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Huntingdon, Wednesday, December 30, 1846.
From the news published in another
column, we are led to believe that the
prospect of a speedy peace with Mexico
is not at all flattering. The greatest
activity appears to prevail among the
Mexican people, and great enthusiasm
seems to be felt among them in regard
to carrying on the war. Santa Anna,
Mr. Polk's peace agent, appears to be
very popular with his troops, and all in
dications favors the belief that he in
tends making a very formidable demon
stration at San Louis. We certainly
tope for peace, but can as yet see nothing
but war in the prospect.
" How stands the chance of our old
friend, Gen. IRVIN, for a nomination 1"
is a question almost daily propounded
to us by our Whig friends from the
country. We answer, as fair as his
most sanguine friends could desire.—
Gem IRNIN will undoubtedly be the
Whig and Tariff candidate, and will
therefore as certainly be Pennsylvania's
The State Convention will consist of
133 delegates, fifty-five of whom have
already been appointed. Of these, 44
are understood to be in favor of Gen.
Irvin, 8 in favor of Mr. Cooper, and
3 doubtful. The counties yet to ap
point will not materially vary this pro•
The last Globe charges " treason"
upon all who dare call in question the
propriety of the Mexican war; but for
gets to make one word of comment upon
the treasonable conduct of Jas. K. Polk,
in sending Santa Anna home to Mexico,
to unite his distracted countrymen, and
then to lead them on to battle against
the American Army. It forgets, we say,
to tell its readers, about this treasonable
transaction. And who can deny but
what Mr. Polk has done so I—and who
will deny, that in doing so, he either
acted the part of a fool or a traitor 1
The Globe can take for its "worthy
Democratic Chief Magistrate" which
ever horn of the dilemma is best suited
to its taste."
Severe Gale—lujury to a Church.
QThe Baptist Church in Duncans
ville, Blair county, was unroofed and the
gable end blown in, during the severe
storm of wind on Sunday last. The
congregation were at service in the build
ing at the time ; and although several
were injured, we are pleased to learn
that no lives were lost. The names of
the injured are—Mrs. Burbank & daugh
ter, the former receiving a severe cut in
the face—the latter her arm broken;
Melinda Stehley severely bruised, de
priving her of reason ; Charlotte Stover,
also much bruised and one of her ancles
The damage to the church is said to
be considerable. We received the above
information verbally, but have no doubt of
its correctness. The sufferers have our
CONFLAGRATION AND Loss OF LIFE.-
We are informed by a gentleman from
Tod township that, during the last week,
while Mr. Wm. Houck, of that town
ship, was absent from his house, it took
fire from causes unknown, and together
with his wife—the only inmate—who
was old and infirm, was burnt to ashes
before assistance could be rendered. Mr.
H. at first hoped that his wife had gone
to some neighbor's house, but imagine
his feelings when, lifter a search, he
found her bones among the ruins!
U Capt. Samuel D. Karns, says the
Pittsburg American, has been appointed
Sutler to the First Regiment of Penna.
Volunteers. Although we regret to lose
the Captain, we are exceedingly well
pleased with his appointment to any
post which will be of advantage to him.
[D- Proposals will be received by the
Managers of the Lewistown and Tusca
rora Bridge Company, until the 16th of
January next, for the erection of a bridge
across the Juniata, at Lewistown. We
state this for the benefit of bridge-build
D- Hon. John Blanchard has ou r
thanks for recent favors.
TEA AND COM3E.
In regard to the propositions of Messrs.
Polk and Walker, to lay a tax upon tea
and coffee, the Philadelphia Sun holds
the following language :—" Grown by
habit into a necessary of life, because
cheap and within the range of all—why
should these comforts of our temperate
population be torn suddenly from them,
by a heavy taxation, which will, per
haps, influence thousands to resort to
I whiskey, as a substitute for them 1 Have
statesmen so little ingenuity—have they
so little principle—so little shame—so
little humanity, as to belie all their pro
fessions of "free trade"—and love for
the people—by selecting for taxation,
two articles that are so necessary to the
virtue and comfort of our population 1
If they have no consistency as politi
cians—they ought to have the common
humanity that glows in every bosom, not
dead to the sympathy of sound hearts.
