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Heiw from Major Jack Downing. PRIVATE i)E3PATCHE3 TO GEN. MERGE. ) Jfot to U give up to Cangrtst if they call fir Aboard tbs Fillibuster schooner Two Pollies, oft tha Hole in the Wall , sat the mid. die of March, I forget thoday of the month, 1855. Dla Gnrc&u: We are senddin round here and holdin on to the i slack, waitin for jnore help to come op, and you may depend n't Cuba's got to take it. We don't never Kire np the sliip. A fast little clipper jest com along, going to Baltimore, and the kipper said he'd take my despatches to yon in three days. And you can send to me by tbe shipper your notions about things ; for W only going to stop long enough to wood Bp, and then ne'e comin strait back to jine as. He made me promise to hold on and not take Cuba till be come, for ho was very tamest to be in at the death. That Cuba's a fine country. We're been baring a glimpse at it once in awhile with our spy-glasses, through the hole in the alt" and round the corners, and it's raly a line country ; 'twould do your heart good to look at H. And you shall have a chance before long, for it's got to come down ; it's got ia nnekfo. and no mistake. I've got my COm- Mr. Buchanan and' Mr. Ma.nn and Mr Souley. And the nub of the whole thing is, we've got to take Cuba if we have the power ;' and I know we have, as Sally Giles said to her sweetheart. Says Sally, says she, 'youshant kiss me unless jrou are stronger that I am, and 1 know you lest before we come out I see by the papers that Louis Napoleon was a notion ot gom to the Crimea to see Sebastopol full ; and so i thought may be you might like to come out here and see us take Cuba. Now if you du, ieat aa.v the word, and tell me in vour letter what day you will be down on the pint of Jloraday, and I'll bear up witb the lwo follies and take you off. You mus n't feel hurt because I did n't come to Washington to see you beforo start-. ing on this cruise ; but the fact was I hadn't ' time, " Our country was in so much danger it wouldn't do to wait. Our Congress in Ostend went over the whole ground and examined it carefully, and come to the conclusion that it was neck or nothing with us. W rnust have Cuba or our whole country would go to rack and rum, and ' the Union can never enjoy reposo ner possess reliable security as long as Cuba is not embraced within its boundaries.' I tent you a despatch last fall about the duina of our Congress at Ostend, where we took up the affairs of England and France and Spain 5 but finally concluded we couldn't make anything out of that business yet, and should have to wait a little longer. Well, then them three S.'s Souley, Sickles and Sanders said there" was one thing we could ia ; we could take hold of that Cuba business and finish it up brown. And, for fear that Louis Napoleon might have epics round us there at Ostend, we concluded it was best to , hitch a little further off. So we went over ' to Ax-le-Shapple and finished up the business. The upshot was, we concluded we would have Cuba by book or by crook ; and that Mr. Souley should go right back to Old Spain and tell the Queen so. If she'd a mind to rive it up quietly and make no fuss about it, he might promise to give her somethin pretty handsome in the way of money ; we didn't are nothin about that, as we've got plenty of money to home. If she refused and told Mr. Souley to mind his own business, and we shouldn't have Cuba no how, then we told him he mustn't be mealy-mouthed, nor mince matters, but pick a quarrel the best way he could and clear out. Well, Mr. Souley went back to Madrid with a stiff upper lip and begun to dicker with ' the Queen's spokesman for a bargain, some-thin in this way : ' Soviet. Oh, now I think of it, there's that little Island of Cuba over there near our .... coast; we'd like to have that little island, if it's all the same to you. I spose you've no objections ; it isn't the least use in the world to you, and it might bo some little account to us. So, if you say so, we'll jest mark Cuba down on the map of the United States. Spokesman. Not by a jug full, Mr. Souley. Cuba is the must valuable patch of ground we've got. Cant spare it no how. SoPtKT. Ob, consensu ; it's no income at all to you, and nothin but a bill of expense. It's so near to us we might look alter and inav be make suinethiti out of it ; but it's no more nse to you than the tilth wheel of a coach. 