Raftsman's journal. (Clearfield, Pa.) 1854-1948, March 20, 1861, Image 2

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s. b. now, etiitor ad proprietor.
There arc men in every, community who
consider it the very acme of wisdom to use the
cant, threadbare expression 'I told you so'
whenever an event happens which a crude o
pinion of theirs, fonn.led on no sufficient data,
may have predicted. It is a species of self
glorification, harmless in itself, but some
times irritating to men of mature judgment
who are accustomed to reason lrom cause to
eflectand weigh well every step they intend to
take. Although in ninety-niue instances such
either fall short of or overshoot the mark,
should one accidental shot drive the center it
makes them, in their own estimation, deposi
tories of all the wisdom and sagacity of the
age. Such a lucky circumstance dilates the
gdal to the massive proportions of the mam
moth. Such men arc occasionally officious
intermeddlers, but their meddling being caus
ed by the union of a weak intellect with a
kind disposition, the offence is generally over
looked, and the merited rebuke rarely admin
istered. It is unfortnnatc in these latter
times, when the political elements are trou
bled and it. requires "clear heads, energetic
minds, and hearts Oiled with forbearance and
patriotism to keep the ship of State in its pro
per channel, that this class should have so
many imitators; and still more unfortunate,
that these, imitators would rather see fire and
sword desolate 'the land than - that thej', as
prophets, should be without honor in their
own country. These men, raised from the
slongh of politics to some minor positions in
their party, have adopted unguarded or intem
perate expressions of their leaders as the rev
elations of the oraclo. Like eggs floating upon
the bosom of a stream, they are driven along
the enrrent of time ; and while they boast of
their facility to swim, tbey seem unaware that
they lack the weight which gives value, and
that they are but exposing the rottenness the
corruption within. Their names figured in
some long array ot officers at a township meet
ing, and they were at once seized with the
idea that a discerning public had discovered
in them some latent talent. Tbey must seize
the helm if Charybdis and Scylla arc to be
avoided. They are Solons, in self-conceit.
They havo an ambition to govern, but not a
resemblance of those traits which marked the
great Athenian can be found in them. It would
be a herculean task to convince them that
they are mere machines operated on, and used
for a purpose, by men behind the scene.
When time and prudent and lenient measures
of the government shall have dispelled the
cloud which now overshadows ns,will each cry
out "I told you so." or will their vanity
bo gratified in exclaiming "wc knew you
would back down ?",
composing the so-called Southern Confedera
cy, will soon realize, if they have uot already,
the cost and inconvenience which must result
from a separate organization. Their govern
ment will, of necessity, bo au expensive one,
a fact which wiii bo fully realized when the
tax-collecipr makes bis call on those who are
able to pay. This will do more to dispel the
delusion which prevails in the South than any
reasoning which can at present, be offered for
their consideration. Direct taxes always car
ry, with them powerful arguments; arid ap
peals to the pocket have generally more effect
than those made to the understanding. The
productions of the North which they hare so
long used, and with which they cannot , now
dispense, must reach them at greatly increas
ed rates ; and while they are thus taxing them
selves to maintain an expensive bauble, the
northern capital upon which they have here
tofore relied, in the shapepf extended credits,
will be withdrawn, and the seeming wealth of
the cotton lords will vanish as the "baseless
fabric of a dream.-'
The Home Sqladroh. Most of the vessels
composing the Home Squadron, were at New
York last week, and are ready for immediate
service The list comprises 2o' vessels, car
rying 190 guns and 2,757 men. This is the
largest naval forco ever concentrated in one
squadron since the organization of the United
States Navy. It consists of more ships than
the ChaDnel fleet of England. It is obvious
(hat important naval movements arc in con
temptation by the Government.
Georgia In the Georgia Convention, an
ordinance is pressed which requires ail Feder
al officers in that State, except those in the
mail service, to resign within ten days after
knowledge of the passage of the act, under
pain of forfeiting all their property, both real
and personal. If no one comes forward, for
the sake of half the money, to play informer,
Grand Juries are to set the business right.
Cassius M. Clay, of Kentucky, has been ap
pointed Minister to Spain ; Jacob F. Halder
raan of Pa., as Minister Resident at Stock
holm; and Elijah llamlin of Maim:, as Com
missioner under the Reciprocity Treaty with
Great Britain.
Usited States Sexator. The Hon. Pavid
Wilmot was elected United States Senator, on
Thursday the 14th March, .in the place of the
XJon. Simon Cameron,
Washington CitV, March 15, 18G1.
