Newspaper of Bedford Gazette, January 25, 1867, Page 2

Newspaper of Bedford Gazette dated January 25, 1867 Page 2
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the feftir. Friday Hsrnln( Juaanry 25, 1*67. AGENTS TO OBTAIN SrBHORIPTIOXS TO THE GAZETTE. ClrcnlHte yoar County Paper. The following named gentlemen hare been ap pointed oar Agents to obtain subscriptions to the GAZCTTE. They are anthorized to receipt for us: Bloody Run —Jeremiah Thompson. Ray's Hill —D. A. T. Black. Monroe —Daniel Fletcher. Coleraiv —Geo. W. Deal, H.P. Dichl. C. Valley —D. R. Anderson. A. Zembower. Ijondonderry —James C. Derore. Harrison —Geo. W. Horn. Juniata —John A. Cessna, Geo. Gardill. Srhel/shurjf —J. E. Black. Napier —John Sill, John W. Bowen. Southampton —Wm. Adams, John Caronder, West ley Bennett . Union —M Wertz. W B. Lambnght. M. Woodherry —W. M. Pearson, Daniel Barley. Woodherry —J.l. Noble. J, S. Brumbaugh. Hopewell —W. A. Grore, J B. Fluke. Broad Top —M. A. Hunter. Liberty —Geo. Roades, D. Stoler. Barton —Charles Faxon. St Clair —John W. Crisman, Samuel Beckley. Stial-e Spri/ic —Andrew Mortimore, J. G. Hart ley and M. S. Kitchey." W. Providence —Geo. Baughman, Homer Neice. OIR EI CENSE LAWS. That farrago of burthensomeaud par tial taxation, which bears the euphu istic title of oar "Internal Revenue System," is borne by our people with a docility and patience which must some times astonish themselves, and which cannot fail to render our representatives in Congress utterly indifferent about change or amelioration. So long as the people do not assemble tumult ously together to remonstrate, or be take themselves to open defiance of the law, so long will our wise statesmen assume it for granted that not merely is there no just cause for complaiut, but that the satisfaction is universal. Take for example, the internal tax on do mestic spirits, which by the law is fix ed at two dollars a gallon. Commis sioner Wells, who has carefully exam ined the subject, declares in his report to the Secretary of the Treasury, that less than two gallons in five pay the tax, the rest finding its way to market free, in defiance of the law, and of the officers. It has been scarcely possible to take up a city paper without reading of an arrest for the violation of the in ternal revenue laws relating to domes tic spirits. And notwithstanding the frequency of these arrests a conviction is rarely had, owing alike to the clum siness of the law and the adroitness of its violators. In abundant proof of the ease and impunity with which the law is set at defiance, is the fact which any reader may verify for himself, that common domestic whisky is quoted in the open market at less than two dol lars, the tax due before a gallon can be legally sold ! While, by reason of this enormous tax, the contraband traffic is increasing on every hand, the danger of detection and conviction being cdh sidered slight compared with the op portunity to make rapid fortunes, the law and the consequences of its viola tions alike operate with peculiar hard ship on the manufacturers of whisky and the grain producers of Pennsylva nia. The honest distiller after paying two dollars per gallon tax, besides his license, and five dollars a day to an idle inspector, finds his whisky in competi tion with that which never was seen by revenue officer, and which after be ing undersold two dollars a gallon, still produces considerable profits. It is easy to predict what must be the effect of this legislation, and the argument might be expected to reach any one but a member of Congress. The regular distiller will soon be compelled to aban don the field to the contrabandist and the manufacturer of unrectified decoc tions that never knew the bloom of the rye. Pure whisky, such as that which gladdened the hearts of our ancestors, will be known no longer, and we will swallow poisons, while laboring under the pleasing delusion that we are con tributing to the revenues of the gov ernment. In return for the fidelity of Pennsylvania, she finds an important branch of her business almost destroyed and the consumption of a cereal di minished to which her soil and climate are adapted, by a piece of legislation, which is obstinately persisted in after its injustice and impolicy are clearly shown.. We have said that when the regular distiller has been compelled to with draw, the contraband dealer in whisky will take place. In every dell of Pennsylvania, where it is possible to elude the vigilance of the revenue offi cer, the smoke of a still will rise. The law will beset at utter defiance, and no man will be found