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Wednesday, December 10, 1860.
Conantsi Yestkrhay. In thn Senate, Mr.
Crittenden introduced resolutions proposing
terms of compromiso of existing inter-State
difficulties, and made a speech in support of
Mr. Johnson, of Tennessee, made a Union
speech, denying the right of a State to secede,
and takiog strong ground in faor of tho en
forcement of the laws, regardless of pretended
acts of secession.
In the House, the resolution offered on
Monday, by Mr. Crawford, of Georgia, was
laid on the table. The day was mainly devo
ted to business.
The 18th of December lias come and gone,
and the Union still survives, notwithstanding
the predictions of Senator Hammond and
othera to the contrary. Whether it owes Its
continued existence to anjthing else than the
pestilence which frightened the delegates from
Columbia, is not altogether certain.
THE COMMITTEE OF THlRTY-TUREE.
In this committee, to-day, on motion of Mr.
Morrill, of Vermont, the propositions of Mr.
Davis, of Maryland, relating to the fugitive
ilavo law, were referred to a sub-committee, to
consist of the members from the border slave
and border free States.
The subject of the Territories was then taken
op, and the Southern members proposed as
their ultimatum, that the Constitution be so
amended as to secure property in slaves in all
the present Territories, mid in all territory
hereafter to be acquired.
This comprcheusive proposition, which covers
the whole ground quite down to Cape Horn,
was very zealously urged by Mr. Phelps, of
We suggest, as an addition to it, that nego
tiations be openid for some region in Africa,
to which the white laborers of this country
may be transported.
Virginia. The Washington Star, edited by
a Virginian, said on Saturday, that the seces
sion feeling is on the decrease in Virginia, and
that at the present moment, not one tenth of
her people arc inclined to have their State
made a bob to the South Carolina kite. Our
own private advices are of the same tenor.
A gentleman from the Norfolk region in.
forms us, that the number of secessionists there
does not exceed a fourth of what it was thirty
days ago. Similar intelligence reaches us
from various quarters.
It is undoubtedly true, that the first blush of
opinion was, that, however reluctant, Virginia
would be forced into union with the cotton
States, in the event of secession, In order to
save the market for her negroes, and to pre
vent the reopening of the African slave trade.
But this opinion is yielding to discussion and
It is perceived that the cotton States will
not be restrained from the slave trade by a re
gard for the interests of Virginia, whether Vir
ginia joins them or not ; that if they are re
strained, it must be by coercion ; and that the
maritime States would have a motive to apply
this coercion, in the interest of Virginia, if
Virginia remains with tbem, but no motive to
apply it, if Virginia leaves them.
Stampeke or Medical Students. Seventy
student have seceded from the New York Uni
versity Medical College, and sail for Charleston
in the steamer Marion to-day.
In the House, December 12, Mr. Scott, of
California, presented a letter from William Itabe,
Kq., Secretary of the Pacific Railroad Conven
tiou, accompanied by four volumes of the jour
nal of that Convention, composed of delegates
from the States of California, Oregon, ana ad
jacent Territories. Mr. It. cays jn his letter:
' The proceedings and reports of committees
1 have the honor herewith to transmit, contain
the views aud experience and wishes of the
pi ople of the I'acihc coast, and a large amount
ol information collected from various quarters,
on the traffic, internal and external, connected
with the regions west of the Rocky mountains.
Tlio people of those regions are loyal to the
Union, which has fostered them and given
them strength, and they look to Congress for
the building of the railroad which will unite
them with their Enstcrn brethren with an iron
and indissoluble bond. And they fervently
hopo that their anxiety to be in easy com mum
catlori with their friends in the Atlantic States,
along the whole of the United States, from
Maine to Texas, will be reciprocated."
AN ATTACK ON FORT MOULTRIE EX.
The following letter is from tho wife of an
officer stationed nt Fort Moultrie:
Fort Moultiiie, Dec. 11, ItiCO.
Dear : I feel too indignant. 1 can
hardly stand the way in which this weak little
garrison is treated by the heads of the Govern
ment. Troops and proper accommodation are
positively refused, and yet tho commaoder has
orderi to hold and defend the fort Was ever
tuch a sacrifice (an intentional one) known ?
The Secretary has sent several officers, at dif
ferent times, to inspect here, as if that helped.
It is a mere sham, to make believe he will do
something. In tho mean time a crisis is very
near. I am to go to Charleston the first of the
v eek. I will not go further if I can help it.
