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******************The Daily True Delta, Tuesday, September 25, 1860********************

Texas Intelligence.- Incendiaries and Horse Thieves Punished.- A letter in the Galveston News from Waco, the 15th, says:

A man by the name of Garner was hung near Waco on Thursday night- a desperate villain. The vigilance committee is composed of our best citizens, and is wide awake. An unhealthy climate, this, for a bad man.
Two men were hung the other day at Georgetown. They were horse thieves and abolition incendiaries.

The vigilance committee of Science Hill, Henderson county, approve of the suggestion that a convention be held of delegates from all parts of the state “for the purpose of adopting such united state action, in regard to the continued and wide-spread plot of insurrection and incendiarism, as present emergencies require, and our future safety shall demand.”

Peace and Quiet in Dallas.- A letter from Dallas says:

I think I can say that peace and quite have been restored to our county. I could not think of telling you in one letter the troubles, both seen and unseen, we have passed through. There has been some erroneous statements going the rounds in regard to our difficulties, but, indeed, they were bad enough. The town is rapidly rebuilding; several fine and substantial houses are in course of erection. And should the progress of improvement continue, I think the town will be well built up in twelve months.
Indian Depredations.- The Indians continue to give the frontier settlers great annoyance. The San Antonio Herald of the 20thsays:

We learn from Mr. E. Cameron, who came down in the last stage, that on Saturday, the 8th, at about 2 o’clock, a party of Indians stole thirty-five horses form the Overland Mail Company form their station at Leon Water Hole, about nine miles beyond Stockton. There were about fifty Indians seen, six of whom dashed in among the horses, stampeded them, and drove off the above number. There was a herder minding the animals at the time. The overlanders organized a pursuing party, and started in hot haste only a few hours behind the Indians.

The Anderson Central Texain says, that in the upper portion of Grimes, cattle are actually dying of starvation, something never before known. The pin oak trees have nearly all died from the effects of the drouth.


Another Fire.- About half-past four o’clock this morning another fire took place near the corner of Galvez and Perdido streets. Five small frame buildings and the outhouses of several other dwellings were destroyed. The houses were occupied by persons by whom the loss will be deeply felt.

An alarm was given at 10 o’clock last night, fire being discovered in a house at the corner of St. Andrew and Dryades streets, which, however, was extinguished before serious damage was done. The frequency of fires within the last few days has excited a very strong feeling in the community that incendiarism, beyond mere unconcerted villainy, has been at work. The fellow or fellows who may be detected under circumstances to excite well grounded suspicion that they contemplated or have accomplished any rascality of this description had better, the moment hands are laid upon them, pray to God to have mercy upon their souls. We think that private citizen patrols, such as were organized about the time of the last conflagrations in the Third and Fourth districts, would be as effective now as they were then in checking destruction by fire.


[Several long articles of the public funerals of the 10 dead firemen, down the streets of New Orleans, and the condition of the wounded that are dying every day, and those who are recovering and those thought missing found.]


[Long article about Douglas’ speech in Pennsylvania] …”I undertake to say that no statesman can defend, for a single moment, the policy of spending twenty millions of dollars a year over and above the income. You must do one of two things. You must either increase the revenue, or diminish the expenditures. The democratic creed on this subject I understand to be this: that we must maintain a tariff which will raise revenue enough to defray the expenditures of the government, economically administered, and in that manner we must furnish all the protection to American industry that a revenue tariff will afford. Now, we do not raise revenue enough to pay our expenses and keep down the public debt. We must stop the increase of that debt, we must pay the interest on it, we must extinguish the principal, and we must keep the expenses of the government within our revenue. But we will never have an opportunity to do this as long as this slavery question occupies the whole time of Congress.”

The Georgia Chronicle wants to know, “what is in the wind?” The Memphis Bulletin says it depends upon the direction it comes from. If it comes from Washington, there is, to use the language of Roger A. Pryor, an “intolerable stench” in it.
An exchange paper very pointedly remarks:

Now that treason has become so popular, we think that the Yancey-Breckinridge party should erect a monument and a statue to Aaron Burr.


It has been currently reported that in most of the Western cities, the “Town Bell” tolls every day at noon, for the inhabitants to gulp down quinine, as a preventive of diseases caused by malaria of the climate. Of course, taking quinine is a contagious habit, and every new settler is a supplied with the poisonous drug, and instructed to take it in large quantities, if he should escape the Fever and Ague. Every house has its medicine-chest filled with this dangerous stuff, and as regular as the hour comes round, so regular do they gulp it down, as though it was the richest delicacy of the season…


Award Of The Pacific Telegraph Contract.- …In aCabinet council to-day it was decided to give the contract for building the telegraph line to the Pacific the lowest bidders. Messrs. Harmin & Clark, of Detroit, who agree to construct the line for twenty-five thousand dollars….


