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March 31.--Mr. George N. Sanders telegraphed to-day from Montgomery, a special despatch to the N. Y. Tribune, that Newport is again to become the commercial rival of New York. If Sprague is elected Governor of Rhode Island, that plucky little State will at once abandon the old hulk of the Union, offering at once a commercial depot and a summer residence for Southerners. The estimated value of the traffic thus diverted from New York, may be set down at $50,000,000 annually, so long as the latter remains in the Union. Fort Pickens will soon be reduced to the same condition as Fort Sumter. Glorious account come from all parts of the New Confederation.--New York Tribune, April 1.
If the secessionists succeed in taking Fort Pickens, they will be acknowledged — a confederacy of Pickens and stealings.--Punch
rrive by every train. Three companies from Louisiana arrived to-day, also a hundred water soldiers (marines) from New Orleans. Gen. Bragg has now under his command about 8,000 troops — a larger number, I believe, than Gen. Scott commanded in the valley of Mexico. They are all in fine health, and anxious for the hour that decides the destiny of self and country. The crisis approaches nearer and nearer. Another day of soldier toil has added to the great preparation. The commander of Fort Pickens is unceasing in his military labors. Like Bragg's, his men work day and night. They have thrown up a battery out-side, but near the walls, of heavy guns, obtained from their ships, while on the ramparts they are piling bag upon bag of sand to protect their guns and men. And all this visible to the naked eye — even their muskets, stacked on the beach. The Governor has accepted the tender of the two military companies of Pensacola, as well as that of the gallant Capt. Miller, of Santa
It is going to be the very mischief to run the Lincolnites off Santa Rosa Island if they don't want to go. We may and will make Fort Pickens hot for them, but they have plenty of men, and can get as many more as Lincoln can send them; when Pickens is rendered untenable, they can entrench themselves — beyond the reach of our batteries, if they like, and so keep up their camp as long as they please, or until we leave the mainland to attack them in their strong-hold. We cannot starve them out mainland to attack them in their strong-hold. We cannot starve them out without a naval force superior to that at their command. So we shall have to keep a strong force on hand to watch this nest of impudent fellows right under our noses. The knocking to pieces of Fort Pickens will not be getting rid of them if they are of a mind to stay on the island. There is plenty of sand there for batteries, and our reports show that the enemy is using it to fortify his lines.--Mobile Adv., April 23.
Washington, May 2.--Some two or three months since, seven negroes, who had been slaves, effected an escape from their masters, and appeared at Fort Pickens, then commanded by Lieutenant Slemmer. That officer returned them to the rebel troops, by whom they were given up to their owners, by whom they were mercilessly punished for the attempt to gain their liberty. At the time of their surrender, Fort Pickens was greatly in need of men to defend it, and down to this moment there has been no dFort Pickens was greatly in need of men to defend it, and down to this moment there has been no day when these negroes would not have been of great use in the various labors about the fort. Just such laborers have since been carried thither at a great expense to the Government. Their fidelity was guarantied by every circumstance, and was beyond question. When General Jackson defended New Orleans, he pressed every thing that had any fighting quality about it,--Barataria pirates, free negroes, whatever came to hand, into the service. One of the Secessionists is reported to have said,
A writer in the Mobile Register has a novel plan for capturing Fort Pickens. He says:--It is well known that there are some chemicals so poisonous that an Atmosphere impregnated with them makes it impossible to remain where they are, as they would destroy life, or interfere so much with respiration as to make fresh air indispensable. That the whole atmosphere of Fort Pickens can be so impregnated in a short time, can be shown to be by no means chimerical; and not only chimerical, but easily effected. It will not cost so much as to be impracticable, and may cost infinitely less than a regular siege, not only in money, but life. Everybody almost knowe fort, every living soul would have to leave in double quick time; it would be impossible to breathe there. If the bombardment is effected in a dead calm, the result would be certain; and often at Fort Pickens there is not a breath of air stirring from daylight until 10 o'clock in the morning. --National Intelligencer, May 29.
The Saver of Fort Pickens in prison.--Silently awaiting his doom, in the prison of Montgomery, is an officer of the U. S. Navy, whose existence seems to be forgotten by his country and his friends. A sad, brief note about him was placed in my hands ten minutes since, and I cannot resist the impulse to put the statement of his case at the head of my letter. The poor fellow, writes an Alabama secessionist, has no money and no friends here. The little capital he had has been paid, from time f the most efficient officers in the service, and came to be imprisoned in this way:--The Government at Washington — which never mentions him in his despatches — sent Mr. Worden from the National Capital expressly to order the reinforcement of Fort Pickens. His despatches were addressed to Capt. Adams, of the Sabine. He arrived safely at Pensacola — at Warrington — at the Headquarters of Gen. Bragg, on the very day that Gen. Bragg, Commodore Ingraham of the Confederate Navy, and Capt. Adams