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THE UNION-THE CONSIrruiION-AND
THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW.
Friday Afternoon, January 11,
TILE BORDER STATES AND THE UNION
We have heard a great deal in relation to the
border states, of how the people of Western
Virginia intended to aid in crushing rebellion,
and in what manner Tennessee and Kentucky
contemplated to give force to every blow which
was aimed at treason by the federal govern
ment. We have listened to these stories for a
long time, and have waited patiently for the
assistance in Western Virginia and the echo of
the union blows in Tennessee and Kentucky.
But alas I we have waited in vain, so far as the
citizens of these states are concerned. The
troops that uphold the cause of the Union in
those localities are from tLe bar ler 'states, but
they are those border commonwealths which
fight for that Union, impelled by the instincts
and independence of freedom. The border
slave states have as yet done nothing but im
pede the efforts of the government to enforce
its authority, both by an open opposition to
that authority, and such secret sympathy with
the rebellion as to make their treason meaner
than that which is openly arrayed with torch
and dagger for the work of incendiarism and
insurrection. Four of the border free states have
furnished one-half of the army winch is now strug
gling for the perpetuity and the peace of the nation.
These states and the number of troops thus
furnished, are as follows :
Three hundred and thirty four thousand four hun
dred and eighteen men furnished by four free bor
der states, and one-third of that number con
tributed alone by Pennsylvania, leaving the
other two-thirds to be divided among three
states. These are the figures which give so
much force and dignity to the position of the
bordor free states, while from the border slave
states, we have yet to see the evidence of any
such devotion to the Union. Nevertheless, we
are constantly reminded that the Union men of
the border slave states are alone contending
with the rebellion. Where are the figures to
prove these facts ? Let us have, in regular
data, what the Union men of the bord3r slave
states have done to crush rebellion. When
they can show, as the border free states have
shown, the facts and figures to prove their loy
alty, we will be willing to admit their influence
and respect their power.
NEAT AND DRINK.
In the estimates hereafter to be made of the
sums necessary to defray the current expenses
of the government, and to meet, also the in
terest on as well as liquidate the debt now be
ing incurred to put down rebellion, a system
of taxation will be established which must fall
heavily on all classes of the country. Export
and import taxes will be made to meet the cur
rent expenses of the government, with taxes
on what we eat and wear, as they are produced
at home, will add to the aggregate amount to
be paid by the people—by those who labor, be
cause after all we can offer in argument to explain
these burdens, and however we may calculate
and figure, the support of a state and the main
tenance of a government, depend upon the tax
which the productive classes of the community
are able to pay. The only matter to be aimed
at is to relieve this class as much as possible
by taxing indiscriminately all the luxuries
which are used to please the idle, pamper the
rich, and what is worse than all, debauch the
young and the old men of the land. A tax on
all kinds of liquors, foreign and domestic,
would be productive of two very desirable re
st. It would be the means of driving out of
market the poisonous liquid which is now car
rying disease and death down the throats of the
best men in the land ; but in order to do this,
the tax must be madeindiscriminate in respect
to all kinds of liquors, the superior and the in
ferior. A tax of one dollar on every gallon of
brandy, whisky, gin and wines manufactured
or imported, to be accounted for in a manner to
be fixed in the law, would produce an income
of itself almost sufficient to defray the expense
of the war, while such a tax would also be the
means of driving out much liquor that is now
sold for brandy, gin and whisky, which is
nothing more than rank poison.
tad. While the income to be derived from
such a tax would be incalculable, its moral ef
fect would increase another revenue almost as
immense in economy for labor and business.—
The mere appetite for strong drink is the result
of facilities in procuring liquor, so that if we
diminish these, we decrease the vice and the
crimes attending drunkenness, and thus of
course establish an economy among a useful
class of men which in the end must prove bene
ficial to the government.
This subject is worthy the attention of Con
gress and the legislature. There is a source of
revenue and economy in it which can he en
hanced by Immediate legislatiat, and which
could not be equalled by the levying of a tax
On any other article of consumption.
