Newspaper of The Weekly Ottumwa Courier, February 20, 1861, Page 1

Newspaper of The Weekly Ottumwa Courier dated February 20, 1861 Page 1
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i i.r)o %tc'/rA -fJWG-.l !*6?X3j Jl '/1 NEW 8EftlES, VOL. 6, NO. Y. J* IV. a it IS, Proprietor. re (Dttnmtoa Couiirt. PUBLISHED EVERT WEDNESDAY IN ?U"MRO!T'S BLOCK, (THIKO FI.OOR) 0 TTUM W. 1, WA PEL LOCO., JO WA, %J. W.& O. P. MORRIS. E I N V A I A Y I N A V A N E One copy, perye*r |1,6«i Fourcoples .- 5,00. Ten 12,00. Twenty" 24,00. P»rioni wtihtng to subscribe for* teas time th«non« |Netr can do so by remitting tlie amount tliey wlcli to fjb (o appropriated. In no case will we enter new ttaraei unless they are accompanied with money. From the Cjnprejratinrial Herald. CIIUKIMI Till !UOTIIi:iC. BT PAI I.LISI, Proadlir tenderly cherish her piapsLV, Sorrow hath written its lines on nertroW— 1 Jft hath she bowed to the chastening rod, ft hath returned a lent treasure to Ood, Care for her lovingly, ne'er can'st thou be ^*Jnto thy mother, what she was to thee. ftroops she deapondingly Sympathy'H might w ®haseth the darkness—restoreth the light, Softly Bnd tenderly arcents should fall, jlreathint.' of trust '11 the Father of all Burly ghe taught thee to give Him tlilne heart— ~#peak of Ills love, and her fears will depart. JLove her devotedly—ever hath she *Yeen as an angel of Heaven to thee «®uarding from all that might lead thee Mtray 5 '•yulding thy step in yonth's perilous way jeften in fervency bending her knee,— iJlVlio but a mq^her hath done this for thee? "Mn cometh surely the weakness of age,' (readout from earth and its Ills to presag* laddest and sorest, the close of l.ife's djyr, .•ftiiueg is clouded by mental dcca.v. '«everently, soothingly bend o'er her wllMM ffhildliood's sweet spirit hath blest her aglta. -ll'hen the glad spirit rejecteth the clod, SBolemnly, trustingly, yield her to Ood. •iherish as hollowed the place where her dust Weekly awaiteth the call for the just ".Areathe there a prayer that to thee, it he given Bike her to pass through Earth's portals to Ilea A Hair's Breadth ENcapo. It was about the year 1805 that I settled Iti Virginia, near the falls of Kanawha. The country at that time was an unbroken wil derness. But few settlements had been o&iale then by the whites, and they were so apart as to render vain all hopes of assis tance in case of an attack from hostile Indi ans, numbers of whom still infested the -fteighborhood. I lived there alone with my wife for sev eral months unmolested, and by dint of per severance, being young and hardy, had sue caeded in making a large clearing in the for rest, which I had planted with corn, and which promised an abundant yield. One morning, after we had dispatched our humble meal, and 1 had just prepared to venture forth upon my regular routine of Ja ilor, my attention was arrested by the tink ling of a cow bell in the corn field. "There," said my wife, "the cow i* in die corn-f\eld." But the ear of the backwoodsman becomes by education, very acute, especially so from the fact that his safety often depends upon the nic3 cultivation of tint sense. I was not so easily deceived. 1 listened—the sound was repeated. "That," sai 1 T, in reply to the remark of my wife, "was not the tinkling of a bell upon thii neck of a cow. It is a decoy from some Indian, who desire* todraw me into am bush." Believing this to be the case, I took down my old musktt, and seeing that it was prop erly loaded, I stole cautiously around the 4eld towards the point from which the sound seemed to proceed. As I had expected, there, in a cluster of bushes, crouched an Indian, waiting for me to appear in answer to the decoy bell—that he might send the fetal bullet to my heart. I approached without discovering myself to him, until within shooting distance, when I raised my piece and fired. The bullet sped true to its mark and the Indian full perfectly dead. Not knowing but he might be accompa nied by others, I returned with all speed to cabin, and having firmly barricaded the *4oor, I watched all day from the portholes in /Anticipation of an attack from the compan ions of the Indian I had killed. To add to the danger, and seeing the hopelessness of my situation, I discovered 2|hat 1 had but one charge of powder left. I ^ould make but one shot, and then, if at tacked by numbers, I should be completely *|in their power. Determined to do the best I could with what I had, I poured out the Jpist charge of powder and put it into my musket, and then waited in almost breath less anxiety for the approach of night, feel, "ing confident of an attack. Night came at last. A beautiful moon light night it was, too, and this favored me jjreatly, as I would thereby be able to obr •'iervc the movements of the enemy as they approached my cabin. It was some two hours after nightfall, and as yet I had neith er seen nor heard a sign of the Indians, when suddenly I was