On what principle do they act 1 Caprice,
we know, is a feature of absolute power
—but caprice seldom seeks to gratify
whims, by cruelty. Are there Iko other
objects for taxation—no objects of luxury
I —no objects that are evil in their tenden
cies, and frightful in their consequences,
and which would not only better bear to
be taxed, but which to tax, would benefit
the whole country 1 Why not impose a
tax on distilleries, instead of tea and cof
fee 1 Why not tax rum, whiskey, brandy,
and other forms of poisonous beverage,
instead of the sweet plant of China, that
never rises to the brain, and the aromatic
berry of Java, whose medical virtues are
like balm to the worn and wearied sys
tem 1 Are they governed by a desire to
cause as much suffering and zoo to hu
manity, as bad laws, conceived in the
spirit of fiends, can inflict upon men 1
Where is the generous impulse, the wise
counsel, the lofty views that ought to
characterize the Christian Statesman of
a great Republic 1 Alas ! for the people
who have such rulers ! that they cannot
mingle one feeling of the soul with the
cold calculations of a selfish head, prone
to reckless schemes of desperate ambi
tion. Thank God ! Power is still re
sponsible in this country to the people.
We have yet a free press, and bold hearts,
who will repel oppression and expose the
errors of government to the understand
ings of the people—and their guilt to
their resentment, their judgment, and
Clerk of the House.
The Daily Chronicle says
" We understand that David Fleming,
, of Harrisburg, will be a candidate
for Clerk of the House of Representa
tives of Pennsylvania, at the next ses
sion of the Legislature. Mr. F. is known
to us as a gentleman of distinguished
ability, well acquainted with the duties
of the office, and we are certain he would
make a very efficient and popular offi
cer. He is peculiarly fitted for this re
sponsible post, and not wishing to dis
parage the claims of other candidates,
one or two of whom are our personal
friends, we are of opinion that lie is one
of the most capable among the candi
dates named for the clerkship."
We cheerfully and advisedly endorse
all that is said in the above, as regards
The above is the title of the new com
pany formed in Harrisburg, and not Go
vernor's Guards, as stated in our last.
The roll of this company contains 118
names. The officers are of the very
best material in the place—young, ar
dent and daring—equal to, and ready
for, any emergency. They are com
posed of the following gentlemen :
First Lieut.—P. H. McWilliams.
2d. Lieut.—D. J. Unger.
3d Lieut.—l. S. Waterbury.
We congratulate the above named
gentlemen (in each of whom we recog
nize a former friend) on their success.
And it is almost needless to add, that
they have our heartfelt wishes for their
safe and speeedy return to the domestic
and social circles, of which they now
at the call of their country, take their
They left Harrisburg on Saturday
last, en route for Pittsburg, there to be
mustered into service in the 2d Regi
[D.- The Globe calls the Baltimore
Sun a neutral paper. It is " one more
of the same sort" as the Philadelphia
Ledger, and owned by the same men ;
professedly neutral, but really one of the
rankest free-trade Locofoco papers in
(I- The Washington (Pa.) Reporter
records no less than three cases of death
from intemperance, in that vicinity, and
all under the the most appalling circum
First Regiment of Volunteers.
The First Regiment of Pennsylvania
Volunteers was mustered into the ser
vice of the United States, last week, at
Pittsburg. The election for field officers
resulted as follows :
F. M. Wynkoop, 310
W. F. Small, 306
A. L. Roumfort, 253
E. Trovillo, 16
FOR LIEUT. COLONEL.
Samuel W. Black, 452
R. K. Scott, 282
J. G. Moorhead 144
F. L. Bowman, 491
J. C. Brown, 334
G. C. McClelland, 23
Jno. C. Gilchrist, 20
Alex. W. Foster, 1
Col. Wynkoop is a member of the
Pottsville company; Lieut. Col. Black,
of the Pittsburg Blues ; and Major
Bowman, of the Wyoming Artillerists.
They are all excellent officers, and will
do credit to the regiment.
Col. Wynkoop has appointed Lieut.
