Newspaper of Bedford Gazette, June 15, 1855, Page 1

Newspaper of Bedford Gazette dated June 15, 1855 Page 1
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181 UEO. H. BOWIIAV. NEW SERIES. Select i" 15. A CUMIXE FORM. The annexed stirring old poern says the Home Journal , has the ring of the true metal, and is as ap ;> it-able now as when it was written—for thephiloso phyds"sound, and, therefore, universal: VVho shall judge a man from manner* ? Who shall know him by his drc-s t Paupers may be fit for princes, Princes fit for some)bins less. CnuTipled shirt and dirty jacket May beclothe the golden ore Of the deepest I hong tits and leeling- Satin vests could do no more- There are springs of crystal nectar Ever swelling out of stor.e ; There are purple bud- and golden Hidden, crushed and overgrown. God, who counts by souls, not dresses, Loves and prospers, yon and me, While he values thlodes the highest But as pebbles on the sea. Man upraised above his 1-llo.vs, Oil forgets hi- fellows then ; Masters — rulers —lords, remember That youi meanest hands are men! Men by labor, men by feeling. Men by thought and men bv fame, (Maiming equal rights to sunshine In a man's enabling name. There are foam-embroidered oceans, There are litlie weed-clad rills. There are feeble inch-high saplings. There are cedars oh the hills; God, who counts by souls, not stations, Loves and prospers you anil me • Fur to Hirn all vain distinctions Aie as pebbles on the sea. Toiling hands alone are builders Of a nations wealth ami fame ; Titled laziness i- pensioned, Fed and fattened on the -arne. By lite sweat of other's foieheads, living only to rejoice. While tie poor man's outraged freedom Yawv'.y liltetb up its voire. Truth and justice are eternal, Born with loveliness and light ; Secret wrongs shall never prosper White there is a sunny night; God, whose world-heard voire is singing Boundless love to you ami me, Sink- oppression with Us titles, As the pebbles on the sea. THE BEDFOlFliizmr. Ilcdiord, .Hiito 1.1, I From the Boston Po-t. Treason Triumphant in Massachusetts. It will 1.0 seen by our legislative record thai, though Governor Gardner vetoed the infamous personal-liberty hill, our know-nothing legisla ture signalized its IU-gira by recklessly passing it into a law over the governor's veto! The federal constitution has never been res pected bv the more rabid of the Massacfuiseetls abolition fanatics: and for years "no union with slaveholders" ha< been their motto, while they denounced the constitution as "a covenant with death, and an agreement with hell." Long lie fore the fugitive-slave law of 15.50 was passed, these weie their savings; anal since (his ,ul was ; they have forced upou the moiv modi-r --ate of this party the neasure of a nullification law, substantially thesanw with the personal llbeity blii, which u HOW on the statute-book. But regard for the up to these evil days ol know-not hi ngiftai, proved too strong '>i the efforts of fanaticism, and lh" cardinal measure of abolitionism was defeated. Thus, a bill of this sort was lost m tin- senate in 1850; a similar bill in 1852 passed the senate, but wasiost in the house. But from that time fhe : •hti'mifts have urged it with unflagging zeal; •u:d aC last they have triumphed by crawling rata power under the mask of know -nothiugism. The bill passed both branches- by heavy ma yvities, and went in course to the governor.— It is utterly impossible for anv, not stultified by fanaticism, to deny that it contains provisions of imv exactly similar to those which the Supreme 'durt of the United States has pronounced null and void; which are directly repugnant to the institution of the United States and laws made m pursuance of it; and which if carried out, inevitably involve a conflict with the State and federal authorities. In such a plain case liie governor could not do otherwise than exercise the veto power. To sign such a bi'l would be ' 1 sign himself a violator of his oath, and prove himself false to the constitution. ■ i he veto of the governor states that he is un willing to lead Massachusetts into a position 'mil*, to the harmony of the confederacy, and hostile to the permanent interests of the Com monwealth. Well does he S3V that the stigma an unconstitutional enactment can never be efiuced. Well might he invoke the solemnities ot the oaths which the members had taken, in ' chalf of the rights, and the honor, and the in tegrity of .Massachusetts. i lie appeal fell without effect on the fanati cal body to which it was addressed. What car the abolitionists that composed it "for oor common parent, the United States?" What cared they for the decisions of the Supreme f ourt ? What cared they for the facts stated y tin- governor, that both the attorney general •;nd a: 1 the supreme justices of this State united Jo pronounce their hill, in clear and unmistaka •'language, at war with the Constitution of 'heir country? They meant tote disloyal to the and the constitution. They