guilty, of what he deems the baseness of acting the part of a spy or informer on his neighbor, for violating a law which all regard as un just and oppressive. It will be in vain for the revenue officer to execute the law in a community united to defeat him. A condition of things similar to that in lerJand and Scotland under heavy excise laws, wiil arise, which finds illustra tion in the following incident. A rev enue . offieer pursuing his vocation a mong the mountains of Donegal eiune upon a hut up a hollow with a contra band still at work. He had scarcely time to iook around the shanty where casks of the illicit poteen were piled up ready for market, when gaunt, half l naked figure armed with a cutlass, pre* ' sented himself at the door. "Did any ! one see you come in ?" "No!" eagerly ! answered the assessor. "Then no one i shall s*e you go out," was the terrible : reply. We do not wish to be misunderstood. | Whilst we should regret that such a ! condition of affairs should be brought about,and whilst we are fully conscious j of the bad effect it would have on the morals of a community, we must be permitted to frankly declare what must be the consequence of this pernicious legislation, as well as our fear that it will be neither rt'i>ealed nor modified by the present or coming Congress.— Our Yankee lords and masters, the au thors of this legislation, know their ad vantage and mean to hold it, and some of our fanatical temperance men fancy they perceive in the law an advantage I to their cause, although it would not be i difficult to prove that it is an injury j alike to temperance, health and moral- ity- The Amendment of 1866, creating an inspector, and making bonded ware houses, an ingenius Yankee contri vance, will form the subject of a future article, as this one has already exceed ed our limits. TIIE MINISTER TO AUSTRIA. The nomination by President John son of Senator Cowan as Minister to the Court of Vienna, fails to meet the ap proval of the majority of our Legisla ture, which much as we may regret it, we must bear as best we may. It would he hardly possible that a pure patriot and statesman, who never stained his Senatorial robes by unworthy contact with the Swiss mercenaries, who com pose the majority of the Legislature, could ever gain their applause. Since it is not probable that the Preside nt will name a minister that would be ac ceptable to them, we are left to conjec ture what manner of man they would have instead of the courageous and able statesman who lias been appointed. But we are not left altogether without some data by which their choice for such a high position may be ascertained. The election of Simon Cameron to the Senate of the United States shows what intellectual and moral qualities are ne cessary to obtain a certificate from the Pennsylvania Legislature. From this we conclude that the man for their votes, must be one who, working his way by dark and devious paths to high position, has gained the notoriety of a cunning and adroit political schemer. He must be one who can flatter and cajole the weak, bribe the venal, and menace the timid. He may be devoid alike of theculture and ability of the statesman, provided, that when in pow er, lie always shows His readiness to reward his adherents and punish his enemies, no matter at what sacrifice of the public interests. He must be one who finds in the calamities of his coun try, the means of lavish i ng con tracts and places on his family and his adherents. It must be a man who has no political opinions that ever conflict with his pri vate interests or personal ambition. Letany member of the Legislature who voted for the resolution against Senator Cowan, say with his right hand on his waistcoat whether he fills up such a picture. Let him say whether Senator Cowan was ever swerved from the per formance of his public duty by threat of party vengeance, or hope of personal reward. Whilst the telegraph wires were yet vibrating with the charge of corruption in the election of United States Sena tor, it might have been supposed that some remaining sense of decency would have restrained the majority from has tening to hurl their impotent resolu tion against Senator Cowan. This reso lution comingsofast upon theelection of Senator is the highest compliment that could have been paid him. It is not at all likely that the Senate of theUni tedStates will treat it with more respect than that in which it is held by every one else. The eminent historian who has so long represented the nation at the Court of Vienna, will now give place to the accomplished and able