Alex. Brown (from Capt. Hill's Com
Corporal J. Egbert Farnum, (from
Capt. Nugle's Company) of Pottsville,
Edward Havilland (from Capt. Scott's
Company) of Philadelphia, Quarter
The officers and companies composing
the first Regiment, left Pittsburg in
steamboats, for New Orleans, on the
21st and 22d inst.
Pennsylvania Again Ready.
The services of the following compa
nies have been tendered and accepted,
to compose the 2d Regiment called for
from Pennsylvania, to serve in the war
against Mexico, viz :
Columbia Guards, Danville, Capt. J
Cambria Guards, Ebensburg, Capt
Westmoreland Guards, Greensburg,
Capt. John W. Johnston.
Fayette Volunteers, Uniontown, Capt.
E. F. Roberts.
German Grays, Pittsburg, Capt. V
Cameron Guards, Harrisburg, Capt
E. C. Williams.
American Highlanders, Cambria co.,
Capt. J. W. Geary.
Reading Artillery, Reading, Capt. T.
National Rangers, Philadelphia, Capt.
One company in the interior has been
accepted, but has not yet answered. It
will probably march.
Loss of A PALLET SHIP.—The Phila
delphia Packet Ship, Thomas P. Cope,
was struck by lightning on the 29th ult.
on her way from Philadelphia to Liver
pool. Every effort was made to extin
guish the fire, but in vain. Ship and
cargo proved a total loss. Passengers
and crew saved. This vessel belonged
to T. P. Cope & Co., Philadelphia, and
is spoken of as one of the finest ships
belonging to that city.
V-The Philadelphia North American
says that the Commissioners of Spring
Garden have passed resolutions to sub
scribe for 2000 shares in the Pennsyl
vania Railroad. Kensington, we learn,
is about to follow suit.
The Harrisburg Argus says :—" The
'Cameron Guards,' of this place, have
in their ranks some of the 'tallest kind'
of soldiers. One of the men measures
six feet five and a-half inches, and we
understand there are about twenty-five
in the company who will measure over
six feet in height."
CANAL COMMISSIONEII.-It will be seen
by a resolution which we publish, that
the Whigs of Union county have de
clared in favor of Wm. TWEED, Esq., of
Northumberland county, as the next
Whig candidate for Canal Commission
er. A better or more available candi
date could not be selected.
candidates for the command of the Penn
sylvania, New York, and Massachusetts
brigade, are—Gen. Cadwnlader, of Phi
ladelphia; Gen. Ward, of West Ches
ter, and James Watson Webb, of New
Ot- A meeting of the friends of the
Central Railroad was held in Lewistown
on the 22d inst. Dr. J. B. Ann presi
ded. Jas. K. Kelly, Esq., addressed the
meeting; after which committees were
appointed to solicit further subscriptions
to the stock of this great enterprize.
JOHN C. REYNOLDS, of M'Vey
town, Mifflin county, has been appoint
ed Surgeon, and THOMAS C. BUNTING, of
Philadulphia, Assistant Surgeon, of the
first Pennsylvania Regiment.
SAN JUAN lr ULLOA.
The North American says : " This
fortress must be taken. Its acquisition
is important in many points of view.—
Regarded as impregnable, its conquest
must dissipate the confidence which in
spires Mexican resistance. The nation
that Can take Vera Cruz may dictate
terms to Mexico ; and it is policy to as
sail her in her strongest hold at once,
rather than linger out a war of outposts.
Vera Cruz, as the door of Mexico, opens
the heart of the empire to our armies.—
It should be taken, and it will be ; for,
though said to be impregnable, there is
no resistance which a greater power may
not overcome, and there is nothing im
possible to American energy. We only
ask that the Administration should do
its duty. Let the preparations be pro
portioned to the enterprize. If more
money, more men be required, they can
be had for the asking. The country de
mands that its quarrel should be so pros
ecuted as to avert defeat or dishonor;
and speaks not of lives or dollars on a
subject involving the national honor.—
San Juan must be taken ; and the vic
tory—for the effort must not fail—will
close the war. We know that the enter
prise demands energy and expense; we
are aware that this Western Gibralter
is considered impregnable: but there is
nothing impossible where the resolute
will is present.
