From The Constitution, Wednesday, December 21, 1864 (volume 28, number 1408)

War News.

The Secretary of War furnishes a volume of official dispatches, all of them of the most gratifying character. Success is reported in every quarter of the military field, and much of the information coming through rebel sources, the news may be set down as undoubtedly true.

The news from Gen. Sherman continues highly encouraging. From Richmond papers we learn that on Wednesday, 14, Gen. Sherman carried Fort McAllister by storm, and thus completely opened up his communications with the sea coast via the Ogeechee River, by which he can now receive supplies and reinforcements, if necessary for further operations. His army is thus planted directly in the rear of Savannah, and that city must fall, no matter what may be its defences.—We have a report brought by the steamer Varona, from Charleston Harbor, to Annapolis, to the effect that Savannah had already been captured, with 1,100 prisoners, after eight hours’ fighting, but this is not confirmed from any other source. Richmond papers report the capture of Fort McAllister on Wednesday, and if Savannah had then been taken, as it must have been in order for the news to reach Charleston so soon, it would also have been known in Richmond.

The fighting before Nashville was renewed Friday, and is reported to have been very desperate in its character, but resulted in our forces being everywhere successful. A dispatch from Nashville, dated at 2:15 P. M. says Hood was making desperate efforts to get away, but Thomas was pressing him with vigor and rapidly capturing men and guns.—The prospect was fair for the annihilation of Hood’s army. His retreat by the route by which he advanced had already been cut off.

Richmond papers of Friday publish Hood’s official report of the battle of Franklin, in which he claims a victory, but admits a fearful loss in valuable officers—no less than eleven Generals being placed hors-de-combat—six killed and five wounded.

The first news of an important raid in Southwestern Virginia, by our cavalry, under Burbridge and Stoneman, comes to us through Richmond papers of Friday, extracts from which are telegraphed by the Secretary of War. Our forces had captured Bristol, Va., on the 13th, and moved upon Abington at once, taking that place without opposition, and then moving rapidly up the East Tennessee Railroad, had reached Marion on the 15th and would undoubtedly capture the important salt works at Saltville, and do great damage to the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad.

The expedition sent from Roanoke Island to Fitch Landing on the Roanoke River on the 3d inst., destroyed nearly a million dollars’ worth of rebel commissary supplies, and much other valuable property. News has been received at Newbern from the Union expedition now moving up the Roanoke River. The gunboat Otsego and the picket boat Basly had been blown up and destroyed by torpedoes.

A report from Newbern of Dec. 13 shows that a Union force was moving up the Neuse River. The report was that they had captured Kinston and the railroad bridge, and were still moving into the interior.

A dispatch from Montreal states that there is a perfect panic in Canada amongst railway managers, in anticipation of non-intercourse with the United States, unless the Canadian Government takes measures to allay the excitement on the border. The released raiders had not been rearrested, nor had the stolen money been returned. Parliament had been summoned to meet on the 19th of January.—Magistrates have been appointed on the frontier to take cognizance of breaches of international law. They will be aided by a strong police force.

By the Morning Star, which arrived Friday afternoon, we have news from New Orleans to Dec. 10. Gen. Davidson’s great raid from New Orleans was meeting with entire success. Mobile papers of the 4th inst., express the opinion that he was marching on that city. He has a force of 5,000 cavalry.—Gen. Canby’s wound is gradually healing, and he is now able to attend to all the important business of his office.

The Latest.

Official dispatches from Gen. Sherman are encouraging. His march through Georgia has been an “agreeable” one, unmolested by guerrillas, and abundant supplies found. Savannah is now invested.

Gen. Thomas has forwarded dispatches announcing a complete victory over the rebel Gen. Hood. Half of his army is supposed to be destroyed.

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The St. Alban Raiders.—The Judge of the Court at Montreal, Canada, who has lately had under examination the St. Alban raiders, has decided that the court has no jurisdiction over them, and ordered their discharge. There is a queer look about the affair.

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The Nevada State government was inaugurated on the 5th. The legislature meets at Station 138, and will elect United States Senators.

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There is a New York regiment, which, during three years service, travelled by sea and land more than 12,000 miles, fought twenty general engagements, marched through fifteen States, and had been under Burnside, Pope, McClellan, McDowell, Meade, Sherman and Grant.