1 guess we'll consider it ours. Spokesman. 1 guess you wont. 1 tell you we cant spare Cuba no bow. It's the pride of the Spanish kingdom and the gem of the ijueen s crown. Soclsy. Well, but, my dear sir, we would sot mind paying you quite. a handsome sum for it; a hundred millions, if you say so. We wont scrimp about the price. Spokesman. There is no price to it. Carry your hundred millions to some other market if you want to buy honor with it. I tell you the honor of Old Spain has no price. Soctir. But, my dear sir, you don't consider what a wonderful deal ot help a million would be to you, You must remember you are getting a good deal behindhand. You've no income hardly and you are a good deal in debt. Only look at it ; a hundred millions will enable you to pay off your debts, and auks internal improvements, and build railroads and telegraphs all over the country, so j Mac you can spruce up ana live comioriaoie and get ahead in the world. Say the word and the hundred millions is yours. Spokesman. Oiler your bundred millions to some beggar who wants it. The ancient and proud kingdom of Spain is no beggar, sir. I'll thank you sir, not to insult me. SocutT. i dou't intend any insult, sir ; but I'll bo frank and plain with you. Tbe fact is we must have that island. It is absolutely necessary for the safety and welfare of the United States. Our country can't get along without it. w Spokesman. That's your look out, not 'nine. , - Sotjur. Well how. Mr. Spokesman, vou . snow your people out there in Cuba have for a long time been insulting our loiits, search-lag their tsssels, and Iking into their j THE DAILY FREE steamers, and sometimes ketcbing our people and shooting 'em or putting 'em n dungeons. There's a long account of these things that you must settle right up, pint blank, or suffer the consequences. There's three hundred thousand dollars you've got to pay for stopping the steamer Black Warrior and a great many other things as bad as that. These matters have got to be settled right up, or Cuba's got to stand in the gap. SPOKESMAN. Van t ueip wai. i you ve got any accounts to settle we'll leave it out to a third party to say how we shall settle. We don t owe you a cent ior ambck if ur- ... , a J 1 rior. sue Drone our laws ana we uueu uer six thousand dollars ; and then we give back the fine after all. when we might kept the vessel. And you are so ungrateful as not to thank us tor it. Souuv. I won't stan this foolery no Ion ger. Leave it out ! No, we know how to settle our own business best. Now. sir, you've got to settle all accounts right up, and fix things about Cuba so we shant never have any more trouDie, or eise give us up tne island to manaee in our own way. .now, i m agoin to give you jest two week to think of this Business ana give me your answer ; onu if it isn't settled by that time I shall clear out and go borne, and then you'll hear thvn tier-, uoou dv. sir. That Sonley's a smart feller, Gineral. He talked right np to em, and was n't afeared. well, ne waited tin tne two weeks was out, and no answer did n't come : and then he slat round and picked up his clothes, and locked up his trunks, and cleared out. Then he come over where we had been waiting for him and told us how the business stood. He said old Soain refused to eive up Cuba and refused to settle, and he had got the quarrel in such a shape now that we could carry it on any way to suit ourselves. Ana now, said Mr. souley. wnat's to be done next ? Wal, says I, Mr. Souley, you've only jest got to look at tne instructions drawn up dv our congress at JW-ie-Miappie, and signed bv vou and Mr. Buchanan and Mr. Mason. and you'll see the course is marked out as plain as a o o. Jest open tbe dockyment and react : Cuba is as neeeasary to the North American Republic as any of its present members.' ' The Union can never enjoy repose nor possess reliable security as long as Cuba is not embraced within its boundaries. r" But if Spain, deaf to the voice of her own interest, and actuated by stubborn pride and a false sense of honor, should refuse to sell Cuba to the United States,' What then! Self-preservation is the first law of nature with Mates as wen as witn individuals.' Matters and thines beintr thus and so : 'then, by every law, human and divine, we shall be justified in wresting Cuba from Spain, if