Progress of the Telegraph.- Our predictions, some days since, regarding the rapid extension of the electric wires, not only in this country, but throughout the civilized world, are being gradually verified…

Omaha, N.T., September 20. …we learn that the telegraph poles are set within ninety miles of Fort Kearney, and although they have to be hauled fifty miles on the Western portion of the line, the company are putting up five to six miles per day. The poles will be up to Kearney by the middle of October, and the wire about the first of November. The company has pushed the construction thus rapidly in order to have the line ready to transmit the November election news by Pony Express from Kearney, which will ensure a gain of nearly two days from the present time.


Louisiana Intelligence.- The Cane In Iberville.- The cane fields in this parish, as a whole, are said to be thin and small. It is the general opinion of planters that the canes will not yield much over one-half of the quantity of sugar made last years.

In the parish of Lafourche the prospect is no better. The Thibodaux Gazette says:

The drouth, that seems destined to number as many days as Methusalah, does not make the present prospect of the coming sugar crops in this parish a very flattering one.

The people of Thibadaux, and those of the parish of Lafourche generally, are still suffering for the want of water.

The “hone” fever is quite prevalent in Thibodaux, but yields readily to medical treatment.

Incendiarism.- The stables and carriage-house of Judge Merrick, on the Atchafaylaya, Pointe Coup’ee parish, were consumed by fire last week. The Falls River Democrat says:

The cause of the incendiarism is unknown. As no suspicion attaches either upon the slaves on the plantation or in the neighborhood, it has caused quite a sensation. The place lies on the great thoroughfare between Texas and the Mississippi river, hence the fear.

Accidental Death.- Mr. Emile Sigur, an extensive planter of Iberville parish, was accidentally killed a few days ago. He was engaged in erecting some machinery in his sugar-house, when something giving way, he was struck upon the head, his skull crushed and neck broken, and death ensuing instantly. The deceased was a brother of the late L. J. Sigur.


The Newly Discovered Planet.- We have already noticed the discovery of a new planet at the Washington Observatory, on the night of the 15th inst. The annexed letter from Lieut. Maury to the Secretary of the Navy may be alike interesting to the scientific and general reader:

…A planet was discovered here last Saturday night by Mr. Ferguson... It was first seen by him the night previous, but the observations were not conclusive as to its true character. This is the fifty-ninth in the family of asteroids, and the third discovered by this indefatigable assistant.

It remains to be seen whether we have been ananticipated in this discovery. If we have not, and unless you direct otherwise, I propose to name this new star from the Indian mythology of this continent.
Respectfully, M.F. Maury, Superintendent.

Hon. Isaac Toucey, Secretary of the Navy, Washington.

Arrival of Troops At Fort Smith.- Six hundred United States troops and seventy military wagons, under the command of Capt. Sturgis, arrived at Fort Smith Arkansas, on Tuesday past.

Henrico Da Costa, the alleged slave-trader arrested in New York, after twelve unsuccessful attempts to obtain bail, has at last found a surety.


Texas Indian News.- Our readers will remember that a few days ago we published a brief account of an Indian fight on the Texas frontier, in which Major Geo. H. Thomas, 2d cavalry, with several of his men, were wounded. Our San Antonio exchanges by last evening’s mail contain the official report of Maj. Thomas to Col. Lee, the commander of the Texas department U.S. army. The report is dated at Camp Cooper, Texas Aug. 31st, 1860. We give the following resume’ from the document.

On the morning of the 26th of July, Major Thomas, operating with a detachment of the 2d cavalry on the head waters of the Concho and the Colorado rivers, came on a trail about fourteen miles east of Mountain Pass, which was pursued in a W. N. W. direction for about forty miles that day, traveling as long as they could see the trail after nightfall. On the 26th, about 7 a.m., the Delaware guide, Deso discovered the Indians, eleven in number, just as they were preparing to leave camp. The party moved forward at once in a gallop for a mile and half before coming in sight of their camp, which was located on the opposite side of a deep ravine, running north, and it is presumed, into the Clear fork, impassable except in a few points. Here they lost considerable time in searching for a crossing, and only succeeded finally by dismounting and leading the animals. In the meantime the Indians, being already mounted and having their animals collected together, had increased their distance form us half a mile; after crossing they drove them at full speed for about three and a half miles, when they abandoned their loose animals and continued their flight, effecting their escape solely from the fact that our animals had been completely exhausted by the fatiguing pace at which the pursuit had been kept up. One fellow more persevering than the rest, and who still kept his position in the rear of the loose animals, suddenly dismounted and prepared to fight, and our men in their eagerness to dispatch him, pressed upon him so thickly, that several of his arrows took effect, wounding Maj. Thomas in the chin and chest; private Wm. Murphy, of company “D,” in the left shoulder; and privates John Zilo and Caspar Siddel of the band, slightly each in the leg, before he fell pierced by twenty or more shots. The captured animals were twenty-eight in number.

