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- v . j , , CAPTIONS ' "
y 7l .4rf Resolution pmssed at the
First Hessian of th General Assemblp,
i866-'67. 1 -'
1. An Act to extend the present Term of
the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of
the County of Wake.
2. An Act to enable the County Courts of
Craven ani Cumberland to extend their ses-
' sions. (Grants the privilege to the above
counties of extending the terms of their
Pnnrts from dav to dav until the business is
disposed of, though it should extend beyond
the time heretofore provided.)
3. An Act in relation to the County Courts
of the County of Hyde. (Gives a majority
of the magistrates, at the 1st of January, in
each year, to select five of their
hold the" Courts, three of whom
power to act.) . . , c
4 An Act to authorize the Dismal Swamp
Canal Company to issue eight per cent bonds.
5 An Act to postpone the special term
appointed for the County of Chowan, on the
second Monday of Dec. 1301. (Postpones
the time until the Wednesday after the first
Monday of Feb. 1807, and grants the privil
ege of continuing the term two weeks if ne
cessary.) 6. An Act to amend the Charter of the
. Washington Toll Bridge Company.
7. An Act to extend tne time ior tne col
lection of taxes in certain counties. (Gives
the Sheriffs and Tax Collectors of the Coun
ties of Alexander, Beaufort, Burke, Catawba,
Caldwell. Cleaveland.Gaston. Lincoln. Mitch
ell, McDowell, Polk, Rutherford, Wilkes,
and Watagua, time until the first day ot
March, 18G7 to make settlement with the
8. An Act to protect the people of Chat
ham Conntv. (Allows the Sheriff of said
County time, until the first of March 18C7, to
settle taxes with Public Treasurer.)
9. An Act to make valid the sale of the
old Jail lot by the County Court ofEdge
rnmhe. and to secure the title to the purchas
er, and to sell and purchase other lands for
certain purposes. (Authorizes the Chair
man of the County Court to make titles, and
a majority of the " Justices to sell and buy
other lots for the purpose of building a Jail
10. An Act to amend Sec. 1st of chapter
29th of the laws of North-Carolina passed
by the General Assembly of 1S65-6G, rela
tive to Roads, Ferries and Bridges. ( Limits
the age to fortv-five instead of fifty years. )
11. An Act to change the time of holding
the Courts of Pleas and Quarter sessions of
Alexander County. (Changes the time from
the third Monday of March. June, Septem
ber and December, to the first Monday in
each of the above named months.)
12. An Act to change the time of holding
the Courts of Pleas and Quarter sessions of
Yadkin Countv. (Changes the time from
the first Monday in January. April. July and
October, to the'second Monday in the above
13. An Act granting a general amnesty
and pardon to all officers and soldiers of the
State of North-Caroliua, of the late Confed
erate States armies, or the United States, for
offences committed against the criminal laws
of the State of North" Carolina.
14. An Act to incorporate the .McLean
Fire Engine Co., No. 1, in the town of Fay
etteville. 15. An Act in favor of K. P. Harris. (Au
thorizes ths clerk of the County Court of Ca
barrus to make title to said Harris for old
16. An Act to amend an act for the relief
of such persons as may suffer from the de
structions of the records and other papers,
of the several counties of the State and for
other purposes. (Amends so as to to read
" all petitions to declare the contents ot a i
deed or will or anv matter of record shall be I
filed within five years next alter the ratifica
tion of this act.')
17. An Act to re-enact and confirm the
charter of the Williamston and Tarboro
Railroad Company and the amendment there
to. (It legalizes all acts done by said Com
pany undti the old charter and amendments
since the close of the war.)
18. An Act to incorporate the Yancey vilie i
and Milton Railroad Company. i
19. An Act to incorporate the Newbem
Steam Fire Co., No. 1. i
.20. An Act for the relief of disabled sol-
kiers.. (Provides that when it is definitely
ascertained that the artificial limbs cannot
be made to be of service then the applicant ;
shall be entitled to receive the amount paid ,
by the State for the limbs.) ;
21. An act for the relief of Jas. S. Snow, j
sheriff of Halifax County. (Allowstime un- !
til March 1st, 1807, to settle taxes with pub- i
lie treasurer.) !
22. An act to enhance the value of the
bonds to be issued for the completion of the !
Western North-Carolina Railroad, and for
23. An act to empower the County of j
31ecklenburg to hold extra terms. ( Author- j
izes the justices to order extra terms of the '
court, when in their judgment the public in- j
terest require it.) j
24. An act to change the name of the Caro- j
lina Joint Stock Insurance and Trust Com-j
jiany. (Changes the name to The Ameri- j
can Joint Stock and Trust Company.") I
25. An act to repeal all acts heretofore j
passed in relation to the incorporation of the I
town ot Jiorganton, ana to provide a sub
26. An act to allow fees to justices of the
peace in Mecklenburg County and to increase
those of constables in said County.
27. An act for the construction of a bridge
across Notla nver in the County of Chero
kee and for other purposes. (Authorizes Mr.
Sik-r, the agent for the sale of Cherokee lands,
to appropriate the sum of $3,000 for the
construction of said bridge.)
28. An act to enable the Western Railroad
Company to complete its road from the Coal
fields, in Chatham County, to some point on
theN. C. Railroad.
29. An act providing for the support of
the Insane Asylum.
