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General news items.

We present below a brief summary of news from various quarters of Lincolndom:

Military and Naval intelligence.

The New York Times, of the 2d, says:

‘ A Sergeant's guard of marines left the Brooklyn Marine Barracks yesterday, for the United States steamer Mohawk on blockading duty at Key West. The guards of the Wyandotte, Crusader, and Sumter, who have recently returned from a two years cruise on the coast of Cuba, have not been grated the usual furlough, and in consequence ten of them — or about one-third of the whole number — have deserted.

The steamer Connecticut, which was sent after the rebel steamer Nashville at a few hours' notice, and before she was quite ready for sea, is undergoing a thorough overhauling. In addition to new port-holes, which are being made, other alterations are in progress. Her deck house, &c., will be removed, and accommodations for a larger crew are being fitted Cup.

The purchased ferry boat John P. Jackson has not arrived at the Navy-Yard, but will probably be altered at a private ship yard, and afterwards sent to the Navy-Yard to receive her armament and be put into commission. Nearly all the purchased vessels have been altered at private yards.

Eighteen or twenty of the Cape Hatteras prisoners, who were too sick to be removed, still remain in hospital on Governor's Island. The quarters occupied by the pinschers are being whitewashed and cleaned out — not before this cleaning process was imperatively necessary.

The destination of the Tankers fleet a Secret to every Body

One of the Federal newspaper correspon

dents telegraphed to Washington to know if he was allowed to publish the destination of the great naval expedition, stating that he was in possession of the information. The reply was that no one on earth was in possession of that information, not even the President himself, it not being determined to attack any particular point but to watch along on the Southern coast and strike wherever an opening presented itself. They were filled with apprehensions as to the fate of the expedition since the gale, and old Bennett is getting very sore on the subject, as the expedition was his darling project.

The New York Times,

Capture of a Confederate Schooner fitting out as Privateer.

A correspondent, writing from on board the U. S. steamer Louisiana, Fortress Monroe Oct. 24, says:

‘ Our steamer has been here three weeks, during which time we had quite a brush with the rebels, the upshot being the burning of a schooner they were fitting out for a privateer. The loss on their side, from their own acknowledgement, was eight killed and wounded. Our only mishap was the severe wounding of Acting Master Edward Hooker by a rifle bullet passing through the shoulder blade. He is doing well, and expects to be quite recovered in a month from this.

A Suspicious South Carolina lady.

The South Carolina lady who has been in Washington several weeks, endeavoring to sell the Government the code of signals adopted by the rebels, has not succeeded.--The Government does not seem disposed to invest $100,000 for the aforesaid signals, nor does the lady find ready access to our camps Uncharitable suspicions are afloat that the lady has not entirely lost all sympathy with the political fortunes of her native State.

No Larges regiments of volunteers.

Applications have been made by the colonels of some of the volunteer regiments for permission to recruit their regiments up to the standard of the new regiments of regulars, authorized by the recent act of Congress, namely, 25,000 men. The applications have been refused.


The carelessness of some of our volunteers was illustrated recently by three scouts of the 5th Michigan, walking into one of the New Jersey camps at night and getting within arm's length of the guard, before they were challenged.

Prince Napoleon returns to France and Intercedes for the Southern Confederacy.

Prince Napoleon has returned to Paris, and has interceded with the Emperor to acknowledge the independence of the Southern Confederacy, assuring him that such a thing as re-organization was utterly impossible.

U. S.

The Project of Calling out the whole fighting population of the North.

A dispatch from Baltimore, dated November 1st, says:

‘ The arguments of the editorial article in the Herald, of October 30, in favor of calling on the whole fighting population of the North to put down the rebellion, will acquire new force from a view of the number of Confederate troops now in the field; and with this view the following statement is presented.--It has been prepared with great care, from the most authentic sources, and may be relied on as correct in every particular.

In the enumeration of troops no account is taken of those that were stationed at Lynchburg, Gordonsville, Charlottesville, Petersburg, Culpeper, Burkesville, and several other places in Virginia as late as September 20, and which then amounted to 30,000. If they are still there, they swell the aggregate by so much. In regard to the troops at Columbus and Hickman, under Gen. Polk and Gen. Pillow, although they are stated below at 15,000, yet it is believed that they really amount to 20,000. The whole number of troops in Kentucky is stated in this enumeration at only 88,000. But it has been for some weeks past the evident determination of the Confederate Government to wrest Kentucky from the Union by force; they have probably thrown into that State 25,000 more troops than I have any account of, swelling the number there to probably 95,000. It is certain that with less than 100,000 their designs on Kentucky will fail.

Kanawha Valley.
[from the Cincinnati Gazette,] Oct. 30th

The steamer Dunlelty arrived from Camp Enyart last evening, and brings the intelligence that on Friday last our pickets were fired upon on the Fayetteville road, South of Gauley Bridge, killing two members of the First Kentucky Regiment, but their names had not been ascertained when the boat left. Heavy cannonading was heard at Camp Enyart. on Sunday night, in the direction of Gauley Bridge, and it is supposed that an engagement was going on. The Victor No. 2 was fired into, but without any effect to those aboard.

Since writing the above the Allen Collier arrived at our wharf, with Col. Guthrie, of the First Kentucky regiment, on leave of absence. From him we learn that the firing on pickets at Fayetteville was done on Thursday, and that seven rebels were killed in return, and the bodies of our two men were recovered under a flag of truce.

The firing into the Victor No. 2 was done on Saturday last, and immediately after Colonel Guthrie came down from Gauley with three companies of infantry and three pieces of artillery, and on Sunday shelled the hills whence the firing came, from the opposite side of the river, dispersing the rebels. It is understood that a rebel camp of about eight hundred cavalry is situated about nine miles up Paint and Cabin creeks; and it is from that place that the rebels came who have been firing upon the steamers.

Captain Simmons afterwards shelled a house on the south side of the Kanawha river, whence shots were fired, destroying it completely; but whether it contained any inmates was not ascertained.

Important from Missouri--news from General Price's rebel Camp — the programme of his campaign.

The following is from the correspondence of the St. Louis Democrat:

Charleston County, Mo., Oct. 30, 1861.--Judge McNeunt, a prominent citizen of this county, reached home yesterday from the headquarters of General Price. He left the rebel camp at Neosho, Newton county, on Wednesday, the 22d, where General Price and Ben. McCulloch had united their forces, making an army of about thirty thousand men.

Gen. Price had received a large supply of clothing, medicine, &c., and some arms. His rifled cannon had not reached him, but were expected to do so on Sunday night, under the charge of General George B. Clark, who had sent messengers forward to indicate his approach.

The Legislature was in session at Neosho, but lacked four of a quorum. This deficiency was expected soon to be made up by the arrival of several of the members, when it was believed they would confirm Claib. Jackson's declaration of independence.

Gen. Price gives out that he will stand at Neosho and give Gen. Fremont battle, whom he expects easily to defeat, and then march on St. Louis, and make his winter quarters in central Missouri.

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