startled by the baying of my dog at the stable. I knew that the Indians were coming. The stable stood a little to the west of the cabin, and between the two was a patch of 4'leared ground, upon which the light of the moon fell unobstructed. Judging from the gioise at the stable that they would advance Irom that direction, I posted myself at the (fort-holes on that side of the cabin. I had previously placed my wife on the cross-pole In the chimney, so that in case our enemies ,#fTected an entrance into tha cabin, she might climb out through the low chimney *nd effect an escape. For myself, I enter tained no hip?, but determined not to be ta ken alive, I resolved to sell my life dearly. With breathless anxiety I watched at the porthole. At length I saw them emerge from the shadow of the stable and ad vanes acros the vacant ground toward the cabin. One, two, thre—great heaven six stalwart Indians, armed to the teeth, and urged on by the hope of revenge, and I alone to op |ose them with but one charge of powder. My casj was desperate indeed. With quick ,l)Ut stealthy step, in close single file, they Qkpproacned. and were already within a few fcjfeet of the house, wben a slight change in jibe movement of the foremost Indian altered the position of the whole aix. so that a por­ groped *fm !'l* tion of the left side of each was laft uncover ed. They were all in range—one aim would cover all. As quick as thought I a aimed and fired. As the smoke cleared away, I could scarcely credit what my sen ses si lowed as the result'of my shot.— The fifteen slugs with which I had loaded my musket had done their work well. Five of the Indians lay dead on the ground and the sixth had disappsared. Although no enemy was now in sight I did not venture forth till morning. There lay the bodies of the five Indians undistur bed, together with the rifle of the other. Se curing the arms and amunition of the fallen Indians, I followed up the trail of the mis sing one, until I reached the river, beyond which point I could not discover no trace. From the amount of blood which marked the trail, together with the unmistakable evi dence that he had picked his way with diffi culty, I was led to believe that he was mor tally wounded, and in order to prevent his falling into the hunds of his white foe, he had his way to the river and thrown himself into the current, which had borne him away. The Indian* had killed my cow, and that, you may be assured, was no trifling loss, yet in my gratitude for my escape from the merciless savages, I would have been willing to have n ade g.*eat sacrificcs. I was well provided by means of arms and amunition taken from the Indians, in case of a second attack but this, fortunately, proved to be my last adventure with the savages. Not one of the band had escaped to tell the tale, and incite his brethren to avenge the death of his comrades. Correspondense of the Chicago Journal. Washington Correspondence. WASHINGTON, Feb. 16,1861. The result of tl.e election in Virginia by which the Secessionists proper, are over thrown, has occasioned general rejoicing here. It is not, however, a Union triumph per sc, but is simbly a putting on of the brakes to the secession movement, and has been brought about by the conciliatory tone of Republican leaders in Congress. But for the course of such, who are very sorely re viled in some quarters, members would not have been telegraphing that the back-bone of Secession had been broken in Virginia. The fact is that both Maryland and Vir ginia have been held by the main strength of prominent Uuion men in those States, from drifting off into the Secession mael strom. To Gov. Hicks and II. Winter Davis, the country is largely indebted for keeping both of these States where they are, for if \Iar3* land had fallen, Virginia would have follow ed. In this view of the case, it seems hard ly fair that such Republicans as have encour aged and aided them by a conciliatory dis position, should bo so savagely denounced. It may be the fanatic portion of the bor der States will still insist on terms which cannot b2 granted. If so, having proposed all that was fair ar.d consistent with honor and principle for the adjustment ofour'diffi culties and the preservation of the Union, Mr. Lincoln wiii have bwt t) administer the Government under the Constitution as it is, antl enforce the laws as they are, in which lawful endeavor, there are thousands of men all over the South who w!ll rally to (he stand ard of the Union. The Peace Congress moves slow and cau tiously, and it is doubted whether it will ar rive at any more unanimous result than has attended the labors of the Senate and House committees. The speech of "Andy Johnson" has heap ed coals of fire on the heads of the fire-eat ers. They rave and swear by turns. In fact the "logic of events' is not calculated to make them happy. Mason and Hunter are particularly nervous, the result in Virginia showing that their