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TH 'MONTANA POST.
A. Ne-rpaper, Devoted to the iilineral, Agricultural and Commercial Interests of Montana Territory.
\ ºý. \. NýO. 15. HEýLENA, MONTANA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1868. ' WHOLE NO. 224
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: W\ashington Irving.
,I .,:L ,t Mrs. Linen sheets, a
S, annt, unced in Philadelphia.
- rather strange that she was
I w Linen sheets are generally
1,-nath got between thtm that
il: crew.' of the vessels comprising
l'eruvian tleet have mutinied at New
ans The police of the city decline
::ttrtere and the conflict is still pro
--.u:--in words-between the otfli
't",ma. of the '.,u. who knows Horace
: v and esteems him, trusts he will
!. ,r ie sent to the Senate or the
i etlice. as has been intimated, but
E:n-and as Minister. le says: "He
': rci.-e such an influence as no
".,r ,'an has wielded in Europe since
`"., days ot Ben Franklin. So say we.
'r,-..lev for the Court of St. James."
\1r Iana's turther proposition to run
.t r President in 1876, after Grant's
Sni term, is not commendable. Mr.
r"..,v has been too fruitful of ex
* '...t- thought to stand a fair show for
o.rn .I,,t of most exqisite irosy"
an\.. r,. at a loss to locate the compli
"'.'. it any is intended. Whoare you
S".".n. "Lap ":--D).enwral.
",.a ar de icidedly obtuse when you
.r ti t. You don't have halt so
misgiving as to where to "locate"
". at of government. If the Gov.
SrT ,r c, uld call the attention of thea
:t'ielature to (irant's election mad cite
it as a "'happy event," as telegraphed,
You might allow us magnantlmity for
:L6 little poetical license we iadlgel
in by mildly terming "irony" whel was
in fact a merciless blow at a fal fhe
THE GOVERItNOR's YIESAGE.
TbI1e 4,' iverno r in recoinniexiding a rue
ii:oria! for a g.eolonicaI survey truthlfully
N. t 4liher 1H'rtii n i.t tlih contineltt
p.rese.nnts .-ti lil attractions to ouir Inu.n of
.'"iPte*. P rimnitii v.* i l V ICHanic re.
t~ai n.. le.-rrif.tctiuns. f ossils, hot. wrarrn
anu to-d i cinal sprin igs. i l flStu.-i goldi
aonl -ilve.r 'I .-p.-it.. '.oaT iron. cnpj~-.r.
p'r.-i.o1e- i-t"'It.n 1(11 i.aerl'¾e. tar.' Tfound int
grreat jritui-i 'n arnd vari""t in all parts
-I t le" crrit.rv. I)r soil and cljitmate'
cit. ou:. ant 1111114)(1 l- wAbichi it can b~e at,
aitit.-d. lip..'e the I.e''i,.litore %%ill deem
1-uin tlh. sul ;ec(t of raiir-ads.. 11" dyes
1'refterence to the* N. rtitern P.ýitic, biut
a >.' ta% . rs a niemt:e. riail to ('.rungress aski
it:_ .ub-iAljv f r the hirancl, fromn the.
i ot o Ti on t'hs 'e radjical1y differ front
Iihi- l .\iH lbncv. What woumld he the'
'.lje"t tii Ii ." bitilulin - oft a Irancht to)
Nhmetrant- 1 y th~e i". P. %.e jirst, to
': ýt 'b,. ni"rtite-ro 'icail ; 5ec.nd, tol ottake
a ta*: n,21.ns fromiti sithsi~i:e-s.
:i cr .'rcstrnetion fir its nperaitin
'V 'htl" he' ~ at lo](Ss to the C( olpanvy.
