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Forever float that standard sheet I
Where breathe' the foe but falls before us!
With Oreedom's soli beneath our feet,
Albli Freedom's banner streaming o'er us!
THE UNION-TELL CONSTITUTION-AND
THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW.
THE UNITED STATES LAWS
ARE PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY IN
THE PENNSYLVANIA DAILY TELEGRAPH.
Tuesday Afternoon, December IT, 1861.
The traitors of Arkansas will brook no loyalty
to the Union in their vicinity, provided they
can outnumber and overpower the Union men
thus discovered. This fact is horribly substan
tiated by a telegraphic despatch on our first
page, setting forth that in various localities in
Arkansas, Union societies had been formed
which, had it not been for the treachery of
some of its members, would have been able to
• have resisted the rebels. But unfortunately
the betrayal came when the societies were una
ble to meet their fees, and the result was the
immediate execution of several highly respect
able citizens, because they were attached to
these societies, and had thus declared them
selves in favor of the Union. Others, of
these Union men have been imprisoned and
.will no doubt also be hung. These facts are
entirely published for the benefit of the peace
men. They are printed to show the malevolent
spirit of those who conduct this crusade against
civil and religious liberty, law and order, per
sonal safety and domestic security. That sla
very may flourish, the dearest rights of the
white man in the slave states aro sacrificed.
That slavery may be made secure, all that we
are as a nation, with our homes and our indus
try, must be trampled under foot. It seems that
this nation will only gather wisdom and forti
tude to crush this rebellion, as the hearts of the
people become sickened with the atrocities of
treason, and that our incentives to action must
come from the sanguinary acts of our enemies,
Instead of from the s ensible ftnnviotions of our
friends. But if the people are suffered to be
come delperate by doubt and &Jar. find +3,r,
ounma witu the hour of 'die ;
those ...who now seek to postpone and
ameliorate the means to crush - rebellion, will
• tremble as they mourn their folly, if they do
fft perish as the rebellion perishes.
I ALLEGED• UNHEALTHINESS OF CAMP
HARRISI3I7IIG, Dec. 16
The story set afloat by the PENNSYLVANIA
TELEGRAPH, the Abolition organ published here,
relative to sickness and neglect of the soldiers
in Camp Curtin, it is now understood, was
prompted solely by malice towards Governor
Curtin. There is not the shadow of truth in
tasty of its assertions against this camp.
The above is printed in the Philadelphia Even
ing lournal,of yesterday, as a special telegraphic
despatch fro* this city. In its allegation on
the subject orthe unhealthiness of Camp Curtin,
it is malignantly false, because we have de
fended the cleanliness and health of that camp,
and were instrumental solely in contradicting
the statements in regard to sickness in that
locality. In its pretension to being a special de
spatch from this city, it is in keeping. With the
other falsifications on which the Journal bases
its claims to patronage in Ildlaslelphia. No
such a despatch ever passed over the wires from
-this city, as we were assured by the operators in
the various telegraphic offices in Harrisburg.
So much for the enterprise and statements of the
MULTIPLYING NEGROES. —The slaves in this
'country increased twenty-five per cent, during
the last decade, and they have averaged that
raie of multiplication for the last fifty years,
and this wholly by natural increase, the African
slave trade having ceased in 1808. During the
last decade the free negroes in this country in
creased only ten and one-half per cent., and by
natural increase certainly not more than five
per cent., their numbers being constantly swol
len by manumissions and escapes from slavery.
This fact of the slow increase of free negroes
has been constantly observed in this country.
Some of the causes of this slow increase of free
negroes, and of the rapid multiplication of
slaves, are obscure. Others are plain. But the
fact itself is undisputed and indisputable. The
four millions of negroes which we have to-day
in the condition of slavery, will, if left in that
condition, become five millions in ten years.
