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The Grand Royal Arch Chapter. --The yearly convocation of the members of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Virginia, the highest order of Masonry, was held in this city, at the Masonic Hall, Franklin street, on Friday evening last. The following officers were elected at the meeting, which was fully attended by delegates from all sections of the State, viz: M E John W Potts, G H Priest; M E John R Purdy, G K; Wm H Harman, G Scribe; Thos U Dudley G T; John Dove, G S; Edward H Lane, C H; John P Little, P S; Robert E Withers, R A C; Geo W Dame, M, 3d; James A Scott, M, 2d; Wm L Lushbaugh, M, 1st; John C McCabe, C; Richard D Sanxay, Master; Emanuel Semon, Janitor.
Attempted escape. --Three of the prisoners confined to Cattle Lightning attempted to escape about 10 o'clock on Tuesday night, Their names are Kenny alias Clarke alias Morton, co. D, 10th Va. cavalry; Purdy of Johnson's artillery, and Noise, of the 10th Va. cavalry. Information of the intended escape had been conveyed to Capt. Booker, who adopted the necessary measures to frustrate it. At 10 o'clock the parties commenced by moving the large stove-pipe passing through the floor into their room. They let themselves down by blankets until they reached the basement where others were preparing to follow, discovered the lookout and gave the alarm. The men named above scattered in the basement, and on the guard searching for two of them they were found in a corner under a huge pile of bread, intended for prison use. It is said the persons confined at this prison are to be removed to Castle Thunder.
h might be injurious. Supervisor Little moved that the subject of appointing agents to recruit for the county in the rebel States be referred to the Committee on Volunteering, with instructions to report at the next meeting. Supervisor Purdy hoped the city of New York would never engage in the business of enlisting negroes. He characterized it as trafficking in human flesh. We are able to perform the duty of maintaining the Union without following the example of Massachusetts in kiion the resolution offered by Supervisor Little was adopted. Supervisor Shook then moved that the county still continue to pay three hundred dollars to every man liable to draft who brings a substitute. After some opposition from Supervisor Purdy it was adopted. Supervisor Shook then moved that those who deposit money with the Volunteer Committee to procure substitutes, have said substitutes provided for them, the money to be paid to the parties bringing the substitutes to the office
e of kidnapping, their own people are beginning to confess. At a late meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the City of New York, when a circular from the Provost Marshal General, recommending recruiting in the rebel States was read, Supervisor Purdy said "he hoped the city of New York would never engage in the business of enlisting negroes. He characterized it as trafficking in human flesh. We are able to perform the duty of maintaining the Union without following the example of Massachusets depend upon the negro, and upon the negro alone, for success in the attempt to subjugate the Southern States; and we have already seen what they are capable of doing. We would specially call attention, however, to the remarks of Supervisor Purdy. The men who, of all other men upon earth, have raised the loudest clamor about trafficking in human are the Puritans of New England. And what are "the solid men of Boston" doing at this moment ? "Trafficking in human flesh" to an extent, and
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