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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. C, MAT 20, 1882.
02SB HMDBED MILLIONS.
THE AMOUNT TO BE APPROPRIATED
FOR PENSION PAYMENTS.
llcport of llio ITon;e Committee on Appropriations.
An Additional Clerical Force l'rovidid for the
Tension Bureau and Othor Departments to
Facilitate the Examination of Claims.
Tho House Committee on Appropriations
liavo completed the legislative, executive, ami
judicial appropriation bill, and authorized Mr.
Cannon to report it. Tho bill, which wis
grafted by Mr. Cannon, differs from previous
legislative bills in making specific appropria
tions for all employees in the Executive Depart
ments, instead of leaving them, as heretofore,
to bo paid out of gross appropriations. The
principal features of the bill are as follows : It
increases the clerical force engaged in tho pre
paration of pension cases to such an extent as
to enable the Commissioner to examine and ad
just all pending claims within three years. It
directs the Secretary of War to transfer all tho
records in the Office of the Surgeon General of
tho Army, from which the evidence is furnish
ed for the settlement of claims for invalid pen
sions, and also tho clerks employed upon such
records, to the Office of the Adjutant General of
the Army, if, in his judgment, tho work of fur
nishing such evidence will bo facilitated or tho
number of clerks employed upon such work
can bo materially reduced in number by such
transfer. It authorizes the Adjutant General to
use a part of tho State Department building for
offices, and thus effects a saving of tho $15,000
per annum now paid for the rental of offices in
other and less secure buildings. Finally, it
strictly prohibits the employment in tho Ex
ecutive Departments of any other clerks than
those for which it specifically provides, and
thus renders impossible many of tho abuses and
irregularities which characterized the old sys
tem of clerical appointment.
A comparison of the bill with tho estimates
npon which it is based, and with tho expenses
for the same Departments in the current year,
shows tho following results : Estimates for
1SS3, $21,175,903.65; amount appropriated by
the bill, $19,091,017.90 ; decrease, $1, 134,855.75.
Amount appropriated for the current year, $17,
010,079,49 ; amount appropriated by the present
bill, $19,091,047.90; increase, $2,G30,3GS.dl. If
from this last-named amount, however, be de
ducted expenditures heretofore included in
and covered by tho sundry civil and other ap
propriation bills, tho net increase made by tho
present bill will be reduced to $2,213,S52. 11.
The principal items which go to mako up tho
increase on tho amount appropriated by the
bill, as compared with the amount appropriated
for tho current year, areas follows: For 1.210
additional clerks and other employes to expe
dite pension work in the Offices of tho Adjutant
General, Surgeon General, Second Comp
troller, Second Auditor, Third Auditor, and
in the Pension Office, $1,51S, 130 ; for con
tingent and other expenses incident to this
increase of force, $224,000; for tho increase in
the membership of the House of Eeprescnta
tives under tho new apportionment, $53,311 ;
for fifty-one additional clerks in the Sixth Au
ditors Office, $G 1,000 ; for 43 additional clerics
in the General Land Office, $72.550 ; for 37 ad
ditional clerks in the Patent Office. $07,930 ; for
41 additional clerks in tho Post Office Depart
ment, .$39,070; for 10 additional clerks in tho
Department of Justice, $0,150; for salaries and
expenses of collectors and deputy collectors of
internal revenue, $200,030. Bj reason of de
ficiency appropriations the present cost of tho
service in the Land Office and Patent Offico is
nearly tho samo as that contemplated by this
bill. The nominal increase made by tho bill
in the number of employes in tho Executive
Departments at Washington,"and in tho bu
reaus and offices subordinate thereto, is 2,207.
This number includes 1,210 clerks for pension
work, and S40 clerks already employed in the
Departments, but paid oat of miscellaneous ap
propriations. Tho actual increase in the de
partment clerical force, therefore, exclusive of
pension clerks, is 157. No increase is made by
t lie bill in salaries and no offices are created
a!ove the grade of fourth class clerkships.
The bill appropriates in round numbers ono
hundred million dollars for the payment of
p iisions. The regular bill last year appropri
ate '1 sixty millions for the same purpose, and
I-!.' liteen million for deficiencies.
GENERAL, BSH LEFEVRE ON THE SOL
A representative of The National Toibcne
dropped in on lion, lieu Lefevre who, as all
men know, is the wide-awake liepresentative
of tho Fourth Congressional District of the
State of Ohio in Congress.
