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We have received Northern dates of Friday, the 17th. The news is of little interest. Gold, 205 1-8.


Sherman's March.

The last of Sherman's troops (except the garrison) left Savannah on the 27th ultimo. He has the Fourteenth, Fifteenth, Seventeenth and Twentieth corps. The left wing (Fourteenth and Twentieth corps, with Kilpatrick,) was moving on Branchville on that day. A letter to the New York Times says:

‘ At Sister's ferry, troops received full supplies, and the trains were loaded to the utmost limit. On the ration question, General Sherman is safe. His army can subsist forty days away from all base. Parties from the interior report that the people have not destroyed their crops or driven off their herds. There is no lack of forage of beef. This is most gratifying news, for the army apprehended a scarcity of food. Of the intentions of the general commanding, no one can safely assert knowledge. We can, however, believe that Columbia is aimed at, and, like Milledgeville, the capital of its sister State, South Carolina's governmental seat is doomed to fall before Sherman's prowess.

’ The roads give great trouble. Only a spirit of indomitable perseverance would overcome such serious obstacles as the roads present to the movements of an army. But no conditions of weather or of mud deter this army. Pioneer parties are increased from companies to regiments, and even to brigades, and bridges are built, miles in extent, on which troops and wagons cross the perilous swamps with safety. The enemy has only appeared in small forces of cavalry.

Speaking of Sherman's objective point, and the forces to co-operate with him, the Times says:

‘ Our army before Wilmington, as well as at Newbern and other points of North Carolina, is now under command of Major-General Scofield, one of the ablest officers in the Union army. He was associated with Sherman in his advance upon Atlanta, was subsequently with General Thomas in his late glorious campaign in Tennessee, and held the command, also, at the ever-memorable victory at Franklin. He has his own splendid and victorious Western corps (the Twenty-third) now with him in North Carolina; and should they combine (as we have no doubt they soon will) their old comrades of the Fourteenth, Fifteenth, Seventeenth and Twentieth corps, now marching with Sherman, the shout of victory which this invincible army has so often sent up from the Mississippi valley and the mountains of the Southwest will soon ring in the ears of Jefferson Davis from the plains of Virginia.


The Situation of the Scourged people of the Shenandoah Valley.

We find in the Baltimore papers an appeal from some benevolent men for help for the people of the Shenandoah Valley, in Virginia. An extract tells what misery the barbarous orders of Sheridan have created:

‘ The recent laying waste of the Shenandoah Valley has caused untold suffering with a people who once possessed happy homes and firesides, farms handsomely stocked with cattle, and barns filled with grain and hay. The "Garden of Virginia" has, in a measure, become a desert, and entire households have, from the effects of "pinching want," been reduced to an actual state of dependence upon the charitable and humane. Large numbers of these people, from the grand parent, with whitened locks, to the innocent, helpless babe at its mother's breast, are continually arriving inside of the Federal lines. Their appeal for succor in their sore distress ought not to pass unheeded.

’ These unfortunates stand in need of many comforts. They are in need of food, clothing and money. The inclement and severe winter makes their case a still more distressing one. Think of their condition; ye people who have plenty, and ye that have never seen the terrible "Track of War!" Such is their misfortune. It is your fortune to live in a section that has not been visited with the like misfortune, and you ought to thank God that it is so.


The St. Albans raiders.

A telegram from Montreal, dated the 16th, about the trial of the St. Albans raiders, says:

‘ Other witnesses were examined, who proved that the prisoners resided at the Canada Falls in the winter of 1863 and 1864.

’ Another witness is to arrive from Richmond with the classification of the prisoners, when the case on the part of the defence will be definitely closed. The prosecution say they have only two or three more witnesses to examine, which they will do to-morrow.

Two marshals from New York have arrived to take the prisoners in case they are surrendered.

The following is the document in which Lieutenant Young professes to have received his instructions for the raid upon St. Albans:

Memorandum for Lieutenant Bennett H. Young, Confederate, States Army. --Your report of your doings under your instructions of the 16th of June last from the Secretary of War, covering the list of the twenty Confederate soldiers, who are escaped prisoners, collected and enrolled by you under the instructions, is received. Your suggestion for a raid upon the most accessible towns in Vermont, commencing with St. Albans, is approved, and you are authorized and required to act in conformity with that suggestion.

