Newspaper of The New York Herald, September 6, 1861, Page 4

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated September 6, 1861 Page 4
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4 NEW YORK HERALD. JAMES GORDON BENNETT, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR OFFICE N. W. OOHNKK OF FULTON AND NASSAU 8T3. TERMS etith ti-lranrn. Mimn/nmt f*t wmO v*i!l bnatlht ri*kof the ?mtlrr. Atnta but Hunk Nils current in Stmt York tahm THE PA IL lr HF.HA LDS tiro eemtsprr ?*>*, $7 f?r in num. TII K U'f'Vi'M' ijli',1/, SiitunLLU. iU /fix ('tHk/M iMt* torn/,or fi.VVi/' 1 or *ti 12 M any r?n I w' t>" '-<th ' /W-w- . <no <WvWmVi AV/i/!'"? <m '?' il'' 'V ??** mu?rfA, ?us i Cfiii> ,'??;? /, or |4 /T (IHlHWIt 27/JC ffitl. 1 m.H.ll.V, on VT?li??e4'Sf, <*< /bur ??<*<*? fOtfl/, &r $'} tw OHHVIH- . . , Jul! PKJA'TIX} iritfi mu6??, c/i?iyn?JM ami itIpatch. Volumr XXVI *?. 41T AMUSEMENTS THIS EVENING. WINTER GARDEN, DnwJ?ay.?Pact. I'ut?Toomis. NEW BOWERY TUEATRE. Bowery.?Bcu. Rc.f?Tub sluoulmastkk?i'aul jo.sks. BARNfM'9 AMERICAN MU8EC*. Broadway.?Day and Evi-otng?>'kis?kkn ur Static?ilium at tiik owan? lliitoiotami ?, Ska Lion, and Otiieu Cckiomtiiu. BRYANTS' MINSTRELS. Mrriianlaf Hull. 472 Broadv?y.?Songs, Unas, Ucunsuuun, Ac.?Uown in Old E Y-KT MELOPEON CONCERT HALL, No. 630 Broadway.? eoni.s, Da*icks, hi'uli.sui'kk. ac.?ikkla.nd in l-.w. CANTERBURY MUSIC 11 ALL, 585 Broadway.?SOKCi, Danckx, HcKi.Ksyiim, Ac. GAIETIES CONCERT ROOM, ?16 Broadway.?DRAvma IiOOM EnTAKT.WNJUKNTS BaI.I.LTS. I'aNTOXIMM, Faucks, ?o. AMERICAN MUSIC 11 Al.L, 414 Ero?dw?y.?Songs, balia is, 1'antomimis.s. ac. ?m isjl'khadit ball. CRYSTAL l'AI.ACE CONCERT IIALL. No. 45 Bowory.-. Burlksuukk, Songs, Dancks. Ac.?Black Statik. New York, Krlilny, September 0, 1SG1. OUR AVAR MAI'M. The numerous maps, plans and diagrams of 3he operation* of the Union anil rebel troops in Virginia, Missouri, Illinois, Florida, and on the MiaQssippi and Missouri rivers, wluch have been pub5shed from time to time iu the New York IIkrald, are now printed on one sheet, and is ready for delivery. Agents desiring copies are requested to eend in their orders immediately. Single copies hx cents. Wholesale price the same as for tho Weekly IIkrald. TIIK SITUATION. ? The information as to the death of Jefferson Davis accumulates to an extent that leaves little doubt of his decease. Special despatches from Louisville, Ky., we re received by our correspou" dents in Washington yesterday, confirming tho news. Intelligence had reached Louisville from For mess Monro t' mat Mr. J'avis was dead, and that the rebel flags in tliat vicinity had been flying at halfmast for the past two or three days. Parties who arrived from Richmond state that the probability of his speedy demise was canvassed freely in that city on Saturday, and we learn, by way of Nashville, tliat the rebel Congress, which had adjourned on that night in consequence of the precarious condition of Mr. Davis, has since been called together by Mr. Stephens, the Vice President. All these facts tend strongly to confirm the rumor of the decease of Mr. Davis. Great excitement prevailed in Washington yesterday in anticipation of a great battle, which was confidently expected as an inevitable necessity on the part of the rebels. There is a general belief existing there that a serious conflict w ill take place to-day, and that the rebels will sustain a severe repulse?the perfect condition of Gen. McClellan's army warranting that anticipation. It is reported, and we believe with truth, that General Beauregard's army is suffering terribly Jrom measles, which is decimating the camps. We perceive that Secretary Chase has returned to Washington from his visit to Philadelphia, and expresses himself delighted with the promptitude and patriotism of the merchants of that city in taking their share of the national loan. Indeed, in all quarters the people seem to respond most cordially to the application of the government. Reports from North Carolina indicate an extraordinary reaction in that State. The Union feeling is said to be gaining ground rapidly, one half of the voting population being Union men. It is said that tho North Carolina troops in Virginia have been recalled since the capture of Fort Ilattcras, that two brigades of Union troops have been organized, that Union leagues have been formed all over the State, and that a provisional State government will be inaugurated within a few months. If all thin be true, it ia evident that North Carolina is disgusted with the conduct of the war and is getting tired of rebellion. In fact the newB of the capture of Fort Hatteras has had a most depressing effect on the rebel array. The South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama regiments, who were pushing on towards Virginia, have received orders to Btop and proceed to Newbern, North Carolina, to protect the coast. " It seems exceedingly probable that the fate of the renowned privateer Sumter will soon follow the Jeff. Davis by falling into the hands of onr squadron. We learn that letters were found in a prize recaptured by the frigate Powhattan, stating that the Sumter was gone to Pcrto Bello, on the coast of Venezuela in search of coal, having run out of that indispensable commodity. The Powhatan has followed her to that port, and if she has not succeeded in getting her supply and clearing out she stands a bad chance from the guns of the Powhatan. It would be a singular coincidence if these two most vexatious privateers should have to succumb almost at the same time?one by wreck and the other by capture. THE NEWS. The mails of the Arabia reached this city