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CJ- 13 HO KUH PHYSICIAN & SUHGEON, Would respectfully announce to the citucbsof Wy the has locates I Tunkhiinnock who • witl promptly attend to all eaifs in the tine of profession. |*y" Will he found at home on Saturdays 0 wee GEO. S.TUTTON, ATTORNEY AT LAW Tunkhonnock, l'a. Office in Stark s Brick Block, Ttoga street. H S.COOPER, PHYSICIAN A >I KG EON • Newton Centre, Luzerne County Pa. WALL'S HOTEL, LATE AMERICAN HOUSE, TUNKHANNOCK, WYOMING CO., FA. Tills establishment has recently been refitted an furnished in the latest style Every attention will he given to the comfort and eonven'ence of those who patronize the House. T. B WALL, Owner anl Proprietor . Tunkhanneck, September 11, 1?61. NORTH BDANCH HOTEL, ,ME.SIU)PPEN, WYU.MING COI N TY, PA >Vm. H. ( OUTRIGHT, Prop'r HAVING resumed the proprietorship of the above Hotel, the undersigned will spsre n'> eilrt t<> render the house an agreeable place ot sojourn lor ■ll who may favor it with their custom \Ym II CCRTRIIIHT. June, 3rd, 1563 Bfitits mi\, XJB ... TOWANDA, 3PA. D- B. BART LET, (Late of the BHRAIKARO HOORK, ELMU-.A, N. Y. PROPRIETOR. The MEANS HOTEL, i oco of tne LARGEST and BEST ARRANGED Houses in the country—lt is fitted up in the most modern and unproved style, and no pains are sp tred t. make it a pleasant and agreeable stopping-place for all, v 3, n2I, ty. M. GiI. MAN. \ DENTIST. M OILMAN, has pcrroanintly located in Tunk . hannock He rough,-and respwU'ully tenders his profession il services to the citizens of this place and "ALL WORK WARRANTED, TO GIVE BATIS FACTION. Office over Tutton's Law Offic*, near the Pes Office Dec. 11, 186f. USE NO OTHER ! —BBC HAN'S SPECIFIC PILLS are the only Reliable Remedy for all Diseases of the Seminal, T'rinary and Nervous -ys ems. Try one box, and be cured. ONE DOLLAR A BOX. One box will perfect a cure , or money re fnded. Sent by giail pn receipt oi piiCS ' JAMES S. BUTLER, Station D- Bible Touse New Y'ork, General Agent r3-n3l-3m M. AC MTIOI4LCLTIM ABI&f CONDUCTED BY HARVY AND COLLINS WASHINGTON, D, C- In or<ler to faciliate the prompt ad ustinent of Bounty, arrears of pay, Pensions and ether Claims, due sosdiers and other persons from tihoGovernment of the United States. The under go wed has mode arrangements with the ahovs firm fconse experience and close proximity to, and daily n ereourse with the department; as well as the ear feknowtedge, acquired by them, of the decision* ayqueatly being made, enables thcui to prosecute (aims more efficinntly than Attorney# at a distance. Inpossibly do All persons entitled to claims of tho laredeseription can have t hem properly attended alnobbytin - on me and entrusting them to my care IiaRVEY SICKLER, Agt. for Harvy 4 Collins, khannock,Da. Lost. On Yriday last, soaiewlisre between Skinner# Ed dy andTunkhannock, A NCXTXR CASED W ATCH— Cylinder escapement—half capped. Upon the face are the words "Marine Time Observer*" $5,00 Reward win be paid any persow finding said watch and leav ing it at SterJtnj'a Store, Wall's Hotel, or with the *s® driver en the route. (The 3Uidh lsntnih Democrat. LINCOLN'S ANNUAL MESSAGE, DECEMBER 1864. FELLOW CITIZENS OF THE SENATE AND II .USE OK REPRESENTATIVES: Again the blessings ot health and abundant harvests claim our profoundest gratitude to Almighty God. The condition ot our foreign affairs is rea sonably satisfactory. MEXICO. Mexico continues to be a theater of civil war. While our political relations with that country have undergone no change, we have at the same time strictly maintained neu | trality between the belhgerants. At the re quest of the Stales ot Cosia Rica and Nicara gua, a c 'mpetent engineer has been authoriz ed to make a survey of the river Sin Juan, | and the port of San Juan. It is a source of much satisfaction that the difficulties, which for a moment A'JSCl ted some political appre hensions, and caused a closing of the inter oceanic transit route, have been adjusted and that there is a good prospect that the r >uie will soon bo reopened with au increase of capacity and adaptation. We could mit exagerate eiiher the commercial or the po lineal importance of that great improvement. It would he doing injustice to an important South American state not to acknowledge the directness, frankness, with .which the United States of Columbia have entered into intimate relations with this government A claim convention has been constituted lb complete the unfinished work of the one which closed its session in 1861. VENEZUELA. The new liberal constitution of Venezula having gone into effect with the universal acquiescence of the people, the government under it has been recognized, and diplomatic interest with it has been opened in a cordial and friendly spirit. SOUTH AMERICAN RE I'BLKS. The lorg deferred Avcs