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IaAdvanoe, . . . . $a f or tint month.
Forty mile of Railroad would place North
Jlissouri in close connection with St. Louii
Chicago and the Eait through that city, Louis
ville, Madnon, Cincinnati, Wheeling, Pitts
burgh, Cleveland, &o; in short, with all the
principal railroads of the Union.
Five miles, at twenty miles an hour, would
take the traveler from Hannibal to Springfield.
From Springfield to Terre Haute a railroad is
being constructed, and will soon be finished ; we
may therefore put down six hours as the time
on the 120 miles between those two points.
From Terre Haute to Indianapolis, about 75
miles, say four hours. At this city eight Rail
roads centre. From Indianapolis to Louisville,
about 120 miles, the time would be six hours.
Thus the time between Hannibal and Louisville
would be about twtnly-one hours. On the fast
est boats, and in the best stage of water, the
trip cannot bo made from Hannibal to Louisville
in less than itvtnty hours, even when, as is not
by any means always the case, passage from St.
Louis can be immediately procured.
The connection is now complete from Terre
Haute to Louisville, Madison and Cincinnati, and
through Cincinnati with all parts of the Union,
by railroad.
Railroads are progressing rapidly to completion
which will eonnect Naples with all the Eastern
railroads at Chicago. There is already a railroad
in operation from Chicago to Lasalie. From
Lasalle to filoomington is a section of the Cen
tral Railroad selected by the Company to be
made first, and which in a short time will be
finished. The "Bloomington Extension" of the
Alton and Sangamon Railroad, which will con
nect Springfield with the above mentioned seo
tion of the Central Road, is also being built
rapidly, and will soon be completed. Supposing
continuous line of railroads from Hannibul to
Chicago which there will be the transit
would be made in about twelve hours two hours
to Naples and ten hours on something over two
hundred miles to Chicago. Now the journey is
performed in from three days to a week, accor
ding to weather and wutcr.
In winter, the traveler who starts from
Hannibal to St. Louis may calculate on a
disagreeable trip, occupying on indefinite
length of time say two days to ten, ac
cording to weather and roads. With a
railroad to Naples, the distance could be
made in ten Itours, or eight hours less than
the average time of our fast packets.
From Hannibal to Springfield would require
five hours, and five more from Springfield,
via Alton to St. Louis.
Is not the Hannibal and Naples Railroad of
vast importance P Consider the mighty stream
of freight and travel, that, collected from both
ides of the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad,
will drain all Northern Missouri; added to by
a railrod from St. Joseph to the northern boun-
dery line of the State j and by another passing
over the rich toil, and through the future popu
lous and wealthy Territory of Nebraska ; run
ting out west three to fire hundred miles by the
inevitable necessities of tiade; with scarcely
less doubt stretching on to the base of the
Rocky Mountains, and almost surely still farth
er to that land of vast plenty bordering on the
Pacifio Ooean and the recipient of trade with
rich China and the East consider the greatness
of this stream of trade and travel, pouring along
the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, and then
consider whether it is worth while to be at the
trouble and expense of filling up the short gap
that divides this point of crossing the Mississip.
pi river from every other part of the Union ?
If Pike county, in Illinois, Hannibal, in Missou
"ri, the Naples and Sprlngfiield Railroad Com
pany and the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad
Company are not enough interested in that
ahort but important railroad to build it without
a charter, under the General Railroad Law of
Illinois, how in the name of wonder are we to
know when people are interested in anything P
22" The quicker that Road is built the bet
ter. Cheapest and Best Writing Ink.
L. T. UIUTTINGHAM II BRO. are now maim-
factoring Black Writing Ink of a superior quali
ty, which they sell very chaap thirty cents a dozen
cones, or five cents a pir.t. Steel pans may be left
standing in this ink any length of time without corro
ding. P. . At wholesale, tbey will j:Jl it at $10 bar
rel. mch-23-dU
Mr. Editer bf the Hannibal Journal I was
present at a grand Plank road meeting of the
citizens of Frank ford and vicinity, on Saturday
the 19th inst. There was considerable discus
sion on the matter in relation to the utility, plan
&o., of the proposed road. It appears there it
at present a warm feelling existing to embark
in the enterprise, notwithstanding there were
present tome one or two of the Louisiana tribe,
that could not for their lives tee how men of
common tense could or would embark blind in
such a speculation j it can never profit the stock
holders, &c.
