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    trins the ; "and, n#renver, if you give
me the lie again— by St. Luke, I will brerk
your unbelieving jaw."
As the Effeiuli happened to oe alone with
Demetrius, (for he had dismissed his interpreter,)
and as there was something exceedingly men
acing in the stalwart frame and clenched teeth
of the (ireek, his interlocutor judged it expe- (
dicnt to lower his tone.
" Can you remove the spells you have laid
011 the ships?" he asked.
"Those that are launched are past praying ,
for." *
" Will the next float ?"
" If I choose."
" And the next ?"
" If I choose."
"Name your own reward, then," said the ■
Effcndi, immensely relieved. " How many j
piastres do you require ? Will ten thousand I
do ?"
" I want much more than that," answered
Deinetrins the Diver, with a grim smile.
" More ! What rogues you Greeks are !
llow much more ?"
" I want," pursued the diver, "mv wife
Kutinka hack from Stamboul. She was torn j
away from Seio, and is in the hareni of the j
Captain Pacha. I want my three children, '
my boy Andon, my boy Yoroth, and my girl
Eudoeia. When I have all those* here at ;
Aassalian, (Marseilles,) and twenty thousand
piastres to boot, your frigates shall be launch- i
ed in safety."
"All well and good," said the Effcndi ; " I
will write to Stamboul to-night, and you shall
hive all your brood, and the piast res as well, |
within two months. But what security have 1 j
that you will perform your part, of the contract?
The word of a Greek is not worth a para." j
" You shall have a bond for double the :
amount which you will hand over to me, from
two merchants of Marseilles. You cannot
give me nil I should like," concluded the Diver, j
with a vengeful frown. " You cannot give me
back my aged father's life, my sister's, my
youngest child's ; you cannot give me the
heart's blood of the Albanian wolf, who slew
them." Within a quarter of a year, Demetrius
the was restored to his family. He in
sisted upon receiving the stipulated reward in
advance, probably holding as poor an opinion
of the word of a Turk as the Effcndi did of the
word of a Greek. The momentous day arrived
when the third frigate was to be launched ; a
larger crowd than ever was collected ; every
body was on the tipto of expectation. Deme
trius the Diver, who, during the past three
months, had had free access to the ship-builders' 1
yard, was 011 board. The doghorses were
knocked away, the frigate slid down her ways, 1
and took the water in splendid style. The ;
launch was completely successful. The Effcndi j
was in raptures, and believed more firmly in ;
the power of the evil eye than over. A few 1
days afterwards the fourth frigate was launch
ed with equal success.
" Marvellous man !" cried the envoy of the j
Sublime Porte, "by what potent spell wert |
thou enabled to bewitch the first two fri- !
' Simply by these," answered Demetrius the
Diver, in presence of a large company assem
bled at a banquet in honor of the two success-<
fu! launches, " five years ago my father was
one of the most extensive shipbuilders at Scio,
and I was bred to the business from my youth.
We were rich, we were prosperous, until we
were ruined by the Turkish atrocities at Scio.
I arrived in Marseilles alone, beggared, my
father murdered, wife and children in captivity.
How I lived, you all know. While the first
two frigates were being built, I watched every
stage of their construction. I detected several
points of detail which 1 was certain would pre
vent their being successfully launched. When,
however, I had entered my contract with this
noble Effcndi, 1 conferred with the ship
wrights ; I out to them what was
wrong ; I convinced them, by argument and
illustration, what was necessary to be done.—
They did it. They altered, they improved.—
Behold the ships are launched, and the evil eye
had 110 more to do with the matter than the
amber mouthpiece of his excellency the Effeudi's
chiboqnel. I have done."
