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WHITE CLOTH, KAK8AS:
Tkirstay, : : Jauary 18, ISM.
Editorial Correspomdeace -From
- Topkka, January 11, 1866.
"We are not prepared to sty that a trip
over the prairies of Kinsas, in mid
winter, tia Kennekok and Grasshopper,
is on f the pleasures of life ; yet, con
sidering the pleasant weather dnring the
trip just made, we cannot complain of
-euKh discomfort attendant upon it. In
fact, a number of pleasant episodes occur
red, among which, the one that will Ion
gest be remembered as a green spot in a
dnll journey, was the procnring of a pot
of hot coffee at "Pap's House." "There
was no discount on that coffee. The
beauty. of it was, that it would, have
tasted as well under any other name. Had
we called for tar water, corghnm, or ful
ler's lye, that same article would have
filled the bill, as well as it did for coffee.
The presence of half a score of little
Horrals, who looked as if they had grown
amid the droppings oi the bovine
stnctaarj with which we were Eurround
ed, only served to heighten the relish of
the magic liquid with which we were da
lgktiag onr palates aad stomachs. The
only thing that threatened to mar the
harmony of the company, was an evident
desire of every man to have the honor of
paying for so rare a treat. Bnt our con
doctor, with his well-known activity
when a generous deed is to be performed,
slid in and paid the bill while the others
were contending for the honor.
Another pleasant little episode occur
red in that dreary stretch of uninhabited
country Topekaward from Grasshopper
Falls. One of the fore wheels of our vehi
cle ran too slowly for the tire, whereupon
the latter dissolved connection with the
former, and for a time the two bad a close
race. Bnt the tire broke for the prairie,
and the wheel broke down, lnere we
Jay for two or three mortal boars, until
onr energetic conductor went forth on a
prospecting tour, and procured a farm
wagon in which to complete the journey.
We indignantly reject the insinuation of
one of the company, thst-tbe conductor
aforesaid fell in with a meeting-house on
the way, and stopped to preach to a con
gregation there collected.
Arrived at Topeka, we found the usual
Sabbath dullness prevailing. The only
lively persons to be. Been, were those self-
sacrificing and sociable individuals who
were anxious to make the acquaintance
of members of the Legislature, and ob
tain their votes for divers little subordi
nate positions in the two Houses. We are
sorry lo confess that our one year's ab
sence from the Legislature, has made us
green with regard to the peculiarities of
ibe Capital. For instance, we undertook
to spit against the wind, without bowing
our face to the ground, and to our con
sternation, the charge took effect in the
face of a person just behind us. Fortu
nately, ho was a new member of the
House, who supposed that to be one of the
ways of the Capital, and politely begged
our pardon. Of course, we had it not in
onr heart to refuse him.
Both branches of the Legislature or
ganised on Tuesday. A. R. Banks was
chosen to the vacant Secretaryship of the
Senate, withonl opposition.. In the
House, the contest for the Speakership
narrowed down to Jacob Stotler and Col.
John T. Burris. Burris was chosen on
the first ballot; and John T. Morton was
elected Clerk, without opposition.
A number of bills have already been
introduced in the Senate, but none of
MMial importance. Mr. Gamble", of
T.vMmeth. has introduced a Joint
Resolution to so amend the Constitution
M to allow the'Soprerne ttd 'District
Judges larger salaries. It ought to pass.
There la a slim chance to get competent
nee for those important positions, on
salaries less than poor-rate lawyers can
ears by their practice. It is poor econo
my to place salaries so low that a man
who is capable of filling an office credita
bly cannot afford to accept it The salaries
of the Governor and State officers are too
low. The same may be said of the pay
of members of the Legislature, at the pres
ent enormous charges for board, tc, at
Topeka. Five droMara per day would be
The newspaper question U again before
the Legislature, in the shape of a propo
sition to take ten copies of some Daily
for each member and office of the Legis
lature, under pretence of furnishing the
people with Legislative reports. From
two'to'three thousand dollars of the peo
ple's money will thus be squandered, and
rife Aw persons- wbVr receive the papers
wllT be no better posted b'ut'more confuted
than if they received no papers. We
have dims onr best against it, but are
snowed'tfBder, as usual. The fight now
is, as to whafptperitBball be the State
Record or the Lawrence Tribune.
The Governor's Message was read on
Wednesday. The principal points are
the following: Statement of the Finances
of the State. Statement of troope'fur
niened by the Stale during the warT- fix
planation ofjast Winter's draft, showing
tie Governor's efforts to 'prevent it, and
.to obtain the discharge' of drafted men,
aatftnr means -by-which" his efforts were
foiled. An-expression in1 favor of 'addi
tional! bowtfe i Kansas.. soldiers who.1
ealisted-arthe beginBing'of""tbewar. "A
statement of the claims arising from the
Price Raid, audited by the Claim' Com-
miraioners. Correspondence relative to
the Cherokee Lands, in Southern Kansas.
