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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1855. Sir. Octavii ii llnnmj ig our authorized a^ent for the Georgetown News at San Francisco. He maybe found at 97 Merchant street. It is a painful fact that very many of the public prints of this State at the pres ent time, contain accounts from day to day of an extraordinary number ol premature deaths, a large amount of which are out-and out murders. We find chronicled alone in the State Tribune of Saturday last, the de tails of no less than twelve deaths; seveu of which were accidental, and the remaining live occasioned by mob law and at the hands of the murderer—all of which transpired in the short space of five days. This num ber—aside from those caused by the relent less savages on our northern frontiers—does not perhaps comprise more than the aver age which take place every week. At least one-half of this number are occasioned at the hands of our fellow-man. At this ratio then, three hundred and twenty-four souls in this State, are aauually launched into eternity in violation of the laws of Divine Providence. Xot less than one hundred and fifty of this latter number are cold blooded murders, and the perpetrators there of should—were they to receive their just deserts —suffer the extreme penalty of the law. But alas, how few do. To what an alarming extent then is crime carried on in this country. There is not another State in the. Union in which half the number of hu man lives are thus fiendishly sacrificed.— What is and has been the cause of all this astounding amount of crime? We fear a great deal of it is attributable to those to whom the administration of our laws are entrusted. Xot more than one murderer out of every three that has heretofore been arrainged before our District Courts has been convicted, and a large number of those have either been set scot-free by our Exec utive or had their punishments commuted to one, two or three years’ service in the State Prison. In view of these eviden ces then, can we justly censure our fellow citizens in different parts of the State for occasionally executing summary punishment in aggravated cases? We do not uphold mob law nor think it right. Far from it. It is a dangerous element and should be suppressed if possible. But until our laws are more effectually carried out, we may expect to hear from time to time of sessions of Judge Lynch’s awful court. And furth ermore, if our laws are not hereafter as rig idly enforced as they should be, instead of a diminution there will be an increase of crime. It is therefore highly important that our officers, from the least to the greatest, should faithfully discharge their respective duties. Shinglcsi To the casual observer the manufacture of shingles by hand would seem a very elow-aud-go-easy operation, but some facts recently gathered from an old shingle maker of this vicinity—Mr. E. Preston —show that a great deal may be accomplished in this way, and puts to blush the efforts of some of the ‘one-horse machines.’ Mr. Preston informs us that during the summer of ‘54 he made 200,000 pine shin gles, and during the last summer, 230,000, which he sold for §4 and SI 50 per thou sand, mostly to Mr. Tallman, of Coloma.— He further informs us that he made in the Eastern States, before coming here, about 1,000,000 shingles, all by hand; and has made,unaided, in one day’s work of 10 hours, sawing his timber from the tree, riving, shaving, and putting up io bunches ready for market, 3,000 shingles. Mr. P. is 52 years of age, and sets an example of indus try and application well worthy the imita tion of his juniors. are under obligations to our neighbor of the American for the excessive interest manifested in our welfare. But for his timely warning we should never have imagined that such marvelous destructive power lurked in the smiles of our cotempo rary of the Democrat. We may be permit ted to suggest, however, to the “leading paper of the party,” that the existence of the Neivs is dependent neither upon the praise of the Democrat or the jealous insin uations of the American. "W e are disposed to regard the “stab” of the Democrat at us with complacency, but the back-handed blow dealt the American, has evidently startled that paper from its propriety. Our Democratic friends will undoubtedly be amused to learn—what they in their simplicity would probably never have found out—that we have been playing the agree able to them, and have become entitled to their support. Verily, he of the American is possessed of wonderful discrimination ! Luxuriant Growth. —Mr. S. P. 2sye, has in his nursery, on the road leading from this place to Greenwood Valley, a peach tree, less than one year old, which measures seven feet in height. Can any of our val ky friends beat it? TUc Sews in a Sfut SUeil. The Golden Age arrived at San Francis co on the 29th ult., bringing New York dates to the sth of November. From the State Tribune we take the following synop sis of the news: The news from the Crimea is somewhat important, as it shows that the Allies are still in the ascendant. On the 17th of Oct. the Allies took Kinburn, a town at the mouth of the Dnieper, after a siege and bombardment of eleven days. They have also taken or destroyed two towns, Saman and Phanagoria in the straits of Kertch.