Island claim has been satisfactorily paid ana tiischaiged Mutual payments have been made ,of the claims awarded, by the late joint for the settlement of claims between the United States and Peru, An earnest and cordial friendship continues to exist betweer the two countries, and such efforts as wen n tm p iver hive heCn otehrT to remove rni> understanding, and avert a threatened war between Peru and Spain. Our relations atv of the rn ist friendly nature with Chili, t e Argentine Republic, B /.ivar, .Costa Rica. Paraguay, San Salvader, and il iyti. During the i n>i year no differences oi any kind h-iv*- arisen with any of these republics. And, on the o'her hand, their sympathies with the United States arc Constantly expressed with cordiality and earnestness. The e'aiiiTnnCmg from the seizure of the cart;o of the brig Macedonian, in 1824, has been paid in full by the government of Chili Civ•! wai continues in the .Spanish part of San Domingo apparently without prospect of an early close. LIBERIA. Official correspondence has been freely opened with Liberia, and it gives us a pleas ing view of s-cral and political progress in bat republic. It may be expected to derive new vigor from American influence, improved by the rapid disappearance of slavery in the United States. I'ROTECTWN TO THE COLONY. I solicit your authority to tutnish to ihe republc a gnnboat, at a moderate "Cost, to be reimbursed to the United States by install merits. Such a vessel is needed, for the sate ty of that state against he nat've African race, and in Liberian hands it would be more effective in arresting the African slave-trade than a squadron in our own hands. The possession of the least organized naval force would stimulate a generous ambition in the republic, and the confidence which we should manifest by furnishing it, would win forbear ance and favor toward the colony from all eivdized nations. The proposed overland (olograph btrtßCfi) America ud Europe by the way of Behrtu's straits and Asiatic Rus sia, which was sanctioned by Congress at the last session, has been undertaken under very favorable circumstances by association of American citizens with the cordial good will and support as well of this government as of those of Great Britain and Russia. Assurances have been received from most of the South American states of their high appreciation ol the enterprise and their read iness toco-operate in constructing lines trib utary to that world-encircling communica tion. . - , THE UK EAT TELEGRAPH, I learn with much satisfaction that the no ble design of a telegraphic communication between the eastern coast of, America and Great Britain has been renewed with a full expectation of M its carJy accomplishment Thus it is hoped that with the return of do* mestic the country will be able to resume '.H I energy and advantage lmr former high career oi commerce and civilization. Our very popular and estimable representative in Egypt, died in April last. An unpleasant altercation, which arose between the tempo, rary incumbent of the - ffice and the govern ment of the Pacha, resulted in a suspeusion of intercourse. The evil was promptly cor. "TO SPEAK HIS THOUGHTS IS EVERY FKEGMAN'S RIGHT. "—Thomas *efrron. .. . j -- .it. Lio a -j ■.■••* .11 ,7-77 7 ; :i, .i > v * u Z> TUNKHANNOCK, PA., WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14 1864. reeled on the arrival ot'the successor in the consulate, and our relations with Egypt as well as. our relations with the Barbarv pow ers are entirely satisfactory. CHINA. ' The rebellion which has so long been fla ? grant in China has at last been suppressed with the co operating good offices of this gov ernment and the other western commercial states. Thejudicial consular establishment has become very difficult and onerous, and it will need legislative requisition to adapt it to the extention of our commerce, and to the more intimate intercourse which has been in st tuted with the government and people of that vast empire. China seems to be accepting, with hearty good will, the conventional laws which regu late commercial and social intercourse among the western natrons. JAPAN. Owii g to the peculiar situation of Japan, and the anomalous form of its government, the action of thatempire in performing treaty stipulations is inconstant and capricious. — Nevertheless, good progress has been effected by the Western powers moving with enlight ened concert. Our own pecuniary claims have been allowed or 1 put in course of settle mi nt, and the Inland sea has been reopened to commerce. There is reason also to believe that these proceedings'have increased' rather than dim inish the friendship of Japan toward the Uni ted States. sot THERN FORTS. The ports of Norfolk, Fifnandina, and Pen sacola have been opened by proclamation.