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    •Gov. Walker's Proclamation to the Peo
ple of Kansas.
LECOSIPTON, October 19,1657.
By the 32d section of the organic act estab
lishing this territorial Government, it is provid
ed, iu reference to the election of a delegate
to Congress, that "the person having the great
est number of votes shall be declared by the
Governor to be duly elected, and a certificate
thereof shall be given accordingly."
By the 16th section of the act of the terri
torial legislature of Kansas, entitled "an act
to regulate elections,'" it is made the duty of
the Secretary to examine the returns in the
presence of the Governor, aud to "give to the
person having the highest number of votes iu
their respective districts, certificates ot their
election to the legislative assembly."
Under these two provisions of the laws pre
vailing iu this territory, the recent general
election has presented for the joint considera
tion of the Governor and Secretary, a ques
tion of the gravest importance not only to our
own people, but also to those of the whole
Union. The question arises upon the extra
ordinary returns made from the precinct of
Oxford, iu the county of Johnson. What pur
ports to be the returns of the election held at
the precinct on the sth and Gth iust., have
been received by the Secretary, containing
sixteen hundred and twenty-eight names of
pretended voters, or nearly one half the num
ber given iu the whole representative district.
The disposition to be made of this supposed
vote is rendered all important by the fact that
the political character of the legislative As
sembly will be controlled by the addition of
three couucilmcn and eight representatives to
the strength of one party or the other, accord
ing to the adoption or rejection of the returns
in question.
In point of fact, it is well known that even
the whole county of Johnson, comprising, as
it does part of an Indian reserve, which, upon
examination of the law, we find is not subject
to settlement or pre-emption, can give no such
vote as that which is represented to have been
polled at this inconsiderable precinct of Ox
ford. But while this unofficial knowledge,
well-established and universal as it may be,
could not become the ground of decision and
action upon election returns, in themselves reg
ular and authentic, the legitimate effect of an
apparent cuonnity, such as that iu question
would necessarily be to induce a close examin
ation of the paper presented, and to require
for its acceptance a perfect compliance with all
the essential provisions of the law. Such an
examination of this document, conscientiously
and impartially made, has brought us to the
conclusion that the returns from Oxford pre
cinct in Johnson county must be wholly reject
ed for the following reasons :
Ist. It does not appear on the face of the
document presented to us, or in any other man
ner, that the Judges of Election took the oath
imperatively required by the statute, to secure
the " impartial discharge of their duties ac
cording to law."
2d. It docs not appear that the paper pre
sented to us was one of the two original poll-
Looks kept at the election, as required by law ;
but, on the contrary, it does appear, from
unmistakcable internal evidence, that the pa
per is either a copy of some other document, |
or has been made for the occasion, aud is not
the genuine record of the votes taken at the
election. The law requires one of the poll
books to be returned to the Secretary, the other
to be deposited with the Clerk of the Board
of Commissioners of the proper county.
2d. As the vote of each elector was to be
recorded for each one of the twenty-two can
didates, ttnl in more than a hundred cases ior
twenty-five, and that by a rim voce vote, it was
a physical impossibility that the number of
votes pretended to have been taken on the
second day, being uiore than fifteen hundred,
with the name of the voter written., and each
of twenty-two candidates properly designated,
could have been taken and recorded within the
time prescribed by law.
4th. It is an extraordinary fact tending to
throw distrust upon the whole proceeding, that
of the sixteen hundred and twenty-eight votes,
only one is given to the delegate elect to Con
gress ; and only one hundred and twenty-four
are recorded as having been cast for the local
candidates of the township.
Influenced by these considerations, and im
pressed with the grave responsibility resting
upon us in regard to the fairness of the elec
tion, and its freedom from all fraud susceptible
of detection and prevention within the scope
of our duties, wc deemed it essential to truth
and justice that we should ascertain every fact
calculated to refute or confirm the conclusions
derived from the face of the papers. Accord
ingly we went to the precinct of Oxford,
(which is a village with six houses, including
stores, and without a tavern,) and ascertained
from the citizens of that vicinity, and especial
ly those of the handsome adjacent village of
New Santa Fe, in Missouri, (separated only
by a street and containing about twenty bous
es,) that altogether not more than one-tenth
the number of persons represented to have vot
ed, were present on the two days of the elec
tion, much the smaller number, not exceeding
thirty or forty, being present on the last day,
when more than fifteen hundred votes are rep
resented as having been given. The people of
Oxford as well as those of the neighboring
village of Santa Fe, were astounded at the
magnitude of the return ; and all persons of ail
parties, in both places, treated the whole affair
with derision or indignation, not having heard
the alleged result uutil several days after it had
occurred.
