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a»cn A 4 Mi tu Ert-rc ST CLOUD DEMOCRAT OFFICE ON THE WESTERN BANK OF THE O MILES ABOVE THE FALLS OF ST. ANTHONY, OPPOSITE THE STEAMBOAT LANDING. oooo TERMS: One copy, one year, $ 2,00 Two copies, one year, 3,00 Fire copies, one year, 7,00 Ten 12,00 Twenty •«. 20,00 Payment must invaeiably bemade in advance. BATES OF ADVERTISING One column, one year, $00,00 U«lf column, 35,00 One-fourth of a column 20,00 One square, (ten lines or less) one week, 1,00 Business Cards not over six linos, 5,00 Over.six lines and under ten, 7,00 Legal Advertising: Sixty cents a folio first insertion, 40 cents all subsequent insertions. All letters of business to be directed to the EDITOR. S E E N I E ATTORNEY & COUNSELLOR AT LAW, ST. CLOTTID, Lower Town. Will make collections, invest money, buy, sell or loan land Warrants, and enter purchase or dispose of Real Estate. A E S ATTORNEx & COUNSELLOR AT LAW,,, ST. OLOTTID, Lower Town Will make collections, invest money, buy, sell or loan Land Warrants, and enter, purchase or dispone of Real Estate. WM. J- PARSONS, COUNSELLOR AT LAW, OrriCB WASHINGTON AVKXUK, Corner of Monroe Street—Monti's Building ST. CLOUD Min GEO. A N O S E (Late or St. Anthony,) ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW,a Ot'icii is MCCLUXO'S (PIUENIX) BLOCK, NFAU THE BRIDGE. ST. PAUL, Min. W S. MOORE ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW SAUK RAPIDS, Min. KtKI'URX illUKK Uenmt 8WI8SHELH E A ESTAT E AGENC ST. CLOUD, MINNESOTA. rPilE undersigned offer their services to loan money upon best real estate security and to purchase and sell property either real or personal, for a reasonable commission. They have now for sale, at low prices: 20 quarter sections of good land. 50 lots, (some improved,) in St. Cloud. 20 Nininger addition to St. Paul. 20 in Nininger city, 10 in Mound city, Illinois. MILLER & SWISSHELM St. Cloud, May 13, 1858. 8*F. ANTHONY BOOK STORE J". JEa^BOPTT^LAJSr, WHOLESALE AND BET AIL DEALER IN BOOKS, STATIONARY, WALL PAPER, FISHING TACKLE, POCKET CUTLERY, FANCY ARTICLES, TOYS, &c. Three doors above the Trcmont Hotel. St. Anthony, Jlfin. June, 10,1858 vollnol8,1 BEEDE & MENDENHALL, A I S E S NORTH-WESTERN LAND A COLLECTING A E N S I N N E A O I S I N N /. W METZROTH, MERCHANT TAILOR, DEALER in Clothing, Cloths, Cassimeres Vestings, and Gentlemen's Furnishing goods, ee the inspection of which he invites hit friends and the public. decl0,1857-ly TV H. BARRETT Civil Engineer and Surveyor. t/9T Office on First Street, Lower St. Cloud Maps of all surveyed lands, and plats of al the leading towns of Northern Minnesota, can had at all times at my office. I I N fllHE undersigned takes this method of forming those who may have houses build mills to frame, or carpentry and joinerj in any or all of its branches, that he is proper ed to take contracts, and do all kinds of work in this line, on the most reasonable terms and in a good, workmanlike manner. A.E. GUSSEY. H. Z. MITCHELL, Merchant, Lower St. Has received a large Stock of New Goods, which he will sell CHEAP for CASH. Cloud,taking JANE G. SWISSHELM "Speak unto the children of Israel that they SO forward,"—EXODUS, For the St. Cloud Democrat. LITTLE MAGGIE. MY STIPHEN MILLER. For years she at her father's door, Waited for his weary coming— Dear little Maggie, evermore Welcomes humming. For years no watcher at the door, Hath met that father's weary tread— Her absence tells him evermore, That Maggie's dead. And yet he knows at Heaven's door, She still is watching for his coming Sweeter than in the days of yore, Welcomes humming. For the St. Cloud Democrat. IMPROMPTU VERSES. BY HEBSIIT. I love the woods, the gray old woods When the leaves lie brown and sear 1 love them, too, in summer time— Oh! I love them all the year. I lovo them for their silent haunts, For their tall and stately trees 1 love the winds that whistle through— And the sighing of the breeze. I love the sunshine and the shade, And the storm that sweeps the plain I love the clouds that overhang— And the gently falling rain. 1 love the rivers, rocks, and hills, And the dashing waterfall And countless things unthought of yet— Oh I love, I love them all. But something more than these I love 'T is a friendship true and pure A synonym for truest love— For a love that will endure. THK PIOUS DEMOCRATIC EDITOR'S CREED I du believe in Freedom's cause, Ez fur away ez Paris is I love to se« Iter stick her claws In them infarnal Pharisses It's wal enough agin a king To dror resolves an' triggers— But Liberty's