Recommendations in favor of enconraging
emigration; of the organization of new
Counties; of legislation in behalf of Edu
cation; and of provisions for the Deaf
Mute Institute. Favors a change in the
site of the Penitential y. Recommends:
an appropriation to commence the erec
tion of Capital buildings. Favors the
Monroe Doctrine, the hanging of leading
traitors, and standing by the Adminis
The people of this place have set their
hearts upon an appropriation to com
mence the erection of Capital buildings;
but it will hardly pass, unless it be se
cured by means of swapping with differ
ent delegations who have pet schemes to
The question of negro suffrage has not
yet been introduced, but we understand it
will be on band in due time.
The members from Doniphan County
and Northern Kansas are all on hand,
doing their duty, except Mr. Drenning,
who has been severely ill. He expects to
be here, the last of the present week.
Mr. Mix is here, and we understand
has his documents ready to contest tho
seat of Mr. Stratton, of the Doniphan
District; La?- up to the present writing,
the contest has not been introduced.
Gen. Lane is in town, and 'will speak
to-night, in Representative Hall, on the
subject of Reconstruction. He takes a
strong stand in favor of the President's
policy. It is reported that Cols. Phillips,
Anthony and Jennison will take the op
position ground. If so, a lively discus
sion may be anticipated. 'We understand
that Anthony and Judge Griswold took
issue with Lane, in his speech at Leaven
worth, a few evenings since, and that the
meeting closed with a regular bear dance.
As an accompaniment to Lane's move
ment, two sets of Resolutions have been
introduced into tho House one set by
Mr. Glick, of Atchison, fully and une
quivocally sustaining the President's pol
icy; the other set1 by Col. Jennison, quo
ting various declarations of President
Johnson in favor of punishing traitors
and confiscating their property, and ask
ing him to stand by his declarations.
We shall doubtless have our full allow
ance of political buncombe, this Winter,
at tne expense oi tne people. iJct it is
not a little singular to find Jim Lane
fighting on the same platform'with such
a dyed-in-tho-wool Democrat as G. W.
The annual accident occurred last night,
in the cellar-way or man-trap in front of
the old Topeka House. J. C. Burnett,
formerly of the Humboldt Land Office,
fell into the trap and broke an arm. One
Winter, Mr. Holladay, of the Overland
Mail Company, fell into the pit and al
most killed himself. The following Win
ter, Col. D. R. Anthony fell into the
samo place and broke bis jaw. We do
not know who was the sufferer last Win
ter; but rumor has it that during that
session, there were dangerous pit-falls all
over the house, from garret to cellar. "No
death reported in consequence, but any
nnmber of persons played out. It is to
be presumed, that when some person losos
his life in that trap, proper sanitary pre
cautions will be taken to avoid accidents
in the future.
The weather, since our arrival," has
been rainy, muddy, and disagreeable in
the extreme. The only thing worthy to
be mentioned in connection with Topeka
mud, is Topeka wind.
Topeka has grown rapidly, within the
past two years. A large number of sub
stantial and costly 'buildings have been
erected, the place wears a business aspect,
and strange faces are plentiful. Among
the improvements, (which will be referred
to hereafter, we notice that Messrs. Mac
donald fc Baker of the State Record, have
got up a fine erection.
JOld Residestebs Turned Up. ,A
citizen of this County informs us that,
being in St. Joseph, a short time since,
he came across Carey B. Whitehead, one
of the.old Border Ruffian bell-wethers of
this County, who left 'at the beginning of
tbe'war, to prevent the Kansas "Aboli
tionists from stealing his niggers. He
represents Whitehead as being as ragged
and forlorn a specimen of humanity as
he ever saw; and that he acknowledged,
with a bitter oath, that bis niggers were
Another citizsn, who was not long
since at Fort Leavenworth, says he met
there Charley Blakely, formerly another
Border Ruffian ring-leader, at Iowa Point.
Blakely said he was residing somewhere
in Platte County, Missouri, and 'declared
that he had not, dnring Tie whole war,
committed' any act of disloyalty to the
GrbvernmetiC We would like to believe
it, but his place of residence renders bis
status suspicious.' We did not learn
what business took .bim lo the Fort.
? Highland Nursery. We would call
especial attention to tLe advertisement of
the Highland Nursery. If you wish any
kind of Fruit, Ornamental or Shade
Tree; or, if you want any kind of a Vine,
Shrub or Flower, go to the Highland
Nursery, or send your orders to St J.