In the course of our journey to and from
Oxford, we passed over much the larger part
of the country of Johnson, and we became
thoroughly satisfied that there is no popula
tion in the whole couuty from which more than
one-third l lie vote of that single precinct could
have been given. We learned that some very
few persons, having cabins on the reserve in
Johnson'county.aud claiming a residence therein
though generally absent, had voted at some of
the prochicts in that comity ; but we are con
vinced that bat a very inconsiderable number,
not reaching, we believe, one hundred of Mis
fiourians or other persons having no admitted
right to vote, did claim or attempt to exercise
that right, anywhere within that county. The
people of Missouri cannot be justly charged
with any interference in the late election, nor
are they in any degree complicated with the
evidently fraudulent returns made from the
precinct of Oxford Those returns, beyond all
doubt, are simulated and fictitious.
Under these circumstances, we do not feel
embarrassed by any technical difficulty, as to
our right to go behind the returns. We hold
the returns themselves to be defective iu form
and in substance, ami therefore inadmissible,
we go behiud tliem and inquire into the. facts,
only for the jwirpbse of ascertaining whether
by valid objections to the mere returns,
' our rejection of them will have the effect of
defeating the will of the people, sought to be
fairly expressed at the polls, lit the event of
such consequences, we might hesitate to reject
a vote upon any defect ot form, however es
sential in law. " But in the present case, we
feel ourselves bound to adhere to the very let
ter of the law, in order to defeat a gross and
palpable fraud. The consideration that our
own party by this decision, will lose the ma
jority in the Legislative Assembly, does not
make our duty in the premises less solemn and
imperative. The elective franchise would be
utterly valueless, and free government itself
would receive a deadly blow, if so great an
outrage as this could be shielded under the
cover of more forms, and technicalities. We
cannot consent, in auv manner, to give the
sanction of our respective official positions to
such ft transaction. Nor can we feel justified
to relieve ourselves of the proper responsibili
ties of our offices, iu a case where there is no
valid return, by submitting the question to the
Legislative Assembly, claiming to be chosen by
this spurious vote, the power to decide upon
their own election.
Iu view of the condition of affairs in Kan
sas for several years past, of the efforts so long
made to put iu operation here a revolutionary
government, and of the fact that this effort
was suspended under the belief tiiat the po
litical difficulties of this territory might at
length be fairly adjusted at the polls ;
if that adjustment should now be defeated and
and the people deprived of their rightful pow
er under the laws of Congress, by fictitious re
turns of votes never given, it is our solemn
conviction, that the pacification of Kansas,
through the exercise of the elective franchise
would become impracticable, aud that civil
war would immediately be recommenced in
this territory, extending, we fear to adjacent
states, and subjecting the government of the
Union to imminent peril.
Because, therefore, the paper now under ex
amination is not one of the original poll-books
by law required to be returned, and from the
absence of the oath prescribed by the territo
rial statutes for the judges of election, the re
turns- being thus clearly invalid, and as we be
lieve, fictitious and simulated, we have, under
the circumstances no alternative bat to reject
the whole return from the Oxford precinct,
and to give the certificates to those whojappear
to have been elected by virtue of the other
regular returns.
R J. WALKER.
Governor of Kansas Territory.
FRKD. P. STANTON, Secretary.
[Correspondence of the X. Y. Times.]
WA SHIXGTON, Sunday, Xov 1.
The President is much annoyed by the pub
lished rumor relative to Governor Walker's
removal. lie says that it is erronious, and
that there is no intention to remove him. I
am coufinncd in the conviction that the story
originated in the denunciations of Walker in
dulged in by a Cabinet member, who desires
his repudiation.
