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tia~ CITRLK BROTHERS, Third street, Sacramento,
are our authorised Agents for that city. All order?, for
this paper, left in their charge, will be promptly attended
MR. JAMES C. DUNCAN, at the Bookstore of Re
count A Strong, San Francisco, trill act as Agent for tho
Argus. All orders for this office left with him, will be
promptly attended to.
MR. 1). G. WA1.1 'liON, is our authorised Agent for
this county.
J. Q. 1 ,A DUE. Esq,, will act ns agent for the Argus,
at Mamaluke Hill.
Messrs. Pickering ,V Bradshaw arc authorized to act as
Agents for the A'gns in Plaecn ille. Porsous subscribing
nt their Nows Ucnot, Main Street., will have their papers
left at their residence or place of business, free of charge.
MAOIST K ATKS BLANKS of all kinds, Attachments,
f'uby.o'nns. Executions, Ac., Arc., constantly on hand and
for sale at this office.
Column : Saturday, Dcccmbrr IT, 1853.
Much lias been said and written on this subject:
nearly all of the Democratic Journals of the State
have entered the field in the discussion of it. The
people arc also, at this time, canvassing the policy
of electing an U. S. Senator at the approaching
session of the Legislature, for the term commencing
with the expiration of the present, in March '55,
and now filled by the lion. Wm. M. Gwin. Much
feeling so much so that the policy of an imme
diate election, is an absorbing topic of conversation.
Our foreign relations, domestic interests and pe
culiar situation and wants serve to heighten and
give additional importance to it at the present time.
A good, wise, and economical administration of
public affairs is ever to be desired, and never more
likely to be secured than when the masses carefully
note the course of events, and sonrchingly scrutinize
the conduct of their servants. It is therefore, truly
gratifying to witness the deep interest manifested
among all classes in relation to this important mat
ter. This deep rooted concern betokens a growing
and abiding attachment to the future prospects of
California and of our common country.
That there is a marked division in public senti
ment, and in the ranks of the Democratic party
should not be disguised. Therefore the question
of an election at the approaching session of the
Legislature may, perhaps, fairly be considered as
one of expediency. The advocates of an immediate
election have, now, and hitherto, assigned many
reasons in favor, while the opponents of the meas
ure urge strenuously their views in opposition. So
that now, not only the people, but the Democratic
Press, stand at least divided, if not very nearly
equal on the issue.
That an election, or the postponement of it to a
future session, will occasion many severe heart-burn
ings wo make no doubt, tint the great interests of
our country demand that the private ambition of
aspirants, or the schemes of those already in power,
should have little weight in the decision of the Leg
Harmony and unity of feeling in the ranks of the
Democratic party, should be especially cultivated.
Any and every thing,calculated to produce discord
studiously avoided. Wo believe that we represent
the views of the Democracy of F.l Dorado correctly,
when we say that they will cheerfully acquiesce in
an election at the approaching session, if made in
good feeling, and without engendering dissensions :
otherwise, we say decidedly, they are opposed to it.
We arc informed that the Neptune Hose
Company and the Ilook and Ladder Company of
Placerville, will be in attendance at the Firemen's
Festival, to be given in this place on the 21st inst.
The gay uniforms of the different companies will
add much to the attractions of the Ball. Our Fire
men are making great preparations, and if the
weather proves favorable a large and brilliant com
pany will be in attendance, and it will unquestion
ably prove the largest, gayest, most fashionable and
agreeable Ball ever given in the mines.
Attempt to break Jan..— On Sunday night last
the prisoners confined in jail awaiting trial, a Ger
man named Smith, “Bob'’ a reckless and hardened
youth, and another prisoner whose name we did
not learn, made a daring but unsuccessful attempt
to break jail. “Bob" forced open his cell door, as
sisted the others to open the doors of the cells where
they were confined, and the three together then
succeded in opening four other doors. The fifth
and outer door resisted all their efforts. Fortunate
ly the keeper started up early in the morning with
their breakfast and discovered what they had been
doing. “ Bob'’ very innocently observed that some
“ outsiders” had attempted to break in, but he had
discovered their object in time to defeat it. The
Sheriff, as soon as he was informed of the attempt,
had them put in irons.