*ý"ner~i1 I ti ..hr' inti~rineil usii.. thebrant'l
lier '" a-! to, lee alto'-'lelt r ind'Isnln t'nt
t ti-- ai ºroi It ranchi. andl that it would
t' i2. Nrtli'rn road :,.A ot first import -
a lie'. is jr\ti;· .'1e lei- the l-x.-'ciitjve. is it
ni~, oit I., it 1.e 'i'erritorv has ani' iniiun
St", tnim r it :way on iin (ipt cint
,"nt*Uttii ; it" ileto at \"t have waiter
ilill p ii tttilt ini the litiw rtn ciu . It is a
rr;l.. i W tie '! I" lit,' e t ttte t iestr . 'Ihle
a.La~l-i tear (!Mv s~ ince d,.'ni.n
rt, ri 11 i 11 Pa.'tj road Riot
i lit'ltr 1heri rout.' is. XV.' refer to the
tradlitionts ,,* th country . the. El;i1eorR
iii en .'c11 S"i vev rip. 'ris, the ,tj.Iit lce.
,. 1 settlenr aind hi-'rie re,'cord, to.
"h' ' Is? a! .i-rnit,'t1 lei snow,\: that
,r i,o'~te .r, -i~iN that l.ter thatk
ý!tn~it 1at a.r- 1. .Xint( feet. rand the
e" I: or 1n-t I t i." 1/N tii.i t it w~r thatis iV~
"a'. " a til't.- rl:a a I :- ~it~ii' tto' (!" tflter
,1t rfriii V. f~ ti- eo. .ýP it - L tIae5 to
r t ,e hi''art t uti thet 'l.itonxse~ vern
I ri! r1.verv indhaileu tifi Cnts to
1 ii.- it. liettirt'i v u-ongI't eivs t. Preat
I. t. I-, !;n ii.'~e;i at iie ' , b n
ii.t_- itts1 -iqar 't o to Ie~rthis . la ndr
it ranh rais at' ain. etrk a"n! tt ias toi
li 1 i ti :"t:it ..1::1, ii. t Ujit li r t re, a'iii ",rCt
,~- wi -e ,'~ziiat is tin f i s _r'4 ,ei n u t ,"
1,i"tlii wi ll i'er itl!r r atl'n whollyint t~o i
T1I,..1 isin itef 'r t-' ad n teul ohi lte Iir~l
lT. r,.cilllllentdatlans to ,evise a
,nltlloI t,*r a steamily increras,, of pop, ula.
tions bi, mans of an Emigration Socie
tv. art emint-utly entitled tc favor. and
,the ,an sug.gsttd, as weil as the tri,
bliut, to, til. industry and good qiualities
tit lli,. emigrants froml Northern Eurole,
evidences practical knowlenore of the
su.jec. Northern Missouri. Iowa, Kan
sas. Nebraska and Dakotah are reeeiv
in. the.ir hliaviest emiigrationi fronm Nor
w tv. Swedten. Denmark and the coun
tries Ihrderintr on the North S-a, and
they are of the best that setek our shores.
On the subject of Indian treaties, the
me-ssage gives in detail the objects ac
complished by them. The Indian title
has, by them, been extinguished in near
lyv all the settled -portions of Montana.
This unravele what was before an annoy
ing legal tangle. as the greater portion
of our lands which the government was
surveying and selling had really been
ceded to the Indians. and the govern
ment merely assumed the responsibility
of afterward extinguishing the title to
the lands. That system may work well
enough with Indians. as in case the title
could Dot be extinguished the Indians
might, but upon general principles it
would be dangerous. The treaties as
existing, give the Mountain C(rows the
Yello.stone Valley, including Emigrant
lGulch. The Governor recommends a
supplementary treaty "extinguishing"
them to the meridian 101 W. The
treaty w ith the Black feet tribes gives the
whites ,.ll the territory above the mouth
of the Marias, thus covering the road
from Helena to Fort Benton. The Ban
nack and Snakes are located In the Sal
mon River Valley. These treaties are
rnemmandeil fnr rati fetion
The Iovernor favors the increase of
the appropriation for a penitentiary to
$100.000, and the early construction of
the building. The necessity for a safe,
substantial and commodious territorial
prison is apparent to all, and we hope
to see it commence. at as eajly a day
as sufficient money is appropriated to
insure its completion, and its location
has been decided upon.
The remainder of the message is de
voted mainly to the acquisition of Brit
ish America, a consideration of the
advantages that ensue therefrom, to
which we will advert again, and acheer
ful retrospect of the history of MontanaL
We give the concluding paragraph.
