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Affairs in North Alabama.

The Knoxville Register, of June gets the following items of interest from Col William Hendley, who recently arrived in that city from North Alabama.

Col. Wm. Hudley was taken prisoner by the Yankees but made his escape, swimming his horse across the Tennessee river. He reports that the Yankees are perpetrating all manner of outrages in the counties of Limestone and Madison, robbing the citizens of money, clothes, bacon, horses, and in fact everything else, unfrequently quartering their horses in the houses of planters and otherwise shooting them, until such a reign of terror has been inaugurated that no citizen dare raise so much as the little Gager by way of profess against the barbarism of the invading force.

Mitchell has signed a proclamation declaring that he will turn every-house in fifty miles of Huntsville, unless bushwhacking is stopped, and the citizens are in such mortal dread of his executing his threat, that the strongest secessionists (hitherto) are now clamoring for submission on the part of the citizens, and many have already taken the , while others are only welting a fitting opportunity to do so. We are glad to hear, however, that Hon. N. N. Davis has at last made his escapes from Huntsville and gone to Corinth to take his place we trust, in the ranks of our brave army there, and thereby disprove all the slanders which have been circulated about him since he has been living, on apparently friendly terms, with the invaders of his native State. At the same time, we are pained to believe that the Hon. Jere Clemens has gone over to the enemy entirely if all that is said of him be true, he deserves the most condign punishment. But while the former leaders in that section are growing pale with unmanly fear, and while the men are showing evident signs of weakness in the knees, thank God ! the noble daughters of the South are there, as else where, true to themselves and their country. Out of many instances of the kind, we will cite the example of only one brave, true-hearted woman, of the noble old Virginia, stock, whose husband is absent in the service of his country, and who is stopping with an aged and infirm father. Returning to her home on one occasion she found several Lincolnite in the kitchen coolly engaged in cooking their dinners, when, without more ado, she kicked their meal into the fire with her delicate foot, and pointing to the door with her slender fingers, said with the spirit of the true heroine, "there is the door, get you gone, hirelings, and let your own masters feed you" Let your cheeks tingle with shame. O, white-livered cowards who disgrace the name of Southron, while you read this noble rebuke from the lips of a frail daughter of our own Southern land.

It seems that Gen. Mitchell has one regiment of Chicago Dutch in his command, who were taken by Price at Lexington, but who have broken their parole, and are now fighting as it were with halters about their necks. They are represented to be the most utterly abandoned wretches to be seen anywhere, being guilty of crimes which decency will not allow us to make public. Coming from Chicago, they have also sworn vengeance against Col. D. R. Hundley, who was residing there at the same time the war broke out, and who only succeeded in escaping a Chicago Vigilance Committee in disguise and by the help of friends, one short twelve-months ago.

Not satisfied with confiscating his property and the property of his father-in-law, (a gentleman of Virginia,) valued at nearly a million of dollars, they seem bent on wreaking their blind vengeance on him still more, should he ever be so unfortunate as to fall into their hands. But we have no fears that their bloodthirstiness will ever be gratified, if the four compatibles that filed past our office on last Saturday are a fair sample of the men who go to fill up the ranks of the 31st Alabama; for a nobler set of men have not trod the streets of Knoxville for many a day.

These miserable Yankee Dutch have already begun to arm the negroes with guns taken from the citizens, and a great many of the deluded blacks have been arrested with guns in their hands. We are glad to learn, however, that even the negroes in the main are more wise than the Trojans of old, and look with not ill-founded suspicion upon the "Greeks bearing gift's"

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