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publican is a fair specimen ol the way in which matters on the Pacific coast are mis represented by the Eastern press. Our read ers do not need to be told that the account published in the Union, to which allusion is made, was entirely correct, as many witness es who were present will testify. Captain Smith failing to mention it in his private let ter will not be regarded as very wonderful h ere. — Yreka l '■» ion . Was it a Hoax?— It will be recollected that some weeks since an account was given in the Yreka Unvn of a battle in Southern Oregon, between four hundred soldiers and three hundred Indians, in "liich alter nine hours’ hard lighting the former were forced to retreat. The .St. Louis Republican thinks the story a hoax, and says:— The fact of an American force beingforced to retreat before a lesser number of Indians ought to have made the California people a little wary about believing such foolish gos sip; but they were not, and the story has had a run all over the country. The account, as first published, was contained in an extra from the Yreka paper of the 5th of Nov., and went on to state that on the 131st ulti mo Capt. Smith, U. S. Army, had this en gagement with tlie Indians. Mow, the truth is that letters have been received in this city, by his family, from Capt. Smith him self, and dated as late a.A the Cth of Novem ber, in which he does not even allude to any battle with the Indians, lie was at Fort Lane, and his letters were mailed at Jack sonville. If an engagement, lasting nine ihours and costing tlie lives of so many men, had taken place, certainly he would have mentioned so novel a circumstance in his fa miliar letters, But he did not do it, and we look upon the account of the battle as an un adulterated hoax, gotten up to force the Government to send additional troops to California. Hard Up—A Washington letter-writer gives the following melancholy description of the financial couditiou of members of Con gress: They have not drawn their | ay nor their mileage; and although they can get along "on time” for board, they liave no spending money. Some are even deprived of their “bacca,” while I do actually believe there are not fifty members in tlie House who can change an X if you were to tender it. Over two hundred thousand dollars would be here in extra circulation, if the Speaker was elected and the usual appropriations voted. As it is, Washington is hard up. Hoard ing-houses and hotel-keepers are in a dread ful plight to supply their tables. Many do not distress themselves much, however, on that head. A large number of faro banks are in active operation, and arc the only re tort of tlie whites, poor office-seekers and done-up members. A Shrewd Chinaman. — A Chinaman 1 cently called at a pawnbroker's on J street and pawned a heavy twisted gold bracelet, obtaining thereon an advance of $50. Sub sequently lie redeemed the article, and in a few days afterwards came back again and re-pledged it (apparently) for a like sum.— It has siuce been discovered, on critical ex amination, that the bracelet uo\v in “soak” is in every respect like the first, except that it is silver, plated with gold. The resem blance to the other was so strong the pawn broker filed it away without examining it particularly. It is thought that John will not be in a hurry to call again.— »Vcrc. Unn n. ' Coinage os’ the Mint. —Tlie total amount of coinage at the Branch Mint of this city during tlie fiscal year ending June 30th, 1855, according to the report of Secretary Guthrie, amounted to the sum of $15,003,- 507 31. The total amount of deposit.-. wan $1(5,283,503 50. T. e only mint in the country which exceeded ours in the amount of deposit or coinage is that of the l S. Mint in Philadelphia, the coinage of which during the same period amounted to $20,- 160,047 02. The amount of silver coined at our Mint was only $55,850 00.— S. 1 Herald. Fashionable Religion. —The cost of maintaining a certain fashionable church in Boston for one year is $22,505—equal to $432 75 per Sunday! This sum would sup port 22 country churches. Four at Once. —A Mrs. Rhodes, of this city, on Thursday last, hud four Imhic.s at a birth, two boys and two gil ls. They are all very well indeed, and the mother is better than could be expected. We have spoken of tier as “a Mrs. Rhodes,” but we beg her pardon—she is the Mrs. Rhodes. W e hope she is a good American, ior, it the Sag- Niclit women are breeding at such u rate, tlie condition of affairs is alarming.