Raftsman's journal. (Clearfield, Pa.) 1854-1948, February 27, 1856, Image 4

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Haftsmatt'5 Imtnial.
9u VW-
S.' B. ROW, Editor ixd Proprietor.
" A correspondent of the Philadelphia Daily
ivu-, writing fiora Williamsport under date of
t ecruary loth, sava :
. "An additional boom has very recently been
completed on the river opposite this place, at
u c.&.:u.fe oi several inousana aollars. I am
fearful that the raftsmen, whose property nay
fee destined for the lower Markets, will berauch
annoyed the coming season. There is another
boom about completed at Northumberland.
It is said that a bill is now before the Legisla
ture authorizing another boom at Jersey Shore.
Should all the contemplated booms be con
.. j . i - . . ...
enutieu, ue ownersoi lands ot timber in the
counties above us mast suffer a great inconve
nience to tTPt fllt'ir llimhpr r.r timlior tr r.i-T-L-a
the fact is the navigation of our beautiful
river win ue enureiv oDstructea."
The erection of these booms is a matter in
which the citizens of this county an directly
interested, and should engage their immediate
attention. Some action should be taken with
out delay to prevent any hindrance to the free
and safe navigalion of the river by our rafts-
iaen and the most direct way would be to lav
the matter before the Legislature in such a
form as will fully enlighten all the members of
that body, a portion of whom, residing in sec
tions where the timber business is not follow
od, are not espeeted to be fully aware of the
great injury that may be inflicted upon the
business interests of a large and hardworking
class of community, by legislation authorizing
the construction of these booms.
More Evidence. The Warren Mail, of the
lGth inst., after copying a paragraph of curs
following an articlo from the Pittsburgh Ga-
lette, regarding the position of lion. D. Bar
clay, the member to Congress from this Dis
trict, says : "We are not disposed to censure
Mr. Barclay very severely till we see more of
his official conduct, or misconduct, than the
troublesome contest for Speaker exhibited.
It is, however, fair to add, that hi3 position ia
this county daring the canvass of 1851, was
the same as in Clearfield as given above. We
do not recall his precisa language as to the
resferaUoa. of the Missouri Compromise, nor i3
it material. But wo never heard an Anti-Nc
braaka fcpecch lucre strongly Antt-Nubraska
than Mr. Barclay's. Ail that pledges could do
to securo . the Anti-Nebraska rote oi Warren
County he did, and with success. Wc heard
him say nothing on the subject of American
ism, tat, as we slated after the election, he
satisfied others that be was one of that order,
and we know that he was tupported as an A
mcrican and Anti-Nebraska man generally
How far those pladges and assurances will ba
honorably redeemed, we may perhaps tell by
and by, if not now."
Fcelig Schools of I'EVNsri.vAsiA. We are
indebted to Hon. A. G. Curtin for a copy of
the Report of the Superintendent of Common
Schools. From it we learn that during the
past year the whole number of districts was
1,632; of schools 10,409; number ot schools
yet required, ; average number of months
taught, 5 ; number of raalo teachers, 8,003;
of ft: male teachers, 4,140 ; average salaries of
male teachers per month, $22,29, and of fe
male $14,89; whole number of male scholars,
2D5.8S3; whole number of female scholars,
203,120; cumber cf scholars learning German,
10,015; average cost of teaching for one schol
ar per month, iiS cc-its ; whole amount of tax
levied for school purposes, 1,212,223 70;
amount of tax levied for buildiug purposes,
5153.07G 45; total amount of tax levied for
the system, $1,354,937.04; amount received
from the Stato appropriation $159,554.17 j a.
monnt received from co;iectors,$l, 137,102. CI;
cost of construction, $1,041,571.10; cost cf
fuel and contingencies, $110,383. 19; cost of
school houses, purchasing, building, renting,
repairing, &c., $2GG,19S.7G. These total do
not iccludo the Philadelphia public schools,
which are organized under an independent sys
tem, and make no report to the Superintendent.
Dests vcTiri: Fresh kt. Cincinnati, Feb. 21.
