Newspaper of The New York Herald, October 28, 1861, Page 4

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated October 28, 1861 Page 4
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ACADEMY OK MU8IC, lrrtn* pla ?.? Italia* OrRaA? Bm.r? Nices i>? JBAWNKrra WINTER HARDEN, Bi oadway. -T?? Octomoom. WALLACE'S THEATRE, No. Bit Bn?dway -Tn? Kmo Of TUK M0t.NT.VlM. LAURA KEENE'S THEATRE, Broadway. -Srritw Ron*. BOWERY THEATRE, Bowery.? Stick***'* National Circus. RARNUM'S AMERICAN MUSEUM, Broadway.? D? - r.nd IC?' iiin.'? '. > r. or v. iiMutit? UirroiuxAHiJo, 8>a Liom, AMD Other CuuioniTiks. BRYANTS' MINSTRELS. Mechaulo?> Hall, 47i Broad way.? Who Stmuo* Bill* I'aitkiuiok f HOOLEY'S MINSTRELS, Stiiy?p?ant Inatltute, No. ?S? Broadway. ? Ethiopian i?js, IUvcks, Ac. MELODEON CONCERT HALL, No. 539 Broa.lwar. Ho- ?*, Uahck.1, JlLULfcsnL'Ks Ac'.? i.a il.ui i>a dkhlla. CANTERBURY MUSIC HALL, (V? Broad way. -Soicoj liAKcaa, liuaLLMHUKH, AO.? M.iuic I.auukl OAIETIES CONCERT ROOM, 61li Broadway.? Dha wiira Room Entkrtainmx.hts Uai-lkts. 1'antouimkii, Kaucaa, Ao. AMERICAN MUSIC II ALL, 4U Broadway.? Soiuil, Ual* Illf.I'ASTOMIMas. AC.? lUK I H<:,. CRYSTAL PALACE CONCERT HALL. No. ?Bj??ry. Bcui ksuckii, Sonus, Da.ncks AC. ? Ma <k Ball.. METROPOLITAN CONCERT 1! ALL, 600 Broailway ? RoMua, Dances, Kabcm. Buklkshukj, Ac. PARISIAN C.VRINET OF WONDERS, 86J Broadway.? Open dully I rum 10 A. M. till 9 f. M. norE OHAPEIj, No. TZJ Broadway.? Alicoiianians axd Swigs Bkci. Kinckus. New York, Monday, October IK, moi. TI11C SITUATION. Tho groat naval and military expedition which has been for some ti'mi; preparing and assembling from different points, sailed from Hampton Roads yesterday for its destination. The squadron is jomposcd of no less than a hundred vessels. The naval portion is under the command of Commodore Samuel F. Dupont, and the military portion Is sommanded by Gen. Thomas W. Sherman. The ippearance of this fleet as it left Fortress Monroe yesterday is described as one of tha most magnifl :ent scenes in the annals of American history. When the fleet is a proper time at sea it is our in *ntion to give a few facts connected with this rrand expedition which it would bo manifestly tnwise to make public at the present time. We publish to-day some highly interesting news from the South, gathered from rebel sources; imong other things the circular of Mr. Mummingcr, fee Secretary of the Treasury under tho rebel {overnmcnt, relativo to the produce loan, and the ippeal of the cotton planters for relief. Mr. Mem Dinger, in tho name of tho Cabinet, declines to frant any relief-eithcr by the purchase of tho iotton crop or an advance upon iu hypothecated 'alue. He declares that the South, being now en raged in a gigantic war, needs money and no banters' notes or produce, and explains that what he government requires is a loan from tho ?lanters, secured by Treasury notes, which now orm the currency of the Confederate States. He .d vises the planters to apply to tha tanks for relief, and recommends them 0 apply themselves in future to the dtivation of grain and other products rather ban to that of cotton. The proceedings of he Southern Commercial Convention at Macon Ja., also form part of our Southern news to-day' ?nd they are very significant, from the fact that 1 series of resolutions, tending to cnt off the trade etween the North and South, and New York in articular, were tabted, upon motion of General >uff Green, on the ground that their adoption rould prolong the war. and render Impossible he reconstruction of commercial and financial re asons between the North and South. The iinpor unity of the cotton planters on tho one hand, and he rejection of these resolutions on the other, wo eceive as indications of a growing discontent with he rebel government among the commercial classes t the South, und as evidences of a desire to estine the old commercial relations with the forth, which, for so many years, ministered to the toaperity and grandeur of both sections of the ountry. Our army in Western Virginia continues to be etively employed. Brigadier Gen. Kelly attacked ?omney on Friday night, after a march from New reek, and completely routed the rebels, taking ome prisoners, three pieces of cannon and all heir wagons and camp equipage, with a very rifling loss on our side. The rebels retreated to -aids Winchester. We give to-day Gen. Kelly's fficial report of this brilliant affair to General cott, which, it is said, greatly elated the veteran 'ommander-in-chief. Information reached the government yesterday hat the rebel army in front of Washington has een divided, in expectation of an attack by our orccs at other points. A large body had gone to ?eesburg, where General Gustavus W. Smith com lands, fearing a renewal of the attack by General tanks' column, and an immense force has been oncentrated at Norfolk, it was supposed, in anti Ipation that our naval expedition was to make a emoustration in that quarter. The main body of he enemy is still at Ccntreville, as previously ecertained. Along our lines there was no change esterday. V> e give to-day the story concerning the origin ( the reconnoissance at Hall's Bluff on Monday 1st, from which it would seem that General Stone ctcd without the direct orders of General McClel. *n, whose Instructions were to watch closely the lovements of the rebels, as he expected to force hem Into making a demonstration by the advance f General McCall from Drainsvillc towards Lces urg, but he did not contemplate the crossing of ho river by any of Stone's division. Every effort, owever, was made by Gemrul McClellan to sup ort the troops of Gen ral Baker, upon learning lint th-ylad crossed the Potomac, by ordering