The Effcndi, it is said, looked rajlier foolish
at the conclusion of this explanation, and
waddled away, muttering that all the Greeks
were thieves. Demetrius, however, kept his
piastress, gave up diving for a livelihood, and,
commencing business 011 his own account as a
boat-builder, prospered exceedingly with
Katinka his wife, and Adon, Yorglii and
Eudoeia, his children. As to the frigates, they
were equipped for sea in good time and were,
I believe, knocked to pieces by the allied fleets
at the battle of Navarino.— ]Aden's Household
' [Oorrespondeiu-e of the Evening Pout.]
WASHINGTON March 10, LR.J'>.
Perhaps a reconstruction of the Cabinet may
be necessary. Of that, however, there is no
thing absolutely known, but the appointments
of late clearly point to a new and better state
of things at hand. When Col. BENTON was
lieing tried in the furnace of affliction, the Pre
sident called 011 him and tendered to liini a
home and the hospitalities of theAVhite House.
This was too much for the stem old Roman,
who could defy a world in arms against him,
but melted to tears at such consideration ami
kindness from the President. He declined, with
suitable expressions of gratitude, accepting,
however, the proffered use of the library and
The Supreme Court lias decided the Fremont
case in his favor, confirming his title to the
lands, but reserving the question of minerals,
it was ably and eloquently argued by Mr.
JONES, the counsel, and brother-in-law of Col.
Fremont, and by Mr. CRITTENDEN in favor, and
by the Attorney-General against him. This
will make to Col. Fremont some amends for
the serious injury which lie had suffered from
the neglect of the government to provide for
the payment of large sums disbursed by Col.
Fremont, in California lor the government, and
for which he was arrested and detained for a
long time in London. The appointment of
solicitor to the board of claims is a very fortu
nate one.
FATAI. BRAVADO. —A man, named Stcdman,
a cabinet-maker, at Aurora, Portage countv,
Ohio, one day last last week, remarked to a
honuepathie physician there : —" I could take
any quantity of your pills without injury." The
doctor replied—" If yon were to take such a
quantity of this," pointing to a special medi
cine, "it would kill you." The foolish man
swallowed the inedieine before he could bepre
\ented, and died the same day.
I ME GAINES < ASK. —-The application of Mrs.,
■ uxrs for probate on a lost will of her father, j
r -bised Oil the ground of insufficiency of
.v ! ic is tl,ought another hearinsr in the
case w.-.. be granted. * ;
Four Days Later from Europe.
HALIFAX, March 15.
The Royal mail steamship Africa, Capt.
i Harrison, has arrived at this port, en route fur
I Boston. She left Liverpool on her regular day,
i the od instant. lLer advices are consequently
1 four days later than those received by the
j Pacific. The news is of the most important
: and start ling character.
The emperor of Russia is dead. He expir
|od suddenly at one o'clock 011 the morning of
j Friday, the second instant, and the event
I created the greatest excitement. No details
; have been received, but there can be no doubt
| of the fact, as it was announced in the House
of Lords 011 Friday night by Lord Clarendon,
and in the Commons by Lord Palraerston.
Surmises were afloat that he was assassinated,
but it is thought he died of apoplexy, after an
attack of influenza.
His illness was known in England before
the news of his death was received, and caused
a slight rise in the funds. The effect of his
I death, of course, had not transpired when the
| Africa left Liverpool.
The Vienna conference was to open 011 the
| sth instant, and peace expectations were daily
; growing stronger.
LONDON, Friday night, March 2, 1855.
This evening in the House of Lords, the
Earl of Clarendon rose and said : " 1 think it
| my duty to communicate to your lordships the
j contents of a telegraphic despatch which I
received half an hour since from her Majesty's
j minister at the Hague, that the Emperor
| Nicholas died this morning at one o'clock of
Pulmonary apoplexy, after an attack of in
fluenza. I have also received a despatch from
her Majesty's minister at Berlin, stating that!
the Emperor of Russia died at twelve o'clock j
this morning. An hour before this despatch
arrived, 1 received accounts from Lord John
Russel at Berlin, stating that the Emperor
was 011 the point of death, and had already
1 taken leave of his family. Although this
! event occurred so short a time ago, as between
twelve and one o'clock this morning, there can
1 be no doubt, under these circumstances, of its
. authenticity.'
