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THE EW YOEK-HEEAII) WHOLE NO. 9012. MORNING DAY, MAY 13, 1861. Tininp mm THE WAR. The Present Attitude of the Opposing Forces.

Arrival of More Troops In Washington. Threatened Attack of the Rebels on the Relay florae, Fishing Craft Fired on from the Batteries at Alexandria. Reported Fortifications at Harper's FerryRETURN OF THE GOVERNMENT AGENT. Reported Skirmishing at Alexandria. Interesting Correspondence Ceiween Governor Andrew and General Butler.

Military League Between Tennessee and the Confederate The Contemplated Attack on Cairo. iReligions Services Yesterclay in the Camps, fit.) Ac. AFFAIRS AT HARPER FERRY AND ALONG THE LINE. Washington, May 12,1861. An agent of the government who was despatched to Harper's Ferry and other points along the Virginia And Maryland line to ascertain the true condition of affairs there, has just returned.

Ho roports a pretty largo there, not so large, however, as has reported, but that it is daily being augmented. He lays it is impossible to how many troops there are la the neighborhood of Harper's Ferry, but from information from reliable parlies there are not more than four thouran 1 at that point. How many more there may be In the vicinity he had uo means of learning. They were fortifying themselves In every poesiblo way. They occupy not only the Virginia side, hut have taken possession of the Maryland side.

They were expecting an attack soon from the United States forces, and a good dealer alarm and apprehension were manifested by them. He says that the city of Baltimore and State of Maryland are furnishing them large quantities of arms and provisions. They have a military road open leading diroctly "through Maryland to Baltimore city, and that several wagon loads of supplies passed him at different points. He saw and conversed with a gentleman, who said he was a Balttmorcan, who is furnishing the rebel troops with bread. The government will undoubtedly soon put a stop to the furnishing of supplies, and also cut of the military roau leading to Baltimore city.

Tho government has Its eye upon several parties in this city who are suspected of furnishing important informs lion to the Southern rebels at Montgomery. The parties suspected arc loud in their protestations of loyalty to the Colon, and take every occasion to denounce the South in most unmeasured terms. Reliable information reached here this evening that four regiments arrived at Richmond yesterday morningone from New Orleans, one from Alabama, and one from Tennessee. A gentleman who saw them says they were about as hard looking a set of men as he ever saw. Tho New Orleans regiment were armed with short swords and pistols, anticipating, they said, a hand to hand light He Bays troops were constantly pushing forward in the direction of Harper's Ferry.

The fact that the government has the appointment of Ave Major Generals in the army has produced quite a Competition. It was reported yesterday evening that they had been decided upon. But to day I hear that the date Is broken and that a new shullle and deal is to take place which will probably change tho condition or mat tern. It is to be hoped that party will not enter into these appointments. INTERESTING FROM WASHINGTON.

WaHinroroN, May 12,1861. Messrs. Gallatin and law, from the New York Chamber of Commerce, were In consultation with Secretary Cbase on Friday about the new loan, and yesterday the Secretary Invited offers for the 19 ,000 000 undisposed of under the act of February, which does not restrict offers to par. This call requires ten days' advertisement only. It is understood that the Secretary, though authorised to reject offers below par and resort to treasury notes, will accept all offers at or about the current market rate, and not resort to treasury notes till after tho expiration of the thirty days' advertisement for tho balance of the loan, say (14,000,000, under the act of Juno last.

(JAmong tho latest arrivals of troops here Is the Fifth, New York regiment. Four companies of the Eighth Massachusetts regiment repaired to the Relay House last night. Tho preparations having been completed for an effective blockade of the Virginia waters, Capt. rendsrgast has given the precautionary notice of firteen days for all vessels to leave tnc ports or that State, either with or without cargoes. Several of tho foreign ministers and rome of our own countrymen hare asked for an extension of the time, but this In every case has boon refused.

The order will be adhered to Impartially. Certain persons, thougU representing themselves oa I'nion men, have been denied tho or forwarding looomotlvee to Tennessee, for the reason, among others, that such necessary railroad machinery might be used in the transportation of hostile troops. The government also care that coal, deelralde for steam purposes, not be tranrported to the disloyal States. Information having reached the Navy Department Into oat night that several small voesels hal been fired a' from the Virginia shore, and an effort made to detain them by the Alexandria authorities, In order that their cargoes of Osh, Instead of being brought to Washington, might be secured for tho use pf tho secession troops the Secretary promptly ordered the steamer Pawnee to the 'awless proceedings. In addition to the national vessels about twenty armed steamers from New York, Boston and hsvo boon, or are being put In readiness for blockading purposes.

Information ha been received that for the mcroftie of the personel of the navy aro so succeosM that necessary number will soon be supplied, Secretary of War is asuidnous in hurrying rorwat.1 ueasures of blockade, and informs his friends that try tbl Charleston and tcti Savannah river experience its mJW ts. The Niagara and other vessels will similarly Operate at New (Mrleans. A number of naval ofllcors. including captains, who, during a panic, resigned their commissions, have applied to be reinstated; but these appeals have been, and wll1 eetllnne to be, disregarded. Home of ths officers who long since honorably to private pursuits, hut re cently their services to the government, have been placed on duty as bocop4 lieutenants, no higher Buttons, under the present ciK uma auees, can now be assigned them.

the earnest effort cf the department is to make the b'cuknde effective within the shortest possible time. The War Department is equally busy, a vast amount of work being performed day and night by Secretary Cameron and Chief Clerk Sanderson, with their experienced assist' ants, in addition to the labors of Lieutenant General Scott, Adjutant General Thomas and other military gen' tlemcn. SPIES AMONG THE FEDERAL TROOPS. Washoigtov, May 12, lsfll There are plenty of spies In the very midst of the federal troops here and elsewhere, but tbero being no declaration of war made, they cannot be treated as spies they must be proved to be traitors to their country and dealt with as such. At a battalion drill yesterday of the Fifth Massachusetts regiment, under command of Lieutenant Colonel Greene, a deep ditch was made in the suburbs of the City, over which the troops were cxcrcisod in charging.

