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VOLUME III-NO. 407.] CHARLESTON; S. C., THURSDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 6, 1866. [PRICE FIVE CENTS.
Oar Caljie Dispatches.
LONDON, December 22-Noon.-The opening
pnce for Five-Twenties of 1862 ia 724. Consols
.89J. Monday will be observed as a hobday.
LTVEBPOOL, December 22-Noon_Tho Cotton
market opens firm, but unchanged, at yo-terday's
prices. The sales of to-day will roach 12,000 bales.
LONDON, December 22, P. M.-The Fenian
troubles in Ireland have' entirely abated. The
Island is tranquil, and confidence has returned to
LONDON, December 22, P. M.-Tho Daily News
of this: morning, in an editorial, savs Groat Bri?
tain will certainly require thc Spanish Govern?
ment to justify the seizure of the British ship
Tornado. The News, after reciting history of the
case wherein it appears that the Tornado sailed
from Liverpool on the 27th of September for Callao,
Peru, and when near that port was unlawfully
seized by the vessels of the Spanish navy, and her
crew subjected to unusually cruel treatment. It
emphatically says that Spain must apologize or
LONDON, December 22, P. M.-It is reDorted on
ihe Continent that the French authorities in Mexi?
co seized the baggage of the Emperor Maximilian,
vrhich has been carried to Vera Cruz. It was al?
leged that among this baggage seized were a num?
ber of private letters which have a tendencv to
oompr?niic'" tho Emperor Napoleon with ?he Uni?
ted States Government. Maximilian haughtily re?
fused to give up tho" letters when they were taken
possession of, as above stated, and he "himself held
LONDON, December 22, P. M.-There is a rumor
Hut another conspiracy, having for its object the
<:- Mtruction of the lives' of the ruling powers and
i :o subversion of the present form of government,
1 ? ? ? been discovered at Madrid. The danger has
.i ! .ce boen effectually guarded against.
LIVERPOOL, December 22, P. M.-The Cotton
laarket to-day has been quiet and steady. The
~ales have been about 13,000 bale3 at yesterdajr's
prices, viz : Hhd. for Middling Uplands.
LONDON, Sunday, December 23_The Journal de
St. Petersburg denies that an unfriendly feeling ex?
ists between the Governments of Austria and
Russia, but that, on the contrary, both earnestly
?endeavor to foster the best understanding.
Advices from Candia state that fighting still
continued. The Turks had strengthened their
blockading fleet around the island.
FLOBENOE, Sunday, December 23.-It is again
reported that Menebeca will he appointed Minister
of Italy at Vienna.
BERLIN, Sunday.-The Upper House, of the Prus?
sian Chambers has agreed to the Budget as amend?
ed byjthe House of Deputies, and has also adopted
the Bills to annex the Duchies to the Kingdom of
PESTH, Sunday.-Baron Beust, in a speech yes?
terday, said the appointment of a Hungarian Minis?
try w?s a question of time.
BEENE, Sunday.-The Swiss "Assembly yesterday
voted an appropriation of 12,000,000 francs for the
purchase or breech-loading rifles.
_ "WASHINGTON, December 22.-Representative
PIKE'S Committee to investigate the circumstances
connected with the alleged murder of Union pris?
oners in South Carolina, and the subsequent re?
lease of those convicted thereof, will leave for
Charleston on Monday.
The Attorney-General for the State of Virginia
has filed a bill in the United States Supreme Court
against the State of West Virginia to determine
which has jurisdiction over the Counties of Berk?
ley and Jefferson. The' bill is made returnable on
20th February next. THOMAS B. BOWMAN, Attor?
ney-General, and E. B. CUBTIS appears for State of
The Supervisional Architect of tho Treasury De?
partment leaves here to-day for Chicago to select
a site for .-a new Marine Hospital to he built there.
In cons?quence of the Kingdom of Hanover, the
Electorate of Hesse, the Duchy of Nassau, and the
City "of Frankfort having been united to Prussia,
the King bf Prussia has requested the President of
the United States to revoke the exequaturs before
issued to those who had been acting as Consuls for
The President has issued a proclamation accord?
The following gentlemen recommended the J?ar
don_of C. G. MEMMEN GEE: WM. H. SEWABD, HEN?
EY STANBEEBY, DAVID DUDLEY FIELD, Gen. HOLT,
Ex-Govs. PAB KEB and ALDEN, of New Jersey, and
other prorninent individuals.
The Congressional Investigation Committee
have decided to carry on their rnvestigation at the
St. Louis Hotel. They commenced work this
morning early. Subpoenas for some twenty wit?
nesses nave already been issued. Among those
examined to-day are Judges WABMOTJTH and HOW?
ELL, prominent Louisiana Radicals. All connect?
ed with the commission are sworn to secresy.
WASHINGTON, December 23.-The new French
Minister has arrive3, and will this week be offi?
cially received by the President.
Nearly all the members of Congress have left
Washington, to spend their Christmas elsewhere.
The Government will, in good.faith, respect the
decision of the Supreme Court against the trial of
civilians by military courts martial or commis?
sions, and will insist that it shall be recognized,
sustained and obeyed by all parties. The prepara?
tion for the trial of Surratt by Civil Court is an
evidence of this determination.
Kew Yoris. Sews.
NEW YOBS, December 20.-The steamer Araga,
which sails to-day for Liverpool, takes, on English
account, $124,000 in specie. No shipment of trea?
sure for other vessels have occurred to-day.
J. F. REDGWELL, of Vermont, has been appoint?
ed one of the attorneys in behalf of the Govern?
ment to prosecute claims in Europe against the
late Cnofederate States, and against FBASEB.
TBENHOLM & Co.
