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. . * $ I VMI'S F B VTTBNFIELD, Editor. j DEVOTED TO LOCAL, POLITICAL, COMMERCIAL, AGRICULTURAL AND LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. j I*. F. JOBE, Business Manager. VOL. 1. _RUSSELLVILLE. ARK.. THURSDAY, JULY 1. 1875._NO. 23 the democrat. ; kseMe Printing Assoaition, J'ublinhers ami Proprietor** Office -Up stairs, Battenfield Building, East Main Street ,1. K. BATTEN FIELD,-Editor. The county clerks have been enjoined by Chancellor Lukin from assessing the personal property of the Iron Mountain railroad. Cane Hill College and the Cane Hill Female Seminary have been consolidated. These are both old . schools and have very favorable reputations. The Van-Guard is receiving a cross fire from the Dardanelle In dependent and the Fayetteville Democrat, but don’t seem to be sustaining any serious damage. The Democratic Central Com mittee of St. Louis, have invited the National Democratic Conven es tion of 1870 to meet in that city, and have promised ample accom modations to all who may attend. Mr. Henry Green, who has long fill jd the position of business man ager of the N. O. Times has sev ered his connection with that paper. Mr. W. II. II. Judsou of St. Louis succeeds him. iUl. v. ii. x iunv.1, xv/i outrun years connected with the N. O. ’ Picayune as commercial and finan cial editor, has severed his con nection with that paper, and goes west to try his fortunes in the golden state. The oil works building at Pine Bluff will be completed by the loth of August. It will be a large two story brick. ’Ball for Pine Bluff, that’s the way to pros per—don’t wait for others to start * the good work of establishing manufactories but go ahead your selves. Bent Turner, lately radical sher iff of Faulkner county was arrest ed one day last week by the sher iff of Sebastian county for embez zlement while in office, The Ga zette of the “21th inst. said he was in that city trying to fix up a M bail-bond of $3000. The way of the transgressor is hard. *~The Colorado potato bug has appeared in vnst quantities in the states of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and is making a destructive march through those states. The prospect in those * states is decidedly gloomy and the destruction of a large per ventage of the crop is almost in evitable, i bc destruction ol tnc , “ bugs and their eggs is engaging the interest of the farmers and the trial of all kinds of expedients will no doubt develop the best method of dealing with these ob noxious insects. The Democrat at Evening Shade, is amused at, and cannot account for the seeming discrep ancy of opinion between Col. Frolich and ourself in our re ports of the appearance of things * in a business point ot view while ^ \ve were at Little Hock attending the 1’resS Association. Frolich says: “Little ltock, notwithstanding the hard times are hovering at her i tires hold, is moving onward and upward.” We said: “We found business in the city rather dull and the pressure of hard times plainly visible.” Now, we don’t see any discrep ancy here; the two reports using o almost the same words—“hard times are hovering at her doors,’ and "the pressure of hard times are plainly visible,” meaning s about the same thing. There may bo something, how ever, in tlie hypothesis of the Evening Shade man, that the Col., in his perambulation, found a more lively part of the city than we did. Such a thing is by no means impossible, you know, in a last young city. Perhaps an ex planation—for the benefit of the vuileman from Evening Shade-— lmm Col. Frolich would be in order V JULY 4, 1875. The rising of the sun next Sab bath morning will usher in the dawn or the 99th anniversary of our release from the yoke of Brit ish tyranny and oppression. On that morning it was that the sun for first time shone upon free America. What a long line ol events the recurrence of this day brings to the American mind, and with what a self satisfied degree of pride he reverts to the immor tal deeds which have character ized our nationality since the dawn of our national career. And the valor and heroic endurance by which our claim to recognition as one of the powers of the earth was first won, is no greater source of gratification than the rapid and unequaled progress we have made. Why only a few generations age and what was these now grand and powerfnl United States: Where we now sit in the very lap of luxury, surrounded by all that exalts and embellishes civilized life, and makes existence desira ble and enjoyable, the wild wil derness spread his arms afar and the wild fox