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BY JOHN MAHIN.
VVKKKI.Y JOURNAL. "oiVlOE OVSB THE POBT OFriCK. TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION. o« Oopy, 1 i "0 Tafcoopf**, (f# nJlr«M,) IS 00 imilitLI IK AinrAlCt. baeription* r«ooui»*d fur rami tin *1 jraarlj rill RATM OP ADVtBTISIHC. 1 (12 lino or Uat,) 1 lniartlou, S 1 00 1 a I 1 aouth, 1 1 1 60 1 60 00 1 T«»r, AM*rat deduction Bad* on largar adnirllMrarata. All tran.itnt ail«rtUiug nul b* |itl1 for la atltano* 10 CO 16 00 Dillj,utr tuunm, .....— 00 TrlW.eklj, S f0 Th« lralt ml Pontpoae«l An Idea has gono forth thit the draft has beer, Mtponod. It U a mistake. Our di*patche« yesterday morning state that the draft will undoubtedly take place on the 5th of January. The idea that it had been post poned probably grow out of the f*ot that the time for procuring exemption* hat bieti ex tended to the 5th. We mn therefore, burry op enlistments in this county cr stand 'fit draft Which will yau do, citiiens of Mime*tine Y Th« nutioa *r «:«pperhoadlim. The Albany Evening Journal sajs"thc Oopp«rhe*d Tribs ire busy trying to convince the rebels that the President's Proclamation proposes a great outrage upon them, and egging them on to spurn the proffer of pardon. They tell their that the terms are such as no people who respect themselves can think of accepting. But will the advice be heeded? The Chiv airy know to their cost what it is to barken to the counsels of Northern Copperheads.— They did so before the rebellion broke out, and were assured that tbe Democracy would assist them in breaking up the Union and on such assurance unfurled the banner of Treason. They naturally look upon their pretended "allies" as the "authors of their ruin and curse them in their hearts." PHOV. MABSIUIL'S OFFICE. 2D DIST. IOWA,^ DAVKKPOBT, De\ 23,1868. Jacob Complon, S»q., Mwatine, Iowa: SIR:—I see by the newspapers that Con gress has passed a bill limiting the time of payir.g the $300 bounty for recruits to those only who enlist on or before the 5th of Janu ary next. Those enlisting after that time will receive only $100. You will therefore give notice to this effect. Reiptctfully, P. IIALL, Capt. & P.o. Mar. 2d Dist. Iowa. DTPTHIHIA.—As many are afflicted at this time with this disagreeable and dangerous di tense, we copy the following simple receipt from the New York Tribune. It is worthy of a trial, and if it does no good, it will cer tainly do no harm: We have recived a reoi|e for the cure of diptheria from u physician who says that of 1,000 cases in which it has been ujed, not a single patient has been lost. The treatment consists in thoroughly swabbing the back of the mouth and throat with a wash made thus: Table salt, two drachms, black pepper, golden seal, nitrate of potasb, alum, one drachm each. Mix and pulverize, put into a tea cup, which half fill with boiling water, stir well and then fill up with good vinegar. Use every half hour, one, two, and tour hours as recovery progresses. The patient may swallow a little each time. Apply one ounce each of spirits of turpentine, sweet, oil and aqua ammonia, mixed, to the whole of the every four throat, and to the breast bone hours, keeping flannel to the part." py The comments made in the Richmond papers on Pres dent Lincoln's proclamation of Amnesty are of the moit spiteful and indig nant tons. They call that document an "impudent production" and an "audacious plan," and state thit while Mr. Lincoln offers the Southern people "forgiveness" on condi tion of abandoning their leaders, it Is they who can novcr forgive him for invading their soil and slaughtering their people. The in famous proclamation," they say, "will but drive the Confederates to new zeal and new efforts." WHAT TBE "MODEL EDITOR" SAYS.—The Dubuque Herald publishes liberally from Jeff. Davis' message and says ''it is a well written, candid, statesmanlike document," and "an honest appeal to (he civilized world." It adds that "Abe Lincoln" is far inferior to "President DavU" as a statesman. Of course eveiybody knows the editor of the Herald is a rebel. The only wonder is that tbe wretch is permitted to breathe the air of the loyal North 1 Wilmington—if we except Charles ton—the only Atlantic nort remaining to the rebels, is very difficult to blockade, the swift current and dangerous shoals rendering the stay of ships in the adjoining waters very dangerous, especially in winter. We do not credit the rebel stories of blockade runners entering by dozens almost every night, but it is certain that the "rat hole" is not thor oughly s'opped. More steamers are to be seat to our naval force there. yy The assurances we bare had through Geo. Hamilton and others, of the existence of s strong Union sentiment in Texas, that only needed military protection to be expressed, are now confirmed. Our forces under Gen. Banks have already raised two Union regi ments of Texans, and recruits are still flock ing ia. farThe Buffalo Sxprett, on good au thority," denies that any committee of the Loyal League Convention visited the Presi dent that any such committee was appoint ed, or tt«t any disposition was manifested to intrude its muosel upon Mr. Lincoln, or to intermeddle, in any way, with his measures and policy. HT There is some alight hope that an arrangement may be effected between our Government and the rebels for an exchange of prisoners.' Gen. Butler has taken the bu siness in hand—a man who has a constitu tional aversion to everything like failure in anything be undertakes. BF™ A 'special dispatch to the Chicago Tribune, dated Des Moines, Dec. 23d, says: Gen. John A. Dix has written a letter to Gen, Curtis, favoring a union of the Mis sissippi k Missouri and the Cedar Rapids & Missouri Roilroad at this point Gen. Dix takes the ground that two roads through the State west of the Des Moines River, and so near each other as these two road-*, will not pay, and that the tiro should be consol idated into one grand national route. Nearly Regiment. The Board of Enrollment tV this District has been doing a smashing business during the past two weeks, judging from the follow ins figures: Up to noon of the 24th there had an 712 implications for exemption, classified a* fellow*': Aliens, 142 uniuita blenestt of age, 100 non-residence, 1 phys ical disability. It!