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pleasant thraldom, from which we would not, if we j
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the very name of the South thitt holds us spell-bound.
"ay, its present state of prosperity, progress and
refinement, so free from all the disgraceful im that
f0l!ow with alarming rapidity in the wake of civi
lization, and which is so palpably characteristic of
the northern portion of our Union and the other
civilized countries of the globe there is something
beyond a mere charm, something more real than a
fascination it is grandeur, it is power.
Where will you find a Pulpit more pure, a judi
ciary at once more learned and equitable, Piofcs
sions of all grades more ably and skilfully filled.
Planters more prosperous and intellectual, Mechan
ics more enterprising and happy? Where, under
God's sun, will we find sires and matrons more
That which should accompany old age.
As honor, love, obedience, troops of friends ;"
sons high minded and honorable, daughters more
relined and virtuous? Indeed, gentlemen, the South
is worthy the love of our heart of hearts.
Hut while we are free to admit all these things,
fir be it from us to forget the devotion we owe to
the whole Union, a boon transmitted to us by our
ancestors, purchased with their toil and blood, end
whose wisdom endeavored to make its blessings per
petual. We do love that Union as handed down to
ns by our forefathers the Union of the constitu
tion the Union of "equal justice." But we look
with honest apprehension to the rise and rapid
spread of a faction at the North, advocating doctrines
ol "the utmost hostility to us; sentiments that until a
few years past were feeblyand vilely belched forth by
a few crazy fanatics, to listen to whom even, was a nis
grace. The success of this party holding in ridicule
the most sacred rights of the South, denying the
authority of the highest judicial tribunal recognized
bv the constitution, imposing the penalty of impris
oiiment upon any person, who carries his slave into
one of the largest of the Northern States, and that
State, too, in which the people of the South have
often occasion so to do, thus dividing,the constitu
tion, the sole foundation of our confederacy, will, to
say the least, put in great jeopardy the very exis
tence of the Union itself. As we love, we will cher
ish and maintain the Union of these Stares, as long
as we are compelled to concede no right and sub
mit to no wrong. The Republican party of the
North must think us but degenerate sons of those
sires that bravely pledged " their lives, their for
tunes, and their sacred honor," and nobly redeemed
that pledge upon many well contested battle-fields,
for c.i t lit. lights, if th -y s ip; se we will quietly
submit to encroachments ujion those dearly pur
chased privileges. No, gentlemen, our citizen sol
diery, our people eveiy wheie would lir-e, and cheer
fully draw their swords in the defense of the South
" not that we love Ca)-ar less, but that we love
Fifth regular toast:
' The Vniin" The priceless inheritance left ns by
oin fuliers, purchased bv their blood, consecrated by thrir
guttering ; let us, their de-cenilanis, show thai we riehtly
value our inestimable treasure by devoting our best efforts
t.i its perfect preservation.
Pt i.ASKi Cowper, Eq., was called upon to re
spond. He regretted an indisposition which would
preclude the possibility of his responding He would
like to do so if he felt able, for he was, he said, in
feiinr, in sentiment and in action a Union man, and
would have felt proud in addressing Union men.
who admired the polity its preservation conveys and
enjoy the blessings and immunities its maintenance
secures and perpetuates, and who are ready to lay
down their lives as a sacrifice, to preserve untarn's'"
ed, and to transmit to posterity the inestimable
treasure which was won by the toil and patient en
durance of our fathers, and bequeathed to us by
the priceless blood of the lamented dead. But he
was reluctantly compelled to desist. He thanked
them for the distinguished honor manifested in this
call, and resumed his seat amidst loud cheers.
Music Hail Columbia.
The sixth regular toast:
" The yifclUnhura Declaration " North-Carolina was
the first to cherish the 11 eaven-deiceiided flame; she will
be the Inst to desert the aitar where she kindled the vestal
tire of Liberty.
Ex Gov, Maklt was loudly called for, and on pre
senting himself, was received with a shout that made
the welkin ring. He spoke nearly as follows :
Mr. Pi evident and Gentlemen:
In Heathen Mythology, Asfrea, the Goddess of
Justice is represented as Hind, and that is the
cause, I suppose, why the old dame, in doling out
her historic records has been so slow in discovering
and admit:ingr that the men of North-Carolina were
the first of all others in America to declare them
selves free and independent of the British Crown.
P.ut the scales have at length fallen from her eyes,
loud cheeks and it is now admitted as an historic
fart, that on the 20:h day of May, 1775. the men of
Mecklenburg, in the old town of Chariot" e. more
than a year prior to the memorable 4th of Ju'y,
1776. stood forth as pioneers to the cause of Ameri
can freedom. Great cheering. That is a proud
day for every true hearted son of the Old North
S?ae. Let it be consecrated and observed as our
State fetv l Anplause.
Already have our honored guests, the Wilming
ton Light Infantry Company, adopted it as their
anniversary, and "Mecklenburg Declaiation" shou'd
never be pronounced, but in connexion with ' Wil
mington Resolves "of committees of vig'lance and
safety of that pallant old Whig town. Continued
cheers Our historic records are now placing in
the vanguard of the Revolution the bri'liant achieve
ments of Moore's creek and all along the Cape Fear.
I see before me young men. whose arteries are now
teeming- in direct descent vith some of the noblest
blood of the Rovol"tion. Immense cheers. And
if you want the battles of your country fonsht and
won. your railroads built, and rivers openpd. or the
Bull Eye of the target shot out, the Wilminoton
lo are just the boys to do it. Cheering which
lasted for some minutes.
