NEW YORK HERALD. JAMBS oonoos UKWSKTr. RD1YOB AND PROl'KICT'JK. orrioa ?. w. corkbr of mi ton and nasrao *ts. Vplimt XXIX *?? New lark, Wednesday, August 17. 1S64. THE SITUATION. On Sunday Genera! Grant made a brilliant m >vemeat with Geuerai Hancock's corps, atid the divisions 01 Tur ner Terry and Foster, on the north bajik o tbe James river, near Deep Bottom, to clear a path on the Mad lead ing direct to Kicbrn nd Tbe rebels were completely ?urpri.sod by the impetuosity o< tbe movement, although they were partially prepared f r lite attack by -eeint, our troops crossing the river. Their rift# pits were cleared by General Uirney. A portion of tboir works and Runs were taken, and a number of pris nerp captured by General D&rlow ; and at latent accounts H uncock 's corps *u said to be witblo two miles of Fort Darling. Our correspondents with tbe different divisions engaged give minute and highly interesting detail* of the whole affair tn anotbor column. tiener its Grant, Me?de, But er and Hancock, with their static, were on tbe ground and witnesseJ tbe attack. One of tbe batteries captured, it is reported, commanded tbe Dutch Gap canal , where our men are working, and which position had been on Sun day and Monday almost unmolested. Mr. StHiiton communicates, tn a bulletin to Geceral Pix, the official report from General C'nby of the sur render of Fort Gaines and the abandonment of Fort Powell in Mobile Bay. Tbe General states that Fort Gaino? contained Qfty -six commissioned officers and *lght hundred and eighteen enlisted men, and an armament of twenty-six guns intact, and provisions for twelve nvmtlis. Tbe garrison of Fort Powell was abandoned, and e-caped to Cedar Point. Its armament of eighteen guns is in con dition ror immediate service. General Granger was to immediately invest Fort Morgan, leivmg garrisons in Fortt Gaines and Powell. Mr. 8tanton also announces the rccelpt of a telegram from General Sheridan 'a command, dated August 14, at Cedar creek, stating that, except Mosby's and White's guerillas, there is no enemy this side of the Blue Ridge; that Sheridan's trains are all ud, aud that bis army is in fine condition. General Sheridan also says that tbe stores of plunder taken trom Maryland by tbe rebel- are greatly exagce* rated, and that General Early's train is a very small one, not exceeding two hundred and fifty wagons, and tint the (lories about accumulated plunder from Maryland are uotrue. Heavy firing was heard yesterday near Strasburg. There is no later official news from Atlanta. Our own despatches, however, give more details of recent opera lions there General Palmer hid been superseded in bis command by General J. C Pa\is for tbe preseet Secretary Welles has if?ued a complimentary order to Admiral Farragnt and his officers and sailors upon their grand achievement at Mobile? a most appro prlate and well deserved hocor te tbom; but we d<> not observe that the Secretary baa succeeded in arresting the devastating progress of tbe pirate Tallahassee with any of his vesRcls-of war. Tbe Russian bark Atlantic, which arrived here yesterday, reports having been boarded by taer, and twenty-two of the crew of tba bark Glcnalvon, which tbe pirate hid burned , wore placed on board the Russian vessel and brought to this port. The rebel* guerillas In the West continue to be very retire and fcomewb&t annoying in their interruption of tnvel by wator and land Despatches from Indtantpolis so Monday slate that the rebels, under Colonel Johnson, Qfioen hundred strong, captured three steamers near Bbawneetown, Illinois, on Saturday night, rue steamers were loaded with cattle belonging to tlie government. Forces hive been stationed along the Onio river to prevent tbe rebels from crossing tbe In diana border. At last accounts the rebels were ferrying the cattle I across the Kentucky river, and it was said that Johnson was threatening Henderson. EUROPEAN NEWS. Tbe ctcarmbip Asia, from Queenstowo on tbe 7th of August, reached Halifax yesterday, on ber voyage to R>ston. A teicgraphic report of her news, which Is two d.?ys later, is published in tbe Hulald to d?y. The stcitn bipe City of Biltirnore and Hansi, from Q leeunown and Southampton respectively, arrived at this port yesterday with our European files to the 3d of August. A rumor to the effect that negotiations for a peace had been commenced in America produced a very marked sensation, both Ic political end financial circles, in Lng lacd, Frasce. Germany nnd Holland. The very word ? [?e i*- e. " when te'eirrapbed to Frank fort, sent up the prbe of United States bonds three per cent. The London T\mn says England Is very anxious for ix??c and a rei aruction 01 ths Union, evea if the rc ? lored government should nr>lntiln a huge Handing army, which nn^ht in tbe end invade Canada. A Pari in-i! dnws a brilliant picture ot Mr. Greeley negotiating t Niagara Kails, the writer asserting that the "ap^earai ce i b.s white hat" through the m^t . if -ed by toe r.ental cnlllcl ra^ thore was typi cal of the duiuble peace which would ensue from bis exertion*-. Yho intellig n( ? thit Atlanta was not taken caused tbe rebel <"ymp?ttiiz?rs In England to rejoice aud depressed tbe friends of the Union S)ine of th : Londjn Jonrna's undertook to warn I r. ah men aflinst emigrating to tbe United Stales. Det.nnrk cedes tbe ducblei of S.'bleswlg and nolttelo, tbe greater , art or Jutland, with otber territory, to Aus ir.s anu Prussia by tbe peice treaty at Vienna. Tbe I)*ni?b recruits who were drilling In Copenhagen bad fcoen furioughed. Tbe nevs of the terras of the peace bad a very dislioartenlnp effect on the PioUb Parliament. Ireland was visited by a m Rt Jerritic storm on Sunday, the 31st of July The entire Island was swept by tbe gale aud a large amount of property destroyed, particular ly on tbe western ooast. Consols cl ?ed in London on tbe Oth of August at 89 for money. The Liverpool cotton market was quiet, with prices unchanged from the quotations by tbe Norm Ame rican, on tiie Cth of August. Breadstuff* were inactive. Provisions dull at 1 tending downward. MISCELLANEOUS NEWS. The sle^ti n in Connecticut on Monday, on