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object in the movement is ruin tn tlm Smith!
It may bo magnanimity to provide for an e iiormoiis accession of I'rce States to tlie li nion, lint is it quite consistent witli the dictates of prudenio und self preservation! or, if it is, is the object so valuable as to warrant the South in obtaining it at the expense of its tnobt valuable lives and dearest interests? Correspondence of the Baltimore Visitor. WASHINGTON, D. C. Feb. 12, 1816 The Oregon debate in tho Lower House lias come to a conclusion. The resolution to give the twelve months notice of the cessa tion of the Joint Occupancy, passed by a ve ry largo majority. The resolution has tho followin important qualifications: "Noth ing herein contained is intended to interfere vith the right an.l discretion ol the proper authorities of the two contracting parlies to Tenow or pursue negotiations for an amicable settlement of the controversy respecting tho Oregon territory." Tho resolution will un doubtedly pass tho Senate, as thorn is noth ing in it that will necessarily lend to war; but son the contrary. Tiny more speedily Insten the amicable settlement of the question, that is, if it can be settled nt all, without force. So danger need be apprehended from the mere notice. The danger lies in another quarter. T!in lirilish Governnioal his proposed to settle tho dillimlty by arbitrati n, but Mr. l'olk peremptorily refuses to have any thing to do with arbitration nnJer any circumstan aj whatever. The country is ourj, "the ti tle indisputable," and no third l'o,vjr shall Jireakanl distribute the "bono of contention." Tho question is now brought do'.v.i to a nar row point. Rather th in engage in a war (Instructive to the interests of both countries, England liny put forth another effort to settle the in liter by negotiation, making the tilth parallel, toget'.icr with a few advantages, the basil of compromise. Strong hopes am en tertained that this olf.T will be mule by Eng I in.l, and there arn goo.l reasons for suppo sing that the oiler will be accepted by the I. nilod States. The Oregon deb ite Ins coainnnccd in tho Senate. An 1 owing to the disclosures just nude by Mr. l'olk, of the corrospon lenc; be tween Mr. Poekonhom an I Mr. Much man, all eves nro fixed upon tlie doings of the .Sen ate. Long before the hour of twelve, arrives, the g tileries, lobbies, and avenues leading to the Senate chamber are literally jammed. Every body feels anxious ti know the course an I probable consequences of tlie debate. .Sen it r Allen from Ohioc;. nmeneed ihecaii nonide. He ii a perfect I i-im aelite ; "his bind is against every mm!" Ho u it olny 1'innn most savagely at Queen Victoria, but be deals out his blows upon Riissit, Prussia, France and Spain, without t'le least m-roy Ho can whip them a'.l before break! ist! But seriously Mr. Allen, by his violence an 1 brsg ridoeia, exposes himself to tint contempt of all e insider it persons. An.l fortunately his iull lenee is si United as to Decision hut little uneasiness. The debate will be on a of gre.it interest and eloquence, as so n:! of the iiint " God-like" intellects in the country will como in contact. Fellowship with Si.AVEiioi,m:ns. It must be obvious even to a superficial observ er, that tli j division of the M. E. Church is vnily in form and name; that t'irrn is no hon Mt heart-felt withdrawing of ljInw.mip on lieeouut of slavery. If some portions of the north hold out such appear tnees, it is on ly fur elVeet sake ; they present other appe.ir nn -es tha moment they come to contact with llio S i.ilh. In this view we r.ro fully sus tiined by whit follows. It is an extract from a letter written by Ili.shop Andrew, givingan iieeuuut ol the late session of the North Cir-oli-u (ionlerenee. Dr. Levings referred to is a member of the New York Conference, and ,.n;;:g-l as rimneial St-en-tiry t lh:. Amer ican llible Soeioly. 1 1 ear then what a slave holding Hishop says of this northern lasn who. we undcrs. 