October 16, 1845


From Aransas. — The steamship Alabama, Capt. Windle, arrived at this port yesterday from the Bay of Aransas, having sailed thence on the 12th inst.  She reports that the troops stationed at Corpus Christi and st. Joseph’s Island were all well.  No movement has yet been made upon the Nueces.  The Flying Artillery, under Maj. Ringgold, were at St. Joseph’s Island, but about to proceed to join the main body of the forces.  At Corpus Christi business was extremely brisk.


We have seen letters dated the 10th inst., which state that the Indians lately made an attack upon a settlement on Mission river, and killed and drove off all the cattle.  The inhabitants were so fortunate as to escape.  The attack is supposed to have been instigated by a desire to avenge the late cowardly attempt upon the life of Castro, who lately guided Col. Cook, the Texan Secretary of War, to Corpus Christi, and of whom our correspondent spoke so favorably.


A bloodless duel came off recently on the beach of St. Joseph’s Island; or rather a hoax in the guise of a duel, there having been an understanding between the friends of the principals that no harm should be done.  One of the principals is said go have gone off under the full impression that he has killed his adversary.


The U. S. store-ship Lexington and the mail schr. On-ka-hy-e sailed from Aransas on the 7th inst.


The schr. Piedmont, of Waldoboro, Me., had arrived at Aransas from New York, with U. S. troops and stores.


The steamboat White Wing has been sold to the U. S. Government.


For the want of warehouses, the schrs. Cornelia and T. F. Hunt have been converted into temporary store-ships.


The steam schr. Augusta and the steamboat Monmonth are still employed by the Government as lighters.  The Monmonth and the schr. Wm. Bryan were shortly to leave for this port for repairs.


The schrs. Josephine, Henry Plantagenet and the Emma arrived at Aransas on the 5th, 8th and 10th respectively, from this port.


The schrs. Two Friends and Rosella sailed to this port on the 10th, the schr. President, of New York, on the 11th, and the schr. Fame on the 8th inst.  The schrs. H. L. Kinney and Orange Branch were shortly to sail for Galveston.


Source: The Daily Picayune, October 16, 1845, p. 2, col. 2.


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