Newspaper of Bedford Gazette, June 22, 1855, Page 1

Newspaper of Bedford Gazette dated June 22, 1855 Page 1
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in <EO. w. B(m nA\. NEW SERIES. Select }3octrti. The World would be the better for it. IF men cared less for wealth and famp, And less lor battle-fields and glory; If, writ in human hearts, a name Seemed better than in song and story; If men, instead of nursing pride. Would team to hate it and abhor it; If more relied On love to guide. The world would be the better for it. If men dealt less in stocks and lands, And more in bonds and deeds fraternal: If love's work had more willing hands To link this world to the supernal; If men stored up Love's oil and wine, Vudoii the bruised human heaits would pour it; If "yours''and "mine"' Would once combine, The world would be the better tor it. ft" more would ACT the play of T.ife, And fewer spoil !Mn rehearsal ; if bigotry would sheath its knite 'Till good became more universal; Jl Custom, gray with ages grown. Had fewer blind men to adore it; If talent shone 1 n Truth, alone, The world would be the better for it. If men were wise in little thing Affecting less in all their dealings; If hearts had fewer rusted strings To isolate their kindly feelings If men. when Wrong beats down the Right, Would strike together and restore it; If Right made Might In every tight, The world would be the tietter for it. THE BEDFORD IMZETTET ilcdfurd. June -j'i, J From the Augusta Constitutionalist and Republican. I.arg? and Enthusiastic Meeting! Speeches of Messrs, Stephens, Toombs, and Thomas. An immense concourse of our citizens assem bled on M mTiy evening at the city Hall to hear an address from (tie Hon. A. H. Stephens.— Notwithstanding the shortness ol the notice— it being aiaiouflcedonty on that dav, by placards at pi;: he places, there being no papers issued .Monday morning, thai Mr. Stephens would ad dress hid .fellow-citizens—the people turned out n mutse to hear their distinguished and palii otic representative. Tlie hall was crowded to • ■MilfiCdlion,and hundreds were standing outside, unable t-j get in, and clamorous for Mr. Sle ekens oome out on the steps. This being Might s'-kI to the speaker shortly alter he opened iis addres-. Mr. Stephens -aid lie would acqui -1 *cecheerfuliy in the general wish, and pru < "eded to the northern |>ortalof the hall. Here •our citizens, to the number of two thousand, were compelled to stand on the damp ground for want of a suitable platform. Ms. Stephens commenced remarks by ex pressing his regret at being compelled to speak •in the dark, for it was alw ays his pleasure when he spike to look tile people l!) the eye. He said that he had travelled over more than half the State m order to meet the people ol Augus ta to-night. Nnce his communication to Mr. Thomas had 'een published, it had been said that the reason ' I his retirement from the canvass in this dis trict was his fear of being beat n. For himself h- was afraid of nothing—ol nothing under nor •a. the earth—hut to do wrong. Of that he was afraid ; but of being beaten, lie wouldn't give a fig fur a man who was not willing to be ' eaten in defence of what he believed to be right. He bad come there, then, fie sail', in respmse to various calls, to announce that lie was again a candidate lor Congress from this district. Nominated said be, not by any fvvo tliini- rule, but here upon this stand I nominate my-elf |( jr Congress from the Sill congressional district. .Mr. Stephens was here interrupted bv a deep and enthusiastic shout of approbation fiom the '.treat crowd he was addressing. He continued, -■at tins know-nothing order had been creat"d, 'i vva.- said, fur the purpose of putting down '■enr.agogues, small men, and tricksters. For •' imself he was no trickster. Tricksters never "uk in open day. They skulk in hiding pja ' *'s, and he warned the people to bevvareof '•ad'-rs who resorted to the dark in order to con coct their schemes. it had been said by some who had conunent •d upoa his letter, but none of whom had the ; '.uiess to come out, by those who were shoot ;• - ai ' ilm in the dark, that David and his - ad ••"rents firmed a secret organization, and that u.i"!-! Adams and others formed a secret clique • ■ t:ie purpose of striking a blow lor American ■'v. Ibis object, said he, was revolution, -• 1 tae object o! the know-nothings was revo ■ "'n. It is to overthrow the constitution of co,ln try :to create a religious test, when the ' > ->titution said that there should be no reli ct test. The know-nothings knew that their ct .vas revolution : they knew that they had '••ken an oath not to support any Catholic for • I hey might deny it, and explain away '.enial by some casuistical, slippery, know construction, but ther** was a monitor u *thin which told them they had taken it. Mr. Stephens continued for somp time in an * i 'lent strain on the sublimity of truth, the -••Wation of all honor and integrity among i nf n- a want of which, as bad as the know