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THE SAVANNAH DAILY HERALD. VOL. I—NO. 280. The Savannah Daily Herald MORNING AND EVENING) It PDBUBHD) BY e*. W. MAHON & CO., Ay 111 Bay Street, sava*,n ail, Gkokoia. terms: Per Copy ,- P,,ve^ n “' Per Hundred iff 60. iDTIBTIfiI NO: T«o Dollar* per Square of Ten Lines for first in sertion : <me Dollar lor each subsequent one. Ad vertisement- inserted in tbe morning, will, if desired, gma-ar in the evening without extra charge. JOB PHINTING, In e.very style, neatly and promptly done. by telegraph TO THE Daily Herald. From Milledgevillcs preparations for Adjournment. IION. A. II STEPHENS AND THE SEN.yTORSHIP. [•[Special Dispatch to the Suvnunah Hkrai.d j, Dec. 11.—The Senate laid the joint resolution of the House relative to adjournment on the table tor the present. The motion to bring about the election of U. S. Senators at a certaiu day was defeated in the House. The election of Senators is deferred ,iu the that the disability of Hon. Alexander H. Stephens may be re moved, so that he can accept the Seuatorsbip. The Legislature will probably adjourn on the 15th iust. till January 15th. Pro. Gov. Johnson Asks to be Relieved. A BILL REGULATING CONTRACTS WITH FREEDMEN PASSED BY THE SENATE. Milledobvillk, Dec. 11.—Provisional Governor Johnson sent a telegram last night to Washington asking to be relieved, and recommending that the Hon. C. J. Jenkius be allowed to take his office. The Senate has passed a bill regulating tbe making of contracts between master and servant. It provides that contracts, if for over one month, must be in writing. Work hours shall ba from suurise to sunset. The servant may be held responsible for damaging his master's property. His wages may be for feited by leaving Ilia employer, and he may he discharged for disobedience, drunkenness immorality, want of respect or leaving his service. The bill also declasses that entincing ser vants away from their employers is a fine punishable with a tine of S4OO, or imprison ment for four months. The House refused to consider the resolu tion fixiug a day for the election of U. S. Senators. FROM WASHINGTON. The Amendment to the Constitution Adopted by Twenty-six States. GENERAL LOGAN AND HIS MEXICAN MISSION. Washington, Dec. 10. —Official informa tion has been received from twenty-six of the States of the ratification by them of tbe amendment to the Constitution prohibiting slavery. In these twenty-six are included North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama aud Tennessee. The States of Kentucky, Delaware and New Jersey have rejected the amendment. Major General Logan, the newiy appointed Minister to Mexico, was a long time in con sultation with the Secretary of State yester day on the'subject of affairs connected with his Mexican mission THE FENIANS IN TROUBLE, Provost Marshals Re-established iqTexas New York, Dec. 10.—The Fenians have fallen into trouble. They have deposed their President and the Treasurer for malfeasance. A despatch received from Galveston says that the office of Provost Marshal has been re-established in the Department of Texas. THE LEGISLATURE. Proceeding* of Ihe Second and Third Day*. JUDGE JENKINS’ COMMUNICATION TO THE LEGISLATURE. [from oor ri-kcial CORRESPONDENT, j The dispatches of our special correspon dent at MilledgeviHe which detail the pro eeedings of the Legislature on the second day of its session were unaccountably de fayed in their transmission, reaching U 9 at the same time with his reports of the third day. We are in consequence compelled from lack of space to give little more than an outline of the proceedings of the secoud day. In the Senate a resolution to ratify the Constitutional amendment was introduced aud laid over till the next day. The ratifi cation resolutions closed with the following : “Be it further Resolved, That iu ratifying die amendment to the Constitution of the U. ” ■ w e do so, believing that the Congress of the U. S., has the power only to make per tnauent the emancipation ol slnves, and that ad tights of citizenship can lie conferred ouly by the States respectively—aud such, we understand aud believe, to have been the object contemplated in the secoud section of "aid amendment, and that notblug therein contained authorized Congress to Interfere internal uHairs of the States. I he result of the election (or Governor **> anuouuced iu the •Itenioou to the Heu ale aud House assembled 111 Couveuliou, aud a committee appointed to wall on Ihe Oov* ■nior elect and asceiialu at what lima be Would lie inaugurated. *" ( h« House, Mr. Howard, of Harlow, " rt ‘ r< and * senes of resolutions cell lag lor tba *|t|a>inimeut of Commissioners lo proceed to "•sbiugiiiu iu iiebsll of tba If lets Tits tell tafiou resolution