Synopsis of News – March 29, 1856

Frank Leslie’s Weekly, later often known as Leslie’s Weekly, actually began life as Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Founded in 1855 and continued until 1922, it was an American illustrated literary and news publication, and one of several started by publisher and illustrator Frank Leslie. John Y. Foster was the first editor of the Weekly, which came out on Tuesdays. While only 30 copies of the first edition were printed, by 1897 its circulation had grown to an estimated 65,000 copies.

Synopsis of News

A negro woman, in Camden, Arkansas, lately gave birth to four children, three girls and one boy, averaging in weight about seven pounds each. The owner of the mother has named them Mississippi, Ouachita, Red River and Railroad; the boy received the last appellation.

A man is walking for a wager in New Orleans. He is to walk 338 half miles in 338 half hours, on a bet of $1500.

The Virginia Senate has passed the bill accepting of Lewis W. Washington, the grant of the birth-place of George Washington.

HERCULEAN TASK.—A man lately accepted a challenge to make one million strokes with pen and ink within a month; not to be mere scratches or dots, but far down strokes, such as form the child’s first lesson in writing. The month was to be four weeks, and he was to abstain from the task on Sundays; so that he must average 36,000 strokes per day. On the first day he executed about 50,000 strokes; on the second day nearly as many. But at length, after many days, the hand became stiff and weary, the wrist swollen, and it required the constant attendance of a relation or friend to besprinkle it, without interrupting its progress over the paper with a lotion calculated to invigorate it. On the 23d day the million strokes, exceeded by some few thousands, “to make assurance doubly sure,” was accomplished.

Frank Leslie’s Weekly, published from 1855 to 1922, was an American illustrated news publication started by publisher and illustrator Frank Leslie. While only 30 copies of the first edition were printed, by 1897 its circulation had grown to an estimated 65,000 copies.

The Order of United Americans in New Jersey disapprove of the nomination of Mr. Fillmore, and manifest dissatisfaction at the conduct of the Know Nothings.

For two years past there has been no time in which the supply of cattle, bullocks, sheep, and swine, has been so inadequate to the demand as the last fortnight.

The underwriters have made arrangements to raise the brig Demerara, recently sunk by the ice in the North River.

All the steamers of the Boston line are now running regularly.

The New York Spirit of the Times learns from reliable authority that no less than nine hundred horses have been killed or have died in this city during the late snow season, over and above any number that have ever perished in the city before in the same number of days.

Sixteen new counties have been formed in Texas during the present session of the Legislature.

They are tearing down the Hippodrome in this city.

Mr. Thackeray is giving a series of lectures in New Orleans.

A dispatch from St. Paul, Minnesota, says: “There is nothing of public consequence here. Money five per cent per month, and ‘tight’ at that. Oh, that Wall street were within gunshot.

A violent shock of an earthquake was experienced in San Francisco on the 15th of February, at three o’clock in the morning. It was felt in every part in the city. The first movement of the earth was very sudden, and the buildings swayed to and fro heavily afterwards, and finally the vibrations were short and rapid. No serious damage had occurred, nor were any lives lost. Illustrated on another page.

The Courier & Enquirer objects to Mr. Fillmore on the principle, or plea, that no man should be eligible to election for a “second term” to the office of the Presidency.

A Republican State Convention is to be held at Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the 26th inst.

Hon. E. D. Morgan, (N. Y. city,) Chairman of the Rep. National Committee, has addressed the other members of the Committee, calling them to meet in Washington on the 26th inst.

The K. N.’s of Louisville and St. Louis have ratified the Philadelphia nominations.

The Ohio Legislature have agreed to adjourn from the 9th of April to the first Monday in January, 1857.

In Pennsylvania, 96 anti-administration papers (mostly American) have expressed themseves on the Philadelphia nominations—26 endorsing the ticket—35 opposing it, and the balance standing neutral.

Twenty-eight thousand bales of cotton, on storage in the lower cotton press at New Orleans, were destroyed by fire on the morning of the 7th inst. A portion of the property was insured in New York offices. See illustration.

Hon. John G. Palfrey has withdrawn himself from the political arena, and, it is understood, intends devoting the remainder of his life to literature. He is writing a history of New England, and will in a few weeks sail for England, in order to prosecute his researches in the archives of the mother country.