In order to aecuetcm them to all the emergencies of actual service. Col. Groene and his command won much applause by their excellent and soldierly display. The steamer Bienville, with the First regiment front Connecticut, arrived up the l'otomac within forty miles of the city last night, and anchored till this morning, when she came up to the city. The regiment is under command of Colonel Tyler.

The steamer Cahawba. with the Second Connecticut regiment under command of Colonel Torry, will arrive here to-morrow. The men had a pleasant passage and are all well. MORE ABOUT THE CAPTURED STEAM GUN., May 11,1801.

Yesterday morning the three persons who were taken prisoners at tho Relay House, as custodians of the steam gun, were brought before Gen. Butler, at Annapolis for examination. Tbe two teamsters told so straightforward a story that the General at once released them, and returned them their mules. John Bradford, the chief of the party, fared differently. He at first expressed a de sire to consult counsel before nr.

iking any statement. Gen. Butler replied that an honest man would not want counsel, and explained that fc's examination was only for tbe purpose of deciding whether be should bo held or not. If he made no statement he would certainly be held for trial. Bradford then went on to state that he was a native of Maryland, where he remained until twenty-four years of age, whtn he be came a citizen of Louisa county, Virginia.

On the 16th of October last he went to Baltimore, and during the Christmas holidays took his family there, but intended to return, and therefore considers himself now a citizen of Virginia. As he is informed and believes, tho steam gun was seized by the city authorities of Baltimore on the day succeeding the attack upon tho Massachusetts Sixth regiment by the mob. About a week since one Dixon, or Nickcrson, (the record reads both ways), said to the prisoner that the city did not want the gun, and did not intend to koep it. Thereupon he (Bradford) propoeod that they should proceed with the. machine to Harper's Ferry, and there scli it.

Provious to this time, tho twain had had some conversation about the sale of the gun. Nickcrson, or whatever his name is, hung lire at tlrst, but finally assented to the proposition. Accordingly a bargain was struck with the toamsters to transport the gun to Harper 's Ferry for ona hundred dollars of which amount Iiradrord paid one half down, the balance payable on tho completion of the This fifty dollars he borrowed, but lie llatly refused to state from whom he procured it. When asked if he knew that Virginia had passed an ordinal" Of "eeewinn. he replied (hat he did, did not believe the people would sustain it.

He intended or expected that the gun should be used to defend Yirgiula aga1h6t invasion. "Invasion by federal Bug gestcd tbc General. "No," replied Bradford, "I dou't sec it in that light." The General thereupon gave Bradford a sharp during upon shudiing. and finally Bra lford acknowledged that he meant an Invasion by federal troops, if the General pleased to call his forces by that name. lie had done what he liad upon his own motion, and upon the solicitation of no other person.

Ho further stated that his age is forty ouc years, that be has been engaged for many yoars In mining business, but of late lias been connected with the Baltimore Mechanics' Ex change, which it would 3ecm is a sort of a patent agency. In conclusion, Bradford essayed a political oration, in which be avowed himself a secessionist, but said he had been a Union man until recently. He believed fully in the inviolability of fctatc soil. Ths stump speech, the General informed him, the Secretary would not take the trouble to preserve. He was forthwith sent to jail.

Tbc machine was patented by Dickerson last August, Ho (Bradford) bad no Interest in it except in the event of a sale being eirectcd. He believed that, when ia order it would he formidable eapon. He had seen experiments made with it. The story, of which he had not hoard until it was related by the General, that wiion seized it was on the way to some suitable locality for experiments at long range, as stated by the Baltimore Sun. he regarded as a subject of merriment.

About noon to day Mrs. Bradford, wife of the prisoner, arrived at Annapolis and asked to see her husband. The request was granted, and she was accompanied by an officer. She is a tine young lady, and did not evince much evidence that sbs realized the true condition of her husband. THE AFRICAN SQUADRON AND THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT.

Wa.sjij>otoi?, May 12, 1861. HThe administration some limo ago notified the British government that it would be compelled, owing to the existing condition of affairs, to withdraw most of its squadrr for a time at least, from tbo African coast. The English governmentjbas, it is understood, determined to augment their squadron in those waters, thereby not only aiding our government, but relieving It of the necessity of keeping a large squadron there. They wore aware that all the vessels of the American navy would he required for home protection. This action on their part is clearly indicative or the good reeling and sympathy entertained by them for the North in their struggle with the South.

INTERESTING CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN GOV. ANDREW AND GEN. BUTLER. WASHnrnrns, May 12,1861. Governor Andrew and General Butler have indulged in some gay and festivo correspondence on the subiect of putting down slave Insurrections.

It will be remembered that on tbc morning of General Butler's lauding at Annapolls, a report went abroad that the negroes of that viclm Ity were about to make an Insurrectionary movement, and that tbc General offered Governor Hlcks the services of his command to quell the same. Governor Andrew writes, in view of this fact, that he Is especially pleased with all that the General has done, except this, which be ran hut believe the telegraph has role represented. Ho regards tho matter solely from a military point of view, and believing that the liability to slavo insurrection is one of the weakness of tho enemy, bo suggests thst It is tho duty of a good general to take advantage of the same. Maryland br supposes to be the public enemy, and therefore with in the limits of military protection. General Butler replies in substance that tbe telegraph, with more than its usual accuracy, has duly Informed the Governor of bis iction.

