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FimDAYT DECEMBER 29, 1866.
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den's Express, have our thanks fo
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The Nortli Carolina sheriffs havo lieei
instructed, by direction of the I'resi
dent, not to enforce tho collection of tin
tax levied by the constitutional conveii
Major (Jen. (Ilenn takes another com
pliinentary bcnellt to-night, at his owi
theatre. The "Helping Hands," tb
play in which he is lo appear, is one o
the best productions of Mr. Taylor, am
the characters hi be sustainod by AI i
(ilenn and Mr. (jiossiu, are well suite
to their respective powers. Tlio bill i
one of tho best oflercd this season.
The Knitting Machine at Htiner's i
commanding about as much attentioi
as a first baby. It is, certainly, aver
cunning invention. It is comprehend
ed at a glance, and overybody who ha
seen it, declares it to be ofa more revo
lutionary character than the sewiii)
machine. It is still on exhibition, am
we advise our lady readers to see it ii
■»-»» _
If it is to be the purpose of tho peopl
of Norfolk to encourage emigration it
this city, thoy had hotter lie about It. A
well Ulrects-J enort u,,ulil certainly Is
successful, in inducing both cap,,,,. _ nj
labor to come here. There is a plethon
of both at the North, and all that i,
wanted is the assurance—on the part o
responsible and s-rell-known citizens—ti
get here ii-»s spring an iadustrious daa
0 f well-to-do citizens. Who will pu
his shoulder to the wheel ?
General Crook has given orders, ii
the case of two negroes recently sen
tenced in the county court at Wilming
ton, North Carolina, to lie sold int.
slavery for flvo years, for larceny, tha
the sentence must not lie carried inf.
execution, on tlio ground that no lav
can lie enforced wliich makes a distinc
tion between white and black criminals
The District Superintendent of tin
Kreednien's Kureau has ordered a revo
cation of sentence, in default of whicl
the members of the court are lo bi
placed under arrest.
Borne of the proceedings of the Houtl
Carolina Legislature, which ndjourmx
ou tbe 21st inst., and the workings o
I the free labor system so far in that Htate
are briefly reviewed in (be Charlestoi
correspondence of the Herald. Lawi
were passed among others, giving tin
election of Presidential electors diiectlj
to the people, for (he organization of tin
Ktate militia, and creating thirty-threi
new district courts for the trial of cases
in which negroes are interested. Tin
question regarding payment of the rebel
war debt was given to a committee, with
instructions to report on it at the next
session. Oeneral Tobin, one of tin
largest planters of tbe Htate, is making
tbe free labor system progress very sat
isfactorily on his plantations. He say.
the chief difficulty in the way of the
success of the system is the foregone
conclusion ou the part of the majority
of planters that it must fail.
Tlie Mobile Register of the lilth inst.,
in au article on the government cotton'
agency system of the Kouth, pronounces
that institution a total failure, a great
public private, commercial and social
misfortune, and a source of tho hugest
robbery and corruption. It says that
the agent seize all the cotton in private
bauds they can find, ou charge of its
having belonged to the rebel govern
ment, and then, asa general thing, ap
propriate it to their own emolument,
and that from this example the planters
and other citizens have also been led
extensively into th|e cotbin stealing
business. The Reghter also asserts that
of the one hundred and twenty thous
and bales of rebel government cotton
siirrendered by Ucueral Dick Taylor to
General Canity, scarcely ten thousand
bales havMieen or ever will be received
by tho national government, the re
mainder having been stolen.
