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vO ST. l’Al'L, SATURDAY, DKOKMBK* 24, 18&S» •uncial Paper of the City and County. Our New V. 8. Senator—HU Past and hit Future. I-'. S. SixtTOß. —The Legislature, iu Joint Con- Ycution, yesterday elected as l'. S. Senator in vlaeeot tieu. Shields, Morton S. Wilkinson, of ithie Earth County. The Senatorial term for which Mr. Wilkinson is elected, commenced on the fourth of March last, and will expire on the fourth of March, 'dr. W . of course, is a Republican, and of the extreme Seward school, lie possesses fair abili ties, is a forcible speaker, and can make aTaluable representative; but we very much doubt wheth er be will. Ills extreme fanaticism on the negro question, and there are but lew who believe it to be sincere, will entirely destroy his influence among conservative men of all parties, and compel him to seek political associates and supporters, solely among those whose radicalism destroys the r inlUience in Washington, for the accomplish ment ofbeuefleial thate and local objects. The Senator elect, too, is narrow-minded in his politi cal views, nud excessively violent and denuncia tory of all who assume the liberty of dittering from him. lint before we speak further of Mr. Wilkinson, we will wait and see the effect of the air of the national capital upon his mental and moral constitution. -Pioneer and Democrat, Dec. lt>. —We copy the above notice of Senator W 11.K.INSON fr< m the columns of the leading Democratic paper of Minnesota, because, amidst much untruth, and an unjust dis p mion to depreciate him and injure his use fulness at Washington, we think it contains compliment to him which we cannot forego re publishing. It says that Mr. Wilkinson “is a Republican of the extreme Seward school.” This is true; and in this we find the compli ment alluded to. Whenever a Republican can be truthfully described, as a man imbued with the sound principles which ani mate Wm. 11. Seward in his public career, he mav safely be set down by all Republicans as a true man, on whom reliance may be placed to resist the encroachments of the South and Slavery, in a bold, firm, determined, yet calm and conservative manner. That is what Re publicanism theans—that is what Mr. Wilk inson is elected to carry out. That he is just the man who will perform his whole duty at Washington, as well by his party as by his State, we are proud in believing—for his past history shows him to be a man of energy and force of character —of pluck, grit, backbone and ability. And these are the men that win and wear, and will achieve results worth talk ing about. —And it is in this connection that a few facts of his personal history may not be amiss. Morton S. Wilkinson is a New Yorker by birth, having been born at Skeneatales, in that State, on the 22nd of January, 1820, — his father being Alfred Wilkinson, a farmer of that vicinity. Mr. W. will, consequently, be 40 years of age on the 22nd of next month, lie is. therefore, at the threshhold of the age when men begin to be most valuable for all operations in life requiring the highest combi nations of intellectual power with physical vigor : when Lite intellectual perceptions are most favorably modified by experience: when to talent, men have added judgment: when moral courage, physical courage, culture of mind, and culture of all the physical faculties, conspire to make a man great and powerful and noteworthy, as being “a man among men,” if he have but enough of the raw ma terial of greatness in him ; —native talent that will improve on cultivation. This, young Wilkinson early evinced the possession of; and, to give it scope, he was scat to the trustee Academy in Skeneatales, where he received such English and classical education as those institutions were apt to confer : good, fair, practical, but not compre hensive nor searching. From the Academy, he graduated into the law otlice of John C. Beach, Esq., of Skene atales, where he remained as student until he was admitted to practice in the Courts, in the rear 1841. In 1843, Mr. Wilkinson removed to State of Michigan, settling in Eaton county. Here lie remained, practising his profession for three or four years. While residing in Michigan, he was an ardent Whig politician : and during the contest of 1844, gave his sup port to Henry Clay, for the Presidency. In the spring of 1847, Mr. Wilkinson left Michigan for what is now Minnesota, having been induced to take this step through the re presentations of his brother-in-law, Colonel Wm. H. Nobles, (since of California wagon route notoriety,) who was then engaged in lumbering and logging on the St. Croix river. Mr. Wilkinson first settled at Stillwater, which was then the seat of justice of the county of St. Croix, Wisconsin, and which embraced in its precincts all the territory now in Minnesota that lies in the angle formed by the St. Croix and Mississippi, besides a large extent of country on the east side of the St. Croix, in what is still Wisconsin. Soon after his settlement at Stillwater, he was appointed District Attorney for the county by the Coun ty Commissioners thereof, two of the three of whom comprising the Board, are now mem bers of the Legislature by which he was elect ed U. S. Senator, viz.. Orange W alker, Republican, of the House of Representatives, and Socrates Nelson, Democrat, of the State Senate. In 1848, Mr. Wilkinson actively participa ted in the measures adopted by the people of the portion of Wisconsin Territory notinclud ed within the State boundaries, to obtain from Congress the organization of this region of country under a new territorial government. A meeting to forward this view was held at Stillwater, at which the name of “Minneso ta,” was fixed on for the proposed new Terri tory. In this meeting Mr. Wilkinson was a prominent actor. After the erection of the Territory of Min nesota, in August, 1849, an election for mem bers of its Legislature, both Council and House, took place ; and Morton S. Wilkin son was returned as a member of the lower branch, along with Sylvanus Trask and Maiilon Black. Having served with credit in the capacity of Representative from Stillwater,during Sep tember and October of 1849 ; the rising im portance of St. Paul, which was beginning to attract population and business most rapidly, induced him, early in the following year, 1850, to remove to the Capital ; where he entered into a law partnership with L. A. Babcock, Esq., who had been a fellow member with him in the first territorial legislature, and who then heed the office of Attorney General of the Ter ritory, by appointment from Governor Ram bet. Along with Mr. Babcock, in 1851-52 Mr. W. acted as Code Commissioner to revise the Territorial Statutes, and the well known vol ume of the “Revised Statutes of Minnesota” was the resqlt of their joint labors. Being a man of prominence, acting with what was then known as the “People’s Par ty” in the Territorial politics of that day, he was, in the fall of 1851, tendered by that party the most valuable office in its gift: the Register of Deeds-ship of Ramsey County ; through which position,being duly Dominated and elected thereto, ho was enabled, during bis two years term, to relievo himself from debt, and at the end of it to resuifle vigorous ly the practice of the law, with a small sur plus of world's