Texas State Gazette. (Austin, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 17, Ed. 1, Saturday, December 14, 1850 Page: 2 of 8
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TEXAS STATE GAZETTE.
..f HE STATE GAZETTE.
CITY OF AUSTIN SATURDAY DECEMBER M 1850.
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CANDIDATE FOll SHERIFF.
0S5 Wq aro authorised to announce THOMAS C. COLLINS as
ycrindtanfeMbr Sheriff of Travis county
0 Wc aro requested to state that there will be preaching at the
Capitol to-morrow at eleven o'clock a. m. by the Rev. Messrs Giles
j7 Judges Hemphill Wheeler and Lipscomb of the Supreme
Courtarcin town; but in consequence of the change in the law or-
.gnfnillng'tho court and dividing it into three hranches there will bo no
.bcssidn at Austin this winter.
p" The gratifying news has reached us of the safe arrival at Mat"
agorda of the steamer Colorado Ranger recently built at Pittsburgh
and designed for the navigation of our river. By this time she has
probably been placed above the ipft and in a few days we expectto
have Uio .pleasure of announcing hoc appearance in tile port of Austin.
ThoYivcr 13 now at its Ioycst stage and if she succeeds in reaching our
city under existing circumstances till doubt must bo removed as to
constant navigation of the Colorado to this point and a new era will
be opened up to the prosperity of Austin and the immense expanse of
fertile and desirable country wlncli surrounds it. J. o attain tins impor-
iant result nothing should bo omitted by our citizens which may be
jjccessarVfand in their power to do. The removal of the raft will be
.necessary to a free communication with the ocean shipping at the har-
"' tors on Matagorda bay and' to effect this object it is expected that-cv-
(uryman in tho Colorado valley will contribute his due proportion of
means. The work is now in the mums ol a company wliosc omccrs
are determined to push it forward to completion if properly supported
Jy 4;hosa most interested in the success of their Inbors. We know that
juUjPresidcnt Thomas J. Hardeman is indefatigable and "will do all
that licsnliis power to ensure success. Ho has-been liberally socoud-
J"eiVby several of our public spiritcdjBnuwealthy plantersfjm Wharton
and Matagorda counties and we'trnswthat the peopltfoflTnri3onc
SLmd all will manifesting practical way their sense of the importance
oLiho advantages which navigation to their dborsKvill give them and
comoVorward with all tho aid imtheir power. If they stand back now
thojr jrtuscxpect to pay upon all freights brought by steam into their
countyTan addition to tho rates offroight paid?by the citizens of those
counties who' slwSDhavo taken theirroper proportion of the compa-
uy'sStSclff This'is wobonbyof.a provision of the charter and as it
Jsmatter of much consequence to tho commercial men and all who
jtnay trade in this market we hope that it may be taken into consider-
aliou-in duoscueou'. We repeat therefore that wo hope totsee every
.citizen ready and willitig to perform Jiis part in' .aid of the work now
commenced with a promise of results to beneficial to this section of the
Suite."' In a few days an agontiof .thecompauy Mr. George W. Da-
-vis of this'iieighborhood wjll canvass the county for subscriptions and
lot all bo prepared to do something. i
fXjr3 Wo observed in our last that wc thought it incumbent upon
tho Governor to appoint some suitable agent to proceed at once to
Washington with ample powers to demand from the Governlnent the
issMUico to tho State of the ten millions of bonds io which she is enti-
tled under Ihc provisions of tho Pearce bill Our subsequent reflection
upon tlie matter has but more firmly convinced usof the propriety of
Xis'dotn'so without delay. It is clear that .unless the State appoint
a properly authorised agent to receive tho bonds they will not be is-
sued and the consequenco of the ueglect of the Executive in this par-
ticular will probably bo a failure to realise the interest am8juting to a
naif million of dollars for some twelve or fifteen months from this time.