* miscellaneous, 20. Of the aliens, 52 are from Scott county, 31 from Clinton, 24 from Muscatine, 10 from Jackson, 10 from Cedar, 7 from Jones and 8 from Linn. None oi' these have yet been exempted. Of the 44J cases of physical dis ability, 192 have been exempted. In addition to these there have been at least 200 appli cants for exemption on the ground of aged and infirm parents, Lc., all of which were sent home with the admonition to wait until they v ero hurt. We should judge from the accounts given i.s by the Enrolling Commis sioner that so run very amusing scene* are witnessed. We are sorry to learn tlio recent developments have brought to light the ex istence of that terrible disease known among medical men as malingery, to a very alarming extent. Scarcely a day has paused that some poor unfortunate has not hobbled his way to the examining surgeons, racked and tormen ted by his terrible malady. It exists among the young and the old and is a ma'ter of much concernment. One poor fellow from Jackson county, who determined through snow and ice to seek relief from chronic rheumatism and general disability, was found upon examination, to be possessed of the unclean spirit of Malingery. Wo trust that the next meeting of the Iowa Medical Society will take under consideration the proper rem edy for th's disease. We are informed that several cases exist in this county. In the meantime, the lame, blind and halt, and particularly the scurvy crew of fellows claiming the protection of European powers, are given until January 5th to appear before the Board for examination. The invalids may be assured of this—that to make a pil grimage to Davenport without beirg, in fact, an unfit man for military service, is an un profitable thing. Colorado contains a population rqual to that of California when she was admitted as a State—fifty thousand. Tbe immigration this year was over fifteen thousand. Denver City has over six thousand population, and great improvements have been made within the last year. The gold quariz mines in the territory are tbe richest yet discovered, and capital for developing the precious metal is flowing freely into Colorado. At its last lession the United States Senate passed an enabling act for the admission of Colorado, but it failed in the House for want of time.— The present Congress will undoubtedly paBS a similar act, and the new State will thus take part in the next Presidential elec tion. TBE LAST ErroaTs or THE REBELLION.— The traitors of the South acknowledge that unless they can accomplish a loan and a con scription by April, their cause is lost. The loan must be for one thousand millions of dollars, and the draft of all males between the ages of fifteen and forty-five, and not less than a half a million will meet the emergency.— With a currency worth only seven or eight cents on the dollar, and an exhausted popula tion, how can the rebels hope to escape the ruin impending over them The handwrit ing is on the wall. The Adjutant General has telegraph ed to all the army commanders that no bounties, except such as are now provided by law, will be paid to any persons enlisted after the 5th of January next. The only bounty provided by law is the $100 authorized hy hec. 5, of the act of July, 1861. The com manding officers are accordingly required to secure all the enlistments of the veteian vol unteers possible beforo Jan. 5th, and give immediate publicity to this circular, tff The Creeks hare negotiated a treaty with this Government providing for the abo liti of slavery among them as a condition of their being re-instated in the enjoyment of the benefits which they forfeited by their disloyalty, and similar treaties are contem plated with the Choctaws and Cherokees.— The latter, through their Council, have pro vided for freeing their slaves, but a stipula tion to that end is required in the new treaty. w If the draft comes off on tbe 5th of January, as is now anticipated, it will be made from men in the first class, as Congress has adjourned till that day, without making any change whatever in the Conscription Act. The Washington correspondent of the Cin cinnati Gasette expresses the opinion that the draft will be postponed until the first of February, in order to give Congress time to amend the act. Robert Dale Owen has written a very interesting letter in defence of tho pardoning power assumed by the President in his recent proclamation of amnesty. Amongst numer ous historical instances in support of the action of the President adduced by Mr." Owen is that of Washington's proclamation to tha whisky insurrectionists of Western Pennsyl vania. J3fAdjt. Gen. Thomas, who has returned to Washington, says that 85,000 negro troops are now organized, and that by Spring this number will be raised to 60,000. He has great confidence in the efficiency of colored troops. fg* The popular determination to have the war "put through" appears strikingly in the fact that, for the first time since the Presidency of Jackson, the Administration has in its interest the Congress elected for the last portion of its term. PLATED OUT.— In a recent speech at Oma ha, Nebraska, George Francfs Train declared himself ''the best played out man in the country." Train is really growing sensible. Don't you think so, Jud?ef Mr. Cobden's description of the re bellion is felicitous as it is true. He styles it "An aristocratic rebellion against a Demo, cratic government." That's the whole story in a nut shell. BIT Gov. Yittes has issued a proclamation wherein he orders the arrest of all par ies re cruiting men in I linois, either white or black, for service in other States. iic,. Iowa fteww. —43apL Gasebeer, of the 24th low* has opened a lecruiting office at 1 wa City. —The laiiies of the Methodist Church at Iowa City gave a Fiir and Festival, last week, from which they rcali'/od $340. Well done. —A. J. Eppert was recently found dead in the vicinity of h's residence near Boonaboro. It ia supposed that he died in an epileptic convulsion, as h« was subject to fits. He left a family. —Tho distillery owned by Hoffin ft Hard est)', in Keokuk county, was seized on the 5th ins'., by Samuel Ingells, United States Deputy Collector of the 4th District, in con sequence of the refusal of the firm to comply with the requirements of the Excise Law. —A Washington correspondent of the Bur lington Hawk Eye writes that there was no mistake in the promotion ot Col. S. A. Rice to a Brigadier Generalship. The appointment was made for him, and not for bis brother. It is presumed, therefore, that Gen Rice witf withdraw his resignation, and return to the army where his presence and military quali ties are so much needed. POPULATION OP OUR CAPITAL.—A census of Desmoines has just been token, showing the population to be 5,451. The Register thinks the figures too small, and claims at least 6,000. The capital city is growing rapidly. BIBLKS vs. COPPKRUEADISM.