Important from Havana.
arrival of the steamer Noc-Daqui, from Matanzas.
departure of Gen. Prim for very Cruz.
proclamation of President Juarez
&c. &c. &c.
The steamer Noc-Daqui
, from Matanzas
on the 8th inst, has arrived at New York.
She brings full files from Havana
, and her news is quite interesting.
From the New York Herald's Havana
correspondence we extract the following:
matters grow very interesting, and we get news from Vera Cruz
every few days, some of which is published and some not I intend to give you both one and the other.
are undoubtedly preparing for resistance, and are collected at Perote
to the number of 30,000 men and one hundred and fifty pieces of cannon, according to some, while others make the figures larger.
This evening's paper puts them at 18,000.
The city government of Vera Cruz
, who had ‘"implored"’ the Spaniards to come in and help themselves, after the manner of the little roast pigs that ran about requesting to be eaten, have suddenly disappeared, leaving us therefore in grave doubt of the statement that they had ‘"implored."’ Under these circumstances, General Gasset
has issued a proclamation to the effect that the Custom House
, Postal Department, &c., &c., being thus deserted, shall be administered by officers selected from the army under his orders, and that the Mexican
tariff shall remain unchanged.
The details of Custom House business, I believe, will be conducted after the manner in use here.
The Post-Office is to transact no business with the interior of Mexico
, and the Mexican
regulations there also remain unchanged.
In the meantime events thicken.
On the 2d inst. General Prim
left for Vera Cruz
, on board the steamer Francisco de Asis
, in the midst of the French fleet, which sailed for the Mexican coast
the same hour, but not for Vera Cruz
, as you may depend.
The French Admiral
is in high dudgeon with his Spanish friends for having been in such a hurry to get into Vera Cruz
before their allies were ready, and will therefore take his vessels to Tampico
Additional offence has been given by the Spaniards' neglecting to hoist the French
flags on the ramparts of Ulloa
and over Vera Cruz
, contenting themselves with their own exclusively.
The following vessels composed the French fleet:
, Captain Rose
, having on board Admiral
The land force on board the fleet numbers 2,828 men or all arms.
The French war steamer Montezuma
, which arrived on the 31st ult., sailed from here yesterday, and we have still in port the steamer L'aube, which arrived on the 1st inst., with six hundred troops on board.
the steamers which accompanied General Prim
were the Ulloa and San Quentin
on the same day (the 2d) the British steam frigate Ariadne
and the Spiteful
arrived here — the former from Vera Cruz
and the latter from Cape San Antonio, where she met the English fleet for Vera Cruz
, composed of the following vessels:
|Ship-of-the-line St. George||86|
|Ship-of-the-line Sans Parrel||70|
|Gun boat Barracenta||6|
A transport, laden with coal, accompanied them.
At Vera Cruz
things are a little unpleasant.
Supplies from the interior are so completely cut off that the most lavish expenditure of love and money fails to procure a decent breakfast or dinner.
Sir Charles Wyke
, the English Minister
, arrived on the night of the 24th, having stopped some days at Orizaba
, where there was intense feeling against the Spaniards.
, had been deposed, and Azcarate appointed in his stead.
The Mexican Cortez
closed on the 15th after fully authorizing the President
to adopt all measures he might deem prudent in regard to the ‘"Spanish invasion."’
had been named Minister of War.
, of the Spanish
forces, had established a custom-house in Vera Cruz
, and Uraga had established another five leagues from the city.
in his proclamation calls on all parties to give up their present quarrels and unite against the common enemy.
All had done so save Zuloaga
, who had but a small band, and Miramon
's party, to which, since his departure, but little more than the name is left.
On the 5th arrived from Vera Cruz
, in five days, the steamer La Cubana
, with little news of interest.
No sortie had been made by the Spaniards.
, occupied and well defended by the Mexicans, would hold out a long while.
has all the passes from Vera Cruz
well defended, and has under his immediate command 20,000 troops well armed.
He had received 22 deserters from the Spanish
forces, and on the arrival of my informant in the city he found 18 more had deserted, and more were expected to desert as opportunity offered.
Being forced conscripts they are never contented.
The attempt to get up an exhibition of agriculture, industry and fine arts has failed.
The first portion of the Sancti Espiritu Railroad was opened on the 29th ult.
On the 28th ult. the English steamer Labuan
sailed under very suspicious circumstances for Matamoras
December 31 the new Ayuntamiento or City Council, was sworn in, and went immediately to felicitate the Captain-General
on the taking of Vera Cruz
On January 6, the steamer Cuba
, formerly the Calhoun
, three days from Berwick's Bay with cotton, reports 1,508 tone Capt. McConnell
, formerly of the steamer Habana
, and Mr. Plumb
, attache to the American
legation at Mexico
, are here en route