Newspaper of The New York Herald, April 29, 1862, Page 10

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated April 29, 1862 Page 10
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10 K NEWS FROM WASHINGTON. Important Correspondence vsitli Foreign Governments, f The Czsti of the Burning of the Harvey Birch by the Hashville Under Consideration. Probable Postponement of the Tai Bill Till After the Fall Elections. Debate in the House on the Contract Committee s Report. Defence of the Secretary of the Navy ami General Fremont* Army Appointments Confirmed by tlie Senate, Ac., Ac., Ac. Washington, April 28,1S62. important correspondence relative to rebel vessels at foreign forts?tile case of the harvey birch. A large mass of correspondence has accumulated m relation to insurgent vessels at foreign ports, and par_ ticularly between the United States and Ureal Britain. Minister Adams, by direction of Secretary Seward last November, addressed a uote to Lord Russell on the sub ject of the outrages committed by the Nashville, she having captured and destroyed the American merchant, man Harvey Birch by fire, and then sought protection at Southampton. Tne object of Mr. Adams was to request the British government to inquire into the circumstances of this extraordinary proceeding, and expressing the hope that the British government would adopt such measures as the case might seem to demand; first, as to the authority possessed by this vessel to com mit so aggressive an act on the citizens of a friendly Power, and then to claim a refuge and reoog. nition in the harbors of Great Britain; and. secondly, in case the nature of that authority be deemed sufficient, J at least in view of her Majesty's government, as to tho purposes for which tho ship is alleged to have come across the ocean, to wit.?The making of more effective preparations in tho ports of Great Britain for carrying on a war against the fieopie of a friendly nation. In the former case he says the question will arise whether the vessel be or not subject to process of law, as a com in on disturber of the peace of the world; and in the second place, whether a recognized belligerent shall or shall not be permitted, with impunity, to violate the terms of her Majesty's proclamation permitting the fitting out in the ports of Great Britain of any armament intended to be used against a nation with which she is at peace. Mr Seward, December 21,1861, approves cf all Mr Adams' proceedings, and in the course of his despatch ?ays:?"We continue, however, to hope that this new and flagrant occurrence has arrested the serious attention of her Majesty's government, and that it will result in bringing about some revolution of the whole subject consistent with the great expectations of the United Slates. so often already expressed. The Navy Depart sneat will not neglect the interest of our commerce in this now and distinct experience, whatever may be the difficult j or the cost." lord Ruse 1 had sent a note to Mr. Adams, November 23,present.ng his compliments to Mr. Adams, and acquainting him that his letter should receive immediate attention. Lord R .ssell had already given directions that no infrmgorne .1 of the foreign euhstment act should be permitted in regard to the Nashville. Subsequently Lord Russell wrote to Mr Adams tha' the Nashville appeared to be a Confederate vessel of wa , her commander and officers having commissions in the no styled Confederate navy, Ac. In thesocircumstances, he adds, the act dono bv tne Nashville cannot be considered an act voluntarily undertaken by individuals not vested with powers generally ar_ knowledged to be necessary to justify aggressive warfare. Nor does it at all approximate with.u the definition of piracy. All persons acting contrary to the Enlistment act shall be punished, if necessary. and If necessary, other measures will be .adopted to maintain neutrality. It is the desire of her Majesty's government to maintain friendly relations. Mr Seward to Mr. Adams. January 23, speaks about cur government b mg embarrassed by the attitude of the Britush government, and further communicates with cur Minister upon that subject. In a despatch to our Minister to France, Mr. Dayton, February 20, Mr. Seward expresses the hope that such new r^ulauon will be adopted by the British g>vernment as will reassure the merchants and seamen who are so jl.sU.7 annoyed by the presence of pirates in European waters, adding, in the late complications of our affairs with Europe, we could only remonstrate with the British government against the shelter allowed to depredators upon our commerce, and send out such of our own ves els as we oould spare for its protection. Secretary of legation T'erry, under date of January 4 la?t, acquaints Mr Seward of the Sumter just casting Mch'T at Cadiz. Mr. Seward, in reply, 21st January, cays the President is favorably impressed with the promptness with which the Spanish government apply the principles of the royal proclamation in the case of the Bimter .and the American citizens whoa she carried iatoCadiz as prisoners, namely?restoring them to the protect.on of our flag. He asks, why shall not Spain, emulous of a new, magnificent and glorious career, seize the pre eminence of being the flrstof maritime Powers to retrace the hasty step of last June to close hor ports against those who are exasperated against their own Government, because it will not lend itselr to their own vil aggressive designs against Spain and their war against human nature Mr. Seward, in an lh?r despatch to Secretary Perry, February 24 last, says?The President expects that the States which have,|as we think, so unwisely rccogni/od the insurgents, will,in view of the events which have occurred here, indicating the decline of the insurrection, reconsider their decisions, and cheerfully resume their former attitude towards the government and pw pie of the United Slates Representations in all ma lor nil respects similar to thAee, will be made by us to Other maritime and commercial Powers. Mr Seward, writing U> Min ster Webb, at Rio Janeiro, November 13, spct-fcs of the privateer Sumter having tun a admitted ah the pon o' Marar.ham, and receiving coals sod previa it hf therein and directs bim to loss no time mctllinr Mtention to the subject, and inform bis Majesty's government that ue abetter and supply of pirates, ? the Purutoi is, i- the -tort* of Brazil, is deemed an.un friendly act by hit yovrnment, and to ask that such iDoaturea be takm. ? tb regard to tbe case m will make dt.i Governor of Maianhsra s*na.Me of bie Majeety a dia" pleasure, sad prevent 4 recurrence of such injuries to tbe United States hereafter Mr. Webb, in response ^ nr Seward, nave ?The Fare gu OlTic* assumed tv, ground that no breach of neutrality b ul been camiif*vj, and fell back upon tbo absurd ty first nrented by (toreroor'nf tyaranham? nam ly, that the Sumter it s mar-of war Brazil, It nppo'ra, recognized m tbe Souther. Slate* t^e rights and duties of bclltg'renU, D conformity wllll jj,, lBW? ?f nations, end Mr. Webb la informod ,r) the Minister of foreign AHkirt that he oonlounda the rt*ognUion o( B fact and of the rights of belligerents as the.,,()gIllljon ?f icdop ndence auu sovereignty in behalf of U, Sory in rebellion. Mr Seward under date of March IS, does not affeetro com eat that the- derision seems to turn to bo inconsistent v i ll tbe very friendly relations which have hereto foreeusted between Hrar.ll and the United .states, and ,1s therefore in a high degree unsatisfactory. The government of Brazil, in the coerce of the corresptmionre, declares its friendship for the United Ktntec, and fervently hopes tbe civil war will toon be brought to at term ni.i'OI) Mr t;?ward, to Minister Pike, Feb. 27 iest, tnatructa faint to loro no litns iti calling situation to the subject of Insvrgen* piratical American #s.c,s seek log shelter m the porta of the Netherlands and Iter colonies. If you I patriot, he says, obtain a decree rxcluding them altogether, it ie thought tl>? government will bay# no licaitas is 'gNvjrjB* Ui? rttff *tlvt policy nblcfa wag j \ 's NEW Y( under the represenuih a of Us foreign aflh rs by Barcn Vou Sander. Mr Sewmrd adds. in conclusion:?Th.a domestic war ha.