a kind 6' thing That don't agree with niggers. E O E Towards the middle of the last century daring murder was committed in a coffee house in Valletta, Sicily, by a young man, the son of people in respectable circumstan ces, who having words with another, on a very slight provocation, drew out a knife and stabbed him mortally he then made his escape, but was captured next day by the officers of the police. Notwithstanding the testimony of several witnesses to the fact, and other convincing circumstantial evidence against him, the prisoner persis ted (indeed his only feasible defence) in denying his having been the person who had inflicted the wound he oven under went the torture of the cavalletto, without coming to a confession. Notwithstanding this pertinacity, the presiding judge, satis fied by the evidence brought forward, con demned him to death. Petitions and sup plications were made to no purpose to the Judge for his intercession with the grand master, and to that prince himself for par don. The time allotted being expired, the criminal, as is the custom in Malta, was removed three days previous to execution into the condemned chapel, where, with a spiritual adviser, people in that unhappy situition pass the few sad minutes remain ing to them, in the offices of preparing themselves, by compunction and prayer, for that pardon in the next world, from which human policy excludes them in this. Two of these trying days had passed, when the father of the criminal, persua ding himself that even yet a pardon might be obtained for his son, could he but suc ceed in engaging the influence of the judge who had condemned him, in his favor,1 on the evening preceding the day on which the sentence was to be carried into execu tion, presented himself, just as it darkened, at the door of that functionary. Admit tance was at first refused but a douceur to the servant soon opened both the door and the ear of the judge to the supplicant. An abrupt negative had been already giv en in terms the most unequivocal, when the distressed parent, taking from under his cloak a bag containing one thousand Maltese crowns—a large sum for the time and place—put it on the table, giving the judge to understand that double that amount would be forthcoming in the event of a pardon being granted to his unhappy son. The judge remained for several min utes silent and absorbed in thought at length he told the father in a low voice, but plain terms, that late as it now was, and difficult from that and other circum stances, he would still, though the result was far from certain, do -his best to avert the cruel doom impending over the young man. After a little further consideration he dismissed him with an order of admis sion to the prison, where, under pretext of a last leave of his child, he was to devise some plan of getting the priest out of the way, and detaining him as long as possible, in order to leave the judge suffi cient time and freer scope for putting into execution a design which he had already conceived. Somewhat consoled, and rely ing on the judge's ingenuity, the father retired. Complying with the directions given him, he saw his son, engaged the priest to accompany him home, and kept him occupied in discourse until he suppos ed the judge had found time to carry his plan, whatever it might be into effect. The judge, in the meantime, eager to in sure the remainder of the sum promised, had formed his project application so late to the prince he knew was not only use less, but might bring discredit and suspi cion on himself, as he had reported the case, from the commencement, as one alto gether unworthy of mercy, and as calling for a severe and awful example. Sending for the goaler, who kept a watch over the prisoner during the night, and was consid ered as a sufficient guard, from the latter being heavily ironed, and the chapel with in the prison walls, where a single call would immediately bring effectual assis tance, he pretended to have still some doubts respecting the guilt of the young man, and feigned himself anxious to know if he had yet made an open avowal of his crime the disclosure made to his spiritual advises being, as onr readers are aware, un der the sacred seal of confession, never in the most distant manner to be alluded to, much less divulged, without incurring the guiltof sacrilege. Having heard the man's reply, tho judge, under pretence of retir ing to his library to consult some authori ties on the subject, left the room, direct ing him on no account to move from the spot before his return. This