Cju <&mpn State.
“ GRIFFInT GEORGIA.
WEDNESDAY M . MARCH 5, 1856
Hiram Warner has been appointed by
Congress one of the Regents of the Smithsonian
“Soil of tle South. 79
This most valuable monthly, for March, is on
hand in due time, and brings with it its usual
amount of interesting reading matter for the Plan
ter and Gardener. It is a work peculiarly adapted
to the wants of the South ; and the long practical
experience of Mr. Peabody, the Editor, entitles his
views and opinions to the highest consideration.
Such a work should never languish for want of
iAvingston’s Law Magazine.
We have received from the Editor, a copy of the
above work, for March, published in the city of
New York. It contains much useful information
to the legal fraternity, and should be patronized
by every lawyer in the Union. The present num
ber contains a fine engraving of the likeness of ex-
Gov- Aaron Y. Brown, of Tennessee, with a short
sketch of his life.
44 Corner Slone.”
James W. Gaulding, late Editor of the “Advo
cate of the South,” published at Buena Yista, has
become associated with Gen. Bethune in the Edito
rial Department of the Corner Stone, published at
Columbus. Both these geu tlemen have for years,
belonged to what has been called the Ultra Fire
eating fchotl of politicians,and the paper is not like
ly to abate any of its fervency by this connection
between them. We hope they will not raise the
caloric so high as to produce an explosion, which
may prove disastrous to the country and detrimen
tal to themselves. We admire their zeal in so good
a cause, and trust that it may be controlled by wis
dom and moderation.
Our readers will observe by reference to our ad
vertising columns, that Mr. George W. Price of
Macon, will sell goods to the people in this region.
Whether or not his neighbors residing in Macon,
will do so likewise, is another question. If they
wish to do so, they manifest no such desire by visi
ble signs. If however, our patrons go to Macon
to buy dry goods Mr. Price can supply them to
their hearts content. We have often been in his
store and inspected his stock. Ilis goods are fresh
choice, cheap, and he is the gentleman who will
treat you with kindness and politeness. Try him.
Post Master at Augusta.
It seems that we have been the innocent cause of
rumpling the feathers of Mr. Smythe, Post Master
at Augusta, by a few remarks made by us in the
last issue of our paper in regard to Post Office de.
ialcations. If Mr. Smythe will read our article
carefully, he will find that no charge was intended
to be made by us against him, or any other person
in particular. In fact, we specially said that there
“is a screw loose somewhere between Griffin and Au
gusta.” We presume Mr. Smythe will not under
take to defend all the acts of the Post Office agents
between the two points designated. If there has
not been “a screw loose,’ some where on that line,
during the last year, then some vile slanders have
been published, and some gross acts of false im
prisonment been perpetrated. We had no reason
to believe that the fault was chargeable to the
Post Master at Griffin or Augusta. The com
plaints of which we spoke, can be substantiated,
and the whole community is well aware of the fact!
that the failures of the mails have for months past
been the subject of general complaint. We are
the last to insinuate that this is attributable to the
fact, that the Department is now under the control
of a Democratic Administration. So far from
this, we are well aware that the same evils have
existed under administrations anti-Democratic,and
probably would do so again. It is our right, as
well as our duty, to bring to the notice of the pub
lie any grievances resulting from the neglect or
mismanagement of public functionaries, and we
hope our friend Smythe will “bide his time with
patience,” until a charge is made against him be
fore he undertakes to defend himself.
Committee on the State Road.
We have been politely furnished by Mr. Kirk
patrick, of bpaldiug, with copies of the Majority
and Minority reports of the Joint Committee of
the Senate and House of Representatives, appoint
ed by the Legislature to investigate the affairs of
the State Soad. The majority consisting of Messrs.
Murphy, Sims, Phillips and Terlmne, made a re
port highly complimentary to the Managers of the
Road, representing it in a prosperous condition,
and its affairs well administered. The minority
consisting o fDr. Hill, of Troup, made a counter
report, reiterating many of the charges made du
ring the canvass ol the Gubernatorial election, and
which were thoroughly investigated at that time.
The whole affair has ended about as we expected.
