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THE SHASTA COURIER.
VOLUME 11. the SHASTA COURIER w PUBLISH KD EVERT SATURDAT MORXISO, KV NKIM-fIAX A: D«»H. mi. H. DO-H, ARCHIBALD SKILLMAX. publication t office in Post Office Building, Main Street, where all orders for Advertising and Jo* V.'ork should be left. TEB.tIS Invariably in Advances For One Year 910,00 “ Six Months 5,00 Terra* of Ad verti*i*i* s For One Square of 10 line* or less, one insertion, four Hollars ; for each subsequent insertion. Two Hilliirs. A liberal discount made to Monthly and Yearly Advertisers. Job I'riiitiiix Of every description promptly executed in a su perior manner. UUOUF.N Sc U NK'S Ml im v IT \ S*K ESN, the Ijlij' <>Hi i • • ill W ill’s I aI - :."■ go it Co., Sacramento. daily, fur ,S luisht, Yrrkn , and all towns iind points through out Northern (,’aliforuia, connecting at Saciraimn to with Wells, Fargo Sc Co’s Daily Express to San Francisco, and somi-inonllily to the Atlantic .Stales and Europe. Treasure, letters and other packages conveyed to and In in the pom’-; above designated, with the utmost dispatch. (iold Dust loiuarded to the S. .Mints at I’hilailelphia and .New Orleans, under policies from the most responsible insurance Companies in the Eastern Cities.. Drafts drawn hv John M. Rhodes, of the Sacramento City Bank, on New York, New -Orleans, Cincinnati, .Pittsburgh ; State Bank of Ohio, at Mansfield, Ohio; Canal Dank, Cleaveland. I>. Davidson’s drafts ifor sale on Messrs. N. M. Rothschild A Sons. London; Messrs,. I)e Rothschild A Eros Paris; Messrs. M. A. I4;>ths child A Sons, Frankfort; Messrs. L. Behrens A .Sons. A " iii s . ] Lenhtirg : Messrs. Hath. ;<jrim ing A Co., Lima and Valparaiso; A Belmont, Esij., New York. Collections mad ■ and nil business appertain ing to an Express Company executed promptly mud with especial regard to safety. JAMES M. RHODES, HIRAM LUSK. \\ EI.LS. FARGO & CO. Okkv- ks. —Shasta, in Post Office Building; .Sacramento. Second street, between .1 and K streets ; San Ineisco, 114 Montgomerv ■street • Wi averville. Messrs. Church iV Mix’s r.inilding ; V reka. Fie-pioot building opposite Vreka I Intel. inarlti tl For An.ttix A up?) expifesm l!i«- Atlantic fitKUn, t'anailu anti i It OLTt 5 . :ii i>}!(', .’EC-’ LAR SEMI >, i 11 ’ijll>ij ll l l y Express will b< a«Kk«®^d<'spi 1 ■j L spatched by the 1 1 acific Mail S. S. ('o', slimmer, on the Ist ami lath of smcli month, in charge of a regular Messenger, in the emplnv i f tin* house. T reinsure and packages forwarded fro tv this oliice iu charge of two regular messengers, em ployed exclusively lor this route, and always reaching San Francisco in season for the sleam <ers of tin* Jst and loth. Bills of Ktißange on NEW YORK. B( iSTON. New OHeans, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Louisville, ST. LOT IS. Philadelphia, Washington, IMttsimrgh, agul London, England, \!so pay dile at the following Banks: Meelianics’ and Farmer’s Bank, } liea C:t Bank, Bank of Svracnse, Bank of Auiun n, - }Tank of An iea, - link hi sti r City Bank, George Smith A Co. Alex. Mitchell, Fire and Marine I mat ranee (’ompanv, Mulligan State Bank, Com Brunch Bank of the State Ohio. - Cliuton Bank, ()hio. Sight Cloa ks drawn on Sau of our cilices in California. Alhai iv. Flic a. Sy raeiise. Auburn. Buffalo. Rochesl er. Chicago. Milwankie. Detroit. >f (’ieaveland. Colnmhns. rancisco, or any INSFf?ANCE. We have made arrangements for insurance to the extent of one rni/liim dollars, on any one shipment, ami are empowered to in sure tor other parties on (iold Dust Bars, Coin ami Merchandize, to and from New York and this City, by endorsements on Bills of Lading, ut the time of shipment. Special mill other Deposits received. Shasta, March, 1843. inarlS tf cic vx. ic<k;i:c£s & co*« .41 regain usul toliloriiiii Kxprrw. Count rt c g nl S ■ (’?/.. nn! Portland, U. T., in it Adorns ■ Co. W E wO I’ 1. D R E spectfnlly inform tl public that we are no lira-pared to forward Treasure, Valuable Farka scs. with unrivalled despatch ami se curity. to and from the following places, viz: J 1 co ccrvil'e, Triuify Co. 1 n'ka, Jacksonville, Deadtrovd, Sailors Dips’ll!"