Galveston Weekly News. (Galveston, Tex.), Vol. 5, No. 4, Ed. 1, Friday, May 5, 1848 Page: 3 of 6
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Thhrwla) Evening Way 4 1S8.
Toblic Meeting. Wc are requested to
notice that a meeting of our citizens is invited
at the Trcmont on Fiiday night next at ear-
ly candle light. The object is the considera-
tion of the "Galveston and Red River Rail-
way." for which a charter has recently been
obtained. A full explanation ol this great en-
terprise will be made together with the mea-
sures by which the necessary capital will be
obtained for its final accomplishment. Seve-
ral of our most prominent citizens are expec-
ted to address tile meeting.
35- Lust Monday was tlie first day of the pree.
pnt term of the Federal Court iu this place but
jio "business has yet been done for want of a jury.
A number or jurors Irom several counties have
been present during the week and it is hoped
Ihe rest will bo here by the next boat from lions-
ton. Th fine for noue-atteudunce wo believe is
GTThe Hon. p. Si Kaufman writes to the
editor cf tho Telegraph that Lis notice in Conr
great of the introduction of a bill to extend the
boundary of Texas refened to one half or the
Sabine river. He says " Louisiana now only
owns one half of that river and Texas owns
none." The Te'csraph had misundcretpod the
matter imagining the bill tu refer to our western
CROPS. A planter from Austin connty on the
Brazos states that be never before saw the crops
o forward aud promising as at present and he
has been in the country near twenty years.
Many of the planters even that high up arc rom-
"Tnenciog to plant cane which will soon become
their principal product. Cotton is two or three
weeks earlier jhan last year and squares are al.
ready forming. He believes that they will gen-
erally commence picking by the uiiddlo or latter
part of July. Cora has bad a rapid growth and
is already five or six feet high iu many places.
Should the season continue favorable tie agri-
cultural products of Texas must this year sur
pass what they have ever before been.
A Louisiana Sugar plauter who has recently
Tisited the Caney Bernard Lower Brasos etc
says the cane an these streams is at least four
vecks in advance of any in Louisiana that be has
seen and has twice the size at the present time.
This will be found to be nearly a uuiform differ.
ence between Texas and Louisiana Sugar lands.
owing to the moro favorable soil and climate of
the former. In regard to the adaptation of the
prairie lands (on this and other bays along our
coast) to the culture ol the cane wo would refer
to the remarks of "Y in our paper of to-day.r
We will only add that experienced Sugar plan
ters have generally expressed the opinion tiat
oar prairies are preferable tto our bottom laods
lor Sugar. f
The Ikdiaxs. The Houston Star learns
that a party of Indians amongst whorn
there were several "Wacoes recently visit-
ed Torrey's Trading-House. They stated
that the Indians killed some weeks since
on the Llano by Capt Highsmitli's com-
pany were not "Wacoes but renegades of
the Towrashyillage. This statement v. as
not fully credited. They further stated
that those Indians were invited by the Li-
lians to go on a horse stealing expedition
and when the Rangers came upon them the
Lipans abandoned them .tothejr fain Al-
though the various tribes who have since
visited the Trading House manifested no
hostility on account of the Indians who
were filled it is thought their relatives
will be disposed to seel: revenge 7 and the
murder of the three surveyors of Capt.
Johnson's party was most probably an act
JS" VTc sec from an ariicle in the Huntsville
B.inncr-ii at Cul. P. Gray who has beeaatine
north during the past wintet has relurncd.'havinc
purcha'cJ the machinery for a steam sate and
grist mill and a plank dressing mncUnefto be
erected in the town. This will be a great iccom
rnodation to the citizens of Huntsville and the sur-
rounding country. j
Tcinpernncc Society . i
The monthly meeting of this society
was held at the Baptist Church on Mon-
day evening last. A large and respectable
audience was in attendance and the cause
seemed to progress with renewed; vigor
un'er the earnest exertions of its advo-
cates. An eloquent address was deliver-
ed by G. A. Jones Esq. who was fallowed
liy CoL Allen.'A J. Yates Esq. and Judge
Paschal gentlemen whose talents are
calculated to command attention and give
interest to any subject to which they may-
lend their aid. f
The society adopted a resolution pro-
viding that copies of the pledge should be
deposited at three different places in the
city where signatures could at all times be
received. The places designated are Mr.
Borden's office opposite the "News Office;1'
Mr: Parsons' on the Strand ; and Mr. J.
Howard's Market street Copies of the
pledge we presume may now beTound at
all these places. "We learn that a; number
of the zealous members of the society are
about to petition for a charter for estab-
lishing the Order ol the Sons of 'Temper-
ance in this city.
JS A Koveltt W. F. Ramsay the nnrivalf-
jed performerou the ditferent kinds of Bagpipes
eives a Concert in the Tremout house on Satur-
day evening next; aud if we may judge from his
recommendations it will no doubt be well at
tended. The National Intelligencer says of this
performance ; i
"Among other novelties here at present we
have the celebrated piper Mr. W. Ferguson
Hamsay aud he certainly performs wonderfully
on his four different Bagpipes. The Irish pipe
in our estimation is a"leetle ahead" of any thing
we have heard in these "diggius" he being dis-
tinguished for his really splendid execution on
that instrument which he makes "discourse
2nost excellent music" and almost excites the
cry chairs tables and benches to dance round
the room. The Irish pipes which en sound a
strain almost as loud as trumpet calL can also
pc nr forth a tide of melody; sweet safrf low as
'the first whisper of mutual love. Y01 have nev-
.cr felt the eloquent expression of Irish music
unless you beard it from the Irish pipes.
t Mdeckr jit BrrrGio We team from
the Advocate that a most brutal murder was
committed at Refugio about the middle of last
xnouth by a man named Daniel Dotyj on a citi-
zen nameil Simpson. The latter passed some
joke on Doty in a public house whs drawing
a knifo stabbed the other six different times-
Doty was a refugee from Alabaaa where
porae years ago he had killed a mauA
jr3 Intelligence from Brent's Fort re-
ceived at St. Louis that Col. Gilpin was
preparing to move on his expedition against
the Comanches has excited apprehensions
in regard to the frontier of this State. It
js feared that if the northern bands of Co-
manches are attacked their brethren will
seek revepge oh our border settlers.
