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DELLEVUE, N. T.
THURSDAY, MARCH 11,1853.
Poppleton a Know Kothlnf.
Omaha City has just passed through a
heated and excited municipal election.
Poppleton and Dyers were the candidates
fof "Mayor.' We believe Mr. Toppleton
received 68 majority, and we know that
both hare claimed to be Democrats si
monpvrt; and at to the Democracy of
Mr. Hjorsj we have nothing to sny, as we
have never heard any charges ngninst
it, and only know him a n goutleinau.
Mr. Poppleton was a member of the first
Legislature, and we think it is due him in
point of position to My, that with the help
of A. J. Ilunscom in always recognizing
him fir si, when he rone to speak, provid
ed he obtained the floor He (Pop
pleton) was the leader of the clique and
also leader of the majority of the lower
Iteuse, at least as far as cheating the peo
ple out of their just rights, ly every spe
cie! of unfair and illegitimate legislation
was concerned. He was also a member
of the last Legislature, and the body he
was a member of, had the good sense and
intelligence with a proper regard for his
previous connection with the affairs of
the first Legislature to leave him in a
miserable minority. In the interim of
his being a member of the first legisla
ture and up to the time of his nomination
far Mayor of Omaha, he was at many
primary meetings in various parts
cfj tho Territory assisting to organize the
grqat Democratic Tarty. Mr. Poppleton
is a prominent lawyer of Omaha City,
and is, as in justice we must concede, a
yoang'msn of some ability, but it is now
charged, and upon oath too, that he par
ticipated in running an institution in Oma
ha styled and known as a Know Nothing
lodge. This we confess is a grave
charge, especially against a young man
of Poppleton's Democratic pretensions.
Again we understand thnt the Lodge he
assisted in running was not instituted by
the regular order. We think it would be
sufficient to damn nny young politician of
any kind of pretensions, for nil future
timo, to have acted with the Dark Lan
tern, prescriptive set of secret politicians,
bill to belong to a Bogus Lodge makes the
deed doubly reprehensible, n e call at
tention to the atlidavit belo', charging
Mr." Poppleton with Know Nothingism,
which was posted in Omaha City, on the
i m s I s u
oay oi me last municipal election. e
hope Mr. Poppleton will, if he can, ex
plain away these charges:
, "I, William N. Dyers, do solemnly
swear that, sometime in the coring of
1655, 1 was invited by Andrew J. Pop
pi ton to visit a room on the second floor,
and in the south-east corner, of the baud
ing Knowu as tne "Uiu state House, m
- As we were passing up the stairs to
said room, 1 asked Mr. Poppletou hisob
t'ectin vis'lhg said room, which question
ib declined answering, saying I would
soon see. Upon enteritis said room, we
were met by A. J. Hanscom, with a book
or paper in his hand, from which he read
an oath which he desired me to take, I
enquired what thy were doing, and re
ceived in effect the following answer:
We are KNJW NOTHINGS, and are
organizing a lodge here.' I asked who
started it, and they said Mr. Jones, of
Iowa; who I then remembered having
seen in Omaha sometime before, and to
whom I had had an introduction but no
further acquaintance and I do not re
member bavin? seen him since about the
time of which I tpeak.
I then aked them for what purpose
they were making the organisation, and
received-in arwer, from either Mr.
Ilanswrn or Mr. Poppleton, the followiug
words: 'THE DAMNED IRISH ARK
GETTING SO THICK HERE, that
we want something to whip them with.
By God, we will show them at the next
election whether they will compel us to
elect such men as Bill Clancey to the
I think Mr. Purple was in the room at
the time, and that he was a member of
After the above conversation. Mr.
Poppleton went down stairs, and returned
with Mr. J. W. Paddock, who was met
at the door by A. J. Hanscom, who again
repeated the Know Nothing oath, which
Mr. Paddock also refused to take, and he
and myself withdrew from the nom and
went down staira, and that is the last time
I ever entered a Kuow Nothing lodge,
and I never expect to again. I was only
induced to enter the said room by the
earnest solicitation and persuasion of raid
A-J. Poppleton, and would have done
o under no circunutauces, had I known
the object for which he invited me; and 1
now declare that I am not now, nor was
not then, a Know Nothing. I did not
subscribe to any oath, book, or paper of
any kind whatsoever, and never had any
knowledge whatsoever of any other Know
Nothing lot. Wiit.it.y N. Hvriit.