statesman, who, throughout six years of service, dared to defend the Constitution of his country in defiance of the clamors of party. Mr.Motley, on his return, may then employ that pen which described with such graphic power the Fall of the Dutch llepublic,in telling the sad story of another republic, haply wottcr ing to its fall, from causes not altogeth er unlike. When the book shall be written, its most painful and humilia ting chapter will be that which shall describe the corruption, venality, par ty rancor, and imbecility, which have shamefully distinguished the Legisla ture which passed this resolution. —Governor Geary hasappoi nteu Job n H.Stewart,of Allegheny County, Prin cipal Auxiliary State Agent at Wash ington, and William A. Cook, of West - moreland Conntv, Deputy Auxiliary* Agent. ( V.UEItttX AT EOtHIEE. The friends of Gen. Cameron gather ed at his residence near Ilarrisburg, the other day, to congratulate him upon his election, and tb receive his thanks in return for their services. The tf le graph gives a full report of the speech of the veteran politician on the occa sion, for which, brief as it is, we can not find space. We dearly love a joke, but Camer on's compliment to the legislature was a little too much of a good thing. What virtuous people these members must have imagined themselves when Cam eron informed them that this endorse ment hv them was the richest legacy he could give his children ! How these sweet and honied words must have consoled them, with the biting and re proachful accents of Stevens still ring ing in their ears. The buttons on Mor row B. dowry's blue coat must have blushed, were they not so brazen. How the demure McConaugby must have rolled up the whites of his eyes when he heard the unusual flattery. There has been nothing like it since John Mor rissey's affectionate address to His Fifth ward constituents. After expressing the Christian hope that he would be able to forgive his enemies, and turning, byway of re venge, upon the President some of the abuse that had been heaped upon him, he graciously informed his admirers, that he would not again ask them for their support, promising to retire at the close of this term. "My dear friends," said a patriarchal old rat, "I have determined to retire soon from public life, and to relieve myself of the cares you have imposed 011 me. Fare well !" Deeply affected, snivelling audibly, and wiping his suffused eyes with his tail, the old rat withdrew. He was afterwards found buried in a hole which he had cut with his own teeth— in a huge Dutch cheese! WE hear on all hands howls and ex ecrations from the Radicals over the election of Simon Cameron. Our usu ally amiable neigh ber of the Chambers burg Repository, who had backed Cur tin heavily, is inconsolable, and makes all sorts of damaging charges against the friends of Cameron, which, wheth er true or false, could be met by equally severe accusations from the other side. Now, or what use is all the trouble these people give themselves about Cameroi 1 ? So long sis they use 110 weapons more lethal than their tongues against him, Cameron can afford to laugh, and the public cannot help be coming weary. Besides he is as good as the best of them, and they could not have had a more fitting representative man. llence all the virtuous aire his enemies give themselves are simply ri diculous. The lamentations of the Shoddy ites instead of exciting our sym pathy for their misfortunes, only in crease the poignancy of our pleasure ovr their defeat. If Cameron has pur chased a seat in the Senate from a cor rupt Legislature, it is consoling that the place is not filled by the relentless and fanatical Stevens, nor by the timid, vacillating and insincere Curtin. The part of wisdom for the men of Shoddy would have been to quietly pocket the defeat, and not have created so much scandal by making all the bor ders of the State resound with the most infamous charges of corruption against our legislature When the hunt was up Curtin should have called off his hounds, and made terms with Cam eron on. the spot. There was no use in continuing the fight after the en trenchments were carried; and Curtin should have known that much. Cam eron in the moment of his victory might have shown some generosity. When Robert Macaire found that his father-in-law could cheat as well as himself, he threw down the cards and embraced him, exclaiming, "Now we are brothers." THE Mongrel Congress has establish ed unqualified Negro Suffrage in the District of Columbia and in the Terri tories of the United States, passed a law to make itself perpetual, begun