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Wednesday, January 21, 1846,
Dr. Jacob Zoffrnan.
We would call the attention of the benevolent
public, to the condition of Dr. 'Jacob Hoffman, an
eld and much esteemed resident of this borough.
Hie house, which contained his nearthly all," was li
lately entirely consumed by fire; and he and ids
intnily are thereby, in a measure, dependant upon
the generosity and bounty df their neighbors, to
secure them from want, and prbtect'them from the
pitiless blasts of winter. We hope the friends .of
thin family, as well as the friends of humanity,
will lend their liberal aid, to relieve it in its present
distress, The conflagration of an hour has taken
from Dr. Hoffman those things, around which,
clustered the holiest recollections of hie life; and
that of his family,—which of course, no money
can ever replace. But the necessaries of life, a
liberal pubic con replace by taking a little from
their earthly store—and at the same time, adding
ten thousand times the amount, to their treasure
which is in heaven. Enemy act of kindness, done
to a neighbor in distress, is a new and heavenly
fire, lighted in the soul.
Alit donations which may be made to this un•
fortunate family will be thankfully and gratefully
Messrs. Blanchard, ramaey and Stewart, of
the U. S. Hauer, of Representatives, have our
th.inke for public documents.
Messrs. Gwin and Kunkle of the House, and
Mews. Morrison and Sanderson of the Senate of
Pennsylvania also have our thank■ for valuable
Gl' ft would seem front the last No. of the Hol
lidaysburg Register, that the editor of that paper
has forgotten the amnion that lee made some time
since that the Whig party did not approve of a
strife between their presses, or else he hoe come to
the conclusion that he can run counter to all the
wishes of that party, since he has joined what is
now called the Division Party. Or does he think
to avoid all responsibility by throwing open his col
umns to a gang of low, sneaking, cowardly pup
pie., whose names dare not be given to the public,
when he desires an attack, of a personal character
to be made. Tbie is a course we have never
adopted in regard to the editor of the Register, and
luid thought his character as a gentlernon, if not as
a partizan, would have prevented him from so do
ing. But we were mistaken in our num.
cr7. In regard to the accusation; whether the
Journal is a \Vhtg or a Locofoco paper, we can in-
form our brother of the Register, that we never
have as vet been afraid to support the nominations
of the Whig party: that we never have as yet, as
ked our readers to . scpport the regular nominees of
the Locofoco party: that we have always voted the
whole Whig ticket: that we have never received
PUBLIC PATRONAGE from the Locofoco par
ty as the reward of treachery. Dare our neigh
bor of the Register say A. much? Until he can, we
think modesty. if nothing else, should prevent him
from asking this question, '.ls the Huntingdon
Journal a Whig or Locofoco paper."
cc i 's There was a spirited debate in the House of
Representatives, at Hatristrurg, the other day on
the Oregon resolutions introduced by Mr. Kunkel
of Dauphin. The speeches of Mr. Kunkel and
Mr. M ageehan, are spoken of in the highest terms.
Mr. Mageetian is known to our readers as the popu
lar Whig representative from Cambria county. He
ably represented that county last winter, making
one of the most ready and powerful debaters in the
C 11.1.1111 B. Tom:), of Philadelphia, has
been spoken of as a proper person to be run as the
Whirr candidate for Canal Commissioner. It
would have saved the peopte of this commonwealth
a vast sum of money, if ot.'r public works had long
since been in the hands of such men as Mr. Trego.
TyWe publish at length the address of the
I.Vhig members of the Legislature, calling upon
de Whigs of the several counties of the State to
send delegates to a State Convention, to bo held on
the eleven th da y of March, in the borough of Hap
Tibing. We trust the County Committee of Hun
tingdon will at once make arrangements to have a
county canvention called to appoint delegates to
THAT Dvac. , —We have been otettitably inform
ed that there was a "hoetile meeting" contemplated
between two of the young bloods of this place, not
long since, which worn only prevented by the time
ly interference of mutual friends. Shocking! On
ly think what water it would have taken to wash
the blood out of their gatmcnts, had this affair not
rr,j'The Oregon question ja still under discus.
