Northern and Southern Affairs.From our exchanges we make up the following summary of the latest news:
Another Alarm in Greenbrier.The Staunton Spectator says: ‘ During the past week a company of 250 of the enemy's cavalry were found to be advancing towards Lewisburg. They expected (so they said) to form a junction at Meadow Bluff with 1,000 infantry, who would reach that place by way of the wilderness road from Nicholas C. H. As we had but a small force at Lewisburg, not sufficient to meet such a force of the enemy as seemed to be advancing upon that place, there was a great deal of alarm there, and many were preparing to leave. Colonel Alex. W. Reynolds, with the Twenty-second regiment, about 300 strong, and the Greenbrier cavalry, and several hundred citizens who took up arms for that special occasion, marched from Lewisburg to give them battle. As the rise in the waters prevented the infantry of the enemy from getting over to Meadow Bluff, the Yankee cavalry considered ‘"discretion the better part of valor,"’ and retired before Col. Reynolds had an opportunity of paying his respects to them.--They were pursued for some distance by the Green brier cavalry, under command of Capt. B. F. Eakle. ’
The North Carolina Arsenal.Captain John C. Booth, Superintendent of the North Carolina Arsenal and Foundry, situated at Fayetteville, writes to the Baton Rouge Gazette as follows: ‘ My foundry will cover about three or four acres. My laboratory is shaping itself into a chej d'auvre, and I have the best chief in the world. I am getting out timber for one hundred field batteries and five hundred heavy gun carriages; the latter, however, will be made principally of iron. My rifle factory has just begun to work, and we ship to-morrow one hundred to Richmond. Then I am building a railroad connecting me with the road to the iron and coal mines, which also gives me communication with the river and steamboats. You will get a better idea of the magnitude of my establishment from the statement of the fact that the Government has contracted for ten thousand tons of pig iron to be delivered here, with the privilege of increasing the amount to twenty thousand tons. ’
From Roanoke Island — no Burnside--Gov. Wise.The Norfolk Day Book, of yesterday, contains the following: ‘ The steamer Arrow, Capt. Slocum, arrived here last night via Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, in fourteen hours, having left Roanoke island on Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock. By a gentleman who came passenger, we learn all was quiet at the Island when he left. Commodore Lynch's fleet of gun-boats are still lying there, waiting for the arrival of the Yankees. None of his gun-boats have ventured in Pamlico Sound since the Sea Bird went down, two weeks ago. Nothing is known at the Island of the movements of the Burnside expedition. We regret to hear of the illness of General Wise at Nag's Head. He is still confined to his bed, and unable to attend to his laborious duties. He has designed many improvements which will greatly strengthen the defences at Roanoke island. It would have been well for the country if he had been assigned to that command several months ago. We hope it is not yet too late, and that his health may soon recover. ’
The Charlotte (N. C.) Mint.The Wilmington (N. C.) Journal believes the Confederate Government ought to restart the mint at Charlotte, in that State, and says $400,000 of gold coin could be introduced into circulation each year. This could be done for about 2 per cent.
The Yankees on Ship Island.The Mobile Register has received reliable intelligence that the Yankee troops are encamped on Ship Island to the number of from ten to fifteen thousand men. There were lying near the Island at the same time about 27 vessels, the most of them transports.
A Patriotic Family.William A. Spencer, a resident of Amherst county, and who is only forty years of age, has seven sons now in the Confederate service, and two others who will enter the army during the present month, while he himself is making preparations and will in a few weeks go with his boys. --Lynchburg Republican.
Col. Orr, of South Carolina, took formal leave of his regiment, at Sullivan's Island, on the 10th instant, prior to leaving the State for the Confederate capital.
The following items of Northern news are taken from the Philadelphia Inquirer, of February 3d