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-~ •-. BBH '■v Called 10 oi tier al ..' .j'ciock, j
. ".. be rreafdaal r*ra Im. }
. Biamatcatlon aran received :■■ m me
. ~ < |.ei.-e:«;es. that H bad agreed to Hie
reeolutloa, laatructiag 1 1.« Attorney]
, ladoptnamanree locoeaary ta secure
~ • :hc s ate oa the Cbesapeabe and
- ,- ~T,-mp»,iv: area that Itbad passed j
reSMng the let Anditore r.a,ary to j
' .wtraounm; also, Senate bill to prevent
....: v .•-.-. al< it the !• r
... P ■' •• ii'--' : -"- ! !i ' • i '' r ,l;! ''
tw . vi .'- ■ Stall «rd, Fairfax,
. seu . - bill, making au appropria-
V . .im. ■!..., and • quipmea ul a
~ v. era Laaau. Asylum,
■ ii,,- Senate concurred iv the
.. Ms The bill nine.-., - Mr.
ilary, a* Auditor, was rend nnd re
., ih.- : liowiug bills wen
Amendfi ~ ai '. re eaactfng tbe
: the act of April a id, i •■-; to
~-,,-,; : the City ol Ah xandria;
.. f _ B :.. Ml L .:«", No -i. 1
; ii | \\ i ng; repealiagineact iucor
' ~ ci-uatees of tbe Beorew and Eag.
.. -ii.. . itj ol Norfolb, i>a-s.ii
I rporatir.g tbs aaese
,i Istylevf Hi- Noriolb Hi -
i uglish Litei arj lo»iiiut*i author
.. orange aud Alexandria Baiiroad
Bstroci a railroad from some
. :;„,., : thefrr ad in tbecountj ol
the town of Cbarl itteaviile, so aa to
" • tv i. • '•• •■ ;■ ,: iou ' 'heir road witb
-, \, , tei -. n fr ra I !bai I >tti -v ille to
, .. u-v aotl inseißi ibe Riebmond and
.' ' loaxilie Tui ipike Company to Issue
~ t B reh , lag the et ate ol tbeu
ibfromibe) lymentof casta incurred
. ecatiun agai -t btm.
, ~. j, ~..,■■■: .The Seoate having become
, .■ ■ ■■■■ ■■ grn< I, tie business of legis
pi ccii-,1 .ii the way of advancing bills
■ ' ib , ordering to engrossment, Ac.
.;. ,'• ,« the Senators vw-,c attracted to the
Bilol the ii ass by reason of an lutereetii g
Uebste i. Teia „.
t. „-. mi ■ • Inquiry ints E pedten ■.. -The
foil■iwnii were ofiered and ad pted, til
reimbursing to Ewell Browasou <:■■ paid (,;.
~|j , n*e; of to irperating the I _rker«
burs Itoot and Shoe Mauul icti ry.
P H ibe : :.'••■ ing |<etiti >n was prs
.. ted and referred By Mi Newman, Hie pe
of Wm. B. Mi Mabon,Chßra- of theCir
d Ja kson county, praying ;o be
, ...( from a One imp aved oo bim for tailing
~- annual reports required by law.
..,. . Office Tbe report of tbe j >ml
. eeou be Register's Office was handed
Mr Taliafsuuo, an.i, oa motioa, laid
~. • it.ie The report state* iliat the books,
,■ , belonging to tbs mid o_oe are
•■:,•,■:,, well arranged, aud enrefally
1 ■.'..- report -ays:
• -•■: by tbe exhibits tbst tbegraata
, i ■,-, thi* rfiee : • the iear ISM v.,-n
--.-..-.i I-. .• ,".'i >il rants las* in the
'.. . rt sn of the former, aad of tbat number
. B tei! for land* n thi Sortliern Neck. Prom
ib be* ia f tbe Legisl itiire
. . ■ ... ; ictsol Assembl] pacssd in
.«' ,',. ;-. - for quietin* t.'ie land titUs n the
■ the State, tbej will at an can,
iimp tab the important cud* deaigaed by
, , /.. rt .—The following adverse" re
,■ . ~.:,;• eivedfi im committees: Against
ediency ol legislating further on a pe
.. gfoi iic;,' lionofadamformill
rpot es across tbe .North i'oi k ot tbe
. :. River, in the county oi Scut',as the
.. led fir by existing laws; as ad
.,.-,:.-,.:• wa- also rendered to the petition
. ; imvid X ■ -..nan, ShcriU'of Floyd county,
• •:
. fi -i.■■■/.— Mr. Patk called up a
: : was reported adversely to a
i tbe expediency of allowing
• v , . ! lard. Sheriff of Boons couuty,
: : at ■ im Iv ive,spercent-commis
ii m neys be paid into ths Treasury
tme j rescribed by law, and per
eyi paid ia after the time. I\i r.
, soved to declare n iaexpedieut so te
- i .. ii eras lost— ayes ft, aoesM.
of Br. Colkuab, the Senate ad
:. r ,
HOUSE OF DELEOATES.
Saturday, Jan. SB.
rbe Hi ..--ir-' r '"••'. l. n Prayer by Ber.
Mi : tbe Presbyterian Church.
. mittee confer with tht South
~'.•, ... -The joint resolution
■. i c increasing n- repreeeutatioa
■ ,;■ mm it tee by the addition of two
nt ■. - iken uj>.
Mi -. . . of Alexandria, m ised to ln
■v p • .•■ 'he consul.-rat,mi of tbe
1 . tilled the ayes and nays on the
...
ol Madis n, opposed themo
• . ii:' Seuate desired to enlarge its repre
■ . ; ; .iti- tvas but common courtesy
f*g re justice to allow them to di/ it.
Mr Hi K_ZiKsaid it was whispered abont
ommittee did not sait the House.—
. was natisfied witb the action of the
s. . •
M . ■- of Washington, had beard
hi ent used iv tbe Senate iv favor
: liie enlarjti neni of its representation in
nraiitee was tbat It would ui\e the
'• i - ■ II .-• au opportunity of plac
■ ia tbe representation oi this body,
from some of ibe districts now nn
re|ir«»erited on it. lie bad no wish with re
•ra in, the rteatiaatioß ol the
: •■ Senate wished to afford ibe
iter an opportaatty t-i do so, he was very
.... md wished that all parties might be
•i :n thecommittee. lie was of the
that if tbe deliberations of this corn
re to result in any si-'od lo mo coun
• . bould present a united front, and il
mVn that his resolution would have
Uedivision now apparent, he would
ive offered it. He wsa even now will
he Bobseshould retrace its steps aud
be resolution of the gentleman from
' Mr s.-.idon,j if tbat course would
► ure unanimity in tnoHouse. Heahonldba
; .:. respect to himself if, after whathe
i 1..;.', he did not ask to be excused
sn ■ !'!,.•! service oil the committee. He
,t and would not serve upon it. 11 tbe
o arrived when gsatlsmea from the
.el i.r.ng ilikuiiiou in one baud mid a
ibe other, as a tc-ken of '.heir lealiy to
itivv Slate, he wished to know it. His
•, he l. iped, bad placed him above any
- - on this queettoa. For fourteen
y«r», shileio tbeU. S. Hones of Beprensntn
*«9 bad beea foaad voting with extreme
'■ 'a men, a., i. for liis constituency, ho
!•■ that ,i eras one of the aonadeatnnd
'•- •■ faithful in tbe Common weal tb. lie
iear tbe asveroat psnaltiee this House
aposs, before be would serve on the
■ • •
'■'■■-. ■:• ■■'■ ii - -Do I understand that the
i insa from Washington movts to dis
.-iti is committee .'
• <i: UuPKißSmeaat tomahono preposition.
lisi ii .:,.•'- hnjauaa ho could not
•• , ■ ■ -i ye onacommittea where Ins sen
il v. aiil be viewed with suspicion.
- Silling to leave the subject to be de
'■' •' ! on entirely ia the hand* of Eastern
• irginia, ai d boped tbat euci. a report would
vnubmiited to the House as he could agree
Bitb A'e have enough outside diaturbneoes,
UiSit wh- to be boped we would no (.create iv
' ' ' livisiona.
Mr Im k !>-.,>.0f Prince Kd ward, hoped that
*"■>■'• be bad -, l: ,i i,i debate ou yesterday, had
' •'!.-•: ue.i as Impßgttlßg tbe fidelity
■ '•■' .• Btli man from Washington,or that of
mj member on thn> iloor. Nothing was far
m« from bi* inteutloa.