—Rev. Dahfus E. Jones, General Agent of the American Bible Society for this State, writes to the Desmoines Register that there are 17,797 families in this State without a Bible, being an average of one family in every eight. He further states that in those communities where the Bible has not free circulation is to be fourd most copperheadism. It is, there fore, a work loyalty as well as Christianity to extend the circulation of the Bible. —A little child was scalded to death in Davenport a few days since by the overturn ing of a coffee pot upon the stove, the contents striking her full in the face and breast. A NEGRO KILLED BY A SOLDIER.—At Dav enport, on Christmas day, a negro mmed George French was shot and instantly killed by a soldier named Nabb, member of a patrol guard, who wa* intoxicated. Tne difficulty originated about the occupancy of the pave ment, the soldier having ordered French off on meeting him. The murder appears to have been wholly unprovoked. The mur derer is under arrest by the civil authorities, as also Corporal Frear, whom Nabb says gave an order to arrest -the negro, in pursuance of which he was shot. SUICIDS or A YOUNO WOMAN.—Miss Melita Alger committed suicide by hanging herself to a tree in Hickory Grove township, Scott county, on Christmas day. Reason—seduc tion and desertion by a young man named Frank Bell. A GLOOMY PICTURE FOB THE REBELS.—The Richmond Whig thus sums up the result of the war, as viewed from the rebel position Nearly half of our territory is in the hands of our enemy! Whole States and tiers of States, including the imperial valley of tbe Mississippi, in the hands of the enemy t— Nearly or quite half the men on our muster rol's not in the field! A large portion of those in the field distrustful of, and discon tented with their commander! The confede rate flag eleven times lowered in the face at the bidding of the enemy No navy! A currency worth from six to seven cents on the dollar compared wi'h gold Supplies of provisions for arm? and peop'e exceedingly precious! Farmers grumblng, dissatisfied and indisposed to exert themselves f»r the largest amount of production Hundreds of thousands of cur agricultural liborers es caped to the enemy 1 Non producers alarmed at the prospect of destitution! The poor pinched and stinted by the exorbitance of prices. The above is a somber picture for the once haughty Southern chivalry, and spite of his effort to keep up appearai.ee, the message of Jeff. Div's is scarcely more cheering. WKLL, WHAT or IT?—It is announced that the "Conservatives" in session at Philadel phia last week re affirmed the nomination of McClellan for President, and added ex-Gov. Campbell, of Tcnn., for the Vice Presidency. Little McNapolecn will be worso used up in hi race for the Presidency than he was in his Peninsular campaign. MOVIMENT FOR BLAIR'S REMOVAL.—Over fifty members of Congress have signed a request for the removal of Blair from the Cabinet. It is a noticeable fact that thus far the whole delegation from Illinois havo re fused to unite in the request. How nball the debt be Paid Two thousand millions of dollars, more or less, will have been expended in crushing the rebellion, and how shall this vast sum be raised Shall it be by grinding and inter minable taxation Shall we send the tax collector to take the uttermost farthing from the poor widow, whose husband and sons hnve laid down their lives in defense of our republican institutions—pouring out their blood upon Southern battle-fields i Or, shall we take the bat tie-fields from tbe possession of the proud and lordly monopo lists, wbose treason brought the war, with all its expense and treasure, upon the country? Aristocracy, land monopoly and slavery were the triune cause of the war. Let them all to gether be compelled to pay the expense. Let the widows and orphans aDd wounded sol diers among us be first pensioned and be pro vided for out of the proceeds of these battle fields, and the balance be made a sinking fund to extinguish tbe National debt. Confiscation in fee simple, in accordance with the decree of Judge Underwood of the Uoited States District Court, should be the watchword. The wealth of the South is in a few hands and the most of those few have rebelled asainst the best Government on earth—a Government which had never been felt by them but in its protection and blessings. Con fiscation will only fall upon the guilty, and will be an infinite gain to the i»oor and com mon people of the South as well as the North. In all torts and trespasses by the common law, by civil law and by statute law we com pel the wrong-doer to respond with his prop erty for the damage he has done. So let it be with these great tresspassers, who have attempted to take the life of the nation and to sell its Kbert es to the tyrants of Europe. Confiscation and distribution of the lands of the rebels are now manded by every piinciple of equity and justice. VPfc. The Muscatine Courier (Rebel) says that the Republicans have an unprecedented majority in the Legislature. It is just getting through Thayer's wool that his party has been knocked into little bits of multitudinous fragments by the ballots of freemen.—Des Mourn Register. OUR ARMY CORRESPONDENCE. Social Re-Union at Vicksburg, of the Sur vivtrt of the Battle of Wilson* Creek— Speech of Major C. E. Lompton, VICKSBURG, MISS., Dec. 12,1803. DBAB JOURNAL:—We soldiers are not made of steel any more than you editors are of iron, though we aro schooled in a world peculiar to ourselves, and gradually learn to be apathatic in regard to the crimes and dis^ tres-N which occur in a state of war. We sometimes in our lives are animated by the sweet passions and delicate feelings, and feel as if we were restored back to our paradise of peace and friends. One of these occasions and one of the happiest of our lives, was the evening of the re-union supper'' given by the officers who were c-r.gtge in the battle of Wilson's Creek, under the lamented General I .yon. About thirty-seven of the survivors of our first Wtstein army, with about fifty invited guest*, assembled in the Masonic Hall, Vicks burg, Miss., on the evening of the lth inst, and after a few moments occupied in selecting Col. Roberts, of the 1st Kansas, as Chairman, Lt. Col. Abercrombie and Major l'urcell, both formerly of the 1st Iowa, as Vice Presidents, and Major Munce, of the 1st Missouri, and Lt. Sumner, formerly of the 3d Missouri, as Secretaries, this crowd of warriors—every one of whem has seen grim visaged war face to face, and tasted of all its actual pri vations and honors, of its heroism and temrs —proceeded to tha comra dious rooms under the old Vicksburg the.i'ra and there partook of acollttion which was all the heart could wish or palate suggest. After an hour's work in satisfying the inner man, the more pleasing labors of the night were com menced, and until the Court House clock told us th»t tho antipodes were about retirirg, there was no int-.