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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. C., THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 1883.
ffiE NEWS OF THE WEEK.
Death of Governor Alex. H. Stephens,
CRIMES AND CASUALTIES.
Events at the Capitol and in
Among the more important bills winch were
fiassed by the Forty-seventh Congress at its
ate session -were the following: The tax and
tariff bill (to reduce the revenue); the civil
service hill; Japanese indemnity fund bill; to
provide for a new mixed commission in accord
ance with the treaty of April 25, 1SGG, with
tho United States and Venezuela; to modify
the postal money order system, and for other
purposes; to readjust tho salaries of postmas
ters; to afford assistance and relief to Congress
and the Executive Departments in the investi
gation of claims against the Government; to
prevent the importation of adulterated tea; to
encourage the holding of a world's industrial
and cotton centennial exposition in IS."5!; to
amend the act repealing tho discriminating
duties on goods produced cast of the Cape of
Good Hope: granting the right of way for mil
way and telegraph purposes through the Fort
Smith reservation, Arkansas; joint resolution
to adjudicate the claims of the New York brok
ers for refund of laxes; to print the agricul
tural report for 1851 and 18s2 : to allow Cana
dian grain to be brought over the border to the
ground ; joint resolution for tho binding of tho
compendium of the census in two volumes; to
erect a monument to Gen. De Kalb; bill allow
ing bridges across Lake Champhiin; joint reso
lution presenting thanks of Congress to John
F. Slatr for an educational bequest to the col
ored peoplo: to refund to the .State of Georgia
money expanded for the common defense in
1777; to rectify and establish the title of the
United Stales to the site of the military post at
321 Paso, Texas; authorizing the sale of certain
property at Kurrodsburg, Ky., belonging to tho
Soldiers' Home ; ceding to the first taxing dis
trict of Tennessee a lot of land situated in that
district; to reimburse the States of Oregon and
California for moneys paid in the suppression
of the Modoc war; to provide for holding a
term of Hie District Court of the United Slates
at Wichita, Kan., and for other purposes: ex
tending the time for filing claims for horses
lost by ofiicers ami enlisted men; to amend
section 3362, Ileviscd Statutes, relating to the
lex on pcrique tobacco; to amend sections 1926
and 1927. Ileviscd Statutes, so as to extend the
jurisdiction of justices of the peace in Washing
ton, Idaho, and Montana Territories; to admit
free of duty a monument to General Washing
ton; aulhotisdug the examination and audit
ing of certain claims against the Freednien's
Savings Bank, and the payment of certain divi
dends barred by the act of February 21, 1SS1;
to increase the fees of witnesses in the star
route cases from west of the Mississippi River;
to regular', the construction of bridges across
tho Ohio River; bill to regulate the tax on
The Pj-csidcnt has nominated Hon. John
Paul, member of Congress from the seventh
Tirgiuia district, to be United States district
judge for tnje western district of Virginia;
Edmund Waddell to be United States attorney
for the eastern district of Virginia; Peter H.
Williams to be United States marshal for the
southern district of Florida ; Jas. M. Mctk, to
be United States attorney for the eastern dis
trict of Tennessee; George W. Tillman, to be
United States marshal fur the middle district
of Tennessee; Richard Root, to be United States
marshal for the southern district of Iowa;
Decius S.Wade tobe chief justice of theSuprcme
Court of Montano ; Wm. E. Church, to be as
sociate justice of the Supreme Court of Dakota ;
John 13. Allen, to be United States attorney for
thcTerritory of Washington ; Capt. Hancc Law
eou, to be collector of customs at Crisfield, Md;
Edward O. Gratis, of New York, to be chief
examiner of the civil service commission, vico
5ilas W. Hurt, declined : James F. Edmonds,
commissioner District of Columbia; P. Felix
Hcrwig, Unitod Slates assistant treasurer at
New Orleans; George Drury, collector, of inter
nal revenue for the district of Louisiana; Paul
Btrobach, Uni'ed States marshal for the south
ern and middle districts of Alabama; E. H.
Eggleston, United Suites attorney for the
northern district of Ohio; .lames L. Beuc
lict, of New York, to be surveyor of customs
for the district of New York; Charles K. Gra
ham, to be naval otlicer for the district; An
drew J. Perry, to be general appraiser of mer
chandise; Merrelt Wiokham, to be assistant
ippraiser; Jas. S. Smart, to be collector of in
tomal revenue for the fifteenth district of New
York: Wm. Youngblood, of Alabama, to becol
tector of internal revenue for the second dis
trict of Alabama; A. G. Edwards, of Missouri,
;o be United States assistant treasurer at St.