1 1, h is haute I thai the M. free from Slavery. The I". ("lurch is no.v Hiahop says : "The interest an 1 pleasantness of the oe 'ision were u.t a little enhanced by thoprcs vnce and ministerial labors of the Rev. Dr. Le.vings, Finine'ul Secret-try of tho Ameri can llible Society, who visited, us for the purposs of promoting, ns far as practicable, tho gnd-liko objects of this truly catholic and glorious instiiution. Our friend acquitted himself well, and nobly suslaineJ the inter ests of the institution; and we could not help thinking, as we listened to him, ami marked the wholo of his temper and deportment among us. that the mantle of our beloved and excellent James bad fallen on shoulders well worthy to wear it, lint there was oiip other aspect in which the visit of Dr. I.evings afforded mo peculi. er pleasure. The Doctor was from a noiv slaveholding conlerenee, and I was happy to see him mingling with -.is Southern brethr m, just as in former time ; and while I witness ed the cordiality with which he was greeted, and tho unreserved fraternal intercourse which subsisted, I could not help feeling that still we were one tn faith und utTcction Wo have only to ask in conclusion, did tho Dr. demean himself among slaveholders as though he really believes what ho urgegat the North why seeeedera should coma back to the Church, viz. that the Church is now free tfrom slavery! What can be thought of tho lionestv of men. who will arirue at the North hnttbe division has relieved the Cbnrch of 'the guilt of slavery, so that those who lelt tm account of slavery can return, and then go and join with slaveholders as Dr. Livings is -represented in the above extract as having ionel True IVeihyan. ftr-Tho Legislature of Indiana have pas sod a law which virtually abolishes capital punishment. The jury ate authorized to say in their verdict, whether the otlcnders suffer death or be imprisoned for life. shall A Significant Fact. A steam slave vos ael, lately captured off tho coast of Africa, was American built, with high-pressure en frincR. and worked bv American engineers. When captured, she had on board a cargo slave. From the London Nonconformist. ANTI-SLAVERY MINSTRELS FROM AMERICA. of An extract of a letter from Manchester will have points of interest, to those who tike pleasure in seeing bo-v in America, tho blood of those of whom England was not worthy, struggles with tho oil-spring of our negro drivers on the question of slavery. "I must iiicnlion to you n family nf Amer ican voc ilists the Hu'tehiiisons who have made their appearance in these parts; a pro gramme, of whose performances 1 send you. They are four brothers mil a si.slrr, farmer's children of New-Hampshire, part of a family of thirteen. In the spring they put the seed in the ground, during summer go oultosinir, and in autumn return to gather in the harvest. This year they determined to try their luck in England; and from tlm success already met with, 1 should think they will have no reason to regret it. The first thing tint struck mo was the goo I taste they displayel in the selection of their words, and in "the next place, the excellent car they have Many of their melodies, and if I mistake not the whole of their harmonies, are of their own composition; and there is an earnestness, as well as delicacy, in what they do, which is delightful. Their manners are simple, unaf fected, and independent; as you may judge irom an anecdote I garnered trom nu Ameri can piper. The notorious editor of the .Veto York Ihrttld told them, that if they sang one of their anti-slavery songs, a mob would rise upon them, and he knew sixty young men who had determined to tall upon them. "'Hut' said one of them, 'we must sing the truth: if not, wo will go home and dig politoe.s.' The night came; tho hall was filled; they came on. accompanied by their sister, and began the song. The taniult begin; they persever ed; by-and-by there was something liko ap plause; and before the conclusion, they were rccei.cd with cheers. They repealed tho song, night after night, toauiiiences of three thousand people. Hero, and in the neighboring towns at the various institutions, their success has surpass ed anything I remember; an I they are enga ged every night for this month. You must not exjieet a M ililiran in the girl, who is on ly sixteen, nor a E.ipre-. or a L iblanche a mong the brothers; but simple harmony and ball nl singing in a style which catches' hold of the popular feeling in a high degree. I