The Great Elevator.- A Southern gentleman at one of the hotels in Indiana, last week, perceiving that the dinner servant, a negro, was bestowing his attentions elsewhere to his neglect, called up John, and accosted him in this wise:
“John, I have servants at home, and am waited upon as a gentlemen should be. I am neglected here, and am tired of it. I give you notice that I shall inform the proprietors of your conduct unless you behave better.”
The consequence was, John became very attentive during the few days the gentleman remained. On going away, the gentleman called John up and presented him with a dollar or two, which he thus acknowledged:
“Thanks, massa. Southern gemmen always so –reprime as if we don’t ‘tend ‘em right, but they always give us a dollar or tow foe dey leave. But dese Abolishan gemmen mighty hard to suit, and require so much ‘tention, an when dey leave shake your hand, look up to de sky, an say: ‘God bless you, my unfortunate fren, and elevate you in de scale of humanity,’ or something like dat, but never give us a dolloar to elevate use.”
The President and Mr. Douglas, From the Alexandria Sentinel of Sept. 5. (Buchanan contradicts a speech made by Douglas, “I have transgressed a rule which I had prescribed for myself not to contradict any statements assailing my public conduct and character until after the conclusion of my term in office…I deem the present case a proper exception.”
Abolitionist in Alabama---A Plot for a Servile Insurrection Detected---One Man Hung. The Talladega (Ala.) Watchtower of the 29th ult. Contains the following particulars.
A most diabolical plot has been discovered with our negro population, contemplating the destruction of Talladega, the massacre of the citizens, and the ravaging of the surrounding country. The plan is extensive, deep laid, and has been on hand some months. Suspicion was first aroused to the fact, as much as three or four weeks since, but nothing was known of its extent or exact character, until about a fortnight since, when the plot was disclosed to the Messrs. Lane by one of their negroes. This led to the examination of other negroes, who, upon being separately examined, testified to the same result. The concurrent testimony of many other slaves, subsequent to this, gives us the moral conviction that our citizens have been sleeping with all the barbarous calamities of a servile insurrection hanging over us.
We have been present at the examination of some of the negroes implicated in the proposed insurrection, and were struck with the adaptation of the plan to excite both the cupidity and the fears of the negro. The lure of lucre, lust, and unbridled liberty was held out as an inducement to engage in the hellish plot, while those who betrayed the plan, or refused to join it, were threatened with certain death.
The plan of attack was to assemble at Talladega, separate into small parties, repair to all of the houses in town, fire them simultaneously, and then to stand by the doors and murder the whites as they ran out. The time agreed upon for the assault was some Saturday night about the middle of September.
The concurrent testimony of all the negroes examined, goes to show, beyond the possibility of a doubt, that the whole plot has been concocted and set on foot by white men. It shows, too, that Abolition emissaries have been in our midst, inciting our slaves to rebellion, and conspiring against the lives of our citizens.
Two white men, citizens of our county, (Lem Paine and Steadham,) have been arrested and lodged in prison. There is every moral conviction that they are instigators in the insurrection. Ten negroes have been taken and put in jail, as leaders in the proposed rebellion.
As there is every reason to believe that similar plots are in existence in other districts in the South, it becomes the duty of every community with a slave population, to see that no torches are preparing for the destruction of their homes, and that no knives are forging for the butchery of their mothers, wives, daughters, and sisters.
A Vigilance Committee has been formed in our county, which has been for some days past actively engaged in ferreting out the offenders. As “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” so is active vigilance, in the age of Abolition raids, the price of life.
Hung.- Lem Paine, who was lodged in jail last week, under the charge of inciting slaves to insurrection, was forcibly taken from his prison last night and hung form a large China tree near Dr. McKenzie’s tan yard. The jail it appears was entered by strategy: a large party of armed men in disguise called Mr. Pucket, the jailer, up, under the pretext of imprisoning a felon. The moment the door was opened, the crowed rushed in, seized Mr. Pucket, and demanded the keys to Paine’s cell, on pain of death. He was forced to yield. Paine was carried off, and this morning was found hanging as above stated.
A letter to the Montgomery Mail from Selma, dated the 30th ult. says-
There is great excitement here while I write. A yellow man named Milton, belonging, I believe, to Dr. Gee, and who stays at the Gee House in this city, was taken up about half an hour since as an accomplice in the insurrectionary conspiracy in this section. Milton has heretofore borne an irreproachable character in this city.
The Mayor has issued a call for a meeting of the citizens of Selma, this evening, at four o’clock, to take immediate action on the subject. Considering excitement prevails among the community. There is now no doubt of the existence of a diabolical scheme to incite insurrection in this section.
A telegraphic dispatch from Selma to the Mail, dated the 31st ult., says three more negroes have been arrested, making four in all.