No accounts have yet reached us of
any formidable attempt <„, the part of
the negroes in the Houtheru Htates, says I
the New York Herald, to effect a reajiz-
j outbreaks by them on Christum* day j
which were entertained by tho white I
people. In Norfolk, Virginia, a negro
attacked a policeman with 11 club, and
was shot; in Manchester, on the James
river, opposHi Richmond, a party of
colored men surrounded the jail and
forced the release of two colored prison
ers, aud in Alexandria negroes were en
gaged in riotous proceedings, in which
several persons are reported to have
been shot; but there does not appear to
have been concert of action in these se
parat* affairs. In Wilmington, .North j
Carolina, there were tights between the
whites and blacks, which assumed the
. proportions ofa riot, calling into requisi
tion the services of the police and troops,
: who arrested about one hundred ne
groes; but the telegraphic despatches
state that there was no evidence at any
organized movement on tho part of the
Ilu our .'ounger days, we did our best
expose the villainies of "spiritual
n," so wiled, which look possession of
l-New Jlugland mind in |s.>7-8. The
c I'rofewor i-VRon, Professor Agussiz, j
ofessor I'eircc, Gen. rushing, Unfits j
mate, I-dward I'verclt, and others
ileas aile, but not so well known,
i occupied jitces in the great battery. 11
' was tho lKist vigorous war ever waged
in this country against a delusion, li
lasted overa year, and the rogues on the
sidcof tbe)igglers, produced the Poles,
tho Davenports, and nearly all the
clever huntings of tlio country. During
, I tlie famoii.-tconlrovcrsy, which wascou-
J j ducted in tie lioston Courier, some very
singular diicoverics of immorality were
made, suelias "nude circles," composed
of persons supposed to have been respect
able. Wewell remember an old State
street genljenian ofßoston, who Inher
ited niucliluoiiey, but no sense, bnlgina
in upon usoiio morning in the Courier
office, wi(i tho cry of "slop my
paper." llmtday, an article had appear
-I led, tlpniit-ialory of some particular
.. phase b" the wicked imposition; but he
~ baiipen-d to be interested, and lv; was
. veryanttiy. We believe tho facts were,
thitthelud encountered a "medium,"
who had bid him who bis nurse was,
i- what sort of a bib he wore in his (rating
n days, tie line of his grandmother's hair,
■ and oilier fuels concerning the angry
If genllennn'.s infancy. He roared out, in
il reply to our suggestion, that perhaps
*. tho young "medium" had seen the old
• 1 nurse, that it was impossible; but tin
s truth was.lhut wo hail discovered (In
old nurse, in the northern portion of tin
city, and lud ascertained from her, that
■ a young hdy of "prepossing appear
" mice," badcallcd upon her, anil askeil
v questions, in rogard to the youth ninl
'" parent age of Mr. Stopmypaiier. Pro
8 fessorFeltfin, in a ])owcrful article, ex
' posed tliii creature—suppressing tin
X names of Iter victims, of course—but tin
'■ old gentleman refused lo see tho ligltt
" and revenged himself by tirderiii*.
liis paptf stopped. It was stop
t> ped. He returned iv the course of a fey
~ weeks, and wished that the Courii
i might ho again left at his house, but i
t , never was, tho editor refusing to hnvi
j anything to do with a- wealthy patrol
.-, -* n.inibugs who **■„„ too proud to owi
, that he bad l,eci, .*,,'.
H . .. ~ . . "'"'-/ cd. Them
- recollections came back upon us, aitc
|( reading Mr. K. A. Sothcrn's able ex
M posure of table tosscrs, in the Scotcl
t paper, wliich we print this morning
Mr. Hotlicrii says: "Thehistory o
'spiritualism' in this country and ii
n America is, on the one baud, nchroii
- iclo of imbecility, cowardly (error o
,- the suiicrnatural, willful self-delusion
o irreligion, and the other of fraud, urn
t j impudent chicanery and blasplnjinou
0 J indecency. I do not say that there an
v I not more things in heaven and card
- j than arc dreamed of in our philosophy
. but Ido say that, m the result of such i
i) practical investigation of 'spiritualism
- us I believe few other men have made
i I must honestly and fearlessly denotim ,
is a mockery, a delusion, a man am
—> -a a—.
Cost exaggerated, and in nonie in
ices unfounded, reports in regard U
intentions of the negroes of Ibi
o (luring the holidays, have beei
North; and the drunken brawls o
istnias day lutve been in.-igiiiiiei
attempts at revolution, go com
I had become the belief abroad, tha
negroes were engaged iv the genera
filtering of their while neighbors
late on Wednesday evening, we n
.-d a telegram from Washington,
aso telegraph whether there wer
' any serious disturbances among tb
' blacks on Christmas day or since. Tel
' anything you know bearing upon th
subject." Our answer assured ou
' Washington correspondent that ther
I bad been no serious disturbances anion)
'I the blacks, or the whites either, Ilia
j nothing of an unusual character but
transpired during Christinas day o
I since, and the brawls that bad takei
place had no jiolitical significance, an.
I could all be traced to the swallowing o
the infernal whiskey sold in the dens o
Norfolk and Portsmouth. It is evidem
that the Washington people had ha.
re|N>rts front this section, which bin
caused some alarm. We arc happy h
i inform (ln-ui, that Ihe negroes are bder
J ably well behaved, and that they seem
to bo minding their own business. St
J much for Norfolk and vicinity.
It will bo remembered that a mart ol
very desperate affair at Manchester,
J readied us on Tuesday. The Richmond
|7fc i v<.-6ltcdisposes of that matter thus:
We learn that two negroes, who bail
been guilty of some offence, were put in
jail in Manchester on Monday. Shortly
jtfler they were put in, » crowd of some
three or fotirluuulred negroes assembled
and demanded that the jail should be
opened and the negroes be released
threatening that if it were not done they
would tear the bouse down. Not having
a.sufficient police force to contend with
the rioters, the authorities had to yield
open tbe doors, and set tbe two negroes
at liberty. B
ing the Alexandria rioting in the Ga
zette uf Tuesday anil the Washington
Chronicle of Wednesday.