yesterday from Boston, bringing us European journal of the 21th of August. Mr. Russell's Washington letter, of the 10th oi August, to the London lorries with a very important letter from one of our own correspondents in Paris, appear in the Herald this morning. Our Berlin correspondent shows that the import and export trade of tlie Zollverein has fallen off thirteen per cent in revenue income, when compared with that of 1859, in conse quence ui me civil war in America. The Prussian courts of justice are to issue "sea passes" to merchantmen trading to North America, in the hope that the rebel privateers will rcspect such protection papers, as did the Algeriue pirates and Barbary corsairs of former days. Immediately upon the reassembling of the Democratic State Convention at Syracuse, yesterday ^orning, a motion to reconsider the vote of the day previous, on the resolution admitting the Mozart frail and Tammany delegates equally, was made. 4^ warm and spirited debate ensued, when the Chair decided that the delegates from New York ?ad no right to speak or vote on the question. An appeal from this decision was taken, and the Chair JS was sustained by a vote of 142 to 62. After a long debate the Convention refused to lay the subject on the table by a vote of 91 to 112. The Convention then refused to hear Mr. M(.'Masters, of the New York. Ffwrnan'a Journal, speak, and ordered the uutin question, thus effectually ^ mv 11 pi* UI lUtf BVCUIIVU puuuu IJlUil. Tho Convention reconsidered the resolution admitting both branches of New York delegates by a vote of 114 yeas to 87 nays, rejected tho substitute, adopted ou Wednesday, admitting both sets ut' delegates, and finally admitted the Tamutituv deif^ ktion alone. Whereupon the Moaarters withdrew, held a meeting, and adjourned to meet in New York, to draw up a protest against the action of the Convention. The Convention then adopted a series of resolutions having special reference to the rebelliou, which we give iu our report of ttws proceedings, and nominated the following ticket for State officers:? Secretary of State?P. R. Floyd Jones, 01 yueens. Court of Appeals?George F, Comstock, of Albany. Comptroller?(ieorge F. Scott, of Saratoga. Attorni y General?Lyman Tremaine. Treasurer?Francis E. Rrouck, of Erie. Oanal < 'mrnnissi oners?Jiirvis B. Lord, of Monroe, and W. W. Wright, of Ontario. Stale Prison Inspector?Win. C. Rhodes, of New York. The steamship Glasgow, from Liverpool on the 21st and Queenstown on the 22d of August, reached this port early yesterday morning, bringing tho mails and passengers of the disabled steamer Etna, #*4,000 in specie, and tiles of European papers to her day of sailing. When the Glasgow left Ireland the Etna was to be towed to Liverpool for repairs. The news of the Glasgow is anticipated. At last accounts Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President of tho bogus confederacy, was at Manassas attending a sick brother, who is Lieutenant Colonti of one of the Georgia regiments. The following sums were in the different depositories and branch mints of the United States in the seceded States at the time those States rebelled, and were stolen from tho government:? New Orleans ISM,404 Richmond 14,0'JV Norfolk 11,7% Wilmington, N. C 6,0*8 Savnnnah 4,?74 Mobile 18,225 Nashville 4,X80 Galveston 2,811 Norfolk. 1 A\'.\ Little Rock, Ark 68,092 Tallahassee, Fla 079 Charlotte, N. C. (branch mint) 32,000 Dahlonega, Oeo. (branch mint). 27,1)50 Total (718,098 We published some days since the announcement that the rebel* had seized a hundred thousand dollars in specie belonging to the Fayette branch of the liank of Missouri, and subsequently another announcement that the money had been restored. The secret of the restoration is, that the stock of the Fayette Branch Dank is owned almost entirely by secessionists, and the rebels had been robbing their own friends. The rebels in Richmond say that the near approach of the inclement and frosty season admonishes them that they must have winter quarters, and they have settled upon Baltimore as the place ufl'ording the proper facilities for thom to locate during the cold months. At last accounts they had not yet arrived in that city. Hon. Joshua R. Giddings, of Ohio, lias written a long letter in opposition to the proposition of abandoning the republican party and establishing a new organization. Joshua is opposed to ignoring the question of slavery. He says it has been the lifegiving element of all parties, and should not now be cast aside when the abolition work is but half completed. The republican party, he thinks, ison the right track for the ultimate establishment of freedom for the nigger, and it should be pushed along to the consummation of that idea. Joshua is an abolition brick. The address of the "peace" party in Kentucky is very particular in requesting the person to whom the address is sent to "report the strength" of the "neutrality" men in the place in which he is located. It is said that the Secretary of War, at the commencement of the battle of Bull run, implored a certain Pennsylvania regiment to "strike for their homes," and they did so at the rate of ten miles an hour. Two Union no-party State Conventions were held yesterday?one in Columbus, Ohio, and the other in St. Paul. Minnesota. A steamboat in course of construction at Pittsburg, Penn., for Hon. John Bell, of Tennessee, has been seized by the United States authorities under the Confiscation act. Mr. Bell has paid about live thousand dollars on the contract. Dan Rice, the showman, is stumping the Western States, outside of his menagerie, in favor of Dio Union cause. He