If emancipated, their increase in ten years, in
stead of being one million, will only be one
fifth of that amount, taking the results of the
last decade as the guide of the calculation. It
is slavery, which is the breeding mother of . ne
groes. By emancipation, we shall have eight
hundred thousand fewer negroes in tho coup
try in 1870, than we shall have by continuing
Isenc W. FOWLER, the defaulting Post-Master
of New Yolk, is carrying on the tobacco bust
ness in Mexico. Under any Govenment in the
world except that of Mr. Buchanan such a man
would be serving the State in a Penitentiary ;
but Mr. F. was fortunate in serving an Admin
istration that paid a premium on.rascality.
Tim official report of the registered seamen in
the Union during the year ending the 30th of
epteraber, was 4,617, of whom only 147 Were
ARGUMENT AND SYMPATHY FOR TRAI
There is no fact so glaring as that of the argu
ment an d sympathy for traitors, with which a cer
tain class of men in the north have persistently
embarrassed all the efforts of the government
to suppress the rebellion. They are constantly
reminding the government that the Constitu
tion is a sacred instrument which must be con
formed to in our struggles with traitors. They
are anxious alone that its provisions should be
enforced when a rebel is in danger, and in
their eyes no right is so sacred in this contest,
as that which gives to one man the power to
enslave another. Here is the secret of the rebel
lion, and here, too, is the incentiv.e . to - sympathy.
The south has rebelled in order to advance
slavery, and the Constitutional doctors in the
loyal states are moved to argument and sym
pathy for the rebel slave drivers because the
efforts of the government to crush 'rebellion
tend naturally to the destruction of the institu
tion of slavery. This is the position in which
the people and the legitimate government of
the country are placed. On the one side, we
have a band of desperate men fighting for a des
perate measure, determined to succeed if fire
and flood, persecution and assassination can ac
complish their purposes.. On the other side,
and in our own midst, we have a class of men
who have suddenly become entirely solicitous
for the Constitution. If a measure of retalia
tion is proposed, it must first be ascertained
whether it is Constitutional. If a project for
victory is matured, its policy must be establish
ed before a rifle can be levelled or a sword
drawn. And in this style all our aims have
been frustrated, with the rebellion gathering
strength in numbers, aid in sympathy, and
prestige in the successful maintainence of its
belligerance. It has done this ever since the
battle of Bull run—and it will continue to do
so, until this government responds to the people
instead of the politicians, and strikes a blow at
the vital part of treason by making that bear
the brunt of the war which has been the cause
of the rebellion.
While these arguments and sympathy for
treason are uttered by the secret traitors in the
loyal states, the great majority of the people are
irresistably tending to the only means with
God's aid which can crush this rebellion. We
must either exterminate the race of traitors in all so
laria, or we must emancipate the race of slaves. To
delay one or the other of these purposes, is only
to increase our own danger and jeopard the per
petuity of free institutions, because as certain as
this rebellion is allowed to go on unchecked for
three months' longer, so certain will Republican
ism become a mocking, freedom an idle dream,
and the government which once wielded power
and elicited respect among these states, will be
come so mean that there will be none so poor to
do it reverence among the nations of the world.
And all this, too, will be owing to the fact that
we are fearful of using the means within our
grasp for the punishment of traitors—that we jack
the courage of meeting our foes on their own
ground, and hesitate about expediencies when
utter destruction menaces us on all sides. If
this nation was being tried for_inwsitir ita nr—.--
-.........34....... 5 -posmotregiciards rebellion would
be sufficient to establish the truth of the accu
sation. But as we are a nation yet of sane and
vigOpys men; may God hasten conviction and
strengthen thempage of our rulers to lead us
to victory and ,et.
TO CONSERVATIVE AND PEACE NEN.
