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From the Laurens HeraL.
SKETCH FROM OUR HALLS OF
"Well too be sure! Naney is a weak ig.
norant 'oman, but the most truthfullest cre
tur I.ever saw."
COURT IN SESSION.
"Call Enoch Robbins, Mr. Sheriff."
Enoch Robbins was called, and slowly
repaired to the Court House, under a deep
sense of- the importance of his situation;
for he was the witness de facto for the
plaintif. not a witness, but the witniess.
He 'Was not recollected aifler the par
ties had commenced the Irini and called
on to prove some trivial poiint, but as lie
expressed himself, he was the only wit
ness who could'give irrcfragible testimo.
njy to all the pints connected with the case
"he was the only man what knowcd
len." 'Squire Robbins was therefore,
regularly wervcd with a snpena months!
befodrehand, "commanding to be and ap
pear before their hlonors, the Assrociate
Judgesof the Cou-of Conmon Pleas and
then und'there,to testify to the truth, ne.
cording tihis own knowledge, in a cer
tain cuse depending betiween Jacob But.
tomwnd wife, plaintilrs; and William
*CallEnoch libbins Esquire, at the
As the dying echoes from the neigh.
boring bills were faintly prolonging the'
name ofthis important personage, with
ineasured pace he entered the "Hall of
J ustice '?-The "don't answer" was again
sent up; for 'Squire Robbins said nothing.
Now any ordinary nan under the cir.,
cunstances would have notified the prop.
er officer of his presence, but Mr. Enoch
Rdbbins'Esq., was not of this character,
not hp-he wished to lean as far as possi.
jble from the'conmon herd. His position
in society-being a Magistrate of the Dis.
trict, and the big mal of the neighborhood
-absohtely 'emanded it, and lie endea.
voedto assume a peculiarity-, digni.
fled doht fare.ativeness-a sir gencris.
Ii Enoch Robbins in Court? Certainly
he was; bbt to answer immediately, and
thus niet the apprehensions of the Attor
ney, with regard to the absence of a ma
terial witness, was too much like ordinary
men for him to harbor for a moment any
such-iatcntion. But on the other hand,
too long a delay might deprive him of an
epportunity of showing off; so just as the
A ttorney wvas fidgetinig umnong his papers
with extraordinuary diligence, and endea
voring to decide betwecn a motion for con.
tinusape, and the probable appearance of
hig 'wltness Enoch Robbins presented
himadif before him, with "in Cburt" plain.
Ii marked uon his peculiar phiz.
"9 "A Mr. Itbbins is in Court; go round
and be sworn, sir.":
"May it plerche the Court-gentlemen
of'tklatfrygthis is an-action of trespass
broiight by. nuiband and wife, for an as.
sault and battery by the wife of the defen.
dent;,and-we: will prove it to be, (by E.
noch Robbrns Esq. our only witness, but
a manl highly. respectable, and of undoub.
ted veractty; and who fromnhis relatiot, to
the'paitesd is well acquainted with all tile
flet'.,). ne .ofthe most oiutrageons acts,
that has ever been investigated in a court
of justices an we demand from your
handsisuioh a verdict, as will effectually
deter him,' ani others from forgetting their
duties t6the gentler sex."
"AM you itciuazi,ted with the parties
to this sut Squire.
-'I is, I raised'erg as It war, that is
Nancy Bottom lived with me end any old
'oman, nigh on to three years, and a very
nice gal She was; I never knowed nothing
ag in her till Jake married her, and then
I never knowed nothing. Yes I might
say I raised 'em ats It war, and not swear
"You are acquainted .with the parties
'Sqdfre Rtobbinasaid nothing. 'He coin
sidered his answer sufficient lucid for all
practical purposes at least, and he conten.
ted himself wtth a'slight inclination of the
hiead,:and a thrust, with his digits at hit
breeches pockets, which howvever were
too well:Aflled with sundry comforts fo,
the Inner, and oUter man, to effect thei
complete concealment. - .
hleal knowoIthis airAir."o
N' Ire A6bbinlink'bi
-io6uNt 0 iii of pomplainti and w614 per.
