Our Northern summary.attempt of a Confederate Bearer of dispatches to escape from Fort Lafayette the funeral of Col. Baker--the Personnel of Norfolk editors as Described by an escaped Yankee, &c.
We continue this morning our summary of Northern intelligence obtained from late papers received at this office.
Unsuccessful attempt of a Confederate Prisoner to escape from Fort Lafayette.From the New York Times, of the 28th ult., we gather the following account of the attempt of a Southern gentleman to escape from the confines of Fort Lafayette. Although foiled in the attempt, it will be seen upon a perusal of the account that his failure in no ways dampened his ardor for the cause of the South. Our brave Southerners now under bondage in Lincolndom may rest assured of the deep sympathy of their brethren in this Confederacy, and be cheered with the consciousness that the day of retribution upon the fiends at the North, for the persecutions practiced by them during the unholy war now being waged against us, is near at hand. The Times says: ‘ Between 1 and 2 o'clock yesterday morning one of the sentinels on the dock surrounding Fort Lafayette had his attention attracted to one of the port holes in the Fort by an unusual noise. He at once regulated his movements with reference to that spot, when he soon discovered that one of the Secessionist prisoners was working to make his escape. Mr. Lawler was the adventurous individual — the gentleman who was arrested some weeks ago at Crestline, Ohio, bearing dispatches to the rebel Confederacy. This was the man who was found in the act of offering stealthy defiance to the walls of the Fort. Lawler appears to have procured a key which fitted the padlock which fastened the grating of the port hole, and with it had opened the grating. He had also been provided with a new washtub and a rope, and also a life- preserver. He had $47.50 in gold and his gold watch packed in a bladder, and fastened in one of his pockets. Having packed his valise, he placed it in the tub; he then fastened a rope to a tub, let the tub out of the port-hole, and after securing the rope, bid good-by to Fort Lafayette, and entered the tub himself. He then began sailing for the ground, all the while closely watched by the sentinel, who permitted the bold Lawler, his tub and cargo to land on the dock in safety. But no sooner had he landed than he was commanded to surrender or be shot. Mr. Lawler certainly did not fancy the shooting part, so he surrendered, and suggested to the sentinel that he take the bladder containing the gold watch and the $47.50 in money, and allow him to go back into the fort through the port-hole, and have nothing said about it. But the sentinel was not to be bribed by Mr. Lawler. He alarmed the garrison, and Lieut. Wood, the officer of the port, had the prisoners' roll called to see if all his prisoners were in the fort. He then had Lawler secured in double irons and placed in the guard-house. As the sentinel had had occasion to order off one of the three vessels which had been laying very close into the fort during the night, Lieut. Wood ordered a boat to be manned, and taking some soldiers with him, duly armed, he proceeded to the three vessels referred to and had them taken under the guns of the revenue-cutter Bibb. The sea was very rough at the time of the boarding. It seems that Lieut. Graham in command of the Bibb, received the order to hold the three vessels in rather a sour manner, and was a good deal unwilling to do anything in the matter. It is stated in the neighborhood of Fort Hamilton, that the Bibb has been somewhat neglectful of its prisoners for some time past. Yesterday Lawler said that he had not succeeded, but if he had, by that time (afternoon) he would have been in Dixie's Land. He told the officers in charge that they might search for a better Secessionist, but they would have to go further South than Fort Lafayette routine a truer one. It appears that Mr. Lawler has lately received some visits from ladies, with skirts of an extraordinary size. Hereafter, visitors will doubtless be subjected to close scrutiny, ’
The funeral of Col. Baker.The Washington correspondent of the New York Times has the following in relation to the funeral of Col. Baker. The base ingratitude which could dictate the indifference to his death which is manifested in the subjoined paragraph, is truly disgusting. In their efforts to screen their master from all censure whenever they meet with reverses, the Yankees even cease to speak well of the dead: ‘ To day has been the funeral of Col. Baker. The ceremonies were not very imposing. One hardly feels like criticising the conduct of one over whom the grave is closing. If his courage outran his prudence — if in the excitement and daring of the moment he disobeyed orders and hazarded an unequal engagement, most dearly has he paid for his fault. Let the brave sleep quietly. As I looked on his form, wrapped in the colors of his country, I could not but reflection the adventurous life he had led. To-day a poor boy sitting at the hand loom in Philadelphia — to-morrow trudging on foot over the West in search of a livelihood — and soon appearing on the arena battling his way to success with such men as Douglas and President Lincoln. Casting aside his hard-earned honors at the sound of the war trumpet, he is lost from sight only to reappear on the smoking heights of Cerro Gordo. With the return of peace winning all his honors back again, he is yet too restless, too intensely active to be content with the monotonous movements of organized settled society and goes to California. Still adventurous, he pushes on to Oregon, where his resolute will, energy, and ability make him so conspicuous that he is sent to the Senate. Upholding the Government by his eloquent tongue so soon as it was assailed by arms, he again drew his sword and fell, where everybody knew he would fall if slain at all in front of his regiment cheering on his men. To such a man a violent death in some form is almost inevitable. His uniform was exhibited, and showed what a target the enemy's sharpshooters had made of him. It was covered with blood and mud, and pierced with balls. One had gone through his hat into his head, another through his side, and another near his heart, and so on — each planted with a precision which showed that only one was needed to do the work. ’
Mr. Seward gives a Colored man a Certificate of Citizenship.Mr. Gerald Ralston, the noted colonizationist, writes to Lord Brougham a letter, in which he says: ‘I have great pleasure in informing your Lordship that the decision of the Dred Scott case is practically annulled by the present Government at Washington. I have before me the passport of Rev. Henry H. Garnet, a black man of note, and of great distinction among the negroes of New York, given by William H. Seward, the Secretary of State, dated Washington, August 26, 1861, in which the Secretary requests all whom it may concern to permit safely and freely to pass Henry H. Garnet, a citizen of the United States, and in case of need to give him all lawful aid and protection. This passport is impressed by the seal of the Department of State, and signed by the Secretary of State, in the eighty-second year of the independence of the United States.’
The Personnel of Norfolk editors.The Philadelphia Press, of the 20th ult., has quite a lengthy description of affairs in and around Norfolk, furnished by a Yankee who has been living in that city, but who very recently escaped to the Quaker City. The whole statement abounds in falsehood and vituperation, and none but an arrant fool could be at all inclined to give it credence.--The following paragraphs in relation to the editors of Norfolk, we extract from the article: ‘ The following is a brief sketch of the personnel of several of the most prominent editors of Norfolk. It may be worth recording, as an evidence of the utter insincerity of their devotion to their own bad cause. Ewing, the editor of the Examiner, had previously published a paper at Williamsburg, Va., but it had not met with any degree of success.--He is a native of Massachusetts, and his paper had been largely supported by the advertising of Northern merchants, who were made to believe that its circulation was something fabulous. Although one of the first to espouse the cause of treason, the people of Norfolk have no confidence in him whatever. The Southern confidence in the fealty of the editor of the Day Book, (John R. Hathaway,) has also been rather impaired of late. It is said that he has been bought over to an advocacy of the secession cause, at a less price then would be paid for an ordinary field hand in busy times, and by a Northern renegade named Harris, who made a large fortune from the Federal Government in the fulfillment of contracts. Harris owned property in New Jersey some months since, but we understand has had it conveyed to some relatives, who reside in that State. ’
Official report of the attack on the New Orleans Blockading fleet.