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L. MILLER, EDITOR 1ND rVBLISHER.
VOLUME IV. NUMBER 26. J
THE CONSTITUTIOfl AND THE UNION.
WHITE CLOUD, KANSAS,! THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 1861.
i TERMS $2.00 FER A.C.U, IS ABTAICB.
ftuice $0ri2-
i From tbt.Nw York Tribna.
MATES. XEEHHQ HI A STORM.
BT BAVABD TAYLOR.
(6m Fimident BoehxniaUu Froc!inulioa.
' JL fftte ctua p from tb toa-toaVft;
Twu firrc November wtather:
c BtU liip bid felt fich a storm btfort,
Ad her plank till be Id together.
f 4.u thai, Uwwjt. th bowlin- len.pt it tbewtd
No alfna of dinfoatton,
"The puteafert nit.: "W1I twit oor ship.
The atsoBch old Con. ti lotion!"
TW captain atood on tlie qaartr-Jeck
"Tbo mm, he said, tbj baiter 01:
- Tirti nj watch be tow, in lh former g!e
1 doubt if well weather Hatteras.
Tbo wind on the one side blows me off,
The carreat sati rae shoreward:
111 joit Itr-to between them both.
And $t$m to be going forward."
MCreakers ahead! cried the watch on the bow;
"Hard op!" was tlie first mate's order;
"She feels the ground swell,' the puungen cried,
"And the seas already board her1
The foresail split in the as cry fust;
In the bold the ballast i In ft J;
And an old tar satd: "If Jackson steered,
We ahoaldat tbns hare drifled!
Bat the captain cried: "Let go yonr helm!
And then he called to the bo's wain:
"Pipe all bands to the qaarterileck.
And well save berby Devotion!"
The first mate borled his trumpet down
The old tars coned together.
To see the good ship helpless roll
At the sport of ware and weather.
Tbo tattered sails are all aback.
Yards crack, and masts are started:
Afid the captain wvepi and says his prayers.
Till the hall be 'raid-ships parted:
Bat God i on the steer. ran n's side
Thejrrew are in revolution
The wate that washes the captain oT,
Will tare the Constitution!
lipListcHaitcoui
ABTEMTTS WARD VISITS ABE LIN
COLN.
I hiv no politics. Nary a ono. I'm
not in the bisniss. If I was I sposo I
should holler versiffrusly in -tho streets at
nite, and go home to Betsey Jane smell
in of coal ile and gin, in the mornin. I
shonld go to the poles airly. I should
stay there all day. I nhould see to it
that my naber wns thars. I should git
carriages to take the kripples, the infirm
and the indignant thar. I should bo on
gard agin frawds and sich. I should be
on the look ont for thn infamns lise of
the enemy, gat up jes bc4 elecshun for
perlitikal effeck. When all was over,
and my kandydate was eleckted, I should
More heving & arth so to speek nntil
Igot. orifice, which if I didsnt git a ori
fice I wonld turn round and abooze the
Administrashan with all my mite and
xnaine. But I'm not in thebinis. I'm
in a far more respectful bisniss nor what
what polertics is. I wouIJent giv 2 sents
to be a Congresser. The wan insult I
rer received was when serttn citizens of
Baldinsville axed me to run fur the Leg
islater. Srz I, "My Trends, dostest think
I'd stoop to that there V They turned
as white as a sheet. I spoke in my most
orfulltst tones, aud they knode I wasent
to be trifled with. They slunked out of
aite to onst.
Ther4. herin no politics, I made bold
to visit Old Abe at his humstid in
opringhelt!. 1 found the old teller in
htsparler, surrounded by a perfeck swarm
of orifice seekers. Knowin he had been
eapting of a flat boat on the roarin Mis
aissippy, I thot I'd address him in aailor
lingo, so ez I, "Old Abe ahoy ! Let
oat your main snls, reef hum the forecas
tle & throw your jib-poop overboard 1
Shiver my timbers, my hardy 1" N. B.
This is ginnine mariner langwidge.
I know, beoaws I've seen sailor plays
acted oat by them New York theater fel
lers.J Old Abe looked up quite cross &
ate,- "Send in your petition by & by.
I can't look at it now. Indeed I can't.
It's onpossible, sir 1"
"Mr. Linkin, who do yon spect I air?"
eedl.
"A orifice seeker, to be snre 1" sed he.
rWal!, sir," sed I, "you's never more
mistaken in yonr life. Yon hain't get a
orifice I'd take under no circumstances.
