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£aint Satariiat;, Jilcrrij 28, 1883 The Cnduloo of the Whole Matter—The Con •plraton convicted by their own Wltneure! It is now about three months since I). A. Robertson, editor of the Democrat of this place, acting in concert with a Mr. Sweetser, and along with sundry hungry and entail politi cians of St. Paul charged an honorable public officer of Gav. Ramsey's character and stand ing, with taking the money rightfully belong ing to the Sioux Indians, and fraudulently pay ing it out, without their consent, to their trad ers, principally to the lion. H. 11. Sibley: whom they likewise charged with abetting the alleged fraud, and receiving and retaining the mouey which they said lie knew did not belong to him. And when, in answer to these allega tions, we stated, among other things, that be fore being paid, every trader had proved his ac count by making oath thereto, the allied gang replied through the Democrat by imputing perjury to honorable men, such as Sibley, Dousman, Steele, McKenzie, Martin McLeod and others, whose integrity was endorsed by every previous action of their lives. With the subsequent discussions, growing out of the Democrat's crusade against the repu tation of Gov. Ramsey and Delegate 11. 11. Sibley, our readers must be quite fauiiliur. In these discussions, they have no doubt noticed, as we have, that when the documentary evidence compelled an abandonment or modification of feature after feature, and count after count of the original infamous charges, their few street partizans, and their own press, had nothing to bolster up their desperate case, except a hint that they had testimony, laid before the nation al government for its action and decision, that was overw helming in its proofs.—unanswerable in its facts. It will here be recollected, how frequently this paper dared the conspirators to produce all their testimony, such as it was—inviting them to spread before the public eye their whole record, and not a few of its garbled pa ges. Had a love for abstract justice and truth, as they pretended, actuated them, instead of manifest sinister motives, they would have kept nothing back—nothing secret—nothing hidden. But eutire publicity did not suit these two petty knaves, Robertson ami Sweet ser. The motives actuating the latter arc well known; and as for Robertson, he was too anx ious to prejudice the mind of the incoming ad ministration ngainst Gov. R. to secure an early vacancy in the office, which events have since proved he greedily coveted—and too anxious to destroy Mr. Sibley as a probable and formid able competitor,—to forego the advantages of letting his precious testimony—his fraudulent stock in trade—see day-light at a less distance than 2000 miles from the place of its origin, at which, if known, it might so easily be counter acted and overthrown, instanter. For these reasons, therefore, the getting up 1 of certain papers here, by Robertson A Co., in ; December last, and their exact nature, wire carefully kept profoundly secret from all save the initiated—until the movements of Mr. Sib ley, at Washington, to induce the Senate to in vestigate the circumstances attending the Sioux payments, led to their being printed; w hile the Department ol Indian Affairs, in its usual course of procecdure, sent copies of these secret papers, as tiled in that office, to sustain the allegations of fraud, Ac., to Gov. Ramsey, accompanied with a letter containing the information that the copies were forwarded so that he (Gov. R.) could ‘ make such explanation of them as he might desire." These papers are first, the copy of a docu ment, of no account, obtained by Sweetser from a few Indians at Traverse des Sioux—the same formerly published in the Democrat. The principal, and important portion of the batch, however, is the heretofore reserved and con cealed “ testimony," on which Robertson and his associates appear to have relied to make out their case. This testimony, such as it is. and bad and disgraceful as it is for those who instigated and got it up, we now propose to lay before our readers. It consists of tu-u set* of affidavits, each set signed by three persons, or six in all. One set, or a form, is sworn to bv Louis Anger, Velal Boyer or •• Borya." and Peter Boui/lard or “ Buyer," and the other set or form is deposed to by George and Jo seph Le Blane. and Alexander B. .McLeod— the first three, Canadian Frenchmen, the next two half-breeds, and the last, alto, a native of Canada, but of Scotch descent, (judging from his name) and for the past ten or twelve years a resident of this part of the couutrv. lie is the only one of the six who writes’ his own name; the others •• mark" merely. As a specimen of tl.c character of the first form of affidavits, we now give the deposition of I*u,s Jtnger, from which those of Hover ami Rouillard vary hut little: Tfkwtohv of Minnesota. ) County of Ramsey. j **■ Louis Anger, being duly sworn according to Jaw, doth depose and sav, that he is a half breed, ot the Sioux notion of Indians; that as he is informed and verily believes. Alexander Kamsey, Governor of the Territory of Minneso ta. and ex-officio superintendent of Indian af ted rS <M» elV ‘?L from thC K overnme nt of the I'ni- Ud states the sum of six hundred thousand dollars, ($600,000,) or thereabouts, that bci the amount due to the Sioux Indians under the July l«r »nV ! tl x, CmTravw * des Sioux in Tl.oV *i 111 in August, lKjl St « Alexander^Kam^ &£ half ; dollars ($60,000) out of the said money That bv an arrangement of the traders, or those claiming from said Indians for debts due of long standing of said Indiaus, fortv thousand dollars ($10,000) was allotted out of said ,„ on cjr to be paid to the half-breeds of the said tribe. That a large portion of said half-breeds have not received any of the said money, but th « extent of one-half of them, or there aoouts, have been refused payment; that those have'w! d halH * e< ? lß who have been paid, the exCt o C f o ,m l,elle<l tosuffer a reduction to of fifteen per cent., and in some in to such reduction* tlj *' y tla,i not submitted have been as h ' paynK ‘ at of an - v would them- that the sala Were infl "- refused to the government for the purpose of navin q°. m the Indians; but the pe£onl to whom\he In r° ans had allotted it were compelled tore L-t ter payment to one Hugh Tyler, an irrespmmiWe and unauthorized person, to whom the' mo