The people are about as much enlightened on the
subject as they were before the Legislature met.
Judge Cone audMr. Peoples, however, said it
must be done, and the Legislature had to gratify
them. ‘The King of France, with forty thousand
men, marched up the hill, and then marched down
We perceive, from the Columbus Times ff Senti
nel, that the Legislature has re-enaeted the law
passed at the last session, on the subject of the Pub
— f* c \\ hat a pity, that so much patriot
ic labor has been wasted by certain Editors and
their immediate neighbors and friends, to bring
about a reform in this branch of the public expen
ditures. Wonder why these gentlemen don’t make
an effort to. shorten the sessions of the Legislature,
and thereby save a few thousands of the people’s
money ? It is something a little remarkable, that
not one ol these gentlemen, who were foremost in
this crusade against the Printer elected by the
late Legislature, have made any demonstration, by
word or deed, against long sessions of the Legisla
ture. 1 here is something in this, inexplicable to
Mr. Harris, of Meriwether.
Through the kindness of some friend we have
been furnished with the speech of this gentleman
delivered in the House of Representatives, on the
Bill to lend State aid to the Brunswick and Gulf
Railroad. The speech is very creditable to the
gentleman from whom it emanated, exhibiting a
familiarity with subjects of that sort, and the ope
rations of the system of State aid in other States,
which would do credit to much oldej
enced hands. We lmd the pleasure
Mr. Harris’first efforts at speaking, in the Legisla
ture, and take pleasure in bearing witness to the
successful manner in which he acquitted himself on
those several occasions. There is a gracefulness
of manner, a melody of enunciation and an
ease and elegance of diction, which indicate for
Mr. H. a success in oratory of which any man
might be proud. Practice and cultivution are all
that is wanting to ensure this desirable consuma
t-ion. We have only oue objection to our young
friend, and we have the same objection to thou
sands of other good men, but have strong hopes of
soon having that objection removed. We shall en
deavor to publish the speech next week.
The State Road Saved.
The House of Representatives has given a quie
tus to the wild scheme of selling the Stat.- Road—
a bill for which had passed the Senate. The recent
session of the Legislature will be long remember
ed by the people of Georgia for weal or for woe,
but whatever ofevil it may have inflicted upor. the
country, so far as the Representative branch is con
cerned, the signal defeat of the project under con
sideration, will go very far towards setting off any
blame which may attach to it, for the general ac
tion of the Body of which it is a component part.
We should have preferred that some change had
been made in the organization of the Road, but to
sell it at the present time, especially after the man
ner proposed in t-ha Senate’s bill, was worse than
absurd. We look upon this w r ork as a great treas
ure—one which is to lighten the burdens of taxa
tion, and afford the means of extending the bene
fits of education to all the destitute children in our
borders. Hence we deem the action of the House
in defeating the bill for its sale, a subject of con
gratulation to every public spirited citizen in the
Nomination for President and Yiee
The Convention of the Know Nothing Party
recently convened in Philadelphia, nominated
Millard Fillmore, of New York, for President,
aud Andrew J. Donaldson, of Tennessee, lor Vice-
President of the United States. The Convention
was by no means harmonious. Several of the
Southern States were not represented at all, Geor
gia being among the number unrepresented. A
platform of principles was agreed upon, similar to
that laid down by the National Council at Phila
delphia-last year, except the 12th resolution, which
was entirely stricken out. It is not oar purpose at
present to speak at large of the candidates pre
sented, or the platform upon w'hih they are placed.
We have not yet seen a full account of the pro
ceedings of the Convention, and therefore cannot
speak advisedly upon all matters pertaining to the
action of this body. The Platform which we have
seen, is of itself sufficient to convince us that the
influences controlling this Convention, were very
feeble in favor of Southern interests. We can find
no guarantees therein contained for the protection
of our peculiar interests. The 12th plank in the
old platform, was all which entitled it to the sup
port of Southern members of the party, an 1 that
being stricken from under them, they now- can find
no foundation upon which they can stand with any
safety or self-respect. We are gratified to perceive
that some of our Southern American cotempora
ries, have independence enough to speak out in
proper terms of the action of this Convention.—
The Georgia Citizen and the American Union are
bold and open in the expression of their disappro
bation of the nomination. These two journals
have been the most zealous in their support of the
American Party, and though we have differed with
them iu most of the positions they have maintained
in the recent canvass, w T e are truly gratified to find
that they yet value the rights of their own section
of the country, as paramount to the success of a
national party, which manifests a disregard for all
the rights which we as Southern people hold dear.
