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Saturday Mon?ng, February 1.1868
The humiliating defeats -which foi
Some time have been Buffered by thc
French Government in its foreign
policy begin to 4*11 ?n if? ?^sitien ci
home. Its prestige is on the wane,
and thousands of its staunchest ad?
herents begin to waver in their aile
gianoe. A few weeks ago, two ultra?
conservative electoral districts chose,
for the first time, members of thc
Opposition. The army bill proposed
by the Government caused a danger?
ous stampede among its followers in
the legislative body-no less than
eighty-one, or about one-third, ci
the entire Government party voting
against the bill. Now, even the Pre?
fects, the docile mouth-pieces of the
Government, muster courage to tell
their master that the new bill is ex?
tremely unpopular, and .is received
by tbe peoplo with unmistakable
marks of disfavor. In a similar
situation, tbe Emperor of Austria
deemed it best to throw himself into
the arms of the Liberal party. Louie
Napoleon prefers to try a different
coarse, and. ?nntead of conciliating
the Progressive party by liberal re?
forms, to tighten the reino of the
Government. The enforcement ol
tho anti-liberal law, which forbids
?newspapers to give of the proceed?
ings of the legislative body any other
than the official report, is a great step
backward to a despotic policy. It
cannot be expected that such a mea?
sure will gain to him any new friends ;
and as the finances of the Empire,
according even to the report of the
Minister of Finance, are also in a
wretched oondition, and a new heavy
loan has become a necessity, the
prospects of the Empire for the new
year are anything bat bright.
APROPOS, VKBT.-The New York
Tribune makes the late challenge ol
General Butler, in Bichmond, by an
ex-officer of the United States army
and leading radical of the Virginia
Reconstruction Convention, the text
of a long homily on "the hatred and
. wrath that still linger in the unre?
generate rebel bosom."
A Paris journal thus describes thc
general situation of Europe: "France,
Austria and Prussia appear equally ta
desire the maintenance of peace, and
are determined to employ their in?
fluence respectively in setting aside
complications which aro more or less
menacing. The inclinations of Prus?
sia in this direction do not appeal
doubtful. Hence she attitude ol
those three powers towards Italy can
only tend to pacification. As re?
spects the Eastern question, Russia,
it ia still believed, will not, in spite
of her very significant proceedings,
immediately bring it to an issue. Bo
sides, the present moment has been
chosen by tho Western Courts to
urge upon the Porte those internal
reforms which wonld give satisfaction
to io Christian population of thc
cm} rr*, and thus deprive the Cabinet
of fit. Petersburg of its most spe?
cious pretexts for intervening in the
affairs of Turkey."
A desperate attempt to break thc
jail of Marion C. H. was made, last
-, Fridsy morning, by its inmates, some
' , i twenty-five in number, headed by
the notorious Jeff. Gee. The bars of
the windows were smashed out, and
great damage done to the building.
The sheriff was compelled to invoke
tho aid of the citizens, and by their
'.'nstramontality, the blacks aiding tho
'Vhitsa. nnd *b.~i Ibo prisoners had
been compelled to leave the windows
by the uso of fire-arms, the insurrec?
tion was quelled. Four or five pri?
soner* were wounded. The insur?
gents mid that they wore driven to
extremities by hunger, but tho affida?
vits of tho jail officials, corroborated
by that of the agent of the Freed
men'ij Bureau ut that point and
others, show that no such cause ex?
- ". % ' f. s ! i?? '
Tho Roeoautrcotlon Convention. I
C3ABiiKi TONi January 00, 1868.
Th? Convention waa called to order
by President Maokey. Prayer by
Rev. B. P. Whittemore.
A communication from Gen. Clitz
to Mayor Gaillard tras then read by
the Clerk, requesting of the Mayor
.uni ? sergeant and five police mea
shonld be sent to the Convention, to
be in attendance at the Club House
daring the hours of the session of
the Convention, with instructions to
maintain the peace.
B. F. Whittemore muved that a
Committee of Three be appointed to
wait upon Gen. Clitz, Commandant
of the Post of Charleston, and in?
quire of him why he has considered
it necessary to send the protection
mentioned in his communication to
the Convention. Adopted.
W. J. Whipper moved, that pend?
ing the report of that Committee, no
policeman be admitted to the floor of
The President submitted a com?
munication from J. P. M. Epping,
United States Marshal, submitting a
plan for the settlement of the land
and labor question, whiob, on motion
of C. C. Bowen, was read and re?
ferred to the Committee on Petitions.
N. G. Parker offered a resolution,
which was adopted, authorizing the
President to furnish to Gen. Canby a
certified copy of the ordinance to
levy a general tax.