The schooner Adeline Capt. Colly ar
rived last evening from Brasos Santiago.
Messrs. Smithsonand Dunn who came pas-
sengers left Matamoros last Sunday. The
news is quite unimportant Week before
last some five or six Americans ttnd Mex-
icans employed as Policemen by the pres-
ent Mexican authorities of the city were
apprehended and put undcr'guard.for tri-
al for having laid a plot to attack a pri-
vate train about setting out for Camargo.
For this purpose they had secreted arms
and made all necessary preparations but
were detected when just upon the point of
perpetrating this daring act of robbery.
They will doubtless pay the penalty of the
Wc can learn nothing of intetcst from
Gen. Wool's army. Confined as they are
without any active service they are never-
theless subjected to the strictest dicipline.
There are now large quantities of mer-
chandize in Matamoros while the sale is
said to be very limited and business unu
The Rio Grande is said to be full to the
banks. The crops along that1 river are
very promising. The com is in tassel
and has attained nearly its full growth.
Some fifteen government steamers and
fouror five private are now plying between
Matamoros and Camargo. The Del Norte
has undergone repairs and alterations.
She now has side wheels and is one of the
finest of the boats on the river.
Thevnssets of the Bank of France are stated to
be f. 477177093 87 of which upwards of 100.
000000 consist of specie. Guarantee banks have
been established with not less than f.100000
whose business it is to facilitate discounts with
small traders by taking property security etc
A decree has been published reducing the ex
pense of protests cct- about 35 per cent. A de-
cree has been made that the notes of tho Bunk
of Marseilles shall pass as alegal tender.
The notes of the Bank of France in circulation
to bearer amount to 271SS2S00 francs. The
Journal de Bats 6ays they should not exceed the
limit fixed by the provisional government name-
Jerome Bouaparte is employod as a national
gnarde belonging to the 4lh company of the 1st
400 Poles iu Paris havo united to assist their
countrymen aud have asked the French govern-
ment for arms forlhat purpose.
M. Thiers bad been solicited by the electors
of the Department of the Bouchcs du Rhone to
he a candidate iu the approaching election. Tho
following is an extract from his reply giving his
"It is very true that I neither desired nor wish-
ed for the Republic for in my opinion constitu-
tional monarchy was sufficient to secure usa
large shareof liberty and the stato ot England
during the last two centuries seemed to me a
destiny not to be disdained by any country.
Providence has decided otherwise: I iucliue my-
self before its decrees; and though lam ready
to resist all tyranny I will never resist Ihu force
of things manifested by striking signs; I there-
fore accept tho Republic tvilhout any urricre
4icnsee but I do nut mean to .disavow nnj Jnrt'
The ultra republicans of Paris have organized
a Jacobin Club Hilton being President.
24 Clubs of Paris have each elected two dele-
gates who with their presidents are to consti
tute a centn.l committee to disenss tho merits of
-candidu'es for tin; National Assembly.
Roue. The Pope has issued a proclamation
in which he establishes two councils " the one
composed of individuals nominated by us and
the other of deputies from all parts of tho State
elected by the people."
. E" The National Assembly of France
was to meet on the 9th ult The steam-
er that was to leave Liverpool on the 19th
will probably bring the first news of the
proceedings. Among the candidates for
this in-portant .Assembly is Prince Napo-
leon Bonaparte son of the ex-King Jerome
who offers in Corsica Gen. Bedeau Admi-
ral Dupetit Thouars the Bishop of Or-
leans Odilon Barrot Beranger Balzac &c.
The following are the principles lor this
A circular from the Minister of the Inte
riartothe local authorities makes known:
1 Thatitsuffices if the six months of dc-
micial required by the law as well as the
legal age of voters be complete on the day
appointed for the elections. 2. That the
senda- merie (armed police 1 as well as the
army and navy are entitled to the right of
voting. 3. J hat accusation ol enme does
not disqualify and consequently that every
person resting under a criminal charge but
not yet condemned is entitled to vote.
Nevertheless persons "in prison will be ex-
cluded from voting the same as persons
sick or absent
-JCf" A railway. Kasbeeni-prpjectede-tween
some point on the Colorado neat
Egypt and "Columbia on the Brazos- the
distance being not far from thirty miles.
The rails are to be of live oak or other du-
rable timber and without iron at first;
and horse power is to be used instead of
steam. This plan of construction saves a
large part of the expense and has been
successfully used in many places. We un-
derstand that some fifteen or twenty thou-
sand dollars have been subscribed. The
object to be attained is a connection be-
tween the Colorado and the navigable wat-
ers of the Brazos so as to meet the steam-
ers now running regularly from this place.
The inland communication which will be
effected by the canal now in progress will
render the above road still more important
to the planters of the Colorado.
03- A letter from Seguin-informs us
that money throughout that portion ol
Texas was never known to be more scarco
than at present Crops however are re
markably fine and the country is fast set-
tling up with an industrious and indepen-
dent population. The prospect's are favo-
rable for the future and the people are con-
tented having among themselves all the
necessaries of life in abundance.
53- Tho Philadelphia Spirt speaking of the
controversy going on in the. New Orleans papers
about the eternity of punishment in he'.I applies
to the Crescent people the language of Frederick
tho Great when appealed to for his opinion
whether mankind would' be damned hereafter:
tiril...nn1tuHiiiUnf TTnnInnNtllr! Wish to llO
damned let them be damned.'
