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JOll't X. BRI'.\DAGE, Editor.
E. M- HAINES, Corresponding Editor.
Wednesday Morning, April 7 th, 1858.
CgT* Single copies of the Reporter may be
had at tins Office, at Fite Cents each.
Office on the bluff, opposite Magnolia House.
In Luck . —Last Saturday,the second
day of the fourth month, in the year of
our Lord eighteen hundred and fifty
eight, Hon. Joseph Wood, of the vil
lage of Grand Rapids, town of Grand
Rapids, County of Wood, State of Wis
consin, United Stater of North Ameri
ca, on the Western Hemisphere of God’s
Universe, did deed and convey to us,
the editor of the “Wood County Re
porter,” without charge or reward (ex
cept Heavenly reward), the choicest
Two Lots in Lb beautiful addition to
the aforesaid village. They are loca
ted on the corner of Madison and Wy
lie streets, and worth three or four hun
dred dollars.
The Judge is selling lots rapidly, and
those who desire valuable and pleasant
locations must select soon, or they will
have to lake up with the callings. II av
desirable it is to be on a blurt" where
one can look down on his neighbors!
Now, if those who owe us will even
pay what they have promised, we can
soon have a domicil. We can assure
our friends that to receive sufficient
money, lumber and shingles to build a
house, will not make us worldly-minded
in the least. We shall always continue
to be religious! We hope no ill-founded
fear will retard prompt payment.
La Crosse Hail Road. —The Mil
waukee Sentinel says that it obtains all
its news now-a-days, concerning this
road, from its New York exchanges.—
This accounts for the limited informa
tion of that journal concerning facts in
relation to this tottering institution.—
We recommend the Sentinel hereafter
to exchange with the Madison papers,
and particularly the Patriot; also with
the papers up this way, where the man
agement of the road is best understood.
Ist of April. —On this memorable
day, the proprietor of the Magnolia
House placed on his table anew varie
ty of pie, which, on being out by a
guest, he was prompted to exclaim in
the language of Unionists, “Q, cotton,
cotton ! sold, by thunder,” as he saw a
specimen of the Southern product fol
low his knife. “An excellent quality
of maple sugar,” made of salt and mo
lasses, was freely distributed.
A Lecture. —Our citizens were very
agreeably entertained last Wednesday
evening by listening to a political
speech from Benj. J. Spooner, K*q., of
Indiana, which abounded with sar
casm, logic and refined rhetoric, Mr.
S. was seeking a profitable investment
of money, and onr town “took him
down.” He left his money here, and
went away a happier and richer man.
— ♦
JggT" Two new and necessary “insti
tutions” have recently been founded in
our growing town —a meat market and
a barber shop. For the infinite happi
ness of the ladies, we are pleased to in
form them that a millinery store will
soon be started by a lady from Albany,
tins State. We would advise the Ben
edicts to put a pad-lock on their breech
es’ pocket on going to-bed.

Thanks. —We were presented a few
days ago, by Mr. Ira Purdy, two large
cabbage beads, which were delicious.
They were grown this winter in a
trench, covered over with a board and
earth. We can assure our friend that
the sun will continue to rise as long as
that cabbage lasts.
Philadelphia Pennsylvani
an announces, apparently by authority,
that “Senator Douglas can never more
belong to the Democratic party. —
Grace and pardon will be extended to
the rank and file which have been se
duced. They may return, but the head
conspirator never.”
A piece of machine poetry, sans
caption, and signed “Requested to be
published by one of your subscribers, *'
is declined for many reasons. It is per
sonal, without merit, and the author is
incognito. We publish no communi
cation without knowing the name of
the author.
Snow. —Last Sunday about two in
ches of snow fell, which presented a
dismal show for early gardening. On
Monday the clouds cleared away, and
it continues clear and warm.
JfHF 0 At a meeting of the citizens of
Plover last week, they resolved upon a
change of the name of that place to
R atting has been suspended until
another freshet, the water being too low
for the safe navigation of the Rapids.
Good sound niggers, from 18 to
30 years old, are worth about a thous
and dollars in Virginia.
JdET" The vill age of Stevens Point
has applied tor a city charter.
Disposal cf Swamp Lands.