It is evident that there has been a strong in
fluence in the Cabinet in favor of discounten
ancing Walker's movements, in order to make
fair weather with the fire-eaters, but the Pres
ident has overruled them.
Secretaries Cobb and Thompson charge him
with violating his instructions, but the event
will expose their error. Ho can have had no
instructions inconsistent with the law, and that
has bound him to secure an election by the
people of Kansas in legal form. The Presi
dent u ill never publicly condemn him for refus
ing to become a parti/ to the Oxford frauds.
Hut Governor Walker did not even techni
cally go behind the election returns, as charg
ed, as will be seen by his proclamation. He
rejected the returns for fatal informalities alone
and his denunciation of the frauds was inciden
tal merely.
This new storm has been raised evidently
for the purpose of intimidating Walker, to in
duce him to resign ; but his friends here say
that lie will never retreat. The President
saw and approved of Walker's in augur si be
fore the latter left Washington, and altera
tions were made in it by his suggestion. This
can lie proven. It is too late, therefore, to
attempt to shirk the responsibility, and throw
it upon Walker's shoulders and sacrifice him.
President Buchanan has no disposition to
yield to the pressure of sonic of his associates
and to commit so suicidal an act. The mere
rumor of such an intention created intense ex
citement here.
Letters received here indicate Walker's pro
bable rejection by the Senate, unless the Re
publicans sustain him.
LATER FROM KANSAS—ST. Loirs, Oct. 28.
At a Democratic meeting held in Lecompton,
Kansas, on the 20th, resolutions were adopted
strongly condemnatory of the action o( Walk
er and Stanton, in rejecting the returns of the
Oxford precinct, Johnson county. The course
of the Governor and Secretary is characteriz
ed as high handed, illegal, and an usurpation
of that power belonging only to the Legisla
ture.
B®* The Philadelphia ledger says :
The investigation which has beeu going on
by the directors of the Bank of Pennsylvania
into its affairs, has been brought near to a
close.
We understand that the exhibit is not fa
vorable. The immediate liabilities of the
bank, in round numbers, independent of capi
tal stock, we are informed, is about two mill
ions of dollars —to meet which, there are as
sets appraised at one and a quarter millions.
If this appraisement and amount of liabili
ties are correct, the bank would seem to be
unable to pay its debts, leaving nothing for
stockholders.
The bank holds, we beleive, about $1 To.ooo
of its own stock ; a portion of this, however,
has been pledged to one or more of the interi
or banks, through the agency of a third party,
who now stands liable to the interior banks
for the amount.
The committee representing the city banks
in this matter, or a majority of it, is under
stood to be averse to an attempt at resuscita
tion, and the indications now are that it will
go into liquidation, and probably out of exis
tence, leaving as little for its shareholders as
did its great prototype, the 1 lank of the Uni
ted States. Noteholders and depositors will
probably be paid.
MI'ROKR OF A WHOLE FAMILY IX NEW URI NS
WII'K.—On .Monday night four persons were
murdered at a house on the line of the new
railroad, about ten miles from St. John.—
They were a man, his wife, ami two children.
Three men committed these diabolical acts,
incited thereto, as is believed, by the prospect
of obtaining a sum of money \yhieb was in the
house, and which did not aiuouut to one hun
dred dollars.
JS. U. GOODRICH. EDITOR.
TOWANDI :
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THE BRIDGE PASSABLE !
Last Tuesday the planking of the floor of
the Bridge was completed, and it is now pas
sable for teams, being entirely safe. The re
maining work upon it, will be speedily execut
ed, and the Bridge when completed, will be
one of the finest across the Susquehanna. The
usual rates of toll will be taken by the Con
tractors, until it is finished and delivered over
to the Company.
KANSAS MATTERS.
In another column will be found the pro
clamation of Gov. WAI.KER, purging the re
turns of the late election in Kansas, of the
frauds committed in the Oxford precinct of
Johnson county. This action of the Gover
nor, is of the greatest political importance
and is destined, if sustained by the National
Administration, to produce the most momen
tous results.
