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From The Constitution, Wednesday, March 15, 1865 (volume 28, number 1420)

War News.

By an arrival at Key West we are told that an expedition comprising all the available troops at the Key, under Gen. Morton, aided by four gun boats, had just started to take possession of St. Mark’s, one of the very few little ports now of possible access for blockade runners. The result of the venture was not known when the steamer bringing this much about it sailed.

We have news from Hilton Head to the 6th. The United States steamer Harvest Moon, Admiral Dahlgren’s temporary flagship, was blown up by a torpedo on the 2d, while coming out of Georgetown. The Admiral escaped injury. No lives were lost.—Everything is progressing smoothly in Charleston. Traders are beginning to open their stores, and the city is rapidly assuming a business aspect. Gen. Jno. P. Hatch is in command of the Northern District, Department of the South, and Gen. Schimmelfinig of the defences about Charleston. On the Northeast Railroad, the cars are running as far as Goose Creek. Gen. Potter has advanced to the Santee River without meeting opposition.

Richmond papers of Friday, 10th inst., contain the important intelligence, that on the 8th Gen. Bragg attacked a Union force, four miles in front of Kingston, N. C., and drove them back three miles to another line, where apparently, they maintained their position.—Gen. Bragg admits that the ground was ‘obstinately disputed;’ but claims that his own loss was small, while he asserts that we lost heavily in killed and wounded besides 1,500 men taken prisoners. The news of this battle was received in Richmond just in season to shed a dim light over the “darkness visible” of the day appointed for humiliation and prayer throughout the South. This news is important as showing the exact position of the rebel Generals Hoke and Hill, with commands who are commended by Bragg for ‘exhibiting their accustomed gallantry.’ So it is evident that these Generals are not in Sherman’s immediate front. Union accounts will probably show that the rebel General exaggerated the importance and extent of the whole affair.

Reports were current in the Army of the Potomac on Friday last, that an extensive mutiny had broken out in the rebel army, and that extreme measures were required to quell it. It was also rumored that a force of Union cavalry had appeared on the north side of Richmond, and was having an engagement.

Gen. Sheridan dates a dispatch at Columbia, Va., on the 10th inst., in which he says he sent one division of cavalry to Scottsville on the James which had gone as far south as Duguidville, only 15 miles from Lynchburg, and had also destroyed the bridges on the Rivenna river. This division made an almost complete destruction of the great canal running from Lynchburg, and which Sheridan called “the Feeder of Richmond.” Locks, bridges, canal banks were destroyed, and finally the James river was turned into the canal.—Twelve canal boats loaded with supplies for Richmond were captured. Another division went down the railroad to Amherst C. H., 15 miles from Lynchburg, destroying the railroad in like manner. The two divisions would have crossed the James, but the rebels had burned the bridges.

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Then and Now.—Four years ago Jeff Davis said in his message, that Virginia alone could sustain the war for twenty years, and that Richmond would never be evacuated. As time has progressed, so have some men’s opinions changed. Judging from extracts in Richmond journals, those “twenty years” will be very short unless something “turns up.” The “blessings in disguise” which have been showered upon them lately, have proved too much. The recent message of Gov. Brown of Georgia, doesn’t sound well. The “F.F.V’s” think that those that urged on the war should now see it through. Virginia has been the battle-field, and demands support from the other sister states. These “sisters” cannot see the point, while Sherman is marching his army through their territory. “State rights” is the point at issue and demands immediate attention. Meanwhile the Confederacy may go—no matter where, and the Richmond editors howl until they are tired. Twenty years war is not what is most desired at the present time in the south.

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A letter writer thus describes the state of feeling in Charleston, the city of secession, southern chivalry and honor:

“It is the most completely subjugated community I ever saw. There is mortification, disappointment, hopelessness in their countenances. I have given utterance to my most radical sentiments to try their temper, and have not even succeeded in making any one threaten me by word, look or gesture. Wm. Lloyd Garrison, or Wendell Phillips, or Henry Ward Beecher can speak their minds in the open air, without molestation, and with the certainty of hearty cheers from one portion of their audience.”

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Congress has passed the amendment to the Army Bill, increasing the army ration from thirty to forty cents. It adds about twenty-five per cent. to the pay of line officers, and fifteen per cent. to that of other officers on active field duty.

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The New Jersey Assembly, some days ago, refused to indorse the constitutional amendment prohibiting slavery—every democrat voting for slavery, and every unionist for freedom. On the 8th, the democracy, to prevent a reversal of their action, voted down the bill to extend the right of suffrage to soldiers with the army. Every democrat voted that the soldiers should be disenfranchised, while every unionist voted to extend the high privilege to all who would be entitled to it at home.

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Our Territories.—Nevada having become a State, there are now ten territories, including Wyoming, now being formed. They are Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, and Washington. All of them destined in a few years to become States.

New Publications.

Life in Rebel Prisons.—This is a title of a book recently published, giving a full and truthful narrative of the experiences of Robert H. Kellogg, sergeant-major of the 16th Conn. regiment, who was captured with his regiment at Plymouth, N. C., last April, and taken to the rebel prison at Andersonville, Ga., where during the summer, thirty thousand prisoners were confined, of whom twelve thousand perished from want of proper food and attention. The sufferings of the men are presented with simplicity and without exaggeration. The book is dedicated to the widows, children, fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters of the prisoners. The work contains 400 pages and is bound in full gilt covers. Price, $1.75. This work is sold by traveling agents only, who can obtain full information by addressing L. Stebbins, Hartford, Conn.

Local News.

Miss Anna E. Dickinson will speak at McDonough Hall on Tuesday evening next, under the auspices of the “Alert Club.” The proceeds will be given for the benefit of the sick and wounded soldiers. Tickets 50 cents, to be procured at the bookstores. A large number have already been taken. The subject will be “A Glance at our Future.”

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To Be Completed.—We learn that the society of St. John’s Church (Catholic) of this city, contemplate finishing the coming season, the spire of their church, and adding thereto a clock. The society is out of debt. Middletown at the present time, cannot boast much on spires or fine churches.

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The High School.—We learn that the principal of the public schools of this city, H. A. Balcam, A. M., will resign at the close of the present term, and will be succeeded by H. E. Sawyer, of Concord, N. H. The following notice is taken from the Concord Daily Monitor, 4th inst.:

“The pupils of the High School, with their friends and ex-members of the School, met in the High School Hall last evening for a parting visit with Mr. Sawyer, who expects to leave the city soon for another field of labor in Connecticut. During the evening, A. B. Kelley, in behalf of the scholars, in a neat and well delivered speech, presented Mr. Sawyer a beautiful Silver Tea Set,–bearing the inscription: “Presented to Henry E. Sawyer by the Concord High School, March 3d, 1865.” The present was a surprise to Mr. Sawyer who accepted the gift and returned his thanks in an appropriate and fitting farewell speech.”

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Military.—Maj. John C. Broatch, of the 14th regiment, severely wounded at Hatchins’ Run last October, has been appointed paymaster.

Chas. E. Moore, 6th Conn. regiment, arrived at his home in this city last Thursday, having received an honorable discharge after three years service. During this time, including a sojourn on Belle Island as prisoner, he has not seen one day of sickness.

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The Lecture before the “Erodelphians,” by Hon. Thomas H. Seymour, of Hartford, takes place on Thursday evening of this week. Subject, “The Coronation of the Emperor of Russia.” Tickets 35 cents.

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The River and the Boats.—Some “knowing ones” assert, while others deny the assertion, that the river is open for navigation between this city and Hartford. The same may be said of the arrival of the New York boats that the “City” will come up this Tuesday morning, followed each day by the “Granite” and “Elm City.” Up to the time of going to press, no boat has appeared. Meanwhile Middletown remains at the “head of navigation.”

Miscellaneous.

When Lieut.-Gov. Patterson was speaking of the Legislature of one of our States, some dozen boys presented themselves for the place of messengers, as is usual at the opening of the House.

He enquired their names and into their condition, in order that he might make the proper selection. He came in the course of his examination, to a small boy, a bright-looking lad.

“Well, sir,” said he, “what is your name?”

“John Hancock,” was the answer.

“What!” said the Speaker, “you are not the one that signed the declaration of independence, are you?”

“No, sir,” said the lad stretching himself to his utmost proportions, “but I would if I had been there.”

“You can be one of the messengers,” said the Speaker.

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A philosopher writes to a tailor who had failed to get ready his wedding suit: “It was no serious disappointment; only I should have been married if I had received the goods.”

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An exchange paper says that soft soap in some shape, pleases all, and generally speaking, the more lye you put into it, the better.

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Recycling 1865

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Gardening ad 1865

From The Constitution, Wednesday, March 8, 1865 (volume 28, number 1419)

War News.

Richmond papers of the 28th, contain no positive intelligence of importance from either of the great fields of military operations.—Vague rumors are given of an intended movement by Gen. Grant against the rebel right. Gen. Grant is said by the rebel papers to be massing troops on his left, and it was thought at Richmond that nothing but the recent heavy rainstorm had prevented an engagement from taking place. Gen. Johnston has assumed command in North Carolina. Gov. Brown, of Georgia, has issued a message, in which he fiercely denounces Jeff. Davis, and accuses him of bringing the Confederacy to the verge of ruin.

Thirty-one rebel officers, captured by Gen. Scofield’s forces on the 20th ultimo, while advancing against Wilmington, arrived at Washington March 1. Among the number are Col. C. H. Simonton, Twenty-fifth South Carolina; Major S. H. Wilds, Twenty-first South Carolina; Capt. Wescott, Eleventh South Carolina; Capt. Mazyek, Twenty-fifth South Carolina; Capt. Allston and Capt. Hullman, Twenty-seventh South Carolina, and three surgeons of South Carolina regiments.

Acting Admiral Stribling, of the East Gulf Squadron, reports that on the 1st of February an expedition left a United States bark at midnight, to destroy the salt works on West Bay[ou]. The expedition returned on the 4th, having destroyed the works of 13,615 gallons of boiling power, besides 70 bushels of salt and 125 barrels of epsom salts.

Major Gen. Palmer, commanding in Kentucky, has issued an order against recruiting for the rebel armies in that State, and warning those who may be caught at it that they will be treated as spies. Gen. Burbridge has been ordered to report to Gen. Thomas.

The Navy Department has received information of the capture of the schooner Delia, under English colors, near Bay Port, Fla., by the United States steamer Mahaska. She had a cargo of pig lead and some cases of sabres.

The gallant Gen. Grierson is to have (so says a Memphis dispatch) charge of all our cavalry in the West.

Gen. Grant sends a dispatch to the Secretary of War, dated 5th inst., which says:

Deserters from every point of the enemy’s line, confirm the capture of Charlottesville by Gen. Sheridan. They say he captured Gen. Early and nearly all of his entire force consisting of eighteen hundred men. Four brigades were reported as being sent to Lynchburg to get there before Gen. Sheridan if possible.

The transport Massachusetts reports that our naval forces captured Fort White, a splendid establishment mounting seventeen heavy guns, just below Georgetown, S. C. The sailors and marines then landed and captured Georgetown. The rebel cavalry made a charge on them in the streets but were gallantly repulsed with a loss of several killed, wounded and prisoners. Our loss is one man. Admiral Dahlgren’s flag ship, the Harvest Moon, on her way down was sunk by a torpedo; all hands were saved excepting the steward.

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The Richmond Enquirer of the 25th says that Sherman captured one hundred thousand bales of cotton at Columbia, and that his army is “rushing through the Carolinas like an avalanche.” The Raleigh confederate states that all the rebel troops from Charleston were pushed forward to confront Sherman.

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Gen. Gilmore reports the capture of over four hundred and fifty cannon at Charleston, also eight locomotives and a great number of passenger cars.

