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KNOXVILLE, TENN., SUNDAY MORNING, JUNE 12, 1 87.0:
LATEST BY TELEGRAPH.
PROCEEDINGS OF THE LEG1SM1TRE.
t . t i ! f T 1 ' ".'
Additional Trustees ferEast Tennessee
Xashrille Inive rsitj Leased to Bushrod
. Johnson and Kirby Smith. .
kiiMtM lira llimlf nn
Ihf Raxfp r
Ilouse Refuses to Concur in Senate
Amendment to the Poll Tax Bill.
Special Dispatch to the Chronicle!
Nashville, June ll. Mr.
fowd si resolution, which lies
the rules,' appointing as additional Trustees
of the East Tennessee University, at Knox
ville. C. M. McOhee, T. H. Calloway, K. J.
Sahford and "XV. A. Henderson.
Mr. Cubbins introduced a bill to permit
notaries appointed prior to the adoption of
the New Constitution to hold office for the
full term fixed by law at the time of their
appointment, -which was read once.
House bill regulating the number of Re
prewntativ'es'in the General Assembly pro
Aides that untjl the next enumeration ap
portionment of voters no election tdiaU be
held in any county for a greater numler of
mcmlers than is prescribed by the Code,
and that no different representation shall
be allowed after the expiration of the pre
The House refused to concur in the ben-
tne pon-iax to dj i-en is. j
A bill to Increase the salary
of the Gov-
!A bill to prevent officers of railroads from
speculating passed.'5 r ;
In the discussion, yesterday, oh the Bax
ter charges, Mr. Spears repelled the charges
of Baxter, and was of the opinion that the
proper course to pursue was to leave the as
sailant without excuse, by requiring him
to prove all his allegations or be branded
as s slanderer and a liar. ' He was not pre
pared to say, without further proof, that
Baxter was guilty of corruption in connec
tion with the Mineral Home Railroad.
Xashvillk, June 11. The Trustees of
the University of Nashville, to-day n by a
vote of 11 to decided to accept the propo
sition to lease that Institution to General
Bushrod Johnson and Kirby Smith.
liNk; Petlllow TheTn-Mc
Washixgton June II. The Senate ap
propriated fifty thousand dollars to pay the
expenses of Indians visiting "Washington.
The Judiciary Committee will hold the
House bill reducing the tax for a week or
ten days. ; It will probably go to the Com
mittee of Conference, with income tax
stricken out The Senate Committee will
not interfere with the tax on spirits.
The ' Democratic Congressional caucus
appointed. Senators Thunnan, of - Ohio,
Hamilton and -Representative Woodward,"
of Kentucky, to prepare initiatory meas
ures. The Senate bill relating to the central
branch of the Union Pacific Railroad, M as
taken up, and, after anVxcited discussion
occupying the entire day, was passed by a
vote of 82 to 13. - ;- . - t -...
Several petitions for the tax on; -whkky
at stills, on the capacity lasis, were pre
sented. ' ' '
Ben. Butler asked leave to introduce a
bill for the repeal , of the tenure-of-office
Mr. Poland objecteil. ' '
PatVoods, allasj Pooiey, of Richmond,
Va., was presented ai tbelrof the House
chargeiwith violatliyLth"-privileges of
Hon. Mr. Porter, by beating him in f Rich
mond. The matters-was referred to the Ju
diciary Committee, with iwer to send for
persons and ! papers, the jtentime
AVoods is to be held by the Sergeant-at-Arms.
The approjiriation bill was resumed.
The Senate amendment to the legislative,
executive and judiciary appropriation bill
was taken up. An amendment was adopt
ed to pay females employed as clerks the
same salary as males of the same class, but
was subsequently i reconsidered and re
The Senate amendments for Capitol Ex
tension raid puttin guty nev5. bujldings fox
the State Department were -nori-co'uctirred
in. The bill goes to the Committee of Con
ference.. The report of the Conference Committee
on the hil reorganizing the army was
, Proposed Redaction of Dutie on Naar.
London. June 11. In the House of
Common, last night, Mr. Crawford moved
that provision le made in the reduction of
I sugar duties, for a drawback on jstock-m
atore and refinery on the 12th of April.
