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There was a large meeting, on this subject,
in Pittsburgh, on Monday evening. We
have some notice of it written, but defer it
for want of room.
Rev. DR. r J. ADDISON ALA XANDEB.. --• This distinguished preacher, scholar, pro
fessor, and author, -was attacked,
_a short
time ago, with a severe hemorrhage of the'
lungs that threatened, for several days, a
fatal termination. We are happy to have
learned that he is now quite recovered.
AID RZOEIVED.—We are pleased to learn
from the Presbyterian, that relief has come
to the Board of Domestic Missions. The
demands upon the treasury, up to the sth
inst., were all met, and a balance of $3,000
was then on hand, with the prospect of con
tinued receipts. The statement is made by
the Presb,yterian, on the authority of 4 i one
of 'the Beeretaries."
Rev. John Williams, of the Calvinistic
Welch Church, at Ebensburg, Ps , grate
fully acknowledges the receipt of $282.16 at
Pittsburgh, and $524.62 Eaot of the
mountains, in Pennsylvania, which amounts
relieve his charge from debts for their
The contributors, East, were the churches
of Alexandria, Huntingdon, Bedford, Wil.
liamsburg, MoVeytown, Lewistown, Reeds.
villa, Milroy, Bellefonte, Mill Hall, Salons,
Flemington, Look Haven, Jersey Shore,
Williamsport, Milton, Lewisburg, Harris.
burg, Academia and Perrysville, Hollidays
burg, Logan Talley, and Altoona. Mr.
Willlama sends us a long letter and details,
but other demands on our: space, urge ne
to express briefly the thankfulness of the
pastor and hie people.
Concert of Prayer for the World's Con-
V 8 lb&
A Week of Prayer, to oommence with
the Second Monday in January,. 1860, was
recommended to the churches by the lut
General Assembly. The Overture was sent
up by the Presbytuies of Washington and
St. Paul, and was adopted, as follows
This Overture is based upon a proposal from
the missionary brethren of Northern, India, to
observe the second Monday of January, 1860,
and the succeeding week, as a season of special
prayer all over the globe, for the conversion - of
the world. This General Assembly cordially
sympathises with the object contemplated, as it
implies the desire that Christians everywhere
may more directly regard the missionary and ag
gressive character of our faith, as it tends to
call forth their affections toward each other and
toward a perishing world ; and especially as it
recognizes the great truth of our dependence
upon Divine power for the success of the Gos
pel. We therefore recommend to the churches
under our care to observe the time thus specified,
in such manner as the various Presbyteries or
fictitious may direct.
Obituary Notice&
We eopy the following from the Presby
terian, of Dee. 10th`:
" The extreme prolixity of obituary
writers compels rut to the adoption of some
means to secure condensation. Accord
ingly, from and after the ensuing first of
January, we will insert the announcement
of the death gratis, and all over that must
be paid for at the rate-of five cents per line,
counting nine words to the line. Payment
invariably to be forwarded with the mans,
script, as we cannot open accounts for such
This means of abbreviating obituary
notices seems to be the resort of necessity.
Our contemporary, as well as we, has often
requested the writers to be brief, and with
the same defective success. The plan of the
Presbyterian is that of the religions jonrn•
ale of New York and Boston, and of at least
a portion of those in Philadelphia; only
that it is more , liberal. It gives the an
nounoement gratuitously, and the remarks
at half the price of business notices. We
adopt it, to commence with the beginning of
the new yen.. Our friends will pleatie keep
in mind the ruts. The New York Observer
charges twenty•five cents for the single an•
noancement, and ten cents a line for all
beyond that.
We are allowed to state, on the authority
of a private letter to a gentlemen in this
vicinity, that the work of God in Greens
borough, N. 0., is one of great power and
olematy. In the Female Academy under
the eare.of Mr. Richard Sterling, known to
many of our readers as a skillful educator,
folly three of the boarders hope that they
have passed from death unto life. Perhaps
as many others are seeking salvation. In
the town also, some of the pupils living in
private families, are deeply interested.
Other persons. in the town are solemnly
engaged in religions thoughts and encittiries.
About fifty persons in a ll have a recent hope
in Christ. The work is marked by great
solemnity and power. The pastor, Rev.
Jacob Henry Smith, is untiring. There has
been preaching every night for some two or
three weeks. Glory be to God for all his
Theme churches have been enjoying a season
of more than usual religions interest. The
former has an increase of ;we've new mem
bers, and the lattei an increase of ten.
FANNINGTON S MO.—The church'here has
received twenty-seven additions, during the
CYPRESS, N. C.—Between forty and fifty
perm" have lately , made a pofession of reli•
gion ; and may others are reported • *" eerio t
The Slave Trade:
The Southern Presbyterian Review, for
October, contains a very able article on the
Slave Trade, by Bev. Dr. Wilson, of the
Board of -Foreign Missions. , ,-It4s: strongly
condemnatory of the. traffic., It ,presents
facts which are appalling. The viritei was
in Africa, as a missionary, for several years.
He is also a SoutheriOnan. He is hence
acquainted with the condition of the colored
race in the place of their nativity, and in
the abode of their slavery. The latter, as
enjoying Gospel influences, is vastly prefer
able to the former, physically and morally,
for time and eternity. Bat still, Dr. Wil
son, even in view of the possibility - of the
soul's gain, would not encourage, nor even
tolerate,,the traffic.