litliixjut »and Iu lit* Usual* "*• also iulrodUkOtl lU lb* House, *ud • j ir«dy debate stose upon lbs question ol r* j •"'•** U iu • i oMcuUie* wblob uuuupbul lb* eotire morning. The resolution was finally adopted in the afternoon session, the second clause, quoted above, haviug been stricken out. With reference to the complication that arose upon the matter of commqnicating with the Provisional Governor, our corres pondent says: “ You will perceive that tbe Legislature have relieved themselves irom the awkward dilemma in which they were placed on Mon day, by the failure of the Senate to concur in the joint resolution of the House appointing a committee to confer with the Provisional Governor in reference to the organization of 1 the General Assembly, v Things looked a little brighter this morning, wbeu the Senate having announced its concurrence, and the committee having waited on tbe official rep resentative of the United States Govern ment, that functionary announced that he would immediately make a commu nication in writing. This relieved the minds of any who may have thought the discord between the General Assembly and the Provisional Governor was about to result in a dead lock, or perhaps the sudden disso lution of the Legislature. And, afterwards, when tbe House had almost unanimously passed the ratification resolutions, and the Provisional Governor had transmitted the returns of the votes for Governor, thus re cognizing the fact that such an election had been held, the gloomy aspect of affaiis seem ed somewhat changed, and hopes were en tertained that all things would yet go well. But, when the proclamation refusing to grant certificates to the members of Congress elect became known, and also that it is the inten tion of the Provisional Governor to have no inauguration of the newly elected Governor for the present, the hopes of the morning were decidedly dashed. Some here are of the opinion that there will be no complete reorganization of the civil government of the State for an indefinite time, and that in all probability the preseut Legislature will have to adjourn, tor the teason that it cannot, under the constitution, legally discharge its legislative functions without the co-operatiou of a legally elected Governor. Others, more hopeful, think the legislation will go on, and that the difficulties in the way of the restora tion of civil government will soon pass away. “So mote it be.” Senate— I Third Day. Milledobvillk, Dec. 6, 1865. The Senate met at the hour of ten A. M , the President, Hon. William Gibson, in the chair. After prayer and the reading of the journal the President announced that the un finished business of yesterday was tbefirst in order on to-day; that was the resolution rati fying the amendment to the Constitution of the United States abolishing slavery. On motion, the House resolution on the same subject was received iu lieu of the or iginal. Ou motiou of Mr. Simmons, the resolution was ameuded so as to require copies of the resolution, after adopted, to be transmitted to the President of the United States and Secretary ol State. Mr. Thornton, of the 24th, moved to refer the resolution to the Committee on tbe State cf the Republic. His object in this motioa was to have the matter further considered before final action. He wished also to see what the President of the United States would have to say in bis annual message on the subject. That message, or a synopsis of it, was expected in the newspapers that would soon reach the Capitol. It the Presi dent made the ratification of the amendment to the Constitution a condition precedent to our admission into the Union, he should vote for the resolution; otherwise he should most unquestionably vote against it. He should vote against it .with the tights before him. Mr. Johnson, of the 35th, was opposed to the reference. The Seoate had to meet the question, and the sooner the better. Mr. Smith, of the 6th, would vote for the reference if iie expected anv additional light to lie thrown upou the quesinm by the mes sage of the President. He had no such ex pectation. The Provisional Governor, who is on intimate terms with the President, has given us no reason to conclude differently. There was no reason to suppose the Presi dent would require less of the people of Georgia than he lias of Florida or Carolina. It was well understood that the President has made the ratifying of this amendment to the Constitution of tbe United States a sine qua nun to the admission of our members to Congress, and the complete restoration of the Slate to civil government. It was physic that we all disliked very much to take, but it was physic that must be taken, and no ad lionai light would settle our stomachs, or coat tbe pill; and he would recommend