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, . , KNOXJ2LLE, TENN., FRIDAY
(MORNING, JUNE ;10, 1870.
LATEST BY TELEGRAPH.
PROCEEDINGS OF THE LEGISLATURE.
Letter from Col. Baxter Read in tbe
He Proposes to 'Make Good Former
Proposition to Make Good His Charges
uuj by Mr. Singletary for Funding
l- State Debt.
utl Dispatch to the Chronicle.l
.HVILLE, June 9. The bill providing
election of Judges and Clerks, in
jmce -with the New Constitution:
lyst Thursday in August, 'passed
'resolution, instructing the Ten
iegation in Congress to ask for
nail facilities on rivers in the Stato
V issue to Thos. F. Huff State
'thorizins the transmission of
by express passed,
lectroy the Bank of Tennessee
d for taxes passed.
?nd the attachment laws of
g creditors the right to levy
"ty, passed. ' ' . '
the Joint Committee,
read a letter from Coh
' ich Mr. Baxter offers
uptionisb referred to
id to appear before
Sembly iriay appoint,
has power to send
dent by attorney, to
rotnlsing to substan-
had made if thai con
' to. ' TheT-Committee
! with the report, and
ntment of a committee.
discharged. The report
.md ' the Committee - dis-
he new bills was one by Mr.,
to fund the Stafe debtmatiiring
;e January lst. ;1875, in bonds at
interest mgold. Passed, and
onlered printed. t
to permit the Nashvillq and
a Kailroad to borre wj money
rd reading by a vote of 56 to 2.
ill, by Mr. Fleming, to appoint
d Commissioners to take- charge of
tent railroads passed third reading,
resolution, by Mr. Everett, Uirect
jSHmen" from this State i to .forward
principles as will tend to counteract
cal policy was laid over. '
Several bills to 'reorganize the free
school system were introduced.
A bill to secure compensation to printers
for legal notices passed. Damon.
' Dnial of Charge of Corruption I'nasnal
'-' Mtorm Bm1mm Mnpndl.
s jhingtox, June 9. Mr. Davis gave
; fuc that he would introduce a bill to
liable Indian tribes to sue in courts.
" Alilll was introduced to regulate the
length f spuus on the Ohio river.
The lou se appointment bill was con
sidered, and the Senate amendment, mak
ing the, ""jjuinber of repregeutativei three
hundred, was ;tdopted. The bill was then
laid over till text week. I
The bill to abolish the franking privilege
was discussed,-Mr. Flanagan opposing it,
because it would depriverthe "liepablican
party of a great klever of which they now
had control. He would use the frank
ing privilege to disseminate political right
among the people of .Texas. Replying to
some former remarks of his col league, (Mr.
Hamilton,) he maintained that that people
were not the set of cut-throaU they were
represented, but were '"a "high-toned com
munity. He was as good a Republican as
any man dare be, but 'did not feel called on
to prove the fact -by jumping up and
proposing to cut men's throats.
Several members denied charges of hav
beea corrupted by Cuban partisans.
The prevalence of a terrible storm put a
btop to all business. The cm was lit, but
the noise cf the hail and rain on the roof
drowned the voices of the members. .
A bill was passed punishing the unlaw-
ful certification of checks bv officers of
sand dollars and five years imprisonment,1
and making tke bank responsible t inno-j
Mr. Garfield, from the Banking and Cur-
reney . Committee, introduced another
currency and funding bill.
The morning hoar was ; filibustered out,'
when the bill went over. - : -
A bill was reported from the Judiciary
Committee to establish a, uniform system
of naturalization. ,; , . J
JodieUry Commltt House Fa Tortus;
Settlement of Soathera K. B. Claims. ,
Washington, June 9. Butler, in his
report from the Judiciary Committee, on
the indebtedness of certain Southern rail
roads, says most of them, and especially
those which made moderate purchases,
have settled,: Several roads most largely
indebted have set up counter claims, which
are in litigation.
Suits , are pending against the following
roads, for the following amounts :
East Tennessee and Virginia, $258,82U.
East Tennessee and Georgia, $365,331.
Nashville and Chattanooga, $310,839.
Nashville and Northwestern, $47,104.
