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*^T|- following >«n ««» yrenrowd an
„‘JIj,am- ike horoination of Lleateaaat
S^lliiT oremi Kendrick, James Dixon,
AbUab Culin nnd John II. Hwbbnfd.
The on me or Mr. Dixon was withdrawn
^The'convention then proceeded to ballo*
(era candidate for Lieut. Governor, with
tN» following result:
Whole No. of votes, ■&*
Green Kendrick, 2»
Abijsh Cailln, J*
John H. Hubbard* Id
James Dixon, J
Thomas B. 0*b >rne, 1
Samuel D Hubbard, 1
GKEBN KENDRICK, of Waterbary,
J^Z-Uref nomiuated as candidate for
Lieut."Governor.
* The following names were presented tor
ihe nomination of Secretary of State : Rog*
er H. Mill* and J. H. TrunthoH.
Tee Convention then ballo'ed tor a can
didste for the office of Secretary of State,
with the loltowing result—
Whole No. of votes, S20
Roger H. MtlU, S06
J. H. Trumbull, W
John W. A. Beers, I
ROGER H MILLS, of New Hartford,
was then declared nominated as candidate
for ihe office of Secretary of this Stale
The name oi THOMAS CLARK, of
Coventry, being the only one presented for
the nomination as candidate for the office of
Treasurer, he was by acclamation unuui'
mousiy declared nominated.
The names of Selah Strong, Thomas
Burlock. Wm. Mather,and Henry G- Tain
presented lor nominaiioo as cau'
did’ates for the office of Controller—
The following was the result of the hnl>
W hole No. of votes, 204
Selah Strong,
H. G. Taimor,
Thomas Bui lock, *1
A. Catlin, ® .
SELAH STRONG, of Milford, was then
declared norainued as candidate for the of
fice ol ConiMl’er,
The nomination of the ticket,as a whole,
wus then by acclamation unanimously con
firmed.
The Committee appointed to draft resolu
tions for the consideration of the Convene
unn submitted the following:
i; Resolved, 'jjjjutt we deeply lament
the dew h<£ UMMatl^hief Magistrate, Gen.
Zachary Tayttfr. whose short administra
tion mtast hare convinced all of his integ
rity and*pat#|^p, »»d 01 his capacity to
discharge WnHHhor to the nation the da
lles” of his exaHMstation
2. Resoloed, That in lit* suco|3j6^l‘;
Millard Fillmore, ami the. distlogiWtt*.
Statesmen who compose fc* Cabinet, we
repose the highest confidence, believing that
-they will ever uphold and austain the honor
if the Country, the rights of the States and
the integrity of the Union and will execute
their high duties foittatully—and we yield
to his administration, our hearty support,
3. Resolved, That protection to in
dustry as well as to persons, wau an object
sought In the separation of the American
colonies Iron* the government of Great Brit
ain.. ib'i t the experience of the country has
* demonstrated Ipe importance of that pro
tection, and that the Tariff of 1846, opera
ting it does, against American interests,
and taking from American labor its fairly
eiroed reward, requires such modification
as will satisfy the present wants of the
country.
A Resolved, That wh-.le we recognise
the provisions of the Constitution relative
to the delivering up of fugitives from service
as binding and obligatory, we believe that
the present Fugitive Slave Law should be
so modified as ftfhe no louger a source of
fraternal discord:' but we disclaim all fel
lowship with nullification in any of its
forms, whether South or North, and will
atwi>$ adopt as our motiOj “The Uni«m,
the Constitution, and the Laws,” and by this
we will stand or foil. „
5. Resolved, That we emphatically
deny lhat we have any intention of break
ing our plighted faith with our Southern
brethren, especially when we consider that
a portiun of them, foreseeing Ihe consequen
ces of the spirit of forcible acquisition,
which the premature annexation of Texas
ereoted, resisted with us such anuexatiouto
the extent of their po«ets.
6. Resolved, That the doctrines, and
practices of our opponents, in this State, as
exhibited during the lute Seseion of the
Legislature, have afforded ns new incent
ives for additional efforts next April to save
them from the necessity of amending their
favorite measures, or of making new exper
iments in the way of public enactments.