hive seen the whole Aliiemeuui an Mechan ics' Institute, consisting of clerks and tlie working-men. wil l tears coursing down their noses most pile.uisly. They are cneor. d in liiiott every thing they sing, and thev have considerable comic humor, which, though up on local subjects principally, has caught hold I our 1,-inculure neoole most thoroughly. I'hev come with excellent letters of character Sir. Cobden, Mr. liright. and Mr. (too Thompson, as well as to invsell.' I r.ily tlie U iml Hut is not shortened, hath irietv of instrument, and can make the fen ced city fill before the voices of singing m?n and singing women, as well as before the battle an I the storm. Every one who con tributes to the reputation and success of these anti-slavery minstrels in England, may be considered as giving thoin the powerof speak ing io ai icasi one more neon ami conscience in their native land when they return. Sl.AVEBV IN ll.aA7.IL NOT SO Bin AS IV Tin t xitkd rTATB3. It is iiainlul to have to compare one's own country no often, in re- pect to slavery, with the great empire In Inch this un'aallowr.J despotism, and the diirerenco between man and man, are mora xtremo than in all the world beside. Yet I am not aware that the llra.ilian st itiito books arc yet st lined with such b irbaroas pen tl en- etments, forbidding tne leaching of slaves to read, and banishing free colored men from the land nf their birth as disgrace the codes f many of our Southern St ites and make the patriot, when abroad among Romanists and tho subjects of a king, to blush, for his I'rotestatit re-pu ill '. Nor, where amalgamation is so extensive. is the prejudice or power of caste so great as in the I'nited States, lilacl: nv:i do not find mselves crowded out of the packet, or tho omnibus, or even the hall-room, the Repre sentatives' Hall, the Senate Chamber, or tho inks of eelesi isties, becausa they are black. Hot let a man only have a foil puise, and his skin be covered with a genteel dress, all ave nues aro open to htm, whether he be ebony, yellow, bronze or brown. Wealth can wash the darkest r.lhinman white, give bun a liv eried carriage to ride in, seat him in tho box at tlie theatre, ami witn a t iltsiuan more pow erful than 'Open Sesame,' throw wide the loors of the best society It I am not misin formed, there ara in lirazil colored generals, deputies and priests. Omuif the richest men in l(io Janeiro was onco a slave. Cor if .. . .ra.'. Axotiikr Case or Manumission. Mrs. Eleanor Hall, a lady of Richmond, a., died in July last, bequeathing to all her slaves HO in number their freedom, with a sum of money to each gulltcicnt to pay the expenses of emigration to another State. Eleven of these slaves, fine looking young men and women, from "20 to .'10 years of ago, includ ing three or four children, arrived in this city on Sunday last, and aro now at the house uf Miles Cutcluns, No. 15 (iasklll street. These eleven wero brought on to this city by a young man named Jacob llo fliek, of Kichmond, torincrly of this city. who. with much disinterestedness, and a good deal of inconvenience, assisted them to overcome the embarrassments which the laws of Virginia and Maryland put in the way of free colored people passing through the limits of those States. What disposition is to be made of the oU yet remaining in irginia we have not heard ; but the eleven who are now in our city iiitond,we understand, to go to Can ada. It is a fact not unworthy of notice, that Mrs. Hall was a member of no church. When tho church ceases to inculcate upon its members, as she will soon be compelled to do by public sentiment, that slavery is Ileaven-sanctioned institution, cases ot man umissinn like this will cease to be a novelty Pa. Frttman, FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE. Uy an extract which we give below from tho letter of a correspondent of tho Uallimoro Saturday Visiter, bearing date of Feb. 4th, it appears that some of the Legislators oflhat State are unwilling that tho colored man shall have freedom to worship Cod as his con science may dictate . "There has been but little of general inter est done in the Legislature dining the pres ent week. Among tho proceedings had, ihe matter more interesting probably than