Vice-President Hamlin, Gen. Casey and Staff, W. S. Done, Augustus Schell, and others, were present.
At seven o'clock this morning an expedition, consisting of three U. S. gunboats, with an additional force of marines, left Ship Island, in the Gulf of Mexico, under command of Commander Melancthon Smith, U. S. N., for the city of Biloxi, Mississippi.
No resistance being met with, Commander Smith landed at the wharf, under a flag of truce, and held a short conference with the vessel was overtaken and forced to surrender — she was on her way to New Orleans with thirty thousand feet of hard pine flooring boards as a cargo.
It not being Commander Smith's design to hold Biloxi, the expedition returned this evening to Ship Island with their prize in tow.--(Doc. 245.)
The Richmond Examiner of to-day, publishes the following on the Confederate Tax Bill:
In the Tax bill enacted by the Confederate States Congress there is a clause placing a tax upon all interest