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Piue?r Festival at Ithaca.
Wo were among tlio-e who attended the ,
Fe-t.v.il of the Pioneer and Historical A-so
ciiitiou of the Susquehanna and Chemung :
Valleys, on the 24th in.-t. at Ithaca : and we j
are happv to be able to say that it was an oe- |
caslon of very great interest.
The people of Ithaca, through their loenl j
committee, of which we believe Mr. FROST was j
Chairman, bad taken great pains in perfecting '
the arrangement* for the meeting, so as to en- i
sure a pleasant and agreeable time to all who ,
should unite in the festivities of the day, and it j
is due to them to say, that they succeeded j
most admirably in the undertaking.
At 12 o'clock, (noon,) the grey headed pi
oneers in attendance, together with large num
bers of their descendants, were escorted from
the Clinton House to the Town Hull, by the
Ithaca Band and a splendid Military company,
both of which organizations are an honor to
that beautiful village.
Arriving at the Town Hall, which was filled
to overflowing with ladies and gentlemen, the
following officers of the Association took their
seats upon the sta id, viy. :
President—Hon. XH'OL IIALSEY, of
Triiiiiansburgh, Tompkins Co.
PAUI.EY CORIRV, Bradford, Pa.;
EDWARD TOMPKINS, N. V.;
Hon. JOHN MCD>WEI.L, Chemung, X. Y.;
ELDER DIMOCK, Susquehanna, Pa.;
llou. O. 11. 1 IAKXTOW, Tioga, X. Y.;
DANIEL QFIGG, Tompkins, X. Y.;
As soon as the organization had been per
fected, and after the band had played an ap
propriate air, the Itev. Mr. SCHK.NCK, of the
Dutch Reformed Church, of Ithaca, being in
troduced to the audience came forward and of
fered up a most impressive and beautifujly up
propriate prayer for the blessing of God upon
the occasion, and especially upon the old men
who were present, and whose grey hairs indi
cated with unerring certainty that they had
well nigh finished the journey of life.
The first b isiness in order was announced to
be reports from the several counties, respect
ing the decease of early settlers during the past
To th : s call Mr PAULEY COIICRN responded
for Bralford County, but said he had not come
prepare 1 with any record of the deaths which
had o etirrcd in his county.
EO.VARD TOMPKINS, Esq., of Binghamton,
resp aided for Broome, giving a list of thirty
seven who had joined " the band of Pioneers"
that had gone to the Spirit World previous to
the former meeting at Binghamton Tins
Obituary, record, which had been prepared
with great care, and embracing as it did some
interesting fact or incident in the life of each
individual, is a document of very great inter
est, and will he hereafter published.
From the other counties nobody had come
prepared to do justice to this most important
feature in the objects of the Pioneer Associa
tion ; and many were the regrets expressed at
this inexcusable neglect.
Next on the programme was the animal ad
dress, which part of the performance was as
signed to the Hon. ALFRED WELLES, of Ithaca,
who acquitted himself in a manner that com
manded the united applause of the large as
semblage who had the good fortune to listen
The exercises at the Hall were brought to a
close by the Benediction, which was pronounc
ed by the Rev. Mr. REED, of the M. E. Church,
when the procession was re-formed and march
ed back to tlie Clinton House, where a sump
tuous Dinner, prepared by the popular Propri
etor of that establishment, was partaken of In
ns many as could lind seats at the tallies.
At the conclusion of the Dinner several
matters of business were transacted, of which
our notes furnish the following items.
