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THE EMPIRE COUNTY ARGUS.
ft«* CUI1LE BROTHERS, Third street. Sacramento, are onr authorised Agents for that city. All orders, for this paper, left in their charge, will be promptly attended to. Mil. JAMES C. DUNCAN, at the Bookstoro ofLe count & Strong. Snn Erwneiaco, trill net as Agent for the Argus. All orders for this office left with him, will be promptly attended to. MILD. G. AVALDRON, is oitr authoiiscd Agent for this county. J. Q, LAM E, Esq., Will net as agent for the. Argus, at Mataaiwlte Hill. Messrs. Pickering A Bradshaw are authorized to not ns Agents for the Aogns in Plneerville. Perseus subscribing at their News Depot, Main .Street, will have their papers left at their residence or place of business, free ofchnrgo. MAGISTRATES BLANKS of all kinds. Attachments, Subpoenas. Executions, Ac., Ac., constantly on hand and for sale at this office. C’o'o'.nn : Saturday, December 10,1853. In a number of our exchanges wo notice the j name of our esteemed friend, 11on. Jons Conness, mentioned in connection with the Speakership of the approaching Legislature. What that gentle man's views arc on the subject we know not, nor do we intend to-allude to them. Doubtless like most others, he is ambitions of acquiring an honor able distinction, but wc doubt if the Speakership would add to his already proud reputation. Du ring the last Legislature great and deserved enco miums were latished upon him for the vigilant and untiring zeal he exhibited in scarehingly scrutini zing every claim that was presented against the State; and such was the confidence the House had in his rectitude and probity, that every claim that he sanctioned was unanimously passed without ex amination, and all that he reported against were unhesitatingly rejected. The House knew him to be thoroughly honest and economical, and their confidence in him. was unlimitcd. Wo have heard many of those who diiferedfrom him and were in no manner his warm friends, say that lie alone saved the State thousands of dollars by carefully ex amining every claim and rejecting those that in all probability would have passed had it not been tor his opposition. If all this he true —and we have every reason to believe it is—no man in the trtatc is better fitted, or more needed, for Chairman of the Committee on Claims, than our worthy Repre sentative. It is true that the position is not looked npon as being so high or so honorable as speaker, but the man who faithfully and honorably serves the State as Chairman of that Committee, does the State more service, renders his name more glorious, is more entitled to the approbation and gratitude of cho people, and will do more real good than the Speaker possibly can. M e look upon it. in our present financial embarassment. as the most respon sible and important Committee in the House, and were wo a member of the House, and had our friend's experience and capacity, would prefer it to I any other. We would have the proud conscious ness of having benefitted our adopted State, at a sacrifice of our inclination. From the antecedents of our Representative we judge that this will be his preference. The Speak ership may he a hone of contention, and wc should dislike to sco one of the most useful, active and honest members mixed up in any squabble that might impair his usefulness. As far as the honor of having the Speaker from our County is concerned, we can dispense with it. El Dorado needs no adventitious aid to make its in fluence felt. It is powerful and magnanimous.— Without detracting the least front its high position, it can graciously yield a point. Other Counties may fight for the bauble, it should not condescend to enter the list for such a paltry prize. Show us an object worthy of strife and wo will not be back ward in “ pitching in." Sons of Temperance. —We are gratified to learn that the “ Sons'- again organized in our town on Tuesday evening last. Quito a number of appli cants wore initiated, and the society starts yncicr the most flattering auspices. There are a number of persons in our midst who would lie greatly ben efitted. both morally and pecuniarily, were they to become members of such a humane, benevolent and excellent society. The “ Sons" number among their members some of our oldest and best citizens, whose influence and example will doubtless lead others to join them. The following gentlemen are its officers : James