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you've done with him.
No harm if it is from the topmost story of the highest barrack in Malta.
His name is Potts—seriously and truthfully,
Potts. Birth, parentage, and belongings all unknown to,
"You are unfortunate, Sir, in confiding your correspondence to me," said Kate,
rising from her seat, " for that gentleman is a friend, a sincere and valued
friend, of my own, and you could scarcely have found a more certain way to
offend me than to speak of him slightingly or ill."
" You can't mean that you know him—ever met him ?"
"I know him and respect him, and I
will not listen to one word to his disparagement. Nay, more, Sir, I will feel
myself at liberty, if I think it fitting, to tell Mr. Potts the honorable mode
in which your brother has discharged the task of an introduction, its good
faith, and gentleman-like feeling."
" Pray let us have him at the mess first. Don't spoil our sport till we have at
least one evening out of him."
But she did not wait for him to finish his speech, and left the room.
It is but fair to own he took his reverses with great coolness : he tightened
his sword-belt, set his cap on his head before the glass, stroked down his
mustache, and then lighting a cigar, swaggered off to the door with the lounging
swing of his order.
As for myself, I hastened back to the town, and with such speed that I traversed
the mile in something like thirteen minutes. I had no very clear or collected
plan of action, but I resolved to ask Captain Rogers to be my friend, and see me
through this conjuncture. He had just dined as I entered the coffee-room, and
consented to have his brandy-and-water removed to my bedroom while I opened my
business with him.
I will not, at this eleventh hour of revelations, inflict upon my reader the
details, but simply be satisfied to state that I found the skipper far more
practical than I looked for. He evidently, besides, had a taste for these sort
of adventures, and prided himself on his conduct of them. " Go back now, and eat
your dinner comfortably with your friends ; leave every thing to me, and I
promise you one thing—the
Cyclops shall not get full steam up till we have settled this small
EXTRA SESSION OF THE
ON Friday, 15th, in
the extra session of the Senate,
Senator Mason offered a resolution calling upon
for information as to the number of troops quartered In the District, when they
are to be withdrawn, for what purpose they are maintained there, and whether the
force is to be increased, and to what extent. The resolution was laid over.
Senator Douglas's resolution, calling upon the Secretary of War for information
in relation to the forts, arsenals, navyyards, and other public property in the
seceded States, whether the administration intend to recapture those in
possession of the secessionists, and if so what military force will be
necessary, etc., was taken up. The resolution calls for a detailed exposition of
the policy of the administration with reference to the seceded States.
Senator Wilson said the administration would make known
through gentlemen in whom it had confidence. The debate was continued at
considerable length. In the course
of it, Senator Douglas gave Senator Fessenden the lie direct, and was severely
rebuked by that Senator.
On Saturday, 16th, Senator Rice made a personal explanation, and after some
general conversation of no direct moment, the Senate went into executive
On Monday, 18th, Senator Breckinridge took occasion to comment upon the
Inaugural Address of President Lincoln, and the general course of the
Republicans. The Address he interpreted, in accordance with the ultra Southern
view, as meaning war. He also argued that the construction of
Cabinet left nothing to hope for peace. His opinion was that the Federal
Government could not be perpetuated on the principles which brought the now
dominant party into power. Senator Hale followed in reply; and at the conclusion
of his speech the Senate went into executive session.
On Tuesday, 19th, the subject before the Senate being the resolution presented
by Senator Douglas, making inquiries relative to the fortifications and other
public property in the seceded States, remarks were made by Senators Clingman of
North Carolina, Grimes of Iowa, Clark and Hale of New Hampshire, Chandler of
Michigan, Breckinridge of Kentucky, and Simmons of Rhode Island. The latter
gentleman proposed a substitute for Senator Douglas's resolution, instructing
the Committee on the Judiciary to make inquiries as to the qualifications of
Senator, what vacancies there are, and whether the executive of any State in
which vacancies may exist has a constitutional right to make temporary
appointments. No action was taken on the resolutions, it being decided to hold
an executive session.
On Wednesday, 20th, the consideration of Senator Douglas's
resolution in relation to the Southern forts, etc., was then resumed, and
Senator Bayard, of Delaware, made a speech on the troubles of the nation. He
considered a reconstruction of the Union impossible. At the conclusion of
Senator Bayard's remarks the Senate held an executive session, and confirmed a
number of appointments.
