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,5 .!¡d AMERICA. NEW YORK, JULY 5. A bill has been introduced in the House of Repre- sentatives, and referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, authorising the establishment of territorial governments in British American provinces, and the assumption of their debts, with payment of 10 million dollars to the Hudson's Bay Company whenever the governments of Great Britain and of those provinces shall apply for the admission of the said provinces into the union. The resolution offered in the House on the 4th of Juno in favour of according belligerent rights to the Fenians was called up and rejected. The North Carolina Legislature has rescinded the Act excluding negro testimony in the courts in cases wherein negroes are interested. Great lawlessness prevails in the neighbourhood of Meriden, Granada, Mississippi. Bsrnds of desperadoes are perpetrating great outrages upon the freedmen, and have murdered several officers. A dreadful fire has occurred at Portland, burning nearly half the city, and rendering 2,000 families home- I less. The fire has destroyed property to the value of 10,000,000 dols. NEW YORK, JULY 3. The Tariff Bill, upon which Congress has been busy for several weeks, is nearly ready to be put to vote; and its passage, though not by a two-thirds vote, is generally expected. The bill as being framed imposes, for the benefit of the Now England and Pennsylvania manufacturing interests principally, a prohibitory duty upon most articles of foreign manufacture com- peting with American industry. The amendments and alterations of the bill have been so numerous that it would be impossible to give a correct synopsis of it The Western press complains strongly of the proposed tariff, as a gross injustice to the agricultural popula- tion of the country. It ia expected that, when passed, the bill will be vetoed by President Johnson, and the veto sustained by Congress. In view of this proba- bility certain modifications have been suggested already by the high tariff advocates- Senator James H. Lane, of Kansas, committed suicide on Sunday last by shooting himself through the head. Nervous derangement caused by recent illness and the fears of a threatened attack of paralysis are assigned as the cause of the act, though a correspondent of the Tribune alleges that Mr. Lane killed himself in consequence ot remorse for having supported the President in violation of the wishes of his constituents, who manifested their displeasure by slighting him on his return to Kansas. Mr. Lane waa conspicuous during the early days of Kansas, when he was familiarly known as Jim Lane. He participated in most of the scenes of violence during the border warfare. Ho was a Radical of the ultra type until lately, when he on several occasions sustained the President s policy. -+--