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JOHN MAU1N, EDITOR. C1TV OF MISCAXLUK. FRIDAY MORNING ...JAN. 1, 1864. A. Geological Convention. We are not apprised whether the celebra ted Professor Da'e Owen, who prosecuted his geological researches among the people of Dubuque, Davenport and other enteiprisiug towns, but was suddenly cut short in his learned and scientific career, was at the re cent exhibition of old fossils in Cleveland cr not. From what we have read of the pro ceedings, the old red sand stone, the silurian and the tertiary systems were all represent ed. Some very fine specimens of the ante deluvian age were exhibited, among them Garrett Davis and Wasbington Hunt. To have beer among them must have forcibly re minded one of those gnat monsters and infinitesmal animalcules that existed anteiior to the building of Noah's floating palace, ard then, too, in that assemblage a great truth was again demonstrated. To those persons, who, like the Saducees of old, are so incredu lous as to believe there "is no resurrection of the dead," the proof is now as "strong as holy writ/' There can now be no doubt that the dead do sometimes endeavor to rise. But to say that the«e fellows who met in that ruo«t solemn convention were really res urrected is hardly consistent with truth.— They are now trying the thing on with a Na poleonic lever, and if they can only succeed in turning in their narrow houses, gradous to goodness, how bones will rat'le in the year of 1S64. Conservatives that's the name. It is said that in the Deluvian age, of which we have spoken, that Noah, floating through the stormy flood waters, espied a solitary boat man struggling against fate and the t'de, and who, with piteous tones, craved of the com mander of the Ark the privilege of getting on board, to which the stern old mariner re sponded no. It is a'so related that the lone ly voyager bade Noah go on with his Ark, as be didn'c think there would be much of a shower. Whether the narrative be true or false, it serves as an illustration of the term Conservative. The fossils who composed that Convention may dream now tbat the etorm is not very threatening and feel like trying their ir.significmt shell of a boat, but they remember that these are the days of iron clids. That those fellows should con clude their labors with suggesting to the people thit George B. McClellan would prove a suitable commander and pilot, was expected. As he never yet won a victory, his race for Presidential honor in lSo-t will be short. We wonder the fossils did'nt go down to the Chiekahominy, among some of Mac's parallels, and dig out some of his buried munitions of war—some old musket stock or birrel, a howitzer or a caisson—and run a real live relic for President. Of course every Northern tory and rebel 13 well satisfied. The Courier and Argus, Statesman and Constitution, will hail Mc Clellan as the candidate of the Geological party. Thankful are we that they don't pro pose to get on board our craft so let them sail on with their canoe. The waters will rise higher than 'CO and the wicked will see more water than they did in 1863. President flaking. At the Cooper Institute, New York, on Tuesday night of last week, Wendell Philips delivered aT address on the President's late Message and Proclamation, lie gave Mr Lincoln credit for integrity of purpose, but expressed his dissatisfaction with the proc lamation—especially its reference to the Su preme Court of the constitutionality of various questions, and demanded more sweeping changes, advocating alterations in the Constitution, etc. The latter part of Iris speech was devoted to a very severe attack on Secretary Chase, whom he termed Mr Lincoln's chief rival. He said he had great merits, and had done great service to the country, and he would like to have him stay where he was, if it were only to sec his bank system prove a failure—if it were only to see that magnificent project of having the whole bank capital of the nation in a tub without a bottom." But if he must leave before his schemes have been tested, he wanted the peo ple to remind him that on the only great ac casions when the virtue of his anti-slavery life was tested it had proved ba-e metal, and hoped he would give some reason for hope and that it would prove better on the next occasion. Mr. Philips closed by saying that the country would never be safe until it was un der the lead of Butler or Fremont. The Cincinnati Gazette s Washington cor respondent attributes these severe diatribes to personal causes rather than to any question of principle dividing Messrs. Phillips and Chase. Horace Greeley, who was present at the meeting, followed in a short speech, advocat ing Mr. Chase as his own candidate for the Presidency, and vouching for the soundness of his anti-slavery principle. The first charge brought against him was that in the case of Margaret Garner, the slave woman, who killed her chi.dren. The Governor knowing that he could defend her against the United States Marshal, avoided the responsibility and left it upon the Sheriff by leaving Cincinnati for Columbus—a course which Mr. Phillipj said no South Carolina Governor would have taken when an Abolitionist was in prison at Charleston. The next occasion was, in the words of the speaker, "when fourteen States asked the removal ol a man who3e life is a greater danger to this nation than that of President vis to-day (I will not call him traitor for that would be libelous), but the re creant Secretary, Mr. Chase, flung himself as & barrier and saved him. If he looms up for our President, sit up nights, give yourself no sleep, watch till you are sure no bondman lives beneath the banner." Cincinnati Gazette. This sterling Union paper is now in its 75th year. It is always opened as soon as it reaches our table, because we know we can find something fresh and spicy in its well filled columns. The Daily, which reaches us only one day behind the Chicago papers, is afforded at only $7 per year. The Weekly is $2 per year, single copy, or two to five copies each $1,75, five to ten copies each $1,00, ten to twenty copies (with an extra copy to getter up of the club) $1,50, and twenty copies and upwards (with an extra to getter up of each club of twenty or over) «1 ,25. Address "Gazette Company, Cincin nati, O." Samuel Stevenson,a Kentucky "gentleman" of wealth and leisure, died in Washington on Tuesday of last week, from the effects, It is thought, of a slungshot blow, which ho received in thejttd connected With a house I of "his cell with a jacknife. ill-fame. The .Uurder »f Colored Soldier*. In June last, eighty colored soldiers, a 1st Lieutenant and a Captain, were captured by the rebels, after a hard fight, at Millikon's Bend. Their fate was long unknown but information has lately been received by the Government that, after a brief imprisonment, ihi two officers were taken frotn their cells at night and hung. Very eoon afterwards the eighty men "disappeared," a cant Southern phrase, which means that they were mur dered. The military authorities of the rebellion claim that they are justified in hanging all colored soldiers they may capture, who have escaped from slavery, on the ground that lht*y are deserters. This is the argument which, if good for one side, must be good for the other, which must hava universal application or none at all. Upon this matter the Tribune argues so closely that other comment is su perfluous. It says: "Since the United States is admittedly a Government, both de facto and de jure, it must have at least equal rights with the Con federacy, which exists, if at all, only de facto. If, then, the Confederacy claims to hang as deserters all the inhabitants of its territory found in arms in our ranks, the claim of the United States to hang those who have desert ed from its service must he equally strong.