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News from the South.

Exploits of a woman — Distressing Casualty. An incident in our army of the Northwest--Mrs. Keith, the ‘"Bowld Soger boy, &c.--’

A full examination of our Southern exchanges enables us to present to our readers the latest intelligence transpiring therein. While our summary is not composed entirely of starting news, still a general perusal of the subjoined will afford much that is interesting:

Province in Petticoats — remarkable Exploits of a woman.

The New Orleans Delta, of Tuesday last, publishes the following remarkable development:

‘ A very important case came up before the Mayor yesterday, the details of which are so ange and pecultar they cast into the shade everything that romancers have ever written of the wonders of the detective police. It ought to light the exploits of Madame Boyer, of this city, who has been acting the Bonchard in our community for nearly a month upon her own responsibility.

The ends of justice require that we should smit a great many interesting and important but we are at liberty to furnish sufficent information to make it one of the richmond episodes of real life that has ever come to inblic knowledge in the city of New Orleans the heroine of the affair, Madame Boyer, who has shown herself a perfect Vidoca in petticoats, is pretty well known in the community, enjoying the prime of life, and having the reputation for some years of being a great eanty.

About a month ago, according to her own account, she suspected the existence in our dadst of a secret band of abolitionists, who worked in harmony for the cause of the enemy, and who were so prudent and cautious in all they did as to carry on their macutnatous with impunity. She thought that if she could frace up this order and bring its members to justice she would make hers if mous and accordingly she determined upon systematic plan of action for that purpose, which she seems to have carried out with remarkable still and determination.

Her first step was to engage an agent, and she found one in a sharp-witted negro boy, who entered into her service with alacrity.--Bypretending that he wanted to escape to the free States and was in search of aid and assistance for that purpose, he managed to and out, or pretended to find out, the names of a number of men, some of them citizens, whom he gave to Madime Boyer as persons smallolition sympitnics. Their names was all she wanted as a clue to work on and obtaining that, she proceeded in her deep-laid scheme to entrap them.

The first person she settled upon was Mr. Anson Peek, dealer in comes and fancy articles. She approached him under the presense that she had a son at the Batize very sick, and wanted to communicate with him through his assistance, as she had not seen the boy for several years. Upon this foundation she alleges that she worked herself into Mr. Pock's confidence, until he told her that he was from Boston, had only been here three years, and was a true Northerner in heart.--Finally, she says, she told him that her real object was, not to visit her son, but to communicate with the blockading squadron, and to which he gave and sympathy. He gave her a letter to another merchant, asking that gentleman to assist her in getting to the Balize and assuring him that she might be spoken with in perfect confidence. The person-addressed, however, dismissed her in a very summary manner.

The next subject of her ticstions was Mr. Wm H. Marshall, who keeps the grocery store at the corner of Juna and Baronne streets, and she made his acquaintance by asking him for wine and other delicacies for a sick friend, and afterward, finding him to favor a certain church, set her salls to the religious breeze. After a while she had so fascinated him as to get him talking about political subjects, and finally told him that she wanted to obtain the means of communicating with the fleet, so as to furnish them with certain information that would be valuable them in their attempt to obtain possession of the city. She asserts that he entered into this trap with his whole heart, and she provinces two letters of introduction he gave her to other parties, endorsting her as U. K. on the Abolition goos, and a safe person to talk with on that subject. Marshall is an Englishman and has been in New Orleans since 1853.

She says there are a number of abolitionists in this city, who are leagued together in secret order to effect treason and work for the North; that they had an existence before the war, their object then being to run off negroes to the free States, and that Marshall actually has run off slaves. She asserts that she discovered their secret sign of recognition and answer, and gave to Marshall, before the Mayor what she asserts to be the grip of fellowship in the society.