that they take it straight, and without delay. Mr. Strozier, of the 10th, could not see why tl.e Senate should be refused the intor maiiou it desired in reference to the views of the President in his message. It seemed that there was a general disposition to seek to get back into the Union regardless of the violation of principle. He nad always en deavored to act on principle, and desired to do so in this instance if he were permitted. If the refusal of their admission into the Union in case they did not ratily the Consti tutional amendment was held in lerrorem over tbe Legislature, they as an automaton, he would walk up and vote for tbe amendment; but if he was liee to vote, he would not. He saw no reason why the ratification of the Constitutional amendment should be imposed on them; and he could sec no reason why if this were required, other and more onerous requirements should not be made by tbe President. It was first required that they should abolish slavery; that had been done by a body of higher power than was there. The abolition of slavery had been done by the Convention, and could not have been done by the Legislature; hut now they heal it said that the Legislature must do a thing that is contrary to all principle, and involves the exercise of as great power as had been exercised by ihe Convention. They had been referred to the opinion of the At torney Gcueral of the Uuited States; but that functionary hud no right to make his construction oi a law binding on that body, and it was worth no more to hind that body than the opinion of Peter J. Scrozier. The Constitution of the Uuited States had de clared who should interpret the constitution ami laws of Congress ; uud it bad conferred no such power ou the Attorney General, but on the Supreme Court. The ratification of the proposed amend ment would seem to pise* It in the power of Congress to legislate lor tbe black rar e In our midst. Uauee, if,the resolution he adopted, Ihe necessity for some explanatory clausa which llm House resolution does not eonlslu. The Senate limy in hot haste voUt for the aumuifiniirit, hut tin results of Its sduplluu would Ini upou Ihe people of toe Stale forever slier wauls lie hoped, there* lor«, that they would ha dallharete. The raaaou ol tba veto power mufsrrad ou lbs Prasldaiit 111 Governors of Hlstas arose bom Ilia ioiisldarailou that Itgislallvs bodies would somailmwi set without due dallhars i thru if Ihe laiglslatura could do nothing uleapt si tbs bidding of lbs I’resldanl It bad ban## adjourn sod mu bontn, ,Lst us at t with dalluarstiot, said Mr S, ami than wa SAVANNAH, GEORGIA, TUESDAY,* DECEMBER 12, 1860. shall be prepared to do justice Dot only to ourselves but jfiso to our constituents Mr. Casey, of tbe 29th, moved the previous question which was sustained. The House resolution as amended, was then passed by yeas 26, nays 13, as lollows: Those who voted in the affirmative are— Messrs. W. R. Bell, Brown. Butler, Carter, Casey, Crawford, Daley, England, Fret-man, Ezzard, Filllcr, Griffin, J. F. Johnson, Kcuan Manson, Mims, Overstreet, Owens, Parris, Quillian, Redding, Russell, Simmous, C. H. Smith, Strickland, Wilcox. Those who voted in the negative are— Messrs. O. P. Bell, Black, Bower, Boyn ton, Dickey, Gholslou, J. A. W. Johnson, McDaniel, Mooie, O. L. Smith, Strozies, Thornton, Turner. Mr. Oweos of the Ist introduced a bill to open the Courts to the frecduieu, and to regulate the testimony of the same. It pro vides that in all cases where freedmen are concerned, their testimony shall be received under the same rules a9 apply to the testi mony of white persons. Mr. Daley of the 2d —A bill to repeal an act, changing the time for holding the Court of Ordinary of Tattual county. On motion ot Mr. Thornton, 46 copies of tlie bill for opening the Courts to freedmeD, Ac , were ordered to he printed for the use of the Senate. On motion of Mr. Turner, Friday next was appointed as tbe day for the election of Slate House officers, the House coucurring there in. On motion of Mr. Johnson of the 35th, the Secretary was authorized to piocurc station ery for the use of the Senate. Mr. Smith of the 42d, introduced a bill to incorpprale the Georgia and Alabama Coal, Oil and Manufacturing Company. It allows the capital stock to he $250,000, with the privilege of increasing it to $500,000. Also a bill to allow the Mayor and Coun cil of Rome, to use their discretion in grant ing licenses to retail spirituous liquors, aud to fix the license at any sum from SSO to SSOO ; and to prohibit the erection of wooden buildings off certain streets in tbe city. A message was received from his Excel lency the Provisional Governor, transmitting a communication to him from the Hon. e! Starnes, in relation to the Code for the freed