Within a few days we hear and from so
many sources that we cannot doubt it that
'the tlharlestonians are erecting two batteries,
one' Just opposite us, at a little village, Mount
Pleasant, and another on the end of this island j
and they" dare the commander to interfere
while they are getting ready to fight sixty
tnrn. lu this weak little fort I suppose Presi
dent Buchanan, nnd Secretary Floyd intend the
Southern Confederation to be cemented with
the blood of this brave little gurrison.
These names shall be handed down to tho
end of time.
When the, last man is shot down, I presume
thy will think of sending troops. The soldiers
'here deserve great credit, though they know
what on unequal number is coming to mas
sacre loom, yei wiuv are m goou. spinis, ami
wllf 'flghTflesperately. Our commander sajs
he, haver saw such a brave little band. 1 feel
VhijDerate roTscJJ. Our onlr hope is in God.
Txusiatj, Decemltcr 18, 1800.
The Chair laid beforo the Senate the acta of
the Territorial Legislature 'of Washington)
which wcre'referredto the Committee on Ter
ritories. Mr. Lane introduced a scries of resolutions,
setting forth in detail the differences which
have arisen between the States, and which
threaten the dissolution of the Union j and pro
viding that, as the present Constitution did not
provide means of remedy for existing discon
tents, tho States be invited to send delegates to
a National Convention to amend that instru
ment; that as tho Southern States were ag
grieved, they first assemble in separate Conven
tion, and agree upon some plan to be submitted
to the National Convention. Also declaring that
it would be contrary to civilization and religion
to force a State to remain in this Union, and
pledging the General Government to use no
force against a seceding State.
The resolution was laid on the table.
Mr. Crittenden, in a patriotic speech, advised
compromise and conciliation. lie urged Sen
ators to elevate themselves above the petty
things of ordinary party warfare, and to stand
firmly by the great constitutional principles of
our fathers. He said, that if the Southern
States seceded peaceably, they would have a
right to demand of the North an equal share
in the common Territories of the Union. Un
less some compromise was adopted, we would
be a divided people in less than six months.
The disunion spirit would even swallow up
Kentucky, a Union-loving State as she was.
Any sacrifice made for the Union was glorious.
lie urged Senators to consider well tho dan
gers in which the Union was involved, and
prove themselves worthy of their high positions
by uniting to save tho country. He moved tho
adoption of compromise measures in the form
of amendments to the Constitution, proposing
the restoration of the Missouri compromise line,
and extending it to the Pacific; recognising
slavery south and freedom north of it; prevent
ing Congress from legislating on slavery in tho
District of Columbia, except by desire of a ma
jority of its citizens; tolerating inter-State slavo
trade ; prohibiting African slave trade, and en
forcing the fugitive slave law by the repeal of
all nullifying laws.
Pending the subject, the Kansas bill was
called up and made the special order for Mon
Mr. Hale said, that whatever might be the
opinion of Senators in regard to the practica
bility of tho plan proposed by Mr. Crittenden,
all would acknowltdge the purity of his inten
tions and the patriotism of his heart. It was
not to debate that plan that he had taken the
floor, but merely to inquire whether the Sena
tor from Kentucky Mr. Crittenden or the Sen
ator from Texas Mr. Wigfall was the proper
and accredited organ of the demands made by
the South upon tho North. When he had as
certained this from those who represented the
Union men of the South, he would like to know
if Mr. Crittenden's proposition would satisfy
the representatives of the disunion party.
Mr. Saulsbury said he would like to inter
rupt the !-enator.
Mr. Hale. If you nre one of that party.
Mr. Saulsbury. I am one of the party of the
Union, aud the State I represent is willing to
accept the proposition. V ill the Senator from
New Hampshire urge these propositions upon
the acceptance of his State, if they would save
Mr. Hale said he would not be willing to
adopt the whole of the measures, but would ac
cept some of them. He continued, denouncing
the manner in which Republicans and Whigs
had been excluded from the offices of the Gov
ernment. Even the attainments and ability of
Edward Everett did not save hia nomination as
Ambassador from hanging in the Senate, be
cause it was said that at some time it must
have been a long time ago he had uttered anti
flavery sentiments. He had no fear but that
the judgment of the civilized world would si
lence forever the miserable carpers who de
manded more than truth and justice.
Mr. Johnson, of Tennesseo, said that it was
important that the resolution of Mr. Powell
should be taken up and adopted.
The resolution of Mr. Powell was accordingly
taken up, and agreed to.
Mr. Johnson then called up his resolution,
submitted some days since, and proposing cer
tain radical amendments to the Constitution.
