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From Norfolk.

attempted escape of negroes — resignation of a Military Captain--Exhibition for the benefit of the Humans Association — Ladies' fair.



[special correspondence of the Dispatch.]

Norfolk, 5th December, 1861.
Last night, at about ten o'clock, one of our citizens discovered a boat containing men passing stealthily and almost noiselessly out of Smith's creek, and by prompt action caused the occupants to return, run the boat ashore, and make their escape. It was soon found that about ten negro men, owned in our city, had attempted to get off to the Lincoln fleet. Nine of the disappointed stampede party have been arrested and are now in jail. Some of them had money and articles which they had stolen from their kind and indulgent owners.

It is not improbable that there are others concerned in this plot to get off, and suitable measures should be taken at once to prevent slaves from leaving their rightful owners. The misguided fellows who go off, or are coaxed away by unprincipled persons, are compelled to work hard for their living, and soon find that they have exchanged good homes and kind masters for rough usage and hear! service among those who have no real regard or sympathy for them.

Capt. Jacob Vickery, of the Norfolk Light Artillery Blues of this city, having resigned his command of that gallant company, very complimentary resolutions have been passed by the members of the corps relative to their late esteemed commander.

The entertainment given last night by the "Queen Sisters," for the benefit of the Humane Association of this city was well attended, and a handsome sum has been realized for the very charitable object of the performances.

The Thespian Family, aided by the Palmetto Band, of Charleston, will probably perform again in our city this week.

The fair and feast gotten up by the ladies of the Catholic church and congregation, of this city, are now in full progress in Johnson's Hall, and it is probable that a considerable amount will be raised for the roller of the needy families of the Norfolk Volunteers, which is the lendable object of the tractive entertainment thus offered by the generwas and patri who are an actively engaged in the good work alluded to.

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