Johnson, W. P.; Thomas II. Hewes, W. A.: C. J. Rackliffe, R. S.: Joseph Miller, A. R. S.; Laban C. Burr, F. S.: A. L. McClung. T.: John McGon agle, C.; John Miller, A. C.: M. R. Reeves, I. S. : and Giles E. Sill, 0. S. Wc have just heard it hinted by a friend that all the quarreling between the State Journal and Times and Transcript amounts to this: They want the State printing and are willing to divide —support diverse sides of the Senatorial question, confident that one of the two will win arid the paper of the side that wins will get the job—and all will be right, between them. Take ocr Hat. — The Coloma Argus, in an arti cle deprecating the existence of a difference be tween the State Journal and Times and Transcript, pays our paper the following incidental compli ment, which, as it is congenial, we cannot refrain from copying. It says : “ So far as the merits and usefulness of a cam paign paper are concerned, the Union did much more damage to our party than, the Transcript ever repaired. At least so think the Democracy of El Dorado." — Sue. Union. Our hat being in a rather dilapidated condition ’twill be just in time. Send by Adams & Co's. Express. RiisJ” On Tuesday night last the miners of this place held a meeting and resolved to prosecute their tunneling operations on the flat below town. They were compelled to suspend operations last summer in consequence of the river company refusing to allow their water and tailings to flew on their claims. The flat has proven quite rich, and the different companies anticipate ample remuneration for their labor and expense. We doubt not their anticipations will be realized. A gentleman from C. unite Creek informs us that it will bo more extensively worked this winter than at any former time. A number of miners are at work throwing up dirt and impatiently waiting for water to wash it. It has heretofore paid remarka bly well in the winter season, and many good claims wore abandoned last spring in consequence of the scarcity of water. Tile rains hold off much longer than usual, but it is reasonable to calculate pn their falling in a short time The saponaceous editor of the El Dorado Repub lican in his last issue conies down on us in his usual “weighty” stylo. lie, pretendin''to quote fromouv columns, makes us say that “ the Democracy of San Francisco voted four or five times.” If he will read the article he will note that we said no such thing. His closing sentence is worth copying. “We think the modern “ Argus” has reversed his eyes, and, as with liis brains, carry* them liko the pea cock.” He admits that wo have brains. We don’t like to he outdone in complimenting, but wo know r that the people of El Dorado would not believe us if we were to assert that he had any. Wo regret it! We cannot hut remark on the “ Protean” like power the editor of the Republican possesses of as sumin'' the part of the Gods and Domi-Gods of old. He was the Ajax of the Miner and Settler frater-1 nity. As Psychopompos be conducted the departed j spirits of that body to the infernal regions. Now j as Mercury he commences battle with “Argus." The editor of the Republican a Mercury!! Ye Gods! how low have you descended! We shall be expecting the aerial editor to make his appearance in our sanctum. I le will come with his “ petasus'' and “ talaria" on. He will also have his lyre (!) in his hand, prepared to lull our hundred eyes asleep. We rest in the hope that the now Mercury does not possess sufficient power for that. We hope ho will not wear the “ helmet of Pluto:” we would not have our invisible enemy to cope with. He certainly will have the “harpe" with which to cut off our heads —if ho can. But we shall try to appease the God of grace, (our devil suggests grease.) If lie comes we shall sacrifice a calf, (if we can get one) in his honor, lie shall have the tongue. The ancients, when they sought to do spe cial honor to Mercury, sacrificed a pregnant sow to him. This we cannot do —'twill cost too much. Pork is too dear in California. The God will have to excuse that sacrifice! Not being able to offer him “milk and honey,” j wc shall tender him a “ brick.” We shall order a * statue of clay to be erected at some cross-road —the form to bo the same as that adopted by the Egyp ians—representing him with the head of a dog. A Fact. —An advocate of the Maine Liquor Law was progressing through our town during the week soliciting signers to a petition to our next Legisla ture