desired to ar ''lV the State government against the general - VPr nment; and the greater the array of opin ' >i w ,nch live governor could rake up in sup | ;t of the view that the personal-liberty bill would do this, the stronger was the argument Kith them fur holding on to it! They made haste, in both branches, to pass the bill over the head of the veto ! What else could be exppcted ? Is not know nolhingism here completely under the coiitrpl of abolitionists ? Did not free-soilers, at the start, get control of the secret lodges? Did they not infuse their element into every test action so completely as to abolitionize the the order ? Could there he more convincing proof of this than the election of Henry Wilson lor sena tor ? Will he not push the free-soil programme even though it should dissolve this Union? By this time, alter his recent abolition speeches, what have his southern national apologists done but to shut their mouths ? tor he abat us not u jot of his abolitionism. In a word, every move ment of the know-nothings here has pointed, step bv step, to this result of a nullification law. The passage o( this bill, legalizing treason and rebellion, is the crowning pioof ot the abo litionism of the know-nothing order. It is thoroughly steeped in this element. It will hesitate at nothing to accomplish its plans.— Besides its religious persecution, besides its pro scription for birth, here at length know-not h ingism has reached the zenith point of resistance to the laws-of the land. It has wantonly tram pled under loot the constitution of tlie country 1 Fraud in the Main Line Bill. The fact has leaked out that a base fraud was perpetrated in the passage of the hill for the sale ol the Main Line of the Public Works, bv the late K. N. Legislature. The Ilarrisburg I ntern asserts that the bili as passed, and now a law bv signature of the Governor, is not the bill that the Houses of the Legislature presumed they were passing: but that some of its provis ions are vastly different. Read what that paper i>ci V 3 I Every man of the five hundred present in the Senate on the last night of the session, w ill remember that when the report of the commit tee of conference on the bill for the sale of the main line of our improvements was under dis cuseinn, every effort was made to have the amendments and the provisions of the hill read, so that Senators might know for what they were voting.—This wa> evaded. The provisions were not read. Several of these provisions were, however, stated by the members of the Cornmit tee, and discussed by the Senate before the vote was taken. One of these was as to the powers granted to the purchaser to construct a nor railroad , so as to form a continuous line from Philadelphia to Pittsburg. It was slated by -Mr. Pi: ICE and others, that authority was given to commence the road at Columbia, the end of the Stat.- railroad, so as to secure an entire line from city to city. This provision, if true, interfering with the interests of the Harrishurg and Lan caster railroad to the tun" of at least a million, gave ri>" t" a considerable discussion and a g<a,<! d-al of feeling. Here seemed to be a collision of interests between these companies ; here was the " COCJI tie parti* ; ' here w as the point upon which success or defeat turned—the finishing stroke. It was seen that with tins provision there was sliil s o/nr. room for competition, and some small lope left that the Commonwealth might look for justice. Upon the bill as thus stated—giv ing this authority—the Sennt" voted. With this understanding, as dearly expressed as it if had been written in Ihe biii and read bv the clerk, at least thre -fairths of the Senators, as we believe, answered to their names, and either recorded their aye or no. The report was adopt ed, the bill passed, and was sent to the Govern or. IVe snv the hi!! passed. U'e correct our selves— not Ike bill parsed, but a hill was sent to the "Governor, and by him signed. It is not the bill, however, which received the assent of the Senate. Hut il is a different bill . a hill which gives no authority to interfere with the interests of the railroad between Harrisburg and Lancaster; a bill which never pass"'! the Senate, if it ever passed the lower house. A law now in form, but a stupendous fraud in reality.— Between individuals, such an act would confer no power, convey no interest, secure no benefit. Anv court would pronounce it void, and visit heavy damages upon anv party who, knowing the circumstances, should pretend to use it to change the ownership of property, or to obtain advantage. We say let the fraud he proclaimed, and tire public as well as any and all parties concerned, he notified that !h* next Legislature will he called upon to repeal th" act, and to ascertain where the change was made, and who made if. [CP*The flyblowing notice to Know-Nothings we find in the Marlborough Gazelle : '•I hereby give notice, that the Order of Knov- Nothings, to which I have been accused of be- longing, and justly so, I now renounce and repudiate forever. In doing so, it i® due to my self to state that no hostility towards the partic ular class of persons, whom the Order proscribes, prompted me to join them ; but ignorant entirely of their principles, J was induced to enter their Lodge. I blush to think that I remained among them so long, and grieve to say that a want of independence alone kept me from renouncing i them iong before. Whatever others mav say j with regpad to the-course 1 have adopted, 1 care ' not, so long as I have the proud satisfaction of feeling once more like an honest man and a good American citizen. JOHN. D. STONE. "Upper Marlboro', May 23, 1855." HENRY A. WISE.