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THE NATIONAL TKltfOM: WASHINGTON, D. 0., THURSDAY, DECEMBER U, 1882,
THE NEWS OF THE WEEK.
Conflagrations Involving the Loss of
4 Millions of Dollars.
CRIMES AND CASUALTIES.
Events at the Capital and in
The President on Monday transmitted to the
Senate the agreement and contract entered into
between Henry M. Teller, Secretary of the In
terior, as grantor, and Carroll T. Hobart, of
Fargo, and Henry F. Douglass, of Fort Yates,
Dakota Territory, and Bufus Hatch, of New
York, as lessee, granting 3,840 acres of land in
the Yellowstone national reservation for ten
years, for the establishment of a resort for
visitors, under the act of March 1, 1S72. The
lessees are to pay an annual rental of two dol
lars per acre, and agree to build a hotel and all
buildings necessary for the comfort and conve
nience of tourists, establish a lino of blages
between the park and the nearest railway
station, build a telegraph line from the railway
to the park, place yachts and other pleasure
boats on the waters of the park, and establish
stores and trading stations for the convenience
of guests. The agreement was made on the 1st
of September, and. the contract on the 6th of
September, 1882. Thoy were submitted for
ratification by Congress.
The following Executive order, relative to
the payment of pensions, has been promul
gated: It is ordered that on and after January 1,
1SS3, all navy pensioners residing in the agency
districts of Augusta, Concord, and Boston, will
thereafter be paid at Boston ; those residing in
the agency districts of Chicago, Columbus, Des
Moines, Detroit, Indianapolis, Louisville, Mil
waukee, and Tcpeka, will be paid at Chicago;
those residing in the agency districts of Knox
ville and Washington, will be paid at Washing
ton; those residing in the agency districts of
New York City and Syracnse, will be paid at
New York City; those residing in the agency
districts of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, will
be paid at Phildelphia, and those residing in
the agency districts of San Francisco will be
paid at San Francisco.
It is further ordered that on and after Jan
uary 1, 1S33, the army pensioners residing in
the Indian Territory, and now paid at Knox
ville, will be paid at Topeka.
This order will not affect the provisions of
the Executive order dated May 7, 18 , so far
as it relates to the payment of pensions to thoso
residing in foreign countries, and to these who
are inmates of the National Soldiers' Homo.
Chester A. Artiiub.
Executive Mansion-, December 4, 18S2.
Official: O. P. G. Claeke, Acting Commis
sioner of Pensions.
The Jeannette board have completed their
examination of Nindeinann and the revision
of his testimony, and yesterday commenced
the examination of Noros. The examination
of the latter will be confined mainly to rumors
and allegations concerning the management
of the expedition, and the conduct aud rela
tions between the officers and crew of the
ill-fated ship. The judge-advocate does not
think it necessary to drag this witnes through
the tedious details of the trip, as they are al
ready thoroughly covered by provious witness.
Tong Sing will be called after Noros, and will
probably bo the last witness.
The agricultural appropriation bill, as agreed
upon, appropriates $414,760, which is $30,000 less
than the amount appropriated last year and
$05,220 less than the amount asked for in the
estimates. The totql deductions from tho
amount appropriated last year amount to $72,
000, but there are additions for clerks and small
requirements which amount to $32,200. Prom
inent among the items whose omission goes to
make up tho reduction are the sum for tea
Vaising experiments and also the sum for ex
eriments in making sugar. There is a reduct
ion of $10,000 on the 6um for sending out
A Bepublican Senatorial caucus held lastweek
appointed a committee to rearrange the repre
eentation of Senators on committees. When
Secretary Teller resigned from the Senate, he
was chairman of the Pensions Committee.
Senator Piatt, chairman of the Committee on
Patents, became acting chairman of the com
mittee, but Senator Mitchell, of Pennsylvania,
was in the regular lino of promotion to the
chairmanship. Mr. Mitchell has not evidenced
any anxiety to bo given the chairmanship of
the committee, but has said he would accept it
if tendered him.
In a report to the Secretary of tho Interior,
in regard to the progress made on the founda
tion work of tho new Pension Office building
tn Judiciary square, General Meigs 6ays that
the work of excavation was greater than was
expected on account of tho character of tho
made ground, but that the space excavated will
be utilized for building cellars, which will bo
used as places of storage for records and files,
though this will add to the cost of the work.
The work of laying the concrete foundation has
been commenced, and the number of naen on
the Novomber pay-roll was 178.
The appropriation committee has finished tho
post-office appropriation bill. Several moro
cities are to be given letter-carriers. The bill
appropriates $43,918,520, and reduces tho
amount for star-routes $2,250,000. This is the
largest item of reduction, and with tho amount
cut off in dropping thesiiecial service $000,000
makes the total amount appropriated $G95,380
less than for the fiscal year 18S4.
