Huntingdon journal. (Huntingdon, Pa.) 1843-1859, February 19, 1850, Image 2

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frron our first page will be found an origi
teal article, entitled « Ntsfortune—lts Lights
cad SAadows," to which we invite attention.
It is from the pen of a young gent'eman of this
place, and is a production which does credit to
his head and heart. We shall not assail the
natural modesty of the author with any further
commendation, but will hand his article over to
our intelligent readers, who will not fail to do
him justice.
EsaArA.-We regret that a few errors made
Dy the compositors, in this communication, es
caped our notice. In the third line of the quo
tation at the commencement of the article "al
lusions" is used for the word « illusions."
And about the middle of the second column,
where the author says our « reverses teach us
many g , bittsr" lessons, the print has it , . little"
lessons. Near the clove of the article read
winds that hays been" Sic. in place of has.
ECM second communication from ..PLepas,"
an d. American Arialocracy," will also be found
on first page. It is well written and we invite
attention to it.
Ct7"We invite the attention of those wishing
to purchase good furniture, to the sale advertis
ad by Rev. John Peebles.
C7"fly reference to our advertising columns,
it will be seen that T. K. SIMONTON has remov•
El hie store and received a large supply of new
goods. Mr. S. is a young man of untiring in
dustry and energy, and richly deserves to be
liberally patronized. His new Store room is
tastefully fitted up, and is one of the most hand.
some in the place. Call in and see him, and
buy II bill of his eheap goods.
(17'We are again under obligations to Col,
Cornyn for numerous favors during the week.
117'A Harrisburg Letter will tie found in
another column. We had made arrangements to
have a weekly letter from the commencement
of the Session. But our correspondent, after
writing one letter, failed us up to this tune. He
now promises to supply tla Weekly with a letter
stp to the close of the Session:
Lawrenceville Female Seminary.
It is pretty generally known in this communi
ty, that the Rev. Jose PEsin.xs will shortly
resign the Pastoral charge of the Presbyterian
congregation of this place, to take charge, as
Principal, of the above named Institution, lo
cated in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Of Mr.
Peebles' high character for Piety, Intelligence,
goodness of heart, and indeed all the virtues
that adorn and ennoble humanity, we need not
speak. He has made for himself a reputation
which can neither be exalted by praise or low
ered by detraction. But our purpose in speak
ing of this subject at the present time, is to
tall the attention of those having daughters
whom they desire to send abroad to school, to
this Institution. The location, we are inform
ed, is pleasant and remarkably healthy. The
number of pupils is limited, which is a very
commendable feature in the arrangements of the
Institution. It would doubtless be gratifying
to Mr. Peebles if, among his numerous friends
itl this community and surrounding country,some
would commit the education of their daughters
to his charge. Those who may desiro to do so,
should embrace the opportunity of calling on
Mr. P. before he leaves Huntingdon, which we
believe he expects to do early in March.
CANAL. COMMISSIONER. -The Lebanon Courier
says:—Col. Sanders, of Harrisburg, is spoken
of as the Whig candidate for Canal Commission
er. He is clever, honest, popular and capable,
and one of the best looking men at the Capital.
Are not these recommendations sufficient 1
Ea- file Lewistown Gazette says : An ad
journed Court Las been in session this week, at
which some intricate law cases were ably ar
gued. During one of these trials, James T.
Bale, Esq., of Belfonte, del ibered an argumen
tative speech which we have heard spoken of
as one of the best delivered at this bar far a
number of years.
The sale of the original MS. of the Fare
well Address of lien. Washington to the peo
ple of the United States took place on Tuesday
evening, at the Philadelphia Exchange. It was
purchased for James Lenox, Esq., of Now
York, for $2,300.
New Post OFFICE.-We learn from the
Globe of last week, that a new Post Office has
been established at Ennisville, Jackson town
ship, in this county, end Alexander Stewart ap
pointed Postmaster.