The way in which her doings came to be brought to light is one of the most singular testures in the whole affair. Her very activity in these operations drew upon her the attention and finally the suspicion, of the defective police; and about a week ago Chief of Police McClelland detailed a sharp officer to devote his whole time to trace up her movements and learn what she was about. While she was playing the spy upon supposed abolition agents, she was herself being watched and spied on suspicion of being an abolition agent. At length the officer thought her actions were suspicious enough to war rant her arrest, particularly as he had not been able to catch her in an overt act of treason, and believed she was meditating it.

Friday evening, therefore, she was apprehended and brought before the Mayor, when she told the story as we have given it above, and produced the letters of introduction she had obtained from Peck and Marshall. She said that her arrest was very unfortunate, as, if left alone, she was sure of her ability to bring to light the whole secret organization of abolitionists, and procure convicting proof against every member.

The Mayor told her that he did not feel himself authorized to give her a commission detective, but that he would thoroughly investigate the information she had given him, and if it proved reliable, she might have the satisfaction of having performed a service to her country. He set her at liberty on her own recognizince, to appear when called for, and in the meantime issued warrants for the arrest of Peck and Marshall.

They were both taken and brought before him yesterday, when they were confronted by Madame Boyer. Her cros — examination of them would have done credit to a criminal lowyer, and it was the opinion of those present that they did not make much headway against her accusations. They were, both of them committed to jail to await a further amination.

Distressing Casualty.

The Knonville (Tenn.) Register, of Thursday last, says:

Capt. T. H. Creed, of the Hawkins County Raff Company, of Col. Carroll's regiment, was drowned in the Holston river, in Hawkins county, on Tuesday. Captain Creed had returned home to look after some recruits, and returning with one attempted to ford the river, which is much swollen, with the young man behind him. The horse getting beyond his depth fell, and both were washed off. The Captain, according to our information, swam to his companion, and succeeded in getting him so near to shore that he was able to wade out in safety, while his generous preserver, exhausted by his noble efforts, sank and was washed under by the current. He thus lost his life in his heroic efforts to save that of one of his men. His death has cast a shadow of gloom over his company, who were ardently attached to him.

An interesting incident in our army of the Northwest.

One of our exchanges says:

‘ There is connected with Col. Savage's Regiment Tennessee Volunteers, Gen. Donelson's Brigade, a little negro about twelve years old, belonging to one of the ‘ "boys,"’ who deserves, perhaps more than a passing notice. Fat, sancy, small for his age, with large eyes, and as ‘"black as black can be,"’ he is known as ‘ "Dave."’ During a late skirmish between the rear guard of Gen. Donelson's brigade, and about four hundred of the enemy, back of the fortifications at ‘ "Conch's,"’ on the morning of the 12th September last, (in which twenty-five of the enemy were killed, Donelson loosing but one man,) Dave was one of the first to run down the hill to see the fight, but was immediately ordered back by one of the officers. This he did not like, but, in ‘"obedience to orders,"’ back he went, and, after climbing up the hill, took position on an old stump standing where he could view the fight, and at the same time see the brigade pass at double quick in single file — for the path was only about twelve inches in width. Standing on that stump, with the balls flying round him, with eyes dilated, jumping up and down and clapping his tiny hands, he cried, at the top of his voice, ‘"Press on, men!"’ ‘"Hurry up, men! our side's a beatin'! "’ Rest assured that Dave was quite a hero among the men thereafter.

Disposition of the "Bowls Soger boy,"

The Lynchburg Virginian says:

‘ In answer to the numerous inquiries which have been made of us concerning the disposal of Mrs. Keith, we will state that after remaining in jail several days, she was discharged by an order from Gen. Winder, at whose instance she was arrested the second time. Upon her discharge she appeared in the apparel of her sex, and we suppose will not again soon undertake to play the ‘"bowld soger boy."’ She immediately left here, Dr. Memphis, which she claimed as her home.

More Vandilisy

The private residence of Col. J. W. Allen, in Jefferson county, commandant of the 2d in Jefferson county, commandant of the 2d Virginia regiment, has been burnt by the incendiary torch. There are many in that section who seem to be suffering because of their faulty to the South.

The Potomac closed — the injury to the Pawnes.