29. An Act providing for the support of
tne insane Asylum. (Appropriates the sum
$40,000 for the support of the same for ;6C
'67 and "C7-'68, and the further sum of $5,
000 for the repair of the building, fences,
30. An Act to enable the Wilmington,
Charlotte & Rutherford R. It. Co., to com
plete its road, pay its debt to the State and
extend its road to the Tennessee line. (Au
thorizes them to issue bonds and borrow
money, at not more than 8 per cent, and to
mortgage the property of said road.)
31. An Act to authorize the President and
Directors of the Blount's Creek Manufactur
ing Company of the town of Fayette vi lie to
borrow money to rebuild their factory.
(Authorizes said Company to borrow $30,
000 and mortgage the property to pay the
32. An Act to amend the Charter of the
town of Wilson.
33 An Act concerning appeals in criminal
cases. Any person convicted of capital
felony and sentenced to death, and who is
unable to give security for an appeal to the
Supreme Court, the same shall be granted
34. An Act to incorporate the town of
Durham in the County of Orange.
-Act to incoq)orate the Thomas
Oold Mining Company in the County of
3,6,- ,n. Ac to incorporase the Collins
Gold Mining Company in the County cf
Cu37n,.Act for the relief of W. A. Philpot,
fftTffif, Gnvil,e C"unty- (Allows time
&ne f MrcM7, to settle with the
rubhc Treasurer the balance of taxes due.
Gni , corporate the 3turges
FmnklinninS Cmprny in the county of
iucoC.tv.t1atnend sec- 2nfl ot an act to
incorporate the town of Marshall.
A.n An An to amend the 3rd section of
the 97th chap, of the Revised Code entitled
" Religeous Societies." (Adds altei the word
" to" t the end of the 8th line the words
"take by devise," and repeats tne proviso in
said section, all of which only applies to the
St. James' church in the city of Wilming
1. A Resolution in regard to the message
of the Governor and the report of the Pub
lic Treasurer. (Requests the Governor to
have printed, in advance of the meeting of
the General Assembly, a sufficient number of
his message to supply each member with ten
copies, and two hundred for the Executive
Department, and the Public Treasurer a
like number of his report.)
2. A Resolution to amend a resolution
passed at the present session of the General
Assemblv. (So amends the above resolution
as to include the report of the Comptroller
and any other report that may be necessary
to have printed.)
3. A Resolution in favor of the Sheriff of
Gaston county, (Allows said Sheriff until j
February 1st 1867, to make report of taxes to j
Public Treasurer. i
4. A Resolution providing for the printing
of certain ordinances. (Raquires the Secre
tary of State to have all the ordinances of
1805-06, now in force, printed with the laws
5. A Resolution in relation to the tax on
Cotton. (Instructs the Attorney General of
X. C, to inquire into the legality of the tix
of 3 cents per lb. ou cotton imposed by an
act of the Congress ot the United States.)
6. A Resolution authorizing the Governor
to accept the aid profererred by the U. S.
government. (Requests the Governor to
communicate with the chairman of each
Countv Court in the State and ascertain the
extent of distribution in each county, and
report to the Chief of the Freedmen's Bureau,
in this State, and for each county to make
provisions to pay expenses of transportation
of supplies as received for the poor and des
titute.) 7. A Resolution rejecfing the proposed a
mendment as the fourteenth article of the
Constitution of the United States.
19. Resolution for the relief of the Seth
20. Resolution in favor of Mrs. T. I. Jud
kins, (allows her the pay due her deceased
husband to the 24th of December.)
21. Resolution for the benefit of the In
stitution for the Deaf, Dumb and the Blind,
22. Resolution in favor of Rufus H. Jones.
23. Resolution in reference to theN. C. H.
R. Co. (Appoints a committee, two on part
of each House, to examine the books, in
quire into the alleged abuse and general
management and condition of said Road,
with power to send for persons and papers
and to report to the adjourned session of
this General Assembly.)
24. Resolution declaring the loyalty of the
citizens of North-Carolina.
5. A Resolution concerning the per diem
and mileage of the officers and members of
this Legislature. (Stands the same as the
last General Assembly.)
6. A Resolntion to postpone the valuation
of lands in this State. Repeals so much of
the Revenue law o.f 1S6C as required a re-valuation
ot the lands in 1807.)
10. A Resolution in regard to Confederate
soldiers detained in Northern prisons. (Re
quests the Governor inquire if any Confeder
ate soldiers from N. C, are now detained in
any Northern hospital or prison, unable from
wounds, sickness or uther cause from return
ing home, and that he take the necessary i
steps to enable them to return home.) j
11. Resolution providing for the payment !
of sheriffs holding elections. Allows the i
sheriffs the same pay on the vote ot the con-
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1866.
are as follows
The North-Carolima Stamdaxd.
TV? return our t hanks to our friends for
the additions thev are making to our sub
The terms of the Standard
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" w six months,
Weekly, one year,
" six months,
The Weekly will be clubbed as follows :
Five copies one year twelve dollars. Ten
copies one vear twenty-two dollars. Those
who get clubs of five or more, will be fur
nished with one copy tor a year, gratis.
The Legislature and Congress will meet
soon, and matters of grave interest will oc
cupy the columns of the newspapers. Now
is the time to subscribe.
The circulation of the Standard among
Northern capitalists and others, renders it a
good medium for advertising lands and other
property tor sale.
In order to afford our hands the customary
holiday at the close of the year, no other
paper will be issued from this office during
the present week.