After numerous quotations >from the wri•
tinge of travelers, missionaries, and others,
showing the horrors connected with the
odious business, he says
Any amount, of similar testimony might be
brought together if it were necessary. It is not
in the capture of eaves alone, however, that
these cruelties are practiced. Equally as great
harshness is inflicted on their journey to'the sea
coast, daring •their detention there, and on what
is called the middle passage, which in fact is but
another term for the grossest cruelties ever prac
tised upon any portion of the human ran. We
might speak of the principal highways to the sea
coast as united with human bones, of 'human
limbs worn to the bone withdron fetters, of hun
dreds of these human beings atarved to death in
the barracoons, because no vessel came to, take
them away at the , appointed time; ,. or, of whole
cargoes suffocated to death in the hold of the ship
by the attempt to avoid detect:in ;lint we refrain
from these painful details. After a most careful
examination of this whole subject, extending our
inquiries over a peried of more than a hundred
years, and:carefully weighing tini statements, of
more than fifty different ituthors, we litive come
to the deliberate conclusion, that in tlifictleizure
of the slaves, in the march to theiee contolur •
lug their, detention there and on the iniddinpas
sage, the destruction of life must be more than
one hundred and fifty per cent. upon theariately
landed' in America. So that to get one hundred
slaves for practical purposes, at least one hundred
and fifty lives must be sacrificed Let us dwelt
upon this startling fact. In order, to, procure one
hundred thousand laborers for t the cotton and
sugar fields of the South, we must go into the
business with the full understanding, that it can
not be done except by sacrificing the lives of at
least one hundred and fifty thousand immortal,
beings, to say nothing of the wide , spread desola
tion which it must occasion in other respects in,",
Africa. Te the South prepared for this ? Will
she forego her honor, her sense of justice; and
her religion, so far as to associate , herself with
the vilest men that ever disgraced the annals
of humanity, and once more apply-the torch of,
discord and war for the purpose of Obtaining
slaves? Can American civilization be promoted
in no other way' than by trampling out 640415 t
spark of 'life from the continent of Africa? Had
the Creator no other object in forming this great
continent, and filling it with inhabitants than
that it should become the theatre for the
of the worst passions of &Wrest of the world ?--
Pp. 601-2. '
But the question which;mainly concerns our
argument is, how are these slaves obtained for
the market? This is a vital * all-important point
and no helmet man will wish to evade it, Here
we speak from personal knowledge, and it is on
this point mainly that we feel-constrained to
We reply, in the first place that, .with a .few
exceptions, they are not persona,who were born
in a state of servitude. I know that this is the
prevailing opinion, but so 'fir as my knOwledge
and observation go, it is a mistake. ' This class
of persons, home-born slaves, are of all others
the least liable to be sold into foreign servitude.
From what this exemption proceeds whether it
is the kindlier feelings of the people , super
stitious feats, or the dread of some apprehind
ed retribution, we were never ablelally to firmer
tain. But of the fact itself, espedially in •Boutlt-•
ern Guinea, we have no doubt. We know that
an African Would almost as soon sell
his own son,, as a bond:slave, Awn in, kW own
house. Indeed, 'they are regard*3d more in the,
light of children than slaves. * • * *—
p. 505.
Persons are doomed , to foreign servitude in
Africa for various *muses, and. in a variety
of ways. 'ln the great major* of oases it is
professedly for crimes or misdemeanors. Murder
is aliays punished in this way; if 'a slavelactory
is within react*. Theft and adultery, althonglu
ordinarily doing no great violence to the moral
sense of the people, are sure to be,magnised into,
crimes of the deepest dye, if there is any possi
bility of selling the offender. A refractory wife,
if suspected of infidelity to her hrisband; is.rer3r
apt to be hurried away to a slave factory before
the blood relations can possibly interfere' in her .
The most Trellis source of all, however, is to
be found in the charge of witchcraft. This silver
stitiou has an existence in Africa farther bpok,
and entirely independent-of-the •sltive , trade ; and
none but those who have been initistedinto the
mysteries of Afrieth life, can form any right con
ceptionoithe absolute'authority which it exercises
over that race. The belief in it is" one of the first,
the deepest, and most enduring of all• the impres
sions made upon their childhbod. 'lt grows with
the growth of every man and woman inrthe land,
and finds something to strengthen, it s s h01d...0n
popular feeling in every day's experience and ob
servation. It' insinuates itself into 'the usages,
the laws, the religion, and indeed' into the entire
fabric of the moral and social system. It under
mines all the deep foundations of society, and
keeps every family and community in a state of
uneasiness and perturbation. No worse suspicion
can possibly affix itself to any man's character.
It breaks in twain the strongest bonds. that hold
human society together. The child is discharged
from all filial duty, and the father, or mother from
all parental obligation, if the slightest taint of
this suspicion rest upon the character of either'.
The brother will denounce the -sister, or thesis-ter the brother, if either falls under the condem-
nation of public opinion.
.The husband will
thrust from his- bosom the most cherished, wife, if
she does not, upon the first insinuation of a suspi
cion, purge her character by a resort to some of
the appointed tests of Witchcraft: Hundreds and
thousands of innocent men and WOMOIV are &nun.
ally put to death in Africa in obedience to , the
demands of this foul demon. If the slave trader
could get to the rescue of this clime, of , persons,
and confine his operations to them alone, then
indeed his calling would be one of mercy. But,
unfortunately, his presence and 'avocation but
add fuel to the flame. Direful as are the fruits
of this insane superstition, they are rendered ten
fold more so under the stimulation of this cruel
traffic. Under its influence the charge of witch
craft is multiplied a' hundred fold,*and when the
work of orimin' ation and recrimination is fairly
started in any comm Unity, it produces a stste of
society that scarcely . 11118 any paraliel,, and can
neither be , described nor , understood. Old
grudges are started into life; and every possible
means is employed to obtain revenge throiigh the
medium of this subtle agency, Avaric'e 'comes
forth in all her might, and hesitates not to ally
herself with this all pervading snperstition for , the
accomplishment of her purposes. The defence
less stranger, under the sanction of her authority,
is seised upon and hurried away to the slave fac
tory, never to see his home or kindred again.
The silent traveler is suddenly seized by men who
r have waylaid his path, and after a hurried and
mock trial, finds himself in the hands of &White
man—the representative of the Christian world—
who listens to'no protestations of innocence, and
knows not how to relax his grasp. The unfortu-
nate wife who, has incurred the displeasure of her
lord, is accused of this great.crime, and without
the formality of a trial, is handed over to the slave
trader, and thus doomed to perpetual servitude
in a foreign land. A family burdened with the
care of a feeble or idiotic member, will counts-
Dance the charge of witchcraft against him by
others, for the twofold object of sharing in the,
profits of his sale, and getting rid of : the. care and
expense of a burdensome member: A man who
has excited the cupidity or the'enrY of hie fellow
men by his superior wealth, is liable to be
brought under condemnation, and be sent abroad
from nothing but a desire for plunder on the. part
of others. Of course these acts of cruel Was
title do no go unrevenged. Those who bring
about the downfall of others, 'through 'mere mo
tives of envy or •cupidity, must , expect • to , reap
the bitter fruits of their own sowing. The friends
of the stranger who has;been so tincerentoniptisly
bartered away, will seek revenge by murdering
the chief actor in the affair..or some townsman,
and thus throw the whole responsibility upon the
original offender. And whest these deeds of re
taliation commence, no one can tell-where they
will end. I have myself heard, the midnight dis
charge of eight er ten muskets in the same neigle , '
borhood, each of which told of a slain victim,
and all to revenge the sale of a single individual
to a slave factory the day before. Indeed the
very presence of a slave factory in any commu
nity is but the sign and symbol of perpettial die.
