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ill, while in Washington, sojourn with the President by special invitation. The Crittenden resolutions have passed the New Jersey Senate, the Republicans to a man voting against them. Among the novelties in New York churches is a hydraulic engine for "blowing the organ. " The report that Ex-President Pierce has sold out his bank stocks, &c., is contradicted by the Concord (N. H.) Patriot. Gen. Harney, it is stated, will command the military in the District of Columbia upon the occasion of Lincoln's inauguration. John H. Collins and C. W. Gall, attached to the Campbell Minstrels, died of yellow fever in Cuba, recently. Twenty-three negroes were sold at Ports-mouth, Va., on Friday, for $8,716. At Block Island, Mass., on Saturday night, Nathaniel Mitchell was murdered by his wife. Dr. Theo. F. Strachan, and old physician, of Petersburg, Va., died on the 24th Inst. Jacob Roller, aged over 100 years, died in Scott county, Va., on the 9th Inst.
The Siege of Charleston. Charleston, Dec. 30 --Seven bells were fired at the city this morning. Nobody hurt. The firing heard in the direction of stone was an engagement between our batteries at Secessionville and the enemy's of Lighthouse Inject and Block Island. Their gunboats were also spelling John's Island. No casualties reported. The Yankees are throwing up heavy works opposite Secessionville; also landing move guns at the inlet. They have commenced dragging chains cast of Wagner with two barges, it is supposed with the purpose of raising the Wehawken. They are again work upon Gregg, and have reopened the embrasure with ten-inch columbia, bearing on Fort Sumter.
From Charleston. Charleston, Jan. 11. --Three shells this morning and six this afternoon were fired at the city. Nobody hurt. Some firing was heard in the direction of Lighthouse Inlet, believed to be our batteries opening on the enemy on Block Island. Nine shots were fired yesterday, from a 30-pounder, on Sumter, of which seven struck. The fleet quiet.
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