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[346] proved to be the English steamer Antona, from Liverpool via Havana, bound for the most convenient “secesh port.”

The steamer is a fine iron one, built in England in 1861, and about four hundred tons burden. The cargo is a very valuable one, and consists of a complete battery of brass field-pieces, a lot of quinine, opium, several thousand pairs of shoes, numerous boxes of tea, about five hundred kegs of powder, Enfield rifles, medicines, clothing, etc., etc.

Her pilot, who came on board at Havana, left Mobile but two weeks ago, and was promised two thousand dollars for safe pilotage. He seems to be disappointed, but takes it easy, and who knows may become a staunch Union man hereafter?

He says the people in and about Mobile suffer much. Shoes, twelve and fourteen dollars a pair; coffee, one dollar per pound; salt scarce and very dear. He says that the success of the Democratic party at the last election fills the rebels with new hopes. They count upon an early truce, by which they might profit. If the Republican party had had a majority at the last elections, he says the rebels would have laid down their arms; and but for that, peace would have been sought on the best terms possible.

Acting Master Edward Baker has taken command of the Antona. He leaves to-morrow for Pensacola to coal ship, whence he will proceed to New-York.

H. A. M.

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