Paosvea M. Wn•rusona.--The New York
Tribune of the 11th inst., states that Prosper
M. Wetmore on Saturday paid fifty thousand
dollars in gold, which was deposited with the
Sub-Treasurer, as a part of his indebtedness to
the Government. Its has promised to pay forty
two thousand more on Tuesday, out of the one
hundred and eighty-one thousand claimed by the
Government.—The residue in dispute is to
await the result of his counsel's visit to Wash
ington, who left for that city on Saturday last.
Me. CLAY'S SPEECII:-The great demand for
Mr. Clay's speech may be inferred from the fol
lowing, which we copy from the Washington
Globe :
""We have already as many orders for this
speech as we can fill in two weeks ; and there.
fore we cannot receive any more subscriptions
for it, unless the subscribers will agree to wait
more than two weeks. It will require about
one hundred and seventy reams royal octavo
paper to print those already ordered. "
Turn Them Out.
Notwithstanding all the outcry that has been
made by the Locofoco press, about proscription,
;t is a well known fact that the public offices in
Washington are filled with the rnost bitter Lo
cofoco partiiant, who, during the eamgaigii,
were theunscrufUlotis libelers of den. Taylor
and the Whig party. And what return does
the administration receive for its forbearance
towards these men? Ever since Gen. Taylor's
induction into office, he has been assailed with
a bitterness unparallelled in partizan warfare.
His every act has been misrepresented. And
notwithstanding all his glorious services in the
cause of his country on the field of battle, the
Washin g ion Union and its echoes have denounce
ed in terms fit only to be applied to charac
ters the melt degraded. Day after day and week
after week, have the opposition continued thus
to abuse and defame the character of the man
who but a few months ego electrified the
whole country by a military achievement
the most brilliant in our history. And all this
because the people of this country, with char
acteristic gratitude and patriotism, saw fit to el
evate Gen. Taylor to the Presidency. And
every effort of the President to soften the as
perities of party, by recommending mild Mea
sures, and practising forbearance towarda his
opponents, has been met by them in the contra ,
ry spirit. Even the United States Senate—that
body which at one period was above everything
like a factious spirit--it would seem is about to
' join in with the ..bitter enders," in their cru
sade against the Administration. They refuse
to act on the President's nominations, and
threaten that unless, contrary to all former usage,
the President gives his reasons for making re
' movals, they will reject his nominees.
Now, under these circumstances, what
course should be pursued towards the Locofocos
in office ? The answer of the entire mass of
the friends of the administration is—TURN
THEM OUT. Let there be a clean sweep.—
. The country demands it, and we advise the Cab
, inet officers to listen to the voice of their friends.
I No administration can expect to be sustained
• that retains its bitter enemies in office, and as a
I consequence neglects its friends. Secretary
MEREDITH fills his post in the Cabinet in a
, manner creditable to himself and honorable to
his State; but we can tell him thnt he is not
truly carrying out the wishes of the Whigs of
Pennsylvania, by being so tardy in removing
Locofocos and supplying their places with
Whigs. The Whigs of Pennsylvania call upon
Mr. Meredith to turn out the Locofocos in his
Department, and we would advise him to listen
to their voice. It is high time that these "bit
ter end" Locofocos should be taught that a
Whig administration is not to be conciliated by
the most foul-mouthed abuse, and indecent fac
tious opposition.
The principal object of the Locofocos and
political Free Soler being to embarrass the
Administration of Gen. Taylor, the consequen
ce is that Congress is still busily engaged doing
nothing: Day after day the Slavery question is
discussed in both houses, and there is no telling
when the question will be settled. The Presi
dent has sent into Congress the Constitution of
California, and the question of her admission
will cause a lengthy discussion. The ultras of
the South will resist her admission into the Union
because the Constitution forbids Slavery. In-'
deed Mr. Foote has already declared that the
admission of California will dissolve the Union !
But California will nevertheless be admitted, If
the representatives of the Free States do their
duty to their constituents. On this question
Gen. Taylor has nobly stood up for the rights of
the people of California as well as for the rights
of the people of the Free States, and deserves
lasting honor for it.
