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Tuesday Morning. March 17. 1868.
The bill directing that a majority
of those voting shall decide upon the
adoption or rejection of the Consti?
tutions submitted to the popular vote
in the Sonthern States, has become a
law. The President neither signed
it nor returned it with bis objections,
within the time fixed by the Consti?
tution. The people of the Southern
States who desire to reject their new
Constitutions mast now take tho
samo pains to give effect to their
wishes as those who desire their
adoption. Stevens has introduced a
bill admitting Alabama under her
former election, and imposing upon
her people the identical Constitution
which they then rejected. It is not
easy to conceive of a more fraudu?
lent or unjustifiable political proceed?
ing than this. Congress enacted a
law declaring that unless the wholo
number voting amounted to a ma?
jority of the registered voters, the
Constitution should not be adopted.
Those opposed to the Constitution,
acting under this law and for the
purpose of carrying out their
?views, abstained from voting. They
were ?ntitled to do this by the law
were, in fact, invited to do it, as the
best means of giving effect to their
wishes. And now Stevens proposes
to repudiate openly and shamelessly
the provisions of tho law on that
point. It is a naked and simple
fraud. Party necessity may do much,
bot it cannot givo a semblance of
decency to such a proposition as this.
What object it is intended to serve,
it is not easy to see. The New York
Times thinks it may be that Stevens
seeks in this way to get into the
Senate two more radical Senators to
vote for tho conviction and deposi?
tion of the President; but the mo?
tive, if this be it, only adds to tho
turpitude of the .scheme. Nor is it
easy to see how the State Govern?
ment is to be orgauized, tho Legisla?
ture summoned and the Senators
eleoted in time to take part in the
trial. Perhaps it is thought they
may reach Washington in time to
vote, and not to hoar tho evidence or
the argument. The Constitution
might be again submitted to the
people of Alabama under the new
law, and the people of the State
might be held to abide by that re?
sult. There would bo nothing, per?
haps, out of the way in this. But to
impose upon them a Constitution
they bavo distinctly rejected, trans
eends tho ordinary limits of party
-? o ? ?
Stanton has been engaged for the
past fifteen days in erecting barri?
cades to coin maud all the passages in
tho War Ollice. He has had heavy
new shutters placed on tho windows
and tho garrison well victualed. All
business connected with tho Depart?
ment is now at a dead lock, only the
show of it being kept up, with really
nothing accomplished. His subordi?
nate officials are employed as scouts,
watching tho movements of gouty
old Gen. Thomas, and guarding
against n surprise. If tho President
should move against the stronghold,
ho should employ a lire engine to
wanh occupant Cut, or 0?.S6 that
Chinese weapon of offenco with a
name moro odorous than elegant.
This folly is growing worse Utan
absurd; it is becoming disgustingly
TENNESSEE.-There about 140,500
white voters in Tennessee. Of these
100,000 are disfranchised by a radical
edict sustained by military force. At
the same time, 100,000 negroes aro <
made voters. This accounts for the
recent negro triumph in tho election
THE COMINO ELECTIONS.-General
Canby bas issued an order, establish?
ing regulations for the conduct of the
elections for Otate oiiicers mn I mem?
bers of Congress, to he held on April
14, 15 and 16 next. A . revising
session of the Board of Registration
will be held, commencing fourteen
days prior to the election. AH per?
sons not entitled to registration, will
then bo stricken from tho lint?, and
there is tho highly important provi?
sion that the Boards of Registration
shall add to the lists of persons en?
titled to vote the names of ull persons
who, at that time, are entitled lo
registration under tho Reconstruction
THE RECONSTRUCTION CONVENTION.
We extract from tho Charleston News
the following summary of the pro?
ceedings on the fifty-first day-Sa?
A propositiou was made by R. C.
DoLarge to pray Congress to remove
the political disabilities from all the
citizens of the State, und iu the dis?
cussion which followed, sentiments
were uttered by many of the dele?
gates, especially the colored mem?
bers, which indicated a desire on
their part to placo every man in the
State upon his former political foot?
ing as a citizen. It is understood
that such an act would receive the
sanction of Congress, and that it is
iu accordance with the wishes of
both the civil and military leaders of
the Republican party.
Beverly Nash said it would be ono
of the most glorious acts of the Con?
vention-a fitting culmination to its
Petitions praying the removal of
political disability were presented
from D. L. Thomson, of Beaufort,
and Jame.-; Augustus Black, of Abbe?
ville District, und referred to tho ap?
