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The Pioneer Printing Company.
TERMS OF TEE
WEEKLY PIONEER AND DEMOCRAT.
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ed, (sl2oeach) ; 24 00
And a larger number, at the same rate of SI 00 per
yew, with a copy gratis to the person getting up the Club
or each copy directed SI 20.
All subscriptions must be paid in advance. No
paper sent until the money is received.
Address PIONEER PRINTING COMPANY, St. Paul.
An Attempt te Introduce Slavery Into
Minnesota.
The bill in the House introduced by Mr.
Sweet, of Sank Rapids, and supported so ve
hemently by CoL.Robertson, of St. Paul, to in
sidiously permit' slavery in Minnesota, was
yesterday voted down by 57 to 12. Our repor
ter has not given the names of the 12 Democrats
who voted for the atrocious proposition. We
must obtain them, however, and let our read
ers see hereafter the dozen Democrats who
sought to vote slavery into Minnesota. There
is no doubt about two of them, Geo. W. Sweet
and Col. D. A. Robertson. Mark the enemies
of liberty and humanity ! — Minnesotian.
The bill introduced by Mr. Sweet was
simply intended to discourage the emigra
tion ol free negroes into the State of Min
nesota. Although there may be no present
necessity for such a measure, yet it is not
improbable that such necessity will arise in
the future.
The aggressions of the Black Republican
party upon the South—the enunciation of
the “ irrepressible conflict” theory by Sew
ard—John Brown’s foray—and the fact
that sixty-eight Republican members of
Congress have united in recommending the
secret and gratuitous circulation of Help
er’s treasonable book in the Southern
States, have induced almost every Slave
State to initiate measures having in view
the removal of the free Dcgroes resident
therein, from their borders. This can only
be done by colonization in Africa, or by
driving them into the free States. The ex
ecution of the first project, if not impossible,
is undoubtedly improbable, so long as the
free States afford a convenient substitute,
and we may therefore expect within a few
years, an exodus into the northern and
particularly into the western States, of a
quarter of a million of free negroes. It
cannot be doubted that this population will
prove an incubus upon any community
where it is located. Look at the condition
of the free negro population of the north, if
evidence is required of the truth of this pro
position. They are found congregated in
the purlieus of our great cities—denied all
political privileges, and condemned, as out
casts, to crime, beggary and starvation. It
is to prevent just such a state of things in
Minnesota, that Mr. Sweet’s bill was origi
nated. If the South desire to drive away
their free Degroes, let other asylums be
sought for them than this State. The free
negro population of the north numbers about
250,000, aDd a mere worthless class—one
less capable of benefittiDg either .itself or
the community, unless compelled to labor—
does not exist on the continent.
The Republicans of Minnesota should be
the last to object to Mr. Sweet’s pruden
tial measure. In the Constitutional Con
vention they almost unanimously voted that
negroes have no rignts which white men
are bound to respect —they declared he was
subject to taxation without representation,
and that he was bound to obey laws which
he had no voice in making.
We presume when our State shall have
become an asylum for the reception of thou
sands of vagabond negroes, driven irom the
South, our Republican friends will change
their policy, and as they have done in other
northern States, elevate the negro to a posi
tion of political equality with the white man*
According to the annual report of the
New York CeDtral Railroad for 1859, that
institution has been doing a marvellous
business. It appears that for the last seven
years the company has realized the enormous
sum of forty-five millions and three quarters
of dollars from passengers and freight; and
that during the present year no less than
two millions two hundred and forty thou
sand persons travelled over the road—more
than half the entire population of the State
—affording a total receipt, including freight,
of six millions aDd a quarter. Taking the
New York Central as a standard, (though
it is, perhaps, the most profitable road in
the country,) what an immense Railroad
traffic there must be thronghoot the whole
Union. There are now in operation about
two hundred and forty Railroads in tne
United States, running over twenty five
thon«md miles, and the aggregate amount
of passengers travelling over them annually
must be nearly twenty millions; and the
receipts cannot fall short of from two to
three hundred millions.
Ax Augusta (Ga.) paper shows the re
ceipts ot cotton this season to date, 2,082,-
830 bales, and the increase over last year
346,855 bales.
