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New York Times April 10, 1860

MEXICAN AFFAIRS.; Steamer Wave at New-Orleans for Stores and Powder
Feeling in Vera Cruz
Comenfort and his Interests
State of Feeling in New-Orleans Relative to Mexico Movements of the Fillibusters.
From Our Own Correspondent.
Published: April 10, 1860

NEW-ORLEANS, Tuesday, April 3, 1860.

The small steamer Wave, a miserable craft, left Vera Cruz for New-Orleans on the 22d uit. She broke down opposite Berwick Bay, and was obliged to put in there, where she still remains. This is the latest date we have from Vera Cruz. Senor RODRIGUES, of the Ministerio de Fomento, and Senor OREPESA, a special agent of the Constitutional Government to purchase stores and powder, came over in the Wane. No news had been received from the City of Mexico for upwards of twenty days. During the siege of Vera Cruz, the feeling in that city was decidedly against anything like compromise, or even an armistice. The Liberals had determined to defeat MIRAMON, and this having been accomplished, they are resolved to follow him up, and forever destroy that miserable Church faction, which has now no hope except to involve the country in one common ruin. The capture of MARIN's steamers by the United States forces excited the highest feelings of friendly enthusiasm among the people of Vera Cruz towards the Americans.

The capture of these steamers, the defeat of MIRAMON, and the successes of the Liberals have developed a new and interesting feature in Mexican affairs here. COMONFORT and several of his partisans are sojourning in this city, and it now appears that, for several months past, those in his interest, from New-York to New-Orleans, and at various points in Mexico even, have been plotting for the return of that chief to power. Gen. COMONFORT has stated positively that he would not return to Mexico unless called or invited back by the general voice of the country; and in this matter the General evinces as much ignorance of the Mexican people and his own powers and position as he did when he deserted the Liberals, expecting to be sustained by the Church Party. The recall of COMONFORT is the last move that may be expected on the part of the Mexican people, strange and eccentric as they sometimes appear. So long, however, as the civil strife continued without any immediate prospect that either party would obtain supreme power and restore peace and order, COMONFORT and his partisans have been endeavoring to so shape matters as to bring about his recall. A young Mexican of accomplishments and a good deal of ability, named CANEDO, has been exerting himself actively for COMONFORT. He is now here; also, Gen. JUIESTRA. It is understood that, not long since, General DOBLADO was dispatched to Mexico, via Panama, in the interest of COMONFORT. But as I said before, recent events have dashed the hopes of this clique to the ground, and of course they denounce the Juarez treaty and the act of the United States in capturing the Marin steamers. All this shows how necessary it is for the United States Government to go forward in a decided manner, maintain its alliance with the Libaral party, and thus peacefully and forever cut off all hopes of intrigantes, come from what quarter they may, and who are alike enemies to Mexican and American interests.

The Ministry of FOMENTO, at Vera Cruz, gives out that it knows nothing of Gen. RENAUD's land grants.

On the night of the 29th ult., a schooner, with 160 of the Knights of the Golden Circle, left here in a secret manner in the direction of Mexico. The men were seen drilling in the outskirts of the city. This fact, and that they have actually left, you can depend upon. A quantity of powder was seized by them before they left. There are movements of a secret character on foot here, which indicate some important project on the part of the fillibusters. What is the Government doing? The monstrous humbuggery of the "K.G.C.'S" ought to be exposed. They represent, among other things, that they are invited by JUAREZ to place him in power, and sustain his Government, and that they have been supplied with the means, &c. From all that I have been able to ascertain, there is nothing at the bottom of the concern except humbug, and that of the very worst kind, since many innocent and well-disposed young men are likely to be deceived and ruined. The agents of this secret order have, for more than a year past, been offering their services to every party in Mexico, but their offers have been promptly and decidedly declined, and the Mexicans of any party would as soon see a band of devils coming into their country as the Knights of the Golden Circle.

Some of the prominent journals here, and especially the Picayune, are all wrong on the Mexican question, since they believe the Administration, and even the conservative parties North and South, are in favor of a war with Mexico, and eagerly desire that HOUSTON will make a move to overrun the country. They look upon the Mexican treaty as dead, and that the way for private or national fillibustering is open. If this should prove to be the case, there is more trouble in store than either of the great parties in our country will find it agreeable to encounter.

The schooner Star sailed for Vera Cruz last evening with the mails and six passengers. Among them were Col. BURTON, U.S.A., and E.L. PLUMB, Esq., of New-York.