—Louis ville Journal. Jenny Lind.—“I will sing for tlie benefit of the poor here,” said Madame Jenny Lind Goldscmidt when in Vervey, a small town in Switzerland. But before tlie day ap pointed l'or the concert arrived, the nightin gale became hoarse and could not sing.— “The poor cannot wait a day,” said the singer, and she sent them 2,000 francs. Doubts as to the Law or Gravitation.— The President of the British Association tor the advancement ol science, in his opening address at the yearly scientific gathering Jutely held at Glasgow, stated us one of the of Rosse’s telescope, lor the Hint time since the days of Newton, a suspicion lias arisen in the minds oi astronomers that laws .Otlaer than that of gravitation, may bear rule ill space; and that neuLla p/ienteiui ic vealed to us by that telescope, must be gov erned by forces different from those of which we have any knowledge. Insane, Is it not a fact that California Jias more insane in proportion to her popu lation that; any other State? It w as yester day that this county sent three ot hei citi zens to the Insane Asylvm, and this morn ing two more will be ordered to follow, in sanity is fearfully cn the increase in this lo cality — Stale Journal. ,«M» n »«►■■ ..»■ jfoay* The present estimate of the popula tion of China w lour hundred millions. THE JOURNAL, if* r ■ ■' * o m:\MAN SAHBIKll 'I01fMARCH !. 1«56. ■ ■ *L. 1’. FISHER, is our authorized agent in Sau Francisco, to obtain advertisements and subscriptions. jjrSt'Mr. E. G. Josi.in is our authorized Agent to sol.cit Subscript.ons ami Advertisements, at Lewiston, Ratos’ Ranch, R.dgeville, and at other points on his route. W. Rayelly, is our regularly authorlzi d Agent to solicit Subscriptions and Advertisements at Canon City. To Advertisers. —Persons having Advertise meats for insertion in the' Journal, will please to leave them at the cilice of publication early on Friday morning. Single copies of the Journal, in wrapper!, for the Atlantic Mail, can be had at the publtca tion office. J5S~Sh«i iU' Neuletj, who lias been on a visit to the seat of Government, return'd on Monday. *-*-*- —— jTiO'We are indebted to the lion. J. W. Den ver, for interesting put lie documents. jEff-Gen. Jas. MeDougal was thrown from his buggy in San Francisco a short time since, and so severely injured, that amputation of one of his legs, it is feared, will be necessary. Death or Cuas. F. Cutler.—Wo notice in the Nicaragua news by the Sierra Nevada, the deal!, ot Chits. F. Cutler, formerly editor of the Trinity Twin. Barky A Co. have placed us under obliga tions for the February So. of Harper’s Magazine, which as usual, contains much iau resting and i ul uable reading matt r. Decision. —-The Supreme Court, in the ca-e of Merrill vs. Gorham, thcrilf of eau Fraud.-co Co. have d< eld- d that the Slu-rill' can constitutionally ex- rcise the duties of Tax Collector. * «* e Jtar-Old Californian? say the rtedit earthquake is but the forerunner of one still more severe. They predict that the c’tv ol San Francisco is bound to ‘ go under,' which by the way, we con sider by no means improbable, without the uss.s tanee of an earthquake. are inform- d that tie re are about oik hundred miners at work upon Deaduood Creek, some of whom are doing very well. This Creek empties into the Trinity above Lewiston, and ow - ing to the- fact that it is some distance from any travelLd trail, has heretofore escaped notice. pf.i. ““We arc plea.-i d to see that Mr. Levi Rey nolds, our lo wly appointed Road Overseer, has eomiiu l.ee d improving our public roads. Th newly ereetiel Fridge across Sidney Gulch, at the lowi r end of town, is a dec.d- d improvement.— W e trust our miners will not find occasion to un dermine it. Tukatrk'al.—We notice by the Shasta pap. le thal Mr. J. riiomau’s Theatrical ( 'ompaity are ma king a decided ‘ hit,’ in that place. La Petite Cerito, takes the house by storm. Our boys are becoming very impatient lor them to visit us, if we may judge from the olt-rep sited enquiry,— • When is Tbomaii coining over'.'’ Ttff The * Braueli of the old Corner fc. gar store’ inis the reputation of furnishing ti better article .if sfegars. Ilian can be had this sid.- ol the ‘Old Horner' in f-acrameuto, and certainly the box of l.a T or de Vi upon oi*r- table the ot lay, by • Max.’ is to us u most pi. using evid -nee :lmt Gueexuoi);) a Newraier are d lermiiied to ustly deserve their r- putatioii. Try them. Accident.