While a few seedy politicians and secretly
anxious sympathisers with the leaders of the re
bellion are constantly striving to embarrass the
loyal cause by loading it down with formal pro
tests against vigorous measures or any attempt
to interfere with the preogatives or purposes of
slavery, the advocates of that institution boldly
declare tita they intend to resort to any means
to secure the success of the rebellion. The reloels,
in fact have only one objset in view. They
strive for success that slavery may predominate,
regardless of the means used or the effects pro
duced on all, other interests and institutions.—
Among those wliti are engaged in this work, we
hear nothing on - the subject of humanity, Con
stitutionality or right. They admit no construc
tion of principle or law which in the least af
fects their cause. In comparison with these ef
forts and claims on the part of the rebels, the
efforts of some of those who assert a loyalty for
this government become very sickly and con
temptible. Particularly are the efforts of those
who are so anxious that the rebel south should
have the benefit of all the provisions of the Con
stitution, mean and contemptible, as well in the
estimation of loyal men as in the sight of rebels,
if we dare judge .from the following from the
Norfolk Day Book:
"We would recommend tothose 'Constitution'
cobblers the peculiar virtues of 'Spaulding's
Glue' for their purpose, with the assurance that
they will find quite as much virtue in that ar
ticle as they would likely find in the combined
wisdom of all the statesmen in the world for
the repair and preservation of an instrument
that has been so badly rent as what was once
the 'Constitution of the United States.' Asl or
their Union, we would remind them that it is an ex
cellent Union for them, being composed of such des
picable, forsaken scoundrels as were never raked to
gether on one parcel since the world has been a world.
It is now a perfect dog eat-dog conglomeration of negro
thieves and pirates and, as they have got rid of the
honest peoplv of the south, they are now at liberty to
go with a rush."
TIM READING Jorrasm. makes some sugges
tions on the subject of the manner in which the
tax for war purposes shall be collected in this
state, in which we freely acquiesce. To 'assess
and collect thesum allotted, separately from the
ordinary state and county taxes, would be a
work of great vexation and expense. It would
multiply office holders, and sorely oppress the
people. By the law of Congress it is provided
that if the state authorities shall assume the
payment of this tax into the national treasury,
an abatement of fifteen per cent. of the quota
shall be made. We hope that Governor Curtin
will take occasion to press this subject upon the
legislature in his annual message, and that they
will promptly direct the proper measures to be
taken to pay over the tax and have the amount
collected from the people under' he present as
sessment of taxable prOperty. By such action
expedition and economy -will ~be. happily coin :
Poutopluartia tnctil.p Qttlegrapi).,uceitrap liternoon, Derembtr 17, 1861.
Rough Notes from the Capital.
We clip the following interesting letter from
the Aurora Beacon, one of the leading journals
in the state of Illinois. It is a voice from the
prairie state that deserves an echo in OPennsyl
vania, and therefore we reprint the letter. It
is dated as follows, at
WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 1861.
The Beacon's "Potomac" having dried up, or
been "blockaded," and "J. W. R." having be
come a "big Indian chief," which interferes
(only temporarily, I trust) with their excellent
correspondence—you may find space occasional
ly for a few "rough notes."
And first of all, allow me to express my most
unqualified admiration at the wise and patriotic
course taken by the Beacon. It comes to me
every week, here among strangers, and as I
read the "local" and peruse every advertisement
I forget for the once that I am not in Aurora,.
the sweet village of the Fox River Valley. Even
the list of letters has an attraction—and oh,
how intensely interesting are the letters from
the camps. But what lam most pleased with,
is the tone of the editorials, in that you have
not fallen into the almost universal practice of
"pitching in" to somebody; without indulging
in common-place puffing, you have wisely for
borne to find fault when doing so would do no
good, but immense harm.
I hear every day that—"the people of the
West are mad," because this or the other thing
does not go to suit them. "Mr. Seward is a
, coward and a traitor"—"Cameron is as corrupt
as the evil one"—"Welles is a fool"—"Lincoln
is lead by the nose by a parcel of old fogies"—
and so on ad infinitum. None of this bosh have
I seen in the Beacon. And allow me to say,
that in my' opinion, History will put down this
Administration as the ablest, most patriotic,
most self-sacrificing and untiring that we ever
Suppose Mr. Seward resorted to expedients to
avert the war in which we are now engaged ; is
this the time' for our Republican newspapers to .
