Beauties up the passport System.
--A few days since a man representing himself as J. W.Finney, from New Orleans, passed through Montgomery
under most extraordinary circumstances.
Coming up the Alabama river
, he had excited the indignation of the passengers by justifying Butler
's infamous order against the ladies of that city.
He said the ladies were bold and insulting to the Yankees
, and had brought it on themselves.
One of the passengers felt so much outraged that he called on him for his pass out of New Orleans.
He exhibited the usual form, coupled with the following renunciation of the Confederate States
"This pass is granted upon the parole of honor of the holder that he will not countenance, aid, or support the so-called Confederate Government or States."
These facts were reported to the Provost Marshal
on unquestionable authority, so that when Mr. Finney
applied for a passport to proceed thence upon his journey, he was requested to sign the usual oath of allegiance to the Confederacy
He pretended to be surprised that a former law partner of Mr. Secretary Benjamin
, and as true a Southern man as anybody, should be refused, but at the same time declined to take the oath, thus proving conclusively that he considered his allegiance due to the Lincoln Government
He asked if he would be granted a passport if the Provost Marshal
should be ordered by the Secretary of War
. Mr. Noble
replied that he would, but suggested that he get an order from Gen. Forney
To this Mr. Finney
objected that he didn't care to have anything to do with that officer, but would telegraph a friend to see him. In due time a peremptory order came from Secretary Randolph
to give Mr. Finney
a passport.-- Montgomery Advertiser.