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SATURDAY, MAY 2, 1835.
(ET'We give below the proceed
ings of a public meetinc held at
the Court 'House in this:place on
Thursday last, for the purpose of
selecting two individuals to be rec
ommended to the people of the
county as suitable persons to rep
resent than in the Convention for
altering ihe Constitution of this
State. We are also requested to
state, that a vote was taken at the
election in District No. 2, on the
same subject, when Joshua Law
rence and Spencer L. Hart, re
ceived 71 votes out of the 73 given
in, as delegates to the Convention.
FOR TEE TARBORO PRESS.
At a meeting of a number of
the Citizens of Edgecombe coun
ty, convened at the Court House
in Tarboro' on Thursday, the
30th inst. agreeably to public no
tice previously given, to take into
consideration the propriety of
nominating two candidates to rep
resent the county in the approach
ing State Convention Dempsey
Brtan, Esq. was unanimously
called to the Chair and Geo.
Howard, appointed Secretary.
Joseph R.Lloyd, Esq. arthej
request of the Chair, explained
the objects of the meeting in a
brief and pertinent addressafter
which, on motion, Francis L.
Dancy,Esq. Gen. Louis D.Wilson,
Mr. Ed. D. Macnair, and 5pen
cer L. Hart, Esq. were nominated
as suitable persons to represent
this county in the State Conven
tion. On motion resolved, that this
meeting proceed to vote by ballot
for. the persons in nomination.
Messrs. Chas. W. Knight and
Solomon T. Braddy having been
appointed Tellers by the Chair,
reported that of the ballots given
in, F. L. Dancy, Esq. received
40 Gen. L. D. Wilson, 33
Mr. E. D. Macnair, 20 S. L.
Hart, Esq. 14 scattering 5.
On motion resolved, that the
votes given to each individual
nominated be stated in these pro
ceedings. On motion resolved, that the
proceedings of this meeting be
signed by the Chairman and Sec
retary, and published in the Tar
On motion resolved, that the
thanks of this meeting be tendered
to the Chairman and Secretary
On motion, the meeting ad
journed. Dempsey Bryan, Ch'n.
Geo. Howard, Sec'y.
Petersburg Market, April 23.
Cotton Some hundred bales
have been sold at 17 cts. few at
17$; and some choice quality is
reported to hare brought 17$; ex
treme quotations 15 a 17 cts.
27 th. Cotton a considerable
portion of what was in market
was sold last week at 17 a ISc.
ouppues to a moderate extent
continue to arrive. Int.
University of North Car oil
na. The public Anniversary Ex
amination of the Students of the
University of North Carolina will
be held at Chapel Hill, ori Mon
day, the 15th day of June next,
and continued from day to day
until Jhursday, the 25th; which
last mentioned day is appointed
for the Annual Commencement of
Bank Agency at Milton.
The Branch of the Bank of the
State of North. Carolina at Milton
commenced operations last week.
Thomas M'Gehee, Esq. is Presi
dent; Augustus C. Findly, Esq.
Agent; and Dr. John T. Gar
land, John Wilson, George Will
iamson and Samuel Watkins, Di
rcctop. Rat. Star.
(QAn application was recent
ly made to the Present ofthe
United States, for theipardon ol
the youth Dallerhile, ag-d 13
years, who was convicted at the
last.Term of the Federal Court for
this -District, of robbing the mail
between Raleigh and Roxborough.
The President declined, Tor the
present, a compliance with the
The President, in accordance
with a suggestion to that effect,
has instructed the Postmasters to
prevent the employment of youths
under a proper se in the trans-
portation ol the mail..7?a. Keg
Bail lload Accident. We
learn that one of the cars on the
Petersburg and Roanoke Kail
Road, ran oiF the track about 10
miles this side of Petersburg, on
Friday afternoon of last week; by
which the whole train was more
or less injured one or two of the
passenger cars being nearly de
molished. Fone ot the passen-
i . .i i:
gers, nowever, iosi meir nves,
although several were severely
wounded a gentleman from Fay
etteville having received a dan-
it on his head. The ac
cident happened at a curve of the
road, where the iron on the rail-
in ir was loose the train
peed. Ral. Standard.
