Yankee telegraphic Trick.
About half-past 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon the operator at the Central Depot
discovered, by the constant interruption of the working of the telegraph, that the enemy had cut the wire and put in an instrument, with a view to intercept messages over the line.
The operator at Beaver Dam
was immediately ordered to put on his ground wire, thus cutting the line west of that point out of the circuit, and preventing any message from passing over the line from this end beyond that station.
Soon after this was done an operator called the office at this end, and inquired what was the signal by which the office at Hanover Court-House was known, and receiving no satisfactory answer, he inquired where Gen. Stuart
was. The operator here replied by asking who and where he was, to which the inquisitive individual replied that he was ‘"G."’ adding that G was the call for Gordonsville
, and continued by asking where Gen. Jackson
was. From the style of writing the operator at this office was satisfied that the party making the inquiries was a Yankee, and desired information in regard to the position of our forces, and whatever else he could get that might be of service to the enemy.
His name was again asked for, when he replied that our operator was very anxious to ascertain who and where he was. As the down train passed Frederick's Hall station the enemy were reported to be within a mile and a half of that place, and the presumption is that they followed the train below Beaver Dam
, and put in the instrument between the Dam and Hanover Junction