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WOULD respect
fully inform his
friends and the pub
lic, that he has just
received a supply of
Miiterial for PLUG
TEETH, and would
be pleaded to 30e an y one requir ng his services
at bis office in Washington.
Head-Qu ihteiis DisT. of Arkansas, |
Camden, March Bth, 1864. J
General Orders No. IC.
I. All intercourse between the Confederate
gad Federal lines, except covered by a Flag of
Truce authorized by the District Commander,
•is positively prohibited; and all Tickets and
Scout’ will arrest and deliver to their immedi
ate commanding officers any persons attempt
ing te pass the lines of the Confederate Army,
-unless as prescribed above.
11. No letters or papers will be permitted to
pass the lines of this army unless examined
-and approved nt District Head-Quarters. All
persons bringing letters within the lines will
deliver them to the first Commandant of the
C S. Army they may meet, to be by him
transmitted to District Head-Quarters. Any
failure to comply with these orders will subject
the offenders to arrest and punishment.
By command of Lt.-Gen. Holmes,
9 12w Lt.-Col. and A. A. Cea.
I WILL attend on the following named days
and at the places named in the different
townships in Hempstead county, for the pur
pose of collecting the Confederate Tax of said
county, as follows, to wit:
At Nashville, Mine Creek, on Monday and
Tuesday, May 30th ard 31st, 1864.
At Columbus, Saline, on Wednesday and
Thursday, June Ist and 2d.
At Fulton. Bois d’Arc, on Friday and Satur
day, 3d and 4th.
At Spring Hill, Spring Hill, on Mon lay and
Tuesday. 6th and "th.
At Centreville, Cwrovrsc, o« Wednesday and
Thursday, Bth and 9th.
At Moscow, Missouri, on Friday and Satur
•day. 10th and Uth.
At Cottonham’s Store, Red Land, on Monday
and Tuesday, 13th nnd 14th.
At Washington, Ozan, on Wednesday and
Thursday, 15th aud 16th.
All persons owing’ taxes can call a* my office
in Washington and pay over the same as soon
us assessed. Due attention will be required,
and the penalty of the law rigorously enforced
against all delinquents.
‘ IX4* r. IL 04 NW AV,
Collector District No. 8.
May 13,1864. 12 ow
'Opi-For.'CoN'tircH.i.m T a t is Kinl>, 1
Washington, May 26th, 1864. (
* N vicv. of the interference with 'he cultiva
■| tion of the .pr« sent crop, which would be
occasioned by the griming an 1 bailing of cot
ton during the season for cultivar:or., the time
for the delivery of the tithe Cotton is hereby
extended until the Ist day of August next, ut
the option of the producer: Provided, that said
■extension shall not be so construe! as to Te-,
spiii e additional'notice of (3iQ thirty days to
4>e given to producer to deliver.
Maj and Controlling Q. M.,
14-4 w State of Ark.
4 LL persons are hereby warned against trad
,ri ing for, or taking an assignment of a Note
■executed by me to John Beene, some time in
the month of May. 1863, for SBOO, with two
credits endorsed thereon—one of S3OO, the
other of SIOO, as the consideration for winch
said note was executed has failed, and 1 will
not pav The same unless compelled by law.
May 27, 1864. 14-4 w
Wanted to Purclias' .
-ZA for which a fair price will be paid. Apply
to Surgeon CHAS. O. CURTMAN,
in charge Ordnance Laboratory.
Marshall, TeXav.
May 11, 1864. tl-fc*
.V in a cover of heavy domestic—lost in Sep
tember. 1863, I’etween Antoine and Washington
or the vh'iuity of the latter place. 1 camped on
a branch in the vicinity of Capt. Bouldin's resi
lience. aird may have lost it there, Apply at
this office-.
Yay 11,1864. 11-3*
II» Qus. Commandant Coksckim-*, 4
Dis. Ark., Washington, June 6, 1864. f
The following General Orders are published
for the inlormatiou and guidance of all con
ft. F. DANLEY,
Com’dt Conscripts Dis. Ark.
Department TkaNb Mtssissn-ri, }
Marshall, Texas, June 1, 1864. )
General Orders No. 12.
I. Persons who hold the appointment of
foreign nation’ as Consuls in this Department,
and who under the late Act of Congress are
liable to c nscription, will not be enrolled so
long as they hold such appointments.
IL Persons seeking exemption on the gtolind
that they are citizens of Maryland, are re
quired to make their applications to this office,
setting forth fully the facts of their cases, and
submitting clear proof of their citizenship.
Residence under the late law being the test of
liability to military service, each case Will be
determined on its own merits, and must be ac
companied with facts other than mere citizen
ship entitling the applicant to
otherwise exemption Will be denied.