Now, if the Hannibal and New London com
pany can consistently open the books to con
tinue the road on to Frankford, the ttock re
quired to conttruct taid road will be taken in
two weeks, as I heard several gentlemen of that
vicinity vow that they would take $500 in stock,
provided, however, that it it made a joint ttock
company from Hannibal to Frankford, and I
would tay if that can be done, the Hannibal and
New London company would not and could not
lose anything by to doing, for they would in
crease the travel on said Hannibal and ISew
London road to over-pay the stockholders en the
south end, for there it a large tcope of country
in and around Frankford that would undoubtedly
come to your city instead of Louisiana. The
people want it, and I think the Hannibal and
New London company would do well to take
the matter into consideration. I expect this
idea will be suggested or. the fourth Monday in
the present month by some one of the delegates
from Pike county, as the incelinrr adjourned to
meet in New London on that day. ' expecting,
at the tame time, to meet their Hannibal and
Ralls friendt at that time and place to discuss
the matter.
Yours, 8tc,
March the 22d, 1853.
A Man Host; In Hew Jersey.
Samuel T. Tread way was hung last week
in the Salem Jail, New Jersey, for killing
his wife. Treadway died very penitent, and
declared that he shot his wife without pre
meditation. He was 42 years old, and had
been mnrried since 1912. lie fought in
Mexico during the late war, and had sev
eral times seperated from his wife. lie
was (of course) a drunkard, and that led to
quarrels, which resulted in his wife's hav
ing him put in jail for whipping her.
When he got out he shot her dead. On
the gallows, Treadway said, "I attribute
my ruin to two causes first, tu disobedi
ence to my parents, and secondly to the
ruinous consequences of indulging in intox
icating liquors." About 150 persons wit
nessed the execution. During the greater
part ol Monday night previous to the exe
cution on Tuesday, the prisoner was en
gaged in prayer and praise. He ascended
the scaffold with a firm step, wearing a
smile upon his countenance. The body
was suspended about throe quarters of ail
hour, during which the doors were thrown
open, and hundreds of persons viewed the
INTEMPERANCE. The great railroad from
respectability to ruin mankind the oniy freight:
the devil its tuperintendent the board of exoise
its directors rum sellers its engineers and con
due tors tippling shops its cars distilleries its
locomotives prisons and insane asylums its
depots and station-houses; itt track built on bro
ken heartt and ruined fortunes. With the help
of a iust God. and the Maine Linunr Law. we'll
annul the charter, and discharge the conductors,
engineers and director! ; reverse the steam and
save the freight, (i. e. mankind.)
One of the counties of the State of Con
necticut, ("as we are informed and believe.")
boasts of a judge, who though poorlv in-
lunnuu wmi mose nine rennemenu usually
. ...:.u i i i !. . . '
uici wmi iii pousiieu society, is un cnerget
ic, shrewd man, and a promising lawyer.
A neighbor of his, some weeks ago, was
about to give away his daughter in marri
age, and having n deep-rooted dislike for
the clerical prolession, and being deter
mined, as he said, " to have no infernal
parson in his house," he sent for his friend
the judge, to perform the ceremony. The
judge came, and the candidates for the con
nubial yoke taking their places before him,
he thus addressed the bride:
"You swear you will marry this man?"
"Yes sir," was the reply.
"And you" (to the bridegroom) "swear
you will marry this womanf '
"Well 1 do," said the groom.
"Then," said the judge, "I swear you're
married! LtvniekerDocker. . .
Too toon Anderson found reason to repent
the selection he had made in choosing a son-in-law
; and poor May had cause to suspect, that
she had listened to protestations of love which
were "false at dicer's oaths." Ashford was
"disturbed from its propriety ;" and a house
where quiet and comfort had reigned before,
became the haunt of the drunken and the dis
solute. Remonstrance from Mr. Anderson
was met by indifference or insult, aceording to
the mood in which Musgrave chanced to be; and
hit mild and patient wife had her gentle reason
ings coarsely repelled by the savage to whom
she fancied she was wedded, and heard tho bru
tal declaration from her husband, that his heart
was in another land. Heart! tho ruffian had
Ono morning the wretched girl was summon
ed to her father's closet, and there found the old
man booted and ready for a journey. "Close
the door, May, although we have no reason to
dread listeners for it is scarce two hours, as
they tell me, since the beastly revelry of Mus
grave and his blackguard comrades terminated ;
and, for half the d;iy to come, their drunken
slumbers will continue. I am bound for Edin
burgh, bent thither on important business ; but
it were an idle waste of timo unless I receivod
thy assurance, that thou will carry out the ob
ject I go there to execute."
