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Newt and Local Editor.
THURSDAY. JUNE 17. 1958.
Slavcrr and-the Churcbet. -
It ia known lo many of our readers,
that ia the year 13-14, the Methodist
Church of this country, split in two upon
the subject of Slavery. For years after
the separation, they wore in litigation,
respecting Church property lothe amount
of nearly one million dollars, which was
decided about three years since, in faror
of the Cruirca South. No benefit what
ever, has resulted from the 'separation,
bul much evil. If the right Liud of a
eparation had taken place, each branch
of the Church, would have been at peace
among themselves, at least. But as it is,
they have not only been at war against
each other, North and South, in the Courts,
in their Journals, and we fear in their
Hearts but tbey hare been in a state of
strife, contention, and anarchy, among
themselves, ia each of the two branches.
In the Northern Church, non-slave-holding
was not made a condition of mem
bership, although they separated from the
South, on that account. Hence, on the
border, ay Missouri, Kentucky, Mary
land, Virginia,' and Delaware, many of
the Slaveholders retain their connection
with the Northern branch of the Church.
The extremists of the Church North, pro
test against the continr tnce of these Slave
holders in it; and in all their Annual and
General Conferences, there is much acri
mony exhibited between them, and their
more ' conservative brethren, respecting
this matter The conservatives, with -hat
that little Methodist giant, Abel Stevens,
of New York, at their head, contend that
the Church has no conititutional right to
remove t these Slaveholders ; and, that to
remove them constitutionally, the c insti
tution must be altered. Said instrument
has Been passed around to all the Annual
Conferences,' by the Bishop, and failed of
genhig a, twc-tJhird rote,' which was ' nec
essary m order to its alteration. ; The re.
suit of this vote, shows ' the Methodist
Church North,' to k i Slavebolding
Church,-r-constiiutionally so, and the om
nipotent, majority refusing to alter it, in
that respect. - The ultras are getting des
perate ; even daring to wag their tongues
ageing certain of the Bishops, as abettors
and defenders of what they call the sum
ofeJl villoinit. The next General Con
ference, which meets in Buffalo, in I860,
will be a stormy time. ' The ultra men,
wilt .either rule or ruin. If they ennnot
pass a law, constitution or no constitution,
to oust aveity Slaveholder, they will come
out from among ihem. If they do pass
such a law, the border brethren will set
up for themselves, so , in either, .or any
event, we shall have another split on this
subject, in the Northern Church.
;In the Southern branch, they have been
a little more united, bul still the seeds of
discord are in the soil, and the noctious
weeds ef angry discussion often appear.
Last week, the General Conference of
the Church South, the highest and only
law making body they have, expunged a
a rule , from their Discipline, that has
been there since the days of Wesley, by a
vote of ) 40 to 8, forbidding "the buying
and selling of men, women, and children,
with an intent to enslave them.
Quite discussion sprung up, evidently
showing that there was much opposition
te expunging a rule that had so long ob
tamed. The enect will be to raise up a
party of progressives who will contend
for Its restoi ation. Thus will the war
progress, right in the very heart of Africa.
The fact cannot be disguised, that the
American Churches, as well as many of
the religious Benevolent Societies, are at
this moment, on the verge of . anarchy
and ruin, growing out of this subject.
Baptists. Methodists, and New School
Presbyterians, have already split in two
and yet their views are more numerous
and divergent than ever. Other denomt
nations have to study, to their wits end
in' their legislative assemblies, to keep
down the over-heated fires of angry dis
cussion. The American Tract Society, a
few .week since, showed two parties
nearly equal ia numbers, as belligerent
and hostile as. men could well be. Church
es all through the Northers and Eastern
Slates, are closed, as (be result of diverse
opinions and bitter feelings, on the subject,
of Slavery. A11 through the Northern tier
of Slave Stales, the soodition of things is
not much better. The fact cannot be dis-
puised. that things are tending UH toward
th two Doles. . If such atate of affairs
contiue, and we see no possible way
verting them, the ( watchwords of the
Church, must be, 'North and South!
Slavery and Anti-Slavery !