Cassics M.Crjtr has 'published above
his own name in the New York Courier &
Inquirer a long letter in response to and
byway of comment upon tin Hon. Hen-
ry Clay's late manifesto to the public
This letter displays the strongest feelings
of animosity botti political and personal
which the author does not seem by any
means disposed to disguise. Indeed he
could not have written with more bitter-
ness had he -dipped his pen in gall. He
says to Mr. Clay.:
.Were I to claim to be your personal
fricnd.I might better perhaps accomplish
my purposes ; but as I have never avowed
one class of -sentiments whilst in reality
holding another I tell you frankly that
although from my earliest youth I had
been something more than a cold admirer
of yourself so when you started on the
14th of August 1845 to the Virginia
Springs leaving your friends and family to
murder me in my sick bed for vindicating
those principles which you had taught me
in your speeches al least I ceased to be
your friend and became by the nccessity
ofmy nature your enemy. What I shall
say to you now then will have the more
Weight because you will see that it comes
from an honest if not an unprejudiced man;
whilst I shall attempt to divest myself of
the individual and speak as the member of
a great party.
He further says to Mr. Clay that it is
the almost universal opinion in which ho'
(Cassius) concurs that Mr. Clay's name
will bring defeat on thejiarty; that all the
measures which he has ever urged upon
the people except' the Missouri Compro-
mise have been erased from the statute
book; and that Mr: Clay dcsei ted him up-
on the abolition question but kept him at
work with theencouraging words "Goon
good Cassius. i" He talks further about
"political assassination" and "deep ingrati-
tude to Gen. Taylor;" and asks with a bit-
ter sneer "When .did Henry Clay 'pare an
enemy or a friend V He concludes with
the declaration that "Henry Clay can nev-
er be President of these States."
There are passages much bitterer than
those to which we have referred. Cassius
has done several eccentric things lately.
Our readers will recollect his curious me-
morial to Congress asking indemnity for
certain personal apparel taken from him
while prisoner in Mexico. Whether this
be in his proper vein or whether too much
fanaticism hath made him mad we know
not; but certain it is the man is danger-
ous. We are no soothsayer but Ca:sar
will have need to beware jf this Cassius.
And yet we believe that Henry Clay
will suffer less from such daggers as this
thai he has heretofore done from the sup
port of this same Cassius. Kcics.
fd In regard to the inquiries made in the
following communxali n wc can ive. no in-
foraiation. Of the reports spoken of we have
heard much and should be glud to see all
doubts removed by a Hue statement of nil
the fads. If these reports are unlrue the
sooner they are disproved the better.
To the Editor oJhe Gatceston Actcs .
S11 I have long fince been satisfied ilint
the financial affairs of this country have been
managed unjustly and iinrliitHy' and that
while heavy tuxes were levied on lliejnany
midjut uud meritorious demands upon the
Treasury were passed over and remained
unsatisfied a lew olHce holders were en' .-
ing themselves by niismanaL'ing and misap-
plying the public funds. From the best in-
formation I have been ttblj to nbtaiii. the
parties in power have not been held to a strict
accountability. I now learn (I'min mere re-
port it is true) thai two gentlemen who
now hold offices of important consideration
under the government of the United Slates
aic absolutely defaulters and have misap-
plied the public funds received by litem as
collectors under the late Republic of Texas
and that other parties who have received
public funds of the Itcpu "'p of Texas have
not been held accountable Jf such is true
there certainly has been gfaajmegligencc (to
say tlie least ot iu) ol lite public interest and
should be exnoscd: if such is not the case ru
mor shou'd he corrected and justire done to
injured parties. Perliaps our representa-
tives in the last legislature enn give us some
information on the suhiect. I. as a citizen
and tax payer will thank yon or them lorin-
tormaiion on tlie subject. A uixiz-fciw.
An Astronomical1 Fact. Mr. De-
shong the mathematician has informed
the editor of the New York True Sun that
he has discovered a very curious astrono
mical fact He shows that the distance
from one planet to another is a certa'n
multiple of the distance between any oth
er two planets. To demonstrate this it is
known that the distance from the earth to
the sun is ninety-six millions of miles and
the distance from the earth to the moon is
240 thousand miles. Now one is 400
times more than the other. So it will be
found with all the other planets and if it
does not prove the astronomer is at fault
This goes to prove that there is a certain
harmony in the universe heretofore unex-
plained. "Jtf From .Mexico. A correspondent
of the New. Oileans Crescent writing from
the City of Mexico under date of April 14th
says a special commission met on the 13th
to try Lients. Hare and Dutton two Am.
erican officers and others charged with
burglary and murder. The oflence was
an attempt to rob a store in the citv where
some hundred thousand dollars were de-
posited. Public opinion was said to be
very much against the accused.
The news of the battle at Rosales near
Chihuahua has been connrmed. It was
as usual a brilliant victory for the Ameri
can army. Gov. Tria of Chihuahua and
all his officers were taken prisoners and
fourteen pieces of artillery together with a
quantity of ammunition and muskets were
captured. The number rf killed and
wounded has not yet been ascertained.
JCfThe correspondent of the Balti-
more Sun says that Mr. Nugent is still in
the custody of the Senate's Sergeant-at-Arms
for having given publicity to the
Trist Treaty in the New York Herald.
But Benuet is himself present and the
Sun would not be surprised if Bennet
should prove that this treaty was offered
for three hundred dollars and refused.
Something rich is anticipated if Bennet
should be examined by the Senate.
03 The New York Herald says a pe-
tition has been sent to the Government at
Washington requesting an addition to
our naval force in the Mediterranean for
the protection of our merchantilc interests
in that quarter.