When California is admitted, we think the
discussion on Slavery should cease and that the
other territories should be left to settle the ques
tion for themselves. Mr. Clay tells us that
Slavery can never be introduced into New Mex
ico, and hence the Wilmot Proviso ceases to be
a practical question. Its passage can effect no
good purpose, and may do harm. We therefore
think it would be the part of patriotism to lay
it on the shelf, and let time, without agitation,
effect all that could be secured by its ad option.
Taxable Inhabitant's of Huntingdon
The following is a correct list of the taxable
inhabitants of Huntingcon county :
Barree, 313 Penn, 150
Brady, 212 Porter, 411
Cass, 156 Shirley, 401
Clay, 1.1.5 Springfield, 123
Cromwell, 279 Tell, 182
Dublin, 164 Tod, 234
Franklin, 300 Union, 134
Henderson, 582 Walker, 225
Hopewell, 179 Warriorsmark, 316
Jackson, 287 West, 315
Morris, 171 -
Total, 5317
Gambling in California.
The New York Tribune says, an intelligent
friend, who enjoyed good opportunities for in
formation in San Francisco, estimates the amount
of gold in the hands of the gamblers alone of
that city on the Ist of January, at fourteen mil
lions of dollars. These " sporting men," by
the way, have done the largest business of any
class of operators in California during the last
year. Toil-worn diggers who had bagged their
thousands at the cost of unsurpassed fatigue,
privations and exposure, have come down to
the city and gambled, and loot their last dollar
within a week. The gamblers, it should be
stated to the credit of their forecast, never hesi
tate in such cases to lend a " cleaned out" dig
ger $OO or $lOO to enable him to return to the
mines. Nor do they confine their favors entire
ly to their customers. They subscribe liber
silt, to new churches, and assume the character
of public spirited citizens.
CC7 - Col. J. Watson Webb has been rejocted
by the U.S. Senate. lie was nominated Charge
d'Attairs to Austrta.
Letter from Harrisburg.
Correspondence of the Huntingdon Journal.
Ifsrtaisnuao,, February 10, 1850.
DR. Cor.,—You bave, I doubt not, been won
dering why you have not received your a Har
risburg letters" earlier in the session. I shall
oiler no excuse until I see you. I now send
you a short one, and will endeavor to keep up
with the times hereafter.
Harrisburg is more than usually blessed with
pure Loco Focos this year,—such as are now
known as , c bitter enders"—men in whom the
gall of party spleen, exhibits itself in no other
way than in efforts to accomplish party pur
poses,—who wield their place and power to
devise mischief against the State administration,
and by their mousing propensites, hunt up some
small game for themselves. Day after day and
night after night, some of these grimalkins
bring into their den some little mouse which
they have caught, and exhibit it as a proof of
their prowess in the field.
The first effort was the bill to take the ap
pointment of State Reporter out of the hands of
the Executive and give it to themselves; and
upon this they have been Prunt-ming for weeks,
—watching fot an opportunity when a whir, or
two should be absent in the Senate, that they
might pass the hill through the Senate. The
long looked for time came at last; two whigs be
ing absent, and the roll of the Druet called the
forces into line; and but for the coolness and
care of our friends they would have succeeded.
For four or five days they have worked on at
their contemptible effort, dragging a section
through a day,—when in sell defence the whigs
I have been obliged to move to reconsider, and as
that motion lays over a day—their progress was
' slow. It is to be hoped that the absentees will
return before they can accomplish what they
desire. With such an unscrupulous foe as we
11,41 e, no whig should be absent from his peat for
an hour. Our opponents never sleep and never
tire, in their chase for either power or plunder;
and unless we are ever on the watch they strike.
Their next great move was the Protest orthe
eleven, upon the confirmation of Wm. B.
M'Clure as Judge of the sth District. Mr.
M'Clure was nominated by the Gov. on January
231, and confirmed Jan. 31st., 1650,in the room
of Judge Patton, who was nominated and con.
firmed by the Senate Jan. 221 1810. His corn
[mission was not however issued until March
I 20, 18-10, his term to be computed from his
confirmation. Now, the Solons of Loco focoism
discovered that as his commission was not is
sued until 20th March, that he ought to be kept
in until that date, to make out the full 10 years;
and because the Gov. nominated M'Clure, at the
end of the actual ten years, after Patton's term
began, they call it tt executive usurpation."
