From the Rio Grande.
--The N. O. Picayune
has information from the Rio Grande
, received through a merchant from Brownsville
, from which we learn that the condition of affairs in that quarter indicates that another trouble is about to come upon our enemies.
The intelligence is that the British
consuls at Matamoras
had presented to the Captain
of the United States
a formal protest against the blockade of the Rio Grande
, and that on the 6th the British
consul dispatched a schooner to Tampico
, with orders for a British war vessel to hasten to the Rio Grande
and prevent, even to the extent of hostilities, the blockade of the river by the Portsmouth
The consul's orders were that the British vessel should engage the Portsmouth
immediately upon her arrival.
The French consul had also sent a request to Tampico
for the forwarding of a French war ship.
A large number of vessels arrived from Europe
are in durance under the guns of the Portsmouth
The captain of the latter will not allow these vessels to discharge their cargoes, unless it is guaranteed that the goods will be delivered in Matamoras
, and not at Brownsville
Now, this condition, even if legal, is impossible, as the steamboats plying on the Rio Grande
are all owned in Brownsville
, and as such, being the property of rebels, they date not undertake to lighten these European
vessels at the mouth of the river, for in doing so they would run the risk of being seized by the United States
Thus it will be seen that the damage for the detention of these neutral merchantmen must amount to a very round sum against the by no means plethoric purse of old Abe.
continues to fly the French
flag as a decoy to all traders approaching her station.
She frequently takes a short cruise under the same colors; but when no merchantman is in sight, she hoists the old "gridiron."