turbine.) and potty warfare. • Jealousy and &-
trust reign in every heart, and no one feels secure
of life and limb. No man lies down to sleep
without planting a loaded musket at the head ; 'of
his bed. The silence of the night is- constantly:,
disturbed by screams that are intended:to fright
en away lurking enmities. No man will venture
fifty *OM his,oln door during such' *Wei,
of eviitentent, *Merit beinf tirad:" The wointlii''
of any town may not venture to the common
,E 4 i . ,AND . .• .- 4, WVI;)CAT,WI:.
watering place; or visit their little:farina for the
purpose of,getting the fruits oftheir previous
labors, without being accompaniad•by an armed
escort. The, sound of a distant oar, or, the rust
ling of a, banyan leaf, will cause a win of fear,
and throw a whole community into the utmost
4perturbation.--Pksoso3r7fBii x, .>
,This exposition of.. evils is, oontiuned7 for ,
some pages, and then the questions are put :
Now; would ask, is it possiblefor honorable,
Christian men, to lend their countenance to such
business ? Will the high-Minded men of the
South consent to obtain laborers for their plants
dons on such terms? Are there no other ways
by which anAtmorableitting Tiny, toCobtained4
Shall we, kritiiingly . iiiidtditliberately, 'satiation
all the marauding, pillaging, kidnapping and
murdering, that are inseparably connected with
the traffic? What though Northern merchants
are ready to advance their money 'and employ
their ships in the traffic, does this alter the true
complexion of the affair;? Can the prosperity
of the South be Promoted in no other way
than by redUeing -tlie_ Continent of Africa to
scene of perpetual. , tumult and' warfare ?—Pp..
4510, 11.
After these long extracts, we have but
little space for remarks, though the theme is
fruitful. The article is rich with inform*.
tion ; and plain, pointed, and legitimate in
its reasonings. It is the product of a gen
tleman once a Southerner, but now a New
Yorker. It appears in 'a popular Southern
journal: It is commended by our Church
papers, Sonth. These tell us also that it is
soon to appear set a pamphlet, for general
circulation. Thinartiole, then, we may con
sider as a fair expression of Southern Pres
byterian sentiment, .34 the subject Aiscussed
—not of political sentiment nor of that of
the entire religious community,.but of,those
with whom` we hold Church fellowship. Its
publication, and the commendations "'it" has
reheived c ind its
,re-pUblioatinn, show that
the slave" trade may be seriously,discussed,
at , the Sonth, and also strongly condemned
and reprobated, without incurring legal
penaltiettor social'odium.
Dr. Wilson concludes his Article in the
following encouraging and truly Christian
strain • ,
We have no hesitation in affirming, that , the
Gospel has as strong an impression upon the na
tives of Africa, and brings As lmportant results
in proportion to the amount of Means employed,
as upon the samerace in this imitistry, or any other
portion of the human race , whateve*. Is it 'no
thing that nearly one hundred Christisivehurches
have beewfoundsd, and more than fifteen thousand
native converts have been gathered into those
churches in the last twenty five years'? Is it
nothing that there are nowtwo'hundred Christian
schools in full operation along Mitt coast; and
more than twenty thousand native youths receiv
ing a . Christian education in thesenchools ? Is it
nothing, that twenty different dialects have been
studied' ont and reduced to' writing,, into most of,
which large 'portions of the sacred ficrigures
have, been translated and circulated.? • Is it no
token of encouragement that scores' of native
Africans are now actively and effectively engaged
in teaching and preaching, who, twenty years
ago, Were but naked savage keys'? Let these
measures be 'sustained and . multiplied according
to the ability of the Christian Churokin thin and
other' Christian lands, said, by the blessing of
God, Africa wi L,soon; become a peaceful, happy,
; prosperous land. - Restore the slave trade,
and all' these bright prospects, humanely speak
ing, teilrbe'Swept a way,•and a darker cloud will
settle down upon that land than ever before rest
ed wpm 512.
In the cntightenidg , influences of the
Gospel, and its 'peace - and love-producing
spirit, we have great confidence. It is the
remedy for both the slave trade and slavery.
Irreligious men, mainly,,are the.illiberal and
fanatical. They - are the abolition disunion
ists at the North„and the prualavery
-....uu,,anfl the pru ,ry
unionists at the South. The true servothts
of Jesus Christ, who are the real friends of
humanity, must not penult his foes, in either
the North or the South, to have
. the entire
control of those most powerful i nstruments .
,of influence, the f pulpit, the rostrum, and
the press, on this-great:social question, bear.
ing-as it does 'both on time and immortality.
They have duty`to perform in this respect.
It is not their only duty, and "time cannot
claim, all their time and energies. Bat
there is a duty ; and let it -be • done fully;
seasonably, and wisely.
- Presbyterian'llagazine.
The = NINTH volume of this excellent
monthly, closes with;the number now before
us. It is truly a Presbyterian journal.
There is in it no indecision, no wavering,
no trimming, nothing' flashy and nothing
trashy. It Is sound intheology and_ correct
on Church order. It gives us no wild
speculations, rides no hobby, and is lured by
no fanaticism Its articles'are all appropri
ate and seasonable. As a historical, bio
graphical, and, itatistinatrecord, its 'value ii
Some speak "of= the Magazine as being
heavy, licking in sprightlinesS, not attrac
tive. Well; gold'is heavy, and silver even
beyond lead, is heavy. Tined is sparkling,
but possesses little value. And to make
true religious worth attractive,..where read
ers lack intellect and moral taste, is not
among the things Practicable by man. The
Magazine has irial worth ; and especially has
it value to Presbyterians. Ike large, well
exeonted, and at a moderate- price. Let
every' man who, after obtaining a worthy
weekly for himself, wife, children, and helps,
can yet .spare another dollar, get this
monthly, or some one equally good. Then
let him read it, and preserve it carefully for
reference and for MS childrep's benefit.
Just send the dollar to Rye. C. Van
Reneselaer, D.D., No. 821 Chestnutf Street,
Philadelphia, and all , will be.right. Or, let
six persons send five dollars; with names and
Post Office addresii.
Baltimore,. hat been in= existence about one
hundred years, and hat had' tom* pastort, to
all of whom' it wee their only,oharge: Three
of them commenced in it their, pastoral Is.
bore,: and ended life in ; its service. The
fourth there began his minietry, and still con
Clitrucu, is the title of an Annual Published
by Dr, VAN Rensselaer. The volume for
1860, being the tenth of the series, is issued.
It is devoted to, religion, and specially to
educaticin. The irtjeles are excellent. It
is meat as a present to ininisters. The price
is fifty-cents to others.