THE .NATIONAL FINANCES
The country is rejoicing over the fact, that at
length the finances of the government are
about to be con trolled by a system which will
secure them healthfulness and prevent the re
curring dangers of financial crisis which have
caused in other countries, during periods of
great public depression, so much mischief and
suffering. The idea of a common circulation of
notes bearing a common impression and issuing
from a common authority, though not new,
has nevertheless been so violently opposed when
attempted to be established heretofore, as to
make its adoption now almost equal to its
original conception. At all events, it uses
what may now seem to be a public calamity in
the necessities of the times, to bring about re
' forms in our finance, which were deemed im
possible, impracticable and absurd during the
more prosperous • periods of the government.
A uniformity of currency has long been deplor
ed by the business men of this country. In
other lands, where business is confined to a fa
vored few, this uniformity has been in exis
tence for centuries, we may almost venture to
assert, in the shape of national banks imme
diately under the control of the government.
But in this country the idea seemed to have
seized the people that a few individuals, pos
-1 sessed of a charter, were "good for thousands"
in the shape of paper currency which lost its
stamped value ninety miles beyond the locality
of its redemption. By the system proposed by
Secretary Chase, a five dollar, ten dollar or
fifty dollar bill of the United States, will be as
safe as a currency in New Orleans as it would
be in Bangor—as valuable in London as in New
York or Philadelphia. Such a circulation
would be of more real value than gold or silver,
because it abolishes the system of exchange by
which the brokers and banke of all countries
have amassed numerous fortunes at the ex
pense of business and labor, while the secu
rity offered is certainly the best that could be
given, if we have any faith in the stability,
resources and integrity of the government.
The plan also provides for the preservation
of thespeeie now inithe country, by insisting on
the payment of all customs in gold and silver.
By this means the foreign importer will be
compelled to retain at his command a sufficient
amount of coin to meet his duty fees, and hence
there would be constantly flowing into the
Treasury an uninterrupted contribution of
coin, thus retaining the specie in the country
as a solid basis,. both of circulation and loan.
Added to this, the Secretary of the Treasury
well claims that this uniform currency, distri
buted for issue among the associations and in
stitutions of the country, and to be redeemed
by them, will add a further and important ad
vantage to the people in the increased security
of the Union, springing Lfrom the common in
terests in its preservation, created by this dis
tribution of stocks to associations throughout
the country, as the basis of their circulation.
The public need no argument to convince
them of the practicability and necessity of a
uniformity of currency throughout our vast
extended country. Such a uniformity would
of itself save the people in discounts sufficient
to pay a large revenue into the Treasury, while
the security it would give to trade and the ar
gument it must create against all credit in busi
ness, would add still further to the prosperity
and ability of the people to meet the demand
of the debts now being increased to mature
the authority of the government.
Mr. 2i'mes Russell, IL. D., is shocked because
the chaplain of one of the Pennsylvania regi
ments at Port Royal spoke of South Carolina
as "this accursed state in which we worship
God." What should he have called it ? This
blessed Paradise? This happy, prosperous
state ? South Carolina is "accursed," and there
is no more unfitness in applying that epithet
than in calling a spades spade. Is it not cursed
with the slavery of 400,000 Africans in its terri
tory—cursed with the prevalent ignorance and
degradation of its white inhabitants—cursed
with an overbearing, factious, rebellious aristo
cracy—cursed in the lack of wise counselors,
and in the rule of wicked demagogues-Lcursed
by invasion of its soil and the possession of its
best harbor by a hostile force—cursed in the
destruction of its chief city by fire ? Is it not
(to follow the dictionary) "detestable ; execra
ble ; wicked ; malignant in the extreme ?"
What could aggravate its ruined condition ?
Uncle Toby would "not have the heart to curse
the devil" as South Carolina has cursed herself.
Why should the honest chaplain pick and
mince his phrases in speaking fit.
In the course of a late report in reply to a call
for information made by the Senate on Secre
tary Cameron, he incidentally remarked :
" I take this occasion to repeat the statement
that I have never made a contract since I took
charge of the War Department, for any pur
pose whatever, having always interpieted the
laws of Congress to intend that the heads of
bureaus, all of them able and experienced of
ficers of the regular army, shall make all con
tracts for supplies for the branches of the ser
vice severally under their charge."