lit adwu.o ji tjeaeiiil McC'uU frvui Langley's, to h >rn? the enemy io tLv rear; but a despatch from General SUic inftroMd him that It would n vaii nothing, as his troops wi re then recrosslng the river. A dispatch was received in St. Louis yesterday, from Major (Jeneial Fremont, dated from his head, quarters near Ilomansville, stating that bin guard, I . i dtd by Major Seagoyne, made a dashing charge upon a body of rebels 2,000 strong, in their camp at Springfield, and drove them from the town; and> afU r planting the national flag on the Court House, withdrew to a reinforcement which was approach ing to join him. General Fremont states that his ndvsnce would occupy Bpringfield on Saturday night. THE NEWS. The United Kates steamers Powhatan, Porter, and Iroqnoit, Palmer, in search of the privateer S miter; also the San Jacinto, Wilkes, on a cruise and home, were all at St. Thomas October 14. All well. The captain of the British brig Spartan, at St. Thomas October 12, from Rio Janeiro, reports having, on October 5, been chased twelve hours, in latitude nineteen, longitude forty-seven, by a steamer, bark rigged, round stem; had no sails higher than topgallant sails. After being over taken was boarded, but, being an English vessel, was allowed to proceed. She had a large Ameri can ensign flying during the whole time. The officers of the steamer would not tell her name, or what their business was. The captain of the brig, on arriving at St. Thomas, was invited on board of one of our men-of-war, and, seeing a painting of the piivateer Sumter on board, pronounced her as be ing the same vessel that boarded him. She was very light, and oould not have had much coal in. Our correspondent at Ponce, P. R., writing on Oct. 12, cays: ? "The communications between this island and that of Cuba are of daily occurrence. The cruising in thoso waters of Spanish men-of-war vessels is attracting general attention, and the well infurmed aud better initiated in government atfairs state that as soon as the French fleet arrives both will sail for Vera Cruz. The fate of Mexico is st aled, and it is generally believed here that a monarchy will be immediately established there, aud Prince Napoleon will be king. The crops look most favorable, particularly the cane, and the yield of sugar will be very large. No privateers hero. Business extremely dull." Tho recent battle on the Potomac is called by a variety of names, such as Ball's Bluff, Ball's Cliff, Bull's Bluff, Edwards' Ferry and Leesburg. The Republican State Committee of Massachu setts have nominated John Nesmith for Lieutenant Governor, aud Dwight Foster for Attorney General, in tho places of Edward Dickinson and Josiah G. Abbott, who declined to run. Alexander R. Boteler, William Smith, (better known as "Extra Billy, 'V R >bert E. Scott, Roger A. Pryor, D. J. Godwin, James Lyons, George W. Randolph, William 11. McFarland and John R. Kil by are among the candidate^ for the robel Congress n Virginia. Governor Pierpont has ten regiments organized | in Western Virginia, and ready to take the field as soon as the government will furnish them arms. A violent storm occurred on Lake Huron on the 22d inst., by which a number of grain loaded ves sels were driven ashore, some of which were wrecked. ? Governor Moore has called an extra session of the Legislature of Alabama, which ia to assemble In Montgomery to-day. Tho cotton market on Saturday presented no now Toa. tuns, continuing to w?ar the sumo quiet aspect. Tho sales wore confined to about .ioo bait's, without change In quotations. Tho flour mirkot was buoyant and more active, including sales both on the spot and for future delivery. Sales eloaod at an advanco of Be. a 10c. per barrel. Wheat was In good request and sal' s active, ci(?ing at aii advanco of In. a '2c. per bushel. Corn w.ia also firmer and in good request. Ship plug let* of good Western mixed, for ox port, sold at 50c. a COc., otul some lota woro rejortod as high aa flic. |>or bishui. I*c>rlc was Arm, with s-'iies of mess at $15 25 a $15 75, and at $0 75 a $10 for prima. Sugars wore steady, within tho current qt:Otal|cm "f tho woek, With sales of 000 hhds. and 614 boxes, pnrl low rotliung grades. Coffee was steady, with rales of 3.500 bugs Rio at about 15)^c. Freights to I.ivor pool and I/mdon woro Arm, with increased shipments. To Havre they ware Arm, with fair ougagem.'uu, at 24c for wheat, and at 00c. for (lour. Important front tho South? Revolution In Public Opinion? Reconstruction of Com mere iul Relation* With the Worth. We publish to-day news from the South the significance of which cannot be overlooked, and the tendency of which, in the direction of a settlement of the present war. arising from tho disc'ontent of certain' clashes in the Southern Stales, and the necessities of Southern com merce and prosperity, now utterly prostratod> is at once suggested. In the first place we havo a circular issued on the 17 th the Secretary of the Treasu ry under the rebel government at Richmond, Mr. Memminger, to the commissioners appointed to receive subscriptions to the produce loan, in reply to what is evidently a cry for relief from the cotton planters. It would appear that tho planters, beriously oppressed as they are by the blockade, have appealed to the government either to purchase the entire cotton crop of the year, or to make an advance upon its hypothe cated value. To both of these proposals Mr. Memminger declines to accede, remarking at the same time that " they demand that a new government, yet strugglingfor existence, should reject all the lessons of experience, and under take that which no government, however long established, has yet succeeded in effecting;'' and