men. The letter of Judge Statues states that that code Will not be ready before the 15th iustaut. Ou motiou of Mr. Butler of the 28th, 150 copies <* the reports of the Comptroller Gen eral, Treasurer, Keeper of the Penitentiary and Principals of BliDd and Lunatic Asy lums, were ordered to be printed for the use of the Senate. The Senate then adjourned till 3 o'clock p. m. AFTERNOON SESSION. The Senate met at 3 o’clock. The House resolution on the subject of ne gro testimony, was agreed to after amending by striking out the words “in cases in which they are interested.” The House resolution in relation to the sale of the debiis of the Georgia Military In stitute was adopted, Ou motion of Mr. Thornton, Friday next, the House concurring, was appointed the day for the election of State Printer. Mr Kenan introduced a bill to authorize the Governor to have a survey made by a com petent engineer, ot the lauds overflowed by the Savanuah river below Augusta, by the Ocouee river below Milledgevillc, by the Aitamaha river, aud by the Oignuigee river below Macon, and that the resurat of prevent ing the overflow by dikes iu tbe increased value of the lands, be reported at the next session of the General Assembly* Tbe Senate adjourned till Friday morning 10 o’clock. Hone-Third Day. Wednesday, Dec. 45, 1865. At the conclusion of the reading of the minutes of yesterday, a motion was made to reconsider the resolution appointing a Com mittee ou Freedmen’s Affairs. The motion to reconsider beiug carried, a resolution was adopted to enlarge the committee and make it one ot the permanent committees of the House. The Secretary of the Seuate announced to the House that that body had adopted a re solution appointing a committee to wait on the Hon. Charles J. Jenkins and inform him of his election to the office of Governor of Georgia, request his acceptance, and ascer tain from him at what time he would be inaugurated. Ou motion, the rules of the House were suspended to take up the Senate resolutions, which was adopted, and a committee ap pointed to unite with tbe Senate committee. So much of the Governor's Message as re fers to the improvement of the public build ings and grounds was referred to a commit tee ot three, to act iu conjunction with a simi lar committee of the Senate, with instruc tions to report their proceedings. A resolution was introduced requesting the Governor to ascertain on what terms the Western and Aliunlic Railroad can be sold, aud report the same to this body. Mr. Gartrel, of Cobb, introduced a resolu tion instructing tbe Finance Committee to consider what uclion on the part of tbe Leg islature iu connection with the action of the late Convention is necessary to raise funds for the support of the State Govern ment without resorting lo taxaliou. On the call of the counties the following bills and resolutions were introduced and read first time: Mr. Adams of Clarke—A Bill to fix the time for holding the Superior Court of this State. Mr. Hudson of Harris—A Resolution to appoint a Committee ot five to cousider the propriety of abolishing the Penitentiary of this State. Mr. Brook of Haralson—A Bill to repeal all laws prohibiting the distilation of corn, wheat, potatoes &(>., into spirilous liquors. Also a Bill to prohibit the intermarriage of white persons with the African or black population. Also a bill for the releif of wounded, dis abled indigent soldiers. [This billl embraces all unmarried, dis abled, indigent soldiers of the State who served either in the State or Confederate armies, and provides that the Tax C ollector of the several counties shall keep a separate list of their names, and that each be paid fifty dollars by the State.] Mr. Dixon, of Macon—A Bill to suspend the collection of debts by levy dnd sale of property under executions, until the Ist day of January 1867. Mr. Green, of Cobb—A Bill to appeal all laws of this State prescribing penalties for earn ing concealed wcapous. Mr Dodds, of Polk—A Bill to authorise Sheriff* and Constables to cross district and county liues to execute precepts directed to them by any Judge or Justice es the District or county to which they properly beloug in cases of tort. Mr. Burns, of Kivhinond- A Bill to carry Into effect apoilluu of the 3d paiagraph of Ist section ol the till article of the Constltu tlnn of the State of Georgia, and to uruflde the umdu of carryiug case* from the City Courts of the cities of Savannah and Augusta, and such other like Courts as may hereafter be established, and lor other purpurea. Mr. Htewart, ol Spaulding A Hill to pro rid# freedmsn with oertlfliel** of employ toeul and t»i other purpose*, and to poulsli persons "bu siuploy freed Bieu < urinary hi ]MVi [Tbs bill provtdaa that persons employing bee doom shad girt