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SOL. KILLER, EDITOR. "WHITE CLOUD, "ANS AS: Tiiraiiy, : : : September 17, 1857. . ' . agents. ... -. J. tDcwCT!00B, (Successor to XV. S. Swnn- au.) ortb-Wcst Corner -of Olive and Main 8trtU. St. Louis, if our Agent in that City, for ouctkag onbifcn prions and Advertisements, and nuking collections for the Chief. J. J. Rrucr, Ewj., Fty Master, Oregon, Mo. J. T. MiuEa, West Alexandria, Preble Co, O. ' AX OFFER. Having bxn frequently written to, in regard, to -Club term for oar paper, we make the following -efTcr: To all Clubs of 20 subscribers, we will furnish lbs paper for one Jycr 81.50 each. Thus, to any person who will pro- care 20 subscribers, and send us $30, we will send s'copy of the paper, for. one year, gratis making 21 copies for 830 This is a mon liberal offer than has yet . been made by any other Kansas paper, a far. as we ere aware of. Gek., Lake. Some person, probably .thinking to humbug the people up this way, brought "up a report, few days since, that Gen. Lane had been assassina ! ted-in the- streets of Leavenworth..-. But the people aboht here havo pretty mnch quit placing faith in ramors they want confinrralion of all snch reports. From all accounts, tho General him self, atrleast, would not be astonished if ne were to pe assassinated. f rom some remarks which be made at the Grasshop per Falls Convention, it appears that a friend, whom he sent into Missouri, to spy out the movements and designs of the Pro-Slavery party, had ascertained that iomc three or four men had been employed and sworn to follow Lane about from.place to place, watching a favorable opportunity to assassinate him, Jtnd woald not rest until they had accomplished their object.' This maylo true, or may not; but it would be the most unfortunate step the Pro-Slavery mett could take. Not withstanding Lane's unpopularity with a large portion of the Froo State party, his death, in the manner above alluded to, would create such an excitement as the country has never .witnessed. : TLGHiasD. This is the name of a 1 town, soma eight or ten miles south-west of White Cloud, which bids fair to make a place of more than ordinary con ' sequence. - Wo havd never had the pleas ure of visiting the locality but under stand that the surrounding country is Tery thickly settled, and that a more in telligent!; and industrious community cannot, be found anywhere. We have bertiloo busy, the present season, to do - much running around ; but next Sum mer, we will endeavor to visit all the localities in . this and the neighboring Counties, when we will bo enabled to give a more extended and correct account of them, than at present, tvlinj we are necessarily compelled to sicak from the experience of others, instead of our own. These descriptions of tho country, are matters . wit'daly of gratification to the setthjrffHt of information to those at a distance who arcteaking for knowledge conft&'ifg KaiisVt-'-. . . ".Atolocy: If there are any short comings . observed in our paper, this week, they must be laid to lite account of Mr. Samuel Lappin (who, in company with, one or two other gentlemen, are about' establishing a Steam Saw, Lath, Shingle, and. Corn Mill at the new and promising town of Seneca, situated about the geographical centre of Nemaha Coun ty, which is one of the best Counties in Kansas, and is rapidly filling up with settlers. The propretors of this mill are all gentlemen of the first water, and will be prepared to turn out millions of lum ber ( speaking of wafer and millions, bring us back to the subject upon which we started. : We were saying, that Mr. Lappin brought .into our office, on pub lication day, the largest water-million we ever saw, and .all hands had to set to and help devour - it, which occupied most of their time, and they , had not much timcj to attend to tie paper. This is our apology." JtyTne question has often been asked, and much doubt exists abroad, as to whether the soil of 'Kansas is productive. A flying visit will, satisfy the mind of . any one on this score. Why, the re cords of Sindbad the Sailor and Baron Munchausen are mere circumstances by the side of Kansas. .We have heard of a man - driving an ox team, and being overtaken by night, on the open prairie, be camped out, and stuck his ox-gad in the ground beside him. In the morning, when be awoke, he found himself lying beneath the foliage of a large cotton-wood tree 1 Lest some should doubt this story of rapid growth, we will tell what we know to be a fact. A person was seen, one evening, to place a bottle beside a clone, and, cover it with loose earth, and the next morning jt drunken . man was found oh the spot ! GaassnoppMa. These destructive in sects are making-sad havoc among the crops is various parte of Missouri and Kansas. Some gentlemen who crossed tie river at this place, one day last week, saw a awana of grasshoppers coming over, tor large and dense as almost to darken the air. As far as we can learn,1 they nave -not materially damaged the crops in this