the impeachment of the President, in troduced a bill to organize a national militia of radical soldiers to be under its own exclusive control, and in short, (lone nearly all that is necessary to sub vert the Constitution and establish a despotism. We are drifting upon fear ful shoals. The time may not he far distant when biood will again flow like water in this unfortunate land. Let the conservative men of the country be ready. Unless all the signs of the times are delusive we shall yet have a terrible struggle to preserve the liberty bequeathed to us as a priceless legacy by our fathers. COL. MCCLUKE says the election of Simon Cameron to the United States Senate, is "a blistering shame to the Republican party." That may be so, Col., but why make such a fuss about it? Your party has perpetrated so many blacker iniquities that this will soon be lost sight of in the enormity Of the others. WITH a Rump Congressto impeach, a Rump Senate to try, and a Radical Jacobin Chief Justice to preside, the impeachment of the President will, no doubt, go on swimmingly. A vin dictive District Attorney, a corrupt court, and a packed jury, could convict an angel. Let the Radical Jacobins go on with their partisan impeachment, but let them beware lest the people af terwards impeach them with bayonets. THE grand Legislative Auction, at Harrisburg, last week, was only a par tial success. Things sold uncommon cheap, for cash, owing partly, perhaps, to the tightness of the money market, but mainly to the number of things for sale. Going! going! gone at only//ty dollars, rung dolefully in the ears of many a poor devil who went to Harrisburg with visions of G. Wash ington Buyer's twenty thousand dol lars floating before his eyes. IT will be remembered that "Simon was about" at the time of the Mongrel Legislative Conference, in this place, last summer, and that he was reported to have said, " thumbs up /" The old Hessian Bergner, his chief Fugler, was also present and had sundry private in terviews with the Conferees. Perhaps these facts may explain why Bedford county was left out in the cold HARRISBURG MARKETS. —Every- body is anxious to sell, but as every thing is of an inferior quality, prices are low, with a downward tendency. The following are the quotations this week: A vote in the lower house, (not political), -, - $2.25 Absence, do., - - - 1.25 Absence in Senate, - 3.00 to 4.00 Vote " " - 4.00 to 5.00 Call " " - 62.] to 75 cts. Votes on political questions some what higher. EDITORIAL CORRESPT)X DUNCE. HARRISBURG. Jan. 19. DEAR GAZETTE:— I arrived here yesterday afternoon, my journey hith er occupying Only twenty four hours. The track of the Huntingdon and Broad Top Railroad was completely blocked up by snow-drifts, so that two engines attached to our single passen ger car, could not "pull us through." About two miles below Marklesburg, our train stuck fast in a drift five feet in depth, and we were obliged to re main there from 8 o'clock in the eve ning till broad day-light. Such a storm as howled around us that night, I never witnessed before. It madeone think of the night on which Tarn O'- Shanter and his "gray mare Meg," came to grief at the "keystane 'o the brig," when "the wind blew as 'twad blawn itsl ast." But, my traveling dif ficulties over, fur the present, I am snugly stowed away at the "Bolton," where every thing isquite aufait , from a toothsome beef-steak to a room made cheerful by the glow of blazing anthra cite. From these comfortable quarters, I stroll out to try the old board walk which leadeth to the halls of legisla tion. Arrived at the capitol, 1 first enter the hall of the House of Repre sentatives. Speaker Glass is in the chair and I observe that he makes a pretty fair speaker, slow, but tolerably sure. The Mongrel side of the House is in a state of tremendousexcitement. It has just been announced that Hon. Edgar Cowan has been appointed min ister to Austria, and one of the virtu ous and patriotic gentlemen on that side of the House, fearful lest the just and magnanimous United States Sen ate may lack the back-bone to reject the nomination of Mr. Cowan, has of fered a resolution, which calls the said Cowan some very hard names, and in structs the U. S. Senate not to confirm his appointment. I watch the debate closely, and I find that there is but a single man on the Mongrel side who has much ability as a debater. MR. WADDELE, of Chester, is decidedly the ablest man on that side of the House. (He was formerly, I believe, a Democrat.) But, on the Democratic side, MR. JEXKS, of Jefferson, and MR. BOYI.E, of Payette, tear the mask from the hideous face of Mongrel Rad icalism. Mr. Jenks is a new member, but has much ability, is a sound law yer and an incorruptible man. Mr.

