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Northern accounts.

Our files bring wonderful news (in some respects) of the achievements of the Federals. We copy the following, headings and all. It will be especially observed that the caption of the first dispatch is about as long, and three times as interesting as the subject of it:

[from the N. Y. Times of the 10th inst.]
highly important News.

More Brilliant Victories on the North Carolina Coast.--Attempt to Recapture the Forts at Hatteras Inlet — Attack by Six Rebel Steamers with Three Thousand Men — Total Failure of the Expedition--Two of the Steamers Sunk--Seven Hundred Rebels supposed to be Drowned — A large number Killed and Wounded — The Indiana Regiment attacked at Chicamicomico — The Rebels Shelled from a National Gun Boat--Two or Three Hundred of them Killed — Important News from the South.

[special Dispatch from Washington.]

Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 9th.
--Commander Chauncy arrived here this evening from Hatteras Inlet. He reports that on Monday the rebels organized an expedition to attack and recapture the forts occupied by our forces. The expedition consisted of six steamboats and about three thousand men. The steamers were armed with heavy rifled cannon and mortars for throwing shells. The attack was simultaneous, but ineffectual.

The forts fired shell, and were assisted by the vessels stationed off the Inlet. After a time the rebels retired, though not before two or three steamers had been sunk, going down with all on board. Judging from the crowded appearance of the vessels, it is estimated that about seven hundred men were drowned.--Besides a large loss must have been sustained from the bursting of our shell and the plunging of our shot, as the guns were served in a most masterly manner.

The Blair-Fremont trouble.

Cincinnati, Wednesday, Oct. 9.
--The Cincinnati Enquirer, the paper in which all the Blair- Fremont charges, letters, &c., appeared originally, in answer to Gen. Fremont's dispatch, exculpates the General, or any member of his department, unqualifiedly, from any responsibility in their publication. The papers were obtained through an entirely different source.

Important from Kentucky--preparing for
a fight at Paducah.

Chicago, Wednesday, Oct. 9.
--The Tribune's Cairo special advices from Paducah represent that our troops are preparing for the reception of the rebels, who, in heavy force, are said to be advancing against the place. The women and children of that place are being sent away.

Everything indicates an approaching struggle.

Gen. McClernard will issue to-morrow a proclamation causing all drinking and gambling houses to cease operations.

Louisville, Wednesday, Oct. 9.--The city is quiet. We have no news from below.

Another important advance.--Lewinsville

About 6 o'clock this morning, the division under the command of General Smith, at the Chain bridge, advanced and occupied prominent positions in the neighborhood of Lewinsville. On the advance arriving at Langley's, the hitherto outposts of our army, the division was divided — a portion of them continuing up the Little Rock Run Turnpike, and occupying Prospect Hill, the other part of the division taking the new artillery road, and occupying Smoth's and Maxwell's hills, a mile and a half this side of Lewinsville. The batteries were drawn up in prominent positions, and the infantry placed in situations to support them.

After remaining for about three hours waiting in vain for the rebels to make an attack, in fact, inviting them to it, our skirmishers advanced and occupied Lewinsville, the rebel forces retreating. Lewinsville will be retained as well as other positions taken by our forces to-day.

A portion of the troops under Brigadier General Porter also advanced and occupied Miner's hill, to the right of Falls Church, and commanding that village and Barrett's hill, which latter is now in possession of the rebel pickets.

General McClellan and staff, accompanied by Captain Baker's McClellan Dragoons, crossed over the Chain Bridge at an early hour this morning, spending the whole day in making reconnaissances of the new positions taken by the National forces.

A Raid on the enemy's pickets.

At 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, Captain Barney, of the New York Twenty-fourth, accompanied by a guide and fourteen privates, moved round the east side of the hill three-quarters of a mile north of Falls Church, where the rebel outposts have been stationed. They approached in the bush within a short distance of eight of the rebel cavalry, and opened fire upon them. Each man fired from one to three shots, and three of the rebels were killed at once. Captain Powers, of the rebel cavalry, was present, mounted on his white horse, which has become famous to our pickets. Mr. Perkins, the guide, fired at the horse and shot him in the head, in the hope to take Powers prisoner. He escaped, however, and as the rebel picket was only three hundred yards distant, Capt. Barney gave the order to retire, which they did without the loss of a man, and bringing with them four rebel cavalry horses, thirteen pistols, four sabres, one Hall's carbine, several blankets, and one prisoner — a young man named Charles H. Knott, a private in Company F, Col. Stuart's First Virginia Cavalry. Knott states that he is a native of Jefferson county, Virginia, and that he has seen soldiering enough to retire. He says that Col. Stuart's headquarters are between four and five miles from Falls Church, on the Fairfax road, to the right of Annandale. He states also that the rebels are not present in any force near our lines. On Knott was found a letter written by a pious mother to some soldier, which contains the following extracts, that sound strangely when read together:

"I trust that prayer-meetings are still kept up, and that they will result in great good.--God has promised that His Word shall not return to Him void, but shall accomplish that for which he sent it.

"Bob says, Tell Massa Jack that he must make haste and kill all the Yankees and come home, and Sis says that you must send her a Yankee trophy."

A New observatory.