Runaway Slaves. From an account giv
en in the National Intelligencer of the 19th
ult. wc learn that great excitement prevailed
at Washington Georgetown and the sur-
rounding neighborhood arising from the fact
that many cilizensofthe two places had been
deprived of their servants. It was ascer-
tained that a suspicious vessel had left one
of the wharves on Saturday night and set sail
down the river; whereon the citizens of
Georgeiown to the number of about thirty
procured the steamer Salem on Sunday and
started in pursuit armed with ruuskels and
oilier weapons. The vessel a schooner call-
ed the Pearl was discovered lying in a har-
bor at Ihe mouth of the Potomac on Monday
morning. The Salem ran along-side ol the
Pearl and all on board being below I lie
Georgetown party hoarded her and secured
the hatches making them all prisoners with-
out bloodshed. The fugitives consisted of
thirty eight men. twenty six women and thir-
teen children. They have all been lodged
in prison. Three while men aboard of the
Pearl Edward Sayers Ihe Captain; Chester
English and a man named Qraylnn from
Philadelphia who chartered her have been
committed on the charge of aiding slaves lo
escape Irom their owners.
Great excitement prevd. and it was ow-
ing to the firmness ofAwlio conduct-
ed them that these whilW(Ri;werc not trea-
ted with violence by the citizens.
On the 18th three thousand persons assem
bled in front of the National Era office an
abolition paper. The assemblage adopted a
resolution appointing a committee to wait on
the proprietors ol the Era and warn them lo
quit instantly. In case of tl.eir refusal the
commillcc are t cause them lo be moved out
of Ihe District by force. The EraOIEcc was
however unhurt by the threats made ex-
cept in having ils windows broken.
Mr. IV. IticitinDSO.v
Dear Sir. 1 have noticed in the April utim-
berof De Bow's Commerilnt Itevihc two arti-
cles on "Texas Sugar Lands." which are very
ably written aud well calculated to disabuse
ihcpublic mind of the erroneous impression made
by the addressof Judo Host before the Agri-
cultural and Mechanical Association of Louis-
iana os published in the December number of
the same Review. That Judge Host has been
misinformed in relation to the adaptation of the
lands on Galveston Bay to tho cultivation of Su-
gar is very evident lo those who have visited the
small plau'nlious tipou tho Bay where tho at-
tempt has been made with any degree of skill
orjudgiucnt. Tho land about Galveston B.iy
particulaily tho highlauJ at the head of it is
composed principally of black sandy soil or
black stiff loam. The snpci ficial cultivation that
has heietofore been pursued is entirely unsuited
to this character of laud and as such cultivation
is usual in new countries the reputation of the
land has measurablv suffered iu its character 1 f
lerLiiiiv. i ue rpsuiL 01 ims ii.is ut:ew. in.. .
r.;t;.-- rtn. t. ..j.i.! l.- t .. !... 1.
laud has been devoted to stork raisine. Expe
rience otul judicious cultivation Iioe cr nave re-
cently dispioved this idea.ard it has been found
that bv ucen suusoil niouinns. mesc uuusarc
fir better adapted to the cultivation of Sugar
man imien ei me uuuom lanus on me rivers.
A reference is made in the article alluded to; to
the experiments ofSolomon Barrow who has
cultivated a small field of ribbon cane on the
mnrsin of the Ilnv Mr. Barrow is not 11 Suair
planter but devotes his attention to the raising
of stock he has Lowcvir for a few years past
cultivated n sm;ill patch of Sugar cauc for do-
mestic use and Iku inrdo from it a supply for
his own family and suuie to spare. He was horn
and raised in lho Sugar giuwingrcgiou of Luu.
UiaLa aiul i will acqualuto! v.-'i'fitft cnllivu-
tiou. UN iiald tlii scus'in presents a prospect
th.it cerySujr:ir planter in Louisiana and Texas
would e..vy. Tho slnjugsnUotanlial uud healthy
piuwth of Ihe cane Ihis mwmjii wiuld convince
tlu most fchepliml that h- it com ct iu his rf-
jimrk when hesajs that the suil rtihave above
described is better adupted to llitJtfiillivntiou of
the Sugir cmt than m st of the liottoin lards of
Loi!si"m o:- Texis b cause it i.o.lri;h.s the
plant better iu a wet or a dry soaso'j. Notwith-
standing the drought we have experienced on
the Bay this spring hs plants aru' more advan-
ced ami the held presents a better appearance
than the best (ichN on the Trinity river. Mr. Bau-
del who v s an old Surar plauter in Louisiana
and who removed to a plantation on the San J a-
ciuto Bay and cultivated Ihe hog wallow laud
or the stiff black loam after having almost aban-
doned the hope of success in cultivation of the
Sugar cans has now become sitisSed by hUowu
experience and observation that he has discov-
ered the proper method of its cultivation on this
land with success and having heretofore cm-
ployed his force in getting cord wood In-the
Galveston market and making brick contenting
himself with a small com field and a meagre crop
of corn bus this season directed hisentiro furce
to the cultivation of the Sugar cane and is confi-
dent of success by adopting the system of deep
Tin re is no doubt that many unsuccessful
exneriments havo been made for the cultivation
.oflhecaneon the Bay lands but the want of
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the ignorance of the mode of cultivation of tho
soil for this plant by those who havo thus failed.
From the Union.
During the able speech of Mr. McLane of
Maryland on the war Mr. Botts asken .Mr. Knul-
man of Texas whether tho boundary of Texas
as described by her act ol Congress at 1S36 in-
cluded Santa Fet
"Mr. Kaufman replied lhat it did ; that it in-
cluded all the territory east ofthe Rio Grande
from its month to its source ; aud lhat the Con-
gress of the U. S. which passed the annexation
resolution approved March l.'JlSljtinderstood
thatTexas included Santa Fe'rjfor-i't proviJed
that States formed out of the territory of Texas
north eSnj degrees shouldbe.free'States while
Santa F6 is touth of 36 J degree! north latitude.