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Railroad Traffic.
All Swrtadf Items.
A late Washington totter in the Charles
ton Mercury , says : “In the hall of the
House, Senator Summer, of Massachusetts,
occasionally appears. He seems not to have
suffered materially from the harsh treatment
to which his medical advisers thought
proper to subject him. It is understood
that the well known Senator expects soon to
occupy the attention of the Senate, when
he will produce a studied effort to which all
preceding efforts will but weakly compare.”
The property of the American Express
Company was sold in New York on the
30th ult. for $600,000. It was purchased
by Aaron Freeman, of Schenectady, for
the new American Express Company, who
will continue the express business ever the
name heretofore occupied by the old com
pany, commencing on the 2d of January,
1860.
The Davenport (Iowa), Gazette records a
personal controversy between Hon. Tom
Marshall and a Mr. N., of that place,
which ended in a demand for satisfaction*
challenge, sword canes, several blows, some
hard words, a flourish or two of pistols, and
general satisfaction.
Theodore Parker writes a long letter
from Rome in respect to John Brown, in
which he fully approves his raid upon Vir
ginia, and justifies insurrection and the stir
ring up of insurrection by white men.
A returner from Carson Valley reports
to the San Andreas Independent that two
miners from Walker’s river, just before
crossing the spur of a mountain that forms
the southwestern boundary of Carson Val
ley, discovered a cannon, a small United
States howitzer. Its presence in that
secluded quarter can only be accounted tor
upon the presumption that it is the gun
mentioned in Lieutenant Fremont’s Narra
tive, as having been abandoned by him in
that neighbourhood, January, 1843, when
he was preparing for the passage of the
Sierra Nevada.
Mr. Irving had four brothers. William
Irving, the eldest, was a merchant. He
was a member of Congress from 1813 to
1819. He married a sister of the Hon. J.
K. Paulding, aud assisted in the construc
tion of “ Knickerbocker’s History of New
York.” He was a physician, and died in
1833. Ebenezer Irving is still living. He
has made his home at Sunnyside. He is
the father of Rev. T. Irving, formerly pro
fessor in Geneva College, and in the New
York Free Academy. John T. Irving was
Presiding Judge of the New York Common
Pleas, from 1817 until his death in 1838.
He was also a contributor to the Morning
Chronicle. His son, a member ®f the New
York bar, is the author of several popular
works.
The fame of John S. Rary has traveled
to Egypt, and fired the zeal and ambition of
the equestrian lords of the desert. The
Viceroy has sent Mr. Rary an offer of
twenty-five blooded horses, as good as can
be bought in Egypt and Arabia, if he will
go to Cairo and give instruction in his art
to him, his ministers and army officers.
Gen. Lamar, late minister to Central
America, died at his house in Texas, De
cember 19.
The Captain of the yacht Wanderer,
with four of the crew, have arrived at New
York from Teneriffe. In bis protest to the
American Consul at Teneriffe, he swears he
sailed from Savanah for Smyrna with a
crew of thirteen men and two female pas
sengers , that his cargo consisted of silks,
and 27,000 dollars, and that his vessel was
piratically run away with by his mate.
The New York Legislature met on the
second inst. The Assembly organized by
electing Mr. Littlejohn Speaker. The
Governor’s message is a document of con
siderable length, and refers almost entirely
to matters of local interest.
B. D. Peck, the State Treasurer of
Maine, is a defaulter. The Governor has
notified the banks baviug deposits of State
money, to pay no checks drawn by him.
The State is secured by his bondmen, and
he has made over his property as security.
By a fire in a tenant house, 203 Division
street, New York, on the 3d inst., six per
sons, all Jews, were burned to death.
A bill is now before the Virginia
Legislature for the repeal of the anti-dueliDg
laws, by which all persors engaged in a
duel, even to the sending or receiving a
challenge, both principals aDd seconds, are
rendered incapable of holding or being
elected to any post of profit, trust or emolu
ments, civil or military, executive or judicial,
under the government of Virginia.
