Newspaper of The New York Herald, February 23, 1862, Page 4

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated February 23, 1862 Page 4
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4 NEW YORK HERALD. J A M K 9 (iORDO.1 IIESIS BT T? IDITCK A NT) PROPRIETOR. OrFlCK N. W. COKSKK OP FULTON AND NASSAU ST9. TEAMIB caeh in advauet. Money sent by matt mill beat the ,itioi ike tender. A me bet Baolt inile current in Xeie York TBM DAILY HERALD t wo cent eper copy. %7 per annum. JUL \hEHLLY HERALD, every thsturtusy, at sijc cents per tofy.or $3jwr at.nam: the Europe,,* Ed,ti,.? retry Wirlnndrnt, <d fx rod. imrorpu, it ,er annum to any pari of Great Britain, or (0 12 to any /ear, of the Continent, loth toin. ludtpoetaae the (nHfornta Etliluo, on the Id. IU1, undJlet of rath month, it,,* truth pee copy, or $1' 75 per annum. EAJtlLr HEitALD, on Wednesday, at /bur cents per ret** ?r $2 per annum vOLlt bTAMY CORRRSPOlfDMb CRy rotitaining important news, solicited from any quarter o/ the world; if used, will be liberally pm* /'or. Our FoRKIGK CoRRRgpONDKNTS AUK PARTICULARLY RKQUKKTKD TO JSKAL ALL LATTER* AMD PACKAGE KKNV Ut JfO bOTJCh taken of anonymous correspondence. We do no return eryerted communications AD V E.RTlRRMRh TS remeteea every day; advertisement* i*ieerted in the Wkkkly Herald. Kamilt IIkkald. ami to the California and European Editions JOb PRINTING executea with neatness, cheapness and Jo mM. Volume XXVII Wo. ;3 AMUSEMENTS THIS EVENING. ACADEMY OF III'SIC, Irving place.?r?orij>oii Adkiix MIBLO'S GARDEN, Broadway.?i'ollees Bawh. WALLACE'S THEATRE. No. SM Broadway.?Wil? oat.i LAURA KF.ENE'S THEATRE. Broadway.?Th* Maoittir. ob. th> l'avr cr Day. MEW BOWERT THEATRE. Bowery?Capture or Font Donelso.n?r MKuigr abb rata xtak?Donimrcf. BOWERT THEATRE. Bowery?Sticeset's National Circus. AiUrnoon and Evening. BARNUM'S AMERICAN MUSEUM, Broadway.?Con Niitt? Living HirroroTAMus, Whale, ac., ui all hours.? Okbina, afu-raoou and evening. BRYANTS' MINSTRELS, Mechanics' Hall, 473 Broadway.?Ciiw Roast Bert. HOOLEY'S MINSTRELS. Stuyveaant Institute. No. 839 Broadway.?Fox is a Fix?Ethiopian Songs. Dances. Ac. MELODEQN CONCERT HALL. No. 539 Brnalwav.? Soaca. Dances, Burlesuiies. Ac.?Holiday is Ibelasd. CANTERBURY MUSIC HALL, 535 Broadway.?Sosas Dances, Buhlesgces, Ac.?i uk Wkosu Battle. GAIETIES CONCERT ROOM. 616 Broadway?Drawing Room Kntebtainrests, Ballets. Pantomimes, Farces. Ac. AMERICAN MUSIC HALL. 444 Broadway.-Sosss, Baluts, Pawtohimbs, Ac ?Portrait Painter CRYSTAL PALACE CONCERT HALL, No. 45 Bowery. Bvblesudjm, songs, Dascks, Ac.?Rendezvous?i wo Clowns. PARISIAN CABINET OK WONDERS, 563 Broadway.? Open daily from 10 A. M. nil 9 P. M. NOVELTY MUSIC HALL, 616 Broadway.?Burlesques Son or Dances, Ac. Hew York, Monday, February 43, 1804, OAILY CIRCULATION OF THE NEW YORK HERALD. Kunday, February 16 104,016 Monday, February 17 118.080 ! Tueaday, February 18 118,968 Wednesday, February 19 117.720 ; Thursday, February 20 113,328 ! Friday, February 21 112,896 Saturday, February 22 116,800 Total 803,606 I Average daily circulation 114.S29 The above figures, which can be verified from our books, give the circulation of the New York i Herald lor the week just past. We believe that it more than equals the aggregate circulation of all the other daily papers in this city, and of course it far surpasses that of any one of them. These figures explain to the public why the Herald and all connected with it are so constantly vilified and abused by other journals. 'Were it not for our un. rivalled enterprise and unequalled circulation, the other papers would never tlunk of envying or at. tacking us. The public, however, appreciates this abuse rightly, for our circulation is constantly on the increase. The advantages which the Herald affords to advertisers, therefore, are srtf-evident. THE SITUATION. The great event of yesterday was the celebration of the Birthday of the Father of, his Country, to which memorable festival the recent victories of the Union arms at Fort Donelson, Fort Henry, | Roanoke Inland. Clarksville and Sprinfield, contributed additional eclat. At every point throughout the country where the good old flag of the nation waves?from the mouths of the Mississippi to the western borders, and along the Atlantic coast. in the halls of the national legislature, and throughout every city, town and village of the North and West -the day was honored as the American people know how to honor the memory of Washington. The perils that the country to which he gave a place among independent nations is now passing through, and happily passing to victory over the rebellion of a portion of its misguided people, render the deeds, the example and the counsel of the immortal Washington of more Bigniflcence than ever. In onr prosperity we hailed the anniversary of his birth with feelings of unmixed jubilation: in our temporory adversity we celebrate it irith more solemn thoughts, and with grateful recognition of that Providence which manifesta itself so conspicuously in the late and continned triumphs of the soldiers who are in arms for the constitution and the law? triumphs which are destined ere long to restore peace and happiness to the land In onr columns to-day we give accounts of the celebration in thia city and tbronghont the country, so full as to render any further remarks here unnecessary. The spirit of patriotism which animates the masses found an opportunity yesterday to manifest itself in a manner deeply signifi cant, gratifying and hopeful. The details of the surrender of Clarksville, Tenn.. by the rebels, are furnished in the official despatches of Commodore Foote to the Navy De partment yesterday. It appears that on the approach of onr force* two-thirds of the citizens fled in alarm. At the request of the Mayor of the city and the Hon. Cave Johason, formerly Postmaster General of the United States, Commodore Foote issued a proclamation assuring all peaceable citizens that tbey may pursue their avocations without interruption Commodore Foote represents that a strong Union sentiment prevails at all the points on the river which he Iim touched upon. The rebel armed force* retreated from CWrksville to Nashville, aod destroyed the fine railroad bridge across the Cumberland riser, auainst