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D EMOCIC ITIC STATE CONVENTION
The Demiteratie- State' Eaecutito Committee
of . Pennsylvania, at a meeting held in the city
•-V Harrisburg, on the 30th ultimo, unanimously
resolved to elicit the views of the Democracy of
the "Old Keystone" in reference to the present
terrible crisis of our National affairs.
The fitilure of the Republican party to meet,
. litAt proper spirit of concession and compromise,
the overtures made for the adjustment of our
National difficulties, renders it necessary that
the united Democracy of this Commonwealth
sltOuld take prompt, decided, and energetic
action in the premises.
We are in the midst of a revelStien brought
about by the teachings of an Anti-Constitutional
party, a party sectional in its aims and sectional
in, its principles. Six Of our sister sovcreir
dtates hare already withdrawn from the Federal
Union, and others threaten speedily to follow.
The Democratic party, ever faithful to the
Constitution and the laws, seriously deprecates
this deplorable condition of our common and
lyaloved count:T . TI•2 —aril now impending is
fife natural result of a departure from the true
&Institutional dOirines steadfastly maintained
by the Democratic organization for the past
sixty years, and can only be removed by the
reestablishment of those ancient and time-
honored principles. It is not necessary to recall
the glories of the past—it is only necessary to
be reminded of the dangers of the present.—
Whatever the future may have in store for the
American people—whether peace shall continue
within our borders, or our land be rent with
fraternal strife—it now becomes the solemn
the only true conservator of the Union, the
Constitution, and "the equality of the States,"
is give a full expression of opinion upon the
dangers which threaten Constitutional liberty
and menace the rights of all the States of this
Confederacy. Therefore, in accordance with the
imanimons recommendation of the Democratic
State Executive Committee, the Democracy of
Pennsylvania are earnestly invited to send three
delegates for each Senator, and threo dejeggcs
for each Representative, to be chosen in such
Manner and at such time as may be deemed
proper, to meet in general State Convention at
Harrisburg, at three o'clock, p. m. , on Thursday,
the 21st day of February, A. D. 1861, to take
into consideration the present distracted and
diVided State of tho oottatty, "to restrain
threatened sectional violence, and to aid in
re-constructing the federative system on a basis
By order of the lommittee.
WILLIAM H. WELtin, Chairman.
• HARRISBURG, February 1, 1861
Democratic County Committee Meeting.
The members of the Democratic County Com
mittee are requested to meet at the public
koirse of James Morgan, cornet , of Second and
Pine streets, Harrisburg, on Wednesday, the 6th
inst., at 2 o'clock p. m.
A full attendance is requested, as matters of
importance will be presented for the action of
tile Committee. By order of the Chairman,
W. D. EARNEST, ECC'y. W. D. BOAS.
J HAREISBMIO, January 81, 1861.
The following named gentlemen compose the
Chairman County Committee—WlLLlAM D.
Harrisburg—lst Ward—G. A. C. Seiler, C. D.
2d Ward—Jacob Haehnlen, Fred. Trace.
3d " John L. Bocci, W. D. Earnest.
4th " Michael Muller, W. M'Fadden.
sth " Robert Fry, Jesse Vandever.
6th " George Hammon, V. Orsinger.
Middletown—North Ward—Fred, Lauman,
'Middle Ward—James Wilson, Win. M'Clure.
South Ward—John Suavely, Benj. Whitman.
_ Lykens Kspler_
' Vileonisco—John Hair.
• Washington—Lewis Keifer.
Lower Paxton—John J. Crum.
West Hanover—K It. Umberger.
South " ' J. W. Cassel
..; LoWer Swatari--Lewis Clausen
• West Londonderry—A. J. Clare.
Middle Paxton—Tobias Garman.
• Dauphin—.T. B. Crouse.
Susquehanna—David. Reel. .
- *MB To-DAT. By EdmuudiAbout, au
:Aker of the Roman Question, &c., published by
'it' H. Lloyd' . /IL 00., kill for sale by George
•;pergper. • The author'
, this little work has
..*ained eonsiderable . rep,utation as, the author
'fief' the "Roman Question:'- 1 - stated in the
i010E.; hi has pUt.tegetheriullia volume all
the observations' made
months in the Papal States.
The State Conveattoe
The State Committee, representing the Dem
ocratic organization of Pennsylvania, having
unanimously recommended the assembling of
a State Convention in Harrisburg, on the 21st
inst., to be composed of three delegates for
every Representative and three delegates for
every Senator in the Lgislature, it becomos the
duty of the •several counties of the Cominon
wealth to take immediate measures to secure a
The Convention, if full, will be composed Of
399 members—three times the usual number.
A.s this is not a nominating Convention, and as
the object is to procure a full and free expres
sion of opinion from the leading minds of the
Democratic party, in reference to the alarming
condition of public affairs. it was deemed ad
visable to ibeftase the number of delegates,
and thereby bring as many representatives of
public opinion into communion as practicable.
