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JOHN 0. DDCHCW, Editor.
SATURDAY, NOV. 12, 1853.
Removal. —We have removed to our
new Office, —next door West of the
Court Room, on Washington street.
Notice. —Messrs. Duchow & Yancey
are authorized and empowered to collect
and receipt for all claims due the Gazette
Office, lor subscriptions, advertisements
and job work. All the business of the
office has been placed in their hands, and
they will fill all contracts entered in-
U by me.
Nov. 12, 1853.
Notice.—The mails for the Atlan
tic States and Europe, will close, at the
Columbia Post Office, this (Saturday)
evening, at o’clock.
newspaper mail will be kept
open until 12 o’clock, M., on Sunday.
The Gazette, in wrappers, for mailing,
can be had at the Gazette office, or at
the Post office.
With the present number of the Ga
zette, commences its second volume;
with a new hand at the helm, to guide
it over the rough and turbulent sea of a
California existence. In assuming the
responsible position, as conductor of a
public journal, in this young and grow
ing State, and one, too, which has been
so ably conducted by our talented pre
decessor, it may not be considered a
miss for us to “define our position,” and
declare, to some extent, the principles
which shall be our guiding star in the
The Gazette will continue, as here
tofore, the advocate of the rights of
man, and the glorious principles of Db- j
mocracy. And, believing, as we do,
that these principles—to which we have
been educated from early youth, and
which have been confirmed by the ex
perience of later years,—are the best
calculated to elevate our race, and make
man the free, intelligent, and enlight
ened being, intended by his Creator, -in
stead of the imbecile, servile tool of
ttsurpated power and heathenish super
stition, —we shall advocate them with
zeal and untiring fidelity; keeping aloof
from all those petty cliques or factions,
which embrace the Democratic faith on
-y as a means of elevating themselves to
places of trust and confidence, to work
out their own ambitious and selfish ends,
instead of faithfully and honestly serv
ing the people they might be elected
and expected to represent. We hope
and trust that the Press will be the
champion of Republican Institutions,
through all coming time; or until the
germ which was planted by our Revolu
tionary Fathers, and which has grown
to a goodly tree, —whose roots are even
now moistened by the waters of the two
great oceans, —shall stretch forth and
multiply its branches, affording a shelter
and an asylum from oppression and per
secution, to all the sons and daughters
of Adam.
Our political opponents we shall al
ways treat with respect and courtesy; be
lieving that every man has a right to act
according to the dictates of his own
conscience; and that truth and candor,
—not abuse and vituperation,—is the
only way to convince and win. We shall
not, neither shall we allow others,
through our columns, to assail the pri
vate character of any individual; be
lieving it to be unjust and cowardly.—
Any, and all, such correspondents,
must find some other medium than the
Gazette, for such purposes.
W e shall keep our readers posted in
the occurrences taking place in the bu
sy world; give choice selections from
the literature, potery, wit and humor of
the day; encourage the cause of educa
tion; morals; the development of our
mining and agricultural wealth; and es.
pecially strive to advance the interests
*nd prosperity of Columbia, and its vi
We shall not write out a long pro
gramme of promises which circumstan
ces may not enable us to fulfil, but shall
our best enji'avors to make (he Ga*l
*ette a welcome and instructive visitor
to every cabin and family fireside.
With these introductory remarks, our
bark sets sail upon the waters, to com
mence her second Voyage ;“-and that it
may prove one of prosperity, and that
our efforts to please may be as success
ful, as those of its former conductor, —
the kind and esteemed friend of all,
who is now on his way to his home in
the “sunny South,”—our fondest hopes
will be realized.
ftp* Our honored And esteemed fel
low-citizen, Col. Thomas A. Falconer,
leaves, this evening, on his return to the
bosom ofhis family, in the beautiful val
ley of the Mississippi. It is hard to part
with one we love; to part from one we have
known and been acquainted with through
all the vicissitudes and privations of a
life in the mountain region of California,
and in a position, above all others, cal
culated to sorely try one’s better nature,
—and who, through all these trials has
proved himself a man to be loved, hon
ored and respected. We have ever
found him a true and confiding friend,
an noble, upright gentleman, and in ev
ery sense of the word, an honest man, —
“the noblest work of God.” He will
leave many warm friends, who will think
of their joyous companion, in the hour
of festivity, and counsellor in the day of
trouble and adversity, when he is far a
way o’er the blue waters; and many a
prayer will be offered up for his future
prosperity, and a happy reunion with his
loved ones at home. We shall all anx
iously await his return, wi;h his inter
esting family, to our wild but happy
mountain home.
l®“We learn that a party is being
formed in Sonora, headed by some of
the most influential men of that city,
for an expedition to the gold mines of
the Amazon.
this is the first number in the
new volume, those wishing to subscribe,
or renew their subscriptions, will do well
to call immediately.
understand that on Tuesday
last, twenty-eight pounds of gold was
taken out of a claim, within the city
limits of Sonora, by a company of eight
men. That evening they divided seven
hundred dollars to the share.