On the approaching anniversary of the 20th of
May. preparations are now in progress for a cele
bration of the dar, worthy of the heroic achicve
men's of our noble ancestors. Would that we
could all be there to catch freh inspiration of patri
otic ardor on that consecrated spot. Cheers. It
is a day fit for the assembling together of nr old
and our yonn men to read and ponder well the
Farewell Address of Washington, that priceless
legacy left us by the Father of his Country. At
that day, thre was no antagonistic North and
South. " " The cause of Boston was the cause of
all." Great applause.
A few short years ago. the bare whisper ofMisu
nion of the American States would have been de
nounced as treason. Now the spirit of fanaticism
is boldly advocating, throughout the land, a disso
lution of the Government.
I will not take advantage of your polite call upon
me to respond to the sentiment just offered, to in
flict upon yon a homily on the Union and the Con
stitution. Yet in this military assembly, with our
eyes opened to the progressive destiny of this great
country ; seated beneath those flags bearing the em
blematic stars and stripes of our glorious confedera
cy ; I must be permitted to say to these young men,
these citizen soldiers, who are to be the future de
fenders of our State Uphold the Union! Strike
doitn the Traitor f Great cheering. And when
the demon of fanaticism and disunion shall have de
molished this once prosperous Republic (which
may God in his mercy avert) when dismay and
ruin shall overwhelm the nation, and the sainted
spirits of the revolutionary dead shall " walk dis
turbed amongst us when these bright stars and
stripes of our national segis shall be torn and scat
tered to the winds; when the sun of our liberty and
happiness shall have set forever, and wild anarchy
and civil war shall have deluged the land with fra
tricidal blood ; may you who shall have survived the
wreck be able to lift up yonr hands, white and un
stained, and to exclaim with holy horror, "It was
not I, it was not I that did it." Sensation.
In conclusion, allow me to offer a sentiment which
I know will receive a hearty response in every heart
It is to the memory of a man who is dead. He was
no distinguished hero, or fage, or statesman ; but a
man of the kindest sympathies and most enlarged
benevolence. He was a native of thin City, named
after it, and commanded for a long time with much
enthusiasm our only volunteer company. . By all
who ever met him on an occasion like the present;
he will be remembered with fraternal affection :
" The memory of Weston R. Gain."
(.Drink in silence. J
, Seventh regular toast: . 1 ' . ' ' ' :
" Tlte Wilmington. Light jufantriina peace as in war,
all we ask is to let them pealc for themselves. , .
Capt. Radcliff, of the Wilmington Cadets, re
sponded. He said he could, not but confess, to a
reluctance on this occasion, which appeared unwor
thy the character ot a soldier. But he could not
refrain from expressing his high sense of the honor
paid to him, and ot the hearty welcome extended to
his townsmen, the Wilmington Light Infantry. Such
a welcome and such a scene as this might well agi
tate and swell the heart might well, indeed, make
a man glory to be called a son of the Old North
State. Applause. Capt. Radcliff alluded to the
advance in militarj discipline, and to the importance
of that study. No surer means could be devised to
secure the liberties of our country. He alluded to
our Lillington and Caswell, and pointed to the fame
of Jackson as undying as any that past history nn.
folds. Capt. Radcliff acquitted himself ably and
elicited rapturous applause. He concluded by offer
ing a sentiment.
"FityeltecUle, Wilmintjion and Haleith." May they never
want a Cooke, a DeKossctt and a Uair.son to lead them on
Immense cheering. Music
Eighth regular toast:
"Tue Bar" They assert the majesty of the Law, up
hold the oppressed, and protect the innoeeut-u baud of
brothers for the benefit of Society.
Daniel G. Fowle, Esq., was calied on and re
sponded as follows, and was frequently applauded :
Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen:
The toast which you have proposed, Mr. Chair
man, cannot but impart to those referred to, the
greatest pleasure and gratification. We are assured
that toe strong hold which the Bar has upon the af
f ctions of the people of the good "Old North State"
is owing to the high sense of duty which actuated
the old members of our Profession, in days that are
p-ist a sense of duty, which we trust has been trans
mitted to those of us, who are now fighting in the
Foremost amongst thoscdistinguished tor the qual
ities so highly appreciated, was one who leaving his
love 1 Cape Ft ar at early manhood, in a few years
gained for himse.f the respect, esteem and confidence
of Wetern Carolina. In liiui the innocent ever
foHiid a Protector, am? hi UJe beautifully illustrat
ed the fralerna. nature of our Profession Integri
ty and Courtesy were the characteristics of John A.
Lii.mncjtox. Wilmington may well be proud of
si:ch a sun, and the members of the bur, of such a
Permit me Sir, to express to you, our thanks for
the kind manner in winch we have been mentioned.
Ninth regu'ar toast:
"The Pre" Worked by the strength of a freeman's
arm, it will ever be the dread -f tyrun:s, ibe f"e of anarchy,
t lie Palladium of our Liberties; in honoring its representative-
we only render justice to the Defenders of our Rights.
