Newspaper of The New York Herald, May 7, 1862, Page 4

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated May 7, 1862 Page 4
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NEWS FROM THE SOUTH. EXECUTION OF A REPORTED UNION SPY. REBEL CENSORSHIP OF THE PRESS. Waitings Over the Fall of New Orleans, &c, &c., &c. A Retro?pw(. Tl<e Hf.raip of yoslerd-iy annjunced that according to rebel advices the Torts Jacksou and St. Philip had be-n surrendered to the Union forces. In order that our read ers may be enabled to connect the chain of events re garding the surrender of these formications, with their recapture by the Union forces, wo'subjom the following showing how the forts came Into the posoeg-ion of the rebels ? Nsw Orleans. Jan. 11, IStil. All the fortiScations are now in possession of the l/>u isiana troops The United Slate* Arsenal at Bat' n Kongo, in Ccmraand of Major Hask and two companies, refused to surrender this morning. The arsenal was surrounded by 600 State troops, and a parley was held between Governor M ore and Major Haskins. which linully resulted in the s irrenderof the garrisou at twelve oVl ck to day. There was no opposition in taking the other farts. Rebel Misrepresentations?Oft-Tlire?t ened "EsritHt Resolve." ft'rom the Richmond Whig, April 28.] THE Ut'NS ARE COMtHG. It is stated orally that tbo Yankee Army at Fredericks burg ii armpomd >? good part of J'let, Hungariani and G-rnuini, organised into regiment*, and exam amid by trfflrcrt whose '.rdert are gieen in the language* of Morthem Europe. Such is the fate of our credulous and magnanimous mother. She sustained a bankrupt government and then bestowed upon n an immei.g..' <loniaiu. This domain has boea offered in free gift to ary who wtU occupy it. and aliens bare flocked like "doves to the windows.'' These aliens are now hired by the former copartners of Vir ginia to invade her soil, and one inducement lield out to their enlistment is that her own lands shail be appor tioned amotv these Roldior- of fortune ! Truly,? "The hedge sparrow f?d the cuckoo so long That it hail its head 1 it oi' by its young.'' Thoeo Huns, first attracted by tho'improvijent bounty of Virginia, a d now h red with the hi c of her pp..lis, are, like their progen >ors, arrayed in view o. an Italy which the, hunger to devour. Thev are held in learh by our base enemy, roudy to be slipjied with the tir.it advantage. Virginia,thus outraged,is told by her infanr?:s foes that slie .h ? . ebel'.'?at ebel ag iusiwhtn? Is F.|,e a rebel against the power she cimti ihuted to create ' Con ber citizens, who.-e uncesto s I avc wrojght in hjr fields and worshipped in her ch re he* for centuries. l>o robelB against the Tile horde wti i h h is not li\ ?d on > h s conti nent long on ugh to speak its tongue r Wec>mld ojk for ward to nothing m to hon ibie than the success of these hostile hordes. If, like the C< ssacki or Cnin<nches, they would be conton. to satiat: themselves with spoil and return to their native wildo nesa, we might regard with composure any loss of flocks and herds that brought relief from their polluting presence. But, to hear it boasted by'the North that it intends to apportion our lands among these infidels, and substitute them for tho purest condition of society that exists among civilize 1 men, will inspire our (> ople with a determination to repel the invader or else escape the sight uf his success by death on the battle fleid. Yankee perfidy has nothing worse tlian thif?to bring the word population of Europe to teex cur liver, and 'Ken employ them to inhabit the wild-met* they purpose create. The devastation of war?tne abolition of slave' v?the chains of a bondage which might be broken bv resolute resistance, leave nothing so horrible to our nnnd as Vir ginians driven from their homes, whiio squalid savages roam in unrestricted license, the lords of their cherished beriUge. The valor of our troops and the constancy of our peo ple will never allow such a terrible consummation; but H nay be we.l for any whose minds may have been ex cited by vara hones from compromise aud submission, to remember that the Goths and Vandals are here to dratf -tMMfer our laads and take possession of oar eouutry. l?t ?a do or die. Ftojri Un4er * Shmt?w?An Appeal for Aid. [Prom the Richmond Whig, April 26.] GKXKKAL FLOYD. ? ? communication in this morning s Whig, warmly re commends the restoration to active service of General Floyd. Tlia writer id a gentleman wbuM opinions and associations in the past del en a tiim from aur suspicion of being actuated by personal motive* or considerations ii urging this course. He has had opportunities of wit nessing General Floyd's efficiency, and ho perfectly un derstands tbe temper of his troops, and of the people of the important section of tbe .-uts in which taml f. resides. We concur with our correspondent as to tbe importance of remitatiLg General Fiovd. Indeed, we do not understand what tlx impediment is, since neither bis superior officer nor the Investigating Committee of Congress have round anything censurable in bis conduct. We trust that the Kresiucnt may find it compatible with bis own *eu.*e of public duty at once to order bun to tbe Oeld This is no time for useful m?n to be idls. These murks apply equally to Usuoral Pillow. Hard on the Rebel Ad in Inst ration. (r rom the Kichmond Examiner, Mayl.] It cannot be denied that tlx position of the coafcderacy is anything rather than desirable. Indee<l, if any countr*/ ?t?r had a gloomy day it it >mrt note. How the great op portunities of the past hare been improved, how tike im mense power of the South has bees frittered and squan dered away,and wbither a persistence m the policy and principles whieh have brought tnuiortune on u? will eventually lead, are thoughts that rscur frequently to every miud. A Wail Oves Oar Late Vlrtorjr at Hew Orleans?Reported Sinking of tbe Rebel Batterjr Louisiana. [From the l'stersburg Express, April 28.] TUB FALL OF SJW ORLEANS. We ars at lest authoritatively informed iftst this larje and flourishing commercial emporium of the .South has fallen into the hands of the Yankee Vandals, who by mean* of gunboats and hay bales, accomplish on water what they can never do by Und. We have thus far re celved very brief iiarticulais, but they are enough to satisfy us that the city has b<>en evacuated by our troops, and is now in possession of lbs enemy. The gunboats succss'ied in passing the forts, distant some Bitty miles below Mew Orleans, at an early hour Thursday morning, before or just shout day dawn. We bear that they were c-implotoiy enveloped in bales of hsy, the bales beiu* first saturated with water, and thus prov ing an effectual barrier to both hot and solid shot. Tbe garrisons at our forts fought gallantly for a week or mure, but tbe ve*s?<* of tbe eu?mr were so numerous, and hU oiea so persistent, lngeuioos and determined, that bis passage could not lcngerbe successfully opposed. As soon as it was ascertained that tbe boata had passed the forts, ths exc temenl in the city naturally became in terne. but we are pleused to hear that General Lovell. m ho was iu command, pressed 001 npiele control over his troop*. a id caused ail bis ordars to be promptly executed. All tbe kovernmcnt stores were remove 1, as war also ths ammunition. What little cotton and s igar remained were destroyed?the former bj application oi the torch, and the latter by tbe waters of the Mississippi. All the bullion iu the iian'<s was seoared; aud on Kiday Light Geu Lnvell, at the head of his army, marched out, car rying all the small arms. With ths eueniy 's gunboats lying directly in range, the defeuce of New Orleans was of course out of the juestion. Such batteries as had b>-en erected were constructed with reference to the approach of 'he enemy by another route, tbe forts alrealy nneed being rolitxi mon to stop ths progress of tbe enetny by the river. In regard to the iron -clad steamors about which w have bea.<1 ?o much, audwhi h were so con'ldently reli' d upon to destroy the pirat.cal craft of the enemy, iould they succeed iu pacing the forts, we ume many rumors, but uotiung euti ? ly reliable. It is said that tho Missis sippi wa.- on ilie stocks, in sn unfinished condition. She hao not txieu launch' i nor had any attemM bsen mmle to launch her. We have good re no n to Ixiiuve that she waa entirely dsatroyert hefor* ?ur troops left. The Uniisiiuib, mounting twenty-tn-o funs, it j?n/ fo kav been nmk ly 'he h ? f y >(?