The resolutions were liken, up separately
for consider*lion, and the first and second
unanimously adopted.
Mr. Graves of Thompson, offered a sub*
stitute for the fourth resolution. A lengihy
discussion ensued, which waa partlcipaled
A PROCLAMATION• J
ITAvmw. at a General Assembly of
the State of Cooneciicut, held at Hart
ford on the first Wednesday Of May 1840,
the House of Representatives did pass a
resolution, therein and thereby proposing
a certain amendment to the Constitution
of this Slate, in the words following,
via:—
•* The Judges of Probate shall be ap
pointed by the eleotors residing in the
several probate districts, and qualified to
vole for representatives therein, in such
manner as shall be piosoribed by law—
And whereas, at the same session, the
House of Representatives did pass a cer
tain other resolution, therein and tliereby
proposing a certain other amendment to
the Constitution of this Slate, in the
words following viz;— - .
“ The Justices of the R*aee, for the
several towns in this State, shall be ap
pointed by the electors in such towns ;
and the time and the manner of their
election, tiie number for each town, and
ti,e period for which they shall their of
fices, shall be prescribed by law —
Which proposed amendments were
continued to the next General Assembly
and published #ith the laws which had
S2Cn pn.-sed at Lite same session.
And whereas, two- thii ds of each House
at the next session of said Assembly, held
at New Haven on the first Wednesday
of May 1850, did, by Yeas and Nays
approve said proposed amendments, und
therefore, said Assembly did, by an act
emitted “ An act relating to the proposed
Amendments to the Constitution of this
Slate,” provide for the presentment of
the same to the electors, in their respec
tive towns, on the first Monday in Octo
ber, 1850, for their approbation or dis
approbation thereof, and did ulso pre
scribe the manner ic' which it should be
made to appear, whether a majority of
the eleotors present at the town meet
ings legally held and warned for that
purpose in their respective towns had ap
proved or disapproved of the same
And whereas, in pursuance of said Act,
the Treasurer, Secretary of Stale aud
Compti oiler have transmuted to me their
I certificate, under their hands, in the words
1 following, viz;—
*< The undersigned, being designated
by law to count the votes given in by
the electors at their meetings in the sev
eral towns in this State, on the first Mon
day in October, A. D„ 1850, and leturn
ed to the Secretaiy of Slate pursuant to
the provisions of an act entitled “ An
Act relating to'the Proposed Amend
ments to the Constitution of this State,”
passed May Session, A. D., 1860, hereby
CERTIFY,
“ That they entered on the duty as
signed them, on the 80th day of October
instant, and, within the time prescribed
by said act, counted the votes s* given
in and returned as aforesaid; that the
number of votes so returned, in favor of
approving and adopting the proposed
Amendment to the Constitution, regard
ing the appointment of Judges of Pro
bate, is Eleven thousand nine hundred
and seventy-four ; and that the number
of votes so returned, disapproving of the
adoption of the same, is One thousand
two hundred and fifty-nine; that the
number of votes so returned, in favor of
approving and adopting the proposed
Amendments to the Constitution, regard
ing the appointment of Justices of the
Peace, is Eleven thousand eight hundred
and seventy-two; and that the number
of votes so returned, disapproving of the
same, is One thousand two hundred and
five
“ Dated at Hartford, Nov. 1st 1850.
[Signed}
HENRY D. SMITH, Treasurer.
JOHN P. C. MATHER, Sec'y of State.
R. G. PINNEY, Comptroller.
And it appearing therefrom. that a
majority of the votes leturned to the
Secretary of State, pursuant to said Act,
are in favor of approving and adopting
said Amendments,—•
I Dll THEREFORE HEREBY DECLARE that >
majority of the elector* present at such meet*
ing aforesaid, have approved said Amendments
and lhal the same are valid, 10 all intents and
purpose*, a* a part of the Conriituiion of this
Slate.
1 n testimony vvhereoy, I have caus
ed the ^eal of this State In he afficed*
and set mv hand, at Hartfurd,thia eighth
day of November, in the year of our
L. S’. Lord, one thousand eight hundred and
fi'cy, and of the Independence ol the
United Stile*. I he tevanly-fifth.