NEW YOEE, December 23.-The total of imports
of dry goods and general merchandise, for the
week ending yesterday, amounted to $6,000,000.
The foreign shipments of specie for the week were
Tinder $263,000. A million and a half of specie
was received from San Francisco yesterday.
The steamer Moneka has arrived from Charles
ton; the Virginia from Wilmington; the F?nf
?huey from New Orleans, and the Merrimac fros
Fearful Horrlcane In the West Indies.
NEW YOEE, December 22-Noon.-The Nassai
Guardian, brought by the steamer Corsican, con
tains details of the late hurricane, the severity
and extent of which are unexampled. The Steam
ship Company's wharf at St. Thomat was destroy
ed by a bark dashing through it. Loss $10,000.
At Turk's Island the hurricane was equally se
vere. At Cerneos Island a large number of v reek
ing schooners were destroyed and fifty lives lost
. The inhabitants of Turk's Island are sufferin?
lt is r ported at Nassau that a copper ore shi]
was wrecked on Bird Rock Reef, and all on boar?
NEW YOEE, December 22.-Advices from Panam
state that Australian dates of November 1 had bee:
received. Commercial affairs were in a very un
.satisfactory condition. Several large houses, ah
many small ones, had failed, the liabilities amount
ing in the aggregate to about half a million stei
ling, Messrs. WILINKSON BBOS., an America
house, doing business chiefly with Boston, Yalpa
raiso and California, are among the number. "Th
feeling was that the crisis had passed. Ther
were prospects of an unusual good naivest.
A report had been received that the- Unite
States steamer Lancaster had foundered at Be
near Capo Horn, bnt it was considered doubtful.
Kew? from Havant.
Nsw YcjBK, December 22.-The steamship Ck?
sican, from Havana, has arrived, having left tnt
port on the 15th. Business was .very dull, and
want of confidence generally felt. A panic wa
daily expected. Vera Cruz dates to the 14th, an
City of Mexico to the I3th, is received. .
Exchange at a Discount.
NASHVILLE, December 21.-For the first time i
thirty years Exchange on New York is at a (Ai
.count. Bankers buy at half per cent, oft,
TIic maryland Criminal Code.
BALTIMORE, December 23.-It is generally under?
stood that some action will be taken shortly in the
U-ited States District Court in th.s city in refer?
ence so the alleged disregard of the Civil RightB j
Bill by Judge Magruder, of Anne Arundel County, ;
in sentencing negroes convicted of larceny to be
sold, in accordance with the provisions of tbe Ma?
ryland Codo, which has not been repealed since
Maryland became a Free State. This law, author?
izing the sale of negroes as a punishment for
crime, is cl imcd to be in direct conflict with the
Civil Rights Bill, which makes tho infliction of any
punishment upon blacks other than that prosecu?
ted for whites, convicted of the samo offence, a
crime to be punished by fine and imprisonment.
The matter is attracting considerable attention,
and there is much speculation as to the course
likely to bo pursued.
NEW YOBK, December 23.-Advices from the City
of Mexico to the 9th. inst., state that Maximilian
was still at Orizaba. Marshal Bazaine, it is said,
asked Minister Campbell if he could facilitate the
departure of the French troops, and Campboll an?
swered that he could not interfere La the matter.
Mrs. Davis at Fortress Monroe.
FOKTBESS MONROE. December 23.-Mrs. Jeff.
Davis returned this morning from her Montreal
From New Orleans.
NEW ORLEANS, December 21.-The Congressional
Committee arrived to-night, with the exception of
one member, who is expected to-morrow.
Messrs. CHENET, and CHANCERY, gergeants-at
Arms, are with them. Tho Committee will meet
to-morrow morning at the St. Louis Hotel.
Prosecution of Clainu.
NEW TOBE, December 22-Noon_J. F. Redfield,
of Vermont, has been appointed one of the Attor?
neys on behalf of the Government to prosecute
claims in Europe against the late Confederate
State*, and against Fraser, Trenholm & Co.
Tb at Committee.
NEW ORLEANS, December 22-Noon.-The Con?
gressional Committee arrived to-night, with the
exception of Mr. Boyer, of Pennsylvania, who is
expected to-morrow. Messrs. Cherry and Chaun?
cey, Sergeants-at-Arms, are with them. The Com?
mittee will meet to-morrow at the St. Louis Hotel.
PHILADELPHIA, December 22.-The store of WM.
Gr. COCHRA NU & Co., No. 324 Walnut-street, was
broken into last night, and the brick fire-uroof
vault dug into, and railroad and Government se?
curities carried off amounting to over $200,000.
Military- Commission at Richmond Dis?
RICHMOND, December 22.-The Military Commis?
sion in the case of Dr. WATSON, of Rockbridge,
dissolved this morning, by order of President
JOHNSON, and the prisoner was discharged. The
order was made upon the decision of the Supreme
CHICAGO, December 22.-The publishers of the
daily papers of Chicago, and west and northwest
of Chicago, held a Convention here yesterday, and
perfected an organization Tinder the name of the
Northwestern Associated Press. E. EMOBX, of the
Peoria Advertiser, was chosen President, and an
executive committee was appointed. The associa?
tion decides to take the news of the New York As?
sociated Press. The association is composed of
twenty-five flourishing daily papers.
Sale of Steamships.
NEW YOBK, December 22.-The steamships
Ar ago and Fulion, of the New York and Havre
American line, were sold to-day at auction. LEON?
AY w. JEROME was the only bidder, and got the
vessels for $300,000. The Arago sailed for Liver
fool to-day, and will be delivered over on her re
New York Money Market.