We alluded to this subject some months
since, when we stated that the beads of bu
reaus controlled the allotment of contracts for
such articles as they severally supplied to the
army and navy—and that the Secretary of War,
for instance, merely approved, after all the de
tails had been fixed for contracts by the bureaus
concerned. The real fact is, that the details of
organization and supply both in the army and
navy, are under the supervision of the regular
officers of each. Neither the Secretary of War
or the Navy have any actual or absolute power
in the premises. They approve, but it is a
mere formal approval of what these same of
ficers consider their exclusive right to fix upon
and decide, and so tenacious are these officers
of their "ancient rights and privileges," that
an interference with them is positively impos
THERE are said to be sixty-seven rebel fam
ilies at the Donegana House, Montreal, and on
the receipt of the first news from England,
concerning the seizure of Mason and Slidell, so
joyfyl were they that a supper was given by
them at the house, costing $l,OOO.
" AN - ACCURSED STATE."
THE CONTRACT SYSTEM.
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From the 13th Pennsylvania Begi-
Correspondenco•of the Telegraph.)
I have just been the witness of one of those
pleating incidents of camp life which contri
butes to relieve the monotony of the soldier's
duty, and create a lasting friendship among
officers and privates. It was the occasion of
the presentation of a sword by the men of com
pany I, 93rd Regiment, to Lieut. A. 8. Black.
The presentation was made by Corporal F. 0.
Whitman, in the name of the donors, in the
following appropriate remarks:—
Lieutenant Black:—Sir, I have been selected
by the company to present you this sword.
The company have long desired to show their
kind regards for you ; and have concluded that
no more fitting article than the one I have now
in my hands, could be choien. We consider that
your many talents deserve for you far greater
honors, than those which you have received.
If it was within our power, we could see you in
higher authority. As our lieutenant, you have
always done all you could for the welfare of
the company. As a commander, we could
wish no better. With you to lead us on, we
are not afraid, but if we should happen to meet
in conflict with the enemy, the members of
company I, would prove themselves valiant
soldiers—and the rebels talk of us to their sor
Sir, in presenting you this sword, I extend,
also, the kindest regards of the company.
Whenever called upon to use it, we are - certain
you will always prove worthy of the present.
If it should happen that the war would soon
be over, and we be honorably discharged from
the service, we trust that you will never forget
those who were under your command in the
war of 1861.
To which the following reply was made by
LoW SOLDIFIRE—You have I his day award
ed me the pleasure of giving you a few brief
remarks, which I believe will meet the appro
bation of each and every one of you. This
beautiful sword, which you so kindly be
stowed upon me, is but an emblem of
your gratitude and friendship towards your
superior officer; gee ,that I shall always hold
high in my estimation, for the sake of its
liberal donors ; soldiers you have this day
placed within my hands a weapon that I hope
every one of you may live to see it defending a
good cause, and unsheathed from its scabbard
leading you on to victory. Had I the gift of
some of those orators, I would deliver you a
very fine speech upon this occasion, but as I
am not, why I can merely say that I shall al
ways remmber you all, and wear this sword, as
a gift of a band of true soldiers, brave and
ready to strike the blow if needs be, for the
defence of their country. There is no one
amongst you who will shrink in the hour of
danger, but stand firm as a rock, and hail
showers of destruction upon the enemy—an
enemy that has cast an evil upon our glorious
and happy land; one that calls upon every true
patriot and soldier, to strike from our land of
freedom, and say once more, as we have said
before, hail ! hail ! this glorious Union ! ler the
Stars and Stripes proudly - float from the highest
peak of the seceded States in triumph, and
bring back again ,the unity that once prevailed
in the land of the free, and the home of the
brave. Friends and fellow-soldiers, as one of
you, I have left my home in the defence of my
country, to share with you the allotments des
tined for us, and to undergo the trials of this
campaion, that has caused so many sad hearts,
to lament the absence of each and every one
of you. You all have, as well as myself, some
dear and kind relative left behind you, who
has no doubt dropped many a tear for your
safety and speedy return ; yet cheer. up, sol
diers, for you may all soon return to your
happy homes and quiet those fears that still
disturb the minds of your dear beloved parents,
wives and children. The presentation of this
sword by the company to me, as one of your
Lieutenants, makes you, in my estimation
worthy of a much higher position in this war
fare, one that would give you a chance to wit
laurels, so befitting you all, and place them
upon the highest record. With this goodly
sword, firmly grasped within my hand, you
will always find me at your sides in the hour of
need, I now return my sincere and heartfelt
thanks to one and all ref you, for this beautiful
sword that you have made me the acceptor of.