counsels are over-ruled by some 4'),000 or 50,000 majority. The work of protecting the Capital from an invasion of the Goths and Vandals, still goes on under the eye of Gen. Scott. All the eurveilance is exercised, as if an attack was hourly expected, but there will be no trouble. The courage of these fire-eating zealots, like that of )b Acres, oozes out, amazingly, in the faoe of bayonets an flying artillery. Great calculations are making on the great Lincoln and Hamlin Inauguration Ball, on the evening of March 4th. Priee of tickets $10. It will be a magnificent affair, doubt less. The City Councils of Washington have appointed a committee io wait on the President aud Vice President elect on their arrival, and have authorized the use of Judiciary Square for the ere?tion of a build ing for the Inauguration Ball. S. FUNNY MISTAKE.—A Mr. Seward on Disunion. On presentation of a petition, signed by 38,000 names in fayor of the passage of the Border State resolutions, in the senate recent ly, Mr. Seward said I have asked them in retui n for perform ing my duty on this occasion, when they arrive at home that they will act ir. the same spirit, and manifest their devotion to the Union, above all other interest and senti ments, by speaking for the Union, by voting for the Union, and, if it should be demand ed, lending, even giving, money for th? Un ion and fighting, in the last resort, for the Union—taking care that speaking always goes before voting, voting goes before giving money, and all go before battle, which I should regard hazardous and dangerous, and therefore the last, as it would be the most painful measure to be resort-d to for the sal vation of the Urion. This is the spirit in which I determined for myself to come up to tlm great question, and to pass through it for, although this great controversy is not settled, I do not therefore any less calculate upon and ex pect it will be peacefully settled, and settled for the Union. I do not expect the Union will be firmly re-established in ninety days, but my confidence remains that, as I have not believed that the passion and frenzy of the hour can overturn this great fabric of Constitutional liberty and.empire in ninety days, so I have felt sure there will be time even after the expiration of ninety days, for the restoration of all that has been lost, and the re-establishment of all that is in dan ger. Secession and revolution on one side and coercion or defianco on the other, are all to pass away before the Union is to be come the grand absorbing object of inter est, affection and duty, on the part of the citizens of the United States. A great many partisan interests are to be suppressed, and party platforms to be swept away, before the Union, if in danger, can be saved but it will require but a very short time, if the Union does require to bo saved, for all these interests and platforms—all these men—to disappear. You, everybody, who shall oppose, resist or stand in the way of the preservation of the Union, will disappear like moths on a summer eve, when the whirl wind of popular indignation arises that shall be excited at the full discovery that this Union is in danger through faction, or even in the impracticability of one part. A Union Party in Charleittra. The Louisville Journal says private let ters from Charleston state that so far from all the people there being Secessionists, there are many of them in favor of the Un ion, and if they were assured that the United States Government would protect them they would come out openly in opposi tion to the disastrous policy upon which the State has entered. The writers believe that a good story is told of a lady who came a passenger to Pittsburgh toStuhenville, on the Clevelad & Pittsburgh train, the otjier day. She put her ticket in her dress pocket, where she had several oth er articles, and taking her seat, became en gaged in conversation with a friend. The conductor soon came around, and the lady drew from her pocket what she supposed to be the ticket, and without looking at it pre sented it to the conductor, and then resumed her conversation with her friend. Finding, however, that he did not take it, she looked up and saw that she was offering him a fine tooth comb. There was a general titter when the mistake was discovered but the lady took it all in good humor, and return ing the comb to her pocket, the conductor got his ticket and passed on, a good deal tickled, apparently, by the incident. NOT FAR OUT OF THE WAY.—Minnie 1 :jy_ *r T'lSTWl'ir 1 "All women I jhiilThii was one day talking to her little class in Susday School, about God's great love to man.