General Lefevre, as he is better known, is
nut a small man in any respect, physically or
mentally, but he has a wide reputation by the
qualities s his heart. He is eminently what
would be called a large-hearted man, and the
i -.lis upon his time and patieuce are innumer
able. Everybody who wants an office, or a
pension, or has a claim of auy kind that no
one else will attend to, finds ready sympathy
v. ;th General Lefevre. The lb-publican or
phans from Kentucky, who have no Hepresent
ative in Congress, or next to none, find their
way invariably to his quarters at Wonnley's.
The rooms into which the scribe was ushered
was called tho office, and half a dozen clerks
vkto busy at work. Some were sendiug oif
j. :blic documents to the voters of the Fourth
uiNtrict, others were attending to the corre
tj.oudenoe relating to pensions, which alone re
quires the attention of several men. "All
v i itis," one of them said. " No fees ever come
t- this office. It is a labor of love on th-- part
of tho General."
" What do you think of , tin prospc ' - of the
FoMiers coming in on a par with ;! bond
holders after awhile''"f .!! theTiT i .nman.
" I think, said the Gei.- - J, tha' t ' time is
fast approaching when
1 .mores the claim of a v
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The scribe wrote dowu ..e, liiu r . '' !
by the magnitude of t. i sum. A !, i
. eral occasions, been presc .t at the opening
.f the morning mail at Tue -N vnv u, Ti.i
m me office, and was accustomed toj-etin',' ,!;:.
i mis of money.
"The Government has provided for it i..d hi
ed ness to the bondholders, has it not ?"
4'I should think so. They arc never nr
j h-eted. The full letter and spirit of tLc i o:;d
was carried out with them."
'Was not the contract with im soldier as
clear and explicit in its provisk ...... that with
the purchasers of bonus?"
" It was as plain as any contract could be
made. In return for service faithfully per
formed, tho recruit was promised a stipulated
sum per month, and in case of death or dis
ability in the service, his dependent relations
or himself wero to receive a pension from the
date of the disaliliiy."
"lias the Government over canceled that ob
ligation?" "Not in so many words, but the repeal of tho
arrcarges of pensions act would be equivalent
" How is it that there areso many unsettled
claims for pensions ?''
"Thcro are two reasons. First Congress
has never supplied a sufficient -force of clerks
to examine and adjust tho claims. Second
all tho Commissioners of Pensions who have
preceded General Dudley, havo imagined that
they were placed there to resist the payment of
pensions, and the most shameful quibbling has
been resorted to by former Commissioners to
prevent an equitable adjustment of claims."
" Good evening, General."
"Good evening; tell your soldier readers
thero is something good in store for them,
which I cannot refer to now, but which will
bring joy to the hearts of many a soldier or his
widow and orphans, and I hope to bo ablo soon
to tell you more about it."
WHAT CONGRESS IS DOING.
In tho Senate, on Thursday, May 11, tho
Japanese indemnity bill was partially con
sidered. During tho consideration of the bill
establishing intermediate courts, Mr. Morgan
said that a rumor had reached him that the
President had intimated his intention of ap
pointing Democrats to some of the eighteen
judgeships proposed to bo created, in order to
ensure tho passage of the bill, but upon being
pressed for particulars said ho did not mako
tho statement as a fact. A bill was passed
paying L. Madison Day, of Louisiana, $10,000
as reimbursement for the purchase of property
partly owned by ex-Senator Benjamin, at that
time Confederate Secretary of State, and of
which ho (Day) was subsequently dispossessed
by reason of defective title. The report of tho
conference committee on tho Indian appro
priation bill was agreed to.
On Friday, in tho Senate, a letter was read
from the Secretary of War transmitting a com
munication from tho Chief of Ordnance, giving
results of trials and proofs of all guns of eight
inch calibre or upwards, and the supply of such
at present on hand. A bill was introduced
donating condemned cannon to Post No. 9 of
California. Tho bill to prevent tho introduc
tion of contageous and infectious diseases into
the United Straes was partly considered. Tho
House bill granting condemned cannon to
Anna M. Eoss Post, No. 94, of Philadelphia,
was recommitted. The bill to establish a court
of appeals notico elsewhere was passed. The
Houso amendments to the agricultural appro
priation bill were concurred in.
The Senate was not in session n Saturday.