But, boys, never run.
REPORTED EXPRESSLY FOIL THE TELEGRAPH
The senate met at 11 o'clock, A. M., and was
called to order by Mr. Speaker HALL.
Prayer by the Rev. Wm, R. DeWitt, D. D.
The Journal of yesterday was read and ap
Mr. SERRILL presented a petition of the
members of the Downingtown Methodist
Episcopal church for authority to sell certain
Referred to the Committee on Estates and
Mr. REILLY presented a petition of citizens
of the borough of Pottsville and Norwegian
townships, Schuylkill county, praying for a
change in the limits of said borough.
Referred to the Committee on Corporations.
Mr. WHARTON presented a petition of citi
zens of Bedford county, praying that the Legis
lature may pass a law raising the salary of the
treasurer of Bedford county.
Referred to the Committee on Finance.
BEFORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES
Mr. ROBINSON, from the Committee on Cor
porations, reported, as committed, an act to
incorporate the Carpeater cemetery association.
Mr. LOWRY, (same,) as committed, a sup
plement to an act to authorize the erection of
a poor house in Wilkeebarre township, Luzerne
Mr. REILLY read in place, a bill entitled
" An Act supplemenlary to the . several acts of
Assembly, incorporating the borough of Potts
On motion the House proceeded to nominate
candidates for State Treasurer, when the follow
ing named gentleman were nominated:
Mr. Duffield nominated M. V. Ir Grath, Phila.
" Bliss " H. D. Moore, (Phila.)
" Banks " Wm. Jack, Blair,
" Gross " J. R. M'Clintock, Alle.
" Craig " A. G. Broadhead, Carbon
" Hopkins " Alex. S. Dixon, Phila.
" M'Clellan " Thos. Walters, Chester,
" Pershing " S. H. Smith, Cambria.
" Blanchard " B. R. Bradford, Beaver.
" Ritter " W.F. Wagensel ler, Snyder
" Scott " G.H.Bucher, Comb' land
" Tutton " Thos. R. Lichter.
TESTIMONIAL TO PENNSYLVANIA VOLIMPIEERS
Referred to the Committee on Corporations
TAXATION ON TEIE INTERNAL IMPROVEMENTS
Mr. LANDON offered a resolution instructing
the Finance committee to bring in a bill jai
posing a tax on tonnage and passengers on
every canal and railroad in the State.
The resolution was debated at length, and
finally modified so as to instruct the Finance
committee to inquire into the expediency of
the proposed measure, and report to the Senate.
The resolution, as modified, was adopted.
Mr. SIM H, (Philadelphia,) offered a resolu
tion that a committee of three be appointed to
act in conjunction with a similar committee
from the lions° (if the House appoint such
committee) to provide a suitable testimonial to
the brave Pennsylvania volunteers who fought
with such unexampled bravery under the la
mented Baker, at Ball's Bluff, on the 21st of
October, and under Brigadier General Ord, at
Drainsville, on the 20th of December.
The resolution was debated at some length,
Mr. LOWRY moved to amend so as, to read
instead of " teEtimonial " "a suitable public
On agreeing to the amendment
The yeas and nays were required by Mr.