W. W. Hoi.itEN, Esq., being called for, rose to
'make his acknowledgments for the honor of the call,
and also to thank the company for the coinp'iment
p tid to the press, of which he was an humble rep
resentative. It wou'd not become him, he said, to speak in
praise of his profession, or to enlarge upon the "pow
er of the press." Sm h a line of r mark, even if
becoming, would not be expected, and would not be
necessary if another was speaking instead of himself;
fr the toast itself was full of commendation, and did
m ire than justice to the pivss. Cheers. He con
fessed his inability, thus situated, to respond suita
bly to the sentiment proposed ; and this reminded
him of the anecdote of the man a very " hard
swearer" who swore at everything which even
slightly disturbed him, and who, on one occasion
was hauling some ashes in his cart. The foot board
fell out, and so did all the ashes just as he reached
the' spot where he was to deposit them; and the
b'iys gathered about him to hear what he would say
when he discovered his loss. To their surprise he
said nothing, and on being asked why he did not
swear as usual, his reply was " boys, I have noth
ing to say, for the fact is I can't do justice to the
subject." Much cheering This, said Mr. II., is
the case with me now "I can't do justice to the
subject" Cheers. Besides, it was nearly as diffi
cult to speak of one's profession as of one's self;
and if he should attempt thus to speak, and should
overstep the bounds of modesty and propriety,
there could be no atonement for the blunder, for
Editors, it was well known, never corrected mistakes.
Cheers. They always wailed for " the proof"
and even then they sometimes failed to correct
Why, it is well known that an Editor living some
where in Christendom, and regularly enlightening
and edifying his readers every week, published to
the world that one of his readers had departed this
life; when, behold! the next day the reader thus
summarily disposed of, made his appearance in full
health and demanded a correction. Cheers. The
Editor told him he could not do that cheers he
never made corrections ; but he would do this if
he, the reader, thus suddenly alive again, would
write and sign a card, stating that he tens not dead,
he would insert the cardi Great applause.
But, though he might not refer in terms of culo
gy to his own profession, yet there was one of the
"powers of the press" to which he might refer,
and without which the "art preservative of arts
could not exist. He alluded to. the Journeymen
Printers of the country. Cheers. He knew them
well, and could appreciate the importance of their
c-dling, their labors for the good of society, and tbe
intelligence, integrity, industry, and sense of honor
which characterized them as a class. He could not
speak of the press without saying a word in com
mendation of. but in simple justice to, this worthy
body of men. They were proverbial for their frank
ness, their independence of disposition and their
liberality they carried their opinions and their
hearts in their hands. Cheers. He was proud
that he was at one time himself a journeyman
Mr. Holdcn concluded by referring, amid much
applause, and in good-humored but highly com
plimentary terms, to a profession which had not
been toasted during the evening, to wit, the Medical
Profession, which called up
Dr. Adam Wrioht, of the Wilmington Light In
fantry, who briefly responded while excusing him
self, on the ground of being a young man, and the
fact of there being older members of the profession
present. " He was loudly applauded, and made some
well timed remarks.
The tenth regular toast :
"Our University" -The past is abundantly illumina
ted by the worthy deeds o! her sons in the Cabinet, the
Senate and the Field ; may we their descendants on y add
more jewels to the Coronet which, while it ornaments her
brow, cannot dim the lustre of ber honest fame.
Kemp P. Battle, Esq., responded in substance as
follows, and was frequently greeted by loud ap
Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen :
I feel proud at being allowed to respond to this
toast in behalf of the University. She has been a
kind mother to me, and gratitude for the benefits
she has conferred upon me, makes me ever glad to
point all who may listen to the radiance of her
Hers has been no common lot of usefulness and
honor. II he is a benefactor of mankind who makes
two blades of grass grow where only one grew be
fore, how much more worthy of lasting fame is that
institution, by whose aid an hundred ideas spring up
and flourish in the place of the rank weeds of igno
rance. We may imagine her the queen of literature
and science, seated on her granite throne, fit em
blem of the durability of her empire, her younger
children, now playing, now toiling among the tall,
old oaks, which shade her feet, gazing with exulting
pride at the progress of her older children, as they
adorn t.he even paths of a quiet life,.pr climb the
steep' road to greatness. How her eye kindles as
she sees seated on its summit, the ruler of a great
people, the President 6he once delighted to honor !
A tear to'Is down her majestic cheek, as her Vice
President droops and dies with the laurels on his
brow. No fear had she "for her country's -honor
when a Graham and a Dobbin were chief captains of
her ships, and a Mason and a Barringer stood sen ti
nells at Paris and . Madrid. And now, when low
mutter the thunders of fanaticism, and the pilot
anxiously watches whether the storm shall burst
from the North or the South, or the far region of the;
setting sun, she feels more secure that two of her
Boos, with ber' conservatism instilled into tbeif
f" r . -. ' ; ; t V
beart, are ready in the cabinet to assist the Strong
Old Man, when the hour of danger comes. ,; r ;
' But sir, has her glory departed ? Is she like a
noble old tree, which, with the golden fruit that has
-fallen from its branches in former years, has lost its
vitality and its strength ? No sir, her later children
are treading' the way their fathers trod. Besides-,
many eminent in civil pursuits in the pulpit on
the bench in all the professions a Bryan amid the
thunders of artillery n the plains of Mexico and
in fierce struggles with painted savages on our
Western frontier, is showing that her teachings do
not render feeble in the rude art of war. At this
present moment, aided by her respected chief, who
having won many honors, finds his greatest reward
in her service, with an able Faculty to instruct the
five hundred children who toil around her, unassist
ed by legislative grants, she erects enduring edifices,
gathers within her libraries the best books of every
age ; endows new and useful Professorships, and
will soon become, in fact as well as in name, a Uni
versity where the thirsty student may drink at the
. fount of every science.
Mr. President, I have spoken long enough. lean
see the faces of some of the old students of the Uni
versity as miserable at my long deUy, as they once
were at the unappreciated eloquence of Dr. Phillips'
Analytics. I am not in the habit of " speaking fur
Buncombe," but on this occasion am proud to pro
pose the health and happiness of that man, whom,
long observation has convinced me, to be the best
fit for the station he holds of all in North-Carolina
that man isPresident Swain, of the University.