Mr. K. farther said that thercjtiblic of Texas
previous to annexation haJca.tublished post-
routes from Bexar to L?reTandhe east bank
of the Rio Grande and lronorpiis Christi to
Poiut Isabel ; and tJiat every porti&npf territory
east oftheRio Grandetfrom ittmotdk to 7's source ''
and north of the 42t degree of north latitude vas
included bydtjercntactsof the Congress of tlie Re-
public of 7'exas previous to annexation vnthin ihe
limits of some organized or established county of said
The appearance of this paragraph just as it
stands in the official organ ofthe Executive in-
duces some rather curious reflections. If as the
Union exultiugly declares the rhditof the quon-
dam Republic ot Texas toSaula'Fe is "settled"
by the answer of Mr Kaufman' then of course
Santa F6 belongs to the existiug State of Texas.
.By wbai uuthoiitytheu.hustlie President of the
United States onleicd military occupation to be
taken ofSanta Ffc ? .By what right or authority
has ho appointed for Sauta F6 11 military Gov cr-
uer! By hat right has he caused a Legislature
to be created iu hauta'Fc! By what right oron
what principle has he iuterfcrred iu u thousand
wuys with the government of that part o' Texas
known as Santa F6 1 Is he both President ofthe
United States and Governor of Texas! jV' York
US The following translated by the Cres-
cent is the latest we have seen of Jnrauta:
Arrest or Father Jakaijta. On the
23rd ult.. Jarauta arrived at Huejutla tncfljr-
mVo. accompanied. by an individual whom he
called Captuin. and passed through the town
without being recognized. About 6 o'clock
in the evening they started for Queretaro
they were discovered by a perjon who imme-
diately informed the aulhorities. Capt.Le-
harra and six dragoons were .sent in pursuit
who captured him about six leagues distatice
from lho town. When brought back to Hu-
ejutla on the morning ofthe alth ull. being
in errogated by the authorities' he answered
that Gen. Scott having placed a price upon
his head fearful of being discovered he had
taken that road with lho intention ofprocced-
ing to ftueretaro to place himself al the dis
posal of the government.
From'the Kew Orleans Picayune
The numerous misrepresentations 01 Gen.
Taylor's opinions unon questions of public
policy which have been put in circulation by
persons tvno assumed to speak: irom autnori-
ty. have induced him lo address a letter to
Capt. Allison his brother-in-law in which
he lakes occasion to speak more at large of
political topics than he has hitherto done.
This letter has been handed us for publica-
tion and it defines once for all the General's
position in regard lo the Presidency and tho
issues which lie at the base of parly organi-.
It will be seen lhat Gen. Taylor reiterates
what has so often before been declared that
he is a whig but not an ultra one. He re
jects in the sternest terms the idea of a
l'resiileiit nl ilia Umled Stales being the
mere instrument oT party. He will not con-
sent to take office as a propagandist. He is
for taking the constitution as a guide ralher
than the creeds of conventions or the dicta of
political clubs. He 13 fur leaving lo Con-
gress the things which belong to the legis-
lative department and confining ihe Ex' rtt-
livc lo Ihu matters entrusted to him by the
constitution. He rrluea to change hisiilti-
lude towards the Presidency in any ptrlicti-
l.tr leaving it to those who obtained liis
consent lo be a randMatc for lhal office lo do
in the premises what shall seem lo them best.
We regard this document as not only in
teresling lo Gen. Taylor's friends hut impor-
tant lo the public at large as embodying
sound political truths. Tho most momen
tous topic embraced in it is tnc relative posi-
tions and duties ofthe legishi'ivoiind execu-
tive departments. It must be conceded lhat
the increasing deference paid by Congress
lo the will (il'iliu Executive has "been regar
ded by many of our wisest statesmen with
i J 1 .. - ; 1. 1 -1 ir.-...r .. r.i... n
alarm ami 111c implied ooiigauoii 01 uicx 1 -ident
lo carry out ihe views of a nominating
convention has at times seriously interfered
with his independence and impaired his abil-
ity to do good. It was never contemplated
by the Trainers ofthe constitution that n Pre-
sident should be trammelled by pledges or
bound down to a parly manifesto which is
generally drawn up with reference to acci-
dental .slates of public feeling or topics of
transient excitement; much less did it enter
the mind of our revolutionary patriots that
Congress should in any vUa he subservient
to the Executive or conlrolled'by the opin-
ions ol his Cabinet. In so far as the Nation
al Legislalure is wYirprd by ihe influence or
the persuasion of power does Congress fall
from ihe dignified posilion assigned it by the
But we shall not detain ihe reader with
comment upon a paper which will attract
Baton Rouge April 22 1813.
Dear Sir My opinions have recently
been so olien nvsconceived and misrepresen-
ted that 1 deem il due lo myself if not lo my
friends to make a brief exposition ofthem up-
on the topics to which you have called my at-
tention. I have consented to the use of my name
as a candidate for tho Presidency. I have
frankly avowed my own distrust of my fit-
ness lor that high station; but having at the
solicitation of many of my countrymen ta-
ken my position as a candidate I do not feel
at liberty lo surrender that posilion until my
friends manifest a wish that I should retire
from it. I will then most gladly do so. I
I have no private purposes lo accomplish no
parly projects lo build up no enemies io
putnsu nothing lo serve but my country.
I have been very often addressed by let-
ter and my opinions have been asked upon
almost every queslion that might occur n
the writers as alluding Ihe interests of their
country or their party. I havo 1101 always
responded lo these inquirite Ibr-Vrtrious-fcu-sons.
