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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. C, APRIL 8, 1882.
WHAT CONGRESS IS DOING.
A bill has passed both Houses of Congress
admitting free of duty all articles intended for
display at the National Mining and Industrial
Exhibition to be held at Denver, Colorado. The
indications' aro that the exposition will be a
very extensive affair.
In the Senate on Thursday, March 31, a bill
was passed to place Brevet Major-Gencral
GcorgoH.Mcigson the retired list ol major
generals according to his brevet rank. The
Indian appropriation bill was considered. Mr.
Hoar spoke in favor of an amendment appro
priating $2,000,000 for the cdncation of Indian
children (except tho five civilized tribes) west
of the Mississippi River, at $200 each per an
num. Opposition being made to the amend
ment Mr. Hoar announced his intention of re
ducing the amount to $500,000. After a brief
executive session the Senate adjourned.
On Fridaj In th& ''euato a communication
was received from the Attorney-General trans
mitting certain correspondence in reference to
tho prosecution of South Carolina election
officers. A bill was reported to incorporate the
Garfield memorial hospital in the District of
Columbia. The Indian appropriation bill was
further corsidcrcd and an amendment appro
priating $250,000 generally for the education
of Indian children adopted, after which tho
bill was passed. A bill was passed to pay Mr.
Ingalls $8,193 for expenses incurred by him in
refuting certain false charges made against
him iii connection with his election as United
There was no session of the Senate on Satur
day. TheScnatoon Monday adopted a joint reso
lution appropriating $10,000 for a monument
over tho grave of Thomas Jefferson at Monti
cello, Va. Mr. Morgan introduced a bill to
define the rights of citizens of tho United
States when residing in foreign countries. A
message was received from the President in
regard to tho necessity for making provision
for the payment of the commissioners and the
election officers to be appointed under the anti
polygamy law. A bill was passed for the conversion-
or redemption of the $10 refunding
In the Senate on Tuesday a message was re
ceived from the President assigning his reasons
for vetoing the anti-Chinese bill an abstract
of which wo publish in another column and
at tho conclusion of the reading the message
and bill were laid upon the table.
On Wednesday in the Senate Mr, Miller, of
Cal., introduced a bill to execute cortain treaty
stipulations relating to China. It is identical
with the vetoed Chinese bill, except that the
term of suspension of immigration is reduced
to ten years, and that the time for it to go into
effect is mado 60 days instead of DO days after
its enactment. Tho bill was referred to the
Committee on foreign relations.
A resolution was adopted calling for informa
tion as to the number of pensioners on tho roll,
with tho amount actually paid, including ar
rears, for the year ending with the payment
made September 4th, 1551; also, tho number of
pensioners and amount of pensions paid in that
year in each State and Congressional distriot.
In the House on Thursday Mr. Bingham's
bill to amend the pension laws was reported
favorably. It provides for increasing the pen
sions of soldiers and sailors who have lost an
arm or a leg or ono foot, or those who havo
suffered equal disability in the scrvico of tho
United Stales to $10 per month. A bill was
reported to carry into effect the constitutional
provisions respecting the election of President
and Vice-President. The remainer of the ses
sion was devoted to the consideration of the
tariff commission bill. The Senate bill pro
viding additional accommodations for the use
of tho Interior Department was passed with
an amendment reducing tho amount to $15,000.
On Friday in the House a joint resolution
was passed appropriating $100,000 for tho pur
chase of rations, etc., for sufferers by tho over
flow in the Mississippi Valley. Tho army ap
propriation bill, which appropriates $27,-106,G93,
was reported and explained by Mr. Butter
worth There was considerable debate over
that part referring to tho Court of Claims the
claims of loyal citizens for payment of certain
supplies furnished the United States army
during the war. Mr. Buttcrworth explained
that a clause had been added for the compul
sory retirement of all army officers who aro
over sixty-two years of ago. Ho had received
information from tho War Department that the
number of officers retired under this provision
during the next six years would be as follows:
In 1SS2, 42; in 1S53, 12; in 1SS4, 19; in 1SS5,
11; in 16S6, 13; in 1867,22; in all, 319. Mr.
Randall offered a resolution granting the use
of the rotunda and adjacent rooms to the
Ladies' National Aid Association for tho Gar
field Memorial Hospital for tho first Saturday
in May, for the purpose of holding a reception,
the object being to raise funds for thoassocia-.
tion. Adopted. Tho Senate subsequently
adopted the resolution.
In the House on Saturday a bill was passed
making St. Vincent, Minn., a port of entry.
There was nothing else of special interest
during the session.
On Monday in the Houec a large number of
petitions wereintroduocd. The House refused
to suspend the rules and adopt a resolution
making tho bill to extend tho corporate ex
istence of national banking associations a con
tinual special orer for April 13. A bill was
passed to authorize the Fostinaster-Gcneral to
readjust the salaries of certain postmasters.
A bill was alro parsed to amend the law relating
to internal revenue.
In the House on Tuesday further considera
tion was given to the army appropriation bill
and sovoral amendments were adopted.