How DEDTS ARE SCALED IN EDOE
FIELJ> BY JURIES.-The Court of
Common Pleas and General Sessions
is now in session iu Edgefield Dis?
trict, His Honor Judge Glover pre?
siding. Last week, says the Adver?
tiser, "tho decision of suits for the
payment of negro debts, und of
debts for various considerations, con?
tracted before the war, came before
the juries; aud wc would state, ns a
matter of general interest, that the
verdicts, almost without exception,
were as follows: In cases of negro
debts, twenty-five couts in the dollar
upon the hire of negroes from the
date of purchase until the end of the
war. In cases of debts for all other
considerations, twenty-five cents in
the dollar upon tho combined princi?
pal and interest."
A STORY WITH MORE POINTS THAN
ONE.-Thc action of the Senate, tell?
ing Mr. Stanton not to obey the
President, reminds us of the incident
related by a traveler, who, in passing
a farm house, heard thc father giving
his son directions as to some work
about the firm, and the vixenish
mother iu tho doorway, advising the
son "not to mind anything the father
tells him." Thc traveler addressed
the Iud with: "You don't seem to
have a very high veneration for the
old gentleman?" "Oh, that's no?
body but father! wc don't care any?
thing for him! Mother and I don't!
Nor don't tho rest of us! and Bill and
I have almost got the dog so that he
Won't mind him!" With such a
state of feeling, no family or govern?
ment could lonj; maintain tho respect
of the neighbors or world, and cer?
tainly never could be prosperous and
happy. - Cincinnati Inquirer.
NAPOLEON'S PROJECTED PILGRIMAGE.
We have bad it reported that Napo?
leon and Eugenie intend during tho
course of the coining summer to visit
tho Sultan at Constantinople, that
Napoleon himself is to visit Francis
Joseph at Vienna, and now wo learn
by ix cable despatch that he is to visit
the Czar at St. Petersburg. Thero
is but one inference which is of any
value to tho world generally to be
drawn from these vnried reports, and
that is, that in tho meautimo there
is no danger of a European war.
Accustomed as we have becomo to
surprises, wo see no reason to doubt
that tho European nations, though
troubled internally, are not this year
to be nilli led with a general war.
_\Ntna York Herald.
Wm. H. Gilliland, Esq., an old
merchant of Charleston, died in that
city, on Sunday last, at the advanced
age of eighty years.
SUICIDE OF' A "WIZARD-PROFESSOR
ANDERSON KILLS HIS SON AND SHOOTS
I HIMSELF.-Tho Cleveland Leader oou
ta*2S thc fcllo^ilig GOVreopuudeuco,
dated Maroh 6, from Meadville, Ohio:
Before this cornea to hand jon will
have learned that Prof. Anderson,
the well-known prestidigitateur, com?
mitted suicide last night in Cincin?
nati, by shooting, first killing his
little son. The cause, no doubt, wn.s
domestic trouble. A despatch was
received here this morning from
Cincinnati, saying that Mrs. Ander?
son would no doubt bo on the Kant
em bound express train, which ar?
rives about 10 o'clook. and in company
with a man who was described. A
telegram to Mrs. Anderson was nlso
sent, which, if she wa/? discovered,
was to be given to her. Mrs. Ander?
son was on tin* train, and in company
with tho man described, whoso nome
is Morris, an individual who had
boon in the employ of Prof. Ander?
son as a supernumerary. When the
despatch wus handed to her, Morris
reached ont his head and took it,
? opened and read it, and then handed
it to the victim of his wiles. It read
about as follows: "Your husband
last night killed your little boy, and
thon shot himself. They aro both
dead. Come back, for God's sake!"
Tho poor creature was quito crushed
by tho awful news, but struggled to
her feet and left the car, tho man
Morris following her. She went into
the McHenry llouse, aud remained
till the afternoon express train left,
when she started for her desolate
The appearance of the couple ut
trncted attention on tho train. She
seemed to be dejected, and laboring
under great distress of mind, and
paid but little attention to him, who
talked to her almost incessantly in a
low tone of voice. She is represent?
ed to bo quito a tine-looking woman,
of thirty to thirty-five years of age,
with a face indicating weakness
rather than wickedness. No punish?
ment could bo too severo for the
wretch whe ia the author of this
terrible tragedy. We pity the poor
- - . -
SALE OF THU SMETS LIUBARY.
The celebrated Smuts Library, we
are informed, is to be sold in New
York city early in May. This col?
lection of books, it is well known in
j Savannah, was mado by tho late A.
