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Jfcgr The Alexandria Celebration of the
anniversary of Washington's Birth Day, will
take place io-day— the 22d happening, this
year, to fall upon Sunday. There will be a
Military Parade, a Procession, the Reading
of Washington's Farewell Address, and au
Oration—also, a Public Dinner, and a Ball at
night. s
The annual celebration of the Birth Day of
Washington, is an old Alexandria custom,
giving to all of our citizens, a holiday devo
ted to patriotic recollections and honors in
memory of the Father of bis Country.
To enable all employed in this office to
unite in the celebration, and in accordance
with custom on such occasions, this office
will be closed to-day, and no daily paper is
sued to-morrow. _
Toe Tarlu uiu.
The question on the Tariff was brought to
a final vote in the Home of Representatives
on Friday evening last The Washington
correspondent of the Baltimore Sun says:
“The substitute for Mr. Campbell’s project,
offered by Mr. Letcher, was rejected—yeas
74, nays 112. Mr. Campbell's bill, as last
modified, was passed by a vote of 110 to S4.
This bill retains the present rates of duties,
with slight changes, except by the transfer
of a number of articles which enter into
manufactures as raw materials to the free
list. The exemption of coarse wools from
duty is so far modified bv Mr Morroir*
amendment, that it can afford little relief to
the woolen manufacturers. The fine wools
will be duty free, and also raw silks and dye
stuffs. The actual and immediate reduction
of revenue effected by this bill is about six
The bill now goes to the Senate, and will
probably receive alterations and amendments
before it passes that body, if it passes at all.
Capt. John Douglas Simms, a native of
Yirgioia, a grandson of Col. Cbas. Simms,
formerly of this place, and son of the late
John D. Simms, was the commanding offi
cer of the l:. S. Marines engaged in the re
cent affair before Canton. The drill, efficien
cy, and courage of the Marines are highly
spoken of, and much of the success of the
engagement is due to them, and, of course, to
the gallantry and good conduct of their com
manding officer.
The Winchester Republican asks how Vir
ginia can expect justice, in the matter of the
public lands, when the members of Congress
from the State, who are presumed to know
the wants and wishes of their constituents,
do not favor any plan for securing our share
of what belongs to us, but rather oppose the
acceptance of an acre of the public domain?
It says that Mr. Carlile is tbe only member
of Congress, from the State, who is willing
to do justice in the premises.
The l>emocratic party in Fairfax hate ap.
pointed delegates to the Martinslnrg Con
vention for nominating a Commissioner of
the Board of Public Works; and in case of
the non attendance of the Delegates, 1. Louis
Kinzer and Geo. 11. Smoot, esqs., are reques
ted to cast the vote of the county. If there
is only to be a Democratic nomination, we
hope the Convention will not fail to select the
best man for the office that they can find.
It is stated in the San Francisco Sun, tbnt
tbe late Vigilance Committee of California,
will apply to the Legislature of that State,
now in session at Sacramento, for an act of
amnesty in regard to their proceedings in San
Francisco. Tbe Democratic members, who
compose a large majority, are said to be bit
terly opposed to the committee, and will re
fuse to pass any such act.
Tne Boston Post says that the election of
Mr. Owin to the Senate, from California,
•‘is a fact upon which tbe Democracy of the
nation may be properly congratulated.”—
According to some of the California papers, it
must be a congratulation not shared in by
all of the Democratic party.
The debate in the corruption cases in the
House of Representatives will be resumed on
Wednesday. The bill introduced, to prevent,
as far as possible, corrupt and secret influ
eoce in matters of legislation, will probably
be laid over until the next Congress.
The U nion hopes and thinks, that, not
withstanding the expected debateon the “cor
raptioo cases,” Congress will be able to get
through tbe necessary legislative business this
session, so as not to require an extra session.
Tbe Culpeper Observer says:—“We go for
B. II. Shackelford for Congress, and hope the
press throughout the District will call upon
him to announce himself, at once, as a can
The correspondents of the Fairfax News
are urging tbe establishment of Agricultural
Clobe in Fairfax. Success to that and every
other effort to improve and increase tbe pros
perity of tbe old county.
Wbippo, the young medical student who
killed himself in Philadelphia last week, wts
a victim of what u called “spiritualism
•od, v»a* involved in “spiritual communica
lions” which led to bis ruin.
Col. James Thrift is a candidate for re-elec
tion to the House of Delegates from I airfax
County. K. U. Cockerille, esq , is tbe Dem
ocratic candidate.
A newspaper paragraph says that a man
was attacked by a in#, recently, while pas
sing through tbe streets of the capital of Wis
The Wheeling Intelligencer says :—“The
more we read each day, the more we are con- |
firmed in the belief that with the requisite
amount of energy and capital, Western Vir
ginia will be made to blossom like the rose. It
can be seen every day that she is waking up
from the listless indifference which has so long
character.zed our Slate. Every one has
heard lately of “a Western Virginia policy,”
and it is true that there is a Western Vir
ginia policy. There is the policy of encour
aging capital and emigrants from the Eastern
and Northern States ; men of mechanical and
agricultural skill. As one by one fields
ot enterprise are brought into view, the at
tention of the Eastern and Northern men
will be arrested, and as sure as water seeks
its level, these men will begin to move ic the
direction of these inducements.”
4 - —
Mr. Curran, the master carpenter of the
Washington Navy Yard, accompanied by the
inventor, Mr. Ward, under the authority of
the government, are making arrangements
for a public exhibition from the Treasury
Department aod the Capitol, of the new sig
nal telegraph for marine purposes, by whioh
communication can, during storms or other
periods of difficulty, be conveniently sustain
ed between vessels und the shore. It is in
tended that this display shall-take place on
this evening. __
A committee of the Legislature of Missis
sippi, propose an amendment to the Consti
tution of that State, in order to get out of an
entanglement of affiirs by crude legislation,
in relation to the tenure of office of the mem
bers elected to the Legislature, «fcc.
