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COLUMBIA. "
Thurs iay Morning, December 6,185 "J
Ruit icul ?sui llumpuut.
The two days proceedings of Con?
gress, which we have received by
telegraph, are suilicient to indicate
the tone and temper of that body
towards the South. The recent elec?
tions, in their result, giving the party
a triumph, it appears, hus added ten?
fold to their bitterness, and shows
that there is no hope for the country
so long as that party maintains the
ascendancy. Every motion, and every
bill introduced thus far, and the votes
on reference, appear to show conclu?
sively, that the whole body of the
Republican party has become radi?
cal, in the most radical sense of the
term-radical in its policy towards
the excluded States of the Union,
and radical in its general policy to
the extent of wiping out ten States of
the Union, thereby driving from its j
federation many of its original mein- j
hers.
By a vote of 107 to 37, the House ?
of Representatives has instructed its
Committee on Territories to inquire
into the propriety of.extending terri?
torial organization over the States
"recently in rebellion." This is no?
thing but the destruction of the
Union by a mere faction, which has
acquired, by false pretences, fraud
and violated promises, a supremacy
iu the Central Government, and now
seeks to put its heel on the necks of
a prostrate people. They deceived j
the Northern masses into the war by
the most bare-faced false pretences, '
declaring that it was not for con?
quest, but for "the Union," they
were fighting; that it was for the
dear "old flag" they were called to
rally around. But no sooner did
they get into power than they throw i
off the disguise to some extent, and
their policy having, by artifice, j
bribery and corruption, been recently
endorsed by a popular vote, they >
have become rampant and defiant,
and threaten the Southern States !
?with extinction.
"What next? No man can tell. It \
is possible-nay, probable-that if
the Territorial Committee report, as j
the result of their inquiries, that the j
Southern States ought to have terri
tonal governments, a bill will pass !
tho House to that effect; bnt that
outrageous legislation would be in !
defiance of the Constitution, which j
gives no power to destroy sovereign
States, or to reduce j?iem from their 1
status as such. This resolution may j
have been introduced to frighten ?
some timid Southern State 'into rati- j
fying the amendment, or the vote on j
its reference to exhibit the strength
of the party; but other measures in- i
troduced all look to the complete j
subjugation of the South. "We must
watch and wait.
_c ^ ^ ,_
The Suffrage Question.
Hon. B. F. Perry, in the letter j
published yesterday; discussed with j
the same masterly ability that he dis- ?
cussed the Constitutional amend
ment, the question of impartial j
suffrage. He goes over the whole |
ground, and conclusively shows its !
results and effects. We commend i
this letter not only to general perusal,
but to thc attention of our exchanges, i
North and South. 1
THE AMENDMENT.-The Now York !
Tribune speaks in favor of what it
calls impartial suffrage, and is ready |
to give up the pending amendments, j
first because, when each State shall |
have conclusively acted,-the vote may
stand :
For the Amendment-yinine, New
Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode
Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New
York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania,
West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, In?
diana, Illinois, "Wisconsin, Iowa,
Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Ten?
nessee, Nevada, Oregon, California,
with (if admitted) Nebraska and
Colorado. Total-25.
Against the Amendment-Delaware,
Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina,
South Carolina, Georgia, Florida,
Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas. Total
13.
The assent of three-fourths of the j
States being requisite to ratify a
Constitutional amendment, the ratifi?
cation is not probable. Eyen if three
of the hostile States could be induced
to change, they will not suffice to
carry it.
A Washington date says Southern
gentlemen are leaving Washington
with the conviction that the Presi?
dent will not issue a new amnesty
" proclamation at present.
I National Constitutional Convention.
Thc Southern paper* ure discuss?
ing a proposition made hy thc Lou
? isville Courier, to hold a National
I Convention, to be held in Washing
' ton at an early day, for the purpose
of endeavoring to settle the differ?
ences between the two sections, by
amending the Constitution. As re?
gards this proposal coming from thc
Southern States., as suggested by the
Courier, the Macon Journal says :
"The Southern States, we doubt
not, would v?ry cheerfully sanction
a?d co-operate in such a convention*.
