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General News items.

Below we give what could be gathered from the columns of our Northern flies:

Terrible storm on the North Carolina coast — soldiers' Clothing destroyed.

Fortress Monroe, Nov. 5.
--The steamer S. R. Spaulding has just returned from Hatteras Inlet, bringing Colonel Hawkins, who proceeds to Washington in a special boat upon business connected with his post.

The storm at Hatteras Inlet was very severe, and the recent high tides have completely overflown the space outside the fort; and, as a new channel is forming between the forts, and, as a new channel is forming between the forts, it is apprehended that they may become untenable.

About a quarter of the much needed clothing for the Twentieth Indiana Regiment had been landed from the S. R. Spaulding on Friday night, when the gale came on with tremendous severity, and it was washed away. Some other stores were also landed and lost.

Yesterday ten days rations for the post were safely landed, but the Spaulding brings back the greater part of the cargo.

Five rebel steamers came near the inlet yesterday, but retired after firing a couple of guns.

Lieutenant W. H. Dunlop, who returned from the fleet in the steamer Belvidere, also goes to Baltimore to look after the repairs to his vessel.

Two coal schooners, carrying fuel to the fleet, made Hatteras Inlet during the gale, and hoisted the signal of distress, but could not be reached by the vessels inside.

The Engagement between the rebel steamer Curlew and the Union batteries.

The report of Captain Hunter, of the rebel steamer Curlew, of the engagement between himself and the Union batteries at Hatteras, reminds us of the famous report of Captain Hollins, and is equally true. In it he states that "he sighted his rifled gun at the Harriet Lane. " The Harriet Lane is not anywhere near Hatteras, being at present flag-ship of the Potomac flotilla. Again, he says that he came within easy range. A person who was present at the time informs us that the Curlew did not venture within nearly four miles of the batteries, and that her shot fell short about one mile and a half. So much for the report of Captain Hunter.

News from Gen. Banks's army.

Darnestown, Nov. 4.
--Several bodies of the victims of Ball's Bluff floated down the Potomac yesterday and Saturday. Five of them beached on the Virginia shore, and the rebel pickets solicited the assistance of our pickets to cross the river and help bury them, which request, report says, was concurred in. The former, in conversation, said that if Gen. Stone's forces had pushed on to Leesburg on Tuesday succeeding the bloody Monday, the town would have fallen an easy prey, but had the attack been made twenty-four hours later we would have encountered forty thousand opponents.

The "white horseman" paid a visit to the picket stations opposite the Seneca yesterday. He was, as usual, elegantly mounted and equipped, and was followed by an escort of cavalry. Judging from observation and report, your correspondent believes him to be an engineer of rank in the rebel army.

The signal corps of this division is fast becoming an indispensable military auxiliary. Of its extent and usefulness it may perhaps be improper to speak fully at this time.

Yesterday signals were discerned and read at this station to a distance of forty miles in an air line, so pure was the atmospheric medium.

Lieutenant W. W. Rowley, of the Twenty-eighth New York Volunteers, has been appointed Assistant Superintendent, and Lieut. F. R. Shattuck, of the Massachusetts Twelfth, Quartermaster of this division. Arrangements are now being made to extend the communication to a much greater extent.

Prominent Unionists in this county have conveyed intelligence to the proper authorities that "peace" candidates or their friends have been promulgating the doctrine that if they are elected Maryland will escape the taxation and drafting of militia contingents upon a vigorous prosecution of the war against rebellion. The sum of this teaching can only be construed into a proposed or ultimate resistance to the enactments of Congress, and rebellion to the Federal authorities.

The muster rolls of this division having been completed and sent to Washington, officers and soldiers are anxiously awaiting the arrival of paymasters, with the reward of their labors and sufferings.

The State prisoners in Fort Warren--Release of Capt. Shields.

Boston, Nov. 6.
--Parker H. French has been sent to Fort Warren.

By orders from Washington the following political prisoners were discharged at Fort Warren this afternoon, after taking the oath of allegiance: Capt. H. L. Shields, formerly of the United States army, arrested October 25; William Gilchrist, arrested in Philadelphia October 25; William Eakins, of Richmond, Va., arrested at Philadelphia August 26; Peter Riley, of Charleston, S. C., arrested September 23.

Arrival of Lieut. Kurtz in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia, Nov. 6.
--Lieut. Kurtz. of the United States navy, whose arrival at Washington from Richmond, on his parole of honor, has been previously noticed, is now stopping in this city. His parole, which is for fifty days, was obtained chiefly through the intercession of ex-Senator Mallory, after enduring for several weeks, in company with a fellow prisoner, Lieut. Selden, also of the navy, the horrors of a Richmond cell.

The chief object of the rebel authorities for granting his parole was to obtain Lieutenant Kurtz's influence with the Washington Cabinet to arrange for an exchange of prisoners, including himself; and it is understood that he has so far enlisted the sympathies of the Government by his description of the ill treatment of the Union prisoners, as to have received from Secretary Seward and Secretary Welles, as well as the President, the assurance that the Cabinet would give the matter the deepest consideration without delay, with the prospect of succeeding in effecting some amicable arrangement which will meet the views of the rebels, and at the same time preserve the dignity of the Government.

Lieut. Kurtz will probably be exchanged with a Dr. Sharp, now prisoner at Fort McHenry.

Effect of the recent storm on the Lakes.