On Monday, in tho Senate, Mr. Pendleton
rose- and said : I present a petition of Eobin
son Post, No. 135, Grand Army of tho Ecpuhlic,
Department of Ohio, praying forthopassago of
an act to provide for tho just equalization of
soldiers' bounties; for making it less difficult
to prove just claims, and more easy to prevent
fraud in tho procurement of pensions; to give
every soldier and sailor upon proof, arrearages
from the beginning of his disability;. to increase-
tho pension of honorably-discharged
privates, their widows and orphans; and that
no material reduction of tho tax on whiskey
and tobacco bo' inado until these demands of
tho soldiers and sailors aro comnlicd with. T
move tho referenco of their petition to tho
Committco on Pensions. Tho motion was
agreed to. Mr. Garland, from tho Judiciary
Committco reported a bill amending clause sec
ond of section 2126, of tho Eevised Statutes of
tho United States in referenco to persons in
the naval service ot tho United States entitled
to bounty-land warrants, which was read twice.
Bills were introduced providing for the erec
tion of public buildings at Detroit, Mich.,
Council Bluffs. Iowa, and Jackson, Tenn. The
bill to enable the State of California to take cer
tain agricultural lands in lieu of sections
found to be mineral lands was passed. A bill
was passed providing for the removal of the
remains of the late Gen. Kilpatrick formerly
Minister to Chili, from Chili to the State of
New Jersey for final interment. The Presi
dent laid before the Senate the following mes
sage from the President of tho United States,
which was preferred to the Committo on
Appropriations, and ordered to bo print
ed. It is as follows: "I transmit here
with a communication from the Secretary uf
the Interior, subn iiting a copy of a letter from
the Commissioner of Pensions in vitlngattontion
to the fact that the 'deficiency' appropriation
of 16,000,000 to meet the June jKiyinent of
Army pensions should be available as early as
the 25th instant, if practicable, in order to
avoid any dely iu payment."
In the Senate on Tiu .- lay, Mr. Cameron pre
sented the petition of Calvin A. Craig, Post 75,
of Parker City, Pa., praying for the passage of
the bill granting a pension of $10 a month to
soldiers who lost a limb in the service. He
also presented a memorial of soldiers and citi
zens of Tuiikhannock, Pa., praying that the
right 1 f granted i onorubly discharged soldiers
to Iw-iU 100 ar. - of public Ian 1 upon payment
of tl.- ucual :i'iy f -e; also n ulinions of Wil
liam !. Muii.iv 1 '.;. G. A. il., of Holiidays
buu'. Pa., in : v r of a pel -v-n to th- dautrh-
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Among the petitions presented, were tho
By Mr. Ukxke : From soldiers and sailors of
Maryland, for tho passage of bill increasing tho
pension of soldiers and sailors of the lato war
who lost a leg or an arm while in tho lino of
duty to the Committee on the Payment of
Pensions, Bounty, and Back Pay.
By Mr. Wadswoutii : The petition of Swift
Post, Grand Army of the Kcpublic, of New
York, for an increase of pensions to soldiers
and sailors of the late war wlio lost an arm or
a leg whilo in the lino of duty to tho Com
mittee on Invalid Pensions.
On Friday, in tho House, tho Senate bills
donating condemned cannon to various citiek
and towns, and to Grand Army Posts, as noticed
in tho last issue of The National Tkit.cne,
were adopted. Tho bill appropriating $25,000
for the construction of a road from Mound City,
Illinois, to Mound City National Military cem
etery, was adopted. Tho Geneva award bill
In iho House, on Saturday, tho bill to enable
tho National Banking Associations to extend
their corporate existence, was taken up and
several speeches, for and against tho measure,
were delivered. Notico was also given of sev
eral proposed amendments. Mr. Klotz intro
duced a biil donating cannon to tho Soldiers'
Monument Association, of White Haven, Penn
sylvania. Referred to tho Committco on Mili
lary Affairs. Among tho memorials presented
wero tho following : By Mr. Miller, from the
Mercer (Pennsylvania) Post, G. A. E., urging tho
passage of a bill providing ior payment of femalo
nurses who served through tho late war. Re
ferred to tho Committee on War Claims. Also
memorial of Post No. 100, G. A. E., of Mercer,
Pennsylvania, in favor of passage of bill grant
ing a pension of $-10 per month to all soldiers
who lost an arm, leg, foot, &c, which was ap
In tho Houso on Monday Mr. Morcy intro
duced a bill for tho relief of officers of tho vol
unteer army who were commissioned but not
mustored. It was appropriately referred. A
committee was instructed to consider tho pro
priety of purchasing the lot on which tho
building whero President Lincoln died stands.