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The constitutional amendment is defeated in the New Jersey Assembly.

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Arming the Slaves.

Time is passing, and the question as to the expediency of arming the slaves at the south is still agitating the mind of the rebel leaders. Jeff Davis is not in favor of arming a large body of them, while Gen. Lee is in favor of any number as a military necessity. The House of Representatives has passed a bill in favor of arming two hundred thousand, which was rejected in the Senate by a vote of eleven to ten. A mass meeting has been held in Richmond, which will tend to hasten matters, and the opposition will be obliged to submit. The necessity of the case admits of no other course. To hold out successfully any longer, men must be had. As long as they have an army there is hope. Their conscriptions have taken every available white man, yet the demand continues. But the question is, will the blacks fight for the southern cause. The opinion at the north is that they will not. Union refugees and prisoners, escaping from the south, have found the blacks their friends, guiding them through difficulties and dangers at the risk of their own persons. Experience has found them to be among the best troops in fighting for the Union. Perhaps the southerners think they can control them as well with arms in their hands as under the lash, and by scattering them among the white regiments, make good soldiers of them. It is reported that a large number have been organized and placed under drill, to be placed in front of Sherman’s advance. It would be a queer position of things if they should stand and fight against their friends and brothers who flocked to the protection of the Union army during its successful march through the southern states.

The Inaugural.

We give in to-day’s paper the Inaugural Address of President Lincoln. It is concise. No boasts or prophecies. It simply affirms that we have a free and established government. The people need no reminder of the past. Many who claimed four years ago, that the inaugural of another President would never happen have lived to see their mistake. We have a country and proved our ability to defend it.

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Mrs. J. H. Wood and daughter were severely burned Monday night at the Buffalo theatre, on the stage, in the play of Cinderilla. …

A sleeping car attached to a train on the Philadelphia and Erie railroad, caught fire near Lancaster Monday night, and was totally destroyed. The passengers escaped, but lost their clothing and baggage.

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S. S. Hyde, the U. S. detective who accidentally shot and killed his own wife, at New Haven, has been arrested on a charge of homicide, and put under $200 bonds for examination before Judge Hollister, with Edward I. Sanford and Francis Wayland, Jr. associated with him as magistrates. Mr. Hyde expresses himself as anxious and willing for a full investigation.

Local News.

The party which left this city some two months since for South America, with the intention of remaining there, have abandoned the enterprise. Two of the party have gone to California, the others are “homeward bound.”

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The River opposite this city is open, and the ferry boat makes regular trips. The ice remains fast in the straits. River rising, owning to the late rains.

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Various Matters.—The Middlesex Co. Bank is authorized to commence operations under the National Banking law. …

Now is the time to attend to your grape vines, trees, &c., and Ryan is the person to do it. Descriptive catalogues will be ready for distribution this week. Improvements are to be made this week in buildings for the better display of plants. Give him a call.

The members of the M. E. Church are preparing a box to be sent to the freedmen.

Repairs are being made at the lower wharf at foot of College street.

Spencer gives another of his hops this (Tuesday) evening, at McDonough Hall. They have been well attended this winter.

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The Alert Club will offer for sale a variety of Fancy Goods, at the Millenery Rooms of Mrs. Brooks, (Main st. near Washington) on Thursday evening, March 9th, commencing at 7 o’clock. The articles and tickets will be numbered to correspond up to No. 200, and only 200 tickets will be sold. Each ticket will entitle the purchaser to the article registered opposite the corresponding number on the list of articles. Tickets 50 cents. The value of the articles ranges from 25 cents to seven dollars each—the goods being the unsold portion of the contributions to the Fair recently held by the Club. The drawings will be announced, and the distributions made at 8 o’clock, or as soon as all the tickets shall have been sold. Ice cream will be furnished during the evening at extra charge.

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Entertainment.—The public, who always want to hear something, has found one who can cater to its funny taste in “Jeems Pipes” alias Stephen Massett, Esq. It has a joker who is irresistible even to himself. Wise men will not praise his wit, but the prejudice in their strongest facial muscles he can overcome. Jeems Pipes does not follow Artemas Ward. In that line he is not equal to him. He gave the results of “Drifting About” to a good house here last week Wednesday. The lecture was witty, there was nothing more in it. It took pleasantly because it had culture.—He read well, recited poetry with marked expression, and he might act well. He induced us to believe that he could sing and if there had been an instrument in the hall he would have done so. We can fit the affair with no name; it was the graces of an accomplished gentleman brought out of social life and the parlor’s entertainment. The “Erodelphians” owned the speculation. They ventured something new and had good success.

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There is no danger of any change in public opinion throughout the loyal states in regard to the Rebellion—it must be put down.

But the time between the suppression of armed rebellion and the restoration or reconstruction of the Union, will witness serious differences between the friends of the Union.

There are those who will oppose the reception of any rebel into the restored Union, unless he come “with his hand upon his mouth, and his mouth in the dust.”—eating humble pie all the way from Richmond to Washington. They will talk loudly of the punishment of treason and the confiscation of the property of traitors.

Many seem to think it an evidence of loyalty to talk of rebels as of wild animals that are only fit to be hunted and killed.

People of this class are already firing hot shot of indignation at President Lincoln because of the recent “Peace Conference,” and especially because of his reported hint to the rebel agents of a liberal use, by himself, of the pardoning power, provided the South would return to loyalty without further hostilities. Miss Dickinson leads off in this dubious business and others of similar antecedents may be expected to follow. The manifestation of such a spirit, at this time, is certainly to be deplored. Just judgement is clamored for, but in the statement of its terms the tempering element of mercy is forgotten.

Let us ponder these things, for the time is near at hand, when we shall need to remember that even rebels and traitors may be men.

LOYALTY.

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We would call the attention of our agricultural readers to the advertisement of Messrs. Ricardo & Co., 194 Front St., New York, manufacturers of the Celebrated Improved Excelsior Poudrette, the Ne Plus Ultra of Manures. We advise all farmers and gardeners to give it a trial, the price is exceedingly low. Read the advertisement in another column.

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From The Constitution, Wednesday, March 1, 1865 (volume 28, number 1418)

War News.

Charleston was evacuated by the enemy on the night of the 18th, leaving the several fortifications uninjured, besides 200 guns which they spiked. The evacuation was first discovered at Fort Moultrie, in the morning at 10 a. m. Part of the troops stationed at James Island crossed over in boats and took possession of the city without opposition. Previous to the enemy evacuating they fired the upper part of the city, by which six thousand bales of cotton were burned and it is supposed that before they could subdue it, two thirds of the city will be destroyed. A fearful explosion occurred in the Wilmington depot, by which several hundred citizens lost their lives.—Cause unknown. The building was used for commissary purposes, and situated in the upper part of the city. Admiral Dahlgren was the first to run up to the city, where he arrived at about 2 o’clock p. m. Gen. Q. A. Gilmore followed soon after in the steamer W. W. Coit, and had an interview with Gen. Schimmelfinnig, he being the first general officer in the city, and for the present in command.

Our troops entered Wilmington on the morning of the 22d instant. After the evacuation of Fort Anderson Gen. Schofield directed Cox to follow its garrison towards Wilmington, while Terry followed Hoke on the east side of the river. The latter took up a new line, four miles from Wilmington, but was so closely pressed by Terry that he could send no troops to the west side. On that side the rebels made a stand behind Town Creek, but on the 20th Cox crossed his troops below them on a flatboat, attacked them in the rear and routed them, taking two guns and three hundred prisoners. On the 21st Cox pushed to the Brunswick river, opposite Wilmington, where the bridges were on fire, and on his arrival the rebels began burning the cotton and rosin in the city, and left it that night. Our captures, including Fort Anderson, amount to about seven hundred prisoners and thirty guns. Citizens state that the rebels burned one thousand bales of cotton and fifteen thousand barrels of rosin.

Admiral Porter sends to the Navy Department an account of the operations of the fleet in the Cape Fear River. Immediately after the evacuation of Fort Anderson, the fleet under his command pushed forward as rapidly as possible toward Wilmington. After sounding and buoying out the middle grounds at Big Island, he succeeded in getting two gunboats over, and opened fire on Fort Strong, the fort commanding the principal obstructions, where the rebels had also sunk a large steamer, the North Eastern. Our fire soon drove the rebels away from the fort. On the night of the 20th inst., the rebels sent down two hundred floating torpedoes, but the Admiral had a strong force of picket-boats out, and the torpedoes were sunk with musketry.

The 22d of February, 1865,

Will be a day to be remembered in the annals of American history. The mind while wandering back to the years in which the noble Washington and compeers fought for national independence, and the establishment of one country and one destiny on these western shores, can trace through intervening years, the hand of a kind Providence, which has guided and upheld, until in this, the year 1865, the hopes long wished for and cherished, are appearing within our reach. The drawback to our true prosperity has been rolled away. Its foster brother, treason, is being crushed and driven from the land. Victory upon victory over the enemies of our country has been won by our armies on many battlefields, and will continue to be won until the last foe is subdued. We now have an idea of what our forefathers endured in establishing this government, and shall their children refuse to retain what was bequeathed them? The 22d of February will now have a new charm—for on that day of the present year could have been summed up the conquest of the state which has breathed forth hatred to republican and democratic institutions, and the re-possession of those forts which first belched forth with fire, the bitter fruits of secession. Hereafter “Old Glory” will wave from their ramparts with majesty and power.

The Fourth of March, 1865.

On the Fourth of this month, Abraham Lincoln will be inaugurated in his second term of office, chief Magistrate of the United States. When he first took the oath of office the sky looked threatening, and a terrible civil war was coming steadily on. But he was the man for the hour. Buckling on his armor, he has met the rebel hordes at every point, and at the close of his first term can claim that he has done his duty. The states which then defied the national power, now lie at the mercy of our armies. Within the last two weeks, every seaboard town has passed from rebel hands. What a contrast to four years ago. Then with hardly a ship at her disposal, or an army at command, a united north has fought the greatest conflict of the age, and has come out, victorious. In strength and power, she is to-day, surpassed by no other nation. As Abraham Lincoln commences his new term, it will be as the President of a free and united people. May we hope that wisdom will still be given him, that he may guide this noble ship of state safely through every storm until she reaches a haven where peace, unity, and prosperity, shall be her portion.

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An old scissors grinder in Manchester, N. H., died on the 16th, and was supposed to have been in destitute circumstances, but an examination of his effects disclosed a bank book, showing a credit of $3000.

Some villains tried to burn a saloon in Stamford the other night, by lighting a pile of papers upon which they had poured a quantity of whisky; but the whisky had so much water in it that they gave it up.

The celebration of Washington’s birthday was observed in New York with unusually imposing demonstrations. The fall of Charleston added to the enthusiasm. Several regiments paraded, and in the evening fireworks were exhibited in several parts of the city.

A case of juvenile depravity has just been developed in Louisville, Ky. Caroline Miller, a girl thirteen years old, deliberately poisoned her father with arsenic, after having made an unsuccessful attempt to kill him with rat poison. Her excuse was she thought she might have a better home and less work to do if her father was dead.

Kate Gorman, No. 104 Prince street, New York, an attractive female, who has been a pickpocket ever since her eleventh birthday, and realized $45,000 from her operations was arrested on Wednesday and committed.

The New York merchants have decided to celebrate the national successes, next Saturday, March 4th, by meeting in the open air on Union Square, a military review, processions, salutes and bell ringing, to close with fireworks in the evening.

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During a sudden and violent temperance spasm at Natick, Mass., Monday, a grand simultaneous movement was made by constables on all the rum shops and $400 worth of liquor seized. Half of it was stolen a night or two after, from a place where it had been stored.