Several members .. attacked the Govern-
ment on the subject of sugar duties, charg
ing it with bad faith.
Mr. Gladstone and Mr. Lawers replied to
the charges, and opposed the resolve.
The-Irish telegraph 'is still imperfect,
causing delay in dispatches.
Upon the announcement of the death of
Clmrlea Dickens, the (iueen hastened to
send a letter of condolence to his afflicted
The last letter written by Mr. Dickens is
dated June 8th. This contained expres
sions of deepest reverence for religion, and
is quoted in the newspapers to-day as re
pudiating any contrary impressions which
might be derived from accidental expres
sions in his books.
In his Will, Mr. Dickeds leaves All the
Year livHitd to his sou, with many valua
ble suggestions alout its management.
. Gustave Flourens, the French Radical,
' The Boulton masquraders, including the
American Consul, Mr. Fisk, have leen
committed for trial. , ,.
Ii-uMion of the Bill Abolishing NIitTery.
Madrid, June 11. The sessions of the
Cortes have been for the most part nio-
.?. , T. V ' T7-
of slavery in the Spanish colonies.
The bill for opening colonial ports wa
received, and has already been' read twice.
There,! still some-excitement oyer the
question of the future ruler of Spain.
The Orleanists in the Cortes have been
joined by those rwho recently adhered to
Espartero. These now all favor the Duke
of Montpensier, with Marshal Serrona as
their second choice-if the Duke does not
accept or cannot le chosen.
Drfttrurtlon of Life and Property.
Constantixoplk, June 11. It is impos
sible to say how many lives were lost by
the conflagration. Some put the. number
at three hundred, while others estimate it
as high as thirteen hundrod.
The Sultan has been active in extending
relief to the sufferers,, t , j p..
More than a thousand Turkish houses
have been thrown open to the Christians
who were burned out.
Large sums' of money ' have leeu sub
scribed for them by the ieople, irrespec
tive of sect.
Potl Belatlons Renewed.
Paris, June 11. Postal negotiations
have leen renewed, with a prolmble accep
tance' of the American terms.
Exclusive privileges to the French cable
were formally abandoned to-tlay, by the
. - s . PRi awiA. , , :
Condition of Wlsmrk"! Health.
BkrmK,' June 11. Bismarck has leen
forbidden to work, and ordered to England
ior nis ueaiin.1
t - T
Reeall of the Florentine Minister.
FiX)RKCJ5, June Jl. The Minister to
Portugal has been recalletl.
Another revolutionatj' movement is im
pending. The government is on the alert.
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Escape of RrirandM.
Athens, June 11. The brigand chiefs
have escaped into Turkey, t .
Cleaning the Naea Canal.
Cairo, June 11. Obstacles in the Suez
Canal, near Lake Temasu, are being re
Internal Revenue Proteetion to Colored
Washington, June 11. Revenue to-day
$766,000. . .
The officers at West Point have been
compelled to take pains to secuie impar
tiality towards negro cadets.
Letter froui Colonel Baxter So. 4.
Editor of the i'hi'ontvlc ; v
Continuing my fevfew 1 oY' 'men and
things about Knoxville, I have now reach
ed the Johnson-Lawrence correspondence
of 1 SHI. This correspondence did not af
fect nwi but it constituted n incident' in
tb -local hiiory of KnoxVilli and-i will
serve, in some small degree, to show the
character of omt of the men with whom. I
have been contending. A the time,(about
May, 1831, and-jjust before communication
by mail was closed behveen Iast .Tennes
see and the " lojals" Stides,) a letter writ
ten iy some onj? nd, purporting to have
been written by Andrew Johnson and ad
dressed to Amos Lawrence, rBoston, Mass.,
was mailed' at Knoxville Charlton, the
presont liberal editor of the Whig, being
at the time United State Putmater In
the name of lr. 'Johnsonthi.- Jetter in
formeii 3Ir. Lawr iv-e tluit a large majori
ty of the people of "East Tennessee were
opposed to rebellion ; that, if supplied with
arms and munitions.thej could be Induced
to resist by force the effort then being made
to withdraw Tennesset from the Federal
Union, and concluded vith an earnest ap
peal for money with which to supply the
people with arms for self-defense.