nev had been corruptly entrusted, in order that lie might bargain with those entitled to receive it that instead of said money being paid, as it had been received by the said Alexander Jtam sey, in the national currency, it was paid in depreciated drafts and notes draw n upon or is sued by eastern banks, of inferior and untrust worthy character. But this dejKmeut hath ac tually received four hundred and twenty dol bank bill/™ 1 portion was P*'d. in uncurrent 1 LOUIS x ANGER, mark. Sworn to and subscribed before me, at St. Paul, this loth day of Decemlier, IHM. ORLANDO SIMONS, Justice of the Peace. llow far the next form of affidavit, signed by the Lcßlancs and McLeod, differs from the 1 above, may be learned by comparing it with the deposition of Alex. R. McLeod : Tkriiitoky ok Minnesota, ) County of Ramsey. J "' Being duly sworn according to law, dotli de pose and say, that his w ife is a halt-breed of the Sioux nation of Italians; that he is informed and believes, Alexander Ramsey, Governor ot the Territory of Minnesota, and ex-officio su perintendent of Indian affairs, received from the i government of the I'nitcd States tin* sum of six i hundred thousand dollars, or thereabouts—that j being the amount due to the Sioux Indians, uu- ; der the treaties made at Traverse des Sioux, in ‘ July, and at Mendotu. in August. ls.lL That the Indians, to whom said money was thus due. requested the said Alexander Ram- i sey to distribute equally among all the half- j breeds of the tribe the sum of sixty thousand ! dollars of the said money: tiiat by an arrange ment of tlie traders, or those claiming troni said Indians for debts claimed to be due (of long standing) of said Indians, forty thousand dollars was allotted out of said money, to be paid to the half-breeds of the said tribe; that a large portion ot said half-breeds have not re- ■ ceivcd any of the said fund, but to the extent | of one-halt of them, or thereabouts, have been : refused payment. That those ot the said half breeds who have been paid, have been compel- ■ led to suffer a reduction to the extent of fifteen , per cent., and in some instances more: they j have been compelled, as they verily believe, to receipt for a larger sum than they received in j money. That if they had not submitted i to such corrupt and fraudulent exactions, j the payment of auv sum would have l>ccn refused, as they were informed: that the said | money was not paid by the said Alexander I Ramsey, who received it from the government of the United States for the purpose of paying | it to the Indians, but the persons to whom the j Indians had allotted it were compelled to resort for payment to one Hugh Tyler, an unauthor- j ized person, to whom the money had been im properly and corruptly entrusted, in order that j lie might bargain with those entitled to receive it. That few, if any, of the half-breeds were permitted to share in said funds, except those indebted to 11. 11. Sibley, the principal of the American Fur Company in Minnesota; it there by became more a payment to said company, than to the half-breeds aforesaid. That the distribution took place at Mendota, the trading post of said Sibley: that this trading post has been the principal place of the negotiations with the Town-band Indians, on the part of ' Governor Ramsey; that the government place allotted to transact business with said bands, | on the opposite side of the river, was abamlon | oil, and the trading post aforesaid substituted for the councils with said Indians; that the ! Governor aforesaid held secret and night coun j cils at said Sibley's house, with the chiefs sep- I arately, and in an unusual manner, to procure i their names to his receipts: that the money de ! signed by the lower bands of Sioux for their I half-breeds, amounting to twenty thousand dol -1 lars, was used in connection with other appli | ances to bribe the chiefs to assent to his wishes, : in the distribution of their money among the 1 claimants, as this deponent verily believes.— 'That some eight or ten Sioux, who were im i prisoned for the murder of C'hippewns, were re | leasad. ns a menus to procure the names of j chiefs to receipts and other papers, as he tindcr ! stood and verily believes; among said prisoners | was the son of one of the chiefs, and relations ' of the principal men were among the prisoners. ; That the Indians were told by Governor Ram sey on several occasions, in open council, that unless they permitted him to retain some sev enty thousand dollars or more of their money, to be paid over to creditors, or those claiming to be such, he would withhold their annuities, thereby making the payment to them of their annuities dependent upon the fraud aforesaid; that the money set apart, in the fourth articles of the treaties, was handed to the claimants for them to divide, without regard being had as to the amount of the indebtedness of the Indians; that the whole payments to half-breeds and In dians has I icon one scene of corruption and plunder: that instead of said half-breeds' money being paid, as it was received by the said Alex ander Ramsey, in the national currency, it was paid in depreciated drafts and notes, draw n upon or issued by eastern banks. Thisileponent actually received two hundred and twelve dollars and fifty cents in bank bills, i except the fifty cents. ALEXANDER 1!. Mc-LEOD. Sworn and subscribed liefore me. I. VAN ETTEN, [seai..] .Votary Public, in anil fur Ramsey County. The misstatements in these affidavits were so palpable and far-reaching, that the conclusion was irresistible that gross imposition of some kind must have been practised upon the parties to obtain them : for it was not probable that six men could be found who would knowingly make oath to such a batch of falsehoods and manifest perversion of fact, as were strung to gether in these affidavits. In truth.it was only necesssary for one who has resided among this people as long as we have, to see what had been sworn to, in order to know that these men had been imposed upon—most grossly, villainously imposed upon. Not one of them but is as high above the commission of the crime of perjury as the heavens are above the earth. Who, for instance, among us docs not know Alexander R. McLeod: and knowing him, does not believe that, in his right mind, he is as far removed from even the suspicion of such an act as any man in the community ? But it is useless to allude even to such a