The American honor demands the
capture of this port ; and the adminis
tration, should it cost millions, is bound
to achieve it. There is no party oppo
sition upon such a question ; all that we,
as Whigs, have and are, is offered to the
country in its present crisis. Our doc
trine is that no post is impregnable, no
duty impossible ; and the past assures
us that what man can do, Americans
can do. Vera Cruz may be won. In
the words of Beaumont and Fletcher,
.4 Woll■ of brass resist not
A noble undertaking ; nor can vice
Raise any bulwark to make good the place
Where Virtue seeks to enter: Then i; fall
In such a brave attempt, were such an honor
That Brutus, did he lire again, would envy."
We clip the following from among
the resolutions adopted at a Whig coun
ty meeting held in Union county :
Resolved, That we have undiminish
ed confidence in that great American
statesman, Henry Clay, and that it is
with unfeigned regret we behold his in
valuable services withdrawn from the
councils of the nation.
Resolved, That as Americans, we feel
proud of the gallantry of our army, both
Regulars andVoluunteers, and that, from
the coolness and courage manifested in
the hard-fought battles with the Mexi
cans, we need fear no foreign foe.
Resolved, That with such men to lead
our Armies as Scott, Taylor and Worth,
they are invincible.
Resolved, That Gen. JAMES IRVIN
of Centre county is just the man Penn
sylvania needs to fill the Executive
chair: That with him at the helm, the
ship of State would soon right herself,
our enormous taxation be diminished,
and State prosperity again gladden us;
—and that we pledge OLD UNION for
1500 majority for Irvin, if he is nomi
On motion of H. W. Snyder, Esq., the
following resolution was read, and unan
imously adopted :
Resolved, That the delegates now
elected, be instructed to present the
name of W about Tweed, of Northum
berland county, to the State Convention,
as the candidate for Canal Commis
The Whigs of Bradford county have
appointed M. C. Mercer & J. 0. Adams,
delegates to the Harrisburg Convention,
and adopted resolutions in favor of Gen.
The Whigs of Butler county have ap
pointed Samuel A. Purviance, Esq., Sen
atorial, and Maj. G. W. Reed the Rep
iesentative delegate to the March Con
vention, with instructions to support
Gen. James Irvin, for Governor, and
Capt. Samuel D. Karns, for Canal Com
The Whigs of Lebanon county have
appointed Joseph Gleim, Respresenta
tive, and recommended John Killinger,
as Senatorial delegate to the March Con
vention, instructed to support Hon. Jas.
Cooper, for Governor.
WILL NOT RETURN TO THE SENATE.-
Speaking of the prevalent rumors of an
intention to send Mr. Clay back to the
U. S. Senate, the Frankfort Common
wealth, a leading and influential Whig
journal, says: " We think it very cer
tain that the proposition has been made
without the least knowledge or desire
of that distinguished statesman ; for we
have strong grounds for the opinion that
his views and purposes, in reference to
his return to that illustrious body, arc
now precisely what they were when,
some years ago, he formally and solemn
ly bade farewell to that theatre of his
ID- The tolls on the Ohio canals
this year amount to more than $128,-
000 over last year.
Congressional Proceedings. lands to Arkansas, is aid of public im
(From the Phila. Daily Chronicle.] provements.
WASIIINGTO, Dec. 21, 1816. Bills were reported from the finance
committee, establishing branch mints in
New York and Charleston.
the Senators from Texas, and Messrs.
The Senate then adjourned over until
SENATE.—Messrs. Houston and Rusk,
Bright and Butler, appeared in their ._.
HOUSE.—The resolution offered by Mr,
C. J. Ingersoll yesterday for terminating
A number of bills and resolutions werel,
Mr. Barrow o ff ered a reso l u ti o n.
went into a committee of
i wa T s h p e os H tp o o u n se ed
of y i r c e e s r i President tilt:-
i le on the President ' s Message,
and Mr. Gordon mad e
li a speech in de
fence of the war, i r. Root followed
N a li n l d ia. ni t s o o co fo n r un c t op ii i c e a s te o i r y i a t n h y Sa c n o t r a r A e
s t p i I o : ,
and pronounced the war unjust and un
dence on the subject.
necessary. Mr. Bowlin alsoma de a
speech, which cone tt e the debat e .
in the "onion."
exi ll )lU u n a n E tio — n M ii r i . r G eg e a n r t d ry to mnde some a p re er m a
The committee then rose and the
Mr. Brodhead, of Pa., offered a reso
d the House adjourned over until Monday.
a o r n i t , t s l
t o st
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IMPORTANT FROM SANTA FE.—The St.