" With so much in our four year' life
to enoourage us in our labors, I may
conclude with the exortation that we
put away party spirit and local jeal
ousies, and with placable temper and
pure patriotism, unte our best efforts
and oeergis for the glory of our contry
and the prosperity and god " of
the eoming coreMnonwltsi = tes-,
ever trut las for direction ad gldAum
to that Providwoes who holds the cd
tiaie of idiv.idals etd -atmie i
THlE GOVERKNOR'S YIMMuGE.
'The I,,,,.r*.,t,( of the 12th contains
the full t.ext of the (iovernor'e Message.
It is the most comprehensive, practical,
and sensible message the Legislature of
Montana, although there are some very
implractical suggestions in it. has had
pr,'sented to it. lie recommends some
a.ilend:ni-nt to the t'alifornia Practice
Act. \\hVlle they are amending. it is
d eetmce. desiralde by many lawyers that
the final chapters. stricken from the act
Lset year. be adopted, as they are the
chapters demon',rated to be esesatial
by it; practical workings. lie recom
iiernis aniendment oft the jury law. As
the law exists, jurors, witn.lses and
otficers have no recourse to obtain fees
tfrom an insolver t party ordered to pay
the Costs, and in no way except by suit,
frrn any rostinater I arty The amcLid
nit of th'e (k'r1Hration Law is also
recclntUne(nded, upon the proper premise
that roads and bridge.s should be public
property, and that the ravtenous fran
chi.-,s are aln evil to the '1 ,rritory.
c'onsiderable space is devoted to in
pressing the Legislature with a sense eo
the impl,,rtant e of publ,lie Pcheols, and a
rec'lll e'n lationl tli:it Ijen of .exlrience
and alility Ihe . cictedl to draft a bill
jproviding f.r lin imnpr,'ve.d .mlllfilon
school system. :t tle Legislature woulthd
apIroplriate to scl.u,is annually, thL
amount ther' have. \oted themnselves for
extra cmlllpenll ti lon, and repeal the
Exi*tra ( 'oi entll Tio: .1t t, it would be
worthly of highest commi.endation, place.
the cllllnon secho·l lso of IMontana on a
s.ure, prosperou s ,a'.i-i and result in the
.welliar,' of all. Tl:e reel.m:nlendation
fr the incorporatim of a I-niver
.ity f IMontani. ,o toe ground
that a 1ils'ral act ,! this character
would ltad to its endo,wmnent by
CitiTlzen . i : less open to serious obije'
tiin thiln w,. hadi anticipated from"i the
tele..ratlll. '1'," have urtged an endow
tu'ut troln tl'. Tlerritorv would have
bi.n leit'ature and ill dulvisedi in at
pr's,-nt tiihain'iel c -neitie n. Th'- Com
m'nn b;chool is ti,. bran 1. solid itunda
tilln of itiiversal inaitellirine'. and tolay
tiiat well rlun res a:I the enr-rgies and
a p,~eporiatuoun, a' present attainable.
l' je iucorporati in it a 1niversity that
i t .,e ' i,, ruiiant in its functions for
v-,:.rs a:s tlihe IIi.-t,rii,'al Scie'tv has been1
1e: 'lre''l m t'itfltmuen!s i '.tel f as deisirabWe.
The Gi ovecrnor devotes a hbire sihare
t ent utl ni to tel mineral interests.
reei- tiililun .iii1. a Fair for tihe exhibition
of nmin.'rn!'. -imi!tr to t!hat for arrieul
tural prudue' : also. preuintium for the,
te .tt mill or furnace. nl )st skillful feeder
or anmalarninmator, for the best proved
1,1,'. lei p.,'" t atnd ost -kilftilly sunk
i nfr. ' t ., th.e .spe5i'uiens ot lmine'rals to
Iee .xhibited to go into a Tei'rritorial
cabii net. iTh tirt part of tlHe proposi
tion sei,-hS Iractical,le, enough. and
w,:atll, lie an ituuportant adjunct to the
A\gricuiltural Fair, bait the mill. 1teal and
shalt business appears totally imlpracti
cable except at enormlous expense. The
collmmlittee would have to travel over
the' ientire explored mineral country to
accomplish the purpose.
