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interesting from Key West--Heroic Conduct of Confederate seamen — interesting intelligence from North Carolina--facts and Incidents, &c.



We present to our readers this morning a succinct summary of the latest Southern intelligence taken from the columns of exchanges from all portions of the Confederacy:


Interesting from Key West.

The Charleston (S. C.) Courier, of Tuesday last, has the following interesting particulars in regard to affairs at Key West, Fla., which it obtained from two gentlemen reported in Tampa (Fla.) Peninsula as having lately escaped from the former place:

They estimate the forces at Key West and Fort Jefferson at about 1,000 men. There are about 250 regulars, two companies of artillery, and one company of Billy Wilson's Zouaves. The workmen, about one hundred and fifty in number, had also formed themselves into a company of Home Guards. There is a citizen patrol corps composed of Northern men, commanded by Capt. Daniel Davis, a Connecticut Yankee, a low and vulgar fellow, despised by all the better portion of the community.

Our informants state that they were compelled to leave in such haste to avoid taking the oath of allegiance; that they left in a small boat, the wind blowing a gale at the time, having with them only ten pounds of hard bread and three gallons of water for their whole company of six men. The bread was soon spoiled from salt water, and in this condition, after being out four days and nights, they were picked up by the sloop Kate Dale, and taken into Tampa.

They state that a large number of persons at Key West were compelled to take the oath or leave their families to the mercy of the enemy.

Among those who were under this necessity was Mr. F. J. Morena, brother-in-law of Secretary Mallory. Many of those persons went up to take the oath with tears in their eyes. No one was allowed to leave Key West without taking the oath, neither for Europe or for an American port. One gentleman wanted to accompany this party and take his wife with him. Both slaves and free negroes are obliged to take the oath.

One free negro, named Pablo Rogers, obstinately refused, said he was a Southern man and belonged to St. Augustine. They discharged him from his employment on Fort Jefferson, and sent him adrift.

There were two English frigates and one French frigate at Key West, three guard boats, a number of captures, &c. The Commander of the English frigate Challenger asked permission of Major French, Commandant of the Fort, to be allowed to exercise his men at a target. Major French refused, whereupon the French Commander went on; set up a target, and practiced at it, almost immediately under the guns of the Fort.

Major French did not interfere, but afterwards paid the frigate a visit, when they covered their Armstrong guns, so as to shield them from observation.

The famous schooner Wanderer, which is one of the prizes in port, is now used as a patrol and guard boat.

Our informants left three behind who had not taken the oath, and were determined to refuse it.

These were Wm. Randolph, formerly of the United States Revenue service, William H. Shaw, and Mr. Duberge.

Our informants state that the most lying and exaggerated reports of Northern victories reach Key West regularly through Northern channels of communication.

When the party left Key West it was reported that the officers of the English and French man- of-war vessels were to have a meeting to draw up a report to their Governments, setting forth the total inefficiency of the blockade.

Messrs. Stran and Ford report that the Florida coast, between Tampa and Key West, is entirely clear of the blockaders.


Heroic Conduct of Confederate seamen.

The New Orleans True Delta, in its graphic account of the splendid exploit of the Manassas, relates an act of chivalrous courage performed by two seamen while shot and shell were falling thickly upon the ram, which deserves to be held in everlasting remembrance.

The Richmond now took the Vincennes in tow, and the Water Witch grappled the Preble, all the time keeping up a heavy fire on the ram, but without striking her except once, and then knocking down the remaining chimney over the vent of the other one. This choked up the outlet for the smoke, and as they were yet burning the far, sulphur and tallow, the asphyxiating gas that arose from it rushed down and spread throughout the boat, threatening to suffocate every one in a few minutes. Nothing was to be done except for some one to go on deck and cut away the wreck, while the ships, less than a quarter of a mile distant, were raining their balls all around them.

Seizing an axe, Mr. Hardy rushed up the companion way, nor could Lieut. Warley, who had not discovered the accident, hold him back. Austin saw him go up, and knowing that he could not stand alone on the arched roof, followed him up. There, on the unguarded top, Hardy cut away the fallen chimney and its guys with the axe, while Austin, bracing his feet firmly apart, held him steady. All the while the balls and shells were whistling past and around them. The vent was opened and the sulphurous smoke rushed out, just as those below were getting suffocated.


Exciting intelligence.

The Newbern (N. C.) Progress, of the 23d, contains the following:

‘ An extra train arrived here yesterday morning from Goldsboro', bearing a dispatch from Gen. Gatlin to Gen. Hill, Col. Singletary, and other officers in command in this section, which he had received from Gen. Huger, of Norfolk, to the effect that a large Federal fleet has left New York for an attack on this place and Fort Macon. The information seems to have reached General Huger through a channel not altogether reliable, but supported by circumstances which did not justify inattention to it, hence he communicated the information to Gen. Gatlin, and he urges upon the officers in command here to push forward the works with all possible speed. We think this is right, but at the same time would as soon think the attack would fall about Norfolk or somewhere on the Potomac. It may be a feint.