Jlr Horntnadid not consider the remark*
w tu* k«bHuman 'rom frinooEdwutrdna east-
Ii 1 'n'"""" 111 fßßectioann any inemt«jrs from
•>* Be*i, but be thought they did reiloc.t ou
tas West itself.
HT. l)U RIBSOB regretted (hat wbat hud OC
i*hould liave raised an unkind CesUag
.. aebresstof any member in the House- He
£ noi reg Tel wtiat be bad said, but he did re
-11-. uieeffbrt to place bim In ■■ atßtudool
i ■i"",'i.o; to anj portion of this Oommoa
;'iii. lie had said distinctly that he ttc
h.'T : ' J T "7 inemt«ir from tbe Went what
<-vuunted lor bim«slf.and that w_ equality.
Jiry was all he a.-kni and be did uot »up
j *■' -|xueibls for any human latiug to con
_. '' Ul '"'-o a feeling aguiust (he West, the
i:«i *"'" ' J! wUltll »• utterly disclaimed.—
% . '" *' ' and in- w..Hid mauitaiii it every-
UvT • , , h4 . , ** Enatanould beequul with tbe
ir. , "v lyoked upon Virginia with pride a*
ten. •' (1 '' '""nou weal tb—united in the in-
JT^BBdan>ctioßnofltapoopls--nllofwh««
hu_ ''" ll lil ' lUa within her bogdava. His re
(hTM Wl " bi [auHnmaM from WHshinguiu
'-.it' l ''-* utl h.ruid torn moment (be idea
He wuuiii impugn hi* motives or bin lldel
tl..M.' 5 , ,! ',"' X, ' Kg ' r "l ""I understood tho gen
'" m'• : " m ' >^lI " :,, Edward as impugning
i, (j '*' 11'-undeistood that lafgeslats
"sboa7« t-f* 1- «"ini-la.«tJe_ of nOtt-rvpfnun..
'•'-vi * u>ui ' tu " e - lu'he joiut resolu-
A V*™ * an otlered, he bad lixed the BU—bM
( ~;,''■' havu,,; i„ v'ew tbe number of
tk, I ~** ~vi dlstrkm, tut bad uot infitrmod
*<»..',,•'"* Vll! w> relative to that or
~;, '**': *«bject. Had he known tbe roaolu
»oi ii 1 " 41 " b * v " K»veu cause for complaint, he
J ".i »..i ** '■' a ' u *d tiieCougreasiooaldisiricia
'" OBr«J'°" re « , «t , «d tbat he bad not. Born
ot !,', , ' Wh *d Eait, where lie tbe bone*
l| i"' lUI,Ma ''•'Btives, behad becomes
w «»t 'art *. ? ic *' of ln » l Portion of th*
k*T*r uZ! h " vow represented. He had
<**" aa agitntor between ths East
DAILY DISPATCH:
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I and the West, but loved them both as the |
I children of one common mother. Himself j
j a slaveholder, he had no prejudice* whatever j
;on thai subject. It ha* been assumed tbat n j
i oi-Bpondcrat.ee iv this committee should b«.
I given tsßte East, aad be accorded It with all I
! ins beart, He aran willing to place the whole i
I matter In tbe Beads ot ihe East, hoping that I
reeoiathMM might be reported here set iiring j
i unanimity ami burmouy. If the proposition
:of lht> gentleman trom Stafford find been '
! adopted hv Ihe House, he should not have
pressed bar. If but goad was to Basalt from
j the deliberation* "! thin commitiiv, it could
I only be the fruit of haiaeoat; nnd not willing
to creute discord, be would retire from it.
Mr. Dtcntasoß thought that the geutleman
from Wasbiogtoo repreeented bim or Ins
friend from Btefford a* desiring a i pedal rop
re»en tattoo la the c mml ttee from the East.—
|1« wanted no such thing, but merely wished
'.}-.•■ I'.im to tie equal with ;iu< Went,
Mr. HosKtßß did notdeaiga to be sounder- I
ito ■:. Whai bedid undsraaad was thai the
tlaveboldfng districts shonld be represented.
and ie wa* desir ins tbal they should be.
Mr Si ni'o.s mid -hat in his remarks of yea*
tenia! be bad aot dreamed of North, South,
I ist dr tfeat. The negro question, tbe dis
union question, nor an) other, bad eou red bfe
mind, rhoee remarks were submitted from a
personal stand-point alone, nnd tbe Speaker
and himself only w.-re Interested ia ihem.—
He cob Id no) bedrawa into this qaeatioa of
representation. Every remark be madeyes
t,-i' Ist w.i- made because he felt it dueto him
self, lie was happy the gentleman from Wash
ington, by his motion,bad given him an op
portunity to aeakesomucb plainer bis poet*
itou. lis would make ao remarks relative to
the resignation of the gentlemaa irom \V'.. but
us it a as knewa thai upon thai re dgnutiou the
v sitioo of chaivman would fell t.. bim, aa
second iv position on the committee, be wort id
*ay taai tne chairmanship was never a point
with him, and no action ol his had bad any
reference toil. If the lions.- consent todte,
charge the peiiTiafixa*Mn»f!r*wmrhi ngton from
Ha duties, be (Mr S.) would transfer It to tbe
member Irom Petersburg. | Mr. Collier,) where
ii belonged, as thai gentlemaa had iaangur Mcd
this sui,].c: in Ho H use. He deemed it just
to himself toaay.tbat in the debate yesterday
he had not beeu reported eorroctly, aud as he
intended to-daj to write what he did say, he
asked asuspeßsion of theopioion ol the Hoi.se
mml ins remarks were properly placed before
Mr. Bannocn, of Culpeper, thought the
chairman of the committee had a right to be
discharged from that position if he asked it,
on i irsonal considerations, and he would ac
cord it cheerfully on thai ground. But he
would respecffully submit to gentlemen ou
thai side oft he mountains whether they would
do justice I • tbemsel res if they abandoned an
important public interest merely because of
tbe imputations of one or two gentlemen on
this flo,'.r.
Mr. Sbddou asked ii tbe gentlemaa from
Culpeper meant thai be had impugned them.
Mr. Bannoon snd certainly sot. He did
mean to apply bis remarks particularly to any
geutleman. lie would again ask i! Western
m imbera were to resign simply ia submission
to opinions of ore or two gentlemen bere.
Mr. Hopkiks said be bad bo thought of the
slavery qucstiou when he offered his reoolu
tiou. They ol the v."est would not lake the
lead of the East in ihis matter. His resolution
waa soiely intended to secure a response to the
South Carolina mission from the State at
large.
Mr. Babuocb desired all to understand
tbat bedid not mean to infringe one iota ou
the ground of personal imputation in this dis
cussion. He addressed the members from the
Wi si on public ground. Would they present
the sigh: to the country of one-half of tbe
Legislatureol Virginia withdrawing from ibe
consideration of an Important question—v
majority of the State retiring from the delib
eration ol a muter affecting the whole of il I—
li wa.. not a matter affecting *he slaveholder
.ny, but one which the whole voice ol the
State should be heard. In order to place him
self be would not withhold His views.—
ih would oiler, to be rend by the Clerk, by
way if argument, a series of resolutions,
winch he had intended to submit to the joint
committee. The Clerk here rend the follow
ing r, eolations;
/i in',- /. by tht (!■ neralAi tembly. That we bava
received with deep sensibilitj the communication
w . h South Carolina baa made to the authorities
~; |us Commonwealth, through her Commissioner,
lion. C. '■■ Memniinger. arnt we bail with iivel*
(ratification ilus renewed manifestation of tbat
fraternal regard aad affection which lias hereto
fore characterised, and we trusl will always coa
ti ens to sbaraoterize, iho relations of South Caro
In ;, a .'ii v"ii. inia.
R.so red, That we perform i pleasing duty in
recording and communicating to the authorities ol
8 luth Carolina ourhigb appreciation of the ability,
,l..n!tv nndconrtek) with which Mr. Memimncer
baa discharged the important duties of his mission.
• f..>.....,,'. That tie' General AaseeiOlr of Vir
i inia. recognising, in the pr» sctnt ■. nndition of our
relations sritb the Northern States, an imperative
necessity foi decisive measures does not tet nus
trusi tiie eanscit) o r tbe Southern States. !,. a
wise and firm exercise r>f their reserved i-ovvers.
to protect the rights aud liliertiesef the people and
to estore ami preserve t!i>' federal Union. In
such measure* we earnestly d.-sire tbe cordial co
operation of nil thtt Southern States ; hut believing
tbat nrorapt and efficient co operation will he
more ehl'i Iv ehtaim d !•■ the direel and authi ritive
■i.-'ion of the constituted authontte* of tbe Stab s.
than through the atencj <>( an assemblage which
c.ti have no legitimate power except to debate ami
tdvise, the General Aesembl) will not at present
undertake to invite anj conference oi Commie* on
era appointed hi the antboriesof tho Southern
trta'cs.
