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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. G., THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1883.
THE NEWS OF THE WEEK.
Millions of Properly Destroyed by Hie
Floods in the West.
THE HARVEST OF DEATH.
Events at tlie Capital and in
The special committee on improvement of the
Mississippi Ei ver has agreed upon a report. Tho
committee is divided into three subcommittees
on jetties, outlets, and general improvement.
On jetties, the report will bo unanimously in
favor ; on outlets, there -wore six against and
three in favor; on goucral improvement, there
was a unanimous expression in favor of contin
uing the works at Plum Point and Providence
Peach, with auxiliary works at Memphis and
Vicksburg. On the question of levccs"as im
provement to low-water navigation," six voted
against, Messrs. Thomas and Ellis in favor, and
Mr. Carlisle reserved his vote. The majority
believe that in this matter it will be better to
await the further operation of the works at
Plum Point and Providence Reach. It is un
derstood the committee will favor an appropri
ation for work below Cairo of $2,300,000.
Mr. CockreH'sbill to promoto the commercial
relations of the United States with Central and
South America, introduced in the Senate, pro
vides for the appointment of a special commis
sioner, who shall visit Guatemala, Honduras,
Salvador. Nicaragua, Costa Eica, Colombia,
Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Buenos
Ayres, Chili, Uruguny, Paraguay, and Brazil,
and collect information useful in extending
trade and in strengthening the relations of this
country with those mentioned; also to ascer
tain the "feelings and inclinations" of the peo
ple of those countries with reference to railway
intercommunication between themselves and
the United States. The commissioner is to re
ceive $10,000 a year and pay his own bills. Mr.
Belfoid ,has offered a duplicate of this bill in
Under date of the 12th insfc., the Secretary of
the Interior decided in tho case of Julia D.
Graham against tho Hastingind Dakota Bail
road Company, that a homestead entry made
by a soldier in the service of tin? United States,
pursuant to tho provisions of tho act of March
21, 1SG1, of lands within the limits of a railroad
grant, such entry having been extant at tho
date of the grant, is prima facie valid (although
alleged by tho company to bo void ah initio,)
and except such lauds from tho operation of
the railroad grant; and that in the adminis
tration of the homestead laws as amended by
the act of June 8, 1S72, tho soldiers services
should be considered as equivalent to all in
terests and purposes to a residence for the same
period upon the tract as entered.
A lGtter from the Secretary of the Interior
has been laid before the House in regard to cer
tain money due to the Cherokee Indians under
the provisions of the treat' es of 1835 and 1816.
According to Secretary Teller's computations
the amounts due.are as follows: To tho eastern
branch of the Cherokee nation in North Caro
lina $421,053, with interest at five per cent,
from September 22, 1851 ; and to the western
branch in the Indian Territory $334,297, with
interest from July 12, 1833.
The President sent tho following nominations
to the Senate on Monday : Emory Speer to be
United States attorney for the northern district
of Georgia ; Joshua B. Hill to bo United States
marshal for eastern district of North Carolina ;
Win. H. H. Clayton to be United States attor
ney for western district of Arkansas ; Root. G.
Dyrcnforth, of Illinois, to be Assistant Commis
sioner of Patents; James JL Teller, of Ohio,
to bo secretary of the Territory of Dakota.
The clause of tho legislative appropriation
bill requiring the department clerks to work
eight hours a day has been stricken out. Mr.
Cannon has introduced a separate bill, requir
ing the departments to be kept open eight
hours, but it will have, to tako its placo on the
calendar, and there is not much chance that it
will over be reached.
Tho bill introduced in tho House bv Mr. Has
kell, of Kansas, relative to invasion of the In
dian Territory, proposes an amendment of the
Revised Statutes so as to provide for tho im
prisonment for two years at hard labor of any
person convicted of invasion, with a provision
against its application to immigrants peaceably
passing through the Territory.
In the House recently. Bepresentative Bliss,
of New York, presented a petition of ex-Union
soldiers and sailore, praying for the passage of
a bill to pension soldiers and sailors of the late
war who were confined in so-called Confederate
prisons. Th'e petition was referred to the Com
mittee on Pensions.
, The Senate Judiciary Committee has practi
cally agreed to report a bill appropriating
$150,000 to pay General Leo for the Arlington
property, the Government to bo responsible for
back taxes, and that General Lee's counsel
have consented to accept this sum.
CRIMES AND CASUALTIES.
The overflowing of the Ohio River at Cincin
nati ad other points this week caused millions
of dollars worth of damage. At Cincinnati at
one timo the river was nearly seventy feet
high, and submerged all tho lower portions of
the city. Steam ferry and street railway com
munications with the Kentucky side was cut
o:i'. The stock yards were submerged and hun
dreds of head of cattle drowned. The gas
works were partly under wator, cutting off the
supply of gas, and but one engine of the water
works could be run. Immense quantities of
merchandize stored in collars of wholesalo
Iijujis have liecn ruined. Subscriptions are
L. ing raised for the sufferers. At Louisville
pr?al lo was ah?o sustained. It is estimated
tLat at Shipping Port and Portland J,S00 peO
p'e are homi'lcw. It is impossible as yet to ap
proximate the loss. The dam protecting the
Jo Irnds in the eastern part of Louisville
broke early Tuesday morning, letting sixty
fret of water upon, l.veuty blacks of dwellings.
1 he sscae which followed was indescribable.