Atm in Coogrees, and no one knows when it is
likely to come to an end. The Senate, it will be
seen, has postponed the consideration of the sub;
ject teats! the 101 of February. That is, they
have ceased talking. and we eupperee will now
commence hard thinking on the subject. Per.
haps it would be as well for the House to adopt the
Immo course, no that when the time for action comes
01 will be prepared to decide intelligently on this
gzi-We aro informed that the 'mall pox has
made its way to Harrisburg. A general vaccina
tion we think would be prudent.
Whose fault is it?
The great hobby of the dirision men always hae
been ..the delay of justice!" A circumstance
which occurred on Monday last is but one of many
which go to show that "the delay of justice" com
plained of is brought about by the very persons
who prate the loudest about it.
When the trial list was called over the first case
was from Hollidaysburg, and of course, 'snot ready"
—come ten or a dozen other causes in which one er
the other or bath of the parties resided in Hollidays
burg or vicinity were called up, and some excuse
was offered in every case; and they were passed
over. At last they hit upon a case, the parties to
which live in Tell toWn4hip—the farthest township
from Huntingdon in 'the county. The parties
were ready, and the ca We Was TRIED! Cow
-1 inent is unnecessary.
(The last Standard, following in the 'wake of
the Register, published a communicstiOri, calling
our humble self and the citizens of this town gen
erally all manner of hard 'names. If the hirling
scribbler for the Hollidaysburg'speculators only
knew how little those he so fiercely attacks, care
about his sickly assaults, he would perhaps be snore
sparing of his ink and paper. It is not the 'first
time this cat's paw has voltinteered On abuse of us.
iA writer in the last Hollidaysburg Standard
attempts to show that in making Tussey's Moun
tain the line of the proposed division of Huntindon
county, they are only getting a little more than
one half of the assessed valuation, and appears to
think the request very modest and just. We
should not balite least surprised if the Legislature
should happen to check these very modest progres
sive notions of the Hollidaysburg speculators.
co The baiti of A. 0. Mester, near Harrisbur
with its contents, was destroyed by fire on Satur
day last, caused by sparliereated in using a thresh
Cassia. M. Clay is now in New York, and
has been called !upon to make a public address on
the subjeCt of slavery—he is also to lecture in
Good news for Me friends of the Tariff:—lt
will he seen by a reference to our Flarrisburg cor
respondent, that resolutions in favor of the Tariff of
1812, as it is, have been adopted by the Senate of
Pennsylvania. Messrs. Polk and Walker, do you
hear that 1 Will the Locofoen papers that have
recently been denouncing this Tal.iff no oppressive
and unjust, read the Locofoco Senators out of the
party who voted for these resolutions ? We thall
Correspondence of the Iluntinidou
HAHRIRHUHG, Jan. 19, 1839.
My Dear Captain.--Since last I wrote you, a
week has intervened, during which national, rather
than State affairs, has engrossed the attention of the
Legislature. It is amusing for a looker on to wit
ness the petty tricks of Loco Pecos to manufacture
political capital out of every little question which
comes up before the Legislature, and this has been
signally exhibited in their course upon the Resolu
tions of inetruction to Congress on the Oregon
It will be remembered that Mr. Kunkel introdu
ced into the House a Resolution asserting our title
to that Territory to be clear and indisputable and
recommending immediath notice to be given to G.
Britain of the intention of the United States to
terminate the joint occupancy, and also recom
mending the protection of our Government to set
tled therein. This was what every oho supposed
the Locos would go in fur. But no ;—B is not
Oregon they want, but to make political capital out
of it, and accordingly Mr. Burnside, stealing the
I I idea, and almost the language fromgMr. Kunkel'.
Resolution, offers a substitute, the same in nub
! stance, differing only in its being less explicit and
forcible than the original. By a vote of the party,
Mr. K's Resolution, is stricken out, and this substi
tute inserted, Next comes Mr. Burrill with a clap
trap designed to place the Whigs in a false posi
tion, namely an additional Resolution expressing
entire confidence in the President and Senate of
the United States to settle this business either by
treaty or otherwise to the entire satisfaction of Pa.
