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15 V GEO. W. BOWiHA\. NEW SERIES. Select P o e t vn. TO THE AMERICAN FLAG. When Freedom from her mountain height, Unfurled her standard to the air, She tore the azure robe of night, And set the stars of story there! She mingled with its gorgeous dyes The milky baldric of the -kies. And striped its pure celestial white. With s'reakings trom the morning light! Then, from her mansion in the sun, She called her eagle hearer down, And gave into his mighty hand The symbol of her chosen land ! Majestic monarch of the cloud! Who rear'st aloft thy regal form, To hear the tempest trumping lond, And see the lightning lances driven, When strides the waruor of the storm, And rolls the thunder-drum of heaven! Child of the sun ! to thee't igiven To guard the banner of the free- I'D hover in the -u'phur smoke, To ward away the battle-stroke, And bid it- blending- shine alar, T.ike rainbows on the cloud of war, The harbinger of victory! Flag of the brave! thy folds shall fly, Th- -ign- of hope and triumph high! When -peak- the signal trumpet's tone. And the long I ne comes gleaming on, F.re yet the lile-blood, warm and wet, Ha= ilimmM the gli-tening bayonet— F.ach soldier'# eye, shall brightly turn, To where the meteor glories burn, And as hi- springing -fep- advai re, Catch war and vengeance from the glance! And when the cannon's mouthing# loud Heave iti wild wreath- the battle-shroud, And gory -ahres rise and fall ! Like -hoots of flame on midnight pall! There shall thy virtor glance- glow, And cowering foes shall fall beneath llach gallant arm that strikes below That lovely messenger of death! Flag of the sea-' on ocean's wave, Fhy star -hall glitter o'er the brave, When death eareering on the gale, Sweeps darkly round the bellied sail, And frighted waves ru-h wildly back, Before the broadside's reeling rack; The dying wanderer of the -ea Shall look at once to heaven and thee, And smile to see thv splendors fly, In triumph o'er the closing eye. Flag of the free heart's oily home By arigel hands to valor givpn ! Thv star- have lit the welkin dome. Arid all thy hues were horn in heaven ; Forever float that standard -heel ! Where breathe- the loe but falls before us, With freedom's soil beneath our teef, Arid freedom's banner streaming n'r us ! Drake and Hai.leck. WOIGUS ON THE MORMONS. The Mormon question bids foir to occupy as niuch of the attention of the next Congress as "Ver Kansas di I with all its "gaping wounds." and a- the "litl !e giant" statesman of Illinois, is the CT,airman of the Committee on Territo ries in the Senate, his views at thistime possess unusual sig ificance, and cannot fail to attract attention. Besides his position alluded to, Seri al i f)oroj.A-> is, without question, the "ri-ing sun"' in the Democratic, firmament. It will !e <•* voice, and his mind, that will fie relied upon to give -hape, and form and force, to the policy of the Administration in the hod v of which lie is stich a distinguished member—and hence, we do not know that we can do out readers a more acrepttr.le service this week ihan by briefly is.vntg before them hi- views on the Utah com plication, as elucidated in a recent speech at hprtngfield, 111. U'e would quote more exten siv< v, hut it is scarcely necessary to give the reader a correct idea of the Honorable Senator's fu -ition. Ctah, fie said, was made a Territory v the compromise measures of 1850. When it was supposed on all hands that the settlers; 'fere American citizens, owing and acknowl edging allegiance to the Cnited Slates. The Dels at the present time concerning them are represented to be; "Ist, That nine-tenths of the inhabitants are j aliens b v birth, who have refused to become ! uattirahzed, or to take the oath of allegiance, or *" do any other art recognizing the government ' f the I'nited States as the paramount authority in that Territory. "2d, That all the inhabitants, whether native or alien horn, known as Mormons (and they rnn s-'itde the whole people of the Territory,) are ' amd by horrid oaths and terrible penalties to r ■ 'gnize ami maintain Brigham Young, and 'lie government of which lie is the head, as par- | '•mount to that of the I'nited States, in civil as w 'e|| as religious affairs; and that they will, in due time, and under the direction of their lead ers, use all means in their power to subvert the £"v.mment of the Unittd States and resist its 1 authority. "31, That the Mormon government, with n.igltarn Young at its head, is now forming all i aric. - with the Indian tribes of Utah and adjoin ing Territories—stimulating the Indians to acts 'I hostility and organizing hands of his own ' ! oc irs under the name of 'Danites or Destrov ;t!g Angels,' to prosecute a system of robbery an, l a urder upon American citizens who support ! 'he authority of the United States, and denounce 'he infamous: and disgusting practices and insti tutions of the Mormon government." "If," said Senator Douglas, "upon a full in vestigation, these representations should prove 'rue, they will establish tfie fact that the inhab itants of L'tah, as a community, are outlaws "nri alien enemies, unfit to exercise the right of wll-government under the organic act, and un worthy to be admitted into the Union as a State, i W'hcn their only object in seeking admission is j to interpose the sovereigty of the State, as an in vincible shield to protect them in their treason, crime, debauchery and infamy." I udT this view he thought it the duty of the I'iesident, and he had no doubt that it was his j fixed purpose, to remove Brigham Young and all his followeis from office, and to fill their places with bold, able and true men, and to cause a thorough and searching investigalion in to all the crimes and enormities which are aU leged to be perpetrated daily in that Territory, under the direction of Young and his confeder ates, and to use ail