any other to the numerous readers of your journal was the consideration, on Monday last, of the Hill entitled "A supplement to an Act rela ting to Free Negroes and Slaves, passed at Dec. session, M:H." Tho first section of this bill proposes torc peil so much of the act nf ch 3-:i, as allows negroes to assemble for purposes of religious worship under the conduct and management of a 'whito licensed or ordained preacher,' &c. "and to declare all such as semblages unlawful and tumultuous." The second section provides that the holdiier of any such meeting shall be considered prima f'id'e evidence of the consent of the owner ol the laud upon which such meeting shall be held, and subjects him to a peiulty of SI DO unless, hn can show by the testimony of nt least two frrch'il Itn, that such meeting was without his knowledge an I consent. The third and last section declares all meet ings of negroes for religious purposes, other than those held at regular and appointed houses of worship, to bo unlawful and tumul tuous and subjects the owner of any house where any such meeting may be huld, to the same fine as that above mentioned. The bill was warmly supported by Messr3. Carroll, Clagett, Roeder, and Rowie, und opposed bv Messrs. Cox, Riser, and Fr.v.irr. Mr. Cox said he did not wish to cet into an argument ns to the propriety of the pass age of this law, but heco.ild not see it push ed upon by the voto of the House, without culling attention particularly to the conclu ding clans? of the second section. I Ie thought it So exception ible, that he felt assure I tlie House o.i due reflection, would not pass it. It was nltogeiher,iu his opinion.a new qualifi cation to ren ler a witness competent to speak the truth, that he should he a freeholder! Rut this, itself, is not all. It puts it out of the power of mm to prove bis innocence, if indicted under the provisions of this act by throwing the burden upon him, nf proving a negative of a most extraordinary character, viz: that such meeting was without his knowl edge. Sow, continued Mr. C, I maintiin that this is altogether impracticable. How can a man adduce any such proof? Is there a man in this House that would, under any cireumstinccs, be willing to go into a Court of Justice and declare, under the solemn ob ligations of an oath, what! why, that bis neiguuor um not .-iioie that a nioetui" was held on his ground, or in his house, in viola tion of t'oU act. Mr. C. spoke somewhat more at length up on the subject, and bis remarks seemed to have the desired elleet upon tho House, for after modifying the bill so as to removo from it tliejobjectionable qualification of witnesses, it was re-conimilted to the Committee on the Colored Population, ami it is to behoved we have heard tho last of it! From the Western Citizen. O'CONNELL'S RECEPTION OF A SLAVEHOLDER. I had the pleasure, a few days since, to meet an old friend who has recently returned from a visit across the ocean, and aniongo'.h er incidents of interest, he mentioned one in connection with his introduction to the ' great Repealer,' which will go to show the con duct of this noble man towards those who enslave a portion of Cod's heritage. While in London, my friend met with a rich planter from Missouri, an Irishman by birth, but hiving resided in this country long enough to inhale some of the feelings of flic southr ru ' patriarchs." had become a warm defender of the 'ilitinc hnlilulion." He was also a warm admirer of O'Connell; ex travagant in his praisi, and bent upon seeing him nt least. On a certain occasion, my friend and this gentleman met again in Ire laud, at some placo where there had been a " repeal meeting," and they had an opportu nity of obtaining the introduction so much desired. They accordingly applied to Mr. Ray, an Irish gentleman, for an introduction. Mr. R. said hu would speak to Mr. O'Con nell, and niter a short absence returned, say ing " the gentlemen would be received, pro vided they wero not slaveholders, anJ did not come from a slave State." The gentleman from Missouri said he was from a slave State, and the owner of slaves, but was very desirous of meeting O'C.in.iell, and was a great admirer ol linn. "Sir," said Mr. Riv, "you must stand back, U"ii tu.tiint be