Mr. Lawrence believed the letter ge-ur
ulne, and being a man of large wndth and
warmly opposed to the rebellion, responded
promptly by enclosing his check, payable
to the order of Andrew Johnson, for one
thoumnd dollar. His letter containing
this check was addressed to Andrew' John
son at Knoxville. But it did not reach
him. It was intercepted in the Knoxville
Post Office, and, in viplation of law and
the oath which Postmasters are required
by law to take, it was opened. Why this
spurious corresjioudeiu.Hs was -legun and
why Mr.CharUonT-(thei BevMiwlCharl
ton, the saintly editor of the Whiff, v, ho has
recently written so many . editorials pro
testing that he M-asi't afraid.and could not
le bought up, favoring Justice and forle:r-!
ance,-.and ? eonaescenaj.'ngly advising biff
follower and retainer not to le too ' hard 1
on Union Conservatives not to re-mire
Messrs. Williams, Fleming and Cripjen
to surrender all their preconceived itical
opinions as a condition, precedent, to their
admission into full fellowship into th.. re
organized Conservative party of Knox
eouuntv) kneMirhat Iiawrehce's letter to
Mr. Johnson was answer to the spurious
one which had lx?en previously seut to Mr.
Lawrence, I am not prepared to ssy. ' But
so it was; the letter was addressed' to Mr.
Johnson, awl was intercepted in the.Kiiox
ville Post Office. It. contained, too, the
coveted pri.Titr. thpus-ind dollar, vbtykl
but being livable to Mr.' Jolmson Vomer,
it could not be used without his endorse
ment. ;Thus an unforeseen and unexpect
ed obstacle 'intervened and thwarted the
object in which the whole plan originated.
Money they wanted and money they were
determined to have. Their resources were
equal to the emergency, and a brilliant
thought, worthy of the brain in which it
originated, came to their relief; and acting
upon its suggestion, another letter in the
name of Mr. Johnson was .forged and
mailed to Mr. Lawrence, saying that he
could not use the check without exposing
himself to detection, and his plans to dis
coverv and defeat, anl urged upon him the
ovewhelming necessity of having money,
and having it quick, m order to Have East
Tennessee and East Tennessee Unionists to
the Federal cause, and requested remit
tances In Eastern currency.
In my judgment, the first and prime
object of this spurious communication,
wjistoget money to get At i through a
false pretence to steal it from Mr. Iiaw
rence. There was a motive, ami if it was
not the one stated by me, what was ft ?
In the loose morality which has made
such alarming head-way in the -past ten
years, it may. he said the country .waa then
engaged in civil war ; that the. parties to
the foregoing nefarious scheme, were pub
lie enemies to Mr. Lawrance, and as such,
had a right to pluck him by forgery ana
falif pretence if they pould. ,1 don't think
so. There ' is y' no condition of things,
which, in 'the estimation of 'honerable
men, could justify the attempt which was
made and detailed above, to get money
from Mr.' Lawrence. But when we con
sider that the State of Tennessee was still
in the Union, and that Charlton was a
sworn officer in the Federal Government,
drawing his salary frjm the United States
Treasury, and, that ns such officer, used
his official ponition himself, or permitted
others to use it for the purpose of fobbing
citizens -adherlng-to the Government; of
which he was an officer, . his conduct lie
came so atrocious as to shock the sense of
justice and right of the most obtuse and
But even this view of his action 'bears
no comparison in blck-henrted atrocity to
what followed. The last effort was a" 'fail
ure. The ; Eastern currency which the
second letter requested, was not forwarded
by express. '. Enragtxl at the disappoint
ment, and nerved bv a diabolical puqtose
that', dene 'diserhtlon, the first ( letter
which they" had " in ferceutcd front Law
rence, with the check which it contained,
was'without a word of explanation, sent
forward to Governor Harris, to be used . in
firing the Southern hearts, and strength
ening the rebel , cause. 1 Believing : that
they had drawn from Mr. Lawrence by
genuine letters from Mr. Johnson, Gov.