On Thursday, 21st, Senator Bayard continued his speech.
We publish below the names and salaries of the various Ministers and Consuls
thus far appointed by the Lincoln Administration :
Where to Compen-
ENGLAND— Reside. sation.
Charles F. Adams London
See. of Leg., Charles L. Wilson London
Ass't Sec. of Leg., John Adams. London
Min. Plen., Wm. L. Dayton Paris
Sec. of Leg, W. J. Pennington. Paris
of Legation, H. Kreiseman... Berlin
Min Plen, A. Burlingame . . . Vienna 12,000
SWEDEN AND NORWAY
Min. Res., J. T. Halderman... Stockholm 7,500
Min. Res., B. R. Wood Copenhagen
Min. Res., Henry S. Sanford Brussels 7,500
Min. Res., Carl Schurz Lisbon
Min. Plen., Cassius M. Clay Madrid 12,000
Sec. of Legation, Green Clay Madrid 1,800
Min. Res., E. C. Crosby Guatemala
Min. Res., Rufus King Rome
At what Place. Names. Compensation.
London Freeman H. Morse $7,500
Bordeaux C. Davisson
Liverpool DeWitt C.
Havre James O. Putnam 6,000
Aix is Chapelle Wm. H.
Frankfort-on-the-Main R. Hosmer 3,000
Alexandria, Egypt W. S.
Sandwich Islands Thomas
J. Dyer 7,500
SOUTHERN ENVOYS TO EUROPE.
The Government of the seceded States has appointed Hon. William L. Yancey of
Alabama, Judge P. A. Rost of Louisiana, Colonel A. Dudley Mann and T. Butler
King of Georgia special Commissioners to proceed to England and France to obtain
the recognition of the independence of the Confederate States, and make such
commercial arrangements as their joint interests may inspire.
THE SLAVE-TRADE ACT VETOED.
We have already announced the fact that
Hon. Jefferson Davis had vetoed the
Slave-trade Act recently passed by the Congress of the C. S. A. The Montgomery
correspondent of the Charleston
Mercury publishes the document. It is as follows :
Feb. 28, 1861.
CONGRESS,—With sincere deference to the judgment of the Congress, I have
carefully considered the bill in relation to the Slave-trade and to punish
persons offending therein; but I have not been able to approve, and therefore
return it, with a statement of my objections.
"The Constitution, section 9, article 1, provides that the importation of
African negroes from any foreign country other than the Slaveholding States is
hereby forbidden ; and Congress is required to pass such laws as shall
effectually prevent the same. The rule herein given is emphatic, and distinctly
directs legislation which shall effectually prevent the importation of African
negroes. The bill before me denounces as a high misdemeanor the importation of
negroes or other persons of color, either to be sold as slaves, or held to
service or labor, affixing heavy and degrading penalties on the act, if done
with such intent. To that extent it accords with the requirement of the
Constitution; but in the 6th section of the bill provision
is made for the transfer of negroes who may have been illegally imported
into the Confederate States to the custody of foreign States or societies, upon
condition of deportation and future freedom ; and if the proposition thus to
surrender them shall not be accepted, it is then made the duty of the President
to cause said negroes to be sold at public outcry to the highest bidder, in any
of the States where such sales shall not be inconsistent with the laws thereof,
This latter provision seems to me in opposition to the policy declared in the
Constitution, of prohibition of the importation of African negroes, and in
derogation of its mandate to legislate for the effectuation of that object.
Wherefore the bill is returned for your further consideration, together with the
"Most respectfully submitted,
An attempt was made to pass the bill over the veto, but was lost by a vote of
Yeas, 15; Nays, 24.
The following amendment to the fifth resolution to the majority report of the
Committee on Federal Relations,
which has been under discussion the past week, was voted down on 16th in
the Convention by a vote of 61 to 30: "And further believing that the fate of
Missouri depends upon the peaceable adjustment of our present difficulties, she
will never countenance or aid a seceding State in making war upon the General
Government, nor will she provide men and money for the purpose of aiding the
General Government in any attempt to coerce a seceding State."
