The Florida on a Frolic.
--We find the following in the Mobile Evening News, of Friday last:
The Confederate States steamer Florida came up to town about 7½ o'clock this morning, and now lies in the stream not a bit the worse for her brush yesterday morning, which is more than the enemy can say for himself.
As far as we have been able to ascertain the particulars of the affair, they are as follows, and from a reliable source:
About 9 o'clock yesterday morning, (4th instant,) the Florida, Capt. Welles, C. S. N., came in sight of a large three-masted propeller, inside of Horn Island Pass, and put after her, first signaling to the Pamlico, which was in company, to turn back.
The enemy showed some disposition to fight, but after exchanging a few shots, concluded to try her heels, in which she had a superiority.
The Florida however, pursued her for about three miles outside the Pass, when she relinquished the chase, the sea being too rough for her to wore her guns with e
excuse the large quantity of space it occupies in our columns:
--It is curious to read the endeavored to be-nicely balanced articles put forth by the Times on the war now blustering — for no soul can call enraging — in the dis-United States, and to glean from those articles an evident desire, in the steerage of their overgrown ship, the starboard or port, the helm according to the leading breeze; or, in other words, to lurch the vessel on whichever side the tide of victory may r no one injured, even by a splinter, will not go down as real war with the other nations of the earth, and the opinion of all military men is that no nation ever came out in so miserable a light as to the gifts of war as has done the dis-United States of America.
This blame attaches not to the South; she has done all she said she would do; she secedes, and stands on the defensive and on her just right to sever from the Union when she feels that her interests are neglected or actively assailed T