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C:)LITMBIA, S. C.
Thursday Morning:. January 21. 1869.
The Mobile Register ata tea that private ad?
vices received in that city indicate that the
Cuban insurrection is of a much more for?
midable character, and is conducted in
a spirit cf dogged perseverance that is far
different from what we hear through the
diluted despatches of the Cuban cable.
Tho people seem thoroughly roused to re?
sistance, and are making war to the knife
on the Government, burning and laying
waste wherever they go upon doubtful terri?
tory. Spain can spare fewer troops than
are indicated as available, and the insur?
gents aro stronger than we have been told.
. Thoy are, besides, not the disorganized
rabble they aro called, and it will require
not'only the most prompt decision, but the
strong hand, to prevail against them. Mer?
chants in Cuba seem to feel that tho present
condition of affairs cannot possibly last,
and that every fresh point indicates that the
feeling of the people of the island will in?
evitably bring her under United States pro?
tection at an early day.
And this is what would have boen a con?
summation, ere this, had Secretary Seward
not been so enamored of iceberg and white
boar_ purchases. Had he sent an agent
one of the gentlemen, whose hands were in
from recent Alaska experience-over to
Cuba with one or two of 'the spare millions
from that "little go," thero is no doubt that
its judicious investment would have resulted
in a wonderful change of sentiment in cer?
tain quarters that would have made the re?
sult no longer one of time. At all events,
the Register thinks Cuba ia surely coming,
and it is only a question of how long she
will take; and that she bas not como before
is because Mr. Seward fell in love with
seals and ioebergs, rather than with plan?
tain groves aud Cabana cigars. The de
spatch in another column, purporting tc
como from the President's Private Secretary
may moan business after all.
Congress is far behind with its business
and thc disposition to push it forward doe;
not seem to exist. With the exception o
the appropriation bill, it is doubtfu
whether measures of great importance wil
be got through prior to the 4th of March
Not one of ihe appropriation bills has ye
finally passed the House, and the Iudiat
bill still hangs in committee, the difficulty
being to know exactly what Indians to ap
propriato for. These bills must all be con
sidered, or the wheels of the Governmen
must stop. There are but thirty-five mon
working days, counting Saturdays, in whicl
to complete all tho important legislation,
and out of this time must bo devoted a
least a week, which will bo taken up in th
consideration of contested election case
and other privileged reports. Besides, tb
Committee of Ways and Means will cer
tainly report some tax measure which wil
ocenpy no inconsiderable portion of th
time. With all these necessary measures t
be yet brought forward and the very wide
spread objection that seems to prevai
against any financial measure, it is na
probable that the latter will occupy muo
of the time of the Houso or Senate.
The celebrated Barnacle policy, "Ho'
net to do it," is splendidly illustrated b
the Alaska investigation committee. Nc
thing is clearer than the fact that over tw
millions were spent in bribing the bi
through Congress. Nothing KO muddy n
tho endeavor to find out who got it. Up t
this ti un*, the efforts of the investigatin
committee have been confined to examinin
persons who do not know anything aboi
it. We suppose the farce will continu
until a sufficient number of know-nothiup
will have been examined to furnish materii
for a voluminous report, while the real pa:
ties enjoy the joke. We opine'that a ser
ons effort to discover tho whereabouts <
the missing millions, would not carry tl
investigation far beyond the threshold <
Postmaster-General Randall's recent coi
municatiou to Congress on thc subject
postul telegraph, shows that ho is alive
the exigencies of the times. He propos
erecting telegraphic lines all over thc cou
try, in couuectiou with the postal systor
and reducing the tariff of despatches to t
lowest possible rate. There is no doubt th
such a reform will in time become a nec<
sity, but wc fear Mr. Randall will at prese
only receive credit, like old Sol Gills, 1
being ahead ol' his time. Ono thing is c<
tain, nothing would tend so thoroughly
consolidate the interests of the country, a
to knit together thc various sections, us t
establishment of ao cheap and uniform s;
tem of national telegraphic lines.