the remonstrances of the citizens, whose devotion to the Union ia thus more strongly verified. An iron rolling mill, belonging to the Hon. John Bell, was totally destroyed by one of oar fmnV?onts. Commodore Foot? announces his intention of proceeding further np the Cumberland rirer with his gunboats and six or eight mortar boats. His destination is, undoubtedly, Nashville. Despatches from Louisville last night announce tut I ubciiaaJ Cap an J RuscellrUJt are id pon NE 8 seioa of our troops. At the former point the [ rebels at one time hoped to make a formidable stiijJ, but the accumulation of our victories have demolished their expectations in that respect. The United States steam transport Atlantic, Captain Eldridge commanding, arrived at New York yesterday from Port Royal, bringing 20o j bales of Sea Island cotton, to the care of Mr. Par- j nev, the collector of this port. Among her passen- 1 gi rs are Major Paulding, Paymaster of the United 1 States Army, and his assistant, Mr. Jas. D. Kava' 1 nugh, who took out three-quarters of a million dol- 1 lars a few weeks ago to pay up the forces at Port ^ Royal. The Atlantic brings intelligence that our J gunboats in Wall's Cut aud Wright's river had succea>fully removed several torpedoes and other ob- j j structions placed in their way by the rebels. She i brings no official intelligence of the capture of Sa- i vaunali. . The rebel accounts of affairs on the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers are amusing and conflicting. For example, a despatch to the Richmond Enquirer describes Generals Floyd, Pillow and Buckner as "cutting their way" through oar forces and arriving at Nashville in safety. It is unnecessary to mention that General Buckner is a captive in the hands of General Grant, and j that Floyd and Pillow had no "cutting" to I do in their escape, except the cut and run game I they played on their comrades in distress. 1 The serious illness of Gen. Beauregard at Nashville is reported in the Charleston Courier of the i 17th inst. His disease is said to be either typhoid 1 fever, or sore throat, and it is asserted that ( prayers, commending him to the protection of the t Almighty, was offered up in the churches of 1 c Charleston on the previous day. ( By the arrival of the Niagara, from Liverpool i and Queenstown on the 8th and 9th instant rospec- 1 tively, at Halifax yesterday evening, we learn , | that the American question is occupying the | British Parliament very extensively. Six ' T j different papers on the civil war in this country ( | had been laid before Parliament., while i 1 forty-five communications concerning the case ; of the Tuscarora and Nashville were pre| sented. Among the official correspondence laid i 1 before Parliament was the declaration of Earl Rus_ 1 j sell to the Southern Commissioners that England ( j could not acknowledge the Confederate States un- j I til the war, or further negotiations more clearly determined their position. Mr. Gregory, with hia usual vehemence and wrongheadedness, had de- g nounced our blockade of the Southern ports as a c paper blockade, in a speech delivered by him in t the House of Commons. The denunciations of Mr' t urt-jjinj, uwwcTcr, mc uui as iuc rntc n mu 111 tuc face of the recent glorious victories of the army of the Union. The One Hundred and Thirtieth Anal* rir*ory of Washington's Birthday. The Birthday of AS'ashingtou throughout the United States was celebrated yesterday as it never was before and as it never will be again. At our national capital and in this commercial n metropolis, and in every city, town and village b throughout our loyal States, fighting for the maintenance of the "old Union'' inherited 0 from "the Father of His Country," the day 0 was hailed as a day of jubilee in honor of our recent glorious victories over a gigantic sectional rebellion. In the rebel capital at Richmond this sacred anniversary of "liberty and union" was mockingly devoted to the inauguration of Jeff. Davis as President of a detached part of the Union under what the conj spirators call the -permanent government" of s said confederation ; but at Richmond and throughout the South, to all devoted to the t cause of Davis and his colleagues, the day was f doubtless one of unusual despondency, gloom 8 and despair. j To all classes and parties of the people i of our loyal States, and to the Union loving 1 people of our rebellious States, the day, with 1 all it* fheorintr naMnnintinna nmmiw'S and nrna. pects, was welcomed as the harbinger of still greater victories for the Union?grander results and brighter days to come. To Davis and his confederates in the spurious government at Richmond, to their beieagured armies and impoverished adherents, the day furnished nothing but its budget of disasters, dangers, difficulties and impending defeats on every side. Thus this one hundred and thirtieth Birthday of Washington, back to the beginning, and for all time to come, will most probably stand as the most remarkable, if not the most conspicuous, in the records of this anniversary. On the same day a year ago, between lears concerning the safety of our federal capital and hopes of a sectional compromise, everything was in doubt and confusion. President Lincoln, then on his way to the White House, had joined in the celebration of the day at Philadelphia, and in the raising of the Union flag over old Independence Hall he made a little speech, in which he declared that he though1 the country could be saved upon the platform issued from that hall in 1776; -but," he continued, "if this country cannot be saved without giving up that great principle, I was about, to say I would sooner be assassinated on this spot than surrender it." We refer now to this remarkable protestation as suggesting some hint of that mysterious personal danger which Mr. Lincoln avoided by his night journey, incog., through Baltimore to Washington. On the 22d of February, also, of last year, the Border State Peace Conference at Washington (presided over by ex-President Tyler, since deceased), came very near a break-up in a row about a delegate from Kansas; and at the same time the Provisional Confederate government of the seven original seceding States was in full blast at Montgomery, Alabama. These