After considerable discussion, the first Wed
nesday in June, 1858, was agreed upon as the
time, and Montrose, Pa , as the place, for the
next meeting of the Pioneer und Historical
Mr. TOMPKINS, of Broome, moved a resolu
tion of thanks to the people of Ithaca, for the
hospitable reception which they had extended
to the Pioneer Association on this occasion.—
Hon. WILLIAM JF.SSIP, of Montrose, was
chosen President of the Association for the
Mr. THOMAS BISHOP moved the appointment
of a Committee by the Chair, consisting of
one from each town in the County of Tomp
kins, to report at the next annual Festival
through a Central Committee, consisting of
XICOL IIALSEV, CAI.RU B. DRAKE, and DANIEL
(JIIGG, Ksq'rs., the time of the first settlement,
and by whom made, in their respective towns ;
together with such other information as they
may deem interesting. The motion was adop
ted, whereupon the Chair appointed the fol
lowing Committee in pursuance of it :
LEWIS B. CFRTIS, Dauby ;
HENRY BROWN, Enfield ;
THOMAS BISHOP, Lansing ;
HARRIS A. WILLIAMS, Enfield ;
SMITH ROBINSON. Dauby ;
ROBERT H. S. HYDE, Caroline ;
BKNG. (}. FERRIS, Ithaca ;
MOSES CROWELL, Xewfield ;
HENRY D. BAKTO, Ulysses.
Mr. L. B. CIRTIS, of Dauby, moved the ap
pointment of a Committee of three from each
comity connected with the Association, to col
lect facts and statistics of historical interest,
and report the same at the next annual meet
ing of the Association, at Montrose. We be
lieve the selection of the-c Committees was l> ft
to the friends of the cause in each of the coun
ties, and we hope the matter will command
early and prompt attention.
Mr BKIIKE, of Owego moved a vote of
thanks to the Hon. ALFRED WELLES, for the
able and eloquent manner in which he had ac
quitted himself as the Orator of the day ; and
including in the same motion, a request that
Mr. WELI.ES furnish a copy of his address for
publication ; and the same was adopted.
A number of ladies from Owego, Waver
ly, Towanda. Ac., —among whom, —especially
from our. own village—we recognized the Rep
resentatives of some of the very earliest of the
settlers of this place,—honored the occasion
with their presence.
Altogether the Festival was a good one—a
happy re-union of the Old Pioneers and their
descendanfs ; and we can truly say that we
left Ithaca feeling that we had been fully com
pensated for going over, and greatly profited
by what we had seen tlnd heard.— Otrcgo Ga
Gov. HAMLIN of Maiuc resigned his office
011 Wednesday, and goes to Washington to
take his place in the Senate. Joseph 11. W\l
liams, President of the Maine Senate will per-1
form the duties of Governor until the next I
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CONVENTION.— I The Re
publican State Convention, for the
nomination of Camli<iate> I'ur (kivernor anil other State
officers, will he hehl at ll ii risburj; on Wednesday, the
J",th otsMarch, 1557. Kach District will elect Delegates
in.thc usual manner, e<|iial in number to its representation
in the two house- of the State legislature ; and no person
will lie entitled, by substitution, to represent a district in
which he does not reside. t'HAKI.KS (IIBHONS,
Chairman of State Executive Committee.
a@*Tlie Legislature of this State adjourn
ed on the 27th ult., to meet on Monday next.
Ifay- We have no news from the Democratic
State Convention, held at Ilurrisburg, on Mon
Various rumors are in cirenlatiou re
garding Mr. Buchanan's cabinet, but we be
lieve nothing is vet definitely known, except
that CASS and Conn are certainly to have pla
ces. Even GEANCY JONES is in doubt. The
President elect finds that it is not an easy mat
ter to satisfy everybody.
CHENANGO AND XOKTII BRANCH CANALS.—
The Owego Times in commenting upon the
importance of a connection of these improve
ments, remarks that the time has come for the
comities of Tioga, Broome, Chenango, Madi
son and Oneida to unite their entire strength
for the completion of the Chenango canal down
the Susquehanna,till it meets the North Branch
at Athens. The Chenango when projected
was not intended to stop at Binghamton but
to be continued so soon as Pennsylvania would
brinir the North Branch to the State Line,
which occurred last summer. Now New-York
has her duty to perform. The Chenango ex
tends 07 miles, and cost the sum of $1,737,702,
the distance between Binghamton and the ter
minus of the North Branch at Athens in 38
miles. This ought not to cost over $<500.0(10
inasmuch as the Susquehanna connects the
two points, and there are uo heavy grades.—
A few locks are all that would be required.