addressed a meeting atOshkosh, Wisconsin, on the 28tlrult. The Governor of Vermont has appointed the 20th of September as a day of fasting, humiliation and prayer. This is the day appointed by the President for the same object. Since 1S44 there has been but one summer (1S54) ir. which so little ruin has fallen as during the sua' son just closed, and but two summers (1?57 and 1S5U) in which there was not a greater average of heat. The Board of Councilmen did not hold n meeting last evening, a majority of the members being absent at the Democratic Convention. They will positively meet on Monday. The weekly statement of the Commissioners of Public Charities and Correction presented yesterday shows that 2,'20o persons were admitted to the | institutions during the week ending August31, nnd I the whole number remaining there on that date was 8,257?a decrease of 83 on the preceding week. In the General Sessions yesterday Samuel Edwards pleaded guilty to stealing $53 worth of clothing from Michael Brady on the 18th of August, and w.'is sent to thn State nrison for tivo venr-c John Anderson, indicted for burglary in the first degree, in breaking into the dwelling house of Nathan B. Graham, 21 Washington square, on the night of the 7th of August, pleaded guilty to an attempt to com. mit the ofi'ence. He stole $.500 worth of property, but was arrested that night by officer Conway, The Recorder sent him to the State prison for live years. Robert McConnell alias McCullough, having broken into the store of Richard Knoner, 310 West street, on the 17th of August, pleaded guilty to burglary in the third degree, and was sent to the Sing Sing prison for three years. George Kdwards was convicted of forging an order for sumach, purporting to have been signed by John O'Neal, and addressed to James Morgan & Co. He was remanded for sentence. The cotton market was again firm yesterday, and more active. The sales embraced about 3,000 bales,closing on the basis of 22c. a 22 ^c. for middling uplands. Owing to light receipts, from some interruption in canal navigation, shipping tots of ftatc and Western brands of flour, including extra Stato, were better, while the demand for export was t'uir. Wheat was firm for good shipping lots, while sales were tolerably active. The ex|>ort demand for Liverpool wag lew active, while prloea were sustained mainly by the demand for the Continent. Corn was firm and active, with fair sales for eastern ports, and for txporls at ful' prices. Pork was dull and heavy, with sales of mess a4 $14 a $14 12X, and of prime at $0 75 a $10. The govern* ?y j' uuu. mess was taken at $15. Sugar? wcro Arm and active, with sales of 3,f>00 lihds., 1,300 boxes, and ISO hhds. Mclado at rates given in another column. The Messrs. Stuart's prices for their refined goods are given In another place. Coffee wag steady, with sales of 2,300 bags Kio at 14e.al5c., Ineluded in which were 1,200 bags at tho latter figure* Freights?engagement* wore checked by light receipts. Kates to Liver(*x>l were rather easier, and llrm to I?ndon, while to the Continent thoy wore unchanged and in j fair demand. rEW YORK HERALD FR The Death of JefTeraon Da via and Ita Probable Consequence*. Our latest telegraphic advices from Louisville, Washington and Fortress Monroe, as Buro us positively of the death of Jefferson Davis, Provisional President, or Dictator rather, of our rebellious Confederate States. Considering that his health has been in a very shattered condition for several years, and considering his extraordinary labors, anxieties and exhausting excitements of the last five months, we were not only prepared to believe tho report of his death, but wo think it somewhat remarkable that he was not carried off three or four months ago. Assuming that he has at length gone the way of oil the earth, the first question suggested is: what will be the effect of his loss to the bad cause of this Southern rebellion t We think that the loss of Davis at this time will be more serious to the rebel cause than would have been the defeat of Beauregard at Bull run. Davis was the man of all the aspiring leaders of the South for the post of Provisional Dictator of tho rebel States. Educated as a soldier at West Point, his conduct at tho battle of Buena Vista rendered him exceedingly popular throughout the South as a military chieftain. Ilis subsequent prominent career as a Southern partisan leader in the United States Senate, and in the Cabinet of poor l'ierco, as his Secretary of War, and again as the anointed champion of the Mississippi dis" unionists in the Senate at Washington, bad given him a character in the cotton States for statesmanship and administrative talents fully up to the standard of his military reputation. Thus combining tho practical training and knowledge and popularity of the regular soldier with a very large experience as a flreenting politician, legislator and executive civil officer, State and federal, Davis was the very man required as the provisional head of this desperate experimental Southern confederacy* Self-conceited, self-willed, arrogant and despotic, we have in these peculiarities of Davis the very qualities which, of all others. were most needful to enable him to give force and authority to his position as President of the Confederate States. He was invested with this office because of these very qualities, and because the crude, loose anil irresponsible embryo government of which he was the chief, and the exigencies of the armed rebellion with which it was associated, demanded a dictator. Ho was named the President, but the few mon who thus appointed him expected him and aided