— It follows that, if the rebels have a right to hang re raptured negroes, we have at least as good a right to hang re-captured rebels." The truth is that the barbarous treatment of our white soldiers captured--the murder of our black troops—the injustice and cruelty of the rebel authorities in regard to the ex change of prisoners, are crimes which must ere long compel terrible punishment. The mercy our Government has thus far shown to its enemies must soon be transferred to its friends, unless these enemies—from whom mercy is rot expected—answer generosity with simple justice. Delinquent Taxes. Several days ago we published a decision of the Supreme Court on the subject of delin quent taxes, and put a construction upon it which we have since understood was wrong. It appears that many County Treasurers mis understood the decision also. In order that the decision might be fully settled, the appel lant filed a motion for a re-hearing, and the urt rendered its decision thereon, affi:ming that tay payers becoming delinquent under lawo repealed are liable to pay the penalties of the Revenue Law of 1862 for the time they shall continue to make default thereunder. It appears that sincc 1850 the Revenue Law has been twice amended as respects in terest oil delinquent taxes. From 1850 to I860 the interest was 25 per cent, per annum. In 1800 the law was amended, making the interest one per cent, per month. By the act of April 8, 1862, the rate of interest was fix ed as follows For the first three months, one per cent, per month for the next three months, two per cent, per month for the next three months, three per cent, per month and for all subsequent delinquencies four per cent, per month. This is the law now in force. The following table shows the amount of interest on each dollar's delinquent taxes for the years named: Years taxes. Dec Jan Feb'v 'March, April. Years taxes. IS 8 1864 1S61 1S64 1S64 1S65 192 1S6 a-^O I 204 20S 1S5S 167 17 175 179 183 1357 140 144 158 1V2 156 lsJS 116 121) 124 198 1.S2 1859 91 95 99 103 107 1SC0 73 n 81 85 89 18fil 61 65 69 73 77 1862 22 26 30 84 38 Fed tax. '81, 51 •r3 62 6G 70 In like manner, 4 per cent, should be added on the first day of each following month. The .tfext Presidency. No name yet mentioned for the next Presi dency meets with such general endorsement as that of ABRAHAM LINCOLN. The following paragraph on this subject from an exchange has been extensive'y copied, with approba tion. We give it our hearty and sincere approval: The signs of the times indicate that ABRAHAM LINCOLN will be the candidate of the Unionists for President We cordially endorse- the movpmeit. In our estimation it would be suicid 1 to experiment with new men while the rebellion exists. Mr. Lincoln has done we'll—much better than any man in the country could have done under the cir cumstances. He has proven himself a most rernur -able man, who sincerely des'res the peace and happiness of the people. The re hellion was inaugurated on his assuming the reins of Government, arid he should hold them until every vestige of the rebellion is eradicated and our country is blessed with peace. The most hardened rebel sympathizer has not dared to impugn his motives and honesty of purpose, and we cannot in this emergency point to a more competent stand ard bearer for the Flag of the Union, than Abraham Lincoln." Reconstruction. Our Washington correspondent refers to the objection the Radicals make to the Pres ident's proclamation, and disposes of it in a way which is undoubtedly the true one. We think it will be found, after all, that the President is on the right track, and that he will cut the Gordian knot of our difficulties before the over-zealous and short-sighted friends of freedom are aware of what he is about. low a News. —The Dubuqu9 Times states that Gen. Vandever his been transferred from the De partment of the Gulf to the Department of Tennessee, and is on his way to Chattanooga. HORRIBLE DEATH.—Jacob Well, 14 years of age, whose parents reside in Franklin township, Lee county, was recently sent a distance of three miles on an errand on horse bick. Two days afterwards his body was found nearly eaten up by hogs. It issuppos ed that ho was thrown from the horse and killed. KEOKUK HOSPITAL.—The tctal number of patients admitted into the United States Hos pitals at Keokuk, since April 20th, 1862, is 7,396. Of this number the deaths have been as follows: Of the State of Iowa, 1&) Illi nois, 137 Indiana, CO Kentucky, 8 Kansas, 20 Minnesota, 36 Michigan, 27 Minnesota, 8 Nebraska, 6 Ohio, 70 Wisconsin, 53.— Total number of ceaths, 617. —We learn from the Vinton Eag^e that Andrew Mullarky, a prominent lawyer at Ce dar Falls, and one of tho oldest settlers in the Cedar Valley, was drowned in the mill race back of Plumer's Drug Store in Cedsr Falls at 6 o'clock on Saturday evening, the 12th inst. —The citizens of Des Moines are discuss ing the expediency of donating several aires of public ground, known as Flea Poi it, at the jupction of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers, for the purpose of a union depot for the use of all the different railroads to center there.— It will probably be done. Streeter, convicted a short time sinpe of the murder of the McCoy family in Medio-*, Ohio, and sentenced to be hung on the 27th of January, escaped from jail on Christmas night, by secretly opening a hole in the wall of his cell with a jacknife. A reward offif teen hundred dollars is offered for hia arrest guerrilla taken in th« act. For th« Jonrnal. Advertising r:«y«— Agriculture on the Ai,«'udai:iiy. FKIEND MAUIN :—It appears that there is a law in OLr Siate that all estrayssha'l be pub lished in the HomeUead, our farmers' paper, published at the Capital of the State. In my two last numbers, the two last of the year, I see co umu after column, and page after page o! notices of est rays from neatly every county in the State. Now, when an an:nal strayed from any one in this, :md taken up in any other county, look in the Homestead and you will see it there described. This is the advantage of advertising all in one paper at the Capital of the State, instead of adver tising in the county paper. It is true it gives a very libird paironage to the fa\ored paper. Farmers had better take the Ilome stead and the county paper, too. It is quite unusual that an agricultural papr should have such liberal patronage. Poliiical papers aro usually the favorites, be cause they are the papers of notoriety, exten sive circula ion, have done tho handsome pulling for the cmel'datjs—the successful candidates—and therefore ihey ore entitled to public patronage. Times are changing in Iowa. The farmers are a long way over half the people of our State. We have never di vided off into a party to secure our rights-, and, as affairs are working, I trust we shall never have cause to Agriculture had two Senators and one Rep resentaiive in Congress from Iowa, who were faithlul supporters of the College Land Grant, of the establishment of the Nat onul Agricultural Department, the wisi'.m of which no