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Miscellaneous items.

The following items we gather from various sources:


A Remarkable murder.

We learn from the Jonesboro' Union that the wife of Lewis Cates was killed recently in Carter county, Tenn., by one Powell Phillips, under the following extraordinary circumstances:

Phillips was going to see a Miss Britt, who lived with Mrs. Cate, who is her sister. To annoy the young man, Mrs. Cates put on men's clothing, and pretended to be courting the young lady, which exasperated Phillips so much that he drew a pistol and fired it, taking effect upon the breast of Mrs. Cate, who lived but twenty minutes after being shot. This is the same Phillips who, some three weeks ago, struck a citizen on the back of his head, which almost proved fatal.


Cotton goods

The Augusta (Ga.) Factory has followed the commendable example of the Athens and the Macon factories, and fixed the prices of their cotton goods at rates below what could have been extorted from the necessities of the people. It has also provided that they will only sell to such merchants as will pledge themselves not to charge at retail more than two cents per yard over the wholesale prices they pay the factory. This affords the merchant a fair profit for his time and labor and expenses, and protects the public from speculation on their necessities.


Proposed Tax on cotton.

It is stated that Governor Brown will recommend to the next Legislature of Georgia to levya tax of $26 per bale on all cotton raised in that State the present year, and if the cotton does not pay the tax, that other property of the planter be sold for that purpose.


Burning of the steamer Sabine.

From the Houston Telegraph, of the 29th ult., we learn that the steamboat Sablue, from a Texas port to a Louisiana port, engaged in the coasting trade, encountered a Federal blockading steamer off Calcanean, and was run ashore and set fire to by her owner and entirely consumed. She had a valuable cargo.


The Eastern Farming Squadron.

The number of Gloucester (Mass.) fishing vessels lost off George's Bank, in the gale of February 24, was fifteen, and the number lost January I was four. By the loss of these 19 vessels 138 men were drowned, laying 70 widows and 147 children to be provided for.

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