The ‘ Republicans” at the North, are com
r.lainino* r»f ciimpnf thpir Rftnrf»sf»ntative8 in
r-n --- r
Congress. Wall they may! Probably they
may have more cause for complaint, before
the session is fully over.
A splendid steamboat, to be called the
George Peabody, is building in Baltimore,
to run between Baltimore, Petersburg and
Richmond. Her cost is estimated at about
Sberrard Clemens is the Democratic can
didate for Congress from the Wheeling dis
trict, Id this State. The Convention nomi
nated him by acclamation.
The resignation ot First Lieut. Joseph II.
Whcclock, fourth artillery, has been accep
ted by the President, to take effect March
i o I, 185 i.
lion Sidney Dean has been unanimously
nominated for re-election to Congress from
-9 ^ >
The Public Lands.
The Washington correspondent of the
Richmond Whig says:
“In this connection, the public should be
much indebted to Mr. Carlile, of Virginia,
for a resolution which be yesterday offered
in the House of Representatives. Its object
is to rip up and expose this whole system ot
land plundering from the beginning to the
present time. By its terms, the Secretary
j of the Interior is requested to prepare a ta
ble, to be laid before Congress at the next
session, showing the whole number of acres
of public lands disposed of up to the 30th
June, 1857—the number of acres surveyed
and sold up to that time—the number of
acres granted, respectively to internal im
provements, universities and schools, asy
lums, individuals, and all other purposes—
and the quantity reserved for Indians, cor
porations, individuals, and the various clai
mants who have annually besieged Congress,
and obtain*d without difficulty so large a
portion of the public domain. This table,
when prepared, I venture to say, will aston
ish those who are unfamiliar with the lavish
manner in which Congress has appropriated
the common Territory. It will develop the
fact that hundreds of millions of acres have
been so disposed of, that the Old States have
never derived from them the benefit of a pic
ayune.^ _
Secession from 1/nltarlanlsm.
On Sunday morning last, the congrega
tion attending the Unitarian Chapel, in
Salter Gate, Chesterfield, were taken com
pletely by surprise by the announcement
made by F. Sandwick, esq., one of the trus
tees, that he had received a communication
by letter from the Rev. A. T. Blythe, stating
his wish to retire from his ministerial duties
among them, in consequence of his convic
tion, after an attentive and careful study of
the New Testament, to which his thoughts
had for some time been directed, that the
doctrinal views which he had hitherto main
tained were not io conformity with Scriptu
ral truth, and that it was his intention un
. . . •• . I A _ __
conditionally to reoouuce ujvui. ab may
be imagined, this announcement, coming as
it did so unexpectedly, caused no small con
sternation and excitement among his for
mer hearers, by whom he was much beloved
and respected.— Chesterfield Courier.
American Tract Society.
At the stated meeting of the Executive
Committee on the 10th inst., the Jiev. I)j\
Knox in the chair, the receipt* for ten months
had been equal, within $G00, to the same
months of last year. Correspondence had
been had with oor foreign Mission Boards,
and, in view of the various applications re
ceived from foreign stations, $*2,500 were
appropriated for missions of different denom
inations in China; $1,300 for Siam, Assam,
and Burrnah; $2,000 for Northern India;
$‘2.71H) for missions in Southern India; $3,
9lK) for the Nestorians, Armenians, Syria,
and Greece: $1,500 for France, and $3,GOO
for Germany, Italy, and other countries of
Europe; making in all $18,000, which is to
be remitted before April I, when the socie
ty's year ends. _
Invention of Corsets.
Tradition insists, says the Washington
Organ, that corsets were first invented by a
brutal man of the thirteenth century, as
a punishment: for his wile. She was very
loquacious, and finding nothing would cure
her, he put a pair of stays on her in order
to take away her breath, and so prevent her,
as he thought, from talking. This cruel
punishment was inflicted by other heartless
husbaods, till at last there was hardly a wife
in London who was not condemned to the j
like iufliction. The punishment became so
universal at last, that the ladies, in their de
fence, made a fashion of it, and it has con
tinued to the present day.
The Season of Lent.
The Archbishop of the Catholic Church of
this diocese publishes regulations to be ob
served during the season of Lent by that de
nomination. Ash Wednesday, the first day
of Lent, will fall upon next Wednesday, and
all the members of the church who have
completed their 21st year, unless legitimate
ly dispensed, are bound to observe the fast of
Lent. They are to make only one meal a
day, except Sundays, which is not to be ta
ken until noon. Persons exempted are those
under 21 years, sick or pregnant women, or
those giving suck to infauts, and those who
are obliged to hard labor.—Balt. Sun.
New lorkaudfirle Railroad.
The bridge at Narrowsburg, on the line of
this road has beeo agaiu carried away by
the flood, thus causing a second stoppage to
the operations of the road.
Sewa of tl»® D«jr*
“To shoic ike very aye and body of the times.
Tbe Committee on Foreign Relations are
about to submit to the United States Senate a
bill appointing a Commissioner to the islands
of the East Iodia Archipelago, with power
to investigate the claims to sovereignty which
tbe Government of the Netherlands asserts
over most of those islands, and to form
treaties with the independent States and
tribes that may be found there, of sufficient
power and consideration to reoder such trea
ties necessary.
Private letters go to confirm tbe report that
a treaty of great importance has been nego
tiated in Mexico by our minister, Mr. For
syth, with the Commonfort government.