Amotion to suspend tho rules to consider a bill
for an enrollment of militia in the States and
Territories was negatived. A bill for the relief
of innocent purchasers of patented articles was
passed. A bill was passed accepting tho gift of
a library from Dr. J. M. Toner, of Washington
On Tuesday in tho Houso a bill was intro
duced to amend section -1700 of the Eevised
Statutes, relating to payment of pensions to
widows and children, which was ordered to bo
printed. The bill to cnablo national banks to
extend their corporate existence was further
considered. A -petition was presented by Mr.
Ward, from honorably discharged soldiers and
sailors of Delaware county Pa., for tho enact
ment of a law granting to soldiors and sailors
of tho lato war bounty in money in lieu of
bounty land warrants, which was appropriately
In the Houso on Wednesday consideration
of tho bank charter extension bill wr.3 re-'
sinned, several speeches being made on tho
MRS, GARFIELD'S PENSION,
Senator Sherman has received tho following
letter from Mrs. Giirfield, dated Cleveland,
MayS: My Dear Sir I havo received yonr
note, with enclosed notico of tho pension
granted me. for my husband's snl-o I nm truly
mindful of tho generous kindness shown to tho
family of General Garfield, not only by friends
but by tho National Legislature, and may I
ask that you make acknowledgment of this iu
whatever way and by whatever expression of
my gratitude seems to you appropriate.
FOR BETTY AND THE A8Y.
Mr. W. 1. McLean, of Philadelphia, arrived
in this city on Tuesday, and visited Mrs. Ser
geant Mason for the purpose of delivering to
her the money collected for tho Mason fund by
the Philadelphia Press. M.r. McLoan gavo Mrs.
Mason $3,52.G2, which is in addition to $VZT
previously collected for tho fund by that jour-
naL In the receipt which Mrs. Mason gave
for this money she agreed to set asido $1,000
for the exclusive benefit of tho baby, Charles
THE PHOENIX PARK TRAGEDY,
Tho funeral of Lord Frederick Cavendish,
Chief Secretary for Ireland, who was murdered
in Phojuix Park, Dublin, took place on Friday
of last week. ( no of the most conspicuous
fcatutc-s of the itinera! was an assemblage of
5,000 tenants of tho Duke of Devonshire, father
of Lord Frederick Cavendish. The order of
tho funeral precision was as follows: The
hearse; tho Duke (if Devonshire, walking
alone; the Marquis of Harttngtoii, Lord Ed
ward Cavendish, Mr. Gladstone, Earl Gran
ville, the Speaker of the ilousw of Commons,
members of the Cabinet and f0i) members of
Parliament, walking four abreast. Th-ro was
an iurncuse crowd present, the number being
estimated as high as oit.QDO. Many por?on.,
were visibly affected. The coffin was carried
by a number of the tenants of (he i)uk of
Devonshire. After the coffin had It, n lowered
into tho grave many flowers were thrown
The government has issued a special pvocla
i.Ti;in offerin-j a r ward of jl'oOO for informa
tion leading to the nrrrst of anv one harboring
the assassins of Lo- ' "H and
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mm OF THE WEEK.
Afteii a protracted discussion, the Senate has
iped tho bill providing for intermediate
apellato courts. The bill creates nino intcr
ifidiatc courts, or one in each of tho existing
ecu its, and eighteen new circuit judgC3, or
t o additional for each circuit, who are to be
ajpointcd by the President. The court of
cph circuit will then consist of tho associate
jptico of tho Supremo Court allotted to the
cfcait, the three circuit judges and two of the
dstrict judges, tho latter to be designated at
c:h term for the succeeding term, and if prac
1 al in rotation ; and four of the judges to cou
s tuto a quorum. Appellato jurisdiction is
cjnferred upon the new court over the decrees
o, tho circuit or district courts in causes iu
vlvingmoro than $500, or where a circuit or
d.trict judge shall certify that tho adjudica
t tii involves a question of general importance.
I -cisions of the appellate court on questions of
f :t are to be conclusive, but reviews upon
I ints of law mny be had upon writs of error
t tho Supreme Court when the matter in con
t wersy exceeds $10,000, the present limitbeing
$ .000. In a criminal case a writ of error may
1) sued out if allowed by a judge of tho appel
uo court, but cannot bo granted after an un
sicccssful application to another judge. If tho
jjdges do not differ and the caso is within their
jirisdiction, their action is to be final, and the
vrit may bo taken up upon tho question of
jn-isdiction, but not to review tho wholo case,
licoptional permission to appeal to tho Su
piemo Court is also granted in questions in
vjlving a construction of tho constitution or
tie validity of a treaty or a Federal law. The
bjl prescribes the clerical force of the new
cairts, and fixes the following as tho places at
njiich tho first terms of tho courts in tho re
sjoctivo circuits shall bo held: Boston, New
York, Philadelphia, Richmond, New Orleans,
Cincinnati, Chicago, St. Louis and San Fran
cko. Tho terms arc to begin on the first Tues
dtys in May and November, beginning with
Kvvembcr, 1SS2. It 13 also provided that the
dstrict or circuit judge who tried the cause
slall not sit in tho hearing upon appeal.
