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THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 1866. This body convened yesterday at the Cap itol, in pursuance of law. Most of the mem bers were present in both branches—not on ly those holding certificates but a'so those who claim seats by contest. We refer to our reports for full particulars of the pro ceedings. A Lowell Colony Coming —The Lowell Courier says; “We understand that there is now being organized in this city a colony of fifty of our best citizens, who propose to settle a township in Minnesota. They will go prepared to establish at once those insti tutions which are the pride and glory of New England—Free Schools and a Christian Min istry.” ffy It is stated in some of our Eastern exchanges, that Robert Schuyler died about the middle of November, in the suburbs of Geneva, where he had resided for some time under the strictest incognito, with his fami ly. Since he absconded his health has stead ily declined, and he died literally of a bro ken heart. The Rtrtken Light Affair. The Northern light is still anchored off the Battery, and near her lays the steamer Vix en and cutter Washington, with their guns bearing upon her. The Fillibusters, or those on board without tickets, were put on shore at 3 o’clock on Tuesday morning. They numbered two hundred. By order of the District Attorney an ex amination was made for tickets among those on board, and those who were without them were placed under arrest. About 20 were arrested and put in keeping of Capt. Haunce of the Revenue Cutter Washington, who has the Northern light in his charge. The District Attorney received a letter yesterday from the Attorney General in re gard to tiie course the government intends to pursue toward the parties suspected on the expedition. Her cargo will be examined to-day. The President entertained a large number of his peisonal and political friends to-day. Several Anti-Banks men will be absent from the House to-morrow. The possibility of an organization is anticipated. The course of the administration towards the Nicaraguan emigrants is exciting great interest here. 'One or the Kansas Heroes. —The Louis ville Courier throws the following light on the antecedents and character of Pat. Laugh lin, the Kansas hero: Laughlin is quite a young man, not per haps, more than twenty-three years of age, and formerly resided in Scott County, in this State, lie kept a small grocery store on the Georgetown and Frankford Turnpike, and having, about one year since, accumula ted, borrowed, and collected all the cash possible, departed for unknown regions. He left his family and friends a large indebted ness to pay, and by other remembrances of that sort, caused his memory not to be par ticularly blessed by the people among whom he formerly lived. JC3C"One day last week, three ladies, mother and daughters, proceeded to the house of a young man in Lafayette street, Brooklyn, and gave him a severe whipping with cowhides, which they brought along for the express purpose. The cause appears to be that the man circulated injurious reports in regard to one of the young ladies, who, having no other means of redress, resolved •apon the above course to obtain satisfaction —and she got it.. Sale or Vermont Railrod Stock. —On the 25th of November, says the Boston Courier, all the genuine shares of the Ver mont Central Railroad were sold at a sher iffs auction, at one mill per share, on account of various suits brought against the corpora tion, under the peculiar laws of Vermont.— The purchaser of the stock was a lawyer of Burlington, and the 100,000 shares, at one mill per share amount to SIOO only.— The 10,400 spurious shares were not sold. fry Two citizens of Oswego have found themselves the owners of a large amount of valuable property in New'York city, and some 50,000 acres of land in New Jersey ? hy the discovery of some old Dutch title deeds of a date anterior to the revolution.— They were fastened to the under side of an old brown drawer by means of a piece of tin nailed over them. So says an exchange.— Their claims are probably about as valuable as those of the reputed heirs to fifty millions of pounds in England. ,JG3TA paper has just been started in Richmond, Indiana, called (( The Broadaxe of Freedom and the Grubbing Qoe of Truth.” jesrin view of future contingencies, the Cairo Times ft Delta has removed the name of Stephen A. Douglas from the head of its editorial column where it stood “for the Presidency.” Prudent, under the circum stances. JGS"The Rev. John Bryson, a presbyte rian clergyman, in Northumberland Co., Va., died recently at the age of 98. He was for some time in the revolutionary army, and afterwards studied theology under Dr. Wad dell, the blind preacher, whom Wirt has im mortalized. jKST The offioe of the New York Ex press had a narrow escape from destruction by fire on Friday morning. The fire origin ated in the second story, and the damage was confined principally to two rooms. Two colored women came near being suffocated. £ -4 H i j -r'l Xs3T The President of the New York .Central