Louis; Elihu Root, of New York, to be United
States attorney for the southern district of New
York; A- C. Tate, of New York, to be United
States marshal for the eastern district of New
York; Thomas I. Keogh, of North Carolina, to
be United Stales marshal for the western dis
trict of Nortli Carolina ; W. 11. Hewitt, of Mon
tana, to be United States attorney for the Ter
ritory of Montana; John N Irwin, of Iowa, to
be Governor of the Territory of Idaho; R. J.
Fisher, Jr., of Illinois, to be examiner in chief
in the Patent Office.
The act to reduce internal revenue taxation,
which has just become a law, provides for the
repeal of the tax upon capital and deposits of
ill banks and bankers, except such taxes as arc
now duo and payable. The tax on capital and
deposits, therefore, ceased on March 3. Comp
troller Knox says that the pas-age of this act
relieves the National and State banks and the
private bankers from a tax, on the average, of
i.bout one million dollars a month. Theamouut
af tax collected from the National banks on
capital and deposits during the last fiscal year
Was $5,y."0,702, of which $137,774 only w;is
upon capital, the remainder being upon de
posits. The tax upon State banks and private
bankers was $5,2-19,172, of which a little more
than oji-3 tilth was upon capital. The total lax
collected upon deposits and capital, upon all
classes of banks, during the last"fiscal year was
fcll,23,873. Tho amount annually collected
from the two-cent check stamp is about $2,509,
D00, and the art repealing the use of these
(tamps lake? effect on July 1 next. The re
duction of the tax upon matches, perfumery,
medicinal preparations and other articles, im
ptecd by M-lti-diile A, following suction 3137,
ltevified fcUtitag, takos effect July 1, 18ii3; that
ifler May 1, ltfc5, the tax on manufactured
tobacco i'! snuff will be eight cents per pound,
on cigz-.i. throe dollars per thousand, and on
cigcu:(lin f.fty cents jwr thoue-.ind. There will
be a. rebate mi tobacco, snuff, dinars and cigar
ette of tli difference in the taxes recently
Imposed ! the taxes as now provided for
ivherc riaints amount to ten dollars. These
claim must Im presented within sixty days
fsotu May lsr. Herniations ujxm this matter
will tos immediately issued and blaiihs will be
fwraislted upon which claims can bo made.
The law provides for a largo reluclkm in the
special taxes upoa dealers, commencing May 1,
lbW3. The Cumisiib-iorier also states that im
mediate arnmcmoutd will be made for chang
ing the lVmn of the special tax stamps, and the
stamps f-jr the payment of taxes upon tobacco,
fiuti3, a.l igars, o a-- to supply collectors with
these t4.ur.ip4 in time to siect the requirements
of til trady prior U May 1, 1863.
Aa cxa-oii:mUon. of the book,- at the Capitol
list Fata::' ay fcltowed that during the Poity
sevoEth :igress the number of bills in; re
duced was 1 ).. of which only H5U have be
eaBie Ja-. i leaving :v italance on hand of 10.000.
The l!oua v.'.fnAt contains 1,500 hills upon
which reports itavtt hen made, none of which
catt secMre ocUoa, although 2i iuivc eisaod the
Seaal. They :wa mainly bill. of a private
sbsrsct for reiief, e&i.L3 and war claims
sjjt ik; iu .vit'-ri'jas UjaI to ."-hare t be same fate
afi tho' iu which & job was supposed to le con
cealed. Tlie reports of dci.us in tho two
If .us.s eovs-.-vd 11.715 p.ig.-sot'lhe CongrcoHonal
Jteatrt''. hiul estimating each Jtfgo to contain
1,909 i,w . tlm&tlti.a of lhJ National -Legis-lafcnre
u- Ii.'!'.0'M words o express the
routtx ui their iKiteiitucnte during the two
Sommok uf the Forty -scv:a:U Congress.
While tie-; provisions of the act " to reduce
aevctrac" ii to ilfcct generally on and after
Juiy I, H-S. exception is made in respect of
the trii! Mains upon su gar, which take effect
Jwiio J, and the internal revenue provisions
sehtting to t he redact ion of the taxes on tobacco
iiti ctixyt, ami tho reduction of tho special
iiee-.:-..ri-c ;, v.hi i g iiit.j effect May 1, with
apror'sioa that all chums for drawback on uu
Urolca ji-.'Aages of tobacco, snull', cigars aud
cigarettes lield by manufacturers or dealers at
that date must be presented beforo July 1.