( poin't4 conttludt of tkr enrmy tgnm- ? >' *ht pmvi tm> hmry to be tanln manu-fji. Her si w r ? pe. iietidicular?-not angular like th i Virginia ?n . tliei <;'.,r* far le*i capable of resisting the terrib i li e or the ue my. As to the IAdy Polk, the Man tseasate! oi ior iron clads which have bsen at New (Orleans, we snow nothing Ranior assigns them a position uear Fort I'iiU..-, whereof course tt.ey could nut hsve rendered any service in tbe defence of Hew Orleans. It IS usoless to disguise the fact thai thefsil .f x?w Orlsan* is s severe blow, b ,t we do not consider it at all Irreparable, as some faint-hearted cruaksrs wool d en deavor to msks us believe It is an utter impossibility to deiend sny city after tbe enemy h is reached It with bis formidable gunboats. Our battles with the enemv have to be fought Iu the Interior, where ws have si ways whipped him, and where, by ths help of God,wokope to eoatiaue to thrash him. Fast of the Mississippi wa have a country larger than any upon tbe European conti nent, save Russia. and hero we can never be subdued. But It will sot do for any energy to be now rsmxed, or for any man who is espsbls of bssring arm* to stay at home. All must lend a belpisg baud, and a bold, de cisive stroke may push the war Into the onemy's coun try, aad cause bim to lesvc quickly every loot of duuth ern' territory ha new holds. In th.sway, and this only, can tbe war be now speedily br" ght to a dose Growls ?( Ikr Censoralilp Ovfi the Press In Reb?l?lwm. fFrom tba Petersburg Kxprsaa April J8.J We do not sss what ii to bs gaiiiod by uunrsalment of Met* which moat nscea.-arilr bs kuo* n sooner or later. A psopi* tuat cannot b?ar to bsar bad about. tbsir aitkira art alssrably deficient in mural forutu U To despend and dsapslr under d:sasters is lbs very -ray to nultlply and Intsnslfy thstn. Tbsee reoutfks ha?a bsen *ngga?ted by tbs infui ma tt on of tha probable capture of .Now Orleans, an event srhl'-h. s week ago, was eoniid?red ?.? of Imj^-ible in enrr?ns. Tor week* and month* we ham bear' nothing from that qesrtar but assurance* thai there waa nut tbs Issat dangsir of tbs an iny g aurersdUlg In any attempt to gat poaaonaion sf tbs city. Tha forlitiratidi?* ?cre pro nounced ?*lmpreKneble,"{and the military force m unl ?round It ample to repulse sll the Yankee loldtary that c >uld Its brought against It. Bsslds* tbe?e r?u in< ej, wc lutve mors recently received iutelllgari a Hint two #oorm?u- iron c'ad ateamera, po* erfully armed aid ciin Slrwiel for ths e?pre?* purp?? of smarting ?b-> enemy'* ^ii?iUtvlU>g u??t; iMMi V?MI V?Uii'l?lOVi ??a were in readiness for iho work they had to dr> In view of these faots it s> ems to lis abfdutely incredible tliat tha city can have boon captured. But Low many of our mo called "impregi ..ble" forts have Micctsstully resisted iiu att ickv We are h ck of the word "im > egnanle,'' aud hoj e that it wiil inn er a.urn bo paraded in descriptions 01 our (ie.ences, for liuhurto it his Mrvtd only to de ceive us. Tln-re is nut nmre than one forties* in tlio world to which it is truly apfiitcabie, and that ist.ibral tnr, ugaiusi which the combined navies of Kranes and Spain, after one of the most treuiendi.ua bombardments ever know n, could uut prevail. The Herald the Great Military Strategist. l'LANd OF Till ENJOtY. [From the Richmond Whig, April 26-1 The opinion gams kti> .ud Hiat tlie ? will not I e a battle on the peninsula after ail. Wo copied an article yester day from the Knr York Huuia, whldi atTected much surprise at the great pre|tar.ai >i.s made at Yurktown to resist the advance of McClellan ti|>ou Richmond. Th.s H.is no doubt intended for Southern readers?a shallow device to draw attention from the real de^ix118 "f 'he enemy. The Hkiuu> i* .V<C eLan ? organ, ?.??< i't.< nof imyrohabl?? that Hennctt hot b en so far ade seU of Inn plant as to ro o^r.rate with him to th? extent ot ott*n^ting t" delude us <?)' the South by an etliwrial artifice, hut k<t stratagems will not swee.rut iYiii/iei" our ytneials nor our people will be deceiitti by them. Surveillance of the Rebel Press. [Kr> in the Memphis Avalanche. April It has been deemed necessary to impose upun the press of this city a restriction that it p-ibhsh nothing that could furnish the least informatics as to the movement.-* of our army or of the enemy. It was deemed iui|?>rtant that the arrival of General Pricesho-iMnot be m> utioued, aud that no allusion should be tusde to the advar.ee to this point of his command. We took occasion to show the absurdity of thia, in the fitsi that the ant my w..s ap pnpe<l of the movement about the time it was conceived, much leas effected. On the 3d inst. the New Yubk Hkk au> publisbod that s.ich a movement wm being made, shoving conclusively that our operations aio watchel with tbe otaabst vigilance, and that the ialenuatioa ac quired by the euemy is not derived from the newspapers. We publish the following from the corresjiou lence of the New Orleans Delta, to satisfy the authorities that their surveillance over tbe press of this city is utterly abortive. Tbe ostrich that hides its head iu the sand, aud fancies Used' concealed from tha hunters, is not more deceived than are thoso who fetter the free ex pression ol the pre.ss here, with the thousand channels of private communication. [The letter referred to has already been publishod in tho Hkkald. ] From Fort Pillow?Encape of Seven Sol diers. [Correspondence 01 tho Missouri Democrat.] lairo, April lS6a. Seven rofucec3 arrived to-day from Memphis. They report a bail st.ue of allairs thero. Crcal dissatisfaction aiuKU,- the troo'is v.us evident. Th*y wore deserting every day and coming into our lines. Yesterday they we:o sent out as sc ut* by the commanding oilicer of Fort Pillow, to secure all Skills or dug outs that thay might find, as it was reported that we had a lot oi snouts out m skills to gain inicrmatiou. When tney icot outside of their l.n-s they obtaiue I two dug outs und imme diately ma o to our Ueet and gave themselves up to Com modorit F ote. They say if ?e hud continued on our course down the river uu tiie firrt day that we armed at Fort Pillow we would have taken it vvitho it any sacrifice. They have only twenty-six gun., mounted nt the fort. Trial. Sentence and Execution of Tlnao thy Webster aa a Spy. [Ki < m the Kichmond I'ispaich] We append a brief synopsis of the proceedings of the court martul that condemned the above person, in order to a correet understanding of the matter alleged against him, and for which hu yesterday. at twenty-two minutes past eleven o'clock, sutfsrud the extreme penalty of the law at the military camp at the new fair grounds. On the *id ot April the court martial couvoood for the trial of Timothy Webster, as an alien enemy, Col. Nat. Taylor being Pre-ident of the same. Charge?l.tirkiug about the armies and fortifications of the Confederate Slates of America. First sprcitication? j That in the 1st of April, being an alien enemy and in the service of the United Stales, he lurkod about the : armies and fortifications of the Confederate States in and near Richmond. Second specification?That about the 1st of July, 1841, prisoner, boing an alien enemy and in the service of the United States, did lurk in. around ana about the armies and lorttaeatioos ot the Confederate States, at Memphis, in the Slate t.f Tennes see. The prisooer was defended by Naneeaad Williams, who introduced a number of witnesses in his behalf. The Court, baring matureiy considered the evldeno* addu<?d, awl two-thirds concurriu th&rein, they found the prisoner gutfty of Uie charge. First spewUcati-Tn?