The Senate in Executive session on Monday
confirmed a large number of army nominations,
including those of General Pope and Colonel
Mackenzie to be major-general aud brigadier
general respectively. No contest was made
upon any of them, notwithstanding the rumor
that opposition would be made to Pope and
A space in the southwest corner of the Gov
ernment reservation at Hot Springs, Arkansas,
has been selected as the site of tho new army
and navy hospital, for which there is an appro
priate of $100,000. The matter is in the
hands of the Surgeons-General of the army
and navy, who are now engaged in preparing
the plans and specifications of the building.
The resignation of W. N. Taft, collector of
internal rerenuo for tho Cincinnati Ohio dis
trict, has been received and accepted his term
to expire whenever his successor shall nave
been appointed and confirmed.
The Cabinet meeting Tuesday was a short
one. It was mainly devoted to considering a
report to be made to Congress by the Secretary
of War on the subject of the last river and har
Tho star route trial is making slow progress
As yet only a portion of the jury has been
The President has nominated J. C. Bancroft
Davis to be judgo of the Court of Claims.
Among Members and Senators there now ap
pears to be a decided disposition to favor an ad
journment from Saturday, tho 23d instant, to
Wednesday, January 3.
Ex-Senator Geo. E. Spencer, a fugitive star
route witness, recently .'isited his brother, Dr.
Spencer, at Watcrtown, N. Y., but left on Sat
urday for Kingston, Canada. Dr. Spencer is
represented as saying that his brother was in
Washington all through the last star-route trial,
and occupied a room next to that occupied by
CRIMES AND CAFtTALTIES.
A Cleveland, Ohio, speciaA of the 11th inst
says: A fatal affray occurred here to-day in the
public school-house between William Frazier,
the teacher, and two of life pupils, John Hayes
and Charley Luse. The "boys refused to recite
their lessons and the teacher was vigorously
remonstrating with theirt, when they knocked
him down and jumped on him. As ho was
rapidly getting tho worst of it, and none of the
other scholars dared to interfere, he drew a
knife and stabbed Hayes in tho back, inflicting
a wound from which tho boy died in fifteen
minutes. Luso was also severely cut, and lies
in a precarious condition. The teacher gave
himself up and wil be examined at Cambridge
While- eleven men, employed in the saw mill
of J. Vincent & Son, at Shaneetown, 111., on
Monday last, were scattered about the engine
room eating theirnoonday luncheon, tho boiler
exploded with extraordinary violcnco, dis
tributing the iron plaics of the boiler at various
distances, from a few feet to six hundred yards.
Eight of tho eleven were killed outright, and
tho other three were wounded. Ouo was
blown into the river aud two moro wcro hurled
a distauco of 200 yards. Several of tho men
were actually blown into pieces, and the friends
subsequently went about with pails picking
up the distinguishable fragments strewn
The Enterprise cotton mills at Mauayunk,
Pa., were destroyed by fire on Tuesday, involv
ing a loss of $75,000. About 100 operative
were at work at tho time, those on the fifth
floor being exposed to tho most danger. As
there were no fire escapes in the building, the
only means of escape was by an outside hoist
ing rope, which reached only to the second
floor. All coming down this way had to jump
the balance of the distance to the ground, run
ning the gauntlet of tho fire. Others jumped
from tho windows. In all sixteen persons were
injured, some by bruises by falling, and others
by burns about the face and body. Only one,
Mary O'Conner, aged fourteen, is believed to bo
Two factions of the old and new city councils
at Opelika, Alabama, engaged in a riot on the
10th hist. Guns, pistols, and rifles were freely
used. Tho mayor and polico took part in the
battle. Ten men wero shot down. It is be
lieved that eight will die. Their names are
James Roberts, T. J. Williams, Joseph Barnes,
Robert Maloney, two brothers named Williams,
aud two brothers named Lovett. Tho mayor
has requested that tho town bo put under mar
tial law and troops sent.
For ten days the mayor and other authori
ties of Louisville, Kentucky, have been invest
igating tho conduct of the financial afliiirs of
tho city. Tho result is that discovery has
been made of an alleged robbery to tho amount
of not less than $G0,000 in tho year 1879. The
deficiency is said to have occurred in tho ofiico
of the tax collector, in connection with some
one in the city assessor's office. Tho investiga
tion is being conducted privately, and tho press
had not an opportunity to learn all tho results.
G. W. Crawford, county treasurer of Edwards
county, Kansas, has his office in a room in tho
rear of a bank at Kinsley. He kept his books
in the vault of the bank, and had the combina
tion which opened tho lock. Tho bank was
robbed of $12,000 on Saturday while the cashier
was at supper. Crawford is under arrest, and i
it is reported that ho has returned the money.
Mrs. Bridget Kennedy, of Rutland, Vermont,
has been sent to tho house of correction for a
term of nearly fifty years for violating the
liquor law. Sho was convicted of two hundred
and ninety-five second offenses under tho law,
and, being unable to pay tho fines and costs,
she must sorvc it out in jail.
A portion of tho Spanish war office at Madrid
has been burned. Twenty persons wcro in
jured, one of them seriously. Tho library and
a part of the archives were destroyed. Tho
king was present during tho fire and assisted
in subduing the flames.
