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"They believe that a saving can be effected by a change in the mode of letting out mail contracts, adopting what is usually called the 'star-bid system,' providing for all our safeguards for the celerity, certainty, and security of the mails, but without restrictions as to the mode of transportation. In this way your Committee are satisfied that the ex
pense of mail transportation may be reduced-say 33 per cent. upon the present cost-say $619,033.
"They are further of opinion that there should be a discontinuance of numerous routes, the cost of
which is greatly disproportioned to their convenience, and the receipts of the post-offices supplied by them. In this way they believe a saving of onetenth of the present cost of transportation may be attained-say $206,344.
receipts.... $1,060,595 83 "Your Committee are of opinion that steps should be immediately taken to preserve the postage stamps of the denomination of ten, five, and twenty cents; that these stamps will be sufficient to meet the wants of the Department for the present."
Texas, the most expensive of all the States, from its long non-paying routes, was not included in this exhibit, or the deficit of receipts would have been increased by the sum of nearly six hundred thousand dollars annually. That little paragraph, last quoted, is
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| modestly worded, considering that it proposed to preserve the postage stamps belonging to the Federal Government. Several hundred thousand dollars worth of stamps of the United States Government were in the hands of postmasters in the Seceded States, on sale. To render these profitably available, it was only necessary to preserve them, just as the mint at New Orleans was preserved, with its five hundred thousand dollars of coin. The non-use of the word steal, doubtless, was owing to the "chivalrous sense of honor" which animated the bosoms of those remarkable men.
The Act for the organization of the Confederate Army Staff reproduced, with slight change, the Army Regulations and pay of the United States service.
The Act to provide money for carrying on the Government would deserve but passing notice, were it not for the fact that the proposed loan, after the most extraordinary exertions on the part of the "friends of the South," was never, we believe, entirely taken, although its amount was but fifteen millions of dollars.* We give the Act:
SEC. 1-The Congress of the Confederate States do enact, That the President of the Confederate States be and he is hereby authorized, at any time within
*A letter found its way into print, purporting to have been written by a Charleston banker to a London house, proposing for it to assist in placing the loan, and stating the securities to be offered to Foreign takers, as follows:
First: A mortgage on the property seized from the United States, of forts, arsenals, custom houses, &c.
Second: A pledge to pay off the delayed debts of Mississippi and Florida. The State of Florida to be transferred to trustees in security for the payment of its debt, while Mississippi should pledge its own honor and good faith to pay the new bonds to be issued for those repudiated.
Third: A pledge of the revenues of the CustomHouse and Post-Offices, after current expenses were paid.
Fourth: A mortgage on all territory to be "acquired, " and usufruct thereof.
If this was not a canard, (as it doubtless was) then it only proves what a miserable state the finances of the country must have been in, that any such pledge should have been even thought of.
O F THE
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twelve months after the passage of this act, to borrow, on the credit of the Confederate States, a sum not exceeding $15,000,000, or so much thereof as, in his opinion, the exigencies of the public service may require to be applied to the payment of appropriations mdea by law for the support of the Government, and for the defence of the Confederate States.
"SEC. 2. That the Secretary of the Treasury is hereby authorized, by the consent of the President of the Confederate States, to cause to be prepared certificates of stock or bonds, in such sums as are hereafter to be mentioned, for the amount to be bor
rowed as aforesaid, to be signed by the Register of
the Treasury, and sealed with the seal of the Treasury; and the said certificates of stock or bonds shail be made payable at the expiration of ten years from
the 1st day of September next; and the interest thereon shall be paid semi-annually, at the rate of three per cent. per annum, at the Treasury, and such other place as the Secretary of the Treasury may designate. And to the bonds which shall be issued as aforesaid shall be attached coupons for the semi-annual interest which shall accrue, which coupons may be signed by officers to be appointed for the purpose by the Secretary of the Treasury. And the faith of the Confederate States is hereby pledged for the due payment of the principal and interest of the said stock and bonds.
"SEC. 3. At the expiration of five years from the 1st day of September next, the Confederate States may pay up any portion of the bonds or stock, upon giving three months previous public notice at the seat of Government of the particular stock or bonds to be paid, and the time and place of payment; and from and after the time so appointed, no furher interest shall be paid on said stock or bonds.