bring him to task? As a Minister of Foreign Af
fairs-he has not a rival in this country, nor a supe
rior out of it. Under circumstances the most
tempting to the cupidity of England and France
—the ruling classes, the poviers that be in those
grand empires,. gloating over our misfortunes,
Mr. Seward has kept us thus far • from serious
collision—and wiat—even though the confed
erates send commissioners on every English
mail vessel. This is Thanksgiving Day—l most
reverently thank theSvod of nations—the Ruler
of the Universe—that in this day of national
peril, we hive Wm 13. Seward as Secretary of
And Mr. Cameron—"what curses have been
heaped upon his head since last March ! " I
never had any conception of what the old Jewish
scape-goat had to bear until about the time the
editors of that most able, but unfortunate pa
per, the Chicago Tribune,• were engaged in draft
ing resolutions of "want of confidence in the
Secretary of War." How from every quarter
came curses loud and deep ! A Wisconsin friend
wrote to me thus : "In times of great public
calamity, the people must htive a victim; if it
is not one man, it must be another. There was
a great deal of philosophy in that old Jewish.
institution of the scape•goat; It is Mr. Came
ron's misfortune to be that victim,
be true to himself and he will outride the storm;
and there is this consolation for him, that the
most abused man of to-day is often the idol of
Hew true ? for this very day I have two let
ters from the west, from each of which I will
make a short extract.
"The predictions of his [Carrieron,s] friends
are being -fully verified.• * lam re
joiced to see the strength and-fortitude be has
displayed in the discharge of his duties. 4 '
How completely he has frustiTuted,the de
signs, of those who have Wori.-E----4 1 . , E5 kofm 4 1-11
ee-o page - m -- cife - msfory of this rebellion. He
is coming out of the fiery furnace like fine
And here is what I copy from a letter written
from the sick bed of one of God's own children,
who cut himself off, in his younger years; from
social position, and from all prospects of a poli
tical distinction, rather than fall down to the
Moloch of Slavery, and has kept the faith until
now, that ho weeps for joy at the prospect of
salvation of his country.
* "But I have a higher and higher
opinion of the intelligence, clear-minded ability
and statesmanlike integrity and patriotism of
Gen. Cameron. * You have no idea
of the perfect scream of enthusiasm amongst
all classes of people over the position of the
brave old veteran of the War Department. *
* 0 I thank God, that Simon Cameron—
the abused and traduced CROMWELL OF MIS WAR
—is fast being understood.
For Mr. Welles—let Hatteras speak ! let the
grand • armada and Beaufort speak ! and let
"Old Wilkes" have a word in.
I have been in this beleaguered city since
last January—when one by one the representa
tives of the rebel States retired from Congress—
and "old Buck" was .wringing his hands in
agony—but doing nothint= b to stop the mischief;
was here when the Massachusetts boys were at
tacked in Baltimore—when the railroad bridges
were burnt—when New York papers four days
old Sold for fifty 'cents; and a letter . from home
was worth any anionnt'of inoneY,"but not to be
had—when patrolling the streets all night long
to defend, the city from traitors within, as well
as with Out, we felt no certainty that "We should
see by the dawn's early light, what so proud
ly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming:,!"
—was here during the battle of Bull Run, and
the never-to-be-forgotten blue Monday which
followed: ,Duringit all ' -that that time many things
have gone wrong—errors have been made, but
there has been no hour so dark, no blunder so
fatal as when the radical . Republicanpress open
ed its batteries upon the Administration. Then
it was that I. well nigli'despaired of the Repub
lic. For what could be hoped for when those
upon whom the burthen rested—giving every
thought—every energy, and straining every
nerve to the utmost—were being stabbed to the
vitas by the very men who placed them in
their positions—positions much less of, honor
and emolument, than of care and anxiety—of
days without rest, and nights without sleep.
[I am interrupted just here, by an order to
replir forthwith to the headquarters of the Bth
Illinois Cavalry, to dinner. The rest of this
letter will follow next week. lam o-p h.._
Flour buoyant—sales of 13,000 bbls. Wheat
andvanced-3500 bus. sold at 131 2 far Mil
waukie Club, $1 40 for Red State, $1 40.f0r
Red Western. Corn quiet—sales at 68c for
mixed. Provisions quiet and unchanged.