possibility. It never did exist and never could exist. Ihe Le Blancs being above Traverse des Sioux, could not lie easily reached; but the other four were immediately called upon, and upon hearing the affidavits which purported to lie theirs, read and explained to them, they each severally denied that they had ever sworn to any such papers, being as they alledgcd, unmit igated falsehoods—save one or two immaterial points—from beginning to end. When they were assured, however, that these were official copies of the affidavits they had signed, the ori ginals of which were on Hie at Washington, they declared they had been imposed upon ; and proceeded at once to set themselves right by making the affidavits subjoined : Territory of Minnesota, ) County of Kamsey, 5 ** : Louis Anger, being duly sworn according to , » depose and say, that he is not a half breed, but a Canadian intermarried with a Sis seton .Sioux woman ; that in right of the chil dren by tins wife five in numlier, he claimed a ! P a Vticipation in the sum of forty thousand dol lais distributed by the chiefs, Ac., of the Sissc ton and \\ arpaton bands among their lialf brecd relatives, but his name and that of his children were omitted by the Indians in their distribution at Traverse des Sioux, made on the 23d day of July, 18.il; upon a representa tion of this fact to Gov. Ramsey, he directed that your deponent should participate in this fund to the extent of two shares, as he did. and ' was paid at Mendota by his attorney, Hugh Tyler, in gold and its equivalent; but he was not told by Tyler nor by any other person, that unless he permitted a reduction of fifteen per 1 cent., lie would receive nothing; he was never i given to understand that there was any such ; condition. j A our deponent cannot read manuscript, and 1 liOn'ii Y U * “ ow exhibited and explained to "i n, n« that he made before Orlando i finds that , ’n I '’" ' la - V December, 1832, he admi / V ha * ,e °" * roul y imposed upon. untrue Jn \TV° mmUtn thatar ' grossly ing ethers ot which he knew noth That your disponent wished that alt his chil <V’en ’ , fi y e 111 nun,l *er, should have each had a share ; he was met by Madison Sweetscr in St. Paul, after the payment, who banded the depo sition—that paper which he swore to before Orlando Simons on the I.lth December, 1852: Sweetser told him to show the paper to no one. but to go before Esquire Simons and make oath to it, and that then he (Sweetser) would procure for him (Anger) payment for his other three children ; that neither by Sweetser nor by Esq. Simons was the deposition either rend or ex plained to him. and all your deponent thought he was doing, was an effort to procure further payment to his half-breed children. That your deponent verily lalieves and knows, that some inemliers of almost all the families connected with the Sisseton and War paton Sioux have participated in the distribu-; tion of the halt-breed money, and that but few | individuals have been omitted : this deponent, ] i and all others that tell within his observation, ’ ; were paid in gold or its equivalent. and your 1 deponent does not know of any one half-breed paid in either “depreciated drafts or notes.’’ Your deponent is not aware that the Indians | at any time requested Gov. Ramsey to divide | ] sixty thousand dollars equally among all the ■ half-breeds of the tribe; and so far as his j i knowledge goes, the payment was fairly made, j his (Signed) LOUIS x ANGER, j Witness: mark. (Signed) Axtoixk Fixwjct. Sworn and subscribed before me at St. Paul, this 22d day of February. 1853. (Signed) TRUMAN M. SMITH, Justice of the Peace. j .Minnesota Territory, I Ramsey County, 5 SS ' Louis Anger, on his solemn oath further says, that on the day he made his first affidavit Sweetser inquired of him for Geo. and Joe Le i lllanc to make affidavit; that deponent said, they were “on a heavy spree ;” Sweetser said, “that makes no difference ; tell them to come and sign." his (Signed) LOUIS x ANGER. mark. Sworn and subscribed before me at St. Paul, this 22d duv of February. 1853. (Signed) TRUMAN M. SMITH, Justice of the Peace. Territory of .Minnesota, ) County of Ramsey, J ‘ s ''’ ’ Peter Rouillard, being duly sworn according to law, doth depose and say, that in right of his children, he was interested in the recent pay ment to the half-breeds of the Sioux nation— those bands participating in the making, Ac., of the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux; that in the distribution made at Traverse des Sioux, of the sum of forty thousand dollars, by those In dians (at the time of making the treaty in lts.11) among their half-breed relatives, the name of this deponent was omitted, as were the names of his wife and children; but upon representa tion to Gov. Ramsey, he directed that your de ponent should participate in this fund, as he did. and was paid at Mendota : but your depo nent desired that there should be a share ($210) paid to each of his children, whicli was not done, and this is the only fact that he thought he was testifying to in his deposition of December 11th. 1 *l2, before Orlando Simons. Esq.; but as your deponent does but imperfectly understand the English language and cannot read manuscript. he finds, upon having said deposition read to hint, that he has been grossly imposed upon. and made to say and swear to matters of w hich he knew nothing ; that to the liest of the know - ledge and belief of your deponent, nearly all the half-breeds who had relationship to these Indians, parties to the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux, participated in the half-breed money. That the money he received, and, so far as his observation extended, the money received by others, half-breeds, Ac., under this treaty, was of the highest character, gold or its equiva lent ; that he saw no depreciated paper paid out; that your deponent signed a power-of-at tornev or authority to Hugh Tyler, Esq., to re ceive the money. to which lie was entitled, of Alex. Ramsey, Superintendent, Ac., and he does not believe, nor did he mean to say, that there was anything improper in the payment. his (Signed) PETER x ROUILLARD. mark. Sworn and subscribed before me this lltli day of February, 1813. (Signed) TRUMAN M. SMITH, Justice of the Peace. .Minnesota Territory, ) County of Ramsey, 5 ss " Vital Boyer, being duly sworn, doth depose and say. that he has heard read the foregoing deposition of Pierre Rouillard, and had it fully translated and explained to him. and upon his solemn oath doth depose and affirm, all that is said in the said deposition, except what refers personally to Pierre Rouillard; that the depo sition it is pretended he made on the lltli Dec.. 1812. before (Irlando Simons, and the whole of that statement is a fraud upon him. except that one of the childreu for w hich he was to have been paid on the list made by the Indians, was taken off', and that he paid'Hugh Tyler. Esq., fifteen per cent.: but he was not told by Tyler, or any one else, that if he did not pay this he would receive nothing. his VETAL x BOYER, mark. Sworn and subscribed before me this lltli day ofFebruarv. 