Edgerly, Highland, Kansas, where they
will be promptly and satisfactorily filled.
The articles are all adapted- to Kansas
soil, and consequently more apt to live
and thrive, than those sent from a foreign
BoilV " ....
xaasetriaat Strategic Move-
Gen. Lane, always sharp a, a steel-trap
in looking to Number One, has just been
in the State, engaged in a piece of strate
gy which is likely to work quite a change
in the drift of politics, which, since his
last election to the Sennte, had not been
altogether to his satisfaction or advantage.
His movement consists of making speech
es, fully and heartily endorsing the Presi
dent's reconstruction policy, and securing
the passage of resolutions by public meet
ings and by the LVgislatnre, of the same
import in short, pledging adhesion to
and support of the Administration, mak
ing himself and his friends its champions
It has hitherto been generally under
stood that Lane was in bad favor with
the President, and had no influence with
the Administration; while, on the other
band, Senator Pomeroy had the Presi
dent's confidence, and could control offi
cial patronage, in this State. Pomeroy,
instead of taking advantage of this favor,
to secure his own re-election, he frittered
away the opportunity, and evjan associa
ted himself with those members of Con
gress wbo had declared their opposition
to the President's reconstruction policy. J
Lane at once took possession of the van
tage gronnd thus presented, and we are
greatly mistaken if he has not made him
self master of all the advantages which
Pomeroy's timidity or lack of energy
permitted to go unimproved. Pomeroy
may prefer to fight for principle rather
than patronage; but in a contest for U. S.
Senator in Kansas, he will find that
patronage is a mighty power, against
which it is an up-hill business to con
tend. MonE Valuable than Treasury Notes.
How that old cynic, Sam Johnson,
would have revelled through- Webster's
massive new Unabridged 1 How he
would have gloated over its magnificent
letter-press and its illnstrations, beautiful
as new Treasury Notes, and much more
valuable lo the student. The Merriams
have incurred a fabulous expense in hav
ing the whole work re-written, re-set, re
cast, and re-published. It is not a mere
revision, bnt a reconstruction. To insure
excellence in typography, it comes
from the Riverside Press, which is all
that need be said about its mechanical
execution. It is a marvellous specimen
of learning, labor, research and taste. It
is by far the greatest literary work of the
age. Baltimore American.
No Sir 1 It is true that the popnlar
remedy known as Coe's Cough Balsam
does not dry up a cough, bnt loosens it
so that the patient can expectorate freely.
Give it to thn children freely, arid take
it yoursolf, for bad colds.
It does not take a week to receive ben
efit fiom Coe's Dyspepsia Cure. It will
immediately relieve pain in the stomach,
souring or rising of food, and cure the
worst cases of Dyspepsia.
Hollowav's Pills and Ointment.
Sprains, Dislocations, &o. Neither
opodeldoc liniment, nor any other embro
cation can equal the efficacy which char
acterize these essential vegetable extracts
in tbo enres of sprains, strains, uonnds,
bruises, contusions, or' dislocations, &c
They are unequalled for alleviating pain,
reducing local inflammation, and promo
ting a rapid cure.
5 The Salt Like Vedette says that one
of tho boys in that office, talking about the
cold, says he lived in Idaho somewhere,
a few winters since, where tho weather
was so cold that it took an an old wo
man a day to boil some potatoes, and,
when she went to take 'em off the fire, the
last one of 'em was froze 1
The Big Blue Union has again
been suspended, until the adjournment of
the State Senate, of which the editor is a
member. We would prefer staying at
home and running o'Jr paper to going to
the Legislature and suspending publica
tion until we returned.
yTbe Council Grove Press has
changed hands, aud comes out an ac
knowledged Democratic, paper. It is
now called the Council Grove Democrat.
The Democracy are preparing to organ
ize once more in our State, and there are
several other papers that will take that
side, when the sign is right. ,
' E nlargino There is at present a ma
nia for enlarging newspapers in Kansas.
We only hope the publishers may be
able to see their way through, and not
be losers by the operation.
The Leavenworth Times has been en
larged to a nine column sheet, and is now
the largest paper in the State.
The thief and horse were botb
brought to this city on Monday, and on
the following day, turned over to the
Sheriff and lodged in jail. .We are in
formed that he was released on Monday
last, by giving bail in the sum of 8500.
Besides wishing the man and horse bad
happy time while in jail, we would like
to know which gave the 8500 bail, and
was released the man or horse.