gear still on hand. In the beginning of the year 1853, the law partnership of which he was a member, was extended so us to embrace JonN B. Biusiux, and the firm became Wilkinson, Babcock it Bkisiun, and was recognized in the business relations of tho community as a chief law as sociation of St. Paul —one of the strongest in Minnesota. This partnership confined until in the Spring of '55, when it was changed, by the secession of Mr. Brisbin, back again under the old style of Wilkinson it Babcock. In the Spring of 1855, the first steps were taken in Minnesota to organize the present Republican Party. From the beginning, Mr. Wilkinson cordially sympathized with the new movement. Though an old line Whig, he was then a Whig of the Seward School, just as the Pioneer says he is now a “Repub lican of the Seward School.” Like tens ot thousands of old Whigs, he had long perceived that the party of Henry Clay and John Q. Adams had degenerated, like the Democratic Party, into merely a convenience for the Slave holders of the South ; and he hailed with sat isfaction the inauguaration of a new party, based on the Anti-Slavery-Extension Idea, to take the place before the country of both the old, truckling, Pro Slavery organization. — He was accordingly highly spoken of before the first Republican State Convention which met at the Capitol in St. Paul, in that year, for the nomination of Delegate to Con gress. He declined, however, but subsequent ly gave his warm and earnest support to its nominee, Mr. Wm. R. Marshall, in whose behalf he stumped the Territory' in the most effective and telling manner. During his absence, thus engaged, he re ceived the honorary nomination at St. Paul as Republican candidate for the Territorial Coqncil; his Democratic opponent being John B. Brisbin, his old partner; who was, of course, elected; Ramsey County being then the Democratic stronghold of Minnesota. In the Spring of 1850, the law firm in which Mr. Wilkinson was engaged became Wilkin son, Babcock and Cotton, by the accession of Chas. S. Cotton, Esq., from the State of Mississippi; but in the following Spring of 1857, the firm was again changed by the re tiring from it of Mr. Wilkinson, on account of his having been chosen Attorney of the Southern Minnesota Railroad Company : to attend to the duties of which position the more conveniently, he removed to the nourishing town of Hokab, on the Root river, in Houston county, in the southern part of the State. While thus residing at Ilokah, the Republi can State Convention which met at St. Paul, early in Sept., 1857, duly nominated him as one of its three candidates to represent the new State of Minnesota in the House of Rep resentatives of the Congress of the United States. In the active canvass that followed, Mr. Wilkinson stumped the entire State; and at the election, it was found that he had run con siderable ahead of his colleagues on the Con gressional ticket. Though he was, no doubt, chosen by the fair and honest votes of the people, he did not obtain his certificate of elec tion—on account of the scoundrelly canvass made by Samuel Medary and Joseph R. Brown, the Democratic majority of the State Canvassing Board—who boldly [counted in against him and his colleagues, several hun dred Democratic majority upon the evidence of forged election returns, —Medary, all the while, declaring he “ knew they were d d forgeries!” In the winter of 1857-58, Mr. Wilkinson having been deprived of his position as Attor ney for the Southern Minnesota Railroad Co. through a change in its Directory, was com pelled again to look around for a location wherein he could support himself and family by his profession—the expenses of the election campaign, <fcc., having swallowed up whatever little overplus of means his ten years’ territo rial labors at his profession had given him. He finally removed, in the Spring of 1858, to Mankato, Blue Earth county, on the Min nesota river, in extreme South-western Min nesota. Here he immediately entered upon a large and lucrative law business. When the Republican State Convention met at St. Paul, in July last, (1859,) his name was by many again associated with a nomina tion for Representative in Congress, lie was not present himself at the Convention, but his friends took the responsibility of with drawing his name from connection with that position, with the avowed intention, however, of urging him upon the Republican party for the United States Scnatorship,in case the Re publicans obtained a majority in the legisla ture about to be elected. They did obtain such a majority, and—in the sonorous language of Mr. Speaker Cogqs well —“Morton S. Wilkinson is chosen to represent the State of Minnesota in the Sen ate of the United States, for six years from the 4th of March, 1859.” Now, a word or two, to our friends of the Pioneer and Democrat. They need give themselves no trouble that Mr. Wilkinson’s “ extreme fanaticism” will in the least degree “destroy his influence in Washington, for the accomplishment of beneficial State and lo cal objects.” In this language, sticking out plainly, we discover the old and disgraceful whine, the same which Gen. Shields was so fond of grunting out, and which, with tears in his aged eyes, he faltered out at a meeting in Minneapolis, just before the last election. “ Yes”—boo-hoo-ed he —“ yes, if you make Minnesota a black Republican State—South ern gentlemen won’t come up here in the sum mer months with their families and their ‘servants,’ —you’ll lose —you surely will— the benefit of their money, so freely expended at your hotels, —and then, 0, then, Minnesota is truly a goner /” In imitation of this military Jeremiah, the Pioneer takes up the same species of lamenta tion—in the meantime, during the moan, in the agony of his grief, a tear will be seen trickling along the Earle’s delicate nose to its fine cut apex, and resting there, as grease flows a-down the side of a tallow candle, when a “thief” obstructs its wick. Hear the sad tale : “ Yes—you Republicans have now gone and done it, now—so you have. You have elected that ‘fanatical’ Wilkinson to the U. S. Senate, instead of some mild.railky wateiy, ‘conservative’ Republican—and now, all our‘local’ fat is in the fire—Congress won’t do anything for us—the South wijl be down on us—oh-ho-boo-hoo.” But we think the Pioneer is sligtly mistaken, as to certain re sults following, taking its own premises.— Henry M. Rice sacrificed principle for the fa vor of the President and the South. Both he and Shields voted against the Homestead Bill, gave the go-by to the interest Minnesota involved in its passage, for the Cuba Bill.— Cavanacoh and Phklts were always obse quious lacqueys to tho South in the House.— What influence had either to obtain anything for Minnesota V Not a particlo ! What did either get for our State ? Not the first con" founded tliiug ! Rick remains at Washing ton —respected by whom ?