On Wednesday in the House the army appro
priation bill was further considered in Com
mittee of the Whole. In the debate on the
feature of the bill transferring tho claims in
the Quartermaster's Department to the Court
of Claims, Mr, Blackburn asserted that gravo
accusations had been made of corruption among
the officials engaged in the examination of
claims in the Department. Ho stated that ho
would offer a resolution directing the Com
mittee on expenditures in tho War Department
to investigate tho matter.
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THE PATENT BUSINESS.
It is not surprising that the Commissioner of
Patents asks for twenty-five additional assist
ant principal examiners of patents for the next
fiscal year. Tho business of the Patent Office
is growing enormously year by year, and it
will not bo long before the present building is
insufficient to accommodate it. During tho last
calendar year tho Patent Office turned into tho
Treasury within a fraction of $250,000 surplus.
Since tho beginning of this year the excess of
receipts over the same period of last year aver
aged $550 for each working day, and tho in
crease in applications for patents for tho same
period was 1,152. In one day during the'past
month a greater number of applications for
patents were received than ever before in tho
same-time during the history of tho office.
"I think this is tho last Indian pow-wow wo
shall havo hero while I am commissioner," said
Commissioner Prico tho other day, in talking
about tho Sa6 delegation. " It is perfect non
sense, their coming here. They don't know
what they want when they start, and tho
longer they stay hero tho less they know ; and
it is only a waste of time and money."
The sub-military committco of the Scnato
investigating tho Soldiers' Homo had before
them at their last meeting tho steward aud
several former inmates of the institution. At
tho meeting next week a number of the pres
ent inmates will be examined.
At the conclusion of Judge Reagan's argu
ment before the House Committee on Com
merce to-day, in favor of his bill to regulato
inter-State commerce, a resolution was adopted
declaring it to bo the senso of tho committeo
that soino mcasnro relating to inter-State com
merce ought to be reported to tho House.
Ninoty thousand copies of the first volume of
the new census report relating to population
have been ordered to be printed.
The Secretary of War has directed that
20,000 rations be issued to Commissioner James
at Memphis, and the same amount to Commis
sioner Pittman, at Tipton ville, Tennessee, all
for tho benefit of the destituto in Tennessee,
ne has also directed that tho balance of rations
at St. Louis fO.000 bo transferred to Commis
sioner Hcmmingway, at Memphis, for the ben
efit of tho people of Mississippi.
E.P.Brooks, United States consul at Cork,
has sent to the Secretary of State his resigna
tion of that office, in order to accept the posi
tion of editor of the Peoria (111.) Daily Tran
The House has passed a resolution author
izing tho appointment of twelvo additional
fold ors, undor tho doorkeeper, at tho rate of
$721 per annum each. Tho doorkeeper ap
pointed, at the request of Representative Urncr,
Thomas Gallagher, of Maryland, to ono of these
positions. Mr. Gallagher was a schoolmate of
Mr. Urncr, and is a badly wounded soldier.
Tho new five-cent postago stamp with tho
portrait of Garfield will bo issued on or about
tho 10th of April. Its color will be chocolato
brown. About the same time the issuo of new
fivc-cont stamped envelopes, to take the place
of those of like denomination now in use, will
Secretary Kirkwood had a final conference
with the Sac, Fox, and Iowa Indians, at which
the latter finally decided to go homo and send
a delegation to tho Indian Territory to agree
upon suitable lands thero and report to tho
tribes for their decision.
The employes of tho Bureau of Engraving
and Printing aro considerably exercised over
the announcement of a furlough, which was
mado necessary by tho exhaustion of tho
appropriation for printing internal rcvenuo
stamps. A paper has been drawn up and signed
by every employco in tho bureau, agreeing that
if they were allowed to continue work without
salary they-would forego all claims against tho
Government for their labor and trust to Con
gress to rcimburso them.
"It is rumored," says a contemporary, "that
President Arthur receives more dainty souve
nirs than any unmarried clergyman in tho
land. His aesthetic blue bed-room at tho Ex
ecutive Mansion shows numberless handkerchief-cases,
glove-boxes, pin-cushions, scent
bags, clothes-brush-holders, wall-pockets, and
tho like, mostly labeled 'Remembrance,'
'Token of Friendship,' and Forgct-Mc-Not,' or
bearing similar suggestive legends."
CURRENT MATTERS OF INTEREST.
A contract for a municipal loan and for build
ing waterworks for Havana has lecn concluded
with Walter n. Gilson, of New York, who signs
for himself and as attorney for James II. Lylcs
and Daniel Runkle, also of New York. Tho
contract involves $9,200,000.
Alexander C. Wingate, of Lexington, Ky.,
was shot in the breast and killed on an Ohio
and Mississippi Railroad train, between Spnrks
villo and Medora, lud. His assassin was Win.
M. Haines, who was crazed with drink, and
had no provocation for tho shooting. Tho as
sassin jumped from the train, (which was going
at the rato of -forty miles an hour,) landed
safely, walked half a mile to a creek, stripped
himself naked and jumped into tho stream.