A freshet commenced yesterday in the Lick
ing river, and the ico breaking up, unusual
quantities of it were thrown into the Ohio riv
er, breaking up tlg ice oppoosite the city, and
causing grcst destruction among the steam
boats along the levee. Seven steamboats were
sunk. They were all stern wheel boats, and
will probably be totally lost. There is, in ad
dition, a number of other boats injured, and a
considerable number of flat boats and bargea
sunk. The total loss so far is estimated at
$200,000. The Ohio river lias risen S feet in
the last 12 Lours, and as the waters are still in
creasing" further damage is anticipated.
Tuk License Bill of Mr. Brown, the sul
stance of which we gave in an article last
week, passed the Senate finally, by a vote of
20 to 11, on last Thursday. The Harrisburgh
Teli-graph is of opinion that iu its present
shape it can hardly pass the House, but that
fcorne such bill seems likely to pass before the
closo cf the session.
National Rfpcbmcax Ooxve.ntiojc. This
noJy asjer.ib'.ed at Pittsburgh, on the 22d inst."
a f.0 Uot' " -ct 'earn"1 the result or its
tn fr ratlons- Measures were being adopted
nA . Ct,a con,P,et organization of the pany,
j I'ccsm nomination a candidate for Pre-
Wo recently published an article, giving the
action of the House of Representatives of this
State on a bill to protect Protestant citizens of
the United States in the right of worship and
of conscience while in Catholic countries, and
to secure them the right of Christian burial.
The bill, in fact, was nothing more than a mere
resolution of request and instruction to our
Senators and Representatives In Congress to
use- their efforts and vote for any measure that
would accomplish the object contemplated.
The Democratic Solons of the lower nonso,
however, saw in it a taint of .mericanism,
and so voted it down. But more recently they
have made a better display of their attachment
to the Pope's interests, by passing a bill for
the incorporation of a Catholic Monastery of
the Franciscan Brothers of Cambria County.
On its final passage in the House, the bill re
ceived the vote of every Locofoco member
present, excepting Sir. Fry, of Lehigh, who
voted against it because he thought the power
to incorporate was vested in the Courts, Here
is an instance of the servility of the Democra
cy to Catholicism too palpable to be allowed
to pass by without directing attention to it,
and to the institution which tiiey are authori
zing to be reared among the towering bills of
our own State. The members of this order, if
we mistake not, are bound by secret oaths to
implicit obedienco to their superior at Rome,
who in all things governs and directs them.
Their sole olject is the spread and perpetuity
of the Papal power, and for this end, schools
are opened ta which Protestant youths aro ad
mitted, and the most persevering and insidious
wiles made iiso of to pervert their minds and
induce them to embrace Catholicism. It was
against institutions of this character that the
Reformer J of the sixteenth century rose and
contended, until the light of Truth broke iu
upon the moral gloom which enshrouded the
people of Ennpe, and exposed to the world
the licentiousness, degradation and crime
which pervaded these establishments. And
now, when the sovereigns of tho old world,
awakened to the evil tendencies of monaster
ies, are arraying themselves against them, the
effort is made by Democratic legislators to rear
them in tho very h'-art of Pennsylvania.
Ma. Eeitoe : It ii now evident, to every re
flecting American citizen, that there sre but
two piinciples that govern the present Admin
istration of this great Republic. The advance
ment of political Romanism, and the exten
sion of human Slavery, either of which, when
in the hands of the majority, will greatly en
danger, if not entirely overthrow our illustri
ous Union. But when wc find their influence.
i, and their capital, united against
tho best interests of our government, may we
not fear, and tremble, for the welfare of our
country, especially when all the powers of
these two withering despotisms aro combined,
and led by the President of the United States,
against the chief interest of the American peo
ple. Asa citizen of our common couutrv.and
having the right, with others, to express my
opinion upon matters ot puoiic, as wcH as pri
vate interest, I therefore charge the People's
servant, the President of our Republic, with
gross and dangerous perversions, and neglect,
in the administration of tho government.
