General news items.Below will be found a collection of news items, &c., culled from all quarters of Lincolndom:
Obsequies of the late Col. Baker in Philadelphia.The New York Times, of the 9th, says: ‘ The remains of the late Col. Baker arrived in Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. --When the train rolled into the depot, the City Guard were drawn no in line upon the platform. The Mayor of the city formally received the coffin containing the body, and then a squad of soldiers belonging to the California regiment received it in their turn, and bore it upon a bier to the hearse provided for it. The coffin was then covered with the splendid silk American flag sent by the Californians to the Mayor of Philadelphia The hearse was a beautiful open vehicle, drawn by six jet black horses, whose heads were decked with hiding plumes of white, corresponding with others on the top of the vehicle. A groom, in deep mourning, accompanied each horse. With Birgfeld's brass band at its head, playing the Dead March in Saul, the procession then got in motion. It passed through dense crowds of people along the entire route. ’
Obsequies in New York.The Herald, of the 12th, says: The funeral ceremonies consequent upon the departure of the remains of Colonel E. D. Baker for California took place yesterday forenoon. The body having lain in state in the Governor's room, at the City Hall, during the whole of Sunday, upwards of twenty thousand persons availed themselves of the opportunity of gazing upon the countenance of the deceased, which had been unveiled for that special purpose. Yesterday morning, long before the hour appointed for the funeral procession to form, an immense crowd had congregated in the Park to catch a last glimpse of the coffin which contained the honored remains. In the Governor's room, where the body lay, a large number of officers, volunteer and militia, were assemble and surrounded the coffin of their brother in arms. There were several civilians also in the apartments who were personally acquainted with the Colonel, and were anxious to gaz for the last time on him whom they knew and reveres through life. At eleven o'clock precisely, all being in readiness for the procession to form, the coffin was taken hold of by several privates of deceased's regiment who fought in the battle of Ball's Bluff, and borne to the hearse, which awaited it opposite the City Hall. The spectator's involuntarily uncovered their heads as the coffin was borne past them, and the band of the Seventy first pealed out the solemn strains of the dead march. The coffin being placed upon the hearse the funeral procession moved down Broadway to Battery place, down Battery place to West street, down West street to pier No. 3, where the coffin was transferred to the steamship Northern Light. Broadway was crowded during the progress of the procession, and the utmost silence was preserved among the spectators Every flag was at half mast, and a general mourning seemed to pervade every where. The coffin was placed in a case specially prepared for it, on the forward part of the ship, on the lid of which was a suitable inscription. Shortly after the conveyance of the body on board, the Northern Light got under way, and steamed down the river, with her colors at half-mast.
The removal of Fremont.The Chicago correspondent of the New York Times, writing under date of Nov. 1, has the following paragraph relative to the removal of Gen. Fremont: The removal of Gen. Fremont from the command of the Western Department excited no surprise here, as it has been for weeks regarded as a foregone conclusion. The public mind has been treated to all kinds of rumors and reports prejudicial to him, with the view of preparing it for the step. Nevertheless there is much indignation on all sides, and the majority favor the opinion that he has been shabbily treated, and look for evil results to the loyal cause to flow from it. The report of the Adjutant General was considered as a most unfortunate document by nearly all in this region. Or, perhaps, the publication of what ought to have been regarded as a private memoranda for the use of the War Department, was regarded as the unfortunate feature of the affair, as passing events, which transpired while the Adjutant General was preparing his report, falsified nearly all his prophecies respecting the movements of General Fremont. His facts were mainly regarded as the picked up gossip of personal enemies and disappointed contractors, rather than as coming from a public officer anxious for the good of the service. It has accomplished its object. Fremont is removed, but the end is not yet.
A battle at Guyandotte — the Federals Badly Whipped — the town subsequently burnt by the Yankees.
Brilliant skirmish near Kansas city.
Arrest for treason in Baltimore — Seizure of valuable arms.
Mutiny in a Pennsylvania regiment.
Capture of the English schooners Harmony and severely off the coast of North Carolina--Southerners enlist (under Compulsion) as seamen.The New York Times publishes a letter from a correspondent on board the U. S. bark Gemsbok, Nov. 4, from which we take the following: The United States bark Gemsbok, Lieut. Edward Cavendy commanding, left Hampton Roads on the 17th of September, bound for Wilmington, N. C., on the blockade. On the 19th of Sept., off Beaufort, N. C., captured the English schooner Harmony, from Yardmouth, Nova Scotia, loaded with fish, trying to run the blockade. On the 22d Sept., off Frying Pan Shoal, captured the schooner Mary A. Pludar, of Wilmington, N. C., loaded with lime. After which we stood in for New inlet, disguised the ship as a merchant ship, and hoisted the jack for a pilot; after which two pilots came off in a boat.--Coming close along side, the Captain hailed them, and told them to come on board quick; that there was a cruiser off shore, and he must get in that night. After this the pilots came on board, and, seeing the guns and men on deck, exclaimed, ‘"We are on a United States man-of-war."’ After expressing a willingness to support the United States, they took the oath of allegiance and were rated ordinary seamen. On the 3d of October captured the English schooner Beverly, from Halifax, off Wilmington, N. C., loaded, with dry goods, fish, &c. On the 19th of October, captured the English brig Ariel, from Liverpool, off Wilmington, N. C., loaded with salt, &c. Arrived at Hampton Roads October 30, for officers and men. The Gemsbok is armed with four sixty eight pounders and two thirty-two pounders, with a complement of one hundred men.
Chicago (Nov. 6) correspondent of the New York Times, of the 19th says: ‘ The news of the release of Col. Mulligan was received here with lively gratification.--The friends of the gallant leader of the Irish brigade are preparing an ovation in his honor, and a brilliant time is anticipated. I learn that arrangements are already in progress to re-organize the brigade, and that large numbers stand ready to enter its ranks as soon as the muster books are opened. Those of the old regiment who were exchanged, or who were not captured, will be given the first opportunity — the balance will be taken from the new applicants. ’