*, Alikoute I ’mi, Hum hup Crick, Sroll's Pur, Hn’ i'U Comp, Sill an. O. T. Treasure and valuable packages shipped and insured from Shasta by Adams -V Co. to the At lantic States ami Europe. Adams & Co’s drafts for sale on all their offices. Collections made at any of the above mention ed places. Highest price paid for Gold Dust. Orders for goods promptly attended to and forwarded with dispatch. marl 2 tf CRAM. ROGERS A CO. BARTON A SX.VVKIA, CARP ESTERS A.\D BUILDERS. Estimates ami specifications made on all kinds of buildings. Jobbing done at the shortest no tice. Also. Rockers. Tonis and Sluices always on hand and made to order. N. B. Seasoned lumber always on hand* Livingstos Barto.v. Uriah B. Snatelt. jnarlOtf Shasta City. A, . r The Old Tlau to Ilia Wife. Vr e are growing very old, Kate— I feel it every day, I lie hair upon my temple now Is growing thin and gray. H e are not, as we were, Kate, And yet our hearts are young. As when we roved the sunny hills, And flowery dales among. We are growing very old, Kate, But it is not age of heart, Though speedily the hour conies on, When thou ami 1 must part: hen thou and I must part, Kate, As we have ne’er before, Beside our cottage hearth to meet W ith words ol love no jiiore. Bat we’re growing very tdd, Kate, And the parting won’t he Jong, ’Tili we meet within a better home, Amid you heavenly throng, ’Till we sing the song together, Kate, The angels sing above; W here ne’er the fear of parting takes The blessedness from love. THE SHASTA COURIER. From .Had .ttulc Canon, Mad Mli.k Canon, March 28, 1853. Messrs. Editors, — Thinking a stave einanal ing from these precincts might he acceptable to some of'your numerous readers, especially those acquainted with this locality, here goes for a lew hasty items in regard to the diggings, &c.: There ace hut few of ns at work here at pre sent, and we are all making fair wages, washing over the old dirt for the third «r idurth time. Some are making $lO and sl2 to the hand. One company got a sing worth S7O out of clay that had been thrown from the Tom partly washed.) This is a ce.ntion for miners to he careful how tin y tend "_l, r mi rcldne.” On the [mint where the old trading [hist stood—which by the way is now demolished, to give life owners of the claim a chance to eperate—there has been a good lead found, ami they are sluicing off ten or 12 feet of top dirt. Most el the gold is on and in the rock. At Mad tlx the miners aie doing well. The Indians, however, frequently relieve ns of our blankets, grub, Jtc. Our living is not of the best. Beef ain’t to be bad nhort* of SliaAa. Horse lie a,os and musty fork is our principal living.- Ibe last named article,’ which costs ns ./2 cents per pound, the ragpickers would growl at it, but we pohr devils have to eat it. 1 wish h»r the sake ol the .miners that the merchants would lie more particular when at the Bay City, in making purchases, and select brands that are well known to bo good. We work bard and have to pay more than any other class of men for whatever we eat. Why then give ns the* poorest sort I The best fork I ever tasted in the mines, was in quarter bids, branded .1. CAt W • Hive, Boston, Mass. They pack the corn led shouts, you may bet high on that. Those that doubt should try the brand. No doubt tjiere are ollit rs as good, but those four year old hogs, fattened on nuts, are orfuL There are many oilier articles 1 could speak of, that are hard to digest, but I have already lake'll up too much space, and will leave you to continue the sub ject ben alter, I think if there are any men in town out of a job they could find a show about here. The ground is not halt so much dug up in the lower mines, and it it was half as much prospected J have not the least doubt there would be some splendid diggings discovered. At all events let them come and try! Stinson Fred. (aov. Bigler** Message on the Subject of Beach and Witter Properly. U e have read Iliis message with much care, and consider it one of the most able, clear ami demonstrative papers that has yet cminated from the pen of that officer. We regret that, owing to the length of the document, we are unable to give it entire in this paper. In view of the fact that the credit and faith of the State are daily diminishing, in consequence of a corresponding increase of the public debt, the Ciovernor feels it his duty to again invite the Legislature to give the financial condition of the State its most serious consideration, and espe cially to take