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fifteen hundred negroes. A soldier from Niblett's Bluff reports that Col. Tom Green succeeded in capturing sixty wagons on the 24th, and five hundred negroes. The Brownsville Flag, of the 15th ult., published a report that a French man-of-war had made her appearance off the bar at the mouth of the Rio Grande, and that she was examining vessels arriving to ascertain if they carried articles contraband of war. If this be so, the Rio Grande is doubly blockaded, but while Lincoln excludes everything, (except, perhaps, munitions and supplies for the Mexicans under Adams's pass,) the French only shut out articles contraband. There was a surplus of merchandize at Brownsville, (on the Texas side of the Rio Grande,) and goods could be had at very low rates, especially by the cargo, and even by the package. Cotton was declining on account of the scarcity of specie to pay the export duty and other charges. But it was arriving freely, and could be bartered to advantage for goods.
The ground in Pennsylvania. --It appears that our troops occupy points in three counties of Pennsylvania--Fulton, Franklin and Adams. Fulton, the westernmost of the three, is but thinly settled, having a population, by the census of 1850, of 7,567 on an area of 380 square miles. It is mostly mountainous, but has some fertile land in the valleys. Adams county has an area of 530 square miles, and a population of about 26,000. Gettysburg, the chief town, is a thriving place, the population having increased between 1850 and 1853 from 2,150 to 3,000. It is the seat of a Lutheran Theological Seminary and of Pennsylvania College. The former, in 1859, had 25 students and a library of 10,000 volumes, the latter 87 students and a library of 9,000 volumes. Its principal business is carriage building, besidds which copper mines have been worked in its vicinity for twelve years past. Franklin, the central county of the three, has an area of 740 square miles, and a population