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The letter going the rounds purporting to be written by "Judge Lyons," of Abbeville, S. C., complaining of forced loans, &c., in South Carolina, proves to be a humbug, there being no Judge Lyons, "or any other man" of that name, in the place.

Hon. Wm. S. Barry, President of the Mississippi State Convention, announces that body will convene at Jackson, Miss., on Monday, March 25th.

C. Ahlstrom, a cabin passenger on the steamer Huntsville, on her last trip from New York to Savannah, leaped overboard and was drowned.

Captain Jacob Van Doren died at Shepherdstown, Va., last week. He was formerly a member of the Virginia Legislature from Berkeley county.

Four runaway slaves from Pendleton co., Virginia, were lately arrested in Somerset county, Pa., and committed to jail at Cumberland, Md.

Hinton Rowan Helper, author of the "Impending Crisis," is an applicant for the Consulship at Manchester, or Southampton, England.

Captain Latham, alias Puiz, of the bark Cora, who has been in prison at New York since the 8th of January, charged with slave trading, has escaped.

Geo. W. Slacum, a native of Alexandria, Va., and for many years U. S. Consul at Rio Janeiro, died at Covington, Ky., on the 9th inst.

The Paris Patrie asserts that, instead of the French army being on the point of leaving Rome, the instructions to General Goyon are quite in a contrary sense.

Col. John Read, one of the oldest citizens of Huntsville, Ala., died on the 14th instant. He was a native of Bedford county, Va.

The residence of Joel M. Hale, in Brunswick county, Va., was destroyed by fire on the night of the 15th inst.

President Lincoln's reception at Trenton, N. J., for a few hours, cost the State $2,008.

The Verandah Hotel, at Salisbury, N. C., was destroyed by fire on the 15th inst. Loss $4,000.

The City Council of Petersburg has voted $5,000 for the purchase of arms for the volunteers of that city.

The water of Loch Katrine, now supplied to Glassgow for drinking purposes, is said to be the finest in the world.

The Brooklyn (N. Y.) gas light company, have reduced the price of gas from $2.50 to $1.25 per 1,000 feet.

A secession flag was raised at Farmville, Va., on Saturday last.

The Duke of Sutherland is dead.

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