Suspicious Ships.- New York, 2d. A suspicious brig sailed on Friday, it is reported for Africa. It is rumored that two or three other suspicious barques and brigs have sailed recently for Africa, all from the Atlantic dock, Brooklyn.
Pennsylvania Oil Springs. M. A. Plumer & Co., below Titusville, Venango County, are the fortunate owners of a good oil well, 140 feet deep, and now pumping; it may safely be called a twenty-five barrel well. On Driftwood Island, below Titusville, S.P. Fowler & Co. have a good vein at a depth of 105 feet. They are pumping fifteen barrels per day. Cellars & Custer, one mile from Franklin, on the Alleghaney River, struck a vein of oil on Monday last: it is pronounced a No. 1 well. Rouse, Mitchell & Brown, on Oil Creek, on Buchanan Farm, well No. 2, on Thursday last struck a vein at the depth of 100 feet, which will make a thirty barrel well. The strong flow of gas made this a fountain well for several hours. S. Q. Brown, on Bruner Farm, south side of the river, opposite Upper Walnut Island struck a fine vein on Friday last, at a depth of 120 feet.
At the Hall’s Run oil spring, on East Sandy, the Emlenton Company are three feet in rock with a strong show of oil, and are preparing to push their boring operations vigorously with horse power. A few rods below, on the same side of the creek, James Haslet, of Rockland is boring with good prospects. At Wilson’ mill, half a mile further down, there is a well 180 feet deep, with considerable surface show. At Slab Furnace, three fourths of a mile below the mill, a well has been bored 190 feet, with a storng smell of oil for the last forty feet. The celebrated Daniel Smith’s oil spring, in Alleghany river, is directly opposite the mouth of East Sandy, and the developments of the creek are causing considerable excitement and attracting attention to that part of the oil region.
English Opinion of Judge Douglas.- An English gentleman who has struggled upwards from poverty, avoids as much as possible alluding to the sordid experiences and distasteful associations of his earlier years; and this reticence he exercises out of no false shame, but from a sense of what is due to others. Not so Mr. Stephen A. Douglas. With the cringing leer of our humble friend Uriah Heep and the swagger of Bounderby, he presents himself to the Great Unwashed, and says, “Here, look at me; I am the great Mr. Stephen A. Douglas, and yet only a few years since I was just as dirty and ill-fed and desperate as yourselves.
We shall be very much surprised, if a man who writes “Down with England” on the front of his flag, should be elected by a majority of Americans to the highest office in their country.
From Washington. The President on Saturday passed the whole day at the Soldiers’ Home with his Secretaries, engrossed by public business, corresponding to his numerous correspondents, personal and political.
The Meigs case is at an end. The President, as Commander-in-Chief, has ordered Captain Meigs to obey his superior officer, the Secretary of War, and has declined to receive any communication from him, except through the War Department. The army and navy rejoice in this decision, otherwise any lieutenant or midshipman might bring his personal grievance directly to the President and made a correspondence with him, contrary to the rules of both services.
Secretary Cobb has ordered the revenue vessels in the Gulf to cruise off the mouth of the Mississippi for New Orleans filibusters and compel their return. This action is in consequence of reports that large numbers of men, who are anxious to join General Walker in Honduras, are hastily preparing to leave. The President is determined to discountenance all unlawful expeditions against our Central American neighbors….
The Famous Capt. Patten. The barque Wildfire was recently stolen, as is alleged, from her moorings at Key West, by Capt. Patten, of slave-trading notoriety, but was pursued and brought back by a party of armed wreckers.
The Wrecked Slaver.- The Nassua papers contain the following account of the slaver which was wrecked near Abaco, July 28th:
She had 360 Africans on board. They were taken to Nassau, and sent by the Governor’s orders to Athol Island, where they were properly cared for. The captain and mate having remained at Abaco, refusing to go to Nassau, the schooner Racer, with two or three armed policemen, was sent down to arrest them. They were found on board the American barque Fabion, about to sail for Key West, and taken to Nassau, where, after an examination, they were committed to prison to stand their trial next October.
On the 8th ult. The Africans were distributed amongst those who wished to have them as servants and twenty-one enlisted in the First West Indian regiment.
From Havana.- The Slave Trade.- The steam-ship Cahawba, from New Orleans and Havana, arrived at New York on Saturday evening. The dates from the latter port are to the 28th ult. There was no local news of interest in Havana beyond the departure of volunteers for service of the Dominican republic. The capture of a steamer engaged in the slave trade, by the United States steamer Crusader is reported. She is said to have had 1800 negroes on board, and to have succeeded in landing a portion near Cardenas before she was taken. Another cargo of 340 was successfully landed near Sierra Morena. The difficulties with the Juarez government, at Vera Cruz, in regard to the Maria Conception, would, it was thought, be settled amicably.
Theatrical. – Edwin Booth will commence an engagement at the Howard Athenaeum this evening “The Apostate” will be presented. The simple announcement of Mr Booth’s performance should be, and we believe will be, sufficient to crowd the Atheaeum. His undoubted histrionic talents have always been appreciated in Boston and time as it adds to the luster of his dramatic achievements, should also increase his popularity in this city….
Santa Anna At St. Thomas.- We hear of the entire destruction of the costly residence of Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, at St. Thomas, by fire. It is supposed to have been the work of an incendiary…
The Rebellion in China.- Critical Condition of the Emperor. (very long article)
Men’s Rights.- The married men of Janesville, Wis., whose wives have gone East visiting, have held an indignation meeting. Resolutions were adopted denouncing the long absence of married women on visits to relatives and friends as a serious and growing evil, asserting that a woman’s obligations to her husband were greater than those to her “Eastern cousins” and “relatives by the wife’s side,” and suggesting the formation of a permanent organization for mutual aid and protection, and for the promotion of the desired reform. A baby was then brought before the assembly, and received with deep emotion. The proceedings ended with the signing of “Days of Absence.”