reminiscences are sufficient to recall to the mind of the reader the condition ol the I country on the 22d of February one short year : ago. Seven States bad seceded and bad organ| ized a separate national government; they were arming lor war, and plotting to drag the | border slave States into their rebellious league; j they had, in arsenals, forts, custom bouses, j mints, navy yards. Ac., seized perhaps over a hundred millions of government property: their chief conspirators were meditating a military seizure and a revolutionary amp d'rtat in Wash. ington; and to defend the city and government i against this serious danger. General Scott, with a military force of only iom? two thousand man. had barricaded the Capitol, the Treasury and aoma other public buildings for a final resistance. In a word, one year, and much less than one year ago, our President, Cabinet, Congress ami national capital ware clearly within tho teatUuf vut rebcilivui tfyutlwa WBipiTfttW, [ :w YORK HERALD, SUN and only escaped thorn through a succession of lucky discoveries and accidents Compare now our Army of the Potomac with (Jeuoral Scott's on the 22d of February, 1801, and our fleets and armies encircling this rebellion with our pitiful forces of one year ago. The contrast between Belgium and France is not so great. And we have done all this within less than a year. Never has Franco achieved so much in a given time in aiming ana equipping nerseii against ner enemies, incredible its we have been accustomed to regard the records of her wonderful military resources and energies. But we are passing from our immediate subject. We return to itf only to conclude by referring the reader to the details of the celebration of the one hundred and thirtieth anniversary of Pater Patricr in this city and elsewhere, which we publish this morning, and to our present victorious attitude, glorious prospects and tremendous warlike forces of the Union, as compared with our critical, disarmed and gloomy condition on the 3ame day one short year ago. There is nothing to compare with this in the history of any nation on the face of the earth. NEWS FROM* WASHINGTON. WAauixoTOM, Feb. 22.1S02. k new discovery of the opponents of general , m'clkllan. Within the last twenty-four hours the radical clique that has boen howling at the heels of the President and General McClellan, have been elated with what they conseive# bo a new and important discovery. It is nothng mere nor lea* than the startling fact that, according to their interpretation of the Army Regulations, General Fremont outranks McClellan. This patent right invention is based upon that portion of section five, article irst, of the Army Regulations, which prescribes tha' irhen commissions are of the same date the rank is to be locided?llrst, by rank in actual service when appointed; ind second, by former rank and service in the army. It s alleged that as the commissions of General McClellan md General Fremont, as Major Generals In the United !tales army, bear the same dates.according to this regulation Fremont is superior in rank to McClellan. The people who promulgate this idea only make a wrade of their consummate ignorance. If the order of apjointmsnt and actual service gave no precedence to Seneral McClellan, bis selection by the President as Commanding General is of itself sufficient. When General Macomb was appointed General Commanding he was lhe unior of both Generals Scott and Gaines, and when General Scott was placed in that position, it was contended that General Gaines was entitled to it by seniority of auk. This is the weakest as well as the latest dodge to which he opponents of the administration have resorted. IECONNOI99AKCK WITHIN THE LINKS OF THE ENEMY'S PICKETS. A reconnoissance was made this morning from the diri&ion of General Smith, consisting of the Cameron drajoons and three regiments of infantry, all under tho oiamand of Colonel Friedman. The infantry separated or several points, namely:?Vienna, Flint Hill and Huner's Mills, to temporarily remain there as a reserve for he cavalry, while the latter proceeded towards Centreille, making a circuit withiu the lines of he rebel pickets. The result was lhe capture of eleven cbel mounted pickets, two of whom belonged to Stewirt'e regiment and the others to Ransom's First N'orth laroliua regiment. There was an exchange of about ' welve shots. The only person wounded was one of tho forth Carolinians. Tho prisoners were brought to Vashington this afiernoon, and aro conlined in tho old 'apitoi building. No IT -mation, either as to the posiion or strength of tV jnemy at < entreville, was attained, 'he reconnoitering party sia.-lod at three o'clock in the aormng and were absent from their camp about ten ours. TUE POSTAL SERVICE IN RECOVF.RF.P TERRITORY. The Post Office Department is rapidly following ,p the porations of tho army by tho re-establishmeut of post lfices and pest routes. Wherever any portion of the ecrded States are recovered, postal facilities are iromptly renewed. Post offices have been re-opened in arlous parts of Tennessee. Numerous applications liavs .lready boon made for tbe appointment of a postmaster t Nashville. The peo;/. t of the recovered portion of the ceded States manifest great anxiety to resume ttieir f on led relations to the Union government in this repect. THE RAILROAD CONVENTION. The report forwarded to the i'ress did not purjrort o be a verbatim report of the proceedings of the (ailrosd Convention, but was obtained from members ifter the adjournment. No reporters having ken ad nil ted, the despatch waa obtained from the Secretary as <1 the business of the Convention, whieh was correct rhe remainder of Secretary Stanton's impressive and ible speot h was not rejiorted, and the brief allusion to lis remarks was, it is now ascertained, inaccurate as to the language employed ARRIVAL OF CONTRABANDS. Fourteen contraband negro women arrived in the city to day from Centreville. They are anxious to get era. ploy meat, and many families in Washington are supply ng their want of help from those who come in this way from Dixie. Seven came in yesterday, and the artival Of these fugitives is almost a daily occurrence. NEWS FROM PORT ROYAL. Arrival of the Transport Atlantic?Operations of the Expedition to Charleston, Stc. The United States steam transport Atlantic, Captain Eldrtdge, arrived at this port at an early hour yesterday mornlAg from i'ert Royal. Her advices are two days later than these brought by tbe Connecticut, but are jierfecily bare of news, as nothing worthy of note had transpired since our last r.d ices. Everything remained quiet, and there had been no further intelligence received respecting the expedi tion to Savannah. The gun neat a on Wright river and in Wall's Cut have met wiiu anu rvmoveo ?ev?rai lurpeuoes piaoea mere lor tneir destruction. Doe of them, on being exploded, ?u supposed to have had thirty pounds of powder in it. The Atlantic brings 205 hales of Sea Island cotton to Hiram Barney,Collector of tls.