prompt steps for the disposal of the real interests of the State in the Beach and Water properly in San Francisco, with a view to apply it to the liquidation of our present enor mous debt. The message says : ft is believed that the State is possessed of Beach and ater property sufficient, at least, if judiciously disposed of. to liquidate her entire civil indebtedness —a result much desired and loudly demanded by our common constituents. » * » * # It will be seen, therefore, [by the accompany ing report of the Comptroller oi State] dial the debt of the State has accrued since tile organiza tion of our State government, at an average rate exceeding six hundred and seventy-one thousand dollars per annum, and must continue to increase at about the same rate until provision is made for the reduction of our expenditures, and the navment of ail our liabilities in cash, instead of depreciated Stale paper. Such being the actual condition of things, we are called upon by every consideration of honor, patrio ism and fidelity to our constituents, to use the means legitimately at our disposal, for the purpose of saving the sinking credit of the State, and rendeiing justice to the people whom we represent. The At orney General of the State, in a com munication dated February 18th, 1803, address ed to the Assembly, makes the following state ment : •• I think I may safely estimate the value of the Beach and \\ ater property, in the city of San f rancisco, which has mil been disposed of ac cording to the provisions of the statutes, and which rightfully belongs to the State, at the sum ol five millions of dollars. A great part of which propel ty is now held anil claimed by persons who have no legal oi equitable right to it.” Here we have the deliberate and unequivocal opinion of the legal adviser of the Slate, in widen, so far as the I nited States is concerned, he is fully sustained by numerous decisions of the highest judicial tribunal of the country. The Supreme Court of the Ifni ted States, at the January term, in the case of Bollard’s Les see r.t. Hogan, decided that “the right of emi nent domain over the shores and the soils nnder the navigable waters, lor all municipal purposes, belongs exclusively to the States within their respective territorial jurisdictions; and they and they only, have the constitutional power to ex ercise it. To give the United States the right to transfer SHASTA, CAL., SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 1853. to a citizen the title to the shores and the soils under the navigable waters, would be placing in their hands a weapon which might be wield ed greatly to the injury of State sovereignty,' and deprive the Slates of the power to exercise a numerous and important class of police pow ers. But, in the hands of the Slates, this power can never he used so as to affect the exercise ot any material right of eminent domain or juris diction with which the United States has been invested by the Constitution.” The Court declare, “ that by the preceding course of reasoning, we have arrived at these conclusions: First —The shores of navigable waters and the soils under them, ware not grant ed by the Constitution of the United States, but were reserved to the States respectively. Sec ondly—The tew States have the same rights, sovereignity, and jurisdiction over the subject, as the original States. Thirdly —The right of the United States to the public lands, and the power of Congress to make all needful rules and regu lations for the sale and disposition therof, con ferred no power over the shores of navigable waters, and the soils under them.” See 3 How ard, 2 IQ. At the January term, 1850, die Supreme Court of the United States re-affirmed the above case, and the opinion of the Court Was delivered by Chief Justice Taney. * * * * These decisions, ns well as many others which might be cited, to say nothing of the universal ly admitted general principle of law, clearly es tablish the right of the State of California to dis pose of the “shores of all navigaole waters and the soils under them,” within her limits; and that the State alone has the dominion and con trol of this property. In regard to the opinion that an extension of the city front of San Frrncisco would seriously injure that harbor, the Message says : To demonstrate the error of