The jail is an old, weak, insecure building, wholly
unfit for its present use, and. should either be fitted
up or a strong new one built. This subject has en
gaged the attention of several Grand Juries, all of
which made reports recommending the building of
a new one. From some unaccountable cause those
reports have never been acted upon. We know not
at whose door the fault lies, but that some one is
to blame all will admit. We earnestly hope the
matter will be attended to. and that speedily.
Hu. J. F. Mouse, formerly one of the editors of
the Sacramento Union, and a writer of aek iowI
edged ability, ami the Messrs. Warren, propose
publishing on the first of January an Agricultural
paper, to be called the California Farmer. Agri
culture and Horticulture are becoming important
interests in our State, and a paper devoted exclu
sively to their devclopomcnt will doubtless meet
with great encouragement. The Farmer will be
issued weekly and furnished to subscribers at $8
per annum. Subscriptions received at the store of
Warren & Son, San Francisco.
Rich but ,\ot Extensive Digoings.—A few
days ago one of our citizens had occasion to re
move an old shanty that had been standing on
Main street since ’41), and was used in those
primitive days for a store. Some of the boys pros-j
pected the dirt, and obtained as high as six dollars
to the pan. The news of new rich diggings having
been discovered spread like fire on a prairie, but
before a large number could got claims the pay dirt
Had vanished, and the excitement subsided.
The Weather. —The weather is now fine, and
the roads good. Monday night last, grand ar
rangements were made for a storm, but the Clerk
altered his miud, gave us a few severe gusts of wind,
overturned several trees, and “ dried up."
New Post-Office Wanted and Needed.—A
largo number of the citizens of Pilot Hill aro circu
lating petitions, which have been numerously sign
! ed, for the purpose of having a Post Office establish
ed at that place. In the immediate neighborhood
of Pilot Hill are a large number of miners and set
tlers. and their nearest Post Office is nine miles dis
tant, a distance altogether too great for them to
travel weekly to get their letters and papers. It
subjects them to great inconvenience and unneces
sary expense, and should be remedied at once.
The mail line of stages from Sacramento to
Georgetown passes through their town daily, and
i arrangement could be effected with the contractors,
without much additional expense, to carry a daily
or weekly mail to Pilot Hill. Our citizens have
had frequent occasions to complain of the inexcu
sable carelessness or negligence of the Post Office
Department in furnishing them mail facilities, and
it is proper that our Delegation in Congress im
press upon the mind of the Post Master General the
necessity that exists, especially in the mines of hav
ing Post Offices established at suitable points and
convenient distances from mining localities. We
have been patient under grievances that might have
caused serious disturbances in older States, but
our forbearance must not be construed into an in
difference upon the subject. We admit that the
expense of carrying the mails in California is much
greater than in the other States, but it is a poor
reason for neglecting to establish offices. We are
entitled to them, and if the Post Master General
desires to subserve the interests of the public and
gain the approbation of the people of California, he
will not hesitate a moment in granting all petitions
of a similar nature that ho may receive.
Mameluke Hill. —Through our attentive cor
respondent residing at Mameluke Hill , we have been
furnished with data of a reliable character con
nected with the mining operations of that rich lo
cality. Mameluke Hill is in the immediate vicinity
of Georgetown, in this county. There may be seen
the persevering spirit of the California miner , en
countering difficulties almost superhuman. Unaided
by largo capital works have been and aro still un
dertaken, requiring a vast outlay of bone and mus
cle. Our readers will note that the first thing to be
done there, is to begin removing a thin layer of
earth, when solid rock is encountered, through
which a tunnel is driven by blasting the rock at
every step until the basin within the hill is readied.
In the progress of the work the rock is frequently
of great hardness, so hard that one inch per hour is
considered good work, but varying in the degree of
hardness in different portions of the hill. Six men
of thorough experience working off and on night
and day, with a free use of drills and powder, will
make on an average twenty feet per week.
Tunnels with a single track for cars are usually
cut five feet by six, for double tracks eight feet by
We annex a list of some of the principal tunnels
with distance from the mouth into the basin of the
hill, and cost of construction. The disparity in
cost per foot is occasioned by difficulties encountered
in some and not existing in others. We intend at
a future day to publish a table embracing all the
tunnels of the Hill, their cost and whole length of
track used in working, with a detailed account of
the methods of mining.