Road purchased iron himself to over one million of dollars for the road, and charged 2 per cent for transacting the busi ness, besides the regular trade profits. NlimmU Legislature. New York, Dec. 26. Washington Items. Washington, Dec. 25. LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY. COUNCIL. Wednesbey,' Jan. 2. The Council was called to order at twelve o’clock M., by A. J. Morgan, Esq., Secretary of the last Council. The following members presented their certificates, and were sworn into office by Lafayete Emmett, Esq., Attorney General of the Territory. From the First District —John D. Ludden and Henry N. Setzer. Second District —John B. Brisbin. Third District —John Rollins. Fourth District —Wm. Freeborn. Fifth District —Lewis Stone. Sixth District—lie nry G. Bailly and Sami. Dooley. Seventh District —Member elect (Jos. Ro lette) absent. Eighth District —C. W. Thompson and Ben jamin F. Tillotson. Ninth District —St. A. D. Balcombe and W. D. Lowry. Tenth District —C. E. Flandreau. Eleventh District —D. M. Hanson. . M. W. McCracken presented a protest against Mr. Ludden taking his seat as a member from the First District; Mr. How ell also presented a protest against Mr. Til lotson being sworn in as a member from the Eighth District. Mr. J. B. Basset presented a certificate from the Clerk of the Board of County Com missioners of Carver County, with other papers, showing that he was duly elected Councillor from the Eleventh District. Mr. Hanson, however, holding a counter certifi cate from the senior County (Hennepin) it was unanimously voted that he be allowed to take his seat. On motion of Mr. Setzer, Mr. Brisbin was chosen President of the Council pro tem. On motion of Mr. Freeborn, W. Colvill was chosen Secretary pro tem. On motion of Mr. Flandreau, C. A. Mix was chosen Assistant Secretary pro tem. On motion of Mr. Hanson, J. B. Hurd was chosen Sergeant-at-Arms pro tem. On motion of Mr. Rollins, Mr. Howlitt was chosen Messenger pro tem. On motion of Mr. Setzsr, R. F. House worth was chosen Enrolling Clerk pro tem. On motion of Mr. Setzer, Mr. Heaton was chosen Fireman pro tem. On motion of Mr. Hanson, Rev. Dr. Van Ingen was chosen Chaplain pro tem. Mr. Setzer offered the following resolution, which was adopted: Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed, to whom shall be referred the consideration of the various contested seats in the Council; that said committee have power to send for persons and papers, and that they be instructed to report as soon as practicable. The Chair appointed as members of the committee, Messrs. Setzer, Flandreau and Thompson. The Council then adjourned till 10 o’clock to-morrow morning. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. The House was called to order at 12 o’clock, M., by the former Chief Clerk, Ja’s C. Shepley, Esq. Mr. Norris moved the members be now sworn in; those having certificates from the senior counties in cases were seats were con tested, be admitted as members. The members were then 6worn in by his Honor, Judge Sherburne. Their names are as follows: From the First Council District. —N. C. D. Taylor, A. Van Vorhes, J. A. Jackman and James F. Norris. Second District. -Wm. 11. Nobles, F. Knauft, B. W. Lott, Reuben Ilaus, and Ross Wilk inson. Third District. —A. W. Leßoutillier and S. W. Farnham. Fourth District. —Charles Gardner. Fifth District. —Wm. Sturgcs and John L. Wilson. Sixth District. —O. C. Gibbs, M. S. Mur phy, John C. Idc, T. J. Galbraith, and J. M. Holland. Seventh District R. C. Burdick. Eighth District. —M. G. Thompson, W. F. Dunbar, Samuel Hull, and W. B. Gere. Ninth District. —C. F. Buck, James Kirk man and H. nartenbower. Tenth District. —George A. McLeod, A. T* DeLavergne and P. K. Johnson. Eleventh District. —Tho’s B. Hunt, Arba Cleveland, T. M. Pierce, J. F. Bradley and T. Thorndike. [Absent —Messrs. Hubbell of the Fourth District, Grant of the Seventh, and Vaughn of the Eighth.] Mr. Lott moved a temporary' organization of the House by nominating Samuel Hull, of Fillmore county, as Speaker pro tern. Car ried. Mr. Ilaus nominated James C. Shcpley, as Chief Clerk, pro tern. Carried. Mr. Hunt nominated E. Pierce as Assist ant Clerk pro tern. Mr. Nobles nominated William Creek as Assistant Clerk, pro tem , whereupon the House proceeded to vote on Mr. Hunt’s mo tion, and Mr. Pierce was elected. Mr. Buck moved that Mr. Dahl be En rolling Clerk pro tem. Carried. Mr. Kirkman nominated William Creek as Sergeant-at-Arms pro tem. Lost. Mr. Lott moved that D. F. Brawley be Sergeant-at-Arms pro tem , which motion pre vailed. Francis S. Odell and Henry Jackson were then nominated as Messenger pro tem , and the vote being taken, Henry Jackson was elected. David Griffin was then elected Fireman pro tem. Mr. Norris moved that the Rev. Mr. Tor bett be appointed Chaplain pro tem. Car ried. The same gentleman moved that the Rules of the last House be adopted to govern this body. Carried. On motion the House adjourned until 10 o’clock, to-morrow morning. COUNCIL. Thursday, Jan. 3. The Council was called to order at fam o’clock, by the President pro