for the passage of that law. lie met us in the street and asked us to sign it. \\ c declined, but as we were just going into Huntress' to take a drink, ! we invited him to accompany us. He pocketed the ! lengthy petition and took a gin cocktail! Strong advocate he! Coloma Hook and Ladder Co. No 1. —This company have now nearly completed an elegant I house on Main street for the reception of their im j plements and fire anniliilators. It contains spacious i and tastefully decorated apartments for holding ■ their meetings, and is an ornament to the town and j a credit to the enterprising company who have al- I ready by their exertions once saved Coloma from I destruction. El Dorado County—Treasurer's Kurort. —1, e | last week published the Report of the Treasurer of ! this county. We invite the attention of our readers | to it. It exhibits a gratifying condition of the finan : eial affairs of our county. The Property Tax paid | into the Treasury during the fiscal year exceeds j $20,000. The amount derived from Poll Tax up j wards of $20,000: from Merchandize t-7,000 : For eign Miner's License, $05,000, and from other I sources $57,705: in the aggregate amounting to the | snug sum of ,>147,235. The indebtedness of the county one year ago reached nearly fifty thousand dollars. This lias been nearly all paid and money now in the Treasury to discharge the last dollar. — Current expenses have been paid with the exception of less than five thousand dollars, and this too will bo paid right speedily, The contribution which the State receives from El i Dorado this year will amount to nearly $70,000 Now w r e ask with all due humility, which and where is the county' contributing more ? Where the coun ty as much ! Do not all speak at once, gentlemen. ! Three cheers for our faithful collectors and efficient i county officers; and a full round for our law-abiding ( and tax-paying citizens! The people ot El Dorado can celebrate the holidays with money in their pock ets and CROW out of debt. Hon. S. Brannan, Senator elect from San Fran cisco, has resigned. There are already three can didates in the field ambitious of filling his scat— D. Mahony, one of the con. committee, A. A. Selover, a disappointed applicant for Post Master, (wo hope the people will hold him in as high appreciation as did President Pierce, and let him vegetate in mer ited obscurity,) and Dr. Thcller, the editor of a nondescript paper called the Public Ledger. It is a | pity that in so large a city as San Francisco, where J there are a number of good and able Democrats, such persons should have the presumption to become candidates. It lowers the dignity of office among reflecting men, to see such men selected to fill them. The editor of the Ledger deserves something for his straight-forward and consistent course, hut that something is not the confidence nor respect of the Democratic party. The Markets. —There has been considerable doing in the Market during the past week. The roads between this place and Sacramento are in ex cellent traveling condition, and teams come up as heavily loaded now as they did at any time during the summer. There is a good demand for new flour at $10; old, $9 : corn meal, lOets : rice, 14; sugar, no. 1, 18 ; do. no 2, 15 ; do. crushed, 20; pork, $40 per. bid.; bacon, 25 cts. per. lb.; hams, 28: potatoes, 0; onions, 10: cabbage, 0 : Ameri can beans, 10; butter, 45 ; lard, 25; brandy, American, $1,25; do. French, $5 0 $0; whiskey, | $1,25 (it $200 ; hay, $05 per. ton : barley, 5V7 ctfc. : Picks, $2.50; Axes, (Collins',) $2,50. IIeavv Fall of Snow.—We learn that a few ! days ago snow to the depth of three foot fell in An | teino Canon, about thirty miles above Yankee Jim’s, | This Canon is one of the richest in Califi rnia, and | has been worked with success for the last three j years. tikuP" McConnell Si Co., the prompt and accom modating Agents of Wells, Fargo & Co., furnished us with tv full supply of Atlantic and State papers. ■<B@F*We cannot omit to tender our sincere thanks to our friends and the “dear public,” for (he liberal share of patronage that has thus far been bestowed upon us. It has very much exceeded our expecta tions. Advertisements have been very liberally handed in, and our subscription list is large and rapidly increasing. Job work too has come in with a rush. We have had to work night and day to accommodate our customers. To the Limbs of the Law. —We shall publish the rules of the District Court of this county, as soon as possible. His Honor, Judge Howeli.