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Q3 Office of the Register on the
north side of the square, in the building
lately occupied by Dr. Williams vp
03" The Court House t$-c The coun
ty Court House in this place is now
fairly underway. The foundation i3
laid, and from the energetic and busi
ness character of the contractors, Messrs
Pucker, Erwin and Grayson, we antic
ipate its speedy erection. It will be an
elegant brick building, fifty by sixty.
We understand Messrs Acker & Wil
son are about erecting a store house for
the purpose of doing a produce business,
and that another citizen of the place
contemplates the erection of some ,five
or six dwelling houses this season. The
rapidity with "which the surrounding
country is filling up must'' -eventually
make this a point of. onsiderable im
portance. We be!iee the place is un
surpassed for' health by any in the
State. No town can be built up or de
serves to grow by dragging others
down. A spirit of emulation is com
mendable, but, we protest against that
rivalry between neighlwring towns,
which like envy in the breasts of indivi
duals, only commends a poisoned chal
ice to the bosom of its possessor.
Stop the Leg Treasurer.
Gov. .Tucker has offered
a reward ot $1000 lor the
apprehension of Graves from
which the following descrip.
tion is tuk-cn.
Description. The said GRAVES,
is about 28 or 00 years of age-, feet 9
or 10 inches in height, with a high and
somewhat receding forhead, light brown
hair, approaching auburn, which he is
in the habit of wearing brushed from off
his forehead, and long behind; his mouth
is large, with a peculiar pucker at the
corners; his nose is slightly crooked and
prominent; has a thick and rather pro
jecting upper lip, and his front teeth
slightly decayed; large light blue or
grey eyes, with heavy brows of a color
similar to his hair; he wore short sandy
whiskers when be left, but it is extreme
ly probable that, he may have cut them
off to avoid detection; ho speaks very
quickly and fluently, and in rather a
loud tone. lie is supposed o have es
caped in female attire.1'
Or The Benton Banner states, on
the authority of an endorsement on the
stage way bill from Jackson, that W.
II. Shelton the former President of the
Brandon Bank, put a period to his life by
drowning himself in Pearl River.
Later. The above is since fully con
firmed. Wc take the following from
the Vicksburg Sentinel:
The Tragedv Suicide or Wji. II.
Shelton. A gentleman yesterday from
Jackson announced the death of Wm.
II. Shelton by drowning. Before he
th rcw himself into Pearl River, he wrote
a letter to one of his friends, in which
he detailed his reasons for putting an
end to his existence. It appears that he
was leagued with Graves, the Treasu
rer, and during the investigation of his
office, by Mr. Matthews, he Shelton, bor
rowed 10,000 -dollars in Treasury war
rants, from Wm. R. Crane. Esq., to en.
able Graves to make a full show and
square his accounts, which Shelton
promised to return to Crane as soon as
the examination wa3 over. But the ap
prehension of Graves and his trial be
fore Judge Sharkey, prevented the re
turn ofCrane1s warrants. Shelton was
examined as a witness, and swore that
tin nntrrvi I 1 Ci i ok rA I A ... ! K
u. f w iuuuaiibU uiaita Willi
any warrants, and after the flight of
Graves, Crane called on Shelton to re
turn the warrants he had lent him.
Shelton beinsr unable to comnlv. Mr.
Crane threatened to expose him and
have him prosecuted for perjury; and
to escape the shame and disgrace of
such a developement,' ho xdelibately
drowned himself in Pearl River, lie
left his hat, clothes, and gold watch, on
the bank of the river; arul his body has
"not yet been found.
OCr: A revolution is in progress in
St. Domingo the insurgents number
ing 4,000 to 5,000, and increasing by
constant desertions . from the govern
ment forces. It wa thought the aid of
France would be called irv- by tho gov
eminent, and that this would bo a pre
paratory step to the surrender of the
s land to that power.
Q- The Jackson Mississippian states
that the Governor has tendered the ap
pointment of State Treasurer to Gen.
Wm, Clark of Jackson- said to bo well
qualified for the office.
ftHj- Mr. Van Uuren has received the
nomination of the democratic members
of the Massachusetts Legislature for
President, and Mr. Buchanan by the
Pennsylvania Legislature.