NEW YOBK, December 22.-The course of the
money market to-day has been extremely irregular
and feverish. During the morning there was a
moderate inquiry of loans; but the general antici?
pations seemed to be that, as usual on Saturdays,
money would become easy. Ab vut 1 P. M., however,
an active demand set in, which continued unabated
to tbs close of business. The Stock market has
not not been depressed under the monetary pres?
sure, but several of the speculative stocks, such as
Michigan, Southern and Northwestern preferred,
developed considerable buoyancy.
NEW YOBK, December 22.-Gold 83f ; has been
32?. Exchange 9. Sight SJ. Money active at 7;
Stocks fluctuating. Flour 10@15 lower. Wheat
dull and nominal, lower. Bice declining. Oats
dull and declining. Pork dull and lower ; old Mess
$19.25 ; new $firstname.lastname@example.org. Whiskey quiet and
nominal. Cotton doll, at 34? for Middling Uplands;
other reports say 34.
NEW YOBK, December 22.-Cotton declined
lc; sales to-day 1200 bales; uplands 33?@34c;
Orleans 84J@35c. Flour doll at 10?15c low?
er; sales 3700 bbls.: State $84@11; Western $8.20?
13.50; Southern dull and ?jrooping; sales 200 bbls.;
mixed to good $11@134. Wheat dull- no sales.
Corn closed firmer; sales 21,000 bushels. Oats
dull and declining. Provisions generally heavy.
Whiskey quiet and nominal. Groceries quiet and
dull. Naval stores irregular. Turpentine 73@74c
Rosin $4.23@10. Oils unchanged and dull. Tallow
heavy. Freights dull and drooping.
SAVANNAH, December 22, P. M.-The Cotton
market depressed and declining. Middling 32c.
BALTIMORE, December 22-Evenining. - Flour
ve-ry dull; Chicago brands 12i to 25 cents lower.
Wuoat dull and drooping. Corn steady; receipts
light. Groceries declining in sympathy with golp.
Provisions dull and unsettled. Wniskey nominal.
NEW ORLEANS, December 22.-Cotton doll; sales
2100 bales; low middling 80@31c; middling 32c;
receipts 1964 bales. Sugar inactive; fair 9|c Mo?
lasses fair; demand unchanged. Tobacco quiet,
steady and unchanged. Flour easier; super
$11J. Corn $email@example.com. Oats easier, at 80@82jc.
Hay $26. Mess pork $23 Bacon shoulders 124c;
rib 12|c; clear 15?. Lard 12|@13c. Sterling 44?
44k New York sight i@? discount. Gold 3?4.
MOBILE, December 22.-Sales 1200 bales of cot?
ton to-day, with a fair demand, and factors gener?
ally sellers, with a good demand for lower grades,
closing quiet at 31}, Gold 133f.
CINCINNATI, December 22,-Flour quiet and
nominally unohanged; superfine $9.25@10; extra
$10.5O@11.25. Mess pork firm, with an advance of
25c; small sales at $firstname.lastname@example.org. Lard steady and
unchanged. Whiskey unchanged.
ST. LOUIS, December 22.-Flour more active ;
Superfine $???9 ; Triple Extra $13J@14. Wheat,
nothing doing, $2.60. Corn dull ; prices unchang?
ed. Oats, Httle doing, 72. Whiskey active, $2.25.
Hay higher, $19. Pork $20.50. Hogs $5.75@6 25.
LOUISVILLE, December 22-P. M.-Sales 62 hhds.
at full rates. Mess Pork $20. Hogs 64, receipts
4100-total receipts 110,000. Cotton dull at SOAc.
for Low Middling. Superfine Flour $9 50. Oats
65c. Corn, shelled hulk, 70c; ear, 60a62jc. Prime
winter Wheat $2 25. Sugar ll*al2c. Molasses 70c.
Lard, tierces, 12Jc. Whiskey lower at $2 28.
LONDON, December 22-P. M.-The money mar?
ket closed quiet. Consols 90 for money. The fol?
lowing are the current rates for American securi?
ties: Erie shares. 49; Illinois Central 78j; U. S.
CHICAGO, December 22.-The week closes ex?
tremely dull in financial and mercantile circles.
Demand for money active. Market firm. Eastern
Exchange in good demand, but light supply. Flour
steady. Receipts 3400 barrels. Shipments 3400
b?rrele. Spring Extra $101@10J. Wheat 2@3 ets.
lower. Receipts 1600 bushels. Shipments 800C
bushels. No. 1 Spring $2 58; No. 2 Spring $182?<g
184. Corn ? cont lower. Oats nominal at 40??41,
Rye 1 cent lower at 87J@89. Barley neglected,
Pork easier, at $18J@19.
The Titree Rivers Journal, on the authority ol
the clergy, says no Catholic priest of that pla?
ever saw or knew SUBBATT.
I Tim SOUTH CAROLINA CONFERENCE OF
THE METHODIST EPISCOPAL
PROCEEDINGS OF THE THIRD DAT.
[FBOM OUB SPECIAL BEP0BTEB.]
MABION COUBT HOUSE, December 22.-Confer
oaco was opened with religious services by Eev.
TV. A. GAME WELL.
JAMES I. BAKER, "WM. J. HUDSON, and War.
THOMAS, local Deacons, were elected to Elder's or?
The vote by which G. W. Brou was located was
reconsidered, whereupon he was elected to Dea?
con's orders, and located at his own request.
A. M. BUSH and J. K. TUCKEB were elected to
On motion the Bishops were requested to hold
the sessions of this Conference m future on the
"Wednesday immediately preceding the first Sun?
day in December.
Cheraw, Morganton, Charleston, Abbeville and
Spartanburg, respectively petitioned for the next
session of Conference to be hold in their towns.
