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. , A a. F. WUBRAYt Editors.
- - JAN. 10.
Mail Facilities to Lonisiana.
It if known to our citizens that Louisiana
labors under great disadvantage, from a
want of mail facilities, especially in the
-winter season. Having to depend up.n the
St. Louis mail via St. diaries, which is
generally near a week in reaching us, and
very irregular, for Eastern news, or tip
on the Jacksonville route acrojs Illinois,
which is generally, in the winter, three or
four days earlier. The latter is a tri-weekly
line already to this place; and is a direct
route across Illinois and Missouri, from
Springfield through Jacksonville, Pittsfield,
&ouuiana, Bowling Green, Middlctown and
DaarUle, to Jf fferscs CJ.j. 9UT c!U:?i
will readily see the advantages they would
reap if this tri-weekly line was extended
on to Jefferson City. It would be nearly a
direct Eastern route from Jefferson City,
over which a heavy mail would necessarily
turn, accommodating more towns chiefly
county seats than any other route of the
same length across the Upper .Mississippi,
it is extended already more man nan tne
.". We make these remarks, hoping our citi
zens who know our need of such improve
ment, will take hold of the matter and push
it, as its necessity and importance demands.
Put the ball once in motion, and our neigh
bouring towns on the line, seeing its ad
vantages, will at once, roll it on to a
speedy success. But shall we tell the citi
zens upon this line, that while they arc con
tented to wait for some unforeseen event, to
improve their present miserable mail facili
ties, that our neighbors up the river are
endeavoring to strip the almost only con
venince we have from us.' An effort is be
ing made, in Hannibal, to have the present
tri-weekly line, from Jacksonville to this
place, changed to their magnificent city as
They don't propose to rob Louisiana and
Pittsfield entirely, but in ther charity are
willing to give them a weekly horse mail
from Jacksonville or some intermediate
point; leaving out of the question the re
mainder of the route over which the tri
weekly mail ought to be extended. Their
next effort, if they could succeed, would
be, of course, to extend it westward, mak
ing almost an acute angle at Hannibal, and
lengthening the Una to a considerable ex
tent; all, to accommodate the city of Han
tubal, at the expense of her neighbors.
Arc the good people upon this line prepar
ed to sacrifice their rights to all conven
fence, for the accommodation of Hannibal,
that has already nearly double the advanta
ges of any town upon this line? if so, let
them fold their arms, or petition witli Han
oibal for all their mails to be carried their:
if not, let them see to their interests at
once, before they are left entirely destitute
of intercourse with their neighbois.
INTERESTING NEWS FROM
Arrival of the steamer Maria' Burl.
From the N. O. Picayune of the 18th inst.
The U.S. steamer Maria Burt arrived
las, evening from Vera Cruz, whence she
sailed- on the 5th inst. The news commu
nicated by Captain Tucker, of the Virgin
ia, and by our own correspondent in re
gard to this vessel, would appear to be au
thentic. By the Maria Burt we have receded let
ters and papers from the city of Mexico to
the 27th of November. The most intereit
icig matter referred to in them is, by far,
the arrests of Worth, Pillow and Duncan.
We have, therefore, thrown together as
speedily as we could, at the late hour our
letters came to hand, all the published doc
uments relating to those arrests. There is
much newspaper discussions upon them,
for which we have no room to-day.
It anpers that Gpij. Twiggs ws to have
come down Willi tne tram irom .uexico,
leaving on the 2d or 3d inst., but in conse-
auence oi tuc arrest oi vjch. urwi, hv
was detained. .
The occupation of Mazatlan and Guay
mas by our naval fortes is mentioned else
where. From Lower California the dates
are to the 3d of October. The Mexicans
claim an advantage over a party of Ameri
cans which landed at Mulege, fought all
day, and finally embarked again. lheMex
cans claim a victory. We do not well un
derstand the affair, but have no idea of
their winning victories from our sailors.
Uur correspondent alludes to a protest
by the English government against forced
loans from English residents in Mexico.