Th reading of the resolutions was followed
by applause, which was promptly suppressed.
Mr Uoratins regretted tbui any member of
the House had Inferred from anything he had
said that that portion of the West which lie
represented looked for a single moment to
secession from the Commonwealth. If war
should come, the people of the West would i...
found tlpiiting with ihe people of the Bast,
and on the same Held on which should l.il! the
constituents oi ihe gentlemen from Culpeper
and Stafford would be interred the bodies o!
those be represented here.
Mr. B—tnoua did not doubt the patriotism
of the gentleman's constituents, a:,d believed
the constituents of every member on this Boor
would follow their example. He did not
• i ,übt for an instant the patriotism of the
Western people; il he did, he would be in favor
of breaking up the government aad not re
mainingin the bond of nnion with them, He
wished ih.-m to stand here and light with him,
for he did not wish to stand on (be field with
the great body of the army in fail retreat.—
Would gentlemen ol the West refuse to con
tribute their aid to the deliberations of this
body I Would they say that BO marked are the
divisions.,! our State that one-hall of it cannot
consider a question infecting (ho interest oi
the whole I
Mr GHsUSTfABL of Augusta, thought !he ap
plication of the chairman to be excused irom
serving OU '.he committee, WUS something far
higher than a personal lest. The ground ol
that application implied au imputation on the
constitution of the committee. As he repre
sentative of n Western constituency, he pro
tasted against his disc barge, and he also pro
tested on the ground of tub persons! fitness of
the gentleman to preside over it, Connected
with the appointment of this committee, tne
discussion might seem to reflect OB the char
acter of the presiding otticer, oa his honesty,
fairness ami impartiality. [Mr. C. offered a
resolution setting forth that the Speaker. In
appointing ihe committee for conference with
the Oommfesiouer from South CaroUaa.waa
actuated hv no motive save an boaoui desire to
do his duty, and further that liie House is op
posed to the resignation of ihe chairman of
that committee.]
Mr. Yi.t:»v, of Northampton, .-aid he felt
cheered l>y the prospect to-day that anion
and harmony would be restored, not only
between individuals, but between sections;
that on this subject wo would present
an undivided front, aud that within the
boundaries of Virginia there Would be
no Nortli nor South, nor East nor West.—
He believed from the tenor of the debate that
our brethren ol the Went have assurance 'hat
nothing said on this Hour yesterday was in
tended as a n llectioti on li-em. lie hoped that
after the appeals of the gentlemen from Au
gusta ami Oalpeper, iiiey would not. with
draw from litis committee, but give the aid of J
their experience and their wisdom to its delih- j
erations. lie endoruad the resolution ot Mr.
Christian, that the speaker did not intend to
commit wrong or perpetrate an injustice, on
any district in ihe Sia c m ins appointments.
Meappsuled earnestly to tin gentleman irom
Wasbing'on (Mr. Hopkins) not to retire from
the committee. We all knew the record of
that geutleman on ilie slavery question. The
East and West should stund together as a band
of brothers, and whatever might b" the action
ol ihe Legislature on the South Carolina com
mission, let us pray ihat all question)--, now
and hereafter, may be so settled as to redound
to the ttetieili ot tile whole Commonwealth.
Mr. BagtßOH said he regarded the tirst por
tion of the resolution offered by the gentleman
from Augusta, |g personal I J offensive to him
self.
Mr. Chkihtiam was surprised to hear that
remark from the gentleman. From a short
conversation he hud with the gentleman from ;
Stafford, he thought it was likely (hat he con
curred with bim in tbat port iou of tho reso
lution. Iv oil.-ring it uotlnng was farther
from his intention than to give otience. to the j
gentleman from Stafford, oranyothur member
on this iloor. '
Mr. ISkdoon expressed bis thanks to the gen- !
tlemaii for hi* courteous disclaimer.
Mr. L»t< X wall, of Morgan, said tbat if this
discussion had grown out of tiie remarks of
tbe gentleman from Stafford or Prince I
Edward yesterday, be could not see the
Kropriety of it. lie did not know whether
s was called a Western man or not,
but he know ho was not au Eastern man.—
He should like to hear - any gentleman
from Use West or F.tut get up and say that the
language ol altltsr oi the gentlemen named
1 oould be tori iircil Into ft reflection on tbe West.
i Well, it ii c0t.1.1 not lie. why all this hubbub 1
iWhv tbs speech lr.uii the gentleman from
I Wasbtagteu .' The Speaker would not pet mi t
any man to quOßtfoa hi* fealty to Virginia,
j and he regarded lugging this question Into de-
I bate aa an insult to evert- Virginian, lie did
not. re|ue em lbs hill* and valleys of Morgan
on lhai iior. but repreeeated the interest* of
every OBOUna < f the Stale. The f*eiitlemaii
(ram Prince Edward bad used no language
Whlcb could give rise to thin debate. Tbe gen
tleman and said tbat injustice had been done in
ti.e appointment nf this committee; tbat a rule
bad ben violated. Could be not complain of
tbat wnraoi.' impeaching Western Virginia I
I Bu; tbe gentleman dtaunetly stated further,
that ho made no Imputation oa Western Vir
ginia, but only demanded what be. (the speak
er.) wreuid accord to him, tbat. the East should
be pat uponaa equality with :he Brest. He
should like to aeea Western Virginian who
w, ii i.i iitr,v thai privilege to the geatbraann.
.'Mr. Btrxno, Prince Gepege, saw no neces
sity tor ibis bnl,;,.ii,. HenmsfrontaCngre*
slonal district winch wus unrepresented, and
endorsed every word the gentleman from
Prince Edward hud said. He could not see
what exception Western Virginia could take
to tbat
Mr. Hoi'kins quoted Mr. Dickinson's re
marks na reported, ia which he said taut <urn«
of the over-the-mountaiß districts had two
representatives, while some ol the largest
slaveholdin'ir districts bud none. His district
was ne oi those mentioned ai> having two.
snd lie was desirous of resigning for a repre
sentative from one of the unrepresented diK
tricts.
Mr. Kicks said tbat what the gentleman
fr.in Prince Edward bad said was just so, and
ii ibe gentleman from Washington would read
farther in the report of these remarks, be
wu.uld Bad ti.u* In- bad said thai undid noi dis
trust tbe Western mainbeia. Mr. Rives call
ed attention to the distribution of ihe com
mittee, containing as it did four members
from the Piedmont district, two from the Tid
ewater, one from the Valley and six from
Trans-Alleghany, lie asked if it was fair
that it should te charged oa him that because
be complained of not being on an equality
witb-tbe West, oe was reflecting on that dis
trict of the Sate.
Mr. Cou.ua*,of Petersburg,said as it wa."
an occasion of personal explanations, he
would make a few remarks. For one he
would heg to be excused from voting on
any question connected with thai question.—
lie bid been connected with this subject from
Its iaceptioa. He bad prepared a resolution
of which the gentleman fiom Washington.it
was proper to say. bad noi been advised, ap
pointing a joint committee of nine on the part
of (lie Senate, ami thirteen on the part of the
House, which be had not presented. Hud that
resolution t.e.-n offered and adopted, be in
tend, a to have relieved the Speaker of tbe
lioui c from any embarrassment by requesting
bim, as a matter of courtesy, to leave him out
■ I tbe chairmanship. There were many mem
bers on thai Boor who were more entitled to
it. from experience ami parliamentary repu
tation than him'elf, and be should have de
clined ii had it lieen ottered to him. He had
not understood any of the remarks made in
this debate us reflecting ou any portion of
Virginia.
Mr. Ki■thf.rfoiui, of Goochland, asked Mr.
Christian to modify his resolution by striking
out tbe first part; aot (hat he objected to it,
but pressing it would increase rather than
allay the excitement now prevailing in the
House.
Mr. CHBIBTIAB said his object was to stop
this discussion beforeit becamencontroversy,
and be was perfectly willing to accept the sug
gestion of the gentlemaa from Goochland.
