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From Norfolk.

heavy cannonading--Departure of Lord Tempest and Magian for Fortress Monroe--Disappointment and return — rumored attempt to land on Roanoke Island, &c.



[special Correspondence of the Dispatch.]

Norfolk, Oct. 4, 1861.
At about 3 o'clock on yesterday discharges of large ordnance commenced far down the river, and continued until a late hour of the afternoon. Numerous inquiries were made about the heavy cannonade, as many thought it was. Some thought the big guns at the Rip Raps had opened upon something; while others suggested that one of the large Federal frigates in the Roads had attacked Sewell's Point. ‘"Can this be the commencement of an attack upon Norfolk?" ’ said a venerable citizen. But soon the reverberation along the beautiful and gently- sloping shores of the Roadstead and the Elizabeth died away; the dense cloud of smoke that hung over the smooth surface of the water gradually rolled away seaward; the sun sank down quietly and calmly behind the verdure of the opposite shores, and the darkness closed in upon a scene apparently as peaceful and silent as though no menacing enemy lurked stealthily just at hand; no hostile armies ready for conflict, lingered watchfully and anxiously along the coast of the bold inlet to the waters of Virginia.

I learn that the guns at the Sewell's-Point batteries were discharged, the weather having been rainy and damp, in order to put them in good condition, so as to be fully prepared for the grand work of demolition, which is expected to commence at no distant day.

The steamer Wm. Selden went down to Old Point yesterday, under a flag of truce, carrying eighteen Hessians, men, women, and children, bound to various sections North, including eight alien enemies; also, Lord Adolphus Vane Tempest, and H. S. Magraw, who went for the body of Col. Cameron.--When the steamer stopped, the Captain was notified by a Federal officer from Fort Monroe to take a position one mile and a half further up the Roads; and from the Federal lines.--For some reason, only two persons from the steamer were allowed to land at the Point--Lord Tempest and Magraw — and the boat returned to the city with the disappointed individuals, who had vainly hoped soon to be on Black Republican soil, and among those who entertain sentiments more congenial with their own.

This evening another "grand musical soiree" will take place at the Opera House by the "Norfolk Amateurs," for the benefit of the Ladies' Soldiers' Aid Society. Novelties, acts, burlesques, and minstrelsy, will be presented in most pleasing variety. There will be twenty talented performers, and a full brass band, with a variety of instruments — piano, banjo, guitar, violin, flute, &c. Altogether, the entertainment is expected to exceed any affair of the kind that ever took place in our city. The Opera House will no doubt be crammed and jammed to its utmost capacity.

It has been reported here that the Yankees had attempted to land at Roanoke Island in flat- boats, for the purpose of obtaining provisions, but were driven off by the Confederate troops. The rumor requires confirmation.

Mr. T. W. Cofer. of Portsmouth, has invented a pistol which he has patented, and which is said to be superior to Colt's celebrated revolver. Mr. C. deserves great credit, and the thanks of the community, for this important production of his inventive genius.


Destructive Tornado.

--The Savannah Republican is informed by gentlemen who came down the Central Road that a most destructive storm passed over a large district of country, extending from No. 4½ to No. on Friday morning last. The gale commenced early in the morning, and our informant tells us every particle of heavy timber in its track was destroyed, the woods presenting a tangled and confused mass. House-tops were carried a way, gin-houses and their contents scattered far and wide, corn blown from the stalk and the latter prostrated on the ground, cotton twisted off and tangled in every direction, and the ground covered with bolls, fences blown away, and every road in the country completely blocked up. We have heard of no loss of human life thus far, but from the violence of the storm such must have occurred. The destruction of stock has been very great in many places.

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