OVERLAND MAIL ROUTE TO THE PACIFIC – LIEUT. BEALE’S WAGON ROAD EXPEDITION – COL. BENTON’S ILLNESS, &C.
WASHINGTON, Monday, Sept. 14.
The modifications made to the Overland Mail route to the Pacific, at the instance of Hon. JOHN S. PHELPS, but which required the assent of the contractors, are as follows: The route starting from St. Louis to pass not further West than Springfield, Missouri; thence by Fayetteville, Van Buren, and Fort Smith, Arkansas, to Preston, Texas, intersecting at that point the route from Memphis, via Little Rock, Preston and Fort Fillmore, to San Francisco.
A letter received from Lieut. BEALE’S party states that his Wagon Road Expedition reached Albuquerque on the 9th day of August en route for Fort Defiance. They will follow the Whippell trail pretty closely. The Nevagos were troublesome. The party were all well.
Col. BENTON continues to improve, and his physicians say he is in a fair way to recovery.
We have received no mail from the South to-day.
There has been a severe hurricane, with heavy rains, from Friday evening till this morning, in North Carolina and Southern Virginia. The telegraph lines are down, and the railroad trains are obstructed south of Petersburg.