dug his hole unseal ed. Here the forest moustci roamed at will, and the rank this tie nodded in the wind. The red man was lord of all. Where oui si.nt.olv minisinns now stand and the tall spires of ft thousand chap els rear themselves aloft, the wigwam and the camp-fire of the savage alone dotteel the unbroken wilds' of the American forest. Where our palatial steamboats now plow tiie bosom of our mighty rivers bearing the trade and com mcrce of the greatest nation on the globe, the canoe of the red man only skimmed the surface o! the deep. Progress and civilian tion is stamped upon everything that meets our gaze. A lane i dotted all over with school houses churches, and philanthropienl in stitutions almost as thick as the ' star bespangled canopy of the J heavens, tells the tale of American | thrift, progress and enlighten ment. A land where all men arc free and equal, and secure in the possession and pursuit of life, liberty and happiness stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific anil from the ley lakes on the North to the golden, sunny banks of Florida on the South, blossom ing as a rose and inviting the toiling and oppressed sous of every land to come and find a genial home. Science, literature, art—every thing that constitutes greatness and civilization arc ours. Let our anniversary find light hearts and beaming faces. Let the booming of our guns and the flutter of our flag*; proclaim om pride and joy in the day that gave us freedom, liberty and greatness. Till: IMMIGRATION MKBT ING. Elsewhere we give the proceed ings of the meeting held here on tiic liOth inst. for the purpose ol organizing a county immigration society. Notwithstanding it is a very busy time with our rural friends, who arc in the midst ol harvesting oats and threshing wheat, the meeting was weM at tended and most of the delegates answered to their names, only three townships failing to be rep resented. The interest that was manifested and the unanimity that was shown portend the best of results. There was no halting or pulling back and no difference of opinion as to the desire for new i settlers and more dense population ; of good, honest working men. An organization was effected and | we can say the selection of oilieers ! —President, Secretary, Treasurer. iind one Vice-President for each township, were most exccllcnl ones. We believe those chosen will engage in the work in carntsl and we hare no doubt that mucl. good will be accomplished. Franco is suffering severely ! from those river floods which havt m> long been considered as the es pecial characteristic of our West era country. < Jaronne now enters iutoenmpetilioii with the .Missis I siin*' | LOOKING TO ARKANSAS. llou. C. E. Tobey' hands 11s si letter from a gentleman in Gaze county, Nebraska, making inquir l ies about our state, and say ing that himself and a number of others have their eye ou our state, and perhaps on our immediate locality, with a view of coming here and making their homes among us. The gentleman asks ! a number of questions as to cli ■ mate, soil, timber, crops, seasons ! &c., and states that if favorable ; replies are given he will perhaps decide at once on our state. We are glad to sec attention turning this way, and arc satis fled that if parties looking for new homes will come and look at our country they will liud it all that they-could desire, or at least as near so as any country’ in the vast domain of the United States. And we are glad to have the names and letters of such parties handed to us; we will take pleasure in sending them copies of ur paper and all other information we can get. Our county immigration society will soon be in working trim and we then will secure some valuable statistics and other ‘information which will be of great interest to parties who anticipate moving to our connty. We urge upon the various foininiMt'fs to lit* at work actively anil energetically. There is no time to be lost, for an im mense mass of immigration will be in motion in a few mouths and if we would secure any wc must make an effort. ALL OVElt THE STATE. Last week they had a good rain in Dallas county. The farmers in Little River county have been experimenting with rye and are pleased with the success which they have had. In Sharp county they have had an abundance of rain and owing to the large wheat crop, many are now offering old corn for sale. WASHINGTON. Friend Van lloosc brought into our office this week a specimen of the Flint or Spring wheat, raised •by Rob Dickson, of Middle Fork, the heads of which contained about one hundred grains. We arc rather fuvorabiy impressed with this species of wheat, from the fact that it ripens about two I weeks earlier than other wheat, and consequently is not so liable to rust.