this opinion, it is only necessary, it is believed, to direct your at ienlion to the existing state of things at that point. It is a well known fact (hat, at this time, full one half of the more valuable vessels in the har bor of San Francisco are anchored out iuthe bay. more than half a mile from lire end of Long Wharf. These vessels, it is understood, have suffered no injury, though constantly exposed to all Ihe dangers which can possibly exist, even if (lie water front was extended double the dis tance contemplated. The owners of these ves sels, to say nothing of the duties enjoined on (he Harbor Master, it is fair to presume, are pru dent as well as experienced men, who would not permit their ships, laden with immensely valuable cargoes, to be moored in a dangerous position. To assume (bat the water front of the city of San Francisco will not be extended, is to pre sume that the immense commerce, now rapidly concentrating at that point, can be transacted within its present comparatively contracted limits, or that its operation will recede from, in stead of encroach upon the water. The con struction of the contemplated railroad from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean, will undoubtedly concentrate at Sun Francisco an amount of com mercial business, which will require for its safe, convenient and cheap transaction, more than live times the area at present occupied. The correctness of this opinion, it is assumed, will not be questioned by those who have given the subject proper consideration. Comptroller’* Conimnii lent ion. 11ox. John Bigi.gr, Gov. of California : Sir, —I have 1 lie honor to transmit you the in formation called for in your note ot 22d inst., which is respectfully submitted: Statement of the Civil and War Debt of the Stale, to March 22 d, 1853, inclusive. Three per cent bonds outstanding, - - - $39,125,00 Interest due on same, 42,255,00 —$81,380,00 Seven per cent bonds ; net 1851, - - 308,000,00 Interest to date unpaid, 0,410,00 —374,440,00 Seven percent bonds; act 1852, - - 995,000.00 Interest to date unpaid, 17,412,50-1,012,412,00 Comptroller’s civil war rants outstanding Dec. 15, 1852, - " - 09,703,79 Do issued to March 22, 1853, - - 388.890,20 $458,054,05 Do. rede’md from Dec. 15 to Mar’h 22,1853: By cash, - - - $32,877,85 Lands sold, - - 95,680.00 Funding, - - 204,500,00 $333,057,85 Comp’s War’ts out standing March 23, ’53 125,590,20 125,596,20 March 22, Civil Debt, $1,593,828,70 War Dert. Twelve per cent War Bonds of 1851, $200,000,00 Int. dneon same unpaid 45,500,00 —245,500,00 Seven per cent War Bonds of 1852, - 511,850.00 Int. due on same unpaid 19,600,00 —531,450,00 War War’ts outstand ing and unfunded, 31,298,82 Add debt to School ' Fund for 142,880 acres laud at $2 285,760,00 Total, $2,687,837,52 * # # # * * # I have the honor to be Your obedient servant, WINSLOW S. PIERCE, Comptroller of State. Fortv-Seven. —An English paper says: It is now 47 years since Nelson fought the battle of Trafalgar ; 47 years was the age of Nel son at the time; 47 years of age was Wellington at Waterloo; 47 years of age was Bonaparte whom he defeated ; 47 years completed last year since Napoleon the First was crowned Emperor; 47 years is the age of Napoleon the Third, who this year is made Emperor. We may add to the above —we hope without frightening anybody into an apprehension of a coup tie elat —that Franklin Pierce was 47 on the day of the last Presidential election. Interesting Fact. —The “ Devil’s Elbow,” a locality in Nevada County, is situated but a short distance from “ Hell’s Delight.” They do say that they have spiritt at the former place, occa sionally accompanied with knocking* —and that the latter is remarkable for the peculiarly balmy character of its climate, especially in the sum mer, when the mercury not uufrequently falls as low as 125, and even 120, Farenheit. TKE.HRXDOI.B CATASTROPHE! One Hundred and Fifty Lives Lost!! On the 16th of February, nit., the steamer In dependence, of I lie Vanderbilt Line, Capt. Samp son, on her upward trip from San Jnau del Sud to San Francisco, when off the south point of Margarita Island, and within three hundred yards of the shore, struck a rock and immediate ly commenced to fill with water. The accident befell the steamer early in the morning, between daylight and sunrise. Nearly