Mr. BuTßßßroan would vote for the remain
der of the resolution. He suggested Hiut some
member of tbe committee should move its dis
charge from the farther consideration of >ne
subject beforeit. What was the necessity for
a committee to introduce resolution* about a
proposition so simple as that laid before us by
ihe Commissioner from South Carolina! It
was proper tbat we should give South Caro
lina an answer quickly, and he did not believe
thai the recommendations of acommitte would
move this House one way or another in itsac
tion in a matter of s.uch importance and so
lemnity, v
Iti r. U.OFKISB said be would make the mo
tion for tbe discbarge ol the committee now,
il the gentleman from Augusta would with
draw bis resolution.
Mr. ( uuistian could not withdraw it. He
wus sure if ii v.iia not voted, that, before an
other resolution could be voted on, there would
be action in this House which would be regret
ted by all.
Mr. (iitATTAx, of Rockingham, explained
iliai (he Speaker of the House was not aware
or his views before appointing bim on tbe com
mit tee.
Mr. Prbtxow, of Southampton, said that he
did ii"t intend, in his remarks ot yesterday, to
east :'.iiv imputation oa the Western members,
and lit- would tell the men ol the West iliat
Southeastern Virginia was with them, and
that if ever the occasion came bexpeople would
i.i'found ready to pour out their blood with
theirs in defence of our common mother.
Mr. DtCKUtaon, of Prince Edward, had
hoped that he had made himself distinctly un
derstood, and when the gentleman from Wash
ington this morning -
Mr. BoPKinsaaid be did not misunderstand
ihe gentleman. The ground of complaint, as
he understood it, wa* tbat the largesl!.vehotd
nig districts Oi the State were not equally
represented in the committee as was their
right- That right he accorded them.
Mr. DICKTOBOH said he could not exactly
understand whether the remarks ol ihe gen
tleman from Washington about a want of con
fidence in the West were in (ended to apply to
him.
Mr. Horatna said that he did no' under
stand tbe gentleman from Prince Edward as
casting anj Imputation oa die West.
Mr. I>i< KiN.so:, reiterated ins siesta exprer-s
--t»d yesterday, adding thai lie bad noi sain that
there was any portion ot tiie Sate uotimer
ested in the institution of slavery.
Mr. iii.t k suiil he believed he was the ilrst
member oa this floor to complain of the dis
tribution of this committee, and had called
the attention of other members to it. He did
not, however, believe tbe Speukerol the House
had intended injustice in his appointment of
31 r. Cowan had no personal explanation to
make. He was. perfectly satisfied with the ae
tioii of iii*' Speaker, and would still have been
satisfied if be had appointed a different one.—
It was not an uncommon occurrence, that the
Northwest, from which sectiOß he tame, had
been overlooked in the appointment of com
mittees, aa important as the one under discus
sion. He was glud this discussion bad occur
red. He did :liiuk when he lirsl came bere
that the Western mm were regarded with
suspicion, tut he had learned from this debate
that they were regarded with ui;bounded con
fidence. Now, if Eastern members regard
them witheach unbounded confluence, why
do they object to trusting Uiem .' Why ail this
hubbub, ail this fuss and leathers I If there
was a difference between she Speaker and the
gentleman from Stafford, let them settle.it be
tween themselves, lie hoped when the com
mittee met it would report the resolutions of
the gentleman from Culpeper. us he believed
they would cummand the confidence of nearly
every nitiniher en this floor.
Mr. Jonks, of Gloucester, coming from a
Congressional district unrepresented on the
committee, telt it his duty to say to the House
that for one he was not a little astonished to
lit.(l that two Congressional districts,and one
whole section ot the State, had liven overlook
ed. He attributed it to inadvertence,and did
not wish to cast any reflection on ihe Speak
er; but thought the inadvertence a most un
fortunate one. Beery section should have
been represented. That was his idea of a rep
resentative republican government, and such
should base been Hie action of the Speaker.—
When tbe n umber of thirteen was announced,
lie {bought it pointed unerringly to the Con
gressional <iis.net.-, it was MUBBtoneafy to
say that ditlt-rent shades of opinion prevailed
in Congressional districts. He stood ou that
floor instructed by both of tbe political par
ties of his district, iv advance of the action of
South Carolina, lo pursue ihe course since
pointed out by that sovereign State. His sen
timents accorded with those of the pe-jple in
structing him; for he bad been ten years In
advance of them in urging that couise, yet the
gentleman from Oulpapsr, also irom the East,
differed with him. On the Eastern Shore the
sentiments oi bis onastitaenta prevailed with
unanimity, and be wished to see that senti
ment represented on thecommittee, though bu
did not desire a place on it himself. He did
uot think mat Western members could justly
take exceptions to what had been said in the
discussion which had occurred.
Mr. Js'iiW'Tox, of Hanover, quoted from
Horace tbe sentence "parturient monies nttscitur
rtJUulus tnus," and thought at least one of tbe
propositions contained therein had beeu es
tablished here. The mountains bad labored,
and, as far as he could perceive, bad produced
a mouse. He felt a personal humiliation In
view of tho sentimeut now prevailing in tbe
House. Who were we I What were wet
Were we not tbe children of a common mo
ther; wbetber born on the shore beaten by tbe
billows of the ocean or first breathing the air
among tbe rugged bille of our State, were ws
not conceived in the came womb, and have we
not drawn tbe milk of life from tbe same
breaet I He knew nothing in tbs past of tbs
gallant West to make bim, representing one of
ibe largest slavebolding districts in the State,
hesitate to entrust bis interests into her keep
ing. He believed every geutleman wbo had
spoken had been actuated by tho purest mo
lives; but. the result waa most unfortunate.
There was not a man on tbat floor who waa
not as true as steel to Virginia, and when she
"hall resume that power which she gave up to
the Federal (lovernment, they weuld come to
eether with one hand and one heart to follow
her banner, whether it *hall float in the light
ol victory or be trailed in the dust of defeat.
Mr. Ecndy. ot Lunenburg, was under the
impression tbat the number of thirteen pointed
to the Congressional districts in Hie constitu
tion oi ths committee. He thoughtall sections
of the Siate should be represented in it. He
would come with no pharasaical pretence that
his constituency waa better than 'h er people;
but ho would say (hat when toe occasion
came which demanded that their voice should
be heard em that floor, it should be heard.
IVTr. Wilson, of Isle of Wight, opposed the
discharge of Hie committee.
Mr. Ham. said that, as other gentlemen from
the Barepreeented districts were defining their
position, he would define his. He had no
malt to find witb (he committee, and was per
fectly, satisfied with its constitution. The
geatlesßea composing it were Virginiaus, and
that was enough to satisfy him.
Mr. WATOOW, of Accomao, made no com
plaint of the formation ot the committee,
tin.iigh he s w no name on it from the portion
of the State east of Richmond. He did uot
think tbat the discrimination was intentional
on the part of the Speaker of the House. He
hope.l the House would consent to the dis
charge of the committee. An allusion had
been made by a member from the West, re
cenily, to -the sand banks ot Aceomae." He
would say (hat tbe "anad bnnka off Accomac"
would always greet ihe crags of Kanawha ou
the slavery question, or any other question
affecting the common State.
Mr. Watti, ot Portsmouth, thought if the
committee was discharged that the resolutions
Of Mr. Harbour could be voted on, and this
exciting discussion ended.
Mr. L<» kkH'ok called ;he previous ques
tion, which call was sustained. The previous
Queetioa was on Hun portion of Mr. Chris
tian *a resolution (the remainder busing been
withdrawn)requesting Mr. Hopkins to con
tinue in the position of chairman of the com
mittee. The resolution was adopted without
a dissenting vote—Messrs. Hopkins, Crutch
field and Collier not voting.
The Senate Joint resolution making an addi
tion to its part of the committee tbea came up.
Mr. McKkn/ik moved the indefinite post
ponement of the Senate resolution, which was
defeated. Ayes t;.;; naysTl.
The question then came up on concurring
with the Senates resolution, which was de
feated. Ayes:!-; nays 77.
Mr. In-ckwALL moved that the committee
be discharged.
Mr. B.\ui!otR moved to lay that motion on
the table.
Mr DccarWAXt replied that the motion had
been made after eonsultaUou*with the chair
man oi the committee.
Mr. Cut ii■hkieliv, (the Speaker, who had
temporarily resuni"i! his seat on (be floor.)
said that though toe subject of the South
Carolina Mis 1011 had not been disposed of
yet, it had bien disposed of as far as he was
concerned. He arose to ask a question of the
gentlemaa from Stafford. The impression
seemed to exist (hat he yet entertained the
opinion that he (the Speaker) had been guilty
of unfairness to him, personally. He asked
the gentleman to explain, that he might have
an opportunity of correcting a wronit impres
sion on his part, or of putting himself right.
