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April 4, 1567.
v::-,,,,WiiWhwUr, onion tl hanils.
A imiun ,mt uone "'"J 'v"i
.; ; . A imunofliik, aon.oii of liuidy
lhAMKi;iiVVi Frumvtn.
Democratic State Ticket.
For Governor,
ALLEN G.THURMAN.of Franklin. 1 :
i ' -Fer Lieutenant Governor,
'"" " ' For Treasurer,
Dr.C. FULTON, of Crawford. .
tl::i:.:. - !..... '-' ' '
For Auditor, ...
r JOHN McELWEE, of Butler. ,. .
For Attorney General .
. .: ; FRAKK II. HURD, of Knox.
For Judge of Supreme Court,
' judge THOMAS M. KEY, of Hamilton.
ForCoutrollef ofTreasury, '
'''VlLLlAM SHERIDAN; of Williams. ,
9',',' . "'.for. Powd.of PablU Works,. ; , ui
ARTHUR UUGIIE3, of Cuyahoga. ,
The war m Mexico is assum
In & k more desp'crate .'and mur
derous character than ever. ; .In
retaliation for the shooting in
QTtct'bloocl of the'1: Trench pris
oiiers; the - Imperial General
iliranioii has declare a' war of
extermination. ' :
!':!,lix-(j6yer'nor Eyre, of Jama-
cia! notoriety; has been arrested
in London."
Out of one family in'Dalton,
Georgia four children' "have
died of starvatioh. : ' ; :
';The"Lindell House, . at St.
Louis', the largest trailing oi n
landon this continent,' was to
tally destoyed by fire last Sat
priiyV night. : Loss 1,600,
000. : About 400 guests were
bui'ne.d . out.' '.-: ' .
rThe oldest printer in the Uni
ted States is Robert McKnight,
of Galiaba, Ala lie was bOrn
in.i783;;v .
' 'One man' in , .Union county
has made 1, 000 pounds of ma
ple sugar this season.' '. ;; ,
s In Bonham,' Texas, flour sells
at 5 to 6c per pound ; pork,
to.'Gc.; beef, 2 ; to 3c; beef cat
tle, 10 to 15'; corn, 80c: to 1
pe'r.bushej; ponies,. 15 to 35;
cor n-meal, 1 per bushel ; eggs,
5Qc. per clozen ; butter, 16 to 20c
per'pound; mules, 50 to 125;
wool, 12 to 15c. per pound; cot
ton 4 to 5c- per pound in the
see'd-all in specie. " ' '
The Democrats of Omaha,
Nebraska, achieved "a glorious
victory at the recent municipal
electioTi. , f. .-;-.-n-. r-.--.ThC
oppressive heat is begin
ning tajdiive people froin New
Orleans;, ';' v .
Gen. Butler' got into the
Pe'nn'sylnniai' avenue 'cars, in
Washington a few days emce,
tticar jw'as.' quite .full. 'As sopn
as:he enterea one oi me - pass
engers s;oocl7 , up and said
"Ladies and gentlemen, put
your., hands .'on 'I your .pocket
becks, Gen. Butler -is in the
car' VXtler ;:0t out , at the
next crossing.'' i---n:.,-J:
""vThe- - white 'vote : .o , Korth
CaroHna: under tWc 'Recon
struction Act,. is estimfited at
35,000. .: .-.:.- ' - v
A general strike is threaten
ed 'among the locomotive engi
neers' and firemen of Great
Britain, numbering About 20,
Great Britain in 1801
883 blast furnaces, of which C13
were in operation during the
year, their total production be
ing -1,700,000 tons of pig iron,
valued at $59,600,000. ' "
Washington is soon to be
suDDlied with water from the
Potomac at Great Falls by
means oi a conduit to a new
reservoir two miles above
mi ..i.i i. i ii ii mum
National Democratic Convention.
, . lion.
Thurman Hall,
Columbus, March 20, 1867.
