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The Federal Spy system in Europe. The London Index, of the 5th inst, has an editorial on the boldness and persistence shown by the spies of the United States in England and France. Among other things it says: Some of the doings of these gentry would be amusing, if they were not so intolerably annoying to decent people. A short time since, in Liverpool, the residence of a lady whose husband (then absent) is connected with Confederate affairs, was beset by spies, who watched it night and day, and sought ingress under various pretences, until the nuisance at last became so great that the police had to be applied to. In or near Glasgow, an outrage even more flagrant was perpetrated. A Federal official, bearing a commission from the President of the United States, obtained, under pretext of seeking lodgings, access to the chambers of a gentleman supposed to be implicated in the building of some suspected vessel in the Clyde, and upon the date acquired in this ingenious recon
The Daily Dispatch: June 16, 1864., [Electronic resource], The Latest
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Facts worth being known. --A correspondent of the London Index gets up the following historical memoranda for the special edification of Russell and Seward: Fact No. 1. In all the wars which Spain engaged with her revolted colonies in America, nearly all the privateering that was done against the flag of Spain under the various "patriot flags," was done by Americans in American vessels, commanded by American officers, built, armed and equipped in American ports, openly and without even any attempt at disguise. The present Admiral David Porter, who has burned so many towns and houses on the Mississippi, and who has written such very bombastic reports, served in one of these patriot cruisers, called the Guerrero, under command of his uncle, Capt. John Porter (his father, Commodore David-Porter), who was formerly, if not at the very time, an officer of the United States Navy, and this very Guerrero was the terror of the Spanish merchant ships, and fought most gallantly with a
The Daily Dispatch: July 13, 1864., [Electronic resource], Promotions in the
The British Attempts to communicate with the Confederacy. --The London Index, of 2d June, says: "We have to chronicle a second abortive attempt on the part of the Foreign Office to communicate with the Confederate Government. It will be remembered that the Petrel, having on board the dispatch with which Mr. Crawford, Her Majesty's Consul-General in Havana, was charged, was peremptorily refused admission into the port of Charleston by the commander of the Federal blockading squadron. She thereupon returned to Bermuda, and reported her failure to the Admiral of the station, who immediately transmitted the dispatches to Lord Lyons. The latter made a formal request for permission to forward them through the lines, which was refused; and Lord Lyons was moreover informed by Mr. Seward that "it would not be agreeable to the Government of the United States, for Her Majesty's Government to hold any intercourse whatever with the Confederates"--After this rebuff, which Lord Lyons
The Daily Dispatch: September 6, 1864., [Electronic resource], Another Newspaper correspondent banished. (search)
Another Newspaper correspondent banished. A letter from New York contains the following: "The banishment of Mr. Condon, the New Orleans correspondent of the London Index, I gave you about a week since. It seems he was permitted to remain in the city, however, for several days after the time specified in the order, and even this has again been changed by allowing him to remove to any foreign country. The original order, banished him to Pascagoula, along with Dr. Merritt and other c
etters to the index, and Banks was determined to find out whether the charge was true or false.
Accordingly he set a watch upon the letters that came to him (Condon) through the post-office. One of these, as ill-luck would have it, came from the Index office, with a draft enclosed for correspondence.
The letter was resealed and allowed to be delivered to Condon.
He endorsed the draft and sold it; the proof was positive, and the order for his banishment at once followed.
Mr. Condon had charg
The Daily Dispatch: December 6, 1864., [Electronic resource], Later from
The Daily Dispatch: January 31, 1865., [Electronic resource], Invasion of the
Invasion of the North. The London Index, a Confederate paper, published in London, predicts that "when peace at last shall come, it will be no longer a peace between equals, but a peace extorted at the point of the sword in smouldering Northern cities." In the name of the Prophet,--figs! If peace depends upon the successful invasion of either country by the other, it will never come in this day and generation. If the war has proved anything, it has proved that a defensive policy is the true policy of the South. We can stand on our own soil and preserve our independence a thousand years. The dominant party in the United States would like nothing better than an invasion of the North. It would unite all parties in that nation and fill Lincoln's armies to repletion. We prefer to act upon Bishop Doane's maxim in religious matters--"Stand like an anvil," and test the question of endurance with the Yankee hammers.
Radical changes in Fashions. --A Paris correspondent of the Index gives notice of some curious, and, as she says' "radical" changes in ladies' dress, in the most fashionable circles of the centre of fashion. Her descriptions will be sure to interest many of our lady readers.--She writes: "In ladies' evening toilets it is impossible not to perceive a decided tendency toward a radical change. This change, or reform, is as yet confined to the very elite of fashionable society, but by a well-known and invariable law will doubtless extend in another season or two to all classes that pretend to 'dress, ' and not merely to be clothed. At Compiegne this winter one might have fancied one's self at the court of the Empress Josephine, so close was the imitation to the fashion of the first empire. Crinolines were discarded, the skirts being narrow, almost tight; the waists very short, cut in the shape of a heart in front, and supported by broad waistbands with fancy clasps; the ma
The London Index, a Confederate journal published in England, says that the war is reaching such a crisis that England and France must decide to become the friends of one of the belligerents, or to fight them both, and that events are occurring which may precipitate that decision, especially with France. In the meantime, the Indies bids the friends of the South to be of good cheer, and promises them shortly a series of agreeable surprises. We trust the friends of the South in England need no such invocation. If men cannot be of "good cheer" who have such a bill of fare as Confederates abroad sit down to, their spirits must be very low indeed. What the "series of agreeable surprises" is, which the Index promises, we are unable to imagine. We are not so demented as to expect English or French intervention after so many disappointments. Perhaps the "series of agreeable surprises" may be the return to this bereaved country, one after another, of the Confederates abroad.