Affairs at the South.attack on the Confederate schooner Royal Yacht at Galveston — from Gen. McCulloch's camp — the Kentucky ladies, &c.
We make the following summary of Southern news from the latest papers received at this office:
Important from Texas--attack on the schooner Royal Yacht.The Galveston Civilian, of the 9th inst., publishes the following particulars of an attack by the Federals on the Confederate schooner ‘"Royal Yacht:"’ ‘ The people of Galveston were startled by the rumor, on the morning of the 9th, of an attack, the night of the 8th, by the Federals on the Confederate schooner Royal Yacht, Capt. Chubb, lying in the bay. The Bayou City, which arrived with the schooner in tow on the morning of the 9th, confirmed the rumor, and the following are the particulars of the attack and subsequent firing of the schooner: About 3:30 A. M., on the 9th the sentinels on the steamer Rusk observed the Royal Yacht on fire, off Bolivar. Boats were immediately dispatched to the schooner from the steamer, as also, from Pelican Spit fort On boarding the Royal Yacht, it was discovered that the fire had nearly reached the magazine — so nearly, indeed, that the cartridges were crisping and the cannon cartridges were so hot that they were removed with difficulty. On deck everything was charred, and below a scene of confusion was presented, which indicated that the attacking party had not done their work by halves. The small arms of the schooner, except two guns found on deck, had been captured. The cutlasses were found below. The schooner's gun, on deck, was seriously injured by the fire. The night was dark, and it is supposed the Federals approached the Yacht unperceived. There were found imbedded in the schooner's side musket and pistol balls, and the indications are that a sharp conflict had occurred before success rewarded the Yankees. The enemy had evidently retired rather hurriedly, as several articles belonging to them were found on the deck of the schooner. It is supposed that the attacking force numbered one hundred well armed men. Fifteen prisoners were taken by the Lincolnites. The damage to the Yacht, it is believed, can be repaired at a small expense. The Civilian closes its narrative of the affair by paying a just tribute of praise to the cool courage of the men from the steamer Rusk, and the fort, by whose exertions the Yacht was saved from destruction. ’
From Gen. M'Culloch's camp — the Federals Preparing to move.The Fort Smith (Ark.) Times, of the 8th, has the following message from Gen. McCulloch's camp: ‘ A messenger from General McIntosh, who, with his own and Stone's Texas regiment has been reconnoitering in the vicinity of Springfield, has just arrived at Gen. McCulloch's headquarters, bringing information of the most important character. The substance of the information is, that Gen. Hunter has superseded Gen. Fremont, and is now in command at Springfield, with 60 regiments of men, well armed and equipped, and that they are evidently making every preparation for a forward movement. There is (using Gen. McIntosh's language) great necessity for speedy action upon our part. Let the patriots of Arkansas, who would not see their own firesides overrun, march forward immediately, and sustain, against those Valida hordes, the banner of their country. If our men don't rally now, the consequence will be that the little Spartan band that now surrounds the indomitable McCulloch will be compelled to ‘"buck"’ against thousands. The wolves of perdition are going to attempt to cross the threshold of our liberties. Shall they do so? Will we permit it? In Heaven's name, let the echo respond, never! ’
Incident of a Serenade at West Point, Ky.The Cincinnati Commercial publishes a letter from West Point, Ky., which is mainly made of reasons and incidents, to prove that the inhabitants of Kentucky are heart and soul for the Southern cause. We make the following extract: ‘ An incident which occurred last night furnishes a sample of the success which has crowned the efforts of the secessionists to increase the popularity of the Southern rebellion in this State. One of our field officers took our fine regimental band and sallied forth a mile or so in the country to serenade some of the fair ones, who, from former interviews, he judged to be about right on the war question. The officer entered the house and the band entertained them from without with several soul-stirring airs. As they were about departing the ladies proposed to reciprocate by singing a song. Accordingly they sang a song entitled ‘" Let us have Peace."’ The quality of peace which they so much crave may be seen by scanning the closing stanza as follows: ‘ "Lay down your arms, oh mighty hosts,
'Tis your country's cause,
Let us be friend forever
We'll gain the world's applause,
But if the war goes madly on
We'll face the cannon's mouth.