Whisky dull and unchanged.
Stocks are better since the board, but the quo
tations are lower: Connecticutand Rhode Island
48k; ,Central Railroad, 59,; Michigan Southern,
37 ; New York' Central, 84 ; Milwatikie and
Mississippi, 36; Missouri Os, 38k, Tennessee' 6s,
404- ' • Illinois Central bonds,
79 ;, California 7s,
80'i U. S. 6s, 1867, 88. Cotton has an advanc
ing tendency, and 41c is asked for uplands. All
coffee has been withdrawn from the market.
The steamer Europa has been signalled off
Cape Cod and will be up about half past three
O'clock. The Conrad steamer Africa is detain
ed, and will not'sail till Friday morning.
REINFORCEMENTS FOR PORT ROYAL
NEW YORK, Dec. 17
The steamer Vanderbilt sailed this morning
for. Port Royal with a detachroent of Col.. Ser
rill's engineer regiment.
MARKETS BY TELEGRAPH
NEW YORK, Dec. 19
THE EUROPA AT BOSTON
BOSTON, Dec. 17 ,
FROM FORTRESS MONROE.
The Great Conflagration at Charleston.
Special Message of Jeff. Davis on the Fire
to the Confederate Congress
250,000 APPROPRIATED TO THE
Advance of the United States Army
at Port Royal.
DESTRUCTION OF REBEL RIFLE PITS.
Ben; McCullough at Richmond-
FORT PULASKI, GA., EVACUATED BY
ITS OCCUPATION BY U. S. TROOPS
Capt. Millward went to Craney Island to-day
with a flag of truce, and was met by Lieutenant
Smith, off the Island.
No passengers came down.
Norfolk. and Richmond papers give full par
ticulars of the extensive conflagrationin Charles
ton, South Carolina.
The fire broke out at about 9 o'clock in the
evening of the 11th in Russell & Okrssash and
blind factory at the foot of Hazel street, cross
ing Hazel street, extending to the machine
shop of Cameron & Co. Before midnight the
fire had assumed an appaling magnitude and
Meeting street from Market to Queen was one
mass of flames as tenement after tenement was
enveloped in flames.
The panic was awful, and thousand of fami
lies evacuated their houses and filled the streets.
The buildings in the lower part of the city
where the fire broke out were principally of
wood and extremely inflamable, which accounts
for the remarkable rapid progress of the fire.
At midnight the Circular Church and the
Institute Hall were burning, and the proximity
of the flames to the Charleston Hotel and the
Mills House caused them to be evacuated by
At one o'clock the fire tended more south
wards towards the corner of Archdale and Queen
streets to the rear of the Charleston Hotel and
to the end of Hague street range. Crossing
Market street the fire spread down East Bay to
Cumberland streets and across to the Mills
House, including in its destruction the
Circular Church, Institute Hall and the
Charleston Hall. All the buildings on King
from Clifford nearly to Broad streets were de
stroyed. Before 3 o'clock, General Ripley who
superintended the movement of troops who had
arrived on the scene, about this time ordered
teveral buildings in tne route of the conflagra
sion to be blown up and after some delay
the order was executed, but not before the thea
tre, Floyd's coach factory oposite the express
office, the old executive building and all the
houses from this point to Queen street had
caugut nre - ancrt fin:crestroyea:, — AL WAAL rout
o'clock the wind changed, the direction of the
flames towards Broad street Soon after Saint
Andrew's Hall took fire, and subsequently the
Cathedral, the spire of which fell shortly after
five. The fire made a clean sweep through the
city making its track from Esst Bay to King
. The Charleston Coarier of the 13th gives a list
of between 200 and 300 sufferers, and says that
the loss is estimated at from five to seven mil
lion of dollars.
Mr. Russell, at whose factory the fire ori
ginated, thinks that it must have been occa
sioned by an incendiary or by negligence of the
negroes employed there.
A dispatch from Charleston on the 13th,
says the Mills House, although threatened, and
several times on fire, eventually escaped, and is
only slightly damaged.