- been protracted loug enough. It is the interest of hcmanity that it should bo closed as speedily as possible. It would come to an uail to tuorrot* if the Kurorean States should clearly announce that expectations of favor from tha n must bo renovated. THE CULTIVATION OF THE SEA ISLANDS O.N THS SOt'TH CAROLINA COAST. It Is understood Urit the mi.-sion of Mr. Pierce to Port Royal, to look after he cotton crop, is a failure. It is believed that ho has pa J more altoutloa to the nigger than to cotton, one statement is made indicating the way things are nruaagoJ m that section: There wasa large quantity of c tton seed on hand on the plantations, about which the .igcnt uoglected to ascurtain anything Wanting seed, orders were sent to New Yorlt for a supply. with bualrcis of busncis within a stone's throw of the place other instances of want of capacity, or something of that sort, are told, which has caused this charge to be made. It is decided that hereafter the care ot these plantations shall be taken from the Treasury Department and given to tho War Department. It is not doubted tbat Mr Stanton s practical mode of doing business will soon get this matter arranged, and that we shall have no more trouble there. It seems that missionary labors coutlict with tho practical labors of the day Sentiment don't keep the run of cotton seed. ARRIVAL OF PRIZES FROM THE KAFPAU ANNOCK RIVER. The steamer Jacob Bell has arrived at the Navy Yard, Kimiig up UIUUI U1I W.UWUVIB law.; uupmivu u, "*?< tlotdla in the Rappahannock. They consist of the following ?The Lockout, of Baltimore, about sevunty-livo tons, with throe thousand bushels of corn which ia put up in tags marked "Confederate States,'' and the remainder marked with the name of the captain; the Sarah ALn, of Newbern. North Carolina, with sixteen hundred bushels of corn, tho Sidney A. Jones, of Baltimore, unladen; the Falcon, of Tappahannock, unladen; and tho Monterey,of Tappafcaunock, with the cargo of a pungy winch had been cut adrift, consisting of oil, saltpetre, bone dust, dry goods, fic. The Jacob Hell baa tho marks of a shot or two, which she received from some of tho rebel pickets on her trip to Krodericksburg. THE RADICALS IN CONGRESS NEARLY USED CT. The struggle between the conservative and radical elements in Congress is conceded to promise now the entire defeat of the radicals. The conservatives aro much encouraged, and many of those who have hitherto bean classed among tho ultras are beginning to fail away from their ra lica! associations. Tho action of the conservatives in the New York Legislature, in preparing for the approaching canvass and making common cause in support of the efforts of the administration to suppress the rebellion, has produced a marked etfect. It gives heart to the loyalists of the border States, and assuros them thai the masses are with tho constitutional party. and as bitterly opposed to the insane radicalism of the North as the hellish treason of the South. Tho same spirit is stated to be active in the Northwestern States, and finds utterance through the members of Congress, who are constantly advised by their constituents. Iutellignce from Iiflnois leaves little room for doubt that Owen Lovejoy will be succeeded by a conservative, notwithstanding the immense majority by which he carried Ins district in 18CO. when his professed sentiments wore identic^) with those of the President, tir Arnold has also been ?.iraju.sncd tnat the welfare and existenco of the govcrnmntof white men is paramount to the social condition of four million of blacks; that the disease by which the g comment is attacked is vital and requires skilful trcatm.nt, promptly applied, while the blacks have a i hronic affection which can only be overcome gradually and by the utmost care both in the remedies employed and th' ir application. Gen. Logan will soon be succeeded by a regular Union democrat, and it is bulievod that few if any of the extreme radicals of the Lovejoy, Hickman and Stevens school, in the present House, can bo re elected. Their system, applied to surgery, would amputato the head of the patient to prolong his life. On the other hand, such men as Spoaker Crow, of Pennsylvania; Mr. Kenton, of Now York; Mrfrax, of Massachusetts, and others who have been and are strong Chicago platform men, opposed to the extension of slavery into tno Territories, and also to Congressional interference with it in the Status, warmly ap prove of the New York constitutional Union movement, and encourage its extension into other States. TUB TAX BILL AND THE POLITICIANS. The signs of a speedy passage of the Tax bill are not very promising to-day. Indeed, some observers of politicians and political movements predict that it will not be passed at all until after the next fall elections. Western men say that no party, however strong, could sustain the responsibility of such taxation in the West, where large portions of the domain are now taxed to death at home, and they desire some substitute to be devised in order to save the party, for the present, at least. On the other hand, the Kastern members declare that no political party could survive after refusing to pa-s the bill,as the capitalists or the .