'4" is dofpntericy to give a
full t fpieWpr then *bol matter; for
'Nadecy Bottoi heis'elf, told him hoiv
'Bill Roberts had beat hei",uolf hus.
band at the Coart Hot ianidi how Mise n.
tenided to give the uisthc6ibs villain a
piece of h~r mnd-thevery next time tle
laid eyes on him; and when she saw- him
riding by the gate, how 'he went out-and
bused him for all the nasty mean things
she could-think.of; and just for nothing at
all, how be slapped her in tho-mouth and
knocked two of her teeth out. Ofcourse,
'Squire lobblus, knew all this as well as
h-knew Nicy Bottom herself, but as
tis was an important question', fnd one
which was likely to have an important
bearing on the case, he imagined it the
)art of prudence at least to give it a due
degree of reflection, and- thereupon he
went through various complicikted iinncn
uvers-with lilk hands, and head, whicli he
conceived to bethe external evidences of
this process 'of the mind. Aftbrse
considerable timei&lpent in this di'obus
and interesting phenomenon, a'd afler
-frequent well "go on's" from the impati
ent advocate, 'Squire Robbins like Bul.
ams ass of old, was suddenly invested
with the power of speech.
"Well as I said afore, I knows the par.
ties, and will tell you 'all about it. Nancy
Bottom as she is now,'jived with me and
my old 'oman nigh on to three years, and
whilq she war thar, Bill and Jake war
both of'em sparkin her, but Jake came
the Capt. Tyler over his reponint, and,ono
night v-toed him clean out of the house;
which. tuck Nancy's eye, and she married
him. This made Bill wrathy, and he
swore he'd lick Jake the very next time
he cotched him at the Court House. So
sale-day in Jinuary, about twelve o'clock,
Bill commenced on him right down at the
"Never mind that 'Squire,-"
"Right down at the grocery, and they
fit and fit all over the hill, but Bill iade
him holler and sent him home to his wife,
with a face more like a mashed pumpkin
than a human cretur."
"Never mind that 'Squire, it is settled.
Tell us what defendant did to pluintiflfi
"Yes this is only the preliminaries like,
I was tellin' you, I know Bill and Jake
settled their fracas and drunk before they
left the hill, but Nancy did'nt, she's game
I tell you-she's the old, blqo. hen her.
'*Do answer the question put to you
"Well as I wassaying, 'Squire, Nancy
Bottom is the true pluck."
After several more attempts, on the
part of the attorney, 'Squire Robibins was
reined into the track, and hie related with
the utmost minuteness all he had heard
Mrs. Bottom say about the trespass; and
then, as if conscious of its importance
drew himself up to his full height to wit.
ness its effect.
"You were present 'Squire?"
"No I-was'nt; for I could'nt stood to
see him h'urt an 'oman so."
"You say you were not present?"
"Yes, us I said before I was'nt, but
Nancy told me all about it."
"Mi-s-t.r-e-s-s B-o-t.t-o-rn told you alL
about it, and is she the source of' your in.
formation? You may come down sir.
The Court may order a non-suit, I had
no expectation that Mrs. Bottom's evi
dence would be offered."
Mr. Enoch [Robbinus lookesI blaink, and
left the stand soliloquiisinlg, "Well! to be
sure!! Nioy is a weak ignorant 'oman,
but the most. truthfullest creter I ever
saw. T'hem folks don't knmow her, or
they'd believe her like preachmn'."
fli, THE IARIMONIZiNG 1NFLUENCES OF
Tom Tunwell is a genius-a capital
genius-for genius is his only capital.
H is is of that clauss called by finanuciers
"fleating," in contradistinction to funded,
and hence he is eniabled to get swimming
ly along. In aliment lie is an epicure,
preferrmng fluidis to solids, aiid though not
of the non-resistant or quaker creed, is
frequently moved by the spirit. He des.
pises a toadly, but-loves a toddy, and as a
kind of satisfaction for thme slings tvhich
outrageous fortune is ever moaking at him,
he is in the frequent habit of tossing oft
gin slings. Debts, lhe says, are the pe.
