Late Southern intelligence.
From our Southern exchanges we gather the following:
Another chance for a difficulty with Great Britain.
The Rio Grande
is a neutral stream, the boundary between Mexico
and the Confederate States
This river, says the New Orleans Delta
, has been blockaded by the United States navy, and is now closed to the commerce of the world.
The ships of foreign nations, bound for Matamoras
and other Mexican
ports, are forbidden entrance into the river.
The first vessel which was ordered off happened to be an English ship with freight for an English house at Matamoras
No better illustration could be given of the forbearance or imbecility of the British Government
in relation to this blockade than would be their acquiescence in such an exclusion of their merchant vessels from the port of a nation not engaged in this war.
We hear numerous complaints from persons in different parts of East Tennessee
in regard to the fact that in many places it is almost impossible to get the people to take Confederate Treasury notes in payment for debts of any kind.
It is said that some of those who were the first to come forward and take the oath after the bridge burning, not only refuse to take them themselves, but do all in their power to persuade others not to take them.--Knoxville Register.
The Georgia Loan offer.
We understand that Secretary Memminger
has declined the offer made by Governor Brown
, of an advance of one or two million dollars of the war tax assumed by the State of Georgia
The offer was made by Gov. Brown
as an accommodation to the Confederate Government, the State
to be allowed at the rate of 7 per cent. interest for the advance to the time when the entire amount of Georgia
's portion of the tax becomes due — some three months.--Savannah Republican.