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Miscellaneous items.


A mother and three daughters searched by
Lincoln's Hirelings.

A beautiful Government is that over which the Illinois ape presides! Let even a lady undertake to change her residence in his dominions and immediately one of the graceless scamps who hang around at his beckon call are put upon her track, so afraid is he that she is about leaving in disgust that loathsome region where tyranny rules the hour, for a more congenial clime of happiness and freedom, such as the South affords.

Last evening Mrs. Parmella Smith and three daughters, two of them grown, were arrested at the boarding-house of Mrs. Waters, Calvert street, near Lexington, and their effects searched by the Provost's police. Mrs. Smith has recently left Washington, where she kept a boarding-house, and was en route for Richmond, Va. The whole family were released, nothing contraband or of a treasonable nature being found among their effects.


Arrest of alleged deserters.

Desertions from the Federal army are becoming quite frequent, and it has been asserted by one of our Yankee contemporaries that more desert from their ranks than voluntarily join them. The following, from the Baltimore Sun, of the 19th, is but one of the many instances which occur in that oppressed city every day:

‘ James Ray and James Brown, said to belong to the Eleventh United States Infantry, at Perryville, were arrested in this city, on Thursday evening, as deserters. They secreted themselves on a canal boat at Havre de Grace, and by that means reached this city, with the intention to go to Virginia and join the Confederate army. They were arrested on Canton avenue, while in the act of providing themselves with citizen's clothes, and immediately sent to Fort McHenry.


Sent to Fort Lafayette.

The Baltimore Sun, of the 19th instant says:

‘ The arrests of Robert Renwick and Isaac C. Mask on the charge of treason against the Federal Government have been noticed. On Thursday afternoon Dr. Graves, collector of the city, called on the Provost Marshal and solicited a permit to visit Mr. Mask at Fort McHenry, Mr. M. having been employed in his office. Dr. Graves was informed that it would be useless to go to Fort McHenry, but if he desired to see Mr. Mask he could do so by going to the President street depot in the afternoon. Both Mr. Renwick and Mr. Mask were sent to Fort Layette. Messrs. Wm. F. McKewen, clerk to the board of police, and R. H. Biggar are said to be still at Fort McHenry, but are likely at any moment to be sent to New York harbor.


Re-arrest of Senator M'Kaig.

The fickleness of the Yankee Administration is truly amusing. If they should liberate one of their prisoners to-day, in all probability before he reaches his place of residence he is re- arrested and incarcerated in one of their filthy dens. We take the following from the Sun, of Saturday:

‘ On Thursday evening Hon. Thomas J. McKaig, State Senator, of Allegheny county, Md., who was arrested just previous to the assembling of the late Legislature, and released on his parole not to leave the State of Ohio, whither he was sent, without special order, arrived in this city on a furlough granted him by Gen. Kelley, with permission to visit New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Mr. McKaig stopped at the Eutaw House. About 10½ o'clock, before he had yet retired, he was arrested by the police. Without further ado Mr. McKaig was placed in a hack, and driven off with his baggage to Fort McHenry. Up to yesterday nothing further had transpired in relation to the case.


Fatal railroad Accident in Baltimore.

From the Baltimore Sun, of the 19th we gather the following particulars of a fatal railroad casualty which occurred in that city on Friday last:

Hugh Bannan, residing at No. 7 Rose street, in attempting to get on an engine in motion at the Bolton depot, about 5 o'clock last evening, fell, and the wheels passing over him broke and mangled both his legs in a shocking manner. The unfortunate man was rescued and removed to a house close by, and physicians called, but he lived but three-quarters of an hour.


Arrival of a prize schooner in Baltimore.

The following is copied from the Baltimore Sun, of the 19th:

‘ The British schooner Beverly, captured a short time since off Charleston bar by the U. S. ship Jamestown, arrived at this port yesterday in charge of a prize crew. She was from Halifax, but her destination did not transpire.


Affairs in New York.

From New York papers of the 18th inst., we gather the following items:

‘ Yesterday morning Mr. Geo. Bisbie gave information to the surveyor of the port that two or more large cases belonging to Wm. C. Preston, late United States Minister to Spain, and now a General in the Southern army, had been brought to this port by the ship Germania, from Havre. The cases were discovered while the cargo of the ship was being discharged. One of the packages is very large, probably containing Preston's diplomatic carriage. The others are of less pretentious size. The cases have all been removed to the public store, where they will, without doubt, be confiscated.

Mr. Rowland, formerly of the firm of Sneeden & Co., ship-builders, is now constructing at his ship-yard, at Greenpoint, an iron steam battery, to be built on a novel principle and expected to be a very formidable engine of war, either for offence or defence. It is being built by private enterprise and will be tendered to the Government when completed.

The circular of the United States Secretary of State to the several Governors of the loyal States is being practically executed in this harbor. The fortifications on Staten Island are pushed forward with great industry, though a vast amount of work remains to be done upon the new stone barracks. Guns will soon be placed in position on and in the new stone fort, and as speedily as possible quarters prepared for men to work them.--Those in the outer harbor are also receiving attention from the United States Government.

