Bradford reporter. (Towanda, Pa.) 1844-1884, May 28, 1845, Image 2

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    REPORTER -:
Wedneiday, 14y 25,1545►
The Office of the Bradford Re
porter has been removed to Col.
Means' Brick Store, (up stairs,)
entrance on the North aide:
EXTRACIRDIXARY EFFECTS OF LIGHT ,
NING.—Un Tuesday of last week, as a
thunder storm was passing over a porz
non of Leroy township, in this county ;
the lightning struck, the chtcnney of
Mr. l'erley Morse's tavern house and
knOcked off some half dozen brick. It
is 'supposed, the electric fluid descend
ed the chimney and stove pipe, as its
effects are next visible on the floor in
the Bar-room near the stove ; where •it
appears .to have struck; tearing up a
I . ,irge splinter the joint between two
boards, and passing ,through in an oh
liq-ne direction it entered the cellar wall
shattering
. it considerably. Its course
was traced downward on the back side of
the wall, to within alibut eighteen inches
of the bottom where it again Caine out
of the wall shattering the stones in its
course. ,It then struck a barrel of beef
which stood near the Wall, and dashed
it to pieces, scattering the beef and
fragments of the barrel in various di
rections. Palsing directly through the
-beef-barrel, it knocked in the entire
head of a 'Whiskey barrel, which lay on
its side with .the head near the beef
barrel, and partly filled with liquor, and
from the other head of which. Mr.
Morse's .son, a young man 18 or 20
years old was, at the moment drawing
or rather hail drawn it, and was
in the act of turning it through a tunnel
into a glass bottle. The lightning
knocked the head of the barrel next
the young man partly out, dashed the
glass bottle which he held in his hand
into a thousand fragments—striking the
young man on both legs above the knee;
passed down his legs, marking its
course by singeing and blistering the
skin, it passed out .at the toes of his
boots, tearing them asunder. The
Young man was knocked down and
stunned, though not seriously injured.
Near where he stood a mark on the
ground is visible, as if a pick had been
struck into it, which is the last trace of
the effects of the fluid.
There were, lathe time, some half
dozen . glas tumblers standing on the
counter of the Bar in the room where
the effects of the lightning are first visi-
Ade—they were all prostrated on their
sides with the tops or mouth pointing
towards the stove pipe or place where
the lightning is supposed to have enter
ed the room.
Strange as the above account may
seem to the incredulous, it may be re
lied on as strictly correct. We visted
the place on Friday last, saw the fin:
meats of the barrels and bottle, and ob
tained the detaili from Kt. Morse hint=
self—whose- word is not to be question ,
ed.
A MAD BULL irtv TILE STREETS.----We
learn from the True Sun, that on Tues
day noon a mad bull ran up Greenwich
street, N. Y., and thence towardsVal
ker street, and while in full and furious
headway rushed over several persons :
one man being tossed on his horns into
a store and receiving considerable inju
ry. From Walker he went to Orange
street, and thence the Centre Market.
The butchers. set their dogs on him;
three or four of which were disabled in
the conflict. A nother, however, seized
him, and kept hold until the aninaal
reached Elizabeth street. A negro
here caught him by the tail, when as
sistance coming up the bull was cap
tuied and knocked in the head.
PENNSYLVANIAIRON onas.—Prom
the Harritiburg Argus, we learn that the
anthracite furnace of Messrs. D. R.
Porter and Michael Burke, recently
erected near that town, is almost ready
to commence operations. Iris intended
to make four thousand tons of iron an
nually, and to consume twelve thousand
tons of anthracite coal, twelve thousand
tons of iron ore, and four thousand tons
of limestone, in producing that quanti
ty of iron. The new rolling Mill of
the Messrs, Pratts, in the neighbor
' hood of the same place, wilt soon be in
e^—ation.
Pestructive Fire in Allgilany
City.
The Morning Post Extra, of, May
17.. says, ...The most destructive fire
that has occurred in this neighborhood
for many years—except the conflagra
tion of the 10th of April---took place in
Allegheny city been 12 and 1 o'clock
this morning. We . were informed that
it originated in one of the large Canal-
Warehouses, and no doubt irentertain
sd but it is the work of an incendiary.