—Fayetteville Democrat. Our farmers have got their corn fields cleared of all weeds and grass, and are now about i ] ready to commence harvesting. ' In some places the wheat is dam aged somewhat by the spot, but the yield will be a pretty fair one —as muclv, if uot more than lust season. Corn is looking well. . _• 11.._1 *1.7.1 ^IVMI lllj^ M WHIP IMIt H/l ri large yield. The present oat crop in this county has never been equalled. Upon the whole we have much to be thankful for. —lb. WOODRUFF. Mr. Jett hiis just sent us a bunch of magnificent oats, one stalk of which measured I j inches around and the head 25 inches long. Such cards are the best possible, immigration societies, , and they will do more than any 1 thing else to invite the grass hop [ per sufferers of Kansas and West I Mo., to leave those states and ' come to Ark —Augusta bulletin. l'ULASKI. There a,re fifty-two papers pub lislfcd in the state. Of these; there are six dailies, 011c semi weekly, forty-two weeklies arid tlflree monthlies. There are two agricultural, one educational and two real estate journals. There is one which claims no party affil iation.' Thfcre are four republi can papers, and thifty-cight dem ! ocratio. All of the republican I journals save one, give the pres ent administration a hearty sup port. Of the weeklies about one half are patent in- or out siders. —Little Rock Gazette. M. G. Walker, W. M. of the Rock port lodge No. 50, A. F. and A. M., bids the craft be on the lookout l'or one J. R. Uautrel, who lias obtained money from him un der false pretenses, uhd has left his family at that place destitute and. among strangers. C^utrel claims to hold a demit from Frc l donia lodge No. 02, of Ala.*--ib. A correspondent at Arkadel-; phia writes, under date of June 22d.: “Our town was thrown in tu great excitement lu?>t night. About ten year.) ago a murder was committed in Mississippi by a man named Smith, and up to the present time he has been liv ing in Arkadeiphia. Last Sntur day he was arrested for the crime and taken to jail. Last night at the dead of night, as the moon was shining bright, a gang ol masked men went to the jail and demanded of the jailor Jim Haw kins, the keys of the cell iu which the prisoner was confined. Haw kins could otter no resistance, at they were all well armed. They took the prisoner from the jail, and at present writing he has not been found.”—lb. An adjourned meeting of the hoard of claims, acting as assess ors ot the Little Rock and Fort Smith railroad, met yesterday, Clerk R. W. Worthen presiding. Resolutions were adopted to the ett'ect that while no legal proceed ings are pending to prevent them from making the assessment as provided by sections 49 to 54, Miller's Digest, yet us in the case of the proceeding to assess the St. Louis and Iron Mountain rail road, an injunction was granted against any assessment being made on account of charter ex emption, and as from similarity of case such action would doubt less be repeated, the board de clines to act further, and requests the legislature to repeal the law under which they were a3sem bled.—Ib. Jacob Baess is now in Den mark, of which lie is a native, endeavoring to influence those ot his countrymen who are emigra ting to come to this State, lie was sent out under the auspices of an association of citizens oi this place. Mr. Cuerdeu, who gives us the above information, says that he intends to visit some of the localities in this state which commend themselves to his judgement as suitable for settle ment. We trust he and his as sociates will be cncourag< d in ev ery suitable way. They are dis plavmg very commendable enter prise and defraying all the ex penses therof out of their own private purses. In the Fayette ville Democrat of a late date, we notice a letter from Mr. C. to Col. Patton, expresting an-intention to place one or more colonies in that county, and the Democrat extends a cordial invitation to flie asso ciatioii' to do so. As soon as its funds permit, the association in tends to scud agents to other countries; in each instance selec ting a native of the country to which he is sent.—Little Rock Grange. SHARP. Crops of all kinds are said to be more promising throughout Sharp, Izard and Fulton counties, at present, than they have been for years. The recent dry weath er has enabled farmers to get well up with crops so that they are now in fine condition, and their hhYids can be spared for wheat harvest.