He points out tho fallacy of the disapprobation by showing that Maryland is not in a state of rebellion aga nst the rederal government When he landed Governor Micks'gave him assurances, which subsequent events have fully sustained, of the loyalty of the state, and that functionary, and the corpo rate authorities of Annapolis, express fears only of a mob of insurgents from Baltimore Of such a mob tbe General had no fear, and promised the Governor and tho people of Annapolis that he would protect them and himself rrom any such uprising. Whon he landed, the report of servile Insurrection reached him, and by his promises to put down white mob, the Geooral was bound, in good faith, to protect tho citizens against black one. The good effects of this proceeding were at 0 vc apparent and there Is now no city In the Union mof(; loyal than Annapolis The General then goes to 'peak future, and Rays that when any eommuhlty which mct blm 10 hunorsble svarfare, or in his to suppress a servile Insurrection ho shall he reedy, for, th? subjeoi purely In mi llary of view, hi; thy onemy already subjugated when b' ail aim sucn protection. But if be should tmd anv community ready to attack bis men by poison, cr with the knife, It may be necessary to remind thii it possesses within its own borders a means of destruction acre nt than any which it can bring against federal troops. TOE ORGANIZATION OF JHE NEW REGIMENTS.

a emcIo.n, May Much anxiety is manifested to learn what distribution will be made among the States of tbo force' to constitute the thirty nine regiments of icfantry and one of cavalry, making a minimum aggregate of 34,.000, a maximum aggregate of officers and enlisted men called into service under the President's proclamation for volunteers to serve three years. The desired Information will very scon bo publicly announced. The plan of tion has been prepared. Fach regiment of infantry will consist of ten companies, with a minimum aggregate of 886, or a maximum aggregate of officers and men. The cavalry regiments will consis of four, tivo or Six tquairnns, each squadron of two companies, with a minimum aggregate of seventy nice, or a maximum aggregate of officers and men to eaebjeompauy.

These may bo mustered in by companies or squadrons. The company comtais s.oncd officers will be at pointed by the (iovernor of the Ftate furnishing it, ar.d ttfe non commissioned officers, until the company Bhall be embodied in a regiment, ill be appointed by the captain, afterwards by the colonel, en the reoommcnlatiou of tbo captu.n. The field officers will bo appointed by the Governor of the State which furnishes the regiment. The general organization provides for three divisions, of from three to four brigades. The brigadier general and assistants to bo ap pointed by the President, as also the major general of each division.

Two thirds of tho company officers are to be appointed at the commencement of the organization of each regimont, and tho remaining one third when the regiment shall have Its complement of men, will be appointed, to be taken from among the sergeants on the recommendation of the colonel. Trio regiment is to be approved by the general commanding tho brigade. After the completion of the organization of tho regiment, one-half of all the vacancies on the lowest grade of commissioned officers, by promotion or otherwise, will bo appointed as above from the ranks. The corporals will be taken from tho privates, the first sergeants from tho other sergeants by tho captain and the regimental non-commissioned stall from the sergeants of the regiment by the colonel. A plan of organization lias also been prepared for tbe Increase of the force of tho regular army, as directed by the President.

A promotion from tbe ranks similar to that relative to tho volunteers Is provided for. Tbe in fantry will consist of eight regiments, three batalions cavalry, one regiment, six squadrons of artillery, one regiment, eight batteries, with an aggregate minimum of cigtiteen thousand, of nearly twenty three thousand officers and men. REPORTS FROM BALTIMORE. Battimore, May 12,1861. The city is very quiet.

The excitement has entirely subsided. Troops from York and I.ancas'er arc expected to arrive here to-morrow In large numbers, over the Northern Central Kallroad. Tort Mcllenry has been largely reinforced to day from Annapolis. About 1,200 men are now there. Gen.

Butler arrived at the fort this morning in a steamer from Annapoli3, and Is still there. REPORTS FROM ANNAPOLIS, ETC. AWN ATOMS. Mav 14. 1IM11 (trucrul Butler, witn Mty men ami two of Captain Varion's battery, left this afternoon on the propeller J.

S. Shriver for important and secret service in the direction of Baltimore. 1 hero a false aiarm at the Relay House last night, lhc body of John Murphy, of the Sixty ninth New York regiment, who drowned himself April 24, picked up by liflherrr.en two lys ago. was carried to Washington today by Captain Kelly for interment. Murphy became insane on the steamer James Adgcr from shoor Buffo cation.

The etoamer Rill Von Kull has sailed for Now York. A mrfcBCEgcr of Governor Hicks to Governor Letcher is returned from Richmond, and s.v the expected confederate troops by Thursday last Tho I'd ion men here arc indignant at the occupation of Maryland soil by Vuginians. A surtdtn movement of the rebels from Harper's Ferry toward the Relay House is feared by many ot the best judges of military affairs. The Virginian army must soon tight or disperse. REPORTS OF SKIRMISHING AT ALEXANDRIA.

Pkrrwjt.i.r, May 12,1861. There are rumors in camp this evening of skirmishing at Alexandria to day, in which a comjiany of Virginia cavalry were engaged. The railroad battery is still here. It is to go forward with tbe first train to-morrow. An alarm in cunp before daylight this morning found tho sentries all alert and the men under arms in a few minutes.

rasscngers from the South discredit the idoa of an attack on Washington, hut conQrm the accounts of large forces in Virginia. THE FEELING IN WESTERN VIRGINIA. Wiwwino, May 12,1861. A special agent has been sent hence to Washington, whoee object Is to precipitate events without federal assistance. The Convention meets at threo o'clock to-day.