tem, Mr. Bris bin. The idS being called, the following gentle* meh answered to their namofti Messrs. Bailly, Balcombe, Dooley, Flan dreau, Freeborn, Hanson, Lowry, Ludden, Rollins, Setzer, Stone, Thompson, Tilloteon, and Mr. President. Prayer ottered by Rev. Dr. Van Ingen. Journal read by acting Secretary, A. J. Morgan. Approved. On motion of Mr. Freeborn, the pro tem officers were then sworn in. On motion of Mr. Hanson, the Rules of the last Council were adopted temporarily to govern this House. On motion of Mr. Hanson, the Council adjourned until 2 o’clock P. M. Two O’Clock, P. M. The Council met pursuant to adjournment and was called to order by the President. The roll being called, a quorum was found to be present. On motion of Mr. Freeborn, the Council adjourned to the regular hour. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Thursday, Jan. 3. Mr. Hubbell, member elect from the Fourth Council District, presented his credentials, and on motion of Mr. Wilkinson, was quali fied and took his seat. On motion of Mr. Nobles, the pro tem. officers were sworn into office. On motion of Mr. Gardner, the House ad journed. Effects or Reciprocity. —We learn on good authority, says the Commercial, that the duties collected in the District of Bufta- ! lo for the year 1855, will not exceed $lO,- 000. Last year they were $99,633; $17,000 of which were collected for articles still sub jected to duty, and the balance on those now admitted free. The value of goods imported free in consequence of the Reciprocity Trea ty, are, however, enormously in excess of last year; being for one quarter even larger than for the whole season of 1854. On the contrar}', the duties collected at Canadian ports on articles imported from the States are little less than formerly. Heavy Receipts of Produce. —The New York Courier of Wednesday says the arri vals of flour and wheat per North River and Canal boats, yesterday, exceeded the heavy receipts of the day previous. There was 20,000 barrels of flour, 104,000 bushels of wheat, and 2,600 packages of provisions, be sides other produce. The receipts of flour per Erie Railroad, amounted to 5,500 bbls. The arrival by the Erie and Hudson River Railroads and other routes during the close of navigation, will, doubtless, be nearly double that of any previous winter. The anticipated receipts, together with the late heavy arrivals, is estimated by many, will be quite ample to supply both the home and export demand until navigation opens again. Kansas news by last night’s mail, is not of a very exciting character— The citizens pf Lawrence and the Free State men of Kansas, have issued an appeal to the citizens of the United States, notifying them that a “large body of armed men from a foreign State are perpetrating outrages,” and demand the aid of those called upon in their behalf. Col. Lane and others have called upon Col. Sumner the Commandant at Fort Leavenworth, for the assistance of the U. S. troops to quell the riot and prevent further invasion of their peace and security. The report heretofore published of the surrender of their arms by the citizens of Lawrence is without the least foundation. The Missouri troops have received orders to disband. The disbanding gave rise to general murmers and execrations of Shannon among the Missouri troops. On their re turn from Kansas the Missouri men suffered intensely from a terrible storm of rain, wind and snow, which terminated in a piercing cold. They also lost some of their arms and quite a number of horses. The papers found in the possession of Gen. Pomeroy are supposed to have been a memo rial to the President and Senate. Capacitt of the Erie Railroad for Freight. — The closing of navigation for| the season has set the N. Y. Journal of 1 Commerce to calculating the capacity of the i Erie Railroad forthe transportation of freight. At this season more than half the eastward bound freight offering consists of flour, and the Company are confident that they can bring 50,000 bbls of flour per week (if so much offers,) throughout the entire winter, without neglecting any’ other freight which it is desirable to secure. In fact the com pany will bind themselves to bring to tide water 50,000 bbls per week, if any respon sible contractor will undertake to furnish it. This would only require about eighty cars per day, as each car holds 120 bbls. At this rate, there will not be much danger of a famine at the East during the wiuter. Queer Fisii—A curious fish has been found upon the beach at Newport, Rhode Island, a few days since, which was entirely unknown to all who saw it. In length it was about a foot, in form something like a mackerel, though with considerably less bulk; in oolor it was a dark bluish green; upon the upper part of the back, and the sides and belly were white, with no scales. The head was long and tapering, and ended in a bill resembling that of a snipe, and about the same length. It was Bent to Professor Agassiz. Gov. Shannon says he is “ deter mined to protect the unoffending people o the Territory from lawless violence.” The way he proposes to do this is to