NoT the rnabytertun liaruksilartd Advocate.
Dedication or Concord Miura.
MESSRS: 'EDITORS it WAS ' With' 'grind
pleasure, I attended-the dedication of s new
church edifioe to the worship-of the Triune
God. This church is boosted some five
miles North of Salem, Columbiana Co., O.
The dedication serviees , were held , ou the 3d
of Nov., at the hour, of 11 o'clock A. M.
The sermon was preached by Rev. Wm. G.
March, of Canfield, 0., from Psalms lxxxvii:
8- 4 i Glorious things are spoken of thee,
0 city of God." The other exercises
were conducted by Rev. W.-D. Stratton, of
North •Benton, 0., and Rev. A. Cone,: of
Ellsworth, O.
This de entirely a new< enterprise.. The
church oonsiits in part of those mhoformer
ly worshipped in Salem, New, Lisbon Pres
bytery; butimiinirofi those'hitherto,oonrieot.
ed with other portions of the Christian
Church ; or t who 'have had no ecclesiastical
tonne ion. Although few in number, they
have, with commendable liberality, erected
a neat and attractive house of worship, at
an expense of about $1600; all of which
4has eirprnitifitlyidid,lMC thtiethey
free- of debt, without asking , aid, of other
churches: A iesPeotable bench of Ruling
-Elders have been chosen, and duly ordained
and installed; and there are now indications
that the • congreiition in attendance will,
by,the blessing of God, afford a promising
field of labor. It may be said of them, that
they;" liadientind it work" for God: The
prayers of his people are asked that a rich
and abundant blessing may be graciously
bestowed upon them and their - families; and
that the leaven of the Gospel may be
diffused among the surrounding population.
Boston and New Englat
Prof Allassiz has purchased the valuable geo
logical collection, of ~ Councilor, Professor of
Mineralogy and Geology in, the University of
Heidelberg, Germany. This collection Is a very
rare one, and is especially rich in varieties and
unique specimens.. The Professor wishing to
retain it, if possible, in his own , land, made a
proposition•to sthe Ducal Government of Baden
for-its purchase, but this little State, that bad
thousands to expend on its army and court, had
no money 'or buy a collection that would 'have
done honor to any government. In the mean
time, Professor Agassiaatepped forward and se
cured it for,the :United Mates.
It has often been a matter of comment that no
monument has ever yet been reared to the mem:
ory of • • Tohu://ancock president of the First Con
grass, and the'firet signer of the Declaration of
IndePendinee. Beaton, - where he die% and
whiie old mansion still remains, 'OlVO£4 At t tO
herself to Ao something, in the way of repairing
its past neglect in.this"-Partioular.
For more, than twenty-five years, it has been
the custom of the Peaes &tidy, which has its
heact•tloarters itk.,Boatou. ,:urge upon pastors
the duty of preaching a set dlaccuree at least
, once • every year, on the subject of universal
-peace. The, month of, December has been recom
mended for this service the present pyear,. and- as
Christmas oscura on ,Sabbath, it has, been sug
'voted that this will be a favorable opportunity
for all i ministers to spsak on the subject. The
Correspotading SScretary.of,the Society, at Bos
ton, 111!..Steerge C. Beckwith, offers to furnish
the Society's publications to, all who may need
The Executive Counnitten of the, Massachusetts
Temperance Society,'lnts re-endorsed the propriety
of the law establishing,the Liquor Agency, and
has given an expressionof confiiienoe in Mr:
Porter, lately apPointed'to this Office.
The "Book Mania,P,, rages, fiercely in some
quarters, in this country We ; take, the following
instance from an eochatigo:
The Crovraingshield/Library, in Salem, Mass.,
has not yet been forWardsd to Btigland. So nu
merous and urgent ire the applications for books,
,totally irrespective of SOY price that may be put
upon them, thit-tbe kittrohaser's , agent has writ
ten to London to enquire whether the bibliograph
ical fever cannot -tie gratified, and` the cost of
transhipment and duties saved. Eight hundred
dollars is said to have been offered for,the 4, Bay
,State Psalm Book," the first, book piinted in
British America. A curious hietorY attaches to
another. copy of this ?book now in Nei, York
collection. It wasbonght at the sale of the late
Mr. Pickering's stock in London,tied up with ten
or twelve other old versions of the,Psalms, in a lot,
for eighteen shillings'Sterliog; or $4'50. . On ex
•amination, the precions 'volume was' sii nearly
perfect that the insertion of a leaf supplied from
another imperfect cow in. the ,colleotion of a
Boston gentleman, restored its pristine complete-.
new, and it was platied'in its preetmt position for
a sum not less than $500: Bien'this high price,
it 'seems, is now transcended.
A wonderful Divieeity of Religiotis , Opits' ion ex
ists in New Btigland.'' In Mille ohniches, the
'highest We'stminster theology is boldly, preached
and - ardently, embraced fin others there is a large
admixture of. Arminisaus' ;. in others, even
professedly orthodox churches, there is a very
near' approach toUnitarianism ; and among the
Unitarian there are many grades from a near
approach to Orthodoiy„ to a low Universalism.
Bven in the theidOgical sohools it,good deal of a
pie-bald theologY is taugiit, especially at An
dover... The teaching of , oneyrofessor is. accord
lug to the theology' of the old Puritans, while
the teachings of another, are ,not very far from
another But light will yet come ont of
this fiarkness, and order. out of this confusion.
The truth will make •its power felt, and the blessed
Gospel will conquer. .
New York.
The great excitement of last week was the
Election' of Mayoi, which resulted in the choice
of Fernando Wood, although the united vote of
Messrs. Havetneyer and
, OptlYke, shows a major
ity over Mr . Wood of eighteen thousand..
Vaet Preparations have been made for the holi.
days. The ,variety stares,. confectionaries, print
Shops, dry, good stores,. and honk etores, have
been pnt in the „trim, sad. the (Ancona of
the newspapers, both secular and religious, groan
under •the weight ,of advertisements. New
Yorkers know the value of advertising, and
gladly pay the full rates.
The Carters are about issuing a new History "Of
the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, compiled
from the Histories of Drs. Reid and Killen, by
the Rev 3i6ttel of this city
The revival in Ireland has awakened `a new ,
Wrest in the history of the Presbyterian
in that' country, that renders such a Work ea this
especially opportune.
Nana.. Leonard Scott 4-.004 continue the pub
libation of the five loading „Reviews of the British.