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There are only 144 prisoners in Wethersfield (Ct.) State Prison of whom 17 are women. There are 18 persons under sentence for life; 12 for murder in the second degree, 3 for murder, 1 for attempt at murder, 1 for bestiality and 1 for rape. Hannah Donnovan, one of the life prisoners was committed in 1861, at the age of 19, for murder in the second degree—splitting open the head of the man she was living with.

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The New Navy Yard.—The question of the new navy yard is now before Congress. The location is to be League Island, Penn., or New London, in this State, the report of the committee being in favor of the latter place. Mr. Brandegee in a speech before the house, demonstrated the superior advantages of New London for that purpose as regards location, economy and facilities. It is claimed that the expense of locating the yard at League Island, over and above that at New London would be nearly twenty four millions of dollars, while the annual expense at the former would exceed the latter by two and a half millions of dollars.

Local News.

Christmas and the Holidays.—The annual Holidays are approaching, and it is expected that they will be observed in this city in the usual manner. “Christmas Eve” comes this year on the last day of the week, Saturday. Services will be held in the Episcopal and Catholic churches in this city, the former being now trimmed with evergreens, &c., in which the taste of the ladies will be called into full display.

The customary service for Christmas Eve in the Universalist church, will be postponed to Sunday afternoon, when a sermon suitable to the occasion will be given by the pastor.

St. Nicholas will visit this place the same night. He will come by private conveyance, and all who expect a visit from him, need not be particular to have their doors unlocked, as it is said that his usual mode of ingress is by the chimney. The little folks will therefore know where to hang their stockings. To those who wish to purchase presents for their friends we may suggest a few places! What is more acceptable as a Christmas gift than a handsomely bound volume with something valuable between its rich covers. Such may be found, with other suitable articles at the stores of Messrs. Bradley & Treadwell, E. Rockwell or D. Barnes. …

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The Old and Young Folks wishing to mingle in mirth and music can attend the social assembly at McDonough Hall, on Friday evening of this week. Music by Colt’s band. A. J. Spencer, prompter. Tickets $1.

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The Weather last week was wintry—a little snow falling now and then. Sleighing fair.

Miscellaneous.

A loquacious gentleman, finding himself a passenger in a stage coach with no one but a very prim and taciturn maiden lady of some forty winters, endeavored in vain to engage in conversation. At length night came; as nothing was said, both fell asleep. The stage finally stopped and the driver announced to the lady that she had arrived at her place of destination. Her fellow passenger being awakened at the same time, thought he would compel the lady to exchange a word at leaving, and addressed her: “Madam; as we shall never again, probably, sleep in the same room, together, I bid you a very respectful farewell.”

A scream, and silence reigned again.

Poetry.

My Husband Uses Tobacco.

He sits in his chair from morning till night

‘Tis smoke, chew, smoke,

He rises at dawn his pipe to light.

Goes puffing and chewing with all his might,

Till the hour of night. Tis his delight

To smoke, chew, smoke.

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The quid goes in when the pipe goes out,

‘Tis chew, chew, chew.

Now a cloud of smoke pours from his throat,

Then his mouth sends a constant stream afloat,

Sufficient to carry a mill or a boat,

‘Tis chew, chew, chew.

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He sits all day in a smoke or fog,

‘Tis puff, puff, puff.

He grow’s at his wife, the cat and the dog.

He covers with filth the carpet and rug,

And his only answer when I give him a jog,

Is puff, puff, puff!

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The house all over from end to end,

Is smoke, smoke, smoke!

In whatever room my way I wend.

If I take up his old clothes to patch or to mend,

Ungrateful perfumes will ever ascend

Of smoke, smoke, smoke.

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At home or abroad, afar or near,

‘Tis smoke, chew, smoke,

His mouth is stuffed from ear to ear,

Or puffing the stump of pipe so dear;

And his days will end, I verily fear,

In smoke, smoke, smoke.

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Young ladies, beware! live single indeed,

Ere you marry the man who uses “the weed!”

Better that husbands you ever should lack, O,

Than marry a “husband that uses tobacco.”

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