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Gossip of Washington correspondents---the "Female Rebels"---Abolition Consuls appointed---a fight near at hand---skirmishing, &c.

Washington, Aug. 29.
--A special dispatch to the New York Times says the captured females have been placed in a commodious dwelling, and that several have been arrested besides those named previously. Special to Commercial! says Mrs. Grenhow, aunt to Mr. Douglas, is among the arrested.

Mr. Tarman, an old anti-slavery man, has been appointed Consul to Bristol.

Political arrests are not to be published hereafter.

The Republican, of this morning, says that a battle across the Potomac cannot be avoided many days longer.

Elihu Burrett has been appointed Consul to Newcastle, England.

Advices from Virginia report everything quiet, but there are strong indications of an attack within a short time. The Confederates are in possession of Bailey's Cross Roads, and are bringing up baggage from Springfield, for miles distant.

Special to the Herald, last night at ten o'clock, says the Franklin Brigade and five New York regiments were ordered to advance without knapsacks. They marched within two and a half miles of Bailey's Cross Roads Early this morning the Confederates opened fire upon them with two rifled cannon, about a quarter of a mile beyond Bailey's Cross Roads, driving in the Federal pickets and following them within one mile and a half of Franklin's Brigade. Three thousand Federals, with five cannon, marched to a point near the crossing, and 800 were sent into an adjacent corn-field. The Confederates are now 800 yards distant.

[Second Dispatch.]

The correspondent of the New York Times expresses the opinion that the Confederates must make an attack at an early day. From information received, the correspondent says:

‘ "Large numbers of troops are in and about Manassas, and are scattered on the roads leading from Richmond and towards Strasburg."

The correspondent of the Herald says "the Confederates not only maintain their old lines, but have encroached half a mile, and occupy several important strategic points."

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