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The Pittsburgh Chronicle decides that petroleum oil will be exhausted when the ocean is and not before.

Local News.

February 22nd.—The students of Wesleyan University observed Washington’s Birthday with the usual firing of cannon in the day, and in the evening by a literary and musical entertainment at the Methodist church. Our only public hall that is desirable for such uses was secured for another celebration, and the ideas of reverence to the place some had, prevented them from decorating any further than to hang up one large flag. Every kind has a duplicate that there may be no loss; so the tribute, esthetic, combined our colors, red and white and blue, displayed by the genius of its graceful and spontaneous artists, music and oratory. The choir who sang were selected from the choirs of different churches.

The exercises began with singing “The Nation’s Prayer,” then followed prayer by Dr. Cummings, then “Ship of State,” a duet with male voices. A. F. Nightingale read the “Farewell Address” in a fine manner, the choir sang a “National Hymn,” and then came an oration delivered by S. K. Smith. Its subject was Washington, as character; that by whole truthfulness, love of just freedom, and wisdom that worships Deity, he was “Father of his Country;” that the greatness of his mind, benevolent, prophetic, has since been and will remain always the genius of the American people. The oration was altogether a pleasant one. “Our Native Land” was sung to “Auld Lang Syne,” Elder Pillsbury pronounced a benediction, after which we accomplished the squeezing out. May Wesleyan ever flourish!

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The 22d of February was duly observed in this city, aside from its observance by the students of Wesleyan University. The good news of the possession of Charleston by the federal forces, added to the enthusiasm. Flags and streamers were flying in every part of the city, and citizen met citizen with a smiling countenance and joyous heart, (we refer to the loyal portion.)

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The Alerts.—The members of the Alert Club of this city, have secured the services of Miss Anna Dickinson, for the evening of March 21st. Her subject will be “A Glance at the Future.” Further particulars will be announced hereafter.

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For Liberia.—Mr. William Smith, who has spent some years in Liberia, is now in this city, and will receive any contributions in aid of the missionary cause in that country, which the citizens may contribute. His recommendations are satisfactory.

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The ferry company are cutting out the ice and will have the boat running in a day or two. We understand that at East Haddam landing the ferry boat is running.

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The River.—The crossing on the river for the past day or two has been exceedingly difficult even for foot passengers, and some have received a cold bath. The warm weather and rain raised the river and weakened the ice.

Miscellaneous.

Sojourner Truth, a notable negro woman was admitted to see the President. She delivered to him her thanks for what he had done for her people saying at the same time that he was the only one who done anything for them. Lincoln rejoined, “And the only one who ever had such opportunity. Had our friends of the South behaved themselves, I could have done nothing whatever.”

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 From The Constitution, Wednesday, February 22, 1865 (volume 28, number 1417)

War News.

The Richmond papers report that on the 11th inst., a column of Sherman’s infantry and cavalry crossed the Edisto to the west of and above Branchville, and advanced on the Columbia Branch Railroad. The rebels at Branchville withdrew toward Columbia. According to the last official accounts our troops were at Orangeburgh, some twenty miles north of Branchville, and on the road to Columbia.—Beauregard was in command, and it was thought he would fall back to the Santee, and attempt to defend that line. Hardee is in command at Charleston, and claims to have repulsed the advance of our troops on the Salkehatchie.

Gen. Terry’s force began a movement against Wilmington on the 11th inst., which, as far as developed by the latest intelligence from Fort Fisher, was a success and full of promises. The troops moved up the peninsula in two columns, the right under Gen. Ames, the left under Gen. Payne. The enemy’s pickets were driven gallantly back to the main works of the enemy, the position and strength of which was fully ascertained. At the same time Fort Anderson was vigorously shelled by Admiral Porter’s fleet.

In cooperation with this movement against Wilmington, we have reports from rebel papers of an expedition from Newbern to Kingston, N. C. The Union forces are said to have railroad iron sufficient to rebuild the road from Newbern to Kingston.

Dispatches from Gen. Grant to Secretary Stanton, containing extracts from the Richmond papers of Saturday, give the cheering news that Sherman has captured Columbia, South Carolina, and is there with his whole army. The probably immediate evacuation of Charleston is announced, and a dispatch from the Charleston Mercury states that the publication of that paper will be suspended for a short time, until the office can be removed to another place. The Richmond papers seem to be in the dark as to the future movements of Sherman’s army, but think that he may go to Charlotte, N. C. They say that he may possibly establish a new base at Charleston, but think it is needless for him to have any base, as he is living on the country, and has fought no battle that would diminish his supply of ammunition. The “brag” appears to have been entirely taken out of the Southern journals, their tone being despondent, and conveying the impression that they believe Sherman can go where he chooses, consulting only his own convenience. Beauregard had retreated before the advance of Sherman, destroying large quantities of medical stores; but no information is given as to the direction taken by his forces.

The Richmond Enquirer of the 20th, says Charleston was evacuated on Tuesday last, 14th.

Persevere.

It is reported that at the recent peace conference at Hampton Roads, direct propositions were made to President Lincoln by the rebel commissioners, for a reunion of the rebel and national armies for the enforcement of the Monroe doctrine, leaving the question of re-union for the present in abeyance to be decided by the course of events. Could the rebel commissioners have accomplished such a master stroke, they would ultimately have realized all their hopes. With the cause of our present troubles undecided, and our armies at work in a new field, the rebel emissaries abroad would have material furnished for urging the recognition of the south at once. The chances would be, that before the north could renew the fight, the south would be aided and upheld by foreign powers. But President Lincoln is not to be blinded or driven from his course, by new lights appearing on the coast. He has his chart, has marked his course, and it is believed will steer clear of shoals and rocks until the haven of peace is reached. That the southern leaders have been baffled and defeated at their own game is apparent by their bombastic speeches and threats and denunciations against the north, recently issued in Richmond. Yet they admit that it is out of their power to raise another army of white men. With Lee’s army around the defences of Richmond, men are found willing to cheer and applaud utterances breathing hatred to northern industry. But the drama is drawing to a close. The ship of the Union is plowing its way through the heart of every recreant state showing its determination to assert its authority. She will not seek harbor or furl her sails until the storm has ceased.

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The party in the rebel House of Congress in favor of arming the slaves, have again been defeated in their attempts to bring the matter to a vote, and the question has been temporarily put aside.

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The majority of the judiciary committee of the Kentucky Senate have made a report recommending the rejection of the constitutional amendment to abolish slavery.

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In the lower branch of the Legislature of Minnesota the proposal to strike out the word “white” from the constitution as a qualification for voting was carried on the 4th inst., by a vote of thirty-one yeas to eight nays.

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Rich Colored Men.—Ciprian Risand is worth a million dollars, and is the richest colored man in the United States. The colored men in New York have many rich men—among them Peter Vandyke, Robert Watson, J. M. Gloucester and Mr. Crosby, who own about $3,000,000 in real estate and otherwise.

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The Illinois Legislature has passed a bill appropriating $25,000 for the purchase of the burial place of the late Stephen A. Douglas.

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Our Mineral Resources.—The Boston Herald, in an article, on the vast mineral resources of the country, closes with these words: “Great as the debt of the American nation may be, with $100,000,000 invested in Mills in Nevada, in ten years it could be paid off and enough left to carry on any foreign war we may ever be engaged in.”

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Mexico.—Advices from Mexico represent the imperial army as having been defeated with heavy loss before Ooxaea, an interior town several hundred miles below the city of Mexico, where a powerful and increasing army of liberals under Diaz is concentrated. The boundaries of the empire are narrowing rapidly, the regal authority extending only over a few seaport towns, and the road to the capital. Another report says the French expedition against Sonora has been badly beaten, and the traitor Gen. Vega captured and shot.

Local News.

Elocutionary.—The audience that drew to hear Prof. Hibbard read on Monday evening, at Miss Payne’s seminary, filled the room to its utmost convenience. Enoch Arden, Tennyson’s new poem, now so popular, was the first entertainment. Then followed a portion of Pickwick Papers, and a recitation of Poe’s fine piece, The Bells. Enoch Arden is exceedingly sad and pretty, but Prof. H.’s reading was the book illustrated. Dicken’s writings are peculiarly his forte, and as he always spices with them, he has read them nearly through. The last difficult and dramatic piece, we have heard Prof. H. and other masters of elocution recite, but it has never been performed to our satisfaction, because there is a power of passion in those bell tones, swinging free.

They are neither man nor woman,

They are neither brute nor human.

His effort upon it filled us with pleasure and we thought it was a better excellence than had been reached before.

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Concert of the Old Folks.—Father Kemp’s Old Folks will give one of their unrivalled concerts at McDonough Hall on Friday evening of this week. They will appear in full strength, full dress, and will without doubt, instruct and amuse all who attend. The favorite ballad, “Jonnie Schomoker,” will be sung by the company. The sweet ballad singer, Emma J. Nichols, is with them; also Aunt Phœbe and Grandfather Hopkins.

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Lecture.—The Young Men’s Literary Association of this city, have engaged Stephen Massett, Esq., better known as “Jeems Pipes, of Pipesvill” to deliver a lecture at McDonough Hall, on Wednesday evening of next week. It will be serio comic, entitled “Drifting About.” Mr. Massett has travelled a great deal, has had a large and varied experience of the world, is an agreeable writer, and an entertaining lecturer. All who wish to spend a pleasant hour, in listening to one of the best humorist writers, will do well to visit McDonough Hall on Wednesday evening next. Tickets of admission, 35 cents.

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Washington’s Birthday.—The students of Wesleyan University will celebrate the anniversary of Washington’s birth day on Wednesday evening, by appropriate exercises at the M. E. Church. Orator, S. K. Smith; Reader, A. F. Nightingale.

The members of Hubbard Hose Co. No. 2, will give their annual ball at McDonough Hall on that evening. Music by Governor’s Guard band. A. J. Spencer, prompter.

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Skating.—A party of gentlemen from Hartford, skated on Tuesday last, from Morgan street bridge, to the steamboat dock in this city, in one hour and twenty minutes.

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Errata.—In the income tax list published last week, Frances Alsop should have been inserted instead of Clara Alsop.

Poetry.

Our Soldier.

Another little private

Mustered in

The army of temptation

And of sin!

 

Another soldier arming

For the strife,

To fight the toilsome battles

Of a life.

 

Another little sentry,

Who will stand

On guard, while evils prowl

On every hand.

 

Lord! our little darling

Guide and save,

‘Mid the perils of the march

To the grave!

Miscellaneous.

A compositor in the Appeal office, in setting up the words, Virgin Mary, made it read Virginia Mary. Another of our exchanges in speaking of the Internal Revenue, said, instead, Infernal Revenge. Another, in speaking of a man of some note, lately deceased, undertook to say, “He subsequently commenced life as a legal practitioner, but was diverted from it by his love of letters.” The editor did not look at his proof-sheet, and had the pleasure of reading in his paper, “He subsequently commenced life as a politician, but was diverted from it by his love of bitters.”

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Old Folks Concert, 1865

From The Constitution, Wednesday, February 15, 1865 (volume 28, number 1416)

War News.

The news from the Army of the Potomac is not yet definite as to the object or results of the new movement. The Second and Fifth Corps obtained a well advanced position on Sunday, and held it, despite the efforts of the enemy to dislodge them. The greater part of the Sixth and Ninth Corps arrived on the ground Sunday night. On Monday afternoon Crawford’s division of the Fifth Corps was pushed forward, and drove the rebels from a point known as Dabney’s Mills, about two miles beyond Hatcher’s Run. Here the rebels made a determined stand, and about 5 o’clock made an attack in front and on the flank of the division, and caused it to fall back some distance to a line of works thrown up by the Second Corps on Sunday, where our men reformed, and aided by the Third division of the Sixth Corps, the enemy were in turn driven back. The fighting was quite severe while it lasted, and the enemy being the attacking party suffered severely. Our loss was from 300 to 500. About 120 prisoners were captured, among whom was one rebel Colonel.