*********************The Courier, New Orleans, La.***********************

An Interesting Ceremony.- We had the pleasure, on Sunday last, of attending the highly pleasing ceremony of the admission of the Second Company of Artillery in the Orleans Battalion, now so ably commanded by Major P. E. Theard. The Company numbered forty-five privates and went through drill, and various exercises with credit and skill….When the South shall call her sons to defend their firesides and their homes, we are certain that no Orleans Artillerist will absent himself from “roll call.”

Alleged Incendiary.- On the 15th inst. An attempt was made to set fire to a house, No. 193 ??? street, by means of a piece of fat pine, wrapped up in a piece of cloth saturated with turpentine and lighted. Two men named Wm. Miller and Thomas Whaley, were arrested on suspicion of being the incendiary. They were subsequently examined before Recorder Emerson,…[Miller was held on $1000 bail.]


Inquest.- A young slave belonging to Mr. Billant was struck a blow on the head with a cane, some four weeks ago by Dr. Williams….It was only one blow, given on the spur of the moment, but it was attended by fatal consequences. The slave died last Sunday, and a post mortem examination showed that he died of softening of the brain caused by a blow on the head. The Coroner has applied to the Chief of Police for the arrest of Dr. Williams.


*********************New Orleans Commercial Bulletin*************************

Pensacola Lumber- The attention of our readers is requested to the advertisement of Thomas Murray & Co. agents of Criglar, Batchelder and Pooley, Pensacola, Fla.

*********************New York Tribune***************************

Violent Mob.- Attempt To Hang Gordon.- From the Leavenworth (Kansas) Times, Sept. 18, 1860.

[James A. Gordon, murdered a German in Denver, on Oct. 13, 1860 and fled to Leavenworth, Kansas]

Our city is now the scene of as wild a mob as we have ever witnessed. Hundreds of frantic and furious men are parading the streets, surrounding the jail, and yelling like madmen.

Sometime before Gordon, charged with murder, was discharged, rumors flew about the streets that he would soon be acquitted. Crowds rushed to the Court-House to ascertain the facts, some out of curiosity, and others breathing vengeance. The rumors proved to be true…The news spread like wild-fire over the city, and the crowd augmented.

The prisoner was now free to go where he pleased, but dare not leave the court-room for fear of the angry crowd without. It was now apparent that an attempt would be made to lynch him…At this time the excitement was so intense that clearly there was no other way to save Gordon’s life except by taking him to the County Jail.

…under the charge of the Mayor [he was] moved out of the Court House. When he entered the hall a scene of the wildest excitement commenced. The Mayor, with Gordon and a posse of about fifty men, started down the hall, and as the seething, tossing crowd surged to and fro, pressing against the officers and striving to get at the prisoner, it was a commotion such as only a mad crowd of human beings can get up. Down into the street they went, the crowd yelling “hang him! hang him!” and the brave, stern officers closing around him, made a firm wall of protection. Finally, by dint of great firmness, the Mayor landed him safely in Jail. But now the serious trouble had just commenced. The crowd increased around the Jail and became more and more furious. Men armed with muskets and revolvers and knives came on, large bonfires were built up all around the Jail, throwing their lurid light far over the city; and the wild, demonize yells of the infuriated people made it a scene terribly vivid and fearful.
During all of this time, Mayor McDowell made several speeches, urging obedience to the law and requesting the people to return home in quiet. The he was determined to enforce the law at all hazards. … In his absence [the Mayor], and contrary to his intentions, Gordon was brought out of the jail and turned over to Sheriff Middaugh; and now commenced a scene of mad fury that beggers description. The crowd rushed upon Gordon, crying, like demons, “Hang him!” “hang him!” They forced him down into the narrow and rocky glen north of this jail.