Bat IA i. Mu ni)!;:: HIM Dov nv His KATHI
A few nights since, a man named Woathe
living in the lower portion of Louisvil
while ululer tho inflaeuce of liquor, arA
his little boy, four yours old, to spell a wt
which it was impossible for the child to I
Weathers seized the boy by the hair, niel
np a stick and beat thc child until the fit
upon his body was lacerated in many plat
[let ding not the eries of the littlo one, v
pleaded for mercy, he then picked it
and held it over a hot lire in thc ste
until ?ts whole body was burned to ablis
Weathers was subsequently arrested.
THIKTY-FOURTH DAY*8 PROCEEDINGS.
TUESDAY, January 19.-Tbo Senate as?
sembled nt 12 M.
Messrs. Corbin and Bierauu obtained
leave of absence.
Measage No. 19 from tho Governor, rela?
tive to Executive business; was presented to
The petition of tho Charleston Board of
Trade, relative to the Savannah and Charles?
ton Railroad, was presented and referred.
The Cv>zjmitteo on the Military, to whom
was referred a joint resolution authorizing
the Governor to employ an armed force for
tho preservation of tho peace, recommended
that the resolution do pass. Made special
order for to-morrow, at 2 o'clock.
Tho Committee on Finance, to whom
was referred a bill to increase the salaries of
the Justices of tho Supreme Court and of
the Circuit Judges, reported back the same,
with a recommendation that tho bill do not
pass. Ordered for consideration to-morrow.
Tho Committee on Engrossed Bills re?
ported as duly and correctly engrossed, and
ready for a third reading, a bill to amend
an Aot ontitled "An Act to fix tho salary
and regulate the pay of certain officers."
Notice was given of bills to alter and
amend the oharter of the town of Green?
ville and for other purposes, and to alter
and amend the oharter of the King's Moun?
tain Bailroad Company.
Bills to alter and amend an Act entitled
"Au Act to define the jurisdiction and du?
ties of County Commissioners;" to prevent
persons charged with and committed for the
crime of murder from being admitted to
bail; to renew tho charter of the ferry across
tho Great Pee Dee River known as "Old
Port Ferry;" to amend the law in relation
to arson, were introduced.
A bill to amend an Act entitled "An Aol
to establish a State Police," was ordered tc
lie on the table.
A bill to chango thc locution of the Coun
tv seat of Barnwell County from Baruwel
Court House to Blackville, S. C., receivec
its second reading, and waa ordered to bi
engrossed for a third reading.
A bill to incorporate tho Citizens' Saving:
Bank of South Carolina was considered bj
sections, amended aud made tho specia
order for Thursday, nt 1 p. m.
Au Act to establish a State orphan asy
lum was ratified.
A bill to renew thc charter of Pendletot
village received its second reading, wa
agreed to, and ordered to be engrossed tt>
a third reading.
The consideration of the report of tin
thc Committee on Claims on the BCCOUU
of E. R. Stokes was continued to the uex
regular session of the Geueral Assembly.
Tho consideration of the report of th
Committee on Claims on the account of F
M. Trimmier, of the Carolina Spartan, io
advertising, was indefinitely postponed; am
the account of Wm. Sims rejected.
After Executive session, adjourned.
HOUSE OF REPBESENTATIVES.
The House met at 12 M.
The Committee on Incorporations ri
porte ' favorably on a bill to incorporate th
South Carolina Phosphate Company, au
the Vaut'uso Manufacturing Company; th
bills were ordered to lie over for a seeon
The Committee on Ways and Means r(
ported on tho Senate resolution authorizin
the State Treasurer to pay to the Chief Jui
tico of the SupremeConrt $391.50, standin
to his credit on the books of the Treasury
and recommended that tho House con?u:
The account of H. B. Horlbeck, M. D
lot post :nortem examination, was referre<
A bil! to provide for the enumeration c
tho inhabitants of each county iu tho Stal
A resolution was introduced and referre?
that the General Assembly do meet in joh
assembly on Wednesday, 27th instant, nu
proceed in joint ballot to elect a Librar?a
for the Legislativo Library, to succeed tl
present incumbent, who is hereby di
A bill to establish a Board of Commi
sioners on Public Lands was read and r
A Senate bill to alter and amend the ci
minni law was taken up, amended, and mat
tho special order for Monday next, at 1 p. i
After sovnrnl unsuccessful attemps to co
tinue tho regular business, und eight sep
rate calls for the yeas and nays on trivi
points, the House adjourned at 3.15 P. I
How TO PitiiviiNT KEROSENE ACCIDENTS.