I'm A. Ward. Wax figgers is mi per
feshan. I'm the father of Twins, aad
they look like me both of them. I cam
Jo pay a frendly visit to the President
leck of the United States. If so be yon
want to tee me say so if not, say so,
aad X'ra orf like a jug-handle."
,1'Mr. Ward, ait down. I'm glad to
seejroa, sir."
"Repose in Abraham's Buzzum," sed J
cne'ortue orifice seekers, his idee bem to
cit orf a goak, at my expence.
"Wall." ssysl, "ef all yon fellera re
pot in that there buzzum, there'll be
mity, poor, nussin for some of you I"
whereupon Old Abe bnttoned his weskit
clear -np and blntht like a maiding of
aweetlQ. Jest 'at this pint of the con
versation another swarm of orifice seek
eraarrove and cum pilin into the parler.
8am wanted post orifices, sum wanted
cotlectorships, sum wanted fnrrin misbans,
and all wanted snmthin. I thot Old
Aba wonld go orazy. He hadn't mora
thtfi.had- time to shake hands with em,
Wi'another tremenjU krowd come'pore
im onto his premises. His house and
door-yard was now perfectly overflowed
with orifice seekers, all clamerns for a
jmmejitJnterview with Old Abe. One
wan from Ohio,' who had abont seven
inches of corn whiskey into him, mis-
WHOLE NUMBER, 182
took rae for Old Abe, and addresttme as
"The Pra-harie Flower or the West I"
Thinks I yott want orifice pooty bad.
Another man with a goldheded cain and
a.rednoze, told Old Abe ho was "a see
ond Washington dr the pride of the bound
less West I"
Sez I, Square, you wouldn't take a
mall a.a-:c :r' 1 1 ?. .
. jiot-uiiuty jijvu .coaiur git u,
would you ?" "
Sex he, "a patrit is above them things,
sir!" ' -8
"There's a pooty big crap of patrits
mi season, ami mere square 7" sed 1,
when another krowd of orifice seekers
pored in. The house, dooryard, barn
and woodshed was now all fall, and when
another krowd come, I told em not to go
away for want of room, as the hog-pen
was still empty. One patrit from a
small town in Mishygan went np on the
top of the house, got into the chimney
and slid down into the parlar wher Old
Abe was endeavorin to keep the hungry
pack of orifice seekers from cuawin him
up alivo without benefit of clergy. The
minit he reached the fire place he jumpt
np, brusht the soot out of hi eyes, and
yelled : "Dont make any pintment for
the Spunkville post orifice til youv red
my papers. All the respeckful men in
our town is signers to that there docky
ment 1"
"Good God 1" cried Old Abe, "they
cum npon me from the skise down the
chimneys, and from the bowels of the
yearth 1' Ho hadn't ruore'n got them
words ont of his delikate mouth be4 2
fat orifice seekers from Weskonsin, in en
deverin to krawl atween his leg for tha
purpiibg of applyin for the tollgateship at
Millwawky, upsot the President eleck,
and he would have gon sprawlin into the
h rep I lira if 1 haunt kowt him in these
arms. But I hadnt ruore'n stoed him up
strata, be4 another man come crash in
down tlie cimnney, nis ned stnkin me
vilently agin the inards, and prostratin
my voluptoou8 form onto the floor. "Mr.
Linkin 1" shoutid the infatuated boin,
"my papers is signed by every clergy
man in our town, and likewise the skulo
master I"
Sez I, "yon egrejis ass," giitin np
and brushin the dust from my ize, "I'll
sine your papers with this bnnch of bones
if you dont be a little keerful how yon
make my bred baskit a depot in the fu
tur. How do yon like that are perfu
mery ?" sez I, shuvin my fist under his
noze. "litem n trie kind ot papers ill
guv you I "Them's the kind of papers
you want !
"But I wnrkt hard for the tickit ; 1
toiled nite and day ! The pr.trit should be
rewarded 1"
"Virtoo," sed I, holdin the infatooa
ted man by the eoat-coller, "virtoo, sir,
is its own reward. Look at me !" He
did look at me, and qualed be4 my gaze.