tbe question of allowiog soldiers absent trom tbe State to vote, result ed, like i tii election In all tbe otber Stttei, la favor of tba Soldiers Tbe majority in New Haven was seven hun dred and Dluety nine. Rhode Island, which also held an election upon tbe same day. bay gone tbe same way. (Jeorge Coffin, who was arrested on tbe 10th Inst, by a detective, has since escaped from 'iovermr's Island. He w*a s notorious bounty jumper, bsvlng deserted two or ibree times and officers are in pursuit or bim. Tbe second aaolvorssry of tbe German Liederkrant too place last i.igbt at Jones' Wood. There were aboal one thousand ladies and gentlemen present, who s moe l to enjoy themselves over their lager and dancing until an early hour this morning Py the arrival of the steamship Golden Rule, Captain Daferock, at tb s port yesterday, ws have tb res days l?iur advices trom Asplswall. but tbsy contain no ns?s cm importance, Mrs Margaret Leonard, tbe wife of a Massachusetts soldier, sm captured with bim at Plymouth, N. C. , last April, she was released from 'astle Thunder on tbs 12th Inst , and arrived to ibis city yesterday. She reports but few prisoners in Richmond. and twenty -seven thou, sand in Georgia, who are dying fast. Tbe rebels In Richmond are living on corn bread and bacon, and every thing seems gloomy fur Jeff l>avis. A young lady, only slgbteen years of age. named A delta Brsnnao. reeling In canal street, was drowned on Monday evenio*, while out boating , opposite tbe feol of Tbirtyse'ood sir eel, East river Tbe boat, which c<?n 1*114*4 JvtUi (<y*l n*to. John 11/ U, Ells*. Jir*o and adalw I Brennan, left the foot of Sixteenth street, F.aH river, I aud wben o ! iba fo -lof . Lirty-secoud slreut *?*?> ei|ii>ieil, I precipitating *11 the occu|wdm into the water. The two moa md Eileu Creen cluug (a the boat, and were rescued I by i e #oog who came to their relief in a *rD*ll boat I M i?s Brennan was, untoriuuately , carried away by tbe cu> rent and drowned. (? The news from James rtver yestertay occupied the ' attention ol c<>mtnerci 1 men, and greatly intoriered with b'jainegx operations. The ulisi-uco of radical ch&n/es in the price o! gild indicated a disbelief in the reported capture o# Fort HarlUK, wbicb only sorted to render merchandise nominal. The amount or business trans. icted w s moderate; but tbe state o; tbe market is m re clearly shown in tbe actual aalea reported elsewhere. Cotton wh? steady. Petroleum ? as irregular, crude be l'ig heavy, boude.l quiet and free firmer, on Tbaofe tbe flour market was more active, but pric 'B without de Cided change, Whett was 2c. a 3c. lower, while oats and C >ni were tinner. Pork was firmer. Beef and lard firm, but without essential chauge in value. WOUkey firmer. Freitih 8 quiet. Though tbe receipts of beef cattle have beon heavy this week ? 'mounting In the agitreeate to upwards of 6,000 head ? the market ruled tinner, under a good demand, and prices aro v^c. a In. higher Iho extreme ran e was from 8c. to 19>jc., but good to prime cattle wont oil' freely at 18?^c. a 18^,c. Milch cows were sto>dy Veals were in good demand at 6i?o. a 10c. a lis. Grass fed calves went at Sc. a 10c. Sheep and lambs were plenty, but active, and fully lc. higher. Prices v Tied from $3 50 to $$ a $9. Hogs were iu demand at laat week's figures. 'ihe total receipts were fi,348 beeves. 137 cows, 2,836 veals, 15,440 sheep and lambs, and 6.57T ho^s. Karly and Sheridan In Che Valley? Grant and I.ee on the Jamri. Once more the question of possibilities is open in the Virginia campaign. Early and Sheridan, at one end of the line, divide tbe inte rest with Gra it and Lee at the other. Early, with his present force, is probably not able to fight Sheridan. He has withdrawn as far as Strasbllrg, and Sheridan still presses him closely. Will he still continue to retire? Will lie relinquish the valley entirely, and so play out and lose at last the great card of a rebel advance to Northern soil that tbe Richmond papers and the Northern organs of the confede racy have so hurrahed over? Hitherto it was cons dered in certain quarters as a very small matter that Grant had a great army near to Richmond, because it could be said that Lee lmd a litt 1? army on the Potomac which threat ened our capital, as ours threatened his, and even gave such positive evidence of its presence as to burn a Northern city. If now Early re treats before Sheridan so as to give up the val ley entirely, the confederacy will be in a posi tion that its adherents both in Richmond and in this city will be less disposed to glory over. It will be beleaguered at its capital, and its "army of invasion," to relieve that capital, will have been driven backward, step by step, into the lines it left two months ago. Rich mond will be the sole centre of the situation in Virginia once more, and the plan to diyert Grant will have failed entirely. Lee will not permit the military fortunes of tbe confederacy to fall into this position if he can possibly help it. But how can be help it? Only by the reinforcement of Early. It is even said that reinforcements have gone to Early already. But to farther reinforce Early would so considerably deplete the army immediately under Lee that he will study Grant's move ments very closely before he determines upon a measure bo dangerous. Certainly, if he could afford to send Early away while the Sixth corps was still with Grant, it would seem as if he might, upon the departure of the Sixth corps, send away another body equal to it. But there is a limit to this. Any given advantage that Grant may have in numbers becomes propor tionately greater as the numbers of the two armies lessen; for seven to six is nothing like such odds as three to two or two to one; and if Lee continues to assume that his fortifications are equal in value to ten or fifteen thousand men, and to predicate advances down the val ley on that assumption, he may find it mis chievous before be knows it. Grant's move ment of troops to Deep Bottom will be very likely to affect the question whether or no Lee will reinforce Early. If he has already started tweuty thousand be will recali