The Bellville Countryman (Bellville, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 25, Ed. 1 Saturday, January 24, 1863 Page: 1 of 2
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BELLVILLE, TEXAS, JANUARY 24, 1863.
MTÜMAt IAN 84 1863-
Jyill ||l HyHd
Allerthte'dnto «II m* *dref-tl ementa Inserted Int
Countryman, «rill be chtrced Twenty emit peril*
fcr lb* Am Insertion, and 7Vn cm« per Miwfor
•Mb «abwqnent ituerUon. Euray, nlvurtlwrt
by the County Clerk, wUtt ehvuM Two Vql-
far* far MM* animal adr.rtbod May, 31, 1WW.
Tnuu'or SUBSCRIPTION :—fJ SO per year, if
paid la adrases, or before the 13tli number ¡ #3 00
,f«Id aliar the ISth number and before tbu clone
of the yrar; $4 00 Iff aid after the cloao,oftbe
yaar. The— terms wül be itrletly adheredto.
mJkT AdrertlearauuU .mutt be liundi-d in eurly
WMaoedar «onring to naura luai-rtlon.
OT The next stated meeting of
Bell villa Lodgo No. 223 is on the
3 lit inst.
' It is probable there .will be
no regular Baptist preaching at
Bellrilte during the present year
All Sundays are vacant here now
except the first which is occupied by
the Methodists, Why will not some
O. S. Presbyterian give us a sermon
HP We give up the most of our
■pace to day to the speech of Presi
dent Davis delivered at Jackson
Miss. The remarks of the President
will be read with great interest, lie
talks encouragingly of the prospects
of the Confederacy and appears to
be well assured of our final success;
Those brethren who are weak in the
faith will do wqjl to read the remarks
of the President.
; Uhlt is said that the Militia,
recently called out by the Governor
will soon be disbanded and allowed
to return home to make their crops,
with the understanding that they
shall hold themselves in readiness to
re-assemble at a moments notice.
This would be a good idea.
ST We have had a good deal of
celd weather the past week. It
has been au excellent time to save
meát, an opportunity which we think
the people generally have improved.
Pork is selling thro' this part of the
country at about I5cts.
Of We shall bo uiider the necess-
ity of dropping the names of a num-
ber of our subscribers before long,
unless they pay up. This number
makes up another half year of many
who have never paid us for either
the first or second Volumes. After
two er three numbers more we shall
probably discontinue as to all those
who are indebted to us for 1st and
Sd Vols, or either.
0T The True Issue, we are glad
to ind, has not suspended. Tho'
Br. Drake has gone to the war, ho
has left a pro tern, in W. B. Mc-
CleUan who'Mll carry on the1 paper
during Br. Drake's absence.
|^T The late rains have caused
streams to swell considerably.
I creek is impassable at present,
except at the bridge.
Latest.—Bragg's capture of the
4,000 and 7,000 by Wheeler ia con-
firmed, It is believed that Nashville
has been evacuated. It is rumored
that Ky. has seceded by an act of her
legislature, and her troops recalled
Lincoln amy. Martial law
" In the comities of Aus-
lolorado by Gen.
/. Aj Bailey again
Advertising Sales.—In a con
venation with the present Chief
Jubtice of Austin County upon the
subject of advertising executor aud
administrator's sales in some news-
paper, he took occasion to remark
that the law did not warrant him in
making an order for such notices of
sale to be inserted, but when such
sales were so advertised, he would
approve and allow the account of
any executor or administrator for a
reasonable amount for such adver-
tising. This suggested Jo us a defect
in the law which should be remedied,
and wo «hope that the coming session
of the legislature will take occasion
to amend it. The Legislature should
provide, that sucli sales should or
should not be advertised, at tho
discretion of the Cheif Justice. There
are some sales where the property is
too small in amount to justify much
expense in adverting; but in case
of land or negroes, or largo amounts
of personal property such as cattle,
horsoB, oxen, hogs, wagons and
teams, etc., does any person doubt
that such property would sell to
much greater advantage, if the time
place and terms of such sales were
more extensively known ? Such
law Bhottld also provide that sides by
the Sheriff, of land or negroes, should
also bo publishod in some newspaper.
We think this could all be embraced
in one act. We therefore suggest
that the extra Bessisn tako into con-
sideration and pass a bill )f which
the following is tho substance.
A Bill to be entitled, An act in
relation to advertising Public Sales.
Sec. 1 Be it enacted by the Legis-
lature of the State of Texas, That
all public sales by executors aud
administrators shall be advertised as
now required by law; and in addition
thereto, if the Chief Justice of any
county in the state shall believe it to
be for the interest of the estate, he
shall by an order entered on the
minutes of the court require such
executor or administrator to adver-
tise such sales in some newspaper
published in the county where such
Bale is to take place, if there bo one;
and if there be no newspaper pub-
lished in Baid county, then such ad
vertisement shall bo published in
some newspaper published nearest
the place of such sale, Such adver-
tisements of sales shall be inserted
imeufwas composed of the Washing*
ton Co. Militia. Tho 2nd. Regiment
composed of the troops from Austin
county organized into Confederate
companies yesterday, (Tuesday) by
electing the Commissioned officers.