— On the 12th of October, the Russian Gen eral, Liprandi, was, as stated by one au thority, retiring slowly before the Allies, with the intention, as was supposed, of ta king a position of defence on the line of the Belbec. Other accounts have it that the Russians have surrounded the north side of Sebastopol with new fortifications, and are in a good situation to sustain a siege. At Kars, it is stated, the Russians, in attempt ing to storm the fortress, received a terrible defeat at the hands of the Turkish garrison, leaving 4,000 dead on the ground. The siege, however, was renewed with spirit. A commercial crisis was expected in England. There was some dread of a mon etary panic in France. The Pope and the whole Roman court are suspected of sym pathizing with Russia rather more than is satisfactory to the French Emperor. Kossuth and Mazzini hare issued a pro clamation to the Republicans of Europe, urging them to seize the present favorable opportunity to strike for freedom. It would not bo at all astonishing if a general rising of the Republicans throughout Germany Italy, France, and Hungary, should follow the first decisive disaster of the Allies. The most exciting matters now occupy ing the attention of our brethren of the At lantic States, are the dispositions which the politicians are busily making for the coming Presidential campaign. The disorganiza tion of the old parties by the infusion of the Negro question into all partizan issues, has rather disconcerted the old fogies. The next session of Congress is expected to be pregnant with important events. The pol iticians look forward to it with intense anx iety. There has been some severe In dian fighting in Texas; but at last accounts the Lipans had been defeated, and Captain Callahan had disbanded his Rangers. The Sioux war, it is said, is only beginning. Gen. Harney was at Fort Sacramento in the latter part of September, and the Indi ans were as bold and defiant as ever. A terrible accident occurred on the Pacific Railroad, between St. Louis and Jefferson City, on the Ist of November. A train of eleven cars, filled by a company of invited guests going to celebrate the opening of the road to Jefferson City, broke through a bridge on the Gasconda River, one hun dred miles from St. Louis, killing seventeen persons, and severely injuring fifty others. There were seven hundred persons in the cars, and the only wmndcr is that there was not a more terrific loss of life. The train was precipitated from a height of thirty feet above the river, and the cars shivered to atoms. Gen. Scott has been allow ed his back pay to the amount of .$10,405. late election for Governor gives Chase 146,- 634, Medill 131, 592, and Trimble 24,350. The Legislature stands: Senate—Republi cans 29, Democrats 5; House—Republicans 08, Democrats 33. Thanksgiving Ball.— The Ball at the Nevada House, in this place, on Thursday evening last, was the grandest and most numerously attended affair of the kind ever given in the mountains. There were one hundred and fifty tickets disposed of, and at least one hundred ladies in attendance. The supper was the best ever gotten up in Georgetown, and perhaps never surpassed in the county. The Coloma Band favored the occasion with their presence before dan cing commenced, and discoursed excellent music for a considerable length of time to our citizens and those arriving in the early part of the evening. Considering the large number in attendance the Ball passed off very agreeably indeed. Firemen's Ball. — “Neptune Hose Com pany, No. 1,” of Placerville, arc making extensive preparations for a magnificent Ball, on the evening of the 25th instant, (Christmas.) at the Union Hotel, in that city. It will be a brilliant affair, judging from the tone of our Placerville cotcmpo raries. The Committee of Invitation will please accept our thanks for a compliment ary ticket. Warren & Co’s Saw Mill. —The saw mill of Warren k Co., near this place, is now completed, and the proprietors are turning out lumber at a rapid rate. When in good running order, this mill will saw 8,000 feet of lumber in 24 hours. Messrs. Oonness & Reed, agents of M ells, Fargo & Co., still continue to re member us from time to time. They were first to lay on our table on Friday evening last, a bundle of Atlantic papers, brought by the Lit mail et earner. Mining Items. The Nevada Tunnel Co., Cement