—Edward l'ray, a mint r on Oregon Guleh, was brouglit into town l i t Monday, on a litter, having been most terribly mangled l.y the caving in of a bank, while at work o.i his claim. li set ms lo us that our mini rs do not use stilli clout caution in working under high hanks. We can scarcely take up a paper from any portion of the mining region, \\ itliout seeing accounts of in juries received by the falling of banks. jiif'Miss Sarah Pellet writes a letter from Nicaragua to the (Sold: n lira. She says she is delighted with Virgin Day, and from the tenor of her letter, we are led to infer that she has joined Walker’s army. Fast country lies.' our women turning lilliblisters, too. England had better lake the sober second thought in regard lo the threat ened war with us, as our army of ‘ strong-minded women' would be bard to beat. Ji&'Tiie urn xji cted inert use in the d- maud for our paper last we U, exhausted our supply, and many of our friends were unable to obtain a copy. W r e shall strike off an additional number of cop ies, hereafter, and endeavor to avoid this difficul ty. We thank our friends lor the very liberal pat ronage they have bestowed upon us, in this, our first effort in the editorial lino. We shall endeav or lo repay them by improving the Journal. Distressing Accident and Death. V miner named Charles (Mgers, while working his claim on Red Hill, north of town, on Friday g'2d. was instantly killed by the lulling of a bank upon him. Every effort was made to remove the earth from his body, but some :iU minutes elapsed before this could be done, and when found life was ex tinct. He"a-- buiiiil on Saturday. A large concourse of m.nu.- followed his remains to the grave, lie was a nat.ve ol England, and came to this State from Michigan, li - wa.- about ill years of age. San F kanci-co Eyl.v.xu u ieletin. —We receive regular files of this pa pi r through Mt s-rs. Rhodes V Whitney's Express,who are the Agents for this place, and we believe the only Express from w hom it can he obtained. The Bulletin still continues its hold and fearless course, opposing the wrong, and advocating the right. Its success is a very convincing proof that the people of California, and particularly of San Francisco, are nut all as corrupt as they have the reputation of being. rTbe wt allier during the last week has been ttfully warm ami pleasant. Qualification of lirand Jurors. We notice in the proceedings of the Com" of Sessions, for Shasta County, at the Feb. Term, the following; The People vs. John Mullen and Margaret Mullen. —Indictment for Grand Larceny.— Motion to set aside tlie indictment on the ground that one of the Grand Jurors had formed a decided opinion that the defend ants were guilty of the offence charged in the indictment, before he was enipnnncled on the Grand J ury. The motion was sustained. The Shasta Courier in noticing the decis ion, and commenting upon the law, says : For this reason the Court decided that the bill was improperly found, and that a grand jury should be as tree lrom prejudice, under the Statutes of California, as a petit jury should be. JI is having made up and ex pressed an opinion on the subject, would have excluded him from the petit jury box, and consequently he was disqualified from acting us a grand juror, lienee llie law permit ting grand jurors to he called to testily be fore their fellows, would either disqualify the member thus called, for further service ns a juror, or it would vitiate the presentment it self. Query ? Would not that fact invalidate the acts of that Grand Jury? If one in dictment was defective, by reason of the im perfection or illegality ol the grand jury, would not that same disability exteud to utl the acts and doings of that body. Query ? Would the fact that a petit juror, summoned for the term of a Court us one of tiie regular panel, having expressed an opinion in regard to the merits of the first case on the docket, disqualify him, as a ju ror, in all the subsequent cases on the dock et ? We think not. Section 281, of ‘an Act to regulate pro ceedings in criminal cases,’ provides that ‘ a person held to answer to a charge fora pub lic offence, may challenge the panel of the grand jury, or any individual grand juror.’ A cause of challenge to an individual grand juror is defined in the same act, Sec. 183, Sub-division till), to be, that he has formed or expressed a decid'd opinion that the de tciidant is guilty of the offence for which he is held to answer. See. 297, of the same act provides that, ‘ when the defendant had not been held to answer before the finding of the indictment, he may move to set it aside on any ground which would have been good ground for challenge, either to the panel, or to any individual grand juror.’