We shall print again on Monday evening
next, and will send the same edition to our
Tri-Weekly and Weekly subscribers.
We tender to all our readers and friends
our best wishes for their prosperity and hap
piness during the coming year.
Gov. Worth's Inaugural.
Gov. Worth hastened back from his re
cent mission to Washington, in time to be
inaugurated before the Legislature adjourn
ed. We find his Inaugural in the last Senti
nel. We have heretofore been in the habit of
looking to official documents like the one
under consideration for a correct statement of
If nets, however their authors may resort to
argument to enforce their own particular
views. But this document sets out with a
deliberate falsehood. The Governor says
the proposition in Mr. Steven's bill is to re
duce North-Carolina to the condition of "a
Territory." The word Territory does not
occur in the bill. The bill simply provides
that the judicial "district formerly compri
sing the State of North-Carolina" shall be
re-organized ; that the present de facto gov
ernment shall continue until the new gov
eminent shall be established; and that the
new government, thus instituted by the loy
al people, by consent of Congress, shall then
trke the place of the present one, and the
State shall be restored to the Union. There
is no provision for a Territorfal Governor, or
for a Territorial Legislature, or for any of
the machinery of a Territorial government.
Gov. Worth was aware of this when he pen
ned his Inaugural, and he has, therefore,
penned, uttered and published what he
derous warfare against the nation which they
insisted on prosecuting to the last moment,
and who now arrogantly and . wickedly re
tain the reins of power oyer the ruin they
have wrought, and over their superiors and
betters, the Union men, when they know that
by so doing they are preventing the restora
tion of the Union and sowing the seeds of
renewed civil war. If they possessed one
spark of virtue, decency or self-respect, they
would instantly retire, and leave the work of
restoration in the hands of the loyal men. by
whom alone it can ever be accomplished.
By waiting until they are forced to relinquish
their hold, as they will be, they will lose
everything in the end, and at the same time
incur the reproaehes of every citizen whose
good opinion is worth having.
A Word to Congress. The people of
North-Carolina fear no investigation. We
are ready to abide the decisions of truth and
justice. We call upon the Congress to send
a Committee of its own members of both
Houses, to North-Carolina, with power to
send for persons and papers, to investigate
the false charges made by unworthy sons of
the State, at Washington and other places.
We want Mr. Holdea, Mr. Pool, Mr. Hams,
Mr. Jenkins, and others, put to the test, on the
Holy Jiivangelists, whereot they affirm of the
people of North-Carolina. Let us have the
Congress is well enough informed already,
without listening to the appeals of traitors
for investigations into the condition of things
We know " the people of North-Carolina
fear no investigation," but the traitors who
are controlling our affairs do.
The Sentinel and its co-traitors were ready
in May, 186o, to " abide the decisions of
truth and justice," but they are now more
defiant than they were in 1864 towards the
federal government. Those who took the
amnesty oath of the President and then broke
it, are a pretty set to propose to swear other
people on the Holy Evangelists.
We now tell the Congress that it is the
fixed impression of our Union people, white
and black, that if the national troops were
withdrawn and the State restored to the
Union under present auspices, the lives of
Union men would be at once placed in dead
ly peril. If they did not immediately be
come silent, and bow humbly to secession rule
they would be shot and hanged without mer
cy, l he massacres in Memphis and New
Orleans would be repeated in a thousand lo
calities in these insurgent States.
We implore the Congress of the United
States not to turn our Union people perma
nently over to secession rule. That body
has the power let it exercise it. If it hesi
tates now, or if it should only do half work
re-organizing these States, fA Union will
be lost in the maelstrom of the blootliest revolu
tion ecer recorded in the annals of mankind.
We beg the Congress not to misapprehend
or underrate the true condition of things in
the insurgent States.
stitution as is now, allowed for the election of knew to be false.
governor, and the puoiic treasurer to pay
12. Resolution in favor of D. Outlaw,
Senator from tenth sentorial district. Al
lows perdicm from the time he arrived at
Raleigh, and not from the time he qualified,
he having been prevented from qualifying
sooner by extreme illness.
13. Resolution in favor of the people of
14. Resolution authorizing the governor,
to extend the provisions of the act granting
amnesty and pardon.
15. Resolution in favor of the sheriff of
1C. Resolution for the benefit of the sher
iffs of Cumberland Northampton, Wayne,
Onslow. Moore and Caswell counties.
17. Resolution in regard to tax, and for
1. Resolution of thanks to His Excellen
cv the Governor and others.
Before another issue of our paper this
great Christian festival will have come and
gone once more. Need we remind any of
our renders that it is eminently a Christian
festival, and should be, therefore, celebrated
with peculiar Christian feelings, and with all
the proprieties of Christian observance t Our
people everywhere take some notice of it.
Like the Saturnalia of old Rome it recurs at
a season when the labors of the year are over,
and its fruits are gathered in, ami men find
leisure to give themselves up for a while to
cheerfulness and merry-making, even if they
find no room in their hearts for grateful re
collections. There is no doubt, something
of a religious sentiment that gives even-thing
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a peculiar coloring to the hilarities of this
season. Over those even who would reject
all purely religious thoughts as disturbing
the enjoyments that especially befit the occa
sion, there is yet brooding a spirit that is
akin to solemnity, and that will not allow
any to forget in their most furious mirth the
origin in Christian truths of their festivities.
