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he wave of his hand causes the various movements of the massive metal. The Forty-fifth Pennsylvania Regiment is the trip-hammer of Alexandria, which is being beaten into shape, and Provost Marshal D. A. Griffith, of Reading, Pennsylvania, is the master workman. His justice is summarily administered. The punishment follows the offence with prompt rapidity. Something like this: The prisoners, having been committed by Provost Marshal Griffith, are brought up in the morning before Provost Judge Freese, the Adjutant-General, who is on General Montgomery's staff. They have, to paraphrase a little, bayonets to right of them, bayonets to left of them, bayonets in front of them, and bayonets to rear of them, so that to attempt to escape would be much like kicking against the pricks. Here is something like the course of justice: Judge — Well, John, where did you get your liquor to get drunk? John — At Dick Robinson's. Sergeant — It was Tom Robinson's sir. Judge — Well,
five balloons, sixteen wagons, 85 horses, and six hundred men, exclusive of those on the boat, are employed. Affairs in Alexandria. The election for corporate authorities at Alexandria, to displace the present disloyal incumbents, is fixed for the 20th inst. Wm. Arnold, Lewis McKenzie, Stephen Shinn, and Henry Mansfield, are the Commissioners appointed to conduct the election. The prominent citizens of Alexandria arrested on suspicion of holding an election for member of the rebel Congress have been dismissed, for the want of evidence to convict them. The amount of property of rebel debtors seized and held by the Provost Judge of Alexandria is over twenty thousand dollars. It is held by an order issued by General McClellan. It is believed by many in high position, who have examined the facts, that the Administration will sustain the decision of Judge Freese. Certain it is that all the members of the Cabinet do not endorse the views of Attorney-General Bates.
this morning reports that the town is deserted, except by a garrison of 240 troops, and that they have a large quantity of ammunition stored there. Affairs in New York. From New York papers of the 14th we extract the following items: At the special meeting of the Chamber of Commerce yesterday, to consider a memorial to the President in relation to granting civil powers to Provost Judges, Mr. Opdyke presented a memorial, which was adopted, strongly urging that the action of Judge Freese, at Alexandria, be sanctioned, and that similar tribunals be established wherever the Federal army establishes the authority of the Government in a rebellious district. Yesterday, as the steamer Atlas was returning from Amboy, laden with military stores, smoke was observed coming from the freight piled about the deck Upon examination, it was found that a case packed with haversacks had taken fire from spontaneous combustion. The haversacks were made in Philadelphia, and by the way t
chments at Manassas, and some heavy guns. He says that no troops have gone Southward to his knowledge, the coast operations not causing any dispersion of their forces. This is contradicted by other authority. He brought with him a good horse, is well clothed — double woolen underclothing, heavy woolen overcoat, one Sharpe's rifle — and presented as good an appearance as our orderless generally. Oath of Allegiance Administered to Lawyers Practicing in the Courts of Alexandria. Judge Freese, of the Provost Court, at Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday, the 27th ult., made the following order in open court, and directed the Clerk of the Court to enter it upon the records: "No person shall be permitted to practice in this court as an attorney or counsellor-at-law until he shall have first taken the following oath: "I do solemnly swear that I will support, protect, and defend the Constitution and Government of the United States against all enemies, whether domestic or fore