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Thursday Morning, February 8,1866.
Can lt be Ratified*
Tho New York World, in speaking
of tho constitutional amendment
passed by the radicals in the House
of Representatives, the other day,
says there are fifteen States which are
csrtain to rejeot it, which they will
do with more decision, by tho know?
ledge that the President will approve
their action, and it only requires the\
failure of ten States to ratify, to'
defeat any amendment.
The World says that these States
would be fully justified* in rejecting
it, without assigning any reasons. The
Constitution gives them perfect free?
dom of action in relation to amend?
ments; and by making so large a
number as three-fourths necessary for
their adoption, it demonstrates its
intention to render amendments not
easy but difficult. The circumstances
under which this particular amend?
ment is proposed, makes it an insult
to the States whose representation it
seeks to abridge. If the number of
their^representatives could be consti?
tutionally cut down, no amendment
would be necessary; so that the very
fact of proposing it is a confession
that they are now both entitled to
iopresentatives, and to the frill num?
ber corresponding to their propor?
tionate population as returned by the
census. To deprive them of an ac?
knowledged constitutional right until
they will consent either to surrender
a part of it, or to recover it by de?
grading concessions, is such a bare?
faced ..affront, that if the Southern
.States were liable to be questioned
for their rejection of the proposed
amendment, this reason would be
sufficient. If they are now entitled
to representatives, as the amendment
tacitly acknowledges, (since it would
be otherwise needless,) they are just
as much entitled tx> a voice in Con?
gress on the question of its submis?
sion, as any of the States whose repre?
sentatives have voted on it. But had
the representatives been "present, to ;
which the eleve n excluded States are
confessedly entitled, the amendment;
could not have passed the House. Asf
it was. its friends had only nine votes
to spare; and those States are, by an
existing Act of Congress, passed in
1862 and- never repealed, entitled to
fifty-eight. So that if the conceded
rights of those States were recog?
nized, no such amendment could be
submitted. In requiring two-thirds
of both Houses to propose amend?
ments, the Constitution undoubtedly
intended two-thirds of the members
who might be present when all the
States entitled to representatives were
permitted to have them.
We believe with the World, that
even Thad. Stevens himself has no
expectation that driving this amend?
ment through Congress will subserve
any other purpose than procrastina?
tion. By contending that only nine?
teen States are necessary for its rati?
fication, he divulges his belief that
three-fourths of the whole ''numlser
will not ratify ; and he knows the
President too well to suppose that the
ratification of nineteen will ever be
recognized as sufficient. The whole
purpose of the party would appear
simply to be the preventing the South
from participating in the legislation
of Congress for the time being, or
until after the Presidential election.
The Camden Journal announces
the death of Angus McCaskell, an
old and respected citizen of Kershaw
AN ASTOUNDING RUMOR.-We have
already stated that the Baltimore
Conference is to meet in Alexandria
next Wednesday. A correspondent
of the Baltimore Gazette advises the
Conference to maintain its indepen?
dent organization, and not yet to
carry out its known wish to "adhere"
to the Southern Methodist Church,
and gives, among other, the follow?
ing reasons :
"It is rumored, and the fact is un?
deniable, that an order will be issued
from the War Department on the first
day of the Conference at Alexandria,
to tho effect that if the Conference
should resolve to unite with the
Church South, you will forfeit all
right to the church property which
you now claim in Virginia and else?
where. But if you continue to main?
tain your present separate and inde?
pendent position, that right will not
be interfered with."
Tho New York Post thinks the
recent conversation ascribed to Presi?
dent Johnson is characterized by his
usual good sense and sagacity.
We place upou record the follow?
ing letter from Governor Janies L.
CHARLESTON, January 81, I860.
To the Hon. Hie Secretary of the 1rea
SIB: AS Governor of the State of
Jjkmth Carolina, it becomes my duty
to ask your attention to certain sub?
jects of very grave importance to her
interests, and the control of winch
belongs to your department.
It is unnecessary for me to do more
than to refer to the acts of thc United
States imposing the direct tax, and
imaking provisions for its collection
in the ' ^insurrectionary States."