I A. Smets, Esq., ut an expense of
1 830,000. and probably has no equal
I in extout or in the number of rare
j and valuable works which it con?
tains, in this country, and for a pri
vato gentleman's lil n ary, it is certain?
ly unsurpassed by any iu the world.
Wo are sorry that this valuable
library is lost to Savannah. Here?
tofore we had hoped that public
I spirited citizens would come forward
and savo it, and make it a nucleus
j for tho foundation of a public libra?
ry. However, that has not been
done, and tle> books arc now to bo
sold at public sale, aud New York, as
tho great metropolis of tho country,
i has been selected as the place of sale,
and there the best prices will doubt?
less bo obtained for tho volumes.
In the Smets' collection there aro
works of great antiquity, and vo?
lumes which dato back for st al
centuries. Ii would be imponible
for UH to particularize to any great ex?
tent, where the field for observation
is so large. There are books of ex?
ceeding rarity, aud works, interesting
! from associations; all combining to
I make this ono of tho most valuable
; libraries ever offered for salo. Among
other things, thero aro Missals on
vellum, written by the Monks in the
j thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth
centuries, which aro richly illumi?
nated; a fragment of the Ritual of
I the Doad, on papyrus, which is
j 3,000 years old. The oldest manu?
script in the library is a copy of the
j Moralia in Job, written liv Pope
I Gregory the First, surnamed tho
Great, in the sixth century. It is
i written in Roman hand, on parch
[ ment, and is in a lino state of pro
! servation. Tho Coronation of Georgo
j tho Fourth, with tho portraits o? ihn
I nobility of England, is another rich
and raro work, of which tho Smets'
collection contains tho only copy in
the United States. Cromwell's Bible,
and tho Court of Henry tho Eighth,
with splendid steel portraits, by
Holbiue, are also among tho works
in thia library, and very many other
I volumos, ancient and valuable, too
numerous to mention.
Tho Richmond Dispatch says it is
now asserted upon authority which
is said to be good, that Wade will
resign his office if Mr. Johnson is
convictod, and allow Mr. Speaker
Colfax to succeed to the Presidency.
Sr. PATRICK'S DAY.-To-day, March
17, if tliti anniversary of the natal
day of I relam?'s natron saint.
KEKT COOL.-This advice may seem
premature, but Mr. MeKenzio thinks
not, and yesterday inaugurated the
icc cream era. He expects to keep it
OODET'S LADY'S BOOK.-We have
received from J. J. McCartcr, Esq.,
the April number of this old-estab?
lished fashion monthly.
Messrs. Duffie Sc Chapman have
also fun ?shed us a copy of thc above.
THE CENTRAL HOTEL.-This estab?
lishment, located on Plain street, a
few doors from Assembly, has been
leased by Mr. D. 13. Clayton, who,
wo believe, is an "old baud nt the
bellows." He has materially reduced
the rates usually charged in hotels,
and promises good fare to transients
THE DRAMATICS.-Tho second per?
formance of the "Southern Dramatic
Association" was given last night to
a very full house, and wo but echo
the general sentiment, when we state
that the characters materially im?
proved on their first efforts. The
pieces selected-the comedy of "Ben.
liolt" and the farce of the "Perse?
cuted Dutchman"-were admirably
adapted to the abilities of the com*
pauy. Select such plays, Mr. Ma?
nager, and your audiences will be
highly gratified, and disburse their
THE ISRAELITE SUNDAY SCHOOL.
We had the pleasure, on Sunday last,
of attending the examination of the
children attached to this institution.
The little ones were well np to tho
mark, and proved conclusively by
their prompt und earnest answers to
the questions propounded, as well as
in their declamation, that the teach?
ers bad devoted themselves earnestly
to the good work in which they are
engaged. Mrs. I?. E. Levy and Mrs.
L. T. Levin are the superintendents
of the school.
SARGENT AND HIS EXHIBITIONS. -
As nn act of justice to Mr. Sargent,
the magician, we would state that thc
exhibition on Monday evening, thc
9th instant, was for the beuefit ol
the. "Ladies' Industrial Association,'
and the proceeds-$9.50-were turne?
over to the managers. Tho exhib?
tion on Tuesday night, for the relic
of tho poor, (the proceeds of whiel
were to bo turned over to Rev. Wm
Martin for distribution,) was ar
ranged by the lessee of the hall-tin
proposition having been made to Mr
Sargent to perform nt a stipulate!
price, to which ho agreed. We havi
reason to believe, however, that tin
receipts were not oven sufficient t<
pay tho proposed sum to Mr. Sar
gent-small though it was.