Married, at San Francisco, on the
9th inst., by the Rev. Mr. Briely, Jas.
Street, Esq., of Shaw’s Flat, to Miss
Sarah A. Miller, of Northboro’, Mass.
Our worthy friend and his ac
complished bride have our thanks for
their kind remembrance of the printer.
May the happy couple be blessed with
long life, happiness and prosperity ; and
may their pathway down the stream of
life, ever be strewn with rich, beautiful
and variegated flowers. F.
“Keep it before the people,”
that those who hide not their light un
der a bushel,but send their names and the
nature of their business, to this office, for
publication in the Gazette,will find their
customers increasing ten fold before the
year is out.
On Wednesday evening last,
Messrs. Gordon & Chilton, gave a sup
per in honor of our fellow-citizen, Col.
Thomas A. Falconer. It was a joyous
occasion, though shaded at times with
the thoughts of parting from our friend.
The supper was fine, the sentiments ex
cellent, and the festivities will long be
remembered by the recipients of the hos
pitalities of the generous hosts.
Arrival. —We are pleased to see
that the accomplished lady and little son
of our worthy townsman, Niles Mills,
Esq., arrived in Columbia, on Wednes
day last. Mr. M. and lady were greet
ed, on Wednesday . evening, by a ser
enade from their numerous friends.
Firemen’s Ball. —The “ Columbia
Hook A Ladder Company ” will give a
grand Ball, on Thanksgiving, Nov. 24,
at the Exchange. From the well known
liberality of our gallant Firemen, and
the eclat attending their fonner entertain
ments iif this character, we feel certain
that it will be a brilliant affair.
This distinguished gentleman paid our
town a visit on Wednesday last, and re
mained Upon the ev
ening of his |rrival, a large number of
the Deinocrlcy assembled at the Ex
change, to bid him welcome, for all con
sider him one of the “best abused” men
in the State.*' Col. Cazneau was chosen
chairman, and introduced Mr. Broderick
in a few pertinent remarks. Mr. B.
was received with loud cheering but ex
cused himsclfi—said that be was travel
ling as a private citizen, and did not ex
pect display,—that he was glad to see
the Democracy, and promised in the
campaign of next year to address them.
Mr. Coffroth was then called on, and
briefly addressed the assemblage.
Mr. B. Idft ffir Stockton on Thursday
To Correspondents. —“To my old
pipe,” from our old correspondent, IT.
M., shall appear next week.
“ Roland's ’’ poetical effusion is very
funny, but wc do not think it contains
sufficient poetic merit for publication.
The Postmaster, A. A. Ilunnc
wcll, Esq., will please accept our thanks
for that armful of literature, pictorials,
Punches, &c.; and for the first delivery
of Atlantic papers by the Panama.
JCSyWe arc prepared to do all de
scriptions of Job printing likely to be
wanted in the mountains, in the neatest
manner, and on reasonable terms. We
hope those in want of business cards,
bill heads, blanks, tickets, posters, &c.,
&c., will give us a call, and we will
guarantee satisfaction.
[email protected] arc indebted to Wells, Fargo
& Co.’s Express, for State, California,
and Oregon papers.
According to a prophecy in the
last number of the Gazette, our friend,
0. P. Davis, scud down a whole boy
load of the delicacies of this life; con
sisting of preserved chcrics, pears, to
matos, green peas, roast chicken, oys
ters, &c. &c^ wine and segars,
which, —as w? don’t imbibe, nor use the
noxious weed i n any shape—the devil
claims as his pirate property, to our
great relief. ThatO P. is a gentle
man, and a man ot kind and generous
feelings; this act of liberality and sym
pathy for the printers in the house of
tribulation and vexation, is a convinc
ing proof, and evidence unquestionable.
We would heartily recommend those in
want of something nice to eat, or toys
to amuse the juveniles; from wooden
horses down to babies manufactured
from rags to give him a call.