part of the Territory. j PrrcHnro ia', The Pro-Slavery papers of Kansas, and. some of the Abolition pa pers of the East, seem to have entered in to an alliance, to stink us to death. One week. Jibe former will stigmatize us as a Black Republican ; and the next week, the latter will call us a Border .Ruffian. The fact is, we endeavor to tell the truth, which does not suit cither side. The Reverend Hypocritical tUnter, rwho botches' np the editorials' for a smut ty Amalgamation sheet, called the Con solidated Republican, published at 8a rahsville, Ohio, raises his hands in holy horror, reads us a homily upon the Fugi tive Slave Law, (a subject which we have never mentioned in tho Chief,) and says that we swing around with the Pro-Slavery party of Kansas and why ? , Be cause we are opposed to making the To- peka Constitution a Free State tcst,shave said that we can treat Slaveholders with civility ; and are opposed to niggers voting. " We hone be feels better now. We have no objections to his tastes and asso ciations they are just as one is raised but as for oursclf, we feel above being placed on an equality with niggers. It would not surprise us a bit, to hear that this sanctimonious scribbler had poisoned his wife, and eloped with a nigger wench! Fadoma. In our sketch of Brown County, a few weeks since, we mention ed Padonia as being one of the towns which would probably make a place of importance in that County. We notice that the Proprietors are taking the prop er measures to push the town ahead. They have advertised a Sale of Lots to come off there on Saturday, the 26th inst., as will be seen by reference to our advertising columns. The town has one of the finest and most pleasant situations in Northern Kansas,, on roada leading directly from several important river towns. The country1 around is rapidly filling up with seders ; and buiness men who wish a pleasant location, in which to drive a profitable trade, would do well to avail themselves of this oppor tunity to secure cheap property, which will be constantly increasing in value. From a personal acquaintance with most of the Proprietors of Padonia, we can recom mend them as men of energy, tact and integrity, who will spare Bo efforts to build np a town worthy of the County and its people. Stoves. In another Column, will be found the advertisement of C. F. Jen nings is Co., who have received the Agency of the Massillon (Ohio) Stove Manufacturing Company, for the sale of their Stoves. They have now on hand, wo snppose, tho largest lot of Stoves ever brought into Kansas, at any one time. The Stoves are of various kinds and pat terns Cooking, Dining-Room, Parlor and Office Stoves, for wood and coal. They arc enabled to sell at unusually low prices. They likewise .have a large lot of Cells, for Churches, Hotels, School Houses, etc., which they offer cheap. The above firm are also engaging ex tensively in the manufacture of articles of Tin, Copper, and Sheet Iron. The best of workmen are employed, and they are now prepared to executo all orders in their line. Give them a call. 5T Judge Ferguson, according to the official vote, has been elected as Delegate to Congress, from Nebraska, over Bird B. Chapman, the present incumbent. Judge Ferguson was the candidate and the choice of the people of the Territory ; and Chapman, of the office holders and speculators. We understand that Chap man intends to contest the election. He was beaten once before, but gained his 8e at by a contest What is a little in consistent in bim, the former contest was because certain Half-Breeds voted for his opponent, whose votes he succeeded in having thrown -out ; but this year, the same votes were cast for him. . C3rThe well at Pierce's Hotel, in this place, just finished, is one hundred and five feet deep ! The one who does the drawing of all the water required for' the use of the establishment, must Lave a pleasant task. It will take as much rope as would be required to hang all the horse thieves in Kansas and that is saying "a good dee) IThere is" a saying, that "Truth lies at. the bottom of the well;" but if all the wells in which truth is found, are as deep as this one; we do not wonder that the article, now.-a-days, is so seldom- brought to light !,-.--. Electioh Tickets. As the election is fast approaching, candidates and County Committees should be securing a good supply of tickets for distribution among the voters. . We are prepared to print any amount of tickets, for all par ties, in the best style, and upon as favor able terms as they can be bad elsewhere. To those desiring suck work done, we speak of this subject that they may at tend to it in time. tJt Settlers are rapidly coming into our place. The other day, some twenty five or thirty came in one company. They have encamped at the edge of the town, untu they can errect dwellings. The Sales Committee are now disposing of Lots at the rata of several thousand dollars per week. ' About twenty bouse are now under contract, to be put up as soon as the lumber can be procured. "Oh, White