-rruption in the feast of reason and the flow of soul with which we were i egated. Of t'ie survivors, there were present eighteen of the 1st Kansas, sixteen of the old 1st Iowa, two of the 1st Missouri and eLven ot" the 3-1 Missouri, who felt that (he cha^n of friendship whicii was welded togeth er on tbo 10th of Angust, 1861, was strength ened by this meeting. Muscatine county was represcntel by s. v en of her sons who shared the dangers of that trying day, and I send you the response-1 to the toast, "Our comrades in arms who 11 at the battle of Wilson's Croek, August 10th, 1861. Their names and the memory of their deeds will ever live in tho hearts of the sur vivois," in which your young townsman, Vlaj. C. E. Compton, paid the following tribute the departed heroes of thatb'oody field: "Ifr. President, OJji-ers, Brothers To you, some of the living representa tives of that little army of tifty-two hundred that planted its banner on the hill o crhang ing the little stream rendered historic by your valor—to you let mo say, I am glad to be here—glad to be with you and renew my pledges of friendship and affection to some of you for the first time since that bright and still morning when, on the crest of the Ozark chain, you and your companions, with the brave, the noble," the lost LroN for the key stone, raided an insurmountable wall between the homes of the West and the foe which had handed together to destroy them. "With me, you have but to pronouncj the talismanie words, A ihon's Creek,' and you possess the key to my heart wherever we may he—whatever change comes o'er us.— With you I shall always be re*dy to double ray blanket and share my last cracker. "But for those comrndcs in arms who laid down their lives as a sacrifice on the altnr of their country on the 10th day of August. 1861 for those who went furth to danger and death on that summer morning, I fe I that the languigu I can command is »n inad equate expression to the honor and praise. Who of America's patriots does not re member LYOS i Who of us forget the CHIEF as he ^tood in our midst early in the mornirg of that fatal day, true, kind, brave, stern, fearless—fearless almost to rashness lie obeyed tho voice of patriotism, and wiih a handlul—I may sty—of cit'zen-sohiiers, con fronted on their chosen ground, checked and swept back again and again, more than five times his own numbers, and gave us our first lesson in our new book of life. Who of the survivora of that little bard does not feel the blood course warmer and warmer from his heart as his memory recalls the names and deeds of Mason, of the 1st Iowa, Gray of the 1st Missouri, Dyer, Jones, Pratt and Angeline cf the 1st Kansas, and all the others who, under that fearful stonn of death, quailed not, faltered not But all throuph that Hammer day A Wall of fire tl.cy stood. And hsld th« bsffl.xi foe at b*y. And utroaked I he ground witn blood," "May the nation's he-irt long keep them in memory. May their names be inscribed in letters of gold, high on the roll of honor, and may we who are gathered here to-night to commemorate their glory and fame, form a nucleus around which the survivors shall cling and cement stronger, if possible, the ties which bind theui to the brave who have sunk to rest" on that memorable battle field, by raising on the ground where they fought and where they fell, a monument, which through tho sges of time shall mark the spot where these gallant soldiers gave up their country and their flag. And my brothers, as we recollect the blood stained sod, tbe unmi.rked, scattered and almost obliterate graves on that ridge in Southwest Missouri where our comrades lie, sleeping their last sleep, heedless alike to the sunshine and the storm, let us renew our vows to the Union and to each other, and swe«r that the very spirit of this wicked, hell-born and God-forsaken rebellion shall be crushed—crushed to rise no more—or that we will give up our own lives, in our bla' k ets, on other tie'ds lio stiff and cold, ere we lay aside these arms. And now beforo we say farewell to the names of these heroes, let us send word of remembrance and sympathy to the homes that ware made sad, to the hearthstores which were made desolate, to the hearts which were filled with grief by these first offerings with which tho West proved her loyalty to the roost humane and beneficent government the world ever saw." The Major found the heans of his old com rades, and could you have seen the BOYS grasp him warmly by the hand at the close of his speech it would have convinced you that these tried and face-browned veterans had not for gotton nor ever will forget the brava men whose bones found a sepulchre far frcm the homes of their kindred or friends. Col. Scofleld, of Washington, Iowa, paid an eloquent and glowing tribute to tbe sur vivors of that battle who had yielded up their lives in the cause of justice and light, on oth er fields. Col. Sanders, of Davenport, closed the list of regular toasts in a beautiful and touching reply in honor of the ladies. I wish the women of Iowa and the North could have been present and beard the glow ing words as they fell from his lips, in honor of their glory and heroism in this war, and they would have known, if they ever doubted that the life of struggle, haidthip, and exer tion in the rude camp of the soldier can never efface from his heart the love and devoted loyalty to woman which her own glorious acts and sacrifices have won for her. Major Foster was called to his feet when tbe name of Gen. Grant was pronounced, and his reply was all th i old hero" himself cou'd have wished or desired. Representatives from Illinois Indi MKDK" OK IOWA. New* Paragraph*, The Ladies' Fair at In'iianapoli*, Indiana, recently held, realized twelve thousand dollars for the benefit of soldiers' families. Tho great Lindell Hotel at St. Louis, whi cost $750,000, has been sold to Henry Anus & Co for $400,000. In the rebel congress th* substitute clause Upon the recommendation of (Jen. Giant, Col. A. Cheilain, of the 12 I linois, is ap pointed Brigadier General of negro troops. The small-pox is alarmingly prevalent in Washington just now. In the Kalorama Con traband Hospital there are now neatly one hundred cas*. The city hosptnl is also lull. Government is paying in Cincinnati for two year old mules, l-~ hands high, $130 for threo year olds, $140, and for four year olds, $145, and for horses, $130. ment two small childred. The house took hre, and both children perished in the lUmes. Two balloor.ists who recently tock a balloon ride by moonlight at Sp:inrfield, say the moon looked nearly five times as large as from the earth, and made the clouds appear like immense mountains of snow. John W. Dobbins, who was convicted, a week or two ago, in Dayton, Onio, for killing a man by the name of Lindenoiuth, was sen tenced on last Thursday, to be hung on Thursday, Jan. 28th, 18'J4. One of Morgan's men, who escaped from Camp Douglas, in Chicago, with the party who tunneled out, was arrested last week in Lafayette and returned to his old quarters.