This was also agreed to, by a party vote and the
Resolutions passed on Second reading, in the fol
lowing form —the Preamble being the. production
of Judge Brackenridge of Allegheny, viz:
"Whereas, the right of the United States, to the
country extending from latitude 42 dg. to 54 dg.
40 minutes, called Oregon is clear and well estab
lished by prior discovery and occupancy, and by
the treaty whit Spain of 1819—and whereas this
right has been demonstrated to be superior to the
adverse claim of Great Britain to the said country
or any part thereof—Therefore,
Resolved, That our Senators in Congress be in
structed and our Representatives requested to vote
for the notice to Great Britain of the intention of
the United States to terminate the joint occupancy
of the Oregon Territory and to vote for the exten
sion of our laws over our citizens now in said ter
Resolved, That while we belieie our title to the
Oregon Territory is clear, wo entertain full conli
dence that in the controversy with the Government
of Great Britain, in relation thereto, the interests of
the country and the honor of the nation are sails
in the hands of the President and Senate of the
United States; whether that controversy shall be
terminated by negotiation or otherwise."
The question being then on the final passage of
these Resolutions, the rules of the House, you are,
aware, require the whole to be swallowed together
or not at all. Herein lay the trick: The Wbigs
must either go in for the adulation and endorse.
ment of James K. Polk in advance, or vote against
the Oregon Resolutions. The Whigs had no ob
jections to express their assent to to the conduct of
the President hitherto in this matter, which the
passage of the first resolution would in effect do,
but to approve in advance of what his yielding to
Southern influence might yet do, they bad no no
' lion—nor did they, except in two or three instances.
The scheme was ably exposed by Messrs. Kunkel,
Megeban, Nicholson and ethers, and a good deal of
eloquent and sound debate was elicited during the
various stages and phases of the Resolutions.
Judge Brackenridge of Allegheny made a very able
speech showing from historical facts the falsity of
the attempt of Mr. Burrill to identify the Whig
party of the present day with the anti-war party of
1812. His argument was unanswered and unan
swerable. The vote was taken this morning on
the final passage of the foregoing Resolutions.
when they were agreed to by a vote of 67 to 24,
Messrs. Bighorn and [Brackenridge of Allegheny,
' two or three others being the only Whig,' who vo
ted in the affirmative. Had it not been for the we
ond Resolution the vote I apprehend whould have
been almost unanimous. Mr. Kunkel will enter on
the Journals his reasons, together with 'those of
others who agree with him, for voting against the
Resolution. as above.
Tux Team RESOLUTIONS have also been dis
posed of in one branch of the Legislature. Mr.
Sterigere 'from the select committee to whom that
portion of 'the Governor's message which relates to
this subject was referred, reported the following
Preamble and Resolutions which were unanimous
ly adopted and sent to the House yesterday, viz:
WHEREAS, the Tariff of 1842, producesno more
than sufficient revenue to defray the necessary ex
penses of the General Government, and only affords
an adequate incidental protection to American in
dust?), and American manufactures against foreign
competition and foreign policy, and a ceneequent
encouragement to commercial enterprise, to agri
cultural pursuits, and to the developement of our
own internal resources.
Ant lErtx.t's, it is believed that the people of
Pennsylvania are opposed to any alteration in the
existingtarifl; Until further experience has shown
that a modification is required to secure a continu
ance of inch protecticin, and to promote their gen
eral welfare. Therefore
Resolved, That,our Senatdrs and Representa
tives in Cobgress be and the some are hereby re
quested. to oppose all attempts to alter or Modify
the tariff set of the 30th of Aiigust, 1842.
Resolved, That the Governor hr requested to
transmit a copy of the above 'preemblo and resolu
tion to each of our Senators and Representative.
