the fleet off Old Point — the Amateur performances — War Matters--Peace of the City, &c.
Norfolk, Sept. 25, 1861.
There is a powerful Federal fleet at Old Point
, consisting principally of four large ships of war. The destination of this imposing armada is of course unknown here.--An expedition will probably start shortly or an attack on some point on the Southern
It is supposed by some persons that the fleet will proceed to Brunswick, Ga.
, (a ine harbor;) others say, Charleston
or New Orleans; while a few think we shall soon have ‘"particular thunder and lightning"’ in Hampton Roads
and farther up Norfolk harbor.
and his Butler
may intend to attempt the hazardous work of fighting their way up to Norfolk
and the Navy-Yard
; but many doubt that such an effort will be made before the completion of the gun-boats, of which so much has been said.
Notwithstanding the densely crowded audience at the Opera House
, recently mentioned, that splendid hall was again packed with having humanity last night, and the concert given by the Amateur Minstrels
, of the Lynchburg
and Huger artillery companies, afforded a very high degree of gratification and amusement to all present.
The performance were most admirably done, giving evidence of the possession of musical talent and artistic ability of a very superior order.
The personation of negro characters has never been surpassed in this city, and the roars of laughter indicated the intense delight of the audience.
Exquisite singing and soul-stirring instrumental music, with many a well-acted piece of drollery, in imitation of plantation life in the South
, combined to render the entrainment one of rare interest.
The proceeds will be handed over to the Ladies
' Aid Society, for distribution among the needy families of volunteers of this city, and a handsome amount will be thus added to the fund, which will be appreciated to the best advantage by those having the matter under their careful charge.
This plan to raise money for the relief of soldiers' wives and children, and its entire and almost unexpected and unparalleled success, shows very plainly, not only a liberal and sympathetic feeling with regard to the wants and privations caused by the existing war, but also a decided fondness for good music and the particular kind of performances mentioned.
Indeed, we have here no exhibition room of sufficient dimensions to admit the multitudes that go in anxious crowds to hear the singing and witness the laughable performances of the fun- making soldiers, who so willingly give a small portion of their time and employ their rare talents in behalf of the needily and the brave.
During the fall
other concerts will be given for the benefit of those in want of aid. I learn that there will be ere long a conceptruction of artistic talent and ability in Richmond
, from the ranks of the Southern
soldiery, and that some very rich and rare exhibitions and musical entertainments may be expected at the Capital
War maters are progressing as usual, but there is no news worthy of note.
Our city is unusually quiet; there have been some street disturbances, but they were easily and quietly arranged by the military police force, whose vigilance and prompt performance of duty in every emergency prevent the occurrence of affrays and disorderly conduct; liable often to result in personal injury, and even loss of life.
Such cases of disorder have been but seldom since the establishment of the regular city guard by General Huger
, who, with the urbane, quiet manner and true dignity of a prominent general officer, is ever active in the performance of his duties, in all respects in which the public good is concerned in these war times.