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81. Paul, Mlaaeitftft. SATURDAY, AUGUST 14,1852, -PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, GEN,'WINFIELD SCOTT . pr SEW JERSEY. FOR VICE PRESIDENT. WILLIAM A. GRAHAM, or NORTH CAROLINA. STATE ELECTIONS. A hundred guns for Iowa! Nobly lias she redeemed herself and taken her posi tion in the Whig column! She has come up to the work with that quiet and order lyjfr*cipline so characteristic ever of the Scott forces. Thousands of freemen throughout the land are now shouting a welcome to the Whig State ol lowa. We give in other places all the returns we have. Reports received last evening render the election of Benton to Congress, in the St. Louis district, extremely doubtful.— The chances were thought to be best for Caruthers, Whig. Bogy, the “ regular Democratic nominee,” was fur behind — clear out of sight. TIIE COUNTRY. We have not found as much leisure as tome of our neighbors to travel over the country this summer, and see what was going on among the people who have been pitching into old mother earth, and are turning up to genial warmth the virgin soil of our broad prairies. Business has kept us so closely at home, that until Wednesday of this week we had not been at St. Anthony since October last. We found our spunky little neighbor much improved, both in size and business. The addition of four saws to Mr. Steele's mill, adds just that much to the lively appear ance as well as the manufacturing wealth of the town. Many good buildings have been erected this season, and others are going up, one of which is a large brick. Many improvements are also going for ward upon the lands between here and St. Anthony. New fields have been bro- ken up and fenced, and comfortable farm buildings erected. The crops look fine. We saw as good corn in the Groveland settlement as we ever met with upon the uplands of Ohio. Potatoes, oats, buck wheat, &c., also look remarkably well. A field of the latter grain upon Judge Meeker's farm, we have never seen sur passed anywhere; and be it known wc were raised in a buckwheat country. Hundreds of farms have been com menced this season upon the Mililary Re serve and the newly ceded lands west of St. Anthony. Mr. J. 11. Stevens informed us that it least one hundred and fifty men, not counting women and children, had settled in Hennepin county, north of the Falls, this year. This country extends up the Mississippi from the month of the Minnesota to Crow river, and thirty miles up the Minnesota from the Mississippi. He thinks it is bound to be the centre of wealth and population in Minnesota. The Arcadian country around Lake Minne tonka—a sheet of water fifteen milts west of St. Anthony, and navigable for large steamboats throughout its entire length of forty miles—is attracting much attention. Mrs. Ellelt and her travelling companion had just started upon an excursion to this romantic spot when we arrived at the Falls. We have never been to this lake, but intend visiting it soon when our read ers shall know more about it. We would advise every one, male and female, who has leisure, not to fail taking a trip thither while the weather is good. Those in whom we have full confidence, say that so far as natural beauty is concerned. Minnetonka and the scenery about it has no equal in Minnesota. We took that delightful drive home across the prairie by way of Fort Snel ling. Many changes are there apparent since we passed the same way, one year ago. “Claim shanties,” with here and there a tolerable house, dot the green meadows in every direction; and nearly every quarter section has a broad furrow plowed around it, to mark the lines of claims. But still the beauties of nature, in their richest profusion, were there spread to view, with the Little Falls in termediate, by way of grand relief to a monotonous prairie road. Surely there is no such pleasant drive, amid all Minne sota’s beauties, as from the Falls of St. Anthony to Fort Snelling, on the west side of the Mississippi. For some rea son or other, we never enjoy it half so much when our horses’ heads are turned the other way, and we have heard many others make the same remark. “ t*°d made the country, but man made towns. ’ That is a recorded fact; and as much of “ an out-of-the-way. country place as people at a distance may regard St. Paul, it is quite enough of a citv al ready to make one used to real city life glad to get out of its dust and noise, after a month’s confinement within its limits. The sublime handiwork of Nature is al- ready defaced to almost the extent of a St. Paul denizen’s vision, from the centre of his town; and those who can feel and • the. presence of the Almighty in the green fields apd blooming prairies, "' have a yearning to go forth amtd the scenes of incomparable loveliness which so profusely carpet our allotted portion of His footstool. MAD AGAIN ! Something has again, after many weeks of inactivity, stirred up the political bile of neighbor Robertson’s stomach. Whe ther it be the result of the lowa election —the news from the Niagara frontier— the general the Southern Democracy, headed by Gen Quitman — the gloomy prospects of the success of his candidate generally—the funny jokes of the newspapers and stump-orators about Gen. Pierce’s fainting, buying can dy, Sic.