Never fill tho lamp when lighted. Tri
always by day, putting in fresh oil ovc
morning and removing the charred portio
ot tho wick. Avoid exposing the lamp
sudden drafts, which blow the flames it
tho reservoir of oil and explode the
Carry thom about as little us possible, a
before doing so, lower tho wick. Ne1
burn with a flume too low, for this cam
smoko and smeil. Never extinguish tb
by blowing; thero is always a gas
tho reservoir of the lamp; and the instuut I
flame descends and comes in contact the
with, explosion follows; put them out
covering tho wick. If thesu simplo
struotions nre nttended to, explosion is i
possible, all bad smell avoided, and a li|
obtained twieo us brilliant as gas at half I
cost. So says a writer.
FAST AND CU EAT PMNTINO.-Wo h
added a fast card press-of tho Degonei
Weller patcut-to the machinery of
Phoenix office; aud have also made addi ti
to our .stock of limey typo, carda, paper, <
Persons in want of any styles of book i
job printing, aro invited to call und exam
samples and prices. Cards printed at si
notice, and at prices varying from S3.CC
$10 per thousand. "
TU? Boll* ot H0W9W.
The foreign correspondent of the New
York Observer hos the following article on
"The Befo ol Moscow:"
At the foot of the Ivnn Tower, in the Krem?
lin of Moscow, supported by the pedestal
of stone, is the largest bell in the world,
and probably the largest that eyer waa in the
world. A piece is broken ont of its aide, and
the fragment is lying near. The breadth of
the bell is so great-it is twenty feet aoross
that the cavity underneath has been used
as a chapel, where as many people can stand
as in a circle sixty feet around.
In Russia tho bell is an instrument of
music for the worship of God ns truly and
really as tho orgau in an> other country.
This fact is not mentioned in the accounts
we have cf the wonderful, enormous and
almost incredibly heavy bells that have
been cast in Moscow, but it is the key to
what would otherwise be difficult to explain.
It appears to be stupid to cast bells so large
as to bo next to impossible for convenient
use, in danger always of falling and drag?
ging others to ruin in their fall. But when
the bell is a medium of communication with
the Infinite, and the worship of a people
and an empire finds expression in the ma?
jestic tones of a bell, it ceases to be a won?
der that a bell should have a touguo which
requires twenty-four men to move, and
whoso music should send a thrill of
praise into every house in the city and float
away beyond tho river into the plains afar.
Moscow is tho holy city of tho Greek
Church. Pilgrims come hither from thou?
sands of miles off, and on foot, and some?
times without shoes. I have soon them,
with staves in their hands, and their travel
worn pfeet wound up in cloths, wending
their way to the sacred hill. And when
they draw nigh unto the city, and on the
evening air music of these holy bells is first
homo to their ears, th?y fall upon their
faces, prostrate, and worship God. If they
could go no further, they would be content
to dio there, for they have heard thu bells
of Mosco.v, aud on their majestic tones
their souls have been taken up to Heaven!
This is the sentiment of the superstitious
peasant, uud it ia a beautiful sentiment,
ideal indeed, but nil the more delicate and
As long as 500 years ago this easting of
bells was au art in Russia. It is ono of tho
fino arts now. Perhaps our great bell
founders, thc Meacelys, will not admit that
tho founders there have any more skill in
their manufacturo than wc have, aud I am
not sure that their bells have any tones
more exquisite th in ours would have if we
would put as much silver and gold into our
bell-metal as they do. But HO long as
thesu precious metals are at the present pre?
mium, little or Done of them will find its
way iuto our church boils. We have not
the mistaken idea of the liussiau.s as to the
uso of a boll. We use it to call the people
to the house of worship. They use the
bell for worship. Our bells cpeak to ns.
Their bells praiso God. They cast their
silver and their gold into tho molten mass,
and it becomes au offering, as on au altar,
to Him, who ia worshipped with every sil?
very note and golden tone of the holy bell.