— Wishing to iropresa it upon their minds, and to know whether they understood her, she asked— "Now, children, who loves all men V The question was hardly asked, before a little girl, not four yean old, answered quick- strong reactionary feeling can be produced among those who were hurried into hostility to the General Government, and there is a inovemont on foot to send a delegation to Washingion to ask thj PieSiJent iflie wil[ exercise all his powers to protect those who shall rally to the cause of the Union. It :'s further asserted that if satisfactory assuran ces cannot be obtained from Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Lincoln will, on his assumption of office, be applied to, aud if he pledges himself to stand by the Union men in Charleston and other parts of the State, they will boldly de clare their sentiments, and do battle for the Union. HOME COURTESIES.—A correspondent gives us his experience :—"I am one of those whose lot in life has been to go out into an age and of nearly twenty families in which I made my home in the course of about nine years, there were only three or four that could be properly designated as happy fami lies, and the source of trouble was not so much the lack of love as lack of care to man ifest it." The closing words of this sentence give us the fruitful source of family aliena tions, of heart-aches innumerable, of sad faces and gloomy home-circles. "Not so much the lack of love as lack of care to mani fest it." What a world of misery is sug gested by this brief remark 1 Not over three or four happy homes in twenty, and the cause so manifest, and so easily remedied I Ab, in the "small, sweet courtesies of life," what power resides In a look, a word, a tone, how much of happiness or disquietude may be communicated. Think of it, reader, .and take the lesson home with you. MRS. DOUGLAS' NEW YEAR-—A Washing­ ton correspondent says that Senator Douglas prabably received more calls on New Year's Day than any other person, except the Pres ident. His palatial mansion was crowded from noon till midnight. Mrs. Douglas, majestic and Juno like, stood in the first saloon, dispensing smiles and gracious words to the visitors, as one by one they entered and were presented to her by the Litile Gi ant, who does not yet despair of saving the Union. In the dining-room was a sumptu ously spread refreshment table, ornamented with an immense boquet, and supplied in the Virginia style with egg nog, apple-toddy and solid eatables, as well as wines and con fectionary. At this hospitable board, North and South mingled promiscuously. The reception costume of Mrs. Douglas was, as usual, elegant, costly. Florida has repudiated the star spangled banner. She was grateful enough for the sight of it whe« her atmosphere was loaded with the war-whoops of Semineles. Louisi ana has repudiated it, but it was a joy and a beauty to her eyes when the troops of Ken tucky and Tennessee marched under it to proteet her emporium from the ravages of the hosts whose war-cry was "beauty and booty." Texas, too, is about to repudiate it, but her ROUI was gladdened by its stars and stripes as it led on the army which it beat lack and annihilated forever the power of her dreaded enemy.—LonitviU Journal OTTUMWA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2G, 1861'. Mr. Lincoln7* Progress. LAWRKNCEBURO, Feb. 12, 2:80 p. m.—-An immense crowd as83mb1ed here, flag* and banners arc suspended over ths track. Mr. Lincoln spoke. He hoped all were. Union men here, and friendly with their neighbors across the river. The train moved off amid salutes, made, and tumultuous cheering. The train arrived at the foot of Fifth St., Cincinnati, at the appointed time, which street was literally blocked with the people, and the locomotive was at once compelled to stop, the crowd being so great at the de pot it was found necessary to bring the mili tary police into requisition to dearths way for the passage of carriages. CINCINNATI, Feb. 12.—The reception of the President elect and party is an era in the history of Cincinnati. The weather was mild and bea itiful. The streets were crowd ed with people from this and neighboring States. The streets through which the pro cession passed were crowded at an early hour. The Burnett House, where the party stop, is handsomely decorated and every ar rangement made for the comfort of the dis tinguished guests. The stars and stripes are flying from all public, and a number of private buildings. At half past two the Military, which made a fine display, and the committee of arrangements, were at the In-! dianapolis & Cincinnati depot. At abont i three o'clock, the special train arrived, and Mayor Bishop was then introduced and wel comed the President elect to the city. Mr. Lincoln then took his seat in the ba rouche drawn by three white horses, amid the deafening cheers of the vast concourse of people. Tne procession, in charge of Miles Green wood, took up its march, passing through the principal streets amid the cheers of men and waving of flags, and handkerchiefs, by the ladies. At the Burnett House, where he arrived at quarter past 5 o'clock, and enter ed a-niddeafning cheers and the band play ing Hail Columbia and (he Star Spangled Banner. After a few moments rest, Mr. L. made his appearance on the balcony, accompanied by Mayor Bishop, who delivered a short ad dress. I ndi ataroi.TS—Ghr. Morton called on Mr. Lincoln this morning at the Bates Hons?, and escorted him and part of the cortege to the Gubernatorial Mansion, where the party breakfasted. Mrs. Lincoln and her two sons arrived this morning and joined the party.