Eleventh regular toast :
"Internal Impfvemeht" A few more years, a few
more spades and shovels, and a few more dollars will bind
the East and West in one bond of common interest and
enduring sympathy; so that all distinctions of places,
spaces and tunes shall be obliterated, and ni untain and
seaboard feel the same thrill of honest pride whenever unit
wherever we name the Good Old North State.'
Hon. Sion H. Rogers was received with loud
cheers as he rose to respond. He said,
Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen : I scarcely know
how to make a response. So much might "be said
and so little ought to be said upon an occasion liUc
this, and that little ought to be said so well, that I
distrust m. self. Cheers. By that sentiment we
have presented in one view, North-Carolina as she
has been, as she is, and as we hope her to be: as
she has been, behind all-her sisters in the great
race of improvement as she is now, slowly but
surely moving along, with her works opening up,
every day, some freshly discovered mine "f wealth,
and developing her vastly rich resources. Chieis.
Now, even, the " iron horse" with his shrill neigh
is no stranger to her people. - With graceful ease he
takes the rich growth of her wester hills, and places
them in her flourishing towns in the east. Ap
plause What feelings must spring up in the bos
om of the hardy and generous farmer of the west,
when he contrasts the present with the pat? feel
ings of pleasure. And his bosom swells with pride
and delight at the prospect in the future. A single
glance at that future: See our -beloved State with
ber lines of road reaching from her extreme wes
tern to her extreme eastern l'.zuit, and from points
in her interior to her coast running through ber
h'gh mountains and over her rich plaines : see ner
majestic livers, hearing upon their bosom the rich
a id heavy freights now emboweled in her earth in
that future, North-Carolina will not only have char
actcr for the honesty and integrity of her people,
but also for her power and wealth. Loud cheers
Then she will stand a peer among her sis'ers equal
in all respects, superior in many. Continued
Permit me, said he in conclusion, to fiy, that to
the spirit and enterprise of the people of Wilming
ton much is due for the progress that we have al
ready made " Honor be to them to whom honor is
due." Great cheering and music
The twelfth regular toast:
" The win; men of our State" We hail them as a
band of brothers in a noble cause, fellow laborers and fel-lo-.v
soldiers ; hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder we
strive for the tilory of our Native State.
Wm. J. Savxders, Esq., was loudly called on to
respond. IK- expressed his sense of the component,
and proceeded at considerable length. In conclu
sion and on behalf of the young men of the State,
he thanked the company for the distinguished honor
paid to them generally, and for the particular res
pect shown to him in choosing him as their repre
sentative. Mr. Saunders' effort was a happy one,
and was deservedly applauded.
The last regular toast was then announced, as
follows, and received with three hearty cheers:
The Ladits of RnUigh" What heart so cold that
has not warmed beneath their smile? What tongue so
dumb that will not sound their praise? May their charms
soon render old bachelor-bood an extinct fossil.
Lieut. Ticker, of the Oak City Guards res
ponded. He insisted that he was no speaking man,
and proved satisfactorily, before he got through,
that he was. He eulogised the fair to their heart's
content, and pointed to their handiwork in the 'eco
rations of the hall as a sample ol what they could
do in that particular. He was, he said, a thorough
going ladies' man, and fully believed in them. He
kept the company in a continuous roar throughout
his speech, and concluded by offering the following
RiiUitih and Wi'mintton. Connected by iron rails and
riveted by tbe bristling steel ; may our friendship be as
lasting as the one and as bright as the other!
Received with three cheers, the band striking up
Home, sweet home"
A. M. Waddell, Esq., was called up to respond,
which he did in capital style. He tolj a very hu
morous anecdote, and then alluded to the visit of his
company to Raleigh, and to his neglect to allude to
the ladies in his response to the teception of Gov.
Bragg. He also apologised for omitting mention of
the distinguished brother of His Excellency Col.
Braxton Bragg. This name was received with a
true North-Carolina shout Returning to the visit
to Raleigh, he alluded to the ability of his brother
soldiers of the Light Infantry to withstand heavy
showers of grape not that which Col. Bragg hurled
so fearfully upon the enemy, but that which "mak
eih the heart glad." He concluded by proposing
three cheers for Col. Braxton Bragg, which were giv
en with a will.
Col. John L. Castwell was then called out, and
treated the company to one of bis dashing off hand
speeches. He saw his character was differently es
timated here and in the Wilmington Glee Club. In
this company it appeared detertnitted upon that his.
voice should be heard. Well, amongst his glee
singing friends he was regarded as pessessing a cap
ital voice ; but whenever they went out serenading
he was always politely requested not to sing.
Loud laughter and cheers
M. P. Taylor of the 0. C. G's proposed
The memory of Surgeon Tucker
"Green be the turf above thee,
Friend of our early days ;
None knew thee but to love thee
None named thee but to praise."
Drank in solemn silence.
Tbe following note and sentiment were read from
the distinguished gentleman whose name appears
To tlte Toast-Master:
I am almost sorry that my temperance principles will
not allow me to be one at your board. In times past, I
have been occasionally present a these re-unions, and al
wavs broke over the good old role "In medio tat'wimu
ibit." I could not help it. At these festivities you drink
much wine, talk much of war and glory, and magnify the
fair sex. The temptation is ton great.
Please excuse my personal attendance but drink in mod
eration tbe loiiowing mast:
Respectfully, JOHN SMITH,
tbe temperance man,
" Wine, War and Woman "
" A man may drink, and not be drunk;
" A man may tight, and not be slain :
" A man may kiss a bonnie. lass,
" And yet be welcome back again."