- port of New York. The following m a list of passengers by the Atlantic ? Mrs Col Barton, Brooklyn: Mrs Col Lesaeur, Pennsylvania; I! O Brigge. Esq. Boston; Jas A Suydam, government sg^ni; Major I'aolding. Paymaster I' 8 A; J D Kavanuh, Aaa't Paymaster; A Puller, Brooklyn; A Bnaiaoeandaon. Boston; W It H Borden, Fall Klver, O H Dans, C P Bow dlt h, Boston; Mrs Bryan', P?; Master Lesaeur, Master Brown, Capt W II Daha, Lieut.I K Shwlrk, i Hacerty, Ben Gould, Lieut I R Gould, Gen Vlele's i'afl ; Lieut Nelson, Hundredth, Ps; Ll?vt Miles, >' H Tblid; J M Plerc", Boston; C P Birknell, apt llutcbings, John Pidgeon, Acting Master; David C'rurker, Chai Reindeer, Tin s Bretien, K*<;, N' Y; J M'' srlliy, J W Cohen, E K Ilshey, < ap' Gilis, Lieut tilII ? ami forty In the steerage. The Following waselswere in port wb<-h tLe Atlantic sai'ed ? Steamers Cahewba,Raker; Mcf'Jellen, Wray; George s Crets, Mott Parkersburg, Hodman Potomac, John Kldr dge l.oci ?t Point, French Harks Fanny T.lleler. lodge t'apteha, starKev Brigs Empire, < rosby. Albert Atldan r t'< //ens H Jordan. Grey fhrs. R. Miller. Baser J M. Yaume. Buds. Kli/abeth English, English Aid, iJ t?U lew s ''heeler, Somers: 9. E. Culleo,Cnlleti t-r?w Kla?e. Ihckereon, A E. Martin. Robuiaon I T W airs.Curtis Presto, Hawkins, A Young, Young V.rgj a ! rive Eldridge K. Peck, Gardiner; \ M Flrlr df? Unwell Ann I eay lit; D 3. .Williams, Williams, balls: t r.g lor home I'nlted ritatee, MoCormack; Prince's Iowel P. P^iyee. Boyce; Lewis Davis, Bishop; JohD Gaycaet F i.s; F p. -impson. ' base; M. Filmore, Brews'er J M Hcltnes l A idenr,ed, Bertletl; K.G. Sawyer Do Of 3<;hr? Hodman L Randolph. Wall; ll L. Vender wood, l.oper Westnver, Eldridge, R. II. Higgins, Ntck se-on A H Manchester, Nirkerson;W. Lena. Wlleon; fatter Conollf. -I D. Meyers, Cobb. At Beaufert.tg. C., shinEllwrood Walter; revenue cutter yacht Henrietta, J. G. Bennett, Jr ; yachts Reindeer,Zouave, for West In dies. e< hr. John Andrews. Arrival of More Cotton from Port Royal. The schooner Aid, of Yarmouth,Me., arrived yesterday from Port Royal, 3. C., bavirig a full cargo of cotton (661 hales) consigned to Mesera. 3poflTord,Tilestun A to Lata* Krun'iTHum-A new Irish dram*, entitled The Macartbjr. or Teep o'l>ay," and faring a close resemblance to a pie* e called Peep o'ltey.or Savourneon Peeliek,'' winch wu brought out seme tuna ago m L>n don, waa produced with briUlaot affect at this house last night, on which occasion Miss Laura Kc*n* mad* bar Orst appearance alma bar recent illness, in tha cbaractar of Mary Ktllj, end was rapturoualf received. Tbe tbaatra waa densely orowded and tba new piece wu a perfect success, but we are unable to enter Into a detailed criticism at tbie lata hour. W# will, however, say that tbe cut waa wall diatrlbuted and the mine cn eeene excellent. The acting wse spirited and lifelike, and we pro l ,t for the new pl?f a Wp| rvt^ DAY, FEBRUARY 23, 186 NEWS FROM FORTRESS MONROE. The Grew of the British Ship Fingal Sent Back to Norfork. The City of Savannah Said to lie Abandoned,1 Ac., Ac., Ac Fohtkkhh Morbus, Feb. 21, 1862. The crew or llio British steamer Fiogal, which ran tho blockade of Savannah, mentioned in yesterday's despatch, was relumed to Oaney Island last night. No boat came out, howettor, to receive them, and they wero brought back. They were carried over again this morning, and sent back to Norfolk. Throe flags of truce were 6ent Out to day. It is believed in Norfolk that the City of Savannah has been abandoned by its inhabitants and occupied by our forces, 'this information is thought to be reliable, although no particulars are ascertained. Notwithstanding the admission that tho Merrimsr. is a failure, tho latest information received is that two hundrod inen are at work on her, and that considerable quantities of shot and shell are going on board of bcr. The intention of making an attempt to run the blockade has not been given up, and it was thought that alio might make her appearance here within a week. Kvery preparation has boon made and standing orders have boon given for hor reception. Another French gunboat arrived here hut night. There are now four vessels of that nationality la the (toads. The schooner Kxertiou, with ammunition, sailed for Hhtteras yesterday. Tho steamboat Metamora, of New York, arrived this afternoon. She is to go to Washington. The new gunboat I'inola arrived and sailed yesterday. The Fourth Wisconsin anil Twenty-first Indiana regi merits, which arrived here yesterday, were conveyed to Newiiort News to-day. Their destination is unknown; but rumor speaks of an attack by General Mcl-anc, who has superseded General Hagruder, and of an Attack upon Norfolk. Both suppoeitions are probably incorrect. More troops are expected here shortly, and large quantities