done, he lost not an instant in proceeding to the prison entering the chapel, he told the young man, whom he found in a state of extreme mental agitation, brought on by tho horrors of his dreadful situation, wavering between the fear of approaching death, and the hope slight as it was, held out to him by his father, that there was still a chance of safety for him, provided he complied im mediately and exactly with his directions —*I am now about/ so he said, to release you from jour fetters but you must be aware that in an island so limited in extent as that of Malta, there is not the slightest chance of your escaping the vigilance and research of the officers of justice, alert as thejr will naturally be the instant you are found missing from these walls take therefore this dagger, and he drew one from under his vest, 'proceed instantly to the coffee-house in which you committed the murder—it is not late, you will cer tainly find people there at this hour—enter boldly, take good care that you are seen and recognized by all present, then reso lutely plunge the weapon into the body of the person nearest you, and immediately escape, leaving the stilletto in the wound return hither with all possible speed, and leave the rest tome but recollect every thing depends on your dexterity and dis patch.' The criminal, though just, tremb ling on the verge of eternity, and fresh from the pious exhortations of a minister of that God whose laws he had already so heinously offended, readily consented, at the suggestion of the wily judge, to cover himself from the consequences of one mur der by the commission of another still more atroc ous. He took the knife, and left the chapel. His infernal adviser remained behind in a state of anxiety and agitation a few minutes relieved him from his sus pense the coffce-huse was not far distant from the quarter in which the prison was situated. The young man returned con fused and trembling, as persons recent from the commission of any dreadful offense are wont. Having, ascertained the success of his abominable machinations, the judge carefully reconsigned the murderer to his fetters, and recommending secrecy and presence of mind for his own sake, took his leave. With hurried and irregular steps he had rushed into the coffee-house, the scene of his former crime his haggard counte nance, his violent emotions, the wild glance of his unsettled eye, instantly drew the attention of all present, as he stood for a moment the object of their gaze. An ex clamation of wonder ran aound—it was surely the prisoner under sentence of death. No—that was impossible yet how re markable a likeness! The desperate man gave them but little time for question and conjecture, before turning rapidly round, he plunged his dagger into the bosom of an unhappy individual who was standing near the door, and disappeared with the rapidity of lightning his unfortunate victim fell immediately, uttering a feeble cry. Medical assistance was at hand, but so home was the thrust, that in a few min utes he was already a corpse. The unex pectedness and suddenness of the blow, the confusion and alarm of the beholders, who were fixed to the spot in terror and amazement, effectually precluded any at tempt to arrest the assassin. A murder so openly arid daringly per* petratcd soon threw the whole city of Val letta into consternation: thousands flocked to see the bleeding body. Many people had beheld the deed and recognized the CHAP, XIV VERSE ST. CLOUD, STEAMS CO. MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, MARCH 8 I860. NO. 32 murderer but though it appeared to them, the culprit lying in the condemned chapel and awaiting his doom in tho morning, they never for a moment entertained a suspicion of its being really so. Valletta was very populous, and contained many strangers the murderer was therefore, in the opinion of all, an unknown person, bearing a striking and remarkable resem blance to the prisoner, perhaps the very individual who had been guilty of the prior crime. The wonderful and strange tale soon reached the ears of the judge that impartial magistrate at once perceived the strong probability that the identity of the prisoner under condemnation had been mistaken his resolution in asserting his innocence, which had always appeared ex traordinary, warranted this opinion. To satisfy, however, himself and the public, he immediately sent to the prison to ascer tain if the criminal was really still in custo dy being soon convinced upon this head, he took upon himself to suspend the exe