—having influence with whom ? He is the detected land-jobber, who roped everybody into ruinous specula tions, and his “influence” was exhausted when he sacrificed St. Paul to build up Bay field. The South we know, is fanatical and foolish in its devotion to Slavery—a thousand millions of questionable and unsteady proper ty that is a good deal like powder in a maga zine, is some excuse for their being so. But while they use dough-faced men from the North, they evidently despise the cattle who truckle to Slavery without their own justifica tion of strong pecuniary and personal interest in [ tho institution. They respect infinitely more, the Northern representative that stands up boldly, true to principle and to his people, and defies them. Who docs not know that Wm. 11. Seward is the most influential man in the United States Senate, in obtaining what . ever local measures he desires for his constit i uents? So will it be with Mr. Wilkinson.— Mark it. Relations of Minnesota to the Red Riv er and Saskatchewan Districts of Brit ish America. The Lecture delivered by J. W. Taylor in the Hall of the House of Representatives on Saturday evening, December 17th, was occu pied chiefly with the subject above expressed, and such topics as seemed to the speaker to be connected therewith. The Hall of the House was well filled, many Senators and Representatives being in attendance. After an acknowledgment of the courtesy of the House of Representatives, in granting the use of their Hall, the speaker remarked that, a year since, in the absence of the Leg islature, thecitize s of St. Paul organized a Chamber of Commerce, for the discussion among other matters, of the Northwestern communications required by the interests of Minnesota. The citizens had previously pre sented the subject of an Overland Mail to the Pacific on or near the line of Stevens’ rail road survey, and the chamber of Commerce followed with efficient measures for the intro duction of steam navigation on the Red River of the North. In regard to the mail service, the Senate of the United States was induced to vote an appropriation (which, however, was involved in the fate of all similar appropria tion at the last session of Congress), while the indomitable energy of Anson Northrup, assisted pecuniarily by our citizens, accom plished the removal of a Steamboat from the Mississippi to the Red River. These events had attracted much notice elsewhere. They were recognized in England, particularly as the forerunners of a great movement of col onization to the basin of Lake Winnipeg north of Minnesota. The speaker shared that opin ion, and had been anxious that the citizens of Minnesota should regard our relations to the Districts northwest of Minnesota as a State policy, and not merely as a local interest. The first portion of the discourse was an argument to show that Minnesota was central on this continent, to Maury’s northern ther mal band of the Temperate Zone, and that one million square miles of British America, extending from Lake Superior and Winnipeg west and northwest to the Pacilic Ocean, was destined to bear as dense a population as En gland, Norway, Sweden, Prussia, and the Northern Districts of Germany and Russia. This great fact of theso present relations of climate and population in Europe and their future extension to Northwest America, was illustrated by a Map of the World on Merca tor’s projection between the latitudes of 30 and 60 degrees north. Along the face of this map, were also drawn the lines of railway and telegraph now existing or projected, which connect the Mississippi river at La Crosse, with Moscow in Russia, and which, during most of their extension over oceans and con tinents, trend north of the parallel of Saint Paul. Mr. Tayxor then took up the question at length, of Russian policy in Asia, reprodu cing the late events, which demonstrate the speedy extension of these communications to the Pacific—the Siberian post route—the wealth and population of Siberia—the annex ation of the Amoor river and valley—Russian influence in China and Japan—in a word, the whole dynastic policy of Alexander, the pres ent Emperor. His inference was,that since the close of the Crimean war Russia has become the dominant power in the North Pacific.— England, startled by these developments oc curring simultaneously with the recent treat ies with China an<’ Japan for the removal of commercial restrictions, has announced a great policy of counteraction on the Pacific coast of North America. British Columbia is organized, and the Queen promulgates the scheme of an uninterrupted series of colonies across the continent. Saskatchewan only re mains to be organized. Its speedy organization is vital to the pros perity andpublic action of the people of Minne sota. To show the feasibility of such a pro vince of Central British America, the speaker gave a summary of observations during a sum mer’s visit to Selkirk. It was a vast grain district—capable even to latitude 55°, of bearing crops of all cereals. It had an intelli gent English speaking population, men able and anxious to bear the responsibilities of self government. The Red River Valley, linked the destiny of this extensive district with Minnesota. With its settlement our position ceases to be that of a Northwestern frontier. Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton when Colonial Secretary, had matured (even printed for cir culation among members of Parliament) a bill for the establishment of such a provincial gov ernment which, however, fell with the retire ment of the Derby Ministry. The Duke of Newcastle, his successor, is said to share Sir Edward’s views, and the measure may be re vived at the ensuing session of Parliament. Then followed an argument for the exten tion of the Reciprocity Treaty from the Great Lakes (the present limitation of tbe Trea ty on the West) to the Pacific Ocean. Instead of abridging or abrogating the present treaty, the Northwest is deeply interested in the enlargement of its provisions, and their ex tension to the whole Northern border. The movement was most opportune for such an ad justment, and the hope was expressed, that President Buchanan, so long a diplomatic re presentative at London, would propose to Great Britain an International compact, which should effectually dedicate the Lake Coast and Northern frontier to the interests of peace and civilization. With such a policy for the permanent ad vantage of Minnesota and other States at this extremity of the Union, the speaker advo cated whatever measures would secure to the Gulf States and other portions of the South ern boundary, similar advantages of trade and intercourse in Mexico ; and since treaties had proved powerless for the protection of American citizens, be argued in favor of for cible intervention, an armed protectorate of Mexico. Allusion was made to the salutary influence of Gen. Scott’s presence in the Val ley of Mexico, for the preservation of public order and the security of all private interests, and it was quite likely that similar means would now be found requisite to effect the same results, and to prevent an European in tervention! all of which “Mexican Protector ate” nonsense was an interpolation into an oth erwise good lecture, which marred its general good effect, and otherwise good sense. Other topics and illustrations were intro duced, of which our limited space prevents a report. The Railway question was not discussed. Confidence was expressed, with any proper adjustment of the subject by the Legislature that the prosecution of a trunk road from La Crosse to Pembina along existing line, would be undertaken by English capital. The bearing of the general topic upon the Emigration question was briefly referred to,and some