The Arkansas Convention, after rejecting a secession ordinance by a vote of 39
to 35, finally agreed that the question should be referred to the people, at an
election to be held on the first Monday in August next, when the ballots are to
decide "For Co-operation," or " For Secession." Till August, then, Arkansas
remains in the Union.
Galveston advices of the 19th are received.
Governor Houston and the Secretary
of State refused to appear on the
16th before the Convention at Austin when summoned, after a notice, to
take the oath. The other State officers took the oath. Lieutenant-Governor Clark
was to assume the Governor's powers on the 16th. It was not known what Governor
Houston would do. The Convention was rapidly maturing a defensive force for the
frontier. Indians in large numbers were on the Western frontier. Colonel Ford
was organizing a military force to protect the Rio Grande. The Convention had
passed an ordinance continuing in the State government the officers who took the
CUSTOM-HOUSES ON THE
A telegram dated
Charleston, March 20, says: Measures have been taken by the
Secretary of the Treasury, Mr. Memminger, to prevent the introduction of goods by the inland routes.
At all railway connections between the Confederate
and Border States officers have been stationed to enforce
the decrees and tariff regulations of the
THE INDICTMENTS AGAINST FLOYD QUASHED.
The indictments against Ex-Secretary Floyd have been
quashed in the Court at Washington, on the ground—first,
that there was no evidence of fraud on his part; and second,
that the charge of malfeasance in the matter of the
Indian bonds was precluded from trial by the act of 1857,
which forbids a prosecution when the party implicated has testified
before a Committee of Congress touching the matter.
THE FIRST SEIZURE IN CONSEQUENCE OF SECESSION.
The first case of real difficulty growing out of the absence
of United States Collectors at some of the
ports occurred on Thursday, and resulted in the seizure
of the schooner Restless at this port, from Havana. The
Collector at Mobile refusing, as a United States officer, to
exchange a coasting license for a register, in order to permit
that vessel to go to Havana for a cargo, the Captain
"protested." The Spanish Consul countersigned his document, and he then
proceeded on his voyage. At this port
Collector Schell seized the vessel for violation of the laws.
The facts of the case have been sent to the Secretary of
the Treasury, who, it is believed, will remit the penalty.
RELEASE OF THE NEW YORK SHIPS SEIZED AT
The arms seized by the New York police have at last all been restored, and sent
on to Savannah. The fact having been
telegraphed to responsible parties in Georgia,
an answer has been received over the wires announcing
the release of the vessels detained by the authorities of that State in
reprisal for that seizure.
AFFAIRS AT SUMTER.
A telegram dated Charleston, March 19, says: Paymaster
Hutton, of the United States Army, visited
Sumter this evening under a flag of truce, and paid off fifty United
States soldiers. .
Major Anderson sent to Quarter-master Hatch, of the
Confederate army, desiring to know by what conveyance
his troops can be transported North. They will go by the
Columbia on Saturday. The abandonment of the fort is hourly expected.
SEIZURE OF A SUPPLY SHIP BY THE SECESSIONISTS.
It is reported that the United States supply ship Isabella,
bound for Pensacola with provisions for the fleet at
Fort Pickens, has
been intercepted and captured by the rebels, in what manner is not stated.
SAFETY OF THE "AUSTRALIAN."
The Australasian is safe. She left Queenstown at her
appointed time, and when four days out, during a heavy gale, broke two of
the flanges of her screw. After vainly
endeavoring to make an American port, the captain bore
up for Queenstown, which place she reached on the 3d of March, the
passengers and crew all safe.
TERRIBLE TRAGEDY IN FLORIDA.
The Augusta Chronicle and Sentinel gives the particulars
of a bloody tragedy which recently transpired in Sumpter
County, Florida. Rev. George Andrews, pastor of a Methodist Church, had seduced
and maltreated a young lady relative who was residing at his house, and having
heard that he was to be summoned for trial, went to the
house of the man who was to serve the paper upon him, to
dine. He had with him a double-barreled gun, a yager rifle, two
repeaters, and two bowie-knives. After dinner,
Mr. Lane, Mr. M'Lendon, Mr. Hyatt, and Mr. Andrews,
went to the workshop, and in the course of conversation Mr.