— Our Statutes clearly provide that any cause that would disqualify a person from being a petit juror, would render him incompetent to become a grand juror. We are unable to see any necessity for a change in the law in this respect. Why a person should be al lowed to be present at the finding of an in dictment against an individual for whom his prejudices are so great that it required no evidence to prove guilt, is more than we can answer. The liberties of an individual are as sacred to him in the grand jury room as they are in the petit jury box, and should be guarded by minds equally unbiased. In the closing remarks ol the article, the following language is used ; If this decision be law, no indictments can be had against any bawdy house or notori ous nuisance, under our statutes. Query ? Isii more necessary that a grand juror should have expressed his opinion as to the guilt or innocence of a person charged with keeping a bawdy house than other crime ? Washington's I5iutii-Day IUu,.—We have set dam it iv. r, since our sojourn in California, had the pleasure of being present at, and participa ting in a more pleasant and agreeable parly, than tli one which caute oil' on the evening of the 22d, at the I lid- pendcncc Hotel, in tills place. Thu on ly emulation on the part of the participants seem ed lu be who should enjoy themselves most, and contribute the greatest amount to the general slock of pleasure. As yet we cannot pretend to vie with our neigh- I ors le yotul the mountains, in numbers, and youth of ottr fair sex. Vet we may say without boast ing, that in no community is there to be found the same number of ladies, who succeed so well in rendering a Hall deeidt dly a pleasure to all who attend, as the ladies of Trinity, and particularly those who were present on this occasion. To Messrs. Davis & liatehelor, and the amiable hostess, Mas. Davis, the thanks of the community are due for this admirable festival. Tim Gulden Ikt.v.—Wo notice in the last num ber of this paper the departure of J. K. Lawrence, Lsip.a/ms the ‘hansum Kurile],’ its senior editor, for New f ork. L is rumored that he goes thither us N. }. correspondent for the Alta California. — As liis name still rom bus at the head of the funner paper, we hope to hear from him occasion ally through its columns. The Gulden L'ra is one of the most welcome exchanges laid upon our ta ble, and from it we are enabled to glean much useful and Interesting matter. Another. —A neatly enveloped package was handed in at ottr office on Thursday which on opening we found to be a box of genuine liegulias, from the new Cigar store of A. Solomon, l’o.-t-Olliee Block, where nil lovers of the weed can find a largo assort ment. Mr. Levy will accept our thanks. Rhodes A Whitney's Expkess.— The gen tlemanly clerks of this establishment, will accept our thanks for various favors during the past week. ,«»— New Advertisements. — We call the atten tion of our readers to Advertisements of E. G. Joslin’s Express ; M. Victor’s French Bakery and Restaurant ; and the Magnolia Bowling Alleys, in another column. L.EU1 SLAT I RE. This body have matters before them of vi tal importance to the people of Ibis State, which if carried into effect will accomplish more towards giving stability and confidence in our laws than any other measures that could be adopted at this time. Judge Til ford has introduced a bill in the Senate amending the criminal act and laws in rela tion to crimes and punishments, and creating a remedy for offences made criminal by the act heretofore unknown to our statutes. — The most important of the amendments is in relation to manslaughter. This crime is punished by imprisonment in the State pris on for a term not exceeding three years and fine not exceeding live thousand dollars. — The amendment lengthens the time to a term not exceeding fourteen years. This is a most wise and salutary change, and es pecially as the death penalty ; .s affixed to the crime of murder. Ho\y many persons have been acquitted of the crime of murder for the want of a proper punishment being fixed by 'aw for the crime of manslaughter. Ju ries will not convict of murder unless tin proof is positive and admitting of not a doubt, and to convict of manslaughter, which they have a right to do under our statute, i s making a farce of judicial proceedings.