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wise offered 3,000 dollars. A reward of 500 dollars has also been offered by Messrs. Doyle and May, for the exposure of the individuals who attempted to fire their paint-store in Carondelet-street.

From the Cleveland Advertiser, Ohio. ABOUT nine o'clock a fire was discovered in the west end of Mr. John Blair's forwarding-house, which, before its progress could be arrested, destroyed the one adjoining and the large steam-mill owned by Edmund Clark and Richard Hilliard. Blair's warehouse was occupied by Ward and Smith, who had 3,000 bushels of corn and other property destroyed ; their loss, however, is small, being insured. Blair's loss, 2,000 dollars. Clark and Hilliard's loss, about 6,000 dollars, no insurance. The ironfoundry and other contiguous buildings caught, but by the active exertions of the firemen, no serious damage was sustained. The origin of the fire is said to have been the work of an incendiary.

VILLANOUS.

From the Cleveland Gazette. Another unsuccessful attempt was made last night to destroy the freebridge across the Cayuhoga, with gunpowder. But part of the powder in the mine exploded, and no damage was sustained. The miscreants took to flight before their plans were perfected. We believe this to be the fifth or sixth attempt to destroy this very useful public thoroughfare by similar means.

SOMETIMES BY FIRE.

From the Pennsylvanian Herald and Sentinel. The post-office building at Troy, Miama county, Ohio, was discovered to be on fire about eleven o'clock, on the night of the 16th inst. The alarm being seasonably given, and the night calm, the flames were extinguished before making much progress. The books, letters, and pa- . pers, were principally saved. The building was small, standing apart from any other; and, on examination, the post-master stated that it had been broken open and robbed of about 825 dollars of post-office funds, all of which was in specie except 195 dollars. The attempt to destroy the building would thus seem to have been made with a view to concealing the previous robbery.

From the Pennsylvanian. On the night of the 15th inst., an attempt was made to set fire to a very combustible part of the city of Savannah, Georgia.

ANOTHER INCENDIARY ATTEMPT.

From the Charleston Courier. One of the most daring and systematic attempts was made to fire our city, on Thursday night last, that has ever come under our observation.

It appears that the combustible matter which was to communicate (the fire had been placed inside the weather-boarding, and under the window of a wooden tenement on the west side of King-street, a few doors south of Clifford-street, only about one square from where the great fire commenced—a board next to the pavement having been ripped off for the purpose, and replaced, but without being fastened.

THE FÍRES IN NEW ORLEANS.

The New Orleans correspondent of the New York Express says, that on the previous day there was an almost ceaseless alarm of fire, and adds :-"The bells were rung some ten or twelve different times, and we are told that two or three houses were on fire, in different parts of the city, before 12 o'clock. About two o'clock, the bells sounded again. The cry of fire was heard through the streets ; when it was discovered that a grocery on the corner of the rail-road leading to the Lake, and Casacalvostreet, was on fire. From this house the flames spread with astonishing rapidity through the whole square, leaving only some half-dozen tenements on the north side.

“ On this occasion, as in almost every other, where large fires occur, a good deal of plundering and fighting was going on. Some three or four persons were arrested in the act of stealing, and carried off to the calaboose. One of the firemen received a wound by a blow from a sword, made by some one in the crowd, who was not discovered.”

The New Orleans Bee of the 11th inst., in speaking of the fact that these fires are caused by incendiaries, says :- " About half past eight o'clock on Monday night, one of our citizens, Judge Preval, discovered a white man concealed under a shed in his yard. The fellow affected to be drunk when questioned about his business there. He has been safely lodged in prison, and it is hoped that his examination may elicit some facts which may lead to the detection of the gang of incendiaries, one of whom he doubtless is. On the previous day, about 11 o'clock, A.M., an attempt was made to fire the buildings at the corner of Ursuline and St. Claude streets, the property of Mr. Rozuan. Already had the combustible matter placed for the purpose ignited, when the flames were discovered by a child, who gave the alarm."

FIRE AT WASHINGTON.

From the National Intelligencer. An alarm of fire in this city, yesterday morning, produced a more than usual excitement in the neighbourhood of it, and induced the greatest exertions on the part of firec-ompanies and individuals, which were crowned with surprising success, though they did not succeed in preventing the destruction of property belonging to three or four persons.

The fire was discovered about eight o'clock in the morning, in a framestable occupied by Mr. Golding, on the east side of Eight-street, (not far south of the burnt Post Office,) which was entirely in a light blaze almost before any persons had gathered round the spot.

The fire soon communicated to a carpenter's shop, and thence to the framed welling-house belonging to Mr. Lambert Tree, on the north of it,

and to the brick tavern and dwelling belonging to the heirs of M'Glue, on the south side, being the corner of the square. It thence caught and burnt two tenements on D street, belonging to Mr. Hayman, and next caught Mrs. Hamill's house, which, though not burnt, was a good deal injured. This house stands next to the extensive buildings occupied by the office and printing establishment of the National Intelligencer, which was throughout in the greatest danger, and was only saved by the intelligence and energy with which the efforts of the fire-companies were made, and the generous, prudent, and courageous conduct of active individuals, among whom it would be difficult to tell whether the mechanics and traders of this city, or the persons holding official stations, from the highest to the lowest, were most zealously and disinterestedly active.

Another alarm of fire drew the companies and the people together at about one o'clock. It proved to be the stable in the rear of the residence of Mr. Colston, in Sixth-street, the wood-work and contents of which were destroyed.

