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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. C, JANUABY 21, 1882.
Thuehbay, January 12.
IntheSENATE the President pro tempore pre
sented a communication from Isaac N. Arnold,
presidentof the Chicago Historical Society, asking
the co-operation of Congress in the celebration on
April 9, at New Orleans, of the two hundredth an
jaiversary cj" the discovery of the mouth of the
Mississippi Eiver by Robert Cavalier de la Salle.
Mr. Vest reported favorably, with amendments,
tfrom the Committee on Commerce the Senate bill
lo authorize a bridge across the Missouri River
st .the most accessible point within five miles above
thirty of St. Charles, Mo. Taken up and passed,
as amended on motion of Mr. Edmunds, so as to
reserve to Congress, as well as to the Secretary of
War, ihe right net only to make changes in the
bridge ctructure for the benefit of the river naviga
tion, but to order its entire removal.
Mr. Morrill made an ineffectual effort to have
Taken up the bill fixing the term of office of col
lectors of internal revenue, Mr. Edmunds, who said
he favored ibe bill, desiring further time to prepare
.an amendment adding many other officers of the
2tlr. Ingalls here rose and read from Mr. Beck's
upeech on the tariff as follows : " I would promptly
repeal the arrears of pensions act. It was conceived
in slfl and brought forth in iniquity. It is a fraud
upon "the American people and a standing monu
ment io the ignorance, selfishness, and cowardice
of the American Congress.' He said that, having
introduced the measure, and having been chairman
of the Committee on Pensions when it passed he
(Mr. Ingalls. proposed to give the Senator an op
portunity to' prove his allegations. His own belief
V&s that the bill was just in principle, but had been
misunderstood by the country. He therefore offered
a resolution declaring that, in the opinion of the
Senate, the act ought not to be repealed.
Mr. Beck asked that the resolution lie over to
enable him to present the proofs for his assertions.
Mr. Ingalls agreed to this, with the remark that
he would insist upon a vote with as little delay as
On motion of Mr. Hawley, the morning hour was
extended to dispose of routine business.
On motion of Mr. Teller, his resolution directing
the Secretary of the Interior to communicate the
decision of the Commissioner of the General Land
Office declaring the land grant made to the North
ern Pacific Railroad Company lapsed under the
operation of the law granting the same, and also
the decision, order, or instructions of his prede
cessor, Hon. Carl Schurz, overruling the Commis
sioner's decision and restoring the grant of lands
to the Northern Pacific Railroad without reference
of the subject to Congress; further, all memoranda
on the subject and the number of acres for which
patents have been issued to said company or its
assigns since July 4, 1677, was taken up.
Mr. Allison moved an amendment to include in
the call for information any opinion of the Attorney-General
on the subject. Agreed to, and the
resolution was passed.
The Senate (at 1.25) resumed consideration of the
Sherman funding bill.
The debate was continued by Messrs. Allison,
Sherman, and Plumb.
The fact becoming apparent at 4.20 that as sev
eral Senators desiring to speak had not yet partici
pated in the discussion, the bill was informally laid
aside until Monday.
A number of bills were introduced and referred,
and the Senate (at 4.25) went into exeeutive session
and (at 4.35) adjourned until Monday.
HOUSE. Mr. McCook introduced a bill to reor
ganize the judicial system of the United States.
Mr. Browne introduced a bill for the issue and
exchange of fractional Treasury notes.
Mr. Bayne introduced a bill to repeal the tax on
bank deposits and the stamp tax on bank checks,
and to reduce the tax on the circulation of national
Mr. Prescott introduced an apportionment bill,
providing for 319 representatives.
Mr. Hewitt, of New York, offered a resolution call
ing on the Secretary of the Navy for certain infor
mation in regard to the condition of the navy.
The House then (at 1:10) went into Committe of
the Whole (Mr. Calkins in the chair) on the census
The general debate, participated in by Mr. -His-cock,
and Messrs. Cox of New York, Blount and
Atkins having ended, the bill was read for amend
ment. The committee at three o'clock rose and reported
the bill to the House, when it was passed without
division. It appropriates $540,000.