Mr. Sa_DOH said he scarcely knew how to
reply. He could not go into a personal expla
nation of the grounds of his complaint here.
lie regarded theoutside of this House as a bet
ter place for an explanation. It could best be
settled between the Speaker and himself, and
ii he would regard it as no fortberdiscourtesy,
he would be glad it he would allow it to take
that course.
Mr.Cut'TiiiKiKLi) would prefer (he expla
nation being made here.
Mr. SBDDOU thought i: better for the Speak
er, for himself and for the House that it should
no' be made bete.
Mr. Di'cKWALi/s resolution was again taken
up. hut on motion of T.lr. Colliek, the House
adjourned.
[In tho report of the debate on Friday, the
word "not" being omitted, caused Mr. Sed-
DOn'B remarks to read, that he did wish the
chairmanship of the committee, instead of
reading, as it should have done, that he did not
wish the chairmanship—thus, by a typo
graphical omission, changing the position of
that gentleman.]
Affairs on the BJe 6raade.
The Brownsville Flag, of the l-Jih inst., has
an article on the state of affairs on the Ilia
Grande, in which it says :
The defeat of Cortinaa at Rio Grande city
inspired all witb bone,uad many with fall
confidence, that oar disastrous local war was
at an end, and so we stated to the public in
out last. Consequently, it has been with
great reluctance (hat credence has been given
to ihe reports, that Cortina was re-organizing
and recruiting for another and still more for
midable foray against us. Hut on (every day
since) Thursday last information aud evi
dence have been received that leave no room
longer to doubt that our wont fears are to lie
rualiaed, and that the cowardly assassia, Cor
tina, ami his savage abettors, are once Bgaiß to
be let loose upon the country.
Soon after his defeat at Kio Grande city, at
the h>;ad of only tea men, on the Mexican side
of the river, where he had been driven, he
commenced reerimiiig. From near t _margo
he has been traced to the Mexican '.owns and
raachoa, gradually augmenting his forces as
became down the river, until he made a ball,
with from two to three hundred men, some
twenty-five miles above this place, where he
still remains encamped with ins main force;
only some seventy live of his number having
been known to cross into Texas. From this ii
will appear thai there is every prospect of an
immediate r. petition ot the .-ceiies (hat have so
thoroughly disgraced and degraded the name
of American ou the frontier.
It is unpleasant to note the lact that this re
organixation and recruiting have gone for ward
and been effected without ihe ni'erpositiou of
Mexican authorities; that Cortina has lieen
allowed to remain in the country for two full
weeks undisturbed, aad there perfect his hell
ish plans aimed at our destruction. Ulb un
pleasant to know that many of these same out
laws and free-bootera who were engaged iv
the fight at Kio Grande City, are now at large
iv Mexico, going to and from one place to an
other without let or hindrance from the pow
ers that be. Witb scarcely an exception these
desperadoes are known to the people and the
authorities on the other side; and if they are
not wanted there, ami are really citizens of
Texas, why not have them driven or sent
home, with assurance that when once
here they would not be allowed to return ? It
la likewise unpleasant to record the fact that
nosoonerhad Qbb. Carvajal left for the seat
Of war than did Hie assurance and ellort, to
keeji Cortina uad his men outot Mexico, dis
appear, and QenernJ Carvajal himself pro
nounced against in a spirit of great bitterness.
If these indicaiioiis be nor mistaken, they
warn ais iliat the beginning ol (he end, even,
has not been realized; nnd unless great pains
be taken to right matters very soon, a rupture
will follow that no power can heal.
Imkr-Staik OotJKnmuaV—-Tho members
of the Kentucky and Tennessee Legislature*
reached Columbus, Ohio, at :i o'clock Thurs
day afternoon, and were conducted to the hall
of the Huuse of Bepresentativss, where ths
G.-neral Assembly ia joint convention receiv
ed and heartily welcomed them in an address
by Governor iteiiinson. Governor Btegoffln,
of Kentucky, replied,returuitiggratefiil thanks
in ihe name of the people of hisSiaie, for their
most cordial welcome. He expecied a warm
welcome from the people ol Ohio, but was en
tirely unprepared tor the greeting which had
l>et-n giveu them, lie would tell n to the peo
ple of Kentucky, and tell them, too, that all
we have to do to Keep the Government togeth
er is to see eachotberolteueraritl to knoweach
oilier better. Governor Magotliu then intro
duced Colonel Neweomb, off the Teuaoaaee
Legislature, who responded on behalf of his
Stale. He said that while Congress iiaamot
organize, Ohio, Tennessee aad Kentucky can
meet and greet, each other as brethren. He eu
logized the Union and Constitution. His speech
was received with great applause. After the
adjournment off the convention a meeting was
extemporize.), a: which numerous speeches
were made—the bes:t of leeliug and great en
thusiasm prevailing.
DirtCovKKY or a Cavk.—A letter from Prince
William county, Va., published in the Alex
andria Sentinel, describes a remarkable dis
covery lately made on the farm of Mrs. Otter
back, near tbe mouth of Quautico Creek, in
that county, by aome hands who wrre cutting
wood. The attention of a Mr. Talbert having
been called to it, be procured a pole aud thrust
it in some twenty feet withont meeting with
any obstruction. After enlarging tbeeutrance
by digging, be entered and examined 'he cave.
It bad evidently beeu cut by pick and shovel.
In a hard, sandy soil; exteuds forty let into
the bank; is six feet wide, aud eight feet high ;
ths top cut In ths form of au arch. There are
many letters cut In tbe sides, and dates as far
back as 1718. There are various conjectures aa
to tbs purpose for which it was mads, but as
there is no one living wbo knows anything
relative to its origin, of course it remains a
mystery. There were n knife and fork, aome
bottles, and bones ia tbe care; but tbs bones
were bo much decayed it Vras difficult to tall
wbetber they wera tbe bone* of animals or
uot. '
C'sagress— Friday's Prseesdlngs.
In the House of Bepresentstives, on Friday;
Mr. Adrian caused to be read a paragraph
from the New York Tribune, in which it waa
said tbat Horace F. Clark and Messrs. Bigcs,
Adrian, Briggs and Davis, of Indiana, were,
elected with tbe aid of Republican votes, with
the understanding that they would assist ths
Republicans in the organization of the House.
He said he would not engage in a personal
controversy with tbe editor of the Tribune —
It was bad policy to engage in a personal con
troversy with tiie editor of any, particularly
a daily paper, which bas an opportunity to
Are a shot every day. [Laughter.]
They had seen this most fully exemplified tn
the attack* made by the distinguished gentle
man from Virginia"( Mr. Pryor) on the editor
of the New York Herald. He thonght at tbe
time the gentleman made a mistake, and now
he discovered it because the Herald ha* an
opportunity for making an attack every day.—
lie repeated tbat he would not engage in a
controversy with Mr. Greeley, whom he re
garded as a man of marked ability and great
moral courage, and fidelity 10 ths principles
which he upholds. He differed with Mr.
Greeley oa the question of slavery and hie
mode of settling the question; but Mr. Grm
ley was entitled to his opinion. He did not
believe that Mr. Greeley intended to do him
any wrong, but presumed some evil-disposed
person had turnished information upon which
he based the charge. There was not a particle
of truth in the statement. He run as an anti-
LatcomptOß Democrat and made no pledge di
rectly or indirectly (hat he would vote for
any Republican, or aid the Republican party
in the organization of the House. In 1868 it
was believed, owing to the suicidal policy of
MreHuchauaii ou the Kansas question, that
the Republicans would have the majority and
could organize without the aid of the anti-
Lecomptoß Democrats; and therefore no
pledges from them were ex|>ected.
He asked for the proof from any living mor
tal man in his district thai he ever made a
pledge to aid in the orfQatzation of the House
by the election of a Republican Speaker, or
any other way. He repealed, he made no
pledge; but, looking to theexcitingdiscussions
which might lead to discord out of the House,
and perhaps to a dissolution of the Union, he
did not know but that when his sense of duty
and the interests of his country demanded it,
he would unite with the Republicans on such
a man, in order that the House may be organ
ized, anu relieved from its present dilemma.
The House now proceeded to vote for
Speaker. There was much excitement and
great interest manifested on all sides.