him to assume the powers of an absolute despot. Thus we can account for the wonderful military energy, activity and resources brought into the field by the rebel States. They have been called into requisition by Davis, the absolute despot of the new confederation. We anticipate the question: was he not subject to the laws of the Confederate Congress? by answer ing that that Congress, consisting of only one house of from twenty to thirty self-appointed disunion managers, was nothing more than the obedient corps lnjislntif of the Southern Dictator. They legislated according to his will; and all his subordinates, military and civil, were taught, before appointed, the necessity of absolute obedience to their chief. Our readers will thus comprehend to some extent th? loss to the rebel cause of this man Davis, with his great popularity, his abilities and industrious habits, his unbounded authority and his dictatorial character. With the decease of Davis, Alexander II. Stephens?a superior debater and politician, although a jaundiced, dried up and very feeble little man, of about ninety pounds in weight?succeeds to the office of Provisional President of the rebel States. For the paramount duties of this office?those of dictator of the rebel armies?Stephens, we apprehend, is no better qualified than is Horace Greeley to stand in the shoes of General Scott. Stephens is an able lawyer, an able stump speaker, a skilful, intriguing politician, and, withal, a man of strikingly conservative ante ucuvuui, ujjpusiug IU uiu nisi g?*o}> ixit? st'eu.ssjon of (Jeorgia. But this is not the man to hold the helm of this Southern rebellion. He is not the man to hold in check the rival political factions and the rival ambitious military chiefs starting up in the rebel States. To be sure the provisional term of Davis and Stephens expires in February, when a rebel President and Vice President are to be regularly elected; but this interval to February under Stephen#, or under anybody else, will probably break down the whole concern. Such men as R. Barnwell Rhett, of South Carolina, or ex-Senator Mason, of Yir ginia, could play the Southern Dictator with a will, but not with the comprehensive abilities and graceful condescension of Davis. Stephens has not been trained to recognise the superior blessings of a despotism of any sort; and we may, therefore, ex" pect to find him uuequal to the squabbling chiefs and ferocious factions of the rebel camp. And so we think that the loss of Davis will be more serious than the loss of a great battle to the rebel cause. If gone to his final account* the strange coincidence of his death with the total wreck of the dashing privateer bearing his name will have its effect upon the impressible public mind of the South. In connection, too, with the late disasters to the rebels in the field, and the manifest hopelessness of their sinking cause, the loss of Davis, among many of his followers, would be accepted as a judgment of Providence. Clean Shirts at a Premium Among tub Rei.C.K JThn \l.......I.;u .1........ i.e.-.. iuv iununi.iR, ?vm n" ?" uifjuw -rwyrj., of August 25, is a somewhat suggestive official proclamation:? To tim Citizens of Memphis .? Applications have repeatedly been made to mo, ns exccutive oltlcer of the city, for protection uguinst Indiscreet |M?rtii s who are went out to imprest citizens iuto sorvico axainst their will on steamboats. Many of these men have been draggod from their beds, wives and children, but never ban tiiere been a man taken who hail on a clean shirt. I hereby notify any citizen who may wish a pass within the city of Memphis to call on me, anil 1 will furnish the same, and will see ho will bo protected. Olio poor man boiii# shot yostorday by one of those outlaws, as they may ho called, causes' me to give the above notice. JOHN l'AKK, Mayor. Acccerr 24,1861. "Indiscreet parties'' one would surely judge them to be, who, being sent out to kidnap and "impress citizens into service on steamboats," drag many of them "from their beds, wives and children." But the Mayor thinks it worthy of special note that "never hits there been a man taken who had on a clean shirt." All this, however, might have been tolerated but for the shooting of a poor man "by one of these outlaws. as they may be called." Mayor Park touched this appropriate epithet somewhat gingerly, and doubtless is himself one of those who is careful, even in his bed, to be clothed in a clean shirt. What a delightful place to live in is Memphis, Tennessee, tinder the perfect anarchy of secession which her people now enjoyl IDAT, SEPTEMBEK 6, 186] Past Victories and Future Energy. There has been a great deal of rejoicing at the recent victory at Hatteras Inlet, aud a disposition to magnify it beyond its just proportions. There have been also loud congratulations on the notes of warlike preparation from Maryland to Missouri. It may be all very well to rejoice at past success, or at the prospects of it for the future; and there is-no doubt that the Uatteras victory Is very good as far as it ttoes. nrovided the fruits of it are secured, and that the advantage is promptly and vigorously followed up by other achievements. It must