A MONUMENT tO J. FeNIMORK COOPER is
to be erectedat Cooperstown, at a cost of
$3,000. It will be placed in Lakewood
Cemetary, between Otsego Lake and Mount
Vision and Prospect Bock, and near the
spot of the “ Panther scene.”
Several colored damsels, while at a
party a inßaton Rouge, Louisiana, fell to
quarreling. The Btrife of tongues finally
became one of fists. Summing up the
results of the encounter, the Gazette says :
‘The principal damage, however, was to
THE WEEKLY PIONEER AND DEMOCRAT
the dry goods; some of the point lace be
came pointless, some of the silks were con
verted into lute strings, and one.of the
victors left the battle field with a triumph
ant air and nothing bat hoops.”
The indomitable Aaron Jones writes to
the New York Herald that Mr. Jem Mas
sey is no gentleman, and that he (Aaron
Jones) would be delighted to fight Tom
Paddock, in England, in the same ring and
on the same day that Hkenan and Sayers
settle their little difficulty. Aaron is evi
dently spoiling for a fight.
A gentleman who writes to U 8 from
Paris, under date of Dee. 7th, informs us
that he dined with Mr. Ten Broeck in
Paris, on the 3d inst., and learned from him
that he Btood to win three hundred thousand
dollars upon his American horse Umpire
for the next Derby, at an outlay of three
thousand dollars. By this it appears that
Mr. Ten Broeck was shrewd enough to get
all his bets “on ” early, when his unknown
colt stood discredited at the rate of 100 to
I. Wilke's Spirit.
A religious paper, under the admonitory
heading “ Don’t Procrastinate,” mentions
that a young man, who was recently killed
by accident, was just about to join a Baptist
church and also to be married. Some might
think he was fortunate.
The New York Journal of Commerce in
its produce tables says the stock of dour in
New York, December 29,1859, was 1,438,
665 bbls.
“Q” telegraphs to the New York Times
that the Interior Department has received
evidence to convict one Lee, a Mormon
Saint, of Utah, with having first violated
the person of a young girl belonging to the
party massacred at the Mountain Meadows,
and then cut her throat. The Mormon
authorities proposed surrendering all the
murderers, but only on condition they should
be tried exclusively before Mormon juries.
This proposition was declined, as such a trial
would only tend to screen the criminals from
justice. Hence the. Department urges the
propriety of establishing martial law over
Utah as the only means of punishing crime.
The South Carolina Legislature has
adjourned. The Charleston Mercury, in its
review of the proceedings of the session,
remarks upon the action taken upon federal
relations, and says of the resolutions—“ The
significance of the two, taken together, is
briefly this: that the Legislature announces
secessions as her only remedy for Southern
wrongs—in view of and to further which
she invites immediate consultation with her
sister Southern States. This, then is the
platlorm on which South Carolina uow
stands before the country, and to which she
asks her public men to rally for the common
defence of her rights, letting Northern
affiliations alone.”
The liabilities of the Government to
Indian tribes amount to near twenty-one
and a half millions of dollars, and the aver
age annual expenditure on Indian account
exceeds three millions of dollars. The
number of Indians within the limits of the
United States and Territories is set down at
350,000. The semi-civilized tribes living
on the frontiers, have been for years on the
increase in population, and improving
morally and socially. With the more bar
barous tribes the reverse is the case ; they
are last waning.
An elaborately prepared return states the
number of ships-of-war of all kinds—iine
of-battle-ships, frigates, corvettes, and
Bloops, surveying and small vessels, gun«
boats, tenders, &c.—possessed by the
various civilized nations of the world, as
follows : England 626, France 448, Russia
164, Sweden 311, (principally small vessels,)
Norway 143, Denmark 120, the United
States 79, Holland 139, Belgium 7, Spain
82, the two Sicilies 121, Austria 135,
Portugal 37, Sardinia 28, Prussia 55,
Greece 26, Turkey 49, Brazil 27, Peru 15,
Chili 5, Mexico 9.
They are having brisk times on the Rio
Grande. Three hundrei United States
troops and rangers marched up the Rio
Grande on the 14th of December, and met
a portion of Cortinas’ band. Alter a
cannonade from both sides, the Americans
charged and fell into an ambuscade, thus
allowing the Mexicans to save their artil
lery. Cortinas, on the 20th of December,
concentrated bis whole force above Browns
ville. The Americans went to meet him,
and after a severe fight defeated him.
