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AI. S. WA1U) VOL. i PANOLA COUNTY 26 1856 NO 14 GREAT STEAMSHIP LEVI A THAN. , This is the ago of great stea mers. The Persia is a modern wonder, and yet she is diminu tive in proportion when com pared with the Leviathan. The "Mistress of the Seas," us some of the London Journals call her, is built entirely of iron, in the shape of plates, securely fastened together with rivets. 4'iSi)o bus a double sido fore and aft, all the way up to wiih'n a lew feet of the trafl'rail. She hasdouble decks. Hy this moans great buoyancy and strength is imparted to the vessel, as the space between the decks and sides is filled with air. She is built in eight compartments, i ll air and water-tig'it. Her regis tered tonnage is 23,000 ton?, with capacity for coal in addi tion from 12,000 to 1 1,000 tons. Her draft of water when loaded will be 28 feer, and when un loaded 18 feet. Her average .speed is computed at 23 knots or miles per hour. She will be propelled by a gigantic screw 23 feet in diameter, four paddles and by sails. Her number of -masts will be seven, three of which will be crossod with vanls and .square rigged, as in aline of battle shb, and the other masts will have fore and aft sails. Her number of boilers will be ten, live on each side, and each having ten furnacef. Shc will carry, in addition to a sufficient complement of small boats, no less than eight small screw steamers, each 110 feot in length, placed fjur on each side of the vessel. "These steamers will land and embark both passengers and cargo. The passengers' berths are placed on both sides the en lire length of the ship. The number of docks is four, and the flight of the principal saloons, which are in the center, is fif teen feet. The number of pas sengers she will be able to car ry is six hundred first Iass, e:ghteen hundred second class, and ten thousand troops with field equipments. Her length is 680 feet, her breadth of beam 83 feel, depth from deck to keel 58 feet; aggregate length of sa loon 400 feet. Her commander will bo Captain Harrison, with a crew of, in all including sea men, engineers stokers, &c, from 850 to 900 men, conse quently, with all on board, she will comprise within herself a population of a large town, or even city, say 13,000 persons. Nearly one thousand men arc employed in her construction. The contract price for her buil ding is 320,000. There are then the expenses of her en- g:ncs and the fittings, vie; Jmg, &,; The mere ex;) of launching her into the ' whea eoaVplete l, will be n? tlnn 10,003, as hydraulic! er will Ikivo to be use 1 l purpose, and th i much employed will be of a pe' construction. tUe will the water biondsido on. '7'ne principal dimen-K the ship, her capacity and. ermay ba usefully repeat mere details us follows: I. G80 feet; brcadtY, 83 feet ; fro n deck 'to kcol, 51 feet:, tJ gregate length of principal sa ; lutm, 40 J feet: bight of ditto, 15 feet; number of decks 4; ton nage, 25,001) tons carries of: cods and cargo, 18,000 tons; nominal -horses' power, screw, 1,000 horses ditto, paddies, I 000 horses; cylinders of screw engines, 4 diameter of cylinder in inches, 81 length of stroke, 4 feet cylinders of paddle en gines, 1 feet diameter of cylin der in inches 71 length of stroke, 11 feet 6 inches draft of water, ( loaded") 28 fee; ; ditto. (light), 18 lee!, ea-ries of first class nisien$ers, GOO; ditto, sec ond ehss ditto;- 1,800 ditto troops, with field equipment-, 10,00 J weight of iron used in. the coniti ucti mi of the ship, 7, 030 tons. "Her deck is to be flush ex cept for cabin entrances and g-imi'ar purposes, so that a prom enade more than twice the length ti the Great Britain's deei; wtil be available tor the passengers, "The floor of the ship is per fectly Hat, the keel being turned inwards and rivited to the ir.ner slup's keel. These several skins are j Dined to each other by lon gitudinal webs or girders, form ed of plate and angle iron, There are 17 of these webs on each side of the ship, which run the entire length ot the vessel, and they are placed at such dis tances as to extend upward, at intervals of about three feet from the keel to the main deck, and ' they are again closed up in length varying from 20 to 00 ft. Tnus the outer and inner ships are joined together by means of a great number of water-tight webs or cells of extraordinary strength', given the vessel a rigi dity such as has never b en com municated to a ship before. Tlq main deck is treated in the same manner for'a width of 20 . . feet on each side, and iron gir- ders bind 4 one side to the other so that the entire vessel be comes, as it were, a woven beam of strength, and. the whole fab ric may be denominated a web of woven iron, the rivets form ing the fastenings and the web- in die pld xst, veb the 3cf mty ach vay ixty 7 in. I an lower ports are 10 feet above the water when the ship is ioad ed " INTEUESri.XO LETTER FROM COL. BENTON. From the SJi;souri Democrat, Mar. 25. By permission ol the recipient we give publicity to the filming letter irom cur vei.er; ble exSe:ittor : Washington, Wednesday ;Mar. 10 '50. Mr Dear Sir: I have to thank yeu for your kind letter?, and for all the -friendly s TUiir.ents expressed, rn 1 of these the jersonal part is the most a-: preeable. The personal feelings cf my i'riei.ds towards me is what I have moat lo herish hereafter. I v.tver S'tw; the day I would be willing: to be' a candi date for lb.? Pre i iency, an 1 cm now farther from it tb-u, ever. No earthly consideration could ma'ie me a candi date, The Senate ias once agreeable tome, when there was a chance to do tometfrcg for the S'-ate cr the Umted S.au s. Hut that chance seems now to be over, and all stjtesmenship reduced iu & hurrah, on o e side or the ether ot 3 avcry. Even local interests in our Ma e seem to be crushed under it the Pacific Railroad. I cm now far advanced :n my second volume. The publishers are ui.oit live hundred pags ceep in the jrinting, - ani I am a hundred pages a head of Iho composi'ors in the writing. I rise at daybreak ani work tid inuTntght, w.th an : interval cf one or two hours' recreation on horseback. As socn as . ray work is finished, which will be; some tme in Apii', I shall come to Missouri, , , and of couise, shall huve to speak to what extendi do not know but cer'i iu'y only for the general pur pose cf siding my friends arui the De mocratic cause, tnl ...without any vi.w to a personal consequence. Congress is no longer derire.:b:e to me ; politics have run down oo low lo have any at tri.ctio:i for me. I spent, thirty years of my life: in a contest of greut princi ples, f great measures of great men 'and cannet wear out the remainder of my days in a Slavery ablution, either on the one side or the other tf it. 1 have work enough marked cut to occapy the remainder of my life, end of a kin 1 to be pleasant and profitable, to me, if not beneficial to a future gene ration which I think it nny be.. 1 propose to abri Ige the debates cf Cons ress from 1789: to -159; also, to con tinue my history from i860 to the day of my-death. This i work enough for me, and of more dignity (to say noth ing of anything else) than tcting a part in a Slavery agita ion, which is now the work of both parties, cnJ which, in my opinion, is to end disas trously to the Union, let which' side will prevail. A new man, unconnected with the agitation, is what the court' r WautS. . ' ' ; ; . Your friend, t THOMAS II. BENTON. Remarkable Casc.Ys Rock ingham (Vra ) jlilveriihr stat-j that a respectable fanner nam ed Sa m uel 1 1 e.ly j resid ing in that county, has totally abstain ed from food for Jifty-scrcndays! and he may yet survive several days. For some time he has been in rather - a melancholy mood, and about two months ago, lie refused to eat, and since that time has not taken anything except water; and, strange to say, he is still alive, though re duced to a mere skeleton. Neither physicians, nor friend can induce hi-U Jt take any nourishment. He ; declares he can swallow nothing, though ho does every now and then take a drink of water. He wiil doubt less, persist in this delusion un til he stafrvos to death. Agricultural Bask. The rumor of ihii Uank's failure, put. tfloit by Wm. Lkb White & Co., brokers and bank note reporters at Louisville, turns oat emir. ly untrue. .It U a case of aN tempted levying pecuniary ,fuvor3 from : tlio Bink, 'which being refused, ven geance is "t-ken by an attexpt to de s.roy its credit. ' '' 1 : ' 'J he "Agent of the B, ink. here, X. B. Kirtland, redeems in par funds tha notes cf this B !ik ; and if the nolevho! der is not'satisfiel with that, the coin h at his service at the counter "of the Bank i i Brownsville. llvnphis Bulletin. Min Killed. The Pontotoc (Miss.) Fx-iminer, of t';e 1 1th inst., contain tj;e following : A ina'i named Bolen, we learn, was killed, a.few days ago at or near Bir mingham in this county. Jt seems that Bolen went to the house of Mr. Munk. and upon, being refused t admittir.ee, drew a knife and attempted to enter by f jrce of arms, when Munk with a chair pot struck Bjlen twp, er three blows, which caused his desth.ina few, hours arterwar;ls. Of the particular circiiuv ' stances we have not been jnfjrmed but unicrstnnd that Munk. was, generally coxisid: red justifiable under be circum . stances in taking the life of Bolen." frSf" Ti is is Thurday 12 o'clock " an i no help, b jibcr! . Slaves For Sale. By virtue of an interlocutory decree cf the district Chancery CJour, for Jh'e Northern District of theS'ate o Mis sissippi, made at Hernando, on the - 2G hi day of Marh 185S, the undesigned , : adm:m?trator of the estate, of Mary E. Btt!er, deceased special commissioner , appointed j will on moaday the 1 2th. day of.' -May 185G, wMiin, lawful hours at ' Srdis, i n Panola county and near tha 'lute residence of the deceased; oSF-T for . s. le nt , pub3ie auction' to the highest bid ler ' on a creJit of twelve months, from the .day of sale. ' the following . named slave3 belonging to the heirs of said' deceased to wit. - a negro slave .named Dave one naued Jack one nam - . ed Haley and one named Eliza. Bend and approved security will be required v of the purchasers. ' . , . , , i John B Butler. . ; . " Commissioner. April 7th. 1856.