It will be observed that the force of the above
instructions is considerably weakened by the rea
sons given in the preamble; and an attempt was
made by Mr. Anderson still further to fritter away
the same, by a preamble which he offered, declaring
in effect that the tariff act of 1842 is unequal and
unjust, yet all things considered, he would agree to
let it alone for the present. This received eleven
oco votes, but not a single Whtg one—and
was not agreed to.
I'AymENT or INTEnzsr.—ln the House Mr.
Burrill, from the Committee of Ways and Mean.,
yesterday reported a Bill for the payment of inter
est on the funded debt of the Commonwealth for
the current fiscal year, which was read a second
and third time and passed. it is in the following
he it enacted, &e., That the sum of $1,886,581
76, he and the same is hereby appropriated to the
payment of the funded debt of this Commonwealth,
which will fall due on the let February and let
August, i 846: Provided, That the payment hereby
authorised shall he made in such funds as may be
in the Treasury; an'd such portion of said funds as
may not be par in the city of Philadelphia, shall be
paid out in proportion to the several amounts due
for interest provided for by this net.
'l'sx o:v Coat.—Mr. Hill, of Montgomery, offer
ed a resolution yesterday instructing the Commit
tee of Ways antf Menne to Inquire into the expe
diency of laying a tax of 10 cents per ton on An
thracite Coal and 4 mills per bushel on Bituminous
Coal; which gave rise to a warm and protracted dis
cussion and resulted finally in the exprelision of no
vote of the House upon the question, but in a re
commendation to the committee to consider well
the suggestions of the State Treasurer, relative to
the necessity and mode of increasing the Revenue
of the Commonwealth. 'fire Bens° of the House
appears decidedly against the laying of such a par
tial tax—the selecting of mete article for apecific im.
position. Indeed it would seem just as proper to
tax lumber, potatoes, wheat, or any other comfit)-
! dity which is the prodUce of labor.
Waist:m-0n motion of Mr. Connor, the
Committee of Ways and Means was directed to
inquire into the expediency of taxing Whiskey
tilled to this Commonwealth--and on motion of
Mr. Starr, the same Committee was desired to in
quire into tho propriety of taxing Steamboats, Ca
nal boats, Locomotive Engines, Cars, Omnibuasea,
Cabs and Stage Coaches, in the same ratio as oth
er personal property is now taxed.
Thns it will be seen that much important bust.
news has already been agitated'in the Legislature,
whilst but little has yet been finally disposed of in
both Houses. The Oregon Resolutions and the
interest appropriation have passed in the House,
whilst the Senate has passed the Tariff Resolutions
So short a time has yet elapsed since the appoint
ment of the Standing Committees that but little
opportunity has been afforded them to mature for
this action of their respective Houses, the business
referred to thetn. The following are the Commit
tees of the House, announced, as wee anticipated,
on Monday last, viz:
Ways and Means..--Messrs. Burril, Burnside
Merryileld, Trego, Gtey, Nicholson, and Hallo
well. . .
J udiciary.--Alessre. Burnside, Eldred Kunkel,
Bigham, ()win, Haley, Enue, and Knox.
Claims.—Mesors. Armstrong, Murphy, Larkin,
Clark, MeCrua3, 1 ves, and Pernon.
Agriculture.—Me ens. Power, Cross, Pomroy,
(Mercer,) Chestnut, ;input, Snyder, Morrison.
P ens i ons and Gratuities.—Messrs. James, Funs
ton, Matthias, McAbee, I'ussett, McClelland, and
Stewart, of Franklin.
Domestic Manufactures.—Messrs. Taggart,
Wadsworth, Rider, Pomroy, Daley, Mitchel and
Accounts.—Messrs. Conner, Steller, Price, Bird,
Dotielson, Strauss, and Stough.
Education.—Messrs. Trego, Staler, Johnson,
Forsythe, McFarland, Shuman, and Broughner.
Vice and Immorality.—Messts. Pension, McC
dy, Boyer, Wilson, Ladley, Jacobs, and Hoffman.
Militia Svatem.—Mesers. Rider, Wiest, Burns,
Worrell, Galloway, and Hiland.