Their political condition cannot well
be worsted, and might possibly be
improved. But the very proposition
itself, coming from the South, would
be held as a piece of impudence and
presumption by the Northern States,
and inflame the animosity of that
section. Nothing seems to be more
offensive to the North than the evi
dence of any desire by the peoplo of
the South to assist in shaping the
legislation of the country, save in
manner and form as prescribed by the
radical party. A constitutional con?
vention, in which the Southern States
should exercise an independent voli?
tion, would, we believe, be not only a
very unacceptable, but, coming from
the Southern States, a very offensive
proposition. Let the friends of the
movement, therefore, first secure the
indorsement of the Northern States.
Ii that can be obtained, the South, we
believe, would gladly go into the
movement."
We believe the Journal is nearly
right, and besides, unless the people
of thc other section have recently and
rapidly changed their political opin?
ions, such a convention would be as
adverse to the South, though perhaps
not quite so intensely radical as Con?
gress.
--4-?-?-?
Thv I4ail?eal Programme.
The Washington National Republi?
can (good authority) learns that at
the Republican caucus, held on Sa?
turday evening last, tho programme
was presented, declaring the State
organizations cn the ten excluded
States to be unconstitutional, and
providing for the appointment of
Congressmen by Congress, with pow?
er to organize military forces, includ?
ing blacks, for the "protection" of
the public interests, and to call con?
ventions for the purpose of orgaa
izzing State governments that shall
be acceptable to Congress. This
plan, it is stated, met with some op?
position, and was not finally adopted,
but it is thought will prevail ut au ad?
journed meeting, which was to have
been held last evening.
In confirmation of this statement,
the Baltimore American, a radical
organ, thus defines the programme :
" It contemplates an abolition of
the present State governments in. all
the Southern States, on the ground
of their unconstitutionality, and pro?
vides for the appointment of commis?
sioners for each State, who shall have
power to appoint all civil and milita?
ry officers necessary for the preserva?
tion of peace and good order. The
commissioners are to call conventions
for the purpose of adopting constitu?
tions, with a view to admission into
the Union. There is a difference of
opinion as to the right of franchise.
Some are in favor of only loyalists
yoting, some in favor of Congress de?
signating who shall and who shall
not vote, whilst others advocate al?
lowing all those to vote who are now
qualified understate laws. The con?
stitutions adopted by these conven?
tions are to be respected, but only
those to bc allowed to vote who are
enfranchised by the constitutions
voted on, as was the case iu Maryland.
If constitutions be adopted by these
voters, then the States to be re-admit?
ted. If rejected, the rejection to be
followed by territorial governments.
The commissioners are to be author?
ized to organize the militia, including
the colored population, to aid in car
lying out the provisions of the bill,
and if called into service, are to bc
quartered on those rendering the cal!
necessary."
POLICY AS TO MEXICO.-The corres
pondeut of the New York Herak
writes:
"Sufficient information has escapee
Trom the usually ci ose portfolios o:
the Government, to establish the fad
that the policy of the Administration
in its present interference in Mexiear
affairs is not at all what it seems tc
be. It is now ascertained without t
doubt that tho object of the Admi
nistration is not to exercise a pro
tectorate over Mexico, but simply t(
make an alliance offensive and de
fensive with Juarez. Certain well
informed parties here assert that tin
grant of Lower California to Ameri
can parties is the motive power o
the whole affair."
A Xew Orleans paper says eames
preparations are making to.raisi
crops of cotton and sugar next year
notwithstanding the disappointmcn
of this. Political opinions and mea
sures are lost sight of, and a fe\
demagogues and habitual politician
alone keep such subjects alive;, th
masses think only of .work hnd im
provement.
.Mississippi.
We have already published a short
paragraph in relation to nn important
.decision made by tho High Court of
Errors .and Appeals of Mississippi.