J. It. Campboll Capt. Wm. Guyler
1st. Lieut.; W. Z. Diyon 2d Lieut.
J no. Ward 3d Lieut.; non comission-
ed officers, Walter Nichols, James
Lott, S. Brookf-hire. J. O. Gray and
Elias Eliot are the sergeants in the
order of their names. Corporals, Sol.
Ward, Peter James, 11. 8. Harrison
and It, E, Thompson in the order of
tliei. names. Two German compa-
nies from Austin county were formed
at the same time. Co. A, Capt. A.
Wangemann, 1st. Lieut C. ltudloff,
yd. II Barder. 3rd H. Ernst. Co.
C. Capt. E. L. Theuman, 1st. Lieut
A. Bock, 2nd A. Schenk 3rd Chas.
Our men are orderly and well
"behaved and will make efficient
troops when drilled. There was
some show of rawdyism on Saturday
night which was promptly suppressed
by the guard supported by the unani-
mous sentiment of the troops. Our
jresent company was made from San
lA'Jipe, Travis and Forkston beata
The San Felipe squad intercepted i
package directed to Capt. G. T.
Ross who not beiug present reverted
to the Company, when examined it
proved to be collections of sweet
meats and dainties prepared by
few of the ladies of San Felipe, when
spread upon our rustic board it pre-
sented a delightful treat, surrounded
by a set of the most humorous and
lively boys I have seeu for many
We laughed joked rnd oat with
many expressions of thanks to donors
and congratulating ouraelvej on our
good fortune, fiualljr it was concluded
we must thank" tho ladies tluough
Therefore We tho undersigned rep-
resenting the sentiments of our 0<>m
panydo most cordially tl a lk Mrs.
G. T. Ross, Mrs. Robt, White and
others for the delicacs furnished us.
Win. Guyler, J. 0. Gray, Wm, A
Manor, R. C, Thompson, John Hill,
and Jacob Hill.
as many times as such Chief Justice
Sec. 2. All Bales of lands and
negroes by the Sheriff, shall be ad-
vertised for three successive weeks
previous to the day of sale, in some
newspaper published in the county,
if there be ono, if not then in the
newspaper published nearest the
place of such sale.
Sec. 3. That this set take effect
and be in force from and after its
FROM THE STATE TROOPS
Brbnham, Jan. 14, 1863.
J, P. Osterhout,
that the people would like to heai
from the Austin County troops sta
tioned at this point, we will tronbl.
you with the following detail; the Is
regiment organised by electing thei
officer* on Saturday last and tool
rain for Harrisburg.
this morning ia thi
The above reg-
The country is full of rumors, but
jiothing seems to be depended upon.
At latest accounts all was quiet at
Galveston, tho' as our readers are all
aware, Gen. Magruder is not idle.
Ho is placing Galveston in a com-
plete state of defenso.
It is reported that Bragg continu-
ed the fight with Rosencranz for
three days, at the conclusion of which
he had taken all the latter's artillery
and some 4,000 more prisoners
(rumor says 30,000 prisoners.) Wo
may possibly hear tlia right of
before going to press.
About 500 of the enemy have
been killed and wounded at Vicks-
burg and about tho samo number
taken prisoners. Our loss in killed
and wounded was 15. This slaugh-
ter of the enemy is duo principally
to tho 3d and 33d Tenn. regiment^.
The enemy are being defeated and
driven back at all points in Mississip-
pi, Tennessee a<.d Kentucky. The
prospect for the Confederacy look
brighter than ever before. What
effect these battles may Have in
bringing about an early peace every
.nan must judge for himself.
The enemy have all left Vicks-
iiirg by land and water and gone up
he river; no sign of th<j enemy or a
leet is now to be seen on either side
>f the Yaioo. It is surmised by some
het the enemy has gone after rein-
forcements ; by others, that he has
abandoned the idea of trying to
take Vicksburg. We hope the Utter.
m i a®
[from tbe Miaaiaalpplan,]
Of President Davis to the Legisla•
ture of Mississippi.
At noon yesterday, the hour ap-
ointed for-the speech of the Presi-
ent, the Representative Hall was
crowded to overflowing—not a space
large enough to stand upon was left
untitled. Thu ladies occupied nearly
all the seats, leaving the men all-
standing. The gallery, too, was
literally thronged, and many hundreds
perhaps, had to turn back disappoint-
ed, so great was th$ eagerness of our
people to hear the President.
Tho President spoko about one
hour and a half, and during that time
the drop of a pin might have been
heard in any part of the auditory,'
except when the welkin ;was made to
ring with the loud and enthusiastic
plaudits of his listeners. We had
loped to be able to supply our read-
ers with an accurate report of his
speech, but the absence of stenograph-
ic facilities renders that impossible,
and we have only to draw from our
Upon the appearance of the Prej
dent he was greeted with raptnr
applause, clearly shoeing that lie
still retained the deep love and hear-
ty confidence of his old friends. As-
cending the Speaker's stand, ho was
introduced by Hon. James Drane,
President of the Senate. There were
several moments before he could be
heard amid the long continued ap-
plause of the audience.