Election Districts.—Messrs. Dolts, Warman,
Haymaker, McCurdy, Keller, Morrison, Owen.
Banks.---Messrs. Samuels, Piolet, Burrel, Hi
land, Kline, Barber, and Steel.
Estates and Escheats.—Messrs. Mageehan,
Brackenridge, Bartholomew, Van Hoff, Matthias,
Edie and Knox.
Roads and ISridgeo,Meaws.Stewart, (Lycom
ing,) Starr, Thomas, Buchman, Wilson, Levan,
Local Appropriations.—Mesars. Tice, Royer,
Price. Strauss, Donate., Cross, and Larkin.
Corporations.—Messre. Campbell, Cochran,
Webb, McFarland, Bird, and Robinson.
Lands—Messrs. I-jallowell, Worrell, Means,
Bossier, Rupert, Clarke, and Bartholomew.
Compare Bills.—Messrs. Bright, Enue, Shuman,
Van Hoff, and Jacobs.
Printing.—Barber, Cochran, and Murphy.
Library—Mesere Gray, I.Vebb, and -liineline,
Inland Navigation.—Messrs. Merryfield, Eldred,
Forsythe, Piolet, Bighorn, Patterson, Bayley, Hill,
(Fayette) Power, Bright, Nicholson, Burns.
Ketren'chment anti Reform.--Messrs. Hill,
(Montgomery) Kline, Boughman, Edie, Conner,
Means, and M'Curdy.
Petitions are pouring into the Legislature from
all quarters of the Common Wealth on ail sorts of
subjects; but the favorite speculation seems to be
projects for new counties. The property-holders
in some inland town, take it into their heads to
raise the' rice of their piaperty, and accordingly a
subscription is raised to pay the expenses of one or
two borers at the Capitcl, who wend their way
thither, laden with petitions signed by these specu.
lators and their friends and a host of others, (who
neither know or care for any thing beyond seeing
their names on paper, and who would just as soon
sign the remonstrance 'as the petition were it pre
sented to them—but the petitions go foremost.) A
map is laid out with this favorite spot as the centre
of the new county, and by consequence, it Must be
the county seat. So it goes. Petitions for more
than a dozen are now before the Legislatuie. Noth
ing more has been done with . 4 Bla'ir" except that
petitions are occasionally presented by your worthy
Representives—perhaps the petitions of last Session
withdrawn and re-introduced.
The idea seems to prevail here pretty generally
that a Rail Road continuous from Phila. to Pitts
burg ought to be authorised, and the Philadelphians
seem to say that they are confident it can and will
be done, if a fair and liberal charter is granted by
the Legislature. The members of the Legislature
seem pretty generally to favor the project too, al
though the subject has not yet been introduced in
to the Legislature in n tangible form except by pe
From the Pennsylvania Inlelligeneer. ,
To the 'Whig party of the State of
At a meeting of the Whig members of the
Pennsylvania Legislature, held in Harrisburg, Jan.
13th. 1846, the following resolution was unani
mously adopted, viz
Resolved, That a committee of three be appoin
ted to prepare a call for a Whig State Convention,
to be held in Harrisburg, on the 11 th day of March,
1846, for the purpose of nominating a candidate
for the office of Canal Commissioner, arid that said
call be published, with the names of the Whig
members of the Legislature appended.,
J. P. SANDERSON, Pree't.
Timm. NICHOLON, Secretaries.
Jour( R. Erns.
In accordince with the foregoing, the committee
intrusted with that duty, respectfully submit the
The Whig members of the General Assembly, I
now in session at Harrisburg, on consulting togeth
er in relation to matters important to the interests
of the Commonwealth, find that no provision has
been made for nominating a Whig candidate for
the office of CANAL COMNISSIONEH, to be voted
for at the ensuing General Election in October.
Tho office is ono of high responsibility and im
pedance—its patronage is extensive, and its influ
ence upon the finances of our State, immense.
The present crisis of affairs in Pennsylvania, im
peratively demands that the office should be filled
by a man of integrity and sound principles—hon
est and capable—not to be corrupted by grasping
selfishness, nor diverted from the straight forward
course of duly, by party fear or political favor.