— About thirty or forty who escaped have been re-taken. Com. Vandtrhilf, the well known millionaire of New York, celebrated the 50th ainiv rsary of his wedoing on the 19th inst. When married in 1813 he was 111 and his wife 18 years of age. They have had thirteen chil dren, all but one of whom are still living. The order frim Washington requiring that three-fourths of a regiment shall re-enlist in order to secure a furlough, has interfered ser iously with recruiting at Chattanooga. Few of the regiments have so many men on duty, many of them being prisoners or in hospital. Charles Brooks was latelr hung at Mount Holly, N. J., for tho murde of his father last March. In s dying confession he confessed his own guilt, but cai'f the crime was planned by his mother and brother-in-law, and he was forced into it by them. Since Quantrell's raid, only three months ago, about one hundred and fifty houses have been erected in Lawre tee, the best bridge in the State has been built, and other improve ments commenced, which were not thought of before. Gen. Corcoran came to his death hy be'ng thrown from hn horse near Langsters Station, resulting in a fracture of the pkull, Death ensued in a few hours after. Being a good horseman, it is supposed by his friends, he may have had an attack of apolexy. The star of fashion in Chicago is a Can adian half-breed. She is said to be su pass ingly beautiful, and is the petted and idolized wifo of a rich m-n, who took her when a lit tle child from her mother's lodge, had h'r educated in a convent, and for a time set all Chicago wild with bis lovely foreign bride. At Commodore and Mrs Vandesbilt's cel ebration of their golden wedding, on the 19th, there was a profusion of golden presents.— The Commodore's gift to his matron bride was a miirature propel'er of pure gold, fash ioned after the Roanoke, twenty inches long and five wide, with revolving towers, which filled the room with mu-ic whenever the del icate machinery was set in motion. Three soldiers at Nashville, ill with the small pox, were being taken in a hack to the pest-house a few days since, when the negro driver found out their complaint and immedi ately ran off. One of the solditrs then took the reins, but, being unacquainted with the ford, drove the horses off an embankment into deep water and was drowned, together with the other men and the horse?. Mrs. Doug'as, widow of the Senator, feels her poverty and widowhood keenly, and se cludes herself from rublic observation as much as possible. What a change to her from the days when she was tber igning star of Washington society She has a fifteen hundred dollar clerkship in the Treasury Department—a favor granted by Secretary Chase, and hence, no doubt, the story that she and tbe Sacretury were to be married. There is fearful suffering on the plans in consequence of the henvy snows which fell there about three weeks ago. The whole route from Leavenworth to Denver is covered with «now. There is no g* a*s, and hay can only be had at the ranches. The firm of Irwin, Jackman &Co., Government freighters, have lost over two thousand head of cattle. Passeneers from Denver state that oxen and mules are dying by hundreds on that route. —Alphabetically speaking, a woman should be amiabl*, benevo'ent, charitable, domestic, economical, forgiving, generous, honest, in dustrious, judicious, kind loving, modest, n at, obedient, pleasant, quiet, reflecting, so ber, tender, urbane, virtuous, wis.*, exempla ry, yeilding, and zealo ia. HTCold water oug it never t.o be drank wiihin half an hour eiting. ltd lutes the gastric ju'e# and reduces its temp rature and thittganU digestion and injures health. MUSCATINE, IOWA, FRIDAY, JANUARY I. iS6l VOL. XV-NO 24. ana, Ohio and Wisconsin were cullod on, ar.dl'f" the f.adien' AI«1 Nociellett of for hours the aW' Tang in echo to their elo qu* nee, and when wt purted from the uierry and happy crowd, singing as only soldiers can sing it—"Auld Lang Syne"—we felt as if the happiest lime in our soldier lives was the evening we spent with the survivors of the battle of Wilson's Creek. May the bonds which bind them to eaoh other be the means of promoting their welfare and happiness, is the wish of one who enjoys their friendship, and who partook of their hospiulity. luwu. At a meeting of the Board of Control of the Iowu Sanitary Commission, held at Daven port the 2d and 3 1 insts the u dersigned were appoin ed a committee to issue a brief address to the Aid Societies of the Slate, ex plaining to thim the action of the Board, and asking their confidence and co-operation. The Board w«s unanimous in the deterininutio.i to be faithful to the Constitution and the spirit of the Des Moines Convention. This was ihe basis of all our action. We provided for a depot at St. Louis, in connection with the Western Sanitai) Commission, and anoth er at Chicjgo, in connection wit-i the United Stales Sanitary Com mi sion, where all our i:oods are to bo icceived, re-packed and pre pari for the field, and mai ked wiih the Iowa S'atc mar! that, so far as practicable, they may ho turned over to Iowa regiments, and thus give them the satisfaction of receiving o o s o e i o w n a e a n o e n o th in the conscription act has been at'ivgateri ,.ir OWI s( eciil i may Another hotel is in course of erection at St. Louis wh:ch wi'l be nearly as large as the Lindell It is to be called the Southern Hotel, son.