— Some three weeks ago, as ; the Wheeling train was passing along between j Harper's Ferry and Washington Junction, hav-j ing on board Henry A. Wise, a newsboy step ped up and asked him it he wanted to buy the ■ life of "Sam," to which he replied, "Nosir.— I'll write his life and the cause of his death in about two weeks from this time." The result j of th<* election in Virginia last week shows that Mr. Wise has faithfully kept his word. All honor to the noble-hearted Virginian. BEDFORD, PA. FRIDAY MORNING, JUNE 15, 1855. From the Utica Observer. A Noble and true-hearted Irishman The name of William C. Bennett, the naval engineer who was met by Lieutenant Strain on Ihe Isthmus of Darieri, should be widely pub lished and universally cherished by all who respect the highest qualities of generosity and humanity- Mr. Deadly has, in several num bers of Harper's Magazine, given the reading public an idea of the awful sufferings of the gallant men who were engaged in the Darien exploring expedition—many of whom perished by absolute starvation. To the almost superhu man energy of the officer in command—Lieuten ant Strain—is to he attributed the safety of those who survived. When Strain had at length found his wav through to the settlements, he fortunately encountered Mr. Bennett, a "tall, well-formed, manly, noble Irishman." Strain, says the account, was reduced bv long starva tion from one hundred and (orty-five pounds in weight to seventy-five, covered with sores and clad in such habiliments as the negro Alcalde could furnish him: looking like a beggar, he ap proached the table where Bennett was engaged with his drawings. As Strain drew near, Mr. Bennett accosted him rather sternlv, saving, "Well sir, what do you want The former replied. "I am Lieutenant Strain, Commander of the Umted States Darien exploring expedi tion."" ".1/yGW/" exclaimed the warm-heart ed man as he caught him in his arms, and pressed him to his bosom, while the tears rolled down his cheeks : "Ah !" said he. "we had given vnu up long ago as lost." He ordered dinner at once : told Strain he must remain there and recruit, while he himself, though then lame, would go back for his comrades. This Strain declined. He then supplied him with provis ions, brought out nearly all the clothing he had, forced on Strain his poncho, turned his medicine chest and his pockets inside out, saying, "Take these to the poor men." This was at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, and at 5, p. m., Strain was on his way hack to the rescue. Bennett remained to meet the Virago, a British war vessel, which was soon expected. As soon as her guns were heard he hurried on board, and by his earnest representations hurried forward with Lieutenant Forsyth and a compa ny who had been sent to Strain's assistance.— Ha\ ing joined Strain at Yavisa, the party pushed forward to succor the perishing. The difficul ties encountered where so great that when it was found that the exploring company had turned hack towards the Atlantic, Strain had reason to expect that his companions would give out and refuse to advance. No one could tell how far the party might he, and the search in volved the same dangers from which Strain had barely escaped with his lite. Bennett knew the danger, and spoke of the anticipated crisi> of revolt, advising Strain to try and accustom his swollen feet to the use of a boot, saying, 'TIM know when all shall turn buck, you unit 1 must shoulder our haversacks and lake lo the woods atone , tit! we find your mend' This noble self-devotion, says Headlv, of a stranger and a foreigner—this grand high purpose to cast his lot in with the distressed commander, and save his party, or perish with them reveals ore- i f those lolly, elevated characters which sited lus tre on the race. The natives gave out the next da v, and Strain was compelled to draw his revolver and threat en their lives, to_cprripe! them to proceed.