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THE PLACER HERALD.
DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE. Joseph Walkup, Chairman Plains. 15. F. Myres. Secretary Anlairn. H. Fitzsimmons, Treasurer, Auburn. P>. K. Davis. Ophir. A. P. K. Saftbrd Yankee Jim. J. A. Hill Gold Hill. E. L. Bradley Dntc’i Flat. Thomas Woods Rattlesnake Bar. Wm. R. Olden Green Valley. AUBURN, DECEMBER 22, 1855. To M. Taylor. V>'u are requested to forward to this office tlie amount (&30.) you owe for printing Tlientrc Bills. Returned. —Our old townsman P. W. Thomas, Esq., returned from the Atlantic States on Sunday last. Phil, looks well and for the present haujjs his “shingle" out at the Court House, where his old friends and cli ents can find him. Back Again. — Among the passengers who arrived on the last mail steamer, wo notice our cotemporary of the Plorrr Pn*s. 11. 11. Hawkins, Esq., we welcome him home again. The lowa Kill News. The editors of ihis sheet seem to think wo exhibited bad liumor in our remarks in the Herald of the issue of the Bth insf. A mere supposition on your part gentlemen!—never in better humor! Your division scheme does not trouble our temper in the least. We have said little about it, but have ] ermitted the citizens of the Divide the use of our col umns, who, we think, are giving true ac counts of the foolin'! in relation to the scheme. This move has very few supporters outside of the sanctum of the editors of the lowa Hill Yews. Our argument in relation to a division mav be ••unique,” but at the same time a very truthful one, which the citizens of the Divide will consider well before they ever favor a division of the county. I’or the truthfulness of our unique arguments we refer you to the Hieriff and Clerk of the countv, who can furnish you am] le c. id. nee. The Placer Press, ef last week, gave sta tistics showing which portion of the county furnished the most revenue, and tic -e stabs tics wore taken from the records Of the Sher iff's • ffi ■. wid h sh iws fol 0 080 ilO m taxable property in the lower portion of the county than the upper, and the same evi dence shows that while the lower portion pays on taxable property §19,006 30, the proposed in w county only pays §10,701 07. 1 and these are facts on record which cannot | be controverted, for they are officially true. Now then, what are the prospects for the m-xt twelve months? Is there anv prospect of the proposed new county increasing in taxable property in the same ratio as the ol der portion of Placer? There is not.' Al ready is the railroad from Sacramento to the American river within a few weeks of com letion—and then the company commence constructing the road from Negro Bar across Placer county to Bear river, which will ne cessarily cause an outlay of nearly a million of dollars, —all in the lower portion of the county—while the increase of taxable prop erty in the upper portion will not amount to one hundred thousand dollars. Under these circumstances, it is, beyond a doubt, the in terest of the citizens of the Divide to remain as they are. The Yews men. in urging a divison, advocate a measure which is not to the true interests of the whole county, and if carried info effect would for years prpve oppressive to a large portion of the tax-pay ors of the Divide. There is another point in this division project, which naturally arises if a division takes place. and that is funding the county debt, which we are opposed to. In a large and populous county like Placer no debt ought to be funded without it reaches over one hundred thousand dollars. Some weeks since, when the question of funding was mooted, we suggested to the people to hold meetings, and if in favor of funding so express themselves. But there has been no expression of the people, and it is fair to presume they do not wish the debt funded; and we are glad of it. We hope our members in the coming leg islature, instead of busying themselves about a division of the county, will exert them selves to lessen the present Foreign Miners Tax to the old rate of three or four dollars per month—have the present Supervisor Act for Placer county so altered as to reduce the Board to three members, one to go out of office annually, thus have two members on the Board all the time who are somewhat conversant with the business of the county — and we hope our legislators will earnestly urge amendments to the Constitution so as to do away with some of our unnecessary Courts; and by useful legislation of this kind enable the tax-ridden counties of the State to pay their debts, and lighten the oppressive taxes which at present oppress the people. If the editors of the Yews would advocate the measures we have suggested, they would benefit the citizens of Placer more than by urging a scheme of division; and our county in a few short years would be entirely re lieved of debt, which is more to be desired at the present