Immense crowds commenced gathering at the State House at daylight, and at 9 o'clock, every available space near the hotel was occupied, and the crowds in the parlors, reception rooms and hall of the hotel, were equally as great as last evening. Previous to Mr. Lincoln's departure from the Bates House he was again introduced from the balcony by Hon. Sol. Meridith.— Mr. Lincoln said he had no speech to make. If he made speeches wherever his friends desired, he would not be able to reach the national capital at the appointed time. He once more thanked the assembly for the re ception and trusted we all might meet again under one flag of one Union, and bade them an affectionate farewell. At n quarter pa..t tea o'clock 3fr. Lincoln and suit were escorted by the Governor and Committee of the Legislature to the depot and depaited amid the shouts of the multi tude. Captain G. W. Hazzard, of the U. S. Army, at the request of Mr. Lincoln, joined their party here. MORRIS, Ind., Feb. IS—10 p. CONSERVATIVE PROPERTIES ICE.—Tee M.—The train bearing the President elect and fam ily and guests arrived here without deten tion. A large and enthusiastic crowd assembled at all the stations. The train stopped only at Shelbyville and Greensburg, when Mr. L. appeared in the rear end of the train and spoke a few words. Every precaution has been taken by Rail road company to ensure the safety of the train. Flagmen are stationed at every roadr crossing and every half mile, showing an American flag as a sign that all is right. CINCINNATI, Feb. 13.—Mr. Lincoln and suit left the Burnett House at half-past 8 o'clock, accompanied by citizens and the Committee of the Ohio Legislature left Little Miami Depot in a special train of two cars at 9, and will be due at Columbus at 2 p. m. Mr. Lincoln stood on the platform of the rear car as the train went out of the De pot, bowing a farewell to the enthusiastic crowd. Mr. A. Stager, Superintendent General of the Western Union Telegraph Company, goes with the Presidential party as far as Buffalo, with an apparatus for making con nection with wires between stations in case of an accident to the train. or Swnr A*D conservative properties of 6now and ice are well known. Were it not for the violence to which a body is exposed, the corpses of those who meet with death in the crevasses would be carried down without seeing corruption until they were cast up on the surface, or discharged at the termination of the frozen flood. Probably tho forms of the unhappy men who aceonipanied Dr. Hamel in his ascent of Mount Blanc, and who were overwhelmed in a great cleit, will lie there for eenluries without the least ap proach to putrefaction. APT Simmc.—'"I must confess," says a philosophical English historian, "when I see Princes and States fighting and quarrel ing amid th^ir debts, fauds and public mort-' gages, it always brings to my mind a match I of cudgel-play ing, fought in a cluna shop." Accounts from various sections, East North and West, agree irv the statement that the amount of snow is extraordinary large, more than there has been for some twenty yean. The march of Glaciers.- Th?re are few spectacles in nature so cal culated to inspire awe and provoke curiosity as those "motionless torrents, silent catara cts," which frm' the glaciers of the Alps.— At first sight, one could almost sympathize with the stolid English tourist, who, after gazing on one of them'for some time in si lence, declared that it was "obtrt sive and unmeaning." There is something unspeak ably strange and perplexing in the presence of a vast mass of ice, to all appcarance fixed, immutable, under a burning sun, and in close contact with verdure and- fertility. The dazzling pallor, the desolation the silence of the "dead sea" of ice, contrast forcibly with the ripe corn fields, the spreading foliage, and the "Flowers of lovliesl blue That skirt the eternal forest." It is death in the midst of lifr, the skelton at the banquet of nature. Standing by the brink or on the surface of the hard, rigid mass, the assertion that it moves is startling, and almost incredible indeed a certain proft.