I confess whilst I have great cardinal prin-
ciples which will regulate my political life-1
am not sufficiently lamiliar willi all the mi-
nute dcla'iis of political legislation to give
solemn pledges to exert my influence if I
were President to carry out this or defeat
that measure. I have no concealment. I
hold no opinion which I would not .readily
proclaim to my assembled countrymen ; but
crude impressions upon mailers of policy
Ythichmay be right today and wrong to-
morrow are. perhaps not Ihe best test of fit-
nesa for office. One who cannot be trusted
without pledges cannot he)confided in merely
on account of them.
I will proceed however now to respond to
first. 1 reiterate whal Ihavcofcn said
I am a whig but not an ullra whig. II
elected I would not be the mere President of
a party. I would endeavor !o act independ-
ent ol'pnrty dominion. 1 shall be bound to
administer ihe Government untrammelled by
Second. The veto power. The power
g-iven by the constitution to the Executive
to interpose his veto is a high conservative
power ; but in my opinion should never be
exercised except in cases of clear violation of
ihe constitution or manifest haste and waat
ofconsideration of Congress. Indeed I have
thought that for many years past the known
opinions and wishes of the Executive have
exercised undue and injurious iiilluencc upon
the legislative department of the Govern-
ment ; and for this cause I have thought that
our system was in danger of undergoing a
a great change from ils true theory. The
personal opinion of the individual who may
happen to occupy Ihe Executivechnirought
not to control Ihe action of Congress upon
questions ol domestic policy ; nor ought his
objections to be interposed where questions
of conslilulional power have been settled by
the various departments of Government and
acquiesced in by the. people.
Third. Upon the subject of'lhc InrifT
the currency the improvement of our great
highways rivers lakes and tint bors. the will
of ihe people as expressed through their
Representatives in Congress ought to be
respected and carried out by the Execu-
tive. fourth. The Mexican war. I sincerely
rejoice at the prospect ol peace. My life has
been devoted 10 arms yel I look upon war
at all times and under all circumstances as a
national calamity 10 be avoided il" compati-
ble with national honor. The jmnciples ol
our Government as well as i slracpolicij are
opposed to the subjugation of other nations or
Ihe dismemberment oi'olher countries by cort-
qnest. In the language ol the greal Washing-
ton ''Why should we quit our own to stand
on foreign ground." In tho Mexican war
our national honor has been vindicated am-
ply vindicated and in dictating terms of
peace we may well nflurd to be. forbearing
and even magnanimous to oui fallcn'foe.
These are my opinions upon the subjects
referred lo by you ; and any reports or publi-
cations written or verbal from any source
difiering in any essctuial panicular Irom what
is hete written are unauthorized and untrue.
I do not know that I shall again write upon
the subject of national politics. I shall en-
gage iu no schemes no combinations no in-
trigues. If the American people have not
confidence in me they ought not to give me
their suffrages. If they do not you know me
well enough to believe me when 1 declare
I shall be content. lam loo old a soldier to
murmur' against such high authority.
To Capt. J. S.Allison.
BT A sew steamer called tho" Crescent City"
has been built iu Now York to run between
that city aud New Orleans. For capacity and
magnificence it is said to be unsurpassed being
capable of accommodating 200 cabin passengers.
She was to soil for New Oilcans the rst week in
this month (May).
E5 The house ol Wheedon in Washing-
ton was set fire to by an incendiary and en-
tirely consumed on the 19tli till. The in-
mates barely made their escape.
Additional Mreigu Ketn.
Denmark. Intelligence from Copenha
gen to the 25th of March stat3 that the
freedom of the press has been established.
A new Ministry had been formed and the
city was prepared for an invasion. A bout
12000 men were to besiege Sleswig. Bus-
iness of every kind is totally neglectcdlso
great is the excitement. Military prepar-
ations were being made it Rendsburg.
Several of the surrounding districts have
declared in favor of the Provisional Gov-
ernment of Holstein.
Sweden. Accounts from Stockholm rep
resent tha't serious disturbances have oc-
curred in the city. A committee of the
constitution have decided 011 proposing
partial changes in the present representa
Venice. A letter from Trieste.of March
23rd. says :. "Yc learn that Venice has
seperated herself from Austria and farmed
a provisional government."
JrlcxoAEY Lho .bmticror made con
cessions to the people just in time to pre
vent the proclamation 01 a republic.
Italy. Tho King of Sardinia has de-
clared himself in favor of the independence
of Lombanly and ordered his army to
march to the aid of the It -linns. It is also
stated that he has inarched at the head of
his arm y. The rising is general through
out tho Lumbardo-Venitian kingdom and
every where the Auslrians have been re-
pulsed. .Parma MoJena and Placcnza
had risen. A large body of Swiss.had suc-
ceeded in entering Milan and reinlorcing
the insurgents. Numeiotis bodies of vol-
unteers from the Sardinian dominions also
hastened towards Milan. A bter account
states that the Austrian troops had evac-
uated Milan in consequence of the com-
plete victory of the peorlo. The fighting
at Milan continued for three days. The
people have obtained possession of all the
rrincinal towns. The Pone has issued a
proclamation exhorting thcons and sub
jects 01 1110 l'onf.11 to respect t.:e riguioi
At Rome on the 21st tilt on the arrival
of the first ucw from Milan the .people
tore down the arms from the palace of the
Austrian Embassy. The ambassador has
An extrordinary bulletin duted Milan
March 21th 2 o'clock P. M. contains the
following: "Trent and Tyrol arc said to be
in revolt. Lndi and Cremona have tri-
umphed after being part'y burnt by the
cntiny. Tavia Brescia and Dczenzotie
have likewise expelled the Atistriaas-
Tlie garrison of Pizzi-Ghcttone. joined
the insurgents and the fortress was captu-
red by the Milanese with seventeen pieces
of artillery. The Duchies of Parma and
Dodena have muted with Piedmont and
Lombardy. The Duke of lloJena has
not fled as we stated ytstciday but is a
The King of Sardinia has transmitted
the following document dated the 25th
ult. to the Provisional Government at
"I shall not enter Milan till I havo van-
quished the Austrians in battle for I "will
not present myself to so'brave a people till
I have obtained a victory that may prove
me equally brave."