j""j l! charged the Catholics to he, could not ! I erred against them; and then introduced I a beautiful passage of sacred history : ]t was after Judas had betrayed Christ with a kiss, and I'- ter denied him thrice, that our Lord asked, "•what is truth ?" He called upon all know nothings, hut especially all ministers of the Gospel who might havejoined the order, to re pent in sackcloth and ashes, and to go about and preach from the pulpit on that text, "what ! is truth !" He here eloquently appealed to know-noth ings to burst assunder these oaths, w inch hound them down a> with cords, and abandon this spirit of prevarication which they had adopted tor ; the purpose of violating the constitution of the J country! He {toured forth glowing, pat riot ic, and forcible appeals in behalf of the principles j laid down in his late letter against know-noth ! ingisrn. He depicted, in masterly style, the corrupting and disastrous influences to result to ! society from the deceitful, equivocating, and fraudulent practices of know-iiothingissr.—the anti-American, anti-republican, arid unmanly l character of its secret organization—the danger ' to liberty, to the peace of communities, am] to social order, of secret political conclaves plot ting in the darkness of midnight (or the advance ment ot fin rposes not disclosed to the public i they sought to govern, and w hose rights they I aimed to contiol and dispose ot in this clandes ! tine mode. He held that such conduct was I unworthy of men and freemen who held priu : ciples worthy of success. Truth never skulked from the light ofdav and hid itselt in dark cornets, afraid of discus sion and investigation. It was the characteris tic of error and of falsehood thus to hide, and j there to work out their purposes. Truth was i the foundation stone of civil order the verv life and essence of all social integrity. Vet j know-uothingism bowed to a spell and ari influ ence more potent than truth, and reconciled the | consciences of men to resort to equivocation ; and slippery construction to deceive the public. | Hut there was a monitor from on high in the j breast of every honest man that must at times whisper to him that this was wrong. Kiiovv-nothingisnn bound its votaries under tlie third degree of its ritual by a solemn oath lo maintain the I nion at all hazards, against all efforts of factiunists and of secessionists. Hut i it nowhere bound its members to maintain the constitution : yet that constitution w as the verv life and soul ot the Union. It could only have 1 i been made by it, and through it, and tlie prin ciples it consecrates. Without it, the consti tution would be valueless, or worse than value- I here was the abolitionism of this order in i disguise. He called on southern men to notice it. He, Mr. Stephens, stood upon the Georgia platform. Should Kansas he rejected on account j of jiave'rv, tie was for resistance. Send him to Congress, and he would resist it there ;*jf un successful, he would return to the people and tell them to resist it. It had been said that the foreigners who came , to this country joined the abolitionists in their ! crusades upon our lights. It was not so: he knew it was not so. The foreigners who came here came with a reverence for the constitu tion. Where did these foreigners most IV settle? In the Northwest. And from the Northwest; came the best friends of the South—from Indi ana, Illinois, and lowa : the last the only free State which had never bowed to abolitionism, j and now lor the first time to he represented by I a free-soiler, when knaw-nothingism had sprung into existence. Know-nothings take an rath that they will support no Roman Catholic for office. This was striking at one of the fundamental princi ples of the constitution, which declares there shall hi' no religions test as a qualification for office. He, therefore, who took that oath took an oath inconsistent with the support ol the constitution. It was an oath iri violation of the letter and spirit of that sacred instrument. Upon the exclusion office and disfran chisement of foreign-horn citizens, the orator was no less emphatic and forcible in his denun ciation of this feature of know-iiolhingism. — Upon the social evils, the injustice, the disastrous consequences, threatening strifes and bloodshed and civil war, of making men aliens at heart to a government which thus made war upon their religion, and set them apart on account of their nativity as a degraded class, Ihe speaker was eloquent and convincing, and the repeated plau dits which greeti'd him from the beginning to the close of his address, rising op from the whole mass, and from every side of this dense assem blage, wrapt in eager and earnest attention, proved how thoroughly he had enlisted the feelings and convinced the judgment of his audi tors. We could scarcely realize in such dem onstrations that there were, in all probability, hundreds of know-nothings among them. ##*# # * * He paid a just and eloquent tribute to those true men of tin* North