C. C. Clay, Jr,
Com. Confederate States Army. October 6, 1864.

From the Trans-Mississippi.

The Yankee Trans-Mississippi news is dated at Cairo the 16th. The dispatch says:

‘ Late news from Kirby Smith's army says his troops are very much scattered, for the purpose of obtaining food and forate, and it would be impossible to concentrate them in any force during the present season in consequence of insufficient transportation. Price is reported to have gone to Mexico on an important confidential mission, under orders of Kirby Smith.

’ The reports of his sickness and death are all untrue.

The draft, under General Canby's order, is not yet enforced. The Memphis Bulletin says it will probably be done within the district of Memphis.


Intelligence from Nassau.

A letter from Nassau, dated the 3d instant, speaking of the capture of blockade runners from Nassau, says:

‘ Where now is her commercial activity — steamers leaving and arriving daily, and pouring into her lap the more than golden treasures of Dixie. All gone.--In the waters of her admirable harbor, at this moment, float more than thirty of her fleet of law-defying steam vessels, idle and without employment. There also are here sailing craft, which can be counted by the hundred. Her warehouses are filled with goods, for which there will soon be no market. Her stores, which, under the stimulating influence of the recent trade, have nearly doubled in number, will ere long be seeking tenants where no tenants are to be had. Rents, which have been inflated into fabulous propositions, will collapse. Laborers who have flocked here from the adjoining islands, under the inducements of high wages, will scatter to their former homes.

General Preston, of the rebel army, arrived at Nassau from Bermuda on Thursday, the 26th of January. He started from Bermuda for Wilmington in the blockade- runner Rattlesnake; but, finding the lights at the entrance of the harbor changed, the steamer put back and came to Nassau. General Preston is a man of full six feet in height and of good appearance. He was called upon by the Governor of this colony and General Ashmore. He left on the 1st of February, in the same steamer, Rattlesnake, for Charleston.

The Tallahassee, the rebel war steamer privateer, or pirate, as she is called, according to the respective views of the persons who are speaking of her, came in this port on Thursday, the 26th ultimo. It is said that her armament has been taken out of her, and that she is to be used hereafter as a blockade-runner. There are two reasons which render this very doubtful: First, she is a full-rigged ship, and consequently is too conspicuous an object upon the water to be use for that business; second, the blockade-running business is about used up. She arrived laden with coal, and sailed, January 31, with the same charge. The attention of the Governor was called to her by the United States Consul. She sails now under the name of the Chameleon.


Miscellaneous.

The Federal Consul at London has informed the Government of the sailing from Kingstown, Ireland, of the steamer Ajax, which, it is not doubted, is intended for a rebel privateer. Her armament had gone, or would go, out in a sailing vessel. Notwithstanding the fact that she is small, it is believed that she will be able to do much damage to American shipping if she gets started in her meditated career. It was thought she would go to Nassau before taking on board her guns.

At a meeting of the "Loyal Georgians," at Cooper Institute, speeches were deliver by Messrs. Stone, Russell, Dunning and the Rev. Dr. Curry. An address and a series of resolutions were adopted, "breathing loyalty and devotion" and urging the people of Georgia to obtain peace by submitting to the "National authority, under the Constitution."

The Ohio Legislature has before it a bill to compel the vaccination of school children throughout the State.

Pierre Soule left Havana early in the present month for Vera Cruz. It is said to be his intention to settle in Mexico, where he has purchased an estate.

The proposition to strike out the word "white" in the qualifications requisite to become members of the Missouri Legislature has been defeated in the Constitutional Convention of that State by a vote of twenty years to twenty-eight nays. A proposition to permit colored persons to vote and hold office was also lost by twelve year to thirty-two nays,

Maximilian has refused Dr. Gwin's proposition to settle Sonora with immigration from the Confederate States.

The Confederate cavalry are hovering around Nashville, capturing the Federals who go out to cut wood.

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