111. So much ot Paragraph 11, Spec : alOrder
No. 76, current series, from this Bureau, as
requires the Reserve Corps in Texas to form
voluntary organizations or enrol) themselves
■within thirty days from 16th ultimo, and so
touch of General Order No. |O, current series,
'tom this Bureau, as requires such organiza
tion or enrollment in the States of Louisiana
tnd Arkansas by the 10th instant, are hereby
revoked, and the time for the said organiza
tion or enrollment in this Department is ex
tended until the Ist of July next.
IV. So much of clause 8, Par. 111, General
Grder No. 9, current series, fiom this Bureau,
36 requires certain officers to relieve all able
bodied men in their employ within sixty days
■torn 9th of April last, is hereby revoked, and
such officers are allowed until the 15th of July
*o relieve from duty such employees.
«■ Every person volunteering or reporting
°r enrollment, or who have volunteered or
<een enrolled in the Reserve Corps, will be re
quired to make affidavit that he was over 45
■‘“rs old on the 16th of July last, and officers
applying for the detail of member of that
cor P*, must distinctly certify that they were
?, Ter Ba ’d *3* on the said 16th of July.
-moiling Officers are enjoined to exercise the
•*t vigilance to prevent evasion of this or
117'’ . Rn ‘* to re P ort promptly all cases of its
co roßlaßd 0{ Brig . Gen G „„
3w W. STEDMAN. A. A. Gen.
i S''
Dist. Ark., Washington, June 4tb, 1864.
The following General Orders are published
for the information of all concerned.
ComJ’t Conscripts, Dist, Ark.
Traws-Miss. Dbfartmxnt,
Marshall, Texas, May 80th 1864.
I. The following schedule of prices is pub
lished for the benefit of all concerned:
11. All owners of Grist and Saw Mills, who
have been or may hereafter be detailed as
miller, or who thay have a conscript detailed
as miller or engineer in said mills, shall be re
q'lired to make an affidavit before some per
son authorized to administer oaths, that during
the continuance of such detail, they will not
charge or take more that! one-eighth as toll for
grain ground in sUch mill, and that they will
sell the surplus of the toll received at said
inill (over a support for their families) to the
Government, soldier’s families and indigent
pertous, at the prices fixed by the commission
ers of the several States Os this Department,
ami the Owners of saw mills will»ell their lum
ber at $2 per hundred feet.
11. Conscripts detailed as tanners, or who
may have any conscript detailed to #ork for
them, shall be required to make an affidavit as
prescribed in Section II df this Order, that
dui ing the continuance of their detail, they
will sell all their leather at the prices fixed by
the Commissioners of the several States of this
IV. Conscripts detailed fob the benefit Os
the public as Shoemakers and Blacksmiths,
shall ba required to make a similar affidavit,
that during the continuance of their details
they shall not charge more than at the rate of
seven dollars per day for their labor, where
the material is furnished them: and vtliere tbt
party detailed furnishes the material, the ac
tual cost of the same shall be added to the
price of their labor per day.
V. Conscripts detailed ns Physicians shall
make nn affidavit that during the continuance
of their detail, they will not charge the fami
lies of officers and soldiers absent in the army,
more than the customary rates before the war
in said locality, and if their charges to others
are extortionate, their details will be revoked.
VI. Conscripts detailed ns Stockraisers, or
owners who may have a conscript detailed to
look after their stock, shall make a similar af
fidavit that during their detail they will sell,
each year, their surplus sti ck,wool, &c., nt
pr ces fixed by the several States of this De
VII. Conscripts detailed to make looms and
.-pinning wheels shall make a similar affidavit,
that during the continuance of their details
they will uot charge exceeding five dollars per
day fur their labor, where the material is fur-
| uished them, nnd where they fornish the ma
■ tvrial, the cost of the same shall be added to
■the price of their labor.
VIII. Any person evading, or attempting nn
evasion of the foregoing orders, his detail
shall be promptly revoked, and he be placed
in the army.
1-X. All Conscript officers of this Depart
ment, are ctiarged with the rigid enforcement
of these orders.
By command of Brig. Gen Greer.
15-3*t A. POPE, Capt. & A. A. Gen.
Camden Herald copy 3 times.
Shreveport, La., May 20, 186!. j
Gexerh. Order* »
No. 25. 1
I The following Act of Congress is published
. for the information *f the army in this De
;‘AN ACT to i-RoviTiE for rtr.Tinixo officer’
The 'Congress of the Confederate States of
America du’enact, That the President be and
hr is hereby authorized, upon the recommin
dation of any General Cutnmnndrng a depart
ment oT an army, to discharge from Service
any officer of the Confederate States Army, or
of the Provisional Army of the Confederate
States, who has no command and cantiot he
assignvi to any appropriate duty, or who is in
competent or inefficient, or who may be absent
from his Command without leave; Provided,
That any officer wlio may be discharged for
iucompetencv, inefficiency or ah«errce fro-n
his command without leave, shall be entitled
to a trial before an examining Board, under
existing laws, if he demands it of tlrtC<ra
manding General within thirty days: Provided,
.further, That it shall not extend to any officer
who is absent on account of captivity.” (Ap-
February !7th, 1864:)
11. In pmsuanco of the above Ant of Con
gress. all officers, whether of the Regular or
Provisional Army in this Department, who are
absent from their command:- without autho
rity, will be dropped from the Rolls cf the
Army on the 30th day of June, 1864.