Mr. Browne offered a resolution calling on the
Secretary of the Interior for the following informa
tion : If all the pensions arising from the war of the
rebellion shall be adjudicated within the seven years
terminating June 30, 1888, and if at the end of that
period the survivors of the war with Mexico and
their widows shall be pensioned at the rate of $8 per
month, what appropriation will be required annu
ally to pay pensions during the next twenty-five
The Speaker laid before the House a letter from
the Secretary of the Treasury inclosing estimate of
deficiency in the census appropriation, amounting
The House then (at 3:20) adjourned until Mon
In the SENATE. Communications from the Sec
retary of the Treasury were submitted by the Pres
ident pro tempore transmitting the annual report of
the Coast and Geodetic Survey, and also a response
to the Senate resolution of inquiry respecting the
organization of a separate court for the trial of cus
Mr. Voorhees reported from the joint select com
mittee on the subject, a bill authorizing the con?
fctTUction of a building for the accommodation of the
Mr. Logan introduced and asked present consid
eration of a bill granting arrears of pension to the
widow of Abraham Lincoln. He had read a letter
from the surgeons attending the lady, showing her
to be a sufferer from spinal and other troubles, and
from cataract on both eyes. He said he had state
ment from persons who knew the lady well, that
her incomes was insufficient to pay for the necessary
medical and nurse attendance, which her compara
tively helpless condition required. The arrearages,
under the bill, would be at the rate of the pension
$3,000 per year for five years, or $15,000.
Mr. Ingalls said his resolution offered before the
holidays directing an inquiry as to what further
allowances should be made to Mrs. Lincoln was now
being considered by the Pension Committee, to
which it was referred, and he suggested the refer
enceof the bill to that committee.
Mr. Blair, of the Pension Committee, explained
that the cases of Mrs. Garfield and Mrs. Lincoln
were now under consideration in connection with a
measure on the subject, and it was hoped a report
would be made at an early day. The bill was then
referred to the Pension Committee.
The census deficiency bill, making an appropria
tion of $540,000, was then taken up and passed.
The Sherman funding bill was then taken up, and
after statements by several Senators that their un
derstanding was that a vote on the bill would not
be taken until to-morrow, and that Mr. Plumb and
others desiring to offer amendments were absent,
was laid over informally.
THE AREEAES OF PENSION ACT.
The Senate then, on motion of Mr. Ingalls, took
up his resolution declaring that the arrears of pen
sion act ought not to be repealed. Mr. Voorhees,
in support of the resolution, said the denunciations
of the act by the press of the country, and particu
larly by prominent organs of all kinds of corpora
tion wealth, were made without the slightest basis
for their support or justification. The repetition
ef these denunciations by a member of the Senate
had filled him with amazement and pain. If the
Senator from Kentucky (Mr. Beck) should make
good his allegations against the pension arrears
act its supporters would have cause to hang their
heads in shame; but he (Mr. Voorhees) claimed
that ic was a work of justice on the part of the
Government, dictated by duty and patriotism. He
then read the terms of the act to show that its
meaning was not obscure or likely to be miscon
strued, and that its design was simply to remove
that mean defense to the payment of an honest
debt namely, the bar of a statute of limitations
as so pensions allowed under car-efully prepared
provisions of previous acts. It merely said that if
the soldier, broken with disease and wounds, had
been -slow in presenting his claim, and had allowed
the five years' limit to pass without doing so, he
would still be permitted to prove his injuries and
to receive his pension from the time he was dis
charged from the army on that account. It said
to the soldier's widow, that though penury and
ignorance might have prevented her from asserting
her right for a few years, yet the Government
would stili make annual payments to her from the
day and hour when her husband sealed his meas
ureless devotion to that Government with his death.
Taking up separately, and replying to the charges
made against the pension arrears act, Mr. Voorhees
contended that these had not been substantiated in
Mr. Beck said that in the passage of the bill re
ferred to both Houses of Congress were imposed
upon by a set of pension claim agents, who devised
the scneme oi pension arrearages tor tneir own
benefit, and that if its actual cost had been fore
told or in any wTay indicated at the time the bill
would net have received the support of any of the
members who voted for it.
Mr. Ingalls asked Mr. Beck during the course of
the debate what had the frauds or expenditures to
do with the principle on which the pension ar
rearages were based.
Mr. Beck said he had never disputed the princi
ple of a bill that would give all our soldiers who
fought on the same field the same pension.
Mr. Ingalls. That is all that the arrearages law
Mr. Beck. But I would not allow a law to stand
which affords the means for committing frauds.
Mr. Ingalls here explained that the act had not
changed the pension laws, but merely regulated the
time for the commencement of the pension. The
Senator admitted the law to be just, and the infer
ence from his position seemed to be that the votes
of the Senate should be governed by the considera
tion as to how much, and whether more or less, suoh
a law would cost.
Mr. Beck asked whether a single Senator who
voted for it believtd the law would cost one-tenth
of what it had cost.
Mr. Ingalls. I would have voted for it if it had
cost $500,000,000. I will to-day vote to allow any
claim of a soldier that is established to run back to
the time his disability was incurred, whether it
costs $500 or $1,000,000,000.
Mr. Beck again repeated his question.
Mr. Ingalls replied he did not at the time know
what the arrearages would cost, but that when a
measure was just he would indorse it, regardless of
what it might cost to do justice.