These roads, the report says, came before
the Committee, and . while protesting
against legislation designed to affect the
proceedings in court, expressed a desire for
an equitable settlement without litigation,
and ask that the Secretary of War, or
some competent tribunal, be authorized to
compromise differences. The Committee
consent to this, and propose to abandon
the fruits. ..;
The bill reported is in accordance with
Revenue $716,000. . V
Assistant Attorney General Field has
resigned. ' -
Comniisioner Delano is abseni until
Saturday. - - v ft
The Prinf: hM nninl f A CliJyBnefl t hl
. . "7 " , , ,:; l
son Hear Admiral, and wm. Reynolds
Commodore, in theNavy 1 K' 2
A terrific storm is prevailing. Irish tel
egraph damaged, causing some irregularity
injthe Live roool reports. T" fj
Meeting ReerdiBC the Fenian Raid
Montreal, ;June. i).At a meeting of
influential citizens, regarding the Fenian
raid, Mr. Thornton's thanks to Grant were
f r "-rvf '
Insarrertion HappreMrd. Ar.
Florence, June O.p The insurrection at
Lucia is suppressed. ' M -
has increased nearlv one mil-
Brehta; Out of Cholera.
Bombay, June 9. The Cholera is rava
ging different parts of -India. Particular
300 I.iTM Lo(t by ri re 925,000.000 Worth
of Property Destroyed.
. Constantinople, June 9. The fire re
sulted in the loss of 300 lives, 7,000 buil
dings, and $2o,000,000 worth of property.
The English Underwriters lost heavily.
The American Church of the Immaculate
Conception was on fire several times and
is considerably damaged, but the gobelin
tapestry, a gift "of the Empress Eugenie,
with which the Church was decorated,
was saved unharmed.
- $.-;( Heavy; lronj;ht
Ja'Do'j Juuq 9, The fanners are alarm
ed over the drought.
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Hefext of a PropoNllion to Etert a King by
a Popular Tote.
Madrii, June 0. Question of future
Monarchy before the deputies. Proposi
tion to elect a King by popular vote was
defeated. A plan was adopted to elect by
a vote of the deputies. A majority equal
to one half of the deputies is necessary to
Petition of Tobacconists
Philadelphia, June 9. The tobaccon
ists of this city petition for a ijniform tax
of sixteen cents. ;
It is thought the bUi forbidding servile
labor contracts will pass, as a party mea
sure will invalidate the. Ivoopm-ji-Schapp 1 j
Letter from Colonel BaxterNo. i. .
Editors. of the 'Chronicle
You will find below tbe extrl t from my let
tcr to Gciu-ral A. S. Joluison viifen vniheith
day of April, a follows: 1 " 7, '"' !"
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nut: a nave aireaay luionuea you (iy
Miun ifiii-r iiruvKJusiy wnnen'i my nrresi ana
drteritjon here, I understand! by your rder.
Rud requepted -,n . eariv: investigation pfthe
chari to be preierred against I ie. . .
I arrived in this city on tlie eveJ ins of the 25tn
ultimo: i-ominr directly from, fiome on legiti
mate private business. On ' th erenine of the
out, X was arrested and commit!. to thu pris
on, where I have ever since beat detained, ex-
cmaea irom inena?, ana witno tnrormauon, 1
am left to oonjecture the causa it mr 'Knott; -1
tako it that thu action of yourt'iJ not bated on
any misconduct of mine coming underyour owb
observation. It must, therefore.' be predicated
on the Suggestions of others.
. "Allow me to say, sir and I fc) ko in no vain
and boastful spirit that, let yoar information
come from what eource it ma v. and let the im
putation be what it may,' if sufficient to justify
my arrest and imprisonment' It k rroundles.