A New Evening Paper. The
l> Daily Evening News,” came out on
the Ist inst. It makes a very neat ap
pearance, and its columns contain a great
variety of interesting matter.
Our Advertisers.— Owing to the
crowded state of our columns last week,
we were unable to refer to the new ad
vertisements ; and, in fact, we have but
little space this week, but will refer
To our friend Stone’s advertisement,
and would recommend the boys to give
him a call, and will warrent him always
ready and willing to exchange tin for
the tin.
If you want any Express business at
tended to, you have but to express your
wishes to the polite agent of Wells, Far
go & Co.’s Express, and it will be at
tended to, right early.
The accommddsthtgr and popular firm
of James Mills & Co., will draw at sight,
in sums to suit, as per advertisement.
Notice the Tuolumne Co. Water Go’s
advertisement of an important meeting
in December.
Charcoal-burners, take notice ; an ar
ticle of smut is iu demand.
Notice tho Postmasters a d v in re
gard to the forwarding of letters.
Any person finding a gold buckler and
seal, or a certificate of deposit, will find
it to their advantage to deposit them at
James Mills & Co.’s office.
The constable’s sale of property, on
Washington street, U postponed to the
ISth lost.
Mining News.— The weather has
been threatening for the past week, and
once or twice has greeted us with a small
pattering. There has been a respecta
ble rain, however, in the mountains,
which has occasioned a considerable rise
of water in the ditches of the Tuolum
ne Company. If this would only con
tinue, it would be much better than rain
here, as the miners could then enjoy the
blessings of a liberal supply of water,
without being obliged to work in the
rain. Dut this cannot last, for as the
weather gradually becomes cooler, the
clouds congeal, and snow falls instead.
The rain in the mountains, we learn,
has not affected the miners on the Stan
islaus, as the large dam of the Tuolum
ne Company has turned the increased
volume of water into the ditches; thus
preventing, as yet, the miners on the riv
er from being disturbed on account
of surplus fluid. At Pine Log Crossing,
however, the miners are already leaving,
from the fact that they have not done so
well, fur the past two weeks; and being
warned by the moistening of the weath
er, to look for winter diggings, before
the rain overtakes them. We learn
from a friend that the miners on the
Tuolumne, arc in pretty much the same
condition. One claim that paid as high
as $lOO to a pan, a few weeks ago, now
sera -cly pays for the expense of working;
and this is not the only instance, by ma
ny, of the uncertainty of mining,—in the
rivers, particularly.
As the miners leave the rivers, and
the appearances of rain grow stronger,
the dry diggings receive daily accessions
to the population. Columblia has al
ready began to feel an impulse of new
life and activity, as the golden light of
better times dawns in the distance. The
mines in and around Columbia are un
surpassed in the richness and depth of
the auriferous soil; and with a full sup
ply of water from the ditches of the Tu
olumne Company, will, in most cases,
richly repay the labor of the miner, for
years to come; as new and rich deposits
are constantly being discovered.
A t C old Springs the miners have been
carting the dust from the road over which
they have been hauling for the past sea
son, and it has averaged them five dol
lars to the load. We have no doubt but
that the dust from the main road in
Springfield, over which the miners have
been carting for the past summer, will
pay equally as well.
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A great quantity of news matter
is unavoidably crowded out this week.
The Pacific has entered upon its third
volume under favorable auspices. It is
the largest as well as the handsomest of
the religious journals of the State.
(CP" Adams & Co.’s Express has
placed us under many obligations, in the
j delivery of our exchanges, and State
WPA cooking stove was left with
Mr. Daegcner, at Todd’s Express of
flee, in May last. See adv.
By the Panama, we learn that
the elections have resulted in the tri
umph of the Democracy, by overwhelm
ing majorities. Bring out the big gun!
Forgery- —A letter from Benicia in
forms us that on Monday Comptroller’s
warrants, to the amount of 85000, were
presented to the Treasurer for payment
They were impressions from the origi
nal plate, with the Comptroller’s signa
ture, thought to be genuine, (warrauts
are kept In a book signed and waiting
orders,) but not registered in the books
of the Treasurer waa forged on tha
backs of these warrants, which led to
the detection of the fraud. We have
no further particulars. This system of
r l c g ,B J; r y Comptroller’s warrants by
the Treasurer was proposed by Mr. P.
