Bad News from Lake Ontario!
The naval force of the enemy, on lake Ontario, are cruising from Niagara, down the American side of the lake, for the purpose, it would seem, of sweeping the coast, in which they have been but too successful. On Saturday, the 12th inst. near the eighteen Mile Creek, they captured 2 schooners and several boats, with valuable cargoes, bound from Oswego to Niagara.
On Tuesday, the 15th, at 4 P.M. the force appeared off the mouth of Genesee river, to which place they sent several boats, with about 500 men, 15 of whom landed, went into the village of Charlotte, placed sentries around the place, (to prevent the inhabitants from going out to give alarm), shut the citizens up in one or two buildings, and proceeded to execute their object.
They entered the store houses and took off between 4 and 500 barrels of flour, pork, &c. together with a large boat laden with 1,200 barrels of corn, destined for our troops at Niagara. About 80 of the militia of Penfield turned out, but did not arrive in season for service. The enemy went off about 4 the next morning, having met with no opposition from the owners of the boat, Messrs. Spaulding & Hildreth.
From this, they proceeded to Sodus, before which place they appeared on Saturday last, about 5 p.m. and sent a demand for the property there to be delivered up, accompanied with a threat to burn the place if refused. The property had been removed to a safe distance, and the enemy being disappointed, executed their threat on Sunday, by setting fire to several buildings near the water. We have heard of but one man being killed, Ahs. Warner.
On the first alarm, Col. Swift's regiment of militia were ordered out, but reaching the point of attack before the enemy appeared, were dismissed. They have however been called on again; and we understand, the artillery under capt. Rees, and infantry of Capt. A. Dox, of Geneva, have turned out with an alacrity highly commendable.
P.S. We have just learnt that the enemy evacuated Sodus on Sunday afternoon - having burnt several buildings, belonging to Messrs. Merrell, Wycam and others, and destroyed and carried off about 800 bbls. of flour, &c.