rational and patriotic man can doubt. We now have six Representatives in Congress who will a'tend to the great interest of cur State and Nation. I now appeal most earnestly t" our inem bers of the Legislature to stand by agr cul ture, as Washington adv sed us to. We want a liberal appropriation to enable us to go on with our Agricultural College, which was be gun five years ago. It has dragged too long. We are sure we are right. Now let us go ahead, SUBL FOSTER. Fur the Muscatine Sourual. COLUMBUS CITY, IOWA, Dec. 2C, 1803. MR. MAHIN :—Christmas was pleasantly celebrated by a number of the citizens of this place in witnessing the presentation of an elegant sword to our fellow townsman, Col. W. W. Garner, from the officers and members of company F, 25th regiment Iowa volunteers. When the 25th regiment was being raised cur town furnished one company, viz com pany F, commanded by the brave and patri otic W. G. Allen. From the time of its inception until its completion, Col. Garner was active and efficient, and when ordered into camp at Mt. Pleasant the Colonel follow ed it there and remained with it, assisting in its drill and preparing its muster roils, until the day tbe regiment was ordered into active service—a period of some two months or upwards. When the company left Mt. Pleas ant the members and officers offered the Colonel pecuniary reward for his se-rve- s. lie utterly refused, as he had labored the »ood of the cause and that of the brave boys, his neighbors and his nei hbor's sens, who were going to fight the battles of their country. Bu'. the brave soldier never forgets a friend, and after the terrible battles of Lro! out Mountain, Mission Ridge and White Oak Mountain, when the 25th got into amp at Bridgeport, the officers a members of Com pany raised a sum sufficient to purchase the Colonel an i legant sword, and sent the same by the hands ot' Serg ant W. P. Miller, who was coining home on recruiting service for the regiment. The presentation speech was made by W. A. Coiton on behalf of the company, and was responded to by the Colonel io a few happy remarks, thanking the donors for ihe accept able and elegint piesent. After which mirth flowed freely and unrestrained, "and all went merry as a marriage bell." The Colonel felt as happy as a Prince, and everybody shouted, "liully for Company F." Yours, EBEVEZER. 0^* A day's ration, issued to one of our prisoners at the Libby Prison, is exhibited at Washington. It consists of a piece of un bolted corn meal cake, without salt, having the appcarance of being ground, cob and all in one mass, mixed with a little water, and baked. It is 2} inches thick, 4} inches long, 2^ inches wide, and weighs 12 ounces. It was issued, with a plentiful supply of James River water, to William Stannus, an Iowa soldier, from Keokuk, a prisoner of war at Libby Prison, Nov. 16, 1863, the day he was exchanged, after seven months' confinement. (jRgTThe progress of this revolution is seen as much by the way the Americans of Lon don observed the 26th of November, the National Thanksgiving, as by anv event that has transp'r d. They had a grand banquet at St. James' Hall, lion Robert J. Walker pre siding Rev. Sella Martin, a fugi ive slave, acting as chaplain Charles Francis Adams, our Minister at the Court of St. James, the orator, showing the causes of thanksgiving and eulog z:ng Mr. Lincoln, and many prom inent Americans being present and making speeches Now this meeting proved a great er soc:aljrevolu'ion,with n twenty years, than was ever before seen in the world. If wenty years ago ith-id been told Mr. Charles Francis Adams, the son and grandson of presidents, that he would anywhere associate with a full blooded African negro upon an equality, he would have thought himself insulted, ana the predictor would have been c:ns dered a fool. If it had been told that the American Minis ter at the first, court in Europe wou'd have attended a banquet to sit by the side of a negro—a man never rjco^nized as an Ameri can ci'izen -the one so prophesying wou'd have been sent to a mad house as a lunatic, liut how much more improbable was it that Robert J. Walker, then a senator from that fi»-rc« State, Mississippi, which for slivehold ing was next to South Carolina—that R. J. Walker, just after Secretary of the Treasury under Polk, a slaveholder himself, and fdvo cating free trade that the North might be crippled and slavery perpetuat.d, and who looked forward to be President through his adherence to the South—how much more im probable that he would be sitting down to English ef, beer, ar.d bread, with the wine bottle foaming by their side, and laughing and joking across the table w th a mgro, who had fled from slavery—one that he id declared and deemed to be a chattel, a p:cce of piop erty to be sold at auction with oxen, swine, and manure. Where and when, since the days of Adam and Eve, or at hast since th" great flood, ha" such a change in so short a time come to any people? It was m-ver known before. In all oth countries and times, slaves, subj-cted peoples, serfs and tenants, have struggled for generations, and ages some times, and they have seldom reached an equality with their masters, conquerors, and the aristocratic landed proprietors. IIere the revolution has been completed in half the life-time of one man the black at the banquet in London, was on an equality with the white, and the former slave with the o'd slaveholder. Guerrillas are apt to disappear some what mysterou»ly in Eist Tennessee. A let ter in ihe Congregationalist thus refers to a singular accident: Matters are conducted here rather different from the Virginia method, as to guerrillas.— Th'-y have a short shrift. For ins ance, a commander reported a while ago that he had met twenty guerrillas he had killed eight, and captured twelve but, unfortunately, in bringing his prisoners into camp, they all fell off a losr and broke their necks. It is hardly to be wondered at that such accidents occur. Tennessee soldiers are men whose houses have been burned, their families abused, their relatives murdered in cold blood, a pn e sat on 11 eir heads. It is no wonder they are im placable. Nor can one pfejt tiw murderous [Oartwi'oodODce of Ihe MuncutIne Daily I'RO.H WANIII:\Ci]TOJJ|. Christmas—Mr. Kasson before a Washing ton A uitience— he President and Wendell Piiilips—eicetc. WASHINGTON CITY, Dec. 25, 1863. I would wish your readers all a merry Christmas, only it will do them no good by the time they can see it So on this merry day, on the supposition that this lucubration will reach their eyes about the commence ment of 1864, I wish to each and all a happy new year. Meantime, Christmas is a great institu tion." Ilow many bright, how many sad reeolleciions cluster about it. Here I sit to night at my writing table (a noble piece of work and a convenient, made according to express orders), from above which look down upon me Washington, Shaksptare, Webster and Fennimorc Cooper opposite are Burn's old Joel Barlow, Mrs. Browning, Robert Browning and Secretary Chase at other con venient places on the unpapered wall are the best Madonna 1 ever saw, the best Washing ton Irving, a landscape in oil, an engraving of Forrest, a photograph of a sister whose iovely name was that of the mother of God, and who, years ago, with the words Lord Jesus, into thy hands I commit my spirit," died the death of the righteous and the pure. Blessed are the puro in heart for they shall see God. 1 open a