-real commercial c.ties must have some basis Turn.shed r the credit of the country. The President manors are as much puzLlcd as the financiers in regard to this ndispensible measure, ami it would not bo surprising if much unnecessary de.ay should be caused by mere politicians. TIIE SF.LBTT COMMITTEE ON CONFISCATION. The Select Committee, to w hom the subject of ennflsciti n is referred in the House,is almost evenly balanced between c;: user vat .sm and radicalism. Mr. Olin.of New York, having declined to serve, Mr. Sedgwick will be added. It was considered, when Mr. Olin was excused, that three radicals and threo conservatives were left. Mr. Sedgwick is at most a mild republican, and the cmmittee will hardly report an extreme measure. MILITARY APPOINTMENTS CONFIRMED BY THE SENATE. The Senate, In executive session to-day, confirmed a targe number of military nominations, including the follow.ng named to be Brigadier Generals of volunteers:? Colonel Max Weber, of New York. George S. Greene, of the Sixtieth New York regiment. Colonel John C. Caldwell,of the Eleventh Maine regiment. Captain Troman Seymour, of the Fifth artillery. Colonel Isaac P. Rodman, ot the Fourth Rhode Island regiment. Henry Bahlew, of Pennsylvania. Paymaster Flenry Prince, of the United States Army. Captain Quincy A. Gilimore, of the Corpsof Engineers. Ma or Absolom Raird, Assistant Inspector General. George D. Bayard, First regiment Pennsylvania cavalry. Colonel Thomas B. Crittenden, of s regiment of Illinois volunteers. Colonels Alvin P. Hovey, Wno. P. Benton, Jeremiah C. Sullivan, James C. Vaatcb and Pleasant A Hacklcman? tbf last four of Indiana. Paniel Ilolm**, of Pennsylvania, ban been confirmed aa Brigade Sergeant of Volunteer*. THE CONFIRMATION OF GENERAL FIT/JOHN F0R7ERR APPOINTMENT. Tbe Senate, in executive session to-day, mad# a final di*[>oiiition of tbe confirmation of Brigadier General KHzjobn Porter. Hi* nomination wae coulirmed several week* ago,but there waa something in tbe fence, and a reconsideration was bad. To day tbe vote was conclusive In bis favor. NAVAL ORDERS AND APPOINTMENTS. Tbe following orders and appointments bave been made at tbe Navy Department:? ACTING MASnMU! APPOINTS!!. ''hag B. Ranker, Jno S. Gordon, Jos. F Alcorn. TTenry Porter, ordered to Port Royal, Geo. A. Smith, of New York, ordered to tbe New York yard. THE CARE OP GENERAL STONE. A atrong appeal has been made by tbe friends of Gen. "tone to procure bis release from arrest and permission for i i ' participate in tbe expected fight at Yorktown. They i .iuit that it if altogether improper that biatrial should be ordered immediately under existing circumstances, aa the exigencies of tbe service will not allow t bit 4?tatI nf nf1Lr?rq at ItiA rflfinlflltn ritnk frnm Hut* in lb* Sehl to attend a court martial. Tbey ass, however, that (iene'sl Stone should m the meantime he released from arrant, and permitted to lake any position that may be assigned by Ueneral MC.Iellan, even that of a private a the ranks, to prove his freedom from any *?nt nf treason, and bis wiilingneen to give l>>" life if necessary .n tbe msiiitonanoe of tbe !hi co ?n.i the constitution against the rsuellK>n of traiton Vue i resident regrets that tie is unahi. to grant tins request, v..| retort tbe applicants to tbebecrvtory of War, Tnere remain' nan no iambi that certain Senators have been u-iog ibe |iower g their oflue to minister to private purposes as well as to partisan ?nds. Instances arc cited win i# llie oonllrmalioo or r^ectrm of nominees fore* ntted military positions iiss bee?, n,Aj0 contingent opon their truck In g 10 these men Among these Senators are those who l?ere test tn tbe held, end m<)M ?rMnt f?r a ^ i?ptd gad rtiVfM etvaacf toliMtQVM. w ^ )KK HERALD, TUESDAY, stance* cited whsr* one of these 5?c uistcr has openly bargained that tbe confirmation of a nomination should depend upon tbe retraction of personalities applied to kitn. it is unfortunate Tor the country at this crises that the public service should be deprived of the usefulness of good officers to gratify the malice or freuzy of mere politicians, who foar to faae the eni-mic* of thetr oaunlry and use their jioei' tions only to disparage brave and patriotic men who are willing to shed their bluod as g.ve their lives for the do' fence of the l'nu n ACCURACY OF THE HHULD'S REPORT op TIIE BATTLE OP PITTSBURG LANDING. A private latter has been received in this city from the West, in which the wr.ter, a gentleman w.th extrn sive mems of information, assorts that tbo first rejK.rt of the battle at Pittsburg Landing, as telegraphed to the Herald by its correspondent, was very nearly correct, and that our actual loss was eighteen to twenty thou sand. It is also stated that Geueral Price him brought thirty thousand men to reinforce lloauregard from Ark ausas. THE ILLINOIS AND MICHIGAN CANAL. Mr Arnold, from tlie Committee on Roads and Canals has reported in favor of the bill for the eulnrg?mcnl of the Illinois and Michigan Canal. The report states that the work has been more than half completed hy the State of Illinois having expended thereon over $11.000 000. The canal has been in operation since 1848, and now yields an annnal revenue of about $200,000. This will be greatly increased by the enlargemout of the Illinois river as proposed. Tho State of Illinois odors this canal and its revenues to the United States, ou condition that Congross will provide the means of enlarging it so as to pass gunboats from tho lakes to the Mississippi. This will place us upon an equality with Great Britain, that Power being aide by her canals to pass war vessels { 'rom the ocean to the Inkos. Tho report, in view of tho | fact that by treaty the United States is prohibited from 1 building or maintaining armod vessels on tho lakes, urges ^ the necessity and importance of tho immediate enlarge ment of this canal, by which tbe gunboat fleet on the Mississippi could bo passed through to the lakes Had this medium of communication been open at the begingtng of the rebellion the 1.200 vessels and 15,000 ., sailors now shut up on tbe lakes would havn been at the disposal of the governmont. Tbo saving to the Treasury during the past year would have boen rather c more than the cost of the contemplated wcrk. The committoo believe its income will more than pay the interest j On its cost, and ultimately pay the ontiro investmout. tue railroads and tue mails. Mr. Colfax, from the Postal Committee, reportod a bil' ( that all railroads shall take the United States mails, ^ when required to do so by the Postmaster General, at a fa:r comjMjnsation, under a penalty of live thousand dollars for refusing. This bill is deemed necessary to prevent any Einglft ( corporation or combination rof railroad companies from % breaking up the schedule of the Postal Departm ont or ex' '1 torting exorbitant prices for mail transportation. post offices reopened in Tennessee. r< The following post ofllccs in Tonnossee havo been re. t established:?Nashville, Gallatin, Sumner county . siiet byviile, Bedford county. Lebanon, WJsim county.Sa- u vannah, Hardin eounty; Franklin. WillianWn county. RESTORATION" or the harper's FERRY armory. ? ?tu attempt is being made to resuscitate the Harpar'B t Ferry Armory. The Secretary of War has been requested *' to Inquire into the oouditicn of the government works there, the authority by which they were destroyed' s the amount necessary to repair tho damages done there. aud the expediency of restoring the armory to be used ^ as heretofore. It is probable that Sorretary Stanton's report will put at rest tho subject of rebuilding lb s t armory. r slave statistics of tite district of columbia, " The Secretary of the Interior, in transmitting to the ' Senate to-day a list of slaves, and porsons holding slaves, in tho District of Columbia, makes the following suggestions:?"As this record, after the iup.se of twenty months, may not present a correct statement of c the present or very recent relations of the free populu. v tion to that of the slave, and as it exposes the private J. aiTalrs of. individuals, to publish which would be incon x sistcnt with the authorized represer.Lotions of the census c takers, I would resi>ectfully suggest tho inquiry wheth r ' it would