In the House of Commons, Lord Palmer-ton
made a similar statement.
! FRANCE. —The Emperor was at the Camp of
St. Oilier. Nothing further was known res
pecting his intended visit to the Crimea.
, There were rumors of some important arrests
for political causes having been privately made
in Paris. Persons of high distinction are said
to be implicated.
The Mcni/eur announces the loss of a French
frigate, with troops, in the Straits of Bonifacio.
All perished—(soo or upwards.
tain is iu dager of losing another of her distant
colonies. Australia lias exhibited, for two
years past, a disposition to throw off the au
thority of the mother country as exercised by
the Colonial Government, and to setup a gov
ernment better adapted to the genius of the
colony and the spirit and wants of its people.
Similar in character to the first emigration to
California, the people are not accustomed to
control, or willing to submit to the restraints of
law in which they have so small a voice in cre
ating. The democratic representative element
would sit easier upon such a population, and
the wants of the community l>e legally embodi
ed more promptly, than through a Colonial
Government, whose acta are subject to confir
mation and modification by another Govern
ment thousands of miles distant. Abuses will
always exist where the authority to correct
them is not present and immediate in its ac
tion. The repeated complaints of the Austra
lians prove that the Colonial Government of
that country is not an exception, and these
abuses, with the oppressive character of much
of the legislation, have t nded to alienate the
affections of a large portion of the most ungov
ernable part of the population. They have
several times made hostile manifestations
against the enforcement of the laws, particular
ly the exaction by the Government of a license
fee to dig in the mines. It was the attempt to
enforce this law which has produced the last
outbreak. The English papers give the fol
lowing intelligence respecting its success :
By the arrival of the Marco Polo we have
dates from Melbourne to the 2d December.—
From the papers brought by this ship we learn
that a serious riot took place at Ballarat on
the 3ftth of November, which was not quelled
when the vessel left, though 1000 soldiers, sai
lors, and mariners had been sent to quell it.—
The cause of the riot was the attempt of the
government authorities to collect the pay for
the diggers' licenses, the said diggers having
at a monster meeting, come to the resolution
to resist payment. On Thursday the commis
sioner in charge sent out a party to search for
unlicensed miners. A body of the police went
to the gravel pits, and then attempting to make
an arrest, t hcv were pelted with stones and
forced to retire. The resident commissioner
then returned with a large reinforcement of
police and troops, and, having read the riot
act, required all quietly-disposed persons to re
tire. A large mob had by this time collected,
but on this notice very many persons withdrew
and then the military proceeded to disperse
the remainder.
has announced that the reciprocity treaty has
gone into effect. The proclamation says :
From this date, the following articles, being
the growth and produce of the said provinces
of Canada, New Rrunswk-k, Nova Scotia, and
Prince Edward's Island, to wit:—(irain, flour,
and bread-stuffs of all kinds; animals of all
kinds; fresh, smoked, and salted meats; cot
ton-wool; seeds and vegetables; undriedfruits;
fish of all kinds; product* of fish and all other
creatures living in the water; poultry, eg-s,
hides, furs, skins, or tails undressed; stone or
marble in its crude or uuwrought state; slate,
butter, cheese, tallow, lard, horns, manures, ores
of metals of all kinds; coal, pitch, tar, turpen
tine, ashes, timber and lumber of all kinds,
round, hewed and sawed, unmanufactured in
whole or in part; fire-wood, plants, shrubs and
trees; pelts, wool, fish oil, rice, broom-corn and
bark; or unground; hewn or
wrought or unwrought burr or grind-stones;
dye-stuffs, flax, hemp and tow, unmanufactur
ed; unmanufactured tobacco; rags—shall be
introduced into the United States free of duty,
so long as the said treaty shall remain in force;
subject, however, to be suspended in relation
to the trade with Canada, on the condition
mentioned in the fourth article of the said trea
ty ; and that nil the other provisions of the
said treaty shall go into effect and be observed
on the pnrt of the I'm'ted Slates
TOAYA X 1 ) A :
Srttnrimn fllorning, ittarcl) 2Y 1533.