The Convention, thus constituted, should be
the strongest in talent and personal influence
and character ever assembled in the State.—
What the Journal of Commerce says of the duties
of a similar Convention in New York, is so
immediately applicable to Pennsylvania that
we cannot refrain from adopting its words,
when it says of the Democratic Convention in
Its responsibilities will be proportionately
great, and our hope is that it will meet them in
a manner worthy of the occasion. To discharge
properly its high duties, and suitably to express
the feelings and opinions of the people, it must
Fin above partizan considerations, and al
though met under the care of a political organ•
ization, must so far ignore partizan politics, as
to look only to the great end in view, the sal
tation of the Union, and the restoration of
peace and bortherly affection between the peo
ple of every section and every political faith.
It must ,declikre it the duty of Pennsylvania,
and the Northern States, to observe, -in spirit
- 1: in fact, the obliffations imposed by the
Constitution—pledge the efforts of every good
citizen to atone for the wrongs already inflicted
through the agency of the anti-slavery agitation
—ask the Southern States to stay their move
ments, so far as practicable, until the North
can be aroused to vigorous action in defence
of constitutional righte—and finally, if sepa
ration is inevitable, demand that it shall be
peaceful ; that the blood of our citizens shall
not be shed in unnatural fratricidal war. Let
the Convention, rising above political schemes,
declare, in emphatic terms, these and similar
doctrines, and its influence will be potent,
either in restoring the integrity of the Union,
or in rendering the separation peaceful.
The Resolutions Apps.inting Commission=
ers to the Fourth of February Couven,
The D;1810.0;6 hail passed resolutions em
powering Governor CURTIN to appoint seven
Commissioners to represent Pennsylvania in
the Convention to be held at Washington on
Monday next, the 4th inst., but in sucks grudg-.
ing way as almost to extinguish hope that they
will enabled to agree upon some compromise
whereby our national troubles may be settled.
If any good is to come from this . Convention,
Pennsylvania should be represented by her
moat able and distingniehed Men—not mere
powrcumei on; eraresuren
and caste, who have not compromised . their in
dependence by partizan pledges, and who are
free to coibider and recommend measures tend.
ing to the pacification of the country, without
reference to their individual positions or per
sonal consistency. In short, men who have no
desire to make partizan capital out of the im
port'.nt position which they are assigned.—
Such men can be trusted without instructions,
and should not be fettered by conditions.
But the resolutions of the Legislature im
pose certain instructions upon the Commission
ers which materially impair, if they do not
entirely destroy, their means of usefulness.—
The first resolution declares that the excitement
at the South is entirely without cause, and after
subjecting the Commissioners to the instruc
tions of the Legislature, the second resolution
reads as follows
limbed, That in the opinion of this Legisla
ture the people of Pennsylvania do not desire
any alteration or amendment to the Cuiastitu
don of the United States, and any recommenda
tion from this body to that effect, while it does
not come within its appropriate and legitimate
duties, would not meet with their approval.—
That Pennsylvania will unite with the other
States of the Union in theadopt ion of any proper
constitutional measures adequate to guarantee
and secure a more strict and faithful obser
vance of the sec nd section of the fourth article
of the Constitution of the United States, which
provides, among other thing; that the "citi
zens of each State shall be entitled to all privi-
Wes of citizens of the several States," and
that no person held to labor in one State, es
caping into another, shall in consequence of any
law or regulation therein, ce dischorgod fro m
such service or labor, but shall be delivered up
on the claim of the party to whom such service
or labor shall be due."
Here the Commissioners are informed that,
the opinion of the Legislature, the people
Pennsylvania do not desire any amendment
to the Constitution of the United States. That
is a question for the people to determine for
themselves, and not for the Legislature, which
was chosen for the purpose of making laws,
and not , to express the opinions of the people
of Pennsylvania respeCting any amendment to
the Constitution in advance of its submission.
How is it possible for the Legislature , to know
that the majority of the people of this State
would disapprove of every or any amendment
to the Constitution which the Commissioners
might deem necessary to the preservation of
the Union ? Yet this is precisely what the Legis
lature has undertaken to do—to decide in ad
vance what the opinion of the people would be_
A. Grins -LilreL
Some correspondent of the United States Ga
zette, of Philadelphia, writing from this place,
has, either willingly or unwillingly, perpetra
ted% gross libel upon the Democratic State
Executive Committee, which met in this city
on Wednesday, by stating that the Honorable
VincentL. Bradford, Chairman of the ComMit
tee on Resolutions, had offered a resolution de
claring the Union dissolved.