"Tho fact is," I continued, lookin round
upon the hungry, krowd, "there is ssarce
ly a orifice for every ilo lamp carrid
around dnrin this canpane. I wish there
was. I wish thare was furrin misshnns
to be filled on varous lonely Hands where
epydemiks rage incessantly, and if I war
in Old Abe's place I'd send every moth
er's son of you to em. What are yon
here for 1" I continnered, warmin np
considerable, "cant you giv Abe a min
it' s peece ? Dont you see he's worrid
most to deth ? Go home, yon miserable
men, go home and till the sile ! Go to
pedlin tinware go to choppin wood
go to bilin sope stuff sassengers black
boots git a clerkship on sum respecta
ble manure cart go round as original
Swiss Bell Ringers beeum "original
and only" Campbell Minstrels go to
ltctnrin for 50 dollars a nite imbark in
the peanut bisniss xoritt for the Ledger
saw off your legs and go ronnd givin
concerts, with teehin appeals to a chari
table public, printed onyour handbills
anything for soonest livin ; but don't enm
ronnd here drivin Old Abe crasy by yer
ontrajis cuttin np ! Go home I Stand
not npon the order of your goin, but go
to onst I If in 5 minit from this time,"
sea I, pnllin out my new 16 dollar hun
tin cased watch, and brandishin it bel
ther ize. "Ef in 5 minit from this
time a single sole of yon remains on
these here premises, I'll go ont to my
cage near by, and let my Boy Construc
tor loose I and if he gits amung yon,
you'll think Old Solforino has cam agin
& no mistake !" Yon ought to hev seen
them scamper, Mr. Fair. They ran orf
as if Satan hisself was arter em.with a
red hot ten pronged pitchfork. In fi vs
minits the premises was clear.
"How kin I ever repay yon for your
kindness, Mr. Ward?" sed Old Abe;
advancin and shakin'me warmly by the
hand. "How kin I ever repsy yon,
sir T"
" By givin the whole country a good,
sound administration. By ponrin ilo on
the trubled waters. North and South !
By pnrsuin a patriotic, firm and just
coarse, and then if any Bute wants se-
seshnn, let her aesesh 1"
"How bort my kabinet, Mr. WardI"
sed Abe.
Till it up with 8howmen, sirl Show
men is devoid of politics. They haiat
got a darn principle 1 They know how
to cater to the public. They know what
the pnblie wants, Noith and South. r
Showmen, sir, u honest men. ji yon
doubt their literary ability, lookat their
posters and see smoll bills 1 Ef yon want
a Kabnit as is a Kabnit 11 it op with
Showmen, bnt don't kail on me. Tha
moral wax figger perfeshnn mast not be
permitted to go down while there's a
drop of blood in these vanes 1 A. Lin
kin, I wish you well. Ef Towers or
Walcntt was. to pick ont a modell for a
bntiful man, I scacely think they'd scnlp
yon; ont it you do the fair , thing by
your country, you'll make as patty a an
gel as any of as, or any other man ! A.
Linkin, nte tha talents which natnr has
put into ,yon, jndishously, and firmly,
andall will be weir! A. Linkin, adoo."
,He shook me kordynlly by the hand
we exchanged 'picture, so we could'gaze
npon each others' liniments when far
away from one another he at the heli
um of .the ship of State, and I at the
helium of the show bissiniss admittance
only 15 cents.
Artemos Ward.
Xajor Jaok Dowsing on Secession.
He Give Hi Opinioa Abont Nullifica
tion, and Illustrates it with a Lucid
Example.
We reproduce, for the benefit of tho
present day and generation, the following
letter on Jlnliihcation, from the oslsbra
ted pen of Major Jack Downing :
Wasui.ngton Citt. Jan. 17. 1833.
To the editor of th Portland Courier, in the
Mariners' Church Building, Mcond (turr,
eastern end, Fore Street, away Down East, in
me siaie oi .name.
Mv KIND AXD OCAS OLD VniBND: The
President's message to Congress makes
cracking work here. Mr. Calhoun shows
his teeth like a lion. Mr. MeDufSe is
cool as a cowcumbsr. thonah thev ssv
he's got a terrible tempest inside of him.
that he'll let out before long. For my
part I think the President's message is
about right. I was setting with the
President in the east room last night.
chatting about one thing and another,
and the President says he. Major Down
ing, have yon read my message that I sent
to Congress to-day? I told him I hadn't.
Well, says he, I should like to have yon
read it and give rae your opinion upon it.
So he handed it to me and I sot down
and read it through.
And when I got through, now says I
Uineral, I'll tell yon jest what I think of
this ere bnsiness. When I was a young
ster some of ns DowniBgville boys used
to go down to Sebago pond every spring
and hire out a month or two rafting logs
across the pond. And one time I and
cousin Ephraim, and Joel, and Bill John
son, and two or three more of us had
each a whapping great log to carry across
the pond. It was rather a windy day
and the waves kept the logs bobbing up
and down pretty considerable bad, so we
agrees! to bring 'em along side and side
and lash 'am together and drive some
thole pins in the outermost logs and row
'era over together. We went along two
or three miles pretty well. But by and
by Bill Johnson begun to complain. He
was always an nneasy liarurascarum sort
of a chap. Always thonght everybody
else had an easier time than he had, and
when he was a boy, always used to be
complaining that the other boys had
more butter on their bread than he had.