Itfroni t'.io Alexandria Oaxette, iiotli.
We regret to slate that much disorder
prevailed in town, yesterday, along sev
eral of the public streets. Fights, pistol
firing and disturbances generally were
frequent Atone time of tbe day quiet
persons were almost afraid to go out of
their houses. Several persons were
knocked down and injured, and the po
lice threatened with violence if they in
terfered. A row occurred at Chape]
Hall, at the corner of Duke and Wash
ington streels, iv which pistols, brick
bats and lists were freely used. A young
man had his bead severely injured by a
slone, another man was shot in the arm,
and scleral others slightly wounded with
pistol shots. A man was severely beaten
on the street, at the upper end of King
street, autl a dozen rows took place there,
in Ibe course of the day. Upandtlown,
drunken anil disorderly persons were
moving about.
At hist the military aid wus requested I
and that being furnished, guards were |
sent over town, who proceeded to arrest I
all disorderly characters, white and
black, who were found, and this soon
restored order and quietness. A number
of persons wero placed in the guard
house, upper end of King street, and will
be made to account for their conduct.
Altogether, the scenes were most dis
creditable, and unusual in Alexandria.
The civil authority seemed to be by it
self, entirely powerless. Wo trust not
I again to have to make such a record
'About our town, iv olden times distin
guished for its observance of law and
order, and with about the best popula
tion of any city in the country.
Il'uiuii tint I'lii't.iiifl.-, 2-ji.h.j
A serious disturbance occurred in
Alexandria on Christmas day, which
came near resulting fatally to a niiiulier
of colored men, and. indeed, may yet so
result. It appears that a large iiumbci
of men, as .nearly as we can learn,
chiefly ex-Confederate soldiers, took il
into their heads to celebrate Christinas
by a general ouslaugbt on tbe negroes.
They commenced by Imbibing freely of
(hose beverages usually indulged in
largely at this particular season of the
year, and having attaint-da very high
pitch of "Dutch courage," resolved
themselves into a sort of volunteer pa
trol organization, and started out on a
general reconnoissance around tlie city,
many of them armed with pistols and
oilier weapons, an I wherever they met
a man with darker skin I ban their own,
instantly declared war against him.
These rowdies, for some lime during
the forenoon, hail mailers very inu.'li
their own way, going about the streets
singly or in squads, freely displaying
I heir weapons ;ml boldly ballooning for
Jeff, Davis, General Lee and other foul
ing Confederates. Three colored sol
diers, belonging to Mattery Rogers,
while standing at the corner of I'rinee
and Fairfax streets, were stt upon by
a party of these ruffians, and badly
beaten. Another party broke into
Chapel Hall, corner of Duke and
Washington streets, where the col
ored people were holding a meeting,
In.ike up the assembly, uud inaugura
ted ti general unlet-. The colored men
defended themselves, nnd shots were
freely exchanged, a white man named
Mitchell receiving a severe wound in
the head, which it is thought will prove
Tho firing of pistols was heard in
streets in different parts of the city nil
through the titty, ainl a number orcol
ored men assaultctl and beaten, besides
wounded witli pistol shots- Among the
Infer were John Anderson, shot in the
head, and Robert E. Sanders, skull
fractured. They were both removed to
the hospital, but arc not expected to re
cover. The riot having become serious,
about 1 r. .M., Mayor VVaro applied In
the military for assistance. A telegra
phic dispatch was sent to Genera)
Aug.-ir, who sent instructions to use ns
ninny troops as were necessary to res
tore order and preserve the peace. In
pursu nice of these instructions lliret
'"'V'" -'ii... .sib regiment Han
cock's corps were called (Mid, ami some
threescore or more of the more conspicu
ous among the rioters were arrested and
sent to the slave-pen.
It will be remembered that the Con-
I stifutional Amendment, abolishing
slavery, was rejected by the Legislator*
J of Kentucky, on the ground that it wa
it state alliiir; and that the National
Legislature had no control over the sub
jeetofslavery in the states. Rut more
than two-thirds of the states—more than
the requisite number—hnviiigcnneurreil
in the Congressional Constitutional
Amendment) il became the fundamental
I law; so-that, although Kentucky and
Connecticut have refused to assent to Iti
adoption, they are both prohibited for
ever, by the action of the majority, from
reducing any human being, except foi
crime, to involuntary servitude,
Throughout tho Amcriean Republic, tl,,
whole slave code has ceased to exist,
The LowfavUto Jottrmatttt Saturday, in
ililori.il article before us, cxultsovci
and states that the adoption of the
idnient lifts a great burden from tin
Idersof tbe citizens of Kentucky,
pioto the following from the Juttr
e period of uncertainly, which hat
er closed, weighed like a mountuii
llu-ni. The state laws protectee
nasteraiid military authorities to .