In order to correct this misstatement, we re
publish the preamble and resolutions as re
ported by. Mr. Bradford, the. Chairman gn re,so
-lutions; and we have only to say, that neither
Mr. 8.,. nor any other member of the
mittee, offered; ?U.* sup i lt resolution as attrib
uted to that gentleman," The preamble was
written by Mr. Bradford, and the 'resolutions,
as poised 'l4 , thi3' Cdmmittee. by Mr.' Fulton,
of Arnistrong. **ti`thiiiii. it would be well-here
after for persons who essay to send reports of
proceedings to city papers to confine themselves
to the naked truth, instead of attempting to
misrepresent the sentiments of gentlemen who
are eminently conservative on all occasions,
and who desire to do their whole duty to their
country at a time when truth and justice are
the only weapons they wield, to bring about a
wholesome state of public sentiment. •
The Democratic State Executive Committee
met in the Supreme Court Room yesterday af
Hon. William H. Welsh, Chairman, called the
Committee to order. .
A select committee of seven was appointed to
report a preamble and resolutions.
After a brief reee.-e, lion. Vincent L. Brad
ford, Chairman of the C-mmittee made the
following report; which was adopted unani
WneueAs, The dismemberment of the Union,
by the withdrawal of the slave. holding States,
now in rapid progress, has been occasioned by
a departure from the Democratic construction
of the Constitution of the United States, which
holds •the equality of the States of the Con
federacy," in respect to persons and property,
to he a fundamental principle of such Coned
stitution, and by a contemplated abandonment
of the conservative Democratic policy which
has, for sixty years past, sacredly guarded
"the rights of the States," and developed the
resources and capacities of the people by do
mestic iegisl.tion; thus guiding the whole
country to an eminence of prosperity and re
And whereas, A speedy recognition of the
imtriotic counsels and conservative policy of
the Dent.‘eratte party in the Administration of
the Federal Government, by the people of
Pennsylvania and of the other non-slaveholding
States, is the only and sure means of, effecting
a permanent re-construction of a dissolving
And Feareas, The organization of the Demo
cratic party of Pentlaylvallia t hitherto " the
Keystohe of the Federal Arch," now harmoni
ous, potent and.animated by a love of country,
and of the true principles of the Constitution,
is entirely competent, if called into immediate
notion, to restrain threatened sectional vio
lence and to materially aid in reconstructing
the federative system on a basis of perpetuity ;
Resolved, That a Democratic State Conven
tion, to consist of three delegates from each
Senatorial and Representative district., three
hundred and ninety nine in all, be held in the
city of Harrisburg, on Thursday; the 21st day
of February next, at 3 o'clock, - afternoon.
Resolved, That the several districts are here
by earnestly invited to take, in the manner most
conveuiPt 11 4 0 3 4greCnt)/9 to) theta, prompt and
efficient measures to insure a full, fair and able
Resolved, That the Chairman of this Commit
tee issue, immediately, a copy of them reaoln ,
tions to the Chairman of each County Commit
tee, each absent member of this Committee, and
such other Democrats as may be thus conveni
ently and promptly reached; and that. to aid in
and facilitate this matter, each tnetah.-r of this
Committee furnish the Chairman with the names
and addresses of Democrats in his district.
The Committee then adjourned.
Tunnsty. Jan. 31, 1861
The Senate Wft milled to order at 11 o'clook,
a. m., by the SPEAKER. Prayer by Rev. Mr.
A number of reports were made by the corn
BILLS IN PLACE
Mr. FINNEY, an act to provide for the col
lection of private reoordo and nionuseripts for
the purpose 6fillaatisto- Like_ 'earl
aa.----,-11TS: e I was pia
a memorial from the Hon. William Wilkins,
and both ordered to be printed in the Record.
Mr. SCHINDEL, a supplethent to the act in
corporating the Ironton railroad company, of
Mr. PARKER, an act to establish the mu
nicipal court of - Philadelphia.
Mr. CONNELL, a further supplement to the
act consolidating the city of Philadelphia.
Mr. SMITH, a, supplement to an act relating
to corporations. ' • ' .
Mr. NICHOLS, an act to incorporate the
Steam manufacturing compo fly of Philadelphia,
PETITIONS, MEMORIALS, &C
Mr. SMITH asked for and obtained permis
sion to present three memorials at this time—
one from Samuel Hazzard, in r*14t4411 to the
archives of the .State ; one from colored men
of Philadelphia remonstr , ling against the re
peal of personal liberty laws; and onefrom the
Anti Slavery Society of said city of similar
Mr. WELSH asked for and obtained leave to
present the memorial of George W. English, of
Philadelphia, who claims to have discovered a
method for destroying the weevil; Hessian
and other insects, and asks from the State a
bonus for the same.
Mr. FINNEY . offered 4 1 4 06011.111011 that the
joint resolutions to appoint commissioners be
printed, and that a copy be presented do each
of the commissioners appointed by the Glov
ernor ; was agreed to.
The act authorizing the directors of the poor
of Delaware county to sell certain real estate
came up on the orders and passed finally.
Mr. CONNELL called up the supplement to
the Philadelphia and Darby railroad company;
which passed its several readings.
