NOVEMBER 3, 1861
THE NEW YORK HERALD
Plain Duty of Patriots and Taxpayers at the Approaching Election
several political parties, organizations, cliques, clubs and
combinations of this city have finally placed their candidates for the
offices to be filled at the election on Tuesday next before the people,
and are now busy endeavoring to secure their endorsement at the polls.
Such a confused, irregular and mixed up mess was never before presented
to the public. Tammany Hall is the only party that has made county and
judicial nominations distinctly from the ranks of its own party; all the
rest are crossed, dovetailed and twisted in together. Each, however, has
a separate candidate nominated for one or more offices, on whom they
intend to test the strength of their party.
The county, judicial and
legislative tickets are, as usual, made up with all sorts of
materials—good, bad and indifferent. There are members of the Forty
Thieves Common Council, Bull Run Mutineers, Broadway Railroad Patriots,
Japanese philosophers, Hackley contract speculators, gamblers, shoulder
hitters, and numerous other noted characters. These philosophers are not
to be found exclusively on any one ticket, but are scattered through
nearly all of them. Every ticket has good and worthy men upon it; but
with one or two exceptions they are either led by some of the above
named philosophers or have them attached to the tail of their ticket,
under the expectation that the honest men will carry them through; and
in this respect some of the organizations that have made the greatest
bluster about their virtue and principles have the largest number of
these philosophers in nomination.
all this confused mass there is one fact that the public at large can
congratulate themselves upon, and if they will only take advantage of
the opportune moment that now presents itself they can inaugurate a new
era in the government of this misgoverned and tax-ridden city. We refer
to the fact—to which this mingling of nominations by the different
parties bears conclusive evidence—that the party lines are broken, and
that party obligation are no longer binding, even upon the greatest
sticklers for party regularity. There is not a candidate before the
people in this city who does not make every effort in his power to
convince the public that he is an ardent supporter of the administration
in the prosecution of the war to suppress this rebellion. In view of
these facts, what is the duty of the public on Tuesday next? To us it is
a plain one, and we believe we state in this matter the honest
sentiments of ninety-nine-hundredths of the honest voters of the city.
To every voter, then, we would say scrutinize carefully every name that
you deposit in the ballot box; see to it that no candidate, under the
plea that he is a stronger Union man than his opponent, deludes you into
voting for a man that has been mixed up in any corrupt scheme, either at
the City Hall or Albany, or in any way proved recreant to his former
trusts. Let all of those philosophers who have disgraced the city
receive a decided rebuke by the verdict on Tuesday.
Union cry will be raised the loudest by some of the very worst men, for
the purpose of hiding their former misdeeds, in hopes thereby of again
sliding in to position. If the public wish honest representatives, then
let them scratch every name, whatever may be the pretensions of the man,
who has made himself notorious either as one of the Forty Thieves Common
Council, Japanese philosophers, Hackley contractors, Broadway
legislators, betrayed his trusts in judicial or legal positions, or
turned his back upon the enemy on the battle field. The demoralization
of parties, the breaking up of all party lines, has placed in the hands
of the honest masses the defeat of all such and the election of good
men. Let the power be used, and that thoroughly. The public have it in
their power to give the finishing blow to all these philosophers and
conspirators. Let, then, the blow be struck on Tuesday next, and in a
way that will show that time has not obliterated their record, or let us
hear no more about corrupt officials and enormous taxes.
of General Scott at Harrisburg--Enthusiastic Greeting by the People
Pa, Nov. 2, 1861--General
Scott, accompanied by his staff, the Secretary of War, and others,
including several ladies, arrived from Washington at ten o'clock this
morning. The whole party,
with the exception of General Scott, whose infirmities prevented it,
were immediately drove into the residence of Donald Cameron, son of
Simon Cameron, General Scott remaining, meanwhile, in the car.
Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, an immense crowd
gathered around to catch a glimpse of the old hero.
In order to gratify the three a city of the people, the General
stepped up on the platform, when he was greeted with most enthusiastic
cheers. A few were
fortunate enough to get a shake of his hand. The party started for New York, via Reading and Easton, at
one o'clock P.M.
Wade, Wilkinson, Trumbull and Chandler have appointed themselves,
apparently, a committee of four to intermeddle with the affairs of the
War Department and the duties of General McClellan, for the purpose of
goading the federal armies onto another Bull Run disaster.
We have no doubt that are patriotic President will effectually
rebuke these war screechers, who had better be at home attending to
their own business, or, if they desire to fight, shouldering muskets in
the ranks, where abundant opportunity will be given them of aiding in
putting down the rebellion.
False Prophets of the Day--It
is stated in that mischievous anti-slavery organ, the Tribune,
that Brownlow, Beecher and Cheever are veritable prophets, equal, in
fact, to the prophets of the Old Testament.
There were two kinds of prophets, however, of which Holy Writ
makes mention, and it is clear that the pets of Massa Greeley are among
the false ones, those profits of Baal, whom good conservative Jewish
rulers were accustomed to make very short workout.