111. All officers in this Department who have
been assigned to duty away from their com
mands. whether hy onler of the Secretary of
War, Department or District Lombmndcrs, will
report by letter to Department Head Quarters,
their address and duty upon which they are
111. All returns require’! by the Army Reg
ulations to be made to the Adjutant and In
spector General, Richmond, Va., will in future
be forwarded to these Head-Quarters.
V. Enrolling Officers are authorized tn call
nut the Reserve Corps of their respective coun
ties or parishes, whenever their assistance is
required in arresting deserters, or for arrest
ing and quelling bands of marauders.
Vi. Officers engaged iu the collection of the
Tax in Kind, and officers drawing the same
for troops, will conform strictly to the instruc
tions of the War Department, the Quartermas
ter General, and of the Controlling Quartcr
mas ters.
By command of Gen. E. Kirbt Smith,
(Signed) B. S. ANDERSON,
15-4 Ass’t Adj’t Gen.
“ Tax in Kind.”
Statk of Arkansas, S
Washington, Ark., May 20, 1864. )
BY recent Act of Congress of the Confederate
States persons failing to pay their Tithes
of Produce, or any portion thereof, in kind,
are Hable to pay five times ihe estimated Value
of the same in money.
Persons who have not jet pAid their quota
of Bacon and other produce, due as “Tax in
Kind;” for the year 1863, are hereby required,
under the above penalty, to deliver the eame
at the depot nearest the place of production,
within thirty days from tbe date of notice to
be given by the Depot Agent that he is ready
to receive such produce.
It is recommended that producers bale their
cotton with wooden hoops and slabs in the ab
sence of bagging and rope.
All communications relating to “Tax ia
Kind,” in the State of Arkansas! must be ad
dressed to me at Washington, Ark.
Major and Controlling Quartermaster,
13-4 w State of Arkansas.
with Kitchen, and Out-House or houses
suitable for Servants. A liberal rent will be
paid, either in the old or new issue. Posses
sion desiied immediately. Apply at this office.
Washington, May 8, 1861. 15-ts.
Shrrvrfort, La., June 1, 1864. J
To the Citizent of the Trant~Mi»». Dep't.
I HAVE deemed it my duty to issue a Genera
Order, directing the purchase, and, if ne
cessary, the impressment of one half the Cotton
in this Department, to supply the pressing
wants of our armies in the field.
Your soldiers are the sole reliance for tbe
defence of the country from invasion and deso
lation. They have recently furnished you a
signal instance of their willingness and ability
to defend your hemes. Without munitions of
war, clothing and medicines, they cannot be
kept in the field, These articles can be ob
tained only by importation. Cotton is the sole
means of purchase. Ia the same lofty spirit of
patriotism, which leads your sons and brothers
to offer their lives for your protection, will you
not sell to tbe Government the only product by
whieh their valor can be made effective against
the public enemy?
The impressment of Cottoft will be avoided,
if possible. But supplies for the army mutt be
had. It is left with you to determine, whether,
for the preservation of your homes, you »ill
force the Government to resort to impressment.
General Commanding.
Shreveport, La., June I, 1804. )
General Orders No. 34.
THE pressing necessity of the armies in the
field make it absolutely necessary that the
Government should use one-half of the Cotton
in this Department, for the purchase of naval
and militory stores, required for the defence of
the country.
Discreet and proper bonded and commis
sioned officers have been selected, who will
purchase, if possible, the amount required.
If it cannot be obtained by purchase, they
ata authorized to impress it, in strict accord
ance With the terms of the Impressment Act,
and ihe General Orders issued on that subject.
District Commissioners will furnish them
such assistance as may be needed, in executing
this order.
Any attempt at illegal impressment will be
promptly punished, on being rep >rted, with
satisfactory proof, to District or Department
Head Quarters.
The following officers are charged with the
execution of this order.
Major A. 9. Cabell, I Capt. B. Shropshire,
Major W. P. Baughn, Capt. W. W. Barrett,
Capt. F. J. Lynch, | Capt. N. A. Bi’ge.
All Cotton procured by them in Texas will
be placed under tbe control of Lieut.-Col. W.
I. Hutchins, who will use it solely in procuring
army supplies.
By command of Gen. E. KiRbV Sm’tu,
16-4 Ass’t Adj’t Gen’L
I Ho Qaa. Conu’t Conscripts, Dist. or Ark., (
Washington, June 6th, 1864. )
The following Geneial Orders are published
t for the information and guidance of all eou
: cemed.
Comd’t Conscripts, District of Ark.
Hf.adqi’aTers Trans-Miss. Dept. ■(
Shreveport, La., May 27, 1864. J
General Orders No. 30.