Now one thing is observable—the Gov. alone
could not have made a Judge—the Senate had
as much to do in the matter as he had. It is then
not tt executive usurpation" even if their pre
mises were right. But look at the facts—Gov.
Porter issued Judge Patton'. commission on 20th
March 1810, and says in it that he is to haveend
to hold the said office of President Judge! .f
the sth Ptstrict for the term of ten years from
and after the 22d day of Tan. 1840." By his
own commission issued by their tt own" Gov.
error, Patton ceased to be a Judge on the 22d
day of Jan. 1850—and Patton had no longer any
warrant to act. His term was declared to be
at an end, by the only evidence he had of his
official character. He could have done no act
that would have been legal,—he had no commis
sion to act after that ! Was Patton injured by
the appointment of M'Clure Gov. Porter had
struck the blow ! He by his official act had
declared the Bench vacant on that day—his was
the to usurpation." And Patton knew this—
drew his salary up to the 23d Jan. 1850, and
left the Bench. Now he and his friends, and
these tt gall and wormwood " boys, affect to be
terribly outraged. Who committed the outrage 7
their own Governor ! Could Gov. Johnston do
less than fill the vacancy they had declared to
exist? It was his duty to fill it and he did. They
must tt seek other cause" against his faithful and
fearless discharge of duty, before they can de
ceive the people.
Much of the tirrie for the pact week has been
spent in letting of the gas" on the constitu
tional amendments. All who can, and some
who cannot talk, are desirous that their con
stituents should see their views in print; and
much time is spent in proving, that that which
will most assuredly be done, should be done.
Although myself favorable to the elective judi
ciary, I consider the proposed amendment as it
now stands, like King Richard at his birth, "not
half made up, and that so lamely and unfashion
able that the dogs," will bark at it.—But it will
pass unchanged.
The apportionment Bill as reported in the
House by the Loco Foco majority of the com
mittees is the foulest monster of political un
fairness that ever saw the light. It is charac
, teristie of the party and its leaders and would
if allowed to pass, disfranchise virtually thou
sands of our citizens ; while to others it would
increase the actual value of their votes nearly
one third. All the large fractions in Whig
counties are lost, while in the Loco Foco coun
ties, the scroll fractions get an additional mem
ber. Whether they can jtass it I cannot say.
There are seine good and I believe honest men
among them, that blunts at the bold knavery ;
and it may be that they will be fearless enough
to strike at, and cripple the monster ; but I have
my doubts whether they hare strength enongh.
It is certain, I think that it cannot pass the
Senate, or I will acknowledge that 1 have mis
taken the character of the Speaker. He has
thus far proved that he is fearless to do right.
In the Senate on Tuesday, Senator Packer
made a bold effort to reject the confirmation of
Geo. Bressler, as Associate Judge of Clinton
county, charging him with being implicated in
what he pleased to call the .. election frauds of
1838." Judging from what I saw and heard,
Packer's friends would have been better antis
if he had let 1838 sleep, for if once awaken-
ed it might wisper some unpleasant "by-gonea"
Ito his own friends. But Packer is a "bitter
ceder," and allows no occasion to pass, when
he can show his bitter-ness,and with all his bland
ness, he is the moving spirit which keeps his
partizan small fry continually at their dirty'
' work in assailing and maligning the administra
tion of our present faithful and honest executive.
You have seen the attack of the Canal Com
missioners upon Gideon J. Ball, State Treasu
rer, and his reply.—Ball has satisfied them that
he knows what he is about and can take care of
himself. The Committee appointed to investi
gate that matter, have yet made no move to
ward it. Thoy are evidently afraid that they
shall burn their own fingers. It is said that
some of the Committee are admirably calcula
ted to investigate charges of the kind—one at
least having been a public officer, and his ac
count remaining to this day unsettled; and quite
a balance standing against him in favor of the
State I
You will see the able and ingenious speech of
your member, Cornyn, on the judiriaty amend
ments, and of course will publish it at length.