Maj. H. W. Busted was called on, and responded
as follows :
He could not see exactly why he should be called
on to face this ubiquitous gentleman. He had never
been very strict in his temperance notions, though
be had sometimes made speeches urging people to
. "go and do" just as he didn't
. After some playful remarks about his first advent
Tto the State, some thirty-three years ago, when he
first planted his foot on the soil of Wilmington, and
there was highly delighted with a flight of eagles,
'which he afterwards learned were " buzzards ; and
was taught, over at Belvidere, the difference be
tween green persimmons, Which be had tasted, and
red ones, which be thought were rotten ; and after
describing that ancient town as it then was, and his
three days trip up the Cape Fear to Cross Creek in
the antc-deluvian Henrietta" which was. then on
her first legs, and was the woman of all ; he re
marked in a tone of serious earnestness on the 5th
regular toast. He approved the sentiments of that
toast He had reverenced the Union from his child-
hood. He loved it still. We must not, however,
shut our eyes to the alarming fact, that love for the
Union, ever sacred, always to be cherished, bad
faded from the hearts of others. ' What they may
accomplish in their fanaticism and folly, we cannot
foresee. If the Union is to be strangled, its ghost
can never shake its gory locks at us, and charge vs
with the foul murder. " Thou canst not say we did
it." It is well, however, to prepaie for the worst"
We can live without the aid of our alienated, mad
dened brethren. We have within us, and around
us a spirit, which will bear us up even in tbe last
He offered the following sentiment :
" The Flag of the Stripes and Star." We prefer thirty-.
one Stars and more.. We can do with fifteen if they
tviU haee it so.
Liect. Tucker proposed the following :
The Wilmington Comet Band." May they live till
they blotn their own brains out.
Received with three cheers and loud laughter.
W. J. Sauxdeks, Esq., proposed
" The Ladies if Wilmington." Always joyous and kit.d
to their friends, and they always stand by their mother.
Three more hearty cheers.
Capt DeRossett was called up. He could not
talk like his friend Lieut Tucker, his talent lay in
another direction. He would do anything else for
them he could not talk. A voice, give us a song.J
The Capt forgut to tell them Wa.l1hat was another
thing he could not do. Laughter.
Liect. Tucker proposed the health of the host,
Mr. Burch, and his lady, for the very handsome
manner in which they had provided for the compa
ny's creature comforts. J Heartily responded to by
the entire assemblage with cheers.
Mr. Tatloii then enlivened the proceedings with
the " Fine Ould Irish Gintlcman" which was cap
The Harnett Glee Club next sang several pieces
in excellent style.
Lieut. London proposed,
" The Oak-City Guards" AVc rejoice to meet them at
the feslive board- we would esteem it an honor to stand
beside them on the field of battle.
Capt. Harkisok briefly responded and offered
the following :
" The Wilmington, Light Infantry" May their cares be
always Light, and their laurels ever Green.
The followir.g volunteer toasts were honored du
ring the evening :
By Col. Jxo. L. Castwell:
" The Union"
By our altars pure and free
y our laws' deep rited tree
By the past dr.ua memory
We will still be one!
"Alfred More WaddelV The accomplished soldier and
gentleman deriving a Title by descent, may be hold a life
estate in eloquence and bravery.
By Hon. Joiix II. Bkyax:
" The Cifyof Wilmington" Alike in arts and arms re
nowned, her merchants are distinguished for the.r enlight
ened iiitiiiiticence- Of her citizen soldiers it is en iugh to
say tl at they have not degenerated from their revolutiona
By Maj. W. F. Collins:
" The Wilmington Light Infantry" May they ever bave
tbe Will and carry tbe Ujii the first and iast of their na
By Col. W. H. Tucker :
" The fair daughters if Wilmington " The rose, the lilly
and the violet fit emblems of their purity and loveliness.
Letters were received from Hon. L. O'B. Branch,
Win. Gilmore Sitnms, Esq., of South-Carolina, John
W. Syme, Esq., Editor of the Register, and Rev. W.
II. Christian, expressing their regret at not being
able to attend.
The festivities at the dinner were kept up to a
late hour, and the company dispersed in the best
possible spirits. Afterwards a party of the O.
C. G. and several members of the Harnett Glee
Club, seranaded the ladies at St. Mary's, and thus
ended the secoud day's proceedings.
Old Sol was again bright and cheerful for the third
day's proceedings. We have run on to an unusual
length already in our account of these festivities;
we must therefore come rapidly to a close.
At 8 o'clock the battalion was again out in sum
mer uniform, and a more beautiful spectacle has
rarely been presented in our streets.
The line of march was taken up for the Asylum
for the It. sane, on a special invitation from Dr.
Fisher, superintendent of that institution. On ar
riving there, the companies were cordially welcom
ed, and those of the patients who could be permitted
were brought into the vestibule of the main build
ing to see the corps, and were regaled with a sclec-
, tion of music by the band. The effects of the mu
sic upon them were various, but upon all apparent
ly pleasing. Those portions of the building open to
the public were then visited, and afforded pleasure and
delight to our Wilmington friends, as well for their
cleanliness and scrupulous order and neatness as for
their extent and beauty. After partaking plenti
fully of ice-water the companies re-formed, and pro
ceeded to visit a few prominent citizens.
On the arrival of the military at the mansion of
Ex-Gov. Manly, he said:
I thank you cordially for the honor of this call.