Empire, at the low pries of ten dollars, when the
same in England cost thirty dollars. It may be
of advantage to many of our readers to remind
them of the lfistinctive features of these learned
and able Reviews. The North' British,lthoisgh not
recognized tie the organ of the Frew Church of
Scotland, is yet the 'medium by which most of
the writers of that body communicate to the
public their elaborate and' - Weighty articles. The
Edinburgh' is the old IFA:(9 , paper, rendered
famons by '4effery, Brougham;nnd Sidney Smith.
The London Qtiarterty was` established to war
tigainet the BeEratir,Oh. and has been conducted
with great spirit and
i ability, while its general
tone' is deoidedly„evatielietti. The Westminster
is the great organ 'of the highest, mostplansible,
and most dangerous, scientific, literary, and theo
logionlinfidelity of the day. 4 .Bitzektvood has lost
none of its ancient force, and .is the Old
Tory as ever. To intelligent and thinking
readers, theswpublications afford much to amuse,
instruct, and to excite to vigorous. thought. The
beginning of a new year is a favorable time to
Dry Goods are claiming for themselves more room
and are gradually crowding farther and farther
up town. Mr. A. T. Stewart his secured a new
bloole,,irith the exception of a single lot, in a lo
cation near the fashionable quarter, for'the pur
pose of erecting a magnificent store. These sin
,gle io' seem to be quite a nuisance to the enter
; prise and ambition of Mr. Stewart. When he
mrected ihe present marble building occupied by
him, there Wits a single titian house about the
centre of the aid ` s fronting the Park, for • which
the owner asked' such an exorbitant price, that
Mr. Stewart was orminelled 'to build Close up On
three sides of "the old house, and allow it to remain
in Possession' of its former owner. And to this
day this httle• house interferes sadly with the
whole effect on the eye, made by the dry goods
palace. It liaise said that the splendid building
Of the Appletons, has been rented for dry goods
Tlislegagen that has been in.this coin
try for some time, was. expected *to sail to-day,
,(Sattirday.) While the sum of money realized has
,pot to their expectations, they still
carry ,back a large , amount, and have. been the
,_recipients ; of ranch kindness. .
Theßeis,f2Weit Saird,tiThD4eltite:•beenmitioted
Corresponding Secretary of the Southern Aid So
ciety, and will enter upen his dntielon the'let ut
January. Our readers:: will remember that this
is the organization instituted by some Congregam
tionalists, New School Presbyterian-, and =env.
hers of the Reformed Dutch Chnrah ? , F to aid in
supporting the Gospel in feeble churches in the
South, after the 'American Home Missionary
Society had declined to continue such aid any
On last Monday evening the Rm. Dr. Be
thune was installed as associate minister with Rev.
Mr. Van Nest, of the Twenty-first Street Reform
ed ',Dutch - church. The attendant's, was very,
large. The services were conducted by Rev. Drs.
Hardenberg and Lord, and Revs. Messrs. Jam
eson and Van Nest. Soon after Dr. Bethune's
return from Europe, with health sufficiently
restored to warrant his resumption of pastoral
duties, he received a pressing invitation to act as
coadjutor of the pastor of the church in question,
and for a number of weeks he has 'done so,
although not regularly instilled until` butt even
ing. The church is in a flourishing condition.
Evbry available seat is taken, and a number of
members of his former congregation in Brooklyn,
who now attend the Twentifirst Street church,
have not been able to secure pews. It is said
that certain of the Doctor's admirers intend build
ing a costly church for him in the neighborhood
of the Central Park.
On Monday evening the Rev. Dr. Potts preach
ed the Annual Sermon before the City Trace Mission,
frotn Matt. v:18. ;He adverted to the rapid growth
of the city, mentioned the causes of the vast ao
cumulation of human beings. within its limits,
indicated the dangers attendant upon large pope
lations, and the temptations to evil that are con
stantly presented;. - reminded 'Christians of the
means for good they were capable of employnag,
and their solemn duty to work for the good of
mart and the glorY Of God._ •
In this city there. - are net less' than twenty
Eatabliehments for the.. Preparation of Furl, and a
capital.of $350,000 is employed in this branch
of industry. The• materials are obtained from
Norway, Siberia, Russia, and : our native musk
rat; beaver, otter, and polecat. The last men
tioned remarkable for durability, but its a*.
tive odor, as some of our readers may know to
their' cost, =is very difficult •to be overcome.
Philadelphia faro are said' to be superior in fin
ish to those prepared either in New York or Boa
On the first of January, 1860, it *till be one
hundred years, since, the . organization of the
.Free ,:,School, in Germantown. The first
meeting concerning the matter was held Deo. 6,
1769, but the scheol was not opened until Jan I,`
Specimens for the proposed New Half 'Dollar
have been issued' from the United States Mint.
On one side is a 'medallion portait of Washing.
ton, with the head wreathed in laurel ; the
word Libertyapon a scroll over the bust; at the
bottom, the date 1859; and around the whole,
the words United Statei 'of ,Ainelica, ',ln Plain,
well ndapted, raised letters. The other
encircled with "a wreath of grain. -
An immense eition Alerting was held 'on the
evening of Wednesday week, in Jayne'a Hall,
over which the Hon.: Joseph B. Ingersol presided.
Able and eloquent speeches were made, and
resolutions strongly reprobating the conduct
of John . Brown, and these who acted with him,
and at the same time expressing ;a.deter
mination to respect most sacredly all the rights
guaranteed by the Constitution to the Southern
States, were * unanimously and enthusiastically
passed.. .A similar meeting was held in Boston,
at which speeches were made, among others, by
Messrs. Caleb Otishing and Edirard Everett.
And a meeting of the sense kind is appointed to
be held in New York. , These; meetings may. be
all well. enough, and may possibly serve some
good purpose, but we confess we can see no great
necessity for them. While the prevailing MU
ment at the North is , certainly , anti-slairery, this
sentiment, as generally held, goes no further than
to seek to prevent the - fartheir'eiteMilon of slavery,
and to indidge the helief that at length theater-`
mination of ; slavery, will be found mutually beWe
tidal to both owners and slaves. And no fear
need be entertained that the-North approves, to
any eensiderable extent, ,
of any sensh movements
as that at Harper's terry. The, fact ,that
Brown could only obtain seventeen men= out.of
eighteen millions of people in the Northern
Stateis, to engage with him in Ads 'Wicked and
and desperate ,design, is conclusive evidence of
this. And not a single prominent leader or
journal, in what is called the anti-slavery party
at the North, so fir as we know; justifies, or has
attempted to justify the foray. .