Richmond papers of Friday, the 10th inst., admit that the forces of Gen. Sherman were dangerously near Branchville, and it was understood that Richmond papers of Saturday contain the definite statement of the capture of that important position. The fall of Branchville involves the evacuation of Charleston as a military necessity on the part of the rebels. The Richmond Whig of Friday mentions a rumor, which then had received no official confirmation, that the Confederate forces had already been withdrawn from the city.

Intelligence from the Army of the Potomac reports no further fighting. On both sides the dead have been buried and the wounded taken from the field. Our troops continue to hold the line recently wrested from the enemy, and are engaged in fortifying it in a very elaborate manner. The Richmond papers of Friday admit the movement to be a complete success.

Gen. Grant was in Washington Saturday, and testified before the Committee on the conduct of war in regard to the exchange of prisoners. He said that the matter was now entirely in his hands, that he had made an arrangement for the exchange to go on man for man, until the entire number held by one side or the other, should be exhausted, and that the delivery of our men would now go on at the rate of three thousand or more per week, the Salisbury and Danbury prisoners coming first. Gen. Grant afterwards visited both Houses of Congress in session, and was received with marked distinction.

A large mass meeting was held in Richmond last Thursday, the object of which was to rouse the people of the insurgent States to a proper sense of their danger. Several of the most prominent rebel statesmen addressed the meeting—among them Messrs. Hunter and Benjamin.

Taxation.

The recent decision by the United States Supreme Court that the stocks of the federal government are exempt from local or state taxation, will be an inducement to make the stocks of the government sought after. Taxation has always been avoided if possible just as large dividends and per centage have been sought after. It is natural to invest money where it will pay best. None will receive the decision of the Court with more satisfaction than stockholders of insurance companies and banks. It is estimated that from one third to one half of the entire insurance capital is invested in government securities. But to every reasonable and thinking man the question must come, in what way can the necessary amount be raised to meet the current expense of government and state? The money must be forthcoming. If companies and individuals cannot be taxed upon one kind of property, the full amount must be raised upon other property, and to effect it is to treble the per centage upon what is taxable. If the taxable property is reduced one third, the per centage of tax must be advanced in the same ratio. The offer of the government to take the earnings of the people at a fair per cent. free from taxation, is liberal, and should be properly appreciated; but the lender does not escape scot free. What difference is there between a tax of one mill upon the whole capital, or of two mills upon half of it. The wheels of the general government and state machinery must be run let the burden come where it will.

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Seven-Thirties.—No better investment can be made by banks, bankers, capitalists, or any one who has fifty dollars or more to invest in a safe, prompt-paying investment, than by purchasing 7-30 notes. It is emphatically the “People’s Loan,” and should attract the attention of all. They are issued in convenient form, and the interest can be calculated at the rate of a cent per day on every $50, which can be converted, after August 15th 1867, into gold bearing five twenty bonds. Messrs. Fisk & Hatch, the well-known Government Loan Agents, 38 wall st., New York, receive orders for these popular notes, or will send them through either of the banks in this vicinity.

Conflagration in Philadelphia.

A large fire commenced about 3 o’clock on Wednesday morning in the coal oil works on Ninth and Federal streets, Philadelphia. About fifty dwellings were consumed, occupying two squares on both sides of Ninth street, besides a few on Federal and Wharton streets. Fifteen lives are reported lost. The streets were at the time flooded with snow, water and oil. The oil ran along the streets in full blaze, setting fire to the lower portions of dwellings, preventing the escape of inmates. The oil that escaped from the burning barrels poured over into Ninth street and down to Federal, filling the entire street with a lake of fire, and igniting the houses on both sides of Ninth street for two squares, and carrying devastation into Washington, Ellsworth and Federal streets. Five squares of houses, if placed in a row, were on fire at once. The scene is represented to have been one to make the stoutest heart to quail: men, women and children were literally roasted in the streets. Capt. Joseph H. Ware, who occupied a dwelling in the vicinity, with his wife, five daughters and two sons, met with a sad misfortune. They all succeeded in getting into the street from the house, just as they left their beds; but, mournful to relate, found themselves in a river of fire. The family became scattered. Mrs. Ware had her youngest child, a beautiful little girl in her arms, and was endeavoring to save her. She fell, when herself, her little child and another daughter about fifteen years of age, were burned to death in the street. Capt. Ware and his two sons escaped, but the other three daughters are missing.

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The snow is from four to five feet deep in the northern part of Maine, Vermont and New York. Along the seacoast of Maine it is about two feet deep. In the White Mountains region snow has fallen to a great depth.—Some of the drifts in the roads are from twelve to fifteen feet deep, and the snow is so dry that the wind blows it into the most fantastic shapes.

Local News.

Income Tax.

The Special Income Tax, collected in this 8th Division, towns of Middletown and Cromwell, amounted to $23,091.70. The following are the names of those returning $2,000 and upwards:

Alsop. Clara 5,877 Latimer, Mary Ann 4,252
Burr, Geo. W. 3,585 Mansfield, Louisa 2,857
Camp, Daniel W. 2,073 Mutter, M. W. A. 5,862
Camp, Wm. S. 3,282 Parsons, S. H. 10,583
DeKoven, Henry 2,238 Pike, R. G. 3,587
DeKoven, Margaret 2,572 Roberts, E. H. 2,493
Douglas, Benjamin 9,180 Sebor, Charles R. 7,584
Hotchkiss, Julius 21,784 Smith, A. O. 2,470
Hubbard, Asa 2,396 Southmayd, Alfred 2,427
Hubbard, C. C. 5,374 Stearns, Samuel 2,420
Hubbard, G. T. 5,573 Stevens, Elisha 6,270
Hubbard, George S. 2,990 Stevens, John 6,044
Hubbard, Henry G. 53,814 Stocking, Justus 19,381
Hubbard, Jane 6,650 Terrill, M. W. 33,179
Hubbard, Sam’l C. 5,541 Tyler, C. C. 2,897
Hulburt, Geo. H. 2,394 Vansands, L. D. 2,616
Jackson, E. 8,615 Watrous, Jos. M. 6,009
Johnson, Ira N. 2,400 Watkinson, J. H. 8,726
Lyman, David 43,521    “   (trustee) 3,838
Lyman, Wm. 5,500 Wilcox, Eben 6,636

Wilcox, William 4,567

There has been assessed and collected since Sept. 1862, in Middletown and Cromwell, over $200,000. The Manufacturers tax in the two towns, ranges from $6,000 to $10,000 per month.

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The Weather.—Snow has fallen 4 inches depth, south of here some 100 and 200 miles, the past week. It has been intensely cold for February. Sabbath morning the mercury indicated four degrees above 0. Monday four degrees below. Tuesday morning four above with a clear atmosphere and bright sun.

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Various Matters. … Skating still continues good. On Saturday there was a large gathering of young and old people on the river, opposite the city.

Tuesday, 14th Feb., “Valentine Day.”

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Immersion.—John Ramsey, an employee at the Sage Ammunition Works, while returning to the city Saturday evening on the ice, received a cold bath by venturing too near an unsafe spot.

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Our Firemen.—Our firemen are a jolly set, and must have their amusements. Just as often as the season comes, must the violin and bow be called into requisition. They work better for it, whenever their services are required for the public welfare, and as their services are entirely voluntary, they expect the public to encourage them in their amusements. The annual ball of Engine and Hose Co., No. 1, takes place this week Friday, that of Hubbard Hose Co., No. 2, on Wednesday of next week, the 22d. Both of the Fire companies are here represented, and our citizens will do well to assist them in meeting their expenses. A generous benefit would be acceptable to the boys.

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James Lawrence, of Boston, has given $2,500 for the additional equipment of the laboratory of the scientific school at Harvard College, which is in addition to the sum of $50,000 is a permanent fund for the benefit of the chemical and engineering departments. Mr. Lawrence’s father, Abbott Lawrence, founded this school by the gift of $50,000, and added a bequest of $50,000 more at his death.

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Prof. H. S. Quinn, of New York, arrived at Quincy a few days ago on skates, having skated all the way from St. Paul. He left St. Paul on the 9th of January, and reached Quincy on the 23d, traveling the whole distance of 850 miles in fourteen days, stopping on the way to deliver lectures. He found ice smooth and beautiful, and clear of air holes. He had a clean stretch from St. Paul to Quincy, and he bowled down the globe over five degrees of latitude, without meeting an impediment.—It is one of the most extraordinary feats on record.

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Never despair, says Prentice. If the stream of your life freezes over, put on skates.

Dunning notice, 1865

From The Constitution, Wednesday, February 8, 1865 (volume 28, number 1415)

War News.

Advices from Gen. Sherman’s army, say that his army is still advancing victorious into the heart of South Carolina, with every prospect of striking a damaging blow on the rebel forces rapidly concentrating in the vicinity of Charleston.

The crew of the rebel steamer Florida, which was captured in the harbor of Bahia, by the U. S. steamer Wachusett, have been liberated, by order of government. They numbered about thirty, and were taken from Fort Warren in a tug and placed on board the British steamer Canada, which sailed from this port last Wednesday for Halifax.

Rebel accounts from the state of Mississippi say there is great activity in the movements of national troops in that region. Transports loaded with them are said to be moving up and down the Mississippi river.

Burleigh, the Lake Erie raider, was delivered to the U. S. Provost Marshal at Suspension Bridge, New York, this morning at four o’clock.

The enemy state that all of Terry’s command has disappeared from the Cape Fear River. The inference is that this body of troops has gone to reinforce Sherman, which, together with the Nineteenth (in part) and Twenty-third Corps, Meagher’s command from Chattanooga and vicinity, and Foster’s force, must give him an army fully equal to that of the James. This being the case, he can, as the enemy are very fearful he will do, threaten several points named, and thereby capture one or all of them without a battle.

The navigation of the Mississippi, from St. Louis to the mouth, is perfectly unobstructed. The enemy appear to have abandoned in despair their pet ideas of obstructing the navigation of the Father of Waters. Hundreds of crafts plow its waters in peace and quietness, and are entirely unmolested. Since Hood’s disastrous defeat, the enemy appear to have lost all heart and enterprise.

Constitutional Amendment.

The 31st day of January, 1865, will be remembered in the history of this nation. Eighty one years a social and political evil has been tolerated, sanctioned by law and the influence of men high in public esteem. On those who have spoke against it has been poured the enmity of powerful cliques, clothed with power. Like the people of old, they sought to found a nation whose corner stone should be of their own origin, and whose power should be felt. A lesson has been taught them. Their strength of yesterday is taken away. The victory of to-day cannot be claimed altogether by the actors of to-day. During the years of the past, men seeing the evils which the system would bring, fought it. The efforts of such patriots as Clay and Webster, postponed the day when the inevitable decision, the clash of arms, would be resorted to, and by compromise sought to inspire confidence and respect throughout all sections of the country. That these efforts were demanded it will be acknowledged. The barriers thus erected were broken by the leaders of the social evil, under various pretexts for its advancement. Thus was the way led to the season when the tree bore its ripe fruit—secession. Then too was the time when the patriots of ’61 first offered their blood in a cause whose success should shed immortal honor on their names. This bloody civil war has taught the people to put away the evil which has caused it. The feeling on this subject is evinced in the vote recorded on Tuesday in Congress in the House of Representatives.