K. Hubbsin 1852. This is the irst in
stance in which it has been attempted to
be avoided by forgery.— State Journal.
The State Treausry is makiug cash
payment of twenty-five per cent pro rata,
on the amounts offered of Comptroller’s
warrants. Thus far $BO,OOO have been
offered. It is confidentially expected
that by February an amount of cash will
be on band, sufficient to pay sixty per
cent of the outstanding warrants.—
•'Hate Journal,
Col. T. A. Falconer, the late editor
of the Gazelle accepted an invitation to
a public dinner from the Columbia Hook
and Ladder Company. The te? imon
ial came off at the Firemen’s Hall, in
the Exchange on Saturday evening last,
and was one of the finest reunions it has
ever been our good fortune to attend.
The room was elegantly decorated,
thanks to the aftistic skill and energy of
Col. Caznoau,' and presented a scene
that would have done justice to a town
of larger pretensions than our own. At
one end of the room the American flags
hanging in beautiful festoons, with the
company’s banners, and its miniature
hooks and ladders. Various mottoes
and devices filled up the sides, and up
on the en'r .ncl the eye was struck with
“the Hook & Ladder Co. welcomes
Col. Falconer'’—!-“Semper I’aratus”—
“we destroy to save,” &c &c. &c.—
The table was bountifully supplied with
good things, and the liberal number of
filled punch bowls, showed that the
company were not all Maine -acs.
About 8 o’clock the boys turned out
with Martial music, and after marching
through the streets, escorted Col. Fal
coner to the Exchange. Major Van
arsdall, foreman of the company took
the head of the table—on li’s right the
Col. and the left, Rev. Mr. Pendcrgrast.
The boys then went into the eating
with hearty good will, and many a com
pliment was paid Col. Cazneau’s cuisine
acquirements. The cloth was then re
moved, and then began “feast of reason
and the flow of soul.” Maj. Vanars
dall gave—
“ The Health of Col. Falconer.”
This was received with loud and enthu
siastic cheering, when Col. Falconer
spoke as follows:
Did I but possess the eloquence and
oratorical powers of a Henry, a Preston
or of Tuolumne’s young and distinguish
ed Senator, who now occupies a prom
inent seat at this festive board, I could,
gentlemen, of the Hook & Ladder Com
pany express, in proper and becoming
language, my heart-felt and grateful
thauks, for the very flattering manner
in which you have received the senti
ment just proposed; but language is too
feeble to give uttcrreuce to flu: emotions
and feelings of the heart, not only for
your present kindness, but for the many
friendly favors I have received aL your
hands, since I became a] citizen of
Columbia. To your friendship I feel,
in a measure, indebted for the present
success and prosperity of the Columbia
In September 1852, I first visited
your town for the purpose of establishing
a newspaper, and through the assistance
of friends I procured a press and mater
ial. On the 22nd of October ‘52, the
first number of the Gazette made its ap
pearance in Columbia. My enterprise
was at first received with coldness and
distrust by many of the citizens, fori
had, with all duo candor, made known
to them my pecuniary circumstances,
assuring them that I brought nothing
with me, but an indomitable and determ
ined will to succeed, recognizing in my
vocabulary, no such word as “fail.” I
say my enterprise did not at the com
mencement, meet with so flattering a
reception as I anticipated, but this dis
trust I attributed to a failure of a shin
ier undertaking about twelve months
previous after the editor had raised sev
eral hundred dollars, as I am informed,
from the citizens as a bonus for starting
the Columbia Star. That failure oper
ated to my serious detriment. I however
asked ''horn the citizens no bonus for
pu lishiiig a paper in Columbia, but
simply for their liberal support and pat
ronage, in a legitematc way, for all of
which I promised, and hope, that I have
returned, an equivalent.
During the ever memorable months
of December and January last, when
famine threatened to overwhelm us all,
and when the Gazette was struggling for
its very existence, then it was gentle
men, that cluuds of gloom and doubt, as
respected the success of my enterprise
hung thickly over and around my path;
but even during those darkest hours,
your oft-repeated cheers for the editor
and the Gazette, as your noble company
marched along Main street, by my office,
would dispel the clouds and storms that
seemed about to overwhelm my little
bark, and would re-invigorate me to re
newed efforts in behalf of Columbia aud
its liberal citizens.