The following is more at length, and
will afford a proper understanding
of tho decision. It was contended
that the entire legislation of the State,
attempting to suspend the statute of
limitations, was void:
It is said that in order to pass valid
laws, the Legislature must be a valid
and legal body, and must assemble
and act under, and in lrarruony
with, the paramount laws of the land;
that before the passage of the act
attempting to suspend tho statute
of limitations in (January, 1861,)
Mississippi, by an ordinance of her
Convention, attempted to withdraw
from the Union, and shortly there?
after became one of the "Confederate
States"-an enemy in hostility to the
United States; that by unsuccessful
revolution "she is remitted back to
her status ante bellum, all acts done by
her during the war being null;'' that
failing to create a new government </-;
jure, and having no government de
facia established and recognized, she
must be considered as having all
along constituted one of the United
States, notwithstanding her ordinance
of secession; that in addition to this,
by lier ordinance of August, lSG?,
the Convention of Mississippi de?
clared the ordinance of secession null
and void.
It is insisted that the State of Mis?
sissippi has never been able to legis?
late; lawfully and constitutionally,
"exceptas one of the United States;"
that bj-the Constitution of the United
States, as well as the Constitution of
this State, the members of the Legis?
lature were bound to take an oath to
support the Constitution of the
United States, and that, by the State
Constitution, "before" they entered
upon the duties, they were bound to
swear to support both Constitutions;
that the Convention of 1861, Viv the
ordinance of secession, abrogated
this- oath, and substituted a hostile
one; that hence it is argued that the
Legislature, after that ordinance,
organizing in "hostility to the or?
ganic law," could pass no valid act;
that Mississippi did not cease to be a
sovereign State, as she had always
been, "as one of the United States,"
in spite of her ordinance of secession.
In that character only could she le?
gislate lawfully, when acting in con?
formity with, und in subordination
to, the Constitution; and failing to
take the oath required by both Con?
stitutions, and taking another and
hostile oath substituted for it, her
Legislature could pass uo valid act.
1. That the provisions in the Con?
stitution of the United States, as well
as tho State of Mississippi, requiring
members of tin: Legislature to take ar.
oath to support the Constitution of
the United States, is merely direc?
tory, and the failure to take such
oath will not invalidate their action.
2. That all acts passed by the Le?
gislature of Mississippi during the
war, not inconsistent with her organic
law, were valid, and remained so af?
terwards, until altered or repealed by
her authority, with the exception
that, upon the return of peace, all
such acts as were inconsistent with
the Constitution of the United States,
or the laws passed in pursuance there?
of, and then existing, were thereby
annulled.
THEN AND NOW.-Henry J. Ray?
mond who, in the Times, daily ex?
horts the Southern States to "submit"
to the constitutional amendment, or
threatens them with it. imposition
and a worse fate if they shall refuse
to submit to it, wrote the address of
the Philadelphia Convention, stood
up in its presence, and twice read
the following passage from it, amid
the applause of that body of North?
ern and Southern representative
men : .
"And ten millions of Americans
who live in the South ^ould be un?
worthy citizens of a free country,
degenerate sons of a heroic ancestry,
unfit ever to become the guardians of
tue rights and liberties bequeathed
to us by the fathers and founders of
the republic, if they could accept,
with uncomplaining submissiveness,
the humiliations thus sought to be
imposed upon them.
FRANCE AND TnE UNITED STATES.
A despatch from Washington says
the threatened difficulty or misunder?
standing between oar Government
j and the Emperor of the French, in
view of what has transpired in the
last three or four days, is now con?
sidered in official circles effectually at
an end. The, despatch adds :
"It may be stated also that Count
Montholon, the French Minister, has
officially notified our Government
that vessels have been ordered off to
Mexico for the purpose of transport?
ing nil the French troops from Mexi
? co during next month. Bazaine has
written a private letter to Montholon,
expressing his disgust at the state of
affairs in Mexico, and that he anxious?
ly awaits the arrival of General
Sherman, to whom he desires to sur?
render his trust. The abdication of
Maximilian is a fixed fact, if it has
not already been accomplished, and
the announcement of his arrival at
Havana is momentarily expected."