1st. I charge birn with violating the public
failh, by breaking up a solemn contract, be
tween the two great sections of our country,
lr!.i.-lt will frrpiMl' nnfTltiPr if Tint. fn t r. i1 v-
dissolvc our Union.
2d. I charge him with perverting the govern
ment, by using bis official authority to extend
human slavery over territory now free.
2d. I charge him with official hUhontst-j, in
removing competent a;:i honorable men, and
promoting armed rufiians, favorable to slavery
to ofHce.
4th. I charge him with r.c gleet of official du
ty, in not aiding the lawful citizens of Kansas
n the protection of their persons and their
property, against tao attacus or lawless mons,
from a neighboring State.
5th. I charge him with crueltu, in aiding
and abetting, by his recent messages to Con
gress, and otherwise, the riots, robberies, and
murders committed by the border ruflians of
Missouri against the citizens of Kansas.
Gth. I chargo him with despotism, in usin
his oflicial influence to extend the system of
Slavery, to the great injury of all tho poor
whites cf the South, as well as to all classes of
the North.
7tb. I charge hiia with tyranny, in taking up
and appointing to one among the highest ofH
ces in the government, a man whom the peo-
le had repudiated by their votes.
8th. I charge him with anti-repullicanism,
by appointing or having appointed Roman
Catholics to ollises of profit and trust, over ail
thcrs thereby aiding the Pontiff to establish
political Romanism in this country.
Sth. I charge him with being untrue to his
country, in appointing all kinds of foreigners
to offices, over competent and honest native
born American citizens.
10th. I charge him with contempt for the
American people, in suffering without rebuke,
foreign nations to flood our shores with their
paupers and felons, until our country is over
run with numbers sufficient not tnly to fill our
prisons and penitentiaries, and to corrupt the
morals of our people, but to rule the ballot-box.
If then these charges are true and no can
d citizen dare deny them, for they aro a
matter of history then is it not highly ne
cessary, that the people begin to understand
and prepare themselves for the approaching
ontest, at tho ballot-box, that they may be
fully able to overthrow, and burl from power
this double headed despotism, of Political hu
man Slavery, and Foreign Political Iioman-
sm. But the problem that now presents itself
for solution is, how shall this triumph be ac
complished? The answer is easy. Let all tho
parties opposed to tho present National Ad-;
ministration, unit their forces, and come up
n one unbroken column, and thev will make '
as clear a sweep as Washington made ot the S
erogjicrj at Trenton.
C. J.
Clearfield County, Feb. 13. 1K-5S.
The American National Council met at Phi
ladelphia on the 18th inst. Delegates appear
ed from every State but Alabama, Mississippi,
Texas, South Carolina, Georgia, Maine, Ver
mont. For two days reporters were refused
seats, but on the 20th they were admitted.
The Platform adopted in Juno last, was re
scinded, and the following substituted :
1st. An bumble acknowledgment to the Su
preme Being for His protecting care vouch
safed to our fathers in their successful Revo
lutionary struggle, and hitherto manifested to
us, their descendants, in the preservation of
the liberties, the independence and the union
of thesa States.
2 J. The perpetuation of the Federal Union
and Constitution, as the palladium of our civ
il and religious liberties, and the only sure
bulwark of American Independence.
3d. Americans must rule America, and to
this end, native born citizens should bo selec
ted fcT all State, Federal and Municipal otlices
or government employmaut, ia preference to
all others.
4th. Persons born of American parents resi
ding temporarily abroad, should bo entitled to
all the rights of native born citizens.
5th. 2o person should be selected for poli
tical station (whether cf native or foreign
birth) who recognises any allegiance or obli
gation, of any description, to any foreign
prince, potentate or power, who refuses to
recognise tho Federal and State Constitutions
(each within its sphere) as paramount to all
other laws as rules of political action.
Gth. Tho unqualified recognition and main
tenance of the reserving rights of the several
States, ard the cultivation cf harmony aud
fraternal good-will between tbs citizens of the
several States, and to this end, non-interference
bj- Congress with questions appertaining
solely to the individual States, and non-intervention
by each State with the affairs of iitiy
ether State.