'Before it could be errested the fol
lowing buildings were totally destroy- 1
ed _ .
r -
P. Graft's Canal Warehouse, Union
lIETI
Wallingford and Taylor's.
Al'Fadden & Co:, Reliance Line.
Bingham's, Bingham's Line.
• There was an immense quantity of
Goods in all these houses, consisting of
Produce from the West and Groceries
and Dry Goods from the East. The
piles of Tobacco, Bacon, Coffee, Dry
Goods, &c. that lay . snietildering in the
ruins, presented a lamentable spectacle
this morning. _
Many of the . merchants who were
burnt out on the 10th of April, sustain
ed a heavy loss by this fire also, as they
had large stocks of Goods in these
Warehouses ; just received from the
East, and not haring any regular place
of business, they kept them stored in
the Forwarding Houses.
In consequence of the late hour at
which the fire occurred, but few per
sons were on the ground until it was
beyond human effort to subdue it, and
but a very small portion of the moveable
property was saved.
Three or four Section boats that were
lying in the Canal, close to the Ware
houses, were burnt before they could
be removed. It is a fortunate circum
sfance for the canal lines, that the wa
ter will be let into the Aqueduct in a
few days, and as they all have ware
houses on this side, their forwarding
business will not be interrupted.
We learn that' many of the Books
and papers of the Forwarding men have
been destroyed. We observed several
of the Iron Safes lying among the ruins
broken to pieces.
THE EARTHQUAKE IF MONTREAL...--
A correspondent of the New t ork Com
mercial, writing from Montreal, under
date of the 2d in - k. says—" On Tues
day we experienced a smart shock of
an earthquake, which had the effect of
shaking us up a little. It occurred at
about half past four o'clock in the after
noon, and was felt principally in the
suburbs. The concussion lasted about
a second, and was sufficiently strong to
cause houses to vibrate sensibly, and
throw down heavy articles of furniture.
The s h ock was felt in several- other
places at the same time. At Cote St.
Paul, mar this city, it was much more
severe, and continued half a minute.—
It was also observed at William Henry,
forty-fiie miles distant from here; where
goods, &c., were thrown down from
Ishelves. Several accidents occurred in
consequence ; it is said that a person
crossing the rivet at the time in a small
boat was thrown into the water by the
concussion, and that a short distance
from the city a dwelling house sank
several feet in the earth. The shock
was much more violent than that whieh
occurred on the 29th of last Noveni-
FAMION VICTORIOUS.—The race over
the Long island course, between Fash
ion and Jeannette, came off en Saturday,
in the midst of a pelting rain, and a
slough of mud. Fashion triumphed
with ease, making the first four miles
in 8,38, and the second in 8,48;
IRON ORE AT NORTHOMDERLAND.-
The people of Northumberland have
discovered a bed of Iron ore in the ridge
immediately, in the rear of their Bo
rough. We learn that some capitalists
have it in contemplation to erect Iron
works at that point, which is a most
desirable one.
DEATH OF HON. JOON GILMORE.
The Hon. Jahn Gilmore. formerly
State Treasurer of this State, and for
some years a member of Congress,
died at his residence Butler, on. the
11th inst., in the 65th year of his age.
Wor.vss.—An lowa editor acknow
ledges the receipt of Congressional
docurnen4 " in Advance of the pail,"
in consequence of a flock of wolves and
an old , she-bear chasing the post-rider
across the- prairies.
New "fork and. JP...rim.ltaliroad...
The Legislatitre of the State of New
York having passed the bill releasing the
N. Y.' and Erie Railroad from the pay
ment• of , the loan of $3,000,000, there
seems now to be no doubt of the speedy
completion of the Road. The Owego
Gazette speaks _ thus encouragingly
there ought no - longer to be a doubt as
to the speedy construction of the road ;
and, yet, there are , thosetwho are still
faiddesS and unbelieving. 'For our own
part, we, hesitate not to give; it as our
decided opinion, that the Stock of the
company will be immediately taken,
and the work- at once be resumed and
prosecuted to completion. This opinion,
isbased upon the most authentic inform-.
ion wehave been able toprocure, as well
as upon the great inducements held out
to capitalists to subscribe to its stock,
in view of the importance of the work
to the city of New York and the whole
range of country through which it .pas
tes, and its entire certainty ultimately to
become a source of profitable income to
s owners.