OUR BOOK TABLE. -We aro indebt
od to Messrs. Duffie & Chapman fo
copies of two volumes of Peterson'
(Philadelphia) cheap edition of Chas
Dickens* works. They aro pnblishci
at the low rate of twenty-five am
thirty-five cents a volume-th
cheapest edition of Dickens yet pub
li-.lied iu this country, we believe
When complete it will consist o
seventeen volumes, all of which wi)
bo furnished at tho remarkably \o\
price of four dollars. We cunno
too highly pruiso the enterprise o
tho firm who thus place tho works o
Charles Dickens within reach of "th
million." "Tho Pickwick Papers,
tho first of tho series, is regarded a
ono of Dickens' best productions
and affords infinito amusement t
young and old. "Martin Qhuzzlc
wit," is a novel specially interestini
to Amorican readers, HS it contain
tho author's observations on Americ
and what he saw during his Hrs
visit, twenty-five years ago.
The wrath of an old citizen was
excited yesterday morning, in the
market, from the fact, as he declared,
that ho could not obtain a deoeVt
piece of meat. T^e asserts that he
saw several choice lot?, and on in?
quiry, was informed that] they wero
for the garrison and the penitentiary.
Wo hope this is a mistake; as tho
citizens are entitled to a shore, at
least, of the best. By the way, the
report is that such excellent fare is
furnished at this State institution, as
to make it an inducement to half
starved mortals to get quartered
within its granite confines.
SEBGKANT BATKS.-Thia young
Federal officer, who is now on his
rounds through the (so-called) Con?
federate States, carrying the United
States flag unfurled, (to disprove tho
prevailing idea at the North, that, a
..Yankee" cannot pr.ss through tho
Southern States unmolested*) left
Augusta, yesterday morning, at 10
o'clock, und expects to arrive in
Columbia to-morrow (Wednesday)
afternoon, at ? o'clock. He will
como by the Ridge route. He has
received many handsome presents and
been warmly welcomed wherever he
has appeared. The citizens of Augusta
furnished him with a very handsome
walking suit. Thu ladies of Mont?
gomery also presented him a taste?
fully embroidered red sash, which he
wears on his entrance into the differ?
ent cities. While in Augusta he was
a guest at Nickersou's (Planter's)
Hotel, and was the constant recipient
of invitations and pleasing flowery
testimonials. Major Vaughan, who
is "writing up" the Sergeant's trip,
and the servant in charge of hit, bag?
gage, will arrive here by rail to-day,
and will take up their quarters at
Nickersou's. Tho sergeant is repre?
sented as a plain, matter of-fact
young mau, who claims to bo an
out-and-out Demoorat. We would
suggest that the patriotic soldier be
met at the ferry by our citizens, and
escorted to Nickersou's-as Mr.
Wright has extended him an invita?
tion to take up his abode there dur?
ing his stay iu Columbia. Let us
prove to tho slanderers, that our peo?
ple appreciate and are prepared to
do honor to a just mau-be he Con?
federate or Federal. The Augusta
Chronicle, of the 15th, says:
"SF.IUSEANT BATES.-This gallant
soldier and gentleman will leave our
city to-morrow (Monday) morning,
at 10 o'clock, starting from the Plant?
ers' Hotel, on his journey to Wash?
ington city. His mission is to provo
to tho people of tho North and West,
that when tho people of the South
laid down their arms, their warfare
against tho Union ceased, and that
now they aro truo to tho Union and
tho Constitution and the flag of our
common country. Thus far the
Southern people, appreciating his
patriotic mission, have received bini
with tho utmost hospitality, and wo
feel assured that be will receive noth?
ing but kindness and hospitality ^
from tho Southern people in both tho
Carolinas and Virginia.
"We sincerely wish tho Sergeant n
safo arrival in Washington, so as to
demonstrate fully to our enemies and
the enemies of thc Constitution and
Union, that tho peoplo ol' tho lato
Confederacy aro now tho truest of
the truo to the Union and the Con?
stitution, as founded and expounded
and administered by tho fathers of
MAIL ?BBAKOBUENia-The post
o?ice oj?e?i during the week from 8,' ?
a. m. to 6 p. m. On Sundays, from
ll? to 2i.< p. m.
Tho Charleston and Western mails
aro open for delivery at ii pi m., and
close at 9 a. m.
Northern-Open for delivery at
lO'.i a. m., closes at 1 p. m.
Greenville-Open for delivery 5j?
p. m., closes at 8 p. m.
NKW ADVERTISEMENTS.- -Attention in call?
ed to tho following advurtiaemcutp. i-ub
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