Mr. J. addressed the Senate at length, in ex
planation and advocacy of his proposition.
At the conclusion of Mr. Johnson's speech,
The Senate, at 3 o'clock, adjourned.
The Speaker laid before the House a letter
from the Hon. Israel Washburn, jun., stating
that he has placed in the hands of the Govern
or of Maine his resignation as a member of the
House of Representatives from the fifth dis
trict, to take effect on the first day of January
Mr. Stokes ineffectually endeavored to offer
n resolution, proposing the repeal of the act
legulating the pay of members of Congress.
Messrs. Stevens and Otero, respectively, of
fered resolutions looking to legislation for ob
jects concerning the interests of their several
Territories, namely, Washington and New
Mr. Ely introduced a bill to amend the Pa
lilic telegraph law; which was referred to the
Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.
Mr. Bocock made an explanation, as to why
lie did not vote on certain propositions yester
day, saying that ho would never shirk the re
sponsibility which attaches to him as a Repre
sentative. The following resolution, introduced yester
day by Mr. Crawford, was called up :
Besuhcd, That the Constitution of the Uni
ted States recognises property in slaves ; that
the Congress of the United States has passed
laws to aid slaveholders in recapturing their
slaves, whenever they escape and make their
way into the free States ; that the Supreme
Court of the United States have decided that
negroes were not included cither in the
Declaration of Independence, or in the Consti
tution of the United States, except as slaves ;
and that they cannot become citizens. And
we, the members of this House, hereby sustain
and support this construction of the Constitu
tion, the laws, and such decision of tho Su
Mr. Sherman said that if the House should
now proceed to act upon these resolutions, the
whole day might be thus consumed. He was
willing to give a fair vote on the resolution on
Monday ; and, with a view to proceed to other
business, bo moved that the whole subject be
laid upon the table ; which was decided iu the
negative yeas 80, nays 112.
Mr. Sherman having voted in tho affirmative,
now changed bis vote to the negative tho ma
jority side for the purpose of moviug a recon
sideration of the vote.
Mr. Stevenson moved to lay this motion on
the table ; disagreed to yeas tit, nays 01.
The resolution was subsequently laid on the
tuble yeas 88, nays 81.
Mr. Curtis called up tho Pacific railroad
bill ; and a point of order was raised as to the
necessity of its receiving its first consideration
in Committee of the Whole ou the state of the
Union. Tho Speaker decided that it contained
anyappropriation of bonds to the amount of
$ou,vuv.uvv, io ue reuwmcu iu imny years,
and must therefore bo referred to the Com
mittee of the Whole on the state of the Union.
The House went into Committee Mn Grow
in the chair and proceeded to the considera
tion of the Nebraska, railroad bill; without
making much progress thereon, the Committee
The Speaker laid before the House a letter
from Mr. Ford, proposing to give up his con
tract if Congress shall immediately put into
operation the Government Printing Establish
menlj nnd saying that the reduced prices of
printing are not remunerative ; referred to the
Committee ou Printing.
The House (hen adjourned.
Items Telegraphed from Washington.
Washington, Dec. 17. At tho meeting of
the Pennsylvania delegation last nlgut, inclu
ding the two Senators, Mr. Stevens alone being
absent, the following resolutions were unani
mously adopted :
Jlesuhed, That in our judgment it is the
opinion of the people of Pennsylvania that the
constitutional rights of all sections should be
respected and secured.
Uesolced,' That all the laws should be faith
fully and promptly executed, and that the Union
of the States, the Constitution and laws of tho
United States, should bo maintained and en
forced in all their integrity.
At the conference of the Ohio delegation to
night, all were present except Senator Wado
and Representative Wnde. Though no resolu
tion was passed, the concurrent sentiment was
the maintenance of the Union and the enforce
ment of the laws.
The members of tho New York delegation
met on Sunday night at John Cochrane's room,
to consult upon future action, without regard
to party lines. Mr. Reynolds introduced a reso
lution, drawn by himself, affirming, after a pre
amble stating the basis of the present Union
and Constitution, that the Union must and shall
bo preserved, pledging New York to the sup
port of it. Slavery extension and the right of
secession and coercion nre ignored altogether.