Buffalo, Nov. 4, 1861.
--During the heavy northeast gale of Friday the following vessels are reported ashore up to four o'clock P. M. this day:--Schooners Mail, ashore at Hamilton, Lake Ontaria; R. Campbell, ashore at Hamilton, Lake Ontario; Lively, Fontetspe, reported sunk; J. W. Sargent, on Cleveland pier, loaded with coal and full of water; Oriole, ashore near Point au Pelle, Lake Erie; North Star, ashore near Point au Pelle; White Squall, of Detroit, ashore on Point Pelle Shoal.

Fatal accident in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia, Nov. 6, 1861.
--Yesterday afternoon two workmen were killed and one severely injured by the blowing up of a building at the Bridesburg Arsenal containing fulminating powder. The walls adjoining the magazine were damaged, but there was no further explosion. About twenty workmen, who were filling primers in another building, received slight injuries from flying bricks, glass, &c.

The affray at Halifax on board the Shooting Star.

Halifax, N. S., Nov. 6, 1861.
--The particulars of the recent affray on board the Shooting Star are as follows: Two policemen went aboard to serve a writ for a small amount, when they were attacked by the crew. One of the policemen was killed and the other wounded. The crew afterward cut the cable and made sail, but being pursued by a steamer ran her aground. All hands and two women were captured on board of a schooner bound to Gloucester. An inquest will be held on the body of the policemen. The Captain's name is Lane, and is of Gloucester; that of the murderer is Burdell, of New York.

Movements of Secretary Cameron.

Albany, Nov. 6.
--Rev. Father Moore, pastor of St. Mary's Church, Winchester, has been authorized by Gov. Morgan to raise an Irish brigade in Western New York, to which he will be assigned as Chaplain. Father Moore is well known in Western New York, and has already the promise of a large number of men.

Secretary Cameron and Governor Morgan visited Waterville Arsenal to-day. They arrived shortly after the accident, of which they were previously unaware, and exhibited much sympathy towards the sufferers.

New York Elections.

The New York Herald, of the 7th, contains the following in regard to the elections in that State, which came off on the 6th:

‘ We are yet unable to give the entire vote of the State on the different candidates, or the exact majority that the Union State ticket has received. The vote throughout the State has been very light, and we predict will be found to be less than two-thirds of the vote polled one year ago. The indications are that William W. Wright, the Democratic candidate for Canal Commissioner, has slipped in between Talmadge and Bruce, although the friends of the latter still claim his election.

’ In this city the returns exhibit a mixed and jumbled up mess, and that but little attention has been paid by the voters to the regularity of the nominations. Contrary to general expectation, Woodruff and Hoffman, of the Superior Court, have been defeated, and C. L. Monell and J. M. Barbour elected in their place. This shows very plainly that it takes something besides a nomination to elect candidates in New York. Hoffman and Woodruff received nearly all the nominations, but Monell and Barbour appear to have received the votes.

The Republicans have secured four of the seventeen Assemblymen from this city; of the other thirteen, two or three were run on the Republican ticket, but are Democrats.

The four Senators from the city are Democrats, but are on the war platform.

The election in Maryland.

Baltimore, Nov. 6, 1861.
--General Dix this morning issued an instruction to the judges to allow no man to vote who took part or bore arms in the April riot, or who refuses when challenged to take an oath of fidelity to the Government.

The election returns in this city indicate that Augustus W. Bradford, the Union candidate for Governor, and the whole Union ticket has from 10,000 to 15,000 majority.

Baltimore, Nov. 6.--Evening. --The election in the city passed off without any disturbance. Over two hundred arrests were made of parties charged with treasonable conduct. Many, however, were subsequently discharged.

The whole vote in the city reached about 20,000.

Washington county, it is estimated, gives 2,000 majority for Bradford.

Hartford county gives a large Union majority.

Frederick county also.

The Union majority in the State will be very large.

Elkton, Cecil county, gives a Union majority of 1,000.

Bradford's (Union majority has not yet been ascertained, but will not fall short of 15,000.

Frederick, Nov. 6--Noon.--The election is proceeding quietly. There is no disturbance, and no armed military near the polls. The Union ticket is thus far six hundred ahead in Frederick county. General Edward Shilver, Union, is elected Commissioner of Public Works, for Alleghany, Washington, Frederick, Carroll, Baltimore, and Hartford coun counties.

The following Union candidates for the Legislature are undoubtedly elected: Senator, Graison Eichelberger; House of Delegates, Thomas Hammond, James M. Coare, Hiram Buhrman, Joshua Biggs, Thomas Johnson, and Henry R. Harris.

[We have been informed by a gentleman who was in that city on the day of election that, although it has been the usual custom in that city to vote by ballot, the Federal authorities adopted the plan of voting viva voer, and whenever any prominent citizen came up to vote against the Union ticket he was immediately arrested. The vote of Baltimore before the breaking out of the war was between 38,000 and 40,000.

New Jersey election.

Trenton, N. J., Nov. 6.
--The State has gone Democratic. The returns are not yet all in, but sufficient to make it certain that the Democrats will have a majority in both branches of the Legislature. The House is compoesd of sixty members, and the Senate twenty-one. The footings at this time are: Senate, 11 Democrats, 10 Republicans. House, 36 Democrats, 23 Republican, and one Union.

The State election in Wisconsin.

Milwaukee, Nov. 6, 1861.
--The State election passed off quietly. The city of Milwaukee and county give 3,500 Democratic majority. The returns from the State so far indicate the election of L. B. Harvey (Republican) for Governor by a large majority.

It is thought that the whole Republican State ticket is elected.

The Massachusetts State election.

Boston, Nov. 6, 1861.
--The Republican State ticket is elected by 32,000 majority. Both branches of the Legislature are largely Republican.

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