Mr. CLYMER called up the act incorpora
ting the Sinking Springoemotery company, in
Eerks county; which was passed.
Mr. SAIITff called up the supplement to the
act incorporating the city of Philadelphia;
which was read and laid over.
Mr. HIESTAND called up the supplement
to the act incorporating the Lancaster and
Ephrata plank road company ; which was
Mi. NICHOLS called up the supplement to
the act incorporating the Mahoning railroad
company ; which was passed.
Mr. THOMPSON called wp the act to extend
and continue in force the charter of the Mu
tual insurance company of Poi tstown ; whlch
Mr. SCHINDEL called up the supplement
to the act incorporating the Allentown railroad,
company ; which was passed.
Mr. IMBRIE called up the supplement to
the act incorporating the 'Grove Cemetery ; of
New Brighton ; which was passed.
Mr. CONNELL called up the bill incorpo•
rating the Somerton Methodist Epispcopal
Church of the Twenty-third ward, Philadelphia;
which was passed.
Mr. BLOOD, on 'cave, Offered ti . resolution
that when the Senate adjourns to-day, it ad
journs to meet on Monday next ; which was
not agreed to.
Mr. B,ERRILL called up the supplement to
the act authorizing the Governor to incorporate
the Delaware turnpike road company ; which
Mr. SMITH called up the act to incorporate
the. Americo engtaireta' company; which, at.
ter being amended; was passed finally.
On motion of Mr. LAWRENCE, the com
mittee, was discharged on the joint resolution
to Pay the palmtops of , the inauguration, raid
the same was passed finally, •
Mr: BENSON called:up' House bill, entitled
"A supplenacnt -to an act. CO incorporate the bo
rough of Willin'Ore -;"'vilifli passed fine*.
On motion ro'f l •Mr. BLOOD,' adjourned.
'•• I •
HOUSFJ OF FiEFRESENTATIVES.
Tnigiantif, Jan. 81, 18612
The Ifortee • was: called • to order' by the
SPEAKER, and prayer'was delivered. by Rev.
miyjoh rv 4 on • • :1 •
Petitions and memorials were'then revolved
and appropriately referred. Among them was
one from citizens of Bedford county, praying
for the restoration of the Missouri Compromise
BILLS IN PLACE
Mr. MARSHALL, an act relative to the Alle
gheny turnpike road; alio, an act relating to
turnpike road,. in the State; also, an act rela
tive to supervisors in Armstrong county;
Mt. GORDON, •an act incorporating the
Cle .rfield and B nnett's Branch turnpike road;
also, a supplement to the Western Central rail
BILLS PARR Eti_
On motion of Mr. MULLIN, a supplement to
an act incorporating the borough of Wilmore.
Joint resolutions to pay the expenses of
An act pitting the expenses in the contested
election case of Luzerne county.
An act to pay D. L. Chapin, for expenses
incurred in the same.
An act to prevent tho killing of trout in
certain seasons, in Schuylkill county.
Mr. BALL, an ant changing the name of the
Sunbury and Erie railroad company, and to
facilitate the making of a road from Sunbury
Mr COLLINS presented an act repealing
certain portions of the 95th and 98th sections
of the Revised Penal Code, and moved to lay it
on the table, So that it could be brought up and
passed. After debate, however, he withdrew
the motion, which was renewed by Mr. HILL.
Mr SELTZER, Mr. BARTHOLOMEW and
others argued that, the matter should be dis
posed of at once.
The motion of Mr. HILL was lost by a vote
of 32 yeas to 54 nays.
Mr. LEIBENEING moved that the bill be re•
ferred to the Judiciary Committee with instruc
tions to report on Wedne-day next.
Mr. BATHOLOMEW moved to amend by
cosidering it at once. This was declared to be
out of order,
The motion of Mr. LEISENRING was debated
pro and con.
Mr. HOFIUS moved to amend by referring
it to the committee to smother it,.
The SPEAKER entertained the amendment,
and then after a rambling debate declared it
to be out of order, as welt as the proposition of
Mr. LEISENRING, to inetruct a committee to
report a bill on a certain day when they did
not have that bill in charge.
Mr. PATTERSON took exception to this
ruling of the SPEAKER, and asked to make a
statement. On this the ayes and noes were
required, and it was not agreed to, two-thirds
not voting in the affirmative, the vote being 49
ayes to 30 noes.
The bill for the repeal of the 95th and 96th
sections then took the usual aurae, and was
referred..to the Judiciary Committee, from
whence, according to the statettlepti o' ltit;
GORDON, it Is doubtfnl whethet: it' will ever
Mr. HOFIUS, an act• relative to elections in
Venango county( slog, n "act telativo to a
State road in Venango county.