-ssor of Tubigsn went home, after a vist to Switzerland, and wrote a book flatly denying the possibility of gla cier motion. Observation and reflection, however, quickly remove our doubt*. We have only to keep our eye on one of the blocks of stone upon the ice, in a line with two fixed points—a tree or a ledge of rock— at opposite sides of the glacier, to be assured that the stone changes its position, and is borne downwards with the ice. The glacier, too, tells its story in unmistakable language. It inscribes the record of its journey on the hardest rocks, and carries cn its breast or its base, fragments of distant mountains, which, like the scallop in the palmer's hat tell of its wanderings. In fact, the very ex istence of the glacier depends on its motion. Unless the ice below the snow line, which during every summer is melted by the sun, were replaced, the lower pnrt of the glacier would in a few years disappear. While, however, the ice at the base is gradually be ing reduced to water, fresh snow is falling on the summit of the mountain, and displa cing previous deposits, which, descending, are converted into ice, and added to the gla cier. According to Renoln, tho accumula tion of the mountain snows adds each year 58 inches of ice to a glacier. Th:s would make Mount Blank 400 feet higher in a cen tury, and 4000 feet higher in 1000 years. Dissolution and compensation are thus con stantly going forward, and tha downward motion of the mass prevents any diminution from being observed. Rigid and inflexible, therefore, as the glacier seems, it is in reality a restless body, subject to constant motion and perpetual change, ever hastening from its birth place in the mountain bosom above, to its grave in the pasture ground below. It is something more than a mere metaphor to call a glacier a mer de glace. The resemblance extends beyond the mere wave like appear ance of the surface. The deeps and shallows, widenings and narrowings, rapids and slug gish parts, the depression which occurs when the current sweeps around a buttress, the justification of the branches and tributa ries—all are to be found in the glacier as in the river. A Chinese Wizaad—Extraordi nary Juggling Feat% A correspondent of the London Time* gives the following account of the feats of a juggler in the streets of Pekin "He first of all spoke for alout five min utes with all the volubility of Charles Math ews, evidently saying something witty, for the people round laughed heartily. In the middle of his harrangue, however, he was seized with a fit of choaking, and after an effort of trying to get something out of his throat, drew forth a little slip of bamboo, like a Sisbon toothpick, then another and another, then he sneezed, and out they came from his nostrils, then from his eyes, until he competed the number of thirty neven, by making one appear half-way out of each ori fice at the same time, and threw the kt on the ground for any one to examine. lie next took three glass balls, about an inch in diameter, and placed them singly be tween his lips, sucked thein into his mouth and swallowed first a red one, then a blue, and last of all a white one here was a little interlude of toothpicks aud talking, after which he walked gravely round the ring, stopping four times each time he gave him self a shake and a jump, when the balls n ere distinctly heard tojinge inside of him. On completing his round, after sever*! efforts, he spat the balls out on the ground in the same color he had swallowed them—the red first, the white last. He then took two more balls, one of polished steel about the size of a hen's egg, and another of glass, the same size. These he first let fall on tl»p ground to show that they were solid then, placing them Wtwecn his lips swallowed them like the smaller ones, but with great difficulty, it swelling -the throat as it went down here more toothpicks and talking, while he pre pared two swords, about an inch wide and twenty long, very like polished hoop iron, clashed thcin together to shoy that they were real, and passed both down his throat at once, until they struck the balls with an audible click withdrawing these ho placed his hands behind him, and after several ap parently painful trials, eaeh ball rose in his throat, and fell from his mouth to the ground with a heavy thump." •A Springfield correspondent of the Even ing Po$t says that a vigorous growth of comely whiskers ha# entirely changed Mr. Lincoln's facial appearance. The improve ments is remarkable. The gaunt, hollow cheeks, and loiig, lank jaw-bones, are so on YttUoped as to give fulness and rotundity to the entire face, and if he escapes the barbers Mr. Lincoln will go to Washington 'fft eg. caedingly presentable man. Why is the Union like a crab-apple?— Because to be worth any thing, it mu.