— It is hoped that foreign merchants will now consider whether it is not safer and -nore profitable to themselves, as well as just to the United States, to resort to these and oth er penports than it is to pursue through ma ny hazards and at a vast cost a contraband ti tide with other ports which are closed, if i not by actual military operations, atleast by ! a lawful and effective blockade. For myself,.! have no doubt of the power j and duty of the executive, under the law of ""Hons to exclude enemies of the human rac< from an assy ■ üb. T-. liUi l S,a?cs. IF Congress should think that proceedings such cases lack the authority of law, or ought to be further regulated by it, 1 recom mend that provision be made 1 r effect .tali i preventing foreign slave traders from acquire ing domicile and facilities for their criminal occupation in our country • li i- possible that if it were a uow and open que*! ion', the maritime powers, with the light they now enjoy, would not concede the pnvi'cges of a naval belligerent to the in-ur cet.ts o. the United States, destitute as they are, and always have been, equally of ships and of ports and harbors. Disloyal emis saries have been neither less ass.i iuous nor more successful during the last year than tin y were before that time in their eflorts under favor ot that privilege to embroil our country in foreign wars. The desire and de termination of the martiiue states lo defeat that design are believed lo be as sincere as. and cannot be more earnest than, our own ; nevertheless unforeseen political difficulties arisen, especially in Brazillmn and Britfish ports, and on.The northern boundary of the United States, which have required and are likely to continue to rcquije tfie practice of constant vigilance and a just and conciiliatory spirit on the part of the United states as well as of the nations concerned and their governments* Coimnisaioners have been ap pointed under tho treaty with Great Brittain on the adjustment of the claims of the Hud son Bay and Puget's Sound Agricultural Companies on Oreg"D, and are now proceed ing to the execution of trust assigned 10 them. In view of the insecurity of life in the re gion adjacent to the Canadian border, by recent assaults and depredations committed by inimical and desperate persons who are harbored there, it has been thought proper to give notice that after the expiration of six months, the period conditionally in the existing arrangements with Great Britain, the United States must hold them selves at liberty to increase their naval ar mament upon the lakes, tf they shall find that proceeding necessary. The condition of the border will necessarily come into considera tion in connection with the question of con tinuing or modifying Ihe rights of transit from Canada through the United States, as well as the regulations of imposts which were temporarily established by the Recip rocity Treaty of the sth of June, 1854 I desire, however, to be understood, while making this statement, that tho colonial au thorities are not deemed to be intentionally unjust or unfriendly toward the United but, on the contrary, there is every reason to expect that, with the approval of the imperial government, they will take the necessary measures to prevent, new incursions across the border. EMIGRATION. The act passed at the last section for the encouragement of emigration' has, as far as was possible, been put into operation. It seems to need amendment, which will enable the officer* of the government to pre vent the practice of frauds against the itnmi. grants while on the'u: way and on their arri val in the ports, so as to secure them here a free choice of advocaUpps and places of set tloment. A liberal disposition toward this great national policy js manifested by most f of tfie European states, and oftght to* be re ciprocated on our part by g-vuig the immi grants effective national protection. I regard our emigrants as one of the principal replen ishing stream* which are appointed by Prov idence to repair the ravages of internal war and its wastes of national strength and health All that is necessary is to secure the flow of that stream in its present fullness, and to that end the government must in every way make it manifest that it neither needs nor de signs to impose involuntary military service upon those who come from other lands to cast their lot in our country. RE VENUE AND TAXATION. The financial affairs of the government have been successfully administered. During the last year the legislation of the last session of Congress has beneficially affected the revenue although snfficient time has not yet elapsed to experience the full effect of several of the provsions of the acts of Congress impo- ing increased taxation, The receipt# during the year from all sources upon the basis of