With these provisions you are per?
fectly familiar; and it is not my pur?
pose at present to call in question
either their constitutionality or their
policy. Fortunately for the State
which I represent-fortunately, I
hope you will allow mc to add, for
the whole country-the character of
"insurrectionary" rio longer applies
to her. Accepting honestly the re?
sult of the ?great contest which has
now ended, she has met the necessi?
ties of her condition, and her people
are endeavoring, with earnest und
single-minded purpose, to retrieve
the disasters and destruction of the
last five years. In this endeavor, I
am glad to believe that both yourself
and the Administration of which you
form so distinguished a part, cordially
sympathize, and I feel confident of
your patient and favorable considera?
tion, when I ask for such relief as it
is in your power to afford, from the
operation of laws passed in unhappy
times, and thc necessity for which
has now ceased to exist.
Owing to the fact that until the
surrender of Generals Lee and John?
ston, only the sea-board of this State
was in the military* possession of the
United States, it has happened that
in that section only of thc State have
these laws been applied. Owing, also,
to this fact, and tho consequent fact
that the forces of the late Confederacy
interposed between this section and
the rest of the State, it has happened
that the proprietors of this section,
who were driven from their homes by
the armed occupation of 1861, have
been, during the war, entirely sepa?
rated from their estates, have neither
been able to learn tho proceedings
which have boen instituted under the
laws, nor have been enabled to take
advantage of the just and humane
provisions for redemption which these
acts contain. Thc consequence has
been, that these laws have been more
harshly and more strictly enforced in
this section of South Carolina, than
in any other portion of thc South,
and from the inability of the parties
interested to receive the requisite no?
tice, there has occurred an amount of
i sacrifice by the sale of property more
! enormous in character and more uni
t versal in extent than in any other
portion of the country. I believe I
am warranted in saying that, from
causes entirely beyond their control,
not one of the owners of these es?
tates have been able either to pay his
taxes or to avail himself of the power
of redemption, while, in thousands
of instances, estates of the highest
value have been sold for the smallest
amount of tax, and ??ought for the
most inconsiderable sum. One in?
stance to which I will refer, in which
an estate, the market value of which
was $24,000, was bought in by the
I Government for $80, the amount of
tax due being even less than this in?
considerable amount, and the Govern?
ment being in possession at thc time
of cotton taken from the estate to
|more than a hundred times the
/amount of the tax, is one illustration
out of many. Thc whole property of
this section of country, including the
entire Parish of St. Helena, one of
the most valuable portions of the
State, and a portion of St. Luke's,
has completely changed hands, as far
as these acts can effect the change,
and has jjassed either into the posses?
sion of tho Government or of third
The Commissioner of Internal Re?
venue, in that portion of his report
which refers to the operation of tho
Direct Tax Act, uses the following
"It is evident from what I have
stated, that when tho duties of the
Commissioners under the present
laws shall be completed, tho burdens
imposed by it will have fallen une?
qually upon tho people of the dis?
tricts lately in insr rection. Some
will have had littl. in addition to
their original distributive share of
the twenty millions dollars, while
others will have lost their entire es?
tates. Some States, toe , will have
paid only thc amount apportioned to
them under the Act of August 7, 1861 ;
while others, for the reasons before
given, will, through the collections
and sales, have contributed largely in
excess of such apportionment."
I have been informed, and have
' reason to behove, that the State of
j South Carolina is one of those States
which has . "contributed largely in
I excess;" and that a small portion of
the State lias thus been made to bear
? even more than the burden of the
.vhole commonwealth; and that at the
expense of a few hundred citizens,
not more guilty than their fellows,
and including in their number a very
largo proportion of inoffensive wi?
dows, orphans and minors. Nor can
the State compensate them for this
terrible loss. Her resources exhaust?
ed, her new system of labor scarcely
organized, hardly a remnant of her
capital, public or private, saved in
this great wreck, more than one gene- i
ration must work and suffer before <
returning prosperity enables her to i
be either jus<? or generous, and even i
then no compensation would restore ;
these exiles to the homes in which 1
they were born. . ?
I would, therefore, respectfully ask i
your assistance in ascertaining the
exact condition of tho amount of i
direct tax due and paid by this State, ;
and would earnestly entreat your co?
operation, iu order that, if it be traie
that this State has overpaid its por?
tion of taxation, or should that not
be the case, if the State will assume
and secure tho payment of the very
small balance that remains, that some
arrangement be made by which the
lands which, under tho necessities of
war, have been bought in by Govern?
ment, should be restored to their
original possessors The only object
of this sale and purchaso was to se?
cure the payment of the tax. If the
payment of that tax has been or can
be secured, there is no further object
in making the law a means of per?
sonal punishment, a punishment not
inflicted by a discriminating justice
against special offenders, but simply
resulting from tho accidental locality
of the sufferer.