convenient drawer, anel find a daguerreotype of my brother Joseph the only brother I ever had save little Lock wood, who died before he talked. In another case is mother dear." Many long years ago she talked to me, one evening, as only mother can talk, with the power of a benign ant nature, and tho glory of heaven lighting up her young face (she was always thought io be my sister by strangers), and before tho next sun rose she was dead. No day ever conies, and especially no Christmas, when my thoughts do not reccr to the dear and holy dead," who in tbe years gone by participated with me in the enjoyments of this merry sea son. Santa Claus now comes for my chil dren (May and Ilarri who sleep in their trundle beds as happy and as pure as the an gels), just as he used to come for us. See the little ones—their bed full of toys, ele phants, lions, tigers, all the domestic aniumls in luscious canity carriages, wheelbarrows, soldiers, artillery, the drum, the bugle, the martial sword, in gorgeously painted tin the rocking chairs near by a hundred little things great to them, about which wo ourselves use i to think so much before the gala day, and wlr'c'i we so much enjoyed, with those who are now gone from us. The mos' important family day is Christinas. Then we live our lives over again, become children, are happy and sad betimes, alter the manner of a changeful da}', wit'i the sun now pouring a Hood of 1 fe and joy upon us, now shut out by the darkening cloud. c'Otne Were Phillips' construction of the procla mation of amnesty the correct one, there is no candid man but would admit the justice of his criticism. But it is not correct. Mr. Lin coln does not propose to submit the question of emancipation, as decided by his Proc'ama t°oo of January 1, 1863, to the arbitrament of the Supreme Court, in any such sense as Mr. Phillips suppos-.s. The President is far fiom bringing the executive branch of the Government, or the legislative branch, into subjection to the judicial bianch thereof, or bom proposing any such thing. He says nothing about his views or surmises touching the future ac'ion of the Court. He do"s re quire of ail men who seek to reconstruct State governments in insurrection»ry districts, in States now pract ca:lv out of the Union if you please, to swear that they voVl svstam nil ihe measures the exrculive has adapted og iiml slavery, until those measures are de cided a-jainst by the Supreme Court. If you ill particularly study the phraseology of the proclamation of amnesty, the form of the oath required, etc., you will perceive hat, praci cally, the Supreme Court can have nothing to do with leconstruction under the President's plan. Those who take advantage of that plan must first be pledged, and that by oath, to stand by the acts of the President in the matter of slavery. It would be in them so monstrous a breach of faith to hurry the question off into the courts that such a course is not to be expected. B-sides, as a matter of fact, the men who will accept his plan are the very ones who will want slavery totally destroyed. Such, except in very rare in stances, are the only ones who will take the oath at all The others are incorrigible slave holders and rebels. As public enemies, or eyen as citizens, so claimed to be by them selves, of a Government at war with ours, they cannot come into our courts for any pur pose. And thus it will praciically turn out that those who could, will not, go to the courts, and those who would, cannot At any rate, the proclamation is a very long headed affair, and by no means turns over any branch of this Government as a ward in charge of the Supreme Court. The practical effect of it will be to reconstruct ike Slate* on a basit of freedom. That being done, a decision of the Supreme Court need constitute no fearful bugbear. Wait till it comes.— 1 Taney cannot live al ays 1 Lieut. J. F. Skelton, ot Company I), 17th Iowa Inf.. who w is sh through the head and the leg at the battle of JacKson, Miss.,! and who ha* been in Lihby prison for many months, escaped i ot long ago, anel after ninny trials and hardships, reached the pickets of old Ben. Butler, in "from" of Fort Monroe. He reached this city, the other day, as the telegiaph has probably inlormed you. He gives me many interesting, but painful, facts touching the life of our prisoners—the most painful of which is the belief among oi:r offi cers that William Vermillion, of Lee county, Iowa, whose release from prison I recently chronicled, betrayed, during the summer, a well concerted plan of our prisoners to rise, destroy Richmond, and escape to Ft. Monroe, and which plan, it is believed, could have been successfully carried out, had it not been divulged day or so before all was readw— Vermillion had a long private ilk wi:h Gen. Wilder. The next morning guns command ed the prisons from every direction, and our sufferers sank again into despair. Lieut. S. says that the rebel government took from him his greenbacks, giving him seven dollars of confederate currency to one of ours, and that, after the report of Secretary Chase be came known at Richmond, the rates were twenty-four dollars for one. lie has no doubt of a strong Union feeling among even many citizens of Richmond, and especially among the privates of the rebel army. se'j Mr. Wendell Phillips made a speech at the hall of Cooper Institute, a few evenings ago, which, like all the speeches of that brilliant orator, made a stir and a commotion all around. It was a criticism upon the Presi dent's Proclamation accompanying the last message. The orator says some excellent things, in his usual splendid manner, and then scolds at Uncle Abe, but, 1 must con fess, in no very atrabilarious mood. He has to admit that Mr. Lincoln is an honest, faith ful President in ihe main. The point upon which he most insists is this: That the American people are not to be governed by the Supreme Court. He urges, thence, that he President erred ia proposing to submit the question of emancipation to the Court. LINKBNSALB. .•*ew» Paragraphs. Our blockading squadrons have taken one thousand prizes, yielding thirteen millions of dollats to the revenues of the Government. A lunatic asylum in France was recently set on fire by one of the inmates. The build iog was destroyed and six of the female in mates were burned to death. The negro schools in New Orleans sustain ed by the Government are seven in number, with 2 teachers and 1190 scholars. The little darkies prove admirable scholars. Robert M. Fish, Private Secretary to Gov. Ramsay, of Minnesota, died very suddenly in Washington, on Wednesday night, while ac companying Mrs. Ramsay to the theater. Gen. Dumont, member of Congress from Kentucky, is the father of nineteen children, ten of whom came into the world in couples. He sits alongside of bachelor Thad. Stevens. A man at Yellow Springs, Ohio, named Ilezekiah Monroe, who has a wife and five children, lately killed a girl (sister of his wife) because she was going to marry another man, and then attempted to cut his own throat. He is no* in jail at Xenia. It was a pure case of practical free love, run mad. Gen. Buford, who died on the 6th inst, at the house of Gen. Stoneinan in Washington, wa the son of the well krown stock grower in Kcr tucky, and brother of Col. Buford, of Rock Island, 111. He was 42 years of agj, and was made Major General for his disting uished services on tho very day he died. Mrs. Ruth Briden, a widow lady, owner of The old homestead, i a farm at Kla, Lake county, 111., was mur- thc schocl house where we learned our letters, i dered on the 22d, while milking in the cow the schoolmaster so kind and so true after yaid. Her throat was cut wiihi a razor, and all, the schoolmistress whom, though twice her head bore marks of heavy blows. A man a largj as ourselves, we loved devotedly, the named Wui. Bell, tenant on the farm, is sup father then in his prime, now in the sere and I posed to be the murderer. He is still at yellow leaf, or, may be, in the narrow house, I large. the moihe', about Wnom center all our best 11 has recently come to the knowledge of emoiioiis, the brothers and the sisters they the Government that there are along the fron- before the min i on Christmas day moie tiers of the Canadas upwards of 10,000 ele than at any other time. I bless God for serters, most of them in a suffering condition Lhri.