It is reported that thirty lives were lost. Tho
hjiisrs inundated were as a rule small, and
i.wiily occupied by poor people. A dispatch
fr!in Cincinnati says that on Tuesday morning
ti.t. freight depot of the Sou-hern Railroad be
cum ttndcrunncl by the water and suddenly
w .. :it down. A large crowd of people were then
at the time lookijg at the flood. It is impossi
ble at yei to ascertain the number drowned,
but the Iojb of life it is feared has been very
A dbmnteh from Rawlins, Wyoming Terri
tory, tjiys: A oon-ii which left Pacific Springs,
on tke 3woewter Stage line, recently, wx
caught in a. terrible snow storm. The coach
vgi abandoned, and tie occupants started hack
on foot to the station. The driver, W. J. Stew
art, was iuud frozen to death standing in the
stum', and Thomas ocoti, superintendent of the
l-m wat. aim found standi lye straight up in the
snow, frozen so that he couid not move. Ho
will lose his hands and feel. W. V. Stark, a
lassenger, has not yet been found. They were
o"r three days and nights. Another stage driver
was badly frozen. He reports t;ro feet of snow
on the level and cattle starving. This stage
line runs from Green River, on the Union Pa
cHc Railway, to Tort Washakie, Wyoming,
through tho south puss of tho Rocky Moun
tains. In a tenement house in St. Louis, on tho Sth
inst., Henry Droer, a German teamster, cut his
wife's throat with a razor and thou his own.
The two corpses were discovered next morning
in the middle of the three rooms which the
fainilly occupied. The body of the wife lay on
the bed, the covering of which was soaked with
blood. The man's body was ou tho floor. Five
little children slept in the rooms, one in the
bed with the couple. One of the children got
up, took tho laby out of tho bloody bed in
which its mother lay into his, changed its
in, aad then went to sleep. Tho cause of the
tihiicdy is supposed to have been jealousy.
I reer was a hard-working man and had accu
mulated $8,000, but continually ill-treated his
v.fe, who on one occasion left him.
A sonsatlon has been created in New York
by the arrest ol Wis. T. McGrath, a lawyer;
Patrick Cunningham, registering clerk in the
office of tiie commissioner of jurors; Alfred J.
KoegM", deputy commissioner of jurors, and
Jametf-X. Jarvis, asaistaut deputy commisiouer
of juror. McGrath is accused of havingbribed
the other three to leave the names of certain
citizen? eff the jury lists, and tho threo others
are accused of having accepted bribos. If tho
charges against the four men are proved true it
will be shown that for a number of years thou
sands of citizens of New York, including many
conspicuous people, have escaped jury duty by
the payment of sums greatly in excess of tho
fine imposed by law for non-attendance. The
profits of this business Commissioner of Jurors
Caulficld puts at $100,000 a year.
A dispatch from Seattle, W. T., says the
steamer Gem left that port on Friday morning
with hay and other freight for Port Gamble,
Scabrc. and Union City. When five miles out
from Port Madison, fire was discovered in tho
hay and tho boat was headed for the shore.
After lashing the wheel a lifeboatvas got into
tho water, but in threo minutes got adrift.
The Chinese cook and two deck hands were
drowned, as well as F. C. Vickcry, a teacher at
theSkokomish Indian reservation, and his wife
by jumping into the water. Capt. Williamson
cast anchor and kept tho craft's head to tho
wind, keeping the bow free from lire. Those
on board were taken off by boats from the
A dispatch from Little Rock, Ark., says :
When tho Creek orphan money was distributed
among the tribe, one of the Euchees band re
ceived $2,000. The man's good luck drovtfhim
crazy, and on tho following morning beforo
daylight ho shot two of his companions, Kida
Brown and John Buck, through the head while
they were sleeping. In tho attempt to capture
tho lunatic, Jiui Barrett was mortally wounded.
Tho Indian then took shelter under a wagon
and defended himself with firearms. It being
impossible to capture him, he was killed by :i
The main building of Hamline University,
situated midway between Minneapolis aud St.
Paul, Minn., built in 1875 at a cost of $60,000,
and owned by the Methodist Episcopal Church
Society of the State, has been destroyed
by fire. Tho school of 120 pupils was in session
at the time, but all escaped. Tho library
was saved, but the school furniture was burned.
The total loss is $65,000; insurance $25,000.
Tho cause of tho fire is supposed to have bcou&
a uuiccuvo nue.
A mail robbery occurred at tho Union Depot
in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Thursday night.
The east-bound train being late, the mail was
carried into the baggage-room, and while thero
the mail-pouch was ripped open and 140 regis
tered letters wero taken out. Ono letter con
taiucda $1,000 bill and a $100 bill, the amount of
the postmaster's monthly remittance to tho De
partment. There is no clue to tho robbers.
Henry Smith, colored man, in Paola, Kan
sas, assaulted a colored girl, aged 9 years, and
left her in the road insensible. When found,
her arms aud legs wero frozen. Smith was ar
rested, and a mob of colored men attempted to
take him from tho jail. In the assault at the
jail a colored man was killed. Subsequently
tho jail was broken into, and Smith was found
to have committed suicide.
The headquarters of the Department of the
Missouri at Leavenworth has received official
notice of the capture of Captain Payne and
party south of tho Cimarron River by Lieuten
ant Stevens. Tho party wero on their way to
Oklahoma, with 100 wagons. Captain Carroll,
commandipg the troops in tho Oklahoma coun
try, will take the entire party to Fort Reno.
A passenger train on tho Wabash, St. Louis
and Pacific Railroad was thrown from the
track by a broken rail near Antwerp, Ind:, on
Sunday, and tho following are the injured: ,T.
W. Bowers, seriously; J. P. Gager, route agent
of the American Express ; Lewis Lane and L.
V. Shadon, slightly. All are of Toledo.
On the Sth inst. two robbers broke into tho
house of Wm. 3IcGregor, a farmcr of Rockford,
111., shot him and his ten-year-old daughter,
gagged his wife, and robbed them of a synall
sum of money. McGregor and his daughter are
not expected to live.
A band of Hungarian gypsies in camp near
New Brunswick, N. J., lost a baby and fed tho
body to their trained bears. The mother of
the child gave it up to the captain of the band
after its death for a red shawl. Tho bones have
While officiating at a marriage service at La
Salle, HI., Rev. Geo. F. Bronson, pastor of a
Congregational church at that place, fell dead
at the feet of the couple whom ho was marry
ing just as ho pronounced them husband and
In common pleas court, No. 3, of Philadel
phia, on the 0th inst., Judge Ludlow, for him
self and Judge Finlettcr, decided that tho city
councils had no right to fill tho vacancy in tho
city controllership, and therefore that Mr. Wm.
