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Affairs at the South.

the Charleston Mercury's correspondent ‘"Kinwah"’--Brownlow's card — Congressional representation in the Confederate States, &c.,

From our Southern exchanges we copy the following paragraphs:

Charleston Mercury's correspondent and the Palmetto Guard.

‘"Kinwah,"’ the correspondent of the Charleston Mercury, writing from one of the camps of the South Carolina troops now in Virginia, some time since, gave utterance to the following unpatriotic language:

‘"I have talked a great deal with the officers, and I find that our South Carolina troops are fast getting disgusted. I think it is reasonably certain that nearly all the twelve months men will go home in the spring. They say they have been 'sold,' and would go home if they could."’

The Palmetto Guard, of Charleston, a fine corps, attached to Col. Kershaw's regiment, condemns and denounces this statement in emphatic terms. Among the resolutions adopted by them are the following:

Resolved, That it is the opinion of the Palmetto Guard that the assertion of the Mercury's correspondent, ‘"Kinwah,"’ as quoted above, are false and slanderous, and totally un worthy of a true South Carolinian.

Resolved, That while we deem subordination to be the first duty of a soldier, we regard an entire confidence in the ability and confidence of our commanders as essential to the final success of our arms; and that we recognize in an attempt to cast odium upon our leaders, so eminently successful as our's have been, a course of conduct not only impertinent and obtrusive, but as encouraging a disorganizing element in our ranks, and as tending to weaken the fabric of a Government which we are striving to establish upon a firm and enduring basis, and which we are willing to cement, if need be, with our blood.

Resolved. That we have every confidence in the skill and fidelity of the President of the Confederate States, and in the ability, patriotism, and courage of those commanders whom he has chosen to conduct this war to a triumphant conclusion.

The Mercury, commenting upon the remarks of its correspondent, ‘ "Kinwah,"’ uses the following language:

‘"It is due to our correspondent, ‘"Kinwah,"’ to state that this portion of the letter was not intended by him for publication. The responsibility of its publication is ours. We believed then — and we believe now — its purport to be true, and therefore we published it."’

A card from Wm. G.Browslow.

Some time ago we published a statement going the rounds that ‘"Parson"’ Brownlow had suspended the publication of his paper, (the Knoxville Whig,) owing to an apprehension on his part that it was in contemplation to indict him for treason. Subsequently we copied an item from the Nashville (Tenn.) Republican, denying that any such intention was ever entertained. In its issue of November 5 the Republican publishes a card from Brownlow, from which we make the following extract:

More than two weeks ago, a Secessionist, of this city, came home from Nashville, and stated to two different gentlemen that I would be arrested, and although a Secessionist himself, he expressed his regret, stating that he was opposed to these arrests. I named the fact to my friend, Col. Baxter, without giving my authority. He afterwards had a conversation with his law partner, Col. L. C. Haynes, who confirmed the truth of the report, and told him that I would be arrested, or indicted in the Confederate Court at Nashville — that he was opposed to these arrests — that he was going to Nashville, and would try to prevent it.

I wrote to Dr. Fowlkes, Dr. Hodsden, and Col. Topp, and requested them not to intercede for me — that I was not guilty of treason, or of any offence meriting arrest — and that I would lie in jail until I died, or lose my life at the end of a rope, before I would take the oath proposed, or make any humiliating confession. A dispatch came to Colonel Baxter and myself, signed by Dr. Fowlkes, Judge King, and Col. Thornburg, urging us to go at once to Nashville, and for me to meet the case like a man. I advised Col. Baxter to go, and he done so, but I told him I would not go until I was taken as a prisoner. He wrote me back that my indictment was contemplated. Two of the other gentlemen named wrote me that I must either come there, go into court and take the oath, submit to a long and vexatious prosecution, or leave the Southern Confederacy.

Mr. Thornburg learned from the Confederate Attorney, Mr. Ramsey, that my indictment was contemplated; and Mr. Ramsey admitted, before leaving here for Nashville, that I would probably be arrested, but said that no purpose existed to indict Trigg, Temple, and Williams. Col.Temple received a letter from a Secession lawyer, stating that my arrest was agreed upon and showed me the letter. Last, but not least, Col. Haynes urged upon Judge Humphreys not to allow such arrest, and the Judge promised him that it would not be done. I name this fact as an act of justice to Col. Haynes. One of my Nashville correspondents writes that Gov. Harris, also, protested against the arrest.