THOMAS H, SEYMOUR.
By Hi* Excellency’s command,
John P, C. Mather, See'y af State.
Large fortunes are very rare in Ver
mont. The largest fortune ever accu
mulated there was that of Mr. Austin, ol
Orwell, who left an estate of $800,000.
Judge Meech, of Shelburne, who is now
regarded as the richest man in the State,
is probably not worth over $300,600.
Mr. Jarvin, of Wethersfield, who was
many years ago consul at Lisbon and
who accumulated a fortune while abroad,
is estimated at less than this amount.—
Probably there are not twenty other men
in the State who are worth #100,000
I each. Ten thousand dollars is a hand
some fortune in Vermont.
THE CENSUS.—We gather from va
rious sources live following census i'ems:
Bangor, Mo., 14,441
Boston 138,39$
Reading, Pa. 16,821
Wilmington, Del. 13,931
Hartford 17,861
New Haven 22,629
Rochester, N. V., 36,680 ^
St Augustine. Fla.. 1,938
Milwaukee. Wis., 22,860
Grkat Living.—The Calvary Church
New York, in addition to #6000 salary,
we learn has given Dr. Hawks, its Rector
OUMK'O, rented and furnished a parson
age bouse, aad insured his life to the
amount of #10.0*6. This M probably
the largest living ever bestowed upon
say stogy sum » the Union.
There will be a meeting of the legnl
Inhabitant* of the Village of Litchfield,
at the Town Room, on Tuesday the 26th
inst, at 2 o’clock P. M., for the election
of Borongh Officers, the re-organisation
of the Fire Department by the appoint*
ment of Wordens, Committees to exam*
ine into the present condition of the
stoves, fire- places, ladders, buckets, and
other securities which the bye-laws have
provided for the protection of property
ly against fire—to lay a tax, it any shall
be deemed necessary,—also to devise
more effectual and energetic means for
security, by the organization of a Fire
Company, the construction of a Reser
voir for water ia the event of fire, and
to consider the expediency of purchasing
a Fire Engine, and to do any other busi
ness lawful and proper to~bring before
said meeting. J. G. BECKWITH,
President'of the Village of Litchfield
“ NnlUfleation” —Much as we detest
the Fugitive Slave Law of the last ses
sion of Congress, we have no fellow-feel
ing with that spirit of insubordination and
misrule which would lead to a forcible
resistance to its execution. In a govern
ment like ours, where the will of the peo
pie is the law of the land, it is infinitely
better to submi t to a bad law until it can
be repealed or modified, than to resort to
nullification. Our only security, safety,
and stability as a people, lies'in our obe
dience to existing laws; for if one class
has a right to resist, another class has an
equal right—and there is an end to or.
der, and the beginning of anarchy.
For one, we would not, for an hour,
hold an office which should render it ob
ligatory upon us to be a slave-catcher or
a slave-keeper |gjbut when a man accepts
of such an office, he is bound to perform
all that the law requires of him as an of
ficer. We have the opinion of Judge
McLean that the people of the North are
not legally bound to an active participa
tion in the execution of this law; but the
officers are bound to execute it, and the
people are bound not to interfere. It is
an unjust and oppressive law, and we
wonder that any man from a free State
could hove given it his countenance and
support either in or out of Congress. But
while it remains upon the statute book,
let us set the South an example of for
bearance and love of order, which we
shall have no occasion to be ashamed of.
DELAWARE.—We regret to state
that this Whig State has even for once
gone over to the vandals. Two of the
three counties in the State (New Castle
and Sussex,) have elected democratic
Senators and Representatives to the Le
gislature, thereby securing a U. S. Sena
tor of the same stamp, in place of the
Hon. John Wales. Ross, the democrat
ic candidate for Governor, is elected by
a majority of 16 ! and a congressman of
like politics succeeds by a small majority.
We suppose that James A. Bayard will
now, after twenty years of disappoint
ment, will be gratified with a seat in the
national Senate, Alas, for Little Dela
ware ! she must look to her laurels in fu
ture. _
NEW YORK.—The official vote for
Governor gives Hunt (whig) a majority
over Seymour of 247. The remainder
of the democratic State Ticket is elected.