1813. (Signed) TRUMAN M. SMITH, Justice of the Peace. .Minnesota Territory, ) Ramsey County, J ss - Alex. U. M'Leod, being duly sworn, doth de pose and say. that in right of his wife, he was interested in the distribution of money made among their relatives of mixed blood, by the Indians parties to the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux; that in tin- distribution as made bv the Chiefs. Ac., at Traverse des Sioux on the 23d day- of July-, 1851. his wife had two hundred and fifty dollars set apart as her share : that he signed an authority or powcr-of-attorncy to Hugh Tyler. Esq., to draw this money of Alex, i Ramsey, Superintendent, Ac., which lie did, and paid me that sum. less fifteen per cent.; he (M’Leod) was paid in gold, or its equivalent, and not in "depreciated drafts or notes nor did any case of payment on this occasion, come under the notice of your deponent, wherein “depreciated drafts or notes’’ were paid. Your deponent is not aware that the Chiefs or Indians parties to either the treaty of Traverse des Sioux or Mendota, “requested Alex. Ramsey to dis tribute sixty thousand dollars equally among all the half-breeds of the tribe;’’ he does not know, that “to the extent of one-half the half breeds or thorealmuts have lieen refused pay ment —to the best of the knowledge and lie- 1 belief of your deponent they generally all par- \ tiripated in that payment. A onr deponent was not compelled to allow Hugh Tyler, his attorney, fifteen per cent., nor was he informed by Tyler, or any one else, that ! unless he submitted to this reduction of fifteen per cent., he would receive nothing; he was not compelled to resort to Hugh Tyler for pav ment, but did so voluntarily. A our deponent does no’t know that Gov. Ramsey at any time held secret councils at night at Sibley’s house with the Chiefs, to in duce them to sign his receipts; nor does he know of any effort to bribe the Chiefs to sign such receipts. A our deponent never heard Gov. Ramsey in open council declare, that 1 unless seventy thousand dollars were set apart for the payment of their debts he would with hold their annuities. That your deponent does not know that the money set apart in the 4th article of the trea ties was handed to the claimants for them to divide, without regard lieing had to the amount of the indebtedness of the Indians. All your deponent intended to complain of, and of w hich c«« Slred ,0 lnake affidavit, was the payment of fifteen ]ier cent, of all the half-breeds. The deposition it is pretended l made on the _ day of December, 1851. before I. Van Etten, hsq., is full of gross misrepresentations ; but Jrom the excitement I was under, at the time I did not knoie what was in it. „ (Signed) A. 11. McLEOD. J. AV. SiMrsox, ) ~... I. Vax Ettkx, $ "‘tncss. Subscrilied and sworn before me this 2Cth day of February, 1853. 1 (Signed) I. VAN ETTEN, 1 .Votary Tub/ie. Min. 1 Here ends the record. Every page is now liefore the public ; and there can be no difficulty in making up a judgment upon the case. It seems that Mr. Sweetser was the most ac tive in getting up the false affidavits, and was quite willing to take the depositions of the Le Blancs, “drunk or sober.'’ But Sweetser was by no means alone iu this dark criminal trans action. His worthy associate was Robertson, of the Democrat; and he was the man, who we feel authorized to state, inveigled and cheated Alexander R. McLeod, while under excitement, to perpetrate the affidavit which he first swore i to. Two, at least, of our most respectable citi ! zens, are among the witnesses to sustain the allegation that Robertson participated in this black business. These gentlemen have not ex pressly permitted us to allude to them ; but we have taken that liberty, assured that they will not hesitate to declare boldly what they know on the subject. One certain peculiarity of the first affidavit of McLeod cannot fail to strike the most casual reader. We allude to the manner | in which it is commenced : “Being duly sworn,” Ac., without stating who was duly sworn. This fact simply shows that the draft of the affidavit was originally prepared with a blank for the name of any one—no matter who—who could be seduced into making oath to it. If McLeod could not be unconsciously victimised, then r, some one else must lie tried ; and in the hurry 1 of Robertson and Sweetser to blacken the rec ord at Washington with their foul crimes, they , forgot to fill the blank with the name of the ' affiant. Here is part of their black w ork un done—a flaw in the “ regular proceedings"—a departure so wide from the usual form of draw ing up testimony, that, without the accompany ing flat contradiction of the witness himself, their case would be a hopeless one before any court in the universe. Another evidence, this, : that 44 Foul <lee«ls will rise, 1 hough all the worM tonfoun 1 them to melt’* cyCN. ,, Thus recoils upon the heads of the plotters, l —Roliertson and his crew—“ the secret mischief that they set abroach.” Thus are verified the words of the old Arabian proverb, “their curses, like chickens,have come home toroost.” To take a false oath—to call God's most holy presence to witness the truth of a lie—is a crime of such magnitude that it justly excites the horror of angels and of men; and is visited with punish ment most condign throughout all Christendom. But how much worse—how infinitely higher iu the scale of crime, or infinitely lower in the scale of degredation. are those individuals who, not content with sinning on their own ac count, resort to fraud and deceit to entrap in nocent men into slandering and abusing their fellow-citizens; crowning their iniquity by in veigling these men, ignorantly or unconscious ly. to swear before Almighty