females and
forty-one males in the Institution;
.,ixtv of whomm are lmutes, and six
How it Acts.
We make the following extract
contained in a letter fro,m Louisville
to the Cincinnati Connercial. which
informs us as regards the reception
of Abe's slavery policy:
"''The President's message was dis
cussed in the Journal of this moo ning
in a column and a half editorial. '1Th'b
Journal condemns the course c,f the
Executive in his allusions to the
slavery question. The article meets
with the approval of all class.:- here,
and unless Congress pursues :a ififBr
ent policy than that urged b" the
Abolitionists, a wonderful clan;-.t will
take place in this and all other :,ratcs.
Several leading military genti -men,
whose names I can furnish if Ieces
sary, have openly proclaimed that
they will resign at once if the slavery
issue is to have any thing to do with
thisswar. As I have already written
you, there is the intensest feeling in
the army and among thli Uniomn ele
mnent here upon this subljeet, and. it is
difficult now to foresee the eonse
quences to the Union cause if (Con
gress fails to rebuke tile Abolition
Effect of Lincoln's Mlessage-A
private letter fi-nm Nashvile to us
dated the 15th inst., says:
"John McDowell, mIember from
Gre(,ene, Andy Johnson's county, and
of (Greenville convention notoriety,
made a speech in the House of R1
presentatives, of Tennessee Legisla
ture, on tihe 14th, inst., in whhic-h he
declared that Lincoln's message and
Cameron's report had driven every
vestige of Unionism out of him, and
absolved East 'Tennessee from all al
legiance to tile old Federal govern
ment. He camne out fully, fairly and
squarely for the South. IHis speech
elicited the rapturous applause of
the House."-Memphis appeal.
Brig. Gen. L. P'. Walker, late Se
cretary of War, has assumed com
mand of tile troops on the west side
of Mobile Bay.
The New York I1erald of the 7th
instant, contains highly interesting
news from Europe, by the steamship
North American, from Liverpool 21st e
ultimo, via Londonderry 22,1.
The case of the lHarveyv Birch at
tractsgreat attention. The Nashville
remains at Southlamnlton for rclpairs.
The Captain of the HIarvety Birch
had gone to London to consult theii
American Minister. 'lThe crew of the 4
Harvey Birch were wvo winý vengeance I
against the crew of the Nashville, as
they were placed in irons for refusing
to take the oath of allegiance to the
rebels. The officers of the ilarvey
Birch declare she was on soundingsI
when the Nashville b,,re down upon
her. Col. Peyton was on board the
Nashville on a mission front North
Carolina, and, with (Commander
Pegram, had gone to Lonmdon. Coin
nnunder Pegramn wants the Nashville
iade into a ship of war at South
ampton, but legal diflicult iesar raisred.
Questious are.also raised whether the
neutrality proclalnation has not betten
infracted by the landing of prisoners
of war. It is report.ed that the Nash
ville has spare officers on board for 1
rebel ships preparing in England.
The London Times, in alluding to
the case, points to the recent visit of
the United States steamer James
AiJ er, and it would be to the interest
of England to keep them both out of
her harbors; 4but if this cannot be
done, they must both be let iii alike
The Lnodon Star, although wi sih
ing the commander of the Nashville
to be punished, says if he can pro
duce a comnmissioit from the Confeid
crate States, the Government must let
hini go, as they have recognized those
States as belligerents.
It is reported that the Galway
steamier Adriatic has been sold and is
fitting out for the 1Vest Indies, but
there is a strong impression that she
is designed for t he Co nfederate States.
MiLsi.tsippi lMilitia.-A bill has
been introduced into the Senate of
Mississippi to collect the militia and
volunteer laws of that State into one.