-iinris, ai.d trom my soul am surry for and anxious to return andj"in their reg ments. th se men who can make nothing of it hut a It i« probable a proclamation will shortly* be time for carousal. We ought then to be merry, issued by the Pre.-ident, offering patdon 'o and we ought to be sad, toi. Most great re- all who will return to their regiments within vivals of religion date from Chri-tiiwis, so far I :jo days. ,ts my oh-ervation noes, and 1 believe it is be-1 f-ause it is so peculiarly a family anniversary, The famous trotting mare, California Dam I move, therefore, that on ever}* coming re- ^recently purchased by Senator Sprague, currence thereof, weall b-inish ei'g no.!g from Rhode Island, for $11,000,as a present for our tab'es, and celebrato the day in the na'.ur-1, s al and proper way. vessel. She was let out of the stable in The Hon. Isaac N Arnold, of Chicago, and lion. hn A Kasson, of Des Moines, made peeches at the Union League Reading Rooms night efore last. Mr. Arnold had his ad dress al! written out beforehand, and, for that kind of an effort, it was all that could be desi'ed—sensible, polished, sound in doctrine, admirable in its eo'ij-truction, and, generally, exhibi.ive of scholarly attainments and a fair degree of mediocre native talent. Mr. Arnold is, by nature and education, a carpet knight, and his speech on this occasion was a tip-top essay for that style of man. For mv own part, I do not like tho style. Mr Kasson made a first-rate speech—he did not read an essay He filled his audience with enthusi asm, and carried them with him in sympathy, whether he appealed to their feelings of pa triotism, or invoked their indignation ag.iinst the "institution'' which had brought all these troubles upon the country, and which, he said, must be effectually destroyed before a lasting peace could be brought about. I will not attempt a report of the speech. I shall only say further that I have heard many of the eminent men of the country spsak from the same st nd, but never one who made a better speech. And this is not only my opin ion, it is the general opinion. Let me say, in winding up this branch of my letter, that ihe report of Mr. Ivasson's speech in the Chronicle of yesterday was a monstrous out rag-.', and an unmixed disgrace to that paper. 'las 'rom the but sting of a the morning, in apparent good health, arid commenced frisking about, when the blood suddenly flowed from her mouth, and she soon died. A reward of $5,500 has been offered for the arrest and conviction of the bank robber who killed young Converse, at the Maiden (Mass.) Bank, a few weeks ago. The mur derer took away with him about $5,000, in cluding thirty $100 bills. Persons reciving $100 bills on that bank from strangers, would 'Jo well to inquire into the character of the person offering them. Reverdy Johnson is the father of the United States Senate, having first taken his seat there as a Senator from Maryland in 1845 but he has not 0**urieei it continuously, while lion John P. Hale has been a Senator from New Hampshire since 1847. So in the Housev Mr. Washhurne, froen Illinois, has represented his district longer, continuously, than any other Representative but Thad. Stevens, of Pennsylvania, was a member some years be fore his term commenced. Turner ^Mitchell's packing house, at Chi cago, was burned on Wednesday of last week Tbe loss will reach from $40,000 to $50,000. The building contained four tanks, holding at the time six to eight thousand pounds of tal low, besides which the carcases of 185 cattle, killed on the previous day and hung up to cool, were consumed, with the hides and other material which had accumulated for some nays. This immense amount ol fatty matter, largely composed of carbon, furnished the basis for a firo remarkable for intensity of heat, and prolonged combustion. The Uethoditits in the Month. Tho Methodist, of last yveek, says: "The recent appropriation of $35,000 for the extension of our work in the far South is likely to be followed by important conse quences. Almost simultaneously with it appears the proclamation of the President offering to the people of the States now in rebellion an amnesty upon certain conditions which he has thought fit to prescribe. Measures have already been taken to carry out the p'ans of our church. Bishop Ames, at last accounts, was at St. Louis, preparing to start upon his tour down the Mississippi. Bishop Simpson will soon proceed to Tennes see. A prominent and popular Methodist minister, now stationed in New York city, has been designated for the city of New Orleans and though the appointment demand* of him not a 1 ttle sacrifice, his acceptance is never theless hoped for. An order has been given by the Secretary of War permitting the occu pation of deserted churches within ourlir.es, and the use of them temporarily for religious services. No questions of ownership or pos session are to ba raised these can be deter mined only when the several States are brought back to their allegiance and civil rule is once more established over their people. Many facts in the condition of the South ern States encourage the hor-e of the return of ths vast majority of Methodis's in the South to the old church—the church of As* bury and McKendree, from which many of them separated with the greatest reluctance. EXTINCTION or SLAVERY IN MISSOURI.—A St Lcuis letter to the N. Y. Commercial says the order to recruit blacks in Missouri was a stiggering blow to the remnants of the peculiar institution in Missouri. Tbe practi cal working of the order is as follows: A recrui ing officer goes into a distiict and re cruits fifty or a bundled negroes—the masters receiving receipts by which, on proof of loy alty, they will be entitled to compensation.— The negroes come to SL Louis, and, on an examination by a surgeon, three-fourths of the recruits are declared physically unfit for service They are rejected, and of course their masters receipts, are null and void.— They are held for a few days, and, in default of their masters' appearance, discharged.— Not one in five of the rejected recruits ever return to slavery. This has been the opera tion of the negro recruiting system thus far, and the exodus of negroes from the country is more rapid than ever. Slaves slip them selves into parties of recruits, arrive in St. Louis, swear they hail from Arkansas or Mis sissippi, receive free papers, go into the free States, and thus are lost to the South forever. TELEGRAPHIC. MOVEMENTS IN VIRGINIA. UnioB Troops Occupy® Cedar Mountain. The Rebel Army gone into Winter Quarters. Judge Taney Dangerously ill. Valuable Cargo of CottouTaptured. WASHINGTON, Dec. 28. The Richmond Enquirer of the 17th, says our Government has abandoned every point excepting the treatment of negro prisoners. Now tha simple truth is our Government has not abandoned any point. 