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Running the blockade — the captured schooner Catalina — escape of the crew.

Mr. I. J. Holmes who sailed from Charleston on the night of the 18th ult., in the schooner Catalina, (Capt Robert Johnston,) and was captured by the enemy, arrived in this city on Tuesday morning. The Catalina was overhauled by the Federal steamer Alabama on the morning of the 19th, about forty miles out from Charleston, a prize crew of six men was put on board, and the vessel sent to Philadelphia. Previous to the capture, during the night, the schooner Sarah, also running out, was hailed by the U. S. steamer Keystone State, and not stopping nine cannon balls and a volley of musketry were fired into her, when she surrendered. Some of the crew of the Sarah gave information that the Catalina had gone ahead, and it was thus that she, too subsequently fell into the hands of the enemy. When the Federals came alongside one of them remarked. ‘"You've got a very snug sailing schooner there."’ ‘"Yes"’ replied Captain Johnston. ‘"she goes very well as long as she sticks to the water, but if she gets up in the air she's uncommonly dangerous"’ This hint of an intention to blow up the vessel caused the prize crew to sleep on deck during the entire passage, refusing to go into the cabin for a moment even when it rained heavily, and constantly wearing their side arms. On arriving at Philadelphia the crew of the Catalina were put on board the prison ship Princeton, where they were kept for twelve days, and then; after an examination, were allowed to ashore, with the liberty of the city. At a subsequent period, they visited New York, and went thence to Newcastle, Del., where they perfected their arrangements for a trip to Richmond. Mr Holmes thinks that two-thirds of the people of Delaware are thoroughly Southern in sentiment, the ladies being especially ardent in their devotion to the ‘"rebel"’ cause. The men say that if the Government resorts to a draft, they will not refuse to go, but that it will be a ‘"bitter draft"’ for the United States as they mean to go over to the Southern lines the first opportunity. While walking on the wharves at Newcastle, looking for a boat to come off in, the party from the Catalina were approached by a lady to whom they were utter strangers, and who took them to her house and kept them there three days. furnishing them meanwhile with additional facilities for escape.

The people of Washington, Philadelphia and New York seem to have no hope of taking Richmond except by an overwhelming force, and are much depressed by the constant arrivals of sick and wounded. In Philadelphia enlisting for the army goes on very slowly; and our informant, who visited several recruiting offices, could see no one present except a clerk, and one or two lounging Sergeants about the door. In Baltimore, as in Delaware, the ladies persist in wearing the red and white colors, even if they have to insert them in diminutive proportions in some part of their dress. Inhabitants of Delaware say that the troops purporting to be from that State were chiefly recruited in Pennsylvania, and that there is not in reality a Delaware regiment in the U.S. army. In Washington it is generally believed Pope has 60,000 to 70,000 men. There are very few troops in Washington, and only a regiment or two stationed on Arlington Heights.

On the trip down through Virginia our adventitious party saw numerous Federal deserters; and two, whom they met on Saturday last, said they didn't come to Virginia to fight for niggers, and they'd be d — d if they were not going home.--Mr, Holmes and his companions brought with them a dozen chests of tea and other articles; and, as a specimen of charges for transportation on the Rome, they had to pay $20 on eight chests from Port Royal, to Sparta, $20 from Sparta to the North Anna river. and $2 from that point to Hanover Junction. On Saturday a party of eleven Yankees visited Port Royal, piloted by a white man and a negro, and our informant made a very narrow escape from capture.

Mr. Holmes was formerly a citizen of Richmond, Edward Mitchell, of Charleston, was among those captured on board the schooner Sarah, and is now a prisoner in Philadelphia. The treatment of the crew in that city was generally kind.

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