cution, which was to have taken place soon after daybreak, until these extraordi nary circum&tanues should be satisfactorily investigated. In the morning, having the deposition of the persons present at the murder, he proceeded to the palace of the grand master, to whom he submitted the whole case, now putting every thing in the most favorable light possible for the prisoner. A fact superla ively atrocious as the real one, was not likely to be sus pected, the grand master naturally loth in a case of so much doubt to take away the life of a fellow creature, at the instigation of the judge, first respited, and in a few days afterwards granted a pardon to the young man, who was set at liberty. He soon after left the island, and it was not until many years afterwards, when the grand master, the judge, and the goaler, and the servant, had all ceased to exist, that the strange story transpired, the mur derer, then an old man and in a foreign country, him?cli disclosing it. (From the Correspondence of the Press and Tribune.) O W A S I N O N WASHINGTON Feb. Gth, 1860. Both branches of Congress adjourned over' Friday till Monday. The new Speak er may not be prepared to announce his Standing Committees before Wednesday. It is impossible to guess with certainty who will be at the head of them, as the old Governor is very close mouthed and keeps his own counsel. But rumor is reporting that Thaddeus Stevens of Pa. will be at the head ot tho Judiciary Washburnc of 111. Chairman of that on Commerce Grow at the head of the Committee on Territo ries Corwin of Ohio of Foreign Affairs Charles F. Adams of Mass., of Manufactu res Colfax of Ind. of the Post Office John F. Farnsworth of 111. on elections Col. Curtis of Town, of Military Affairs. John Sherman will be Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee—the most important one in the House which will also make him the recognized floor leader on the Re publican side. His position, in many re spects, will be abetter and more important one than.that of Speaker. Pennington Was After the election of announced by the Clerk, it was laughable to witness the subsidence of the rampant fire-eaters. As the States to which they belonged were called, they came up to be sworn without hesitancy. Some of them looked surly and morose as they kissed the Bible, but the majority were apparently in good humor and shook hands with the new Speaker quite cordially. Having taken a solemn oath to support the Constitution, we may feel safe that the Union will last this year out at least although Scott of California declares that the election of a Black Republican Speaker has cracJeed it from turret to foundation. He is one of the most active and malignant of all the fire-eaters. So far as her Representatives can make it, California is as ultra a slave State as South Carolina. The opposition members of the Virginia Legislature recently addressed a letter to Mr. Botis asking his views on the various questions and events that agitate the pop ular mind. He responded in a few days in a letter that has since appeared in a sixteen page pamphlet. The missive is a scorcher. It has created an immense sen sation tn Virginia, thirty-five thousand copies having been printed and circulated in that and other southern States. The letter walks into the fire-eaters in a way that makes the fur fiy. The designs and schemes of the southern Democracy are laid bare with an unsparing hand. After the deluge of Disunion-swash which has been inflicted upon the country by south ern demagogues, this epistle from Botts is perfectly refreshing. The Senate Printing Investigating Com mittee have struck a thick vein of rascali ty. Mr. Wendell stated, under oath, that when he was Congressional printer he was black-mailed over $100,000 to subsidize Democratic newspapers, and to influence elections. He testified that by the person al directions of President Buchanan he paid 90,000 to the editor or" the Penmylvanian and $5,000 to the Evening Argus, of W f| .rfft^£-S--^BE-^ 15. EDITOR AtffD PROPRIETOR Phi'adclphia. Sums ranging from 9500 to $2,000 were paid to various Democratic papers designated in Pennsylvania by Bu chanan. He also paid over $30,000 into the corruption fund of the Democratic State Central Committee, to be used to purchase voters and influence the election. Large sums were contributed to carry the elections in New Jersey, Maryland, Ohio and Minnesota. Some §5,000 were sent to the latter State in ,1857 to secure a Dtmocratic victory. We all rememberthe outrageous frauds committed at that elec tion, and see now where the funds came from by which they were nasted. At the Congressional election in Pennsylvania in 1858, Wendell testified tbat he went into the "doubtful" districts by Buchanan's advice and directions, and spent money with a lavish hand to return members who would support the policy of the Adminis tration. He also bled profusely to support Buchanan's personal organ, the Constitu tion, aud his pet editor, Gen. Bowman.