Well, Bill was rowing on the leward side,
and he began to fret and said his side
went the hardest, and he wouldn't give
ns any peace till one of ns changed sides
with him.
Well, Bill hadn't rowed bnt a little
ways on the windward aide before he be
gan to fret again, and declared that side
went harder than 'tother, and he wouldn't
touch to row on that side any longer.
We told him ha had his choice, and he
shouldn't keep changing so. But he on
ly fretted the more and begun to get mad.
At last he declared if we didn't change
with him in Ave minutes, he'd out the
lashings and take his log and paddle off
alone. And before we had hardly time
to turn round, he declared the five min
utes were out, and np with the hatchet
and cut the lashings, and away went Bill
on his own log, bobbing and rol'ing
about, and dancing like a monkey to try
lo keep on the upper side. The rest of
us'scrabbled to as well as we could, and
fastened onr logs together again, though
we had a tuff match for it, the wind blew
so hard. Bill hadn't gone bnt a little
ways before his log begun to roll mors
and more, and by and by in he went
splash, head and ears. He cam up puff
ing and blowing, and got hold of the log
and tried to climb up on to it, but the
more he tried the more the logrolled; and
finding it wonld be gone goose with him
pretty soon if he stayed there, he begun
to sing out like a leon for us to come
and take him. We asked him which
side he wonld row if wa wonld take his
log into the raft again. O, says Bill,
I'll row on either side or both sides if
yon want me to. if you'll only come and
help me before I sink.
But, said tha President, I hope yon
didn't help the foolish rascal out till he
got pretty good soaking. He got soak
ed enough before we got to him, ssys I,
for he was jest ready to sink for the last
time, and our logs come pesky near, get
ting scattered, and if they had, we should
all gone to the bottom together. And
now Ginsral, this is jest what I think :
if yon let Booth Carolina cut the lashings
you'll see such a log-rolling in this coun
try as yon never see yet. Tho old Gin
oral started np and marched across the
floor like a boy. Says he. Major Down
ing, she sha'n't cat the lashings while my
name is Andrew Jackson. Tell Sargsnt
Joel to have his, company sleep oa 'their
arms every night. I told him they shoald
be ready at a, moment's warning.
I wish yon wonld jest give cousin
Kphraisa np to Augusta a jog to know
why he don't write to me and let me
know how the Legislater is getting along.
'I remain yonr loving friend.
Major Jack Dowxiia.
DIXLE'fliirD!
t wlili I wit ! i HMf tottonj
Old limei tajut noSBbrxtn
Look tw.j! look twj! Ifc wj! Dixit Laad.
In DiiU Lud wkar.IWu bm la.
Est ly on on froiJy moWn
Look away! look awaj! lookTiwajf Dili Land.
CHORCB.-U
Dont wiihl wai In, pip, jjMwsj t Boonj 1
"in Olxia Lmdlil toskaslaad, '
Toibaaddio in Dixit. ' e
Awaj! awaj! wjr down Sooth in Dilio!
Awaj! awaj! awaj down Sooth in Dixia!
Old Hitani many Will d wtabcr;"
WtUom waa a gay dtcaabtr
Look awaj, tie.
Dot when bt patiit arm artond 'it,
lit imlltj ai fitrct at a fortj ponndar"
Look awaj. Lc.
CliOICS Dn 1 with I wai in Dixit, tc.
Ilia Tact was harp as a botcher cltaber.
But dat did not teem to ptab 'r
Look awaj, tc.
Old Mmoi acted a foollih part,
And died Tor a man dat broke her heart
Look awaj, se.
Cuoacs Dtn 1 with 1 war in Dixit, be.
Wow here', a health to dt text old Mlitni,
And all do fait dat want to kin at
Look awaj, S;c.
Bat if jo want to drirt waj sorrow,
Com an bear die ton- tt-antrrow
Look nwaj, sic.
CllotCJ Den I wlih I wat la Dixie, te.
Dar'e bnckwbeat eaket an lagin batter.
Makes jon fat or a little fatter
Look awaj, 5:c.
Den boo it down aa'icrateli joer grabble.
To Dixit Land I'm bona! to trabblt
Look awaj, &e.
ChoC3 Den I wiih I wat in Dixit, to.-
From the New York Tribune.