Cloud will never be built !" XSTThe Rattlesnake harvest has just commenced. Scarcely a day nasses. but number are killed in oar streets, rm ; Daily Mail. A gentleman residing in this vicinity, proposes to carry a mail daily, in a two-horse conveyance, be tween White Could and Oregon, for one rear, for the sum of 8275. This is very reasonable, and is only about, one-half the sum that was asked by another per son, who proposed, a short time since, to carry a daily . mail between the . two places. ' A portion of this sum will no doubt be paid from the revenue of the Post Office at this place. The balance could very easily be made up by our busiaecs men, and citizens generally, who are interested in having frequent mails. As the . route will past through Forest City, and they could also secure a daily mail, the people of that place would no doubt contribute their portion. We call the especial attention of'onr citizens to this project, while the proposition is yet open. We will thus secure a regular mail every day, through cold and warm, wet and dry. The advantage will not end here. A chain of Post Offices is about being established westwardly acme. fifty or sixty miles. Tbey will depend upon some river town for their mail con nectiona. White Cloud would be on the hmost direct route, but there will be "a comretitioa between several towns. By having a daily mail to this place, con necting directly with tlie regular St Louis and Council Bluffs mail, we can at once secure this as the starting point for the Western route, and thus, in a great measure, unite White Cloud and those inland Kansas towns in a common in terest SWTaa Court of Holt County, Mis souri, have ordered an - vote to be taken, on Monday, the 21st inst., "to decide whether the County shall take 8200,000 stock in the Platte Country Railroad. From what we have heard of. the senti ment of tho people of that County, the proposition will be defeated. The people of that County are already heavily, taxed, and tho Commissioners have refused to build necessary County buildings on this account Besides, Andrew . County, whieh is much more wealthy and popu lous, has just voted against subscribing a like sum. Political Meetings. There have been a number of political meetings held in this County and Brown, reports of which have been anxiously looked for in our columns, but in vain, as such reports have not been furnished us. We will gladly publish tho proceedings of all political meetings, of any party, if the officers will but furnish us with reports. They are subjects of interest and infor mation to the citizens of Kansas and of the States, and their publication will cost nothing but a little trouble on the part of those interested. CossTrronoxAi, Cosyestion. This body commenced its session, at Lccomp ton, last Monday week. As yet, we have not received a word in regard to its proceedings. It is now two weeks, since we have received a Kansas paper. We suspect we know where they are ly ing, and that tltey are detained there pur posely. We will lay some of the Con vention proceedings before bur readers, as soon as we can receive them. ' Who Killed Dn. Bordell ? It wQl be recollected that during the Coroner's in vestigation, the theory was popular with medical witnesses that, the blows must have been struck by some person possess ed of a full knowledge of anatomy. Mrs. Cunningham told Dr. Uhl that she had Dr. Cad in "under her thumb,"intimating that she possessed some crushing secret in regard to him. The Herald comments upon his history and points significantly to several facts connected therewith. It draws the conclusion that the recent events are in a fair way tabling out an expla nation of the mysterious murder of Dr. iturdell. It says It might be well, also, in order to guard against a possible misapprehension in the public mind, that Dr. Ualhn should have an opportunity oi snowing mat ne was not the man who represented Dr. Burdell tn tit marriage ceremony of the 28th of October. There was not near so mnch want of similitude between Burdell and Catlin as there was between Burdell and Eckel ; and this curious threat of Mrs. Cunningham's might lead some to sup pose that having (Jatlin under her thumb as she said she might 'have coerced him to help her- out in the marriage sham as well as in the accouchment sham. By all means therefore, let Dr. Catlin have an opportunity of removing this ' suspicion from the public mind. It would be well to let the Rev. Mr. Marvine see the Doc tor, that be, Catlin, was or was not as the case may be the man with the bushy whiskers whom he married to Mrs. Cun ningham Aw India "oh 'Chahoe." Yesterday the Merchant's Exchange was visited by a member of the band of Indians now so journing in our city from a visit to Wash ington. Of course haf mission on Change was to beg for money. Among others whom he accosted was a gentleman who wears a very heavy black beard and whiskers. " This gentleman sought to amuse himself by tantalizing the Indian, bnt would give him no money. The in dignant