bo proper to print it for publication." f adulterated liquors. r Mr. rornoroy, of Kansas, introduced in the Senate today a stringent bill to prevent the importation of adulterated liquors. It provides that all spirituous and C ?1. ?... obil! U., ...of,.,! ' by sworn examiners bclore they pass through y the Custom House,and if found impure shall bo forfeited and destroyed# Every parkago of liquors shall bear ^ plainly tho name of the manufacturer or be seized anil (' forfeited. Tlio owner or consignee of any liquors condemned may cause, at hi* own expense, an analysis to be D made by an analytic chemist, and if tho sworn re;.ort c' such claimant shall not sustain tlic examiner's rei>ort Ihe J? liquors may pass tho Custom House. If liquors are con- l' drmncd the owner or assignee may re-export thoin v/iiniu ;r six months, on executing a bond that ho will not sell them in the United states. Tnt: HOKSE RAILROAD QUESTIOK. II Tho horse railroad contest has been transferred from the hail-' of Congress to the chambers of the City Council yj The various parties whose antagonistic efforts have pre Ji vented the passage of any bill authorizing the construe J; tion of a horse railway from Georgetown to the Navy " ti Yard hid abandoueil all cflbrt for this He*.# ?->t? but, as indicated m this correspondence months si ago, as the only practicable means of get ting such a road, the Corporation of Washington M, his made t bargain with the Baltimoro and Ohio Hai road C mpany, by which the latter transfers to the Corpora- " tier, all its rights, under existing laws, to construct horse (l, railroads through Pennsylvania avenue and other streets for the privilege to be accord -d by the Corporation to 01 the Ilailroad Coni(?any of making a rail connection by tj steam with the river and another with Georgetown, by N some street otber than Pennsylvania avenue. lr the lobby gang that hare so long prevented this improve ment bv their mutual struggles do not follow it into the r> City Council, this great want may goon l>e supplied. n BRITISH MEDIATION IN THE AFFAIKS OP ECUADOR ? AND PERU. II By despatches recently received at the Consulate Cone- * ral of Ecuador here, it is stated that the ministers of her v Britannic Majesty at Quito and I.ima, in pursuance of in s: struct,on* from their govornnunt, have severally ten jjj dered its goo 1 ofllce* as mediator in the amicable sollle. s, mee t of the difficulties between Peru and Ecuador, wt.ich tu have been cordially accepted, and peaceable relations are J1] now happily ro-estabhshed between those countries. w THE PILOT LAWS IN OREGON. T Mr Nesmith. of Oregon, presented a petiticn in the Senate frotn the Board of Pilot Commissioner* of Oregon, ai praying for au act declaring that seagoing ships, though 11 navigated with stram and carrying pilots, under the act [*j of 185'J, shall not by any construction of that act bo w exempted from tbe operation of the Suite laws respecting 7 barber pilotage. ^ BURIAL OF UNION ROLDIERS. a; The proposition of the military committees to provide not only for the decent and careful burial of our soldiers who may die in tb.s District, hut to allot to each Stain p, a space sufficient for the temporary or pei inaiieul inter- * ment of its citir.eim, has excited a very deep interest, t,: and commanded tho warmest approbations or the Presi It dent.Cabinet and Congress this being almost the only I* nati"nal cap,tal without a national cemetery for heroes, J,' soldiers and citizens The gentleman to whom the coun M try is more indshted for the conception and maturing of ,M the plan than to any other person perhaps, is Colonel Robert O. Mollis, of New York. ct It PROCEEDINGS OF CONGRESS. ? THJRTY'SRVBNTH CONGRESS. u URirr srsfiom. it Senate. w Wwnmoiuw, April 2?, 1*<J2. \y ?1 AV* STATISTIC*. Ill The T'eemnert prt, trm. presented a communication from the S> orotary of the Interior concerning the num. ber end ago* of tho slaves, Sc., in tho District of Co U tumble II The .Rec.rotary aaid rho statistics were compiled some p, twenty months ego, end were perhaps not available a< now. *' na The communicat or) wae roll .-rod to the Committee on p, the District of Columbia. pi rue srwsiMirm a.vt> not sans. ''' Mr Coi.rjtwr.e. (rtp ) of Vt., presented a petition from ,f C'tlzens of Vermont, aeklDg that certain newspaper* m have the mer prmletrss as other newspapers. KWAV l?AT|OV PSTTTIOV*. y, Messr* Kim,, (rep ) of N Y., ami Htj.nvre, (rep ) of Ma r.. presented petitions in favor of einaeeipattng tbe ?' i * ?e. rnv vbomevn vex o* i(t?*(/ctn , nr. dai^, tt Mrj {****> torn +* APRIL 29, 1802.?TRIPLE olmcao manufacturer*, taking a reduction of tbe pro iosed tax on tobacco. TUB AKMV MMNAL COST*. Mr. Wiiani, (rep.) of Mass., from the Military Com n.ttee, reported hack the hill for the organization of the hgnal [topartmeu; . and moved its mdeuaile postponeuent. Postponed. NAVAI CADKTW. Mr. Pixort, (rep.) of Conn., offered a resolution that ho Committee on Naval Affairs bo instructed to inquire nto the propriety of providing by law for the appointtieut of acting midshipmen at tUo Naval Academy lioui he District of Columbia. Adopted. Tin HAIll'KU'S nOUtt ARMORY. Mr. Wilson, (rep. i of Mms.. > ffered a resolution that he Secretary or War ho requested to iuqttiri into the tondltionof the Harper's Kerry armory, what damage ins been done to it, what is the valuo of the properly of he Cniled states thero now, and what amount in neoesary, and whether it is expedient to restore the armory ind re-enip!oy the workmen. Adopted. pi'Nnmirarr ton apim.tfrattxo ijqi ow Mr. Hon mo r, (rep.) of Kansas, introduced a bill to trevent the importation of adulterated liquors by pro:idmg a punishment tnerofor. SLAVS* AT ( AMI' IHASB. OHIO. On motion of Mr. Wiison, (rep.) of Mass.. the resoluions of the Ohio Legislature in regard to rebels keeping heir slat i s at Camp Chase were taken up. Mr Siikkman, (rep.) of Ohio, had read a letter from a nember of the l-egisbtiuie concerning the rebel prisoners icing allowed to go about the city ol Columbus, louugo at ho hotels, and abuse the government with perfect libery; also an article in the Cincinnati Oomnvrcial to the tame effect: also another article m the Cincinnati GuztLt ihowing that tiov. Tod was taking moasures to have the tegroes at Cainp Cliaso liberated and the rebel prisoners emoved to proper quarters. The resolutions were re.erred to the Military Commitlee. KWOKCKMRNT IIP TUB LAWS. On motion of Mr. Tkijhhi'M, (rep.) of 111., the bill 'or the more convenient enforcement of the laws, for security to koep the pcacoand good behavior, w as taken up. After soino discussion the hill was passed, by yeas 35, nays & TtIK TAX mil,. Mr Waiik, (rep.) of Ohio, presented several petitions tskiiig for a uniform system of taxutics. according to ho population of aStato.nnd protesting against the passago of the Tax bil! from the House. On motion of Mr. Kino, (rep.) of NY. .the Senate .hen wont into executive session. Upon the reopening of the doors the Senate adjourned House of Representatives. Washington, April 28, 1862. HI SI'PriAL COSH!"TEE O.N TIIK CONFISCATION OF KBJIKI. IKOI'KKTY. The Speaker announced the following as tbo special lommitlee on tho confiscation of rebol property :?