I bam a tart Ilka is that they are so employed, and inflicts a penalty of fine or imprisonment on all persons em ploying a treed mau while be is under con tract to another. Contracts between em ployers and freedmen may be aunuled by consent of the parties, in which case, the freedmen must he furnished with a certifi cate to that effect. The term freedmen is declared to embrace former slaves aud free persons of color, and. applied to both sexes.] Mr. Ridley, of Troup—A Bill to make free persous of color competent witnesses in the courts of this States, in Certain cases therein mentioned, aud to auiborize the makiug aud deolariug the f ores of affidavits iu certain cases. Mr. Dodson, of Chattooga, offered tbe fol lowing resolution : “Resolved, That the Committee on Freed men's affairs be instructed to inquire at au early day, what lcgislatioD is ueccssury for the relief of colored persous who jaro .orphans, idiots, lunatics or of unsound mind, aud who are paupers, and that said committee have to report by bill or otherwise." The Secretary of the Seuate announced that that body had concurred in the House Resolution, ratifying tbe amendment of the Constitution of the United States prohibit .iug slavery, with an amendment in which they asked the concurrence of the House. [The amendment to tbe House resolution which I sent you yesterday, consists in an additional resolution requiring the Provi sional Governor to trausmit a certified copy of Ihe ratification resolution to the President of the United Slates, and one*to the Secretary of State. ] The rules were suspended and the Senate amendment concurred in. t , A message was received from the Provi sional Governor transmitting a communica tion from Hon. E. Starnes, one of the Com missioners appointed by the late Convention to draft a code of laws for the protection and government of the freedmen, stating that four of the Commissioners are busily engaged in the work Assigned to thorn, but that it will be impossible for them to complete their labors iu a satisfactory manner before about the 15th inst-, when their system of laws will be laid before the Legislature. General Harrison, of Chatham, offered the following: “Whereas, the General Assembly is inform ed by a message from His Excellency, tbe Provisional Governor, tbat the Committee appointed by the Convention to report to the Legislature a proper code ol laws relative to the government and protection of the freed men of this Slate, will Dot be able to report before the 15th of this present month. Be it therefore resolved, by the General Assembly tbat the report of said Committee, when made, be referred to the Judiciary Committee of each house, with instructions to prepare a bill which shall amply secure to the inhabitants of this State of African de scent, the rights of person and property, in cluding the rignt to sue and be sued, aud to certify in tho courts of justice. Mr. Gartrel moved to amend, by adding at the close ol the resolution, the words “in cases where they are interested." The reso lution as ameuded was adopted aud trans mitted to the Senate. The House then adjourned till 3 o'clock p. m. On the reassembling of the House Mr. Gar trel offered a resolution authorizing any two or more Trustees of the Georgia Military In stitute, in conjunction with Hon. David Ir vin of Cobb, to dispose of such portion of tbe cfcinVofsuid institution as they'may deem liable to depreciation in value, and pay the money into the treasury of the State. The resolution was adopted and transmitted to the Senate, by whom it was also adopted. The resolution directing inquiry as to tbe expediency of dispensing with the Peniten tiary of Ihe State, wa9 taken up aud adopted. Gen. Harrison of Chatham, introduced a memorial from the Presidents of the Banks of Savannah, praying exemption from the fines aud penalties imposed by the laws of the Stale for failure to redeem their bills coin, &c., alleging that their -present in ability to comply with the terms ot their charters, has resulted not from any fault or failure on the part of the officers and stockholders of the Banks, but from the mandatory legislation of the State, whic h re quired them to receive the Jills of the late Confederate Government. The memorial was referred to a special committee of five, of which Gen. Harrison is Chairman. Mr. Hudson of Harris, introduced a Home stead Exemption Bill, repealing the 5,213 th section of tbe Code, and inserting in lieu thereof a clause, exempting lo every head ot a family 100 acres of land, and 10 acres ad ditional for each child under 16 years of age, or, in cities or towns, real estate not exceed ing in value SBOO, with other personal pro perty, stock, household furniture, provisions books &c. Bills und resolutions were