A report has reached San Antonio that tho
now iron and steel bridge on the Mexican Pa
cific extension fell while over a-hundred work
men were engaged on it, seven of whom were
At Bello Vernon, Pa., on tho 11th inst., a
fire destroj-ed the Gibson whisky distillery,
with four thousand barrels of whisky, involv
ing a loss of $225,000, partially covered by in
surance. The business quarter of Kingston, Jamaica,
was burned Tuesday. Tho los3 is $30,000,000,
and hundreds of families arc homeless. An
appeal for aid has been made to this country.
Clerk McPherson, of the House, with whom
the certificates of election of Representatives
in Congress are deposited, has made a compu
tation which shows that in tho Forty-eighth
Congress there will be 191 Democrats, 121 Re
publicans, six Readjustees, three Independent
Democrats and two Independent Republicans.
The Democrats will have a majority of fifty
nine over Republicans, Rcadjusters and Inde
pendents, and this majority will probably not
be changed by the result of the election to fill
the vacancies caused by the death of Congressmen-elect
Updegraff, of Ohio, Republican, and
Herron, of Louisiana, Democrat. ,
Charter elections were held in the incorpo
rated towns of Massachusetts Tuesday. Albert
Palmer, Democrat, is elected mayor of Boston
by more than 2,000 majority over Samuel A.
Greene, the Republican and citizens' candidate.
Donovan, Democrat, is elected mayor of Lowell
by over 400 majority, and both branches of tho
city council are largely Democratic. Samuel
E. Hildreth, Republican, was elected mayor of
Worcester by 44 majority. That city voted for
license by 200 majority, although Mr. Hildreth
was the anti-license candidate. Benjamin
Hale, Republican, was elected mayor of New
buryport. Baird, citizens' and temperance
candidate, was elected mayor of Lynn by 14
Tho bill introduced by Mr. Beck in the Sen
ate Tuesday to prevent political contributions
by employees of tho Government provides that
it shall not bo lawful for any person holding
office under the United States, or any employee
thereof, to contribute any money, property or
any other valuable thing for any political office
whatever. The penalty for violating any of
the provisions of tho bill is imprisonment not
exceeding six months, and, in tho discretion of
tho court, a fine not exceeding $5,000, and the
perrion convicted is forever disqualified from
holding any office under tho United States.
The New York Slate board of canvassers de
clared the result of the vote for Governor at
the recent election as follows : Cleveland, 525,
318; Folger, 312,404; Howe, 11,974; Hopkins,
25,763; blank and scattering, 3,555; total vote,
918,894. For Lieutenant-Governor Hill, 531,
030; Carpenter, 33?,855; Allen, 11,891; Boole,
27,153; blank and scattering, 4,318 ; total vote,
915,801. For Congressman-at-Large Slocum,
503,95 J; Carroll, 391,232; McDonald, 10,557;
Freeman, 14,724; blank and scattering, 5,474 ;
total vote, 928,911.
A Yankton, D. T., dispatch Fays: "The offi
cial canvass, which has jnst been completed,
gives John B. Raymond, Republican, for Con
gress, a imyority of 30,280 votes. The total
vote of Dakota is 47,373, of which South Dakota I
polled 31,051 votes, and North Dakota 16,319
votes. Only persons who came to the Territory
prior'to August were entitled to vote. In tho
southern half of tho Territory not more than
eighty per cent, of the full vote was cast."
A certificate of election was issued to James
O. Bmudhead, Tuesday, the Democratic candi
date for Congress in the Ninth Missouri dis
trict. A certificate was refused to Dr. J. H.
McLean, who claims to have been elected to fill
out the unexpired term of the late Congressman
Allen, tho Secretary of State holding that the
district had been legislated out of existence.
The total vote for Secretary of State of
Iowa at the last election was as follows: Hall,
Republican, 149,059 ; Walker, Democrat, 112,
1S0; Gaston, Greenbacker, 30,S17, with a num
ber scattering. Hall's plurality, 3G,S71; ma
jority over all, 5,701.
Colonel John W. Porter, president of the Iowa
State Agricultural Society, died last week.
Jeff Davis is to pronounce the eulogy at the
unveiling of the recumbent statue of Gen. R.
E. Lee at Lexington, Va., next June.
A complimentary bauquct is to bo given to
Frederick Douglass in Washington on New
Year's Day next, at which ex-Senator B. K.
Bruco will preside.
Mrs. Anderson, widow of the hero of Fort
Sumter, is spending a few weeks in Washing
ton with her three daughters. After the holi
days they will all go to Florida for the benefit
of the health of one of tho young ladies.
Princess Louise and the Marquis of Lome
arrived at San Francisco Sunday on her
Majesty's war ship Cdmus. The forts in the
harbor all fired salutes, and as the Princess and
her consort were leaving the ship, another
saluto was fired.
Ulysses S. Grant, Jr., and his wife, Fannie
C. Grant, have sold to Jerome B. Chaffee, of
Colorado, their residence at 20 West Fifty
eighth street, New York, for $S5,000. Mr.