The condition of the sick North Carolina prisoners has much improved since their removal to Bedloe's Island. Various packages containing gifts for the sick have been received.

Yesterday Marshal Murray paid a visit to Fort Columbus and had an interview with the Rev. F. V. Hoskins, one of the prisoners taken at Fort Hatteras. Mr. Hoskins declared himself willing to bind himself to take no further part in the rebellion, but when he learned that he could not be permitted to return to his home in North Carolina, he declined taking the oath, and, of course, was not liberated.

A meeting of the associated bank officers was held yesterday for the purpose of considering the expediency of taking the remainder of the $150,000,000 loan in advance of the time assigned by agreement with the Secretary of the Treasury. It was resolved to confer with the committee from Philadelphia and Boston, and also with the Secretary of the Treasury, on the subject, at an early day.

By order of the survey or of the port, the schooner D. F. Keeling was seized yesterday. She has been lying some time in port under the surveillance of the inspectors, and is owned wholly in New Orleans.

The steamer Atlas, chartered by the Government, left yesterday with three hundred laborers, who have been engaged to work in the entrenchments in Maryland and Virginia for "ninety cents a day and found."


Affairs in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia papers, of Friday last, furnish us with the following:

‘ The committee on the defence and safety of the city are pushing matters vigorously so far as preparing for the defence of the city is concerned. They have so far purchased 1,000 Enfield rifles, with sword bayonets; 600 Prussian rifles, and 500 muskets made in the same country; also, 1,300 patent breech muskets, with the Maynard primers; 250 sabres; 300 pistols, and 5,000 infantry and artillery accoutrements. They have just received 210 sets of harness for artillery purposes, and carriages, caissons, forges, and everything complete for the twelve pieces of cannon purchased some time since by the committee.

’ The statement that a large number of guns from Prussia had been received in New York for this city is not true. The guns do not belong to the city, nor has Mayor Henry received any information of any such present.

The Post-Office Department has adopted a plan for altering the two Government buildings on Chesnut street, next to the Custom-House, so as to adapt them to the purposes of a post-office. The whole cost of the alteration is to be about $45,000.

The exports for the week ending October 17 amount in value to $239,656; imports $35,250.

Upwards of fifty bales of cotton from New York now lie at the foot of Walnut street.

The assessed value of the property in the city, as just returned by the assessors, is $152,684,000.


Sudden death of ex-senator Beekman.

Dr. J. P. Beekman of Kinderhook, N. Y., expired quite suddenly in that village a few days ago. He was a man of large fortune, and was for many years engaged in the business of banking. He has held the office of State Senator, and has been quite a prominent member of the Democratic party. He has also been actively associated with the State Agricultural Society, of which he was at one time President.


Another arrest in Maryland.

The Baltimore Sun, of Saturday, says:

Mr. J. T. Foster, late in the employ of Messrs. Meredith & Spencer, of this city, has been arrested near Frederick, while making his way into the Confederate States, it was alleged, and released on his parole.


A fight in Chicago.

A fight occurred in Chicago on Friday, in a billiard saloon, which grew out of an attempt to cowhide J. W. Sheahan, editor of the Post, by Col. Phillips, of the Chicago brigade Sheahan had published a severe article upon Phillip's election as Colonel, which he refused to retract in such form as Phillips dictated. The latter attacked Sheahan in the street with a raw hide, when he was knocked down by one of the Post employees. This led to a fight shortly after in a billiard saloon, in which twenty or thirty persons participated, and in which Phillips was seriously injured.


Brazil and the Confederates.

A letter received in New York from Brazil says it was rumored there that Robt. G. Scott had been nominated as the commissioner of the Southern States to obtain their recognition as an independent power. The Brazilian Government positively refused to treat with the agent or agents of the Confederacy. The papers were laid upon the table, and the subject dismissed from their councils.


Seizure of a vessel at Newport.

The brig John Hathaway, arrived at Newport R. I., on Saturday after a voyage of 43 days from Rio Janeiro. She had a cargo of 410 bags of coffee on account of the owners.--She was seized by Collector Macy immediately on her arrival, and a keeper was put on board, as she is party owned at the South.--She belongs to Wm. S. Peckham, of Newport, Mrs. Hathaway, of Fall River, and T. Hathaway & Co., of Wilmington, N. C. It is only a small portion which belongs to the Southern owners.


Clergyman enlisted.

Rev. Charles Cook, Baptist clergyman at West Gardiner, Me., has enlisted as a private in the 11th Maine regiment. He is a native of Baltimore, Md., where his friends now reside.


Fatal affray among Yankee soldiers.

Patrick Roony, a private in the N. Y. 34th regiment, stationed at Rockville, Md., was killed on Saturday night last in an affray with a fellow private, named Hiram Burke.


Released from Fort Lafayette.

Robert Muir, the Englishman who was arrested about two months ago on board a Cunard steamer, on a charge of being a messenger from the Confederates, was released on Thursday from Fort Lafayette. He is not to leave the State of New York.

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