The amendment passed is the following: “Neither Slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, of which the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction. Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

It was initiated in the United States Senate and passed that body on the 8th of April, 1864, by a vote of 38 to 6. During the last session of Congress, it was brought before the House for action but failed by a vote of 95 yeas, to 64 nays. The progress of the war, and public opinion towards emancipation, have had its effect, and the same Congress which rejected the amendment, has now passed it by over two-thirds majority. Eleven Congressmen who first voted against it, have now voted for it; among whom is English of Connecticut. It now remains for the several Legislatures to act upon it. Of those loyal to the Union, there are twenty-eight, all but six of which are now in session. Four of them have already ratified the amendment, Maryland taking the lead. By the 4th of July next the United States of North America will be free from the blight of slavery.

Department for the Blacks.

Gen. Sherman has recently issued an order setting apart the Sea Islands of South Carolina and a tract on the main land for occupation by the negroes. This is an important step in the progress of civilization and advancement to the blacks. It will meet the views of the people, as it has the sanction of government. The land set apart is composed of the main land, and for years has produced large crops of choice rice and cotton, thus enriching the slave holding proprietors. The negroes in this section have been kept in abject servitude being of that class which it has been said could not exist without the care and protection of the white man. An opportunity will now be afforded to test the assertion. They will have a chance while owning and cultivating these rich lands, to prove to the world that they possess those qualities which command respect. This war has been a purifier. It has scattered to the winds the old antipathy against the advancement of the black man. The difference in color has been of no consequence when fighting qualities are considered. So may it be as to their manly qualities. Left to themselves at least for the present, we predict good results.

Arming the Negroes in the South.

From rebel reports they have stirring times in Congress on the question of arming the negroes. Many of the members have the foresight to see that by placing arms in their hands would be giving aid and succor to the enemy. The bill now under discussion provides “that all free male blacks between 18 and 45 shall be liable to labor in the construction and repair of defenses, bridges, roads, and do the menial work of the army generally. Where slaves are so employed, masters are to be compensated in case of their loss or death.” The general tone of its opponents was, that it is a design of the President to secure the services of the negroes in the army, and that when there to arm and make them fight their battles. One member argued that Davis “proposed new and dangerous schemes with unabated confidence in himself, that having so often miscalculated and deceived, it was time he had learned to mistrust himself; he must not look for unlimited support from either Congress of the country. When he proposed the mad schemes of arming the negroes he proved to the world that the abolitionists were not all in the North.” Another said it “would be far better if the government would leave the execution of some of its laws to the people at home; there was too much brass button and bayonet rule in the country—they were thick as locusts in Egypt. He believed in keeping the negro on the plantation; that when a different policy was adopted, the death knell of their hopes would be sounded.” Another argued “that the negro was totally unfit by nature for a soldier, and that he could not be expected to fight on their side when high inducements were offered by the enemy.” It was a hair which broke the camel’s back; it is the negro which will revolutionize the South.

Local News.

Counterfeit Fifty Cents of the Treasury currency are in circulation in this vicinity. At one bank in this city four of them were presented on Monday. They can be easily detected, being new and inferior in every way.

What is Needed.—A want which has long been felt in this community is that of houses, which will rent at prices within the reach of tradesmen and mechanics. The increase of manufacturing in this place has drawn a large class of industrious people, who among their many good qualities, like a neat, respectable house to live in. Two hundred such houses are wanted. It is intimated that one or two capitalists intend erecting houses for rent the coming season. We suggest it to others, as a paying investment even in these times of high prices.

Sleighing on the River.—The sleighing on the river has been excellent. On Wednesday last a party of twenty couple[s] went to East Haddam, had a supper and a dance at the Champion House, and returned to the city, on the morning of Thursday.

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The following letter shows what the “Ladies Aid Societies,” are doing:

Harrwood Hospital,

Washington, D. C., Jan. 30th, 1865.

Miss Dyson desires to offer “The Ladies Aid Society,” of Middletown, Conn., heartfelt thanks for a box sent by them, and received Jan. 28th in perfect order. Its contents are devoted to the use of sick, suffering patriots in three wards of Harrwood Hospital. The well selected bounties were hailed by the “boys” with a ready smile, and an eager bite—while such words as, “That’s the first I’ve tasted since I left home,” “Oh, that’s so good,” “That’s bully, ma’am,”—will tell how, with full mouth, and fuller hearts, the kindness of the donors was appreciated. The “Sanitary,” and the “Christian Commissions,” are doing a noble work in our army—a missionary work indeed, evoked by our country’s need as she passes through her baptism of blood in the defense of truth and right.

Written in behalf of 130 Sick Soldiers.

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Gubernatorial Candidates.—A correspondent writes to us, suggesting that in the event that Gov. Buckingham should decline a re-nomination, there could be no better name presented to the Convention than that of Hon. Benjamin Douglass, of Middletown. We have already said that there was no reason to suppose that Gov. Buckingham would decline a re-nomination, against the almost unanimously expressed wish that he should again be a candidate of the Union party. The names of many gentlemen of ability and merit have already been suggested as proper candidates for the office of Governor, among which the name of Mr. Douglass fills a prominent place, and while we agree with our correspondent in his high opinion of the true worth of that gentleman, we should very much regret the contingency that opened to the Convention the question of selecting a new candidate. Our correspondent writes:–New Haven Journal.

“Among all the honored names mentioned in connection with the office of Governor, there is none suggestive of more public spirit, of higher and more unselfish devotion to the public good, and to the honor and prosperity of the whole country, or of better capacity and more general business ability, than that of Benjamin Douglass, of Middletown. Mr. Douglass is extensively engaged in manufactures, and closely identified with all the best interests of the state. He has been Lieutenant-Governor on the same ticket with Gov. Buckingham, and would fill the office of Governor with honor to himself and to the great advantage of the State. It there is to be a change, no better choice can be made than that of Mr. Douglass for the position of Governor of Connecticut.”

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Edward Frost and George A. Lawrence, of Springfield, have just been allowed a patent on an apparatus for lighting gas by electricity, by means of which the street lamps of a whole city may be lighted instantaneously by a single operation at headquarters. It requires the use of only two wires, running from the battery to the lamps, to each of which a simple arrangement is attached by which the gas is turned on and lighted at the same time, or shut off at the option of the operator.

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VOTE ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.

The account below is by a Washington correspondent, of Tuesday, Jan. 21st.

The proposed amendment to the constitution immediately abolishing and forever prohibiting slavery comes up for final decision. An anxious throng of witnesses pours into the galleries; there is an air of confidence rising almost to exultation on the Union side, while a sullen gloom settles over the pro-slavery benches.

Archibald McAllister, dem., of the XVIIIth Pennsylvania District, reads a beautiful paper, in which he justifies his change of vote, and cast his ballot against the corner-stone of the rebellion. Alexander H. Coffroth, dem., of Pennsylvania, XVI District, follows in an unanswerable and manly argument, to show the power to amend and the policy to amend. Applause on the Republican side greeted these new accessions to freedom.

12:45.—William H. Miller of Pennsylvania, XIVth district, (who was beaten at the last election by Geo. H. Miller, Union,) espouses pro-slavery democracy, and insists on keeping his party foot on the n*****s.

The galleries are getting crowded, the floor of the House filling up.

Anson Herrick, dem., IXth district, New York, next gives frank and statesmanlike reasons why he has changed his views, and shall change his vote.

In the midst of the speaking, and that buzzing which always characterizes a critical vote upon a great question, it is whispered that three rebel peace commissioners, Stevens, Hunter and Campbell, are on their way here—that they were at City Point last night. A few believe, but most people say, “gold gamblers’ news.”

1:30 P. M.—The crowd increases. Senators, heads of bureaus, prominent civilians and distinguished strangers, fill the outside of the circle.

The interest becomes intense. The disruption of the Democratic party now going on is watched with satisfaction and joy upon the Republican side of the House; anxiety and gloom cover the obstinate body guard of slavery, whose contracting lines break with the breaking up of their party.

James S. Brown, Democrat, of Wisconsin, spitefully indicates his intention to vote against freedom. Aaron Harding of Kentucky, a “Border State Unionist,” bless the mark! makes a melancholy effort to poke fun at young Democratic converts, and rams the struggling n***** back under the protection of the sacred Constitution.

Martin Kalbfleish, Democrat, of Brooklyn reads a long pro-slavery composition which excites little attention and no interest.

3 P. M.—The hour for voting has arrived, and the fact is announced by the Speaker. Mr. Kalbfleish is only at the 22d page of his composition, and begs to be endured through six pages more. This request is granted, with much reluctance.

The galleries are wonderfully crowded, and women are invading the reporters’ seats. The Supreme Court and the Senate appear to have been transferred bodily to the floor of the House.

3:20 P. M.—A motion to lay the motion to reconsider on the table assumes the character of a test vote. The most earnest attention is given to the calling of the roll. Division lists appear on all sides, and members, reporters, and spectators devote themselves to keeping tally.

Of course the attempt to table the amendment will fail; but there are not votes enough to pass the bill. Absentees drop in; one “aye,” one “no.” The roll is called over by the Reading Clerk but the count has already been declared in whispers through the House—57 ayes, 111 noes. It is not tabled.

3:30 P. M.—Question is taken now on the motion to reconsider the vote of last session by which the proposed amendment was lost for want of two-thirds. The House vote to reconsider, Ayes 112, Nays 57.

Now commences efforts to stave off the final vote. Robert Mallory, dem., of Ky., with a menace as to what course he should decide to pursue, appeals to Mr. Ashley to let the vote go over till to-morrow.—Other democrats clamor for this delay.

Mr. Ashley refuses and stands firm, this being the accepted time and the day of salvation.

The final vote begins. Down the roll we go to James E. English, dem., of Conn., who votes “aye.” A burst of applause greets this unexpected result and the interest becomes thrilling. The Speaker’s hammer falls heavily and restores silence.

Clerk—“Wells A. Hutchiuns.” “Aye.” A stir of astonishment in the reporters’ gallery.

“William Bradford.” “Aye.” Wonder and pleasure are manifested.

“Dwight Townsend.” “No.” “Ah, if Harry Stebbens had been well enough to stay, that vote had not been given,” said a Senator.

Clerk—“Schuyler Colfax.” “Aye.”

The voting is done. Swift pencils run up the division lists. “One hundred and nineteen to fifty-six.” Hurrah! Seven more than two thirds!

The Clerk whispers the result to the Speaker. The Speaker announces to the House what the audience quickly interpreted to be THE MIGHTY FACT THAT THE XXXVIIITH AMERICAN CONGRESS HAD ABOLISHED AMERICAN SLAVERY.

The tumult of joy that broke out was vast, thundering and uncontrollable. Representatives and Auditors on the floor, soldiers and spectators in the gallery, Senators and Supreme Court Judges, women and pages, gave way to the excitement of the most august and important event in American Legislature and American History since the Declaration of Independence.

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From The Constitution, Wednesday, February 1, 1865 (volume 28, number 1414)

War News.

An official dispatch from Admiral Porter dated “Off Smithville, N. C., Jan. 20,” gives the details of the blowing up of Fort Caswell by the enemy on the 16th and the subsequent evacuation of all the other works in that vicinity, including Bald Head Fort, Forts Campbell and Shaw, and the fort at Smithville, all of the very strongest character, and mounting eight, nine and ten inch guns, and one Armstrong 150 pounder. The total number of guns captured in these works was 83, which added to the number captured at Fort Fisher makes 155 cannon as the trophies of four days’ operations. Two blockade runners, the Charlotte and Stag, had been captured by running into the river past Fort Fisher, only to discover one fleet inside. Another was captured by the fleet outside.