In mingling somewhat largely with the_people
of New York, Boston; and Philadelphia, and in
traveling hundreds of miles in the cars, during
the very height of the , excitement, we did not
hear a single person a speak approvingl3r of the
course of Capt. Brown, and we are not acquainted
with a single one that does. Even in the many
sermons preached on Thanksgiving day, in which
reference was made to this matter, Iniftwo, (those
of Dr; Cheever and one Rev. J. IL W. Sloan, pas
tor of an Old Side Covenanter church In New York,
of which we know any thing,) commended what
had been done by the invaders at the . Ferry.
Even such men as Dr. %Con; of New Haven, and
Henry Ward Beecher, condemned it most. point
edly. It is true, that there are men , like Wendell
Philips, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Dr. Cheever,
who defend it, and glory, in it, but they bear
a far,less proportion to the people-of the . North,
than do the lunatics either North or South to-the.
entire population of the North or South.
Even at the meetings held on the day of the
execution, all agree in admitting , that a- mejority ,
of those present went from sheer curiosity. The
South need not dear that the great body of; the
people of the North' Contemplate.:anyt thing like ,
an interferenee with lte constitutional rights.
RSV.. J. S. Howurals Post Offioe addressis
changed from Dunsanton, Illinois, to Oar
mi 111
Rev. M. M . TRAVIS' Post Office address is
Lee, Athens Countyi-Ohio.
T. 0. RICE, of Brighton, Mass:, has
received a unanimous, call from the Cir-
oular church, Charleston, S. C.
Rev. CHARLES W. PRIOR, of Carlisle, Ky.,
has. received and accepted au invitation
to supply the church at Helena, Arkan
sas' made vacant by 'the removal of Rev.
T. Welch to Little Rook.
Rev. JOHN L: DevrEs, of South Carolina,
has received a call from the Augusta
church in Jackson 'County, Ark.
Rev. HENN* E. THOMAS' Post Moe ad
dress is changed from Charleetown,lnd.,
to Covington, Ky.
Rev. THOMAS WHALLON, of Rensselaer,
Ind., has received and accepted an invite
Lion to supply the church of Tipton, Ind.,
and has removed thither.
JOSEPH H. MtNits, D.D., has removed
from Plainfield; New Jersey, to St. Au.
gustine, Florida, and requests his mires
pondents to address him at the latter
Rev: J. CALDWELL bas changed his place
of residence from Ohio,
to ,Eokinans•
vine, Adams 'Co., Ohio, wheie all oosHOn.
nications addressed to him, axe requested
in future to be sent.
Rev. JOHN Fs CARSON was installed as
pastor of the churches of Canal Fulton,
• Marshallsville and Chippewa, by the Pres
byter, of Wooster, on the Bth of Novem
ber.. Rev. P. M. Semple preached and
presided, and Rev. R. C. Oolmery gave
the charge to the pastor and people.
Rai. %Ha* 0. ArexaNinnfs Pokt OfEbe
address is Oharlotie Cohn House,'Va.
Rev: Titiiittan Vita..kHz* .bas;'been elected
Aisistant Teacher, pro tera. l 'of Hebrews
and liibliesr Introduction
TheologicaliSeminary, Va.
Tor the Prost:4)l.B4m Brourr and Advocate.
Another Correetio%
• Msserts BUirons :—Th your last issue
"A MENNEN OF SYNOD" attempts to cor
rect the .Stated Clerk ,otthe,SynoCof , Ohio,
for publishing, the resolution in relation to
the Choctaw Mission as having been adopted
by that body.
It is sufficient for Me to say, that in my
statement, I followed the Rector& 4if Synod.
It is true, that the resolution first offered on
that subject, was objected to, - in Some' of its
features, and was laid on,the table. But in
the afternoon of the same day the Record
" The following resolution was adopted,
and the Stated, Clerk directed to forward a
copy to , the 'Secreicries of
,the' Presbyterian
Board of Foreign Missions:" Then follows
the resolution as publiehed in the Banner
and Advocate. ,
The "Member of Synod" will himself,
therefore, stand corrected.
, MOSES A llooz, Stated Clerk.
Zanesville 0 Nov." 6th 1859.
For the Presbyterian Banner and 'Advocate.
Conne4svillei Pa.
At a called meeting of the Presbyterian
congregation of Connellsville, Pa., held in
the Presbyterian chnrch,:on Saturday, the
19th day of Nov, 1869; Mr. Alexander
Johnston was called to the chair, and Mr.
John Taylor, appointed Seeretary. The.
following preamble and resolutions were
adopted :
WHEREAs, our pastor, the Rev. james
Mick, has been chosen to a professorship in .
Washington Coliege,,and has publicly noti
fied us of his decision to accept that offiee,
and that he will resign , at the next Meeting
of Presbytery, the , charge of this congrega ;
tion ; therefore, _ -
Resqved, That we, with great reluctanie,
unite with him in asking the. dissolution of
the relation which has 'been so harmonious.
Resolved, That however opposed to this
step, we act in concert with the Itev. James
Black, and appoint Mr. William, MoCray
Commissioner to represent this conglegation
before Presbytery, with , instruction to ask
the liberty of procuring our own supplies
Resolved, That in view of the happy
relation which has so long , existed between
us, we will make it our earnest prayer thit
'he may be long spared to. labor for the
advencement of Zion, and that he •may have
great success in his nen? field.
John Taylor, Secretary. •
FIRST MOTRISTANT MiesioN:—The first mission
of Protestants was that of Huguenots to Rio
Janeiro in 1556, which was broken up in 1658.
The enterprise was concerted by John Calvin and
Gaspard of Coligni, thenoble leader of the Hu
guenots and the most distinguished victim; of 'the
St. Bartholemei massacre.
Tun steamer in which Gen. - Scott was a
passenger, arrived at , San' 'Francisco on
the Febbath, 'and public demonstrations of re:.
spect immediately followed. -In , , his address
the General. deprecated the influence of such ;
interruptions of the quiet and sanctity of that
day- 7 -the time of his arrival not being under
his own control 6 , I aM,;'•,he said, "a church., I have not failed th'go 'M church on
.a Sunday for forty years, whenever,it , was possi
ble to attend. :I
.am: always . sorry to stay away .
from Divine service.
A reran read before the British Scientific As- .
sociation, on 44 Underground Temperature,",
stated that, with the thermometer sunk to the
'depth of three feet, .the greatest cold was ex
perienoed in February;_ while at 'six feet de4
the greatest cold was in March ; at twelve feet
deep, the greatest sold was .in April ; , and att
twenty-four feet, the greatest cold wasin July.