Ojr The Prince Do Joinvillc is short
ly expected in this country on a visit
to arrange for the reception of tho
French Steam Packets. It is also stated
that he is about to proceed in a frigate
to the Brazils to negoiiate his marriage
with the sister of the Emperor,
C- The N. 0. Picayune states that
Judge Waggatnan has died from the ef
fects of the wound received in his duel
with Dennis Pricur Esq.
OCr The Providence Chronicle states
that when, at a Millcrite meeting in
tha city lately, the audience were work
ed upto the highest state of alarm and
expectation of, the inimediate sound of
procured a hsh horn lor the purpose,
blew up with a perfect tempest of wind,
producing' climax which froze with
fear and stupified with horror numbers
of the fanatic multitude.
CO" Navigation of Red River above
the "Raft11 is suspended, a great mas
ofdrift wood having blocked up the pass
age .
The Boats report a rise in the
Ohio of 30 feet,tind the Mississippi ris- j before he absconded lie haj fouraw
ing. The immense quantity of snow yers who did all they could to get him
in the mountains renders it probable ; off without disgorging the public mi ney,
that the Mississippi will rise so as to J and he gave them a mortgage oi his
produce an overflow equal to that ofj plantation and negroes in Madisontpun-
! tv. But after he made his escai-e. it
(jj- We learn from the Yazoo Whig
that a Mr. James Caldwell was not
'killed in that city by being thrown from
a mule."
07" The weather "is now as warm
as we have any use for unking up
for lost time. The comet has left few
mournars for liis departure-
The Carrollton Pioneer speaks of it
as certain that the Hon. R. J' Walker
has received the appointment of Minister
to France. So much for sticking like
wax to the Captain.
I . ..Ml- t
The "Vicksburg Whig states that the
government officers have broken into
the State Treasury, the key of which
Graves carried off, and found there
not an empty Treasury ; be it known the
proud State of Mississippi has not come
to that! six dollars and two bits, in
It appears that $9G,000 in gold and
silver and U. States Treasury notes, be
sides $30,000 in State warrants, have
been surrendered by Mrs. Graves.
According to the showing of Graves the
amount plundered was .$141,000, leav
ing the Slate minus $15,00(5 a pretty
good haul still for a negro wench.
The body of W. II. Shelton has been
found in Pearl river. Mrs. Shelton has
become irrecoverably deranged, and, it
was feared, must be buried the same day
with her husband. It is shocking to
seethe meed.of villiany fall with crush
ins weight on the heads of the inno
cent. The Devil of the Vicksburg Whig
savs Graves is in Texas, 'sittin1 on a log
whistling the rogues march the Devil
of the Yazoo Banner insists that he was
'sittin on a rail,' whistling thevRepudi-
ator's Lament our Devil wags his tail
and grins, but says nothing.
The impression at Jackson sems to be
that the State Treasury is minus. $42,
000 by Graves, although $12G,0P0 has
been recovered.
The Memphis Appeal of the 31st nit
states that "an Irish laborer, who had
been bitten by a rabid dog about two
months prevously,'1 died hi that ei'.y of
OT Counterfeit $20 notes of the Banl
of Indiana are in circulation in Cincin
nati. The Cin. Gazette states that coun
terfeit dimes are also plenty there.
The Gazette says:
"As a confirmation of the truth of our
remarks yesterday, respecting the a
mount of spurious money in circulation
we mention the fact, that a gentleman
yesterday made a deposite at one of our
Banks, of $100, all in dimes on exam
ination, $6 20 of, the lot proved counter
feit! 03" Lewis G. Galloway, Secretary
of State was in New-Orleans on the 31st
on the chase for Graves Tucker and
Matthews took the northern route.
07 A, second shock of an earthquake
was felt in the West Indies, on the 3d
ult. A captain of a vessel offthe north
1 part of the Island Gaudalopc stated that
itshook his vessel so that his crew coiill
hardly keep their feet. -
(3 Our neighbor of the Dollar Dem
ocrnt has made a terrible "bustle,1
which he think3 will soon come it
fashion. s In that event he recommends5
that a irin of pages follow as a sort of
rear-ward to hold it up with longs, af.
ter the manner of the trail.