H. Taggart had no title to the office. Judge
Yerks was not prepared with an opinion, but
he stated brifly that so far as he had given the
subject attention he was led to believe that the
councils should fill the vacancy. Judgment
was then entered in favor of the Common
wealth, and counsel forrMr. Taggart proceeded
at once to prepare a writ of error to the Su
Gov. Pattison sent the nomination of S
Davis Page, to be comptroller of the city of
Philadelphia, to the Pennsylvania Senate, and
after some discussion it was confirmed. The
argument ou the application, of tho attorney
general for a writ of quo warranto against Mr.
Taggart, who was elected to the office by tho
city council, was heard by three of the Phila
delphia judges, who granted tho writ.
Governor Butler recently instructed the war
den of the Massachusetts State prison to gather
the prisoners in tho chapel and inform them
that they would be permitted to send sealed
communications to the Governor. The con
victs received the notification with cheers for
Governor Butler and groans for the warden.
Already over seventy letters have been sent the
Governor Bate has sent a message to the
Tcnnesseo Legislature justifying the policy of
fccaling,the State debt, and proposing a plan of
settlement with the bondholders which in
volves tho exchange of the "contingent"
bonds for the new three per cent, bonds at fifty
cents on the dollar.
Governor Patterson, of Pennsylvania, has
signed the concurrent resolutions of the State
Legislature requesting the Senators from Penn
sylvania to vote for the passage of the $10 bill.
The lower house of the Illinois Legislature
on Friday pxssed a resolution asking Congress
to pension veterans of the Texan and Black
Hawk wars, Jefferson Davis excepted.
Major-Gcu. George Webb Morrell died at
Carborough, N. Y., on Sunday.
The Princess Lottise is'ccpcctod to return to
Ottawa from Bermuda on March 12.
Mr. Charles R. Thorno, Jr., the actor, died in
Now York Saturday, aged -IS years.
Kx-Gov. Edwin D. Morgan is lying danger
ously ill at his residenco in New York. His
family aro very anxious as to the result.
The remains of Col. John Howard Payne
have been forwarded to the United States by
tho French steamer Burgundia, expected to
arrive at New York about Fob. 15.
The correspondent of tho Baltimore Sun at
Rome writes to his paper that " Mile. Ida Mo
reno " (who is the charming Ada Myers, of
Baltimore) is to appear at Leghorn in February
and give a series of Lucia representations.
She gets the highest salary ever given to an
American in Italy.
Miss Alien Stanwood Blaine, daughter of ex
Senator BUine, was married in this city, on tho
Gth hint., to Colonel Jonn J. Coppingor, U. S.
A.; and ou the same day Miss Mary Browstcr,
daughter of Attorney-General Brewster, aud
Mr. Robert J. Koons, of Philadelphia, were
united in the bonds of matrimony.
Mr. Samuel Harlan, president of the Har
lan aad Hollingsworlh Ship Building Company,
of Wilmington, Del., aud the Eastern Shore
Steamboat Co., died at Vienna, Austn:i,ou the
5th inat. In 3836 he became ono of the firm of
Botts, Pusey & Harlan, which firm, in 1844,
launched the first iron steamship ever built in
the United States. Mr. Harlan was born iuRhodo
Island seventy-seven years ago. He leaves an
estate estimated between $1,Q00,000 and $2.
000,000. A gift has been made to Fall River, Mass., by
Mrs. Mary B. Young, a rich widow, who had
but one child by her first marriage, who shortly
after reaching manhood died. She proposes to
erect in memory o( her son, Bradford Mathew
Chaliner Durfee, a building suitable for a high
school. She also proposes to furnish mechani
cal, philosophical and chemical apparatus and
give iu trust to tho city the bum of $5U,00. the
income of which bhall bo devoted to instruc
tion. The gift is valued at $500,000, and it is
needless to say mat it will bo accepted.
Ex-Confederate Gen. Fitzhuch Lee. now Gen
oral of tho First Virginia volunteers, accompaS
niedbyhisstaff,rcviewed tho Thirteenth Brool
lyn regiment, Col. David E. Austin, at their ar
mory on tho 7th inst. Speeches were mado by
Gen. Lee and Col. Austin. The former said that
ho was educated at West Point, and when the
war broke out he, having been "bred to believe
in tho doctrine of State rights, thought it to be
his duty to cast his sword with his State and
with his people, but when tho sun went down
behind tho hills at Appomattox he recognized
that secession was not tho remedy for the ex
isting evils, and that ho was thenceforth a
citizen of tho United States, to perform his
liumblo share ior his country's honor and
William E. Dodge died in New York, Friday
morning, from gastric troubles. Mr. Dodge
was born in Hartford, Conn., September 4, 1S05.
At the ago of thirteen ho entered a counting
house in New York. Ho married a daughter
of Anson G. Phelps, and became a partner iu
tho importing house with which his name has
been connected for more than fifty years. Mr.
Dodge-was known extensively as a philanthro
pist. Ho always manifested great interest in
Sunday-school operations. Ho was president
of the National Temperance and Publication
Society and a ruling elder in the Presbyterian
Church. In 186-1 Mr. Dodge was tho candidate
for Congress against the lato James Brooks,
who was returned as elected, but Mr. Dodgo
successfully contested the seat and served tho
greater part of the term. He was for some
time president of the New York Chamber of
Commerce, retiring from that position in May,
Ex-Gov. Marshall Jewell died at his home in
nartford, Conn., on Saturday night, of acute
pneumonia. Ho was horn in Winchester, N.
II., October 20, 1S25. In early life he learned
the trade of tannor, and was engaged in the
leather business at Hartford for'm any years,
accumulating a largo fortune. He first entered
political life in 1S67, when he was made tho
Republican candidate for the State Senate from
the first Hartford district, but was defeated.
