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 VandilisyThe 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:
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:
To Major General Twiggs