From the Fredericksburg Recorder, of the 18th, we take the following in relation to the recent engagements which have taken place on the Potomac:

The firing on Tuesday was erronceusly stated to have occurred at Aquia Creek. We saw a dispatch from a naval officer, high in position, to the quartermaster at this point, which was sent from Aquia Creek. That dispatch spoke of the action as between ‘"our batteries"’ and the steamer. It turns out, however, that it took place at Evansport batteries. A gentleman who saw the whole affair from Glasscock's hill, two miles below, says that about 9 o'clock the Pensacola came down, firing shot and shell along the shore as she passed. Our batteries were not quite ready, and she was allowed to pass unmolested.--About eleven o'clock the Dacotah, as some have it, and the Seminote, according to the opinion of others, came down, feeling her way rather more cautiously. So soon as she got opposite the batteries they were opened upon her. She at once hauled to, and for a while responded with some spirit, but soon concluded to leave.

In the engagement we fired about thirty shots, and the ships about the same number. One of the enemy's shells entered our earth-works and bursted, but did no damage. It was the impression of our men at the point of attack that they falled to strike the ship, but our informant says he distinctly saw a ricochet shot enter one of her port holes, and that she shortly after put down the stream. Information has since been brought to the commander of the Potomac River Department that she hauled to about ten miles below the Creek, and that the sound of hammers and all the noise incident to repairing could be distinctly heard on board. So soon as this firing was over, a couple of tugs, who were observing the engagement from above, put about, and returned to Washington to report the gratifying intelligence to Abraham the First.

On Wednesday morning, about an hour before day, the celebrated ‘"Pawaee"’ attempted to pass up; but as she came abreast of the batteries they were opened upon her, and after a very few shots she required the assistance of a couple of tugs to take her down the river to a position off Maryland point, where on Wednesday evening she was lying, and it was said that from battery No. 2, Aquia Creek, by the aid of a glass, workmen could be seen in and about her, who seemed to be quite busy. The impression is that one of our shots went through and through her.

On Wednesday evening we were over at Aquia Creek and saw no less than forty vessels, sail and steam merchantmen and ships of war. Just opposite Simms's Point there was an unbroken line of sloops and schooners lying at anchor and guarded by three men of-war, while below them were some six or seven men-of-war, scattered about. We think we can safely say that the Potomac is closed at last; and if our readers will remember, this is the first notice even of the existence of any regular batteries on the Potomac, other than those at or near the Creek, which has ever appeared in this paper.--Those now commanding the river are some ten miles above. In the action of Tuesday very many of the balls fell on the Maryland shore. The reason we did so little injury on Tuesday is explained by the fact that it was the first trial of the guns. Better aiming next time.

A young gentleman who arrived here yesterday about two P. M. informed us that several sail vessels essayed to pass the batteries about 11 o' clock, Wednesday night, but were forced back. The effort was repeated about eight o'clock yesterday morning, but with a like result, and the addition that a bomb from our batteries burst just above one of the vessels and its pieces fell upon the deck of the same, causing, he said, in the opinion of the officers then present, considerable damage. Strange to say, there were above and below some eight or ten war vessels, who watched all this, but made no attempt to interfere.

Another informant says that the vessel fired into on Wednesday night was very much damaged and that the gun used was one of the Columbiads rifled at Mr. Scott's foundry in this place. The latest advices confirm the belief that the vessel injured early on Wednesday morning was the Pawnee. It is said that she has run aground near Maryland point in order to prevent sinking and save her armament. Yesterday evening, there were not less than fifty merchantment, men-of-war, and transports, off Aquis Creek, and we have information that there were fully as many above Evansport waiting to come down. Looking to all the surroundings, we think another week can scarcely pass without witnessing a grand land and naval fight on the Potomac.

From Columbus — arrest of a Federal Spy.