The Pike’s Peak express, with seven days
later news from JeffersoD, has arrived, and
brings SIO,OOO in dust. The miners at
Russell’s and Gregory’s diggings had resist
ed the collection of taxes levied for the sup
port of the Provisional Government, which
created temporary excitement. The amount
of dust exported from the golden region
since May, is estimated at one and a half to
two millions of dollars.
The steamer Martha Putman, from Cin
cinnati for St. Louis, burned at the landing
at Cairo, on the 29th ult. She had been
laid up ou account of ice. She had a num
ber of emigrants on board, who were all
saved. Boat, and cargo of abont 250 tons,
are a total loss. There is an insurance of
910,000 on the boat and 91500 on cargo.
Her books and papers were all lost.
Sound on the Gooae and Sound on the
Oondor.
The Democrats of Ohio Oounty, Indiana,
at their recent county convention, in appoint
ing delegates to the State Convention, de
termined to be sure and certain on the great
question, bo they resolved as follows:
“ That James Buchanan was our choice for
the Presidency for the contest in 1856, his ad
ministration has been wise and patriotic, and
we will continue to give him our cordial sap
pert, That the delegates of Ohio county be
tnttt acted to support delegates to the Charleston
Convention favorable to the nomination of Ste
phen A. Douglas as the candidate for President
in 1860.”
This is a model resolution. “Statesmen*
by profession should cut it out and preserve
it, since it will answer for as many latitudes
as a Poor Richard’s Almanac.
Col. Chas. N. Pyne, Marshal of the
Northern District of Illinois, has resigned
bis office. The impression is that Gen.
Iram Nye, or Mr. Sharpe, of Chicago, will
be Col. P.’s successor. Nye was formerly
Marshal.
Letter from a Contestant.
St. Paul, Jan. 4, 1860.
To the Editors of the Pioneer and Democrat.
Sir :—I notice in your paper of this
morning, a communication signed “ Occa
sional,” dated at Superior, Wisconsin, in
which I am charged with contesting Mr.
Nettleton’s seat in the Legislature, not
with the expectation of ousting him, but in
order to get for myself “ pay and mileage ”
for a few days or weeks. It further con
tains a charge that I have written to E. H.
Brown, Esq., (Republican candidate ior
State Senator last fall, from the Lake dis
trict,) advising him also to contest the seat
of his opponent, for the same purpose.
To those familiar with the expense of a
trip hither from Lake Superior, and the
expense of such a contest, as well as the
cash value of the “ per diem and mileage ”
of a member of our Legislature, when State
orders are worth only fifty to sixty cents on
the dollar, the absurdity of such a charge
would render its refutation needless. But
as the charge is evidently made from private
malice, as well as to affect the action of the
committee and the House, I here pronounce
the whole charge a willful and malicious
fabrication. *
Not only have I acted with no such mo
tives, and written no such letter to Mr.
Brown, or any other person, but I have in
my possession a letter from him, bearing
date December 28th, in which he mentions
the currency of such a report at Superior,
and that he has uniformly denounced it as
“ a lie manufactured out of whole cloth.”
By inserting this denial in your paper to
morrow, you will oblige.
Your obedieDt serv’t,
R. E. Jefferson
Bold Robbery In Eau Claire.
An extra from the office of the Eau Claire
Free Press, dated December 24, has the fol
lowing account of a daring robbery upon
the U. S. Land Office in that in
which the thief found the Receiver and se
cured $5000:
This village was thrown into a high state
of excitement last evening by the perpetra
tion of one of the most daring robberies of
which we have any recollection. About 9
o’clock in the evening N. B. Boyden, the
receiver of public money for the Chippewa
Land District, was gagged and bound hand
and foot, and the government safe robbed
of $5,360. He was sitting in his office at
his counter, with his back to the door about
9 o’clock in the evening, making up his ac
count with the government preparatory to
leaving for Dubuque in to day’s stage with
the government funds, when a person entered
the door, turned the key, and stepped up
behind Mr. Boyden, and putting out the
light with one hand and placing the other
over his mouth, in an instant the robber in
serted an instrument in Mr. B.’s mouth with
which he pried it wide it open, and then
stuffed a handkerchief in it, which prevented
him from calling out for assistance or mak
ing an alarm—at the same time presenting
a pistol to his head and threatening him
with instant death if he made the least noise.