The language is very conciliatory, but calm and
decided. The proposition met with general
support, except on the part of Mr. Sickles, who
introduced uu nmendment, proposing a meeting
and consultation between the New York and
Virginia delegations upon the crisis of affairs,
for the purpose of securing a union of action
between those two great States. Sicklcs's prop
osition met with no general favor, and was not
adopted. Reynolds was adopted by almost
unanimous consent only Sickles, Uarr, and
Mat-lay, opposing it strongly. Briggs, Coch
rane, llaskin. Clarke, and all the Republicans,
Fatal Railroad Accident. An accident,
attended with a fatal result, occurred on the
Baltimore and Ohio railroad, near Mount Clare
station, on Monday evening, about six o'clock.
Mr. Elias Divcn, the regulator of the trains,
was engaged in mnkiug up a train at tho time.
Standing on the platform of a car in motion,
he made n step forward, when his foot caught
in the break, and he was thrown across the
track, the wheels of the car passing over his
leg and breast, killing him almost instantly.
Business on the Lakes. The commerce of
the lakes, of which Michigan is the head, is an
evidence of the condition of the American Med
iterranean countries. The traffic during the
past yenr amounts to $600,000,000, being more
than the exports and imports of the whole
United States. The tonnage of the lakes, steam
nnd'snil, is 500,000 tons. Freights have gone
up to unprecedented prices. The old freight
from Milwaukee or Chicago to BulTulo was low
at five cents, high at ten, but this year it begun
at ten, and is now twenty cents.
Maryland Items. Wo learn from a gentle
man who has just returned from a visit to
Vienna, Dorchester county, Md., that snow fell
to the depth of thirteen inches in that village
on Saturday last ; the weather still continues
very cold. A valuable colored man, belonging
to Col. Hodson, of Vienna, was frozen to death
on the night of the 16th inst., while on his way
home from "Rig Mills," a distance of some
three miles only.
Zouaves in New York. The principal mem
bers of the Zouave theatrical company which
performed in the camp before Sebastopol, and
since received conge to visit London and this
country, have arrived in New York, and attract
ed a great deal of attention in llroadway. It
is stated that arrangements aro in progress for
the appearance of this unique corps dramatiquc
at Niblo's Garden. The Zouaves wear the
usual costume of civilians, except the Fez cap,
a distinguishing mark of the arm of the service
to which they are attached.
The U. S. Ansir for Union. It is stated
on good authority that the sentiment of the
entire army of the United States, among offi
cers of all grades and nativities, on the ques
tion of the day, is for Union. Gen. Scott, in
whom the profoundest confidence is placed,
notwithstanding the rumors of his resignation,
is known to be a stanch Union man.
Tho Persia, from Liverpool on the 7th in
stant, and due on Wednesday or Thursday next,
has $1,000,000 in gold on board ; and the Etna
and Atlantic the latter now fully duo at this
port have about $500,000 more, making, with
that received by the Europa last weok, nearly,
or quite, $2,000,000 in specie from England
since the 1st instant. N. 3 Paper.
A Cow-catcher too Much for a Bear.
On Thursday last, a largo black bear was muti
lated by the cow-catcher of a locomotive, near
Wheeling, Va., and subsequently killed. He
weighed two hundred and eighty pounds.
Spaulding, the "prepared glue" man, gives
a New York paper $31,000 for a single column
of advertisements in all its issues for one year.
A deputation, including two members of Par
liament, left London on the 4th instant, for
Cescrera, to invito Garibaldi to visit England.
The present population of Pennsylvania 'is
set down at 2,013,-141, an increase of G01,CC5,
or of 2G per cent, in ten years.
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SOUTH CAROLINA CONVENTION.
Columbia, Dee. 17. The Convention reas
sembled at 7 P. M.
Mr. Inglil introduced a resolution in effect
that a committeo of blank members be ap
pointed to draft an ordinance proper to be
adopted by the Convention, in order to accom
plish tho purpose of the Convention, and that
individual members desirous of submitting for
the consideration of the Convention any draft
or scheme, bo requested to hand the same in
without delay; also, that the acts nf the Gener
al Assembly of this State, providing for the
assembling of tho Convention, bo referred to the
same committee, with instructions to report
1 he Chair appointed n Clerk, Messenger, and
Ex-Gov. Adams introduced the commission
ers from Alabama nnd Mississippi, who were
received with much applause by the galleries.
The commissioner from Alabama spoke first,
and the Mississippi commissioner followed, both
making moderate addresses, principally show
that they were present by the authority of the
Governors of their respective States, in accord
ance with the desire of a majority of their peo-
The first resolution for the appointment of
a committee on tho ordinanco report was then
adopted 159 yeas, no nays.