war rants signed by the Secretary of the Treasury including loans, and the balance in the treas ury on the first day of July, 1863, were sl, ] 394 796 007,62 and the aggro ate disbar.se merits upon the same basis were $1.298,0.56, 101,89, lea ving a balance in the treasury, as shown By warrants, 0f596,739,903,73. De duct from these amounts the amount of tho principal of the public debt redeemed, and the amount of issues in substitution therefor, and the ac'uai cash operation of the treasury were: Receipts,' $4,076,716,77; disburse merits, $865,234,087,86, which leaves a cash balance in the treasury of $18,842,558,71. Of the receipts, there were derived from cus t0m5,5108,316,152,99; from land#, $583,- 333,29; from direct taxes, $475 648,90; fioin iniernal revenue, $109,741,134,10; from mis celianc >us sources, $47,511,448.10; and from loans applied to actual expenditures, inciu l !f!g former balar.ee, $023,443,629,13. There were disbursed for the civil service, $27,505,- 599, 46; for pensions utul Indians, $7,317,. 930,97 ; for the War Department, $60,791, 812 97 ; /or the Navy Department, $85,733, TJ-.i ;> , .... .... ... . ( tUo T>nh | lf . ., beo 680,021,69 ; making Rn aggregate of $805,28.4, 089.85, and leaving .a balance in the treasury of $49.842,358.71, as above stated. THE TREASURY, For the actual reCeip's and disbur#mcnt# for the first quarter, and the estimated re ceipts and disbursements for the three re maining quarters of the current fiscal year, and the general opt rat funs of the Treasury in erf ail, I refer you to the report of the Secre tary of the Treasury. 1 concur with h'm in the opinion that the proportion of the mon ey's required to meet the expenses consequent upon the war, derived from taxation, should be still further increa#e(l, and I earnestly in- ! vite your attention to this subject to the end j that there may be such additional legidation as shall he required to tneet the just expecta tion of the secretary* The public debt on the first day of July last, as appeals by the books of the treasury, amounted to one Uiliuo seven hundred and forty thousand million, six hundred and ninety thousand, four hundred and eighty nine dollars and forty nine cents. Probably, should the war continue for another yeai, that amount m:i7 be increased by not far from fivs hundred mtihons. Hold as it is fur the uiost part by our own peopie, it has become a substantial branch of national, though private propei ty. For obvious rea sons the inore nctriy this property can be distributed among all th? people the better. To favor such general distributions, greater inducements to become owners might, per haps, with good effect, and without injury be presented to persons of limited means.— With this view, I suggest whether it might not be botlj expedient for Congress to pro vide that a limited amount of soma future issue for public securities|might beheld by any bona fide purchaser exempt from taxation,and from seizure or debt, under such restrictions and limitations as might be necessary to guard against abuse ol so important a piivi lege. This would euable prudent persons to set aside a small annuity against a possible i day of want. Privileges like these would render thj possession of such securities to the amount limited most desirable to every person of small means who might be nble to save enough for the purpose. The great ad vantage of citizens being creditors as well as debtors, with relation to the public debt, is obvious. Men readily perceive that they cannot bo much oppressed by a debt which they owe to themselves. The public debt on the first day of July last, although some what exceeding the estimate of the Secretary of the Treasury made to Congress at the commencement ff last session, falls short the estimate of that officer tnade in the pre ceding December, as to its probable amount at the beginning of this year, by the sum of $3,995,079,33. This fact exhibits a satisfac tory condition aud conduct of tho operations of the Treasury, NATIONAL BANKS. The national bauking syatera is proving to be acceptable to capitalists and to the peo pie. On the 25th day of November, 584 nation al banka had been organized, a considerable number in which were conversions from stat banks. Change® from the itatc system to the national system, are rapidly taking plice and it is hoped thai very soon there will be in the United states no banks of issue not authorised by Congress, Dd no bank note circulation not secured by the government, that the government and the people will de rive geueral benefit from this change in the banking system in the country can hardly be questioned. The national system will create a reliable and permanent influence in support of tho national credit, and protect the people against losses in the use of paper money . Whether