— Sending an Individual to the Slate Prison for three years for the highest crime known to our laws is so supremely ridiculous that it is seldom done. This one provision in our laws has gone very far in making up the black page of our State’s history in relation to mob-law. It is to be hoped that Judge Tilford will he successful in obtaining the passage of the bill into a law. Another im portant amendment is abolishing the death penalty, or, in other words, leaving it to the discretion of the jury to imprison in the State Prison for life, which amounts to near ly the same thing as abolishing the death penalty entirely. If these amendments be come a law, as we sincerely hope they may, the guilty will not go unwhipped of justice as heretofore, confidence will be restored to the Courts and the laws of our State, and tic; disgraceful acts of Judge Lynch will cease to exist among us. A bill lias been introduced into the House by -Mr. lUuxb - , dividing the State into Con gressional Districts. This should have been done years ago. An effort w as made at the session of ’oil but it failed. We hope it will not receive the same fate at the hands of the present Legislature. The act of Congress requires it, justice to the people of the State requires it; why then delay the matter any longer?—argument is unnecessary to prove the justice of the measure, or the public sen timent in relation to the subject. The Leg islature should go one step further and say that the election of members of Congress shall take place at the general election im mediately preceding the term for w hich they arc chosen. The House of Representatives was intended by the Constitution to repre sent the people. Li order to carry out this provision of the Constitution the representa tives must come direct, from tiie people. It would not be straining a point to say that in more than one instance in this State we would have had a different delegation in Congress from those representing us, had the election taken place one year later. Yv e say let the election take place at the proper time, certain politicians to the contrtry not withstanding. If the Legislature passes a few acts of a general interest to the State and effect an early adjournment, they will receive the ap probation of the people of California. 12 Ci.ampsc.s Vries.—There will he a meeting of this ancient and honorable order this evening at the new Imilding, immediately below Dralimer's blacksmith shop, on Main street. A full attend ance is d -sired. J!y order of the N. G. 11. Thoman i- Coming. —Mr. K. H. Dlake ar rived in this place, from Shasta, on Wednes day night, and snforms us that Mr. Thoman may be expected in Weaverville the latter part of the coming week, with a full com pany. Brake ik Co’s Express. —We have been placed under repeated obligations to this house, lor favors during the wet k. --»•« »•*— islu-r it Co. of Cafiou Creek have started a ditch from llu-ir flume to the lied Hills. We shall expect soon to hear of some rich strikes in that section. A CriiiosiTV.- Messrs. Loonfis. Iluscroft & Co. tlaUghtt red a steer oil Thursday last, which had three distinct horns; the third one starting from the neck, six inches back of the natural ones. The curious can see the head by calling at tbe Mountain Market. Rowr. A. Co’s Express.— -Messrs. Charles A. Rowe and Jas. A. Henderson have sup plied us w ith papers during the week. Our thanks, gentlemen. A man named N 1*. Brown, killed another named James L. Davis, at Nevada, on Saturday last. From the circumstances it is supposed to be justifiable. Sine Hurst nv her Owners.— The Rus sian ship Russia, says the Salem Uazettc, which has been for some time at Boston, to avoid the perils of war, was taken back of East Boston, and burnt on account of her owners, for the purpose of saving her cop per. Another New Paper.—The prospectus for the Royal Plains , a new paper to be edited by the Order of the E Clampsus A i tus, was handed us too late yesterday, for publication in to-day’s issue. Judging from tic tone of the prospectus, we may expect some lofty tournaments between the 1'cyal Plains and the Budget, An unjust insin uation seems to have been east against the knights of the honorable Order, which we presume will be justly repelled.— YreJca l 'mini. Trial of Cora.— We learn from the Bay papers, that the first Monday in March is set for the trial of Corn, the murderer of Richardson, — » Effects of the Kahtiuji akk. — A lady on Stockton street was eonlined two months before her time, from the fright of the earth quake on Friday morning.— Alla. Molmoxism.