we possess the power. There, says 1, there's your chart, as plain as the nose on a man's face ; and all we've fot to do is to go ahead. So we alt put our eads together to draw up a plan of the campaign, and we was n't long about it. It was finally concluded that Sanders should go and stir up the Southern division, headquarters New Orleans ; Sickles should take charge of the Centre wing, headquarters at Washington, and a branch at New York ; and I should bo as fast as nossible ' down East.' headauar- ters Downingville, and fit out a naval force that would put Cuba through. And here 1 am, Gineral, and you may depend on't the work s got to Do done. But now I must ask you, Gineral, what in thunder Mr. Marcy means by backin' and fillin' so. I have jest got some of the latest JNew York papers by an outer-bound vessel and one of tne first things I see is Mr. Mar- ey's letter to Mr. Souley, dated 13th of No vember, and it is so full of milk and water it makes me fairly sick. I was always a little afraid Marcv was an old fogy, but ! did think be had a little more oack-Done than be shows in this letter. He's no christian, and he's violated the Scripter, for he has put his hand to the plough and looked back He seems now to be for smoothing over matters ; thinks may be our country could manage some bow or other to get along without Cuba ; don't know but what old Spain means to do the thing that's about right after all; better dicker a little longer witb her in a friendly kindot way; Better not ao anytmnc to at- front her : keen things Quiet till Spain gets in the right mood, and then, if she wont sell us uuoa, perhaps sne u settle ana pay up. Now, 111 tell you what 'tis Gineral, oar Euron Cabinet don't swallow no such milk and water stuff as that. What's cot into Mr. Marcv 1 Last year he told Mr. Souley to de mand three hundred thousand dollars for the Black Warrior, right down on the nail, and not to parley about it. But now he quivers and shakes one way and 'totner like a leaf in the wind. I'm afraid Mr. Marcy is getting oia. ana mere s poor unoie iosnua, post master of Downingville, I bnd he s eettioe old and tiresum, to. When I got home to Downingville and told the family I was going to fit out the Two Pollies and be off the next day to take Cuba, Uncle Joshua was struck all of a heap. Says he, Major, I beg of you not to go into any of that bill blistering business ; it's next akin to piracy; and ther the neutrality laws dead again you, too.' Oh no," says I, 'Uncle Joshua, I ain't go ing to undertake any ot your low niuouster-ine : I'm only jest going out to take Cuba man-faBhion, because our country can't get along without it, and self-preservation you know is tbe first law of nater, and because old Spain keeps insulting of us and won't pay up But don't you see, Major," says Uncle Joshua, 'if you go to take Cuba, you are ma- king war upon Spain ; and you can't do that according to tbe constitution. aoDoayin this country has any power to make war but Congress.' 'But you're mistaken there, Uncle Joshua.' says i. inane Air. roix niane war upon Mexico V No. by no means,' said Uncle Joshua. 'If you will look back and read the dockyment of them days, you will find it reads, Where-as war exists between this country and Mexico.' You see that war come itself. But you have no right to make war upon Spain or Cuba unless you get your authority from Congress.' I PRESS, BURLINGTON, MARCH 29, 1855. , nncle, Ikave got my authority from Coninresi tllh vi si sovi Wft'naa it would be in the papers, and 1 should a seen it.' ,, But I don't mean your lazy via rogy con gress to Washington,' sayi I ; 'i mean our Eorup Congress . . - And then i took tne aoeajiueu u. j gHJket and showed it to him, signed by Mr. uchanan, and Mr. Mason, and Mr. Souley. At first he was thunderstruck, and couldn't say nothin. Then he fell back on to the con- suiuuon agin, last m v " " "i " said he did'nt believe our Congress over there in Europ was constitutional. Then he reached np to the shelf and took down the old eon- . . ? 