Five churches were destroyed by the Charles
ton fire—the Cathedral, St. Peters, Episcopal,
Cumberland Street Methodist and Circular
The Charleston Mercury says that five hundred
and seventy six buildings were burned.
A message was sent to the confederate Con
gress, on Friday, by President Davis, in relation
to the conflagration at Charleston, recommend
ing an appropriation in aid of the sufferers.
A. resolution ivas accordingly unanimously
adopted appropriating two hundred and fifty
thousand dollars as an advance on account of
claims of South Carolina upon confederate
The Lynchburg Virginian of Friday says that a
Maryland regiment had deserted from Lincoln's
army with their arms and equipments. It was
sent out as picket from Alexandria, and when
it reached the front of our lines it hoisted the
Confederate flag, and marched into Centreville,
accompanied by the Colonel and all, the other
The Charleston Courier of Friday has a report
from Beaufort stating that the Yankees ad
vanced their position to near Port Royal ferry
on Tuesday, and crossed the ferry under cover
of artillery to the main land and destroyed sev
eral confederate rifle pits. •
The Richmond Examiner says that the Court
of Commissibners to determine claims for idem
nity for losses by the war, is to be'organized at
once. The President has appointed, and Con
gress in secret session has confirmed it, the fol
lowing as the Commissioners : George P. Scar
borough, of Virginia, Thos. C. Reynolds, of
Missouri, and Walker Brooke, of Mississippi.
The Richmond Enquirer, of the 15th, acknowl
edges the receipt of the balance of clothing from
Massachusetts for prisoners of war. It is con
signed to Gen. C. Winder and will be distribu
ted by Lieut. Pierson, of the Twentieth Massa
chusetts regiment, who was taken prisoner at
The Norfolk Day Book was printed on a small
half-sheet. It is to be raised in price to five
cents, on Thursday.
RICHMOND, Dec. 14.—Official information has
been received here that the Federals five thou
sand strong attacked Col. Edward Johnson's
command at Valley Mountain, on the 18th but
were repulsed with great loss after an engage
ment of several hours.
Ben: McCullough has arrived at Richmond.
Col. F. S. Smith has relinquished the com
mand of Craney Island and will take charge of
the Virginia Military Institute.
The S. R. Spaulding has'not yet arrived.
The passengers by the steamer reports the ar
rival of the steamer Connecticut at Old Point
with intelligence that Fort Pulaski has been
evacuated by the rebels and occupied by the
A VESSEL WRECKED UNDER SUSPICIOUS
• HALreAx, Dec. 16
The schooner Wave from Philadelphia for
New Foundland, has been wrecked under sus
picious circumstances, and a part of her cargo
brought here in a damaged condition. The re
mainder of the cargo it is expected will also be
FORTRESS MONROE', Dec. 16
GEOID REVIEW OF 17,000 TROOPS.
A Battle Reported in Progress at
REBEL INFANTRY AND GUN BOLTS
The City Threatend with Demol
ition by the Federal Troops.
T.HE RESIDENTS FLYING FROM THE
A BATTLE IMMINENT IN KENTUCKY.
Union Feeling in the Legislature.
Special dispatches to the Gazette and Com
mercial state that a grand review and inspection
of 17,000 troops took place yesterday at Cairo,
Bird's Point and Fort Holt.
Four regiments of rebel infantry and three
gun boats have been sent south from Columbia,
Ky. Their destination is said to be New. Cr
leans, where a battle was being fought and the
city threatened with demolition by the federal
The residents were flying from the city.
The mail from Somerset, Kentucky, is ex
pected to come to hand to-day.
Gen. Buell is expected to take the field in
person in a few days.
It is reported that our troops are crossing the
Green river and that Buckner is coming up the
railroad to offer battle on this side of Bowling
In the Kentucky legislature several members
made elaborate speeches in favor of the Union.
The secessionists are jubilant over the prospect
of a war with England. The Union men come
square up to the mark and demand war before
a word of apology.
INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. M.