Our city was visited on Tuesday
last, by Barker & Watson's iEIean Min
strel Troupe. Those wbo have a fine ear
for vocal music, should have attended the
performance; for some neir() and inter
esting songs were sung, such as "There
was "a crow sa on. a tree," "Commence
ye Darkies, all," kc For the informa
tion of the citizens of this vicinity, it is
needless to add'thst the exhibition pari of
the show was a bumbng; '
J! Blood? Affrat. On last Friday
evening, at about 7 P. M., the quiet of
our village was disturbed by a negro row.
It appears that two of the negroes bad
some difficulty in the afternoon, at one of
the saloons, but that trouble apparently
died away; and in the evening these two
persons, Jack Wright, and " Sandy
Shackelford, in company with Manson
Duncan, got into a regular "set to," in
which knives were freely used; and before
the expiration of which Sandy was horri
bly cut up, he having received one gash
in bis neck, one in his arm, and five in
his side and back, none of which we be
lievc will prove fatal; and the other men
received only slight injuries, if any at all.
We were pleased by the promptness
with which these gents, (excepting the
one who was ion de combat), were taken
into custody by the proper officers ; and
on Saturday morning taken before Justice
Taylor, who, after hearing the witnesses,
bound Wright and Duncan over, under
bonds of 8200 each, to await their trial.
We(understand they both got bail.
We are qot alone in thinking this
drunken rowdyism has gone far enough ;
and we hope this last muss will' wake
oo'r citizsas op, so that such riots as that
of last Friday will immediately come to
a stop; for, if permitted to be carried on,
our city will get a bad name, both at
home and abroad.
0 Platte Codntbt Railroad.'. The
Governor of Missouri has recently taken
possession of the Platte Country Rail
road, in the name of the State. It will
be remembered that about a year since, it
was secured by a company of Atchison
men, who stipulated to pay to the State,
at the end of the year, 8300,000. They
have failed to eome to time, and have lost
the road. It will doubtless soon, pass
into new hands, who will take measures
to continue the building of the road
north, in the direction of the Iowa State
IsfZW No bill has been introduced into
the Legislature for negro suffrage ; bnt,
judging from the groans no heard on last
Friday night, it knife bad been introduced
for negro suffering. '
EST" According to the latest accounts,
fonr of the Adams Express robbers have
been arrested, and 8250,000 of the money
tW Why was theBig Muddy, at this
place, last week, like a camel ? Becauso
she took in an enormous quantity of
water, and had her back up.
A SPECIMEN OF EGYPTIAN DARK
NEW, rirrnxci a negro to the
His Life Saved by a Fortune Teller.
If you were never a negro, reader, and
we will not insult you by supposing that
yon never were,.you can have but a faint
idea of the ignorance and superstition that
prevails among" them. We do not for a
moment presume that nny person will be
fonnd to question the sagacity of the
above remark, ami wo are equally cer
tain no one can be fonnd who will be
able to detect-any connection between it
and the incident we are about to relate.
But to our story :
"Once upon a- time," as the story
books have it and the time herein refer-
ed to was but!a few days removed from
the present an antideluvian nero, who,
like poor old "Uncle Ned,
"Had no wool on the top of his head,
The place where the wool ought to grow,"
and who has a local habitation and a
name within less than a score of miles
from this city, was suspected of stealing
some articles of wearing apparel from an
old crone who lives in the same vicinity.
The neighbors none too intelligent,
perhaps, and with deep rooted prejudice
against his race attempted to make him
confess the theft, but he persisted in
stoutly denying it.
Finally, "iey resorted to extreme
measures to force him into confession.
actually suspending him in mid-air from
tne limb of a tree, taking care, however,
to let him down before life was extinct.
Failing to extort a confession from him
in this msnner, they displayed a degree
of.ignorance.and superstition, unwoitb
any wmto men oi me nineteenth century,
by consulting an equally ignorant "for
tune teller," who, perhaps to allay the
excitement, and in mercy to the 'poor
negro, told jlbem he was innocent. This,
not being in accordance with their ex-
pectations ana inherent prejudices, was
deemed unsatisfactory, but the gullible
negro becameperfecty ecstatic when the
"glad tidings" reached his ears, and he
made immediate application to the for
tune teller for a certificate of bis inno
cence, firmly 'believing that such a docu
ment would vindicate bis character before
the whole world. Failing in this, he
made application to some official here for
protection irom ms.persecuiors. oo tne
matter stands at present, bat we do not
presume tne negro win again oe su eject
to the hanging system. And as it is not
at all probable he u guilty of the theft
imputed to bim, we nope be may be
spared further persecution.' Cairo Demo
The river editor of the Louisville Dem
ocrat gets off the following on the sale of
tho beautiful little Obiojpacket, "Uomeo,
recently purchased by U. bbewmaker,
of Terra Haute:
No more will this gifted image greet
the eyes of those fondly loved. No more
will the "red vecl" distnrb the placid
bosom of the Ohio. No more will thy
whistle echo along the vine-clad bills or
in the verdant valleys to make the owl
forget his tone, 'or the playful rabbit
hunt his hole. Good-bye, Old Boy! It
is too'muob for u; we weep at parting,
but we hopeyour "run" will be a good
Why was Herod's wife like a Fenian
organization 7 .Because see naa a fieea
sent her. (Head Centre.); .. .