His dead body was found there tho next morn
ing. His clothes were found hanging on a
bridge, and they contained $90 in cash, a gold
watch, an express receipt for $-100 sent from El
Paso, Texas, to New Salem, Ohio, and a quart
bottle of brandy half full.
About $2,300 has been contributed by business
men of New York for the benefit of the suffer
ers from the southern floods.
It is proposed to transfer Sitting Bull and his
immediate followers from the custody of the
military authorities at Fort Randall to tho
Yankton Agency, where they will bo placed
under tho charge of officers of tho Interior
Department for instruction in tho usages and
art3 of civilization, for which the old chief
claims to long.
The receipts of wheat at all points, including
New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, last
week amounted to 6S2,0Q0 bushels. During tho
corresponding week of 1881 tho receipts wero
1,957,000 bushels, andgn 180 2,273,000. Tho
shipments from the samo points foot up 920,000
bnshels, while in the corresponding week of last
year they wero 2,429,000 bushels a decrease of
Alexander K. Falconer has been "committed,
in default of $1,000, in New York, for persist
ently annoying Mis Kate Louisa Halo with
love letters and presents during tho last two
ycarB. Tho young lady is suffering from nerv
ous prostration on account of the excitement,
but her father stated that half a bushel of let
ters had been received from Falconer, with
valentines, most of them being sent back by
express. Ho had r.pent $2,000 in sending her
awxy from home for a year, to rid her of the
annoyance, which recommenced as Soon aG she
Delia Graves, fifteen years of age, the daugh
ter f a farmer near Central Square, New York,
was reprimanded on Monday night for meeting
her lover, Clinton Lewis, a youth of twenty.
She was sent to bed, but she toro up her bed
clothes and twisted them into a rope, by which
she reached the ground. Then hhe walked to
her lover's homo, roused him-up about mid
night, and said they must bo married or she
would lull herself. A carriage was procured, a
minister found, tho knot tied, and they reached
Lewis' house just about the time Farmer Graves
got up in the morning to find his daughter
gono. ne has revoked tho will which he had
made in her favor.
Governor Colquitt, of Georgia, has pardoned
Kate Sothern, who was sentenced to be hung
for tho killing of Narcissa Cowart, her rival in
the affections of her husband, tho sentence
afterwards being commuted to ten years in a
The amount of grain now on hand in the
country is estimated by tho Department of Agri
culture to be much less than at this time last
year. Tho stock of wheat on hand from a
specified area, embracing two-thirds of tho area
of the great grain-growing States, was on March
20, 18S2, 36,000,000 bushels, against 01,000,000
bushels on hand March 20, 1SS1, a difference of
forty-four per cent. Of corn, tho surplus on
hand March 20, 1652, was estimated at 175,000,
000 bushels, against 3SS,000,000 bushels on March
20, 1881, a difference of fifty-five per cent.
REVIEW OF THE WEEK.
Tiik veto of tho anti-Chinese bill was re
ceived at tho Senate on Tuesday, and the
President of tho Senate immediately laid it
before that body. Tho President announces, in
tho usual form, that ho returned the bill after
careful consideration, with his objections there
to. Ho held that tho bill was in conflict with
the treaty obligations of this Government, and
that it violated the faith of the Nation. Uc
hoped Congress would see this and endeavor to
find another " that will meet tho expectations
of tho people of the United Strtes without con
flicting with tho rights of China." Ho then
briefly reviewed tho history of the Burlingamo
treaty and of tho bill President nayes vetoed.
Tho reading was listened to with marked in
terest and attention by the entire Senate. Tho
vital objections of the President is to tho twenty
years suspension of immigration, which ho con
strues as virtually prohibitory and therefore
violativo of the spirit, if not of tho letter, of the
negotiations upon which the treaty was based
and a breach of national faith. Tho message
calls attention to the propositions mado by the
United States commissioners on this point, and
tho counter propositions on the part of China
to show that the understanding of the latter
country in tho agreement which was ultimate
ly made, was that tho immigration would be
limited or restricted to a rcasonablo period.
Tho President then points out other features
of the act which, in his opinion, can be modified
to advantage. Tho system of personal registra
tion and passports is specifically mentioned as
undemocratic and hostilo to our institutions;
and ho alludes to the omission of tho act to
make any provision for tho transit to China of
Chinese subjects now residing in foreign coun
tries, to which subject, tho President adds, his
attention has been called by tho Chincso min
ister. Tho messago refers to the alleged benefits to
its industries derived by tho Pacific slope from
tho presence of tho Chincso heretofore, express
es apprehension of an injurious efl'ect upon
American commerce with China, and legisla
tion of the character of that proposed, unless
carefully guarded, and without naming any
specific period of suspension, suggests that tho
length of tho term should bo experimental.
The interest on tho continued sixc?, lOSth
call, amounting to $20,000,000, will bo duo on
the Sth of April. It is probable, howovcr, that
tho Secretary of -tho Treasury will anticipate
this call a few days upon his return next week.