One of the oldest tunnels is the Bay State, 5G0
feet long, and costing §0,000 ; Washington, 500 feet,
§6,000 ; Kiser & Pollard's, 360 feet, §4,500; Bed
Ilock Company. 250 feet, §5.000 : Antelope, 300 feet,
not completed, §4,000 expended; Union No. 1, 680
feet, §20,000; El Dorado, 440 feet, §8,000 : Empire,
700 feet, §6,000: Independent, 540 feet. §14,000:
Golden Gate, 300 feet, §4,800, and the Porcupine,
Slain Top, Patterson, Union No. 2, P. P. Tunnel,
Wisconsin, Jenny Lind, Klipstino & Kiser's, Ed
wards k Co. and several others. A few claims are
wrought with shafts varying from one hundred feet
and upwards in depth.
When the basin of the hill is reached the labor
of the miner is then only fairly commenced. Water,
ledges of reek and cement so hard as to almost defy
a drill, are met with. It is all work and no play,
but the Hill is rich. Go and examine it, reader,
and sec if you like the fun of Mameluke mining.
Murder near Fiddletown. —A Mexican named
Pablo Masa killed Jose Mader, on the 11th
instant, three miles west ofFiddletown. A woman
was the cause of the difficulty. The murdered man
lived long enough to give his testimony against the
accused. Masa was immediately arrested and ex
amined before Justice Phelps of Fiddletown, and
committed to jail. These arc all the particulars we
could gather.
Movements of the Celestials. —A large num
ber of these almond-eyed gentry, who were at work
on the rivers until the last rains, have selected
Greenwood for their winter quarters. They have
rented eight or ten stores and tv\*> of the principal
hotels, the New World and Empire , and have open
ed their gambling saloons a In American. Some
of them are quite tastefully furnishefl. The creeks
and ravines in that neighborhood are literally
thronged with John Chinamen.
Mining. —Every body knows that gold is scat
tered everywhere almost, about Coloma, Placerville,
Georgetown, Jolmtown, Kelsey’s, Gold Hill, Cold
Springs, Diamond Springs, in short in every gulch
and ravine and on every hill-side and hill-top in El
Dorado county; but miners are now driven from
the rivers, and in the dry diggings there is no ade
quate supply of water. Miners however are put
ting up the longest and biggest kind of sluices, and
when water does come the gentlemanly agents of
Adams & Co. and Wells. Fargo & Co. may rest as
sured of doing a nimble busincs.
Go and See. —If you want to buy auy thing to
eat, drink or w ear, or any thing else, from a horse
nail to a church-steeple, go into Tryon’s Store op
posite the American House. If you desire any
more, go into the Ohio Store, where you will find
every thing and a little more, and then to Plant’s,
where you can be suited exactly, at all times, for the
Deputy Clerk. —It affords us infinite satisfaction
to announce that A. D Waldron, an excellent Clerk
and worthy Democrat, has received the appointment
of Deputy Clerk under A. St. Clair Denver. There
are few better qualified, and none more worthy of
the post than our friend Asa.
Filial Affection. —From the Oswego Palladium |
we clip the following extraordinary advertisement.
Just read it and see what an affectionate mortal re- j
sides over the mountains. The heart-stricken son
is anxious to discover the whereabouts of his father
and mother, as well as that of his brother, and in
his overflowing affection offers the following mag
nificent reward, which will no doubt open both
the ears and eyes of the denizens of the country
bordering on the great Lakes. Here is a chance for
a fortune, sure ! Read it.
$5.00 REWARD.
INFORMATION WANTED of the whereabouts
* of my parents, John and Dorcas Locy ; also, of
my brother, John Locy, Jr., all of whom I left in
Oswego county, twenty years ago. Any person
sending the desired information to my Post Office
address, will confer a great favor —and will receive
the above named reward.
Troy, Oakland Co., Mich. LORENZO LOCY.
Now, John Locy; Jr. may be in this country.—
If so, just speak out and relieve that affectionate
brother of yours, and obtain your proportion of the
reward, one dollar and sixty-six cents ; the balance
must be reserved for the discovery of the parents.
A valuable family this! We freely give Lorenzo
Locy this space in our columns, and recommend
him to procure a strengthening plaster, or his filial
feelings may overcome him altogether.
Read! Read!! —We cut the following from a
New York paper. Peruse the morsel:
“ A young woman named Young, was arrested
one day last week, at Ogdensburg, on a charge of
attempting to starve a little niece. The evidence
sustained the charge and the woman was held to
bail in the sum of one hundred dollars, and the
child rescued from the fiend.”