The Memphis Argus has the following letter, dated at Columbus, Oct. 10th:

‘ "Yesterday a Federal was captured and placed in close confinement. He represents himself as a deserter, and wears the uniform of the Hessians. He is a very intelligent and line looking young man, possessing an agreeable manner, and would, no doubt, be a very efficient and dangerous spy. He says he is astonished at his kind and gentlemanly treatment as also the personnel of our troops.

"From his account, we are wofully slandered at Cairo, the officers in command constantly reminding the deluded creatures under them of our shabby appearance, our defence less condition, and our shooting of prisoners. It is by these statements that many have been induced to join the army. What will be done with the amiable genius has not transpired. We have now quite a number of 'blue bellies,' who make all sorts of professions, but are closely guarded and kindly cared for.

"The movements of our army are conducted with 'Potomac' secrecy, but it is evident something is going on. The appearance of the gun-boats was hailed with deafening shouts, and the engagement with them has renewed the eagerness of our boys to cope with the invaders. I will venture to say that the enthusiasm and eagerness exhibited here on the 7th would have disabused even old Abe's mind of the idea of subjugation, if he could have witnessed it. On the next visit of his nigger, stealers we will be better prepared, as we have now several guns mounted that range something less than a hundred miles.

"Much pleasure is expressed at the appointment of Col. Munford on the staff of General Johnston. He will undoubtedly prove a valuable aid. Several shots of new invention were tried to-day, and I believe the experiments proved very satisfactory. The ball would be an ugly customer to meet, and will certainly leave its card wherever it calls.--We are fully prepared for the vandals whenever they choose to come. I expect a general attack will soon be made on us, as the lying gun-boats, I understand, have reported an immense number killed by their firing, and our batteries as inefficient. If they can only convince their victims of the truth of such a statement, a forward movement may soon be made. There are several 'arrangements' talked of, but it would be imprudent to publish them at present."

Important from Texas--serious illness of Gen. Houston.

The Houston Telegraph, of the 9th inst., contains the following items of news:

The report that Gen. Houston is dead is not true. He is very ill, and it is feared will not recover. We sincerely hope that carefull nursing, and the assiduous attention of physicians and friends, will restore him to health again.

Gen. P. O. Herbert makes a stirring appeal to the people of Texas for aid in the prosecution of the coast defences. He says let every man clean his old musket, shotgun or rifle; run his bullets, fill his powderhorn, sharpen his knife, and see that his revolver is ready to his hand, as in the trying, yet glorious days, when Mexico was your foe.

The San Antonio Herald contains the following particulars of a riot in that city:

‘ Four men, belonging to Captain Lang's company from Falls county, came in town last Wednesday night, and attempted to kick up a row apparently for the run of the thing. They rode around some Mexican fruit and vegetable stands, jumped over them with their horses and defied the police. They shot a quiet, respectable Mexican, in the street, with their six-shooters, without provocation, wounding him severely in both arms, then rode through the town yelling, shooting off their pistols, and bidding defiance to the people. Marshal Byrne undertook to reason with them, and induce them to return to camp, assuring them that he did not wish to fight men who had turned out to fight the enemies of the country; but it was of no use.

They fired at the Marshal, missing his head by but a few inches, when he ordered his force to fire upon them. About twenty shots were discharged by the police force and citizens, the rioters continuing to shoot at the crowd. One of their number fell, severely wounded. --one bullet having passed through his thigh. He is now in the army hospital in this city, in a very precarious condition. He gives his name as John Murray.

Richard Norwood was hung at Millican a few days since for harbering slaves.

Incident from the Gulf.

The Mobile Register, of the 15th Inst., brings intelligence that at half-past 8 o'clock the previous evening, a mounted courier arrived in that city, express from the coast, with dispatches for Gen. Withers. The messenger was one of the Mobile Drageous, and the purport of his intelligence was that the enemy were landing forces at ‘"Point of Pines."’ a few miles west of the mouth of Beyon Batre, on the 14th. A fleet was lying outside the islands and sending in the troops across, the sound in launches, two of which had already come in, to land or reconnoitre, when the messenger was dispatched to bear intelligence to the Commanding General.