Ho was the Republican candidate for Governor
in 18G3, but was defeated by ex-Gov. English.
Ho was elected Governor in 1869 over Mr.
English ; was again defeated by him in 1870 ;
was elected for tho second timo over Mr. Eng
lish in 1871, and for the third timo in 1872 over
Mr. Hubbard. .In May, 1873, he was appointed
minister to Russia by President Grant, and on
July 3, 1874, succeeded J. A. J. Creswell as
Postmaster-General in President Grant's cabi
net. From this position ho retired, at the re
quest of the President, in tho summer of 1876.
In 1SS0 he was elected chairman of tho Repub
can National Committee. Mr. Jewell's mother
survives him, being over SO years of age.
THE OLD WORLD.
Something About Want is Going- on in Other Lands
The sale of Sara Berahardt's jewels took place
in Paris on the Sth inst. Tho persons in attend
ance were principally dealers and representa
tives of tho demi monde. A necklace of roso
diamonds sold for $1,800, and two bracelets
fetched $2,000 each. In the trial of Joseph
Brady, Timothy Kelly, James Cary tho town
councilor, the carman Fitzharris, alias "tho
Goat," Laurence If anion, Joseph Mullet, James
Mullet, Edward O'Erien, William Maroney,
Daniel Curlcy, and Daniel Delaney, charged
with conspiring to murder Lord Cavendish and
Mr. Burk and to attack Mr. Field, now in pro
gress in Dublin, Kavanaugh, the informer, who
drove tire murderers to Phoenix Park, tho place
where the crime was committed, when placed
on the stand on Saturday identified tho prison
ers Kelly and Brady as two of the men actively
engaged in tho assassination, the other two be
ing unknown to him. He identified also Carey,
a member of tho Dublin council, Delaney, and
Fitzharris, a cab-driver, as present in tho park,
at the time and accessory to the murders either
Carey or Delaney, he forgot which of the two,
giving the signal for the attack by waving a
white handkerchief. He also identified others
of the prisoners at the bar as concerned in the
attempt to murder Mr. Field, the juryman, and
in conspiring to murder Judge Lawson. Many
of tho lacts stated by Kavanaugh have been cor
roborated by other witnesses, and there now
seems to bo little if any doubt that the govern
ment will make out its case, not only in respect
to tho Phoenix Park murder but also against
tho men who attempted to murder Mr. Field
and Judge Lawson. The Czar has issued a
manifesto giving? notice of his coronation at
Moscow, May 27th. A collection of 84,000
marks has been raised in Hamburg for the re
lief of the sufferers by the loss of the Cimbria.
M. Jules Ferry has recommended Presi
dent Grevy to expel the Orleans princes from
France by decree. Sweeping changes are ex
pected to bo made in the cabinet. The Ken
mure Castle, from London for Shanghai, has
been lost, with thirty-two of her crew. There
were ninety agrarian outrages in Ireland dur-
iug January. Emperor William Ecnt to tho
Prince of Wales an autograph letter announc
ing his appointment as colonel of Bluchcr's
Hussars. -Michael Davitt, Mr. Healy, and
Mr. Quinn were arrested in Dublin on the Sth
inst. and sent to prison for six months because
they refused to give bail for good behavior.
Dowling was tried for the murder of policeman
Cox Monday and sentenced to penal servitude
for life on conviction of shooting with intent
to kill. Prince Napoleon has been liberated,
the tribunal having quashed the indictment
against him. Mr. Judah P. Benjamin, Q. C,
has retired from the practice of his profession
on account of danger from heart disease.
Four men have been killed by an accident in tho
shaft of tho Severn tunnel. Thejfirst thirty-
four.clauses of tho new charter of Egypt have
been adopted by the council of ministers.
Mr. John Pender made a speech to tho direct
ors of the Direct United States Cable Company
in London on Saturday on the condition and
prospects of the cable and telegraph companies
in this country and England. Tho jury in
the case of Mr. O'Brien, of the United Ireland
newspaper, who was tried for seditious libel,
disagreed. Archbishop McCabe, of Dublin,
is reported to bo dying. The examination as
to tho cause of the loss of tho Cimbria was be
gun in Hamburg on Saturday. Tho last son
of the poet Wadswortli i3 reported to have
died. The programme of tho Irish partv in
being discussed in tho London
-The French Senate on Monday
adopted a proposal that any princo found guilty
of furthering pretensions endangering tho State
shall be banished. Tho expulsion bill was op
posed in the Senate. Prince Napoleon has
gone to London. Henry Prouse Cooper, an
eccentric tailor of New York, has been arrested
in London. The manuscripts of the late Earl
of Ashburnham arc to be sold. The Spanish
dynastic left has resolved to oppose :
trv. Eouiuania has entered a prof
protest to tho
London conference on the Danuhian question,
refusing to recognize tho i evolutions of the con
ference. A Little 3Iore Grape and Canister.
" Here wc arc again, with two more red-hot shots
for Tin: Tnrnrsi:, the best paper printed. "We
have a good l'ot here, numbering 100 members,
with fifteen candidates wailing: to bo mustered. It
is rav intention to keep the bull rolling until every
soldier here takes The TmnurfE." D. J. Kini
inprly, Abilene. Knn.
"Come, comrades, don't become down-hearted
on nccoimtof the slanders which you are compelled
to endure. You lore n greater burden than this
wlijm the lifeof the Nation depended on your valor.
Your bravo deeds cannot be effaced from the bright
Ia;jes of our country's history, mid after a while
these newspaper fog-horns will be forced to stop
blowing qtF their editorial steam." Frank Sandell,
"I enclose $4 fdV four new subscribers. Tun
Tkiuitxe is tho only paper out of eleven which I
reccivu that I inspect right along tho whole line,
from the riht winjj to the left. Of these four new
subscribers, one was in the rebel army, tho Twcnty
fcixth Virginia cavalry, if I am not mistaken. lie
likes Tm.Tniuuxu, mid is very favorably impressed
by its impartial and just attitude." Moritz
Taehoepe, lroit Madifcon, Iowa.