-t be |(WN*CVtxl? llpiMMpMNMil dmttil Forty lien Lost in the Kuow. An English journal' says :—Perhaps no more severe weather w.is ever experienced on the Yorkshire moors than that which! prevailed during the past week. The snow storms were continuous and heavy, occasion ally attended with thunder, and in some of thfe valleys the drifts of sttow are still twenty feet deep! AlF traffic was stopped, and the partri Iges and grouse wens driven off the moors by scores, and were'plcked up in I tie streets of Malton htlf dead with cjld and' hung.T. Vast nunbrs of crows and other birds are found dead. Tho works on the Rose lale Railway, now in course of form-1 ation, have been entirely suspended, and the I laborers reduced to great distress. Forty of these men were driven" from the works to seek shelter at the Eskliltilluts, on the blecfc moors, whe^ it seems th -y were snowed over an 1 could notescap". Their continued absence caused a search party to set off over the moors, and by dint of'great labor a pas sage was made to tl-e huts, where, on the door being opened, the poor fellows were found in a very exhausted condition. Thoy ha»d been prisoners for two days and nights, I and had eaten their last provisions and used their last fuel. Counting the Presidential Tote. WAsniNCTON, Feb. 13.—House opened with prayer by Chaplaiu Stockton, in which he said God bless the outgoing administration may it close its labors in peace without fur ther violence and without any stain of blood, and we pray for the incoming administration that Thy blessing may rest on the President elect on his journey hitherward, that Thy good Providence may be around him day and night, guarding him at every step, and we praj* that he irmy be peacefully and hap pily inaugurated, and afterwards by pure, wise and prudent councils, he may adminis ter the government in such manner as Thy name may bo glorified and the welfare- of the people, ifrall their relations, be advanced and that an example of civil and religious liberty be exemplified^ which may le safely followed in all the world". Mr. Sherman sent up the letter addressed to him, from the Secretary of the Treasury, again urging speedy measures in view of the present demands in the Treasury. Mr. Sherman accordingly reported a bill, authorizing the President in place of any part of the r.-cent loan, to issje a cupon loan of the denomination not exceeding $50, and bearing not exceeding 6 per cent inter est, and running 20 years, and apply such bonds at par to the creditors who may re ceive them, the entire amount not to exceed that authorized by the recent loan act. Mr. Sherman made an explanation, show ing the importance of the measure. Mr. Garnett opposed the bill, saying the speech of the President elect at Indianapolis indicated coercion, and the inauguration of a military despotism. [Suppressed hisses. Mr. Sherman'moved a suspension of the rules. Not in order. The Senate was notified of the readiness of the House to have the electoral votes counted. The Senate entered. The Tellers and otlter officials took their stations and afU-r a short address by Breck inridge, he opened the different certificates which were read, the Secretary of the Senate taking note of them. The reading of the vote of South Carolina, caused good humored excitement, and the reading of all the elector il votes having been completed, the Tellers reported the result whereupon the Vice President rising, said, Abraham Lincoln of Illinois having received a majority of the whole numbar of votes is duly elected President of the United States for the four years commencing on the 4th of March, 1861, and that Hannibal Hamlin of Maine, having received a majority of the whole electoral votes, is duly elccted Vice President of the United States far the same term. The Pacific Railroad hill was postponed till to»ojorrow. A Committee was appointed in connection with the Senate to wait on and notify tho President elect of his election. Mr. Uindman suggested that Gen. Scott be also informed that there was no further need of mercenaries about the Capitol. Ad journed. SENATB.—After 1 1 the return of the Senate to their own Chamber, Mr. Fessenden reported the Diplomatic appropriation bill asking for a committee of conference. The bill to cany out the treaty with New Granada, was passed, A committee was appoin'-ed to notify Messrs. Lincoln and Hamlin of their election. The Tariff bill came up. Mr. Seward gave notice that he should move to erase that portion abolishing the warehouse system. Mr. Simmons explained amendments, when the bill was laid over. The bill for tho better organization of the Militia of tho District of Columbia came up. On motion of Mr. I.ane, it waa recommit ted to the Military Committee. The bill providing for no extra number of documents to be printed without joint reso lutions of lx»th IJousos, passed. Mr. Bigler reported the Patent bill", recom mending the Senate to concur in all amend ments of the House, except one. Agreed to. Adjuurned. A brilliant meteor passed over Iternuuia Jan. 5, exploding some distance from land with a terrific report The plague is said to be raging in the southern part of Asiav hundred* of dfcthsoc curring daily v A SCOTTISH PaovaaB.—JKindum ereep* vhere it Mnna gang, prettily expresses that where love can do little it will do that little though it cannot do OLD SERIES, VOL. l2,NO.»® TtKMS-.