Hear Sir: The crowd of office-seekers in
this city continues large. The various de
partsments are invaded from the hour of opeu
ing until they close. Senators, Representa
tives and other men of influence are kept
constantly on the run by the ''patriots" who
are willing to serve their country in some of
ficial position. Quite a number of appoint
ments have already been made, but the bulk
of them are yet undisposed of. There will,
however, be a general clearing out of the Au
gean stables, though a few of the indispensa
ble clerks will be retained. It is really as
tonishing to find, since Mr. Lincoln's inaugu
ration, how large a number of Republicans
there are in this city ; but when we consider
that their living depends almost entirely on
their politics, it is perhaps not so surprising
after all. Indeed, it isquite possible, if Breck
inridge had succeeded, that many of them
would still be Democrats. There also seems
to be quito a rush of applicants from the Bor
der Slave States, and there will be no trouble
to get Southern men to fill the offices.
The new Administration starts put under
very unfavorable circumstances. Mr. Bu
chanan, having brought the country to the
verge of ruin and rent the Union in twain,
hands the affairs "of the Nation over to his
successor in a distracted condition, without
placing at his disposal the means necessary to
met the emergency. The Republican House
passed a bill giviug the President the neces
sary power, but the Democratic Senate re
fused to concur, and so tied Mr. Lincoln:s
hands. Had the bill been passed and become
a law. Fort Sumter and other military posts
might have been relieved. As it is, this
seems almost impossible. Something how
ever must soon be done, as it is said Sumter
has no more provisions : than will keep them
for 15 or 20 days. The Cabinet have formal
ly decided upon the withdrawal of Major An
derson, and opproved Gen. Scott's opinion to
that effect. No orders, however, have as yet
been issued for the evacuation. This will
doubtless have a good effect on the Border
Slave . States indeed it is thought that it
would blow secession "higher than a kite"
in those States. And after all, what benefit
can the Government derive from keeping that
fortress, or the Seceding States gain by its
abandonment There is, in the opinion of
men of all parties, nothing involved in it but
a point of honor. The Baltimore Sim, an ul
tra Southern paper with Secession proclivi
ties, regards it in this light. In an article
this morning, it says:
'The evacuation of Fort Sumter is, of it
self, absolutely nothing. It certainly estab
lishes no "peace policy ;" and, if not accom
panied by the evacuation of all other forts in
the Confederate States and the withdrawal of
all United States troops therefrom, it is sim
ply in itself a strategic movement, and clearly
indicates the probabilities ot war. As there
are some who will not like such an opinion,
we can only counsel them to get a better one
out of the fact if they can. Major Anderson
is said to be almost out of provisions ; to re
inforce him, it is believed, would cost a great
expenditure of treasure and life ; and the mere
possession of Fort Sumter could be of no ser
vice to the government in a war with the Con
federate States. It requires no military skill
to determine this. Consequently, the evacu
ation of Fort Sumter the point of honor out
of the question, and an empty one in this case
has no less strategic merit than that attrib
uted to Major Anderson in its occupation.
How the Sun can make it appear that this
movement "clearly indicates the probabili
ties of war," is more than 1 can conceive. It
is doubtless mistaken in this supposition, as
it is if it conjectures that '-'all other ports in
the Confederate States" will also be evacua
ted. Whilst Fort Sumter may be abandoued,
(and it is reported that Gen. Scott regards its
possession of little importance.) Fort Pick
ens will be better garrisoned and supplied
with provisions, and will be held at all hazards
I heard a leading Democrat, one who was
high in the confidence of Mr. Buchanan's Ad
ministration, say that had the "old public
functionary" done his duty and garrisoned
the forts at the proper time, there would have
been none of this trouble and Secession would
have been crushed in the bud ; but that, un
der existing circumstances, an evacuation of
Fort Sumter was the only thing that could
now bo done.
Notwithstanding the predictions, and prob
ably the wishes, of our Democratic friends to
the contrary, the Cabinet of Mr. Lincoln work
together well and get along smoothly. They
all display much administrative ability, and
receive the commendation of all who have had
an opportunity of judging of their merits.
Our Member of Congress, Hon. John Pat
ton, is looked upon as an active, eflicient man,
and is making many warm friends. The pre
vailing opinion in regard to him is well ex
pressed by the editor of the Fayette Pa.)
Patriot, who writes from here, uuder date of
March 8th, as follows:
"We recently mado the acquaintance of
lion, joiin i attos. the new member of con
gress from the "Wild cat District" of this
State. His constituency have certainly been
fortunate in selecting him as their Represen
tative. He is a very worthy and estimable
gentleman, and will undoubtedly prove a very
useful Member."
It is almost impossible to get a sight of Mr.
Lincoln. He is constantly engaged at the
great task which has fallen to his lot, and it
is said by those who have seen Lira within a
day or two, that he looks wearied and care
worn, which is not at all surprising when the
circumstances by which he is surrounded are
all taken into consideration. Yours, s.b.r.