Our army in Kentucky is within a short dis
tance of Bowling Green. They have repaired
the Green River bridge, and will move forward
as soon as Gen. Buell can brigade and otherwise
dispose of the large number of regiments now
arriving. When this is done he will take com
mand and move forward for Nashville. The
46th, 30th, 35th, 41st and 51st have left for
Kentucky, making 10,000 men from Indiana in
ten days. Sixty-two regiments have been paid
off in Kentucky within the past 30 days.
FROM NEW YORK
ARRIVAL OF THE GUNBOAT CONNECTICUT
The Sloop-of-War Richmond at Key
AFFAIRS AT PORT ROYAL, &c
The D. S. gunboat Connecticut has arrived.
She left Galveston bar on the 29th ult., South
west pass Dec. Ist, Ship Island Dec. 2nd, Mo
bile bar and Fort Pickens on the 3rd, Key West
on the 10th, Tybee Island on the 12th, and
FuLtrem Monroe on the 16th. All the crews of
the various blockading squadrons were well.
The U. S. sloop of war Richmond was at Key
West repairing damages received during the
fight at Fort Pickens.
The Connecticut brings the crews of the cap
tured pirate Royal yacht, and the captured
steamers Anna and Henry Lewis.
The also brings as a prisoner, a marine, who
attempted to desert from Ship Island ; also, 13
of Wilson's Zouaves and a number of regulars
from Fort Pickens. There is nothing new from
the latter place. A detachment of troops from
Port Royal had landed on Tybee Island.
Nothing is said about Fort Pulaski, and the re
ported evacuation is probably untrue.
ARRIVAL OF THE CHAMPION
$1,000,000 IN TREASURE
SHE IS CHASED BY AN UNKNOWN VESSEL
The steamship Champion, from Aspinwall on
the 7th, with the San Francisco mails of the Ist
arrived at this port to-night with a large num
ber of army officers, including Col. Sewall and
She brings nearly. a million dollars in trea
She reports on the 14th, in lat. 31 deg. 30
min., long. 74 deg., she was crossed by a three
masted propeller, and after an hour's chase, she
hoisted the English flag, of which the Champion
took no notice. The vessel is described as fol
She was square rigged on her foremast, with
round stern, and smoke-stack between main and
mizzen mast ; had two large boats, painted
white, hanging to her davits midships. She was
apparently a new iron vessel, with bottom
painted a very bright red.
The United States ships Lancaster, Wyoming
and Cyane were at Panama on the 6th. The
steamer Narragansett was at Acapulco on the
XXXVIIth Congress—First Session,
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17
A bill from the House was received to author
ize the raising of a volunteer force for the
defence of Kentucky.
On motion of Mr. POWELL, (Ken.,) it was
referred to the Military committee.
Mr. Summit, (Mass.) presented several peti
tions for the emancipation of the slaves of re
Mr. %MON reported a bill to increase the
number of Cadets at West Point.
Mr. Foor, (Vt ) offered a resolution that the
commissioners of public buildings inform the
Senate by what authority a portion of the na
tional capital had been converted into a bakery.
Mr. Summit offered a tesolutien that the Com
mittee on Military Affairs be instructed to in
quire into the expediency of providing by legis
lation that the army shall not be employed to
surrender fugitive slaves. Laid over.
Mr. LATILABI, (Cal.,) offered a resolution that
the Secietary of War be requested to inform
the Senate by notice of what law and for what
reasons passports are required from passengers
going from New York to San Francisco. Agreed
Mr. SHERMAN, (Ohio,) offered a resolution that
the Secretary of War be requested to furnish
the Senate with a copy of all correspondence
between Gen. Scott and Gen. Patterson.—
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
Mr. BINGHAM, from the Judiciary committee,
reported back the joint resolution directing find
requiring the Provost Court at Alexandria, Va.,
to retain and safely keep in its custody any
property taken as that of persons engaged in,
or aiding, the rebellion against the United
States, until the further action of Congress
touching the same. The resolution passed.