After providing fur a thorough -rn.an
ization into c mlupanies of all able
bodied men betwween the ages of 1"
and 60 vyears, it is uma-ie the duty of
each company c,,nhmnance'r, innedti
ately after the organizatiton of his
command, to prepare a Illnller of
tickets equal to the nunmler of his
company, one-third of which shall be
numbered "one," one-third numbered
"two,"and one-third numbered 't hree;'
they agR then to lie ,liaced in a box
or hat, and drawn by the lietablers of'
the comltiny. 'Th,,.-e drawing nunm
ber one shall constitute the tfilt class.
and shall be transfe'rred into active
service first, and the second class next,
and third class next. Any person
who furnishes a substitute, must take
the place of the substitute in the
class from which lre was taken. A
like cl assitieation is to be made an
nually, and nio man shall be required
to serve in the. regular service for
more tihati twelve months.-~lemphis
Ordered So-ah.-T'l'he Richmond
Enquirer, of the 14th, states that the
60th regiment of Virginia volunteers
Col. Starke. left Salem, in Roanoke'
country, on tile 12th, via thie l'Tennes
see and Virginia railroad, with orders
to report at Charleston, South Caro
TWhy are penminakers the most dis
honest persons in tile world? Because
they make piople steel pens and then
say they do write.
At Knoxville, on the 17'th' two
more bridgeburnelrs were hung by
order of Gen. Carroll.
Called to Account.
INotwitlstandinll its abolition pre
clivities, the St. Louis lRepnthlican
take's Seward to task for his prophe
ci.es, etc. 'lThe Iepub'l ican Seeit, to
place but little confidence in that
great prnophet or his predictions, iand
lets fall uion his dcvoted crlaniul thelie
fllowing rather severe blows:
"The prophetic Mr. Seward, who
in lFebruary last said all tihe trould,,
of the countrv weuild u.be settlehdi i,
sixty dlay.-who three or four hnlnth
ago piedicted that the blockade of
the rebellion would bee lbroken in nine
ty days-and who on divers occasiions
since b,, promised iRmpolrtant and
highly interesting devehlopunts witlih
in specified periods, has again tried
his hand at soothsaying. A few days
ago e hlprognosticated that someltingi
grand, s'mte thing gigantic, sonmething
that would have a direct and very
strong inflitence in restoring peace.
would take place within ten days of
the tiume whenl the premonstration
was imtale. remius f'igii, andit w,
are beginninig to get impatient fr 11the
promised stroke. Mr. Seward is.
hopeful, as we would have him iBe,
for hI always looks at the bright side
of things, btit he must hurvry up hi.
mnagni.ficcnt co'vp, or we shall have tr
set him down as no veritable prophiet."
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TELEG IAX I Ic.
New (Orleans, Dec. 1M.--A splecial
dispatch to the Picayune, dated Nor
folk, 17th, says a flag of truce onil:
hoard a steamer fromI Fortress Mon
roe, had arrived with New York
dates of this morning. and says that
England sent a C('ommissioner with
special dispatches to Lord Lyons de
manldi-g the return of' Mason and
Slidell on board an Englaish vessel,.
or to demanaud his passport, whic'h
caused great excitetnieit at tlhe North
and r~joicing here.
The (;azette is reli rhly infoirmet
that twenty-eight 1, . J.:al soli.ers
entered within the lini- of Zohllicofer
a few days since, ut: ler a flag of
truce, explaiining, alt : readiiin l.in
(olln'smessag'e, that t' ev could no
loge(r bear arms agai:- the South,
and were ready now :.. fight the ab
olition t vrant.
iicliAhmid, Trec. 17.-A litter to
lhe L.ynchburg Republlican, from an
officer at (Camp Alleghlany, says our
lss in the Vallev Mountain fight was
two captains three, li-.itenants, and
fifteen privates killed, and 97 woun
One dispatclh says the enemy were
driven back three times across the
river before they were finally dis
''lt lfed,eral loss is helieved to ,be
fully live hundhred. (ien. -)iilroy
commanded the f, deral foerces, and is
supposed to be killed, as learned frtom
reports o¬'prisoners and the people of
Col. Jo1 hnston aced most gallant
ly and appeared on the field dressed
as a wagoner with musket in one
hand and club in the othe:r.
Louisville, Dec. 12.-All the riegi
nments in Indiana whichl have the'
minimum number f men havey lbenci
ordered to Kentacky. T''his throwws
some nilne or ten thousandl uulore troops
into Keintucky during this and conm
ing week. Gen. R,,seieranz is ex
pected to arrive in Cincinnati to-day
from Vestern Virginia.
Nashville, Dec. 1ts.-We learn lthat
a dispatch from Bowling (G;reel, last
night reports a heavy skirmish bo
twecithe Texas Rangers and a larg,
body of the federals that had cross
ed Green river yesterday afternoon.
Col. Terry and one other Ranger
were killed, and eight wounded.-