—the tremendous fight now going on between his old political cronies in 11 Ohier” —or some other cause, which lies deeply buried in his swelling, per turbed bosom, we know not; but, as they say in Yankee land, when he set down to write his editorials of this week, it is evident he was “ pretty considerably riled, up." Did we know by what means we could get him back to the complacent humor he has been basking in during the summer, we would certainly administer the medicine ; but alas, we fear he is so far gone, that the distilled juice of the grape, after the modifying influences of caloric have been applied, will not save him. We can give him some advice, however, and perhaps administer a little consolation to his exercised feelings in this, his hour of adversity. To com mence with, we would advise him to keep his nether garment on, and not tear it just yet, although rags may be needed at this time to exchange for pa per, and are considered a more advanta geous barter than even town lots at three prices. In the next place, the lowa election re turns look rather blue, it is evident, but then “ there’s no use crying over spilled milk.” The Democrat man pretends to be a great philosopher. What’s his phi losophy worth if he can’t call it into re quisition on occasions when needed?— Not “ a cent's worth of candy /” As for these mass gatherings of the million who are going to vote for Gen. Scott, why that is nothing new to you, neighbor. You have seen the same be fore, in 1840 and ’4B, when you raved, and sweated, and fumed, and ranted, and swore, and almost fainted at the thought of them, all to no purpose. Will repeat ed drubbings, such for instance as you have received at the hands of the people of Minnesota upon every political issue you have set up here, never learn you anything ? Do you want another grand tumble from your war-horse ? Go ahead, then! It is bad, the discovery and exposure of that trick by which Frank Pierce— wlio rcdUy “lualtica tlic Fugiti\c Slave Law”—was to sweep the South, and at the same time keep snugly stowed away a cosey set of home principles for North ern use. But that is a Southern matter. Wc had nothing to do with it; therefore why abuse us in your mad rage ? •• shake not t our porv lock* at me— Thou caiift uot say I did It!” Neither are we to blame because the Democrat has a candidate who cannot arouse the enthusiasm of the country, and therefore the prospects of his elec tion are so dark. tVe did not place the uneven, volcanic surface over the route which Gen. Pierce had to travel on the evening of the 19th of August, 18-W, in order to reach the battle ground of Con treras, and consequently are not respon sible for his fall from his horse. Neither were we there to prevent his fainting the next day ; nor did we hold him by the coat-tails to keep him back from Molino del Rey; nor were we his nurse or doc tor at the time Chepultepec was stormed, to keep liiin in bed by administering a spider in his slow-and-casy “ plate of soup.” Therefore, why vent thy wrath on us, O most wrothy of used up mortals ? Why quote from Santa Anna against us. as thou didst quote from him the previ ous week against Gen. Scott ? But die cruel Whig editors will not agree with thee that Pierce is a distin guished military hero, and keep poking un at the idea—their heartless jokes be ing based upon historical scraps from the pages of despatches from the army while in Mexico! Is that it? It is, eh! Well, well, we’ll stop jokes and burlesques, then. We will try what virtue there is in real historical facts. Let us see : Ist. Gen. Pierce “fell from his horse” on the evening of the 19ih of August, during the battle of Contreras.— Vide Gen. Scott's Report, Tacubaya, Jlug. 28, 1847, Vot. 2, Ex. Doc., Is/ Ses. 30 ih Congress, p. 309. 2d. Gen Pierce “fainted in the ac tion” of August 20th—the battle of Cherubusco.— Vide same despatch, same volume, p. 313. 3d. “ He” [Gen. Pierce] “ fainted”. Vide Gen. Pillow's Report, JUixcoac, Jlvg. 24, 1847, same battle, same volume, p. 339. 4th. “ Pierce’s brigade’’[was] “under my command in this action.”— Gen. Shields, San Jlugustin, -lug. 24, 1847, Report of same battle, same volume, p. 344. sth. “The battle” [Molino del Rey] was won J ust a * Brigadier Gen. Pierce reached the ground.”