This Boat was built expresily for the
Missouri River trade, some two years
since. In dimensions, ,l.e is 225 feet
long, 30 feet in the beam, and 6 in the
hold. No Boat of larger dimensions, can
be insured upon this stream. Her cost
waa $40,000. Her entire "crew consists
of 64 persons. The officers aro 14 in
number, consisting of 1 Master, 1 Clerk,
2 Assistants, 2 Pilots, 1 Mate, 2 Engin
eers and 2 Assistants, 1 Carpenter, and 1
The Cabin crew consists of 1 Steward,
with 1 Assistant, 5 Ceoka, 10 Waiters
and 4 others:' K' ' ' . '
The Deck hands consists of 4 Firemen,
4 Freight hands, with some 20 Rouse
abouts," all under the control of the Mate.
The average expenses, per day, in port
and out, during the past season, was $250.
This amount multiplied by nine months,
the period she was running, makes $67,-
500, aa the total expenses of the season.
The expenses of course are various. The
fuel is no small item. Store bills for pro
visions, each trip, amount to about $1000 ;
and the salaries of those employed, each
month, about $3,500, besides repairs, in-
surance, agents, advertising ana otner
items too numerous to mention.
During the nine months, she made 1 1
trips 7 to Sioux City, 1 to Fort Randal,
I to Council Bluffs, 2 to St. Joseph ; sail
ing in all 21.000 miles.
The number of Passengers registered.
during the same period, up and down,
way and through, were 4125 ; the aver
age each trip, being just 375.
A. Wineland is Master, and J. Jewett
Wilcox, Clerk, and we hesitate not to say
that no more popular or efficient officers
can be found, upon this or any other
History cannot furnish a parallel to the
rapid and unexampled growth and pros
perity of our Western States and Terri
tories. The past few years have increas
ed the brilliant luster the of Star Spangled
Banner, in the admission of free Territo
ries, as sovereign States in the federal
compact, and the future is ominous of
broader accessions to the strength, wisdom,
and beauty of this model republic.
The fundamental laws of right, upon
which the principles of our Government
is established, and the majesty of the peo
ple asserted, in checking and controlling
the reias of legislation, is a strong guar
antee of the perpituity of in free institu
tions. The enlightened world looks on
with admiration at a spectacle so grand
and sublime. It kindles warm and ar
dent aspirations in the breasts of toiling
millions, for their emancipation tfom des
potic rule. It opens up avenues to the
honest and industrious, for the exercise of
their skill and enterprise. It affords a
shield of protection to the oppressed of all
nations and clime, and secures to them
the inestimable boou of "life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness."
The Great West embraces within ' its
limits, the necessary elements to ensure
the basis of a vigorous and permanent or
ganization of States, unsurpassed in min
eral and agricultural resources, and its
gigantic wealth and importance can never
be fully appreciated, until developed by
the indomitable perseverance of the Amer
ican character. California is unfolding
her rich treasures of gold, Lake Superior
her vast and inexhaustible supply of cop
per, Missouri her mountains of iron, and
the lumber regions of Michigan, Wiscon
sin, and Minnesota, are furnishing the
world with the products of their mighty
forests, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska, can
boast of their fertile hills and produtive
valleys, and but a few suns will roll over
our heads, when the connecting link will
be formed between the Atlantic
and Pacific shores, and the car of civili
zation will move onward in its career of
usefulness, dispelling the gloom of ignor
ance, irradiating the face of animated na
ture, and carrying in its train the princi
pies of our common Christianity.
While standing upon the broad platform
of equal rights, the West has emphatical
ly declared herself opposed to the Slavery
propagandiam of the South, and in defense
of her cherished principles of truth and
liberty, she stsnds triumphantly as
beacon light to the civilized world. In
a few years the destinies of a continent,
will depend, to a great extent, upon her
wisdom and guidance, her course must
be onward and progressive, and if faith
ful to the trust confided in her thousands
yet in darkness, will be illuminated ly
her divine radience, and seek shelter un
der her glorious eanopy.