The 4 Y. Impress says: 'The Af
rican Squadron, it is said, is to havo
a greatcf accession of force than was
coutempUted prior to tho appearance
of tho lite spneen of Sir Robert Peel.-
It was irtended to send out Cciriitiodore
Perry ii, a sloop of war, with a few
brigs orchooners, but, it is added it is
now thotght expedient to give him a
frigate, I.
Tho t igate Macedonian is to bo the
a i ! r i . . 1
iiuguip i me African squadron '
The Money returned to the Treasury.
We lejirn that on Saturday,. Mrs.
Graves, jhc wife of the fugitive Trea
surer, ficU for Governor Tucker, and
handed oier to him 9G thousand dollars
i in gold aid U. 5. Ireasurv serin.-
0 thousand1, dol
lars in State Warrants returned by ilrs.
Graves. Wc , have not heard how
much is missing, or in what maiuier
Gravse spent it- whether he gambled it
away or has it yet in his possessioril.
It is generally' supposed that he has! not
carried much off. Yichs. ScnUntA
The Lawyers TrickeiK
WTe learn that Graves did not tVen
pay his guard of lawycrsout of the finds
was lound that he had only paid one
thousand dollars on his plantation, leav
ing eight thousand unpaid, which is
more than the place is worth, ib.
( onmuinicnted.
Mr. Editor: Permit me to call your
attention to the following summsry of
public and private amioyanocs.
1st. What can be more annoying
than to have a man looking over your
shoulder when you are writing a letter
on private business to sec what it con
tain'. 2d. To have a man looking over
your Ledge f and Day-book to see what
a man is owing you to take advantage"
of the circumstance.
3d To have a man approach you when
you are in confidential conference with
a friend, for the purpose of learning the
topic of conversation.
' 4th. To have a man eves-dropping
your counting room or private chamber
to ascertain all your plans of opera
tion. 5th.' To have a set ol Loafers loun
ging about you when you want to settle
some important business.
6th. What is more annoying than to
have one in a community who attends
to every person's business except his
own, and lets that alone.
Jack in Tnn crib.
Important Judicial Decision. -In
the Supreme Court of New York,
in the case of Taylor vs. Porter & Ford;
decided at the last January term, it was
held, (Nelson, Ch. J., dissenting,) that
the statute authorizing the laying out
of private roads without the consent of
the owners of the land over which they
pass, is unconstitutional and void. The
decision is calculated to allect important
rights, and should be generally kn-wn.
Ex. pap.
- X,ate from Mexico.
The N. O. Tropic of the :24th ult.
says: ' -
The U. S. schooner Dolphin, from
Vera Cruz, touched at the S. E. Pass
day before yesterday. The news is
briefly given by the Courier of last
Wre learn that tranquillity prevailed
throughout Mexico.
Santa Anna had left his farm near
Vera Cruz, in order to be present at the
adoption of the constitution in the capi
tol. - -
Information had reached Vera Cruz
of the recapture of 1 1 1 of the Texian
prisoners nnd that the Mexicans were
close up with the remainder.
It is said that Santa Anna has sent
agents to Houston to treat for peace be
tween Texas and Mexico.
The Mexican army is said to be vory
numerous. On the 1st of March, 700
men sailed from Vera Cruz, to reinforce
the army near Campeachy, which
place, it is thought, would soon surren
An Eastern astronomer says with ref
erence to the danger of a comet's strik
ing the earth, that the comet Encke.
whose period is only 1207 days and
' nearest the earth of all comets known
cannot come in collision short of a peri-
od of two hundred and nineteen -millions
uf years.