red akin finding that he was on ly being made sport of, jpointed to the heavy beard of the gentleman, and turn ing with an expression of contempt, ex claimed : "Ugh I Buffalo! Saua Buf falo I" perhaps there, wasn't a laugh at the expense of our mend with the hirsute appendage. St. Lotus Republican. . It is a singular fact that not onlv the two United States Senators from Petm sylvania, and the State SuDreme Court Judge, but the. present Speaker, Clerk, and Assistant Clerk of the House, the Clerk of the Senate of PimnjnrlT.m. I the Democratic candidates for Governor n... ' uovernor B-issioner, " practical ,,"ucra- '-""TL If" I "i From KamULIirM.. Great Excitement ft LeiTeavortit. Susptded 2furder-Tu)oJfdrjTretted Vigilant CommlUet Organized Sub Committee and Search,' Conmittevs. h, Early on Wednesday morning blood was discovered on the shavings unaer a carpenter's shed in the rower part of our city near the saw mill. Suspicions were soon aroused, f nd the blood traced to the river's edsre. where there was a jrood deal of blood. It seemed as if the body of something'had been laid down there,- and bled profusely. From thence it was traced a few varda up-the river towards" raft of Iocs that lay in the river. Jnst before reaching the raft, the. blood had entirely disappeared. - - The signs of blood discovered led ma ny to . believe that some man had been killed and thrown in the river. Exami nations were being made throughout the day, rnd suspicions were aroused against a man by the. name of Gillespie, who h'as been here but a few days. fdnesaay night, under very suspicious circumstan ces, a roan by the name "of Chas. Gordon was teen standing under this same-carpen,- ter's shed, about ten or eleven o'clock, at night Just previous-to this, one of our most respected citizens of booth Leaven worth had been followed by two men to wards the branch. . He came back and two or three men went with. him near home. On cOnling back, this man Gor don was found index the shed and was arrested. He denied at first knowing any thing ef the murder, but after being alar med as to his safety; by being choked little with a cord, he-confessed a man was killed, and that .ho had participated in it His statements,' however, at that time were contradictory: He says the stranger was taken down to the shed by O Brien and Gillespie, ac cording to previous arrangement, and he accompanied them. ' Un arriving at the shed, O'Brien stabbed him, and as he fell, he cried murder. . After falling, O'Brien stabbed him again, and that the man died in a minute or two, and that O'Brien and himself packed the dead man to the river. and on the raft, and threw him into the river. Gordon does not say Gillespie stabbed the man at all ; but says be was present, aiding and abetting, and bunted for a good place to throw the deceased in tho river. After the man was killed, O' Brien ran his hand into tho pocket of the deceased, and got out a portmonie. It was supposed he had fifty dollars. O'Brien agreed to divide, but Gordon says he bim self did not get a cent There is no other evidence against these men, except the confession of Gordon, and he seems to be laboring greatly under the effects of liquor. Gillespie denies all participation in the affaii, or any knowledge of ever having seen Gordon before the examination; and says that on the night of the murder he went to bed at dark, -and was not out of the room from that time until after break fast next morningT and. that he can estab lish this by testimony. His pants that had been washed from the knee down, he accounts for by getting into the branch before night, and that he bad them washed. J. here is alio evidence tnat the -morning after the mnr,der, Gillespie was scraping a spot of blood from the bosom of bis shirt, and said it was from a chinch bug. -Many of these facts becoming public, great excitemeut was. produced. In the meantime, Charles Gordon and L. Gilles pie were legally arrested, and place! in the bands of the bnenS. lhe people as 8embled-in a largo crowd before the Mayor's office. On Thursday morning it was determined that a V lgilance Com mittee, to aid and assist the legal author ities in bringingcriminals to punishment and also for the ferreting out of crime, should be organized. Accordingly, fifty or the best men in the city were appoint ed by the meeting, as a Vigilance Com' mittee. Tbey have .been laboriously en gaged in the discharge of their duties, eliciting all the information they can in reference to this supposed murder, as well as other crimes. Ud to our eoinar to nresa. Friday noon, the Vigilance Committee were still engaged, and bad not reported. On taking the prisoners to jail, on Thurs day evening, from the committee room, a large crowd gathered around. The cry was raised " hang 'em I" and a number of the Dutch, and nerhana some others. made a rush at the jail door to take the prisoners ont and bang them, lint tbey were resisted by the order loving citizens of the place. Finally the editor of this paper got the ;rowd off a short distance and appealed to the people to be calm and wait, at least, until the Committee was through with the investigation, and not rush headlong-and commit a deed that would reflect discredit upon the citi zens of the city, Mr. Yaughan made, a similar appeal to the-crowd. ByAhistime things were quieting down. Shortly after this, a very intelligent German, Mr. Ho elofson, made a few. renfarks, to the Ger mans, in their' Own language, , which seemed entirely to satisfy them.' A strom? cnard was ient -around th jail all night both to protect the prisoner V- 1.