Its Fiaaiehl CiiUi
The Rochester Union of the 24th i nit.
contains an abstract of an official exhibit
recently published by the Directors of lbs
Western Union Telegraph Company,
from which we pxtract the following:
Since May, 1864. the proceseof acqni
sition and construction has been going onf
and'3.800 miles of wire taken in by con
solidation, and 8.593 mile have- been
purchased and put into use to increase
The capital stock is 821.355.10U
Bonds outstanding 81.908.500. Tern-
Dorarv loan for construction, 8392,451.
Doe Railroad Companies, 8S.939 36.
The assets are for telegraph wire,
equipment, &c, 821.040,074. Produc
tive stock in other companies, 82,442,
250. Real estate. 820,000. Doe from
railroads, 813 900. Due from telegraph
companies, 818.946. Doe frm other
sources, about 830,000. Cash, 859,929.
The bonds were issued to purchase a
majority of the California telegraph.
The stocks of other telegraph companies
are valuable in investment, paying divi
dends. The company has about 44,000 miles
of wire in u-.e, mostly galvanized "and in
good condition. Number of offices
1,014. The franchises and contracts
with leading railway and telegraph com
panies are considered very valuable.
Kecoipts from May 1st, 18b4, (o Octo
ber 1st. 1S65, 8599,557 23. .Surplus
balance, 8377,222 03. Proceeds of con
struction bonds 8347,869 38. Proceeds
of temporary loan for construction
8392.451 60. Total. 84.717,100 24.
Working expenses in the same lime,
81,513,429 81. Taxes. 8138.179 50.
Dividends, 82,011.405 50. Interest of
May coupons, 867,847 50. Construc
tion, 8780,099 39. Cash and balances
Due. 8206,-139 34.
Tbo increased earnings of the first nine
months of 1663., 8628,113 80, over the
same period of 1864.
The net profits of this period are
To meet the bonds maturing -for the
purchase of the California line, it was
deemed best to issue preforred stock.
Another line was demanded to California
and this is lo be put up and paid for in
tho same manner. For this purpose
S3.000.000 of such stock will be issued
and so much as is not converted by trje
bondholders will be offered to stockholders
at par. The preferred stock is guaran
teed for eight per cent.
We have often been puzzled to know
what people meant by conservative, but
at last there is a definition which is
clear and satisfactory. Thj Nashville
Union and, Aniericiu, declares that
"liberal . 'audi patriotic- party," which,
dnring i'tie war, was known at the North
by the name of Copperheads, to be the
real conservatives, and we incline to the
conviction that at last this rebel journal
has bit upon the truth. Nor is it out of
the way whon it assures the party which
it loves with finch fond affection, that
"the people of the South have not for
gotten, and are not indifferent to the spirit
of fairness, 'magnanimity, and concilia
tion manifested from time to time by
this little Spartan band of conservatives."
Perhaps our readers may like to know
who are regarded by The Union as genu
ine leaders of the conservatives. Tbey
are ex-President Pierce and ox-Governor
Seymour, in New England; ex-President
Buchanan and Senator Bigler, in Penn
sylvania; and Mefsra Vallandigham.
Long, and Voorhees, in the Northwest;
also. ex-President Fillmore, Geoige B.
McCIellan, Gen. Buell, and Gen. George
W. Morgan. Ibese are tbe persons
whom the South a; will nsver forget;
and we think all impartial men will
agree with us 'that it could not forget
them without the most surprising ingrati
tude. Rebels and conservatives are
natural friends, and oogbt not to be-divi
d ed . Chicago Hepubtiean.
Scfferino on the Plains. The Kan
sas City Journal says the Santa Fe stage
arrived there on tbe inn, fifteen days out,
brings a through mail and full load of
passengers. Throughout this section of
the county the weather has been remark
ably mild during the entire winter
months. On tbe plains, however, there
has been intsnso suffering, resulting in the
loss of property and life. Tbe conductor
reports several trains snow-bound on tbe
route, and immense suffering as liable to
botb man and beast. A man, aged about
thirty years, frozen to death, was , picked
np between Forts Lyon and Dodge. - His
body was broaght to the latter place and
interred. .Should (he eold weather con
tinue, the thousands of animals and hun
dreds of human beings now on tbe plains
witbont shelter or protection, will be sub
jected to rigors which it will take all of
flesh and blood to withstand. - -
Gioantic Robbebt 8500.000 Stolen.