Lane said that he had a summons for Mr. Andrews to appear
for trial. At once Andrews leveled his gun at M'Lendon
and fired, killing him instantly; turned and shot at Lane with the second
barrel, wounding him in the hand,
and as Hyatt picked up the yager to defend himself, fired
at him with the revolver, grazing him on the shoulder. Hyatt discharged the
yager ineffectually and then ran,
leaving Andrews to return to the shop and reload his guns,
when he went to a Mr. Condray's, about a mile distant. Meeting Mr.
Condray, he shot him in the abdomen, inflicting
a fatal wound. Rev. Mr. Parker chanced to be standing by, and seizing the
wretch, managed to hold him until
help came, when he was tied and confined until morning
under strict guard. At noon the next day sixty or seventy of the citizens
tried and convicted him, and hung him
at once. His last words were, "I am only sorry that I did not kill three or four
Ex-General Twiggs has declined a Brigadier-Generalship
in the army of the Confederate States, on account of feeble
The Southern Congress on Saturday confirmed the following
persons as District Judges for the Confederate States :
A. G. Magrath, for South
Carolina; H. R. Jackson, Georgia ; W. Lanier Harris, Mississippi ; Thomas G.
Semmes, Louisiana ; John Hemphill, Texas ; and Jesse J.
Finley, Florida. On Saturday night the Congress adjourned
to meet in
Montgomery on the second Monday in
Mrs. Mary Ann Patten, widow of the late Captain Joshua Patten, died in Boston on
March 17, of consumption. Mrs.
Patten, it will be remembered by many, says the Courier, was the heroic
wife who, some three or four years
ago, nursed her sick husband when prostrated by illness
and incurable blindness, and took charge of his ship—the
Neptune's Car—and in spite of the officer's desire to put
into Valparaiso, navigated the vessel to San Francisco, and
thus avoided much detention, as well as saved expense to
the Underwriters. Mrs. Patten had nearly completed her
Lieutenant Slemmer, the Commandant at
is to be promoted for courage, zeal, and efficiency.
Among the passengers who arrived here on Saturday
last, by the steamship Arabia, was
Mr. W. H. Russell, the
special correspondent of the London Times, who has come
to this country for the purpose of giving a fair and impartial account of
our political troubles.
John Sherman has received the Republican nomination
for United States Senator from Ohio in Governor Chase's
stead, and has been duly elected. The selection will be very generally approved.
William Absom, convicted of the murder of his wife,
and under sentence of death in the Hudson County (New Jersey) Jail,
committed suicide on Wednesday night, in his cell, by severing an artery in his
A STRANGE MARRIAGE CASE.
THE Yelverton Marriage Case, now on trial in the Irish
Court of Common Pleas, has excited a very strong feeling
in Ireland, and is not unworthy of a few observations, as
it illustrates the position of parties professing different religions,
when they contract marriage with each other. The
point involved in the suit of Thelwall agt. the Hon. Major Yelverton is a
very simple one. An action has been
brought against Major Yelverton for the maintenance of a
lady averred in the plaintiff's plea to be the defendant's
wife, and the defendant repudiates the claim on the allegation
that the lady is not his wife. The point for decision was this: Was there
a legal marriage between Teresa Longworth and William Charles Yelverton on the
15th of August, 1857, when a
marriage ceremony took place between them in the Roman Catholic Church of
Killowen, Ireland, and the clergyman
celebrating that marriage was the Rev. Mr. Mooney, the Roman Catholic
priest of the parish. There is no
dispute as to the fact of the marriage ceremony; and if both parties
were, at the time, Roman Catholics,
it is certain that the marriage was valid, legal,
and binding upon the persons contracting it; and either would be liable
to be tried for bigamy, if he or she contracted
a second marriage previous to that first marriage being legally
Teresa Longworth was educated as a Roman Catholic.
She never professed to be of any other religion ; and, so
far as she is concerned, the marriage is legal and binding.
But then, how stands the case with Major Yelverton ? It
is stated, on the part of the plaintiff, that previous to the
defendant's marriage he professed himself to be a Roman Catholic; that
some of his family were Protestants, and
some Roman Catholics ; and that he belonged to the latter,
and never to the former. On the other hand, it has been maintained that
he never was a Roman Catholic; that his alleged wife knew him to be Protestant,
and had so stated in conversation to
the parish priest—an allegation,
however, which she positively denied upon her oath, when cross-examined
on this most material point. The whole question at issue hinges upon the same
point; for the law of the land is
that if, at the time of the marriage by a
Roman Catholic priest, Major Yelverton was a Protestant, and known as
such, then, so far as he is concerned, the marriage is a nullity—it is not
binding in law—and the woman who
went through a marriage ceremony with him
is no more than his concubine, and, consequently, he is not bound to pay
for her maintenance.