By way of insuring the success of the sys
tem of internal improvement, which she has
matured of late years—that is, to secure tbe
necessary confidence in her securities and
bonds—two years ago tbe State of North
Carolina increased her taxation 50 per
centum, and at the present session she has
increased it 37£ per centum more. Such a
thing as a default in the collection of her
taxes or in the due payment of one of her
obligations is unknown.
The boats of the Bay Line have commenced
their regular trips from Baltimore to Nor
folk, tbe Georgia leaving at 3 o’clock. The
Herald will leave on alternate days with the
Georgia, for a few days, when the large and
splendid steamers Louisiana and North
Carolina, which are now undergoing repairs,
will take their place.
Dr. Landerer, at Athens, announces that
he has discovered a sovereign specific against
sea sickness. Ilis remedy is, to give from
ten to twelve drops of chloroform in water.
Tbe chloroform, in most cases, removes nau
sea, and persons who have taken tbe remedy
soon become able to stand up aod get accus
tomed to the movement of tbe vessel. Should
the sickness return,a fresh dose is to be taken.
The South Side Democrat notices “a very
handsome and richly chased silver pitcher/'
which tbe Petersburg Committee of the Union
Agricultural Society of Virginia and North
Carolina have presented to Gen'l Wm. II.
Richardson, of Richmond, for his valuable
services and devotion to the interests of the
Society. In 1854, the Society passed a vote
of thanks, and resolved to make this pre
ent and it is now being engraved with a suit
able inscription.
An English emigrant on his way to Wis
consin, with a wife and eight children,
was robbed of all his money, $1,500 in gold,
io one of the cars of the New Jersey Rail
road, while on his way from Jersey City
to Elizabeth, on Tuesday afternoon. He
was about leaving over the Central Railroad,
when he discovered his loss, and it is said he
was almost heart broken by it. A subscrip
tion amounting to $40, was got up among
the passengers.
A butcher named Philip Jacoby, was sav
agely murdered by ODe of his journeymen in
St. Louis, on the evening of the 13th inst.—
The man was noisy, when Jacoby attempted
to turn him out ot doors, upon which Porell,
the journeyman, severed the radial artery
with a knife, causing him to bleed to death in
a few minutes.
Neal Dow goes to Eogland, as we learn,
about tbe first of April, at tbe urgent solicita
tion of tbe United Kingdom Alliance for the
Suppression of tbe Liquor Traffio. Ibe ar
rangements are, to hold a series of monster
meetings at all the great centres of popula
tion throughout Eogland, Ireland and Scot
Tbe China Mail says that a number of pas
sengers in the ship Sea Serpent were robbed
of twenty thousand dollars worth of gold
du9t by a piratical lorcha, when near Hong
kong. Il6nry Newell, an American, a
Frenchman, and several Chinese, have been
arrested for participation in tbe robbery.
The Hon. J. Glancy Jones has written a
letter to Mr. Buchanan, President elect, re
questing him not to place him in his cabinet.
He did so in consequence of the opposition
to him in certain quarters in Pennsylvania,
and in order to relieve the President elect
from any embarrasmeDt upon the subject.
The Connecticut river is rising fast, and
the ice has started. At Greenfield the ice
had gone down taking the Sunderland bridge
with it. At Northampton it rained hard,
and the ice has started. At Springfield tbe
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inches an hour.
The Burdell murder is still the topic of the
New York press. The point of interest now
is to know what the grand jury is doiDg in
their mysterious chamber. The reporters
are at the key-holes, but nothing leaks out.
Guesses, surmises and speculations, however,
are abundant amoDg the outsiders, but these
are not worth much.
The Petersburg Express says that the wife
of a well known mechanic in that city who
resides on Old street, gave birth to a child, a
few day9 since, having hco tongues. This
freak of mother nature may seem almost
incredible, but we have it from good au
thority. The tongues are perfectly distinct,
and resting upon one another. They may,
in time grow together, but the tongue thus
formed will always be thick and heavy.
The accounts from the southern part of
Missouri state that great destruction to prop
erty had been caused by the recent unpre
cedented rise of the rivers in that part of the
State. The loss of the Iron Mountain Kail
road Company is estimated at $200,000.
The Legislature of Pennsylvania has be
fore it a bill prohibiting the circulation in
that State of any bank note issued by any
bank, incorporated company, or association of
persons, not located in Pennsylvania.
There are among the 020 students at our
University, 102 that are professors of religion.
They have a weekly prayer-meeting, a Sun
day school, and also have worship every
morniog in the chapel.
The failure of Colonel Enoch Train in Bos
ton, is announced. The liabilities are not j
very heavy in Boston, but are said to be
heavy in England and New ^ork.
Mr. Slough, the expelled member of the i
Ohio Legislature, it now turns out is re- !
elected by 3 votes of 15,000, according to the ;
official count.
Robert K. Irving, esq., declines to be again
a candidate for the State Senate from the
district composed of the counties of Buck
ingham, Amherst and Nelson.
White Squirrel,
A white sqoirrel was caught on the farm
of Mr. John W. Hall, near Darnestown, in
this county, a few days since, which alto
gether is something of a curiosity. He is,
wa are informed, almost as white as alabas
ter, is still living, and is becoming quite tame.
—Rockville Journal.
John Phoenix In Boiton.
