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Virginia Legislature.[Extra session.] Senate. Wednesday, December 14, 1864. The Senate was called to order at 12 o'clock. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Peterkin, of St. James's (Episcopal) Church. Messrs. Hunter, Logan, Frayser, Armstrong, Neeson, Lynch and Bruce were appointed the joint committee on salt. Resolutions of inquiry were read and passed inquiring into the expediency of placing at the disposal of the Governor a fund of--thousand dollars, to be expended in the procurement of necessary articles of subsistence, the same to be sold to families, or to the cities, towns and counties, under suitable limitations, for cost and charges; inquiring into the expediency of immediately reporting a bill providing the necessary compensation for members of the General Assembly; inquiring into the expediency of repealing "the act for the protection of sheep; and to increase the growth of wool" ; instructing the Committee on Railroads and Internal Improvements to inquire into the
Tom Thumb. --The London papers of November 18th announce the arrival of "General Tom Thumb" and family in that city. They are holding daily levees in a hotel near St. James's Palace. The Star says: "The baby is a pretty little girl, with light silken hair and a vivacious disposition. She will be a year old next month, and it may interest our readers to know that she weighs precisely seven pounds and three- quarters."
Late raid to Warrenton. St. James's Rectory, Warrenton, Va.,Feb. 10, 1865. To the Editor of the Richmond Dispatch: In a letter, published in your paper of the 1st instant, which, over the signature of Traveler, gives a description of the late Yankee raid in Warrenton, I find that the reason assigned for such a raid was the bringing of a pass to the Episcopal minister and his wife to go to New York. Permit me to say that such a statement is utterly and entirely False. The writer must have known better, and the only cause for such an assertion lies in the fact that, among a package of letters left here by the party, one was addressed to my wife. Moreover, citizens, but recently returned from Fairfax Courthouse, were told by the officer commanding that the object of the raid (as already noticed in a recent number of the Sentinel) was an extended tour throughout the country, and the intended capture of some of our soldiers known to be here. In making this correction
uch mighty hearts, such mighty works; such ages of story,--all buried in one black mass! Piteous spectacle! " cried Paulette, striking his breast and stretching forth his arms over the skeleton of what was once a sovereign in the world. He took his son by the hand and led him over the confused masses, telling him as they went along what were the ruins by which they passed. "This great heap of buildings which has fallen into the square must be the palace of our kings. It is that St. James's where they dwelt till nobler buildings rose with the improving times. See here, Charles, there is less ruin here. This open space was park and garden; and time has been that I have heard the buzz of men filling all this place when the sovereigns came to hold their courts in that building. I think that this dreadful fire must have taken place before life was quite extinct; for, see, there are heaps of bones here, as though men had fled together to avoid it; and it either overtook them
as taste had been expended upon it; and for the past week the old men and matrons, the young men and maidens, had been bringing the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the Temple of the Lord — for which latter you will, as Captain Cuttle says, overhaul your Isaiah. Grace Church was festooned from end to end with a double line of cedar wreaths. Hoops of the same hung between the windows and along the galleries. Over the altar hung a star of holly and box. St. James was dressed with great taste. A heavy braid of green ran straight around the galleries, intersected by the loops of two rows of cedar festoons. A cross of bright green hung over the pulpit. The lectern and pulpit were neatly trimmed, and the font was a pretty picture. Dr. Peterkin spoke from the chancel from the text, "The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light." As an opening anthem, the choir sang, "Unto us a child is born," and sang during the service a new " Te Deum,"
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