extent, and tbe laws of Congress b
extent protected tlie slave. Then
constant collisions, theoretically
iractically, and nobody knew what
c to take, for every one socmen
equally blocked up. This whs a>
ir the blacks as whites. The latlei
deterred from hiring tho fiirinci
gh fear of the penalties impending
■heni for so doing, without thecon
f masters, by virtue of the (siwei
of state laws. Slaves could not lind em
ployment consequently as free persons,
anil were not, secure eifheras slaves or as
freed people, They were literally out
casts. They were deterred from hiring
t luiiisel yes out lest their masters should
claim anil get their wages, and citizens
uni others were afraid to employ them
lest they .should have to pay twice, tn
the master and then to the slave, super
added lo which was the risk the em
ployer ran nl a prosecution in the state
■Marts for a violation of the laws. Thus,
between the dangerous Hcylla on the
no side ami the fatal Charyhdis on the
titer, master and slave, employer and
mploycd, were in (lunger of being
wampetl und going to the bottom. All
lis is now .-it an end. The great load of
ipresslon and doubt has been rolled
way. The negroes are free, and while
en are free too, and both may enter
to contracts without the fear of pnins
ml penalties. They may snap their
igcrs at the Sheriff' "or any other
aa"-—provided they fulfil the engage
ents they may make with each other
id go on their way rejoicing. We re
al that the incubus that has paralyzed
ie energies of Kentucky for several
•trs past has relaxed its grasp, and her
•ble and stalwart limbs at length are
enthralled. She is at lost free from
r birmentsaiid tormentors. The laws
fbich inotber times and under different
circumstances were designed to be bless
ings became, through the moral earth
quake that rocked her from centre k
circumference, so many fetters thai
bound her to a dead carcass. The wholt
slave code of Kentucky has ceased to ex
ist. It falls nt once and completely
through the effect of the amended or
ganic law of the republic, which is tin.
supreme law of tha land, "anything in
the constitution or laws of any state U
the contrary notwithstanding."
Wo would not for an instant so far in
sult tlie patriotism or common sense ol
the legislators of Kentucky as to sc
much as suggest the possibility of tlieii
attempting either to resist or evade any
portion of the constitution of tin
United States. That would be mere
madness. It would be simply an at
tempt at are volt against the authority
of the government, with the absolutt
certainty that snch a revolt would be ul
once and thoroughly crushed. The Ex
ecutive and every other officer of tin
state, tbe Legislature, the courts ami
every citizen of tho state are all bound tr
obey implicitly and without question mo
tho supreme law of the land. W hethei
I institution suits them or not has
jug to do with the question of theii
ieuce to it. That is not an open
tion. It admits of no discussion
not optional cither with any niagis
or citizen whether he will obey i!
it; nor is it optional with the Lo
lure. The slave code should at
be expunged from the statue book
entucky—every v stige of It; bul
her expunged or not, it is abso
rand forever a dead lei tor; and an*,
n, bo be magistrate or citizen, at
ting to enforce it or any part of il
ncur instant aud grave legal re
nltieky is now placed upon an
footing with the other free south
tatos. Her citizens can proceed
>nt let or hindrance to make con
i for labor with the l'reedmer
-vomeu; and the latter for tin
time in their lives, will in
the civil responsibilities, am
perform the duties, of free agents
have no longer any masters am
esses lo shield them from such re
ibilities and duties, or clotlu
feed them, or to take care o
, either iv sickness or old itgi
isfortuns. They must now laki
of themselves. We doubt not
n many instances, it will lie tin
for them. They will learn tha
in from a master or mistress tioei
can exemption from care or toil Ol
ing. On the (solidary, these wil
increased, and fearfully increased
colored people of Kentucky an
Let them make of their liberty f
and not a curse. Whether itshal
lessiug or an inlliction now de
mainly upon themselves. Thet
ake it either They can iinprovt
evate themselves, and secure tin
nice, respect ami co-operation o
ato masters and mistresses, and o
people generally, liy a prope
of conduct, or they can sooi
nnd degrade themselves, audsinl
f into vagabondage, poverty, vice
I misery nnd death. Whetli.u- Urn» iVc,
• people can reputably lake care of them
, selves is yet an unsolved problem, am
- all eyes, both In Europe and America
i will he for years iixed intently am
• anxiously upon them.