Sworn to and subscribed hrforo "me
this S7th day of February, 185S.
J. (J. SEELY,
Juittct of Iht Ftact.
ftecretarr f Nebraska.
Some of our cotempories have Riven
credence to the rumor that N. E. Welch
is to appointed Secretary of this Terri
tory. We are unwilling to believe the
Administration tan inflict so great a
wrong upon our people. We do not re
cognize Mr. Welch as a resident of Ne
braska, nor do we consider him a proper
person to hold so important an office. Du
ring his four months stay in the Territory,
he became universally unpopular with
our citiaens, and so strongly is the feeling
against him, we are confident that ninety
nine out of every hundred persons who
made his acquaintance, would protest
against the nppointinent.
The success of an Administration de
pends much upon the efficiency and popu
larity of its appointees. This is particu
larly true of the Territories. Then why
should we be buriheued with official
whom our people cannot respect I We
re-iterate what we have more than once
before asserted, that T. B. Cuming, the
present worthy incumbent of the office of
Secretary, has the confidence of our poo
nlo who would greatly deprecate the
We find the above in the Nebraskinn
of the 3d inst., which is in keeping with
everything of a personal nature, appear
ing weekly in that sheet. If the people
of Ncbras'.a should speak they would
pronounce the article false in three par
ticulars ; first, a thousand residents of
Nebraska know, of their own personal
knowledge, that Mr. Welch hns been a
permanent resident of Nebraska, living
in Omaha City, not forty rods from the
office of the Nebraskinn, the last eight
months raft; second, "that there is a
strong feeling against him," is as un-
ushingly untrue ns the first charge.
Mr. Welch is a young man with o polish
ed education and gentlemanly bearing,
with urbane and social qualities that made
im a great favorite with tho people.
And with one exception, the editor of the
Nebraskian is the only one we ever heard
speak a single word against the purity of
his character, integrity of his purpose,
or his unpopularity as a young politician;
thirdly, that "T. B. Cuming has the con-
fitUtice of our people." Now we do not
desire to repeat what has so many times
been said by almost everybody in the
Territory, and rehashed again through
every paper in the Territory, except the
Nebraskian, about Cuming and his course
in this Territory ; for we believe that God
and Providenco have much to do with
ealing justice to the eminently wicked
and corrupt, and by such an affliction
Cuming is receiving all the punishment
he can bear.
Truth will out. Welch was not a sup
porter of Chspman for Congress Cum
ing was. The people of tho Territory
fully understood all this, but the article
was written against Mr. Welch for the
purpose of infusing a little poison in old
Buck's ear, to make another strike for
Chapman, Cuming & Corruption, at the
expense of peronol reputation, consisten
cy, justice and truth, but, thank God, we
have a President in old Buck with enough
of the Jackaonion mettle, as we have
seen in his appointment of Governor
and Chief Justice to respect the wishes of
the people. We presume the President
will be fully advised as to the character
of Mr. Welch by Gen. Cass, for whom
he was private Secretary, for severa
years. Although we say this much in
justice to Mr. Welch sts a gentleman and
an honorable man ; we say further that
he is not our first choice for Secretary
The Hon. P. C. Ward, uf New York
who we believe has claims to this position
is our choice. We know him to be
gemlf man, of that business and politico
experience, that would peculiarly fit hirn
for the position of Secretary of the Ter
ritory, having- sustained for the last fif
teen years, since his entrance into politi
cat life, first in Pennsylvania, his native
State, then in New York, an unspotted
and untarnished political reputation as a
reliable, consistent, sound and uncompro
mising XJeinocrst. Having tilled many
positions of honor, boiu elective and by
appointment, and refusing many sought
to be thrust upon him. he would if ap
pointed Secretary of the Territory bring
that ripe experience and sound practical
ability to the discharge of its responsible
duties, that we so much need in a young
Territory like Nebraska.
Laws paused aC Florence.
The following are the acts passed by
he Territorial Legislature at the close of
tits session at Florence :
Joint resolution relative to printing the
1. An act to provide a Criminal Code.
2. An act to establish a Ferry across
the Missouri River at Aspinwall in N
i itnh:v (V.mty,
3. An act supplementary to ah act en
titled an act to create a new election dis
trict in the northern portion of Douglas
4. An act to incorporate the town of
6. An act to incorporate the Nebraska
6. An act to provide for the election of
four additional representatives.
