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We have received Northern papers of the 20th instant. Gold, 202.


The fall of Charleston.

The Yankee papers have heard of the fall of Charleston. It was first announced in a telegram from General Grant, reporting the statement made by a Richmond paper. The Baltimore American heads it: ‘"Glorious News — City of Charleston Evacuated — The Birthplace of Treason Ours — The Old Flag Over Sumter Again, "’ etc.


From the Trans Mississippi.

The Memphis Bulletin says it is reported, upon authority worthy of consideration, that the cotton trade will be closed in this department within twenty days, by order of President Lincoln, and be re-opened upon new principles after his proposed visit South and West, which is looked for soon after the 4th of March.

The Union men of Memphis are preparing a grand reception banquet for W. G. Brownlow, who is expected here in a few days.

The rebel General Forrest, commanding the District of Mississippi, West Tennessee and East Louisiana, has established his headquarters at Jackson, Mississippi, and is conscripting guerrillas and sending them to Richmond to be put into the Army of Virginia.

The steamer Dove was captured and burned near Helena by the rebels.--The Fifty- sixth--regiment were taken prisoners, and Colonel Dean, commanding, killed.


The credentials of a Virginia Senator.

It is rather mortifying to the people of Virginia to find that Mr. Joseph Segar, their representative to the United States Senate, has been denied a seat in that august body by a very decisive vote taken upon his "credentials." The rejection appears to be based upon the fact that Virginia is "a State in armed rebellion"--a little circumstance that probably Mr. Segar, in his hurry to take the boat for Washidgton, had overlooked. Mr. Charles Sumner, a citizen of Massachusetts, who is more fortunate than Mr. Segar in occupying a seat in the Federal Senate, took a very sensible view of the matter. He could not see — what nobody else can see — the propriety of a Virginia representative in a Yankee Senate. He said:

It will be the duty of the committee to consider, in the first place, whether a State in armed rebellion, like Virginia, can have Senators on this floor. That is a great question — constitutional, political and practical. It will be their duty, then, in the second place, to inquire whether the gentleman whose credentials have been presented has been chosen legally, under the Constitution of the United States, by any State. I do not intend to prejudge either of these questions. I simply offer them for the consideration of the Senate; but I do insist that a measure of this importance shall not be acted on without due consideration or in absolute indifference to those facts which now stare us in the face, glaring upon us every day in every newspaper that we read. You cannot be insensible to facts.

It is in vain that Senators say that Virginia, now at war against the Union, is entitled to representation on this floor, when you have before you the inexorable fact that the greater part of the State is at this moment in the possession of an armed rebellion — when you have before you the other fact, filling almost all the newspapers in the land, that the body of men who have undertaken to send a Senator to Congress are a little more than the Common Council of Alexandria. And you have that question distinctly presented to you whether a representative of the Common Council of Alexandria is to enter this chamber and share the same powers and privileges with my honorable friends, the Senators from New York and Pennsylvania. I merely open these points without now undertaking to decide, and simply as an unanswerable argument in favor of the reference to the committee.


The trade carried on with the Confederacy by authority of the Yankee Government.

In answer to the resolution of the Federal Senate calling for information as to special permits for getting out cotton, etc., from the rebel States, the following list has been furnished as having been authorized by H. A. Risley, Special Agent, etc. All have been granted between November 1, 1864, and January 24, 1865. The Confederate reader will be astonished to see the immense contraband trade which the enemy have continued to carry on in a country where the theory, at least, is, that the Yankee is our mortal foe:

D. Cromelion & Co., on application of the Hon. T. Corwin, 2,100 cases of tobacco, from Northumberland county, Virginia; B. F. Camp, J. Maddox and D. P. Barr, 3,000 boxes tobacco, from Virginia and North Carolina; Levi Brooks & Camp, 7,000 bales cotton, 340 barrels turpentine, 400 barrels rosin, from Mississippi and Louisiana; David P. Laws, 10,000 bales cotton, Virginia and North Carolina; Augustus R. Wright, 500 bales, Rome, Georgia; A. W. Harvey, 30,000 bales, Florida; D. R. Martin, 6,000 bales, Florida; T. C. Durant, 4,000 bales, Florida; D. B. Grant, 12,000 bales, Florida; F. B. Fassett, 20,000 bales, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi; R. W. Daniels, 10,000 bales, Florida and North Carolina; J. W. Dyer, 4,000 barrels turpentine, Alabama; George W. Gage, 10,000 bales cotton, Mississippi and Louisiana; Moore, Conalty & Co., 15,000 bales, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas; M. V. Twiss, 5,000 bales, Tennessee and Louisiana; Mary P. Ceiceil, 5,000 bales, North Carolina; Henry Thompson, 1,000 bales, North Carolina; J. O. P. Burnside, recommended by Colonel Jeffries and others, 5,000 barrels rosin, 5,000 barrels tar and 50,000 pounds tobacco, Virginia and North Carolina; John Carew, 50 tens tobacco, West Virginia; F. W. Bixby, recommended by C. H. Stedwell, of New York Custom-House, 2,000 bales, 2,000 barrels turpentine, North Carolina; J. H. Maddox and W. R. Lount, recommended by Joseph Segar, 2,000 barrels rosin, 2,000 barrels turpentine, 500 boxes tobacco, Virginia and North Carolina; A. O. Brummel, recommended by John L. Reese, 5,000 bales cotton, 2,000 barrels rosin, same amount of turpentine, 2,000 boxes tobacco, Virginia and North Carolina; E. W. Gould, recommended by M. N. Falls, 6,000 bales cotton, Virginia and North Carolina; Hooper C. Hicks, recommended by Surveyor of Baltimore, 3,000 bales, 2,000 barrels rosin, same amount of tar, same amount of pitch, and a quarter million shingles, Virginia and North Carolina; Leonard Swett, 50,000 bales, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi; same amount from Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas; same amount from Louisiana and Mississippi; G. W. Lane, 1,000 bales, Chowan river, North Carolina; W. J. Bayless, recommended by Coleman, 2,500 bales, Newbern, North Carolina; S. B. Colby, recommended by H. W. Helmick, 70 tons tobacco, Virginia; T. S. Oliver, 15 bales, 300 hogsheads tobacco, Florida and North Carolina, and 10,000 bales, 3,000 barrels turpentine, 3,000 boxes tobacco. Virginia and North Carolina; P. Durfee, 2,400 bales, North Carolina; Thomas Lucas, 300 tons hay, 3,000 turkeys, 500 hogs, 1,200 chickens, 100 tons butter, 500 cords wood, etc.; Cyrus M. Allen, 12,000 bales, Tennessee and Alabama; Robert Lamon, recommended by Ward H. Lamon, 50,000 bales from any Southern State; Charles H. Hawkes, recommended by George H. Ashmun, 70,000 bales, 7,000 barrels turpentine, 7,000 barrels rosin, 5,000 barrels tar, 8,000 boxes tobacco, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Alabama; Leonidas Haskell, recommended by B. F. Camp, 20,000 bales, North Carolina; N. F. Pooter, 3,000 bales, 3,000 boxes tobacco; Horace H. Meloon, 10,000 bales, 3,000 barrels tar, same of rosin, same of turpentine, Florida, Georgia and Alabama; Wilson, Gibson & Company, 100,000 bales, 2,500 boxes tobacco, Carolinas, Georgia and Florida; Charles D. Chase, 5,000 bales, 3,000 barrels turpentine, 5,000 barrels pitch, 2,000,000 feet lumber, Florida; E. D. Webster and A. N. Shearer, 15,000 barrels tar, pitch and turpentine, Roanoke river, North Carolina, Peter Lamson, recommended by Governor Andrew, 3,000 bales cotton, North Carolina; Alonzo Brett, 3,000 bales, 3,000 barrels turpentine, North Carolina; Jeptha White, W. H. Stiner, Frank E. Winslow, P. A. Harvey, R. K. Cobb, H. C. Hicks, C. S. Palmer, small amounts cotton, from North Carolina; Fergus Pennington, 17,500 bales, Louisiana and Mississippi; Samuel Noble, 250,000 bales, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana; Robert E. Coxe, 50,000 bales, 10,000 barrels turpentine, 20,000 boxes tobacco, any Southern State; L. B. Wilson, G. O. Wallace, H. C. Hicks, J. O. P. Burnside, Alonzo Brett, Francis V. Haskins, and P. H. Whitehurst & Co., all small lots of cottons, shingles, etc. By the terms of these permits, one-fourth of the net profit goes to the Treasury, the balance to the person holding the permit.

A large amount of testimony has been taken by the House committee as to how these permits were obtained and how these parties are carrying them out. It will probably be published in a few days.


Miscellaneous.

Lincoln, on Saturday, ordered the release of Roger A. Pryor from Fort Warren on parole, to report to Colonel Forney, at Washington.

The Committee of the Whole of the Lower House of the Canadian Parliament, on Friday night, adopted a resolution appropriating three hundred and thirty thousand dollars for the frontier volunteer establishment, and fifty thousand dollars to make reimbursement for the money stolen by the St. Albans raiders.

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