I We trust and believe that our owi
i citizens will pursue toward theiti agen
I emus, frank and sympathetic tsilicy
We hope they will give them every mis
i siblo chance to maintain themselves
I comfortably ami b> make progress in tin
- scale of civilization This will be rigb
I in itself, ami it will be the best coursi
3 lor them as the dominant uud rulini
. class. They will thereby promote tlu-i
I own interests and |S»ace while tliei
> benefit and elevato tho colored race
- The extreme persons in the North win
, have been making such an ado afcfa
b the colored people of the Southern stale
- have charged the whites in them witl
1 being the natural enemies of the blacks
s but this has over been and is now a gros
- slander. It never was true and is no
i now. Of course there have lieen ex
c ccptional cases, but as a general rule lb
- sraik*s« i"«i|ilo have bad no other feel
o lugs toward their servants than those o
- kindness. In numberless instances, in
il deed, strong affection lias existed be
tween the master, mistress and childrei
of a family and the serranta. We havi
ourselves witnessed ninny a toiicniiigll
. lustration of this fact, and the sereecben
X w ' l , os ;V <JC,- ,-*ttl'f« idea only betray hoy
» little they know of that which they ran
«- themselves hoarse about.
s The Legislature will of course have b
,1 pass laws In reference to vagrancy am
h kindred subjects; but We hope that hod
will not legislate too much. Any at
■ tempt to regulate the price of labor i
n absurd. The labor market should b(
j left to regulate itself liko every otbe
, market. Too much government wi
have ever regarded as a deal worse thai
i' too little. Let the laws be low am
il simple, and, above all, just.
Mr. E. A. .Sotbern, tho actor, pub
„ lishes in the .Scotch papers the followin*
i tattoos of his experience os«i
lual medium in New York :
ere is au article in the Spirit uu
u:ine in which I am referred to
Id not dream of noticing any articl.
ly such publication had I hot fount
(•table and rational journals sucl
urs reproducing statements affect
ny credit and candor. I conslde
ato the conductors of tbs tlalf.
of these countries, as well as t.
lf, to notice remarks ou me and oi
onduct when I find them trans
Ito their columns. Had they no
excavated from the gloomy obscu
if their original source they migh
y never have attracted my observation
it and certainly would never have ob
'I taiued my notice.
* I'ossibly it, may lie thought that lan
r doing this spiritual publication a servici
r by bringing it into notice. I do no
S I think so. When you prosecute a pick
■- hiockct you go before the bench as i
r matter of public duly; the pickpocket if
■- certainly brought into public promt
'. nciice for the time, but it is only thai
s be may be (be more effectually recog
- niz.-d, punished, and exposed. Nol-ody
1 11 suspect, will be perverted to a belie]
'■ in spiritualism by reading au exisisitloii
• s I of the misstatements of spiritual writers
» Now for the article. The main couiii
sI in tbe indictment against nio is Unit
A few years ago a party of splritualsts
c iv New York, composed chielly of actors
i, and actresses, held regular sittings f,it
• ue production of spiritual phenomena
J One of the members of this circle was
I an actor named Htuart, who was recog
< nized by all as a most powerful medium,
I The manifestations witnessed at these
n'ttitces were so wonderful as to give to
1 tbe meetings the distinguished title ol
> "The Magic Circle." Thoy created so
much interest that it was considered a
'special privilego hi be admitted hi this
I magic chamber. Mr. Kluart'at that j-e-
M riod was better known as .Stuart the
* inugiietizer, or magic worker, than fitu-
Tbe "actor named Stuart" is now bet
ter known as "Ibe actor named Soth
em." Following sufficiently illustrious
precedents. I used an assumed name
when I entered on my profession, and I
only resumed my own by the advice of
a'friend. The "party of spiritualists"
was not composed cbiedy of "actors and
the worse if it had been""butTn 'reality I
it was composed of twelve gentlemen of
liigh position iv their respective profes
sions, who actuated by a common curi
osity and interest, joined in a thorough J
practical, and exhaustive investigation
of the phenomena of "spiritualism."
We were quite ready for either result:
to believe it if It were true; to reject it
if found false; and in the latter case I, at
least, resolved in due time b> expose It.
1-or more than twoyears we had weekly
meetings. At these, by practice, we
nail succeeded in producing not only all
the wonderful "manifestations" of the
professional "media," but other effects
still more startling. VVc simple tried to
reproduce the appearanceantl the results
which we had heard of, and read of, and
seen—and we succeeded. Pushing our
practice and experiments Anther, we at
tained tbe capacity to execute feats
much more remarkable than those pre
sented nt any of the "spiritual seances."