The South Americans voted for Mr. Smith,
of North Carolina, and various Democrats,
now seeing a prospect of making an election,
changed their votes for him. Someraat'e brief
explanation*, that they wanted to promote
harmony and end the contest. Frequent bursts
ot applause came from all sides. Messrs. Mor
ris, of Pennsylvania, Miilward, Nixon, Scntn
(ou and Wood, who had voted heretofore for
Mr. Sherman, now voted for Mr. Smith.
Before the result WUB announced there was
a change in the current of feeling, Mr. Johu
Cochrane rising to give his reasons, why he
could not vote lor Mr. Smith.
Several gentlemen endeavored to deprive
him of the floor by raising points of order on
him. In conclusion Mr. Cochrane changed
his voie to Mr. Millsoa. lie said he could
vole for none but a Democrat.
Various other explanations Were made by
Democrats for changing their votes to Mr.
Smith.
Mr. McClerr.and said that as it was in the
power of the Democratic party proper to elect
Mr. Smith, he changed his vote for him, and
expressed the hope that Democrats from the
North and West would give him their sup
port.
Mr. Bocock made a short speech. He was
always willing to unite on any sound man,
and he voted for Mr. Smith.
Other Democratic changes to Mr. Smith
were made, with occasional remarks, some
sayins; they desired to give peace to (he coun
try and strike a blow at the "irrepressible con
lliot" party, preferring a national "Whig to a
sectional Republican.
Mr. Morris, oi Illinois, said if his vote could
elect Mr. Smith he would not give it.
Other explanations were made favorable to
changing votes for Mr. Smith.
Intense interest was expressed throughout
these proceedings.
More short speeches followed. Mr. Cobb
made a humorous speech by way of exhorta
tion to his dissenting political friends to Cuine
up to the support off Mr. Smith. He called
attention to the fact that men of all panic
voted lor him, and if gentlemen did not now
avail themselves off the present opportunity,
they never would come near electing a nomi
nee opposed 10 the Republicans.
.Mr. Rultin, as the only man standing aloof
from the Southern phalanx voted, after ex
pianaiion. for Mr. Smith ; saying he had been
encouraged by his Northern Democratic col
leagues to do so.
Other explanations were made. Messrs.
English and Nibiack said they voted for Mr.
Smith, as the contest had narrowed down be
tween the Republican and American nomi
nees.
Mr. Morris, of Illinois, wanted Mr. Smith
to say lor himself whether he repudiated the
doctrines off the Know Nothings.
Several Democrats stated that they heard
(Ins from his own lips.
Mr. Burnett said bethought they ought to
let patriotism rise above party in this crisis.
Mr. Morris wanted Mr. Smith toanswer the
question.
Mr. Clemens, and others, objected to Mr.
Smith responding.
Mr. Clemens wanted a man to go into the
chair untrammelled, as a fair, honest man
should.
Other votes were now changed for Mr.
Smith, and were severally greeted wilh ap
plause.
Mr. Morris, of Illinois, finally came over to
Mr. .smith, being, as he said, saitefted that Mr.
Saaitb was nor * Know Nothing. [Trauma
dons applause.J
Several other Democrats changed their votes
to Mr. Smith, among others Mr. John Coch
rane, who had teamed, he said, thai Mr. Smith
never was a member of the Know Nothing
party, but an Old Line Whig, and the repre
sentative of national principles.
Much applause greeted the aiinouncetnentof
Mi. Cochrane's change of vote aud the inter
est gituily increased as ihe House neared au
election.
Mr. Burr changed his vote for Mr. Smith.
Mr. Sherman voted for Mr. Corwiu, when
Mr. Junkiii changed from Mr. Smith to Mr.
Sherman, thus spoiling for the time an elec
tion.
Mr. Scranton withdrew his vote from Mr.
Smith and put Mr. Corwia in nomination.—
[Ones off "too late," and much sensation.J
Mr. Morris, of Pennsylvania, said that un
derstanding the Republicans presented Mr.
Cor win, he withdrew bis vote Irom Mr. Smith
and voted tor Mr. tjorwin. [Hisses irom the
galleries and oa the iloor, and great confusion,
mingled with cries ot '-announce the vote."']
Messrs. VuiiandiL'harn aud Cox changed
their votes to Mr. Smith.
It was now understood that but two more
votes were required to elect Mr. Smith, and
(he most intense interest everywhere was
maiulesied.
Mr. Nixon changed his vote from Smith to
Pennington, thus removing the result farther
oil-
Mr. Keitt commenced making a speech.
Mr. Dunn said Mr. Ken is remarks were de
signvd to delay the result in order to afford an
opportunity to manipulate the tender-footed
Democrats.
Mr. Keitt proceeded to expose the inconsis
tency of those who voted for and then changed
against Mr. Smith.
Finally the result of the long-pending bal
lotwas announced as ioi'ows: Whole number
of votes CUBI W ; necessary to a choice I ia, of
which Mr. Smith received ll.', Mr. Sherman
11 ti, Mr. Corwin 4, scattering G.
The House then adjourned to Monday.
Can a Max Sikal his own Letters I— In
the United States Circuit Court vi New York
on Tuesday, William Slavm alias Sawyer, was
put on trial, charged with stealing las own
letters irom the jicai-oilice. The Commercial
says:
The defendant went by the name off Slavin
in Rhode Island, and ou moving to New York
took the name ot Sawyer. He was in the hab
it of receiving letters at tho post-oitiee ad
drt -st.i to him by the name of Sawyer. The
post-ofltee agent, euspeeting thai ho took let
ters not belonging to him, placed adecoy letter,
containing, among oiher papers, a boguscheck
on ihe Hank o! the Republic. Slavin got tbe
letter, look ihe check to the bunk, nnd wits iv
the act oi endorsing ii when be waa arresied.
A point was raised that he took a letter ad
u r.-sed lo him by his adopted name, nnd conse
quently could not steal bis owu letter.
Tbe judge charged that a man could be guil
ty of crime when in realty the letter was ad.
dressed lo him, if, after obtaiuing it, he dis
covered that it was not intended lor bim and
appropriated tbe contents to bis own use. Hut
this indictment charged him witb taking a let
ter noiaddrested to him. This was not. so. Tbs
letter wan addressed to bim, aud tbe indict
ment was consequently irregular; aud. Incon
sequence of mistake*, Hie prisoner was enti
tled to ibe benefit of them. Tbe jury found a
verdict of not guilty. Iv reply ton question
by a juror, the court staled tbat the govern
ment had a right to indite a decoy letter.
Pikb'a Pbak.—The emigration to Pike's
Peak.lt wouldueem, bas already commenced
Tbe St. Joseph (Mo.) Gazetteer tbe 10th an
nounces tbe arrival ut tbat city of i„ gold
eeekere. from Ohio, who were on their war to
1 tbe lairo ol golden promise.
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LOCAL MATTERS. ■» I
Twe Tenements Burned —On Saturday morn- I
ing last a fire broke out in tbe double tone- ;
ment brick building ut tbe Northwest corner '
of .Id and By rd streets, which was not checked *
until both apartments were completely gutted.
Tbe lire commenced in the South tenement
owned and occupied by Mr. M. S. Cooper, and
is said to have originated ir. m n stove. Mrs.
Coeper, it seems, had locked up her house nnd
gone to market, leaving a large and vicious
do* in tbe yard, as a guard. Burin* her ab
sence, the fire broke out. and was aeon after
discovered by some ol the neighbors, but tbe
dog would not permit them to enter the prem
ises until tbe flames bad made too much bead
way to be easily checked. The Nonh tene
ment was owned and occupied by Mr. John
F. Meeuley, one of the keepers of the Peni
tentiary, and as a stiff West wind was blow
ing at ihe time, it was soon enveloped In
flames. The alarm soon drew to the scene of
conflagration a large number of persons, who
succeeded iv saving anch of Mr. Meenley's
furniture and wearing apparel as could readi
ly be muveii; bu'. all heavy articles, including
wardrobes, were destroyed. North of tie
burning building, the sparks, and coals of Hie
were literally poureo upon Mr. John F. Tan
ner's house, threatening to consume it, but
buckets of water were resorted to,and the In ■ use
was saved. Mr. Meeuley, iv endeavoring to
save his papers aud other valuables, had his
beard and eye-brows badly scorched; and a
young gentleman, who wne engaged in saving
one ot Mr. Tanner's out-houses, had the cra
vat around his neck »«l on lire by the shower
of sparks. So strung was tho gale at the
time, that cinders and pieces of burn: paper
were blown as far as Broad street,a distance
of half a mile.
Mr. Cooper's house was insured iv the Rich
mond Fire Association, but his loss in furni
ture and other articles, is quite heavy.