We have been favored with a copy
of the Bill introduced in the Senate on
the 11th of March, by Senator King
ston, providing for the disposal of the
Swamp Lands of the State to actual
settlers. It also provides that fifty
per cent, of the gross proceeds of the
purchase money of lands sold or to be
sold, and interest accruing, shall be
appropriated and paid over to the coun
ty treasurers of the counties in which
the lands lie, and to bo by them paid
to the town treasurer, which money is
to he expended by order of the town
board in reclaiming the lands in each
town. We consider this just in evcrv
respect. By this course the proceeds
of the Swamp lands will go to reclaim
those lands according to the grant of
Congress. It is the only course the
Legislature can pursue.
Senator Kingston is an honest, up
right man, and one of the most practi
cal men in the Senate; and we have
every re/ison to believe that be will suc
ceed in this very important and just
measure. The best interests of the
State actually demand the enacting of
the provisions of this bill. In this way
these Lands will bo reclaimed and add
| to the value of taxable property in this
State, and will hasten the settlement of
lands that might otherwise lie for a lon<r
period of time. We shall speak of this
; matter hereafter.
Madison, March 80, 1858.
T he Legislature adopted a resolution I
on Saturday to adjourn from Wednes
day at 12 o’clock M., March 81st inst.,
to Saturday, April 10th at 74 o’clock;
P. M. Most of the members have al-i
ready gone home. T here was, howev
er, a quorum present in the Senate yes-’
terday but not in the Assembly. There
i? also a quorum present in the Senate
this morning.
Our northern members have proved
themselves worthy of the trust reposed
in them by their constitutents.
Senators ITanchett and Kingston
have done nobly and enjoy the eonii
dcnce of all parties; the same may be
said of Mr. Millard, who has been a
faithtul Representative. *
The Letter Registering System
a Faim'kk.— Our - xperienee thus far,
says i Journal of Commerce , goes to es
tablish fh<* fact that a much larger pro
portion of registered letters fail to reach
their destination than those that are
not registered. The reason doubtless
is, that the register mark is a distinct
announcement to every one who has ac
cess to a letter thus distinguished, that
it contained money, or something else
ot value. And as there arc dishonest
men here and there, it is not strange
that such letters frequently miscarry.—
The system of post-office drafts is al
ready in operation in England with the
best success. It would be a great con
venience here.
A Model Administration Demo
crat. —Before the bursting of the Le
eompton storm upon the exhultant and
hopeful ranks of the North-western De
mocracy, the “able editor” of the Mil
waukee Ars had brilliant visions of
the great future opening before the di
minutive Anak, the distinguished Dem
ocratic Senator from Illinois. What
ever other events might happen, among
the chances and changes of political
life, one thing was sure; to wit, that he
(the said editor) should support for the
next Presidency, by all means and at
whatever hazard, the Hon. Stephen A.
Douglas. Not only this, but he was
sure he was merely uttering the voice
of the great North-west, in saying that
this illustrious statesman must and
should be elected, in 1800, and no la
This pleasing confidence, this assu
rance of everlasting fidelity to the for
tunes of Douglas, whether in sun-shine
or in storm, suffered no abatement,
when that Senator saw fit to express
his very modest dissent from one por
tion of a Presidential message, which
otherwise had his endorsement, cordial
ly and in toto. The Ne-ics said Ditto
to tile Senator from Illmojs, Lecomp
ton was wrong. To urge it was to vi
olate pledges made to the people of the
entire North-west. Lecompton, in his
judgement, ought to be defeated. A
State Mass Convention of the Wiscon
sin Democrats, was held soon after,
w inch unanimously sustained these
views. The doings of this Convention
had conspicuous mention and cordial
approval in the columns of the Av’ics.
Time passed. The editor went to
Washington. He saw the President—
the writable “Old Buck.” He saw
and heard Bigler. He looked at Green,
He loitered about the metropolis for
weeks, lie went home a changed
The Wisconsin ore:an directly plac
ed another tune. The Giant was forth
with utterly discarded. Rnchanan and
Lecompton were hencef •: ih the sub
ject of unbounded enlogimn.