-, will permit us to have a corrected copy shortly. Wo are indebted to Adams & Co. for full files of papers and other favors. JS6?*Tho Slate Journal did us gross injustice in copying that part of our article on the “ Address of the Democratic State Central Committee,” which coincided with its views, and leaving out an impor tant part, which condemned the personal allusions in it. The Democracy of El Eorado desire to be set right on the subject. They did not nor will they ever sanction any thing that has a tendency to breed disaffection in the Democratic ranks. — The subject is distasteful and we regret to allude to it again, but we will not be made even seemingly to approve what we heartily condemn. Robert Ellis, Esq., the accommodating proprie tor of the Colorna and Georgetown Stage Line, will accept our thanks for the prompt delivery of the Argus to our subscribers above. We regret to hear of the continued illness of our respected Senator Hon. G. D. Hall. We sincerely hope his health will be restored in time to enable him to take his seat in the Legislature. 1 lave you received an invitation to the grand Ball of the Colorna Hook and Ladder Co., to come off on the 21st inst. 1 This is the grand and exci ting question of the time in this vicinity. The most prominent citizens of our county will be in at tendance. Great preparations have been made, and tho Ball will be the finest ever given in the moun tains. fiijiCWe had not time or patience to correct the communication of “Grceeer,” from Spanish Flat. We publish no communication unless the name of the author is given us, for our own use at least. candidate for the .Speakership is an nounced by the Sacramento papers, in tho person of tho Hon. J. M. McBraycr. Nearly every county in the State has a candidate and some have two or three. The more the merrier. There will perhaps be some warm work on the subject. X mu ’M'lligrnrr. Dlstriit Court• Cases and proceedings in tiio District Court of El Dorado County, at the November Term, 1853, since the report in our last number. Wm. Edwards vs. Jos. il. Carter, adm'r. of the estate of Win. D .Gooch, deed. —Cause continued to the next term of Court. John I). Galbraith vs. Ilarry Ileustis.—Set to the foot of the Calender. John 1). Morrow vs. Richard Fossctt.— Verdict for plaintiff, and motion in arrest of judgment taken under advisement. I G. L. k .1. E. Colo vs. L. W. Strowbridgc.—Dis : missed at plaintiffs cost, by agreement of parties. , Jacob Simgart vs. Wm. Sherman and ot.iers.— Judgment for plaintiff, by default, to be enforced against the joint property of all the defendants, and the separate property of Sherman.' El Dorado County vs. if. A. l’earis and T. Raun. —Action against defendants for receiving money without Toil bridge License.—Cause submitted on Dr. Belvill's written report of the amount of tolls. Vinson Benson vs. Robt. Fouke and Allen E. Rob inson.—Judgment for plaintiff, and injunction made perpetual. 31. W. Ilopporvs. Brownell & King.—Judgment in vacation for want ot answer, and ordered by the Court that the attached property be sold, &e. A. J. Marshall vs. 0. B. Wcstcott and others.— Set to the foot of the Calendar. Stanford k Brother vs. Vinson Benson and David Allen.—Judgment for plaintiffs, and ordermade fur the sale of attached property, tec. David Allen, Trustee tee., vs. 31. T. Cromwell and others.—Service made on Geo. W. Wertz, one 1 of the defendants, and no answor being tiled, judg ment was rendered for plaintiff to be enforced against the joint property of all the defendants, and separate property of Wertz. E. T. \ each vs. Elisha Keith.—Judgment for plaintiff and decree for the restitution of property. B. Nickerson, appellant, vs. Cardwell & Brock, respondents.—Ordered that the motion to dismiss abide the decision of the Supreme Court upon the question of jurisdiction. L. Bradley and others, appellants, vs. P. Perkins and A. Abbott, respondents.—Same order. The People vs. A. L. Chilton.—Defendant tried and acquitted. South Fork Canal Co. vs, Scruggs and others.— Judgment for plaintiffs. George Caluerwood vs. South Fork Canal Co.— Cause continued to next term of Court, on applica tion of plaintiff. John 3IcCullum and others vs. John Tripp and others.—Cause settled and dismissed by the parties paying their own cost. Constantine ilix vs S. S. Davis, executor, and Helen Trombly, executrix of the estate of Nancy Hitchcock, deed.