Northern war news.
From the latest Northern dates, which have reached us, we extract the following items of news:
reports from the Federal Capital.
Yankee Accounts from Missouri.&c.,&c.,&c.
Mr. Russell on the Release of Mason and Slidell — he Predicts the Overthrow of the Lincoln Dynasty.Mr. Russell, in his letter to the London. Times on the question of the Trent outrage, says: ‘ "As I write, there is a rumor that Messrs, Mason and Slidell are to be surrendered. If it be true, this government is broken up.--There is so much vigilance of spirit among the lower orders of the people, and they are so ignorant of everything except their own pollucs and passions, so saturated with pride and vanity, that any honorable concession, even in this hour or extremity, would prove fatal to his authors." A New York journal takes issue with Russell, and comments as follows: Mr. Russell, we apprehend, has been constrained to devote so large a portion of his sojourn in this country to our best society, native and exotic, that he has not yet made himself thoroughly acquainted with ‘"the lower orders."’ Having been of them and with them for half a century, we think our judgment may fairly be pitted against his in the premises; and we confidently assure him that, should our Government decide, for any reason whatever, to surrender Mason and Slidell to Great Britain, their act will prove ‘"fatal"’ only to Jeff. Davis and his upholders. ‘"Ignorant"’ as ‘"the lower orders"’ of our people may be; they quite understand that their Government can have no motive in acting on this case but to do what seems best for the country. ’
Naval officers retiredThe Washington correspondent of the New York Tribune sends the following list of retired naval officers, under the, recent bill which passed Congress to promote the efficiency of the navy; Commodores Shubrick, Kearney, Smith, Storer, Gregory, McCauley, Lavallette, Aulick, Stringham, Mervine, Armstrong, Paulding, Crabbe, Breeze, Levy, Ramsey, Long, Conover, Luman, McCluney, Montgomery, Striboling, Sands, Bell, Jarvis, Pendergrast, Nicholson, Pull, Chauncey, Kelly, Paragut, Gardner, Wilson, Dornier, Glynn, Angle, Rudd, Ritchie, McKean, Mercer, Golusborongh, Lounds, Marston, Adams, Walker, Pearson, Nicholas, Dapont, Hudson, and Pope. There are also quite a number of surgeons, pay masters, and other officers, who come under the provisions of this bill. The four flag offers — Goldsborough, of the North Atlantic, Dupont, of the South Atlantic, McKean, of the Gulf, and Bell, of the Pacific squadrons — are among the officers retired by the operations of the new law — each having been in the city more than forty-five years. The President will, however, as authorized by the act, assign them their present commands, with the rank of flag-officer.
Affairs in Missouri--extravagant Lies of the Yankees — movements of Gen. Price,&c.The following telegraphic dispatches are so framed as to pander to the gullibility of the Yankee appetite, and are as likely to be the promptings of the depraved imaginations of Lincoln's hirelings as otherwise. We give them for what they are worth: Sr. Louis, Mo., Dec. 27.--The following summary of the recent military operations in Missouri is obtained from a trustworthy source: Within the last two weeks the Union army has captured 2,500 rebels, including about 70 commissioned officers, 1,290 horses and mules, 1,100 stand of arms, two tons of powder, 100 wagons, and an immense amount of commissary stores and camp equipage. A large foundry at Lexington, used by the rebels for casting cannon, shot and shelled, most of the rebel craft on the Missouri, including ferry boats, have been destroyed or captured. A pretty clean sweep has been made of the whole country, between the Missouri and Osage river, and Gen. Price, cut off from all supplies and recruits from North Missouri, is in full retreat for Arkansas with his whole army, having passed through Spring field with his whole army. Our loss in accomplishing these important results did not exceed 100 killed and wounded. These are the points of brilliant strategical combinations by Gen. Halleck, which have been so apply executed by Gens. Pope, Prestiges and McKeon, and Cols. Jeff C. Davis, of Fort Sumter fame, and Fred, Steele, of the 11th regular infantry, and the brave officers and soldiers of our army, regulars an volunteers. General Price's designs to stir up rebellion in North Missouri, and simultaneously burn all railroad bridges, stations, and rolling stock, on the 20th of this month, in accordance with a plan promulgated from the round camp, have been foiled, to a great extent, by the energy of General Halleck and activity of our forces, which are kept in constant motion, not withstanding the severity of the weather. The damage done to the North Missouri and Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad has been greatly exaggerated. Repaired are being rapidly made, and both the North Missouri Railroad and telegraph wire will be in working order to Wellsville to-night. Ten bridge burners have already been shot and fifty more in close confinement, to be summarily dealt with under Gen. Halleck's stringent orders. It is confidently expected that our moving columns will as effectually, in a few days, break up bridge burning in North Missouri as the rebellion has been crushed south of the river. No mercy will be shown the scoundrels. Gen. Halleck's emphatic orders with reference to all bridge burners, are to shoot down every one making the attempt. Maj. Glover has just returned from a co in Camden county, with ten wagon l of subsistence, a rebel captain, and thirteen men who left Price's army when the retreat commenced. General Pope's official report of his expedition into Central Missouri has been received, but contains nothing important that has not been previously reported. In accordance with orders from Gen. Halleck, the Provost Marshal General directs that the six slaves now confined in the county jail, and advertised for sale under the State statute, be released from prison and placed under the control of the Quartermaster General of this department for labor till further orders, the said slaves being the property of rebels and having been used for insurrectionary purposes.