The wasteful extravagance of the dominent party
has involved our State in an enormous debt of over
forty millions of dollars—our taxes are enor
mous—the honest farmer and the hard-working
mechanic have been deluded and deceived by in
correct financial statements, made for party purpos
es—and hungry office-holders have fattened on the
public resources, while the Commonwealth has been
brought to the verge of bankruptcy. All these evils
are justly chargeable upon the party in power, and
we believe the time has come for the V 1 higs of the
State to arouse to energetic action, and endeavor to
put a stop to the continuance of such monstrous
abuses. The first step in the accomplishment of
this great end, is an earnest effort to secure the
election of a sound Whig, as Canal Commissioner.
Let a candidate be selected of known integrity, of
competent talents, of practical ability, thoroughly
aCquainted with the State, and possessing a perfect
knowledge of the public works--let him receive
the cordial support of the Whig party of the State,
and the probabilities are strong that his election will
be secured, and a check at once be placed on the
irregular, eicessive and ruinous policy of those in
Another subject of deep interest to the whole
people of the State, is the evident intention on the
port of the State Administration, to abandon the
Protrctive Policy. The recent annual message of
the Governor, leads irresistably to this belief.
('ending the late Presidential election, the "Tariff
of '42" was inscribed on the banners of the Loco
loco party. Now these banners are no longer viol
ble, and the message of the Executive advocates,
clearly and decidedly, a ..lierentse Tariff, with in
eidoital protection ;" and the same ruinous senti
ments have been openly avowed by leading Demo
crats on the floor of the House of Representatives.
—For the first time in the histruy of our State, has
this doctrine been avowed among us, by any Ad
ministration—for the tirst time has a Governor of
Pennsylvania dared to dei - ert the true interests of
the State, and prove recreant to that policy which
protects alike the farmer, the mechanic and the
matte faeturer, and promotes the prosperity of all.
Shall not the rebuke be speedy and effectual/
Will not every man, whether Whig or Democrat,
who regards his own interests, who loves hie State,
and woutd soo it free from the embarrassment of
debt, and its people thriving, successful and happy,
repel this monstrous aggression upon the protective
In this emergency it behooves the Whig party to
act promptly, and with vigor.—The State Admin
istration has truckeled to the free-trade policy of a
Southern President, and a strong reproof from the
Whig party, and from all who regard the substan
tial interests of the State, more than an adhesion to
party, should be given without delay. We trust
that the voters of Pennsylvania will be no longer
deceived by the false professions of political leaders
—we trust that every man who reads and thinks,
will examine and see for himself, this political
treachery—we trust that the intelligent voters of
every county, township and ward, will rally as one
man, denounce the shameful derelictions of Loco
foco leaders, and unitedly sustain, with a cordial
action, the Whig policy of a PROTECTIVX TAIIII7
—a policy essentially necessary to develope the re
sources, and aecuie the prosperity of the State, and
properly to rewaril the industry and :enterprise of
In view of this postlion of affairs, the Whig
members of the Senate and House of Representa•
tives, 'believe it to be their duty to suggest that the
Whigs of the State meet in State Convention, for
the purpose of nominating a Candidate for Canal
Commissioner—of deliberating upon subjects es
sential to the welfare of the State, and of making
arrangements for a strong, decided, and overwhelm
ing expression of opinion at the ballot boxes in Oc
tober. They accordingly recommend, that the usu
al number of delegates be immediately chosen in
the several counties of the Commonwealth, and
that the Convention asseinble in Harrisburg, on
Wednesday, the 11th daY of March next.
William A. Crubb,
George Darsie, .
James D. Dunlap,
Joseph fi. Quay, ,
John P. Sanderson,
A. Herr Smith,
C. C. Sullivan,
_ . Senator,.
Thomas J. Bighorn,
IL M. Brackenridge,
Thomas G. Connor,
Theo. D. Cochran',
John R. Edie,
Wm. W. Italy,
John B. Ju4.071.