The Legislature is whig, which ensures
us a Senator in the place of Daniel S:
Dickinson.
Members of Congress, 17 whigs and
17 democrats. In the Legislature, the
whigs have 34 majority iu the House,
and 2 in the Senate.
BTPhiladelphia is cursed with a lar
ger supply of rowdy firemen than any
other city in the world—and we are very
sorry to know that some of them are
printers. A few days since, the author
ities of Ifoyatnensing District met for the
pMtpoae of taking measures to prevent a
further occurrence of riots, and to ap
point an additional number of special
constables for that purpose. Iu the
course of their piQptjmilr high words
were followed byjbfoirs, and a general
fight ensued! Theout-door police had
to interfere to preserve order.
J9TIn noticing the arrest of the pro
gress of the fire last week, we neglected
to do jusvioe to two of “Baldwin’s Chain
Pumps" recently put in operation on Mr
3. D. Wheeler’s premises by Mr. Thomp
son, of this village. To the ample sup
ply of water from these pumps, together
with the efficient management of Mr.
Wheeler, the public are in a good degree
iedebted for the prompt extmgmshmeat
of the destructive element
W^Tbe Hon. William Appleton, of
Boston, has reaeody given Ike vsmjL
#20,000 to thAfcLeaa Asylum hlfl
insane in that eity. * Wl
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1 .. .J. nil*..
ggr Rev. Charles Beecher, oT Fort
Wayne, Iod., («oof the Rev. Dr. Lynwn
Beeoher,) has accepted a call from the
Clinton street Free Presbyterian Church
in Newark, N. J.
OCj-The London Times soys, ‘*We (the
English nation,) ore actually at this mo
ment supporting out of the public funds,
the descendants of Arnold, the American
traitor.” .
jar Dr. Joseph Darling died in New
Haven on Friday last, at the advanced
aged age of 91 years. He graduated at
Yale College in 1777, and was the old
est surviving graduate of that institution.
More Noh Intercourse.—Governor
Collins of Alabama, in his recent message
to the Legislature, recommends non-in
tercourse with the Northern states, and
encouragement of home manufactures.—
He recommends making everything at
the South, purchasing foreign goods of
importers in Soulhorn oities, discouraging
the employment of Northern shipping i
withdrawing patronage from Jflprtliern
schools and colleges, abstaining from vis
iting the North. In short he would have
the people of Alabamaabstain from all
intercourse with the free States. It is
much easier to recommend this exclusive
policy than it is to carry it out, though
wo are not disposed to deny that it might
be adopted to some extent, to the advan
tage both to the slave and free States.- -
Let the southern States become interes
ted in manufactures, and there will be a
community of interest between the two
sections of the Union which will strengten
instead of weakening the ties which bind
the States together.
The Meteor of September.—The me
teor which was seen from the Cambridge
Observatory by Professor Bond, also
from Providence, R. I., and by the pas
sengers on board the steamer Vander
bilt on Long Island Sound, on the eve
ning of September 30th, was also seen at
Deerfield, and at Littleton, N. H., 120
i north west of Deerfield. Deerfield
it was seen'by Judge Butler and his
daughter for several minutes. They al
so saw the meteor explode, and surround
itself by a cloud. Judge Butler describes
it as appearing larger than the full moon,
and leaving a train of light which was
visible for half an hour. At Littleton,
which is twenty miles west of the White
Mountains, the meteor was visible for five
minutes. About eight hours after it was
seen from the places mentioned, a severe
shock of an earthquake was felt at Cleve
land, Ohio, an 1 other places in that vi
cinity. The earthquake that was so de
structive in various parts «f Tuscany, in
1846, was preceded by a meteor, which,
when it exploded, shook the earth.
The Seymours. —Seymour was a roy
al name in old England once, and it may
be that something of its nobility has been
transmitted to those wto bear it on this
side of the “great waters.” At least it
seems to be a “lucky” name of late—so
much so as to be celebrated by the Hart
ford Times. The Times states that Gov.