If the whole Southern press of that party would
speak out, as the Citizen and Union have done, the
action of the Convention woulu be demoralized, and
the nominess no doubt decline the positions tender
ed them. We are prepared to pledge ourself in
advance to repudiate the action of the National
Democratic Convention, if it does not put forth a
platform of principles more in accordance with
Southern interests and Southern sentiment, than
that recently laid down by the Philadelphia Con
vention. Iu failure of this, we shall be prepared
to unite with any and all Southern men in support
of a candidate from our own section, and form a
sectional party, let the consequences be what they
may. We have strong hopes that all the sound
men of the American Party, will take warning by
the result of the late Convention, and cordially
unite with the true friends of the South, whether
living North or South, and do battle for the rights
guaranteed to us under our glorious Constitution.
Removal of the Penitentiary.
A Bill for the removal of the Penitentiary, pass
ed the House of Representatives, several weeks
since, but when it was taken up in the Senate, the
whole project was defeated by an amendment
to lease the Institution to some individual for a
term of years. It will therefore, remain where it
is for sometime to come. We regret that this
measure has met so unexpacted a fate. We have
long been of the opinion that the Penitentiary
should be removed from its present location, and
we have strong doubts of the propriety of renting
it out and hireing the convicts to some individual.
We deem this a step from bad to worse.
Appointments by the Governor.
Dennis F Hammond has been appointed Judge,and
W. M. Feilder,Solicitor of the New Circuit formed
from Coweta, Carroll and other counties.
Death of a Representative.
Hon. Thomas E. Beall, Representative from
Columbia county, died in Millfedgeville.on the 27th
ult. after a short illness of six days. His disease
was Pheumonia, before whose ruthless arm, so
many of our people have fallen during the past
cold winter. This is the third time, during the
recent session of the legislature, that the fearful
announcement has been made within the halls of our
Capitol, that one of the chosen Representanives of
the people is gone. His remains were conveyed
to his residence in Columbia county for interment
From the Atlanta Examiner we learn that a meet
ing was held in that city, on the 29th ult., by the
“Atlanta Company of Emigrants for Kansas Ter
ritory,” at which the following officers were chosen
for the Company:
BATT JONES. Captain.
MARGENIUS A. BELL, Secretary
DANIEL PITTMAN, )
BATT JONES, [ Com.bnFinaucc
MARGENIUS A. BELL, )
The meeting is said to have been humorously
attended by the citizens, and speeches were deliver
ed by Messrs. Jones, Bell, Cowart and Glenn. —
Strong resolutions breathing the noble sentiments
of patriotism, and devotion to the rights aud inter
ests of the South were adopted. We are pleased
to see our neighboring city, waking up to a proper
sense of duty in reference to this momentous ques
tion. If every town and city in all our Empire
State could be made to see and feel the importance
of immediate action on this subject, we should have
no fears for the result of the pending controversy.
Abolitionism has arrogantly declared that no more
of the public Territory shall ever be made a slave
State, yet the great mass of our people manifest as
much supineness and apathy on the subject of this
controversy, as if they had no stake in the issue ol
the struggle. They can lie down and sleep in ap
parent quiet and security, while the great fabric of
their, rights aud liberties is in flames above them.
Southern men and Southern Journals too, have
gone so far as to say that it is a mdtter of indiffer
ence to us, as a Southern people, whether Kansas
shall be a slave or a free State. Great God, to
what are we tendiug ! The loss of Kansas, in’ our
cpiuion, will be the entering wedge to a series of
aggressions, which must sooner or later result in the
overthrow of Southern Institutions. Awake, arise
men of the South, or be forever nridonc!
Middle Ground Railroad.