Harris caused them to be published in the
Nashville papers. The paper containing
the publication . in due course? tofi moil,
came to Knoxville. This1 part of 'it at
tracted general comment; it stimulated
Southern vengeance; Col. (aftewardsGen.)
Hindmanr of Arkansas, was here with his
regiment; news -came lhat MrJt Johnson
was then leaving the State, bv way
of Bean's Station, -Tazewell and Cum
berland (ap; Col. Hindman demanded
of the East Tennessee and Virginia
Railroad authorities, a special train with
which to run to Morristown for the pur
pose of intercepting, capturing and hang
ing Mr.-Johnson, because of his supposed
application to Mr. Lawrence for money.
Ilindnian's purpose was well understood
In the city, and must have been known to
the persons cognizant of the forgery; and
yet no explanation was given, no effort
made by any, one of the rile miscreant who
planned and executed the conspiracy! to
prevent the threatened pursuit, capture
and assassination of the victim of their inr
describable and irlsatiatemalicel '.
; Yet, after all this," with unparalleled
shamelessness and effrontery, the 'Jler.
Mr. Charlton returns here to Knoxville,
where his history. is so well. known, as
sumes the bffice'bf a public instructor, sets
himself up as a party leader, puts on airs
of superiority, uses his editorial position
to traduce better men than himself, heads
the proposed Division Fair, condescends
to "amnesty" such men as "Williams,
Fleming and Crippln " for the offence of
having been Union men, and with a Banc
timoniousness that befits a pretender, occa
sionally takes upon himself the high and
holy responsibilities of a minister of God.
Ana what is still worse, there are a few
craven, dependent4 creatures",' without the
means of self-support, hungering for small
offices, who hang around and court his edi
torial commendation, by recognizing and
associating with him as a gentleman.
Such are the men who have been making
war on me, and the above is a fair sample
of their -warfare. They scruple at noth
ing, however atrocious, to kill off those
they are unable to use. The sooner such
men are kicked out of society, degraded in
public estimation, and scorned from the
presence of honest men, the better it will
I e for society. Respectfully, Ac.,; ;
"We noted, yesterday, the asMiult made ujon
Major Murphy by the Prcs aifl HtraLl, and
what provoked it. Major Murphy sent to them
a curd which lie complain whs garbled, -In
justice to that gentleman, we ' ariTi his card in
full. - ' : , ;:. :. .": ,
.". Rattmgt, Klifnr 'nblLitcr 1'rtan
tt iid Herald ; . ,; . , ,., . kl, ; .
My attention has Veu culled to an editorial in
this moraine.- issue of voirr iarpr. in which' vou
ue great freedom in persona" allusions t iny-
elt, fcc. - :,- .: ... , i.f
Now, as to the motive and. spirit of the edito
rial, I care to say nothing, for, to all reasonable
and high-minde'd men, it speak for itself. ,-- i
And, 4 to tho colored men named in it, I shall
also say nothing, ns I regard them all as . amply
able to take care of themselve. ""' " ' i"'
But, for niy.elf. I have this, od for fall, to
say to you : . . ... , ... , .
lour statement about' the organization In
jinestion is incorrect, it being pimply tin organ
i .at ion by and frr K-pbliram f th tyt
and not the county. . ,
Your statement that,-Willi ; making the can
vass for the Legislature,' last summer, I de
scribed Mr. Isaac Gammon in the words quoted,
as my own, in your article, is also incorrect.
I did attempt to quote the language of your
own paper, and, us I had reason to believe, the
very words of my opponent, Mr. Fleming, used
against Mr. Gammon about the time he win
elected a KepuMican Alderman in this city, in
my exposure of an attempt on tho part of Mr.
Fleming, or some of his over-zealous friends to
buv u j Mr. Gammon to run and divide the Re
publkim vote so ns to elect him, (Mr. Fleming.)
But I did not use them as my own, nor did I
dream of making them my own. And, know
ing the danger of thin exposure, and also that my
party was suddenly left without an organ in that
race and without a single paper through
which 1 could be heard by the people, and it
right upon the eve of the election; the language
1 used was exaggerated and published and cir
culated all over the county as my own, in order
to drive the colored vote away from me.
