Texas State Gazette. (Austin, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 13, Ed. 1, Saturday, November 16, 1850 Page: 3 of 8
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TEXAS STATE GAZETTE.
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The election on the' ten million proposition took place in Harrison
county on Monday tlic 28th ultimo ; mid tlto result is a majority
of two hundred and fifty-six votes in fnvor of rejection ! This
vote is indicativo of what might have been the result throughout
the entire State if a thorough canvass could linvo been had on the
merits of the question ; for Harrison is probably 'the only county in
the State where the question has been fully discussed on both sides if
we except "Washington county : nnd that too gives a majority for re-
jection. At the samo time mi election was held for a Senator for the district
of Harrison Upshur find Smith in the place of J. 1?. Taylor resign-
ed ; for a Itcprescntativo for Harrison county in the place of J. M.
Clough resigned ; and for a Representative for Harrison and Upshur
in place of J. II. McNairy resigned. The entire ticket run by the
friends of " rejection" is elected J. J. Kennedy Esq. Senator Dr.
Joseph Taylor Representative for Harrison and Upshur and Colonel
Louis T. Wigfall Representative for Harrison.
Col. Wigfall enters our legislative hall with n high reputation for talents
and as a political debater. By some he is considered ultra in his view?
upon the exciting questions growing out of the slavery agitation in
ConTC;S. But those whoMchow and seem willing to do him justice
predict that his course asa legislator while it will be firm and truly dem-
ocratic according to the .Teffersonian standard erected when democracy
meant FitiNoirLK and not 1'autv will be temperate and prudent; that
while ho will be found a true Texian and warm-hearted Southron he
will prove himself an intelligent lover of the Union the Union of
equality and protection bequeathed us by our forefathers.
Since the above was in type we learn verbally that it is proba-
ble the Hon. J. F. Taylor is reelected Senator from Harrison Upshur
and Smith counties the last named county having unexpectedly giv-
en him nearly a unanimous vote. S
Stir We learn by a gentleman just from E'istorn Texas thnl a
most atrocious murder was perpetrated at Nacogdoches a week
aero last Wednesday. The statement of the facts is bripfly this.
A voting man by the name of Shanks was paying alti'iitiou to a
youii"- ludy of Nudogdoch.es to whom he was engaged and con-
tided the secret of his engagement ton cousin of his by the name
of Marshall It appears that Marshall bud also an attachment
for the same lady though unknown to his cousin ; and upon
learniri"- that he hud a rival in S tanks he determined immedi-
ately to press his suit to a speedy termination. He accordingly
demanded the hand of the young lady which she nt once refused
declaring her engagement to his cousin nnd her determination in
marry him. Upon hearing this Marshall declared that she
should never marry any one but himself and that he would
shoot her sooner than she should marry Shanks. She replied
that ho might then as well shoot he.r on the spot as she would
ceitaiuty never marry him. He told her he would take a more
private opportunity to do it. A few days after while standing
before a church as the people were entering he saw her going in
among the rest and immediately drew a pistol and shot her in
the back the wound proving mortal in a .short time. Marshall
was immediately arrested rfnd is now in custody awaiting his
The same gentleman who gave us the above account passed
through Henderson but about a week since and on the day ol
his arrival there found a groat excitement among the citizens.
Upon inquiry he found that a man and his wife of that place had
just been apprehended for killing their own daughter a girl
some eighteen years of age. The facts as stated are very few.
HMm rrirl was seen lying on the ground before the house of her
parents by some person passing who called out to her father
itandin"- in his door at the time saying to him that the girl was
lying. He replied that there was nothing the matter with hei
jut h"cr obstinacy. She died a short time after. The evidence
but her obstinacy. oiicuiEunsnuii units uiu;i. i uu uviuTit.e
appears to be that her death was occasioned uy me violent Dlows
inflicted by both her parents. - GalvcsloirNews.