sanguine expressions in regard to the progress of Minnesota during its next decade of years, closed the discourse, which occupi ed an hour and a half in delivery. —We hope Mr. Taylor will yet talk himself into his right position before the public. In the first, place, a man of his temperament and views to profess Democracy, is an anoma lous absurdity. In the next place, his voca tion is devotion to the practical interests of Minnesota, and the development of her materi al resources. His Five Million Loan connec tion was a mistake and a blunder, and the less he refers to it the better for himself, nor is it worth while for him to be skinning skunks for the South by talking of a Protectorate over Mexico —which means the ultimate acquisition of more territory to plant slavery upon. Let Mexico alone. We have enough burdens of our own to bear. Have we not the South al ways with us ? The minority In the Senate. We wish to call publie attention to the con duct of the Democratic minority in the Senate. By a miserable trick iu the formation of the Rules of the Senate, they have obtained the power, —although largely in the minority,—to double-lock the wheels of business, whenever any measure may be attempted particularly obnoxious to them, thus rendering the ma jority powerless. In the next place, they are constantly in troducing partisan resolutions, which they well know cannot be adopted, and whose only operation must be to interfere with the action of the Senate, or more legitimate business. For instance, the resolutions offered by Mr. Andrews, in reference to the Homestead Law. Mr. A. knew perfectly well that there was not a single prominent Republican in the whole North-West who was not urgently in favor of that great Republican measure ; —he knew equally well that that issue had contri buted, in a very considerable degree, to the election of Messrs. Aldrich and Windom, and the'defeat of Messrs. Graham and Cav anaugh. He equally well knew that the great body of the Democracy, devoted to pro slavery, hostile to a Homestead Law, whose only operation could be to build up free States, and strengthen the hands of their opponents; and yet, for the purpose of “ bunkum ,” he introduces high-sounding res olutions, instructing Republican representa tives, who need no such instruction, and ema nating from the Democratic party, themselves hostile to the spirit of the instructions. Such an instance of the Devil preaching Religion, deserves the most severe rebuke. On Tuesday, Mr. Cowan called up another set of resolutions, in reference to the unfortu nate raid of John Brown into Virginia, and proposed to make them the special order for discussion on a certain day. Now, in Heaven’s name, what has the extreme North- Western State of Minnesota to do with John Brown or the chivalry of the “ Mother of Presidents ?” Particularly, what has it to do at this particular juncture, when we are suffering from the effects of the inroads of the Democracy into the Treasury of the State and the pockets of the people, more terrible, disastrous, and treasonable, than all the mad attempts of all the extremists of the East ? We have had our John Brown in the person of H. H. Sibley and the Forty Thieves of Wisconsin, who have proved more formidable than the twenty-one followers of the hero of Harper’s Ferry. The purpose of such resolutions is, under the guise of patriotism, to serve the most miserable ends of partisan politics, by identi fying, if possible, the Republican party of the nation with the few brave, virtuous, but un wise and misguided men, who, in pursuit of a principle, have flung away their lives. All such resolutions are intended to have a reflex action upon the campaign of 1860, and to be the staple of discussion from the Democratic stump. Let them be thoroughly riddled and exposed to the con tern [it they deserve. Scarcely have they been laid on the table before another resolution is offered, fixing the Ist of February next for the termination of the session of the Legislature. Here again the cloven foot sticks out. The Democratic Senators offering the resolution knew full well that it was impossible, at this early day, to determine when the labors of the session could be brought to a close, —par- ticularly when the misgovernment of the Democracy had entailed upon the Legislature such an overwhelming mass of labor, as now awaits them. He knew perfectly well that no sane body of men could adopt such a reso lution. His only purpose was to create ano ther fund of “bunkum" hy being able to show hereafter that tho Democratic majority were anxious—very anxious—to economize the time and money of the people. The Republican party and the Democratic party seem to progress on very different sys tems. The first bases its hopes of success on the intelligence of the people;—the last on their supposed ignorance ; and the efforts now being made by the minority are all intended for the manufacture of dust, to throw into the eyes of the people in 1860. —We hope our Senators will allow no op portunity to pass to expose the hollowness of Democratic pretensions, either on the Home stead Bill, the Union, or an economical ad ministration of the government. For the first, let them point them to the vote of their party on the purchase of Cuba ; for the second, to their base and shameless devotion, for years past, to the interests of the South ; and for the last, to the doleful condition of opr public affairs, our impoverished people, our empty treasury, and our disgraced State. Decapitated I James Mills, Esq., one of the Editors of the Pioneer, has been removed from the poet of Deputy Inspector and Collector of Customs of this port. Salary SBO0 —drawn quarterly —paid in gold. Services rendered—nothing. Reasons for removal: —Supposed he wrote the letter to the AT. Y. Herald about H. M. Rice, which furnished the Pioneer a pretext for its abuse of that gentleman, and for sun dry other little inaccuracies on the part of “our Jim,” which were not agreeable to Old Buck, for which he got backed off the track. Poor flioneer / Poor Jim I Reported for the MinneHotian and Time.* Minnesota Legislature. SECOND SESSION Tuesday, Dec. 20, ’59. SENATE.—Opened with prayer by the Rev. J. G. Riheldaffcr. RESOLUTIONS. By Mr. STEWART—That Messrs. Rob inson and Averill be added to the Special Com mittee on Railroads. Adopted. Mr. TAYLOR, of the notorious Otter Tail District, introduced a scries of highfalutin resolutions, in which he takes occasion to ventilate his views of the Republican party and to express his love and attachment for the Union. The same were laid over under the rules. Mr. COWAN’s concurrent resolutions, de fining the position of the Democratic party on the Harper’s Ferry emeute, were taken up. Mr. COWAN said the subject of the reso lutions was, at this time, more than all oth ers, agitating the public mind. At no time since the formation of the government has fanaticism and the spirit of ‘‘red handed in surrection” and sedition so threatened (by the South, we add) our common country. Our Republican friends had again and again repud iated all intention or design of interfering with the ‘‘institutions” of the South where they exist under the authority of State laws, and no legal citizen, be his politics what they may, could refuse to subscribe to the resolu tions unless he