Messrs. 0'in, of New York, Rliot, of Massachusetts; Joel, of Missouri . HutchiDS, of Ohio, Ma'.lory. oi'Kenuckv; Ueaman, of Michigan, anil Cobb, of N'mv .Jersey. Mr. Oij.n, (rep.) of N.Y., remarked that he had liercoforc asked to be excused from serving on tho commit eo, and he repeated the reasons for the request, which vas now complied with. official reports OP THE RATTLE OF shi lob. On niotion of Mr. M<Piiekson, (rep.) of Pa., it was roolved that, the Secretary of War transmit to the House opies of tho reports of comrriandcrs of regiments briades and divisions engaged in the battle of Shiloh, 'cunessee. aeeouiriTiON of uayti and liperia. On niotion of Mr. Oeortl, (rop.) of Mass.. tlio Penato bill or the recognition i f Hayti end Liberia was referred to he Committee uu Foreign Allaire. ALLB'.ED DISLOYAL JUDOE I.N VIRGINIA. On motion of Mr. Potter, (rop.) of Wis., tho Secretary if War was requoslod to inform the House wlietlior Hdgo Kotts. who sent a letter to the rebel legislature .tKlchmrnri. declaring his loyalty to that cause, complies tn hold Ins court lor Are ur.ao and Northampton couoies, Virginia, with tho k o\vledge and consent of the edcral military commandaui of that district. ' punishv,s.nt of frauds on ti1e govern.aknt. On n otion of Mr. C u.fax, (rep.) of ind., it was rex Ivod tli.it the Judiciary Committee bo instructed to inpiire into tho expediency of roporting a hill for pnnishng all contractors guilty o1' defrauding the govornment, vith penalties similar to these for grand larceny. the Canadian kec.proittv treaty. Mr. Spauidino, (rep.' of N. Y., introduced a Joint reolut.on, which was referred to tho Committee on Oonincrce, authorizing the appointment of commissioners to icg tiute oncerning the Reciprocity treaty, and authorzing tho President to give the necessary*notice for terniuatiug the present unfair treaty. FOKHGN limiTtl INVjrEtl TO JOIN TtlP FEDERAL army. Mr. Richardson, (opp.), of 111., asked, but failed to ob tain, eavc to Introduce a rosolutfon sottiDg forth that s^ecreary Seward, in July, 1801, wrote to a certain Italian illiccr, saying that if li; should come to our shores our [overnmetit would tako pleasure in assigning him an honirable military position. The officer, under this a*, airai-ce, at g^eat oxponso, came liither,acd has bec.i uniting four months wiihout receiving any nillcial re !.cetary of State (dr. Seward) to furn.sh t lie number ind names of all officers who h ive been so .nvited, t"ether with tha date of Urn same, tlie disposition of such Hirers, anil the expense the government has thereby inurred,ki. ITMS'IMENT OF rOLYOAMY. Mr. Asm BY, (rep.) of Ohio, retried back from the lommittee on Territori'-s iho bill to prevent and punish be practice of polygamy, and to annul certain acts of he Legislature of the 'territory of Utah establishing the am" Mr. M RRti.r, (rep.) of Vt., said this bill was the same s int 'orUiccd by him two years ago, with the exception I' the omission of its applicability to the District of ohimbin. The bill was passed. RM.tTB ON T'tK RESORT OR TtlK CONTRACT IRVMIKIATING MVI1T 'E?PKI-KNCE OF 7MB HF.CHItXAKY OF 7UK NAVY. The House resumed the consideration of the retort on overnment contracts. The Of', resolution reported by Item was postponed tor two weeks. It is as follows:? That the Seen t iry of the Trcasiuy ' e requested to decline iNnitia any further p.-.yim nt :o th<- parties n t ivste I in ine i. niohoat ?'nt line, on account of the eharU r of said tei-sel y the United Slates on the 2&ih of April, 1.761. 1 he next resolution in the gtries was then taken tip. I IK as follows:? That die Sc rc'aiy of the Treasury be requested to adjust i? claim of the government for the five thoi sind Il.tll cur- , iues, purchased through Siir.on 811 veils, E"o., bv (Jem nil [>hn C. Kr in u', on the filn day of Aug lal lg-il, an.l alterai-ds delivered at the United htales Ars-tal. ai the cltv ol i. bonis, on the oasis of u is' ' of sin h artns to the govern- ' ii nt tor #12 00 euc i, re reeling all other ic iiiun Is ag.- inst leg-iv rnment on a muni ol the purcliuac ol en 1 al ios. Mr. h'TKVFM.-, (rep.) of fa., moved the following as a institute for the above-? That u thing has occurred to lessen ot.r confidence in the un< sty, integrity and patriotism of Major vieneral Preout. Mr. Wasiihi rne, (rep.) of Hi.. raised thepcint of order i pit the substitute was not gormain. Mr. h'TKVENH mataia.ocd tliat the original resolution im- | sed censure ou <?enoral Kremout. i the Si rarer ma.i.la.ned Mr. Washburnc's point of | rder. t Mr. ARtxiwiiK, (rep.) of N. V.,raviewed the report of ] le commilpc. wh.cti censures the Seen la , of the avy for employing Morgan to purchase u i.t t number f \c'stol.x tDKtoaii of employing res;>onxlbie o beers of , ic government. Ho and the old. rotten,red tap.> system juld not be MiMuiiicd lor a moment. The education, rofes.giou and hi bile of lire of naval nfflt :TR do not qualify them for such duties'. |W department. at 111# commencement of the iirchnsrs, employed an officer of ago and skill in !ic pniftas.oL, whoso honesty and integrity no one oulri doubt. Ho referred to Commodore Hreese, who as as incompetent t a a child respect.ug the purchase of esseis, aa experience had shown Ho gave several induces to show that, notwithstanding the re?| ousihility r nav >1 officers, they do not save the government from nposition and fraud. In the course of hia remarks he nd that 150 vessels had been purchased by Mr. Moran. While other vsseig lutd been found inolhcient, not no of those purchased by Mr. Morr.in, and examined in le mode he had directed, had failed to iierform what n? ex(leeted. and this was apart from the economy inolvcd m the transaction. He (Mr. Sedgwick) believed tat the Select Committee would do the Secretary of the any the justice to say that there was nothing'to show ay want of integrity or the least appearance of disoncaty on his part in these purchases. Tim agent em loyed by the Secretary of the Navy (Mr. Morgan) saved ie government over $l?00,000, an amount less thau as at first asked for the vessels. If Mr. Morgan had ielded to the amounts asked he would have put JO.OtiO i his pocket; but he nonesty performed his uty in the premises. As a general rule, voluntary rents will cheat you out of interest and principal too, :U many of those who come out of this war will have a 'tig and tine tb<ece a Iherlng to them. He Itelioved In iring competent men and |uiying them reasonable com rusation for their services. As to the Secretary of the avy employing a nephew (Mr. Morgan) to purchase ice vessels, the churgo of impropriety would have an chibition of justice If the agent wero" incomt>etatit, but was not so in thi? case it was not couaidered Improsr for the Secretary of State or Secretary of the Intoor to employ Ins own son in important or confidential I'.slness. He spoke with a knowledge of the fact, that r Morgan's appointment waa not a thing douo iu u cor gr it *im open to all, and with the consent and advice j h 1Kb officers of the government. If the Secretary had , tit-rnl to the time honored abuac*. in Mf? | laaing . the Reloct Committee would have paased over t ie wti?le tranaaction, and|white washed, or rather red r arhod. him with red ta|* Yet because the Secretary j i" profitably ventured out ol the roullnn, he lachrrged, , Mi t ol line Houae. Willi impropiirty hy the ohalr- | an of the committee, who, it appeam, haa never apent r ii hours theri'io. ? Mr linen**. (opp) ,Dl1 reminded the eenflenian ) tat the chairman of llin committee (Mr Van Wyck) j. ie now at the bead of ma regiment at Yorklown v Mr natMiwira knew that hla colleague (Mr. Van . rtK i had assailed the .decratary of the Navy, and that (| hae gone to gather laurels no Iran honorable than the rviree he had rendered at the Capitol. Am gailaut ildiertio lutd no doubt hla oolloague (Mr. Van WjrokJ id lieen trn-d and not found wanting Mr Sedgwick ten refei red to the able manner in w.ich the Navy l*i trlinant hud lie?n administered. and to the vaat amount uviiey aavad to the government hy Kg Jiimctoug v ircha. ee, Are. The Peerci.iry of the Navy b,.d been ? 