The safe of the Adams, Jgxpjess Cotn
p'any, says the Leavenworth ConservaT
tiye, was opened, Saturday night on the
train, between New ToVlc and New Ha
ven and robbed of(a large sum of money.
The value of the amonnt 'stojen was, as
near as It can be ascertained at present,
about 8500.000. Tbe car was probably
entered while at the depot in New York.
The thieves, pried off the Jock on one door
of the car; also the locks to two of tbe
Adams Express Company's safes.
Eighty thousand dollars in green-backs
snd sixty thousand in Government notes.
were left by the thieves on tbe floor of
tne ear. Tbey got out with their plunder
at Cobb Bridge. Officials of tbe, .Com
pany are investigating, matters. The
robbery was not discovered until the ar
rival of tbe train at Boston. ' r
- New York. Jan. 18.
Tbe Heralds Fortress Monroe corres
pondence says the vigilance of tbe mili
tary authorities in their search for any
persons who may be concerned in tbe
supposed plot to liberate Jeff. Davis, baa
not been in any degree relaxed, since the
expulsion, fross tbe district of all wbo'
are known to have been at one time in tbe
rabel service", and a sharp lookont is
still kept on all arrivals, both by land
and water: And the conspirators, if the
plot really, exists, are left little opportu
nity for the prosecution of their scheme.
Gesl. Wiafcld 8eeU.bad a reception
tendered hiBBrlat.-.Kev .West, on New
A bill has been proposed in Congress
to create tbe rank of General in our ar
mies. We believe its fntention is that
Lieut.-Gen. Grant shall be promoted to
this grade, and the bill propohw an in
crease of bis present salary above that
now given tbe Lient.-General about 50
pcr-cent., or 820.000 per annoral
Far one we protest against tbepassage
of this bill' as unnecessary and ' uojnst.
We are willing thai Congress shfll hon
or Li'Ht.-General Grant to.tb'e fait extent
of bis 'deserving, and he deservesjall the
honor the country can give bim. Bnt bh
salary is already large, and the nation is
already overwueimiugiy in ueui,onr ctrr
rency is greatly depreciated, and as a
conseauence'all articles of consumption
or use are enormously nigu. 1 Be country
groans under heavy taxation and bigh
prioes, and until our national debt is so
reduced that we can return to a sound
specie basis, we object to any increase of
expenditure in this May. General Grant
can Jive u ell on his present salary, and
needs no increase of it, but there are hun
dreds of thousands of maimed and help
less heroes who bavo given nil they had
to give for their country, and are now
hobbling through life, with tbe miserable
pittance of a pension of 89 per month.
There are equally as many soldiers' wid
ows shivering tbropgh- this long, dreary
winter wanting tbe bare necessaries of life.
While these facts are facts, is it right or
just to indulge in this species of munifi
cence ? Let us be generous, but at the
same time, just.? Let us give when we
can give, but retrench when we can and
mnst. If the country was ont of debt
and had returned to a sound specie basis,
the LieuU-General's salary would be
thereby practically as greatly increased
as this bill proposes to increase it, while
at the same time the bumble defenders of
the Great Republic, who have served it
as faithfully, as nobly, as earnestly, and
certainly at a greater sacrifice than . the
Lieut.-General has, would have their
monthly pittance wotth nearly double the
substance it now yields them.
Nor does our little army need an offi
cer of higher rank than Lieut-General.
During nearly tbe whole war. our vast
armies nnmbsring over a a million men,
had no officer of a higher grade than a
Major-Genera! ; dnring the last year only
a Lieut.-General. Our forces will now
be reduced to about fifty or seventy-five
thousand men. It cannot' be thit this
small force, in time of peace, needs an
officer of higher rank to command it than
it required during tbe tremendous war
just ended, when our forces were almost
as countless as tbe sands of the sea.
We object o it again because, by the
rule adopted in the regular army, if Gen.