A MAss-jinzrriNG of Irish-Americans was
h)ld at Cooper Institute, New York, at which
luiyor Graco presided. In tho long list of
v.cc-prcsidcnts wero tho names of prominent
Imd-lcagucrs, politicians, members of tho judi
ciary and leading Irish-American citizens.
GDonavan Eossa occupied a conspicuous posi
ton in the hall. Resolutions wero offered de
nmncing tho Dublin assassinations and repu
diating all complicity "in so black a deed."
L?foro the O'Donavan Bossa party in the hall
would permit them to be adopted an amend
ment was accepted expressing sympathy " for
Gladstone's murdered victims of eviction."
Richard O'Gorman was" ono of the sneakers. .
Ih was frequently interrupted by cries of
"Three cheers for the assassins !" which were
kipt up by disorderly persons in tho crowd.
Mr. Jas. Eedpath, who was one of the spcak
cis, exclaimed, "God bless dynamite in Eus
sit !" Ho added, however, that in Ireland the
assassinations were a fatal blow to the progress
ot liberty. Tho assassinations wero the deeds
of Gladstone and Forsler,aswcrc also the mur
ders of Ellen McDonough and tho boys of Bal
lyhahar. Speaking of Under-Secretary Burke,
ho said that if ho were guilty of Burke's deeds
awl went to Ireland he would think himself
deserving of the samo fate. He said that Glad
stone was a fifth-rate man, not to be compared
to Blaino or Conkling, or even John Kelly.
iMrs. rarneil delivered, an impassioned spcecu.
'' VT7vrrr T lYn-r-vrrT7-r' of "VfT.''Vorlr. Tins Tinun
eudinjr com time in Cumberland, Maryland,
with a view of tracing up the author of the
iaraous, or infamous, Morey letter, and some
arrests will, it is thought, be made.
The United States Consul at Amsterdam, in
writing to tho State Department, says that from
forty to fifty million dollars of tho railroad
securities of the United States aro in the hands
of Dutch hoi lers. State bonds and stocks and
bonds of mnnicipal corporations of the United
States are also held in Holland, to a large ex
tent, hut at this time very fow United States
bonds are held there.
The Senate, in executive session, confirmed
the following nominations: Call Van Clove,
collector of customs at Yaquina, Oregon; Toim
F. Gowey, of Ohio, register of land office at
Olympia, Washington Territory; Robert Lowry,
of Iowa, receiver of public moituys at Huron,
The Signal Service is a'lout to send out two
expeditions to the Arctic regions for the relief
and supply of tho parties already there. A
year ago Lieutenant Grccly, of the Filth cav
alry, a meteorologist who has held long service
in the Signal Corps, headed an expedition to
Lady Franklin Bay, and Lieutenant Kay, of
the Eighth infantry, headed another expedition
to-Point Barrow. They reached thrir tlestina
tions sifoly, having with them provisions and
othor rtoros for a year, and building materials
for houses. The two stations thus established
arc a part of a chain of international stations,
among whieli are stations at the mouth of the
Lena, and at Barnau, in Siberia, and at North
Cape, in Sweden. These stations, with others,
havo been established for tho purpose of taking
meteorological, astronomical, magnetic, and
time observations as near as pesiblo to the
North Pole. Tho observations aro to be taken
daily at the same actual time. The simulta
neous observations will begin on the first of the
No additional particulars concerning the
deaths of Lieu tenitit ie Lomr and party have
1 Tcceivid. The Navy Department officials
I liave litlle or no hope of the rrscuf of Lieuten
ant Chipp's party. Engineer Melville, in his
i.-'sf, ili'pf.icli. ssM ho bad no don! t th:r they
ha 1 nil pr,ri ' 'd, but ho oul I n" 1 vv :y e!...rt
in r. i-.i.'i- tl;''r Ii '.'n -. T'c i;i in 1 :i iiii:;,---jtu.