and without proof to support itnd all I ask, w
the privilege of being informed rhat the impu-
laiion is, icpm wuom ic emanates, 4ina me rignt
to confront my cowardly accusers
" This in, perhaps, as much as 1 itronuw called
on to say. It does not become mo to defend my
self acainst an unknown charce. f I'll aa further
it fa not inciiTnlxit linon tn tA AeftnA at 'all
until a prima facie case is niad.ji bv competent
. v . "j- -
proof. Jfevertheless, 1 will waive this conceded
right and present you with ; the history of my
political iiciiou ior wie pasi. iweite monuis:
" I was earnestlv onnosed to thi action of Ten
nessee in severing her connection with the Fed
eral Government "With iny itrong convic
tions (strengthened by-subsequeiit events) of the
imnroDrietv and danarer of seA'Mori. I hv
thought that my willingness toiMjuiesco in the
rebellion was quite a concession to thp -popular
will. About the middle of vx ,uie (iwil), I at
tended a convention of Union nro'vt Greene
ville. where I found a niajority k dHcgates fa
vorable to the organization f a "Provisional
Government for East Tennessee.! with ' an Exe
cutive, Legislative and Jlihtar Departments.
The unanimous judgment of fit; Convention
pointed to me as general comnfnder of their
forces. Sir, I was not blind to t personal atl-
vantages which such a position fwld-havc con-
ferred. I saw at a elance. aad Lomurfclu uded.
tno wnoie einiaiion. v nil inen,wnimiiiiation
of a Convention representing BojJO Unioliintsof
Eat Tennessee, I eould hare goiie to "Washing
ton, had their, recommendation it-onfirmd, ob-
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laiiieu money, procureu arms wuu an oui.!rne'
eessary supplies for an army,' returned, to the I
tion iu Kentuckv. and rallied tf th .J".lMvl
iioriuirrii uurucrui uuc icbh's UKJJ. ' fiusl-
standard from Ij.000 to SW.0UIK l"st TennwiM-
ans; and, aided by the . FederflftovernjTH-H
1 hr.d not commanded abselutf AT-ce. r 'courd
bare Biade sudh a demonstntt " would iwv
points, . and. by .this dim ndeung the
transit of f!nnfcder.tp troii -h V.'ant. Tpti
hessee inscribed victory t$re0erol arms on
other battle-nelds. . i
"At this period of time, the foregoing may
appear to -ou extravagant. Uut you will re
member that the contest has since increased in
magnitude. Many things which might have
been done then would not be practicable now
"I have reasons for believing that the Federal
Government desired an East Tennesseean to
command her forces near that locality. This
position, through the recommendation of that
Convention, I could have secured. There was
nothing for me to do but to have quietly gone
through the lines at that time an easy task
and appropriated it. Had I done so, as preten
tious as the claim may appear to you, the Con
federate Government would have been made to
feel the effect of my blows'. Success would have
secured me the full measure of fame, while a
failure could have worked no injury to tne; and
if I were as mean and as unprincipled as the
persons to be hereafter referred to, who hold po
sitions under, and possess the confidence of, the
Confederate Government, I could have easily
..a w ;a'i .....Jr. " 1 . 1 ye
rrrr "I? ZVJu??J??Zl
ficers to be appointed by myself, to retire upon
into some favored locality in the North, there
to enjoy the luxuries of wealth and the honors
due te one who had noblv sacrificed his home
wit. uiuiiico fjKcomg tiuuugu me HAiius ui aittu of
and property in defense of the integrity of the
National Constitution. The fact is, sir,'but few
men have had presented ta them such fin oppor
tunity as was men inrusung useii uimhi me. The
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temptation, x am wen saiisneu, would nave se
duced and overcome tho boasted patriotism of
any one of my corrupt and infamous revilers.
" But with a full appreciation of the personal
advantages which the opportunity ottered, and
with a strong prediliction in favor of maintain
ing the J? ederal constitution, I declined the rich
and seductive invitation. And I did this be
cause 1 apprehended what has since been real-
ized, that the federal Government in the pride
of its power, would attempt to crush out the re
t ii i i i i .
Demon vy some jiars-u ana vigorous policy,
which L as a Southern man, could never sanction.
My heart and affections were then, as they are
now, in iavor oi maintaining tne f ederal Con
stitution. I have never failed to look upon the
pending war as an unnatural and unnecessary
one, and 1 have never yet seen the day when I
would not (if I could have done ?o,) interfered
with, the kindness of Moses, nru said, 'Te are
brethren, why strive ye?'
