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Mr. Janney has not taken the Lincoln Oath — some News from Loudoun.

A gentleman recently from Leesburg, Londoun, informs us that there is no truth whatever in these statement by the Washington Republican, (copied into this paper yesterday,) that Mr. Janney had taken the cath to support the Lincoln Government. On the contrary, he had positively and persistently refused to do so, declaring that he was a citizen of Virginia, and that his allegiance was due to Virginia and the Southern Confederacy. Gen. Geary, the Federal commander, had taken possession of a room in Mr. J.'s house against his (Mr. J.'s) consent, and occupied it during his say in Leesburg which continued until the battle of Kerns.' town, when his troops, (amounting to about 2,000,) were withdrawn for some purpose. --Mr. Janney maintained his position with dignity and firmness, and made no concessions whatever.

We learn that the Yankee soldiery behaved with much brutality in Loudoun. They robbed and pillaged everywhere, but more especially all houses of secessionists or States-rights men. They entered premises and took possession of all the bacon they could lay hands on, and stole all the chickens. They nearly stripped the country, and while gratifying their passion for appropriating to their own use the property of other people, they were rude and insolent to the owners. Geary made a pretension of opposition to this kind of freedom among the soldiers, and threatened them with dire penalties; but no one heard that any of these penalties had ever been imposed on the transgressors. Geary himself fell into some of the practices he denounced. At a most respectable house where he was quartered he flew into a violent rage because his pistols were missing, and rudely seizing a young lady, daughter of his host, pronounced her a thief and a rebel. The pistols were afterwards found under the papers on his own table! but he made no apology. He cruelly treated an old blacksmith of Middleburg. He took from him his tools, and refused to return them unless the old gentleman would take the Lincoln cath, which he refused to do. He threatened to have him shot. The old man opened his breast and invited, nay, dared him, to do to; but while the General ordered not, he flew into a rage, seized the old man violently, and kicked him! This is a General in the Yankee army!

Gen. G. caused the Rev. Mr. Nourse, of the Presbyterian Church in Leesburg, to be arrested and confined in prison for thirty hours treating him rudely and abasing him roundly in an interview. He was charged wish disloyalty, which accusation he boldly denied, as he claims to be a Southern man and a faithful citizen of the Southern Confederacy, owing no allegiance to the North. He was finally set at liberty.

A number of true Southern men were arrested while Geary remained in Leesburg, and put on parole not to aid the rebels until exchanged. Horses, cattle and hogs were stolen without compunction and without punishment.

The conduct of the Federal troops, who were evidently the most vulgar patterns of men, had done the Southern cause a great deal of good in Loudoun Men who had seemed lukewarm and indifferent to the Southern cause had become devoted to that cause, and were ready to give their influence and energies freely to it, as soon as they could. The Yankees found no comfort in Londoun. Except here and there among the most disreputable people, they were countenanced by none. Everywhere they went they were coldly and recessively received.

Geary formerly lived in Loudoun, at the Point of Rocks, on the Potomac, where he was engaged in the manufacture of iron, and the people amongst whom he cut up so had entertained him often.

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