Richmond as the Confederate Capital.
--We understand there is considerable favor shown to our beautiful and advantageously situated city by the Provisional Congress, as the permanent Capital of our Southern Confederacy.
We say advantageously situated, for if Washington was a suitable location for the Capital of the United States, we think that, as we cannot hold that city, the next best selection would be the Capital of Virginia, which has so many historical associations, and around which cluster so many National recollections.
For beauty and centrality of situation, facility, convenience of access, polished society, and perfect healthfulness — summer and winter — surely no city in our fair Southern land can vie with Richmond.
There is no lack of suitable sites for a National Capitol, and there is abundance of accommodation for the deputies in Congress, and visitors on business or pleasure.
Washington had nothing to recommend it as the seat of government, except, perhaps, th
From the Rio Grande
--An Abolition Raid. Brownsville and Corpus Christi papers contain accounts of a boldly-attempted and timely-frustrated abolition raid on the Rio Grande, in Zapata county.
It appears that about forty of the citizens (half-breeds) organized, armed and marched upon Carizo, the county seat of Zapata county, with the object of preventing the civil officers taking the oath of office prescribed by the Confederate States Constitution.
After starting they were joined by a band of thirty more, all well armed and organized.
This quite formidable force, after holding a council and pronouncing in favor of the United States Government, was proceeding upon Carizo when intelligence of the insurrection reached Col. Ford, at Laredo.
Under orders from Col. Ford, Captain Nolan, with twenty-three men, advanced upon and attacked the insurgents — then numbering eighty men --at a point some eighteen miles from Carizo.
and completely routed them, killing three and wounding s