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tory of Redmond Burke, the Scout, who was captured by the Federals at the battle of Lewinsville, and recently escaped from their clutches by scaling the walls of the jail in Washington. While Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, then Col. Stuart of the 1st Virginia Cavalry, was in the army of the Shenandoah, he was joined by Burke and his two sons, all of whom enlisted in the cavalry; but the elder was retained as special escort and guide to Col. Stuart through the mountainous country of Northwestern Virginia.--After coming into the Army of the Potomac Burke was retained in the same capacity, and did some good service while our forces occupied Munson's hill. He was constantly in the saddle, and kept the Colonel, then in command of the outposts, well posted in regard to the movements of the enemy, and watched every advancing party with cat-like vigilance and stealthiness. Perfectly fearless, and yet possessing the requisite coolness for a successful scout, he soon became a great favorite
The Daily Dispatch: December 16, 1861., [Electronic resource], The orders for the arrest of Mason and Slidell. (search)
salt was ordered on its second reading. On motion, it was Resolved, That cities and towns be reimbursed (from the State Treasury) for equipping volunteers. The following resolution, offered by Mr. Payne, was adopted: Resolved, That the Committee on Courts of Justice be instructed to inquire into the expediency of so amending the usury laws of this State that, in contracts hereafter entered into for the lending of money, the borrower may obligate himself so pay such taxes as the State of Virginia may levy on said money. Mr. Baskerville offered a resolution to continue in force the present stay law sixty instead of thirty days from the meeting of the General Assembly, which was laid on the table. Mr. Steger offered a resolution, which was adopted, that the Committee on the Courts of Justice be instructed to inquire into the expediency of reporting an ordinance providing for the speedy collection of rents. On motion of Mr. Blus, the House adjourned.
Fire. --At an early hour on Saturday morning, a building formerly occupied by F. G. Ruffin as a guano mill, but lately as a snuff and tobacco factory by Charles L. Hobson, on Cary street, north side of the Basin, took fire and was partially destroyed. The property belongs to the estate of Mr. S. D. Crenshaw. By the well directed efforts of the firemen the damage was principally confined to the roof and upper story, though the machinery and stock sustained a good deal of injury from the flood of water. The building, which is insured for $10,000 in the Insurance Company of the State of Virginia, is damaged to the amount of about $2,000. We understand that the machinery was insured for $13,000, in the Merchants', Valley, and Alexandria companies. The origin of the fire is unknown.
The Insurance companies. --We have not been able to ascertain the precise extent to which the Richmond Insurance Companies are interested in the Charleston conflagration.--While some of them doubtless have pretty heavy stakes involved, we have no apprehension that there will be a failure to meet the liabilities promptly. The Old Dominion Company have received information that their loss will not exceed $5,000; and we hear, from undoubted authority, that the Valley and State of Virginia agencies will not lose more than $20,000.