Norfolk, Sept, 6, 1861.
"How music charms!
How metre warms !
Parent of action, good and brave;
How vice it tames
And worth inflames,
And holds proud empire o'r the grave."
The concert last night was a decided success.
It was given, as before stated, by amateur magicians of the Third Alabama Volunteers, the proceeds to be handed over to the Ladies
' Soldiers' Aid Society.
The Opera House
, which is very large and commodious, and one of the most beautiful in the country, was crowded to its utmost capacity, presenting a display of beauty and loveliness seldom if ever surpassed.
After every seat in the capacious hall had been filled, galleries, parquet dress circle, private boxes and aisles were all occupied, the crowded masses patiently standing till the close of the performance.
There were twelve of the amateur performers, all in Ethiopian character and costume, and the entertainment far surpassed the highest expectations of the audience, many having been vastly surprised as well as highly gratified by the rare artistic ability of the amateur minstrels, and the novel and intensely interesting nature of the performance, which were loudly applauded, and some of them repeated in compliance with the clamors of the vast auditory.
The dancing was admirably done and the singing in good taste and style.
Thus, the fund of the Ladies
' Aid Society has been considerably increased and the people greatly amused and delighted by this voluntary concert of these gallant Southerners, some of whom have large possessions in the true and tried State of Alabama
, and whose greatness of soul is more than commensurate with their wealth and intellectual capacity.
The concert, at the request of the citizens, will be repeated next week.
Yesterday afternoon a beautiful flag was presented by some ladies to a company of light infantry, raised in this city and commanded by Capt. John R. Ludlow
The flag was presented in behalf of the fair doners, by his Honor Mayor Lamb
, whose impromptu address was very eloquent and appropriate.
J. E. Ford
, received the beautiful banner, unfuried its bright and gay colors to the breeze, and responded in a brief address, adadmirably suited to the occasion.
I learn that there are large and daily accessions to the Federal
forces at Fort Monroe
, that there is still a considerable fleet of war vessels in the Roads
, and about five lying off Newport News.
are really preparing for a fight, and may shortly have the temerity to attempt an attack on our powerful fortifications, vainly hoping to gets possession of the Navy-Yard
, and for a chance to ‘"burn Norfolk
."’ It is most ardently hoped by the warlike regions congregated hereabouts that the Hessians will really give our boys a chance to fight, for they are really suffering for the want of it, and many declare that they will not return to their homes before they assist in giving the Yankees
Let the ‘"tug of war"’ come quickly, then; it is absolutely painful to delay so long the expected contest, and depend upon it, whenever the conflict takes place, a good report will go forth from the noble Southerners who have met on our shores to repel the villainous aggressions of the hireling minions of a degraded, presumptuous, low-bred and vulgar backwoodsman.
I regret to announce the death of Mr. Wm. H. Jordan
, of Company.
E, of the Second Regiment North Carolina Volunteers.
He died yesterday, and his remains left in the cars of the Sea
board Road this morning for interment at the home of his relatives.
Dr. J. M. Covert
, of the city of Portsmouth
, has been appointed an Assistant Surgeon
in the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States