Mr. SMITH, an act ipoorporate the Lom
bard and South street passenger railroad mint
pany ; also. an act to punish fraud against the
city of Philadelphia. • -
Mr. SHEPPARD. an act relative to exec:,,_
tors and adMinistrators. -
Mr. WILSEY, .
an act to inourporate the
Front. Street and Attegbent Avetme pavaiager
railroad company 01 Phtiatielptr.,ll.
Mr. DURPIELD, an ac t oltanging the naitm
of Benjamin : Welsh .: Adjaurned
THE NATIONAL CRISIS.
MR. LINCOLN 01)PO2ET, TO A COMPROMISE
In addition to what our dispatches give in re
lation to Mr. Lincoln's opposition to a com
promise of the national troubles, we may .add
that Wednesday's New York Tribune states
that it know that his views era fully ernraimad
in his own language, as follows:
"I will suffer death before I will consent or
advise my friends to consent to any concession
or compromise which looks like buying the
privilege of taking possession of the govern
ment to which we have a constitutional right;
because, whatever I might think of the merit
of the various propositions before Congress, I
should regard ally concession. in the face of
menace as the dCstruction of the government
itself, and a consent on all hands that our sys
tem shall be brought down to a level- with the
existing disorganized state of affairs in Mexico.
But this thing will hereafter be, as it is now,
in the hands of the people.; and if they desire
to call a convention to remove any grievances
complained of, or, to give. new guaranties for
the litirliiSl2o//00 of vested rights, it is not mine
to oppose." •
VIEWS OF HON. JOHN 00ORRANE, O 1 ITEW , VOIig,
ON . THE ."
WABI2IINOTOI . I . , Jan. 30. — Hari. John Cochrane,
to-day, in reporting the bill from the' select
committee ft:tither to provide for the collection
of the revenue, accompanied it with an expres
sion of his views. He fully concurs with the
President in his opinion.againgit accession, and
therefore that all acts and ordinances of seces
sion, 80 far as the same may be, carried r into
efeet, are to be considered as ievolltionary
infractions of the supreme law of the land,
however they may be regarded as the proper
exercise of an indefeasible right of resisting
acts which are plainly unconstitutional and too
oppressive to be endured.
lie also concurs with the President that the
federal constitution has abstained from confer
ring on the federal government, or any depart
ment thereof, authority to declare and wage
oppressive war against a seceding State in
order to coerce the repeal of any act or ordi
nance of secession she may have. passed. or to
compel her to remain nominally,, as well as in
fact, a member of the federal Union. A just
conception of the constitutional authority of .
Congress combines with other, and-it is possible
higher and more commanding motives, to pre- .
scribe other measures than aggresAve and co
ercive war to remedy the grave inconveniences,
perils and evils of such secession.
In preparing the bill there has been kept
steadily in view—.
First, the obatacies of every character which
oppose any attempt by the federal government
to coerce a, State ; and
Secondly, the principle on which, as is
conceived ? the . whole coercive action of our
revenue system bas from its inception been
The bill proposes that vessels .from.a foreign
pork bound to a port within the scope of its.
provisions, shall, with its foreign cargo,, be:
liable to seizure and condemnation; and, in the
same view of applying its restrictions only to
foreign commerce, on which revenue is by law
collected, all vessels lawfully engaged in the
coastw,ise.trade are exempted from ; the . opera- .
tion of its• purely remedial and defensive opp
IL further proridea that.,when the. revenue
laws are obstructed , . aud . it : beconies -impracti
cable to coll4t, the revenue, the iiresident shall
by proclamation specify the port in which the
MEETING OF THE TEXA.SLEOISLATURE.,-ADIA.
JORITy IN NAVON, OF SECESSION, &c
New ORLEANS, Jan. 80.—Galveston dates to
the 244 L log y have been received, briogios
itoooilitti of the meeting, of the tegislattire.,—
Out of 80 mull:lore only 17 are .00-operation-
A special-coteraittee has reported in favor of
'holding a convention. But little atlentiOrt - Was
paid to the poveraor's reesenge, w r hich favors
delay as./Q4g,#.possible; lie,Oplipseirthe call
ing of a
,co4tventicn, arid! sap, hn.4140s tho
Union, eau be preserved. ;
'Ambitions offered 'for delaying secession
we r re,,t,wice d table . di The military: OotoMit.oo
are J engsged prepaying a bill, to. LAIL , thel,.4nte
in a lionvltite defensive position. There !era
rumors 'of a body of men moving_on.Saii_Alttl
nig Stitt4si WsePiNhored
(den. Twiggs had called
,in,.lrFtepaito c notcit
the 78tetteoind th 4 , Knights of the Etelden
Circle" had offered him their services. He
has denied the report of his resignation, but
has informed the President that he will not use
his sword against his countrymen. He says
that when a proper demand is m'.de by Watts
he will hand the arsenal over to the authorities
Of the State.
THE PLOT TO SEIZE WASHINGTON.
The Washington correspondent of the New
York World, says that “the revival of the late
rumor about the threatened seizure of the
Capitol arose out of a letter written by Gov.