This one great bell is the growth of cen?
turies. In 1553 it was cast, and weighed
only 3G,000 pounds. It fell in a fire, and
was re-cast in 1651, being increased to tho
astonishing weight of 288,000 pounds. This
was too vast a weight to bo taken up to the
top of the towor, and it was sustained by a
frame at the foot of it. In 1706, it foll in
another fire, and was broken into fragments,
which lay there on the ground about thirty
years. It was re-cast in 1735, and four
years afterward a piece was knocked out of
the sido of it, and it has been standing here
on tho ground more than a century. It
weighs 144,000 pounds! In the thickest part
it is two feet through. It has relief pictures
on it of the Emperor and Empress; of the
Saviour and tho Virgin Mary, and the Evan?
Ascending the Ivan tower, we find on
three successive stories, bolls to the number
of thirty-four. Some of these are of u size
to fill one with astonishment, had he not
seen the giant below. Tho largest is on the
first story abovo tho chapel, and weighs
more than sixty tons. It swings freely and
is easily mug. I smote it with tho palm of
my hand, supposing that such a blow could
^?ot produce tho slightest vibration in such
a mighty mo.s" of iron, but it rung out as
clear and startling as if a spirit within had
responded to my knock without. Two bolls
aro of solid silver, and their tones aro ex?
quisitely soft, liquid nnd'pure. It was excit?
ing to go from ono to auother and strike
them with their tongues, or with your
hand, and catch tho variety and richness of
their several melodies.
The chapel below is dedicated to the
patron saint of all ladies about to be mar?
ried, und it may bo readily believed that
tho bell that gives expression to their
prayers will have, at least to their ears, the
sweetest tone of all the bells in Moscow.
I had como down from the Kremlin tc
my lodgings at Billot's, and, wearied witto
the wanderings of the day, was lying on thc
bed und looking out on the city. It ?3 josi
before sun-set, and tho day baa been op?
pressively warm. A delicious glow from tht
gorgeous West is bathing all tho domos am:
roofs with splendid colors, and silence ii
stealing in with tho setting SHU upon thc
crowded town. It is the eve of ono of theil
most holy festivals of tho church. Ou(
vast church edifice is directly in view of mj
window, and but a short way off.
As I lio musing, from this church at ham
comes the softest, sweetest tone of an oven
ing bell. Another tone responds. A thin,
is heard. Tho Ivan Tower on tho height 0
tbo Kremlin utters his tremendous voice
like thc voice of many waters. And all tin
churches and towers over the whole city
100 bells and moro, iu concert, in harmony
"with notes almost divine," lift ap thei
voices in an anthem of praise, such as
never thought to hear with mortal ears
waves of melody, an ocetiu of must?', deep
rolling, heaving, changing, swelling, sink?
ing, rising, sounding, overwhelming, exalt?
I had heard the great organs of Europe,
but they wore tame and trifling compared
with this. The anthem of nature at Niaga?
ra is familiar to my ear, hut its thunder is
one great monotone. The music of Mos?
cow's bells is above and beyond them all.
It is the voico of the people. It utters the
emotions of millions of loving, believing,
longing hearts, not enlightened, perhaps,
like yours, but all crying ont to the Great
Father, in theso solemn and inspiring tones,
as if their tongues had voices to cry : "Holy,
Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, Heaven
and earth aro full of Thy glory!"'
A Nine Yeai-V War.
A most curious and strange illustration of
tba inherent love of war in tho human
bosom, is given in the history of :i man and
wife now living iu Maury County, Tennes?
see, within six miles of Columbia. Au old
couple who were once happy, and enjoyed
life as much, perhaps, as is possible for a
married couple to enjoy it, live in the locali?
ty above indicated. They own a small pro?
perty, but have no children. They eat their
meals together daily, except when the old
man is out hunting, ut which time the lady
of the house enjoys her grub in silence.
Every evening of the year, except ono, they
occupy opposite sides of the lire place, one
whiffing tobacco-smoke np the chimney,
and the other chewing snuff and growling
to herself. Not a word passes. At about
10" o'clock, they simultaneously rise from the
fire and go to bed in silence.