time than any thing else. Arrangements are being made to put a boring machine a work in 'Table Mountain. It cuts a tunnel fiv e feet in diameter, and advances at tbc, rate of twenty to thirty feet jar day. The Riggings. —The first of the week we visited the lower portion of our county, in the neighborhood of Newtown, where there is opening at the present time an extensive mining district. The Cold Hill & Bear River Company have extended their ditches through the different mining camps, and there is every probability of a great deal of gold being taken out during the winter. In many of the mining localities we no ticed the miners had their families, and were settled as if they intended to stay awhile. The miners about Virginia, Ore City and Gold Hill are busy at work. On the flat at Oro City we noticed some miners at work in a pit twenty feet deep. They are said to have been making excellent wages for some time past. A typo in the Union office finds that the name of Miss Pellet occurs 105 times in that paper during the past six months. Once would have been plenty, and then in connection with the name of some California bachelor. CrfeV Fi at.— This Elat is situated on the road leading from Auburn to Ophir, and is proving to bo a good mining locality. A company of four who have been working on this Elat since the commencement of winter, have averaged very good wages. One day last week they dug out a lump of pure gold worth $1 10. Postponed. — We are compelled to defer j the publication of the proceedings of the Democratic, Club at Ophir, until next week. Trial of John Roberts.— This individual, who killed Van, at lowa Hill in March last, 1 was arraigned before the District Court of | Yolo county on Thuisdnv last. ’) he witnes- I scs for the prosecution were examined that 1 day, and those for the defence yesterday. The case will perhaps go to the jury to-day. ! Stabbi d. — A man by the name of Rod- 1 wick Hall stabbed 0. H. Olverson at Yankee . Jim, on Friday, the 14th inst. We have j not yet learned whether the hitter died or j not. He was severely wounded. Another Fire-Proof Building. — Mr. H. T. Holmes commenced the erection of ano ther fire-proof building this week, next door I to the Herald office. It is to he 45 feet : long and 4 4 feet wide, divided into two' rooms. Messrs. Baukf.it Atmitii.— These gentle- ■ men have recently made additions to their . shop, which enables them to do superior work in their line. They have an engine, a , , ’i circular saw, At., l.y which they are enabled to turn out work in a short time. They , make a very superior sash door, and window | sa>h. We w ish this new firm success. Masonic. —Eureka Lodge No. 16, of this place, held its election on Monday evening last. The following members*were elected officers for the ensuing year: Moses Hvne man, W. M.t M. P. H. Love, S. W.; P,’ W. Thomas, J. W.; H. R. Hawkins, Secretary; H. T. Holmes, Treasurer; D. Davidson, Tyler. Magazines. —We are indebted to Mr. Oberdeoner for late Magazines, brought from the East by the last steamer. He has them for sale at his book store, next door to Hyne man's corner. Sacramento Correspondence. Sack amk.nto, I»ec. 20th, 1855. Tabh Mifrkill, Enq: Dear Sir—Since my 1 n-f, there lias been hut little offering in the way of news, that would he of interest to your readers. Ihe cars are now making two trips a day to Alder Springs, a distance of twenty miles, carrying freight and passen gers. The rates for freight are *2.50 per ton, and £1,50 for passengers—each wav. Ihe erection of a Telegraph wire from this place to Benicia, is nearly completed. Workmen were engaged yesterday in sus pending the wire across the Sacramento, using the top of a tree on either side for that purpose. I think the dav is got far distant when all the important places in the State will be connected by Railroads and Tele graphs—which will have the effect of quick ening business operations, and' lead to the building of a Pacific Railroad—the most im portant work that the Union could engage in—as there is no one who would not be ef fected by it more or less In the meantime we ought to have a Telegraph line to St. Loins, which could be built for comparative ly .a small amount; the profits from which would ho immense. Our two Theaters are in full blast. The Forrest with the Misses Gougonheim, and the old Sacramento with Mrs Sinclair and .1. B. Booth as the principal performers. The latter theater with moderate prices and a good stock company are doing nearly all the business. The day is past in California when poor acting and large admission fees “rule the roast.” The price at the Forrest is 81,50 and the Sacramento charges £I,OO. Politically, there is little stirring. Candi dates for Sergeant-at-Anns of the Senate are numerous; among others I have heard of I )r. T. A. Thomas, J. A. Tutt, J. T. Knox, Geo. Gillis, etc. Members of the Legislature arc flocking to our