The North American of the 26th ultimo, has
the following article on the subject:
"By the arrival of the Queretaro yester
day, a communication was received from
the English Secretary of Legation, Mr.
ihornton covering a protest from Lord Pal-
nerston, Biitish Minister of Foreigh Af
fairs, against the forcible levying of taxes
upon English residents in Mexico to sun-
fiort the war with the United States. These
evies were made some six months since
and the English residents petitioned against
it. The English Minister responds in lan
guage that will not be mistaken by the Mex
Ihe officers of his division have given
oren. Twiggs a splendid dinner. More of
The editor of the Picayune here publish
es a number of communications from his
Mexican correspondent, too numerous and
lengthy for our columns. The chief iloins
are, however condensed in the above re
marks. The difficulty in the army we
mean the arrest of Worth, Pillow and Dun
can, will command the attention of all who
23" The last number of the Mo. Demo
erat published at Fayette, Howard Co., con
tains an address to the Democracy of the
State, published over the signature of the
members of the committee that drafted the
resolutions for their recent county meeting;
which we would publish this week but for
want of space. In their address, they hurl
back the slander upon its purpetrators, that
had gone abroad, that the Democracy of
old Howard had repudiated the National
and State administrations, together with
the Hon. C. F- Jackson of thir county
These reports , were circulated in the ab
fence of a long string of resolutions ap
plauding the administrations and our lead
ing men. As one of our cotemporaries
says, with the same reasoning, they repudi
ated tha sun and moon by not passing reso
lution applauding them for the light they
The order of the Sons of Temperance,
has been established in the city of Mexico
by some members of the Rifle Regiment.
It is called the "Walter Chiles" division,
The improveable part of Mexico, is fast
jETbe Telegraphic Despatches from
feel an interest in the affairs of the army.
All of the causes that led to their arrest,
are not sufficiently known to us, to justify
any decided opinion, as to the actions of
the parties concerned. i
The Picayune and St. Louis papers say
but little upon the subject, the former how
ever, seems to ascribe to Scott no little
temper, even 4ascerbity of temper, and we
think rather a hasty proceedurc in the mat
There appears to have been certain let
ters, known as the "Tampico" and -'Leoni
das" letters, addressed to persons in the U.
S. from the army, which found their way
into the press, and come through- that me
dium to the eyes of the commander in chief.
Scott looked upon these letters as viola
tions of of certain regulation issued from
the War Department to govern the army
with regard to despatches, or communica
tions. He accordingly approved of a court
of inquiry, to which Gen, Pillow took ac
ceptions and addressed a paper relative to
tne matter, to the war department, which
was deemed a contempt by Gen. Scott, and
for the so judged contempt, he was ar
rested. The particulars for which Worth
is arrested, are not given.
Col. Duncan's offence is his connexion"
with the "Tampico letter" which the Worth
American says, was compiled from two let-
1 MA AW
iers written Dy oracers of the army to a
friend m Pittsburg, for his eye alone. Af-
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'u"ig extracts irom Hie acneral
regulations oi the army, which Scott sup.
poses to have been Violated. The follow
ing orders he had published, reflecting on
GENERAL ORDERS-No. 349
Headquarters of the Armv.
Mexico. Nov. 12. 1847.
The attention of certain officers of this
army is recalled to the foregoing regula
tion, which the general-in-chief is rpenli-oil
to enforce so lar as it may be in his power.
um two ecuoes irom Dome of the
the intelligent can be at no loss in conjec
turing the authors chiefs, partisans, and
petfamilies. To the honor of the service,
the disease pruriency of fame, not earned
cannot have seized uton half a dozen of
ficers (present,) all of whom, it is believed,
belong to the same two coteries.
False credit may, no doubt, be obtained
at home, by such despicable self puffings
ai.d malignant exclusion of others; but at
the expense of the just esteem and consid
eration of all honorable officers who love
their country, their profession and the truth
of history. The indignation of the great
number of the latter class cannot fail, iu
the end, to bring down the conceited and
the enuious to their proper level.
By command of Maj. Gen. Scott.
II. L. SCOTT, A. A. A. G.
After the publication of the above order,
Col. Duncan promptly came out in the fol
Mexico, Nov. 13, 1847.
To the Editors of the North American:
Sir I herewith present acopy of the " Tam-
pico letter," characterizedas "scandalous,"
"despicable," "malignant," &c., in gener
al orders No- 349, published in the Ameri
can Star of of this morning.
To the end that the true character of this
letter may be known, I desire that you re
publish it in your paper; and that none ot
my brother officers may innocently suffer
for a publication so obnoxious. I hereby
acknowledge myself to be its author. The
substance of it I communicated from Tarn
picosoon after the battles, in a private let
ter to a friend in Pittsburg.
i he statements in tne letter are known
by very many officers of this army to be
true, and I can but think that the publica
tion of truth is less likely to do violeuce to
individuals or the service than the suppres
sion or perversion of it.
