NEW YORK, April 8. – The New York Tribune’s correspondent, writing under date of Washington, April 7, says:
We learn from the Richmond Examiner that Trusten Polk and Waldo P. Johnson, who were expelled from the United States Senate, are both in Gen. Price’s army.
The Richmond Examiner learns that the rebel House of Representatives have decided, by a vote in secret session, to repeal the tariff, and establish free trade with all countries except the United States. There are said to have been only seventeen votes against the proposition.
The slaves of James M. Mason have decamped from Winchester in a body, and made their way to Philadelphia. It is currently reported also that one of Mr. Mason’s daughters has become hopelessly insane in consequence of the serious family misfortunes.
A dispatch, April 7th, to the New York World states: A correspondent of the Philadelphia Inquirer arrived to-day from the Rappahannock. He reports all quiet along the lines of our advance guard having reached there. The rebels have destroyed the magnificent bridge over the river, and the smaller bridges along the route. No signs of the enemy are observed on the opposite bank of the river, although they are supposed to be lurking behind the hills.
Scouting parties of rebel cavalry are said to be roaming over the country, plundering and destroying all property within their reach. It is thought that they consist of organized bodies of the farmers of the vicinity.
The Herald’s dispatch says: The committee of nine on the emancipation question will probably consist of Messrs. White, of Indiana; Lovejoy, of Illinois; Bingham, of Ohio; Roscoe Conkling, of New York; Pike of Maine; Allen of Massachusetts; Edwards of New Hampshire; Kellogg of Michigan, and Hickman of Pennsylvania.
General Sickles has been relieved from command of the Excelsior Brigade, by order of Gen. Hooker, commanding the division, on account of the rejection by the Senate of his nomination as Brigadier General.
– Published in the Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, April 12, 1862, p. 3