Th'ie revivification of thue historical
Society is spoken of encouragingly, aad
a memorial to Co'ngress recommending
an appropriation of $5,000 to provide it
with a library, as has been done for'
otheir Territoritories. This Historical
Society ts of the first importance. and
should be a live institution instead of
the inanimate nothing it now is. The
day and the opportunity that can never
be recalled are gliding past and are un
improved. Other features in the mes
sa e will be referred to on to morrow.
TIUE IrN]E EDWNT.
Mr. Rogere, of the Indlleident, is suf
fering from inherent caloric and choler.
In loosing his self possession he aban
dons sense, and launches out wildly,
leaving it questionable whether he de
serves a reprooft or should be granted
the privileges conceded to lunacy.
Whether or not he could be ashamed of
his allusions to the PoeT on the Capital
question, depends altogether upon the
amount of selt respect that is native to
him in the intervals of his abberation.
We therefore leave that to his own op
tion, as it is a matter of total indiffer
ence to us.
He asserts, however, the declaration
that the reason his protest against Gov
ernor Edgerton's course was not puab
lished was "because it avoided discs
sion of the only point involved, and was
filled with invective unit for publInW
Lion," thus "saddliag an iafsmoe false
hood upon the ashes of the dead, Is ill
becomning in the editor of the PoT.'
We retrred to Mr. Dimsdale's etlertial,
but R ser thinks perhape that he toe
is "deed," as upon him the faihoed is
"saddled" line an "oath" on a eauss.
We quote Ism an editorial of the Post
of January 7th, 1865, ef which Mr.
Dimsdale was editor, the statement us'
' We are in receipt of a communaica
tion from Mr. Rogers, which, were it
ever so consonant with our views, our
limits would forbid us to publish thts
week, but whatever m3ght be the
amount of spoae at oar disposal, it is
contrary to our principles to make the
only journal in the Territory the m
dium of mwadeeI-M' inesee agawt
,Gov, ea. m ..At the *smo Uim we
ft b6( O us t Mr. Baers' view bem
rfre the poe= ald it u hi fewu that
they mae tns te shid In his owa wordf
The alw queoda rsemai ateshed,
viz : the (overn,)r's right In requiring
the affirmation complained of. etc., etc.'"
Mr. Rogers seemed incapable then, as
he does now, of confining himselt to
courteous discussion. We have no cog
nizance of the facts of this particular
communication other than Mr. Dimi
dale's articles, but are dispised to give
it precedence of Ielief, although Mr.
Rogers affirms it a falsehood, if "said by
him that is dead." His confidence in
the 'judgment of an intelligent public"
is not misplaced. It will only be his
mistake in appealing to a tribunal that
will do him justice.
In view of the survey of twnshil,~p
and the plretemption of lands, it is
deemed desirable to call especial atten
tion of claimants to the following re
quiremlents. that difficulty may be
avoided. 1I'e quote from a statute still
in force entitled, "An Act to authiorize
the investigation of alleged frauds under
the pre-emption laws and for other pur
Sposes" approved March :;, 1s4::.
That claimants under the pre.-emption
law, for land not vet proclnimed tfor sale
are required to mnake known their
claima in writing, to the IRegister of the
proper land office, within three months
from the date of this act, when the set
timeat has been already rmade, and
within three months from the time of
settlement, when such settlements shall
hereafter thi mtade, giving the !designn
liona of the tract and the time, of set:le
ment: otherwise hiis d'uiuI to 1,, .r,r/; iled
atd tN. tract.,t errtdetd to th/t, ,.r; si telr,
in the order of time on the same tract of
land, who shall have givcr. such notice.
and otherwise complied with the- condi
Lions of time law.
Til -( cnIventibnn of the two ,political
parties met in Lt;iver, Novemlber :;0th.
to take action on the State question.
Tlhe Repulican convention tavr rel and
the Democratic disapilproved of a State
Srganization. The V r.r is earnsfly inl
favor of a State organiz.ation, and re
grete that the D)emocracy did not favor
the measure., as that would pr,,haly
ihave p rtve.nted the anticipated veto ,of
1nr. juhnson to the bill now in t'ougr.ss.
I! is believed t can be ,pased with the
"'onkling's amendmient referring the
question and the suff'rage clause to 1he
leole. e.ven over Mr. Johnson's Veto.