Treasurer Craves' N'cwspnpei'
In the course of the investigation on
last Monday, after Grave?1 flight, lne of
the most rcdiculous little affairs leaded
out that we have heord of for many a
day. It appeared that Graves had ac
tually negotiated for a press, and had
procured the services of a Mr. Powe, to
conduct it in support of Graves re-election
to office, and to pioclaim his inno
cence to the world. All the parties con
cerned", except Graves, we doubt not,
were acting in good faith. What a com
mentary upon repudiation and rascality
Wc had made up our mind that Graves
was more the fool than the knave; but
we confess we begin to doubt our phre
nological skill. He has given good evi
dence to the world that he has great J
talenlin villainy, and would ha e placed!0" through, the trial without any far- j
Murrill in the shade if they had both
figured upon the stage at the same peri
od. All his plans were well laid ho
even succeeded in deceiving his most
intimate friends up to thevery hour of
his departure. The buying up a press
and employing an editor to defend him,
aflords ample evidence, if any were
wanting, of his studied villainy. There
is something in full-grown repudiation
that is never recognised until ii is stir
red up with the pitchfork of honesty.
From tVe Soit'ron.
The Finale.
The closing scene of the great, farce of
'jumping the chasms'
Go it with a rush, boys,
Go it wiih a bellow,
Go it for the clap traps,
" Graves he is the fellow.
Send around the hand-bills,
The "skunkies"' are in sorrow,
Cacth him if youcan, boys,
"One thousand11 paid to-morrow.
He's off in petticoats, boys,
And will mane the linen rustic,
Tho two and three per cent funds
Arc surelvin his "bustle."1
"Jump the chasms11 now, l)oys,
"Seize him by the collar,''
Jump it with a rush, boy.,
Jump it with a hollar.
After Graves had escaped from the
guard ;n lady's .attire, the whole town
looked blank. Little groups could be
seen dotting the streets during the grea
ter part of Sunday night and the whole
of Monday. Almost every man had his
own particular notions about the whole
matter.- But all agreed that Graves
and the money were as things that had
been. Immediately after his flight, the
Governor had hand-bills struck off,
headed "$'1000 Reward,"' and they were
sent to the four winds of heaven, or
rather to the four quarters of Mississip
pi, for there was no wind stirring. It
reminded us of an earthquake an op
pressive calmness in the heavens, with
a tremendous rumbling of the grosser
Monday morning ushered in a new
scene. Instead of having the pleasure
of listening to the able counsel for the
prisoner- and for the State, before his
honor. Chief Justice Sharkey of no
ticing the workings of the human mind
in all its various forms, from the foun-
tain source of legal light, down to tho
miserable strategy oflegal technicalities
we had to go down to the Old State
House, so as to get the full benefit of
our box ticket, and hear the ridiculous
afterpiece. The Attorney General had
some half dozen men arrested on the
charge of having aided and assis'cd
Graves in making his escape, and the
guard summoned as witnesses. A nolle
prosequi wa9 entered as to all except
Mr. Thomas, the father-in-law of Col.
Graves. Mr. Freeman commenced the
prosecution with a disclaimer of having
any hard feelings towards Mr. Thomas,
and said he really entertained the high
est opinion of him as a gentleman of ir
reproachable character. It reminded
us of the boy who was unable to whip
his schoolmate, but said he would grin
at his sister. Mr. F. was doing his du
ty, however, as an oflicer of the State,
and could not stay the prosecution.-
Mr. Saunders, one of the counsel for
defendant, made a speech, in which he
stated the prosecution was unjust and
dishonorable. Mr. F. arose and demand
ed whether or not Mr. S. intended his
remark to apply to the Attorney Gene
ral as the representative of the State,
or to him personally. Mr. S. was un
willing to make much of an explanation,
and Mr. F, said if the remark was inten.
ded to be applied to him, in any way
whatever, the charge was false, as Mr.
Thomas and every man in the house
knew. Here the court, ''consisting of
Justices J. II. Boyd and L. L. Taylor,
interposed and ordered the counsel to
confine themselves to the'cmeslion
fore tho court. Mr. S. rose and said,
the gentleman has pronounced my
i charge lalse, ami 1 say he o a liar.