Arrival of Col. Kane In riorencc
An Extra, issued from the office of the
Florence Courier on Tuesday evening
June 8. informs us of the arrival at that
place of Col. Kane and his party, direct
from Camp bcott ana salt Lake. It tays ;
rTd-day about 1 o'clock Col. Kane arri
ved in our city, under the escort of Major
H. Egan, hue agent of Livingston, Kin
cade & Co., of California. He left Camp
Scott on the 16th of May, to which place
he had returned with Governor dimming
after a visist to Salt Lake City. From the
company we gather the latest and most
reliable news from the Mormon settle
ments, and from the army stationed at
Governor Cumminz had just returnod
from a visit to tho Southern settlements,
of the Mormons, whither he had gone
with a view of arresting the emigration of
the people from the Territory. Those
places were vacated, and left without any
inhabitants, except a few persons fetation-
ed there to prevent the buildings and
other improvements from being destroyed
without orders. Gov. Young and Heber
C. Kimball, the two most prominent indi-'
viduals amongt he Mormons, were about
45 miles South of Salt Lake City. It has
been estimated that about 40,000 persons,
to use their own expression, were "on
wheels." Trains, extending for miles
down the Valley, were seen wending
their way from the city, carrying with
them every thing that they could pack in
their wagons and on their backs. In some
instances, . they were equipped rather
poorly for the journey, having no cover
ings for the wagons or any other conven
iences. Up to the time Col. Kane's
company left, none had advanced more
than 300 miles South of the city.
The company were not informed as to
the ultimate destination of the Mormons.
They manage to keep their counsels very
secret, nnd in answer to all questions as
to where they nre going the only answer
they give it, " Going South." It is more
than probable that they are destined for
Cedar City, orsome port of Sonora. .
From this it may be inferred that the
Mormon war is at an end. As we hnd
expected, they will not show fight with
our troops, but are seeking some other
place whereon to erect the great City of
The army at Camp Scott wns anxious
ly looking for the arrival of tho supply
trains. These were met by Col. Kane's
company about twenty miles west of Platte
Bridge ; and Col. Hoffman , was using
every exertion to get them along with
The Indians have been committing nu
merous depredations upon tht Mormons.
Since they find that they are not agoing
to fight, they have become very insolent
towards them, and express their contempt
for them by calling them "squaws."
The depredations are committed princi
pally by tho Utah and Suake tribes.
Col. Kane crossed the Platte river at
Fort Laramie, nnd came down on the
north side of the river. Emigrants are
advised by him by all means to take the
northern route. The recent rains, which
seem to have extended to the West very
far, have raised all the streams ; and the
heavy supply trains so cut up the roads as
to render them almost impassable. On
the north tide the roads are much belter,
and as there has been comparatively bul
little travel along it this season, the grass
is better than it lias been for many years.
Numerous parties of Cheyennes and
Sioux were met by the company on the
road, who all proved very friendly.
Great credit is due the party which es
corted Col. Kane across the V alley.
Every effort was made to render the trip,
which at best is a tedious and toilsome
one, as pleasant as possiable. They are
all in good health and spirits, and teem
not to have suffered at all.
Charles Sumner, . sailed from New
York, ou the 22d of May, for France,
and thence goes to Switzerland and Hun-
Gov. Denver has ordered the election
in Kausas, on the English bill, to take
place, on the first Monday in August.
We speak by authority when we say,
that Gov. Richardson understands the
laws and his duty, better than the former
By whose authority, Mr. Robertson, do
you announce such startling intelligence ?
That of the latter, or the present Execu
tive f Please inform us.
A terrible tornado passed in an easter
ly direction over the tillage of Ellison, III.
last evening. May 30, about 5 o'clock.
Every building in the place, except three
small shanties, was blown to the ground.
Fifteen persons were killed, and several
others fatally injured. Ellison contains
about five hundred inhabitants, and it i
reported here that not one escaped. It is
impossible to gel full particulars to night.
The excitement here is iutenre.
A farm of seven hundred acres, of a
great variety of soil, well wooded and
watered, has been purchased in the town
of Ovid, Seneca County, N. Y., on the
eastern slope of Seneca Lake, on which
the State Agricultural College Buildings
are to be erected ; that the site of the
College has been sgreed upon, and that
there is every reason to hope lhat during
the present year the central building and
south wing will be completed and in read
iness to recieve, next spring, those who
may desire to acquire a sound, practical,
Ox the &h of May the Empress Eu
gene of France entered her thirty- second
year, and her Majesty wears bravely.
Emperor Nspoleon i just fifty.
Local & Territorial.