admitted." My friend remarked that ho was n native of New England, a descendant of the " Pil grim l athers, and at thai time, when nt home, a resident of Iowa ; and although not an abolitionist, the uncompromising enemy ol slavery. lie was then conducted by Mr. Kay to the audience chainuer of O Council, and enjoyed the privilege of inciting that great and good man. U. U. I". Tub Gbave-vaiid at Ichaooe. Ichnboe, a solitary island, about a mile mid a half from the main land of Alrica, has been, tor some years past, the destination of innumer able vessels, whero they resorted for guano. The mortality among such a number of peo ple rendered it imperative that a place should be set apart fur Iho burial of tho dead. And this they called their graye-yard. In tho course of time the whole of the guano was gradually carried away, with tho exception of tho grave-yard. This spot had all along been rispected, and, from its character, held sacred by all who bad frequented tho island. The cupidity of mankind has, hoiyever its limits; and for the sake of tha guano, the gravo-yard has been entrenched upon, and ths bodies filtered nd re-interred" Mi'iinER op a Si.avk. A privato letter has been placed in onr hands from n highly re spectable gentleman in Savannah, giving the particulars of u most tragic event which h. d occurred some lime since in tint city. The writer had mentioned tho principnl'lact in a previous letter, and now gives farther partic ulars in answer to a doubt expressed bv his correspondent here of tho truth of '.he story. " You slate that you have your doubts n boiil tho killing of tlie negro 'slave. 1 will give you the facts as I have heard them. A person named Herb came home on Christ mas morning at iibout -i o'cloc k, and on en teling the house, (hn being intoxicated at the lime,) called for bis private slave 'Fortune,' who had been ordered lo sit up and wait till his master came home. He however had fallen asleep on the table, and tho master was let in hy another slave. Tho master Inouir- ed for 'Fortune,' und, on being told where no was, iinmeiliatelv ri.sheil into the room and stabbed him with a Howie knifo three or four times, and afteniards dragged hiiu olf the tabli and kicked him. The house was by this time aroused, n:u; the negro picked up by one of his fellow slaves, who told his master that Fortune was dv ing. Herb then went for a Doctor, but lit fore lie arrived the slave wns a corpse. A; Mr. Herb was sor ry lor what he had don -, as his coiner for a fJeetor pjovrd, and tho Slave was his own private properly, nothing tnu ihne to him ?ei m.t eicn nienHonr.il in tin pu'iiic piiprr.t. As to the truth of the Hory I was not a wit ness u K.o tiliirg bit 1 believe the store, nevertheless, raving heard it from reseeeu- bl and responsible persons." Tril.um. ANNIVERSARY MEETING. to the editor of the Anti-Slavery Standard, thus speaks of the r cent meeting in Massachu setts : "The anniversary of tho Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society was a noble meeting. We never bad to perfect a one. .No new- orgnnzalion no dishonesty, calling itself n.i-orginiz itioii no third party no coloni zation no clerical opposition no hypocrites (t.i speak of) troubling the true abolitionists with their mrr.-f-Vifrccau'siug tho necessity of that instant exposure and condemnation which tin.' Ihougiilless, curious by-stsnder, dropped in lor amusement, is so apt to lake for what the unmasked hypocrite tells him it is "quarrelling among ourselves." I'p wards of f IKiiO were raised to sustain lec turing agencies for tho present moment, and an Anti-Slavery Mission was set on foot to lluyti. The great abuse of the coinuiou schnol system was exposed. 