-d schemes. We believe they will he true and will be completed this winter. to their trust. Should any of them ii in a menagerie of strange beasts and birds. Trusfen Polk, former'y D. S Senator from i he will prove intell'gent, fai lii'uland efficient. Missouri, and now a rebel prisoner at John-j We bes eak for him a cordial greeting an I son's Island, on account of severe i'lness, has ac ive co-oper idon from all friuiiu-! of our been paroled, so as to allow of his remaining cause. Rev. C. G. Tiuesdell, our Recording in Sandusky until he recovers. I Secret try, with the care of a large chuich upon hiin, is unab e to perform the active his The Rev Daniel Waldo, who has attained the venerable age of 101 years, preached at 'he Presbyterian Cnuich in Fulton, X. Y., a few Sabbaths a»o. His discourse occupied about half an hour. Not a sing'e stiamer under the Anviri^an flag now sals between the Uniti States an. 1 appointed. In order to succeed, we must Europe. There are about 50 under foreign have^ the heartjr ^co-operation of all the patri Hags. English "neutrality," alias confederate piracy, has its perfect work. A sad affair occurred at Rossville, Indiana, on Tuesday of last week. Mrs. ll ilchinsoii We bel lV e this anj be donh to a la'ge extent, and and those who are drafted must tight. tlie wi4i so otun expressed by our people, Charles Atkins, a Mormon, who had com- that it shou'd be so gratified. That this milled a murder, was hun£ by a mob at Los Angelos, Cal., on the 17ih ult. iu:y be made as practical as possible, we ask that all Dames, marks, mottoes, &c., that t'ie ladies can put upon ih ir goods, indicating iheir s urce and the interest of the la'lies in our soldiers and their work, be placed upon their articles, lhat our brave men may thus be cheered by gieetings from home at friends. This is much more important than many suppose, and we would call special at tention to it. The practical working of our organ zation is in tha hands of our Executive officers, ar.d wiil depend upon their faithfi.lne-s and good judgment. We believe they fully undersiand that is their duty to be imp.rtial towards all interests, feelings and pr judices—that they are to i.e pirties to no factions or per. y ol the Iowa Sanitary mission, is our General Agent. We Velieve think people can give their confidence to Mr. Truesdale and .Mrs. Baker thus united, and may feel well assured they will be faiily dealt by at Head Qnirters. All Agents ap^oiuU by tho State a^e made Agenlsof our ommission, and will woik *ith us. Mrs. Wittenmyer is now the only ac'ive Agent in the field. No doubt others will be otic Indies in the Staie. Sanitary supplies have never one half equalled the demand, or been one-half as laige from our State as they [should have been. We ask you, ladies, to give lH left her home for a short time in charge oH.er y0ur confidence and earnest support, and furnish our solljers Rn abundant supply for thcir wants lt is a work that wi os while it relieves the suff rings of our brave me i in hospital and in trie fi ld. We cannot afford to lose tips blessing-much less that they should suffer from oc.r neglect. 1 the officers of the Commission do not manage to our liking, you will soon have a chanca to fill their places with others. The whole matter is in your hand* and you can control it. All communications, on the bus1 nefs of the Commission, should be addressed "Iowa Sanitary Commissio.-, Divenport, loaa," A'l moneys should be se.it to Hon. E. ark, Iowa City, and all goods maked, "Iowa Sanitiry Commission, cae Wtstcrn S nitary Commission, Sr. Louis, Mo.," oi '"Iowa Sanitary LCinmission, cue U. S. Sani tary Coinin ssion, Chicago, 111." We would call your attention to the sol di, ns' families, scattered a 1 over cur State, many of them in want of the coicmon nces s.trit-s of life. It is a shame to our common humanity th this should be so Why ate they thus in want Simply b-cause their atural providers and protectors are fighting our batt'es, and guaidh our rig-its. They •vere u der no lii^h- obligtt on to obey lh call of their country thitn th se «ho have re mained at home. But iheir patriotism «as of a higher order—they o' ey the summons, and for this their families must suffer. Ihis ought not so to be. We urge upon you, la die-', the claims of those to hom we owe so much. We ask you take systematic and continuous action for their relief. Give the men at home no peace until they supply you with the means required for this object. Es -ii-illy urge upon your several Hoards of Supervisors to make lib ral provision from their County treasury. Visit them in persjn, and present tbe facts as you know them to exist, and, if they are men, thov w-11 hear you. This is properly a public charge, and should be met, mainly, by pub'ic funds fter all our authorities n do, there will re ma n much that you aione can supply. We have no more sacred duty resting upon us than this. Let us discharge it as we would wish it done to u». The Board of Control is to hold another meeting the 20th of January, when we wiil try to right ar'V wrongs tnat may have been done. We will gladly receive any in format on or suggestions from our friends that miv aid us ir. our work. Let us cast ts de all jealousies, ami, with earnest confidence and zeal, uni tedly engaje in the work, that w-s may s charge our debt of obligation to our soldiers, and enjoy the luxury of doing good. We ask the Press of Iowa to give this an extended circulation. N. H. BKAINARD,) M... JAMES WBIOHT, Des Moines, Dec. 21st, 1863. liJs EXKCUTIVF. OFFICE, TOWA,) DK8 MOINES, Dec. 2lst, 1863. I most heartily endorse the fo egoing Ad dress of the Bo-rd of Control of tbe Iowa Sanitary Commission. This s a very impor tant work. I know that great good has been done by it. I know the supplies furnished ire, in the main, faithfully applied. I know hundreds and thousands of precious lives have thus been saved, and a vast amount of suffering relieved I ask the ladies of Iowa to act in the spirit of this Address -to bury all past differences—to dismiss all jealousies, and unite in giving th's, their Orgauization, their fuil and cordial support. SAMUEL J. KIRKWOOD. I fully concur in this Addrei-s, and earnest ly desire to see the object it is designed to promote entirely accomplished. W. M. STONB. It^T Petroleum V. Naseby writes that he had an interview with the President recently, which terminated thus: there any little thing I kin do fer you sez ha. "Nothin' pertikler. I wood accept a small Post-orfis, if sitooatid within ezy range uv a distilry. My po'i ikle daze is well nigh over. Let me but see the old party wunst moar in the assendency, let these ol 1 ize wun»t moar behold the Constooshin ez it is, the Union cz it woz, and the Nigger ware he cught 2 be and I will rap the mant -1 uv deliruin tremens happy. I have no ambishen. I am in tbe sear and yaller leaf. These whitnin lox them sunken cheke, warn me that age and whisky h-iv dun iher perfeck work, and that I shell so n co bents. nkin, scorn not my words. I -v ted. Adoo." jy The versatile New Y Tk Hrra?df which some time since mm na'ed Georg B. McClellan for the pre^id ncy, and afterwards Mr. Lincoln for re-elec ion, now sees in Geo. GrantUm.ptrjper person. Who next? light Near Princeton, Teun.