Hill, realized last week from dirt drifted out by six men, upwards of 100 ounces of gold. Messrs. Spencer & Cushman struck good diggings last week on the north side Mame luke Hill, from which they obtained on Saturday last §6O worth of “oro.” We are informed that the Wisconsin Tun nel Co., mining on same hill, are making good wages. We are credibly informed that miners in the vicinity of Johutowu, are making from to §8 per day each. The Independent Tunnel Co., Mameluke Hill, have struck very good diggings with in a short time past. We learn this com gany took out 12 ounces of gold one day last week. Those engaged in mining at present on Rock Canon, are realizing from §3 to § i per day each. Almost an Encounter. —On Monday last one of «ur citizens was out riding, en joying the bracing air of the mountains, and when on his return having lost his road, looking about him for a trail that would lead him out of the woods, what should he sec within a few paces of him but a large gaunt wolf. Terror for a moment seized him.— lie turned his horse to lice, when the wolf bounded after him, gaining quietly on the horse and rider. Suddenly the horse was turned and made after the wolf, who fled in his turn. The horse was again turned to wards home followed by the wolf. A run ning fight of this kind was kept up for some time; the wolf gaining or drawing his par allels nearer and nearer, until our friend was nigh falling from his horse from fright, but providentially he discovered a cabin. He made for it and alarmed a miner with his outcries, who appeared rifle in hand.— The wolf stopped for a moment, but the in stant the click of the hammer struck his ear, ho was away off through the woods, having evidently seen that “old coon” be fore. Our friend politely thanked the hon est miner for his aid put spurs to horse, ar riving in town none the worse for his fright. Fire. —A double frame and log house, together with its contents, situated on Campbell’s Ranch, one mile east of this place, was wholly destroyed by fire on Fri day night last. The house was occupied by a number of miners, all of whom were absent at the time the fire occurred. It is supposed the fire was occasioned by incen diarism, as the house had been entered and ransacked during the afternoon of the same day on which it was burnt. We under stand the rogues found nothing worth pock eting at the time the entrance was made. Mixing Preparations.— All the canons and gulches in this section, void of water during the dry season, which have hereto fore proven rich in the precious metal, are now being staked off by the industrious mi ner, preparatory for the rainy season, which, from present indications is not afar off.- We understand a company of three persons intend putting some four hundred feet of sluice-boxes in the gulch cast of and imme iatcly adjoing town, for the purpose of run ning through the tailings of companies op erating higher up. The company consists of old practical miners and will undoubt edly make it pay. Cunningham’s Literary Depot. — The counter of our kindly disposed friend Jesse, is groaning under the weight of the numer ous journals there to be found. His shelves arc also well filled with a choice lot of books. This enterprising News Dealer has brought us under renewed obligations dur ing the past week, for the large number of Atlantic and California newspapers furnish ed us. It would be almost impossible to enumerate them here. Suffice it, they were legion. To Correspondents.— We will publish the correspondence of “Mucho Mas” with pleasure, if he will send us his name—not for publication, but for our satisfaction.— We cannot publish correspondence of such a nature unaccompanied with the name of the writer. Pork Packing.— We understand Messrs. Graham & Henry contemplate opening a pork packing establishment in this place, shortly. They have now on hand two hun dred head of tine fat hogs, and as many more on the way up from the valleys. Weather.—The weather in these parts is quite squally, with occasional “sprinklings” and a raw south wind, all of which are om inous of copious showers. Cotillion Party.—A Cotillion Party is to be given by Messrs. Wade & Cain, at the Oregon House Garden Valley, on Thurs day evening next, December 13th. We are indebted to Xat Small, dri ver of tbe Soda Wagon between this place and Centreville, for the weekly delivery of our p«p«r to patron* in that vicinity. News Items. Mr. McDonald, Superintendent of Moon’s Rauch, below Tehama, was killed by a drunken Kanaka, on the 29th inst. The Kanaka was afterwards shot by two men who started immediately in pursuit. Six men were drowned by the upsetting of a boat at the Junction, one mile and a half below Bidwell, Butte county, on the 28th ult. Their names were as follows: Daniel Harvey, John Brown, Otis Wilson, William McQuillan, Michael O’Day, and John Arnold. R. H. Forbes, formerly an expressman between Nevada and Little York, was ac cidentally killed at Red Dog on the 26th ult. Samuel Garrett, the seducer and murder er, was sentenced at Sacramento, on the 30th ult., to be hanged on the 9th day of January next. It is asserted by a correspondent of the Stockton Argus that a paper mill is about being established on the Stanislaus river, near the town of Ccntreville. There is an extensive bed of pure white marble near Camptonville, Yuba county. The State Journal says Walker has higher aims than the mere acceptance of Commander-in-chief of a thousand men.