- J . , ' ii via uib uiuoaau vf prevent toeir escape. We want to see justice done, and if men are clearly guilty, and tbey eacane bv any technical quibbles of the law; let the people deal with them then ; but we are opposed to mobs hanging, especially on suspicion, and when we have ne evidence oiner man a drunken man confession, that any one has been killed at all. j - . . ' : ' Mahbiagz ExTRAOMaABT.-In the last new from California, is the following announcement of an-extraordinary name, if not lady : . On Saturday, the day of May, inst., at the residence of His Excellency, Stock Whitley, Governor and Commander-in-Chief, of all the hostile east of tbe moun tains, by Right Rev. Father Bussaasi, Gen. Victor Trevitt, to her ladyship. Hon. En- genie Isabella Victoria Clementina Kan garoolia Antelopia Tonstoeckersbinder shovenspidereater, 'Cousin Germain to btock Whitley, Esq., aforesaid. United States Sexa-toii. TK Tr. islatures of Tennessee, Virginia, Texas, Kentucky, and Alabama are to elect Uni ted States Senators at their next Beaaian. Tennessee has to choose two. Ex-Governor Powell, Hon. Gect W. Johnson. Hon. Was. Preston J and Hon John. W. Stevenson are anbken of in Kentnckv bv the democrats. - Gen. HcCuilough, the Texan Ranger, ' will probably be Gen. amsk's successor &oa. Texas. w . . - - l.Utm, O. A. F. Bicholaoa. will be one of the new Senator! froa Tennessee, and "probably John or Harrij tie other. Runaway Vegroei ia "Sebraak." Fioht at Browksville OsY Ma Killed asd Ok Negro Woujtded. We learn from Dr. A. J. Holliday, of Browns ville. Nebraska Territory, that a gentle man from Missouri by the name of Myers, discovered near that -place, cm Saturday last, three negroes skulking through the brushy Satisfied from their actions that they were runaways, he went to Browns villa, reported what he" had seen, and a company was soon in pursuit of them. The negroes, who were concealed in a hazel thicket, discovered the party ap proaching and prepared to offer deter mined resistance. Mr. Myers who was in the advance of the party pointing ont the spot where be bad seen (hem, was shot twice by tbe negroes, and afterwards beaten Over the head in a brutal manner. He lived bnt twenty minutes after he was shot The negroes after the first fire fled, but were "pursued and fired upon by the other party. Mr. Davis, of Urownville. came ud with one of them, a large mn latto'colored fellow, who ap"peared to be the leader of the runaway. . and the one who first shot Mvers. when a hand to hand encounter took place. , Several shots were fired by each, and the negro receiving a severe wound in the arm turned and attempted to escape by jump ing in the river; his wounded arm being useless, he came near drowning, and Air. Davis discovered him in a helpless con dition, pulled him out and secured him The other two negroes escaped, but were fbeing pursoed by three gentlemen ' of Brownsville. Jt is highly probable, tbe two who eluded the- citizens of Brownsville, will escape. The negro taken says be has lived in Kansas City, but it is thought he ran away from Leavenworth City, the other two it is believed are owned in An drew or Holt county. Si. Joseph Ga zette, 9.; As the cars were leaving the city, on Wednesday afternoon, we observed young lady among the passengers, whom we indeed." by her actions, to be from Darke county. She had on a very pret ty new dress, the body of which was speckled, and the lower part flowered she was very particular, lest her "robe dress," as she called it would get spoil ed. Before the cars started, tbe engine gave a sort of whistle, when the girl jumped up, exclaiming "the Railroad is running away 1" and in endeavoring to get off, she gave the young lady who ac companied her, a shove that made her fairly "sheet," leaving her parasol behind She was soon quieted, however; and when the train started, sh muttered some thing, which, a by-slander told us, was "Now, I'll soon be to Asia !" Wonder if she thought that she could go to Asia on the cars I We have just learned that she got off the cars, at Miamisbnrg. She could not be prevailed upon to go farther, as she declared the" Locofoco hollered so, she was afraid it would bite her." She went into Miamisbnrg, singing a political song, to the - tune of " Kory O Moore. We have not heard of her. since. For aught we know, she is to Asia ,by - this time ! Dayton Gazette. Tub Kindkess of Asor.mo Rescuers. In 1855, a colored girl in Milwaukee, who was an apprentice-1 naa peenasiave