The Democratic Standing Committee for
Bradford County are requested to meet at the
Ward House, in the Borough of Towanila, 011
Wednesday, April 4, 1855, at 1 o'clock, P. M.
The members of the Committee are urgently
requested be be present.
The following named gentlemen compose
the Standing ComnVittee : —E. O. GOODRICH,
Our friend, the Ex-Speaker, seems to have a
very decided penchant for publishing private
letters. Generally, correspondence, written in
the confidence of friendship,is considered sacred
not even to be exhibited to others, and partic
ularly not to the injury of the writer. But
CHASE seems to hold different ideas of the
sanctity of private correspondence. His maxim
is, we presume, that the end justifies the means,
and so he does not hesitate to descend to that
which gentlemen are very careful to avoid.
llis latest exploit in this line, is the publi
cation of a letter written by the editor of the
Reporter to him, some two years since, asking
him for a friendly letter to the Canal Board,
to accompany a bid for work. This letter Mr.
CHASE finds in his '• files," and parades in his
paper, for some object—known only to himself.
Strange as it may appear after his late per
formances, the letter is correctly copied, to the
best of our recollection !
If we could adopt Mr. CHASE'S code of mor
ality and gentlemanly intercourse, we have no
doubt we could produce from our " files" let
ters written by him, which would not appear
particularly gratifying in print. But we eau
assure Mr. CHASE that no provocation can
make us so far forget what is due to the cir
cumstances under which those letters were writ
ten as to give them publicity in any shape or
manner. They were written in t lie confidence
of friendship—and we shall never so far trans
gress the bounds of common decency as to make
them public.
In the meantime, Mr. CHASE has upon Ids
" files" other letters from us. We do not sup
pose that lie has any compunctions in the way
of his publishing them, if by so doing he could
gratify his malvoalenec—but we give him en
tire liberty to do so, if he see fit. We never
yet wrote a letter which we would regret to
have made public. When we do, we shall be
very careful not to place it in the possession of
a man whose ideas of propriety and honor are
as lax as those of the editor of the Democrat.
TIIE MONEY MARKET. —The financial article
of the Evcnin<r Post says that " money abounds
to excess among the capitalists, who are the
usual lenders of money, and the demand is ex
ceedingly languid ; not because money is plen
ty with the mass of traders, but because the
diminished business and the general want of
speculation limits their wants. Besides which,
credit itself is much contracted. There is ail
excess of caution, which restricts the use of
money, while the mercantile acceptances of ac
knowledged character are offered in very small
The rates forcall loans arc 5 to 6 per cent,
to first class borrowers, and for prime and good
1 usiness paper 5 to G for short dates G a 7 for
six months. Itates are irregular for inferior
descriptions of paper, though there is little dis
count over 7 per cent."
AN IMPORTANT BILL.—RA bill is now before
the Legislature of this State, and will probably
become a law, which will affect, to a considera
ble extent, the existing legal relations between
husband and wife, and parents and children.
The first section provides that the power of any
married woman to bequeath or devise her pro
perty by will shall be restricted as regards the
husband, to the same extent as the husband's
power so to dispose of his property is restricted
as regards the wife, namely, so that any sur
viving husband may, against her will, elect to
take such share and interest in her real and
personal estate as she can, when surviving,
elect to take against his will in his estates, or
otherwise to take only her real estate as tenant
by the courtesy.
which passed Congress at the last hour, rela
tive to the Assay Office in New York city, is
to authorize the the assayers to refine all the
gold sent in on deposit, whether for coinage or
bars. Hitherto the portion ordered for coin
age could only be put into rough bars, and
then sent to Philadelphia for refining and coin
age. No bars but refined bars for coinage are
now to be sent forward. The work of remo
val of the Mint from Philadelphia goes on one
step at a time.
tary of Navy has purchased, for $50,000, the
steam propeller City of Boston, for the purpose
of despatching her on the expedition in search
of Commander Kane. She will be despatched
as soon as she can be refitted, probably about
the Ist of June.