all of the passen gers were quietly enjoying their repose when they were suddenly aroused from their slumbers by the severity of the collision of the boat upon the rock. In this state of affairs, instead of con fusion, excitement and alarm, the most complete calmness reigned supreme. * * * All around the sea was running high and forbid ding, yet with an awful and portentious future staring us in the face, unless the ship cculd be backed off and beached in more prepossessing waters than now. Immediately the order to back off was given, when she was withdrawn, and every energy and every effort made by the use of buckets to keep her from sinking. * * Despite the exertions of the hands and passen gers, it was found impossible to keep her from sinking, and after running her not to exceed three quarters of a mile, increasing the volume of steam by more than ordinary means, on ac count of the water filling in up to her boilers and cooling them rapidly ; she was headed for the beach, which she would have gained but for the layers of rocks against which she finally struck. The water rushing forward previous to this second collision, checked the draft through the chimneys, driving the Haines out of the fur nace doors, and at once igniting the ship. * * Now was the agonizing time. The Haines spreading rapidly, parants embraced their fond children, impending their cheeks with warm gushing tears, devoted husbands embraced their tender wives, impressing their lips with affec tion’s sweet kiss, relying upon God and their own exertions for salvation from the Hery and watery abyss that yawned to receive them. Some men now began to jump overboard, and by swimming hoped to gain the shore. The breakers running high, with a heavy sea, the act seemed inevitable death, as it proved to many an unfortunate soul. The remaining boats were lowered, and for want of management, were filled with more men than women, and suc ceeded in reaching the shore. In vain did Cap tain Sampson and I’urscr Freeborn cry for these boats to return to the ship; in vain were the warm appeals of Captain Steele to induce the crew to return with them. After leaving the first time, only one got off by the indefatigable exertions of Mr. Herron, the steward, returned. In the meantime, on board the ship, Purser Freeborn worked admirably, as did Mr. Collins, the engineer, and Capt. Sampson, as well as many of the passengers. Men of wealth were offering large fortunes to be saved. Men and women, as the Haines were spreading, screamed frantically, the former smiting iheir breasts, the latter tearing their disheveled hair. The scene beggared description. Wealth and poverty were on an equality, and sank together to rise no more. Females could be seen clambering down the sides of the ship, clinging with deathlike te nacity to the ropes, rigging and larboard wheel. Some were hanging by their skirts, which, unfortunately, in their efforts to jump overboard, had caught and thus swung, crying piteously and horridly, until the flames relieved them from their awful position by disengaging their clothes, causing them to drop and sink in the briny deep. Mothers going to meet their fond husbands, threw their tender offspring into the waves, rather than see them devoured by the fury of the flames. Many an eye spoke the gen tle good-bye, though the lips moved not. Ah! how terrible were the lamentations of the dying as they were contending between hope and a watery grave! As I passed through the surf, how horribly sounded their piteous moans for help! All around me were the sinking and drowning bodies of the passengers and crew of the steamer Independence. O God ! what a sit uation to be in! Planks, spars, trunks and coops, covered with human beings struggling energetically for life, some wafted to the shore, others out to sea. some sinking others being mi raculously preserved. Here 1 saw females and children providentially rescued—there lost. Here was a kind husband, who had sworn be fore God to protect her whom his soul loved, struggling for her safety; there was a father bearing his affectionate son in safety to the shore, looking around but to see the wife of his love dashed from the position in which he had left her, by the mail and unthinking men jumping upon her and driving her to the bottomless deep. On the shore, what a