On the second resolution, Gadsbury moved to
fill tho blank with "twenty-one." Mr. Rhett
moved to amend the resolution by inserting
other matters for consideration of the commit
tee, which may be presented to them.
Tho nmendment was discussed at length, and
rejected, and the original proposition, with the
blank filled with "twenty-one," was adopted.
Mr. Manigault offered a resolution earnestly
requesting the commissioners from Alabama
and Mississippi to meet with the Convention at
Charleston, which was adopted.
Mr. Pope moved a vote of thanks to the Bap
tist denomination, for the use of tho church,
which was unanimously carried.
The credentials of the commissioners were
ordered to bo spread upon the minutes of the
At 10.20 P. M., on motion of Mr. Keitt, the
Convention adjourned, to meet in Charleston
at 4 P. M. to-morrow (Tuesday.)
Branchville. Dec. 18, 10 A. M. Tho train,
consisting of eight large passenger coaches,
containing about four hundred members of the
Convention, Legislature, and visiters, has ar
rived here, on its way to Charleston.
ARRIVAL AT CHARLESTON.
Charleston, Dec. 18. The State Legislature
nnd Sovereign Convention reached this city at
1 P. M. They were greeted at the depot by a
salute of filteen guns, by the Marion Artillery,
two pieces. This company was in line in two
nnd a half hours after the first member received
his orders to parade. The fifteen guns were for
the fifteen slave States.
In the depot the battalion of State Cadets,
under command of Major Stevens, wero drawn
up in two lilcs, through which the members nnd
delegates passed. Major Stevens mounted 'the
platform of the car and greeted tho President
as follows :
"Mr. PREsmENT: On hearing that the Con
vention of South Carolina was about to visit
the Metropolis nf the State, as an officer of
the State, 1 could not resist tho impulse of my
heart to bring young Carolina as represented
by the battalion of State Cadets to do honor to
the sovereignty of the State, and join with us
in this testimony of respect. Yon have been
welcomed by the guns of the Marion Artillery,
guns which aro as ready to defend the rights
of the State, as they are ready to escort you,
as tho representative of this Convention, to
Tho battalion then shouldered arms, and es
corted him to his carriage. Tbo Cadets wero
then joined by the Artillery, who escorted him
to the Mills House.
After the soldiers had formed a line, Gen.
Jamison alighted. The battalion presented
arms, and Gen. Jnmison, with his head un
covered, said :
" Major Stevens : In the name of the Con
vention, allow me to return you my profound
acknowledgements for tho honor you have con
ferred by this escort. You will at once perceive
the propriety, that on this occasion I should
say no more than this that in coming to your
ancient nnd honored city, the Convention comes
prepared to sign an ordinance which is to make
tho State free and independent." Three cheers
for the Convention, nnd three for the Cadets.
THE SOVEREIGN CONVENTION SECOND DAY.
At 4 o'clock, P. M., nt the Institute Hall,
about one hundred nnd fifty delegates were
present; the galleries wero crowded by at least
sevcu hundred spectators, male and female.
Prayer was olfored by Rev. Mr. Furlan.
Mr. Rhett offered a resolution that n com
mittee of members be appointed to prepare
an address to the people of tuo Southern States,
which was amended by inserting " seven " in
the blank, and adopted.
Mr. Middlcton offered a resolution that the
President be authorized to appoint an assistant
clerk. He said it was apparently impossible
for ono clerk to do the business.
Mr. Adams said he did not think it proper.
In the Convention of 1830, of 250 members,
there was one clerk. If it was really necessary,
he would bo willing to have two.
Mr. Simmons thought it unfavorable to bo
multiplying officers, and tho resolution was
laid ou the table.
Mr. Orr moved that the Charleston delega
tion be requested, by the Convention, to pro
cure a more suitable hall, jvhich wa3 carried.
Mr. Hutson offered a resolution, that four
standing committees be appointed for this Con
vention, each consisting of 7 members, as fol
lows: 1. A Committee on Relations with tho
slnveholding States of North America. 2. A
Committee on Foreign Relations. 3. A Com
mittee on Commercial Relations. 4. A Com
mittee on tho Constitution of the State.
Mr. Richardson moved that the resolution be
printed, and made tho order for to-morrow at
1 P. M., which was carried.
Mr. Quattlebaum offered a resolution, that a
committee J of three be appointed to receive
proposals for printing tho proceedings, to re
port us early as possible; which was carred.