"To our present fearful danger, we have been
dragged byjunbitious men of the two sections of
our country struggling against eac h other for po
litical power. The property of the South, the
equality and sovereignty of the States and the
constitutional liberties of both sections are en
dangered by this most unnatural contest. This
is strong language, but I write deliberatelv. and
mean vnat I write. But the evil is upon us ;
the people of the North and South have so
willed it, and it behooves everv patriot to act
honcstlj with himself and with his country, and
to support the men and measures which will
most probably conduct this national affliction to
an .early and favorable conclusion.
""Why, then, am I suspected, arrested and
imprisoned as a dangerous character?. Simply
because I cannot or will not believe that this re
bellion was necessary in its origin, wise in its in
ception, and successfully and properly conduct
ed. This is the plain truth, and plainly spoken,
and if deemed sutBcient to justify you in re
straining me of my liberty, it will but verify my
worst fears of the tendencies of tuis revolution,
and your oppression will be submitted to with
as good a grace as any man of j, 'i spirit and
positive character ever subnr" ' irunustice -at
ine nanus oi tyranny, j
thwgh the heavens fall. (
fully take no cognizance
ernments professing to h
a free people and ainena'
i i i . n t .
ought not to abridge or j1
speech. The views her
est convictions, and I
ould. It mav be '
.t rr -XT Vial4 x n wnT.
It is immaterial from what cause these opinion:
arise ; they are mine, and it will b fi.r fit.
ture to determine whether I' am risrht or wron?
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i:. -Hut, bir, A am hunted down for another rea
son. There 5s a combination in V.
'with Its head in Knoiville. whn
ui uie cuBfluence cuner ot tne people or of yonr
.1 a i ...i V',
guvvuiuienfc., 4 propose, witft vour mdulgenc.
to dra? them be lore the rnhlip unn u ,f
minister to them the rebuke which they have so
long deserved. They haveoppresaed and tyran-
vi:r ieuow-ciuzens long enougn, and
it w time to arrest their Infflmmi ftPT
'' ' The chief amon the freeiMt&ra in nolitics
wiw vuce tui attorney venerai ot xc&nessee,aid
now sits as a mebiber of th Confedprftfe flnn-
gress. ' Thi3 clique, bankrant in rhnrrtr: m
managed, through a noisy protestation of devo
tion w ine reoeuion,. aidedv. by military oppres
sion andfln unscrupulous nress under its imme
diate control, to secure some' influence with the
autnonties of the Confederate States, which they
nave usea ior aisnonorabie ana revengeful pur
poses. Ihey have scrupled at nothing, however
eorrupt, to overthrow political opponents.".
Here follows an account of the forged cor
respondence with Amos Lawrence, and similar
infamies, which, for good reasons, I will reserve
for future use. ; '
Sir, I will write without reserve. It is mv
custom to do so. I have no secrets and nmhu-
eade no man's character, and make no clandes
tine attacks on any man s reputation. ,1 am able
and it .will atford me pleasure to sustain bv
i- . v.
prooi everyming wnicn i nere say,
' 1 This combination of tkeibooters have been
nucccBsiui in , ciouunr unprincipioa oamsana
with military power, through whom tney have
attempted to suppress the freedom of thought and
oi speecn, ana tne free exercise of the elective
franchise. At their instance, a general svstem
of oppression of Union men began about the
first of last September. Under and in pursuance
oi tneir policy, many men irom dinerent parts
of East Tennessee, were arrested and imprison
ed in our own and in distant prisons, for no
other reason than the entertaining by them of
honest opinions averse to the . rebellion. The
TTlAn thud O TVcfrl i a va1 laritVt ltswf.2 n-vwl I w -it-
about by force, felt, and not without cause, that
this Southern structure, called the' Southern
Confederacy, however beautiful to others, was,
to them, a despotism, depriving them of proper-
J . I 1:1 l . r.v- 1
jr urn crioui iioeriy. oub ui mcir CH plains.