—Gen. Sdott, lacu aya, Sept. 11, 1847, same, volume, p. ODD. 6th. “The immediate command” [of Pillow’* division after that doughty Gen eral was wounded in the boot at the •torming of Chepultepec] “ devolved on Brigadier General Cadwallader, in the absence of the senior brigadier (Pierce) of the same division—an invalid since the events of August 19,” [the day he fell from his horse.] Gen. Scott, National Palace of . Mexico , [“Halls of the Alon /ezumas”] Sept. 18,1847, same volume, p. 378. There now ! That’s all we can do for you in that line—that’s all Gen. Pierce did on the entire line from Vera Cruz to the “Halls of the Monlezumas,” (so triumphantly entered by old Chippewa on the 14th of September, 1847,) except to march, eat, drink, and sleep. He might have been guilty of some other tri fling acts occasionally—dancing fandan gos, brushing the moisture from the rich lips of the senoritas with his fierce red military moustache, Sac., but none of that is recorded as yet. Maybe it will all come out in the next edition of his biog raphy. But perhaps, after all, our neighbor is so very mad at us this week, because of the Kilkenny fight among his old confed erates in political corruption in Ohio.— Here, perhaps, we are in a measure guil ty, although we have not been there this three years and upwards. But we re collect when we were connected with the press thereabouts, we were in the habit of saying just the same things of those chaps that they are now saying of each other. But we guess it will all come out right. Therefore, neighbor, “fret not thy gizzard nor worry thy internal parts.” Facts aud Fancies. An article of some length upon the Duguerrean art, prepared for this num ber, is crowded out until next week. Rev. Mr. Riheldaffer’s congregation will in future worship at the Court House. Services to-morrow, and everv subsequent Sabbath, at half-past ten, A. M., and three P. M. A large number of the Sisseton and W.irpeton Indians were assembled at Traverse des Sioux recently, clamorous tor their money, goods and provisions under the new treaty. Their attentive Agent, Maj. M’Lean, was upon the ground, using his endeavors to keep them in patience and alleviate their immediate wants. Gov. Ramsey also visited the Traverse at the same time, to give coun sel and allay excitement. The Indians say the time is up, and they want their money. Living in expectation of this the past year, they have made scarcely no exertion, by way of hunting and rais ing corn, to provide the means of present subsistence. Mr. Rice had a considera ble quantity of flour at the Traverse, which he rolled out to the Indians on tick, and other traders, and the Agent, did what they could to satisfy their wants.— The slaughtering of the settlers’ cattle, which we mentioned hist week, turns out to amount to the killing of one cow, which at the time was depredating upon a small corn field belonging to the Indi ans. We would suggest to our Delegate in Congress that an appropriation of S2OOO would pay in the low water of this season, for removing the snags in the Minnesota river, to the ordinary head of navigation. — Democrat. It the editor of the Democrat is sin cere in his belief that Frank Pierce will be elected, and also sincere in his desire to have the Minnesota river improved, it is no wonder he wishes the appropriation made “ this season,” while a liberal mind ed and national patriot occupies the Presi dential chair. It he and his party suc ceed in marching Frank Pierce into the White House, over the dead body of England’s humiliator and Mexico’s con queror, he knows it will be all day with appropriations for the Minnesota or any other river. These are the very kind of appropriations that Pierce always voted against when in Congress, and is pledged to veto should he succeed to the Presi dency. The man who deliberately voted against thousands for the improvement ol the Ohio and Mississippi, upon constitu tional scruples, could certainly not be ex pected to give his sanction to the im provement ot the Minnesota. Dare the Democrat editor himself give the full “ approval of his judgment” to the sug gestion he here throws out to Mr. Sib ley ? We doubt it very much. If our neighbor of the St. Anthony- Express is the man we take him to be, he will tear the patch-work “ leader” in this week’s Democrat to tatters—“ to very rags.” Even Robertson, with all his Quixotic phantasms, has never before so completely laid himself open to a Lundy’s Lane broadside. Give it to him, Scott fashion. Rev. Mr. Cressey, of the Baptist de nomination, preached an interesting fu neral discourse last Sabbath afternoon, in commemoration of the sad death of Mr Terry, at Pembina. Mr. Terry was a member of the Baptist Church, St. Paul, and not connected with the Methodist Mission at Red river, as erroneously sta ted in some of the papers, There has perhaps never, within the United States, been so reckless—we may almost say deliberate —an instance of wholesale murder by steamboat officers^ 1 as was witnessed by the burning of the' Henry Clay on the Hudson, two weeks ago. The New York press, without an exception we believe, speak right out, and call the outrage by its proper name— murder. The officers have been arrested and held to heavy bail. It is clearly prov ed that the boat was racing with the Ar menia at the time of the accident, and that the passengers received nothing but in