At a meeting of theDeiuooratio Stale Cen
tral Committee held to-day, the following
resolutions trere adopted: r
1. ' Resolved. That in the on'mion of this
committee a Democratic Convention of del
egates from all the Stales should be held
fhiu vAftf! nnt IfWfir than thfl 4(.h riftv or Julv.
vu.v J , - J - J J
and LouUvillo, Kentucky, is tho most eligible
piace ior iiuming H4uni, yet, in ourgpm
ion, May Tin is too early a day for the as-
npmhlinff thereof. Nevertheless, if the other
KtatflH ennour in Ihut riav nml annninL aria.
gaies, our x,.ieuuwvc vouimibiuo buu.u pruviae
for the selection of delegates from Ohio,
2. .Resolved, That the Chairman of this
committee communicate the above resolu
tion to the Central Committees of the sev
eral States,' and to the Cha'rman of the
C. J. BEAM, Sec'y.
Democratic Meeting.
Pcrsuan? id a few tours' notice the
Democracy of Elk Township and the
town pf McArttmr assembled at the
Court Home, on Friday evonine:. the
2Dih ultj and organized by calling S. 0.
(Insp F.rci . ta thn Chair r Tha Chairman
i&tatfd that the object of tho meeting was
to tuace in nomination canaidatea tor
the various townthip offices about to be
come vacant this Spring, On motion,
the meeting adjourned 'o meet at the
same nlaca on tha nezt evening.
w . . .
The Demoorac; re aacembled pursuant
to adjournment, J .
. On molioa Judge Craicr wag chosen
The followin? uaraona were Domina
ted for the eevwal Township offioea by
acclamation :
Voss Holfhines,
Hiram H. Swaim,'
. J ohn Huhn.
Hemy Reynolds '
'Jr .. cLsns,
': Columbus 1. Ward.
. O. "W. Gilman.
Francis M. Dowd,
A. L. Hunter.
m. Gold. '
The following persons were nominated
for the various Corporation officers by
acclamation : . . '
Samuel C. Cask. .
. ' A. VV. Bratton,
John Mato,
. James Ward,-: .
' . . Uobace Redd. : i
Vabsbaz; ''. " ',
A. C. Dowd,1 ': . :
, James Malonb.
'i .fKXASVBIB, . .
Daniel S. Dana..
On motion the meetiag adjourned.
: y .:. SO.CASE,Ch'n.
Ricuakd Craig, beoy,
j f
Codet or Cohmos PiAS.The Spring
Term of the Court of Common Fleas for Vin
ton County commenced in MoArthur .
Monday,1 March 18th. ;;; A;; ' ."''
Hon. John P. Pljley,' Jadge:
George Lantz, Clerk; James Malone, Depu-
tj.Cl8rlt. .. ' '" I ..., ; ; ,,.,; . ,
Archibald Mayo, Prosecuting Attorney.
John J. .Shockey, Sheriff; A. L. Hunter,
Deputy Sheriff.
The Court will adjourn this week until
April 22, 1867 a number of eases having
been continued until that time. .
The following cases have been disposed
W. B. Denniif T9. Eagle Farnaoe Co.
Judgment for plaintiff against John
Benncrand Melzer Nye, Jr., lor 53,181,.
RftiU do MIb Tlinmnann Wm . Mills
at. al. Nolle as to defendant : Mills, and'
oontiBued as to other defendants.
. Savilla Patterson, vs. Wm; Qold.: ; Pro
oeedings and assignment of dower con
firmed. '."' ' ' ' .
Henry Ysple vs, George Bull, et.
Cause stricken from dooket for want
jnrisdiotionvi . ' - i
Jackioa Wortman and George Lantz
vb. Joseph Wallace. Settled and dis
missed, A, Cauill v"8. Joseph Wallace. Settled
and dismissed, ; 1 ,
nenry Teeters is. D. A Frazee and
T. Gunning, Survivor, &o. PiBmiiMd
cost of plaiotiff, '
in i w i--Tit i"Tini iWiTin i -
. r
at ooat
. John Lowery vs.
n T
ana o. i. r. irowu.
of Plaintiff. J
Sebastian Greti vs. John Mil. bet-
tied. . J
A. A. Flnrenoe vj. John lowcry.
DiBmisbed at Plaintiff's cost.
Beth N. Andrews vs. Ss.ih V, An
drews. Suitfor divorce. Dirorce grant
ed defendant forever barrel from all
right of dower in lands new hold, or
which may hereafter be ownei by pain
Geo. Shultz vs. Joseph Cox and i.
P. JohnBon. 8et'lod.
Mary E. Shultz vs. John Shultz. Bet-
tied. 1
Winthrop Sarceat vs. T. 3. Davis, et.
al.vTrustees, M Judgment for defendants,
Second trial granted.