1 t V. .AiwfAi las then that Gineral Jackson sent him more than twentv year sso. and ho put on his specta cles and looked it all over from beginning to end, and said he could'nt bnd notlua anout " . t . . anv Coni? ress in EurOD. But if vou call vour meeting over there in Europ a Congress,' says he, '1 should like to know wnere you nna your autnonijr m me Constitution to make war upon Spain or to eo fillibusterin about Cuba Why, uncie josnua, says i, -we uuu it m mat clause wnere says mne me ryw tibihtv' ' There !' said Cousin Sargeant Joel, who had been listening all the time without say-in a word : 'there, uncle.' says he, 'I knew you would find the authority in the Constitu tion somewhere. That's one of the amend meats to the constitution that was added by Gineral Jackson, you know, and therefore it must be right.' . Then Sargent Joel turned to me, and says he( 'Major, I've been round and notified the whole company of the Downingville militia, and they are all ready, armed and equipped as the law directs, and will all be aboard tomorrow at ten o'clock. They are full of grit, and ready to swallow Cuba alive.' I hain't got near through my story, Gineral, for i wanted to tell you more about fit ting out tbe xwo rouies, ana aDout tne crew, ana the sogers, and the marines and the boss-marines, and the viee, but I shan't have room in this despatch, and the little clipper that's waitin for me to finish writin, has got a smart wind and wants to be off. If I don't see you standin on the pint of Floriday as we go by, I shall take it tor granted that you bave concluded not to go out to see us take Cuba ; but if I see a man standin there and swingin his hat, I shall know its you, and we'll bear rigbt up with tbe lwo Follies and take you 1 remain your old friend, and Minister-Gineral at large, and Bear-Commidore of the fillibuster-fleet, Major Jack Downing. EEJmljj xtt Pms. NOTICE. Transient advertisers ordering advertisements to be inserted for a period not exceeding six DATS, must invariably pay for them is advance, to secure their insertion. THURSDAY EVENING, MARCH 29, 1855. The Tote for Council of Censors. Perfect order prevailed at the polls yesterday, and the election passed off quietly for Burlington. Apparently the excitement was not so intense as it has been at several Presidential elections within our memory, and consequently the vote thrown falls below the full strength of the town by some six hundred votes or so. The so called Know-Nothing ticket has an average majority of 27. The following is the vote : John S. Robinson, 84 Daniel Kellogg, 94 Silas H. Hodges, 93 Andrew Tracy, 93 Horace Eaton, 94 Wa. Hebard, 93 Geo. P. Marsh, 90 Lucius B. Peck, 93 Bliss N. Davis, 83 Worthington Smith, 93 Samuel A. Willard, 92 Edward B. Sawyer, 83 Abraham Harding, 84 James M. Slade, 120 John W. Vail, 119 David Fish, 127 Chas. S. Dana, 120 David Hibbard, 118 Wm. C. Wilson, H8 Thomas Gleed, 119 John B. Hutchinson, 119 Nathaniel P. Nelson, 119 Evelyn Pierpont, 119 Wm. W. Wells, 119 Lafayette Ward, 119 Thomas F. Hammond, 119 Giles Harrington, 8 W. H. II Bingham, 7 Hiland Hall, 5 Erastus Fairbanks, 5 Elijah Cleveland, 2 Wm. C. Bradley, 2 George W. Benedict, 2 Nathan Smilie, 2 In addition to tbe above the following per sons received one vote each ; Carlos Coolidge, L. C. Kellogg, Samuel Adams, Edward Kirkland, Samuel S. Phelps Portus Baxter, A. L. Miner, David Hiblard. Julius Converse, Levi Underwood, Norman Williams, James Davis, Charles Davis, Edw. C. Cahoon, John N. P;omeroy, William Hey. wood, Jr. Lutp v. Jr"oiond, Samuel Swift, Edmund Weston, John Sawyer, Lawrence Brainard, W. Hibbard, A. S. Keyes, Wm. C. j says I. 'what more ao you wani ; w . ... l n ianlavad Kittredge, F. B. Redlield, James II. Piatt, Jr. JohnSoragen, L. E. Chittenden, Mrs. E. L. Nichols, Bristol Bill, Salmon Wires. W. 0 Shaw. Prosper Blackman, Albert Pierce, L. B. Englesby, James 1. Cutler, Louis De Goesbriand, Chauncey Goodrich. In Colchester, 42 Know-Nothing tickets were voted entire. The names on the other ticket vary from 5 to 9 votes api ;ce. al tering 12. la Essex 86 Know-Xotuing tickets were voted, and 29 " Liberal" tickets. From the rest of the State we have no re turns. It will not be surprising u " oas proves to have carried the day throughout the State, with next to nobody in the field against him. Fire District No. I. According to notice, a special meeting of Fire District No. 1, was held in the Town Hall this day. The District voted to raise by tax on the Grand List, five hundred dol lars in aid of the Fire Department for this year that tbe Fire Companies should be uni formed that as inhabitants of the town, the right to use the water from the pipes of the Burlington Aqueduct