Seymour of this state, and David L. Sey
mour, member of Congress from Ren
selae*1 county, N Y, are both relatives of
the Litchfield family. It may not be
out of place to note down, for the infor
mation of those interested in such mat
ters, a few items relative to our branch
of the family.
Maj. Moses Seymour, of Hartford,
settled in this village in early life, and
lived and died hern. He was an officer
of the Revolution,town clerk for 37 years,
Representative at 16 sessions, dec. He
had five sons, vis,
Ozias, who still resides here, was high
sheriff of this county for nine years end
ing 1834. He is the father of. O S. Sey
mour, now Speaker of our House of Rep
resentatives.
Henry, settled in Western New York,
and was a Canal Commissioner, Senator,
Mayor of Utica, <fec., and died in 1837.
He was the father of the Hon. Horatio
Seymour, the late democratie candidate
for Governor of New York.
Moses, Jr., lived and died here; he
was high sheriff of the oounty for sis
years ending in 1825.
Epaphro., is distinguished as a finan
cier, and is President of the Brattleboro’
Sank, Vermont.
Horatio, u.. d.,' graduated nt Yale
College, and settled in Middlebury, Ver
mont, where be still resides. He was a
Senator in Congress from that state for
twelve years. Unlike som6 of his broth
ers, nephews, and other relatives, heisi
true Whig, and In 1884 was the whig
candidate for Governor of Vermont, when
unfortunately anti-masonry triumphed.
He m the father of a prominent whig
lawyer of the same name, in Buffido, N Y.
Thomas H. Seymour u the only per
son bearing the same who waa ever Ooo
enter, except John Seymour, wto held
the office in tfe* oojeuy of Maryland for a
few aeonths during the year 1704.
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on fim the dry gnM on tho prafrfo. The
wind *u very high at the time, and the
flames spread with such rapipity, that q
many'of the fonees, outstanding crops,
and so|ti)l buildings, for miles around,
were anlwoped in one sheet of fire. The
Omahas inhabit a portion of the Missou
ri Territory, some sixty miles above Fort
Leavenworth, and are described ae one
. of the most dangerous and treacherous of
the Indian tribes.
KJ* On Monday morning the ground
in this vicinity was covered with snow
for the first lime this season.
£}. Tho election returns from Texas
show that the boundary proposition has
been accepted by a majority of about
2000.
The Hon. Truman Smith was married
a few days since, in Alabama, to Miss
Dickinson, formerly of this village.
James Gordon Bennett’s Cowrid
ing.—The Evening Post gives the fol
lowing account of this affair: An as
sault was made last Saturday morning on
James Gordon Bennet, the notorious ed
itor of the Herald, by John Graham, the
defeated candidate for District Attorney,
Mike Murray, and two or three others.
Bennett was, it appears, in company
with his wife, passing up Broadway, near j
White street when he was attacked. He
wa3 knocked into tho mud, and while
thus piostrate, received several severe
cuts about the head, and was considera
bly bruised in different parts of the body.
When taken up, he was completely cov
ered with mud and presented rather a
pitiable spectacle. His wife was also
thrown down in the street, but escaped
without further injury than that done to
her clothes. Captain Trumbull, of the
Eighth Ward, arrived soon after the oc
currence, and attempted to arrest Mur
ray, but was prevented by the rest of the!
party, all of whom are still at large.—
Bennett, it is well known, made a series
of the most gross and unproyifli|Kattacks
upon Mr. Graham, preVfbul^EPChe elec
tion.
Mr. Thompson, an Englishman, and,
we believe a member of Parliament, who
made himself very notorious here by his
abolition lectures, has made us another
visit. He doubtless looks upon the pre
sent as a favorable opportunity for the
agitation which he and many other En
glishmen, as well ns some Americans,
hope may end in the dissolution of the
TTnion. We can take care of our own
disunionists, North or South, and oan
even afford to laugh at their wicked and
abortive schemes, but there is something
in the impudence of this foreigner coming
here expressly to assail our institutions,
on our own ground, that tries the public
forbearance very severely. In no other
country in the world would it be permit
ted.—Providence Journal.