Sugar — better times coming.

The Atlanta Intelligencer has the following in regard to the probabilities of a reduction in the price of this very desirable article of home consumption. The concluding sentences we cordially recommend for the adoption of our readers:

‘ There is every indication that the price of sugar must soon come down to a living rate. The large sale of this article which takes place in Charleston on the 31st instant, will help to reduce its value, while the certainty that an abundant supply will come from Louisiana are long, will also influence the market. We see it stated in the Franklin (La.) Banner, that active measures are now being adopted for sugar making. About the last of the month, that paper states, nearly all of the furnaces will be in full blast. The late cool nights and fine days have had a fine effect upon the cane, and the sugar crop of that parish alone will be quite heavy, probably forty thousand hogsheads. Consumers in Georgia ought to purchase lightly till better times come. The speculators in this article of prime necessity will yet be caught.


Gen. B. Kirby Smith.

The St. Augustine (Fla.) Banner, of the 5th, has the following paragraph in relation to the arrival of Gen. E. Kirby Smith, at the place, who goes there to take command of the Florida forces:

‘ "We are gratified to announce that Gen. E. Kirby Smith and lady arrived in this city — the General's home, on Thursday evening.--The General and his lady were immediately waited upon, at the residence of Hon. B. A. Putnam, by a large number of citizens, friends, and admirers of the General, who were happy to greet him on his return to his native city.

"The reception was most cordial and enthusiastic; his old neighbors are justly proud of their distinguished townsman. A patriotic salute was promptly fired by our citizen soldiers, who turned out in force on the occasion. The cheers of the ladies, who had assembled in crowds, were an interesting and stirring part of the proceedings, and the response of the General to their salutations, as well as his replies to his military friends and admirers, were very happy and were exceedingly well received."


Electoral Ticket for North Carolina.

The following gentlemen have been selected as Presidential electors for the State of North Carolina:

State at Large.--Wm. B. Rodman, of Beaufort; Haywood W. Guion, of Lincoln.

Districts.--1st, John Pool, of Pasquotank; 2d, H. F. Bond, of Lenoir; 3d, L. W. Humphrey, of Onslow; 4th Jesse G. Shepherd, of Cumberland; 5th, Weldon N. Edwards, of Warren; 6th, Hon. D. S. Reid, of Rockingham; 7th, A. G. Foster, of Randolph; 8th, J. M. Long, of Cabarrus; 9th, Anderson Mitchell, of Iredell; 10th, A. W. Woodfin, of Buncombe.


Our Generals.

The South Carolinian publishes the following extract from a letter from a staff officer of the Army of the Potomac:

‘ My note has been detained, and in the meantime I have seen as article in the Mercury of the 24th of September, named, "Justice to our Generals on the Potomac." Gen. Beauregard called my attention to it, and authorized me to deny unequivocally the assertion that "he had applied to President Davis for leave to advance on the enemy and that it had been refused." I have the means of knowing, and have good reason to believe that Gens. Johnston, Beauregard, and Smith, are in full accord with the President (who is now here,) as to the policy of the existing operations of the army.


A patriotic man

The Macon Telegraph, of Monday last, says:

‘ We were introduced yesterday to Col. John Smith, of Wilkinson, who offers, in his own example, a bright illustration of patriotic devotion to the country. He is a planter of considerable wealth--sixty years of age.--stalwart in frame, and with a body still sound and vigorous. His only son is a private in the ranks of the Confederate army: and he himself has uniformed and fitted out, at his own expense, a company — the Smith Guards, 2d Georgia regiment--in which he carries a musket as a private, refusing to accept any other position in the service. His regiment is now on coast duty, and he had in his pocket leave of absence for five days.--When the Hessians can show examples of patriotism like this, they may talk about whipping us, but not before.


Receipts of rice in Charleston.

The Charleston Courier, of the 22d, announces eight arrivals of vessels in one day at that place loaded with rice. The receipts sum up as follows:

Rough rice.

Bushels.
Schooner Theo. Stoney3,000
Schooner Experiment3,000
Schooner Guide2,500
Sloop Edisto1,700
Sloop Rising Sun2,000
Total bushels12,200

Clean rice.

Barrels.
Schooner Rutherfoord125
Schooner Geo. Chisholm.180
Schooner Eliza95
Total barrels400


Committee of Safety at Pensacola.

At a meeting of the Committee of Safety of Pensacola, on the 11th, the following resolutions were adopted:

Resolved, That every person claiming to be a citizen of Pensacola, and not exempt from military duty, who shall not before 6 o'clock P. M., of the 15th inst., attach himself to some organized military company, or to some company being organized, and drilling six times a week, shall be ordered to leave the county of Escambia within twenty-four hours thereafter.

Resolved, That the Mayor request all merchants doing business in this city to close their stores at 3 o'clock P. M., on each and every day upon which the drilling of the military companies may be ordered.

Resolved, That the Mayor be requested to give public notice of the foregoing resolutions to all persons interested therein immediately.