At this point, Mr. Beck having asked to be al
lowed twenty minutes to-morrow morning to com
plete his remarks, the discussion closed for the pres
ent, and the Sherman funding bill was taken up
and laid over as the unfinished business for Tues
day. Mr. Cameron, of Pennsylvania, delivered a twenty-minute
speech upon the general subject of taxa
tion, internal and external, taking as his text his
pending resolution declaring it inexpedient to re
duce the revenue by abolishing all existing inter
nal revenue taxes except those upon high wines
and distilled spirits.
His resolution was then referred to the Commit
tee on Finance.
The Senate (at 3.55) went into executive session
and (at 4.05) adjourned until Tuesday.
HOUSE. Mr. Robeson, of New Jersey, immedi
ately after the reading of the journal, called up as
a privileged question the report from the Commit
tee on Rules submitted by him on Thursday last.
The point of order was raised by Messrs. Town
shend of Illinois, and Burrows of Michigan, that
the call of States for bills could not be interfered
with. The Speaker overruled the point of order,
holding that the privileged question took prece
dence of the call of States.
Mr. Burrows raised the question of consideration,
and the House decided not to consider the question
of privilege at the present time.
Under the call of States a large number of bills
were introduced and referred.
The call of States having been concluded and 402
bills appropriately referred, the Speaker announced
the regular or3er to be the presentation of resolu
tions to suspend the rules under authority of com
mittees. Mr. Garrison, on behalf of the Committee on the
District of Columbia, moved to suspend the rules
and pass the bill to incorporate the Garfield Me
The half hour's debate which, under the rules, is
allowed upon motions of this character, disclosed
some objection to the measure on the ground that
there were already enough hospitals in the District
of Columbia for all practical purposes ; that the in
corporation of another would have the effect of
bringing to the District persons from the adjacent
States who should be taken care of in the various
State institutions, and that there was nothing in
the bill which would prevent the incorporators from
applying to the Government for assistance.
The motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
was defeated yeas, 140 ; nays, 86 not the neces
sary two-thirds in the affirmative.
In the SENATE, a number of petitions for a
commission of inquiry concerning the alcoholic
liquor traffic ; for an increase of pay of the members
of the Life-Saving Service ; and by Mr. Plumb, from
citiztns of Kansas, for woman suffrage, were pre
sented. Mr. Davis, of West Virginia, from the Committee
on Appropriations, reported, with amendments, the
bill to repeal certain laws relating to permanent
and indefinite appropriations.
During the morning hour Mr. Beck resumed his
remarks upon Mr. Ingalls' resolution declaring the
pension arrears law ought not to be repealed.
Mr. Ingalls said that as the funding bill had pre
cedence to-day he would defer a formal reply to
Mr. Beck to a more convenient time. The subject
was accordingly passed over for the present.
At 1.20 the consideration of the Sherman fund
ing bill was resumed, and Mr. Plumb argued that
the redemption fund for United States notes ought
to be diminished.
Mr. Pugh said that Mr. Vest's amendment, being
a copy of the Carlisle amendment, while applicable
to the funding bill of the last Congress, was imper
ative and inconsistent with some of the provisions
of the pending bill. He suggested modifications
making it applicable.
Mr. Teller said he was opposed to the bill, not
because he thought the bonds could not be sold, but
because he was disinclined to continue the everlast
ing tinkering of the finances, and failed to see that
refunding would be of advantage to the Govern
ment. Mr. Saunders favored the bill and opposed any
amendment of its essential features.
The Senate (at four o'clock) without closing the
debate, went into executive session, and (at 4.20;
adjourned until Wednesday.
HOUSE. After the introduction of several reso
lutions the Speaker proceeded to call committees for
reports. Mr. Crapo, chairman of the Committee on
Banking ana currency, reportea DacK tne resolu
tion directing the Secretary of the Treasury to
inform the House what number of national banks
have been organized from July 1, 1881, to January
1, 1S82, the amount of capital of each, the character
and description of the United States bonds held by
the Treasury as security for their circulation, and
also calling for similar information as to banks
whose corporate existence shall expire between
January 1, 18S2, and January 1, 18S4.
Mr. Harris, of Massachusetts, chairman of the
Committee on Naval Affairs, reported a resolution
directing the Secretary of the Navy to transmit to
the House all papers and correspondence in the
Department relative to Chiriqui coaling stations
and the appropriation for the purchase thereof, and
requesting him to withhold 11 payment for such
stations until such information has been laid before
the House and action had by Congress.
Also the resolution originally offered by Mr.
Hewitt, of New York, calling on the Secretary of
the Navy for the report of the minority of the com
mission organized to consider the condition of the
navy ; also for specific information as to the present
condition of the navy.
