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Progress of the war.

Affairs at Suffolk — alarm because the rebels do not attack.

A late letter in the Baltimore American, dated Suffolk, the 14th, and written by the notorious "Ned Buntline," says:

‘ So far we have not only a few men from our advanced cavalry pickets, in killed, wounded or taken prisoners, and more than over the account by killing some end taking others prisoners of the enemy. Several have came in from their sale, and I have not heard of one desertion from our forces Gen. Prox, ably succeeded by his Brigadiers and his active , it moving day and night, strengthening exposed points and preparing to checkmate and new movement of the enemy.

’ It is not for me to think, I suppose, but I cannot help suspecting that the moving in with so large a force under in to the Federal forces in North Carolina, whom we could not receive if a force is moving on them in the rear of those who now occupy our attention. My belief in this is strengthened because such dashing rebels as Longstreet, Hood of Texas, &c., now surely in our front, do not make a dash in and come to close fighting with us. Our commanding General has too much at stake to be drawn unnecessarily from his entrenchments and the cover of his to fight the foe in their chosen and positions and the very in trying to force any part of our lines.

The 11th Pennsylvania Calvary and New York Mounted Rifles so far have had the most work to do. Yesterday our gunboats were very busy, and in spite of the enemy's kept the banks of the and the western side of the town safe from attack. Captains Hills and terrillage and Lieut. Lyons, of the First Mounted Rifles, made some gallant charges on the western side of the river yesterday which your correspondent had the pleasure of seeing. With only about fifty mens cross the river and the bridge destroyed in their rear, they kept the rebels in check in front all day, sided by the shells of the gunboats, which flew just over their heads and sometimes exploded to be agreeable even if they came from

The Yankees have had a series of accidents on the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad, between Norfolk and A letter says:

‘ Last night the train on the Norfolk and Petersburg ran off at the draw

The Yankee Torpedo battery which was lost.

It was announced just before the attack on Charleston that a battery-- "Alligator"--had been lost at sea while being tested in that city to aid in the assault, by discovering and exploding the torpedoes in the labor. The Northern papers furnish a description of the lost battery which is interesting. It had been at Washington on exhibition. The account says:

‘ The was about thirty feet long and six or eight feet in diameter, and with contest ends.--It was made of men, with the upper pass for small circular of glass, for light, and in it were several water light compartments. When it arrived at Washington there were sixteen puddles which were to be worked by the but this plan was consequently changed, and the were removed and substitutes, which by a crank. By letting, the in the compartments the machine was , and by first calculating the hearings of the or ship on which it was intended to work, the operators could approach sufficiently near to it (the machine being steered from the inside) to answer the purpose required, it was believed.

’ The experiments were at first unsatisfactory, the machine on one occasion and sinking beside the ; but after the propeller was attached to it the experiments were successful in speed of about seven miles hour being attained, and the machined a capacity of moving under water at the options of those controlling it. The Alligator was to be marine by sixteen men, besides one in submarine armer, who, was the explorer, and a captain, who was to steer the . An air pump in the centre of the machine, to which were attached two air tubes, attached to floats, was to furnish air to the the machine being of . The entrance to it was through a man hole at one end, which was covered with an iron plate, with leather packing.

Yankee View of the prospect.

The New York Herald thinks the United States has lost eighteen months in this war, which are irretrievably gone. In the future eighteen months it does not see much food for consolation. It says:

‘ But what is the prospect? In every step taken against the enemy since the battle of we have had some fresh development of the of the Administration to bring this war to a successful issue. Where are all our seven hundred thousand soldiers, when we have an insufficient force in South Carolina; and when we are in danger of being driven out of North Carolina by less than fifty thousand of the enemy? Can any one tell? Or why does General Hooker continue stationary with the "finest army on the ? " Or why is General Rosecrane compelled to stand rigidly on the defensive? The answer is very simple. Our repeated and still military are due to the strange of President Lincoln in still raising in authority a set of military advisers who have and over again been " in the balance and found wanting."

’ The resulted are on incompetent Administration, an exhausting was, was of men and means time and money, with no compensating results. Nor can we promise anything battler of a reconstruction of the , or shore of the political revolution which is to come in our next Presidential election. The choice is with President Lincoln, and upon it depends a glorious renown or a lasting disgrace to his Administration.