Information Wanted.
Tho National Intelligencer asks for
information from the radical prints,
on tho following points :
We would be much obliged to
any of our cotemporaries of the radi?
cal persuasion, if they will be kind
enough to givo us the construction ;
they put on section 3 of the proposed
constitutional amendment, in this
particular :
Doe? tba* section permit each State
to regulate the elective franchise in
such a way tba*; if no discrimination
is made on account of color, but all
citizens, without regard to color, are
put on the same footing, no deduc?
tion ls made from the basis of repre?
sentation ? Or, in other words, can
a State, under that section, institute
impartial suffrage without regard to
color ? For instance, eau the State
of Maryland say by her legislation,
all citizens may vote, provided they
are property-holders or pay taxes, or
can read and write, aud the non?
voters be still counted as a part of
the basis of representation V Or is a
State obliged to say universal suffrage,
under the penalty of not having the
non-voters counted as a part of the
basis of representation ?
We desire to bc plain and intelli?
gible in our question, and we are
anxious for a direct and intelligible
answer.
We hear a great deal of the so
called plau of Congressional recon?
struction, and it is recommended as a
sovereign panacea for all the ills of
the times. But it seems to possess
what the rhetoricians consider a very
essential element of the sublime in
poetry-obscurity. We have never
heard this alleged as an advantage in
favor of an amendment to the Con?
stitution. In order, therefore, thnft
the country may act understandingly
on this important matter, we respect?
fully ask tin; supporters of this
amendment to give us their interpre?
tation of it.
There does really seem something
so extraordinarily at war with old
ideas in placing :v State with a vast
colored population in the dilemma of
permitting universal suffrage, or suf?
fering a los? of .". large portion of its
political power, that is such be the
purpose of tho amendment, the peo?
ple of the United States should be
permitted to understand it distinctly.
We take it for granted that the re?
volutionary organs will have no de?
sire to smother np such an important
matter ns this, and we there fore call
upon some of them to vouchsafe to
grant light to the country on this
point.
-.-*-?-?
Wnitliington Items.
. The correspondent of the Balti?
more Sun writes:
The Post Office Department has
simply agreed on a preliminary basis
for :.. postal treaty with Great Britain.
The articles, therefore, remain to be
formally executed, and the time fixed
for its operation. It is expected the
treaty will be in full force by or be?
fore January, 1868, afc which time the
present postal treaty between the
United States and Great Britain will
expire by limitation. The paragraph
recently published, .-tating that a new
treaty had been negotiated, is calcu?
lated to mislead, and hence this ex?
planatory statement.
An order has been issued by the
Navy Department regulating tho en?
listment of boys ns naval apprentices
or into the naval service, requiring
fathers, mothers or guardians, as the
case may be, desiring to enter their
sons or wards, to take oath to the
fact of such relationship or custody;
anti in the ease of the mother, to
swear that her husband is dead; .ind
of guardians, evidence that both pa?
rents are deceased.
Brevet Bric:. Gen. Sewall, Inspect?
or of the Freedmen's Bureau, has
been sent to Georgia and other States
in the South to investigate the facts
in regard to allegeel dishonesty on the
part of officers issuing transportation
orders to railroads to transport freed?
men from point to point.
Orders have been sen* to General
Sheridan, that if any crossing into
Mexico has been made, he must dis?
avow it, and direct the court-martial
of officers engaged in it. No reliable
adyjpes from Matamoras have yet
been received.
The Government has received in?
formation from Italy, stating that the
Pope has resolveil not to leave Rome,
but will trust to the protection of the
King, Victor Emanuel.
SYMPATHY WITH MK. DAVIS.-The
General Assembly of Georgia have
adopted the following resolution :
..The General Assembly of Georgia
do resolve, That their sincerest con?
dolence and warmest sympathy lie
tendered to Mr. Jefferson Davis in
his confinement, and they look for
ward with anxious solicitude to a day
when a magnanimous and patriotic
President shall puta term to his con?
finement, and by the interposition of
Executive clemency, restore him to a
people for whom ho so faithfully
struggled, and on account of whom
he endured with Christian fortitude
tho hardships of a long and rigorous
imprisonment. "
ARRESTS AT HAVANA.-At the re?
view in Havana, at which General
Sherman was present, on the 2Jst
ult., a young man shouted "Vive la
rep?blica." He was immediately
arrested, and will be tried for treason.