Mr. Thomas moved to amend the resolution so as
to strike out the request for the report of the
minority of the commission. The House should
not attempt to slap the Secretary of the Navy in
the face by forcing him to disclose what his sub
ordinate oi cers might have said to him.
The amendment was lost and the original resolu
Mr. Talbot, from the same committee, reported
back adversely the bill to establish a navy-yard on
the Mississippi Rrver at or near Algiers.
Mr. Maginnis, from the Committee on Military
Affairs, reportea a bill to amend the laws so as not
to exclude retired army officers from holding civil
offices in the Territories.
The call of committees having been concluded,
Mr. Robeson, of New Jersey, called up the report
of the Committee on Rules, increasing the mem
bership of the various coximittees of the House.
He stated that the thirteen committees whose
membership it was proposed to increase had before
them now nearly 90 per cent, of all the business of
the House. As Mr. Robeson concluded his brief
remarks he demanded the previous question.
A storm of " Oh, no's ! "' came from all parts of
the chamber. The confusion was very great three
or four members speaking at the same time and
several others being on their feet with parliament
ary inquiries. As soon as he could be heard, Mr.
Robeson declared that his intention was to have the
previous question ordered, and then to give the
fullest possible debate, and further stated that he
wished thereby to cut off amendments.
"Then let us vote it down!" cried several
members, while Mr. Robinson, of Massachusetts,
said, " I hope that the gentleman will not undertake
to put on this House for guidance the voice of the
Committee on Rules. Have we not any rights here
Mr. Robeson, however, insisted on his demand
for the previous question, but Mr. Robinson, of New
York, before the question could be submitted,
moved to lay the whole subject on the table.
The motion was lost yeas, 73 ; nays, 374.
Mr. Robeson then stated that on behalf of the
Committee on Rules he would Tecede 2om his
position, and therefore he withdrew his demand
for the previous qtfestion.
A scattering debate then ensued, continuing until
a little after four o'clock, at which time the Hoti.se
adjourned until Wednesday.
SENATE. Numerous petitions for a commission
to investigate the liquor traffic were presented in
the Senate and one by Mr. Gorham from citizens of
Maryland for the reorganization of the volunteer
militia organization of the respective States and an
increase of the annual appropriation for the militia
to $1,000,000 per annum.
Mr. Davis (111.), from the Committee on Judciiary,
reported back favorably the bill to permit Ward
Hunt, an associate justice of the Suprme Court of
the United States, to retire. He gave notice that
he would ask its consideration to-morrow.
Mr. Cameron (Pa.), from the Committee on Naval
Affairs, reported a resolution for the examination
by that committee of a new system of naval de
fense invented by Captain J. Erricson and report
Mr. Anthony, from the Committee on Naval Af
fairs, reported favorably the bill authorizing the
compilation and printing of the naval history of the
Mr. Blair offered a resolution instructing Com
mitte en Public Lands to inquire into the adminis
tration of the lands laws and systems, their opera
tions in the practical disposition of the public lands,
and any abuses and hardships which may exist in
their administration, and to report facts and rec
ommendations. The remainder of the morning hour was occupied
by Mr. Brown in remarks upon the currency ques
tion. The HOUSE proceeded, as the regular business of
the morning hour, to the call of committees for re
ports. Mr. Haskell moved that all bills for Indian dep
redation claims that are before the Committee on
Claims be referred to the Committee on Indian Af
fairs. The chairman of the latter committee being
absent, the matter went over without action.
Mr. Willis offered a resolution calling on the
President for information as to the execution of
section 1753 of the Revised Statuses for the promo
tion of the efficiency of the civil service, and
whether the sum of $15,000, appropriated for that
purpose, is sufficient for the purpose.
Mr. Neil, of Ohio, offered a resolution for the
printing of 3,000 copies of the report of the Guiteau
trial for the use of the House.
Mr. Burrows (Mich.) asked leave to introduce for
immediate consideration, a bill defining qualifica
tions of territorial delegates, making any person
guilty of bigamy or polygamy eligible. Objection
being made the bill was withdrawn.
The House then resumed consideration of the re
port of the Committee on Rules proposing an increase
in the membership of certain committees, the pend
ing question being on Mr. Orth's substitute for the
appointment of a board to select committees.
COLONEL DUDLEY'S VIEWS.
The House Committee on Invalid Pensions at its
sitting last week authorized a favorable report to
be made to the House on the resolution introduced
by Mr. Browne, of Indiana, calling upon the Secre
tary of the Interior for an estimate of what appro
priation will be necessary, annually, under certain
conditions, heretofore published, to pay pensions
during the next five years.
Commissioner Dudley addressed the committee
on the subject of Indian pensions.