I would ask your attention to the
further additional extract from the
report of the Commissioner of In?
"Of the property purchased for the
Government at the sales for taxes,
leases under Section 9 of the Act of
June 7, 1862, have been made only
by the South Carolina Commission.
In South Carolina, too, and not else?
where, resales of lands bid in at tho ;
sales for taxes have been made by the
Commission, under Section ll of the
same statute. This sectiou provides
that purchasers at the sale who shall
have faithfully served for the term of
three months as an officer, musician,
or private soldier, or sailor, in thc
army, or navy, or marine service of
the United States, as a regular or
volunteer, and who shall pay one
fourth part of the purchase-moneys
shall receive a certificate, and shall :
have the term of three years in which
to pay the remainder. Tho amount
which will become duo in 1867 and
1868 upon the army and navy certifi?
cates, issued as above, is $206,994.30.
In this State, also, a board of selec?
tion, appointed by the President of
the United States for that purpose,
and comprised in part of the Tax
Commissioners, under his instruc?
tions of September 16, 1863, selected
and reserved for military, naval, cha?
ritable, educational and police pur?
poses, eighty-one plantations, situ?
ated on the several sea islands of that
"Under the same instructions, the
Commission made sale of homesteads
of ten and twenty acres each to heads
of families of African descent.
"Since December 10, 1S63, there
have been 617 certificates of home?
steads of this character, issued by the
Commission, most of which were
during thc last fiscal year."
It is difficult to understand why,
looking upon these Acts as intended
to have uniform effect, so very mark?
ed an exception should have been
made of this State, and as the direct
authority of the commissioners to
grant these leases "extends only
until the said rebellion and insurrec?
tion in said State shall be put down,
and the authority of the United
States established, and until the
people of said State shall elect a Le?
gislature and State officers, who shall
take an oath to support tho Constitu?
tion of the United States, to be an?
nounced by the proclamation of the
President, and until tho first day of
March next thereafter." I would ask
whether the time and conditions for
j tho termination of these leases do not
seem very rapidly approaching, and
if so, whether any principle of jus?
tice, or any good reason of policy,
would prevent the Government from
restoring the land so leased, to tho
Further, the commissioner, after
stating that most of the allotments of'
homesteads were made during tho
last fiscal year, proceeds:
"After the cessation of hostilities,
and on the seventeenth of May last,
the several commissions were direct
j ed by this office, in pursuance of the
j instructions of the Secretary of tho
Treasury, to suspend all sales of
lands for taxes in districts before that
time in insurrection, until otherwise
Now, if 1 am rightly informed of
the legal effect of these Acts, and the
President's instructions, these allot?
ments could only take place upon the
resale of tho lands originally bought
in by the Government, and the order
forbidding all further sales was in
effect forbidding any further allot?
ments; and yet, according to the
commissioner, most of these allot?
ments were made, "during the last
fiscal year," that is, after the issue of
the order forbidding them. You are
yourself aware that this order was so
openly disregarded, that application
was made to you by the executive
agent of this State, iu November
last, for an order to suspend sales in
Beaufort, advertised in direct viola?
tion of its terms, and that you
promptly and justly gave the order
asked for. And it is my duty to
state, on perfectly reliable authority, !
that these allotments were not only
made during the last fiscal year, but j
that Mr. Brisbane, one of the com
missioners, is now engaged in sur?
veying and laying out the planta
; tions in St. Helena, for tho purpose
of continued allotment.
\ The condition of these lands is
stich that, owing to the action of tlie
direct tax laws, the original owners
are ousted of possession, while the
3ystem of leases mid allotments, and
ia som? portions the field-order of
General Sherman, have caused their
distribution among the freedmen, and
created a strong expectation among
them of continued and more exten?
sive distribution. I would submit to
you, and through you to the Govern?
ment,, whether any principle of jus?
tice can sanction such a double pun?
ishment, as first to compel thc owners
of these lands to bear the whole bur?
den of the Slate's taxation, and then
to confiscate the very* lands which
had been so taxed. For, as I have
said before, now that the cessation of
war has given the opportunity, these
owners are perfectly willing to pay
their taxes, and ask simply that the
principle of redemption, incorpo?
rated in the Acts themselves, shall not
be made barren by being limited to a
point of time before which it was
clearly impossible to use it.