I. All persons liable to military duty will be
immediately enrolled. They will be assigned
in accordance with the following regulations:
Ist. All assignments must be made by the
Commandant of Conscripts, of the State where
the conscript is enrolled.
2d. No conscript will be assigned to acaVklry
command, until the infantry regiments and '
artillery companies have received their com
3rd. Conscripts will be assigned to compa
nies having less than the minimum, sixty-four
private*, until all the companies roach that
4th. All assignments will be mnde to regi
ments in the order in which they were organ
zed, filling the oldest regiment first.
IL All officers in command ot companies of
infantry and artillery will forthwith send to tbe |
Commandant of Conscripts of the State in
which the command was raised, accurate cer
tified reports of their companies, stating
strength present and absent, date of organiza
tion and arm of service, and without such
refnrtr, showing they do not exceed sixty
four privates. no conscript will be assigned.
111. Officers are prohibited from receiving
conscripts who have not been assigned in ac
cordance with this order.
IV. (.•fficers in command of regiments, bat
talions, ic.. Will furnish to Brig. Gen. Greer,
Chief of the Bureau of Conscription, Marshall,
Texas, a monthly roll of deserters and absen
tees Without leave, this will bo arranged ac
cording to the County nnd State to which the
parties belong, and will set forth tbe time and
; place of desertion in each case.
By command es
Gen. E. Kirby Smith,
(Signed) 8. S. ANDERSON, A. A. G.
Hb-Qns. Comv’t Cosscrutb, )
Dist. of Arkansas, '
Washington. May 2?th, 1864.)
Genehai. Orders I
No. 6. 1
t. Pursuant to Paragraph 2d, Gcneta! Divert
No. 10, Headquarters Bureau of Conscription,
Trans-Mins. Department, Jail’d 23d May. 1864,
the place* of reudexvon-i for persons liable to
mWary service under the Act of Congress ap
proved February 17th. 1864. are hereby estab
lished at Washington, Hempstead county, and at
Camden, Ouachita county.
11. Captain John 8. Drake. F. A. C. 8., is As
signed tft duty fol the purpose of enrolling and
organizing those enrolled into J companies at
Washington, Ark.; and Maj. Jas.Tbos. Rllitot,
assigned to duty lor that purpose nt Camden.
HI. Major Elliott and Captain Dmke are au
thorized to locate the camp< of rendezvous, with
in convenient distance* of the above hamrtl
place*, and to draw tbo neteVsary rations of for
age and subsistente. also catnp and garrison
equippage required before the organisation of
said companies, and whilst they remain in ren
dezvous. In forwarding Reports and Muster
Rolls, they will be governed by previous order*;
14 3t Covnd’t Conscripts, Dist. of Ark.
Notice to Debtors.
IWILL be at Washington, Ark., on the 9th,
10th and llth of June, 1864, for tbe pur
pose of receiving payment of debts d ie by
citizens of the Eastern District of Arkansas to
alien enemies. And on tbe 14th and 15th of
June, I will attend at Lewisville, in Lafayette;
and on the 18th of June I will be at Camden,
Ara;, for four or five days for the same pur
pose. Debtors will be prompt in attending
at the times appointed. Debtor* reaiding at
Magnolia, Eldorado; and other points in those
counti’js, will meet me at Camden, Ark.
Rec. for Rast Diet, of Ark.
June 8,1884. 15-3
ALL persons indebted to the late “South-
Western Democrat,” published at Para
clifta, Ark,, for Advertising, Job Work and
Subscription, are hereby notified that Confede
rate money will be cheerfully taken in settle
ment of aceonnts draw* out some time ago at
advanced rates.
Settlements can be made by calling at the
Waeh ngton telegraph Office oa the late proprie
Washington, Bth June, 1864.
Rbligion and Libirtt.—Every one
having at heart a devout reverence for
the Christian religion, mutt derive hope
and confidence from the fact, that so
many of our great generals and statesmen
are actuated by deep religious convic
tions. It gives assurance that our cause
is hallowed. The true Christian soldier
stands highest in the hearts of all the
people. Such men as Jackson and Stuart
ennoble any cause. It cannot be wrong.
Contrast their characters with the hypo
crisy and cant of Northern fanaticism,
ard tbo gross blasphemy of Northern
Apprepos of this, we give the opinions
of Lamartine concerning another revolu
tion, equally steeped in the blood of pa
triots. But it lacked the consecration of
religion, and failed of the blessing. He
I know—l sigh When I think of it—
that hitherto the French people have been
the least religious of ail the natioos of
Europe. Is it because the idea of God,
which arises from all the evidences of na
ture and from the depth of reflection—
being the profoundcst and weightiest
idea of which human intelligence is cap
able; and the French mind, being the
most rapid and most superficial, lightest
»od most unreflective of all European
races, this mind has not the force and
severity necessary to carry far and long
the greatest conceptions of the human un
Is it because our Government have al
ways taken it upon themselves to think
for us? Is it because we are and have
been a military people, a soldier-nation
led by kings, heroes and ambitious men,
from battle-field to battle-field, making
conquests and never keeping them, ravag
ing, dazzling, charming and corrupting
Europe; and bringing home the manners,
vices, bravery, lightness and impiety of
the camp to the fireside of the people?