Further details of the attempt of the rebel fleet to come down the James River and attack City Point show that the fleet was composed of three iron clads and five gunboats. One of the iron-clads, the Fredericksburgh, ran through the obstructions, but in attempting to follow the others got aground and daylight coming on, our batteries, Forts Brady and Parsons, opened with effect, driving back the entire fleet with the exception of the gunboat Drewry, which remained aground and was blown up by a shell from our guns, which exploded her magazine.

The total number of guns captured at Fort Fisher and the other fortifications on Federal Point, was 72; the number captured at Fort Caswell, Campbell and Shaw, and at two small batteries on the Cape Fear River was 83. Total 155.

The limits of the Department of the South are extended so to embrace the State of North Carolina. The headquarters will remain at Hilton Head. The department will, until further instructions, be subject to the orders and control of Major General Sherman.

Jeff. Davis has appointed March 10 as a fast day.

Sixteen deserters from Tenn. regiments came in Thursday and took the oath, and state that many more are watching a like opportunity. Sixty scalded officers from the steamer Eclipse arrived yesterday. Twenty-two were killed and many more missing.

Gen. Meade has issued an important order, intended to arouse a proper spirit of emulation among the enlisted men of the army. It provides by the recognition and reward of meritorious conduct by granting, under specified conditions, furloughs to such men as by attention to duty, proficiency in drill, conduct on the march and in battle, and care of arms, horses and equipments, have proved themselves to be the best soldiers in the brigades to which they are attached.

Admiral Porter reports to the Navy Department the capture of the blockade running steamer Blenheim on the night of Jan. 24th in Cape Fear River. She was from Nassau, bound in, not knowing the place had fallen into our hands. She has a valuable assorted cargo.

The Richmond Whig of Friday says it was reported in that city that Gen. Lee had been appointed General-in-Chief, and that Gen. Joseph E. Johnson had succeeded him in the command of the Army of Northern Virginia. It had been expected that Gen. Johnson would be assigned to the command of the forces confronting Sherman.

A dispatch from Wilmington, dated Jan. 19, received in Richmond on Thursday, reports the capture of the pirate Olustee, alias Tallahassee, while attempting to run into New Inlet.

The Blairs – Peace – A Humbug!

The visits of the Blairs, Sen. And Jun., to the rebel capital have caused the circulation of peace rumors in every form. The special correspondent of the N. Y. Times states that it is a failure. Jeff Davis will not listen to terms until the confederacy is recognized, after which an armistice may be agreed upon. This is all well enough. The rebel leaders have not yet been brought to that state, in which submission to the authority of the United States will be found preferable to the wrath of an outraged and woe-stricken people. It has been asserted by the rebel organ that the act appointing a General-in-Chief has passed Congress and been approved by the President. They undoubtedly hope by the appointment of some person as General-in-Chief, Gen. Lee for instance, that new strength and vigor will be imparted to their arms. The troubles that have come upon the inhabitants of Dixie have taught their leaders that by separate state action they can do nothing. With this fact acknowledged Jeff Davis now appeals to the States, pointing out to them the injurious and mischievous effects of separate action, and advising them to act together in all matters pertaining to the accomplishment of their independence. As the end draws near, Davis and his advisors will not only see that it is necessary to have one acknowledged head of government for one idea, but in all things. States can control their affairs so as not to conflict with each other and the general government. As the south has thus frankly acknowledged her error in this case, so will she in secession. The old union of States will be restored stronger in unity than ever, for old troublesome ideas will be swept away, giving a clear and unobstructed pathway to the high position among nations which this country is destined to occupy.

GWIN, THE NEW VICEROY.

A report comes to us from California of the establishment of Wm. M. Gwin, formerly Senator from California as Viceroy or Duke over the northern provinces of Mexico. The last time Gwin was heard from he was arrested on a California steamer by Gen. Sumner, on the ground that he was a disloyal man and working for the interests of the secessionists. There is some reason to believe the truth of the report. The provinces over which he is said to have control, are rich in mineral resources, all that is required, being its settlement by an enterprising people. Then again, as the rebellion wanes, the leaders will be looking for a safe place to retreat, and what better place will offer, than the new country just mentioned. The said Gwin, having intimate relations with the rebel leaders, will probably induce many of them to emigrate, by reviving their old dreams of a great slave empire. Napoleon is a wily schemer, and nothing would please him better than to populate his newly acquired territory with the refugees of the south.

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The Illinois Legislature have repealed the black laws, with the exception of that prohibiting the marriage of blacks and whites. Among those foremost in this repeal were some who had figured in their adoption.

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Destruction by Fire of the Smithsonian Institute, Washington.—The Smithsonian Institute, at Washington, was partially destroyed by fire, on Tuesday afternoon last, caused by a defective flue, in the loft above the picture gallery. The fire was confined to the main building, and above the first story, the latter containing the museum, which was considerably damaged by water. The wings and corridors were not much injured, neither was the large library in the west wing much damaged.

Local News.

Fair and Festival.—The Fair and Festival given by the ladies of the Alert Club, comes off on Wednesday afternoon and evening of this week. The friends of the soldier will bear in mind the cause for which they endure hardships and privations and make liberal contributions to the entertainment now in hand. Donations may be sent to the McDonough Hall until 12 o’clock Wednesday.—Now is the opportunity, and let the citizens of Middletown and vicinity improve it, and give of their bounty in such a manner that the soldiers will have cause to remember them.

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Dr. L. Jewett of the 14th C. V., who was wounded at the battle of Reams Station on the Weldon R. R., has recently received his discharge and is now at his home in Middle Haddam.

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Skating.—There has been good skating on the river for the past week. Saturday afternoon the skaters could have been counted by the hundreds. The ice boat is out every day.

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Registration of Births and Deaths.—We are requested by the Registrar of this town, to call the attention of some of our delinquent Physicians, to the importance and necessity of their making complete returns of the births and deaths, (more particularly of the former,) which have occurred in their practice, the past year. The Registrar informs us, that as the returns now stand, the deaths exceed the births by forty-five. This surely cannot be so; and such a statement to be published and circulated abroad, (as it will be unless speedily corrected,) would most certainly have an injurious effect upon the interests of this town, and we trust that those Physicians who have neglected their duty in this matter, will no longer delay in making the proper returns.

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An important witness in a case before the Superior Court in session at Northampton, Mass., being absent last week, the sheriff was sent after him. The officer returned and said he had found the man, and wanted to know if the Court insisted on his presence. The answer was yes; but after the officer explained that he was sick with the small pox, the Court suddenly changed its mind.

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In the Boston police court, recently, a man arraigned as a common drunkard, put in a peculiar plea in defense. He said that he believed the world was coming to an end within a year, and meditating upon this momentous event “staggered” him. The court did not see it in that light, and sent the staggerer to the House of Correction for five months.

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A guerrilla attacked the shop of a lonely widow in Hawesville, Ky., the other night. He broke the window and pushed his head in, when the widow laid him out with a billet of wood, called for an axe, and deliberately made mince-meat of the body.

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From The Constitution, Wednesday, January 25, 1865 (volume 28, number 1413)

War News.

The latest news from Fort Fisher is that after the surrender of the fort, the rebels blew up Fort Caswell and other minor works defending the entrance to Cape Fear river. At the time of her sailing, the smaller gunboats had entered the river and were actively engaged searching for torpedoes, preparatory to an advance against Wilmington.

Shortly after the capture of Fort Fisher a diagram containing a plan of the whole system of torpedo arrangements in Cape Fear river was discovered, and our naval officers were searching for a key to the diagram, by which means the infernal designs of the enemy would be completely frustrated.

A Philadelphia dispatch to an evening paper says: By the arrival of the steamer here we learn that our entire force under Terry, advanced on Wilmington, and were reinforced by a heavy column of veteran troops from the South, believed to be under Howard. No heavy fighting on the 18th and 19th, and it was thought that our troops were meeting with little or no opposition. An unconfirmed report was in circulation that Wilmington was evacuated and must be at once occupied by our troops. Light draft gunboats were moving cautiously toward Wilmington, fishing for torpedoes. No doubt our troops would soon take Wilmington, and the fall of Charleston was hourly expected.

Our Generals.

The war is now in its fourth year. It can safely be said that the great southern rebellion has run its race. During the first two years and a half, slow progress was made by the Union forces. It was almost a draw game. The victories of yesterday were cancelled by the defeat of to-day. Although we were more than holding our own, it was not enough consolation for the enterprising yankee spirit of the north. The cry of the copperheads that the ablest generals were with the south, was cutting to the north. Perseverance and patience are having their reward. The trials and experience through which we have struggled have developed great military genius and skill. Old heroes have stepped aside and given place to those of to-day. The tables have been completely turned during the last four years. Beauregard was then in the zenith, then came Polk, Hood, Bragg, Jackson, and Lee. By successful strategy and military science they laid general after general of the federal forces aside and roamed at will. They were determined to enforce the threat of Robert Toombs, and “call the roll of their slaves on Bunker Hill.” The scene has changed. One by one have the generals of the south been defeated, until but one remains, and his time will soon come. Generals Grant, Sherman, and Thomas head the roll. Among those who have won their way to military fame and distinction, Connecticut may claim not a few. But recently new laurels have been given to one of her favored sons. Brevet Maj. Gen. A. H. Terry, who commanded the land forces connected with the recent expedition against Fort Fisher. Thus it is. Through hard bought experience the ability of the Yankees to overcome obstacles is apparent, and is sure in the end to conquer. The south are learning it. The earlier they lay down their arms and submit to the laws, the easier will it be for them.

A Second Lieut. General.

The Congressional reports show a desire on the part of some official, to prosecute the enquiry on appointing a second Lieut. General. It may be done with the purpose of dividing the honors and laurels between Gen. Grant and Sherman, but whatever its object it is not expedient at present. At no time have we been favored with success in the prosecution of the war, as during the time in which Gen. Grant has had supreme control of military movements. The bare idea of falling back once more on the old style of a medley of commanders, makes on shake as in an ague fit. None of Grant’s predecessors were able to proceed further towards Richmond than on the line of the Rappahannock or Rapidan, although they commanded large armies. Lee kept them one and all within view of Washington. No sooner had Gen. Grant assumed command than an onward movement was commenced and carried out. The same obstacles that defeated his predecessors were placed in his path, but availed nothing. A combined series of front and flank movements were witnessed which drove the enemy miles from elaborately constructed fortifications until the federal forces arrived before the walls of Richmond. No backward step has yet been taken, but step by step advances are made which bring the army nearer the goal which will soon be theirs. Under the direction of Gen. Grant, our armies in various parts of the country have been making rapid strides into the heart of the southern confederacy. His fitness for the position which he occupies is shown in his discretion in selecting his officers. There has hardly been an instance of failure or misjudgment. While remaining before the battered walls of the rebel capital, he has planned campaigns, and allowed his lieutenants to reap the fruits of his victories. With the experience of the past, and the victories which are now crowning our arms, no patriot would wish to change the order of things, but decide to “let well enough alone.”

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President Jeffrard of Hayti proclaims that order is restored in the republic and the revolution vanquished. The death sentence passed on the traitors of the Cape Haytien rebellion of July last has been commuted. The republic is progressing satisfactorily.

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The Bishop of Treviso (Venetia) has published a pastoral letter strictly forbidding Catholics to attend the funerals of Jews.

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While engaged sawing wood by horse power at Palmer on Monday, Michael Alligate was accidentally thrown against the saw, which cut through his head and killed him instantly.

Local News.

Mayor’s Report.—We publish this week the report of his Honor, Mayor Warner on the affairs of the city during the past year.—An interesting feature of the report is that after the payment of all dues, there is a fair surplus remaining. It should be read by every taxpayer.

Mayors Annual Report.

Fellow Citizens: Your Charter and By Laws require me at this time to report to you the condition of your municipal government, a statement of its income and disbursements during the past year; the situation of its various departments with suggestions as to their administration during the coming year.