sults for their repeated remonstrances with the officers. Two Western steam boat commanders with whom we are ac quainted, and know to be competent judges of such matters —Captains Dean and Baolie’idor of the Cincinnati and Pitts burgh packet line—were on board at the ; time, and are strong witnesses against the | officers of the Clay. Over sixty dead bodies bad been recovered at last accounts. Among those lost were Mr. Downing, the celebrated horticulturist. The Cleveland Herald thus speaks of him: “ The death of Mr. Downing, editor of the Horticulturist, by the destruction of the steamer Henry Clay, is a national ca lamity. He had done, and was doing, much to refine the taste and elevate the social life and habits of the American people. His works on rural architecture, landscape gardening, horticulture and flo riculture, exercise a wide influence, and have become American standards. Mr. D. was employed by Government to lay out and beautify the public grounds at Washington, and many private mansions on the Hudson and elsewhere bear testi mony to his taste and judgement in their lovely surround ngs. He was an artist, scholar and gentleman, whose sudden and lamentable end his countrymen deeply deplore.” The bell for the Baptist church, from the foundry of Geo. L. Hanks, Cincin nati, arrived by the Martha since our last. It is large, weighing 850 pounds, , and said to be of very fine tone, of which fact we can all judge in a few days, as it will be hung immidiately. The Galena Advertiser claims that Cook lias been elected to Congress from lowa, and that the W’higs have carried the H. of R. of that State. Reliable news next week.— Democrat. There, neighbor Houghton, you’ve got it now, right in the face and eyes! Your news is not reliable! What business had you to refer to the lowa election at all? You have been entrenching upon “ Dem ocratic” ground, and for your pains you are set down in the Democrat's cata logue as a journalist unworthy of confi dence, even in matters of common-place news. “J. P. Benjamin, U. S. Senator elect from Louisiana, lias written a letter sta ting that Scott cannot carry that State.” We see this paragraph waiting about in the papers. Both the .Democratic journals in St. Paul copy it this week. It is undoubtedly false, the same as thou sands of other stories the opposition are setting afloat daily. Mr. Benjamin a few weeks ago. addressed a large ratification meeting in New Orleans, and during his speech pledged Louisiana for Scott. We have the papers to show for this. A lew weeks ago the Democrat made a prominent parade in its columns of the name of Hon. Win. W. Hunter, member or Congress from the Belmont, Ohio, dis trict, as a “ bolter ” from tire Whig ranks. We felt certain at the time the story was false, and can now contradict it with the documents before us. Thus h.'ir false hoods tumble, one after another. The American Whig Review for Au gust, contains fine engravings of Gen. Scott and Hon. M. P. Gentry, side by side. Events are developing which will soon bring the distinguished originals into the same position. The St. Charles Hotel, St. Anthony, under the management of Mr. Clark, and ] his faithful lieutenant, Mr. Dubois, has not its superior north of St. Louis. We have been there and speak knowingly. A walk out to the Capitol any day about these times, will satisfy- the most incred ulous that things now look as though the building would really be enclosed, and a portion of it finished before the first of January ensuing. Ten or twelve work men are engaged laying brick, and other | portions of the work is keeping pace with 'the walls. So far as we could judge, we I thought things were going on about right, both as regards despatch and workman ship. The capitol promises to be a fine imposing building, much more so than our citizens generally suppose. The Court House is now nearly finish ed—the Hall of Justice, and the stairs leading to it, entirely so. The County- Commissioners have taken the wise plan of paying for it at once, and getting the county out of debt as soon as possible. For this reason the taxes this year will be high—in all, fifteen mills on the dol lar. Better pay it at once, however, with out grumbling, than to have a debt hang ing over us, with ten per cent, interest eating us up by inches. We are pained to announce that the editor of the Pioneer continues very se verely ill. Some of his friends think his recovery is doubtful, but we hope their fears are groundless. TTie “ Democracy ” of Ohio are having a sweet time of it. A violent quarrel has broken out in Cincinnati between Dr. Geo. Fries, formerly a leading “Demo cratic ” member of Congress, backed by many of the most influential of his party ? and the editors of the Enquirer and their adjuncts. It is extending all over the State; and from what we know of the materiel engaged in leading off, we are sure it is bound to assume, before the fall elections, as virulent a type as the war which rages in Missouri between Benton