From the New York Commercial.
Fire on the rail road. Yes
terday, soon alter the cars had
departed from Bordentown, and
when about two miles from the
Sand Hills, Ihe conductor discov
ered that the baggage was on fire.
The engine was immediately stop
ped, and every exertion used to
extinguish the flames; but being
some distance from water and
procuring but two buckets, the fire
soon obtained such a headway,
that it was found impracticable to
put it out.
Efforts were now made to ob
tain an axe to cut away the sides
of the car but this could not be
procured, and the only resort was
to capsise it when it rolled over,
and unfortunately rested bottom
up, preventing any access to the
trunks, &c. The passengers (and
there were upwards of two hun
dred) had to stand by and witness
the destruction of their property,
saving now and then an article as
it could be snatched from the
The wind blew very fresh, and
the fire was seen at a great dis
tance, and many persons came to
the Sand Hills, a distance of three
or four miles, but only to witness
the destruction that was going on.
knowing that the cars bound
south were approaching, an en
gine was sent off to stop them.
Besides the passengers baggage,
the mail bag was totally burnt,
with all the newspapers. The
letters were also much mutilated,
many of them burnt, but Ihe num
ber is not ascertained. The num
ber lost cannot be known until
we learn the amount of the mail
sent from Philadelphia, as the
way bill which accompanied it
was burnt. A scorched bundle
of letters has been received, and
the subscriptions on forty-four
were decyphered. How the fire
originated has not been ascertain
ed, but it is believed to have
caught from a spark from the
chimney of the engine. The los6
is great, but we have not been
able to ascertain the amount. We
have heard various sums mention
ed, from 5 to 10,000 dollars.
Many of the passengers were
left entirely destitute and we
have heard of some peculiar cases
of misfortune. Among the num
ber, is that of a lady with a ehild,
who had a journey of more than
600 miles to perform, and who
lost every vestige of her property.
The following additional par
ticulars we copy trom the Gazette.
Among the passengers who
were the graetest sufferers were
Mr R e, of Boston, and Mrs.
Austin of the Theatre. The for
mer lost a large quantity of valu
able clothing, worth fifteen hun
dred dollars, but fortunately sav
ed her diamonds and other jew
ellery. Mrs. Austin also lost all
her baggage, including many val-
box of jeels which was provi
dentially taken from the centre of
her trunk. j
A German gentleman and his
wife who lost all their clothing,
were fortunate enough to recovera
tin box, Which was in one of their
trunks, containing documents ne
cessary for the recovery of a large
estate in Europe, whither he is
proceeding for that purpose.
Mr. Knowle", of Amherst,
Mass. had a package in his trunk,
containing fifteen thousand dollars,
which was fortunately rescued
from the flames, the top ofthe
trunk having been burnt up. We
understand the money was put in
his charge by one ofthe Philadel
phia Banks, for a New York
We understand the Agent of
the Company acted with great
coolness and intrepidity, and did
every thing in his power to arrest
th progress of the flames.
Wnen the passengers got on
board the steamboat, a meeting
was called to take the matter into
consideration. Joseph P. Grants
Esq. of Baltimore was appointed
Chairman, and J. J. Smith, of
Philadelphia, appointed Secreta-'
ry. t committee oi tnrce was
appointed to call upon the Com-1
pany ana represent me nature ct
the accident, and request remu
neration to the sufferers.
flJWe hear that on Friday
night last, at the President's Man
sion, the slumbers ofthe family
were disturbed by an incident,
with all the particulars of which
we are not acquainted, but we be
lieve is substantially described
thus: The sleep of the President
was broken by the noise of some
one at the door of his chamber,
endeavoring apparently, to ob
tain entrance into it. On the
President's demanding who it was
and what was his object, the in
truder answered that he was try
wanted to find the way)
out. Ihe noise havin
roused some members of the fam
ily sleeping in adjacent rooms,
they promptly repaired to the
spot, and succeeded in arresting
the offender. On being examin
ed, the first impression, that his
object, in attempting to get in to
Ihe President's room, was person
al violence, entirely gave way be
fore the fact that he was without
arms or weapons of offence of any
kind; he was an ordinary person
of the appearance of a day laborer,
who had, to all appearance got
into the house with a view to
plunder, but missed at the same
time his way and his object. In
order to keep the fellow safe un
til the morning when he could,
be sent before a magistrate, he
was locked up in an apartment on
the premises usually occupied as
a stable, but at the time vatant,
where it was supposed he would
be safe enough till morning.