There are some strange and romantic circumstances
connected with this case': the young lady being of respectable
family, of some beauty, and possessed of many accomplishments—having
been one of the generous and well-born
ladies who, in the time of the Crimean war, accompanied the Sisters of
Charity, and followed in the footsteps of
Miss Nightingale to aid wounded soldiers in the camp hospitals.
Later advices say :
The trial has resulted in a verdict that his first marriage
was valid. Miss Longworth is, therefore, the Hon. Mrs. Yelverton, and her
husband stands in the power of the criminal law as a bigamist.
DEATH OF THE RICHEST MAN IN ENGLAND.
The Duke of Sutherland died at Trentham on the 28th ult.,
aged 75. His Grace was much less known in public
life than his magnificent Duchess. Of a delicate constitution,
and of a naturally retiring disposition, he led a life
of strict privacy, and he was chiefly known as one of the
wealthiest members of the peerage, as a munificent patron
of literature and art, and as an open-handed supporter of
charitable institutions. He is succeeded in the title and
estates by his eldest son, the Marquis of Stafford, who was
born in 1828. The Duke's death causes a vacancy in the
representation of Sutherlandshire, the present Duke having sat for that
county since 1852.
WAR BETWEEN THE BISHOPS AND THE
The war between the bishops and the Government is now assuming such proportions
that a "cataclysm"—to use M. de
Grammont's expression to Cardinal Antonelli– must be near at hand. The
Bishop of Poitiers, in a published pastoral letter, compares the Emperor to
Pontius Pilate! This fact is announced by the Patrie, under the
head of "Latest News," and attested, which "latest news" usually is not,
by the signature of its leading writer, M. Paulin Limayrac.
SPEECH OF PRINCE NAPOLEON.
The debate on the address in response to the Emperor's
Speech is progressing in the Senate.
On the 1st
Prince Napoleon spoke upon the subject. He
said: " I am astonished at the violence of the discussion.
I leave to liberal opinion in Europe, to the patriotism of
the Italians, to the 200,000 soldiers who, with the Emperor
at their head, made the campaign of Italy, the task of replying to the insults
which you have listened to. [Cheers.]
The Emperor represents modern society, its progressive
tendencies, and the liberal principles of 1789. [Loud cheers.]
The people are not mistaken if they rely upon Napoleon III., who will not fail
in his mission." The Prince then recalled the words of the Emperor
respecting Gaeta, and said: "Count
Heckeren confounded the words 'pity' and 'sympathy,' the latter being
only felt by the Emperor for
the glorious cause of Italy, and for the allies who have shed
their blood at our side upon the fields of Magenta and Solferino. The
Prince defended the English alliance against
the Marquis Larochekayelir, and said that alliance is not
with some particular Ministers, but with the great and liberal English people.
It is an alliance with which we can defend the great principles of liberty and
progress. The Prince justified the policy of Piedmont in Italy, and
maintained that unity of Italy was favorable to France, of whom, he said, she
was the national ally. He uttered some sympathetic words respecting Venice, but
said he should deplore any untimely attack. He foresaw that Italy
united would soon demand Rome as her capital, and
continue the difficulty to insure independence to the Pope,
who can not become subject to another sovereign. But by securing to the
Pope the right side of the city of Rome,
with a Papal garrison and a Papal budget, guaranteed by the Powers, his
independence would be secured. The Prince was essentially opposed to the
union of temporal
and spiritual power, which would be subjection of the conscience.
FRENCH INDIGNATION AT THE MORILL TARIFF.
We read in the Paris Moniteur of February 28 : "Among the items of news which
come from the United States is one
which does not directly concern the domestic crisis, but is no less
worthy of attention, for it has an international bearing which will escape no
one's attention. The representatives
of the Northern States, taking advantage of the
absence of the Southern members, have been in great haste to vote a new
Custom-house tariff. Now, then, the North, which is desirous of protecting its
manufactures, is very unfaithful to
ideas of liberty when it has to do with tariffs, and does not keep in
view the interests of the South—a
country essentially agricultural and very much in favor of free trade.