A writer in our last issue over the signature of
“Meriwether,” suggests the propriety of holding a
convention, sometime shortly, in Griffin for the pur
pose of making preliminary arrangements for
building tlie Middle Ground Railroad. W e most
cordially agree with the writer in his views on this
subject, and hope his suggestion, will meet a ready
response from every friend oftheenterpris ,through
out the whole length of the contemplated route.—
That the Road would greatly benefit the section
of country through which it will pass, is a self evi
dent proposition. This ’ c©’nsidera,tiou ought to
arouse the energies of every man living in the region
most immediately to be benefited. That the Road
when built, will be a paying Road, admits of little
doubt, and this is a con dderajibn which should in
duce capitalists to embark in the enterprise as a
safe aud profitable investment. By all means let
the friends of the enterprise meet, and consult to
gether. Some plan can doubtless be inaugurated
to put the ball in motion, and this being done, we
shall have strong hopes of success. If Newton,
Henry, Meriwether and Harris will do, vvliat they
once promised to do, aud Muscogee and Columbus
will do what we believe they can and will do, the
remainder can be provided for without difficulty.
We are anxious to see the subject agitated in the
public prints, and among the people, and the soon
er the agitation commences the better. Come
friends, “let us reason together.”
. Foi the Empire State.
Friends and fellow-citizens of Griffin and Spald
ing county : The Legislature, for your especial
benefit, has chartered the ‘Middle Ground Rail
Road.” Now what is your part to do 9 Why,
build the Road through your city and county.—
Newton says she will do her part, so do Henry,
Meriwether aud Harris. But they cannot, unless
you do. Meriwether says, if you do not, she will
build a Road joining, at some point, the Atlanta
& LaGrange Road. What will be the inevitable
consequence ? The loss entirely of the Meriweth
er trade to your place. You have not forgot,
have you, the effect on the business of Griffin by
the structure of the Atlanta & LaGrange Road ?
Here is an example for you. Action speaks loud
er than words. Do you wish to see all your busi
ness streets become like New Orleans Street, deso
late and deserted—your trade gone, the value of
your property gone, the laboring and mechanical
class of your citizens pass away ? No place ever
flourished or prospered with the loss of all these
resources. Then rouse your energies, and “do or
die.” Remember the fable of the wagoner and
Hercules. Bush at the wheel first yourselves,
then call lor aid. Labor aud independence is
the true maxim. Get the money wherever you
can, at home or abroad. Farmers that take stock,
can pay for it bj work on the road. Ye mer
chants of Griffin, do not stand all the day idle,
leaning against your door posts, dreaming that the
dimes will come into your drawers by magic.—
They wont come at all. if this Road is not built.
Ye wealthy men of Spalding, make your joints
crack by strong efforts to make this Road. With
out it, Griffin is dead as a mackerel, or foolish as a
ninny hammer. Her estate, prosperity, name and
glory will fade away. Then “do or die,” as Bruce
said to his army going into battle, and do you say,
‘l'll try,sir?’ as the brave Miller said,when lie storm
ed and carried the British battery in the battle of
Bridgewater. He “done did it” effectually, and so
can you, if you are not the victims of indolence,
apathy and indifference to your own interest, and
care not whether your city sink to emaciation by
commercial atrophy Call a public meeting of
county and town at the court house, at an early
day, in order to hold a grand palaver, and have a
sober and effectual pow-wow, then go to work, and
not let it be all talk and no cider.
Friends, to build this Road, all that is necessary,
is to “play on a liarp of a thousands strings, and
chime the dimmijohn” only at the first and last
stroke of the spade and pick, and the first snort of
the iron horse.
“Where there is a will, there is a way,” as the
resolute poor youth said, and acting on this maxim,
he made a fortune, aud married. Who did he mar
ry ? None of your high-flyers, but a pretty, ho
liest and iudustrious ‘gal” to help him take care
of it. C. F. D.
ate. —The Naval Committee reported a bill to
construct tea steam sloops.,o/ war.!
Mr. Bell, of Tenn., spoke puthe Central Ameri
can question, taking moderate grounds.
