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bowed head and a contrite look, and dived into an! These latter had long been so popular as to alley if he saw any one of his acquaintances upon attract great crowds, perhaps the more so as the his path. When he had dollars in his pocket he aerial voyages were as little dangerous as they held up his head, poked out his chest, rested a were short. The balloons were strongly attached hand upon a hip and snuffed the air. He charged to the ground by ropes, which could be lengthendown then upon any comrade whom he saw, ed or shortened at pleasure, the ascent never exshook hands with him, and dragged him off ceeding the tops of the trees, even among the whether he would or not, to treat him at a bravest of the adventurers. tavern. All this time his wife pined in the old The crowd were now leaving the balloon for the ruin at Tivoli, ceasing to think of him, and mourn- fireworks, on another terrace, when a young girl, ing for her father who was dead, and had cursed leaning on the arm of a man about forty years of her in his dying hour.

age, appeared at the end of the avenue. They The Landgrave of Hesse Cassel, who had sent were walking slowly, and appeared preoccupied Philip Roos to Rome, not hearing from him or by some serious matter. After a silence, the receiving any pictures, supposed that he was man said, energeticallydead too, and coming afterward by chance to “No, sister; as long as I live I can never forRome himself, about the year sixteen hundred give that Christian Loffmann for disputing my and ninety-eight, was vexed to find how ill his inheriting Luerrach, my cousin's property; for patronage had been rewarded. Roos for a time Heaven knows it was not left to me as a gift, avoided meeting him ; but was at last urged to but as my right for what he owed me." present himself and honestly confess his errors. “He should have said so in his will, Michael," The Landgrave received him kindly, and asked / answered the young girl. for a picture, which the painter vowed that he “And just because he did not, I am despoiled should have. But, rapid artist as he was, and of my due! Because a dying man did not exgreat as were his obligations to the Landgrave, plain all his reasons and circumstances, I am acboth for social aid and for hard money given to cused of interested and almost fraudulent designs him, he did not spend ten minutes in a picture by this Loffman!” for him. He sent nothing, and again kept out “Alas! he does not know us, brother," said of his way.

the girl, gently. “They have filled him with While he was thus wasting his opportunities prejudices against us, and he has believed them, and powers, Philip Roos on one occasion went to because it was his interest to do so." Tivoli, and was met with more than the ordinary “And so," replied Michael, bitterly, “the land clamor from his birds and beasts, who surrounded I have cultivated for twenty years, and earned by his house with the urgent, painful cries of crea- my unceasing labors, is to be taken away from tures that for many hours had not been fed. He me by a foreigner, simply because he happens to ran to his wife's chamber, and found her white be born a fifteenth cousin !". and still upon her bed, her fatal beauty marred “The judgment has not been given," interruptwith the few lines that had been left there by a ed Florence. long despair. In her cold right hand there was “Ah! but I have little to hope from it," ana piece of paper firmly grasped; it was the last swered Michael. “This Loffmann is young and letter written to her by her father; she had died active; he has friends, too; perhaps already the thinking of him, and not of Philip.

| decree has been pronounced—” The husband was not capable of worthy grief. He stopped on hearing his sister sigh. He plunged into fresh excesses, became prema “Well, well; here I am talking of it all again, turely haggard, staggered about the streets en- when I have brought you here on purpose to veloped in the odors of the wine shop, and died, make us both forget it. I wish something wonat fifty, of decrepitude. The Italians, embar- derful would happen to divert us—" rassed by his German name, called this great! As he said these words, they turned a corner painter the Rose of Tivoli. A great painter, but of the path, and came suddenly upon the open a little man.

glade, where the balloon was floating a few feet After all, perhaps, the immortality of genius, / above their heads, sustaining a light, pretty car, taken alone, is not worth envying. He is both a which seemed to be swimming over the grass. great man and a happy man who knows how to Florence could not restrain a cry of surprise be as respectable as he is clever ; but sever the and admiration. It was the first time she had two qualities, and who would not rather be the ever seen a balloon closely. She drew nearer. honest man of Hackney than such an ever-bloom- “Two more places !” cried the man who held ing Rose as that which has been here depicted ? the cords.

| One man was sitting in the car, in the dress of A NIGHT AMONG THE CLOUDS. la traveler. with one of the iron-spiked walkingMHE sun was setting on a certain Sunday in sticks used on mountain excursions.