Grant were made General, Halleck, being
tbe ranking Major-Ueneral, would suc
ceed to the Lieut.-Generalcy, uhile Sher
man andTbomas would still be held in
their'present grades. 'The Nation desires
tho consummation of no such outrage is
Let Congress attend ' to its first' and
greatest dnty so redncing our expendi
ture that we 'shall at once retnrn to a
sound specie paying .basis. Or, if ap
propriations are to be made paying tho
defenders of our Nation, let it look first
to those who have lost their all. in the
service,' instead of hnnting up methods to
fritter away the substance of the people
in granting enormous subsidies to officers
wbo are already enjoying princely sala
ries. Pay the helpless, tlio maimed, the
stricken what they have earned, and what
it is pretended to givo them. This is the
way to do justice,' and we are sure tbo
Lientr-General does not desire to riot in
lnxnry and grandeur while tbe men who
made his reputation and elevated him to
tbe place be now holds by their courage,
fortitude, and sacrificax, rot and starve in
beggary and vraat.Alciiion Champion
The State Record gives the following
statistics from tho Adjutant Gensral's Re
port : ' '
"The number of enrolled raOitia' in the
State wWlSOS. '"The total en!iiment
from Kansas in tbe service of the' Uuited
State 'during tho w'ari'22.774 Tha' cas
ualties' in 'Kansas regiments were as fol
lows: Officers killed, 34; enlisted men
killed, 749; officers died of wound,. 8;
enlisted men dicd'of wounds 193; 'offi
cers" died by disease, 28 ; enlisted men
died by disease, .1,950; officers deserted,
4; enlisted men deserted, 1,987; officers
honorably discharged, 72 f enlisted (men
honorably discharged, 548 ; officers discharged-
for disability; enlisted men
discharged for disability, 1.790; officers
dishonorably discharged, 1; 'enlisted men
dishonorably discharged, 57; officers dis
missed, 47; officers cashiered, 3 ; officers'
resigned, '267; officers missing, 1 enlist
ed men mining, 69. Making a' total loss'
to tho service during (he war of 482 offi
cers, and 7,c44 "onsted men.
Highway Robbebt. Lut night a fam
ily moving on the Leavenworth road
were overhauled by a gang of highway
robbers' one mile from Wyandotte. They
took two borses andr 8400, all the money
the movers bad.1 The1 robbers afterwards
stopped tbe' Leavenworth' back three
miles out. 'The back contained five pas
sengers and the' driver, "A fight ensued
and one passenger was shot four" times.
The rest ran away and escaped with 'tbe
driver. The gentleman shot waalefl'Tor
dead. ' The passengers "bad considerable
uiuucjr, uut too rouocra uuiy saccecutu id
getting whal'was abont tbe person of tbe
man shot. Thb'citizsns are out in force
inbot pursuit of the thieves,' and it 'is
earnestly hoped tbat'the thieves may be
overtaken 'and summarily punished. -Robbery
and crime are becoming'' epidemic
in all parts of tbe State, 'aad vigorous
measures must be taken for their suppres
sion. V irei, 13tA. "'
'Escape. The twoeoldiers wbo rob
bed Paymaster Ellis a short time since,
says The Leavenworth Bulletin, and were
captured in Missouri, and brought baek
to the Fort, made 'their esespe from tbe
guard bouse, at the Fort, last night, and
we are told tbey stole seme' more raoBey
and took it along 1 with tbem for safe"
keeping. They didn't .take an iron box
this time, regarding it as irrelevant and
superlative. It k' thought that tbey must
have bad kelp from-the 'outside to enable
then to get away;' which is no- more than
likely. -x w ii ,', ;. n
Tbe Saturday jPrees says thebesians"
are so mock amused at tbe row thsybave
kicked np on' both aides of tbe. tbe water
that Ike other dav tka hacked till tbey
glit.- '.aiif J?-?iOi-
!Li" The GoiPrnn. nrnr- TT""- -
Platte ValJey RMr04, 7?"hti
S300.000 doc the State, and ZT f
on State accounli tlle i4
O-Tbe expenses of Msssachaittu h
inetroonsdnrini'tbft w,, .. ,- m J-
township In local bounties hj "
Crr.Hajes, the Arctic pIor .
turned to Kane LodRethe Jlonic fc.J8"
thelJdgeiatrustedhtatocarrj toS vl
Pole.. The Doctor carried it ilhjn "
dred miles of its destination. haa-
D The New Haven Journal public ,-.
of the male inhabitants of that CL of . Iut
old and over. Twenty nine of the BnaLfci?
passedtheirfiOth year. Ex PresidenU
D of Y.l r,li. 1... j. .t nl Jeniuh
, .. e," "c-"3 me cataloimo r
93 years of age, having been bom AmM,
ICT Duringlhe 25 yeorsending wWl m
population of France has increased onW 3 l-T
M4, or less th 10 per cent. jf.'
same period the population of Great BrUlain
cicasedfrom 17,421,000 10 23"$!; 33
cent. From 1835 to 16G0. aUo of
years, the population of the United Sm, r
creased from 15,000,000 to31,43J.000.orEtw
iiu per ecu
ID" AUthe troops of New Hampshire, Con
ncclicut, and Rhode Island hive ben mujiertd
out of service.