Boyle is a young lawyer, of brilliant promise, and makes an active and use ful member. His political opponents in the House have a wholesome fear of his power in debate. There are, also, on the Democratic side, Mr. Satter thwaiteand Dr. Markley, of Montgom ery, Mr. Deise, of Clinton, Mr. Quig ley, of Philadelphia, and others, who are abundantly able to take care of the interests of the Democracy. The last named is the best parliamentarian in the House. There is, on the Mongrel side, a "preacher man" by the name of Kennedy. He hails from Wyoming. He prayed the other day that President Johnson might be removed and that Cameron might become more radical! He ought to be ridden out of Harris burg on a sharp rail. I have "Been" the House, and I now take a look at the Senate. Speaker Hall is presiding. He is quick and pretty correct. The Senate has not had a better presiding oilicer for some years than Mr. Hall. We find some fa miliar faces in the Senate chamber. Mr. Wallace, of Clearfield, the leader of the Democratic side, a man of un questioned ability, ('apt. Donovan, of Philadelphia, Gen. MeCandless, of the same city (who succeed#the immortal Jere. Nichols) Col. Searight, of Fay ette, Jackson, of Sullivan. Glatz, of Ydrk, Schall, of Lehigh, ail these are old friends of the subscriber, whom he values highly. On the other side of the chamber I recognize the famil iar face of Dr. Worthington, of Ches ter, (once a good Democrat, more's the pity,) but most of the Senators on that side are to me, as well as to fame, un kuown. Yes, there are the red bristles, low forehead and ruffled shirt which make up the peculiarities of Morrow B. Lowry, and yonder is the good-na tured face and burly form of our own Stutzman, the man who had the au dacity to claim the seat of the subscri ber. "Aleck" is serene. He makes a good-looking Senator, and shows much affability to his constituents. Yesterday we had an alarming re port here to the effect that the White House, at Washington, had been de stroyed by fire. Later advices state that it was the conservatory attached to the White House, which was burn ed. There is considerable ill-feeling a mong, the Radicals here toward Simon Cameron and his friends in the Legis lature. Cameron made a speech, the other night, for the purpose of stop ping the mouths of his opponents in the Radical party. He endorsed the Negro Suffrage doctrine, said Andrew Johnson was a bad man, <&c., &c. But the General will find that his tub to the whale will not be of much account. He will either be compelled toisupport the President, or be without supporters himself. But enough for this time. B. F. M. HARRISBURG. The the -Rousiis:" tienry attache* himseif to the <Mnu Cameron ; Impeachment of the President. Ac. Correspondence of the Bedford Gazette. HARRISBUBG, Jan. 19. DEAR EDITOR :—Although I find you here in our midst, I will not fore go the pleasure of jotting down my weekly epistle to the GAZETTE, for, be it known, that whilst I address my talk to you, it is intended for your rea ders. Why didn't you get down to the in auguration of our new Governor? Bedford county must be losing its pat riotism, or it would not slight the im mortal hero who now presides over the destinies of this Commonwealth. Well, I will tell you something about the inauguration. There was a consid erable crowd of people in attendance, the "rough" element decidedly pre dominating. It appears that ia order to draw a crowd, the managers of the inauguration had arranged a prize fight between two noted "roughs," which was duly announced to come off' at a place a few miles distant from Ilarris burg. This announcement brought to the city sporting characters from al most every large city in the Union— "roughs" from Baltimore, "roughs" from Philadelphia, "roughs" from New York and "roughs" from (tell us not in Gath !) the hub of the Universe, the godly city of the immaculate Puritans —Boston ! The hotels were filled with these delectable gentlemen, and many an unsuspecting fellow's pocket was re lieved of its greenback contents before they evacuated the town. Aside from this, I cannot say that anything special marked the occasion. Gen. Geary made his little speech, written in the shades of New Cumberland, and was then inducted, in due form, into the Executive chair. There is no doubt about Geary's throwing liis patronage and influence to the Cameron interest. The Curtin men growl considerably about this, and I learn that