Tho exceptional day to this beautiful,
harmonious life is the 25th of December,
commonly called in this Christian country,
"Christmas Day," wheu there occurs a regu?
lar old-fashioned fight between the silent
twain. This is un annual battle, and like
other fights, ia a contest for tho supremacy
of an idea. It was inaugurated in this
wise: Nearly ten years ago, on Christmas
day, in the morning, the old mau went
out hunting for something fat for dinner.
After an absence of about live hours, he
returned with an animal of aomo sort, and
slinging it on tho floor, he triumphantly
"There, there, Betty, is a ground-hog
for dinner!" Betty turned tho affair over
with tho toe of her brogan, gazed intently
for two minutes, and then deliberately
"Faugh! it's a skunk!"
The husband didn't like this expression
of opinion on tho part of his beloved, but
being a mild mau, and anxious to retain thc
long standing good feoling between them,
he contented himself with a gent?o re-itera?
tion of his first remark. The wife again
dissented. Tho husband put a little more
firmness in bis next re-iteration. Tho lady
beenme firm also, and even indulged in r
sort of sneer at tho ignorance of her hus
band. He waxed cross.
"I tell you, Bet, it's a ground-hog, and ]
don't want to bo contradicted."
But the lady contradicted. "I tell you il
is," and "I tell yon it ain't," followed eacl
other with increasing rapidity and virulence
until the storm assumed tho shape of blows.
The man pinched and tho woman scratched,
and had to quit from sheer weariness.
Next day, when coolness aud reflectior
superseded heat and passion, both silently
regretted tho unfortunate difference of opi
niou, which left the head of the bouse witl
half his beard and very little hair, and th(
lady with two eyes of unusual darkness
but they spoke not. No, both were to<
proud and guilty for that. They remainec
silent until a whole year had rolled round
and Christmas day again carno on. Whil
enjoying a cup of thick, black coffee and i
greasy corn-dodger, the wife mildly venture*
to remark to the effect that they had beei
very foolish a year ago to fall out and poun<
each othor about so miserable a thing as
"Yes," said tho repentant husband, "i
was very wioked of us, and we oughtn't ht)
done it; but you forget, Bet, that it was
ground-hog and not a 6kunk."
Bot did not forgot; she had reason to rc
member, although the black oyes were al
gone then, but she knew it was a skunk
Tho husband thought it shame for her t
hold the opinion still, particularly when sh
knew it to bo a ground hog. She know i
was a skunk-ho knew it was a hog. Sb
kuew different. Tho virulence again crev
in, words waxed hot and blows followec
Tho scene of tho former Christmas day wt
re-enacted to a nicoty, and both went to bc
exhausted, with blacker eyes in her hen
and less hair on his. They were repcntai
and silent tho next day, and spent tho yet
without speaking; but when tho anniversai
arrived tho same scene was gone throup
with religious precision, and has been gon
through with every Christmas since. TL
people for miles around have become awai
of these annual idiosyncrnoies in the lone
and peculiar pair, and look forward wit
much interest to tho development of tl
coming Christmas, lt may bo proper
remark, for tho sake of porspicuity, that tl
lady's eyes, from being originally a lig
gray, havo become a coaly black from tl
periodical dyeing which her considera
husband gives them; and his hair has e
Uroly disappeared, owing to the yearly oj
rations of her long fingers.
There aro various opinions entertained
to when tho war will end, but tho genci
belief is that tho lady will uso up thc o
man in a few more fights.
A rico sowing machine, the object
which is to work close to the ditches
fences ami ovt c unequal ground, tho inve
lion of Mr. T. D. Dotterrr, of Ch aries to
has been patented.
The Charleston News learns that a ri
deposit o? phosphate rock has been foti
in tho neighborhood of Bluffton. Mc
millions for South Carolina.
Special attention is called to tho stile of
horses, mules, household ?urnitu?". etc., by
Messrs. Peixotto & Son, this morning.
Bargain* may be expooted.
Tho veteran of the Chntrlestou Courier
Wm. Laidlcr, Esq.-paid Colui?na a flying
visit, and is off for home again this morn?