7. An act to incorporate the Parkers
burg Land Co.
8. An act to amend the charter of the
Bank of Florence.
0. An act to create a new election dis
trict in the northern portion of Douglas
10. An act to incorporate Marietta.
11. An act to incorporate the Emerson
12. An act relating to school lands.
13. An act to organize the County of
Green and locate the County seat thereof.
14. An act to dissolve the bonds of
matrimony between Jas. B. Hickman and
Salinn II. Hickman.
15. Joint Resolution to Public Printer.
16. An act to amend an act entitled
17. Joint resolution relative to public
An act to provide for the collection of
levenue," approved Feb. 13, 1857.
18. An act to re-locale the seat of
19. An act to provide for the election
JO. An net to incorporate tho town of
'lutiford in Sarpy County.
21. An act to incorporate Tecumseh in
22. An net to incorporate the town of
Liberty in Cass County.
23. An act io incorporate the town of
Beatrice in Gage County.
24. An act to authorize the Commis
ioners to locate a Territorial road from
)esoto to Tekamu.
25. An act to incorporate the town of
Cambridge in Otoe County.
26. An act to incorporate the Monroe
erry and Bridge Co.
27. An act to establish a Ferry across
tho Missouri river at Liberty in Cuss Co,
28. Act to incorporate the town of
Watervillc in Cass County.
29. An act to locate a Territorial road
from Desoto in W ashincton County to
Elkhorn City, Douglas County.
30. An act to locate and establish a
Territorial road from Nebraska City to
31. An act to locate a Territorial
road from Bellevue to Omaha City.
32. An act to locate a Territorial road
from Peru in Nemaha County to inter
sect the Millitary road leading from
Leavenworth in Kansas to Ft. Kearney
33. An act to re-locato the seat of
34. An act to exempt the homestead of
families from forced tale or execution to
I.ola Monies on Gallantry.
On Weduesday night, Lola Montez de
livered a lecture in New York, on the
subiect of "Gallantry." She thus dis
posed of ihe King of Bavaria ond Jona
" Of King Louis of Bavaria she spoke
at some length, extolling his love ot art
and his platonic love, remarking that
those natures which were too gross to
consider the latter could not realize how
it could be experienced by others. His
negligence of d ess she noticed, remark
ing that in the matter of old coats he
would rival a celebrated American editor,
(Laughter.) He worshipped beauty like
one of the old troubadours. The Inited
Slates was too practical a nation to enter
tain a tpiril of gallantry. It required too
much leisure. She did not mean that
there was not plen-.y of courting, but the
love o' the United States seemed to her
too much a business. The gentlemen
made love in a truly businesslike manner.
They would manage the heart of a pret
ty woman as easily as they did the slocks
on 'Change, (laughter.) and the panics
which they creattd in the social markets
beat the revulsions of stocks in the re
gions of business. She believed that the
American was regarded as a dull fellew
who could not win the heart of a lady,
make a thousand dollars and Hart a bank
of a million dollars capital before break-
fust, (laughter.) But for all this, there
was a good deal of honest love for wo
men, and our gallants could dive deeper
and come up drier than any other men in
the world. (Liughter. ) She related the
reply of Franklin to Madame Helvetius,
I l I 'SIS' I
wnen sue wuneu nun to postpone hi
journey for her sake, that ' he would post
pone his enterance to Paradise from b
o'clock in the morning till 4 o'clock in the
afternoon, for the privilege of an hour
with surh a lady" and remarked that
this could not be extravagant, for there
wai no extravagance in love ; and she
had never met a Frenchman who would
not postpone any idea of Paradise alto
gether for the take of a pretty woman.
The Senate Committee on Territories
will report against the admission of Ore
I rn, Invade of an in"vPWTt pppu'virtn.
. Correspondence of the Gstette.
Omaha, N.T., March 4, 1S58.
Dtat Gaxtttt: Whew, whew, what a
smoke our municipal election has caused !
It's hardly cleared away yet, not exact
ly certain what's did, and what's not did.