—Evening Shade Demo crat, 19th ult. tqNOKE. Mr. A. G. Ilan.ey, from Peoria, Ills, has lately located on Grand Prairie,. Lonoke county, and speaks of the country as the finest he. Ibis eter seen, and capable of producing almost anything that Ut* glUWU III niJj BCtblUH ui the union. He added tliai if the farmers of Illinois were aware of the advantages our state possess es, there would be a large immi gration from there this fall. Give the facts to the world.—Weekly Grange. JEFFEKSOX. Sad.—A son of Mr. Jacob S. Sleek—Frederick—aged 18 years while seated on the-river bank above the eity last Sunday even ing was suddenly attacked with apoplexy /pul fell into the river and was drowned. His body was receyered soon after a short dis tance below; where it had lodged under aa obstruction. He was buried Monday at ten o’clock a. in.—Pine Bluff Press. Johnson. From Cant. Gwaltney we learn that the wheat crop, pf Sarber county Is turning out even better than tire . dinners anticipated, wheat over six feet high, and 150 stalks frorp one grain lias been produced in that county.—Van G uard. ♦ . ,» » ^ .. I , We learn, from Mr. McMilleu, that Mr. Ike Taylor, an old man who lived oil lied House prairie, in ran Klin county,' was thrown from his horse one day last week, and kUlrd. llpj,neck was broken. Mr. Tavlor was ubout seventy years ol'agf.—lb. The nioney crisis in Kugland, we are told, is past, and the cause of the recent failures js attributed to over speculation. American securities have not suffered from the panic.—N. Y. Herald. What is reason now was passion heretofore. Our Letter from Conway. Conway, Akk., June 23d, 1875. Once more the gladdening show ers have visited our quiet village and surroundings, but nothing like a general season. The gay frondescence of blooming spring has been supplanted by the matu rer fragrance of a smiling sum mer. But still onward we move to ward the mighty ocean of Time’s ever rolling events, changing seeues presenting new pnases in the development and out-growth of a commonwealth, whose pride is the boast of a chivalrous, ener getic, l’.appy and prosperous peo ple. The citizens of our count)-, with a spirit of progression, look for | ward with a lively degree of in ! terest to that period of time when | the goddess Ceres shall (ill with I abundance the barns of our econ omizing and industrious farmers, whose stalwart forms and iron frames have inured to the voca tions of their daily life, and we have the very flattering promise of a bountiful profusion. Considerable rain has fallen, yet it would not be nmiss to pay its periodical visits, reassuring the reward that “a laborer is wor thy of his hire.” The fields of waving corn that kiss in playful dalliance the even ing zephyrs, as they dance forth on the wing of Flora, breathing soft accents of the gentleness of dewy night, when together in ag onizing pity, their tears in count less numbers fall, to refresh for the blushing loveliness of the ro seate morn. Cotton and oats both speak in the rank for promising . . _ .• . ._ riLUiuimint, wuv fully conic. Iu your last issue was a piece coining as the voice of Conway paving an outlook which is con stantly anticipated by the well wishers of every circle of business society. We have those lands for any who may wish to sojourn and nat uralize as permanent citizens. Good investments can be made by any barties desiring to invest their monies in real estate. Cat tle and hogs have the advantage of both summer and winter range so that a great expense is there by saved to the people, in the one . tiling of forage. Mr. Thomas House, \>f Mount Vernon, (a pleasant little ptyce in the.north-eastern portion of this county,) reports everything en couraging in that vicinity. Threshing of wheat is now be ginning and quite a number of threshers are going the grand rounds, and doing a capital busi ness, and we may hope fur an in flation of o«r circulating medium, ] as the wheat is being thrown on ; the market for nearly every man will dispose of a few bushels. ‘•Pin money” now is little like ‘•lieu teeth” were when we used to be boys, in the long ago, as we ate our “bread of happiness” and drank of the “sugar of milk.” And as your granaries will likely overflow, haul your wheat to the clever and good humored William | Ingram who has goue to a great ' expense in procuring one of the ! best flouring mills extant, and ! solicits the patronage of his many I frinn.lo Anil as days that have once charcterized the juvenile history of otir country and town, have ere this been reckoned among the things of the past, we find that our people are a. Christian