Much confusion
Mr. F. went over
the circumstances in n, clear and distinct
! manner that did him great credit. lie
said this was great chivalry; he had
said the charge was false, and that it
v13 a lie, nnd he crammed it down the
gciii.'cnian's throat; and uftcr that, he
retali:-itcrl in a most chicalric manner
and called him a liar in return. At this
! juncture Mr". S. jumped at Mr. F. with
the intention of striking him. Mr. F.
squared himself am1 was about giving
uis antagonist i tic quia, j" i a
physical as well as a moful point of
view. The constable and the crowd
here interfered and restored order out,
of the chaos. Respectful apologies
were made for the indignity offered j
the court, and the two gentlemen moved
t . ... i I
ther ill feeling being manifested. Wc
hope it will all be forgotten by both par
lies. Mr. F. throughout the difficulty
conducted himself well, and fully acted
out one of his remarks, "By tho Gods,
I will never permit the State to be'msul-
ted through me ns her representative, '
nor mv self to be insulted personally."
. The trial progressed slowly, and in
fact, wore out the whole day the con-
eluding speeches being made after can-
dlclight. The court, after a short con
sultation. decided that there was not
sufiicicnt testimony to commit Mr. T.
and he was accordingly discharged, a -
midst the shouts and hurras of the im -
mense crowd that had assembled in the
pit to have a full view of the dramatis
personal at the falling of the curtain.
A letter from Craves!!!
The Natchez Courier has been hon
ored with the privilege of first publish-!
ing the following letter supposed to bo
from the Mississippi Lfg Treasurer.
Wc will not detain the reader by any
comments relative to this important doc
ument. Away over here towards the Sain ne.V
April 1st 1843.
To my Repudiating friends in Miss:
My dear fellows Pm in a d 1 of
a hurry, as you may well imagine, n
boutthis time, and having borrowed pen,
ink and paper from an old fellow who
used to live in Choctaw, snatch a mo
ment while the old lady gels me a bite
of something to eat, to write you a few
lines to. let. you know how. well I have
succeeded and how perfectly safe I am..
I tell you what, I have streaked it since
I left and no mistake. If any of you had
seen me "when I come the nigger, over
the Guard, after 1 had got fairly out of
sight, ye Gods and little fishes but didn't
I run! 1 looked back once ami I think
my "female attire" stuck out so straight
you could have played marbles on it
very conveniently. It won't do for me
to particularize now, but I travelled a
bout four or five hours, and having had
things fixed before, laid by a day or
two, during which time I saw one of
Tucker's .$1000 rewards for me, and I
thought at the time, it would have been
a capital joke if I could - have had my
jircss, (you understand, the one I was
going to have started to support my re?
election) handy, and immediately have
offered a. $2,000, reward for Tucker!
Ha! Ua! Ha! I reckon Tucker would
have said "d m it, the fello,w first
comes the dignity over me and won't
let me count the people's money, and
then makes fun of me besides.'
By the by, fellows, I'm thinking 1
played the thing pretty fine; you sec
I kept publishing exposes and bullying
Tucker, till I had got the people in such
a pucker they did'nt know whether to
think I had actually stolen tho money,
or a part of it, or whether I was "a much
persecuted man,." Ay; golly, if they
had'nt pinched mo so close about count
ing the money, I should have come clear
and then cried "persecution" so lustily,
that I would have made the whole crowd
of patriots, those who felt such a deep
interest in the safety of the money, a
shamed that they had ever said a
word about me. But they.hunted me
too close and I had to cut. And the
manner of my departure from the re
nowned capitol of Repudiating Missis
sippi must, I think, command the admi-
rution of Leg Treasurers throughout
the world. To hear of my leaving a
Guard of five men; in the disguise of a
negro woman, would make Sam Swart-
wout stare, and Wm. M. Price leap for
joy. Boyd never had an opportunity
of showing his genius for runnings be
cause it has never been necessary for
him to leave; he has staid and brayed
this disgrace. This latter I don't think
I could bear, I'm too honorable, too
proud a man for that; but even Boyd
himself must give me credit far extreme
dexterity, considering the practice I've
had. You see I've' never stolo much,
and until I -was elected Treasurer,
bevl.ou iny dear friends, I had only do
the glory, though, -fellows,1 j 'Un
shable renown, of doin morn ,ri"
lmeth;;n any man that has ever
ted it in Mississippi. Va !