"SKC. 4. The certificates of stock and bonds shall be issued in such form and for such amounts as may be determined by the Secretary of the Treasury,
and may be assigned or delivered under such regulations as he may establish. But most of them shall be for a less sum than $50; and he shall report to Congress, at its next session, a statement in detail of his proceedings, and the rate at which the loans may have been made, and all expenses attending the same.
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a sinking fund to carry into
It was announced by the Southern press
The Act to provide for the "provisional” army of the Confederate States was as fol
"SEC. 5. From and after the 1st day of August, 1861, there shall be levied, collected, and paid, a duty of one-eighth of one per cent. per pound on all cotton in the raw state exported from the Confed-lows: erate States, which duty is hereby specially pledged to the due payment of interest and principal of the loan provided for in this act; and the Secretary of the Treasury is authorized and required to establish
"SECTION 1. The Congress of the Confederate States of America do enact, That to enable the Government of the Confederate States to maintain its jurisdiction over all questions of peace and war, and to provide
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for the public defence, the Pres | their newly-assumed titles ident be, and is hereby, author- of Commander-in-Chief, ized and directed to assume which they had freely sportcontrol of all military operations in every State, hav- ed. It was a short-lived "supremacy" the ing reference to a connection with questions between State enjoyed. The tyranny closing around the said States, or any of them, and powers foreign them like an overgrowth, was as sure to overto them. run their "palmetto" independence as the moss which trailed over their forests to festoon them with darkness. Under this act, Peter G. Beauregard, soon made BrigadierGeneral by commission of Mr. Davis, was sent to Charleston to assume ommand of the forces
"SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That the President is hereby authorized to receive from the
several States the arms and munitions of war which have been acquired from the United States, and which are now in the forts, arsenals, and navyyards of the said States, and all other arms and mu
nitions which they may desire to turn over and there, while General Bragg was placed in
make chargeable to this Government.
"SEC. 3. Be it further enacted, That the President be authorized to receive into the service of this Government such forces now in the service of said States as may be tendered, or who may volunteer by consent of their State, in such numbers as he may require, for any time not less than twelve months, unless sooner discharged.
“SEC. 4. Be it further enacted, That such forces may be received, with their officers, by companies, battalions, or regiments, and, when so received, shall form a part of the provisional army of the Con
federate States, according to the terms of their en
listment, and the President shall appoint, by and
with the advice and consent of Congress, such general officer or officers, for said forces, as may be necessary for the service.
command at Pensacola.
The Act for the free navigation of the Mississippi, although it conceded the river a common highway, still assumed a jurisdiction which the States drained by the great river would resist to the last. Their rights to that highway was incontestible; to restrict their rights, by giving up the river to a foreign jurisdiction, was to injure the property and commerce of the great North-west to an incalculable degree. The fact that a battery had been placed on the banks of the river, at Memphis, to challenge all craft, and thus to obstruct navigation, showed to the twelve States, tributary to the stream, what might exist, at any moment, to their great detriment; and the Act for the navigation of the stream only served to call most especial attention to the matter. It soon became one of the things evident, that that highway never would be allowed to pass through the territory of a foreign power.
RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY IN THE SECEDED STATES. SOUTH CARO -
GEORGIA, ALABAMA, AND MISSISSIPPI. THE UNION
South Carolina Repudiates the Confederacy.
THE Voice of the Cotton States, seemingly, the future Permanent Southern was unanimous for the new order of things. Constitution. For South CaroBut, so many evidences came of a stifled lina is about to be saddled with opinion which repelled the revolution and almost every grievance except Abolition, for which hoped for reaction, that we she long struggled, and just withdrawn from the late the subject briefly. As preliminary, it may United States Government. Surely McDuffie lived
be said that even the Secessionists did not
harmonize in their views, Evidences of Dis- now that the hour had come to embody them. The element of revolution was not one to be calmed into peace at any voice. To say to South Carolina, "Peace! be still!" was as hopeless for peace as to bid the overcharged steam-chest from foaming. She must have vent, apparently, or an explosion would
in vain, and Calhoun taught for naught, if we are
again to be plundered, and our commerce crippled,
destroyed, by tariffs-even discriminating tariffs. Yet this is the almost inevitable prospect. The fruit of the labors of thirty odd long years, in strife and bitterness, is about to slip through our fingers.