Tho appropriation bills passed at the last
session of Congress aggregate $229,327,511.30,
Tensions SSS,57o,000 00
Military Academy. 3IS.G57 50
Fortifications G70.000 00
Consular nnd Diplomatic 1,2'J0,755 00
Army 21,681,350 00
ro-t-officc, - 4 1,4S9,520 00
Ix-pislative 20,401,290 22
SuiKlry Civil 23,O0G,l-t7 47
District of Columbia.... 1,0TO,SC7 23
Deficiency. 2,813.187 80
Agricultural - 405,010 00
Miscellaneous bills involving appro
priations of money. 750,000 00
The aggregato of tho appropriations for last
year, including $18,733,875 for the river and
harbor bill, was $295,500,039, and for the pre
ceding rear, including $11.-1 11,300 for river and
harbor "bill, was $219,307J9d3.:53. An analysis
of the figures for tho past three years shows
that tho appropriations for tho current ex
penses of the Government, irrespective of the
amounts for pensions, aggregate less than cither
of the two preceding years. Tho regular pen
sion hills for tho fiscal years 1832, 1833 aud
lSSiaggrcgatc$252J575,090; tho bill just passed
being $20,575,000 In excess of the bill passed
two years ago, and $13,225,000 less than tho
bill of last year.
Mr. James Gilfillan, treasurcivjof the United
States, has tendered his resignation to the
President, through, tho Secretary of the Treas
ury, to take effect April 1st. Sir. Gilfillan has
accepted the position of treasurer and manager
of the Mutual Trust Company of New York,
at a higher salarj
E. F. Pritchard, of this city, has been placed
upon the postal-fraud list. The inspector's
report shows that ho advertised himself as a
pension and patent attorney, when in fact ho
has been disbarred from practice beforo all of
the Executive Departments.
Mr. J. F. Edmonds, who has been nominated
to bo a Commissioner of tho District of Colum
bia, vice Major T. P. Morgan, came hero from
Iowa several years since. Ho is a lawyer by
profession, and has heretofore taken little part
in the affairs of the District.
Senator Fair, of Nevada, gave a notable din
ner party on Monday night to thirty-one Sena
tors, four of tiie retiring Senators, and tho
justices of tho Supreme Court.
The Government has disapproved of tho ac
tion of United States Minister Partridge in
signing a memorandum proposing mediation
between Peru aud Chili.
Secretary Folger has given instructions that'
the word "cents" be added to the new five
cent piece, in order to meet the requirements
It is estimated that the decrease of the pub
lic debt for the month of Febrnarv is about
The President has approved the invalid pen
sion appnmriation bill.
CUI3IE3 AXD CASUALTIES.
At two p. m. on the 3d inst.. watchmen at
the Dunlap elevator, Albany, New York, dis
covered fire in the sixth story. By the time it
was extinguished there the llanies had broken
out fiercely on the fourth floor and several men
were caught on the sixth floor. Garry Benson,
. watchman, and Louis J. Miller, a clerk of the
fire department, rushed down stairs through
tho flames and were badly burned. Firemen
Samuel E. Atkins and John W. Mayers and
Gilligan, a laborer, were forced to como down
the iron hoisting chain outside the building, a
distance of nearly one hundred feet. About
forty feet from the ground the chain was cov
ered with ice and the men slid to the ground
with great velocity, more or less severely in
jured. A strong north wind was blowing and
the whole department was called out. Tho
fire spread rapidly through the mill and tho
elevator, enveloping the whole structure.
About 4 o'clock the upper walls fell outward, a
part falling through Bridge & Davis's provision
store adjoining, on Broadway, and burying sev
eral persons under the ruins. Firemen Wm.
Carlin, Michael Shcehan, and Michael McEwen,
employee of Bridge & Davis, were killed, and a
number of others wounded. The entire mill
aud elevator were destroyed, causing a loss of
about $215,000, mostly covered by insurance.
The increased rise of tho Mississippi at tho
dkTorent iiohilaaud the swelling of the many
and numerous streams cause tho belief that
another disastrous overflow is inevitable. From
Helena to Memphis there is no land to be seen,
the water covering the earth for miles back into
the country. From St. Francis River up into
the sunk lauds, which comprise a large portion
of country, all is underwater except the Indian
mounds and one or two high ridges. The suffer
ing is described as terrible. Eight persons are
supposed to have been drowned in one locality
in the sunk lands. Three men are reported
drowned olf the Black Fish Bayou Bridge, on the
Memphis and Little Rock Railroad. The streets
of New Madrid aresubinerged to a depth of from
two to four feet, and there is water in almost
every house. The whole country back of that
place, as far as Cairo on the Missouri side, and
from Hickman, south for over fifty miles, is in
undated. Corn, live slock and fences have been
destroyed, but no great amount of suffering
among the people is reported. A Tuesday's
dispatch says that the Mississippi River is rising
at Helena, Ark., at the rate of half an inch per
hour. The levee is still unbroken. Thellelena
branch of tho Iron Mountain Railroad is sub
merged. At Arkansas City the river is still
rising. A break in tho Pastoria levee, Chicot
county, Ark., is reported.