be said, however, as a drawback to the capture of the Hatteras forts, that there is no reason why it should not havo been done three months ago. The government and the officer in chief command of the navy were a long time coming to the point that the forts at Hatteras Inlet could be successfully assailed. The necessity existed in May last as much as now, and the result would have been far more beneficial. Toi-haps in that case no Bull run defeat would have tarnished the federal arms, and the cause of the Union might have been in a very different position from what it is to-day. We had then men, and money, and guns, and ammunition, and vessels of war, or if wo had not enough of ships, they were offered to the government by merchants of this city and refused. Now that the ice has been broken, and something creditable in a naval way accomplished at last, let us not delay to make too much self-glorification about it, but proceed at once to other and greater achievements by sea and by lund* There is much to be done and a short time to do it, unless it is resolved to make the war interminable. As for the vigorous preparations of General McClellan, and the discipline and order by which he is moulding a mere military mob into an army, the country and the government have reason to rejoice that events have brought out such a military leader. We have every confidence in his ability and vigor. But it must be confessed that there is evidence of great want of skill and energy in Western Virginia and Missouri, otherwise there would not be so many repulses and disastrous retrograde movements. The true path to victory and to a speedy termination of the war is down the Mississippi, and in order to a successful expedition in that direction Fremont ought to be vigorously supported by men and money, and aims and munitions of war. The conquest of Missouri and the reduction of Kentucky, if she will not take her place as a loyal State in the Union, arc the first steps and necessary preliminaries to the descent of the Mississippi. Red tape must be laid aside, and circumlocution and all discussions about who ought to be retained in the Cabinet, who tiii'niul mif ami wIia in cn<>r><wul iha ejected be abandoned. Instead of wasting time' in debating and squabbling about army and navy contracts?whether Cameron's friend, or Seward's, or Chase's, or Welles' is to get this fat job, or that or the other?the Cabiuet as a unit ought to rise to the height of the great crisis by which the existence of the Union is jeopardized, and come directly to the question of its preservation with a single purpose to do or die. The system of government founded by our ancestors is on its trial before the world; democracy itself trembles in the balance, and mankind are viewing with deep interest the conllict which is to decide the question whether the American people are capable of self-government, or whether they must fall back upon the worn out systems of military despotism which control the destinies of Europe, or, what would be still more deplorable, degenerate into the perennial disorder, barbarism and bloody anarchy which have characterized the history of Mexico for the last forty years. A DE.sor.ATB City of the South.?We have had concurrent accounts from various quarters going to show the desolation which this mad Southern rebellion has brought upon her greatest mart of commerce, the city of New Orleans. The article which we publish elsewhere, embodying the statements of a merchant of that city, entirely corroborates all that we had formerly learned in that respect. Trade and commerce are at a standstill; no inward or outward bound vessels pass the mouth of the Mississippi, unless it be a sneaking privateer or an insignificant coaster that may escape in a log or storm; cotton bales and sugar hogsheads are not, as in former times, piled upon the broad levee, but are kept on the plantations, lest they should fall into the hands of the national forces; the streets are so deserted that the Pic<ty>ine perpetrates the dismal joke of recommending them to the attention of some industrious soytheman; the payment of rents is regarded as an antiquated absurdity, and the citizens generally are quaking in terror over the idea of a visitation from the national fleet. New Orleans once enjoyed the reputaton of beinir a loval citv. and it is even still believed that the adoption of the ordinance of secession by Louisiana was attained through fraud at the ballot boxes, and against the will of her citizens. That may be or may not be so. If New Orleans had proved equal to the high commercial position which she held as the second port of the United States, no frauds or violence perpetrated by traitors could have made her lend herself to their objects or adopt their thieving principles. By doing so she brought Upon herself her present desolation, and richly deserves to suffer as she has done and is doing. Never, theless we shall rejoice when the army and navy of the United States shall have banished terror and dismay from the minds of her citizens, when her levee shall once more be the deposit of the products of the Mississippi valley, and when the white winged messengers of commerce shall revisit her wharves under the protection and flag of the United StatesWe trust we shall not have long to wait for tlwl ,U,f **? ""JThe Opposinu Gknkrals.?It is a singular cir. cumstance thafc General McClcllan, the com. mander of tbo Union forces on the Potomac, and General Beauregard, the chief of the rebel army, each graduated second in rank in his class at West Point. It would be curious to know what has become of the cadets who graduated first in these classes. Do tbo first graduates always subside, like the men who take first honors at colleges, or what becomes of them? Here are the second rate men the leaders of twin opposing armies, the largest and best appointed ever in the field in this country Now, if the rank of graduation is any test of merit, we have a stray Napoleon, n loose Wei lington or an embryo Scott lying around somewhere. North or South. Where are the