"But is this all we are about to be called on to enact and bear? It is only the beginning. "The three-fifths rule of representation for slaves was one of the many Yankee swindles put upon us in the formation of the old Constitution. It is a radical wrong. It most unfairly dwarfs the power of some of the States in any Federal representation. The proportion of her black to the white population is very much larger than that of any other. tion of representation was cut down upon all her Slave State. By the old swindle, her fair popula
The class of chronic mal-contents, in that State, was large-the class of well-contents small. The philosophy of Calhoun, and the "glittering generalities" of McDuffie, had resulted in a mental disorder, whose only proper expression seemed to find embodiment slaves in proportion as three to five. The black in the word nullification. This became ap- population, being in a majority in our State, twoparent at an early stage of the proceedings fifths of more than one-half of the people of the of the Confederate Congress, notwithstand-State are entirely unrepresented. And in just the ing the seal of secrecy. A correspondent of degree that the proportion of the black population the Charleston Mercury at Montgomery, writ-in South Carolina predominates over the proportion ing under date of February 14th-evidently of the blacks to the whites in any other State, is the a member of the Congress - uttered this swindle augmented and aggravated. South Carolina strong and distinctive protest to the too Fed- is small enough without again flinging away what eral nature of the new Government: legitimate power she possesses. That power is in her slaves-socially, politically, economically. The proposition of the three-fifths rule calls upon her not only to stultify herself, but to dwarf her powers.
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"Upon one point there appears
"Is this all? It is not. She is probably to be called upon to brand herself and her institutions.
"The old Constitution of the United States merely grants to the Congress the power to prohibit by law the further introduction of slaves from Africa or elsewhere outside of the United States. Terrorism here is about to make its perpetual prohibition a fundamental provision of the Constitution itself. A stigma
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is thus broadly stamped upon the whole institution before the whole world, and sealed by ourselves. That Congress should have power to prohibit the trade is a legitimate provision. I should not object to such a provision. It is a matter of trade, business, and general economy. There may or may not be a sufficient supply of African labor now in America. Of this it is for the peoples of the several States to decide, through their representatives in the General Congress. But to brand it by a fundamental article of the Constitution itself, is to cast an infamous slur upon the whole institution-the lives and the properties of every slaveholder in the land.
For what have we cast off the North as a rotten incubus, if we are thus to reenact all their swindles, outrages, and insolences upon ourselves? To be plundered and manacled with discriminating tariffsto stultify ourselves with a half-way representation-
have to fight Lincoln instead of Buchanan. And
We have, in this, representative South Car-
and to indorse all the slanders and insolence of the lation, under the rule of an aristocracy.
"All this is not encouraging to our hopes. But there remains two methods of retrieving ourselves. The first is, in our Convention. We may have to follow the example of 1788. The second is, by providing in the Constitution, for the present, an easy way of amendment; and South Carolina may insist upon amendments upon these points being made. Doubtless public spirit will advance. Many men here want information. They are ignorant and unpracticed in this matter. There is still room for much hope in the end-with the exercise on our part of much firmness.
"It is greatly to be regretted that the debates upon the Constitution will probably not be public. It seems to me that they will be very important as guides in the future, whereby we may be enabled to comprehend its meaning- the proper interpretation of its language.
"To change the subject-a nice pickle South Carolina has been placed in with regard to Fort Sumter! Three weeks ago it was feared by many that any assault upon that fort was to be postponed until the 4th of February, and then to be turned over to the action of the Southern Congress. Such has proved the fact. What has been gained? President Davis will not be inaugurated until Saturday evening, the 16th of February. This is the earliest period possible. Circumstances will still further delay it. The Monday two weeks following, Lincoln is to be inaugurated at Washington. What opportunity is there between these two dates for Mr. Davis to make preparations for attack-to make his demand upon Mr. Buchanan for its surrentler, and to receive an answer before the 4th of March? None whatever. We will have to fight, and we will
A Georgia Protest.
The Augusta (Georgia)
We believe there is no truth in the rumor.
The Natchez (Mississippi)
of the new President. It characterized his
"There was no sound of rejoicing here at Natchez,
Are we to have no showing? Are the people to have no choice? Can a Convention alter constitu