Resolved, That each and every citizen of the city, not exempted from military duty, be required to register his name at the Mayor's office by 12 o'clock M., on the 12th inst., and that the Mayor be requested to give immediate notice of the same.


A good story.

A gentleman who was in Augusta when the Yankee prisoners passed through there on their way to New Orleans, relates the following conversation between one of the prisoners and a "cullud gemman:"

‘ Yankee, from car window, to darkie on platform--"Are you a slave or a free man? "

Darkie--"Well, I ain't what you might call a free nigger, but I's right smart freer dan you is "bout dis time."


The speculating Traitors.

We copy the following sensible remarks from the columns of the Columbia (Tenn.) Herald, of the 19th:

‘ In his late Message, Gov. Harris calls the attention of the Legislature to "the tendency to monopoly and extortion, which exists to an injurious extent with a class of citizens, who, intent upon the sordid purposes of gain, are taking advantage of the peculiar circumstances of the times, to reape exorbitant profits from the necessities of the Government and the wants of the people." The Governor of North Carolina has prohibited citizens from selling articles of prime necessity to speculators, to be carried out of the State, and the Governor of Louisiana has recommended a similar policy. The North Alabamian recommends that until the Legislature of Alabama meets, let public opinion do its utmost to discountenance these Shylock operations, and to put down the financial and mercantile conspirators who are with us, and may justly be classed with political tories.

’ If there is a year's supply on hand, raising the price will not lengthen or shorten the supply, and if one man has all, and the rest have none, the public or the Government will seize and divide it, so there is no use in speculating and hording. There is more than a year's supply on hand and this will afford ample time to produce more. Let capitalists instead of investing their money in monopolies to extort, put their money into producing and manufacturing, so as to supply deficiencies before the present stock is consumed, and the South will become a rich and thriving people. Some legitimate regulation should be made to estop speculators in their damning career, and to put capital into manufacturing such supplies as the times demand, or into the support of the Government, for it is the first duty of every one to make everything bend to the establishment of our national prosperity.


Roanoke 18land.

The following paragraph is taken from the Raleigh (N. C.) Standard, of the 23d:

‘ This is an important strategic point for the protection of the region bordering upon Albemarle Sound, and to check any rear movement of the enemy against Norfolk. It is therefore of great importance that the eyes of President Davis and Gov. Clark should be directed to that point. The intimations from the North are strong that the enemy will soon attempt to assail Roanoke Island with a strong force from Hatteras, under Gen. Mansileid, an experienced officer. Have we an experienced officer in command at that point? Have we a sufficient army and naval force there to resist the invader successfully? There is perhaps, greater danger at that point than at any other, if Hatteras is to be made the base of operations by the enemy. We beg the earliest attention of the Government to this matter.


Worthy of notice.

The Augusta (Ga.) Constitutionalist has the following:

‘ We observed among the numerous contributions to the Georgia Relief and Hospital Association received here, a box containing Guava Jelly and various kinds of preserved fruit — a present from the ladies of Havana, in "the Ever Faithful Island of Cuba!" --How the box ran the blockade, we are not prepared to say; but it will, no doubt, be gratifying to our wounded soldiers to know that they have the sympathies of the dark-eyed Senoritas of Cuba; and we may will infer that, since we have the encouragement of the ladies there, we must also have the good wishes of the men. With these, it may not be long ere Spain will take the initiative in recognizing our young Confederacy.


A patriotic old lady.

Mrs. Parmelia Velvin, of Surry county, has made four pairs of socks for the soldiers, and is still engaged in knitting them. She is 78 years of age, but seems to be inspired by the fire of patriotism, that makes her almost oblivious of her age and condition. Her father served in the Revolutionary war, and her husband commanded a company in the war of 1812. She has now three grandsons in the service of the Confederate States.


Unjustifiable extortion.

The following is from the Petersburg Express, of Friday:

‘ After falling as low as 23 cents per pound for hams, and in proportion for the balance of the hog, bacon has, within the last two or three days, risen some two or three cents.--The cause is very apparent, as we understand large quantities are being held by certain parties for still higher prices. It may be all right, but we cannot bring ourselves to believe that it is.


A terrible Lincoln Projectile.

The Petersburg Express, of yesterday, has the following description of a shell which was fired at Commodore Lynch's fleet in Pamilco Sound, N. C., by one of Lincoln's fleet:

‘ We have been shown a large, conical shell, 8 inches in diameter, and 15 inches in length, thrown by one of the Federal steamers, at Commodore Lynch's fleet in Pamlico Sound, on the 5th of October. The sand bars dividing the Atlantic from the Sound were of course between the vessels, and we suppose the shell must have fallen upon one of these bars. Its weight is fully 100 pounds, and it was fired from a rifled cannon. Its cone is capped with a large percussion copper cap, which, should the shell strike anything solid, would cause a terrific explosion. One of these shells striking and bursting in a vessel, would be sufficient to destroy or sink her, and carry death to all on board. The base of the shell is hollow, with open spaces all around.

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