Hicks, of Maryland, to Gen. Scott, in which he
stated that he had good authority for asserting
that an attempt at invasion would he made,
and ordering Gen. Scott to have eight thoutiand
men to resist it. An investigation has been
going on in Washington for several days past,
in reference to the matter, but has developed
nothing. Mayor Berrett was before the Con
vention on Tuesday. He denied all knowledge
whatever of any organization having such a
purpose, and discredited the suspicion as with
out color of truth or probability. His attention
had been called to the subject, and after stren
uous and constant offorts to trace it out, he was
satisfied all the reports were unfounded, and
proceeded from false representations and fears.
It is stated that en-Governor Lowe has been
summoned to testify before the Committee.
LATEST BY TELEGRAPH
XXXVItk CONCUSS-SECOND SESSION,
Sstrarz.—Mr. Seward (N. Y.) presented a
monster petition from the citizens of New York
for the passage of resolutions being substanti
ally those recommended by the Border State
Committee. The petition was signed by 88,000
persons and is l , wv fa: 3!.. 1 .!!!‘
Ilottes.—Mr. Morehead (ta.) introduced tt
bill to prevent and punish the counterfeiting
and use of private stamps, labels, tradesmarks,
etc., of mechanics and tradesmen. Persons
found guilty are to be imprisoned for a term
not exceeding twelve months. and fined a, sum
not exceeding $3,000. Its consideration was
Mr. Riggs (N. J.) and Mr. Stratton (N. J.)
severally presented memorials extensively
signed hy . citizens of New Jersey, urging an ad
justment of the present difficulties.
Mr. Clark (Me.) presented a petition asking
the adoption of the Crittenden proposition.
Laid on the table and ordered to, be printed.
Mr. Hindman (Ark.) offered a resolution,
which was adopted, instructing the Committee
on the Judioiary to inquire whether Martin J.
Conway, claiming to represent the State of
Kansas, has been legally and constitutionally
elected representative to Congress from that
State; that the eaid committee repoit by bill
or otherwise. It was agreed to Lave a night
session for debate only. -•
The House then went :,,t o c omm itt ee o f th e
Whole on the Stet
Of the Union on the.Son
ate's amen dme tion bill. r. to the deficiency appropria
'lna Committee of Ways.and Means
recommended a non-concurrence in the Sen
?b,e' ainendment appropriating $BOO,OOO to
.ratify the provisional contract with Ambrose
W. Thompson, to secure to the United States
certain valuable privileges in the province of
Mr. Morse offered a proviso that the con
tract be not approved until the United States
be secured in the supply of coal, etc., proposed
by it, and protected from a failure ; that the
United States shall ac q uire no right of sorer
einty in New °road of Costs Rlou, notr
transport troops or munitions of war over the
territory, unless volunturily assented to by the
gOvernments of those countries.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 81.
Captain Randolph is the only naval officer of
....i644044 4 .-anti-sat-ssais eaves-e
reserved list. His resignation was received
before information reached the Department of
the surrender . cf the Pensacola Navy Yard.—
More care is now taken 'ham heretofore by both
Navy and War Departments to prevent their
secret or private orders from obtaining prema
ture publicity, which has on several occasions
frustrated the designs of the administration, to
the public detriment.
Applications continue to be received from
postmasters in seceded States for supplies of
stamps, blanks, wrapping paper, etc., but these
are furnished - on the condition that the post
masters wiTh acknowledge and conform to the
laws affecting the postal service.
The Secretary, of State has. decljned to admit
that secession authorities in possession of com
mercial ports, have any power to grant clear
ances or receive payment duties. a letter
to Lord Lyons he has. defined the position of
this government, and declares the revenue laws
will be regarded as in full operation.
J. Judge, the Alabama Commissioner to ar
range the property question, has arrived, and
is in conference with Mr. HaYne arta others.
Vnited States steamer Brooklyn has.
probably joined the United States frigate Ma
cedonittnitt Pensacola. Should. an- attack be
made 'on Sort Pickens, which is not now, im
probable, within a short time, considering the
advice of parties distant from the scene, these.
vessels will co-operate with Lieut. Shemmer in
its defence, although it is supposed here that,
he would be able successfully to maintain his ,
position without additional SUCOOr.
North.Carolioa Convention Bill Passed.
RALIEGH, N. C., Jan. 31.
The. House this afternoon concurred in the,
Senate's amendments to the Convention bill,
and it has passed finally. The bill orders that
'the question of Convention or no Convention
be put to the people, who are to elect delegates
at the 041130 time, It also, restricts the opera
tion of Federal laws. The election is to be held
on the 28th of February.
JAMESTOWN, N. Y., Jan. 81.
The Allen. House, Chautaugua county and
Jamestown Bank buildings, and Howley's
block, were destroyed by . fire last night. The
books, papers and funds of the Bank were
saved. The loss amounted to $152,000. The
fire was caused ,by an incendiary.
