The war.affairs in Georgia--noble instances of loyalty among the negroes in North Carolina--New York and the war — the feeling in Philadelphia, &c.
Savannah Republicall, of the 18th, speaking of the Confederate loan, says: ‘ The first two subscribers to the Confederate loan, offered yesterday, were widows, in the respective sums of $300 and $200; one of them, a Catholic in spirit as well as religion--God bless her!--sent us word to put her name on our list of subscribers to the $200 fund, to be paid during the war, saying she had no sons to send, but would contribute her means.--There is the true spirit for you. Who can doubt that this fund will be raised. The books for subscriptions to this loan was opened at the Central Railroad Bank yesterday, and by two o'clock--the close of banking hours — the sum of $187,000 was taken. At about six o'clock on the morning of Saturday. Capt. Bowen fell in with the United States squadron, and hove to under the port quarter of the Pawnee. He then drew away and stood for the Harriet Lane, which lay about two hundred yards distant. While approaching the Harriet Lane he was fired at by the Pawnee, the shot passing under the Shannon's stern. He went under the stern of the Harriet Lane, and solicited information touching the state of things. He was informed by the commander of what was going on in our bay, and told that the fleet had established a blockade. He then stood out to the South and East, and while heading on this course received another shot from the Pawnee. Keeping off, the Captain of the Shannon again went under the stern of the Harriet Lane, hailed her Captain and inquired what the Pawnee meant by firing into him. The Captain replied he wanted him to show his colors, and with all possible dispatch he run up the United States ensign. While running and preparing to obey this requirement, she fired another shot at the Shannon. Another ball followed that in quick succession, and by that time, being quite near the Pawnee, he asked her Captain what he wanted, and he made answer, ‘"that if he did not come to anchor he would blow him out of the wate."’ While the Captain of the Shannon was making the necessary arrangements for anchoring, the Pawnee sent another ball at him, which passed between the mainmast and the leech of the foresail. He then hauled down the jib and let go the anchor. Soon after the Shannon came to anchor, the Pawnee sent a boat, containing a lieutenant and five men, all completely armed. On coming aboard, the officer ordered him to pay out sixty fathoms of chain and tie his sails up.--Capt. Bowen and his crew were then transfered to the Pawnee. Capt. Bowen inquired of the Pawnee why he had fired into him. He replied that he should have heaved to at the first shot. The Captain also stated that he had supposed the Shannon was a Charleston vessel, loaded with munitions of war. ’
Newbern (N. C.) Progress says: ‘ The people have run up a tall pole in Kinston, and are all a unit on the war question.-- Several new recruits came down last evening, and went on to join the garrison at Fort Macon. Great excitement prevails, and all hands are preparing to defend our rights to the bitter end. A committee went down from Lenoir, to ascertain what the wants of Fort Macon are. Two gentlemen from Greene also went down, who informed us that Greene is all right, and will hold a mass meeting next Wednesday to organize military companies, &c.,&c. At Wilmington, N. C., Thursday afternoon, a salute was fired on board the steamship North Carolina, of and belonging to Wilmington, N. C., in honor of the secession of Virginia. The salute was fired immediately on the fact of the passage of the Ordinance of Secession being known there. ’ The Newbern Progress, speaking of the colored population, says: ‘ We learn from Mayor Lane that 15 or 20 more free negroes came forward yesterday morning and volunteered their services to go to the Fort and work or assist in the defence of the Fort, if required. Laborers enough having gone to the Fort, they were not sent down, but requested by Mayor Lane to hold themselves in readiness. ’ And the Wilmington Journal adds: We are informed that the free colored population of our town are ready and willing to do anything that they may be called upon to do in the present emergency. This is the proper spirit. Let them act up to it, and they will be fully protected and provided for. A number went down to the forts this morning.--More will go to-morrow.
Charleston papers of Thursday furnish the following items: Colonel McRae, of North Carolina, returned last night with the Columbiads for which Gov. Ellis asked. We learn that Gov. Ellis expects an attack in less than two days, and that he is making every possible preparation for it. Already a number of guns have been obtained from Virginia and placed in position. Capt. Bowen, of the schooner G. D. & R. F. Shannon, of Philadelphia, from Boston, loaded with i e, and consigned to J. M. Duryea, of Charleston, arrived at this port on Wednesday, and furnishes us with the following narrative of the treatment he received at the hands of the Captain of the sloop-of-war Pawnee, at anchor off our bar, on last Saturday morning.