Mr. Meeuley had no insurance. His lots
maj, therefore, be estimated at fcl^SOO.
The Fire Brigade, we were glad lo see, were
on the ground in good tune, with two eugiues,
and did valuable service in preventing the
spreatl ot the lire in the neighborhood. They
labored hard to stop the flames and to save the
burning tenements, even iv a damaged state,
bin, the lire had made too much headway
when the alarm was given, to be checked until
its work was done.
Clay Statu'.-The statue of Henry Clay,
ordered by the ladies of Virginia, has arrived
iv this city, on board the schooner Danville,
now lying in the dock, near :23d street, and ar
rangements are being made to remove it from
the vessel to the Mechanics'lnstitute Hall
to-morrow, at It o'clock. The Committee of
Arrangements, eonstetiugOf Messrs. James A.
Scoti, Feudal! Griffin, Wellington Goddiu,
Edmund Stean, George K. Crutchtteid, James
Pleasants, Jacob F. Barnes and George VV.
Jones,cordially invite the citizens generally
to meet (hem at the dock, to escort the statue
through the streets ; and, as the procession is
expected to be a large one, it has been suggested
that the vehicle upon which the statue is to be
placed, be drawn to the ball by the people gen
erally.
We presume there will be no formal recep
tion ot the statue, or speech making, inasmuch
as it is not to be uncased until the i.'lth ot April,
when it will be placed either on the Capitol
Square, or in some of the city squares, and in
augurated in a becoming manner.
The Committee off Arrangements are ex
pected to meet at Mechanics' Institute Hall,at
lo o'clock, to-morrow morning, preparatory to
tho removal of the statue from the dock.
Yon« «T Operator.— James Spicer, one of the
gang of young desperadoes who have so much
annoyed the people Ol Shockoe Hill for three
years past, was before the Mayor last Saturday
to answer the charge of breaking into Mr.
John Caskie's kitchen, aad robbing the trunks
off two off the servants. Jim was in company
with another lad when he was discovered.and
both off them ran off, taking different direc
tions. The negro followed Jim, however, and
giving the alarm off "stop thief," watchman
Page joined in the chase and soon captured
him. As there was no evidence before tbe
Mayor ro establish the prisoner's guilt, bis
Honor sent him to prison lor safe-keeping, in
default of bail for his future good behavior.—
If the city had a house of correction in whicn
to contlne young rogues, they might be re
formed in the course of time.
A Sensationamong th' Outt-maan. —Quite a
sensation was produced on Saturday, among
the oystermen, in the dock, on learning ihat
ihe "oyster bill" was about to be brought be
fore the Senate. Some fifteen or more of these
(raders appeared before the committee on (hat
subject and desired to be heard. They deplore
the passage of the bill, which they say must
inevitably ruin them, as the tax ou one cargo
would, iv many instances, more than consume
the profits, and eventuate in driving them from
the business. As most oi them are without
property and untrained to any oilier means ol
livelihood, it. is feared that, without some
amendment to the; resent bill, it will bear very
hard upon them. The subjeel will be before
the Senate tu-inorrow.
Serious Arcident. —A painful and serious ac
cident occurred in the- Hermitage weods, a
short distance West of Ibis city, OU Saturday
morning last. Mr. Atytii.i.A Maho.nk, a
worthy citizen, went to Hie woods to shoot
robins, but had only been there a short lime
wheu tbe barrel of his gun burst into a thou
sand fragments, tearing and shattering bis
left hand in a most horrid manner. Soon af
ter the accident, Mr. M. made his way to Mr.
Lgelling's residence, where his hand was
bound up, when he again started to the Medi
cal College, lo have it properly dr eased, and,
if needs be, amputated. Mr. M has a wife aud
ihiee children dependent upon his labor for a
support.
(heap osas.ua a general thing, are about as
sale to use a.s are sticks of caustic to carry
loose in oues pocket. Most, it not all off theni,
are marie with refuse barrels, some of wbish
are badfy bored, ethers full ot Haws, aud
others again little better than cast iron. Ac
cidents may occur, even from the use of the
very best guns; how much more dangerou*,
then, are tbe common ones, put together for
mere sale, and possessing bat little moie
strength than it made offaheet (in. We would
as soon think of attempting to fire a twelve
pound cannon from the shoulder, as one of
the cheap fowling pieces put together for sale
and sale only.
Thrilling Scene. —ln the last act >>r the "Ex
tremes" on Friday night, at the Theatre, an
incident occurred which caused a momentary
shudder throughout the audience. Miss Sa
lome was dancing iv the quadrille, wheu her
light muslin dress, expanded by an amplitude
oi skirl*, caught tire Irom the foot-lights and
blazed up. Mr. Richings and Mr. Hill, who
stood on either side of her, succeeded in extin
guishing it, with no further damage than a
partial burning off tho delicate fabric, nod the
soiling of two pairs of white kids. Neverthe
less, it was a narrow escape.
Cnzi/ig n: ladies. —Complaints are often
made by ladies of the rudeness with which
they are treated by men who stand about on
14tli street, between Main and Franklin, peer
into their faces, and make rude remarksabout
them as (hey pass. Such conduct would not
be indulged m by gentlemen, at any place or
time; and if there are creatures in our com
munity so unmindful of their duty as to de
signedly offend ladies in the public streets,
they deserte to be severely punished. Tbe po
lice will keep an eye to tbe locality indicated
hereafter.
Mayer** Court.—TheMavor had a few trivial
cases before him last Saturday, and readily
disposed of them. Frederick Loots, for being
drunk in tbe street, was locked up. -Tboraas
Allen, his ttrst appearance, for being intoxica
ted, was discharged.—A brain, a slave, for steal
ing plank, was flogged.—And Jim, slave to
Wm. N. Bugg, for using impudent and threat
ening language to Anderson Carnell, was well
striped.
Virginia Street, the City Council have said,
is to be widened Irom Mill Alley to Cary
street, some of these days; but when, no hu
man power can tell. The improvement is
very much needed at this tune, because of the
narrowness of that street, and tbe large
amount of travel upon it. Why not have the
widening made at once, and thus give addi
tional tacilities for communication with the
Richmond and Danville Railroad Depot {
Almost a Fire.—About I o'clock yesterday
afternoon, the rubbish in tbe upper room of
the cabinet shop on 15th street, between Main
aud Cary, was discovered to be on flre.aud ths
slarm waa given. Luckily the flames bad
made very little progress, and were readily
extinguished before doing serious Injury.
„ A .. *•_ S a,tU carae off between the Shockoe
Hill and Butchertown boys, on tbe hill aide
in Iront of Mr. Crenshaw's residence, yester
day afternoon, but before the battle waseaded,
the police made their appearance and put both
armies to flight.
The Alarm of Fire, about 8 o'clock yesterday
morning, was caused by tbs burning of a
kitchen chimney, on 30th street, between Mala
aad Cary. A portion of ths Fire Brigade were
promptly at ths place with their apparatus,
but found no need of their aervicoe.
Otrtrieaiiag Bread. A horse attached to a
bread cart ran off whilst passing along Mar
shall street, yesterday morning, spset the
vehicle, broke the shafts, aad scattered tho
bread aloag the strewn*. The driver was
tht own to ths groood, but received ao Injury.
f iiji'tt,
j—Ajuo tit Aur Kni tnj.ytr.
b„.d*.M..de.... Fiji l. .da* .Irene.... ten
«_ Adreethmniaßle pobMebad mM -Jotted, srtll
ha sharaai dbaoate sen bbbbbbj off atent Itena tee tbn
Bret iasarhoß. aad tessat* for snob esntmManas.
■ Theatre.— The protracted aad highly Busosee
fnl engagement or Miss and Mr. Kicking* ter
minated on Saturday night Thi bones wan ''
lull, aad the perfornmnoen umsn ooaaplstaty
i "Btiafaeiory. Tho farewsil eposah of Mr.
Kicbiuga, on being called oat* waa most ap
propriats They reft yesterday lot Wo^Htk:
Mr. Jarnea B. Murdoch, Wbo bus long #ecu-
Sr.™™*- «**»***Bj_*aa_«i position « Un Mm
commences an eagagsment to-ateh*. The
HJStt^S^aSftaS
the leading eburaetev. burtau tha W«n_ a
succession of standard . "-f --? .__?. _
will be produced, and tbe^bUcteaiesouc.
some excelleut acting. Probably
patron of the drama'in l_r
not, at soma time, had his admiruttou **-.»»"
by the correct impersonation* of Mr Mar.
doch, aud we hope his present eugansmenl
will be of tbat kind wbicb maketh "n* heart
of the actor glad. -" m ..