who had so long arid pa triotically stood by the South in her struggles with abolitionism. He pointed out who it was that had voted in Congress with the southern delegation to spare the South from the Wilrnot proviso, that badge of inferiority and depreda tion with which she was threatened ; that had relieved her from the Missouri Compromise re striction and opened Kansas to the influx of her citizens, and aided her in the enactment of the fugitive-slave law. He referred by name to the noble exertions of Douglas and Richardson, of Illinois, to protect the Constitution and the rights of the South under it, and who had sat up with him two days and two nights, with out rest, to secure the passage of the Kansas bill. He stated that these are the men at the North that northern know-nothings were endeavoring to beat down ; that of all the northern men elect ed to Congress since the passage of that bill there was not one know-nothing who had voted for the measure—not one who was not hostile to it: that of the forty-one northren men who had voted for it twenty had been defeated on account of that vote, and that the twenty-one that were left were the friends of the South : 3 | 'hat it was our duty to stand by, to encourage, I ; and to cheer them. The danger to our rights 5 i was not at the North, if we would be firm to - : our friends there, and true to ourselves. We had friends in every northren State—patriotic - | and true men, who would stand by us if we t would stand hv ourselves, and be true to ourown t ; principles. There were true men even in Mas i sachusetts. There w ere one-hundred guns fil ed ! on Boston Common when the governor recently I vetoed the hill to remove Judge Loring from t i office lor issuing a warrant to restore a fugitive i J slave to his owner. But there was not a know ' nothing gun among them. They were tired by , j the true men of that Slate, who still felt the spirit rf 7(i that blazed on Bunker Hill. There were true men national men—in New Hamp shire, in Connecticut, in New York, in* lowa, 1 many in Illinois: and that our policy was not ' to join tlm- know-nothings, who were lighting these men, but to stand by our friends there, and soon they would rally again, and gain strength. ; !• rom tw e;;ty-one they would sw ell up to thirty, 1 to forty, to fitly, to one hundred in Congress. •| I hey would stand by us and our lights,and with ussave the Constitution and save (he country. .Mr. Stephens beautifully compared the en trance of this order from the North into tlie I South to the entrance ol Satan in the form of the subtle serpent into the garden of Eden, with ; a lie in his mouth, calling on Eve to eat of the fruit, tor in that dav she should not surely die. He concluded amid great cheering. • j Mr. Toombs was then called tor, and tcspon ■ | deft in a most eloquent and impressive speech. and in his happiest manner. He fully coincided in Mr. Stephens's sentiments, arid uttered a : splendid eulogiorn upon the principles of Amer ican liberty, civil and religions—upon the noble (attire of religious tolerance which chaiacter i/.es ojir institutions, and the \\ i>e polity of inviting to our short s fort ign e migration. We regret our space will not enable us this morning to give a sketch of his very interesting speech. Air. Thomas, of Elbert, responded to loud calls j for him in a few appropriate remarks, which I Were well received : after which the meeting j dispersed in high spirits, and in good order. "AMERICANS RULING AMERICA!*' Liquor I.iot ant' Bloodshed in I'ortSartd. An extraordinary excitement,growing out of the proceedings ot the Mayor of Portland, (Seal 1 Dow.) in purchasing liquor for the City Agency, under the new law, occurred at Portland on Saturday evening, ending in tumult and the ! shedding of blood. We give below the partic soars cfYlTe'aTT.iir,''as"d"fintaln*^' i" tfrt? Pvrttnnd Anrus of' Monday morning : It will ?>•-* remembered that on Saturday morn inr we called the attention of the City Marshal I ami I fie* police to the fact that a large quant it v of spirituous liquors hart been pmchas-il in New York and brought h**re iiir sale, and suggested to them the duty of seizing them. These liquors. Si GOO worth, Mr. \eal Du\\ had state! 1 , to one jof the Aldermen In* had bought on his own : individual responsibility, and had ordered them to he brought In re and stored in the city. This j being apparently indirect violation of law, mak- I ing Mr. Dow liable to the penalty, on convic- I tion, of imprisonment for thiitv days, and ren j dering the liquors subject to seizure and des ' (ruction, a complaint was accordingly wade to ; the Police Court, and Judge Carter issued hi -1 warrant fi r the seizure of the liquors : but I.eth er for the arrest of Mr. Dow we have not learn ed. Judge fatter, however, instead ofgiviw his warrant to an officer, who was ready to make immediate service, put it in the hands of Depotv Marshal Ring, who tor some cause im mediately disappeared and could not be found Meantime the