1 August, some years ago, at Manheim ; and “Two places! Who will go for a ride in the the pleasure-gardens which surround the town air ?" repeated the man. were rapidly becoming silent and deserted. In “Is there no danger ?" asked the girl. one, however, the crowd still remained—the eot- “None in the least," answered the man; "more tage-garden, then famous for its entertainments, than ten thousand souls have taken these little its fireworks, and its balloon ascents.

| rides."

“ And can one descend when one likes?" “There! they are now under the balloon !" “ You need only ring the little hand-bell." I • What are they doing ?"

“ Let us go!” cried Michael. And so saying “ By Jove, they are cutting the cords !" he lifted Florence into the car. The man loosed The three travelers shrieked aloud--but in vain: the ropes, and in another moment the balloon believing the car empty, the students had cut the slowly began to ascend. The young girl turned cords, and in another moment the balloon darted pale. The stranger saw it, and moving toward up high into air, and disappeared from their eyes the hand-bell said, smiling—“Shall we stop?” in the gathering clouds of night.

"A thousand thanks !” said Florence. “Il The unfortunate prisoners in the air wasted shall soon be used to it;' and her color returned. some breath in useless cries and exclamations ; They rose above the trees, and the girl forgot her but despair soon succeeded, and they remained fears in the newness of the sight. The Black silent and quiet, believing themselves doomed to Forest and the Rhine appeared on either hand, a speedy but inevitable death. Florence hid her and the Necker meandered among rich meadows terrified face on her brother's shoulder, but he dotted with villages toward the horizon.

had no words of consolation to give her. "Happy country,” said the stranger, as if Loffmann sat at the other end of the car, seemspeaking to himself, “of fertile fields and wooded ing somewhat less disturbed, and now and then mountains !"

casting a look of pity on Ritter and his sister; Michael sighed, and said in a low voice:. | but the recollection of their enmity and their re

“ Happy, indeed, if one is not under the ban ciprocal insults so lately uttered, kept them from of persecutions and calumnies !"

communication even in their common danThe stranger turned to him.

ger. "Ah, sir !" said he, “no one knows that better Meanwhile, the balloon, at the mercy of the than myself.”

night winds, floated through the sky with the “Are you, then, also condemned to defend rapidity of a swallow returning to its nest, while your just rights ?"

its inmates could but just perceive the glimmer “Yes, and from an adversary who neglects no of some town or city over which they were passmeans of annoying me.”

ing. But, by degrees, even this failed them : the “Like mine," returned Michael. “If he gains balloon mounted higher, and the cold became ophis cause, I lose every thing I have gained in my pressive. Dull rumblings came in their earswhole life.”

sharp tinglings in their extremities—and stiffness “* And I, all I have been looking to in the fu in their limbs. Florence at last glided down ture."

from her seat, unable to support herself any lon* The fruits of my labors will go to enrich anger. “I am sleepy,” she murmured. avaricious man!”

"Oh, waken up! waken up!" cried Michael ; * And all my hopes will be destroyed to profit sleep here is death! Get up, Florence! get a hypocrite !"

"Ah, I see,” cried Michael, “our positions are But she did not move. alike; you plead against some Christian Loff- “Florence! Oh, my God! she does not hear mann, like me.”

me! and I have nothing to" "Christian Loffmann!” cried the stranger. "Take this cloak." “Why that is my name! And my adversary is He turned and saw Loffmann stripping himMichael Ritter!”

self of his coat, which was lined with fur. “Why that is mine!"

