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Latest from the North.

destruction of an Infirmary--Gen. McClellan's order on assuming command — Mozart Hall Ratification meeting — from Missouri, &c., &c.

We furnish our readers this morning a full report of the latest news of interest transpiring at the North:

Dispatches from Washington.

Below will be found the latest account of army affairs, &c., in and about Washington, received through the medium of telegraphic dispatches and other sources.

Destruction of an Infirmary.

We learn from the Norfolk Day Book that information reached Norfolk Tuesday, from a reliable source, that the Infirmary for sick soldiers, near the City Hall, in Washington, was consumed by fire on Saturday night last. One life was lost — that of one of the nurses. The soldiers in the building at the time were all saved, but there was no other place provided for them, and what will result from their exposure does not as yet appear. They are to be sent to Georgetown.

The building is supposed to have been fired by parties in Washington opposed to the present war.

General M'Clellan's order on assuming command.

Washington Nov. 1
--Major. Gen.. McClellan to-night issued the following order:

Headquarter of The Army,

Washington, Nov. 1, 1861.

General Order No. 19.

In accordance with general order No. 49, from the War Department, I hereby assume command of the armies of the United States. In the midst of the difficulties which encompass and divide the nation, hesitation and self-distrust may well accompany the assumption of so vast a responsibility; but, confiding, as I do, in the loyalty, discipline, and courage of our troops, and believing, as I do, that Providence will favor ours as the just cause, I cannot doubt that success will crown our efforts and sacrifices.

The army will unite with me in the feeling of regret that the weight of many years and the effects of increasing infirmities, contracted and intensified in his country's services, should just now remove from our head the great soldier of our nation. the head, who in his youth, raised high the reputation of his country in the fields of Canada, which he sanctified with his blood; who, in more mature years, proved to the world that American skill and valor could repeat, if not eclipse, the exploits of Cortez in the land of the Montezumas; whose whole life has been devoted to the service of his country; whose efforts have been directed to uphold our honor at the smallest sacrifice of life; a warrior who scorned the selfish glories of the battle-field when his great qualities as a statesman could be employed more profitably for his country, a citizen whom his declining years has given to the world the most shining instances of loyalty in disregarding all ties of birth and clinging still to the cause of truth and honor. Such has been the character of Winfield Scott, whom it has long been the delight of his nation to honor, both as a man and a soldier. Where we regret his loss, there is one thing we cannot regret — he bright example he has left for our emulation. Let us all hope and pray that his declining years may be passed in peace and happiness, and that they may be cheered by the success of the country, and the cause he has fought for and loved so well. Beyond all that, let us do nothing that can cause him to blush for us; Lenno defeat of the army he has so long commanded embitter his last years, but let our victories Illuminate the close of life so grand.

(Signed) Geo. B. McClellan,

Maj. Gen. Commanding U. S. A.

The Washington correspondent of the New York Times, writing under date of the 1st inst., communicates the following interesting intelligence:

The advance of Heintzelman's pickets.

Gen. Heintzelman's pickets continue to advance down the Virginia shore, having crossed the Occoquan. The pickets are very strong, one company of each regiment being constantly on that duty. No trace of the rebels, in any force, has been seen in this direction, for ten weeks. Occasionally a stray rebel is seen, but they all maintain a respectful distance.

Passes to go South.

The number of persons applying to go South has so increased of late as to give rise to inquiry as to the cause. It seems that there are Secession emissaries and lawyers in many of the Northern cities, who are advising their clients to comply with the call of Jeff. Davis, requiring all Southern property-holders to come South under penalty of Sequestration if they refuse.

It is well known that all who go South in accordance with this advice are compelled to swear allegiance to the Confederate States, and to contribute a part of their property for the support of the rebellion, thus rendering the whole of it liable to confiscation by the United States Government. As to the threat of Sequestration by the insurrectionists, it is hardly necessary to say that all property so taken will be restored to its owners by the United States Government on the re-establishment of its authority. Those who are thus playing upon the fears of the weak and timid for proud, or for a criminal purpose, will not escape the attention of the Government.

More Seizures in Alexandria.

Provost Judge Freeze, of Alexandria, Va., to-day ordered the seizure of the goods of Washington & Co, of Alexandria, to insure the payment of claims made by loyal citizens. One of the members of the firm, a degenerate namesake of George Washington, is in the rebel army. Judge Freeze also appointed Mr. Wright, who lives in the vicinity of Mount Vernon, the agent of the Government, to take charge of the property of the late John A. Washington.