Foard of Aldermen were sud denly summoned to meet for the purpose, it w as alleged, of effecting a transfer of the liqm is to the city, fiir its a gene v. which was establish ed on last Thursday night, by the casting vote of Mr. Dow, though the liquors were purchased some weeks since. After the Aldermen had been together a while. Deputy Ring appeared and seized the liquors upon the warrant. Quite a little crowd stood about the floor where the liquors were stored, and in the v icin ity, during the remainder of the afternoon, hut perfect quiet and apparent good nature was observed. Soon after 7 o'clock a crowd began to collect about the deposit of the liquors in the City Hall building, and gradually increased until a little after 9 o'clock, when a cry of fire was raised, as we understand, hv Mr. Dow "s orders, and the hell rung with a view of diver ting the crowd from the-pot. It had, however, a contrary effect, and greativ increased it, for a time, as the engine companies were brought front both extremes of the citv to the centre in Market square, where the crowd was assem bled. They, however, soon withdrew, and the crowd began to diminish. Occasionally during the evening, stones and j brick-bats were thrown against the door of (lie | liquor store, breaking the glass and sashes, and i otherwise injuring the door. This was done, so far as we could see, bv hoys. The whole atiiiir was the merest boys' play, done in the most ap parent good nature, and with the hast possible excitement. Indeed, nearly the whole crowd seemed to he there without other purpose than curiosity to see what might he done, and those who threw the missiles were without leaders, or apparent power to do harm. It is our decided opinion—and we have not met an intelligent person who witnessed the proceedings ol the evening that does not concur with us—that an efficient police officer, with a dozen good men, could have easily dispersed the crowd any time prior to o'clock. Soon after 10 o'clock, the crowd had materially diminish ed, arid seemed rapidly dispersing, when Mr. Dow, accompanied by Capt. Green and a part of the Light Guard, appeared upon the sidewalk on the north side of the City Hall. The crowd were warned to disperse. His appearance, sword Freedom of Thmglit and Opinion. BEDFORD, PA. FRIDAJj MORNING, JUNE 2-2, 1855. , 1 b hand, with soldiers, at once changed the ; proper of the multitude. They rallied around i (vein and gave groans and hisses prior to the jroclaanition to disperse. Mr. Dow then gave the order : "First section, f!re." The ord-r was not obeyed, and the trowel then threw missiles. A part of the com pjny started to escort Mr. Dow toward Middle steel, and the remainder immediately returned fo their..Armory in the third story of theOty tall building. At the time Mr. Dow gave tlie cinder to fire, (Capt Green refused to give it, as ve understand, on the ground that he did not stink the circumstances authorized it,) the com pttjy were standing directly opposite the en t " iice to t4ie hat! o! the Mechanics' Association ill Clqpp's block, and their fife would have ta ken effect, if at all, upon the people on the sidewalk, a part of whom were mechanics just owning from their hall, and vvlio were entirely Unconscious that any sucti proceeding was called for or contemplated. After Capt. Green's Company had retired, the brick-bats flew thicker and stronger, and the police, who were aiding the Deputy Mar sha! who had seized the liquors to guani them, commenced firing pistols charged only with powder. A sort of sham-fight was thus kept up between the crowd, which l.aii now become ttiore determined in its character, and the police, until about 1 1 o'clock, when Mr. Dow, with a portion of the Rifle Guards, under Capt. Charles IV. Roberts, descended from the Light Guard's armoiy, and with the muskets of the Light Guards, to the south side ot the Cilv Hall. The doors ol the liquor store were then thrown open, and the firing commenced, hv Mr. Dow's order, through the store upon the ctowd in the street upon the other side of the building. One man, George Bobbins, second n ate of ftie bark Louisa Eaton, was shot through the Jhody and almost instantly killed. Seven others were wounded, some ot them mortally ! It would be impossible to describe the sensation produced in the crowd by this conduct. The dead and wounded were oui*tlv carried away to places of safety, and the people quickly dis persed. But it must be born" in mind, that up to the time when these shots were fired no ar rests were made; there had been no attempt lo disperse the crowd, and the assemblage w ere entirely ignorant of the fact that soldiers were within the building with orders to fire. Such are briefly the facts in regard to thb ineiancholv affair, as nearly as we can get to them. The whole it.alter will undergo a search ing legal investigation, and then the public will have all the facts and be able to form an accu rate judgment in the premises. As to tiie principal causes which produced ' - on he i.uv residi. :.Uery,.