#3?" The annual examination of the several
classes connected with the Susquehanna Col
legiate Institute, will commence on .Monday
the 9th of March, A M., ami continue till
Thursday, 13th. The patrons of the Institu
tutiou, and the public generally are invited to
STATE TAXES. —The Board of Revenue Com
missioners are in session at Harrisburg, trying
to fix a basis• of taxation for the next three
years. They finally passed a resolution "that the
total amount of taxes received and paid into
the Treasury for 1856 should not be increased,"
by a vote of 18 to 6 ; and then postponed the
further consideration of the resolution until
Wednesday of this week. The Board have
been delayed in proceeding with their business,
in consequence of the returns from several coun
ties not having been sent in to them.
THE TARIFF IN* CONOKESS. —After hammer
ing away at the Tariff fot more than two
months, the House of Representatives, on Fri
day last, passed the substitute of Mr. CAMV
BEI.I., of Ohio, in lieu of the original bill re
ported by the Committee, by a vote of 110 to
The Senate, however, will not pass the bill
and Committees of Conference have been ap
pointed. No agreement has yet been made,
and the whole subject will probably fail.
A PERSONAL LIBERTY RILL IN WISCONSIN.
—A " Personal Liberty bill," relative to per
sons claimed as fugitive slaves, has been pass
ed by the Wisconsin Legislature. It directs
trial by jury to be provided for persons claim
ed, punishes false and malicious arrests of per
sons as fugitive slaves with fine, and
gives power to county courts to graut writs
of habeas corpus.
SriciDE.— Charles 11. Whippo, a medical
cal student, aged 23 years, committed suicide
in Philadelphia on Wednesday.—Cause love
A NARROW ESCAPE.— During the freshet in
the Fox River, Illinois, a house was carried off
from Aurora with a woman and child inside.
They were rescued after floating some twenty
BST- Heavy rai- s in Northern Illinois on
Tuesday and Wednesday created a sudden
freshet in Rock River, whereby the Galena
Air Line and the Illinois Central Roads were
I)R. KANE'S remains, were on the 24 tn es
corted to the steamboat landing in New Or
leans, by a grand military and civic procession,
in which the municipal authorities, foreign con
suls, Free Masons, etc., participated.
Short Notes of a Hasty Trip
To HA volty— .l IL/< del Stage-driver — Scenes
at the Railroad Stations, by (J-as light—Pil
grims to Washington — Svwliaig cars- -ITar
rishvrg—Poor Dinners and High [Charges
—O/ticial Celebrities—The Legislature, and
our Members —Dig Tax—Dr. Kant —Miss
Die —Candidates J\ r Governor—Military
Convention —Adjournment af the Legislature.
IIAKIUSBCKO, February 27,1857.
Dear Reporter : —PEREGRINE'S compliments,
and hopes that you may be rich as you are
good. We have been below, and are to tell
all about it. The " correspondents " always
inform the papers that they started. Even
Virgil particularly describes the incidents which
befel his hero in getting down to the Shades.
We began our trip doten by going ftp to Wa
vcrley. Our horrid anticipations of mud and
trouble were pleasantly dissipated by the chit
chat of our stage companions. The air was
balmy as May. Old Winter had really fallen
in love with a very young Spring, and in the
ardor of dalliance, not finding her at all coy,
he forgot to be stern and grim. Ido pray,
that her companions, the birds and buds, will
not be silly, nor tempted to follow her too close
ly, for the frost king is a moody old sprite,and
will yet bluster and blow, and may coldly nip
their young hopes. Now, I like an occasional
stage-coach ride. "It minds me of departed
days." It admits of friendly fellowship which
the cars do not. Could we always have an
agile, good-looking, whistling, singing, good
tempered, kind-hearted and careful driver as
JOHN - , we would not pine for the completion of
the North Pennsylvania R. 11. By the way,
has that great railway found its terminus be
low the mountains, rather than at Sodus Bay?
