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large majority in the House and a practical control of the Senate, three separate acts were passed, organizing the Territories of Colorado, Nevada, and Dakotah respectively — the three together covering a very large proportion of all the remaining territory of the United States. All these acts were silent with regard to Slavery; leaving whatever rights had accrued to the South under the Constitution, as interpreted and affirmed by the Supreme Court in the Dred Scott decision, not merely unimpaired, but unassailed and unquestioned, by any Federal legislation or action. The passage of these acts in this form was certainly intended to soothe the prevalent madness, and to strengthen the Unionists of the South, especially of the Border States; though it does not seem to have had any such effect. And, indeed, it is not probable that any concession could have been made, after the withdrawal of Toombs, Davis, etc., from Washington, that would not have evoked the stern answer- Too late!
Conferences with Lincoln. Washington, April 21 --Gov. Hicks and Mayor Brown arrived here this forenoon, by special train from Baltimore. They proceeded to the Executive Mansion. Reverdy Johnson, of Maryland, arrived in Washington on Saturday evening; reports that it is entirely out of the question to attempt to force troops through Baltimore. Hon. H. Winter Davis, in Washington on Saturday, concurs in the statement that no more troops can pass through Baltimore.
or two have up steam and seem to have been somewhere, or to be about to start for some other point, but the majority look as if anything to do is a thing of the past, or of a very indefinite period in the future. A Speech from Henry Winter Davis on the enlistment of negroes. There was a mass meeting of the Union men of Portland on Saturday last. Vice-President Hamlin presided over the meeting. The first speaker was H. Winter Davis, of Baltimore, who made the following remarks aboutH. Winter Davis, of Baltimore, who made the following remarks about the employment of negro soldiers: The President had an undoubted right, under the act of Congress, to employ as many negroes as can be obtained in putting down the rebellion. He would like to see the question of slavery mooted. That act of Congress has placed in the hands of the President the instrument that shall free the negro, who, bearing the same Stars and Stripes, will defend the Constitution as it is, if not seek to secure the Union as it was. He said if the people of Maine
statesmanship, and unchallenged honesty, receives the admiration and the gratitude of all loyal hearts. [Applause.] Harmonious and united action in the present circumstances immeasurably transcend in importance the success, or the want of success, of any individual. Schuyler Cotfax was then nominated by acclimation, The Cajuns separated in the best of feeling after some discussion with regard to the threatened action of Mr. Etheridge, and the appointment of a committee, of which H. Winter Davis is chairman, to confer with him on the subject. The fact that Emerson Etheridge had formed a plan to secure the organization of the House to the Copperheads, by exchanging, on technical grounds, the names of a sufficient number of Union members from his list, first leaked out through a Democratic member, who declared that he would not be a party to such a fraud, and that he believed that a good number of others on his side of the House would, with him, go for fair play. The States
President's message. President Davis has already rendered himself famous by his messages. This is the best of them all. In point of matter, and manner, it is worthy to take place by the side of any State paper that has appeared during the last thirty years in any quarter of the globe.--The style is smooth and polished, yet terse and vigorous; the tone calm and philosophical, yet firm and energetic; the English unexceptionable, and the temper excellent. The paper will tell in whatsoever country it may be read. The clear and distinct view which it presents of the whole field which it embraces, cannot fall to make an impression wherever it may be read. Our foreign relations are handled by the President in a masterly manner. He tears off the vell of centrality — flimsy enough in all conscience — with which England endeavors to conceal her hostility to the Confederacy, and exposes to the whole world her mean subserviency to Seward and his emissary in England. As long ago as