Justice to Gen. Worth (who is evidently
one of the "heroes" pointed out in order
No. 349) requires me to state that he knew
nothing whatever of inV purpose to write
the letter in question, nor that it had been
written till well on its way to its destination;
he never saw, nor did he know, directly or
indirectly, even the purport of one line,
word or sylable of it, till he saw it in print,
and he is equally ignorant of my design to
make this declaration, which I do, as I
wrote the letter, unprompted, and on my
V ery respectfully, your ob't. serv't,
Brevet Lieut. Col., U. S. A
After the publication of this letter, Col-
Duncan was arrested, it not having been
known before that he was concerned witli
tha "Tampico letter."
W. Banks: Thomas G. Polk; Cadet McKib
bin, U. S. A.; N. R. Simpson, 2d Lieut. La
Vols-; A. De Mott; John H. Cassin; John
Aitchell, A. H. Dennis; Wr Pi Buckner.
U. S. N.; J. N. V. Gardiner, Lieut. Drag
oons; J. W. R. Ogier, 1st Lieut. La. Vols.;
J. A. White, 1st Lieut. l&th Int.; J. B.Pry
or, Sutler, 14th Infantry; J. H. Walker,
All on board concur in the belief, that
had not the horses been thrown overboard
when they were, the ship would inevitably
have gone down. Had it been delayed fif
teen minutes, the probability is, that Jt
would have been too late.
AFFAIRS IN NEW MEXICO.
The St. Louis papers contain information
received in that city by a private letter:
from a well informed gentleman at Santa
Fe, on the 15th ult. By it they learn that
all the officers of Capt. Geiss' company,
down to the 3d Corporal, have been arrest
ed. The condition of other companies off UI'UM the announcement of the death of Mr.
Regiment of Mo. Volunteers issaidMcwart' lne "T durned.
STILL LATER FROM THE CITY
Since preparing the above, later intelli
gence has reached us, we make the follow
ing extracts from the New Orleans Picayune
of Dec. 23d.
Washington on the in inst., mention a re-lbnlliant operations of our arms in thii hi
port that Gen. Scott has been recalled. s,n nave reached us; the first in a New Or-
: ' leans, and the second through a Tammm
I newspaper. 1
: It requires not a little, charity U. believe
ni.-siab!&h'ed-fc- n. ixir. r.i.t:;"" "'K"?" e scandalous
j -' v leuers aiiuaeu to did
'The telegraphic' connection between
New Orleans and -Mobile; it is expected,
...K 'M .t
specially procure them to be written, and
The British W. I. mail steamer Teviut,
Lieut. P. Hast, K. IN., commander, arrived
at Ship Island harbor at four o'clock of the
afternoon of the 20th inst., in four davs
from Vera Cruz. By the arrival we have
dates Irom the city of Mexico of the 14tl
f il .1 riM i . t " -
oi tins inoniu. i ne uetauts ot the news
will be found not without interest
Uen. Patterson had reached the citv of
Mexico, having lift a garrison at Rio Frio,
wnere a permanent depot is to be made.
A train lett the city of Mexico on the 9th
lor Vera Cruz, under command of Gen.
Twiggs. Gen. Price is coming down with
Gen. Scott is said to have issued an or
der making a new assignment of brigades
to liens. Smith acd Cadwallader and Col.
The Mexican Congress had a quorum on
Monday, the 6th December, which is the
latest date we have yet come across from
Queretaro. The Star says manv denutips
were still absent, and six or eight others
were expected to leave during the week
notwithstanding the critical state of nffalr.
u which the Monitor thinks the new Con
gress will do no better than the present.
fuming ui me least interest was dono on
Monday. The Government was occupied
uc icgmaiiun oi tuc army, a decree
was about to be issued on the subject, con
templating the number of the standing ar
my at twenty thousand men.
it will be seen by our correspondent's
latter, that there was some desimi pntpr.
tamed of sending a Mexican commi.innpr
to meet at Havana and arrange the terms
a treaty oi peace. We are not vt .
pared to say how authentic is this report.
J he steamer Portland. Cant. S.,mn
"V" " . .i . - . . I J
-....,u ui f cia wuz on tne iota inst.. af-
"'"f""8 passage, during which one
hundred horses were thrown overborad
The following officers were passengers:
James Bankhead, Colnel 2d Artillery; D.