- Several companies of Mor mons lately undertook to introduce their sys tem among the Cherokee Indians, 'flic Iu dains became disgusted, and drove them out of the nation. Export of Peari, Shells. —During the year 1855 there have been four vessels loaded with pearl shells at the islands in the Ray of Panama, amounting to six hundred and lifty tons. Another was loading on the 22d ult, and will take about two hundred and fifty tons. Taule or Distances for the Northern Coast. From San Francisco to Humboldt Bay, Cal. 230 “ “ “ “ Trinidad, Cal. 230 “ “ “ “ Crescent City, Cal. 300 “ “ Port Orford, Or. Ter. 370 " “ “ “ (iardiaer, I mp. river. ! J ** " Astoria, Col. riv. 0. T. 645 " “ Slioalwatcr Bay, \V. T. 13)3 “ “ Gray's Harbor, W. T. 735 “ “ “ “ Puget Sound, W. T. S33 “ “ “ “ Olympia. IV. T. 1035 A Goon Claim.— Goodrich and Bishop, t wo journeyman typos, becoming tired of the stick and rule, lately took up a claim on the hill, pulled on miner’s boots, run in debt for grub, cheated Joe Fluekauf out of a cook stove, rented a cabin, and “pitched in.” — We called at the bachelor quarters the other day in search of an item, when one of them informed us that they were taking oul $2,. 'JUS 50 per day, blit were paying $3,000 per day for water. The other member of the “banking” firm was looking for a flour sack with which to re-seat his inexpressibles.— Butte. Record. Love Letters.—A correspondent of the Alta California says:—-“Whilst discussing California topics, allow me to ask who the /mmbre is that sends by every mail from San Francisco to his sweetheart in Fall River, Mass., sueli infernally long-winded love let ters? The one received by the steamer George Law, on the 28th ult., comprised one hundred uvdJarti/an.r pages of letter pa per, exclusive ol a 'P. S.’ of forty pages, and an '.V B.’ of ten more! The Vr: ku f ui»H- publishes tlie fol lowing in relation to the Indian war, taken from the Table lloek Sentinel: " The Indians who were sent to the Mead ows, bring back some important information. It appears that the force of warriors is about 300, or over—that they are fortified with a view of securit y against ordnance, and con fident of their ability to prosecute the war. The chiefs say they are revenged for the In dians that had been killed by the whites, and are satislied and willing to treat -that they will suspend hostilities, and remain at peace as long as the whites let them alone—and no longer. The warriors are said to be nearly all eager to light. They had lost but 1 (I men during the war—six at the Grave Greek, three at the month of .lump-off-Joe six at Wagner’s ranch, and one at the Meadows. “ They were told that Mrs. Haines and Iter daughter, and Mrs. Wagner’s child were taken prisoners—that the two first died within a week of disease with which they were sick when captured, and that the lat ter w as kept until a few days ago, when, hearing of the murder of the two squaws who hail been taken by the whites, she was killed in revenge. At the same time a hall Indian child was taken from its mother and shot because it had white blood Ukkei.y.— A Washington correspondent has observed Horace Greely at the .National Hotel, and is convinced that he is a very vain man. lie says:—“The first person we saw when we arrived was Mr. Greely, with his coat collar up on one side and down on the other. At first we thought he might not be aware of the peculiar and non-com mittal arrangement of his outward garment; but to-day his collar is more awry than ever, uud the knot of his cravat had got complete ly round to the back of his neck. I am now satisfied that this is done for the purpose of attracting the attention of the people.” teo Boston lias six thousand more females than males, while Chicago has about fifteen thousand more males than females.— Er. In (’alifornia the disproportion is ten times greater, and as long as the Western coun try remains so unequally proportioned, we fear our chances arc small COMMUNIC A TED. The man that hath not music in himself. And is not mov'd with concord of sweet sounds, Is tit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils— Let no man trust him. Shakehi-kaiie. There is no one in whom the love of home is more strongly implanted than in the mi ner; mid every object that serves to remind him of the “household gods” of other days, is fondly cherished as a link in the chain that binds him to the one loved spot—his boyhood home. In every murmuring stream let, and softly sighing breeze, arc “sounds from home” fulling upon the ear in the whis pered tones of well remembered music, re minding him of that time when, “a wee bit thing” as he was, he prattled with a dear little sister all the day long, or kneeled at the feet of an angel mother, lisping his tiny prayer to Infinite Goodness, ere he bade her “dood night.” Alone in his cabin, he finds fit opportunity to ponder on tiiese hollowed associations engraven on memory's tablet; and as the pages arc turned, one by one, loved images start out before hint with all the vividness of reality, repeating o’er and o’er again the kind, trusting, loving words of childhood's happy innocence. The strong man is again a child and feels us he did then —but oh, how transiently!