Col.McClure, of Chambers burg, is heart-broken over the course of the new Governor. Curtin labored hard for Geary's election, and I must say that our "hero-Governor" shows a little ingratitude in his conduct toward the Ex-Governor. But Simon "points up," and Geary dares not point any other way. I look for squalls in the political horizon, arising from this very fact. But we shall see what we shall see. The impeachment programme in Congress, is beginning to cause some excitement in political circles. It seems to be the settled purpose of the Radical leaders, to prefer articles of impeach ment against the President, and then, to suspend him from office, pending his trial by the Senate. Itis clear that they cannot so suspend him, or in any man ner remove him from his office, before he shall be convicted of the crimes with which lie stands charged. If his ene mies attempt to remove him from oflice before conviction , THERE WILL BE WAR! The people will not submit to such arbitary work. God save us from such a Avar! May our count ry be spa r ed the calamity! But rather than the Constitution should be o\*erthro\vn, rather than human liberty should go down beneath the heels of such petty tyrants as Thaddeus Stevens and Charles Sumner, I say, let it come! If civil freedom has not been secured by the blood already poured upon its altar, let uu renew the libation. THE PRESI DENT MUST NOT BE REMOVED EXCEPT ACCORDING iTO LAW! Let this be the motto of good citizens everywhere, and wo be to the man who dares to say otherwise. But, "sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." We will not borrow trouble from the future. Still itis well to remember that Avhen the skies are dark, there is sign of a coming storm. I advise no inconsiderate haste, but the people should move, in a peaceful way, to sustain the President; and every true patriot should resolve in his heart to die rather than see the Constitution of his country sub\ r erted. LEX. WASHINGTON. RpSUlatlns tbe Tenure of Offices; Abuse of the President: Impeachment: Pur poses of tlie Jlonsrfls ; Senator Cowan : 't'had. Stevens: Iturniiiir of the Conser vatory nt the White House. Ae. Correspondence of the Bedford Gazette. WASHINGTON, Jan. 1!>. MIL. EDITOR: —Since my last, the Senate has had in consideration the bill to "regulate the tenure of Federal offi ces." From indications, the voteupon some of the more objectionable features will be close. The comparatively few removals from office by the present Executive, as shown in the speech of Mr. Cowan, a few days ago, has struck everybody with surprise, even Sena tors, who were evidently unprepared for the official exhibit of Mr. C. Mr, Fessenden, while this subject was up, recommended "moderation" to his par ty, and ex pressed himself opposed to "the whole class of legislation" based upon doubtful Constitutional authority* It appears the President has made twit about four hundred removals. Of those not more than three hundred are sin cere friends of his administration. The whole number of office-holders by "Presidential appointment" is about twenty-five hundred, makingthe num ber of his political enemies in office stand as twenty-two hundred to three hundred of his friends. The question yesterday being on the amendment of Sumner to convert all officers whose salaries exceed SI,OOO into Executive appointees, sifbjec tto the advice and consent of the Seriate, the latter made a speech grossly abusive of the President. His amendment, if adopted, will in clude at least on e hundred thousand additional "Presidential appoint ments" not now sent to the Senate, em bracing officers in the customs down to clerks and night watch-men. Mr. Sum uer, in the cours< J of his remarks, charg ed the President with being "an ene my to thecountn r ," "an usurper," "the successor of Dav is, doing mischief sec ond only to the rebellion"—with "beast ly intoxication," with "making maud lin speeches," us ing "brutish language" of "selling pardons," and a long cata logue of crimes and misdemeanors which, he averred, were as nothing compared to his. enormous offence of "fomenting the rebel spirit of the South," and which, he contended, made it u the special duty of the hour'''' to take under the protection and subject to the control of the Senate this army of office holders. It will be observed that these charges against the President, uttered in the Senate by a leading member, were made in full view of the pending impeachment by the House. Of this Air. Sumner was reminded. "What chance," said on e of the Senators on the Democratic .side of the Chamber, "will the