Several arrests have been made by
the Government of suspected repub?
licans.
The Phoenixoffice ja ou Main street, a j
few doora aboveTaylor (or Camden) street.
Measrs. Calnan & Kreudcr advert?as a ?
large stock of.goods, dive them a call, at
Volger's new store, Main street.
REMOVAL.-Dr. A. AV. Kennedy lias re?
in >ved his oflico to tho front room over
Messrs. E. & G. D. Hope's grocery store, :
corner Main and Blanding streets.
wu have be en requested to state that the
buggy plow will bo exhibited this after?
noon, on the lot East ol'Hie College Camp?
us.
NORFOLK OYSTERS.-We are indebted to
Mishaw Sc Simonds, whose stall is No. 20
in the Market, for a mess of very fine oys?
ters. Tltey keep these and other equally
choice articles constantly on hand.
GOLD.-The Charlotte (N. C.) Guardian
announces that a rich vein ?d' gold has
been found on tho plantation of Mr. S. M.
Howell. Mr. ir. was formerly a resident of
Columbia.
M:ij. Walton will please accept our
thanks for a pitcher full of mammoth Nor- ?
folk oysters. The Major receives them !
regularly, and persons cnn bo supplied by 4
calling in in rear of the National Expresg
building, on Washington street.
INTERESTING EVENT.- An interesting as?
tronomical event will occur this day, (the
Gth.) The ?sun, Mercury, Venus and Earth
will be in conjunction-an event that will
not occur again for several centuries. We
advise no one to set up to seo it, as some
did to see the meteors.
Ot u READING ROOM.-Members of the
Legislature and tho citizens generally, are
invited to visit the Phonix reading room,
where they will find on tile papers and
periodicals from every section of tho Union.
Tho building is open day and night.
DON'T LET IT Go CIT OF PRINT.-The
only truthful and authentic account of the
sack and destruction of Columbia, written
by one. of South Carolina's most compe?
tent men, all the incidents hoing noted on
the spot at the time. Your children will
ho glad to get a copy at any price. For
sale at the Phcertix office.
LIVELY.-Main and the other business
streets presented? tm yesterday, the
most lively appearance wo have witnessed
since the destruction of the city. There
was a largo number of wagons on tho
street, and their proprietors seemed to he
busily engaged in t ailie ol ono kind or
another. And when it becomes more gen?
erally known what stocks our merchants
have on hand, and how cheap they sell
them, the trude of our city will largely
increase.
SURVIVORS' ASSOCIATION.- A meeting of
the surviving members of IvcrcLiaw's Bri?
gade, was held at Nickcrson's Hotel, last, j
night, for the purpose of organizing into
an association. Cen. Bonham was io tho
Chair, and Adjutant-General '". R. Holmes
acted as Secretary. Gen. J. D. Kennedy
presented tho report of the Committee
appointed to draft a Constitution and by?
laws, which, after a shirt discussion,
participated in by Generals Bonham,
Conner and Col. 1"). W. Aiken, was adopted.
After which the following officers were
elected:
President-Gen. Kershaw.
Vice-Presidents - Generals Bonham,
Conner and Kennedy, and Colonels Wil?
liams and Aiken.
Secretary-C. R. Holmes.
Treasurer-lt. N. Lowrance.
Tho title of tho association "is "Ker
shaw'a Brigade Charitable Association."
Committees on Finance and Letters were
appointed. A resolution was adopted, re?
questing the Executive Committee to ap?
point a suitable person to deliver an ad?
dress at the next annual meeting. A
resolution of thanks to Col. Nickerson, for
the use of the hall, was adopted. Also, a
resolution requesting District and-sub
societies to forward to the Secretary oftho
association all matters and incidents con?
nected with tho brigade.