They predicted, a year ago, that peace would result to the
country from their abolition of nostrums, but behold we are now in the
midst of a desolate and inexpensive civil war, which owes its origin to
their pernicious and pestiferous teachings.
Nevertheless they are permitted to prophesy on, and there's no
telling what evils may yet grow out of their false and fanatical
Fatal Accident to a
Somnambulist—Frederick A. Lackwood,
a young man about nineteen years old, employed as a clerk in the store
[at] No. 6 Malden lane, was accidentally killed yesterday morning by
falling from his bedroom window, at No. 75 Amity street. Deceased, it
appeared, was a somnambulist, and while wandering about his bedroom he
accidentally fell out of the window and was almost instantly killed.
Coroner Jackman held an inquest upon the body
NOVEMBER 4, 1861
PORTLAND (ME) DAILY ADVERTISER
an early hour on Saturday night, the wind began to “pipe up” from
the Northeast, and the gale increased until morning. At about midnight
the wind suddenly changed to the Southeast, accompanied with heavy rain,
and about eight o’clock, A.M., Sunday, the storm reached its height,
and the wind blew with terrific violence. From that hour until 12
o’clock, M., no abatement in the storm was perceptible. The tide rose
to a height almost unprecedented, and the waves rose over the wharves,
sweeping everything not securely fastened, into the docks. The scene
upon the wharves was sublime and terrible. The tempest filled the air
with a wild, angry, shrieking sound, that made the hearer tremble, even
though he felt the firm earth under his feet. The waves were lashed into
fury by the wind, and they came, foaming and leaping, dashing furiously
against all impediments; they seemed together anger as they came, and
when they struck the ends of the piers and rushed up the docks, they
roared like living monsters, springing on their prey.
stood upon the deck of the Montreal, and attempted to get a view
of the sea, but the wind swept with such irresistible force, that it was
impossible to face it, and at the same time keep the eyes open; the rain
drove horizontally, and, as it struck the face, felt like hail; it was
difficult to realize the fact that the sharp, cutting particles, which
made the face tingle, were comprised of nothing but water. The wind and
waves revelled about the breakwater and swept with terrible force
against the wharves, gathering strength in their advance. As the tide
rose and the peril increased, the excitement arose, and fears were
entertained for the safety of the shipping and of the weaker buildings
on the wharves, and it was a most fearful sight to see the slow, but
certain swelling of the flood, as it arose like fate, and covered
landmark after landmark. It was a sublime and terrible sight, one long
to be remembered by those who witnessed it; all the elements of interest
were combined: wind, waves and sky, helped to make up the picture; the
wind howled and shrieked through the rigging of the vessels at the
wharves, and through every crevice that was open to them; the waves,
gathering power as they advanced, sprung madly against the piers, and,
breaking, dashed their spray over them, or spouted angrily through every
crevice; the sky, of a cold grey color, looked wild and threatening,
giving no sign of hope, holding no bow of promise
in its keeping. The winds, the waves, the sky, made up a picture of wild
and terrible sublimity, well worth the seeing, even at the price of a
thorough drenching and other discomforts “too numerous to mention.”
direction of the wind caused an unusual height of tide; the highest
known in this city for more than thirty years. Nearly every wharf was
completely submerged, and the damage done was considerable, a part of
which was to the track of the Grand Trunk Railway. From the Depot around
Fish Point to the Bridge, the shore track was badly washed and broken.
The main track, however, suffered less. In a few places it was broken,
but a large force of men was put to work, ad the trains will run as
the bridges except the Railroad Bridge suffered more or less. About five
hundred feet of the top of Tukey’s, from each abutment to the draw,
was carried off, with some of the stringers and other timbers, and it is
reported that Martin’s point Bridge across the Presumpscot is entirely
demolished. The Portland Bridge was for a long time completely
submerged, but the damage done to it was inconsiderable. The southerly
end of Vaughan’s was so badly washed as to be utterly impassable. The
damage done to Deering’s, was the washing away of a portion of the
gravel road bed at the westerly end, rendering it impassable for
carriages, and the railing.
made land known as the “Dump,” and the buildings thereon on the west
side of the city, suffered in common with other low land. The water
stood to a depth of three feet over the track of the Kennebec &
Portland Railroad, and no doubt it will be found much damaged. Kennebec
street, in process of building, was also badly washed. Lumber, wood and
other loose articles were floating around lively. The cellars of almost
all the houses in that section were filled, and the depth of water in
the streets, obliged some to leave their houses on rafts.
marine disasters, fortunately, were few. One schooner, whose name we
could not learn, parted from her moorings in the stream, and drifted
against the end of Long Wharf. She was stove in and partly sunk. It was
reported at one time that the steamer Forest City was
being badly injured; but such did not appear to be the fact. The crew of
the Montreal, which had previously got up steam, was put on board
her, and she
hauled into the middle of the dock, and safely fastened, where she rode
out the gale. Her mate, the Montreal, at the end of Atlantic
Wharf, was saved from harm by great exertions. Capt. Willard’s pilot
boat, Nellie, was sunk at her moorings by being drifted foul of
by the fishing schooner, Echo, and quite a number of pleasure
yachts were stove and sunk in the different docks. The vessels in the
stream—and there was a large number of them—safely rode at anchor,
excepting the one mentioned above. The ship L. Baker, from
Antwerp, and the barque S. W. Holbrook, from Glasgow,
fortunately arrived at a late hour on Saturday night, and safely
anchored in the stream.