“But you yourself?” hesitated Ritter, touched And the two men exchanged glances of sur- and surprised. prise, passion, and hatred. Florence looked “I am stronger,” he answered, briefly. frightened. She laid a hand on her brother's Both stooped to wrap it round the girl, and arm. “Let us descend !” said she. But he their hands met. Michael seized his adversawould not listen.

“What Mr. Loffmann said of his adversary is “Let this wipe out the past. I am sorry I a calumny !” exclaimed he, with glittering eyes. said so much to wound you !"

“And what Mr. Ritter said of his is false !” “Regret nothing," answered Loffmann. “I replied the young man forcibly.

was most in the wrong!”. “Oh, heavens! let us descend !" cried the girl, “Let us each forgive the other, then," antrembling.

swered Michael ; “we shall all three soon be “Yes," said Michael; “explanations will be before the judgment-seat of God. Let us throw more satisfactory on the ground."

away our anger before that !” “And I hope they will be decisive," added “I have none left," cried Christian. “Here Loffmann, in a significant voice.

is my hand, Ritter, and it is indeed a friend's He rang the bell; but the balloon remained sta- | hand!". tionary ; again, a second and third time, with as “I accept it as such. Loffmann, we have both little effect. They looked over the side of the car. been deceived, each believing the other to be ill

“Gracious Heavens !” cried Michael, “there intentioned, because our interests were opposed; is an emeute in the gardens ! They are tearing and we had no means of learning the contrary down the railings, and making a bonfire of the by acquaintance. Let us thank God that in our seats, and breaking the lamps !"

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may appear before Him without rancor in our! As he said these words, Florence entered ; she hearts."

seerned troubled as she advanced, holding a letter “Amen!" answered Loffmann; "and may God in her hand. forgive us as we forgive each other !"

“Is that from M. Litoff?” asked Michael, and Then, looking up, they perceived a pale light he turned pale. on one side : it was the dawn.

“Yes," answered the girl. The wind appeared to change and sink; the “Then the judgment is pronounced, and we balloon began to descend slowly ; and a little shall soon know " hope re-animated their hearts. The sun rose, He stretched out his hand for the letter, but and the country began to reappear. It seemed the hand trembled. Florence took it between like a resurrection to them. The earth existed hers; and looking timidly at Loffmann, said still, and for them; and the balloon continued to gentlydescend. They soon distinguished the villages “Whatever happens, do not let us forget that and fields. Suddenly Ritter joyfully exclaimed : we have forgiven each other!”

“It is Loerrach!" and Florence, revived and “The letter! the letter!" cried Michael, imthankful, recognized their old house and mea- patiently. The girl drew back a step. dows.

“ Promise to submit quietly, and not angrily, But at this moment the balloon seemed begin to the decision,” she said. And pointing to the ning to reascend on a fresh wind. Florence hill, where the pine-tree which had entangled clasped her hands.

them was still visible, she added, solemnly" Is there no means of stopping it?" she cried, “Have you so soon forgotten our night in the imploringly.

clouds ?" * There is one," said Loffmann, “but it is a Ritter and Loffmann looked at each other. dangerous one."

For a moment they each hesitated, and then held "Oh, let us try it!" cried Ritter; "nothing can out their hands both together. be worse than last night !”

"Ah," cried Michael, “it shall not be said Loffmann stepped cautiously on the edge of that in danger alone our hearts were disposed to the car, and hanging on by the cords, thrust the mercy! Saved by the goodness of God, let us spike of his walking-staff through the silk of the prove our gratitude by our submission. We have balloon. The gas rushed out with a roar; the left our enmity in the clouds-do not let us reballoon sank with frightful rapidity, and the trav- turn to it on earth. Whatever this letter may elers shut their eyes in terror. A violent bump announce, I declare that I will accept my fate with came, and they found themselves entangled in peace and calmness." the branches of a pine-tree, with the car but a “And for myself, I shall thank Heaven for few feet from the ground.