But there is another point of view
from which the condition of these
lands assumes even graver importance.
The question of the relation between
the white population of this Stato
and the new freedmen has been avery
perplexing one, and not altogether
free fromtlanger. It has been for a
long time doubtful whether the freed?
man would contract for labor at all,
and the great difficulty in tho way has
been his conviction thatHhe lands of
his former master were to be given to
bim. This delusion is not yet dis?
pelled. In thc interior of the State,
where there has been no disposses?
sion of the owners, the freedmen arc
gradually becoming convinced of the
truth, and are beginning to find that
work is a necessity, and by contract?
ing for labor at fair wages, only can
they secure work. But in the low
country tho case is different. Diffi?
culties still seem impossible to be
overcome and serious disturbances
have occurred. General Sickles, by
energetic and practical action, is mak?
ing some progress to a more whole?
some state of affairs. But there is
one obstado too strong for him, or
the planter, or the State. That is,
the existence in the State of a large
tract of the richest and most valuable
lauds, from which the white owner is
excluded, to which the freedmen loo!
with the assurance of future posses?
sion, and over which the State pos?
sesses no control, and the military
authorities of the United States can
exert no beneficial influence.
As long as these lands remain in
this condition, so long the freedman
of the low country will refuse to work
for wages, and the freedman of the
up-country will work discontentedly.
Although I see that a proposition has
been made in Congress to confirm the
grant made by Gen. Sherman's field
order, I cannot believe that either the
justice or wisdom of a great govern?
ment will permit so fatal an injury to
this State, as must be the establish?
ment of a negro colony upon her
borders, wasting her most fruitful
lands, obstructing her largest har?
bors, and shu tting out from the sea,
by a belt oj barrenness, her enter?
prise and her industry. But the delay
in deciding the statu* of these lands
is acting most injuriously upon the
fortunes and future of this State.
Already the beneficent action of the
President's restoration of lands has
been unaccountably delayed, inten?
tionally or ignorantly, by those en?
trusted with its execution. But im?
perfectly and unwillingly as it has
been executed, already its good effects
are visible, and I will venture to
assure you tl .t if you can contribute
to make it perfect, by aiding the
State in the restoration of the lands,
now practically confiscated by the
Direct Tax Act, you will be going far
in securing the solution of that ques?
tion of labor which is to-day the only
real obstacle to the firm, harmonious,
and prosperous reconstruction of a
Impressed with the importance of
these views, but finding it impossible,
either with justice to your engage?
ments or my own, to dwell upon them
more fully or more in detail, I have
commissioned Hon. William Henry
Trescot to lay this letter before you,
and to enforce it with such informa?
tion as an examination of it on your
part may require. Mr. Trescot has
already had tho honor of communi?
cation with you as the representative
in tho same (rapacity of my prede?
cessor, Gov. Perry.
Commending him to your courte?
ous consideration, and asking for the
subject he lays before you your early
and serious attention, I am, very
respectfully, JAS. L. ORR,
Governor of South Carolina.
THE NATIONAL, INTELLIGENCER.
This able, dignified and conservative
journal furnishes daily evidences of
its desire to see the Southern States
fully restored to their proper places
in tlie Union. We, therefore, with
pleasure reproduce the following de?
claration of George D. Prentice in
regard to the relations subsisting
between President Johnson and its
"We happen to know that the
editor of the Intelligencer is in con?
stant communication with the Presi?
dent, and speaks understandingly in
reference to tho President's views and
A negro man in Mahoning County,
Ohio, recently obtained a verdict of
$100 against the township trustees for
refusing his vote last fall.
A special Washington correspond
ent of the Charleston Courier, nuder
date of the 2d inst., writes as fol?
Much- speculation has risen in re?
gard to the probability of the trial of
Jefferson Davis. The President has
always holdout the idea that "treason
was a crime, and must be punished."
He has replied to petitions for the
pardon of Mr. Davis that he must
have a trial, though, if convicted, he
might be pardoned. He was last
August in favor of a civil trial. He
has declared against the expediency
of any more military trials. Accord?
ing to some accounts, he was thwarted
in his purpose of having Mr. Davis
tried at Bichmond or Norfolk last fall
by the scruples of Chief Justice Chase,
who still refuses to try a criminal
case in a State where martial law pre?