While I disagree with him in some of its main
features, I would bespeak for it a careful peru
The bill to incorporate the . 4 Huntingdon and
McAlavey's Fort Plonk Road Company"—has
passed both houses.
The Petersburg and Shaver's Creek Turn
pike Road Bill has passed the lower House—
and also the supplement to the Spruce Creek
and Philipsburg Turnpike Road Co.—also the
act to incorporate the Church Hill Cemetry at
A supplement to Huntingdon and Broad Top
Rail Road has been reported.
A bill authorizing the erection of a Poor
House in Huntingdon county, was reported a day
or two !since.
All which will surely satisfy your citizens
that your member, Cornyn, is attentive, active
and efficient. Ile deserves well at your hands.
The heavy business of the session is just com
mencing ; and if possible I will keep your rea
dears acquainted with what they do.
Gen. Houston's Speech.
Gen. Samuel Houston, Senator from Texas,
made a capital speech in the Senate on the Bth
inst., on the slave question. He stood np man
fully for the Union, and scouted the idea that
it could be dissolved by the mere politicians of
the country. He is right in supposing that the
farmers, mechanics, workingmen, and in fact,
all classes but a few noisy politicians, are in fa
vor of preserving the Union. The reading of
his remarks gave us renewed confidence in the
durability of the confederacy. One after anoth
er of the great men of the nation, the patriotic
statesmen, are ranging themselves on the side
of the Union ; and we hope that those who are
for its destruction will show their equal candor
that the people may know their friends from
their enemies. W. consider any man who ad
vocates a dissolution ol the Union as much a
traitor to his country as was Benedict Arnold
—and we care not whether his location be
North or South of Mason and Dixon's line.
Gen. Houston very properly condemned the
wholesale denunciations of the North because
of the madness and folly of a few fanatics and
fools ; and he contended, that the main body of
the Northern prople have as strong an attach
ment to the Union as those of any other sec
tion. The truth of this cannot be doubted.
Onion and Harmony.
There is no rule (says the North American)
without an exception ; and though the opponents
of the Whigs have earned the title of the "har
monious democracy," yet over the perfect pla
cidity of feeling in which they rest, there will,
now and then, creep a ruffling breeze of discon
tent, and the harmony will be lost in a storm of
passion that is much to be deprecated. It does
not seem to matter much in the end, however,
for when the ebulition is fairly made, the ,thar
ninny" returns, and all goes on smoothly as be
A pleasing instance of this occurred in the
Albany Legislature on Wednesday last, between
two votaries of Mr. Cass, who are members of
the Assembly. While the slavery resolutions
were under consideration, a Mr. Burroughs
went into a history of the Democratic caucus on
this subject, and defended his dissent from the
decision of that convocation on the resolutions.
When he had concluded, a Mr. Bishop rose up,
and gave his history of the caucus ; accusing
Mr. B. of having voted for the resolutions in
caucus. Mr. B. retorted that he Voted only
that the committee might report them.
A third party here entered into the interest
ing debate, in the person of Mr. Story, of
Duchess, who, in a deliberate manner, accused
Mr. B. of having uttered a falsehood. This
raised Mr. B's energies, and he let drive at
Mr. Story an argumentam ad honttnem, in the
shape of a glass tumbler, which happened to be
on the desk. The missile missed Mr. Story,
frightened the reporters, and shivered upon the
clerk's desk. Thereon, Mr. Story rushed at
Mr. 8., but was held back, and, after cooling
down a few moments, both became itharmoni
ous" again by apologising to the House. They
were excused, of course, and things went on
smoothly ; though it does not appear from the
record that either party receded from his posi
Bedford County.
The whigs of Bedford held a County Meeting
in the Court House at Bedford on the sth inst.
Joun AICE, Esq., of St. Clair township, presid
Esqrs., were appointed Representative Dele
gates to the next Whig State Convention, and S.