(.a.ii 'y' b.uUupe opin ion. i'lie course which Air. Dow lias ptrhUm! in the execution of the new liquor law : ruth lessly searching private dwellings, and packages coining by steamboat or express, and disregard in<r what have ever heretofore been regarded as tile sacred rich's of citizens, has done much to irritate and excite hostile feeling against him and his officers. They have seized liquor wher ever Ihev could find it, without warrant, and have treated it, and its owners, as if the article was entirely outlawed : as if the formalities of law were of little importance in disposing of' it. The spirit manifested on the pait of the author ities, has produced a deep seated bitterness in the community. To add to this, Mr. Dow asked of the city government, at its last meeting, an ap propriation of two thousand dollars to pav in formers under the law, and the aldermen voted it. The common council laid the order on the table f>r the time, hut a-- there is a large major ity of Mr. Dow's satellites in that body, it was presumed he would drive them into voting this appropriation for pimps and spies, and thus add another aggravation t<> his already odious man ner of executing the law. Then came the development in regard to the wholesale purchase of liquor by Mr. Dow, and the attempt of the aldermen on Saturday to cloak t!:e transaction alter the warrant had been obtained for its seizure, and before it w as served. The impression was pretty strong that the law was thus to be cheated, and that both Mr. Dow and the liquors were bv unfair means to escape the penalty meted out by him with a high hand in other cases. There was a pretty strong current of feeling that no great moral or legal wrong would be done !>v letting Mr. Dow's liquor into the gut ter. Whatever of violence there was exhibited on the part of the crowd was directed wholly against this liquor. The desire for the destruc tion of liquor seemed to have become ail epidemic. The position of parties, however, was singularly reversed : the people wished to destroy, and the police, with Mr. Dow at their head, were defen ding it. We do not believe, however, if Mr. Dow and the military had kept away, that any serious hairn would have been done. But the presence of Mr. Dow, brandishing his sword, and accompanied bv soldiers, exasperated the crowd to make a more violent attack upon the stoie. The loss of the liquor would have been of little consequeneecompared with human life, w Inch we confess, it seems to us, w as most wan tonly sacrificed in this case. The Portland .Advertiser —formerly a Whig paper, and edited bv Henry Gaiter, who is now Police Justice as a reward for his advocacy of Know-Nothing and abolition-temperance fusion —contains a long, Jesuitical account of the above affair, endeavoring to,cast all the blame upon the Irish, and praising the conduct of the mayor, policemen and sheriff as "prompt,"' "fearless,"' "judicious," "noble," and "brave." The Ad vertiser STWS Mr. Dow had purchased the liquors in New York, in the original packages, legally, as one of the committee appointed by the board of aldermen. It also states that Dow and Al derman Carleton and Brooks, the other members of the committee, "put thems<-I ves at the head of the Rifle Guard" for the purpose of defen ding the liquors so purchased "for the use and benefit of the city." [From the Marion (Miss.) Republican, May 28.] Hunting a .\cjrro al the Slake iu Mississippi. The Scene Witnessed by three Thousand Citi zens and txco Thousand Slaves. Some time since we published an account of the murder of Miss Thornton, an interesting young girl, residing near Gaston, Alabama.— Immediately alter the murder and detection ol the negro, his immediate punishment was seri ously contemplated by the people of Sumpter county, but after mature delibeiation the law abiding citizens delivered him into the custody of the proper officers, and he was committed to prison. At the lute term of the Circuit Court of Sump ter county, the attorney appointed by the Court in the discharge of his duty, moved for a change of venue to Green county. The Judge, as the motion was sustained by the proper affidavit, sustained the application. On Wednesday last the citizen? of South Surnpter assembled en masse at Mr. William McOlroy's and unanimously passed a series of; resolutions, reflecting seriously upon the con-I duct of the Judge, and alter ha\ing seriously; pledged themselves to sustain each other, a por- j tion of them proceeded to Livingston, and took the miserable criminal by force from the jail • where he was confined. On Friday last, alter due prepaiation, they carried him to the spot where he so cruelly ] murdered his innocent victim, and burnt him j alive at the stake. About three thousand persons'-were present, who witnessed, with various emotions, the; dreadful spectacle. We were present, but hope that we w ill never again witness a scene like it. The pvre was composed of several j cords of light wood, in the centre of which