the experiment, he says, is proposed, moreover, to a government engaged in a gigantic war whose enemies are in possession of all the munitions and workshop that have been collected during forty-five years of peme: whose fleets Lave been built up at j the joint expense of both North and South: who, with all these on hand, are compelled to spend nearly ten millions per week to carry on the war; and "can we," says Mr. Memminger. " expect to contend with them at less than half that expenditure?" He reminds the planters further, that it is not their notes and bonds, nor their produce, which the government requires' but money, which is essential to its existence. He declares the experiment of increasing the liability, and thus damaging the credit of the government, is too dangerous a one to be tried for the furtherance of any interest, even that <>f cotton; and he very plainly tells the planter* that they must seek relief elsewhere. And in what direction does he point for the remedy for their distress'.' Let the pluater->. he say9. divert their labor from cotton, and take measures for the supply of winter props, lie recommends tho increased cultivation of grain, and other agricultural products, and points to the money capital in 1 a iks and pri\ ate hands as a ready resource. Thus it is evident that tho rebel govern inent will not assist the planters, and it is equally apparent that the cotton lords of the South see very little prospect of a speedy i transmission of their staple to a foreign mar j ket by the opening of the blockaded ports. It !b evident, moreover, thai the rebel g.?Vv iin:. i,t ; desires tho substitution of a grain cro|i for of cotton, looking, no doubt, to the prospect of a long war. Another portion of our Southern news to-day comprises some very Important proceedings in the Southern Commercial Convention at Macon, Georgia, which occured on the l&th inst. A series of resolutions were introduced by the members of what is known as the "direct trade party," which were intended to strike a blow ut the commerce of the North, and in an especial manner at "New York banking influence." It wus proposed to impose a tax on Northern coast wise importations; to tax Northern exchange and Northern shipping; to remit duties upon all cargoes which run tho blockade, and to open the porta to foreign merchandise. These resolutions were opposed by General 1 >ulT Green, on tho grounds that their adoption would render impossible any adjustment with tho North, would serve to prolong tho war, and would prevent the reconstruction of commer cial and financial relations between the North and South. These views, we aro told, had great weight with the Convention, and the reso lutions were at once laid upon the table. Taking in connection the&e two significant facts ? tho uneasiness and evident alarm of the cotton interest all over the South, and the rejection of resolutions by the Com mercial Convention, whose tendency was to delay tho reconstruction of commercial relations with the Northern States, together with the recent declaration of independence by the people of North Carolina ? it is not too much to conclude that a great revolution in public opinion is in progress throughout the South; that tho masses of the Southern people, at least of thoso engaged in tho commercial in dustry of that section, are losing confidence in the leaders of a rebellion which has brought distress and disaster upon every class in the community. And we infer from this condition of things that it only needs some vigorous and judicious application of the great military and naval force now at the command of the govern ment at Washington to break the back of this monstrous rebellion, and restore the country to peace and prosperity. Onr Great Naval Expedition South? > Opening of a Southern Cotton Port or Two. Our readers are aware that since the brilliant achievement at Ilatteras Inlet the government has been industriously pushing forward, night and day, the work of a naval expedition for tho South of great magnitude; that for somo days past the ships-of-war and transput ts of this ex. pedition have been mustering at their appointed rendezvous near Fortress Monroe, and that the spectacle thus presented in Hampton Roads has been an imposing and sublime one. This power ful squadron is now at sea, en route for its Southern destination, having sailed on Saturday last in full force. As to its destination and its objects we hope very soon to hear a cheering, satisfactory aud glorious report. We have had the information and the facilities, for days and weeks past, ns to the vessels-of-war, the guuboats and trans ports, tho armament of the ships and the land forces comprehended in tliis important enter prise; but, in compliance with a reasonable re quest from the government, we have studiously abstained from the publication of any of these very important details. We have thus, in good faith, consulted tho patriotic objects of this ex pedition, concurring in the expediency of keep ing from the enemy, to tho latest moment, not only tho destination of tho fleet, but its strength and tho elements of which it is composed. | We can freely say now that it is the most formidable aavtil expedition ever gotten up on this continent, and that for half a century there has been nothing equal to it in Europe, j excepting the Baltic and Black Sea squadrons of England and Franco in their late war with Russia. Of course, the objects of this formida ble enterprise are of no trifling or secondary character. It is a movement which will " carry the war into Africa" ? that is, into the seaports of some of thoee States which are the head and front of thiB monstrous rebellion ? a move