them. If be has not sent any he will not until the issue of this movement is clear. Grant's movement may not have any other result than to show Lee that be must stay where he is; but by doing this it will keep Sheridan all right in the Valley. Vote of the Armt. ? The late vote for Gov ernor of North Carolina, as conducted in the rebel army, should furnish an instructive les son to our troops in regard to voting at the next Presidential election. In the former case there is no doubt no other but Vance or pro Davis tickets were to be had. and hence, it a soldier were inclined to vote for Ilolden, in de fiance of bis commander's wish.it was attended with much difficulty, if not absolutely impossi ble. The . Lincoln men are working secretly and assiduously to bring about a Fimilar state of things in our armies, and it is aot unlikely general commanders will be retained, changed or shelved according to their sympathies for or against the administration in this movement. Some recent change* in the Army of the Poto mac hare a hearing that way; and, if such prove to be the case, let such commanders act with firmness and independence in the pre mises, and insist that their troops shall have all fairness shown them in voting. If this be refused, let those commanders resign their com missions and come before the country with their complaint, and tbey will surely receive a spontaneous response in their favor. The Copperheads Aqainst a Union Peace. ? The copperhead World still fights against our suggestion of an armistice and convention of States, bccause it knows that this measure, if adopted, would end the war and save the Union. The opposition of the World Is one of the best possible proofs of the merit of our plan. The copperheads desire disunion, and therefore tbey bitterly attack our Union pro position. A Contra diction.?' The Albany Eirenlng Journal conspicuously quotes a long conversa tion'which Holoombe, the rebel agent, is said to have bad with a clergyman of Grand Rapids. In this conversation Holcombe is represented as saying that the South would never consent to peace unless her independence be acknow ledged. This contradicts all that Holcombe said at Niagara Falls to Greeley, Jewett and Company, and we put no faith in it. Bat to end all controveAy, and find out what the rebels really do mean, let us offer them an armistice and convention of States. A Rum. Sewkr.? The Daily News of this city is a rebel sewer, where all the flash, scum and filth of the Southern papers collect. Everybody is disgusted with it. It would have been suppressed long ago had not Lincoln made a bargain with the Woods to break up the de?o?rattc party and secure bis re-elf a UN* \OR : fa the Ki:ike and Jaq< ks Peace Mis sion to ?ur r?4?ler8 already know, froiii the statement! heretofore published from both Mr. Edmund Kirk*. ?n?i the Rev. Col. Jaquea, of the rmult of tbelf Jate peace mis sion to Richmond, that the ultfdUtum sub mitted by J? ff. Davis was Southern Indepen dence or Southern extermi lation. Now, in ad dition to tbit? ultima um. Mr. Kirke, in a recent lecture on the subject w Rhode Island, said that after un argument with the rehel President on the disastrous cousi queues to tho South of a continuance of the war, and the advantages of peace and reunion, "I then bad a considerable conversat on with Mr. Davis, in which I directly offered hitn the terms which I had been author ized to suggest,"' and that "they were, in gene ral, eutire abolition, a general amnesty, no con fiscation, the debts of the South to be ignored, the debts of the general government to be boi ne by all the States.'' Mr. Kirke further says that "Mr. Davis declared that such terms could never be acccpted by the Southern people, and that rather than submit to them they would stake their whole property and their national existence" on a continuance of the war. Under all the circumstances of his situation, this is the answer that might have been, and doubtless was, expected from Davis. The peace propositions submitted by Mr. Kirke were too large lor the occasion. Despot as Davis is, they were beyond the scope of bis authority. Nor could he safely venture to call his Congress together to consider such propositions; lor he is watched by a vigilant Southern opposition party, that would seize npon such a movement to supplant him by a hue and cry of treachery to tho South. But if Messrs. Kirke and Jaques, with full authority from President Lincoln, had simply proposed an armistice for six months, in view of negotiations lor peace, we dare say their mission would have been entirely success ful. Let President Lincoln try this experiment of a simple proposition, which will not commit Jeff. Davis in advance to anything but a sus pension of the war for a limited time, and we cannot doubt that the door will be opened to peace. General Sherman on Neuho Troops ? A Remke to a Massachusetts Commissioner. ? We publish to-day a letter from General Sher man to one of the commissioners of Massachu setts sent into Southern States to recruit negroes and others in order to enable the State to fill np her quota of troops. In this letter General Sherman administers a sharp rebuke to these State agents, and informs them that they have his full permission to visit the cities in possession of the rebels for recruits, but that, as far as he has seea. there is not an able-bodied roan, black or white, in Northwest Georgia who is not in our army or the one opposed to it. This, be might have added, is not only true of his section of the country, but is undoubtedly also true of other parts occupied by Union troops. It is therefore, as General Sherman says, a waste ot time and money, as it is aa insult to soldiers now in the field, to attempt to recruit from the refuse in localities now occupied by our troops, and to attempt to place them on a par with our veteran fighting men. The General is aa sound upon the question of negro troops as he is upon other points involved in this matter; and bis judgment is entitled to very great weight when the consideration of the subject is undertaken. He claims to be a friend of the negro as well as the