"Since I bent you my last club of five subscribers
I havo done pome skinni-ming among tho boya,
and bend you now the nstinea of t-cven nioro new
subribcre. It would not be hinithy for 'Senator
Uejk to viit this part of the country, for thu boys
arc nt 'fc-ilver heat' in thin part of God's moral
vineyard. You will receive another list from me
boon, for Tain bound to do mv share towards get
ling 100,000 subscribers, ami then if Cqngrejut tails
to iccogniso our rights we will trv the bullot."
E. II. ltiley, Forrcbton. 111.
" Enclosed please find SG for five new subscribers
and one renewal, making thirty-eight in nil that
pupa has bent. JMy father was tiiken prisoner at
the firet Kittle of Bull Hun, and wua confined for
eleven months at Kk-hmond, Tuscaloosa and Salis
bury. Ho contructed bourvy, which settled in his
joints, and nlfco became very deaf. He is not able
to go to church, or enjoy socinl conversation with
his family. You will not think this much of a
letter, but please remember that I am only twelve
yeard old." Alice M. Pepper, 1'airport, N. Y.
Senator John A. Logan's Great Speech
On bill for restoration of Fitz John Porter,
printed on tinted paper, bound in cloth, in-
klesed, aud fine engraving of Senator Logan, for
50 cents. Eleven books S3.00 ; 25 or more, 40
cents each, express prepaid. Address : Wooster
B. Taylor, Lock llos JJ32, Washington, D. C.
THE WORK OF CONGRESS.
Both Houses Still Struggling With the
Senator Logan's Amendment
to the Pension Bill
In the Senate, on Wednesday, the 7th inst.,
the wool schedule of the tariff bill was tempo
rarily passed over and tho book schedulo was
Mr. Yanco (N. C.) moved to strike out tho
paragraph, so as to let books, pamphlet3 and
other printed matter go upon tho free list. Tho
motion was agreed to yeas 21, nays 22.
On motion of Mr. Davis, (V. Ya.,j the duty
on bituminous coal and slate was made soveu-ty-fivo
cents per ton yeas 21, nays 20.
Mr. Bayard, (Del.,) under instruction of tho
Committee on Finance, offered an amendment
friction or lucifer matches of all descriptions.
Mr. Bayard, instructed by the Committee on
Financo, offered as a substitute for the para
graph embracing gunpowder and all explosivo
substances the provision iu tho House tariff bill
laying a duty of six cents per pound on powder,
Ac, valued at 20 cents a pound or less, and 10
cents n pound on that valued above 20 cents.
Agreed to yeas 30, nays 15.
In the Senate on Thursday, the Sth inst., Mr.
Van Wyck (Neb.) introduced a bill authorizing
tho Secretary of War to turn over to J. A.
Mower Post, No. 59, of Stromshurgh, Neb., one
condemned cannon and forty stands of con
demned muskets. Eeferrcd to tho Committee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Hawloy (It. I.) introduced fivo bills
amendatory of existing pension laws identical
with those previously introduced in tho House
and embodying the suggestions contained in
tho Commissioner's annual report and took
occasion to say that he regarded Commissioner
Dudley as " a very excellent officer," and his
suggestions a3 very valuable.
Tho tariff bill was then taken up.
On motion of Mr. Hale, (Me.,) the Senate
went back to tho paragraph laying a duty of
$1 per ton on stones unmanufactured or un
dressed, freestone, granite, sandstone and all
building or monumental stone except marble,
not specially enumerated.
A ponding amendment by Mr. Hale to add
" and upon stones as above, hewn, dressed or
polished, $1.50 per ton," was agreed to yeas 31,
Sir. Ingalls (Kan.) moved to add "books,
pamphlets, bound or unbound, and all printed
matter not specially enumerated or provided
ior in this act, engravings, bound orunbound,
etchings, illustrated books, maps dnd charts,"
the paragraph struck out of schedule M yester
day. Agreed to yeas 29, nays 25.
Mr. Morgan (Ala,) moved to strike out raw
silk as reeled from the cocoon and silk cocoons
aud silk waste, so that ho might move to put
them in tho silk schedule at 10 per cent, ad
The motion to strike out was lost yeas 7,
nays 39. The reading of tho free list was com
pleted. FRIDAY'S PEOCKEDINGS.
In the Senate, on Friday, the 0th inst., Mr.
Jones, (Fla.,) from the Committee on Com
merce, reported favorably the bill to relievo
ships and other vessels from compulsory pilot
Mr. Edmunds, (Vt,,) from the Committee on
Foreign Eelations, reported favorably with an
amendent the joint resolution providing for
the termination of articles 18 to 25, inclusive,
aud artielp 30 (the fisheries articles) of the
treaty of Washington at the earliest timo con
sistent with tho provisions of tho treaty.
Mr. Bayard's (Del.) amendment to the tariff
Bill was adopted so as to make tho mineral
water paragraph of the-free list read, "Mineral .
waters, all not artificial, together with the bot
tles or jug3 in which the same are imported."
Mr. Morrill (Vt.) reported tho following sub
stitute for the paragraph embracing "women's
and children's dress goods &c: omen s and
children's dress goods, coat linings, Italian
cloths and goodsNof like description, composed
in part of wool, worsted, the hair of the alpaca
goat or other animals, valued at not exceeding
20 cents per square yard, 5 cents per square yard
and 35 per cent, ad valorem; valued at above 20
cents per square yard, 7 cents per square yard
and 40 per cent, ad valorem. If composed wholly
of wool, worsted, hair of the alpaca or other
animals, or of a mixture of them, 9 cents per
square yard aud -10 per cent, ad valorem. But
all such goods with selvedges, mado wholly or
in part of other materials or with threads of
other materials introduced for tho purpose of
changing tho classification, shall ho dutiable
at 9 "cents per square v'ard and 40 per cent.
ad valorem, providing that all such goods weigh
ing over four ounces per sqtiaro yard shall pay
a duty of 35 per cent, per pouud and 40 per cent.
ad valorem. Agreed to".