718 votes cast for Mayor, Poppleton re
ceived 392; Byers, 326. 650 voters
didn't care a " continental damn" which
beat, fell just like the old woman who
saw her husband in a desperate struggle
with the bear, says she, "go it old hoss,
go it old bruin, devil of a bit do I care
Nobody would consent to take the office
that the people wanted, consequently the
field was left to Byers and Poppleton, old
cronies, old partners. The people fell as
f they might as well vote for one as the
other. Generally the same objections
that applied to one, applied to the other.
People 5U;picious. dark hints about
Know Nothingism. Pop's friends charg
ed Byers with having opposed the intro
duction of foreigners into the Territory.
Byers retaliated, came out in an affida
vit on the morning of the election, swore
that Poppleton and Hanscom undertook
to initiate him into a Know Nothing
Lodge here in Omaha during the first
session of the Legislature. Some people
aken by surprise, others, not. Top got
lold of the affidavit, read it, jumped
right up four feel, liked to have fallen
tackwards, one hand raised high up in
the air, he swore 'twas u " damned lie,
got up for electioneering purposes," then
took a shoot for Irish town, as striaght as
a bee line, met a son of " ould Ireland,"
shook him by the hand, treated to bad
whisky then at a 2-40 pace to the Doug-
as House then around town generally,
coat tail out at angle of 45 degrees.
Say old follow, did you ever see a pig
ump, " cut up" and run, after his tail had
been eliminated from his body ? Well, if
you have, you can approximate to a faint
idea of what a figure Pop cut while run
ning through town. He finally subsided
Things looked queer, Hanscom cuss'd
inardly, said 'twas true, but 'twas a
shabby trick in Byers to tell on 'em. Sal
isbury winked, Rediek looked down,
Rankin tickled, "laughed in his sleeves,"
glad to have company he you know, was
a Know Nothing at Keokuk, always has
been a blot on his democracy. He is glad
to have Pop and Hans in the same fix
with himself. It turns out that all three,
(they, who claim to be the sunon pure
true blue democrats, and who lately at
tempted to organize the democratic party
for their own especial benefit,) have nl
been members of the Know Nothing or
der. Well, you know the old adaue.
" when rogues fall out," See, but it's just
as true, they tell the truth on each other.
Pop comes o l with a printed disclaimer,
but he only denied being a Know Noth
ing at the pitsent time, he didn't deny
having been one at some former time.
Nobody charged him with being one at
present. Well, Pop is elected, but it is
worse than a defeat. The democrats who
voted for him, say they have been deceiv-
ed, never suspected him of having been
a Know Nothing. If the affidavit of By
ers' had come out three days before the
election, neither Pop nor Byers would
have received fifty votes. However, it is
just as well as it is. The Clieque is done
for. The developments are rich, more
Yours, fitc, QUIZ.
That Rankin, or any one but ourself
writes the editorials of the Nebraskian,
or any portion of them, is as false as
Bovven and Strickland are la.
Mr. Robertson, we will bet you a cot
ton hat, an Omaha Scrip Lot, or fifteen
cents, hard money, that you do not write !
all the editorials of the Nebraskian; and
further that Rankin did write the article
for the Nebraskian, that we alluded to;
and still further, that tor can prove it.
Imitation or a High ExAMrte
The Senate of Tennessee has caught the
Grow and Keitt infection at Washington,
and "gone in." The Senators from
Maury and Shelby, Messrs. Whitthorne
and Walker, struck up a little muss to en
liven the monotony. The Nashville Pat
riot of Tuesday says of it :
Mr. Whitthorne rose to a point of or
der. Mr. Walker, interrupting, said the
gentleman from Maury had risen to a
point of order, but was proceeding to the
discussion of something else. Mr. Whitt
horne replied, that sl owed how little he
knew alout it. Mr. Walker rejoined
that Mr. W hitthorne had been drunk all
the morning, and wondered if he thought
him so. Mr. Whitthorne retorted that
that was a damned lie, whereupon Mr.
Walker struck him in the face wiih a
book, and the parties cliiichcd. They
were separated without material injury to
We recognize the Nebraska Adverti
ser, R. W. Furnas, editor, as one of our
best local exchanges. The last number,
March 4, is replete with local news. The
editorials bear marks of that candid, im
partial and diguified character which
should characterise a public journal.
