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Thur*>dav Morninjr, March 23, 1866.
Gea. Johnston's Report.. .
At length; by th? resolute exactions of Con?
gress, this^d?cumcot bas been spread before the
publie, lt iias been extorted from the President
as by a tooth drawer" When you read it, you
.wi'l fully ??pmpreik?ud the secreto!" our disas?
ters, and will divine how it is we have been
bro'?ilii almost to the verge of national ruin,
bv the ; IPI erse wilfulness which first baffled
?ll ?t plai.s Of Gen. Johnston, withheld the]
reo ned aid fiom him, rind finally deprived1
birii iiis command, only to send his army to j
Th? Governor ol' Georgia, in a recent letter,:
.fsiLes a sharp onslaught upsn Mr. Seddon,
. Secretary of y\'ar, and ovei his shoulders upon j
I'res: .? .'. . Wc have not seen tue official!
COBirr.uidcatio'.i .ol' Mr. Seddon wbich provokes j
tb i -i rep?y. But. Karmins the fae's to be as
..ta'.'*d bj Governor Drown, the worthySecre-!
tm y n '' w il be . >*:.*! mded io l>rii%/tho con
tr?.-*;, to ; iv ? .without any lurf-ber eked? I
di:.v o i; ' ' ? ?erne? jost.il?.i? luu.self,
in . . ... >; . ?sn .liv Constitution of the
C<- . ' '.. ... nd hy the laws of Georgia,-'
foi ' >. > .!.-. '-.<. ?TU* pursued ia i+gpfi to ihe
envo cy::!"? < . ..' the militia o? that State, abu
h.- :. rc Sh m >i:i!s that Mr.*Davis is as usurp
ativ:, .-is Lincoln, and more than affirms bis
.rw^lution t.) resist the aggressions of the one,
even to-tl '-?se ci' txnv.b, as steadily i's be will
PCESU>CST'S MK?SAOK-The'message of Pre?
sident Lavis, recently pr?seme! to tb? two
House? of Congress, isa well-wriitea document'
which frankly acknowledges- that we arc now
io the wcr6t crisis of our fortunes. Dut it ex?
hibits a calm \n? resolute temper; di'oourajrwi
a ^prehensions, counsels manly cheer sn J hearty
determination, and indicates the possession, in
. '.ii country. <>'. resources still quito adequate to
Loe mointeniocefcf our cause and the e?ert,io
of cur riglifp. He suggests certain amendmeu'o
militia and eonFcriptioD laws, and con
'-.T ? ru Vit** Oonrr??s on the passage of tue bi..
!..* arming th? negroes, though he express*?
.-<r>et tint the measure had not before been
adopt? d. Our limits do not suffer ns to repub?
lish the document, which is veil conceived and
expressed, ano is calculated to have a b?n?fi?
cia1 nf?'ience on the publie mind, in improving
it* ion??, temper ard confidence, and refceiug
\ IIOO?I ?Etems. &g
I The office of the Colin/iota Pkypnix is on
Gretes street,, second door from Plein.
We note with pleasure the return, of many
of the absentees from our city, especially ol
Government officials, who, we are told, are
about te resume their public duties here.
Among these we see the head of the tax offioei
"Mr. Jos. Daniel Pope, State Collector, fer thc
i Confederate States, of the Wer Tax. Welcome
enougU on his own account, his official aspect
is scarcely so grateful to thousands whtfrn th?
I Tan tees have left penniless.
! G AEDEN v5EKi>^--We beg our friends at a dis
' lance to send us supplies, whenever Urey cai
j spare them, of^garden seeds. Something o
provision for our people may he made through
out the year, if we can once get our garden
into bioi>:i: again. But this will depend wholl;
U]ion o.ir distant friends. Thc entire slock c
gatden seeds in Columbia ?w destroyed by th
fir?. Green pens, cabbage, turnip, lettuce, obri
tomato, ?e., will always be acceptable.