This violent and perilous summerset,
astonished everybody by his orlaring: in
consistency, was not enough to atone
for all former faults. After long delay
the writer comes out with, a very sub
missive “card” disclaiming all personal
responsibilities for the former course of
of the Jfcirs, and proclaiming his en
tire surrender to the Administration.—
lie meekly bows to the pontiticial de
cree, accepts Lecompton, with all its
infamies, as orthodox Democracy, and
thus “merits,’' —if any amount of degra
dation can—a continuance in office as
Post Master of Milwaukee, Here is a
model Administration E litor—one of
glorious mud-sills of Lecompton
Democracy. — Cincinnati Gazette.
That “New Book.”
Mr.. Editor: —That jokes and funny ;
stories are good iu their season, no one 1
of half-wit would ever dare deny; but
when our jokers fly the track and tread
on forbidden ground, it is our duty
(however feeble our faculties) to warn
them of their mistake. If we really
cannot get them to keep the track, we
have at least done our duty. I like a
joke as well as any man living, and must
hand you one before I begin to whale
you. My joke is this: When you first
made known your intention of starting
a newspaper in our county, under the
name of “Wood County Reporter,” I
cheerfully threw in my mite for its sup
port. But now I ask, why you did not,
neither at that time, nor since, notify
your intention of building a manufac
tory of Esq’s ? We at least would have
given you our good will, and perhaps
might have furnished you with some of
the raw material of a superior quality
than that which you have been using;
but I guess you have but made an es
say to try how it would take. In this
you have acted wisely. The raw ma
terial of an inferior quality will suffer
less from the impressions than the su
perior, If so, just say so. We have
eight or ten in our town, flaming sub
jects, ready to be acted upon, and will
ing to hand you over maple sugar,
tutors, shingles, and thundering big
chunks of good-will, and blazing prom
ises for your encouragement, more than
you can use for ten years to come—es
pecially in promises. But look here,
boss, keep in mind that you are build
ing on a blutf; and although you have
Wood close by—some of it too old,
some of it too green to be of much use j
for building materials; if therefore the
wind blow and the rain fall on it, you
had better be somewhere else than in it.
I see also in your sheet of the 24th
ult., you notify the gift of a New Book
from your second begotten, which book
you criticize in an unjust, absurd and
inconsistent manner.
1 st. Unjust, in that you hold up some
of the vices of the Fathers, without
saying a word of theii virtues, to a com
munity who in general are more capa
ble of judgin g the qualities of shingles,
lumber, river running, Ac., than they
arc of distinguishing between the vir
tues and vices, truths, precepts and ex
amples enclosed in that Book you so
scoffinglv call the Bible.
2d. In that you have chosen the very
subject the least calculated to vindicate
tlie heading of your sheet, to wit: the
diffusion of useful knowledge. Know
ye not that an Editor is a ruler? If
then rulers be scoffers, what mav we
expect from the ruled? and if scoffing
be useful knowledge, sound reasoning
may shut up and be silent. True, scof
fers have in all ages attempted to bear
the sway; but happily for us have al
ways fallen short of hitting the mark
where calm reasoning and sound judg
ment have been allowed to throw an
arrow, especially when based on the
sacred truths of Divine inspiration onlv
to bo found in that neat, morocco
bound, gold lettered Book you so taun
tingly call the Bible.
3d. Inconsistent, in that after spew
ing out your calumnious venom against
the Book, you sum up by saying that
after all you think it the best book ex
tant. Here is one of the most absurd
{inconsistencies I ever met with. Not
that it is not the best book extant, but
that you think it so. After showing
that it contains lies, deceit, cunning
devices, cruel treatments, <fcc., giving
us to understand that it contains nothing
else, or at least, branded by these, the
balance is not worth looking at, and
; yet you say "tis the best book extant.
Who can believe you? Unfortunate
man ! pray your better and wiser half,
as you style her, to open that book you
' seem so disposed to despise, and read
to you until you got the meaning of a
passage which says, “Get wisdom, and
with all thy gettings get understand
ing.” The same writer says, “See’st
thou a man wise in his own conceit,
there is more hopes of a fool than of
him.” Again, in the second part of
your beautiful book you will find this
i admonition : “Give not that which is
holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your
pearls before swine, lest they trample
them under their feet and turn again
and rend you.” Tell her to read them
over and over till you be able to an
, swer this: which of the two, your sec
ond begotten or you, or both, hath need
of these admonitions. I think both;
but I would not be positive.