Starvation in Mississippi. That the re
ports of starvation in Mississippi were not un
founded, is proved by the following remarka
ble statement lrom The Brandon (Miss.) Re
publican: "Major Hawkins is now on his way
to the Western States to buy corn, as agent
for his friends and neighbors. He showed us
a list of those who bad requested him to pur
chase for them, and also a list of those who
were iu a destitute condition and compelled to
ask the citizens of the Western States, through
him, to give them corn to .keep them and their
families from starving. The two lists compri
sed 279 names,"
Texas. The Galveston Civilian of the 11th
inst, says that the surrender of Fort Brown
was agreed upon quietly between the Texas
Commissioners and Capt. Hill on the 6th.
The Actrt says that Fort Brown will be given
up as soon as transportation can be found for
the Federal troops the latter to take to their
port of destination two light batteries of artil
lery. The steamer Daniel Webster was still
oft'Brazos, waiting to take the Federal troops.
Other vessels will probably be dispatched to
take the remainder. The Texan troops at
Brazos are represented to be fortifying the
island so as to make it impregnable. Bon Mc
Culluch arrived at Mew Orleans, March 14,
from Texa? en route for Montgomery. He re
ports that Gov; Houston left Austin to avoid
further communicaion with the Convention.
If Gov. Houston refuses to take an oath to
support the newConstitution he will be deposed.
The kew. Tariff. Regulations for the new
tariff, which will take efi'ect on the 1st of
April, now engage the attention of the Treas
ury. As the whole system is to be radically
changed, the instructions must bo prepared
with care and precision. . It is of great impor
tance that all the appointments of Appraisers
at the principal ports should be made from
among men of experience, ability, and integ
rity, otherwise conflicts may occur which will
seriously embarrass the operation of the law.
Much of its success will depend upon the first
start. Union men w ill be selected for the
Southern offices, except where the Republi
can element is distinctly established and rec
ognized.. This was the case in the competi
tion for the Louisville Post-Office, where Mr.
Speed was appointed over Mr. Helm, Repub
lican, who is Mr. Lincoln's brother-in-law.
-U. S. Supreme Court. Two important ca
ses were decided by the United States Su
preme Court on the 11th, one of which has
been pending in the Court for a long series of
years, and has been sufficiently well knowu to
the general public as the "Gaines' case." A
decision has at last been rendered in favor of
Mrs. Gain ts, and the Court has given such
directions as will place her in possession of
all the property of Daniel Clark, in New
Orleans and Baltimore. The other case is
that of Kentucky against Ohio, which is de
cided adversely to Kentucky. It was held
that while it was the duty, of a State to sur
render fugitive slaves on proper proof, Con
gress could not compel State officers to do
their duty. The mandamus was, therefore,
refused. The Albany and New-Jersey Bridge
cases were postponed until the next term.
Southern Army. Great exertions have
been made over the whole South, in the true
as well as in the truant States, to obtain re
cruits. For the Southern army, four or ' five
weeks since 174 men were enlisted at Mem
phis, Tennessee. The most absurd promises
were made to them. They were to be quar
tered in the first hotels, and to live like prin
ces During the journey the treatment they
received induced 74 of them to desert, and
100 only were brought to Charleston. These,
then, with the rest of the "regular army,"
aro suffering, and complaining most bitterly
of the deception which has been practiced
toward them." They are now on the island,
badly clad, with not even straw beds to sleep
upon, with scanty food served out to them in
very small rations, and, in all respects, are
treated more as slaves than freemen.
Br the Thousand Tons. One hundred and
fifty men have been for a long time past, and
are yet, busily engaged at the Watervliet ar
senal, as we learn from the Troy Times, ma
king gun carriages, preparing caps, cartridg
es, &c. Thousands of tons of war material
have been sent oflf from that station to Fort
Pickens, Jefferson, Tortugas, and other forti
fications. Shell, canister and grape shot are
being sent off to a fabulous extent, and heavy
gun carriages to mount the forts have also
been quite plentifully sent away. The south
ern forts have never been fully mounted be
fore, but they are now in a fair way of receiv
ing a supply of ammunition sufficient to exter
minate the country in the section to which the
material is sent.
Southern Tariff. The tariff trouble of the
Rebel States bids fair to undermine their
sham Union. The correspondent of The Bal
timore .Imcriean says: "The tariff (and here
is a bone of contention for the future of the
Confederacy as well as the present) excites no
little of public attention. Georgia must have
a tariff so must Louisiania, and so must Ala
bama. AU these are manufacturing Stales,
and must havo protection. South Carolina,
Texas, Mississippi, and Florida will not agree
to it. The fight will be conducted on the
same broad principles as In the olden time.