To CoRiiEsfexbENTs.-Wo have received
communication from Mr. Edward Sill, and on
from i lady, entitled 'Three Days of Yank*
Rule in Columbia." .Both shall appear in dc
season. Our correspondents will please- ri
member that our PhcSnix is of small dimensioi
at pi\--B?!it.,'nnr! can carryout a limited freigh
They. Will please condense as much as possibl
At present, we must ?ad place for our ott
narrative of the invasion of our ?State cud cir
and for the list* of the special sufferers. Shou
?ny ot" these happen to be omitted, we beg t!
partit?? to inform us. We shall also be pleas?
to receive any incidents which may illustra
the adv?ut of Che Northern hordes.
THE ISRAELITES IN COLUMBIA.-We have ?ca
from so many sources of the handsome bondi
of the Israelites in Columbia, snd, indeed, t
subject is one of such general remark, that
demands our public acknowledgment. No pi
pie could have been more active in their effo
to assist the sufferers during the fire, to p
ted. shelter and provide for the destitute, t
women and children, flying from the bu rn i
houses; none were more earnest in their exp
tulations with the enemy-Hone more suco*
ful in their efforts to save and succor; t
sine, the fire, sii.ee th?enemy'sdeparture, n<
have been more benevolent, more bounteous
the hungry and nuked, more charitable in ti
gifts, and more humane in their tenderness i
sympathy. We may add, as in proof of t'
that the very large donation from the Isrt
ites in Augusta, special ly sent to their broth
in Columbia, were freely and voluntarily gi
fup by the recipients for general distribution.
tWe^hould renmrnbsr nil these things. Verily,
?the evil U not without its good. The.cloud
j anil stror'm have their golden lining?; th? rain
Ibow follows thc. deluge; and if humanity has*
Freeeivfed a fearful blow at the, hands of?.th? ?
brutal ravager, the Good Samaritan is still
'found tn eo?i.e f?rtil, as in days of'old, ready
with the gifts of healing. The comforter takes
the sting out of the curse.
CHICKENS AND EGOS.-Lt is suggested by a
sage gastronomer of oar acquaintance, who
knows as well as anybody the proper elements
far a proper breakfast or dinner, that we for?
bear, as much as possible, in bringing, eggs and '.
chickens upon our tables in Colombio and those
region; where the poultry has been destroyed.
He thinks that we may well make the sacrifice
of some ?>f our animal comforts, in considera?
tion of the vital importance of replenishing
our stock: Hoe-cake and bacon and sorghum,
it is thought, may supply oar vants os folly as
they are made to supply the needs of our" gal?
lant soldiers. .
Henry Ward Beecher has received permis?
sion from the Federal Secretary of >War to
B-ench the Gospel in Charleston, when Beast
titler assumes the Governorship of South
Frank Leslie's Comic Almanac says, there
will be ?ix eclipses this year-two of the son,
two of the moon, one of Jeff. Daria and ono of.
the rebellion. ; ..'
$l90,r*0p in money anti $50,000 w*rtb of
prov ?fiona have been cori tributed in Augusto
for the benefit cf the sufferers in Columbir
Gen. Whiting died at Governor's IslandjNew
?York, on the Otb, from wounds received at
I Fort Fisher. jj ?.
! Late Northern papera state that Sherman's'
? army is quietly resting at Fayetteville, pre
I paratorj' to another movement Northward.
The concerts given in. Augusta for the benefit
I of the Columbia sufferers are meeting with
great success. j
I Northern papers report the eaplure of Gen.
Early, with 800 of fais men, pear Charlottes?
I Jerome Clark, alias Sue Monday, was hang
on the loth.
Four hundred papen have given ap tho
ghost at the North intbin a*.year.
It ia stated that Goo. Bom. Jbnes recently de
feated a strong Federal force in Florida.
Negro enlistment* progress rapidly im Sa?
vannah and Charleston.
Sherman, it is said, Has been progressing,
very slowly since he left Chester.
The actual loss of the Confederate* in the
fall of Wilmington was not over 200 men. .' *
Small pox is prevailing ia Savannah.