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War matters.
from the North.

We continue our summary of Northern news, obtained from New York and Baltimore papers of the 15th and 16th inst.:

The Federal army Appropriation bill.

The bill reported from the Committee of Ways and Means of the Federal Congress making appropriations for the support to the army, provides for the support of the army for the year ending 30th of June, 1863, as follows:

For expenses of recruiting, transportation of recruits, and compensation to citizen surgeons for medical attendance$180,000 00
For purchase of books of tactics and instructions for volunteers50,000 00
For pay of the army8,905,318 00
For commutation of officers' subsistence1,574, 186 50
For commutation of forage for officers' horses283,414 00
For payments to discharged soldiers for clothing not drawn150,000 00
For payments in lieu of clothing for officers' servants71,630 00
For pay of volunteers under acts of 22d and 25th of July, 1861147,283,282 00
For subsistence in kind for regulars and volunteers58,429,180 00
For the regular supplies of the Quartermaster's Department30,300,000 00
For the incidental expenses of Quartermaster's Department16,000,000 00
For the purchase of cavalry and artillery horses3,913,680 00
For mileage or the allowance made to officers of the army for the transportation of themselves and their baggage, when travelling on duty, without troops, escorts, or supplies1,000,000 00
For hire or commutation of quarters for officers on military duty, hire of quarters for troops, of storehouses for the safe keeping of military stores, of grounds for summer cantonments, for the construction of temporary huts, hospitals, and stables, and for repairing public buildings at established posts3,500,000 00
For heating and cooking stoves75,000 00
For gunboats on the Western rivers1,000,000 00
For contingencies of the army400,000 00
For clothing for the army, camp and garrison equipage, and for expenses of offices and arsenals30,630,717 91
For the Medical and Hospital Department3,500,000 00
For contingent expenses of the Adjutant General's Department at Department Headquarters200,000 00
For compensation of the Clerk and Messenger in the office of the Commanding General200,000 00
For contingent expenses of the office of the Commanding General300 00
For supplies, transportation and care of prisoners of war1,124,576 00
For amount of fortifications1,620,500 00
For the current expenses of the ordnance service732,500 00
For ordnance, ordnance stores and supplies, including horse equipments for all mounted troops7,380,000 00
For the manufacture of arms at the national armory1,800,000 00
For repairs and improvements and new machinery at the national armory at Springfield, Mass150,000 00
For the purchase of gunpowder and lead1,100,000 00
For additions to and extension of shop room, machinery, tools, and fixtures at arsenals500,000 00
For surveys of military defences100,000 00
For purchase and repair of instruments10,000 00
For printing charts of lake surveys10,000 00
For continuing the surveys of the Northern and Northwestern lakes, including Lake Superior105,000 00
For pay of two and three years volunteers50,000,000 00
For payments to discharged soldiers for clothing not drawn50,000 00
For subsistence in kind for two and three years volunteers26,668,902 00
For transportation of the army and its supplies14,000,881 00
For the purchase of dragoon and artillery horses1,661,040 00
For clothing, camp and garrison equipage12,173,546 77
For the medical and hospital department1,000,000 00
For amount required to refund to the States' expenses incurred on account of volunteers called into the field15,000,000 00
Total$443,333,738 98

From Missouri — Unreliable Rumors — serious rupture among the Commercial men of St. Louis, &c.

The New York Herald, of the 16th instant, contains a very interesting letter from St. Louis, under date of the 11th inst., from which we make the following extracts:

‘ Yesterday and to-day the most ridiculous stories are afloat in regard to the movements from Cairo and Paducah. Whenever the operation of the wires is suspended for an hour or more, the Secessionists of the city amuse themselves by putting the most absurd statements in circulation, all of them averring that some terrible calamity has fallen upon the Union troops. Day before yesterday Col. Carr's force was reported defeated with a loss of 1,000 killed and wounded, and the balance made prisoners. Colonel Carr, with his 2,000 cavalry, was at last accounts encamped on the Gasconade, fifty miles west of Rolla, and was in no danger of attack. Yesterday rumor had it that a battle was going on at Columbus, our troops having been twice repulsed, with great loss, and three of our gunboats sunk. To-day Buell has been attacked and defeated, with terrible loss. So it goes on ‘"from rosy morn ill dewy eve."’