Tim wpscnt necessities of the State are such as to make it a matter of
considerable .moment that at least ono year's interest on these bonds
should bo available at tho 4iext.regular meeting of the Legislature : for
!if thqro.arc public objects to which any portion of cither the principal
oc intercut should be devptcd the sooner it is done the better for all con-
ccrned& ' $
But there aro "other considerations which would make the appoint-
ment wo have suggested eminently proper if not imperative. Ad-
mUi3n"lhat the Government will issue to tho credit of Texas the full
amount of bonds duo her under the late arrangement to that the jn-
rtemst thorcou might be accruiug it is not improbable that they would
.be issued in such sums as woujd make it extremely difficult to the
State hereafter to negotiate a. sale of them to advantage and other-
'wisof"produco inconvchienco and embarrassment. The bonds cleat ly
should bo issued in such small amounts as to make them most availa-
ble' in tho market and to effecteveu'this we think an agent should be
appointed. But what we conceive of -scarcely if of any less import-
.buc6 would bo tho precise and authentic information the people of Tox-
iWjWOuld obtain through such an agent of the intentions or the Gov-
.ernmsutin .relation to this whole .subject including their proposed ac-
!ion1in reference to the reserved iive millions. This information wc
thuYk will bo necessary for the guidance -of mr next Legislature in
ihakiuw judicious provisions for the final payment' of the public debt;
and -wero wo in the position of thev Governor! or a member of the next
Legislature -wcshould look upon iFos indispensable to tho formation
of 'correct conclusions. Tho expense of such an-agency as we rccoiii-
mend would ho nothing nompared to the advantages that would pro-
'i&blv Ixrdcrivcd from it. Tho Comptroller wo tluuk would ba the
prowsr person'to nerforjn'thia responsible duty : and to him we should
b pleased to see it committed. Ho could receive the. bonds and depo-
JurUwn&vHh .the Treasurer of the "tTnitc'd States the State would
TherebToyable totmmand the interest thereon when she would most
' need it aua in every view we are satisfied it would b? advisable As
'such wo hope to see St sjcdily adopted.
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' H3" The Charleston Courier well known to tho whole coun-
tfyasuh uncompromising union nuper during the days of nulli-
ncotlon uses the following' language in its issue of the 7th ulti-
mo ; " In truth and in plum terras n careful and anxious observ-
ation of the progress f cyents has broughj us to the .conviction
ifct'i 0SoiWArt'flifo w inevUablctmcss the course
oriMisiMoRIn qongrcssiird iffeiortHern Sniesaia'bo re-
trogresVive' of which' wohave UUVe or no hope.'
Tho Approacliing Canvass.
Wo havo been inclined to favor the calling of a convention of the
democratic party of the State in due season and at some central and
convenient point for the purposo of nominating candidates for the
principal State offices at the next Aucubt election. We are at the
same time fully aware of the objections" usually urged against this
mode of selecting candidates for popular .sullrago and are willing to
admit that abstractly considered they have some iorce. But the same
objections in some degree at leaht would apply to our system of go-
vernment in which tho people speak not directly but through their
representatives. So in a'convention of the lepresentatives of the dem
ocratic party appointed and instructed by the members of the party
resident in the severalcountics and actimj in their primary assemblies
those of our citizens professing the same principles would be able to
speak their wishes in advance as to the persons most deserving of their
favor and unite in recommending such to public support. It is only
in this mode that the elements of dissension and the antagonism of pet-
ty factions founded alone upon sectional or personal attachments can
be made to give way to the general principle-) which- characterise a
great political organization.
Party lines rave been clearly drawn in all the other States of the
confederacy and the adherents of the different creeds act upon the prin-
ciples they profess without respect to persons or particular locality.
Such will inevitably be the case in Texas and wo can see no good
reason why it should not be so now. It would bo substituting princi-
ples for personal attachments as one of the indispensable qualifications
for office ; and surely if this were done it would be hard to discover any
injury that could possibly flow from it. Each party upon entering a
canvass should adopt a platform setting forth in the most distinct and
unequivocal terms " tho faith that is in them" and then select by con-
fereiicc pinom: themselves and in a spirit of conciliation and disinter-
estedness the best men whose services they can command to carry
their banner to the ballot box.
But notwithstanding this is the conclusion at which wc have arriv-
ed in reference to the course it would be most desirable to adopt and
which Will no doubt be sooner or later adopted for the political organ-
ization of our State we are convinced the time Jias not yet come
when it will be done. In the next canvass at least wc shall probably
have several candidates for each of the higher offices within the gift of
the people all of them professing a becoming devotion to the tenets of
the good old democratic creed.
