escape of negroes — severe weather — weather — Disorderly soldiers — flag of truce, &c.
[special correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Norfolk, Dec. 3d, 1861.
Three negro men owned in our city, disappeared on Sunday night, and have not been since heard from by their owners.
It is supposed that they have succeeded in getting on board of one of the vessels in the Roads
It is not improbable that there are persons who encourage and aid negroes thus to get off from their rightful owners.
The storm which commenced yesterday increased in severity at night, and at about 9 o'clock it commenced to rain and snow, which, with the stiff Northern breeze that was blowing at the time, rendered the evening quite wintry.
Considerable snow fell during the night, and this morning the housetops and fields are bountifully ornamented with a covering of the pure white flakes of frozen vapor.
There was considerable noise and disturbance last night at about 7 o'clock, on Main street, caused by some soldiers who, in consequence of an indulgence in potations of questionable pulley and vitality, became unmanageable and troublesome.
man, whom the City Guard was taking to the Guard-House
, used his knife quite freely, and some person was cut in the side but not seriously.
The steamer Wm. Selden
went yesterday to Fort Monroe
, with a flag of truce, carrying down the form of Commodore Dornin
, of the Federal Navy
The winter has now made its appearance; the cold weather has commenced in reality, and they who have the interest of our troops at heart should not be slow in their efforts to prevent suffering and sickness in the camps.
Thousands are in a colder climate than they ever experienced before, and some are not provided with thick boots and overcoats.--Without proper clothing, the formation of disease will be laid, and soon the beautiful snow will fall as noiselessly as the rustle of angel wings over many a new-made grave, far away from home and friends.
The work of preparing things of comfort for those who are defending Southern homes should go on now with renewed activity, for winter is hard in reality as well as in name.