Treasury Department.

By the report of your Treasurer it appears that his receipts during the year past were

From taxes $6550.77
William R. Smith for sidewalk 10.23
Licenses 58.00
H. Clark St. Commissioner on Sidewalk acc’t 26.00
H. Clark St. Commissioner from grass on Union Park 6.00
Balance of old account 404.84
Town of Middletown on account Highway 1300.00 $8355.84

Disbursements.

The disbursements during the same time were

Cash paid upon orders and City debts $205.00
on hand to new acc’t 1150.84 $8355.84

City Indebtedness.

The amount of outstanding

Orders $629.31
Note of City to Orrin Gilbert 1127.00
Note of City to Savings Bank 1000.00 $2756.31
There are now due to City for taxes $2145.05
Balance of Cash on hand 1150.84 3315.89
Excess of assets over City debt $559.58

From this it appears that your city is now out of debt, having an excess of assets over its obligations of $559.58. When we consider that this result has been accomplished without any increase of taxation and against a constant inflation of prices until they have reached an advance of one hundred per cent. over former years, we think it is reasonable to assume that the state of your finances are in as satisfactory condition as you could reasonably desire.

The amount of orders drawn upon the City Treasurer for the year ending January 16th, 1865 is $5529.60

The items of said expenditures are on acc’t of

Mayor’s salary $200.00
Salary of Clerk and Treasurer 205.00
Compensation to Assessor 100.00
Salary of Street Commissioner 162.62
Police 424.75
Streets and walks 1431.37
Watering Streets 425.00
Cleaning walks & streets 184.00
Public Grounds 26.55
Compensation to Fire Department 412.75
Repairs for Fire Department 230.32
Gas for Street Lamps 158.26
Repairs for “ 81.43
Printing and advertising 57.50
Contingent expenses 233.58
Interest 127.62
Superintendent of St. Lamps 75.00
Miscellaneous 93.65 $5529.60

 

In my last report, I intimated to you that in my opinion, the expenses of every department for the past year would be increased necessarily at least twenty-five per cent. over that of the past year, are in excess of the preceding year only to the amount of $303.78 and much less than the expenses of the city during years prior to the war.

There is no department except that of “Streets and Highways”, in which any increase of expenditure is anticipated. The changes required in this department will require an appropriation at least double in amount over any recent year. We have no reason to believe, however, that the aggregate of your expenses for the coming year will be greatly in excess of the past. A tax of two mills per cent. upon last year’s assessment will be ample to provide for the demands upon your treasury for the coming year. By and with the advice of the Common Council I recommend that the same be the rate per cent of your tax.

Fire Department.

In equipments and material this department is the same as last year, and its general condition is much better.

The Chief Engineer of the department informs us in his report that the affairs of his department were perfectly satisfactory “both as regards men and material, and that each branch of the same co-operates with each other in perfect harmony.”

The officers and subordinates of this department are entitled to great credit for the present degree of efficiency of their several organizations attained in the face of many discouragements. They deserve the fostering care of the city.

Each department has applied to the Common Council for an increase of compensation. The Council were unanimous in acceding to the propriety and justice of their claim, and have recommended such an increase to be allowed by you at this time. In this I fully concur.

I desire to bring to your consideration, again, the propriety of purchasing a Steam Fire Engine for this city. Each year’s experience deepens my conviction of the propriety of such a course.

The loss by fire, during the year past amount to only nine hundred dollars, the year preceding only three hundred dollars. We believe that we argue rightfully from these facts a competent fire department and a degree of public morals.

Streets and Highways.

By the report of the Street Commissioner the expenses of this department amount to $1451.57. It is thought that the condition of your highways is perfectly satisfactory. The exhibit of the Street Commissioner in his report affords all the necessary evidence of the fidelity and economy of his management of this department. I feel it due to this officer in this connection to say that he has met my entire approval in the discharge of the duties of his office.

I desire to return my thanks to each officer connected with the city government, for their attention to their respective duties and their cooperation with me in everything calculated to effect the best interests of the city.

We have great reason to rejoice at the success which has attended every enterprise of our people and their prosperity and happiness during the past year. The increase of business enterprises in our city and immediate vicinity has been all that we could reasonably desire. No branch of business has failed to receive its proper remuneration, and the laborer has received his reward. The general calamity of pestilence has been by a kind Providence turned from us, and but the ordinary visitations of sickness and death have afflicted us. For these blessings and this measure of prosperity let us not be ungrateful.

SAMUEL L. WARNER, Mayor.

Middletown, January 16th, 1865.

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The Annual Report of the Board of Education of the Middletown City School District has been issued in neat pamphlet form. The following persons comprise the Board of Education: Hon. Benj. Douglas, President; Geo. W. Burke, Secretary; O. Utley, P. Fagan, J. M. Van Vleck, Stephen Brooks, C. F. Browning, E. B. Nye, Wm. D. Willard. Henry A. Balcam, M. A. is Principal of the High School. The number of boys registered for the year is 1000, average attendance, 584. Number of girls registered 1131, average attendance 660. The income for the year has been $8,255.90, including a donation of $901.84 from the estate of the late Elihu Spencer, Esq., who among his bequests to the public institutions remembered the interests of education in his native city. The expenses amount to $7,132.49. The report shows that the condition of the schools during the past year compare favorably with that of any former period.

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Balls.—The ball of the employees of Savage Fire Arms Co., on Friday night last, passed off pleasantly. The music by Colt’s band was fine, and the supper by “mine hosts” of the McDonough House most excellent.

The members of Mattabessett Engine and Hose Co. No. 1, will give their annual ball on the 17th of next month. Music by Third Artillery Band, J. P. Stack, leader.

The annual ball of Hubbard Hose Co., No. 2, will take place on the 22d of February.—Music by the Governor’s quadrille band.—Spencer prompter. Tickets, $2.50.

Died.

In Higganum, Jan. 16th, Mrs. Martha Humphreys, relict of the late Mr. Alvin Humphreys, aged 86 years. She had read the Bible through twenty-six and a half times, and was a worthy and consistent christian.

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Deceased.—Foster, the colored barber, known to most of our citizens, died at his residence in New Haven, on Friday morning last. His disease was small pox, contracted from the clothes of some furloughed soldier, while shaving. He had resided in New Haven about a year. We think it safe to say, that every barber’s shop in this city, (with one exception, and that from no fault of his,) was opened by him, with others now closed.

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From The Constitution, Wednesday, January 18, 1865 (volume 28, number 1412)

War News.

Fort Fisher Taken !

Fort Fisher taken on the 15th inst. Captured 2000 prisoners and 70 guns. Fort and everything in our hands.

The Fortress Monroe correspondent of the Norfolk Old Dominion gives the following intelligence about Sherman’s operations, which we find nowhere else: “I learn that the expedition which went up the Savannah River the other day, met with great success. When about sixty miles up the river, a large force was landed, which was marched to the Columbia and South Carolina road, when about ten miles of the road was completely destroyed. The expedition met with little or no opposition. Gen. Foster’s forces captured a company of South Carolina militia in the vicinity of Hardeeville. They had been in the field but two weeks, and did not seem to relish hard fighting overmuch. This successful expedition is part of the grand project which has for its object the complete isolation of Richmond. And not many weeks will pass before Sherman will have entire possession of all the railroads connecting Virginia with the cotton States.”

In the rebel House of Representatives, on Wednesday last, Mr. Miles of South Carolina, introduced a series of resolutions declaring that all attempts by States to negotiate a peace are revolution, and that they (the Representatives) are firmly determined to continue the struggle until they achieve their independence.

Richmond papers of the 13th inst. chronicle the arrival of Hon. S. P. Blair in that city, but withhold the particulars of his visit. They profess to regard his mission as an attempt on the part of Mr. Lincoln to set the rebel Government wrong before the world, by proposing terms of peace which he knows they cannot accept.

Death of Edward Everett.

The country was startled on hearing of the death of the nobleman and patriot, Edward Everett. He died at his residence in Boston, of apoplexy, on Sunday morning. He has left a noble record. A gentleman of high intellect and power, he has used his voice and influence in favor of the right. No orator in America excelled him. His death will be felt as a public affliction. The funeral will be attended on Thursday.

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It is stated that Gen. McClellan will leave in the steamer China during the first week in February, for an European tour. He will be gone a couple of years. He has declined the offer of a private vessel tendered to him by his friends. He will make a thorough study of the military science in Europe.

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Gen. Butler Relieved.—Maj. Gen. Benj. F. Butler has been relieved of the command of the Army of the James and ordered to report to Lowell. In relinquishing his command, he issued a farewell order, in which he intimates that he was relieved for declining to shed the blood of his troops in assaults which he deemed useless.

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Fourteen hundred of the rebel prisoners confined at Elmira, N. Y., are between 14 and 18 years old. Many of them are just learning to read.

The Constitutional Amendment.

The proposed Constitutional Amendment for the abolishment of slavery throughout the United States is before Congress. There is but little chance of the passage of the amendment but as there will be in the next Congress a two-thirds majority for it, it is well to give the opposition a chance to place themselves on the record. The argument given against its adoption is that it is a violation of the inherent rights of the States, although it may not conflict with the bare letter of the Constitution, yet it is a usurpation by a majority of the States over a minority, which was not contemplated by the framers of the Constitution. Such argument will not stand the test. Have the opposition any doubt as to what were the intentions of those who founded and established this government?—Did they enact laws with the view that at some future day they might be so construed as to separate the government into two confederacies? Slavery existed when this government was formed. Our fathers acknowledged it—framed such laws as were necessary, with the expectation that it would gradually be abolished. They knew its evil influence and wished to avoid the strife which it would cause if suffered to extend. In those days moral truths had an influence and kept the tempter at bay. But as the country grew and prospered, the old leaven worked away, and new actors with high aspirations came before the people. To accomplish their ends they espoused the cause which would place and keep them in power. That cause was slavery. Waxing strong and insolent, they pushed it beyond its limits. Who would pretend to say to-day, that the framers of the Constitution legislated to have human slave labor complete with the honest labor of the young men of this country; or that bloodhounds and the whip were to be kept to make the word of the master law. If such scenes had come before them, they would have legislated against the evil. It has plunged the country into a bloody war, and cast gloom and sorrow into thousands of homes. What honest heart can cavil about the constitutionality of blotting out so dire an evil?

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Military.—1st Lieut. Samuel M. Mansfield, of the U. S. corps of engineers, has been appointed to a captaincy in that corps. For the past few months he has been engaged in superintending the construction of fortifications at New Haven and Newport. In addition to this, he is now engaged in recruiting for the U. S. Engineer corps. Capt. Mansfield is a faithful soldier. His friends in this city will hear of his advancement with pleasure.

Obituary.

Died in Camp at Chapin’s Farm near Richmond, January 4th 1865, after an illness of 12 hours, Lieut. Frederick W. H. Buell of Co. H., 21st Regt., Conn. Vols., and son of Wm. G. Buell, Esq. of East Hampton, aged 25 years.

With the above announcement came the remains of one borne from the camp where he had so long and bravely maintained his country’s honor and defence, one noble in character and who gave bright promise of continued usefulness in whatever department he might be placed. There is mourning in camp by comrades for a loved leader suddenly cut down by an invisible foe—there is mourning at home over a loved son and brother, over an affectionate husband whose remains they have tenderly laid to rest,–there is mourning too among sympathizing friends who knew and appreciated his worth and feel that they also share in the sore bereavement. As an officer while attentive to his duty he was loved for his unvarying kindness by which he became so much endeared to his command. In enumerating his good qualities they can best be summed up in the brief words—He was a Christian!   Vol.

Local News.

City Election.