It is customary to anticipate band calls simply
becauso tho vaults of the Treasury become
overburdened with a surplus of gold, and by
its circulation trado interests aro benefited.
The total interest on tho four per cent, loan
due April 1 was $7 350,000. Treasurer Gilfil
lan on March 30 mailed fifty-two thousand
checks in payment of tho registered interest on
that loan, amounting to $5,535,000. Thero was
paid last month out of the Treasury, $17,000,
000 for called bonds, aud $3,000,000 of bond
interest, which was duo on tho 1st of March or
prior to that date.
The Chincso merchants of San Francisco
havo finally opened tho merchauts' exchaugc,
which they havo been secretly-organizing for
some time past, and have elected officers. The
object of tho organization is for mutual benefit
The argument on tho motion to quash the
indictments in the star-routo cases was begun
on Friday last in the Criminal Court, at Wash
ington, before Judge Wylio. Colonel Ingcrsoll,
for the defendants, maintained that under tho
Maryland act of 1722, which he claimed was
still in force in the District of Columbia, im
indictment can only bo found aftor tho accused
has been arrested and bound over to tho court,
or by order of the court. Judge Wylie inti
mated that if it could be shown that tho Mary
land act was still in force, tho indictments
would have to be quashed. Mr. Jeff. Chandler
argued that no indictable offenso was charged
in tho indictments, and that United States
courts had no authority to define crimes, that
being tho provinco of tho legislative power.
The court has tho subject under advisement,
and from the fact that Judge Wylio has made
an order directing the coroner to file his report
of inquests in the clerk's office, basing his ac
tion, it is believed, on tho Maryland act of 1722,
the accused star routers and their friends arc
hopeful that his decision will sustain tho mo
tion to quash. If these indictments aio quashed
a largo number of cases will bo outlawed by the
statute of limitations; but there aro other cases
on which indictments may be found, and it is
said that several witnesses from the far west
arc now duo hero in these.
ArrEn years of struggling, tho Maryland
legislature has finally passed a bill fixing a
uniform rate of car fares in Baltimoro city at
five cents. Efforts in the same direction havo
been defeated in the past by powerful lobbies
controlled by the railway companies, and tho fivo
cent faro was only secured at tho present ses
siou by reducing tho "Park tax" on railroad
receipts from 12 to 9 per cent.
Guiteau has sold tho suit of clothing worn
by him when he shot tho President, and also
tho suit worn during tho trial to Coup, tho
circus man, for $350.
The steamer Golden City, of tho Southern
Transportation Company's line, when approach
ing tho wharf at Memphis at 4:30 o'clock
Thursday morning was discovered to bo on fire.
Tho boat's bow was at onco headed for tho
shore, and in four minutes afterwards sho
touched tho wharf. A lino was hastily thrown
and mado fast to one of the coal barges, but tho
current being swift it soon parted, and tho
burning steamer floated oiulown tho river amass
of flames with many of her passengers and crew
on board, who wero unablo to reach tho shore
and wero lost. The Golden City left New Or
leans last Saturday, en routo to Cincinnati
She Carried a crow of about sixty. Sho had on
board forty cabin passengers, fifteen of whom
wero ladies, and thero wero nine children.
Twenty-four persons were lost. Tho captain
and entire crew, with ono excoption, that of
Robert Kelly, the second engineer, wero saved.
The Sccretarjr of Stato has telegraphed to
Minister Lowell, at London, to apply for a do
lay in tho execution of tho sentence of doath
in tho case of Dr. Lamson, who murdered his
brother-in-law recently, until tho arrival of
documentary ovideuco from this country tend
ing to show insanity on tho part of tho pris
oner, and an ahsenco of criminal intent in tho
offence of which he was coiiTictcd. This action
on the part of tho President was based on all
opinion by Attorney-General Brewster that
this was a proper case for Exccutivo interfer
ence, A cable dispatch states that Lamson has
been respited for two weeks. Tho probability
is, however, that he will bo hanged.
Judge Avocato General Swaim's report set
ting forth that Sergeant Mason was illegally
convicted, has not been referred to tho Attorney-General,
as has been generally published.
Tho report was roturned to tho Secretary of
War by tho President, and no action has yet
been taken upon it. At recent Cabinet meet
ings tho subject has been discussed, and it prob
ably will bo again. It is probablo that tho
matter may bo referred to tho Attorney-General
for an opinion as to the validity of tho
arguments advanced by General Swaim.
Contributions for Betty and tho Baby con-
tinuo to pour in from all over tho country. On
Tuesday last Manager John T. Ford generously
gave a benefit performance in aid of Mrs. Ma
son at the Opera House in this city. Tho play
was ''Caraille," with Mile. Rhea, the distin
guished French actress, in tho title role. Thero
was a largo audience present. Mrs. Mason and
tho Baby, together with some friends, occupied
tho right proscenium box, and enjoyed tho
performance greatly. The entire receipts of tho
entertainment were subsequently handed to
Mrs. Mason by Mr. Ford.