After several votes were taken, it was unanimously
agreed to hold the next session at Morganton,
A report submitted by tho committee to whom
was referred the report" of the publishers of the
Southern Christian Advocate, elicited considera?
ble discussion, which was closed by the arrival of
the special hour set apart for conp^dering the re?
commendations of the General Conference. The
Conference voted by ayes and nays, as follows:
For Lay Delegation-ayes 103, nays 5; for change
of name 100-nays 10.
Bev. Dr. Seho?, Secretary of the Missionary So?
ciety, was t en introduced, and presented the
conditions, operations and claims o? hat interest
in a brief but eloquent address to the Conference.
Dr. Sehon remarked .that ten years ago he at?
tended the session of tho South Carolina Confer?
ence, which session was hold in the town of Ma?
non. The deeply interesting services of that Con?
ference had lingered in his memory. The solemn
services of the Sabbath can never be forgotten.
"You, Mr. President, participated largely in those
duties. You preached the sermon of the dead to
the living. The effect on the ministry and mem?
bership was of the most impressive character.
The altar was. crowded with weeping penitents;
souls were happily converted, and the whole
church was joy tul and triumphant. You will re?
member how sweetly was sung the words
'He died at his post'
My heart was touched most powerfully. The au?
thor of the hymn, and he who uttered the noble
words, were both my early friends in the minis?
try-members of tho same Conference.
Dr. S. then briefly spoke of the Missionary work
of the Church, stating that these interests were
committed to two Boards-one for Foreign and the
other for the Domestic; of tho former he was elect?
ed Secretary-of the latter Dr. McFerrin, of Nash?
ville. A heavy debt rested upon the Missionary
Society in 1861. Measures were taken by the Board
immediately to pay the debt, but war came and
swept over our land. Crippled and embarrassed,
we were unable to pay this debt. It still remains.
It must be paid. It will be paid.
Dr. Sehon spoke with emotion of the scenes
through which the church was passing, and urg?
ed that tho strength of a church consisted not rn
numbers or wealth, but in devotion to the cause.
Ho not only came here to represent the Mission?
ary Society, but ?lao to represent the claims of the
Southern Christian Advocate, the Nashville Chris?
tian Advocate, the Becord, and the Baltimore
Episcopal Methodist. The hearts of the people
of Baltimore wore with us, as they ever had been,
and. their paper was a good. one. We should all
take the Southern Christian Advocate, but he re?
commended those who were able, also to take the
The consideration of the report of the committee
on the Southern Christian Advocate was then re?
sumed. The report and resolutions, as submitted,
were finally adopted unanimously.
The anniversary of the Missionary Society was
held in the church at night, where an interesting
and able report was read by Rev. W. P. Mouzon,
Secretary of the Society. An address was then
delivered by Rev. E. H. Myers, who dwelt upon tbe
responsibility of giving and doing with pomt and
power. He was followed by Rev. Dr. Sehon, who
stirred the hearts of his audience by his thrilling
eloquence and touching appeals; and then the
audience stirred the contents of their purses to the
amount of $325, while a running talk was kept up
by Rev. J. W. Kelley, pointed by responses irom
Dr. Sehon, and mterrupted by contributions from
Eev. Dr. Smith, in some eloquent remarks,
announced this as the last anniversary of the
Society-it now ceasing to exist, in conformity to
the action of the General Conference.
MARION C. H., December 22.-The proceedings
of to-day were enlivened by consid?rable discus?
sion, and manifestations of anxiety to close the
business of the session.
The Committeo on Education submitted their
report. The institutions of learning under the
patronage of this Conference are : Wofford Col?
lege, Spartanburg, S. C., Rev. Dr. A. M. SKIPP,
LL.D., D. D., President; Spartanburg Female
College, Rev. A. M. Commings, D. D.. President:
Carolina Female College, AnsonvUle, N. C., Major
J. E. Blankenship, A. M., President; Davenport
Female College, Rev. J. B. Griffith, President;
Cokesbury Conference School; Columbia Female
College, now suspended.
The Bishop was recommended to confirm the
appointment, of Rev. H. M. Mood, A. M.. as Prin?
cipal of the State Normal School at Charleston,
and Rev. A. G. Stacy, A. M.. as President of the
Mecklenburg Female College, Charlotte, N. 0.
A preamble and resolutions, submitted by Rev.
Dr. Sl?pp, were unanimously adopted, inviting
Bishop Wightman to settle his home in South
Carolina. The Bishop, in response, hoped he
might be able ere long to do so.
The Committee on Memoirs submitted state?
ments in reference to the deceased members here?
The Bishop notified the Conference that instead
of an overplus of preachers, he had more work
than men. He had great demand, especially for
young men of learning and energy.
As information, the Secretary ui tilt Cirarch Ex?
tension Committee reported the collections of the
year amount to $5412, and they had settled with the
various claims at a discount of little more than 68
Jno. M. Carlisle, A. MeCorquodale, C. Betts, R.
B. Tarrant, J. W. Abernathy and F. Morgan were
placed on the supernumerary list.
J. C. Crisp and C. Murchison were reconsidered
and made effective.
After some discussion, continued from the fore?
noon, the following plan was finally adopted in
reference to the colorea people :
1. That it is best that the Conference appoint a
Committee of three of its members to have charge
of all matters touching the interests of the colored
people, who, in the interim of Conference, shall be
empowered to advise and act on the subject as ne?
cessity may require.
2. That the Presiding Elders and preachers ir
charge be advised to take all proper steps for se?
curing the interests of the colored people, accord?
ing to the plan adopted by the late General Confer?
ence, by forming societies among them, whet
practicable, in connection with our church, bj
manifestations of kindness and patience toward
them, and by recommending suitable persone
among them for license to preach and for ordina
i 3. That where anv of our churches, which hav<
been built for thoir ' ase, can bo allowed for encl
I purpose still, the Presiding Elders and Truste?
i of Bach churches respectively may grant them th<
, temporary use of such buildings, after the prope:
! execution of a written instrument by which the:
acknowledge themselves tenants at will.