We infer frontm the papelr that the= lbI
plublicaus of ('olorado are not gene'rally
very greatly excited on the subljerct, and
that in the event ot the reference of the
qluestiofn to a vote ot the people, it
wonld be a very close vote. The con
ventions appear to have left it in pretty
much the situation it was before.
The absorption of the entire conti
nent with all its outlying islands is the
"JManifest Destiny" of the Great IRepub
lic. It is possessing that begets the de
sire. Thbe old Puritans did not have
anticipations commensurate with the
seeds the were planting when, 10iO years
ago, they sent out a party from Boston,
to survey roads and explore the coun
try and adopted their report stating they
had surveyed "to the bank by Mr. Bige
low's as far as they believed would reer
be necessary, it being seven miles from
the colleges at Cambridge." They did
not contemplate the government of an
area four hundred times as large as
Massachusetts. But population multi
plied. Stable government evolved from
colonial chaos. Facilities for transpor'
tatlon and communication increased, and
the cohesive properties have been equal
to the strain of expansion. Still, Brit
ish America has nearly as large an area
as the United States, and in the conti
nent and its natural adjuncts we have
only a little more than a third posses
oa.n. This iu an humiliation the Amer
icon eagle will not submit to. Mr. Sew
ard, through Mr Johnson, desires St.
SDomiago, St. Thomas, St. Johns, Sama
Sa and Cuba Immediately, and His Ex
eellency, the Acting Governor of Mon*
tran, submite many good and well stated
reasons why British America should be
"obrs to enjoy, ours to preserve, and
ours to trasmit, unimpaired, to poster.
ity." This is a coasomation devoutly
to be wished if it does not involve the
expenditue of too many millions, of
which the (overament has not a ple
Cuba appears to be on the market
now at rather an advantage over all
other real estate offered. A million and
a half of people have tired of paying
S88,000000 annually for the support of
govetrment officials ent out from Spain.
They do not addire laws that require
their breadatuft imported to be shipped
from New Orleans to Spain and then
be to Havana with the must of two
o h oyages and a heavy tax on them,
before they can procure them, and above
all they have a kindly regard for the
United Stats. The iusurgeot are nu
urevs sad rapidly lacreastg, a vie
ory l. the hlwttelsi to ther ba.
.M The apostmeat f Cap. Goa
men DtkM , t Ukely to pe"dy them,
or two ironclads and three thousand s,dl
diers intimidate. Caleb Cushing may
not have gone to buy Cuba but its Iw.`
ple are in open revolt against the Span
ish government and marshal their hosts
almost under the guns of Moro Castle,
while their successes are significant when
the authorities suppress the outgoing
dispatches as they did the ingoing when
Isabella was hooted from the Throne. If
the troubles in Spain c(,ntinue, the rev
olutionists of C'uba cannot be conquered
as they were in lI:);.0, 30, 50. . 1 and 54,
and as a measure of protection they will
Iok to the United States for annoxa%
tion. The Cubans are not ,educated to a
truiy Republican standard yet, but they
never would be while under the domnin
ion of a monarchy, and they would plrob
ably develop rapidly under the influence
of the carpet baggers who would flock
thither. Cuba is the key to the tIult.
a jewel of rare value in the casket of
nations, and the lesser isles of the An
tilles would light their war torches at
her bonfires of victory. Success to the
revolutionists, Live the Rlepublic, and
nmiaV the North and the South have
added unto them in plenty and in peace.
NEWSPAPERS IN s('HOOLS.
A n:ew idea in education is cevolving
itself anll abiolt to h,. .ubmiitt-el to prac
tical test. viz. . ubstituting ne..lwspape.r
t or the rading exercise.s in shoo)ls,. in
plaee of the "hleadelrs" in plre-sent use.