—Venue changed to Sacramento County by agreement of parties. L. B. llopkins vs. L. 31. Curtiss and others.— Judgment for plaintiff for $108. John Barrow vs. Bradley, Berdan k Co.—Cause set fur trial on December 12th. Barney Watts vs. W. L. Thomas.—Dismissed at plaintiffs cost. Note. —3Ionday, the 5th inst., being the regular day for the meeting of the Court of Sessions, his Honor, Judge Johnson, postponed the same to the 10th, for the purpose of giving time for the District Court to get through its business. -Loss of tiie Steamship Winfield Scott. —We learn from a telegraphic dispatch to the Union. that on Friday night, December 2. at 12 o'clock, the Winfield Scott struck upon a rock on the Island of Anacapi, off the coast of Santa Barbara, about twenty-five miles. She first struck bow on, then with her stern, and next on her side, carrying away her rudder. A great deal of confusion was created on board. The fog was dense, but weather calm, and by half past one the boats were lowered, and first filled with women and children, who were safely landed, the beach being but a short distance off. In this way all on board were taken ashore, and they were amply supplied with provisions from the wreck. The wreck of the steamer was left hanging on the rock by her bow, her stern being in eight fath oms of water. She will be a total loss and must go to pieces in the next storm. The passengers lmd experienced no suffering, except that of the mind. Treasure and valuables all saved. ARRIVAL OF THE & Continued Warlike Pi'epnratlons! ASPECT OF THE TURKISH QUESTION. The steamship Cories , of the Nicaragua line, ar rived at half past 11 o'clock Friday evening, with five days later accounts direct from New York, seven days later from New Orleans and throe days later from Liverpool. The Cortes brings GGO passengers, including 'J4 ladies and 53 children. The Tureo-Russian question assumes only a more warlike aspect, while no material change is discov ered in the relations of the two powers. Actual hostilities arc not yet known to have commenced, but the probability of a resort to arms seems strong er than ever, and an engagement can hardly be avoided. The letter of Omar l'acha convoying to Prince Gnrtschnkoff the decision of the Sultan, re quiring the evacuation of the Provinces within L> days, we publish below. The declaration of war was to be read in all the mosques on the 17th ult. It was not expected that hostilities would commence before the 25th ult. OM.tr. r.vsn.t’s j.ettkr to miser: ooktsciiakoff. Monsit or lc General: It is by the order of my gov ernment that I hat e the honor to address this letter to your Excellency. Whilst the Sublime Porte exhausted all means of conciliation to maintain at once peace and its own independence, the Court of Russia lias not ceased to raise difficulties in the way of any such settlement, and has ended with the violation of treaties —inva- ding the two Principalities of Moldavia and Walla chin, integral parts of the Ottoman Empire. True to its pacific system, the Porto, instead of exercising its right to make reprisals, confined itself even then to protesting, and did not deviate from the way that might lead to an arrangement. Russia, on the contrary, far from evincing corres ponding sentiments, lias ended by rejecting the pro posals recommended by the august mediating courts, proposals which were alike necessary to the honor and to the security of the Porte. There only remains to the latter the indispensa ble necessity of war. But as the invasion of tljc Principalities and the violation of treaties which have attended it, are, the veritable causes of war, the Sublime P< rt ■ as a last expression of its pacific sen timents, prop*...- to your Excellency, by my intcr vi ntion, tli evacuation of tlio two prt vinc< . and grants for your decision a term of fifteen days, to date from the receipt of thi li tier. If, within thi int ar eal, a negative answer shall reach mo from your Excellency, the commencement of lio.