House. —The Speaker appointed a committee of
thirteen on the Pacific Rail Hoad, Denver, of Cal
The Military Academy, Deficiency, Pension, and
General Appropriation Bills have been reported
The President has sent in a special message ask
ing an appropriation of three millions for the man
ufacture of additional arms and munitions of war.
and the improvement of those now in use.. ..
Mr. Editor : A few thoughts by the way. In
this, as well as other communities, the practice
prevails, to an alarming extent, of “ tattling or tale
bearing.” No good can result from such a course
The tendency is evil, and only evil--and much to
be regretted. Every community has its faults —ev-
ery neighborhood its news-carriers. Man was not
made to vilify and bemean his fellows. The man
tle of charity should be thrown around poor, weak,
erring humanity. Love hides a multitude of
faults. But to the point :
Whenever you see a man or woman running to
and fro throughout town and country, scattering
broadcast as they go some frivilous tale about their
neighbors, calculated to lower them in public opin
ion, you may set it down for granted, that all is
not right within, nd that such persons arc bad as
sociates. Keej) aloof from them.
Whenever you see persons looking after the
faults of others, leaving .their own misdemeanors
unaccounted for out of the question, watch ! turn
the cold shoulder to them ! —they are wolves in
sheeps’ clothing !
Whenever you see persons particularly indus
trious, attending to the business of others, while
their own affairs are wholly and totally neglected,
set them down as busy-bodies, and let them alone-
Close contact is dangerous.
Whenever you hear persons making insinuations,
attempting to make false impressions by inuendoes,
slight remarks, kc., be careful how you speak be
fore them —they are dangerous companions, and
will always keep you in hot water. Shun them !
Hunt other company ! In their presence, let your
conversation be yea, yea, nay. nay. In the long
run it will be better for you.
Whenever you see men striving to pull down
their equals and superiors by watching—catching
up every word said in jest, and making a handle
out of nothing to promote their own selfish purpo
ses, in order to gain popularity at the expense of
him they seek to destroy, let such creatures slide !
They will not do to tie to ! ! Dangerous indeed !!!
More subtle than the poisonous reptile that crawls
upon the earth. , .
Look out for these wiery, oily-tongued fellows,
who are all the time ‘palavering you ; butter some
times would not melt in their mouths —they would
make you believe the moon was made of green
cheese, and every thorn a rose bush ; besides, eve
ry thing you do or say, in their presence, is just
right ; but good lack-a-day ! when your back is
turned, what a terrible tongue-lashing you get !!
Let such alone. The further you keep away from
them, the more certain are you to steer dear ol
These refiections have been drawn forth by the
constant, eternal, never ceasing tattling of some
people, whom we could mention, if it were neces
sary. We are tired of pomueh “flummery.” We
hope those who feel guilty, will profit by these
hints, and keep theiftHongues between their teeth
for one week At the end of that time, we are sat
isfied they will feel better, both in body and mind.
At any rate, it will cost but little to try the expe
riment. Sweep your own doors clean, before you
strike at the private affairs of your neighbors.—
‘Verbum Sat” N. Y. Z.
American National Convention,
We have given the proceedings pretty fully,
up to Friday night. We give below those
Upon taking the chair as the permanent
President of the Convention, Air. Marsh in
formed the Convention that they had met to
make nominations for the Presidency and
Vice Presidency, not to discuss the distracting
questions (slavery) of the day.
Mr Small, of Pa., offered the following as a
compromise on the Slavery question :
Resolved, That we repudiate all platforms
adopted by the National Councils
Resolved, That this Convention put forth
as a simple platform of the American party—
The Bible and the Constitution-and upon that
rear the following fiive points of fellowship :
1 American Institutions should be cotrol
led only by America’s men.
2. American labor should be protected
from foreign competition.
3. American resources should be adopted by
every legal means.
4. American compromises, made in good
faith, should be observed in spirit at least as
a guaranty of American integrity and loyalty.
5. American citizens abroad should be
protected in their rights of causeience, of
religious worship and honorable burial.