Chaffeo owned the property in 1S79, when he
conveyed it to tho present Mrs. Grant.
Mr. John B. Gough has recovered his health,
and is now lecturing nearly every evening.
Mr. Gough is now in the sixty-filth year of his
life, and the forty-first of his cateer as a lec
turer. It is estimated that he has traveled
448,000 miles, and delivered 8,480 lectures to no
less than 8,500,000 persons.
On Tuesday last Mr. P. T. Bamum of tho
original and only " greatest show on earth "
celebrated tho semi-centennial anniversary of
his release from the common jail in Danbury,
Conn., where ho had been for sixty days im
prisoned for an alleged libel published in his
paper, The Herald of Freedom.
The Pennsylvania Board of Agriculture has
received reports from its 450 official reporters
and makes tho following estimate of the crops
of 1SS2: Wheat, 22,425,000 bushels; corn,
39,875,000 bushels; oats, 3 1,580,000 bushels; rye,
5,805,000 bushels; potatoes, 13,700,000 bushels;
tobacco, 23,750,000 pounds.
The big bridge over tho East River at New
York is so near completion that tho foot-path
promenade will bo open for foot passengers by
the middle of next month. The contract for
the furnishing of tho cars which aro to draw pas
sengers has been let. A special committee has
boon appointed to decide what shall be the
prices for crossing. It really looks as though
the bridge will be finished in a few months.
General Sidney Burbank, U. S. A., retired,
died Thursday, in Newport, Ky. He was n
graduate from Wast Point in 1829, and served
in the Black Hawk and Semiuolo wars. Ho
served in the Army of tho Potomac during the
lato war, and was brevetted brigadier-general.
His ago was seventy-four, nis son, Clayton
Burbank, is a lieutenant in tho Tenth infantry.
In tho suit of James F. Molloy, a citizen of
Edgefield, South Carolina, against James Gor
don Bennett for a libel on him, published in
the New York Herald, tho jury in tho United
States Circuit Court brought in a verdict of
$20,000 damages for the plaintiff. Counsel for
defendant moved for a stay of judgment, and
gavo notice of a irotion for a now trial.
Joe Coburn, tho pugilist, was released from
Sing Sing prison last Thursday. A largo num
ber of his friends escorted him to New York,
where a reception was given him. On March 0,
1877, ho was sentonccd to prison for ten years
for shooting and dangerously wounding police
men Tobias and Jerlies, in front of his saloon,
October 11, 1870. Three and one-half years'
commutation for good behavior wcro allowed
him, and tho remaining nine months wcro
taken off by the governor.
THE OLD WORLD.
Soinpthins About IVli.-it is (.'nine on In Other Laml.i
A great firo tho greatest sinco tho celebrated
Tooley-strcot fire broko out in London on tho
night of tho 7th inst. The loss is estimated at
$1.1,000,000. Tho whole block between Loudon
wall, Philip lane, Addlo street and Wood
street, except tho warehouses on the comers of
London wall, has been destroyed. Tho salvago
corps succeeded in saving a largo amount of
goods. Tho walls of the warehouses burned on
Wood street and Philip lane fell into tho road
way with a crash liko that of thunder, filling
tho strecLsHvith burning debris. Tho burned
area covers two acres. Tho late Archbishop
of Canterbury was buried on Friday at Adding
Ion. Important changes in the British cab
inet are foreshadowed. The Freeman's Jour
nal says that Mr. Pamell will subpoena Mr.
Gladstone and Mr. Trevclyan to depose at his
trial. Tho festival of St. Georgo was cele
brated in St. Petersburg on Friday, the Czar
attending a banquet and a theatrical per
formance. The Chamber of Commerce of
tho German seaports have protested against
the exclusion of American pork. Thirty
six slaves have been emancipated and many
prisoners released in Tantah, Egypt. The
bark Argonaut, from Bremen, fur New
lork, lias been wrecked, and her captain
and tan of the crew were lost. The poorer
members of the foreign colony in Alexan
dria have appealed for tlte payment of the
indemnity for losses during the bombard
ment of that city.-
Arabi's military engineer
and his under secretary of
war have been
exiled. General Wood will go to Egypt De
cember 1G to take charge of the Khedive's new
army. The-jury trying Patrick lliggins for
the murder of tho Iluddys in Ireland has dis
agreed. It is said that, the St. Petersburg
police have been ordered to expel all Jews from
the city who have no official permission to re
side there. The lato Anthony Trollopo was
buried on Saturday. Postmaster-general of
England, Mr. Fawccll. is feebler. Minister
Wallace has returned to Constantinople from a
visit to Jerusalem. It is believed that Arabi
Pacha and tho other condemned pachas will be
degraded, and their property confiscated.
The Russian Ambahsador has left Berlin for St.