God to the truth of falsehood these vipers concocted and palmed upon them! It is in this category of crime that Robertson, Sweetser A Co. are placed by the future w ell considered and conscious affidavits of their vic tims, above published. The brand is indelibly placed upon their brows, and our penal code convicts them of one of the highest crimes known to the law. And these murderers of reputation and character can no more escape from their doom, than Cain from the mark which Deity set upon the first murderer of mankind. To us, or to Gov. Ramsey, or Mr. Sibley, it mattered little that these last developments are made; Imt to the public it does matter that the rotten-hcartcdness of the crew around a public newspaper office should be exposed iu all its venal nakedness and deformity. It is true, the former expose of the incipient steps of Sweetser to rob the Indians and their legitimate traders of that which was justly their due, has brought upon us the maledic tions and most unlicensed abuse of this pol luted gang. It is true, that Robertson, to back up Sweetser, and carry his point, has done his utmost to “ crush” us during the various sta ges of the controversy. But for all this we do not now adduce and sum up the last link of our testimony, which consigns him and his abettors, beyond all cavil, to the ranks of the most de graded of the land. This is nothing new to us; we knew and foretold it iu the beginning. And when some of our good but over-anxious friends cautioned us against the calling of hard names, and the use of harsh epithets, we simply replied that the enormity of the crime attempted justi fied such a course, and the sequel would so prove. Mere we mistaken ? No one will now say wc w ere. All Very Consistent. To hear a man who has been an office-seeker 1 all his life, from all administrations, of what ever color or political complexion, talking of -Galpliiuism," and abusing Mr. Fillmore and members of his Cabinet, upon their retirement, just because they- "failed to see’’ anything in ! his character and talents suitable to commend j him to a responsible place, may all sound very nice and consistent to ears Democratic ; but with the mass of our citizens, we feel assured, such miserable stuff will have very little weight. This is the character of a letter from AVashing ton in the last number of the Democrat. The writer cannot be mistaken. Although he is now understood to be a particular admirer and ! eulogist of .Mr. Sibley, he joins in the Robert | son and Sweetscr howl of “fraud" against Gov. Kamsey. That cock won't fight! If the Sioux money- was wrongfully- paid out, it was wrong i fully received. The receiver of stolen goods | goes to the penitentiary w ith the thief. A’ou , cannot, by any possible means, separate Gov. Ramsey and Mr. Sibley in this matter. This writer, however, brings a new character j upon the stage in the person of Secretary Stu art, whom lie blames for letting Gov. Kamsey have the money instead of Agent M'Lean. He says Mr. Stuart has remarked, that if he were l’resident, lie would give Gov. Kamsey a place in the Cabinet. Good for Stuart! This will certainly elevate him highly with his party wherever Gov. Kamsey is known, and may se cure his nomination three years hence. But the Democrat correspondent's hostility to Stu art is well understood here at home. Hasn’t he failed in getting some dubious claims allow ed, which lie has been prosecuting before the department of the Inferior the past winter? ' Me trow he has; and now to make up for lost 1 labor and expense, lie is willing to accept office 1 from Frank Pierce, although himself only a ' yearling “Democrat.” This is evidently his 1 present motive from the way he lays the soft ' soap on to Frank, and at the same time scores, ' without stint, the office-seekers from the States ' who are asking for places in Minnesota. The following sentence from his letter looks bcauti- ( fully consistent alongside the charges of “Gal- t phinism” against the AVhigs, and the conse- t quent hypothesis that all the Locofoco officers t and office-beggars are honest and pure—saints f upou earth almost: . “ Recent publications have awakenened the most extravagant belief in the profits to be re alized from the stealings incidental to our gu bernatorial office. The President and his advi sers are beset by the hungry importunities of aspirants to tip? honors and profits of the Ex ecutive office of Minnesota.” That's just what we have been saying all the while, that the labors of Robertson to induce the country t* believe there had been stealing here, would set the palms of his whole party —notorious for its stealing propensities when in power—to itching for a “ chance in.” IVe are glad to have our predictions verified by one so competent to speak the feelings of his pres ent political fellows. Our complete letter-writer is particularly severe upon the Pennsylvania office-seekers, now at Washington, who wish to have places iu Minnesota, and thinks none of them should have any show whatever. We are somewhat astonished that he should not have the little magnanimity necessary to compliment Mr. Fillmore for agreeing with him in this particu lar. It will be recollected that the retiring President, although wofully beset at one time by certain Pennsylvanians to give one of their number the Winnebago agency, utterly refus ed to entertain any such absurd idea. But the funniest thing connected with this whole letter, is the charge of perjury against certain Whig officials! Perjury in Minnesota, after the transactions of Robertson and Sweet ser, which we show up to-day! Well, really, these Locofoco antics and sayings are as good as a comedy any day ! Work for the Grand'Jury. The District Court for Ramsey County holds its next term, commencing the third Monday in April ensuing. By the proof we give to-day of the perpetration, last December—soon after the discharge of the last grand inquest of the Coun ty—of a heinous crime by I>. A. Robertson and Madison Sweetser, it will be seen there is al ready one case fully made out for the jury next to assemble. Let us look at the Statute. We quote from R. S. p. 510, chap. 103, “Offences against Public Justice,” § 4: “ If any person shall endeavor to procure or incite any other person to commit the crime of perjury, though no perjury be committed, he shall be punished by imprisonment in the terri torial prison, not more than three years nor less than one