The following is a summary of news from New York up to the 4th inst:
The amount of the taxable property of the State has just been determined by the board of equalization.
The board has advanced the aggregate valuation from $1,419,297,560, the figure for the last year of peace, to $1,441,767,430 in the present year of war — an augmentation of very nearly $22,500,000. The city of New York gains by a very much larger ratio; the valuation in 1860 being $550,078,788, and in 1861 rising to $571,078,798, a gain of $21,000,000. In fact, the additional valuation may be said to fall bodily upon the city.
The tax for 1860 was 3-5-6 mills, amounting in the aggregate to $5,440,610.49.
The city firemen are making preparations for a grand tournament on Thanksgiving Day. The whole department will take part, and the spectacle, it is expected, will be one of the most exciting ever witnessed in this city.
Instead of having the Union ticket before the people at the comin
y a commencement was made in the work of clearing Minor's hill of possible future cover for an attacking force.
By the time we go to press to-day it will have been finished, and an Union force so posted upon it that no more of the enemy's scouts will venture upon it. Its occupation by Gen. McClellan, as explained above, is equivalent to a forward movement of his advance of perhaps two miles. At one time yesterday forenoon Gens. McClellan, Barry, Stoneman, Fitz. John Porter, Butterfield, and Morell--six general officers--were together on that hill.
From Fortress Monroe. Fortress Monroe, Oct. 15.
--Twelve of the New York Zouave regiment were yesterday taken by the rebels a short distance above Newport News. Lieut. Geller, who was in command of the party in quest of fuel, is under arrest for cowardly behavior.
The frigate Susquehanna will sail for the blockade off Savannah on Tuesday.
Army movements — the supply of Clothing to the troops, &C. Washington, O