7th. The recognition of tho right of the na
tive born and the raturalizcd citizens of the
United States, permanently residing in any
Territor' thereof, to frame their Constitution
and laws, and to rcgulutu their domestic ami
social affairs in their own mode, sulject only
to the provisions of the Federal Constitution,
with the privilege of admission into the Union
whenever they have the requisite population
for one Representative in Congress ; Provided
always, That none but those Mho are citizens
of the United States, under the Constitution
and laws thereof, and who have a fixed resi
deuce in any such Territory, oughf to partici
pate in the formation of the Constitution, or in
the enactment of laws lor sail lerntorv cr
tith. An enforcement cf tho principle that
no State or Territory ought to admit others
thau citizens of the United States to the right
cf suffrage, or of holding political office.
&tii. A change ia the laws of naturalization,
making a coutinued residouco of twonty-on
years, of all not heietofore provided for, an in
dispensable requisite for citizenship hero af
ter, and excluding ail paupers, and persons
convicted ol crime, trom landing upon our
shores; but no interference with the vested
rights of foreigners.
10th. Opposition to any union between
Church and State; no interference with
religious faith or worship, and no test-oaths
for oliice.
11 tli- Frea and thorough investigation into
any and all alledged abuses of public func
tionaries, and a strict economy in publie ex
12th. The maintenanca and enforcement of
a'l laws constitutionally enacted, until said laws
shall be repealed or shall be declared null and
void by competent judicial authority.
13th. Opposition to the reckless and unwise
policy of the present Administration in iho
general management of our national affairs,
and more especially as shown in removing
'Americana" (by designation) and conserva
tives in principle, from office, and placing for
eigners and ultraists iu their places; as shown
in a truckling subserviency to the stronger,
and an insolent and cowardly bravado towards
the weaker powers ; as shown in re-opening
sectional agitation, by tho repeal of the Mis
souri Compromise; as shown in granting to
unnaturalized foreigners the right of suffrage
in Kansas and Nebraska ; as shown in its va
cillating course on the Kansas and Nebraska
question; us shown in tho corruptions which
pervade some of tho departments of the gov
ernment; as shown ia disgracing meritorious
naval officers through prejudice or caprice ;
and as shown ia the blundering mismanage
ment of our foreign relations.
14th. Therefore, to remedy existing evils,
and prevent tho disastrous consequences oth
erwise resulting thorefrom, we would build up
the "American party" upon tho principles
hereinbefore stated.
loth. That each State Council shall have
authority to amend their several Constitu
tions, so as to abolish tho several degrees, and
instituto a pledge of honor, instead of other
obligations for fellowship and admission into
the party.
10th. A free and open discussion of all po
litical principles embraced iu our platform.
President Pierce has done all in Lis power
to win the South to his standard, but tho Co
lumbia, S. C, Times, a Democratic paper
which desires bis nomination, thinks that the
Southern politicians will sacrifice him to some
candidate who will be more available at the
North. In proof of this it cites the guarded
expression of opinion put forth by the Georgia
Democratic State Convention, and an editorial
extract from the Augusta,Ga.,CW'iufumai4f-.
The Germans cf Cincinnati held a meeting
on the 21st inst, at which strong resolutions
condemnatory of the Kansas Nebraska act
were passed. Upwards of one thousand por-
8933 were Present, and the greatest harmony
PriJvl -
The boot and shoe trade of Cincinnati is
said to be over $1,000,000 annually.
This Convention met on Saturday last, at
Sansorn Street Hall. The body was called to
order by the President? at 101 o'clock. Kcv.
Air. Campbell offered an apppropriato prayer.
The Chair stated that this was a nominating
Convention, and that it had not met t o discuss
the distracting questions of the day. The time
for such discussions bad gone by. Applause.
It was rnnounced that Mr. Ilazelhurst of Pa.,
had retired, and that bis alternate, Mr. Martin,
would take bis place. Mr. E. Small, of Penn
announced that he had a paper which he would
offer as a compromise on the slavery question.