Petersburg on a visit connected with the efforts
making to induce Rusiia to reduce her high
tariff duties. The funeral of the lato Louis
Blanc took place in Paris Tuesday, and was
made the occasion of a great republican demon
stration. An address written by Victor Hugo
was rend at tho grave. Signor Depretis in
troduced a parliamentary oath bill in tho Ital
ian Chamber of Deputies. Tho Spanish Sen
ate a'dopted a resolution opposbig any modifica
tion of the constitution. It is said that Lord
Derby will bo appointed British secretary of
state for India, and Lord Hart ington secretary
of state, for war. Tho University of Athens
sent a dispatch to Mr. Gladstone congratulating
him on tho fiftieth anniversary of his entrance
upon a public career.
THE WORK OF CONGRESS.
Senator Beck Renews His Attack on
the Pension Roll.
THE BANKRUPTCY BILL.
Tlie House Passes Two Ap
In the Senate, on Thursday.thc 7th inst., pe
tions for tho passage of tho $10-pension bill
were presented by tho following Senators:
Yoorhees (Ind.), Cameron (Wis.), Sherman (O.),
McDill (Iowa), Vest (Mo.), Ingalls (Kan.), Chil
cott (Col.), Miller (N. Y.), and Conger (Mich.)
Resolutions were adopted directing the Sec
retary of the Interior to transmit copies of any
contracts entered into in regard to leasing hotel
and other privileges in Yellowstone Park, and
requesting the Secretary of War to furnish the
estimates of the Mississippi River Commission
for improving that stream during the next fiscal
31 r. Blair (N. II.) entered a motion to recon
sider tho vote by which the resolution, as
amended by Mr. Beck, calling for tho names
and addresses of all pensioners and cl'iimants,
was adopted, and intimated that if Mr. Beck
would call at tho Pension Ollice he would be
put in possession of information that would
lead him to modify his resolution. Mr. Beck
expressed his willingness to call at the Pension
Ollice, but refused to accept a suggestion from
Senator Hoar that he offer his amendment as
an original order.
Mr. Beck then called up his resolution in
structing the Judiciary Committee to make an
investigation into tiieniannerof levying politi
cal assessment-;, and Mr. Hale offered an amend
ment including the operations of tho Demo
cratic committee in the scope of inquiry.
Without action, the resolution went over.
The bill extending the time for filing claims
for horses and equipments lost by officers and
enlisted men in the late war, which expired by
limitation December ill, 1&75, for two years
from the passage of the act, was then taken up,
and passed without a division. The remainder
of the session was occupied with the considera
tion of the bankruptcy bill.
In the Senate, on Friday, the 8th inst, peti
tions for tho passage of tho $-10-pension bill
were presented by Sanators Logan (111.), Win
dom (-Minn.), Sherman (O.), and Mitchell (Pa.)
Mr. Blair called up his motion to reconsider
the vote by which the resolution calling for tho
names and addresses of pensioners and pension
claimants was passed, and the following collo
quy ensued :
Mr. Beck. My attention was called yester
day by the Senator from Connecticut Mr. Piatt
the chairman of the Committee on Pensiou-,and
subsequently by the Senator from New Hamp
shire Mr. Blair, to a statement that the Com
missioner of Pensions might be embarrassed by
a portion of the resolution which was passed
tho other day. I had a conference with the
Commissioner this morning, and have modified
the last portion of tho resolution so as to meet
his views, lie desires to have stricken out that
portion which requests a list of the claimants,
and upon hearing him I thought it was to the
interest of the claimants and to tho interest of
the Government that it should be stricken out.
Mr. Log ax. What portion i3 that?
Mr. Beck. In giving a list of pensioners ho
did not desire that the names of tho claimants
should bo inserted. He said ho would bo an
noyed by persons writing to him for it, and a
great many things that the Senator from Illinois
can understand, and 1 agreed with him.
Mr. Logan. 1 think he is right about that.
Mr. Beck. Ho desired also that there should
be added tho disability for which tho pension
was granted. He said if the names were pub
lished only, that many men would bo upon it
who might appear healthy, but upon the state
ment of the disability for which the pension
was granted everybody would see that they
were entitled to pensions, and if they wero
claiming for the loss of an arm or a leg aud had
not lost them that fact would be scon as well.
I have therefore drawn my former amendment
in accordance with his views, and I send it as
modified to tho desk. I submitted it to tho
chairman of tho Commit ten on Pensions and to
the Senator from New Hampshire alo.
Tho President pro tern. Tho question is,
Will the Senato agree to reconsider tho voto by
which the resolution was passed?
The motion to reconsider was agreed to.
Tho President pro tempore The resolution
is now a"gain before the Senate.
Mi:. Heck. 1 no move to amend bv striking
out the last provision of the resolution and in
serting in lieu thereof the following:
And the Commissioner is further instructed,
without delaying the information willed lor above,
to ti-aiibinil to the Senate, as- soon as practicable, a
Hat of names of all persons borne on the pension
rolls, classified according to their po-t-ollleo ad
dresses' by States and counties, the amount paid
annually to each, and the disability for which the
pension was granted, giving the date when they
were placed on the roll.