holds the same treasonable sen timents which had animated the fanatics at Harper’s Ferry. It becomes especially the re presentatives of the people of the North to deprecate and denounce this foray. It is due the Republicans, themselves, to disavow all sympathy with the ‘‘murderous organization which would have dissolved in blood and tire the fair fabric of our Union.” The resolu tions had been carefully prepared so as not to conflict the political sentiments of any par ty, and he hoped they would be auop ed. Air. McLAREN moved the resolutions be referred to Committee on Federal Relations. He saw through the object of the Democrats in thrusting belorc the Senate such resolu tions : it was their purpose to delay business by keeping up a factious opposition. Mr. HALL said it was rumored “about town,” that the majority in the Senate do not intend to transact any business until after the Ist prox. If that was true, he thought one day should be allowed the minority to discuss resolutions of so much importance. Air. MACRUBIN thought the Union was in danger! Cries of fanatical disunionists came up from every part of the land, which threatened the most serious consequences unless checked. The resolutions were calcu lated to pour oil upon the troubled waters — to heal the bleeding wounds of the South, and unite, again, in the bonds of a warm fraternal embrace, the disjointed fragments of both sec tions of this great and glorious Union ! Pass these resolutions, and they weis calculated to strengthen the bonds of love throughout the whole world ! [The above is the tenor of, but not the ex act language used by the Senator.— Rep.] Mr. McLAREN withdrew his motion to refer. A motion was then made to print the reso lutions, which was adopted, and they were laid on the table for that purpose. COMMITTEE OF TOE WHOLE. The Senate, in Committee of the Whole, had under consideration the bill to amend the act, &c., regulating the traffic in spirituous liquors, and, after amendments, recommended that it be engrossed lor a third reading. The report of the committee was adopted. The bill introduced by Mr. ROBINSON, providing for the Discharge of one or more Joint Debtors, without impairing the rights of the Creditor as to the other Debtors, was also considered, and referred to Committee on Ju d.ciary. BILLS INTRODUCED By Mr. GALLOWAY’—To abolish the office of Prosecuting Attorney for the several, Judicial Districts, and make it the duty of the several Prosecuting Attorneys of the sev eral counties to appear in the District Courts of their respective counties. By Mr. ROBINSON—To regulate the rate of interest. [This bill makes the legal rate of interest seven per cent; and allows special contracts interest at twelve per cent.] By Mr. ANDREWS—To provide for the recording of conveyances in unorganized coun ties. [The bill provides that every convey ance by Deed, Mortgage or otherwise, of real estate situated in such unorganized county, shall be recorded in the Register of Deeds office for the county to which such unorgan ized county may be attached for Judicial pur poses, &c.] REPORTS It was moved that one hundred copies, each, of the Reports of the Auditor and Treasurer be printed for the use of Senators. On motion, the Senate adjourned. HOUSE—The House met at the usual hour and was opened by calling the roll. The Journal was read and corrected. PETITIONS Mr. ARNOLD presented a petition of citi zens of Wabashaw county for a sth District of Log and Lumber surveys. Referred to the Committee on Internal Improvements. REPORTS The Committee on Claims reported on the claim of John H. Felch, for engraving official Seals, of $1704, and recommending an appro priation be made to satisfy his claim against the State. The report was referred to a Special Committee of three, consisting of Messrs. Sawyer, Chadcrdon and McDonough. The Committee on Towns and Counties re ported adverse to the orgnization of Pierson County, for the reason that it would contain no inhabitants. Laid on the table, resolutions, etc. By Mr. SWEET—That new certificates for Stationery, drawing 7 per cent interest per annum, similar to the mileage certificates, be issued to members in place of those already received. Laid on the table. Amendment to rule XXIV.—By Mr. SEC OMBE.—That 150 copies of every bill, memo rial and Joint Resolution ordered printed, shall be printed, unless otherwise ordered.— Adopted. THE PRINTING QUESTION Mr. VAN VORH EES,Chairman of the Com mittee on Printing, said he observed by the Journal that that committee were instructed to report on the question to-day. He had not known this before, but had a majority report prepared, which, if the House insisted on, he would present, though it had not been pro sented to the minority members of the Com mittee. Messrs. Stephenson and Donohue of the minority objected, and On motion of Mr. Secombe the Committee were instructed to report to-morrow. SECOND BEADING OF BILLS. A bill to repeal Chap. 11 of the Revised Statutes. BILLS, ETC., INTRODUCED By Mr. ARNOLD—A bill to regulate the Traffic in Logs and Lumber. By Mr. ACKER—A bill to amend Article 3, Sec. 4, Chap. 29, Revised Statutes. By Mr. REHFELD—A bill to create a Board of Emigiation and for the appoint ment <sf an Emigrant Agent. By Mr. SAWYER—A memorial for addi tional mail service on routes 13,504 and 13,578. THE CONTESTED SEATS, The case of Robert E. Jefferson vs., Net tleton, member from Lake Shore counties,was brought up again by taking from the table the report and resolutions introduced yesterday from the Committee on Election, and debat e ed si-me time. Mr. SEOO.MCE moved as a substitute that Edmund F. Ely, a resident of the District, be appointed as Commissioner to take all testi money necessary in the case, and return it by express or mail—being allowed same per diem and mileage as is allowed members. The report was finally recoinmi tted. The House then adjourned for the day. Wednesdat, Dec. 21, ’59. SENATE—The Senate met pursuant to adjournment. RESOLUTIONS. By Mr. STEWART—That Messrs. King and Galioway bo added to the Committee on Railroads. Amendments being proposed, add ing about a half dozen more members, the same was laid on the table. By Mr. HODGES—That the Secretary of the Senate be and he is hereby instructed to procure the incindental printing of the Senate, by the Minnesotian and Times Printing Com pany. The Yeas and Nays being called for and ordered, there were Yeas 19, Nays 11, as follows. Yeas—Averill, F. E. Baldwin, J. F. Bald win,Bartholomew, Bishop,Cook, Evans, Fiost, Galloway, Gluck, Heaton, Hodges, Kennedy, King, McLaren, Rogers, Stannard, Stewart, and Watson. Nays— Adams, Andrews, Bryant, Clarke, Cruttenden, Edgerton, Hall, Norris, O’Ferrall, Pettit, Stevens. So the Resolution was adopted. UNIVERSITY REPORT. Mr. STEVENS presented the annual report of the Regents of tile University of Minnesota. From a statement of the Treasurer, it appears that the financial condition of the Institution is as follows: W hole amount received to date (no date given in reportjfrom sale of Bonds and slumpage, $58,31(3 00 Notes now due the University, 3,157 00 Whole amount paid to date $58,173 40 A mount of notes given to contractors of U ni versity building in settlement, SIO,OOO UO; the amount of bonds issued under the two acts of the Legislature for that purpose is $55,000; the amount of outstanding notes against the University as above stated is 1$ 10,- 000. There is also about one thousand dol lars still due on the purchase money of the University site, making the amount of out standing obligations against the Institution $72,000 ; of this amount SI,OOO is contigent upon the full completion of the University building according to contract. The amount of bonds authorized to be issued by the Act of March Bth 1858, was $40,000, secured by mortgage upon about 20,000 acres of land. The first issue of bonds is secured by mort gage upon the University site. The issue under the act of March Bt!i, 1858, was nego tiated last winter in New York, with the firm of Sewell, Ferris and (Jo., at par. Fifty eight hundred dollars of the amount being retained in their hands, to meet the interest up to De cember 1. 