“ Attempting to starve a little niece.” “ Evi
dence sustained the charge,” and held to bail in the
sum of one hundred dollars ! A great people live
over on the shores of Lake Ontario. One hundred
dollars is about the price of a fifteenth rate horse
hero. No wonder Rail Road accidents and explo
sions, destroying tho limbs and lives of hundreds,
go unpunished. Wonderful exploit! rescued the
child, and turned loose a “fiend.” Pay up your
bond, Madam Young, and just starve the penny of
ficials of Ogdensburg to death. They richly deserve
the punishment, for placing so low an estimate on
the life of a child. Verily, a dollar is certainly as
largo as r, cart wheel in the eyes of that people, no
manner of doubt about it.
£ry“ Adams & Co. will accept our thanks for
letters, packages and other favors.
David Mahony has received the nomination
from the Democratic County Convention of San
Francisco for Senator, in place of Hon. S. Brannan,
resigned. Of course he will be elected.
D, V. Gates, a young tragedian of considerable
ability, has been giving exhibitions in different parts
of our county with considerable success. On Tues
day night last, quite a crowd attended his exhibi
tion in this place. Other engagements prevented
us from attending, but wc learn from those that
were present that he gave general satisfaction, and
a hope was expressed that lie would soon return
and again give his delineations.
Si iriDE. — Early on Sunday morning last, in
Diamond Springs, Joseph W. Bradley, a young man
of irreproachable character, put an end to his exis
tence by shooting himself through the head with a
pistol. lie was Secretary and Treasurer of the
corporation of Bradley, Berdan and Co., and it is
supposed that intense application to business caused
a momentary aberration of intellect, and produced
the melancholy suicide. His death cast a gloom
over the whole town. A number of friends deeply
sympathise with the bereaved parents.
We have two of the finest livery stables in
the mines, and the gentlest, swiftest and easiest go
ing horses. It'is a luxury to back one of them in
this bracing season, arid roam over hill and dale
in search of game, which is found in our mountains
in abundance. Billy or George will supply you
with an animal that will suit you admirably.
565”' We have on file for publication a piece of
poetry headed “ California." We mislaid the man
uscript and did not find it until too late for this
week's issue. It will appear in our next. •
We are under obligations to Wells, Fargo
& Co., for numerous favors during the week.
A Chance for a Bargain. —Mr. Rothstein ad
vertises for sale the “ Buckeye Exchange, - ’ in Green
wood. The house is a fine ono and doing an excel
lent business. Sec advertisument.
The Pacific Railroad Surveying Party. —The
San Diego correspondent of the Alla, furnishes the
following interesting intelligence:
Wc have some account of the movements of the
Pacific Railroad surveying party, the escort to which,
under Lieut. George Stoneman, arrived on Sunday
last, and encamped at the Mission San Diego. The
dragoons, forty in number, who form the escort, are
in excellent health, and their animals all in fine con
dition. The escort left two parties in the field who
have now nearly completed their labors. One un
der Lieutenant Williamson, commanding the survey,
is now at the Colorado river, and may be expected
to arrive here about the 15th ; while that under the
direction of Lieut. Parke, is engaged in a survey of
the San Luis river from its source.
We learn that the survey has been conducted with
the utmost accuracy and fidelity, and that a new'
and perfect map of the whole country surveyed and
explored, will be constructed to accompany Lieut.
Williamson's report, and that the measurements
were sufficiently minute to give the profile of every
pass and obstacles on the route, so that the proper
grade of the track for a railroad can be at once de
termined. Such a contribution to the geographical
and topographical knowledge of our State and coun
try is invaluable, even if the coveted railroad is not
built on the southern route. The country between
the Tulara valley and the Colorado and Gila rivers
has never before been so thoroughly explored, and
the vicinity of the Mohave river, hitherto unknown,
is now examined and surveyed from its source in the
coast range, near the Cajon to its final disappear
ance in a sand lake in the desert.
The Mint. —The machinery for the United States
Minffat San Francisco was brought out in the clip
per Trudeu'irul , and it is expected will be in full
operation by the 1st of January, and competent to
coin §100,000 daily, it will be located near the old
Assaying establishment of Moffat k Co., on the
corner of Montgomery and Commercial streets.
Deserved Compliment. —The Alta calls John
Conness, of El Dorado, the Joseph Hume of Califor
nia.—Slate Journal.