State vs. J. U. Uarretu fotio en
State vs. 1). C. Frazee. Nolle entered.
State vs. Morris Ferry. Hollo en
State vs. Archibald Norris.' Nolle en.
' Maddax Bros. & Co. vs. J.N.lMeDou-
rul. Sattlcd. '
E. Radoliff, Guardian &e., vs.eomel
Clark narrisoa" ' I7vTe, and"' William'
Ulark. fcettiea.
Heinline & Co. vs. Vinton rurnaoe
Coal Co. Settled.
Winnev Loving vs. Patrick Murdook.
Dismissed. ' "
Winthron Saicent vs. James Mcl'ar-
laud." Jurv failed to acree. ' Cause ooa
tinued, ' ' '
State vs A. Wilbur. Dismissed.'
State v9. J uscri h Caroll. Nolle en.
James Dorian vs. Charles Whitlaoh.
DismicSbd.- ' -
State vs. Marion Jackson. : Horse
stealing Found guilty. Not ye: sea
Stale vs. Jordan Ewine. Ilorse steal
ing. Found guilty. Not yet sentenced
The Bible and the Democratic
Enquirer. We are pleasod to stale
thatfrom what we oan learn, the people
generally in this town and vicinity have,
during the past two week?, oeased being
an minlrail nnd ' haVQ been lesdinZ tho
JJBM0CBAT1O XjMyuiul.iV uu pouiuuiujj
ilia Hnrintnres'" We are harmv to see
the people in the act of reforming, as
is high time that some of those who have
departed from the rules of the divine law
and have been, living in Bin should begin
to oorrect or amend thoit ways. If the
Enquirer is doing good, we are happy,
and hope we will be encouraged in the
good cause. Wl are not governed by
"law of Washington." but by the
Uw of Ood.--Mxa-atteminn. shW-l4eUhftt.
paid to the divine law than to the "law
Washington." We have never bad "the
effrontery to" read the "law of Wash
isgton," because it takes all our time
to read the divine law and edit "the so
called Enquirer." :
lot following is tbe result of the eleotion
held on Monday last in the Incorporated
Village of .MoArthur: . .
Wm.Mark, (Radioal)
B. C. Case, (Democrat,)
L. Sprague,
II. C. Jones,
Paris Horton, ,
L. Raynor,
A, C Dowl,
J. Q. Swetland, Jr.
W. Bratton, "
John ilavo.
James Ward,
Horace Redd, -
Robert Sage,
A. H. Dowd,
E. A. Hulbert,
James Malone, .
J. 8. Will,
0. W. Uilman, " -
Jacob Clements," . '
J, S. McDowell,
Tub eleotion in Elk Township on Monday
last, resulted as fallow si
J. R. Miller
Lei Wyman '
A, M. Gill . .. .L: .
Vote Hoffhines -H.
H. Swaim i '!
John Huhn , .
E.A': Hulbert -Ci
P. Ward 1 '
. . . .' '
P. Tomlinson '.
Henry Reynolds
S. Will, '
W. Oilman
R. Sage . '
J. V. Kaler
F M Dowd
A L Hunter
Wm Mark
Wm Gold
Justics of the Peae,
,i r,
.' A pRorudATB , Legislature, Al
most every measure acted upon or to
aoted upon by (he present Legislature
OMrt HilIU for an increase of taxation.
One instance will dQ for asoeoimen
' - mi ' 1' . . i tf
them all. xney nave createa aa aaai
tional judge ior this judicial district, and
increased the salaries of all . judges
$2,500 a year. . Heretofore it has cost
only about $4,000 a year to run the ju
dioial machine, in this distriot, but beret
after it will oost $10,000. That's Re
publican economy ! Wayna County
Demooral. . , . . '. ',;.' ....
. Tiik maeees of Republicans are honest
and mean to do right; but they
misled by Ticked men for evil purpoios.