The Knickerbocker for February contains
a letter from John Pbcenix, written in Bos
ton, which is, in a very extensive sense of the
word,, rich:
“It is Sunday in Boston. I have been sit
ting in my room, No. 78 Tremont House, by
the window, which commands a cheerful
view of a grave yard, musing on various mat
ters and things in a solemn state of miud,
j well befitting the place and the occasion.—
Seventeen inches of snow fell last night, and
Boston looks white like the Island of Icha
bod; to the full as desolate. Through the hol
low and reverberating passages of this an
cient building; around the corners of the sin
lious streets; Irom each door and window, in
every private and public building, and from
the houses of God, resounds the peculiar
sharp hacking cough of the population of
Boston. Every soul of them has it. It is the
disease of the country. When I meet an ac
quaintance in the street, I abstain from the
usual greeting, and invariably say, * How is
your cough?' and the reply invariably is,
1 about tb > same.' Coughing, aD<l the an
cient pastime of hawkiDg, (followed by ex
pectoration,) are the principal amusements in
this cold city. In the grave yard beneath my
window, on a slate tombstone, may be found,
1 am informed, the iolluwing touching in
scription :
‘Here I lie bereft of breath,
Because a cough carried me off,’
which, I doubt not, describes the case of the
majority of ihe silent incumbents of that
place of rest.
The Tremont House is in many respects a
good institution ; it is perfectly clean and
well arranged, the attendance is good and
the fodder excellent; but there is an inde
scribable airof idoum andsolemDitvpervading
the entire establishment well suited to Bos
ton, but chilling to a stranger to the last de
gree. The waiters, dressed in black, with
white neckcloths, move silently and sadly
about the tables, looking like so many minis
ters with thirteen children, fuur hundred a
year, and two donation parties; the man in
the office never smiles—in any point of view;
a large Bible, with the name of the house
stamped upon it in gilt letters, (to prevent
religious strangers from bottling it,) lies on
every table, and the chambermaids attend
family prayer in the baseme.it. All is ‘grand,
gloomy/ and, it must be confessed, exceed
ingly peculiar. I have attempted but two
jokes in this solemn place, and they fell like
the flakes of snow, silent and unnoticed. An
unfortunate individual in the reading-room,
last evening, was seized with an unusually
violent fit of coughing, which, if a man could
by any possibility have been turned inside
out, would have done it: and as a partial ces
sation of it occurred, with his hair standing
on end, (be had coughed his hat off,) his face
glowing with exertion, and the tears standing
m his unhappy eyes, he very naturally gave
vent to a profane execration. Kvery body
looked shocked ! I remarked in an audible
j tone to my companion, that the exclamation
was a coffer-dam ; an admirable contrivance
for raising obstructions from the bottom ot
j streams, and probably adopted by the gentle
man to clear his throat: but no one laughed,
and 1 incontinently went to bed.
This morning, on arising, I discovered that
my boots, left outside the door to be embel
lished with blacking, had, like tho.-e of B m
bastes, not been displaced: so I said to the
porter, a man of grave and solemn aspect:
j ‘You have a very honest set of people about
I this house.’ ‘Why?’ said the porter, with a
somewhat startled expression. ‘Because/ I
rejoined, ‘i left my boots outside my door
last night, and find this morning no one has
touched them.’ That man walked off' slow
and stately, and never knew that I had been
humorous. Disappointments have been my
lot in life. I remember in early childhood
going to the theatre to see Mrs. \V. 11. Smith
appear in two pieces: the bills said she would
do it, and she came upon the stage perfectly
whole and entire, like any other lady. I’pon
the whole, it is my impression that Boston is
a dull, gloomy, precise and solemn city,
which I take to be owing entirely to the in
tense cold that prevails there in winter,
which chills and freezes up the warmer na
ture of the inhabitants, who don’t have time
to get thawed out before the cold comes back
again. I have met many Bostonians in more
genial climates, who appeared to be very
hearty and agreeable follows. I took a short
j ride yesterday in the Metropolitan Railroad
; cars, which are dragged by horse power from
! the Trem >nt House to Roxhury.
The only other occupant of the car was a
young and lovely female in deep mourning.
She wore a heavy black veil, and her thick
and beautiful auburn hair was gathered up
on each side her face, beneath a spotless cap,
a widow’s cap of snowy muslin. 1 had al
ways a feeling fur widows; young and prettv
widows particularly, always excite my deep
est interest and sympathy. 1 gazed with
moistened eyes on the sweet specimen before
me, so young, so beautiful, I thought, and
alas ! what suffering she has experienced. I
nictured to mvself her devotion to her hus
band during bit last illness, the untiring
watchfulness with which she hung over his
pillow, the unwearying and self-sacrificing
spirit with which she hoped on, hoped ever,
till in despite of her care, her love, he sank
forever, and her agonized shriek rang in mv
ear, as with hands clasped, and upturned
eye, she felt that he was dead—her dream of
I life was over—her strength was gone—her
heart was broken.
The young widow bad been regarding me
earnestly during this time, and probably im
agined what was passing in my mind, for,
! throwing her veil over her hat, she turned
1 partly around toward me, and looking stead
fastly in my face—she winked her eye! Yes,
sir, she winked her eye at jnc—the moral
Phcenix; and J rose from my ashes and left
the Metropolitan car, and returned to the
Treraont House. And is it possible, thought
I, as I gazed from my window up Tremont
street, and observed a sanctimonious gentle
raau in a long, black overcoat, looking hasti
ly up and down the street, and then dodge
up a small alley in great haste; is it possible
that this little widow in the car is at all ty
pical of the great city to which she belongs?
A most respectable, staid and solemn out
ward appearance—covering a very strong
disposition to that deviltry which is defined
by the Bible as ‘the lust of the flesh, the lust
of the eye, and the pride of life.’ But Bos
ton, clothed in its robe of snow, looked too
pure, too bride like, and I dismissed the sup
position from my mind.
They don’t have theatrical performances
in Boston ou Saturday evenings; the theatres
open at 3 o’clock P. M.t and the perform
ance ip over at six. Thalberg was allowed
to give a concert here last evening, however,
lie was practising a little this morning also
on the piano, when a message came from a
serious family in the next room begging him
not to play dancing tunes. lie didn't.