We fell, then, justified in speakingnot
only encouragingly, but confidently up
on,this subject. We believe the sus
pense which has so long hung over the
people and weighed so heavily upon the
interests - of the southern Tier," is well
nigh removed, and that a brighter day is
dawning upon us. A few weeks more
'and we expect to be able to-announce to'
our readers that the requisite amount of
stock has been taken, and to speak defi
nitely as to the letting of the work, and
the commencement of operations. It
must, of course, require some little time
for the company to. consumate their ar•
rangements under the recent law, pre
paratory to putting the work under con
tract, -but that they will be successful
and that the N. Y. & Erie Railroad will
be.completed without unreasonable de
lay, we see 'no ground whatever to
doubt."
DARING Ronnewv.—From the Bing
hamton Conner, we learn that on Sun
day night, 18th inst., the house of Mr.
Thomas White, in Conklin, about three
and a half miles east of that village,3vas
broken into and robbed of about $4OO
in cash and a quantity of valuable pa
pers. The burglars were evidently
acquainted with the premises, as they
made their attack directly upon the un
occupied room containing Mr. NV's
desk and papers, etecting an entrance
by cutting out a portion of a window.
They seem to have made short work
with the desk ; and taking out the draw
ers they proceeded to the bank of the
river near by, where they rifled them,
possessing themselves of the cash and
scattering and wantonly destroying the
papers. On Monday, three individuals,
viz': Peter Shear, an old offender, Mor
decai Corsaw and Charlei Coon were
arrested in this village on suspicion,
and are now, in jail. Coon, who is the
ymingest of : them and has formerly liv•
ed with White, has, we are - informed,
made a partial confession ; admitting
that he told Shear and Corsaw, where
White kept his money, and went with
them on the night of the robbery to the
vicinity of Mr. W's house, but denies
that he received any share of the plun
der.
The three individuals above mention
ed have been bound over to the next
Court, in bonds of $lOOO each.
THE NEXT CoNonnss.—The elec
tion in Virginia brings up the number
of members chosen for the next Con
gress to 163, of which 58 are Whigs,
99 are Democrats, and 6 Nativists.—
There are 58 more members to be elec
ted, in Maryland, North Carbline, In
diana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama,
Mississippi and Florida, and a vacancy
to • be filled in each of the States of
Maine, Massachusetts and New Hamp
shire.
DISCOVERY OF ANCIENT TREASURE.
The Macon (Geo.) Messenger gives an
account of the discovery of hidden trea
sure to the amount of forty-five thou
sand dollars in Tatnal county, in that
State. The discoverer, on blowing up
the root of a tree, discovered three dol
lars, and on digiging deeper succeeded
in exhuming the above large amount.—
The money was found on the land of
'Mrs. Gray, a widow, in needy circum
stances.
NEW IRON WORKS 1N PENNSYLVANIA.
—We learn -from the .Clarion-Demo
crat that six new furnaces in Clarion
county, Pennsylvania, and three in
Venango, have lately gong into opera
tion.
STILL LATER rrioit
on dates to the Bth inst. have heen re-
ceived.
Alajot 'Donelion, the- United States
Charge, has : .returned to the United
States.
Gen, Houston, with his wife and son,
arrived at Galveston on the 3d inst.,
from his farm on the Trinity. He pro
posed to visit the seat of Government of
Texas, and will then come at once' to
the United States, he being eitrernely
solicitous to see Gen. Jackson once
again before the death of the latter,
which appears so imminent. He yields
to Annexation as a matter of necessity,
if not of choice.
Mr. Wickliffe, the ex-Postmaster
General, was at Galveston on the 7th
instant.
Commodore More has involved him
self in a controversy with Gen. Hems
ton, and publishes an address to the
people of Texas, in which he exposes
his grounds of dissatisfaction with the
ex-President. lie enclosed a copy of '
this address.to the ex-President, threat
ening to follow it up with other ex
posures, until he can receive personal
satisfaction for the injuries which he
thinks himself to have received•
The Picayune says , :
" There is no limit to the enthusiasm
of the people of Texas in regard -to
Annexation., The only trouble with
then appears to be, whether to meet in
Convention and form a Constitution for
.• the State of Texas" prior or subse
quent to the meeting of Congress. This
is a fertile theme for the several editors.
