Tli e iNational uoverninent has ni these twenty years proveditsstrenl h in war, its conservatismin peace. Thu eelf-iestraint which the citizens of tho Republio exhibited In thehour ofnccd, the great burdens which they bore un. der the inspiratfon of public duty, the pubiic order which they mftiii tai nedby their instinctive obedience to tlie command of law, all attest the good governmentof aaelf-governingpeople. Puli liberty to criticize the acts of persons in official station, free agitation of all politica] questions, frequent elections that give opportunity for prompt settlemont of all issues, tend to insure popular consent and public safetyNo government of modern times has encountered the dansers that besetthe United States, orachieved thetriumphs wherewith the Nation is crowned. The assassination of two President, one inaugurated at the beginning, the other at the close of this period, while a cause of profound national grief, reflects no dishonor upon popular government. The murder of Lincoln was the niaddened and aimless blow of an expiring rebellioii. The murder of Garfïeld was the fatuous impulse of a debauched conscience, if not a disordered brain. Neither crime had its origin in tho politica! institutions or its prowth in the social organization of the country Uoth crimes recei ved the execration of all parties and all sectioiis. In the universal horror which they inspired, in the majestic supremacy of law, which they failed to disturb, may be read the strongest prooi of the stability of a government which is founded upon the rights, fortifiedby the intelligence, inwrought with the virtuea of the people. For as it was jaid of old, wisdom and knowledge shall be stability, and the work of righteousness shall be peace! Two bales of cotton raised by slave labor in 18G2 were sold the other day at Rock Hill, S. C. The owner had been offered 33 1-2 cents in gold a pound, but forsome unknown r8on would not Bell, and when he díed he still had it otored. It was in excellent condition, although twenty-four years old, and was sold for 8 l-4cents : pound, the lowest price touched by cotton since those bales weregrown.