LOWRY and Mr. 'KINSEY, and were as follow,
WASHINGTON CITY, Jan. 14
FRIDAY, Jan. 17
PETITIONS, &C., PRE9ENNED
BILLS BEAD IN PLLCE
YEAS.—Messrs. Benson, Boughter, Bound,
Hiestand, Johnson, Landon, Lowry, Meredith,
Penney, Robinson, Serrill and Hall, Speaker-12.
NAYS. Messrs. Connell, Donavan, Glatz,
Imbrie, Kinsey, Lamberton, Mott, Nichols,
Reilly, Smith, (Montgomery,) Smith, (Phila
delphia.) Stein and Wharton-13.
So the amendment was nut greed to.
The original resolution was then agreed to.
Joint resolutions from the House providing
for the pay of George W Householder, late a
sitting member of the House from Bedford
county, was taken up, debated, and on its final
The yeas and nays were required by Messrs.
DONAVAN and WHARTON, and were as fol
YEAS—Messrs. Benson, Boughter, Bound,
Hiestand, Imbrie, Johnson, Landon, Nichols,
Smith, (Montgomery,) Stein, Wharton and
NAes—Messrs Connell, Donavan, Glatz,
Lamberton, Lowry, Meredith, Mott, Penney,
Reilly, Robinson and Serrill-11.
So the bill passed finally.
On motion of Mr. PENNEY the Senate then
adjourned until next Monday at 11 o'clock
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
The House was called to order at 11 o'clock,
PAY OF RETIRING °VETOERS
Mr. GROSS called up joint resolution No. 1,
relative to the pay of the - retiring officers of
the (general Assembly, and moved that the
House recede from its amendment. .
Mr. KAINE moved to amend the motion of
Mr. Glaoss, by declaring that the House insist
upon its amendment; which was agreed to,
and a committee of conference was appointed.
LEGISLATIVE MANUAL, PUHDON'S DIGEST, &C
Mr. CRANE called up joint resolution No. 2,
relative to the purchase of Legislative Manual's
and Purdon's Digest; and moved that the
House insist on its amendment to said resolu
The motien was disagreed to, and the House
finally receded from its amendment.
ADJOURNMENT UNTIL MONDAY
Mr. BIG HAM offered a resolution, which was
adopted, that when the House adjourn to-day,
it adjourn to meet again at 11 o'clock, A.
NATIONAL ARMORY AT OOLIMIBIA
Mr. BYERS offerred the following:
Whereas, Our national government has in
view the establishing of a national armory in
one of the free northern States in place of the
Harper's Ferry works (which were destroyed
in the present war for the preservation of the
Union) at some suitable location, easy of access
and where the necessary materials to manu
facture arms may readily be obtained, and
Whereas, Columbia, Lancaster county, com
bines all the requisites to make it a suitable
point for the location of national work shops
tor the manufacturing of arms,
having in its
immediate vicinity ten blast furnaces, with
inexhaustible beds of the best hematite iron
ores, one first class rolling mill, an immense
and reliable water-power, and being located at
the central and diverging point of the great
railroad and canal thoroughfares and surround
ed by a rich and feriils farming country, se
cures advantages unsurpassed by any other
location in the country, as a site for the erec
tion of their important national workshops,
and repositories for the safe keeping of arms ;
Resolved, That our members in Congress are
hereby respectfully requested to use all honora
ble means to secure for Pennsylvania the loca-
Conof the contemplated national armory—at the
same time setting forth the national advantages
Columbia possesses for the location of those
important national works.
Resolved, That the Governor of Pennsylvania
is hereby requested to forward a copy of the
above resolutions to each of our members of
The resolution was laid over under the rule
ALLEGED LEGISLATIVE CORRUVIION
Mr. HOPKINS, (Wash.) submitted the follow
ing preamble and resolution:—
WHEREAS, It bas been alleged, and is belived
by many of the citizens of this Commonwealth,
that improper influences were used in procurinr ,
the passage of an act at the last session of the
Legislature, entitled "An Act for the Commu-
Mtion of Tonnage Duties," and
Whereas, It ie due alike to the parties impli
cated, and to the public at large, that the site
gallons upon which said belief is predicated
should be investigated, in order that the truth
may be vindicated, and justice be done to all.