To show the disposition of the Presi
dent of Texas, we make a short extract
from the Morning Star of the 3d init.,
published at Houston :
We rejoice to say that we have the
Most positive evidence that the Presi
dent and a majority of the members of
his Cabinet are anxious to act with the
utmost harmony with the people, and
will cordially co-operate with them in
their efforts to consummate this great
measure at the earliest practicable pe
riod."
The Hon. E. Allen, the acting Secre
tary of State, arrived at Houston -on
the 22d ult. The Telegraph assures
us that he is an ardent friend of Annexa
tion, and is desirous that the great
measure should be consummated at the
earliest practicable period."
The papers contain ample reports of
public meetings declarative of the feel
ings of the - people in regard to Annexa
tion. There is no occasion to give
these reports, so nearly unanimous are
the sentiments of the whole country.—
The Texans already regard themselves
as part and-parcel of the United States,
and, proud of the Union, are only im
patient that any delays should be inter
posed to its completion. Even the pa
pers opposed to Annexation but insinu
ate their objections ; they see that it
must lake place, and refrain from any
open resistance of it. If we can judge
from the tone of the press, and from
verbal communications, not all the di
plomatic resources of the world can
sway at all the general mind of Texas.
The_ papers have some rumors of
disaffection to the Mexican Government
in some of her Northern Departments.
The •wish may he father to the thought"
in, this case. We have probably as
late advises here as to the movements of
.Gen. Arista as have been received in
Texas."
THE NEW POET OFFICE BALANCE.
The! U. S. Journal informs us that the
Postmaster General has selected from
a vast number of models, after patient
and careful investigation, the balance
of Messrs. Stephenson, 1-loward. : - & Da
vis, of Boston. It is as simple lisFair
banks' small balance, very much like
it in principle and appearance, and so
graduated as to stand unmoved when a
half ounce letter is placed upon it, but
kicks the beam when a straw is added
to it.
SOMETIME LIRE SETTLERIL.---T he
Buffalo Commercial gives an account
of a family of Aliens who were on their
way. to settle in Wisconsin, where they
are to found a village called Allen vil
lage, in Walworth county. There are
three generatimis numbering 112 souls,
of whom 50 are now on their way to
be quickly followed by the rest.
A SOFT BASIS.—The Cashier of the
Bank of St. Clair, Michigan, is redeem
ing the bills with pine lumber, at par.
Some of the• advocates of a paper re
presentative as_money, because of its
being 'convenient to carry. would be
puzzled to dispose of a cart load o.
change of this species,
D'iaTti REUBEN M. WILITNEY. , --
We learn from the U. S. Journal, that
Reuben M. Whitney, Esq., who has
held a conspicuous position in the poli
tical World for many years, died in
Washington, on Thursday morning, in
the 57th ve:ir of his age.
*en's tram all Nations.
The .; Michigan Farmer says,: the
wheat crop has not been mush injured
by the exposure to frost the_past win
ter& It anticipates a
_good crop.
The books of the Collector at this place,
says the Pittsburg Post show that the
-business doing on our Main Line far
exceeds that of any former season.
Mr. Clay has sent from Ashland, Ky.,
recently, 10.138 pounds of - hemp. to
New Orleans, to be shipped from
thence to New York. At Columbia,
S. C., on the Bth inst. the editor of the
South Carolinian ate ripe peaches
grown in the open air there this sea-.
son. Late accounts- from Jamaica,
Trinidad, and Barbadoes speak favora
bly of the Condition of the growing su
gar crops. Among the passengers
in the Hibernia, was Mr. Rives of
Virginia, late Secretary of Legation at'
London, which appointment he has re
signed.—The black tongue, or what
is termed by Prof. Dunglison the
.‘ black tongue (evil.," is prevailing to
a considerable extent in Raleigh N. C.
