Strong fortifications have been ordered by the South Carolina Convention in and around Charleston harbor, to resist any reinforcements that may be sent to Major Anderson.
Governor Pickens is in daily receipt of dispatches from the South, tendering men to defend South Carolina from invasion.
The scene in the Senate at Washington to-day was intensely exciting.
Senator Benjamin, of Louisiana, who, it had been reported, would make a conciliatory speech, gave out that he would make a parting secession speech — an announcement which drew an immense audience.
Senator Benjamin spoke calmly throughout, but the character of his speech at the close opened up to every one the new era in national affairs.
His closing declaration, that the South could never be subjugated, was greeted by the galleries with disgraceful applause, screams, and uproar.
It was evidently the act of persons who had purposely packed the galleries.
For this demonstration the galleries were promptl