L. Russell, S. L. Tobias and D. S. Longenecker,
Conferees to appoint (in conjunction with the
Conferees of Blair and Huntingdon) a Senatorial
Delegate to said Convention. The resolutions
adopted on the occasion breathe the true Whig
The Locofncos held a meeting in the same
plane on the 4th inst., and appointed Delegates
and Conferees ; and ordered the proceedings to
be published in the Gazette " and Jackson
Democrat." They resolved to nail the name
of Janice Buchanan to the mast as their prefer
ence for President, and lion. Jar. Black for
Governor and repudiated Witmer and Boot.
State Appropriation Bill.
Judge CONYNGIIAN reported the general ap•
propriation law to the House on Thursday last.
It provides for the payment of the Governor,
State officers, Clerks, Contingencies, printing
and other objects of a permanent character ;
also for the following objects
Publishing amendMents to Constitu
tion, 2,000 00
Common Schools, 200,000 00
Pensions and Gratuitiell, 25,000 00
House of Refuge, 4,000 00
Blind Institution, 0,000 00
Deaf and Dumb, 11,000 00
Eastern Penitentiary, 6,000 00
Western Penitentiary, 6,000 00
Judges of the Supreme Court, 15,766 66
President and Associate Judges, 81,600 00
Domestic creditor interest, 5,000 00
Pottsville and Danville, guarantee, 15,000 00
Bald Eagle, 10,000 00
Tioga navigation, 7,500 00
Militia expenses, including salaries, 5,000 00
Interest on funded debt, 2,000,000 .00
Canal debt, prior to December 'lB, 60,628 41
Improvements and Repairs, 160,312 01
The above is in addition to the sum of 112,-
000 appropriated for repairs after Ist December.
1649, by Act of 10th April last. For repairs
after Ist December next, 112,000 00
For motive power and expenses,
in addition to the sum of $23.-
730 13, appropriated by act of
16th April last, 292,959 87
Motive power and expenses, from
December 1, 1850, to April 1,
1851, viz—Philadelphia and
Columbia road, $O,OOO 00
Portage road, 20.000 On
Pay of collectors, to Ist April, 1851, 38,690 00
Lock-keepers. 36,300 00
Canal Commissioners, 5,200 00
Debts for the year 1819, 25,203 00
Extraordinary repairs, 50,000 00
Completion of the North Branch
Canal, 300,000 00
State Lunatic Hospital, near Har
risburg, 50,000 00
SeCtion thirty-two authorizes the Canal Corn•
missioners to sell all useless personal property
on the Columbia Railroad ; also the old depot in
Columbia, the proceeds to go into the treasury,
and the sum of $lO,OOO is appropriated to erect
a new depot at the lower part of Columbia.
Section thirty-three authorizes the Canal Corn
missioners to receive proposals for all that part
of the Columbia Railroad east of the new road
to avoid the Inclined Plane ; and if a satisfac
tory sum can be obtained for the same, to sell it
and apply the proceeds to a new second track
for six miles from Columbia, and to strengthen
ing and improving the curves on such parts of
the road as needs improvement.
Shocking Occurrence,--A House Blown
On Friday morning last one of the most shock
ing accidents that ever occurred in this vicinty,
happened at the foot of Plane No. 6, Allegheny
Portage Rail Road. The partinulars, as we have
gathered them, are as follows; Before day-light
in the morning, a couple of miners belonging to
the family of Mr. Ignatius Adams, went into a
little back room of his dwelling for the purpose
of getting some Powder to use in the Coal Mine,
taking a lighted candle with them. Mr. Adams
and Mrs. Adams with a child, were yet in bed
in an adjoining room. Two young women were
sitting by a stove in another room, about to pre
pare breakfast for the family. When the men
had obtained the powder, they blew out the can
dle, but unfortunately a spark from it fell upon
the powder, and then ensued the terrible catas
trophe. The house was blown to pieces. Mrs.
Adams was killed instantly. Mr. Adams was
thrown from the bed, but not seriously injured.