was ■ a green willow stake, selected in consequence 1 of its indestructibility by tire. On the top of the pile of light wood the erim- j inn! was placed, and securely chained to the j stake. While in this situation he confessed his guilt, stating that Im had no accomplice—that j he was actuated hv lust alone—that he had at tempted to violate her person, but had failed, , and to conceal the attempt had cruelly murder-j ed her, by beating the poor innocent creature < with a slump; that while he was doing this she : implored him to carry her home to lor father, i and that she would conceal the violence he had ! indicted. He then left, but soon returned, and after again heating her, lie concealed the body in the verv hoie where the stake was planted to which he suffered. After this confession w-as made the match was applied, and in a few moments the devour ing (hones w ere enveloping thi doomed negro : j Ins featfu! cries resoundrd through trm air,Whilei the surrounding negroes who witnessed his' dreadful agony and horrible contortions sent up ari in voluntary howl of horrnr. His sufferings, though escrutiating, were short: and in a few moments the flames had enveloped him entire ly, revealing now and then as he fit fully sway ed, hither and thither, his black and burning carcass, like a demon of the fire, grinning os if in hellish triumph at his tormentors. Soon all w as over, nothing was left but the burning flesh and charred skeleton of this human devil, who could thus deliberately perpetrate so foul a crime. The horrid outrage was fearfully aveng-! Ed, and though the heavens were reeking u ith j the stench ol burning flesh, vet justice was sat isfied ; the law of retaliation was inflicted as nearly as it could be, while the example made of this wretch had, no doubt, a salutary effect upon the two thousand slaves who witnessed | his execution. We are far from approving of the infliction ot mob law, vet in aggravated cases like this, popular rebellion will manifest itself, and in view of the enormity of" the wretch's offence, we, as a public journalist, cannot approve, vet we have neither time nor inclination to censure the conduct (d the people of South Sumpter.— Justice was indicted by them, and a thousand deaths of the kind were too good for negro Dave. A RUSSIAN HPKOINK.— The following is rela ted in a letter from Jxamiesh, in the Crimea : For some days past nothing has been talked of tint t tie arrest of a vnur.g Russian woman: she had been remarked several times before as her favorite walk appeared to be in the trendi es. The rumor, circulated tor some time, and the General at last was informed of the fact.— He ordered a stricter watch to be kept as he thought it could be only a spy disguised in wo man's attire. At (> o'clock in the morning of the 28th the same woman presented herself in front of our men while they were at work.— She was of tall and majestic stature, and seem ed to examine the works with much attention. Some one perceived that she had a roll of paper half open, in which probably she noted all the observations she could collect. At the sight of our soldiers and officers she quickened her pace and entered a sort of ravine which is at the ex tremity of tiie French trenches. As soon as she reached that spot she began to run, [nit the commandant sent two Zouaves in pursuit and they soon overlook her. Two hours after she was conducted to (Jen. Canrob ert. Her examination was not long : she con stantly replied that it was for the good of her country, arid to avenge the death of her hus band, Boninoff, killed at Alma, that she acted thus, and moreover, that she felt no regret.— She was then searched. The searchers found in one of her pockets a paper book, containing several details on the stale of our batteries, the number of men en ployed, the number of guns ,in the batteries, &c., and in another pocket a double barrelled pistol, and a letter addressed to Prince Menschikoff. After the visit, she was shut up in an apartmant of the General's headquarters, under the guard of two soldiers, until such time as she can be sent to Malta. Tr.nMF.M>ocs POWER or Alß. —The tornado that recently passed over Lapeer County, Mich- TERiWS, S3 PER YEAR. VOL XXIII, NO. 45. ignn, was the most violent ever experienced in that State. The damage to houses, 'hams, fen ces and forests is veiy great. The heaviest loss w ill be the destruction of the valuable pine and other timber in its course. So great was the force of the whirlwind that nothing couid with stand it. The giants of the forest which have withstood the storms of a hundred years, were wrenched from their firm roots and tossed abont like straws. Even stumps (irndv embedded in in mother earth, were torn up and carried many rods. Old logs which had lain 0:1 the ground for years, Were disturbed and torn from their resting-places. The air was litteraily filled with fence rails, limbs of trees, shingles, fee., which were lifted to an immense highl. The course of the whirlwind ivas in a nearly