city, and I presume before this week is out nearly all of them will be on hand. I notice the arrival of Mr. Curtis, of Sis kiyou, who narrowly escaped being penned up in Yreka by the snow. There is an old saying that, “the majority have the power,” but 1 am inclined to think that that saying will be reversed this winter in the Senate, for the one or two Whigs there will have the balance of power, and as tar as the offices ot the Senate are concerned they' will have the power of sayino* who shall and who shall not be. Which side they wjll co-operate with is a question of quUn sabr. Ltr.saoc. For the Placer Herald. (■rizzi.v Flat, Dec. 18tli, ’55. Dear Mitchell: Having passed the summer and autumn months without benefit to ray impoverished finances, or other compensa ting equivalent, save the usual amount of reliable information in regard to other dig gins and canons, and rivers, and towns, and overland Wagon Routes, upon easy grades, etc., I have finally returned as you perceive, by m 7/ head , to the old stamping ground. Well, 1 am now willing to confess, that a fillibustering miner, like the “rolling stone, gathers no moss;” besides, the stock of knowledge he may amass in his rambles, is only valuable in amazing camp companions about this or that encounter with some huge occupant of the land, whose extreme sensi tiveness upon their versa major rights, is a constant source of war between the fillihus ter ami the uncivilized monarchs of the mountains. In this, however, the miner is generally successful, for he adv ances to the brush regardless of the mettm cl luum laws of society, determined to appropriate the territory, court martial the monster, and “divide the spoils.” Speaking of the division of spoils, I am reminded that this lower re gion is not exempt. Here, too, I observe the trail of the fillibustering spirit engaged in other efforts, and with other objects than the humble miner away in that Alpine land ever dreamed of. Some, (may God tal o them!) have gone to fight the battles of Walker in a foreign clime; and some, (Oh, woe!) are left to war against the bulwarks of old Pla cer. Of these last, they with the triple XM artillery—they, (he partilioners, tl e disvvion ists, they, the vampire triplets, who in ad vance (so sure of their game), are defining the boundaries of a countv fo v med from poor, distracted, debt-ridden, dism.em.hrcd P'ace-, T have a word to sav by and by. Put Mr. Editor, permit me to suggest to this or these divisionists, that before the people of Placer county consents to a division, more Lcr/qin will be necessary—better reasons ad vanced, than simply that of distance from the county seat, which alone constitutes the gist of everything thus far produced. Were the wishes of the people of the lower end of this county to be disregarded, still it would in our opinion be improbable that a majority of the people of (ho Divide would consent to be saddled with the enormous taxes inci dent to the organization of a new countv, and to be brought forth subject to the debt, contracted for the most part in the construc tion of our county buildings, a sum which, in case of division, would leave the new county in debt *50,000 to start, without a dollar in the treasury to pay up. I remark that the inducements to secede, to divide, with such drawbacks before them will hardly obtain favor with the people of this end of j the county. But we shall be answered, that it is contemplated to petition the next Leg- | islature to permit the CoUntv of Placer to ' fund her debt, and that the portion assumed i by the new county will not be burdensome s as lime will be given to “turn ourselves in.” j Now, dear Mitchell, I do not know your opinion in regard to this Funding project, ! but 1 confess to discover little good in it, and ; for one, I do not wish to leave another gen- ; eration to face an evil contracted by tins. “Let every tub stand upon its own bottom” is the true doctrine, and if we have either wisely or foolishly incurred an indebtedness of a hundred thousand, more or less, let the j assessments be levied, the faxes collected, our bonds cancelled, the county free, and then talk of division. Were the people of Wisconsin Hill, (near which place I “stick my stake,”) to be con sulted to-day in regard to a division,! firmly believe that a large majority would reject the proposal as unwise and impolitic for our true interest—unwise in point of time, as shown above—impolitic under all circumstances, as lessening our influence abroad, and organ izing a double system of expenditures to be supported and sustained by doubling the blood-letting of the dear people. But is not the impudence of this world wonderful? The dear, petted triplet, of the lowa Hill Xewn, confesses, even frankly con fesses, in his article of the Bth instant, that he. said triple X. has “about as small pent mary interest in the matter as any good citi zen,” and yet