Gov. Call of Flordia spoke. He was labor
ing under a deep affliction of the lungs, but a
deeper affliction of the heart The morning
lowers. He was an ultra Union man, and
had fought the Secessionists at the South for
twenty years ; and had fought for the Union
in 1812. He spoke in depreciation of the
course affairs had taken here this week, and
said it would not do. There are now two
American parties in this house, seperated by
barriers which neither can overleap. I am
stisfied that this amalgamation of different
panics cannot save this Union, and I have
determined ther fore to withdraw from this
Convention. He had faith in God, more than
in man, to rescue and preserve this glorious
Union Speaking of the division of parties in
Congress, he said he could not act, and never
whould act with that party which elected Mr.
Hanks : that party which supported the gal
lant Fuller is the party to which I belong,
and I will belong to no other. You of the
North are suffering severely from foreign influ
ence—the Fope of Roma controls your elec
tions. We of the South are ready to join you
in striking down this influence. All we ask
in return is this, that you will be silent on the
subject of slavery. But you refuse to do
this ; you bring Black Republicans here from
Congress to sit with me. You will yield
nothing to the South : the South must yield
everything to you We cannot and we will
uot # do it. I take leave of you in sadness and
New York delegate—Don’t take leave of
New York. She will stand by you.
When Gov. Call concluded, there was a
great struggle for the floor, confusion prevail
ed for some moments.
Mr. Barilctt of Kv., President of the
National Council obtained a hearing, and
begged Gov. Call and other gentleman of the
South not to leave as yet lie plead
eloquently and with tears for the union of
the American party. We have conquered our
oppouents in Kentucky on the June platform.
But we have modified that platform here this
week to conciliate our friends of the North
We think we can stand upon that platform
and are willing to go home and try.
Gov. Call of Flordia—l can’t and won’t
stand upon this new platform. •
Mr Small’s resolutions were lost
The motion of Mr. Bartlett to adjourn to
July 3d was laid on the table, by ayes
128, nays 13. The call of the roll on this
motion commenced at 12 o’clock and was not
ended until 6 1-2—most of the members, as
their names were called, availing themselves of
the opportunity to make explanations. Final
ly amid great confusion the convention
adjournetj until Monday mornning.-Nftv. Jtwr.
American Convention ——Fillmore
Philadelphia, Feb. 25.—The Convention
has nominated Fillmore for President, and
Donelson, of Tennessee, for Yice President.
Philadelphia, Feb. 25. — A resolution was
introduced into the Convention this morning
declaring that the Grand Council, in session
last week, had no right to lay down a platform,
and opposing the nomination of any candidate
not infavor of a restoration of the Missouri
Compromise. It was lost by a large majority
The Convention then resolved to proceed to
the nomination of a candidate for the Presi
dency. Fillmore’s chance is best.
Philadelphia, Feb. 25th, P. M.—The Con
vention was about balloting for a candidate
for President, when the delegates from Con
necticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Ohio
and portions of the Illinois, lowa and Penn
sylvania delegations seceded from the Con
The following platform of principles was
adopted by the late National Council of the
American party at Philadelphia as a substi
tute for that promulgated in June last. The
vote stood : yeas 108 nays 17.
Ist An humble acknowledgement to ihe
Supreme Being who rules the universe, for
His protecting care vouchsafed to our fathers
in their successful revolutionary struggle, and
hitherto manifested to us, their descendants,
in the preservation of the liberties,the independ
ence and the union of the States.
2d. The perpetuation of the Fedral Union,
as the palladium of <ur civil and religious
liberties, and the only sure bulwark of Ameri
3d. Americans must rule America ; and to
this end native born citizens should be
selected for all State, federal and municipal
(ffice, or government employment, in prefer,
ence to naturalized citiz ns nevertheless.
4th. Persons born of American parents
residing temporarily--abroad should be en itled
to all the rights of native born citizens 5 but.
sth. No persons should be selected for
political station, (whether of native or for
eign.birth,) who recognizes any allegiance or
obligation ol a; v description to any foreign
prince, potentate or power, or who refuses to
recognize the Fedral and State constitutions
(each within its spin r.') as paramount to all
other laws, as rales of political action.