1 never knew tho fiiends so eloquent. Never did their words carry so much conviction to the hearts of the people. Thn deadly opposition that has hitherto hemmed nearest round thu cause was exorcised, and there was no hindering influence in the meeting between tho Aboli tionists and the advocates of Slavery. The unblushing impudence the base hypocrisy that comes into our meetings to break them up, inhumanly availing itself of even the ravings of the incurably Insane to make con fusion with, and striving to the last hour to hinder with pro-slavery malignity the raising ol minis, and the expression ol Hie senti ments of the society, has fled. Freedom has overcome it. The community hero is awake; no man feels safe any longer in half-measures. Tiny hare no cause (it is now beginning to bo seen) for rallying or resisting against the impend ing national destruction, who stand on any other ground than that occupied by the Amilhu-an A.vm-Si.avkiiv Sociki v. CONTENTED AND HAPPY. The slaves arc c nlcnttfd and happy, say the Northern apologists for Southern despot ism. They arc better oil' than the free while laborer-: of the North, says the favorite cor respondent of the X. II. Patriot. Wo would like to h ive these chivalrous allies i f slavery explain to us the following advertisement, h we copy verbatim trom the Similiter County Whig, printed at Livingston, Ala bama a WIIK! paper! How happens it that it is a regular Lti. iniss at the South to train dogs, and let them out by tho day, to hunt these contented and happy laborers back to iheir peaceful homes ? Shame on the false-hearted knaves who would delude the people of New Hampshire into the belief that they are doing an act of kindness in voting for the extension and permanence of lvery ! Let every ally of slavery, eccle siastical or political, read tho following (gross and horrible advertisement, the enormity nf which there are no words that can adequate ly describe to call it heathenism or fiendish, is In carricaturo und insult the heathen and the prince of demons. And let every sup porter ol slavery reineiuner mat lie is also a patron and ally of theso trainers of negro dogs. What business for Democrats and NEGRO DOGS. (17-Tlio undersigned having hnuglit the entire pack of Negro Dogs, (of the Hays' & Allen stock,) hu now proposes to catch runaway Negroes. Ills charges will lie Three Dollars per day for hunting, and Fif teen Dollars for catching a runaway. He resides near 3 1-i miles North of Livingston, near the lower Jones' UlulV road. WILLIAM GAMBEL. Nov. 6, 1845.—Gm. Rei.ioioN in Geii.manv. It is said that in Germany religious tolerance appears to be gaining ground, Catholie priests no longer refuse to bless mixed m images, i. e., m im ages between Protestants and Catholics; and it is even asserted that the Pope has the in tention of acknowledging tha Protestant Church, so is to induce it to aid him in put tiur down the now religion of (ter.i.an Cath olicism. Tim new religion of Rouge is ad vancing, but does not make as much noise as it did." One or two Catholic priests have joined it, and have thereby drawn on them selves the vengeance of their bishops. Kongo is received well in some places and badly in others; and it is tho samo in respect to his parti zans. Important Movk.mcnt. A special com inittce of the Alabama Legislature Ins re ported a bill prohibiting, under sevoiu penal lies, tho introduction of slaves by traders or non-residents. The committee complain that Ihe slave population ii becoming' too numer ous for Ihe interest nnd security of the citi zens ol tho St ite J anil tint nnii-resident planters send their slaves into it, nnd with draw the proceeds of their labor to be ex pended in other Slate. Timy further ex pics'! the f. ar that, as popular opinion is set tling itself against the ruiiiiuualion of slay i rv in Kentucky, and Virginia and other Stites. they may be overrun by this class of population, i IIahils' Dm.!.- We see it stated in sn English paper, that 17,1'UO sacl.sj of saw- nis. nrr consumed annually, in London, lor slutting dulls iilone. Also, that one toy man ufacturer has been known to pnrchaso threo thousand pounds worth of doll's ryes ut ono lime that one bundle 1 nnd eleven persons are constantly employed in ono manufactory, in m iking small sized donkeys and, that as niiich tiuilu r is nniinaliy consumed in mak ing wooden horses for children lo rido upon as wnuld be required tn a first rate ship of war. This is eertiinly dni g a large busi ness, though it bo for small matters." Tho Woons-ket Patriot nay: A friend in f inns I s that e'even clergymen, of different (lenoniinnlinns, have within a few years re moved from Connecticut to tho 'Southern Slates, and there became buyers and sellers of Cod's image. Imi'icitant if Tiu-e. Extract