"The tariff heretofore in force was very protective, since
it imposed on foreign merchandise ad valorem ditties varying
from nineteen to thirty per cent. The new tariff increases all the taxes either
directly or by combinations which substitute a specific for ad valorem, duties.
This retrograde reform has been very badly received in England,
and will be no better liked in France: for our silks,
which used to pay nineteen per cent., will pay a tax varying from twenty to
thirty per cent., and our wines, taxed at thirty per cent., will be assessed at
thirty-three and a half per cent.
"If a reconciliation should be effected in the United
States, which does not yet appear to be beyond hope, it is
proper to surmise that the abolition of this tariff will be one of the
compromise clauses obtained by the South. If the Union be not reestablished, the
programme of free trade proclaimed
by the South will open to our trade and agriculture a road to fruitful
interourse and large returns."
HOW MIRES WAS ARRES'T'ED.
A Paris letter says: "On Saturday evening, as the Mires
family were sitting round the domestic tea-table, in one of those
sumptuous drawing-rooms in the Palace of the Rue
Neuve des Mathurins, where princely balls were given last year, their
privacy was broken in upon by the ruthless minions of the law. The Prince de
Polignac, Mires's son-in-law, who not a year ago resigned himself to a mesalliance
for the sake of the supposed wealth of the young Jewess,
convulsively examined the arrest warrant, and vainly questioned its
legality. The Princess de Polignac, who is
far advanced In pregnancy, fainted away, and serious consequences,
which happily have not been realized, were apprehended. Politely, but
firmly, and without any delay, the officers marshaled Mires to the hack-cab
which was waiting at the door and in that vile equipage, Mires, the great
financier, the second Rothschild, the man who was
wont to make a Minister his footstool—Mires, the regenerator
of Marseilles and the last hope of the Turkish Empire, was hurried away
to Mazas prison, where he now lies
awaiting his trial on the triple charge of forgery, swindling, and abuse
of confidence.' There was a report last night that he had been liberated on
bail; but this is positively denied
to-day by the Droit, an authoritative legal journal,
which says that he is still in prison, and that M. Daniel, the
Judge of Instruction, is actively proceeding with the affair. Mires was
yesterday under examination for five hours. His daughter, who is a charming
young person, only 18, and commands
much sympathy, passes her time in calling upon Ministers and great people
to whom her rank as a Princess obtains her ready access. She implores their influence
in behalf of her father. She has been once allowed to see him in prison,
but only in the presence of his witnesses, who hear all that is said, for he is
THE SIEGE OF MESSINA.
The heights commanding the citadel of Messina are occupied by the Sardinian
troops. The representatives of foreign Powers have protested to the commander of
the citadel against any damage which
might be caused in the city.
The Minister of War at Naples has issued notice that all
foreign soldiers who may have belonged to the Bourbon army, or who have been in
the military service of the
Pope, and who should join the reactionary bands of Southern
Italy, will, if made prisoners, not be treated as soldiers,
but will be punished with the greatest severity.
PROSPECT OF MORE WAR.
The Paris letter of the London Daily News mentions, as
a rumor in accredited quarters, that Prince Metternich
has just communicated to M. Thouvenel an important note
front the Court of Vienna. In this note it is asserted the
Austrian Government declares that it never will recognize
Victor Emanuel as King of Italy ; but if France recalls her
troops from Rome, she will immediately replace them by
an Austrian army, and that if the Revolutionists make
the least movement in Venetia or Hungary, she will cross
THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.
By way of New Orleans we are in possession of a few additional items of Mexican
news. So far as determined by
the late Presidential election, the republic is nearly equally
divided between three parties. Eight States are thought
to be for Juarez, representative of the Puros; eight are for Lerdo de
Tejada, candidate of the extreme radicals,
and six for General Ortega, representative of the army and
more moderate politicians. It is believed, therefore, that
there will be no choice by the people. The election then
goes to the Congress, where Juarez, it is thought, will have
a large majority. In the mean time, General Arteaga, the
Governor of Queretaro, has put himself at the head of a
movement against the Central government, The press, however, very generally