Governor WALKER gives the most conclu
sive reasons for rejecting the vote of Oxford
precinct in Johnson county ; first, because of
the irregularity in foim of the returns ; and
second, from the evidence furnished by a visit
to the precinct, of the physical impossibility
of its casting legally over one-tenth of the vote
credited to it in the returns. By rejecting
this vote the free-state party obtain a clear
majority in the Legislature. The pro-slavery
party are greatly incensed at this result, and
threaten the Governor and his Secretary with
every variety of vengeance, political ami per
sonal.
Indeed, it is represented, that the threats
made against the Governor and Secretary,had
induced those individuals to consider their lives
in danger,—and they had left Lccompton, and
had moreover, sent to Col. Sumner for a body
of troops for their personal protection.
A meeting of the National Democracy had
been held, at which Gov. WAI.KKR had been
denounced for his interference in the Oxford
returns, and charged with beiug untrue to the
Democratic party.
From Washington we have conflicting ac
counts. It is represented that the Adminis
tration will uot sustain WAI.KKK in the course
he has pursued. Other writers assert that he
will bo sustained bv Mr. HIVUAVAV, but that
a portion of the Cabinet is freely denouncing
him.
We will render Gov. WALKER full justice
for his attempt in this instance to see the wish
of the people of Kansas lawfully carried out.
It is the first gleam of light, in that dark and
damning conspiracy which has heretofore out
raged law and order and decency in that Ter
ritory. It matters not that the fraud was so
palpable that it there could be no question as
to its commission—-it matters not that in so do
ing he was but pursuing the plain line of right
and duty, and but discharging his obligations
to his conscience, his oath and the people of
the Territory he was appointed to govern—
for even such acts of simple justice are so unu
sual in the history of Kansas, as to excite our
admiration.
Already the South is beginning to demand
the removal of WALKER. It is stated that his
nomination will not be confirmed by the Sen
ate, unless the Republican Senators come to
his aid. We trust they will stand aloof, and
throw upon the Democrats the responsibility
of his rejection. A formidable party has sprung
up in the South, which yet professes confidence
in President BCCHANAX, but repudiates and
condemns WALKER and his course. This nl
tra pro slavery party will make war upon the
Administration whenever it is understood that
WALKER'S course in giving the people of Kan
sas fair plav, is approved and endorsed. The
extremists have always controlled, and al
ways will control, the Sooth. Mr. RITTIANAN
has the choice to make. He must either of
fend this Southern party, or lie must sacrifice
WALKER and with him the Democratic party
of the North. Which will he do ? We have
been accustomed to sec Northern men succumb
before the power and influence of the Slave
oligarchy. Mr. RCCIIAXAN is certainly the last
man we should expect to sec an exception to
this rule. lie is now to be tried, and should
he prove true, we shall be among the readiest
to do him justice. His past history and the
attitude of his Administration do not give
much reason for hope.
c see by the Harrisburg Telegraph
that Wm. B. Foster, on account of ill health,
is about to resign his position as Vice-Presi
dent of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company,
aud Col. Herman J. Lombaert is to succeed
him, ami that Major T. A. Scott is to take
the jiosition now held by Col. Iximbaert.
ftaTElections for state officers were held in
New York and Massachusetts on Tuesday,but
we ure as yet without returns.
Official Vote for Governor, 1867.
Counties. Packer. WII.MOT. Hazl'st.