The bill of exceptions in tho Guitcau case
has been signed by Judgo Cox. The exceptions
taken aro to tho non-admission of certain -evidence
and the rulings of the judge on points of
law. The proceedings in the Case will, when
completed, fill two quarto volumes of about one
thousand pages each. It is tho intention of
pistrict Attorney Corkhill to present tho bill
for a hearing on tho first day of tho next term,
which will bo April 21.
Returns from tho municipal elections in
Ohio on Monday show that tho Democrats car
ried Cincinnati by 8,500 majority. They elect
ed tho city ticket in Cleveland aud gained six
councilmcn. They carried Dayton by some
400 majority, and Toledo by 1.800. Tho Demo
cratic city ticket was elected in Baton Rouge,
La., aud in Jacksonville, Fla. In tho munici
pal election at Columbia, S. C, Tuesday, tho
Democratic candidates for mayor and alder
men were elected. In tho charter elections in
most of tho Wisconsin towns the Democrats
mado gains, and tho Republican ticket in Mil
waukee was defeated by a combination of
Democrats and workingmen. Tho election for
mayor in Milwaukco is undecided at the time
wo go to press. Tho Republicans carried St.
Joseph, Mo. Although the count was not com
pleted at tho last advices, it was thought that
tho Democrats had elected eleven of the eigh
teen aldermen voted for in Chicago.
Warrants havo been issued in Richmond,
Va., for tho arrest of General Peyton Wise and
B. Taylor McCuc, a tobacco dealer, charged
with being about to engage in a duck Tho
difficulty originated in a discussion beforo a
legislative committco on a bill in regard to tho
tobacco-inspection laws, in tho course of Avhich
General Wise, who is tho general inspector ap
pointed by tho Tobacco Association of Rich
mond, branded Mr. McCueas a systematic thief.
McCuc has been arrested, and officers are seek
ing General Wise.
Jesse James, the notorious outlaw, was shot
and killed in his own homo at St. Joseph, Mo.,
on Sunday last. The murderer was ono of two
brothers named Ford, formerly a companion of
Mr. Cornelius J. Vanderbilt committed
suicido last Sunday afternoon in his room at
tho Glenham Hotel, on Fifth avenue, New
York, no had been suffering from epileptic
fits for some time, which partially deranged his
mind. Being left alono about two o'clock a
pistol' shot was heard, and on tho attendants
re-entering the room they found him suffering
from a wound in the left temple. He lived
until seven p. m., when death ensued. De
ceased was a brother of Win. H. Vandcrbilt,
tho well-known railway king, and said to bo
tho wealthiest man in tho United States.
WHAT IS GOING ON ABROAD.
An important arrest has been mado at a
little station on tho railway lino betweeu St.
Petersburg and Moscow, twenty -fivo mile3
from St. Petersburg. Tho Russian police lately
got possession of a letter addressed to tho nephew
of the station master, giving directions with
regard to tho construction of a mino at somo
placfi not specified. Ho was arrested and ques
tioned closely as to tho whereabouts of tho
nrinjbut doggedly refused to givo any infor
mation. It is suspected that several othor
mines havo been laid. A careful search for
them is being made along tho lino by a number
of military engineers and railway officials.
A number of tho most learned and distin
guished men of England have protested against
tho construction of tho proposed tunuel under
tho English channel on grounds of national
policy. Warrants havo been issued for tho
arrest of six members of the British Parliament,
none of whom will consequently visi Ireland
during the Parliamentary recess. The Czar
has accepted tho resignation of tho Russian
Minister of Instruction and appointed M. Gcl-
lynoff his successor. Zutie, the Herzegovi-
nian insurgent leader, was killed by a bayonet
thrust. The Sicilian Vesper's festival is be
ing celebrated at Palermo. Tho Czar has
commuted the death sentences passed upon all
the Nihilist conspirators at tho recent trial to
imprisonment, except in tho case of Lieutenant
Suchanaff, who will bo hanged. Gen. Stelni-
koiT, public prosecutor of tho Kieff military
tribunal, was assassinated at Odessa. It is
reported that thero is to bo another expulsion
of Jovs from Moscow. The Spanish Cabinet
will icsign if tho financial proposals of Senor
Camac.ho are rejected by tho Chamber of Deputies-
Tho Provinco of Catalonia, Spain, has
been proclaimed in a state of siege, but official
reports stato that tho agitation is abating.
Tho Spanish government is perfectly prepared
for the agitation which is fomented in Barce
lona and tho great manufacturing towns of
Catalonia, Aragon, and Valcntia by the con
servatives and federals, who joined the protect
ionists for political purposes. Tho shops, fac
tories, and mills havo boon closed, and work
men paraded tho streets and attempted to
intimidate tho population. Tho gendarmes
soon re-established order by arresting about
fifty of the chief agitators. Tho government
has ordered tho provincial authorities to ab
stain from using tho troops, but to firmly resist
all factious manifestations with tho police and
gondarmos. This simultaneous demonstration
in the manufacturing districts is aimed at tho
French treaty of commerce and at Senor Caraa
Cho's new taxes. In the main streets tho shops
wero closed during part of tho day, tho mer
chants being scared by the seditious cries of the
operatives, who wero rushing about to oblige
tho factories to lock out. Sara Bernhardt
was married in London on Tuesday to M.