the military force necessary to protect the officers in the di-rharge of their j duties, and to enforce the laws of the land. When authentic evidence should arrive, if it shall establish the facts which are believed to exist, Senator Douglas believed it would be the duty of Congress to apply the knife and cut out this loathsome, disgusting ulcer. No tempori zing police—no half-way measures will then answer, said he. J[e would not undertake to punish polygamy by act of Congress, because it would be impracticable to do so, when all the grand and petit jurors must of necessity consist of polygamies. Some other and more effectual remedy, he declared, must be devised and ap plied. "In my opinion," said he, "the first step should be the absolute and unconditional repeal of tfie organic act—blotting the Teri itorial gov ernment out of existence—upon the ground that they are alien enemies and outlaw#, den\ing their allegiance and defying the authority of the i nited State-." Senator Douglas continued: "The Territorial government once abolished, the country would revert to its primitive con ! dition prior to the act of IS AD, Minder the sole and exclusive jurisdiction of the United States. | Of the act of Congress of the 30th of April, J7- 90, and the various acts suplemental thereto : and amendatory thereof,'providing for the pun i isbtnent of crimes against tlie United Slate# j within any fort, arsenal, dockyard, magazine, ; or any other place or district of country under i the sole and exclusive jurisdiction of the I nited States. All offences against the provisions of these acts are-required bv law to he tried and punished by the United States courts in the States or Territories where the offenders shall he rtir.-t apprehended or brought for trial.' Thus it will be seen that, under (he plan proposed Brigham Young and his confederates could he 'apprehended and brought to trial' to lowa or Missouri, California or Oregon, or to a.".v other adjacent State or Territory, where a fair trial could he fiad, and justice administered impar tially—where the witness could be protected and the judgment of the court could he carried into execul ion, without violence or intiinid.it ion. I Ho not propose to introduce any n>w princi ples into our ,iii i prudence, nor to change the mode of proceedings or the rules of practice in our courts. I only propose to place the dis trict of country embraced within the Territory of I tab und.-r the operation of the same laws and rules of proceeding, that Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota and other 'Urni'in- w>ie pho-d before they became organized Ten itorh -. i lie whole counlrv embraced within those Territo ries was under the operation of that same sys tem of laws, and all the offences committed within the same were punished in the manner now proposed, so long as the country remained 'under the sole and exclusive jurisdiction of the United States: hut the moment the country was organized into' Territorial governments, u ith legislative, executive, and judicial departments, it ceased to he under the sole and exclusive ju risdiction of Ihe United States, within tlie mean ing of the art of Congress, f>rthe teason that it had passed under another and diff'-renl jurisdic tion. Hence we abolish the Territorial gov ernment of Utah, preserving all exi-tmg rights, and place the country under the- sole arid exclu sive jurisdiction of the United Slates, offenders can he apprehended and brought into the adja cent States or Territories f>r pnnishen.ent, in ; the same n anner and under the same rules and regulations which obtained and have been uni formly practiced, under like circumstances since 1790." Jlnother Fremont Jlnqel Fatten. —At the term just closed of the Court of Common Pleas of Carroll county, a trial was had between E lizabeth Sharp, plaintiff, and JU-v. Joseph Barfc ly defendant, action for breach of marriage con tract. The defendant was a pr< achei of the Covenanter or Seceder faith, and w as one of the fading Fremont Kansas shrieking preachers of I Carroll county. The evidence on the trial 1 showed that he had for some time been paying his address to Miss Sharp, an accomplished and | highly respectable young w oman of Ihe county, | that he promised to marry her, and then with the hellish machinations of a fiend, hot shielded with the livery of Heaven, he s.t about his work of destruction, and hv prayers and great professions of righteousness coupled with his promise of marriage, he succeeded in seducit g ; the young girl from th- path of virtue and ac complished her ruin and deserted her. The jury returned a verdict of $.7000, all the peti tion asked for. If the plaintiff* had asked$20,- 000, it no doubt would have been given her.— The scamp ought to have been lodged in the j Penitentiary for life, and even then the punish ment would not he sufficient for his crime.— ; Little else than this can be expected from riiin ; isters who are continually preaching politics.— ! They have done more within the last three i years to spread vice and immorality, and bring reproach upon the cause of religion, than infi delity has ever done.— Stark County Dim. Two little daughters, five and seven years old, of the widow Ellis, of Warehouse Point, Com, Went into the woods to get winlergreen, got last, and wandered over to East Hartford.