It will rack the new Confederacy as it did the
old and there will come another Secession."
Virginia. The Staunton Spectator express
es the conviction, in which many of our
Southern exchanges concur, that if the people
of the Secceding States had been allowed fair
ly to vote upon the question of ratifying or
rejecting the ordinance of secession, they
would have been rejected in every State ex
cept South Carolina. Wherever the people
have had a fair opportunity of being heard,
and of calmly considering their action, they
have declared strongly in favor of the preser
vation of the Union.
Negroes Recognized as Persons. The fol
lowing is an extract from the Montgomery cor
respondence of The Charleston Mercury ; "On
account of the small size of the future House
of Rcpresentatsves of the Confederate States
under the old apportionment, it is not unlike
ly that it will be altered so as to afford a larger
and more efficient body. It is to be hoped
that a full representation will be piven to negroes
as persons, which would partially remedy the
evil of too small a house." ,
Mrs. Gaines's Claimv The Supreme Court
decided unanimously on the 14th, in favor of
the claim of Mrs. Gaines to the large estate
which has been in controversy for many years
in Louisiana. Although tho act of Secession
provided fhat the legal rights of parties to
suits pending before this tribunal should not
be affected by it, some mode will probably be
found for evading the decree, which involves
several millions of dollars.
John Brown's Gijost. A Charleston corre
spondent of The Richmond Dispatch says :
"Dr. Maddux of Richmond is here, and has
with him the skeletons of two of tho martyrs
that that wicked man Wise, of your State, had
hung at Harper's Ferry." The Mercury man
should look sharp to Dr. Maddux, and not per
mit him to introduce such incendiary documents
into that patriotic city.
Southern Order For Books. One of the
largest firms in Washington, which has done a
great deal of Government work, has an order
for S40,000 worth of blank book3, forms, &c.
from the Southern Confederacy. Part of the
order has been fulfilled. For the most part, it
seems to be but a reprint of the old books of
this Government.
Tennessee. The Nashville Banner savs that
two revolutionary pensioners are still living in
Tennessee : Peter Bashaw of Davidson County,
who will be 98 years of age on the 31st of this
month, and Benjam in Campbell of Lincoln,
who is about 100.' The latter has a son 73
years old-
Kentucky. -The ITopkinsville Press, one of
the first papers in Kentucky to advocate Mr.
Breckinridge, now advises him to resign his
seat in the Senate, and make a place for the
re-election of the Hon. John J. Crittenden.
prepared for the "raftsman's journal."
Lycoming County. On Monday evening the
12th a Mr. Marner found a small box on the bank
of the river opposite the mouth of Pine Creek,
which, on opening, was found to contain the
dead 'body of an iufant. He immediately
called upon the proper officers to hold an in
quest, but on repairing to the spot, it was
found that the corpse had fallen to pieces.
Every thing about it, even the sheet it was
entirely decayed, and those present decided
that nothing could be revealed by an inquest
and therefore, none was held. It was impossi
ble, such was the state of .the body, to tell
anvthing further about it, than that it was tho
dead body of a child. .'. . . A man named
John Fritz, supposed .to be from William
sport was killed on the New York and Erie
Railroad, at Big Flats, last week. He attempt
ed to get on board a train while it was in mo
tion, but missed his footing and was horribly
'crushed by the wheels passing over him. . . .
Some time last Summer, a gold watch belong
ing to a member of Mr. Gould's family (Elijah,
we believed) disappeared from the possession
of William Gould and was not heard of until a
few days ago. By some means a boy, resid
ing near Linden, got the witch and sold it for
fiftv cents. After that it passed through sev
eral hands, in trades, until some dispute arose
about it. Mr. E. Gould traced it into the
hands of a man at Uniontown, and, after des
cribing the watch, it was handed to Mr. G. ;
but was again demanded, and a legal demon
stration made for its recovery. As the cars
were starting. Mr Gould handed back the
watch, and when the cars were in motion, he
seized the man, hauled him aboaid the train
and brought him to Williamsport, where he
was put in charge of a constable. Seeing that
he was in a tight place, the holder of the
watch returned it to Mr. Gould and was then
permitted to go where he chose.
Clarion County. The mail bag was stolen
on the Gth, at Red Bank, by a driver named
Henry Moss, and the money letters abstracted
therefrom. Moss, after his arrest, confessed
that he had been engaged in the business for
some time, and that he had stolen a large a
mount of money and drafts. He was taken to
Pittsburgh for trial in the United States Court.
It is reported that he was unhappy in his mar
ital relations, and feeling that he had not a
future of pleasure, resolved to abandon his
preaent employment and return to his home
in Maine, where, he is respectably connec
ted; but on the low wages of a stage driver
he found it impossible to procure the means
to accomplish his design. Then it was, we
suppose, that driven to desperatien by hjs un
happy situation, and determined by some
means to obtain what he desired, threw aside
his integrity and violated his country's laws.