first rate graduates? Docs tho Scripture rule hold I. good at West Point, and are "tho /Irst always last," und vice vermf 1ntkiummk.sk Uktwkk.v tiik North 4n1> SoiiTii?Death or Jvivt. Davis.?8Inc? (Jenera' McClellan assumed the command at Washington every effort haw been made to cut off the communication of news from the North to the South, and, as fur as military matters are concerned, these efforts have boon quite successful. Like most good rules, however, this nonintercourse arrangement has worked both wayB, and the chiefs of tho confederacy take every care to keep us in ignorance of their movements and intentions. On Tuesday last, for Instance* we published rumors that Jefferson Davis, the rebel chief, hud died on Monduy morning. Soon after canto reports that the rebel ilags at Bailey's Cross Roads were at half-mast, and that the rebel officers wore black crape for mourning. Then negroes and travellers from Manassas and Richmond asserted that the news of Davis' death was true. Next came reports from Louisville that " the President" of the rebols> so far from being dead, had actually called Congress together, by a special proclamation, he having been left without money to carry on the war. Then a Nashville despatch said that Jeff. Davis was alive and recovering. And today we have despatches informing us that it was Stephens, now President ex-officio of the conspirators, who called Congress together, and that Jeff. Davis had really followed the example of his privateering namesake? hoisted the death's head liag, struck on a bar and gone under forever. Whatever may be the motivo for concealing the death of Jeft'. Davis?whether to influence the action of Kentucky or to avoid discouraging the rebel armies?the fact that this concealment could be maintained so long, in spite of our ett'orts to penetrate it, is none the less remarkable. It is, now-a-days, about us difficult to get news from the rebel States as from the interior of that other confederacy, the kingdom of Central Africa, or from China and Japan, whose rulers are frequently reported dead some time before they really expire. We know nothing, except by inference and logical deduction, of the state of the Confederate armies in the lield, or of that great Confederate army of women and children at home. We are absolutely unable to state authoritatively whether ] the President of the confederacy is dead or nlivo Th/? \v)m1o ?? in rlaclr i and we are in tho dark about it. 1 Hy and by, however, we intend to let daylight into this affair, landwi.se, by the aid of our Union armies, and then we shall have daily the best of news from the rebel States?the news of our victories, of the certain death of many rebels besides Jell'. Davis, and of State after State reclaimed to our glorious Union. The Times and tub Press.?We have often before noticcd, editorially and in tabular form, the number of newspapers dead, diseased and dying on account of the hard times, in this city and throughout the country. In the South very few newspapers yet survive, and these are in the last stages of dry rot. Want of paper killed some, want of advertising patronage finished others, want of readers settled still others, and a combination of all these causes, like an extra number of physicians, has ended tho days of many more. Sometimes our armies knocked the whole paper into "pi," as at Alexandria. Sometimes our soldiers killed tho paper by making dead matter of the Confederate editor At any rate, most of the secession journals down South have collapsed, and even the loyal journals there are obliged to ask subscribers and advertisers from the North. We hope they may get them. Even in New York city, as we have before shown, many of the newspapers have an exceedingly hard row to hoe during these times, while the Northern country papers are not only dead, but largely in debt for their funeral expenses. Upon sending out to purchase our usual copies of the New York weeklies yesterday, we ascertained that no less than ten of these papers had suspended during the past week or two, and that others were sounding the dismal note of preparation to follow suit. It is some consolation lor us to turn from the con" templation of such grave matters to our own rapidly increasing circulation and advertising patronage?already more than that ol all other journals in the city combined. Mil Secretary Welles at Home.?We notice that Mr. Secretary Welles, of the navy, has become so exhausted by his onerous labors in the Navy Department, since the government has been energetically at work to crush out the Southern rebellion, that he finds a week's rest at his home in Connecticut necessary to recuperate him and iit him for the heavier work yet to come. With Secretary Welles at home, Commodore Stringham at Brooklyn, and General Butler in Massachusetts, nothing new will probably be undertaken, seawise, this week. By next week, how. ever, all these gentlemen will be again at their posts, aud then the brilliant expedition upon Forts Clark and Ilattcras will be followed up by a series of attacks upon points along the Southern coast. While the navy attends to Beaufort, Ac., our army will take care of Beauregard & Co., and thus the rebellion will find our forces, like a good rule, working both ways? but either way badly for the confederacy. Wait patiently till Secretary Welles returns to Washington. Tue War in Missouri.?It appears that the late so called victory near Springfield, Missouri, of Ben. McCulloch, with his rebel ariny of 24,000 men, over General Lyon and his 4,500 men, has proved so very unprofitable to Ben. that he has been compelled to retreat back into Arkansas. Meantime, under the extensive combinations of General Fremont, the Union forces are pushing forward, while the rebel forces in the southern part of the State, in addition to those of McCulloch, are falling back. Thus, before the end of the present month, we hope to be able to record the complete suppression in, or expulsion from, Missouri of all the armed forces of this rebellion. Fremont's proclamation, declaring free the slaves of local traitors in arms, was doubtless the result of carefu' deliberation, and will operate to make practical Union men of many Missouri slaveholders, who, ? 