President Johnson's Veto
of the Supplementary Reconstruction
To the Mouse of Repreicnlativet :
I have considered the bill entitled "An
act supplementary to an act to provide
rn. mnn efBcient covernment of the
rebel States," passed Maroh 2, 1867, and
n fnmlifnta restoration, and now return
it to the House of Representatives with
a Ktantl Arid r
Tula Dill proviaea ior eieouyuo v
ten estates nrougni unoer mo
of the ordinal act, to which M pple-
mentary. Its details are pnnoipai.' u
reoteu lO iue aieuiiuua ur iuo,
nP tha State Constitutions. But by tbe
sixth seotion of the bill, all the elections
in the States occurring while tne original
nk rftmiins in force, aro brouznt witnio
its provinoe. Referring to the details, it
will be foand that, first f all, there is to
be a registration ot tne voters; no one
mVinan name has been admitted on tne
list is to be allowed to vote at any or
these eleotions. To asoertain who is en
titled to registration, referenoe is made
neoessary by tho express language of the
nnniamjnt in tha original act and to
"rl'-w c
thef endng bill.' Thafifth Beotion of
"the" ongTnal a'bt pro'vidsa asTlo voters that
they shall be mads citizens of the State,
twenty-one years oia or npwara, oi wnat-
evet raoe, color, or previous oonaiuon,
who have been residents of said State for
one year. This is tho general quahaoa-
tion, followod, However, Dy many exoep-
linna. No one oan bo rezisterea. aooor-
flinp. to the original aof. who may be dis-
. a
rrannhised tor naruoiDauon in tne ruuui-
lion, a provision whioh left undetermined
the question as to wnai amounceu iu u
t. and whether, without a
judicial eenteooe, the aot itself provided
. ' f TM. ' 1 ml LIU nn
tnat enaci, mo auppiuuisuvai vm u
nilla nn oath to be taken by every
before his name can be admitted
tn rAclatration. that he has sot been dis-
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franoLised tor parusipation in any reoeiH
lion or civil war against the United
States. It thus imposes upon every per
ann tha neoeBBitv and resnonsibility of
decidinsr for himself, under the peril of
punishment by a military commission if
he makes a mistake. What makes dis
franohisoment by participating in rebel
lion, and what amounts to suoh partici
nation? Almost every man, the negro
aa well as the white, above twenty -one
years ofage,who waiarepident in the ten
States during tho rebellion, voluntarily
nr involuntarily, at some time, and in
some way, did participate in resistance to
tbe lawful auinoruy or tee uonerai uov-
ercment. The question with tha oitizen
to whom this oath is to be proposed
mnai tia a fearful one. for while tho bili
does not deelare that perjury may be as
signed tor suon raise swearing, or nx any
penalty tor tne ouuuse, we musr noi ion
marUal la P""'1"!; lwy
I AHiaMn in an aurora hiA in ft fnt itarv Anm.
nnrRon is answerab e to a mi itarv com
mission rithout pjevious presentment by
a Grand Jury, for any oharge tbt may
ba made against him. and that tbe su
nrnma authoritv ot tne military com
f m
mander determins the question as to
what is to be tbe rqjisure of punish
The fourth section provides that the
commanding General of eaoh district
shall annotates many Boards of Reeis-
- . .
traticn aa may do necessary, consisuog oi
try i i
thrAA inv&i ornoers or nersoos. xne ooiv
qualification stated for these persons
that tnoy must oe loyoi ; mey may us
in the military service, or civil
ian residents of the State or strangers
yet tnese persons are io exercise most
important duties, and and are invested
with unlimited discrotion. They are to
decide what names shall be placed upon
the register, ana irom iceir aecision mere
is nn anneal : thev are to sunerintend
-w "ff 9
the eleotions and to decide all questions
. . f TT I . a. 1 iL
wnicn may arise, xoey are io nave me
miHtndv nt the ballots, and to make re
turns of the persons elected ; whatever
frauds or errors iney commit muse pass
without redress. All that is left for the
commanding General is to reooive the
returns, open tne same, ana ascertain
who are ehosen, according to tbe returns
of the offioers who conducted fiuoh eleo
tions. By suoh means, and with this
sort of aeenoy. are the convention
delegates to be constituted.
As tbe delegates are to speak for the
people, common jastioe would seem
renulra that they should hare authority
from tbe people themselves. No eon
vaniion BO SOUBUiuiou mil, iu auy buubu,
represent the wishes of the inhabitants
of the States, for under the all-em brae
ing sectins of these laws by a cooBtruo
tioa, whioh tba uncertainty of the clause,
aa to disfranchisement, leaves ooen '
the Board of Offioers, the great body
. . , t
tne people may bo eiciuueu irom me
nolU. and from, all ODDortunitv : of e t-
j a i -
pressing their own wishes, or voting for
i t. . mi r.:,u i..ii- ..A...
delegates wuu wui ianuiui.y jounut meir
sentiments.''.':.-' , ' .;..- . .