An attempt was made to remove,
by legislation, one of the obstacles to
a trial in Virginia, by the United
States Circuit Court, but the bill was
objected to in the Senate, on account
of an ex pott facto provision. It would
require, therefore, either an amend?
ment to the Constitution, era change
of opinion by Judge Chase, to obtain
a civil trial in Virginia. The Presi?
dent, in his message, threw the mat?
ter upon Congress, but the legislation
required by Judge Chase embjyced a
palpable violation of the Constitu?
It is now believed by many that the
President is now disposed to order a
military trial, 'if he cannot obtain one
by a civil courflj reserving, of course,
the right of pardon.
The radicals make tho delay of the
trial a subject of daily denunciation
of tho President. Perhaps he may
yield to their demands in this in?
If General Grant should go to
Europe for two years, as has been ru?
mored, it might be for thc purpose of
keeping out of the way of thc politi?
cians, who have discovered .that he is
the most available man for the next
Presidency. He has lately said that
he will not go immediately, but may
do so in a year or two.
Mr. Sumner warned the Postmas?
ter-General, in some remarks in the
Senate to-day, that ho must obey the
laws, and not give any offices in the
South to thc rebels. He alleged, on
the authority of letters he held in his
hands from Charleston, Georgia, Vir?
ginia, ?vc., that the rebels, and par?
ticularly the rebel soldiers, got most
of the offices in the Post Office Depart?
ment, the revenue service, ?fcc. The
reason alleged has been that it was
impossible to find loyal men in the
vicinity to take sonic of these offices,
the pay of which is necessarily very
THE COTTON FRAUDS.-The Balti?
more Transcript bases great hopes on
the integrity and efficiency of Mr.
Watterson, of Tennessee, in develop?
ing the cotton frauds in the South,
and bringing the perpetrators to
punishment, for which responsible
duty he has been selected by tho
President. He has already made a
report, of which a correspondent
In the report of Mr. Harvey M.
Watterson, of Tennessee, to the Pre?
sident, he entered very fully and mi?
nutely into the subject of cotton frauds
practiced in the South by Federal
agents, including some of a military
character. By these frauds Mr. W.
showed that very largo amounts had
been obtained by these corrupt means,
while the Government obtained but a
small portion, if any of the spoil.
Mr. W. explained the modus operandi,
in each class of cases adopted by thc
Federal agents, and others who wero
in collusion with them, for their pur?
poses. The owners of the cotton,
generally planters who had been fortu?
nate enough to save a portion of their
crop from the grasp of the rebel
authorities, were approached first
with menaces of arrest, imprisonment
and confiscation of their property,
and were then induced to accept a
small sum for their cotton, as a means
of saving their personal liberty. It is
not too late to trace many of theso
frauds to the perpetrators and to
recover some of the property, or the
proceeds of the sale. Therefore the
President has selected Mr. Watterson
as a proper person to ferret out these
agents, and associated with him is an
officer of the Treasury, Mr. Chandler,
who will be an efficient aid in bring?
ing them to justice. The amount of
property of which the poor planters
were thus deprived, without benefit
to the United States, is immense.
CLAIMS AGAINST GOVERNMENT.-The
Committee on Claims have made a
large number of adverse reports upon
claims coming under thc class pro?
scribed by the lite resolution of the
House. Among them, was one pre?
sented by Commodore Winslow, of
the Kearsage, who is unfortunate in
having lost Southern property by
the rebellion. It seems unjust to
throw out this class of claims, but
Congress is inexorable in its refusal
to surrender them.
A sweeping bill will soon be intro?
duced in Congress, and be no doubt
passed, for the relief of those officers
whose vouchers or accounts were cap?
tured or destroyed by thc enemy,
thus leaving them technically indebt?
ed to the Government. Several pri?
vate bills of this nature have already
been passed, without objection from
i any quarter. - Cor. New*Ybrk Herald.
CASH.-Our terms for subscription, ad?
vertising and job work are cash. We hope
all parties will bear this in mind.
"THE ('ODE. " The Act? paused by the
Legislature relative to tbe freedmen, re?
sale at this office. Price 'Mt cents; by mai!
EXPRESS COMPANIES. -Wo are almost
daily under obligations to the gentlemanly
managers of the Southern and National
Express Companies, m this city, for favors.
May they both increase io usefulness.
TUE BURNINO OF COLUMBIA. -A71 inter?
esting account ol the "Sack and Destruc- -
tion of the City of Columbia, S. C.," has
just been issued, in pamphlet form, from
the Pheonix steam power press. Orders
can ho filled to any extent.