The grand jury in the Newhall House disas
ter in Milwaukee brought in a final report on
the 2dth ult. They found that tho Newhall
House was constructed in as substantial a man
ner as such buildings usually are; that there
was scarcely a hotel in tho country as easy of
egress as the Newhall; that tho owners had
done all that was reasonable for protection from
and escape in case of accident ; that landlord
Antisdel was extremely solicitous for the wel
fare and safety of guests; that, however, he did
not employ sufficient men or means to alarm
guests, but they say in extenuation that he
adopted tho same precautions used in other
hotels of like size; that he wa3 at fault in not
instructing his help what to do in case of firo,
and not giving sufficient attention to the bar
room after knowing the habits of tho tenant;
that of all the help of the hotel, Linehan, the
engineer, alone made proper exertion to save
life. They censure the coroner for the manner
in which the morgue is kept, and find tho laws
regulating modes of egtess from buildings
A fire broke out at 1 o'clock o"n the afternoon
of the 3d inst., in the six-story building of the
New York Popular Publishing Company, at
No. IS Rose street, New York. Tho building
directly adjoins the Brooklyn bridge and a ter
rific wind swept across it, causing the flames to
spread with incredible rapidity. On tho two
upper floors over thirty girls were employed by
3 -lick & Stetchcr, publishers of songs, etc. When
the smoke filled the miiiding the girls became
panic-stricken and rushed in every direction.
Some ran to the roof aud climbed down to tho
roofs of buiidincs in the rear, while others
climbed down the fire-escapes into the yard.
Many fainted and had to be carried out. Three
are thought to have perished iu the flames. A
change of wind saved the building from total
destruction. Entire loss about $15,000.
Jarly on the morning of tho 3d inst. bur
glars opened the safe of J. C. ICIahott, jeweler
and watchmaker, Springfield, Illinois, and stole
from $18,000 to $20,000 wortli of goods. A large
pan of the stolen properly consisted of dia
monds and jewelry, aud inciuded -100 walehta,
of which 250 had been left for repair. Klahotfs
personal loss is about $15,000. The burglars
firr.1 entered II. F. Ruth's hardware store and
secured a dozen revolvers and tools with which
to break into Klahott's safe. Private Watch
man Schutt says the robbers bound and gagged
him, throw a blanket over him, and then put
him in the coal-house, lie succeeded in free
ing himself soon afterward. Ho says there
were three men. There is no clue to them.
The Augustinian fathers have made a finan
cial statement of the liabilities of tho Catholic
churches in Lawrence, which shows the amouirl
owed on personal accounts to be $405,-100 ; inter
est due January 1, $31,900 ; mortgages, $130,000 ;
toi.tl, $507,300. The assets amount to $509,000.
This leaves apparently a surplus of $1,700, but
as the market value of the assets is much less
than tho cost, there is a deficiency rather than
a surplus. The association propones to pay an
nually at least 4.25,000 of deposits, and as much
more as the endeavors of its member.? here and
elsewhere can obtain.
On tho 2d inst., while John S. Brown, treas
urer of the Guarantco Trust and Safo Deposit
Company of Philadelphia, was in tho offico of
tho president of that corporation a snoak-thief
enlcre! a private apartment conuected with.
the treasurer's office and stole $70,000 of con
solidated 5 per cent, bonds of the People's Pas
senger Railway Company. The loss was at
once telegraphed to New York and other parts
of the country, and it is believed that tho bonds
cannot be negotiated. The market value of
the bonds is about $12,000.
An earthquake shock occurred at Newport,
R. I., on tho 27th ult., which was very gener
ally felt. A number of panes of glass wero
broken in tho vicinity of Miantonomi Hill, and
in one houso a stovepipe was thrown down.
Houses at Stonebridge aud on the island wero
badly shaken up. At tho torpedo station the
shock was so great that the officers thought the
magaziuo had been blown up. At Norwich a
meteor was observed by a largo number of peo
ple three minutes beforo tho shock.