scene. At a time when money had no value, could be seen the sacrali gious pillaging and plundering the dead—old men and young men were stripping the bodies of the clothing, securing the contents of their pockets, and actually quarreling, yea fighting over a corpse for the plunder! But this is too horrible; suffice it to be said that in less than one hour from the fatal colision, not less than 150 of the 400 souls outhe Independence had found a watery grave. * * * Here we are asked the cause for this destrue tion of human life, this waste of property, this sundering of the ties which God had put to gether, and we answer by stating the facts as we have them from persons knowing them, and whose statements are now in our possession. “It was not a “ hazy” morning, but as clear as every broke upon the earth. For ten or fif teen minutes previous to the steamer's striking, the rocks could be seen. The breakers for a long time before were plainly visible, as well as the land. At half-past 4in the morning the boat was heading straight for the island, and there was no change in her course till she was stayed in her mad career by striking upon the rocks. There is no reef extending into the sea in a southerly direction from the island. The rocks against which the Independence struck are laid down upon the charts. For the truthfulness of all these statements, we have the veracity of e-er twenty-five men, who saw what we have narrated. E. Dbowm. [Gen. Drown, in addition to the above, has published an article, signed by 150 of the sur viving passengers, in which they charge the loss of the steamer to the “ carelessness, mismanage ment, or wilfulness of Capt. Sampson. But as all these 150 persons were fast asleep at the time of the collision, and for eight or tea hours previous, they have, we think, exhibited, to say the least, a very plentiful lack of modesty, in af fixing their names to that paper. The charge made against the Captain, of wilfully destroying his vessel, is one that no perfectly sane naan could either utter or believe. —Eos. Coi n.] ! NUMBER 5. U*l of Passrngeps J.ohl. Argali Wm, Wis; Ayres Mrs ami child, Geor gia ; Adler Wm, Teun.; Abram W, Eng; Abram J, Ohio; Abram E, Ohio; Allen J, Texas; Car rington AA and wife. Ark ; Chauucy, San Jose; Coots C J. boy, St. Louis; Collins E and two children, England; Crane Mrs M and child. Eng; Cohn M. Albany; Carmichael A, Ohio; Bane enm Miss Julia, St Louis; Brown Wm, Mass; Baiun J, NJ; Bateman, Ohio; Berwin M M, Tenu; Berwin G, Teun; Berwin M, Tenn; Baker Philip, Mass; Baker F, Mass; Brewing ton, St Louis; Banum S, Ohio; Bignell W, Mich; Brown A, Mich ; Bioch E, Albany ; Bos well G W, 111; Drown Mrs Adaline, Iowa; Doyle Wm, NY; Davy 11, England; Ford 11. Mich) Freet M, Germany; Francis P, Eng; Barrel E. Ohio; Griuer, W and wife, Cincinna ti; Gninuis Charles, Ills; Hartman, N V ; Hale G, Mass; Howland Mrs and 3 hoys, Wisconsin; Hatch J G, Texas; Hall Mrs and child. Ills ; In golls Mary and Maria, Oregon; Johnston, Bos ton ; Jeffries, O ; Jones T, N Y ; Knox R A, R J; Kolop J C, 0: Kemp K, Kittridge Asa, Ills; Kelly J N, 0; Larco J M. Valparaiso; Lehman S P and 2 children, Miss Luce J I*, Conn ; Lac kay Martha, Geo ; Light E, N Y; Leonard W in, N Y; Mosher R, N Y; Mastennan John, Mich; Myers J, NY; Marvin C E, J‘a; Murphy Mary, Boston; Muffin Wm M, N Y; McCandless \V H, Moulton W S, Mass; Nicholas David, Georgia; Newell W, Ills; Willis E, Ills ; O’Niel 'f, N Y ; Oberly T, NY : Peld Win, La; Penny A, Prnden S, N Y ; Pearson Jas, N H ; Robin son Mrs T and 3 children, St Louis ; Roberts H J, Wis; Reynolds A, N J; Sparlmwk J, N H; Scott A, Ohio; Schofield W A, Pa ; Schmidt J. Ma; Stevens J, Wis; Taylor, S, N H; TarrJß, Mo; Teats Chas, Cinn; Taylor Kobt. Boston; Taylor C G, (cbild) Mo; Tallou J, St Louis; Ventroff, 111; Ward Benj, Mich; Watson Asa, (boy) St Louis ; Weddell B M, lud ; Ward Chas A, NY; Whiteman, NO; Welsh Ann, Boston; Wilson T M, Pa; Ziu 11 L, lud. List of Crew Lost. Martin O’Hare, store-keeper; Maria Wilson, stewardess ; Charles Anthony, first cook after ga; Charles third cook after ga; second cook forward ga; assistant butcher ; C Jewell, fire man; Peter Lein, coal passer; Win Smith, sea man ; Wm Cook, pantryman; Thus Jones, 2d do; Wm Leonard, waiter; Edward Kelly, do; J McNelby, do. [Per Rhodes £ Lusk’s Express.] From