THE FORTS IN CHARLISTO HARBOR.
Charleston, S. C, Dec. 11, 1860.
Now and then something crops out
which goes a great way to disclose what
is going on nnder the surface. Tbns, for
instance, the pledge which is required of
the several candidates for Governor, in
dicates the existence of the settled pur
pose, to which I hate so often alluded,
not to allow the Federal Government to
hold the Forts in Charleston Harbor.
The pledge is that, "if elected Governor
he will resist the reinforcement of the
troops in Charleston Harbor, "whether
such reinforcement is attempted before
"or after the btate has soceded." Here
is the virtual declaration of the pnrpose
by South Carolina ultimately to possess
the Forts : that should the Government
undertake to send more troops for the
pnrpose of holding them, South Carolina
will instantly attack with the view of
capturing them ; in other words the sov
ereign State of Sooth Carolina will notper
mit the Federal Government to protect
its own property or exercise jurisdiction
within her borders, lbe fact is, the pos
session of the Forts in question is abso
lutely necessary to the plans of South
Carolina. With them she thinks she
can compel negotiation, and, in fact, co
erce the Government. She will not suf
fer the Forts to be strengthened, because
it is within the line of her plans to take
them either "before or after secession"
shall have been ordained, as circumstan
ces shall decide. She may want to at
tack them, at a moment's warning, in
order to precipitate the catastrophe and
bring abont coercion as the means of
rushing on ths other Cotton States, or
she may want them to resist the revenue
laws. Whenever she decidss that she
wants its forts. South Carolina has made
up her mind to have them; and very
naturally she wants to get them at the
least cost of life possible. This being
her game, she is able to bully, cajole,
coax, and coerce the Government into
letting her have her own wav. Instead
of South Carolina being eoerced, bbe is
absolutely coercing the Federal Govern
ment: she has been doing it all the
while, and will continue to do it so long
as the Administration submits, which we
may assume for a certainty will be to the
end.
Pretty much everything here now is in
the militsry way. The volunteer com
panies keep np their drills, and await the
day when they shall be led against Fort
Moultrie. There has recently been pre
sented to the Legislature a memorial,
signed by some Half dozen of the leading
military spirits in Charleston, "in view
of the imminence of war between the
Northern States of this Confederacy and
this State, either alone or in connection
with other Southern States." After giv
ing the view of the signers as to the prop
er manner of officering the military, the
gentlemen proceed to argue at length the
necessity of an Engineer Corps. This is
Sonth' Carolina's weak point. She has
bo able engineer officer at her command,
and has been bidding high for one. The
"case of a military bridge, which it is
necessary to bniM in the face of an ene
my," is spoken of. It is well understood
here that allusion is made to the position
of Fort Monltrie, and the emergency like
ly to arise in attacking it In order to
give the reader some idea of this and the
other fortifications in this harbor, I will
state briefly their location. They are
three in number, namely, Fort Moultrie,
Fort Sumpter, and Castle Pinckney. The
fort is on Sullivan's Island, which is
principally within tha corporate limits
of the City of Charleston. This island
is separated from the main land by a nar
row channel, which sometimes at low
tide may he forded, thongb it wonld be a
very unmilitary thing for an attacking
expedition to .rely on this method of ap
proach. It is precisely here that the
bridge spokea of, aa is aow clearly fore
seen, will be wanted, aad. it is said that
considerable state of forwardness, though
the results thus far have not been alto
gether satisfactory. Fort Moultrie is on
the sea-ward side of the island, nearly a
mile, distant from the channel, so that its
passsge wonld be measurably "in the
face of an enemy," and directly so should
the commanding officer erect batteries at
tho point of landing, which, however, is
not 'certain to be done. Snllivan's Islsnd
is qmte thickly built op, generally with
wooaen tenements, and a horse railroad
traverses the whole distance. The Fort
itself is an extensive work, well provided
with everything bnt men. Its gnns are,
many of them, of ths largest and best
description, and nearly all the recent im
provements in explosives has been intro
duced, in the use of which the men are
well drilled. Indeed, I may state with
confidence that the officers and men at
Moultrie very mnch excel in this partic
ular. Recently within the last ten days
a trench has been dug around the en
tire Fort, and, without going into min
nte detail, it will be enough to sav that
everything is being dono necessary to
place the work in the best possible con
dition of defense. She has recentlv re
ceived six months' provisions. What ia
wanting in men will in a measure be
made up by discipline and completentss
of drath-dealing appointments. The
distance between Fort Moultrie and the
city is about three, miles.