having gained a friend,” answered Christian, Toward the close of the same day, Loffmann“ even if it tells me of the ruin of all my and Ritter were leaning out of the window of hopes." the old house—the disputed property—to which Florence gave the letter to her brother. He Michael had conducted his two companions after opened it with a firm hand, and turned slightly their common deliverance. Their mutual con- pale. gratulations had at first quite occupied their “You are in your own house, Loffmann," said minds; but now that the first feelings of relief he, turning to the young man. had passed away, Ritter began to feel his men “In my favor!” cried Loffmann, joyfully. aced interests reawakening within him.

“You are master of all that belonged to your He was still leaning silently on the wooden cousin ; his demesne is yours" *balcony, when Christian, who had been looking “A demesne is not worth as much as the hapout intently all over the country, suddenly asked, piness of a friend," interrupted Loffmann, and

“How far does your demesne extend ?" he tore the letter in pieces.

Michael started, as if his conscience told him Ritter beheld him with astonishment: Florence his guest had divined his secret thoughts. clasped her hands. .

“Ah! you want to know how much your "Yes," continued the young man ; "I came in cause will gain for you ?” he answered, bitterly. here as a guest, and I will not remain as an en

“Upon my word I was not thinking of it!" re-emy. He who has received me so kindly shall plied Loffmann, but he looked disconcerted himself be the arbiter of our rights."

“You need not blush about it,” said Ritter; “Me!” cried Ritter. “Ah! if I could choose!" " we each have confidence in our own rights, Loffmann turned a look full of tenderness on naturally. I will show you the demesne." | Florence, who cast down her eyes; then taking

And he pointed out woods and fields, one after Michael's hand another, far and near.

“It is for her who began our friendship to tie “ It seems a wonderfully well-cultivated prop- the knot which shall bind us to each other, and erty,” observed Christian.

render our division of rights more easy," said he. “I have given every thought and hour I pos "How?" asked Michael, astonished. sessed to it," replied Michael. “I had hoped to "By enabling friends to become brothers." continue my improvements; but who can tell Ritter smiled, as Florence hid her blushing how many or how few days it may perhaps still face in his bosom, and held out her hand to Loff be mine? Perhaps, already~"

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THE UNITED STATES.

ernment histead of two-Rejected, 100 to 83. Mr. DHE final passage of the bill organizing govern- Mace, of Indiana, moved an amendment, that the