AU persons who were at any time con?
nected with the brigade are invited to join
the association.
ELECTIONS BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
In compliance with tho requirements of
tho Act of Congress of July 23, 1SC0, tho
two Houses of the General Assembly con?
vened at 12 m., in the hall of tho House of
Representatives, on yesterday, fer the pur?
pose of ascertaining the result of tho ballot
held in each House on Tuesday, to fill the
vscancy which will be occasioned in the
representation of this State in the United
States Senate on the -itI? March, proximo,
by the expiration of the term of service of
Hon. John L. Manning. Tho journals of
both Houses were read, and it was ascer?
tained that no candidate had received a
sufficient number of votes.
A joint ballot was then held, which re
sHltod in tho election of Hon. James B.
Campbell, by tho following'vote: *
Hon. James B. Campbell received ninety
five votes. Hon. John B. Kershaw receiv?
ed thirty votes. Hon. John L. Manning
received ono vote. Hon. John A. Inglis
received one. vote.
Elections were also held for District
Judges in tho Districts of Orangebnrg and
Spartan burg, which resulted in the choice
of Measrs. W. A. Legare and John E.
Bomar, respectively.
An unsuccessful ballot was also held for
Solicitor of the Western Circuit, which re?
sulted as follows: W. H. Evins received
fifty-two votes. J. 1*. Reid received forty- *
eight votes. W. K. Easley received thirty
five votes.
Another ballot will take place to-day.
It was incorrectly stated that Mr. Evins
waa elected yesterday.
Tho rest of th? proceedings were ?un?
important.
Tur. FAUL- Another tull Louse last
night. To-night, besides other interesting
features, there will be un exhibition of tab?
leaux, after which an amateur band of mu?
sicians will discours? some excellent mu?
sic. Wt; have been request? d tu state that
tin; Fair will be open this afternoon from
3 io 6 o'clock, for the accommodation of
ladies and children. Admittance- half
price.
LEGAL. Thc- Court of Appeals, on Tues?
day last, -.vas occupied in hearing the eas*
of the P. E. Church of the Parish of St.
Philips ads. Elias Horlbeck. Mr. C. lt.
Miles for appellant. Hon. Janies Simon.-;
contra.
On yesterday, the case was .resumed,
when Mr. Simons concluded his argument,
and was followed by Hon. W\ 1). Porter, on
same side. Mr. Mdes heard in reply.
Western Circuit -.las. berry Looper ads. .
The State. Hon. P.. F. Perry for appel?
lant. No reply.
Wm. Jennings ads. The State. Mr. El?
ford for motion. No reply.
Israel Charles et. ul. ads. J. 1). Ashmore.
Israel Charles et. al. ads. Goodlett, Ex'or.
Israel Charles et. al. mis. berry. Mr. El?
ford for motion. No reply.
Tlie Lank of the State vs. S. bobo. Mr.
Cr. W. Williams for motion, without con?
cluding.
W. L. Keith and J. J. Norton, Egor's rs.
Janies W. Earle. Abandoned.
NEW ADVERTISEMENTS.-Attention is call?
ed in thc following advertisements, which
an- published this morning for tho first
timi :
Levin A Miked-Guano, Lime, Ac.
J. AT. It. Agnew- Plow Moulds. Ac.
C. F. Jackson-Hosiery.
Apply at this Office-Store ti) Lease.
" " -House to Rent.
" " -Breast-pin Found.
'. " " -Lot for Sale.
H. I). Hanahan-Fresh Arrival.
Something Nice at the Pollock House.
Calnan'A Kreuder-Crackers, Butter, Ac.
Columbia Restaurant-Lunch.
Levin A Peixotto-Milch Cows, &c.
Theo. Stark-Meeting This Morning.
Jacob Bell-Citation Sylvester S. Clark.
J. S. McMahon-Election Policemen.
Legislature of South Carolina.
Tuesday, December t, 1808.
SKNATK.
Tin; Senate met at 12 m.