1859, on all the bonds issued. The firm above named, after considerable delay, paid the interest falling due on the first day ol June last, but as their failure has since been announced, there is reason to fear that they have not met the semi-annual interest falling due on the Ist inst., and indeed, inlormal no tice of such failure to meet said interest lias been received by the Secretary. How the bonds purchased by the firm above named, may be affected (as to principal or interest) by their failure to meet the interest according to contract, is a question which requires con sideration. The report says, in view of the foregoing statement, that some action of the Legislature is imperatively demanded to meet the emergency occasioned by the present State of affairs of the Institution. The Report was referred to the Committee on University and University Lands. PETITIONS. Mr. EDGERTON presentod the following: To the Honorable the Legislature of the State of Minnesota : In view of a misunderstanding between your honorable body with the undersigned, respecting the validity of the contract to do the public printing, binding and advertising for the State of Minnesota, entered into by the undersigned with said State, the undersigned proposes, if it shall please the Legislature so to do, to submit the question for determina tion to any Judge of the District Courts of the State, to be designated by resolution of the Legislature—the hearing thereof to be had in the city of St. Paul —and upon submission to waive all technical objections and pleas, in consistent with a full, fair, and speedy deter mination to the rights thereunder, upon the merits of the case. Respectfully submitted, Earle S. Goodrich, Dec. 21,1859. Contractor, &c. Referred to Committee on Printing. EXECUTIVE SESSION Mr. II ALL moved the Senate go into Exec utive Session, to consider the nominations for Notaries Public ; which motion prevailed, and the doors were closed for a brief period. INTRODUCTION OF BILLS, By Mr. ANDREWS—For the better ap portionment of Judicial expenses. By Air. HALL —For an act providing for the Government of the State Prison of Minne sota. By Mr. F. E. BALDWIN, of Sherburne— To attach the county of Manomin to Anoka county, fur Judicial purposes. Pending the adoption of the report a lengthy discussion ensued which was participated in by Messrs. Cowan, Stewart, Heaton, Macku bin, McLaren and others. RILLS PASSED An act to amend an act etc., to regulate the Traffic in Spritous Liquors, introduced in the Senate by Mr. Pettit. (Dem.) REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON PRINTING. Mr. STEWART, from the Committee on Printing, submitted the following report on the resolution offered by Mr. Cowan, viz : liestlved , That all printing (or the Senate shall be done by Earle S. Goodrich, the con tractor therefor. The Committee respectfully state that they have examined the contract of Earle S. Good rich for the State printing, (a copy of which is herewith furnished). This contract was entered into by Mr. Goodrich and the State Auditor, under the act of March 10th, 1358, entitled “an act to provide for the letting ol the State Printing, Binding and Advertising,” and covers, as will be seen by that contract, the printing of the proceedings, &c., of the Senate and House ol Representatives as well as the State printing in general, and com mences Dec. 12, 1858, continuing two years from that date. 'The main question for your Committee to consider with respect to the resolution, is whether this contract is valid and authorized, so as to require the Senate to let the printing incident to its proceedings and business, to any person, or in any manner not authorized by itself. The printing of the proceedings and Journal of the Senate, and such printing as may be incident to the busi ness of that body, should necessarily be con trolled and directed by that body, not only by reason of the perogative of legislative bod ies to regulate their own proceedings, but for many reasonsof public policy. To the print er of the Senate or House is necessarily con fided important records, as engrossed bills, <fec., and it would be strange indeed if this body could be compelled to commit its most imjiortant records to an officer not selected by it, and should have no control over the manner in which its proceedings should be published. The Constitution fully recognizes this right. Sec. 5 of art. 11 of the Constitution pro vides, that “The House of Representatives should elect its presiding otlicer, and the Sen ale shall elect such other officers as may be provided by law: they shall keep journals of their proceedings and from time to time pub lisk the same, and the yeas and nays when taken on any question be entered in such journals.” This, in our view, clearly recognizes the right of the Senate to publish its own proceedings, and select its own otlicer for that purpose, and this principle is fully recognized in the case ol Goodrich vs. Moore in relation to the printing of the Constitutional Convention decided by our Supreme Court. This being the case, no statutory provision of a prior Legislature, in our opinion, could restrain or take away this Constitutional privilege and prerogative of the Senate, and that therefore the contract in this respect is unauthorized and invalid, and the statute under which it purports to have been made is not binding upon the Seuate in this particular. There are other reasons which in the view of your Committee, would render the contract in valid, as not being authorized by the act itself. Thus, the Act requires “ at the expiration of the time limited in said notice for receiving snch proposals, the Auditor shall open the same and award tue said contract, or contracts, for said printing, binding, and advertising, to the lowest and best bidder or battlers, for the whole or any portion of said printing, binding or adver tising h r said term of two years specified in said public notice.” This shows that when the work was divided or c!as.-ed into different portions or items, that anyone portion nr item was to be let to the lowest bidder, ibr that item.