Bev. Dr. A. M. Shipp, Bev. Dr. W. Smith, am
*-, were appointed the- Committee unde:
the first of these items of the plan.
* The first Fridays in April and September wer
set apart as days of fasting and prayer.
Rev. F. A. Mood was elected to preach tho next
annual Conference sermon.
Resolutions of condolence with the families of !
deceased members of the body were passed, after
which Kev. Dr. Smith offered a fervent and appro?
Conference then adjourned to meet to-morrow
evening, when the preachers will receive their ap?
Your reporter was at fault in attributing tho
very able report of the Missionary Society to Rev.
W. P. Mouzon. He read it, but the authorship is
due to Rev. A. M. Chreitzberg.
[SPECIAL COBBESPONDENCE OF TUE DAILY NEWS.]
"WASHINGTON, December 19_As we approach the
time for the holiday recess, the proceedings of I
Congress betray a more than ordinary spico of j
Ono more day ends tho first period of the session,
and but one measure has received the sanction of
both Houses and awaits the approval of the Presi?
dent. I refer to tho Bill granting suffrage to the
negroes of the District of Columbia, and disfran?
chising a portion of its white citizens. And this
it is proposed for the present to withhold from the
ordeal of Executive scrutiny. It is now discovered
that if it is sent immediately to "the other end of
the avenue" it may be sacrihced by that clause of
the Constitution which says: "If any Bill shall not
be returned by the President within ten days (Sun?
days excepted) after it shall have been presented
to him, the same shall be a law, in like manner as
if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their
adjournment prevent its return, in which case it j j
shall not be a law."
The discovery that this pet scheme was likely to
be killed by the adjournment on tho 20th, induced
Senator Wade to declare that he would move to
rescind the resolution to adjourn, and threw the
old Radical into an almost alarming state of agita?
tion. He was restored to his propriety, however,
by the assurance that it could remain in the hands
of the Committee until the re-assembli?g of Con?
gress, and then bo submitted to the President for I?
bis sanction or disapproval. 1
From subsequent events we may infer that the \ j
object of passing this bill was more for the purpose
of testing the President's pluck than to confer I i
what Mr. Sumner is pleased to denominate "human | i
rights" upon the blacks. A plan for consolidating
the municipalities of the District by transferring
the city governments to a Commission, has al?
ready been under consideration, and obtained ix- j 1
vor with members of both branches. At a recent
meeting of the Board of Aldermen, a resolution
was offered praying Congress to repeal all acts ]
having reference to the present government, and <
asking for the adoption of the Commission system, i
The resolution was not adopted, but was referred
to a special committee. This action justifies the
inference that the people prefer to transfer to
Congress the local government of the cities, than
to share the right or suffrage mdiscriminately with ?
all grades and conditions of negroes. 1
I am fully persuaded that Congress has designed
to make this change, and that the passage of the
Suffrage Act was to foreshadow the quality of
legislation that might be expected; and I am 1
equally confident that this purpose will be adhered i
to, unless it becomes apparent that such a course
would be gratifying to the people of the District.
This universal suffrage theme seems to be pur?
sued as a means of gratification or punishment,
rather than to vindicate the Declaration of Inde?
pendence, assertinr that all men are free and I?
equal. Ben Wade ie willing to forego negro Buf
frage in Nebraska, at the expense of his constitu?
ency, because there are no "rebels" there to punish.
The negroes are io ved. by the Radicals just in pro?
portion to their usefulness in serving party pur- I
poses and gratifying a revengeful spirit. ]
The Supreme Court decision, pronouncing tho
unconstitutionality of military courts, finds no
favor with the Congress party. They desire no de?
cisions that conflicts with their own partizan con?
structions of constitutional law. The decision
announced in the opinions delivered on Monday
not only declares the acts of these courts or com?
missions revolutionary and void, but it maintains
that Congress has no power to legalize such ?
tribunals. Four of the Judges, including Chief
Justice Chase, dissent from this last declaration;
but a majority of the Court, including Judge Davis,
who is the author of the decision, are firm in main?
taining the doctrine affirmed.
I have information that another decision has
been prepared against the constitutionality of the
test oath, and have reason to behove that it was
ready for delivery last week, but for some reason
has been withheld. It is impossible to determine,
with the vague information at hand, whether its
application is general, or only has reference to ap?
plicants for admissions to practice in the Supreme
A portion of Congress is very much inclined to
attempt a feat which they jocularly attribute to the
President-that of "swinging round the circle."
This circuitous performance is more particularly
specified as "the Southern excursion," and con?
templates a trip to New Orleans by rail. Excur?
sion tickets have been issued, and quite a number
of Senators and Representatives are booked for the
ride. It does not require uncommon sagacity to
discover that it is intended to make the journey
profitable as a means of accumulating political capi?
tal. Those who have taken particular interest in
planning the excursion, design to seek compensa?
tion from the hands of Congress in the shape of I
legislation that will bear dir?ctly upon the interests I
of those who claim to represent the "loyal South."
Congress is not content with the plan proclaimed
to reorganize the Southern States, by placing them
in the condition of territories, if we may cred t j
the report that it is designed to introduce a bill
in the House guaranteeing a Republican form, of
government to the State of Maryland. The object
assigned is to prevent the southern portion from
exercising a preponderating influence over the
western part of the State; or, if it was more plain- '
ly stated, would show that it is for the purpose of j
depriving the Democratic party of its preponder?
ating strength in the State.