of arms are arriviug. Our Baltimore Correspondence. Baltimokk, Feb. 21,1862. Arrival at Baltimore of Two Hundred and Eighty Released Union Prisoners from Richmond?Meeting of the Rebel Congress?Startling Rumors as to the Views of Members of the Rebel Congress in Favor of the Southern States Returning to Their Allegiance?Message of Jeff. Davis, <tr. The steamer for Fortress Monroe this morning brought to this city 280 released Union prisoners. They left Richmond on Wednesday morning, and would have been hero yesterday but for the dense fog which prevailed on the James river as they approached Norfolk. Most of them are members of tho*o regiments which took part in the battle of Ball's Bluff, on the 21st of October. The members of the Seventeonth Massachusetts, and of the other Massachusett's regiments captured in the same action, who did not coma up to-day, are exchanged, and may be expected to arrive here in a day or two. I onuversed with a number of the member-' of Colonel Raker's California brigade (so called. although the men were enlisted at Philadelphia) and learned from them tnatiy interesting incidents of the battle in which that gallant officer was slain. Their accounts, however, throw no additional light upon that affair, nor do they differ, in any essential particular, trom the accounts previously published in the Hrkxi.ii. I>r. Iliggiuboibam, of Richmond?whose kind attention to our sick and wounded prisoners entitles him to the eternal gratitude of dozens of wives and mothers, the lives of whose husbands, brothers and sons have been saved by his care?,s much annoyed and chagrined at the statements made by some of the released prisoners, and repeated in some of the Northern papers, to the effeet that ho is at heart a Union tnan. The Doctor desires that this statement be denied in the u.o-t emphatic manner. Me goes in for tho Southern confederacy heart a?d soul. Sink or swiin, ho is for a separation from the North. What ho did for our prisoners was on account or huniauity alone. The Hon. J. P. Benjamin, Secretary of War of tho Confederate State*, ha* issued an order for the release, on parole not to take up arms against the Confederate states, of all the prisoners of war now at the >South, amounting to three thousand live hundred. The Confederate Congress met at Richmond on the 18tlr Vice President Stephens occupied the < hair in the Senate. R. M. T. Hunter was elected President of the Senate f>r? t-m lite following Senators were absout:?The two from Alabama; Mr. Burnett, from Kentucky; Mr. Sims, of Iouisiana, and Mr. Phelps, from Mississippi. All the other Senators were preseu(. There was ouo vacancy from Georgia, in consequence of the fact that Mr. Toombs, of that Stale, had declined to serve as a Senator. . In the Honae of Representatives, Mr. Bocock,of Virginia, was elected Speaker. There was a full House. The Norfolk l>a<i Book states that the citizens of Savannah, Mobile, CUarleHton and New Orleans are all under arms and welt drilled; and calls upon tbo people of Norfolk to fly to arms without any exception or excuses, on pain of seoiug not only that city, but Portsmouth and Gos|>ort also, laid tu ashes. It is asserted on the other luting on seemingly good authority,that no apprehensions whatever as to the safety of Norfolk and of the Navy Yard, exi-t in the minds of General Huger and his oflicera, who, of course, know best what the capabilities of the city for defence are. The most important item of intelligence by this arrival is that which folates to the views entertained by the members of the Confederate Congress, now in sestion, on the subject of tho future conduct of the war. It is feared at Richmond that there are several members of the House of Representatives, and one or two Senators, who are in favor of putting a stop to the war, and of talking such measures as will result in the return of the States to their allegtaoce. These views were entertained by them before the lo-.g ot Fort Donelson, ami that event will, of course, strengthen their convictions, and may also bring other members over to their way of j thinking. They have secured the co operation of one of ithe Richmond editors to a certain extent, and a couple ol articles will soon appear in one of the Richmond pa|iers intended to feel the public pulse in regard to these start1 hng view? (as they will appear at the t^outhi. While these facts exist,it is due to truth to say that a large m i i.ritv of both houses of the rebel Conrra-ia ar? stilt in. ' cliuad to carry on the war, even in the face of their re! cent reverie?, and of the still more discouraging fact that I they an no longer depend on foreign aid, but will have to light their battle? alona and unassisted. Some inkling* of the forthcoming message of Jeff. I>avu,to be do livered to-morrow, have got out um< ng the ifuidnuti't of Richmond. It wag understood that it would not attempt to underrate the severe losses at Fort Henry and Fort Donelson, but would use thoge facts as arguments to prove the military power of the North, and tho determination or the I'nion government to reduce the South to subjection, and would urge the Southern people to renewed efforts to defeat the Union armies. The Norfolk iMiy ?><>/. of the 10th has an editorial article on the gloomy aspect of affairs at the south, in which it ?"The fulness or the direful wrath of the North Is dire ted against us. Have we prepared to resist the tide of invasion' The campaign before uewiil bs> witnessed in trembling silence by the governing poweri of the world. The North bus stayed the Judgment of Eugtand and France by sure promises of the re-toration of the old I'nion. Is our army sufficient? l et the call be sounded for its Increase." Misting ov tiis Board or Ksoi>?kks and Fokkm.v.?The above Board held a special meeting Thursday evening at Fireman s Hall, Chief Engineer John Decker in the obair. After the adoption of the minutes of the previous moot ings. end the collection of Ones and dues, the resignation of Assistant Engioeer Thomas Rows wae accepted. A motion was made to petition the Common Council to grant two additional Assistant Engineers, which wan laid ov* r. W. K. Chamber--, of Twenty -lwe Hose, offered a resolution that an election for Assistant Engineers be he'd throughout the Department on the 24th day of February, between the hours of seven and nine P. M., and that the returns be handed to the canvassers between the hours of n.ne and twelve ihe same evening, which was adopted. The t han- appointed at canvassers Messrs. .lonea. Msstereon and Stephens On motion, the Board want into an informal meeting to place in nomination candidates f< r Assistant Engineers Mr .lames Hare being called to the chair, some twenty-eight candidates were named, which resulted in the choice of the following gentlemen ?John Baulcb, Elijah Kings land, Stephen Viobell, (ieorge Alker, Wrn Hackett, Oeorge Ruch, lieuiel Imnavan. John Brlce, T. I.. West and Peter Cornell, all memhera of the present Roard of Engineers; also j. s Craft, Jsmea Msstereon. Caleb being, Thomas K. Walker, Wm. Lamb, James Kelly, John Hammill, Ceo. u.