11 is known Mai. Gen. Butler, who has superceded Meredith, has no such instructions. The prisoners have been placed under his orders, and he is authorized to conduct the exchange man for man and officer for officer of equal rank with those paroled and sent forward by himself. The object is to make an even exchange as far as the prisoners in the rebel possession will admit, and governed by humane motives.— The effort will be made first to procure the release of those who have for the longest time been held as prisoners. Colored troops and their officers, in conducting the exchange, will be placed on equality with other troops, and *o with colored persons in civil employ ment. This is one of the points hereafter to be adjusted. The honor and dignity of the Goyerninent in the protection of such per sons will not be compromised. The recent visit of Gen. Hitchcock to Ft. Monroe was to sea Gen. Butler and commu nicate to him the orders of our Government on this subject. The object is to secure the exchange of an equal number of prisoners on each side, leaving all other questions for future determination, the excess being largely in our favor. The exigencies of the public service require many more officers for the colored regiments, principally line officers. Gen. Casey's Board weie hard at work examin n-^ candidates, but weie unable to supply the demand. Sixty officers are wante-J immediately, and one hundred and fifty would be received in the next two weeks if they could be obtained. Of 800 horses sent to Gen. Butler from New York, for cavalry service in this depart meat, 700 were condemned ns worthless. Investigation- into the affairs of the Quar termaster's Department at Alexandria are still progressing, and Old Capitol receives almost daily some of the parties implicated in the re cent frauds. Contractors come in for a full share. Maj Davis, Assistant Inspector, late of the Army of the Potomac, has been announced as General Inspector of the Department of New Mexico. It is stated that Quartermaster General Meigs is to be reinstated in his office here. Mobile, -!1—Two white regiments sent down to Ft. Jackson, had not recovered the fort, and were lighting ou Saturday. The Richmond papers are gloomy oyer the effects of Averill's raid. CINCINNATI, Dec. 29. The City Council yesterday passed resolu tions authorizing the construction of a rail road track through the streets, connecting the Little Miami & Indianapolis and Cincin nati Railroads. The cash receipts of the Sanitary Fair up to Monday were nearly $85,000. NEW YOHK, Dec. 29 The Tribune's Washington dispatch con tains the following: Chief Justice Taney is lying at the point of death. It is said that in such States as Wisconsin and Michigan, in which tho first draft is not yet completed, the Government will secure hardly any of the drafted men, the commu lation money being almost unanimously paid. The Tribune leains that the United States steamer Huron captured an old river steamer with 300 bales cotton, valued at $100,000, while attempting to run the blockade. The expedition planned by Gen. Gilmore, for attacking Savannah was abandoned in consequence of the return of the rebel troops who had been to Bragg's assistance. Several expeditions are afloat, from which good results are anticipated. The World's Washington dispatch says: It's rumored to-night thit Hooker has been suddenly ordered to Washington. NEW YORK, Dec. 29. The steamer Harmonia, from Southampton, arrived this forem-on. No news. The steamship Roanoke, from Havana the 23d, and the Tubal Cain, frcm St. Domingo the 7th, have a'so arrived here. The rebellion at St. Domingo is still pro gressing. There are about 10,000 Spanish there, but they cannot penetrate into the interior on account of the bad roads and guerrillas. The Spanish war steamer Elba was burned at Canary Island, causing the total loss of a large quantity of stores, muskets, &c. NEW YORK, Dec. 29. A Charleston letter to the Baltimore Amer ican, dated on the fleet, Dec. 24th, says: ''As I intimated in my last, we have settled down here into the expectation of a month or two more of inactivity. The strike among the engineers at the North, which has delay ed the completion of the monitors and de prived our iron-clad fleet of reinforcements which were expected here more than a month since, has been the primary cause of the delay. The disaster to the Weehawken, and the coming of the winter season with its con stant storms, has still further enforced this delay. l'wo months hence spring will be advanc ed here, and with our iron-clad |force increas ed by three or four new monitors, we will be prepared to take advantage of the most healthful and pleasant part of the season Let us hope that if Grant does not steal a march on us by one of his famous rear at tacks, that Charlestoo will then fall. Io the meantime, if we cannot look for immediate and decisive results here, no great disaster need be apprehended. Gen. Gillmore's position is impregnable. The monitor Lehigh by the time this reaches you will have completed tha repairs rendered pecegsary by the hammering she received '•-"Xfi,. CAIRO, Dec. 28. The sunken steamer Fannie ivlcBurnie has been deserted with oo hopes of her being raised. Gen. McPherson, commanding at Vicks burg, has l-sued orders for changing Col. B. G. Farror's 2d Mississippi artilleiy into cav alry to operate against tbe guerrillas which infect the lower part of the river. The large steamer Chouteau has been placed at Col. Farron's disposal. Several pieces of artillery have been furnished him. The steamer John J. Roe, from New The steamer Hope, from New Orleans the 17th, had 50 bbls. orang"s, 518 bbls. molas ses, 159 hhds. sugar and 27 bales cotton for St. Louis. The steamer Good Friend, en rante from Memphis to Cairo, had 5uO biles cotton and a lot of sugar. The steamer Silver Lake, from Vicksburg, has 250 bales cotton for St. Louis. Times' Special. WASHINGTON, Dlec. 28. Officers from ihe front to-night say a small cavalry force beilds the north bank of the Rap dan at iccoon Ford. Our forces occu py Cedar Mountain. There was a little skirmishing Saturday, oc casioned, it is supposed, by our army extend ing its picket lines on the right. The rebel armyfcas gone into winter quar ters between Gordonsville and Orange Court iiouse. Gen. Rufus Ingalls, Chief Quar ermaster, and Col. Clatk, Chief Commissary of the Army of the Potomac, were to-day relieved. Gen. Ingalls' successor has not yet been an nounced. Col. Clark is ordered to New York. Maj. Wilson takes his place. while aground. The Putapsco has nearly completed t.errepaiis and will shoitly relieve the Nautuckeiat Warsaw Sound. Both the Paoipsco and Le iigh have bwen provided with extra deck p'.utes, ibat will add to their in vulnerability. WASHINGTON, Dec. 29. An expedition to co operate with Geti. Averill, consisting of two regiments of in fantry, 400 cavalry and a battery of six guns, th- tor Since Congress refused to pay the exorbi tant bounties expected, re-enlistments have been much increased and hundreds are arriv ing here daily. Those who were waiting for on increase of bounty are now coming for ward, and in a few weeks, at tbe preseut rate, nearly all of the army of the Potomac will have re-enlisted for the war. Special to the World, WASHINGTON, Dec. 29. Not a little disappointment is felt at the failure to effect an exchange of prisoners, for Gen. Butler telegraphed that he was quite sanguine of securing a complete exchange. The whole matter now reverts to Gens. Hitch cock and Meredith. Or leans the 16th, had 63 bales cotton and 290 hhds. sugar for St. Louis and 255 bbls. mo lasses for Car. o. The rebels still permit private donations of provisions to go to our prisoners, but will not receive anything from our government in that line. Times' Special, WASHINGTON, Dec. 2!. The War Department has under considera tion several important questions relative to the draft, which will shortty be made public. Ti.e quotas ot the several States are being so arranged as to avoid difficulties in future.