I know not, but certain it is, that the
nation has an immense progress to make
in serious thought, if she wishes to be
free. If we look at the characters, com
pared ns regards religious sentiments, of
tbe great nations of Europe, America,
even Asia, the advantages is not for us.
The great men of the country live and die,
forgetting completely the only idea for
which it is worth living and dying; they
live and die, looking at the spectator, or
«t most, at posterity.
Open the history of America, the his
tory of England, and the history of France;
read the great lives, the great deaths, the
great martyrdoms, tbe great words, at tbe
hour when tbe ruling thought of life re
veals itself in the last words of dying, and
Washington and Franklin fought,
spoke, suffered, always io the name of
Gad, for whom they acted, and the libe
rator of America, died confiding to God
the liberty of the people and his own
Sidney, tbe yUung martyr of patriotism,
guilty of nothing but impatience, and who
died to expiate bis country's dream of
liberty, said to his jailor: “I rejoice that
I die innocent towards tbe King, but a
victim resigned to the King on High, to
whom all life is due.”
The publicans of Cromwell only sought
the way of God even in the field of battle.
Their politics were their faith, their reign
their prayers, their death a psalm. One
bears, sees, feels, that God was in all the
movements of these great people.
But cros* the sea, traverse La Mancha,
cotne to our tomes, open our annals, and
listen to the last words cf tho great politi
cal actors of the drama of our liberty.
One would think that God was eclipsed
from tho foul, that His name was un
known in the language. History will
have tho air of an atheist when she rc
cjunts s o posterity these annihilations,
rather than deed* of celebrated men iu
the greatest year of France. The victims
only have a God, the tribune and dietors
have none.
Look at Mirabeau on the bed of death.
"Crown me with flowers,” said he, “in
toxicate me with perfumes, let me die to
tho sound of delicious music.' Not a
word of God or of His son. Sensual
philosopher, he desired only supreme
sensualism, a last voluptuousness in his
Contemplate Madame Ilolsnd, the
strong-hearted woman of the revolution,
on tbe cart that conveyed her to death.
She looked contemptuously on the be
sotted people who killed their prophets
and sybila. N»t a glance toward Heaven.
Only one word for tbe earth she was quit
ting—“ Liberty.”
Approach the dungeon door of the
Girondins. Their last night a banquet;
the only bymo, the Mareellaise.
Follow Camille Desmoulins to his exe
cution. A cool and indecent pleasantry
at tbe trial, and a long imprecation on the
road to the guillotine, were the two last
thoughts of this dying man on hie Way to
the last tribunal.
Hear Danton on the platform of the
scaffold, at tbe distance of a lino from
God and eternity. *‘l have had a good
time of it; let me go to sleep.” Then to
tho executioner) “you will show my head
to ihe people—it is worth the trouble.”
His faith, hie annihilation, hie last sigh,
vanity. Behold tho Frenchmen of this
latter age.
What must oat think of tho religious
seatimeuts of a free people whose great
figures seem thus to march in procession
to annihilation, and to whom that terrible
monster, death itself, recalls neither the
threatening nor promise of Godl
The republic of these mon without a
God has quickly been stranded. The lib
erty won by so much heroism end so much
genius has not found in France a con’
science to shelter it, a God to avenge it, ’
a people to defend it against the atheism
which has been called glory. All ends in
a soldier and some apostate republicans
travestied into courtiers. An atheistic
republicanism cannot be heroic. When
you terrify it, it bends; when you would
buy it, it sells itself. Who would take
any heed? Tbe people ungrateful and
God non-existeut. So finish atheist revo
Bullying and Boot Licking.—Our
readers will remember that some time
ago, the Federal House of Representa
tives passed very strong resolutions, on
the subject of the Monroe doctrine, de
terminiug to uphold it, and threatening
France on the occupation of Mexico. We
supposed this at the time to bo mere gas
conado and buncumbe, as it was It will
be seen that Sec. Seward hastens to dep
recate the wrath of Napoleon. It is really
beneath contempt. Since the South has
left the Federal councils, they have lost
all dignity. We find the correspondence
on the subject between Seward and Mr.