The United States and England--another affairs.

The New York Herald has a long article on the state of existing between that country and England. It thinks it sees a speak of war in the sky, and says:

‘ Meantime, as the language of Lord Palmerston is of a very not to say of a menacing nature — language in which he warns us that we are playing "a dangerous " with England, which "has a great tendency to endanger the friendly relatives existing between the two countries," and that he hopes it will not be carried further — It is the duty of the President to call the new Congress together, in extra , to consider what measures ought to be adopted in the event of a with Great Britain. The Prime Minister only insinuates a throat, but ostentatiously refuses, without being asked, to consent to such allocation in the neutrality laws as would render them effective, though the admits that, interpreted literally, they are wholly important. The tone of the speech of the Solicitor was equally combative, and a violent was made by Mr. Fitzgerald touching the capture, by Admiral Wilkes, of the British on a lawful , which the speaker regards as a affair. The London press, too, are fierce on the subject. The Shipping Gazette urges that, as a portion of the cargo was French property, the Emperor ought to unite with the English Government to "compel a respect for neutral rights."--The London Times states that the law officers of the crown bad declared the seizure illegal, and that the West India squadron would be ordered forthwith to protect the trade with Mexico from a repetition of a similar proceeding; and that meantime a demand would be made for the surrender of the Peterhuff, which will be probably complied with on the part of the American Government with as much promptitude as was exhibited in the Trent affair. There is thus danger ahead, and a bright look out ought to be kept for breakers. Let the National Legislature be convened as soon as possible.

The election in Connecticut--the Moral.

The New York Journal of Commerce thinks that the election in Connection ought to present a subject of profound consideration to the Administration. It says:

‘ A year ago that State was to all and purposes in support of the war. Backingham was elected by 9,000 majority over his opponent, but the opposition was based on the policy of the war, and was not opposition to carrying on the war. Substantially the people of Connecticut were a unit them. What is the position now? One-half of the voters have solemnly declared, at the ballot box, their willingness rather to go against the war than sustain it under the present policy. It is not of so much importance whether that declaration is made by a few hundred less or a few hundred more than half the population. There stands the fact. Calling them traitors, or copperheads or any other names, will not mend the matter or connect the truth, and the dictate of wisdom is to seek means of the people instead of widening this breach. The great gains of the Democracy in Connecticut, the fact that the election teams to have been carried only by soldiers votes, selected and sent home specially, while others were not allowed to come; the immense amount of money expensed, and the great exactions made to save the ticket — all these are really loss important subjects of comment than the notable fact that the people of the New England States are thus divided in sentiment on the subject of the war.--They can never be united on the radical policy, is there any other way to unite them?

An unlawful arrest.

The New York World, speaking of the unlawful arrests recently made by order of the Washington says:

‘ The political Bourbons at Washington, who never forget anything and never learn anything, are at all their old tricks. Four citizens were kidnapped on Tuesday in the city of Reading, Pa., and taken to a Government jail in Philadelphia. The vague charge against them is that they are Knights of the Golden. It is not said that they were in arms against the Government or helping its enemies in any way, but simply that they belonged to an alleged secret society, about which nobody knows anything definite. This is the first bitter hurt of the Connecticut election. John VanButon, James T. Brady, Judge Daly, and their ex-Democratic loyal league , have been telling the county that it must stand by the Administration at the polls, and the administration would hereafter obey the laws and refrain from the unwise and artillery acts which called the opposition party into being.

’ On the strength of these assurances the people of Connecticut thought overwhelmingly opposed to the past source of the Administration yet fearing that their position would be misunderstood if they charged Seymour, voted to strengthen the hands of our feasible rulers so that they would have no excuse for not conducting the war vigorously back for what a return they get. On Monday they vote to against the Government, and on Tuesday that same Government shows by its conduct that it does not believe the people have any rights which it is bound to respect. There four men were kidnapped — stolen away as inhumanly and as wrongfully as any negro was torn from his house in Africa. He the crowd

This is a matter which cannot be overlooked, expectably as all the indications are that it will be followed up by other acts equally nefarious. If there is opposition to the enforcement of the conscription law the Administration will have itself to blame for it.

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