House, Long and Union Wharves came in for a share of the effects of the
storm. A large piece of the
first name was entirely washed out, and that sheds on it or more or less
injured. The Messrs. Lewis,
packers of hermetically sealed meats, &c., suffered considerable
loss. The building occupied as a slip and office by the Ferry
Company was completely gutted--the whole structure of the lower story
being blown out and scattered around the wharf, and the floor dropped
into the dock, leaving the upper story whole.
A large pile of perhaps 800 tons of coal was strewn the entire
width of the wharf.
Wharf suffer the most of any. The
timber cob-work of the lower and was wrenched implied in a shocking
manner, and considerable damage by washing was done to other portions.
hundred feet of shed, the center part of a long range of store shares on
Union Wharf was blown down. It
was filled with merchandise, but little of that was lost.
Considerable earth was washed out from the lower part of the
wharf. It will cost $500 to repair the damage. The planking of the lower part of Brown's Wharf, and of the
P. S. & P. R.R. Wharf is lifted, and some of the earth of the latter
was washed out.
embankment at the Cape Elizabeth and of the P. S. & P. R.R.
bridge was somewhat washed, but workmen were immediately set at
work, and the bridge will be entirely safe for the passage of trains
10 o'clock the fire department was called by the burning of a lime shed
near the head of Commercial Wharf.
It contained about 300 casks of lime, owned by Messrs. Perley
& Russell, and the fire was caused by the water coming in contact
with the lime. About 200
casks were saved.
cellars of many of the stores on Commercial street were filled, and no
doubt considerable loss was sustained by damage to the goods stored in
them. Some of the cellars
were pumped out by the engines. The
boilers and engine of the flour mill in Galt Block were no doubt some
were injured by water.
bath house and pleasure yacht of Col. John Goddard, at Cape Elizabeth,
were completely destroyed. One
of the new barrick buildings at Fort Preble was blown down.
writing the above, we learn that the Grand Trunk Bridge across Back Cove
is perfectly safe for travel.
is impossible to make any estimate of the loss to property occasion by
the storm, it is divided among so many; but although things look bad,
the actual loss in dollars and cents will be much less than would at
scenery presented from the Cape Lights must have been
magnificent. Many of our citizens rode out yesterday, after the
storm abated, to witness one of the grandest sights to be witnessed for
The Naval Expedition—In the midst of the
storm of yesterday, one of the most noticeable features was the anxiety
everywhere expressed as to the fate of the great Naval Expedition.
Although we share this anxiety in a considerable extent, we think there
is good ground for the belief that the flotilla escaped any weather so
severe as was experienced in this vicinity. Severe storms have been
experienced on the coast of Virginia, and the neighborhood, during the
past week, and the departure of the fleet has been delayed on that
account. Although it is probable that the fleet felt the blow, it by no
means follows that it experienced the full strength of the storm, and we
think that the gales of the South have been gradually working North,
accumulating force in their progress, and that we have felt the “tail
end” of the tempest which always gives a spiteful flourish. We by no
means despair of receiving a good account of the Great Expedition.
NOVEMBER 5, 1861
BOSTON DAILY ADVERTISER
information as to the damage done by the gale on Saturday night was
constantly coming in all day yesterday.
In Cambridge, the tide rose to within an inch of the dike on
Mount Auburn street, any one place 70 feet of the dike was carried away.
The cellars in the neighborhood work overflowed.
In Cambridgeport, the lower part of Broadway was overflowed,
making the navigation easy. The
tidy yesterday was unusually high, but fell rapidly.
In Salem, hundreds of cords of wood and bark were swept off from
the wharves. The tanners
also suffered much from the overflowing of their yards and the carrying
away a hides. This South
Riding Branch Railroad was also overflowed in many places, and gravel
washed away by the cart-load. The
track of the eastern railroad running over Hampton Marshes, was so
damaged that no train ran yesterday to Portsmouth and Portland.
It was found it necessary to repair four miles of the road at
this part. Between Boston
and Lynn, also, some damage was done, but not so much but that it was
repaired in season for the trains yesterday.
The Saugus Branch Railroad was somewhat injured, but the trains
were not detained in consequence. The
regiments encamped in tents in this vicinity, founded their stakes
pulled up without the usual preliminary of marching orders.
At Lynnfield, fourteen of the tents were unexpectedly struck, and
the occupants turned out without prospect of relief.
At Readville, also, the tents were handled pretty roughly.
At Portland, Maine, the tide was higher than had been known for
thirty-five years; Commercial street was flooded, cellars filled with
water, and parts of bridges and wharves carried away.
Two of the bridges were rendered impassable. The damage to shipping, however, was comparatively slight.