The amendment was agreed to and tho reso
Debate on the political assessments resolu
tion was resumed, but not concluded, the Sen
ato proceeding to tho consideration of tho
bankruptcy bill, which occupied tho balance
of the session.
In tho Senate on Saturday, tho 9th inst., peti
tions in favor of the passage of tho $10 pension
bill wero presented by Senators Frye (Me.),
McDill (la.), and Miller (N. Y.)
The session was occupied almost entirely with
debate on the political assessments .resolution
and the bankruptcy bill, but no action was
reached on either.
In the Senate, on Monday, tho 11th inst.,
petitions for tho passage of the $10 pension
bill were presented by Senators Chilcott (Col.),
Vest (Mo.), Harrison (Ind.), Van Wyck (Neb.),
Sowell (N. J.), Ingalls (Kan.), and Sherman
Among tho bills introduced was one by Sen
ator Ferry (Mich.) to amend tho pension laws
by increasing the pensions of soldiers and,
sailors who have lost an arm or a leg in the
service, which was read twice by title and re
ferred to tho Committee on Pensions.
At the close of the morning hour, the Senato
took up the bankruptcy bill, and by a vote of 31
yeas to 150 nays adopted tho Lowell bill intro
duced by Mr. Hoar as a substitute for the one
reported by Mr. Ingalls from tho Committee
on tho Judiciary; and on motion of .Mr. Sher
man l Hep., Ohio), the bill was sent t6 the Com
mittee on tho Judieiarj- for revision.
The Senato then took up Mr. Pendleton's
civil scrvico bill, but at Mr. Sewell's (Hep.,
N. J.) request, Mr. Pendleton agreed to have
tho bill laid aside informally, that tho Senato
might take up tho Fh 'ohn Porter bill.
Mr. Logan (Hep., 111.) objected, and iiisisted
that tlte civil service bill should bo first dis
Mr. Sewoll asked him- to consent to take up
the Porter bill to-morrow.
Mr. Logan declined ; so the Pendleton bill
remained before the Senate, but was tempo
rarily laid aside to take up a bill to relieve
an Arkansas railroad.
Tho Senate then went into executive session,
and when tho doors were reopened, adjourned.
In the Senate, on Tuesday, the 12th inst., a
resolution was adopted directing the Secretary
of War to furnish estimates for continuing the
improvement of the Potomac flats during" the
next fiscal year.
The bill authorizing the Secretary of War
to make provision for the employment of the
necessary civilian clerks in tho staff depart
ments of tho army where the services of en
listed men cannot be used was then taken up
The bill for promoting tho efficiency of
navy chaplains by equalizing their pay with
that of army chaplains was taken up and dis
cussed. Mr. Cockrell opposed tho bill on the ground
of economy, aud moved to postpone the bill
After debate, the Senate, by a vote of 19 yeas
to 35 nays, refused to postpone the bill, and the
yeas and nays were ordered upon its passage,
when, at-G o'clock, it was laid asido to take up
tho unfinished business, the Pendletosi civil
The amendments reported from the commit
tee on civil service reform were agreed to.
After some debate, the Senato went into ex
ecutive session, and when the doors were
In the Senate, on Wednesday, the 13th inst..
a largo number of petitions for tho passage of
the $10 pension bill was presented. At the
close of the morniug hour tho Pendletou civil
service bill was taken up, and its consideration
occupied the remainder of the session.
In the House of Representatives on Thurs
day, the 7th inst., a memorial was presented by
Mr. Pattigrew from the citizens of Yankton
county, Dakota, repudiating repudiation and
asking authority to issue new bonds, bearing a
reasonable rate of interest, to liquidate all adju
dicated indebtedness of the county.
Among the bills introduced was one to give
tho village of Tecumseh, Michigan, four con
demned cannon aud four cannon-balls for the
decoration of the soldier's monument.
The House went into Coinmitte of the Whole
on the Indian appropriation bUl, and having
finished its consideration it was reported back
and passed without amendment. It appropriates
$5,203,955, being $274,200 less than for the cur
rent year and $l,f10,77G less than the estimates.
The bill authorizing the Government of the
United States to accept title to certain lands in
the city of Erie, Pennsylvania, and to establish
a home for indigent soldiers and sailors was
then taken up, ami after a long debate, in which
Mr. Bayne and Mr. Iirumm (Pa.) spoke in favor
of the bill, and Mr. Hewitt (X.Y.) and Mr.
Kas,on against it, tho enacting clause was
stricken out by a vote of 83 to 30, it seeming
to be tiie opinion of the majority that the State
of Pennsylvania should make a definite tender
of the land before any action was taken by
In the House on Friday, tho Sth inst.., Mr.
Burrows, from tho Committee on Appropria
tions, reported the consular and diplomatic
appropriation bill, and it was referred to the
Committee of the Whole. It appropriates
$1,253,255, being $79,000 less than the appro
priations for the current year, and $13,500 less
than the estimates.
Tho House then went into Committee of the
Whole on the private calendar.