white race, but states that be prefers ne groes for pioneers, teamsters, cooks and ser vants; and he wisely and humanely avers that he would not " draw on the poor race for too large a proportion of its active, athletic young men; for some must remain to seek new homes and provide for the old and young, the (eeble and helpless." lie further says: ? "The negro is in a transition ?tate, and not the equal of the white man." This opinion is shared, be says, by a large portion of bis fighting men. Coming from an army of such unconquerable material, headed by such a clear-headed and sagacious chief, this sentiment deserves more than passing weight. It shows that the aboli tion theory of equality of races has been tested in the fiery ordeal of battle, under the eye of one of the best generals of the day, and that it has been proved a chimera of the flimsiest character. The Peace Question ? A Division in tub Enemy'h Camp. ? According to our correspond ent at Niagara Falls, there is, on the question of peace, a broad line of demarcation between the volunteer rebel peace agents in that quar ter and the accredited ambassadors of Jeff. Davis? such as Mason and Slidell. Those volunteer rebel peacemakers in Canada Clay, Holcombe and Company? are looking to a reconstruction of the Union, while Mason and Slidell and all that set are still beating about the bulh for the rescue of their Southern confederacy through the intervention of Eng land and France. Mason and Slidell represent the implacable originators and leaders of the rebellion, who have nothing to hope for, North I or South, in a restoration of the Union, while Clay, Holcombe and Company represent the great body of the Southern people, who. finan cially ruined by and weary of the war, are prepared to return to the Union for the sake of peace. Hence the manifest wisdom of a propo sition from Washington for an armistice and a convention of all the States, in which the old implacable leaders of the rebellion will be supplanted in negotiations for peace by dele Satea fresh from the people of the Southern tates. SotmiCRN Watering Flacks.? Among the in ducements advertised in Soatbern papers in favor of oertain watering places is their " re moteness from danger." One landlord de scribes his place as one lot troubled by a lata Union raid, and that " there is nothing about or around to attract the eaemy, unless they are in seareh of health, good water, a pur* and healing atmosphere and unsurpassed mountain scenery." Is not this an admirable place for Goneral Grant to make his summer headquar ters, or for the location of hospitals for sick and wounded soldiers by the United States Sanitary Commission ? Work and Wages. ? The Daily New had an article yesterday on work and wages, bit did net tell us what we want to know. Tho work of the News is evidently to bolster up tho rebel cause and divide th*. "democratic party at the North. What are its wages ? Another Convert. ? rfhe Tribune Insinuated yesterday that it war, in favor of our plan of an armistice and^convontion of States. We do not know thai Greeley amounts to luioh as a convert; but Kt we hare convinced him why does he not speak out boldly and back up our arguments t Lukewarmness will not do in aunii a oris,ut. 1 Peace in Ohio ? Vau^dioham.? In mother column we give the only noteworthy points in a very milk and watery tpeech delivered at Dayton, Ohio, by that conscientious creature, Mr. Vallaudigbam. It appears that peace was not ardently desired in that section, as tbe meeting was a failure. There was a very small audience, and there were no speakers present; go that the apostle, who "happened" to be present, but who was not in the programme, bad to say a few words about peace. His speech wan, consequently, made np of the old and stale staple. He adverted, however, to the possible action of the Chicago Convention, and, though he mentioned no names, he told the audienoe why such candidates as General MoClellan would not suit, and would be as bad as Lincoln. He also told his audienoe that he (Vallaiidigham) was ''the noblest work ofGod." Effect of toe Wokd "Peace" Abroad. ? Im mediately on tbe mere rumor of the peace ne gotiations at N;agara Falls, United States secu rities advanced three per cent on the Frank ort Bourse. Let tbe opponents of an armistice take note of this. * Castle Thunder. ? Richmond papers state that this bnstile contains fewer inmates now than at any time since it was a prison. Too many of tbe poor fellows, once its occupants, have es caped, no doubt, upon a passoort to Heaven, j THE PRESIDENCY. The AInine Deinocrutlc State Convention. Banco it, Maine, Augtmt 10, 1864. Tbe J emocratic Stato Convention w;?s hold in tbis city to-day. Tbe meeting wits very large and enthusiastic. Fight hundred and sixty-one delegate?, representing four hundred towns, wore present. Jonathan Smith, of Vtest brook, was President. Hon. Jame- W. Bradbury, ( hair man of the Committee on Resolutions, reported the follow ing, which were adopted unanimously Resolved, That the ("emocratlc party is and ever ban been the true '.'n ion rarty ol the country. Under its couserva tive principles ami enlightened policy the United States have hitherto been preserved tn concord and in strength, our territory has been extended, our resources developed, i our wealth Increased, tlie rights ot the Uu trd States and people beer, maintained, punlla peace and domestic tran quility secured and th<; respect of the world tor our tree government established; .ind, (?od helping us tbis Uuion we will mulntaln intact and hand It down as a priceless heritage to our p osterity. Resolved, That the existing fratricidal and calamitous war is th? result of tbe political ascendency in power of fanatical factions and extremism ; that the deliberate ava aion ny the national administration of the rights of the States, the elective franohise. the freed tn of the press and personal security of the citi/ens. and its avnwe 1 purpose to prosecute tbis war for the aholit on of -lavery or until fiat Institution aha 1 be abandoned, exhib it a policy at once unconstitutional and revolut onary. and in direct" violation