— Two davs after they fortunately overtook the remains of the parly, five of whom had per ished. We have never read of a more thrilling scene than that of this rescue four or five of the par ty oniv were able to keep their feet and meet their commander on the shore. Several died afterwards from the effect of their privations. The whole partv were reduced to mere skeletons —there tliev lav, lacerated, ulcerated, frames of trier;, h'alf covered with rags. Some were so changed, Ir :n emaciation, that Strain himself could not recognise them as they were stretched upon the ground, unable to get up. As If n netf, the noble Irishman, jumped ashore, and saw the hideous spectacle of scarred and almost naked skeletons, he seized each one bv the hand, while tears poured like rain down his cheeks. The reader w ill he glad to hear that this no ble stranger received, in a separate letter from the Secretary of the Navy,the thanks of our government for his devotion and hi services. MR. WISE IN WASHINGTON BAD POLICY rot: THE KNOW-.NOTHINGS. — WR. Wise, resting in Washington from his recent extraordinary labors in the Virginia canvas, was there called upon at his hotel by the exultant democracy, including, no doubt, a large number of office holders, and was congratulated upon his suppo sed election with a serenade, and called out for a speech. But, we are sorry to say that he was cut short by the hootings, veilings and oth er interruptions of a disorderly body of men, supposed to be Know-Nothings. and was com pelled to give it up. Such conduct as this on the part of his opponents is without excuse, and if persevered in, its natural consequences will inevitably extend to riots, bloodshed and end in a state ol public excitement and disorder dis creditable to a free and intelligent people. We leave had some inklings of this in the late elec tion disturbances at Cincinnati and Louisville. The moral effect of such proceedings as tho>e in Washington on Saturday night against Mr. Wise will be to drive awav respectable and high-minded men from any association with the paitv concerned. The true policy of the Knuw-Nothinga is to show themselves in t heir public conduct worthy of public confidence. If they persist in a different couise they must ex pect soon to fall into the bad repute of the hired bullies and r ffians who have done so much to demoralize and destroy both the old political parties in this city. Let decency be a public rule of action among the Know-Nothings, or they will surely sink into the same public con tempt.—./V. y. fbrald. [DrTiour has become a mere thug in the Freedom of Thought and Opinion. ' markets of California. The Chilian importa tons, alter paying $1,35 duty, have been sold i recently, at San Francisco, for less than five

dollars per barrel. Under such circumstances, it is not to he wondered at that the merchants of San Francisco have commenced the oxpor ' tation of breadstufFs to New York. At the last accounts a clipper ship, of 1500 tons, was load ing with w heat, and others are to follow. This is a plain indication that the people on the Pa cific coast are no longer in need of breadstuffs from the eastern States. They are able to sup ply themselves, and it anv deficiency should occur, they can supply it more cheaply by im portations from Chili than from Ne~w~York, Phil adelphia and Boston. .AMMIIUPHII ' |r Terrific llliilrwliid iu Illinois. We have accounts from Chicago of a most '; feirific hurricane and whirlwind in the (own of Jefferson, Cook county, and other places north and west ol that place. On Tuesday afternoon N a revolving funnel-shaped cloud passed swiftly along near the ground, about sixteen miles north of here, carrying up large sticks of wood, stones, —N.c, It described a semi-circle towards the southeast, twjsting ofFlarge trees, and whisking them out of sight -instanler. The whiilwind then broke in two and disappeard, but almost j immediately formed again, and passed directly back, north and west, with redoubled violence. It struck a heavy frame house one mile from the Illinois and Wisconsin Railroad, tearing the •.roof instantly off, and almost immediately af wards taking the whole house up the spout with ai! its contents. Nine persons in th ,j house were drawn-up and hurled down in different places. Four of them were instantly killed, and others mutilated be yond an) - prospect of recovery. The w lairJ w'ind then passed over a post and rail fence, leaving not the slightest vestige ot it. It next took up a barn, and threiv it upon the horse and cattle it contained, crushing them at once. The timbers ol the house and barn were hurled down to the ground with such violence as to Lurv theni almost out of sight! The house belonged to Mr. Page, w hose w ii'e, son and two grand- Children were killert. Addifi mat intelligence from the locality more than confirms the above. Accounts are given of persons being carried up one hundred leet in the air and then hurled down w;th great violence. A number of eve witnesses have testified to the ravages of the tempest, and describe it as most terrific. The same afternoon, a severe hail storm occurred in j this city, after which the skv presented a very singular appearance to tin* northward, rind the weather changed front the most oppressive heat to the most chilling atmosphere. • Kxerutiou of Parks, Hie Murderer. James Parks, who