Dele gates arc continually arriving. The town is alive with delegates to the Convention. and they are continually arriving. There was an impromptu gathering in front of the McCluro House last Dight, Speeches were made by John H. Carlllc oud Frank Pierpont.

The speeches took determined grounds, and fa vored an Immediate sejiaration from the State. They were received with great enthusiasm. F.vents of groat Importance await the action of the Washington government regarding this section. THE PENNSYLVANIA TROOPS. May 12,1861.

There was a grand review at York to day. The Govor nor and many members of the Legislature were present There were Ave regiments on the ground The Thirteenth regiment, for some reason not known, did not parade Tbe First, Second. Third and Twelfth regiments made a fine appearance freight cars with rough seats for the soldiers, are Immediately opposite Harris, burg, on the Northern Central Railroad, and twenty-two at York. They are evidently Intended for the immediate transmission of troops in largo bodies. The camp at York is tilled with water in many places, A special train this morning for the Governor returned at seven to night.

Great numbers of tho citizens of York were present at the review. The Governor was received with loud shouts by tho troops. An attempt was made to day to tear up tho track of the Northern Central Railroad, fourteen miles this side of Baltimore. It was detected before much injury was done. Great Indignation prevailed at the determination to take summary vengeance.

TROOPS PASSING THROUGH BALTIMORE AND THE CHIEF OF POLICE. tho Philadelphia May 11.1 From a gentleman who was on board the steamboat Maryland, wbieh conveyed Sherman's battery in compa ny with Col. Patterson's regiment and tbo regulars from Texas, fiom Perryvllle to Baltimore, wo learn the following three vessels conveying the troops were joined tn the Fatapeco river by the United states steamer Harriet Line and the Philadelphia city toeboat. both of which wore beavllv armed. Wbctt the Maryland reached the wharf at Locust Point.

Mr. Kane Marshal of the Baltimore police, approached Major Sherman, and tbe following conversation ensued tan he of any as-stance to you? Major are you, sir? am Martha! of the police force of Baltimore, anu as such would render you any usihstance needed. Major Kb' yes; we have heard of you in Hie region whence we have no need of you. We can take core of ourselves. Marshal Kane retired, evidently much chagrined, and the disembarkation of the troops took place immediately, tbe narriet lane presenting her broadside to the point where tie cars waited to convey tbe iwasengcrs to the Relsjrjmbse.

The few cltlsers of Baltimore who were on tftflmmnd treated the soldiers with great and many of them cheered as tbe traia moved off. HARPER'S FERRY. Concentration of Troops at Harper's of the Advance on the Relay House. Ac dtc. The gathering of the Southern foreran Harper Forry.

and tho arrangement of the federal troops by Gen. Scott to checkmate any of the movements of tho rebel army In that quarter, clearly indioa'o that this locality w.ll figure largely in the contest that Is now upon us and from recent accounts It Ls not at all probablo that the ilrst real engagement between the ft" lor a I and rebel armies will take place at or near Harper's Ferry. Tho latest gence from Gen. Butler's quarters at tho Relay House, was that be was daily expecting an attack from troops 1 In that quarter. Oh Saturday last, whilst Gen.

Butler was at Millersvilie, ho rectuvcd intelligence of a pro bable attack upon the federal forces a', the Relay House, which aro under the command of Colonel Jones, of tlio Massachusetts Sixth rog.mont. General Butler Immediately telegraphed to Washington for four companies of tho K.iqhrh Massachusetts rogi mcnt, to proceed at once to the Relay. I'pou our ar' rival at the Junction wo tact oillcers with despu-boa to General Butler, informing bin) of certa military demonstrations eight miles of tho Relay, and a more formidable body at Point of place nearer to Harper's Ferry The information assured tile General that the troops at the Relay wore in good condition, and ready for an attack. General Butler telecaphod to Colonel Jones that he would proceed, with Major Ciemence, by speeial train, to the Relay, and command the forces in and that reinforcements would soon join tbcin from Washington. is most likely that the secession troops referred to are rebels who arc tlylng from Baltimore, and do not.

contcmplato an attack op r. the federal forces at tho Re'ay House. Harper's F'crry is ciso the place that tbc Baltimore roughs have lied to when they found that the action of the Grand Jury was making Baltimore too hot for their. It was here too that Winona attempted to take his sterna gun; but was prevented by tho vigilanco of tbo Mass.i chusetts troops. It will bo seen, therefore, that the rebels consider Harper's Ferry an important point anJ their planting tbcli batteries on the land sido of the river, and the daily report of tho arrival of troops in that locality, gives the appoarance of a determination to hold it until tbo last.

In view of these facts, we furnish our roadcrs with a diagram of its position. 1 Town of Harper's Ferry. niteU Mat arsenal and workshops. Chcsapeuite and Ohio cnual. Railroad and romi ion highway bridge.

Government water power canal. Quia) for watcrpower and i'atbrat', lo avoid rapids of Shenandoah river. Kebel batteries. b. Catholic church.

Harper's Ferry is not a place of any great importance in point of population its location, however, as can bo seen by a reference to the above cut, renders it of than ordinary importance at tho present time. It is situated at the conilucncc of the Shenandoah with tho I'oto mac river, where the united stream breaks through tho Blue Ridge. 160 miles north of Richmond and fifty three nules northwest of Washington city, in direct line. It is about eighty miles by railroad from the Relay House, where Is stationed General Butler forces. out tho benefit of tho Baltimore and Ohio railroad, the rebel forces could march on Washington in less than to the Relay Honse.