and the Anties. The Ohio Statesman, “ Rob's ” former file leader, and political cynosure since he came to Minnesota, has “locked horns” with the Fries men of Hamilton county, and is decidedly choice in its epithets when speaking of Democrats under its ban. A well known German politician, Mr. Recmelin, of Hamilton county, is one of the ablest men of the Democratic party, and yet the Statesman thus introduces him to its col umns—“ The canting, ranting, white-liv ered charlatan, Reemelin, is in hot water in his efforts to force his nomination down the reluctant throats of the Democracy of his district.” How they love each other ! Scott is a dead letter in this county. — Coshocton (O.) Democrat. Like other dead letters lie will be sent straight to Washington. —Raleigh Regis ter. Scott is famous for “dead letters.”—at any rate who ever saw one that did not fall still-born from his pen ?— Exchange. Yes, “like other dead letters,” he will be sent straight to Washington, into the “Dead Letter Office,” and thence, like all other worthless rubbish, into the “dirt cart.” —Dubuque Spike. We would like to see the editor of the Spike go into a crowd of old soldiers, and tell them that their former gallant com mander, who carries more British lead in his body than any other man living, should be carted out as vile rubbish. lie would be very apt to get carted out himself. As part of the passing history of the campaign, we must chronicle the fact, that there is, at this time, an awful commo tion among the Pierce party at the South. They at first made the issue there upon the relative soundness of the two candi dates upon the compromise measures, sta ling that Pierce gave the Fugitive Slave law “the approval of his judgment,” while Gen. Scott took it merely as an en cumbrance attached to the Whig platform. This has brought to light the fact, that no longer ago than last January, Gen. Pierce made a speech at New Boston, N. H., in which lie strongly denounced both the institution of Slavery and tlie Fugitive Slave act, staling that he “ utterly loathed j Slavery,” &e. The New Hampshire del egation in Congress have made a lame i denial of these lacts, but two Democratic I papers in that State, the Independent j Democrat of Concord (Gen. Pierce’s res idence) and the Manchester Democrat, 'back them up by incontestible proof. I Although published at the time it was made, right under the auilior’s nose, this speech was never contradicted until aficr it appeared in the Washington Republic a few weeks ago, and then in such an im potent manner, as to make the evidence of its truthfulness a thousand times more strong It is tailing upon the Pierce par ty in Tennessee, Georgia, &e., with a withering, deadening, crushing effect— with a stunning blow more than equal to | that visited upon the Whigs of the North jin 1844 by Mr. Clay’s Alabama letter, I which every body knows, at this day, was the immediate cause of that great i man’s defeat. The Nashville Banner | thus speaks of the effect of the publica tion of Mr. Pierce’s New Boston and other speeches. “It won’t do. They will have to get rid of these speeches of Gen. Pierce. They are tellii g like, grape, shoi at the battle of Buena Vista. They must be [disproved or Gen. Pierce’s ranks will soon be terribly thinned.” We stated last week that Gen. Quit man, “ in a recent speech.” had passed a high eulogy upon Gen. Scott’s integrity and qualifications for the Presidency. In this it appears we were slightly mistaken. Wc now learn from the Memphis Enqui rer, that Gen. Q. made the remarks at tributed to him while conversing with a party of gentlemen. He has made no speech against Gen. Scott since the cam paign opened, and will make none, unless a Democratic candidate be brought out upon a platform more suitable for him to stand upon, than the rickety old concern occupied by Gen. Pierce. Gen. Quitman is not a Pierce man, and will not support him under present circumstances. No defection, eh! The wrathful propensities of the Dem ocrat man are terribly exercised, because we published a certain M. C.’s (Gen. Cullom’s) speech a few weeks since. Now, a man that cannot read and enjoy the jokes and sharp cuts of a witty oppo nent, has no business to be a politician— that s all. Numbers of the Democrat’s political friends in St. Paul have laughed heartily over that same speech, and never once thought of getting in bad humor. What a waspish little fire-eater our neigh bor is, to be sure! Maybe he thinks that he could stand the smell of gunpowder and not faint. No one can fail to see that the editor of the Democrat is again endeavoring to pro voke us into an interchange with him of the fish market vocabulary, so readily at the end of his pen. Our readers may rest assured we will not gratify him. He may befoul his columns as much as he likes—if such stuff be palatable to his readers, it is no affair of ours. He lias applied much baser epithets than he now employs against us, to much better men than we—to the very fathers and builders of the Territory —the very men to whom she is indebted most for her un equalled progress and present high posi tion—one of whom, at least, he has re cently been whipped—aye, fairly cuffed into fawning upon, with all the humility of a well chastised spaniel. And jet he talks about “kicking” certain people, and prates of cowards ! Bah ! Where do you intend locating your graveyard? Contemptible. —The scape gallows class of Whig editors arc trying bj’ means of falsehood to excite the Catholics against the Democratic part}'. It don’t win.