The Commissioner also spoke of the present sys
tem of payment to inmates of soldiers' homes. He
referred to the abuse of the rules which permit in
mates leaving the homes, after contracting largo
debts, return and demand from the Government
the payment of their pensions. The members of
the committee discussed this subject briefly, and
were all of opinion that the defect in the law should
be remedied without delay.
Colonel Dudley then called attention to the mat
ter of insane and invalid pensioners, and recom
mended the enactment of a provision which would
admit of the payment of such pensions to widows
or orphans. On this subject the committee will
recommend legislation providing that when the
children have resided with and been supported by
the widow of the soldier the pension to the children
shall commence from the date of the last payment
to the widow. It was resolved that legal marriage
must be proved in order to establish a widow's
right to a pension, and that adulterous cohabitation
shall terminate a pension from the date of com
mencement and continuance thereof. The question
as to what shall constitute marriage being raised,
it was decided that proof of cohabitation as man
and wife shall be sufficient to secure payment of an
Colonel Dudley informed the committee that he
had issued instructions for the establishment of
medical boards at places about forty miles apart
throughout the country, where pensioners will
be required to appear and exhibit their claims and
On the subject of reducing the examination fee
from $2 to $1 Colonel Dudley said that, in his
opinion, it was not advisable, as the fee was already
too small to make it an inducement to any reputable
physician to be a member of the examining board.
COL. A. B. FARNHAM,
The Lewiston Journal learns that "at the coming
State Encampment of the G. A. R., Post Bealc, No.
12, of Bangor, Me., will present for the office of
Department Commander for the ensuing year the
name of Colonel Augustus B. Farnham, the present
popular postmaster of Bangor, and a Post Com
mander of Post Beale. Colonel Farnham has a bril
liant record of gallant service, still carrying in his
lung a rebel bullet that kept him on the verge of
death for months. He entered the service in the
Second Maine regiment and was promoted suc
cessively to lieutenant and captain; then joined the
Sixteenth Maine as major, was
promoted to lieu-
tenant-colonel and the command
of the regiment."
The survivors of the original Kearney Brigade
held a largely attended meeting in G. A. R. Hall,
Camden, New Jersey, recently Major Bryant in
the chair to take steps to celebrate the anniversary
of their organization, which will be held in June.
The next meeting will take phv;e January 29th, at
3 p. m., in the same hall.
GRAND ARMY MATTERS.
Last week Comrade C. P. Lord, of Lyon Post, of
Vineland, installed the following as officers of Un
ion Post, No. 55, G. A. R., of Millville, New Jersey:
Commander, James Kershaw ; S. V., Thomas Evans,
Jr.; J. V., J. DeHart; Q. M., F. B. Wheat; Chap
lain, Rev. W. H. Coxson; Serg't, T. Clements; O.
D., H. R. Griffith : O. G.. A. S. EdlRr: Adi'f T, r
Tucker; Q. M. Serg't, Reuben Meredith; S. M.,
James Smith. After the ceremonies a Camp-fire
was kindled and kept burning brightly until a late
hour. Eatables and drinkables were in abundance,
and after these were disposed of songs, addresses,
and anecdotes pieced out the time until the hour
for separation came.
Last week at a regular meeting of Robert O.
Tyler Post, G. A. R., Department of Connecticut.
the following-named officers 'were installed by Past
Post Commander William Berry: Commander, Ma
jor A. H. Embler ; S. V. C, H. E. Taintor; J. V. C,
J. C. Taylor; Surgeon, P. D. Peltier; Chaplain, H.
R. Morley ; Q. M., J. S. Forsyth ; Adjutant, J. H.
Thacher; O. D., F. Dart; O. G., J. W. Longdon;
Sergeant-Major, J. T. McNeil ; Q. M. Serg't, W. E.
H. H. Smith Post, No. 19, G. A. R., of Stowe, Vt.,
nao oicuiuu tue mowing omcers : jrost uommanaer,
C. Watts, 2d; S. V. C, M. E. French ; J. V. C, O. F.
Gerry; Q. M., F. L. Wells; Surgeon, G. A. Chenev;
Chaplain, Ira Munn ; O. D., H. W. barren ; O. G.,
G. W. Adams; Adj't, J. A. Stafford; Q. M. Serg't, S.
A. Mansfield; Serg't Maj., A. C. Raymond.
Adjutant-General Jas. R. Camahan, Department
of Indiana, mustered-in a Post of the G. A. R. at
Winnamac, on the 11th, with the following officers:
Post Commander, E. R. Brown ; S. V. P. C, G. F.