Judge Allen, the newjudgo of the criminal
court in Nashville, Tennessee, on tho 3d inst.,
on petition in tho caso of ex-Treasurer Polk,
reduced tho lalter's bail to $20,000. Tho bond
previously required was $50,000. The grounds
of the reduction wero Polk's inability to give
so high a bond and on account of his exhausted
condition from confinement, as shown by tho
testimony of physicians. Polk then gave tho
bond and was released.
Tho examination of tho books of Louis P.
Carman, who, until January 1, had been secre
tary and treasurer of tho Manhattan Firo In
surance Company, of New York, shows him to
be a defaulter to tho amount of nearly $10,000.
Ho disappeared several days ago, and has not
sinco been heard from.
Tho grand jury of Delaware county, Pa., on
Monday found a true bill of indictment against
Colonel Theodore Hyatt, principal of the Penn
sylvania Military Academy, for assaulting and
beating and unlawfully iurprisoniug Thaddeus
Lowe, one of his pupils.
Tho steamboat Yazoo, which left New Or
leans last Saturday, while turning a bend in
tho Mississippi, during tho night, was capsized
and sank near Red Church. As far as can bo
ascertained eighteen lives were lost.
Alexander H. Stevens, Governor of Georgia,
died at an early hour Monday morning. His
death removes another of tho prominent his
torical figures of the Confederacy. Mr. Ste
phens was born in 1S12 in Talliaferro county,
Ga., and was the son of a planter of moderate
means. He studied law and was admitted to
the bar in 1831. Ho quickly mado his mark,
and few lawyers in tho State have shown such
eloquence aud legal acumen. In 1S3G he was
elected to the Georgia Legislature, in which ho
served the four following years. In 1813, after
an exciting canvass, he was elected to Congress,
and was regularly re-elected until tho clo-e of
the Thirty-fifth Congress. He was first a Whig,
but when that parly dissolved in 1850-'52, he be
came what was then called a "resistance man,"
an opponent to the abolition tendencies" of the
North. At first Mr. Stephens opposed secession,
but three months after his great speech at
Milledgeville agai.ist it, ho was elected Vice
President of the Southern Confederacy. At
the close of the war Mr. Stephens was arrested
and taken to Fort Warren, where ho remained
five months a prisoner. His disabilities wero
removed shortly after his confinement. He
was elected to tho Forty-third Congress, but
his health was so poor that he seldom occupied
his seat. Last year tho Great Commoner, as
he was known in his native State, again an
nounced his intention of retiring from public
life, but he was persuaded by his friends to
enter the Gubernatorial contest and was elected
Governor of Georgia by a large mojority. Ho
was the author of an exceedingly interesting
"Constitutional View of the War," in two vol
umes, of which nearly one hundred thousand
copies were sold.
The embassy from tho Queen of Madagascar
to this country to arrange a treaty between the
two countries arrived in New York last Satur
day, in the steamer Spain, of the National Line.
Tho party includes Ravoninahitsiniarivo
holder of fifteen honors Officer of the Palace,
Principal Secretary of the State for Foreign
Affairs and Chief Ambassador of her Majesty
the Queen of Madagascar; Raman iraka holder
of fourteen honors O. P. D., member of tho
Privy Council and Second Ambassador of her
Majesty the Queen; Mr. Audrianisa and Mr.
Robibisoi, Native Secretaries; Mr. Ranjalahy,
Aide de-Camp; Mr. Anthony Tacchi, Secretary
and translator; Colonel Robinson and the Rev.
W. C. Pickersgill, missionary at MadaKr.
The party arc all fine-looking men. Jtavon
inahitsiniarivo is a man of medium stature,
with a long black mustache. Tho Secretary is
the only one of the embassy who speaks Eng
lish, except tho interpreter. The party were
all dressed in English clothing, with high silk
hats, and expressed themselves as greatly
pleased with their trip.
The remains of John Howard Payne aro now
en route to this country by the steamer Bur
gandia, of the New Fabrc Line, which is now
on her maiden voyage to New York. The Bur
gaudia left Palermo on the 1st inst., will pro
ceed to Naples to embark passengers and sail
direct to New York, touching at Gibraltar for
coal. She is expected to arrive at New York
about the 22d inst.
II. C. Page, formerly of New York, late of
Seward, Neb., died at Huron, Dakota Territory,
on February 7th. He served through tho wiir
as a member of the Twenty-fourth Independent
battery, New York light artillery. He was for
a time a prisoner at Andersonville. Ho was a
subscriber to Tin; Tkiuuni: aud in full and
hearty sympathy with tho cause it advocates.