A serious rupture has occurred in the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce. At the annual election, a few evenings since, the Secession members endeavored to control the affairs, and elect officers of their own stripe, turning out those of Union sentiments and choosing in their places persons who adore the three barred flag. The Union men became indignant and withdrew. Yesterday they met and organized the Union Merchants Exchange, at the store room of L. W. Patchen & Co., corner of Main and Elm streets.--This firm offered to give the use of the rooms rent free, and an enthusiastic member donated a fine flag, which is to be permanently hoisted over the building. One hundred and fifty firms and individuals put down their names on the new list, paying on the spot the fee of $10 each. To-day they meet for permanent organization and a choice of officers.

Gen. Sigel--Excitement at his resignation — his Accomplishments as an Officer.

The Missouri Democrat contains a special dispatch from Rolla, under date of January 10, which furnishes us with the following item in relation to the resignation of General Sigel:

Gen. Sigel still remains here, and will not leave until he has orders to that effect. His resignation caused much excitement, and his loss, if we must lose him, will be most deeply regretted. Since the outbreak of the rebellion he has shown more military talent than any of those officers who so bitterly oppose him. When he received orders from Gen. Lyon to march into the Southwest he was on the move in the shortest possible time. His movement from Springfield toward Neosho was pronounced one of the most rapid marches during the war, and the admirable skill displayed in his memorable fight at Carthage won for him a brilliant and lasting reputation among the enemy as well as among our loyal citizens.

At the time Gen. Fremont started on his Southwest campaign it was a matter of common remark that Gen. Sigel outstripped all officers in celerity of evolution. On a certain day orders were issued to the five divisions of the army to march from the line of the railroad as soon as practicable. While the other Generals remained stationary and passed the time in swearing about a lack of transportation, Gen. Sigel moved ahead, and almost before we were aware of it had crossed the Osage at Warsaw, fifty miles away, and had taken position ten miles beyond that stream. I make the above statements in proof of my assertion that the officer in question has evinced military ability in his career as a commander.

The trip of the War steamer Pensacola down the Potomac.

Washington, Jan. 13.
--Acting Master J. H. Avery, commanding the Pusey, which accompanied the Pensacola on her trip down the Potomac, returned to-day. He reports that the Pensacola was not hit by any of the shot or shell from the rebel batteries, and did not fire a gun. After having passed Cockpit Point, two shots were fired at her, but they fell in the wake of the sloop.--A breast of Shipping Point and Evansport, 30 shots were fired by the rebels, principally shells from 32-pounders. They passed from 30 to 60 feet above the surface of the water, and flew in almost every direction, without hitting the Pensacola — she making 11 knots an hour. The last shell was fired when she was about a mile and a half below the battery.

It passed above the mizzentop, and through the main and fore rigging, and burst about twenty feet forward of the vessel. Off Sage Point, about three miles below the batteries, they came to anchor to wait for daylight. As they passed Aquia Creek they were fired at by pieces on the hills, but fell short. The Pensacola was piloted by Capt. Walters. The night was dark, and in passing Mattawana flats there was only one foot to spare between the keel of the sloop and the mud.

The Pusey left the Pensacola at the mouth of the Potomac, at 8½ o'clock, A. M., and returned last night. In passing the batteries on the upward trip the only shot fired at her was from Shipping Point.

In connection with the above subject, the Fredericksburg Herald of the 17th inst., says:

‘ The firing was of course pretty much at random, but the gunner of one of our rifle guns at Evansport says he believes he missed her the first and third shots, but that he certainly heard a crash of timbers at the second fire. Several gentlemen from King George are also very certain that the Pensacola was bit. Mr. Ashton used a glass in looking at the Pensacola as she passed down the river, and he says that she had a hole in her bow nearly as large as a hogshead!

Gen. M' Clellan's plan of the War — its immediate success certain.