A laden lumber schooner for Boston broke her moorings and ran
into Long wharf, staving her port so that she filled. Capt. Ben Millard
lost his yacht Nellie, formerly of Boston, which was run into and
sunk by the schooner Echo. It
is reported to the ship is ashore on the Cape, but nothing definite is
known. In Portsmouth the
wharves were considerably damage, and a large quantity of wood and
number was carried away. Nothing
was harmed at the Navy-Yard. At
Lynn, quantities of sand and gravel were swept off the beach, and the
bankings on the ocean side of some estates were destroyed.
The Beach street causeway was overflowed, and the fence
destroyed. All through the
city, trees and fences were torn up.
The wharves were all more less damage, and quantities of wood and
lumber or afloat. In Charlestown, 300 bushels of grain in the mills at the
mill-pond were destroyed. In
East Bridgewater the steeple at the Methodist church was blown down and
lighted, pointed-down, on the
crashing through roof and ceiling, the end of finally coming to rest on
the window-seat. At New
Bedford no great damage was done, although the storm was very severe.
The steamer Water-Spout broke from her moorings and sank
near the bridge.
list of the wrecks reported yesterday will be found in our Marine
Journal. Nine bodies were
recovered yesterday, and brought up to this city.
The pilot boat Coquette brought up the bodies of two
women, one apparently about 18, the other 50 years old; they were found
on Light-house Island. Three
were reported on Calf Island, one that of a woman. Three bodies were brought up from Great Brewster, and one
from Light-house Island--than two of the man and two women.
One of the men had on his person a draft for £18 on the Oriental
Bank Corporation, in favor of Mr. Louis Boget. Mr. Barker, keeper of the
Boston Light, is constantly on the watch for others.
damage has been done among the small vessels in Gloucester harbor by
shaking. In Provincetown, a
number of mackerel fishermen drifted ashore or came into collision,
doing each other a good deal of damage.
If the wind had continued until high tide, the destruction of
property would have immense, as all the wharves must have been swept
clean. No disasters on the
back of the Cape have been heard of.
Neptune House in Chelsea was burned to the ground on Sunday afternoon.
An attempt to burn it had been made early in the afternoon, but
it was discovered and extinguished.
At half-past six, however, it was again discovered to be on fire,
and was entirely destroyed, with all the out buildings, as no proper
means for saving it were on hand. The
house was the property of Ephraim Hayes of the Merchants' Hotel, and was
valued at $10,000, partially insured.
A small stock of furniture and some liquors were also lost.
During the fire, Mr. Hayes and a friend with him got into a fray
with a party of rowdies, and Mr. Hayes receive a stab in the neck.
about 3 o'clock yesterday morning this table connected with Fowler &
Higgins's lumberyard, in Medford, was discovered to be on fire.
Engine No. 3 was speedily on hand, also the new steam fire
engine, and the fire was promptly extinguished.
The foreman of engine No. 3, Mr. Melville Richards, entered the
building and some of the burning timbers fell upon him.
Before he could be rescued he died of suffocation.
Mr. Richards was a member of the Fifth Regiment, and was wounded
at Bull Run. He was a
single man but had a mother and sister depending upon him for support.
NOVEMBER 6, 1861
BOSTON DAILY ADVERTISER
often hear complaints that so little has been done in this war so far.
The war has been going on now for seven months, says a shallow
observer, and the government has scarcely yet made an impression on the
South. With men to be had
almost by the million, and money by the hundred millions, with the whole
of the naval and commercial marine of the United States, we are told
that it has not yet effected any positive success against the rebellion.
It passes for nothing that when the war broke out it found our
government paralyzed by the treasons, active and passive, of Mr.
Buchanan's administration. It
passes for nothing that the earlier months of the war had to be spent in
getting together ships and arms which have been scattered by
secessionist when in power; that an army had to be created out of raw
recruits, that the very government itself had to be reconstructed, and
that all these operations were performed in spite of unexampled the
difficulties, with such celerity as has not yet ceased to be a wonder.
All this passes for nothing, and it is still insisted that no
real progress hasn't made in crushing the rebellion.
what our means were for carrying on a war last spring, it appears to me
that it is a good seasons work even to have prepared the apparatus for
subduing the rebellion. We
maintain, however, that besides this some most substantial work has been
done. Leaving of view all
naval expeditions and all possible movements on the Potomac, we claim
that if the campaign of 1861 were to close today, it would have some
most valuable results to show. Take
the border States for example. On the 19th of April Maryland
was virtually lost to the Union, she had become hostile territory almost
as much as Virginia, our troops were murdered on her soil, and she was
prepared to become an accessory to the destruction of the capital. Today
she is at least harmless, a large part of her population are now
actively loyal, and even the disloyal are forced to be quiet and to
suffer any corporal’s guard to pass in peace, if it be in the name of
the United States. Western Virginia also in the past few months has been
occupied, purified and secured for the Union beyond the chances of war.
Kentucky has also professed to be loyal and, we believe, intended to be
so, and yet she would have risen in arms last spring had federal troops
entered upon her soil, and would have been as much lost as Tennessee.