111. ?11 1....^ f.... lnnl <Ik.iV nin. ? Itil ail til I'll IU?V" 1U1 PH-COOH/II, 1MTV ?uvu gers still more. We have every indication from Missouri that the strong medicines applied by Fremont to this secession plague in Missouri will cure the patient as by a miracle. Wno Knows??Perhaps the immediate exploration of Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds by a few steam gunboats, swift and strong, would result in the capture of a lot of rebel privateers watching in those waters for an opportunity to slip out to sea. Who kuowa! V T ll Mkmbkrb of thi Unitbd States Ooko^, from Nobth Carolina.?a Mr. C. 11. Foster^ appears, from North Carolina, has arrived V Washington, claiming to be a member of tho United States Congress, elected on the first day of August ltt?t, according to law, and that five other Union candidates from other parts of the State were also elected to our Congress on the name day. These elections, we presume, were HiU'.rettv nnni1lin?j?<1 Vint if r?t?i*>uor>fin<? < spoetable body of men, wo may safely guess > that the Union sentiment of North Carolina h* still not only alive, but ready for open action with th? first opportunity. Hence, we recom- j| mend the experiment of a vigorous coastwise prosecution of the war against the rebels of North Carolina. W'e mny thus bring out a powerful body of allies in the heart of the State, and break down this secession rebellion through a Southern Union reaction. Let the government try the experiment. The Hon. M.yksa Greeley on Tire Lat? Letter ok Arciibihuop Huoiikn.?The lion. Mussa Greeley, after carefully studying over the late admirable Union letter of Archbishop Hughes, finds him wofully short of the standard of the Chicago platform on the question of slavery. The Archbishop is admonished that : : Southern slavery is aggressive and dangerous, and that the republican party "will resist every ( ; attempt to widen the area of slavery within the \j limits of the Union." In trumping up the Chicago platform at this crisis, when the county ? calls for the sinking of all such party rubbish* J the Hon. Massa Greeley shows that he is one of 0 those bigoted party Bourbons or fanatics who "never learn anything and never forget anything." The loyal masses of our people to-day care no more for the Chicago platform than does Archbishop Hughes. Greeley must be taken care of by his friendB, or we shall soon ; again hear him renewing his war cry of "Onward to Richmond." The DIclKanua Obsequies?Mass Meeting at Irving Hall Latt Night. PRELIMINARY PKKl'AltATIONS TO RECEIVE THE UKMAINS ON TIIEIK AKltlVAL IN NEW YORE?TUEUt TRANSPORTATION TO IRELAND DECIDED (.TON, ETC. [ Thero is not an Irishman in the city of Now York whoso bosom swells with ardor, lovo and patriotism towiinlB bis nativo country, who will not peruse with extreme satisfaction, us well as sincere regret, the proceedings of the mass mooting at Irving Hall last night, which aro reported underneath. The meeting was specially convened to make preliminary arrangements for the purpose of doing honor to tha memory, and roceiying tlio remains in a becoming manner, of one who, In his early days, when Ireland pussed through her last political throat in 1848, cast his lot in tho great womb of fate with sucfa mon as Moagher, O'llrien, Keilly, O'Donohuo and others, jn their patriotic endeavors to have the grievances under which that country groined rodressed; to extrlcato Ire Imuu) ii iiuiu ou.vwu uuuiiuuuuu?mil uvr u]) <uiu bring her buck to assume hnr natloual greatness and pristine glory; to arm hor with all the power.! and invest hor with all the privileges which she continued to enjoy before the aot of union. In making this attempt, which proved futile in the results that followed, the deceased, with his othor compoors, subjected himself, at the latter end of that year, to bo indicted for treason, for which ho and they woro triedr condemned, and bunishod as exiles from tho land of their homos and their fathers; and after tho sentence of Chief i Justico Blockburue, which was rigorously carried tut* ' execution, thoy were driven off to u jional settlement, in Van Dleman's Land, there to tlnish tho remaiuder of their days. A lei/gtbonod obituary of the docoased T. B. McMaoun, embracing these facts, has already appeared in the columns of this Journal. It is only nee ssary, thoreloro, now to state, that he cherished an endearing love for Uis I nativo country, and was a pattern to othors In bis generous abnegation of self. He had sp"nt a good portion of his youthful career in tngllsh society, his business bringing him much in contact with tho English people, consequently he did not tlKM mix himself up often with tho dlffTonces which 1 oxifted between tho "young'' and "old Irelander?," | at Conciliation Hall, on Burgh Quay, in Dublin; yet tho truest lndox of tho exiled and deceased McManus which can be given is found in the beautiful aud "pert replyTie made when asked his opinion and love for both countries I by counsel on the trial. It was this:?"Not that I love Kngland less," said tho patriotic McManus, "but Ireland t more." Being the first of tho exiles to make good his escapo from the [x.