After some discussion, the resolutions of
Mr. Small were read they were as follows:
Resolved, That we repudiate all platforms
adopted by tho National Councils.
Resolved, That this Convention put forth as
a simple platform cf the American Party The
rear the following live points of fellowship :
1. American Institutions should be controll
ed only by America's men.
2. American labor should be protected from
foreign competition.
3. American resources should be adopted by
every legal means.
4. American compromises, made in good
fuith, should be observed in spirit at least as a
guaranty of American integrity and loyalty.
5. American citizens abroad should be pro
tected in their rights of conscience, of religi
ous worship and honorable burial.
The chair said he had already stated that
tuc object of the meeting y;as to make a noni-
ir.atiou, and not to discuss distracting ques
tions. Various motions were made, some of
which were entertained by the President, and
he became so befogged aud bewildered that it
was Impossible to understand the position of
affairs so inextricably were they confused.
Gov. Call, of Florida, finally had the floor,
accorded him for the pr.rpcsa of speaking up
on the resolutions. He spoke of the lowering
aspect of affairs. He proclaimed himself a
Union man. A dozen or mora delegates took
advantage of a pause, to claim the floor. Gov.
Call said he had not ended. Laughter.
Mr. Small obtained permission and said that
he would accord with the views of Gov. Call,
for the sake of harmony, and would, if the lat
ter would abide by it, strike out all in his res
olutions after the words '-Bible and the Con
tention." Applause.
Gov. Call did not seem to relish this ar
rangement, and again stated bis deterraina
tion to retire. lie Lad come to battle against
the innovations of the foreign party in the U.
States, and the influence of theJPope of Rome
Gov. Call now said "Farewell." Voices
"New York is with vou!" "Pennsylvania is
with you I" Applause and hisses.
The wildest kind of an excitement here fol
lowed. Twent delegates endeavored to obtain
the floor, which was accorded to Mr. Bartlett,
of Ky., who made an earnest appeal to Gov
Call, and others, not to leave and desert their
friends in the Convention. He would say to
Massachusetts and Pennsylvania that we havo
had enough of platform making. He implored
Mr. Small to withdraw bis resolution. Mr. Bart-
lett feelingly appealed to the delegates cot te
destroy the hopes of the American party. The
rpcaker was earnest and eloquent in his appsal
for harmony, and tsars coursed down his
cheeks while speaking. In conclusion, Mr.
Bartlett moved that this Conrention do now
adjourn to tho 3d of July next.
Cries of "No" " Yes'-' "Second the mo
tion" "Vote it down."
Mr. Bartlett accepted an amendment fixing
Louisville, Ky., as the place of meeting.
The President decided that the motion was
not in order under the peculiar circumstances.
The decision was apealed from. A motion
was made to lay the appeal upon the table.
The amendment fixing the place of meeting
was withdrawn. The business before the Con
vention was on motion laid on tho table.
The motion to .' djourn until ttie 3d of July
was then renewed.
Great excitement followed cries for 'Walk
er,' call "the ayes and nays" and all sorts of
confusion. A motion was made to lay the
motion to adjourn on the table.
The question was taken on the motion to lay
on the table, and the motion was voted down.
A delegate "All Philadelphia is voting out
The ayes and nays were demanded and ta
ken on the motion to lay upon the table. Sev
eral delegates gavo their views when their
names were called. There was so much con
fusion that the President pretested that hi
would be compelled to stop the proceedings,
if better order was not preserved.
The Convention re-assembled on Monday.
Much excitement prevailed, and after consid
erable talk, the motion to lay Mr. Small's res
olutions on the table was negatived by a vote
of 111 to GO. The previous question was then
ordered, after which a resolution, declaring
that the Convention forthwith proceed to nom
inate candidates for President and Vice Pres
ident, was carried by a vote of 151 to 51. The
Convention then proceeded to nominate. Mr.