—those umlcfin able emotions which prove the existence of a God and point the way to Heaven; and then is breathed the truly unselfish prayer; then, and only then, does unalloyed happiness fill the heart so long usurped by desolating evils. In such moments, not one thought of self intrudes upon tlmt holy sanctuary of al leel ion—it is the last stronghold of purity, of innocence, and of love. The warbling of a bird, tlie chirping of a cricket on the hearth, the pattering of rain upon the roof, the solemn tu-whoo to-wlioo of the owl, or the merry tinkling of a bell, will awaken these holy emotions, and what ever it may be that thus revives the recol lections of other and happier days, it is thenceforth a part and parcel of the miner and his thoughts, sacred limn the polluting touch of him whose ambition, pride, or lovo of gold, has blotted out from the heart all that was great, noble, and good. And, in a community of miners, it not unfncpnutly happens that some one prominent reminis cence of by-gone days and scenes will come to each alike, uniting them in one common bond of sympathy and reverence. It speak* to them always in the same musical tones; is enshrined in each heart; anil its loss would he a public calamity. It is one of the “institutions” more valued than gold the hand of the intruder dure not harm it. So it is willi the honest “sons of toil,” whose brawny arms and stout hearts have founded a rity away up here in the mountains of old Trinity, und planted the banner of ci\ili/u tion whore for centuries the giant grizzly proudly reigned “monarch of all he -ur veyed.” To them the ringing of a hostelry lu ll is like a “missel” from fatherland it brings to mind their native village—the "old folks at home”—the little “school house by the dear running brook”—and liny wel comed I ho day, now years agoue, when IIovkv’s bell first peuled forth its notes upon the mountain solitudes of Weaver. From that day till now it has been the faithful moiiiter of thousands, calling them to their labors at morn, striking the signal of rest al the close of day, und its fame is almost co extensive with our country. J!lot it oat from our midst and hearts that now respond cheerfully to its monition w ill have lost a cherished idol. IIovky, ring nn / ring (hat bell as long as there is strength in thy right arm; and when that fails, draw on the hardy miners for help. We are with you. A Miner. Ix My Cauix, Feb. -21, 1856. 'I’in IvtiiTHQi AKK.— The late eurthqnake hit ai Sun !■ ranciseo, and along the const 1 ail ,'- ( ‘i sei ms not to have nftectcd in the slightest degree the great Sierra Nevada range; nor do we believe that this range of mountains has for ages been subject to a sii.glr \ibration or sideway motion from this cause. Our belief is founded on the fact that we know of one instance where an iso lated rock, nine feet in height, almost nper h et elipsc or egg shaped, of many tons weight, is now standing upon one end, and upon a base of less than one foot in diameter, upon the smooth surface of another rock, that though the strength of two men is not sufficient to displace it, yet the slightest violent movement from side to side would inevitably send it leaping and tumbling into tile valley below. In the vicinity of Lake Valley, near the summit of the Sierras, is the “steeple rock,’> or petrified tree, as some believe it to be, standing perfectly perpendicular, nearly 80 feet in height, and closely resembling at a short distance a section of a pine tree en tirely and smoothly denuded of its limbs, and cut square oft' at the top. A column of stone of 80 feet height, with a diameter of less than four feet at bottom, would make but a short stand against an oscillatory movement if at all violent. We can there fore, we think, confidently say to the ten nnnts of our great metropolis, in case the danger becomes imminent, flee yc in good time to the Sierra Nevada range— Placer* rille American.