Freedmen Hunted with Bloodhounds--Decline in Cotton.
NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 6--The Houston Telegraph, of the 1st instant, reports the arrest, by General Gregory, of M. Elmore, lately a Colonel in the Rebel army, on the charge of using dogs to catch a freedman, and falsely imprisoning him. Colonel Elmore's plea is that the dogs were made to track an unknown thief, and who proved to be a negro. A writ of habeas corpus was served on General Gregory, who respected it though denying its jurisdiction, and asked an extension to January 15th, to receive instructions from Washington. Elmore was released on giving heavy bail.
The receipts of cotton at Shreveport were falling off in consequence of the scarcity of the staple and decline in prices.
At Jefferson, Texas, the head of the Red River navigation, there are 12,000 bales of cotton on hand, and about 20,000 bales more to come in.