It is a short, sad romance of real life, and
offers a warning to all. .... On the 11th of
March, William Delo, of Walnut bend, on the
Allegheny river, found the body of an unkown
boy, supposed to be 15 years of age, lying in
tho water, drowned. lie had on a barred
cassimere coat, pants of the same material, a
cotton velvet vest,"hickory shirt,'?stogy boots
and grey socks. A jury was empannelled and
rendered a verdict-ot accidental drowning. . . .
A hew trial had been granted to Shotwell the
murderer of Lewis.
York County. The grocery store of Mr.
Chrislain Mundorff, situated on tho Susque
hanna and Tide Wate: Canal, in Lower
Chanceford township, this county, was de
stroyed by. Gro on Wednesday last Gth inst.,
with all its contents On Tuesday night
the 12th fire was discovered on one of lhe rew
lumber rafts of Mr. J. Smith Wisner, landed
on the shore of Wrightsviile that day, which
partially destroyed some eight or ten layers
of the boards ol a platform. The fire origin
ated on the spot where the raftmen's cabin had
been Mr. Gohn of Wrightsviile, has two
ancient relics a bible and overcoat. The
book is 100 years old, and the overcoat 54.
The coat was his father's wedding garment,
is of blue cloth, swallow-Iail cut, both long
and sharp in its narrative. . . . . Jacob Liep
hart of Lower Windsor township, was sud
denly stricken down by death, whilst at work
in his barn. He was in usual health when he
left the house.
Seedy Seceders Scrambling for Office.
The N. Y. limes, March 13th, says : "Wheth
er or no it be true that black sheep are gree
dier than white ones, is still a subject of dis
pute. But the wild scramble now going on at
Montgomery lor every phantom ollice created
by his Dictatorship Davis, shows conclusively
that the lust for office down there has already
attained a . development that dwindles into
insignificance even the greed of the hungry
hordes which now besiege Washington. Great
numbers of office-seekers have flocked to the
new capital within the last month from South
Carolina, Georgia and Louisiaua. But, un
fortunately, there are found to be far more
applicants for place than there are either pla
ces or spare cash; and the disappointed lire
eaters wander about the muddy streets of the
village," care-worn, disconsolate - and mad.
The other day, some unchivalric wag posted
an advertisement in the Post-office of the
Confederate Capital, announcing that "twenty
five competent accountants" were "wanted by
the Executive at No. 10 Government Uuild
ing" the Treasury Office of the new Gov
ernment. The whole of the inhabitants of the
village, and all the office seeker3 within its
gates, were immediately thrown into the great
est commotion. Everybody rushed to the
barber's to get shaved, everybody hastily
donned clean shirt collars, and all the little
negroes in town were quickly set to work pol
ishing boots and shoes. In less than hilt an
hour an immense array of nicely-dres?ed Fire
eaters were congregated at the doors of the
"Government Building," anxious to see Conn,
or Davis, "or any other man," privately, for
a few moments. For two hours the process
ion kept streaming up the steps of the build
ing, vainly attempting to gain access to No.
10. Finally it was officially announced to the
panting, hungry beagles, that the advertise
ment was a hoax, and that no "competent ac
countants" were wanted. The clean-shaved
gentry, however, immediately had an invita
tion extended to them to enlist in the regu
lar army of the Confederated States, which
magnaninSons offer scattered the host of ap
plicants as rapidly as the first invitation had
gathered them.
Duties on Southern Imports. The tariff
act of the Southern Confederacy is to go into
operation on the 1st of May. It levies duties
as follows :
"Distilled spirits, wines, manufactured to
bacco and glass, 25 per cent ; fancy articles
generally, 20 per cent ; malt liquors, earthen
ware, iron, copper, wood, cottons, hemp, flx,
and substantial manufactures, 15 per cent;
coal, drugn, jewelry, woolens, and iron rails,
10 per cent ; ice, $2 per tun ; sailing vessels,
steamers, munitions of war, arms, works of art,
traders' tools, beef, pork, flour, corn, and cof
fee free." -.',;.
The Charleston correspondent of The Rich
mond Dispclch says : Are you aware that Gov.
Brown of Georgia, the lion. Wm. L. Yancey,
the Hon. Mr. Benjamin, the Hon. Mr. Wig
fall, and most of the leading men in the Se
cession movement, everywhere, are Carolini
ans ?"
. E7Charlcs Francis Adams, it is said, is to
succeed Mr. Dallas at the Court of St. James.