Thomas B. Jacobs,
John C. Kunkel,
Jahn Larhin, Jr.,
M. Dan Mageehan,.
John AP Crum,
Daniel M' Curdy,
John M. Pomeroy,
Jacob G. Shaman;
Thomas, C. Steel,
Philip D. Thomas,
Charles 11. Tregi,,
Members of the House
Harrisburg, Jan; 15, 184 G.
Correspondence if the Pa. Telegraph.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 1945,
On Friday morning after the call for reports, dt.c
from Committees, the House resumed the debate.
upon resolutions, to give the notice to Great Brit-
Mr. Giles, of Maryland, having the floor, sup.
ported the resolution in a well committed speech;
abounding in beautiful figures, and well turned pe
riods. The speech was evidently intended for
home manufacture, and may add to the gentleman's
popularity a little in the Monumental City. Ho
paid a high compliment to John Q. Adams, for his
course upon the question before the House, and
wound up with a well worded compliment upon the
"Old Maryland line." His speech had not the
stVrtling effect upon the members, and the ladies in
the gullery--to whom he paid a passing compli
ment; as the time and trouble spent in its prepare
' lion, should have commanded. Whenthe hud con
Mr. Levin took the floor upon the same side, and
was descanting in glowing language upon our
right to the whole of Oregon, and pleasing the ears
of the war party, delightfully indeed, when one of
the gentlemen, in churchmanlike style, responal
to Mr. L. in soto yore, ' , Good." Upon the instant
the Speaker turned in the direction of the voice,
remarking that he went for Oregon only on Native
American grounds. He, Mr. L., is a good debater,
but was evidently better at home on Nativism.
When he concluded, Mr. Hunter, of Va., took
the floor, but gave way for e motion to adjourn over
SATURDAY, Jan. 10,1846.
Before the Oregon question was resumed, while
the House was engaged in receiving reports from
Mr. liudson, of Mass., rose to a question of priv
ilege. He held in hie hand the "Union," the offi
cial paper of the Administration, in which a wanton
attack was made upon him, for some remarks
which fell from him in debate the other day, rela
tive to the delay, in furnishing documents ordered
by Congress. In calling the attention of the House
to the subject, he proceeded to say, that the remarks
in the paper was a violation of the constitution,
which dietinctly says—"that no member shall be
questioned elsewhere, for remarks rondo in his place
in Congress." He regarded the author of the ar
ticle in the Union, (John P. Heise) as an officer of
the House, and would merely lay the facts before
the body for their consideration.
Mr. GinasT DAVIA rose and o)
tion to the effect, that the said Jt
officer of the House of llepreientate
kiting the constitution, be expelled
red a resoiu•
P. Heirs, an
I, in thus via
)en this Rouse.
This caused greet confusion in all parts of the
Hall. Mr. Bayley, of Va., endearred to exeu:-
pate the editor, (John P. Heis) but made a poor
business of it.
Mr. Davis rose in support of his resolution, and
was giving a dispassionate statement of the whole
affair, when McConnel, of Ale., whom your read
ers, I presume, know by reputation, called Mr. D,
to order, and went on to say, that if Mr. D. "was
defending Mr. Hudson, it was a dirty business, in
dirty hands." 'Thin remark front a respectable
source might have bed the meant of causing se
rious consequences, but the only, nd we deem it
the proper reply, Mr. D. made, wait that he wished
the House to understand, that he paid no attention
toe "drunken blackguard." Ttie 'excitement here
upon was Intense for a few minutes. M'Connell
was quite drunk, nothing unusual however, end
stood in the centre of the floor, attitudininzing and
throwing back his heed, making divers pugilistic
demonstrations to his desk. Order was finally re
stored, and the vote being taken upon the resolu
tion, it was of course, by a patty vote, laid sport
It is too bad that the conduct of the Hon. mem
ber from Alabama is tolerated. He appeared in
the House this morning with a Mexican blanket
about his shoulders, i. e. a blanket, in which a hole
was cut in the centre, through which his head was
thrust, the folds falling loosely about his shoulder..