Xntn MrlligrnrE.
District Court.
Cases and proceedings in the District Court of El
Dorado County, at the November Term, 1853,
since the report in our last number.
John D. Galbraith vs. Ilarry Hcustis.—Dismissed
at plaintiff's cost.
Lucy A. Howe vs. John W. M. Howe.—Verdict
in favor of plaintiff' for divorce, and order for the
equal division of property.
Geo. Calderwood and Abel Mentser vs. P. Shot
tenkirk and others. —Continued to next term of
A. J. Marshall vs. O. 15. Wescott and others. —
Sheriff's return amended, and defendant allowed to
file an answer. Cause continued to next term of
David P. Bassett vs. William McNulty - -Defend
ant's demurrer overruled, and no further order
made in the case.
B. R. Nickerson, appellant, vs. Cardwell & Brock,
respondents. —Dismissed for want of appellate ju
L. Bradley and others vs. P. Perkins and A. Ab
bott.—Same order.
Wm. Knox and others vs. Louis Gould. —Same
John Barren vs. Bradley, Berdan & Co.—Judg
ment for $400 and costs, 'for plaintiffs, by agree
ment of parties.
J. S. Holbrook vs. O. N. Morse. —The jury not
being able to agree were discharged, and cause
continued to next term ofCourt.
Bradley, Berdan & Co. vs. H. M. Jones and oth
ers.—Cause continued to nqgt term of Court by
agreement of parties. *
The People vs. Peter C. Baker. —Continued to
next term of Court, by agreement of parties.
Wm. Frazier vs. Jas. A. Board and others. —Set-
tled and injunction made perpetual, by agreement
of parties. Costs against plaintiff.
JohnG. Carpenter, appellant, vs. Patrick Calla
han, respondent. — Dismissed for want of appellate
The above report, with an unimportant order or
two. touching one of the cases, closes the term of
the District Court—the longest and most important
term, perhaps, which has ever been held in El Do
rado county. Business is undoubtedly increasing,
as well in the number of cases, as the amounts
in controversy.
In our next number some of the interesting points
of decision will be reported, which have arisen in
the cases. The legal opinions of our popular and
able District Judge, perhaps the ablest in the State,
has had a tendency to settle many points of interest
originating in the peculiar tenure by which prop
erty is held and labor rewarded in this mountain
ous region, and we promise, as opportunity offers,
to give them to the public.
Correspondence of the Argus.
Spanish Fi.at, Dec. 0th, 1853.
Messrs. Editors : —We are sorry to state that
one of our number was taken suddenly from amongst
us, on the 3rd inst.. a very worthy man and good
citizen, his name was Price. Being missed from his
cabin in the morning, no suspicion was excited un
til the next day, as he was in the habit of absenting
himself at times, but on not seeing his fire at nigh t
and no smoke in the morning, search was made and
he was found buried in his claim in which lie had
been drifting, perfectly dead. He must have died
a hard death, from suffocation. He was quite
doubled up: and his face, from the superincumbent
weight of dirt, was much disfigured and pressed
flat to the earth. Memento mori. “ In the midst
of life, we are in death.” He has passed from us in
the bloom of manhood, and already the sear and
yellow leaf is falling on his grave.
I The Buttle of Let Pas—Lower California declared a
Republic — Col. 11 in. Walker declared President.
We extract the following correspondence from
the San Diego Herald of the 3d:
Head Qiautehs Keitblic Lower California, >
November 7th, 1853. J
On the morning of the 15th of October, we sailed
with the First Independent Battalion for Lower Cal
ifornia. The cominand consisted of 45 men. Our
voyage was a prosperous one to Capo St. Lucas,
where w r e landed on the 28tii of October. Here we
gained some little information of importance, and
proceeded on our journey to La l’az. On the 3d
day of November our vessel cast anchor opposite
thotown. A party were ordered by Col. Walker to
laud, take possession of the town, and secure the
person of the Governor—Lieut. Gilman command
ing the party. In less than thirty minutes the town
was taken and the Governor secured. We then
hauled down the Mexican llag in front of the Gov
ernor's house, proclaimed the Independence of Lower
California, and our flag floated triumphantly where
but a few minutes previous that of Mexico waved
in supposed security. Our men, provisions and mu
nitions of war were now landed, the town fortified,
and Col. Walker entered upon his duties as Presi
dent of the Republic of Lower California.