culiar. privileges of gent; ,men. Thec
only o'ne which lie ever means to pay- ii
the deht of nature, and before doing that,
he will claim as manny days' grace as 'ti,
possIble for him to obitain. He thinki
there must be something shamefully
wrong in the structure of society,- wvher
the letter of a member of Congress can g<
free from one end of the country to the
Entertaining these peculiar ideas, it ii
not a matter of wonder ii Tom sometimej
finds his way to the calaboose, or if some
obtrusive cicerone, in the shape of a watch
man, would involuntary conduct bin
there. Tomi waa noticed last night, sit
ting on the soft side of a phmik, oppositE
the new Municipal H-all,~indulging in oniE
of his peculiar h-uminations on. the eventi
of the day.-"They calls this the age o
Inwentions, said Tom, but why does no
some feller take out a patent for prowid
ing drinks on tiok: would not ho be a ben
the ealted s I
c-lecition-by the dul&
folks put tin i
4o pbjaIinuntj0 to
ry feiler 1as o ri d
dam'd sight -
ther, foriIf tse at 4ve
pies of politeness atw'*
as th' French h ng
airth equal ihe
me last rilght, who is a ndidate ibe
derman'in my ward. He brought awe
home with hiii he wan a little fred
corne4 some folks call it-t s true,
that was because he wanfed A.to show 4
constituents he WdB one of the peopl
Well he rapped at the Joo1: he held
by the arm; I don't welt see how hecoul
stand straight If. he hadn't. Whe'n
wife opened it, he said, 'Mr. Tunwel
said ihe, introducing me to that amil
lady-'Mr. Tunwell, one of my best
porters,' which at the time wps lite
true. 'Why, Charles, my dear,' said 21
'you seem tipsy.' 'No, I ain't-I aft
tipsy,' said he, 'but I'm freh fromIA6
people,' and, my eyes! didn't he treat torn
cold supper and to Scotch ale; and didift
I give for a toast the unbought suffrapn
of a free people, and didn't he say it Ws
glorious! capital! and-so it- was the onily
cupital which I was operating on at'
the time. Bnt I said something about gTy
ward, didn't 17 I'd like to know whpt
ward is not mige? I'd like to see any
one that would attempt to keep me from
wotin' wherever I d- please: I'd bring
any one that would before the court on a
hapus corpus, on the charg. of restrictin'
the right of franchise-on the charge
"Having no visible means of support,"
siid the watchman, who just happened to
come up, and heard Torm's discuryive
"Hello, Charley," says Tom, for he
woll knew his man, "these are 'lection.
times, and it ain't constitutional to su
press free opinion. A feller can give hs
reasons for vot in', can't he?
"Come, move on to the calaboose,"ssid
"0, 1 see," says Tom, "that's movin'
the previous question on me, and that cin't.
no hetter than gag law, no how you can
The watchman poked Tom ofr and,
Tomn kept arguing the constitution ques.
tion with him- till he entered the watch
house.--N. 0. Delta.
Very laportant fr-es Re l.
THE NEW-ORLEANS ARRIVED.
Proceedings of the Court of Enquiry.
Renewal of the Dipciulties between Gen.
eral Scott and General Worth. Gen.
eral Scott soon to Leave for Home.
Arrival-of General 7eiggs. 4-c. 4-c. 4-c.
Twentyfour hours in advance of the
[From the N. 0. Picayune Extra, 29th.]
ONE O'cLocK, P. m.-By the arrival of
the steamship New-Orleans, Capt. Auld,
we anre in possession of dates from the city
of Mexico to the 21st, and from Vera
Cruz to the 25th ult.
The news is very interesting, although
a portion of it will be read with regret.
We allude to the renewal of difficulties
between Geinerals Worth end Scott, spok
en of in a letter from our Vera Cruz cor
IHe states that Mr. Trist is to be retain.
ed in Mexico as a witnens, and that Gen.
Scott wvill leave Mexico for the United
States as soon as the court of Inquiry ad.
We have also the proceedings of the
court of Inquiry down to the 16th inst.
inclusive, which will be read with inter
Ged. Twiggs and a number of other
officers of the army came over in the New
The Free American of the 25th, an..
nounces the arrival of the steamer Vir
ginia,on the 24th, from this port via Tam.
Col. Henry Wilson has succeeded Gen
eral Twiggs as Governor of Vera Cruz.
Capt. McAlpin's company of volun.
teens and a number of recruits arrived at
Vera Cruz on the 24th.Intesrtso
Vera Cruz, on the 28d, between an Itall.
an and a Spaniard, in which one of them
was dangerously stabbed with a knife.
WVe learn from a correspondent at Tim
catalpam of the loss of the prize steamer
Petrita near Alvarado on the 15th inst.