…But the brave officers stood by the prisoner like gallant men, and sometimes almost overborne they still recovered and pressed forward, holding their prisoner safe in their charge. Several times the crowd had a halter around his neck, but each time an officer cut the rope, and thus they struggled up out of the ravine; and then followed a tumult and strife between the officers and rioters, that was desperate to the last degree, up Forth street to Shawnee, and down Shawnee to the Planter’s House. Here the crowd halted, and the contest, for half an hour, was fierce and terrific.

The din, howl and confusion was now worse than pandemonium, the prisoner begging to be hung killed, or anything to take him out of such agony. By this time, every stitch of clothing was torn off him, and he had nothing on his body but his clanking chains.

The Mayor at last succeeded in organizing a fresh body of citizens, and with these he closed solidly around Gordon, an again started for the jail, which, though a distance of about ten squares and across the ravine, was finally reached, after a desperate struggle, and the prisoner again safely landed from the fury of the mob.

…There are many rumors of a number of persons being badly injured. We learned of two Germans, one of whom was badly wounded by a stab wound by a stab in the side, and the other by being pushed off of a high bank on the ravine...Sheriff Middaugh is badly hurt. We have not learned the extent of his wounds, but from what we are informed suppose him to be seriously injured.

***************************The New York Times**************************

The Adriatic arrived at such an unseasonable hour that only a brief summary of her news could appear in the morning editions of yesterday's TIMES. The details that we are enabled to give a to-day are important and extremely interesting. Though we have not yet received particulars of GARIBALDI's triumphal entry into Naples, we now know most of the events which preceded that culmination of the Neapolitan war. The situation of the Ex-King is said to have been so deplorable as to have excited the compassion of his enemies. He has taken refuge in his own fortified town of Gaeta, whence, as soon as the time comes, he will pass to Capua and to Austrian territory, for he has been advised by the Emperor FRANCIS JOSEPH not to go to Madrid. The most important news brought by the Adriatic is the announcement of a rupture between Piedmont and Rome. The latter is said to have demanded peremptorily the dissolution of the free corps, enlisted under the orders of Gen. LAMORICIERE, as being a body hostile to the peace of Italy. According to latest advices, no Sardinian troops had, as yet, crossed the frontiers, but they were being collected in large numbers in the Cattolica, at Piazenza, and at Arezzo, in Tuscany. France, in the semi-official columns of the Constitutionnel, protests against this aggression of Piedmont, and asserts that it "will separate it from the Emperor's policy." Austria, too, is again making extensive warlike preparations, having concentrated a corps d'armee of 50,000 troops in the Mantuan territory. It is officially announced from St. Petersburgs that the Emperors of Austria and Russia are once more friends, and that the meeting of reconciliation between the two Sovereigns will take place at Warsaw. The miscellaneous intelligence received by the Adriaiic is also of an interesting character.

We learn by a telegram from New-Orleans that the announcement that Gen. WALKER had already been shot was premature. The schooner J.H. Taylor has arrived there, from Truxillo on the 13th, bringing 28 of WALKER's men, and the intelligence that WALKER and Col. RUDLER were in prison, and to be shot on the ensuing day.

We publish this morning correspondence from the City of Mexico to the 28th of August, giving important details of matters which have recently transpired in that country, and which have some of them been previously in telegraphic dispatches and otherwise.
Later advices from California, Oregon, Washington Territory, and British Columbia, reach us by the Pony Express, which arrived at St. Joseph on Sunday evening, having left San Francisco on the 12th inst. The steamer John L. Stephens on the same day left for Panama with the mails and passengers for the Aspinwall steamer. She had on board $1,000,000 in gold, upwards of $900,000 of which were for New-York. Business at San Francisco was somewhat better, an active trade having sprung up with the interior. At the Republican Primaries in the city on the 8th it was decided not to make partisan nominations for local officers, but to join with the People's Party in the coming election. This was regarded as a complete indorsement of the Reform City Government. The Breckinridge and Lane Democratic State Convention was in session at the time the Express left, being engaged in the choice of candidates for Presidential Electors. Mining news from the whole Pacific region is of the most encouraging character.

The cycle of horrors has not yet run its round. From Pittsburgh we learn of a terrible calamity which occurred in that city yesterday afternoon. A boiler in the marble works of Mr. W.W. WALLACE exploded, killing ten or twelve men and wounding several others. The boiler was blown through four walls, killing several of the victims in its passage.

Another disaster is reported, resulting from the late storm. On Thursday last the schooner Neptune's Bride, belonging to Gloucester, Me., was lost on Malcolm's Ledge, between Seal Island and the Wooden Ball. In attempting to land in a boat, the Captain and eleven men were lost in the surf, and of two who remained on board, one was washed off and drowned. The schooner was a total loss.