Runion introduced a resolution,
Sroviding that all the officers of the
tate shall be elected by the people,
except the Judges of the Supremo
Court and the United States Senators.
Referred to the Committee on Fran?
chise and Elections.
Allen presented a petition from
citizens of Piokens, relative to pro?
perty sold during the war, for Con?
federate money, and asking that some
provision be made for an equitable
settlement between bayera and sell?
ers, in such cases.
Moses introduced a resolution in
regard to simplifying the pleadings
in the courts. Referred to Judiciary
Ran8ier introduced a resolution to
tho effect that, although the Conven?
tion would undertake to relieve the
Seople of the State from their great
istress, as far as possible, and pass
such ordinances as are necessary to
secure the pay of the members, the
special objeot of their assembling is
to form a State Constitution, and they
will not usurp the place of the Le?
gislature which they have the power
to create, by passing lawson extrane?
ous subjects. Referred to Judiciary
The chair announced that he had
appointed John T. Hughes, (white.)
R. N. Cain, (colored,) offered a long
resolution to petition the Freedmen's
Bureau to loan a 81,000,000 to tho
State, to be invested in the purchase
of lands for the benefit of freedmen,
these lands to be divided into ten,
twenty, forty, sixty and 100 acre
tracts, and sold to tho freedmen or
others, who are to have five years in
which to pay for the same. Referred
to Committee on Petitions.
The special order, "An Ordinance
annuling all contracts for the pur?
chase of slaves, where the money was
not paid," was taken np, and after
discussion by Corley, Rutland and
Whittemore, was made tho special
order for Monday next.
. The report of the committee te
commending the continuation of the
Freedmen's Bureau, and that a Bu?
reau of Edncation be established at
soon as practicable, was taken up,
discussed by B. Byng, of Berkeley,
and B. F. Randolph, both colored,
Tho ordinance defining the paj
and mileage of members, was tuer,
taken up, and after amendments of?
fered and discussions participated it
by Whittemore, Cardoza, Bowen, E
W. M. Mackey, Allen, Randolph,
Ransier, DeLarge, Duncan, Parker,
Whipper, Leslie, Neagle and Wright,
tho ordinance was read a second
time, passed and ordered to bo on
grossed for a third reading.
Several members roso and asked t<
have their names recorded ns voting
against fixing the pay per diem o:
members nt gil. regarding it as Un
Tho last clause of the first sectioi
of the ordinance as adopted, say;
"tho same to be paid in bills receiv?
able of the State, which have not c
par value in United Statesenrroncy.'
The first Southern election will
take place on Tuesday next, the 4th,
in Alabama, when the now Constitu?
tion is to be voted on, and Congress?
men and State officers elected.
Angling for Dog.
Brick Pomeroy tells the following:
Another time we were traveling on
grounds we had no right to tramp
over. The only excuse waa like that
of military necessity-it was better
fishing through the farms where the
trout had been preserved, than in the
nru*J\ lets V?iere a?? could flab.
It was early moruing. We had
risen nt 3, ridden ten miles, and
struck the cfeek os tho trout were
ready for breakfast. Looking care?
fully for a sheltered place to hitch
our horses, wo slyly orept on behind
fences, etc., till we reached the part
of the stream not generally fished.
A farm house ntood a quarter of a
mile away. We saw the morning
smoke curling lightly from a stove?
pipe-saw a man and two boys come
out to do chores-saw two women
busy about the door, and a ferocious
bull-dog wandering about the yard.
If ever we fished close, it was then.
Not a whisper to disturb the birds,
or the owner of the land. We crawl?
ed through tho grass-dodged be?
hind clumps of elders, and lifting
large speckled beauties out of the
water till our basket was full.
This was the time to have gone;
but the trout were so large and bit so
readily, that we could not withstand
the strong temptation; so we decided
to string and hide what he had, and
take another bosket-full. So at it
we went. No sooner would, the hock
touch the water than we had a trout.
We forgot the house, the man, the
boys and the dog!
Suddenly there was a rushing
through an oat field, as if a mad bull
was coming. Wo looked toward the
house, and saw the farmer and his
two boys on a fence, the women in
the door, and the bull-dog bounding
toward ns. We saw it all-we had
been discovered. The well-trained
dog had been sent to hunt us ont,
ana, as the matter appeared, it was
safe to bet he was doing that thing
To outrun a dog was not to be
thought of. There was no time to
lose. He cleared a fence, came for
ns just aa we reached a front seat on
a limb above his reach.
Here was a precious go! A vicious
bull dog under the tree, and a far?
mer and two big boys ready to move
down upon our works. It was nght,
foot-race, or fangs!