ment from which we anticipate a speedy South ern Union reaction among the people of the cotton States, and a speedy and complete col lapse of secession, with all its atrocities, in the border slave States. It is not, therefore, surprising that the peoplo of our loyal States contemplate this seaboard expedition with a degree of interest, solicitude and confidence scarcely second to that which attaches to our grand army of the Potomac. Any groat success on the part of tliis naval en terprise will be almost equal to a crushing de feat of the grand rebel army of Virginia, and will probably lead to that result without much lighting, from the demoralization and disper sion of said army, should General McClellan deem it best to wait for some such broadside on the ri^ht flank of the rebel forces. We think it probable, too, that .McClellan, though strong enough to march at once upon Beauregard, will await this fire upon the enemy's right flank and rear, us the sig.ntl for an advance upon Manas s is. With two or three of Ihe seaports of the cotton States, between Wilmington and New Orleans, recaptured and garrisoned by the force* of the United State-*, the rebel forces in Virginia fr >m the cotton States will inevitably hurry otf home. This will end the reign of se cession in Virginia; and, with Virginia thus gone by the boatd, this whole rebellion will speedily tall to piec< s. Hut this grand naval expedition has still another object in view, if we are not mistaken. It is the hum tne and charitable object of open [ 'n? ? Southern i otton port or two for the benefit of our suffering cotton planters at home, and of our Southern cotton manufacturers abroad. England and trance, just now, are in great strait* from their short supplies of bread and cotton. We, Ike people of the loyal States of this Union, are doing a beautiful atid boun tiful work of charity in supppljing to our ut most th<' hungry stomachs of the British islands And of the French empire from our surplus : store* of provisions. This Is something to be thankful t<>r; ari l if, through this charity and the opening of a Southern cotton port or two, ne can prevent a threatened insurrection in Mam-bestir arid an appeal to the barricades in Lyons, 1 r>' ideet Lincoln ought M?rely to n* coive the };i itteful thank* of both Victoria and Napo'.e in. The plan of opening the cotton port* of the South hardly needs an explanation. One of tho e ports, foresnu pie, will be rec -nattered by our arms, and protect* ,1 by a suflUient dels h ient of land and naval forces. A notice \ ill then be given to the surrounding cotton i planters t! at, under the flag and n > bothies of | the I V.. I Suites, tl. '_v ii.aj lirinar their ootton into ' port and sand it off to Euro) <?. The Uii. . h Mid French Minsters at W;-.?Lingtou will next be notified that, under the authority and limitation's of our government, the ships of their respective countries may enter said port and receive their cargoes of cotton. Thus, for the relief of the cotton planter and cotton manufac turer, and the trader between them, we shall soon, in all probability, turn King Cotton him self against Jeff". Davis and his spurious govern, ment, and against Lord Palmerston and his shallow cotton and disunion confederates of England. Such are the grand results we anticipate from this great naval enterprise of ours, southward bound. A decisive thrust in the flank of this Southern rebellion, its Bpcedy overthrow in Virginia and ull the border slavo States, and a powerful ally in the cotton States, of King Cot ton himelf, in beh.df of the blessings of the Union. Prosperous winds and glorious victo ries attend this great naval expedition. Tub Union Movkmknt in Noutii Caro lina. ? Elsewhere will be found the reso lutions and declaration of independence re

cently agreed to at a meeting of the in habitants of Ilydo county, North Carolina, and of which we gave a brief synopsis tbo other day. The movement bears out what we have always asserted would be the case, that wherever a lauding of federal troops could be effected on the Southern coast there would be an immediate) rallying of the Union loving portion of the community round the old flag (?ratifying us is this evidence of continued loyalty to the federal government on the part of t) e people of that part of North Carolina, it is to be regretted that it comes to us associated with gloomy tidings of the destitution of the inhabitants who live upon the llanks, and who have, as one of the results of rebellion, been deprived of their accustomed means of living, which entirely depended upon their free intercourse with the mainland. They ap peal to the benevolence of the loyal North in their necessities, and have selected one of their most influential residents to represent their condition. That the appoal of Mr. Taylor will be generously re eponded to there can be but little doubt, par ticularly when it is once understood that it is from these people that these resolutions and this bill of grievances against the Southern confede racy emanate. The long list of wrongs em braced in the latter closes with the following: ? "From these tyrants and public enemies we now dissever ourselves, and, with a full and lively tense of tho responsibilities which our action devolves upon us, and reverently invok ing the aid and guidance of Almighty (Jod, we pledge to each other, for the maintenance of our oolenin compact, our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor." The following was one of the resolutions adopted at tho same meeting: ? ?'Resolved, That we hereby voluntarily and de liberately reaffirm our loyalty to the govern ment of the United States, and express our un alterable