Tho first bill on the calendar to give rise to
any discussion was one permitting Edgar Huson
to file an application for an extension of his
patent for improved gearing for wagons. After
considerable debate the enacting clause of the
bill was stricken out.
The next bill was that for the relief of the
officers and crew of the United States Monitor
who participated in the action with the rebel
iron-clad Merrimac on the 9th of March, 1802.
Messrs. Hewitt, Flower, Thomas and others
earnestly advocated the bill, but after a ..mg
debate a motion to strike out tho enacting
The bill to grant a pension to the minor
children of Aaron A.Sheridan was then taken up
and passed. In explanation of the bill, Mr.
Ray (N.H.) said:
"This bill was favorablv reported from the
Cominittceon Invalid Pensions. It grants a pen
sion of $2 each per month to the four or five minor
children of Aaron A.Sheridan until they respect
ively become 10 years of age. Ho was a soldier
in the late civil war; was shot in battle; there
by became seriously disabled, and afterward
was honorably discharged. n account of this
injury he was drawing n pension of tflria month
when ho died. At that time ho was alight
house keeper on an island in Like Michigan
situated about twelve miles from the mainland.
Pursuant to orders received from his superiors
here he started in a bout belonging to the Gov
ernment with his wife, an infant child, aud an
able-bodied assistant to convey his eustomary
reports and mail matter for the Goueruinent
from tho light-house to tho mainland, in ordor
that thev might be there mailed as usual to
Washington. The Government had provided I
for Ins use an old, an ill-constructed boat, winch
Sheridan had complained of as bring unsafe,
especially in rough weather, tot lie Department
several months before. While returning the
boat was capsized in a squall, a mile or two
from the island, and Sheridan, his wife, and
child were drowned, while his assistant, an
able-bodied man, by clinging to the capsized
boat in tho water, drifted in a few hours to the
island and was saved.
" Now. the trouble with poor Sheridan was.
having been shot, and disabled by his army
service, that by reason of his disability he was
unable to save hiinselt. Sheridan left five
young orphan children, with no property for
their maintenance and education, and with no
relatives or friends able to provide for them
during their tender years. They have been
supported by public or private charity in the
State of Illinois. The majority of the commit
tee think Congress should grant them $2 per
month until they become 10 years old. One
of them has reached that age already, as lam
"Mr. Speaker, T favor the passage of this bill,
not because I believe in pensioning civilians,
but hecnuso the probabilities' are very strong
that their father would bo alive to-day and
able to take good care of these children if he
had not been injured, disabled, his vigor and
strength largely impaired while in tho military
service of his country. I can see no reason why
Sheridan, bad he been a sound, well man, might
not have saved his own life the Simeons his
assistant saved his. It seems altogether more
probable than otherwise tome that his death
resulted from the disability he incurred while
in the Army, or, in other words, that he would
have been able to save at least his own life but
for thaUtlisnbility. Hence tho connection be
tween his disability and his death is fairly
made to appear."
Tn the House on Saturday, the 9th inst., Mr.
Page (Cal.1, chairman of the Committee on Com
merce, reported a resolution culling.on the Sec
retary of War for information as to whether
any moneys appropriated by the last river aud
harbor bill wero appropriated for works or ob
jects that are not in the interest and do not
benefit cominerco and navigation, and if so, the
names of such works and objects, and tho re
spective amounts so appropriated ; whether any
of tho money has been used on works not in
the interest of commerce and navigation, and
if so, tho names of such works, etc.
Mr. Kasson asked leave to append an amend
ment to incorporate the words " foreign and
inter-State" in tho resolution beforo the words
" commerce and navigation." He advocated
its adoption, contending that under the lan
guage of tho resolution the Secretary of War
could not report that any work was unneces
sary, as every brook, no matter how small, was
of local importance.
After a sharp debate, in which Representa
tives Robeson (N. J.), McLane (Md.),and others,
defended the action of the House in overruling
tho President's veto of tho river and harbor
bill, and Messrs. Cox (N. Y.) and Kasson (la.)
defended tho action of the President, the
amendment was agreed to and the resolution
The House then went into Committee of the
Whole on the consular and diplomatic appro
priation bill, which was finally reported back
Tn the House, on Monday, the llth inst.,
Mr. Holmau submitted the following resolu
tion: Resolved, That the Secretary of War bo directed
to furnish to the House the following information,
What action lias been taken under the net of
August 7, KS2, "to relieve certain soldiers of tho
late war from the charge of desertion ; what
changes in the former law has been decided by the
War Department to have been made by the .aid
act; and what elaes of soldiers charged with de
sertion have been considered by the War Depart
ment to be embraced by the said' act: and, further,
what additional legislation is deemed necessnry to
enable him to carry out the provisions of the first
and second sections of said act.
The resolution was referred to the Committee
on Military Afliiirs.
Among the bills introduced was one by Mr.
Wait (Conn.) providing that no further pur
chase of silver shall be made by the Secretary
of the Treasury, or standard silver dollars
coined, until the number of such dollars,
whether the property of the United States or
held for redemption of silver certificates, shall
be reduced to $50,000,000.