Here we remained until Sunday the Oth, when
the President determined to remove the seat of Gov
ernment to St. Lucas. In accordance with this de
termination we re-embarked, taking with us Ex-
Governor Espanosa and the public documents.—
Shortly after our embarkation a vessel came into
port, having on board Col. Robollero, who was sent
by the Government of Mexico to supersede Ex-Gov
ernoa Espanosa. A small detachment was dispatch
ed to bring Col. Robollero on board our vessel. This
order was promptly executed. About an hour after
this occurrence, a party was sent on shore to pro
cure wood, and while in the act of returning to
their boats they were fired upon by a large party.
Thus commenced the first action.
The party consisted of but six men, who retired
to the vessel under a heavy fire of musketry without
losing a man. In the meantime a fire was opened
upon the town with our ordnance, which was kept
up until Col. Walker landed with thirty men, when
the fighting became general. From the time of
landing until the close of the action, (a signal de
feat of the enemy), was about one hour and a half.
The enemy's loss was six or seven killed and several
wounded. Our men did not receive so much as a
'11ms ended the battle of La Pax, crowning our
efforts with victory, releasing Lower California from
the tyrannous yoke of declining Mexico, and estab
lishing a new republic.
Our men are all in line health and spirits, and
are as noble and determined a body of men as were
ever collected together.
'Lite officers who compose the Government are as
follows :
William Walker, President of the Republic of
Lower California.
Frederic Emory, Secretary of State.
John M. Jernagin, Secretary of War.
Howard H. Snow, Secretary of Navy.
Charles II. Gilman, Captain of Battallion.
John McKibbin, 1st Lieutenant.
Timothy Crocker, 2nd Lieutenant.
Samuel Ruland, 3d Lieutenant.
Wm. P. Mann, Captain of Navy,
A. Williams, 1st Lieutenant of Navy.
John Grundall, 2d Lieutenant of Navy.
Our Government has been formed upon a firm
and sure basis.
We arrived at St. Lucas on Tuesday, November
8th. On the morning of the Oth, the Mexican Cut
ter Garrea cruised off the Cape; our appearance
was so formidable she deemed “ prudence the bet
ter part of valor," hauled to, and gave us the slip.
In the morning our troops again embarked for En
senada. where the President contemplates establish
ing the seat of government for the present.
The Republic of Lower California is hereby de
clared Free, Sovereign and Independent, and all al
legiance to the Republic of Mexico is renounced for
Decree 1—7th inst:
All duties, whether exports or imports, are hereby*
Decree No. 2 —7th inst:
From and after this date, the Civil Code, and
Code of Practice of the State of Louisiana, shall be
the rule of decision and the law of the land in all
the Courts of the Republic to be hereafter organi
zed. Nothing, however, in this decree, shall be
construed so ns to make it an organization of the
Courts of the Republic.
President of Lower California ■
Frederic Emory, Secretary of State.
Actual Hostilities. —We learn from a
man of high character, says the Courier, who is is
resident of San Diego, that actual hostilities betw een
the party of Fillibustcrs, under Walker, and the-
Lower Californians have actually taken place.—
There is no definite intelligence as to the precise
nature of the battle, and the number of lives lost by
each party: but that a battle has taken place, or
rather a skirmish, is unquestionably true. Flying
reports new in circulation arc no doubt intended
more for effect than to give the exact state of affairs
between the two parties. The smoke and confusion
which now hangs over this affair will soon be re
moved. and we have no doubt that a complete and
authentic report will be presented to the public.—
Until then we shall await the arrival of the next
steamer from below.
This morning, says tho Times and Tranecript ol
Tuesday last, we are called upon to announce tho
departure of a second expedition bound for the
“ Republic of the Two Stars.”
Between half-past nine and twelve o'clock last
evening, parties of from two to six men each might
have been seen wending their way “down town,”
I with blanket bundles under their arms or on th°ir
backs, and rifles in their hands. Their destination
was of course evident. They seemed to make no se
cret of their departure, although they passeed along
the streets very silently, and had little to say to ac
quaintances who might meet them, except here and
there a word or two in an under tone. They seem
ed to be remarkably ignorant outlie name of the ves
sel they were to sail in, where she was bound for,
the number going, or when she was to start.
Arrived at tho end of Clay street Wharf, one
might have seen two vessels moored, one outside of
the other. Tho outer one was evidently the object
of interest. She was a dingy looking bark, deeply
laden, her decks covered with barrels of provisions,
etc., etc.