A resolution has recently passed the House to
recall the Agricultural College scrip issued to j
North Carolina, and to restrain the issuance of
this scrip to any of the unrepresented States. Un?
der the Act granting aid of this kind to the States
for educational purposes, North Carolina was enti?
tled to 270,000 acres. It has been transferred to
the State in accordance with the requirements of
the law, and a portion of it may now be in the
hands of purchasers. If the resolution passes,
the Land Officers will-have to be notified not to re?
ceive it from parties who may have bought it for
the purpose of entering land. Scrip has also been
prepared for Georgia, Virginia and Mississippi,
ano: is ready for delivery from the General Land
Office, but will now be withheld.
When the question of issuing College scrip was
referred by the Commiesioners of the Land Office
to Secretary Harlan, it was by him brought to the
notice of the President and his Cabinet, and by
them decided that there was nothing in the status
of the States lately in rebellion to justify the with?
holding of this benefit to their educational institu?
tions. It was issued upon the decision of this
high authority, which Congress now proposes t?j
override. . VIDEX.
THE Chicago Republican says that John Purdue,
who bought the Lafayette (Lid.) Journal, ana
spent $80,000 in trying to get.to Congress, in which 1
he did not succeed, has turned up in a new specu?
lation. During the canvass, in order to secure the I
Methodist support, he invested $10,000 in a dona?
tion to the Battle Ground Institute, an institution <
of learning under the auspices of the Methodist
Church. Instead, however, of absolutely donating
the money, he prudently subscribed it as stock,
and since tho election, believing that the Metho?
dists "went back on bim," he has assumed entire
control of the Institute, which his majority of
stock enables him to do, and announces his deter?
mination io reorganize the Faculty with one Bap?
tist, one "Campbellite," one Presbyterian and one
Methodist, with .himself ss Grand Tycoon and
President of the Board. The Methodists sro, of
course, deeply exasperated, and the citizens of |
Battle Ground have set up a school of their own,
leaving Mr. Purdue to run his "Institute."
The expenditures ju Cmada for military pur?
poses since tho 1st January. 1866. have boon over i
Our New York Letter.
[FBoar omi SPECIAL COEBESPONDENT.]
NEW YOEE, December 21_The very large num?
ber of Southerners who have immigrated hither i
since the close of tho war, and who, spending '
their first winter in a northern latitudo, had been
somewhat disappointed in the mildness of tho
climate-these good people, who, for the novelty
and fun of the thing, have been secretly praying
for a Bpell of real bona fide cold weather-have had ',
their hopes realized with a vongeanco, with a
freezing vengeance, that already makes them pray
more industriously for a discontinuance of such
fun. The temperature of the weather underwent
a sudden change yesterday, and New York City .
was like a mammoth ice cream churn filled with a 1
human custard, that grew moro and more frozen (
as the day advanced-for as tho sun sank lower
in the western sky, so did the mercury in the ther?
mometer fall lower and lower still, ranging
throughout the day and night from twenty-three ?
degrees above zeroto five degree?. l
lour readers can scarce form an idea of the in- j
tensity of the cold when the mercurv hovers about
zero; a ;d yet last winter, in the cold spell that can
never be forgotten, it marked sixteen degrees be?
low. I write now, seated near-I may almost say
in-a large coal fire, in a close room, "and yet are 3
my fingers at times almost numbed witti cold. Of 1
sourse the skaters are having a lively time; but i
they and your readers must excuse me from going
up to the Park to see them in such weather as
this. Let. them enjoy their sport-let them slip
and slide upon the polished surface of the frozen ,
lakes-but as for my single s If, give me my pipe
Lull of tobacco, and my pen full of mk, and let the c
fire at least attempt to warm nie, as I indulge in L
D-ne of my tri-weekly pen-chats with the readers of t
Have any of your good readers ever enjoyed the
novel pleasure of a Eussian vapor bath? The thing j
is growing to be in vegue here, but the statements
in regard to the effect produced aro somewhat con
iicting. One gentleman assures me that having 8
seen an invahd for months, ho took one of these
baths, and was cured immediately; another in?
forms me that he has the constitution of an ox,
md had never been sick but twice in his life, but J
iliat one of these baths laid him up in a sick bod c
"or three weeks. On Wednesday last a butcher j
submitted his huge fram6 to the vaporizing pro
jess, and finding that he could not endure the
steaming and rubbing operation, called upon the
bath attendant to desist, which the latter refusing to
lo, the butcher arose in all the classic majesty ofilia
mdress uniform, and leaping through the window
ike the Ravels through the clock, smashed the sash, 5
mt himself with the glass, and astonished the peo- *
pie generally by tearing along through the Bowery i
ivith the speed of an insane locomotive, and in the ,
garments that nature had clad him in at the mo?
ment of his birth. The butcher took refuge in a
segar store, where he was taken in hands by a
?lushing policeman, who ordered him to dress i
Himself as soon as possible, and for the future to
foreswear washing nimself by steam power.
Dr. Forman, who, as I informed you in my last,
is to be tried under the charge of having taken j
bribes, has been dismissed by the Health Board ]
from his official position as Inspector. Nine-tenths i
3f the men here who hold such positions are
rogues, and people know it; but the crime con?
sists in being verdant enough to be detected in the ?
?ommission of the rascalities. There is no disgrace
n being suspected of thieving, but it will not do to
be caught in the act.