Dayton, their minister in France. Its hu
mility is refreshing. The Federal Con
gress arc a set of boys shaking their fists
at the schoolmaster behind his back—and
being caught at it:
Department of State. 1
“Washington, April 7, ISGI. f
•‘Sir:—l here send you a copy of a re
solution which passed the bouse of Rep
resentatives on the 4th instant by a unani
mous vote, and which declares the op
position of that body to a recognition of
a monarchy in Mexico. Mr. Godfrey
has lost no time in asking an explanation
of the proceeding. It is hardly necessary
after what I have heretofore written with
perfect candor for tho iufermation of
France, to say that this resolution truly
interprets tho unanimous sentiment of
the people of the United States io regard
to Mexico. It is, however, another and
distinct question whether tbe United
States would think it necessary or proper
to express themselves in tbe form adopted
by tbe House of Representatives at this
time. This is a practical and merely ex
i ecutive question, and the decision of it
constitutionally belongs not to the House
of Representatives nor even to Congress,
but to tbe President of the United States.
You will, cf course, take notice, that
■ the declaration of the House of Ropre
| gentatives, is in the form of b joint resolu
tion, which, before it can acquire the
character of a legislative act, must re
ceive, first, the concurrence of tbe Senate;
and, secondly, the approval of the Presi
dent of the United States, or in case of
his refused assent, of both Houses of
Congress, to be expressed by a majority
of two-thirds of each body. While the
President receives the declaration of the
House of Representatives with the pro
found respect to which it is entitled as nn
exposition of its views upon n grave and
important subject be directs that you in
form the Government of France that he
does not at present contemplate any de
parture from the policy which this gov
ernment has hitherto pursued, in regard
to the war which exists between France
and Mexico.
It is hardly necessary to say that the
proceeding of the House of Rtpietenta.
tives, was adopted on suggestion arising
within itself and net upon a communica
tion of the executive department, and that
die French GoveruiuO' , t would be season
ably apprised of any change of policy on
the subject which the President might at
any future time think it proper to adopt.
[Signed,] W. H. Seward.
Paris, April 22, 1864.
I visited Mr. Drouyn De I/liuys yes
terday, at the Department of Foreign Af
fairs. The first Words he addressed to
me on entering the room were, ‘ |)j you
bring us peace, or bring us war?’ I asked
him to what ho leferred, and bo said he
referred more immediately to tbe resolu
tions recently passed by Congress in ref
erence to the invasion of Mexico by the
I French, and tho establishment of Maxi
milian upon the threoc of the Country. I
replied that I did not think France bad a
right to infer that wo were about to make
war against her on account of anything
Contained iu the resolution; that they
embodied nothing more than had been
constantly held out to the French Govern
ment from the beginning; that I had ever
represented to the government here that
any action upon their part interfering
with the form of government of Mexico,
would be looked upon with di«satisfaotion
in our country, and they could oot expect
us to be in haste to acknowledge a mo- j
narchical government, built upon the 1
foundation of a republic which was onr
next neighbor; tlat I had reaso:° to be
lieve you had held tbe same language to
the French Minister in the United States.
This allegation he did not stem to deny,
but obviously received the resolution in ;
question as a serious step on our part,and |
1 am toll that leading secessionists have
built largely upon these resolutions as u
means of fomenting ill feeling between
this country and ourselves. Mr. Mason
and hie secretary have gone to Brussels
to confer with Mr. Dudley Mann, who is
their commissioner to that place. Mr.
Slidell, it ie said, was to have gone to
Austria, although he has not got off. •
I am, eir, your obedient servant,
(Signed.) Wm. L. Dayton.
Hon. Wm. BeWard, Sec. of State.
Mr. Dayton writes again on May 2d to
Mr. Seward, detailing the circumstances
of an interview after the recaption of Mr.
Seward’s dispatch,with whieh Mr. Drouyn
L’Huys seemed quite satisfied and notic
ing tho apparent fact that the extreme
sensitiveness of the French Government
relative to the House resolutions bad evi
dently subsided.
Mr. Seward wrote very briefly on May
9th and M»y 21st, expressing his entire
satisfaction with what Mr. Dayton bad
said in his interview with the trench
Minis ter, mid speaking of Mr. Corwin s
absenting hiineelf fiom hie post in Mexi
co under a leave granted last August.
AN ACT to amend “An Act to Regulate im
pressments,” approved March 2S»h 186-i,
and to repeal An Act amendatory thereof,
approved April 27th 1863.
The Congress of the Confederate State* do
enact. That in all cases where property i* im
pressed for the use of the army and navy,
or for other public use, under said act th*
same shall be paid for at the time of said im
pressment, nnleea an appeal shall be taken
from the valuation agreed upon between the
parties or a.-c*rtained by loyal and disinter
ested citizens of the city or county or Parish
in which the impressment may be made, in the
manner and according to the regulation* pro
vided in the first, second, and third sections
of the above cited aot, or in tho eighth lec
tion thero f where it is applioapln.