-Unilty. Second specification?Not guilty. Wherenpon two-thirds o: the Court concurring, It Was adjudged that the accused " suffer death by banging.'' On the 25th of Aprii the proceedings, findings and sen tence of the Court were approved by the Commanding ? ?eneral of the Department of Henrico, who ordered that the sentence should be executed under the direction of the Provost Marshal,on the 9ih day of April, between the hours of six and twelve o'clock M. On the announcement of his approaching fate, the prisoner, as we hear, grow defiant, thinking no d?ubt that he would not be hung, lie also said he could make several parties in the War Department shake in their jacket* by bis revelations, but he made none up to his last hour. Learning on Monday night that there was bo show for him, he became completoiy unnerved. He was carried to the fair grounds as early as six o'clock yesterday morning, by Captain Alexander, but prior to that time received a visit from iter. Mr. Woodbridge. Ho asked the clergyman to read the l'salm of David, in voking vengeanco on his enemies. He refused, and Web ster grew indignant, causing tho clergyman to take an early departure. When brought to (he gallows (lie prisoner was visibly affected by the sijht of the preparations observable, and shuddered when he looked at his ooflln. A! ter the rope was adjusted around his neck prayer was offered up by Ker. D. D. Hoge. At the conclusion, a black cap was drawn over his eye*, hu having previously bid farewell to several persons standing by. The signal being given, the trigger that sustained the drop was drawn, and it struck against the uprights with aloud sound. Owing to dotective cotton rope, the uoose slipped, and Webster tell <m bis back to the ground. The half hung and partially stunned man was sp>-edily raised and assisted up. and a new rope being ready, he was soon swinging in accordance with bis sentence. This occurred at twenty-two minutes past eleven o'clock. Fif teen minutes later we left the ground, but the body was still suspended. He died in about one minute. Webster, who had plenty of gold and Confederate States Treasury notes, gave it all to his wifo the night before his execution. He was in the employment or one of the departments here as a letter carrier between this city and Maryland. It i? said?bow true we know not? that he used to take the letters received here to Wash ington, whore they wore copied, and the answers re ceived were served in the same way, thus being used as evidence against the partita, as many of them have found to their C'Mt by subsequent arrest and incarceration in | Northers forts. Suspicion was first excited against the I pri?oner by the style of his evidence against l.ewir and | Scully, and they let the cat out of the bag on him after tbeir conviction. Mrs. Webster, who was arrested along i with her husnand as a spy, is still at Castle Godwin, but \ will no doubt be seat out of the confederacy. Webster ! i? the first man executed here as a spy. Perhaps it would have been better had the business been commenced 1 at an earlier day. General WIm anil HI* Legion. jKroru lb* Richmond Kn-ju.rer, April 33.) Yesterday (?er. ffi-c addie-sed the men of the Sixtieth regiment Virginia Volunteers in a spirited and stirring speech of s>me tninute*' duration. He stales thai his legion had been gr'.itly reduced by the hard ??rnce they had ?een. Sumo had heen transferred Irom his command by Secretary of War Benjamin, and others had be n cap tured by the enemy. But be wax happy to ?ay ihat be wax again Tig rously rerruiting, and that his command would be greatly increased. ITie Secretary of War had, he 'aid. assured him thai the g.-.llant Third would again be placed under his command. The General pan) a met 'ed compliment to hie veteran troops for their bravery and uncomplaining endurance of evory hard ship and toil. He ?'oocluded by dor.iarinn that he had never retreated, ev opt u| on the order of hM superior ofheer. and so help him (i id, he never would ! The gal lant old leader wan frequently interrupted with applause, and at th? end of his remarks three deafening cheers were given for Gen. Hcury A. Wise wun great earnest, neas. The Proponed Guerilla Warfare. (From the Memphis Avalanche, April 23.J The pro? in every part of the land 14 urging the organi zation of companies to engage in partisan warfare exclu sively. As the <.-ue:ny pusher hi* column* lar into the interior, we must make it tout him no muck that he will lie deterred from continuing his operations. If be send a provision train from one point to another he must send a small army to j;tiard it or lose the larger part. fnstend of squads he will have to send brigades tor foraging. Not knowing when a troopor cavalry will sweep down upon him, capturing horves md mule*, and destroying wagons, he will navo to keep overy point doubly guarded, hut it will not do to teailfor the etunn In gri pom*nen 0/ CAt coun try h-fi/rt a fn> ?f that ireergnnizr.il. it is a fatal delusion to suppose that the unarmed, disorganized Imputation will rise en mtw, and ''get behind every tree and under every bush" to Qre upon a column marching I upon the hUhwar. "Thud# w'.iu *uf not rl?k their precious lives in * wall ordered battle will be tha Imi to expose tbemselvoa tn this doubly perilous service. Partisan warfare, espe cially. require* a cool head, strong arm an.I brave heart, but all tavail uoth.ng without united a n) concerted act.on. But there must no but one head to plan what a hundred h%:iJs shall exei ute, Italic, in giving commis sions to captaius to raise < urripunisa of thia kind, It is ax. pressly stipulated that it (hall be an independent&>?) panv, unattached to any baitalion or rsgiment. Im portant aa is this arm of the aervtce, it would not lie heat to have tut faw compuni'-s independent In their opera tion* Hence the War lispartment very judiciously grants but few of the<e commissions. We havo hwn In formed there are but four or live ta the Mississippi ralley. It is complimentary to our city?thnugh b it just?that one iA theio should I* held by one of 'iur fallow citizen*. CapUln K. K. Parter undoubtedly if commissioned to raise and muster into service a company of this kind. Our young m'.>? before entering any other arm or the semes should call upon him, learn bis views and plan of operations, and what inducement he has to offer any to become attached to Ills oommand. We submit to our fallow eitiaatis if it is anything but right to ehars with him the expense of arming ami equipping the brave young men who are pecuniarily nat>l? to provide for iliem eive*. Contributions of horses, money or cotton will he Judiciously appropriate.) J Knot wait to htsoli cited personally. R?b? I Hol'cs for the "tsfityof Msrannsli. [Krom the Augusta C>nstltutlooaiiat.J While Fort Pulaski i.aa fa len, and while our river batierlos e >ul'l no' stai d loi ? a ilr t ir> n cud gun ho* is it haiteries on the a ija<;eit is and". stil. Ui" force nf the Yankees in this vioinrv ia nut sufficient to t?ks Hivan b*u, iwr our Uuitl(utsi it tw Ui.v t? aiiuw <m anrilng to be either pleasant or profitable to them. Nor r,an thny rtsily piuiH the river U> the city; for while they may have boate that will be mvulnerabo lu our balk, which is doubtful, yet the obstruction* in the rivor, however easily removed by a i|uiot working party, will be very hard to move under the storm of shoi, >-h jtl and grape that we can rain upon thorn I rum a dozen places. Ferei|urrii In Virglnlti. [From Die Kicliuioud Rwiuirer.] A low was pawed by both branches of tlu- legislature, probibiiiiiK the issue of licenses to sell any kind of nier i h .ndise to any foreign born citizens than those w ho ore naturalized. This is a measure long ii .ta necessary. There are numbers of the foreign born population in active business all over the State, who, upon a call for tuilitia, have thrown themselves upon the protecti"i> of foreign l'owers represented by consuls in tho confederacy. This law, passed with so niucri unanimity by the L ?itisl.i turw. will bring these gentlemen to a realization 01' tho truth of an old saw?"It is a bad rule that won't work both ways " The Gunliout lUanln In Texas. [1' roin tho Galveston News.] Whether we have tho means to build iron clad steam ?s in thus State may be somuwhit doubtful; but if rail road iron can bo made to answer, we have tho moms At all events, we have the means to construct substan tial gunboats, aud wo iwve already staled that our Governor his tho |>owor, and will use it, to give the aid of the State towards two or throe gunboats. Wo have all the necessary skill aud materials at baud. We have also several very strung hulls of boats and good oiigmos. and within sixty days two or three good gunboats with preper energy, might be in readiness. PROCEEDINGS OF C0NQRES& fUIKTV*8KVBNTH COMOJUHO. MKT 8CMUM. leaine. Washington, Hay 6,1852. m nw. Mr T*x Ftck. (rep.) of N. J.,presented a petition ask. Ing equal privileges in tho mail* for certain news papers. RKPOKTM or nil BATTIX Of PTTTSBTHU UkNnrfO. Mr. Shekma.v, (rep.) of Ohio, ofl'erod a resolution tha* the Secretary of War communicate to the Senate copies of all rejiorts of the officers in command at the recent bat tles at Pittsburg Landing. Laid over. THK BANKRUPT act. Mr. Kino, (rep.) of N. Y.t preseutcd petitions ia favor of a bankrupt act. PARAGE Of T1IK HOMWTKAD BILL. The Hom*Btead bill was then taken up, the question be ing <m Mr. Carlile's amendment. The amendment was rejected by yeas 11, nays 28. The bill was then passed by yeas 33, nava 7. Yk\s?Me ans. Anthony. Brown na, Chandler, (Mnrk, Col lamer Cow mi, Dixon, Doollttle, KesMcnden. foot. Poster. Crimea, Hale, Harris. Henderson, Howe. Kennedy, King, Laneot In 1 . Lane of Kaiixa*. McDougall, Morrill, Pomeroy, Sliprman, Simmons, Sumner. T?