Do not suppose that 1 am about to detain you at
my threshold to hear a speech. There has been, I
think, speaking enough. Indeed, there is nothing
left to speak about If I were to attempt to welcome
our distinguished guests that has already becn'done
belter than I can do it. If I were 4o say farewell,
and pronounce a valedictory, it would be premature
for we have not had half enough out of you "we
wish you to stay at least sixteen or seventeen days."
If I were to say anything, I would say every thing
in favor of this magnificent Brass Band of music who
deserve all praise. But as I do not intend to say
anything, I will only say that when on a certain oc
casion the sorrowing friends of a wounded soldier
were hovering around his dying couch, the question
was asked if he ever said his prayers. What, said
my uncle Toby, (I think I read the story when
a boy, in Tristram Shandy.) a soldier say his pray
ers? I tell you that a poor soldier who is fighting
all day, and standing up to his knees in mud and
water in the trenches all night ; one hour exposed to
the scorching sun, and the next to the pitiless rain ;
marching here and counter marching there, has no
time to say his prayers 1" So on this very account
of these heavy trials and tribulations, I would say
that if the soldier cannot find time to pray, he can
at all times find time to drink. And now, as I have
nothing more to say, I will only say, please walk
into my house and make yourselves at home.
And if they did not make themselves at home
or more properly speaking, if they were not made
to do so, we should like to see them at home.
The next point visited was the neat residence
of Hon. S. H. Rogers. Mr. Rogeas politely received
- them, and remarked that if they would just step in
he thought he could more agreeably entertain them
than by listening to any thing he could say. After
a very agreeable time spent here, the Band and the
Harnett Glee Club honored the ladies of Mr. Rog-
: er's household, with some excellent music, and then
the companies marched to pay their respects to May
or Haywood, by whom they were well received and
treated in his usually polite manner. - -' - ;
The residence of W. W. Holden, Esq., was the
j next point visited.
Addressing the Wilmington
Company, the Oak-City .Guards, and the cituens
present, he said he was glad to see them.- Be'wta
grateful for the honor of this visit to his residence,
and would be happy, to meet them all. under bis
roof. He would be almost vexed with himself were he
to make a premeditated speech at such a.time: but
he would be pardoned for one of two allusions sug
gested by the occasion. He saw before him the Wil:
mington and Raleigh companies : blended-rthejr
banners floating side by side, and the blue uniform
touching the " Oak -City" green. Cheers. This
was emblematical of the kindly and fraternal feelings
existing between the two. sister towns, and he hoped
it would be perpetual. Much cheering. He 6aw
also a flag bearing the motto, "Mecklenburg, 20th
day of May. 1775," and another flag that of the
stars and stripes tbe same so gallantly and heroi
cally carried and planted by Edward Cantwell, now
in this City, on the rugged heights of the National
Bridge. Cheers These banners, this martial ar
ray, the indomitable spirit of our people, gave as
surance that liberty, first born among the forests of
Mecklenburg, though it might perish elsewhere from
the earth, would never die within the confines of
North Carolina : Much applause
Her rocks are Freedom's towera ;these hills ber home!
And when they stand on Time's far future shore,
She still shall see her children o'er them roam,
And up the rolling clouds ber eagle soar.
Strong as Olympian Jove's, whose thunder bore
The old Titanic gods to earth, shall rest
Her feet upon these mountains evermore 1"
The country was now apparently tranquil ; but
the Southern people should fall into no lethargic
slumber. The black cloud of geographical discrimi
nation and sectional aggression still hung along tho
Northern sky, tipped with the lightnings of malice
and fanaticism. Let us watch those lurking, but
yet undeveloped fires. They threaten, but if we
were true to ourselves, they could not destroy,
though they might harm us. But above all this, in
the serene atmosphere of the upper heavens, there
still shone on with undiminished splendor, the great
star of the Federal Constitution, cheers which,
like the " Northern star," in its ' true, fixed, and
resting quality, could have no fellow in the firma
ment" Let us, said he, whatever may happen,
look to this great light of the constitution let us
walk by it and insist that others shall walk by it also ;
and let us pray God that it may never go out,
Mr. Uolden repeated his gratification at seeing
his military friends congratulated them upon the
manner in which they had marched thns far " in
to the bowels of the land," and upon the firmness
and gallantry with which they had charged the bat
teries of "grape" which had assailed them on every
hand. Cheers He had great confidence in their
nerve and in their ability to "carry" whatever they
might be " charged" with ; and if they fell, they
would fall " with their backs on the ground and
their face to the foe." Laughter. But he had no
fears of that; yet if any one should fall, he might
be assured that many comrades would be left to
bury him in some quiet, shady spot with the honors
of war. Cheers. He trusted the Wilmington
Light Infantry would bear away with them pleasant
recollections of their visit, and, daguerreotyped upon
each heart of theirs, the bright impressions of the
beautiful and virtuous women who adorned and
gladdened this little " City of Oaks." Prolonged
Mr. Uolden then led them into bis house where
they vigorously attacked and carried another " bat
tery." The last place visited was the residence of Col. W.
II. and R. S. Tucker, Esq. Lieut Tucker let off anoth
er of his rollicking speeches, and the house being
thrown open to the corps, he and the Col. took them
in hand. By the time these gentlemen gave them
jp (and this between you and me, dear reader,) they
were somewhat worsted.
All returned to the Armory about 2 o'clock after
a somewhat eventful morning; and the Light In
fantry bent upon returning home, despite the efforts
to detain them, were escorted to the Central De
pot at about 4 o'clock by the Oak-City Guards and
a large number ef other citizens, and at 5 o'clock,
after many warm leave-takings, and amidst volliesof
musketry, they left for their homes.