Or are all the North Branch improvements,
like the Canal, to be a quarter of a century in
the womb of time?
At the Erie stations we found the black
boards constantly consulted. Some trains were
chalked as " on time," others two hours behind
time, and others still as abandoned. At El
mira w had some four hours' waiting for a
train south. Having supped, we had time to
study human nature by gas-light iu the depot.
Our attention was first attracted by the bluster
of a short, sleek, fat and fussy gentleman who
was vexing himself by endeavoring to scatter a
crowd of provoking urchins, who should have
been in bed, but who were attracted to every
crevice, peeping in every hole, in the telegraph
office, to catch a glimpse of three returned Ca
lifornians who had been arrested as pickpockets
at this point, from some of the traius, by a
lighter-fingered telegraph despatch.
Need I stop to tell yon of the various faces
and characters and postures which humanity
exhibited in the rooms of that depot ? llow
some slept—how some couldn't keep still ? Au
old lady corning from a vi<sit to her grand chil
dren had a promise early in the evening to tell
her when her train should come—trusting to the
promise of a total stranger, uot at all recom
mended by his phiz, she contentedly took a
chair and slept, or seemed to sleep. Directly
a loying pair came in, with a flock of children,
to wait for a train to conic with the small hours.
The dear old lady was awake immediately,and
for three honrs was busy iu helping the young
mother amuse the children, tolling them of her
own grandchildren, and from remote corners of
her inexhaustible pockets bro't cakes, nuts and
confectionary to satisfy the untimely wakeful
ness of strange children, to whom she must
have seemed a fairy. Dear old soul ! she
" thought it couldn't possibly be time," when
her train was at length announced.
The trains South are well filled by compan
ies induced by excursion tickets to gratify their
curiosity by a sight of the elephants at Wash
ington. Uncle Sam's camels are all landed
way down south, towards Texas and Utah,
which is to become " Araby the blest." How
ever that may be, the trains are going to the
Capital to the tuue of " The Campbells are
coining." llow true this may prove, is doubt
ful, from the reported illueSs of the great Elec
llow exceptionable habits will draw people
together ! Next to the stage coach, give me
the smoking car for shortening the tedium of
the way. Here half a dozen gentlemen, from
as many different parts of the Union, and, as it
happened, from as many different Colleges,
shared each other's lluvunus and budgets of
Having been twirled over five or six differ
ent railroads, changing baggage several times,
going double the distance of a direct route was
one completed to.llarrisburg, we arrived in time
for dinner. Dinner? Unfortunate reference!
for who ever had a good dinner in our stale
capital ? The charges are high enough, in all
conscience, but heaven save the cookery I
As to the celebrities here, beginning at the
top : Our Governor is pre-eminently a good
man. He has increased in weight since I saw
him during the campaign. Where he can find
dinners in Ilarrisburg so to make his face shine
I cannot imagine. The Secretary is a pleasant
affable gentleman, but politic and wary. He
wisely desires the school law to be tested be
fore it is tinkered with. He recommends ten
or a dozcu State normal schools to be estab
lished, but they must be established by private
enterprise and funds. This might ultimately
effect the desired end by preparing the wav for
future appropriations for the endowment of "such
normal schools. liut why not found State pri
sons or other State works, by individual enter
prise ? \\ ould it not be more statesmanlike
to recommend such appropriation as would en
courage local enterprise to fonnd and foster
these much ueeded institutions ? His deputy,
H. C. IIICKOK, who has the laboring oar in
managing the Common School department, is
a whole-souled educationalist, indefatigable in
his efforts, ami ardent in sympathy for every
move to advance the development of the soul
of our glorious old Commonwealth. God speed
Our friend Scorr is the best looking man in
the Canal board. He has a good honest face.