Randall, deputy Paymaster General; H
Ringgold, Paymaster, U. S. A.; J. J. Clen
uciiin. Assistant Oaurtermaato. n s .
the 3d Regi
to be but little better. Indeed dissension
and disrespect seemed to prevail through
out the regiment, especially amongst the
officers. Major Reynolds is mentioned as
We regrel to hear such news from the
Missouri volunteers, and hope the account
may prove to be highly colored; news from
that quarter of a similar character, hereto
fore, has most assuredly been exageratcd.
He speaks well of the order of Col. Eas
ton's battalion, and also of Col. Newby's
regiment, about which we have heard so
much complaint It was reported that the
Governor of Chihuahua was fortifying the
city and making other preparations to pre
vent the reocrupation of that territory by
Telegraphed for the Republican.
Terrible Steamboat Accident.
ClNCINATI, DeC 31, 9 P. M.
The steamer.. A Juhnson. bound from
Cincinnati to Wheeling, with upwards of
li 0 passengers aboard, burst her boiler a-
bout 2 o'clock on Wednesday morning,
when about ten miles above Maysville.
One boiler was thrown to the distance of
200 yards from the boat, and the other up
wards of 300. The wreck then took fire.
and burned to the water's edge. It is sup-
posed mat about eighty lives were lost, and
Telegraphed for the Union,"7' '
THIRTIETH CO!rGRE8Srint Sessto
frafhington, 'December 29.
Striate. A report from the Secretary ef
the Navy in relation to expenditures of ap
propriations of the Contingent Fund, and
a report from the Secretary of the Treasu
ry in relation to the public lands, was re-
A bill for the improvement of the Sadit
Ste. Marie was reported. -
Mr. Cass, from the Committee on Mali-'
tary Affairs, reported a bill making appfo-.
priations for the subsistence of the army.
Mr. Ashley reported a bill providing for
a general preemption law. applicable to the
Mr. Wes'cott reported a bill to increase
the number of clerks in the Pattent Office.
The death of Mr. Stewart, of Michigan,
was announced, and thereupon the Senate
House. But little business, and that not
important, was transacted in this body, and
Washington December 31.
Senate. The following nominations were
communicated by the President to the Sen
ate, for their approval, viz: ex-Speaker Da
vis, of Indiana, to be Ministei to China, tic
Mr. Everett, deceased, John Rowac, of
Kentucky, to be Charged' Affairs to Naples
vice Col. Polk, resigned; Dr. Niles, of Bal
timore, formerly Secretary of Legation to
Paris, to be Charged7 Affairs to Sardinia,
vice li. Wicklitte, resigned. .
A message in writing, was received from
the President, by the hands of his private
Secretary. The contents of the message
arc not given.
A number of memorials and petitions were
presented and referred.
The Senate resumed tuc orders of the
day, being the bill for the purchases of the
Madison papeis. 1 lie bill was read a third
time and passed. Yeas 22 nayes 13.
A resolution calling upon the Secretary
of War to report the number of troops now
in the service of the United States army,
the number dead, discharged, &C-, &r.,
came up for consideration, and was agreed
After a few words explanatory by Gen.
Cass, it was moved to take np the bill fir
raising additional tfGops. An interesting
debate, of considerable length ensued, in
which Messrs, Calhoun, Berrien, Hale tnd
Mangum, opposed the passage' of the bill.
Messrs. Cass and Allen defended it. When
the debate was ended, the yeas and nays
were ordered, and stood as follows: yeas 19,'
nays it). I lie ice President gave the cas-
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mer! are some wuny or iariy more wno are .: .., : m j i:n .
ani!(loi nP S Lar-tt'lOA Snwniirlii intiias.l .
i B Vbta low PVIIVUDIl B II II I C U.
made the order of the day for Monday,iis
The Senate then went into Exernlive
session, and after some time spent therein,
! n ...... .1 1 .1.. fc ,
is of rcmpennee, and the citizens gen-! journcd.
lly. All of the baggage and clothing of,J w , , lttnm,talirt,.-A .. m..
ny petitions presented was one fmm
1 be Maysville packet Daniel fioune went
to her assistance, and removed the surviv
ors to Maysville, where every attention was
shown them, by the Odd Fellows, Masons,
the passengers were lost.
ihe second engineer, with Ins dving
breath, declared that there was plenty of
water in the boilers. It is thought that
they were defective, having been maJe of:
The boat was insured for 12,000 dollars,
There were on board twenty-three horses,
all o winch were lost.