*n Ky k, Trumbull, Yt adc, W lkinson. Wilson of Mama.. Wilson of Mo., Wright. NATS-Mes*rs. Ua>ard, Csriile, Davis, Powell, bauUbury and WUley. cmr railroad. The hill for the incorporation of the Washington and Georgetown Railroad was taken up aud discussed till the morning hour expired. Mr. Anthony, (rep.) of R. I.a moved to postpone the special order. Negatived?yeas 14, nays 23. THK OONTMCATION BILL. The Con (location bill was taken up. Mr. Wtwow, (rep.) of Ma>s., offered an amendment to the aincndmont of the Senator from Verinoul, striking out all aflor the first section, and substituting the second section. It provides that the act shall not be con strued in any way to aflect the punishment of any person f.>r treason. The third section authorizes and requires the President to seize tho property of the leading rebels, substantially tho same a* Mr. She:nun's amendment to the original bill. ? The fourth scction pro vides that, whenever deemed necessary to suppress the rebellion, the President be a thori/ed to seize per sonal property of other rebels not included in the list. The tifth section provides that when the owners of property flee, so that they cannot be brought to trial, if Uiey do no* appear by a certain day specified by the constitution the property be confiscated and the staves freed. The sisth section provides that the President be authorfcwd and required to make proclamation, and fix the day, not more than thirty days after, and eke slaves of all person* who alter tfrnf day continue ia rebellion shall be free; The seventh section provides for voluntary colonization and emigra tion. lb* eighth section give* lb* President power of amnesty. Mr. Wilson brie8y explained hi* aubstituto. Mr. Clam, (rep.) of M. H.. said he thought tn? amend ment of the Senator from Maasachusotts went a great way toward harmonizing the differences in tho Senate. He thought ir it were reierred to tho special committee we might have a bill upon which all could agree. Us movod that all the bill* be referred to a special com mittee of **ven. Mr. Hai?, (rep.) of If. H., thought, under the con stitution, we had no power to give the President power to point out crlmo and liberate the slaves of any man by simple proclamation. H* was opposed to all th*se bills which look to punishment be fore conviction in a proper court. He said the bill or the Senator from Illinois was reported to the Senate on the 14th of January, 18?2. It had been considered twonty tive days, and ther* had boon twenty speeches mads on it, which, with the running debate, makes 173 columns of the Globe. He did not think the evil would be reme died by the reference to any committee. Mr. Wilsj.v, (rep.) of Mass., thought the day* spent m maturing such Important bills woll spont. If the Senator from New Hampshire bad spent his time in studying the bill, iustead of finding out how much time had been spent, be thought bo would not so readily pronounce this amendment uncon stitutional. He contended that slavery wa* the real cause, aud we could punish the rebels mor* by Ukiug their slaves than in any other way; and he believed wo had the constitutional power to fr*? the slaves of every rebel. He bolieved the whole free people would vot* for such a bill. He thought it wa* a duty we owed to tli* nation and to humanity to strike down the power of slavery, so as to soenre future pe*< e and saiety. It was an opportunity which comes to nations once in ages, and ought not ts be neglected. If Congress neglected its duly in this re*[<ect, he believed th* same leaders or this rebellion would rome baek to these chambers to shake their bloody hands In our faces. He warned the Senate not to underrate the power of slavery. Mr. Hal* said the Senator need not argue about the moral or evil streugth of the slave power. He lelt it more than the Senator from Massachusetts over did. He had the slave power send a message from this city to the Democratic Convention in his Stat* to reconsidcr his nomination to Congress, and the democratic party nomi nated another man. He knew *11 about th* strength of ibe slave power. If,'In our zeal againat slavery, the Senate infringed on the constitution, we would, in the language of the .senator from Vermont (Mr. Collamer), make our insulations a failure. The early anti slavery people adhered strictly to the doctrine of non-interforenc* with slavery in the State*. The democratic and whig parties we;e destroyed for want of fidelity, and tb* republican party sprang up, and he did not want written on their tombston*, "The party that rplit on the rock of its predecessors." If there was any thiDg the repib'ican part) had declared early and late, it km fidelity to the constitution, and he wanted the constitution still left alter the rebellion was ovor. Mr. HARais, (rep.) of N. Y.,sald be had voted tho other day against a reference to the committee, com posed partly of enemies to the bill; but ho thought now, alter so long a discussion, if it could be reierred to a committee of friends, a bill could b* prepared that would meet with general approbation. Mr. Wamt, (rep.)of Ohio,said be had no hope of an cfttoieut confiscation bill if they went to a committee The bill of tho Senator from Illinois did not go too far, and those who were impoverishing themselves to defend the nation would not consider a bill to take the pro|ierty of the leaders of tho aocurred rebellion as too sweeping. If the bill went to a committee it would coma back a sort of milk and water < ou<-*i n, shorn of all fore* and strength. Mr. Si ?nk*, (r*p.) of Mass.. said h* differed from the Senat or from Ohio, and thought that the time had now come for a reierenc* of tin-so measures to a special com mitter We had more than a do/en bills on the table, some of them from those opposed to the measure, but ethers from friends. He believed th* principle was safe if it did go to th* committee. Mr. Clank said <u no m*asur* bad we given so much careful thought. He did not mak* the motion with any I'loa of (renouncing the principle of confiscation He wanu>d an *mci*nl conflscatl u bill; but, at the same time, he wanted it in accordance with the constitution, and he believed that it could be done Mr. Tin Kyi k, (rep ) of N J., said t' i although he bad agraed to th* bill reported trom tiie committ?e, he did not fe?l himself bound to *v?ry letter or the bill. He was In tavor of a < ontlscation hill, and he might say that, withou his vote, the pro'ent bill would not have been reportel trom the ootnmill**. He should vot* against its r*f?ren?*. Mr. Antw>my. (rep.) of K I., said be should vot* for it* reference, begins* he thought that now a bill could be speudily rejiorted that would meet the view* *f th* Senate. Mr. TaraSt'LL, (rep,) of 111., said he should not vote for its reference, but hoped a good bill might be passed, svun'.fe nigh it went to the c mmittce, but lie thought th* tendsucy would be to dilute the bill down so as to bocomo harmless It sadd?ned him be yond measure to see the*?m? course pur->u?d evsn at this hour, which led us into this war, even after a year of devastation and bloodshed He asked it it was not time that we took counsel of Judgment, and atop asking how the rebels fecir At th* ?oinmencement a single regiment at Charleston might have stopiied th* war. but nothing wa* don* IxM-aus* of being arraid or hurting th* reelinga of rebels aud traitors. It was idl* to talk of confiscating th* property of rebels tluongh court*. We might as woll make war through court*. That was the very reason why we needed such a bill, because we could not act through court*. He contended that the bill of th" Senator from