-nal settlement reforred to, he wended bis way to this country; and afterwards determined on making San Francisco his futuro abode, at which place ho continued to reside up to tho hour of his death. Irving Hall, on entering, presented an animated and excited appearance, the capacious room, literally speaking, being crammed to suffocation with a vast mass at human beings. A silent enthusiasm seemed to actuate all present, comminglcd, no doubt, with heartfelt regret at tho melancholy circumstanco which had called such aa immense number of pcoplo together. It is, however, certain that tho dense throng was ouly moved by ono great principle?namely, to enter into arrangements to |>ay th? dearest tokens of respect and ostocm to tho mortal remains of tlioir late countryman, whom they loved and revered. Previous to the organization of the meeting the Stars and Strips were displayed and attended from ths gallery above the spoakor's heads, which were mi st enthusiastically greeted, as also tho different speakers on entering the room and ascending tho platform. Judge Connolly moved that their distinguished friend. Captain Thomas F. Meagher, be chairman of tho meeting; ca'-rlod unanimously, atnidt great applae.se. The assemblage w.is called to order by tho Chairman calling on Mr. William K. Robinson to read tho list of Vice-I'roslileuts and Secretaries, which, on being put by the Chair, their apiiointinents wero ratified ui a nmously. Tho Chairman said that an appropriate address had been prepared by the Committee, and also resolutions, which would be submitted for tlioir approval. The Sfieri tarv then rtmd the AiMrr<?ta and reK.dnt.mna prepared by tho committee, all of which roeeivod the unanimous absent or the meeting. Appropriate and thrilling addresses wore then deliverod by tho Chairman, Councilor Doheny, Messrs. Robinson, O'Mahon aud Roche, all of whom spoke in tho highest tonus of tho deceased exiled patriot, his <inalilicati<>iis as a friend and a gentleman, tho harshness witli which he and his compatriots had boon treated by British statesmen and British law, and denouncing the tyranny of Filmland in tho strongest possible terms. These speeches were listened to very attentively by the audience, who repeatedly gave vent to their enthusiasm by cheering most vociferously. At tho termination of the proceedings a subscription was o|K?ned, uruler the sii|iervision of the Executive Committee, and a geodly sum was collected on tho spot. Tho amount subscribed will be appropriated to paying the expense of taking the body to Ireland, which is now on its way to New York, and also any further expenses that may be incurred l>y tho committee here. 'Ih i remains may be expected in this city about the 13th inst., and after duo respect being paid to them, they will bo forwarded to the deceased's friends in Ireland for interment. Tho proceedings terminated at half-past nine o'clock, aud tho large gathering then broKo up. Poltcc Intelligence* Surprise or Btkcilars?Tiiky Stab a Polkxhas ^Officer Tompkins, of tho Twenty-seventh precinct, while patrolling his beat yostorday morning about four o'clock, discovered four men endeavoring to break into tho gun storo of Mr. Sidney Roberts, at 181 Broadway. The officer immediately soundod tho alarm, and rushed upon tho mon for tho purpose of arresting them, but they drew knives and stabbed him In the wrist, hand and arm, ? besides knocking him down senseless, after which they fled and escaped. Shortly after this, a citizen was passing and observed the officer lying insensible in front of the entrance of the store, and notified one of his comrades, who had him conveyed to his residence, 341 West Kortyninth street. The wounds, though severe, are not deemed dangerous: but it is thoi.giit that the blows upon the head, which rendered him insensible, have caused a fracture or the skull. The burglars aro unknown, but the police are endeavoring to trace them. City Intelligence. Tim New Ciurtkr Commission.??\n adjourned meeting of tho Committeo on Organization of the Now Charter Commission appointed by the legislature wns held yostorday. afternoon in tho Clerk's room of tho Board of Sujiervisors. Thoro were present Messrs. l'urdy, Sweeney and Blnnt, democrats, and Messrs. Stout and Williamson, republicans. Mr. Elijah F. Purdy presided, and after considerable desultory conversation he proposod Mr. G. W. Blnnt as permanent President of tho Commission, but Mr. Blunt declinod. The committee then resolved to draw for President, which resulted in tho election of William M. Evarts. Esq. John Hardee was elected Clerk. A series of by laws was presented and discussed, which will bo submitted to the Commission for adoption. A commitin.. ?m.mtit<..l >n i?,l ifv ll,? lifn.U.1,1 rlM 1/ their election, and a committee of three, consisting oC Messrs. Purdy, Stout anil Sweeney, was appointed toreport tlie names of three gentlemen to Oil vacancies in the Commission, caused by the resignation of ex-Mayor Havemeyer, by the death of William P. Kennedy, and by tli? absence of August Belmont in Kuropc. The commute? th"n adjournod to meet on Monday, tho 9th inst., at halfpast one o'clock. A Biactitul I'rksktt.?Thero is now on exhibition Hk Tiffany's window, in Broadway, a splendid French national flag, which Prince Napoleon had manufactured a* * present for tho children of Randall's Inland. It will shortly be presented to them thtQRgh tno CommiaiiouBJ \ of Charities and Correction. ? J

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