Siiootiso ArrnAv. A serious shoot- be found in to-dLy's paper. Judge Pi-ase
ing affray, occurred on Monday, 15th inst. came to this Territory from the State of
in the western put of this County, which Ohio, where, as a Barrister, he was high
resulted in the death of Thos. Noonan, 1 ly esteemed, and had but few equals.
a resident, we believe, or umana. The
particulars are as follows:
The affray grew out of a claim difficul
ty, between Noonan and C. L. Mathews,
a resident of Douglas County. Mathews
owned a timber claim, on the Elkhorn
River, in the S. E. 1-4 of Section 28,
Township 14, Range 10, which he pur
chased three years ago, this June, for
$75 or $80, and has lived in tho neigh
borhood since that time. Last August,
Noonsn pre-empted the land above . de
scribed, without living on it a single day.
As soon as Mathews learned that Noonan
had made the entry, he went to see him ;
but Noonan denied having made the en
try. In the course of two or three weeks,
Noonan acknowledged to Mathews that !
he was the one that had pre-empted
Mathews claim, and forbid him from
cutting limber from the land. In Febru
ary last, Mathew and others cut timber
from the said land, and Noonan sued
Mathews for tresspass, claiming $2000
Mathews and others having filed a
caveat, against Noonan's pre-emption, tho
trial occurred at the Land Office in Omaha,
last week Tuesday, and the proceedings
were forwarded to the General Land Of
fice in Washington.
We believe Noonan and Mathews had
a quarrel in Omaha, at that lime, in which
weapons were drawn.
Mathews returned to his home and in
formed ihe Union Club, what had happen
ed at the Land Office, and said that he
thought Noonan would be out in a day or
two to attach the logs belonging to Math
ews, which he did, ond remained there
over night, and then returned to Omaha.
The Club assembled to investigate the
matter, but nothing was done. Noonan
came out again on Sunday evening, in
company with several Irish, to commence
work on the land, or rafting the logs.
Mathews again called the Club logeiher,
and they went, unarmed, to the land to
see Noonan. He fled to the house of
Wm. Knight, and there drew and cocked
an U. S. pistol, and acted on the defens
ive. The Club afterwards sent a Com
mittee of one, to confer with Noonan, re
questing him to give a bond or surety,
that he would not meddle with the logs or
land, until a decision had been obtained
from the General Land Office, which he
refused to do, and cocked his pistol and
bado him leave. After considerable med
itation, on the part of the Club, they sent
another Committee, to make a similar re
quest. He again drew his pistol, and said
he would see them iu lull I before he
would give a bond or sarety. In the mean
nine, the President of tho Club arrived,
in company with several others, and at
the request of Mathews, ihe President re
quested Noonan to come out like a man,
and give himself up; whereupon Noonan
drew his piatol and cocked it. Mathews
then drew up his rifle and fired at Noonan
which took effect in his abdomen. He fell,
and expired in little over an hour. The
members of the Club then retired to their
respective homes. Neonan was an Irish
man, aged about 31 years. A large
number of Noonau's friends come out from
Omaha, on Tuesday morning, to procure
his body. No arrests, so far us we can
learn, have yet been made.
Clarke and Bro. still continue to take
Bills on the Bank of Nebraska, Bank of
Desoto, and Platte Valley Bank. See
The County Commissioners have issu
ed a Proclamation, for the ensuing Aug
ust election. It will take place, on Mon
day, Aug. 2d. Read the Proclamation,
in another column.
Walter Lowrie, the Senior Secreta
ry of the Presbyterian Board of Missions,
arrived in this City, by the Steamer Emi
grant, a few days since. IU brought
with him the United States Patent, for
that portion of Bellevue, granted to ihe
Mission, by Act of Congress, which has
been duly recorded, by the Register of
our County. This is the first Patent is
sued for lands in this Territory. Mr. L.
is now prepared to give Deeds to Lot
Our public School commenced at the
School House, on Monday last. Consid-
ering the season cf the year, the number , cock Street, set out shade trees, and in
of scholars is large. We need no other other respects beautified his bouse and
guarantee, that the school will be an effi-, premises, displaying taste and industry
cient and flourishing one, thtn the fact that are highly commendable, and aet an
lhat Mrs. Nye has been induced to lake I example that others would do well to imi
charge of iu The Trustees were fortu- ( tate. Well directed efforts art always
nate in securing her services. ' crowned with sucress.