FIRE.— On Sunday morning about 2 o'clock,
a fire broke out in Waverly, which burnt four
teen stores and shops, including Spalding's
Block. Loss 2<>,000; insured $7,000.
Letter from Harrisburg.
H.ikkisbctkj, March 21, 1855.
The bill to increase the capital stock of the
Honcsdale Hank, vetoed by Governor BIGLKK
early in the session, and lately passed the Sen
ate over the veto, was passed in the same man
ner by the House; but thirteen members voting
to uphold the veto. There can be 110 better
illustration than this of the power of the Hank
combination in the Legislature. A bill pass
ing over the Governor's veto is an occurrence
which has not happened for years. Every
Hank triumph like this increases the force in
favor of all applications, by creating obliga
tions which must be reciprocated. Thus far
110 such application has met with disfavor. —
The City Hank of Philadelphia is the only one
that has met with the slightest obstacle, an
opposition which will in all probability be re
moved or conquered. There is little room for
faith in the steadfastness of this opposition. —
Besides passing this vetoed bill, the House
passed the Mauch Chunk Bank Bill.
The Committee 011 Education, in the Senate,
reported, with a negative recommendation, the
bill to abolish the office of County Superinten
dents in certain counties. The Committee are
decidedly of the opinion that it would be im
politic at this time to repeal the law of last
session, creating the office ot County Superin
tendent, particularly as the system has not been
fairly tried ; and that it would lie still worse
to exempt certain con: 1 ties from its operation ;
uniformity being essential to a good common
school system. No doubt the bill will be call
ed up for consideration, and voted for by Sen
ators who feel themselves bound by local feel
ing to take this course; but the general senti
ment seems to be in favor of giving the new
law a fair trial.
The Committee Appointed to investigate
whether money had been used to efleet the elec
tion of U. S. Senator have almost -been lost
sight of siuee the postponement of the election
for Senator, and the partial report that 110 dis
coveries had been made. The labors of the
Committee did not cease after making this re
port, (a minority dissenting,) but have continu
ed since that time. They are expected to make
a final report before long, but 110 surprising
disclosures are anticipated. Had the time for
the election of a Senator not been changed from
the second Tuesday of January to the second
Tuesdav oi February, there is little doubt that
a choice would have been made at this session.
The evils of so long a period after the meeting
of the Legislature, and the manner in which
business is retarded by a Senatorial excitement,
were obvious at this session.
Mr. LEWIS some time ago introduced a bill
repealing the law fixing so long a time after
meeting, and restoring the original time for an
election—the second Tuesday of January.
The House has passed the bill introduced by
Mr. CI'MMIXGS to repeal the tavern license
laws. The bill provides from and after its
passage, it shall be unlawful to keep or main
tain any house, room or place where vinous,
spirituous, malt, or brewed liquors, or any ad
mixtures thereof, are sold and drank, and all
laws or parts of laws, inconsistent with the pro
visions of the act, are repealed.
The bill also provides for attempted evasions
of the law of the "striped pig" character, un
der very severe penalties—imprisonment from
three to twelve months and a fine of $lOO.
It is also the duty of every constable at eve
ry term of the Quarter Sessions to make re
turn, under oath, whether, within his knowl
ed, there is any place within his bailiwick, kept
and maintained in violation of this law; and it
is tiic duty of the Court to see that this return
is faithfully made. And if any responsible ci
tizen of any county shall make known to such
constable the name or names of such person or
persons who shall have violated this act, with
the names of witnesses who can prove the fact,
it shall be his duty to make return thereof to
to the Court: and upon his failure to do so, he
shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and
upon indictment and conviction, shall be sen
tenced to imprisonment in the jail of the coun
ty for a period not less than one, nor more
than three months, and to pay a fine not ex
ceeding soo.