Stewart nominated Millard Fillmors for Pres
ident, and Mr. Sly, W. R. Smith, of Alabama,
for Vice President. At this juncture, the
Connecticut delegation withdrew. It is sup
posed that New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Io
wa, and in part Pennsylvania', Ohio, Massachu
setts and Illinois will bolt
The West Chester, (Fa.) Examiner says
4 Wu published, a few days ago, an article rel
ative to a young woman, about 19 years of age,
in Warwick township, Chester county, who
had fifteen needles extracted from her foot.
Marvelous as the circumstance was regarded at
the time, the truth has not all been told.
Since the first needles were removed, twenty
five more have been extracted from the same
foot, and one surgeon who operated informs us
that ho thinks there aro some ten or fifteen
more yet imbedded in the foot. Dr. Heckel
nforms us that the needles lie in and about the
nstcp, and that the points bavinz worked to
tho surface, they are easily extracted by for
ceps. Jn some instances an incision was made.
and tho needles removed. The limb does not
Appear very sensible to pain. The ronntr wo
man alleges that some ten years ajro she lump
ed or tteppsd on a Deedle cushion, and that
be needles entered her foot, and have since
rmainH there, cansinj no pain until recently.
r Foueigx News bt tiik Canada. The town
of Karz has been occupied by two Russian bat-
tallions, while a third occupies Gen. Mouravi
efi's former camp. The captured guns and
stores have been removed td Alexandropol.
Letters from Erzeroum predict an approaching
scarcity of breadstuff's. It is reported that
Turkey is about to mediate between Persia
and England. Queen Victoria opened the
British Parliament on the 31st of January. In
the House cf Lords, Earl Gosford moved an
address in response to the Queen's speech.
The Earl of Derby characterized tho speech as
very bare, cold and meagre thought it ought
to have referred to the affairs with America, In
dia and the Colonies, as well as in relation to
the fall of Kars. He asserted that the Govern
ment had violated the laws of the United Sta
tes, in enlisting men, and owed our govern
ment an apology. Lord Clarendon replied,
and in the course of his speech, stated he bad
offered to refer the difficulty with the United
Sfatej, in reference to the Clay ton-BuIwer trea
ty, to the arbitration of a third party, but the
proposition had been declined. He bad re
newed it, however, and it was now under con
sideration. He stated that the government
sustained the conduct of Mr. Crampton, but
thought the whole difficulty susceptible of an
easy solution. In the House of Commons,
immediately upon taking bis seat, Admiral
Napier moved a call for the papers in relation
to ths expedition to the Baltic, under his com
mand. In France, peace is anticipated as cer
tain. Tho Monileitr publishes a decree fixing
the import duty on raw cotton brought from
the entrepots by French vessels, at 25 francs
per 100 killogrammes, beiug a reduction of
five francs on the rates fixed by the tariff of j
1843. The Emperor of Austria, as a mark of
respect for his illustrious ally, and ia respect
to Queen Victoria, has pardoned Col. Turr.
Bombay dates to January 21, state that the
Saiital insurrection had been suppressed, and
that quiet rtigned In India. Great Biitain is
about to extinguish the native government of
Oudc. Late intelligence from Canton states
that Messrs. Aspinwall, McKenzie & Co. had
suspended payments, with liabilities amount
ing to $750,000. Threats bad been made to
stop the trade in tea and silks, from the 7th of
December. A private despatch has been re
ceived from Halifax to the effect that the stea
mer Pacific was safe, and that having been dis
abled, she Lad put back into the river Shan
non. This news rests upon the authority of a
letter from a young man named James Camp
bell, who went to England in the steamer Can
ada, on her last trip, and writes from Liver
pool to Messrs. Murdock & Co., at Halifax
that ia consequence of severe weather, the
Pacific was obliged to put into the Shannon
river on her way out of the Channel.