A young lady of sweet sixteen, or perhaps of
?weet eighteen, the daughter of one of the wealth?
iest and most aristocratic families in this city, has
sreated a great sensation among the creme de la
Treme by falling desperately in love with a pair of
Large moustaches, and eloping with the proprietor
thereof, a well, known sporting man. The young
Lady's paternal relative had feared something of
the kind, and so for a week past the lair one was
never allowed to go out of doors unaccompanied
by her younsrer sister. Love laughed at such an
bbstacle, and a few days ago, as the sisters were
taking then* usual promenade, a carriage door
opened of its own accord, and sister number one
Leaped in and closed the door. Off went the car?
riage, and, as the horses sped along, the astonish?
ed younger sister could }ust catch, through the
^lass in the back, a passing glimpse of a pair of
?miling moustaches. The detectives are on the
track, furnished with a counterfeit presentment of
The jury in the Maretzek libel suit case has ren?
dered a verdict in favor of the plaintiff, but have fixed
the damages at one thousand dollars, instead of
twenty thousand. The Sunday Mercury can well
afford to pay this amount, for the publication of
such articles gives a paper increased notoriety,
and popularity, and tends to enlarge its circulation
The contractors for the construction of the serial
bridge that is to span Broadway at Fulton-street
promise that the work shall be finished before the
middle of January. The arching will be over
seventeen feet high. The bridge will be of iron,
and strong enough to bear a pressure of thirty
I cannot remember ever to have seen Broadway
as crowded as it has been for three days past, be?
tween the hours of one and rive in the afternoon.
From Canal street to Fourteenth especially, has
been so densely crowded by the hundreds of thou?
sands of Christmas present purchasers that it is a
sight to behold ; even citizens who have lived here
all their lives have remarked it. Those of your
readers who come here in the dull summer months,
and see Broadway when it is comparatively
speaking half deserted, should see it now, dressed
in gayest holiday attire, and crowded to such an
extent as to render it almost impossible for the
pedestrian to make any kind of'headway. Chis:
mas trees are exposed for salo along the sidewalks
in front of almost every store, and as people pur?
chase and have them carried off, it looks like a
moving Birnam Wood going towards the head?
quarters of old King Santa Claus.
Speaking of Christmas, remind? me that ere this
letter can he published, the gay festival will be at
hand. Would that I could be at hand also to spend
my Christmas in the well-beloved Old City. But
if I am not among you, my heart is; and as my
letter will be also, let my heart speak therein. I
hand it my pen, which, being guided, speaketh
there. A merry Christinas to you all. A merry
Christmas and a happy time generally: and when
the new year shall come, may its dawn be the be?
ginning of a new and happier epoch for good Old
Charleston. A merry Christmas to the readers of
"THE NEWS',-a merry Christmas from
Compensation to "Loyal" Slaveholders.
It appears, from a report sent to Congress re?
cently by Secretary STANTON, that the Commis?
sioners appointed to consider the claims of "loyal"
slaveholders in Maryland and Delaware have con?
sidered nearly four thousand claims. The statis?
tics are as follows :
Number of claims filed in the Maryland Coromis
Nufaber of claims upon which awards were made.. 786
Number of claims rejected.
Number of claims returned to claimants unacted
upon by reason of dissolution of Conunission.... 2,803
Number of claims filed In the Delaware Com?
Number of awards made. 43
Number of claims rejected. 9
Number of claims returned to claimants by reason -
of dissolution of Commission. 62.
Aggregate number of claims with Maryland and
One interesting fact came to the notice of the
conunission for Missouri. Many slaveholders in
the western counties, before authority had been
given to receive colored recruits in that State,
earried their slaves toto Kansas, and enlisted them
in the United States service.
?2-WE ABE AUTHORIZED TO ANNOUNCE
EL M- WHITING, Esq., aa a candidate for Sheriff of
Charleston (Judicial) District, at the next elac?cn.
On the 20th December, by the Hov. T. E. WANNA
MAKEK, Captain EDWARD HOLMAN, of Orangeburg, tc
Miss MARY E., daughter of F. H. KENNEDY, Esq., of
Sumter, S. C. - *
On the evening of the 20th inst., at the residence of the
bride's father, by the Kev. C. J. CROCHAN, J. H. BAG
GET? to VIRGINIA, daughter of JOHN DOUGHEBTY, of
VS- MARKET HALL, DECEMBLR 24, 1 -
To-Mnrrow being Christmas, the Markets w ill be . ,ae
Bil day until 0 o'clock This Evening.
WILLIAM KIRKWOOD, Chief Clerk.
December 24 1
J85TCUSTOM HOUSE, COLLECTOR'S OFFICE
CHARLESTON, BEC EMBER 24,1S66.-To-morrow be
Christmas Day, the Custom Housi will bc closed, in a
:ordancc with usage. A. G. MACEE , Collector.
December 24 1
HST FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF CHARLES?
TON.-CHARLESTON, 24th December, 1SC6.-To-morrow
>eing Christmas Day, thia Bank will be closed. Tho
jusiness of that day must therefore bo anticipated.
December 24 1 WM. C. BREESE, Cashier.
SS- PEOPLE'S NATIONAL BANK.-TO-MOR
HOW being Christmas Day, this Bank w?l be closed,
iotes and Acceptances maturing on the 25th must be
>aid To-Day. H. G. LOPER,
December 24 1 Cashier.
VS- TO BE RAFFLED, A HANDSOME DOLL'S
iOUSE, containing two rooms and piazzas-one furnish
>d as a chamber, the other a drawing room-at No. 4
Aiken's Bow, 29?A December, precisely at ll o'clock in
he morning. 1* December 24
VS- THE SCHOONER LO VET PEACOCK IS
Uhis Day discharging cargo on Atlantic Wharf. All goods
.emaining on wharf after sunset will be stored at risk
md expense bf the owners.
December 24 1 WILLIS &z CB3S0LM, Agents.
VS- CONSIGNEES PER LINE BRIG C. B.