Cannot it then be said that, to the
Columbia Hook & Ladder Company am
I, in some measure, indebted for the
safe anchorage of my little bark in the
harbor of prosperity and success;
How then can I repay you, and the
noble citizens ot Columbia for so signal
a servive. I have been the rccepient of
ten ihousand acts of noble kindness and
friendship from you all, and the only
return I can how make, is the thanks*
and blessings of a grateful he art, whose
feelings and emotions, on the present
occasion, cannot be described. In the
policy i have advocated as a public
Journalist, since I became a citizen of
Columbia, it has ever been my aim *o
maintain a manly and dignified
course, advocating with all the zeal and
ability I was master of, such measures,
us 1 honestly believed were best calcu
lated to advance tbc interests of every
citizen, but more especially the success
and prosperity.of the citizens of Colum
bia, and the surrounding camps. The
zeal with which I have advocated your
success has excited some prejuidice else
where; but [ was zealous in the promo
tion of your interests, because 1 was one
of you, not that I loved other place's the
less, but Columbia the more; lor my
motto lias ever -been
Co umbia last, and Columbia all the
time,” I selected Columbia as my home,
because 1 was pleased with its citizens,
whom I have ever found to be noble
and generous,,and n • place iti California
presented greater advantages as regards
its immense mineral resources.
On questions of State po’iey I have
differed from many of you, but nut one
of you can place your linger up< n a sittj
gle editorial paragraph in the Gazette,
of a denunciatory or personal character
against those that differed with me No
gcntlemcu, 1 have ever endeavored 1 to
use the legitimate weapons of reason and
truth, and if by such weapons 1 could
not persuade and convince,! scorned the
use of vituperation and abuse. It is
true that I may have given offence to
some, but if I have so offended it was
unintentional, and I crave pardon.—
Some few in the heat of an exciting can
vass, being le I away by an over-zeal tor
the cause they espoused, have been il
literal enough to make uncalled for ami
unjust iu.-inuations against my course,
but if they will sin no more, I freely
forgive them.
The announcement made some time
since, of my contemplated departure to
the States, was I know,rather unexpect
ed to many of you, but gentlemen, as
painful as it may be to sever the friend
ly tics that have so long united me Jo
the citizens of Columbia and vicinity,
yet a higher duty calls me away. For
I have those at home to care for, to
whom lam bound by still stronger ami
more indissoluble tics.
(.■outlemon of the Hook &
Company, permit me before 1
short address to again thank
your noble and generous kindn^^^B
nut fin* nrvil )in it
true—many of you ha
selves, and though
may intervene
Holly Sjirings,
cans may
who now addresses
that he is addressing, yet think t!H
one moment, that 1 can ever
kindness, Never! no Never!! Year*:
may pass by, ( joys may bless and sor
rows may pain me, but no vicissitude of
life can ever banish from * this grateful
heart, the noble, the liberal, the esteem
ed and worthy company whose honored
guest I am on the present occasion. No !
gentlemen, the mind will ever reveit
with pleasure to the kind friends Lleave
behind, and not until Death’s cold ami
clammy hand is placed upon this heart,
and bids it cease its beatings, will you bo
forgotten. Gentlemen, Farewsu. ? |
At the close of C >l. Fs remarks, ha
bo was greeted with cheers upon chcera
every person present joining in the en
thusiasm. I
Calls were then made for Mr. Cof
forth who responded in a short ad
dress. —„
Col. Cazncau, in response to a toasU
enlivened the company, with an elo
quent reply, which was received with
loud demonstrations of applause. It
was one of the Col’s most felicitous ef
forts. He gave—
“ The Pulpit and the Press.”
Rev. Mr. Pendergrast replied in u
feeling and happyjasnJOfir Messrs Rohjj
inson fCfid Mills, responded
mentary sentiments to the Tuolumne
Water Company.
Speeches were then made, and senti
ments offered by Messrs. Smith, Van
arsdall, Me Lemhan; Me Lean, Rail* \
Sponslcr and others, which continual! /
brought down the house.” Songs fol
lowed, in fine style, from Messrs. Daw
sou, Stephens, Massey, Me Lean Back
us, Rolcy, Sponslcr, and others, which
gave a charming zest to the occasion*
The reunion was kept up in a gallant
style, until the ‘'small wee hours avoufl
the twel’,” put an end to the festivities
The entertainment was highly credL
table to the Hook & Ladder Comply 1
and we are sure will not be forgotten by
the meritorious gentlemen who/was the
recipient of the compliment.
It will be a long time, before th c re
membrance of the festivities ofSaturda*
night lasi will fade away.

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