Company, as given by its Charter, shall be made available and a Committee was appointed to make report of plan and estimates for so doing, to an ad journed meeting. M. L. Church, S. E. How ard and Warren Puttee, were appointed said Committee. Tbe meeting was adjourned to Saturday, April 14th, at 2 P. M. Is it to be Peace or War t We find in the full detail of the Atlantic's news, little eaon to suppose that the death of Nicholas will bring peace to Europe. Kos- suth, in an interesting letter to the N. Y Times, says that peace is possible if England and France are such fools as to grant to Rus sia the opening of the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles ; but that no peace which shall in the slightest degree interfere with the hereditary policy of Russia, aiming at free access to the Mediterranean, can be nego tiated, whoever sits on the throne of the Czar Another correspondent of the Times has information from an official source that in the interview between Lord Clarendon and Louis Napoleon at Boulogne it was settled that there should be no peace until after tbe capture of Sebastopol . Society Election. At the semi-Annual Election, holden March 28th, the University Institute made choice of the following officers for the ensuing term : H. HENRY POWERS, President, Henry C. Town, Vice-President, Romeo B. Perry, Secretary, RoLtm M. Richmond, Treasurer. Ignorance of Learned Scholars. A correspondent of the Boston Transcript has discovered the following curious bits of information in the Geography of Murray, F.lt. S.E., assistod by Profs. Wallace and Jameson of the University of Glasgow, andMr.Swain son, F.JI.S., and F.L.S., published ia Edin burgh. "1 he United States territory is separated from Canada by the St. Lawrence River." (p. 1337.) "New England, now the most flourishing nf the St lev jt-n 1997 8 "The President continues in office four years, and may be re-elected. But this has not taken place with any except Washington " (p 1338.) " "The general aspect of the Eastern States is that of an unbounded forest." (p. 1340.) "The rivers running across the Eastern States have been united at different points, and it is expected that a continued interior line from North to South, will be ultimately formed." (Tho writer is speaking of canals. p. "Dr. Franklin once, on a journey, judged it wise to bear upon his person a label, ex pressing nis name, his business, whence he came ano wmuier he was going." (p. 1343 ) "There are twenty-live colleges and seven- ly-iour academies, under the patronage of tne general legislature, and a national uni versity has been planned." (a. 1344 t "Boston, the capital of Massachusetts, of me waie oj mw nngiana. and, until latelv. . uu uz.u.c vmua, ia uuiu ona peninsula. "East Boston, where all the Auxin ried on, consists of a number of narrow streets "New Hampshire, stretching sth f,. Massachusetts, occupies a very great part of the surface of Nrcv Entfl,,n,i " j ' State, "nothing is more common than to see a grandmother nt fortv. and tha daughter are often suckling children at the sometime! ! !" (p. I.347.1 A Fable Bv Chari.es Lamh n r children," said an old rat to his young ones, " the infirmities of age are pressing so heavilv fu .o .iia. i uuvu ueitTiiiiiica to ueaicate the remainder of my days to mortification and penance, in a narrow and lonely hole which I have lately discovered ; but let me not interfere with your enjoyments. Youth is the Season for pleasure ; be happy, therefore, and only obey my last injunction, never come near me in my retreat. God bless you all !" Deeply affected, sniveling audibly, ind wiping his paternal eyes with his tail, the old rat withdrew, and was seen no more lor several days, when his vountrpnt dnmrhforJ moved rather with filial affection than by that curiosity whiih has been attributed to the sex, stole to his cell of mortification, which turned out to bo a hole, made by his own teeth, in an enormous Cheshire cheese !" Trouble between the I'opeandtheCovciu. uieut of Sardinia. Genoa, FeUuary 22, 1855. The controversy between the government of Sardinia and the Holy N.-e approaches a crisis. The Bull adopted in secret consistuiy on the 22d ult. denouncing tne ministerial bill before Parliament to regulateor suppress the monasteries and other close eccl'isifistical corporations and establishments in the km. Join, has only served to esaspercte tne puoue spirit. Its language is exceedingly off.