Anil in this unfortunate and helpless condi
tion, in which I was unexpectedly thrown, I
was overwhelmed and defeated ; and none know
better Aw than 3'ou ieme gentlemen.
It did seem to me that it ought to have been
enouglvbutii appears that yiu.wcro,ruLjiuti.
In the last municipal, rittest, . I happened to
be in a ward meeting and say something", if it
was in behalf of two very clever and moderate
gentlemen, whom, you saw proper to.oppose, for
Aldermen, and thereupon my name was singled
out from all the many respectable gentlemen
present, and ott'encivelyi published in connec
tion with this same untrue and unfounded
I said nothing then, believing that j u cer
tainly would not go any farther in thus adding
insult to injury. But you have now again, with
out any provocation whateror, singled me out
from among all those gentlemen of my own col
or w ith whom 1 chanced to be associated, and
hare even dragged my Jiaiue up from the tail
end of an unimportant committee, and paraded
it before tho public, Pt'gmatizing it still again
with this untrue and unjust charge.
Now, I have borne it all in silence, and till
my patience is almost worn out
"And I now respectfully, but earnestly, ask
you to correct it. and nover again use my name
m connection with it, in your paper or other
wise. And I ask it on the principle, alone, of
justice and fair dealing.; 0 y
My principles, as all know, are peace, and my
habits are to attend to my own business, and
have no difficulty with others.
But I profess to be a gentleman,, and expect
the same justice and courtesy from gentlemen
that is extended Jo other gentlemen, and due to
all gentlemen: and I have addressed you us
gentlemen, and now give you the opportunity
to prove to thi community, in , which 1 was
born and raised, that you are uch, by acting
the gentleman with, 'jtad doing justice to, in
nnolFending'and - peaceable fellow-citizen." in
I await your action.
I am, .Very Respectfully,
Your Ob't Serv't.
Johk L. Murphy.
P. S. I request you to publish thia hasty
can! in justice to myself. 1
Yoursv . ' J., L. 3L
Tho Prrmi ami Hernhl only published the altove
portion of Major Mrphf "s card, with remarks which
we herewith append J i . . t( a i
Maj. Murphy's Varjcl is longer than above quo
ted, but the portion published is all that con
cerns the subject' "V e have always understood
that Maj. Murphy used the language quoted, we
certainly did not but as he disclaims it, we ac
cept his word for it, the more as it will tend to
restore harmony among the "representative
Radicals of Knoxville. We intended no disre
spect to Maj. Murphy, who is a clever gentle
man, whose only tailing is his political belief.
Since then, Major Murphy received the fol
lowing explanatory note from the publishers of
the Press and Herabl.
' i Kkoxtulk, Juue 3. 1870.
Sl'iJ. J. I. Murpfiy .- ,
I)Ar;3ib; L regret that a 'qufb'" in the
Press and Herald this morning slumld have
been misunderstood by you. A slur on your
self was farthest from my thought The quota
tion' I had nevr heard denied, , and j honestly
supposed you had used the language. .''I have
ever esteemed you highly; and. sincerely trust
our pleasant iersonal relLtions mav, nut. be du-
terbed. 1 ours truly, if- -mi Ji amaok.
COMXTMCATKl.i if. .
JMiiors i.rtroHine: l see m , inis morning s
Whig an editorial entitled " Xot Consistent," in
which the writer calls in question the action of
the parties who took the lead in the bite demon
stration in honor of the Federal dead, and socins
to think?) great injustice was done the colored,
people by the Republican pnrty, andwys "2iot
a single niche was set apart for the colored peo
ple," . Let us see how this L. . In the order of
exercises we find the following:
- a - . . .
oth. 3Iayor and City Council of Knoxville, , ;
Tth. Delegations' from abroad.
th. Citizens in carriages.
Vth. Ex-Federal officers and soldiers in uni
10th. Citizens on foot.
11th. Citizens on horseback." , , ; '.
; Docs our Democratic friends claim that there
was no place assigned the colored people? "Are
there no colored men in the City Council ? Arc
the colored people not citizens ? Arc there none
of them who deserve to be called e-Federal
soldiers? And do our colored citizeis complain
that they were ignored, as the- Whig claims?