New York Democratic Convention.
ALBANY, N. Y., Jan. 31.
The Democratic Stote,Convention met at 10
o'clock this morning, at Tweedle, Hall. A tem
porary organization was effected. by the election
.of. Ex-Goirernbr Church as Cbturman. Mr.
Church, on taking the chair, made. a patriotic
The Capture , of a slave Venal.
NEW Yosii, Jan. 31.
An arrival from Sierra Leone reports that a
Spanish brig had been captured by, it British
cruiser, ' No slaves were fond on board the
captain having landed them on the day previ
ous to the capture.
The Pennsylvania Resolutions in the Vir
RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 31.
The House to-day tabled the resolutions of
the Pennsylvania Legislature,.
The resolutions of the Tennessee Legislature
were refeirnd'to thiCoinnfittee of Federal . He
iMPORTAVE FROM SYRIA.--Letterp frou• Syria,
received at - Boston, sta l te_ilatnevioonspiracies
/m i n beep .discov.ered ihere, and another ex
plosion of Mohammedan fanaticism is -feared.
A plot hatt peen, discovered. at Alepp, and
fourteen pereoir ;have been Arrepted... It, is
evident that if the European troops were with
drawn, that there would.. bel'no .safety for
Christians in the land—lynig i tir, most important
fact in that,thelNiAti,,Einperor refuses to
withdraw_ his:army at the end of the six
montlrCtOeli l upon, and it is thought may
insist upon a permanent;,,lNupprOion of l the
- ; ;
WASHINGTON, lan. 31
SKATING AND SLEIGHING IN New
The Central Park in New York wa s ea m et.
day visited, according to the official returns
by 25.000 pedestrians, 40 equestrians, 150 ;thee'?
vehicles and 8,500 sleighs. About fi ve h ut :
dred of the sleighs entered the Park otter dark,
and the jingle of the bells mingl..d w i qt
voices of the occupants singing in Chorus.
The attractions of sleighing seemed to h ave
decreased that of skating, for but few puTscas
comparatively were on the ice unlit e vening,
when the pond was lit up. The ladies' pond
was completely illuminated at night, an d a
large number of the "fair sex" were at that
lime present. The skaters had on opp ortunity
of seeing the amount of labor necessary to keep
the ice in•order, nearly two hundred men and
eight horses being employed the whole day t o
clear off the snow.fiera/d.
THE CHINESE EXPEItOrt TAKES A COOL VIEW
OF YOUNG AMERICA.—III the Summer Palace,
near Pekin, Lord Elgin found an autograph of
the fugitive Emperor of China, Watle g ro the
question of fir. Ward, the American Mialater.
It seems thEt Mr. Ward offered to pry to his
Celestial Majesty the same marks of respect a s
he would pay to his own President. The Em
peror's memorandum runs thus; ‘ , IL s h e "
that in the manner of their presentation at
court nothing can be done to bring men ro rea
son. Besides, these barbarians. by th..ir aver
ment that their respect for his Majesty the Em
peror is the same as that they feel for their Pt
li-si-tien-tin, (President.) just place China on a
par with the barbarians of the South and East,
an arrogation of greatness which is simply rt.
A man in Terre Haute, Indiana, was fined
$4.50 in the police court, 'The great trouble
was to collect the fine. At last he promis tl it c ,
give up a barrel of dour worth ss..iu considera
tion of a half dollar in change, and a clear
receipt against the judgment. The off or wag
accepted, and the barrel of flour purchased'by
one of the sheriffs at its supposed value. The
purchaser discovered, however, whon too late,
that the barrel of flour was a barrel of dirt,
with a thin coating of flour.
DEATH Or Ex
k .--t o bt .
P. Leteher, Ex-Governor of Kentuc . di e d
on the 24th, at Frankfort, after ft r: cornet ed ill
ness. He was one of the most • - b
nent pu -
lic men in that State. ll: a .t l d
Kress several terms
1840, and wasi was elected Governor in
ftnister to Mexico wider Presi
dent Fillet :..e. I n 1853 h e sustain e d the first
defeat of his life, being beaten for
Co:ogress, in the Ashland district, by Jelin C.
COMMERCE OF CHARLESTON.—On Friday last
there 'were in the port of Charleeten three
steamships, six ships, thirteen barks, three
terns and eighteen brigs and schooners. exclu
sive of schooners-under one lurnared tons. Of
these nine were ready to proceed 'to pee, thir
teen were receiving freight, and the remainder
were either discharging their cargoes or await
ing orders. A majority of those enumerated
are foreign vessels, hailing from Great Britain,
Sweden, Denmark and Spain.
FOUR GavERNTBS Ix Fowl MONTHS.- If is s
singular fact that Indiana has had four Gover
nors since theist of October - . Governor Wil
lard died on the fid 'of - that montl4 when Lieu.
tenant Governor Hammond became Governor.