I had intended to have written to you more
at length, but a n off to New Orleans direct
ly, and must pack my trunk. Boston is a
great place. I am sorry I hadn’t time to go
to see the Monastery presided over by Abbot
Lawrence, that was burned by the Orange
men. Yours truly and respectfully,
John Pjkknix."
J Vermifuge. Hampton's Vegetable Tincture,
Moffatt's Phenise Bitters. Wright's India Vege
table Pills. Railway** Ready Relief, Mexican
Mustang Liniment, Stabler's Cherry Expecto
rant. Brown's Essence Ginger, genuine Bordeaux
Salad Oil, Hoofland s German Bitters, Ac., Ac.,
received, and for sale by
STONE A CO, Druggists,
fet> 23 No. 122, King-street.
A Runaway Mafclt.
The Bride worth $250,(**>.—A marriage
took place in Grace Church, on Monday last,
that has excited no little interest in fashion
able circles, and caused quite a fluttering
among certain wealthy families. It seems
the bride is an heiress, worth in her own
right $250,000. She was the inmate of one
of our most exclusive female seminaries,
1 and is but fourteen years and eight months
! old. Her wealth, and the high position of
her family, were of course knowrn to her as
sociates, and her acquaintance was conse
quently courted. Among the gentlemen she
j was introduced to, was a well known habit m
, of Fifth avenue saloons, but who had reached
I the mature age of thirty-one years. Ihe
I acquaintance ripened into iutimacy, and
! eventually the parties became engaged to be
married; but as the parents might interpose
an objection, it was arranged that it should
I take place unknown to them, or any of the
| young lady’s frieods. It was agreed that
i the happy event should come off last Satur
j day, (St. Valentine's day,) and the church
j was opened, the minister ready, and a iew
spectators had also assembled to witness the
marriage ceremony, which was announced
for 11 A. M. But noon came and went, and
no bride made her appearance, and the
church was closed. It seems that the princi
pal of the seminary in which the young lady
was a pupil, got wind that something un
usual was on the tapis, and she locked the
would-be bride in her room, and so prevented
the fulfillment of her engagement. But
“love laughs at locksmiths.” and by some
means Mr. K-was notified of the situa
tion of affairs, and arranged matters in such
a manner that the young lady escaped from
j surveillance, and the couple were duly mar
! ried in one of our most fashionable up-town
| churches, on the 15th inst. The bride and
; bridegroom immediately started for V ash
! ington, and intend to spend the honeymoon
| on a Southern tour. This pleasant little
affair has created quite an excitement among
the young ladies in upper-teDdom, and is to
them far more interesting than the Bond
i street tragedy.—X. Y. Herald.
“Got My Man.”
Lying is held in all Christian countries to
I be one of the lowest and most degrading of
I vices,—but there is now and then a man who,
j by constant practice in some particular line
| of mendacity, becomes so expert as rather
j to excite the admiration of his acquaintance
• for his ingenuity and address. Of this stamp
' is a personage well known to the peuple
about the head of Like Champlain, and to
all travellers who ever had occasion to go
over the old stage route from Whitehall to
j Saratoga. lie was for many years the agent
for that most execrable line of stages and
had every quality for his office. He was in
dustrious, wide-awake, and faithful to the in
terests of his employers, with no ottier vice
( but that of lying—a useful gift on that route
—which by high cultivation he had made
one of “the fine arts.” Every traveller who
! ever saw him will remember him and his
broken promises. It chanced, some three or
f >ur years ago, that the conversation which
engrossed the tongues of a knot of gentleman
. in the bar-room of the St. Charles Hotel,
New Orleans, was about liars. At length a
• gentleman, from northern New York, said he
! would wager “drinks all round” that he
; could name the most unblushing and inge
nious liar in America.” “Done!” exclaimed
I a southerner. “Who do you name?” “1
name A. R., stage agent of Whitehall, New
i York,” said the northerner. “The devil you
do!” cried the astonished southron, —“it's
j no bet—you're yot my mttn.nt~—JiostoH Post.
The African Twin Monstrosity*
| Two lively, active, intelligent black girls,
! now about five years and a half old, are uni
'• ted inseparably together do* a do* by the
termination of their back-bones. This freak
of nature is attracting much attention in
Edinburgh, and is certainly one of the most
extraordinary living specimens to be met
with. The children are respectively Christina
and Milley Makoi: thev are gaily dressed,
and sing little songs in duet sweetly enough.
| On the occasion of our visit to them, the
stouter one, in reply to a question, an
nounced that she was considered the prettier
one, but her sister very quickly put in the
claim of being the <jOo>Ur one. Although so
closely combined, they have their likes and
dislikes, and, like other childien, occasional
ly a bit of a quarrel, which they carry on by
heel-kicking, finger-pinching, elbowing, and
punching heads ; but they seem upon the
whole, good-tempered creatures, and soon
i make amends with a mutual kiss. To trie
medical profession this natural curiosity is
more particularly interesting for various rea
i sons. It may be mentioned that some ot the
| viscera are found not to occupy their usual
I places ; the heart of one, for instance, beats
in its proper place, while the other beats
: in anabnormal position. As to the origin
■ of the hisv*, it is said that everything has a
i cause, but here the men of Science are com
pelled to acknowledge the deep ob-curity in
which such a subject is involved.—Scottish
! l'rtxs.
Exemplary Piinlaltment.