Are they not satisfied to be called citizens, with
out the prefix "colored?" Doe the Whiff claim
that the Republican party is the only party that
honors the Federal dead? We are surprised
that the writer should -d us the distinguished
honor of being the only party which holds ii
grateful remembrance the patriotic deeds of the
gallant defenders of the Federal I'nion.
The eft'ort of the writer' to give the cerenio
iiiu on the !0th a partisan coloring a con
f iitil.tp liin iiiiniifttitrw . rf iinfniinll -
And for hiin to cii'pliii that the (tlored people
toes is simply rediculous.; Tlie vhairniau of (lie
meeting, a leading Conservative, appointed thq
from any source. We had hoped that the Whig
wonl.l siiv nothnur morn about this niittir nftor
the cooling down the Chuohiclk gyre lum'uu a
former effusion on tnc subject of decoration.
Thersew iork Times thus concludes an
exhaustive article on immigration : :t
"The South will find it necessary to
moilcrate its expectations , respecting for
eign emigration, and to rely, more upon
emisrratioii from Northern Statps. and on
the limited colonization which Northern
farmers and mechanics will sooner or later
find profitable. It cannot compete with ,
the West for the largr Inxlies of emhrrants
which Europe is contributing to swell the
greatness ami increase the prosperity of the
republic." - .
Bkx Wade Won't Run. The Chroi
elc (Republican) states that Ben Wade will
not run for Congress, and, least of all, op
pose Gen. Garfield. ,
The Cukoxiclk is now the only daily in the
State that publishes regular social dispatches
Brigham Young orders his machinery
from Stockton, CaL 1 .
'Dissolution uf Partnership.
rpHK FIRM OF BAXTER. CHAMPION k RICKS.
JL Attorneys at Law, was dissolred, hy mutual con
sent, on the l"th day of May, 1H7U.
The unfinished business of tho partnership will bo
attend! to as heretofore by tha members of the firm,
until it is all settled. junl2-d6twlt.
A. J. RICKS,
Attorney at Law.
TTKXDS PROMPTLY TO ALL BrsrXESfj
i in the Courts held in tha City of Knox villi-.
Col lections promptly made and remirteil.
OFFICE Mux Strkkt.
SALE OF RE.L ESTATE.
COUNTY C01RT-KN0X COUNTY.
W. F. Seay. Adin'r.. vs The. Heirs of P. K. Vcgg, dee'd.
PURSUANT TO A DECREE MADE IN THIS
mt .tin Inn. T.n. 1Wll .. f r .
of Knox County. I will offer for sal, at the Court llon.e
door in KnosyiUe. on Saturday, the ith day of July,
ISTU. a House and Lot situated on the north side of Ma-
oiy rei. fuuti jvdoxtui, nujoioimi ine propertr ot
Thou. Iitrden and others.- The pale will be made o
six and twelre months' time, except ten per cent, of the
pureha.e money, which will be required on the day of
ale. notes of equal amounts, with approred neeurit
bearinr intret from date, beiair reqmired for the re
mainder, and a lien retained antil th rarrhose money
y fully paid. f M. RULE, Clerk.
THE SUPREME COrRT
KNen DUhtio r tk Htt arTwaiewwc
WILL BE BEGVX. OPENED AND HELD AT
II thftf fturt H.tiw.inrni....;iU .1 ..1
day Cbeing the 111 h day) of September next, when the
a " v,mrv y m uo laaen up aat Beard in
accordance with the order made by aid Courtat it last
term : which order it in the words and figure follow
ing, to-wit : - . , .
; It U ordered by tho Court that at the next term of
thw Court, the civil eases upon tho docket be taken up
and disposed of in the following order, to-wit :
m, "First. All case on the docket 6f the Fifth Circuit
filed during or previous to the year ISM.
c"50?-.' A1l.cas's u'Kn tne 'locket of the Pi rat.
berond, Thtrd, lourth and Fifth Circuit, filed during
and previous to the year
"Commencing with the Pint Circuit, and taking the
geyeral Circuits in the order above named.
"The criminal cases will be taken up and dLpo.ed of
a the Court may direct."
A true copy of the order. Tct :
M. I j. PATTERSON.
. Clerk Supreiu" Court, at Kn--viUe.