It is to be tried in St. .Je1. and lPhiladel
phia thi" newspapers say. The as.ump,
tion is that the current ev-ents of t he
day ane more interesting to, and contain
more valuable information for,thle '?outli
Of the age than thle sc..ectiont" that ºriakae
up our "Readlers." 'The project is strong
ly favored by some and ridiiculed ,by 'lh
ers. the ridiculers having in the, van the
New- York T'rib,t. It is certainly sus
ceptib.e of many arguments pro and
con, and probably can only be decidedl
,y its lpractical effects. The lHeaders
are made up of selections prepared to
suai ti th,. attainments and cotnmprehen
bi.,us of the various grades of scholars.
and are generally in pure Enslih, in
spiring good morals, and cultivating the
ta.te to appreciate and follow the style
of the lineet writers. This cannot he
wwhEl!v attained by current literature.
()n the other hand the vari(ous publica,
tio,ns of the day from the Little CQrporali
and the school journals to the great NT,=
,t-tho or _. lte,"', present every clement
of literature in language adalted to the
comprehension of the various ages and
degrees of progress. A judicious selec
tion might obviate the first objection. It
is also an important object to inspire :
taste for reading, as well as to improve
the taste, and all are aware with what
greedy voracity young as well as oli
dive into and enjoy the newest book or
the latest newspaper. It would be a
I wonderful incentive to study, for read
ing is study; casual, thoughtless, as it
might be, there wonild still be caught
and tethered- in the memory, here and
there, the steeds upon which thought
would afterward explore the great un,
known. It would give knowledge of
current events, and the circumstances
that directly surround and effect themu
That there are publications un
fitted for use in schools is no material
objection, as we regard it, although this
is the strong point of its opponents. A
newspaper that inculcates immorality,
or obscenity, should not be admitted'
and if that which is now pure enough
for the parent is not good enough for
the child, it might lead to good results
in controlling and improving the taste of
the parents and through them tha tone
of newspapers themselves which are
manufactured to supply a demand that
exists. Perhaps after al4the truth lies
middle ways, and a com~ ation of the
two, the newspaper for needful diver
aion from the severer discipline of
1.....L_ ýf 1 w w ý "Srs .w..ldlw w.ý
Ws a'n't a bit selfish; generosity is a
proverbial and salient trait in our char
acter. Let any one who doubts it ask
uas for something-good advice for in
stane-and see whether we will not be
stow it with a liberality that would
eellpse Peabody. But then there is a
point in good nature upon which, when
assranc trenches, it will be reproved.
The Leavenworth BuvJlti appropriates
a number of the few pasable things
Sthat occsiomaUly crop out in the PosT,
a d hkerible local adaptations, palms
them of on its redulous readers for
origal. We speak for the courtesies
ae the craft, and await free the Bulleti
"s fellow's atsiegy."
Ma. e. W. Btr*aTar wautes the 0.'
ol r he w nt a mamb of the B a
,ppe ld 6 Vlwygee, we =at mrk
t'"rL' m, as a~. g .e..1 t het
Y Z tem yt ah e s ti imnns
OUR VaRGIIA LETTER.
The Propelling Power at the Capital-The DI
vorce G.:estion-Admission of Attornies-A
Frolic at 54--An Expose by one whe was
EDITOuRS PIosT:-('heap whisky has
the ascendancy in this city. Let a maar
stand on the corner of Jackson and Wal
lace streets, from breakfast time until
the sun sinks behind the lubies, and
smake a note ot the persons passing along
each thorougihfare, and he will tind at
the close ot the. day, that nine out of
every ten have stopped froma one to three
times at the various saloons to "take.
drink." Whisky is the propelling power
of the Legislature and the lobbies; and it
is difficult to dteterinine whether the
"'outside" or "inside" menmbers get tlth
xmost of it. '1The Sulreme Court and tht
bar are not entirelv exempt from thi.
intluence, tho alig the Court nxav well
le regarded as sound. If y.tu see a
couple of imen walking arm in arni, in
close conversation, you umay he are
that their destination is the first saloon
No squad assembled oni the corners
breaks up without fir-st taking a drink
Follow a mIml..ulr from thei L,.gislativu
Hall, and 1It' will h-adl vyou into the ad
joining saloon. Where does all the
whisky come fromn that suplp,lies this pe'
li" \Whart i- it mlade of, and what is
to be the tilt Illtilate f'e' et of this i stenta
tious depravlnty. "'TtP "arn 'r.n" wvoutl!
grow h'ltrnltttt upon thi"; -nbjec't, but t,.
the interposition oft ui ore iillxoirt.nt af
fairs, anti it'" inec,,-itv to Hti ch that
wi,ui l ilise hii l o being regarded at
exentiila-. A. I tt, nit wish to be sir.gu
lar itt tlhi mi atiter. I take' an oiccat.io a.
smile"'' uiyset -A good deal of 1,u-.
iness is maturin fter hl.egi-lative action
though but little has been done in ei:hxr
Ilouse since m-." last.
