MIRAMON BEFORE VERA CRUZ-THE CRISIS APPROACHING.
From the New-Orleans Picayune, 13th.
The Mexican schooner Arogante arrived at this port Saturday, reporting six days from Sisal. By her we learn that just before she sailed the schooner Rafaele came in from Vera Cruz with the intelligence that MIRAMON had arrived at San Juan, on his expedition against Alvarado and Vera Cruz. From a comparison of dates, we judge this must have been about the 1st or 2d inst., which would tally very well with the movements of the cooperating expedition from Havana.
San Juan is a small village, about three leagues from Vera Cruz, and the furthermost terminus of the Vera Cruz railroad. It was there the expedition rendezvoused last year, with their head-quarters at the village of Medellín, whence good roads lead either to Alvarado or Vera Cruz. As the last year, the railroad was doubtless in due season torn up.
By the Arogante, also, we learn that two vessels had been fitted out at Campeachy, and sent up the coast, to assist in the defence of the places to be attacked. Of their efficiency we have no means of judging, but presume they were little coasters, which would be more serviceable in carrying provisions and stores to the besieged than in any other business.
If this news be reliable, and we have no reason to doubt it, serious work begun at Vera Cruz, or perhaps at Alvarado, about the beginning of the last week. Or the probable result we have no means of judging. Both Vera Cruz and Alvarado are, we all know, very strongly fortified, and it is believed well supplied with ammunition. As to provisions, in case of a protracted slege, they could be obtained from any point, either above or below, on the neighboring coast.
Faithfully defended, therefore, both places are considered invincible against any force MIRAMON can bring against them. And yet we hear many doubts expressed. The expedition is certainly a formidable one, has been fitted out with deliberation and a full knowledge of the work it has to do, and is doubtless in every respect well supplied with munitions and stores both from the capital and from Havana. It is also believed to be well supplied with a chest, not strictly military, whose influence is more feared than-than the bombs themselves.