-tiiitic.j will La the natural consequences. \ . hi!, i ha ve the h r to make the intini: ti< n t< 7 ur Excellency, 1 ' . opj lunitj to oucr the n unuico ot my esteem. (Signed;) OMAR. uoiu'sciukoff’s nnri.v. My master is not at war with Turkey '. but I have orders not to leave the Principalities until the Porte slial have given to the Czar the moral satisfaction that he demands. \\ hen tins point lias obtained 1 will evacuate the Principalities immediately —what- ever (he time ortlie s. non. If I am attacked by the Turkish army 1 will defend myself. [I coniine myself to the defensive.] (Signed,) GORTSCIIAKOFF. Voluntary gifts of all descriptions continued to flow into t ho Turkish treasury. Jewels, money, houses and lands, to an immense amount, were of fered for the national service. Eight thousand • Redifs" were armed, clothed and equipped from the proceeds of one day's offering. Military preparations c ntiuuo with unabated spirit. The furkish steam frigates Eaizi Bahri, laif. I ridge, and M ljcclie, lm\ ' i t to Ucy rou to take on board 12,0 regulai of the army of Syria. Orders have been given to call out 50,LOO mor< • • ' if-,'’ cxclusiv > of the res rves. Of flies: Sti.UOO. 1 f-.Ut.iO were armed and eqnippod by the city of C liistantinople. The whole number enroll ,-d themselves in one day, and within one week the arms, clothing and horses were provided. Twenty thousand Drus s, i -egnhu , und r their chief Chei bli, w In ng with t< ■ : cm t A li. were daily expected to join the army of Asia. One half of tin* Turkish fleet was about to leave for the coast of Asia, between Trebizond and Batouin. Two battal ions i f chasseurs, armed and drilled on the system of Chasseurs do \ incenncs, had been sent to Omar Pasha, and a third was about to leave for Batouin. Orders had I teen sent to the Governor of Adrianoplc to send without the least delay to Constantinople the Circassian Chief, Scfer Bey, who had been resi ding in the former city, liazzan Jazidjn had march ed at the head of 4,000 horsemen for the army of Asia, and it was stated that alter retaining a suffi cient force in Egypt. Abbas Pacha can spare 15.000 i more men to the Turkish aid. : Jn short ev< ry exertion was making bat as yet the ; last call on the enthusia-m of the Mu Hulmaii-i. the unfurling of the Prophet's standard, had not been : made, nor was it intended at present to make it. Gortschakoff is very far from being popular with i the Russian army in the Principalities. The Rus sian commissariat is said to be wretchedly managed. ; whilst the Turks have an abundance of everything. , Omar is busily employed in organizing corps of pon ; turners, hut may not attempt to cross the river for | some time to come. A contract for 0 : U0O horses had been made in Persia for the Turks. The Russian ambassador at Paris has felt it neces sary to contradict the statement that the Czar had threatened *• a war of extermination" against the Turks. The latest rumor now is that the Czar will in two or three days issue a new manifesto, bewail ing that all his efforts in favor of Peace have been disregarded by the Turks! The force of the Ger man federal army is fixed at 450,000 men, exclusive of the reserve. The Turkish force now in arms is estimated, though somewhat loosely, at 300,000 men, namely : 120,000 between the Danube and the Balkan, 15,000 in Bosnia, 0,000 near Pristina on the Servian fron tier; 50,000 who will he mustered within twenty days at Adrianoplc, and from 80,000 to 100,000 men on the frontier of Asia. The Russianstheir part are actively increasing their forces on the Danube. Immense barracks are being built on its banks, the expense of which Gortschakoff makes the llospodars pay. and to : uoh a length lias the Russian carried his demands that the Wallachian goverinent Las been compelled to borrow six millions of piasters. A command in tlio Turkish army lias been offered to Abdel Kadir. But previous to accepting it he asks the opinion of the French government. The .Sultan, it appears, since lie declared war, passes the entire day in religious duties, under the j instructions of the Sheik ul-fslam. Domestic Intelligence, AFitic.vMzixo Ci-iia —The Havana correspondent of tlio | Union writes ns follows—-late 20th October : it seems now that the corps of secret agents of tho Cap tain General urc employed in milking ns many proselytes | to the apprentice system a- po-ihlc. Their exertions ore faithfully employed, anil in many instances that I have * heard of, favorably rcc ived. r .l lie subject now is und»T gen 1 enil di.-« ussion. From nil that 1 can gut heron the subject, all that 1 have written to you oil the subject since early in Alay last, in the course of fidlilnn .it. J( carried out, I shall quit the island with tlio full conviction that soon after wo shall have another St iJomingo. 