ET Goods are now so cheap in Texas tin
parties arc buying them up at auction, and n.
ding them to New Orleans and Xew yorfc.
D-Ex-Gov. Allen of Lousiana, nov ia
Mexico, is desirous of returning home.
D" A considerable number of Germw eai
grantshave arrived in Louijiana; and GeorjU
and Texas will soon receive from Germuj'
larger accessions to their populations.
ICrGen.Baldy"Smithis in ill health, loi
has been given six months' leave of absence.
IO- During 18G5 the Penjioa Bureau adaitt
ed 1800 applications from invalid soldiers, and
21,962 from widows, mothers, and orphans,
and rejected 10,752 applications from the'
former, aud 1,500 from the latter. The
number of cases waiting to be deposed of U
ET There is nearly $10,000,000 in the United
States Treasury to the credit of the naval hoi
ID It has been decided that the law pro
hibiting the importation of cattle does not ap
ply to stock sent through Canada, the points of
whose shipment and consignment are both with
in the United States.
B3" The report of the State Treasurer of
Michigan gives the receipts for the last fiscal
years at $1,565,318, and the expenditures it
1,925,9G1. Tha increase in tbe State debt
has been $339,250, and there is $463,401 in tin
ID By a peaceful revolution in St. Domin
go, Gen. Baez has becnpUcedin the Prepu
tial Cbair, through Gen. Pedro Gillermo is the
practical head of the Government.
ID It it said that Sec-etary Seward, during
bis absence, will touch at St. Thomas to con
sult with Santa Anna on Mexican affairs.
ID Wade Hampton has taken a number of
frcedmen from South Carolina to Louisiana to
cultivate his plantation in the latter State.
1 ID Mrs. Hannah F. Lee, widow of the lata
Geo. Gardener Lee, died in Boston, on Wedns
day. aged 85 years. She was the author of
"Three Experiments in Living," and other
ID New York will have next year eleven
IDStew.irt, the New York dry gocdiptince,
owns four theaters.
ID The Cincinnati street railroad compinlM
have abolished the free aas -ystem.
ID The profits of the London Times tie
$250,000 per annum, but then paper is law
ID" The sewing sria ia Doublin (Ireland)
earn about seventy five cents per week.
ID In New York, last year, ll persomwer
killed by street cars, 1G3 were drowned, and
62 were murdered.
0" Tbe number of arrets rcade by tie po
lice of Philadelphia during the pwt jer
amounted to upwards of forty thousand, w
crease of nearly thirteen thousand in four years
compared with the arrests made in 1S61.
ID The" widow Clicquot she of the cbim-pagne-is
87 years of age and worth eight Bil
lions of dollars.
ID Gen. Scott and Longstrett rack last "eeli
at New Orleans.
IDT, Gen FiU John Porter sailed from Ke
York on "Vedensday tne 3d instant for Livers
ICTThe Columbus Journal says that Mr.
John S. Rarey is recovering from hi late at
tack of paralysis.
ST Rothschild lends Italy one hutdred md
Hon of francs.
83 Ex-President Fillmore and wife wiled for
Brest on the 6th irat., expecting to remain
abroad six or eight months. Dr. John White
and Miss Dobbins, of BarTaIo,accom?any ta'O-
03 Quite a number of counterfei'r hare
made their appearance in Leavenworth Ci'J
fJonVterfeitU. S. notes ofaU denominations are
belngr thrown Into circulation. One MM"".
Charles Ellsworth, has been arrested and cea
mitted to jail.
ID "VilUam.LIoyd Garrison announces tb
the liberator, a, paper, edited by him f -"
live years, and favorably known throajbo-t -UaitedStates,
will no longer be jwbUsbed.
HTMr. Chandler, Assistant Secretary ef
TreaewT, has gone to the r3outh,toiarei-'
VT'A rebel agent m Canada Has BU-"
dvVihat tbe steamer Georgian, on wu'
was the property of the Confederate Govera
ment..aed.InUndedlfor"a raid oa Johnson-.
' BTIt la-understood that H.- H. SaudersO" r
Galeaborg. has received the app'f"
Colleeto-oftha Fifth Illinois Distn '-P1
Ofi Hob. J, H. Bryant..
ID-Bra'-riod and rain storm at Bo-b-S
Gen.Kr Dee. 26th, E. Cls-borne
eafferid a lots of from $3,0T to 10-000' ,,
several 'oHie parties sustained dsmsre
Smaller amounts. ' t ..
a vote was taken on the question i j
wffrage. dmlj700 votes were catt. au
one bias; In the negative.
j i- ?rs . . , ,. were
n-j- 1K .: fcmidred delept
the question i j
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