'salVd In newspapers wlnwe agenta at the aawi of the i\ eminent have. In vain .sough: lor contract*, untl this ? ay possibly account for the conduct of the journal* at n one lie del ended the department from various com . sluts, and showed the ettieienry which the nnvv haa ' tained, heth la the purchase and eonatructi'in ef vea I' ilf?aiaty of the latter '?-< hnv.ng linen added to Mm e rvlcc. The hist >ry or the navy will suffer no detriment f dishonor under ita prereni mm ngernent. In concln () nn, he aak'rt the nouae to imuse betore they j:av? a vote u hhb would imply censure on tlia head of the Navy gparlnient '' In his closiog remarks, referring to tho action of the ivy Iiopartmenl, Mr Ssimiwh,* said ?An approprla >n of ten millions of dollars was voted by ton; liouRe an tar'lyday-of thla sermon and in advaj eofn lowiedge m to how theae espernnents wooid tci mlfif, Mi * I* tar?licat<pg t SHEET. tee. without any interference on their pert, that appropriation wee hone up for two months in IheBuoate, while these v us.-ols should have been preparing lor service. The interests of the government wcro th is jeopardized, bee nee lite national let sluture would not promptly five to the department tiie means of putting there vessels afloat. If the contrails for building these iron gunboats could have been tuado at the time the llouse voted the appropriation of ten utilllous, the department, instead of having one iron gunbo.tl, would have had twenty to take cere of the Morrlniao, or any other vessel that could have been put afloat by the Southern confederacy; and before this day we would have had every city ou the whole .-'cutliern coast Inour possession. Tt I an in fortunate thing for the country that tlio iiopurtnivni had not the means to build these Iron vessels, and tiavo them afloat at the time they wsrs wanted. It is very oasy to cry out against the department for want of promptness. !t is very easy to get up aery of fraud against the departinon'. It makes the people, through tlio newspapers, cry out, and inquire win it is that lni" made such terrible denunciations iu this House of fraudulent contracts. 1 would say, in relation to all this mutter, that I will vote, and desire to vole, in support of tho resolution otfered this morning by Mr. fiolfax, fori desire to see brought forward it bin Which shall punish fraud on any department of the government as a crime?a bill which will maku tho punoity so severe and so certain that no man, tn or out of ollico, who engages in a fra dulent transaction, shall e?cn; e tho responsibility of his acts. 1 put no shield before any victim who is justly amenable to punishment or censure. If tho Secretary of the Navy has bcca guilty of any base, secret, fraudulent transaction with anybody, with either a relative or a stranger, let tho axe tall. 1 do not stand here as his shield or his protector. But if he has managed the affairs of his de parltn'nt with skill, with activity, with iudust-y?if ho hns brought about him, In theadministralion of the Vavy Department, man whose practical kit wledge, whose energy. whose devotion to tiio service?such men as bo unquestionably has OR his assistant, such men .as lie has as his counsellors, advisors and assistants: and if, also, the affairs of tjie dopartincnt have been managed with integrity and honesty, do not indulge in tins criticism, do not attempt to injure him in the est mat ion of tho country, do net cripple him in his efforts to servo the country by any unjust censure of his conduct and bis motives. The head of that department has produced an administration of the Navy Department worthy of its tiistory and of its olden glories. Hitherto Its achievements have be 'ii confined to the broad ocean, where its llag has been unfurled to tho breeze; but it is now thundering at tho gates of citloR in the very heart of the Continent. It is making unsafe the most secret recesses of those traitors who vainly strive to interpose between their treason and its punishment tho Alieghanies and the great mountains that rib the continent. Tho navy has participated in every glorious contest of the war, and is now levying its contributions on tho chief commercial city of the South. And now it is proposed to strike it down by a vote of want of confidence in its head, or by a censure on him for a fraudulent management of its affairs. I protest against that injustice. While the navy is reviving tho names of its old heroes on new lletds, it is entitled to coulideuco and not to censorious and cautions criticism. It is willing to lie judged by its result:-. It is willing to give an account, in honest returns, for every dollar entrusted to its management. I/xik nt the results which this navy has produced In the war from the moneys furnished to it. I know that Congress has been liberal, that it has not shut its tist against the fair dciuuru's of tho Navy Department, and I say that results have boon produced worthy of all its liberality. 1 do not say tiiatthe department, or any of its officers, are perfect, that tiiey have not been defrauded or imposed upon, for no vigilance can secure a department from fraud: but I say It challenges respect and conlldence for integrity, for zeal, for industry, for patriotism,for on hocest desire to subserve the public interests. The history of our gallant navy will suffer no dishonor under lis present administration. Now standing at tho bend of now inventions, with its iron boats tested in actual contest, with its mortars seven thousand pounds heavier than any used at tho famous siege of Sevastopol, and for the first tirao launched on ocean vessels, it has gone through the delta of the Mississippi, relieving the blockade which has bound the highway of the empire in tho Great West, ft is opening the channels of commerce?it is doing its whole duty to the country. I ask that you shall not cripple it by declaring that Jt lacks the eonfidonce of the House of Keprusenlativus. If tho department bus made a mistake, you have corrected it by legislation. If th.