The Aus'rians had retired by the Mcs-
cgnano road to I .di on the Adda.
Provisional -Governments are iormed at
Placcntia Parma and Modena. The
wish of these small States appear to be to
join their foitunes with that of Lombard'.
The strong fortress ofMantau is in pos
session of the people ot Lomt anly and
Verona has also pronounced.
Sr.iix Nanai s in t'u c exercise of his
dictatorial powers has issued a decree sus-
nending inuetinttely tlie silting 01 Hie
Cortes so that he and Christina are now
the absolute rulers of Spain. Several per
sons have been arrested 111 Madrid charged
with getting up a republican movement.
Avstiiia. All was tranquil at Vienna
on the 21st March the news of the Em
peror's concessions had excited great joj' in
Russia. There appears every probabil
ity ofa war between United (jermany and
Russia Poland being the battlefield. An
cmute occurred 111 St. Petersburg in which
the Emperor was "shot through the hat."
The Courier Francais says: "An extra
ordinary courier has arrived at the Hussiali
legation at Paris It issaid that he brought'
despatches of the highest gravity. It ap-
pears that the provinces of the south ofthe
empire are in full insurrection. The no
bles and the a; my are at the head of the
"Ntnvs is said to have reached town last
evening from Berlin of the 27th as follows:
'Warsaw is in open revolution. The in-
habitants rose en masse and murdered sev-
eral hundreds of the Russians. The troops
fled to the fort and from thence bombard-
ed the town. Warsaw is in ashes. To-
morrow the Prussian-Polish Legion departs
from here at the King's expense in a
special train.' The German journals since
received up to thc2Sthdo tiotconfirin this."
The Monitcur says: "Letters from the
frontiers ol Gallicia state lhat a general
insurrection in Austrian-Poland is immi-
nent." The PcEsiDENcr. The Ealtimore Sun's
Correspondent says :
The last letter manifesto prrclamation
orVhatever else it may be teitned ol the
great Kentucky statesman is generally
considered here as indicating very conclu-
sively the senility both" physical and men-
tal of its distinguished author. Nor will
it many believe be calculated to increase
his chances for a nomination.
There can be no doubt I am more and
more persuaded thnt the Southern whigs
in the Philadelphia national convention
will pertinaciously insist upon the nomina-
tion of Gen. Taylor. And there ate
those among the Southern members of
Congress of both political parties who be-
lieve that if Mr. City's friends do not yield
the convention will be dissolved without
making any nomination whatever; or
that a sepatation will take place after a
few ballotings and two distinct conven-
tions be organized one nominating Gen.
Taylor and the other Mr. Clay.
Others again from the same section of
the Union think it quite probable that the
whig convention may consent to unite up
on a compromise-candidate and that the
claims of Gen. Scott strengthened by his
services in Mexico and tlie' sympathy ex-
cited by more recent events will not be
(tjrThe election in Iowa for Public School
Supcrintendant is reported in favor of the
JC5 Louis Philippe is said not to have
much ol'wcrdlli in England but most of itin
A. KemiaiKcnc.4 of tlie Slttalatloa
VTBITTES FOR THE CII. NEWSjETLAUPIETODC.-
The house No. 1 Broadway N. York. U'
known to many of tlie inhabitants ofChnrlcs-
ton. Previous to Ihe Revolution it was oc-
cupied by Sir Henry Clfnlon Governor of
the tliLii Province of New lorlc under
King Georgo the third. In U6 it was lha-
Head Quarters of Gen. Putnam and wrupi
ed by himeelfaud family. About tins time
Aaron Burr was appointed aiddc-caaip to
Gen. P. and resided in this house which
was Ihe theatre of one of those intrigues for
which Aaron Burr in after life became so no-
torious. Lord Percy was in po3srssion ol"
Slateh Island and with him Major AIoncrifler
of Cornwallis' brigade. Maj. M. had a
daughter beautiful beyond description and
although not fourteen years old. was possess- '
ed ofa brilliancy of mind and majesty ol per-
son rarely excelled. By the fortune ot war
she became separated from her father and
in despondency wrote to Gen. Putnam for
protection who immedia'ely tendered lo her
Ihe hospitalities of his house. The ofler was
accepted. Endowed wilh sagacily and la'-
ent of a peculiar ncture. it wa3 suggested
that she might be a British spy. Col. Burr
was deputed to watch her movements and
ascertain the fact. Once in Ihe society of
the infamous Burr both forgot all minor du-
ties and engaged in scenes the very nnlipode.
of war like. MissAI. became the victim of
Burr. A flag of truce was sent by her lath-
er to demand her. At the suggcslion of
Burr. Washington refused tp deliver her up
and Congress ordered her to be placed in
charge ot Gen. Mifflin and to be guarded
with the strictest attention. After a short re-
sistance she was sent in a coniinental barge;
In Statcn Islahd.undiT an escort cf Amcricjii'
She afterwards went to Europe was mar-
ried there and became one ofthe most cele-
brated women ofher time. S he published
her memoirs in 1793 in London. Her me-
moirs excited universal attention in them
much is said about the men manners aud
doings ofthat period.