— Democrat. If this be true, “.the scape gallows class of Whig editors ” —wc don’t know any such, however—are highly censura ble. Of all the base acts resorted to in political warfare, this striving to array the religious feelings of one part of the community against those of another, is the most to be condemned bj - good citizens. We have always avoided any such ap peals. Some of the Democratic editors and letter writers, who are Catholics— such tor instance as the editor of the Boston Pilot and the correspondent of the Buffalo Celt—have been severe upon the State of New Hampshire, owing to the bigoted religious test in her constitution; but it is certainly no Whig appeal to Catholics for their votes, if Whig editors let their readers see what Democrats say upon this head of their nominee and his State’s constitution. An old soldier who resides in the in terior of Michigan, a strong Democrat, writes to a friend in St. Paul that he, with plenty ol other Democrats in his neighborhood, are going for his old com mander, Gen. Scott. How is it, if the old hero of three wars is such an unfeel ing aristocrat and vain, pompous fool as his opponents wish to have people be lieve, that you cannot find one scarcely in the whole country, who has served under him as a private or inferior officer, be his politics what they may, that is not a strong Scott man? No. gentlemen; it is the elite of the army, and the codfish aristoc racy of Boston and New York, that don’t care much about seeing Gen. Scott elected, just because the “common soldiers” and “common people” ol the country are going for him. The old gentleman re ferred to above, also gives it as his opin ion that Michigan will vote for Scott. This but corroborates other accounts which wc hear from that quarter every mail. We learn from the St. Louis Republi can, that the steamer Banner State arrived there one day last week from Fort Union, about five miles above the month of the Yellow Stone, on the Missouri river. She was fiftj'-two dajs making the trip, including seven and a hall days aground on the downward trip. She was thirty days going up and twenty-two coming I down. She brought no news of impor tance. The river was low and falling, with three to three and a half feet water on the principal bars above Council Bluffs. The boat stopped but one day at the Fort, and tncrc was no intelligence among the traders or Indians worth no ticing. There was not a death and but one case of sickness on the trip, and the only accident the boat met with was the tearing away of a small portion of her guard, a few miles above Council Bluffs. 0,1 the downward trip. Her cargo con sisted of 1400 bales of buffalo robes, furs and peltries, one pair of grizzly bears, two live beaver, two badgers, one war eagle, one mountain goose, a curious spe cimen of the deer species, and one prairie dog, besides any amount of elk and deer horns. Her freight was all for P. Chou teau, Jr., & Co. Somebody stole half a barrel or more of cucumber pickles from the farm of Mr. A ante, of the Pioneer Office, out at White Bear settlement, a few evenings ago. Has the army- of devils, heretofore ordina rily employed to tempt and perplex man kind, been increased by recent recruits ? We should think so, seeing it is becoming fashionable to steal even from printers. W hat unpardonable and original sin shall we next hear of? Some scamp entered Mr. Combs' book store on Wednesday, it being left alone for a moment, and abstracted about fifty dollars’ worth of gold pens. No trace has been discovered by which the thief can be identified. A little “sprinkle” of a claim war came off on Monday evening in the neigh borhood of the lower sawmill. Both parties retired after blacking a few eyes and tearing one or two shirts. As the merits of the case involved will probably have to be settled by an appeal to the law, newspaper comment is entirely out of place at this stage of the proceedings. A correspondent writing from St. Paul to the New York Tribune has the follow ing notice of one of our best hotels, and of the excellent means afforded here for get ting about over the country, comfortably and safely: “The best thing visitors can do, after establishing themselves at the Rice House, the excellent hotel mentioned in my last letter, and taking a survey of the curi osities of St. Paul, is to secure places in one of Willoughby & Powers’ stages for' what is called 4 the grand tour.’ This line of stages runs three times a day be tween St. Paul and St. Anthony, and some are always at the landing on the arrival of the boats, to serve the convenience of passengers who wish to accomplish speedily what they have to do. They are new and handsome coaches, and the dri vers arc invariably civil and obliging to accommodate any party desiring to make the excursion, they will go on the lour referred to; driving to St. Anthony and allowing time for a view of the different Falls ; thence to Lakes Harriet and Cal houn. with the diversion of a picnic din ner on the shore; to the Minneha-ha Falls and Fort Snelling, and by the Spring Cave to St. Paul, arriving in time for the visitors, if in haste, to return with the boat down the river. A more particular description of this trip may be interesting. A seat on the top of one of Willoughby & Powers’ coaches is a capital eminence trom which to view the country; those not privileged to such an elevation, must content themselves with a peep trom the windows, from which they may discover enough to reward observation.” Maj. M’Lean, who has recently made the voyage down the Minnesota river, from Traverse des Sioux, in a canoe, in forms us that merely a nominal expendi ture would give an uninterrupted channel of four feet from the mouth to that point, even at this stage of water. The forma tion at the Rapids is a single ledge, verj* narrow, of loose, shelly sand rock, that can be blown to atoms by two or three blasts. Alter this, all that is to be dotn is the removal of a few snags, and the improvement is complete. If the Gov ernment should conclude not to do the work, private enterprise, verj- unjustly, will be compelled to accomplish it event ually. The Democratic papers are full of wise prophecies made fortj- or fifty years ago, but just now come to light, concernin'’' the future destinj' of the then infant Franklin Pierce. Said Richard III: “ 1 110 remember tlie Shot, iu-rv P-opbcl-.l i hat tii.l.m .n.i would Mns," Wht*ii Hi biuoiid was h little pirevh.li boy. * The Pierce editors recollect probably the potent effect this idle report of a proph cey bad upon the superstitious mind iof Richard, and they think to scare j some of the Scott men bj - the same trick. Here is a specimen: ‘•lt is currently reported among first political circles, that an accidental inter view took place between Thomas Jeffer son and the mother of Gen. Pierce, while the latter was a child in her arms, upon which occasion Mr. Jefferson kindly pat ted the infant Pierce on the head, and said. •Who knows but this child may live to be a President of the United States?’ Up on being informed of which, Old Ilickon is said to have remarked, that he would have made the same prediction had lit been present.” Wonder it Mr. Jefferson, on that in teresting occasion,gave the infant Frank lin who must have been “an entire stranger to him”—'“ a cent to buy candy with ?” In November next, tbc railroads around the southern shore of Lake Eric will be completed, which will give an unbroken chain of railway from Rockford, 111., to Boston and New York. Meantime the work between Rockford and Galena is rapidly progressing,and will be comp’eted within a year lrotn this date. A late number of the Galena Advertiser lias the following : The ceremony of breaking ground on i the Eighth division of the Central Rail | road was performed, as notified, on sec , lions .10 and 31, about -5 miles from this j citj', last Wednesday. A large number ; of persons assembled from the immediate [ neighborhood and from this city. (amoii«- I the latter the Mayor and City Council.') j speeches were made by Messrs. C. S. Hempstead, 11. H. Gear and C. B. Dettio, the usual ceremonies deemed appropriate " ore performed, and the occasion was one ol good Iccling and hopefulness gen erally. The commencement of the work on the whole line ol road from here to Rockford, is an event worthy of all the note that can po-sibly be given it, and one to which all eyes have for a long time been directed, and we have no reason to suppose, that the work will not be push ed forward to completion as speedily as has been promised. We learn that many of the contractors are already at work, and that laborers are collecting along the* line in great numbers. The favorable weather, and every thing, urges progress. GonruEv, the Wirt Kili.er. —This man, who murdered his wire at St. Paul, has been apprehended. We learn by a gentleman from Minnesota, that his wife disclosed, before she died, that lie was one of a number who murdered a pedlar in Grant county, Wis., some time since, and that measures have been taken to in vestigate the matter more thoroughly. Galena -Idv. This latter sentence may all be true, but is news to us. The dying disclos ure, if made at all, was probably made to one who has since taken himself out of Minnesota. Appointment— Hon. Alfred Conklin, L. S. Judge of the Northern District of New York, has been nominated Minister to Mexico, in place of Mr. Letcher, re signed.