— He has his eyes upon Honduras, Guatema la, Mosquito, and perchance his ambition has a still wider range. Every foot of Table Mountain has been claimed, and tunnels are being run in every direction. The body of a miner by name of Newton was found in a shaft on Corral Flat, on the 29th ult., having evidently lain there two or three days. On the authority of the Solano Herald we announce that the first bell ever cast in California has just been hung at the works of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company at Benicia. The expediency of organizing a new county from the counties of Sierra, Plumas, and Yuba, is being discussed. The Jackson Sentinel speaks encoura gingly of the quartz mining operations in Amador county. Quarterly meetings of the M. E. Church have recently been held in the southern coast counties. On Saturday, the Ist inst., Robert Mc- Clear was sentenced by the Court of Ses sions of Sacramento county to ten years imprisonment in the State Prison, for an assault to murder. John Weeks was also sentenced to seven years imprisonment in the State Prison for burglary. One hundred firkins of fresh butter were brought by the Golden Age from New York, which port it left twenty-four days prior to its arrival, and the entire lot was put up in Orange county three days prior to its departure from New York. The first communication by telegraph over the line between Portland and Oregon City, was received at Portland, Nov. 16th, A man named Hurley was murdered near Vacaville, Solano county, on the 28th ult., by a man named Gillman. In the U. S. District Court criminal pro ceedings have been commenced against the Captain and Agent of the Georgina, which recently exploded at Petaluma. Ole Bull has again resumed his profession and has formed a company, with which he intends to make a concert tour through the principal cities in the Union. Mons. Godard made a balloon ascension from Cincinnati, lately, on horseback. The horse and his rider reached the earth in safety after ascending to a great height. A correspondent of the Cleveland Leader urges the appointment of Joshua R. Gid dings to the U. S. Senate by the new Re publican Legislature of Ohio. The formidable fortresses of the Russians on the north side of Sevastopol, at last ac counts, were being very materially strength ened, and although not impregnable, still w r ere far stronger than any captured siuce the commencement of the war. The report circulated a short time siuce, that Marshall, the first discoverer of gold iu California, was insane from the effects of inebriation, is contradicted by a writer in the Sacramento Union, from lowa Hill, who avers that during an acquaintance of sever months he has never seen or heard of his drinking a glass of spirituous liquor, and all wdio know him can testify to his sanity. No less than seven marriages were con summated at San Francisco during Thanks giving day and evening. The statistics of the Mint at San Fran cisco, for the last eleven months, show a coinage of gold to the amount of §20,489.- 048, and silver to the amount of §164.075. The prices of passage by the mail steam ship Golden Age, which left yesterday, ranged from §125 to §3OO. The total value of exports from San Francisco for the month of November last, was §374,608. The house known as the ‘New World,’ in Marysville, was robbed on the the night of the Ist inst., of money and valuables to the amount of 51600. To the Editors of the Georgetown News. —Dear Sirs: Permit me to use a small space iu the columns of your public journal, as a mediator to the complaining ones, in regard to the Post-Office regula tions of this place. Iu the first place, 1 have concluded to adopt the farmer’s plan, of where to set his barn when moved, by the many, (and they must all say where it should be put) i. e. to listen to all informa tion and gas upon how the Post-Office should be regulated here, and then do as I please (after all is said) while 1 have the office. This office is kept open twelve hours each day, (except Sunday.) which 1 think is all that is sufficient for the business of the office at this time, or iu the future, even were the business increased ten fold, judg ing from offices of larger places. Further more, when the office is closed, it