1 jn th,-; i i. 1 ' " !' 'it -.p". -d ill i;. . '
that sepaiated tho three, boats, and that all
hands :ire I'rowned. Tho following i r. ctrre-t
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vote upon tiie question of confi rntutio..
yeas, 3d; nays, 14. The negative voto is
reported to have been cast by seven Eepubli-
cans and seven democrats namely, Messrs.
Hoar, Dawes, Ilawlcy, Piatt, Miller of New
York. Mitchell, Sherman, Bayard, Saulshury,
Pendleton, Williams, Yest, George, and Jones of
TnE trial of the star-route cases was resumed
in this city on Tuesday, and something of a
dramatic scene was witnessed in the court
room when John W. Dorsey, whose where
abouts had for some timo been unknown, mado
his appearance, and his counsel announced his
readiness to proceed with tho case. Dorsey
entered bail, and tho trial was postponed for a
day or two.
Should Mr. Blaine conclude to again enter
public life by way of the House of Eeprcsenta
tives, ho could not be nominated in his old
(Augusta) district, but would have to be elected
at large, as will tho cntiro Maine delegation.
Siuce tho reapportionment bill passed, there
lias been no session of the Legislature to rcdis
trict tho State. Gov. Plaistcd will not call a
special session because ho thinks, no doubt, the
Fnsionists stand a better chance of securing
representation in Congress by a popular election
rather than by districts.
WHAT IS GOING ON ABROAD.
A new Irish bill introduced in the House of
Commons invests tho Lord Lieutenant with
extraordinary powers. It authorizes him to
appoint three judges to try persons accused of
crime, and these special judges may conduct
the trial without a jmy. In other words, tho
right of trial by jury is denied b$- the pending
bill, and the judges selected by the Lord Lieu
tenant may decide cases involving life or death.
It is true the bill gives the right of appeal from
this special court to the supremo court. Sir
William llarcourt, Homo Secretary, in pre
senting the bill, admitted that it was an ex
traordinary measure ; that it went to Tathcr
dangerous limits, but said it was intended to
meet an extraordinary condition of affairs. He
promised that tho government would use all
its powers to prevent innocent persons from
suffering under this law. Tho Irish repre
sentatives bitterly denounce tho bill, and pre
dict that it will result in more signal failuro
than the coercion act. Tho unfortunate mur
der of Lord Cavendish and Mr. Burke is
already producing its evil consequences to Ire
land. A canister hung on the railing of tho
Lord Mayor's mansion (London) was found to be
filled with blasting powder. The Egyptian
Notables, instead of deposing tho Khedive, have
demanded tho resignation of the rebellious
ministers. Tiic convention between Eua3ia
and Turkoy, settling tho war indemnity ques
tion, has been signed. Colonel Emil Frei
has heen appointed minister of Switzerland at
Washington. lie formerly served in the
United States array. The German Eeichstag
has resolved by a vote of 1G2 to 121 to refer the
tobacco monopoly bill to a committee. Han-
lan, the champion oarsman, sailed from Liver
pool for New York. Mr. Lb ri Hard's horses
have been scratched from nearly all their pend
ing engagements. The captain, first officer,
and 55 of the crew of the Turkish transport
which went ashore in the Bosphorus perished.
The firm attitude of England and France
has checked the Egyptian revolutionists and
the status quo is still maintained.
CURREMT NEWS KOTES.
Dr. Devillo White, a wealthy and well-known
citizen of Sherburne, N. Y., is dead. He leaves
a fortune of about $300,000, mostly to an
adopted son. He gavo $10,000 to the local
churches. He recently presented to the village
a soldiers' monument costing $5,000.
Iu ftie'litimber'bf its' farms tho Empire State
is tho third in the Union tho iirst bf ing Illi
nois, tiie second UWo, and the fourth Missouri.
The exact figures are as follows : Illinois,
2."w,741 iarms- Ohio. 217,189: New York, 2 11,
05S, and Missouri, 215,57o. The areas in acres
of tho four States are respectively as follows:
Missouri, 4i,l2.,6fM acres; Illinois, 30,25G,000;
New York, 31,i56,a'0, and Oiiio, 25,275,00.
A startlingiy tragic story comes from Bos
ton that of a woman rendered insane by
neglect and jealousy attempting to take her
own life and tho lives of her four children.