Resolved, That a committee be appointed,
consisting of three, to inquire into all the facts
connected with the passage of said act, and that
they have power to send for persons and pa
The resolution was read a second time, when
Mr. SCOTT offered to amend by adding "and
that the committee be instructed to report the
names of all persons or officers either in or out
of the Ledslature, by whom and upon whom
they shall find such corruption to have been
The amendment and resolution was discussed
at some length, when on motion of Mr. CESSNA,
its further consideration was postponed and
made the special order of the day for next
SIXTH REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT, PHILADELPHIA.
Mr. BLANCHARD, offered a resolution that
the House will on Tuesday next at twelve
o'clock, rr., proceed to select a committee to
try and determine into the alleged undue elec
tion of Mr. M.'Maxim the sitting member of the
sixth representative district, Philadelphia.
LEGISLATIVE MANUALS AND SUEDES'S DIGEST
Mr. KAINE offered a resolution that the
Clerk be instructed to purchase the Purden's
Digest and Legislative Manuals just ordered
by the House , at the lowest cash prices.
Several propositions were made to amend
the resolution, all_of which were voted down,
and the original resolution was agreed to.
NOMINATIONS FOR STATE TREASURER
J. B. Brown, Warren.
" Hess " H. S. Mott, Pike.
" Quigley " Lewis Snell, Phila.
" Crane " Jas. B. Dix, Wayne,
Labar_____ " J. S. Wilkinson, Bucks
" J. lA' Parland, Westm'd,
STATE LIBRARIAN'S REPORT
Mr. WILLIAMS offered a resolution providing
for the printing of four hundred copies of the
annual report of the State Librarian, three hun
dred of which to be for the use of the House,
and the residue for the State Librarian. Agreed
MENAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR.
A message from the Governor was received
informing the House that he had approved and
signed the act of Assembly entitled "An Act
relative to the relief of the families of soldiers
in Allegheny county."
FROM FORTRESS MONROE.
SAILING OF THE BURNSIDE FLEET.
Arrival of a French War Steamer.
Rebel Account of the Humphrey
EXCHANGE OF PRISONERS
Late Advices from Fort Pickens,
Ship Island, &o.
Arrival of the Gun Boat Rhode Island/
Three. Schooners Captured at Biloxi.
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Opening of the Kew Year at Fort Pickens
REBEL COURTESIES RETURNED•
Particulars of the Fight at Pickens.
A Large Breach Made in Port
THE TOWN OF WARRINGTON AGAIN FIRED.
The Fire Still Raging When the
Burning of a Rebel Gunboat Under
the Guns of Fort Caswell .
The bark John Micks, with the D. Esigneul
Zouaves, the schooner Col. Satterly, with he
signal corps of Gen. Burnside's expedition, the
hospital ship of the expedition, and several
other vessels of the fleet left with favorable
wind this afternoon.
The Constitution, from Boston, arrived this
forenoon. Destination not known.
AF rench war steamer arrived below this of
ternoon, said to be the Gnerriere-De-Lamer.
The regular Thursday flag of truce to-day
took to Craney Island several passengers for
the South. The bo t brought back the follow
ing released prisoners : Capt. Brewer, Brigade
2, M. R.' I ; Brigade Lieut. Knight. of First
Minnesota Regiment ; Capt. A. G. Kellogg, of
Company K, Second Connecticut Regiment ;
and a private. Nineteen citizens also came
over to go North.
The only news in southern papers is exagger
atA accounts of the affair between Humphrey
Marshall and Gen. Garfield. in which it. is
stated that Forney - was retreating when he was
attacked. The fighting is said to have been
very hot and the rel.els, of course, gained a
victory with small loss.
One hundred and sixty prisoners more are
expected here to-morrow - to ba exchanged and
The gun boat Rhode Island, arrived from
Galveston this morning. Her dates are Gal
veston, December 28th, Ship Island 81st, Mo
bile 81st„ Fort Pickens, Jan. 2, Key West Bth,
Port Royal 12th.