I ments in the new Territories of Kansas and Territorial Legislature shall not have power to ad. Nebraska, has been the event of leading interest mit or exclude slavery at any time by law. This during the past month. Our last Record mentioned was rejected, 94 to 76. Mr. Parker, of Indiana, that, on reaching the House from the Senate, the offered an amendment proposing bounties to emibill, on motion of Mr. Cutting of New York, had grants to Nebraska-Lost, 85 to 66. Mr. Hague, been referred to the Committee of the Whole. On of New York, offered an amendment, that the bill the 8th of May, Mr. Richardson, Chairman of the shall not take effect until the Indian title shall be Committee by which it had been reported, moved extinguished — Lost, 84 to 63. Mr. Fuller, of Maine, that the House resolve itself into Committee of the offered an amendment, that the Legislature shall Whole, on the state of the Union, declaring his pur. I have power to exclude or establish slavery as it pose, if the motion should pass, to propose to lay may see proper. This was rejected, 91 to 71. Mr. aside all business which had precedence of the Ne. Eliot, of Massachusetts, offered an amendment, that braska Bill on the calendar. Mr. Richardson's mo. the States that may be formed out of the Territory tion was carried-Yeas, 109; Nays, 88. Eighteen shall be admitted without slavery. This was rebills were then taken up in succession, and laidjected, and the House adjourned. On Monday the aside by vote of the Committee. The Nebraska 22d, on motion of Mr. Richardson, the House voted Bill was then taken up. Mr. Richardson offered a to go into Committee of the Whole on the state of substitute for the bill as it came from the Senate, the Union, Ayes 105, to 70 Nays—Mr. Olds, of the only difference being, that the clause confining Ohio, taking the Chair. The question was then the right of suffrage in the Territories to citizens stated to be on the substitute offered by Mr. Edgerof the United States was omitted in the substitute. ton for the one submitted by Mr. Richardson in The subject was then discussed, under the rule place of the bill as it came from the Senate. Mr. permitting speeches of an hour, until Friday the Stephens, of Georgia, moved to strike out the enact. 12th, when Mr. Richardson offered a resolution to ing clause of the bill-saying that his object was to terminate debate on the bill the next day at noon. cut off all amendments, and secure a vote upon the He said the Pacific Railroad Bill was a special or. bill. By the 119th rule of the House a motion to der for Tuesday the 16th, and it was desirable to strike out the enacting clause has precedence of a dispose of this matter as speedily as possible. He motion to amend, and, if carried, was equivalent to moved the previous question on his resolution. I the rejection of the bill. If, therefore, the ComThe opponents of the bill resisted taking a vote on mittee would agree to his motion and strike out the this proposition, by motions to adjourn, to lay on enacting clause, that action could be reported to the table, to excuse members from voting, &c., on the House-the House could then disagree to the each of which they called the Yeas and Nays, until report-Mr. Richardson could offer his substitute, Friday evening, when by general consent the House and in that way all amendments could be shut out, adjourned. On Saturday, Mr. Richardson having and a vote had on the bill. Several points of order modified his resolution so as to close debate on the were made against the motion, which afterward Nebraska Bill in five minutes after the House should passed by a vote of Yeas, 103; Nays, 22. Mr. again go into Committee of the Whole on the state Richardson then moved that the Committee rise of the Union, after some slight debate the House and report this action to the House--the vote readjourned. On Monday the 15th, Mr. Richardson ported on this motion was, Ayes, 101; Noes, 2. withdrew his resolution, and offered one to extend The Chairman (Mr. Olds) then reported to the the debate on the bill until Friday the 19th at noon, House that the Committee of the Whole had struck and on that he demanded the previous question. out the enacting clause. Mr. Richardson demandHe afterward moved a suspension of the rules to ed the previous question on this report. Several enable him to offer a resolution terminating debate motions to adjourn were made and lost. Mr. Goodon the Nebraska Bill on Saturday the 20th at noon, rich, of Massachusetts, asked to be excused from and postponing the consideration of the Pacific voting. Mr. Clingman raised the point of order, Railroad Bill until the 24th. The motion was car that the motion could not be entertained, as the preried-Ayes, 137; Nays, 66; and Mr. Richardson vious question had been demanded. The Speaker moved the previous question on his resolution. decided Mr. Goodrich's motion to be in order. Mr. After a good deal of confused debate, mainly per- Clingman appealed, and the House, by a vote of sonal, the demand for the previous question was Yeas, 82; Nays, 100, refused to sustain the Speakseconded. The first branch of Mr. Richardson'

ser's decision. By a vote of 98 to 87, the House resolution, terminating debate, was then passed- also reversed the Speaker's decision, that a motion Ayes, 114; Nays, 59; and the second, postponing to adjourn was in order. After several other mo.. the Pacific Railroad Bill, was also passed by a vote tions had been disposed of, Mr. Richardson's de of 123 to 53. On Tuesday the 16th, the House | mand for the previous question was seconded, Ayes, went into Committee on the Nebraska Bill, which 117; Nays, 94—the report of the Committee of the was debated by various members until Saturday, / Whole to strike out the enacting clause was diswhen the bill came up for final action. Mr. Edger. I agreed to, Yeas, 97; Nays, 117—and Mr. Richardton, after the first section had been read, moved to son moved to substitute for the bill as reported, the substitute the bill passed by the House at its last same bill, with the clause excluding aliens from session. Mr. Walley, of Massachusetts, moved an voting omitted. On this motion he demanded the amendment, that the Territorial government shall previous question, which was seconded, and the not be created during the present year. This was main question ordered to be put-Yeas, 116; Nays, rejected by a vote of 103 to 77. Mr. Peckham, of 90. The substitute offered by Mr. Richardson was New York, moved to have but one Territorial gov. then agreed to, Yeas, 115; Nays, 96. The bill was