year.” Now, although it is plain, from the final tes timony of McLeod and others, that morally, and in the eye of the law even, “ no perjury was committed” by those who swore to the Sweetser and Robertson affidavits, because none was intended, yet that both the editor and the trader attempted to “ procure and in cite" the commission of this serious crime is beyond a doubt. And how much greater does the blackness and moral criminality of the deed stand forth, when it is considered that these innocent men—reposing entire confi dence in their base betrayers—were induced to make oath under false pretences —were in duced to swear to one thing, notoriously false, when they supposed they were swearing to something else—some other matter, which was notoriously true? We repeat, here is business for the next grand jury, which they cannot well overlook. As Hainan is likely to be hanged upon his own gallows, it would perhaps not be out of place to suggest to our friend Delano to have that cell, or those two cells, ready for the reception of •• distinguished guests.” FACTS AND FANCIES. The Mails. —We omitted to state last week, that the summer arrangement contemplates a daily mail, by steamboat, lietwcen St. Paul and Galena. This arrangement, we presume, will go into operation immediately upon the open ing of navigation. “Through Boats." —The Excelsior, Capt. Ward : the Shenandoah, Capt. White ; the Dr. Franklin No. 2, Capt. Owens; and the Asia, Capt. , are up as regular packets for the season, between St. Louis and St. Paul. Sktti.ed. —The dispute in regard to the right of way, which has so long existed between the city of Galena and the Central Railroad Coin ; pany, has at length been settled to the satisfac tion of both parties, and the road w ill immedi ately lie put under contract through the city. Tilt: West Side. —Quiet people about St. Paul, and in other parts of our Territory, can have very little conception of the settlements and improvements now-going forward upon the “Sioux Purchase.” These are not entirely confincd to the “ town sites ;" but farms arc opening in every direction. Several of our . ’citizens have recently made “claims" and set tled upon one of the most fertile and eligible farming regions in the Minnesota A’alley, near Shakope. Around LcSueur, Henderson—a new “town”—Traverse, Mankato, Ac., settlers are rapidly converting the solitary forest and prairie to the improved homestead. Back in the inte rior of Hennepin County, about Lake Minne tonka, there is great activity at this time, as there is also above St. Anthony, and on up to and above Crow river. Opposite and below us, busy civilized life is sending its smoke from a hundred cabin chimneys those bright spring mornings. Back of Kaposia is a settlement of several families, known as the “ McShane Set tlement,’’ after John McShane, one of the foun ders thereof. Farther down, about Hastings, Red Wing, Ac., things are also progressing rapidly. Tiie Weather. —Our friends below w ill wish to know something of the present state of the weather and the prospect of an ice clearance. The “ thaw " has been gradually progressing the past week, without rain. The ice iu the river is getting weak and wasting away—the attack upon it being in a gradual, consumptive form. It may last one week, or two, but scarce ly over the latter date; in fact it will take some more refrigerating to hold it together that long. As we write, (Friday A. M.) the weather is cloudy, with a damp, blustering wind from the south-east, indicating rain. The frost is out of the ground, and the mud almost thoroughly dried up in the streets—“ Lake Tyson," so long an impassable barrier to pedestrians at the corner of Fourth and Roberts, having entirely disappeared. We all now look to the certainty of having a boat from below sometime or other, and are very confident it will be here very soon after the ice leaves Lake I’cpin. When that will be, wc don’t like to state. The “ Indian,” who annually brings up the new s, hasn’t arri ved yet. Keep off the Ice ! —On Thursday Mr. Lane, of Itasca, lost a valuable team by breaking through the ice at Coon Rapids, above St. An thouy. Mr. James Beatty was with him at the time, and came very near drowning. Horses sleigh and all aboard, save the two persons themselves, went under the ice. A Righteous Measure Consummated— We notice that Congress, on the eve of its adjourn ment, passed an act granting to settlers the right of pre-emption upon unsurveyed lands. — This is a measure of vast importance to the Territories, and was demanded by every sense of justice and right. In the message of Gov. Ramsey to the first Legislative Assembly—the first of those “ frothy and bombastic” produc tions which the Democrat snceringly speaks of —he forcibly called the attention of the coun try to this measure, adducing unanswerable arguments in its favor. A memorial was passed during the session praying Congress to enact such a law, but the prayer was unheeded. In his second message, his Excellency again brought the subject before the Legislature, and, wc believe, a second memorial was sent to the national council. The movement here was the first, we are assured, that awakened a deep and determined interest in favor of the project —a measure which legally secures the “claim" of the pioneer settler as soon as the Indian title is extinguished. Nothing has ever passed Con gress that will secure a greater permanent ben efit to Minnesota. Hamlet ix St. Pm.—We have the pleasure of announcing, that the amateur disciples of Thespis, who have so frequently delighted the denizens of Fort Snelling and many of our town's people the past winter by their truthful delineations, have procured permission from the commanding officer to perform in St. Paul one night, and will accordingly be with us next Thursday evening. They have chosen for the occasion Hamlet and Bombastes Furioso, both of which pieces, touse a stage technicality, they are thoroughly “up" in. We have no doubt they will be greeted by a full and over flowing house. See Card. Gai.laxt and Commendable. —There has here tofore been, in muddy times, an “ impassable gulf," for ladies at least, between the upper and lower extremes of town. By the enterprise of our bachelor friends, Farrington, Elfelt, and others residing in the “ upper fauberg," this in convenience is to be done away with, by filling up the intervening section of the side-w ay w ith a plank walk, which