President have of a fair trial before a tribunal composed of such members as the Senator from Alassa chusettsand other Radical extremists"? The discussion excited great interest. The Senate char nber was crowded with members of the House. It seems to be the avowed purpose of the Mongrels to overthrow the ex isting Government —to drag from the Executive office, for no offence whatev er, a man placed there by the people in the manner prescribed by the Constitu tion—to annul the power of the Judi cial Branch of the Government, and to subject nearly one-half of the Itepublic to a species of government, the equal to which, in all the essentials of despot ism, the world has never yet seen. It is manifest that this purpose cannot be accomplished without prompt and un ending resistance; that it cannot be suc cessful, except through a revolutionary struggle, and yet, under these appalling circumstances, the organs of the Mon grels affect to despise the warning voice of the Conservative press, and even to doubt the certain, unavoidable and im mediate effect of the tirst dawning of the revolution into which they are swiftly precipitating the country. You have already been informed of the nomination of Senator Cowan to be Minister to Austria. As to his confir mation to the foreign embassy, I regret to state that doubts exist. The nomi nation of Mr. C. has been referred to the Committee on Foreign Eolations. Among prominent men visiting the Capital, I notice Hon. Simon Cameron, who was for some time on the tioor of the House this morning. lie was re ceived with marked attention, which seemed greatly to vex the "Great Com moner." I hope the press willcease, for the present, at least, its attacks upon Mr. Stevens, on the ground of pure commisseration. His present position is truly pitiable. He is snubbed by ev ery one, and as a leader his course is run. A fire occurred this morning at about 8 o'clock which, I learn, at one time j threatened to consume the Presidential j mansion. It originated in the conser i vatorv attached to the Western wing | of the main edifice, and totally destroy |ed the fine collection of flowers and plants collected there, together with the consumable portion of the conserv atory i t sel I'. PRY. FROM THE WEST. Correspondence of the Bedford Gazette LEXINGTON, MO., \ Jan. 5, 1867. ) MESSRS. MEYERS' AND MENGER After my best respects to you and all the rest of mankind and womankind too, in old Bedford county, I Will in form you that I am well and hqpe this will find you enjoying health and plen ty of this world's goods. Well, sirs, we are having Radical rule here in Lex ington, to its full extent. Tom Fletch er, the negro Governor, and a thing they call Col. Montgomery, are treating the citizens of our town to some of their peculiar notions of liberty. God save us from such freedom ! The Dem ocratic party carried the elections, elec ting all their officers in this county. Hence, you see, negro Tom finds it necessary to send Col. Montgomery here with two or tiiree companies of ruffians and at the point of the bayo net they take the offices from the Dem ocrats and put their own candidates in power. Then they telegraph to the whole world that the "rebels" and "bushwhackers" are killing all the "loyal" people and poor blacks in our county, Ac. This they make the pre text for sending their ragmuffins in our midst to disturb the peace. The people here were getting along finely and there was no trouble whatever un til the election went against Negro Tom. lie couldn't stand that, and gave us the bayonet out of pure re i venge. Thus you see how we are treat ed in free Missouri. The bayonet puts men in office that can't be elected and puts those out that were elected. Now they call that "loyalty" and "freedom," bui, for the life of me, Ican't see it in , that light. If there is any freedom in having a revolver held over a fellow's j head to make him give up the office to | which the people elected him, it is be yond my ken. Yet such has been the j case in Lafayette county, Mo., where | the Democrats have five to one against Radicalism. Now, I want you to see Mr. 1., of your town, who was here and saw for himself. He will tell you of the conduct of the Radical party ' and how meanly they treat men who • differ with them in politics. He saw* ! them clothe the negro with military f power to lord it over the whites. He • says that is enough for him, and I hope ■ he will tell every honest man in Bed ford county, what Iladieilisra is in l Missouri. Give my respects to all . good Democrats and send metheGA • ZETTE. Yours, &c., 1 .