d to abstain from communication with her, without detriment to ourselves or our country; and if she is equally independent of us — an assertion which she will be slow to make — then no harm will accrue to either party by an agreement to disagree.
The United States steamer Yankee, Capt. Eastman, arrived at the Navy-Yard at Washington to-day, having left York River at six o'clock yesterday morning.
The Yankee went about eight miles up the York River on Sunday night, and anchored off Gloucester Point, where the steamers Penobscot, Marblehead, and Wachusett were already lying.
The rebel batteries at the Point tried the range of their guns on the steamers at about three o'clock yesterday afternoon, the shot falling very little short of the Marblehead.
The vessels then dropped down the river, and about three miles below the Point discovered a party of rebels building a battery on the north bank, on whom the Yankee opened fire at a distance of three fourths of a mile.
The rebels se