people, and. choose rather the pathway of solid bliss, perpetual happiness, than the inklings of a semi-bar barous era and as the germination of such .magnanimity unfold it self not long before another an other church-house will adorn, of Baptist christening. Success to them in every effort. Ill the,dry goods line trade is dull with us. We have four dry goods houses, two drug stores, two saloons, four law firms and but five attorneys, two hotels, three practicing physicians and three. that have retired from practice. Prs W II Cal fee & Bro., is a firm do ing an excellent work. Dr., Vaughan, who is a brother of Vaughan, of the firm of Martin & Vaughan, of Springfield, ppuw^y county, is located in this place for the purpose of practice and is doing a good business. Carpen ters we have in abundance, and plenty of work for them to do; brick' masons, (and Firestones,) plasterers and painters, and all seem busy enough, but complain of hard times, we think they caifsjht them from the merchants, doctors and lawyers. 't’o-day Mr. Max Frauenthal has had his front yard cleared of an office and warcroom, that ob structed the view from the street to his cozy little residence in the rear; he is of foreign mould and manufacture, but fortunately for many ol the good people of Faulk ner comity he was thrown umong | iu. lie is a thrifty, tuterprLing merchant and manages his bus inesss kilfully, and suffers none tc go away, hungry or unclad. Apro pos he has just received a wel come visitor, in the form ol lleavon’s brightest jewels to the sons of men: A little girl of ten pounds weight. Just from the “faderifled." With beaming joy on every cheek, A rule of power in her dimple hand, Because her name is Cora. Our genial townsman John D. Townsend is arranging to open a telegraph office, which will be in full blast in a few days. Then will the electric spark touch its brother, who lias passed the ca ble amid the sunken galeons and battling navies of the other ages, among the corals of the deep, tc present the thoughts aud acts ol the antipodes. Our Probata Judge, the Hon. J. \V. Duncan has opened an of fice for the practice of law and will practice at the Conway bar as well as elsewhere; glad to ha\*B him. Probate court meets on the first Monday in July; County court the second Monday; Justices court oil Saturdays aiul Wednes days Esquire Hartye presiding. In which court to-day Thomas Compton was examined its to the charge ol'larceny (horse steal ing), found guilty and committed, gave bail in the amount of $300. Col. Bruce is right sick at this time, but good health generally prevails. More soon. Yours, MURRAY. STATE FINANCES. RECUPERATIVE POWER OF ARKANSAS. Address of the' Board of Fi nance. A Good Showing. State Board of Finance,) Little Rock, Auk., June 18, 1873. j At the time of the meeting of the constitutional convention, there was a debt due to the Union Trust company of New York, for money borrowed by the state of Arkansas to pay interest on the public debt, for. which $395,000 of the bonds of the state were pledged as collateral security. Since that time this debt has been paid oir, amounting in all to $71,126.36, and the bonds thus pledged have been returned into the treasury and canceled. There is in the treasury at this time ample currency to meet the July interest on all bonds that hjive been issued since tho beginning of the year 1874. Owing to the failure of crops last year, and the excessive taxation of previous years, the legislature at its last session made the payment of taxes for the previous iiscal year permissive rather than compulso ry. Under these circumstances it is gratifying to be able to state that the people have voluntarily paid seventy-live per cent, of the entire taxes due in 1874. The present stringency in money mat ters had led us to expect il much laaa fnvAmiltln fl IVSllIt, which wo think may be attributed not only to the economical desire of the people not to be behind in the pa} ment of their taxes, but also to a dispositisn to assist the state in her financial standing. Iu answer to numerous inquir ies, we wish to say that we see no reason why the funding of the state scrip as now allowed by law is not the best investment of it which can be made by hold ers. The present price of scrip makes this a self-evident fnct, provided that the interest on the bonds shall be hereafter promptly paid. The limited number of the bonds which can thus he issu ed, the circumstances under which they are issued, the absolute and inviolable light given by the law to have the money at any time in the treasuiy applied by judicial proceedings against