The Flight of Price Confirmed
Washington telegraphic items — the charges against Gen. Benham--the Georgetown Ferry, &c.
From Eighty --the Number of Confederates at Cumberland Cap. &c.
Burnside expedition writes from Annapolis, on the 24th ult., as follows: ‘ The storm has prevented much out-door progress in the outfit of the expedition. The barque H. D. Brookman, Captain H. E. Cheney, is the only arrival of to-day. The naval part of the expedition is now arriving at Old Point Comfort, and Commodore Goldsboro', who is in command, is already there. The transports with the troops will probably sail from here to that point on Saturday. General Burnside is busily engaged in forwarding the expedition as rapidly as possible, but there will be no unnecessary haste, and when the entire fleet sails for the point of attack it will be not only formidable but complete. The proximity of a large number of Federal troops has not in the least disturbed the quiet of this place. There has been a demand for sailors for the batteries and transports, but this deficiency is likely to be supplied at once from New York and Baltimore, or even from the regiments in camp. Gen. Burnside sent to the New York Fifty-First yesterday to know how many sailors there were in that regiment. One hundred and twenty-seven were the answer; and there is no doubt but that there are 400 or 500 sailors in the different regiments stationed at this post. ’ The harbor is alive with shipping this morning. In addition to the list of transports already sent you, the following steamers for the Burnside expedition have arrived: Guide, Capt. Edward E. Valle. Pioneer, Capt. Chas. G. Baker. Ranger, Capt. J. B. Chiluz Propeller Eastern State, Capt. J. Teal. The following sailing vessels, loaded with stores and ammunition have also arrived: Ship Arracan, Captain Relly. Schooner Wm. A. Crocker, Capt. Thos. D. Endicott. Schooner Plandome, Capt. R. T. Brown. Schooner Maria Pike, Captain Samuel W. Crocker. Schooner Highlander, Capt, E. G. Dayton. Schooner Sea Bird, Capt. R. F. Smith. Schooner Recruit, Capt. Geo. Coggeshall. Captain Ernest Slaples is in command of the floating batteries, and of these the following have arrived at this point: Shrapnel, Rocket, Grenada, Grapeshot, and Bombshell. Capt. Belgier's Rhode Island battery, six guns, 154 men, which has been at Alexandria for the past ten weeks, arrived here by a special train from Washington this evening, and will go with the expedition. The officers of the expedition, so far as appointed, are as follows: A. E. Burnside, Brigadier-General commanding. Staff.--Capt. Lewis Richmond, Assistant Adjutant General; Capt. H. Biggs, Quartermaster; Capt. E. R. Goodrich, Commissary of Subsistence. Major W. H. Church, Brigade Surgeon. Lieutenant Pell, A. D. C. Lieut. Geo. Fearing, A. D. C. Brigadier General J. G. Foster, commanding First Brigade. Staff--Capt. S. Hoffman, Assistant Adjutant General; Capt. D. Messinger, Brigade Quartermaster; P. W. Hudson, A. D. C. Lieutenants E. N. strong, J. M. Pendleton, Volunteer Aids. The staff of Brigadier General Beno, commanding the Second Brigade, is not yet appointed.
The Tax on Tea, Coffee, &c.The following order from Secretary Chase is published in the Northern papers:
Collector of Customs, New York:
Secretary of the Treasury.
It is understood that all goods withdrawn and duties paid since the passage of the act will be required to pay the increased duty. This the importers consider as oppressive.