When the morning came, howev
r --v- ........ n
er, the bird had flown; having es
caped out of a height from the
ground that no one supposed he
could possibly reach it.
This is the substance of the sto
ry as we have heard it. Should
an authentic account ofthe occur
rence appear, differing in any ma
terial particulars from this version
of it, we shall place it before our
readers. We hope some clue
will yet be found to lead to the
apprehension of this depredator,
and bring him to a just punish
ment. ISat. Int.
From the Norfolk Beacon.
Mr. Van Buren. Perhaps
no man was ever more abused
and less known to those who
would revile him, than this dis
tinguished statesman. He hap
pens to stand in the way of cer
tain aspiring politicians and who,
conscious of their unjust conduct
towards him, hate him in propor
tion to their own injustice. If
we were to listen to, and to be
lieve, what is said of him, we
should conclude he was mon
It is a safe lule by which to
find out the true character of any
man, to go into his own country
for information. Now by this rule
let us try Mr. Van Buren -he
has been about 30 years in public
lite. Jn his State he has been
frequently a member of each
branch of the Legislature. He
has been elected to the Senate of
the United States by the Legisla
ture of New York. He has been
elected by the people of Npw
Yerk, Governor of the State. He
was appointed Secretary of State.
He was sent Minister Plenipoien
tiary to England the Whig ma
jority of the Senate of the United
States, in order to degrade him,
rejected his nomination, and the
people of the United States made
him Vice President. To the hon
or of the Virginia Senators at that
time, Messrs. Tazewell and Tyler,
they voted to confirm his appoint
ment. This is the man whom
the people delight to honor; who
is abused and vilified in terms as
coarse as malignity and vulgarity
can suggest and utter.
When the calumniators of Mr.
Van Buren are called upon to
specify any political crime com
mitted by him, they can give but
one general reply, and that is
summed up in one item, "he is a
Now a charge of this sort comes
very badly from men who at this
very moment are engaged in an
intrigue, which has no example
in the political history of our
country, except that by which
the people were cheated out of
meir ngnw in me ciecuon ui ur.
Adams when opposed to General
jacKson, wi;u was simaineu uy a
majority ot the people.
The Whigs finding that there
is not the most distant chance oi
electing a President of their choice
by the people, are now using all
their efforts to defeat an election
by the people, and bring it before
the House of Representatives,
where as the vote will be by
States, the minority may control
the majority. This is no intrigue
when carried on by the Whig!
To advance their cause they
have selected a gentleman of high
and honorable character, from the
Republican ranks, without either
wihing or intending to elect him.
He is a gentleman that went hand
in hand with the President in al!
the measures the Whigs so vio
lently condemn. When hi
friend, so justly denominated
him the Cato of the Senate, the
Whigs sneered; he is now their
It i? not with a view to defend
Mr. Van Buren that this article is
written, (for I know of nothing he
has done to require it) but to ex
pose political hyproensy. When
men denounce political intrigue,
let them examine their own con
duct and see if they are free from
the same crime. EXAMINER.
P. S. To show the injustice
that can be practiced by intrigue,
it might be so managed that elev
en "States having 205 elrctorial
votes, could be outvoted by thir
teen States having 53 votes, and
this is the honest, candid plan of
ourwhigs! V ill the people coun
tenance such a wicked attempt to
delude them of their rights?