Having brought this lengthened report to a close,
the writer cannot but feel sensible of many short
comings. As a reporter, he has no apology to offer,
inasmuch as he ovght to have done bis duty as a
citizen and as a member of tbe entertaining corps,
he will be allowed to say that there are many things
omitted which be could not legitimately bave dwelt
upon, and many particulars are doubtless overlook
ed, by his not being Argus-eyed. A detail of the
manner in which the Oak-City Guards treated their
guests, would come with a bad grace from one of
themselves; and the particulars of the receptions
by private citizens would be obviously equally em
barrassing. As a simple chronicler, he can say that
our Wilmington Friends made no complaints, and
the Oak-City Guards feel more than they can say.
They have special thanks and general thanks to of
fer, which will doubtless be rendered in due time.
The writer takes the liberty of publicly returning
the thanks of at least the committee of arrange
ments to those ladies who so willingly and tasteful
ly decorated the dining saloon ; to Mrs. Ruflfin
Tucker for her beautiful decorations on the targets ;
to MessrsWHolden and Wilson for their beautiful
specimen printing gratuitously supplied, and to
the host of others who assisted by their efforts.
Of the gentlemen composing the Wilmington
Light Intantry the reporter has to say, that he has
now seen them at home and abroad, on the public
parade and in the social circlt, and the estimate he
formed of them twelve months ago has been more
than justified they are soldiers and gentlemen,
every inch of them.
We have heretofore spoken of the Cornet Band
and its polished and accomplished leader. In a word
they are obliging civil and respectable gentlemen,
and finished musicians.
We are happy to learn from the Wilmington pa
pers that the Light Infantry arrived safely at home
on Thursday morning, expressing themselves well
pleased with their visit Want of room prevents us
from giving extracts from the Wilmington papers
AxUA Examination. We are requested to state,
and take pleasure in doing so, the Rev. C. H. Wiley
will deliver an Address before the students of Wil
son Academy and Female Seminary on the 22d, the
last day of the annual examination, which will com
mence on the 18th instant.
These, institutions are now . in charge of D. S.
Richardson, Esq., late of Franklinton, who has ac
quired an enviable reputation as an instructor of
tW We are requested to state that Maj. G. H.
Wilder will deliver the annual address before the
pupils of the Wake Male and Female Academy, on
the 8d of June next There will be a free barbecue
on that day. This school, we are pleased to learn,
is in a prosperous condition. .
Grand Rotal Arch Chapter of Nortii Caro
lina. The regular annual convocation of this body
will take place in Wilmington on Monday the first
day of June next'
t3T We are requested to state that the examina
tion of the pupils of Morning Star Institute, at Nash-
L ville, N. C, will take place on the 2Ttb, 8th and
29th of the present month. We are glad to learn
I that this school is in a flourishing condition.
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; , Democratic Trianmpfc im Witataftam4;w
, Tbe Journal of Tuesday brings us the new of tbV
complete success of the Democrats in Wilaingtoo 7
in an election held on Monday for five commissioners:?
of navigation. ; The Journal fays : - Hr!
."The Elictiok Yesterday. The election (ot Com
missioners of Navigation, held here yesterday passed '?
off Very quietly end resulted as follows: - V .
G. W. Davis,
P. W. Fanning,
R. G. Rankin,
H. M. Curtis,
KNOW, MOTH ISO.
R. W. Brown,
T. C. Worth, '
J. H. Flanner,
Daniel M. Foyles,
415 1 B. Wl Beery,
We do not intend to offer any lone remarks, and
none such are needed. Tbe result speaks for itself,
and is so satisfactory that 'Democrats canVafford to
avoid anything like exultation .over their defeated
fellow citizens, and all can afford to take the thing
easy, since it is so decidedly one way as to leave no -ground
for squabbling ever it Tbe average Demo
cratic majority is 165,' a majority altogether . top'
large to be accounted for by the absence of any feir
voters. We never doubted but that, if tbe Demo
crats kept trying, they would eventually carry tho
day, and the result shows it We look upon it as
no mere triumph of men, for.in every thing but poUr"1
tics we woold much rather triumph witb, than over, -t
the gentlemen on the opposition ticket-'- Tbe tri-.
umpb is purely a triumph of principle. J Jr. .. -. .
N distribution.' Register
Right for once. "No Distribotmn" in tbe Stan
dard to-day. The tones of that WHmington Cornet
Band are stfll ringing hi oar ears, and we bave no
heart for political disquisitions just now. TTe confess '
we have a passion, and we cannot help it, lor
"Tbe qwick atepof tbe soMier'a marsh,
Asd masie of the tramp and drum."
Three Days Later from. Europe,
Halifax, May 6. The Steamer Europa, with Liv- .
'erpooi dates to the 23th of April, arrived here to
day. The lower qualities of cotton have declined Jdr :
Middling has declined l-16d. Fair is unchanged.
Tbe stock m port amounts to 435,909 bales, includ-
ing 420,000' bales of American. The Manchester '
market has checked the stringency rn Money. Corn
is quiet and bas declined 6d. Sales of Southern
flour at 28s, to 29 ; Ohio 80s to 21s. Red wheat 7a
lOd to 8s 4d, white 8s 8d. Mixed corn 82s, yellow .
33s, white 34 to 36s. Sugar is firm, at a partial
advance of 6d. Coffee is steady. Rice has declined
Cd. Virginia Leaf Tebacco has advanced half pence.
Moneyis sringent, with a lessdentand. The amount
of bullion in tbe Bank of England baa increased half '
a million. f .