The system of servile insurrections in a new thing in the Southern States, and it proceeds directly form the inflamed sectional feeling of the Northern Abolitionist, who have already organized one extensive murder plot in Virginia, and have others, beyond all question, in preparation. The Texas plot is now known to have extended from the seaboard to the northern portions of the State far above San Antonio, and the whole of it is not yet developed, though twenty or thirty men who were implicated have already been hung. It is evident that the arrangement concocted in the John Brown meeting in Canada, to harass the whole line of frontier slave States by raids and forays and by inciting the slaves to insurrection, is being carried out as fast as practicable, and also that the scheme has extensive ramifications in the interior slave States. Georgia is now the scene of an excitement similar to that above described in Alabama, and a similar insurrection plot is reported there.
Common Ground.- The Hartford Post all the while, and the New Haven News occasionally, occupy common ground with the Black Republicans in their abuse of the National Administration; and in their hostility to every Democratic Senator save one. Not only this, but they catch at the worn out clap traps of the Blackies, and talk as flippantly about “slave codes,” and “Southern dictation,” as the blackies have under the administrations of Pierce, and Buchanan, or, as the old federalists did in the days of Jefferson. True, Lincoln is not their first choice, it is only in this that they differ in their tactics form the Black Republicans; but he (Lincoln) is their second choice, and they are for him next to Douglas, and before either Breckinridge or Bell.
Mr. Douglas is telling the Pennsylvanians that what is needed for the country is a proper tariff…
City Affairs- The Military- have unpleasant weather for their parade today. It has rained nearly all the time since daylight, consequently the parade as a parade has not been very noticeable. The Colt Guard wore their soldier-like army coats which should belong to the uniform of every company as a defence against cold and storm. The following companies belonging to the First Regiment. Cavarly Co. A, Infantry Companies A, Hartford Light Guard; B, Colt Guard; C; D; Seymour Light Artillery.
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Mississippi Items.- Cannot Accept.- A correspondence is published in the last number of the East Mississippi Democrat, between Geo. Lipscomb, Esq., and Hon. Wm. Hancock, in which the former wishes to know at what time the latter will be out of the State, and where he can be found during such absence. The Judge replies very briefly that, being a judicial officer, he cannot accept a challenge to fight a duel. The difficulty is understood to have grown out of occurrences at the late term of the Circuit Court for Clarke county.
Desperate Fight with Five Runaway Negroes.- We take the following form the Oxford Mercury of Thursday last:
On Thursday night last, five negro men who belonged to a Mr. Small, of Panola county, passed by Abbeville, and after proceeding a short distance killed a goose, and went into a dense undergrowth thicket, kindled a fire, and proceeded to pick it. A young man named Barry, who lives at Abbeville, in company with another man whose name we did not learn, saw the negroes when going up the track, and after arming themselves with pistols, followed after.
Through the thicket they saw the fire the negroes had kindled, and as noiselessly as possible they crept up towards them. When within about fifteen steps of the camp Barry tramped on a stick which broke with a crack the negroes heard. They all simultaneously broke in different directions; one of them, the leader of the gang, unconsciously ran right to Barry. Barry, supposing that the negro intended to fight, fired at him, when he wheeled, rand a few paces and fell. It is said that several other shots were fired after the flying darkies, but with no other effect than to tree one and capture another on the ground.
The wounded negro was taken up and brought to the Abbeville depot, where his wound was examined. The ball penetrated his body and lodged in his lungs. The wound is terrible, but he was not dead at last accounts. The negro who went up the tree crawled down and voluntarily came back to Abbeville. One of the two others was captured near the spot the night afterwards, while the fifth was at large at last accounts.
Pensacola Navy Yard.- Washington, Sept. 14.- Capt. Armstrong has been ordered to the command of the Pensacola Navy Yard, in place of Jas. McIntosh, deceased.
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Abolitionist Complaining of the Darkies.- The recent pin nics of colored people, and some white persons, too, at Edgewood, near Chesnut Hill, have excited the deepest indignation on the part of residents and property holders in that vicinity. A pic nic meeting, a day or two since, consisted of over four thousand colored people, some of whom committed shameful outrages on property. Fences were broken down, fruit stolen, gardens ravaged and respectable persons insulted. Some limit should be placed to this kind of thing, or the value of property in that locality will depreciate. – Philadelphia Pennsylvanian.
The Floyd Gun.- A correspondent of the New York Times writes form Old Point Comfort (Va.) that on Tuesday last the great “Floyd Gun” was fired for the first time. The first shell, weighing 360 pounds, was thrown fifteen hundred and forty yards at angle of five degrees- and striking the sand, bounced seven hundred and fifty yards further. The charge of powder was twenty pounds. The second shell weighing 328 pounds, was thrown something upwards of four miles on the water, at an angle of forty degrees, and with a charge of twenty-five pounds of powder. The powder of which this gun is fired is in grains of about one inch cube. The report is not so loud as that made by the ten-inch guns on the rampart, but the whistling of the shell through the air is terrific. The shell thrown upon the water was forty-two seconds in the air before striking. The “Floyd Gun” is pronounced a success, and there seems to be no doubt it will reach a range of six or eight miles. It weighs 49,099 pounds, and cost in its casting $10,000.