attachment to the constitution, which is tho basis of the Union founded by our fathers." These are evidently tho sentiments not only of the suffering people of llatteras, but of the ma jority of the citizens of tho old Carolina*. Ingratitude ok England. ? The contemptible jealousy of tho government of Great Britain, in its relations with the United States. at the present time, present* a most striking contrast to tlio generosity and disinterested friendship with which Americans have treated the mother country, for over a quarter of a century. After the war of the Revolution, it is true that rein nants of bitterness remained, and continued to be prevalent during the greater part of a gene ration. When rebellion broke out, however, in Canada, in 1837, the bulk of popular sentiment, throughout the United States, was, in the high est degree, friendly towards the British govern raent, and, on very inuny occasions, when coali tions have been formed among the despotism* of the European continent to overthrow the supremacy of England, our people have inaui fested a desire to form a coalition with our natural allies, to check the arrogance of the enemies of freedom. The attempts to enlist re cruits for the British army, during tho Crimean war, excited, it is true, both surprise and inditf nation, but these were of short duration, and, at the time of tho insurrection in India, the sympa thy felt hero with the English army in the East reached such a point that there were strong indications of a disposition to render active assistance to the British government. When the news of the death of the gallant Havelock was received the Hags of our ship, ping were lowered, and it was regarded a ilinost a national calamity. Tho culminating point of American attachment for England wi attained, however, at the period of the arm al in this country of the Prince of Wales, llad lie been the heir apparent to an American in stead of a British crown, the enthusiasm mani fested could scarcely have been greater. He was greeted with ovations which elicited the grate ful acknowledgments of Queen Victoria liet self, and only in Richmond, and through the slave States, now in rebellion were indignitio ofTered to his person. But a year has elapse ! since ministers in both houses of Parliament de clared that every English heart must forev t respond with grateful emotion to the conduct >>1 the people of the United States, and what do \u see? Every nerve strained, every intrigue em ployed to embarrass and thwart the policy of the administration ; insolence and menace thrown into the teeth of the Secretary of State by the Minister from the Court of London at Washington; and armed assistance threatened to prevent tho restoration of the integrity of the Union! It would be difficult to imagine a line of policy more disgraceful, mean and un grateful than that which England is now pur suing towards the United States. Thk Overi-ano Tei.kqraph to the Pacific. ? The great enterprise which has just been con summated. in the spanning of our continent by a line of telegraph five thousand miles in length, has produced but comparatively lit tle elation or excitement, when we con trast with it the immense sensation and rejoic ings caused by the transmission of the first lues" sage over the Atlantic cable. The fact is that, ihe war has so completely engrossed all our at tention and watchfulness that matters of lesser Importance are suffered to pass almost without notice. And yet, next to the success of the great struggle in which we are engaged, there is. perhaps. 110 event that is calculated to exer ci-i .1 greater inlluence on our future prospe rity and welfare than this. It not only reduces i from twenty-live days to as- many minutes J or less the communication with California* but it \\ill in a very short time place us in tel? .ruiphi connection w'.ih Europe, China and ,1 an. 'Ih- xuece- fill construction of the first i Y - i i tV < ' .'in of thi- i.-,n l work of modern | ? i.ti ic ? !?i'l an Iprogres would, at any other period than the present, havfl '^een Called with rejoicings and celebrations from 0ce en<^ ?' country to the other. ^ Rumors in Connection with toe ^COCK. a dk. ? A rumor has been circulated through i'1? telegraph to the effect that tho officers com manding the vessels composing the British and French squadrons in these waters have lately held a meeting in reference to the raising of tho blockade. We need scarcely point out tho ab" surdity of such a statement, in tho face of the recent circulars of Lord Lyons and the French Minister of Marine, M. Kouher. The rumor, like most others of the same class, has been set afloat by cotton speculators arid others interested in Southern exports. We should not have thought it worth while noticing it, but for the fact that in times like these there are many prone to take alarm at every unfavorable report that is circu lated. THEATRICAL AND MUSICAL. The pas t wook hits been dovotod to oporatlo and " pres tldigitatorlal" benefits at tho two academies. The groat wizard, Herrmann, and tho little witch, Keiiogg, havo boon charming tho monoy out of people's pockets after a fashion that renders tho existence of hard times mythical. Tho splendid houses which they have been drawing w^uld alinest load to tho conclusion that nobody ha* boon hurt by tho war. Certainly ono of tho most ronvirkable farts counocted with a contort which mukoa such heavy demands on the resources of our community is that Mr. UHman, who has experienced greater vicissi tudes of fortune than any other operatic manager tliat wo know of, >hould thus far have to say of the presont soa son that it is ono of the most pros))erous he has had. The same