: I do not deem it necessary further
investigate tne details or inis Dill; no
consideration could induce me to give my
approval to suoh an eleotion law for. any
purpose, - and especially ; for the : great
purpose of framing the Constitution of
If evef iu9 American eitSzehi should
ba left to- the free exercise of his own
judgment, it is when ba is engaged
forming tbe fandamental law under wnioa
he is to live. ' That work ie his work,
and it cannot properly be taken out
his hands.- All this legislation proceeds
upon' C contrary assumption tnat tne
poople of eaoh of these States shall have
no Constitution exoapt such as may
arbitrarily diotated by Congress, ! and
fnrmed under tha restraint of military
rule. A olain statement of facts make
this evident. In all these States there
are existing Constitutions formed in the
aooustomed way by ine people; uon
irrasi moreover, eavs that the ConBtita
tiom ire not loyal sud republican, and
mnnirea tha ceonle to lorui tbem aoe
.1 - . f . r -
What, then, in tne opinion or iongrcbs.
a -a. - f
is ctoessary to mate ice uonsuiuuoa ui
a State loyal and republican t me orig
inml act answers tbe Question : it is uni
versal negro suffrage a question which
the Federal Lonstituticn leaves io me
States themselves. All this legislative
machinery of martial law, military eoer
tioo, and po'itical aisiranonisemeoi is
avowedly for that purpose and none other.
Tbe existing Constitutions of the ten
States conform to the acknowledged
standards ot loyalty and republicanism.
Tnrlniut if there are decrees in republi
oan forms ot government their Constitu
tions are more repuonoan now man wuhu
.f,a 8mts four of which were the
orisinal States first beoame members of
the Union uongress auus uu " -
4 h.t ninirla nrovision of their
Constitutions be exchanged, except such
as ooufino suffrage to tne wuue popula
tion. It is apparent, therefore, that
these proviaions do not conform to the
standard of repualicantsrt wnion con
gress seeks to establish. That there may
k A m;fat,a it in nnlv necessary that
reference should be made to the original
aot, whioh deolares uob CooBtitutions
ahnnld nrnvida that the eleotive fran
chise shall bo onjoyfld by all suoh persona
r. it .m .a. a. J
as have the qualiuoauona nereia nvniou
... . . ITU ! .. U .1...
tnr nlnntinn fir aeieeraiGB. 1uiuu uino
of persons is here meant clearly appears
.i . - Viw ics t( matt til A
in w n a inniH nr'ii i ii ii . bjiiibbi an itw t a hw
III UV uwwo J J
main nitizen of said State, twenty-one
TTrtar nld and uoward. of whatever raoe,
nninr nr nrnuiniis condition, who have
w s w 7
been resident in said btata tor one year
nrauinnit to the dav of such eleotion.
withnnt theRfl Droviaioos. no Constitu
tion whioh oan be formed, in any one ot
tha ten States will be of any avail . with
Congress. This, then, is the test which
the Constitution of a State of this Union
must oontain to make it republican f
Measured bv such a Btandard, how tew
of the States now composing the Union
... ... . , re ; -
have republican constitutions r n m
tha exercise of the constitutional guar
antee, that Congress shall seoure to every
State a republican iorm of uovernmeni,
universal sunrsge tor disoks as wen b
whites, as a tine qua no, the work of
reoonstruotion may aa well begin in
Ohio as in Nirginia, in Pennsylvaina as
in IN rirth Carolina..
Whan T nnntomnlate tje millions Of
out fellow-oitizens of the Soutb, with no
alternative left but to impose upon them
selves this fearful and untried expert-
rannt nf comnleta nenro enfranchisement.
nd nhita disfranchisement, it may be
- .
almost as complete, or submit lnaeunueiy
tn tha riflfor of martial law. without a
single attribute of freemon, deprived of
all the sacred guarantees of our Dedeial
Constitution, and threatened with even
worse wrongs, it soems to me tneir con
dition is the most deplorable to whioh
unv neonle oan he reduced. It is true
. J . r . l ? l-.il:
that tbev nave neen enuaceain reoeiuou.
and that in their object to bring about a
separation ot the states and a dissolution
of the Union there was an obligation
resting upon every loyal oitizen to treat
them as enemies, and to wage war against
. Til I 1
tbeir cause, xnnexioiy oppoeea io any
movement imperiling the integrity of the
Government, I did not hesitate to urge
the adoption of all measures necessary
for tbe suppression of the insurrection
After a Ions and terrible struggle, the
efforts of tho Government were triumph
antly successful; and tbe people of the
Soutb, submitting the stern arbitrament,
yielded torever tne issue oi me contest.