ot the me t solemn pledges of the President when he entered ou the dunes of lua oilltv, ana ot the unaaltnoxs voice <>t Congress when it reso ved that "this war wa? not waged in any spirit of oppression or. for the purpose of con (tiesl or subjugatiou, or for overthrowing or interfering with the rights and established institutions of the States b it to defend and tnalntalu the supremacy of the cooMitution, and preserve the Union with nil the "dig nity of equality and right* of the -everal Slates unimpaired ; and when these objects are attained the. war ought io Cca se " . Resolved. That the only ground of hope for the preserva tion of the Union, under the constitution, and oOmaimain* Ing the rights of the peonle and Af the States, and of se curing an honorable peace, is by expelling from power the present corrupt, imbeci.e and revolutionary ad ministration, and substituting in its place an administration which will conduct the government according to the requirements of the constitution, and protect all parties In (lie full cnioy nient of their constitutional rights, privileges and immuni ties. Re-olved, That the administration, bv Its corruption and Imbecility has shown itself incapable of a successful prose, ciition ot the war. and Irom its levity, tergiversations, and bad faith Is manifestly incapable ol negotiating an honora ble peace. Resolved. That we stand, where the democracv always have stood, in favor of the constitution and ol t e rights of the Stales and the penp.e, and of the entire Union in all Its Integrity, and of an honorable peace at the earliest prac ticable moment. Graham L. Boynton withdrew his name from the Con vention in favor of Hon. James Howard, of Portland, who wan unanimously adopted as a candidate for (.over- , nor. Hon. W. P Hatiles, ofRiddelord. and Adams Treat, or Frankfort, were nominated for electors. Tbe resolutions are understood to be a compromise be tween the peace and war winga of tbe party, and tho nomination of Mr. Howard tho result of tbo compromise. nilitary AfTalri. RECRUITINO IK TUB CITY. Sine? the Supervisors' offer of one hundred dollars to any one who briugs an acceptable substitute to the com mittee's quarters in the Park or tn the Battery, recruit inn goes on more rapidly. One hundred dollars is a large sum of m ney, and it has set great numbers to work who have heretofore been idle or earning but little. To show how much can bo done by an active and persevering man, we would state that yeite-d?y one of this class brought in Ave good substitutes and pocketed his Ave hundred dollars ? a big day's work. Almost auy one can securo one or more daily If be wi|l bat try. M'NKHAL OF CAPTAIN SAMtTRL B. SIMS. At two o'clock this afternoon the funeral of (tap tain .Samuel H. Sims, of the Fifty-first New York Volunteers, will take place from t be Kirn place church, Brooklyn. The Thirteenth regiment National Guard, Colonel Woodward, and the hrte Mhj si will join in the obsequies. Captain .Sims was one of the original officers of the Shepard Rifles, and had for three years re ma ned in that regiment, sharing its fortunes and its vic tories, and refusing promotion which would take him to pome other regiment He had safely passed through twenty sis buttlos, was always in the front and never In the hospital. BALL TO TDK MARRIED WOMB* OF THE KIOHTI1 VNITKI) STATUS INFANTRY, The enlisted men of the Eighth United States infantry gave a ball at Pythagoras Hull, in Canal sireet, Wat week, to the wives of such men of the Eighth I'nited States in fantry as are at present in active service. The attend ance was large, and the darning and lestivitie s were kei>t up to a late hour. The ball was opened by about thirty oouples. and at midn ght a fine supper was par taken Of. nnd speeches were made by several of the gen tlemen present. ! he (-'over'ior's Island band was in at It-ndeuce, and lurnisbed a splendid treat la the musical Hue. Aqualte*. The four oared race between the Twilight, of Pittsburg, and the (ieorgo ,1. Brown, of New York, which was an nounced to come off yesterday afternoon at I'oughkee)) sie.for one thousand dollars a side, distance five miles, did not ttke place on account of the roughness of the water. The race was posto ined until this morning, at nine o'clock. The betting was about oven yesterday. Gilbert Ward has challenged Hamtll to a five mile race. Daholl's Larch Fog Tsi mprt. ? Wo mentioned a few months since that the Kbgllsh government had given Mr. Iiaboll, the pioneer and inventor of fog whistles, an order for a large fog signal apparatus. Wc are now informed that the order required certain modifications before the work could be ciinrnen'-ed, which having boon com pleted, Mr. Daboll received aa order from the I'nglish government by the last steamer authorizing him to build and Furnish the government with a larger and more powerful signal (of the kind) than has ever been made It will consist of two twohty-four inch caloric engines, placed side by side upon a platform or bedplate of cast iron. I'pon the same platform will be two air lam t or receivers, into which will be c ndensed the nir for blowing the trumpet Hot one engine will be made use of at a time, the other one being a reserve in caae of accident, and either can be tireu up in about half an hour, Ibe automatic arrangement by which the trum pet in blown and operated can readily be changed from one engine to tbe other. The trumpet ia Intended to revolve half way round and back in about a mlnuto, and blow its blasts as it moves around. This apparatus is specially intended for Pungeoess, where Mr. Daboll erected a smaller signal ef thii kind last season, and so Cape Race must wait a while longer. Now all tbiR on the pert of the English government is in striking contrast with the tardiness and remissness of our own govern ment in the matter of more fully developing this import ant signal of protection to life and propory at Ma. Rat there are a good many screws loose which must wall for adjustment until tbe people speak uext November. llewi from the Mouth. TBS POLITICAL SITUATION AND PS ACE NEGOTIA TION*. f From the Richmond Sentinel. ; Those