Henry Aucker, an old citizen ot Juniata
county was brutally murdered by two ruffians
who entered the house for tho pnrpose of rob
bing him. Mr. A. was seventy years of age,
and reputed to be wealthy. The Juniata Sen
tinel gives the following particulars of the
murder : "Between seven and eight o'clock,
Saturday evening, two men came; to the bouse
and asked for admission. There were, at the
time, three persons In the honse, Mr. Aucker,
an old lady who acted as housekeeper, and a
grand daughter of Mr. Aucker, aged about
fourteen years. Mr. Aucker and the old lady
had retired. When the two men knocked at
the door, the girl went to her grand-father and
told him that two men desired admission into
the house. Mr. Aucker told the girl to admit
them. As soon as they entered, one sat on the
wood-box near the stove, and the other sat on
a chair near the door at which they entered.
They then inquired of the girl who were in
the house,, who told them, but said they were
both in bed. They then told her that they
whished to see Mr. Aucker, who got up and
came into the room. After conversing with
them on various topics for about fifteen min
utes, he asked them what they wanted. The
large man told him that they wanted his mon
ey. Mr. A. told them that there was uot $10
about the house, and that they might search if
they desired to. He then got up and went to
the door leading to his bed room, over which
hung his rifle. He opened the door and reach
ed for bis gun, and as aoon as he got it in his
possession, the tall man went up to him and
shot him with a pistol through the arm, near
"the elbow. Failing to prostrate bim with the
pistol, he drew from under his garments a
hatchet, and s'ruck him three times on the
head, which caused him to fall on the floor in
an insensible condition. The ruffians, as if
alarmed at their owe work, immediately fled,
w ithout making any search f or what they came
after. The liltle girl ran at once to the near
est neighbor's and gave the alarm, and soon
the whole neighborhood was apprised of the
atrocious murder. Mr. Aueker died in about
an hour and a half alter receiving the injury,
without being able to speak a word. The next
morning a man upon observing tho : tracks
leading from the house, immediately said that
one of the men was John Lovering. Suspi
cion immediately rested upon hini and a man
named Zimmerman, and men started off 'in
pursuit of them. Zimmerman, was arrested
but at once proved his innocence and was dis
charged. Lovering and a man named Samuel
Howder had left Zimmerman's residence a
bout six o'clock on Saturday evening. How
der was arrested iu M'Allisterville about six
o'clock on Sunday evening, and said he had
left Zimmerman's in compauy with Lovering
the evening previous to hunt roots. It was
supposed that Lovering, if iu the country, was
at the house of Peter Varner, in the Shade
Gap of the Shade Mountain, about four miles
north of M'Allisterville. About eight o'clock
a party of men, armed to the teeth, proceed
ed to the house of Varner, which they imme
diately surrounded. On inquiring of Varner
whether Lovering was in the house, he said he
was about somewhere. Some of them entered
he house and after searching, found Lovering
crouched under the bed. A loaded pistol was
found in his possession. - :
Alter the capture of Lovering, Howard turn
ed State's evideuce against him, and related
substantially the above ;icta. The little girl
who was at Ancker's at the time the deed-was
committed, was brought into the office of the
Justice where some twenty-five persons were4
congregated, and she at once recognized Lov
ering as the man who had shot her grandfath
er, although she swore he had whiskers when
he committed the act. Varner then sworo
that he had shaved Lovering on Sunday mor
ning. Both Lovering and "Howard were then
remanded to jail to answer to the charge of
murder. .
A Curious Affair. We presume either
that the following story is a hoax, outright, or
that that the alleged performer of miracles is
some very clever Anderson or Blitz, but give
it as condensed from the Cincinnati Times :
A story is told by the Ranchero, of Corpus
Christi, Texas, of a new Saint, or performer
of miracles, who has made his appearance
dear Camargo, who is doing all manner ol
wonderful things. Great excitement has been
occasioned in Mexico and Western Texas on
account of his mysterious revel tions. He is
alledged to possess the power to feed thous
ands with two or three tortillas (little cakes,)
each one getting all he can eat. It is also al
leged that he cures all diseases incident to
the flesh ; restores sight to the bliud, and tells
Laziirus to take up his bed and walk. We do
-not desire to be thought blasphemous, but the
wonderful tales of this Prophet or Apostle or
Saint, or whatever designation may bo adapt
ed to his mysterious capacity, very closely
resemble the history and fate of the Nazarene,
who gave light and civilization and moral
health to a regenerated world.
