the Federal fleet in Hampton Roads — Landing of troops at Newport News--the Injuries to Mr. Heighes--concert postponed — contemplated Establishment of a Tannery and bone Mill — change of Mails, &c.
[Special Correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Norfolk, Oct. 22, 1861.
The latest information from Hampton Roads
seems to confirm the statements already made about the large Federal fleet. Two frigates passed in the Capes yesterday at about 10 o'clock. It was definitely ascertained yesterday that there were horses on board the large four-masted New York ship, Great Republic.
Tug-boats were moving actively about among the war vessels, and passing thence to the wharves at Old Point
and Newport News.
A heavy sea was running in the Roads
last evening, and, of course, the Federal
forces will not attempt to land any where unless the weather is favorable.
There is but little apprehension of an attack here at present, not because there is any apparent reason for a postponement of ‘ "the fun;"’ but because the feeling of interest and suspense produced by the many unfounded rumors about the matter, has almost entirely subsided.
The hostile forces now collecting on the capacious estuary of Virginia
, may very shortly make an effort to get ashore at some unprotected place; perhaps on the York
, the toll-keeper, who was so badly beaten on Sunday, was reported dead last night, but he is still living, with some chances of recovery from his severe injuries.
The parties concerned in the affray appeared before Mayor Lamb
yesterday, who held them to ball for their appearance again on Saturday.
No other case of importance in the Mayor
The grand concert, announced by Signor George
, did not take place last night on account of the inclemency of the weather.
It was postponed till Thursday night, when the new song, called the ‘"Confederate Flag,"’ will be sung by Mr.
G. and a number of talented amateurs.
will assist in the performances, with a voice equal in compass, expression, and culture, to some whose fame has been long since established.
I learn that Dr. Jennings
, the Chaplain
of the Third Alabama Regiment, stationed near this city, is meeting with considerable success in his laudable efforts to raise funds for the relief of the Maryland
volunteers, in service on the Potomac
I am glad to learn that a tannery and bonemill will shortly be put in operation in the immediate vicinity of our city, by three enterprising persons, who it is hoped will be entirely successful.
Indeed, there is little doubt that the enterprise will prove very profitable.
This is but the beginning of the manufacturing interest that will shortly be developed in Norfolk
and the surrounding country.
A. M. Vaughan
, our worthy and attentive postmaster, commenced to-day the issue of Confederate States
postage stamps, which will relieve our community of a great amount of inconvenience, occasioned heretofore by the difficulty in getting change to pay postage.
As the cars of the Norfolk and Petersburg Road
will leave to-morrow and thereafter 45 minutes earlier than heretofore, passengers hence to Richmond
will arrive at the capital at a much more convenient hour of the day. The change of schedule gives much satisfaction.