-nive, and its tone that o: arother age : so much so that the government at Turin deemed it politic to encourage its publication by the press throughout the kingdom, well assured thut intelligent readers would thus be led to seriuus reflection on the datigor of the ntus!) jf ecclesiastical power. At the 6ame time an order was i'.;ed interdicting any attempt on the put of tho priesthood to "introduce the question into tho pulpits, with a view to prejudice the devout by an appeal to superstition. The magistrates of the several departments are required to arrest any attempt to prejudice the people in this way against the government, and the principle of free discussion in Parliament. Circulars to this effect have been widely published, concurrently with the libellous Bull, which threatens excommunication agaiinst all persons, in or out of office, who ia any way aid or promote the so-called "unholy measura," which is also declared to be null and of no effect if it should be adopted by the government ! and this in tho 19th century ! M. D'Azeglio, late Prime Minister, and now a Senator, who is aesniled in the Bull with peculiar bitterness for his efforts to relieve the country from the domination of Rome, has replied through tho press,, in an admirable article, worthy of the head and heart of the first writer and most honored patriot of modern Italy. He shows conclusively that tho condition and influence of the numerous institutions refered to in the bill are decidedly adverse to the prosperity of the country, the well being of the people, the progress of intelligence, and the safety of' the free constitution of the state. This you may well imagine, when I add that they number 477, and include among their inmates and dependants about 10,000 priests and monks of various orders all of whom live without work, and at the public expense, in one shape or another. To a man they are hostile to the present free constitution, and together of course exercise a vast influence over the ignorant and superstitious classes of the country. There is no doubt that the bill will pass both Houses by commanding majorities. Cor. Newark Aduertiser. Hard Times Amoxo Stock. Owing to the drouth of last summer, and the severity of the past winter, hay and all kinds of fodder are scarce throughout the country. In northern Ohio, it is said that many farmers are buying corn shipped from the south and west by railroad, to help them to keep their stock through. Some are obliged to " browse ;" the hay being all consumed. One farmer in Montville, Geauga Co., has lost 23 head of cattle in a short while; and a large number of persons are losing more or less stock. In Bristol, Trumbull Co., one farmer had lost 25 cattle and more or less are dying in every town in the country. A farmer in Windsor, Ashtabula Co., who has a large stock, has lost the whole of them. K?"Rara Avis. We cut the following from a country exchange. The bird referred to most be one of Signor Blitz's: "The scoundrel who took the canary with a pug nose, red face, and a light overcoat, is requested to return it immediately to 28 Willow street, as the bird is a valuable one, from whom no questions will be asked. In Shelburrw, tho 25th inst.,of Consumption, Carwe L., wifo of A. II. Lewis, and daughter of Lyman and Laara Thayer, aged 24 years. She died in tho triumph of faith. YOUXG MENS DEBATING SOCIETY. Rsv. HENRY WARD BEECHER, Of Brooklyn, WILEYXVrv AnnrTt8,Sooiet-7 on TCESDA V VI .v liA IMJ, A PIUL 3d, at the TOWN HALL, at?,PS;? 61 6i P- Lccture wiUcommenc. atFUIKLKR45nCenh!0bebadJ at NICHOLS' and Sih.8 Boek-. -t the door. dCAwl SPRING GOODS Just Received at Lyman's. NEW SPRING STYLE DE LAINES AND PRINTS GOIVG CHEAP AT THE CORNER STORE. March 27. 1855. dlwtf union ZL lVm-fir. P0bRnfIjE.tIii,8-lpring,a3 D3KaI' a' tbis well-ee1.enktrcV:fabh9hmeUt' 6 d. FIUJIT AND ORNAMENTAL TREES SHRUBS AND PLANTS, of every description, including all tho choica tws of tho Apple Pear, Plum. Cherry, OrXXt Asparagu?, 4c . 4c 4c tsr 111 of phnbl. tli etc JSimerifa for tho Sprinir of 1884. with a ue of plement Sun- govern the (nl thi. s'r.-i which will rCcemrtAofGUES.forwa',le3'to 611 Wr. on receipt of one postage-stnaip. rl " Address, tw, v.. BATTET, Agent. March Sums. ' ee'enue AAmlm "nsn

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