Charleston, Jan. 12.
--Yesterday afternoon there was great excitement to learn why the Carolina Secretaries of War
and State visited Fort Sumter
under a flag of truce, where they remained two hours. A pretty reliable source says the department will know to-morrow.--The visit, however, is known to have been not of a hostile character.
Some say dissatisfaction exists among Maj. Anderson
's men; others say that a surrender is contemplated and that he will evacuate.
Some people here are of opinion that negotiations with the Government
are going on for a peaceful surrender and a cessation of the warlike attitude now assumed.
Good authority give credit to the statement.
The steamer Excell
came in to-day with news that the Brooklyn
was off the bar.
This is reliable.
She was seen this morning.
on the part of South Carolina
and Lieut. Hall
from Fort Sumpter
, left for Washington
to-day with proposals and for instructions.
Charleston, Jan. 13.
--The latest news by the steamer Nashville
from New York, reports that the Brooklyn
was off Cape Roman
Last night was quiet, and the excitement of the people had subsided.
There is great hope that the ultimatum of South Carolina
and Fort Sumter
, sent to Washington
by Colonel Haynes
and Lieut. Hall
, will give peace.
Eight working men from Fort Sumter
came away last night in a boat, four of whom are in the city, and four go to New York in the steamer Marion
They report that the soldiers are on short allowance.
The steamer Clinch
, under a white flag, and in command of Commissary General Hatch
, went to Fort Sumter
Do not know what for, and nobody knows except the authorities.