She brings a large mail.
The gunboats Lewis, New London and Water
Witch left Ship Island on the 81st of Decem
ber for Biloxi. The result was not learned,
but as the Rhode Island was leaving, the New
London was seen returning with three schoon
ers in tow,
The schooner Venus was captured off Galves
ton by the Rhode Island, she was bound from
Point Isabel for Franklin, La., with a cargo of
tin, copper, lead and wood valued at $lO,OOO,
she was sent to Ship Island.
'the confederate steamer Florida is inside
Horn Island. The Wissahicken is off that
The Confederate batteries at Pensacola hav
ing repeatedly fired at our small vessels, Fort
Pickens opened on the Confederate steamer
Times, which was landing stores at the Navy
Yard, on the Ist of January. The rebel bat
teries responded, and firing was continued till
evening, Fort Pickens firing the last shot.
The rebel guns were well aimed, and most
of the shells burst beside the Fort. Only one
man was wounded, however.
One of our shots made a large breach in
In the evening our firing set Warrington on
fire. The conflagration continued all night,
and the place was still burning on the evening
of the 2d, when the Rhode Island left. The
fire was seen at a distance of 35 miles at sea.
The Rhode Island will sail for Philadelpnia
this evening. In consequence of the fog she
was detained off the capes all day yesterday.—
The Mount Vernon;which arrived here yester
day to coal, left her station off Wilmingon, N.
C., on the 13th. Me Chippewa and Monticello
were off Cape Fear, and Fernandina and Manda
off New Inlet. The Mount Vernon encounter
ed the storm of Tuesday night and . arrivedhere
yesterday afternoon. She saw part of the
Burnside fleet off Hatteras.
The Mount Vernon reports that she burnt a
light ship on New Year's
_night, which was
being fitted out for a gun-boat, under the guns
of Fort Caswell.
The Rebel steamer Gordon is on the.stocks
for repairs, according to the reports of contra
bands on board the Mount Vernon, on account
of damage received in her encounter with
the Mount Vernon, cm December 15th.
NEW YORK LEGISLATURE
Resolutions were reported A
to-day, in favor of Congress levying a direct tax
to detray the interest of the entire indebteiness
of the National Government, and that said tax be
made permanent and be increased yearly, when
ever an increase of the national debt is duly
authorized by law; that the people of the State
of New York will cheerfully co-operate with
her sister loyal States and the federal govern
ment in willing submission to all burdens ne
cessary to be incurred, and that by adopting the
policy here indicated the government will com
mend the confidence of all persona having mo
ney to lend, and be able to obtain all the fiscal
means needed for a vigorous prosecution of the
BRECKINRIDGE AT BOWLING GREEN, KY:
Louis - mu, Jan. 15.—A thoroughly reliable
gentleman, who has just arrived, reports hav
ing seen. John C. Breckinridge at Bowling Green
on Friday last.
There is no other news interest from the
Rhode Island Left.
FORTRESS MONROE, Jim. 16
Workmen and Laborers in the
The National Armory Committee,
GEN. SEIGEL RECOMMENDED FOR I
WASHINGTON, Jan., 17
The House committee of Naval Affairs have
before them the subject of the employment of
workingmen and laborers in the several Navy
Yards, their pay sc., and will soon report
whether any further legislation is necessary.
The committee on the proposed National
Armory west of the Alleghenies has met a suf
ficient number of times to learn that its mem
bers disagree so thoroughly that it will be im
possible to secure a majority in favor of any
place. Probably the committee will recom
mend that three commissioners be appointed by
the President to select a site.
Gen. Seigel is strongly pressed for a Major
Generalship by Senators and Repersentatives
from the northwest. Chicago through Air.
Arnold particularly urges his appointment.
XXXVIIth Congress--First Session.
WAJ3HINGTON 7 Jan. 17
Mr. CHANDLER (Mich.) prer.ented the creden
tials of Hon. Jacob M. Howard, Senator elect
from Michigan, in place of Air. Bingham, de
Mr. HOWARD then appeared and took the
oath. ,Several petitions in favor of emancipa
tion were presented.