The farmer yelled to his dog-.
"Watch him, Tigel"
Tige proposed to do that little
thing, and keeping his eyes on us,
seated himself under the tree.
Then spoke this ugly farmer man :
"Just hold on thar, stranger, till we
gut breakfast; then we'll come and
seo you. If you are in a hurry, how?
ever, you can go now! Watch him,
We surmised trouble-quito mnoh ;
for twice had that bold man of bull?
dogs and agriculture elegantly wol
loped innocent tourists for being seen
on his suburban premises. His repu?
tation as a peace man was not good;
and there arose a large heart toward
Time is tho essence of contracts,
and the saving ordinance for those
iu trouble. We had a stout line in
our coat pocket and a large hook in?
tended for rock bass, if we failed to
biko trout. And, as good lu ck would
have it, we hod a very nice sandwich
and a piece of boiled corn beef in
our other pocket.
< We called tho dog pet names, but
he wasn't on it! Then we tried to
move down-when he'd move upi
At lost we trebled our bass line,
fastened the great Limerick to it,
baited it with the corned beef, tied
the end of tho line to a limb, and
angled for dog!
Tige was in appetite He smelt
of the beef; it was very nice. He
swallowed it, and sat still with his
eyes on ns for more, but with no
friendly look beaming from his coun?
tenance. Not any.
When we pulled gently on the
line-it was fust! Tige yanked and
pulled, but 'twas no usu! The at?
tention of the canino was diverted
from us-his bnsines was being done
by another line!
Wo quickly slid down the tree
coming near blistering our bock doing
it-seized tho basket and pol/v h?u
straightway went thonco somewhat
We found our string of fish, and
reaohed the buggy and a command?
ing spot in the road, in time to see
thu sturdy yeoman move forth.
Wo saw him and his cohorts, malo
and female, movo slowly, os if in no
haste. We saw them look up the
tree. We saw an anxious group en?
gaged about tho dog. Wo came
quickly home, and kindly left the
bass line and hook to the farmer.
Tm COTTON SOTKLY.-English
manufacturers profess to be relio ved
from their chief b?rden of solicitude
in rogard to the cottou supply, and
to feel more confidence that hence?
forth there will : be po disastrous
ll not nations in the market compara?
ble l*l these of lue ?ase few years.
Not only do the United States, in
their opinion, give better promise,
on account of the prospective re?
moval of the cotton tux, bflft intelli?
gence from other quarters strengthens
anticipations of a larger production.
Word comes from India that a crop
will be realized this season fully
equal^ to that of last year, if not
superior. A single province in Bra?
zil will send this year more than a
million arrobas of thirty-two pounds
each, while other districts are proving
their capability of furnishing larger
quantities of cotton than they have
hitherto Jone. In Egypt and Tur?
key, the cotton crop, report says, is
not likely to be diminished, and
favorable accounts come from the
West Indies, Africa and Australia;
but India is the chief reliance as a
competitor of the cotton fields of
America. Exertions to this end are
in no mensuro relaxed. Those inte?
rested in tlie cotton trudo on this side
regard the future supply as much less
certain than the English reckoning
[N~. IT. Journal of Commerce.
CAUGHT A TARTAR-The hangers
on who constitute tho audiences of
our courts of justice, are frequently
amused by the impudent slang-wit of
prisoners brought up for sentence,
and these blackguards are, therefore,
prone to indulge in such expressions.
One of them, however, got the worst
of the fun the other day in Hartford.
The Judge sentenced him first to
thirty days' imprisonment for con?
tempt of eonrt; whereupon the pri?
soner remarking that the Judge was
a "bully boy," got sixty days; and
further observing, sarcastically, that
he'd rather have ninety, obtained that
inorease instantly. This made him
angry, and he attempted to attack
the Judge, who thereupon sent him
to jail for six months. That fellow
will not be likely to try his humor
upon "the court ' in future, should
he again incur the sentence of the
HARD TIMES IN'NEW YORK.-The
New York correspondent of the Phi?
ladelphia Ledge)' writes:
"Tho past week has been a hard
one in mercantile circles. Seven fail?
ures are reported. Some of these are
called suspensions only, and one or
two of the parties are said to be com?
promising with creditors. The aggre?
gate failures since the 1st of January
are said to be twenty-five, with lia?
bilities amounting to $2,950,000."
