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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 6: Affairs at the National Capital.--War commenced in Charleston harbor. (search)
placed in his hands. After consultation, it is said, with Floyd, he revealed the matter to the President, who was astounded. The farce of discovering the thief was then performed, Thompson being chief manager. The Attorney-General, and Robert Ould the District Attorney (who afterward became one of the most active servants of the confederated conspirators at Richmond), were called to take a part. Neither the robber, nor the key of the safe in which the bonds were kept, could be found. Mayor Berret was required to detail a special police force to guard every avenue leading to the Interior Department, so that no clerks might leave. These clerks were all examined touching their knowledge of the matter. Nothing was elicited. Then the safe was broken open, and the exact amount of the theft was speedily made known. At length Bailey was discovered, and made a full confession. The wildest stories as to the amount of funds stolen immediately wert abroad. It was magnified to millions
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 12: the inauguration of President Lincoln, and the Ideas and policy of the Government. (search)
guests. The hall, a parallelogram in shape, was decorated with red and white muslin, and many shields bearing National and State arms. Several foreign ministers and their families, and heads of departments and their families, were present. The dancing commenced at eleven o'clock. Ten minutes later the music and the motion ceased, for it was announced that Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln, in whose honor the ball was given, were about to enter the room. The President appeared first, accompanied by Mayor Berret, of Washington, and Senator Anthony, of Rhode Island. Immediately behind him came Mrs. Lincoln, wearing a rich watered silk dress, an elegant point-lace shawl, deeply bordered, with camelias in her hair and pearl ornaments. She was leaning on the arm of Senator Douglas, the President's late political rival. The incident was accepted as a proclamation of peace and friendship between the champions. Mr. Hamlin, the Vice-President, was already there; and the room was crowded with many dis
The Inauguration Ball. --This ball, which took place in Washington on Monday night, is said to have been well attended. There was a brilliant array of beauty and fashion.--One of the ladies is represented to have been attired in two thousand dollars' worth of laces and twenty thousand dollars' worth of diamonds. At 12 ¬ľo'clock the quadrille of the evening was danced-- Douglas and Mrs. Lincoln, Hamlin and Miss Edwards, Mayor Berret and Mrs. Bergman, Mr. Harrard and Mrs. Baker composing the set. Miss Edwards, niece of Mrs. Lincoln, was acknowledged to be the belle of the evening. The ladies of the Presidential party were, according to Jenkins, dressed exquisitely.
Washington city Finances. --The following interesting fact is communicated to the Baltimore Sun, of the 2d inst., by its Washington correspondent: Mayor Berret extended the time for the reception of bids for the $5,000 loan, in aid of the families of our District volunteers, until three o'clock this afternoon, but the only proposal received was one for $25. Six per cent. was, unquestionably, too low a figure at this time.
proved entirely incorrect. Griffin's battery is attached to the Provest Marshar's force, and stationed at the corner of H and 17th streets. With only one or two exceptions the officers are Republicans of the deepest days. The refusal of Mayor Berret to take the oath of allegiance administered to the Board of Police, on the ground that he is an an-efforts member of the Board, exercises the minds of many here, in private as well as public circle. No sensible people doubt the "loyalty" of MMr. Berret. He has a right to be as punctilious on a question of official stiguestte as he pleases. Another correspondent of the Exchange writes: The complications and embarrassments experienced by the Federal authorities in this city are almost beyond conception. There is trouble in the Cabinet, trouble in the War Department. trouble in the Navy Department, trouble among the military chiefs and diseffection among the volunteers, on both sides of the river. The appointment of Gen.
and Manassas with information concerning military matters here. J. W. Mankin, of Georgetown, was arrested on Saturday for disloyalty, and Mr. J. Grimes, a merchant of that city, yesterday, on the same charge. Mrs. Phillips and Mrs. Greenhow, recently arrested here by order of the War Department, are permitted to remain at their own residences, where they and their surroundings are of course under the surveillance of military guards. A similar guard is stationed in the house of Mayor Berret. Washington is to-day full of a rumor saying Mrs. Wm. M. Gwin, wife of ex-Senator Gwin, of California, was arrested at West Point, N. Y., by order of the War Department. We have not been able to verify the fact, however. We hear that a lady who resides beyond the lines of the Federal troops on the other side, was arrested in Alexandria yesterday, and over seventy letters, directed to various persons in the rebel lines, were found upon her. The replies to them were to be directe
re no important movements on the other side of the Potomac, but military authorities expect important feats to be made at different points along the line. It is understood that several of our army officers are busily engaged in returning fugitive slaves to their masters. There are rumors this morning that General Fremont has resigned his command, and that his action has been taken in consequence of the restriction placed upon his proclamation by the letter of the President. Mayor Berret, of this city, proposes to resign the office of Mayoralty. The police are arresting Secession members of the Legislature as fast as they reach Baltimore on their way to Frederick. There will consequently be no quorum present. It is presumed that all the Secession members will be arrested. There are still fifteen of the House and three of the Senate to be arrested. Several of these are said to have fled from the State. The President has appointed Wm. Nelson, of Kentucky, a Br
g Lieut. Colonel Owens for the command. Prince Salm Salm was sometime ago appointed, but at his own request a change has been made, and he is now attached to General Blenker's staff. It is satisfactorily ascertained that the rebels have not lately sent any of their forces to the Upper Potomac. They have merely retired further back into Virginia. Their lines extend from Occoquan and Manassa to Fairfax C. H. Manassa obviously being their base of operations. The friends of Ex-Mayor Berret say he has gone to New York, purposing to reside there during the continuance of the present troubles. Affairs at New York. New York, Oct. 1. --It is known that a large quantity of cotton has arrived here from the Eastern States recently for shipment to Europe. It now appears that the brokers have been engaged in sending our fine staples abroad, receiving in return, for manufacture into heavy goods, the Indian cotton from England. The steamship Persia, on her recent trip
n of the city council this evening attracts visitors, as the resolution passed by the aldermen for going into an election for Mayor on Thursday next, at 2 P. M., to fill the vacancy created by Mr. Berrett's resignation, sent in since his release from Fort Lafayette, comes up for consideration. It seems that the corporation attorney, Mr. Bradley, in his opinion declaring it unnecessary to go into a new election now, in view of Mr. Wallach having been heretofore chosen Mayor pro tem. during Mr. Berret's " disabilty," admits that had the pro tempore selection taken place in consequence of "disability" arising from sickness of the actual Mayor, and the latter had subsequently died, a new election then would be necessary. Alderman Moore holds hat by the same rule, under the terms of the law and the charter, a new election is just as necessary when the "disability" arises from absence from the city (compulsory or otherwise) and afterwards is relieved, or terminates by resignation. The