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then ordered to be engrossed for a third reading- in reply to a letter from Archbishop Hughes, who Yeas, 112; Nays, 99. The question then being on has published a rejoinder, in which he holds that the final passage of the bill, Mr. Richardson de- while civil governments have no right to enjoin manded the previous question, which was second-/ upon any person the doing of acts which his con. ed, and the bill was passed by the following vote : science condemns, they have a right to forbid the

YEAS.-Messrs. Abercrombie, Aiken, Jas. C. Allen, performance of acts which his conscience more Willis Allen, Ashe, David J. Bailey, T. H. Bayly, Barks- quire. On the 16th, Mr. Mallory offered area dale. Barry, Bell, Bocock, Boyce, Breckinridge, Bridges, lution declaring that recent acts of the Spanish Brooks, Caskie, Chastain, Chrisman, Churchwell, Clark,

government were calculated to create the apprem. Cobb. Colquitt, Cox, Craige, Cumming, Cul hension that it was designed to place Cuba in the lino John G. Davis, Dawson, Disney, Dowdell, Dunbar, hands of the negro population, and that such a step Dunham, Eddy, Edmundson, J. M. Elliott, English,

would be deemed by the United States inconsistent Faulkner, Florence, Goode, Green, Greenwood, Grey, Hamilton, Sampson W. Harris, Hendricks, Henn, Hib- with their progress, their prosperity, and the civili. bard. Hili, Hiyer. Houston, Ingersoll, G. W. Jones, J. zation of the age.- Hon. Edward Everett, in a G. Jones, Roland Jones. Keitt, Kerr, Kidwell, Kurtz, letter dated May 21, resigns his seat in the Senate Lamb, Lane, Latham, Letcher, Lilly, Lindley, Macdonald, of the United States on account of his health. The McDougall, McNair, Maxwell, May, John G. Miller, Governor has appointed Hon. J. R. Rockwell to Smith Miller, Olds, Mordecai Oliver, Orr, Packer, Per fill the vacancy thus created. On the 31st of kins, Phelps, Phillips, Powell, Preston, Ready, Reese,

May, President Pierce issued a proclamation, statRichardson, Riddle, Robbins, Rowe, Rufin, Shannon, Shaw, Shower, Singleton, s. A. Smith, Wm. Smith,

ing that information had been received that sundry Wm. R. Smith, Geo. W. Smyth, Snodgrass, F. P. Stan- persons in the United States were engaged in orton, Richard H. Stanton, Alexander H. Stephens, Straub,ganizing and fitting out a military expedition for the David Stuart, John J. Taylor, Tweed, Vail, Vansant, invasion of Cuba, and that the said undertaking Walbridge, Walker, Walsh, Warren, Westbrook, Witte, was contrary to the spirit and express stipulation D. B. Wright, H. B. Wright, and Zollicoffer-113. of treaties between the United States and Spain,

Nays.-Messrs. Ball, Banks, Belcher, Bennett, Ben. I derogatory to the character of this nation, and in son, Benton, Bugg, Campbell, Carpenter, Chandler,

violation of the obvious duties and obligations of Crocker, Cullum, Curtis, T. Davis, Dean, De Witt, Dick, Dickinson, Drum, Eastman, Edgerton, Edmands, Thomas