-Crtili mtui** flenrv I awis. J I,. 1'emlav. James t/Ong, 0. K"in? and T.C. Brown Tlir .furs Outward Bound. PoKTLaxti, Fob. 22, 1862. Th'T.(nadi?n mniV/iir tha.lurawlU V>o detained tweu tjr four hour*. The .Tor* consequently will not leave for Liverpool until Sunday afternoon ' Arreat of Sertealonlata In Baltimore. Btrnaou, Feb 10, u?2 : P. 3. Wills, the publisher, and Thomas 8. Piggott,editor I of Mm notorious rebel sheet 7*e Mouth, weie arrg^ri i J?HiJiJ#/ tuvmiVii ?ui Uittu w I vrl Htliwj- y 2. Religions intelligence. CUURUHK8 TO-11AT. " The greet Calamities andjR "volutions about 1344 '09 Accompanying the Return of Chriit," is the subject of a discourse by the Key. M. Haxlur, in Uio Episcopal Church of the Holy Martyrs, No. 39 Forsyth street, this evening, at half past seven o'clock. The itov. Dr. Ferris will preach to the Young Men's Association of the South Dutch Church, Fifth avonuo, corner of Twenty llrststreet, this evening, at half past seven o'clock. The First Anniversary of the Christian Alliance occurs this oveuing, at half-past seven o'clock, at the Calvary liaptist church, Twenty-third street. Addresses by the Rev. Dr. Tyng, Rev. Dr. Eells, Rev. Dr. Gilletto and Rev Mr. Goes. Report by the Treasurer, Charles I'lace, Kaq. j-ruecning oy mo aniaucc, aiso, at Itanium's Museum, as usual, at halt-[>ast seven o'clock. In the State slreot Congregational church, Stato stroot, near Hoyt, Brooklyn, proachmg to-day, by the pastor, Roy. Newton lies top, at half-paat ten in the forenoon Subject?" Agencies Employed in Promoting Revivals;" in the evening at half-past so von o'clock, "The Prodigal's Return." In St. Aun's church. Rev. Thomas Gatlaudet, rector, servicOR as usual, with the voice, at half-past ten o'clock in the morning, half-paat soven in the afternoon, and in the sign language at throe o'clock in tbo afternoon. The rector will preach in the morning, and the Reverend F. C. Ewer in the evening. Ju St. Stephen's church, corner of Broome andj Ohrystie street*, the Rev. Dr. Price will -read, this morning, Washington's Farewell Address. Services commence at half-past ton o'clock. In the Murray Hilt Baptist ehuroh, Thirty-flfthstroet, bet ween Fifth and Sixth avonuoa, at half-past ten o'clock this morning and at half-|>ast seven in the evening' Rev. S. A. Corey will preach. In the Second street Universalis! church, Eleyenth street and Second avenue, Rev. G. I'. Flanders will preach this evening the first of three discourses on the "Future Fate of Murderous Suicides." Services at a quarter before eleven o'clock in the morning and at half-past sevon in the evening. In the Brooklyn Tabernacle, Rev. William Alvin Bart, lett, pastor, will deliver a sermon on " Counting the Cost," this evening. Services at half-past ten iu tho morning and at half-past seven in the evening. In tho Christian chapel, Seventeenth street, near Sixth avenue, services at half past ten o'clock in the morning and at hulf-past seven in the evening. Urban <?. Brewer, the pastor, will preach morning and evening. In the Hodding Methodist Episcopal church, East Seventeenth street, north side, between First and Second avenues, uear Stuyvesaut Park, Dr. Abel Stevens, pastor, will preach this morning, at half past ten o'clock, the second of the course "On Prayer," and in tho evening, at seven o'clock. In the Memorial church, Hammond street, corner of Waverloy placo, tho Rev. Dr. Dyer will preach this ovoning. Services at balf-paHt ten o'clock in the morning, half-just three in tho afternoon and at haif-past soven in the cvouiug. Miss Kinrna Hardinge will lecturo for tho last time in this city, at Clinton HaIl,Astor place, at half past ten o'clock this morning and at hail past seven this evening. Subjects?Morning, "Mystery;" evening, "Tbo Reformers of the Nineteenth Century." Mrs. Cora I,. V. Hatch wiil hold a Matinee Conversational!) at ItodwortU's Hall, 806 Hroudway, at half-past teu o'clock this morning, on the subject of "Spiritualism," iu which sho wiil reply to anil expound quostions from the audience. At half past seven o'clock in the evening she wiH discourse oti " Direct Taxation?Its Fruits." At the Bleeckor street Universalis! church, Rev. Moses Ballon will consider the parable of the "Prodigal tson," tins evening. Morning services also at half-pust ton o'clock. Aitkals to thk Yocmi.?Kov. E. O. Brooks will give the next discourse of this series at the Twentieth stroot I'nivcrsalist rhun h, between Sixth and Seventh nvenuos, this alternoon, at three o'clock. Subject?"Habits." Sermon in tho morning, at half-past ten o'clock, suggested by the Birthday of Washington. In the Broadway Presbyterian chapel, near Fortjr-flfth street, Rev. L. H. Van Doren minister, preaching at half, past ten o'clock A. M. "Come-to Christ;" at three P.M. "Elijah, Cod's Prophet: by the World Rejected, by Heafen Accepted." At, half-past seven o'clock, discourse by Rev. Mancius H. Hutton, son of Rev. Dr. Mutton. At ttie I.aight street church, corner of I.aight and Varick streets, Rev. I. S. Kallocli will preach this morn Ing upon "The Joyful Result," and in the evening upon "The Jailer's CJue-d.oii " Baptism at the close of the morning sermon A public mooting is to be held tbis evening, in the Re formed Dutch church, Harrison street, Brooklyn. Rev. N. K. Smith pastor, in a;d of the tnnvomoiit of the Board of Publication fur supplying religious reading to ibe army. The services will commence at half-past seven o'clock. Tho mo ding will be addressed by the pastor, Rev. Dr. Portor, Col. Hayward, from the Army of the Potomac, and perhaps others. City Intelligence. Tkocma* ok thk Eighth Avk.mik Railkoap Compa.vt. In reter?nee to the publie complaints made against the conductors of the Eighth Avenue Railroad, the superintendent makes the statement that the company lias ne ver sold one cent's worth of s|>ecie. The reason that the conductors have been instructed to receive the fares ,n specie, is that it is frequently very difficult for them to find change for the various denominat ions of bills that are presented to tbein in payment of fare It has, he says, somot.mes occurred that in coosequcuce of the couductors being