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South Carolina. The law against in exchange for those which they duelling has been amended so as to ceded on the east side of that river, admit the seconds and spectators as refusing to appoint an agent on their witnesses in prosecutions of the part, to accompany the surveyors in principal. The public mind had rupping the lines. been much excited by one of these An interesting decision was made honourable murders; and it is said by a Court of Magistrates, at Sathat the eloquent and well-timed vannah, on the 15th inst. founded discourses, delivered by the Rev. on a law of Georgia of 1766, and Mr. Henry, had considerable effect which is still in force, wbich proin procuring this salutary law. hibits the commander of one vessel,

Among the appropriations for this from shipping any seaman or mariyear, we find, -for the president of Der belonging to any other vessel the South Carolina college, $3000; in that port, unless fully discharged; tutors, $1000 each; librarian of the as an evidence of which he must college. $400; for the purchase of produce a certificate from the masbooks for the college, $5000. These ter of the vessel from which he may would seem to be liberal rewards. have been so discharged. We should infer, indeed, from occa Tennessee. This state has made sional glances at the newspapers of anotber experiment in the chicanethis section of our Union, that all ry of legislation, to ascertain how subjects connected with religion far disbonest men may be upheld in and education, are treated with that evading the payment of their debts. liberal consideration, which is al Another act has been passed “to ways its own best reward.

amend the several laws regulating Georgia. In order to ascertain proceedings on executions,” for the the wishes of the people of this state evident purpose of evading the force as to the mode of choosing electors of the decision of the Supreme of president and vice-president, the Court of the United States against legislature has directed that at the the monstrous fraud of the endorsenext election for delegates, every ment laws, as they are called, of voter shall endorse on his ticket the that state. It is now provided that word people or legislature.—The if the execution should bear the enpepitentiary of this state contains dorsement,- that is, an agreement oply 68 prisoners. The Georgians on the part of the plaintiff to receive boast of this; but are they certain the current notes of the state in that the prison contains all who satisfaction of his claim,- the sheriff ought to be there? As an eminent may proceed to sell the property personage inquired, on a memorable levied op; otherwise be is pot to occasion, Is there a defect in the sell, unless the property will bring law or in the administration of the three-fourths of its value, according law?

to appraisement, previously The Cherokees are said to be made by disinterested persons of much dissatisfied with the lands the vicinage. From the operations about to be assigned to them, west of this law, are excepted those ca. of the Mississippi, (2,284,110 acres) ses in which the contract is made


for specie or notes of the banks of exhibited a mixture of colours beauVirginia, the Carolinas, and Geor tiful beyond description, and a rudgia,—those in which a bank is a de dy dismal light gave to various obfendant-and those of contracts en jects the hues of greep and red, tered into subsequent to the 1st of yellow and blue. For two elements April.

so adverse in their nature, thus to A River on fire.--Sparta, Jan. associate and commingle as it were, 24th.-On Saturday evening last presented such an anomaly, as, for we witnessed a very novel aod in the moment annihilated all idea teresting spectacle, at the Salt that fire and water delighted in Wells, belonging to Mr. Denton, separation. on the Calf Killer River about three Ohio. It it stated in one of the miles above this village. Rumour, papers that carpeting, as handsome witb ber hundred tongues, had been as Scotch or Venetian, and far suso very active on the occasion as to perior in quality to the imported ar. prepare us for the exhibition of ticle, is now made at the Steubensomething very curious, from hear. ville Woollen Manufactory. ing it proclaimed ou all sides The The following resolutions, as we River is on fire.Determined to learn from the Ohio papers, have see for ourselves we mounted our passed the legislature of that state. nag at 8 P. M. and rode to this Resolved by the General Assembly scene of wonder.

of the State of Ohio, That the conAs we approached within two sideration of a system for the gradumiles of the Wells, our attention al emancipation of the people of was suddenly arrested, by seeing colour held in servitude in the Unitcorruscations of light quivering on States be recommended to the lethe edge of the horizon, which was gislatures of the several States of illumined with an unsteady ficker the American Union, and to the ing glare. Arrived at the spot, a Congress of the United States. scene presented itself which almost Resolved, That in the opinion of beggars description. A column of this General Assembly a system of fire nearly forty feet in beight, as. foreign colonization, with corres. cended from near the middle of the pondent measures, might be adoptriver, here about fifty yards wide, ed, that would in due time, effect illuminating surrounding objects the entire emancipation of the slaves within the distance of two hundred in our country, without any violayards.

tion of the pational compact, or in. We are informed by Mr. Denton, fringement of the rigbts of indithat, in boring for salt water the viduals; by the passage of a law by preceding day, they had suddenly the general government, (with the struck upon a vein of sulphurous consent of the slaveholding states, gas, which, in ascending, found which should provide that all chilanother vent than the tube, through dren of persons held in slavery, born a rock in the bed of the river, forc- after the passage of the law, should ing a passage through the surround. be free at the age of twenty-one ing waters, which boiled with con years, (being supported during their siderable violence round the place minority by the persons claiming of its escape.