The Ranchero continues its story, seriously
(apochryphal as ir may appear.) and winds up
as follows: "No one can tell his name, or
where he came from. He says that he will be
killed in Mexico, and requests that his mur
derer may not be punished. He claims he is
sent on a special mission to the Mexican peo
ple, and that he shall perform many wonder
ful things, and make many disclosures ere he
closes his career. Apparently but sixteen or
seventeen years of age, he has a great beard,
of patriarchal length, and as an evidence that
he is no imposter, it is reported that General
Vidaurri had him cleanly shaven, and then
told him if he was really a man of God, as he
professed, to cause his beaid to reappear upon
his face. The Saint requested his interroga
tor to turn his back for a few moments, which
he did, and after making a prayer and going
through some mj'sterious ceremony, presto !
his face was covered with beard the same as
before. Thus the story goes, and if not true,
certain it is that the Mexicans of this and tho
adjoining counties are swarming thither in
large numbers, and some Americans are pre
paring to go.
U. S. Senate. In spite of the opposition
of the Pro-Slavery Senators, the following res
olution, offered by Mr. Fessenden of Maine
and amended by Mr. Clark of New Hampshire,
was passed on the 14th by the United States
Senate, by a vote of 24 to 10 :
Whereas, The seat occupied by Messrs.
Brown and Davis or Mississippi, Mallory of
Florida. Clay of Alabama, Toombs of Georgia,
and Benjamin of Louisiana, as members of the
Senate, haye become vacant ; therefore
Resolved, That the Secretary be directed to
omit their names respectively from the roll.
"Dixie's Land." Who does not know 'Dix
ie ?" Who don't love "Dixie ?" Wc hear it
on every corner, and drummed on every piano
forte -and even the boys in the street sing,
"I wish I was in Dixie."
The name 'Dixie' is an old long-time name
for the negro idea of Heaven that is, a place
where there is no work, plenty possum, pig
meat, sweet potatoes, hogs, hominy and mo
lasses, all ready for eating. The idea has
been embodied in a song tinder tho title of
"Dixie's Land."
CF"Ripe Strawberries were on sale at Now
Orleans on the 1st inst. At Raleigh, N. C,
on the Gth, the peach trees weie in full bloom,
garden peas in flower, and cabbage plants
quite largo enough to transplant.
Sam Houston. Governor Houston is nn
doubtedly preparing to resist the oligarch!
uiioiiipouuu iu i -jA'ii y lurcw oi arms
submission to the tieonln n .i nut .,.. .
I . ... n ou iniiissiQj,
in fact, but a deliberate fraud, involving
rent submission, but not a real one ; as tim"
was not given for half the counties in the
State to know that it had been even nominal
ly submitted. The total vote for its accen
tance was not one-third of the popular vote ot
the State. Houston is organizing a volunteer
army quietly, bnt rapidly, to resist its enforce
ment. The lawful .Legislature of tbe State
meets very shortly, and if his intended veto of
the ordinance is sustained, as it undoubtedly
will be. by a constitutional number of its nn-m.
bers, he will at once call his volunteers into
the field. As a military leader he is more
than a match for all .the disunion Gentnlj
and Colonels in Texas. The embarrasnu-M in
bis way is the fact that the disunionists Imvu
possession . of all the Government arms and
munitions in the State, and ho will have t..
contend against their so superior armament
with no other weapons and munitions than in
brother farmers individually possess. He has
well nigh two-thirds of the people of the Statu
siding with him foi the Union, and will even
tually establish its authority throughout tlio
Invasion of The North. Some of the fire
eaters seem really to entertain the idea of a:i
invasion of the North. A Charleston corres
pondent of The Richmond Dispatch writes:
The project which I hinted at yesterday of an
invading army, I find is now liie order of tli
day, and that the battle ground will be chang
ed from South Carolina to another locality not
ten thousand niilles from you, Is in my j'i1g.
ment a fixed fact. If I were to predict, that
in sixty days the City of Washington would fa
razed so that a plow share should be run over
the place where now Lincoln nervously rest,
and that magnificent monument of fomu-r
greatness, the Capital, would be blown sky
high, I might not in such a prediction be a f.ilsu
propliet. I, like many a Southern man, h.tve
a few cents invested in that other monument
begun years ago to the memory of Georgu
Washington, which monument, if left to Uiaclc
Kepublicans keeping, I hope to se rent in
twain from top to bottom. Some of your sub
mission readers may call this vandalism! It
matters not with me what they call it; that
monument will never be allowed to stsnd on
Black Republican soil, and you ma' take that
as another pre iiction. It you will look to The
Courier of the date of the 8th inst., you will
see my invading plot hinted at there. "Th?
Southern heart is fired" now, and that fire wilt
not be easily quenched, nor will it be, I fear,
unless it be quenched in blood.
Ad vcrtisrntftitssrt tn targe type, rut, or out of usual
style will be charged double price for spaccoccupitd.
trators' and Executory' notices, SI, 50, eaeh ; and
all other transient Notices a: the sanio ra'eg
ITOK SALE. A good two-horse wngnn with
box, for sale very low. Apply to lieorpe V.