Castle Pinckney stands in the harbor,
wholly surrounded by water, which can
not be bridged readily, between Moultrie
snd the city, and can be operated on on
ly by heavy gnns. It mounts a large
number of heavy gnns, snd has recently
ben very mnch strengthened. In 1832,
Gen. Scott did mnch to strengthen this
position, and most of the works then
added still remain. An engineering force
of a limited number of men has for the
last two weeka been engaged in rendering
the fortification one of a really formida
ble character. Like FortMoultrie, it on
ly wants men.
Fort Sumpter rues ont of the water fur
ther down the harbor, about 3 miles
from the city, nearly abreast of and not
over one mile from Monltrie. It not on
ly commands both the other Forts, but,
it is believed, the, city could be effectual
ly shelled from it" It is thoroughly ap
pointed with all the larger description of
guns. Outwardly it resembles the round,
yellow fort on Governor's Island, though
mjgur. i is inorouguiy uomu-proot,
and believed to be impregnable to any
thing likely to be brought to bear against
it. Though out at sea, it has a fine well
ot fresh water. 1 or some time past up
ward of 100 men, most of them mechan
ics, have been actively engaged in placing
the guns in order. The effect of Capt.
v orues euoris are plainly visible, even
to the unprofessional eye. There have
heretofore been no more soldiers than
were necessary to act as keepers. Mod
erately well garrisoned, Sumpter wonld
prove an ugly customer to Charleston
and its surroundings, should it ever come
to that. One wonld suppose that it
would not be difficult for men when driv
en ont of Moultrie,-if supplied with boats.
to pnll over to Snmpter, and in very brief
pace oi time mane h not wortc tor the
captors in Monltrie.
The United States Arsenal is at the
west side of the City of Charleston. In
it are stored upward of 70,000 stands of
arms and a corresponding amount of am
munition and other appointments of war.
excepting large guns. It is now guard
ed, nominally, by a military corps of
Charleston, whose services the Govern
ment accepted to protect it from the mob
It was an expert movement, a peaceful
capture. It will continue to be thus
guarded, till the time arrives for making
nse of the extensive military store-house
against the federal Government, which
in this, as in many other things, has been
outwitted by the nuliifiers.
In order to show the animus of the
people of Charleston, who thus very kind
ly guard the United States Arsenal. I
will relate a single circumstance which I
ee has lately been revived and made the
subject of a telegraphic dispatch from
Washington. The commanding officer
of Fort Moultrie ordered Capt. Seymour
and a squad or soldiers, in citizens' dress,
to proceed to the Arsenal for several box
es of light arms, and perhsps some am
munition, which, though be could do
without, he deemed best to send for. The
military store-keeper at the Arsenal had
issued an order for the articles called for.
most of them had been taken to tha dosk
and the soldiers were eagsged in placing
them on board of the boat, when a body
of citizens appeared, commanded them
to desist, took from the boat what had
been placed on board, marched tho cap
tain and his men before the Mayor, who
sternly reprimanded them, and bid them
to return to the Fort, report the facts to
their superior, and never be caught is
snch business again. Ever since Uncle
Ssm has been quiet.
Since this letter is so devoted purely to
military matters, I will appsnd tha fol
lowing list of United States officers hare:
Major Robert Anderson, Capt. Abner
Doubleda,Capt. T. Seymonr.LientT. Tal
bot, Lieut. J. C. Davis, Lieut. N. J. Hall,
all of the first regiment of artillery. As
sistant Snrgeon M. W. Crawford, Capt.
J. G. Forbes, Lieat. G. W. Snyder,
engineer corps,
Ths country may rely on them.
A musical rat cornea oat in tho hoase
of Mr. Ross, at AlbaBy, lj. Y., sqaaU
on its hanncbes, and accompanies the
the means of supplying the want is in a piano with very good music.
SLEIGHING SONG.
A trlght lip aad a Saihiaf tjt,
And a heart that tprinp with f let
A tracklett path where moooboame lit.
And a dathlaf iteifh for me!
Let others crowd th bom hearth-eld.
And dread old Winttr't frtwn;
Bnt gie to na bit merrj ride.
Hi, palac aad bit crown.
Th iraret and rockt st fliUiai pair.
And th hooetttadt teem to St
Sweep, iwiltlj on tbt winged blatt,
Bnt falter Hill dah wt.
Old Time maj ttaj hit ranaiaf taad.
And cast bit trjtbe awaj
Vf lire to-ni-ht in a spirit land.
That'e far bejond bit twaj.
Affairs ia Kama.