the state officers to the payment of the in terest, the frugality of the admin istration of the government which is one of the most insuperable feat ures of the present constitution, render it, in our judgment, impos sible that the interest on these, bonds shall not he at all tiiries promptly paid. Under these cir cumstances, we cannot but thiiik that the funding of the scrip in these bonds otters a secure and profitable means of investment. , We would also say thut, the scrip issued since the, twenty third day of December, 1871, is not by law fundable. No one can huve been anywhere iu the state during the last few months and have failed to observe that the recuperative energies of the people have manifested them selves in a very surprising milli ner. This h(is been felt, und.twil! continue to be felt, iu the imp, o' e. lueui of our liuaucc^. so that no I may confidently trust, in a sliorl time, to see a great and marked change in this respect. Great as has been the disadvantages undci which the state has labored, gen oral and wide spread as has been her financial distress, we believe that a few years of prudent econ omy will place the state in as grand a condition as that of other states which have not suffered from the same misfortunes. A. II. Gari.and, U. M. Rose, Gordon N. Pkay, State Board of Finance. THE DEMOCRATS OF OHIO. Meeting of the State Conven tion at Columbus. A Platform of Solid Planks Unanimously Adopted—Tire Full Ticket—Old Warriors in The Field—Ratification hast Night. Columbus, June 17.—The Dem ocratic State Convention to-day was one of the largest ever held in Ohio. Rufus P. Ranney of Cleveland served as permanent President. The following ticket was nominated: For governor, tTilliam Allen of Ross; Lieutenant-Governor, Sam uel F. Carey of Hamilton; Supreme Judge, Thomas Q. Ashburn of Clermont; Auditor, E. M. Greene of Shelby; Treasurer, John Schreiner of Meigs; Attorney General, Thomas E. Powell of Delaware; Member of Board of Public Works, II. E. O'Hagan of V.fio The following platform was en thusiastically adopted: The Democratic party of Ohio, in State Convention assembled, proclaim the following “proposi tions of political faith and action: First—A sacred adherence to the principles of government de clared and put in practical opera tiou by the Fathers of the Repub lic. Second—Opposition to aggres gression by either department of the Government upon the func tions of the others, and to the ex ercise by Federal authorities of any of the powers reserved by the Constitution to the States respect ively, or to the people. Third—The protection of the Government to all citizens without regard to race, color or previous condition of servitude. Fourth—The President’s ser vices should be limited to one term, at a salary of $25,000 a year. Fifth—Retrenchment and re form in every department or the Government—Federal, State, and local. Sixth—No grants of land or money by the Government, or use ot its credit to railroad, steamship or other companies. Seventh—The preservation or the remnant of the public lands for the benefit of citizens of the United States, and foreign emi grants who have declared their intention to become such, who will occupy and cultivate the same. Eighth—that the contraction of i the currency heretofore made by, the Republican party, and the further contraction proposed by ' : 4- ...I*.!. .. iiinnr 4 .. llwi I'ai-.cwI sumption of specie payment has al-.! ready brought disaster to the bus- j inessof the country and.threatens general bankruptcy. Wc demand : that this policy he abandoned and that' the volume of currency be made and kept equal to the wants of trade, leaving the restoration j of legal tenders to par gold to be | brought about by promoting the industries of the people and not j by destroying them. Ninth—That the policy already initiated by the Republican party of abolishiug legal tenders and giving national banks the power to furnish all the currency, will increase the power of an already dangerous monopoly, an.'d the enormous burdut's now oppressing the people without oiiy compeu sating advantage, P.nd that we op pose the policy, and demand that all the nation'll bank circulation be promptly and permanently re tired, and. legal tenders be issued in their place. Tenth—That the public inter est demands that the Government should cease to discredit its own currency, and should make its legal tenders receivable for- all; public dues, except where respect j for the obligations of contracts! requires payment in coin, and that we favor the payment of jit least one half of the customs in legal