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ion, and in the section of the country from which he came that subject was agitated as much as the subject of Federal relations. Ordinances of secession had been offered here, and resolutions upon the matter of military defence. If an Ordinance of Secession were to pass, the Commonwealth would have to be prepared to resist encroachments, and a standing army for that purpose, he contended, would cost millions upon millions. He alluded to the proposition of the gentleman from Northampton (Mr. Fisher ) in regard to granting this request for equality if the West would grant them an Ordinance of Secession. His people, he said, contended that the ad valorem system of taxation was right; and if right out of the Union, it was also right in the Union. He respectfully declined any such bargain. He deprecated the issue of Treasury Notes (which he called the shinplaster business,) to meet the million appropriation of the General Assembly, and contended that the State would lose 25 per cent.
the lightest word--"unfounded." Order was at length restored, and the Secretary proceeded to read the Constitution of the Confederate States, offered by Mr. Hall as a substitute for the Committee's report. After its conclusion-- Mr. Fisher, of Northampton, said he thought the Constitution of the Confederate States quite an improvement upon the Constitution of the United States; but it presented in this position an incongruity. It was adopted by, and referred to seven States, andhe had offered it sooner than he had proposed. He had no objection to its withdrawal, with the consent of the Committee. Several members--"I object." A motion to withdraw the substitute was then made and decided in the negative. Mr. Fisher moved that the Committee rise, and on that motion demanded the yeas and nays. The roll was then called, and the vote resulted — yeas 37, nays 76. The question recurring on the substitute, Mr. Hall, of Wetzel, said he had offered it wi
After some further remarks from Mr. Wise, Mr. Summers, of Kanawha, said that he thought, since the gentleman from Harrison was absent, the vote should not be taken now, though he did not feel at liberty to move that the Committee rise. He regarded the report of the committee as an improvement upon the Peace Conference propositions; if the vote were to be taken now upon the question of striking out and inserting, he would be compelled to vote against it. Remarks were made by Mr. Fisher, of Northampton, in favor of taking the vote at once. Mr. Clemens renewed the call for a division of the question, but Mr. Harvie objected, and the Convention sustained the objection. Mr. Early did not want his vote to be constructed as a condemnation of the Peace Propositions. Mr. Baldwin said that in giving his vote he did not view the present as a test question in regard to the Peace Conference propositions. He was willing to take those propositions unamended, but he wou
Mr. Stuart, of Doddridge, desired to say a few words upon the subject. Gentlemen had not yet been talked to as plainly as he proposed to talk. He would avail himself of the opportunity to-morrow morning. The subject was then passed by. Committee of the whole. The Convention went into Committee of the Whole (Mr. Southall in the chair,) for the purpose of considering the report of the Committee on Federal Relations--Mr. Montague, of Middlesex, being entitled to the floor. Mr. Fisher, of Northampton, asked the gentleman from Middlesex to give way for a moment, to enable him to correct the report of his speech in the official organ of the Convention, the Richmond Enquirer. This having been done-- The Chairman requested the Secretary to read the 25th rule, prohibiting persons from walking about while a member was speaking. Mr. Montague resumed his remarks, and proceeded to argue in favor of the right of secession. The doctrine had been sneered at by gentlemen
, Branch, Bruce, Cecil, Chambliss, Chapman, Coffman, Conn, Jas. H. Cox, Echois, Fisher, Flourney, Garland, Graham, Gregory, Goggin, John Goode, Jr., Hale, Addison Hal to strike out. The amendment was then rejected — yeas 54, nays 80. Mr. Fisher, of Northampton, moved to amend the 9th resolution by inserting after the worrds "as they were constituted when this section was adopted," Debated by Mr. Fisher in favor, and Mr. Conrad in opposition. The amendment was then rejected.r, Blakey, Boissean, Borst, Bouldin, Branch, Cecil, Chamblise, Conn, R. H. Cox, Fisher, Graham, Gregory, John Goode, Jr. Harvie, Holcombe, Runten, Isbell, Kent, Kindrrt Y. Conrad, Couch, Richard H. Cox, Critcher, Custis, Deskins, Dorman, Echols, Fisher, Flournoy, French, Fugate, Garland, Gillespie, Graham, Gravely, Gray, Gregory, Conn, C. B. Conrad, R. Y. Conrad, R. H. Cox, Critcher, Deskins, Dorman, Echols, Fisher, Flournoy, French, Fugate, Garland, Gillespie, Graham, Gravely, Gray, Gregory,