Yarnell ; J. V. P. G, N. B. Bennett; 0. D., B. Hed
ges; 0. G., John James; Q. M., Wm. Agnew; Adj't,
F. Hoefzen; Q. M. Serg't, Geo. Parrat. Chaplain
and pyhsician not elected. Captain G. F. Yarnell is
organizing a company of veteran State militia.
The following-named officers have been elected
by Myers Post, No. 39, Department of Iowa, for
the ensuing year : Commander, W. P. Robinson ; S.
V. C, W. H. Romeshea; J. V. C, W. H. Anderson;
Q. M., George Havens; Chaplain, M. N. Boardman ;
Su.rgeon, C. D. Knapp; 0. D., M. E. Black; O. G., J.
C. Furvis; Q. M. Serg't, George E. Morris; S. M.,
M. W. Haver. Delegates to Department Encamp
ment, George E. Morris. Alternates, J. C. Mason
and J. C Purvis.
Kilpatrict Post, No. 38, G. A. R., as organized
at St. Helens, Napa county, Cal., December 14th.
It is officered as follows : Post Commander, W. T.
Simmonds; S. V, C, W. H. Payne; J. V. G, D. F.
Thomas ; Adj't, P.M. Dickinson; ,Q. M., W. F. In
man; Chaplain, 'King; Surgeon,' L. Tabor ; O.D.,
A. R. Maguire ; O. G. Swartout. At least fifty
members are expected by February 22d, when it is
proposee to hold a Camp-fire in honor of the day.
Post 5, G. A. R., of Lynn, Mass., claims to be
the largest Post in the country at the present time.
It has 640 comrades. Post 2, of Philadelphia, has
610, and Post 1, of Baltimore, 572.
The following are the officers of Custer Post, No.
81, Department of New York, G. A. R., for 1882, in
stalled Friday evening last : Commander, C. S. Alli
son ; S. V. C, Jas. Faucett, J. V. C, R. S'sager ; Chap
lain, M. McChesney ; Adj't, 0. H. Smitk ; Q. M., C.
Gansevoort; 0. D., S. D. Legro; O. G., J.Story.
James Faucett is delegate to the Annual Encamp
ment. Phil. Sheridan Post, G. A. R., of San Jose, CaJ.,
has installed the following-named omcers to serve
for the ensuing year: Commander, Orrin Taber; S.
V. C, Bradley Smith; J. V. C, Dan McGinley;
Surgeon, A. H. Cochrane ; O. D., J. J.Teard ; Q. M.,
L. Finigan; 0. G., T. R. Morphy; Chaplain, G. P.
Bassett; Adj't, L. W. Denan; S. M., M. D. Shrader,
Q. M. S., G. W. Hanson. S. V. Department Com
mader W.-F. Ellis officiated as installing officer.
Post 145, Quakertown, Pa., has installed the
following officers for 1882: Commander, Levi K.
Moore ; S. V. C, Robert E. Patton ; J. V. C, Allen
E. Moyer; Chaplain, J. Howard Kohl; Surgeon,
Lewis P. Grier ; &. M., J. Gebron ; Adjutant, Jos.
C. Harmer ; O. D., A, M. Harmer.
Post 53, Haddonfield, N. J., has elected the
following officers: Commander, Henry D. Moore;
S. V. C, Richard E. Elwell; J. V. C, Henry Mc
Connell ; Q. M., Walter Wayne ; Surgeon, James P.
Young; Chaplain, R. E. Budd; O. D., Peter K.
Eldridge; O. G., Wm E. Vanderslice. Delegate,
Peter K. Eldridge. Alternate, William F. Milli
man. The Post will have its first Camp-fire next
The public installation and annual ball of Van
derbilt Post, No. 136, G. A. E., of New York city,
took place January 17, 1882, atParepa Hall, corner
of Eighty-sixth street .and Third avenue. Com
rade James S. Fraser, Past Commander of James C.
Rice Post, No. 29, and candidate for Department
Commander, officiated as installing officer of the
following elected officers for the ensuing year:
Commander, S. Dexter Umgham, Jr. ; Q. M., C. J.
Geiger ; Adjt., F. Gebhardt ; Officer of the Day, J.
Kehoe ; Officer of the Guard, G. Bogue.
Captain Henry P. Fischer, of this city, long Com
mander of Robert Chivas Post, No. 2, G. A. R.,
and Mustering Officer for the Department of Wis
consin, has been detailed by the Commander of the
National Encampment to inspect all the G. A. R.
Posts in Wisconsin. With the new vigor which
has been inspired in the Order in this State this
becomes quite an important duty. MUioaukee ( Wis.)
The following are the officers of Captain E. J.