Allow me to say, in conclusion, with
I the apostle Pan], “I wot that through !
; ignorance ye did it.” Repent ye, there- i
fore, and be converted, that your sins '
may be blotted out when the times of j
refreshing shall come from the presence ■
of the Loid. I remain.
Wm. McFay.
P. S.—l am not ashamed of my off
spring, as you see. Find fault you may
with style and grammatical blunders.
The principles I will uphold viva voce
when called upon to do so.
Rudolph, March 27th, 1858.
Dear Sir:—lf by ‘forbidden ground’
you would iraply-that we must not speak
the truth about any book, being -or
principle in the universe, we would sim
ply ask why has God implanted in our
organism a precious faculty called Rea
son ? If this reason is not to be used,
why was it created ? We claim that it
is nist as proper to criticize the Bible
as any other book. If in that book we
find crime sanctioned bv those com
monly believed holy men, and even by
God himself, it would certainly be a
“diffusion ot useful knowledge” to ex
pose its crudities. We propose in this
rejoinder to enter upon that duty.
Your “joke” about a “manufactory
of Esq’s,” is unappreciated. We con
fess our weakness to “take.”
If by “throwing in your mite” to
wards sustaining the Reporter, you
claim to become a stockholder and pos
sess a vote towards controlling the edi
torial columns, you are woefully mista
ken. We print a paper to suit us, as
nearly as our ability and time will per
mit us to make it. You are at perfect
liberty to correct us, but you neither
oxen us or our opinions.
Your accusation of speaking “scof
fingly” and “tauntingly” of the Bible,
is induced by a prejudiced or diseased
mind, for it is the exact opposite of our
Tour Christian slang of our “being
wise in our own conceit,” a “fool,” and
your gratuitous advice to “get wisdom,”
are in consonance with all sectarian ac
tion, which Christian precedents may
afford you consolation of dealing justly.
Tou charge us with being unjust by
exposing the vices of the “Fathers,”
and neglecting to vindicate their vir
tues. We spoke particularly only of
Jacob, and we must insist that the rec
ord exhibits him a swindler, an impos
tor, and a lustful old polygamist, with
scarcely a trait of character worthy of
imitation; and, strange as it seems,
God Almighty is there stated to be in
frequent converse with and blessing
him. Do you believe the Great Jeho
vah is a being who afliliates with such
out-laws ?
Now, sir, we do not approve of many
teachings of the Bible, among which
are the following:
Ist. It sanctions drunkenness, when
it declares “it is good to take a little
wine for the stomach’s sake.” Some
men are encouraged to “indulge a lit
tle,” because they have a permit from
the Scriptures; and experience proves
that an insatiable appetite soon follows
the first glass in nine cases out of ten.
A few years ago, in Illinois, a lawyer
and the Superintendent of a Sabbath
| School, complied with an invitation to
I deliver an address before the Temper
| ance Society. lie proved from the*Bi
| blc that it was all right to take a “dhrap
now and thin.”
2<l. It app roves of a community de
liberately murdering a man, because in
a tit of insanity, produced by an over
ruling propensity for revenge, or by
madness induced by taunts, or perhaps
defamation of character, he killed a
human being. The Bible says, “An
eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and
blood for blood.” A clergyman of this
town, within a few weeks, declared to
us that he was in favor of capital pun
ishment, because, among other reasons,
the Bible sanctions it. How the per
ceptions of Right in many men are
stultified by their absurd notion that
everything is correct in that volume !
3d, The same is true with regard to
Slavery. Two sentences in the Bible
as emphatically establish the institution
of Slavery as being divine, as other
portions repudiate it. “Servants, obey
your masters.” “And if a man smite
his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and
he die under his hand, he shall be sure
ly punished. Notwithstanding, if he
continue a d(ty or two, he sJmll not be
punished, for he is his money.” Be
lieving these to be divine commands,
the Southern priests declare that Slave
ry is a Christian institution ; and under
such teachings the institution has waxed
fat and strong. No longer ago than
this winter, a Senator in the Senate
Chamber of Wisconsin, maintained the
divinity of Slavery by texts from the
Bible, which book, he said, all men re
vere except infidels and fools. Don’t
you see the mischievous tendency of
believing that the Bible'is infallible?