So far at least has Christianity impressed it
self upon even the amusements of our peo
ple. Still it is true that by far the larger
number of persons among us regard this
season simply as one to be observed with u
That Christian men the most spiritually
minded we mean should thoroughly in
dulge the natural joy which the anniversary
of the Nativity must give rise to, and should
so come to sympathize in a good degree with
the popular feeling, and even fall in to some
extent with the popular expressions of that
feelings is in no way wonderful. A true ap
prehension of the great event which our
Christmas was designed to commemorate will
fill the heart with a warm affection towards
all men. and perforce shut out all churlishness I
and will make them ready to join in all the
innocent and accustomed exhibitions of the
gladness that prevails everywhere. There is
not much danger, perhaps, that good men
will go to an excess in this direction. But
may they not, while they give due rein to the
freedoms of the season, and for that reason
the more effectually help to give a more re
ligious character to its festive enjoyments ?
Is it not a good occasion to shew that the
most earnestly religious temper does not in
any way unfit men for a hearty share in all
proper modes of entertainment and amuse
ment ? And may not men be thus won back
to a welcome of those facts of Christianity
from which the peculiar joys of this season
spring? Let those who love to recall those
facts do so now more zealously than ever ;
let their minds be filled with the tender and
inspiring thoughts which those facts sug
gest; let their hearts be impregnated with
the high and pure sentiments and feeling
that accompany "Peace on earth, good will
will to men ;" and, while they shall certainly
render a true service, and such as befits the
day, the devout cheerfulness that animates
them will not be lost as an example also, and
may aid to teach that now most needful les
son, that true piety and true enjoyment eo
naturally hand in hand. Church Intelligencer
Ma." said a uniincf TTnr,if,,i . n. i
tast table, " if a man m n. r;t ; .. .
man n Mitiery."
j But there is danger of a Territorial condi
) tion. First, we had the President's plan.
Gov. Worth and his partizans gave the fin
j ishing blow to that. Next we had the How
; ard amendment. Gov. Worth and his parti
j zans rejected that with scorn and contempt.
; Now they are offered a just and generous
I plan of re-organization ; and if they should
j so resist or embarrass that as to prevent its
due execution, not only will Territorial gov
ernment follow, to continue for years, but the
lands of the leading partizans of Gov. Worth
will be confiscated and the proceeds appro-
j priated to the poor of the State and to educa
I tional purposes. Congress will do this, if
necessary, and there is no power here or at
Washington that can prevent it. It is idle
to appeal to Gov. Worth, for he is actuated
solelv by his attachment for office he can
! not bear the idea of dropping out of his
i place ; but we warn his deluded partizans of
! the fate that hangs over them. They will
remember that we have warned them here-
. tofore, and that, in every instance, our pre
; dictions have been verified.
Gov. Worth takes ground in his Inaugu
ral for a national Convention. He will not
get it. There is no necessity for a national
The Governor is all at once impressed with
the belief that the " great body of the North
ern people" are not as malevolent as they arc
supposed to be. He also speaks of his " af
fection for the American Union." These
sentiments are either feigned or meant only
for the hour. They may be the result of the
intensely loyal atmosphere of Washington,
breathed for a day or two by his Excellency,
but they will speedily disappear in the hot
house of secessiouism and treason in which
he finds himself on his return. It is im
possible for the Governor to be loyal, or to
love the American Union, and at the same
time serve the set to whom he owes his elec
tion and by whom he is constantly sur
rounded It will be seen that this functionary of an
hour, who remains in office solely by permis
ssion of the Congress, dares to characterize
the proceedings of that body looking to the
re-organization of this State, as "revolution
ary." If revolutionary, those of our citizens
who advised or who approve of them, are
traitors : and if so, whv are not these citizens
arrested and dealt with by hia Excellency ?
If these proceedings be revolutionary, it is
the duty of the Governor to resist them by
force of arms. That he would da,so if he
dared, or if he believed he would succeed, we
entertain no doubt.
The Governor reflects in this document on
the patriotism of Hon. John Pool and those
who aided him in preparing Mr. Steven's
bill. The difference between Mr. Pool and
Gov. Worth is this : Mr. Pool has never de
serted his Union friends and gone over to
traitors for office. Gov. Worth has. Mr.
Pool is willing to be excluded from office for
life, if thereby Ue can restore the Union.
Gov. Worth is not even willing to release his
present hold on office to restore the Uniou.
He prefers himself and his hungry partizans,
in everything and on all occasions, to the
good of his country.
The Governor speaks of " bad men in our
midst" who are sowing the seeds of aliena
tion between the North and South. This
expression applies with peculiar force to the
Governor and his partizans. They are the "bad
men." dripping with the blood of thatmur-
Tiie Case of Dr. Watsox, ok Virginia.
A month or two since Dr. Watson, of Vir
ginia, killed a negro man under the tollow
ing circumstances : Dr. Watson's family
were on their way to church, in a carriage
driven by a negro man. The family of one
of his neighbors were also on their way to
church, in a carriage driven by another ne
gro man, who forced his horses by thr car
riage of Dr. Watson.causing the horses of the
latter to run away, breaking the carriage and
placing the lives of those who were in it in
great peril. As soon as the facts came to
the knowledge of Dr. W. he went over to
his neighbor's house for the purpose of chas-
tising the negro man. The latter resisted,
and at last ran, when Dr. W. shot and killed
him. He was arrested by the civil anthor
ity, the case examined, and he was discharg
ed. He was then arrested by order of Gen.