— Several others testified, but none of them discredited Wendell's damaging revela tions- You remember Buchanan's Pitts burgh letter deploring the prevailing de basing custom of employing money to in fluence elections? How does its hypo critical precepts comport with his polluting practice The Committee will, it is said, summon the old sinner himself to testify in relation to the frauds and rascalities connected with the public printing of the Thirty-fifth Congress that came within his own knowledge. Senator Bigler, Secretary Floyd, and other high Democratic mag nates, willjiavc an opportunity afforded them to let a little light shine on dark places. It is said that when rogues fall out, honest men get their dues. Had not Bowman and Wendell quarrelled, *he rich developments forth-coming would have never been placed before the public in tangible form. Bowman has contracted with the Globe office to do most of the public printing.— A portion of it he is sending to Jewett & Co., of the Buffalo Advertiser, which as sisted in defeating Fremont, and is expec ted to play into the hands of the Disunion ists in the next contest. Wendell's mam moth establishment is lying idle, and he is in a fair way to be bankrupted. He has sued Bowman for $30,000 damage?, and freely testifies to all he knows, before the Investigating Committee. Mason's Harper's Ferry Committee have so ar been pursuing a cold trail. They have had before them all the prominent names which rumor's malicious tongue implicated in Old Brown's undertaking. Judge Amy, Richard Realf, Senator Wil son, Dr. Howe, Thaddeus Hyatt, and sev eral others who were supposed to be in possession of important information, have all testified, and not a fact has been elicit ed which shows that they or any other Republicans were parties to, or cognizant of, Old Brown's raid. The testimony has exonerated the Republican party entirely from all responsibility in that affair. Old Mason is very much chagrined at his bad luck, and out of temper. He conceived it to be essential to the success of the Dis union party at the next Presidential elec tion to implicate the leaders of the Repub lican party as aiders and abettors of Brown's foray but thus far he has made a water haul. The answers giveli by Uncle Joshua to some of Mason's questions were decidedly spicy—especially those in regard to the "higher law" and the powers and duties of 'human governments. Giddings held that no enactment invading the Divine Will, or natural law,'to be of auy moral validity whatever and that any law which seeks to deprive an innocent human being of life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness, imposes no obligation upon the victim, and confers no authority upon those who would deprive him of either. Such enact ments are but grossusurpations of despotic powers, and render those who enact aud who execute them, accessories to the crimes jmmtttcd under them. Jeff Davis asked him if he held such doctrines in his public lectures. Giddings answered, certainly, and that he was shortly going to lecture in New York on this very subjeet, and would send Davis a copy of it when he published it. He thought it would provo useful reading, if attentively perused.— Davis said he would be happy to receive a copy. Mason told Old Ashtabula he had no more questions to ask, and that he might „travel." He evidently had sent for the wrong witness. The blacklegs are reaping a rich harvest since the members have drawn their pay They have cleaned out several already of every dollar received from the Treasury. Night before last a Democratic member from one of the "Western States visited one of the fashionable hells. Before morn ing he was stripped of $2,860, being his entire salary and mileage due him, which he had drawn the same day. He was car ried home towards daylight in an oblivious state of intoxication. In other words, dead drunk and e'ean plucked. Ohio has more colleges in it the present time than any other State the Union. "V at 00«I ill »w Y*Bsi!iriT a A W 3 3 A I I W A O of thc~ Rcpuhtitan State Convention, adop'ed unanimously at St. Pawl, Jvly 22, 