or not any further legislation is ad visablo for the suppression of state bank is sues, it will be for Congress to determine. — It quite clear that the treasury cannot be satisfactorily conducted unless the govern rae.nt can exercise a restraining power over the bank note circulation of the country. THE WAR DEPARTMENT. The report of the Secretary of war, and the accompanying documents, will detail the campaigns of the armies in the field since the date of the last annual message, ai.d also the operation of the several administrative bu reaus of the War Department during the last year. >- It will also specify the measures deemed essential for the natiouai defense, and to keep up and supply the requisite military force. The report of the Secretary of the Navy presents a comprehensive and satisfac tory exhibit of the aflairs ol the department, and of the naval service. It is a subject of pongratuLtion and laudable pride to our countrymen that a navy of such vast pro portions has been organized in so brief a pe riod and conducted with 60 much efficiency and success. CONDITION OF THE NAVT. The general exhibit of the navy, including vessels under construction on the Ist of De cember, 1864. shows a total of 671 vessels cari-yir.g 4,610 gun® and 510,396 tons, being an actual increase during the year, over and above all losses by shipwreck or in battle, ol S-i total number of men at this time in the naval service, including officer#, is about 51,000. — There have bepn cap'ured by the navy during the yoar 02-* vL-ajcio, u ..a rnmibei of ufiVrtl captures since hostilities commenced ia 1,379, of which 267 are steamers. lb, gross proceeds arising from the sale if con dem tied prize proper Iv, thus fcu- reported, amounts to $14,396,250.51. A large amount of such proceeds is still under adjudication, and yet to be. pe ported. The total expendi tures of the Navy Department, of every de f-cripiion, including the cost of the immense squadrons that have bcea called into exist i-nee from, the 4th of March, 1861, to the Ist of November, 1864, are $238,047.262,35. Your favorable consideration is invited to the various recommendauocs of the Secreta ry of the Navy, especially in regard to a na vy yard and suitable establishment f>r the construction and repair of iron vessels and the machinery, and armature for our ships, to which reference was made in my last annual message. Y HI Y attent ion is also invited to the views expressed in the report in relation to the legislation of Congress at its last session, in respect to prize on Mir inland waters. THE VICE-ADMIRALTY. I cordially concur in the recommendation of the secretary, as to the propriety of cre ating the new rartk of vice-admiral in our na val service. THE FOSIOEFICF.. Your attention has been invited to the re* port of the Postmaster Geueral for a detailed account of the operations and financial condi tion of ihe Tost-office Department. The postal revenue for the year ending June 30th, 1864, amounted to $12,438,253, 78, and the expenditures to $12,644,780,20; the excess of expenditures over receipts being $206,652, 42. The views presented by the Postmaster- General on the subject of special grants by the government in aid of the establishment of new lines of ocean mail steamships, and the policy he recommends for tho develope ment of increased commercial intercourse with adjacent and neighboring countries, should receive the careful consideration of Congress. It is of noteworthy interest that the steady expansion of population, improvement and governmental institutions over the new and unoccupied portions of our country, have scarcely been checked, much less 1 mftMed or destroyed, by our great civil war, which at first glance would seem to have absorbed almost the entire energies of the nation. NEVADA. The organization and admission of the State of Nevada has been completed, in con formity with law, and thus our excellent sys tem is firmly established in the mountains, which one soemed a barren and uninhabita ble waste, between the Atlantic States and those which have grown up ou the coast of the Pacific ocean. THE TERRITORIES. The territories of the Union are generally in a condition of prosperity and rapid growth Idaho and Dontana, by reason of their great distance and tho interruption of commonica- rp EXUVI: A TVT-iaj-tfr'-IVE tron with them by furtmti hostilities, have been only partially organized ; but it is un derstood that these difficulties arc about to disappear, which will permit their gorern tncnts, like those of the others, to go into speedy and full operation as intimately con nected wit h and promotive of this material growth of the nation, I ask the attention of j Congress to the valuable foformatioif and important recommendations relating to tho public lands, Indian affairs, the