4th. God is there exhibited as a be
ing of revenge, tyranny, anger, imbe
cility, jealousy, and a God of war and
Now, sir, you need not refute the
foregoing statements by other passages.
We are happy to know that a portion
jis true, moral and philosophical; and
for the reasons that it gives the crude
laws of a crude people, and teaches
progression by displaying the charac
ter and instructions of Jesus, we think
it the best book extant. And the hook
itself should not be condemned because
it contains a history of ancient semi
barbarous people, but the blame should
be attached to those who constantly
reiterate that the characteristics of the
Almighty are described therein and no
one must gainsay its infallibility. If
this is “one of the most absurd incon
sistencies you ever met with,” you are
certainly a very “fortunate” man.
In conclusion, sir, a great portion of
this book is so repulsive and absurd,
that it is a matter of great surprise that
much of it should ever gain credence,
even in the darkest-'ages-of antiquity;'
infinitely more so, that it should be tol-!
erated by the professed intelligence of
the nineteenth century.
Since the above was written. Are have
found in an exchange an article upon
this subject from the Christian Regis
ter, from which avc clip the following:
It all its parts are equally inspired
and infallible, then the word's of Him
Avho spake as never man spake, arc of
no more authority than the crudest con
ceptions of the Epistles, or the most
anthropomorphic representations of the
Pentateuch; and in accordance with
the hermaneutieal rule, that the gener
al must be explained bv the specific,
the profound and universal principles of
the Sermon on the Mount must be mod
ified by the semi-barbaric institutions
of Moses, and the illogical reasonings
of Paul. In this way the bible has
been made an obstacle' in the path of
reform; and some of the foulest errors
oi barbarism have been perpetuated
and upheld in Christian communities.
There can be no question with a can
did mind, that the Scriptures, taken as
a whole, contain more numerous and
explicit sanctions of slavorA*, xvine
drinking, polygamy, tyranny and war,
then condemnation of these sins; hence,
it the Old Testament is as authorative
as the Ncav, their practice ought to be
regarded as right.
1 his view is the one which their ad
vocates in all ages ot Christianity have
assumed. The' friends of peace* have
always had .Joshua and .Judges hurled
at their heads; our fathers, in the Rev
olution, were morally combatted with
Paul; the strongest arguments against
the temperance movements were drawn
from the bible, and urged by Orthodox
ministers; the Mormons cover their sin
of a dozen wives with chapters from
the Rook ot books; and the supporters
ot slavery lock the chains around their
victims with divine precepts and infal
lible curses. It is in vain to say that
the bible’s commands in reference to
these sins were accommodating to a
peculiar state of society, and are no
longer to be applied.
From the Daily Sentinel.
The LaCrosse R. R.—The Land Grant.
Milwaukee, March 26, 1858.
Messrs. Editors:— l notice in the
News ot the 25th, a communication ad
dressed to the editor of that paper, and
signed “AMilwaukeean.” He appears
very much alarmed in regard to the ef
fect that the repeal of the Laud Grant
may have upon the City ofMilwaukee.
Now I wish to ask which troubles him
the most, the interest of the tax-pavers
and citizens of Milwaukee, or the pri
vate pockets of a Milwaukeean, incase
the Land Grant to the La Crosse Cos.
be repealed? I think the tax-payers
and citizens of Milwaukee have seen
and heard enough of this kind of talk
trom the Directors and their friends in
the La Crosse Board, to have any long
er the wool pulled over their eyes, in
trying to make them believe that what
they know to be black is white.
Then as to his reference to the hard
working farmers, who have mortgag
ed their farms for this enterprise; lie is
in time, and I think it is time that the
farmer who has mortgaged his farm,
and paid dollar for dollar for his stock,
should be thought of, and perhaps as a
Milwaukeean seems to take sides for
the La Crosse Road, and also to be
posted on their matters, with so much
feeling for the farmer, will he explain
to them what has been the cause of the
stock in this company going down from
80 to 8 cents? I suppose he will say,
oh! the crisis. I say it is the crisis,
and how did the crisis in this road
originate? He a 1 so says they are
ready and willing to pay all their debt*.