Adams, 2.36$ J ,900 % 58
Allegheny. 6,610 7,687 856
Armstrong, 2.409 2,100 111
Beaver, 1 ,557 1,999 20
Bedford, 2,338 1,508 398
Berks, 8,722 2,750 874
Blair, 1,819 1,450 569
Bradford, 2,082 5,642 6
Bucks, 5.747 4.801 101
Butler, 2,361 2,831 53
Cambria, 2,379 1,042 165
Carbon, 1,557 672 153
Centre, 2,663 2,145 35
Chester, 5,388 5,269 424
Clarion, 2,132 987 23
Clearfield, 1,459 725 235
Clinton, 1,464 1,083 18
Columbia, 2,410 1,144 30
Crawford, 2,576 3,614
Cumberland, 3,078 2,466 58
Dauphin, 3,109 2,656 600
Delaware, 1,598 1,614 609
Klk, 502 276 3
Erie, 1,995 3.306 143
Fayette, 3,104 2,520 80
Forrest, 65 79
Franklin, 3,186 3,058 91
Fulton, 817 570 9
Greene, 2,034 1,000 8
Huntingdon, 1,749 1,678 248
Indiana, 1,437 2,650
Jefferson, 1,268 1,125 54
Juniata, 1,1 OS 1,035 20
Lancaster, 6,486 7.690 1,035
Lawrence, 993 1,902 50
Lebanon, 1,980 2,664 182
Lehigh, 3,805 2,957 9
Luzerne, 6,208 3,526 214
Lycoming, 2,834 1,684 347
M'Kean, 494 565 7
Mercer, 2,539 2,928 49
Mifflin, 1,532 1,217 104
Monroe, 2,254 504 5
Montgomery, 5,448 3,608 1,386
Montour, 1,080 568 61
Xorthaiuton, 4,067 1,111 1,010
Northumberland, 2,821 974 490
Perrv, 1,965 1.564 161
Philadelphia, 27,749 10,001 14,335
Pike, 758 190 12
Potter, 495 957 4
Schuylkill, 5,980 3,079 581
Snyder, 999 989 81
Somerset, 1,741 2,277 b
Sullivan, 494 265
Susquehanna, 2,419 3,224 8
Tioga, 1,193 3,284
Union, 971 1,275 162
Venango, 1,900 1,790 2
Warren, 899 1,399 9
Washington, 3,752 3,614 142
Wayne, 1,992 1,691 50
Westmoreland, 4,361 3,448 24
Wyoming, 1,226 995 12
York, ~ 5,314 1,778 1,332
Total, 188,887 146,136 28,132
CAV.tr. COMMISSIONER.
Strickland . 186.906
Mill ward 143.898
Liuderni.in 26,631
ST'PRKME COL'RT.
Thompson 187,023 1 I.cwis 142.020
Strong 186.823 [ Veecb 142,377
Itruoui 37,240 | Brady 26,929
AM EVP VENTS TO TO E COSSTITI'TION.
first. Second. Third. Fourth.
For 122,038 117.143 114,666 118,605
Against 13,653 21.412 20,305 14,332
THE: T.KGISLATI KE.
Administration. llcpnh. Majority.
Senate 21 13 9
llou.se 68 32 36
89 4 4 45
DEATH OK GEN*. BEST. —Hon. VALENTINE
BEST died at his residence in Danville, on
Wednesday evening, Oct. 28, aged about 57
years. He had been editor and publisher of
the Danville Inlclligenccr about 30 years, and
was a member of the State Senate from 1848
to ISSO, one year acting as Speaker of that
body. He was a man of great decision, un
swerving adherence to party and to friends,
and beloved and pure in private life. He was
the oldest practical printer in business in Cen
tral Pennsylvania, and was much respected by
bis fellow craftsmen.
On the evening of the 2Gth ult., a large
and respectable meeting composed of members
<f the "Teachers' Institute," and citizens of
Towanda and vicinity, was held at the public
school house in this borough, at which the fol
lowing resolutions were unanimously adopted :
Resolved, That in Bradford County the sys
tem of holding " Teachers' Institutes," has met
with merited success, and is no longer an ex
periment.
Resolved, That to the arduous efforts of our
worthy Superintendent, we are chiefly indebt
ed for giving them a permanent basis ; that
through his administration, we recognize a pro
gress in our Common Schools, which promises
to place tbera on a par with the best in the
couutry.
tea?* Previous to the adjournment of the
Teachers'lnstitute, recently held here, GEO.
D. SCOTT, of this village, offered the following
preamble and resolotioiw, which were unani
mously adopted :
WHEREAS : The Rev. BEXJ. J. DOCGI.ASS
has presented to the County Superintendent,
Mitchell's New National Map of the United
States, for the purpose of having it used at the
Institutes, at his public examinations and his
school visitations, when such use will be condu
sive to the best interests of the cause of educa
tion. Therefore.