iled under and over the bridge to aid the flames and accelerate the work of destruction. The light from the flames of the burning bridges caused an alarm of fire in this city. The Melville bridge cost $6,000. The telegraph wires and poles along the road were also cut in several places. The railroad bridge at Canton, over Harris' Creek, was also destroyed by fire at an early hour on Saturday. The Canton bridge was entirely destroyed and fell into the creek. Capt. Boyd and Lieut. Fisher, with sixty of the policemen of the Western and Southern Districts, were dispatched at an early hour on Saturday morning, as also a company of Maryland Guard, to destroy the railroad bridges over the Gunpowder and Bush rivers, and other bridges nearer the city. After accomplishing the duty they returned to the city at half-past 1 o'clock, Saturday. From the Baltimore Sun, (Extra,) Monday, P. M.: The excitement which pervaded the city of Baltimore throughout the whole day of Su
(Tuesday) morning, he was removed to another cell, which was considered more secure, and heavily ironed. In this condition be remained for several hours, when Judge Fisher, at the request of several citizens, among whom was Lieut. Wells, of the Navy, had the irons removed. At a later hour the irons were again put on by the Sheriff, by order of the Judge, as is thought, in consequence of a dispatch received from the Governor. About sundown Judge Fisher entered the cell to state to Capt. Jenifer that he was released. During his confinement large numbers of persons, through curiosity, visited the prisoner in his cell. When informed of his release, Caing his release, insisted upon his lodging at their quarters. After remaining an hour or two, he went in company with Lieut. Wells, to pay a friendly visit to Judge Fisher, and thanked him for his kindness, when the latter informed him (Capt. J.) that he had just received another dispatch ordering his re arrest; but before this w
From Petersburg.[special correspondence of the Dispatch.] Petersburg, May 18, 1861. By a little stretch of the imagination, one might almost suppose that mother earth was in the act of giving birth to a martial off-spring, so many are the military companies that daily pass through our streets. The Petersburg Cavalry, 55 strong, under the command of Capt. Fisher, left yesterday morning, at 12 o'clock, in a special train. The horses were put six in a car, without any difficulty, with negroes to guard them. There was an immense assemblage of persons at the depot to see the company off. Among the many fine troops that have left Petersburg for the scene of war, none have surpassed the cavalry in soldierly appearance. Of the Mecklenburg troops and cavalry that have passed through here within the last day or two, it is unnecessary for me to speak in detail, as your citizens have had an opportunity to see them and form their own opinions. They were enthusiastically recei
e the shot, or whether they were struck by it, is not known. Perhaps they will return to-day and let us know; if so, you will hear from me to-morrow. Another fresh arrival of troops came this morning — a few of them occasionally drop in. Saturday morning, over three hundred soldiers, as fine as the world ever saw, arrived from that glorious Cockade town, Petersburg, and again last evening, one of the finest companies of cavalry from the same place. This company, in command of Captain Fisher, is certainly the best I ever saw. They are all mounted upon splendid horses, and every man of them fully equipped with a carbine, cavalry sword, and brace of six rifle barrel shooters. Some have even more than this. Every one is capable of firing thirteen, some eighteen shots; and then, if he has not time to reload, can draw his sword, and deal death and destruction to the foe. R. A. Worrell, Esq., our City Collector, died yesterday morning at 3 o'clock, after a long and painful
From Petersburg.[special correspondence of the Dispatch.] Petersburg, May 25, 1861. After several days of chilly weather, during which fires and overcoats were comfortable, the temperature is now balmy and delighful. During the late cold rains, some of our companies of volunteers at Norfolk suffered a good deal. The Cavalry, especially, were exposed; and many of the members who came up with the remains of Captain Fisher are laboring under severe catarrhal affections. The dedication of the new Presbyterian Church, of which the Rev. Theodorick Pryor, D. D., is pastor, will take place to-morrow afternoon. The Rev. Messrs, Martin, of Nottoway, and McIlwaine, of Amelia, with other ministers, are expected to participate in the ceremony. When Dr. Pryor came here several years ago, the congregation was small. But under his ministry there have been numerous accessions to the church, until at length a new building became necessary for their accommodation. The church edifice
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