The Cincinnati Gazette has been shown a private letter from Mr. C. M. Clay with reference to his failure, noticed a few days since. Mr. Clay says his creditors have allowed him to go on, and he will be able to pay all his debts, and have a handsome estate left. He did not lose a dollar this season in the pork trade.

Leverton Thomas, the wealthy citizen of Washington County, Pa., lately convicted at Pittsburg of forgery and sentenced to the penitentiary, has been pardoned by Governor Pollock.

The Connecticut Whig State Convention, held on the 13th inst., nominated for Governor, John A. Rockwell, of Norwich; for Lieut. Governor, Joshua M. Carter, of Norwalk. There was not a large attendance of delegates.

The Albany State Register is losing some, and cutting off more of its old subscribers. Those interested in the paper think it will gain thereby, as there are some $60,000 debts against subscribers on its books—410 subscribers owing $8,700 for subscriptions from 1 1/2 to 6 years. Its refusal to support Fillmore and Donelson has created quite a ferment. The Register is the K. N. State organ.

The American members of Congress have held a meeting to deliberate on what measures were best calculated to advance the interests of the American party in the coming Presidential campaign.

The Legislature of New Jersey adjourned sine die on the 14th instant.

To remedy the Sunday sleepiness which bothers so many good people who want to keep awake, the Christian Intelligencer says “the patient must lift his foot seven inches above the floor, and hold it there in suspense, without support to the limb. Repeat the remedy as often as the attack comes on.”

The San Francisco Herald states that it is currently reported the captains of the mail steamers have positive orders from the company to protract the trip between Panama and San Francisco. In other words, not to make as good time as their ships are capable of safely making.

On Thursday morning, as Mr. John Lewis, a milkman residing in Meadow street, Hoboken, was loading his milk-cans into his wagon, he heard the cry of an infant issue from one of them, and upon examination found a boy about six weeks old in the can.

Rev. John L. Sibley has been confirmed by the Board of Overseers of Harvard College as Librarian of the Institution. Mr. Sibley was the associate of the late Dr. Harris, for fifteen years, and his appointment has given great satisfaction to the patrons of the College.

Gov. Gardner, of Massachusetts has appointed Thursday, April 10, as a day of fasting, humiliation and prayer.

Mr. Edward Worrell publishes in the Delaware Republican an elaborate vindication of his official course in the United States Consulate at Matanzas. He exposes certain wrongs, alleged to have been committed by Spanish officials.

The mails destroyed by the recent railroad accident near Margarettsville, N. C., were unnsually large. The contents of Adams & Co.’s car were valued at $50,000. The passengers were badly injured, and one of them, named Octavius Cook, subsequently died.

A shock of an earthquake was felt at Clinton, Conn., a few days ago. It lasted fifteen seconds.

The Bank of England report to Feb. 23, shows a small gain in specie and a large increase in loans and discounts. The money market is stated to have been a little easier at the close of the week the steamer sailed.

The British Trade returns for January have been made up, and present an extremely favorable result in the exports of the kingdom. The aggregate in manufactures, &c., is $39,870,000, against $32,320,000 same month in 1855. The increase is ascribed, in a considerable degree, to the prospects of peace.

Baltimore Harbor is open, and large numbers of vessels are arriving and departing. The Norfolk boats leave daily with passengers for the South.

The Stonington steamer, Plymouth Rock, which was ashore last winter on City Island, was on Friday morning taken up the Balance Dock for repairs. Both sides of her hull forward under the water lines and near the bends are badly stove; and her fore foot is slightly damaged. But she does not appear to be strained, nor in the smallest degree out of line.

The Virginia Legislature have passed a bill appropriating a million of dollars to the Virginia, Tennessee and Covington and Ohio Railroad. The appropriation for the Central road was reduced to $300,000.

A decision in the U. S. Court at Baltimore settles the question that on ship-board blows may be inflicted with any proper weapon in a proper degree, if honestly done, to enforce obedience to a present order, and not to punish for past disobedience.

Not many houses are to let yet in this city. Rents have generally advanced about ten per cent this season.

The important case of the privateer brig General Armstrong against the United States has been decided in favor of the claimants in the Court of Claims.

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