The rest of the session was consnmed by the
consideration of District of Columbia business.
The first bill considered and passed was one
to provide for the collection of taxes in tho
District of Columbia.
The following bills were also passed : To levy
an assessment on real estate in the District of
Columbia; to regulate licenses fn the District
of Columbia. It relieves commercial agents
from the payment of licenses. For tho relief
of occupying claimants iu the District of Co
lumbia. TUESDAY'S PROCEEDINGS.
In the House, on Tuesday, the 12th inst., the
post office, military academy and agricultural
appropriation bills were reported and referred,
i after which the Congressional library bill was
' taken up. Mr. Rico (Mass.) explained its
The bill reported last session contemplated
! the taking of two squares east of the Capitol ;
1 the bill now proposed recommended the taking
of one square only, bounded by B street north,
East Capitol street and First and Second streets
' east. The maximum price at which the com
mission might purchase that square was $500,
000; the building recommended last year was
a Gothic style, aud would have cost from six
to eight millions ; the one now proposed was of
the Italian renaissance style, and would cost
from three to six millions. The inside arrange
j incnts were similar.
' Mr. Holiuan (Ind.) offered an amendment
providing that the building shail not cost,
l when completed, a sum exceeding $2,000,000.
J Mr. Hewitt (N. Y.j offered and advocated an
' amendment making it lawful for the commis
sion to purchase tho grounds between Ease
1 Capitol street. B street south, and First and
Second streets east, in lieu of the grounds men
I tioned in the bill, provided they can be got at
! a less cost after competitive offers from owners,
or to purchase both in case the aggregate com
petitive offers shall not exceed .900.000.
Mr. Springer (O.) ottered an amendment pro
viding that the building shall be constructed,
as far as practicable, in separate parts.
The previous question was then ordered on
the bill :!iid amendments.
Mr. Holman's amendment was agreed to
yeas 132, nays 71.
Mr. Hewitt's amendment was agreed to with
out division, as was also the amendment offered
by Mr. Springer.
Mr. Hammond .'Ga.) moved to recommit tho
bill to the committee on additional accommo
dations for the librarv of Congress, with in-strut-lions
to that committee to report a bill
providing for the erection of a library on land
in Washington belonging to the United States.
The motion was agreed to yeas 110, nays 91.
Mr. Robeson moved to reconsider, and Mr.
Randall moved to lay that motion on the table;
pending which, Mr. Kasson, from the commit
tee on civil service reform, reported back tho
bill for the better regulation of the civil ser
vice, and it was referred to tho House calendar.
In tho House, on Wednesday, the 13th inst.f
the Congressional library bill came up as unfin
ished business, and the motion to reconsider
tho void by which it had been referred to tho
Library Committee was tabled; yeas, 115;
This vote has tho effect of recommitting tho
bill with instructions to the committee to re
port back a bill for the erection of a library on
ground belonging to the United States in Wash
ington, D. C.
The House then went into Committee of tho
Wholo (Mr. Thomas, of Illinois, in the chair)
on the agricultural appropriation bill.
Farmers in Convention.
The American Agricultural Association is in
session at Chicag). A letter from T. Corwin
Anderson, a short-horn breeder, of Kentucky,
was read, urging that the convention bring the
attention of Congress, to the necessity of legis
lation against the lung plague iu cattle. Papon
were read by General W. W. Burns, U. S. A., ot
the preservation of moisture for a seasonable
rainfall, which he claims could only be done by
the action of the States and the General Gov
ernment, by planting trees on borders of bodies
of water and the margin of wator courses; by
George Greeg, of Scotland, superintendent of
agriculture to the Duke of Sutherland, on the
subject of reclamation of hill waste land, in
which work he has been engaged for twenty
five years in Scotland ami Spain. The paper
described the immense steam-plows which aro
in use on the Duke of Sutherland's Highland
Rational Sumkiy-Schoni Union.
The session of the National Sunday School
Union aud the Tract Society of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, which began at New Haven,
Conn., Saturday, closed Tuesday. About thirty
clergymen wero present. A report was made
showing that the Sunday School Union had
since its organization helped about 10,000 Sun
day schools, at an expense of $175,000. During
the past year 77 1 schools were aided. Accord
ing to the last report, there are in thf; Meth
odist Episcopal Church 20.KJ3 Sunday schools,
223,912 officers and teachers, and 1,5S8,L17
scholars. There aro 19,359 scholars iu Ger
many, 12.013 in India. 0,283 in Sweden, and
2,500 in Norway.
The Prize of Ueauty
would never have been awarded to Venus if
her teeth had been yellow. Frail mortal, un
like tho deities of fable, have perishable teeth,
but these they may retain unimpaired to an
advanced age, if they will use SOZODONT,
which keeps. the teeth free irom impurities
which destroy them and renders them objects
of admiration. It is pure, refreshing, leaves an
agreeable flavor in tho mouth, and sweetens