Message from the acting Governor of Kansas.
--The message of acting-Governor Beck
, of Kansas
, to the Territorial Legislature, is mainly devoted to local affairs.
The financial condition of the Territory
is discouraging, owing in part to the disastrous effect of the drought.
The total number of acres subject to taxation are 3,900,000; total number of town lots 135,328, which are valued at $5,649,000; total amount of taxable property, $22,000,000--total of taxes levied in 1859 and 1860, $81,000 A part, ($23,000,) levied prior to 1857, remains unpaid.
He recommends township, county and municipal organization for the mineral regions of Western Kansas
In relation to the late disturbances in Lynn
and Bourbon counties
, he urges that steps be taken for the enforcement of the laws and the vindication of the Government
He recommends an expression of gratitude by the Legislature to the charitable who have given relief to the sufferers from the drought.
He also urges the repeal of the act of the last session prohibiting slavery, on the ground of its unconstitutionality.
In regard to national affairs, he thinks the present distracted state of the country is owing to the aggressive policy of the Republicans, and he urges conciliation for the Union
But it a dissolution takes place, he trusts that Kansas
will decline identification with either branch of the Union
, but establish a separate and independent government.