A letter from Havana, Cuba, relates the
following story :
“There is now a man by the name of Fres
; nada being tried for having paid a negro to
i throw vitriol into the eyes of a young Span
iard. I he negro ODeyed his instructions so
; well that the poor fellow has entirely lost the
use of his eyes. He is 25 years old. He
j was in love with this Freenada’s mulatto
j servant, and bought her freedom of her mae
| ter for the sum of $700. The villainous
master, incensed at being obliged to sell
her against his will, determined to have re
; venge on his victim. Too cowardly to do I he
deed himself, he paid a hired assassin. The
j circumstantial evidence was so strong against
! Fresnada that be has been condemned to three
years’ hard labor in the chain g*ng, and to
settle upon the unfortunate Spaniard a pen
sion of $1,000 annually in real estate. This
trial excited a great deal of curiosity, as the
accused party stands high in our society, and,
moreover, commands a large jurse. It is j
pretty generally believed that this sentence |
will be confirmed by the Supreme Court.—
Fresnada has long been celebrated for such
fiendish acts, and though several times tried, ,
has nevertheless managed to escape the end
! of justice. The liberated muiattress has1
nursed her unfortunate protector with tender
devotion and constancy.”
First Arrest luder the Mew Law.
Officers Stevens and liarrigan yesterday j
arrested a man named George Miller under,
the law of which the following is the charge
made on oath : “That the accused is a va j
grant and a disorderly person, in that he
leads a dissolute and disorderly course of
life, and cannot give a good account of the
means by which he procures a livelihood.”
Justice Mearis committed the accused to the
almshouse for the space of twelve months.—
Measures are now being taken to arrest all
persons who come under the law, and commit
them to the almshouse.—Balt. Sun.
A Kovel slight.
Being induced by the high water and Coat
ing ice, within the present week, to visit the
banks of the Opequon, a correspondent saw,
some fifty yards from the shore, a muskrat,
sitting on a floating piece of ice. A dog
that was with him seeing it, started in pur
suit. When near the ice, the dog made a
plunge into the water. A commotion was
made among the finny tribe, one of which, a
large sucker, threw itself on the ice, and the
rat made its escape. The deg procured the
sucker and brought it to the Bhore, to the
infinite amusement of those present.— B in
ch&ter Republican.
Tlie American Varjr.
It appears from the Navy Register, a vol
ume of one hundred and thirty-six pages,
just issued, that there are now upon the ac
tive service list 04 Captains, (when in com
mand of squadrons to be denominated flag
officers) 90 Commanders, 42 Surgeons, and 34
-Pursers, ranking with Commanders, 27 Sur
! geo ns, and 30 Pursers ranking with Lieuten
ants, 311 Lieutenants, 43 Passed Assistant
i Surgeons, and 3* Assistant Surgeons, -4
1 Chaplains, 12 Professors of Mathematics, 24
Masters in the Line of Promotion, and 24
| Passed Midshipmen. There are 3U Midship
men arranged according to their merit aa
j graduates of the Naval Academy—and there
i appears to be 145 now at school and on pro
bation in Annapolis, divided into four clas
ses. There are in tho service 38 boatswains,
40 gunners, 48 carpenters, and 39 sailma
kers. In the Engineer's Department there
arc 17 chief engineers, 24 first assistants, 2<>
second assistants, 35 third assistants—in all
96. We have ten (permanent) navy agents
within the United States, and one (tempora
i ry) at London—Baring, Brothers & Co.; and
we have at home and abroad, 13 naval store
keepers. We have eight naval constructors
stationed at the several yards, a hemp agent
in Kentucky, coal agents in Pennsylvania
and Maryland, and agents for the preserva
tion of live oak and other timber in Florida,
Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. W itb
I in the past year there have been 71 resigna
tions, 28 deaths, and 7 dismissals.
Our Xavy appears to consist of 10 ships
of the line, 13 frigates, 19 sloops-of-war, 3
brigs, 10 schooners, 7 screw steamers of the
first class, 1 of the second class, 2 of the
third class, 3 side-wheel steamers of the first
class, 1 side-wheel of the second class, 5
side-wheel of the third class, 3 steam-tenders
and 5 store ships.
The Home Squadron is composed of the
frigate W abash and sloops Saratoga ana
j Cyane; the Pacific Squadron of frigate In
dependence, sloops St. Mary's, John Adams,
Decatur and steamer Massachusetts; the
Mediterranean Squadron of steam frigate
Susquehanna, frigate Congress and sloop
Constellation ; the Brazil Squadron of fri
gate St. Lawrence and sloops Germantown
and Falmouth ; the African Squadron of
sloops Jamestown and St. Louis and brig
Dolphin ; the Fast India Squadron of steam
frigate San Jacinto and 6loops Portsmouth
and Levant. On the Lakes we have the lit
tle steamer Michigan, with the formidable
armament of one gun ! The steamer Merri
mac seems to be on special service and not
of the Mediterranean Squadron. Store ship
j Supply is absent after camels and the Re
. lease is absent after swjac cane.
Oa the Reserved List there are 30 Cap*
J tains, Ju Commanders, 03 Lieutenants, 1*
1 Masters and 2 Passed Midshipmen. Lnder
the late law of Congress these may have an
opportunity to appear before the Court which
organized at \S asbingtou, on the 20ch,
composed of Captains Lavallette, Stringham
and MeCiuoey, and show cause, it they can,
j whv they should not have been removed
from the active iist by the late Retiring
Board.—Balt. American.
A Stubborn Stripling.
“Once upon a time” a big. strapping,
! awkward youth, fresh from Vermont, enter
ed the Dumrncr academy at Bytield, Mass.,
for a little share of erudition, which is doled
| out at this Temple of Minerva at economical
prices. At that time—we know’ not how it
is at present—the boys and girls were kept
in one apartment, ouiy the middle aisle sej»
arating them. One day, this Vermont strip
piing, who had just been helping one of the
girls through a hard sum—he was cute on
cyphering—thought it not more than fair
! that he should take toll for his valuable ser
I vices; accordingly he threw his stalwart arm
| around the rosy damsel and gave her a sly
but rousing smack which startled the whole
! assembly. “Jedediuh Tower, come up here!”
roared out the pereeptor.
