18 Aralık 1861 Tarihli The New York Herald Gazetesi Sayfa 1

18 Aralık 1861 tarihli The New York Herald Gazetesi Sayfa 1
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THE." NEW YORK H EIIA E WHOLE NO. 9230. NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1301. r?IOE TWO CENTS. HEWS FROM WASHINGTON. Estimates of the Secretary of the Treasury for the Fiscal Year. i OUR COAST DEFENCES. rHE DEFENCES OF WASHINGTON. teport of Gen. Barnard, Chief Engi neer of the Army. Tleport of the Vail Wyck In vestigating Committee. Skirmishes, Reconnoissances and Foraging Expeditions. AFFAIRS ON THE LOWER POTOMAC, &o., &c., &c. Washington, Dec. 17, 1861. 1ST OP APPROPRIATIONS 10U TI1K FISCAL YEAR BiDme ji'ne 30, 180". Tho following is the summary of the estimates of ap iroprlations required for tho fiscal year ending June 80, 863, sutiraitted to Congress by tho Secretary of the 'roasury.? Tpeasvry Department, Dec. 4,1861. Sir?Agreeably to tho joint resolution of Congress of anu'ti y 7,1846.1 have tho honor to transmit,, for the nformation of the House of Representatives, printed csti oatos of the appropriations proposed to be made for tho Iscal year onding June 30,1863, us follows, viz.:? 'or civil list, foroign Intercourse and miscellaneous ob jects, incliiiiltig expenses of collecting the revenue from Sales of public lands and expenses of cin-.ris $9,781,833 00 for supplying deficiencies inthe rev enuea of the General I'oet Office 8,145,000 00 br iieosions 1,150,000 00 or Indian Department 1,800,836 38 ror army proper, &c., including miscella neous. 343,000,276 21 br Military Academy 199.611 40 br fortifications,ordnance. Ac 16,160,100 00 ''or Naval Establishment 44,62.5 666 02 Total. J420,820,120 91 To the estimates are added statements shewing ? First?The appropriations estimated for tlie service of ho flscalynar ending Jt.no30,1801, made by former acta bfOoagress, of a specific and indefinite character , as fol 7WS, viz.:? jr miscellaneous, Including expenses of , collecting revenuefri >m customs $6,440,014 14 br compensation to the General Post Office for mail services 700.000 00 br civilization of Indians 10,000 CO br arming and equipping the militia 2fi0.000 00 ?'or interest on the public debt 39.932.066 00 'or redemption of the loon of 1842 2,883,364 11 Total $49,167,244 67 Sncjtul?The estimated balances of existing appropria tions which will be unexpended on June 30,1862, part of Ivhlch are required lor tl.e payment of liabilities of the iresent fiscal year, but which "willnot bo drawn from the Treasury until after June 30. 1862, and the balance ap >11(^1 to tho service of the fiscal year ending June CO, 868, vis Si ?br civil lint, foreign intercourse and mis cellaneous $4,019,823 IV ?br interior, pensions and Indiana 776,527 68 'or navy 639,329 19 Total $6,334,679 93 Grand total $476,331,246 61 It appears by the statement of the estimated balances ifexisliug appropriations which will bo unexpended on funo 30,1862, that the sum of $860,431 18 may be car ied to the surplus fund. Accompanying tin estimates there are sundry papers aniished by the several departments containing expia julious in rogurd to them. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, 8. P. CH ASK, Secretary of the Treasury. Ben. Galusha a. Grow, Siieukcr of the House of Re presentatives of the United States. APPROPRIATIONS FOR COAST DEFENCES. The Secretary of War has suhmittod to Congress the blkmmg estimates of tho Engineer Department of tmounts required for fortifications cow existing or in x>urso of construction, and also for temporary and field orlifications and engineer operation* in the field, for sndgo trains and equipago, and for tool and siege .rains, for the second half ot tho current fiscal year and Ml of the fiscal year ending June 30, 1863. They are idditiona! estimates to those heretofore transmitted to Congress.? For fortification* on tbe Northern frontier, including fortifications at Oswego, Niagara, Buflalo and De troit $750,056 Fort Montgomery, at outlet of Lake Champlaio, N. w York 150,000 Fort Knox, at narrows of l'ouobscct river, Maiuc 150,000 Fbrt on Hog Island Ledge, Portland harbor, Maine 150.000 Fort Warren, Boston harbor, Massachusetts 76,000 Fort Winthrop and exterior batteries, Boston har bor 100,000 Fort at New Bedford harbor, Massachusetts 150,000 Fort Adams, Newport harbor, Rhode Island 50,000 Fort Schuyler, East river, New York 115.000 Fort at Willet's Point, opposite Fort Schuyler, New York 250,000 Commencement Of casemate at battery on Staten Island,New York 100,000 Now battery at Fort Hamilton, at the Narrows, New York. 100,000 Fort at Sandy Hook, entrance to New York har bor, New Jersey 300,000 Fort Mifflin,near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.... 25,000 Fort Delaware, on Delaware river 60,000 Now fort opposite Fort Delaware, on Deluwuro ?bore .- 200 000 Fort Carrol, Baltimore harbor, Md 200,000 Fort Calhoun, Hampton Roads. Va 200,000 Fort Monroe, Hampton Roads, Va 50,(t00 Fort Taylor, Key West, Florida 300,000 Fort Jefferson,Garden Key, Tortugas. Fin 30",000 Additional Fort at the Tortugas, Fla 200.000 Fort at Ship Island, Coast of Mississippi 100 000 Fort at Furl Point, entrance of Sau Francisco har bor 200 .000 Fort at Alcntr.iz Island. Fan Francisco harbor 160 500 Contingencies of fortifications 100.IKK) Total $4 710 .000 APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE WESTERN FLOTILLA. The Secretary of War hag submitted to Congress a statement of Quartermaster t-eneral Meigs, asking the early appropriation of ono million of dollars to com plete and pay for the gunboats, mortar boats and lug boats of thu Western' flotilla so that they may not be delayed at St. I/iuiS until the interruption of navigation by ice. He stales that the one m.llion ono hundred ttiuu sand dollars appropriated at the last session of ( ongress is sufficient ouly for the construction, equipment and maintaiuanco of sevon of the gunboats, and without ex pressing any opinion as to the necessity of the fleet or dered to be built by General Fremont, bo thinks the government is bound to pay for thcin, and thai if armed, equipped ?nd well manned they will add to flic strengtli of tlic army in the West and the success of the expedi tion intended to open the Mississippi. / HKVakT OF THE VAN WYC'K INVESTIGATING COM qjr M1TTEK. Van Wvck's Investigating Committee made their par tial report to-day. It disctbies a startling amount of corruption, and exposes the authors, prominent ameng whom are some of the very patriotic "On to Richmond ' drivers of the Empire State. The inevitable conclusion , from this report is, that in too many instances tn thu most important transactions of tho War anil Navy Departments men totally unfit have been selected as agents of the government, to perform, without any sc curliy whatever for their fidelity, duties that could have been much more conveniently executed by sworn otliuers of llio government. In tbe matter of purchasing vessels an instance may bo cited. The Stars and Stripes cost the owners $36,000, and after using her one year, Georgo D. Morgan, a govern ment agent, appointed by Secretary Welles, bought her for J65,i!00 and turned her over to tho government. Mr. Morgan testified that Secretary Welles employed him with the understanding that he was to have two and a half per cent freni the seller for all ships be purchased. Tho com tntttee show that thus far ho has made over one hundred thousand dot la rs. lhls important and startling fact will seeount (or the course pursued by tho Secretary of the Navy n lefuslng to purchaso many valuable vessels when oflfered, nnk-aS the purchase was made through a p&r'lcuiAr channel. 11 is shown by tho commit 1*0 mat ting Mr. Mot gun wan ooonociou who Tburlow Wood id siipply.iig the Oatallue, and the pure minded Alexander Gumming, of the religious World iif Now York, and 0. B. Mattes?, who wao oxpoUod from the J louse of Representatives for cor rupt ion. In September last the committee requested t?ecrftar.v Welles to discontinue the services cf Mr. Morgan, but be refused Since thai time ihe committee show that Mr. Morgan hag made over forty thousand dollars. Tins >s considered a fair profli fur a grocery dealer, but us be is brother-m law of the Secretary of the Navy of course it it all right. In regard to ihe purchase or thcCataliuo there are some significant facts in the testimony thai aro not alluded to In the report. It appeara that the original cost, $18,000, was paul m four notes of $4,{00 each, given by four par ,l0? Thurlow Weed, G. Davidaon, 0. B. Matte?nnand ohn E. lievclin. Each one of the notes was signed by one of these four, and endorsed by the others. In the item of purchasing army supplies, it isshowu that authority was given to Governor Morgan and Ate*. Cummmgs to disburse two millions of dollars. No vouchers were required or given. Gov. Morgan tra: g erred bis authority to Goo. D. Morgan, Secretary Welles' special favorite, who, with Cummmgs, rnado all the dis hureemente. Weed & Company appear to have controlled the employees of these agents, and to a certain extent dictated their purchases. Corning & Company, hardware men of Albany, were selected to furnish groceries, and among the purchases made by Cummings were linen pantaloons and straw hats, , which aro not recognized as ai nry clothing, and were pro bably never used. I It IS shown in this testimony thai an cfTort wsg made | by tho Secretary of War to confer upon Cumming the con trol of tho Subsistence Department in New York, but It failed, on account of Major Eaton's declining bis service* or assistance. The improvidence and reckless extravagance cf Gene ral Fremont is shown in glaring colors. Tho simple item of buying condemned Austrian muskets will suffice for an example. Twenty five thausand of them wore pur chased in ono lot: tho committee say it ig probable that the arm had been rejected from the Austrian service, and purchased on speculation. and sent to this country in view of the extraordinary demand for arms. The arm, in tho comli tion in which it was purchased, will certainly never be used by our army, and when altered as proposed, its inferiority to the arms which arc rapidly accumulating together with tho almost universal prejudice of our soldiers to altered arms, will almost certainly exclude it from the army. The amount claimed for the arm?, in cluding tho special ammunition, 18 about $100,000. The committee arc of tlieopiuion that the arm will never be of any service to the government, and will never bo used except in seme caso of unforeseen aud cxlraorui nary cmenpeney. Tho purchase of the arm was an act of mnnife*>t improvidei.co. and the less exensablo because the arm had been disapproved of even at a lea price than thut paid by General Fremont by the experienced ordnance officer at New York. Tho immediate necessity for arms can scarcely bo considered as furnishing an excuse, for the arm was practically useless until altered, and io effect that delay was inevitable, and the purchase w as made without any examination as to iho practicability of improvement by alteration. The committee found a large number of these arms at Cairo, and, notwithstanding the urgent necessity of arms at tliat point, whole regiments, even on the eve of tho battle of Belmont, were almost destitute of arms. These arms were left in the boxes in which ibey were shipped from the Arsenal at St. Louis. Improvidence and disregard of reasonable economy on the part of the government on the one hand, and a spirit of ruth.oss speculation on the other, have made this con tract. ami it is a question of public Justice how far it shah be carried into effect. The committee deem it their duty to prerent the fans for the consideration of tho House. witLoi.i any special recommendation. Another transaction in tl ? purchase of a-ms to which the attention of the Committee has been directed, is tbc purcha-e of five thousand of Hall's carbines by Gen Fre mont, through Simon Stevens, of Pennsylvania. This transaction is in some respects of the s.imo character with the purchase of the Austrian muskets, but much more remarkable in illustrating the improvidence of gen tlemen prominently connected with the public service the corrupt system of brokerage by which the Treasury has been plundered, and the prostitution of public confi dence to purposes of individual aggrandizement. In the month of Juno la-t. Arthur M. Eastman, of Man Chester, N.H., purchased ar the Ordnance Bureau five lbousand four hundred Hall's carbines, at three dollars fifty cents each, and,after a slight alteration of the arms, at a ei st of from seventy-five cents to one dollar and twenty-five cents on each arm, sold five thousand of them to Sirncn Elevens for twelve dollars and fifty cents oacln who immediately sold the entire Jot to General Fremont for twenty-two dollars each, General Fremont probably laboring under some misapprehension as to tho nature of the purchase of tho arms. Tho committee proposo to prescut the transaction somew hat in detail. The sale of those arms by the \var Department to Mr. Eastman,at a time when arms were in such extraordinary demand, is rcmarable. Our government was purchasing at high prices arms rnjeotod from the service of different European nations. If a General commanding a division of tho army was at ail excusable for purchasing twonty-fivo thousand muskets rejected from the Austrian service, at six dollars and fifty cents each, on the ground "of a pressing necessity," it i8 impossible to justify the sale of the Hall carbines, i'f they were of any valuo whatever, or capable of being made of any value by alteration. These arras seem to have been sold privately, and with out inviting any competition, and sold, too, for an almost nominal price. The sale was made by order of the Sec' rotary of War on recommendation of the Ordnance Bu reau. No government that has ever existed can sustain itself with such improvidence in tho management of its affaire One agent of the government sells those arms nt th>-ee dollars and fifty cents each in tho midst of a press ing demand for arms, and a few weeks afterwards, and without any lueroasc in Unit demand, tho same arms, slightly aiiered, are retold to the government through another agerit for twenty-two dollars each, tho government losing in so small a transaction, if pcrmitte'1 to he consummated, over ninety thousand dollars or inasmuch as all the Hall carhiues owned by tho govern ment were sold to Eastman, and of course embraced tho Seven hundred and ninety bought by Mr. Alex. Cum miugs, ns the agent of the War Department, for fifteen dollars each. the case as to these would stand thus: They are condemned and sold by the government at a merely nominal prico: afterwards, in April lust, an agent of the War Department purchases thorn for the government at fifteen dollars each, and in Juno they are sold to East man by the War Department for three dollars and fifty cents each, and in August they are purchased by Gene ral Fremont, for the government at twenty.two dollars each. W bother buying or gelling, the liberality of the govern meet is equally striking, General Ripley is a gentleman of large experience, and inexorable in tho porformanco of his public duties. The arm had been rejected from the public service aa practically worthless years ago, ar.d in his judgment. no alteration could improvo it. If so, tho re purchase of the arm is without any possible excuse. If otherw ise the original sale of the arm ia utterly inde fensible. "jofilli PRfSWCNT'S T.BVEE?BRrt.LIANT APPEARANCE OP ?win fiUEHTfi?THE FOREIGN tl TV 1ST BUR PRESENT and abs-knt?hejuvenation of i jib white hovbe, ETC. The Pr?f ident gavo his first levee of tho season to. night. The White House wae thronged with a brilliant company of citizens aud civil and military officers of# the government. Tho President, although not wearing that ruddy glow that he had when he first camo to Washing ton from the West, looks quite healthy, and was as plea sant and social as though he had but a single fight on his hands, without another in prospect, as many suppose. Deputy Marshall Phillips did the introductory to the Pr. aldent. Mrs. Uneoln never eoemed in finer spirits. She was attired in a Ight figured silk brocade, elegantly flowered. (-K? her head was a beontiful w reath of flowers, and her fingers ?p,irt!od with diamonds and pearls. Next to the President in attraction was General MoClol Jan. The moment he ent< red the hoi so all eyes woro fixed ujKin lnm. Ladies and gentlemen, civilians and military officers, for the moment forgot the courtesies of tbo occasion, and crowdod ur<.nu,i l,jm M though Le ?w r<in n " */ 1,8 1 I!ot WJ1Be t0 p;,i' ii'S respects to the exunniandrr In-Chief, By dmt ?f perseverance tho general, with Mrs. McClel . t "log on his arm, reached (he President and Mrs. crC||C'.W "rU *)u'le a llvely scene occurred. The resident grrsped the general w.lh bolh hands, saying -< My dear general, J am glad to see ?i '"?'! 'i f* lellan." me Preeidont then coiidnctod ec edan to Mrs I.tun,In nud the four joined in con .V*r.?K,('^ T,'e C?r,llftm>' manifested by the President .1 e -moral in Chief towards each other gives the lie repented assertions that there is not a perfectly good understanding between them, and that the forme does not have confidence in the latter. Mrs. Met lellan was a new star in the Presidential man sion, and shared the honors with Mrs. Lincoln with a inonest grace aud dignity that won her hosts of ad mirerers. she is of medium hc.ght and tlno form. *ve ,s hazel- splendid and speaking. Her face '? not w hnt a glCkly stripling fresh from co le.^e would call handrome, but It beams with gentle u'f**?anec""n' ""'"'sence and determination. Mrs. M Clellan was modcatly but richly attired. She retired wilh ibe General at an early hour. Secretary Cameron, Smith and Welles and ladles were present, also AsedrtontSecretaries Scott,of the War De partment. and Seward, of the- State Department, with their ladies. The great fact which maikcd the levee with some degree of importance, and ? h,ch may hereafter bo quoted as significant is, that the Ministers of England, France, -pain and Prussia did not appear at the levee; but the Mmisteis of Russia, Sweden, Bremen and Nicaragua were present, and the Russian Minister was especially cordial in his conversation with the President. The mis ceilaueous company was quite brilliant and numerous. flic T resident's house once more assumos the appear anco of comfort and comparative beauty. Two coats of ? ure white j-amt on the outside renew its right to be designated the "White House." The interior, dm log ibe Inst six months, lias been thoroughly cleansed and almost entirely reomammted. Very lutle new furniture l as been introduced, a,- much of the old is yet substan tial, having been procured In the time of Monroe, and is not only valuable on that account, but is really very hand some, from il? antique style. Ji?oh 0f this old furniture, however, has been revarnishod, and the chulrs have been' cushioned and covered with rich crimson satin brocatel. t .lie : and laid in folds on fl.e backs, rendering a modern appearnuce. Upon entering the great Kost Room two prominent things strike tho eye-tbo paper on the walls and the carpet on the floor. The first is a Parisian style of heavy velvet cloth paper, of crimson , garnet and gold D gives a massive appearance to the room, and is quite | rich. In tho daytime it scorns rather dark; but when tho i soft light of the great chandeliers Illuminates the room it j dcvelopcs ns full richness and harmonizes to a shade. 'Ibe carpet Is an ingenious piece of work, not because of its rich quality or exquisite design, but because of the fact that it ,g m one piece, and covera a floor measur.ng one hundred feet long and forty-eight loci wide. There is nothing flashy or extravagant about its appearance. Tho admiration of tlio beholder is not suddenly excited by a view of tho whole surface, so in gcuioualy and beautifully arc the various figures and colors harmonized. It is like a constellation of stars, wbero the beauty of one star is lost in the combined grandeur of the whole. It is a very heavy Axtninster. with three medallions gracefully arranged into one grand medal),on. As wc walk over its velvot surface from cen tro to sides, or from corner to corner, tho most chaste and beautiful surprises of vasos, wreaths and bouquets of flowers and fruit piecesloxcilc our love or true art. The carpel, in its mechanical construction, as well as in its artistic design, is a wonder. It was made in (.'asgow, Scotland, upoD the only loom existing in tho world capable of weaving one so large. Mr. W. H. Carryl of Philadelphia. went to Europe, and, after examining va" rious patterns in different cities, including Pans and Lon don, proceeded to Glasgow and de.igued this. His mis. sion was a success. Tho next attractive features among tho ornamental, in the East R -em. are the curtains and drapery at tho eight windows. Tho inner curtains are of tho richest white needle wrought lacs, made in Switzerland. Over these, I and suspended from massive gold gilt cornices, are French crimson brc atcl.-, trimmed with heavy gold fringe and ' tassel work. The embrait, or curtain pin, at the sido of each window, is of solid brass and covored in gold gill. The design is a commingling of banners, arrows, swords, an anchor,chain, Ac., interwoven behind tho American shir-id. upon the front of which is a raised figure of an eagle Opposite the great east window of the room is the door leading to th- promenade. In order to harmonize tho in tenor appearance of the great East Room, this door has been curtained wit)i lace and crimson brocatel, trimmed with gold fringe aud tassel, to match tho window opposite. The eight mirrorB in the East Room arc the same that, have hern there for years. Passing from the East Room we en tor the Green or conversational room. It has be n newly papered, carpeted and curtained, and greatly improved. Next is the Blue or President's reception room. This is the only room, whoa Mr. Buchanan left the house, that was very well furnished. A uew carpet has been placed upon the floor; otherwise tho room is in tbo samo condition it was when Mr. Lincoln look possession. Next we coron to tho Red Room. This is properly Mrs Lincoln's reception room. Evoryihlng in it is new ex cept the splendid old painting of Washington. The fine pictures ot Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and other members of the royal family, presented to the Presulcnt of tho United States for the Pre. sldcntial Mansion by the Prince of Wales, that hung upon the walls of this room, arc missing. I learn that they wore removed to Wheatland wiih Mr. Buchanan. He also took away from the White House a large number of Chinese or Japanese curiositns, intend ed, upon presentation, for tho mansion. All these are missing. Nevertheless, under the general direction of M-s. Lincoln (to whoso excellent good taste wo are chiefly Indebted for the beautify ing of tho President's House), this room does not need those pictures. It is a model of elegance and modesty combined. The most per feet harmony prevails throughout. The sofas, chairs, &c., arc covered with rich crimson brocade satin.' The guests' room, now known as the Prince of Wales' room,since thai youth occupied it, ban been thoroughly ornamented and refurnished. The carpet is a beautiful Wilton. Tho paper is a light tinted purple, with a golden figure of a moss rose tree in bloom. Tho principal fea turcofthoroom is the bod. It is eight foot wido and nine feet long, of solid rosewood. The sides are cushioned and covered with purplo figured satin. The head board is a piece or rich carved work, ris.ing eight feet above tli? bed, and having an oval top. Twenty feel above the floor, overspreading tho whole, is a magnificent canopy, from the upper carved work, of which the drapery hangs in elegant folds, being in the form of a crown, the front ornament upon which is tbo American shield, w ith tho Stars and Stripes carved thereon. Tho drapery is a rich purple natln fringe, and otherwise or namented with the finest gold lace. Tho carved work is adorned with gold gilt. The curtains to the room are made of the finest purple satin damask, and trimmed to correspond with tho canopy. The centre tabl- is of solid carved rosewood, is quite costly and exceedingly beau tiful. The private apartments cf Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln arc moro modestly but-very beautifully ornamented aud furnished. Tile President's library is chastely and not oxtrav.ig.mtly refurnished, (ircon is the color that pro ? dominates In this room. Tlio room where the Cabinet mcotin.'S are held, and where the President is usually to be found, Is very neatly papered, but should be better furnished. All the furnlturo is exceedingly old, and is too ri' ketty to venerate. Mr. Lincoln don't complain, be cause it.resembles so very much the dingy old room he occupiid and familiarized himself with, in the State House at Sprmgllcld, from the time ho was elected until be left for Washington. The rooms of Secretaries Nicolay and Hay are ''neat, hut not gaudy.'' Tboy aro newly painted, carpetod and curtained. 1 ha principal ornament in Mr. Nicolay's room Is a war wea pon used by the Vikings. It is about five foot loug, w ith at least fifty prongs, aud resembles very much the wea pon used l>y the .aborigines of this country before it was much settled by the whites This instrument of death is a great curiosity, and employs the time of the office sookeis who wait for houis iu the lobbies of thn Cabinet to obtain a hearing. This wca|ion it finally to bo trans' fcrred to the Smithsonian institute. Mr. IIaj's room contains soma valuable porchmonl and several elegant pieces of waxwork Tho bas reliefs on the mantle, and the engravings upon the wall, exhibit a liisto {?* the beautiful and artistic. There is .,lso oil ex tensive law library in this room, which tlio Secretary has frequent occasion to explore, especially with rofor enc,o to our international aflairs So much for the Whito House oiid its new decorations. THE DEFENCES OF WASHINGTON. Tlie fnllowiug rrjK.rt of General Barnard. Chief Er -inocr of the Army of the Potomac, in refereuco to i lie oomplo tion of the defences of Washington, has been submitted to Congress by Secretary Cameron, and referred to tho Oommittoe of Ways and Means ? OmoK or Chirk Knoinxm A hut or tub Potomac, 1 Doc. 7.1S81 J C. svrsai,?fly letter of the flt.li I requested tliat an Im mediate appropriation of 0110 bundled and fifty thousand dollars be asked lor for completing the defences of Wash ington. I montionod in that letter that our defensive system thus fnr consisted of about forty eight works, mounting over thioo hundred guns, some of which are of very largo size, and I may arid that the ac

tual defensive perimeter occupied is about thirly flvo miles, exceeding tho length of tho famous? and hitherto the most extensive fondled by extemporised Held works?lines of Torres Vodras by seve ral miles. The amount which has hem expanded will not, therefore, considering the pr< scui o under wluch tho works have been built, appear extravagantly large. I now remark that m :uking for the sum of one hundred and fifty thousf.il' dollars for 10m plot tug tho defences of Washington,! have in mind the fact that many of the wor have been thrown up In the very face of the ene my , and are doth'icnt in profile, and in in tny other respects t'ie system icqum a auxiiiaiy works to complete it, which it will probably bo deeme ' advisable to under take early in the spring. Dor thin reason I havo asked the sum of one hundred and bl'ty ihous.tnd dollars, but it is likely that the works now m hand, and for which payment must bo made this month, w .11 require more than the balance remaining available. Hence the necessity of an imme diate appropriation jam, very respectfully, your obo dicnt scrvaut, J. G. HAKNAKD, Prig. Gen. Cl.iof Engineer Army of tho I'otomae. Maj. Gen. G. B. MiL'lkm.an, Comnuuiuer tu Chief com manding Armyof the Potomac. Respectfully referred to tho Hon. Simon Cameron. Se ciolary of War, with tho urge utrequest that the necoes ary stepe may be taken t.> s c ire this appropriation Gib. 11. M'LLEIXAN, Maj. lieu. Commanding. KEC0NN013RANCE FROM ft EN KRAI, IIEINTXI UM AN'S DIVISION?SHOOTING OF I.IFt'TKNANT JANKVII.t.K. A reconnoissance war made to day by a squadron of tho first New Jersey cavalry, belonging to General Hcintzlomun's division, under oommai.d of Captain Sbellnisu. A portion of tho squadron, commanded by Lieutenant Janeviile,of Company P,of Jersey l tty, was ordered to proceed to the Bone Wills, to the left of Spring field station, on tho Orar.go and Alexandria Itaihoad. about seven miles from the headquarters of General Hetutzlemsn. Tho company thorn halted, whro tho Lieutenant, with an orderly, proceeded two miles boyend. On attempting to return they found themselves sur rounded by rebel infantry. Tho Lieutenant was shot in six plaoes, and the horrc of the orderly killed. Thcor" derly made his escape. The company in reserve, hearing the firing, proceeded to render assistance, and on its approach the enemy fled, leaving tho Lieutenant behind, after robbing bun of bis small arms and nearly all liis clothing. He was brought into camp, and was - till alive at eight o'clock to night. BKIRMISD BETWEEN GEN. BLKNXElt'g DIVISION AND THE REEKL8? A Nl'MBER OF KKFFI.9 BILLED. This afternoon theplckcis of Gen. Bli nker's division were driven in by the enemy. Blcnkor's gallant boys were soon on the inarch, and the rebel hirelings wero driven back iu dismay, many of the enemy being killed. The news reached the city too late to night to enter Into details. Early ibis morning Captain Johnson, Eighth Pennsyl vania reserve, csme to t'cncral MoCall's headquarters, having been on a scouting ex|*cdition nil night with a cav alry company. They went as far ns Difficult crock, nearly three miles outside our picket lines. A squad of mounted rebols lay in ambush for them, watted until they advanced within shooting aii lance, then fired, plunged their spurs into their horses and shortly disappeared. Our men returned the fire and pursued them a'sbort dis tance, and then wheeled about, deeming it prudent to return. None of our men were wounded, and, as far as known, the firing on our side was likewise incTectual. CAPTURE OF Till FE UNION SOLDIERS BY T11E REREt.P. Yesterday morning eight men, three from the Second and flvc from the fourth New Jwsey regiments in Gene ral Kearney's brigade, General Franklin's division, left their respective companies, which were on picket duty at {/sell's Hill, and went to a house betwecd Burke's nation and Anandale. While there, apjiarcnlly in obedience to a signal by tho occu pant, a body of about a huudi' land fifty rebel cavalry suddenly caioo upon them, and three who were in tho house were taken prisoners. Their nnmes arc Dennis H. Williamson, whom they wounded; Cornelius !.owo nnd Hiram R. Parsons, all of the Second regiment. The other five escaped. NEWS FROM THE REBELS. A man came within General Hentzli man's Knee to day who left Alexandria in July for more distant Southern quarters. lie stated that he had been living at Char lottesville for some time; that no rcbol ironpr, had re cently gone South from the army of the Potomac; but during the last three weeks two Georgia regiments had been added to it that the sickness in the army was great, the average from Manassuti and Centre v rile being a car load of invalids a day conveyed to the bospitalp at Char lottesville; tliut he made three attempstopa. v tho rebel line before ho succeeded in making his escape, being obliged to take to the woods in order to avoid skirmishing parties. AFFAIRS ON THE LOWER POTOMAC. The Reliance came up from the Potomac flotilla yester day, and states that two new rebel batteries are erected above those heretofore reported. One of them is nearly opposite the station of the flotilla at Indian lb-ad, and the oilier nearly opposite tho mouth of Matawoman creek. At both batteries heavy guns are mounted, evidently, as they threw shot over upon the Maryland shore. The rteamtug Pupscy left Indian Head last night and reachod the Navy Yard early this morning. When sbo left, the Harriet I Alio and Yankee were near Indian Head, and tho Anacosia, Resolute, Reliance, Jacob Bell, Stepping 8tones, Murray and the Herbert were between the new batteries above mentioned and the station of the rebel steamer George 1'iigo in Quantico creek. The Union, Freeborn and Satellite are below Quantico. The Reliance was to have run the blockade last night. MOVEMENT? OF SECRETARY SEWARD. Secretary Seward visited General Porter's division to day. Tho various brigades woro going through their usual dally review at the time, but bis presence s- on became known, and each' gave him the accustomary complimen tary salute. BATTLE ON GREEN RIVER, KENTUCKY. Lorisnu.s, Dec. 17, 1861. Four companies of Colonel WilUck's German Indiana I regiment were attacked this afternoon on the south side of Green river, opposite Mnmfordsville, by Colonel Terry's regiment of Texan Rangers, two regiments of infantry and six pieoes of artillery. Colonel Willlck, on being re,nforced, drove tho rebols bni !c, with a loss of thirty-three killed, inoluding Terry, and flfly wounded. The Union loss was eight privates and one lieutenant kTiled and sixteen wounded. The Democrat Ins advices of Union troops crossing Greeb i her, southward, ail day with groat rapidity. The Democrat list also a buslnc s letter, dated Monday* which mentions no engagement in that vicinity. The Twelfth Kentucky regiment, Colonel Hoi kins, is en trenched two miles South of somerset. All was quiet in the vicinity < !' Campbellsville up the lath. NEWS FROM MISSOURI. Tutor, Mo , r>-e 16,1861. Yesterday orders were received here for all the forces at this p' st to hold themselves In readiness to march at a moment's notice. At the same time Gen- ral Pope, commanding the Department of Central Missoui I, at tho ! head of nearly all the troops is winter quarters at Ottcrvdle, marched westward towards Warrcns bnrg, for the purpose, it is generally believed here, of cutting off General Price, whom our scouts reported nuking forced inarches to reach Generals Rains and Slero, now in the intivtu hm-yts at Lexington. Kvsry body is on tho qui rive for startling and good-news, as universal confluence Is felt in the ability and bravery of Oenerul Pope and his army. INTELLIGENCE FROM THE SUMTER. Washington, Doc. 17, 1861. Intelligence has been received at tiro Navy Department of the overhauling of the ship Montmnrenci. of Bp tit. Mo., on the'28th alt., by the pirate Sumter, in Ittitnde 80 (! s'. 30 ra.n. north, longitudo 68 deg. to miu. v. ? Flu was last from Wales, loaded with coal for the Brdish Mail St'-am Company. at si. Thomas. The ship ?* ransomed for $20,000 and allowed to proceed, after ! ' nj a q ;au tity of paints and oilier ship stores from her. THE CHARLESTON CONFLAGRATION. ADDITIONAL DETAILS OF THE FIRE, Over Five Hundred Buildings Destroyed. ONE-FOURTII OF THE CITY IN RUINS. LOSS ESTIMATED AT $7,000,000. Message of Jeff. Davis to the Rebel Congress. RELIEF VOTED TO THE SUFFERERS. SOUTHERN NEWSPAPER ACCOUNTS, &c., &c., &c. Our despatches, rect ivod last evening from Fortress Monroo via Raltimoro, givo the following very full details of tho lato conflagration at Charleston, P. C. Fortum M">-ros, Dee. 16, Captain Mdlward went to Craney Mand to day with a flag of truot, and waa met hy Lieutenant Smith olf th? island. No passengers came down from Norfolk. The Norfolk and Richmond papers gtv6 full narticnlars of the extensive conflagration in Charlacton, P. C. The flro broke out at about nine o'clock in the evening of the lith lost,, in R<it-^cll Jk Old's sash and blind fac t< ry at the fia t of Hazel street, extending to the ma clone shop of Cameron & Co. lief,ire midnight the fire had assumed an appalling magnitude, aud Meeting street, from Market to Queen, was 0110 mass of ilamc. As tenement after tenement was enveloped In flames, tho panic bee ,me awful, and thousands of families cva cnulid their houses and filled tho stroets. Th,' buildings in the lower part of tho city, wbero tho Ore broke out, were principally of wood and extremely inflammable, which accounts for tlio remarkably rapid progress of tho fire. At midnight tho Circular church and Institute Hall wcroburnn g. nnd the proximity of tha flames to tho Charleston Hotel and tho Mills House caused them to be evacuated by their inmates. At one o'clock tho fire tended more southward, towards the corner of Archdulo and Queen streets, to the rear of the Charleston Hotel and to the end of liayuo street. Crossing Market street, tha fire spread down Ear l Day to Cumberland Ftrcet and across to th? Mills House, including in Its destruction tho Circular church, Institute Hall and the Charleston Hotel. All tho buildings on King stroct.firom Clifford nearly to Broad, were destroyed boforo three o'clock. Genernl Ripley, who superintended the movements of the troops, who arrived on the scone at about this time, ordered several building* on tho route of tho conflagration to be blown up. After som^ueuy the order was executed, but not before the theatre, I,lnyd'g conch factory oppotito the Express office, the old Executive building and all the hour, s from this point to Queen street had caught Are and were destroyed. At about four o'clock tho wind changed the direction of tho flumes towards Broad street. Soon after St. Andrew's Hail took fire, and subsequently tilt cathedral, tho spire of which fe 1 shortly after five o'clock. The fire made a clean sweep through the city, making its track from Past Bay to King street. Tbc Charleston Courier of the 1.1th inrt . gives n list of between two and three hundred sufferers, end says lh.it tho loss Is estimated at from five to seven millions of dol lars. Mr. Russell, at whole factory the fire originated thinks that it must have beer, occasioned by an incendiary or by the negligence of the negroes, employed there. A despatch from Charleston dated the 13lh inst. says:?"Tho Mills House, although threatened aud seve ral times on fire, eventually oscajcd, and is only slightly d.iiiiiit'ffl." AvocffTi, Pec. 13,1861. Tlie Charleston Mt runt ?f this morning nays tbnt the Are destroyed five churches. TheCathedral,81. Peter's (Episcopal), the Cumberland street (Methodist), and tho Circular church, also the In gtiluto Hall, St. Andrew's Hall Apprentices' Library Hall> tho Southern Express offico, the l'alne tlo Savings Insti lution, tho Art Association Hall, the cotton peers and Cameron k Co.'b foundry. J7i< slawI?vorkrt tealously and faithfully Ot a-sist the ,/irtinm. Capt. J. I". Bowers wm slightly injured by an explosion. Arc.rsTA, Pec. 14,1801. It is reported hero that the Georgia Legislature hae ap propriated $100,000 for the relief of tho BuflVreis at Charleston. Richmond, Pec. 15.1861. In the Virginia Legislature yesterday measures were progressing to make an appropriation for the relief of the Charleston sufferers. CnARi.KSTON,Pec. 14,1861. The Charleston Courier gives a list of lietweon two and three hundred sufferers by the recent tire, and s;?j s the loss is estimatod at $7,000,000. Mr. Russell, in whose bliud factory the fire originated, says the cause was the negligent e and trra hrry of negroes. The Mercury of the 14th gives a lift of five hundred and seventy-six buildings which were totally destroyed by fire on Wednesday alone. One negro woman was burned to death. Richmond, Rec. 14, 1861. Tho largest sum reported in the Hay Book for the Charleston sufferers is one hundred dollars. A rebel soldier is reported to have said that the fire In Charleston is well known to luxcc rr ulted from the negroes selling fire to various building* al Ihttamt time. SOUTHERN NEWSPAPER ACCOUNTS. [Frontthe Richmond Enquirer, 1'ec. 15. | I'ravchvji jjt, P. 0., Pec. 1 "2,1801. About nine o'clock last night the alarm rang out call ing upon the citizens of Charleston to quell tho beginning of a fire, which, m the subsequent extentand rapidity of its ruinous sweep, will compare with tho most terrible conflagration which ever visited the American continent. Before ten o'clock the lire was ragi. g at different points in the lower part of the city. The buildings in tho neighborhoo I were mostly of wood, old and closely built, and surrounded by small outbuildings, exceedingly In Gammab'e in their character. As tenement after teuo ment was enveloped in the fast spreading flames tie panic became awful. Thousands of poo.- bewildered families were driven suddenly from their homes, desti tute even of their scanty effects. Towards midnight the fir- li id a:, timed proportions of an appalling magnitude. The roglments at the race course came down at double quick to the burning wards, and co operated most, earnestly in the labors of tho Ore men. From the precincts of Market, east of Bay nr.l State streets the confutation hud now reached Mooting and Ipicen streets. Tbo terror of families, In many eases with :t th ir pruteetors, owing to the military exigencies of the times, was very great. Contiguous to the fire, and even m ah further up situ the citv. the work of packing up valuables and getting ready i> de.-crttbclr homesteads becume general, and H Is impossible to give anything like a full a-count of tho results of what will hereafter be known at the1 ? great fire of 1861." Tho tiro began In Russell Old's sash and blind factory, at the foot of Haz 1 street , and there arc reports that it occurred In three places at tho same time. Crossing to the other sldo of H.izel street, It has burned Cameron k t'o.'s Immense machine shops, ami, under the impulse acquired at that point, and the si iff bronze from the northeast, without a sufficient supply of water, it has be com; totally unmanageable, and rages without tho hope of being able to arrest it cxecpt at certain points. Euevkn a Clock. The outbuildings In the rear ot Institute I lull have la-en set on lire by the - parks or Hakes of fire. The atsentiou of tho firemen his been directed thither, and they are straining every nerve to save Meeting street. The frame buildings < u Queen street are smoking, and will presently blaze forth. TWSJ VR O'CLOCK. Meeting street, from Market tc Queen streets, is one mass of flame The Circulai church and Institute Hall are '".i-nu? The i1 Is House is thought to be ia imminent ? I--!-,-or, wldle the .-.w-niv x.'etching around the Chut le: t<n Ifott" Thu * has 1 . a geucral dcsirthnof i th h.4-Is by'he i, csts, mj'1 th< im}>r<?siou tiiatthey esr-noi. be - tvert, OkKO'Ci- K. 11f>:: ? k of th ? -? r, i. . ,. b. t: * (o 1?-civ.u iy de fine!. 1 " iv-rji t.ur- i ?e. -n vhiift iu> block except ing that next to M i: ket ban i cii bum d, the lire ft ny urn in:: it ; > hithw.ird cou'se towards the oor n'T ill Ai'OUih. o and (.'men streets. Abnut haif ail lion* i 1'?ilriacung tain bngan faJiutg, wliicli may, perhaps, u< in pen tho tops of wooden houses exposed to riamagq from lli?shirks. 1 ho people now understand how far tli? i r.' iniM extended. Furniture is being removed from i-uiliiings us fur up us Unasio street. ...... . TwooTloot. At this hour tho fire Is still raging with violence, and nun scarcely been abated. a splendid oTnrt whs mad* by the Or* oouipaniea to save tbanousoof L. nr. tfpratt, I-Sq., on East Buy, which was successful, and with it wero saved tho flno lino of buildings on Hazel struct, tho late of which depended on that result. Passing to th* south westward, tho liro has swept the entire track to the rcarol the ' arlesion Hotel, a*d to tho end of tho Hayne street range. There are no buildings north of Market street. None of tho lliyns street stores are mill stnnd perhaps, thoso of Henry Uerdes and the Mil sos 1'iuckney. (r ssiug Market street, the (Ire has extended down Knot Tiny to (.utnberland street , and thence across to the Mill* House taking in its way the Circular church, Institute Hall, tho Charleston Hotel, and ail the buildings upon King street, from CllUbrd street to within a few doors of Broad street. Crossing King slreot the llames aro ap proaching the rear of tho Cathedral, tho Uriliarlans, and tho English Lutheran churches. Whotlior it will cross tho area covered by these churches or pass t .e Mills itouso down Meeting street. Is still uncertain. The tire IH'iwirtmont is ranking tncrcdthlo exertions, and t men aro apparently near oxhaustod, but aro springing to each occasion with ronowod vigor, and such exhibi tions of courego and euduranco have rarely been wit nessed. Tnntat o'Cloce. The steeple of the Circular church has Just toppled and fallen with a heavy crush. (ii-not'iil Kipley, wlio is moving to and fro miperlntcnd ing tho movements of the troope with characteristic energy, has ordered, several hours ago, that ?ovcral build ings iu tho track of tho conflagration no blown tip. Tho execution of this order, delayed at first, has at length been accomplished. Tver and auon, during the past hour, the explosions have rent the air iu the lower part of the city. r Tile lire has done its work in thorough style. It* pa/A ts tieto /filmed oti/, mid nothing Hoto remains la mark where, it hit* passnl hut smot'ltlei iugpiles uf cinders ami gaunt and smoking null* ami chiinnrys. The Charleston Hotel is safe, and Havne street also. The wiud has swept tho daugor off further to tho South, al though tlie fire rages ou three sides of the Mills House. That tine structure li is rot caught. The Theatre, Lloyd's coach factory (opposite the Ex press ofllco), the old Executive building, atid ail the houses between that ikuih a id lp;eo:i street have been burnt. Tho fire seems to he ranking ndvances towards tho .Tail. Companies of the Reserves have been ordcrod out to re pro any possible disturbance among tho prisoners con nurd in that, building. Tho wind has abated somewhat. Focao'Clock. A change iu the course of the wind lias bent somewhat the course of the tiro towards Broad street. Tho Lutheran anil Unitarian churches are now considered safe, lite Cathedral seems now to bo In ex ceeding ranger. The buildings on tho west sido of Kricnil street, near the corner of Queon street, aro burning llorrely. St. Andrew's Hall is on fire, and the noblo spire of St. Finebar glisters with a splendor of portentous un port. Tito occupants of boos,'s un Broad streol, boyond King, aro moving their iffects. (Joartku rum- Fivb o'Clooc. As the rloekof St. Michaels tollB tho quarter, the Catho dral steeple has fuilpu with a trommidous crash, and tli? ('aHiedrul is burning furiously, likewise St. Andrews Hall?inflict, tb^whole of Broad street is on fire,from >Ir. tiuilsdcn's residence to Mazyckstreet. Tho rostdeaiccs of Messrs. tleorgo M. Coffin, James L. Puttigreeand others near by, aro consumed. Tho Haines ltavo now crossed Broad stroet, and tho wind lias not lulled. It is impos sible to say where thev will stop shor.t ol"tho river. There does not appear to bo any imminent dangor of tho lire again making headway, either to tho right or to the loft of (ho furrow; It hag clovon through tho city, from KhkI Kiy to King street. But the head of tho oonfhqfratlon is{still fearful to look upon, uud is pushing forward with groat strides now. Creal, indeed, has hen the calamity which has fallen upon our noble city; but let us, with smiling bo|>e and co irago, bestir ourselves at onco to amend the losses we have sustained, and relieve each one, according to bis means, of the great sufferings which tho lire must entail upon its poor victims. The above report m taken from the account of the (Ire which appeared In the Charleston Memory of this morning. ME SAOE OF JFVF. DAVlfi TO THE RF.BEI. CONGRE8B* | From tho Hictimond Examiner, Hcc.16.) At tho meeting of (or:gross yesterday, tne following message was recclvod fr< m the President:? To TitK Congress or tub Cox it: tint ATB SrATKS.? The calamity which has laid in ashes n large portion of the city of Charleston nulls for our sympathies, and aeoun tojuslily the offer of aid in tho manurr horoaftor sug gested. The State of South Carolina will, no doubt, do sire to n"?ist the people of Char lis ton In th'ir hour of need; but, as her resources are now taxed to tho utmost in resitting tho invasion of her soil, tho prompt intorven. tiou of this government may not he doemcd unsuitable to tho occasion. Tlie state of Soutli Carolina, in Common with llio other States, has inado iilieral advances on nc- > count of tho war, und this government is unqucstiouahly largely her debtor. With the existing pressure upon her resources, it is probable that lior desire to aid tho suffer ing oily of Charleston may be restrained by other de mands upon her available means. Under such circum stances may wo uot exhibit our sympathy with her people, by nn offer to place at llio control of tho legislature of the Stai?', now in session, a portion of the sum we owe her. The magnitude of t he calamity affords the reason for making un exception In her favor,and promptness of action will manifest, in tho most appropriate manner, tho sincerity of onr regard for tlie people of that gallant state, and our entire sympathy in all thul concerns them. I recommend, therefore, (list Congress make an appro priation of such umount us may bo deemed sufficient, for the puriiose proposed, to bo placed at tho control of the authorities of the Stale of South Carolina. JEFFERSON DAVIS. Mr. Kksxeti, of I-outsiana, offered the following, which was unanimously adopted:? A RESOLUTION TO MAKE AN ADVANCE. TO THE STATE 01 SOCT1I CAROLINA, ON ACCOUNT OF HER CLAIMS AtiAINRT THE CONFEDERATE STATES:? Resolved, That the sum of $250,000 be, Rnd is hereby, appropriated as an advance, on account of any claims of the State of South Carolina upon the Confederate States, snd that tlie sumo be paid to such person ns may be au thorized by the Legislature of South Carolina to receive thi same. NEWS FROM THE SOUTH. Fortress Monroe, Pec. 16,1861. The Lynchburg Virffinian of Friday Hays that a Mary, land regiment has deserted from Lincoln's army, with their arms and equipment*. It was sunt out to do picket duty, and when It reached the front of our lines it hoisted the Confederate flag, and marched into ContrevJIle, so com pained by the Ciloncl and all the other officers. The Charleston Courier ham a report from Remufort stat ing thut tho Yankees advanced tbelr position to near Port ltoyal ferry on Tuesday, and crossed the forry under the oover of their artillery to tho mainland^ whore they destroyed several Confederate rifle pits. The Richmond Ejuamincf says that a Court of Commis sioners to dctcrmii.e claims for indemnity for losses by tho war Is to be organized at once. The' President has appointed, and Congress. In secret session, has conflrmod, the following us the Commissioners:?Ccorgo P. Scar borough, of Virginia: Thomas C. Kuyuolds,of Missouri, and Walker Brooke, of Mississippi. The Richmond Enquirer of tbo 16th Instant acknow ledges tho receipt of the balance of the clothing from Massachusetts lor the prisoners of war. It Is consigned to General C. Winder, and will be distributed by Lieu tenant Piorson, of the Twentieth Massachusetts regiment, who was taken prisoner at I/se.- burg. Tho Norfolk Pay Book was printed on a small trilt sheet. It is to be raise 1 in price to Gvo cents onThuis day. A despatch from Richmond dated tho 14th Inst, says that tho Union foreos, Ave thousand strong, attacked Col. Ldward Johnson's cminnnd, at Valley Mountain, on the 13th inst., but were repulsed with groat loss, al'tor un er.gagometit of several hours. Ben. MoCnlloch has arrived at Richmond. Colonel F. II. Smith has relinquished tho command of Craitey Island, and will lake charge of tho Virginia Mill tarv Institute. The steamer 8. R. Spatildlng has not yet arrived hero. REPORTED RATTLE AT NEW ORLEANS. Cincinnati, Dec. 17, 1861. Four regiments of Infantry and threo gunboats have boon rent from Columbus to Now Orleans, where a buttle was being fought, and tho city threatened with demoli tion by our troops. Tho inhabitants wers fleeing from the city. GENERAL MEAOIIER'S RRIGADE?SAD AC CIDENT. Trenton, N. J., Dec. 17,1861. The midnight line from New York last niglit brought on a number of companies attached to General Thomas Fraucis Meagher's brigade. Wliilo at tho Trenton depot a number of tho privates got out to Ull their Can teens. In the meantime tho train started, and thero was a rush to get on board tho cars again. Martin Collins, of Company D, Fourth regiment, foil be tween the cars and had both hia legs crushed, so thai tlicy had to be amputated. Michael O'Neil, of Company E, Fourth regiment, waa badly jammed and internally lujured. Roth the unfortunate men were left here. Two others were slightly hurt, but were takes on. Tterro.N, Dec. 17-P. V. Collins, whose legs were amputated, has d'4". ">? operation was performed at tw u o cldck this morning, ana the |K>?r fellow died at half-past ton. I RELEASE OP HATTERA8 PRISONERS. Boston, Poo 17.1861. ! Tho berk Island Cllv sailed to day u r F u Ire? Mouro^ with two hundred ami fifty UsttoiM prisoners, who haw 1 been released by ?he government.