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lavery, nor the power to interfere with the slave trade," was offered as an adjustment. The Conference is in session to-night, and strong efforts are being made to come to a conclusion on the subject before adjournment. The most reliable report as to the construction of Lincoln's Cabinet is that Mr. Seward will be Secretary of State; Mr. Bates, or Missouri, Attorney General; Mr. Gilmore, of North Carolina, Secretary of the Navy; C. B. Smith, of Indiana, Secretary of the Interior; Mr. Wells, Postmaster General; Gen. Cameron, of Pennsylvania, Secretary of the Treasury. Several gentlemen are prominently mentioned for Secretary of War. The statement is thus communicated without vouching for its accuracy. Private advices received to-day from Montgomery say that very soon a Commissioner will be appointed by the Southern Confederacy, accredited to the new Administration, and that in the meantime no measure will be taken with a view to dislodge the Federal forces now in posse
uestion of superiority between the beautiful Bettie Ward and the pride of Ascension, Sid Story. Poor Sid, lamed after he defeated the game Lightning in the mud on the first day of the last tournament over the Metairie and never showed again. The Doswell Stake, which will come off on Monday, the 1st April, will bring into the field the crack two-year-olds of their year, in a Sweepstakes of $500 subscription, $250 ft., $50 dec., with $500 added by the Club, heats, one mile. Of the twenty-four nominations in this stake sixteen have been declared not to start and one has died, leaving seven capable of starting. Among these is Ninette, own sister to Planet, and twice a winner this fall; Regret, winner of the Gold Cup Stake, at Natchez, Col. Richards' imp. ch. c. by West Australian; Gen. Wells' b. c. by Lexington; Col. Bingaman's b. c. Tom Reddy, by Imp. Scythian; Mr. Poindexter's b. f. by Imp. Albion; and Col. John Campbell's ch. f. by the "old horse" (Wagner,) out of Mary Taylor.
hile ox-carts, loaded with timber, were struggling along the deep ravines, and recently-felled trees and split boards lay on every side. I had never seen anything like it before; and as I got nearer the village I saw, not far off, derrick after derrick, with men busily engaged at the base and upon the top of them, boring for the precious oil. My excitement quickened rapidly. I hastened forward, my horse throwing the muddy water from, heels to head, until I found myself in the midst of the "Wells," and soon at the door of a hotel, half-finished, with no steps to the front door, so that it was necessary to enter the back way — the house being on a steep hill-side, there was no difficulty. I never saw such a "mess," to use a vulgar expression, before-- saddles and saddle-bags, bags of beans, dried apples, peaches and potatoes, and barrels of flour, all piled up together in the passage and in the dining-room, amid mud and dirt. I looked for a stable, but it had not been built — a shed
two or three prominent text-books by Northern authors, with works of the same character and equal merit, the product of Southern intellect and industry. The publishers of Smith's Grammar send annually to the Southern States 60,000 copies of that work; Barton's, a work written by an Alabamian, does not reach one-third that circulation; Butler's, a Kentucky book, scarcely one-third; and that of McRoberts, one of the best ever published, sells at the rate of perhaps 2,509 per annum. Brown's, Wells', Weld's, Frost's, Kirk, ham's and Fowler's, all written and published by Northern men, circulate extensively in the South, to the exclusion of those Southern books we have named. Nor is this difference between the circulation of Northern and Southern books confined to Grammars.--The talented Caroline Lee Heintz, whose labors in the field of literature have rendered her name a household word in every village, North as well as South, published a Reader second to none ever issued from the pre
correspondence of the Richmond Dispatchthe oil region — Polics --Fine country — Need of enterprise, &c., &c., Parkersburg, Va. March 21, 1861. I wrote you, some days ago, from "Three Forks," in Roane county; gave you some account of the "Oil Wells," the improvement in the country since my visit, three years ago, and some information in regard to the political sentiments of the people. Since then, I have ridden about 200 miles, throughout Wirt, Roane, Wood, Ritchie and Jackson counties, and have not failed, I think, in any instance, when occasion offered, to follow up these investigations. Almost every stranger in the country is regarded as an "oil man," "prospecting," as they call it; and when I tell you that I, too, have taken a "lease," and might have been seen, more than once, examining the banks of creeks, and discussing, from house to house the "oil fever," you might think the charge a true one; yet, that was not the object of my visit altogether.
Metaire Races--Second day. --The race was for the Doswell stakes, for two year olds, one mile heats, $500 subscription, half forfeit.-- The entries were Doswell's Ninette, Camp' s (Minor's) Regret, Richard' s imp. c. by Australian out of Emilia; Wells' Uncles True, Bingaman' s Tom Reddy. Poindexter' s b. f. by Albion, dam by Sovereign, and Campbell's b. f. by Wagner out of Mary Taylor. It was won by Richard' s imp. c. in 1:49 ½, 1:48 ¾. Ninette was distanced the first heat.
Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.Remarkable balloon Ascenston. R. and D. Railroad, April 13, 1861. Mr. Wells, the Æronaut, made an ascension with his ballon, at Raleigh, N.C., on Thursday evening, the 11th inst., at 6 o'clock. He remained over the city about four hours, in consequence of the calmness of the atmosphere, after which the balloon moved off, and kept in the direction of the Raleigh and Gaston Railroad, until arriving near Ridgeway, N. C., where he got in a different current, which took him over the town of Clarksville, Va., about five o'clock in the morning. He landed near Clover Depot, Halifax county, Va., on the morning of the 12th inst., about 6 o'clock. Clover.
n o'clock the next (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 st; but his brother officers, who had arrived that evening in York, and who, it is believed, were mainly instrumental in procuring 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 was carried into effect, the Judge had an in
l prove himself worthy of the palmiest days of the republic. Roanoke may well be proud to entrust her honor and liberty in their hands. One is an Artillery company, Capt Hupp, the other two are Rifle, Captains Dyerle and Rock. We have two companies of Home Guard, one of which the members are to be over fifty years old, or others who are muster free. The members of the other are between the age of twelve and eighteen. The two companies together number about one hundred and thirty. Mr. Wells, the able and efficient professor of Mathematics in Roanoke College, is engineer of our Aridity company now in service. The Hon. H. A. Edmundson, Mr. Wm. Watts, an eminent lawyer, and representative of Roanoke in the State Convention of 18--, and Mr. H. A. Blair, States Attorney, are members of the Rifle Company. Every member of the three companies is of the highest respectability and standing in society. Any one may well understand what they volunteer for. Ah when one's rights are mena
erican flag amidst the greatest enthusiasm. Agents of secessionists--one killed and another wounded. Hardly had the soldiers been there five minutes till they had arrested and under guard many secessionists, namely a tavern-keeper named Wells, Mr. Knox, a merchant; Chas. Matthews, Superintendent of that section of H. & O. R. R. Dr. Grant, defeated secession candidate for the Legislature and one Snodgrass, a constable. These men all seemed to expect nothing short of execution on the spot. They were arraigned before Colonel Kelly, who released Wells, Knotts and Grant, on their taking the oath of hty, but retained Matthews and Snodgrass. The trains soon after moved on down the first burned bridge, where the men disembarked and paraded in a meadow Col. Kelley then de ed six companies and started for Farmington, some three miles below, from which, it was said, the men who burnt the bridge had come, and where it was reported some fifty armed secession troops were stationed
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