«llie Uueiuy ltouted. MEMPHIS, Dec. 22. Col, Merrill, who was sent some days ago in pursuit of a rebel force south, sent in dig pat hes l«st night that he encountered the enemy 600 strong two miles bevond Prince ton, and killed 32, some of whom were killed by fabre wounds, 18 taken prisoners, 3 com missioned cfficers and 15 privates. The whole loss of the enemy was 50. A foraging party sent out by Gen. David son in rear of Merrill's advance, captured 140 beef cattle marked C. S. The rebels were all driven beyond Ouachita. Men ill was within 14 miles of Camden in pursuit. The Federal loss was one man. Tlie Blue Noned Kebcki Threat ening Maine. BOSTON, Dec. 26. The 8t. Croix Herald, published at Calais, near the borders of New Biunswick, states that much excitement exists there in conse quence ot apprehensions of a contcmp.ated ia by the reb?l agents and roughs from the icinity of St. Johni. The peop'e of Calais a'ld Easlport havo formed ih- inselves into Home Guards, and obtained arms and ammu nition, anl hold themsi-lrcs in readiness for any raid that may attempted. A Rebel Blockade Runner Cap tured. NEW YORK, Dec. 26. The rebel iron blockade runner, Cheatem, was captured by the gunboat Huron, about December 1st, in Doboy Sound, Ga while ittemp.ing to run to sea with a cargo of cotton, tobacco, rosin, &-c. Canard* Dxplailed. BAI TIMOUE, Dec. 2(5. Capt. Irving, from Libby Prison, says there is no truth in the report that Gen. Ullman was a prisoner »t Richmond. The stoiy of the capture of the negro pilot, Robert Small, by the rebels in Charleston, is untrue. Ho still ac's as a pilot in our fleet. Ail Important liu«iica) 4'oiivcit tlou at New O/lean?. NEW ORLEANS. Dec. 18. At a lato convention held of five Slate men c.'tlled for the purpose of choosing uncondi tional men to a convention of Union men of slave States, to be hell at Lcuiisville, Ken tucky, a delegation of colored men was ad initted to seats in the convention, and the convention opened with prayer by a colored minister. Hon. Wm. Durant presided. An adjourned meeting of the convention will be held on the 23d, at which an effort will be made io have the convention htld in New Orleans. The Chesapeake Attair, BOSTON, Dec. 26. The officers of the gunboat Accacia report when they left Halifax that warrants were out for eight of the pirates of the Chesapeake, all of whom were in tbe city, and had been for several days, but it was doubtful if any ar rests wou'd be made, as the police were in the interest of the rebels, and the people were bitterly opposed to such measures. An Important Expedition. BOSTON, Dec. 26. The Traveler of this city has a letter from Beaufort, outh Caro.ina, dated'the 22d inst., which says: An expedition is about starting. All is hurry. No one knows the destination, but the fact that it is to be commanded hy Gen. Seymour indicates that it is of impor tance, for he is a fighting man. The order to strike tents wis given at six o'clock and at ten tbey were off. Reported Rattle In Virsinia—Our Force* Occupy Culpepper. The news from Virg:n:a once more begins to be of interest. Meade has given up his notion of winter quart ring at Cent-rville, and is moving forward. According to our Washington dispatch, which came on Thurs day, a hat le had already been fought between o e of his corps whi .-h h-.d bten thrown for ward, and the enemy's advance. Later d's patches received last nig'it, however, do not alludt to the fi.u ht, but intimate that Mead^ has occupied Culp pper, a point heretofore occupied by our cavalry, with infantry and batteries.—Chicago tribune, 28f/*. Tlie Ruavians at Forlres# Jlonroc. FORTRESS .MONROU, Dee. 26. A Russ:an Admird and five Captains of the fleet waited on Maj Gen. Butler to-day. The General briefly' welcomed tliem, and offered every facility in his power to make their stay here pl. :-sant In reply, the Ad miral said he *hnul 1 not win*er here, as he had intended, but sv ould send part of his fLet to Annapolis to winter, when he had made a tii,» to the West indies and return. THE?TEW SPEAKER—SKETCH OF TIIE Hoy. Scnuvi-EIT COLFAX.— The Honorable Schuyler Colfax, th« newly elected Spiakerofthe Uni ted States i louse of Representee, was born in New York on the 23d of March, 182-3.— He is a descendant of Gen. Schuyler and Capt. Colfax, both of Rt volutionary fame. At the age or thirteen he removed into Indiana where hi traveled m'tch with the Hon Mr Lane, durimg his political canvass, and where he learned the trade of a printer. A widow's son, a pool boy, he educated him«elf for a life ot labor, and made up for 'ack of collegiate tuition I y his persevercnce and courage. About the year 1843 he became the propri etor of tha South Be.id Higii er, a *d after s'.ort time was somewhat popular as an editor. In connection with his profession he took a very active part in the po'itics of Indiana, and in 1848. was appointed a delegate to the Whig National Conv«nt onof that year.— During 18-50 h'.* was a number of the Indiana Constitutional Conventi n, and in 1852 was again s lected as a delegate to the WhigNa tioi.al Convention for the nomination of a President of the United States. lie was el cted a Hepresentativc in the Thirty-fourth United States Congress for the Sta e of id an lring the year 1854, and was chosen from the Ninth District of the State, su-cjading the Hon. Norm in Eddv.— He took his seat on the 3d of December, 1855, and since that date has continued to hold his po-ition as Representative ot the Ninth Dis trict of Indiana. lie was chosen during the sitting of the Thirty-fifth Congress as the Chairman of the Committee on Post Offices and Post Roads, and held this office for two terms. He was also selected as one of the Regents of the Smithsonian Institute during the.session of 1862 and still holds the position. On the 7th clay of December, 1863, Mr. Colfax was elected, viva voce, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, obtaining nine votes over the number necessary to Fecure his election—viz: 101 out of 181, being twenty, one vote* over all of his opponents. Mr. Colfax is a s»lf made man, who, by the force of h:s na'ive powers, and despite of the want of classical educatian, has raised himself to the h'gh position which he now "ccv pies. As a speaker he is plain, distinct, flnun and forcible. He is under the medium bight, i:her slim and spare, large forehead, brown hair and eyes, pale face and good features. 