We invite attention to the Card of
! Pease & Howabd, Attorneys at Law, to
With Mr. Howard, we are not personally
acquainted, but we believe he was former
ly editor of Dakota Herald. We be
speak for the firm that patronage that the
talents of these gentlemen so highly de
serve. A special meeting of the Board of
County Commissioners, was held in this
City, yesterday, and the following per
sons were appointed judges for tho ensu
ing August election: In Bellevue Pre
cinct. James Gow, Win. R. Smith, Amos
Gates. Tlattford Precinct, Henry L.
Fuller, Charles Wilson, Simon Park.
Forest City Precinct, Matthew Shields,
O. F. Fuller, Simon Randolph.
James Davidson was appointed as Road
Supervisor of District No, 5, having be
fore failed lo qualify, within the time re
quired by law.
There will be a meeeting of the Belle
rue Library Association, at Cook's office,
in this City, on Monday next, at 8 o'clock,
P. M. By order of the President.
STEPHEN D. BANGS, Sec'y.
The adjourned term of the District
Court, for this County, commences Mon
day next, in this City, at the building for
merly occupied by Pulmer & Averill.
Johnson, of the Crescent City Oracle,
alluding to those Indian remains that were
removed in this City, a short lime since,
" That picture was taken and ihe med
al presented in the month of January,
1851, in our presence in Washington, at
the time we took the first delegation of
Omahas to that place, lhat ever visited i',
to make the preliminary arrangements for
n treaty of purchase of their lands. Ihe
ol'iect for which we visited Washington
was effected; the Indians received from
the President, each a silver medal and
the wondering Savasre made sittings for
their pictures on Pennsylvania Avenue."
Gov. Richardson has issued a Proclama
tion, ordering an election f r Territorial
Auditor, to take place on the firs Mon
day in August, to fill a vacancy, caused
by the resignation of C. B. Smith. Capt,
W. E. Moore, has been orpointed to fill
vacancy, till an election can take place
S. L. Campbell, was elected to that offiec,
last August, but failed to qualify.
The Missouri River is still rising, and
has now reached a higher point, than it
has before this season.
At a regular meeting of Bellevue Lodge
No. 4, 1. O. O. F., held June 12th, A. D.
18-58; the following preamble and reso
lutions were odopted :
Whereas ; Our beloved Brother Thom
as IS ye, has been removed from our fra
temal embrace, by the hand of an inscru
table Providence, and it is due to his mem
ory, that we as a Lodge, should express
our unanimous nnd high appreciation of
his worth, as well as sympathy for his be
reaved family. Therefore,
Resolved, That we cannot, to highly es
timate the virtue, gentlemanly bearing
and high sense of moral principle, for
which the Brother was so eminently dis
Resolved, That in ihe death of Brother
Nye, the Lodge has not only lost one of
iu best and most valuable members, our
town an honored and beloved citizen, the
community a warm and sympathizing
friend ; but the event brings home to each
of us, the truthfulness of that scripiun 1 in
junction, " There is but a step between
us and death."
Resolved, That while we bow in submis'
sion to ihft mandate of an All-Wise Crea
tor, wo pledge to the family of the deceas
ed, in this the hour of their bereavement
Resolved, That the usual badge of
mourning be observed, and that this pre
amble and resolutions, t published in the
Bellevue Gazette and Unadilla Times.
S. A. STRICKLAND, N. G.
F. 31. DAVEpoaT,,Sec.
A. B. Coopes, recently of Pennsylva
nia, is preparing to build a dwelling on
the west side of Franklin Street, not far
i from the Presbyterian Church. When
completed, we understand, it will make a
very fine residence.
