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nty-four prisoners and safely delivered them to our army. The gentleman who received the letter has remitted $10, as a contribution to a fund to be expended in purchasing a medal for the brave and faithful colored man who performed the valuable service alluded to. T. B. Rowland, Esq., of this city, will receive contributions for the object named, and see that any money intended therefore shall be properly appropriated. Very fair samples of cotton, produced by Mr. Jas. G. Hodges, of Norfolk county, have been recently exhibited in our city. It is believed that the cultivation of the great Southern staple in this section of our State would prove profitable. Quite a long time ago, say twenty- five years, considerable attention was paid to the culture of cotton in some of the Southeastern counties of this State; and before gins had come in general use, a "cotton picking," on a long winter's night, was deemed by the boys and girls in the country an important institution. I have