The mother was finally disarmed. Augusta,
aged five years, was fouud dead; Alfred, aged
twelve months, was severely cut abouc the
arm5, le.", aud.facc; Mary, aged thirteen, had
her thr jut and tVe horribly mulilated ; Emil,
aged seventeen, was also severely stabbed. The
murderess was considerably mutilated about
the legs, one of the incisions made by the knife
being very severe.
E-prcstntative Cas&idy his received a tele
gr.i'u from Governor - Kinkead, of Nevada,
announcing tiie death of United States District
Jti'Ie E. W. Ilill.Vt 1 at Carbon City. Judge
lliiiycrhad be 'a aitlicted for several months
with softening 01 tho brain, aud a bill was pend
ing in Coiigribs to authorize tho appointment
of a new judge for the State of Nevada.
The President has appointed a Board of Vis
itors to attend the annual examination at the
Military Academy at West Point, as follows :
J. G. Chaptmn, of St. Louis, Mo. ; Clifton II.
Mooro. of Clifton. 111.: General Horace Porter,
of N. Y. City; General Morris Sehaff, of Bos
ton ; General J. 1). Tillman, F.iyetreville, Tenn.;
J. B. Treat, Monroe, Wis.; and Hon. Marcus L.
Ward, of Newark, X. J. The President of the
Senato has appointed as members of the hoard
Senators T. W. Ferry and L. Q. C. Lamar.
The R.-v, Dr. G. A. Lofton, pastor of the Third
Baptist Church of St. Louis, left for a vacation"
on Friday ni.l.t of last week. After the train
had gone a few luilcs, it is alleged that he put
h;s ana around a lady with whom he was sit
ting, whereupon she jumped up and ran
screaming into another tar. Threo or four
men then gave tho clcrgymau a severe drub
bing. In the melco a bott Ic of whisky fell from
the clergyman's e-at pocket. Pa.inengers on
1 ' .0 t 1 mi say that Lofton was int ixicatcd. Ho
i:., r '".mod homo looking like a defeated
'.-' - .j.iter. lie says that he offered no in
1' . ;o the lady, that the men whipped him
without c.v.i . aid that tho bottle contained
ri'C-k iiitd ry.' and glycerine, which had been
i . eriki! i'.r his use by a physician.
('a;: ii.i .' Un P. Walker, of the army, who
n.i- :, rjy tried by court-martial at Fort
i'l.il - ole, Wyoarln.r, on the charge of con
t'uet uiioei-eaiiiK an ofiici r ami a gentleman,
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Another petition has been presented to the
President for the pardon of Sergeant Mason
signed by 3,000 employees of largo establish
ments iu Baltimore.
Secretary Teller has determined, as a rart of
his policy, to disarm all tho Indians, holding
that as they do not need arms for hunting pur
poses, there is no occasion for them to bo thus
equipped. Tho army, it is said, will receive
orders to tako arms from any roving bands of
Indians that may not be on the reservations.
Secretary Chandler notified about eighty
clerks on the temporary roll of the Navy De
partment that their services will be no longer
required after the 1st of June. This dismissal
is caused by the exhaustion of the appropria
tion from which these clerks were paid. It will
he permanent unless Congress takes care of
thcrA in the naval appropriation bill.
Postmaster General Howe lias issued an im
portant order. It directs after the 1st of July
next all letters on which a full rate of postage
has not been prepaid, instead of being for
warded to the dead letter office shall be held by
the postmaster of all letter carrier or free de
livery offices and the addressee informed by
official postal card that it is only necessary to
remit the postage duo to receive the letter.
Mrs. Betty Mason, wife of Sergeant Mason,
had an interview with the President a few days
ago, and mado a strong personal appeal for her
husband's release from the Albany penitenti
ary. The President stated to Mrs. Mason that
ho had great sympathy for her, and that tho
petitions for the pardon of her husband would
be laid before the Cabinet. Mrs. Mason was
very much affected by the President's words,
and was so overcome with emotion that she
could not speak. Her friend, Mrs. Mary Shan
non, spoko for her. The general impression is
that Mason's sentence will be mitigated in a
The Senate Select Committee on Woman's
Suffrage, has agreed to recommend to the Sen
ate for adoption Senator Lapham's joint reso
lution proposing tho following amendment to
the constitution: Article xvi., section 1. Tho
right of citizens of the United States to vote
shall not be denied or abridged by the United
States or by any State on account of sex. Sec
tion 2. The Congress shall have power, by ap
propriate legislation, to enforce the provisions
of this article. The voto was as follows,: Yeas
Senators Lapham, Blair and Jackson 3;
nays Senators George and Fair 2. Absent
Senators Anthony and Ferry.