'Alas! my father, my misplaced love has em
bittered thy declining years. Ask anything of
me j breathe but thy wishes ; and as I hope for
patience in affliction hero, and miroy in a bet
ter world hereafter, thy commands shall be re
garded by thy daughter as second only to those
issued for her guiiunco by the great Author of
'Enough ; I go to make an alteration in my
will. I possess the power of leaving thyself ab
solute mistress of all I have earned by honest
industry. Ay, from that park which Jock
Ploughman is turning over, even to yonder
pigeon which i cooing on the dove-cot. All,
May, shall be bequeathed to thee; and all I ask
from thee is a promise, that thou wilt retain them
in thy power full, unchallcngable, absolute
power. Dole to that bad and wretched man
w hat may seem to be good to thee ; bnt mind
the last wishes of a father the injunction thou
promised sacredly to obey. Let neither threat,
fromise, or persuasion, induce tlieo to give thy
msband authority to slay a chicken, or even cut
a berry-bush.'
'All this and by all my hopes of mercy! I
undertako to do,' replied tho daughter.
'Then God bless and protect thee ! I wanted
thjs assurance, for I go to do un act that pru
dence demands, mid which some whispering at
my heart tells, will nevertheless prove unfor
tunate ! Once more, God bless thee !' he said
strainod hit weeping daughter to his bosom
and in a minute or two the clatter of a horse's
foot upon the paved court-yard, announced that
the Liord ol Ashford had departed.
'Angus,' taid Mustrrave, when a brandered
fowl had been removed, and which was rather
calculated to produce thirst than abate hunger,
from the hot oondimentt the cook had intro
duced, to stimulate unduly stomachs of men
whom debauchery and excess had rendered in
sensate to healthier and simpler viands, 'past
the claret. What think ye of this sudden move
ment of the old carl ? It bodes ut little good, I
'On that point you may rest certain, Mus-
grave. llow teels the crirlr'
'Intractable at the devil himself. Her very
nature appears to have undergone a change,'
wat the reply. 'When 1 rose tint evening,
saw an empty nurse upon the table ; and re
membering that the Jedburgh race and the Kelso
cock-hshtt come oil next week, and supposing
mat we must be there'-
'Supposing!' exclaimed the Highlander.
Cot dam I would'na lose either for the uuld
weaver's neck.'
'Nor I,' returned Musgrave, 'were that the
choice between them. Well, attend to me.
tent for May ; her tire-woman answered, that
her mistress was busily engaged. At I had an
object to obtain, I smothered pride, and conde
sconded to go to her own apartment. What was
my reception, truest ve P'
'Oh! tears and reproaches, of course ; and an
entreaty that you would give up bad company
. 1 t ; i i i ,. l
uieicuj luuuuuig nio Bim avoiu iuio uours
and that means going to bed at we did at nine
o'clock thia morning ; and a'
No, no, by Heaven !' exclaimed Musgrave,
pamuuaicijf . iicHuer remonstrance wat
made, nor advice offered me. She wat writing,
and scarcely deigned to raise her eyet. In man,
and lest in woman, I can badly brook indiffer
ence ; and as I wanted a favor from her, I
thought it would choke me at I expressed it.
I did, however, muster words to ask her to get
me twenty pieces from the old fellow. Wot ye
what her answer wat ? ' Listen. She, who
formerly emiled did I but notice her and when
I played truant never reproached me but with a
tear who would listen at her open casement,
and out-watch the moon, expeoting my return
and when my horse-tramp fell upon her. ear,
bless Heaven that the wat once more happv'
To be Coniinwd. "
Letter of Messrs! Phelps and LamVt
f . - CoL Benton.' i
Washington, March 10, 1853.