An American gentleman and myself
took the part of the "media " ami the
I rest of the company assisted; and I do
not hesitate to say that wo outdid any
thing ever attempted or accomplished
by Home, or the Davenports, or any of
the other more notorious spiritual ex
hibitors, j
Not the least of our discoveries was
that the whole- thing was it myth. We
did all that the spiritualists did, and
more ; but wo were our own "agents "
and had no ueed of recourse to super
natural influences, bail we had the
power to command them. Wo com
menced our seances in a spirit of legiti
mate investigation; we continued them
lorthe sake of the fiiniiseuientthevnave
ourselves ainl our frtends. We became
lamous in a Mull way Wo , |;i(| t()
start an engagement book, and to make
appoint men ts.. People -» m _ f,. om . lM
parts el America, and waited for their
turn. We got Into a larger line of busi
ness than any of the professional exhi
bitors, and we were extensively patro
nized. The only diflereneo was Mc
didn t charge anything. We took no
money directly or indirectly. Our en
tertainmeiit, being free, was liberally
supported, and when l add that the
evenings invariably wound up with a
jolly little supper, given solely at our
.!)r!' t! *l ,( '" s( '. ™ »'«y b« understood that
lie .Magic Circle" was much favored
and warmly eneouragod.
The indulgeni-e of ,„,,• | OV e of ,*„,, oost
us some money, but yielded im __, im
meiisity of pleasure. 'Do speak collo
quially, it was tin extensive but expen
sive "sell." We did not put pens under
the table and get signatures of Hliak
speareand (-hurled and other valuable
autographs; we did produce s|Hrit bands
find spirit forms; people did limit iv the
air—at least we made our audiences
.really believe they did -which was
quite sufficient for om- purpose and
theirs. Wo exhibited phenomena which
were startling enough, In all eonselenoe
and we made our visitors believe in
their reality. How we succeeded in
doing tills- how we made some of the I
most Intelligent men in America be
lieve that they really saw and felt what
""•y only fancied (bey saw and felt—
how we produced results (be causes of I
which were not apparent to (he physical
senses of the spectators-hoW, in line
we did things which must have seemed
to be, and what many of om- visitors
believed lo bo, supernatural and mir.-u
ulous- Ido not intend lo explain. We
did them; bow we did them I do not
feel disposed to declare; but I have not |
the slightest hesitation in saying tlisit
we did not do them by spiritual agen
cies., Yd, professional and paid "media"
came and saw, and themselves avowed
our Superior power over "the spirits."
1 have been told by many scientific
persons- (.veil in this city where I nui
now residing-that I am a "wonderful
psychologist." It is extremely pleasant
and vary flattering to be told that. Per
uana I am a "wonderful psychologist-"
1 hops I am, but 1 ,loul,'t, it. At all
events, whatever psycholo**!**] or ,/uasi
i spiritual powers 1 may possess, I have
; never exhibited them in public; I have
n«ver made money by displaying ihem;
i I have recognized the diffi-rence lie
■ twoii parforming an interesting ami
amusing delusion to entertain myself
and a private company ami swindling
the public by taking guineas from people
for showing them, as "spiritual mani
testations," feats which I could perform
hy physical and mechanical forces of
I do not "know tbs Messrs. Davenport-
I never saw them but once, when I paiii
some llfteeii shillings, I believe, and
came away powerfully impressed with
the conviction that either their support
ers and believers were mad or that I
was, and yet with a comfortable belief
i in my own sanity. I had n .thing to do
with their memorable exposures in Eng
■ land and France.
The object of this writer in the
Spiritual Magazine has been .to repre
sent mo as having exhibited "spiritual
manifestations" in America, and having
exposed them hero. I have stated I
hope clearly, that I did produce all the
"manifestations" and did exhibit them
but they were not "spiritual," aud I did
not exhibit them in public for- nu y .
I therefore consider myself free from
the imputations of having obtained
money under false pretences, enoou raged
1 idle superstitions, or perpetrated blas
phemous burlesques of sacred things. I
' look upon every Spiritualist as either an
I impostor or an idiot. 1 regard every
i spiritual exhibitor who makes money
by his exhibitions aa a swindler.
The things that these people do are
not done by spiritual or supernatural
- means, I know that. I have proved
it. I have done all that they can do,
11 and more. The history of "spiritual
ism" in this conn try and in America is,
on tbe one hand, a chronicle of imbe
cility, cowardly terror of the super
natural, wilful self-delusion and ine
ligion, ami on ihe other of fraud and
impudent chicanery and blasphemous
indecency. Ido not way that there are
not more things in heaven and earth
than are dreamed of in our philosophy;
but I do say that, as the result of audi a
practical investigation of "spiritualism"
as I believe few other men have made,
I must honestly aud luarlussly denounce
it as a mockery, a delusion, a snare and
a swindle. WA. iSotiiijkn.