but was manumitted Jo .Sir. John n Marshall, of Milwaukee, was spirited away by the abolitionists nnder pretence tnat sue was a stave, i ne, auoiiuonisis, according to the Free Democrat of that day, declared they would see that Mr. Marshall was never called on for her sup port, and were greatly triumphant at their great deed.' - It appears now, by a letter published in the News,. that she married in Canada, but that the man had two other wives. She is now in distress and misery, with a child to support, and ap plication is made for aid to Mr. Marshall, not to the abolitionists who made their political capital out of her, and care no more for her. Madison ( Wis.) Argus. tW A Dutch paper in the interior of Penn., expresses its opinion of President Buchanan s innaugural m the following lucid and concise . terms : "Und der Dentchta ver samel ung w-her echt met die grosen Inaural foon der Shames Buchanan, sell ishshancy der hummrigh der Democaatisy nichts cum araus I Soon titel Swatsacepe holtimol swei glasses larger peer right avay. Secretary der sweitzer Lbessen foon der Washington mit Jackson ahuffleboarden. Der schmidt ?-Nit Der Vig? Nil Der Schwartzenhover 1 Ni I Ein blate lim berger mit strongfogo 1 Ein glassen beer mit bretzel I Soontite I Yah I" i Iratovrso. The . Albany Evening Journal is improving. Of Senator Doug las, whom it has so often abused and vil ified, it says ., , . ' If we were required to name tbe "rep resentative man" of the ruling powers m this country,-, we should certainly sav Stephen Arnold Douglas. It is folly to deny him great talents as a man or ae a politician. We have' heard it said that there are but four men in the United States Senate who may be truly called great men, and of these Douglas is one. The tongue of tbe 'slanderer baa a fear- ful power, and he who aids it by insinu ations or intimations, has a fearful re sponsibility to bear. : A young lady at Detroit Michigan,' deserted "Ty a lover, through doubts of bet chastity, provoked by lying tongues, last 'week proved her truth by tbe tearful test of suicide; while a letter to her husband, taken from the clothing of a womtn found drowned in the Mississippi, says : "I have been a faithful and true wife They laws lUd about ms I" ' ... . , Leander swam the Hellespont to train hia love. A young chap living in the country, twenty miles from Manchester, fa., walked to that city the other morn ing, arrived -there at 5 o'clock,' hired a horse and buggy; returned home; got hia lady love and took her to Manchester to see the circus. At night they returned home, when. the devoted ewain drove the team back to the city ; paid his bill ; and " rooted u ' borne again twentv miW That girl ought to pop tho question at once. . ... , Pcutt Ren In a ehureh.atPlvmD- ton, Massachusetts,-which is undergoing repairs, a bottle of ma was found, which had been eased np within the pazineTiing for 27 yean. One of tbe builders brought it there to refresh . himself occasionally, and hia comrades boxed it into the pulpit the next morcisg before he got there, -.Tr The Librabt.of CoHoaxss. The libra ry of Congress was first established da riflg the administration of Jefferson, at his suggestion and bis exertions. It at first contained about 2,500 volumes and was destroyed by fire when the British burnt the Capitol in 1814. In the same pr a resolution was introduced into Congress to purchase Mr. Jefferson's pri vate library, which was passed ; tne books bought add brought to Washing ton, and the library of Congress again organized. Various valuable additions being made from time to time, the libra ry contained in 1851, 55,000 volumes. During that year it accidentally caught fire, and 35.000 volumes were destroyed. and the room very much injured. This accident finally resulted in the room being made perfectly fire proof by constructing the alcoves and -' shelves of cast - iron. Soon after this fire an appropriation of seventy-five thousand dollars was made by Congress for the purchase of new books. This fund was judiciously laid out and a most excellent collection made of standard and rare works. The library now contains abort 1 65,004 volumes, ex clusive of a large number of pamphlets, and about 50,000 public documents ; and the annual appropriation to the library in 85,000 for miscellaneous, and 82,000 for law books. - Botno pp Missocai.-The Free States are buying op Missouri. The St Louis Democrat says the sales of publie lands in that district within tbe last sixty days. reached 400,000 acres more than has been sold for three years previously The buyers were almost exclusively from the free btates. -At the Warsaw office, acres have been sold in about the same time. and the office is closed. About two thou sand acres per day 'are' being entered in the Jackson district At Palmyra there are only about 15, 000 acres of government land now sub- lect to entry. Emigrants from Iowa are crowding into the north-western part oi tbe State, where lands at reduced prices. a milder climate and a more fertile soil can be had. . The prospect of Missouri becoming a free state is tbe cause of this unparallelled activity in the Missouri land market Juxchang. Amalgamation Commenced. We copy the following from the Muscatine bnqui rer, of a late date : " A dark darky and a white female conceived the idea a few days since, of journeying down Iiies "thorny path together. 