DR. - Kum"writes. from• Athens, September 24,
to the MisSionary House in Boston, that: he has
been again most unexpectedly cited to appear
before the judicial authorities Athens to an
swer to the' charges brought against hini tiro and
a half years since of secretly atteeopting to, es
tablish a, new religion not recognized by the Gov.'
ermrtent. The penalty for .the; offence is im
prisonment for..from ,three months to two years,
and a fine of something over thirty dollars.
Pnllsr-Ha notes'Mills, diary the saying pr
a pious hearer of his own, which deeply affected
him : " I find it easier," said the good man, "to
go six mile& to' hear &sermon, - than to tirend one
quarter of an hour in , meditating and praying
over it inleeoret, as I should when I come home.'
VAnlexr.--In the First' Presbyterian church,
Louisville, during the:seventeen months between
the resignation of Dr. W.' L. Breckenridge,
June, 1858, and, the, inauguration of .his succes.
stir, Bei. T. A. Hciyt,' in NoveMber; 1859, one
hundred' and thirty eight sermons were preached
on Sabbath by fiftythree different ministers.
AT' CINOinNATI there are four large distilleries,
consuming together ten thousand bushels of corn
daily. At Earnest, two miles from Cincinnati,
are four others,of the same capacity.
trillion of seconds have elapsed since the creation
,of Adam! Nor will that number have elopes!'
until February Ist, in the year, of our , Lord
26;826 ! For, in a trillion of seconds there" are
81,687 'fears, 82-days, 1 lions, 49 minutes, 'and'
40 seconds! • .
9R A LATE bale of old United - States coins-in
Philadelphia, the following prices were obtained
1794 dollars, $11; 1793 ohahepent, $5.25; 1831
haltoent, $11.60 ; 1791 Washington cent, $6.75.
For the Presbyterian Banner' and Adiseatib
Report of Williams,
EtmTEIBEI, row.NovEmint, 1859:
1311101) OP PITTSIBURaII Ohio Presbytery
First obureb, Pittsburgh. $478:08; East Liberty
oh., 50.00. 'Waffle Pby: Mt. Pleasanton:,
SYNOD op ALLEannev.,—Beaver F'by: Pulaski
church, balance, $0 80; Little .13eaver. oh., Fe
male, Missionary Society..7 ; oo. AlleghenyP'by :
Butler oh., 52.25; Plain Grovie oh., 21.88; Scrub
Grass ch., a.' friend, 8.00 ; Westminster ch.,
5.25;" Buffalo oh., 5.82 'Glade Run ch.,-5.18;
Centreville 0h.,.12.00 ; Erie inby.: Fairvieir,
11.00; Franklin oh. 15.091 Cool, Spring, oh.,
special,_ 6.00. Alleg h eny CilyPby : Sharpsburg
ch 22'67
winniaNG - _,:steubenvilie Plok: Sten
benville, First church; $112.09; Island Creek ch.,
balance to constitute Rev. M. A. Parkinson Hon
briiy Member, 22.00. .
SYNOD ,07 WHO.— WOOltier, ?by : CONgress
church, $ll.BB ; Jackson eh., 10 85.
Sitieni'or Baninaormr.=Corlisde'Pby'i Bedford
church, (Sabbath School $5.) to constitute M.
!Maths Dillow, Honorary, Member, 55.00.:
MmontLausaus.—Patterson, Estate, per Rev.
George Marshall, D. D. '591.03.
CLOTH - um—Ladies of First church, Pittsburgh,
a box valued at $llB 19 ; ladies . of Canfield, a
box valued at 68.06; ladies of West Newton,
55.25. $241.50.:
. .
Brum" Pi.rrauratou. -'--Recluorie P'by: Mc-
Olellandtmai church, $19.77. Salisbury PbY:
Leechburg ch.; 9.50. - -
SYNOD OP Ameonenr.--Reaver Irby: Leesburg
church, $4.00. Allegheny P'by : Butler ch.,
20.10; Muddy Creek oh, 8.75. Allegheny City
My: Central ch., 87.00. " " ' ' •
SYNOD of Ozno —Woriater irby': Sugar Creek
church, balance to constitute James Wilson, Esq.,
Honoraty-Member, $40.00.
Mrsommaireous.-- Patterson Eastate, per Rev.
George Marshall, D.C., $91.04.
SYNOD OP ALLSanNßY.—Beaver ?by : Westfield
°bereft, -$B.OO. Allegheny' City' Pby *kip
W,ater,*.First oh., 15.00.
SYNOD Wissourso —Washington -Ply : Tip
per Buffalo church, $10.58; Cross Read! 'oh.,
SYNOD OP Onzo.—Eaneavak P'hy: Buffalo oh.,
SYNOD ON PITTIDURON.--Redstank Pby: Tent
church, $21.85. Bkeireville Pby: Beulah ch.,
SYNOD ON AI.LIGHENY ,, —BeaVerr P'tay : Leesburg
church,. $8.60. Allegheny City Pby: Central
oh., 68 . 00. .
TOTALS --Domestic Missions. 41, tu31.18 ; Eduoa
tion, $265.16; Publication, $48.584 fiuperannu.
ated isters' .Yund,.5194.88.
Nout — for Ootober, an.elariott-Pres;i
bytery, instead of Mt. Tabor church, Pine prays
church should, be substituted. •
Witraiitts, 800. Agent
41L. 7il4imitiefiel4ilatieiA?
Pittsburgh, November 30, 1859.
For the Presbyterian Banner see Advocate.
Report. - of H. Childs,
cong., $7 00 ; .Middlesex„ .9; Centreville, to
constitute s 8. Williams, Life.. Member, 30 00 ;
• Plain Grove, Female Missionary Society, 46.00.
ALLEGHENY CITY PTY.—Central, Allegheny
'Sabbath' School; 12 71.
BLAIRSVILLE PTY.—Harrison City, .1.00,
Ebensburg, 17.00; Salem, 15.75. 36.75. 7
BEAVER PTY.—Little Beaver, Female Mission
ary Society, 6.00.
CEDAR P'BY —Lisbon, 4 00.
CLARIONY'BY.—Academia, 5.94.
FT. WAYNE P'BY.—Bluffton, 8 ; Lancaster, 8 ;
Pleasant Ridge. 4 00. 20.00.
ERIE P'8Y..,. 7 .--,Coal Spring, Sabbath School,
OHIO P'BY.;.L.Canonsburg, 25.00; Miller's Run,
- 16.65. 41 65.
STEUBENVILLE P'BY.—Steubenville First
church,: 112 09;, ,Harlem ; 9.00; Bloomfield,
6 00. 127.09.
ST. CLAIRSVILLE P'BY.—Crab Apple. balance
to constitute Rev. Vincent, Life Member, 5,00.
