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ery threshold. Now that men are wanting to assist in defending their own homes no one can or will be excused. Episodes of Fort life — a salute and as engagement. The Charleston Mercury says that on Tuesday afternoon, Capt. Yates, of Fort Moultrie, proposed to Capt. Rhett, of Fort Sumter, to fire a salute from both posts, in honor of the establishment of telegraphic communication between them. Capt. Rhett having assented, Capt. Wagoner was assigned the duty of firing the salute at Sumter. The order to fire given at Fort Sumter was instantaneously sent over the wires to Fort Moultrie, and such was the effect that the reports of the two salutes were almost simultaneous. Great credit is due to the accomplished operators at the two forts, Messrs. Rocho and Seville, for the admirable arrangements they have perfected. Later in the evening the blockading steamer Vandalia having ventured nearer than usual to the harbor, the batteries of both forts opened upon her. For a time