Mr. TRLIXBau, presented a petition from Mr.
C. L. Sanford, who represents himself as a con
tractor with Messrs. Cummings and Tucker, on
the strength of the information he received
from the War department that they were au
thorized to act for the Government, but he is
now surprised to learn that Cameron says the
heads of Bureaus had made all the contracts.
He asks the passage of a law to legalize his ion
tract and prevent loss to honest contractors.
Mr. WILMOT, (Pa.,) presented a petition ask
ing that horaceopathic physicians be appointed
in the army.
Mr. Corsamea, (Vt.,) from the Committee on
Post Offices, reported back the House bill in
relation to the letters of sailors and mariners.
The bill which extends the privilege of sending
letters not prepaid to sailors and mariners,
was then passed by the Senate.
Mr. FESSENDEN, (Me.) nom the committee on
finance, reported back the House joint resole
tion declaratory of the purpose of Congress to
impose a tax.
Mr. CAMILLE, (Vs.) objected to the consider
ation of the resolution, but subsequently with
drew his objection ; the resolution was then
passed—yeas 39, nays none.
Mr. POWELL DIXON, (Conn.,) from the Com
mittee on Contingent Expenses, reported back
the resolution to pay Mr. Stanton, the contest
ant of Mr. Lane's seat, the usual compensation
Mr. HAIM said Mr. Stanton ha i already re
ceived one mileage.
Mr. Fussirrovs, (Me.,) moved to amend the
resolution so as to be exclusive of mileage.—
Agreed to. The resolution as amended was
Mr. FOOTE, (Vt.,) from the Committee on
Public Buildings, reported a resolution order
ing cue eviuoval or the army bakeries from
Mr. Wlisow introduced a bill in relation to
volunteer service in any particular State.
Mr. TairArsurz, (Ills) offered a resolution to
pay one thousand dollars out of the contingent
fund for tee funeral expenses of Senator Baker.
Also, a resolution in relation to the pay of
the first Senators and Representatives from
Mr. BnowNina (I 11.) introduced a bill for the
better organization of artillery of the army of
the United States. Beferred.
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On motion of Mr. Sulam, the Senate then
went into executive session.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. Tamar, (Mass.,) introduced a bill trans
ferring the penitentiary building of the District
of Columbia to the War Department for the
use of the U. S. Arsenal. Referred.
On the motion of Mr. FerrroN, (N. Y.,) over
one hundred bills from the Court of Claims
were referred to the committee on claims.
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In this city, on Wednesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, af
ter a lingering illness, MARY ADAMS Hxylors, wife of
David Haynes, in the 29ila year of her age.
[The funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon, (Sat
ur day,) at 2 o'clock, from the residence of her brother,
Theo. Adams, In Walnut street]
TWO HO I. ISM FOR BE NT— A- Brick
house, having six rooms and attic finished situated
in strawberry alley, between Third and Fourth streets,
and another in North street, opposite the Public Grounds.
Engu!re of Lil7-dlt,ll JOHN OEN LAGER.
FOR RENT—WA Three Story Brick Dwel
ling House, pleasentt y situated on Ithige Road, that
three story brier arove the Jenning's House. Possses.
sion given oaths Ist of April. Require hn the premises.
CHOICE Syrups, Loveringe and other
choice brands, for sale by
NICHOLS & BOWMAN,
.116 corner Front and Market streets.
A LARGE STOCK OF
RICH DARK SHADES,
VERY CHEAP GOODS FOR THE
de23 Next door to the Harrisburg Bank.
EUROPE AN RESTAURANT,
RARRLSBURpr; - PA.
TRE Restaurant under the European
Hotel, is now open with all tha delicacies or the
ANOTHER NEW STOCK!
Portable Writing Desks,
and a general assortment of Toilet Bottles,
BERGNER'S CHEAP BOOKSTORE
Misses Head , Dresses,
Kisses Mitts,:&c. &c.
A freskiavoicojast opened at CATHOIRT'S,
nove Next door to Um Harrisburg Bask