1 am now in formed. that instead of contracts for thirty or forty thoii j 'and African apprentices, it is contemplated to import one I hundred thousand.” The Union remarks: (i It cannot ho matter of serious doubt with any intelligent mind, that there is a scheme on hand to Africanize ( uha by iv .rtingto the apprentice sy ! teiu. The only question which can he made is, as to the agency of (iroat i’rituin in carrying it out. Pacific Kaimioaij.—The JCeltic Railroad Company.! organ/cd at the Metronolii.m Motel in this city, under the : lead of _\ir. Robert f. Waller, and hy virtue of the charter ’ ; granted by the Legislature of Xe;v. Vork, have made the following J )irectors: Me\i S. C luitiield, Sanford K. Church, Orviile ( lurk,* Caleb S. \ Foodhul 1, of X, ,v Vork ; Cyrus . i'mre, Maine; j ; Geo. A shun in, M;;-.; T. Puller King, Ga , Alf’ed < iihnoiv. i i't na., I-Yanci-M. t Tib;'. 1» hode 1-land; Robert .1. Watkei, vWhington : Klon Farn/.vortli, Mich.; William Noye. j l’cnn., Jcphtlm Fowler. Tenn.; Thomas J. Green, Cali fornia.; An-on Jones, Levi Jones, W. K. D. Ward, Texas; James II. Lneas, Mo.; L. llolmes, South Carolina; Na thaniol T. Green, North Carolina ; Philip F. Thomas,Mil.; If. ]!. Spelman, Samuel .Waggoner, Ohio; G. \V. Under hill, Ark.; E. T. Bridge, New Jersey. A terrible conflagration occurred in Now York, on the 30th of October, causing the destruction of six houses, being part of the edifice known as Fow ler's Buildings, and extending from Fulton opposite the Herald Building, with the larger portion of their valuable contents. The loss may bo estimated in round numbers at four hundred thousand dollars Two firemen, Michal O'Brien and John S. Canian lost their lives. State and City Ej ection. —The New York Times , (Whig,) has the following : “The result cannot be considered doubtful. The Whigs will sweep tbe .State by from twenty to thirty thousand* majority. They cannot fail to elect their whole state ticket, with a large majority in each branch of the Legislature. We arc inclined to think also that a majority in both branches of that body will be in favor of the Maine Law, and that its securing a place on the statute book will depend on the Gov ernor. In this city, so far as the Charter election is concerned, the Reform ticket seems likely to suc ceed. There is reason to believe that the Native American element will enter into the contest to a greater extent than has been anticipated. We trust that in all cases, voters will look to the char acters of the candidates, and to their claims on public confidence, rather than to the party name they may happen to own. Washington, Friday, Nov. 4. We understand that Messrs. Spence, Minister to- Turkey; Mason, Minister to France, and McLane, Commissioner to China, arc expected to receive their instructions to-morrow. The former is to sail with his family in the U. S. steamer Saranac, direct for Constantinople on Mon day cr Tuesday next. The two latter sail on tlu> 18th inst. Gov. Seymour, of Connecticut, is expected hero in a few days to receive his instructions for St. Pe tersburg. Master John Stewart, of Michigan, brother of Senator Stewart, died at Detroit on the 27th ult. Political Gatherings in New York.—On Nov. 3d. a very largo and influential meeting of the na tional democracy of this city was held at the Me trop.ditan Gall, John M. Brandhurst in the chair, to ratify the national d- mooratie ticket for the city and county nominations. The chief speeches cf the evening were made by Mr. James T. Brady and Mr. Carrigan of Philadelphia. 1 he \nn Linen free Toiler-', under the name of : : cn Denn cratii ( lub, held a meeting •it 1 aunuany 11;l11, on the 4th. Mr. Surveyor Cochrane presided, and Mr. Jin. A. Dix, Mr. Lo renzo Li. Shepard, and Air. John \ an Huron made speeches. Mr. Van Burcn answered Air. Brady's remarks at Metropolitan Hail on Tuesday night.