___ W,T - E - A REMARKABLE MAN. , Thomas Shelton, Esq., who resides in Aberdeen, Brown co., 0., is well known as the celebrated Justice of the Peace, by whom so many runaway couples have been united in the holy bonds of matrimony. Esquire Shelton was born in Fauquier co., Va., in 1776, and consequently is ninety-one years of age. He is remarkably stout and act ive for a man of his age. He was first elected Justice of the Peace in Hunt ingdon township, this county, about fifty-two years ago, and has kept his office by successful re-elections ever since, lie was first elected by the Democratic party, and has stood by the party unflinchingly up to the pres ent time. He was re-elected by the same party, on the 27th of December last, to hold the office three years more. His friends say they are determined to keep him in office as long as he lives. He has never been defeated for office, although the opposite party has tried in vain, sometimes running him pretty close. There is, probably, not another such instance of continued popular fa vor in the United States. Since he has held the office of Justice, he has married over three thousand couples— probably more than any other man in : the State of Ohio. As old as he is, he says nothing gives him so much pleas , ure as to discharge the duty of uniting Two souls with but a single thought, Two hearts that beat as one. He married so many Kentuckians that it became necessary for the Ken tucky Legislature to pass a special act legalizing all marriages solemnized by the 'Squire. He has married runaway couples from Tennessee and Mississip pi, and is extensively known in those States by reputation. He has no es tablished fee-bill , but makes his fees accordingly as he thinks the parties can pay, ranging from $3.00 up to SOO.OO. j The poorer class he has been known to marry for nothing, saying, as the dutch Esquire did, "you are welcome, if it will do you any goot." The old gen tleman felicitates himself that many of his matches have been happy ones; but repudiates all responsibility for any which may have turned out otherwise. He says he didall in his power to make them happy, and if they were not so, it was not his fault. He still continues to join them in the bonds of wedlock, and sends them away rejoicing. In the month of December just past, he prepared a great many for the approach ing cold winter, soinetifnes averaging eight and ten couples per week. Long may he flourish ! U. 11. A. ABERDEEN, Ohio, ) Jan. 8, 1867. j BOOHS AND PERIODICALS. To BE RESUMED. —The publication of the Mercersburg Review , which has been suspended since the latter part of 1861, is about to be resumed. It will be published by S. R. Fisher & Co., Phil adelphia, Pa., and edited by the Rev. Dr. Harbaugh, Professor in the Theo logical Seminary, atMercersburg, assis ted by other eminent writers of the Re formed and other Churches. —It will be published Quarterly, the tirst number commencing with this month, after which the numbers will be issued reg ularly at the commencement of each quarter. Terms, for one year $3, or $-3 for two years subscription. THE FARM AND FIRESIDE.— This is the title of a new Agricultural journal, published in Philadelphia, byS. iS. Foss. It is a model of typographical neatness, and contains much useful and entertaining matter. Those who des ire a good Agricultural paper, cannot do better than subscribe for the Farm and Fireside. Price §2.00 per annum. Frightftil Steamboat Accident anil Great I.oss of I.ife. MEMPHIS, January 17.— The steam er Platte Valley left here for Vicksburg late this afternoon, struck the wreck of a gunboat and sunk almost to her hur ricane deck in about three minutes. She was crowded with passengers, a large number of whom were lost. It is estimated by ihe survivors, that one hundred persons were drowned. A mong them Judge Mcßride, of Monroe County, Mo., and his family of fifteen persons, bound for l'exas. The captain and pilots are safe, l liere were some forty women and children on board, most of whom were lost. A tug pass ing up, took oir those who had presence of'mind enough to stick by the wreck, and brought them here to-night. It is impossible to obtain full particulars of this calamity to-night —A few days ago Thaddeus Stevens asked the House for a week's absenee to enable him to go to Pennsylvania to "look after certain matters." He hits returned; and it is presumed that he luts seen what he went to "look after," and that the look was a long wayafter. Wot Id. —The American Colonization Society has nearly seven hundred applications enrolled for the spring expedition to Liberia.