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From the North.

The Norfolk Day Book extracts the following from the New York Herald, of April 14th. We would remind our readers of the fact that the Herald announces the steamer to leave for Europe on Wednesday. This fact will explain the big lie about Island No.10.

The Herald says: ‘"A vague uneasiness with regard to the Merrimac and the success of Major-Gen. McClellan's operations on the Peninsula operates to check business"’

The British war ships from Vera Cruz have brought the great bulk of the English contingent from Mexico to Bermuda, who are said to be in a bad plight, suffering from yellow fever.

The steamers Bermuda and Herald, under English colors, were recently loading at Bermuda with military stores, intending to run the blockade at some Southern port.

The prisoners and property captured by Gen. Pope and Commodore Foote, at and in the vicinity of Island No.10, are summed up as follows:--

Lieut. Colonels and Majors15
Second Lieutenants84
Floating batty
Horses, mules,2,000

--besides forty thousand dollars' worth of provisions and ammunition unestimable. The regiments captured were the Fortieth, Forty-sixth and Fifty-fifty Tennessee; Third, Eleventh and Twelfth Arkansas; the First Alabama, and the New Orleans Pelican Guard.

The situation.

The rebels, if the following be true, are again on the retreat without a fight. Gen. McDowell sends a dispatch from his headquarters, indicating the fact that Fredericksburg and vicinity have been evacuated by the rebel troops, who had gone down to Richmond, Yorktown, &c. In his dispatch the General states how he obtained the information, which, if the source be reliable is very important.

The news from Yorktown is not of a very material character. Three slight skirmished occurred on Friday, but resulted in a trifling loss to our forces. One thing appears certain, that the rebels are concentrating their troops to resist the onward march of General McClellan, and by Gen. Magruder's orders, which we publish to-day, it will be received that the rebels had their defensive works in good order, and ready for action on the 13th of March, in anticipation of this very movement so recently made by Gen. McClellan. It also appears certain that one hundred thousand rebel troops are a Yorktown, and about fifty thousand more in the neighborhood of Richmond and Gordonsville. It would further appear that it is not the intention of the rebel leaders to allow the Merrimac to come out and engage our vessels in the neighborhood of Fortress Monroe, but merely to keep our ships-of-war all there; watching the actions of the rebel trait, so that if it should be part of the of Gen. McClellan to have the gunboats to assist him in his movements along the Peninsula, the presence of the Merrimac alone, it is supposed, will keep them at the station and prevent such a co- operation. The impression was general yesterday that the Merrimac was aground off Craney Island and, if this should be so, there is but little excuse for our naval force if the opportunity is not taken advantage of to destroy her.

From General Banks the War Department are in receipt of a dispatch which states that in General Jackson's rebel camp it was believed that General Beauregard was dead — It is probable, however, that there is some mistake in the news, and that the intelligence of the death of General A. S. Johnston which has been confirmed by General Beauregard's dispatch, has in some measure been confounded with that of Gen. Beauregard himself.

Later intelligence from Port Royal indicates that the operations of Gen. Hunters department are progressing favorably; but to enable him to carry out to the fullest attend his programme, and facilitate mastered the coast, it is necessary that he should be speedily reinforced with fresh troops, and we presume the War Department is not blind to the necessity.

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