From Jamaica. By way of Savannah. King-
ston papers to the 2S:h March havo been re-
ceived. They are one and all indignant at tho'
British Ministers. The Despatch uses tho fol-
lowing language :
'The little confidence that Ministers had left
us has now forsaken us. No one will advance a
fal thing npou the security of West India proper-
ty and the West Indian himself has sunk all
lhat he possessed years since in his endeavor to
struggle against the difficulties which imperial
legislation has thrown in his way. Under theso
circumstances there is uu alternative but aban-
donment." Ear" The Huatsvillo Banner says that tho jai
built a year ago in Walker county has not'yct
had a prisoner confined hi it for any crime com-mittcd-iu
the county. Its only occupants havo
been two persons removed there for- a few days
for examination on a writ otliabeas corpus.
Ictoetant. Mr. J. Fennimore Cooper
(the author) does not believe that a re-
public will be permanently established iu
France. The Carlists he says have strong
hopes of seeing Henry V. on the throne.
Delicacies. Bull-frogs as the adver-
tisement says "delicious fat and juicy ser-
ved after the art of cuisine" are furnished
for lunch in some ofthe New Orleans bar-
rooms. 4jl3 A law among the Arabs permits a
man to divorce any of his wives who do
not. make good bread. Did such a lav.-
exist here the number of divorces would
JX33" Uno hundred men of s;c-zjjj
mint of Michigan volunteers have arrived
in iNcw Orleans on their way to Mexico.
It issaid that the friends of Senator Halo
are about starting a newspaper in New Yorle
cily to advocate his claims for the President
AIakkieo Al lluiitivillc on tnc 0.n ul . t7 T
the Rsv. S. G. MeCirnny Harvey Eaxdolti
Eq. lo Miss Eveline Pewitt all uf that placo
Valuable Hotel Stand For Sale
MJOHN H. BROWN rcspectfu'Iy informs
die public that lie is ami us to retire Irom
the business of Hotel lieepinfr and now
ilf'-rs to sell that raluable Hotel stand 111 tlie tuwn
pfVicoria Texas and well koiva as "L'rown's
His terms of sale wi1! be.mai?c easy lo.snit ih.o
coiucniencc of the purchasers Ho will take psrl
cash part in negro property and tha balancctii
lime Iks purchaser giving bond ujih appiuvid
E3 Also mercha ndlze will be received inpayment
Dry Goods preferrd.
1 he Hotel is a larfe tiro story lailding wilh
sallenestn Iront anJ nine con.modious room;
Adjoining there is a coinfortabfo liuusc iriifitm
rooms 30 by 20 ftet. Tlie re is also a largo framo
Kitchen nith a room for servants and a large and
well arranged Stable ard Cainage houe with tno
well enclrsed horte Lots and a good Well ual.'ctl
up and in good ordt r. Adjacent there is a large
and excellent Garden.
ifeTlie main building has recently been en'arged
bv tlie addition of two larce reoms. The ctmple'u
furniture of the Hotel will.also be sold it desired
The house is doing a good business and lho
buildings and premisis ate all in gutd repair. Tha
proprietor is about to enter into another line of
husin'ss.ond will sell tir.'eaeon reasonable terms
Two Stages leave Ibis Ho'el each twice a wee
The one for San Antonio the other tur Indian
Point For furiber particulars enquire at die clfico
ofthe Galveston News.
N. B. He will also rent a large field adjoining
tl e town ol Vicioria and tiluated on the eat bank
of the Guadalupe riftl his now under good fence
and pi inled in corn.
15J bead of cattle and a 5us field of corn are
also offered for sale.
March 24. I3-13-3m w &. tw o.
8 Tie New Orleans Picayune will pfeae put-.
lish the above for ihrce month; weetly and for-
ward bill 10 'this ofiicc.
GEO. XV. &. .J..A..FASCHA2.
Attorneys and Counsellors at Lav.
CEO. W.PAbCHAL will reside permanenllvst
GALVESTON OEcc inChurch street near Ihe
corner of Trcmuct and I. A. PASCHAL. t SAN
ANTONIO. One or them will rrgul.rly attend
the Supreme Court at Austin sod the U. Stales
District Court at Galveston. .
All business entrusted to their rare in Western
Texas will rrceire prompt attention. Tbeii linn
may be addressed at either f laee. nrril 27
NOTICE is hereby.given to all persons owning
or having charge ot any animal of thed'
kind lhal alter ihe IDiii of May 131? all decs.T
sin" found running at larse in ihe utr wbtse
owners have 1101 provioisly complied i;h ihe ciiy
Ordinance regulating the same will be killed. -Per
or.'er of the imvor.
mar 4 IMN'L MAKSTON.ir. Cler!;.
I USTrtceived persteamsliio Gdtesto
J 100 bbls Flour 40 bbls Whisker
ICO sacks Con: 5 hhds Bacon
5 hbd sugar cured Hams
35 bbls Poik M. O. arji prime
2e0 sacks Salr for sale by
niy J J. PAVI?.
WANTED A biack Hoy ihat understands
driving a Dray. Apply to
may 4. M. SKKUGSON.
jt. r . 1. f ("..- it
IOfcrcsno 1 Leaf Lard 1 cask Cac n jk?cs
liml reepirpri. mil for Ante bv
mtiv 2. i
V7. DAK FT.-
ft("lfi s"ka U- Soil 7 barrels Ireclified
UUU Whiskey jut received and in store
o Ii1P T.- nnntiiw
SALT In store and for sale liy
2 CKOZIEU. RHEA & CO.
...... uv k. UUUtlll
ST. LOUIS KLOUlt-A very superior article
ol Commercial Mti' brand jut received arid
fcrstle by CROZIER KHEA & UP.
LAUD-FrimcLeaf lardju-t received and for
satehv CROZlhR.RHKA &. CO. .'
BUTTER Prime Wciiern Bolter j'ist received
ami for saie by
v4. CROZIER. RUE & CO.
CORN In store an.l for sale hy jii .
may 4 CROZIER RHEA cc CO.
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