TIho particulars will be found in a letter
The mail from Mexico arrived at Vera
Cruz on the morning of the 21st. Our
usual correspondence from the city of
Mexico has not, as yet, come to hand. We
append, however, a letter from Vera Cruig,
and one from Mexico-the latter contain
Sing the proceedings of the Court of In.
quiry: . .f
VERA CRUp, Mar, 26.--.. had no Idea
that the Orleans woan1Mai befre. evein.
ktd e Us
Th iuawblarkop i-r - * i
IeroFee isorwho a ~ 0i.
ieu;edyagey has Shb&1iWisiene
ormuted to twenty -years iknprisopnept
I have learnedo febefouthd ,
tno moe supplies than . absolt: y
the immediate use of
Wast to the IAterIor, In view
ht. withdrawal of our troope.:
11 fnid..were the order. re.I
) bthis -oi ga mail frot Mei.
CITY OF A ~ 4 in
runs: The-couirtoff indh short
Oret Mssion A th Paw a iMdayI
at, I Int., but your rep r was, un.
bleto amanything wh tnspired,
tuther tlan that the meeting was called
for the purpose of arranging some prelimi.
iary busideas, and that an order was ad.
:pted reqiring reporters for 'the public
press to urnis their names and evidem
es of responsibility to the Cdurt; after
which a motion for adjournment, to meet
again this morning, for general business,
In accordance with adjournment, the'
aourt re-assembled this morning-all the
members 'being present. After sitting a
thort time in private session the court.
ropm'was thrown open and Gen. Sootten.
lered, accompanied by Col. Hitchcock,
Inspector Gen.; Capt. H. L. Scott, A. A.
G.; Lieut. T. Williams. A. D. C., and
ather officersof General Scott's stafi.
All preliminary business having been.
arranged, the court announced sself
ready to proceed in its deliberations,
Gen. Scott roe andsaid that, at the
proper ti'e, he wouliask of the court
what persons were to'be before the court
as accused parties, and what- subjects it
Iesigned to Investigate.
he Judg Advocate was desired by the
President to read the orders for the as.
sembling of the court,,the first of which
was as follows:
Win DaPARTmENT, Adj. Gen's Office,
Washington, January 18, 1848.
@snrst'0nterKto. e-Tae d- o
ing oier, received ftrm the Seeretary of
War, is published fbr the information and
guidance of the offioe'. Oncerned:
Wia1iaaaTaa IJan. 13,'*48
By' direction of thePisident o? the Uni.
ted States,:a Court of Iiquiry, io. consisi
of Brev. Brig. Gen. Towson, Paymaster
General; Brig. Gen. Caleb Cushing, and
Col. -E. G. W. 1Butler, 3d Dragoons,
members, will assemble in Mexico to in
quire and examine into the phars and
allegations preferred by Majof General
Winfield Soott against Maj. Gen. Gideon
J. Pillow and Brev. Lieut. Col. James
Duncan, Captain of the 2d Regiment of
Artillery, and the charges or matters of
complaint presented by way of appeal by
Brev. Maj. Gen. W. J. Worth, Col. of the
8th Regiment of Infantry, against Maj.
Gen. Winfield Scott; and also into any
matters connected with the same, as wel
as such other transactions as may be sub.
mitted to the consideration of the -court;
and after investigating the same, the.court
will report the atte in each case, togeth.
er with the opinion thereon, for the infor.
mation of the President.
Thje court will convere on the 18th
day of February next, or as soon there.
aller as practicable, in the cstle of Pefote,
in Mexico, where It will continue to hold
its sittings, unless the exigencies of the
public service may require the place to
be charged, in which case thecoourt lsuau.
thorized to adjourn from place to place,
as circumstances may render necessary,
in order that no embarrassment to the ser
vice may be occasioned by its sessIons.
Should any of the member. nap~ed in
the order be prevented from attending, the
court will proceed to, and continue the
business beo- ',providsd the number of
members preaent be within the limItation
prescribed by law.. .
1st. Lieut. Richard P. Harnmond,83d
A rtillery, Is appointed td act asiJudge Ad.
vocate and Recorder of the-court.
In case the Judge Advocate and Re.
corder should be prevented from attend
ing, or unable to dischag the duties, the
court is authorized to appoint some other
p roper person, or devolve the duties of
Recorder upon the junior member.
Wsg. L. MAR, Seo'ry of War.
By orden k. JoNas, Adjutant General.
The Judge Advocate remarked, when
he had concluded the reading of the above
order, that there had been another order
issued from the Department, four daya
subsequently, but that it difiered from the
one just read, only In the subsrdtution el
Col. Belknap as a member insteadf Col,
Butler, anno himself as Judge Advocate is
lieu of Lieut. Hammond.