Rice Post, No. 211, Department of Pennsylvania,
G. A. R. : Post Commander, D. N. Mathewson ; S.
V. C, J. C. Gardner; J. V. C, William J. Smith;
Chaplain, Rev. A. J. Cook; Surgeon, J. S.Moore;
O. D., C. B. Reynolds; Q. M., S. H. Briggs; Adjt.,
G. C. Green; O. G., M. N. Reynolds; Serg't-Maj.,
H. N. Capwell ; Q. M. Serg't, William M. Pelham.
January 10th, Comrade Martin Link, of Wessel
Post, No. 85, of Portville, New York, installed the
following officers of G. D. Bayard Post, No. 222, of
Olean, Department of New York, G. A. R. : Com
mander, J. A. Taylor ; J. V. C, John Adams ; S. V.
G, Henry Gale; Surgeon, John Eddy; Chaplain,
J. W. Sloan ; O. D., A. J. Dickison ; O. G., F. H.
Matthew; Q. M., George L. Winters; Adj't, J. H.
Thompson; Serg't Maj., J. V. Filkins; Q. 31. Serg't,
L. Van Houseu. The Post is reported as in a flour
ishing condition and fully alive to the interests of
General Sedgwick Post, No. 17, G. A. R., of the
Department of Massachusetts, recently installed
the following officers : Commander, A. L. Shattuck ;
S. V. G, A. L. Barrett ; J. V. G, E. D. Durkee ; Adj't,
G. A. Maynard; Q. M., W. H. Kidder; Surgeon, F.
H. Bliss; Chaplain, W. A. Allen; O. D., R. W.
Rand; O. G., L. D. Goshlin; Serg't Maj., Proctor
Swallow ; Q. M. Serg't, pari Gilmore.
Clara Barton Post, No. 2, M. of R., held their an
nual installation in company with Post No. 17, and
installed the following officers : Commandress, Mrs.
E. D. Durkee ; V. G, Mrs. F. Hartson ; Chaplain,
Mrs. J. S. Stevens ; Sec, Mrs. A. Merrill ; Treas.,
Mrs. G. A. Maynard ; Conductor, Mrs. B. French ;
Guard, Mis. A. E. De Wolf. The two Pofets work in
harmony with each other and for the same object
the benefit of the ex-soldier and his family. Both
Post are in a prosperous state financially and other
wise. At the close of, the installation ceremonies
the comrades of Post No. 17 presented the matrons
of Post No. 2 with a beautiful picture of Miss Clara
Barton, of Washington, D. G. as a slight tribute of
respect for the aid and encouragement given them
in the years gone by. The two Posts donated to the
Massachusetts Soldier's Home, now about heing
opened, $50, to assist in the current expenses of the
The trial of Trigonia and several other nihilists
will begin in St. Petersburg at the end of January.
Mr. George Seoville. counsel for Rinfna cf
telegram recently to Tenny, Flower & Cratty, at
torneys, of Chicago, 111., instructing them to com
mence a libel suit in the United States Court at
once against the Chicago Herald Company and
Frank Palmer for publications on Thursday. The
"publication '' referred to are said to be articles in
the Chicago Herald charging Mr. Seoville with fraud
in connection with his going into bankruptcy some
Representative Oscar Turner, of Kentucky, has
introduced in the House a joint resolution provid
ing that Congress shall have no power to pass any
act or resolution for the appropriation of any money
or the creation of any debt exceeding the sum of
$10,000, at any one time, unless the same, on its
final passage, shall be voted for by a majority of all
the members then elected to each branch, and the
yeas and nays thereon entered on the journal,
Secretary Hunt telegraphed Lieutenant Danen
hower and Engineer Melville of the Jeannette at
Yakutsk, Siberia, not to leave the ground, and to
assist toe searcn oy every means in their power.
Walker Blaine and Mr. Trescot were greeted with
an earthquake on the day they arrived in Callao.
The Chilians are in a bad temper over the muddle
which the United States Ministers have brought
about. They seem at present very much deter
mined to have their own way in the settlement with
Peru and Bolivia. Territorial acquisition is their
object, and it does not clearly appear in what man
ner they can be prevented from doing as they please
in that respect.
A Tucson dispatch says: "General Carr has been
placed under arrest by order of the President. -The
cause has not been definitely ascertained ; but it is
reported on good authority that such action was on
account of certain facts brought out at the recent
trial of the Indian scouts."
During the entire sesson of the Fortv-sixth Con
gress there were about 7,000 bills introduced in the
House. Thus far during the first session of the
Forty-seventh Congress nearly 4,000 bills have been
presented, nearly 3,000 of which are already in
print. 'The number of private bills introduced
during the present session is unprecedented.