shield the murderer of young Dow by imprisoning, under a false charge of crime, the witness necessary to convict the murderer, His “protection” is extended to those who shed innocent blood, and his co-operators are those who deem it a virtue to shoot down men op posed to Slavery. From tb« St. Orolx tmton. Tkm Fteneer wi Democrat. The Minnesota Pioneer and St. Paul Dem ocrat have recently been united. They are united' in more ways than one. They have not only united their subscription lists, but their “good will,” their newspaper and job printing materal;—and the Editors of the two sheets have united—both of them now editing, as they do, the “Pioneer and Dem ocrat.” * * * * * * * But to the Pioneer and Democrat. Since we have known it the Democrat has been a consistent and reliable Democratic journal. At times, it has been rather too personal, but in the main it has been “right side up with care.” Would that this were true of the Pioneer. When we first came to Min nesota, the Pioneer was considered a Gor man paper. It was the recipient of the Gov ernor’s official patronage. It was considered his organ. But, a change having come over the spirit of its dreams, a few weeks subse quently it cast him off. It. 6pit upon him It denounced him derisively and unsparingly and spurned him from its presence. About this time, too, we noticed some sly cuts at the Nebraska bill, although it had been con sidered an Administration journal. More over, it approached the “nigger question,” timorously; it either maintained a profound silence, or trod quite gingerly upon this vexed ground. Anon the Convention to nom inate a candidate for Territorial Delegate drew apace. The Pioneer teemed with arti cles relative to Conventions. It exhorted to Union—to concession—aud to a rigid observ ance of the time-honored usages of the Dem ocratic party. It most certainly then gate utterance to sound doctrine. Well: the long-looked-for Convention as sembled, and upon the first ballot nominated Ilenry M. Rice by an overwhelming majori ty. His only opponent was “honest” David Olmsted. He received 27 votes; Mr. Rice, 117. Yet, notwithstanding this, notwith standing the fact that the Pioneer had been exhorting to union—concession—harmony, and a rigid observance of Democratic usage, —it declared itself for “honest Dave” Olm sted ! From some unaccountable caprice, it advocated the claims of the arch-bolter to a seat in Congress; and in defending him, it occasionally defended those who had brought him out—including, of course, his Excellen cy, Gov. Gorman, whom a few weeks previ ously it had loaded with the. bitterest invec tives. Not content with this, the Pioneer opened its batteries upon several journals that had the temerity to defend the action of the Democratic Convention, and Hon. H. M. Rice, its nominee—the St. Croix Union com ing in for its full share of abuse. Well: time rolled on. Two or three weeks before the election day, Mr. Goodrich, who had been for some time absent from his post, returned home, and on resuming the edito rial chair, stated that he w ould take a little time for reflection. He did so; but he finally endorsed what his “sub” had said, without exception, and he continued to advocate “honest Dave” Olmsted’s claims to a seat in Congress. He was bitterly against Mr. Rice. He tried very hard to prove that Rice was a Know Nothing—resorting tosubterfuges and quibbles, and gammon generally for this pur pose; while his wrath waxed hotter, an hun dred fold, over the Democrat, than the Times and Minnesotian—the organs of the Wo man’s Rights, Maine Law, Free Soil Humbug Party. Well: Old Time’s wheels gave another hitch or two upon their axles. Six or seven days more, and then comes election day. Would you believe it ? In a long leader, the Pioneer, one morning, declared it would no longer support Olmsted. Indeed, it averred it would henceforth remain neutral on the Delegate Question. Why the Pioneer so suddenly changed, we could never divine. “Honest Dave” hadn’t changed a particle. He was a bolter on the 25th of July last, and when Goodrich forsook him he tvas still a bolter—running in some places as a Nebras kaite, in others as anti-Nebraska. But the fact stands out prominent: the Pioneer for sook him, and declared that all the candidates for Delegate to Congress might paddle their own canoe—it would not interest itself any more in the matter. Yet, the ink with which it printed this declara tion had scarcely got dry, ere Mr. Goodrich announced himself in favor of Hon. H. M. Rice! Yes—the Pioneer announced itself in favor of Mr. Rice —the man whom it had opposed by every means in its power, both fair and foul—the man whom it had endeavored to break down—whose political reputation it had tried its best to ruin. We say it de clared for Mr. Rice, and up to this present writing it has remvined true to him. We have au object in giving these facte. It is hot to create a disturbance in the Dem ocratic ranks of this Territory, as some may suppose —it is not to engage in a “family quarrel,” and broils, and feuds, and conten sions—it is not to create a division in