The delinquent appeared, his face glowing
with blushes like a red-hot warming-pan—
! and looking as silly us a ninny. “Hold out
your hand, sir!” said the pedagogue. “I’ll
teach you not to act thus in this institution.”
The huge paw was extended in a horizon
| tal line toward the instructor, who surveyed
its broad surface with a mathematical eye—
calculating how many strokes of his small
ferule it would take to cover the large num
ber of square inches which it contained.
“Jedediah,” at length, he said, “this is the
first time that you have been called up for
any delinquency; now, sir, if you will say
that you are sorry for what you have done,
I will let you cft this time without punish
! ment V*
j “Sorry,” exclaimed the youngster, strik
ing an attitude of pride and indignation ;
| “sorry! No, sir! I am not. And l will do
jest so agin ef 1 hev a chance. So, put on,
| old feller, jest as hard as you like. By the
j jumpin’ Je-hoshiphat! I’d stand here and
let you lick me till kingdom kum, afore I'd
be sorry at that—by thunder, I would !”—
Boston Bo.'t.
Rogue* Overhauled.
Marcus Lane, of the city of New York,
of the firm of Wra. Cane k Brother, was ar
rested by Sheriff I. C. Brown, of Water
bury, \ ermont, on the 30th of January last,
at Windsor, Vermont, after a pursuit of more
man eignieen uunureu nines, anu in nvean- |
fereut State?, for selling and having in his i
possession dress silks alledged to have been
stolen trom the store of Stacy Courtis, of
Boston, on the 23d day of September, 1855.
(June was travelling under the a«sumed
name of Blootningdale, and when arrested
was reading a telegraph dispatch from his j
brother partner in New York, whose house ;
had been searched the day before by Sheriff
Brown, telling him to go to New Hampshire !
immediately and get a letter from him (Wm. !
Cane.) which letter told Marcus to go to New j
York State, or Maine, as he thought the officer j
had a requisition tor him. Marcus Cane was
held in the sum ot 82,<><h) for his appearance
at tiie county court of Washington county, j
Vermont, in September next.
From Waterbury, Cane was taken to Ver- j
gennes, Vermont, on a similar charge, and on
the 9th instant was there also held to bail for !
his appearance before the Addison county 1
court. He gave bonds in both cases, and is j
now at large. The lost silks are mostly i
striped, chenu-plaid and check striped, forty ;
Dine pieces in all, including two pieces black ;
satin. The entire value of the stolen prop- j
erty was estimated at about $3,2U0.—Bos
ton l*ost.
Practice Against Theory In Banking,
We published a week or two since, some
speculations upon the banking operations of
Virginia, under their new charters. Our re
marks may have been justified in theory; but
as far as the experience of daily practice
goes, they are not sustained as we are infor- j
med by the officers of the Bank at this place.
We learn that our Farmers’ Bank will con
tinue as heretofore to furnish its customers
with drafts upon other points, and as to the
p>wer of di-counting upon deposits, they have !
neveryethad, r.ordo they expect to have, more
deposits than are necessary to meet the ordi
nary demands of their banking operations.
Whatever money may be in private hands,
(he Bank can use under its present charter i
in a manner profitably to itself and with great j
accommodation to the community, and at
the same time be prepared to meet checks up- '
on those deposits. With regard to their notes j
of odd denominations, they cannot re-issue
them when once paid in. It would be very
well for our citizens not to pay into Bank
these odd notes, but to keep them in circu- j
Jation for the convenience of change in bu-1
gloess transactions. — C/uirlotletvilU Adv,
Xn u i uc I u u« tiiuii
Following close upon the Bergen ri ♦,
our Irish fellow-citizens got up a verv«l>
sgreeable row among themselves on M ,n
Jay evening, at Montgomery Hall, whjl..
making preparations to celebrate St. Uv
j rick's day. After a war of words had U. r,
! exchanged, fists and boots came into r« ji, -
tion, and faces were punched and
bruised. Knives were also drawn, and i
John Mclutire, keeper of a public hoiw,
was among the sufferers, and received a
I in the neck with a knife in the hands, as
alleged, of Joseph Murphy, President ot ti -
Hibernian Benevolent Society. He wa« v
assaulted by nearly a dozen other-, ui,
1 struck him with clubs, and it was w ith great
difficulty that he escaped from thellai..—
Mdotire yesterday made an affidavit again-;
I the parties who assaulted him, and the *
i arrested Murphy, together with John 1 uert- t.
Hugh Murray and Timothy Darcy, all :
whom were held to bail in $500 each, to vi
ewer the charge—N. 11 tetter.
Loudeuu Item*.
R. J. T. White has been unanimously re- J
elected President ol the LoodouD and U r n
Bridge Co., and Joshua White and Itn.- n
Marlow, Directors on part of the pr;\ it*
stockholders, and Geo. W. Janney, Secretary. 1
The bridge is in good condition, not in th»*
least affected by the late unprtcedentei
breaking up of the ice.
1 Capt. Ivephart's dam on Goose Creek lias
I been very seriously injured by the late ire-1
! et. It i's damaged to the extent of about one
| thousand doliars.
i Capt. Moore's dam on Little River ba- n>o
| been seriously damaged.
Wild Pigeons are in great abundance in
this County, and our sportsmen are having a
fine time of it.—teesbury WashiwjVjnidh.
The Cane Catting*.
We went aboard the l oited States bark
Release, on yesterday morning, in order to
ascertain how far the cane brought by this
vessel bad been injured by insects. We
gather the following tacts from Lieut. Simm-.
the commander of the Release, and ot Mr.