It will not perhaps be out of place to allude in this connection to
the names of several gentlemen we have heard mentioned as probable
candidates for the honors of the two highest offices in the bestowal of
the people Governor and Lieutenant Governor. Others than those
we shall name have been mentioned it is true as suitable parsons to
occupy these distinquished positions but perhaps Avith not sufficient
authority to justify us in bringing them before the public in our
We are unprepared to say whether the present incumbent of the
Executive chair will be a candidate again or not. The impression
s.eems to prevail that he will not preferring probably to leave to the
test of time which only can fully develop the fruits of his policy the
veidict of tho.pople upon the manner in which he has served them.
Ex-Gov. Wood we learn has been urgently solicited by many of his
friends since his return home from Washington to allow his name to
be placed before the people and we are informed he has yielded his as-
sent to their wishes. The manner in which he performed the execu-
tive duties duringjiis term of office is now known to the public and
needs neither endorsement nor commendation from us..
The friends of iho'llon. E. M. Pease of Brazoria hayalso brought
forward his name as a candidate for Governor and "we learn he will
probably consent to enter the canvass. Mr. Pease has merits of a high
order and would make a good executive officer. He is a business man
and would attend to his duties we doubt not with fidelity and an anx-
ious .solicitude to promote the best interests of his constituents and the
State at large. His name is associated with some of the most interest-
ing transactions in the early political historyof the late Republic and
ho has always maintained a high character for integrity and patriotism.
Those who knowjiim best are those who would 'be his warmest sup-
porters and iu saying this wo utter no higher eulogium upon his pub-
lic snd private character than we believe he deserves.
Next on the libt we have the name of John A. Greer the present
Lieutenant Governor. His long residence in Texas and faithful servU
ccs in her councils has made him familiar to the whole people. It is
probable he will be a caudidate for Governor and we feel free to say
that a more honest experienced and capable citizen cannot be found to
superintend the public interests as Chief Magistrate. In all the public
positions he has held as Senator Secretary ofJthe Treasury and finally
as Lieutenant Governor he enjoys the high credit of haying performed
his duty to the entire satisfaction of vthc people whb have on so many
occasions deemed him worthy of their confidence. If he should be a
candidate now for the first olliee within theirgift and again receive
their sulfragcs wo doubt not he would in the 'end1 win by his official
course those high plaudits to which faithful servants only are entitled.
In his hands and under his eye the interests of the people would be
sale and nothing that n long experience ripened judgment and earnest
patriotism could contribute would .be omitted to secure the honor
prosperity and welfare of Texas. Identified as he has ben with her
political history through long years of embarrassmont and trial he
must necessarily ba familiar with the wants of the people. And with
that love of everything Texian which animates and impels all our rev-
olutionary citizens ho would not bo found wanting in solicitude and
effort to advance to the extent of his power the every interest of tho
These gentlemen and perhaps others such as these may bo in tho
field and it will remain with the people to whom both the right and
the. duty attaches to select from among them a Governor of solid me-
rit as a mau and wejl deserving of his country.
For the office of Lieutenant Governor various persons have been
suggested almost "too numerous to mention' among them Col.
Matthias Ward of Cass Hon. William M. Williams of Lamar Capt.
William G. Crump of Bexar and Gen. Edward Burleson of Havs
! cither of whom' would be a good selection.
j !The first and last named are .members of the Senate and the others
members of the House of Representatives. They have all that expe-
rience .in legislation which would be necessary to a ready and proper
discharge of the duties devolving upon the presiding officer of the up-
per branch of the Legislature.
The friends of Col. Ward have generally united upon him as pos
sessing qualifications fully entitling him to the mot favorable conside-
ration of tho public. lie would unquestionably be acceptable to the
people in every portion of the State where he is known ; for no citi-
zen enjoys a more enviable reputation for all those qualities of mind
and heart which dignify human nature as well in the high places of
power as in the walks of private life. Such is Col." Mat. Ward and
his own merits will lecommend him to his fellow-citizens.
Mr. Williams is well known to the people as a man without re-
proach and a public servant approved by ten years' standing worthy
of any trust that the people might confide to his keeping. He is re-
liable in every sense of the word amply qualified for the duties of the
office and wc do not hesitate to say would give entne satisfaction as
Capt. Crump is particularly known to the people of Texas as a gal-
lant ranger who has " seen some service." Whenever mid wherever
his duty called him he has responded promptly and etliciently as our
western citizens can testify. He is emphatically a gentleman of high-
toned honor and patriotism devoted hand and heart to the best interests
of Texas. His experience in legislation will enable him to do justice
to himself and others if he should be elevated to the presidency of the
Senate for which he will receive if a caudidate the strong support of
his numerous friends.