6th. The unqualified recognition and mainte
nance of tlie rescued r'ghts of the several
States, and the cultivation of harmony and
fraternal good will between the citizens of the
several St o es, and to this end, non-interfer
ence by Congress ui,h questions appertaining
solely to the individual Mates, and non-in
tervention by each State with the affairs of
any c ther State.
7tii. The recognition of the right of the
nativebern and naturalized citizens of the
United states, permanently residing in any
Territory thereof, to frame their constitution
and laws, and to legulatc their (bunestic and
social affairs in their own mode subject only
to the provisions of the Federal Constitution,
with th.e right of admission into the Union
whenever they have thcreqnsite population for
one Representative in Congress, Provided
always , that none but those who are citizens
of the United States, under the constitution
and laws thereof, and who hare a fixed resi
dence in any such Territory, ought to partici
pate in the formation of the constitution, or
in the enactment of law’s for said Territory
Bth. An enforcement of the principle that
no State or Territory can admit others than
native born citizens to the rights of suffrage,
or holding political office, unless such persons
shall have been naturalized according to the
laws of the United States.
9th A change in the laws of naturalization
making a continued residence of twen y-one
years, of all not heretofore provided for an
indispensable requisite for citizenship hereafter,
and excluding all paupers, and persons con
victed of crime from ianding upon our shores ;
but no interference with the vested rights
1 Oth. Opposition to any uuion between
i Church and Slate ; no interference of religious
j faith, or worship, and no test oaths for office
| except those indicated in the sth section of
I this platform.
11th. Free and thorogh investigation into
any and all alleged abuses of public function
! arics, and a strict ecouomy in public ex
12th. The maintainance and enforcement
of all laws until said laws shall be repealed,
or shall be declared null and void by compe
tent judicial authority
13. Opposition to the reckless and unwise
policy of the present administration in the
general management of our national affairs,
and more especially as shown in removing
“Americans'’ (by designationJ and conserva
tives in principle, from office, and placing
foreigners and ultraists in their j daces ; as
shown in a truckling subservience to the
stronger, and an insolent and cowardly brava
do towards weaker powers ; as shown in re
opening sectional agitation, by the repeal of
the Mi souri Compromise ; as shown in grant
ing to unnaturalized foreigners the rights to
suffrage in Kansas and Nebraska ; as shown in
its vacillating course on the Kansas and
Nebraska question ;as shown in the removal
of Judge Bronson from the Collcctorship of
New York upon false and untenable grounds;
as shown in the corruptions which pervade
some of the departments of the gorvernraent ;
as shown in disgracing meritorious naval
officers through prejudice or caprice , and as
shown in the blundering mismanagement of
our foreign relations
14th. Therefore to remedy existing evils,
and prevent the disastrous consequences
otherwise resulting therefrom, we would build
up the “American party” upon the principles
herein before stated, eschewing all sectional
questions, and uniting upon those purely
national, and admitting into said party al
American citizens, referred to in the 3d, 4th,
and st,h sections,) who openly avow the
principles and opinions heretofore expressed,
and who will subscribe their names to this
platform. Provided, nevertheless, that a
majority of those members present at any
meeting of a local council where an applicant
applies for membership in the American party
may for any reason by them deemed sufficient,
deny admission to such applicant.
15th A free and open discussion of all
principles embraced in our platform.
Our Relations with England.— Now York
Feb 1 26.—The Commercial Advertiver of this ci
ty, has authority from a passenger by the Asia
who saw Mr. Buchanan on the eve of his depart
ure, for saying that all points of difficulty between
England and the Uuited States were in a fair way
for adj ustment, and would be settled id a few days
(From the Savannah Georgian.)
Milledgeville, Eeb. 29 185 G.
BILL3 ON THEIR PASSAGE.
Bill to incorporate the town of Lithonia in
DeKal.b count Land the town of Woodbury
in Meriwether county. Passed.
Bill to compel the Superintendent of the
Western aud Atlantic railroad to sell such
iron and other articles as may become useless,
at public outcry. Passed.
Bill to incorporate a bank in the town of
Bill to amend the several acts in relation to
serving out commissions of Lunacy. Passed.