The scenery tho vicinity of Harper Kerry Is In the highest degree beautiful and picturesque, was at one t.rne called Shenandoah FatlB, its present name is derived from a ferry long since established across the Potomac, which is now spanned by a bridge about eight hundred feet In length. It is on the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, and at the northern termini of a railroad connecting It ith Winchester. The and (tesapcako canal also passes along on the oppisite side of the Potomac. The village is irregularly built around the face of a hill, and has tmen tho centre of conhilnrable there by the T'nitcd Statps armory. Tho lllage contains several manufactories and flowing mills, and llvo or six churches.

Before the destruction of tho government works at that place by the 1'nited States officer in command, there was constantly employed from two hundred lo two hundred and lifty binds, manufacturing in the neighborhood of ten thousand muskots annually, which were stored in the government arsenal, subject to the orders of the administration at Washing ton. It is seldom that thore is loss than eighty thousand stand of arms in the arsenal ready for service. There may have been a much loss number at the time of Its destruction, from the fact that Secretary Fiord sent south all that he could muster, and he would bo likely to ship them faster than they oouhl be manufactured. The rebel forces have now full possess'on of this point, and planting (their batteries on both sides of the river. there Is left of the machinery in the armory or stand of arms in tho arsenal, is now uuder their control, and guarded by aforce, variously estimated from 2,600 to 6,000, and even much larger with constant reports of reinforcements.

The inhabitants of those counties in Pennsylvania, bordering on that portion of Maryland, directly opposite to the ferry, arc In constant fear of an invasion from the rebel army, and have made all necessary preparation to defend themselves from any depredation that may be made, whilst there is stationed at Phambersburg a large force of Pennsylvania troops, under the command of General E. A. Williams, an officer well versed In all the arts of war This deue.hment. numbering several thousand, will make matters rather warm for the secessionists should they step foot upon Pennsylvania GENERAL WAJI NEWS. The Guard, composed or one hundred and thirty young men, dressed in Zouave uniform, aro stationed on a prominent hill about two miles from Richmond.

They aro all young men Irom Kentucky, and are of the best families In the State. Our Informant states that they are the finest company in tho South. Two regiments from South Carolina arc en- imped on the fair ground at Richmond. on the nty Hall, State House and all the public buildings, except the Poet Office, the eselon llag is Hying Over the PoetfOfTlce there Is no (lag whatever. All tho secession companies In Baltimore were disbanded last week.

Trains run regular on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, but are examined at tho Relay Bouse by the federal troops before they aro allowed to proceed. In Richmond, they are issuing shlnplasters for twenty live and fifty cents, and others for one dollar, redeemable in pay ment of taxes. The talk from Charleston to Richmond, in regard to the blockading of the ports Is, that England will not allow It and they expect that more good will result from that ihar. by their own forces in tho subjugation of tbo North. A man is gelling water proof India rubber overcoats to tbo soldiers at Richmond He buys tbo material in this city, and sends It by way of Nashville and Atlanta.

Provisions in Clisrleeton are becoming very scarce and dear A gentleman who arrived last night from there, says that butter, poor and rank, is selling forseventv five cents per pound; coflbe tho same prfi Hour F20 per barrel, and other articles at the same rate. They have peas In large uuantitles. The advice to farmers throughout the entire South to plant grain and corn In the place of other a't cles, cotton not excepted. A gentlemri Greenwich, received a letter front his sr. correspondent In Richmond, In which be state ti, Tredoger iron Works aro running night and day, and man ufacturing shot and shell in large quantities.

REPORTED ARRIVAL OF STAND OF ENGLISH ARMS AT NEW ORLEANS. the Kuehvilic, Tenn Banner of May 8.1 We learn that a vessel arrived at New Orleans from Europe on Monday with 260.000 stand of arms for the Confederate states. Tills is tho vemei which the have been anxious about, and which the New Vork papers have been urging the government to watch for and scire. They awoke too late. About Ofty boxes of guns snd a large amount of powder and other munitions ef war reached this city by railroad last evening from the South.

There will be cc scarcity of arms Now that the wav is clear, 1st every man prepare to shoulder bis musket MOVEMENT Of TRANSPORTS. THE TRIP OP COLUMBIA. THF OUTWARD PABflAOl- SERVICES ON BOARD? ARRIVAL AT ANNAI'OLIS AND DEPARTURE FOR TRIBUTE OF RKSFfccT TO TI1E RKMAINH OF SEVENTY V1HAT REGIMENT OF THE TRir, ETC. The earn transport Columbia, Captain Whiting, ached her dock about live iaet evening on'her rot irn from Washington. On Sat rday, May 4, the Columbia loft pier No.

4, having cn board n.cety of the AlSany Burgess rps and a detachment of thirty two of the gallant Seventy fret reg.ment, New York State Militia, tho whole urder the cou.t. and of Major C. Henry Ptnitb. The Saboath dawnci calm and beautiful, and a1 eleven A. M.

the colors were act, the bell to'led, and an iitelligcnt and thoughtful couspauy gatherod on the quarter deck of the noble steamer, while the Mat thew Hale Smith offered up a prayer and pr ached a sermon frc the text " is without a ewerd let him eoll his garment and buy one." A more appropr ate and patriotic diseourse I never 1'steceJ to, while the opening prayer was one of the most touching and pathetic appeals ever offered up at the Throne of (trace. entered the Chesapeake on Sunday afternion.a' throe o'clock, and though the night was dark and rainy our wan hlul A Rogers, avoided all tin- shoals, aid we an ibor. at A una) Otis at daylight on Monday. (in Tuesday, having landed the troupe, the Coluthb was ordered to proceed to Wash.ngton to land the govern ment stores, and transport a small detachment of tho Twelfth regiment, under Sergeint Byrne to tho Katerlrg the broad and Dobio l'otomae, we anchored at Ulackstone Point for the night, and at daylight i Wednesday we again steamed swiftly up tho grand, abounding river. At ten A.