1800. Resolved, That as an expression of the sentiment of the Republican party of Minnesota, upon national affairs, wc, their delegates, in convention assembled, do hereby re-affirm the platform and princi-. pies promulgated by the Republican Sta'e Convention, which met in the city of St. Paul, July 20th, 1850, as follows, being so much thereof as relates to national affairs: "Relying upon the intelligence, patriot ism, and discriminating justice of the American people, we, the delegates of the Republican party in State Convention assembled, submit to the enlightened judgement of the freemen of Minnesota, the following emphatic declaration of principles and resolutions:— 1. We maintain the union of the States the lights .of the States, and the liberties of the people. 2. Regarding slavery AS a great moral and political evil, we oppose its extension peyond the States iu which it already exists—the reopening of the African Slave Trade—a Slave Code for the Terri tories and, While we disclaim all interfe rence with slavery where it already exists in the States, we demand the entire aud unconditional divorce of the National Government from any participation in this "relic of barbarism." 3. We proscribe no man on account of his religion or place of nativity we oppose any abridgement what ever of the right of naturalization now secured by law to aliens,, and all discrimination between native and naturalized citizens, whether by amend ment of a State Constitution, as in Massa chusetts or legislative action as in South Carolina and we resist with indignation, as our fathers didiu 1812, the monstrous doctrine of the impressment cf American citizens by foreign despotism as proclaimed by the present Admintstration. 4. We arc in favor of granting the public domain, in limited quantities, to be the free homes ot freemen and we hold the present Administration to a strict accountability for the defeat of the Home stead Bill in the last Congress. 5. Wc condemn the doctrine of the Dred Scott decision, as anti-Constitutional, anti-Republican, incompatible with State Rights, and as destructive of personal security. 6. We are in favor of immediate and efficient National aid to a Pacific Railroad by the Noithern route. 7. We hold that Congress ought to protect the lives and property of our citi zens by judicious appropriations for R.v crs and Harbors. Resolved, 1. That we condemn in unmeasured terms the reckless extrava gance of the present corrupt and profligate .National Administration, its anti Demo cratic issue of shin plasters, its venality in the awardment of public contracts, its procivilty to create a mountain of public debt, its punic faith in the affairs of Kan sas, its repudiation of 'homes for the homeless,' its duplicity on the Pacific Railroad, its gross violation of the purity of the ballot box, its cowardly abandon ment of the doctrine of protection to adopt ed citizens, its alliance with disunionists, its universal subversion of Liberty, its opposition to the Declaration ot Inde pendence, and its gross perversion of the Constitution, in all a bill of grievance* which renders this Administration a cancer upon the Republic, and which wc pledge the vote of Minnesota to aid in removing in 18G0. Resolved, 2. Tnat our next candidate for the Presidency should emphatically A Representative Man, whose principles,, talents and statesmanship arc well known* to the nation, and such as to render him. a prominent exponent of true Republican ism. Resolved, 3. Tbat in the selection of a candidate for the Presidency, the first choice of the Republicans ot Minnesota, is WILLIAM II. SEWARH, of New Yoi-k and that it be recommended to the de'e gates from this State to the National Convention, to use all .honorable uieans to secure his nomination. The Missouri Legislature has recemiljr unanimously passed a billappropriating $2500 for a monument to the late Col. Benlon. —Col. BENTON opposed the extension of Slavery. The Clarksvillc Branch Bank, of Louis ville, Kv-, was robbed on Thursday night, last, of $18,000, mostly in gold. The Philadelphia LccJgcr complains that business in that city is thoroughly prostrated. There is literally nothing doing. ./ A Spanish full-iiggcd brig, captnrqrYby the United States ship Consteliatior on the coast of Africa, arrived at Clu» .Icstou, South Carolina, on the first inst, in con: mana of Lieutenant R. A. afcAnina, of the United States Navy, au/'.was handed over, to the United Stale/ marshal ?'s a slaver. She was fully .-equipped for tho trade when taken, and will undoubtedly condemned'.