Soc. 2. Whenever th* officer making th* im
pressment of property, uo ler tbe act hereby
ntnendvd, shall believe that the appraisement ie
fair end just,he shall endorse hi* approval upon
the appra'Bement, and make payment accord
ingly; but if he shall believe that it is not fair
and just, then he shall refu«e to approve and
endorse the reasons for his refusal on tbe cer
tificate, nud shall have the right to appeal
from the decision of the appraisers, by report
ing the ease to tbe commissioners appointed
under said act, to which this is an amendment,
for their decision, whose judgment shall be
6nal, and in the meantime, tho property shall
be hel l nn 1 appropriated bv th* officer im
pressing the Baine, who shall give a receipt
therefor to the owner, who ehall also have th*
right of appeal, a* herein p ovidel.
Sec. 3. The said commissioners shall have
power to summon and examine witnes-e* to
enablo them to fix the value of property im
i pressed which shall be a just compensation for
| tbe property so impressed, at the time and
' place of impressment and when tbe commis
sioners shall have fixed the value of Ihe prop
erty iu cases of appeal, they shall furnish the
owner nnd itnpres’ing officer with a statement
of such value, which valuation by tbe com
missioner shall be within three months of the
time of impressment
Sec. 4 That said commissioners shall be
sworn faithfully to discharge their duties un
der this Act, aud the Act to which it is an
S*c. 5. That the tenth section of th* act
of which this is an amendment, b* stricken
out, nn I the following iuseitod instead thereof.-
No slave laboring on a farm or plautation ex
clusively devoted to the production of grain or
provisions, shall be taken for public use with
out the consent of th* owner, except in cases
of urgent necessity, and upon tho order of th*
General commanding the department iu whieh
*»id farm or plantation is situated.
Sec. 6. That this act amendatory of the
above recited act, approved April 27th 1863
and so much ts the first section of the said
act a* requires *n affidavit to be m*<’.* by th*
owner or bis agent, that such property was
grown, raised or produced by the said owner
or hel l or ba* been purchased by him, not for
sale or speculation, but for his own use or cou
’ sumption, be and the same is hereby repealed.
Sue. 2. That no impressment shall be mad*
under this act, or the act to which this is an
amendment, for tl.e use aud benefit of contrac
tors with tbe government.
Sec. I. Nothing in th:* act shall be con
strued to authorize the imprewng officer to
enter an appeal from any decision of the local
appraiM-rs.un.mr the seventh section of tbo
act to which this is amendatory.
Approved, Feb. 16, 1864.
Northern News —Uaraden, Jane 13
Editor Gaze te: The following ia from
the Chicago Times of the Gth iuet :
Gold closed yesterday at 192.
Dispatches from Gen. Grant state that
he made an hssault upon the rebel lines
at half-past four o’cl’»ck ou Friday morn
ing, diiring the enemy within bi* en
trenchments at *ll points, but without
gaining any decided advantage, and that
we ii”W occupy a position close to the cn
emy, in some places within fifty yards.
The F.-derals had 3,QUO killed end
wGunded in the above affair.
L.vri r—On Friday evening there wes
some lighting, but n t of an important
character. The Federal loss during the
three Jay’s operation* around Cold Harbor
have been about 2,500.
Tin. re was a rutnor at White House on
Friday that a portion of Giant’s army had
crossed the ULickahomiuy aud occupied
the railroad station at Savage Station.
The report that Fitzhugh Lee had
been captured while on a raid upon the
White IfoU'e proves to be unfounded.
The New Yoik World officially announ
ces that Gen. Crooks’ army is again in
motion, this time direct for Richmond,
vvi ich means of course, th it it will be
added to the army of the. Potomac, or put
in some position toco operate iu the siege
ot the r< be< capital.
It is ttiso made public by one of our
city paper*, that G*n. Hunter’s army i*
to be a..'d-’d to Grant’s immediate com
mand, Hiid that the junction will soon
take place Gen. Pope, with the army of
tl v north-west, is also on the way to join
Grant. The same concentration is going
on at the we-t. Every available soldier
is being sent to Gen. Sherm in. Gen. A
J S nub, a brilliant officer, with soma
20,000 men from the Tratis-Missiesippi
region, is understood to b* on the road to
Charunnog*. He inny be bound even
further ea.*', to Virginia perhaps, but cer
tainly to one of tbe grand armies. A slight
attack was made on Bu let’s breastworks
on I hnmlay evening. No effect was pro
duced ami tho enemy retired. A desert
e; fioui the rebel rain Richmond, states
that preparations are being made to attack
liio Federal fleet in the James river.—
Thue iron clads are to engage in the un>
dertaking aided by four ships and torpe
does. The Senate passed the internal
revenue bill, and tbe House passed the
tariff bill. Another week is expected to
elapse before these neuessaric* been tn ea
law. See. Chase has advertised for a
loan of 875,000,000, bearing six per cent
interest, aud redeemable after June 80th,
1881, bids tu be revetted until noon on
the 16ih inst.
A rebel deserter states that a federal
force Las ocoupied Secc.-sionville and
thiestens Charleston.
Ges*. Fremont and Buell have resigned
an I their resignation* have been accepted.
NO. 17.