— Now tins course was not pursued, and with respect to many of the items or portions of the work advertised in the proposal, we find that the bids of Mr. Goodrich were made higher than others, and that notwithstand ing ti.is ti e contract lor the whole work was let to Mr. G lodrich, instead of those portions only upon which be was the lowest bidder. — litis course we conceive was in violation of the Statute, and that the contract would be unauthorized an invalid. i'or these reasons the Committee report adversely to the re-ohition. The report of the committee was accepted laid on the table, and made the special order ol Friday next, at 11 o’clock A. M. Senate then adjourned. HOUSE—The House was called to order at the usual hour, and opened with prayer by the Rev. E. D. Neill. Roll called, and journal read and corrected REPORTS. Of Committee on Elections submitted a re port on the contested seat ease of Jefferson vs. Nettleton, recommending Luke Marvin as a proper commissioner in the case, to be paid S3O for his services. The report was adopted. Dr. TROW, from tue Committee on inter nal Improvements, submitted a report on the bill referred to them, authorizing the Gover nor to receive thr 5 per centum due the State from all Public lands sold therein, re commended that it pass. Adopted. Mr. VAN VORHESfrom the majority of the Committee on Printing, submitted a re port, which was read at length. Mr. STEPHENSON of Ramsey, submitted a report from the minority of the same Com mittee, which was lead at length. Another document, which was appended thereto, was read, proving to he a proposal from E. S. Goodrich to submit the question of the valid ity of his contract to any District Judge. Mr. SECOAIBE offered the following reso lution : . .$61,473 00 Resolved —that the report of the majority the Committee on Printing he adopted, and that Alessrs. Newson, Moore, Foster & Co.— be and are hereby elected to do the Incident al Printing of this House during the present session of the Legislature: The said Print ing to be agreed upon by and between the said persons and the Committee of this Hou»e on Printing. Mr. SW EET moved to lay the minority report on the table and print it. Mr. ROBERTSON moved to lay the major ity report on the table, together with Mr. Se coinbe’s motion. Lost—Ayes 20, noes 57. .Mr. STEPHENSON moved to refer the re ports of tile majority and muiurity to the Ju diciary Committee. Lost—ayes 21, noes 54. By Air. ROBERTSON— Resolved, That the majority and minority Reports be referred to a select Committee of Messrs. Stevens, Alitchel, and Sanborn,to re port on the legal questions therein. Mr. SECOMBE moved the previous ques tion on bis resolution. Not ordered. Air. ROBERTSON got the floor, and made a lengthy speech in favor of his substitute.— Said tlic majority were about to commit an outrage. That they had been worthless as a minority, and now would be more worthless while in power. Mr. R. was very partisan in his remarks, and seemed to bo particularly bitter towards the Republicans of the House.- lie upheld the l ight of the ‘Goodrich contract’ —that it was awarded fairly—and the Legis lature were bound by it. Air. ACKER moved to amend Mr. Robert son’s substitute, to strike out names, as usur patory ot the prerogatives of the Chairman. Air. STEVENS of Winona, said another objection was—two of the gentlemen had al ready by their votes —expressed their opinion. Air. SECUMBE said there iias been so much delay already, we ought to settle it at once, so as to h ive our accumulated orders lor Printing executed. Mr. ABBOTT mentioned the infamous clau.-e in the Goodrich contract, requiring the State to pay h.m in warrants at cash prices, while all others doing service for the State have to take them at par. Can we pretend to retrench, and still allow this swindle on our Treasury ? Mr. TROW said wc should settle this now. We must not spend more time without settling it, or the fears of the gentleman frrnn Ramsey (Mr. Robertson) for the majority may be realized, we were consuming lime which cost the State several hundred dollars per day. Mr. SANBORN said that in voting on the question he bad voted according to his belief in regard to the question. The gentleman from Ranrsey (Mr. Robertson) has called us a worthless minority. We might not have had any power while such to have prevented abuses, hot now, while we are the majority, we would not show that we were “worthless’ by allowing such abuses as have been com mitted by those who were once in power to continue. lie replied to a question (from Mr. Robert son),that he believed the “Goodrich contract” was worthless and void, and stated the rea sons for the belief, to lie in the manner of its award. It was not made in accordance to the spirit of tiie law. But we were now only aitout to elect an Incidental Printer for the House. We must commence to correct abu ses now, and this abuse instituted under the Goodrich contract was a great one. It was an action on our part only as one person would do with an agent who had colluded with a third party do defraud him. No con tract made thus would be recognizad by the principal. But these questions were imma terial. We are sent here to correct abuses, and as honest men it was our duty to do s<>. Mr. ROBERTSON, replied, endeavoring to show that the contract was valid, that Air. Goodrich was printer, would sue the State for his “specie payments”—that the Repub licans would ruin the State, ice. Mr. MANN, of Hennepin,answered the gen tleman from R-uuscy—showed how the award ol the contract to Goodrich was plain)'’ ViL ■»•- al—that, in fact, there reus no CO'-; irilc * t that what the House elect a printer to do tt*;^j r work, and not a second printer, iue gentleman (Air. Robert son) had he had come here to reform abuse'. Why does he then uphold this most extravagant, fraudulent, ruinous abuse V— and then to declare that WE (Republicans) were trying to squander the money of the people ! tee, who come into power on a Treas ury which you have bled to the bottom, and are still B endeavoring to keep your leeches hold of it. lie hurled these charges back into the faces of the men who cried "reform abuses ’ and yet were trying to still uphold them. — (Applause.) Mr. SECOMBE said he was afraid to face such a whale of law and constitutional know ledge as the gentleman from Ramsey had en deavored to show himself, but he replied to the poMtions set forth by that gentleman, and showed that he was not th vonly lawyer on tiie lloor. lie urged reasons that had not been adduced betore, the law under which tiie Auditor had been instructed to let the I'ublic Printing and binding was signed by a Feder al Officer, (C. L. Chase) who pretended tube “Acting Governor” of ttie Slate, two months before tne State was admitted. The Printing must be done under the immediate direction of the House, who are the ones to direct it and super.ntend it. He said that Goodrich had received SGG,- 353 57 since the State came into power,—and still gentlemen on this floor say they have come up here to correct abuses, and then go in for perpetuating this monstrous charge on our Treasury. The cost of the printing has been in one year sixteen thousand dollars more than the whole Stale expenses of the State of Mich igan, and of many other States in the Union. In giving the printing to whomsoever the House shall elect, it is not the intention to give a *• fat job ’ to any one—but to have the committee j on printing fix a scale of reasonable prices. Mr. Secombe here gave way to a motion by Mr. GREEN, of Steele, to take a recess uutil 2 o’clock. It was carried. Afternoon Session. —The House was called to order, and the question under debate at noon, taken