who And fault with this paiwr tread la Iht pre eise footsteps and follow precisely tho example of Lin coln. They weulfl have peace (ot least they say se), bat only on oonditlon that before entering into the nego tiations they be allowed to prescribe all the terms. They and Lincoln each know that there can fiever be peace on such conditions They know that rreedim of discus sion Is essential to peace negotiations? to bringing abotl peaoe. But their whole, sole object api>eara to be to trammel the administration ; so to trammel it thai it will be utterly Impossible In any contingency , or on any terms whatever, to open or assent to peaoe negotiations It Is impossible to conceivs tfeat they are actuatsd but by a single motive, and that they wish to embarrass the administration and to bring It Into disrepute, wholly reckless of tbe sonseqoenoee resulting to tbe oountry. It matters n<>t bow long the war shall continue pro Tided they caa glut their hatreds, and see tbeir predic tions Ot STil fuiased. Tbe Bellamy Arssn Cms. TO TBS BS1TOB OP THS HERALD. Nsw Toss, August 10, 1104. Is reference to a report whlob appeared in your paper of tbe 18?'n instest, In which oar nsmee have been ased In ooooecttoo with tbe Bellamy arson oaee, we have to ear that the ohargea made by Goodwin against as In said ease/are faiss and untrue. We, therefore, ask the suspen Jsi<ViOf public opinion in our casa until a full investigation Of.s taks place, which, we are confident, will fully ei 1 oosrate us from tbe charges made against us in said i ASM tor ttoodwtt. Tows,*., UUXV&Uft USMRY. THE TALLAHASSEE. A RimIm Bark Boar?*? by the Pirate. Tbe Russian bark Atlantic, Captain Keidhiaen, from Bremen, which ariivcd at this port y ester 4a/. .reporta that on the 13th instant, in latltulde 40 60, longitude 6e 60. abe was boarded by a boat from tbe privateer Tallahassee, which placed on board twenty-two pertiou, being the officers, craw and pjsaeogers of the burk Gleualron, from Ardrossin for New York, burued by tba Tallabaaaee. Tbe passengers per Gleualron are Mr. Wn. Young, wife and two children, and Captain I'lumuior and wife. They were brought io this port. Tba following U a copy of tbe certificate furnished to Caotain Feldhusen, of tbo Russian bark Atlantic, by tho rebel privateer Tallahassee, on roceipt or paroled passen era of tbe Gleabeioa, captured by the prlrat?er:? RlS81AN HaRK ATLANTIC, > LiirrcDi 40 24, I?NGmu>e OK 3tf, August 13, 1H64. J Captain Keldhuseu, of the hussntn bark Atlantic, having consumed to receive Captain Watts of the bark Glenhcim, his w^le, pmseii>:ers and crew, toe "aid bark Gleiineim bavin,, be'u destroyed by tbe Confederate Si Hies cruiser Tallahassee, they huve this day been placed ou board W H. WAKI>, First I ieut U. 8. N. This certificate is given to Captain FeMhuseu at his re quest. Statement of the (upiuln of the Brig Bsiiotv. * B >TToy, August 16 1864 Captain Reed, or the brig Billow, before reported cap tured by tbo TailaruRJoo, fives the following piritculars oi bis interview with the plrato captain 1 was two hours and a balf on board of tbe Tallahassee. She had one pivot gun, three forward guns and oue brass rilled gun, of large calibre, on the hurricane dock. She bud also several spare pins. Her captain, John Taylor Wood, was quite free and un ? reserved in his talk with me. He gaid that be could steam sixteen knots an hour, and that bo bad crossed tho Brttisb Channel, twouty one miles, in seveoty-two minutes lie win a not fight, ho said, unless he was compelled to do so. He preferred to run, as his vea-el was fast, H>> also averred that witaiu oue week he had dosiroyel over llfty vessels. Within thirty bours of my capture ho said be had destroyed sixteen s ill ? nanely, three ships, two barks, and the re<t hermaphrodite brigs and sell Miners. One or the ships was tho Adriatic, of Now York, cap tured tbo same day that he took my vessel. He added that ho would slaokou up the coasting trade so tnat "I'ncle Abe" would be glad to m ike peace. He askei me about tbe Nantucket ligtr.boat, and after wards raid, rccurriog to his designs, tuat there were more afloat that tbe Florida and Tallabassoe, moaning, of course, rebel ships of a similar ch iractor to his own, and lb it ''Uncle Abe" bad better look out. Captain Wood appeared to bo a very affable man, and said be was doing what was nn^oasaut for him to do. The Tallahasseo is an iron Reamer, or English build, schooner rigged, and has uo yards or topmastst and lost her mainmast in collision with the Adriatic. She is a very long and narrow voss.'l, burns sort coal, and Ins about a hundred men on board, who are subject to tbe discipline and order of a man-of war. Captain Wood nllowod do swearing on board. All of th't officers were Southerners. She hud three or four nogr.;es on board, wbo did not appear to be vory jolly. The Tallahasice off Yurmoath, Y. 3. Halifax, August 16,1864. Tbe Tallabassco is roported off Yarmouth. Heavy Firing Heard off )lonlauk. PaovmitNCK, R. I., August 16, 1864 | Heavy and continuous firing was heard at Newport nnd Stonington this afternoon, from tbe direction of Montauk Point. The Puraait off th? Tallahassee. | Washington, August 16, 1864. The first information of the depredations of the pirate Tallahassee was received by tbo Navy Department on the 12ih instant, after office bours, when Secretary Writes immediately ordered tbe following named vessels to forth witn start in pursuit, viz : ? Tbo Juniuis, Susquehanna, Eolus, l'ontusue, Dumbarton and l'ristam Shanuy ; on tbe 13'b, the Moccasin. Aster, Yantic, R. R. luyler and Grand Gulf; on tbe 15th, the Dacotah and San Jacinto Tbey all took different directions. Those were all tbe vcs. sols available iu tbe navy. Relief for the Pilots of the William Licit aad ilamei Punk. We re Informed that a movement has been startel to rnl-e a sufficient sum of money among tbe merchants and citizens of this city to purchase or build new boits lor tbe unfortunate pilots wbo were tbe owners of the James Funk, No 22, and William Boll, No 24, recently captured by tbe rebel privateer Tallahassee. By this disaster the>a pilots have lojt their nil, and