docs not indicate that the mail is closed. I will state that the office has and will at present close at 8 o’clock, P. M., and the mail docs not nor has not closed until 9 o’clock, P. 31. You will understand, my readers, that the Post-Master's work does not cease at 9 o'clock, but continues, when the Atlantic mail closes, till midnight, and then has to be aroused from his slumber (if he gets any before the stage leaves) at 3 o’clock, A. M., to despatch the mail —for who? I will say for you all, while you arc enjoying the sweetest of all comforts, a good night’s rest It is my endeavor to use any accommoda tion that is necessary, on my part, to those persons having business with the office, and on the other hand, 1 will say it is the duty of such to make some allowance for Post- Masters, and to endeavor to do their busi ness with the office within the hours named: from 8 A. M. to 8 P. M., and Sunday from 9to 10jo o’clock, A. M., and froral to2U o’clock. P. M. Believing that these hours are all that is necessary, 1 have resolved to enforce them, with the following exceptions, to wit: when the Atlantic mail arrives the office will be open until all persons present have enquired for themselves, (and not for forty friends, as a great many are in the habit of doing.) Furthermore, those per sons who are in the habit of sitting iu stores and visiting places of amusement, they will please understand that I shall not wail for them to get through with their amusements and then heed their call when the office is closed. I will also state, that there are some who cannot get here while the office is open, and cannot stay here till the usual hours of opening; all such 1 will gladly wait upon. As the profits of the office will not justify a person to attend to it, alone, I will say that to those who are willing and have rented boxes, as a compensation towards the support of the Post-Master, all such I am willing to accommodate further, provi ding it is necessary. Readers, for your con sideration I submit the foregoing. Very respectfully, yours, AV. CLEGG, P. 31. X. B. Some persons may say, why did he not keep the office open on last Sunday, the 2d, iu order that we could pay for our letters to be sent? To all such I would say, that Uncle Sam has established an agency for the sale of stamped envelopes and postage stamps, at this office, at the Government price; also, on and after Jan uary Ist, 185 G, there will be no letters sent unless they are paid by stamped envelopes or stamps, as that is the law. W. C. Stockton vili.e, Dec. 3d, 1855. Editors Georgetown News: —ln view of the contemplated division of the county, it is but right and proper that our portion of El Dorado should be fully made known, its resources developed, the improvements, discoveries, &c., made public. Our town is s-I-o-w-I-y improving; there arc no quartz mills erected as yet, but a number of capi talists from Corte Madeira have been up examining the auriferous quartz, and have pronounced it good. There is one inven tion or discovery that deserves a passing notice. It is a discovery of vast importance to all lovers of good living; it is ajdiscovery as is a discovery, as Capt. Guttle would say; no less than the manufacture of Cayenne Pepper. One of our citizens connected with an eminent physician of your town, is making preparations on an extensive scale for manufacturing the article. It is a sim ple preparation, composed of two constitu ent paxts; the first is mansauita, which is stripped of its bark and sap edge, then sawed up, carefully preserving the dust. The sec ond is an herb discovered by the medical gentleman in his perambulations over the mountains. It is of a very pungent nature. The herb is steeped in pure water, thereby extracting the sharp pungent flavor, while in its green state; the rnausanita dust is then saturated with the liquid, and when dry composes a high-flavored and aromatic ar ticle for table use and cooking far siqrerior to the article now in use. It is an anti diaretic, useful in diarrhoea and dysentery. It is also the intention of the discoverers to prepare another article of luxury from sim ilar ingredients, which it is confidently be lieved will entirely supercede the use of that villainous compound called ginger-wine. I will keep you posted in relation to matters and things about here. Yours, <tc., Aigeitixe, Messrs. Editors:— The following letter ‘rich, rare ami racy.' was left by the writer at Yolcanoville, which place he has left f, ~ parts unknown. In order to be appreciate! fully, it need only be stated that there ' scarcely a single line of truth in the who!