— There was of course a great alarm, and people ; turned out to find them, but the search was not successful until morning, w hen they were found asleep under a tree, where thev had lain all night, having trotted in their little bare feet 15 or 20 miles. They had some wintergreen, which they said they wore going to "carry to 1 mother." From the Providence Post. .'7 .Methodist Bishop rebukes Political Preach- \ in %- —At the late conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church fir East Line, Bishop Morris, being about to announce the appointment of | preachers to their several stations and circuits, gave his views—very briefly and in very kind ly terms—upon the interference of the minis ters of the Gospel with political affairs. We deem the present a very fit lime fur giving his remarks to our readers. The political excite • men! which brought so many New England 1 clergyman into the partisan field has passed a w ay, and ministers and laymen are looking with j calmness and candor to the influences which have resulted from political preaching. They i find churches divided and distracted, pews de serted, treasuries empty, and the hearts of the , people cold and comfortless. Some of tin m, 1 with commendable devotion to the Christian j cause, have set about the work necessary to re- I store the good feeling which prevailed in other j years: and many who had been driven from i their houses oi worship by the partisan abuse of their ministers have been brought back to their! public devotions, and are again hoping for a i season of religions enjoyment. Perhaps, at such ; a time, both minister and people will derive ! pleasure and profit from the gentle counsels in ; the remarks above referred to. In the course of them, Bishop Morris said : •! "I dot •m it not unimportant or out of place to address a f w woid* to von, rnv brethr n, upon a sutiject which is attracting considerable atten tion at the present time—namely, as to how fara minister of the Gospel ought to take part in the politics of the dav. When a minister! goes into his pulpit, he finds his congregation j composed of men of different political parties; : and if he publicly becomes the partisan of one j side or the other, there will of necessity spring j up a coldness towards him in a pait of the con gregation, which w ill yery rriurh diminish his influence. I fee 1 convinced, from what I have ! observed, that the onlv result that can be expect- i ed from a minister taking pait in the p litical j contests and discussions of the dav, will be to ! engender stiife and hard feeling in his congie- ! gat ion. "Hut some may ask whether we are not citi zens like other men, and have not duties to per- I f>rm as such? Mist certainly we are, and J trust I have not proved recreant to the obliga tions resting upon me as a citizen, Although 1 have not, for the forty years that I have be* n in the ministry* ever entered a political meet-j ing or spent above five minutes at any election. • 1 have always made it a point to goto the polls, at the most quiet tim** the,day, wln n therV. was likely to he the ha-t excitement, to deposit my ballot in an ostentatious manner, and return home. T have never seen the time when 1 thought I was called upon as a citizen t > do more than this. ] know not tiow it tnav h" w iih others, but 1 have always found enough to do in the duties of my calling. lam willing to let ' the 'potshredsstiive u ith the pntshreds,' btif pie fer for myself to attend to the duti'-s devolving upon IT* e as a minister of Christ. I recolit <tan I anecdote of a Methodist brother, who was sta tioned to preach the Gospel to the people in ♦Fountain If-ad Cirrnit,' near the hermitage of the late President Jackson, in the exciting polit ical times of his second election. Party zeal w as just then at its height, and each party want ed every one to be on its side. They sought out tln newly arrived miriister and eagerly inquired of him whose side he was on ? 'I am on the side of the Lord and Fountain H• ad (.'ircnt,' was the reply. Which of the candidates do you in- < tend to vote fur ? '1 trust I shall be found on my knees praying to God for the conversion of sinners and the upbuilding of'Zion in Fountain Head Circuit.' However they might question Ihe devoted minister, h- would wisely answer that he meant to do his duty faithfully as a mm- j ister of Christ in 'Fountain 1 Pad Circuit.' In; conchy-i >n, h t me say, iriy brethren, go ye and do likewise." .7 .Mithiiszht •Ipjtnrition — In Wisconsin, in the midst of the terrible storm which prevailed on the night of Saturday, some ol the residents on the line of B-loit & Madison Railroad heard at midnight, the vetv unusual sound of a rail way train thundeiing along the track. Many sprang fiom their beds and looked out into the! darkness, arid the lightning rev ealed to their as tonished eyes glimpses of baggage car and two ! passenger cais rushing by without locomotive or tender, and no! a soul to he seen on board.— Occuning at the time when the fierce storm, with its heavy thunder and lurid lightning was prevailing, the event assumed to many minds a supernatural character, and there were those i who longed ev en for the day to come, with trembling heayts, for all must be aware that su petstition and credulity are not banished from the earth. It was just the night for such a thing to l a| pen. according to ail the established mi. s laid down for ghosts and demons to in dulge their fearful revels. In tlie morning a locomotive containing an engineer and conductor came quietly by, and the people learned that the cars they had seen were nothing more nor hss than runaways. — They had been standing on the track at fort vi 11 e ; the high wind had started them: as they were on a down giade, all attempts to stop them, after they had got under way, was us- \ less; and so they went rushing along the incli ned rails with gradually accelerating speed, un til several miles distant, coming upon a level, the force of their forward motion was exhaust ed, and they brought up at Alton—where the conductor found them uninjured. A good ghost story was thus spoiled. KANSAS A FREE STATE.—A correspondent ol ilia New York Tribune, dated Washington, June 8, states that a letter received there from a source in Kansas entitled fo the most implicit confidence, states I hat three-fourths, at least, of the preeent seltleis, are in favor of making Kan sas a free State, including nearly one half of