Damala, a Greek. It is reported at St. Pe
tersburg that tho post of primo minister will
soon bo created. Tho assassins of Gen. StrO-
linikoffworo hanged at Odessa on Monday.
Tho Popo on Sunday sent to Cardinal McCabo,
Archbishop of Dublin, a magnificent palm as a
special mark of favor. Tho festival of tho
Sicilian vespors wero concluded with tho un
veiling of a monument commemorating Gen.
Garibaldi's siego of Palermo in 18G6. Baron
Kurd von Schloezcr, lftto German minister to
tho United States, is officially gazetted as Prus
sian minister to tho Vatican. Additional
troops havo been sent from Madrid to Barce
lona. i - - - -
Tho widow of Sir Edward Bulwcr Lytton,
who died recently in England, was tho mother
of tho present Lord Lytton, ex-Viceroy of
India. Sho married Bulwcr, then a rising
novelist, in 1827, and transferred her property,
about $2,000 a year, to her husband, to enablo
him to qualify for a s'cat in Parliament. Her
married life was a stormy ono, and aftor sepa
rating sho becamo her husband's most invete
rate enemy, partly caused by his confining her
in an insane asylum. 'She wrote several nov
els, in which ho figured disgracefully, and onco
sho appeared on tho hustings where he had just
concluded a speech. Ho fled in dismay, and
then sho publicly donounced him,
New York is to have a new Opera House, to
DEATH OF GENERAL HURLBUT.
General Hurlbut, special envoy to the Repub
lic of Chili, died very suddenly of disease of tho
heart, on Thursday of last week, at Lima.
General Hurlbut was widely known and
highly esteemed. He was sixry-six years of
age on the 29th of November last. General
Hurlbut received a liberal education, and adopt
ing tho law as his profession, was admitted to
the bar in 1537. He removed to Illinois at quite
an early ago and settled at Eel viderc. soon rising
into prominence both as lawyer and politician.
In lSi7 ho was elected as a Whig to the consti
tutional convention of Illinois, and was a Presi
dential elector on the Taj-lor and Fillmore
ticket Of 1845. Subsequently he served two
terms in tho legislature. Early in the war for
the Union ho was appointed a brigadier-general
of Volunteers, his commission dating from May
27, 1SG1, and achieved a military record of con
siderable distinction. Ho commanded the
Fourth division at Pittsburg Landing in 13G2 ;
was promoted to a major-generalship in Sep
tember of the same year; was assigned to the
command of tho Sixteenth Army Corps at
Memphis, and towards the close of the war to
tho Department of the Gulf, being honorably
mustered out of tho service in July, 1SG5.
He was arain a member of the Illinois legisla
ture in 1567, and was a Presidential elector at
large on the Republican ticket in 1SG3. Shortly
after Grant's first inauguration he was appointed
minister resident to the United States of Co
lombia ; returning from that post in 1S72 to bo
elected a member of tho Forty-third Congress.
He was re-elected to the Forty-fourth Congress
over General John F. FarnswOrth. He was ap
pointed Minister to Pent by President Garfield,
and arrived at the capital of that Republic the
latter part of July last. '
PENSION FOR LOSS OF A LIMB.
In the House of Representatives, on Friday
last, tho Select Committee on tho Payment of
Pensions, Bounty, and Back Pay, submitted tho
following report :
Section 4G93 of tho Revised Statutes provides
that all persons who shall havo lost ono hand
or one foot, or been totally and permanently
disabled in tho sanie, or otherwise so disabled
as to render their incapacity to perform manual
labor equivalent to tho loss of a hand or a foot,
shall bo entitled to a pension of $13 per month.
This bill seeks to incrcaso it to 10 per month,
from and after December 4, 1831, to all persons
now on the pension roll, or that may be here
after granted a pension for such wound.
The committee recommend the passage of tho
He it enacted hj the Senate and House of Repre
sentatives of the United States of America in Con
gress assembled, That from and after the passago
of this act all persons on the pension roll, and
all persons hereafter granted a pension, who,
while in tho military or naval servico of tho
United States, and in the lino of duty, shall
havo lost one arm, one hand, ono leg, or one
foot, or shall have suffered disability equal
thereto, shall bo entitled to a pension of $10 per
Amend tho title, so as to road: "A bill to
amend the pension laws by increasing the pen
sions of soldiers and sailors who have lost an
arm or leg in tho service."