The York Times contains a letter from Washington, dated the 12th inst., written by a person who speaks from the highest possible authority, relating to the plans of Gen. McClellan, from which we make the following extract:

‘ Your suggestions to attack Manassas, even at the risk of defeat, on the ground that we had better be beaten than rot to pieces, is not like your usual good sense. Any military man would tell you that to hurl our forces against those strong entrenchments would be sheer madness. But Gen. McClellan has them caught in their own trap. They are like a fox in a burrow with one hole, where they must soon be forced out, and then Gen. McClellan will fall upon them like a thunderbolt. The public will not then complain of his want of energy. I tell you it will be so fearful as to have wailing and mourning from every Southern household. Knowing what I do, and have but thus barely hinted at as the grand plan of the campaign, I repeat that the rebels are doomed, and secession will never again raise its hydra head in the land. The folds of the giant constrictor are now tightening around the rebellion, and the coming month will see it crushed out completely and forever. Again I say, look out for a ‘"short war and a desperate one"’.

Wanted — a New stock of great men.

The following outspoken, truthful article we copy from the Cincinnati Commercial, of the 27th ult. That paper should remember that men who gave dignity and tone to the United States Congress in years gone by are now on the Southern side of the line:

‘ We wish something more of dignity of speech were compatible with the intellectual calibre and range of judgment of the majority of American Senators Mr. Chandler, of Michigan, was serenaded the other day, in Washington, and made a ranting speech, in which he talked of the traditional enmity of France to England, and of the ease with which we could make it available, quite in the bar-room style. John P. Hale, in the Senate, yesterday, made a war-with-England speech, in which he had the excessive bad taste to talk of the anxiety of Louis Napoleon to avenge Waterloo. In the present state of our national affairs these things are marked abroad, and their tendency is injurious. Our country is in fact, belittled by them in the eyes of European statesmen. The impression, already widely entertained, that we have a stock of very small politicians on hand, will become prevalent and fixed.--Cassius M. Clay made a discreditable exhibition of himself in Paris, where he made an absurd speech, and twaddled about what France would do with England. We must try to breed a new stock of great men in this country.

The trial of Col. Kerrigan.

The Kerrigan trial is closed. To-day the Judge Advocate submitted the evidence without argument. The sealed verdict of the court will, as usual, be sent to the General-in-Chief and the President, and if approved will be promulgated to the army. This routine may occupy several days. It is stated that Col. Kerrigan will take his seat in the House of Representatives to- morrow. He is on parole; but confined to the limits of the city.

Condition of the national Treasury.

The United States Treasurer's last weekly statement shows that the total amount on deposit was $7,700,000, on which drafts had been drawn to the amount of $6,000,000. The bullion fund is $1,102,000. The available balance in the States under insurrectionary control is stated at $4,500,000.

Parson Brownlow in danger.

From private advices received here, serious apprehensions are entertained that the heroic Parson Brownlow will be assassinated before he can reach the Tennessee border, even with a pass from the rebel War Department.

Arrival of the Saxonia.

New York, Jan. 16.
--The steamer Saxonia has arrived from Hamburg, which port she left on the 30th ult. She did not stop at Southampton.

She brings two complete batteries and a large number of small arms for the Government.

Financial and Commercial.

London, Jan. 4.
--Consols closed on Friday at 92½a92¼ for money.

The bullion in the Bank of England has increased £205,500.

American securities have nominally recovered a little, but business has been very dull. There are buyers of United States 5's at 67. Illinois Central shares are quoted at 45 a 44 discount; Erie, 27½ a 28½.

Liverpool Cotton market.

Liverpool, Jan. 4, 1862.
--The regular Brokers' Circular is not completed. The sales of the week (four days) foot up 80,000 bales, the market closing buoyant on Thursday, with a considerable advance upon all descriptions. The sales of Friday were 25,000 bales, of which 15,000 were to speculators and exporters — the market closing excited and ¼d. higher. The official figures call Middling Orleans 12¾d. a 12½d., while private authorities report an advance during the week to 13d. Ten thousand bales have been purchased for export to America.

New York stock market.

New York, Jan. 14.
--Virginia 6's, 49 a 50; Tennessee 6's 43¼ a 43¼ North Carolina 6's, 60½ Missouri 6's, 42 a 42½. On the 15th, Tennessee 6's, 43 a 43½; Missouri 6's, 42¾ a 43.

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