faithful and patriotic citizens. He therefore warns D. Eliot, Ellison, Etheridge, Everhart, Farley, Fenton, all persons that the General Government claims it Flagler, Fuller, Gamble, Giddings, Goodrich, Grow, A. | as a right and duty to interpose for the honor of its Harlan, A. J. Harlan, Harrison, Hastings, Haven, Hies. flag, the rights of its citizens, the national security, ter, Howe, Hughes, Hunt, Johnson, D. T. Jones, Kitt- and the preservation of the public tranquillity, from redge, Knor, Lindsley, Lyon, McCulloch, Mace, Matte

te | whatever quarter menaced ; and it will not fail to son, Mayall, Meacham, Middleswarth, Millson, Morgan, Morrison, Murray, Nichols, Noble, Norton, A. Oliver,

i prosecute with due energy all those who, unmindParker, Peck, Peckham, Pennington, Bishop Perkins,

ful of their own and their country's fame, presume Pratt, Pringle, Puryear, David Ritchie, Thomas Ritchey,

thus to disregard the laws of the land and our treaty Rogers, Russell, Sabin, Sage, Sapp, Seymour, Simmons, obligations. He therefore earnestly exhorts all Skelton, Gerrit Smith, II. L. Stevens, Stratton, A. Stuart, good citizens to discountenance and prevent any J. L. Taylor, N. G. Taylor, Thurston, Tracy, Trout, movement in conflict with law and national faith; Upham, Wade, Walley, Elihu B. Washburne, Israel, and especially charges the several district attorneys, Washburn, Wells, John Wentworth, Tappan Wentworth, I collectors, and other officers of the United States, Wheeler, and Yates-100.

civil or military, having lawful power in the premThe names in Italics, as given above, are Whigs. ises, to exert the same for the purpose of maintain. of the 113 affirmative votes, 12 were given by ing the authority and preserving the peace of the Whigs, and 58 by Democrats, from the Slaveholding United States. States, and the remaining 44 by Democrats from From California we have intelligence to the 16th the Free States. Of the 100 negative votes, 7 were of May. The weather had been favorable to the given by Southern Whigs, 2 by Southern Demo- working of the mines, and also to the agricultural crats, 44 by Northem Whigs, 43 by Northern Dem interests of the State. The grain season was likely ocrats, and 4 by Free Soil members. In the to be later than usual, but none the less productive. Senate the bill was taken up on the 25th. Mr. A very large portion of the population are turning Pearce, of Maryland, moved to restore the clause their attention to farming, and every thing indicated restricting the right of suffrage to citizens of the that the State would become far less dependent on United States. This motion and the bill generally imports for its general supplies than it has been were warmly debated for a day or two. Mr. Bell, hitherto. The Legislature adjourned on the 15th. at great length, denounced the misrepresentations In a Message to that body, the Governor states that that had been made of his course, and said he had the public lands in the State applicable to purposes never been in favor of repealing the Missouri Com- of education, amount to seven and a half millions of promise. Mr. Seward spoke at some length upon acres. M. Dillon, the French Consul at San Fran. the general principles of the bill, and upon the con- cisco, has been indicted for an alleged participation test between Slavery and Freedom, of which this in the enlistment of Frenchmen in California for bill was only one of the incidents. The amend service under the Mexican flag. The Expedition ment was rejected, 41 to 7, and the bill, as amended of Captain Walker has been completely broken up. by the House, passed the Senate by a vote of 35 On the 26th of April, a Mexican party of about to 13.

ninety men, under Melendrez, made an attack on The other proceedings of Congress have been of Walker's force at Guadalupe, and skirmishings but little interest. On the 15th of May, Senator were kept up between them, with losses on both sides, Cass made a very long speech in favor of religious until the 7th of May, when Walker had reached the liberty, and of instructing American representatives State line, and surrendered himself and his comabroad to endeavor to secure for American citizens mand to a detachment of United States troops, by in foreign countries perfect freedom in the exercise whom they were taken to San Francisco, where of their religious opinions, and the performance of they would be tried for a violation of the Neutrality religious worship. A large part of the speech was Laws of the United States. This will put an end

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