Glover: The borer had certainly injured s- me
! of the cane brought from Demerara, which,
it will be recollected, has lain in the ship -
i linlH finr npurlr thrt»p months: but the r»r ! t
bility is that only about a tenth partis in
jured. That brought from Caruccas seems t
j be wholly uninjured. The Release corn
j menced discharging her cargo on yesterday.
! and the distribution will be made in a few
i days.—A. O. Picayune.
Adulterated Brandy*
j A correspondent of the Londou Times cab
! attention to the extent to which raw hj irit
: distilled from grain in England are mixed
with brandy in France and re-shipj»ed a*
; the prod .cc of that country. The quart
tity of British spirits exported to France in
i 1855 was 3,068,706 gallons, at a value f
£660,750, which would give an average price
of 4s. 3d. per gallon, hi the same year the
quantity of brandy imported from France
was 1,861,390 gallons, the value being £911
305, or about Os. 91. per gallon. It is p..in
ted that, after allowing Is. 3d. per gallon t. r
expenses in freight, re distillation witb wine,
Ac., a profit is thus obtained of 1 *MJ per «'.
Tl»e Lost Pacific.
Mr. Hancock, a worthy citizen of Brine.
Anne. Va., in walking over the sea coa*r
| near Cape Henry, discovered a bottle, which.
upon breaking open, he louud contained fi •'
following, written in lead pencil, ou a page
of a memoradum book:
j Off the coast of Greenland, December‘J oit
; 1855; steamer Pacific, piston-rod broke, and
fore and mainmast gone ; send us aid imno
diately—out of provisions—passenger* dying
with starvation. JOHN 1B»1V..
Waiter on board steamer Pacific,
j As the Pacific did not leave Liverpool on
her last long trip until the 231 January,
1856, this note mu«t I>a n hoax.
Uy* 1 he Committee appointed by the rneetn...
on Friday night, to petition Congress in 1*;»
ence to the Long Bridge, are requested to me.
on board the steamer George Washington. J. -
morning, at 9 o'clock. feb 2°.— lr
iy LECTLRK — 1 be sixth lecture ol it
Library Course, will be delivered on tne ever,
ing of the 24th inst., by the Rev. B Dana
ot this city, at the Ltcki.m Hall.at "to clock
Subject —‘‘The Philosophy ot History
GEO K. WITMKR, ^.Commit’*
feb 23—tt _
will be held in this city, on Tuesd ly. the iiid da*
of March. lS.r,7, for members to serve .n th»
lk>atdol Aldermen and Common Council,
:or the following otficers. viz: Mayor, A'iditoi
Gnager, Measurer ot Wood and Bark, two
lectors, Measurers of Lumber, Assessor*. Nup
erinterident ot Police, Chiel Engineer Fite Be
partrrient,Superintendent ot Gas Market .Ma
ter. Attorney ot Corporation, and Surveyor.
1 he election to be held at the following place*
First Ward-—At the Fir*t Ward Hotel—A. D
Warfield. Robt. W. Wheat, and George VV’.Ma v
well. Commissioners.
Second Ward—At the Council Chamber—Jos.
S. Stansbury, Henry Mansfield, and Jno. J. Smith
Third Ward—At the Court Home—II Zini
merman. Robt L Brockett, and Harrison Biad*
ley, Commissioners.
Fourth Ward—At the Northwest corner < :
Prince and Alfred streets—Wm VV. Harjei.
James C. Nevett, and Wm. N. Berkley, t «>rr.
missioners. feb 23—eo K
ocrats ol the city and county of Alexandna. at*
respectfully requested to attend a meeting, to h.
held at the Lycei m H all. on 14edvctday rvmi*u
the 2Uh instant, at 7} o'clock. To take int<* coiim<;
eration the propriety of holding a District < -
v KNTlos. tor the nomination «»i a candidate f. .
Congress, and ol appointing Delegates tn» tec.
And, also, to appoint Delegate** to attend th*
Convention at Martin^burg, to nominate a « »r
didate lor the office of'Commissioner ol the Boar!
ol Public Works. Let every man come and
§}>eak out bis sentiments.
l~iT NO I ICE.— I here will be a meeting «>i
the American Party, held at Key s Hotel !<
Ward, on (this) Monday evening. Feb. 2.3d. .t'
o'clock, to nominate a ticket lor City C< ui.ni
and one member of the Board of Aldermen
Come up in your strength. feb 23 1*
ing of the American Party will he he!.! a1, the
Lancastrian School Room, on Thursday,
inst., at 7$ o clock, P. A|.# for the purpo«e <»i
nominating a ticket lor Aldermen and Councj
feb 23—2t
PF NO I ICE.—A meeting of the Voters oi
the American party of the Third Ward w.li he
held on Monday evening. February 2 3d at lb*
Room of the Friendship Fire Company. t**r tr.*
purpose of nominating suitable persons to v» r\e
in the City Council feb 20
\JARIF/I \ .— Wfe are now receiving a go<*:
assortment ol Hosiery’, Gloves, Su*p»*n
ders. Gents. Collars. Ac. Call and se^usat N<>
64, King street.
feb 23 J. p. a L. A LARKIN
/ bush. Clover arid Timothy Seed, for sa:e *•
teb 24—lw T A- BREW IS A CO
LJ/k/k GtNNk BAGS, tor sale by
feb 21 Fovitk Wl
Ovy '/ 4uO*do. G. A. Salt, in store and for-ale
>y [nov 22) WASHINGHkN k CO
HW FOR SALE, or exchange, lor d*y
cows or young stock. Enquire ol
leb lu—eoif JAMES GREEN A SONS

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