Why don't they do it? Why did this
Company say to me, as well as to oth
ers of their creditors, last fall, when
asked for pay of an honorable and just
debt—that they had no money ! —when
within two days after one of the Direc
tors drew from the funds of the Com
pany $41,000 in cash to pay himself
for property sold to the Company by
himself—said property not being worth
over one quarter of the amount sold for !
For further particulars in regard to
this Company, we will refer them to
the last few numbers of that independ
ent editor’s paper —the Wisconsin Pa
triot. N. Cleveland.
Lamb the Wife Murderer Con
fesses his Guilt. —Geo. Lamb, the
hotel keeper at Mendota, 111., who was
arrested a few days since on suspicion
of having murdered his wife at St. Lou
is, has confessed his guilt. A corres
pondent of the Chicago Tribune says
that the testimony from St. Louis is
most overwhelming, leaving not a
doubt of his guilt. Lamb himself has
become satisfied of thfe fact, and to
day has made a disposition of his prop
The house has been found where
Lamb stopped in St. Louis, the woman
that waited on his wife, who saw her
expire in convulstions and assisted
Lamb in putting her into a box—also,
the doctor that was called by Lamb to
her aid, whom Lamb informed that
she had procured an abortion. The
physician was satisfied there was no
abortion, and that the woman was la
boring under the effects of strychnine.
T 1 e box containing the body was, bv
Lamb and a teamster driving a lumber
wagon, taken off in the night. Lamb,
since learning all these facts, to-day has
acknowledged his guilt. His object for
doing it was to prevent his exposure
with his maid, —now his wife. Lamb
about two weeks since made a public
profession of religion, and joined the
Baptist Church of this place.
—The Washington correspondent of
the Boston Journal says, each party is
confident of success in the House’ of
the Lecompton Constitution, and bets
are freely made on each side.
—Hon. Rufus Choate, of Massachu
setts, comes out strongly in support of
Douglas and AValker, He was one of
Buchanan’s most effective supporters
in 1856.
—The Boston Journal says the peo
ple of Manchester, N. H., are rejoicing
that all the mills in that city are about
commencing to run on full time again, i
Foreign News by the City of Balti
New York, March 30.
The City of Baltimore , from Liver
pool 17th inst., arrived this morning.
The Parliamentary proceedings were
of little importance. *
Bombay dates to the 24th. British
army had entered Onde.
Sir Colin Campbell was still at Cawn
pore awaiting seige trains.
Lucknow was expected to be bom
barded on the 2 Bth February.
Ihe King of Delhi lias been found
guilty and banished for life.
The steamer Ava, with Calcutta mails
and over a quarter million sterling in
specie, was lost near Trincomali, on
the 16th of Feb. Cargo and mails lost
but no lives.
The ship Kennebec , of Bath, for
Mobile, had been lost at sea. Crow
The correspondence with Franco was
submitted to Parliament on the 15th.
I lie riot in Dublin was alluded to in
both Houses. The Government prom
ised a strict investigation.
The Commons passed the Indian
loan bill.
D Israeli had stated the ease ofCag
llavi had been submitted to the law of
ficers of the erow-n and government
would act upon their opinion irrespec
tive of the action of the late govern-
T nent, which had acknowledged the ju
risdiction of Naples.
It was stated that Mr. Roebuck had
received a challenge from Col. DeLiqny,
a F reneh officer, for his language in re
lation to France,
Ikoia.—All quiet in the Punjaub.
r l he Rajpotan field forces were on route
for Ivotah, while the enemy was said
to be 7,000 strong, and with 100 guns.
Sporapore in Nislanfs dominions had
been captured, and the Rajah had been
seized at Hyderabad. The Baribie reb
els were defeated Fob. 10. It was sta
ted that Nona Sahib had crossed the
Ganges with a strong force to enter
Bundleeune. The Goorahs had defeat
ed the rebels at Gondor.
F ranch. —The execution of Orsini
and Pierre took place on the 13th.—
From 100,000 to 200,000 people assem
bled to witness the execution. They
kept at a distance by the military of
whom 100 w ere on the spot. Both met
their death with firmness. Pierre sang
| the well know'n Laurie pour hi Patrie
| on his way to the scaffold, and on the
| block cried vice la Italy , vice la Jie
| publique. Orsina’s last cry was vice
j la Prance.