The annual City Election took place on Monday. It was a quiet affair. The opposition expended their strength last fall, and hardly showed themselves during the day. The city registry list shows 1110 votes. Of this only 504 votes were polled, 365 being Union. The ticket headed “democratic,” was concocted by private individuals, no caucus being held, and was intended to win on its merits, yet three of those on the ticket voted Union. …

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Various Matters.—Good crossing on the river for foot passengers or heavy teams.—The ferry boat not running. …

Sidewalks are nowhere in these days of ice and sleet. A good clean sidewalk entitles the owner to the thanks of the street commissioner and the public in general.

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Skating.—There has been good skating the past week on most of the ponds and streams in this vicinity, also on the river. During the moonlight evenings of last week, the Pameacha pond was crowded. The ladies enjoy the excitement equally as well as the sterner sex. That’s right; improve the opportunity.

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For the Constitution.

THE RESIGNATION OF CAPT. C. M. CLARKE, AND DR. E. A. PARK.

Some of our readers may have heard, and all will hear with surprise, that Provost Marshal Clarke and Dr. E. A. Park, Surgeon of the Board of Enrollment 2d Dist. Conn., have resigned their offices. Both of these gentlemen have been deservedly popular with all who have had business to transact at their office, and both have been eminently loyal, honest and faithful to the trust imposed upon them.

The New Haven and Hartford papers have entered into the matter warmly, the former in favor of Capt. Clarke and Dr. Park, the latter in favor of Col. Sewall, Provost Marshal General of the State, by whom they were obliged to resign their positions. Amid the cloud of dust thrown in the eyes of the readers of these papers, some truths will crop out and from these and other sources we will endeavor to give a correct account of this affair.

The trouble has been long brooding. The former Provost Marshal Gen’l did not entertain any very amiable feelings toward the New Haven office. On his removal and the appointment of Col. Sewall in place, he seems to have endowed Col. S., with all his prejudices against it, which he has carried out with four fold intensity, continually finding fault, and making complaints to Gen. Fry against Capt. C., and all concerned. It is on record that members of the Board have been charged with shameful incompetency, and dereliction from duty, which if true would disgrace them as men, and call for their immediate removal.

Sometime in Dec. last a veteran soldier applied to the Board to be re-enlisted. At the time of presentation he had a slight skin disease, and had some teeth knocked out by a gun shot through both cheeks, received in battle. The Board refused at the time to take him, but some days after gave him another examination and accepted him. The Camp Surgeons rejected him, and Col. S. promptly reported the two gentlemen, Capt. C., and Dr. P. to Head Quarters. An order was received by them from Col. S., to come to Hartford last Friday, Jan’y 6th, first train. Messrs. Clarke and Park obeyed the summons and were ushered into the presence of the P. M. G., and were received in such a manner as left them no other alternative but to resign, which they did. Their friends hearing of this treatment and knowing it to be unjust have made such representations to the War department, as has induced Gen’l Fry, much to his credit, to refuse to accept their resignations and Capt. C., will no doubt resume the duties of the office.

Col. Sewall has stated that no charges have been made involving the integrity of these gentlemen or any one connected with the Board. What then is the trouble?

From all we can learn the case above referred to was the culminating point in Col. S.’s pent up wrath and malice against Capt. Clarke and Dr. Park, this has however been disposed of by Dr. Jewett of Knight’s Hospital and the Surgeon of the 6th Reg’t C. V., who gave the soldier (Caswell) an examination on Wednesday at the Hospital, and fully sustained Messrs. Clarke and Park in accepting him, the Surgeon of the 6th Reg’t remarking that he “wished he had a regiment of such men.”

We learn that another charge was the “enlistment of men wholly unfit for the service.” How far this is true may be seen by the subjoined report made by Drs. Casey and Peck, Surgeons at the conscript camp who re-examine all men passed by the several Boards of enrollment in this state. …

It will thus be seen that the charge of “inefficiency and incompetency,” is thoroughly ventilated by able Surgeons. It will be seen that these “inefficient and incompetent men,” have done more business and with more ability than any other office in the State, and the public will see that the complaints of Col. Sewall are not based on facts.

The integrity of Messrs. Clarke and Park has not been assailed. Col. S., nor any other man would not dare to impeach it. Nothing really has been brought against them. Prejudice without cause, a sour disposition, and a meddlesome spirit seems to have actuated the person making the trouble. We think that in the end he will find that “the biter has been bit.”

We have no doubt but that Capt. Clarke, and Park will come out of this trouble stronger than ever. The whole district is in their favor, and if a vote was to be taken upon accepting their resignations there would be a unanimity of votes, against it perfectly surprising. …

Dr. Park has been on duty every day. Having been requested so to do by Capt. Pease temporarily in charge. This would show that the charges against him of incompetency, were unfounded, as they really are.

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Funeral ad, 1865

From The Constitution, Wednesday, January 11, 1865 (volume 28, number 1411)

War News.

Hood made his final escape across the Tennessee, at Bainbridge, on the 24th ult. Gen. Thomas is now complete master of the situation. It is believed Hood will retire upon Meridian, Miss., to reorganize his army. In the meantime Thomas is on the alert, and already in motion for a resumption of the campaign from a new point, the direction of which will shortly appear.

A special dispatch from Cairo states that Gen. Dana’s raid on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad was completely successful. Twenty-five bridges were burned, four thousand carbines, a large amount of ammunition, and three hundred army wagons were captured. Many officers and men were taken prisoners, and thirty-two rail cars were destroyed.

It appears that the destruction of the Gulf railroad by Sherman struck a staggering blow to Lee and Davis at Richmond. The Evening Post has a private letter from a citizen of Savannah, which states, on the authority of an officer of that road, that it supplied Lee’s army up to the time it was broken, with 11,500 head of cattle per week, the cattle coming from Floring and Southern Alabama. Indeed six weeks before Sherman left Atlanta, Lee wrote to the president of the road that its facilities must be enlarged, or he would be obliged to fall back with his army from Virginia nearer his base of supplies. There was reason to believe, from information furnished by the residents of Savannah, that Lee had not thirty days supply of provisions on hand.

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The Indians in Minnesota have come to sue for peace, and have given up Mrs. Kelly who was taken by them in Minnesota in 1862, at the time of the massacre, and whose fate has excited so much interest in the country.

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The debate on the Constitutional amendment, prohibiting slavery in the several States of the Union, began in Congress Friday morning. Its friends have hopes of the success of the measure.

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For Our Soldiers.—An effort is being made throughout the country to supply our soldiers with libraries and a request has been made that every friend of the soldiers should purchase a book, with his or her name in it, and leave it with the bookseller, with instructions to hand it over to the U. S. Christian Commission, which engages to send all books thus donated. 300,000 are called for. Will not the citizens of this vicinity lend their aid in this worthy object.

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Forty-three arrests for murder were made in New York last year. During the same time five policemen were killed and thirteen were seriously injured.

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Notes from Rebeldom.

Much has been said during the war of the “ditch” into which the rebels were to resort at the “last” extremity. By perusing an article in the Richmond Sentinel of recent date, it seems the “ditch” is found, and that the southern people are about to receive the requisite amount of embalming to enable them to remain in that ditch without trouble from a wounded conscience. It has been intimated in high circles that this article is from the of the rebel chief, embracing his views and plans. At least so much importance is attached to it as truly representing the condition of the South, that Secretary Seward has ordered copies of it to be sent to our foreign ministers, to show them that by the admission of the rebels themselves the Confederacy is a failure and they should not be recognized as belligerents. The article commences by saying that “it is childish to whine under misfortune, cowardly to sink under it, and absurd to be enfeebled by it.” It says that “the late reverses have done much towards preparing the minds of the people for the most extreme sacrifices if they shall be adjudged necessary.” It says that “troublesome times are upon them,” and that so long as they have a man or a dollar they must be used. The last clause has been proclaimed so often that it will neither excite fear or raise their sinking funds. But the ditch into which they are to plunge at last may be found in the following sentence: “If adverse gales and devouring billows should constrain our storm-lost ship into some port, let it be no Yankee port. If an unpropitious Providence should condemn us to a master, let it not be a Yankee master. Any terms with any other would be preferable to subjugation to them.” This it declares to be the sentiment of the people. Instead of coming again under the protection of the old flag, which has been and still is the emblem of protection and civilization wherever unfurled, they are willing to submit to degradation of the lowest form, and bow the knee forever to any foreign power who will aid them. To such a depth of degradation have the rebel chiefs arrived. Thus are the fruits of secession and rebellion, sown in prosperous pride and arrogance, now reaped in humiliation and sorrow. But can the people of the South be brought to concur in such a proposal? Have they not seen enough of the horrors of war, with its devastation and sacrifice, to make them wish for the return of the times, when plenty and happiness abounded, and the country felt strong in its power to keep foreign nations from obtaining a foothold on our territory? If the recent Union sentiment at Savannah may be taken as a fair sample of the feeling among the intelligent men at the South, such submission will never take place. The leaders of the rebellion will soon be shown that they have arrived at the brink of the “last ditch,” and unless they remain quiet, will be made to walk over. Then what patriotic soul will not rejoice, to have the laws of our common country honored and respected, from Maine to Louisiana, and from the Atlantic to the Pacific, by a happy, prosperous, and united people.

Local News.

City Election.

The election of City Officers takes place on Monday. The affairs of the City have for the last few years been in the hands of Union men, and it is most becoming that they should so continue. The opposition are secretly at work, and intimate that they will have a change this month. It lays wholly with the Union men whether this will be done, as they have the controlling vote. It will need the presence of every Union man at the polls on MONDAY NEXT, early as midday, the polls closing at 2 o’clock. Attend the caucus at Eagle Hall on Friday evening, and then elect the men nominated. Win honor and victory at home while our brave boys are doing as much in the field. The polls close at 2 p. m. VOTE EARLY.

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Business Changes.—Mr. H. S. White will soon erect a brick building on the corner of Hamlin and Church streets for manufacturing purposes. Messrs. G. T. & C. C. Hubbard, of the firm of Hubbard Bros., have purchased the property in the south part of the city, known as the poor house property, where improvements are being made for the manufacture of edge tools; the close proximity of the stone palace, it is supposed, will have no effect on the business talents of the enterprising gentlemen: No change will be made in the firm of Hubbard Bros. The south store in Eagle Hall block is being re-fitted and will soon be occupied by the officers of the First National Bank in this city.

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A dining saloon, where meals of every variety and style are furnished, has been opened at No. 62 Court street, under McDonough Hall. Persons visiting the city, will please make a note of it.

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Have you ever voted within the last three years, a ticket headed “democratic?” If so, the opportunity is once more offered to cancel the act, by voting the Union Ticket for city officers next Monday. Polls close at 2 o’clock.

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A.J. Spencer will give a “hop” at McDonough Hall, Wednesday evening of this week. Thus far they have been well attended, and offered much enjoyment.

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Preparations are now being made for filling the ice house at Pameacha pond. It has been usual to make several preparations, before the “clerk of the weather” allows the operation to be completed. If ice is cold, it will burn into a pile of greenbacks, as quick as many other things, and needs no hindrances in gathering it.

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Two burglars have been convicted in London, and sent to six months’ imprisonment each, on the indirect testimony of a parrot, who told its mistress that one of the prisoners came into the room and stole the money.

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The Prince of Wales’ yearly allowance is to be fixed at £50,000. In our currency this would be something like $600,000, on which the young man ought to support his wife and baby.

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The highest legal tribunal of Scotland, not long since decided that, according to the Scotch law of marriage, consent is the essence of the contract, and is sufficient to constitute marriage without any ceremony or publication, or even the parties living together; that if the parties seriously and actually consent to be man and wife from that time forth they are man and wife in Scotland.

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