tho Columbia was rearing Mount her hunting all abioad, when 1 mustered all hands upon the upper d. ok. and and are npprouehiug the sacred spot, consecrated in the hearts of all true pat-lota as the tomb of the immortal Washington. It has been erst mary to pay a tribute to tho memory of the Saver of his Country whi'e passiDg his last out hallowed resting place, ami let us now do so, by standing with uncovered hea ls, and solemn silence 1'ach head was instantly bared, the Hags were half-masted, the forecastle boll tolled forth its funeral poal, und not a sound, save tho heavy breathing of the engine, broke the solemn stillness of the pleasant morning until Mount Vernon's were well as'orn. After a tortuous and risky passage up the oast branch of tte Potomac, 1 arrived at tho Navy k'ard dock; but was much chagrined to Icarn that I could not land any army stores there, as there was room in the buildings.

So 1 procured a propeller and discharged my freight into her. The yuar'ermasU'r was on tho point of ordering me to (leorgetown, till I Informed him the passage was impracticable, for the "draw' of the bridge was three feet less in width than the Columbia's extreme beam. It Is rather Bingular that here, at ihc -eat of war, almost one is forced to look into the New Ybrk ipers for the news, civil and and navy but so it is. (in last Thursday afternoon the officers of the gallant Se venty first regiment gavo an amavcur concert at their headquarters at the Navy Yard, and myself and officers were kindly invited to attend. At three P.

the spacious hall was completely jammed with tbo elite of Washington, and as Millard had lln'she! singing his beautiful song, "fie like a soldier fell," the booming guns of a national acute were heard, and President Lincoln entered the hall, while the vast audience rose as one man and gave three hearty cheers. band discoursed their and tho exercises were supremely and delightfully cnh meed by the pe of 3a: -y Panders an, our city talented and youthful pianist. The "Matinee Musicalo" was perfect, an1 although I was prepared to expect great th rps from tho Sevoutyllrst, the concert was far beyond and above all my concept on. And here let me say. after a sea voyage experience of th- that the Seventy liist are certainly the tlnest body of men that I ever met.

Their courteous healing or board my ship, their promt and ready offers of aDy assistance in their power, and their soldierly and gentlemanly conduct, without one exception, have endowed them to me for all Umo to come. tie Friday tho Hire 7.ouavce moved over to tlieir camp gTOuncs, i.ear the l.unattc Asylum, and as the long line of grey olsd wairl irs moved ucross the bridge, te thi music of their tine bran Kind, the scene was most irn posing. On Fridav Holt sn-1 tho Her. Mr. Ilitlor, the late (liaplain of the Senate, lunched with mc on board, and were sal'ted ith three lioaity che- rs as they left, to which they responded by waving their tuts.

(in Saturday morning, May II, at ten o'cl) 1 left Washington Navy ard and n't Alexandria saw ue secos sion (lag wnv ing from a pole in the central i-t of tbo toon, which looked gloomy and deserted. I hvl my rot, on I un English hip iving ut tho dock at Alexandria, on my approach, hoisted and dipped her ensign as a salute to our Stars and Stripes. The Columbia pifscd ape Henry at ten o'clock Saturday evening, and reached ber dock at pier No 4, New York, at live on Sunday eveti'Dg, making the passage from Washing ton Navy Yard in thirty ore hours, tho on rc cord by at least one hour. The following are the memoranda of the trip Saturday, May 11, ten A. met tho Pawnee off Maryland Point.

Four P. met the yt enville mouth of Five met the Hatinzis off Kapp ihannock. Sunday noon, sew a three masted propellor id tow otr Great Kgg Harbor. The Potomac is well buoyed and tho lights in tho abjve the mouth of the Potomac, S. arc in good order and op- ration.

ARRIVAL OF THE ROANOKE. The transport Etoamor Roanoke, Captain Conch, from Washington, P. in forty eight hours, arrived at this port jeeterday afternoon. In the Potomac she passed the gunboats Pawnee and Bienville, and in the Chesapeake she passed the transport steamer Matanzas. from New York for Washington.

On the 12tb at eleven o'clock A. oft Barnegat, the Roanoke passed a small tugboat, having in tow a throe masted propeller, bound north, apparently broke down. lhe following items of intelligence are taken from the log of the steamer Roanoke, which arrited at this port yesterday, from Washington, D. C. lA'ft Washington at 4.30 I'.

M. on Friday; passed Alex andrln at 6. Raw a sceotsion Hag flying from one of the buildings of the city. Saturday, at 0 A exchanged signals with the United States war steamer Pawnee, off lower Cedar Point, bound up the Potomac. At 2 o'clock same day passed steamship Bienville, at the entrance of tbo Potomac, having troops on board.

At P. passed steamship troops, bound up the Chest poako At 7 P.M., off Cape llenry, passed stoamboat Yankee, lying to. A BPANISH STEAM FRIOATB AS A CONVOY. The Spanish 3toam frigate Berengue'a, Captain Arrios, arrived at this port yesterday, in six days from Havana, mounting thirty seven guns, with a crow of four hundred men. Came to this port to set as convoy, bringing Mr.

Dwight, bearer of despatches from PentacoU to Washing ton. Reports nothing new at Fort Pickens. Hhe also brings twelve passengers and a mail from Havana. ARRIVAL OF A CAPTURED PRIVATEER. Mr.