GUITEAU, THE ASSASSIN
Guitcau, tho assassin, appears to bo growing
fat on his prison diet as well as rich from tho
contributions of his numerous visitors. Though
confinement in jail has tho effect usually of
giving the complexion an unnatural whiteness,
Gnitcau's cheeks havo somowhat of a ruddy
glow. Recently ho has devoted almost all his
spare time to the preparation of his book "The
Truth a Companion to tho Bible," and "The
Removal," (a synopsis of tho trial.) This is
being printed by Gibson Brothers, and Guiteau
has been busily engaged in reading tho proof
of it. In Consequence of his Unfavorablo criti
cisms of Mr. Scovillc's conduct of tho case,
somo objection was made to tho book appearing
wifli them, and at last Guitoau has consented
to eliminato tho objcclionablo passages. The
book will be ready in a day or two. The author
had an advertisement Saturday giving the
prices of the book and directing that orders be
sent with "money in registered letter only"
to him at tho jail ; but it is questionable to
what extent ho will be allowed to carry on the
business of bookseller.
Mr. Scovillc said to a reporter that ho would
probably remain here for somo days to attend
to his petition before Congress asking that pay
bo allowed counsel for defenco in the Guitcau
caso. Ho is through with tho bill of exceptions
except to see that it is printed right. "Are
you on good terms with Guiteau now?" asked
" I saw him Sunday, and I think wo camo to
a satisfactory understanding, for tho present,
" Do you intend to leavo tho caso ? "
"I have never intended that he should be
without counsel. I had hoped that after tho
bill of exceptions was mado out I could get
somo ono to tako hold of tho case, but thero
appears to bo no chance for that, so I will, I
suppose, have to look after it myself."
EVIDENCE IN PENSION CASES.
The following sensible order has been issued
by General Dudley, Commissioner of Pensions:
Department of the Interior,
The most glaring fault to be found with tho
system under which wo aro working, is that
taken cognizance of by tho Select Committee
on Payment of Pensions, Bounty, &c, of tho
last Congress, and severely condemned by them,
and which, in despite of the existing rules and
orders, is Of constant and daily occurrence, to
wit t tho duplication of evidence, and tho
repeated calls for tho same Ovidenco. It grows
Out of the desiro of examiners to mako a record
of submitted cases at tho expense of others yet
unfinished, and for an insufficient examination
6f tho caso beforo making and sending a call,
tf ho time has como when this must cease, and
tho practico bo totally broken up. Fair warn
ing is now given that examiners will bo hold
to a Strict accountability that no second call is
mado for the samo evidence, except in cases
where it is certain that tho claimant has not
received tho first, and that no second call is
mado for ovidenco which has been shown by
claimant to bo unobtainable. Whenever a call
is made for any ovidenco it must includo all
that is required to settle tho caso, and if any
evidence is in, on any point, but in tho opinion
of tho examiner moro is required owing to its
insufficiency, ho must stato in tho new call
what evidence has been received and wherein
it is insufficient.
Let thero bo no misunderstanding on this
point, and hereafter lot this nonsense of sense
less and repeated calls cease, and get down to
business, applying to tho examination of claims
for pension tho samo'commou senso and practi
cal rules that aro, by sensiblo men, applied to
all kinds of business. Wit. W. Dudley,
Tho Commissioner has also issued tho follow
ing: Department of tiie Interior,
Ordered: Examining Surgeons being offi
cers in the service of this Bureau, and amen
ablo to its disciplino, thoir unsworn statements
will bo accepted as evidence in pending claims
subject to tho exception, that when title to a
pension indoubtfnl cases rests on thoir ovidenco
alone, an affidavit may bo required.
War. W. Dudley,
THE SOLDIER'S T0I0E.
Communications from ex-soldiers arc invited for
this Department of Tim Tribusk. Personalities
must be avoided, and letters prepared a3 concisely
as posaible. Ed. Tkiboe.
A FLORIDA VETERAN AT THE FRONT.
To the Editor National Tribune
Tho Federals' Firm Friend, Blue Coats' Big
Brother, Dear Old Defender: On receipt of
your third issuo from tho new press, I must
speak a word in your praise. You are certainly
a superb acquisition to the healthy literature of
tho day. Tho third time, in your case, has
proved the charm. Last week and week beforo
I was afraid what you had gained in size you
had lost in clearness of type something very
essential to the old soldiers whoso eyes aro be
coming dim but in this issuo my fears have
vanished ; you aro as clear as a sunbeam and
full of meat as an egg. I think from your gen
eral appearance you mean business, and have
come to stay, and also trnst that your "boom"'
will bo loud and long. Wo old 6oldiers need"
just such an advocato at headquarters. The
National Tribune is the Tightening in the
right place, and it is to the interest of every old
soldier to support and keep it there. I don't
find many down here in this sandy suburb, but
every time I do I tell them so. Snccess to The
Tribune, and in the future, a3 in the past, may
its arguments in defense of tliQ rights of tho '
Union soldier bo deep as the ocean, is tho sin
cere wish of your friend, becauso I believe j'OU
mino. Respectfully, W. B." Smith,
Ex-Private Co. K, 14th HI. Inf.
Lawtey, Florida, March 23.
A CONGRESSMAN REMINDED OF HIS DUTY.