A torch was then the services of their parents,) procautiously applied, wbich quickly vided they can consent to be transcommunicated to the gas, and a ported to the intended place of coblaze inconceivably grand burst lonization. upwards to the height mentioned, Resolved, That it is expedient apparently from the very bed of the that such a system sbould be prediriver. The cloud above the blaze cated upon the principle that the

evil of slavery is a national ope, and were again united in the bands of that the people and the States of matrimony. this Union ought mutually to par Alabama. Governor Pickens has ticipate in the duties and burthens put bis veto on the resolution of the of removing it.

legislature, recommending General Louisiana. Prince John of Wur. Jackson as a candidate, &c. assigntemburg lately paid a visit to New ing as a reason the impropriety of Orleans. This enterprising and in any legislative interference in the telligent traveller has been engaged question. Had he signed the resofor nearly a year in traversing the lution it would have become a law western wilds in pursuit of objects of the state; and it would then bave of science. He has ascended the been his duty to promote the elecMississippi and Missouri, and en tion of this person, by all the means dured every hardship and fatigue to in his power. This dilemma shows explore and develop the interesting the absurdity of this species of legisnatural history of this immense re lation. gion. His collections, we under


The annual swell in stand, are very numerous, and will the Missouri river is from twenty to add greatly to the enlightened views thirty feet, and commences with the which the German literati are taking spring, reaching its greatest height of our young and vigorous republic. about the middle of June, or the

The city of New Orleans Dow first of July. This swell is a series contains upwards of 50,000 persons, of lesser floods, following each other and employs about 200,000 tons of in such rapid succession, as to preshipping. In the year 1761, it con vent each from subsiding until the tained only one hundred miserable great result is produced. Nor does barracks, and three or four stone it lose its majesty, its turbulence, or houses. What a great improve its power, in a day, or a week, or a ment in the comparatively short month, as other rivers do; but, as in space of sixty years!

spring, succeeding floods raise the Mississippi. The town of Natchez waters nearly level with the banks, was almost deserted during the pes- by which it is confined; so, with the tilence, with which it was lately receding year, it sipks by degrees, visited.

until December's snow and JapuaIndianaNearly 6.000 gallons ry's frost, bind it in ice. In these of wine were made last season by months it is always lowest. An six vine-dressers, -An attempt was expense of from twenty to thirty lately made to call a convention for thousand dollars, would be enough the purpose of amending the con to cut off all those dreadful sawyers stitution, so as to admit of slavery and planters in the river, from the The votes were,-for the measure mouth of the Missouri to the mouth 2,601,-against it 11,991.

of the Kansas, level with or below Illinois. A diverting circum the ice. The first swell, which is stance respecting a case of divorce, about the first of March, would rehas recently occurred in this state. move the obstructions thus cut off, The Kaskaskia paper contains at and give sufficient water above the length the petitions of Catherine stumps to make the navigation safe. Wageman and Johann H. C. Wage The Arkansas Territory. man, reciprocally complaining of Indians on the Arkansas river and each other, and mutually praying its vicinity, are in a very disordered the legislature to release them from state, produced in part by the remtheir vows. The legislature grant nants of other tribes, baving been ed their request; and in three removed into that territory in conmonths afterwards, the same parties sequence of an exchange of their



lands elsewhere for lands here. brethren of the deceased should reSome of these were from tribes who ceive a certain amount of presents inherited ancient grudges against to indemnify them for their loss, and each other, and almost the whole of both parties were on the point of them are more or less dissatisfied shaking hands and lighting the pipe with the arrangements under which of conciliation, wben Kishkauko, our government has placed them in the notorious Saginaw chief, stepthis territory. Actual hostilities ped up to the slayer and with a have taken place, and the settlers single blow of bis tomahawk, laid have suffered from their depreda- him dead at his feet. The Indians tions.

present were very much astonished, A proposition has been made in and asked him the reason why he Congress to increase the number bad interfered to prevent the opera of lucian agents, and to send at tion of their old law? He replied least two into this district.


in his peculiar tone and madnerthis a reply was made on the floor “ The law is now altered." which we fear would furnish Florida. A new site for the seat clue to many of the Indian outra of goverument of Florida, has lately ges, that occasionally shock our been selected by commissioners apfeelings in the papers of the day. pointed for that purpose. The spot It was said that the discontents of selected is about a mile south west tbe mixed multitude of Indians who from the old deserted fields of Talhad been crowded and concentrated labassi, about half a mile south of on the Arkansas, were not to be as. the Okilockony and Tallahassi suaged by appointing agents. Those Trail; 18 miles from St. Marks; 15. discontents were founded too deep- miles N. W. from the head of navily to be reached by such a remedy. gation of the St. Mark's river, and They were the consequences of the 10 miles N. E. from the head of Wa. oppressions exercised on the In- Kulla, which is navigable to its dians in intrusions by the whites on source. The surrounding country their bunting grounds; a practice is represented to be beautifully vathat was carried to a pernicious ex riegated with hill and dale, and cess:-a single wbite hunter often covered with the finest timber-the having thirty, forty, and a bundred lands are said to be the finest in the bands employed at once in trapping, Territory of Florida, and are pecuwhile the poor Indian owned but a liarly adapted to the cultivation of single trap - ?'he member conclu- cotton, and sugar cane. ded by observing, that if we would District of Columbia. Mr. John prevent the further effusion of Bailey, a clerk in the Department blood, it must be by an efficient sys of State, who has resided in the tem of measures putting an end to District for nearly six years, was this practice.

lately elected a Representative in Michigan Territory. Detroit, Congress from Massachussets. Con-Lately a Chippewa Indian, livgress decided that he was not a resiing at Saginaw, was killed by a dent of that state within the meanneighbouring Indian of the same ing of the Const. U. S. Art 1.tribe. Agreeably to the old cus Some of the inhabitants of the Distom, the relatives of the deceased trict, with the view, no doubt, of met those of the slayer, for the pur creating a few offices, have petition. pose of compromising the mattered Congress to give them a territoby receiving presents, or putting rial government, wbich cannot be the slayer to death. At the cous done, in our apprehension, without cil it was determined, that the an alteration of the Constitution.

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