will make the promenade complete and continuous from the corner of Third and Roberts streets to the top of the hill at Maj. Fridley’s dwelling—a mile or more in length. Good fortune to the public spirited ! —We have another batch of new advertise ments from St. Louis this week, which will attract the attention of those wishing to trade in the several lines of our customers. Our cit izens visiting that great emporium of Western trade and commerce, cannot do better, or fare better, than to stop at the Virginia Hotel—and if they want anything in the way of clothing, just step across the street and make the ac quaintance of our friend Thayer, at the corner of Main and Green. Many of our merchants arc anxious to close out their old stock at cost before their new goods arrive, as will be seen by our ad vertising columns. —“A tanner is needed at St. Anthony," says the Express. We should think so, friend Bowman. Your folks always had the reputa tion of being remarkably good at “ skinning," and we suppose consequently the raw material is plcntly and cheap. By the way, what do you intend doing w ith John W. North's hide, which is hanging on the fence somewhere about your rural village? The last number of tin* Minncsotian makes a desperate attempt to ridicule the Inaugural Address of President Pierce.— Pioneer. Our neighbor reads us carelessly. There was no desperation about us whatever. If (hire was any ridicule attempted, it was directed towards the “orful fix" iu which certain Pierceites found themselves in endeavoring to ascertain whether the document was genuine or not. If our neighbor of the Pioneer wishes to “ cave in" and conciliate his own old good haters over in the hospital buildings, he must find another road than over our shoulders.— “It will never do to give it up so, Mr. Broun!" —M. Kellogg A Co. have taken the exten sive warehouse on the levee formerly occupied by Spencer, Kirkpatrick A Markley, and are prepared for the reception of any amount ok, freight upon the opening of navigation. “Ei.opkmkxts." —This appears to lie an era ■ pregnant with social intrigues, ending in elope ments and suits ofcrim. con. As the theories and j teachings of Mrs. E. Oakes Smith, and her school of petticoat philosophers, lieeoine more w idely disseminated, the effect is more manifest throughout the land, by the increased number of instances in which the “sex" are throwing off the “restraints” and “fetters” imposed upon them by the "despotic" laws of society and the Christian religion. We scarcely take up a pa per in which we do not find some such para graph as the following. We are rather opposed to the dissemination of such “items of news," believing an editor iu so doing is catering to a false and improper taste—but as “type women” are all the rage just now, we will acquaint our readers with the last two specimens that have met our eye. Perhaps they may deign to pay Minnesotan visit shortly, and we ought to know them at sight: Ei.ofemext.— A few days since our usually quiet town was thrown into a state of unusua’l excitement by tin 1 elopement of one of our fash ionables: Airs, llawke, with a I)r. Gordon who has lieen practising here for a short time. Mrs. Haw ke was decidedly the prettiest woman in our town, with blue eyes, light hair, fine figure and aristocratic manners—gracing the circle in which she moved. Mr. Haw ke. her husband has not only to grieve the loss of his wife, lint sev eral hunderrd dollars in money, which she took with her. ’the Doctor is a tall six footer, with a large projecting forehead, heavy eye-brows awful whiskers and goatee; he called’ himself Dr. A. B. Gordon, Electric Physician and Can cer surgeon. He left without paying any of his bills, not even his printer got sight of his money. Pass him around.— L. Point, C. IV. Jldtocaie. I Elofemext.—lYe learn from the Springfield Mass., Republican, that Joel Bruce, of Athol, eloped from that town, on Wednesday of last week, with a seventeen years old Mrs. Harwood a daughter of his wife by her first husband. The precious pair left at Athol, respectively, a wife and husband, and announced that they were "o ing to Palmer, where it is supposed they forgot to stop, as they have not lieen heard from since Bruce is described as forty-five years of age" tall, athletic, and black-eyed, and*his paramour is rather tall, slender, and handsome. The Re publican suggests that editors, who may be op posed to such an unholy commingling of decayed vice and tender immortality, are requested to do “the girl they left behind them,” and the public generally, an especial favor by noticing the aliovo. Not to lie outdone, 011 c of our Minnesota “ladies, residing some distance up the river from which our Territory takes its name, con cluded last week she would elope with a bache lor friend, who had lieen attentive to her little family-wants during the absence of her husband upon a hunt. The “frail sister" was one of our regular frontier "beauties"—young, elegant form, fine regular features, pearly teeth, pierc ing black eyes, and hair, “ Whose flossy Mack to shame might bring The plumage of the raven’s wing.” She was dressed when she left in a blue cloth short gown and leggings to match, and back skin moccasins, with a greasy blanket that had been white, answering the purpose of both head and shoulder dress. Her “gay Lothario” is a fine specimen of the genus “buck Indian,” dressed and accoutred after the fashion of his people and generation. He ilid’nt owe the priutcr or the laundress anything, because he never had use for cither ; but if the “injured husband” should ever set eyes upon the fugi tives, one or both of them will be very apt to pay the “debt of nature.” Truly “civilization” and “refinement” are making rapid strides among our Dakota neighbors! The English Reviews.— We have a full batch of Leonard Scott A Co.'s Reprints on our table f which we have not had time scarcely to glance through, much less notice as they deserve. The last number of the “Westminster” is much the ablest one wc have met with for a twelvemonth. The "London" contains some strong and well written articles—one a review of a new work entitled the “Cloister Life of Charles V,” in which Dr. Roliertson's biography of that cele brated monarch is handled without gloves, and all our schoolboy ideas of the devout penitence and fleshly crucifixion of the doughty old hero, after his abdication, knocked into a shapeless heap of errors. There is also a scathing re view of Mr. Disraeli’s speech upon present ing the “Budget" of the late Derby ministry, in which the various arguments and positions of the Ex-Chancellor of the Exchequer are “ripped clear over Jordan;" likewise an interesting article upon the Life and Litters of our great jurist, the late Justice Story. AH who wish to keep “posted up." in the political and literary affairs of Europe, should not fail to become sub scril ers to Scott A Co.'s Reprints. The Inauguration.