He served - till January 14, when Governor Lane
was inaugurated. Governor Lane served two
days, when he was elected to the United States
Senate, and was superseded by Lieutenant
lldtsraxas OF THE FRENCH PRESS.—Tn their
discussions of American slavery, the French
journalists commit 'many singular hlunders. , ...
Thus, for example, one writer puts down the
whole thirteen. original States as slave States,
while another, in correcting him. says that
-Mere-ked. K.-opus:ay, omit, Indians
and other Western States did not heir's% to the
THE RAILROADS OF MASSACHUSETTS.—There
are 56 railroad corporations in MaseacbaseoB,
not including horse railroads, with 1.566 mike
of road, and 392 idles of double track; an
aggregate capital stock of nearly fifty millions;
debts, of nearly eighteen millions ; total cost of
roads and cquipmento almost sixtyr three mil.
RELIEVED.—Brevet Major General David S.
Twiggs, U. S. A., has been relieved (at his own
request) from the command of the menu
depot of Texas, which command is devolved on
Col. Carlos A. Waite, Ist infrentry. It is un•
derstood that General Twiggs proposes to re
JIIVERIIR Mtrennaza.---,Renry Dow,
been convicted , of murder, in the first degree at
New Brunswick, is. only 18 years of age. He
received the .verdiet with little emotion. The
murdered person was Samttel•Hall, also a boy
of 16, who was a clerk in a grocery store.
DULL Ttmes.—Tboatricals at New Orleans
are said to be very. dull. Barney Williams and
wife played to no better houses than $150; the
business at the Varieties was most discouraging,
and Dan Rice was- exhibiting frequently at a
ExEcnnon.:—.David Caution, a Shure, was
bung at Lanisville, Ky.. last Friday, for an at
tempted outrage on a white woman. Nearly
10,000 persons were present.. The rope unfor
tunately broke, and the convict had to under
go a cost of double death.
New 211 w ertisem ems.
PO LET.—Th..: DWELLING Part of
I the House at the north-west owner of Market and
Fourth streets, from the first f April next, for one or
more years. Inquire of THOMAS J. REHM'S.
HAVANA CITGARS.—A Fine Arson
meat, comprising Figaro, Zaiagozona, La Wee,
Bird, Fire-Fly, Etelvina, La Beriuto, Capitolio of all
sizes and qualities, in quarter, one-8 th one-tenth
boxes, just received, and for sale low by
JOHN H. MOLE;
janBl. 78 Market Street._
NORTHERN CENTRAL RAILWAY
NOTICE TO TEAVELERS,
The Exprecti Train South at 7AO A. M., and the Ex
press Train North at 8.18 P. M., will be discontinued
from this date until further notice.
jan3 . 1:-;d r St JOHN W. HALL, Agent.
L'OR SALE--One first-rate 1w GI - 4.14E.3
r OARD PRESS, in excellent order—worka froekloo
to 1000 Cardo an hour.
One email CARD. AND CIRCULAR PRESS in goad
Botb Presses will be geld at very moderate priest.
TUNO. P. SPLIEPPES,
DO:-ITIVELY the last chance to .
BOOEB at your own primes,' BEN F. FRENCH
will only Roll on THUR•9I44yi WAY AND &I AT ÜB.
DA .Y EV EIY TAWS, i
S, at No, t Market street jan3l-dst
y04Tg.4.1t.N. CENTRAL RAILWAY.
t a li
N-0 7 1 0 E
CHANGE OF SCHEDULE.
'ON AND AFTER WEDNESDAY, JANUABY aOrg•
LW. the Paeeenger Trains olthei Northern 0 entrailtsil
wa, will leave Harrisburg as follows :
AC TAM will leave itt,•g- 00 a- ni -
will leave at, .. . .......... • • I.ll* P .° •
MAIL THIN will lefty° at 1.40 p. 111
The wily Train leaving Harrhiburg on Sunday will
the ApOOIIIMODATION TRAIN South. at 3.00 S. m.
• For.rerther information apply at the ofilee,in Peer
aylvania Railroid Depot. JOUN, lIALP, Agent.
`HE B 1144.; ON'lll.lrUßCE.—Thefol
j. lowing worde are, from Mark ..v. 9, 12:
"Wbat, therefore, ( 3c
nd has joined together let not man
put eannd'er.P 7
‘Whosoeven shall_put9waatbietvite tond parr . another
c.mmlttetVadttitery. And If a woman Stall Ott away
lumbapdan4,e?arry, again she cinninitteth'adpitery."
:'Leifialatertrand others, the above is the edfctof the
Supreme, Lawgiver t •cqtm whkqk / there is #o ; appeal —•
"What, ther. , fori,`Eidd 'hits 'jOibied together , Mt .no man
put asunder:o' I .' ;; ;.. jamagraf