We are permitted to publish the fol
lowing private letter addressed to a gen
tleman in this city, by Rev. John H.
Byrd, now of Atchison, Kansas, and
formerly of Brown county in this State:
Atchisost, Kansas, Dec. 8.
Yonr letter of tho 2Sth nit. was re
ceived to-day. I will state in one word
that the Montgomery affair is a senseless
and malicious hoax. My information
is direct from the citizens of Linn coun
ty, who are neighbors of Montgorasrv.
iue reports oi oioonsnea and war are
the wild and fanciful stories of old Judge
Wlllism Thue l.e,Bet ! iV..la.-
inuiauu. xucjr uma loss IUIIUUHUUU
than the old romances which wero foun
ded on facts.
Montgomery wns raised in Kentucky,
and has an honest Kentnckian's abhor
rence of human bondage. In all this
terrible time, the tidings of which have
startled the country, he has not been
abroad, except to fulfill his appointments
as a Campbellite preacher.
Neither he nor any of his men have
been to Missouri.
No armed party of his men have been
near Fort Scott.
No armed parly of his men have been
encamped anywhere except in the fertile
brain of Jndge Williams.
It is true that an armed party, consis
ting of fourteen or fifteen men, who were
probably commanded by Capt Jennison,
a friend of Montgomery, has captured and
executed an old border ruffian, named
Sam Scott, who was guilty of a rape
four years ago on two Free State women,
and of other crimes ; and such was his
character that the community did not
feel safe while he lived. They also execu
ted a man named Hines, against whom
tho same crimes were alleged, baring the
rapes. Another man whom they killed
was named Moore, who boasted that he
adjustotl the rope around the neck of
Hugh Carlan, whom the Pro-Slavery
faction hung not long sgo. Another m an
named Bishop, I believe, has recentlv
been shot, bnt Montgomery's friends as
well as others denounce the act as mur
derous. Before tha free Stats settlers were arous
ed to commit these acts of retaliations,
the pro-slavery faction hung a peaceable
free State man named Hngh Carlan; and
also a young man, Guthrie, was hungbv
them at midnight?- In the same vicinity.
a young man, uonn uanton by name,
was shot down and killed while standing
in the door of a grocery on the State line.
Capt. Jennison also was recently shot at,
near his own honse, by an assassin who
lay in ambush in a ravine. It was such
acts as these which exasperated -the Free
State men to execute summary vengeance
on the men who were destroying the peace
ot me country.
All these events are greatly to he de
plored, but let Kansas be admitted as a
State, or 1st us have snch honest officials
as we expect of President Lincoln, in the
place of the cowardly and malicious an
pointees of the pro slavery Administra
tion, ana peace win reign inroagnout all
our borders. Yours, truly,
Johx H. Btb.
P. S. I have neglected to say that
the famine in this country is wide spread
and severe, and any charitable contribn
tions of the good people whom Provi
dence has blessed with an abundant bar
vest will be wisely bestowed.
P. S. The United States troops have
reached Linn Connty, bnt they will find
nobody to fight, and I presume nobody
to arrest.
Six or seven hundred troops from St.
Louis have also gone down to the border
on another fool's errand, and will return
the laughing stock of the commnnity,
not by their own fanlt, but by that of
their superiors. J. H. B
The South Caholiwa Palmetto. The
walls of Fort Monltrie, which defended
the harbor of Charleston when the Brit
ish attacked it, in the Revolntion, were
of the logs of the Palmetto tree. For
this reason for the good service the
Palmetto did on the occasion it has ever
been regarded aa the natural tree of Sonth
Carolina, and in honor of which it is
called the Palmetto Bute. .
A Washington correspondent suggests
that on the question of repressing seces
sion, Mr. Buchanan occupies the platform
of Ensign Stebbings, who was in favor
of the oiaine Law, bnt opposed to its ex
ecution. Louisville Journal.
A correspondent of the Atlsnta fGa.)
Intelligencer gives.it as his opinion that
ths Hon. Alexander H. Stephens "is
conscientiously and at heart an Aboli
tionist, and has no insuperable objections
to Lincoln oa that score."
Packaces have been received at the
post -office, Alexandria, Va., directed
to "Alexandria, Virginia, Southern Con-foderacy."-
The Kansas Famine Heirtrendisr
Details.
A correspondent of the Chicago Tri
bnne writes from Atchison, Kansas, un
der date of Deo. 9th :
I reached this city yesterday morning.