I was sorry to learn, as every friend of the
North Branch will be, that Superintendent
MAFFET, w hose energy and skill have done such
wonders in bringing that work to a completion,
lias been snagged, temporarily, I trust,by some
quirk iu the regulations of the Canal Commis
sioners. Additional legislation will doubtless
set him with a free foot and strong hand to
perfect his work in a manner as creditable to
himself as it will be acceptable to the state.
My impressions of the House are favorable.
All branches and interests are well represent
ed. Our own members, Messrs. BABCOCK and
NICHOLS, though young in legislation, stand
well and do credit to the county they represent.
They arc clear-headed, prompt, judicious men,
and are all alive to the interests of Northern
In the Senate chamber, our friend and neigh
bor, E. REED MVEII, already holds an enviable
position, and wields a powerful influence. Al
though I do not belong to the party which
elected Mr MYER, I cannot but feel gratified
at his success iu the Senate. Young members
sometimes soon run themselves aground by
speaking to every motion. Of this there is
more than one example in the Senate this ses
sion. This rock our Senator has happily avoid
ed. He does not sjieak when he has nothing
to say. When he claims the attention of the
chamber, he rewards it by well-digested tho'ts,
honestly spoken in good English diction, and
always pertinent. Hence he is always listened
to, and his words tell. Mr. MYER, from a spe
cial committee, has drawn up and presented an
extended report on the Kansas questions,which
was ordered to be printed, but I could not get
a copy in time for this week. He has also
drawn up a bill for a Free Banking system,
which, however excellent it is, cannot, I think,
be carried this session. He also has a vast deal
of work in committee apportioning the repre
sentation of the state according to the increase
of population. These will doubtless lead to
Several local laws are proposed relating to
dogs and sheep. Would it not be a good thing
for Bradford to have a tax of fifty cents or a
dollar on every dog—the proceeds to be expen
ded by the County Agricultural Society in se
curing improved stock, implements and seed ?
A friend has estimated that there are as many
as dogs as families ; in the older townships not
less than three hundred (logs each, and kept at
an annual expense of sls a year each, a low
estimate as provisions now range ; and very
low upon the old way of estimating the keep
ing of a dog at the price of a hog. Now if the
9,000 taxables keep only 8,000 dogs, they cost
annually $120,000 ; —-they prevent the exten
sive raising of sheep. After making due al
lowance for dogs really serviceable, there is an
annual expense of SIOO,OOO for the curs. Let
us have the dog tax ; at any rate in our coun
ty. In the report of the Superintendent of
Common Schools for 1856, the average number
of scholars is put at 11,367 —the average cost
of instruction at 36 cents each per month, mak
ing for the five months the schools are sustain
ed, the sum of $20,460 60. This is only oue
quarter the cost of the dogs.
If the tax won't do, let the tails be cut off
just behind the ears of every dog that does not
Several beautiful eulogies were pronounced
in the Seuate 011 the death of Dr. KAXE, the
Arctic explorer. It is happy for our state that
so many of hei favored citizens,from FRA.\KI.IX
and KITTEN HOUSE to the lamented KANE, have
enuobled themselves and her by their devotion
to science, rather than by prowess in war.
Miss Dix, of charitable renown, has been
enlisting the sympathies of the public and of
legislators in the founding of a vast Institute
for the tniining of Idiotic children. An appro
priation of $50,000 is talked of—its success is
at present doubtful. The Farm School, in
Centre, is also asking $50,000. It has former
ly received, I think, slo,ooo—but what more
it can do for Farmer's sous than is afforded by
every well sustained Collegiate Institute, is dif
ficult to be shewn. As a whole the General
Assembly proposes great economy in the ex
penditure of the public monies.