The Caneert.at tbe Meebaeics' Institute* ou
Saturday afternoon, was attended by a nume
rous and fashionable audience. Miss Rich
loo sang charmingly, aad though it would bo
difficult to say which wus the best of bar songs,
we are disposed to award the palm to La Ala
uola. Mr. Kunkel, who sang the "Old Sexton"
ami "Rocked in tbe Cradle of tbe Deep,** waa
much applauded. Mr. Hill's ballads were
finely rendered, and Smith's Band played With
skill. Tbe music of the orchestra, under the
lead of Mr. Rosenberger, performed two over
tures with good efleet. The taniasie, on tho
piano forte, by Miss Richings, was splendidly
executed, aud compliments were lavishly be
stowed upou the lair musician. The concert
deserves a Ivrger notice, bnt the pressure upon
our coliirnne comjtels ns to be brief. Ift Brae, .
really, a delight (ul entertainment.
An Eye Sore.—Tha fencing on Twelfth
street, South ot Cary, ia a serioue impediment
in the way of trade, and ought to be removed
by condemnation or otherwise. Will aot tho
Attorney for the Ciiy urge the Court of Ap
peals to dispose of the matter before them In
connection with this street, so tbat tho public
may enjoy its use I If the city of Richmond
bas no right to it, let her know it, so that she
can purchase or condemn it. If sbe baa tho
right of way over it, let that met be made
known, so tbat tbe merchants aloag im mar*
gin may no longer be cramped ia their opera
tions by having to do tbeir hauling through a
narrow passage scarcely wide enough for a
single cart So pass. Tbe city owes it la bur
tax payers to get a decision without dslny,
and the members of tbs Court of Appeals will
readily grant it when called upon se to do.
The Laser Beer Brewery, lately eetabliebed at
Rocketts, by Messrs. Goodman k Co., bids Mir
to prove entirely successful, because of tbe su
periority of ihe beer over tbat of any other
brewery known to the imbibers of that peculiar
beverage. We never tastedadropof lager iaour
life, and cannot, therefore, speak Irom experi
ence; but some of our friends, wbo ought to
lie judges—if experience in nse Is worth any
thing—say that Messrs. G. k Co. have ao ri
vals in their business. Lager ie perhaps tha
most innocent of all stimulants,aad as people
will drink it, the purest they can got ia tho
least injurious.
Iron Foundry.— Messrs. I„ wnes A Cook, on
-th street, on the site of the old sweat house,
are establishing a foundry, in whicb ull sorts
of castings made of iron will be cast 1b tho
best manner. These gentlemen have been en
gaged in tbe grate and irou railing business
for several years, but have relied mostly upon
the North for their castings. In future they
will do tbeir own work and keep their meana
at borne.
Loss of Momi/.— By the burning of Mr. M.
S. Cooper's residence on Saturday last, Mr. C.
and a gentleman living with bim, are aaid to
have lost several hundred dollurs iv cash,
which were kept in tbeir trunks. Where
banks are so convenient as in this city, Il seeme
a little strance that, persons will be their own
bankers and thus run the risk of Are nnd bur
glars. .
Th' Weather, yesterday, was spring-like and
inviting, and persons of all ages availed them
selves of tbe genial sunshine to attend reli
gious worship. Iv tbe morning ths Catholic
church was well attended, aa were the Pres
byterian, Methodist, Baptist and Episcopalian
churches, both in the city and npon thesnb
urns.
Stock Salt.— Five shares of Merchants'ln
surance stock were sold at auction last Satur
day by Messrs J. M. Taylor A Son, for goo.
Pretty good sale.
Mr. John P. Taylor, a well-known cotton
mercban t of Memphis, Term., was accidentally
shot iv Covington county, in that State, while
acer hunting, last Friday week, aud ao badly
wouuded that it was feared he would not
recover.
A little son of Gardner Collins, named Mor
ton, ol Hast Rodmah, St Lawrence county,
N. V., while jumping from a hay mow in bis
tather's baru,rau a fork-tins in hie boss 1b
such a manner as to causehia death aimoaLJn
suiutly. _■
So great is the pressure to obtain divorcee
in England, that beture lone additional judges
must be appointed to tbe Court. It is stated
tbat there is now an arrear of six hundred
divorce cases.
Mr. Stewart, a native of Charleston, and
mate ot the ship Adelaide Bell, was lost over
board iv the English Cbanuel on thettlstof
November, while ou a voyage from Liverpool
to New Orleans.
An affray occurred recently in Camden Pla
iner, S. C, between Browell Outlaw and
.Nelson Newman, in which the former re
ceived a terrible cut on the bead with an axe.
Cause—liquor.
It is : eared that if the House of Re preen ta
tives do uot organize aud fail back upou tbs
decorum of oiher days, the impresaiou upou
the Japanese Embassy will uot be favorable
as to the extent of our civilization.
The Newinnnsvtlle (Fin.) Dispatch an
nounce* 'he death ot Mr. John li. Stundley, n
native ol that county, and a sou ot one ot its
first settlers.
Adam Anderson and Geo. McFarlaud es
caped irom ihe Clarke couaty (Va) jail oa
the r.ith. A reward of f IUO as offered for their
arrest.
Otto Goldschmidt, Jenny Linds husband, la
reported to be gambling desperately with her
and she is about making personal in
vesimeiita for security.
Duane street* Methodist Church, erected in
I7W in the city ot New York, and the ground
on which it stands, were sold on Thursday for
«■:•->,; io.
The whole amount received for rants during
the past year, by tbe Superintendent ol tbs
Gerard estate, Philadelphia, was sU3b,W.S2.
The total number oibogs packed at Be, Louis
tin-season, ia 7u,*ai. Increase over last year
My_a.
Mr. Peter Harvey of Boston ia writing oat,
aud will next summer publish, hie recollec
tions of Daniel Webster.
Rev. Thotnas Abbott, of Blue Point, 111.; ie
under heavy bonds for whipping bis wile. He
ie charged witb beatiug ber ueariy to death.
The right of way for street railroade la New
Orleans, bas been awarded to the omnibus man
of tbat city, for * 1:111,000.
Wm. R. Barbae, tbe Virginia sculptor, |a
now in St. Louis, exhibiting his statue off ths
"Coquette."
A man named Jesse Glatfelter was kicked
by a horse on the head, about tbe temple, at
York, Pa., and was instantly killed.
The Legislature of New York baa invited
the legislatures off Tennessee nnd bleutucby
to visit Albnny.
Tbe ladies of Fairfax couaty, Vn n are glory
ing iv the independence off palmate rVrmt
spuu.
The coroner's jury, in ths case off David
llouck, shot by W m. McPberson. lo Baltimore,
returned a vetdictof "accidental aboouag"
Tbe Yonug Men's Christian AeeociaUoa off
Alexandria observed last Friday as a day off
prayer for the preservation off tho Union,
An intent sou of Mr. JooaibanaMeA.ee was
burnt to death in bis cradle In Morgan county, .
Va, n few days ago.
Mr. lisnly O. Dobbin., af Montgomery co.
Va, was killed last week by n limb which fail
from n tree while ho wa* chopping.
The bark Volant cleared from Norfolk Mat
Wedueaday for Belfast, Ireland, heavily
freighted with cora and other prwdaes.
The receipts off cotton nt Norfolk Oh Wed
nesday aud Thursday last were asarly 3»bt»
bales, most off which waa ante, there.
Mr. Lewis G. Oootep died ia Warreatoa, N.
O, oa tho l*tth inst, is eonesitaanoeoinwound
from the accidental dischnrnp nf n nuuoj...
Hamilton Cooper baa boon appointed Dis
trict Attorney for tho Sob them Dtetrtet off
Georgia.
Frank B. Cos verso, a haajo-adayor. off Mew
York, has just amarrted a yswag widow mouth
#lsu,oUraad"aary "reepoaeiteUHr,
Madams BocUeeo attended la riiiliiil i
levee Tuesday evening la her Court drees,
valued at twa* Tan>*aaaan *****/•
Tbs WaehlagtonStateo te «attn *Ov«t% upon
the •' Yasoey " Densest** teMAteteMßa. tad
advi.es ibem to beepnwny fromCateMsotsa.
Arrangemoa ta tire a rogreateau «BT«___n_i
working tbe gold mluotubsttfer dteil
ounniyVvTL IU,,L "" I *
j The old cttiaons off Portsmouth, V*., tun
. about forming a -Home Gourd."

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