he urges that measures be im mediately taken to divide the county—even says “let the dividing line” Vie drawn thus and thus Well, there are many good citi zens in old Placer, and no doubt exists that said X’s have some good qualities, but the people of (hq county will be slow to appre ciate (he benefits of double sequents in office, double tariffs in the way of "aid and com fort,” and a double number of spoils-hunting, office-seeking drones to feast upon the hard earnings of the disciples of the pick and shovel. By the way, in the case of success, where does the triplets propose tho county seat to be? The people of the Bluff Todd’s Valiev, of Yankee Jim’s, and all south of Shirt Tail Cason, would as soon go to Auburn as lowa Hill, and can do so at as little cost. Then where will the dividers locate the “seat?” My opportunity to send this is a' hand, and I must “dry up,” promising more anon. Qt;i Vive. Late News from Oregon. By the arrival of the Columbia at Ran Francisco a few days since, we have late and eventful news from Oregon. The Oregonian of the loth inst. says. “A battle has been fought between (he gallant volunteers of Oregon, under com mand of Lieut. Col. Kelly, near Whitman’s Station. The Indians have been badly beaten Capt. Bennett and others fell in leading the gallant charge. Pee-Beu mox-mox. the great head chief, has been killed, together with a large number of his warriors.” When the courier left the battle field the whites were still fighting. They were getting short of amunitions and provisions, but more were expected hourly. Lieut. Slaughter has been killer) in Wash ington Territory by the Indians. The Indians in the Rogue river and Ump qua valleys are still committing their depre dations on the defeneeless.settlements, pillag ing and burning houses and property of the settlers, and growing bolder by their success, have approached nearer the towns. The whites however are in the field and will no doubt soon exterminate the red skins. The Oregon Legislature convened on the Bth inst., and when the steamer left had completed its organization. The Cincinnati Convention. The Know Nothings of (ho Northern Slates have taken their position in relation to the Presidential campaign. At the Cin cinnati Convention, in which New York, Massachusetts, and all the other free States were represented, the “utmost harmony” prevailed, and the following was the result; The American Convention, in session No vember 23d, adopted a majority report, con taining tho following sentiments: They demand the restoration of the Mis souri Compromise, and, failing to attain that end, claim that Congress should refuse tp admit any State into the Union tolerating slavery, which may be formed out of terri tory from which slavery was excluded by the compromise. They protest against coales cing with any party that demands the aban donment of the American principles and the disorganization of the American parly. The report recommends the meeting of the American delegates in Philadelphia on the 191 hof February. The minority report, which was rejected, insists upon the exclusion of slavery from the territories. It says that proscription on ac count of birth is unwarrantable—opposes sec rosy, regards the slavery question para mount to all others, and recommends river and harbor improvements, and a generous foreign policy. The minority report was sustained chiefly by the delegates from Ohio and Michigan Thus it will be seen that the Know Noth ings of all the free States are prepared to en ter the next canvass with a platform'in favor of the restoration of the Missouri Compro mise What do the California Know Nothings now think? Are they prepared still to believe that the Know’ Nothing party, as a national organization, is not dead —very dead? Do they think it possible that the Know Noth ings of the Southern Slates can harmonize with their Northern brethren upon such a basis? The report of the Cincinnati •’onvention will not fail to enlist the sympathies of the Abolitionists, and we fear will give a fearful impulse to the incendiaries. 'J he leaders of the movement at Cincinnati will be the lead ers of the Northern party in the Presidential contest, and Seward and Chase will be com pelled to play second fiddle, or openly es pouse the Know Nothing cause. In this emergency what can the Know Nothing w ho entertains sound Union opinions do? He cannot support the Northern parly, and he finds it useless to make a nomination for the Southern wing, because he cannot entertain even a hope of success in any Stale except ing Kentucky and Maryland. As we have frequently prophesied of late, he will be forced by patriotic motives to support the Democratic ticket. “Coming events cast their shadows before," and we see that al ready a commencement toward this end litis been made. South Carolina has disbanded the Know Nothing party, and Virginia, Geor gia, Mississippi, and Alabama