From all that I hear, the Republicans and
Americans earnestly desire to effect the nomi
nation of Hon. DAVID WILMOT, if he will con
seut. The other party are talking up strongly
for Gen. PACKER. We shall see.
There is a large convention of military men,
from all parts of the state, met here at the call
of the House Committee on the militia system.
Captain ELLSBREE, of Wappasena, represents
The Legislature adjourns to-day to Monday,
the 9th of March. Many are leaving—but
crowds are arriving to attend the Democratic
Convention next week.
Yours, by the way, PEREGRINE.
FIRE. —We learn that on Saturday evening
last, the store of HENRY SHAKER, at Headley
ville, near Dushore, was totally destroyed by
tire. The facts, as near as we have been able
to obtain them are as follows : Shortly after
lighting up the store in the evening, a shawl
hanging over the counter was discovered to be
on fire ; in the effort to extinguish the flame,
a fluid lamp sitting on the counter was aeci
dently overturned, and bursting, the whole
interior of the building was immediately envel
oped in flames So rapid was the progress of
the fire that it was impossible to remove any of
the goods,—his whole stock of goods, together
with notes and other papers, were consumed.
A portion of the books fwere saved. The
store and goods were insured, but not for near
enough to cover the loss.— Sulliea n Democrat.
Bradford County Teacher's Association
The Bradford County Teacher's Association,
met according to adjournment in Terrytown,
on Friday, Oct. 13th, at 11 o'clock A.M. In
the absence of the President and Vice PresL
dents, Mr. C. R. Coburn was called to the
Messrs. J. L. Dodge, Benjamin Verbryck
and Edmund Horton, were appointed a com
mittee to prepare and report an order of busi
ness for this meeting. Adjourned till half
past 2 o'clock.
At the opening of the afternoon session,
Dr. J. E. Ingham was appointed Chainnau
pro tem. The committee on the order of bu
siness presented a report, which was accepted
The association then took up from the un
finished business of the last regular meeting,
the following resolution.
Resolved, That it is advisable and in the
opinion of this association proper, to have
our schools kept open only five dnvs in each
week, and continue in session five hours in each
After a discussion of the resolution, in which
Dr. Horton Messrs. Ingham, Dnrand, Coburn
and Tracy took part, the motion was put and
The following Resolution, which had been
fully discussed at the last meeting, was taken
up and passed.
Resolved, That the recognition of excel
lence in study and deportment is advisable,
while the holding out of rewards for success
in study, is evil aud deleterious, the great mo
tive being that virtue is its own reward.
Dr. Horton, the Chairman of the committee
on resolutions, reported iu part, aud the re
port was accepted.
The following from the report of the com
mittee was taken up, and after considerable
discussion was carried.
Resolved, That it is the duty of all, and
especially of teachers, to labor by word and
deed to remove every barrier in the way of
The debate on this, which was carried, by
Messrs, Coburn, G. W. Ingham, Dr. Horton,
Mr. Dnrand and Mr. T. J. Ingham, was con
fined chiefly to the special responsibility de
clared by the resolution to devolve on teach
ers, a subject which it was argued had been
unduly exaggerted, and the tendency of which,
was to excuse the indifference of parents and
others, if not to keep out of view the agency
and interests and responsibilities of other par
tics in the great work of general education.—
It was again urged that teachers occupied a
prominent place in tliis work, and, that the
barriers and hindrances to the advancement of
education arising from the incompetency of
teachers and from the indifference of the mas
ses of the people, were snch as it was directly
in their way to remove.