tenders. ■. KlevorTth—The extinction of the present national banks, ami the establishment in their.stead of a system of free lmnks of dis count and deposit, under such regulations as the State may re j pectiveJy prescribe, and no paper, currency, except such as may be issued.directly by and upon the ; faith of the general Government. Twelfth—A tarilf tor the sole i pm pose of revenue. Thirteenth—We favor the com plete separation of the eh in ch and state; religion*independence and absolute freedom of opinion; equal and exact justice to nil re ligious societies, and purely secu lar education at the expense of taxpayers, without division among or control by any sect, directly or indirectly, of any portion of the public school fund. In view of the admirable provisions of our State Constitution upon these sub jects, which arc due to the energy and wisdom of the Democratic, party, we denounce the Kepubli can platform as an insult to the intelligence of-.tfre people of Ohio and a base appeal to sectarian prejudices. .• t Fourteen—That we are opposed to the passage of what are called sumptuary laws, or any interior ence with social habits or customs notin themselves criminal; and we repudiate any espionage by oue class of citizens upon another under an pretence whatever. With this declaration of prin ciples and policy, we arraign the leaders of the Republican party for tbeir extravagant expenditure and profligate waste of the people's money; tor their oppressive, un just, and defective system of finance and taxation, for their continued tyranny and cruelty to the Southern States oi''the Union; for squandering the public lands; for the continuance of incompe tent and corrupt men in office at home and abroad, and for their general mismanagemant of the Government; and we cordially in vite all men, without regard to past party associations, to coop crate with us in expelling them from office, and in securing such an administration of public affair* as characterized the purer and better days of t’hc republic. The State Central Committee organized to-night by electing A T. Walling, Chairman, and Joseph Qufzweiler, Secretary. A large, ratification meeting to-uigtit Was addressed by Gov. Alien, Senatof Thurman, the Hons. George II. I’eudleton and Thomas Ewing. doing a Fishing. As the weather waxes warmer tjfie enthusiasm of our fishermen increases; likewise the venom of the reptiles that lurk in and nbqut the streams. Among the outfits recommended... fo'f fisher men and suakes, vc find the fol-t lowing, which was ordered by an Americus, Ga., party, of a grocer and fisherman outfitter of that town. It is to be supposed that the party had lots o’ fun: “Dear Sul'' Myself and a coup le of frteiVda are going a ‘fishing, an'cf you will send us by bearer the following articles, which please.qlinrge to my account: ..“Four pounds of salt and a small cask of whisky. “One pound of ground black pepper and a demijohn of whisky. “Ten pounds of lard and a large jug of whisky. “One canvassed hjMn and six quart bottles of whisky. “Threegood stout thyhing lines .*ukI three pocket llasks of wliis Ey “One paper of large Limerick hooks and a gallon of whisky in any ole} vessel you don’t use about the store. “Also send me one i>utind..->f white sugar ami a small keg of whisky. Hurriedly yours, Pt*tL Cook. “P. S.—As we shall lie gone several days, and as snakes are bad on the infer at this season, my physician has just stepped in and suggests thut we take along a little whisky. Send it and tu ter it upon your book with the other item-; as above. UP. 0.” Si\ Persons Drowned in OlU River Duke. From the Gazette: • ‘‘About 2 p. m. Sunday, a party of seven color ed people, who had been attending church ontEhe north side, attempt ed to cross Old river, near the Steele place, in a rickety boat. Several objected to the attempt, but Scott Anderson insisted that he would carry them over safely, and relying upon liis skill the at tempt was made. When about two-thirds of tha way across the overloaded ami frail boat ‘Sauk, and six persons were drowned.' Among the drowned were omr man, Scott Anderson, and Mini Patscv Jordan, Mrs 'Tim Steele and three other colored • woilmn, .whose names our informant did not know. Cue woman, the mot li ef ot 1’. .Jordan, and also step riotber ol'Tim Steele, had sullr; ■ cifentpresence of mind to cling *i«i tby boat until relief 'came, amt Was sfcvcd. Four of the bodies had been recovered, between .the time of the accident and yesterday morning. lie that will not reason'is «•■ big ut; lit: that cannot reason is it fool; and iic who dares not reason is a ■•lave.