Now. Mr. Editor, upon this testimony I acted, and, in view of being indicted, before learning that Judge Humphreys had concluded not to allow such arrest, I discontinued my paper. It is likely that suspending my publication may satisfy those who have been so eager for my arrest. In supposing that I got up this story with a view to create sympathy for me, either North or South, you are greatly mistaken. I desire no sympathy from any quarter. The world will do me justice, sooner or later, and this is all I ask for.

Having been very quiet at home, for several days, and not seen by others, because bleeding at the lungs, I am reported to have absconded to Kentucky. Those desiring to believe such a story can do so. And when it is hereafter reported that I have fled, it will be found that I have gone into Blount, Sevier, Cocke, and Grainger, on horseback, to try and collect some several hundred dollars due me for advertising. Respectfully, etc.

W. G. Brownlow.

Knoxville, Tenn., Oct. 31, 1861.

Congressional representation in the Confederate States.

The first Congress of the Confederate States, under the permanent Constitution, will be composed of twenty-two Senators and eighty seven representatives. The representation will be as follows, being in the ratio of one member for every ninety thousand of population, on the Federal basis, counting three-fifths for slaves. We add, in a column, the electoral vote of each State in the Confederacy:

North Carolina1012
South Carolina68

The House, as constituted now, is composed, therefore, of 87 members, and the whole electoral vote is 109. This last number will not be altered between this time and the election next month. The number of the House may be increased by the accession of new States before the meeting of Congress in February. There are some States which may be in the Confederacy then.

The want of Manufacturing facilities at the South.

The New Orleans Bulletin, in a recent article, shows, by a reference to the high prices for, and scarcity of, printing paper, as well as other things, what the South has brought on itself by neglecting to establish manufactures, and holds the following bitter, but rather truthful language:

Yet here, in this big city of New Orleans, where there are millions of idle capital, and thousands of idle hands of various ages and of both sexes, what is there doing to prevent an absolute dearth within a period that is rapidly approaching, of a multitude of articles of daily consumption? Ostrich like, we hide our heads, and imagine that the enemy, in the form of an almost total failure of supplies, is not upon our track. Sit still a while and see! Let not a word be said, and especially let nothing be dons, lest the repose of somebody be disturbed! Hurrah for the do-nothing policy! The North will supply us after a few years. We need not be in a hurry about the matter. There is time enough yet. Too much haste makes waste, saith the proverb. Nothing like taking time for reflection. Two percent, a month and running for office will fill all the warehouses in town with goods after a while, and make everybody rich and jolly!

‘"O, take your time, Miss Lucy."’
Soap and Canapes.

A writer in the Charleston Courier says: We have been so long dependent on our

Yankee enemies for supplies of the above named articles of universal use, that we have forgotten that we can make them ourselves. To our shame we admit that, even on our plantations in the low country and seaboard, abounding in materials for making the best candles in the world, millions of pounds have been annually permitted to mature and decay unused. The low bush myrtle, indigenous to our coast from Virginia, ad libitum, South, the berries of which are now mature, will afford a supply of wax, that, with the addition of one- third tallow, will furnish candles sufficient to light every house in the Confederacy for the next six months, and put a stopper on the exorbitant extortion now practiced on the people for that article. So, also, on every plantation, may, in almost every kitchen, the monthly waste of ashes and grease, with the addition of a little lime and salt, and the labor of one person for one day will make soap enough to cleanse every man, woman and child, and their clothing. Now, why should we any longer pay thirty cents a pound for soap and sixty cents for candles?

Crops in Florida.

A correspondent of the Savannah Republican, writing from Florida, says the provision crop of Madison, Jefferson, and Leon counties is abundant. Corn, peas, potatoes, cane, pumpkins, etc., have been made in the greatest abundance. There is scarcely a planter who has sufficient stock to consume and destroy what is left in the fields. The people of that portion of Florida. at least. can afford to snap their fingers at Lincoln's blocked.

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