The Association then adjourned till half
past 6 o'clock. At half past *' the Associa
met and listened to an interesting address bv
T. J. Ingham, on " the importance of practical
/.notr/cdgc." The address was eminently forci
ble and practical, abounding in valuable max
ims, and enlivened by many striking illustra
tions of the great principles of the science of
It was Resolved that the thanks of the As
sociation be tendered to Mr. Ingham for his
An essay was read by Miss. Julia Ilorton,
on " (caching and teachers The essayist presen
ted some clear statements of fundamental prin
ciples, on the subject of teaching as a science,
and the importance of studying it as a prepara
tion for the work of teaching. Allusion to the
subject of introducing the subject of our civil
government as a study into our schools, led to
the discussion of several debateable topics 011
this qucstiou which were haudlcd in a style,
witty, as well as logical.
It was was Resolved, that the thanks of the
of the Association be tendered to Miss Ilorton
for her essay.
The following Resolution was then taken
up for consideration.
Resolved, That the practice of using all
the public mouey to defray the expenses of
either the summer or winter schools, is detri
mental to the cause of education.
The discussion ou this, was carried on by
Dr. Ilorton, Messrs. Coburn, Guyer, T. J.
Ingham and others. Adjourned until to mor
row morning at 9 o'clock.
SATURDAY, 9 A. M., met according to ad
jounneut. The next meeting was appointed
to be held at Rome, on Friday, June 12th, at
10 o'clock A. M.. Dr. Worthing, Rev, I).
Cook and Mr. S. H. Duraud, were appointed
a committee to prepare business for the meet
Miss. Emily Matthews and Miss Nancy
Corss were appointed essayists.
I)r. Coburn and the Rev. Mr. Sutherland
were appointed to deliver addresses at the next
The consideration of the resolution under
debate last evening was resumed, and, after
considerable discussion was passed. While the
practice referred to in this resolution, was in
the remarks of the speakers generally, admit
ted to be unjust. The debate led to a general
discussion of the Common School system of
Pennsylvania, which was represented as inef
ficient, as by putting the schools under the
care of School Directors, it excluded the con
trol, and impaired the interest of pareuts,
whilst on the other haDd it was maintained
that the system did not claim to be a perfect
system, and that the fault of its ineffieacy was
in the indifference of the people, and not iu
the laws ; under the operation of which, in
many parts of the State, educational interests
had advanced, and good schools were sustained.
On motion, the subject of Teacher's Insti
tutes, laid over at the last meeting was taken
up, and the following substitute to the resolu
tion under debate was inovul and unanimously
Resolved. That we respectfully and earnest
ly request that the Senator from this District
and the Representatives of Bradford County
to exert their influence to secure the passa'd
of a law to legalize the establishment of Count*
Teacher's Insttutes, in the several Counties nf
Commonwealth, and also render thhem Huh
pecuniary aid, as shall best subserve the in!
rests of the cause of education.
The following resolutions were then passed
Resolved, That by universal education WP
meau not simply the elementary education f
all persons, but we include in it the
right of all to be educated in every deiirl
ment of science. * '
Resolved, That "intellect is not virtue"
and hence, all true teaching looks beyond rum
intelectual culture, or book learning, and car
be permanently successful only by ha Jl
upon the principles of Right, Truth and Jul
That * he P &rents guardians
of children, are under the solemn obligation t
give their personal attention to the instruction
and education of those committed to their
care, not only at home, but also at school and
they should therefore aim to select the best
teachers, and provide for the best schools in
their power, and encourage both teachers and
pupils, by freqnently visiting the schools not
as attentive spectators, but with a detcrmina
tion to know what progress is made bv the
children in their studies.
It was moved, and after a brief discussion
Resolved, That a Common School system
which imposes equal burdens, and grauts eoua!
privileges is essential to the perpetuity of our
system of government.
Resolved, That a committee of three he ap
pointed to report to our next meeting, on the
peculiarities of the School Systems, and their
results in the different States.
The Rev. Mr. Landon, and Messrs. S. H
Dnrand and O. J. Chubbuck, were appointed
Mr. Coburn addressed the Association on
the subject of teaching, presenting much im
! |Krtant information, and suggesting many val
uable a practical hints to teachers.