Vermont provid^l lor taking all perishable or prop?rty expensive tokeep without ? mrts. Mr Fo*rwt, (rep ) of 0*nn ,?p**at some length In defence of thoHo who voted for reference Isst Friday against the charge of being <ippos*d to couli*c*tton and unfriendly to the messure. TH* TAX Kttt. Hiero*TFTl. Hy consent Mr Fbwknij**, (rep.) of Me , from the Committee on Finance, reported the is* bill, with amend ** Mr*M( I> ?roAt.t, (o| p ) of Cel.. ssid ther* had not been active unanimity In the Committee on Finsiic* on the proposed amendments ot the committee. llo offered a substitute for the bill a? retorted, embodying the views of the Board of Trade of Host on and the Chaml>*r ol Com tuercu of ,v#* Voi a on tlw f.*ii?(?< i of taxetHin. Mr si mshi moved that thiee thousand extra copies of Ike htll end at#?udiuvut ho printed. Agt*?d w. Mr. Simmons, (rep,) of R. I., also enpressfl d:esent fi oiu Bomo of the feat rm or tho bill as reported. nut ooni idcatioj am kk i-mku. Tho coriside mi ?n 0f II.u Confiscation bill was resnmed. Mr. 0 111.AMK11, (rep.) of Vt., at some length defended his bill. Ho contended that wo could not, un-'er tlw con stitution, |iuiij-lj liclore conviction, hut that we had pnwar to providu fui thor puiii&hiuuut for irOMOUOu cou victioo. Mr. Kaastnnw Raid ho had said nothing nn thi- measure, for he hail been constantly occupied for days, and and sometimes utghls,on the TiX lull. He had been un able to listen to moat of the dobu^es yet be hail been M'Ulowu by iho .'H-nator from llltuola as unfriendly to thu measure because ho happened to vote for its re e renoe. He kiow it was a vo. y imi?ortanl measure, uiid knew tlu ro wero various opinions inn'iig his own |*?li tical friends, and therefore voted for the reference, and did not know who made the motion for reference. Ho was in fuvor of confiscating the prn|ierty of rebels, and had h-en from the beginning, according to the corn-'.itu tion, and not further, and ho thought It best to relet tho sub eci to a ciiininittee for investigation. Mr. Tut mhvll dbtc aimed any idea of pointing out any Senator. He replied in aonu'reinailcs made by a Sena tor. and said he supposed he was not in favor of confi - Cition. Ho supposed so from the vote heyave. Ho wus glad if the^enat >r was in raver of confiscation. On the suggestion of Mr. Wilson, of Mass., Mr. Clark modified li s motion so as to make the number of the committee lime. Mr. Cuw am, (rep.) of Pa..denied that ha was the ene my of con .is attou. Ho thought he was the very Ajax Telemnu of confiscation. Mr. Clark's motion to refer waa thon carried, by tho following vote:? Yut-dwni. Anthony, Bmwni??. Clark, Cnwtli, OeHn nirr. rtavU, Duolittle, Kensendcn, Knot. Foster, Harris, lien drr?iia H?*?, Kennedy, McDougall. Morrlil. Powell, Ssuls* lwi-y, HluuBoas. KiarkeJSauiuer, WiHey, Wilauaof Hu?>, Wilson of Ma.?24. Natv?Msesre. Chandler, Dixon, Qrimes. Hale, Harlan. Kin/, bane of hid., I<ane of ~gauuta, Hvmeroy, Sherman, T?? Byrk, TttMnUiul, Wade, Wright?i?. Kx?:vnva skssiok. The Senate wont into executive lamina, and an the doora being opened ufynimed. H?om of Reprennttlirn^ W ASHI.NCiTON, May 6,1862. iNi?t*wiFr*non of Til* ow.tkrh or tiik iiARic reovwsaca. Mr. Cox, (opp.) of Ohio, from the Committee on Foreign Aflhirs, reported the Senate bill Appropriating $2,500 for Indemnification to the owners and officers of the Spanish bark Providence, illegally detained by the blockade. I*VM8HMKNT OF FRAUDS ON TUB OOVXRNMXNT. Mr. Colfax, (rep.) of Iud., by unanimous consent, In troduced a bill to punish fraud* on the gorernment, which provides that all persons engaged In furnishing supplies of nny kind for any department of the govern ment, by contract or othorwiso, or performing any ser vice thorefor, who shall bo found guilty of fraud in any United States court, and all accessories thereto, shall be sentenced to Imprisonment for not loss than six months nor more than ten years, and a fine not exceeding double tho amount of the fraud; and ull officers aro roquired when fraud* are discovered to Institute a suit. Reierrod to the Judiciary Committee. hh-kaciimknt of jrix;* imstniuKrs. Mr. Bingham, (rep.) of Ohio, from the Committee on Judiciary, oirered a resolution that** committee of two bo appointed to go to the Senate, and ?t tho bar thereof, in the namo of the House of Representatives and the people of tho United Stites, impeach West H. Humnhroys, Judge of the District Court of the United States for the several districts of Tennessee, of high crimes and mis demeanors, a id acquaint the t-'enato that tlio House of Representatives will in due time exhibit particular arti cles of impeachment against him. and make good the same, and that the committee demand that the Seuaio take order for the appearance of said West H. Humphreys to answer said impeachment. In rcsponso to a question for information, the report of the Judiciary Comtnitteo was read. In effect tho Judge has acted out his scccssion proclivities. Mr. Mat.vard, (Union) of Toon., showed tho justice of the present procoedings for impeachment. The resolution was adopted. Tin California ri.bitiim case Mr. Dawks, (rep.) of Mass., called up the California election case. The resolution reported from the Commit tee an Kleclions declares F. F. I/>we not entitled to a neat as a representative from that State. Mr. Dawoa ex plained that the prayer or the memorialists was foanded ?|K>n a statute of the United Stales, as well as no the con struction- of the constitution of the Untied States. Cali forma claiming three representative in the present Congress, the nirmbor to which she is eatitled under the apportionment based on the last census. Tho Pacific Railroad hill passed by 30 maioritj. Mr. Dawn, (rep.) oFKm, maintained that if Cali fornia, undor the new apportionment .was entitled to.thrue represent itives. every other StaMTmay c|aim the same adv antages; but there could not be reprhsftfctatioft under diflorcDt laws, iindjhe;ice tho adverse report in tb.s case. Mr. PiiKt-W, (rep.) of Cat., staled some of the circum stances of the case, claiming that, in the absence of any law determining when the census shall take eltect for the purpose of representation, the ri^ht of every State ac crues at the very momonl the number of representatives to which she is entitled Is ascertained. The resolution of tho committee was a lopted. PAH?AMR OF Till PACIFIC RA1I.ROAK Hll.L. The Pari lie Kailroad and Telegraph bill was taken up. The hill contains the names of seventy-five porsons in different sections of tho country, who. with five commis sioners to be appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, and all persons who shall or may bo ass Kiatod with them, and their successors, aro created luto a body corporate and politic, by tho name, style and title of iho Unmn 1 aciflc Ruiroul Compeuy. Ih ?>' are em-ow -red t > lav out. locate, construct. furnish and maintain a con tinuous railroad, with the appurtenances, from such points on the one hundred and second meridian of lorg: tilde west from Greenwich to tho western boundaiyof Nevada Territory. The capital Block is to consist of 1UO,000 shares, of $1,000 each. Tho right of way is granted for tho construction <>: tbo railroad and tele graph line to the extent of 200 foot in width on ?Ach aide of the road, ftc., fcc. The rails and all other iron used shall be of American manufacture, Ac., Ac. Whoniver forty consecutive miles of the road shall be constructed patents shall be issued for the lands, as well as bond3 of $1,000 each, payable in thirty years alter date, bearing six per centum per annum iiitereot, pay able semi annually, to tho amount of sixteen of said bonds per mile for each section of forty miles, to secure the payment of which the company is to give a lieu upon tho road, the government at all times to have the prefer ence for the transportation of tbo mails, troops, muni tions or war, supplies and public (tores at fair and reasonahlo rates of compensation, not to excoed the amounts paid by private parties for the same kind of service, and all c?mpensation for ser vices renderod for the government shall be applied to the payment of bonds and interest until the whole amount is fully paid. The company may also pay the United states wholly or In part in tho same or other bonds, Treasury notes, or othor evidences of debt against the United Slates. to lie allowed at par; and after tho road is completed, until the bonds and interest are paid, at least five per cent of the net earnings of suid road may he anuually applied to the payment thereof. The com pany Is to locate, wi&in two years after tbo passage of this act, the general routo. In fixing the |H>tuts or connection of the main trunk with eastern connections it shall bo fixed at tho movt prac ticable point for the construction of the low a and Missouri branches The line of railroad and telo graph shall rommonco at the 102d meridian of longitude west from Greenwich, at the termination of the Leaven worth, Pawnee tnd Western Railroad and telegraph line, to connect therewith, as the act prov ides; thence run ning westerly, upon the moat direct ? antral and practi cable route, through tho teirilory of tho United States, to the western boui dary of Nevada, there to m?et and connect with the lino of the Central Pacific Kailron 1 Com pany of California. Tho bill also extends aid fo other companies on certain conditions. Tho bill wus pas?ed, 79 against 49, as follows-? Yeas?Messrs. Aldrleb, Allen, All<-y. Arnold, Ashley. B?