$l,50. in Advanrc How a flew Yorker became a South Citrolin'% Sonldler. A young gentleman COIIUC'CUM! with an- extensive business house in litis city, which, wo believe lia^a branch liouSe iir Chnrlb.ston, espoused the eniisc of secession With unsurpassed zfeal. IFe was one of the firstf to dis play a tlismiion cockade in the streets »f Charleston.- Not one of the native born chivalry conftl outdo this New Yorker in loud denunciation of the North antl violent huzzas tor a south ern confederacy lie was one the volunteer' his services to the Palmetto state, and after the forts were abandoned by jor Anderson, he was among the brave sold'ers that took possession. lie was so patriotic tliat he- wonfd1 rwei*o nothing from the State, and insisted on defraying his own expenses, in which desi'ro lio encountered no ojijwv tit ion- But thfia was not eiPMtgft. T)»e new republic was not satisfied even \viCh all fliis'devotion, and the authorities recently taxed him four thousand dollars for the aid of the good' cause. Suddenly the patriotic ardor of the.1 New Yorker cooled. lie shouted wo more for secession he panted no more for the "deadly imminent breach but with all possible hsatc packed up his things and came to New York, where he now is, a wteerifcwt' a better, man.—N". Y. Pont. 4"' WESTERN CUSTOMS.—Scene at'an* eating station on the Ohio and Missis sippi Railroad: An. Eastern gentleman-, not tttfK toined to "roughiiig it," as it is usually termed out west, sits down to dinner, and was very particular in having plates changed for dessert. Not hav ing them returned, he helped himselT to a plate near by, and repeatedly asked the landlady for knife and fork. To her inquiry what ho would have for dinner, he replied that ho luut eaten, but wanted a knife and fork. To his utter astonishment, and the company present, she cried out, in a voice not unlike that? aC a miniature' steam-engine "Wa'al, neow, stranger you afro the fust man I ever did seed who aite his dinner without nary niff or fork,, whar was you brot up, say." Sayings of ihHdrctt. When Nellie was three and a half years old, she chanced to visit a cousin, a few months older than herself. They played harmoniously for some time, but at length a dispute arose about a few beads, of which both determined to gain possession. Just as it seemed evident that a struggle must en sue, a new idea-struck Nellie. Relinquish ing her hold of the coveted prize, she ex claimed, while hor countenance glowed with satisfaction, at what she felt to be a conclu sive argument—lH'fh, I-izz-e, you should re mcmlter the Golden Rule, to be kind to each other—give me all of them.'' An arti^ allowed little Fannie to look* over while he drew a- landscape for her.— After watching for a few moments the prog ress of the picture, she exclaimed—"O, Mr. Wells, do- teU me how you make way off so beautifully." The artist prized that con pli ment, although the critic was only three angi a half years old. Eddie's g.andma reprimanded him for an act of disobedience, and told him it was her duty to let his mamma know how. naughty he had been. "Oh, no, grandma," said lie, "I would not trouble her with it.'* A litile boy kneeling at his mother's knee, to say his evening pray or, asked- leave to pray in his own words, aiMi with a childlike simplicity, said—'God bless little Willie, and don't let the house biftn up—God bless papa and mamma— God bless uie and make my boots go on easy in tlu morning." Col* Curtis' Pacific XSill. Ikhalf 4 Railroad. The Gate City savs people of Ioerar were rejoiced to see that4^$L Curtis redeem ed his pledge to his constituents by pressing the Pacific Railroad Hill through the House at an early day of the session. Thence it psfljjttt) tjcyonri his control into£the Locofbco SJenwe, vhero it fought its way and waged a pretty severe battle for a montfe or so for the attention of Hie Senate agairi-t tho»W?ttcndei Resolution*. U finally won '.tye battle and secured consideration, but was so overloaded 1 with amendments before its passage in that, body as to endanger Its eventual success du ring the brief remainder of the session, we.* fear. But however that luny be, the people of the Mi «issippi Valley a-xl of the Pacific shore, will rejoice to know that Col. Curtis, tfie indefatigable champion of the measure^ has still another term in Congress, and, with a Senate more favorably disposed, and a President pledged io isfe af the enterprise will doubtless succeed in accomplishing' Ihe most magnificent idea of the age-. The friends of Col. Curtis caiwot fail to be gratified to note the growing appreciation in which he is regarded, and the high ««ti mate placed upon bis labors by the people ..and the pjress of the entire country. .. A case of sharp trading is naw pending-, before the Supreme Court of Ohio. One smart rogue traded otfa tract of lwid upon another for gold chains, put in at each The land was three feet under water, the gold chains are sold at a dozen. The man who would shine in conversation, must possess original ideas and strong {•athies -be able both to -"on.mpni^tie listen. ..if