lip. Air. AKER withdrew his amendment. The question recurring on Mr. Robert son’s substitute, Air. MORRISON -aid that the contract en tered into by Mr. Goudiich was not such as wa required by law. h demanded payment in specie, also, or its equivalent. The other bidders bad no such intention. This shows the fraud, a-, even at tue same figures, his hi 1 was higher than the other bidders. Air. CLEVELAND supported the views advanced by Mr. Morrison, lie showed from tlie law that tiio awards had not been made iegaliv. lie considered the responsibility of (he majority great—it was u responsibility re quiring them to take the pi in ting from hands not entitled to it, and give it to others who will do it honestly, i ; was the duty de manded of us, and there was nothing to pre vent us from doing it by a vote. Da. TROW said he had come here in com mon with others, to investigate the frauds and corruptions under which the people of the State were suffering. The Dr. then proceeded in a vein oi satire and irony to attend to the gentle man from Ramsey, and soon had him in chan cery, where lie punished him to the great amusement of the members. He said to-day we were paying nearly double under this con tract what we would if it was honestly award ed. Besides, it is to Ik* paid at specie standard, and thus, again, our printing bills became quad ruple what they should be. The question was then taken on the substi tute offered by Mr. Robertson. It was rejected, veas L 6, nays 52. J. 11. Stewart, E. L. King. Mr. ROBERTSON got the floor, and re lated an anecdote we will not repeat. He then took up the arguments of the gentleman who preceded him, in turn, and pursued them at great length. Mr. STEVENS replied to the explanation made by Air. Kuberison, regarding the ille gality of the bill. lie said the Territorial Secretary could only become the acting Go vernor of the Territory. It gave him no oth er powers. Mr. SECOMBE closed the arguments ho was advancing when the House took a recess, by a review of the question. Mr. ROBERTSON again occupied the at tention of the House. Air. ABRAHAM replied, and said that tie had even heard Democrats say that the Goodrich contract was ad d swindle, and that if the Republicans didn't stop the stealing that was going on, they would be held re sponsible for it. The question was then put on Mr. Se combe’s resolution, and the yeas and nays being called lor and ordered, there were yeas 53, nays 17, as follows: leas —Messrs. Aaker, Abbott, Abraham, Acker, Anderson, Arnold, Austin, Brooks, Burnham, Gleaveland, Coe, Dayton, Fox, Garrard, Greene of Olmsted, Greene of .Stevie, llulcU, Hunt, Johnson, Knox, Lang worthy, Leavans, Letford, Mann, Man tor, McDonough, Meighan, Mitchell, Morrison, Ozman, I'faender, Purdie, Renz, Sanborn, Sawyer, Seoombe, Sherwood, Shrewsbury, Sbultis, Skillman, Stevens, Stewart, Stock, Taylor, Temans, Thayer, Trow, Van Vurhes, 11. Walker, Watson, Webster, White, Mr. Speaker. A«y*—Messrs. Armstrong, Beatty, Chad derton, Clearly, Donohue, lvinkead, Mitsch, Nettleton, Newell, Robertson, Roy, Scheffer, Shriner, Stevenson, Sweet, Tollman, Waldier. So the resolution was adopted. The Committee on Judiciary to whom was referred “a biff for the assessment and taxa tion of all property within the State, an<l lor levying taxes thereon, according to its value in money,” recommending the passage of the same. Bv Mr. SECOMBE—That all bills. &c., in possession of the House, or Committee, be printed. Ad ipted. By Air. SWEEl’—That 300 of the majority and minority reports on Printing be ordered printed. Lost. By Mr. TROW—That the Senate concur ring, the House adjourn on Friday, the 23d inst., until January 2, iß6o—provided the members receive no per diem lor the time in- tervening, The resolution was indefinitely postponed Mr. GREENE,oi Steele, moved resolutions of inquiry into the claim of J. 11. Felch, and ac to who had received presents of seals, Ac. Adopted. The House being late, the House then ad adjourned. EXIICI’TION OF THE HARPER’S FEKItV INSURGENTS ! FIVE PERSONS HUNG IN* ONF. DAY Attempt ol‘ pris<»ners to Eseapof Charlestown, I)co. lb. The netjroes Shields, Green, and Copeland have just paid the forfeit of their lives. The crowd in the town is very great, and the execution was witnessed by 1,000 persons. At 0 o’clock this morning, the field was occupied by the troops, and seven minutes before 1) o’clock the procession made its appearance, and ar rived al the sciffold al 11 o'clock. The pris oners were in a wagon accompanied by tho Sheriff and Jailor. They mounted the scaf fold with a firm step. 'The prisoners had the cap pulled over their heads by the Sheriff, and after an appropriate prayer by the Rev. M. North, of the l’.esbytcmn Church, they were launched into eternity. Before tiie rope was cut, Green was heard to offer up a fervent prayer. Copeland was not heard to pray. Green’s neck was bro ken and he died without a struggle. Cope land writhed in violent contortions for several minutes. The prisoners, while on the scaf fold, bade farewell to the Ministers Messrs W augh, North, and I.crk, expressing a to meet them in Heaven. 'lhe drun ' e j| * eleven minutes past eleven o'clo*- 1 ' .jq j )Q q ies will be placed in the jail to morrow. Baltimore, D** jq—The American has reej-.ved a so cc j.q <Jispatch stating that Cook and Cor pj c a tt oln jq t .q an escape by cutting a , ltJ through the wall of the jail. They wero tired on by the Sentinels. The prisoners were heavily ironed. On the receipt of the news of the attempted escape of Cook and Coppic, Gov. Wise tele graphed to Gen. Talicferino to take posses sion of the jail, which was accordingly done. Charleston, Dec., 16. —Cook k Coppic were hung 15 minutes before 1 o’clock. 'The usual ceremonies were performed. Washington, Dec. 17.—A Democratic caucus of the members of the House was held last night at the Capitol. Mr. Houston of Ala., occupying the Chair, and .Mr. Cox of Ohio, and Mr. Wright of Tenn., acting as Secretar ies. Forty-eight members were present. On motion of Mr. Kudin of N.C., the speech es were limited to live minutes each. Mr. Bocock expressed his thanks to the De mocratic members for their confidence in him, and stated his willingness to withdraw if the caucus thought another man could get a larger vote. Mr. W inslow of N. G., spoke in favor of ad hering to the nomination ol Bocock. He pre ferred by far an anti-Lccompton man to an American. Mr. Stevenson, of Ky., spoke in favor of the Democrats maintaining their position. Mr. Cox of Ohio, spoke to tiie same effect. Mr. Montgomery of Pa., took a different view, thinking there might be a union between the national men of the Americans and Demo crats, so effected as to crush out sectionalism. He thought it dangerous that Republicanism should have the patronage of Capital. Mr. Harris ot \ a., made an earnest appeal to stand by the Democratic principles and men. lie would not ask Northern democrats to make such a sacrifice as to vote for a south ern—[Here the line tailed.] New York, Dec. 19. —Advices from Syria, report that a brig supposed to be tho John Harris, of New York, had been captured on the African coast by an English steamer, and taken to Freeborn. The brig had 500 slaves oa board when captured. TAXES PRINTING ORDERED ADJOURNMENT WHO GOT THE SEALS V From Washington. Slaver Captured.