Bill to compel the depot agents and con
ductors of the Western & Atlantic railroad to
to take an oath lor the faithful discharge of
their duties, and to punish violations of the
same. Pass, and
B 11 lo authorise tax collectors to issue som
111011s ut garnishment. Passed;
Bi 1 to enable pers. ns who may have claims
against trust , states to recover said claims in
a court ot law, and to prescribe the manner in
which the same shall be done. Pas-ed
Bill to require the State printer to can't
the proceedings of the legislature to be report
Senate bill to lease the Penitentiary. Pass-
B,!l to require persons owning lands in this
.mate out of the counties in which they reside
and the number, county and district and sec-
Lon 111 which it w’as situated at the time it was
Bid to prescribe the order of dt een and sucees
ho:i of the estate of illegitimate peivons who*
die intestate. Pa-scd.
l'-* provide a remedy for cases in the !
Supreme Court where the defendant dies be
i\\ een the time of trial in the Circuit Court
auu the time of filing the bill of executions,
wiii, o! e 101, citations and notice msa.d court
Bill to facilitate and expedite the collection
cf debts due by corporations, joint stock com
panies and association, in the eases where the
stockholders are liable for the same. Pass
Bill to authorise endorsers on promissory
notes and all negotiable paper, to be sued in
the same action with the principal or maker.
Bill lo incorp. rate the Bank < f Fulton in
the city of Atlanta, capital $300,000. Pass
Lib! to alter and amend the Ist section of
the <>.l i.riic eof the constitution. Prescribing’
the jink dictions in tiie organization and pow
ers of the judie ary. Passed
Bill in relation to the exemption of certain
pr. pert)’ from levy and sale, and lo provide a
mode ol seen ing the same to the wife and.
j 811 to authorize the Governor and Comp
bo *ei’ U< ueral lo correct mistakes of Receiv
! trs & 10l lectins ol (lexis whereby nOl e mon
ey is | aid than is required by law’. Passed.
• Bill to change the time of holding the In
iv-rior Court ot Sumpter, Butts and Bibb. Pas-
j Bill to incorporate the Exchange Bank im
j the city of Griffin. Passed.
Bill to incorporate the Bank of the Empire
State in the city of Rome. Passed.
ThcrmometrUnl Record for the ntantliof Ftlwn
nr y, 1536,
Griffin, Ga., 1856.
Feb. 1 ,8 o'clock,a. m ...... .34—clear.
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“29 “ “ “ .50—clear.
The Atlantic’s Asia’s mails reached us at 12
o’clock last night. Liverpool advices are to the
Sir Henry Bulwer has offered to act as mediator
between England and the United States. The
Manchester and Liverpool chambeis of commerce
had hold meetings to take into consideration the
pending difficulty. At the former a speech was
made by Mr. Bright Lord Palmerston had said
the matter could be amicably adjusted. He de
clared that the American government wished to
put a construction upon the Clayton treaty at va
riance with that originally intended. Some cor
respondence had taken place, the consequences of
which was that the English government, while hold
ing its own construction to be just, was willing to
refer the matter to the arbitration of any three
powers. I'othis proposition America had not yet
made any reply ; however, he was willing to lay all
the correspondence that had taken place on the sub
ject on the table.
1 he Northern Bee of January 26, (a journal pub
lished at St. Petersburg,) contains the following
passage :—May God grant us peace; but should it
not be concluded, Russia still has at Jicr disposal
sufficient means of resistance to repel her enemies
with energy. Russia desires peace, but she does
not fear war. In the same number it is said : Aa
regards Frauee, it may be positively affirmed, that
the French nation loves and respects the Russians.
Philadelphia Convention.— Philadelphia, Feb
26.—The American National Convention adjourn
ed sine die, last night. Mr. Fillmore was nomi
nated on the 2d ballot, receiving 175 votes, to 24
for George Law, 14 for Rainer, of North Caroli
na, and 13 for Judge McLean. His nomination
was then made unanimous. — sav. Journal.
Recruits for Nicaragua. -
New Orleans, Feb. 27
A large number of recruits left this Jcity this
morning, in the Prometheus, for Gen. Walker f