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The U. S. Postmaster General his annulled the contract for carrying the mails from Baltimore to Norfolk, and it is probable that mail service throughout the South will soon be discontinued.

A young lady of Norwich, Conn., writes to a young lady of New York:‘"Few of the Wide Awakes of this place have gone to the war. They are so affectionate that they can not leave their sisters and mothers"’

Two thousand troops have been sworn in the service of the United State in Western Virginia. Two regiments in Ohio are ready to cross the river at a moment's notice to defend Wheeling.

On authority of Thurlow Weed, it is said that President Lincoln has resolved to bestow an important military position — probably that of Commissionary General — upon Gov. Banks.

The Cunard steamship Africa, unloading at the wharf Jersey City, has on board 10,000 Enfield rifles for the United States Government.

An order for the release of Mr. Joseph H. Spencer, of Baltimore, who has been held in confinement at Annapolis for a week past, was issued on Wednesday.

A barn belonging to Mr. Wm. Evans, eight miles north of Danville, Va., was struck by lightning on the night of the 12th inst., and entirely consumed.

Wm. H. Nowlan has been arrested in Petersburg for swindling. He was raising money without authority, by subscription, to purchase a flag for a Dinwiddie company.

The Emperor of the French is said to contemplate the establishment of a new monthly line of steamers between St. Nazaire and New York.

A merchant of Augusta, Ga., just returned from a business visit to Kentucky, says that Mr. Breckinridge informed him that he had no doubt that Kentucky would soon secede.

The dry goods trade in New York, this week, has been unusually dull. The demand for military goods has even fallen off make really.

A citizen of Charlotte, N. C., who has invented a gun which will fire 120 balls per minute, has gone to Montgomery to have it patented and accepted.

It is stated that Commissioners from Havana have gone to Montgomery to confer with the Confederate Government concerning Southern shipping at Cuban ports.

An Israelite, of the name of Teasel, has been made a Professor in the University of Vienna. This is the first instance of the kind.

A new projectile has been invented in France, weighing ninety pounds, which, falling in a column of troops, is expected to kill a hundred men.

The Louisville Journal states that a dispatch was received in that city on Sunday to the effect that the New Orleans banks suspended specie payment on Saturday.

Judge Sprague, of the U. S. District Court, at Boston, has given an opinion laying down the law against piracy, in respect to Southern privateers.

The Pennsylvania Legislature have incorporated the ‘"Union Nurse Corps,"’ a body of women who all want to be Florence Nightingales.

Nine regiments (says a Washington dispatch) are ordered to proceed to Fortress Monroe.

The Cambridge (Md.) Democrat announces that Judge Stewart declines a re-election to Congress.

Mario, the husband of Jessie White, has been ordered to quit Ferrara within twenty-four hours. On his refusal he was arrested.

Hon. John Warts, formerly a member of Congress from Philadelphia, died in Rome, Italy, on the 23d ult.

The Confederate Congress has adopted a resolution requesting the President to appoint a day of lasting and prayer.

‘"Propitious weather and beautiful crops"’ in the tone of the intelligence from Western Virginia.

Robert Alken was crushed to death in the paper mill at Trenton, New Jersey, on the 15th inst.

The American sailed for Liverpool on Wednesday, taking out about $13,000 in specie.

Messrs. Collier, Young, and Shell, are raising a company of Artillery in Petersburg.

Col. John Woolfolk, as old citizen of Columbus, Ga. died on the 18th inst.

Ex-Gov. McMulten was in Alexandria on Thursday.

A Spanish squadron, with 8,000 troops, has sailed for St. Domingo.

The Legislature of Ohio adjourned sine dis on Tuesday.

There are 3,200 applicants for office in the Philadelphia Custom House.

Louis Napoleon has entered his fifty-third year.

The negroes of New York talk of forming a Zouave regiment.

The idiots at Reading, Pa., Fred a bundred gane ‘"an honer of the arrest of Ress Winnue."’

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