Schofield, and a military- commission ap
pointed to try him, when, as we learn by a
recent dispatch in the papers, the military
commission was dissolved and Dr. Watson
was discharged by order of the President.
The following is the reply of Gen. Schofield
to the writ of habeas corjis, sued out for Dr.
Watson while he was in military custody :
Headquarters Department Potomac,
Bureau ok Rekugees, Fkeedmex,
and Abandoned Lands.
RicnMOND, VA.,Dec. 18, 1866.
To the Honorable Circuit Court of the City
of Richmond, in Session, Va. :
I have the honor to acknowledge the re
ceipt, through the hands of James Lyons.
Esq., of the writ of your honorable court,
dated at the Citv of Richmond this 18th of
Dec, I860, commanding me to have the
body of James L. Watson, now under my
custody, before the Judge of your honorable
court on to-day at 2 o'clock, P. M., together
with the cause of being taken and detained
To which I have the honor to respectfully
answer as follows, to-wit :
James L. Watson was arrested by my or
der on the day of December, instant,and
We aw requested to etatothat Judge K.
P. Buxton is incorrectly .represented by the
Washington Star as favoring the disruption
of the present State government of North-Carolina.
While on this subject we may as well state
that the Star no doubt informed itself from
various sources of leading Unionists of thi3
State, but it could have no authority from
any one for saying , that any citizen of the
State who was not in Washington was in fa
vor of Mr. Steven's bilL To put all doubts
at rest, we now state emphatically that the
bill referred to, and which proposes gradu
ally but inally to supersede the present State
organization set up under martial law, was
prepared by Hon. John Pool, James F. Tay
lor, Esq., and W. W. Holden, at the request
of Mr. Stevens, and was introduced in the
House by the latter on the 13th December.
These peisons ars solely responsible for the
measure, and they are prepared to stand or
fall by it.
Congress has adjourned till Thursday
January 3d, twelve o'clock. When it re-assembles
we may expect it to go to work in
earnest. It seems now to be more than pro
bable that the 4-)th Congress will assemble
on the 5th of March, and remain in session
until the Union is restored. We trust it
may do so. In a crisis like the present the
representatives of the people ought to be
constantly at their posts.
We copy the following from the last Golds
borongh Neici :
" We understand that the following dis
tinguished gentlemen will be present at the
Tournament to be held at Newbern on the
1st of January next.
His Excellency, Gov. Worth, Ex-Gov.'s
Bragg, Vance, Graham, Hon. M. E. Manly,
Mr. McAden, Col. Hardy, of Buncombe, and
Col. James W. Morris, of Goldsboro'.
We will give an account of the Wilson
Tournament to-morrow. M. C. Nixon of
this place won the championship. Miss M.
Dortch, of Wilson, was chosen Queen."
These tournaments are simply rebel train
ings. They are intended to keep up the war
spirit of the South, aud to furnish occasions
for leading disloyalists to discuss and mature
The infamous action of Wm. Holden and
his designing colleagues in endeavoriug to
overthrow civil government in North-Caro
lina that they may foist a petty dynasty on
their fellow citizens, so far from meeting
with the rebuke a republican legislative as
sembly should cast upon it, has been endors
ed by our lawgivers and is now held up as
an example for ambitious clemajrojnies
throughout our sister States. Neicbern Jtur.
Stephen D. Pool, the Editor of the New
bern Journal of Commerce, might as well pay
us the debt lie honestly owes us, before he
proceeds further to abuse us. The same re
mark will apply to the Editors of the Golds -borough
Wc want nothing to do with such traitors,
either politically or personally.
is now held for trial by military commission
under authority of the act of Congress of
July 16, 1864 ; which act directs and requires
the" President, though the commissioners and
officers of the Freed men's Bureau, to exercise
military jurisdiction over all cases and ques
tions concerning the free enjoyment of the
right to have full and equal benefit of all
laws and proceedings concerning personal
liberty, personal security, &c, by all citizens,
without respect to race or color or previous
condition of slavery, of the States whose
constitutional relations to the Government
of the United States have been discontinued
by the rebellion, and have not been restored.
The above-named act of Congress has been
officially published to the army by the Pres
ident, through the War Department, for the
information and government of all concerned.
As an officer ot the United States army,
commanding the military department which
includes the totate ot Virginia, and as assis
tant commissioner of the Freedmen's Bureau
for the same department, my duty requires
me to decline compliance with the writ ot
your honorable court ; and I do therefore re
spectfully decline to produce the body of
the said James L. Watson.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
vour obedient servant,
O . ill. kMlUJ-C LrjLiU,
Brevet Major-General United States Army
and Assistant commissioner.
The Legislature of North-Carolina ad
journed on Monday morning last, to meet
again on the 22d January, 1867. We are
unable to perceive that this body has been
of any benefit to the people of the State,
though it will cost them before jt is dissolv
ed some fifty thousand dollars of their hard
John Dawson, Esq., has been elected May
or of Wilmington by the following yofce :
lawon 436, J. L. Wooster 341.
William Garle Browne, Esq. We
learn from the following article from the
Home Journal that our distinguished towns
man, Mr. Browne, one of the most accom
plished painters in the country, is engaged
in painting, to order, a likeness of President
Johnson. Mr. Browne's paintings are indeed
likenesses. His selection to paint the likeness
of the President is a deservedly high com
pliment to his genius.
