Harper's Weekly 12/15/1866


NEWS ITEMS.

A dispatch from Nashville, of November 26, states
that half a dozen franchise bills have passed a first
reading in the House. All of them embrace in their
provisions colored suffrage, and two of them the uni-
versal amnesty feature. It is now generally thought
that a bill guaranteeing qualified negro suffrage will
become a law, but present indications suggest strong
doubts as to the success of the amnesty doctrine.


The great Lake Tunnel which is to supply Chicago
with water has been completed. It is a mighty feat of
engineering skill. Dall and Gowan, of Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania, took the contract for building it at
$315,139, and ground was broke March 17, 1864, and
the work has steadily advanced to completion. Its
capacity is such that it will furnish one million people
fifty-seven gallons of water each per day.


The Republican Committee at New Orleans has
passed resolutions petitioning Congress to impeach
the President and appoint a Provisional Governor for
Louisiana.


The Governor's Message was laid before the Legis-
lature of South Carolina November 27. It takes a
gloomy view of the present condition of affairs, and
attributes the depression of agriculture and business
in the State to the intolerance of her conquerors, and
urges that the white population should be stimulated
to work, by letting them see that labor is honorable
and idleness reprehensible. The Message is mainly
devoted to State affairs, and says the result of the ex-
periment of free labor has been highly encouraging
under the circumstances. It concludes by referring to
the Constitutional Amendment, which, he says, nei-
ther the interest nor honor of the State will allow her
to ratify.


Hon. Cave Johnson, Postmaster-General under Pres-
ident Polk, died on November 23 at his residence at
Clarksville, Tennessee, aged 72 years.


It has been ascertained at the War Department that
there have been 169,624 colored men enlisted in the
United States service. Of these 20,236 have been dis-
charged, principally on account of physical disability;
31,866 died while in the service; 14,887 deserted; 1514
have been killed in action, and 1344 were reported
after engagement as missing.



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