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us with the following items of interest: Naval engagement near Mobile, Ala. From the Mobile Evening News, of the 28th ult., we take the following account of a nice little affair which recently took place in the bay near that place: About mid-day yesterday the stout gunboat Florida, C. S. N., concluded to celebrate Christmas eve by a small set to with the insolent Lincoln cruiser New London, which was lying off the mouth of the harbor. The Florida ran down to the westward of Sand Island, and challenged the New London to come on, which she did, and for an hour or two a lively cannonade at long taw furnished an excitingly interesting exhibition for the entertainment of the great audience which viewed it, the four thousand men who garrison Forts Morgan and Gaines, as well as The crews of the blockading vessels, being the spectators. The Florida could not come to close quarters with the enemy by reason of the shoal water of a bar intervening, and could she have got out it i