Mrs. Marilla M. Eicker, who has been ad
mitted to practice before the bar of this Dis
trict, is the first woman lawyer who has ever
passed an examination before the committee of
tiie Bar Association appointed to examine can
didates. The committee in their report speak
of her examination as very satisfactory. There
were examined with her nineteen men, and
the committee say that she passed the best ex
amination of the "party. Mrs. Eicker s idca'in
being admitted to the bar is not ior the pur
pose of practicing law, but to better lit her in
her philanthropic labors. Sh,e is a native of
New Hampshire. In honor of her alinission
to the bar the NewEngland Congressional dele
gation Monday sent her a handsome bouquet of
First Comptroller Lawrence has decided the
finder of a mutilated greenback is not entitled
to have it redeemed, and that the United
Stales Treasurer should hold it subject to Hie
right of the proper owner; and if none such
should appear, the note should he held subje.!;
to the control of Congress.
ThO'TarWT Commission bill 1ms been signed
by the President. The appointments under
this bill will be considered at the Cabinet met
ing at an early day.
The President has nominated W. A. M
of this city, to be Assistant Atiorney-G
of the United States.
The remains of the late lamented Major ' VI
liam J. Twining, of the United States cng, : . ?r
corps, whose recent death in Washingtai. ').
C, has occasioned snch widespread sorrow .1 d
regret, wero laid to rest at West Point n
the presence of a large assemblage of mon -1-ing
frienda, military and civil, some of wh -ea
camo from a distance to pay a last tribute f
respect to his memory. After the firing oi a
voltey by the battalion of cadets tho proces
sion reformed and returned to the starting
point, where it was dismissed.
Julge Advocate Samuel B. Home of the De
partment of Connecticut, G. A. B., was iu
Washington during the week. He visited the
publication office of The National Tsibvxs
on Thurday , and witnessed with interest-the
operation of tiu lightning prey's upon which,
the paper is printed, cut, pasted and folded at
the rate of 10,000 copies an hour.
Hon.1 C. C. Washburn, ex-member of Con
gress and an ex-governor of Wisconsin, died at
Eureka Springs, Arkansas, on Monday after
noon of paralysis and Bright's disease. There
were present at his death several members of
his family and his brother, E. B. Washbunte,
of Illinois; his danghtor, Mrs Payson, and her
husband, Hon. Charles Pajson, iato United
States Minister to Denmark, and his brother-in-law,
G. A. Buffum, Esq., of Louisiana, 3Io.
CAMP-FIRE Ifl MICKIGAK
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Big Rapids, Mich., May 10. French Post,
No. 23, held its first Camp-fire a few days ago
with good u'snlts, tho Post clearing $70. The
audience was entertained during the evening
with singing by the Glee Club, music by a
band, and interesting tableaux representing a
camping scene, the decoration of soldiers'
graves, surrender of Leo, and the dawning of
peace. A collation followed, served iu soldier
style in tin dishes, consisting of pork and
beans, hard-tack, hot coffee, doughnuts, and
pickles. Tho festivities wound up with a
dance. French Post was mustered in in Sep
tember last, and now has 72 members. A' : . . e
preparations arc in progress for Decoration 1 - ..-.
THE ORDER IK MINNESOTA.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Montevideo, Minx., May 15. Gi r
Thomas Post, of thi place, is steadily io r
in membership. Well-attended meet in
regularly hold twice a month, and all :
tertainments are given to large an!'
The programme for Decoration Day i
bcing outlined. There wiil boa pub:. r 1
in the morning, and the grave of the o.r
dier buried here will be profusely adov::
flowers. A concert will be gi ven in the t
- a o
TWO HEW POSTS IN MARVt.AKD.
Wallace Post, G. A. E., at Caiu'ii.: , .
has been mustered in, with Colo-.ie! J
Wallace Commander; also John I't---.i !'.
(colored1', II. A. Monroe t'jiu'.a:!' ! .-. !
probable that both Posts will attend lie !
A FIRST-CLASS FAMILY PAPER.
From the Elkhart .Ind.) Digest.
The Nation l Tribcns is really a '
paper, in which every single interc -:
Nation's defenders is looked after and . .1 ..
This paper was established in 1877, a
iugton, D. C. It has attained an cnorn
dilation, a national reputation, and !
' '.! !
in tho family of every old soldi r. T
much valuable matter in it asiu ''
which pertains exclusively to the so' ' -is
in reality a first-class family pa
dress The Natiokax, Tfeunnrej, WIrhj