go half way in the same direction by throwing off the se cret oath system, the most vital element, of the organization. These facts should be deeply pondered over by the Know Nothing members of the Legislature, as well as bv the people generally. They are the signs of the times, and he is most discreet and most wise who takes the most advantage of their teachings. Stale Journal. [From the St. Louis Republican, Nov. 15.] The Prospect of Getting Water on the Plains Improved. The idea generally entertained that the 1 immense arid plains lying between the Missis sippi and Rocky Mountains, must remain forever unsettled and uncultuvated on ac i count of the scarcity of water and fuel, is | likely to undergo a change. Scientific men ! are now exploring these plains, or praries, I and from the little we hear of these researches, | the prospect appears good that an abundance | of coal and water can be obtained at a small | outlay of money and labor. Successful e\- I periments have been made in testing the practicability of boring Artesian wells, and the result is most satisfactory. In one in stance, near the Pecos river, about the thirty second parallel,.at the depth of six hundred and fifty feet, the greatest abundance of per fectly pure water was obtained. Besides this, the operation developed the existence [ of coal beds, easily accessible, and, as far as ; the experiments have progressed, evidently underlying the whole of that immense coun try. The importance of this discovery will at once be apparent. If rivers cannot be cre ated by these wells, water sufficient may be j obtained for all the purposes of irrigation, and thus the plains may become as thickly inhabited, and the land rendered as produc tive, as any other portion of our country. With plenty of coal for fuel, the want of timber will hardly keep back the pioneer; for the materials for building are too nume rous to admit of such a supposition. The thorn will, dobtlcss, grow as well there as here, and live hedges, even in sections where forests are abundant, are now adopted by the farmer. The expedition for making these observa tions and experiments on the great Western prairies was sent out by the government only a short time since, and it certainly may be considered, with the success which has attend ed the experiment, as one of the most im portant that lias been commissioned. Mil lions of acres of the best lands will thus be opened up to agricultural enterprise, and the country lying between the Mississippi and the Rocky Mountains, instead of remaining a desert waste, doomed to solitude and barren ness, will become settled with an energetic population, and pour its rich products into the lap of commerce. Pacific Express. — We are under obliga tions to Mr. Brooks far late Atlantic papers during the week. Thanks. —Wells, Fargo & Co., were the first, on Sunday last, to leave us files of At lantic papers, brought by the steamer Sonora. Nicaragua. We hear that Capt. I’arker 11. French has resigned his seat in the Capinet, as Minister of Finance, and has been appointed Minister Plenipotentiary to the United States govern ment, until such time as Col. R J. C. Kewen, who is now in San Francisco, shall return and take that position. All is quiet m Nicaragua » ARRIVAL OF THE SONORA. TWO WEEKS LATER NEWS. The steamer Sonora arrived at San Fran cisco on Saturday the 15th inst., she brought 770 passengers, a large proportion of whom were women and children. The Washington Union says that the dis patches of our Minister at London contain assurances that there is nothing whatever in the diplomatic relations between the United States and Great Britain that need awaken solicitude in this country. It is denied that Mr. Buchanan manifested sympathy for the allies. The tenor of the dispatches from England are said to ho of the most friendly and peaceful character. The same paper intimates that it may lie possible that the flurry made by the English government and the Times over the nominal imminent probability of war with us is de signed not only to check the disposition of English capitalists to send their money over here for investment, on account of the exist ing disturbed state of English financial af fairs, but also to frighten them, as far as pos sible, into increasing the stock of bullion in England, by realizing at once, through the sale of such American securities as (hey now hold? Stranger things have happened The rumor of tlie recall of (ten. Almonte, the Mexican Minister, created considerable excitement at Washington. The rumor relative to the dismissal of Mr. Crumpton, the British Minister, is without foundation. It is said, however, that it may be necessary for the British Government to recall him, ho having expressed a desire io that effect, even should he be entirely exon crated from blame in the matter of enlisting men in this country for the < 'rimea. The New Ham]) Democratic, Stale Conven tion, which met recently at Concord, nomin ated lion, .lames S Wells for Governor. I’resident I’ieree was recommended for re election. The latest returns from New York give the Know Nothings 10,490 plurality over the Sewardites. The old soldiers of (he war of 1812 hold a national convention in Washington on the Bth of January. 