1 hough the wife has a husband and three small children, yet she left them all and took up her abode with the "cul- ored pussen I" - We should have thought they might have waited nntil it was officially announ ced whether the new Constitution was adopted. However the Journal said it was, and that was enough. P. S. Since writing the above the fe male has been rescued " and escorted to her husband'ahoese. The escort num bered several hundred individuals. Oh, what a country I" . . Herb Driesbacb. The story that one of two burglars lately killed by an acci ient on a i'ennwyrvania railroad, was Driesbacb, the celebrated tamer of wild animals and showman, and that ' articles found upon the body proved him to be connected with an extensive gang of coun terfeiters, bas been going tbe rounds among our exchanges. In contradiction to this, it is now. stated that Herr Dries bach has married a lady from Ohio, bas settled down near Potoai, in Grant Coun ty, Wisconsin, and is a successful farmer. As he is now at Jiqme. near Potosi, and has been for over a- year, it is quite cer tain that Herr is not one of tbe unfortun ate men who were killed on the railroad. nor is it at all probable that he is or ever bas been connected either with counter feitess or burglars, Jfadiion ( Wisconsin) Patriot. Sisgclab Coixcidesce. Our readers. the Cincinnati Gazette says, probably remember that the inventor of the patent metallic burial case, was tbe first person to be entombed in one, and we now learn from good authority, that death recently compelled a gentleman nametTShoIl, who nrst used terracotta in tbe manufacture of coffins, to become the first patron of bis own ingenuity, bholl resided in this city at the time of hia . decease, and had lived here for some time. Judging from these instances, one would suppose death revenged himself upon all innovators upon the usual form of sepulture ; but whether from malignity or generosity we will not undertake to say, since He alone wbo treads the shore of the 'Silent Land,' comprehends the sybillio voice from the waves of the eternal sea.." Let it Slide. Rev. Wm. Beecher. in a speech at North Brookfield on the 4th, is said to have made use of the following expresion : " God help the Union to slide to perdition.' -' ... -v," W hen so many of his self-styled min isters are giving it a lift that way. says the Boston Post, we don't see much ln consiateney in the request '-. It would not be unorthodox to repty that only the devil has an interest in the peopling of perdi tion, and that hia calling on God for help shows that consummate impudence has not ceased to be tbe least of Satanic vir tues. Seriously, the reverend gentleman's invocation, or imprecation rather, is what won! J be deemed in a lsymaa little short of blasphemy. Tbe Masonic Order in the United States numbers three hundred thousand persona, and includes a large proportion of all the distinguished civil, military and profes sional men. The price asked for Modnt Vernon and the Tomb of Washington, is 8200,000. It has been proposed in Vir ginia, that the Freemasons make up the sum necessary to purchase U, by tbe sub scription of a dollar or less from each in dividual In view of what Mr. Everett has done and will, do, twenty-five cents from each member -should answer every purpose. - - - . ... The CtrjmsoHXif Case. Nothing new occurred on Sarorday or Sunday. Dr. Catlin has been removed to tbe Tombs. It is the intention, of tbe District Attor ney to indict Mrs. Cunningham as Mrs. Btrrden. to that to escape tbe 8tate prison she will have to prove that she was never married to Dr. EafdeH." Bond street was crowded yesterday with the eorioaa and the- idle, and, the policemen were kept fully employed; to- preveat a complete blockade of the Gw)Bghfare, .Vw Tort " Thit Kirow Bow to Mau a Bill in Kaxsas. A correspondent of the New r i m- a J . . - , . August 1, makes the following statement: , A day or -two ago a gentleman from Lawrence, visited the camp, and in a very solemn and affecting manner represented to Colonel Cook the ruin which had been perpetrated by some nf the soldiers on a bridge that crosses one id the ravines that lie between thencampmvat and the town, and presented a bill for 839 'tue prob able cost of repairs. ' The Colonel, who is the embodiment of politeness - and in tegrity, expressed, his regret at the occur rence, and promised to look after it In the course of tbe day, therefore, he took a carpenter with him to the scene of de vastation, examined tbe injuries commit ted, proceeded to town, made certain pur chases, returned, and in less than five minutes, and by an expenditure of just five cents invested in nails, made m sub stantial and efficient repair of all the harm. A Wester Haevest Home. The following paragraph from tbe Chicago Tribune of Tuesday, gives an idea how harvesting is done at the west : " A friend of ours says that .one day last week he went to the top of hill called Mt Zion, six mile from Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin, ' and eounted on tbe surrounding plain one hundred and sixty-four borst power r?im? machines. i . . - - i -. . t-i ousny cuutng-uowu uttr.