Tax on Passengers. The bill
which we mentioned as having
passed both branches ofthe Le
gislature of Louisiana laying a tax
on passengers has been vetoed by
Gov. White. The Legislature
then reconsidered the remainder
of the bill imposing a tax of $100
a year on taverns, coffee-houses,
grog-shops and other such profes
sions; $1000 a year on the agents
of foreign insurance companies,
and 10 per cent, on the property
of foreigners in the state. The
bill in this shape passed both
Baptist Mission. A late num
ber ofthe London Christian Ad
vocate contains the following par
agraph: The Rev. Dr. Cox, of Hack
ney, and the Rev, Mr. Hoby, of
Birmingham, have been deputed
by the Baptist churches in this
country, to visit those of the U.
States. Their first object is, to
meet, in the State of Virginia, a!
tin. j i . r ; vwc jv uic xvcpuriers ne
lion ol delegates fromA t-u i
Baptist churches, and to i Xtf I " "V
h relations of Wend ,h n Speak fme aS.! am' noth'n6
establish relations of friendship
and brotherhood between the
British and American Baptists,
who are the most numerous ofthe
many large bodies of Christians in
me united states. The other
objects ofthe mission are. to inves
tigate the state of religion Gener
ally, to ascertain the nature ofthe
celebrated revivals, and the means
by which, apparently, they have
been produced, to inquire into the
literatureofthecountry, her biba
lic literature in particular, to col
lect inforraatioa concerning edu-
cation from Sunday schools
colleges, with special reference to
the mode ot training lor the
ministry, &c. &c.
fMessrs. Cox and Hoby arrived
at New York in the ship Consti-
tution. National Intelligencer.
Matthias, the Impostor. This
notorious impostor was placed on
his trial before the Circuit Court
and the Court of Oyer and Ter
miner of Westchester, N. Y. on
Monday last. After some civil
business was disposed of, the ac
cused was brought into Court.
The reporter of the Courier and
Enquirer states that his appear
ance indicated no fear or appre
hension he walked with a firm
step, and on taking his place,
looked around him with an eye
indicative of scorn and contempt.
He had on a light green frock
coat, lined with silk plaid, a buir
waistcoat, and green pantaloons.
Around his waist he wore a milita
ry red silk sash; and his hands
were decorated with large ruffles.
The report proceeds:
Mr. Western, counsel for the
prisoner, rose and said that he
was not ready to proceed instant
ly to trial on account of the ab
sence of several important wit
nesses. They have been sub
poenaed to the number of forty,
but not more than six were pres
ent. However, his principal wit
ness, Isabella, a black woman,
who was servant to Mrs. Folger,
at the time of Mr. Pierson's death,
and w ho helped to lay out his bo
dy, was in Court and ready to
give her evidence, but as her
character for veracity had been
impeached, he wished to support
it by the testimony of some wit
nesses who had noHyet got there.
It was true he held in Ids hand
: several certificates of her good
character from respectable indivi
i puals, and if the District Attorney
was willing to allow them to be
read in evidence, he was ready to
proceed to trial immediately.
The District Attorney replied
that he was not willing to allow
such certificates to be read, nor
did he think it his duty to allow
any evidence on vial which was
not strictly legal. He would not,
however, object to afford Mr.
Western a reasonable time to pro
duce his witnesses.
The court then postponed the
trial until the afternoon, and Mat
thias was taken back to prison:
subsequently the trial was set
down for this morning, at nine
We learn that when again
placed in his cell, and asked how
he fel: "I feel, said he, that the
Lord is my stay and will be my
exceeding great reward. That
like gold seven times purified
shall come out of this fiery fur
nace. But as I have lost my din
ner, I am now hungry and weak
and should like to have a bite of
On being told that an import
ant wKness who had been adver
tised for in the Courier and En
quirer, had been found, he ex
claimed "Good God, can it be
possible! what, Lewis Lewis-
then Mr. Western has persevered
to get him, has he? well that is
belter than two dinners."
A man having come up to the
ceil door cried out. "Let's have
a peep at the old devil." Mat
tl-lioc I.. I ,,V
iaa suieiuijiy said, I oung
man, a wonder your tongue does
not cleave to the roof of your
mourn, thus to address the proph
et of the Lord. But it is in the
time of Jesus of Nazareth, when
they said: He hath a devil."