Mr. McGrath offered n resolution that so
much of the message of -the President of the
United States as relates tq what he designates tho
property of the United States in South Carolina
be referred to a committee of , to report of
what such property consists; how it was ac
quired ; and whether the purposes fur which it
was so acquired can be enjoyed by the United
States after the State of South Carolina shall
have seceded, consistently with the dignity aud
safety of the State ; and that the said commit
tee furthermore report the value of the property
of the United States not in South Carolina, ana
the value of the shore thereof to which South
Carolina would be entitled, upon an equitable
division thereof among the States. Applause
ia the galleries.! (Mr. Adams said: ' I will
certainly move to havo the galleries cleared, if
there is any more snch disturbance. 1 ms is a
deliberative body." The President said: "I
take this occasiou to say, that, by a rule of this
body, it is my duty to suppress every disturb
nnco in tho galleries or lobbies. It is manifest
that this Convention cantiot act with due de
liberation, when its proceedings may be dis
turbed by applause or censure. The Chair re
lies on tho propriety of a Charleston audience,
and trusts that it, will have no occasion here-'
after to allude to the subject. This must and
will bo enforced.")
Mr. Moore moved that Mr. McGrath's reso
lution bo a special order for to-morrow, ut 1
P. M. ; which was carried.
Two new members presented their creden
tials. The Chair stated that he had received a doc
ument, atler the adjournment yesterday, at Co
lombia, which purports to be nu address from
a portion of the Georgia Legislature, addressed
to this Convention.
Tho document named was laid on the tabic.
The President named the committee on Mr.
Inglis'a resolution of yesterday, namely : Messrs.
Inglis, Rhett, Chesnut, Orr, Gregg, Duncan,
and Hutson ; and also on the resolution to pre
pare an address to the people of tho Southern
States, namely: Messrs. Rhett, Calhoun, Fin
lay, Wilsouj Desaussurc, Chceves, and Tracy j
also, ou printing, Messrs. Quattlebaum, Sim
mons, Kinsler, and Do Trevillo.
A resolution was offered, that it is expedient
that a council of fivo, citizens of this State be
appointed to act with the Governor of the State
ns councillors and advisers, to be called the
Council of Safety, and that it be referred to a
committee of the Convention, to be reported on
by ordinance or otherwise.
Mr. Orr moved to postpone action on it un
til to-morrow ; which was carried.
Mr. Mazyks moved that the address of the
Georgia Legislature be read.
Mr. Inglis .moved to refer it to the Com
mittee on Foreign Relations ; both of which
After the several committees were requested
to remain, the Convention adjourned until 11
Appearance of the Tbicn.
Numerous freshly-planted trees are seen in
tho streets, outside of the gutters. Cockades
and Palmetto flags are waving from every
Eromiuent point. To the left of the Merchants
fotcl is a splendid flag-staff, from which waves
a white flag, with a green Palmetto tree and a
single red star.
TOMTICAL REACTION IN MASSACHUSETTS.
Boston, Dec.'lH. A strong address to the
people of Massachusetts has been published,
denouncing the unconstitutionality of tho per
sonal liberty bill, and recommending its repeal.
It is signed by thirty-five gentlemen, including
cx-Chicf Justice Shaw, R. It. Curtis, late Judge
of the United States Supreme Court, ex-Governors
Lincoln, Clifford, Washburn, Gardner,
and other eminent citizens, representing near
ly every county in the State.
NOMINATIONS OF THE ALAUAMA CONVENTION.
Mobile, Dec. 18. An immense co-operation
meeting was held here last night, nominating,
with great unanimity, Messrs. Garland, Guode,
W. D. Dunn, John A. Winston, and Robert II.
Smith, for delegates to the Stato Convention.
SOUTHERN STEAMSHIP BURNT AT NEW TORE.
New York, Dec. 18. The steamship John
A. King took fire at her dock this morning.
She was hauled into the stream, where she
now lies, burning from stem to stern.
The John A. King is still burning below
decks, and is almost completely destroyed.
She wns valued at $160,000, and was partly
insured and owned in Charleston and here.
FIRE IN BUFFALO LOSS OF LIFE.
Buffalo, Dec. 18. The tavern connected
with the extensive cattle yard of Burrus &
Dickey was entirely destroyed by fire on Satur
day night. All tho inmates escaped but two
Phineas Dickey, a son of one of the proprietors,
and Jane Burns, a servant. Miss Ellen Dickey
threw herself from a second-story window, se
verely injuring her spine. There wero more or
less injured in escaping, and all suffered in
tensely from tho cold, being obliged to remain
unsheltered in their night clothes. Loss on
building nnd furniture, about $0,000 ; insured
New York; Dec. 18. The Bteamships James
Adger nnd the R. R. Cuylcr, from Charleston
and Savannah, came in collision this morning.