While Robertson is makirg such heavy
drafts upon his demented brain, to retail
slanderous and libelous scurrility agains(
Furnas, he would do well t a look over the
editorials of the Advertiser, and take due
notice thereof, and govern himself accord
ingly. Destructive Fire In St. Louis.
One of the most calamitous events that
has ever occurred in this city, involving a
fearful extent of loss to life and property,
transpired on Saturday morning, Feb. 20,
between the hours of three and four.
The Pacific Hotel, situated on the corner
of Poplar and Seventh street, together
with the contents of a number of stores
on the hrst iioor beneath, was entirely
consumed by fire, nothing remained but
the blackened and crumbling walls.
The loss of .property, tho' large, is
nothing to the destruction of human lives
which this catastrophe has occasioned.
From the best information we can gather
there were about one hundred persons
sleeping in the Hotel nt the time of the
occurence. It appears that the entire
building was enveloped in the raging ele
ment before scarcely any of the lodgers
were awakened to a full sense of their
danger. And when the inmates were
finally aroused it was only to find all op
portunities of egres closed to them, for
the staircases in front and behind were
already gone or so nearly so that an at
tempt to escape by those means would be
only rushing into the arms of inevitable
death. The scene that enucd baffles any
effort nt description. The rushing of
men, women and children to and fro to
avoid '.he blistering heat and to search for
ways to reach the street the shrieks of
the terror-stricken ond ; the groans of
those bound to their rooms by walls of
scorching fire the thouts of those who
had been called to the spot from the sur
rounding neighborhood the clambering
over swojing and reeling joists the fall
ing floors with their load of heavy furni
ture and their dearer burden of human
lives all this and more that was intense
ly terrible and fearful, it is not given to
our pen to adequately describe.
The stairs gone, the roof and floors
inch by inch, giving way, and the lurid
flames shooting up momentarily thicker
and hotter, many sought to escapo the
impending hazard of being burned to
death, thro' the scarcely less dangerous
prospect of jumping from the windows
Besides the loss of a great number of
lives, estimated as being between twenty
ond thirty, of which thirteen bodies have
been found, about $40,000 .worth of prop
erty was destroyed, insured for about
Had the boks of the Hotel been saved
it nvght have been easy to estimate the
number of the lost. But it is even dim
cult to enumerate those who have escaped,
tor they are scattered about in various
parts of the city, and the whereabouts of
but few is yet ascertained. Vo. Rtpub
lican. , "-,
A singular and fearful explosion, from
defective gas-pipes, took place on the 19th
ult., in tho Methodist Protestant Church,
on Sixth street, near Race, by which some
ten or twelve person were seriously in
jured, and two or three of them, it is fear-
! ejt fatally
The church has been recently refitted.
I indeed almost entirely rebuilt, ond was
opened for religious exercises for the first
lime last Sunday. A protracted meeting
or revival ha- been in progress for a few
days past, and about seven o clock some
fifteen persons entered the basement.
where evening service was to be held,
when a strong odor of gas was observed,
causing much remark and an effort to
discover the locality of the leakage.
A man named James Morgan obtained
a candle and ran it along a portion of the
pipe, which was laid under the floor of
the basement ond above the ceiling, under
tne noor ot the church, but perceived no
evidence of the escaping gas. He then
applied the light to the box containing the
meter, behind the front door, and a blaze
burst forth, so frightening two or three
persons that they rushed into the street.
An alarm of fire was sounded from the
tower on the Mechanic's Institute, and
water having been brought in buckets,
the flames were soon extinguished.
Persons were moving about the base
ment whi'-h h divided into a lecture
room in the rear, and three or four small
apartments, separated from each other by
a main entrance end believed the cause
of the ias odor had been discovered,
when of a sudden a tremendous explosion
took place, tearing up the floor, shattering
the walls, and making a wreck of the
basement. In the church above, half of
the pews were torm up, the windows bro
ken, portions of the floor blown as high
as the ceiling, and the doors forced fioin
iheir hinges into the street. The exnlo
sion was heard at the dis'ance of half a
mile, and its force equaled that of gun
Of course, everything was confusion
and consternation at once. Those in the
church, it was supposed, were killed, and
n lar? crowd f persons, drawn thither
by the noise, collected in a few moments
near the Fpot. A search was immediate
ly begun for the injured, some of whom
were taken from ainona broken limber.
and fractured wall, in a condition that
j renAer.A ;, ;mnftB1;v,'u ,n
ctt.r.t of ,heir'
Cvxrinnili Enquirer, t
Local & Territorial.