Maj. Genm. Scott .then addressed the
court, stating that it was his desire at the
commencement of the proceedings that
all the interested parties should .pres.
ent in the court, though he'did aem
this at all indispensale;s he wouldb per
fectly satisfied with any order o rul lthai
might be adopted by the court a at tar
tienlsr 1Ihe as some remarkalag a 10
heN t u0
Thrde burt..; "
of half in eir y
ed,. l ie 161 d alnW- -
.4That the onduct opblaj Ga P11llow
the o dee, p'ist ehtr
coud b inei i a '1
conut is invol pa the -
tnn h rotwsa no .p~e
ohlahouv~tiidu b u g'
merits of t 6omralat ofBreret
Gehat th odc aj. Gen elow
and ov th C h t6ild e
uonducr as Tknedifto the ' h't-6s"tourA.
The out ateo- i Mfbrjed MJjor G .
Boowl ' dtartlil l epanto~ich te
merits of tn14 be resent in .o- r
to-mo t , ornng, ate be: re ho
04 Scott lei. ros 'ad said: V-That
the court, might welloonceive how
how dee ly, he had been founded t
inform iinjust comminicated. Far di - -
tait from hitry. is hne '66 lf
fkmily, he found'himself- but
atcla a pital 'of the
~ 1c; struck down by the preme
niitary power foms a high comm 'and
command of some considerable elevatip
of some.considerable glory--the highest,
perhaps, in view of the numbers, the val
or and progress of the army, held by, an
American soldier since the days of Wish
'neton. Nor was thiis all. He foub'd
himself placed as the chief jvinenl be.,
fore the oQurt, and was Informed that one
of the parties against whom a :specifi
charge had been preferred by hin, ha,
been acquitted and rewarded frie
by the highest costitutional miiary u
thoriy o our country. The accused had
now become the accuser, the ju e
criminal. Deeply wo6ed
continued the general,I -pause, 'but
for ldeas-: ~ crowd mp
want of Ion y IbeI" ~ eP
.are not.' bow e thede -
klident inie st"edthat
rema~ *pt4ofrlngn O&V itb
ofe' e et
-We find ln, M tor Ri $
licano, of the 17th, one d s l pt
ceeedings; which we t I 'he
of importance:- u
CoUaR o IN0 s AT.-Yeit 0
morning, at ten o'clock, thememrnbers
the Court Martial isin asaemhledo bein
present Gen. Scottiwith his Staff, Gen.
erals Worth and Pillo, C4.. Duncan,
and many other officers of the arny. The
ju es, afterhaving been-ostitiuted a
colng to regulatin exprMssed their
readiness to investigate thchairges o
General Wort against Gen.Scott. The
latter rose, and stated thamhe was tre
to listen to what had been alledged ganst
him. He then produced a letts a~w h,
by permission of the Court, h7ieadhav-.
ing reference to the arrest of Lt. Cot.
Duncan, stating that he did not consider
the court a tribunal to examine and do.
old. uponr any or all'the char that1had.
been brought against him. At this paint'
he was Interruped by the ju' advocate,
who read the fllowing 14 tr
HEADQUiaXT3Xsor Tma Flsa Prvtstore,
Taoubaa MexIco,) March 14, 18.
Slr-. thenatter ofmy apealagis
Gen. Scott, the commanderl.chiefofthe
army, the JPresident has rendered me full
and ample justice. For the welfare and.
harmony of the service, I wish, therefow
to withdrw the accusations made in nay
a al netMajor Gen. Scott.
I ve honor to be your most ob't mar. .
vant, W .War
To Gen. N. Towson, Pres. Court Inve..
A fter this letter had been perused b
all, the doors of the court wereclsd
When the court re.opeedthe Judge Ad.
vocate announced tha he had determined
to suspend proceeding for the moment,
and that ifhe pattes ad no obec.o he
would fix motions, rules, &c. Un. Sott
opposed this decision, on account of the
trouble which the taking down in writg
of the interlocutory questions that ih
be started in the sequel of thelnel~
tion would occasion, when the tor
posed that the case should he
and that it should prooeed to
Pillow. Gen.8Scott then
the court should tikedo
obser'vatlons, that't~ ~~
the record, as wella
the Court renmaed.H thud
of the court in ~ 'in sy timt
moed with roLieut.Ol
unca,-fo wh as epared, ft.
ter some remarks made by the Court,
- t epeated thiat his la~s
tomatter was toy rt