A fine observatory has been erected on the roof of Upton's house, from which a good view is obtained of the enemy's outposts near Falls Church. A number of the rebel cavalry was observed on Seth Perkins's Hill, northwest of Falls Church. Mount Olivet Church, situated on the road north of Ball's, has disappeared since our troops moved out. The boards were wanted for floors for the tents.

An alarm but no fight.

This afternoon some choppers in Gen. Morrell's Brigade, while felling some timber near our outposts, observe some of the rebels near them. The alarm was given, and a body of our troops moved out to the picket lines.--The alarm was causeless, and our troops soon returned without a battle.

Arrival of the City of Washington.

The screw steamer City of Washington, which sailed from Liverpool at 1 P. M., on the 25th, and from Queenstown on the 26th ult., arrived at this port yesterday morning.

The City of Washington has brought 608 bales of cotton on freight.

The City of Washington has also brought about sixty of the passengers of the Great from our European files and correspondence are of great interest.

The Russian Minister returned.

Baron Ceroit, the Prussian Minister, returned to Washington last evening.

Soldiers must not Ride.

A general order has been issued by General McClellan to prevent soldiers from riding in loaded wagons or in empty wagons, except by special permission; to prevent knapsacks being thus carried, except in case of sickness, and then upon the written recommendation of the Surgeon; to prevent tent floors being thus transported; to allow no lumber to be used for tent floors, except upon the recommendation of the Medical Director for hospital purposes, and to prevent teamsters driving their teams faster than a walk.

Important from Missouri--Price still moving Southward.

Jefferson City, Tuesday, Oct. 8.
--Colonel Matthews telegraphed to Gov. Gamble this morning from Hermann, Mo., that he has been compelled to surrender his camp, with three pieces of cannon, to a superior force of the rebels.

The camp of Col. Matthews was twenty miles from Hermann, and is said to have contained about 400 Home Guards. The rebels number some 2,000, and their design is to burn the Gasconade bridge in that vicinity. Reinforcements have been sent to Hermann and the bridge. On hearing of the approach of the rebel force, our troops began erecting palisades for its defence.

At last accounts the army of Gen. Price was on Grand river, in Henry county. On Wednesday last he was marching Southward.

Col. Matthews not surrendered.

Jefferson City, Oct. 9.
--The surrender of a Federal camp near Hermann, which was reported this morning, proved not to have been so serious an affair as at first stated.

Col. Matthews simply abandoned his camp on the approach of the rebels, and retired to Eastern, who were taken on board at Cork Harbor, where the Great Eastern was still moored on the 26th.

The Great Eastern underwent a regular inspection at Queenstown on the 23d, and it is said to have demonstrated that the damage she sustained is not nearly so great as was at first reported. She goes to Milford to be repaired, and will as soon as completed resume her position between Liverpool and New York.

The City of Washington's news has been anticipated by the Norwegian, at Quebec; but the details that we are able to obtain Hermann without loss of any kind. The three cannon, mentioned in a previous dispatch, belonged to the rebels.

Col. Harding now telegraphs from Hermann that the he had no apprehensions of an attack on that place, and that the Gasconade and Osange bridges are well guarded, and secure against the rebels.

The Polar expedition returned.

Halifax, Wednesday, Oct. 9.
--Dr. Hayes, of the Polar Expedition, arrived here this morning in the United States. The party are well. Two have died, viz: August Sontaz, the astronomer, and Gibson Caruthers.

Dr. Hayes reached Smith's Straits on the 26th of August last year, but could not penetrate the Strait with his vessel either last year or this. He wintered at Port Foulke, near Alexander, and with dog and sledge reached lat. 81 deg. 35 May 18, this year.

A member of the British Parliament Colluding
with the rebels.

Among the arrivals at Richmond last week we see chronicled that of Sir James Ferguson, Knight, a member of the British Parliament; and it is stated in connection with him, that he brings letters to the President of the Rebel Confederacy from Dudley Mann, one of the rebel Commissioners to Europe. If this be so, it is a notable instance of the violation of neutrality, and deserves to have the attention of the English Government called to it. Any subject of Great Britain who would identify himself so far with the rebel cause as to act as bearer of dispatches between traitors at home and traitors abroad can have no very nice sense of honor or self respect, and as Sir James must have passed through the Northern States to get to Richmond, he has doubtless given the Jeff. Davis cabal the benefit of his observations, and earned in addition to his knightly title that of spy, so that he may be known hereafter as Sir James Ferguson, Spy, M. P. We wish him joy of his new honors.--New York Herald.


This morning privates Pratt and Woodbury, two of the fifty-seven prisoners released from Richmond, arrived in this city, and passed to their regiment, the Second Vermont.

Three new laboratories on the site of the one blown up are nearly completed, at the Washington Navy-Yard, and foundations for a fourth have been laid.

The President has appointed John de la Montagnie, of New York, United States Consul at Nantes, in France.

No official returns are obtainable, but the impression is that the People's ticket has a majority in the Philadelphia camps.

A rebel named Wedemeyer is raising a regiment at Osceola for the purpose of making a foray into Kansas.

Union men from the neighborhood of Lexington deny that any session of the Legislature was held there.

Efforts are being made to organize companies of Missouri Rangers, to carry on a guerilla warfare after the style of the rebels.

Gens. Sturgis and Lane are understood to have received orders to march from Kansas City, and join Gen. Siegel at Sedalia.

Gen. Siegel sent out a detachment of four hundred men, on Sunday last, to cut off a rebel supply train.

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