without change for lulls of from one to five dollars, passengers have been allowed to ride tree, aud the report made to the company, but this, he thinks, is a system that might be very injurioimlv extended. The company has therefore been compelled to make a rule that the conductors shab not receive bills of more than one dollar, aud this only in payment of more than oil* tar*. iiii- superintendent amis mm one third o' tli* tares are paid n c.opjiar, winch the public reltis* (< tako in exchange lor tb?lr notes. The geut'emsu w ho reported the car* which occurred on car No. 27 of the Kiglith Avium kulroad last Monday evening, fur tho IIkraui. has read the statement of the Superintendent gi.cn above. He thinks it deals loo much in generalities. The Superintendent does not explain why tli* conductor of that car refused to change a perfectly g od current one "dollar bill why h* attempted to, aud would have, put the man who tendered it out on the way in th* midst of a furious storm bad not a gentleman given the change to bim.or by what authority the coDdiicloi asserted that the eompany need not male* change for any bill tf they did not wish." The Superintendent leave* it to b* inferred that tlv* dollar bill* are' frequently offered by passengers. Tho re|>orter lias travelled over the greater part of the Kiglitb Avenu* Railroad four lime*?twice down aud twice up?everyday, Sunday included, for about live years, and be never saw a live dollar bill offered to a conductor but twice. In each instance the person so offending wee put from the car instead of enjoying a free ride. The conductors must of course examine the bill* presented to them. but our informant thinks that tbey are legally bound to carry a reasonable amount of change, and niake it freely for bona fdr bills of not very great amount to pa**eug?rs. The i>eopl* have given valuable privileges to these city railroad companies, and our reporter thinks that the Superintendent, m Ins sphere, ha* undertaken to look after their a< urfmmodailnn in return for his own profit and gain. The difficulty of making change and the sal* of ailver can bo at once remedied by tho public or the company. Let the public not offer either bills or silver in ibeae cars, but pay all their fares iu copper, or let tho company issue, to regular travellers, tiokets, tub of the value of a rido, so that they can be purchased in quantity by, or handed m frac tional parts or a dollar to, passengers Which will commence tho reform . the public or the c<unpanyv F;ri is Wurm Si sen ?Between two and three o'clock yesterday) morning a fire broke out in tho four story brick building Iu the rear of Nix 31 White street, occupied by Jonee k Co , manufacturers of Itrase faucet*, mid owned by tbo osteto of William AiIihm The Are, when first en, wee m th* flret tloor, and soon spread to the upper storioe The firemen were promptly at tha premise* and at work, but notwithstanding their oxer t >oiis the entlie building, and also Mm rear |iart of tbe front building, were destroyed before th* (lames were extinguished, .lone* k Co estimate their lose el bout 112,000, insured for $2.1,000, in tbe following ins irsnee companies via ?Altor, $2,500, Mercantile, $2,600; National, ?1,500. New York Kquitabl", ?1 500; New Amsterdam, ?1,500. North Aniei ioa, $2,500, Home, gj, ,000?Tote I $2fi.OOO. The third floor of tu* rear Ituilding was occupied by Richard H. Tresied, silver plater, loss about $700, insured for $500 Mr. Ill cine. manufactuier of tassel* on tho fixirth floor, r?ar room of tli? front building, lout nearly all In* pr"t>erty. I,osh about $r>oo no insurance The stock of Kendregin h Mol.suglilin. silver platers. on tbo fourth floor, win also slightly damaged Atom* A Kidney, silver platers, hail tliejr ti?l* and mn ( binary damaged by water to the amount of about finn Insured for $U00 in tbo f/>rlllard Imuran font pany Th# buildings, front and ear, lielong to tha Adam a estate. They are damaged about J4.<XM?, and tutored for $8 DbQ in the r*>riliard and Republic Kire tn- . giirame Companies. i Via* i* Kt*r Twrt.rru Strum?'Taxi Horsks UrsMit> t<a Hum ? About on# o'clock on Thursday morn in* a fire broke <*it at. No. 340 K.tat Twelfth *tr##t, In a feed * -tablea, >y John Reynold*, fmor ?nc# on feed |60t). In ltutger's Insurance Company. I >na borae. valued at $35(1, burned to death; also a cow, worth $2A, light wag >u and harness, valued at $76; Bo In jurance. Andtber her e, valued nt $45, be'ongtug to Vrr,nr|s Wer err, w?* burned to death, together with wnr on and bar,i<m , t ub (I at |60; no insurance. The but',<fing belongs | to J tv.1 on h n, it is rtntnitgdil about |60O, Cause of'Ore , vibMo^Uitt iHW.ttl. | ARRIVAL OF THE NIAGARA AT HALIFAX. Two Days Later Intelligence from Europe. THE AMERICAN REBELLION IN PARLIAMENT England Cannot Acknowledge the Con* federate States Until their Position is More Clearly Determined. Official Communications Resnectin? the Tuscarora and Nashville, &.C., ttc?, Kt? Halifax, Fob. 23, 1868 The stoamahip Niagara, from Liverpool oil the 8th, via Qucoustown on iho Oth instant, arrived here at nine o'clock this evening. Her dales are two days later than those already received. The Niagara has forty passongers for Boston, but ao specie for that city. For Halifax alia has ?60,000 la specie. The Niagara reports passing the steamship Arabia, far Liverpool, on the 0th instant. Six sets of Parliamentary iMpers concerning the civil war in America had boon laid before the British Partta meat. Not less than forty Ovo official communications passed about the federal gunboat Tuscarora and the rebel sleamor Nashvillo. Among the interesting official correspondence laid beforo Parliament was the declaration of Earl Russoll to the Southern Commissioners that England could mil acknowledge the Confederate State* until the todr or further negotiation* more clearly determined their position. Mr. Gregory, in the House of Commons, bad denounoed tho blockade of the Southern ports as a paper one. The Sumter wasdetainod at Gibraltar from a difficulty in obtaining ooal. * Cotton was buoyant and firmer. BreadstufTs had a downward teudeacf. Provisions wore still declining. Consols 92 Ti a 93 for mouey. Official Drawings or the Kentucky and Delaware State Lotteries. Kkntuckv?Extra Class 37?Feb. 22. 