— The correspondent of the Cleveland Herald describes as follows the inaugural ceremonies at Washington on the 4th: The President elect was escorted from Wil lard’s Hotel by a very respectable military and civic procession to the Capitol. The retiring and incoming Presidents rode together in Gcu. Pierce's splendid new carriage. The cortege arrived at the Western Gate of the Capitol grounds at about 1 P. M., and almost immedi ately thereafter Gen. Pierce and Mr. Fillmore walked out upon the platform from the East entrance to the Rotunda, arm iu arm, accompa nied by the Judges of the Supreme Court and members of both Houses of Congress. Chief Justice Taney at once proceeded to administer the oath of office. This done, and the cheering subsided, the President commenced bowing to the sovereigns, and entered upon his address. The affair was quite in the form of a stump speech. It was not a little novel, as well as striking, to see the President of the United States invoking oratorical arts to give force to his public communications. The address was apparently off-hand anil extemporaneous. At one time, the distinguished speaker was pacing rapidly from one end of tlie platform to the other and gesticulating with much earnestness; then he would turn quite round and address j himself with great fervor to the co-ordinate branches of the government there represented. The speaking was capital, showing Gen. Pierce to be much more of an orator than I had sup posed. But 1 doubt not the people assembled j would willingly have waived this proof, pre ferring that the Inaugural Address of the Pres ident should continue to wear its time-honored aspect of a carefully prepared and gravely con sidered communication to the people on impor tant political topics. But all this is a mere matter of taste, regarding which no discussion is admissible. Coxuress Woixiil'r.—We have something more to say of the general and final doings of the late Congress, but our columns being exces sively crowded, wc will wait until we can as certain more clearly what tin v w< re. —The Civil and Diplomatic. Army, Naval. Indian, Ocean, Mail, Census, Printing, Liglit- House. Deficiency, and Post Office Appropria tion bills certainly passed. Feme meritorious and many more plundering items have gone through as-riders’on these bills. Me believe the proposed increase of salary to the A’ice- Presidcnt and Members of the Cabinet was de feated. but fear the large increase iff pav to sundry Foreign Ministers has got through.' But it was the merest chance whctlu r a proposition involving one expenditure ol Haifa Million or so for the benefit of some jobber should pass or be defeated. The House linallv passed it with out rinding, on the rc port of a Committee of Conference, heavy items w hich it had repeated ly voted down by large majorities after the fullest deliberation. .Many m< luliers did not and could not know w hat they w < re voting upon w hen they were emptying (lie Treasury of.Mill inn after Million. And all this flagrant wrong w as caused by a gross neglect ol duly and squan dering of time in both Houses through the first two months, of the Session, leaving nearly all its business to be crowded into the last three weeks—not to speak of the eighty or ninety Members who have draw n full pay and not spent a lull week in their seats during the winter. Shall there ever be an end of this? The Homestead. Rennet's Land Distribution, Pacific Railroad. Navy Reorganization. French’ Spoliation and other important bills, failed for w ant of time for consideration. The remission or Duties on imported Railroad Iron, and vari ous mis-ehevious projects, also died the death. 1 hi- Session was protraeti d to a later hour on the 4th than any that had preceded it—at least for many venrs. —And so goodbye to the XXXIId Congress ! ALiy we not soon look upou its like again! 1 hough, indeed, it is possible to go farther and tare worse.—.A’. )’. Tribune. St. Lons axo litox Moi xtaix Kaiihoao. Mr. Mobley, the Engineer who has been enga ged in making the preliminary surveys for the railroad from St. Louis to the Iron moutain. returned to this city yesterday. His report, wc presume, w ill be made public at the proper time. M'e understand.generally, that the most sanguine expectations of the ’friends of the route have Wen realized, and that no difficulty is presented to the building of the road at a very reasonabl price.— St. 1-ouis Rip. The city iditor of the St. Louis R< publican has discovered that whiskers and mmistachios are to the human system what Ericsson’s wire receiver is to his breathing machine, and that a person well provided with the hirsute adorn ments will require less oxygen from the atmos phere at each inhalation, as a portion of the heated air is retained in the eapilliaries. That discovery ranks him among philosophers. The ( ordinal Bishop of France has issued a singular manifesto in relation to Lent. He tells the hotel and wilie-shop keepers, that the Almighty invented railways on purpose to pun ish them because they did’not observe fast days, lie says—" Days of fasting ami abstinence were not observed by you. and you served meat to your guests. • • * The Lord stretched out his hand, and railways were his vengeance. The inns once so animated are deserted, their fires are unlit," Ac. Thomas Francis .Meagher is at present ill M’ashington. lie is paid marked attention by the distinguished men in that eitv. He will remain until after the inauguration, when he will go southward to New Orleans. The river opposite the city is rising slowly It has risen four to five inches since Sunda'v evening. The Illinois is in a good navigable stage to the head of navigation, for the largest boats m the trade. The Missouri is reported rising slowly from Boonville down, with four feet in the channel. The Upper Mississippi was reported swelling slightly, by the last boats down from that rivir yesterday.—s 7. Louis Uepubhean. 'Jth hist.