introduced by Mr. Humphreys, of Lincoln, Mr. Foster, of Troup, and other gentlemen, partaking of the character of stay laws. The bills pro vide that no creditor shall be allowed to col lect by law more than twenty-five per cent, of any debt contracted prior to the 16th ot may 1865, or one-fourth of his claim anuu ally for four years. These lulls aud resolu tions were read first time. The Secretary of the Senate announced that that body bad concurred In the House resolution in reference to freedmen, (General Harrison's) after amending by striking out the words “in cases where they are interest ed,” in which amendment they asked the concurrence of the House. Tiie resolution was taken up and the amendment of the Senate agreed to. The Secretary of the Senate also announced that that body bad adopted a resolution to go into an eleci ion lor State Printer on Fri day Blh inst., and asked the concurrence of the House. The House refused to concur, on the ground that it would be irregular and im proper to go into an election for State House officers until after the inauguration of the Governor, who must receive and approve their bonds. On motion, the House adjourned until.ten o'clock on Friday morning. There U nothing of interest outside ot the proceeding* of thu General Assembly to com municate. There Is of course much street corner gossip in regard to political affairs, but the tumors are so verlent and unreliable as to be unworthy of repetition. You will observe that although e joint committee hae been appointed to Inform Mr Jenkins of bit eleriloß.eud ascertain when It will lie agree able to bite to be Inaugurated, no report bas beau made by that Commute* We shall probably bear from them ou Friday I was laid Ibis morning that the Commit tee had waited on tbe Governor elect, in tbe discharge of the duty assigned them, and that he had requested that their communica tion should be made in writing. Another report is that the Committee had determined to make their communication to him in writ in, which, if true, I can only account for on the supposition tbat, as be is estopped from assuming the duties of bis office, it is desir able tbat tbe facts iu tbe case may be made a matter of record. I hear this evening, from what I deem very good authority that the Governor eieet will be inaugurated on Friday, but that be will not be permitted to exercise the functions of his office at present, and that the Legislature will, in consequence, take a recess until cir cumstances will authorize their re-assembling for the transaction of business. There are Senators aud other State officers to be elect ed, and should the inauguration of the Gov ernor take place, as reported, on Friday, these offices will be filled. But I am very con fident that there will be no elections by the Legislature while the present uncertainty exists as to the restoration of the State Gov ernment. We have yet no news from Wash ington ot any importance. No abstract of the President's Message has reach ed here, and we are utterly iu the dark as to the position of affairs in Washington, fur ther than that a radical cauca9 has been held, at which a committee was appointed, with Thad. Steven 9 at its head, for the purpose of investigating the present status and ante cedents of the Southern Representatives to Congress. Very little is to be expected from such a committee tending towards reconcil iation and restoration. Hon. A. H. Stephens left here this morn ing for his homo. There was a strong pressure on him while here to induce him to accept the position of U. 8. Senator. But in his judgment his acceptance of the. position would, under existing circumstances, be in bad taste, if not injudicious, and he peremp torily refused to allow his name to he used. Mr. Stephens is of opinion that President Jqhnson is setusted by the purest motives of patriotism, aud that -he is doing all in his power to re-establish the Union, and bring order and harmony out of anarchy and dis cord, aud he regards it as tbe duty of every true man to do all in his power to aid him in the Herculean task, and by every sacrifice to sustain him in bis responsible and delicate position. T. Communication from Hon. C. J. Jenkins, Governor Elect Milledqevillb, Dec. 8, 1865. \ esterday being observed as a day ot thanks giving and praise, there was no session of the Geneial Assembly. Everything remained in doubt as to what course would be adopted iu the preseut auimalive state of affairs until last night. 