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Progress of Events — rumors — the Roanoke Island affair — Authentic Acceunts.

The city was full of rumors yesterday, and the excited imaginations of the people were kept in constant activity. It was currently reported, and extensively believed, that the enemy had penetrated the State of North Carolian as far as Murfreesboro', a little town in Hertford county, bordering on Southampton, Va. and not far from the line of the Seaboard and Roancke Railroad.--Another report had it that the Federals were within thirty miles of Murfreesboro', having gone up the Chowan river in small boats to do which it would be necessary to pass the town of Edenton. There is, however, no confirmation of these statements, official or otherwise, and we have every reason to believe that the enemy has not penetrated to any point beyond Elizabeth City.

Mr. F. W. Tichenor, Sergeant Major of Cavalry in the Wise Legion, arrived in the city last evening, from Currituck Bridge, on the Albamarle and Chesapeake Canal, which place he left on Monday night. We learn from him that Gen. Wise was at the bridge, much improved in health and in good spirits, busily making preparations to prevent an advance of the enemy in that direction. Mr. Tichenor had an interview with Sergeant Metzler, of the McCulloch Rangers, who escaped from Roanoke Island with two or three companies, after the fight, in a battean. He says that Capt. Wise is certainly killed, and is the only one killed of his company, (the Richmond Blues;) that eight or ten of the men were wounded, but not seriously, and all taken prisoners. They fought until their ammunition gave out, and before surrendering broke their guns in pieces — This course was also adopted by the McCulloch Rangers, none of whom are reported killed, though some are wounded. Lieut Bigger, of the Blues, is a prisoner, and unhurt. With twenty-two others, he got into a small boat with a view to escape, but the enemy brought a gun to bear upon them, and ordered them back, and they were forced to return. There are conflicting reports about Lieut. Fred. Carter, though Metzler thinks he is not wounded. It is stated that Frank Johnston, of the Blues, received a flesh wound, but bravely fought on until he was taken prisoner.

The Light Guard and Jackson Guard, of this city, lost very few in killed or wounded. It is believed that neither Capt. Wallace nor Capt. Dickinson is wounded, though both are prisoners with their companies.

One of the Blues had his gun shot from his hand. He coolly picked it up, and finding the barrel slightly bent, repaired to the nearest tree and straightened it; then again took his place and had the satisfaction of firing several more shots at the enemy.

Major Hugh W. Fry. with his battalion, arrived upon the ground too late to participate in the action, and was ordered to surrender with the others. Col. Green's regiment arrived in time to fire one volley before surrendering. Captain Coles, of Charlottesville with his company, was in the hottest of the fight. As one of his men fell, he took his musket and fired fourteen rounds, exhibiting the most determined bravery, when he was shot through the body and killed.

Major Selden, of Norfolk, fought with great heroism at one of the guns. He was in the act of preparing his gun for the only remaining charge of ammunition, when the top of his head was blown off by a shot from the enemy, and he fell dead.

It is gratifying to hear that our loss in killed is by no means so great as at first reported. It is believed that it does not exceed forty. The enemy must have suffered very heavily. Indeed, we hear that the flag-of-truce boat, at Norfolk, brought a report from Fortrees Monroe that their loss was 1,500; but this may be exaggeration. Sergeant Merzler states that when he ran along the beach to make his escape, the dead were laying in heaps.

We still entertain hopes that Capt.Wise was not killed. It is stated that a dispatch was received in this city yesterday to the offect that his attending surgeon had been permitted to send a message from the Island, containing information that he was alive, though wounded in five places.

Our Norfolk correspondents give additional particulars, and the telegraph assures us that Com. Lynch is safe. The shock consequent upon the first news of the affair at Roanoke Island has been succeeded by a determination to resist the onward march of the invader. The defeat is relieved of much of its painful and mortifying character by a knowledge of the facts, and so far from depressing the spirits of our people, it will nerve them with a purpose equal to the work before them.

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