Trinity County. Weavervii.i.e, April 5, 1852. Editors Shasta Courier; —Gentlemen, — So many worthy communications from this place have already made their appearance in the col umns of your thriving little sheet, that I scarce ly dare attempt to seek an introduction to them with suck a feeble chance of being admitted to your good graces, as my poor talent as a corres pondent I fear will occasion. However, be lieving you gentlemen of a considerate and in dulgent character, I will make the experiment. Our little town is rapidly recovering from the heavy blow upon its prosperity, recently sus tained by the conflagration, and in a few weeks the burned district will be entirely rebuilt. I think even in better shape than before. The natural location of Weaverville is an excellent one, and the exercise of a little more care and taste in building it up, will place it in point of appearance second to no other mining town in the State. Indeed, it now boasts of some very tine specimens in the building line. During the past week a great many gold dis coveries of the must encouraging character have been made, about four miles from here, in a por tion of country of large extent, and commanded by the largest canal in the State, that of the Trinity County Water, Mining and Milling Com pany, which is some three hundred feet above these new diggings. It is said by those who are experienced in these matters, that there is ground enough to employ five thousand miners tor the next ten years, and all the water brought by this canal. From five cents to fifty cents prospects to the pan have been made during the last three or four days—the average yield being about eight cents to the pan. Large parties are daily resorting to the new diggings, as they are now termed, to Lest the validity of these almost incredible discoveries; hut they have been made and there is no “ pricking” it out. The T. C- W. M. M. Company commenced yesterday morn ing to construct a branch race from their canal, which though not cpiite completed, is already nearly full of water received through the various small streams intersecting it, exclusive of the main one, Rush Creek, to these new diggings the construction of which I learn from the Sit periutendent of the work, Wm. C. Young, £sq. f will occupy as the longest period, not more thau a week. At the expiration of that time we may expect to behold this new section of gold coun try, which promises so much of renown to our place and prosperity to its community, abun dantly supplied with water and thickly settled by the mining class, who will have received in this important acquisition of new gold territory, a reward for their persevering toil that is richly merited. As bright and promising as the past has been in these prospects, Weaver has the assurance of a still more glorious future, and a population of ten thousand may be saluly calculated upon within auother twelve mouth. I’ocantico. Religion** Interests in California. We exiract the following from an interesting article under the above head, in the Pacific Banner : In San Francisco there are two Baptist, two Presbyterian, two Episcopalian, four Methodist, one Congregational, one Dutch Reform, one Uni tarian, two Roman Catholic, and one Sweden borgian, places of worship open on Sabbath for their regular exercises. These societies are nearly all furnished with pastors and leaders, who are able as scholars, eloquent as preachers, and faithful as pastors; —men who would make their mark and impress upon the mind of any public. In Sacramento City, the second city in point of importance, we have one Congregational, two Methodist, one Baptist, one Roman Catholic and one colored church. These churches are usual ly well attended by intelligent audiences, who July appreciate the exercises and profit by their teachings. In Benicia, the Capital of the State, there are a Presbyterian and a Methodist Church. In San Jose, two Methodist, one Presbyterian, and one Baptist church, all under the guidance of laborious and efficient men. In Stockton, there are two Methodist, one Presbyterian and one Baptist church ; all of which appear to be doing well. Besides these, Marysville and Placerville, and the various other towns and country en campments, are so supplied as to employ an. ag gregate of something like one hundred ministers.