The Coroner's Jury in the Lady Elgin disaster, which has been in session for several days at Chicago, yesterday returned their verdict. The majority of them censure the Lady Elgin for having on board too many passengers, but lay the principal blame for the disaster upon the schooner Augusta, declaring the second-mate of that vessel incompetent. Two of the jury, however, were disposed to fasten the whole censure upon the steamer, believing her to have been mismanaged in several respects. As a whole, the finding is on a par with the verdicts of Coroners' juries generally in such cases, and will give just as little satisfaction to the public.

The Committee of fifteen, appointed by authority of the Cooper Institute Union Meeting, met yesterday at the Assay Office and completed a Union electoral ticket, consisting of eighteen Douglas, ten Bell and Everett, and seven Breckinridge men. All but three names are taken from the tickets heretofore nominated, and these three represent a portion of the Breckinridge interest. It is argued from this latter curious fact that there will be trouble in procuring the entire Breckinridge indorsement of the Union ticket.
The Tammany Congressional Conventions met last evening, and nominated candidates for Congress from the Third, Fourth, Fifth and Eighth Districts; the Sixth and Seventh adjourned without making nominations. The Breckinridge Conventions nominated candidates in the Third and Seventh Districts, and the other Conventions adjourned.

The Republican County Convention met at No. 618 Broadway last evening, and nominated WM.R. STEWART for Supervisor, and JOHN KEYSER for Register. Both nominations were made unanimous.

The British residents in the City held a meeting yesterday afternoon at Mr. ARCHIBALD's office, to hear the report of the Committee appointed to confer with Lord RENFREW. Mr. ARCHIBALD stated the substance of the letter received from the Duke of Newcastle, in reply to the offer of an address to the Prince. Such demonstrations, he said, had been offered in other places in the United States, but respectfully declined; and, while Lord RENFREW was very grateful and obliged for the tender of these civilities, he intimated distinctly his wish to accept no demonstrations which would appear invidious, and which might give offence. The arrangements of the citizens, whose invitation has been received through their Committee, were entirely satisfactory to Lord RENFREW. The Committee were, accordingly, discharged.

Mayor WOOD has made a reply to the communication of the Croton Aqueduct Board, which we published yesterday, in which, though he objects to the terms of the communication as disrespectful, and denies the truth of its allegations, he consents that the necessary work may be proceeded with.

The Board of Emigrant Benevolent Societies met yesterday, and from their report it would seem that they will take steps to ascertain if the ruling of the City Judge in the case of WARD and GILBERT, ticket swindlers, be in accordance with the law. Their action in regard to this class of people has resulted in the most beneficial effects.

A shocking attempt to murder a woman was made yesterday in the First Ward. The victim, HANNAH JONES, keeper of a boarding-house at No. 22 1/2 Morris-street, had for a few weeks past been under an engagement to marry HENRY N. PIERREPONT, a shoemaker, living at No. 46 Greenwich-street. On Sunday night, circumstances with reference to the woman's conduct excited PIERREPONT's jealousy, and yesterday he called at her house and demanded and explanation. Her reply did not satisfy him, so he drew his knife and gave her a severe wound in the arm. She took refuge in the house of a neighbor, but PIERREPONT followed her and shot her in the head with a pistol. The ball entered the woman's brain, inflicting a wound which, though not instantly mortal, it is thought will result in her death. PIERREPONT was secured and is now in prison.

A two mile trot took place on Monday at the Centreville Course, between Flora Temple and George M. Patchen -- Flora proving the winner in two straight heats. Between two and three thousand persons were present.

The Excelsior Base Ball Club, on their return from Baltimore, played a match against a picked nine from all Philadelphia, yesterday afternoon, in presence of 1,500 spectators. The victory, as usual in all their excursion matches, was for the Excelsiors, who scored fifteen to their opponents four. The match occupied but two hours and five minutes, and the Philadelphians played well in the field -- some of them being cricketers. The Excelsiors return from Philadelphia this morning.

After one disappointment the Caledonian Club succeeded in hitting on a pleasant day, and passed Monday very agreeably in a series of contests, comprising running, jumping, sack races, etc. Ten thousand visitors were on the grounds during the day.

Mons. BERGER, the champion billiard-player of Europe, arrived in this City by the Adriatic, for the purpose of engaging in friendly games with our leading players, and giving public exhibitions of his great skill.

David Upton

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