\TJiEN, from Boston, are notified that she is This Day
lischarging Cargo at Brown & Co.'s South Wharf. Goods
.emaining on the wharf at sunset will be stored at own?
ers' risk and expense.
STREET BEOS. & CO., Agents.
December 24 1
VS- NOTICE.-CONSIGNEES PER STEAM?
SHIP E. B. SOUDEB are hereby notified tvit she is Tfcts -
Day discharging cargo at North Atlantic Wharf. All Goode?
?emaining on the wharf at sunset will be stored at ex?
pense and risk of owners. A GETTY & CO.,
AH Freight amounting to fifteen (15) dollars, or less?
mist bo paid on the wharf before delivery of Gooda.
December 24 2
?er Schooner CHAS. DENNIS-Merchants' New York
Line-are hereby notified that she is This Day discharg
ng cargo at Adger's North Wharf. All Gooda not called
'or at sunset will be stored at risk and expense of Con?
signees. WM. ROACH, Agent,
Comer Adger's South Wharf and East Bay.
December 24_ 1
VS- ESTATE NOTICE-ALL PERSONS HAV
[NG claims against the Estate of the late J. DTJBOSE
PORCHES, of St. John's, Berkley, are requested to hand
hem in, and those indebted to make payment to S. L.
HOWARD, Charleston, or to Mrs. MARION POBCHEB,
lualified Executrix, St, John's, Berkley.
December 24 mthlmo
^ESTATE NO TI C E.-ALL PERSONS
laving claims against the Estate of the late JOSEPH L
IOWARD will present them, duly attested, and all per.
?ns indebted thereto will make payment to
S. L. HOWARD,
November 26_Qualified Executor.
J?3TOFFICE CHARLESTON CITY RAILWAY
COMPANY, CHARLESTON, December 20, I860.-Tickets
:an be procured from the Conductors on the Cars, and at
?io Company's Office, corner Broad and East Bay streets,
kt any hour of the day.
By order: - S. W. RAMSAY,
December 21 Secretary and Treasurer.
VS- OFFICE CHARLESTON CITY RAILWAY
COMPANY, CHABLESTON, December 20, 1866.-Passen
ge - s on the CITY RAILWAY CARS are politely request?
ed to enter and depart from the Cars by the rear plat?
form, to prevent accidents and to facilitate the move?
ments of the Cars.
By order: S. W. RAMSAY,
December 21 * Secretary and Treasurer.
VS- UNITED STATES OF AMERICA-DIS
TRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA-RITTENHOUSE,
SAUT & CO. vs. KREUDER & BEHR-Pursuant to an
order made in this case, on motion of WILKINSON &
GixcHEIST, for plaintiffs, WILLIAM BEHR, one of the
defendants to this cause, being absent from and without
the limits of thia District, it is ordered that the said de?
fendants do plead, answer or demur hereto within three
months from the date hereof, in default of which plain?
tiffs may proceed to judgment against the defendant,
who has been duly served with the process of the Court.
DANDEL HOBLBECK, C. C. C. U. S.
November 23,1866. lamoS November 24
VS- ASSIGNEE'S NOTICE.-JOHN KING AND
JOHN MCQUEEN, doing business under the name and
style of JOHN KING St CO., having this day made an as?
signment to me for the benefit of creditors, which deed
of assignment is at the office of Messrs. BREWSTER St
SPRATT, No. 98 Broad street, for inspection-a meeting
of the creditors of the said JOHN KING & CO., will be
held on Saturday, the 22d day of December, at ll o'clock
A. M., for the purpose of appointing an agent for credit?
ors, at the office of Messrs. CAMPBELL Ss SEABROOK ?
No. 60 Broad street ROBERT B. DOWTE,
Assignee of JOHN KING & CO.
December 14, 1866. mws4 December 17
VS" SOUTH CAROLINA, COLLETON DIS
TRICT.-IN EQUITY.-BILL FOB ACCOUNT AND PAR?
TITION.-JESSE HEBNDON AND WIFE et al.,VB. OUT?
ER BENTON, Ex'or., JOHN BENTON el al.-It appear?
ing, to my satisfaction, that JOSEPH BEACH, Sa., and his
children, JOHN BEACH, HARRIET BEACH, RACHEL
BEACH and JOSEPH BEACH, JB., five of the defen-.
danta in this case, are absent from and reside beyond,
the limits of this State, to wit-in the State of Florida
so that the process of the Court cannot be served upon
them; On motion ofO. P. WJTLLIAMS, Complainants*
Solicitor, ordered that the said JOSEPH BEACH, ST., JOHH
BEACH, JOSEPH BEACH, Jr., HABBXET BEACH and RA?
CHEL BEACH, do appear and plead, answer or demur, to ?
the Bill filed in this case, within three months from the
publication hereof, or an order to take the same pro con-,
fesso will be entered against them.
BEN J. STOKES,
Com. and Reg'r E. C. TX
OFFICE OF REG'S AXE COM'S n* EQUITY, I
Walterboro', 18th Deo, 1866.
December 23 lamo3mo
VS- BATCHELOR'S HAIR DYE.-THIS
SPLENDID HAIR DYE ia th? best la the world, Tho
only true and perfect Dye-harmless, reliable, instan?
taneous. No disappointment. No ridiculous tinta.
Natural Black or Brown. Remedies me ill effects of Badi
Dye?. Invigorates the hair, leaving it soft and beauttfuL.
The genuine is signed William A.. Batchelor. AU other?
are men imitations, and should be avoided. Sold by ala
Druggists and Parfum em. Factory, No, 81 Barclay
street. New York.
I VST BEWARE OF A CQdiTESFFZ^.
! December ie lye