A friend was in the Phoenix, ofhee, yes?
terday, complaining that lie wa?, to use a
slang term, completely "broke." Cn in?
quiry, we found he was going to be spliced
CROCKERY ANO CLASS WARE.-Messrs.
Gregs A Co., at the old Commercial Bank
corner, advertise a larg^ sto.?k of goods in
this line, which they offer at low rates.
These gentlemen are-wo had almost said
old residents of the State, but a? both are
on the right side of forty, the term "'old'
would hardly apply to them.
We learn that a raid was made on some
Government teams, on Tuesday last, and
several mules captured. Tho teamsters
were out getting wood, when the affair
occurred. The raiders aro being pursued,
and hopes aro entertained that they will be
We have to acknowledge the receipt of a
very neat and handy "combination knife"'
from Messrs. Fisher A Lowrance-and they
have an assortment of them still left.
These gentlemen advertise liberally, keep
good articles, sell at reasonable rates, have
an cxcollent "run" of business, and there"
fore can afford to remember their friends.
Success to them, .say we.
WEEKT-Y FAMILY PAPER.-On the 14th
instant, we shall commence the publication
of a family paper, entitled "The Weekly.
(,'leaner-A Home Companion." The papex
will be double the size of tho Phonj.?', and
will contain the cream of thc news, miscel?
laneous matter, editorials, stories, etc., in
the daily and tri-weekly publications. Sub?
scription price $-1 per aimuTm. Specimen
copies sent on application./ Ther? will ba
an interval of two weeks between th? pub?
lication of ibo first and ascend numbers.
CHARLESTON BUSINESS HOUSES.-In our
advertising columns, this morr.xing^ will bo
found a circular addressed to tita mer?
chants of the South, to which attention is
I invited. Among them ere a goodly num?
ber of old names, as well as some new
candidates for public favor.
Mr. J. S. Phillips also advertises himself
as the successor of that old and reliable
linn, Edgerton & Richards. Mr. Phillips
offers for sale a well-selected stock of goods
in bis line-which it is hardly necessary to
say is merchant tailoring. Mr. Yglesias
also claims to be the successor of Messrs.
E. Sz R.; but whoever the claim rightfully
belongs to, we venture the assertion that
either of the gentlemen will fit you, if you
give them an opportunity.
SUPPOSED MURDER. -The body of an un?
known man was found on Monday after?
noon, on the road-side, on the othor side of
the river, about three-quarters of a milo
from Guignard's Ferry, by a party of hung?
ers from Columbia; and a gentleman who
passed the spot yesterday morning, informs
us that the body is still laying there. Will
no one look after it? A bullet-hole through
tho forehead shows how the unfortunate
being came to his end-but whether by the
hand of the assassin or his own, of "ours?
it is impossible to say. The remain.-, of a
fire show that he had endeavored to make
himself comfortable. From appearances,
it is supposed that he ! ad been dead seve?
ral days, and the pockets of the dead man
had been rifled of their contents. The
deceased was dark complected, had dark
hair, and was dressed in a fancy colored
woolen shirt, paper collar, black cloth
coat, moleskin overcoat, gray pants and
patched boots; but neither hat or cap.
This is tho second affair of the kind which
has occurred in that vicinity-about two
years ago thc body of a woman having
been found near there.
NEW ADVERTISEMENTS.-Attention is call?
ed to tho following advertisements, which
are published this morning for the first
Shodair A Stieglitz-Fresh Bread, Ac.
Thos. Flanigan-House to Kent.
Gregg & Co.-Crockery, ic.
Card to the Merchants" of the South.
Sheldon, Hoyt & Co.-Hardware. &c.
Lawrence Brothers <fc Co.-Bank Notes.
Mrs. B. W. Means-Executrix's Notice.
A special despatch to the Balti?
more Sun, dated Washington, Feb?
ruary 2d, says: In quarters that I have
almost invariably found to be well
posted, it is stated confidently that
Jeff. Davis willi be tried by a military
Secretary McCulloch has been con?
stantly weeding corrupt men out of
offices under his control, without
respect to politics. A plea of partizan
device will not answer to a charge of
corruption and malleasance. Investi?
gations are not pretermitted on this
head. Powers can be safely granted
him iii respect to the management
o? the finances, for he is not a politi?
cian by trade.
The Treasury Department received
$5,000 to-day, from a conscience
stricken person who got it wrong