-a man, Blddle, Buig iiam, Blair of Mo.. Blake, Blown of Va., Cauinbell, Ciemf-nts. Collax. Corning, (toVude, Cutlet. I>a vi", Delaplalne, Dnell, Until ip, t dserton, Eliot, K y, Ken ton, feaaetiden, Klsber, Franchotr. Frank. Go ? h, Goodwin, ? irjn;*^-. Gnrl'-V, H ilcbt, Male, Hooper, llnrion. Iluii-niiis, .Tuliaii. Kelly, Kf-lloga of Mich.. Kellingci, Laiming, I,*ary, ijcbinan, Lootnla, Maynard. Menxie*, Morehead, Morrill of Me.. Nixon, Noell, Norton, Olln, Perry, Ph> lp?ol CJal., Piloe, Rice of Ma**.. Ri<ld|e, Kollltiaof Mo , Satgeaut, Hedgwlek, Hhellaberger. Hteele of N. V., Hteien*. Train, Trowbridge, Van Horn, Vetr-v. Wallace. Wultmi 01 Me., Ward, W aa.'i. bnriie, Webster, Wheeler, Whale/, W ilaon, WiuJorn, Wor. center. Nat??Me**r?. Anrona, Babbett, Bailey of Penn.. Baker, Blair of V*., Browne of It. I.. Buillutoii, Calvert, Chamner lain, Cobb, r. A. Coualing, Col, Cravens. CriaDeld, Cri'len. <tpn, Dixon. Dunn, Kngll*li, Grider, Maiding, Hair ton, ,|.ihn?on, Ketloggof 111., Knapp, Ijiw, Lovejer, McKnlght, Mallory, Morrill of Vl., Morn*. Nolile, Udell, Pike, I'ortar, Klcbardaon, Rnlunson, Shank', HheltlHd, 8'ee> of N. J., Thoniaa of Mesa., Thomaaof Md, Trimble, lailaiiifcigham, Voorbeea, Wadawortb, Walton ol Vt., Whitr of lud , Wickllfle. Woodruir. Til* VIKOIWM OOjnK*TV.Ii MCTIOil, Mr. Pawk.4 called up the Virginia contained ele. lion caso, and gave hia reasons why ih<? House aliould adopt the resolution reported by the Committee on Elections, and asked that the commute# ha discharged from further consideration of the aubje<t of the memorial of Joseph segar, aekiug admission to a ae.it in (ha Houae a* lie pr> anntative from the Klrit Congressional District of Vir ginia. i During lha remarks of Mr. Dawea.tbe proceeding* were interrupted by the reading of a copy of a despatch from General McClallan. Mr. Wicai.irrc. (tnlon) of Ky., Mid ha bad keen pained, during the loro part of thii ee?sion, and aim* st dui ingtlia whuleof it at the wbispersof combinations with a view 10 disturbing the position of Gen. McClallan. Ila (Mr. Wlcklille) did not know (.enoral McClallan parson ally, but bad great confidence in him from the reputation given him from various sourr.as. Ha felt satisfied with In in He (Mr. Wicklifft) rose more to appeal to those gantlamau who bava been disposed to And fault with him, and to have him removed from his oomnmnd, te let him aione, than to pasa a compliment or oacomium u|>on him. He (Mr. WlckllflHi hoped be would not hear any mare whl?pers thai General McClellan should be re moved from bis command. Mr. Nobix, (opp.)of Mo., offered a resolution, which was adopted by twenty Teur majority, that Mr. ?egar be admitted to a seat. Mr. Sw;as then qualified by taking the oath to aupport the umstltutlon of Ibe Imted Slates, TttlC IXMTTHAfT COMMITIM'* RmHIT Mr. WAflHst:Kint, (rep.) of III..obtaining consent, made ? personal explanation, briefly referring to aspecch made by him in vindication of the re|iort of the Committee on Governmew (lontracts. He said that the remarks made by him on Mist occasion with referenoe to the gentle msn from Nev York (Mi. Conkllng) were unpailiatnen tary. out of oroar, and unjust to the gentleman and the House, and lie tristed that both would forgat they were ever made Mr. Rwcn OiMKniro (rop.), of S. Y., said he was gla-l the gentleman (Mr Wnslibome) had, on reflection, cliaractei i/.ed an unjmt the remarks to which the House had listened. Without <xpres?ing nsaent or dissent from that opinion, ho (Mr. Cankltng) would content himself* with itie aia'emeut that ltwAiuuh ofducuaiion lad leu him (Mr. Conkling) to ao violence to the propriety of thii House,or to wound tue lotuiugxof auy uiemboi, ho (Mr. Coukhug) regretted it. 11 IK SK\ R.\SKA K!.R T'OM. The House thou took up ths Ncbra-ka contested elec tion ctse. Two rajxirts had bosii presented, one by Mr. 1'uwo-t, irom tho mtjority of iho Committee0:1 Election*, declaring Samuel tJ. Daifev the sit tin,' delegate, ami iha other by Mr. Vuorheo.-, fioui the minority of tho com nulloe, declaring J. .Surluu: Morton oiitit oil to ih? seat. Mr. I'awks claimed ttiat Mr. Dailcy wao elected by ICO majority. Mr. V.ioitiiKKM, (opp.) of Ind., argued that Mr. Dalley h id hold liia teat for nearly a yoar on the basis of nu illegal and lrnudulent curlitlc to, especially iu regard to the great seal. Without disposing of tho question the House ad journed. NEWS FROM THE GULF. (]ar Key West Corrripondenrci Ksy WkjT, April 22,1802. Acident on Boird the Pensarola?Safely of the Sew L< n d. n?Her Operations in Convection m.'A the John P Jackson?Captur- of the Steamer Fletcher, with Cargo of Spirit* of Turperaine?Capture of the Steamer Florida b'j a Hoot HrptdUion from the United State* Hark Pur.tui'? Particulars?The Gulf Blockade?Captures by the Ka' nawha?More C.tton?Gallant Afair of the Montgomery at Corpus Chritti?Further Particulars Itl/Uire to the Florida?Arrival of the United States Barks Pursuit and Amanda?Reception of the News of the Great Victory at Corinth?Salutes from Ott Ifiai.ara, Fort I'aylor and the Barracks?Decorations, <hc.?List of Officers of the Pur ttii4? Vesteli-of- War in the Harbor?Lt cation of Eastern Gulf Blockading Squadron?The florid* Goet to Phila delphia?Harrison, Her Pilot, Appointed Master's Mate Arrival of Steamers K. R. Cuyler an I Kensington, die. Ill* Counoetiout arrived last evening, and her news, although not of tho exciting character anticipated, is very interesting. The Hkkai.d's correspondents on the Mississippi river and Ship Is.aud have no doubt given all particulars of events occurring in their rospectivo de partments. For that reason I will not mention them. A serious accident occurred on board the Pengacola wbilo heaving ovor tho bar of tho Mississippi river; a hawser parted from excessive strain, whereby two mon wero killed outright'and Acting Master Robinson and four mon badly hurt. Mr. Robinson experienced a compound fracturo of tho log iu the region ol the ankle joint, and is fortunate if ho escnpos without amputation. Ho goos North in the Cocuect.cut. 1 conversed with him this morning, and found hiin, although suffering from his in jury, oxtrsmely good natured, regretting only his inabili ty to bo with his brother officers in the operations of the squadron. From Ship Island we henr that the New London has not boon capturod, as was reported in tho Now Orleans Delta of the 27th ult.; on tho contrary, her commainlcr, Lieut. Read, has, in company with tho John P. Jackson,suc cessfully engaged and driven off four rebel gunboats, two of them iron-clad; besides which sho had. alone, cap turod the rebel steamer Fletcher, from Mobilo, while attempting to pass through Mississippi Sound, with a cargo of turpentino valued at $200,000. The Fletcher has been turned ovor to Genoral Butler, and her cargo will be sent North for sals. From the Department of Key West, to which your correspondent is attached, wo havo news of the capture of the rebel steamer Florida by the United States bark Pursuit. The Florida was built in New York for the trade betwoon Apalachicola and Now Orleans. She is one of ths steamers that made their escape from Pass a I'Oiitre at th?same time with tho Magnolia, and succeed ed in reaching Havana in safety. On her roturn trip sho ran into St. Andrew's Hay, landing her cargo in safety, and was loading for another run to Cuba whon captured. Her capture reflects the greatest credit on the com wander, officers and Cr#w of- Ike Pursuit, for 