“From Washington,” New York Times, 25 September 1857, p. 2.
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Recruiting for General Walker – United States Troops in Kansas – A New Class of Vessels, &c.
Correspondence of the New York Times.
WASHINGTON, Monday, Sept. 21, 1857.
The Government has issued instructions to the several United States District-Attorneys and Marshals to prevent any violation of the Neutrality Laws, having reference to the raising of troops by General WALKER in the United States. The late opinion of the Attorney-General on the subject of expatriation, confirming the opinion of the late statesman, DANIEL WEBSTER, on this question, it would seem, will not prevent citizens of this of this country, either naturalized or natives, from embarking in General WALKER’S cause, provided they choose to expatriate themselves.
Mr. MEADE, our Minister to Brazil, sails in a few days, and a mail is now open at the Navy Department for Coast, for those who choose to avail themselves of the opportunity.
The only troops now left in Kansas are four Companies of the Second Artillery; one Company of the Third Artillery, and two Companies of the Second Dragoons. All the additional force has left for Utah. The following troops have been ordered to Kansas, and they are expected to reach there by the 1st of October: 10 Companies of the Fourth Artillery, from Florida, and 10 Companies of the First Cavalry, from the Plains, which will make a force of nearly 2,500 men to keep the peace during the October elections, should it be necessary.
Captain WILLIAM WEBSTER, of Washington Territory, who has lived, for the last 20 years, on the Pacific, has secured a patent for a clipper ship and steam propeller combined. The vessel is to be built of iron, with iron shrouds and new styles of rig, to be of the model of the finest clippers. He is now making arrangements to build a vessel of this character at Baltimore, and expects to get her off the stocks within the next two months.
Capt. WEBSTER is a scientific navigator, and has spent much of his time in making nautical observations in regard to vessels. If he succeeds in his designs, he will certainly revolutionize our whole merchant marine. It is already a conceded point, that iron vessels must supersede live-oak.