Later from Texas.
papers of the 29th ult. contain some interesting intelligence.
A Monterey letter to the Galveston News
, dated May 3d, says:
, from California
, is here on his way to Texas
, whither he goes to join the Confederate army.
Both the Major
and Col. Jack Hays
, well known in Texas
as one of the leaders of our Rangers during the Mexican
war, were arrested on the 24th of March last, at the port of San Francisco
, where they had embarked for Mazatlan
, in the State
They were brought before General Wright
, in command of the California Department
, and released after having been interrogated about the object of the trip, their intentions, etc. Gen. Wright
threatened to confiscate Jack Hays
's property, which I believe to have since been sold by Hays
, as he is now in Mazatlan
There are nearly five hundred Southern families in Mazatlan
, who have fled from California
to escape their being insulted and persecuted by the cowardly Yankee caravan who have overrun that State.
Many of these families intended to settle on certain lands in Lower California
; but as no water can be obtained in that dry region, where it sometimes does not rain for three and even four years, and there are no houses built to protect them from the burning sun, they have decided to make their present abode in Sinaloa.
in that State are kind hearted and hospitable.
The climate is healthy.
The wealth of the country consists in agriculture, grazing; and minerals.
It is stated that ten thousand hands could find employment in harvesting the wheat crop of Texas
, and that they would be paid two bushels of wheat per day.
On the morning of the 23d Colonel Tom Green
, who was camped at Mermentau
, with his command, was ordered by Gen. Morton
to pursue the enemy's trains by forced marches.
The trains were then between Grand Cauteau and Opelousas
— trains six miles long, accompanied by two thousand cavalry and fifteen hundred negroes.
A soldier from Niblett's Bluff
reports that Col. Tom Green
succeeded in capturing sixty wagons on the 24th, and five hundred negroes.
The Brownsville Flag
, of the 15th ult., published a report that a French man-of-war had made her appearance off the bar at the mouth of the Rio Grande
, and that she was examining vessels arriving to ascertain if they carried articles contraband of war. If this be so, the Rio Grande
is doubly blockaded, but while Lincoln
excludes everything, (except, perhaps, munitions and supplies for the Mexicans under Adams
's pass,) the French
only shut out articles contraband.
There was a surplus of merchandize at Brownsville
, (on the Texas
side of the Rio Grande
,) and goods could be had at very low rates, especially by the cargo, and even by the package.
Cotton was declining on account of the scarcity of specie to pay the export duty and other charges.
But it was arriving freely, and could be bartered to advantage for goods.