and the surrounding country. .--The
tolls received on the North Branch Ca
nal for the month of April, 1945,
amounted to $5,132 83,-Last year for
the same monte, $2,759 38 ; being an
increase of $2,373 45.—The twenty
eighth anniversary of the New York
Sunday School Union, was celebrated
in that city on Tuesday 13th inst--
Major Polk, U. S Charges. to Naples
sailed from New York on the 16th inst.
in the packet ship Yorkshire.—Two
gentlemen of New Orleans, who had
prepared to fight a duel were arrested
on the 3d inst.—one held to bail, and
the other put in prison, because he
would not give security.—The
Sari
ta Fe traders at St. Louis, Mobile are
afraid to risk sending their goods pur
chased by them to their usual destina-
tion in the present precarious situation
of our Mexican relation. The New
York Post says It •is true, as we
learn from undoubted authority,, that
the war clause has been inserted in the
English policies of insurance.'- 7 4---
'The Courier des Etas Unis states that
Messrs. Buchanan and Bancroft, are
jointly preparing an elaborate defence
of the American claim to Oregon.
Rev. John Pierpont, pastcr of the Hol-
is st. church, Boston, delivered 1»s
farewell sermon on Sunday' afternoon,
dissolving his connection with that bo-'
dy, over which he has been settled
nearly twenty-seven 'years.—Cassius
M. Clay is about to publish a paper at
Lexington, for the purpose of advoca
ting the gradual abolition of slavery in
Kentucity.:—Mr. George Q. Pome
roy, heretofore a highly respdCtable
merchant of Cleveland, Ohio, recently
drew a draft of $5,000, upon a 'house
in New York, and then forged'its ac
ceptance by that house. It has been
ascertained also, that Mr. P.'is the pet
son who perpetrated the $12,000 fraud
uon the Phrenix Bank of Hartford.
30,000 cigars were seized at Boston on
Friday week, for violation of the re
venue law.—Out of more 'than 100
iron safes exposed to the fire in Pitts
burg, , not one of them saved even sil
ver from melting. Baltimore has
now 100 churches, of which 32 are
Methodist Episcopal, 13 Presbyterian,
11 Catholic, 10 Protestant Episcopal,
0 Baptist, 7 Lutheran.-- - --The expense
of traveling from New York to Cincin
nati is now about $25, time required,
five days. -----A young girl, named
Ann Mason, took poison at Pittsburg
last - Week. A short time previous to
her death she had been robbed of $OO,
the result of years of laborious toil.
46,650,000 pounds of lead were ship
ped from .Galena, during the past year.
—On the 25th ult. the wife _of Geo.
Duffle, of Jefferson, Ohio, bore four
living daughters. One has died.—A
man named Butler murdered his son-in
law named Leary, in Livingston county,
N. Y., a short time since; by running
a fork into his eye, penetrating the
brain..---There is a .manufactory in
Connecticut, where two and a half tons
of pins are made in a week.—Wm. L.
Marcy, the present Secretary r of War,
captured the first British , standard that
was taken during the lastwar.-4
ballot was found in the bo* at a town
ship electiOn, endorsed No sehnle
Tacks."—Mi. Jared Wells, ofl3atli,
Ohio, has a cow that has given birth to
seten calves in one year.—The
Swallow has at length been raised and
towed on the slats. The Pittsburg
fund atnmiro; ft% titan LI"
Oar Claim to Oregon.
Great Britian claims, without res urra.
tion"., - all. the territory north ofihe
bid river. and with coal right in emi.
gate, that river. It is .said that she 11,
offered to make that river the hounda
between the two Governments : , T his
claim, if allowgd by the United St%
would take fall one half of the Oregon
perhaps more. To this, our ea ultr
will never accede. During the discus.
sions in thepapers and in Congress, ou
title to the 49th parallel was eensidere,
valid and-.unquestionable.
The American title rests e pon.th.
strong and acknowledged right at kiii e "
ery. Captain Gray, of Boston,
yea 1'792, in the ship Columbia, clot,
ed for the first time the great river
Oregon, which he named after hitthi p
the Columbia. and to this dry A
that and _no other name. This is ti
some moment , as there is a I,w of n
tions which reads thus Th e nat ,,,
which discovers and enters the mow'
of a river, by implication discovers
whole cruntry watered by it." hi Vir
tue of this discovery, the Columbia r a t
lev belongs to the United States
against England. As if to perf ect 0 „
title, it is not denied that Lewi s at.