. . n. 1
Hostilities terminated ; soon auer do
came mv duty to assumo the resnonsibil
ities of' the Chief Executive officer of the
Republic, and I at once endeavored to
repress and control tbe passion which
oivil strife had engendered, and no longer
regarding these erring millions as ene
mies, again acknowledged them as our
Friends and oar countrymen, ihe war
had aoanmnlished ita obieots. tbe nation
was saved, end that cardinal principle
misouicr,' wnion, irom tne Dirin or me
Government, had gradually but inevita
bly brought on the rebellion, was totally
ersdeoated. Then, it seemed to me, was
the auspicious time to commence the
work of reooostractioa. Then, when the
peoplo sought ouca mora our friendship
and' nroteotion. I considered it our duty
generously to meet them in the spirit of
charity and forgiveness, and to conquer
them even more effectually by the mag
nanimity of the nation than by the force
of its arms. . I yet belieVe that if the
polioy of reoonstruotion then inaugura
ted, and whioh eontemnlated an early
restoration of this people to all their po
litical rights, bad received the support of
Congress, every one of these .t' States
and all their people would 1 at this mo
ment be fast anchored in the Union, and
. , . 1 Ll.t iL. ' .11 J.
me great work wnion gave toe war an ue
action, and made it just and holy, would
have been accomplished. Then, all over
the vast and fruittul regions ot the cauta
peace and its blessings, would have pres
vailed i while now millions are deprived
or rignts gnaranteea oy ine uonsmudon
to every eitizsn. . and after nearly ; tWo
years of legislation, find ' themselves
placed nnder an absolute "military des
potism.''. A military republic, a govern
ment formed on mock eleotions. and sup-.
potted only by the sword, was nearly
nnartar of a eanturv r ainaa. Qaononnoed
b Daniel Webster, when speaking
the Soutb Amerioan States, as "a move-
meat indeed, put a retrograde ana aieas
trous movement, from the regular and
nld-fishloned : moaarohial system and
added, ''If men would enjoy the bless-
i . . . -a. - 1
incs of a- recttonoan i eovsrnmtnt, dy
mnttiil finnnnal and consultation." by
sense and feeling of general interest, and
by tbe acquiescence or tne minority in
tha ' alll of tha maioritv .' nrooerlv ex
pressed, and above all the military must
ha kant. aooordine? to the lalsrusss i
onr Bill of Richts. in ethos lubordini
tioa to ohe oivil authority; Whenever
this lesson It not b.oth learntd and prss-'
need, there can bo no political freedom.
Absurd and preposterous, it iB a acoff
and satire on free forms of government
to bapre8oribed by military loaders, and
tbe right of suffrage to be xpressed at
the point ot tne sword.
I confidently believe tnat a time win
come when these States will Bgain occu
py their true position in the Union.-
Tbe barriers which' now seem so obsti
nate muBt vield to the force of an en-
litnrnnarl and iuat cublio opinion, and
sooner or later unconstitutional and. op-
... ... i a
pressive legislation will bo enaoca irom
nnr atatute books. When this shall
have been consummated, I pray God that
tha errors ot tbe past may do lorgouen,
and that once more we shall be a happy,
united and prosperous people, and that
at last, ifter tbe bitter and - eventful ex
perience through wnicn tne nauon uas
passed, we shall all come to know, that
our only strite is in tne preservation oi
oar Federal Constitution, and In aocord
abee to every Amerioan citizen and to
every State the rights whioh that Con
flflftnttnn BOpnrAfl. ! - ' ' I '- '.Sii'l
WASHINGTON, March 23, 1867.
Horrible Solution of a Mystery
—A Child Eaten by
—A Child Eaten by Snakes.
—A Child Eaten by Snakes. [From the Oswego (N. Y.) Palladium, March 16.]