Thomas Chlsholm, prize master of the chooner boor go M. Smli'i, arrived here yesterday, from Hampton Roads, and will deliver that vessel to Commodore Breose. of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Ho reports all on board the Cumberland well, and impatient for action. Captain Chiaholm believes that the officers and men on board the Cumberland, In case of an attack, would rather blow the vessel and themselves to stoma than rco her fall into the hands of the enemy.

EFFICIENCY 01" THE REVENUE SERVICE. STRUT EXAMINATION OF VESSELS LEAVING TUB THE OUTLETS TO OCEAN CAREFULLY GUARDED. The recent manifestations of treason in the Unltod States have rendered imperatively necessary a stricter surveillance over vessels by tbo revenue officers. In some instances the Recreta'y of the Treasury has given distinctive In the case of his Instructions to tboCelleotor of St examine tho manifests all vessels sailing South. By the precautionary measures Instituted a few weeks by Mr.

Collector Barney, a careful examination is made of every VSMtl esvlng the port of New York, so that a complete blockade exists in this collection district. Tho revenue cutter Harriet Bane. that usually cruises In our Immediate waters, having been called away to assist in the blockade of the Southern ports, in accordance with the proclama Hon of the President, It became nccoscary that other should be procured. In view of the preseing nood Imposed by the exigencies of the hour, and communication at the time having cut off between New York and Washington, our Collector ordered three of tho vea eels engaged In the I nltcd States Coast Survey to bo immediately impressed Into the revenue service. These have been located at three different points! to command the several outlets from the harbor, 'me of them, tho Vixen, is placed at Throgg's Nock and protects theposssgo fYom tho East river Into Ixmg Island Sound.

She Is temporarily commanded by I.ioutenant Miner, of the United Stales Navy, in the absence of Oaptsifl pbeips, who has been called to Wash ingtoB. This is perhaps the Best arduous pom of 1 A tho three, an average one hundred an twenty this point every day during I tie flood tide, and each of these has to be boarded and have her papers examined. Quite a number of coasters, whose papers had run or), have been sent back to the city within the last few weeks to have thorn' rencwod. Another of these revenue steamers, the Corwin, commanded by Captain (Hung of the r.ovenuc Department, is stationed inside the Narrows, where all the huge steamers and vessels extensive tonnage pass out into the ocean. At least fifty veese'saday ire boarded at this point.

The third, the Bibb, is locatou at the mouth of the Raritau river, In the vicinity of l'ertb Amboy, to prevent suspicious vessels passing through the Kill von Kull. Thus every point of ogress from our waters is effectually guarded. This strict surveillance was instituted more particularly for the purpose of prevention provisions, ammunition and weapons of war being forwarded to the rebellious 3tates, or anything whatever calculated to give aid and comfort to the enemy; and at sumo Mine to stop suspected vessels that might be supposed to be engaged for privateering purposes in tbe service of Southern confederacy. No vessel is permitted to pars without haviug a proper clearance, and also undergoing an examination, where such may be deemed necessary. The Surveyor has detailed proper persons to isit every vessel lying at the wharves and report the appearance of ailairs every twenty-four hours, so that overy ship is closely watched, and when pplicatii Ut made for a clearance, the character of the vessel and her cargo is immediately known, and the facls are communicated to the revenue officers.

The ammunition and supply depots are likewise vatchcd; and no craft can be loaded and provisioned wilbout the proper authorities being apprised of the fact. Iu addition to this a coast guard Is detailed on both sides of the rivor. These men, supposed to liavo eyes like cwis, are entrusted with the duty of keeping a close watch on every craft in the harbor, so as to prevent the loading of vessels at night. In tooord -nee with the order promulgated some time since, no wl is allowed to rave between sunset and sunrise. The steam)ug Keren cy, commanded by Captain Is employed to ply between the city and these revenue steamers, nd the officers are constantly in communication with tho Collector of the customs.

Before a vessel Is allowed 10 tho officers must bo satisfied of her destination and Ibe object of her voyage. In order to personally witness tho practical operation of thi. blockade, and also to afford an opportunity for Captain Howard, commandant of tbe States rove cue cutters, to sco if they were proporlv manned and by his son, air. Ha't, Surveyor of tho Port; Cbjit. the Harbor Masters; Mr.

Jonathan Sturgess. Mr. ''oor and one of the representatives of the embarked on board the Mercury early on Saturday moinlng, for the purpose of visiting these revenue vessels. The stoamtug was taslcfu'ly docorated with numerous Hags. Tbe Vixen, at Thrngg's Neck, was first visited, aud then the Corwin, at the Narrows.

Time id not admit of a run to the Bibb at the Kills, orders were given for sovcra' articles necessary to put them in proper condition for effective service, among which were included some twelve pound guns. or three instances having occurred when, the tide running fast, intractable captains, desirous of avoiding detention, and disregarding the warning of the cutter, succeeded in passing beyond the raugo of its tire, orders were given that signals bo arranged between the forts and the revenue steamers, bo that if such oases ojcur again the forts will npcu lire upon the ovndicg vessels. Fort Schuyler was visited on Saturday, with a view to such arrangement with the Vixen, and orders were given for tho establishing of signals between Fort Hamilton and tbe Corwin at the Narrows. Intimations having been thiown out onceming the disloyalty of persons on board tho Corwin, tho Collector administered the i ath to the Captain, the officers and the men, by which they all pledged them-elves to faithfully discharge the duties of the Revenue Department, and to support the constitution of the 1'nited States. A few who desired to lenvo qualified Iho oath by providing "as long as we shall remain on board" Tho locating of these revenue vessels at the outlets of the harbor, under tho existing circumstances, was absolutely necessary; and indeed the efficiency of the revenue service requires that those out lets should be constantly guarded as tliey are at present.