" Mr. William Garle Browne, of Raleigh,
North-Carolina, and son of William Browne,
artist, (whose death, in his eighty -third year,
we recorded last week, ) is engaged in pain
ting, to order, a portrait of President John
son. Mr. Browne has been on a visit to
New-York during the past few weeks, having
been called here by his father's illness. He
returns to his home, in Raleigh, in a few
days, where he bears a fine reputation as a
portait pa inter."
The Eye and Ear.
Dr. Gardner, the celebrated Oculist and
Aurist, is now at the Exchange Hotel, where
he can be consulted for deafness and all dis
eases of the eye. The Doctor has performed
several cures since he has visited Raleigh ;
therefore, those who require Medical or sur
gical aid for defective sight or hearing,
should avail themselves of the opportunity
now offered for obtaining relief by going and
consulting Dr. Gardner.
Legislature of North-Carolina.
. SENATE-' -
l, ' '-' - Saturday Morning, Dec. 22.
A message was received from the House
transmitting a bill allowing fees to Justices
of the Peace in the county of Mecklenburg.
The rules were suspended and the bill passed
its several readings.
On motion of Mr. Harris, of Franklin, the
rules were suspended and the following bills
were taken up and passed their several read
ings, viz : Bill to incorporate the Collins
Gold Mining Company. Bill to incorporate
the Thomas Gold Mining company, a bill to
incorporate the Sturgess Gold Mining corn-
pan v. all of which are in the county of
On motion of Mr. Leach the rules suspen
ded and the bill concerning appeals in crim
inal cases, was taken up, amended and pass
ed its third reading.
un motion ot Avery, the rules were sus
pended and the bill to amend the charter of
the town of Wilson was taken up, and pass
ed its third reading.
A message was received from the House
transmitting a bill for the relief of the Sher
iff of Granville county. On motion of Mr.
Cunningham, the rules were suspended and
the bill passed its several readings. Also a
bill to incorporate the town of Durham, in
the county ot Orange. On motion ot Mr.
Berry the rules were suspended and the bill
passed its third reading. On motion of Mr.
Mc'Lean, the rules were suspended, and the
bill to authorize the President and Directors
of Blunt's Creek Factory, in the town of Fay-
ettville, to borrow money to rebuild the
sanre, was taken up and passed its several
A message was received from the House in
forming the Senate of their readiness to re
ceivc tbem in order to carry into effect the
joint order relative to the inaguration of the
(Governor, whereupon the Speaker and Sen
ators retired to the Commons Hall. The oaths
of office having been administered, and the
Governor's address delivered, the Speaker of
tue senate announced the object ot the joint
order concluded, the Senators retired to their
chamber, and on motion of Mr. Wilson, the
Senate adjourned until Monday next, at 5
o'clock, A. M.
e v mi opira neviTlBg i t he 8ob
The Mobile Time intimates t,ml
"South will resist with force any chan J 6
its political status." The Charleston S,'n
calls upon the President to refuse to endti
laws that he believes to be uuconstitutionf
and vaguely hinte that aid could be obtaiW
if needed, in that fiery State. The Rich'
mond Enquirer asserts that " the Preside i
is bound by his oath to maintain the Stat
governments in their just rights, aud any at
tempt to abolish them by ConrpQ "
posed by the caucus, would nesitnto J
lision." The Petersburg (Ya. .T
if Congress should
disposition to relax its grasp after absolute
"""""'""i "--"ivnucii jji perpetual sp.
sion, the President will have no alternativ
left him but to disperse the two houses 1
the point of the bayonet." It is evident that
these irate fellows of the South xit ....! ?
be put through a severe course ne
struction. They are working for it Jn,,,..-
ously, aud will get it to their heart's content
AAA WVt, UUIV
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
Saturday, Dec. 22nd, 1866,
A bill allowing fees to magistrates of
Mecklenburg and to increase Constable's fees :
a bill in lavor ot W. A. Phllpott, Sheriff of
Granville ; a bill to amend the charter of
the N. C. joint stock publishing company
a bill to prohibit citizens of other States
from fishing in Currituck Sound ; a bill to
reaffirm the charter of the Shelby and Broad
River R. R. Co. : a bill to prevent the felling
ot timber in Pigeon river ; a bill to incor
porate the Franklin Lodge, A. 1. M., town
ot iJeaufort ; a bill to permit the people of
Currituck County to elect a commissioner of
W recks : a bill in favor of the Deaf and
Dumb and Blind Asylum ; a bill to incorpo
rate the town of Durham in Orange Countv :
a bill to incorporate the Hoover Hill Mining
Company : were put on their several read
ings and passed.
Mr. Davis a resolution to employ an assis
tant Engrossing Clerk.
Mr. Hodnett opposed it on the ground
that it was useless expenditure. '
JUr. Russ said that he had uuderstood that
one of the Clerks already elected had gross
ly neglected his duty, and were it not for
loss of time he would move a committee of
1 he resolution was rejected.
The hour of 12 having arrived, the Sena
tors made their appearance, and shortly af
ter his Excellency, Gov. Worth, and Judge
Fowle, who administered the oaths of office,
when the Governor delivered his inaugural
The House adjourned.