Tittu-nu Royal, Qlakmw, Dec. (i,
following are the resolutions in
sd in the House of Uepresenla.
i the 90tb, iv regard to trials for
. They were tillered by Mr. I.aw
f Ohio, and on his own motion
the tabic and ordered to be prin
ted for future action ; —
Resolved, That public justice and na
tional security demand that as soon as
it may be practicable, Jefferson Davis a
representative man of the rebellion
should have a fair and impartial trial iii
the highest appropriate civil tribunal of
the country |„ r treason st llagrant in
character Ly hi,,, , imltted, in order
that the Constitution and tbe laws mas
he fully vindicated, the truth clearly cs*
tablished and affirmed, that treason is a
crime and that the offence may be made
infamous; ami at the saint- time that
the question may he judicially settled
finally and forever, that ttoHt-ilo, oliU
own will, has the right to renounce its
place in the union.
Resolved, That public justice and na
tional security demand ' that iv case of
the conviction of said Jefferson Davis,
I the sentence of the law should be carried J
into effect, hi order that the Constitu
tion snd the laws may be fully vindica
ted and faithftilly executed, and tlie
truth clearly established that treason is
a crime, und that traitors should be
Resolved, That in like manner, and
for like reasons, such of the most cul
pable of the chief instigators and con
spirators of the rebellion as may be ne
cessary to satisfy the demands of public
justice, and furnish security for the fu
lure and those criminally responsible
tor the murder and starvation of Union
prisoners of war, should be tried and
punished for the high crimes of which
they have been guilty.
Resolved, That justice should not fail I
of its purpose, and that all who are
guilty of or are responsible for (be assas
sination of tbe late President, ami the
great offenders during the recent rebel
lion guilty of and resjionsible for tin
murder and starvation of union pris
lofI of war, ns well as those guilty of
ponsible for other unparalleled I
ons of the laws of warfare are I
ible to and should be tried con- |
and punished by a military tri-i
authorized by law and sanctioned
s common law of war and tbe I
of civilized nations whenever and
is may be necessary to secure the j
lvod, That the committee on the
ry bo instructed to inquire what
tion, if any, may bo necessary to
v juries for trials for treason for
f error, and to carry into effect
•poses ofthe foregoingresolutions
it said committee report by lull
Jon Hook-UK. A soldier, how
live ho may be, can't fight every
ming successfully. Ho with "Fighting
Joe." I'aralysis has made sad work
with his fine physical frame and hnii.l
soniefuco. One whole side of his body
baa ost its vitality, and hangs Unhid
ami loose, liko a willed weed. Palsy
has made good claim on one-half of hia
person. How long before it asserts its
power over the whole, time alone must
determine. Cm. Ent/uircr.
The following story is going the
rounds ofthe German press: After the
concert of the Prussian military in Paris
before the Emperor, Napoleon 111 en
tered into conversation witli Kanell
nicister i-nriow. In I lv- course of the
conversation, the Emperor lifted one „f
(he brass instruments, found it heavy,
and asked, 'Do your baud people wear
their knapsacks In the field, us well-is
carry these Thing*: ?" "Certainly, sire"
answered Parlow. "Put bow," asked
the Emperor, "do you manage in re
treat?" "Don't know, your majesty.;
unit s not practiced among our people."
N. P. Hill, of Rutland county, Ver
mont, tracked a fox as be supposed to a
cave; and being a soldier he Imitated
.'Old Pul" by going in himself, hanging
a lantern on the nnd of his gun to light
the way. Shortly he discovered a pair
of big eyes, and imt a charge of buckshot
biiwwii theiu. Tbeanlmal ibenohanred
upon Hi 1 and a light enaucd, ii, wim
-llti I, wit I, (be aid of a dog and a hatchet,
killed » panther, which measured Aye
leet eight inches In length, and weighed
one hundred and seventeen pounds?
Gossip Is bow wilh Alfred Tennyson's
afllnrs, and informs us that he has given
two private readings at a guinea a ticket
only iiiviled guests admitted, and they
to come in full dress ; that the two read I
Inn netted bun MM; tbat he has lately
paid a guinea a word for a poem in the
< ornhill Magazine; and tbat lie has
also had an Aiuertsan ludiete-tf who in
reverence for the poet.->n,..i.-,! '•',<••'
....'- lardi . '. bit «-, .-„ ro , ' a
An alViity took place n tbe D-ayteti
and Western Hall •*Monday after
■ ■•' '■! t\, .nan ti. uetoi auti son i <
I wort nen who hu.. taken |taaaago .-i
r ts .is. the road, in which ta i
-i; i,l others
lud ■•, „ Jtc . ~i in.
--i was also wounded,
nerul Ktitler is still able to joke iv a
t way, and says tbat if there had
more liottles "tightly corked," in
about the oilicers' quartern of our
r during the war, it would have
a good thing for the country.