Russia.—The Russians bad captur
ed the important defile of Argoune in
j the Caucassus.
I he Chinese had attacked the Rus
sian out-posts toward the mouth of the
; Amoor river so suddenly that the Rus
sians had to retreat 30 leagues from the
River. The Chinese destroyed the
Russian settlement.
Canton, Jan. 28.
All tranquil—Yeh remained a close
i prisoner. Orsini and Pierre were guil
lotined on the 13th of 31 arch. Iloinlin
w as respited to penal servitude for life,
i The E uglish government refuses to let
Sardinia give up the Englishmen Hodge
to the French Gov’t. The conspiracy
bill was rejected by the Sardinia parl
iament. Other continental news unim
portant. The steamers Africa and
Bornesia arrived out on the* 14th, and
, the City of Washington on the 16th.
Horrible Murder.
There was considerable excitement
through the streets of our city, yester
day afternoon, caused hy the discovery
of one of the most horrible murders
that lias ever been committed in our
city. About 4 o’clock in die afternoon,
the body of a woman named Bennet
was found in a shanty in the Fourth
Ward, near the round house of the Mil
waukee & Mississippi R. R. ? cut and
mangled in a shocking manner. Art
axe was found lying near the hody all
besmeared with blood, with which the
infernal deed was committed. But the
worst feature of this horrible affair is
that the murderer of the woman was
her own husband, a wretch named
Patrick Bennet, whose name has adorn
ed the Police Court list, constantly, for
many years past. Upon being ques
tioned he confessed his guilt, and offer
ed some petty excuse for committing
the bloody deed. Two men who hap
pened to be close by, shortly after the
murder was committed, took charge of
Bonnet, and were bringing him to the
station house, when they were met by
the police, who took both Be nnet and
his brother who was in the vicinity
when the murder was committed—and
lodged them in jail.
The body of the murdered woman,
was taken to the “Dead House,” in the
rear of the police station, where an in
quest will he held upon it this morning.
It is mangled in a frightful manner.—
1 he head is literally chopped to pieces,
and that evidently with an axe. The
brutal husband, must, like a very
demon, have gloated over his victim
and mangled the lifefess corpse, after
he had murdered her. The appearance
ot the wretched shanty all spattered
with gore, where the murdered woman
lay, was horrible indeed. It was said
hy some, that Bennet was laboring un
der a tit of dileriinn tremens, when he
committed the murder. He appeared
rational enough, however, when taken
to the police station. He is one of the
worst characters in the city, and he has
repeatedly been imprisoned for various
crimes. It is but a short time since,!
he served out a term of imprisonment
for robbery, and there is scarcely a j
drunken row, that ever happened here, i
that he has not had a hand in.— Mil- 1
v.aukee Sentinel .
—Senator Hammond, who in his re
. cent speech stigmatized the laboring
classes of the North as “the mud-sills
of society,” and as “white slaves,” is
the son of a man who, in his younger
days, was a worthy and industrious
butcher, and afterwards a worker of a
saw mill.
—T he a *hington correspondent of i
the New York Courier telegraphs that ■
the removal of Judge Loring by the
Governor of Massachusetts, will be fol
lowed either by his appointment as U.
S. District Judge, Or Sub-Treasurer.
News from all Parts of the Country.
New York, March 20.—Gen. Scott
issued orders on Saturday, constitution'
? now mihlarv district in Nebraska, U>
be called District of the Platte, head
L:,r ; U,,: '°- Ten cm..,,antes
4th artillert and two companies 2<l dra
gons, now in Kansas, are assigned
this district, and will mardi innnodi
alely. Iwo companies of the 2d artil
lery, now in K msas, are ordered to
Fort Riley to relieve the present -Garri
son, now under orders for Utah. ~
The steamer Empire City arrived
yesterday from Havana, 23d inst.
Four vessels had landed 1700 coolies
at Havana, having lost 250 from dis
ease on the voyage. Havana was
healthy. Sugar had advanced some
what. The British gun boat Jasper
had captured the slave ship Amelia
out w aid oounu from Havana with
3000 doubloons on board.
