--About two weeks since, the Southern
papers contained an account of the arrest, in Mobile Bay
, of five men, who, from indications apparent, had attempted to embark in a boat for New Orleans.
Letters from suspected Unionists
were found on them, addressed to Butler
and other Federal officials in New Orleans; maps of Mobile
and plans of its defences, files of the city newspapers, lots of gold, and an assortment of both.
Federal and Confederate Treasury scrip; also, several flags, one of which represented the United States
flag on one side and the Confederate
flag on the reverse.
Other evidences of intended treachery were found, and the whole party, though they protested they were only on a fishing excursion, were conveyed to Mobile
, and safely locked up as spies.
Among the men on board the boat was Dr. Marius Louis Rossvalley
, well known in this city.
Intelligence was received yesterday at General Winder
's office, by a gentleman direct from Mobile
, that Rossvalley had been hung there a few days ago; but whether by military authority or the populace acting as a vigilance committee, we did not learn.
hailed from New Orleans, where he had a wife and several children.
After that city was taken by the Federal
he expressed great anxiety to get them away, and finally left this city, giving up employment he had under the Government
, in order, as he said, to effect the desired object.
Nothing more was heard of him until news arrived, first of his arrest, and secondly of his execution.
It will be remembered that in consequence of information laid against Rossvalley by members of the Washington artillery, that he was arrested here more than a year ago as a suspicious character, and detained in prison several months.--During that time he was put in the same place with Congressman Ely
, and the latter redoubtable personage, in his book simetime since given to the world, devotes a chapter or two to Rossvalley, for whom he seemed to entertain no very great respect.
It was after the exodus of Ely
that the Doctor
regained his liberty, and was for sometime employed here in some service for the Government
.--It was through his instrumentality that several well-known citizens of Richmond
were incarcerated in Castle Godwin, for real or supposed disloyalty, all of whom have since been discharged.
always had a plenty of money, and we suppose the gold and notes found in the boat when he was arrested, belonged to him.