Today she begs for the assistance of the government and welcomes the
soldiers from the other side of the Ohio. Her young men do not respond
so quickly to the call for volunteers as they should, though her show is
still creditable, but yet we call it a glorious season’s work to have
converted such a State, so powerful, so generous and so noble, even to
passive loyalty, remembering her dangerous neutrality of last spring.
And finally a hard season’s fight now promises to leave government in
almost undisputed possession of Missouri, with a regenerated State
government and prospects of most cheering aspect for the future.
this were the whole, it would still seem to us a most important series
of successes, to be effected with a half-disorganized government against
a rebellion which had the start by five months—nay, by thirty years.
But this is not the whole, nor, as it seems to us, the principal part of
what has been done. We have established a blockade along the whole
southern coast, which is vindicating itself not only against the South,
but against all the world. We have shut up a year’s crops at the
South, and have done it so thoroughly that Europe, with the strongest
interest to open the ports, confesses itself unable to find a flaw in
our proceedings. The South has been compelled by our success to abandon
its hope of forcing its crop into the market, and finds its whole
system cut up by the roots. Moreover, the South, at the close of the
season confesses that it is in a state of extreme exhaustion. It has no
currency, its trade is dead, its agriculture stands still, its
government cannot help the people, and the people cannot lend to the
government. Describe the case of the South in as gloomy terms as we
will, we cannot surpass the picture of distress and apprehension for the
future, which is drawn by the Secession papers of the South at this
moment, whether they are printed at Richmond, at New Orleans, or at
is an achievement of vast consequence to have thus overturned the
fundamental scheme of the enemy, and to have reduced them to such a
state of financial disorder and embarrassment. This has been done,
however, in a manner which is in itself a triumph. The government has
gone through the struggle of seven months, and is only now beginning to
understand what its resources really are. Its credit has risen as the
war has proceeded, it can raise its fifty millions now where a tenth of
that sum was hard to obtain last spring, the people are beginning to
really understand that the government is financially good, an to
act upon the knowledge, so that while the end of the season finds the
rebels weak and poor, it finds the government, on the other hand,
stronger than ever. It appears to us that these are results of the very
first importance, and if there were nothing more to expect from this
campaign—instead of the grand results which we have a right to look
for—there would still be no cause for the foolish sneer that the
government has accomplished nothing.
Resources of the Country--The
New York Journal of Commerce of yesterday, a careful and not
over-sanguine paper, makes the following remarks on the financial
prospect of the government, for the year 1862--
the coming year, if the war is to continue on the same scale, at least
four hundred millions more will be required.
If the imports should not increase so as to turn the exchange
against us, a large part of this could be raised in our own country, as
it would then all be expended here.
If the imports should largely increase so as to drain our gold,
it could then be raised abroad, as we can borrow any amount in Europe if
we will only take the products of their industry in payment.
In either case, therefore, if the expenditures should be
authorized by Congress, and that people be determined upon supporting
it, there will be much less difficulty in procuring the means than what
had been supposed possible one year ago.”
the interruption of the guano trade with the United States, the
proprietors of the islands in the Pacific had commenced sending cargoes
brig John H. Jones has been chartered by the American
Colonization Society, and is now at New York receiving passengers and
freight for Liberia. About
forty colored immigrants have already secured berths.
The Liberian colonization movement is effective somewhat by the
new exodus to Hayti, but far less than was expected. The Haytien
immigrants are mostly of a class that has never been reached by the
friendly appeals of the American Colonization Society.
commerce of the Connecticut river is now in nearly all carried on by
sailing vessels, the Government having bought or chartered most of the
NOVEMBER 7, 1861
MORNING BULLETIN (CT)
AND THE BLOCKADE
the many confident assurances of the rebel agents in Europe that England
and France would soon unite in an effort to break the blockade, the
people in Cottondom begin to regard the prospect of such an event as
altogether shadowy and devoid of consolation. The gay and festive
emissaries whoa re wearing good clothes and frolicking in foreign
capitals view the “position” through rose-colored spectacles. There
is no reason why they should not. As long as they can dazzle the eyes of
the confederates with even the most thin-shelled of splendid
expectations, they can pursue their little sports and recreations with
full stomachs . . .
the rebels at home take a more practical view of the matter. They are
shut up to the solemn contemplation of the disagreeable fact that there is
a blockade, and, while they see it, they can no m ore see their way
through it than they could when Mr. Yancey sent home his first jubilant
bulletin. The New Orleans Crescent says any hope of foreign
intervention at present is an “ignis fatuus.”