To one of the Reporters he
extenuate nor set down aught in
mauce; tell the truth. He refused
to shake hands with any one, say-
"g, "ivnow ye not, 'tis written
touch not the prophet of the
A second indictment has been
found by the Grand Jury against
the Prophet, for an assaul t of an
aggravated nature on the body of
own aatignter; and it is said
that a third bill will be found
against hira for another hen
ious crime, though not that of
to j A; mar he siiLD-ose,; . -
town of West Chester r
people, curious io witi,?
al. Mrs. Foljzer appears
ill health. The wi!rlf.--
alluded to, whom Matl,ill5
- 0 f .
Uevvis, is also present at u
Chester, he was Mr. -coachman,
and helped ; ;
his corps with the black v,,',.."
Afterwards he enlitl
army, ana was stationed ?.t (
Point Comfort, Virginia.':.;
there an advertisement jn , '
Courier and Enquirer iVc
Western the Counsel, rece''
him to make his place vi itcC"
known accidentally ca-r p
knowledge, and through U.e j
iurn of his officer, a corre;
dence endued with Mr. YkC
which "ended in briuiriij-r i '.'
It is a lamentable instance cr
weakness of human nature i:
many people in the neighboit, , I
of White Plains should still p.
implicit faith in this outraiec
itnposter He lately issued a c '
cree from the jail, ordered a;;
farmers to lay dow n their pk)
for, he says, "as 1 live there 5;
be no more sowing in the ea -until
I, Matthias, the twelfth a r
last ofthe Apostles, am deii'i
out ofthe House of Bonda
He has also prophesied, thai ij
be found guilty, "White P;3
should be destroyed bv an ear;;,
quake, and not an inhabitant W;
to tell the tale of its destruction '
Fact? Stated and Inform:::-,
Wanted. On the fourth dav
June, 1817, was left at Mr. Abra
ham Bennett, at the head of Qv.
uga lake, two miles north ot'hb
ca, an infant female child, said rvj
the woman who left it to le i'
months of age, and supposed tv
Mrs. Bennet to have betn ab : !
that age. iNo name was ever;;::'
for the child, as it was onlv pre-'
tended to be left for a short t;.
The child had black eves, broi
hair, and a fair skin. The:
man called herself Salvia But-,,
and said she was from the abeve
named place. Mr. Bennet;
lamily are of opinion that the chill
had been stolen from some larri vl
in the Black river country. :r.i
they further represent that tiev
have some recollection of aa ad
vertisement for a stolen chili
about that lime. The vols: is-
uv, now ttuout sevtmeen, i; v.
ceedingly de.-irous of learning i:
history of her parentage, andwr
her relations are if any sLe i av?
She is a very respectable Mi
lady, and well worthy of beir.
owned by any parents. Aryi
formation respecting the atcv
mysterious allair would be m:-
fully received. The young !
resides in Ovid, Seneca coas:y.
N. Y. Information may te s:vfi
through the postmaster at Ov
All publishers of papers frifr:;'
to the distressed, may cor.:er;
particular favor upon a de?erv;r.f
young female, by giving th;abo'
an insertion. Orltcnt, .V. 1
Important to Tenders.-
ward S. &t Daniel BeH, in!-'-the
public of an important
provement in the art of taw -animal
skins. It consists ofc "
verting hides and skins intol ''
er, in the short space of two, K
and eight weeks. The proce '
based upon the principle cfccr
pression and expansion. Vv-:
who wish to confer with tlifr
tentees, can address their rrtni:-'
nications to "Edward S. & & '
iel Bell, Middleway, J1
county, V lrginia.
A Monstrous Lonr Tail.-
the Almanac ofthe Bureau ol V
gitcde for 1835 we learn that
ley's famous comet of 1-n
make its appearauce about the c-
die of October next, with an 1
mons tail of about eigflt rc''ilC
of miles in lenpth.
If Lieut. Morrison s nccoi"-
the approaching comet be co1
we of the corps editorial shall'-1
our hands full the ensuing 1
years provided, neverthele-; (
are not burnt up, reabsorbed '
the sun. or resolved into
original elements. The ceffe