From Johnson’s Island. —The ‘‘Can
ton Citizen” Las met with an officer late
ly returned from Johnson’s Island. e
are glad to hear of John Fellows. —
Everybody will be glad He is one ot
the noble Nortbern-born men who are
true as steel to the cause of rjglit and
justice. Jahn fought “like a tiger’’ two
davs at Shiloh, for the South. Now lie
nobly endures confinement and priva
tions for the same cause ; and remains
firm under circumstances which some
times cause Southern-born men to suc
cumb and take the oath. If his frank,
open, honest face could appear now on
the stand in our court house, his bare
appearance would raise a louder shout
than ever his eloquence did in the good
old times—and that was tremendous
The “ Citizen ” says :
“ Lieut. Mills reports that the 22d of
February, the anniversary of the inau
guration of our permanent government,
was celebrated with great enthusiasm
by the Confederate prisoners nn John
son’s Island. A meeting of all present
was held, and an eloquent speech deliv
ered by Capt. Fellows, Gen. Beale’s A
A. G. lie says Capt Fellows was so
severe upon the Yankees, that, just a*
he was about to close, the T ankee offi
cer of the day requested the meeting to
disperse. This the Confederates refused
to do except at the bidding of their own
chairman, which was done in order. He
says that Fast Day, in April, was, also,
duly observed by the Confederate offi
cers on Johnson’s Island. Tbe Yankees,
to gratify their meanness and mortify
our officers, retaincl their meat rations
for three days because they refused
their rations on Fast Day.
On the Ist February, 1864, there were
2,437 commissiond officers on the island,
the non-commissioned officers and pri
vates having all been sent away’ in No
vember previous. Os the number there
was one Maj.-General—Trimble ; four
brigadiers-—Beale, Jeff Thompson. Ar
cher and Frazier ; 50 colonels ; 41 lieu
tenant-colonels ;62 majors; 575 cap
tains ; 1,675 lieutenants, and 2‘J adju
tants. They were distributed among
the different Southern States as follows:
N. C., 332 ; Tenn., 298 : Ark., 278 ;
Ala.. 270; V*., 256; Miss., 240; La ,
178 ; Ga , 164; Ky., 141; Mo., 85; Fla..
58; S, C.. 49; Texas, 47; Md., 18; mis
cellaneous, 29.
Lieut. Mills says, further, that since,
the 9th February last, between five and
six hundred officers have been sent from
i Johnson's Island to Faint Lookout, Md.,
fur exchange, and that the most of them
had come throngh. He further says,
that tbe exchanges are being conducted
alphabetically by the Yankees, except
in cases of wounded officers, and that
they had nearly reached the letter D
when he left. With regard to the health
and comfort of tho prisoners, he says
they suffered very much with cold dur
ing last winter, many being frost-bitten
in their beds, and that there had been
as many as four or five deaths a day,
the whole number amounting to a.ime
100 while he wai on the island. There
was but little eickness when he camo
away—2d May—aud the sick were gen
erally improving. He reports many
other particular*, but my letter is al
ready too long.”
From Jackson, Miss —A correr-pond
ent of the "Citizen,” May 25th, thus re
presents the condition of things ut Jack
son :
I am happy to inform you that at last
the cars are running to the Southern
railroad, on the east l ank of the river,
opposite this city They commenced
making regular trips yesterday, and al
ready passengers and freight are begin
ing to arrive pretty freely from the east.
The Southern Express company has re
opened its office here, aud several small
mercantile establishments have begun
business. Tae place is rap dly assum
ing its wonted cheerfulness, and a gen
eral desire is expressed for the estab
lishment of a press. I understand that
if the Mississippian does aot r< in<>ve
beie soon, other parties will establis.i a
daily paper to supply the demand.
The combined effects ol competition,
railroad communication and funding of
the currency are being very sensibly
felt in this section at present. Money
is verv scarce, and a considerable tum
ble in the prices of provisions and goods
lias taken place. Indeed, everything is
"oing down, down There was a large
sale of household and kitchen furniture
here yesterday,and the prices paid were,
from one fourth to one-half less than
such articles have been bringing. There
was a large crowd present, but they
were not willing to pay the inflated
prices which people having no faith in
Confederate money have been paying
throughout the Confederacy. If prices
continue to tumble down for the next
sixty day* as they have for the last six
ty, 1 believe evetybody will be willing
to admit that Mr. Memminger and Con
gress have doctored the currency pretty
well, after all.
Blockade-running here has ceased in
a great measure. It is seldom that one
hears of an arrival from \ icksburg,
though our cavalry every now and then
apprehend parties—principally ladies
endeavoring to set General Adams’ “or
ders n at defiance, in going to Vicks
fF* There is reason to Believe that fighting
Joe Hooker is dead. A Richmond dispatch ol
the 19th *aya:
Gen. Joe Hooke', of the F«d«nal army «
killed, *n<l bis in our po-s--**ion His
headquarter* are alse said to la- ••*}>• ur- <l.

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