The former's stern and rudder was carried
away, and the latter was badly damaged in her
DEATH OE THE BRITISH CONSUL AT BALTIMORE.
Baltimore, Dec. 17. -William Henry Oven
den, the British Consul, died hero to-day, of a
disease of tho brain, induced by a severe cold.
MURIIEll IN PHILADELPHIA.
Philadelphia, Dec. 18. This evening, ns
Edward Brown, a wholesale liquor merchant,
was endeavoring to collect n bill from Dennis
McCarthy, tho latter shot him. The ball took
effect in the eye, causing immediate death.
McCarthy gave himself up. He alleges it was
done out of self-defence.
NEW YORK MARKETS.
Keu York. Dec. 18. Cotton firm. Sales of
1,200 bales. Flour five cents higher. Sales of
10,000 bbls. Ohio $5.05 $5.25. Southern
$4.90 f5.25. Wheat one cent higher, clos
ing firmer. Sales of 50,000 bushels. Western
red $1.20. White $1.24 ( $1.30. Corn
firmer. Sales of 76,000 bushels. Mixed 62
65. Pork heavy. Mess $15.50, (3 $16.00.
Prime $10.00 $11.50. Lard steady. Whisky
lower at 18 cents. Groceries unchanged. Or
leans molasses 30 35 cents. Spirits of tur
pentine dull. Rosin dull at $1.15. Rice
steady at 2J 3 cents.
A REDUCED TARIFF OF PRICES FOR AR
tlcles adapted for Christmas and New Year
presents. Shawls, Cloaks, Silk Robes, Vehct
Cloaks, Silk Dresses, and many new' and stylish
WOOLLEN DRESS FABRICS.
With all other kinds of first class Dry Goods in
general and special use the tariff of prices on
the whole of which has been reduced to the pres
ent depressed value.
Carpets, Oil-Cloths, Curtains, Rugs, &c, up
Blankets, Comforts, Rouse Linens, &c, base
ment and the vaults.
Strangers, sojourners, and citizens, will Inspect
our stock at their pleasure an examination im
plies no obligation to purchase.
PERRY k BROTHER,
I'enn. avenue and Ninth streets,
dec 19 lOtdlf Perry Building.
THE ladies of Gorsucb Chapel Mite Society
will have a fair at Potomac Hull, corner of
Eleventh street and Maryland avenue, com
mencing on Thursday, the 20th Inst., at seven
o'clock, and continuing for several days.
Admittance adults, ten cents ; children, five
cents. dec 10 lw
THE Republican Association of the Fifth and
Sixth Wards will hold a special meeting at
OJd Fellows' Rail, Navy Yard, this (Wedneiday)
evening, at seven o'clock. Punctual attendance
is required. CHARLES SLEIGH,
dec 10 It Ro;ording Secretary.
THE .CHEAPEST AND BEST PLACE
TO buy your Christmas Presents is at French
k Rlciisteln's, No. 278 Pennsylvania avenue,
between Eleventh nnd Twelfth streets, because
they have the largest and most beautiful assort
ment of Holiday Presents ever before offered In
this city; and they propose to sell all Bound
Books for cash at a discount of from ten to fifty
per cent, less than publishers' prices.
Their stock consists of all the beautifully
bound Holiday and Presentation Books.
Poets, Antique Gilt, Velvet, and Sliver and
Gold Patterns of Prayer-Books, Bibles, Church
Children's Books, Maps, Globes, Games, Ac.
Velvet and Turkey Portfolios, Album J, Ac.
Writing Desks, 1'ortmonnalei, Card Oases,
Chess-Men, Backgammon and Chess Boards, Ac.
Call early and make your selections. They
sell very low for cash.
Don't forget the place
FRENCH A RICH3TEIN,
No. 278 Pennsylvania avenue, be
tween Eleventh and Twelfth sts.,
Washington, D. O.
N. B. Send for a Catalogue of our Children's
Books. ' dec 19 tj2
For Holiday Presents at the Proper
SILK ROBES IN ALL COMBINATIONS
Rich Dress Silks do.
Medium Dress Silks do.
Low-priced Dress Silks do.
VELVET CLOAKS, MODERN STYLES.
Cloth Cloaks do.
QyTbe whole of the abave reduced In prices
to meet the wants of persons with small purses.