1* was managed without loss of life or injury to either vessel. It appears that the commander of the Pursuit,on learning that ths Florida was in 8t- Au drew's Pay, quietly organized an expedition composed-of only throe boats and twenty-live men, and neat them in ander cAver of the nigttt. They sunceedod in boarding her, finding her captain end chief mate ashore, und all others on board asleep. They were aroused, of ooorso, and ber engineers compelled, although they appeared willing enough without compulsion, to got up stoam aud take tho vessel out, which was safely accomplished, ."he had on board, when captured, two hundred and cloven bales of cotton; and a sloop was also taken, alongside </ bar, with twenty-Uve hale* oo hoard, making in all two hundred snd thirty-six balos of cotton. The FlorMa ar rived hore on the 13th mutant. She is a propoiler o' about eight hundred tuna, iu perfect order, and one of the roost beautiful vessel* I havo over seen In thoso waters, and will make a most valuable acquisition to the eastern division of the Gulf squadron, for she is of very great spoad, in perfect order, and can bu fitted out here, aud ? sent to aea as a rruiaer, without any additional exnense to the government. Her capture is, without doubt", one of the most important, as well ax one or the most bril liant, affsirs that has occurred in the Gulf during the pre sent war. I have been led to suppose, from the numerous arri vals of rebel vessels during the past two weeks, thai something was attain wrong with the blocked* In the Gulf: and I hear, since the Connecticut's arrival, that my fears were well founded. It appears that neurly every effective steamer has hoen withdrawn from the ports on tho westorn division of the Gulf squadron, and sailing vessels substituted. The latter are of no use whatever; this eve y one knows; continently tin blockade of the ports referred to is not now effective, and can be broken with impunity. Thu Kanawha, ate im nun boat, captured a short time since three vessel* coming out of Moble, with seven hundred and fifty hales ofcotton on tmard, and one vessel going in with a f ill cargo from Havana. Ai a-t from those and the Hinda's capture, we have none others to record, while we hear by every ar rival of numerous ves?uls teailrug Hnv.tna i.> safety. I must again prote-t against the liberation of those peoule taken in prizes, for the reasons before mentioned. The* are most useful to the enemy, and they know it, and'luugh at us for being ho accommodating as to per mil them to return. We are suffering every day on ihls aivount, and when foreign uitorferem-e proclaims our blockade Ineffective, then, and not until then, will we tlnd out how toolisli we have boon in this respect. The Connecticut ha* landed hore several men, who. alter being captured by the rebels when in vessels be longing to this place, Join their forces to operate against ns. and now, being tired 01 such work, desert, and seen again the protection of the Hag they have sbusod. Some of these men bore exceedingly had churacto s when they rosided here, and it isno| to b* supp< ssd they hsve imitroved bv their service in tho rebel army. It Is to lie regretted they ever luciPKlfl In miking their escape; hut as they have and sre here we shill have to make the best of it, 1 suppose, and,after they take the oath of al'eglaucc, receive them with upon ,'rms, and allow them once more to be entitled good and loyal cltl zenf?it least so says Judge Marvin. We hear from Tampa, by the Connecticut, that In formation had tieon conveyed to that lucility that Gen. nnnnan was about to occupy It with a large tone. Con sequently they (tbo rebels) have concentrated a force of eight hundred or a thousand iiihu there, ready to meet h:m The qiiostion now arises, how did that informa tion reach there* 1 think 1 can answer It by saying? from this place, und nowheie else. 1 know, although T cautiot point directly to the persons, that information is conveyed to the m. i inland, in spue of all the vigilance of our military authorities, from this point. Many per sons who know this locality |>erfectly have the means of leaving the island ami returning, without any oue kuowing they bad been absent, ihrn what is easier than to cross to Cape Sable and return, when the eyes of our attentive Provost Marshal aud his guard are turned in another direction? I am under many obligatione to Thomas Waldon, Esq., secretary to Klogiillicer Karragut, who is now on his way North with despatches, tor the following inteiesiing particulars of an aflair that occurred a short, time since at Corpus Christi. Iheydidnot reach tho Missi-slppi in time for the Hnut.n's corres|s>ndciit there toturmsh particulars. Consequently it devolves upon me to record one of the most daring aud successful exploits that has occurred in the (iulf during the war ? The I'nited tftntcs steamer Montgomery, I.ieut. Chsrles Hunter commanding, when on her way to Tampico, ran into the Texas coast with the Knglish tlag Hying.and anchored directly under the guns oi the rebel fort at the entrance of Brazos river. As soon ss she had snchorod a boat shoved off (mm the fort and pulled alongside the M >ntgomery. The boat screw consisted of Lieutenant knglish,of tho rebel army,a sergosnt and seven men, all of whom were received politely. They went on board without hesitation, and were quietly " bagged ' by Cap taiu Hunter, who then manned oue or his boats and sent her on board a schooner loaded with cotton that was lying close in shore. Tho boat's crew set the schooner on lire and she was totally destroyed. They then returned to the Montgomery, which vessel then got under weigh and stood to sea, hauling flown the red bunting of Kngland and showing the Stars and 8tripes. taking with her the nine rebel prlsonors. In the fort they must have been paralyzed with astonishment, for not a gun was flred until the Montgomery was nearly out of range. No damage was done, however, for their shooting waa vory wild,showing that they were rather nervous. The Mont gomery is now at the passes of the Mississippi river, aud It is not Impossible we may lieer from Captain Hun ter again. April 71, ih#j. vcu. rsirrtfTt.AM of tub rutmnx's t:*rrt ?s. <m the 10th Instant I visited the prixe steamer Fleridti and from Acting Master Lewis, her present commander, and Acting Master Hamlin, learned all the very interest Ing particulars regarding her capture. The hark 1'ursuit was at anchor in St. Joseph's Ray at the time of the organization of the expedition for the capture of the Florida. The expedition consisted of three boats, having in them thirty one men. The officers were Acting Masters I^-wls snd Hamlin and Master's Mate Barry. Mr. I-ewls, the executive officer of tho Pursuit, being In command of the expedition. They Icrt St, .Jo seph's Hay on the 4th instaut ?nd pulled twer.tr Uve tulles to St.. Andrew's Bay. The first night they remained on tUc boacli, the next day they captured a ?loop called the Lafayette, loaded with cotton and bound to Havana. Tho captain of this fdoop proved to be ? ettvug Unlcn man, and after his capture willingly volun terred to pilot the expedition to where tho Florida wa* lying. As soon an it becamo dark they shoved oil'uud pulled thirty miles to tho steamer's anchorage, and ar rivod alongside of her at three o'clock tho following morning. Sim was boarded on the port bow and mar* board quarter uluumi .simultaneously, sobiu of tho parties gottiug 011 board through n bow port aud others over tlx rail. The only resistance made was a pistol shot fired at Mr. I. wi.