was convicted at Cleveland for the murder of Wm. Beatson, was executed in that ' itv* on Friday last, lie had attempted the dav before to destroy bin.self, by cutting bis throat. Some incidents ofhis execution aie thus described in the Cleveland papers: "About fifty persons were present at his exe cution, including the Sheriff and officers of the jail, his counsel at his late trial, reporters for .the press, and c itizens who bad been invited. There was a stiange seriousness in every countenance, and a mysterious silence in every eel! • for all the prisoners were carefully locked up. Parks lav a paiiet in the corridor, securely handcuffed and manacled, presenting a ghastly picture to the spectators, who had beheld before them the pale lace and the rigid limbs of the mac who had lor II ore than two vars furnished the people of .Northern Ohio w it h an ever new subject of con veisalion, with a never-fading image of all that is cold, calculating and fearless. And there he lay with scarcely the power to harm an insect a pic ture, which, if it had belonged to a better man, might have moved a heart of stone to pity. At tea minutes ait- r eleven o'clock, the Sheriff asked him whether he was ready. He replied in the affirmative, and his limbs w ere unbound, not, however, before he made a solemn promise that he would attempt no violence upon himself, a promise which, it is but justice to say, he faith fully kept. Marshal Fitch, Dr. Strong, and Mr. Bosworth, the jailor, assisted the Sheriff'to dress him. Tliev put on him simply a fine linen shirt, a pair of dark-colored pantaloons without sus penders, and a pair of coarse wollen stockings, lie then called for a cigar, lit it, and smoked calmly for about fifteen minutes, during which time he was evidently trying to quiet his nerves, lie even tried to seem cheerful, and requested Dr. Strong who, he said he had learned, was a skillful phrenologist, to examine Ids head: but he spoke in a trembling and sepulchral tone, plainly showing the terrible emotions which he endeavored to conceal. At times his nerves w ere violently agitated, and great drops of cold sweat would come out all over his face: then he would wipe off the sweat and seem perfectly calm ; hut the ten ible imprint of death seemed to be written there in plain eharacteis, legible without spell ing. Perhaps no idea connected with the trag- ! edy, was half so painful as that of the pale-faced I man staying up his nerves, "in order to be chok ed to death according to law." The unfortu- j nate man made a long speech fiom the drop, in | which he strenuously protested his innocence. | He closed thus : "You observe that I am not at- ! tended bv any clergyman. I have tried through \ life to ascertain the right way by the study of] morals and ethics; but I have nut always done j right. 1 have read the Bible thoroughly, and ] had 1 conformed to the precepts of Jesus Christ I should not now be here ; hut we cannot undo i what lias been done. Would to God T could ; j but lam not guilty of this murder. (Starting 1 suddenly from his seat and stepping on the drop.) j 1 am ready to meet my God: 1 am. not guilty of j murder, either premeditated or otherwise." He j sat down, wiped the cold sweat off his face, and j 'his limbs were pinioned ; he then rose up and the ; rope was adjusted round his neck. He requested ; the shei iff to permit him to give the signal, and a j handkerchief was handed to him. Just before ! the white cap was drawn down over his face, he exclaimed in an andible voice, "I die an inno- j cent man." He gave the signal, and at precisely four minutes past one o'clock, the drop fell, pre cipitating liirri about six feet, and breaking his neck at the first joint. From the New York Tribune, June 4. Suicide in a House of 111 Fame. On<* of the most distressing suicides which have occurred in New York tor many months, i was committed in the house of the notorious , i Cinderella Marshall, No. 5T- Leonard street, on , j Saturday evening. The victim was Thomas Bai- j ley RusStim, formerly of San Francisco, Califor ! nia, where he was a prominent man, held the j office of Register, and where lie left a wife and two children. i Deceased had been in this city about a year, and was saii to have lost monev by gambling. His manner of living was said to be extravagant. He lived for a while at the Proscott House, but latterly at the Carlton House. About two months since deceased became desperately enamored with a girl living at No. 54- Leonard street, and wanted her to marry him, but this she firmly re fused, and his mind, which did not appear to be right before, got quite deranged. On the 21.