On landing at the levee from the railroad
ferry boar, the first objects to be seen
wore a long string of wagons, with nura
bsrs of gaunt and hungry oxen standing
near. I was told they woro from the ia-.
terior, driven here to be loaded with that
provisions sent for the relief of the peo
ple. The first men I saw were, Mr.
Pomeroy, the general disbursing agent
of tho Relief Committee ; Dr. Ayers, of
uinn county ; u. ii. .Lines, or Wanbon
see county, and Mr. Graham, of Doni
phan county. I was immediately plied
with questions to know how the people
East were sustaining the efforts msdo to
relieve the destitution. I gave all the
information of which I was possessed,
and in return was told that the destitu
tion had been underrated entirely. The
Rev. Mr. Graham said that there were
50,000 who must be sustained for some
months. Dr. Ayers, one of the most in
telligent and well esteemed citizens of
Linn connty, said that at least forty thon
ssnd must bo kept from starving for six
months to come. Those ffntlemn T
know and have every confidence in.
I walked np to the office wherein is
trsnsacted the business of ths relief. It
was crowded with the men in charge of
the teams standing in the strests and on
the levee. As I came along I connted
twenty-three, and was told that at least
fifty were in town. Snob a scene ! Great.
stalwart men, gauat, lean, hungry, look
ing weary, sad, tired and dispirited,
poorly clad.'and in all respects filling one
with the conviction of suffering patiently
boras and long reprcssod men, some of
whom I recognized, and all of whom
bore the unmistakable character of stur
dy industry and' independence common
to our western pioneers. To look npon
those faces and road the sad tale of suf
fering within, told tho story far more
forcibly than my feable words can.
.Mingling among them, I took down
in my notebook tho statements made by
some dosen of them. I give yon a few.
that your readers may sea this is no So-
tion.
The first I spoke to was a poorly bat
decently clad middle sged man a re
spectable looking farmer. This is the
substance of his storv :
"My name is Walter Cain : I live in
Jefferson township, north part of Jack
son connty, about 40 miles west of Atch
ison. I have been here fonr times with
ont obtaining any aid. My orders from
the local Committee represent about
three hundred voters, ( about twelve hnn-
dred persons.) There has been literally
nothing grown in onr section and many
suffer. 1 planted 25 acres in corn, wheat
and potatoes. I have no corn, no pota
toes, and only abont 30 bushels of whsst,
as the harvest. My son-in-law had four
teen acres planted in corn, but did not
harvest a single ear."
By this time manv had gathered
around me and were disposed to tell their
stories. I pioked out a small, keen eyed,
intelligent appearing man, and asked him
what part of the interior he tame from.
He said :
"My name is A. V. Saunders ; I am
from Whitewater creek, Otoe county."
Whitewater is in the extreme sonthwest
of Kansas, and is at least 200 miles from
Atchison. Oar country is somewhat
new. Judge Norton took the census.
He reports about 400 persons in the
connty. Oar-settlement is abont a spec
imen of all. Of eighty-three acres, plan
ted in corn by six of my neighbors, (the
narrator at the same time telling the pro
portions planted by each of that amount,)
wo have not harvestod a single bushel.
We have no breadstuffs. We have some '
buffalo meat, no potatoes, no vegetables.
Have been here ten days ; it is two hun
dred miles to our place, and I only get
for my wagons, (two I think he said)
twelve sacks of meal and eight of pota
toes." A grave, earnest looking, middle aged
man said, in reply to my questions, that:
"Hi name was W. K. Beech ; lived
on Mission Creek, Waubannsee county,
abont one hundred miles from this place.
The settlement contained abont 150 per
sons last summer, half of whom had
left. Of the rest, only three farmers bad"
any old corn. There was nothing raised
there. I know of six families perfectly
destitute. These families will average
six esch aboat thirty six in altT They
have nothing, sir, bat what the neighbors
give of their little supply."
This was said in a very earnest tone,
in response to my startled look.
"One family consists of a sick widow
and five children. They have nothing
bnt what we give them. Have been here
with two teams waiting ten days, and
Mr.' Pomeroy can give us no more of a.
load than ten tacks of meal, and twentr
sacks of potatoes. We are afraid- of
these freezing.
"Will yon please read what yon have
written, sir V said Mr. Beech, as I clos
ed my note-book. I did so, aad ha cor
rected one or two immaterial errors- I
had made. No man's story impressed
me as did this old gentleman's. He waa
so earnest and conscientious in his state
ment, that one felt the unsaid to be worse
than what was said.
The Frankfort Commonwealth baa
manufactured a new word, "fool unities,"
demanded by and msnufactured'for tha
present crisis.
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