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NOTICE. - The subscriber, living on Caroway Lake, on Hoe's Bayou, in Carroll parish, sixteen miles on the road leading from Bayou Mason to Lake Providence is ready with a pack of dogs to hunt runaway negroes at any time. These dogs are well trained, and are known throughout the parish. Letters addressed to me at Providence will secure immediate attention. My terms are five dollars per day for hunting the trails, whether the negro is caught or not. Where a twelve hours' trail is shown, and the negro is not taken, no charge is made. For taking a negro $25, and no charge made for hunting. JAMES W. HALL. The above advertisement we cut from the Madison Journal, published at Richmond, La. November 26, 1847. It appears in the business department of the paper, surrounded by Lawyer's cards, tradesmen's advertisements, notices of legal business and patent medicines, just as "a house to let," or "a carriage for sale," would be published in a free and christian country. In the same paper we find a morning hymn to the praise of God; a labored essay in praise of John Wesley, and an eloquent notice of a superior race horse, in which there is an appeal "to the Christian and Philosopher," and to all who would not be "unmindful of their duty to God and their country," to cherish the breed. The editor gives no intimation of his political, religious or social opinions, except what may be gathered from these particulars. There is but one editorial article. In that he apologizes for failing to issue a paper the week before. The cause assigned is, that his journeyman, who had just escaped from Mexico, "one of the immortal few who escaped the memorable charge on those masked batteries at Cerro Gordo," was too drunk to work. - The paper issued weekly, when the hands are sober, at $5 per annum. We have given the spirit of the Madison Journal, and we suppose that gives the very "form and pressure" of the people and the times in Madison parish, Louisiana. [Liberty Herald.]