Dea Sin: It has been a custom, and we
esteem it a salutary one, for colleagues id
Congress to confer on matters of import
ance touching tho interests of their constit
uency. In obedience to that custom, and
in compliance with your request, we had
the honor to call upon you on the 6th Inst.j
but by mutual agreement that consultation
has been postponed until to-day. Od the
morning of the 7th inst., a copy of a St;
Louis newspaper, dated March 1st, was re'
ceived, containing a copy of an nddress
signed by James Lindsay, John D. Steverj
venson, and 1). G. Brown, who style them-
selves a committee of the Democratic mem
bers of the Seventeenth General Assembly
of Missouri. The reception of this address,
especially as it contains a copious extract
from a letter purporting to have been writ
ten by yourself, taken in connection witli
your speech at Jackson late last fall; the
resolutions adopted at tho last Sih of Janu
ary meeting of your friends ira St. Louis;,
the resolutions adopted by your hinnds upon
the motion ol Col. J. Lpcs towan, in Jetler
son county, on the 2id of January last, and
the union of your friends in the Legislature
(with your upproval) with the Whig, caus
ing nearly every omco in the estate, elective
by tho Legislature, to be filled with Whig,
compel us to pauie and consider what
courso it is right and becoming lor us to
We not only believo tho doctrines hid down
by Jefferson mid Jackson are right and truo, and
ought to be upheld, but we also believe tint the
Haltimore rlatiorm is a f.nr, honest n I trim
declaration of the principles which will govern'
tho administration, judging fom tho admirable
exposition contained in the inatigurM nd.lress or
r lv . i -ii!.! . :...: i
ueii. i lerco , aim cuicieiiiij iu niuiiiuiiu, niri
advantageously ti carry out thoso doctrines, wi
believe the old Democratic usages, and the old
D?mo:ratio organization, the best possible; at
any rate the best attainable during the present
state of human society. Hence no new party,
no new platform, at variance with the platform
of tho Dcmocratio party, can bo embraced by us.
Pray, respected sir, do njt mistake us. We
too well recollect that you, as wall as ourselves,
have been stigmatisod, most falsely, ns "Free-
aouers, and no disclaimer, however socmn,
woud be received as sufficient by our enemies.
We see, among the actors of the Jefferson county
meeting, at the St. Louis meeting, in the exit-
ative coaition formed to transfer tho State of
fices into Whig hands, some of the identical
"Free Soiert," whose sins wo were unjusly
made to bear.
It is, therefore, with themne confidence we frankly
state to you the doubts under which we labor, as to'
the course af action contemplated. To preserve har
mony and concert, we feel thai it is best candidly and
fully to state those difficulties. We know that, as a
JJemocrat, you would never hold a party comulta'iou
with Whips; and we know your good sense and your
personal friendship will always justify us in IrauUly
applying to you to resolve any doubts which any pub
lic action necessarily creates. For it Is only in thu
way misannrehemions and wronrr lnrrm. r ren
dered impossible.
It would be uncandid to conceal the fact that the
reading of the following sentences, so far as relates to
party organixation, in your lute speech at Jackson,
tilled us with pain and caused some iniseivinps :
"There is another branch of abase which requires at
tention that of the USUroation of alactiona. hit ......
cuses and conventions, which hat also grown up, as a
rni, auu nuw tumruit ueuny an elections, lion
President of the United States down to the mrittt in-.
considerable county officer, and generally without re
gard to the popular will, anil with an eye to their two.
urtiuige. j cannot explore mis aouse, wluch strikes
at the foundation of all elective governments, uor trace
it through in the States and the counties."
"Who knows, except the initiated, that the last'dem
ocratlc convention elongated Itself, by appointing a
committee to sit till 183b? yet they did I made a com
mittee of their own body thirty-one in number-lone-'
for each State to sit four years their duties slight up
on the record great in the performance." ,
"The remedy for the usurpation of th
elective franchise, is, for the people to tak0
the election Into their ,' hands repudiate'
caucuses and conventions, and follow tho
constitution ol the United State:! as it nrtiw
stands, until amended, by giving a direct
vote-to the people, and a second election b-,
tween the two highest, when no one receiv
ed a majority of the whole in the first one.;
uener ooey me constitution and let the legit
imate authority decide responsibly between,
the three highest presented by the people
than to submit the whole election tv Irre
sponsible assemblages, self-appointed, 'ad'
rioting in wine and meat, while playing a
high game for tho great office which.belonr?
to the people." . ,. ,.. " ' " """
"Suppmtion of-agentt, "who trade) io. iegit
ration at Washington, and repudiation of
cuset and conventions, which, dispose of.Hatioirial,
and State oflioet, are obligatory' debts' above)
party, and due to. the purity ol eiectionitjir

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