Vii. Joyce, has recently erected a
rommodeous addition, to his dwelling on
Warren Stroet, north of the Bellevue
House, and otherwise much improved the
premises. It is now a very neat and de
AacuA WaicHT, has built a very tasty
fence around his house end lot, on Han-
A Snoat Tbip to tub Coi-mar
Reader, have you been Strawberrying f
We have, and a pleasant lime, we had,
too. Less than a week since, n rnrtu r
, - -
adies and gentlemen, armed and equiped
as the occasion demanded, with sundry
tin buckets, might have been seen, under.
going the process of being packed away
in a large wagon ; and with smiling fa.
ccs and hopeful anticipations, set out for
the land supposed to abound with the first
fruit of ihe season. Westward we oui-
etly wended our way, over the beautifully
undulating prairies, now decked in the
gay robes of summer, which extend far
away, till their curving outlines are mir
rowed in the azure sky above. The deep
green grass, interwoven with gorgeous
flowers, added to the landscape before us,
and permeated tho atmosphere with sweet
Arriving at Mud Creek, which lazily
winds along, and discharges its muiky
waters into the more impetuous Panneo.
we found that rec nt rains had disturbed
its usual equanimity, and its bridges hnd
been swept away. Our load of human
freight was unshipped, and crossed over
on a plank, while our driver, with his
team, trusting to tho treacherous bottom
succeeded in fording it. This accomplish
ed, we were again pressing on towards the
goal of our anticipations, which was soon
reached. Dilligent search was instituted
for those blushing beauties, that had at
tracted us thither, but with poor success,
it was much like the pursuit of knowledge
under difficulties. Not to be easily foiled.
we were off for a new field. Crosing
the rappeOfc.we were soon morei success
ful, and our buckets were being rapidly
filled with delicious fruit. After rambl
ing about for several hours, attended with
a good degree of success, we set out on
our return homeward. Taking a new
route, our course was more south wart' t
over hills and through valleys of unsur
passing loveliness, and as we overlooked
the broad, green fields of Nebraska, we
were enchanted with the almost unparal
leled scene of grandeur, that lay before
us. Meandering over the prairiA, in
due time, we reached home, as the sun
was fast sinking in the western horizon,
and having been successful in the purpose
for which we went, feasted our ideality
on the sublime works of nature, pas5ed a
few hours in social converse, we felt well
paid for our short trip to. the country, and
closed up by sitting down to a good old
fashioned supper of strawberry short-cake,
as we were wont to, in days of long ago.
A little steamer, the Silver Lnke, is
being finished at the Allegheny landing.
Her hull, built by Tood, at Wellsville, is.
110 feel keel and 20 feet beam, with an
open hold of three feet. Her engines,
built by Hartupee, are the smallest side
levers, we understand, ever built in this
city. They are of ten inches diameter
and three feet stroke. She has a single
boiler, sixteen feet in length and forty-two '
inches in diameter, with twenty-three
flues, adapted to raising steam rapidly,
with great economy of space. Her draft,
light, is less than ten inches, and she will
carry one hundred tuns on about eighteen j
inches. It is proposed by her owners,
Messrs. .Willoughby & Tranpcn, to run
her in the Kansas river, for which her
light draft, will fit her admirably.
The above has been handed us, re
questing the attention of those interested1
in the Platte River towns, to the above
named boat, the Silver Lake, for the pur
pose of seeing if it can be chartered for
an experimental trip up Platte River. It
will be seen that she i of li0'ht draft, and
we think, well adapted for that purpose.
Whether the Tlatte will ever prove to ,
be navigable, remains to be seen. We
are not sufficiently acquainted with its
channel, to form a correct opinion, either:
for or against that vproject; but it does
seem, that a stream of the size of the
Pla'.te, ought to be. If it should prove
navigable, even for only boats of small
t image, it would be an it calculable bene
fit to Nebraska, and would be the means
ot settling up a vast amount of country, in
the interior, that will remain in idleness,
for a long period.
kTat ulT liitn rv a AVtaMA1 fliar V ' 1
iiaiiRiiwis wiivv vcucU em j
dred miles up the Platte, would be the
means of settling up the country, for miles
along the various streams lhat flow into
that River, as thickly, in two years, ss the
Platte Valley is now settled, from the
Missouri to Loup Fork, while the Platte
Valley would become the Agricultural'
Will not those interested in the growth
and prosperity of our Territory, make an
attempt, this season, to navigate the Plrtte
River t i
The City officers, elected last week, -have
all taken the oath of office, and are
now prepared for work.
The Emigrant arrived on the 10th, ;
Dan. Converse, on the 11th, and the Wa
tossa on the 13th.