He commenced by stating that
two yéftrs ago he had been called to
fill a position the duties of which
had occupied all his time, leaving
him no opportunity to mingle with
his friends of Mississippi, or share
personally in the dangers that menaced
them. But wherever he might be,
wherever duty comman h¡d him to
stay—his heart was witJpns, and the
success of the common cause for
which we are all battling was first in
his thoughts, first in his prayers, and
the safety and promotion of which
should bo the object of his constant
endeavor. When he left Mississippi
two years ago, he thought his ab-
sence would be only temporary—that
ho would soon leturnand l -nd her
heroic sons to battle in defence of
their dearest rights—a task which he
thought would have been more con-
genial to his tastes and better suited
to his capacities, than the one to
which he had been assigned. Al-
though in the discharge of his respon-
nihilities as President of the Confede-
rate States, ho liad determined to
know no State, yet his heart beat
with livelier impulse for Mississippi
and be looked upon Mississippi sol-
diers with a pride and emotion which
no others inspired.
The President spoke-of his love
for the old Union. He alluded to it,
however, as a matter of regret, that
the best affections of bis'heárt should
have ,been bestowed upon an object
so unworthy—that he should have
loved so long a government which
was rotten to its very core.
He had predicted from the begin-
ning a fierce war, though it had as-
sumed more gigantic proportions than
he had calculated upon. He bad
predicted war, not because our (ight
to secede was not an undoubted oue,
and clearly defined in the spirit of
tbatideclfcration which rests the right
to govern upon the consept of the
governed, but the wickedness ot the
North would entail war upon the
country. The present war waged
against the rights of a free peopl
wss unjust, and the fruit of the ey
passions of the North. Iifthe
rem of the war, those evil
have been brought out and
ed; and so far from re-uniting with
soeh a people—a peopl; whose de-
from the bogs and fens of~l
n2 Scotland—a people whose
erance produced discord «.
wherever they went—who r
ed Catholics, Episcopalians, a i
other soet that did not subscribe to-
their bigoted and contracted notions,
who hung witches, and did a thous-
and other things calculated to make
them forever infamous—the President •
was emphatic in Ins declaration that
under no circumstances would lie
consent to re-union.
He drew a glowing picture of the
horrors of war, and the ravages :wf
the enemy; and while his tears flowed
for those who suffered, yet all these
would be endured, cheerfully, before
our manhood and our liberties would
He alluded briefly to his desire to
transfer the wpr upon Northern soil,
but the failure|to do this proceeded
not from a want af inclination but of
power. We were not an old estab-
lished nation, with armies and navies
at O f ommand. These had jo- be
improvised from the scanty materials '
to be found within the limits Of our
own Confederacy. We were blocka-
ded and cut off from other «"Mfong,
and everybody Tujows that we had
been an agiicultti^l people, and that
>ur facilities for manufacturing mate-
rials óf war were extfifeaely limited.
Notwithstanding this fata, patent to
the most casual observer, we, had
now an army larger than Ágr before,
our arms and munitions of wafr, were
increased in nnmlers and irayovnd
io quality, and we me in a %etter
condition to-day thau we were twelve
months ago. 1?
He alluded to the conscription a fill
exemption lawB of Congress explain^!
ing the Iiecesity of tho one and the
intention of the,, rtther. Was sorry to
perceive that there had been a false
eonstruction upon the first of these
laws. There was no dishonor in
beingconscriptfcd. The Government
had as much right to rr.ake laws
requiring the services of its citizens
in tbe army, as to compel them to
work public roads or to pay taxes.
I-he object of that portion of the ex-
emption ldw ^hich exempted the
owner, agent, or overseer of twenty
negroes, was not intended to draw
any distinction whatever between
classes. No benefit was inténded to
the rich from it. It was sipoply to
provide a police force which Con-
gress thought necessaiy, and to facili-
tate the agricultural productions of
the country to supply the wants of
both the poor people and the army-
Any law intended to bear unfairly
upon the poor, even to a " "
weight, would never hare '
his signature. "The poor hm
our battles," says the President, "and
bo have the rich." The poor in all
revolutions are the main etay and
props of the country. But while the
Cr have nobly done their duty, we
e no cause to complain of the rich.
' All have done well, and many of the
wealthiest and most distinguished
families in the South have sons in
the ranks. Bfe instanced Hon. Israel
Welsh, and otbefs, who had fought
as privates in the bloodipftt engage-
ments of the war. lie thought there
might be Very properly a Revision of
would be n
that TTinitu ««J WW
adopt rách ¡I suicidal policy.
The Preaidani expressed his
and cotdiallv endorsed hia vi#
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Osterhout, John P. The Bellville Countryman (Bellville, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 25, Ed. 1 Saturday, January 24, 1863, newspaper, January 24, 1863; Bellville, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth177079/m1/1/: accessed April 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.