Extraordinary Human Curiosities.—
Mr. S. B. Knox arrived at the Tremont
House, yesterday, with two Kaana chil
dren, a boy and girl, of an almost extinct
race of Central America. They are the
most outre looking objects ever brought
to this country; but they are real hu
mans, notwithstanding their appearance
at the first glance is against them. The
boy is 32 inches in height and weighs 16
lbs., and in the opinion of Dr. Gilman
Watts of New York, is about 10 years
of age. Their heads are not larger than
a new born infant’s, and they are almost
destitute of foreheads, while their noses
are well developed, straight and long.
Their eyes are full, dark and lustrous.
Their heads are covered with strong dark
hair, which descends forwards nearly to
tills eyebrows. The face is very sharp,
the upper lip projecting, and the chin,
receding in a corresponding degree.—
They are said to belong to the surviving
remnant of an ancient priesthood, called
Kaanas, which by constant intermarriage
with their own caste, has dwindled down
to a few individuals, diminutive in statue
and imbecile in intellect. Their heads
and faces resemble exactly, the figures on
tho bas-reliefs on the temple ruins de
scribed in Stephens’ Central America.
They are orphans, and, at the close of a
war between two of the Aztec tribes, fell
into the hands of a traveler named Ham
mond. They are lively, playful and af
fectionate, but all attempts to teach them
a word of English have thus far proved
unsuccessful; they can only utter a few '
gibberish sounds.—Boston Pott.
garTlie New Haven papers of Satur*,
day announce the death of Justus Har-*
rison, Esq., aged 07, formerly a distin
guished merchant in that city. For a
tew yeais past he had resided in the city
of New York, and at the time of his
death was ou a visit to Branford, his na
tive town.
{C^Madnkss.—The Centreville (O.)
Whig announces the arrival of an aboli
tion agitator named. A. O'. Wright, from
New York, to raise funds to kefj> up the
‘agitation on the slavery questton. the
Whig says “ he is in the habit of publicly
calling George Washington a kidnapper
and negro driver. He denounces God
Almighty for not making the Bible suf
ficiently free soil.’ " This is about equal
to Pillsbury and Abby KeHy.
N*w York, Sat. Nov. 0—0 P. M.
Attack ok the Editor or the Her
ald.—A violent and oewardly attack was
made upon Mr. Bennett, of the Herald,
this mornipg while walking with his wife
this city, and two or three others. vBr.
Betaott, was knocked down and ih<m|
several severe Mows abort the bead.
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Aside from the tax law. which was the
R measure and crowning glory of Ale lust
filature, the “ Democracy1' tried their
bauds at a few other bits or reform ; not a
great many, but enough to satisfy the peo
ple that they had been doing something da
ring their two month* visit to New llsveo.
On a fair calculation, they achieved about
one measure to each two weeks of the ses
sion. It would not do for them to go home
without some excuse to. their coostiioeats
for their long session, and as they could not
conscientiously swallow any of the reforma
recommended by Ibe Governor, they had to
torn their hands to something else. The
tree banking law, reform school, ten hour
law, homestead exemption, and usury laws,
—subjects in which the now* were inter
ested. and legitimately within the scope of
the improvements which Leecfjcofsm had
promised os, were shoved aside as too dan
gerous to be handled. But, feeling like thr
chap in the thunder storm, who could not
pray, but must do something, they made m
desperate effort losave their credit, by abol
ishing the militia system—prohibit! tig stu*
dents from voting—tinkering with railroad
taxation, nud providing for the election off
judges of probate and justices of the peace,,
in case the amendments to the constituiiota
should be adopted. The first of these was
not strictly a party measore, h«u the '‘stu
dent law ” was entirely so, and it was got
up and passed in that peculiar .way which
is characteristic of LocoDocoi&m.. The
“ Democracy” have always had a mortal
antipathy against young men who are try
ing to obtain an education. It seems as if
there was something la a cultivated under
standing entirely at variance with Loeofnco
principles. Hence the student law of 1642,
which was repelled by general consent as
soon as the Whigs returned to power.—
Their poor success at that time’ taught
them to be a little more cautious; and so,
this year, insnad of saying that students
shall be deprived of the rights awarded to
atecbanics,clerks, and gentlemen of leisure,
they got up an apparently innocent enact
ment that “ no persoo shall be deemed ta
have lost or acquired a residence, by reason
of his being a student in a college, aeademy .
or any seminary of learningThe effect
of this would be the same as the luw of
1842, and students would have been dis>
franchised, but somebody managed to kick
on a saving clause,. *'providing that his
home or domicil is elk where,” thus leaving
the law ou the statute hook to be translated
to suit the views of the different local au
thorities—a lit emblem of the obscur.ity of
Locofoco legislation.