our own forces. We have no such objects in view—no such unworthy and suicidal dcsire6 to gratify. But the truth is this: We have had but little confidence in the Pioneer as a political paper. Indeed, prior to its uniting with the Democrat, we had none at all. The course which it has pursued within the last six or eight months, and which we have succinctly above narrated, has destroyed our confidence in it. Hence, though we hereby offer it the right hand of fellowship, we do not do so, and cannot do so as cordially as we could, had its past course been manly and straightforward. It has been vascillating. It has boxed the four points of the compass with a vengeance. It has acted the part of a puppet and a whiffett. What guarantee have we that it will not do so again ? It has de fended Gov. Gorman and it has denounced him. It may do so again. It has denounced and traduced, and villified H. M. Rice What assurance have we that it will not do 60 again ? None at all except what is af forded by the fact that the former Editor of the Democrat is united with it. However, as it has come back and profess es a desire to do “the fair thing” in the fu ture, it is our duty to forgive, and welcome it as cordially as possible. And this we now do. Welcome, welcome, to the Pioneer! As a man whose sister has strayed away from the paths of virtue and rectitude, but who repentantly returns, and desires forgiveness ; as a man, we say, forgives such a sister—so we forgive and receive to our embraces the Pioneer and Democrat. Dear and lovely sister, do try your best to walk straight in the future. Remember that your virtue is sullied and your skirts be-draggled—and that years of penitence, and sorrow, and upright living will be necessary to efface the remem brance of your former course, and wash away the 6tains that now sully your fair countenance. Welcome ! thrice welcome !! to the Pioneer and Democrat! New Church.— A Church was organized on Monday last, composed of members of the Presbyterian Church, residing in the upper portion of the city. Rev. Mr. Neill, has been chosen pastor, and the religious ser vices will be held every Sunday afternoon, at the school house on Wahrut street, until a church edifice can be erected. The Church has chosen the name of the ‘House of Hope.’ From the Superior Chronicle, Dec. 11. Lake Saperler Item. Our Suppliw — The amount of freight that fiuled to reach here this fall is per j large. Only two provision dealers have received their entire supplies, and the others have the gratification of knowing that their goods are somewhere on the lake, accumulating heavy storage charges. Though the lake is still navigable, and probably will be till Christ mas, we have not had a boat since the sixth of November. We believe that the Chicago line has brought Up eterything purchased in that city by our merchants, and throughout the lake region it has gained an enviable rep utation. There has not been a Detroit or Cleveland boat at this port for two months, and but little of tbe freight from those pla ces, and from Buffalo, (which is shiped by these lines,) has reached here. We estimate tbe entire back freight at about one thousand barrels. Several hundred barrels of apples are on the lake, and cannot certainly be pre served until spring. We are glad to learn that parties are now negotiating for one of the Collingwood line, with the view of placing her in the trade be tween Cleveland and Superior, and the capaci ty and speed of the vessel is sufficient to su percede the necessity of the three other lines coming here at all. The bad faith of these lines demand that our people should make some other arrangements to accommodate our growing trade, and the consummation of this object is anxiously looked for. Schooner Algonquin. —The rumor that this schooner had gone ashore at Point au Barques, we are glad to state was incorrect. On Thursday last, she hove in sight, and was the cause of a general rejoicing among the merchants and others expecting supplies. The dull monotony that has pervaded our town for the past few weeks, gave place to the bustle and anxiety of the summer, and each expectant as he watched the rapid ap proach of the vessel, was busy in his specu lations upon the extent of cargo, fortunate consignees, etc. When she reached Stuntz’s wharf, the surprise and disappointment of every one was great on learning that her en tire cargo consisted of twenty-five kegs of Eowder, fifteen barrels of fish, four casks of eer, two barrels of whisky, and several small packages. The vessel will winter here. Fond du Lac Mine. —This company, we are glad to learn, have secured a good road to their location, and are now busily engaged in getting up their supplies, machinery, stoves, etc. The contractors for sinking the shafts are now at the mine, and are expected to com mence work some day during the next week. The schooner Algonquin reached here on Thursday evening last with twenty-five kegs of powder for this mine. Every thing ne cessary to commence operations are here, and the work will be pushed forward with dispatch. Post Offices.