The next moment he passed a bed-cord
with a slip-noose, around his left wrist, (Mr.
B. has but one arm,) bringing it instantly
to his back, and raising Mr. B.’s right foot,
tied his wrist and ankle together ; passing
the cord around his body and across
his mouth, he then bound him to a
large writing desk which stands in the same
room, and in that condition left him lying
on the floor, face upwards. He then sprang
over the counter and took from the safe,
which happened to be open, the amount of
money in gold, as above stated, and went
out the front door.
All this must have been done in less than
eight minutes. Mr. Boyden lay in this con
dition probably not to exceed ten minutes,
meanwhile came very near strangling to
death. He managed after a few moments
to get one foot against the window-sill, thus
making a noise which with his groans at
tracted several parties to his office, where
they found him as stated above, perfectly
wet with perspiration. Parties were dis
patched in all directions, but up to twelve
o’clock at noon, to day, no traces are had
of the robbers. Mr. Boyden thinks there
were more then one person, which impres
sion is confirmed by the fact, that there
were tracks of one or two men at the back
door. The boldness and daring of this
robbery will at once be seen when we state
that scarcely any one had retired for the
evening, and persons having business with
Mr. Boyden had left his office bat a few
minutes before. There was also a large
dancing party at Reed’s Hall, only a short
distance away, at which those occupying ad
joining offices were present.
STATE LEGISLATURE—SECOND
SESSION.
Reported for the Pioneer and Democrat.
SENATE.
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 1860.
The Senate was called to order by the
President, and after prayer by the Ohaplain,
the journal was read aud approved.
bills introduced.
By Mr. ROBINSON : Regulating the
sale of real estate upon executions.
By Mr. EVANS : Regulating interest
on notes, judgments and foreclosures.
By Mr TAYLOR : For the improve
ment of the State Road from Crow Wing
on the Mississippi River, to Shayenne on the
Red River of the North.
By Mr. COWAN : To tax civil actions
in aid of the Judicial Fund. [Withdrawn.]
RESOLUTIONS.
By Mr. KENNEDY : Instructing the
Committee on Judiciary to inquire whether
the volume of collated laws were in accord
ance with the law authorizing the same to
be made
By Mr. McKUSICK : That the report
of the Committee on Standing Rules (here
tofore adopted) be referred to a select
committee of three, consisting of Messrs.
Heaton, Robinson, and Baldwin of Sher
burne, with instructions to report at as an
early a day as possible, such a code of rules
as they may deem best for the standing
rules of the Senate. Laid over under the
By Mr. BISHOP : That the committee
on taxes report whether Ramsey county had
diminished the assessments on which the
State tax had been levied. Also, to enquire
upoD what authority said county had abated
10 per cent, of the State tax. Adopted.
By Mr. McKUSICK : That the Com
mittee on State Prison are hereby required
to confer with the same committee on the
part of the House for the purpose of agree
ing upon a time, when they will proceed to
examine the State Prison, and said commit
tee on the part of the Senate are further
required to make up and submit their report
to the Senate at as early a day as possible.
Adopted.
executive session
The Senate spent about two hours in
executive seseion, for the consideration of
appointments of Notaries Pablic.
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.
The Senate spent some time in Commit
tee of the Whole, in the perfecting of vari
ous bills, Mr. Robinson in the chair.
The recommendations of the committee
were concurred in, and the Senate then
adjourned.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 18G0.
The House was called to order at the
usual hour, without prayer. Mr. Caskey
was sworn in.
governor’s message.
Mr. DONAHUE offered a resolution to
print 500 copies of the message of Gov.
Sibley, and 500 copies of the message of
Gov. Ramsey.
Mr. CLEVELAND offered a substitute
to refer to the Committee on Printing, as to
the cost of printing 5000 copies of Gov.