' rides of ,
Louis Union has received a letter front
T i t i p e o u r t ot " , I s t e e
r d e u f t u i
s e e s d s t % o -o u s
rules, l u d sp b e ez i e t d h u e ce— 1
Santa Fe, dated October 28th, which
anti the resolution was not received•
contains late and important news in re-
Mr. Thomson, of Muss., offered arcs-
lotion to our traders. The substance
olution,declaring our readiness for pence' of the news is, that a letter reached So
"1hOell: M , rocco a small town, about "00 miles
Ng ' and will pay from the traders, calling on Col.
war. The House refused to suspend the .
r ei Mexico is,
the expenses she
of the tlle
Doniphan to send troops on for their
rules, and this rather extraordinary res-
protection. It is also stated that there
olution could not be acted upon. , were from 1200 to 1500 Mexican troops
Considerable discussion then took
at Del Passo, and that within four days
place, on the bill for the admission of they could reach the camp of the Am er.e
lowa into the Union. ' icon traders, who have goods there to
, the amount of $600,000. Col. Doniphan
WASHINGTON, Dec. 22. : did not do anything towards relieving
SENATE.—Mr. Rusk, of Texas, offered ' the traders, but Col. Burgwin, who com
a resolution instructing the Military' mended the U. S. dragoons stationed
Committee to enquire into the expedien- : about 75 miles from Santa Fe, as soon
cy of increasing military posts in the as he received the intelligence, mounted
Army ; and also instructing the Corn- and left for the camp of the traders.—
mitten on Post Offices and Post Roads, ' Col. Burgwin has about 200 men under
to examine into the propriety of making his cotnmand, but they are poorly equip
arrangements for transporting the Mail pod. A letter from Messrs. Owett and
to the Army.
, Ault, states that Doane, Maguffin, Mc-
A bill was reported, establishing the Maui's, Valders and Ginfullis, have all
general pre-einption sale of mineral been taken prisoners, and sent to Chi
lands belonging to the United States. ' huahua.
Mr. Barrow's resolution, offered on
A GALLANT EXPLOIT.—The Norfolk
Monday, calling upon the President for : Herald says that the achievment of
information as to whether he had sent
Lieut. Parker in burning the Mexican
agent to Havana to consult with San
brig Creole under the guns of the fa
taan Ana, &c., was postponed till next
Tuesday week. mous Castle of Vera Crux, will compare
Mr. Sevier offered a resolution, enqui- with any on record in the annals of na
ring into the expediency of
such a bold and daringenterprise smacks construct-
vat warfare. The very conceptions of
ing a Railroad from Missouri to the Col- ,
umbia river. i of heroism,and the attempt to carry it
HOUSE.—Mr. Martin offered a resolu-
. auto execution decidedly marks the hero.
lion to allow Volunteers to receive The vessel for perfect security, was made
tern and papers free of postage. A sus
fast to the wall of a stone battery, brist
pension of the rules was refused. -
, ling with the engines of death and de.
The House then went into Committee
struction to any foe that might dare to
, approach it; yet this gallant young offi-
of the Whol e. orse and Martin, each spoke
cer, with his no less gallant associates,
passed midshipmen Rogers and Hyn
in defence of the President's course of
, son, and five brave tars of the brig So
policy, in regard to the war.
mers, did approach it in an open boat,
A message was received from the
in defiance of its death-dealing and an-
President to-day, in answer to the reso- '
b u r n t
h e r, the vessel ;
lotion of Mr. Davis, calling for copies
burnt her, and brought off the crew pil
ot* orders issued to Generals Taylor &
Kearney, and Commodore Moat and
soners! Let it be admitted that all this
Stockton. The President declares his
was done under cover of night, still the
approval of temporary, but not of sera!,- credit is not diminished ; for a fortress
lisped governments, being organised in
so well manned, and with a hostile force
the territories conquered by them. always in its front, could not upon any
rational calculation be supposed to be
capable of being found any moment off
WAsnixGTox, Dec. 23. .