Resolved, That we present to Mr. T)ougla?s,
our sincere thanks for the interest lie has = thus
evinced iu the improvement of the teachers,
the success of the County Superintendent, and
the elevation of the cause of popular education
in this countr.
Resolved, That this preamble and resolution
be published in the county papers.
AFFAIRS IN BALTlMOßE. —Baltimore city ap
pears to be laboring under great excitement
in reference to the act of the Governor of
Maryland in proclaiming the city under mar
tail law. A public meeting has been called
and the Governor asked by large numbers of
citizens to withdraw his proclamation. The
officers of the military have called on him, and
made known their design not to obey his or
ders ; but the enrollment of a special military
force, pursuant to the orders issued by him,
still goes on. Meantime, the Mayor is prepar
i ing his arrangements.
The Nebraska correspondent of the !
N. Y. Times announces the arrival in that
Territory of divers Mormon deserters, who left
Salt Lake City early in October. They bring
two weeks' later intelligence, which, if true,
is of high importance. They sny that Be.io-
HAM VOTTKGJ at the head of a large force, was
preparing to leave Suit Lake City to give but-
tie to the United States troops. They further j
allege that the mountain pass, at which the j
Mormons will attempt to check the progress !
of the troops, is one that, in fl military point
of view, will give theni overwhelming advan
tage ; that in their rebellion they will receive
material aid from the Indians ; and that their
ultimate design is to throw off all allegiance
to the Union, and establish themselves as an
independent Government. It is possible that j
the story told by these Mormon deserters may !
be exaggerated.
BANKS OF PENNSYLVANIA WHICH PAY SPE
CK..-—The Bank of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh-
Allegheny City Bank, Allegheny—Mouonga
liela Bank, Brownsville—Franklin Bank,
Washington—Wyoming Bank, Wilkesbftrre
—Catasqua Bank, Catasqua—llouesdale Bank
ITonesdale—Kittanning Bank, Kittanning—
Bank of Pottstown, Pottstown, and Farmers'
and Drovers' Bank, Waynesburgh.
J6H3 1 * A letter from Hon. 11. M. T. ITunter,
of Virginia, dated October 16th, in reply to
the interrogatories propounded by Hon. Shel
tou F. Leake, asking his views in regard to
the administration, is out at last. Mr. Hun
ter endorses the administration of .Mr. Buch
anan, in the main, but disapproves the conduct
of Governor Walker in Kansas. The Rich
mond Enquirer and its allies seem to have
called Mr. H. into a public avowal of his sen
timents.
SENTENCED. —We learn from Chicago by tel
egraph, that James 0. Brayman, editor of the
Chicago Democrat, who plead guilty of pur
loining letters from the post office, has been
sentenced to four years' hard labor iu the Pen
itentiary.
BST West of Chicago matters are getting
worse and worse. The pressure bears heavily
on Minnesota. Efforts are making to induce
the Governor to call a special sessiou of the
legislature to pass & relief law.
The lowa City Republican states that far
mers iu that vicinity are offering their wheat
at forty cents a bushel, and cannot find pur
chasers. The Republican adds :
•' The same state of facts is reported of the
Muscatine and other river markets ; and, in
deed, we may say of the markets geuerally of
the state."
DISASTERS ox THE LAKES. —Upwards of twen
ty Lake vessels are reported to have gone
ashore or foundered during the late heavy
gale. A large number of lives were lost.
fiferU The Milwaukee Wisconsin says :
" Throughout the pineries of Wisconsin
they are discharging their hands. Lumber has
not been in so large supply and so dull of sale
since 1850. Improvements in cities and villa
ges have, in measure, been suspended, and
hence the glut in market. The same is true
of the pineries of Michigan, ami hundreds of
men are thus thrown out of employment at the
commencement of winter.
We learn that there will be comparatively
little lumber cut in Maine during the coming
winter. The stock on hand from last year is
far from being used tip.