It will ho agreed, by the friends of Temper
ance Reform, that this is a most excellent bill,
and goes as far as the Legislature would be
justified in going after the vote of the people
adverse to total prohibition. This bill contains
110 search clause, no prohibition upon the manu
facture of liquors, 110 interdict upon the social
glass in a gentleman's dining room, but it strikes
at the most flagrant evils of the liquor traffic—
the retail trade in bar-rooms, groggeries and
groceries, where liquors are drank on the pre
mises. These sources of evil once suppressed,
there will be an end to the largest proportion
of evil results flowing from temptations to drink
liquor at every corner.
Superintendent of Common Schools of this
State has issued a call for a State Convention
of County Superintendents at llarrisburg on
Wednesday the lltli day of April next, for
mutual consultation, and the discussion and
adoption of such measures as may tend to a
more complete and effective organization for
the advancement of Common Schools, and the
cause of popular education. This is decidedly
a good movement.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, in the session of
the Cortes on the 10th of Febuary, is reported
to have said, that " the Spanish government
had ordered a new examination of all the
questions pending with the United States, to
the end of deciding sjieedily what is just."
This is probably a preliminary step to expect
negotiations with our new Minister.
Winter Term of this institution closed on
Thursday last, and the examination of the sev
eral classes connected with the school commenc
ed on Monday previous, at 9 A. M. occupying
until Thursday noon. The examinations were
attended by many of our citizens, and others
interested in the school, who were highly gra
tified at the evidence of progress made by the
scholars, and by the manifest thoroughness
with which every branch is taught. The evi
dence of skill and experience on the part of all
the Teachers connected with the Institute, and
the success which has attended their efforts
was particularly gratifying to those who have
taken an interest in the success of this impor
tant undertaking. At the close of the exam
inations, on Thursday, appropriate remarks
were made by C. L. WARD, President, and
WILLIAMSON, CORSS, and others.
The closing exercises, consisting of original
essays, music, Ac., were held at the Court
House on Thursday evening. The order of ex
ercises was as follows :
ORDER OF EXERCISES — Thursday Keening, March
23 , ls*>s— Close of Winter Term.
2. The Future of the United State*, E. T. ELLIOTT.
3. Influence of the Present Age, Miss W. Lung.
4. The Seeker after Fame Miss S. BBAKDSLEY.
5. The Brotherhood of Man O. L). SCOTT.
7. Value of Time, W. M'AKFKE.
S. Meuioria —Latin, Miss X. COKSS.
9. America J. T. Pit ATT.
10. MUSIC.
11. Sunset Reflections, —Poeui Miss IL X. HOKTON.
12. Passing Away, Miss M.P. DAYTON.
12. The Bible, 11. X'. CH.VMPLIN.
14. MUSIC.
15. Vashti, Miss E.C.COLT.
16. The Aims of Life, 11. L. BKAOSLEY.
17. Un Morceau de I' Historic—French Miss J. L. TRACY.
15. MUSIC.
19. The World as it is Miss M. WATKINS.
21. MUSIC.
22. Valedictory E. T. ELLIOTT.
The Court House was filled at an early hour
to overflowing, with an attentive audience, who
were highly pleased with the evidence of talent
| and discipline exhibited by those who took
part in the exercises. It would be invidious to
particularize, as all did well, but several of the
essays possessed uncommon uierit. The ave
rage was much above the usual ability of such
This is the first examination of the classes
connected with the Institute, and consequently
| the first opportunity the public has had to
i judge correctly and cctainly of the utility and
j progress of the school. We hear but one judg
' incut,the expression of the most unbounded sat
| isfaction. The School, established under un
favorable circumstances, has already taken a
high rank. The confidence of all who have
had an opportunity of judging is firmly estab
lished. It should be the pride, as it is undoubt
edly the duty of our citizens, to encourage and
• support it. Better advantages are not to be
met with, in this section of the country, and
there can certainly be no place where public
necessity more urgently demands a good school
I than in this Countv.
