--The members of the House of Delegates, in session assembled, on yesterday were the victims of one of the most heartless "rumors" that the city, in its most critical agonies of suspense, has yet been afflicted with.
Some unknown scapegrace, under the questionable guise of a courier from the Peniusuts, concocted a story that Gen. Johnston
had pitched into the enemy in New Kent county
, and used them up, killing about six thousand, taking about eight hundred prisoners, and retaining possession of the field.
The intelligence was read informally before the House
, and created a tremendously agreeable sensation but in the course of an hour or two Governor Latcher
heard of the affair, and set about discovering its basis before going into hysterics of jubilation.
The result of his labors proved the report to be a stupendous fabrication, and he sent word indirectly to the House
, that if any such stories were ever circulated again, he would undoubtedly arrest the man that did it and keep him in limbo for the rest of the war.