acting out their - policy, arrested frcay Wty to
one hundred citizens Union men aifd'uisr
i l,"-vo uuu5 mnu wuisaunuumu i pru-
ns, extorted from $25 te$ 100 each. accoriinto
their several abilities, and then srave them certi"
jicates oj loyalty. All this was done m one
treaty, utners, wearing the tnstnia of military
lwnv. o" aa-vuva. ev. VCCU : CUilUVU' lUtUU"
selves Dy pretending to. seize private property
for the Confederate Government, and appropri-
1 ting jttq themselves: or, by forcinr sales at
adtben selling at a profit
w taeir. private peneofc, ; xne Soregoiur are Cut
. samples, of the evil and wanton oppressions
uuu rcit ot wm. u era-
Against such oppression I have constantly in
veighed; I have denounced it frequently, open
ly, and boldly, and labored to bring the offend
ers to condign punishment And, hence it is,
that I have become the object of their concen
trated malice. Let me go where I will, their
wilfull misrepresentations follow me; their
hired press assail me ;"my opinions are distorted,
my business misrepresented, and my local in
fluence exaggerated, in order to make the gov
ernment believe that I was the most dangerous
man in the South, resulting, in this instance, in
my arrest and imprisonment
Certainly their is no inconsistency in my in
terfering for the protection of the community
in which I reside, against the machinations and
oppressions of these men, and the professions of
acquiesence and submission which I have so
frequently made. There is no conflict between
these positions. Can any action of mine be con
Btrueu into active hostility against your govern
ment or "the cause," unlesa these men oF whom
I have spoken are true exponents of your gov
ernmental policy. Generals Fain and Gillespie,
Senator llaynes, Judges McKinney and Ivr-
ley and a host of others, who have given
strength and respectability to the Southern par'
ty in that end ot the State, have never . counte
nanced the abuses to which I have called your
attention, and which has so frequently provoked
my indignant denunciation.
Among the many other despicable traits of
character possessed by these freebooters, is
cowardice. On two different occasions, by their
willful misstatements right ".down lyng they
have endeavored to excite large bodies of soldiers
to mob me ; and by similar misrepresentations,
thev have twice before, as I understand, endeav
ored, through telegrams, to have me arrested
while 1 was traveling on private business, away
Here follows a graphic account of the stam
pede of leading Southern men from Knoxville,
upon the receipt of intelligence of the fall of
Fort Donaldson, which I know your readers
would enjoy; but as it would subject a good
many men not parties to the combination
fighting me to more or less ridicule, and perhaps
contempt, I will forego the pleasure which it
would otherwise give me to publish it. I will con
tent myself with one more extract. Speaking
of the same set of men, I said to General John
Thev never have, and never will be worth
either in political influence, in counsel, or in
martial valor one cent to the rebel cause ; and
though here a prisoner by their instigation, I
write of them more in contempt than in anger.
If vour government will insist on patronizing,
and listening to, and acting on the suggestions
of these men, let it do bo. - If the army of tho
Confederate States is to be used to avenge their
malice, let this be so. I will not fraternize with
them, nor will I become subservient to their in
terests and wishes, let the consequences to me
and to my family be what they may. "With
forgery on their lingers, and perjury upon their
lips, and frauds besmearing them all over, 1 11
have nothing to do with them; and if they are to
be made the true exponents of, the Confederate
Government, Ipray God thatitjna'ysoon be over
thrown. For one, I hate rcsolH&no to be sub
jugated either by the. Yankees or by r7te Knoxville
Alter writing tnis much, which is but a tithe
of what might be said, I repeat that I am inno
cent of any crime which will justify my deten
tion by you. I have ever been frank and candid
in my political tenets ; been at all times what I
professed to be ; have no hostility to the South,
and contemplate no injury to her people. I
have never at any time entertained a thought
hostile to what I conceived to be her true inter-
The rebel baronets wcr nntentfal
Auorney ueserai ana otner onicerg m Una Circuit in I
w ' - r - - 1 1 " - w i vvtiuu
est. I may have been mistaken as to the course
best calculated to strengthen her power, develop
her wealth, and secure peace and constitutional
liberty to her people; but my earnest desire has
always been to protect her honor and promote
her prosperity. The liberties of her people arc,
in my opinion, endangered from vrithin and
rrom-iTtMof.' Themilitary1 is displacing, at a
fearful rate, the civil authorities. Under the
Plea. of 'military necessity,' all the safeguards
of civil liberty are being overslaughed. It ia
these tendencies that I. oppose- and not the
South ; and if you give me the opportunity, and
afford me facilities for enforcing the attendance
of witnesses, I am prepared to make good all I
have' written ns against others or in my own de-
r JJ WW.,
Killed by Keaflold Falling.