1862. 45, 7, 31, 55. 71, GO, 12, 28, 40, 57, 41. 30, 56, 64,1. Dki.awakk?Class 11?Feb. 22, 1862. 37. 40, 9, 22. 46, 75, 73, 17, 8, 59, 44, 16. Circulars sent by addressing JOHN A. MORRIS A CO.. Wilmington, Delaware, or Covington, Kentuoky. Official Drawings or nurray, fCddy St Co.'a Kentucky and Missouri State Lotteries. Kentucky. hXTUA Class 6J? Frb. 22,jl862. 39, 30, 21). 4. -14. 66. 49, 72. 36. 57. 24, 9, 21. Kentucky, Class 90?Feb. 22, 1862. 56, 54. 4K. 68, 24. 18. 50, 17, 28, 65, 57, 29. Circulars sent free of charge t?v addressing either to MURRAY, EDDY A CO.. Covington, Iiy.. or St. Louis. Ma * Prizca Cashed in uli Legalized Lotteries. Infill iiiatlou given. WM. LOCKER, 23Pine street, up stairs, room No. 9. Silk Handkerchiefs? At Wholesale. BAILEY A SOUTHARD. At Jeircra', No. .173 Broadway, Ladies* Balmorals. $2 and $2 50; misses', $1 75 and $1 50; children's, $1 37 and $1 25. JEFFERS, 573 Broadway. A New and Delicious Article.?Extra rrime.l maple sugar Syrup, manufactured by the New York Strain Syrup Kotinery. and may be found at all the first clasa giiK-rriei. Wherever it is used, it has given entire satisfarnon. General de|s>t, 1IENKY KEATOK A CO., 872 Broadway. The Leading Stitclies Made by Sewing machines are the OROVEK A liAKER Stitch anil the Shuttie Stitch. Purchasers should lest bpth, at 405 Broadway. A Pure Tobacco.?Vellow Bank Tobnc| io.?Goodwin's Pure Yellow ltnnk Tobacco, free ft m all im purities, loi sale by all tobacco and segar dealers, and a, w holesale by E GOODWIN A BROTHER. 209 WateratneeT Hill, Inimitable Cutter of Hair and Whiskers; Hair Dye, 50 rents, blsck or brown. Depot, No. 1 Ban fay street, unci sold by all druggists Batcliclor's Hair Dye.?The Beat In tho World. Harmless, reliable and instantaneous. Sold and applied at BATCHELOR'S Wig factory, 16 Bond street G'ristadoro's Hair Dye. Preservative tad Wiwt?'Tin* liest in Hip world. wholemile mid retail, and the dye privately applied at No. 0 Aslor House. Glorious Triumph.?lira. h. A. Allen la dally receiving tMdiin.iniaM an to Hie wonderful virtues of her World's Hair Kesiorcr and Hair Drt-MMug. They have no p.piub. and a guarantee goea witli every Imttle. Depot, lad Greenwich street, near Kulton. Millions of Children Mured from an early grave liy lining Mrs. WI.NSJ.oW s Soothing Syrup. It given immediate rest from pain, corrects acidity ol the stouiach. regiilalea the boweis and invigorate* the a.vaetm. Trusses.?Murah & Co.** Radical Cure Trnasea, Shonldei Hwn and Dv Wadaworth'a Uterine Elevator?a superior ai licle. No. 2 Veaey street, Aator llonte, opposite toe church. Chills and Fever can only be eflTcctualljr cured by HOLI.OWAY'S Pilia. Tliey art directly oa the Liver and cuutaiu no minerals. FINANCIAL AND COMMERCIAL. Sati kday, Feb. 22, 1S62. The day was observed ass holiday in Wall street, and but lew offices were open, and little or no business done. The outside demands for first ( lass bonds continues active, though they are all selling at a very high price. New York Centrales are selling at 98, Hudson firsts 107, Ilurlem firsts 101. Michigan Central firsts 102, Illinois Centrals 94, Krie thirds 97 (the firsts aud seconds are at a premium), Itoek island bonds par, and so on throughout the list. The only really first class bonds which *' are still at a tempting price are the Michigan Southern sinking funds, which can be bought at ' * about SS to 90, and are as sound a security as any ol their class. The business in railway shares yesterday was very large indeed: but, as heretofore the only buyers were the jobbers of the street and the board: the commission brokers had very little part in the day's traffic. The bull party must have increased their liue several thousand shares yesterday: they are now supposed to hold from sixty to seventy-five thousand alioroa nf utvwlr tint u'ltnlo r\i nrltifli will hmaantlu ......v., ? ... ?... ^ come into the market for sale. We cannot learn that the amount of stock taken out of the street by investors bears any proportion to the stock ' sent into the street by real holders, abroad and at s_ home, who are taking advantage of the present remarkable advance to turn their property into money. It follows as a natural inference that tt parties who have money to invest in stocks will h consult their own interest by waiting a few days I before they effect purchases, while real holders who < are disposed to make money by a little "ttver" ' will not risk much by letting the street have tbefr stocks. The bulls at the board have been thrown off their balance by the recent victories; when tliey come to examine their interest account they will be only too ready to share their load with any one , who wants to buy, at much more moderate prices than those now ruling. With the exception ot the ' New York Central, and perhaps the Galena, there is not a railroad on the stock list which is certain of earning 3 per cent for its stock during the year 1862, and not a fuw among them, as sad experience proves, will that themselves, in February, 1H63, with their floating debt increased, and their finances more embarrassed than ever. / The market yesterday closed steady, the- following / being tlie last quotations: United States 6's, regis- ( tercd, 1881, 90% ? 01; do. 0*s. coupon, isg], a 90%; do. 5's, coupon, 1874, 81 a *1%; Indiana 5'a, 7(i; Virginia #'?, 62% a 63; Tennessee tj's.Gl aCl%5 North Carolina 6's, 7'J a 73; Mis-tomi 6's, 53% ^ 53%; Pacific Wail. 93% a 03%; New York Centra. 84?84%: Krie- H :I,,: ',0, P^fcn-cd, 58*^ a 53%: ltndaon llivcr, 37% a 37V Harlem, 12,% a 12%: do. preferred, 30 a 30%; Heading, 43% ^ 44; Michigan Central, 54% a 54%; Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana. 23% a 24; do. gua .-antced, 46 a 46%: Panama, 121; Illinois Central, Of, a 551^. Galena and Chicago, 69 a 70; Cleveland r4nd Toledo, 4:1 \ a It: t'kicnp'i *ti>1 llork Island, 55 <( a 56; Chi cago, Burlington and (jaiinev, 64 n 6>' Milwaukee and Prairie on Chlen, 20 a 21: Cleve'inml, Columbus and (Cincinnati, 108% 11 110; New fork Central 7'? ol 1876, 103 a 105; Erie third mortgage bonds, 96 a !t7; Michigan Central H's, fir A mortgage, 101% a 102; Illinois f Ipnds 7'.- U \\, a 91, gold, * 'i

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