Grudully the crowd of Republicans, with their
; intimate friends, gathered about her decks and the
[ end of the wharf. 'The little cabin held a continuous
! ly replenished crowd of six or eight (as many as
J could get in at a time) while wishes for good fortune,
I farewells and “something warm” passed the rounds.
About midnight, two carts of ammunition—rifles,
powder, ko.— reached the end of tho wharf, and
were backed up to a gangway plank. All seemed
in exce 1 nt spirits, and two lines were formed across
the deck of the intermediate vessel, to “ pass the
pickies” on board. A short time afterwards, Jack
I and Barney and Tom, and sundry others, were call
ed out to go up the wharf and bring down the rifles
belonging to Company B. At last every thing was
on board, and all were ready for depature, Friends
shook hands, and bid good bye, fifty times a-piecc;
and as the crowd gathered, and there appeared to
be no show of resistance on the part of the author
ities, Federal or State, all grew more confident of a
successful departure, and with confidence came
Nothing was now detaining them but the appear
ance of the steamer Thomas Hunt, which had been
chartered to tow- the craft, with her freight of
“ glory,” out to the heads. At five minutes after one,
her lights displayed themselves as she rounded the
end of Pacific wharf, and approached the sconce of
excitement and hope. The steamer crept slowly
alongside, and her hawsers were made fast to tho
bark! A delay of fifteen minutes followed, to allow
time for the fifty-first grip of the hand, and “ good
luck to you, old boy,” and for the stragglers who
were singing a song at the nearest bar-room, to
get on board.
T'he order was then given to let go the bow and
stern lines; the ominous bell of the steamer was
heard ringing from the engine room ; the escaping
steam was shut off ; the paddles commenced moving
and the two crafts swept gallantly oft'. First there
came three cheers for the new Republic from those
left behind, followed by three and a “tyger,” from
the hive of human beings on the deck ot the bark,
closed by indiscriminate shoutings and cheers.
The bark that took the party is called the Anita,
and she is bound for the locus in quo of President
Walker's men. Sno is 235 tons burthen, and what
her registered name is we cannot say. She carries
provisions sufficient to last two hundred men ninety
days. She also has on board two thousand three
hundred pounds of powder: balls enough to supply
each man with eight hundred, and six hundred caps
apiece for each man. She also has two pieces of
ordnance and shells, to aid in effecting a landing
should force be necessary, on reaching Guay mas.
On board arc three organised companies, and two
companies that are not organised. The battalion is
commanded by Col. 11. P. Watkins. Company A
consists of sixty men commanded by Capt. Cuttrell;
Company B of fifty men. commanded by Capt. Geo!
R. Davidson; Company C, of forty-eight men, com
manded by Capt I). 51. Chauncey. In addition to
which arc about one hundred men on board, making
in all about 250. Each man is armed with a rifle
bowie-knife and pistol; and the expedition left in
the highest of spirits. There are forty berths on
board, each capable of holding three men, the re
mainder will have to get along the best way they
can. We have neglected to say that Mr. Emory
the Secretary of State of the new Republic, went
passenger, that the vessel could not possibly get oft'
without two men falling overboard, and that tho
volunteers composing the different corps appeared,
as a general thing, to be such as are needed at the
present crisis. The lateness of the hour precludes
further remark.
San Jose Railroad.—A largo auction house in
San Francisco, says the Union, for the sale of real
estate, in advertising property for sale on the l'ulgas
Ranch, stated us an inducement to purchasers, that
“the railroad to San Jose runs directly through this
property, making it a very desirable investment for
those of our citizens who wish to secure a villa resi
dence during the summer months.”
But such a road has no existence only in talk.
It is true that Eddy s new Map of California has a
black line drawn from San f rancisco to San Jose,
and under which is printed “ Railroad Line,” An
other black line, straight as the edge of a double
jointer, over hill and dale, connects Stockton and
Sonora, and another line leading from Benicia over
the hills and tide marshes to Marysville, having sim
ilar descriptions. Those who purchase property
upon the l’ulgas Ranch, will, without doubt, know
when the road through their property will be com
pleted, and we will endeavor to apprise our readers
of the completion of the radroad from the port of
entry to Marysville, should it be done in our day,
and it not, wdl strongly impress upon our successor
the importance of his performin'* the

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