1 learned tbat the following com munication had been received Irom the Gov ernor elect, which will be read in both Houses l his morning. You will perceive that the inauguration is postponed until the 16th of January, and that Governor Jenkins sug gests a recess of the Legislature until that time. His grounds for this postponement are well taken, and will, I have no doubt, meet the approbation of tbe Legislature aDd tbe people of tbe State. Indeed, it seems tbat no other proper course could Lave been adopted. We shall probably know when the Assem bly convenes this morning, whether it will proceed to the election of United States Sen ators and other State officers, or will defer these elections until after the recess. I ra ther thiuk that the reasons given by Mr. Jen kins for his course, will induce tbe Legisla ture to defer Ihe elections until after the re cess, when they can be made with better knowledge of our status in relation to tbe Federal Government, and when their ap pointments can be ratified by the legally con stituted Executive of the State. It is highly probable, therefore, that the General Assem bly will adjourn at the close of tbe week. Accompanying this I send you a copy ot Mr. Jenkius’ communication. T. Mn.ledoevii.le, Dec. 8, 1865. Messrs. Benj. B. Moore, H. R. Casey and J. N. Freeman, Senate Committee. And Messrs. Chat. W. Dubose, Jas. H. Mc- Whorter, W. B. Bennett, Jno. M. Edge aud Thos. Morris, House Committlee. Gentlemen: I have received your communication in forming me that the people of Georgia had elected me their Chief Magisti ale, asking my acceptance ot the office, and requesting me to designate a time when I will meet the two branches of the General Assembly, In joint session, to be inaugurated. t The fact c-mmunicated, excited a pro found feeling of gratitude for so signal a manifestation of confidence mingled with a sense of obligation to devote myself unre servedly aud with all possible earnestness to tue service of the constituency from whom it emanated. Whilst, however, I promptly accept the office, this very sense of obligation gives me pause under the peculiar circumstances surrounding them and me, in responding to your concluding request. Were the General Assembly, as in.olden time, free to bestow, and I to accept the insignia of office, I would designate a day within the week for the tomary ceremony of inauguration. But the case is far otherwise. To our wills, (hereto fore controlling on such occasion) is op posed a stronger will eujfiuiug postpone ment. The election held on the 15th ult. was in tended, not to keep in smooth, uninterrupt ed movement the machinery of Government, but to set it agaiu in operation, alter a sus pension entirely novel in the history of our State. The proceedings adopted in and or dered by the Convention of our people, and the meeting at this time and place of ibe Legislators and Governor elect, were suppose to meet the appro bation ot the Federal Government, by whose authority, in the exercise of the war power, that suspansion was made. So tar as regards the General Assembly, the supposition was apparently well founded. They have met and organised without let or hindrance; and the Provisional Govsrnor, the accredited organ ol the President of tbe United States, has opened communication with them, and has invited tbelr action, as a legislative itody, upon several dlstluct tub Jenin Tbe Governor •/* < has I woo less for tinnate. On the morning of the meeting of the General Aieembly, aud lielore the meet ing, lie received from his F.xoelleucy, tbs Provisional Governor, an official roniuuoF catiou tu tlie words following i Eiacuriva Orrtca, I Mu I SOUS' u LB, Dec 4, istid. j Hon. Cats J Jaaaiaai Imr Ar I* the discharge ot aa attctel duty, I beg leave In iulorin you that I have j (t.Wsheeed ea#WM Age.) DRY POODS AND CLOTHING. EINSTEIN i ECKMAK, Ho, 151 Congress St. Simoon (So. TUB OLD ESTABLISHED AND WELL KNOWN WHOLESALE AND RETAIL my ems HOUSE, AND DEALERS IN FRENCH, GERMAN, ENGLISH AND DOMESTIC GOODS. Having just received sod opened a very Urge sad select stock of Fancy Drew Good* House- Keeping and Domestic Goods, Blsnkets, Cloaks and shawls. Also Hats, Boots sxk! Shoes And all articles usually found Ins first cam Dry Goods Hoaae. we would respectfully Invite our former friends and customers; also Merchants and Planters HsiUng the dtj, to call and examine our stock before purchasing elsewhere. EINSTEIN A ECKMAN, novS-tf Ul Congress Street, Savannah, Ga. SOMETHING WORTH KNOWING -A.T McKenna’s Old Stand, 142 BROUGHTON STREET DRY UOODS AT Popular Prices! 8,000 YARDB BEST CALICOES, 30 cent* per yard. 6,000 YARDS BEST FIGURED De- LAINES, 35 and 40 cents—worth 50 cents. • 2,000 YARDS GOOD CALICOES, at 26 cents. 6,000 YARDS POPLINS and MOHAIRS, at 75 and 80 cents—worth sl. AN ENDLESS VARIETY OF Woolen Shawls, Nubias, Breafast and Long Shawls.