Thc M issocai on a BtPDia. -The
Missouri, which has been closed at this
point but a few weeks, broke up early
Monday morning, March 8, and is now
filled with floating ice. We Understand
that the ice gorged near the mouth of the
Pappillion Creek, and piled up on the
Ferry Boat, Vhich was sunk near by,
rendering it impossible to raise it, and is
now a total wreck.
At Omaha, the breaking up of the ice
was attended with equally as disastrous
results. Steam had been kept up on the
Ferry Boat all day Sunday and the fol
lowing night, but those having the boat
in charge, neglected to keep a safficient
quantity of wood on board, and about 5
o'clock, Monday morning, when the steam
was nearly exhausted, the ice commenced
to move down and pile on the deck of the
boat, making it necessary to shove it into
the stream, to save it from being crushed.
It floated down the river during the day,
within two or three miles of Bellevue, and
made a landing high and dry on a sand
bar, where it remains,' pretty effectually
used up. . - . ,
The Washington City, Gov. Cuming's
Hotel, which has been anchored at Omaha
since last spring, caught a migratory spirit
and concluded to take French leave. , It set
out before daylight on a sort of privateer
ing expedition, without as much as saying,
' by your leave," to its proprietor, carry
ing with it a man by the name of Hulburt,
who was sleeping on the boat. He was
awakened from his slumbers by the crack
ing of the ice, and supposing that the boat
was going to pieces, run to the hurricane
deck, without stopping to complete his
toilet, and frantically seizing the bell rope,
commenced . furiously le ring the bell,
at the same time shouting at the top of hit
voice, "Fire! Fire !! Murder! Murder!!
Help! Help!!" till the boat finally made
a landing, some distance below its starting
point, where he was afterward reliered
from his agonizing situation, more scared
The river broke up last year on the 26th
of March, and the first boat, the St. Mary,
arrived on the 2Sth. We shall probably ,
have a boat here from St. Louis, in a short
time " Let it come, we repeat it sir, let
it come !" . .
Fire. A fire broke out in the Black
smith shop of P. W. Lane, Tuesday even
ing last, consuming the building, and
all his tools. The loss although not a
large one, will be ssverely felt by Mr. L.,
in these hard times. Mr. Lane is an in
dustrious and hard working mechanic,
and we hope our citizens will not fail to
render him all the assistance that he may
need, to build another shop. J
There are several buildings in the pro
cess of construction, in this city, ' not
withstanding the hard times.
The weather during the past few days,
has been exceedingly fine. Yesterday, at
2, P. M., the Mercury stood at 62 degrees
above zero, in the shade. This is the high-
est point the Mercury has reached this
year. Our farmers will soon be able to
Averill Si Co., are erecting a large two
story frame building, for a store and
dwelling, on Main Street.
Joseph E. Pray, is preparing to erect a
frame building on Main Street, nearly op
posite Horn & Go's Store.
T. M. McCord, who has been absent
fromour city, a short time, on a visit to'
the east, arrived home last Tuesday.
Large numbers of wild Geese and
Ducks are winging their way northward.
We acknowledge the receipt of the
New York Tribune, Times, Herald, Por
ter's Spirit, Ballou's Pictorial, and the
New York Ledger, from Wool worth,
Omaha. Tboso that wish to procure cook
ies of the Ledger, containing Mrs. South,
worth's " Bride of an Evening," can la
accommodated at Wool worth's. He has
on hand, all of the back numbers contain-,
ing that tale.
Our readers will not fail to read the pro
posals for building the Court House, to be
found io our advertising columns.
Now is the time to plant Fruit and
Shade Trees. Let do one that owns a
' foot of ground, neglect it. We hepe er
cry farmer in Sarpy County, will aet out
large orchards this season, and in a few
years tbey will be rewarded with a boun
taful supply of luscious fruits. ' While a
MAM'inM r. rA will nknA tK valllSl
of your fanns, there is no occupation that
is more elevating and enobling than that
of raWnj fmit anJ fruit trees. . ' ,. ".