- tnor. ...... LMMd A . 1 IwiM fjll- lowing after," binding and shocking np the golden sheaves. It was a sight worth seeing, to behold the grain falling and be ing gathered up at the rate of two hun dred acres per hour.". . . ' Fast Ttw 8 cm so. Tbe Dispatch of yesterday morning contained " a ' chal lenge from compositors in that office offer ing to compete for any sum from ten to one hundred dollars in type setting. The Chronicle accepts the same, and offers to select either three or four compositors from their office to compete for three hours with an equal number from any other of fice in this city, for the sum of 850 or 8100. The compositors of .the Gazette office will double the above bet. aed chat i .i - u -i 4 meet an equal number of compositors, tbe test to be decided by the largest amount ' set in a week fisburgli Gasetts. Sfeculatios in Gbais. The New York Courier states that great competi tion is going on in that city in, buying up tbe new crop of Southern wheat, which has resulted in prices being paid higher in proportion than present 'prices of flour: and ae tho general expectation is that flour most decline when tbe new crop begins to come in, this movement excites much comment for it is felt that., no effort of speculation can sustain prices in the absence of a foreign demand and with a full ctop. ' Exolish Ignorance. It is really amu sing to witness bow shockingly ignorant even the best informed men in England are, upon the most com nib n features of our government A writer in tbe London Quarterly, in an article on American sla very, denounces the " United States Sen ate," for not expelling P. S. Brooks for his assault on Sumner. , An intelligent,., American vbo would speak of Lord Pal- merston or Lord John Russell as members of tbe House of Lords, would be scouted for bis ignorance. N. P. Willis thought he saw a ghost at the foot of his bed one night He rose with sweat drops on fate brow, nerved himself to tbe extreme of daring, approach ed the figure and clutched it when, lo I it was his own shirt I It bad been bung near the foot of his bed, over fwrnaco register. 'Tbe column of warm air occa sionally inflated this tbirt and hence tho ghost CoL Fuller, of the N. Y. Mir ror, says the " dainty . Idlewilder " pub lished this statement to let the world know that be wears a silk shirt. Death's Doraoe. Two. of President Pierce's Cabinet officers Messrs. Marcy and Dobbin bare died within six month of his retirement; hia Postmaster Gener al has also lost hia wife, and General. Rusk, of Texas, 'who wae elected Presi dent pro tempore of the Senate, at tho close of his term, is also among the dead. Rarely do we find so large ao amoun of mortality in so short a time in a political family. ' ' ' The Baltimore 8 an has the following. concerning tbe probable cause of the death of Senator Rnsk : v - "It is supposed that the mind of the Senator bas been mnch disturbed lately in consequence of some alleged connection of hia -brother-in-law with forgeries on the Land Department The matter, it is surmised,' preyed upon him to each an extent as to induce this terrible result' The New York Evening Poet says gentleman residing in Boston has lost a member of bis family every Fourth of July, for tbe last four -years. Hia two sou and wife have died on that day, i sneeessive years, and on last. Fourth hia little daughter, aged five years, was seized with convulsive fits, in the second of which she died. Dacotam The territory west of the boundary designated for the State of Min-. nesota, is to be organized aa Daeotah Ter ritory. It returned six members to the eonstitntional convention of Minnesota. - who will not be admitted on account of their coming from beyond tho' boundary of tbe new State. : : ' ' - Jatae Jonrrao the Commbeitt or Na- non. Letters from Japan state that tho emperor baa decided to open diplomatic relations and make commercial treaties with the European Powers, ,His Majesty has fixed, upon the Governor of Simoda, as an envoy, whom be will shortly tend to Europe. f . .. ' JcaT So. Tn one respect, says the Providence Post Mrs. Cunningham's teat performance was.not a failure. , She set out to be camfimsi, and bas succeeded ad- irably. She at not, however. sucDOsed to be in a sinking condition, as the courts refuse to allow her to be bailed oat The other evening, during a conversa tion on Mrs. Cunningham's, affair, Jones ' remarked tnat the attempt wa a decided failure, and had resulted in nothing bnt cholera morbus. - foh r. said Brown,' . " yon are altogether wrong ; it wa a tided cant of cholera infani-w." '