The child was for a time apparently lifeless, but
revived, and is still living. The two girls were
prostrated, the stove falling upon one of them ;
both badly burned and injured; the one upon
which the stove fell is scarcelyp expected to
survive. The two men were also shockingly
burnt. One of them we are told is crisped from
head to foot, and although still living is not ex
pected to recover. It is said there. were 12
kegs of powder in the room.
How true the declaration that «in the midst
of life we are in death." How unexpected may
the summons come ! What a solemn admonition
to the living 1 As may well be presumed, this
sad event has cast a deep gloom over the neigh
borhood in which it occurred.—Holledaysburg
Register, 13th inst.
Fire at Allegheny Furnace.
The Hullidaysbur; Register of last week
says On Wednesday morning last, a fire broke
out in the bellows-house of Allegheny Furnace
and entirely destroyed the building, together
with the bellows and fixtures. The morning
was very cold, and a fire hail been kindled to
keep the machinery from freezing, and from this
in some way originated the accident. The loss
is perhaps about $2,000. The Furnace of comae
stands until new bellows are erected. It was
only by the most laudable efforts of the men
and women about the bank that the whole Fur
nace was saved from destruction.
Associate Judges.
The following nominations of Associate Judg
es were sent to the Senate by the Governor on
Monday, and confirmed by that body on Tues
John Dick of Crawford county.
Sherman D. Phelps of Wyoming.
John Grathus of Clinton.
George Bressler 4,
PALPABLE. Dlr.—The Washington correspon
, dent of the Boston Atlas, in noticing the fire and
tow Disunion speech of Mr. Clingman, says,
the fiery orator remarked before he closed, 'that
very likely gentlemen Might call the sentiments
of his speech treason." " Oh, no," replied
that veteran man of sense—Thaddeus Stevens, of
Pennsylvania— ,, you are only liable to the
charge of jolly."
The New York Tragedy.
The New York Commercial Advertiser of
Monday afternoon contains a correct list of the
persons employed in the building of Messrs.
Taylor & Co., at the time of the dreadful ex
plosion, designating those killed, wounded and
escaped. The summary is as follows :.
Whole number dead 67
Whale number injured al
Whole number escaped 32
Whole number missing 6
Total 136
Truly a terrible tragedy. Subscriptions have
been raised in the city for the relief of the fam
ilies of the killed and wounded. The amount
railed up to Saturday night was $2,583 53.
Collections were made on Sunday in the
Frompe Philadelphia Daily Sun,
A Canal Board Breach-Official trouble
. at Harrisburg.
The hOme of , t chibiilry" is not alone among
the Palmettos of the Sduth ; it sometimes dom
icils on the soil of the bid Keystone. A cit.
cumstance otcurred last week at Harrisburg,
which affords striking eitemplification of the fact
that Pennsylvania still has sons who are actua
ted by a nice sense of hOnor I And we are
more gratified to state that the noble upholder
of our State pride, was one Of her Canal Corn- .
missioners. The recta of the ante, as far as wa
aro able to collect them, are these Mr. Inca%
EL PAINTER promised to appoint a certain pet.
' son ns Weighmaster at Middletown, en the rec.
!omendation of Capt. GEORGE M. LAUMAN,
Mr. PAINTER subsequently forgot his promise,
and another obtained the place. Capt. I.statart
thought that IVIr. PAINTER had hen guilty of
bad faith, and veik openly charged him with it
at Buehler's Hotel, id tVords which may not be
repeated to ears polite, eicept so far as to inti.;
mate that the Canal Commissioner was compar.:
ed to the favorite instrument of ApPOlio, the
god of Music. This did not please the officia'
dignity of Mr. PAINTER, and he thereto* after
consultation with JESSE MILLER, who is a kind
of HE. DRIESBACII in the democratic menage
, rie at Harrisburg, invited Capt. LAUMAN into
his room. He turned the key in the lock of the
door, and told LAI/MAN he intended to shoot
him if the language charged as used by him had
actually been employed LAUMAN told PAINTER
that to relieve him of any doubt he would re.
peat the identical language to him, and thereu
pon reiterated the charge of false faith, and
branded him as a liar ! " Then," said PAINTER
I will shoot you !" "Shoot me," replied
LAUMAN, why you are too cowardly to shoot tt
kitten." .3 But," said PAINTER, I once shot
at a man, and if ANDERSON had lent me his pis
tols last night, I would have shot you now
LAUMAN expressed his opinion that under no
circumstances would he dare to do such a thing,
and then turtling upon his heel, left the room
and Mr. PAINTER in silent contempt.