Referring to this movement of the enemy, the Register says, we do not think there is anything in the news in its present shape to create alarm. But it is another warning to haston our preparations for what may happen.

The fight on Santa Rosa — there hundred reported killed.

An occasional correspondent of the Montgomery Advertiser furnishes the following further and interesting account of the fight at Santa Rosa Island:

Camp Alabama, near Fort Redoubt, Oct. 14th, 1861.
While all is calm save the occassional brast of some distant bugler, calling the several calls, I hasten to give you a partial detail of the Santa Rosa skirmish, which took place on the night of the 8th inst.

About 12 M., 8th inst., orders were received at the Colonel's headquarters for 100 men from our regiment, (1st Alabama,) of course no one knew for what purpose, only those at headquarters. They were ordered to cook one ration, and to take forty round of cartridges About 3 P. M., they were inspected by Adjt. Robinson, of Brigadier General Ruggle's Staff; all being O. K., they were ordered to stack arms and await further orders. Many were the speculations as to their destination; all finally concluded 'twas to erect a battery at the mouth of the Perdido river, as ' I was rumored the day before that Picauyune Butler's fleet intended to effect a landing at that point to attack us in the rear.--Soon all speculation was put aside, the tap of drum, the call of roll, and quick command of countermarch by file right, march; and off they went in the direction of Fort Redoubt, where, to the great surprise of our gallant boys, they found anxiously awaiting them 800 brothers in arms. It now being 7½ P. M., the command was given to stack arms, which was intermediately done, and a brief but eloquent speech by Colonel Chalmers, of the Ninth Mississippi, soon convinced them that something more noble, more honorable, was in view; until then, all was dark to them as to their destination; The object was to dislodge the enemy, who was reported on Santa Rosa, opposite Penalcola, throwing up sand batteries to shell the city. They soon took up their line of march for the Navy-Yard, where they embarked for Pensacola, and were met by three companies of the Fifth Georgia regiment, making a sum total of 1,050 men, rank and file. They all being snugly put on board of boats, scows &c., soon were enroute for the supposed battery.

Soon, let go your anchor was heard, and the boats were lowered, and all for the first time were on the land of quagmires, frogs, snakes, and thieves, and cun throats. Soon search began for the supposed battery; but, alas, all rumor — no battery, no men — all a farce. Well, the boys were determined to do some devilment, so they thought they would give sweet William and his pet-lambs a brush; so onward through quagmiles, over sand mountains, in beds of thistles, prickle pears, &c., they went like heroes and veterans.--Soon the gruff voice of one of Willie's pets called forth, ‘"who comes there;"’ ‘ "friend,"’ cried one of our boys. (Mr. William Carty, of Wilcox True Blues, 1st Alabama regiment.) Advance, friend, says the pet, whereat Bill advanced and shot his head off. On ward they went, though traveling through the most impregnable swamp, marshes, &c. They went sometimes double-quicking, and sometimes in full run, as if maddened to see who would be the first to take old Willie's scalp.--Occasionally bang would go a sentinel's gun, and bang some of our boys would take him. Soon they were upon them, and they set up a tremendous yell, which was distinctly heard at the Navy-Yard and for miles up the beach. Soon, like the conflagration of camphine, the whole island for one thousand yards was one complete blaze of fire. The boys fought nobly, but had management on the part of the commander, and the roughness of the ground, prevented the entire demoralization of Willie's pets. The officers lost their men and the men lost their officers, and the consequence was we got to killing each other. Three-fourths of our men were killed by one another. They succeeded in spiking 9 cannon, and completely burning old Willie's village up — every tent — not even leaving the guard tent; near 60,000 pounds of old lead was burnt with 1,000 barrels of flour, and other commissariat stores. Many hungry months before the necessaries of life can be replaced. It was a complete success, though our loss had been twice the amount.