Hex, New Millport, Clearfield co., I'a. M.irJ'i.p.
WASTED A person to dig coal. A gool
chance will be given. Apply to (ie..r:
Tatov about one and a half, miles outh-Ft of
Clearfield Jiorough. . March 20, IStij.
of Administration on the I-'dtate of Janr
Wilaon, late of Chest township, Clearfield con: ty.
Pa., deceased, having been granted to the under
signed, all persons indebted to said estate are re
quired to make immediate payment and those
having claims against the same will present them
duly autheuticated for settlement.
I). J. CAT11CAKT, of Knox tp..
March 20. 18CI-Ct. Administrator.
CAUTION. All persons are hereby caution
ed against buying or in any way meddling
with the following property, now in possession o;
Benjamin F Kline, in Decatur twp., to wit: "no
Iron-gray Horse, one Iron-gray Stud Hor?e. lii
ness for two horses, one 2-horse wagon waoi. .
also one Iron-gray Mare, in possession of 1) 1'
Kline, in Decatur tp . as the above propi rty be
longs to me and is only left with the Klines
loan and subject to my order, or hy tnv njent i'
Decatur tp.. March 16. 1861 pd.
DK. JEFFERSOX LITZ, having loaatcd at Jra
hamton. Clearfield county, l'a., will attend
promptly to all professional business entrusted to
his care.' He nay at all times be found at his of
fice or at the res Jence of Dr. li. F. Akelv.when not
professionally engaged. M.irch'l3, lS'il.
CAUTION. The public are hereby cautioned
against harboring or tr:' sting iny two minor
children. Aquill and Jane Wain, as I am deter
mined to pa no dobts of theircontracting from
this date. IS VIAII.WAIA'.
Grampian Hills.Mnrch 1. lS6!-ml.3-3t.
CAUTION. All persons are hereby cautin
tioned against harboring or trusting uiv s'
John D. Glasgow, as I will pay no debts of hi
contracting from and after thUdate. Ami any
person or persons so harboring him must ahideihe
consequences. JAMES GLASGOW.
Home, March 4, lSGl-ml3-3tp.
Lamp ChinDuy that trill not Break Tin's
great invention commends itself to every one uginjr
Coal Oils Lamps. It gives more light.. requires
less cleaning and will not break by the Leat rr
cold, falling, or any ordinary usage. Forsalelv
Storekeepers generally throughout the U. S.. and
the Canadas. and Wholesale by the Manufacturers
and Patentee. HORNING & HITMt'HKEY.
No. 321, N. Second Street, l'hilad'a.
NB. A large and superior stock of Coal "1
Lamps, always on hand, at prices defying compe
tition. Also, the Portland Coal Oil. at Manufac
turers price. March 13. !Siil-4t.
The undersigned has now on hand, at his Furni
ture Rooms on Market St., Clearfield. Pa., a short
distance west of Lits foundry, a large stock of
manufactured out of the best materials, finished
in a very superior manner, and which he will sell
LOW FOR CASH. His long experience in the bu
siness makes him feel confident that his chair3 ar
mado in a substantial and workmanlike manner,
and will stand the test of trial. rcr?on wishing
to purchase chairs should call at once and get
them while they can be had at the lowest rates
Feb 27, 1S51. - JOHN TROUTMAV
PHIA I Tremendous Erntevteut amons th
Masses EXCITING FOOTRACE hetwten tk
Philadelphia Police and a notorious Forger ana
counterfeiters James Euckcruan Cross Cross
Recaptured It seems to be the general opin
ion in Clearfield, that if Cross had worn a P1'0,
Frank Short's French-calf Boots, that he wooia
not be taken yet. However, Shorty is not nincn
put out at missing his custom; but would an
nounce to all Breckinridge, Douglas, Lincoln a
Bell mrn, and women and children in Clearfieia,
and Sinnemahoning in particular, that he IP'."
pared to furnish them with Boots. Shoes anl wai
ters ot any stvlo or pattern, stiched, sowed or ren'
ged. (and as he is a short fellow) on short totw
All kinds of country produce taken in excuang
and cash not refused. Repairing done m the ne
est manner and charges -moderate, ''"
Shoe Shop on Second Street. rP?SI,f.,?ItJrtT
ver A Co's store. i'KANk s?i
N. B. Finding? f"r Fftle. Avs.2V.Lf-
secession majority of the convention adopting
the State's ordinance of secession was elected
by not a third of the vote of the St-it i.
1 (If
i 3
To insnre attention, the CASH mut accompa
ny notioes, as follows: All Cautions with SI;
Strays, SI; Auditors' noiiaes. G1.50: Adminis.