-ro was a mistake in not limiting the commission paid to an agent, you have corrected that by legislation. You must recollect the circumstances ol the country when that transaction took place. You must extend to your public servants the justice, not to say the charity, which yon would extend to any of your agents or employes in public life. 1 ask this House to pause before it passes a vote which shall imply a censure on the administration of tho Navy Department?a department which, in its conduct throughout the whole war, has boen worthy of the prul-e, instead of the censure of this House. Mr. Sikvkss said tho gentleman from Massachusetts (Mr. Dawes), on a former occasion informed tho House that ho (Mr. Dawes) hurt notified him (Mr. Stevens) ho was about to call up this report: hot that, notwithstanding, ho (Mr. Stevous) h id deemed it proper to absent himself. lie (Mr. Stevens) had expected that the gentle mat) (Mr. Dawes) would liuve, as re piestcd. made the further remark that he could not bo prurient hero on that day for tho reason that he had an appointment with strangers about leaving Washington. The gentlomau from Massachusetts did not mention this fact. The gentleman from Indiana (Mr. Colfax), however, supplied this delirienry, and. therefore, no harm was done. He (Mr. Stevens) would make good hit! charge. The committee havo not conducted their business with fairness. They had not given notice to those whoso honesty they impugned, nor furnished them with a copy of the evidence against them, and when requested to issue subpu lias they had omitted to do so. Mr. Fkxton, (rep.) el N. Y. (interrupting.) said?With a full knowledge of tho investigations utYurk,ilur risburg and Washington, tin- committee had scrupulously pu'sued a course contra, y to what tho gentleman had condemned. Mr. riikvkns, responding, said the documents did not show it. Mr. I)avi?, (rep.)of fa., In explanation, said the committee hod sent word to Goncral Fremont to state his iiwu time wh m it would appear agreeable to him to appear before them. Mr. Siuxks, (rep.) of led.,stated that no notice had been given to General Fremont and no testimony furnished. Mr Stwvkmh said that such was the course generally of tho committee. In order to censure ox-Secretary Cumerun it wad necessary to impeach tho character ot two of bis agents. Governor Morgan ami Alexander Curnmings. Contrary"'to what the committee charged, Alexander 1,'ummiugs lind not a dollar iu his hands. They accused liim of retaining $ 140,000 in his |<osscssion, w hen it was expressly stated by him in bis note that the amount was in the hands of Messrs. Dix, Biatcbford and Opdyue, where it wus originally plac d by the Secretary ol the Treasury. The report, as to Curnmings, was founded on an assumed mistake of tlie printer, which Mr Stevens sai i was founded on a fa'sehood. This wus fraudulent misrepresentation. Fraudulent misrepresentation No. 1, No. 2, is tho caso of the agent Zacchi. The committee Imd that such a man made a large contract lor horses, but he failed to apt ear, and they censure it as a fraudu lent transaction, mane unuer i.oncrw reunion!, ana say that the iiewspu|ers nay (hat this /.acciii wax in General hVctnonl's statl. but hi! this turns out not to bo true, and iho'/.ricchi on the .staff never knew anj thing about the liorso contracts. Mr. Wa>hiii kse asked where he irot his information? Mr. Stevens sant from an afliuavit of the real horse : ntractois. Mr WA-imriufK said he knew m illing about theense. Mr. Stkmcn'' supposed not. That was like a good many ither things in the report of thu committee. They ought o have known that. Ttinl was what hu complained of. 'use No. 3 was the contract of uue Stmou steveus for iaihiuoe. Simon Stevens was in noway a relative of is, but he was a constituent of ins, and of as lu^h uaracter as any man in the House lie uewr heard iimon Stevens attacked before the speech of the gentle, nun from Massachusetts. The committee Infer and inlinuate that this was u purchase by General Fieiuuiit hroiigh Mr. Stevens, wbeu they have direct evidence Mtactly to the opposite. This was not the way in which haraclers should tie destroyed by committees of this louse. The committee complain that they are charged vith lying, lie had proved that their re|?irt was false rod fraudulent, aud lie now proposed luteal I living witlessen. He read a letter of General Fremont s to the Com mltee on the Conduct of the War, saying that many .hings in the report were raise. Mr. Pawns, (rep.) of M.>?a.(naid that General Fremont lever offered any teatiiniony before that committee. Mr. Jcija.n, trep.) or lnd., said that Gci.erul Fremont ilibred a lint of names by which liu proposed to prove the itatements. Mr. Wasuoprne said the Committee on Contracts did lot refuse to receive testimony or suppress any testinony, and such assert iou is false. He wanted to kuow low General Fremont's testimony got out? Mr. Gnocii, (rep.) of llass., said he supposed General Fremont had a copy. Mr. Wamiui h.na wanted to know If that was the way the committee did business? Mr. Om.sax wanted to know how the abstract of tho proceedings of tne (' tnmiitse on Contracts against jeneral Kremont went all over the couutry? Mr. Wasuiiiknk denied thai any such abstract went 'rem th? committee. Mr. Rtkvbns said tt was probably all a mistake of th? muter, as in the committee s roport. Ilia gentleman rom MaesarhuH tie criticized his conduct in regard to ilr Cameron. lie, wilb MM of his colleagi.es, hud pro csted against his appointment, though the protest was lot of much avail Afterward* Mr. Cameron took a dif eront cou. *c from what be espected, and, among other lilnga, wrote those remarkable words to (ionoral Sliurnan ?" You will assure all per?on* held to Involuntary abnr, who may bo received into tbu service of the go eminent. that;hey will, under :io circumslanr.ee. again >? reduced to their former condition, unlcr* thay freely hisise to retorn." But all know how hie report waa itnaseulated. He (Mr. Stevens) felt proud or the man 10 previously opposod, and declared he would support dm. Mr. Cameron liad cut his acquaintance, bulafterrards renewed It. Ho determined to support Mr. Cameon so long as ho supported the country, and he wllbrew hi* protest. When hu had euncludei! tbo Home adjourned. Pollen Intelligence. Sunday l.iticon Dkai krv?The Fifth ward police were ery energetic on Sunday in suppressing tlio rum Irafllc, ud the consequence was not a drink could he had for love r money. In the Ninth, Fifteenth, Sixteenth and Twenty iill precincts the authorities woro equally stringent, ut a largo number of arrosts were made before tlio iilieu could enforce the law. No lea* tlutn tlfleen cases ere heard hef ire Justice (juackenhusb yesterday, i? very one of which the dealer* were required to give ail U> answer. Alrc.o^r 1:12 violations of the Sunday law ave boon brought before this magistrate, lu fully ven eight* of the cases the defendants have been held :i had or imprieoiiud. Fire in Kewnnce, III. Krwarrr, 111., April W, 1W2. A Are vesterday destroyed tit storcR; lo*s 113,000?inurgd for |0 ApV. / ^ ? ^ y HEWS FROM FORTRESS MONROE. GREAT EXCITEMENT AT NORFOLSi Fears of an Attack from Gejn, Burnslde Expected Reappearance ot the MernniaCt RC?| tci| Fokirksh Mosho*. April 27, 1802t boat containing four black moo ana ouo wbil. mag : arrived here tins morning from Portsmouth. They repor. that the Merrnnao will couie out noon. But few troop* were at Morroi* or ia the vicinity <\ It. It was rumored that Commodore Tatnall had been r?