Mr. Morrill, from the Committeo on Finance,
reported amendments reducing the ad valorem
duty on all tho carpets enumerated in the wool
schedule, except "hemp or juto carpoting, car
pets, and carpetings of wool, flax or cotton, or
parts of either or other material not otherwise
herein specified," from 35 to 30 per cent. Tho
amendments wero agreed to. The duty on tho
carpets and carpoting emitted from tho com
mittee's amendment, except hemp and jute
carpeting, was reduced from 45 to 40'per cent.
The reserved paragraph laying a duty of six
cents per 100 pounds on salt in bulk aud ten
cents per 100 pounds on salt in bags or other
packages was taken up.
Mr. Vance movecLto strike it out, so as to let
salt go upon the free list, aud made a speech in
support of the motion.
Mr. Bayard also argued in favor of free salt.
Mr. Vance's motion to strike out salt and
let it go upon the free list was lost yeas 22,
After a long discussion the whole subject of
the remission of duty upon salt used iu cur
ing meats or fish was reserved by unanimous
consent for consideration when the bill parses
from tho Committee of tho Whole into the
After sonic general discussion Mr. Edmunds
moved to strike out everything contained in the
bill after the tariff provisions except tho two
paragraphs repealing sections 2907 and 2903 of
the Revised Statutes, which impose' dutic3 on
charges and commissions.
The motion was agreed to without a division.
Tho portions of the bill struck out arc those
which would make changes in tho "machin
ery " for the collection of the customs duties. '
In tho Senate, on Saturday, the 10th insh, Mr.
Plumb (Kan.) presented the petition of a large
number of ex-soldiers, residents of Kansas, urg
ing upon Congress tho extension of tho privi
leges of tho arrears act, so as to embrace .those
who filed their claims after the dato fixed by
that act. .
The annual appropriation bill was then taken
up, and on motion of Mr. Logan (111.) the fol
lowing amendment was adopted :
That section 1713, title 57, of the Revised Statutes
of tho United States is hereby amended toreudas
"Seo. 4745. Any pledge, mortgage, sale, assign
ment, Or transfer of any right, claim, or intercut in
nny pension which has been, or may hereafter be,
granted whall be void mid of no effect ; and nny per
son who shall pledge, or receive as n pledge, inort
guge, sale, assignment, or transfer of any right,
eluim, or interest in any pension or pension certiii
eiite which has been, or may hereafter be, granted
or issued, or who shall hold the same ns collateral
c ccurity for nny debt or promise, or upon any pre
text'of bueh seeurity or promise, shivll be guilty of
a misdemeanor, and upon eotiviction thereof shall
bo lined iu a sum not exceeding S100 and the eosts
of the proceution; and any person who shall re
tnin the certificate of a pensioner and refuse to sur
render the biimo upon the demand of the C'ommis
Bioner of Pensions, or n United States pension
agent, or any other ier5on authorized by the Com
missioner of Pensions or tho pensioner to receive
the tame, shall bo guilty of :i misdemeanor, and
upon conviction thereof shall be lined in a sum not
exceeding SllW and tho eosti of the prosecution."
In explanation of this amedmont, Mr. Logan
said that in ordor the Scnato may know the
meaning of that, I will say that as tho law now
stands iu section 4745 of tho Revised Statutes
it is provided :
Any pledge, mortgage, sale, assignment, or trans
fer of nny right, claim, or interest in any pension
which has been or may hereafter be granted, shall
bo void and of no effect; and nny person acting as
attorney to receive and receipt for money for and
in behalf of any person entitled to a pension shall,
beforo receiving such inoney, tako and subscribe an
oath to bo died with the pension agent.
That has been construed to apply only to tho
obtaining of the pensiou and not to nny other
liability or any other pledge that the pensioner
might give in reference to his certificate. The
only change mado by this amendment is to
apply it to all pledges and make it so that the
certificate of a pensioner cannot be pledged for
The tariff bill was then taken up.
The amendment proposed by Mr. Beck (Ky.)
reducing tho internal revenue on snuff, smok
ing and manufactured tobacco to 8 cents per
pound was agreed to yeas 30, nays 21.
On motion of Mr. Williams, (Ky.,) tho tax on
cigars was made $3 per thousand, instead of $4,
as in the bill.
Mr. Morrill, (Vt.,) by instruction of the Com
mitteo on Finance, offered an additional section
to come in at the end of the bill, providing that
all imported goods and merchandise in the
public stores or bonded warehouses when this
net goes into effect (except as otherwise pro
vided in the act) 'shall bo subjected to no other
duty upon entry for consumption than they
would be subject to if imported after that day;
and that all goods, wares and merchandise re
maining in bonded warehouses when the act
goes into effect, and upon which the duty shall
have been paid, shnll bo entitled to a rofund of
tho difference between the duty paid and the
duty they would be subjected to if imported
uuder thoprovisions of this law. Also, that tho
act shall take effect in resprct of all articles
mentioned in the sugar schedule on the 1st of
April, 1SS3. Adopted.
On motion of Mr. Bayard, (Del.,) tho section
permitting the importation duty free of lumber,
timber, hemp, nianilla, and other materials
which may be necessary for the construction of
vessels in the United States for employment in
the foreign trade was amended so as to apply
also to vessels for foreign account and owner
ship. Mr. Allison (la.) offered again tho amend
ment providing for the refund of the duty paid
upon imported salt used for curing meats,
whether packed or smoked, afterwards ex
ported; aud it was agreed to.
Iii the Senate, on Monday, tho 12th inst.,
the tariff hill was further considered.