Tho following is a copy of a letter -addressed,
to Congressman Hubbell, of Michigan:
Hon. Jay H. Hubbell.
Dear Sir: Doubtless you are quite wefl
aware of tho delay of tho ex-soldiers' .claims in
the Pension Bureau, and that .the occasion of
this delay is for want o sufficient force in that
Department to adjust these claims. Some of
these havo been there for years, belonging 'to
persons who aro almost, and some altogether,
incapacitated for manual labor made so by '
wounds and disease received in the service.
Hundreds of these men aro in the ninth con
gressional district of Michigan, which you rep-. ,
resent in Congress. This largo constituency
ask you, not as a favor, but as a right, that you
will use your influence and vote, when called
upon, to secure an appropriation sufficient to
have the Pension Bureau placed on a good
working basis. The Government acknowledge
the justness of these claims, and as large appro
priations are being made for other purposes, we
ask why not for this. We believe Commissioner
Dudley is doing all he can to adjust these claims,
but with insufficient force. Settlements are
delayed. Tho consequence is multitudes suf
fer from want, and many go down to a pauper's"
grave, while the bondholders' claims aro all
satisfactorily settled, and thatTvithout delay.
Respectfully yours, Samuel Anderson.
Traverse City, Mich., March 27.
FOUR YEARS' STRUGGLE FOE A PEKSrOST.
To the Editor National Tribune:
I am an ex-soldier, having seen four years-of
active service. I am very much interested in ,
your paper, aud desire to add my name to your
long list of subscribers; may they rapidly in
crease, and may your noble efforts to nphold
tho rights of soldiers, who sacrificed all to pre
serve and sustain their country in times of
danger, meet with a generous roward. Thero
aro thousands who feel grateful for your words
of advice. I am one of tho few survivors of
Andcrsonville, having endured the horrors of
that foul pen for ten months, which shattered
my constitution. I have had a pension claim
pending, mado over two years ago. Last July
I was examined by Dr. Bissel in Now Haven,
which occupied about three minutes, and with
what result I do not know, as I have heard
nothing moro in regard to it. It has been a
continual struggle for existence with me since
tho war. I received a minie ball through my
left hand at Gettysburg, and very slight wound
at battle of Fredericksburg. When three years'
service was almost up was taken prisoner, and
held long after, greatly to tho injury of my
health. I served faithfully through the cam
paigns of McClOllan, Burnside, Hooker, Mead,
and Grant. I was in Co. A, Sixty-second N. Y.
State Vols., Sixth Army Corps, Army of tho
Wishing you great success, I am yours re
spectfully, Thomas J. Scott.
a californian's effort to secure hi3 pen
SION. To tho Editor National Tribune :
I havo been a subscriber to The National
Tribune for about five years, and have sent
qui to a number of subscribers to you, and ex
pect to send still moro. As long as I am able
to subscribo for papers The National Tri
bune will be tho first, so long as it continues
to stand up so boldly for the rights of the sol
dier. I was a soldier, and also a prisoner sir
months, and confined in several of those south
ern prison pens. I belonged to the Twenty
sixth Michigan Infantry, Co. C. I enlisted tho
13fch day of August, 1S62, and was captured the
13th of August, 1564. I have been an invalid
ever sinco my release from prison from a dis
ease contracted whilo thero called chrouic scur
vy, which has entirely disabled mo the most of
tho timo sinco my discharge, and yet I have
not been able since I mado application to pro
cure a pension for tho want of medical evidence
at dato of discharge and a record of my disa
bility in tho War Department, the reason being
that I was discharged soon after my release
and was not treated by a good surgeon, and
when I arrived at homo was treated by a regi
mental surgeon at my own exponse, as ho waa
discharged and returned homo with me. Ho
offered to get mo a pension, but I foolishly re
fused, and beforo I applied for pension ho died.
So you see how my case stands; but I feel in
hopes that I shall succeed now, sinco wo have
an honest man for Pension Commissioner.
S. C. ChAmberlin.
p. s i -would liko to hear from some of tho v
Twenty-sixth Michigan through The Tribune. '
Oroville, Cal., March 19. S. C. C.
GLORIES IN TnE PAPKB.
To tho Editor National Tribune :
You will please send mo The Tribune. I
glory in a paper that pleads for tho soldiers'
rights liko The Tribune does. I was a soldier,
aud I am no rebel, nor Senator Beck man either.
I am with and for Uncle Sam forovor.
Jas. R. O'Brien,
Formorly Co. A, 27th Reg't Ky. V. I.
Morrisonytlle, III., March 25.
EVERY SOLDIER OUGHT TO TAKE THE TRIBUNE.
To the Editor National Tribune:
I havo received tho new edition of The
National Tribune, and am moro than pleased
with it. I gavo copies to ex-soldiers, three of
whom havo promised to subscribe. I will do
all I can to increase your circulation. Every
soldier ought to tako The Tribune.
Yours truly, Alex, W. Hqlxby,
Bradford, March 27