-f of April, it will be remembered, he attempted sui cide at Miss Marshall's, by taking laudanum, hut on being conveyed to his lodging and receiv ing medical treatment, he recovered. His phy sician then discovered that Russnm w as partially insane, and had him properly cared for. It was thought he had quite recovered, but on Saturday evening it appears thai, still deranged and ena mored with the gid in question, he went to Miss Marshall's with two loaded pistols in his pocket. He w anted immediately to see the girls alone in the parlor, and wanted her to inarry him. declar ing that if she refused lit* would blow his brains out. The girl refused to many him, and also to see hirn on this occasion. M is- Marshall seeing that Russum's manner was alarming, sent for Capt. Carpenter, of the Fifth Ward Police. When the Captain entered the house, Russum was silting in a j arlor on the second storv with a pistol in his hand. The Captain in a consolatory tone requested Russum to giie him the pistol and to accompany him to the Station House and talk his trouble over.— The pistol was accordingly given and Russum followed the Captain down stairs until he got within three steps of the floor, when hedrew another pistol which the Captain did not know he had, and with it he blew his brains out.— The unfortunate man fell at the bottom of the stairway arid instantly expired. Coroner O'Donuell held an inquest upon the body, yesterday, and a large amount of testimo ny was taken, but in substance as given above. Marv Jane Smith, the young woman to whom the deceased was attached, was put on the stand. (She is a handsome girl, 2r> years of age.) Her testimony went to show that the deceased had paid marked attention to her, and offered his hand in marriage on several occasions, which she refused. He told her he had been divorced I; m h:s wife. On meeting refusals he manifes ted anger, and said that unh he wsmtiarried to her he never could he happy. On one occasion he got angry and handled her roughly, hurting one of her lingers. Sile did nut know whether he was insane before he became acquainted with her. The Coroner's Jury rendered a verdict of "Suicide by a pistol-shot while partially de ranged." The deceased was a nativeof Baltimore, about iO years of age. It was understood that deceas ed would he hurried by some friends in Green wood Cemetery. Bv a despatch from Philadelphia, we learn that JRussum formerly kept a tailor shop in that city,and was appointed by Gen. Taylor Collec tor of the Port of San Francisco, which office he filled until removed hv Gen. Pierce. His wife is a Philadelphian, and was deserted bv him rrbout a year ago, when he returned fo San Francisco with his eldest daughter, leaving three younger children dependant upon their grand mother. It is reported that he left San Fran cisco worth $30,000. A Hi eh Joke. A gentleman in this place, played off a rich joke on his better half the other day. Being something of an epicure, he took it into his head to have a first-rate dinner. So he addressed her a note, politely informing her that "a gen tleman of her acquaintance—an old and true friend, would dine with her that day." As soon as she received it, all hands went \d work to get everything in order. Precisely at 12 o'clock she was prepared to receive her guest. The house was clean as a new pin—a sumptu ous dinner w as on the table and she was array ed in her best attire. A gentle knock was heard, and she started with a palpitating heart to the door. She thought it most be an old friend-—perhaps a brother—from the place they once moved. On opening the door, she saw her husband w itii a smiling countenance. "Why, my dear," says she, in an anxious tone, "w here is the gentleman you sf>oke of in your note ?" "Why," said her husband complacently, "here he is." "You said a gentleman of my acquaintance, an old and true friend would dine with us to day." "Well," said he good hnmoredly, "am. I not a gentleman of your acquaintance, an old and true friend "Gh !" said she, distressingly, "is there no body but you "No." "Well T declare fhis is too bad, "said his wife, in an angry tone. The husband laughed immoderately—his bet ter halfsaid she felt like giving him a tongue lashing—hot finally they sat down coziiv to gether, and for once he had a good dinner with out having company. POPULAR IGNORANCE. —The Morris Jersey isinn learns that on Saturday the I9th inst..at the Rockaway basin oi the Morris Canal, a boy TERMS, S3 PER YEAR. VOL XXIII, NO. 44. named Henry Herring, aged about 13 years, while performing some duty on a boat, fell over into the canal. An alarm was immediately given, a boat-hook procured, and the body taken out. He had been in the water only five min utes, and it is stated that he had every appear ance of comiqg to life: but his rpscuers tied a rope around his neck, and threw him back into the canal, where he remained until the next morning; they alleged as a reason tor so doing, that they thought the law required him to re main in the water until an inquest could be held. An Hem of interest. We have been permitted to copy the follow ing paragraph" from a letter received in this city by a gentleman from his son, now on board a whaler in the Pacific Ocean. The letter is da ted Lahaina, (Sandwich Isiand) February 26th* 1855, and the vessel is now on her return home. He