Mr. Morrill, (Vt.,) with the concurrence of
the majority of the Committeo on Financo,
proposed to strike out the pig-iron paragraph
and substitute one reading: "Iron in pigs,
iron kentledge, spicgeleisen, cast and wrought
scrap iron, or scrap steel, 3-10 of 1 cent per
Mr. Sherman (O.) offered an amendment
changing tho rate of duty from 3-10 of 1 cent
per pound to $6.50 per ton. Agreed to yeas 30,
Tho amendment changing the duty on bar
iron from 9-10 of a cent per pound to $18 per
ton was agreed to yeas 25, nays 10.
The exception of wire from the articles or
manufactures of iron or steel, which, when
galvanized or coated aro to pay an extra duty
of a quarter of a cent per pound, was, on mo
tion of Mr. Allison, (la.,) mado more definite by
making it read " except fence wire."
The action of the Committee1 of, tho Whole
in striking out lumber from tho wood shedule
was disagreed to yeas 16, nays 29. Laths,
shingles, pine clapboards and spruce -clapboards,
struck out in Committee of the Whole, wero
also restored at the rates in the bill, the Senate
refusing to agree to tho action in committeo
by a vote of yeas 19, na3's 32.
In the Senate, on Tuesday, tho 13th inst.,
consideration, of the tariffbill was resumed and
Mr. Bayard's (Del.) amendment making the
duty on all sugars not- above No. 13 Dutch
standard, and not above 75 degrees by polari
scope, one and twenty-five hundredths of a
cent per pound for every degree or fraction of a
degree above 75, was agreed to by a vote of 45
Mr. Beck (Ky.) (moved to make the duty on
sugar above No. 13 and not above No. 16, D. S.,
two and forty-oue-unndredths cents per pound.
Agreed to yeas 39, nays 16.
On motion Mr. Morrill, (Vt.,) the vote on
sugars above No. 13 aud not above No. 16,
Dutch staudard, was reconsidered, and the rate
was made 2 40-100 cents per pound. Tho rato
on sugars abovo No. 16, and not above 20,
Dutch standard, was madc3 cgnts, and on that
above 20, Dutch staudard, 3i cents per pound.
In the House, on Wednesday, tho 7th inst.,
Mr. Robeson, (N. J.,) from the Committeo on
Rules, reported a resolution that during the
remainder of tho session the House shall, at
5:30 p. m. each day, take a recess until 7:30 p. m.
Tho House went into Committee of the
Whole on the tariff b:ll,the pen'ding amendment
being that offered by Mr. Kelley (Pa.) increas
ing the duty on iron ore from 50 to 60 cents per
Mr. Kellcy's amendment was lost yeas 77,,
At last, after a consideration of the first item
of the metal schedule for four hoars and a half,
the committee passed away from it without
making any change in the rate of duty, v hich
is left at 50 cents per ton.
Mr. Calkins (Ind.) moved to reduce the duty
on steel ingots, cogged ingots, blooms and slabs
weighing more than 500 pounds, made by any
process except the crucible process, from six
tcnths to three-tenths of a cent per pound.
Pending action the committee rose.
Mr. Bingham (Pa.) introduced a bill for the
appointment of a commission, to consist of
seven members, (three of whom may bo mem
bers of the present House, and two of whom may
be Senators,) to inquire into the condition and
value of the plant of the various telegraph
companies of the country, and report to tho
next Congress what methods arc at present
available to reduce tho cost of telegraph com
munication, and whether any legislation is
necessary to carry out the power of Congress to
regulate commerce as applied to telegraph
communication. Referred. Also a bill provid
ing that "no owner, agent, master or con
signee of any ship or vessel shall, by virtue of
the laws of any State, be compelled to take,
cinploy or pay a pilot not voluntarily employed
on entering or departing from any port or
harbor, or entering, passing through or leaving
any channel, passago or strait within tho wa
ters of the United States."
The House then, at 5:30 p. m., took a reces3
In the evening a half hour was spent in roll
calls before a quorum was obtained, when the
tariff bill was taken up. An amendment was
adopted fixing thp duty on steel ingots at 45
per cent, ad valorem. The House at 9:50 ad
journed. THURSDAY'S PROCEEDINGS.
In the House on Thursday, tho Sth inst., Mr.
Belford, (Col.,) from tfic Committeo on Coinage,
Weights and Measures, reported resolutions
declaring it to bo inexpedient to discontinue
the coinage of silver under existing law.
Tho conference report on the Military Aca
demy appropriation bill was submitted and
The House then went into Committee of the
Whole on the tariffbill.
Tho poiiding amendment was ono offered by
Mr. Haskell (10a.) reducing from oae and three
tenths to one and two-tenths cents per pound
tho duty on sheet-iron thinner than ono and u
half inches and not thinner than No. 20 wire
gauge. Agreed to.
Tho item imposing a duty of eleven cents
per pouud on tin-plates, &c, having becu
reached, Mr. Kasson (la.) moved to rtsduce it
After considerable debate, Mr. Kasson's mo
tion was agreed to ; so tho duty on tin-plates is.
fixed at one cent per pound.
On motion of Mr. Haskell, the clause impos
ing a duty of one aud niuc-teutlis ceuts per
pound on corrugated or crimped iron or steel,
was struck from the bill.
In the House on Friday, tho 9th inst., on
motion of" Mr. O'Neil, (Pa.,) a joint resolution
was passed to admit free of duty a monument
to George Washington to bo imported by the
Philadelphia Society of the Cincinnati.
The House went into Committee of tho
Whole on the tariff bill.
Mr. Morrison (111.) offered an amendment
fixing the dnty ou steel rails at $15 per ton.
Adopted yeas 110, nays 90.
By a vote of 91 to 90 the clause relative to
bar iron was amended so as to read as follows:
"Iron in bars or bundles, rolled or hammered,
comprising fiats not less than ono inch or more
than six inches wide, nor less than three-eighths
of an inch or more than two inches thick ;
rounds not less than three-fourths of an inch
nor more than two inches in diameter, and
squares not less than three-fourths of an inch
nor more than two inches square, nino
tcnths of ono cent per pound ; comprising
flats less than three-eights of an inch
or more than twq inches thick, or less
than ono inch or more than six inches wide;
rounds less than three-fourths of an inch or
nioro than two inches in diameter, and square!
less tiian three-fourths of au inch or more than
two inches square, one cent and two-tenths of
one cent per pound. But nil iron ia slab?,
blooms, loops, or other forms lcs finished than
iron in bars and more advanced than pig-iron,
except castings, shall be rated as iron in bar?,
and pay a duty accordingly, which shall not bo
at a less rate than 35 per cent. fi rnlorem."