i f ts i guard. The naval officers at Nor-
SENATE.—Mr. Breese reported a bill o.k—and there are some of them cape
to organise a territorial government in , ble, from their own experience, of up-
predating such an achievement—pro
nounce it a brilliant affair. Lieut. Park-
Mr. Dickenson reported a bill, rola
er hails from Pittsburg, Pa.
ting to the U. S. District Court of New :
Mr. Semple introduced a bill, relin- Louis PHILLIPPE'S INCOME.---Lottis
quishing the National Road to the States Phillippe has an immense private for
through which it passes. , tune; the nation allows him £500,000
Mr. Atherton made a report against per annum, besides £40,000 for the
printing the memorial of the Society of Count de Paris, and a large allowance
Quakers, remonstrating against the . for the Duchess d' Orleans. He has
Mexican war. Upon this a debate arose, 13 or 14 magnificent palaces at his dis
in which Messrs. Davis, Crittenden, pose], besides Neuilly and the Chateau
Clayton, and others participated, which . d' Eu, which are his own private prop
resulted in the motion being laid on the ' erty. He is entitled to all the firewood i
table. I and timber cut in the royal forestal
House.--Mr. Martin reported a bill to which are of immense extent. Since
organise the territorial government call- ! his accession to the throne, he has deni
ed Minsota• ved, it is stated, upwards of £5,000,000
Mr. Douglass reported a bill to orga- sterling from this source, equal to .' 25,-
vise a territorial government in Oregon. ! 000,000.
The House then went into Committee : CHINESE WOMWoman are no
of the Whole on the state of the Union. where so inhumanly used as in China.
Mr. Bailey had the floor, and was Women in China are not permitted to
speaking, but was interrupted' in his re- stir out of doors, except the wives of the
marks by Mr. Davis, who rose to make lower orders, and these toil at laborious
an explanation. Mr. Bailey said Mr. tasks, indolent husbands the while sit-
Davis could explain out of doors. A Ling quietly by smoking their pipes! In
very warm discussion then ensued be- the country they even draw the plough,
tween the two members, which ended while their lazy helpmates drive them!
in Mr. Bailey calling Mr. Davis a liar,
when the Speaker interfered
- i The Harrisburg Telegraph of Wed-
WAsaimroN, Dec. 2.1. : nesday last, says:
SENATE.—J. M. Clayton presented a • "Yesterday an elderly woman named
petition from men of all parties, pray-
her house. She was engaged in her Went; suddenly dropped down dead in
ing that Congress should use speedy and !
usual domestic duties at the same time,
efficient means for terminating the war
with Mexico, and securing an honorable
! and gave no indications of the approach
peace. Mr. Clayton said he coincided ; ing dissolution.
with the objects aimed at by the memo- ; This morning the Hon. Wm. M'Lean
rialists, and would do all in his power I former Associate Judge of Adams coun
tto co-operate with them, but he could ; ty, but of late years a clerk in the office
see no way to obtain a peace but by !of
fighting out the war. He would there- in the Auditor General, while engaged
fore vote all the means asked for by the purchasing marketing, suddenly fell
down, and was taken to the Washington
government. He thought the idea that
any party in this country was opposed i Hotel, where he soon expired, without
exhibiting any signs of consciousness.
to the government to be absurd. No pulse could be discovered after ho
The committee on the Judiciary re- fell.'
ported the House bill for the admission STEAM TYPE SETTER.—Another inven.
of lowa without amendment. 1 tion, and to the newspaper profession
Mr. Yulee moved an amendment to I the most astounding of all, has just been
prevent the diversion of the lands grant- brought into successful operation in this
ed for public improvements to any other city. We allude to Clay & Rosenberg's
purpose. Steam Type Setting Machine, which, by
After some debate the amendment was ! the aid of two men and three boys, can
voted down by a vote of 40 to 2, and ; put up as much printed matter as ten
the bill finally passed. compositors can do by tho present aye.
Mr. .A thley introduced a bill to grunt tem.