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Southern news.

Our summary of news from the South is necessarily short this morning. We give below what could be gathered of special interest:


Pleasant Tidings from the coast.

The Charleston Mercury, of the 21st inst., has the following editorial:

‘ Though the usual Sunday morning dispatches were lacking yesterday, the through around the Mercury office found abundant matter for talk and congratulation. To all the topics of rumor and remark we may not now allude; it will be enough to mention that a great many things, little dreamed of in Yankee philosophy, are daily being accomplished by the individual enterprise and daring of Southerners. Our privateers are far from idle, although we hear less than formerly of their doings in the New York papers. Among their latest exploits is the capture of the brig Grenada, of Portland, Maine, (Pettengill master,) from Nuevitas, Cuba, for New York, with a cargo of sugars, molasses, mahogany, and honey. We also hear it whispered that there has been an important (and not involuntary) accession to our stock of sugar, molasses, coffee, etc.

’ There are other important matters that have transpired, to which we do not think proper, just yet, to allude otherwise than vaguely. There is good cause to believe that, in addition to the usual blockading squadron, a large steam transport, freighted with Yankee troops, is hovering along our coast, not very far from this harbor. Some people, who appear to know more than others, say that an attempt to effect a landing will very soon be made. Thanks to the energy of General Ripley, it is not likely that we shall have the mortification of chronicling any "Hatteras Affair" on the coast of this State.


A present to Gen. Beauregard.

"Personnel," the Charleston Courier's correspondent, writing from Fairfax Court-House, Va., on the 5th inst., says:

‘ I learn that Gen. Beauregard has lately received a present from a young lady in Alexandria--one of those quaint yet delicate tokens which could have been conceived no where but in a woman's brain. It was simply three elegant shirt studs, with the words, "Let — us — out" respectfully enameled on each. I have not heard that the gallant General yet wears the expressive appeal over his heart, but I think it is in his heart, nevertheless.


Gen. Bragg among the wounded soldiers.

The Observer has the following allusion to Gen. Bragg's visit to the Pensacola hospitals, on the 12th:

‘ This distinguished officer and high-toned gentleman was in our city yesterday on a visit to the wounded soldiers in our hospitals. His expressions of sorrow for their condition at this particular crisis, so eloquently bestowed, must have been consoling to them — emanating from such a high source. His sympathy for their bodily suffering was in keeping with his character for humane and tender feelings — his christianity and his nobleness of heart. How grand and sublime it is to see one of his station going to the couches of his wounded soldiers, giving to each and every one an encouraging word and an expression of sympathy. How we could see in his flashing eye the true christian feeling that pervaded his heart! To do Gen. Bragg justice we are unable; his eloquent eulogium upon the services of the ladies of the military hospital was truly great. His thanks (as expressed) could have come from none other than a grateful and appreciative heart. "None know him but to love him."


Alabamians Enlisting in Tennessee.

The last issue of the Huntsville Advocate says:

‘ Owing to the defective military arrangements of our State authorities, in not equipping volunteers, many companies from North Alabama have gone to Tennessee and entered into her service. Between two and three regiments from North Alabama are now in camps in Tennessee--thus losing their State identity, and go to swell the reputation of that State. Tennessee receives them for twelve months, when our State and Confederacy do not.


Death of Col. Anderson.

The following is taken from the Columbia (S. C.) Guardian, of the 21st:

‘ Our community was startled on yesterday morning by the intelligence of the death of Col. Anderson, at the camp at Lightwood Knot. He had been in the city the day previous, and returned to the camp on Friday afternoon. He was on dress parade that evening, and up to the time of his retirement for the night appeared to be in good health. His servant found him on the floor of his tent, insensible and unconscious, in which state he remained until he breathed his last, Col, Anderson had been many years engaged in mercantile business, and was highly esteemed by our whole community for his many excellent qualities. His loss will be severely felt by the officers and men of his regiment, (Col. DeSaussure's,) of which he was Lieutenant Colonel.


Patriotic Example to young men.

The following letter from a veteran over 70 years of age, addressed to Col. Allen, breathen a lofty spirit of chivalry and devotion to country rarely excelled:

Wolp River, Miss., Oct., 7, 1861.
Lieut. Col. H. W. Allen.--Sir:
I see in the Democrat your notice to the people of Harrison county, calling on us to be prepared in case of an invasion of our coast. Although I am now over seventy years old, I am and have been urging this course for the last month upon the citizens living in this neighborhood, and I think they are about to be stirred up. As to myself, I am ready at a moment's warning with my musket, ammunition and revolver. I lack a good butcher knife. Although old as I am, I think if the Lord should spare me I could do or be of some service in case of the enemy's making a landing on our coast. I will further say that in case the enemy does not land on the coast, and makes the attempt to take New Orleans, I will go if I can get there if I have to go by myself. I do think it high time for us to begin to look out and prepare for the coming conflict.

Respectfully yours, &c.,

John Huddleston.

Weather and river at little Rock.

The Little Rock (Ark.) State Gazette,of the 12th inst., says:

‘ The river is still falling slowly with twenty-two inches water below, and fourteen inches scant above. The Fort Smith papers of Friday and Saturday state that heavy rains had fallen there, and we may possibly have a rise in the river.

’ The weather is clear and cool, and a heavy frost having fallen yesterday morning, fires look cheerful, and woolen clothing is in demand.


Contributions to the armies of Gens. Hardee
and Thompson.

The Natchez Courier, of Saturday, says:

‘ We learn that the amount of goods which will be shipped from this place in charge of Mr. O. Kibble, for the forces under Jefferson Thompson and Hardee, will not fall far short of $4,000. Among the items we notice 2,700 pair of socks; 150 pair of fine blankets, worth on an average $7 per pair.

’ As an item for our good Abolition friends, in connection with these things, we will state that the old negro man "Jeff," who has been driving a dray in Natchez for many years, volunteered his services, and hauled the boxes containing these goods to the landing free of charge.


Death of Judge Dick.

The Raleigh (N. C.) Standard, of the 23d, contains the following announcement:

‘ We are pained to record the death of this excellent man, which took place on the 15th instant, in Gates county. He fell sick, we understand, at Edenton, whither he had gone to hold court, and was removed to a point some twelve miles from Blackwater depot, where he died.

Judge Dick was in the 73d year of his age. He had been on the Superior Court bench upwards of thirty years, having been elected, we believe, while a member of the Commons from Guilford county. He was a good man, and an honest, impartial, and upright judge.


Appointed.

Spier Whitaker, Esq., of Halifax, has been appointed Aid-de Camp to his Excellency Gov. Clark, with the rank of Lieut. Colonel, to take rank from the 16th of October, inst.--Col. W. was formerly Attorney General of the State, and ranks high as a gentleman, a jurist, and a patriot. His appointment will be hailed with general satisfaction. --Raleigh (N. C.) State Journal, 23d.


Accident.

A soldier attached to the regiment of Col., Dannovant, fell overboard from the steamer John A. Moore, says the Charleston (S. C.) Courier, while passing through Dawho river, some days ago, and was unfortunately drowned.


Protestant Episcopal Convention.

The name of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the South has been settled upon by the Convention now in session at Columbia, S. C. It is the "Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States." This was proposed by Bishop Elliott, of Georgia.

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