(Before amended the 35 percent, clause applied
to tho whole paragraph. j
Mr. Curtin (PaJ offered a proviso that all
iron bars, blooms, billets, or siaes or shapes of
any kind, in tho manufacture of which char
coal is used as fuel, shall bo subject to a duty of
$22 per ton. Agreed to yeas 05, nays 14. "
The duty on bars or shapes of rolled iron not
specially enumerated was changed from .R
cents to 1.2 cents per pound, and the duty on
the second classification of bar iron was changed
from 1.2 to 1.1 cents per pound.
Mr. Tucker fVa.) moved to make the duty
on T rails weighing not over 25 pound-; to tho
yard $20 per ton. Agreed to.
Ou motion of Mr. Mills (Tex.) the clause im
posing a duty of 21 cents per pound on armor
or other plate was struek from the bill.
Mr. Haskell (Kan.) moved to reduco tho
duty ou sheet iron thinner than 1$ inch and
not thinner than number twenty wire gauge
from 1.3 to 1.2 ceuts per pound.
On motion of Mr. Talbotr. (Md..) Senato bill
waspasscd appropriating $10,000 forthe erection
of a monument to Baron Da Kaib at Annapo
lis, Md. Tho House then went into Comniitte
of the Whole ou the tariffbill.
Tho pending amendment was that offered by
Mr. Mnckey (S. C.) fixing tho t'uty on cotton
ties at thirty-five per cent, ad valorem. After
debate tho amendment was lost yeas 97,
The announcement was received with ap
plause on tho Republican side. Several othci
amendments were voted down, and the item in
the bill remains unchanged at 1 4-10 cents pet
On motion of Mr. Carlisle, (Ky.,)tho duty on
railway fish-plates was reduced from lj to tli
cents per pound.
In the House, on Monday, the 12th inst., Mr.
Anderson, (Kan.,) presented a concurrent reso
lution of the Legislature of the State of Kansas
asking that surviving soldiers of the Mexican
war, except those who participated in tho re
bellion, bo pensioned ; which was reforrcd to
the Committee on Pensions, and ordered to bo
Mr. Dunnell, (Minn.,) introduced a bill (H.
It. 7564) to regulate tho mauageracnt of the
office of Commissioner of Pensions ; which wa3
read a first and second time, referred to tho
Select Committee on the Payment of Pensions,
Bounty, and Back Pay, and ordered to be
Tho tariff billwas then taken up. A motion
fixing tho duty on chains less than three
eighths of an inch in diameter at thirty-five
per cent, ad valorem was adopted by a vote off
94 to 74, eleven Republicans voting with tho
Democrats in favor.
Mr. Anderson moved to reduce tho duty on
chains not les3 than three-quarters of an inch
in diameter from two to one and three-fourths
cents per pound. Agreed to yeas 0, nays 75,
On motion of Mr. Dunnell, the duty on chainx
les3 than three-fourths and not les3 than three
eighths of an inch in diameter, was reduced
from two and a quarter to two cents per pound.
On motion of Mr. Kasson, the old classifica
tion of steel ingots, cogged ingots, &c, was
On motion of Mr. Carlisle, the duty on screw
rivet, screw nail, fence and wire rods, round, in
coils and loops, not lighter than No. 5 wire
gauge, and valued at three and a half cents per
pound or less, was fixed at thirty per cent, ad
In the House, on Tuesday, the 13th inst., the
tariffbill was again taken up.
Tho clause relative to iron and steel wire
cloths was amended, on the recommendation of
tho Committee on Ways and Means, so as to
read as follows :
Provided further, that iron or steel wire cloths
and iron or steel wire nettings, made in ma-dies of
any form, shnll pay n duty equal in amount to tliat
imposed on iron or steel wire of the same gauge,
and two cents per pound in addition thereto : Pro
vided, that on all of the kinds of Iron or steel, or
articles or manufacturer of iron or steel, hereinbe
fore in this net enumerated or provided for, except
iron and steel wire when galvanized or coated -with
nny metal, or compound, alloy or mixture of met
als, by any process whatsoever, except painted, to
be classified according to the Mzes; and gauges of
the coated iron or steel, there shall be paid, (except
ing on what are known commercially ns tin platca,
tcrne plates and taggers; tin, and hereinleforo pro
vided for.) one ent per pound in addition to the
rates provided in this net. There idiall be paid on
gnlvanized iron or steel wire one-half cent ier
Iound; in nddjtion to the rates imposed o.. the wire
of which it is'mnde: on iron wire roue and wire
I Mi rand one cent per pound in addition to tho rates
imposed on the wire ot which it is made ; on steel
wire ropo nnd wire strand two and a half cents per
pound in nddition to the rates imposed on tho wire
of which it is made.
3Ir. Morrison (111.) moved to fix the duty on
steel, in any form not specially enumerated, at
45 per cent, ad valorem, instead of two and a
half cents per pound.
After discussion, Mr. Morrison modified his
amendment by adding a proviso that in no case
shall the duty exceed two and a half cents per
pound, and the amendment as modified was
wa3 agreed to.
now Beck Itests Ills 3IInd.
From a Washington Letter.
Senator Beck has led the discussion on tho
tariff question day after day. At times tho
Senate has become weary.
Senator Fryo of Maine, or somo other imper
tinent youngster, remarked to Frisbie Hoar
that he wondered how Beck could bear the
mental strain of suck constant debate.
"Oh," said Hoar, wiping his spectacles,
" Beck always rests his mind while taBung."
Ithe Grand Army Magazine, the initial number
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