April 30, 1865: Various news

Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis is on the run; the Freedmen’s bureau bill should be considered; Libby prison sign a collector’s item; Black Confederates all deserted; Chinese laborers working on the transcontinental railroad.

Special Dispatches to the New-York Times.
WASHINGTON, Sunday, April 30.

We hear nothing definite as to the Probable whereabouts of JEFF. DAVIS or the route he has taken. It is believed he is travelling incog., en route for Texas, and that he will be captured before he gets there. From information received to-day, it appears that the delay in the first negotiations between SHERMAN and JoHNSTON was occasioned Solely by an attempt on the part of JEFF. DAVIS to include himself in the capitulation.

A few days before President LINCOLN left here for City Point to be present at the movement upon Richmond, he took up the Freedmen’s Bureau Bill for consideration, with a view to putting the act in practical operation. He had not fully determined upon what course he would adopt as the best means of carrying out the objects of the framers of the bill, when he left to join Gen. GRANT, and he did not resume the consideration of the subject upon his return. There is urgent necessity for immediate action in the matter; but President JOHNSON’s time has thus far been so engrossed with other and greater measures that he has not been able to give much attention to it. Mr. LINCOLN had, it is believed, selected the person whom he would name as the commissioner of this bureau, but he had made no official announcement of his choice. Among the prominent persons named for the position is Judge JAMES BIRNEY, of Michigan, son of the late JAMES BIRNEY who was the first abolition candidate nominated for the Presidency.

Adams’ Express Company to-day brought from Richmond the Libby Prison sign, which has been taken down and forwarded here for sale keeping. This sign, a plain unornamented board, was nailed up against the end of the prison building, and bears the inscription “L. LIBBY & SON, Ship Chandlers.” What use is to be made of this relic is not stated.

It appears that the forty or fifty negro soldiers enlisted by the rebels under their act of Congress, and who evacuated Richmond with LEE’s army, going toward Amelia, dropped off at the rate of about one for every mile traveled, and when the rendezvous was reached, the white Captain and colored corporal alone remained.


The California end of the Pacific Railroad new employs about 2,300 laborers, 800 of whom are whites, and the remainder Chinese. Cars will be running thirty-six miles from Sacramento next week.

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