where alongside of me. But 1 j, ""
to throw out a goo,! deal alon the
to kecpofftheWo,, the nsras w7
call themes! vc honest, and who ar
ly influenced by the lucre; tl1Pr
pile buys, hem. Em safe now, ,C,
lam where old Hays himself ,V0Il!(f
find me. I bid defiance through you i
all tho thief taker3 in thecountrr 'j
may be vain of my abilities ' ',.
l . .
j way, uui n mere is a iuocq in ySi
sippi, tell Tucker to just start him 0u(
Tell Tucker to send me n lock of Vis
hair by him, and I would like to have
o1 of Freeman teeth, but he's no greal
shakes any way, I did'nt respect him
niuch. -Look here, just tell nic,Ha!ua
Ha! just leil me will you? HM ylc.
Nutt jumped ffvy chasms yet? What
an old rij) he is. If Ik? had crer com?
about my office, I should have dropped
the pigeon on him very nicely, you see
I could have had a little liquor, nnd bai
ted him verv easily. I had much ratii-
er lry ad fool McXutt than Tuck-i,
because if you get McXutt to like yos.
1 auJ llat is very easy to do, he will p
j his death for you, and you may s;
j 1' an1 c,ieat as much as you please,!
j Tucker is simple, foolish, you dcift
j know how to take him, I prefer a kn;ue
j to fool any time, and when a fellow
j '3 inclined to 1 both knave and foo!,I
; consider him if man with too many prc.
tension', entirely. No insinuations. la:
such chaps ought to be put down. They
ruin any party. It takes a pretty smart
(ellow to make a rogue, and, though
may be thought egotistical, uiy suca?
certainly entitles me to tho reputation
of a man of genius in my I'm.
Do me the favor to tell our dearly
beloved brother, Dr. Ilagan, to go to
- will vou for me? Ho never liked
me somehow or other; ho was always
jealous of me, and the truth is, he
thought being an aspiring man, wm
in his way.
Fmbrace Father Matthews very af
fectionately for me, will you. nml tell
him I ask and shall expect his prayer?.
I wani the newspaper oditors to lie par
ticular how they use my name. If re
pudiation succeeds next fall, I'm coming
back, and shill expect to be rewarded
by my party, for the trouble Hwvcyut
mysell to, to advance the cau.se f cor
rect principles, ihe benefit of the H"
ing million,"'' for I contend that I lint
carried the principle of RepudiuMon a
bout as far as it could be carried in Mis
sissippi, I even brought the key off. I
don't know how Tucker will carry
the Government without money but I
think if he goes to levying taxes to ina'e
up what I stole, the whig will turn Ta
pudiators and refuse to pay fur any!
our rascality . I do not know that 1
could blame cm much, butyou must try
and make 'ein stand it.
I have thousands of thing to tell you
fellows, and wonld write more, but lam
getting uneasy you know it won tuc
for me to stay in one place long I must
be moving.
Take, care of yourselves, my noblf
i hoys, and recollect this one thing, your
friend Choctaw tells you money is
captain in any crowd.
Affectionately, your own,
John Xeal thus speaks of newspacr?
"They arc the fourth power of tV
State or rather the first power,
lowing up all other powers. Tlicyar
the I'resi Jcnt-makers, the law-giver?,
me juuiciary, me supreme exueuu" i
with a pardoning power beyond alUhi
was ever claimed for any earthly ?tvf.
From Graham for April.
JLotot jStma----From tub Italian-
O! wert thou but with nic,
In yon dark vessel Irec,
That o'er the moon-lit sea
Cleaves her way.
O! were it only mine,
From scenes in which wc pine,
To bear thee o'er, the brine,
Far away!
On ocean's ample breast,
Pencath night's starry vest,
All else but us at rest v
Thou and I,
Of every mutual pain
Together might complain,
And unbet rayed remain,
No one by.
Thus lifting memory' in
From this dark life, all, a'1
Tho past we should 'recall,
With its woes:
. And then what could we crt
From Heaven and the wave
Uut a harbor or a grave,
byi -
To repose:
a smalt Itjsiness in tlmt , .

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