Connected with the Institute, is a Normal
Deportment designed to thoroughly educate
Common School Teachers in the several
brauchesjtaught in the District Schools of the
Commonwealth, and also in the science of
Teaching. This department has been particu
larly gratifying in its results. Very many
persons designing to become teachers have
availed themselves of the advantages there
to be secured. We understand that the In
stitute has sent out several teachers and that
the demand for them, has always exceeded the
The Spring Term of 1855, will commence
on Wednesday, April 4th, and continue until
July 4th, when the summer vacation commen
ces to continue seven weeks. The Anniversa
ry exercises will be held at the close of the
Spring Term.
The first catalogue has been issued at the
close of the second term in order to meet the
frequent applications for information. From
it we learn that the total number of students
attending during the two terms was Males 180;
Females, 90, total 270. Certainly a very flat
tering commencement. From the "Success which
has hitherto attended the school, and the esti
mation in which it is now held, we may look
upon a large additiou to the number of students
as certain.
The jury and trial lists, and advertise
ments for May Court, will appear in our next.
Mr. J. I?. SYKKS, of Owego, advertises in
another column a Corn-planter, which is cer
tainly reasonable enough in price. Ileinteuds
to oiler it to our farmers, and they can judge
of its utility for themselves. Mr. S. is engag
ed in business at Owego, and is certified to us
as entitled to confidence.
The types upon which this paper is now
printed, are from the Foundry of J. CONNER &
SON, New York. They speak for themselves.
For elegance of appearance, for durability and
all the essentials which printers desire in pro
curing type, those made by COWERS take pre
cedence. Their establishment is oue of the
oldest and best knowu in the country, and in
all their dealings they are careful and agreea
ble. \\ e can with confidence and pleasure re
commend to our brothers of the " art preserva
tive" to give them a call, when in want of ma
JKar The weather—(that fruitful theme of
comment) —has during the present month been
of that sort usually denominated " March wea
ther." One day sunshine and warmth—the
next, blustering and cold. At this present
writing, " Winter lingering iu the lap of Spring,"
does not show any indications of desire to va
cate his seat, lleforc this reaches our readers
however, the blast of Iloreag may have given
way to balmy breezes, and the ice-locked streams
feel the quickening power of old Sol. \v e
would advise our readers not to calculate upon
any such thing.
e are requested by W . C. I><H:AT;T
Secretary of the Bradford County Agricultu
ral Society, to say that the second Annual Im
port of the proceedings of the Society is ready
for distribution, and may be had by applying
at his office over REED'S Drug Store.
SALE OF THF. MAIN LINE —The bill now he
fore House for the sale of the Main Line of
the Public Works is considerably different from
the one past last session, and is intended, l, v
the favorableness of its terms, to invite bids
from parties not able to command much capi
tal. It authorizes the Governor to put up the
Main Line at public sale in Philadelphia, with
in ninety days from the passage of this aet, and
to sell the same for any sum not less than
$7,000,000. If sold for less than $7,500,000,
twenty per cent, is to lie paid within ninety
days, and the balance in ton equal annual in
stalments. If over that sum and less than
$8,000,000, no payment but the interest shall
lie required for five years, and then the pur
chase money shall be paid in ten equal annual
instalments. If over $8,000,000 and less than
$8,500,000, the first payment shall not be re
quired for ten years, and the rest in ten years
following. If over $8,500,000 and less than
$9,000,000 or over, then no payment of prin
cipal shall be required for twenty years, and
the whole shall then be paid-in ten annual in
stalments. Interest to run at the rate of five
per cent on the whole of either sum from the
day of purchase, payable semi-annually in State
bonds at par, or cash.