The Kansas Qttestiox is Congress. Tho
Washington correspondent of the Harrisburgh
Telegraph, writing under date of the 19th inst.,
says: "The Kansas question was upon the ta
pis to-day in both ends of the capitol. In the
Senate Mr. Wilson Bpoke upon the President's
Kansas message, and in spite of the feeling
entertained towards him by the Southern and
tho Northern Nebraska Senators, they could
not refrain from listening to him while he de
picted the lawless and ruffianly state of things
in Kansas. IIo spoke of the visit of Gor
Reeder to this city just after tho elections bad
been held there for members of the Legisla
ture, and the representations he bad made to
tho President. Ila rclerred to the speech
made by Gov. R. at Eastou, in which he de
clared that Kansas bad been conquered. But
notwithstanding these representations and pub
lie declarations, no tep3 were then taken, not
a finger moved by the President to protect the
citizens against tho lawless and brutal violence
of the "border ruffians." And why was this
not done ? For tho very reason that the Mis
souri Compromise was repealed that a large
territory consecrated to freedom should be
spread over with Slavery. In the House Mr.
Hickman, of Pa., submitted a resolution cal
ling for information iu regard to the election
of delegates and authorizing the committee
n elections to send for persona and papers.
This at onco ronsod the Nebraska men, and it
was opposed by Mr. Phelps, of Missouri, Mr.
Stephens, of Ga., and advocated by Mr. Hick
man and Mr. Washburn, of Maine.
Mr. Hickman tn this occasion took the
House by surprise, evincing a clearness ot
mind, an acumen, a force of logic, and a skill
in debate which were quite unlocked for, and
which baffled the sharp and practical debater
Stephens. Mr. II. exhibited so much skill,
ability, presence of mind and thorough know
ledge of tho subject, as to win the confidence
of the House, and enable him hereafter at all
times to command its attention.
Mr. Stephens, of Ga., moved to recommit
the resolution to the Committee on Elections,
with instructions to report the grounds upon
which they ask the power to send for persons
and papers, which motion failed by the casting
vote of the Speaker being given to make a tie.
The rote, a very small one G8 to 67 was
nearly a division, Mr. Dunn, of Indiana, being
the only anti-Nebraska member who voted
with the Nebraska members on this occasion.
Before the vote npon tho resolution was taken,
the House adjourned. Should the resolution
pass, the Sergeant-at-Arms will hare a large
and very profitable undertaking.
rather singular and amusing occurrence took
place near Cochranville, Chester county, Pa.,
a few weeks since. A Mr. Bachtell, from M
dina, Ohio.was introduced to a Miss Duquet,
of Chatham, Chester county, about four o'clock
in the afternoon of the lGth nit., and married
her within three hours afterwards. Both are
said to be worthy and respectable persons, but
very lively. They were jesting upon the sub
ject of matrimony, when she, jestingly, "pop.
ped tho question," to which he acceeded.
One reply brought on another until they went
to the parson's snd had the ceremony perform-
The steamship Atlantic, with Liverpool
dates to Feb. 6tb, and the Asia, with dates iv
Feb. 9th, arrived at New York on Sunday.
Tb Atlantic was detainsd three days ia large
fields of ice. Neither steamer brings any won!
of the missing steamer Pacific. The Asia
brings presents from the British government,
consiting of plate, medals, &c.,for the officer
and crew of the Arctic expedition, under Dr.
Kane. The two subjects of especial interest
in our foreign files are the Peac Negotia
tions; and a fresh alarm in England about
war with the United States.
Peaok Negotiations. -Vienna, Feb. 1.
The French and Eritish Ministers yesterday re
ceived instructions to sign tho so-often men
tioned protocol. Immediately after the re
ceipt of their despatches, Sir II. Seymour and
M. da Bourqucncy communicated their con
tents to the Austrian Minister for Foreign Af
fairs and to the Turkish Embassy. In the
course of the evening it was settled that the
representatives of England, France, Turkey
and Russia, should meet at the Foreign -office
at 12 to-day, and then and there sign the im
portant document in quetion. At the ap
pointed hour the four foreign diplomatists had
assembled, and they and Count Buel attacbod
their signatures to the subjoined protocol
"In consequence of the acceptance by their
respective Courts of the five propositions con
tained in the document hereunto annexed, un
der the titlo of 'Draft of Preliminaries, the
uudersigued, after having paragraphed it, con
formably to the antborization received to that
effect, have agreed that their GavernmenU
shall each nominate Plenipotentiaries, who,
furnished with the full powers necessary for
proceeding to the signature of formal prelimi
naries of peace, shall conclude an armistice
and a definitive treaty of peace. The sail
Plenipotentiaries will Lave to assemble at
Paris within the term of three weeks, dating
from this day, or sooner if it can be done."