OFFICIAL VOTE OX THE PROPOSITION
Of the United Stales for the Purchase of 103125 Square
Miles or 00000000 Acres of the Territory of Texas with
the Jurisdiction and Sovereign'! thereof as far as the samo
has been reported to the Stato Gazette by the Chief Justices
El Paso '
Total : : : : :
Improvement of the Trinity.
The Dallas llcrald of the 2d inst. has the following in rela-
tion to the effort now being made by the citizens of the upper
Trinity valley for the improvement of that stream.
" Wo are happy to learn that the. Board appointed to suprriu-
tend the. improvement of the river have commenced operations
in earnest with a fair prospect of nnd a determination wo doubt
not to completion. Too much praise cannot be awarded to the
Board and especially its indefatigable President Rev. J. A. Soiiih
for their perseverance and energy in the matter. Mr. Kunynn the
superenlendent ol the work we are informed is progressing swim
mindly. Notwithstanding he commenced under unfavorable cir-
cuinstauccs and with only six or eight hands. vo learn that he
has progressed on an average one and a half miles a day. Lot
the. citizens of the adjoining counties come up to the assistance of
Dallas and the woik'will soon be accomplished and we will have
navigation with all the countless blessings that follow in its train
at our doors."
Xfp The first move has been made towards the improvement
of the navigation of the Colorado. Its friends are sanguino in
the belief that the river will be navigable to Austin in less than
twelve rnoulhs. Those who feel disposed to aid in an enterprise
of so much importance to our beautiful and fertile valley are re-
quested to come forward and take stock in the Company. Inde-
pendent of the henefi's which the community will derive from
the improvement the Mock will be n good investment us the sum
of ten per cent. besides tho origin"! com of the work must be
paid to the Company before tho State can make the navigation of
the river free. It is tho interest of each county on the' river to
take her full proportion of stock. We hope Fayette will not be
backward. La Grange Monument.
tCr Ii affords us pleasure to notice the promise of bettor things
in relation to mail matters. Certainly no State in the Union has
been worse treated than poor Texas. Vov instance last winter
during the session of our Legislature "it was weeks that we did
not receive a single paper to inform us of what was doing ; and
it was some three mouths after tho adjournment before we re-
ceived onr regular file of Austin papers. We were informed that
durinsr that lime thete was a large amount of mail matter at
least three thousand pounds on the other side of the Trinity
directed to the East- At the same time thero wero wngon loads
of mail matter which accumulated at Fort JefRup and Mansfield
much of which remained for a considerable limeat this place.
Marshall Rejwblicath ' ""' '"
Total official vote received at State Gaze'le office
ttj3 The Washington correspondent of the Louisville Courier
is confident that General Houston stands a better chance for the
democratic nomination of President than General Cass Buch-
anan or Benton. Some of tho democratic papers in Michigan
have hoisted the name of Gen. Cass for President and Houston
for Vice. President. We think the Michigan men are a little too
fast. Gen. Cass although a gentleman of excellent abilities la-
bors under a gieat disadvantage one that Gen. Houston or the
others whose names are mentioned as candidates are entirely free
from he is n beaten man. And reasoning from the past action'
of the democratic conventions we feel confident that Gen. Cos"
with all his taleuis and services in the cause of dotn icracy will
not receive tho demociatic nomination for tho Presidency. The
Democratic Convention when tlie.y meet for the purpose of nom-
inating a candidate for the Presidency will bear in mind the
horses jockey's maxim " a beaten nag has few backers." Wes-
03 Wo learn from a gentleman recently from Fredericksburg
that the Indians in that quarter are at their ordinary business
(horsestealing.) A party of Wacoes stole a few weeks ago a
number ol horses from the Cnddnes' encampment nhout lour miles
from Fredericksburg. The Caddoes followed on the nail of their
.stolen horses being joined in the pursuit by four or fivoCaman-
ches. On reaching the viciucity of the Wacoo Settlement they
lay secreted for a few days and retook their properly and about
thirty horses of the Wacoes with which they returned to Fred-
ricksburg. aiifjthero disposed of their plunder. The Wacoes. like
mote civihzed belligerents believing in reprisals followed the
Caddoes back to the white settlements mid siole three horses and
a mule from a Mr. Zmk who was delivering corn at Fort Mar
tin Scott. Some other thefts of asimilurchaiacter were commit-
wuh an arrow in tho inclosed lot surrounding hor dwellingabout
an hour after dark supposed to ho by Wjicocs. Western Texan.