After everything had been burnt and all the guns spiked our men commenced the retreat, fearing that if day, which was fast approaching, should catch them, they would be fired on by the Fort and the blockading steamer, which lay within good shelting distance. They commenced a rapid retreat, and had just got in their boats when four companies of regulars sent from the Fort attacked them, doing a great deal of damage. They were about 200 yards from the Island when they commenced firing. To show the superior weapons they have, they killed one of our men over 1,100 yards, and wounded others--Two of our men in a small boat, in trying to bring over two mules which they had captured, were fired at no less than three or four hundred times, but, strange to say, ‘"nobody was hurt,"’ though the boat was completely riddled. They were so hotly engaged that they had to abandon the captives; but before the Yankees should have them again, they drowned them. One of them was the identical mule his majesty, Major Vodges, rode.

Our loss may be estimated at twenty killed and thirty wounded, and seven prisoners. I have seen but thirty killed, and do not know if this was all or not; but I put it down at about sixty killed, wounded, and missing, so as to cover everything. Some say only one-half the number, but it is impossible to hear the correct statement for some days yet.

The loss of the enemy was great. There must have been over half of Billy's boys killed, and a good many regulars — about three hundred killed or butchered in their beds. Now, ‘ "Yanks,"’ burn another schooner, another ‘"dry-dock;"’ ‘"oh, ye!"’ a just retaliation.

It is believed by many military men that had the bombardment commenced when the enemy were in pursuit of our men, some four miles from the Fort, that in three hours Fort Pickens would have been ours. Many an anxious one stood at his battery, with a match ready, waiting for the word from the head-quarters to open. The men all said they awaited our movements, and they intended to walk right into Fort Packens, and I believe they could have done it in less time than it could have taken them to run out.

The fleet was enlarged to-day by two large men-of-war; one the Colorado, the other not known. They have been busily engaged all day in landing re-inforcements, and we look for them to attack us to-night. We are not asleep, and say come along b'hoys — somebody will be hurt. You may look for hard old times soon at this place.

Gen. Ruggles has been ordered to Mobile. Gen. A. H. Gladden, now a full Brigadier, will succeed him. He is the hero of the glorious old Palmatto Regiment. We congratulate ourselves with such a commander, and hope he may be as successful as he was in Mexico. More anon.

Georgia Cub.
N. B.--I have just learned that the coat sent over under a flag of truce to-day brings news that old Brown admits 300 killed.

Threatened Raid in the Northern Neck of Virginia.

The Fredericksburg Herald, of Friday evening last says:

‘ Inormation has been received which goes strongly to confirm the opinion that one of the recent outfitted squadroas at New York, was intended for the counties along the Rappahannock River, both sides up, as far as it might be deemed safe for the invaders to risk their carcases.

This intelligence has of course produced a good deal of natural excitement in the counties in the Northern Neck, as well as those lying immediately South of the Rappahannock, near the Chesapeake.

The piratical squadron cannot be intended for any of the legitimate purposes of an open and honorable warfare, but most likely for the purpose of stealing negroes, destroying wheat stacks, burning barns destroying home-steads, and insulting old men, women, and children.

It cannot be intended as a base line of operations for the ‘"On to Richmond"’ march, but it promises well for the thieving, burglarious instincts of a New York cruise, where the main chance of pillage is kept in view, with as little possible risk of life, they think, as any engagement of the day opens up.

The country lying below has expended vast sums of money for guano in times past, but with a regiment or two of sharp-shooters they may obviate any such necessary outlay for the next generation!

Their courage failed them.

A correspondent of the Petersburg Express, writing from Pig's Point, October 15, says:

‘ On yesterday another Yankee boat came out from the Fort, and made way toward our battery, as if she intended to give us a dare. She came, however, in the same undertermined manner in which the other did — sometimes under slow headway, and then at a stand still. She came, I suppose, within three or two-and-a-half miles of our battery.--Lieut. Carter then called for a crew to man a certain big, ugly gun, that holds no very conspicuous position on the bank of the river James. A large crowd gathered on the beach, and the Yankee villaius discovering. Its put out to Old Point at the rates of 2:40 to the minute.

Drafting soldiers.