Clark and Wallamette rivers, its intim,
ries, whichApread through ail Orem:
were first explored by Americans by ih
expedition.. sent out by the Americ a ,
Congress at the suggestion of Jefferson
under the Captains Lewis and (1.k6
!'here was as much minutcne•a and
fullness in their discoveries Which gi
the !lightest authenticity to a title fin it
ed upon a prior discovery.
Oregon is &so our=, by purchase (i
1819) from Spain undcniably the fir
disc-mercy and occupant of the (;o:,
even as far north as the 55th paralh
In 1819, Spain, for a cons.idetation
$5,000,000 ceded to the United Stab
Florida, anti also all her rights, title am
claim to all territory on the Pacific cm,
north of the 42d parallel of latitude.
The only circumstance calculated
weaken the perfectness of the U. sht,.;
title, is the well known Nolots- a -s„ .:
contest (in 1789) which terminated la
convention between England alai sp u i.
in the year 1790, some twenty Nenisl-e•
fore our purchase from Spam, ano Tsui
which conditions our title is undi u t il i L t.
ly clogged. The terms of that convent:a
have been the source of infinite dispior.
After an examination of the tem:: of ti,r
treaty—the debates in the Encrl 5h Par:ll.
went when the treats - was ' latt‘ 6eior.
that body—the contemporaneous ar6
in relation to the surrender ot the
glish possesions on Nootka Sound. u
had been seized by Spain—winch sr.:-
tender, by the way, an English histor,.
an, Beisham, insists was never mad.—
the whole convention seems to be resnit•
ed into a joint occupancy nn ti.e par. , 1
Englishmen and Spaniards for comae:.
dal purposes. Such a one now
and has existed for twenty-seven
between' C. Britain and the United its
in relation' to the very same Terri: ,
Yet we doubt whether our
considers that we virlied in the le:?.!
ultimate title to the Oregon, hy that )(..:
occupancy. Applying, the p 0:
pie to the convention het WM
and Spain, and die conviction u
that the title was left in a l ß viinei. tii '
determined by subsequent a : J.- •
The follow;ng is a clear .sunim
American title :
1. Discovery of the mouth of
bra river by Capt. Gray, of Boston, ao
ing the name of his vessel to thw.
2. The discovery of the head ol f!
same river by Lewis and Clads, uno.kr
the authority of the United States.
3. The settlement of Astoria tta , !!
the auspices of Mr. Astor, an Aincr ,- ..i •
naturalized citizen.
4. The treaty of 1803 with the Env
republic.
5. The treaty of Spain of 1819, tt. , -
qttired rights of Spain to land no"''
of 42 degrees beyond the Rocky mou-:.•
tains.
6. The Nootka Sound contest*Pt'
between England and Spain.
7. The treaty of Utrecht (1763? 14--
tween France and England,
sett •
daries—this settlement becoming ow'.
as the successor of France in that parr , :
her dominions.
B. The treaty of Ghent, ( 1815 - ) restor
ing Astoria to the United States as Amer
can property.
9.. Americo citizens were once in stile
possession of the Columbia river region.
Even should the Nootka Sound Cc!:
vention be constricted a cession of uric
and sovereignty to England on the FA
of Spain, it only applies to die pbc,
named therein, and those are sitt?atenoft
of 49th parallel of latitude. It is Nt: l
remarked, " Not an inch of soil, m
valley of the Columbia and its tril)ll..T
ries Were included in the provision` t" •
the convention of 1790." Se'" ! '
Nootka Sound allparties in -this
try concur that our title is " clea r " 1 '
unquestionable." And there is tlot. ll
'`'„
remotest probability that o ur rop , e
ever consent to surrender an ac re :
Though (Ms question is evw c/l at 't'
surrounded With complicated diflicin
and embdirassments, growing loot
small degree out of the joint oceerat,',D'
we have the hope that it will he ' eu r,
peaceably, honorably and satis
den allacterti
under the auspices of our Pres'
his -able Secretary of State.
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DIVIDINO TUI MrIIIODI ST
—The Rev. Dr. Bascom has come to
with a book in favor of the separniiini
of the Methodist Church, with reference
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