savs—'T will tell you a little about the cruise we have had in the Arctic Ocean. We made llebrings Straits about the 3d of July last, but did not get into the Arctic Ocean until the 6th of July, on account of a very severe gale, .so that you may see that I did not spend a very pleasant Fourth of July. After getting into the Arctic Ocean, we had very foggy weather ♦he first of the season, so that we could not see any w hales. About the middle of August, we spoke one of the English Government ships in st arch of Sir John Franklin, and they told us that there were plenty of whaies up by Point Harrow. We started fur that Point, and reach ed it on the first of September, when we fell in with a good many whales, and took nine of them, which made us six hundred barrels of oil. 1 tell you, father, it was pretty cold work.— The Captain thought there must be some larger whales farther up—so we pushed our way through the ice, until we got up as high as 7f> degrees North latitude. That was as high as we could get. on account ofthe ice, and it was as high as any ship was known to go. Here we fell in with another English Government ship—the Plover. She had been frozen in the ice three yearn and one month , and we were the first ship she had s-en for that length of time. You may be sure they were glad to see us. Her crew were all well, and had lost but one man i:i all that time. Their search for Sir John Franklin's ships had been fruitless. They had travelled over two hundred miles on sleds over the ice. You would be surprised to see the ice-bergs floating about. J have seen them as high out of water as the tops of our masts. There are large quantities of field ice floating about, upon which you can see waldruses lying asleep, as well as sea lions. Jn latitude f5 we lost a fine young man with the dropsy. He was from New York, and his name was .Alexander Fosberg. He was about 20 years of age.—Penn sylvtmian. A PREDICTION TEN VGABS AGO FULFILLED.—- The late Dr. Duncan, of Cincinnati, who was known all over the nation as a thorough going and indefatigable Democrat, ten years ago made a speech in the House of Representatives that contained a prediction which is now in the pro cess of fulfillment. Said Dr. Duncan, in a spir it of prophecv, speaking of the Whig party : "I begin with the tin principled practice they have of changing their name. They havechan gerf their name with the periodical return ol everv Presidential election : and this for the purpose of concealing their principles and de ceiving the people. Their last name was whig, and that name they kept as long as it would answer their purpose; but thev will never tight another battle, under the banner inscribed whig, again. Having exhausted the political vocabu lary, they return to the abuse and persecution of the Irish and Germans which characterized the party in the Adminstration of the elder Adams. .Nothing is longer to be feared irom a change of name. The people contemplate them as they do a stranger, who gives himself a new or different name in every town or vil lage through which he passes."— Enq. A SAD CASUALTY—THREE GIRLS DROWNED. —We copy the following from the St. Louis Intelligencer : "A deplorable accident occurred two weeks ago near Fort Smith, in Ark ansas, on the Cher okee side of the Arkansas river. Five young girls had gone into the river to bathe and amuse themselves. The river is very shallow, and can be forded almost anywhere, but in places, there are 'holes,' where the water is very deep. The girls were bathing and playing along the edge of a large sand bar, where the water was no more than knee deep, when one of them sud denly got into one of these deep places; two others went to her assistance, and all three were drowned : while, frightened by their cries and struggles, the two remaining girls ran as fast as they could to the shore. The very seclusion and privacy of the spot that tempted the girls into the water rendered it impossible to get as sistance in time to save them. Two of the drowned girls were sisters, daughters of Mi. Jackson King, the other a Miss Collins; their ages Irom thirteen to fifteen years. The bodies of the two were recovered the evening of the accident, the other not till several days after wards." OCP"On Thursday last. Constable Smith ar rested George Carr, of Dublin Township, charg ed on oath of Mr. John M. Hedding, with set ting fire to his premises on the 19th of March last". It will be recollected that the store and dwelling houses ol the Messrs. Hedding, were entirely destroyed, together with the furniture, regalia and other property belonging to the Fort Littleton Lodge of Odd Fellow s. Carr is said to have made some hard threats against the Messrs. Hedding, atid also in reference to the Odd Fellows. He was taken before JRob-rt Campbell, Esq., who committed him to answer the charge. He is now in jail where he will likely remain until the next term ot our Court, which commences the Ist Monday ol August next. Fulton Democrat.