Another beautiful piece of legislation was
the law taxing railroad!. Formerly, these
companies were obliged to pay iheir full
share of taxes, and in this city, about $3U0,
000 of railroad Motk was taxed to defray
our town and city expenses, raising the sum
of about $275 to aid in carrying on our lo
cal government. Bi)l the Legislature, in its
wisdom, has abolished all this, and absolved
1 railroad companies from all local taxes and
two-thirds of the State tax. requiring of
them oulg one- third of one per cent., in ligu
of all other taxation whatever, Pe rhkps
SOmo may think it is rather inconsistent
for such strong haters ol corporations to
show such faibruism to railroads, but De
mocracy is always nioor.sisienu
The Legislanfr ttfeo attempts to Ituik*-'
arrangements for the electios of judges of
prooate in the vase the const tution should
be amended, and it was enucied that the vo»
ters should deposit their ballots in the box
for State'officers for >be judges ot the ills
tiici tu which their towns tine lot a ted.—
Now it so happens that several towns ate
situated patlly in two districts, and as*
t here is no provision mad-.- for sny* such
| case, some of our towns will be unable to
' vote nt ail. In the same act, it is provided
that the provisions of the third t-hapicr of
the act relating to courts shall be applied to
the election of judges of probate. On refer
ring t • that chapter, it will i-e louud that it
relates to the duties and jurisoii-tion of the *
County Court, and if if should be applied
to judges of prooate, would lake away all
their powers over the set dement of estates,
and give them concurrent jurisdiction in
criminal cases with the County Conns —
Again, the law regulating the weighing of
potatoes, provides that the weights shall in
all respects conform to the 4th chapter of
1 the act concerning communities and corpo
rations, which, on turning to, if la found to
I treat of the duties ol grand jurors, leaving
he mind in a glorious uncertainty whether
the weigher is to weigh the potatoes on a
era ltd jurors complaint before a justice, or
to prosecute the owner for a violation of the
criminal code. If the potato dealers were
as bad as some of our charcoal peddlers,
the latter construction might not be very ob
jectionable, but as they generally bear fair
characters, the interpretation would form n
good subject for the investigation of the
board of equalization.
These are only a part of the absurdities
and blunders perpetrated by a Legislature
composed, according their own claim, of the
highest talents in the Locofoco ranks, and
they serve as fit warning to the people
against trusting power in toe bands of a
party utterly incompetent to use it lor the
public good.
Matters in Oregon.—A correspon- f
dent of the Springfield Pest writing front
Oregon city, says—
" Churches, schools, children, and all - <1
§' at class of evidence of civilization, are
re in abundance. The favorite mode
travelling Hire is on {jprseback.—
Squaws ride astride the horse the same
as men. The carriages are mostly con
fined to ox-waggons. On the rivertfone
will see canoes, sk’fls, etc. in abundance
Farmers’ products are raised here with
little labor, and in enormous quantities
for theland tilled- Wheat grows good
crops for three years in succession with
but one sowing enough seed being left on
the ground from the eradling, and the
enrth keeping sufficiently light so that the
heavy rains will wash in the seed, for the i
two seasons following the. first plowing
and sowing. No bay is made or Mfded* !
for the cattle feed in the fields afl thtt 1
year the climate being so m3d.” ,
A House in which no one was ever,
enown to Die.-—It is a singular Fact*
that there is a house, the property of }
Sir. W. W. Wynne, in a mountainous dis
trict of MeHooetshire, England, in which
for one hundred and fifty yean, it can bo
proved, no death baa taken plane— the
Scoupante haviyg ekherdie* e3*nly
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