ror tbe credit of New York they should be reimbursed for tbeir loss. Will Mr. Welles subscribe to this fund? And perhaps Captain Lee, wbo let tbo Tallahasseo run out, may be willing to give something out of bis prize money fund tsubsci i pi ions may be seut to tbe Pilot office, No. 63 South street, New York, or to Webb & Bell, shipbuilders, Greenpolnt, Long Island. NEWS FROM WASHINGTON. . WaSHINi.TOX, August 18, 1904. THR OPERATIONS KIFOKE RICHMOND. The principal topic of c inversati >n hit re today has be-n the movement of tbo Second and Teutb c>rps up tbs north side of the .Tamos river. Tbo nbio armv corres pondents of the Hkhald will doubtless have furnished full detalia up to yesterday morning, the snrcoss of tbo movement, as far us it Is known, has inspired a good :eol ing here, and, notwithstanding previous misfortunes, con suierablo coutldeoco Is expressed, and hope entertained, that the aspect of affairs in Virginia Is .ibout to undergo a material improvement, the evl lence that it has utl'orded that Ceoeral Grant, instead of preparing to abandou the sel.e, Is only devising plans to accomplish the object of bi* campilgn, a!l'ords much gratification, aud relieves, materially, the ilopr ?slon which wax previously felt. Tbe rei>ort wblcb was prevalent in Now York this after noon of the capture or Kort Darling was promature. Tno operations are on the oppasito sldo ot the river, and do not necessarily result in tbo immediate capture or tho work It would probably ';o abie to hold out for some time if fully g irrisonod, as it no doubt was as soon as the operations on the uortb side of tho river wero developed. FINANCIAL MATTSK3. The subscriptions to th" s>-ven-thlrty loan rejiorted to the Treasury Department to- lay amount to $1 .litt.ooo. Ibe delivery of tbe seven-thirty bonds commenced yesterday , arid tho arrangements for their rapid delivery are lucb as will enable tbe subscribers to receive tb.'lr notes without delay. It Is expected that the notes will bo placed with the assistant treasurers lor immediate delivery as soon as tbe present orders are executed. T11K PRESIDENCY. The Democratic Association of the District bold a large meeting last night, to consider the subject of tbe Pra.1 deucy. After a spirited dissuasion a committee of thirteen was appointed to make preparations for a grand meeting In ratttloation of tbo Chicago niftnloee. DKSBHTEH8 COMINO INTO 00 II LINKS. Deserters are continually coming Into our lines, while otbers avail themselves or opportunities to clandestinely return to their homes. STEAMERS CAPTURED BY REBELS. C?pt?ri off Tferon StMtaseri 1(M> Rhaw ittetowa, III. ImuAjfaroua, Ind., Au^ftst 18, 1104. The rebels, under Colonel Johnson, estimated at fifteen hundred, captured three steamers near Sbawneetowa , III. , on Saturday night. The steamers were load*) with fat cattle belonging te " tbe government. Forccs bavo bean stationed along the Ohio river to pre vent tbe rebela rrom crossing tbe Indiana border. At last account* tbe rebels were ferrying the oattlt .crass tbe Kentucky river. It Is now suj4>osod tbey will not cross ever Into In dies* Captnre af Five lt.am.rs by ?*? Rebel Colonel Jehaiea. Catso, HI. , August II, 1804. About flva hundred rebel cavalry, under Colonel John son, croesart the Ohio river Into Illinois, at Babies bar, on Saturday. The sMamers Kate Robinson, Jimmy Park Ins, Nightin gale, Faany Brandon and Clara Hall wars aground at that place, and were captared by them. These steaasers bad a large amount of stock on board, and those in charge of them bad to p^y several thousand daUara each to save them from destruction. Boston, August 10, 1804. r The steamship Africa will sal) at tan o'clock to morrow for Halifax and Llverpeol. Tbe mails will close at seven > A. M. STANTON'S WAR BULLETIN. Operations of the Union Land Forces in MobfU Bay. ' THE SUBBEBDEB OF FOKT GAIHES. I The SurrthdM Unconditional, wftb Its Men, Armament and Provisions. Abandonment of Fort Powell by the Rebels. The Latest from Gen. Sheri dan's Command, &c., &c., &*. Secretary Stanlun to General Dlx. Wa^NUTON, August 10. 1M1. to Major Gonenal Jomx A. Dix ? Tbe following official report of tbe surreuder of fort Gal ics and tbe abandonment of Fort Powell, dated New Orleans, August 9, has just been received from M.'jor tlennrai Catiby ? "Fort Caines, with lifty six commissioned officers and eight huodrod and eighteen unlisted men, with its arma ment of twonty-slx guns intact, ami provisions (or twelve m uibs, has surrendered uncndUMuaily, aod was occu pied by our forces at eight "'clock yesterday woruing. ??Fort Powell was abandoned, its garrison escaping te ("edar Point. Its armament of eighteen guns U iu condi tion lor immediate service. ''General Granger will immediately invest Fort Morgan, leaving garrisons in I orts name* and Powell.'' Iho latest rebel papers received here say nothing about Mobile since tbe capture ot Fort Guinea. A telegram lrom 'ieneral Sberidaa's cnimind, dated August 14, at Cedar creek, was received tbig morning. It btatefi that, except Mosby's and White's guerillas, there Is no enemy tbis side of tbe Blue I.-dga, that Sheri dan's trains are all up, and that his array is> in Que con dition. < General Sheridan, in a dosnatch of the 11th inst., re l>ori8 that the stores or plunder taken from .Maryland by tbe rebels are all h'imbug. Tliey bave very little, just onoiiph to subsist on and no morg, most of which baa been token from tbe .