— Each S ate will be officially informed of the number of men it is expected to raise, and the time fixed for the enforcement of the draft, which will not be before the middle of January. .- CINCINNATI, Dec. 80. The Sanitary Fair closes on Saturday ni^ht. The Produce and Merchandize Hall, for the reception of donations of merchandize «nd country produce, will continue open till Jan uary 9th. NEW YORK, Dec. 29. The Post says a British Lieutenant, who was to sail for Bermuda to-day, was arrested by Marshal Murray, an I sent to Fort Lafa yette. A rebel maii was found concealed in his baggage. Tho letters were immediately forwarded to Secretary Seward. Further developments relative to the seiz ure of the Cromwell and bark Circassian are published. It appears that on the d-iy of the sailing of the Cromwell. Marshal Murray ar rested H. Laguee, formerly U. S. Minister to S a n S a v a o o e e w i i s w i e a and child, and Messrs. G. F. Cantz snd Berez, all ol whom were sent to Ft. Lafaye'te. Ligu'e's baggage was searched and a bill ot lading found for 50 barrels lard, shipped on board the rca*sian On searching the lard, 1,000 navy revolvers were found secreted therein. Cantz and others were arrested, having been found in company with Lagure, and on supposition that they knew of the matter. WASHINGTON, Dec. 30. It is not believed here that Secretary Chase will issue any more legal tenders, though it is stated that both Committees of Congress have expsessed the opinion that it would have been done. Tt is understood that it was his intention to call for a loan yesterday. MHMPIIIS, Dec. 28, via CAIRO, Dec. 30. After suffering defeat at SurnncrvrlTe anel Mieidleburg, the particulars of which have not yet been received, Forrest divided his forces and a column reported at 4,000 crossed Wolf River near Lafayette, yesterday fore noon. They destroyed several small culverts aud trestles, and the telehraph line on the AC. & O. Railroad, between Collierville and Mos cow, and have gone South. Grierson's cavalry and Morgan's brigade of infantry are alteT them. It is hoped they will biing them to a stand at Cold water bridge, upon which this foree crossed Wolf River, which had been ordered destroyed, but the order was disobeyed. The telegraph line is now repaired and is in working order. The railroad will be all right to-morrow. There will be a grand military ball at the Gayoso House, on New Year's eve. Weather cold. CAIRO, Dee^ 30. Nine hundred and forty-seven bales of cotton were sold in Memphis on Saturday,the 25th inst. The sales for the week were 1,649 bales, being 250 bales less than was sold the previous week. The amount shipped during the week was 2.501 bales, 577 bales more than the previous week. The weekly ship ment from Oct. 19th to Dec. 26th, inclusive, was 22,630. WASHINGTON, Dcc. 30. The fire alarm telegraph patents of John R. Gamewell & Co., whicti were confiscated, were sold i-day, by the United States Mar shal, and purchased by John F. Kenard & Co', of Boston. Chief Justice Taney is thought to be some what better this morning. BOSTON, Dec. 30. The usually well-posted correspondent of the Boston Herald, writing fiom tho fleet off Charleston, dating Dec 23d, says I see by tbe papers that there is a good deal of uneasiness because the Navy here is idle. Lane hays that if the people at the North only knew the reason why we are idle ihey would stop gruuibling. In due season they will have a chance to rejoice over the doings of the Navy before Charleston. To prove thit this is no idle st itement, I am willing to wa ger $1,000 with any Northern grumbler, that if everything works according to the plans bid out, the place will be occupied by the Union forces in sixty days from date. NEW YORE, Dec. SO. A Washington dispatch says Lord Lyons had a protracted interview, to-day, with the Secretary of State. The Chesapeake affair is likely to prove a troub'esome question. A dispatch to the Philadelphia Enquirer says the official report of the rebel loss at Chickamauga is stated as follows: Killed, 2,299 dangerously wounded,-1,780 slight ly wounded, 10,500 missing, 1,950. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 29. The French paper of this city has received news from the citr of Mexico to the 7th inst. The French troops entered Morelia on the 30th of November, without opposition. Gen. Berthier had ocoupied Acumbero.— Gen. Brazieria was at Coly ia, where General Commonfort was assassinated. Juarez and his ministers are said to have left for Dnran o Gen. Brazieria had collected 12,000 French troops at Collyia, and Gen. Dani was at Sal n.ancha, sixteen leagues from Guanaexato. It is tateel that the Governments of Hol land and Spain have cognized the new Mex ican Government. Gen. N'egrtthe has succeeded Gen. Com mofjjSbrt flpthe Minister of War of Juarez. Special to the Post. roe numbering ,4l' in all, under com- oppos?d to -.he proposition made in the Sen mand of Col. G. O. Welies, of Massachusetts, I ale to permit the Governors of the free States returned to Harper's Feiry without tbe loss of to fill their quotas under the diaft in the a man, after penetrating to Uairisonburg, slave Sta'es. where Averill had finished bis work. A Her Lucien Anderson, from Kentucky, will leo Wells had accomplished bis diversion strictly i ture before the IT. ion League to ni"*ht. according to orders, be found himself con- gT j0IiNS tt fronted by 7.000 to 10,000 of Lee's forces, The .following is received via Galway not with Gen. Rose s brigade una purtot Stuart s through our agent in Mexico cavalry in Ins rear at Front Royal. By clear strategy and forced marches, he cscaped tbe former and avoided the latter's tires and reached his post, with bis men and munitions unharmed. So desperate, at one time, seem ed his chances of the expedition, that the rebels in Winchester offered bets that not a mnn would return One hundred rebel prisoners were safely brought off. Herald'i Special. Maj. Mullford, flag of truce officer between Fortress Monroe and City Point, arrived at Washington this afternoon, by special train from Annapolis with important dhpatches for the Government. In his annual report, Secretary Chase asked Congress to repeal the provision direct ing hitri to make loans for 10 to 40 years, empower him instead to negotiate neeosary loans on whatever terms he may, in his dis cretion, deem best for the public interest.