Our stock of all the leading DRY GOODS
STAPLES for every day wants was never so
large and cheap.
Ono price only, marked in plain figures.
Carpets, Curtains, OU Cloths, Rugs, Ac, upper
Comforts, House Linens, Blankets, Ac, base
ment and the " vaults."
Strangers and sojourners are informed that
ours Is much the largest and most comprehen
sive stock in this market, and at prices as least
as favorable to their interests.
PERRY k BROTHER,
Penn. avenue and Ninth St.,
dec 19 lOdlf "Perry Building."
Furniture at Cost
PERSON'S in want of Household Furniture, of
good quality, at very low prices, should by
all means call at BROWN'S, 3G0 Seventh street,
as he will, for the next sixty days, close out his
large and elegant stock of House-Furnishing
Goods at cost. A good assortment of Parlor,
Chamber, and Dinlng-Room Furniture, of New
Patterns, and made to order, and warranted.
No. 3C0 Seventh street, near
dec 19 Gt Northern Market.
ALEXANDER W. MOODY,
'EW CIGAR STORE, No. 429 Seventh street,
between G and H streets. Wholesale and
retail dealer In Cigars, Tobacco, Snuff, and
everything pertaining to a first-class Tobacco
Goods delivered to any pait of the city free of
charge. dec 19 3t
NEW CROP FRUITS, Ac.
I HAVE In store and am receiving from the
Northern markets New Crop Layer RABINS,
in whole, half, and quarter boxes ; Malaga Bunch
Raisins, in whole, half, and quarter boxes; New
Crop CITRON, CURRANT.-,
FIGS, FILBERTS, BRAZIL NUTS,
ALMONDS, CRANBERRIES, Ac;
All of which will be sold as low as can be had.
JESSE B. WILSON,
327 Pa. av., between Sixth and Seventh
nov 26 streets, south side.
Prospectus of the National Republican.
Believing that the time has arrived when the
great Republican party of the United States ought
to be fairly represented in the daily press of the
National Metropolis, we have embarked in the
enterprise of supplying the citizens of the District
of Columbia with a daily publication, under the
title of the " National Republican."
In its political department, this journal will
advocate and defend the principles of the Repub
lican party, and endeavor to disabuse the public
mind of groundless prejudices which have been
engendered against It, by the false accusations
of Its enemies. Having the utmost confidence
that the administration of Mr. Lincoln will be
such as to merit our approbation, we expect to
yield it a cordial, but not a servile support. In
the great issue that Is likely to be made with bis
administration, by the eoemles of the Republican
party, the people of Washington and the District
of Columbia have more at slake than the peopl
of any other portion of our common country. We
believe that to support Mr. Lincoln's administra
tion will be synonymous with maintaining the in
tegrity of the Federal Union, against the machin
ations of those who would rend It asunder. No
one can doubt upon which side of this issue the
people of Washington will be found, when they
come to realise that It is fairly forced upon them.
We feel confident, therefore, that in yielding to
the administration of Mr. Lincoln a cordial sup
port, we shall have the sympathy of an Immense
majority of the people of this District and vicin
ity. It is not our design, however, to make the
National Republican a mere political paper. We
intend, that as a medium of general and local
news, it shall not be Inferior to any other journal
published In this city. We shall pay particular
attention to questions of local policy, and advo
cate such reforms as we may deem essential to
the prosperity of the city, aud to the advance
ment of the moral aud material welfare of its
We deem it unnecessary, however, to multi
ply promises, as the paper will Immediately make
its appearance, and will then speak for Itself.
It will be published every morning, and de
livered to city subscribers at six cents per week.
Mail subscribers, $3.60 a year, payable in ad
vance. The publication office is at the corner of Indi
ana avenue and Second street.
LEWIS OLEPHANE k CO.
NATIONAL REPUBLICAN ASSOCIA
11, R. French, President.
J. J. Coombs, First Vice President.
Martin Buell, Second Vice President.
Lewis Clephane, Secretary.
, , Woodford Stone, Treasurer.
Johu nines, G. H. Plant, Job W. Angus, J.
F. Hodgson, James Lynch, G. R. Wilson,
and Henry M. Knight, Executive Committee.
Meets at tho Wigwam, corner of Indiana
avenue and Second street, every Thursday
REPUBLICAN ASSOCIATION OF THE
J. J. Coombs, President.
G. A. Hall, First Vice President.
A. Duvall, Second Vice President.
J. C Clary, Secretary,
Martin Buell, Treasurer.