Any railroad, canal or other company now
incorporated, may become the purchaser, -and
the whole works, nntil paid for, shall be free
from taxation. The Pennsylvania road, if it
becomes the purchaser, is to be released from
the tonnage tax. and any company purchasing
it is authorised to construct a new road from
Ilarrisburg to Pittsburg, or from llurrisburg
to Philadelphia.
The proceeds of the sale, both principal and
interest, are to be added to the sinking fund
for the payment of the state debt.
THF. COURT OE CLAlMS. —Preparations are al
ready on foot in Washington for the Court of
Claims. The Court is admitted to be singular
ly well constituted, and the Judges appointed,
will, if they accept the office, command public
confidence to an extent almost unexampled.—
It has been said that those who are interested
in the French claim for spoliations, prior to
1800, will bring them for adjudication before
this Court. Some of the parties eonteinplate
that movement, hut it is doubtful whether
they come within the jurisdiction of the Court,
according to the law, unless under that provis
ion which gives them jurisdiction over eases
which may be specially referred to thew lyr
By a resolution, Congress may thus dispose
of those claims. In that case, the Court would
decide, first, whether the claims are valid. n<
against the Government, and if so, would go
on to ascertain the genuineness and amount of
each particular claim brought before them, ac
cording to the rules of evidence which they
might establish. The whole amount of tic
claims was stated lately in Congress to be $12,-
000,000 without interest. But it is under
stood from some of the agents of the claims
that they intend to make another trial before
Congress at the next session, in the hojie of
obtaining for the vetoed bill a two-thirds vote
in both Houses.
RELIGIOUS. —The Board of Managers of t : :
American Baptist Union have been in session
in New York for the past few days. Then
main business before the meeting was in refer
ence to the Missionary enterprise in Ihiruiaii.
and some curious disclosures were made in re
lation to the characters of certain well-kuown
missionaries. The utmost excitement prevails
among the Baptist denomination as to the pro
bable action of the Board, and fears arc enter
tained that the cause of foreign missions wm
be apt to suffer, whatever their course maybe
The questions in dispute were finally referr*-:
to a committee of nine, to report at the annua:
meeting of the Union, to be held at Chicago
May uext.
Inlrlligencer, in noticing the vistof ( -
TON to New England on a lecturing trip, talk
thus pointedly :
" What singular notions our U. S. Senator 8
have now c-days. PETTIT has been spends
the winter at Indianapolis to keep the Old li
ners in power there. DIXON has been stayin?
at home, at Henderson, Kv., attending to s
new wife. ATCHISON has been pipe-laying ;i: '
wire-pulling in Kansas and Missouri: and 11
TON is gadding around with an Indian blank'
over his shoulders, thinking himself womC
ly popular, and in the straight road to tic re
sidency, because his naine is "Sam." 1"'
meantime the abolitionists are taking (' .- rri "'
and DOUGLAS and BUTLER, (of S. aivg
ting drunk and blackguarding them."
man named Cantril, who lives in I mlopoinlc
Ka sas, actually supposed that he had ar
in this free country to paint his own wag'"' j
please his own fancy. So he had the v;v j
"Kansas Free State" painted on his wag"U |
big letters. This excited the indignation f
Popular Sovereignty Otho Hall, wlm t
up in the forward end of the wagon and a!t*' |
ed Cantril with a knife. 11c was, liowv 11 I
prevented from doing much injury to tbe m* I
so he contented himself with cutting t '" .P
ering of the wagon to pieces. Cantril Ini'l | :
arrested, and upon the trial it \va< fully l' I ';', f
that Hall had threated to kill Cantri l -
Justice, however, examined Cantril lJ \ r .
|Kiliticul opinions, and finding him in hf*' 1 *
keeping slavery out of Kansa>, /''c;
teen dvllo rs end let J J all g" ■'