19* A good joke was perpetrated' bf a1 rebel prisoner oap'ured at Chickamauga. The rebel was locking at one of our gun", and re marked that "he didn't think that the Yanks would use them bie guns much longer."— "Why not?" inquired the Feds. "Because," sail hp. "the Confederacy is getting so nar row that you'll fire clear over it, and hit your men on other side." J^»"Onc of our offio rs in Lib^y Prison, chmoTid, asks Why ought the officers to content without exchange.' Answer— liecauso tbey havo Libbj-Rntion every day. MORE OF THE CHESAPEAKE PIRATES ARRESTED. Nine Oyster Boats Captured by Rebels. ffli iSnemy Refuse to Negotiate with Geo. Butler. Federals Shelling Charleston. Rebel Deserters Availing Them selves of the President's i Proclamation 1 Snccssftil Cavalry Hftffremeirt against Guerrillas in Virginia. ST. JOHNS, N. B., Dec. 28. Collins and McK nna, of the Chesapeake pirate*, were arrested and brought before the police magistrate to-day. On application of htir counsel the examination of their caso was postponed a week. WASHINGTON, Dec. 28. Advices from the army of the Potomac this morrtTng state tfcnt all is quiet along the lints. Nothing worthy of note is transpiring. It is reported ihntnine oyst-r boats, mostly belonging to Philadelphia, which were dredg ing for oysters near Porte Pulank Creek in York river, were captured by the rebels.— They came out in boats on pretence of help ing to make up the cargo, boarded the boats, seized the crew, robbed them of all their val uables, sent them to Richmond and armed the vessels. The crews numbered about six to each vessel. Porte Palank creek is about three miles above the mouth of the river. NEWBERN, N. C., Dec. J&: The new oath of allegiance has 'been-ad ministered to a number of rebel fhc rs and soldiers who have rec-ntly come into our 1 nes to accept the pardon offered by I he Presi dent. They bring the intelligence that a large number like situated who intend to do likewise at the earliest opportunity. The p'an of leasing cut the abandoned plantations in Eastern North Carolina adopted by Hon. David Heaton, Supirvisiog Agent for the Treasury Department, is proving a gieat success to the 'l'reasury I)epar ment, and also a great benefit to the laboring classes of both colors, who are soon to present Mr. Heatca wiih a beautiful testimonial. NEW YORK, Dec. 28. The Tribune's arrm- dispatch states that cur cavalry have ieturned to Be dton Station, havi"g msde a successful forage against the rebels, driving the guerrillas into the moun tains, destroying MI extensive saddle and harness factory and several armories a'so capturing a numb of prisoners, a rebel mail and a quantity ol ilry goods and medicines. The Herald's dispatch says that the re organization of the army has commenced. Gen. Tyh has N n assigned to the com mand of the Irish Legion. Deserters from the North Carolina troops are availing themselves of the President's Proclamation. Several New England aod Web tern regi ments are re-enlistirg. FOBT MONROE, Dec. 28. A lias of trucc boat has arrived from City Point with 500 Union prisoners in exchauge for those sent up by Gen. Butler. The rebel Government refuses any further exchange unless all qnest ons are given up about which our Government has been con tending, and their laws in r( ird to officers and soldiers in negro regiments are recog nized. They also refuse to n ceive a 1 ig of truce from Gen. Butler or negotiate with him on the subject ol exchange, because oi Jeff. Davis' proclamation ou:lawing Gen. Butler last rear, it will be remembered that they were quite willing to receive medicines froin and correspond with him, notwithstanding the proc'amation w.uch they now nvikea p'euxt for refusing nego'nt ons. They have al ready exchanged over 500 prisoners with Ge But er. The Richmond Fxsiminerof to-day contains the following dispatch: Charleston, Dec. 25.—The enemy com menced she'l ng the city last right, keeping up a steady fire which is still going on at 9 o'clo lc this mcrning. A fire broke out at 2 o'clock, destroying ten or twelve buildings but causing few casu alties. There is heavy firing in the direction of Stono, which is believed to be between our batteries and the enemy's gunboats. The shelling of the city continued to day one man mortally and one white woman slightly wounded. Three firemen were badly injured by tho falling walls of burning buildings. Eight or ten were slightly injured. All quiet at Sumter. Charleston, Lee. 26.—From 12 o'clock on Thursday night to 4 o'clock the next after noon 120 shelis wee thrown at the city. The enemy fired five guns—three at Gregg, one at Cumuiings' Point and from a mortar battery. The engagement on Johnston's Island be tween our l'ght batteries and the enemy's gunboats resulted in a drawn fight, wiih but few casualties. Chirluton, 21th.—The enemy fired four shells at tho city last night. No filing from Morr s Island to-day. Our batteries kept up a vigorous fire on the work ing parties who are engaged in ereciing an other battery at the extreme end of Cum* mings' Point. Our loss at Stono was one killed and five wounded. Dalton, Ga.,27th.—Gen. Joe Johnston a9?umes command of the Army of ihe Ten nessee to-day. Scouts report 2,000 Yankees at Cumber land, two miles north of Cleveland, and a similar force south of that p'ace. NEWBERN, N. C., Dec. 18. Late Wilmington papers announce the ar rival there of a great number of blockade running steamers. A refugee just arrived says that twenty three arrived there the night before he left. Special to the Post. WASBINGTON, Dec. 28. A large contraband mail had been captured in Baltimore just as it was about to start for Richmond Several persons of prominence are implicated. The confiscation act is executed with great vigor in this Distiict. New cases of seizure of property occur daily. AN IMPORTANT MILITARY MOVEMENT IN TEX* NESSEE.—The Chicago Tribune is advised of a movement being made on a body of 25,0dfe rebels recently concentrated at or netr Jac& son, Tennessee. The purpose of tha rebc% is supposed to be an attack on Memphis or some other important point. The Tribvns thinks the movement being made by th(b Union forces will not only thwart thedesigrlt of the rebels, but will probably culminate ili their capture. £W The Pension Bill, by the House of Representatives, appropriates $1^ 000,000 for invalids, and $2,200,000 for all other pensions under the variors nets fro* Juiy 4th, 1836 to July 14tb, 1862, the argraL gate, b^iiig $2,200,000 foc the year lst»4.\.yt :. .9