The Fort Smith (Ark.) Times, of the 1st instant, says:

‘ We have learned from a gentleman of this city that intelligence has been received from Little Rock that a proclamation is about to be issued by the Governor, ordering a draft of one-fifth of the able-bodied men of the border edunties, stating as a reason, that the people of those counties, who are most exposed to danger, but possessing the least patriotism, do not send men to the army. Is it possible that this disgrace is pending over Sebastian county?

Closing of a University in Mississippi.

The Oxford Intelligencer announces that the University of Mississippi is about to be closed, temporarily, for the want of patronage. The closing of the institution is regarded by the Intelligencer as a severe blow to the town of Oxford and county of Lafayette, as through it from $150,000 to $200,000 were annually expended in the neighborhood.

The battle of the passes-- the Un account.

The New Orleans Dilta is indebted to the courtesy of Gen. Twiggs for the following telegraphic dispatches received from Col. Dunn, commanding at Fort Jackson:

Fort Jackson, Oct. 14, 3 P. M.
To Major General Twiggs
About 10 o'clock Saturday morning, while the fight was progressing in the Southwest Pass, Dr. Bradbury was arrested in a small boat about a mile below the head of the passes by the U. S. steamer McClelland, Captain Gray, formerly of the Star of the West, commanding. After taking him prisoner, the steamer put about and went out of Pass a l'outre, and around to the Southwest Pass, immediately going alongside of the Richmond. The following information is therefore reliable as the enemy's account:

The Richmond was struck by the ram, instead of the Preble. She was struck a little abalt of her fore chains. A small indentation in her copper was visible; her great injury being below the water line. It was with great exertions only that she was kept afloat going down the Pass, and she was there run aground to save her. The Vincenues also went aground and her guns were thrown out to lighten her. Some time Saturday every preparation was made to blow her up — a match having been acctually applied to the train, which accidentally went out. This was stated by one of her officers.

I don't know if any one was injured on the vessels. One of our shells burst in the cabin of the Richmond. The South Carolina and McClelland were both required to get off the Vincennes. The McClelland got off the Richmond; they got off Sunday about ten o'clock, as seen from the Southwest Pass Station. This morning the Richmond was all by the stern: bows out the water. The McClelland brought out two rifled cannon, which gave the greatest satisfaction, the officers saying they were now ready for the Ivy. The guns were taken on board the Richmond immediately, and placed in position. The doctor thinks the bore of the guns is about three inches, say 6- pounders, or the mates of the one on the Water Witch; they certainly do not exceed 12 pounders.

Dr. Bradbury was treated with the greatest courtesy, more as a guest than a prisoner, and was allowed to leave after the Richmond and Vincennes got off the bar. The U. S. clipper ship Nigliritingale is aground on the outermost east mud tumps of the S. W. Pass. The enemy's account of the battle of Santa hosa is that our force made a very bold and brilliant attack, but was repulse, with great loss, a boat having got aground on the receiving of our troops, which was fired on from the beach with great effect. They acknowledge that Billy Wilson ran in his shirt, and that another regiment between him and the fort did the fighting.

J. K. Duncan.
Colonel Commanding.

The Manassa or "Turtle."

The Memphis (Tenn.) Arclancke gives the following description of the vessel which run into the Vincennes at the passes near New Orleans:

The ‘"Turtle,"’ it is said, did all the execution, and has proved a complete success. Most of our readers are acquainted with her peculiar construction, out as the enemy has been and felt her, there is no impropriety in descricing her. She is encased with iron an inch thick, and is shed and shot proof. Her construction is very strong and symmetrical. In front, several feet under water, projecting from her bow, is a machine like a say the that bursts anything ‘"wide open"’ that it comes in contact with. In the water, the ‘"Turtle"’ looks like the null of a steamboat, bottom side up. Of an oval shape from the water line up, every ball or shell would glance harmlessly off. It has but one apettures, and that conceals a ten-inch howitzer in front. When in range, this, which is just large enough for the muzzle of the gun, is opened and the howitzer discharged. The recoil is sufficient to permit the ‘"door"’ or ‘"hatch"’ to fall, which it does of its own weight, and presents the same imperviousness to shot and shell as the remainder or in novel structure. Its complete success demonstrates the fact that it is only necessary to ‘"turn her loose"’ to demolish the whole of Lincoln's navy.