led by them around Fredciick.sbuig and a few evenings before
our informant left a German woman was shot through the arm
Wo have conversed with several intelligent traveling gentle-
men from otlrer States looking at the country' and they all unite
in saying that throughout the Southern Suites thero is a gene-
tal spirit of emigration to Texas. In the slavuholding Slates
bordering on the u6n-slavoholdiugStatesit is becoming a matter
ol priino""ne.ce.sHiiy. The slavo owner knows not at what hour
his property may be stolen from him and hurried off by the ab-
olitioiiist. Hoiice thero is a general feeling with this class to ro-
movo them to a place of safely. It is estimated that there is
now not less than one thousand gentlemen of wealth in diffejeui
portions of Texas looking out future homes. A hearty welcome
to all say we. Dallas Herald.
j It is stated liuil Major Hobble First Assistant. Postmaster
General has resigned that office and has .accepted theappoinl-
ment of the President of tho'Ocean Steam Navigaliou'Company
of New York. -l -j
Public fllcetlsg in Austin CeHnty
Notice having been previously given the citizens of Austin
county assembled at tho court hritiso in tho town of Bellville onv
Monday tho 28th ult. : and aftor hearing able addresses from their
Senator" David Y. Poftis Esq. and Zimri Hunt Esq. n commit-
too consisting of Z. Uuntj F. Engieking Thomas Bollj Miller
Francis and James O. Travis wns appointed to draft resolutions
who reported the following which wero unanimously adopted:
Resolved by the people of Austin county That tho proposi-
tions submitted to Texas by tho Government of tho United
States "known as tho Pcarcoi3ill" are in violation of the spirit
and meaning of tho joint resolutions of annexation ; subversive
of the sovereign rights of tho State of Texas; derogatory to her
character os a Stale mid unjust nlid unfair in their provisions.
Resolved That tho secretary forward copjes ol the proceed-
ings of this meeting signed by the chairman and secretary to
tho newspapers in tho city of Austin and town of Washington
and req-.est them to publish the same.
F. G. PERTLE Chairman.
E. Cleveland Secretary.
The Trade of Texas with hilinaliuai
Tho interprising citizens of western Tcxos both at Bxownsille
and San Antonio arc rapidly establishing friendly relations with
the Mexican provinces. The largo and lucrative trade of Chi-
huahua which as been for so many years monopolized by St.
Louis will soon be turned to the South. Tho route by the Pass
es on the Rip Grande shortens the distonco mora than one-half.
Bi!sides'the route lies so much further South that tho grass" is fit
for consumption several weeks earlier and later than on the Santa
Fu and Sj. Louis route.
'In 1839 a company of Mexican traders with $300000 in sil-
ver ingots struck Fort Towson. on Red river and thus reached
Now Orleans. Thoy made a most favorable report of tho region
over which they had parsed without a pilot. They .were about
thirty days in making tho journey. They invested thefr'sBveu
in goods in this city and returned. At that time tnony lawless
men resided on the frontiers and marauding parties wero said to
have been organized for tho purpose of plundering the caravan
after it should reach tho Texian prairies. The President of the
Republic gave them a safe conduct and adopted measures for the
suppression of any attempt to molest them. They made a long
detour to avoid tho points where the attack would have been ex-
pected and reached homo safely. The unfortunate Santo Fe
expedition soon after followed I hen the invasion under the Eng-
lish Mexican General Woll ; and the caravon never returned. It
was owing to political obstacles not now existing and not to any
dilficulties in the route that a trade commenced under such fa
vorable auspices was abandoned. If we ore not mistaken Mr.