F EARKCI. .7cnc.MEXT—Several weeks ago a rn
mor was prevailing in our city that a man
had been turned to a stone for blasphemy.—
The scene of this frightful metamorphose was
first located in Perry county, then in Mi thin
county, and again in Cumberland county, each
with a dilferrnt version, until finally, for want
of some confirmation of its truth by the public
press of those comities, we came to the conclu
sion to regard it as an idle fabrication. A
late number of the Ilollidaysbnrgh Standard,
however, contains a notice of a ciretrmstance
some what similar in its details to the above
mentioned rumor, which occurred tn Hunting
don county, and as it bears a plausible stamp
we transfer it to our columns. That paper
says :
" For some days past there has been a sin
gular story afloat in this community. Whether
trttc or not, we are not prepared to say, but
the information conies from snch a reliable
source that we are free to say there must be
something in it. It appears that one day last
week a mau in the neighborhood of Mount
Union, Huntingdon county, while cleaning
grain, suddenly discovered that the weevil had
destroyed the greater part of it. This* so exas
perated him that he blasphemed the Saviour
in such a wilful, malicious and wicked manner
that will not bear putting in print. lie left
the barn, and went to the house, where he
seated himself in a chair, where lie had remain
ed but a few minutes before he turned to his
wife, and asked her what she said. She re
plied that she had not spoken. " I thought"
said he, " that I heard somebody say that I
must sit here till judgment day." It is now
alleged that he fs still siding in the chair] un
able to rise or speak, with his eyes rolling, and
totally|incapahle of moving his body. His fam
ily, it is said, lias left the house, where he still
remained, seated in the chair on Saturday last!
What a terrible warning to blasphemers who
suffer their passions to oversway their judg
ment,"
THE IIOG CROP. —We hear of a sale 200
hogs at $4, within a day or two, and yesterday
250 were offered at the same price, but a pur
chaeercan't be obtained. This is a terrible tum
ble in price, and must disappoint the expecta
tions of a great many persons. Hut there is
no help for it. There is littie money here, or
anywhere, to invest in this way, and farmers
may make up their minds to take even less
than the sum named, or to keep their hogs
over another year. Luckily, the corn crop is
so great that it will not cost so much as nsual
to keep their stock through the whiter, and
they may eJioose to keep theiw another year.—
•St. b'Vi* Hep tkt. 'ibth
Terrible Shooting Affray at ChainW
burg. I *
Passengers in the cars from Chancers,
last night reported the particulars of a ter r
shooting affray, which occurred at that
just^previora* to the train leaving f or
in which the participants are relatives a
men of high position in society. The pj.j
in the case, are a Mr. Craig, who is a resitjl!
of Pittsburg, and his two
Messrs. M'Kibbens, one a representative 4*.
to Congress from California, and the other-
Superintendent of the Merchant's Hote'"!
Philadelphia. It apjears that Mr. Craig L
returned on Monday from Pittsburg
at Cbatnbersburg with one of his children *
had accompanied him to the former place *
the corpse of "its young sister, accidentally
a few days previous. While seated in tlier'.
yesterday afternoon, in company with ten ",
fifteen other passengers, on his return to I' -,
bnrg, r in our city, Mr. Craig was Mkij esl
attacked by his two brothers-in-law
volvers, one at tlie door and the other at t .
window of the car, with which they cotnir,H„ v
firing at him in rapid succession, one of •
balls taking effect in his back and passive
pletely through his body. -Notwithstand:;,
which, Mr. Craig immediately sprang- to •
feet, and producing a revcdVef himself, purs*
his antagonist at tire door, and shot him intt
arm and leg, which caused him to retire im>
diately in company with his brother, who la
by this time exhausted tbe ebarges in hi? ;
tol
-Mr. Craig immediately received medical i
tention, but as his wound was not pronoun*
dangerous, Ire resumed his seat in the car,
proceeded on his journey as far as Ship;*-;,
burg, where, l.'owevef a fC-Scfion took pi*,
and he was compelled to leave the train !•
further medical attention.
The wounds received by M'Kibben wern
so pronounced not dangerous. Altoget.
some eighteen shots were fired on the ear, i
the only wonder is that some of the other rt
sengers were not killed or wounded.
It is stated that Congressman M'Kiihr
had also in his hand a large bowie kuife wy
lie commenced the attach.