--, tho ball striking him on the head,just ovor the right eye, tearing up the scalp for u distance of ovor throe inches, and, without materially Injuring the skull, pasa ing out. His escape was a most miraculous one, the pistol being tired ho close to his face that his eyebrow* were Muted, aud his forohend, nose and right eye tilled with particles of the powder. The wound 18 now hoal ing rapidly, and will soon bo well, although it will leavt a large but most honorable scar. As soon hb the prize wastelt to be secure,arrangements wero made for gutting uuder weigh. The Second aud Third hugiucers were promised by Mr. I.ew is the sum 0| Ave hundred do lars each if they would act in thoif proper capacity without giving trouble, aud thesuuM amount was ottered to tho captain of the sloop if lie wou.d pilot In r nut. This was agreed to on their part aud, besides this, the lemaming part of theolticors and c. ew volunteered to assist in working the vessel; and. what <? luoat singular, they ail took the oath of allegiance t'> the United Stat.?, being evidently pleased at ih op portunlty of doing so. When they Orst started tho vea ?itl grounded, bi.t was got.en otr by throwing overboar* thirty balea-ofto ton. After getting down the bay they wore competed to anchor msiile 01 the bar 011 account of a gale blowing f nm the southeast, which prevented their crossing. When at anchor they discovered a tlag of uuoe, wlUch was fauna to be shown by a fe male on the beach iu front of St. Andrew's town. As they ware almost entirely out ot provision, it was d termmod to send a b jat to?ry and pioc.ro home, the cap.aiu of the s.oop volunteer). g to accompany tin* party. The prize sloop was moored boat IIIty yards from the boacii, and, having o e man in !:?*, tile rest started lor shor< , whoi 0 they wero received by the female above motitioue 1, and by her escorted to her house. They had lioou there but a short time when the lookout ou board the aloond scoveied a purty of men ruuuing along the beach behind the sand hills. He at once gave tho alarm, when the purty ou shore iminedi* ately ru cinlMrkvd, aud had reacho 1 u distance ot aoout thirty yards I'rom tnu beach wheua volley was poured 111.0 ihein irom about titty rii.o*, and quickly repeated, in stantly killing one man aim wounding two others.besidea Master's Mate Harry. The lire was promptly returned, aud in a lwvt vigo. ous manner, by our parly. The light was a determined ouo while it lasted, relloctlng great cre dit 011 all pni tlulpatiug iu it. The party theu ro.urnod to the steamer, when they opened lire ou the town from a small rilled caim .n which they hail bro'ght w th them, and which nad boon presented to itie Pursuit by Mos^a Taylor, Ksq., of New Yoik. J- iv.? Hotchk.-s shells w re sed, one of them exploding iu the I'osi Oilice. After this caunona-io iho shi,<was taken over the bar to sea, aud rejomod the l'ursuit at &t. J . soph s Kay. I.IST i f TiiK Kl: Mil AND WOUXI Kit. Samuel Lawrenco, seaman, in.stuntly killod. Acting Master v.. iowis, wou.id . f fcalp. Mister's Mate J. 11. Harry, shot th ough tho right wrist; doing we.I. James Fury, soaman, shot in tho groin and log; doing well. Jacob E. Went, soaman, shot in the groin; doing WUl1' Harrison, volunteer pilot, shot in the Iho commaudor of the oxpodttton speaks in ^ 1'aiu.riuc terms ul W utor s Male Hurry and seaman Jamea ..." whom, ulthouKh badly wounded and un ?? in tAko activo i?arttoontiuued to load the inuskotti SrSfeivs r ,r a SAta^TSi'ci. pMUcolar ????.??? ih? secoud Id 00HHiwiHttAttiiiig Ma*t#? natului. wh''t ili-red most luipo. taut aervicee during the entiie attilr. MrItolta ? a ua.ive ol ft. Marks. Florida, ami wa? , om-.olled to leave his home because he was a Uniooiat^ I truat the novornmeut may take particular notloe of h* !2*?jA'-behaved as usual, b.ave and ?"'lurt..g? Lho last, and, alihougu worn out with hungor and fa tiinje never ulle.eu a murmur; ou the contrary, tbojr at the laat as when they tlrat M . tbo aud *./vi?.hJ?ve goue through ff. f.tl.er .Warner ilk* tie Ktanda would bare b?* tba "R^'licaretbattw? partiea of men fro* ?*? wwe aUtWtedat ddferont poiats below wlioretho?.or<U wis captured, ready * uh rockets, Ike., to g??e was captui ?u, / bllt our boats were undia covered by "em* attbough'the night was (?rf?tly ?Mr ami calm aad th?y were obliged to pull wtttalu a \ trjr ?Hart d?Lauce ot the p Ints loierred to. Ihenrsteu ?,ii?nr aud uiue nt'u belonging M> the Horila were al mwtd WgeVee, as our party had no provision. for lUm namee of the two engineers and mate who> volun teer" their scrvn.ee, and alter war dl took the oath of native of Philadelphia, Second Km g'a*A. joocs, native of New York, Third Engineer. ihto/iutr'i^ou ib!>' whole, proved to beooeof ^e best oi*.ulz?l and carriod out srsss?? ft?- beou by rri vr*?r >)Ut wa> very gallantly brought ZZ&M torimnalin. Krer/one will MP .. ,1.. i?ftic?r s ai?d mtu Hrt ittlitlwl lo nil lb# pmiit ? be browed upon them:.ndthowwhob.ro been wounded cau at alt time. point to ttie.r having bwu honorably receive. Wiiat api?arB W> me the mcatsinguiar part of It, and the only drawback ? the wlwlo affair, is that while three boat, proceeded uearly sixty miiea ou an uxpediueu of the uiosl character the ehip U?ey belouged to never moved I r< ? ?Su|? i?support ibem.although they wcr^ab. ' . .lr d?vs and had only tawan with thom three day. Sa 0?o|^" <* info- nuainn received from tho c*iw of the Florida is of a truly satlsfacjory cl^r?cter. /? iliat on the day the Ma^uoua was obaaad and asp t ired ouly two oilier steamers eecsped from i a** trl^ vuf^ihe Florida and Vandero .It, the Tennessee hav m!'lulled back. or ll'?*e twu tU* Florida bo*n iurcT and the Vanderbilt fo. ndered at sea. So the New Or leans spec ulat U>n h?p turned out m- st disastrous .fter l-Bited Statos bart Amanda arrived last evening ^ re." AH had received a Mobile |>aptsr ol the tub, giving usi th? I- iiia nr?t day's light, in which th.-y claimed a "??vx." ssi^ 1?\&%Z?J?X? ^5 Isufiies Hyluu that could be raised, eveu ol a ,uld not hoist ttn in until politely rciuosted Ui d ' SO by ilie l'rovost Marshil. At fu odock thU morn _ .. ol thirtv-fonr guns wae ured ?<>? the barracks bv the light battery, another or the same tbe barrack* ny ?? ?* Md ^ ,, M a #ll,ultf of 3s&^vaar.-fSS KestooiiUl red. white aud blue bunting wore stretched SsrSia^ fW-HH much forted. and was nhown with ox.-eediug bad grace. W? art now tweuty-me days without a maU. aud no i ih?> PhorlA ]^,a )>4 yet. Wo Shall havo oqc, 1 sup SlgM ^ ?u^ja5 by h, Roanoke; but a day now w !^Ti'is "n Uge l am afraid to ipeak on the .ul.ject aTift direct mail to thi^ place, for 1 always loee my torn,wr. dir. ci man ' imvo KjVen it up as an im|>on VlbHU* and ? ??* to think or it any more. ;V.n lint deplorable c edition all euininer. depwad romain IB I Havana, when tho vessel bringing 11 ^; Cr ";i bn "lifted to ten days'..uarantineT r At all the officer.) ol the Pursuit claim to have had more or lest to do In the late Capture of the llorldn, 1 deem It proper to give a full list ol d r | ?A ?UnaVoluntrer l.irutrna?t fonmamt, off?I d Cate. 4,?.fio Matter owl Kfctttiif offlnr?Kmathan j>ewbi. igS-J. C. Hamlin, Robert Spavin, C. B. Mnl'-t?Van B. Blen, J. H. Barry. A^Z A^t^Surgem-^. * Adams I?* '?>*'^!'00 Mon for New York. ^Marl-n. Amanda, D. rtoio and wI aiiderer ?ai u.^Klag < "Micvr McKean has deter '7''",lP y lor'da n Philadelphia, on account ol mined to mndi ?wi l0 COlb)fl nor to carry* requiring more str^g lla* the means to put u|.o?i bee rthVw.U leave, 1 understand, this week, and I wlU "T" ?M**Btaao of her. She will take, I hope, uke advantar ?mnod mUi4 now hore> beside, inai some ot the c jt ^ regretted that irtda'has to go North, dh* could be or Immense lh" 5? tta (MV between the reers and Cuban coast, service in we? 11, nj h#. for (l however: atthopreBen i also understand thst it is tba ^W^imffinto?ppolnt Harrison, the pereon v? i\<kt?*rt th? Florida *nd who to M?* who piloted tbe ?wu?a appointment, weU d^rviS ?V a t^opTreward" ror giu.-nt conduct. Would that B could have been a belter position. The week endi with delightful weather, cooler than . - . i iiiiriQff the wiuter. Although much sickneea w! Unues am^ng Se tnwpa.itlll there Is nothing like e. mS^h mortality! only one death having occurred durinf .hi oist week Ihs Y?w Kra of to day comes out with i .tni.m I H''tid 1om li?r?with a copy. Tho pro *rY?u!rsaoDeer to have abandoued the Idea ?t increasing Ita sHte why?I know not, Tor the ,o,?r sel,s well and li?mVd de much better had they moro space lor uewa. rber ?av tbina better ol U, however. 17 ' Apwl 23?P- M The railed State* steamer B R. Cuyler and tbe steamer Kensington arrived on the 20!h-th.rern.er from a crutoo and th. latter froa. Port Heyal-brtng.ng us the news ol tbe fail of Kort Pulaski and the second attempt of tho oihmst. Most welcome thoy were. I b -g to correct, before oloelng this letter, the state J?t or your correspondent, made in a letter dated Fehru^ aryiM lHtt2,on board the prUe steamer Magnolia. Hhlo IsUnd 11* *tat.* that th* machinery of the Magno "i, ? ?. ro-aire I hy the Chief Engineer of the Hartford. III was re, y,Jk,, ill* entire credit is due t'i?M . 01 tu# N"htMa'wb0 aluB0"

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