It is not necessary we know to say anything more about Gen. Bur-
leson than that he may be alo a candidate. He is too well known to
the people of the State from one extremity to the other to require from
us even one word of commendation for his past services in tho coun-
cil and in the camp. From the memorable day of San Jacinto down
to the present moment he has done his whole duty in every position
however responsible in which he has bsen called to act. And if he
should now again be invited to further service he would probably as
heretofaie yield to the people's wishes and serve them with that fidel-
ity and enlarged patriotism which has hitherto distinguished his pub-
In the foregoing remarks upon the character qualifications and claims
of the several gentlemen whose names we have heard mentioned as
probable candidates for the first and second offices under the State "ov-
ernmeut we have in a very brief way said nothing that we do not
believe them strictly entitled to. They are all " good men and true"
and although we should greatly have preferred for iii our judgment
many good and sufficient reasons that there should have been a con-
vention of the political party to which we belong to confer and decide
upon the particular men who should bs our flag-b2arcrs in the comin"
canvass we cannot disguise the gratification we feel that we have a
prospect of selecting at the ballot-box those eminently deserving of the
honois of the respective offices to which they may aspire. It is proper
for us to say on this occasion however that though we can see no ob-
jection to tlie choice of any of the gentlemen we have named wc have
pieferences which iu due time wc shall not fail to express. But in do-
ing so we shall observe that decorum and freedom from invidionsness
which we feel some pride in believing has ever characterised the col-
umns of the State Gazette and from which we trust no circumstances
will ever force a departure.
CF Our table of tlie official vote of the people of the State
on the ten million proposition is this week as nearly complete as
it is probable we shall be able to make it. It con fains all the re
turns addressed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives
which have readied the sent of government up to this lime and
it is not probable that any others will yet come in. I;'y compnr-
ing'the vote for Treasurer at the August election (which officer
had no opposition) with that cast in the same counties for and
against the acceptance of the proposition it will be seen that the
vote on the latter is extremely small. It will never bo known of
course with absolute certointy whether a greater number of the
friends or opponents of the measure were absent from the polls
But we are inclined to think that the relative strength of the two
parties as divided on this question is pretty fairly represented by
the returns which we nublish.
J tO" A movement of universal interest in tlm So.tt t.i
seconded iu an imposing manner by the people of Matagorda
county. We allude to the formation of what are termed South-
ern Rights Associations the object of which is to prepare the
mode and means nf nrntpptinn nrmlnoi u- .
. om"ai l" arrogant ana ceaseless
encroachments of tlie North upon constitutional rights of the
Southern people. These associations propose nothing more than
a maintenance of the guaranties of the constitution under which
the South as a minority can only hope for safety. We are ad
to see the people of Texas waking up to a full appreciation of
ou""u mem; una we nnu tnis move-
ment at Matagorda as the initiative for Texas of a system of
union withjtmr Southern brethren which will have a salutary in-
fluence upon our political destiny. We regret that our spncu at
present does not allow us the pleasure of laying the proceedings
of the Matagorda meeting at once before our readers Hereaf er
we shall publish tho addiess of the Association the officers of
which are Cpt. John Rugeley President. Capt. John Dun-
can Wm. H. Loveriii J. W. AlcOnmly Henry Jones D?.A.
Peareson Vice Presidents. P. E. Pcareson M. Talbot J. 13.
Cosnahan J. C. Wilson Corresponding Secretaries. Henry
Thorp Recording Secretary. Galen Hodges Treasurer. J.
B. Cosnahan M. Talbot J. C. Wilson P. E. Peareson Henry
Thorp Executive Committee.
rr The New Tor!: m publishes u fetter dated Eagle Pass.
I exas October 19 stating that many ol Uie residents in that sec-
tion ot country are organizing a secret expedition to the Gila ri-
ver (which is part of the southern boundary of California for a
given distance) in search of diamonds which had been reported
by emigrants to exist near the junction of the Uila and Colorado
in great abundance.
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