The occurrence of this last fire in a building in which fire is never used, immediately following the fire in a similarly situated building, seemed to strengthen the impression that the first fire, as well as the second, was the work of incendiaries.

From the Herald and Standard. INCENDIARIES appear to be at work in almost every part of the United States. Three attempts were made the week before last to burn the town of Mount Sterling (Tennessee), and several buildings were destroyed. Five attempts were made on Saturday and Sunday in Philadelphia, some of which were successful.

From the Baltimore American. Besides the fires noticed in yesterday's paper, several other attempts were made to fire the city on Saturday night, which happily proved abortive from an early discovery of them. The manner in which these occurrences have taken place leaves no doubt of their having originated in deliberate design. It is evident, therefore, from the number and character of these incendiary attempts, that unless extraordinary means are adopted for the detection and punishment of the perpetrators, the city is likely to be kept again in the state of alarm and danger which prevailed some months ago from the same cause.

From a Philadelphia Paper. YESTERDAY afternoon, about one o'clock, a fire broke out in a large building situate in Spruce-street, near the Schuylkill river, oceupied by Mr. John Eckstein and Co. as a cotton factory. The flames spread with fearful rapidity, and notwithstanding the powerful exertions made by our enterprising firemen, who repaired to the scene of conflagration with their accustomed alacrity, the extensive building, together with its valuable contents, were soon reduced to ashes. The fire communicated to several small buildings, occupied, as we learn, by the workmen of the fac

tory and their families, which were principally destroyed. Thirty or forty cords of wood, it is said, were likewise burnt.

Since the above was in type, the fire is supposed to have been the act of an incendiary:

ANOTHER FIRE AT NEW HAVEN.

From the New York Journal of Commerce. Last night, between the hours of eleven and twelve o'clock, an alarm was given by the watch at New Haven, and the fire was found to proceed from the Fire Wood Depository of Yale College, which was consumed with astonishing rapidity, threatening destruction to the Trumbull Gallery, College Hall, Laboratory, &c.

The fire, like the one on Sunday evening, is supposed to have been caused by incendiaries.

A TOWN BURNED.

From the Charleston Mercury.
WE copy the following from the Charleston Mercury :-

Distressing Conflagration. The town of Monrovia, in Gadsden county, we regret to learn, says the Tallahasse Watchman of the sixteenth inst., has been entirely consumed by fire, with the exception of a kitchen and hen-house. The fire occurred when all the inhabitants were absent or asleep; and the particulars, therefore, cannot be arrived at. It is supposed to be the work of an incendiary. The church, academy, banking-house, post-office, and exchange are all gone. We learn that most of the property was uninsured. Suspicion rests upon the cashier of the Monrovia bank as the probable incendiary, as it is believed he embezzled a large amount of the funds of that institution. The ruin is so entire, that doubts are entertained whether the town will ever recover from the shock.

Charleston, June 9,--5, P. M. Three more attempts to set fire were made yesterday, but were discovered in time to prevent any damage.

INCENDIARIES AGAIN.

From the Boston Gazette. A most diabolical attempt was made last Tuesday evening, between nine and ten o'clock, to set fire to the large wooden building in Peck Lane, commonly known by the name of "the colleges,” and said to be occupied by about forty-five families. A woman went into the cellar for a pail of water about half-past nine, and was immediately passed by a man who came from under the stairway. On examination, it was found he had taken a large quantity of cooper's chips from a pile in the cellar, and placed them, together with a quantity of common matches, under the stairway, and was no doubt in the act of setting fire to them when the woman made her appearance. He was dressed in a dark

frock coat. Three men who kept watch the remainder of the night, were attacked by three others with brick-bats, but the latter immediately afterwards disappeared.

HOSPITAL BURNT AS A NUISANCE.

From the Vicksburg Register. The small-pox hospital was last night burnt to the ground. No doubt was entertained but that it was the work of an incendiary, and possibly may be accounted for by the fact, that the neighbours in that section have been complaining of it for a length of time as a great nuisance.

APPENDIX VII.

OUTRAGES IN CONGRESS-LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLIES-COURTS OF

JUSTICE, ETC.

MORE DISGRACEFUL SCENES AT WASHINGTON.

Extract to the Editor, dated Washington, May 14, 1832.

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Now it was thought that the House would proceed to business. How vain the expectation! Mr. Cooke, of Ohio, got up, presented another case of "privilege” to the House, and got them again into as pretty a bit of a hurricane as I ever saw. Doctor Davis, of South Carolina, sent a letter to Mr. Cooke, demanding an explanation of some question when he was a witness. Mr. Cooke took it for a challenge for 6 words spoken in debate,” and hence he made the motion. A resolution was offered for raising a committee to inquire into and investigate this "breach of privilege. On this question, a violent personal debate arose, which would, for intemperance of language and wholesale abuse of private character, absolutely disgrace the lowest porter-house or clubhouse, in the lowest place in the lowest city of the lowest country in the world. Messrs. Stanberry, Cooke, Burgess, of R. I., and most especially Mr. Arnold, of Te, took a very active and violent stand in this debate. The question was seldom touched-personal character was assailed-most violently attacked-low insinuations thrown out-threats and denunciations fulminated-attacks made on individuals, and even the members broke through all rules and orders, and assailed each other. With the greatest difficulty could the speaker keep them to the question. Stanberry was violent, Burgess more so; but Arnold out-heroded Herod. He assailed in the most violent language, and most unbecoming gesticu

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