Ramsey’s message, 500 of them in German
and 500 in Norwegian.
Mr. GREENE, of Steele, opposed the
printing of both messages, an-J was replied
to by Mr. Cleveland.
The questiou resolved itself into a politi
cal discussion, Mr. ROBERTSON illustra
ting the character of the Republican party
in refusing to priDt Gov. Sibley’s message,
and now wanting to print Gov. Ramsey’s
message. He said the Republicans did not
want the people to know what Gov. Sibley
had recommended, because it would show
that his recommendations were such as the
people of the State were almost unanimously
in favor of. The Republican presses had
charged when Gov. Sibley’s message was
read, that he had stolen the Republican
thunder, and this was the reason they did
not want to present it officially to the pub
lic.
The previous question was moved by Mr.
VANVORHES,and the substitute was lost,
by yeas 33, nays 35.
The original resolution was then defeated
by yeas 11, nays 58.
Mr. SECOMBE moved to print 1000
copies of Gov. Ramsey’s message, which
was indefinitely postponed by yeas 31, nays
29.
legislative manuals.
Mr. SECOMBE offered a resolution
directing the Clerk to have printed 100
copies of a Legislative Manual for the use
of this House, which was carried.
[Perhaps the members of the Legislature
are not aware that the Legislative Manual,
intended only for the convenience of the
members, will cost as much or more, as it
would have cost to furnish 1000 copies of
Gov. Sibley’s message and 1000 copies of
Gov. Ramsey’s message.]
MISCELLANEOUS.
The House passed a resolution giving to
Luke Marvin a certificate for SSO, for ser
vices for the election case of Jefferson vs.
Nettleton.
Mr. SWEET submitted his bill to dis
courage the immigration and settlement of
negroes in this State.
Mr. SECOMBE moved to reject the
bill.
Mr. ROBERTSON hoped the bill would
not be rejected. He had not before any
knowledge of this bill, but considered that
its object was important to the interests of
the State. He went on at some length to
show that if the Republican party succeeded
in their “ Irrepressible conflict,” and by
moral suasion or physical force accomplished
the abolition of slavery in the Southern
States, that such a law as the bill contem
plated would te necessary to protect our
white citizens from hordes of vagabond ne
groes who would come among us.
Mr. SECOMBE advocated the rejection
of the bill, on the ground that it was in viola
tion of the constitution of the United States,
which gave the citizen of any one State the
rights of the citizens of any other State.
Mr. ROBERTSON said that negroes
were not citizens within the meaning of the
constitution of the United States.
Mr SECOMBE maintained that the con
stitutional doctrine asserted by Mr. Robert
son was unsoond.
Mr. SWEET replied at some length in
support of He urged the adoption
of the bill on the ground that Southern
States were now by law driving out the
free negroes; and that unless such a law
was passed, this State would be overrun
with them. His bill provided only for pro
per securities against the influx of vagabond
negroes.
The previous question was moved by Mr.
OLDS, aud the bill rejected by yeas 57,
nays 12—a party vote.
A communication was received from the
Governor announcing that he had signed
the law abolishing the office of Prosecuting
Attorney.
harper’s ferry resolutions.
The resolutions introduced by Mr. STE
PHENSON on the subject of the recent
insurrection at Harper’s Ferry, came up on
second reading.
Mr. MITCHELL then moved to refer
the bill to the committee on Federal Re
lations.
Mr. ROBERTSON hoped that the ma
jority would not send the resolutions to a
smothering committee, but meet them di
rectly and manfully. He did not desire to
take up the time of the House with debate,
and suggested that by common consent a vote
should be taken at once, on the resolutions.
Mr. ABRAHAM wa3 not afraid to meet
the issue, and therefore moved the indefinite
postponement of the resolutions.
Mr. ABBOTT did not wish to have the
time of the House occupied with such ques
tions—we had nothing to do with them—
and charged that the minority were respon
sible for the introduction of the negro into
the House to consume the time.
Mr. ROBERTSON repelled this charge.
He said that the negro was first brought
into the House by bis colleague (Mr. Ack
er) in his Seward “ irrepressible conflict”
resolutions, and by Mr. Dayton in bis reso
lutions.
