prospect of snow — the Federal fleet in Hampton Roads — death of a Faithful negro — Movements of the Federals off the coast of North Carolina.
[special Correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Norfolk, Jan. 4, 1862.
A dark, dreary, wintry, snowy looking cloud rose yesterday, and last night at about 8 o'clock it commenced to snow.
Only a little snow fell, however, but sleet and rain came down during the night.
To-day we are deprived of the light of the sun, which has regularly bestowed his brilliant rays for several weeks, and housekeepers are rejoicing at the prospect of having their cisterns filled with rain water.
The Federal fleet in Hampton Roads
is not as large and formidable as has been represented.
There are some frigates, gun-boats, and transports, and an unusually large number of schooners of various but no extraordinary collection of war vessels.
Baptiste, a very aged and well known colored man noted for his faithfulness and for his hatred of the Yankees
, died yesterday.
For many years be served in the capacitor of cook on board merchant ships, and has travelled in various parts of the world.
No persuasion or offer from the Abolitionists could induce him to leave his master; indeed, he manifested special dislike for those whom he considered the most dangerous enemies to the colored man. He was owned by the late L. Bobee
Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, our market is well supplied with all the requirements of housekeepers, in the way of poultry, vegetables, &c.--prices high, and the demand fully equal to the supply.
I have the latest information from the North Carolina
The Federal vessels are accumulating at several points.
There were yesterday eight-gun boats near Wilmington
, and an attack may probably be attempted on Fort Caswell
by the Yankees
without much further delay.