Mr. Belmont, of New York, offered a resolution
Tuesday requesting the President to com-uunieate
to the House all correspondence and communications
between the Government of the United States and
its diplomatic and other agents occurring since the
1st of April, 1879, relating to the efforts of this
Government to bring about peace between Chili,
Peru, and Bolivia, and such other corespondence
on that subject as may be in the possession of the
Department of State.
General J. S. Negley, the president of the
National Union League of America, has called a
meeting of the national committee of the League
at the Ebbitt House in this city, on Tuesday, the
7th of February, at noon. The meeting will be an
important one, and will be attended by distin
guished men from all parts of the Union.
A singular accident occurred Saturday morning
in the Senate Committee-room on Nicaragua Claims.
The large mirror, which is about four feet wide
by seven long that rested on the mantle, fell,
breaking the frame all to pieces; it also broke the
chandelier that hung in the centre of the room to
atoms, and yet the glass itself was not even cracked .
The Superintendent of Foreign Mails has re
ceived a communication from the Peruvian postal
authorities, informing him that the Chilian forces
have seized the general post office at Lima and
other subordinate offices. The Peruvian mails
frem this country will hereafter, in compliance
with the wishes of the authorities, be delivered at
Paxta, the only port now in the possession of tha
Major Cathcart, who was one of the principal
members of General Fremont's expedition, which,
in 185?, made a winter journey across the plains te
California, is dead.
Secretary Kirkwood will be relieved about the
first of February by ex-Senator Sargent, of Cali
fornia. He will be offered the post as Minister
either to Germany or Austria, and will probably
accept one of the two places.
Ex-Judge McKen-zle, a leading lawyer of Hamp
ton, the man who sent General Sherman's signal
during the war "HolcLthe fort, we are coming'
died at his home January 16, after a lingering ill
ness. Colonel Silas Casey, retired, father of Colonel
Thomas J. Casey, U. S. A., is reported as lying at
the point of death at his residence in Brooklyn, N.
Y. He commanded a division at the battle of Fair
Oaks, on the Peninsula, in 1862.
The new United States Senator from Iowa, Mr.
James F. Wilson, will take rank among the ablest
men in that body. He was distinguished while in
Congress some years ago as among the readiest and
strongest debaters in the House.
Upon inspection of the roll of employees in the
office of the Second Comptroller of the Treasury
it is discovered that out of the fifteen or twenty
ladies employed there is but one soldiers widow,
and she is from New York State.
The London Observer says it understands that the
Earl of Shaftesbury, Dean Bradley, and Canons Lid
don and Farrar are in communication with each
other on a scheme for organizing aconference, or
committee, with the view of calling public meet
ings throughout the country to raise a fund for the
relief of the homeless Jewish families in Russia, and
to facilitate their emigration. A prominent Israel
ite has volunteered to head the subscription list
with 10,000, and considers that 1,000,000 will be
necessary to carry out the project.
The Fanfulla, of Rome, Italy, says: "There is
good ground for stating that Count Menabrea, the
Italian Ambassador at London, has made observa
tions to Lord Granville, the British Foreign Secre
tary, on the exclusion of Italy from the collective
action of England and France in regard to Egypt.
Both Austria and Germany acknowledge that this
exclusion is unfavorable to the maintenance of the
balance of power."
General Logerot has seized the persons of several
notables at Sfax as hostages for the payment of the
war indemnity exacted by France of the Arabs. He
threatens severe measures if the mouej is not forth
coming by the end of January.
A dispatch from Berlin says : Herr Dietz, the so
cialist arrested at Stuttgart, is a member of the
Reichstag. He was arrested for selling a prohibited
publication. His friends are endeavoring to prove
that his arrest is in violation of his privilege as a
member of Parliament.
The Marseilles (France) correspondent of the
Bailey News mentions that intense cold weather
prevails on the Sahara frontier, and that hundreds
of camels and many soldiers have perished from the.
An enormous mass of rock, a thousand feet highr
has fallen from the Rothrisa mountain, near th
town of Glarus, in Switzerland, destroying orchards,
roads, and meadows. No lives were lost.
A Valparaiso dispatch announces the conclusion
of a treaty of peace between Bolhia and Chili.
The conditions are reported to be that Bolivia shall
surrender her territory along the coust and break
off relations with Peru.
The Berlin correspondent of the Daily Xtws writes
as follows : " There are signs apparent of unpleas
antness between Prince Bismarck and the Crown
Prince Frederick William. The Chancellor is in
bad temper. He is by no means satisfied with the
reception the Empeiors rescript met in England."
There were only four men in the Cross Keys col
liery pic at the time of the explosion. Fifty horses
A dispatch from Durban says : "It is said that an "
American company has proposed to construct a rail
way from Delagoa Bay."
The recent land slips in Switzerland are ascribed
to the frequent slight shocks of earthquake. No
less than twenty-one shocks have been observed