correspondent of the Mobile Evening News writes (July 16) as follows:
To-day the broad blue pennant of Com. Mervin
was transferred from the Mississippi
to a newly- arrived frigate, supposed to be the Colorado
No new arrival in the squadron within the last twenty-four hours.
, the sailor deserter of Santa Rosa
, is still below.
He is allowed all privileges desired, and kindly treated by our folks — in fact, a perfect lion.
In the city, yesterday, many little kindnesses were tendered him — particularly by the volunteers — juleps, cock tails, coblers, &c., were proffered him without limit.
, like all his race, couldn't resist the temptation, and gave way once or twice to importunities of this character.
He expresses himself highly delighted with "rebel" treatment, and intends to pitch his tent among them for all time to come.
He is a pleasant fellow, and looked quite military, mounted on one of Clanton
I asked him what sort of fellows Wilson
's Zouaves were.
He replied, he reckoned they were robbers, gamblers and thieves, as a good many jackets, caps, &c., were missing since their arrival; they were terribly in want of whiskey, a scarce article on the Island
They were about 600 in number, with considerable sickness in the corps.
He says the Niagara
has 500 men, and carries twelve 11-inch Dahlgren
There are not many batteries on the Island
, but they are of large guns and rifled cannon.
It is awful hot on the Island
He belongs to the Niagara
, but was left ashore, with others of her crew, to perform land service.
He says that he didn't like such service, and "cut stick. " He has been in the navy eight years; had just arrived in Boston
when the difficulties commenced — re-enlisted in the service, and sailed in the Niagara
for this place. --There are some over there who don't want to fight--the rest don't care a red.
From him we'll probably learn something of Lober, the fellow who swam over some few weeks ago, and now in durance.
A bark, flying British colors, arrived in the fleet this morning, and sailed about noon.
A fire occurred about noon to-day at the Navy-Yard
— destroying a large building, at the time occupied by a company of Louisiana
No great loss, as old Brown
and his naval friends have promised to knock'em all down one of these days.