A. Fairchild,the first clerk, dead: Jacob
Johnson, second clerk, missing: JohnLile.
second engineer, dead; James Belville, car
penter, missing; A. C. Gillespie, of Newj
Orleans, dead; P. Long, of Wheeling, dead;)
anoenberg, ot the Pennsylvania vol
unteers, missing; N. L. Dorsey, of Wheel
ing, badly scalded. It is asserted that there
citizens of Philadelphia against slavery.
Liaid un the table.
Mr. Goggin presented a bill compelling
the Post-master General to restore the
Southern Mail, from Caltimore to Richmond
&c, to the old, or railroad route. This
gave rise to a long and warm debate, which
continued until a late hour, when the House
adjourned over until Mondaj lo-day,)
without any action on the bill.
x:w xork, uec. 3lst.br. m.
The James Bank, Jamesville, N. Y., bis
failed. The excitement in New York, cre
ated by this and previous failures, was so
were no passengers from Illinois or AIissou-'Kreat that a large amount of notes of the
n lost. A Mr. Beard, of St. Louis, who
was on board, is reported as saved. The
boat was built at Wheeling, and was entire
ly new, this being her first trip.
Fracas at Jefferson Citv. A hostile
banks of Western New York could nat be
sold at any price. Small amounts were
purchased by brokers at from 5 to 10 per
New York, Dec 31st, 9 p. r.
The Commercial Bank of Friendship,
encounter took place at Jefferson City on! Security fiauk of Huntsville, Merchants'
last Tuesday, between Gen. T. L. Prion! Bank of Canadigua, and the Frankiin Bank
and Hickman, the editor of the Mctronall rnch Creek, are reported broke. All
tan. The difficulty arose out of some nnK. the New York country banks are in bad re
lications in the M., which severely rcflec-
icu un race, i ncy were separated before
any injury was done by either, but on
Wednesday morning they again came in
collision, and Hickman discharged four
From the New Orleans Picayune.
Gfn. Herrera. On the evening of the
22d of November, the last sacraments of the
U7Allt1l UfliiiK nas f.vl.n I 1 .11.1 I
...... nua tAiioncu wiiu uui nine ion. Fvrriinnn fnh
difficulty; another ball grazed the forehead; rias, and Talavera, the
diiuuitjr wenr r rn irr i iiia nniifir nt ine : a al. r
snots at rnce, irom a revolver. One cap Catholic church were administered to Gen,
r moueaioneoarreiwas not loaded; one Herrera at Queretaro. A committee of
ball entered Price s arm, making a flesh Congress, consisting of Senores Otero. Re-
, Garay, uomez t a
members of the Cab-
the States, a Iacce
number of members of Congress, civil and
religious corporations, and a vast concourse
of citizens wero present. In his illness the
general bares himself, say the letter-writers,
"with the courage 9 a soldier and the
resignation of a Christian." The physi
cians had not given up all hopes of his re
covery, for which all classes of countrymen
appear to pray. Senor Agnilar had bees
appointed in place of the general npon tne
important special committee on the "War
the ntllPtr wont !ntn tko ilnn TI !
afterwards grappled and beat each other
emu separated by the bystanders. Reveille.
Emicrants 1847. The returns of the
cities of Boston, New York, Philadelphia.
uuunnore anu new urieans, irom, from the
first of January to the first of October, show
an aggregate of two hundred and thirtv.
three thousand seven hundred and ninetvJ
eight, while for the preceding year, the; of Texas." .,
number was only one hundred and fifty-one
thousand six hundred and sixty-two.
Awful Death The Wife of Mr.
R.C. W.Radford, Lieut. 1st Dragoons: S.s!W8S dsc.overed- t issupposed to have
aunosiock, Lieut. 4th Dragoons; Dr.'W.; 0 caiaiy-lSt. Louis Or
The South Carolina House of Represen
tatives adouted resolutions on the 10th in
.f H 'e e o.. . r .1.. t m:.. f
C 1 v , , - iaiui ui a puis pruvuiuu luriuc lanuunw
.1 e 1 i.' is" into me fallen soldiers or the Palmetto regiment
the fire and was burned to death in a most'tdaem r,.000 ot the dl,nsl of th Got-
manner, beforo her aituntinnl.n. .ni Ju dr
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the construction of a suitable aonnmenr,
and the award of appropriate medals aJU
the close of the war.