In the early part of the month of Au
gust last a girl named Eliza Drummond,.
about 11 years of age, whose parent
live near the town of West Monroe, in
this oouoty, left her home one morning,
for the purpose of pieking berries, and
mi. - j:n:nn
never returueu. iug uiudk uiniu.
search was made for her by the parents
and noighbors, but no traces eould be
found. She had not been drowned, for
all places where there was water were
osrcfully examined, even to wells and
cisterns in the "neighborhood. After
weeks of fruitless search and inquiry, the .
sffliotod parents gave up their child for
lost. It was reported that a band of va
grants had beea seen near the locality
about the time of the disappearance, and
.'. .a allm
the opinion prevailed tnat me onua naa
been stolen by gypsies, ',.".."'
The event, wnion created a proiouna
sensation at the time, bad almost passed
from the miqds of all save the etrioken'
parentPj When it was painfully recalled
by a recent occurrence. On "Tuesday
last five or six lade went out hunting: iu
the vicinity, and during-' the day oame
upon a spot where a large nnmbor of
blaok snakes were discovered and killed.
The appearance of tha raPi'8 Buoh
numoers anu i iu doiwu. w m j"
mi considered remarkable, and it' Was
suggested by ono of the party that a
breeding den must do aowewuere near.
A search was immediately eommenced,
whioh resulted in a manner far uiflcrijot
from their expectation?.
In tba side ot a utile nui near me
f a iiifflD was found, a. sort of
sort- of opening, whiob, in tbe summer.
was concealed Dy tan graEs ana nusnos.
lb this opening was found a, human skein
eton, from whioh every particle ot Uesh
had been taken. The bones were as
white as ivory, and all perfeot. Near by
was a tin pail, in a rusted condition, . and
a tin cup. The boys were terribly
frightened, and gave the a' aim. The re
mains were taken from the mouth of tha
den, and an examination showed that tho
plrce had been, and probably now wap, a
breeding plaoo for blaok snakes. TLe
boldest hesitated to enter. The entrance
whioh was large enough for tbe admission
of a man's body, grew smaller and ten
ded downward. Lighted balls of hay
soaked in kerosene were thrown into the
cavity, and in less than fifteen minutos
eighty-two snakes, ranging in lergth
from one and a half to four feet, were
killed. .. . .-. ., s? t.
- The pail and cup were.recognized.by
Mr. and Mrs.- Drummond as those "(ateri
by their child when sho 'wont away for
the last time, The physicians' pr6
nounoed the remains those Of a femala
child, and there can be no doubt; but
that the poor little girl, while picking
berries in the vicinity of tbe spot,' be
came tired, seated hersoll inthe ihade of
tbe opening to . this horrid deo was at
tacked by the reptiloe in .numbers and
killed. The discovery bas shocked tho
whole community, and almost prostrated
the stricken parent', whose hearts are
made to bleed anew at tho thought of the
horrible fate whioh.' deprived tbem . of
their cniia.v , ,vi.y.v.','.v:
Thb Cnnfederata ram Virtffnla. somo
times called the Merrimao.uto be hoisted
with a torpedo. Messrs.- Maltry & Co.
are making arrangements to blow ber up;.
and will be ready, to do so, by the fatter
part of this week, or the first of next.
Messrs. FetiLa Godwin are now engaged
in preparing four or five' iron tanks', eaoh
one of whioh will hold rather more than
a flour barrel; these are to ' oe' charge1!
. t . . i 4 ' . t. ;
witn powaer, piaoea unaor too iron
monster, and when all ia read v the COw-
der is to be ignited and the Virginia' Is
expeoieato leave ner present location, ..
I no tanas to do uaca as torpeooca on im
ooossion are water tanks, sucu 88 are
used on Government shins, are made of
strong-toITct tronr, nl will ''hold two or
thraa hundred nennda of cowder.. .This
game cock i of the late Oonfederata navy
was sulhoientiy stropg,,to,stana.any
amount of solid shot and shell. 'but 'we
are much mistaken in thepower of thete
m .m . if j t - L. U &
torpedoes t tney aou'i -noisi nsr as nigu
a kite." Norfolk Vay.Booh. o
, , Tm Ohio Xegislature bae al?eaay,(p
propriated about . $350,000 more'' than
last year, and it Is said it will be in
creased. ' Those who 5 expeot;'- td'y
heavy Stale taxes the comiag year.'wili
not be disannointed. Our Leeislatuia is
very eoommodatiog, In thatwsy.

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