— A new post office has been established at Odanah, (Red River,) La Pointe county in this State, and L. H. Wheeler, Esq., appointed postmaster. The post office at Pewabic, La Pointe county, has been discontinued. Persons who have heretofore received their mail matter from that office, will now be accommodated at this office. The entire yield of Lake Superior copper for 1855, turns out to be nine millions five hundred and eighty-one thousand lbs. This, at the present price is worth over $1,600,- Sharped Rifle*. This recently invented weapon, if it pos sesses one-half of the power and capacity claimed for it by its proprietor, is destined soon to supersede every other weapon for warlike purposes now in existence. It is the most efficacious and terrible fire-arm in existence. The small carbine now in use by the United States mounted men, throws a ball with deadly accuracy one-quarter of a mile and can be fired ten times per minute. It is not complicated in structure, it is easily cleaned and suffers no injury from wet weather. Mr. Sharpe is now preparing models for four new species of this weapon, namely: A small pocket pistol calculated to throw a minnie ball one hundred yards; a cavalry pistol, with a range of five hundred yards; a rifle suitable for footmen with a range of one mile; and a large gun to throw a two-ounce ball, or a small shell, one mile and a half, or as far as man or horse can be seen to advan tage. With this latter weapon, Mr. S. de clares he can set on fire a house or a ship at a distance of nearly two miles, and prevent the use of field artillery by killing the horses before the guns are brought within good range. This rifle in the hands of a good marks man, is equal to ten muskets, bayonets and all, for, place a man six rods distant with a musket and bayonet and before he can bring the bayonet into use, the rifle can be loaded and discharged ten times. They carry balls with great*precision and force. Mr. Sharpe intends these rifles to become a national weapon, and should Congress, by using a little liberality purchase the patent, the country would be possessed of a means of warfare unequalled in the world. J£3£~Speaking of the sword, pistol and military garments of Ethan Allen, which the Legislature of Vermont have ordered to be procured from Michigan, the Grand Rapids Enquirer says: “Those articles arc now in the possession of Mrs. Allen, widow of a son of General Ethan Allen, and who resides on Grand River, in Ottawa County, near Steele’s Land ing. The old lady has been a resident of this State for many years, and must be near ly or quite 70 years of age. Her husband, Ethan Allen, jr., died when only 28 years old. She says he weighed, at the time of her marriage, 230 pounds, while her weight was only 90 pounds. She is still hale, hear ty, and lively, and loves to recount facts and incidents which occurred in the life of Ethan Alien, and in those days “which tried men’s souls.” A Cheerful Philosophy The follow, ing true and pleasant passage occurs in one of Frederika Bremer’s books: “ There is much goodness in the world, although at a superficial glance, one is dis posed to doubt it. What is bad is noised abroad —is echoed back from side to side, and newspapers and social circles find much to say about it—whilst what is good goes at best, like sunshine, quietly through the world.” Paper.— The following calculation as to the amount of paper made in the U. S. is “floating” about without credit: There are in the United States 750 paper mills in actual operation, having 3000 en gines, and producing in the pear 250,000,000 pounds of paper, which is worth ten cents per pound $25,000,000. To produce this quantity of paper, 402,000,000 pounds of rags are required, 1 1-4 lbs of rags being necessary to make one pound of paper. The value of these rags, at four cents per pound is $16,800,000. lawtfCMUitr. Our neighbors of St. Anthony ate still restless upon tbe County Division question. They are again “cocked and primed” Ibt the agitation of this question in the Legislature, but appear to have very sensibly concluded that an amicable adjustment of the matter with St. Paul, is better than to again attempt to carry their point by storm, as foolishly undertaken by their representative, Fridley, last session. The Express “knocks under” to the op ponents of the former bill in this polite man ner: “It was proposed last winter, at a late day, to divide the county, and make a coun ty seat of St. Anthony for a new county— The Bill prepared for that purpose was passed by the two houses and pocketed by the Governor. Had the Bill become a law, we are not certain that it would hkve been a wise measure. It would have left the county seat of this county at one extreme point of tbe county, and both the counties of St. Anthony and St. Paul [Ramsey] in a very awkward shape; as any one, who will take the trouble to trace the zig zag divi ding line between the two counties, will rea dily perceive.” This is just what we thought of the pro ceeding at the time, but the Express very harshly and abusingly differed with the St. Paul view of the question. An “indignation meeting” at St. Anthony, held after the ad journment, ripped St. Paul and the Governor “clear over Jordan,” for defeating the bill. The Express finally settles upon a plan which it thinks is a practicable one. It is not a new or universally favored one, but still it may answer the purpose. It is as follows: •‘The proposition that strikes us most agreeably, among others, is to annex a part of this county, embracing the fractional townships 29, 30, and 31 of range 24 to the county of Hennepin. This would give us Minneapolis for a county seat, and bring the offices and court house within a few mimites walk of everybody in St. Anthony. Fur ther advantages Would be the saving of ex penses in erecting county buildings, and in salaries of county officers, and in the gener al machinery of the county organisation.— The county of Hennepin will all be settled and will doubtless be the richest county in the future State. Our taxes will be made lighter for all time; by our being part and parcel of it, than by any Other way that can be devised. The bridge connecting St. An thony and Minneopolis will aftei 4 a while become free and perhaps the two towns con solidated. Everything goes, in our estima tion, to render it desirable that this plan of settling the county question should be adop ted. So far as we have enquired, our neigh bors of Hennepin are not opposed to our annexation. are so identical with theirs; we are passing to and from and intermingling with each other in matters of business and social intercourse so much that the idea of organic unity is natural and agreeable. We can see no reason why it would not redound as much to their benefit as ours. In fine we see no objection of any kind to tbe scheme and sincerely hope it may be carried out. Force of Habit. —We learn that one of the would-be-members of the Legislature, registered his name at the American House yesterday, as hailing from Superior in Wis consin. One of his friends took him aside and whispered to him, when it was altered to read, Superior Minnesota. The force of habit unconciously leads men astraj-—the honorable gentleman may not be an excep tion.—Times. The above fact has been the standing joke of the town since Tuesday. We are now in clined more than ever to believe that the Legislature will regard the whole Superior proceeding as nothing more than a very rich political joke, and that the gentlemen Who claim seats in place of Luddcn and Taylor have only come here for the purpose of help ing to carry it out. Popular Education —At the last month ly meeting of the Connecticut Historical Society, Hon. Henry Baynard, the Presi dent, presented a paper relating to the am ount of donations, bequests, Ac., made for educational, literary, and scientific purposes in the United States. The whole amount of land appropriated by the General Govern ment, for Educational purposes, to the Ist of January, 1854, was stated to be 52,970.- 231 acres; which, at the minimum price of such lands when first brought into market, represented the magnificent sum of $66,- 000,000 —but which at this time, could not be worth less than $200,000,000. The am ount of the donations and subscriptions, by individuals, far exceeds all that had been given by State legislatures. Mr. Baynard read from a table exhibiting the donations and bequests made by citizens of Boston within the last half century, amounting to upwards of $4,000,000. Washington, Dec. 21. The House is still engaged in personal bu siness. No balloting yet for Speaker. The Secretary of the Interior has decided that the volunteers who were engaged in the removal of the Cherokee Indians are entitled to bounty. Mr. Smith, member of Congress from Vir ginia and Mr. Wallack, editor of the Star had a severe personal rencontre in Pennsylvania Avenue to-day, arising from some strictures in the Star on Smith’s political conduct. The debate in the House to-day, widened the breach between the Richardson and Ful ler men. SECOND DESPATCH. Mr. Cox defended the question of slavery, and its extension under the Constitution. Mr. Etheridge opposed him, —claiming that the South held their slaves in contempt of the constitution. Mr. Cobb, of Georgia defended his demo cratic friends from the charge that they are responsible for the failure to organize the House. Mr. Foster replied saying the Democrats had woedded themselves to a measure, and not a great principle for it had come out to day that the Nebraska bill is understood dif ferently in one section from what it is in an other. Adjourned. car “Never pull out a grey hair ; ” said a gentleman to his daughter, “as two gener ally attend the funeral.” “I don’t mind how many come to the funeral,” said the daugh ter, “if they will dress in black.” CtWell Proceedings. Saturday, Dec. 29. PreaWt— The Mayor and Aid. Becker Cave, Fuller, Irvine, Larpenteur and Schur nieir. bills presented. T. C. Patch, for burying dead, $4; Thos. Wali, for keeping prisoners, $32; Owens, Moore & Pratt, for printing for City, $32 Referred to Com. on Claims and Accounts. Sherwood Hough, City Clerk, 3d quarters salary, $125. —Referred to Comptroller. A. G. Fuller, against 3d Ward for team work, Ati, SOB 50; Owens, Moore Sc Pratt, against 3d Ward, for printing, $39. —Referred to Aldermen of 3d Ward. Owens, Moore & Pratt, against Ist Ward for printing, sl3 50.