— This authority will undoubtedly be given, and the Secretary will have power to issue $300, 000,000 of the popular 5-20 loan. If sub scriptions to this loan should continue to come in faster than needed by the Depart ment, it is understood that permission will be given to agents to receive subscriptions, payable in installments as the amount shall be required, o per cent, only to he deposited as guarantees, thus saving to the Government large amounts of interest. W ASUINUTON, Dec. 30. The War T'ejiiirtiuent is un e-stood to be 1'ne Paris corresponde.it of the Times says: Arch il.ike Maximiliian considered tbe recog nition by thei Washington Government, of the New Mex can Monarchy, as indispensable to his acceptance of the tin one. The propo sal was formally made by the French govern ment to President Lincoln's Cabinet. A dis patch was sent from Washington to the effect that the American Republic would never tol erate, much less recognize, a monarchy estab lished at their very doors. It is supposed this will decide the Arch Duke to abandon the idea of accepting the throne of Mexico. WASHINGTON, Dec. 30. The following has been received at the head jar :ers of the army CHATTANOOGA, Dec. 28. Major General Hallerk: Col. Long, of the 4th Ohio ivaliy, com manding the 2d Division of Cavalry, reports from Calhoun, Tenn., Dec. 18th, rebel Gen. Wheeler, with 1,200 or 1,500 cavalry and mounted infantry, attacked Col. Siebert and captuied a supply train from Chattinooga for linoxvilie, about 10 o'clock this morning, at Charlestown, on the south bank of the Hia wasse. The train escort had reached the enciinpment at charlestown Ust night, and Col. Siebert's skirmishers hotly engaged the enemy this morning, before Col. Long wis apprized of the approach. Ho immeeliately moved the small force for duty in his camp at the time, 150 men, and crossed to Col. Sie bert's support. The rebels shortly after wards gavo way. Col. Long pursued them closely, and discovering a portion of their force cut off on the ght, charged them with sabie1 -, completely demolishing and scatter ing them in great confusion and in every direction. Several of the enemy, number not known, were killed and wounded, and 121 prisoners captured, including 5 commissioned officers. Colonel Long's loss was ore man slightly wounded. The officer in command of the courier station at Cleveland also reports he was attacked early this morning, (Dec. 18th,) by a force of 11»0 rebels. lie elrove them off, however. (Signed) GEO. II. TIIOMAS. Mtjor Genarsl ccmnrodiag. HARPER'S FERRY, Va.. Dec. 29,) 9 o'clock P. x. T0Srjg.Gen. Collum. Cliief ef £tafT: Gen. Sullivan's column returned safely, bringing 100 prisoners, and about 100 horses, equipments, etc. My different columns now safely back, captured in a:l about 400 prison ers and a large quantity of propc ty. My pl-ns and orders have been promptly and faithfully executed with a single exception and with but little loss on our part. [Signed B. F. KELLY, Brig. Gen. CUMBSRLAND, Me]., I)ee. 30. Gen. Kelly has received information from Gen. Sullivan, the latter getting it from a de serter just from the Shenandoah Valley, that the rebel Gen. Early with 9,000 men is be tween New Market and .Mount Jackson. Gen. Rosser also hns 700 rebel troops, and Gen. Imboden 1,500. There is great dissatisfaction among the rebtds, and the deserters heard of the Presi dent's Proclamation, etc with surprise, and hastened to come in. They declare that if the proclamation coald be distributed freely among the rebel troops, thousands would at once enter our lines. They say that tha proclamation is kept from the men, although the officers have received it. FORT MONROK, Dec. 30. The Richmond Enquirer cf the 24th, says: Our losses by the enemy gaining possession of East Tennessee are inca'culable. We are not only deprived of the best flour mills of that country, «Inch previously supplied the whole army, but of vast machine shops ex pensively organized at Knoxville besides we are cut ofl'from the coal, iron and copper mines, which are worth millions to us. The copper rolling mills at Cleveland, su perintended by Col. Peet, government agent, which were burnt by the enemy, formerly* turned out 6,000 pounds of copper per day. Over 3,000,000 pounds have been delivered to the government This was the only copper rolling mill in the country, and kept us •up plied with copper for our caps and cannon.— This is among our losses ol the battle of Chattanooga, which is spoken of as merely resulting in the loss of a few thousand men aud thirty-eight cannon. NisnviLLE, Dec. 30. By orders from headquarters, the Chief Quartermaster is ordered to enroll all camp followers and citizens. A list of Government enlistment^ uriil be completed about January 1st. .• PLEASURES OP CONTENTMENT.—I have a rich neighbor who is always so busy that he has no time to laugh the whole business of his life is to get money, and more money.— He is still drudging on, saying that Solomon says, "The diligent hand maketh rich." And it is true, indeed. But he considers not that it is not in the iwer of riches to make men happy, for it was wisely said, by a man of great observation, that "there be as many miseries beyond riches as on this side of them." And yet, God deliver us fron a pinching pov erty, and grant that, having a competency, we may be content and thankful. Let u* not repine or so much as think the gifts of God unequally dealt, if we see another abound with riches, when, as God knows, the cares that are the keys that keep those riches, hang often so heavily at the rich man's girdle that they clog him with weary days and restless nights—even when others sleep. We see but the outside of the rich man's happi ness few consider him to be like the silk worm, that, when she seems to play, is at the very same time spinning and consuming herself. And this many rich men do—load ing themselves with corroding cares (o Icpep what they have already |*ot. Let us, there fore, be thankful for health and competence, and above all, for a quiet conscience. A FUNNY MISTAKE.—An old negro slumbers ing with his feet pointing to a glimmering fire. Opens one eye, and gets a glimpse of them, as they stand up in tho obscurity. Mistakes them for two bttle negroes, and cries 'Gif fum 'fore me 1' and relapses into sleep. After a while opens the other eye, and still seeing the intruders, says 'Gif fum 'fore me, 1 say I kick you in de fire if you don't I will, shu'—and again he snores. His dreams not being pleasant, he soon opens both eyes, and still seeing the little pests he draws up his foot for the threatened kick, but is alarmed to see the enemy advance upon him, and ex claims 4Wba,' where you coaun' to I Ilump my own foot, by golly GEN. GRANT'S HEALTH.—An army ofiicer direct from Chattanooga informed the editor of the Indianapolis Journal that Gen. Grant is still suffering from his fall at New Orleans, has grown thin and stooping, and shows marks of so great a loss of health and strength as to create fears of his recovery, though he still works as indefatigably as ever. When it was announced at Grant's headquarters that Bragg had been removed and Hardee put in command cf the rebel army, the Gen eral quietly remarked: He is my choice" —an opinion that seems to be very generally entertained in both armies. INTERESTING TO OFFICE SBEXHRS.—While President Lincoln was confined to his house with the varioloid, some friends called to sym pathize with him, especially on the character of his disease. "Yes," he said, "it is a bad disease, but it has its advantage*- For tha first time since I have been in office, I have something1 wir i»-giM to evirybady that calls."