east direction, ranging from' twenty reds to half a mile in width, and making a clean sweep as it went. In some places even the culverts across the roads were torn up by the tornado, and the roads generally are filled tip with a promiscu ous assortment of timber arid rubbish of all kinds. An eye u itness says that the whirlwind presented a most singular appearance. He says the wind would rise in an immense whirl, draw ing up rai I>, limbs of trees, boards, leaves, dirt. See., to a great height, when suddenly it would seem to drop again to the earth and feed itself with a new supply of such things as were moveable and again rise, carrying up with it substances of great weight. Tm: SHERIFF AMI COFNTY COMMISSIONERS. Monday morning, a surelv of the peace case was called up in the Quarter Sessions, wherein Miss Charlotte Marili, daughter to the Sheriff, was prosecutrix, and Ahijah Ferguson, consta ble at the Court House, was defendant. Mr. Ferguson was appointed hv the C ommissioners to guard the premises belonging to the county, and was especially directed to keep persons otf the grass plots on either side of the jail building. Some tenor twelve days ago a notice was pos ted around the yard, warning persons to keep away from the grass. A day or two after the notices were put up, Miss Magill, a delicate young lady, \va> observed on the grass by Mr. Cooper, one of the Commissioners, who direct ed the constable to request her to stepolf.—Fer gus m did so, but she refused to comply, saying that the family had always used the property, and that she had a perfect right there. The of ficer caught hold of her arm and forced iier to leave, and it was alleged that he handled her so roughly that she was indisposed lor several davs. The question then arose as to who had the right to occupy the propeity. The SheritF claimed that it belonged to him so long as he remained in otiice, and the Commissioners held that they were the rightful owner?, in the name of the counfv. The matter was argued by-Col onels Black and MCandiess for the prosecutrix, and by .Mr. Sewell for the defendant. Nearly the entire forenoon was occupied with it, and it created considerable interest. Judge M'Clure, in delivering his opinion, ob served that the prosecution possessed more im portance than ordinary surety of the peace ca ses, as it embraced the Sheritt'and County Com missioners. The Commissioners, he said, have a right to take cognizance of all mischief done to county property, hut in this case they were mistaken. The Sheriff of Allegheny County is the highest officer in any county ot the State.— The jail is his domicii, and the grounds appur tenant thereto are part and parcel of the curti lage, on which he and his family can step at any time. No one can make him a prisoner in liis own domicii, and no Mayor or County Com missioner has any right to put him in a slate of siege of beleagurement in his own domicii. This young woman was no trespasser. Mr. Fergu son was appointed bv the Commissioners to sate the property .from waste, mischief and destruc tion. We have no blame for him. He did not seize her of his own w ill. One of the County Commissioners ordered him to do so. Here was a young, frail girl—daughter of the Sheriff—- whose footfall would scarcely bend the grass she treads upon, caught by the arm and dragged off the plot in a manner altogether unnecessary. She had a perfect right there. Tim defendant was sentenced to pay the costs, and enter into recognizance in $"200 to keep the peace for one vear.— Pitfs. Union. MEMORIES or CIULIIOOD.—The memories of childhood, the long far away days of boyhood, the mother's love and prayer, the ancient church and school-house, in all the green and hallow ed associations, come up in the dark hour of sin and sorrow, as well as in the joyous time like ttie passage of a pleasantly remembered dreain, and cast a ray of their own purity and sweetness over it. (CP*Lady Mary Duncan a rich heiress, arul Mr. William Duncan was her physician, durinir a severe illness. One dav she told him she I,ad made up her mind to set married, and upon his askitic: the name of the unfortunate chosen one. she bade him go home and open the Bible, giving him the chapter and verse, and he would find out. He did so and thus he read : "Nathan said to David, thou art the man." Obituary. Under the obituary head of the Frederick (Mil.) Citizen , we find the following notice of a somewhat notorious individual, who has just "stepped out Died, in Virginia, on Thursday the 21th of Mav, "SAM," aged about one year and six months. His funeral will take place at Rich mond, January Ist, 1556. His friends in (his county are invited to attend his funeral. The services will be performed by that eloquent champion of democracy, HENRY A. WISE, who has * -lect'-d the following Verse for his dis course : "For we are hut of yesterday, and know-noth ing, because our days upon earth are a shadow." —Job, Sth chapter and 9th verse.

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