Progress of the war.
From late copies of Northern journals we make up the following summary of interesting news:
from the North.
Message of the Governor of New York.
The Ohio Legislature--Message of the Governor.
From Fortress Monroe--sailing of Charles Henry Poster for Hatteras.
More prisoners at the Washington Female prison Bakery Mass of Insanity.A Washington correspondent, of the 4th inst., communicates the following to a Baltimore journal: ‘ Three prisoners have been added to the charge of Lieutenant Sheldon, at the female prison, formerly Mrs. Greenhow's house.--Two of them are from Washington, and the other is Mrs. Baxley, from Baltimore, arrested while trying to make her way through our lines across the river, and not upon the Old Point boat, as the papers state. She is an unmitigated rebel and cheered justly for Jeff. Davis and the Southern Confederacy. A perambulatory gentleman of the organic musical persuasion happening to be in the vicinity of the prison the highly excited female rebel in a state of incarceration threw the said musical amateur the sum of two shillings, and requested him to strike up ‘"Dixie."’ But, under the application of a threatened bayonet charge from the grim sentinel who keeps watch and ward over the involuntary inmates, he retreated, not, however, without securing the price of his unearned services, and amid the execrations of the tuneless female. After a night's reflection her passion became mollified, and the next morning she was found bathed in tears, and willing to accept the proffered food which she had so persistently refused since her capture, two days before. The other two ladies were taken before the Provost Marshal to-day to obtain their statements, and it is stated that they will probably be released. It is probable, also, that Miss Poole will be released and sent to Richmond via Fortress Monroe and Norfolk, the Government having nothing particular against her, except being a dangerous woman at large. She has conducted herself very quietly and properly since her arrest. As to Mrs. Greenhow, the physicians in attendance pronounce her a monomaniac, and if confined much longer, will become hopelessly crazy. It is already stated, and with much show of probability, that she will be removed further North--probably Fort Warren--in a few days. ’
Mr. Stevens's bill in the Federal Congress--its provisions.The following is the bill introduced in the Yankee House of Representatives a few days ago, by Mr. Stevens, of Pennsylvania:
- 1. That all laws or parts of laws creating and establishing ports of entry or delivery in any State now in rebellion be and the same are hereby repealed.
- 2. Hereafter no vessel, either foreign or domestic, except such as belong to or are employed by the Government of the United States shall enter or leave any of the said ports, unless driven there by stress of weather.
- 3. If any vessel shall violate, or attempt to violate, the provisions of this act, the said vessel, cargo, and everything appertaining thereto, shall be forfeited, the one-half to go to the captors, and the other half to the United States, and every person is hereby authorized to make such seizure, and the captain or commander of such vessel shall be fined not exceeding five hundred dollars.
- 4. The said vessel and cargo may be seized at any place at sea or in any port, and the goods may be taken wherever found, either on land or water.
- 5. The proceeds shall be divided amongst the captors according to the law now regulating prizes.
- 6. The ship and cargo may be tried, as well as the officers, in any court in the United States into whose jurisdiction the same may be taken.
- 7. The States now in rebellion are Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas. If any other States should hereafter become rebellious the President shall proclaim the fact, and the provisions of this act shall then apply to such State or States.
- 8. The President shall have power to declare any harbor or harbors ports of entry when in his judgment it shall be expedient.
Another Newspaper excluded from the mails.The New York Journal of Commerce says that the Caucasian, of that city, a weekly journal, and the successor of the Day Book, has been excluded from the mails. The editor of the Caucasian, in announcing the fact says: ‘ There is no charge that we have opposed the war; that we have advocated secession, or laid ourselves liable to any charge of disloyalty, unless it be disloyal to oppose negro freedom. Our only, our sole cause of offending, so far as we can learn, is, that we have advocated the subordination of the negro to the white man as the formal order of American society, and contended that the relations of the races, as it has come down to us from the founders of our Government, is right.--This being simply a question of political opinion, we had no suspicion that its advocacy could fall under the ban of the Administration. ’
Arrival of a Prize schooner.The Baltimore Patriot, of the 7th instant, says: ‘ The schooner William H. Northrop, balling from Havana, December 1st, was brought into New York yesterday by Prize Master Rhodes and five men from the gun-boat Fernandina. She has a cargo of eighteen bags of coffee and a quantity of quinine and other medicines. She was taken December 25, off Cape Fear, by the gun-boat Fernandini, while attempting to run the blockade at Wilmington, North Carolina. She was formerly a Charleston pilot boat of about 80 tons burden. ’
Deserters from the Confederate Army.The Washington Star, of the 6th inst., has the following items of interest: ‘ Yesterday, Lieuts. Bigelow and Brown, of Michigan, brought into General Heintzelman's quarters eight deserters from the rebel army, of which five were privates, two sergeants, and one captain. They relate, with every appearance of sincerity, a pitiable story of the suffering condition of the rebel army. Their food is scarce, and poor, their clothes thin, and they are suffering intensely from cold and hunger, while dissatisfaction and insubordination are rampant. It is requested that we do not mention the information they gave of the situation of the rebel forces. They are now in Alexandria. The Capt. says: ‘"This is a severe punishment you are inflicting upon them, keeping them in a state of inaction."’ Captain Kethil, of the steamer Reindeor brought up to-night two seceen prisoners, 22 four-bushel bags full of India. rubber overcoats, several large and small boxes, containing woollen shirts, military trimmings, quinine, &c. These goods were put ashore on the Maryland side, near the mouth of the Chicomoxen, on Saturday night, from a small boat, which was chased by a Federal gun-boat. ’
Arrest of a Suspicious person.The Washington correspondent of the New York Herald, dated the 6th inst., says: ‘ Yesterday a Virginia farmer named Richard Lacy, who is suspected of having given aid and comfort to the enemy, came inside the lines of Gen. Heintzelman's division near the Quaker Church, in the vicinity of Accotink, with the ostsible purpose of hauling wood to ship from Dage creek. Both he and a river captain, who accompanied him, were sent to the Provost Marshal, at Alexandria. ’
A Startling order from Gen. Hunter.The St. Louis Democrat, (Rep.,) publishes the following order from Gen. Hunter, and remarks: ‘ If the following, which has been handed to us, is correct, Gen. Hunter should at once be drummed out of the United States service.--It is a shocking and horrible order, nearly as wicked as Cameronism. It will be seen that a Major-General of the United States army threatens to burn Platte City, Missouri, unless some secession scoundrel is seized or expelled from it; that he will reduce it to ashes and steal all the negroes. It is unquestionably a canard, but the gentleman who sent it to this city is certified to by one of our most distinguished citizens, who agrees with us that his friend may be deceived. We shall inclose it to Washington, and if there are any real facts in the case, they must be brought out, and Gen. Hunter ought to be superseded: ’
Headquarters Department of Kansas,
To the Trustees of Platte City, Missouri:Gentlemen: