Martial Law and music — the people of Norfolk.
[special Correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Norfolk, March 13, 1862.
Martial law has a most marked effect upon affairs in our city.
The principal streets are crowded from sight till two o'clock; then the stores are closed, the hum-drum of business is hushed, and the town has quite a Sunday like appearance, or, resembles a place deserted on account of some raging pestilence.
The murmurs of returning life and animation recommence at about five; the drilling is over, a few stores re-open, and the gentler sex reappear upon the stage of action, or rather the sidewalks; and our compact, well built, and pleasant city, assumes an air of activity and bustle, while the numbers of soldiers passing about add the military feature to the general appearance of things.
The great natural curiosity, Tom, the blind negro pianist, who has astonished the good people of the City of Hills
by his exquisite musical performances, has arrived here, and is charming the music-loving citizens of Norfolk
— the proceeds of his concerts to be appropriated to the benefit of the soldiers' families at Yorktown
The weather here is pleasant, the city unusually healthful; and just now no person need suppose that there is any undue excitement here, notwithstanding the falsehoods that have recently been published at the North
about the terror among the people of Norfolk
The sun shines as gloriously as usual, and there are about twenty thousand citizens hereabouts who enjoy it as vastly as ever.