Benton passed some debenture law for the benefit of the Chihua-
hua trade. The 'correspondence between him and tho Mexican
merchants was published and called forth a good deal of comment
at the time.
Governor Butler ot South Carolina who was killed at Chnrn-
busco had a plantation in the neighborhood of Shroveport and
made a strenuous effort to organise an extensive trading company.
He proposed to take the command himself but ho was unable to
raise a sufficient sum to justify the attempt. New ("Means mep
chants refused to invest in such a wild adventure. The conse-
quence has been that St. Louis has continued to reap the rich
harvest of this trade for ten years longer.
A Tlauco at the map shows that San Antonio is the nearest from
the. United States to Chihuahua. A rail or plank road will con-
nect that town with Lavaca ; thus the land carriage will be re-
duced some I wo hundred miles. Theeconemy in time distance
labor and exposure must necessarily give to the.towns of western
Texas and thus to New Orleans this trade which has so rapidly
enriched St. Louis. Picayune.
XO The late news from California is not particularly interest-
ing. The following appeors to be the largest gold item.
A gentleman who has orriwd ot San Francisco from tho Ynba
mines slates that he purchased a shore in ono claim embracing
an extensive bar for which ho paid $2400. The company
completed its dam and the first day and a half by tho use ofjonc
quicksilver machine took out over eighty pounds of gold. Four
men came down in company with him. on their wayhomej with
an aggregate fortune of nearly $200000. Yet close by such
very rich washiigs other companies have failed entirely to roal-
ize even their expenses; in some cases nearly a hundred thousnnd
dollars having been expended in turning the river.
Mayor Bigelow of Sacramento city who Whs so seriously
wounded on the occasion of the-outbreak in that city is recover-
ing. The wounded arm has been .amputated Civilian.
XCp Wo are pained to learn by verbal report on which reli-
ance may be placed that a crime of the deepest dye was perpe-
trated in Henderson our neighboring town a few days since
the murder of a young girl by her father! It seems Utot somp
person going to the house of the man (whose name we have not
learned) found the daughter on tho floor; and endeavorinjg to as-
sist her found that she was nearly lifeless ; the skull broken in
several places and the wounds suffused with blood. Silo also
bore marks of having been beaten with a whip or some ruuo in-
strument. Marshall Patriot.
D33" Galveston has presented an animated appearance for-tho
past few days. The heavy receipts of merchandize continue and
tho market is now better supplied than it was ever before Immi-
grants are arriving by hundreds and many are so well pleased
with tho appearance of this city that thoy decline proceeding far-
ther into tho interior Civilian st inst. '
Sjr In 1678 fifty-eight yeara alter the. landing of our Pilgrim
fathers ol Plymouth' a coach was established in Scotland to run
from Glasgow to EdhiborougiT "to be drawn by six able horses
to leavo fOdiuboro' ilk Monday morning and return again God
willing ilk Saturday night" It was then customary for t)io nlalo
passengers to treat the female passengers to breakfast and dinner
on the road ' i; "
The disance between the two chips is forty-three miles andat
the rate of speed obtained in sdmo of tho English rail-rpSjpas.-sengers
could easily pass from one city to the other aim back
again in an hour and a half!
S3" The Civiliansuys that although tho sugar crop of Texas
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to that of any past senrrm."
"is somewhat stinted in amount the quality ofs'ugar is superior
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rCr Anothnr disastrous fire Jias oiggdSiuiiFmsQde-
stroyijig RrpRerjJMo tho- value ofr$aQQQ'Pn9lUlgjM'li
fifty houses wc;o burnt. . 4 ; ft -tt .r .mnt
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