1 he corner stone of a monument in honor of Gen. Zai harv Tavlor was recently laid at Easton, J’enn. General Scott, t ’qhi. Stock ton, and twenty military companies were present. Another railroad accident has occurred . t n the Lehigh Valley road, near Allentown. Pa; a car with thirty passengers was thrown off the track, but fortunately no one was killed. The Legislature of Missouri went into an election for U, S. Senator (in place of Atch ison) on (ho 26th ult A very destructive fire occurred recently at Alexandria, I). C. Seven lives were lost. Two persons were arrested as incendiaries. Messrs. Page, Bacon Co., have obtained a judgment for *85,727 against the City of St. Louis for damages arising out of an in junction suit. The Grand Council of the American Parly of South Carolina has recommended the sub ordinate lodges in that Slate to disband and absolve the members from their obligations. We hav e news from Havana, via New Or leans, to the 13th November. A party of wreckers who were taking out the cargo of a Spanish brig on the Bahamas, were fired in to by a Spanish launch; two of them were killed, five or six wounded, and the balance taken prisoners. A dispatch from Washington to the New York Tribune states that Major Hammond, late Collector of the port of San Francisco, was reported to be a defaulter to a large amount. Ur. Maynard, of Washington, and the late Capt. Folsom, are his sureties. Senator Gvvin was to have left New York in the steamer of the sth Uee. for California. The latest returns from Louisiana indicate that the Democrats have a majority on the Slate ticket of 2000, and that they have car ried both branches rc tf,. Legislature. Edgar A. Tngersoll, a prominent citizen of Chicago, recently killed himself an I wife because she had commence ! a suit for di vorce. The town of Buckhanuon, P.i., has been totally destroyed by fire. Loss, *50,000. <)n the 12th ult a wonderful railroad ac cident occurred on the Harlem road. A train of four cars were blown off the track bodily, and carried down an embankment some thirty feet high. The cars turning four complete somersets, killing one man and in juring many others. It is said that valuable mines of gold have been recently discovered in Alabama. It is rumored that Commodore Paulding has been ordered to proceed in a sliip-of-war immediately to Nicaragua, to inquire into the late outrages on Americans. Ihe Government is reported to have sent military reinforcements to Gen. Smith, in Texas, with instructions to prevent forays into Mexican territory. From Europe. By the arrival at New York of (he steam ship Pacific, we have seven days later news from Europe. From the seat of war we have nothing further of importance. It seems now quite certain that Gen. Sim] sou is recalled and that Gen. Codringlou is appointed as his suc cessor. Ihe allies were in daily expectation ot an attack from the Russians, but it is prob able that no operation of importance vvill he attempted by either the belligerents during tbe coming season. They are both making active preparations for winter cantonments. According to Vienna letters, (he Emperor of Russia was desirous of holding a personal interview, at some place on the frontier with the Emperor of Austria, King of Prussia, and probably other potentates" with (he view of coming to some understanding for the conclusion of peace. The Russians in the Crimea have con structed a road across the Putrid Sea, com municating with Simpheropol, and hy this road supplies and reinforcements may'reach their camp. Ol the 1,010 British soldiers wounded in (he assault on the Redan, 806 were shot or stabbed through the chest or upper part of the body. The news from Asia is dated at Kars to October 1, Erzeroum oth, Trebizoml llth, and Sansoun 12th. According to these, the Russians had made an assault on Kars since their repulse by General Williams, but they continued to blockade the city doaely. Choi- era was making havoc in the Russian canm and had appeared in Kars. Diner Pacha had Ids headquarters at Souehum-Kale, and was concentrating his troops preparatory to marching into Georgia. Ills army was but 8,000 strong at the above dates, but rein forcements have since been sent front Con stantinople and the Crimea. ARRIVAL OF THE UNCLE SAM. Tiiis Nicaragua steamer arrived on Tues day last. By this arrival wo have one week's later news from Europe. Gen. Campbell has taken offence at the appointment of Codrington to succeed Simp son, and asks leave to resign. A French rcconnoissance from Eupatoria fell in with a large force of Russians