statement would seem to apply to the other places of public amtisom mt. All the theatres which ? like flr*t clua-i journals ? give people tho value of their mou.'y areroaping the beneUt of it in full houses. So ron 'y m tho public to patronise every thing worth soein;? that the same ploces run uninterruptedly at tho principal houses for weeks together; a sure proof that, in theatrical par mice, the public is easy to draw, and that it does not re quire a rapid succes ion of novelties to stimulate its at tendance. Can thore bo a more satisfactory evidence of the soundness of the Quanclal policy of the government, which, in the midst of a stupendous civil war, has main tained public confidence, and given peoplo tho courage to onjoy their usual amusements? To night Donizetti's "Betly" ami Victor Mass'js "Nocos de Jeannette" will l>e given at the Academy of Music for the second benefit of Mr. Ullman. Uoth pieces are novel ties so far as our public is concerned, and will Introduce Mi.i.n H ink ley luid Miss Kellogg in now rvUi, the latt'-r attempting for the llrst time the score of a French prima donna. Thore aro various othor attractive features in the programir" . and from the number of places already secured, thu house promises to be the largest a id m< st brilliant of the season. Herrmann's benoQt at the Brooklyn Academy on Sa turday night was very fairly attended, notwithstanding tho rain. This wus tho last evening of his engagement hore. Mr. Herrmann must have realized a handsome sum by his few weeks' performances, as on no bight has he had an indifferent house. On Wotlnosday he goes to Philadelphia. Mr. J. S- Clarke Is filling tho Winter Garden nightly I by bin admlrablo jierformanco or tho character ol fal.'in Scuddor In Bourcicault's drama of -'Tho Octoroon." Notwithstanding the long run which tho j>ioce had when first brought out, this re mtrkablo jiersonation has given It a renewed vitality, which {iromiw* to extend over several wuoks. Altho ugh what I* in hmcally callod a low come lian, Mr. Clarko ex hibits in his Salem Scuddor gif'.s which qualify him for tho highest walks In his prafpssl u. II j8 ono of the nviit promising young actors of tho day? original and forcible In his reading of characters, oud or a genial, rary humor which scl7.os at onco upon tho fancy of an audi' nc.\ Iu most othor rcs[K-cls tho oast of the piecu la excellent. Mrs. Blako, as mistress of the plantation, acts the old Southern lady to perfection, and equally nat ural and ? m ctlve is Mips Fanny Brown as tho Southern bolle. s:.e c uiiblnes great personal attractions with a fxir shsro of si tire ability, and gives promise of becoming in time <?-!< tli -most pleasing actressos on our 8 tag.'. W. C. Wa'ei?l , Jr. , as I'oto the negro, sustains tho part adinlrnbiy, and Uirs A. ( 'Itfton , as tho Octoroon , movod tho audionoo fen to tears. Tho spectacular arrangements or the ploco arc skilfully contrived and very ellbctivo. Altogether both Hi ' mise m nw and acting fully sustain the reputa tion whi'h the piece gained on Its tl'St production, and which was as much owing to thes o attractions as to th) intercut fell lu Hon the rn life. Wu anticipate for it a long and deservedly successful run. At Wal lack's "Tb - King of lb? Mountains" still pur sue* its career of unhit'.rruptod success. It Is not likely dial It will be withdrawn for some weeks to cotno. At I^iura Koou's tli re Is no chaiigo In tho perform ances. "The Seven Sins" still holds possession of tho stage at that pr?s|?eroiM establishment. rbc i i'i; igement of Grist for a series of farowell per t .rmancea In the Northern States has cronted u good deal of discussion In musical circles. Some contond that th. < step is an IU advised oue, const lorlng tho uncertainty ..fopeiiUtcailWr* at present, and tho limited success that attended the representations In which sho appeared here sum > eyhi years ago. To theso objections it is re plied that the evidences thus far show mi falling off in the support usually afforded to theatrical an 1 musical ontor uiuinents at this season of tho year; that when lladamo (irisl visited us ai the period referred to, thn public taste in op'iktic matters was but imperfectly formed, aid that ih-ref ire tho quaitle* for which this greit irtiht is 1 1 . - 1 i.g ilshed above all others were appreciate I ?.ily j,y .(Incited musicians. Of tlio correctness of the l atter ass rtion there can bo no question. All the real !? ogri thai hw been m ule by our community In crlti ,1 judgment, as cuinected with tho Italian suigo, !i , la "ii acquired within tho last dozen yoirs. I Tho generally of poopio can now appreciate 1 accurately tho dl*< > '>nco between a mere vocnl , such .s 1*1 "pic and, both admirable iu their lin*. drsJi-tt c arti.-ts like Grlsi, Gaz/anlga an ! iagrange. In th. on ? . 'e-->f singers a fine quality of v ;e.e, iv.e ? vel tycuUv.l. l under comjotent touch er.- i;; all that is require < t" enable them to attain tho highest joint of su?c si for which their capabi!! ! ti, iij-aiify tlicui. IV t 'in is merely in . banlcal ewd :? ni l an ! cui never j<.eci tl.em III the first rank of tl.? pro fession. It is reserve 1 for the dramatic singer, who,u> nno mii.-lenl end' vm.