—Referred to Aldermen of said Ward. REPORTS. The Comptroller returned Markley and Kern’s bill of s2l 60, duly audited. Or dered paid. The Comptroller also returned the Mar shall’s report, endorsed as follotvs: This report has been carefully examined, and after correcting the additions, which foot up $3210, shows the following results, viz.: 42 Liquor Licenses, at SSO S2IOO 6 Billard Table, do., at $lO 60 86 Wagon and Dray, do., at $5 430 3 Livery Stable, do., at $25 75 1 Wharf Boat, do.. 175 Rents of Stalls in Market 285 Rent of Market Hall for Exhibitions, 65 Poundage 20 $3210 Entries havo been made upon the City Books, corresponding with the amount which this report shows above all others. F. McCORMICK, City Comptroller. St. Paul, Dec. 21,1855. On motion of Aid. Becker, it was Rrsolved, That the Marshal be requested to furnish the Council with a statement showing who have rented stalls in the Mar ket, the amount for which rented, how much has been paid, the terms of the lease and also the persons to whom the Market Hall has been rented, and the sums paid by such persons, from April Ist to Dec. Ist, 1855. The Committee on Claims and Accounts made the following report, which was ac cepted and ordered printed: 7o the Honorable the Mayor and Com mon Coun cil of the City of St. Paid: The Committee to whom was referred the communication of S. P. Folsom & Co., in re gard to a certain alleged indebtedness on the part of the Town of St. Paul, in favor of Daniel Breck for the sum of $269 20, signed by Jno. M. Castner, as “Marshal and Agent of the Town of St. Paul,” beg leave to re port, that the Committee are of the opinion that John M. Castner had no authority to draw orders or sign notes against the Town, unless authorized specially so to do, which in this instance was not the case, and your Committee are of the opinion that to recog nize the account of S. P. Folsom & Co., would be to establish a right which Castner never had, and one by which it would be im possible to ascertain the amount which cer tain persons now claim to hold against the City. As it is a notorious fact that a large amount of these fraudulent orders are afloat, purporting to be Town Orders, signed by John M. Castner, whereas the authority was vested only in the President and Trustees of the Town. Your Committee would there fore respectfully recommend that the claim of S. P. Folsoin & Co. be not allowed. 0. S. CAVE, A. L. LARPENTEUR, Committee. Dec. 29,1855, The same Committee also returned Mar shall & Co.’s communication, accompanied with the following resolution i Resolved , That an order be drawn on thfe City Treasurer in favor of Marshall <fc Co., for the sum of $7, being in full to date for payment and interest in their favor, upon a judgment against the Town of St. Paul.— Adopted. The Com. on Licenses returned Maque and Calliot’s petition for transfer of liquor li cense, With a recommendation that the prayer be granted.—Accepted and transfer ordered. The Mayor appointed Aid. Irvine in place of Aid. Knox, as one of the Committee on Licenses. The Committee on Printing presented the following report, which was accepted, and the resolution adopted: To the Hon. the Mayor and Common Council of the City of St. Paul: The report of the undersigned committeo on printing to whom was referred the peti tion of the German citizens of St. Paul, praying that the proceedings and ordinances of this body be printed in the German news paper of this city Respectfully beg leave to report that they have had an interview with the editor and publisher of said paper, that he proposes to print the proceedings of this body without cost to the city, and the ordinances of the city at one-half the cost of ordinary adver tisements in said paper. Your committee, therefere, recommend the passage of the following resolution. Resolved , That the proceedings of this body and the ordinances hereafter enacted be pub lished in the Minnesota Zeitung, in accord ance with the foregoing proposition until otherwise ordered. GEORGE L. BECKER, Chairman. By Aid. Becker— Resolved, That an order for $l5O be drawn in favor of the Street Commissioner of the 3rd Ward to pay for excavating Ex change street where it crosses Chestnut street—adopted. On motion the Council adjourned until Tuesday, January Bth, 1856, at 6 o’clock P. M. ALEX. RAMSEY, Mayor. Attest: Sherwood Hough, Clerk. KST The St. Louis Intelligencer states that the purchase of the Ohio and Mississip pi Railroad by Page A Bacon, will bring to a 6peedy and satisfactory termination the fi nancial embarrassment of that well known house. JDS’ We fan cy we hate flattery, when all we in reality do hate is the awkwardness of the flatterer. Michigan. —A Republican State Associa tion has been formed in Michigan to effect a thorough State organization. The Associa tion has adopted effective measures to accom plish this purpose.