_ _ .
Of the deMetits of the original quarrel wd
know nothing, kit it seems very evident that
the lion•skin covered a cratek heart, or else
cooler judgment came to Mr. PAINTER'S assist
ance after he had locked the door; but to our
minds the most amusing past of the whole
fair is the attitude which JESSE MILLER assumed
during the whole affair, which certainly opens
rich, and is a very pretty quarrel as it stands"
among the harmonious democracy. It reminds
us forcibly of the story of the two negros who
agreed to abuse their master. Sambo was to
curse his master first; he did so, and so inform
ed Gumbo, who asked him what his master said
Nothing," said Sambo, s< he never open he
lips." Gumbo taking courage from this infor
mation, met his master awl commenced some
insulting language, upon which the master in
flicted a severe drubbing with his cane. Gum
bo smarting under his wounds, met Sambo, and
said, Ah you nigga—you got me into a nice
scrape!" as Why, what yriu do 7" said Sambo.
Why, me meet massa, and before I said two
words, ,massa knock me down and give me
what he call an awful flagellation!" « Yaw,
yaw," roared Sambo, what fool nigga you be
—talk to massa's face !—let him hear you!
Samba too smart for dat—when he cuss massa,
he go to de woods, far off, look around—see no
body near, and den me tell massa he mind free
ly ! Sambo know too much to abuse massa to
he face !" Jesse Mitten is playing the part of
Samba, and poor PAINTER enacts the part of
trons.--Frcim a remark in the U. S. Sen
ate of Mr. Butler, of South Carolina, it appears
that Foote of Mississippi and Hunter of Virgin.
ia, both tocdfoeos, first suggested the project of a
Southern Disunion Convention. These fellows
as well as their abettors, whether Whigs or 10.
cofocos, ought to form a lodge, with proper
banners and regalia, and call it after their illus
trious predecessor, Benedict Arnold.
132` Professor Webster was arraigned before
Judge Fletcher, in Boston, on Saturday last.
He rilead not guilty, when the indictment was
read. The Court ; with the consent of the coun.
eel, fixed Tuesday, the 19th day of March au
the day for trying the cause.
CO= The Palmetto State Banner, published
at the seat of the State Government of South
Carolina, says—That the President is a traitor
to the South is very evident, from the fact that,
to use the words of our neighbors of the Charles
ton Mercury, he has exercised his whole author•
ity to take forever from the Southern States all
share in the Territory of the Confederacy. Cal
ifornia is first to be fraudulently introduced into
the Union, and then tobe used both as a prece
dent and a positive power for introducing the
other Territories.
8E31.-A report of the sudden death 6f Oen.
Bern, was telezraphed from Southamton to Liv
erpool just before the Europa sailed.
Judge Coulter, of the Supreme Court
of Pennsylvania n on the 24th ult., deliv
ered thu opinion of that tribunal in the
case of Jones v./. Jones. That decision
in fact establishes that divorces by the
Legislature for causes within the jurist/sc. ,
lion of the Courts in divorce cases, are
unconstitutional and null. The effect of
the decision will be to invalidate seven•
eights of the divorces granted by the
Legislature of Pennsylvania since 1836.
There are some hundreds of divorced
parties in the State, many of whom have
contracted new matrimonial alliances.—
The decision of the Supreme Court an
nuls their acts of divorce, as well as
their new marriage contracts, and makes
the offspring of the new alliances Me
gitemate. Judge Burnside gave notico
that he dissented from the opinion of
the majority of the Court. It would pro
duce incalculable injury, and he dissen
ted from it entirely, from the beginning
to end.