Cincinnati, June 9. A rope supporting
a scaffold breaking to-day, George Joyius
fell, from St. Paul' Church steeple, and
was kilL-d. .
Formation of a Woman Barean.
Nkw York, June 9. The Southern
Womens' Bureau, having for its object,
the assistance of f;:endless females from
the South, has been formed in this city.
Management of Farm Work. There
is one fault among farmers which should .
be reproved in strong terms. It is laying
out more work than can be done by the
force on the farm timely and properly. If
work cannot be done as it should be, much
better not meddle with it at all. This fault
w the most observable in putting in tha
crops of the season ; . for some cultivated
plants will not mature unless the seeds are '
sown or planted, in the ground at a partic
ular time, and some farmers, in excuse for
tMeir negligence, make an assumed trust in
Providence for their tardiness in beine
weeks behind the proper time in gettingin
the seed. Indian corn may serve as an e
ample of a clop not being put in at I
proper season, as well as oats, wheat at
other crops, If the sowing of them is
laved beyond the proper time, the gr
will prove light, and the danger
blight or rust greatly increased.
work cannot go on successfully, nnl$
farmer gives it his personal nurse
and as a rule in country parlance
to nis worKmen, icapiz ooyst" n
"ao boys" or follow ia lienn y
of poor Itichard that Jfc who St
they seldom enter into all the pla?
iarmer, ana ne must he tne direcft
himself or much effort will be nv
there should be no hap-h azard wot
farm. Every moment should be i
suit of reflecting and well matured ar
merit; directed to a certain and d6
end. If this were so, there would be fe
failures in farming, which are genera
the result of bad calculation and poor man
agement. . . . . .
Nashville and Chattanooga :
NASIIYILLE AND NORTHWESTERN
WllTH. . .
Dar Pasenirer Train leavea Vaithvill t O-TH
Arrives at Chattanooga 7:10 r. a.
Night Passenger Train leaves Nashville at 6:15 a. x.
Arrives at Chattanooga 4: 10 a. m., daily.
Day Passenger Train learea ChattanAa at Li i v
Arrives at Nashville 1:30 r. m.
.night Fassenger Train leares Chattanooga at 6:00 r.
. Arrives at Nashville at 6:00 a. daily.
Dav Passenger Train iearot Nathvill at M.'i i w
Arrives at Union City 9:15 r. u., and liickman. Ky
10:30 P. If .
Night Passenger Train lean Najihvill at O-Oa r ' v.
Arrives at Union Citv 20 a. a. and at Hickman. k'..
10:30 a. m.. daily.
This is the Short Rorrn to St. Locis. and all
POintB W KST A0 NOBTHWKT.
Day Passenger Train leaver Hickman. Ky., at 5:00 A.
v. Arrives at Nashville 6:00 p. i.
Night Train leaves Hickman, Ky., at 4:30 p. v. Ar
rives at Nashville at 5:00 a. j., daily.
.TNO. W. THOMAS. GenT Sunt.
W. L. DANLEY, Genl P. and T. Agent.
SEASON OF 1870!
Blonnt Conntj, East Tennessee.
rpHIS FAVORITE SUMMER RESORT FOR THE
1 invalid and pleasure-seeker will be open for the
reception of visitors
The most marked beneficial results attending the nse
of these waters, in functional derangement of the
ssas.a as. -
, Of These Waters. '-
Situated at the base of CHILH0WEE MOUNTAINS,
they present the strongest attractions to both the
Invalid and the Pleasure Seeker,
No less on account of its pare invigorating; atmosphere
and the beauty of the surrounding scenery, than of the
restorative powers of its waters, 8uoh provision has.
been made for the
COMFORT OF VISITORS
That the Proprietor confidently promises aiisifcotion
to bis guests. t
mm Mail and Passengers,
Ron between Marrville. the tnn'niH nf )
frorn Knoxville, and the Springs a, distance e
mi! A.a avaw AnH mnJa V
Bowd, per day, t50 ; per week, 6.00
aA fcidresa, for particulars,
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