Accounts from V enezuela state that
Puerto Cape was captured by the rev
olutionists on the Uth inst. On the fol
lowing day 10,000 men marched upon
( arracaccs and summoned President
Moregas to surrender the executive au
thority. He peremptorily refused and
declared the city in a state of siege. -
The revolution was general throughout
the country. •
St. Louis, March 29.—A db : arch
from Leavenworth of the 26th '-r' the
Constitutional Convention ; V an- and
from 3linneola and met at L a- cn
worth on the evening of the 25th.
Charges of corruption were prevalent
Lane resigned the Presidency of the
Convention. Ihe people are satisfied
\\ ith this demonstration of State
feeling, prefer a President not identi
fied with the extremist's. It is suppos
ed the session of the Convention wiH
be short, and that the Topeka Consti
tution will bo adopted with some mod
ifications. Lane pledged himself to re
sign before he could be elected Presi
dent of the Convention. r J he extrem
ists are becoming more moderate in
their views.
Six mountain men from Camp Scott
had arrived. They left the Cam; m
the 26th of January, on foot with pack
mules and encountered several se\ re
snow storms. They think the Mor
mons could easily overcome Johnson's
command if they wished.
New York, March 30.—The Times
correspondence says that Mr. Mont
gomery will introduce a bill extending
pre-emption rights to settlers on the
half-breed reservation, bordering tie*
Mississippi and lake Pipin. There are
*OO settlers in the land, and there is a
conflict between them, and the specu
lators who have bought Indian war
rants claimed a right to locate.
further advices from Venezuela re
port that the government troops have
been defeated several times, and that
some of them have deserted to the rev
Ihe English and French ministers
had sent for naval forces.
St. Domingo advices of the 14th inst.
are contradictory ot previous accounts.
B-.er held the Capitol. Two British
men-of-war are lying in the harbor to
protect the lives and property of for
, ashington correspondent of
the Times says there was a caucus hist
night of 22 Anti-Leeompton democrats
who resolved to stand firmly by Crit
tenden's amendments. Alfthe Repub
heans bad accepted that amendment.
Col. Benton is still quite sick, confin
ed to his bed.
New York, March 31st.
A letter from Washington states
that Mr. B rnheisel, delegate from
Utah, has presented to the House Com
mittee on Territories a constitution
trained by the people of Utah, with a
request that that Territory be admit
ted as a State under if. This Constitu
tion was framed in 1856.
A letter from Havana, dated March
24th, states ( hat a British war steam
erliad brought into that port the schoon
ei Panehita, seized as a slaver and
sailed again immediately in pursuit of
another slaver.
Prom. California.
X. w York, March 20.
The steamer Maxes Tayl.r a -rived
here this morning mith the Cali ton i,n
mails of March sth, and 81,400,000 in
The Moses Taylor and Gold\ >, . i
performed the trip in 20 days ad I ;
hours, the shortest trip on record
The news from California is urn
taut. ‘ 1
r J he Legislature passed an act to take
the State 1 rison irom the posses.-aon of
the lessee and place it in charge of
agents of the State. Possession was,
however, refused, and Governor Wel
ler took it hy force.
The L . 8. sloop-of-war St. Mary , ar
ii\ed at San hrancisco from Honolulu
and was to undergo repairs, 30 sea
men had deserted there, some of whom
had been re-captured.
The ship Flying Fish had sailed for
China with a large number of dead or
living Chinese and 828,000 in treasure
The Board ofE location of San Fran
cisco had resolved to admit no colored
children to the public schools, except
to those provided exclusively for them.
“Awful” Gardiner's Experience.
—“Awful Gardiner,” the prize-fighter,
was present at the prayer meetigin the
John street Methodist Church on Fri
day, gays the X. Y. Post. He is a pow
erful man, six feet high and well built.
He has a strong voice which was dis
tinctly heard in every part of the house
He said he was not ashamed to declare
that his past life had not been what it
should have been. He had tried all
the amusements and pleasures of the
world, but never found any real satis
faction in them, and had enjoyed him
self more in one hour since'his conver
sion, than in all his former life. He
wished it understood that he was on
” WO VJll
the Lord’s side. The audience, ho said
knew how faithfully he had served Sa
tan heretofore, and be was determined
to serve the Lord as faithfully in the fu
ture as he had served the Devil in tho

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