and offered them battle. After exchanging a few shots the Russians retreated. The Czar has returned to St. Petersburg, The latest advices from Russia shows very stromg war feeling among the people, A dispatch from Vienna says that a mes sage had been received at the Turkish Em bassy; stating that the bombardment of Nicolnietf was commenced on the 29tli of October, and continued during the entire of the following day. The result was not known. It is added that the Emperor Alexander had been induced to leave the place before the bombardment began. The Duke Constantine could not be pre tailed upon to leave the town. It is reported that Odessa will be disarmed and tlie guns there sent to Nicolaieff. St. Petersburg dispati hes says the Russian force in the Crimea is 200,000, and lias pro visions for eight months. Ihe monthly statement of the Bank of , France shows a large decrease in specie, The character of the notes in circulation is i greatly reduced. The Texas Legislature has re-elected Rust, U. S Senator. Dr. I'ea’e was released from prison having Sheen pardoned by Gov, Pollock. New Vokk, Nov 23d. A private mail bag, brought by the North Slur, was seized yesterday, and found to con tain over 800 letters, addressed to merchants in various cities of the Union. A genera! advance in breadstuff's had taken place with an active demand. The sloop of war Cyane, lias sailed for the West Indies. Cincinnati, Nov. 23. The American Convention, in session yes terday, adopted a majority report contain ing the following sentiments: They demand the restoration of the Mis souri Compromise, and the failing to attain that end, claim that Congress should refuse to admit any State into the Union tolerating slavery, which may lie formed out of territo ry from which slavery was excluded by the Compromise. They protest against coales-' •ring with any party that demands the aban donment of the American principles and the disorganization of the American party. The report then demands the meeting of the American delegates in Philadelphia on the 19lh of February. Ihe minority report, which was rejected, insisted on the exclusion of slavery from the Territories, it says that proscription on ac count of birth is unwarrantable—opposes secrecy, regards the slavery question as para mount to all others, and recommends river and harbor improvements, and a generous foreign policy. The minority report was sustained chiefly by the delegates from Ohio and Michigan, School Exhibition at Ophir. The Opbir District .School (Mrs. R. A. Vandoran teacher.) will give an exhibition in that place, (it the I’bfcnix Hotel, on Saturday, Pee. VtOtb. com mencing at seven o'clock. P. M. The public are respectfully invited to attend. dec22 21 X FW DVERTISEMENTS. HOLIDAY PRESENTS AT THE JEWELRY STORE, OF W. F. XOIICROSS, Sign of the Mammoth Watch. Main street, Auburn S. LUBE' K & CO , Wholesale and Retail Dealern iu FANCY & STAPLE DRY GOODS, Millinery, Embroideries, &c., Commercial Street, next door to the Post Office, Auburn, Cal. Dec. 22tf Dissolution of Co-Partnership. fpilE co parlm rsh'p heretofore existing between 1 the undersigned, under the style of Van Ma ter A Hampton, is Ibis day dissolved by mutual consent. J. G. VANMATER. J. C. HAMPTON. Dotan’s Bar, Dec. 4, 1855. The business will be continued by J. C. Uanip to i at the old stand, and solicits a continuance of patronage biretofore extended, J. C. HAMPTON. Dotans Bar. Dc c. 22, 1855. 3l Administrator’s Notice. To all whom it may Concern: THE CREDITORS of Preston C, Rogers deceased, will take notice that the un it vsigned. Snmm 1 Todd, has been appointed by the prop r authorities adia nislrator of the estate ol Preston G. Uog rs. d> ci ased. Said creditors are hereby required to exhibit, with the necessary vouchers, all claims which they may have against the said Preston G. Rogers, deceased, to the said Samuel Todd, at ids place of doing business in the town of Yankee Jim, in the County of Placer and State of California, within ten months after the date ol this notice, or the said claims will be for ever barred by statute. SAMUEL TODD. Yankee Jim, Decl9 '55 4t Administrator. ' FINE VIRGINIA TOBACCO. Sacramento brand, dark colored, peach fl»- -ji vored tobacco. El Sacramento, light colored, do., dp. Mayflower brand, 12 plugs to the pound. Thu above celebrated brands, of Jones & Hua. son's manufacture, in lots to suit, for sale by SAM’L. H. PRICHARD, Agent for the Manufacturers- THE undersigned offers his services to the Met chants in the interior as a Commission Buyer ol Goods in San Francisco, having been engaged in that business for three years past, with thro* years previous experience in the interior, be bopo to give satisfaction to those who may employ bin* in that capacity. Orders for any description ol merchandise filled and forwarded promptly- SAML. U. PRICHARD. Corner of Battery and Sacramento street*. decS2-3m San Francisco