OUR HAVRE OR ACE CORRESPONDENCE. Hayi Uraos, May 10,1891 BOfTltXKN BK3UMK.NT?A SKSTHT C1R( I MVHNT1I) ITT A ItWH'LAR. 1 have diligently inquired of more Ruin a dozen InteU'gen' gentlomen some of them Soufherners. and all recently from various iiarf-of the South, as to the truth of the repoils of the of conxplraoy to nsRasi inata either General Soott or Mr. I.ineoln.

thing as a conspiracy for this purpose exists, or ever has ex'sled. In reference to old Abe. it is certain that a reward of 0C0 has I ecu offered for his head, by parties able to pay it. Out no one has been found who dares to get that desirable article. In regard to an attack on Watliirgton, that Idea stll haunts the Southern mind.

The project itself is mora tangible now than ever before, and the probability of an attack is now gi eater than over. By means of their spies in Washington the Southern commanders know precise'y and in every minute particular the oxoct of allairs there. It is certain thnt they have, with striking -iifitorce of the city, sixty eight thuuamd well a-raed and well disciplined troops, with plenty of artillory, md thirty thousand more from ono to four days distant. When tiiey think the time has comc. tlicy will strike the blow and it will come upon the city a thunderbolt.

Our little army there will tight to the death, every nran of them. But they but twenty three thousand. It in not the part of wiPdom to indulge in vain confidence, or to despise the enemy because they have boon "Still waters run deep Mischief Is ou foot I havfl pointed out the Jangor. lot theso whose bus'ness it is apply the remedy. A laughable incident occurred in camp en the n.ghl tbat Sl'.

rman's ry through here. The soldiers are net allowed to drink liquor, but do buy it they can. While Sherman's tiorsea were being embarked, the men bad liberty to stroll about. They an wear long, heavy sabres. It was after dark.

of them had beon to a tavi rn outside the camp limits, and filled his canteen with tho vlllanous inixturo of camphene and strychnine, which la called hire "whiskey." in corning In tho lines the sentry challenged him, and put his murkct across lbs path to bar his progress. With a motion ax quick as lightning tho artilleryman toe musket barrel, closet with the astonished sentry, and beforo he could recovor from his stupe faction liad grasped him tightly by the throat. His useless musket from his nerveless grasp. The artilleryman. still holding him by tho throat with his left hand, drew from his girdle a long and sharp knife, which glittered in the light of the distant watchtlre before tho eyes of the lerrified sentry.

The latter sank upon his knees In a paroxysm of terrc. Lie would have begged for mercy, but he could not speak. Suddenly, the artilleryman burPd him In bun, cuoght up his gun, and brought tl to a charge. Vow, you rates)," said he to thq trembling, sentry, "listen to me. I am a a regular (It is Impossible to Imitate the with wtlCi lift uttered these words Now, dbu'l yon go for to stop a regular agin.

Regulars stop In tho bright lexicon of a reguiar WiVabulary, there's no such word as stop Regulars on the go all the t'mo. They go with the password, and they goes without the password, fuanwnrds is uothin' to them and they within' to paaa words. My friend (In a softer MM), take yer gun The night 4 dark, the air is chill. Take some," (pouring from canteen into tin cup.) "What Is itV faltered the sentry. "Water, you fool; or.

more wbiekey and water." The sentry took a lODg and deep draught, and tho regular passed on. Soon after, when the relief guard came around, they found tho sentry tn a condition not easily described. He taken to the guard bouse, sad thence to the hospital. The poisonous liquor made him nearly crazy but be is now well, and swears first, that he will never try to sb-p "a regular, an second, that he will never touch I'erry vlllo whiskey again. There la a moral In this story, every word of which la true; of them.

Let those whom they concern pick them out. INTERVIEW WITH GENERAL flCOTT. letter, May Si, in Charleston lie found him In oihce in the War Department. He sat bold upright behind a table, where he had been writing, awl apparently his mind was as clear and strong as ever. He complained of swollen feet, and said hn could not walk far.

In answer to an inquiry, no Mul ha had hut a little while longer to live, but when ho d.dl it should be beneath the awl -itrlpn. He Mid tha war bo prosecuted vigorously, i ho administration would not Invade the South with the object of capturiug Richmond or Charleston or New orkaas, hut for tbo purpose of retaking the forts and publl He mentioned several points that he had determined to capture, naming first Fort Moultrie, then Kort Sumter, Harper's Ferry. Ac. The lost named place he should retake, ua matter what might bo the cost of life or treasure. TRAINS OVER THE NORTHERN CENTRAL ROAD.

Piiit AMumA, May 11,1891. H. Pivrox Bratsk, N'sw We "bail be ready to nass the trains over Rush and Gunpowder rivers early Monday morning S. FELTON, MISCELLANEOUS WAR ITEMS. K'K IV BAVANNAII.

Tho Savannah A'siw rejoices over the arrival in that city of a cargo of Ice from Nova Scotia, the flrat of a Use fleet, awl Yankee Imodledom can freone up now, and close their ports, If they wish, as we are independent of them even for their great staple, ARMTVo rFBSEI.8 IV MFRCltAVT The Boston Afkii of May 0 aavs understand that most of the vessela which now" leave this port go out armed, and if at'acked by privateers will bo prepared to give the in a warm reception. For AddiHoml WTur sVetpi Eiqhih ragtt,.

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