- Best Brands of White Sheetings at Reduced Prices* • KENNEY & O BRIEN, dS-lw DRY GOODS. HICHLY IMPORTANT To Ladies and Country Merchants. A LARGE STOCK OF Dry Goods, Fancy Goods, Ac., Ac., Ac., Remarkably Cheap fbr Cash. CAN BB FOUND AT -A-. Roaohor db Co’a., 18 BARNARD STREET, OOR CONGRESS LANE, Comprising s gensrsl Assortment of Foreign end Domestic Goods, Cloaks, Shawls, Ac. N. B—By strict attention to business, courteous end honorable dealing with our easterners, we trust to merit end receive s liberal share of patronage. A large Una ot Whits Goods and Linens now open. octlS Blankets § Flannels CLOTHS AND CABBIMERES BLEACHED AND BROWN BHIRTINGS DAMASK TABLE CLOTHS FRENCH MERINOES AND ALAPACAB. Received and for sals cheap by H. HATH, oct!3 174 Brongbton street. Carpets, Oilcloths, &c, lathrop & co., WILL open WEDNESDAY, tsth Dec., a choice se lection ot tbe above coode. ALSO. Checked and Plain Matting Lac* and Muslin Curtain* Window Bhede* and abode Linen* Rage, Door Mate, Certain Fixture*, Ac., With a fall stock of Moom rural abing Oooda in Table Linen. Napklus and Doyles shawlsTshawls. PRICE, 5 CENTS INNURANCR. NEW ENGLAND MUTUAL UFE INSURANCE CO. B. F. STEVENS, President. DfKZOrOBa. S®" 4 Phillips, Wm. B. Reynolds, TW.** P .' S urtli - Geo. H. Folger, M h ,Xip u'iM ter ’ Francis G. Lowell, nul'' d ' r ' Homer Bartlett, Charles bSKd. Ja ““ S ' Amor * JOSH. M. GIBBENS, Secretary. Cash Assets, $3,000,000 Last Cash Returns, $760,000 FORTY PER CENT. PAID TO ALL INSURED. This Company, established ip Boston, Hass., In 1843, is the oldest and most reliable wholly Mutual Ufc Insurance Company in the United States and baa been uniformly successful, having alwsy, mode largo returns in cash to all the policy holders. Last cash dividend 40 per cent. By the last report of tho Insurance Commlodoners, the surplus of assets over liabilities was proportionate ly greater than any Life Inenrance Company In the United States. This Company being purely mntnat. Insures at tbs lowest possible rates; and If the premium paid « cced the actual cost, the surplus is returned to the parties Insuring. Every Sfth year, at the Urn# of declaring the returns the business is, as It were, closed, so that Its actual position and solvency are made manifest at that time and the surplus Ihnds are divided pro rata among all the Insured. This guards tbe assured against any possible loss from Inefficiency on the part or the Com pany, and is a sure guaranty as regards the Intare. Parties at a distance may insure from blanks, which will bo supplied and forwarded free of expense Printed documents or an Interesting character, showing the benefits of tho mutual plan and the ad vantages generally ol life insurance that this company has to offer, supplied gratis, or forwarded. . A WILBUR, General Agent for Georgia and Florida, n27 ' tf 89 Bay street, Savannah, Ga. Marine Insurance. R"BSi£K: d 6 -tf N ° W B”dd»^EwM^Rtfgf ) Bay at. ISTEW YORK FIRE AND MARINE Insurance Agency. SECURITY INBURACE COMPANY. Capital and Surplus $1,600,000 PHCENIX INSURANCE CO. Capital and Surplus $1,600,000 INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE CO. Capital and Surplus $1,200 000 MANHATTAN INSURANCE CO Capital and Surplus:.... $900,000 X- *ip‘?; to lOWMt **- cor responding wlth^dle *>-3m No. 19 Rolinblo Southern Insurance. THE National Marine and Fir© INSURANCE COMPANY, OF NEW ORLEANS. CAPITAL, $560,000 .inhn!- £*** , Ie » v « to Inform the Insuring RJfUjtbst he hoe been legally appointed Agent for the above named Company, and le readv to take Ma rine, River and Fire Risks at cuetomary rates. Office over Hunter A street EJSmA D^2 ct,Tns Cohen ’ Huuter 4 0»»well. toTjcWj’ Great Bargain. A NEAT and commodione Cottage Dwelling, with bnck outhouses attached, wlllbesold If applied .or .mmedtatelv. situated In RobertsvlUe, on Roberts •treat. Price, Is,ooo. Apply to ™ Z. M. WINKLER „ At Henry Wayne's Stables, aM - tf West Broad street. thoh. w. brooks MANUFACTURER OF FURNITURE AND CENERAL UPHOLSTERY, *** Dock Street, Philadelphia. Pa. ™ iv »*r «- UmMWum ALSO, a fine assortment of Silk, Wool and Bnck skin Gloves and Gauntlets. JuitopenSat EINSTEIN A ECKMAN, 11311 HI Congreoa street NEW BOOK STORET rtUIE subscriber being Incapacitated by Ul health , fro" 1 the active duties of the Ministry has, with ‘H e , full approval of the Bishop ot the Diocese, enter *' “ Theolo #cal and General Book seller, and is now opening a carefully selected Stock !’il 1 . , il e , corncr “L 8 ? 11 * n< t State streets He solicits P S! ro ° a *? o £the People of Savannah. Theologi & ke“oS iiwd *’ *“ d MJ,oßlUn#ou * Put,ll “’ Orders received (or any work, American or Euro Pe*"- dB-w-f THOS. J. STALE 1. REMOVAL. OUWB, WHITNEY * CO. bar* removed from IV No. 80s Bay street to No * Harris Buildings. Hay *tr*»l. di-lw HILTON t BANDELL If AVI Jort received »uU u**r Mr *al* *» so l>arr*l* Fugs' Cracker* f | §HL. !t t si i-« at im ray aril an printing Preaeea. -