Colonel Harry Gilmoro died in Baltimore,
Md., last Sunday. Ho was born in lfa33 in
Baltimore county. At the breakiug out of the
war he went South and entered the rebel army,
choosing the cavalry branch of tho service, lie
rose to the rank of colonel and was noted for
reckless bravery. Some of his raids into Mary
land and almost to Baltimore aro well re
membered. By the recent death of George D. llenkels, a
large furniture dealer of Philadelphia, Attorney
General Benjamin Han is Brewster becomes
the recipient of $25,000, secured to him by pol
icies on the life of Mr. Henkels. Mr. Brew
ster, several years ago, loaned Mr. Hcnkols a
large sum of mouoy and arranged for its pay
ment in this way.
The wedding of Scnator'H. A. W. Tabor, of
Colorado, and Miss Lizzie Bonhem McCourfc was
solemnized on the 1st inst. at Williard's Hotel,
in this city, by Row Father Chappelle, of Saint
Matthew's Church. President Aithur was
Mr. David McClelland, an ox-soldior and
pensioner, died in Utica, N. Y., on January 20.
He enlisted in First regiment Colorado volun
teers and participated in several battles, tho
principal of which was that of Pigeon Roost, in
Mr. Turner, a Rhode Islander, now in Rome,
will be the sculptor of the Newport statue of
Commodore Perry, of Lake Erie fame. Tho
monument fund now exceeds $13,000.
A Carson dispatch says that Hank Monk,
Horace Greeley's famous stage driver, died on
the 28th ult.
Five votes wore taken, on tho 1st inst., for
Senator from Michigan. On the fourth a break
Avas made iu favor of Palmer, Stockbridge's
forces dissolving and Palmer's vote going to
40. On the fifth Thomas W. Palmer, of De
troit, received 75 votes, and was declared
elected. Stout received 42 fusion votes and
Ferry 2. Thos. W. Palmer was born in Dotroit
in 1830, and entered tho State University at
sixteeen, but was compelled to Icavo within
the first year by threatened loss of cyosight.
After several years passed abroad he engaged
iu mercantile business in Applcton, Wisconsin.
Ik-ing burned out there a year later, ho ro
turncd to Detroit and engaged in lumbering
and real estate business, in which ho was very
successful. He now owns somo of the largest
mills on the Saginaw and Muskegon Rivers.
In 1878 he was elected to the State Senate; In
1SS0 ho was a defeated candidate for Governor,
and in 1882 ho presided over tho convention
which nominated Governor Jerome.
James S. Boyulon, President of tho Georgia
State Senate, having been notified of tho death
of Governor Stephens, reached Atlanta on tho
5th inst. Senator Colquitt, accompanied by
the judges of tho Supremo Court, the State
House officials and a number of friends, entered
tho Senate Chamber of the Capitol with little
ceremony. Chief Justice Jackson adminis
tered to Judge Boynton tho oath of offico.
Governor Boynton, in accordance with a pro
vision of the constitution, issued an executivo
order for an election to bo held April 21, to fill
the unexpired term of Governor Stephens, and
a further order calling an extra session of tho
Legislature to meet May 20, to declare tho re
sult. The Michigan Bcpubllcan State Convention
convened on tho 28th ult. Johu S. Newborry
was mitdo permanent chairman and E, T. Ben
nett secretary. Fori justice of tho supremo
court, long term, Austin Blair was nominated
on tho third bAllot,i receiving 310 votes and
Charles Upson, 251. or tho short term Thos.
J. O'Brien was nominated. For regent of the
university, full term,- Harry B. Hutchius was
nominated on tho first ballot. For tho short
term, Joseph C. Jones, of Saginaw, was nomi
nated on the first ballot. A motion to adjourn
was voted down by a decided majority, but was
declared carried, and tho convention broke up
Tho bi-centennial anniversary of the New
Jersey Legislature was colebrated in Taylor's
Opera House, at Trcuton, on the 1st inst., in tho
presence of a largo audience composed of mem
bers and ox-members of tho Legislature, State
officers, and visitors. Among those present
wero Governor Ludlow, ex-Governors Parker
and Ward; Wm. Patterson, asscmblj-man in
1813; and David Neighbor, assemblyman in
181-1. A historical address was delivered by
Chas. D. Deshler, of New Brunswick, and a
historical paper, prepared by Edwin Salter, of
Barnegat, was read by Senator Nicholson.