The Delta agrees in this position, and thinks the planters might
as well give up raising cotton for the present, and devote themselves to
corn. The Memphis Appeal says: “The opinion is very generally
expressed that patriotic duty, wise policy and benevolent feeling, all
require the planter for the coming year to abandon the planting of
cotton for that of corn, wheat, potatoes and other necessities of
expressions of opinions as these are common in all the leading Southern
journals. The blockade has led them to a discovery, which is like gall
and wormwood. They are not as much given to prating of their idol, King
Cotton, as they were a year ago, but they dolefully admit the greater
significance of hog and hominy.
course pursued by the planters and encouraged by the rebel authorities,
in retaining the cotton on the plantations, for fear of its seizure by
our expeditions if sent to any of the ports, has not been without its
effects abroad. English commercial writers have roundly denounced this
attempt to embroil England with the United States, by offering her
cotton only at the price of war. What object is there, they say, in
attempting to break up the blockade, so long as it is n o greater an
obstacle to the shipment of cotton than the embargo laid by the rebels
themselves? They recognize the shrewdness of the operation, so far as
the rebels are concerned, but do not relish its application to
themselves. So this stroke of Confederate policy is not likely to amount
to much at present.
the blockade is growing more and more stringent every day, and the
sufferings of the rebels are constantly becoming acuter. Notwithstanding
the good crops in the South, the prices of cereals are reported by the
New Orleans papers as advancing to exorbitant figures.
The people will perhaps not suffer for the necessaries of life,
but their melancholy gays will rest upon their console piles of cotton,
and somberness will pervade their breasts at the thought of the
delicacies that might purchase; and they will sigh, and cursed the
blockade, and sigh again.
is vanishing from Missouri more rapidly even than its enemies predicted.
Secession has made the State too hot for the institution, and
secessionists are daily leaving the State for the South, with their slaves,
to escape the very dangers they themselves madly incited and provoked.
We argued, six months ago, that secession, or attempted secession in
Missouri, would overthrow slavery in the State, and hurry the institution to
its doom. But the secessionists would not listen to us.
They are now verifying our predictions by fleeing with their slaves
from the consequences of their own folly. –St. Louis News.
Loss of a Sloop--the
New Haven palladium states that the sloop Joseph A. Smith, of New
London, Capt. Jason L. Ryan, sailed from Millstone Point some days since
loaded with stone, and bound for New York, since which nothing has been
heard from her. Another vessel
has gone to New York since that time, laden in the same way, discharged her
cargo and returned in safety. It
is feared that Capt. Ryan and sloop are lost.
For several years he ran between a New London and Sag Harbor, but
stopped when the steamboats commands running.
He has since been engaged in the coasting trade, and is well known
along shore. The J.A. Smith
has made numerous trips to the city lately, with stone, and your captain and
crew were well known here.
Fire at Montville
on Tuesday night destroyed the tenement owned and occupied by James Turner.
The lower story was a occupied as a store, and the upper story was
the residence of Mr. Turner and his family.
The whole family were at the concert in New London, winds Mr. Turner
return at about 11½ o'clock to find the upper story in flames.
He immediately went to work removing the goods from the store,
finding in course of the work that the money drawer have been propped up all
that contained--a few dollars in change.
The building was entirely consumed, and nothing saved except a
portion of the goods in the store. The
fire was undoubtedly of incendiary origin.
The building and the goods in the store or insured for $2,200 in the
Etna office of Hartford. The
furniture, etc., of the house was insured for $1,000 in the New London
County Mutual Insurance office of this city.
The insurance will probably cover the loss.
Exchange of Prisoners
Kurtz of the U. S. Navy, whose arrival at Washington from Richmond on his
parole of honor, has been previously noticed, is now stopping in this city. His parole, which is for fifty days, was obtained chiefly
through the intercession of ex-Senator Mallory, after enduring for several
weeks, in company with a fellow prisoner, Lieut. Selden, also of the Navy,
the horrors of a Richmond jail.
chief object of the rebel authorities for granting his parole was to obtain
Lieut. Kurtz's influence with the Washington Cabinet to arrange for an
exchange of prisoners, including himself, and it is understood that he has
so far enlisted the sympathies of the government by his description of the
ill treatment of the Federal prisoners as to have received from Secretary
Seward and Secretary Welles, as well as the President, the assurance that
the Cabinet would give them after the deepest consideration without delay,
with the prospect of succeeding in effecting some amicable arrangement which
will meet the views of the rebels, and at the same time preserve the dignity
of the government.
Kurtz will probably be exchanged with a Dr. Sharp, now prisoner at Fort
NOVEMBER 8, 1861
HARTFORD DAILY COURANT (CT)
is well to weigh in the scales of common sense would ever stories are
floating about the streets, at all times; it is particularly well, in
these times of war and rumors, to be on guard against the tricks of
practical jokers, stock-jobbers, etc.
The New York Independent of this week says:
as we are going to press, we receive a most important piece of
information from a reliable source.
It is nothing less than the expressed conviction of Mr. Seward
that the Government cannot succeed in this war; that the Confederacy
will probably be recognized by the European powers; and that peace will
be the result in sixty days. In
view of this Thurlow Weed has been sent to England, and if he shall find
the British Ministry determined to recognize the Confederacy, the
Administration here without once prepare for peace. It was to pave the way for this that the discouraging report
of Adjutant-General Thomas was allowed to be published. We haveat this late hour to remark on this information,
except to say that, if entirely correct (as we are positively assured),
it was simply break down the Administration and destroy the country.”
above is a mere canard; there's no truth in it; and it is only
part and parcel of a systematic attack upon the character of William H.