The de;n;le the resolution to give the no
tice to Great Britain, was then culled up.
Mr. Hunter, of Va., having the floor from Pd.
day. He was opposed to giving the notice. Ha •
knew if we did, so, we wc•ild have war, end the
injury to the country would be very great, no mat
ter how well prepared ,we might be. His policy
would be, to refrain from giving the notice, and the
tide of population, which is pouring into that Ter
ritory, in a few years would gain it for ce without
a war. In conclusion, he said we should exhaust
all mean, of peace, before we ever thought of war.
Mr. Kennedy, of Indiana, a rabid local:leo, fol
lowed Mr. H. and went in for the whole country
west of the Rocky Mountains. He endeavored to
be very happy in some of his reniarks, and laid the
compliments very thick upon 1,4 consiituents. Ono
of these is perhaps original. Ills constituent had
fought with red men, and wrestled with bars (team),
He grew very warm, but thb Potomac river still
flows peacefully on, and looks very little like its
having been on lire.
The Senate adjourned on Thursday, over to
Monday. Next week will be one of excitement io
both branches. Yours, tru!y, $.
Important from IVloxico.
ISIICLT TO TOM AXERICAX
U. S. ship St. Mary's, which carried out Mr. Sli
dell, the American Minister to Mexico, returned to'
Pensacola, on the 2,1 inst., in ten days from Vera
(ruz, with important despatches for Government.
A letter in the Mobile Register, dated Pensacola,
Jan. 3, says:
Up to the time I write, no one front shore had
boarded her, but several hod come ashore front her.
She is understood to bring large despatches for our
government. Those who came from her report
(and the report le credited) that our Minister was
badly received by the Mexican government, and
was in fact insulted, Another version of the story,
is, that he was not received and recognized as such
stall. R'el. Vowever, resolve thernselvee
pretty much into the ammo thing. This statement
has errated ror little excitement here, end if true,
as I have but little doubt one le the other is, it is
presumed that the entire Gulf squadron will shortly
appear before Vera C•rnr.
It is believed hero that this is another fruit of .
British intrigue and British diplomacy., If so, it
doubtless looks to a declaration of war by that gov
ernment against us.
The U. S. brig of war Somers sailed from Pen
sacola the morning of the 29th ult., with despatel4
es from tho Goveinmeni at W'achington for our
Atinister at Mexico.
(0 - • The Hon. Charles McClure Secreting •of
the Commonwealth during the latter part of Oev.
Porter's administration, died at Allegheny City on'
the 10th inst. Mr. H. was a gentlemen of fine
attainments, and generally beloved for his kind auto
gentlemanly disposition. ;.•
Dn. KERR, lb; LOCOfil co candidate, was twa
the 13th inst., elected Mayor of Pittsburg, by ►ol`
Reporled for the "Journal."
U. S. Senate at Hantingdon.
THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 1846.
The Senate was called to order by the
Speaker, who announced that the hr clay
minute rule would be enforced.
The credentials of Messrs. Duff of La.
McMurtrie of Md., and Armitage Of !
Florida, were presented, and those ge ts- '
tlemen assumed seats in the Senate.
The Bill for the reduction of duties be
ing fur discussion, and Raymond of Va.
entitled to the floor, gave way for th
Senator from Pa., Mr. Wharton, who op
the Bill must strenuously, and was
followed by Mr. Creiner of Vt., on the i
same side. Messrs. Campbell of Md ., 1
Itiyinoutl of Va., Cornyn of 'Fenn.. •
Cresswell of Tenn., Williamson . Of N. J .
Blair of S. C., and Henderson of Mich.,
participated in the debate which was pro- . jA
tracted to a late hour. The Speaker call. AO
ed Mr. Campbell of Mil. to the chair in I
order to address the Senate, bat gave
way fur a motion to go into executive ses
Senate adjourned to Thursday 22nd
Appointment by the Executive e ith the
advice and consent of the Sedate—G.
W. Woodward. to be a justice on the
Supreme Bench, vice lion. HeOry