The Richmond Times publishes nn
of the burning ot the New Ironside
the caption. " Yankee iron-clad destrov.,1
by hre." The Times adds to the account the
following comment :
The Southern people will he ablo i.
this disaster the more philosophic-ally when
they reflect on the fact that the iron clad in
question was a very prominett actor in the
events of the war on the Southern coast.
The National Intelligencer, true to it :
stincts and its instructors, assails the North
Carolina patriots who are now pleading he
fore Congress for republican government in
that State. Of Mr. Pool it sav n l "
beaten for the Senate in North'CaroIina not
because of his Unionism, but because nf
acknowledged meanness in acquiescing in the
suucujcui uiaine ntm enierea tne Legislature
vj uie oiaie 10 emuarrass tne Confederate ..
eminent. 1 he dainty defender of PiVo,.
who boasted that he would kill n
nion soldier without mercy, and rpmin.u,i
General Peck that be would bI.i
of the defenders of the old flag for every
traitor executed, is right in denominatinnr
the rebel conspiracy as the "Confederal
government, and is of course true to its
teachings in slandering such men as Senator
Pool. How can a genuine devotinn t
Union ever be encouraged in the South when
the wretched organs of treason at the seat of
the national Capitol slander every good man
whenever he attempts to show hU ,WnH-
The only favorites of the Intelligencer and
its master are heroes like Pickett nmrrm
like Worth, and mahgnants like Ruflin .
Nothing saves the fearless friends of the
Union in the South from tha nrnvrintiVm
and calumny of the man who wa nut Jntr.
the Presidential chair bv the million that
saved the Republic from rebellion. They
are hunted down by his hounds as if thev
were so many criminals. Washington Chron
The Arkansas Legislature.
Memphis, Dec. 20. A ioint resolution
passed both Houses to annoint a committor
of fourteen includinsr the
three from the Senate, the sneaker And sit
from the House, and three citizens to lie ap
pointed by the Governor to proceed imme
diately to Washington for the purpose of
holding a conference with the Government
as to the political situation of the countrv.
and to report on the reassembling of the Le-
gislature on the 10th of January.
This is the name of a mineral earth resem
bling white clay, and is the chief ingredient
in the manufacture of porcelain, the china
wares, and "the delf" that was so greatly
prized by our grand mothers.
There is a fine deposit of Kaolin clay
twelve miles South-east of Raleigh, in Wake
County, on a plantation owned by the Rand
family. This substance is known in miner
alogy as Pctunse, and is a peculiar decompo
sition of Feldspar and quartz (or common
flint as it is improperly called) thoroughly
mixed together by natural causes and found
in different quarters of the world in greater
or less quantity. The largest and most val
uable deposit in the United-States is in
South-Carolina sixteen miles east of Augusta,
on the Savannah. At this plac; called Kao
lin P. O. a factory of the coarser kinds of
procelain has been carried on for the past
ten years, and we believe is still continued
The mode adopted here is the following :
A small quantity ot ground glass ana
pounded crystalized Feldspar foun.l in Con
necticut, is kneaded with the Kaolin clay in
water, and when settled, the water being
drawn off, the combined paste of a pale white
color, and the consistency of putty is then fash
ioned by the hands ot the workman, on turn
tables, into all the commonest sorts of ware;
as ewers and basins, plates and dishes, cups
and saucers, et cet. The articles are then
placed in the drying room, and when dry
are put into the kiln, where a certain degree
of heat is kept up, more or less, at different
stages of the baking. And thus is produced
the commoner varieties of the porcelain and
stone-ware of commerce.
The Kaolin of Wake County in quality is
superior to the above mentioned deposit, but
no examination has yet been made, to show
its quantity. If the beds of this substance
are as large as they are believed to be on but
slight examination, they would oe an ele
ment of material wealth to our people, and
should be turned to account There is im
mense capital at the Northseeking investment,
and if we can once more get a permanent
government, capital could without doubt
be easily ootamed, ana this vaiuauie ueii,
of Kaolin or Petunze be made available, not
only for the immediate neighborhood, but
for the whole country. And we hope that
capitalists who may have a surplus seeking a
paying investment, and one to,o, that will
improve the condition of our poor people.
will direct their attention to mis vaiuauie
Kaolin deposit of Wake County. Ihere
is also the necessary water power in the im
REJECTION OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMEND
MENT. The Senate Committee, in reporting a res
olution to reject the amendment, submitted
the following reasons ;
First : That the State of Arkansas does
not know that the amendment was adopted
by a Congress such as is provided for by the
Constitution, as nearly one-third the States
were not represented therein when the
amendment was passed.
Second : It never was submitted to the Pres
ident for his sanctiou. as should have been,
according to the very letter of the Constitu
tion under which Congress exists, and which
it has sought to amend.
Third : The enormous power sought to be
conferred by giving authority to Congress to
enforce the provisions of the amendment,
would take from the States all control over
local and domestic concerns, aud virtually
abolish the States.
Fourth : The second section seems to be
an effort to force negro suffrage on the
States, whether intended or not, and gives
Congress the power to bring this about,
whether the States consent or not
Fifth : The third section, as an act of dis
franchisement of the wisest and best citizens
of the State, must be rejected. The people,
having performed all the conditions ot the
surrender and general amnesty, are entitled
to restoration to the Union, as betore the
There is no reason to believe that the adop
tion of the amendment would secure resto
ration, and, if it would, they recommend a
quiet and dignified course of endurance, rath
er than to purchase it at the sacrifice of prin
ciple, dignity, and self-respect.