Liverpool, April 2& Cotton is MT and irregu
lar. The sales of the week amount to4,669 bales.
Flour, prices are steady. Wheat is ae'.ive, and has .
advanced two pence on the sales of the previous
week. Corn has slightly advaneed.-, Console have '
advanced one eighth. . "
Commercial Failures in- Nets Tori .
New York, May 5. Several failures occurred here
yesterday among dry goods dealers. 'Among them
are Messrs. Whitney, Fenno & Co. ; Shaw Sampson
& Bramhall ; Lord & Haley. The fail we ef Messrs.
Whitney fc Fenno, it is said, has been occasioned
by a defalcation by their eonfidental elerk to the
amouut of $50,000. Messrs. Bugbee, Hidden & Co.,
are also reported as having foiled. The failure of
Messrs. Prince & Post is also announced. The wheto
amount of the liabilities of these firms exceed a mH-1
lion of dollars. rr V;
The Philadelphia Municipal Election
Philadelphia, May 5. The election for City s
Council, Commissioner of the Treasury, &c passed
off quietly here to day. There was but little excite
ment, and only a small vote was polled. It is gener
ally conceded that the Democrats have elected their
Commissioner of the Treasury and a majority of the
second despatch. '
Philadelphia, May 6 In the election yesterday
the Democrats largely increased their vote. The se
lect council is composed of 21 Democrats and three
Opposition. In the Common Council the Democrats
wil have a largely increased majority, i.-- , ,
From New Orleans. :
New Orleans, May 5. A British frigate has ar- :
rived at the mouth of the river, with 190 of Lock
ridge's men, in a destitute condition. .
The storm of the 29th April did great damage in
the Southern parts of Mississippi. There has been
bad weather recently throughout the South. . .
North Carolina Umversitt. The first Distinc-
tion was awarded to the following gentlemen of the
Graduating Class of 1857: A. C. Avery, of Burke,
Kobert Bingham, of Orange, Benjamin F. Grady Jr.,
of Dnplin, Joseph Tenable, of Granville, James L. .
A. Webb, of Tennssee, J. E Wharton, cf Guilford.. . ,
The second distinction was awarded to the follow
ing gentlemen : John H. Coble,f Guilford, J. E.
Dugger, of Warrenton. Hubert Harvey, of Missouri !
J. C. McLaughlin, of Cumberland, J. A. Robbin, of .;
Kanuoipn, r. u. smith, ot lexas, j. I. Stewart, of
Missisippi, H. C. Thompson, of Chapel Hill, 6 I
Wimberly, of Edgecombe.
I he third distinction was awarded to the follow
ing gentlemen ; T. C. Belsher, of Alabama, D. Mc L.
Graham, of Fayctteville, J. W. Graham, of Hills- '
borough, L. B. Hayley, of Alabama, W. H. Hayley, jl
of Alabama, C. A. Mitchell, of Chapel Hill, H. R, v
Thorp, of Nash, N. P. Ward, of Franklin, F. S- Wil- :
kinson, of Edgecombe. -.
J. L. A. bb, ofi enn. Salutatory.
B. F. Grady, jr. Greek Oration. j
Jos. Venable. French Oratpn. .
John E. Wharton. Valedictory.
Competitors op tbe Sophomore Class. Messrs. '
Coffin, Cooke, Croom. Evans, Granberry, Kirkland, :
Lea. McClammy, Rugely, Shannon, Thompson,
Withers. ' ... ., ,
Competitors of the Freshman Class. Messrs.
Battle, Bryan, Brown, Cole, Coleman, Cooper, Fo- :
gle. Gibson, Hearlen, Hogan, W. Nicholson. I. Roys-'
ter. Chattel Bill Gazette "i
NOAH'S ARK TO BE OPENED, ,' j
AND THE CONTENTS TO BE 80LD AT AUCTION,
- at my plantation near the City of Raleigh, on Wed- .
nesday of tbe ensuring May conrt. Among the heterogeni- - 1
ous and conglomerated confusion of articles may be named
household and kitchen furniture, old wagons, old plows, old i ' J
irons, old gear, old hoes, old spades, and a general assort-
ment of everything, accumulated through along course of .
years by attending public auction, private unlet, c It ta
worth a ride of thirty miles just' o see the piles of stuns, ,'. -';
article, and nondesciipt mass of the eonteota of the old
ark. and I respectfully invite all my ft 'ends to be present on '
the interesting occasion. .-::!
Terms of sale, six months credit, w'.th bond and goodee ? .
curity. '., ... .v.
W. F. COLLINS. - i i, l
April 9, 1857. 4-wU.;-i c
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OXFORD FEMALE COLLEGE. ' '
J. II. MILLS.
Ethics, Metaphysics and Physics,
ELDER W. fl. JORDAN.
w '4. ?xi8t"7' LoJK,c and Bbetoihx
Miss E. D. Oooch, Languages.
Miss L. D. Joxer, Mathematics.
Miss M. A. Smith. Pieparatorr Depaifraeqt.
O. P. Copklakd, Drawing aad Faintine.
Mas. E. N. Mttia, Muaic "
Assistant.. . . 4
Tuition in Primary Branches,
" Higher English,
Puating. - -
TJs of iBslnmMat ' - '-
Contingent Deposit, -' :,; '
Beard. Fuel. IjiAIh mm Wml,n wk '
c nowig wm open on tue nrai uodoit id. rar. -
Fopartiulan address '- ' ,
w T.. T. GRANDT, Secretary, -; 'I
Oxford, .., May, 1857. ; ; 48-titWhMy. ,r
: v HAWKS HISTORY
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