A. llradley, a mulatto, formerly
lied from the bar at Boston, lias
sentenced at Savannah, to one
s imprisonment, by n military
, for using seditious language. He
ml fellow,
c Signal Corns, which performed
valuable services during the war,
jccn entirely broken up. Put it
ioon be reorganized on a more per*
nt looting, in connection with toe
lar Army.
s reported that the Appropriation
nittee intends to report to the
ti, a bill providing for (lie assuiiip
>f the war debts of tin-loyal slates
c general Government.
I schooner Israel U. Snow, from
land, recently caught lire in TyU-e
i, Ga., and was beached to save the
>!' the crew. Vessel and cargo a
inrliuc has made some frightful
ronisnis iv his "Life of Byron,"
I'ers to Petrarch, Who lived In the
entb century, sis weeping over thi
ol Tnsso, who live iv the six
es D. Gibson of Jefferson county,
fia, died suddenly of apoplexy on
t week. Mr. Gibson was at one
t member of the House of Del
of Virginia, and was a gentleman
using and popular manners,
adier General Erancis H. Slump
i Confederate army, has been
to the chair of physics, astron
iid civil engineering of the Uni
of Mississippi,
ral Grant is to havo the deed o
lse iv wliich ho lives in Wash
for a Christmas present to-day
■elween the houses occupied by
Stttid Breckinridge, in the sann.
t has been entered in the Su
t'ourtof tlie District of Columbia
rain the city government of
lgton from paying the expenses
ecent election on the negro suf
-rains on the Klonington railroad
on Tuesday eight miles from
nee, It. I. A colored man, a pas
hud his leg crushed. Thero were
r serious casualties,
umber of deaths in New York
ho past, week was 419, beingade
f 7,1 over tbe sumo week of last
>f tho deceased, Hi) wero men, M
I~l> boys and 121 girls.
n George P. Webster of New
untucky, hits been brcvetted a
nt colonel, and appointed to the
of quartermaster of the pout of J
d Howard asks the sum of
-■-.v.. ,nill ion and three (-uurters fur
his bureau! ami three millions of it for
teachers and school-houses for tbe
bluacks. m j
Colonel John O'Fallon of St. Louis,
who died in that city a few days ago'l
during bis life gave away about a mill
lion of dollars to advance the cause of
< .In.-nlinn at the West. I
Tho evidence in tbe notorious Strong
[divorce suit having been closed, Mr.
| Graham is summing up the testimony
General Wade Hampton was in Mont,
gomery, Alabama, last week, and while
present in the Legislature was iavitod
to a seat by that body. v
The colored [teople of Cincinnati held
a meeting in that city on tbe 21st inst
and resolved to send John Jones, one oi
their number, as a lobby momber b
Tho safoofthe Pulaski county trea.
surer at Winncmack, Ohio, was broken
open on Sunday night and robbed ol
Major General Ilu ford of the lab
Confederate army, was in Cincinnati 01
1 hursilay of last week, ou his way U
Woodford county, Kentucky.
Ono hundred and sixty petitions foi
pardon were received on ' Tuesday from
citizens ot Alabama, among them Al
fred lverson, ex-United Status Henator.
Honor Garcia, the Peruvian Minlstoi
at Washington has been recalled. II
successor has not been announced.
svn.r..-, Dec. 28. A tornado, las
In tlm vicinity of Pulaski, cause.
damage. The bridge over th.
liondue river, seven miles soutl
iilti, w;is carrieil away,
c was considerable disturbance al
villo, on Christmas day, between
lies ami blacks.
RIZB l'l(liri'*ST()PPKl).
York, Dec, 28.-The niayoi
loll'maii, ami corporation council
n, took the oath office yesterday
foiilemplateil prize fight at the
n ('nurse, this morning, wits pre
hy the police, who arrested on-
Rai.kkiii, Dec. 28, .lonathan Worth
Governor elect, took charge of the X.,
eciilive ollice to-day, relieving Provi
sional Governor Iloldeu. Uov. Worth
has telegraphed Secretary Seward that
he has assumed I he duties of ofiice.
i . W AS i IIIN(Iton, l>ee.o s _ ( , llpt fimom
.trnveil here to-night from New York
where he left this morning. He will
be confined at the Navy Yard.
Nkw Yokk-, Dec. a. |.'|„ m . advanced
ftc.j Southern t#.W* ia; Wheat Hrm-
Morn declined le.: Beef quiet- p,„.|i'
steady ; |,ai«| c, m i; Whiskey dull- Col
loni advanced le. ; Naval stores 'dull;
11ai.ti.miii;*.*, I),e. is. K|,„v dull,
I Wheal scarce and linn; c,.n quiet-
I Oats dflll at ..""ill; Seeds and p --Vislonsiu
acthe; Whiskey heavy a/2s®a29; m v .
guars dull and heavy.
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