of s letter from Washington to tha New-York Gazette: "Mr. McLane's despatches have at length arrived, and though not containing any mat ter of immediate connection with the adjust ment of the Oregon question, they confirm ' the stningrtt liriim, and upon the lies! authori ty, the opinion derived from the British press and from privato communications, of tha jirivrrutiim if pr-ace. Assurance of tho most reliable character is gi en that the present Ministry anxiously rind sincerely d-sire lo bring these dilticulties lo a close upon terms el honon.lile coivpromtse, in which evsry legal and fuitahe regard will be paid to th pretensions of the l.'nitcd States." Indiana Pknitkntiary. Miss Dix lately visited the old Penitentiary of Indiana, and in a letter published in the Cin. Gazette, says "the lodging cells aro worso bryond all comparison than any cells 1 ever siw allotted to human creatures. They nre h irrilihi (lit- isuslin;.',, filthy and icecricr." Of the Now Prison she says "the work shops, except, that for working hemp, are good ; but tha cells are small, badly built, and not ventila ted. The windows in the outer walls of tho cell buildings are so high that tho lower tier of cells can receivo no air, although the doors r.ro grated." 0rl7Some precious confessions slip out in the Texas debate. Col. Young, tho oilier day, while arguing that it was necessary to drive Slavery as far South OS possible, ex pressed his doubt whether any climate North of "h I was hot enough for it." Senator Johnson, who spoke to-day insists that it is better not to glorify Texas; that while lio and others swallowed tho ill, they did it reluctantly, no politician can now stand up and vinilie.ite it ns a means for extending the area of slavery without being d d, rot religiously perhaps, l)Ut politically. 11b. Kre. Jour, The M. E. Cmi hcii, Soi-tii, In the trial in Maysvillc between the M. E. Church, South, and the old organization. Judge Reed has delivered an opinion which in effect di vides tho properly in tho proportion of inum bcrship of tlie respective pi.rtien. Anappsal has been taken to the Court of Appeals. A'. . Delta. The Detroit Advertiser says: "If tear it onre li.-wun, no prxre is to be innilc timler any rircumslancft without a cession if Canada. I hiiik ol this, ye Southern wur-hnwks! Can ada to be annexed! How long will the in tegrity of the American I. uion be preserved r.fier that annexation, unless, as soon us it is accomplished, we face to the South, and with sword in hand, fight cur way lo the E qualor and equalize the "balance ofpowerF' Mcitmond Ir hi's. Rr-annkxation. On Tuesday Inst, vra learn from the Richmond papers, both Houses of the Virginia Legislature suspended their rules for Ihe purpose of passing (and unani mously, too, in both Houses) an act of rctio cession, "accepting by tho State of Virginia the Ciu ntv ok Alexandria in tiii District or Coi.i sibia, when the same shall be receded by the Congress if the I'nited Stutet." Fiiom St. Dominoo. Intelligence from tha city of St. Domingo to the l itis of January has been received ut Philadelphia. Nothing is said in confirmation of the iato rumors, de rived from Port-au-Prince journals, that tha Spanish authorities had taken possession of St. Domingo, pursuant to a demand of ths I people for protection. The city was in a perfect slate of tranquillity. Rlscted from the GnAve. The N'ewhu ryport Advertiser says, that a Mr. Short late ly slipped from a wagon, and it was suppos ed died soon afterwards; but while prepara tions were making for his interment, and tho nornse placed in the colli n, Iho doctotdiscov- ering that the glass in the coffin lid was some what covered with vapor, took his handker chief for the purpose of removing it; but find ing it proceeded from the inside of tha glass, he at once pronounced ths man alive, and rK was taken from his 'narrow house,' and is now us well as ever he was in his life. A .Mr. Chaso of llutlalo, was recently ar rested and fined $G0 for giving lectures oir physiology, phrenology and pr.thotism at Erie. A Rullalo paper remarks tnnt this is the first instance since the days of witches that a man has been compelled to sua for liberty to dis-1-us.s objects of a literary or scientific nature.