DEATH OP J. AUGUSTUS BLACK, ESQ.-This
gentleman, who for several years was Claim
Ageut in Washington, und tilled several im?
portant public positions in his nativo State,
among others that of Comptroller-General,
died, yesterday morniug, after a very short
illness, from pneumonia, at the Central
House, in this city. Mr. Black had boen
elected to fill a vacancy in tho Houso of
Representatives from Abbeville, uud was in
Columbia ou business connected with the
removal of his political disabilities. Mr.
Black was a native of South Carolina, and
was, we believe, about thirty-eight years of
TUE WISH PARENT TO TUE THOUGHT.
The following item, published in tho
Charleston News, will prove of interest to
the citizens of Columbia. As no action has
yet been taken in the matter, we are at a
loss to discover wherein our Charleston
cotemporary .obtained its reliable informa?
"THE UNIVERSITY BULL.-We nnderstand
that tho Committee on Education have re?
commended toe passage of this bill withont
tho medical school feature, preferring not
to disturb tho Charleston Medical College,
which has far greater advantages than could
be obtained in the medical department of
ANOTHER PLEASANT EVENING.-Tho tab?
leaux last night woro an improvement-if
such a thing could be possible-upon tho
efforts of the ladies on Tuesday night. Tho
display of tho yellow metal, in the Baden
Baden scene, reminded us forcibly of the
good old times anent the war-when tho
bright metal was forth-coming, dollar for
dollar, upon the presentation of a "pro?
mise to pay," and not as now, five of the
one for three of the other; and the desire
of tho "heavy swell" to make himself
scarce, aroused the suspicion that ho had Lat
a small moiety of that article left, and fully
appreciated the adage, that
He who bets and runs away,
May live to bet another day;
But he who's by the tiger slain,
Will find it hard to bet again.
"Bino Beard" and his new wife, sur?
rounded by the seven or eight suspended
relicts, was a fearful spectacle to behold; and
caused the visitors to condole with the unfor?
tunate ladies, who-after tho tableaux
would be forced to spend an hour in re-ar?
ranging their water-falls. Tho "Nursery
Rhymes" caused a tremendous uproar among
the youngsters, and tho hilarity became
contagious; and for several minutes it was
hard to decido who were the most pleased
the smaller portion of God's creation, or
their reverend progenitors. And then carno
"tho last scone of all"-bnt not, as Mr.
Willie Shakspeare has it, "sans eyes, sans
teeth, sans everything;" for eyes and teeth
were used to perfection-tho former in
ogling the ladies, and tho latter in masti?
cating overything edible obtainable. Tho
evident intention of tho visitors was to "eat
up tho parsonago" at one sitting; for they
completely cleared out everything-from
Charlotto russo to Roman punch. The
stock will bo replenished, however, and tho
attendants, this evening, we hazard the
assertion, will havo another "clearanco" to
make. Remember, to-night is tho last.
MAIL ARRANGEMENTS.-The post office is
open during tho week from %% o.m. to Gp.
m. On Sundays, from 4 to 5 p. m. The
Charleston and Western mnlis aro open for
delivery at 5 p. m., and closo at 8)? p. m.
Charleston night mail open 8'J a. m., closo
\). m. Northern open for delivery 3
p. m., closo 12 m. Greenville open for de?
livery 5 p. m., close 8J.? p. m.
CASH.-Our terms aro strictly cash-no
exceptions. If an advertisement is to J
inserted, hand over the money; if a paper is
subscribed for, tho money must accompany
the ordor-otherwiso no attention will bo
paid to them. This rule will be adhered to.
NEW ADVERTISEMENTS.-Special attention
is called to tho following advertisements,
published for the first time this morning:
Gregg, Palmer & Co.-Bonds and Stocks.
Rev. Wm. Curtis-Female High School.
M. A. Harvey-For Sale.
W. B. Stanley-Social Club.
E. E. Jackson -Garden Seed.
Fisher, Lowranco & Fisher-Apples.
George D. Conner-Broker.
C. H. Baldwin-Planting Potatoes, Sec.
P. Cantwell-Irish Potatoes.
J. Leo Dixon-Meeting Acacia Lodge.