From the New York Herald we take tie
followin g : "Mr. William Browne, the old
est artist in New York, died suddenlv on
the 1st of December. He was born in the
town of Leicester, England, in the year 1784.
He evinced, at a very carlv a?e. a taste for
the profession which he afterward followed.
He was a fellow-student with AVilkie and
Turner, in the Royal Academy, under the
presidency of Benjamin West. A painting
of his, still extant, done at twelve years of
age, represents an interior in his birthplace
at Leicester. He came to America twentv-
five years ago, after a long art-life in Enz-
land. During cleAen years he held a com
mission as captain in "the British arniy. see
ing active service in the campaign which
culminated with Waterloo and the allied
occupation of Paris. Most of his works
since his residence in this country, were sen
to England as soon as finished, highly ap
preciated as they were here. His specialty
was landscape. In his later years he devel
oped a special talent for water-color. His
family retain many of his more recent efforts.
Nine children came with him to America,
five daughters and four sons, every one of
whom inherits artistic tastes from their fa
ther. Three daughters are now professional
artists in this city, and one son, William
Garle Browne, is a well known portrait-painter
in North-Carolina. The attending phy
sician of the late Mr. Browne found that he
kept intact his love of art,, painting almost
to the last hour of his life. Of commanding
stature and military bearing, but slightly
impaired by age, he will long be remember
ed by those who knew him as painter, gen
tleman, and friend. ', Mr, W. G. Browne is
well known to the Editor of Tfie Watchman
as a painter af great ability. -We have rare
ly seen a portrait by any master superior to
some which come from his brush.
What news is there from our Coal fields in
relation to the petroleum ? Will the Greens
boro Patriot informs us ? Standard.
The "North-Carolina Petroleum and Min
ing company are ai pieseni. aiumu uui
one well in nocningiiam jo. operatives
who have charge of the work and who have
had much experience in boring for oil in
Pennsylvania, are sanguine of much success.
It reaiures capital to develop oil as wen as
other interests in the State, and unfortu
nately those who have the means are not dis
posed to aid to a proper extent iu driving
forward enterprizes which would be profita
ble to themselves and incalculable benefit to
the State and country at large Greensboro'
A Mississippi Judge of the Supreme Court
has decided that his State never lost its or
ganization by the war, and that it was in
every respect a State de 'jure as we!l as de
facto, exercising its functions constitution
ally. The least ettect ot sucn a aecision
would be to vitiate Mr. Johnson's plan of re
construction. In other words, if a State be
such a State as Mississippi judge conceives,
reconstruction is an impertinence.
The late act of the North-Carolina Legis
lature, granting w pardon to all officers and
soldiers of the State of North-Carolina, or of
the late Confederate States armies, or of the
United States," for offences against the crim
inal laws of that State, harmonizes aptly
with the Mississippi decision. North-Carolina
forgives not only her own sins but those
of the United States, which shows that her re
construction, if precocious, is, in one sense,
perfect. She is sovereign enough to ab
solve herself. Could the President do more ?
and if he did, would it not be necessary to
pardon him. New York Tribune.
The Louisville Journal says it will be the
duty of the President to oppose the superse
dure of the Southern States governments by
territorial organization with the entire mili
tary and naval forces of the nation, and calls
upon the people to sustain him in using the
national forces for this purpose.
A Story for the Season. A very devout
and pious deacon, who sold cnal, told his
servant girl in earfy fall to hang a wet dish
cloth out ot the window, and the first morn
ing she found it frozen to report to him. A
snapping December morning the cloth was
found frozen ; the girl entered the breakfast
room and reported to the deacon, who m
just ready to enter into family devotions; he
immediately replied raising his ees sky want:
" Lord help the poor, I must raise on coal to
day. Let us pray. "
A Noble Wife. A bankrupt merchant
returning home one night said to his noble
wife; "My dear, I am ruined, everything we
have is in the hands of the sherifE. "
After a few moments of silence the wife
looked calmly into his face and said :
" Will the sheriff sell you ? Oh no ! Will
the sheriff sell me? Oh ! no ! Then do not
say we have lost everthing. All that is most
valuable remains to us manhood, woman
hood, childhood. We have lost but the re
suits of our skill and industry. We can make
another fortune if our hearts and hands are
left us. "
Notice to the North-c arolin a Bench.
To be sold, a thrashing machine in good
working order ; has birch, cane and strap
barrels ; warranted to whip a school of fifty "
boys in twenty minutes, distinguishing their
offences into literary, moral and impertiment.
Only parted with because the owner flogged
all his school away, and his sons are too big
" I cannot bear children," said Mrs. Prim,
disdainfully. Mrs. Partington looking over
her spectacles, mildly replied, " Perhaps it
you could, you would like them better."
Sam Slick tells ns that if he were asked
what death he preferred, as being most inde
pendant, be would answer freezing, because
he would then go off with a " stiff upper hp.
fins khtt.er and Bridget. The Irish
woman who, on the occasion of Butler's fare
well levee in New Orleans, presented ner i
by for his blessing. The hero bestowed his
blessing, as desireu, wnen tne poor wt""
turning to retire, her heart swelling
pride and gratitude fo his condescension.
cried out : " Well, Ginral, good bye I
bless ye, Ginral ! I'll say this for ye, ye mv
er stole anythingraw m "