The affair is said to have grown out of t
alledged wrong inflicted by Craig upon afe
and dumb sister of the M'Kibbens someyei
ago, about which there hare been several
putes between the parties, resulting in a pi%
cntion, but the case has never been tri
Mr. Craig being under bail for $20,000 tot
s wer. — J la rrislu rg Telega rph.
GREAT EASTERN. —Some idea may be FRJ
ed of the immense exertions that are• IK
made to complete the gigantic hull of the Gres
Eastern and its appurtenances when we sto
that there are now no fewer than ITuO c
conliuually employed upon it, and that wn
men are emraged day and night preparing
timber and iron word for the launching era],*
The cost for wages and salaries to artia:
laborers and employees in the building-yard-h ]
we understand, reached £2600 for out wed
These extraordinary efforts are necessary
order that arrangements shall be complete] :
the high Spring tides, it has been deG:.
settled that the launch of the Leviathan
shall take place.
THK (JRF.AT RACE IN* EXGI.AXD—PH: D
VICTORIOUS. —We find in the English u
per? by the late foreign arrival, a era:r•
and interesting description of the groat ru r
New Market cm the 13th iiist., for the C v
witsch stakes. Frcra the description there
must have been very exciting. Twentjfc
horses were entered, among tlieni Mr. u
BROFCK'S American mare Prioress, who "
the race on the second heat, the first heat h
ing been pronounced a tie, Prioress, El HAL
and Queen Bess coming out even. Bo*
starting the betting was 100 to 1 a p r ii
Prioress. The course was 2 miles, 2 forte
aud 28 yards in length.
DEATH OF AJI AM ERIC AX ART?-*.—Tiic
steamer brings the intelligence of the deal:'
THOMAS CRAWFORD, the distinguished Amen*
sculptor. He died in London, on tlie 1"-
ins-t., in the forty-fourth year of hi* aje. &
was a native of New York city.
DEATH OF MR. BACKHOTSE. —The Pitt*'"
Chronicle of last evening announces the (K
of Mr. J. B. BACKHOUSE, of Allegheny coc:"
The rumors circulated in regard to his to'
some days sgo, although not then true,
fortunately uow realized. Mr. I> . scrv D
a member of the house of
winter, and was re-elected at the fate eleeto
His death creates a vacancy in the Allege
representation.
YATES CO. BANK. —We notice that A '
Divcn, Esq., of Elmira, has been nppoi:'-
Ilcceiver of the Yates Comity Bank,
will probably take some time before it s
be ascertained what the bills of this Bank'
actually worth.
M An, ROBBERY. —We learn that on D
last, Lorcn Ball, acting as Deputy Post V
ter at Piereeville, this Co., was arrested
robbing the If. S. Mail of letters and nV
and bound over in the sum of s*2ooo toar.?'
this heinous crime. Wc onderstaixl that
agent of the I'. O. Department passed <*
tlie route on Friday for the purpose of det'
ing the guilty one, as surpicious had bff!
tertniued for some time that all was not n>
For the purpose of decoying the young ti
the agent placed in the mail, prior to its ff*
ing tliis office, a letter containing money to'
amount of After leaving the oft* '■
mail was examined and the letter and
found missing. The agent immediately ft'*'
eel and made diligent search for the
package, and finally found it with this J 0 "
man. He endeavored to escape froiu tltf*
pursuit of him, hut was finally capture 1
searched. We understand lie aeknow '
to have taken from the mails during tl* "
six months, some dozen letters before, a 11 "/
one contained the smallest sum of any '
taken. Money has been lost by busing 5 f
in this locality which had been
the mails for New York and Pliiladelph' 4 -
never reached its destination. Where it /*
taken had always remained a mystery — v
Branch Democrat,
THE GRASSHOPPER PLAGUE tx
—The Galena Advertiser says two ? < ' n ! !l \,
are in that city soliciting subscriptions ! ?r •
relief of the sufferers by the G
Plague, which desolated many of die I
nients in Northern Minnesota last
They represent that many families tlifj*
in a suffering condition, apd illy
island the Winter. They apj>eal to s
table for relief.