SALTSBURG P'BY.—Apollo, 23,87.
WASHINGTON P'BY.--Lower Buffalo, 10 48.
MISCELLANEOUS—," A Lady," Fourth church,
Pittsburgh, for the Jews, 5.00; Patterson estate,
91.0&; " A Frieii," &nib Grath song., 3.00 ;
"A Friend of Missions," Clarion P'by, 5.00;
Mrs. Ellen McCullough, balance to constitut e
herself Life Member, 10.00; One box clothing
from Deorgetovin and Fairfield song., for ia.
dian children, valued at 58.40.. .
For the Presbyterian-Di:inner and Advance
Ohara Extension
Bethel congregation, Ohio P'by,
Big Spring oong., Stenbenville,P'by,
Newark cong., Zanesville P'by,
Chippewa, Wooster P'by,
CongrePa, do. do
Canal Fulton, do do
Marsballville; do •do
Harmony, Saltsburg Pby, •
Ebensburg, Blairsville,rby,
S. C. C., da'
Pulaski cong., Beaver P'by,
Berubpass cong., Allegheny-Play,
Union cong., do do
Central cong, Allegheny City P'by,
McKeesport (song., Redstone P'by,
Lexington cong., Richland P'by,
T. R. Navin, Receiving Agent..
Presl!*tial Notices.
agreeably to adjournment, at 10 A. 51. of the First Tostday
of Jam:m . 7,3860, in the First rrsebyterian church, elle
alien" City. ' W. ANNAN, Stated Clerk.
Norristown, on the Picot Tuesday of January next, at 2
o'clock P. If. 30014 MOF/ItT, Stated• Clerk.
sonville, on The runt Tuesday of January, at 2 o'clock P M.
fiubjeet of opening *atm% James Preacher, Rey.
A. McElwain; altentate f lew. T. S. Lesson.
W. W• 7 WOOJERND, Stated Clerk.
The PrtiintrYTEßY OF DNA . TER will meet in Newcastle,
on the. Third ffluentsymf Deoemberiat 6 (Art& P.M.
D. (I..RDXD Keted Clerk.
g1u..v.p, 9 4010nt.
WesTED;—The Life and Siiinosu of 4 4- Elder Dorr
Griffin," by Dodd. This work ie out of print,
and,is earnestly desired by a minister. Apply,
stating price, at this office.
Drutrepia."-=-Durlug the past week, as. era learn
by telegrattb;'ileh deposits of,lead pre, 'valued at
from $lOO,OOO to $200,000, have'been discovered
near this city.
, EDGEWORTH SINERART.—Thei - statements-made
. .
in the card of Dr. Williams, concerning the Imo
provemenhi' made in the rooms for the comfort of
:the inpiN the character of the teachers, and
the :lecktures of Prof. Frazer, of Jefftrson 'College,
we hnow,to be true.
BC ?srmutorr.r. & Co, advertising mante l ,
No. 1.19 Nassau Street,_ ew York, do an innimise
liasinem ,and:: we have= uniformly fowl : theta
agreeable and punctual in all their engagements.
They have, never attempted to higgle about our
prices, but have paid them fully and cordially.
They well merit theh.'great and growing.patron.
Carbon On.
Within the last few weeks discoveries of large
quaßtities of this oil, now so.eelebrated for its
light giving qualities, have been nuide in Venango
and Warren counties. Several of the citi z ens
of Pittsburgh are largbly interested in this busi
ness. And •if the % results should be any thing
proportionate to the reports, the.cannel coal oil
businemt as well as that of Ittrapil, willbe greatly
interfered with.
- Booki
The attention, of our neuters is called to the
advertisements of Mr. Davison, in another. column.
His stock is always large and valuable, and just
now, rich additions have been made to it for the
holidays, that are worthy of the, iasinination of
ail who wish to supply their libraries, adorn
their centre tables; gratify their ohidiren, and
make a gift to a friend:
The BtOreoseope a means of improving the
taste, affording - amusement, and imparting in
The number for December is equal' to its pre
decessors. This sterling monthly still holds on
its prosperous way, distinguished for the same
characteristics of matter, -fitite; style, by
which it originally acquired its deservedly high
reputation. The subscription price is $3 per
year, but subscribers to the Presbyterian _gunner
And Advocate, can now obtain both the Knicker
bocker and our -paper at $3.50 per =BUM, or
when the subscriber belongs to tt club, at $3.25.
Ton .Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, arid Chicago
Railroad, has long struggled , under difficulties,
and matters are reaching a cries. Lastly:eel, at
the instance of Mr. Moran, ..of,the IQew: York
and. Erie Road, the •United. States Court, sitting
at Cleveland, put the Port Wayne Road into the
hands of J. K. =Edgerton, as -receiver;2to cOntrol
the business and pay creditori. - •This news com
ing to Pittsburgh, some creditors of the road ap
plied to the Court here; ands y:4 T. H. Du Puy
appointed sequestrator. This week' the matter
between Mr. Edgerton Wand Mr. Du Pny was
brought before the'Court. A decision liras de
ferrid, but the road is in the hands of the latter,
Who conductsits affairs as usual. •
The proceedings of the week, in Congress, have
not tended mud; to . the dispatch oUbusixtens.
The House, up to the 13th, had not organized.
Efforts were:made, unsuccessfully, to adopt the
plurality rule. This may yet be.the result, and
Will elect Mr. -Sherman,.. the Hipublitian candi
date: The Southern Amerlosum and •, the Anti-
Lecompton Democrate hold the•bahmee of power.
If both these shiould go .with th&Deinoorats they
would make a ' , Majority. or either of them
should go with the l ßePublicanit, they could carry
their U 011111 1 .48: An-effort wii , made to unite the
fernier with the Demacrits, but it failed. Some
of the latter have said, publicly, that they would
not Vote for an Administration Democrat Hence
the probability of the plurality rule and the Re.
publican success. '
Set_ h
r ad not, on Tuesday, reached a
theper's Ferry Oommittee..
Thew Yonx,; Dee. 13.—The repository and
bindery Of :the American Tract Society, No. 6
Spruce Street:,' were damaked by fire and water
thiainoining: The loss is estimated at $77,000.
There is aninsurenne of $BB,OOO on the property.
The original Tract Home, escaped injury. The
filminess of the Tract Society will be retarded
only, ft fels d ays consequence of the fire.
Tun onus now run from_ Erie, Pa to the
depot ground in Warren, arriv ing atiout 4 o'clock
in ttlig ifiaititon, and lenvingit lOVin the fore.