*n . -iiust unite artistic lr>|?lrati"iis and histrionic its of the first order to carry awrijr tho lil/' e.C honors. Of all living vocalists Or. si combines these qualities in the greatest perfection. Tliongh her v. ice Is far from being what it was in the early part of her career, tdie still stands with'>..t a rival In Norma, Lucrezla, and other n let <f the tragic require ments. Tho immense audiences that attended her fare well performances in Kugb.'id, and the enthusiastic re ception that has b.on given her i:i It ily . have naturally led to tho conclusion that a public which b?s ma le such rapid sti id' s lu musical M MWlfc ? M MN> to boar once more tho far-famed "Queen of Song'' pre vious to her retirement from the stage. We are reju.cod at the prospect or her again coming among ns, because it cannot but do a young musical community to have an opportunity of c injuring their JudgmouU of pet singers with tho great model who lias so long h id sway over tho admiration of European audlenci s. OT the fiuancial success or tho short tour which Madame Orlsl Oj opes to moke hero we should say that there Is but little doubt. Six nights In each or our large cities will tie too brief a term to exhaust the poworful attraction offered by her performances. Mr. Keller announces a "Grand Union Concert," cm bracing sacred, patriotic and miscellaneous pieces, at the Academy of Music on Thursday next. He will be as sisted by Madame Johannseu, Madame Von llerkel,and Messrs. yulnt, Relchar.l, Mueller and Welnlich, with a numerous chores from the New York Harmonic Society and a picked orchestra of sixty performers. Mr. Keller was one of the twelve hundred uulucky competitors for tlv p. i/.o recently offered for n new national hymn, and tak' S this mode of aj.jicallug to the public from the deci sion of tho committee. Mi'R 1 abel'a Hinkiey will glvo two Ojieratlc Concerts, ,n Thursday and Saturday next, In BaltlWrc, and on Frl ay in Washington, iu conjunction with Simmrs 1 rig noli, Maucusl, Suslni, Muzlo and Horr Mollenhauer. Iha company wbl afterwards visit Nowark, llartford, Spt ng fleid, Wooster , Frovldonce and tlio principal Western ?i!U,o New Opera lb .use, Buffalo, will be opened to the conim nceiiient of December by Mr. Grau, and wi.l bo inaugurated by a s ?ason of two weeks f 0 In the present Icarthofgood Utaf . u ? fvln ? t.? r crd the sue -ful ' f Mi: s Ade c Hydo, j , tho young hwly who tna'H) her first upi e trauco in t..a capacity at tlie Cooper Institute on Friday ovonlng. To a pretty and graceful person 'he unites a good y(?-. .1 or^an, high Intelligence and mvoh p^tloal feeling. H.r r ad. lnis from "The Hunchback" wero singularly impros.- ive, and the vivacity or her Rosalind pTMeatsd avldeaueg of j considerable comic power. Miss Hyi> was assisted la ' her recitations by Professor Siddons (whose popil she is) Md Miss Fanny Siddons, who, though yet a ihild, maul felted remarkable talent in her reading of PrlnC* Arthur, Cells,.' and Helen. Tho frow Bowory will remain closed until the 2d of next month, to enable the proprietors to make some ex tensive alterations In the internal arrangements of (ha house. The pit is to be converted Into a handsome par quet, and the upper tier Into a commodious amphitheatra cajiable of seating Qfteon hundred persons. The Old Bowory roopens this oveuing with an equestrian , combination comiMwed of Slickney's National Circus and ? a number of European performers. A large portion of to-night's performances will consist of oavalry evolntioua j on a grand scale. At Itanium's the now piece, "Tho Angel of Midnight, " will bo given every afternoon and oveuing during the we>-lct The hippopotamus still continues the chief attruo. tiou in the Museum. Wo notice no now feature in tin programmes of the concert halls. They are all doing well. Hooloy's Minstrels (late of Niblo's Saloon) open to* night at the Stuyvusant Instituto, Griffln, Fox, R"0 I and Childs ? those old established favorites? figuring, an '..aual in the bills. At Bryants' the performances continue about tho same. The houses are oxcellent. The AUeghanians and Swiss Boll Ringers oontlnua nightly to discourse most eloquent music at tho liops Chapel. Tho Parisian Cabinet of Anatomy, In Broadway, is at tracting a good many visitors. It is on tho plan of Dr. Kuhn's celebrated Anatomical Museum, which liaa had such success in the European cities. German Thmtmcals.? ' The .Stadt theatre hss mads another artistic acquisition. A young actress from Hum* burg is announced to make her debut in Fried rich Von Hchillor's "Kabale und Iiobo," and is expect* -d to till a long felt void in th ? personnel of that establishment. Another new piece, "The Peter Kronau; or, tho Rob ho. ami hi* |j Portrait," is in preparation, and will bo brought out for I tho benoilt of Horr Fortner, on WnilncBday. "The PoaUfc J Ion von T<m]nmtS1l" is nearly ready, and will positively I be protonted on Thursday, on which fMH all tlw ? principal Gorman slngtrs in this city will assist. A I representation of an operatic piny by Kali b itni f Elmer's "Mozart Oeigo" secured a large receipt for t hi V Stadt theatre last week. The lattor drew an uu ??: Y,lj crowded house on the occasl >n of Miss Soheller's roup pearauce. Pirn ademtoa Tho "Ballo In M.ischera" was gives on Thursday, and "Belly" and the "Nocos do Joannclte'' on Friday, at Uie Academy of Music. The house wal ciowded on both occasions. rOBKlON. Qalignani, In its notice of tho Parts Italian Opera, men' tions tho rumored engagement of a young art:s; who, os hor way to Italy, has beon arrested by tho oilers of M. Calzado. If report, it adds, bo not more than usually al fault, this young lady , who is American by birth, but Italian by education, promises to support the claims <4 hor country against the most gifted daughters of the l'H.4 of song, Italy itself. Tito engagement not being quiM completed, tho direction has not yet published tho nun* of their new candidate for musical fame. A version of tho old French vaudeville "Ponrquoi" hm bet .1 produced at the strand thoatre, London, under th* titlo of "Short and Sweet." It is from the pen of Mr Troughton , and has been well received. A now American burlesque