A bill to alter and amen ! the law in rela?
tion to the opening, widening, closing or
extending streets in the city of Charleston
was declared an Act.
Mr. Sullivan presented the report of tho
Preside nt and Directors of the Bank of thc
State of South Carolina.
Mr. Henery introduced a bill to incorpo?
rate the Farmer's and Merchant's City
Railway Company of South Carolina.
Mr. Frierson presented the memorial of
the Commissioners ot Public buildings for
Sumter District, praying an appropriation
for building a jail; which was referred to
the Committee on Roads and buildings.
Mr. Henery also introduced a bill to con*
fer upon Masters and Commissioners in
Equity, authority to proceed against pur?
chasers failing to comply with bids made
at their sales.
Mr. Arthur presented the account of
Wm. Ii. Stanley for certain articles fur?
nished the Arsenal Academy; and the ac?
count of Hopson A Sutpheu for supplies
furnished the Quartermasters' Department
and the Arsenal Academy.
Mr. Townes introduced a bill to alter and
i amend the lir*>t section of the third Articlo
of the Constitution.
Mr. Tillman presented the return of the
Commissioners of Vree Schools for Edge
field District, for the year 1866.
Mr. Arthur presented the petition of
Jan" s C. Janey, John S. Leaphart and
I ('apt. S. L. Leaphart, praying payment by
I the State of certain out-standing pay bibs
I of members of the Genera! Assembly for
I the session of 18C3 and 1864.
Mr. Shingler presented theruturn-of the
! Commissioners of Free Schools for Christ
burch Parish, P.erkelcyDistrict.
Mr. Furt introduced a bill to abolish tho
District Courts as now established.
Mr. Gris h am submitted the presentment
of the Grand Jury and orders and certifi?
cates for Fall Term, ISO!!.
The President declared Henry. F. Sou
mans elected Solicitor for the Southern
Circuit, and Simoon Fair for the Middle
Circuit, and Messrs. J. W. Allen, of Marl
boro, Ct aries Mayrant, of Sumter, a/id J.
B. Logan, of Williamsburg-the gentle?
men voted for as District Judges-were
by him declared elected, and that no
election liad taken place for Solicitor of
the Western Circuit.
Adjourned.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
The House met at 12 m. Tho Clerk
called the roll, and the i roeeedings vveru
opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Reynolds.
A bill to repeal the usury laws of the
Stata was read a third time, and declared
an Act.
Mr. Kiegling submitted tho memorial of
P. C. Gaillard and others, praying the in?
corporation of the Survivors' Association
of Charleston.
Mr. Jones submitted return of Edgerield
Commissioners of Free Schools.
Mr. Richardson submitted the memorial
of the Board of Commissioners of Tubbo
Buildings of Sumter.
Mr. Gayer introduced a bill to incorpo?
rate the Charleston and Havana Steam
Packet Company.
Mr. DePass introduced a bill to amend
the charter of the town of Camden.
Mr. Talley introduced a bill to authorize
the city of Columbia to issue additional
bonds.
Mr. Black introducod a bill to prohibit
tho partition by salo of tho estate of per?
sons dying intestate, and leaving minor
heirs entitled to tho samo, except for pay?
ment of debts.
Adjourned.
ALABAMA ON SUFFRAGE.-In tho
Alabama House of Representatives on
Friday, Mr. Brooks presented a bill
to alter the constitution of the State
so as to admit of conditional negro
siiTl'rage. Thc conditions are that
the voter shall possess property to
the amount of two hundred dollars,
and shall be able to read the consti?
tution of the State and of the United
States, and write a legible hand. The
conditions also to hold good in the
case of white men.
Mr. Brooks was closely identified
with the Confederate cause, having
expended b's last dollar in its sup?
port, and in presenting the bill he
said that he did so as a measure of
policy and for the public good.
After an exciting debate, the bill
was tabled.
A large church in Cambridge, Mas?
sachusetts, steeple and all, has been
moved three-quarters of a mile up a
street, which it filled from gutter to
gutter.

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