He referred to the action of the House
this morniDg, in its rejection with indigna- ;
tion, of Mr. Sweet’s bill, for the protection
of the white people of the State against the
influx of vagabond negroes, and to the per
sonal liberty bill of Mr. Acker, to protect
fugitive slaves from recovering by their
masters —such as had been passed in other
Republican States, to show the political
character of a majority of the Legislature.
He now wanted to see them demonstrate
themselves on these resolutions. He
charged that the Republican party had
countenanced underground railroads to steal
away slaves of the South ; that they had
opposed and trampled upon the fugitive
slave law, and the compacts of the Consti
tution. That they bad succumbed to the
most ultra abolitionists, aod under the lead
of Sewaid, had absorbed them and adopted
their principles—not because they all be
lieved in such atrocious and treasonable
doctrines, but because, so far as many of the
leaders were influenced, they wanted the
votes of the abolitionists to secure power.
So far had they succeeded in this policy in
Minnesota, that they were a good enough
abolition party for the rankest and most
treasonable abolitionist in the State. There
was, therefore, no abolition party in Min
nesota. And dow when their “ irrepressi
ble conflict ” had brought the Union to the
verge of dissolution, they were afraid to con
demn the invasion of a sovereign State—
afraid to condemn murder and arson, lest
they might thereby offend the Brown
Republicans in their ranks, who, however
they might condemu the madness of John
Brown and his associates, because of the
means he employed, and because of the j
consequent failure, yet sympathised with his ,
principles, and he had no doubt that the }
Speaker (Mr. Secombe in the chair) so i
sympathised with John Brown.
The Chair (Mr. Secombe) called Mr.
Robertson to order.
Mr. ROBERTSON took his seat, and
demanded the point of order.
Mr. SECOMBE said that he (Mr. Rob
ertson) had charged the Chair (Mr. Secombe)
with treason against the United States.
Mr, ROBERTSON demanded that the
offensive words should be reduced to writing.
Mr. SECOMBE (in the Chair) said that
he had been charged with sympathizing with
John Brown, which was treason, and out of
order.
Mr. ROBERTSON appealed from the
decision of the Chair, which was sustained
by a party vote.
The House then took a reces3.
At the session in the afternoon,
Mr. SANBORN offered various amend
ments to the joint resolutions, destroying
the original intent, and making them strictly
partizan in their character, and reflecting
upon the Southern Democratic members of
Congress.
Mr. SPICOMBE moved the previous
question on the amendments, which was
carried, aDd the amendments were adopted
by a strict party vote, 47 yeas to 14 nays.
The resolutions were then adopted, by
yeas 49, the nays not being called.
A reconsideration was had, and the vote
being again taken by yeas and nays, the
resolutions were adopted as follows :
Yeas —Abbott, Abraham, Acker* Anderson,
Arnold, Austin. Baldwin, Bigler, Brooks, Burn
ham, Caskey, Cleaveland, Coe, Garrard, Greene
of Olmsted, Greene of Steele, Hayes, Hnlett,
Hunt, Johnson, Kdox, Langworthy, Letford,
Mann, Mantor, McDonough, Meighan, Mitchell,
Morrison, Pfaender, Purdie, Renz, Sanborn,
Sawyer, Secombe, Sherwood, Shrewsbury,
Skillman, Stearns, Stoek, Temanson, Thayer,
Trow, Van Vorhes, H. Walker, Watson, Web
ster, White, Mr. Speaker—49.
Nays— Aaker, Armsiron, Beatty, Chadderton,
Clearley, Donohue, Kinkead, Mitsch, Olds, Roy,
Scheffer, Shriner, Tollman—l3.
Mr. SECOMBE moved that the members
of the House who had not voted upon the
resolution have the privilege of entering
their names upon the Journal, for or against
the resolution. .
PER DISK OF THE LEGISLATURE.
The bill introduced by Mr. STEARNS,
fixing the per diem of members of the Legis
lature, was taken up for final passage.
By unanimous consent, Mr. BALDWIN
moved to sirike out the interest clause of 10
per cent per anuum.
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