The French Emperor has now at
his disposal, in timo of peace, a fight?
ing army of about 600,000 trained
soldiers, supported by a reserve of
600,000 men who havo gono through
at least tho first rudiments of drill;
and, with such a subservient legisla?
tive chamber as the present, tho Em?
peror will have little difficulty in
calling up a contingent of 140,000 or
150, instead of the usual number of
100,000, should war break out
POLITICAL.-The effort to change
tho time for the meeting of tho Na?
tional Democratic Committee, to an
earlier dato than previously fixed,
has been abandoned. The 22d of
February, therefore, stands as the
day fixed for tho time and place of
the National Democratic Nominating
There are 16,000 articles subject to
taxation, when there need not be|an
hundred to yield all the revenue we
want, relieve our manufactures of
their internal tax, and the country
of an army of collectors and assess?
A few days sinco two young men
belonging to Peoria, New York, skat?
ed from that point to Henry, and re?
turned, a distance of ninety miles,
making tho samo in five hours and
At Cheyenne, Monday, a vigilance
committee, 200 strong, hung Jack
Hays and ?nethor leader o? a not, in
which several men had been wounded
and ono killed.
The Morning Star, the Catholic
daily paper to be published in New
Orleans, will make its first appear?
ance in a few days.
Despatches from Senafe announqp
that the expedition is again in mo?
tion. A forward movement has com?
More than 84,00? persons visited
the Central Park skating ponds in
New York, on Sunday, the 19th inst.
CASH-PAT TJ*.-From and after
Jannary I, 1868, the eaah system will
be strictly enforced. Persons who
are now indubu^ f?? cuhscripiio?o,
and who wish their papers con tinned,
will confer a favor by paying up at
once. Those who fail will hare their
papers discontinued. Cash will also
be required for all advertisements.
Persons forwarding advertisements
from a distance, must send a remit?
tance. Job work cash on delivery.
The Convention has adjourned
until Monday; and the members to?
day will likely have a jolly time, dis?
pensing the funds furnished by the
State Treasurer, nnder orders from
Gen. Canby. Are the duties so ardu?
ous that the delegates find it neces?
sary to hike a holiday occasionally?
BEAUTIFUL.-This was the excla?
mation of thousands on Thursday
night, as they witnessed the evening
stars-Venus and Jupiter-"so near
and yet so far;" apparently a span,
but really some millions of miles.
Jupiter seemed the "lessor light/'
from the foot that he was somewhat
more "distant." Both retired early,
as baby said, "to west." The result
of the meeting has not, as yet, been
predicted by the astronomers.
THU LAST DAY-CHBIBTMAS EVBB
GKEENS.-The attention of all per?
sons who have any regard for ancient
superstitions is called to the following
extraet from an old work:
"If every remnant of Christmas
decoration is not cleared ont of
church before Candlemas Day-Puri?
fication, February 2-there will be
death that year in the family occupy?
ing the pew where a leaf or berry is
As this also applies to private
honses, it should bo heeded by all
who are not particularly anxious to
throw off the troubles of this life
during the present year. This is ths
last day of grace-February 1.
WORTH REMEMBERING.-The Louis?
ville Journal says the following re?
ceipts are infallible:
To remove freckles, ont them out
with a razor and throw them away.
They will never return.
To produce a fair complexion, go
to Bea in a crazy old boat, and the
first gale you get into, your face will
To get rid of red hair, hold your
head for a few minutes in a strong
blaze of gas.
To preserve your eyes, put them in
a bottle filled with alcohol.
To avoid corpulence, quit eating.
To conceal bad teeth, keep your
To keep out of debt, aoquire the
reputation of a rascal, and no one
will trust you.
To become a competent book?
keeper, borrow all the books you. can
and never return them.
To "raise the stamps," say a funny
thing on the stage.
To keep your doors from being
broken open by burglars, don't close
To keep out of a fight, stay by
To gain time, steal a watch.
To keep from stuttering, don't
MAIL, ARRANGEMENTS.-Tho post
office open during the week from 8)4
a. m. to 6 p. m. On Sundays, from
\% to 2% p. m.
The Charleston and Western mails
are open for delivery at 2 p. m., and
close at 9 a. m.
Northern-Open for delivery at
10'.; a. m., closes at 1 p. m.
Crfsenvilic-Open for delivery nts
p. m., closes at 8 p. m.
NEW ADVERTISEMENTS.-Attention In call?
ed to tho following advertisements, pub?
lished this morning for tho first time:
Mrs. O. E. Rood-Removal.
John Stork A Bonn-Copartnership.
M. W. Bythowood-Auotion.
Dr. J. 8. Houghton-Marriage, oto.
A. R. Phillips-Auction.
A gang of negroes waylaid a Con?
st abie's pesso in Jasper County, Miss.,
on Sunday, killed two and wounded
six of them.