Provost Marshal L. A. Griffith and Messrs. Berkeley and Stoutenberg, of Alexandria, have been appointed a commission to assess the property left by Whitmer & Co., with a view to the satisfaction of all their creditors as far as possible. Unless the Government interferes by positive action, the property will be turned over to the Northern creditors. It is stated to-day that the Cabinet will not hesitate to take the responsibility of making a precedent and give our Northern merchants redress in equity, when the law fails to secure their rights.

A resident of Vienna arrested.

A man named Dr. Lloyd, a resident of Vienna, was arrested yesterday afternoon by a squad of men attached to Gen. Hancock's command, on suspicion, of furnishing aid and comfort to the enemy. Lloyd has been allowed to pass through our lines with impunity for some time past, but certain circumstances have lately transpired which warranted his arrest on the above named charge. He was sent to Washington.

A Contraband from Bull Run.

A negro who escaped from Bull Run the day previous, came within our lines at Vienna yesterday. The fellow ran away from his master, an officer in a South Carolina Regiment, to avoid a flogging. He states that there are 50,000 soldiers within ten miles of Fairfax Court House, and that there are as many more behind them. The advance force out year Fairfax Court-House is commanded by Bonham, of South Carolina. The negro also says that the cars are running on the railroad from Fairfax station to Manassas Junction, and that the rails have not been torn up as reported.

Movements of the rebels.

The outer pickets of Gen. McCall's division were driven in last night, indicating an advance of the rebel army. A large party was sent out to meet them, when they retreated. Their object evidently was to capture the men on the outposts.

Signal lights were plainly visible last night in the direction of Leesburg, and also towards Centreville.

News of the day.

An important proclamation, relating to the coming election in Maryland, has been issued by Gen. Dix. It having been understood that persons formerly residing in the State, but who have recently been bearing arms against the United States Government, have returned with the purpose of taking part in the election, with the intention of carrying out treasonable designs, General Dix orders the United States Marshal of Maryland, and the Provost Marshal of Baltimore, to arrest all such persons; and he further directs the election judges throughout the State to detain all such persons who may present themselves at the polls until they can be taken in custody by the proper authorities.

Late intelligence from the upper Potomac renders it provable that the main body of the rebel in that vicinity has evacuated Lees burg, and now occupies a position on the lower side of Goose Creek, about seven miles south. This movement, it was believed, was made on the day succeeding the battle of Ball's Bluff, when the National forces under General Banks, crossed at Edwards's Ferry. A small rebel force is still retained at Leesburg, however, the pickets of which now occupy Harrison's Island.

The rebels still continue the erection of batteries on the lower Potomac, in anticipation of an attack from the National forces in that direction. A new one has recently been discovered ney Evansport about a mile and a half below any which have before been used, in which three rifled guns have been mounted. Meantime the work on our batteries on the opposite shore is progressing satisfactorily-- a number of guns and mortars having already been mounted. The rebel steamer Page is still in Quantico Creek.

A Naval Court of Inquiry.

A Naval Court of Inquiry, to consist of

Comme's Shubrick, Stribling, and Land, has been ordered to convenes in this city, (Washington,) on Monday, the 4th inst., to inquire into the cause to oheythe orders given him July 19, by the Secretary of the Navy, to proceed to sea, for the purpose of pursuing the Sumter, until some definite information should be obtained; and if such information could not be obtained, to proceed to Jamaica to coal; thence to St. Thomas, and return to Havana and Key West, there to report to the Gulf squadron.

The weather and the expedition.

The state of the weather has been such that we may reasonably expect the naval expedition to have made its attack somewhere.--This expedition may be followed by others, rapidly harassing the Southern coast. It would, perhaps, astonish John Bull if we should open a couple of cotton ports for him and ourselves in a few weeks.

Experimental mortar firing.

Experimental firing, with a 10-inch mortar, was made at the navy-yard this morning, with a charge of three pounds of powder, and an elevation of 45 degrees, a shell not charged, weighing 102 pounds, was projected to a distance of 2,400 yards, the time of flight being about 17 seconds. The firing demonstrated that considerable accuracy may be attained with the old-fashioned mortar, and that at distances of from 1,000 to 2,500 yards they are very effective weapons.

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