^ moved from the command of the ilerrimuc. A despatch In yesterday's Richmond papers, received by a llag of trace, dated Mobile, Friday, says that tho Union gunboats passed Forts Jackson and St. Philip at four o clock on Thursday morning, and at ono o'clock the same afternoon were before New Orleans. A rumor was current in Norfolk last night that New Orleans had surrendered. I send extracts from tho Richmond Enquirer of th? 26th, In which the appearance of the Union gunboats be* fore the city Is announced. Tho contrabands inform mo that the most intense c*. citomeut exists around Norfolk, and great fear is felt of an attack by Uurntido. Nearly all of the troops have boen sent from Norfolk, Portsmouth and Suffolk to South Mill, to report any advance that Ruruslde might make. The current rumor around Norfolk was that tho Maps rimac would couie out to-inorrow, aud try to pass up York river, to destroy our shipping now there. They state that steel wedges have been prepared, with a view of boarding the Monitor and tightening her turret so that it cannot revolve, and for calling loose hor sheathing. Her prow or cuttor is now twelve feot long, made of wrought iron, anil steel-pointed. The citizens are evideutly becoming very uneasy. ami many are leaving fof more secure localities. It seoms to bo generally colli ceded by every ono, they say, that Now Orleans h?(J' fallen. NEWS FROM GENERAL BANKS' CORPS. Skirmish with Ailihy'. Rebel Cavalry^ Position of the Enemy'* Force*, &c. Harrisonburg, April 27, 1862. Yesterday afternoon the pickets of Colonel Donnelly'* brigado, stationed eight miles hence on the Cordonnville road, were attacked by a largo force of Ashby's rear guard and driven back. Ono man, named Isaac Zelly, ol the Forty-sixth Pennsylvania regiment, was killed and three others wounded. Tho reserve of the Forty-sixth and a section of Hampton's battery then advanced and repulsed the rebels. They retreated to a wood, where several of our shells burst in their very midst, and a wagon was soon gathering up and carrying oil their dead and wounded. Owing to tho horrible state of the roads between the town and Donnelly's encampment, and tho impossibility of forwarding him supplies, Donnelly has been ordered to take up a new position nearer the town, until lb* roads got in a better condition. Jackson's forces aro mainly encamped near the east bank of the Shenandoah. Tho bridge over the river is strongly picketed by him. and is underlaid with inflammable material, ready to be ignitod on the approach of our troops. Captain Do wen, of the Twenty-eighth New York regiment, Is performing the duty of Provost Marshal in the town. The orderly deportment of our troops is convincing proof to the population that our object is but a mission of peace, and that the sece.-sion leaders have been guilty of gross misrepresentation and duplicity toward* them. All the churches whose pastors are not in the secession army open to-day. and the town wears tho appcaronc* of a Northern country Sabbath. lusnnnuT rnni* tuf nnurmupev iiriruniHiii rnuivi inc ?uuinnc3li General Ilallevk'n Army Still A?lv?nc-? in);?Tlie Pickets of the Hostile Armies Only Half a Utile Apart?Continued. Bombardment of Fort AVrl ght? Island !Wo. Ten Put in a State of Defence?Tnteiestlnc; Accounts from Memphis?De? velopement of Vnlon Feeling Among the People, dee., <S(c. Cairo, April 28.1862. The steamer Irshellu, from Pittsburg Landing, has arrived. The army Is still gradually advancing, but every tbinff was quiet. A rcconnoisance on Friday discovered that tho enemy were strongly posted at Pea Ridge, throe miles beyond our line of ptckots, but we did not advonco to attack tliem. There is news from Fort Pillow. Tlie mortars still firo occasionally. Refugees from Memphis report a strong Union feetlnj exi-rting there, and that the majority of (ho people are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our forces to take possess Ion. It was not believed that tho city wonld be burned, but all the cotton, sugar and molasses will bo destroyed. Van Dorn, Price and JelT. Thompson were at Memphisr w ith about six thousand miserably clad troops. They re" main there to drive the people into submission. As tho conscription act is being enforced hundreds 0*. the inhabitant* are leaving daily to avoid impressment. Most of tho twelve months men, whose term of serviceis about to expire, refuse to enlist under any circumstances, and are deserting ;n large numbers. fun-ago, April 28,1802. Pittsburg advice* of Sunday night say that the road? are improving, and preparations for the coming battle are progressing steadily. Tho pickets of the two artnita art now only half a mitt apart. There is much sickness among our troops, tbs result of fatigue and exposuro, and unhealthy climate. Refugee* report that General Vitlipigne Is still in com mand at Kort Wright ami has a force of six or eigbg thousand men. The guns from Fort Randolph have been taken there. A large number of negroes are conatantljr at work strengthening the fortifications. There is a report, which Is deemed reliable, that tbs rebel gunboat fleet is coming up the river to attack our flotilla, and then will make a bold stroke for tho posses, sion of the Mississippi. On the reception of this report, a steam tug was des|uttched to Island No. 10, having on board gunners sufllcicnt to man the batteries there. * Refugees report that a despotic censorship is enforoed in all parts of tho Southwest, and public prints dared to utter nothing derogatory to the rebellion. They say that the Union men there are as firm and loyal as sver, and rejoicing at the near approach of the federal army. Union clubs meet nightly at Memphis, and are holding eorre-pondence with similar clubs in nearly evsry largo city cf the South. General Prentiss and ths other Union prisoner* Who bad been at Memphis, received marked attention from Union people. He was taken to Tuscaloosa. Fort Harris, lust above Memphis, has boon over flowed' by a crevasse, and much damage caused to the surround* | ing country. The Chicago Tribune ! Cairo despatch say* that rebeC cavalry bad appeared in considerable foree on the river,, twenty miles below Savannah, and a gunboat had been sent down the river to watch their movements. All thn Tennessee river boats now carry brass piece* on thstr bows, and each side is also armed, with afsuard on thn. hurricane deck, to return any Ore from gulrllla bande. Wounded from Plttabwrg Landlifi PrrwBcao, Pa., April 37,18f2. The ateamere Marengo and Hartmnn, eent from this city to Pittsburg landing, returned to-day with seventy wounded, who were placed in the Marino Hoepltel. Thohoau iter ted with nearly COO, all of whom were left?? pointa on tho river near their homes Among the wounded are two rebel prlsonem. The Prlne Caeet, TV Vnilnl Stairs. <lr., r?. the oarpo nf the Iehotmer Jatrp\. N. Tuntf ? liccreo, on motion, ailuwinc the claimant, Jcew Maria Avondiua, to forthwith Hie hie claim to the outgo captured, omitting from iiift claim, as inappropriate, ;[)? third ciauae, the tamo burnt, objected to by ilia Unitad fc'tatoe I'lrtricl Atlornay Th- I'nittd State' <H , v?. 'hi irhnner Jotej>K X Tbona and her rarer.?Ordered. that llhellant* hare leavo to amend lihel filed 1n thu cause, ?i p opo*?I m the not) ? to the proctor of the rl* :nant, ei.d tl.ut cl.ilmeDt he (>ermltted to amm l hie claim, now <>n Iflo,according to (be Ruggoaiione abMped In the niPdartt or hfn advocate, or, ok hie election, Ale liy lues.lay u*vt an- w oi<um lu tho libel, If so amended ae above p?' nittte l, (tharle* Wi.ler and *Vr? w. <A? MhaotMf Sfh D* ^pnrh.-rUbel tdQ dpl WlMt coal*

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