[special correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Charleston, April 6, 1861.
I think that our political "complications" are fast drawing to a close.
Yesterday was a day of great excitement, from various significant signs in and about the city.
In the first place, the firing into that schooner gave some uneasiness with the timid.
When the firing took place, Maj. Anderson
sent a boat with the white flag asking permission of General Beauregard
to visit the vessel, which was granted.
Large supplies of provisions were sent down to the different stations on yesterday and the day before, which showed that something was expected.
The reason of this, I understand to be, that all supplies are to be cut off from Maj. Anderson
, and if so, he may say we shall not pass with provisions, but we have on the Islands
now plenty for six months. I understand that supplies were stopped to-day, but I cannot, up to 6 o'clock P. M., confirm it.--If it has been done, Major Anderson
will be starved out in ten days, or he will have to make war, or surrender.
I do not believe he will surrender unless his Government orders it, and, as I have all along said, I do not believe they will order it.--The truth is, the old (I was about to say Washington,
but I will never again associate that dear name with the rotten and treacherous party now in power,) Government — the Black Republican Government
--has become a stench in our nostrils.
We put no confidence on earth in what they say. They declare they have no intention of reinforcing.
Everything goes to prove that false; and I will predict that Pickens
will be reinforced in a week, and that an attempt will be made here, too. I also predict, and you mark it, that Anderson
will not come out of Sumter
until he is shelled out. Mark another thing: that he will be shelled out in less than a week.
We cannot bear it longer.
Our sons, brothers, clerks and mechanics are all away from business, and we do not intend to bear with it longer.--Three fire-engines
were sent to Morris' Island
Should the soldiers' quarters be fired by ball or shell, we will put it out.
If I mistake not the signs of the times in your State, the submissionists in your Convention and State had better "stand off the track." It is reported here to-day that the Whig
has hoisted the secession flag.
I have not seen it in that paper or in yours.
I hope it is so.
Guns have been firing all day — practicing, I suppose.
Business is good; more buyers than goods by many.
It is Saturday night, and I will quit.