Seward, traces of which have been apparent in this community for a week
or ten days past. Men will
tell you, in an imposing way, that Seward drinks, excessively;
that his intellect is failing; that his star is bound to go down, and
that suddenly. The story
comes from various sources; but all bear marks of the same parentage;
there is a stealthy malice, as well as system about the matter, that
looks very much as if somebody wanted to kill off a Presidential rival.
Let us all beware of being made the unconscious tools of
designing men. Certain
moralists are exceedingly indulgent to the failings of great man, so
long is their interests lead them to wink; and only discover private
enormities at moments convenient for themselves.
New York World professes to have "the best authority"
for announcing that Port Royal and Beaufort are the points for which our
naval expedition is destined. If
the squadron went into Bull's Bay it was probably only to set things to
rights, after the storm. It
is known that the fleet had rough weather; but it is not fought any
serious loss occurred. Doubtless
the men suffered from seasickness and from being crowded into close
quarters. The Connecticut Sixth and Seventh regiments are under
Brigadier General Horatio Gates Wright, an auspicious name.
The intention is to make a settlement, on the Island of Port
Royal, from which is a base the army can be here after pushed into the
seven country. There is not
likely to be any fighting of much consequence done immediately.
The troops will have to work and drill and acclimate, for some
months, before they will be called upon to fight.
Pencil Sharpeners--A correspondent has
tested, and found to work well the following method of giving a good
point to lead pencil: take a piece of coarse sand-paper, and cut into
squares of 1½ inch; fold each piece in the middle with the stand
inward; cut down the bulk of the wood of the pencil point, and then take
three or four of the folded piece is between palm and first finger.
A pencil among the leaves, and you can produce a finer point than
with any pencil sharpener now in use.
dispatch from St. Louis, last evening says that the army at Springfield
was quiet and in good spirits on Wednesday, that there was no enemy, or
the Gen. Hunter had no expectation of a battle at present.
It is possible that the big stories received the past two days,
of an immense force of the enemy be near Springfield, and about to give
battle to Fremont, were made up a whole cloth, and for that effect.
Such is the belief that Washington.
coal dealers of Washington have raised the price of coal to ten dollars
per ton in consequence of the closing of the Potomac.
The Pennsylvania dealers say that they can deliver coal and
Washington, via Baltimore, and furnish it to consumers at $4.
Robert J. Walker expresses the opinion that the war will be terminated
this winter--that it will substantially and with the present campaign.
The fiscal condition of the confederate government cannot, as he
supposes, enable it to maintain a war for another year.
The loan of two hundred and fifty millions of dollars authorized
by Congress and the late session will probably be obtained and expended
by the first of January next.
the seven months ending October 31, 1861, thirty-six thousand men were
shipped for the navy at the various rendezvous in the states, and twelve
thousand recruits were enlisted for the regular army.
out of forty officers favored Gen. McClellan taking command of the army
without regard to precedence for rank.
gang of one hundred Negro wood-choppers passed over into Virginia
Tuesday morning to cut wood for the army.
They were comfortably prepared to camp out, and as they passed
along there were singing, merrily, "We are bound for Dixie."
Holmes of East Becket, Mass., has a Durham cow which is given birth to
five heifer calves within less than eleven months; two at the first
birth and three at the next, all of which are doing well.
Richmond Examiner learns that the office of the confederate
produce loan is very much burdened with letters from the planters,
suggesting and requiring modes of relief under the conditions of their
subscriptions to the government. Nearly
all these letters give the same account of the necessities of the
planting interest, and hold out the certain prospect of large additions
to the subscriptions to the loan, in case of the government making small
advances suitable to the actual necessities of the planters.
NOVEMBER 9, 1861
LOWELL (MA) DAILY CITIZEN & NEWS
ABOUT THE EXPEDITION?
official information has been received from the fleet, and that we have
some reports, chiefly from rebel sources, which are quite vague and
somewhat contradictory. The
fleet is said to have entered Port Royal, S. C., and begun to bombard
the defenses of the place. One
account states that the land force had disembarked, but this is by no
means certain two small steam transports are said to have been wrecked
on the North Carolina coast by the gale, and that 75 men were taken
prisoners and sent to Raleigh. We
may expect reliable information soon.
Royal is said to have the best channel and harbor below Norfolk.
The Coast Survey report says it has more than 20 feet of water in
the shallowest places, from the outer bar to Beaufort. The harbor is capacious, and has long been held to be
superior, either to Charleston or Savannah.
Beaufort is a small town, and easily defended from the sea,
within ten miles of the Charleston and Savannah railroad, twenty-five
miles or so from Savannah, and fifty or sixty from Charleston.
A strong force at Beaufort would thus threaten both of those
cities on the side unprotected by the forts, while the possession of
Beaufort and Port Royal channel would alone give a rendezvous of vast
importance to the blockading fleet.