"Done at Vienna, tliis 1st day of February,
1S5G-" (The Five Signatures.)
En-glasi. In the beginning of the week
there was considerable excitement la Eng
land, owing to a rumor that the dispnte with
tho Urited States bad reached a crisis, and
that Mr. Buchanan Lad demanded bis pass
ports. The latest reports, however, do not
confirm this. On the contrary, it Is stated by
the Londod Advertiser that Sir Henry Bulwer
the negotiator of the Clayton-Bulwer treaty,
has offered to serve as a sort of mediator be
tween the two governments, and that, ia con
cert with a member of Parliament of great
diplomatic experience, he is endeavoring tc'
arrive at a solution of the difficulty which may
be more acceptable to both parties than the
plan of arbitration. This movement is said
to be at Lord Palmersoa's instigation. The
Advertiser is the only paper that refers to it.
The following story appears ia the Paris
"Conslitutionnel :" The lie da Roi, a part oi
the domain of Neuilly, was yesterday the the'
atrc of a mysterious event. At about 10 o'
clock in the morning, a boatman, in a state of
great excitement, presented himself to tha
Commissary of Police and made the following
deposition : "About an hour ago, as I was
standing on tha bank of the river near my
boat, a carriage drove op from whlck ther
alighted 6 gentlemen, remarkably well dressed,
of whom three wore the decoration of the Le
gion of Honor. They p.ppearod very gy
'My friend,' said one of them to me, 'will yoir
row us over to the island?' 'Certainly,' sail
I, and ten minutes after they all landed H ere.
They then began to look more serious. I
wanted to retire, but they desired me to stay,
and, while two of them remained behind to
watch me, the others walked on to a group of
trees, on the other side of which they stopped.
I then fouud they had come to fight a duel. I
saw the swords, and heard the clink of th?m
one against the other while tbe fight littei
which was but a very short time. I'reer.i:7
the deid body of one of tha persons was brr't
down to my boat. He had received a sword
thrust right through his breast, and was cov
ered with blood. According to the little I
could gather from tho conversation I beard.
the duel arose out of a quarrel which occurred
at the last masquerade bs!I a: the Opera, The
seconds had tho appearance of military mea
executing their orders. I took them back a
cross the Seine. They placed the corpse in
their carriage and drove off to Farls." The
Commissary of Police immediately instituted
an inquiry, but hitherto his investigations havs
been without success. That is the way things
are done up in France. v
The Cottos Mancfatcbes of the U. S.
The Report of the Secretary of the Treasury
contains some useful memoranda in relation
to the Cotton manufactures of the LT. States,
as furnished by the Hon. Philip Allea. Mr. A.
estimates the amount of cotton consumed in
the U. States, during the year ending August
31, '55, at 673,584 bales, of which 30,000 bales
were consumed In Virginia and the States
south of it. It is estimated that. 704,155,761
pounds of yarn were spun from cotton In Eng
land during the year ending January, 1S55, of
which 410,16S,431 were exported, and tho bal
ance retained for home consumption. Tfc
quantity of yarn produced in the U. States "Is
stated at 230,730,000 lbs. The average Talu
of a pound of cotton manufactured is 23 cents,
making a total for last year's manufacture of
$04,406,030. The value of cotton manufac
tures exported was $4,857,181. The imports
of cotton manufactures retained for consump.
tion were valued at 18,3S5,S27. The total
supply of cotton goods for domestic consump.
ion was $77,184,226.
E. n. Janseu, late State Treasurer of Wis
consin, is reported to be a defaulter in th
sum of $33,000.
Some one in tha Cleveland Herald says, "it
s so cold that the cows have to be driven into
the house to thaw their bags before milking."
The mercury must get considerably bler
frttto 'out Weit.'
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