— lie gave in his cohesion to the resolutions adopted at the Syracuse convention, and called for three cheers for Lewis Cass. Elections. -’1 he election in Maryland, on the 2d Nov., resulted in the democrats electing their State oiiicers, from the Governor down : the whigs are believed to have seour< •' both branches of the Legislature, thus giving tin ia the choice of a U. S. Senator, in place ot Ail*, i » aree. The Congress ional delegation will probably stand four democrats to two whigs, being a gain of 2 by tbe former party. The political complexion of the next Legislature cf Ohio will be as follows. Dans. Whigs. Free Soilcrs. Senate 2d 7 2 House, 7U 17 fi Total 1)6 24 11 --giving the democrats ti clear majority of sixty o.io on joint ballot over a combined vote of both the other parties. tim Legislature of Vermont, by a majority of filter'll, lias selected Mr. Robinson, democrat, to the Governorship. (.ovornor I'oote, oi Mississppi. it is confidently believed, will be returned to the United States Sen ate. i he Pork crop of the \\ cst is said to be general ly about one fourth larger than usual this year. the " Hards" propose to run Judge Bronson, who lui' ; been n moved from the Collcctorship, fur the U. S. Senate. Tennessee Senator.—-' The Washington Union of tbe 30th ult., publishes tiiu following : We have just received a telegraphic dispatch from Nashville, stating that John Bell was re-elect ed to the Senate, having received fifty-one votes.— As a Whig had to bo elected, we will bo excused for expressing our gratification at the result. Elliot, tin' loronaut, had made an ascent at Balti more on the 20th Oct., landed near Christiana, Lan caster e unty. i a., going SO miie.i in an hour and ten nunuies. 1 he last ,.0 miles was done in the al most incredible time of twenty minutes, lie says lie reached an altitude ol 1 miles, and was hurried along by a heavy gale nearly the whole distance. On Use 26th Oct. a bloody riot took place about dusk, three miles west of Washington, between a party of Irish railroad laborers— Corkonians and Connaught men. _ Two men had their skulls broken, and were otherwise seriously injured. One of them is not expected to live. The military and polieo were called out, and fifty arrest were made, but numbers escaped. W asmington. —’1 ho \\ ashiugon Star asserts pos itively that James Gordon Bennett's application for tbe French Mission is on file in the Mate De partment. Secretary Marcy, on behalf of the President, has writen to Commander Ingraham, approving of his conduct in the Ivosztu affair. Major-General Twiggs was telegraphed for by the Secretary ot \\ ar. on Saturday, to repair imme diatloy to the Creek Nation, anil inquire into the difficulties there, also to endeavor to prevent Indian hostilities. Quai tz Modi Jewelry BAR 11 l’/.l f A' Sli LII Vv Ol ID 1!- -g to announce the ar rival of n I'llelini'.'l t.'iph! rrtj elitist, engaged especi ally in i lie eft - fort-hem. J ituna hinery for thi- exquis ite branch oft!, -ii- Lu ine -. is of the most improved amt i l'feet dcscripti ing oril red to their establishment ii-TO without u;.i re; .ir<l t-, cost. They are now able to ■ id tost all ki ds of preciou stones and gems ; no lon ger, IhiT'etoi'e in I tin rm-ions tien.-in'es of our soil and min. remain mm rimh d and umli vclopcd. Quartz rock mi.M- lwilli gold, when < at tind polDUud, makes tho most beautiful and uoiqu ,-iyle of jewelry. A 1 ',!-: ./ .. i d . l ine hauls, coat buttons and a hu ; thing can now bo manufactured from it. J lmt f 'l' beauiy >■( d.-ngn and elegance of finish, would bo highly :i|,[iit eialed in I lie ea.-teru , State- , rendering them above all other. ouvcair.- l.i-i I superior for home nro.-eits. Call and see them. BARRETT Lv ,S11 Ell WOOD, Argcnti’s Building, Montgomery street, one door ronj Coimuoreial street, San Francisco. X. B. —Orders sent by express punctually nttendedto.—, Quartz mixed with gold suitable for cad ting, purelnscd at from one to live hundred per cent, above the net goli'value, December 3d, 1S53. j tim Iloticeto Miners. S.VN ERAXI-I. -CO ASSAY Ol-TIC’E AN'l) SlINKlt’s SAVINS BANK, Montgomery s!.. No. 10;!, m l)r. NuttnU's Fir Proof liuilding, next do or to Adams Co.’s Exjvss. Dlt. A. S. VVRIGIIT, Agent. VT this office every attention will l>c given tot he melt ing and assaying of gold dust and other mi orals, an in sill cases the interest of the miner will he gnrded, V thoroughly testing hi* gold previous to melting so os secure him ngsiinst loss. Also, the very higher price w 1 • paid for eletiii gold dost, according to ounlit And 1 the better security and accommodation of the niner, gl dust will he received on special deposit free of harge, si nil money left on deposit for short terms, will bar an in** est of one per cent, a month, and if left for a t*nn ofnitf days or over, one and a half per cent, u monti will ha lo wed. N. it.—Cold dust furnished to order, also melted Its and sissaycd sit lli hours notice. Rich luartz mens valued grsitis. Sun FrnncHco, Ikccmbcr 3d. 1H93. 31