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Southern news.

From our Southern exchanges we glean the following interesting news items:


The war Tax.

The Savannah Republican says that Governor Brown telegraphed on the 21st inst., to Hon C. G. Memminger, Secretary of the Treasury, that the State of Georgia was ready to pay from one to two millions of her share of the War Tax at the present time, provided the Confederacy would allow her interest at the rate of 7 per centum on the amount until it shall become due.


The Federal steamer Louisiana.

The Norfolk Dry Book makes the following emphatic statement in relation to the destruction of this steamer, apparently upon well advised authority, and in confirmation of the rumor to that effect, heretofore published in our columns:

‘ The steamer Louisiana which formerly plied between here and Baltimore, was one of the Burnside expedition. She had on board seven hundred troops. During the gale the went ashore on the North Carolina coast.--The troops were taken off and the steamer burned to prevent her falling into our hands.


Another "stone fleet" for Charleston harbor.

The Charleston Mercury, of Thursday last, says:

‘ When day dawned yesterday, the number of the enemy's vessels had still further increased, some twenty-one, in all, being in sight. By close observation with powerful glasses, it was ascertained that the crews of the brigs and barks, the old-fashioned build of which we noticed in our last issue, were busily engaged in stripping the hulks of portions of the rigging, spars, &c. This no longer left any room for doubt that this was really another detachment of the famous stone fleet, by which the wicked city of Charleston is to be "hermetically sealed." Indeed, a report prevailed yesterday afternoon that they had actually begun the bar barous work by scutting one of their vessels between Beach Channel and the Rattlesnake, but we doubt whether such was the fact. Should the weather be moderate to-day, they will probably develope their plans, unless they determine to avoid observation by sinking the old hulks at night.


Southerners on parole.

From the Norfolk Day Book, of Friday last, we learn that the following gentlemen have been lately released from the foul Yankee prisons, and, upon parple, have been permitted to return to their homes and friends:

Delaney A. Forrest, H. H. Claiborne, and E. S. Ruggles.

Mr. Forrest is of Portsmouth, Va, and was a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. He returned from the East Indiea, in the Decotab, on the 7th or 8th of Novemeber, and was immediately arrested and sent to Fort Warren.

Mr. Claiborne is a Louisianian. He was a midshipman on the Congress, and on her arrival in Boslon harbor he was arrested and sent to Fort Lafayette, and afterwards to Fort Warren.

Mr. Ruggles is a Virginian, and was also a midshipman in the Federal Navy. He resigned in March last, at New York city, but was arrested and sent first to Fort Columbus, and to Fort Lafayette, and finally to Fort Warren.


Another Release.

The Savannah Republican says:

Lieut. B. H. Hardee, who, it will be recollected, was captured with the Adaline, by the Federals, taken into Key West and subsequently to New York, arrived here Monday night by the Western route. He was discharged without conditions.

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