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he scene which ensued is described as ludicrous in the extreme. The brave policemen were wild with fright, and precipitated themselves over the side of the steamer in anything but an orderly or graceful manner. The crowd on the pier cheered at the discomfiture of the police, and as the Montgomery glided out into the river, similar manifestations were observed on board among the officers and passengers. The New York Express of Friday says the following dispatch has been received by H. B. Cromwell & Co., owners of the steamship Monticello, from their Savannah agents: "Savannah, Jan. 24. "The seizure of arms from the Monticello cause excitement here, Can you get them back? We fear retaliation." From Charleston. The Charleston papers of Friday contain the following items: A workman, who left Fort Sumter yesterday, reports that eighteen of his comrades(all laborers,;) will leave this morning. He says that the determination of the laborers not to do any fight
Active Preparations. --A recent letter from New York says: The Government is moving with great vigor in naval affairs. Almost every steamer, suitable for blockading purposes, is either chartered or undergoing examination with that view. The following steamers were sold by H. B. Cromwell to the War Department yesterday: R. R. Cuyler, Huntsville and Montgomery. It is probable that the propellers Mount Vernon, Monticello, Potomac, Locust Point, Parkersburg and Chesapeake will also be purchased.
sisting of two steam frigates, steam transports, sailing vessels, barges, &c — left Fort Monroe last evening. The expedition passed the Capes and bore away southwardly. One of the frigates has returned. The object is supposed to be the more effectual blockading of Southern ports by the nonsensical plan of sinking old hulks,&c., filled with stone, and especially at the inlets of the North Carolina coast. There was another balloon ascension yesterday at Old Point. A soldier named Cromwell, was fatally injured near Suffolk, on the Seaboard Railroad, on last Friday. Wm. Chastine, a private in the Fourth Georgia Regiment, died, of typhoid fever yesterday, at a private residence, near Camp Jackson, on Pig Point. The remains will be forwarded to Georgia. Corporation Court, Aug. 26th, 1861.--Present; Justices Summers, Parker, Moseley, Stevens, and Harrison: John Duffes, charged with robbing William Wright, and David A Fish charged with shooting Wilson S. Pepper, we
s and the other iron, several revolvers, and some other fire-arms. It is not known whether there was any powder on board, but it is supposed there was not much. --Her sails are small and cannot be depended upon. There was no war risk, and the value of the vessel is over sixty thousand dollars. It is not known whether the cargo was insured. The Captain is expected to arrive here to-day, and then the full particulars will be obtained. The steam propeller Chesapeake was owned by H. B. Cromwell, of this city, and was a splendid vessel in every respect. She was built in 1853, by J. A. Westerville, was 460 tons burthen, and eleven feet draft of water, built of oak, schooner rigged, and had a direct acting engine of two hundred horse power, one cylinder of forty inches, and forty-two inch piston. She has always been a popular boat on this route. The Chesapeake carried a crew of about twenty persons, who were, no doubt, so scattered throughout the vessel that they did not ha