Tho municipal elections in a number of
Maino cities occurred on tho 5th inst. In Port
land, John W. Dcoriug (Dem.) was elected
mayor. At Bath there wero three tickets, and
tkero was no choico for mayor. Lowistou
elected Dr. Garcelon (Dem.) mayor. Auburn
elects George A. Woodman (Rop.) mayor. At
Saco tho Republicans re-elect Mayor Owen.
Rockland elected Geo. Gregory (Dem.) mayor.
The Greenback voto everywhere is very light.
In tho Pennsylvania House of Representa
tives a bill has been reported favorably from
tho judiciary committee providing that if the
city of Philadelphia shall furnish suitable ac
commodations for tho executivo business" and
for tho sessions of tho Legislature, without cost
to tho State, tho Legislature will meet in that
city on the first Tuesday in January, 1S85, and
In tho Maine House of Representatives, on
thoQSth ult., an amendment to the capital pun
ishment bill was adopted that a jury, in ren
dering a verdict for murder may recommend
tho prisoner to the mercy of the court; also an
amendment that counsel for the prisoner shall
have tho closing argument to the jury. Tho
bill restoring in full tho death penalty wns
then passed to bo engrossed.
Tho committee on constitutional amend
ments in the lower house of the Missouri Legis
lature have 8,231 petitions asking that the pro
hibitory amendment bo submitted to the peo
plo of tho State, and 47,581 remonstrances
against such action. Tho committee takes this
as a fair expression of tho sentiments of the
people, and will report unfavorably on the joint
resolution providing for the submission.
Tho general appropriation bill, having failed
to pass the Indiana Legislature before the ad
journment on Saturday night, cannot now be
passed this session. The educational institu
tions are left unprovided for. Most of the State
officers and benevolent institutions arc provided
for by the general act of 1S70.
The official canvass of the vote at the San
Francisco city election shows that the new
charter has been defeated by thirty-two votes.
Many protests have been tiled, and there is
suspicion of fraud.
The Massachusetts nouse, on the 2Sth ult.,
by a vote of 127 to 00, rejected the bill giving
to female citizens the right to vote for city and
town officers ami, to hold city and town offices.
- Tho Republican State Committee have elected
Senator Orvillo II. Piatt a member of the Re
publican National Committee in place of Hon.
Marshall Jewell, deceased.
THE OLD WORLD.
Something About What Is (Joins on in Other Lands
Extreme distress among the peoplo is re
ported from county Donegal, Ireland. Many
scientists and authors in France have petitioned
President Grevy to liberate Prince Krapotkine,
tho anarchist. Mr. Gladstone has had an inter
view with President Grevy in Paris. Paper
bombs filled with powder wero thrown in the
way of the Austrian embassy iu Rome recently.
Tho execution of five of Prof. Palmer's
murderers took place on tho 28lh ult., at Tan
tab, Egypt. The distress among tho people
of Loughrea is reported as alaruving. They
havo boon besieging the priest's houses clamor
ing for food. The silver wedding ceremonies
of the Crown Prince and Princess ofGennany
occurred on the 23th ult. in Berlin. Tho so
cialistic troubles in Andalusia, Spain, havo led
to the discovery of a secret order allied tho
Black Hand. A band of masked and armed
men, supposed to be members of a secret society,
entered a farm at Puerto Serrano, Andalu
sia, and murdered the men, assaulted the wo
men, and destroyed everything on the place.
Mr. Parnoll has written a letter to tho
president of the land league of America, saying
that he may soon proceed to tho United States.
Three hundred women will leave Limor-
ick to work in a cotion factory iu Now Hamp
shire. Mr. Harrington, the imprisoned land
leaguer, has been removed to Galway prison.
The anarchists in Spain threaten to stir up
a general strike of laborers to prevent tho gath
ering of the crops. Tho Nethcrland ministry
have tendered their resignations. The Lon
don Board of Trade has exonerated the captain
of the City of Brussels from blame in the collis
ion with the Ivirby Hall. Anchor Lino
Steamship Company is organizing a new mail
line between Liverpool and New York. M.
Ferry has declared against a revision of tho
French constitution at the present time.
The trial of thirty socialists will begin at Vi
enna to-day. Tho tablet in memory of the
late Professor Samuel F. B. Morse was un
veiled in Rome on the 5th instant, before tho
houso which he onco occupied. A new lino
of steamers is to be started between Bremen
and Cuba. Tho Society for the Suppression
of Blasphemous Literature is planning an at
tack on Tyndall, Huxley, aud other liberal
writers. James Carey, tho informer, has
been expelled from tho Dublin town council.
General von Kameke, minister of war for
Germany, has resigned.