^benandoab vulloy. In anotuer despatch, dated the 12th of August, he says ? "General Early's train Is a very small one, not ex ceeding two hundred and flity wagons, and tbe b tor tee ab 'ut accumulated plunder from Mary laud are untrue." The Department has received an uno.iiclal report from Fnrtross Monroe that movements wero being made yester day In iront of Petersburg; but, owing to the telegraph Hue being down, no iniurmation has boon received from headquarters. Tbe Department is without any intelligence from Atlanta. EDWIN M STANTON. Score arj of War. FAEBAGUT. Complimentary Letter from Secretary Wcllei to Admiral Farragut and His OAcera and Sailors. WA8HU?nT05, August 18, 1814. Tbe Secretary of the Navy has addressed the following to Admiral Farragut:? NaVI n*f ARIMKNT, I Wasiiinqtox, R C. , Aunust 15, 1884. ) 9m ? Your desi>aicb of the 6th insuot, staling ibat 70* hal on tbe mornioK or tbat d<y entered Mobile Bay, pass ing botweon Forts .Morgan and (iaiues, and euc<>unt*rui( uii i overcoming tbe rebel fleet. I hai tbe satlsiactlon to ruceive this day. some preliminary account or yoor onerattous bad previously reached us through rebel cbaouels. Again it ts mv pleasure and my duty to congratulate you and your brnve as.s->cUtes on an achievement un equalled in our service by any other commander, aod ouiy surpassed by that tiDparalleled naval trumpb of tl>e squadron under your command in the spring of 1S?)2, when, proceeding up tbe Mississippi, you pas-ed Forts Jackson and St. I'blllp, uod, overcoming all obstructions, captured Now Orleana and rostored unobstructed navigation to tbo commercial omiioroimof the g;e it control vailey ot tbe Union. Tb* bay 01 Mobl'O was not only fortified and guirdod by forts nnd batteries on tbe shores aud by submerged obstruc tions, but the rebels bad also collected there a formida ble tlcut, commanded by their highest naval oilicer.a former captain in tbe In ion navy, who, false to tbe gov ernment and the I'mon, had deserted hi* country id th* bo r 01 peril and levelled his tuus against tbe Hag which It was his duty to have defended. Tbe (K>;se?sion of Mobile Bay. which you bar* acquired, will close the illicit traffic which hai been car ried ou by running the block ado in th.it part of tbe Gulf, and givos point and value to the succosa you have achieved. Great result* in war aro seldom attained without great risks, and It was not es I (Acted that the harbor of Mobile would be secured with >ut disaster. Tbe loss of the gallant Craven a ,d bis brave companions, with the loctimseh, a ve*sel tbat was impenetrable to the guns of hurt Morgan, by a co ceiled 101 pedo, was a casually against which no bu man foresoght , could guard. While the natn n awards cheerful h nors to the living, she will evor hold in grate ful remembra'ice tbe memory o; the g-diutit and lamented dead who pouiled tuolr lives fur their oountry aud died in l:er cause To you au 1 the brave officers and sailors of your squad ron wh 1 ptr'lcipated in Ibis great achievement the De partment tenders lis thanka and in se of tbe ^ovorument aud country. Very respectfully , ,tc. , Gll'EON" U'KI.I.KS Secretary of th? Nary., Reir Admiral Da\ii> G Farjuuct, commanding, kc. Fort Powell Reported !\ot Illoivu Up. WASIllSGTO* , AUgUSt 16, 1H6*. From semi official Information reoolved bore doubt is expressed In military circles as to tho truth of the report tbat Fort l'owoll was blown up. It is usacrled Uiat it was evacuated and left lutact. The Chief Kn til titer of tlie Trcumsnh* TO TBK HUITOK UK TUB HICRALII. Jksssy City, August 16. 1964. In your issaa of this morning I observed you mention the death of ilr. Chief l-.ngmear John frarju of the III. latcd Tecumseb. 1 am led to Velieve Mr. F. was not on board at tbo time of her destruction, as I received a let ter 1 ro 111 a friend under d m, bearing date July 31, Is which he states that Mr. Far^n had been quite sick for some tlmo past, and w is removed to the i;unl?ost Aagusta, which acted as an escort from Norfolk Navy Yard, lis likowue mentioned that Mr Pennington, tbe second en gineer, w.vi lying helplessly si? k. and supposed he would bo left at Pansacola .Vava! Hospital with several others, Incapacmled frOSl dut \ . I'i tact almost nil on board wers unwoll, owing to the Intense neat, tho thermometer dur ing the trip ranging from 116 to 130 degrees in tbe en gineer s detriment. ! son J vou this Information, hop ing it may .somewhat aliay the fears of thoso Interested In tho welfaro of friends 00 board, Uiat tntre is a bar?, possibility of aoiue being savod. JOHN C. CLAltkK. The Printers' Ntrikt. MEKTINO OF TYPOGRAPHICAL UNION NO. BIZ? COM* FLIMSXTR TO MR. (I KKSI.RY. There was a large meeting of printers at Tammany Hall last evening, Mr. ?. D. Holmes, tbo President, In the cbatr. A resolution was propssed aod passed admitting re porters of tbe preas. One hundred aod thirteen sew members were admitted to tho Union, together with nineteen reinatatementa. After tbe transaction of some routine business, Mr. Harot, chairman o( the Wurklngmen'a Union, made aoraa appropriate remarks, to which he offered the assist ance of his association to tha Union In their mass meeting on Thursday evening. A resolution of thanks to Mr. Amor J. Williamson, pro printer of the iunrlny IHtja'rK, for his advo?acy of ths printers' rights tti last Suuday'a paper, was oflered and adopted unanimously. The Powor Tress Association tent Jn a communication asking tbat a committee bo a|n>ointod to tuako arrangs metita for the consolidation of both bodies. Tbe PsaamxsT announced tbat the Nsw York Hssai.o, Appietona, George f. Nusbitt, the frith Awirrimn, Frank Isjslie, the Metropolitan Hi-curd, Isaac J Oliver, Edward Haskins, tbe New York ATtrcury, tbe New York l.-a-Ur, L. H. Bigolow. (Vmisiarrtal A<ir*rtner, New Yerk Clijipfr, Raymond k Collin, Frank MoFlroy, Boyd * Co , the New York ?m#?, Putlv Iftmt and the Irarucr ipr, together with a large Dumber of others, paid the scale. A Von s? The New York Trtbutu does no* i>av the acale. Anotbbr Voics? The Now York Tnbunt will have to pay tbe seals. ? . . A resolution was passed tbat the printers now at work he taxed ten per oeot for the assistance of the strikers In their movements. The chairman of each office wss deputed as collector of this fund A member here rose and alluded to Mr. Greeley 'S ao tlou In the matter of the struts. By ths course he had taken he had snllled the proudest fame ever attained. After advocating tbe rights of labor ror yeara, and assist ing In tbs organisation of tbat Union, bs had auddenly, assassin like, turned upon tbern and italied them In lb* back. (Applause I The Psamumrr suted at the oloss tbat a mass meeting would bs held in ths City Hall I'ark on Thursday even ing, and he hoped that 1 bey wsvhl all Kfrsssoi on tha occsst? Tfts aissttac then adjouraad.