'Tis worse than vain for you to try
To subjugate the South'
’ [God bless the ladies! It seems that neither the fear of Federal bayonets nor the horrors of the bastille will force them into submission to Lincoln's despotism. ’
Affairs at Bowling Green, Ky.From the Bowling Green correspondent of the Nashville Banner, of the 17th, we take the following extract: ‘ We saw a gentleman, to-day, offer gold for People's Bank notes, asking but four cents premium for the gold. The holder of the bills refused the offer. The branch of the Bank of Kentucky, at this place, was taken possession of to-day by the military authorities, and the keys to the vaults delivered over. There is a great scarcity of news, though from the extensive preparations going on, the most exciting times are not very far ahead. We had another severe fire last night. The brick residence of Mrs. Adams, on Nashville street was destroyed by fire. A negro woman belonging to Mrs. A. set the house and stable on fire. She confessed to the crime, and has been lodged in jail. ’
An Unlucky Captain.The Savannah Republican, of the 14th, says: ‘ The Lincoln steamer Union, which was wrecked on the coast of North Carolina, whilst on her way to murder and plunder the people of the South, it seems, was commanded by Captain Garvin, the well known commander for many years of the steamship State of Georgia. Apart from his base ingratitude, we are glad Lincoln availed himself of the services of this man Garvin. He seldom made a trip with the State of Georgia that some accident did not happen to her, and so repeated were such occurrences, that the passenger business of the steamer was entirely broken down. Garvin is now a prisoner of war in North Carolina, and we would regret to see him discharged, except under obligations to take charge of another important Lincoln transport. It would save our batteries the expense and trouble of many a shot. ’
Southern lace.From the Charleston Courier, of the 21st, we extract the following item: ‘ We have had the opportunity of examining the celebrated piece of lace, made by a lady of this city, and designed as a present for Mrs. Jeff. Davis. This most perfect triumph of European art in that costly style known to connoisseurs as paint application is the very first known to have been made in the Republic, and perfected without the aid of a teacher. The collar shown us contains twenty-two different patterns. We were also shown two others in the same style almost finished. ’
Sale of vessels and cargo at Charleston.The Charleston Mercury, of the 20th, says: ‘ The brig Betsey Ames, of Searsport, Me., 265 tons, in good order, and coppered, was sold here yesterday, for $7,000, cash. The brig Granada, of Portland, Me., was also disposed of, and for the same amount and terms — They were purchased by Messrs. John Fraser & Co., who will make a proper disposition of them. The sale of their cargoes, consisting of sugar, molasses, honey and other merchandise also took place, and were sold to various parties: 186 hhds. sugar sold from 6 5/8 to 7¾ cents per lb.; 187 hhds. molasses from 42½ to 47 cents per gallon; 93 hhds. melano from 2½ to 2¼ cents per lb.; 17 tierces and I barrel honey at 70 cents per gallon; 63 pieces of cedar at 52½ to 80 cents per cubic foot; 7 pieces of mahogany at $1 per cubic foot; several boxes of Turkey opium brought $11.62½ to $12.50 per pound. ’
Smith Times, of the 7th, says: ‘ Gen. McCullock has ordered all armed infantry companies in this vicinity to march via the telegraph road to Fayetteville, Those having no to remote in the vicinity of Van Buren. Lane is moving down, via Greenville, toward Neosho. Maj. Ross's five companies of Texas cavalry drove a body of the enemy's cavalry into Springfield on the night of the 2d inst. Fights between scouting and foraging parties occur daily, affording high excitement to our boys, who invariably run the Yankees off. ’