was to bo brought out this month at tho Princess' theatre. Rossini is about to give tho publlo his latest com pal lion, "Titan." It is said to be a magnificent vocal nw ceau, written for a bass voico. Tho Pyno and Harrison troupe were to open their sea son of EngPsh opera at Covent Garden on tho 21st of tbl? month. Am Dg tho new additions to the com my ar? j Madamo Gucrrnbella, Miss Topham and Miss Jenny Mc I.ean. Tho production of a new o;?;ra by Mr. H 'ward Glover, "Ruy Bias," was to celeb rate tho ope'.dng nlghi . and an operetta by Mr. George Linloy was to be given ot tho 22d. In tlio course of tho season all the >;sual fa voritcs aro promised, and, in addition, Mofarrenl "Robin Hood," a now opera by Balfo, to b j entitled "Th? Puritan's Daughter a romantlo epora, the Joint produs i tlon of Mr. John Oxonford. Mr. Dion Bourctcault aud Mr j Benedict, with sevoral other novelties. A rival to Herrmann has sprung up in England. Ho calk himself Slgnor Polottl. The Florences are playing at Manchester. George Jordan's acting in John Brougham's comedf "Playing with Firo," gots a severe rub f rom the Londos .Sunday Timet. "He would greatly Improve," It says "by coming down to the lovol of familiar conversatloi and easy action, instead of maintaining the tones and atU tudos of tragedy in a piece which , whatever ita mortta makes no pretensions to ctsttiool majesty," A now drama, by Mr. Merchant, entitled "Carlo Form ri," has ilrawn considerable audiences to tho Britannia Tho story is derived from incidents In tho lifo of an ItaUai boy who was cruolly mur.lero !, F'.me yoars ago, in th neighborhood of tho theatre. J h piay abounds in strlk Ing situations , and w.v; highly eure.-sful. Of Edwin Booth's performance if th<> character of 9k Giles Ovcrroach ono of tho leading London critics says "As in his Shylock, there was a very creditable abseuco o | rant nnd fury; but thoro was no striking signs of siiprcm t-ilent, and still less of Irresistible genius. The Imper sonatlon was, In many rospects, very good; In no rospoc could it be pronounced bad; but it was not marked b) | any qualities which can give it imposing Individuality Oi renown." j G. V. Drooku Is playing in Dublin. Mr. Ira Aldridge, the African Rosclus, is making a moa successful tour through Russia, lie has given nlno rep refutations at KiolT, and been rocoived with disiinguishot | attention by some i>f the highest fiiuiliesof the country, He lias appointments at Moscow and St. Petorsburg fo. twelve nights In each place. An English translation, minus the songs, of tho Frond oporotta "Les Noces do Jeannctto" has been brough out at tho Princers' theatre, I/indon. It is a more lev* dc rideait, not occupying more than half an hour in th representation. A grand festival was to be given at the French Pnlal do I'lndustrio on tho 18th, 20th and 22d of this month in which 8,000 Orphconists wero to sii.g, and at whicl priZ' s wf to to be given to the successful competitors. Tho celebrated BornR is said to bo entirely recovered and is about to make his appearauce at tho Gymnaso. A new drama, by Mr. Courtnoy, is in rehearsal at th , City of Lon Ion. It boars the name of "The Battle wit) the World." The stago seem* to bo making progress in Australia, It addithm to the >v.t imate drama. In that far distant | province of Great llrituin a number of members of th. House of legislation, answering to the English Hunts a Oimm' ns, have given an amateur pcrformanco of "Th Merchant of Von Ice." Tho parts of Portia, Jessica ant Nt r issa were (Hied by professional ladies. In addition tl the play a prologue wa* delivered by tho latoAttorne) General of the colony, and a very amusing epilogue wai rp> k' n by Mr. Pyko, a mi mber of the Legislative Atsem bly. The donning of the sock and buskin by those livelj M. H.'a drew ono of the mo.-t crowded houses which havt been witnessed within the walls of tho Theatre Royal, al though tho prices were raised somo fifty per cont. Th? object ?f this performance was to aid a subscription ? hlch ha<l been commenced In Melbourne for tho purpost of raising a monument to the memory of Shakspere i? that city. City Intelligence. Pkobaklt Fatal Stabbixo Cass. ? A row occurred at th* corner of Pearl and Whitehall streets, on Saturday even Ing, which terminated rather seriously to one or the bell geronta, named John Cunningham. Knives were drawn it appears, and a general row ensued, In which Cunning ham received two severe stabs at the hands of ono Danle) Sullivan. The police arrested the assailant, and took th? wounded man to tho New York City Hospital. Cunning ham was cut in the groin and abdomen, and tho physi cians say the chances arc against his rocovory. Sullivan does not deny his guilt, but soo|u to shield himself by saying that his adversary struck him first, thereby pro voking him to the commission of the deed. Skrknai'K at th* Mctsotoutas Hotsi On Saturday night a torchlight procession, accompanied by a squad of German Hussars, sorenaded Colonel Schooning and Lieu tenant Colonel L. Kaziuiski at tho Metropolitan Hotel. Nkw Cuarncr. tsrr. ?On Friday and yesterday this city wa< flooded with counterfeit five dollar bills on the Hank of Syracuse. They aro a fitc timilie of the gonuino ami well executed. There oro, however, throe distinct flaws lu tho counterfoil, by which it can at onco bfl disthignlfchoit from tho genuine? viz: the lowor vignette, botween the signatures, (In counterfeit having an Vrlcultoralavene, v. ii ? ?!?.?? genuine is ill "jocks'' < i ,i canal, the n?>daUion rn the h ?(>, which in tho .it r:n'. i very i .1 -ikicl an>l p. irly wcutvHl, ai..l th i .j .-r, which n ruuyU coar- o.

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