The rebels have erected a small fort, intended to command the
roads, but it will be strange if our twenty ships-of-war do not demolish
them in short order. Capt. Tatnall, late of the U.S. Navy, is said to be
in command of the rebels.
Emissaries--It is rumored that Mason and Slidell, the new rebel
ambassadors, are authorized to grant almost anything that England and
France may ask, even to the extent of a protectorate over the
confederate states, and if nothing else will do, the perspective
emancipation of the slaves.
Legislation--Rev. Wm. S. Balch of Ludlow has introduced a bill
into the Vermont legislature which confiscates all intoxicating liquor
is brought into the state of Vermont.
All packages of liquor found in the hands of railroad
corporations, or other common carriers, are to be seized by the
government. If pure, it
goes to town agents; if impure, it is destroyed.
There is a prospect of its being passed. This is the most stringent prohibit or law ever introduced.
of the Sick--We
have been reminded that while great and praiseworthy efforts are now
directed to the supply of socks, blankets and under garments for our
soldiers in the field, there is danger that some of the wants of the
sick and wounded may be overlooked.
We have been desired to call attention to this matter and to
suggest that there is and will be need of bandages and proper material
from which they can be made. Persons
who may have old sheets or pillow-cases or worn-out cotton or linen
cloth and we'll leave it at the office of the Gas Light Company marked
"For Hospital Use," maybe sure of rendering timely service to
the common cause.
learn that Mrs. Lorana M., wife of H. A. Hildreth, wire worker on
Central street, died very suddenly this morning of quick consumption.
She was about 32 years of age, and had been sick but about 8
weeks. She leaves no
children. Her remains will
be taken to Clinton, Me., for interment.
funeral will take place at 12½ o'clock to-morrow, from his residence,
No. 14 central street. Relatives
and friends are invited to attend.
before noon Thomas Dunn, for larceny of cigars, was fined $1.00 and
costs. Nancy Holland, for keeping and noisy and disorderly house,
was ordered to the Superior Court.
Rufus Wilkins, for an assault upon Phanuel Flanders, was fined $5
and costs, from which he appealed.
It all arose out of a dog fight.
Better killed both dogs. Lawrence
Tighe, for keeping a dog without license, paid costs and got his dog
licensed. Patrick Connors, for an assault on his wife, was fined $1.00
and costs, and ordered to keep the peace for six months.
Draft for October--The
whole amount of the city draft for the month of October, payable on the
10th inst., is $8,204.91, charged to the different appropriations as
follows: schools, $113.49; schoolhouses, $8.00; police, $3,202.52;
streets, $1,043.59; paupers, $1,227.31; lighting, $431.40; fire
department, $364.88; printing, $156.75; water-pipe, $20.83; interest,
$1,636.14. Besides this the
firemen's time pay for six months, amounting to $4,612.01, is payable at
the same time--making the total draft to be paid for the month of
dispatch from Cairo, Ill., of the seventh, reports that an expedition
under Generals Grant and McClernand , with five Illinois and Iowa
regiments, left Cairo the previous night and landed at Belmont, Mo.,
three miles above Columbus, early yesterday morning.
The dispatch says--
Federal troops, numbering 3500, engage the rebels, 7000 strong at 11
o'clock. The battle lasted until sundown.
The rebels were driven from their entrenchments across the river,
with great loss; their camp was burnt, and their stores, with all their
baggage, cannon, horses and mules, and one hundred prisoners taken.
The federal troops and then retired, the rebels having received
reinforcements from Columbus, Ky. Both
generals had their forces shot under them. Col. Dougherty of Illinois
was wounded and taken prisoner. The
rebel loss is unknown. The
Federal loss is believed to be from 300 to 500.
later dispatch gives further particulars:
taking possession of the rebel camp it was discovered that the rebels
were crossing over from Kentucky for the purpose of attacking us in the
rear, and in order was given to return to the boats.
Our men were then attacked by reinforcements of several thousands
from Columbus. Another
severe engagement took place, in which our troops suffered severely.
Are lost, so far as is ascertained, is as follows; 30th Illinois
regiment, 160 missing, Maj. McClerken wounded and taken prisoner; 21st,
140 missing. Col. Buford's regiment returned too late to obtain any
particulars. Col. Dougherty is reported a prisoner, and Col. Lyman is
reported dangerously blended. Taylor's
battery lost one gun. We
have taken 250 prisoners, a number of whom are winded.
The number of rebels killed was 300.
The ground was completely strewn with their dead bodies.
The rebel Col. Wright of the 13th Tennessee regiment was killed.
Gen. Cheatham commanded the rebels, Polk being at Columbus.
It is stated that Gen. Johnson was wounded.
The gunboats rendered efficient service in covering our retreat,
mowing down the rebels with great, but killing some of our own men.
flag of truce left Cairo this morning, with 40 or 50 wounded rebels.
promise” is a rainbow.
“foolish fire,” referring to a light that sometimes appears at night
ver marshy or swampy ground, as the gas from decomposed plant matter
combusts. The meaning here is “will-o’-the wisp” or “a deceptive
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