Yesterday a Iill was jit reducedl in thi.
lHoutse to releal and amend the mlining
law. read t wiCr and reterre-d to a com
inittee. I t its provisions I know noth
ing, but amh boundl to. presituc from the
tact that the l..: gilature evinces a desiren
io improv, every ihine. that it is bette
than the old law.
Th.i resolution in relation to divorce
was rec',nsidtlred, at,] indefinitely Ipost
, puned. This revives the po ver. which
but thli day hbfore' was dcstroyed. Thi'
is a bad syupllo)t in legislatio)n, and I
hope, lbefre htlw adjournmentt, that tiiz
original r-slution will be. adoltel
'lheise legi .lative divorces never regard
but one sidet of a case. Several haIve
been granted in this Territory, where
the party really itujutred, was not heardi
at all. In nfl.,t et-.Os it i. the mtan wh
applies to thle Legislature, ani where
title is the caase, it is latir ti Ipresutu that
he is in the wrong. and seeks legi-lativ,
action to obtain that wliichi a court of
justict on lull hearing would never
The old law adopted at Bannack, reg
:alating the admission of Attorneys, and
which, in one tertn andti another, has
been brought befozre e:very Legis!atire
since, has finally rece'ivted its deatIh
' woind, and a s~Inmle act. which has just
paussed both Hiouses, consisting of one or
two sections makes the ublject compre
t'.t. XV,,e.. \e had a party the
other night on the occasion of the 54th
birth day of one of the defunct otficials
of tlb 'Territorv.
'lThere were ab.out twenty in attend
ance, some of whkmI were ladies, and the
others c4nsisted of Judges, lawyers and
mnembers of the Legislature. Like all
Virginia assemblies it was remarkable
or joviality and good feeling. During
the evening a temporary adjournmeut
to the IGovernors' rooms-dubbed b?
Major Bruce "'Tooleries--took place, at
which the inner man was fortified spir
itually, and on the return one of the
party dropped out, and was heard of no
more. But the festivities continued in
to the "wee sma hours," and a few at the
close, reassembled at the "T''ooleries,"
and run the thing till morning, leaving
the Governor minus a keg full of good
whisky, after making night hideous in
that neighborhood, with divers songs,
speeches, recitations, in which, from the
highest official to your humble contribu
tor, all loined. During the entertain'
ment, and as an evidence of the liberal
spirit which prevailed, Gladstone and his
Ministry were endorsed. "Thanatop
esi" was read by the "Parson," Johnny
Schmoker was sung judicially, and the
Star Spangled Banner, by the crowd,
was accompanied by a prodigious (ub
ernatorial base. The worthy "Common
dore" who is equally at home as Presi"
dent of the Council or at a convivial
party, wound up the ceremonies with
"Lanigan's bawtl." MORE ANON.
VI.oINIA CITY, Dec. 13, 1868.
OUR legislators may be wise men, and
honest, but two bills have been lost that,
if properly drawn, were desirable addi
tions to our statutes. One was the
three-fourths jury system for civil cases,
approved by every lawyer we nave cons
suited on the subject, and the other, an
act whereby jurors, witnesses and otfi
cers of the court weald have their just
fees guaranteed to them. It cannot be
possible that the Legislature will leave
this matter as it now stands.
Taz Gazette says its editor and an
other psrseo once agreed that there was
nothing better than multiplied drinks
of whisky. We have no doubt he still
maintalis that conviction as one of the
"eternal principles" of Democracy, for
his leading article of yesterday was
proof poidvi of a mental "obfustiflea
tUs," that could only have had its ori
gie in multiplied visits from "she enemy
hat mmns pat In their mouths to steal
away theo bmias."
lon wae put up in Amenria hi
184 s mew ailing In the ast madies