It was on motion
Resolved, That the thanks of the Associa
tion be tendered to Prof. Coburn for his a<i
It was on motion
Res,hed, That the thanks of the Associa
tion be tendered to the citizens of Asylum, for
their hospitality, aud kindness to the members
of the Association during onr meeting, ami for
the deep and cordial iuterest taken in the bu
, siuess of the Association.
After prayer, the Association adjourned to
meet iu Rome, on Friday, June 12th, at 10
o'clock A. M.
Important from Washington.
WASHINGTON, Feb. Jfi. I>5T.
Instead of the Corruption Committee Report
the House begau this morning to consider the
several appropriation bills, including the Ar
my, Navy and others, which are passed with
uncommon despatch. During the debate an
exciting episode occurred, arising from the dif
ficulty of Tuesday last, between tdierman of
Ohio and Wright of Tennessee. About 12
o'clock, Wright, accompanied by Savage of
Tennessee, walked over to the seat behind
Sherman's, which is i ear the door, rather to
the left of the Speaker.
Wright' 's friends allege that be only went
to speak with Air. Harris, of Maryland, in the
rear of Sherman's, while, on the other side, it
is asserted, Wright evidently had a purpose of
iusulting Sherman, so as to provoke him to a
duel. Mr. Sherman, acting on the impression,
and thinking he saw or heard something in the
conversation or mariner of IVright to confirm
it, tossed a handful of wafers in the Tennes
seau's face, thus throwing the responsibility of
challenging on him—a resjxnisibility which
previously was supposed to lie ou Sherman, iu
consequence of Wright's imputation of false
hood in the debate of Monday.
Of course the wafers were not palatable,
and a row ensued. Wright, it is averred, put
his hand suspiciously in his left breast pocket,
and Sherman sprung on and struck at him, but
was seized by Wakeman of New-York
'Wright was simultaneously seized by Watkins
of Tennessee, and Savage, and escorted to his
seat. A great deal of writing ensued among
the parties, friends collected iu groups around
them, and at the last advices, Messrs. Savage,
Harris and Keitt, were engaged iu earnest
consultation outside of the Hall. If anychal
leuge should pass, it mast necessarily have
come from Wright ; but his friends, Keitt aud
Savage, have determined that no such demon
stration, under the circumstances, is required.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 27, IM"
The House was occupied all day to a late
hour ou the Report of the Investigating Com
Mr. Gilbert made a speech which left an
; impression in his favor, lie did not talk like
a guilty man. The House refused him a trial.
; which Gilbert admitted the impracticability cu
!at this late day, and he then resigned. It then
laid all proceedings in regard to his ease OQ
Mr. Matteson sent in his resignation through
Mr. Morgan, ou the ground that the action of
the body in Gilbert's ease showed that he, too,
would be denied a trial before the bar of the
House. The resolutions of the Committee 10
his ease were then taken up and passed, ex
cepting the one for expulsion, which was sus*
■ ponded by his resignation. The first resolu
tion, declaring him guilty of corrupt practices
in the Des Moines grant, had but 1" votCs
against it. On the second, declaring him £ u "'
ty of defaming the character of the House 0
charging corruption on its members, ami tmb
proving himself unworthy to be a member "
! it, there were 75 votes for laying it on theAa
ble. A vote 011 its passage was then takcu,
and it passed without a division.
Mr. Welch's case next came up, and herein
! to trial on the testimony presented by the (
mittee. Mr. Stanton of Ohio opened in ''i>
favor by an able, luminous, completeargumeu.
which seemed to determine the House in
favor. He was followed by Messrs. .
of Georgia, Smith of Virginia ami Harris m
Maryland on the same side. At 9
House had not voted 0:1 the case, but it
highly probable that it would reject the rt
commendation of the Committee and cxculpu^
Ten, I\ M— The House has just adjourned
after action oil Mr. Welch's case, cxculpatu £