Pacific rail roads, and mineral discoveries, contained in the report of tho Secretary of tho Interior, which is herewith transmitted, and which report also embraces the subjects of patents, pensions, ind other topics of public interest pertaining to his department. The quantity of public land disposed of during the fito quarters ending on the thirtieth of Septem ber last, was 4,221,342 acres, of which, 1,53- 8,614 acres we'e entered under the homo stead law. The remainder was located with military land warrants, agricultural scrip certified to states for raitroads, arfd sold for cash. The cash received from sales and loca tion free was $1,0TV,446. The income from sales during the fiscal year, ending June 30th 1801, was 8678,007.21, against 36.077,95 r eetaed during the preceding year. The ag w regatc number of acres surveyed duriDgthe year has been equal to the quantity disposed <f, and there is open to settlement about 133,000,000 acies of surveyed land, PACIFIC KAILWAT AND TELEGRAPH. The great enterprise of connecting the At lantic with the Pacific states by railways and telegraph lines has been eutered upon with m vigor that gives assurance of success, not withstanding the embarrassments arising from die prevailing high prices of materials and la bor. The route of the mam line of the road has been definitely located for one hundred miles westward from the initial point at Om aha City, Nebraska, and a preliminary loca tion of the Pacific Railroad of California haa been made from Sacramento eastwasd to tho great bend of Mucker river in Nevada. Nu merous discoveries of gold, silver, and cinni bar miues, have been added to the many heretofore known, and the country occupied by the Sierra Nevada and the Rocky Moun tains and ihe subordinate ranges, new terms wuh enterprising iabur, which is richly re munerative. It is be! oved that tlie products ut the u.ines oi precious metaUg m region has during tiie year reached, if not exceeded; 8100,000.000 in value. It wa reccommend— ed in my last annual message that our In dian sy stem be remodeled. Congress at its last session, acting upon tho recommendation, did provide for reorganizing the system m C aiifornia ; and it is believed that under the present organization the management of the liu.ians there will be attended with reasona ble success. Much yet remains to be done to provide fur the prope'i government of the In* duns in other parts of the country, to render it secure for tho advancing settler and to pro vide for the welfare of the Indian. The sec retary reiterated his rec< mmeudations, and to them the attention of Congress is invited. The liberal provisions made bv Congres- for paying pensions on invalid soldiers and oaiiora ol the republic, and to the widows and or phans. and dependent mothers of those who have fallen in battle or died of disease con tracted, or of wounds received, in the service of their country have been diligently admin istered. PENSION BUREAU. There have been added to the pension rolls during the year ending the 30th day of Juno last the names of 16,770 Invalid soldiers, and tf27l disabled seameD, making tho present number of army invalid pensioners 22,767, and of navy enrolled pensioner-712. Of wid ows, orphans, and mothers 22.198 have been placed on the army pension roils, and 248 on the navy rolls. The present number of army pensioners of this class is 25,433, and of navy pensioners 793. At the beginning of the year the number of revolutionary pensioners was 1.430. Only twelve of them were soldiers, of whom seven have since died. The remainder are those who, under the law. receive pensions because of relationship to revolutionary soldiers. During the year ending the 30th June,}B64 §4,504, 616,92 have been paid to pensioners of a!! classes, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. I cheerfully commend to your continued patronage the benevolent institutions of the District of Columbia, which have hitherto been established or fostered by Congress, and respectfully refer for information concerning - them, and in relation to the Washington aqueduct, the capitol, and other matters of j local interest to the report of the secretary. - * AGRICULTURE. The Agricultural Department, under the supervision of its present energetic and faith ful head, is rapidly commending itself to tht great and vital interest it was created to ad vance. It is peculiarly the People's Depart ment, in which they feel more directly con cerned than in any other, I commend it to the continued attention and fostering care of Congress. THE WAR— PROGRESS MADE. The war continues. Since the last annua! message all the importaut lines and positions then occupied by our forces have been main tained, and our armies have steadily advanced thus j liberating the regions left- ia &2 r**r. VOL. 4 NO. 1 9