- effusion: 8,- ' » 18 September, 1855 Dear farther and mother, I take my pen in hand to inform you t ; am well at present and i hope those r ! lines will find you all well, i aiat l "* letter from home for six months and j ‘j® like to hear from you for my part i have m wrote aney for a long while my self till no™ but i think if nothing happens i will f home next spring i have three claims t* work this winter one ol them would last U" five years if i want to work bat if i Can it in the spring i will come home this i< geting to be a hard country a man is uo , safe to carry fifty cents with him for fear C f getting murdered there is a man tobehui the twenty sixth of Oct next for kil!i n » \ young woman i was on his jury i want yc to rite to me as soon as you cau if you pf ea , and send me a tiffin paper but none if you wont rite to me any more i shaut rite an • more and that is the truth no more on this side Oh yes i like to for got to tell you about the election we bed an awful time but i voted the old democratic ticket through out ihu i a fight with two knownothings you know that i aint a fighting charector but if i did. ent give them two knownothings hell then it is all right i shot one through the hip and i shot the other ones ear of close to his head what do you think of that away from homy 0 i am an awful man now days i weigh one hundred and ninety pounds i am gest like the feller said i weigh a hundred and enough for any man i am unlucky when i get in a fight i always have to fight two men hut i never got whipt yet never had a black eve nor i dont drink any whiskey ucr i doiit gamble any but i will fight when i am im posed on i have killed two men since i left home i killed one Spaniard and one indain 1 will bring the scalp home now i wantyuu to rite to me if you pleas but if you dont want to it dont make any difference to me i can stay here i can get married here i can get a girl gest by saying the word but it you send me a letter about things and mat ters i wont marry i will wait till i get home mind that now Correct mystaks no more at present but remain yours truly Georgetown post office Eldorado County California H. C. M Glory bo to got for evsr and ever Ameu I*® 1 ' Stewart Kelley, who is charged wilh participating with Mickey Free ia the murder of Daniel C. Howe, in July last, in Lake Valley, arrived yesterday, says the Sacramento Union of the 3d, in charts c the Sheriff of El Dorado county, and w; placed on the Prison Brig, to await atria: here, the venue having been changed tot: county. An Item.— A friend of ours oue day Its; week, gave the following when calker : by ns for a mining item; ‘‘Wei!/’ scivv “on yesterday, I washed out a dozen pans of dirt, taken from a gulch which skovd evidences of being rich, and didn't pel the color. 1 ’ Thousands in California, we doubt not, daily meet with no better success. Qcartz Mill Machinery. —A large quantity of Quartz Mill machinery, togeth er with a steam engine, passed through this place on Friday last, destined for Volcano ville. It is to be used in Messrs. Neuguts & Baker’s mammoth mill now in processo erection at the above place. JBS?“The San Francisco Penny Post Co. has our thanks for files of the V. Y. Tri bune brought per Golden Age. We are under obligations to Messrs. Graham A Spear, agents of Pacific Express Go. at this place, for favors lately rendered this office. Balaklava Six Months after the Bir tle.—Rectangular patches of long, rank, rich grass, waving high above the more nat ural green meadow, marked the mounds where the slaiu of the 25th of October are reposing forever, and the snorting horses refuse to eat the unwholsome shoots. As the force moved on, evidences of that fatal and glorious day became thick and painful. The skeleton of an English dragoon, said to be one of the Royals, lay still extended on the plain, with tattered bits of red cloth hanging to the bones of his arms. Ail tbe buttons had been cut off the jacket. The man must have fallen early in the day, when the heavy cavalry were close up to Oanrob ert’s hill, and came under the fire of the Kus sian artillery. There was also a Russian close at hand in ghastly companionship- The small, bullet skull, round as a cannon ball, Lad been picked bare, all save the scalp, which was still covered with grizzly red locks. Further on, amid fragments of shell and round shot, the body of another Russian seemed starting out of the grave, which scarcely covered his lower extremi ties. The hall-decayed skeletons of artil lery and cavalry horses, covered with rot ten tripping, harness and saddles, lay a« they had fell in the agonies of death, or had crumbled away into a debris of bone and skin, and leather straps, cloth and buckles- From the numerous graves, the uncovered bones of the tenants have started through the soil, as if to appeal against the haste with which they had been buried. Mitli the clash of drums, and the shrill strains of the fife, with the champing of bits, and ring ing of steel, man and horse now swept over the remains of their fellows in all the prk* of life.—[London Times' correspondence.