Various Departures — camp cookery — soup — personal Items — drowned sailor — a patriotic young man — shooting at long Range — Charitable fund.
[Special correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Norfolk. Oct. 16, 1861.
The flag of truce steamer Kahukee
took down yesterday some forty Federal aliens.--She had also on board three English gentlemen who wished to leave the country.
Among the aliens were a number of women--one of them being a Mrs. Morris
, who had formerly been arrested at Manassas
as a spy. Dr. Ferguson
, a wounded prisoner taken at Bull Run
was also allowed to leave.
, the signal officer
, publishes a notice that whenever a flag of truce steamer leaves for Old Point
, it will be indicated by a white flag at headquarters.
One was a float to the breeze some time yesterday.
The question of a serviceable change in the rations and fare of the soldiers is beginning to be mooted.
Whatever is most wholesome with only the simple cookery that can be given in the hurried movements of a camp, is best for the soldier's use. A good, honest pot
is the most easily managed utensil of the impedimenta
of an army, and it would not require a Soyer or a Delmonico to prepare a digestible meal in one.
The French theory: "C'est la soupe que fait le soldar,"
is worthy of full experiment among our volunteers.
Good soup can almost always be made with slight skill; but other cookery depends entirely on talent, time, place, and circumstance.
The friends of Wm. H. Parker
, our faithful and vigilant Inspector-General
, under the inspection laws of Virginia
, are delighted to see him upon the streets again, after a desperate shake from the warrior's worst foe — protracted sickness.
was in the earlier brushes in Western Virginia
, with his personal friend, General Wise
; but undue exposure in the campaign brought on a severe attack of disease, which has nearly cost him his life.
The services of Mr.
P. in the blocking of Norfolk harbor, with the Yankee ships at the Gosport Navy-Yard
, are well remembered.
The dangerous condition of Gen. Wise
is melancholy intelligence for his numerous friends and admirers in this vicinity.
A part from his being the representative from Princess Anne in the Convention
, and his high political distinctions, the chivalric spirit which he has shown in the war, and his attractive personal bearing towards those who know him, have endeared him to thousands of our people.
It is to be hoped that his valuable life will be spared for many years of service to his country.
, of the Princess Anne Cavalry, in his last report to headquarters, states that the body of a drowned man was found on the coast, last Monday, about five miles south of Cape Henry
It was dressed in a sailor uniform; and he supposes that the man belonged to the schooner which was in company with the Orion
lately wrecked on her way to Hatteras
The Day Book,
of this morning, states that Mrs. Margaret Carr
applied for, and obtained from the War Department at Richmond
, a passport for herself and family to go North.
Her son, (Abraham Brown
,) whose name was on the certificate, was very indignant when the fact was made known to him. He peremptorily refuses to leave the South
, and has requested the editor to state that the pass was obtained without his knowledge or consent.
His patriotism is worthy of commendation.
The different Generals
at Old Point
, from General Wool
down, have wasted a good deal of money, from time to time, in powder and ball experiments from the Rip Raps
, and with long guns, at Sewell's Point
I would not like to foot their bill of waste for fifteen thousand dollars. Yesterday, the Federals
were at it again, throwing shells in the same direction; but it proved a bootless business, as most of the missiles failed of their mark by something like a mile.
One might as well ‘"be a dog and bay the moon,"’ as to practice futilities of this empty sort.
The Ladies' Aid Society again acknowledge the receipt of a bonus, in the shape of $500, as the net proceeds of a concert, given by the amateur minstrels of Company F and the Independent Greys
, (both of them Norfolk
companies,) assisted by the Georgia
Regimental Band, for the benefit of the families of needy volunteers.
More will yet come from like efforts for the same good cause.