Well done Appomattox.

The Lynchburg Republican has the following:

‘ The people of the county of Appomattox have made ample provision to clothe their volunteers comfortably this winter. The work was apportioned among the people of the different magisterial districts, and they already have more than cloth enough ready for their five hundred men now in the field. Already, too, have they had knit more than a suficiency of good substantial yarn socks for each man. As usual, in all good works, the ladies of the county were foremost in this noble undertaking. Who would not fight to the death for such sisters and mothers, and sweethearts as these?

Strange visitors.

The Raleigh (N. C.) Standard, of Monday last, says:

‘ "It is said several persons saw, on Sunday morning last, about 5 o'clock, a large balloon passing over Raleigh, at a moderate speed, towards the South. It is described as being well lighted up, not very high, with flags, etc., and with at least four persons in it. It is also reported that another was soon on Monday morning or Sunday night."

The Register says three balloons passed over Raleigh; one in the morning and two in the evening.

Another skirmish and Confident Victory.

The Memphis Avalanche, of the 18th, says:

‘ We learn from the officers of the steamer Louis D'Or, which arrived here last night from Columbus, that a fight occurred last Tuesday about ten miles below Bird's Point, between a force of Capt. Montgomery's command, numbering thirty five men, and fifty of the enemy. One of our men was wounded in the arm, which rendered amputation necessary, and four horses were lost on our side. One of the enemy was killed, and several wounded, and they lost eight horses. It is said that the Federals fought like mad tigers.

Advance on cotton.

The Mechanics' Saving and Loan Association, of Savannah, Ga., has given notice that it will advance five cents a pound upon cotton in bales averaging middling quality, delivered in a brick warehouse in Macon or Griffin; the cotton there to remain until the blockade is removed, so that it can be fairly sold. For this advance, interest at 7 per cent. will be charged; also a commission of 2½ percent., with warehouse expense and insurance. It is also said that other banks in that State will go into the same arrangement. If so a material relief will be afforded the planters.

Railroad Collison.

The Hickman Courier, of the 12th, says:

‘ "We learn that an unfortunate collision occurred on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad last evening, by which two men were killed and several badly wounded. Neither the conductor or engineer have made their appearance since the occurrence, and it is supposed they did the deed on purpose, to prevent a movement of troops from Columbus." No information of an occurrence of the kind has come to our knowledge from any other source.

Affairs on the coast.

The Raleigh (N. C.) Standard says:

‘ A report is in town, which is thought to be well founded, that the Yankees have effected a landing at Swansborough, or at Cedar Point, near that place. It is only about 15 miles from Cedar Point to the Atlantic Railroad Bridge over Newport river, and it is supposed the Yankees were aiming to get possession of the bridge. We have no doubt they will be promptly met and driven to their ships.

Yankee prisoners.

The Staunton Spectator, of Friday, says:

‘ On Thursday last, twenty four prisoners from the West arrived here by the railroad, and fifteen from Hardy county--the latter being Union men of this State. We understand that some of these latter had been in the Federal army and had been allowed to go home to "seed" their grain. For time, at loast, they will be supported by the Confederate States.

Sentiment in Kentucky.

The Hickman (Ky.) Courier, of the 12th instant, says:

‘ "Thousands of Kentuckians are now ready with their muskets to alone for, and redeem the State. The South has 50.000 majority in the State, and when the question is fairly put to the people, they will join their sisters of the South."

Commen Dable,

The Raleigh Register says that Adjutant General Martin, of North Carolina, has given notice that the Legislature having authorized him to do so, he is prepared to pay to the wives and children of the officers and men belonging to the volunteer forces of that State, captured at Hatteras, half the pay they would have received if they had not been captured.

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