The House resumed the consideration of the
special order being Mr. Elliott's resolutions
proposing the emancipation of the slaves of
Mr. HARDING, (By.) invoked a calm and pa
triotic consideration of the subject now before
the House. It was with the deepest pain that
he witnessed the introduction of the proposition
at so early a period in the session, and the at
tempt to pass it under the operation of the pre
vious question. He thiught there was a dispo
sition to exclude all reflection of a refusal to
pause in the apparently mad career but when a
disposition was afterwards shown to act with
deliberation his hopes revived. He proceeded
to elaborate the following points of his opposi
tion to the resolution:
First—We have no Constitutional power to
pass them, or any bills or resolutions on the
Second—That Congress, the President and the
Administration stand pledged in the most pub
lic and solemn manner against all interference
with slavery, as he proceeded to show from co
pious extracts. Therefore to sanction such a
policy would be a palpable violation of plighted
faith of this Government.
CINCINNATI, Dec. 17
Third —He opposed the resolutions because
legislation on the subject is forbidden by every
principle of sound policy.
Fourth—He opposed them and all kindred
measures because they would inaugurate a war
which would involve in its horrors the loyal
and disloyal, the innocent and the guilty. A
warfare disgraceful to any civilized and chris.
In the course of his remarks he said that this
has nothing more to do with slavery than with
any other institution. Let slavery alone; it will
take care of itself. He showed the injustice of
diverting the war from its original design—
namely, the restoration of obedience to the
Constitution and laws and the preservation of
Mr. KELLOGG (III.) moved that the resolutions
now under consideration, and all those relating
to the subject included in the same special
order, be referred to the Committee on the Ju
diciary. Agreed to—yeas 77, nays 57.
The Belgium steamer Gustav Bostor has been
chartered by the Government for three months.
She goes to Boston to take aboard troops.
NEw Yong, Dec. 17
NEW YORK, Dec. 16
WHERE is you destination, South Car
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FOR THE HOLIDAYS !
KRIS KRINGLE'S HEAD QUARTERS!
A T NO. '75 MARKET S:REET, next
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TOY SWORDS, GUNS,
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MINATURE CHINA TEA SETS,
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AN entire new assortment of these useful &
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CHARTER OF A BELGIUM STEAMER
NEW Yonx, Dec. 17
On Tuesday, December 17, 1861, by the Rev. Franklin
%More, Lieutenant WIIUAM W. JENNINGS, to Miss Etext J.
VAN BORN, both of Lois city.
WAR WITH ENGLAND
ANY party having 30 good men now en
rolled can get a Lieutenant's commission immediate
ly in the finest Regiment ol• Volunteers now . t the ;zee,
or War, Washington. Apply to the Landlord of Penusyl
von a house. del7-lt•
TO THE AFFLICTED.
PROF. J. H i . McENTYRE
I_l . AB arrived in town with a full supply
of roots and herbs oho his celeb , sted Donde ion
Pills, and worm ocetroyers, Teeth Powder, and Pectoral
Congo Drops, and other botanic medicines. He is lea.
ted at the White Hall, and will remain until the 24th last.
He gives eXamivation and advice free of charge. It
would be well fer the 41 cted to give him a call, as there
is no charge. He invites 'note who h,.ve used his med
icines if they have not given satisfaction, to com• back
and have thei" money reisrniqi, His medicines are for
sale by Gross & Co., 1.1.4.ika s.reet.
TWO competent Bar-keepers and Two
Waiters, e. pply at the European House, Harrisburg,
GENERAL ORDER, NO. 12
HEADQUARTERS PENNSYLVANIA MILITIA, I .
Harrisburg, December 16, 1861.
All regiments, or companies, heretofore au
thorized to be raised within the State of Penn
sylvania, If not filled by the 16th day of Janu
ary, A. D., 1862, will be consolidated.
By order of A. G. CURTIN, Governor and
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have just been received at
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Alarge collection of BOOKS suitable for
CHRISTMAS PRESENTS has just been re
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BOOKS FOR CHILDREN 1
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1000,000 EN v ELOPES
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putt 61N bEtt bt I,VIAi
hiA , EINE in vfgrking order Or $27. Alto Ft mill
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