Tho 2Ioon that Determines Knster-Tido.
JVoirt the P-ovideiicc Journal. .
The March moon fulls on the 23d at twenty
minutes past 1 o'clock in tho evening. The fuil
March moon plays an important part in tho
affairs of men. For as she fulls three days after
the vernal equinox, she determines, iu accord
ance with tho law, that Easter shall fall on the
following Sunday, the 25th, and Easter in turn
determines tho other movable feasts and fasts
of the church. Tho short timo intervening be
tween the vernal equinox and tho full of tho
moon brings Easter this year within three days
of the earliest dato the festival can occur. In
1813 Easter fell on tho 22(1 of March, tho earliest
date possible. Such will not be tho case again
either in this or the following century.
Tho Czar's 'ew Throne.
Tho throne which is to be used at the Czar's
coronation next May or Juno, and which is
now nearly completed, is to cost $10,000. It
will bo of black oak, richly carved in antiquo
Slavonic patterns, with a canopy supported by
columns ten feet high and ornamented with
imperial eagles and with a scroll work bearing
the coat-of-arms of the fifty-six governments of
Russia. The chairs for tho Emperor and Em
press will bo placed on a dais hung with crim
son velvet richly trimmed with gold.
A Nation or Coffee Drinkors.
From the Lancaster New Era.
The peoplo of the United States aro emphati
cally tho cofl'ee-drinkiug peoplo of the world.
Wo imported last year the enormous sum of
218,312 tons, or -180,08-1,480 pounds of this berry,
of which nearly two-thirds, or 315,103,930
pounds, came from Brrizil. It will bo seen that
we consume moro than eight pounds per aqrita
of our entire population. This estimate dock
not take into account tho millions of pounds
of chicory, ryo, roots, and numerous other sub
stances that aro ground up and passod upon
tho ignorant and unwary us tho genuine article.
Richly Deserves Support.
Brotvnville (Neb.) Republican.
Tne National TntnUNnluis been enlarged from
a forty-eight to a. fifty-six column paper, and greatly
improved in anpciirance. It is an ardent advocate
of the lightaol tho soldier and richly deserves tho
support it is receiving.
The Nunda Herald, Nunda, III., is now pub
lishing an interesting history of tho Seven
teenth Illinois eavalry. The members of that
command should take the Herald if they wish
to recoivo nn accurato and succinct history of
tho regimont, its meetings, reuuions, &c.
Thirty-two old war songs, published by an
old wounded soldier, sent for 25 cents. Ad
dress Lewis L. Gray, Beloit, Kansas.
THE WORK OF CONGRESS.
of the Tariff and Internal
THE FORTY-DOLLAR BILL.
Piatt's Substitute Adopted on
the Eve of Adjourn rri ent.
In tbe Senate, on Wednesday, the 23fch ult.,
a message was received announcing the names
of the House conferees ou tho internal revenue
and tariff bill.
At Mr. Garland's (Ark.) request tho message
was read. Mr. Garland asked to have read
from the Congressional Record tho resolution of
the Houso instructing its conferees" to consider
fully the constitutional objections to the inter
nal revenue bill as amended by tho Senate, and
to bring the same, together with tho opinion of
the House in regard thereto, before the com
mittee of conference," &c., and moved to recon
sider tho motion by which tho Senate had
agreed to a conference.
Mr. Iugalls (Kau.) offered the following res
olution: Resohid, Thnt it is the opinion of the Senate that
the eon forced on the House bill 5533 (the internal
revenue nnd tariff bill) should be full and free, nnd
that if the Senate conferees become advised that
any limitation has been placed by the House upon
the action of their conferees, the Senate conferees
shall retire and report the fact to tho Somite for its
Mr. Garland said he was willing to accept
Mr. Ingalls's resolution in lieu of tho action ho
had himself proposed, and it was agreed to
without a division.
The Senate then resumed the consideration
of tho bill to givo increased pensions ($10 a
month) to one-armed and one-legged soldiers
and others suffering from equivalent disabili
ties. The pending question was on tho motion of
Mr. Vest, (Mo.,) to strike out tho words, "shall
have suffered disability equal thereto."
A number of amendments were offered and
voted down, and after a protracted debase tho
Piatt amendment (fixing the maximum pension
at $39 per month) was adopted yeas 27, nays
1-1. The text of tho bill and a synopsis of tho
debate will bo found elsewhere in our columns.
THURSDAY'S riiOCGnDIXGS, .
In the Senate, on Thursday, the 1st -inst.,
Messrs. Bayard (Del.) and Beck (Ivy.) were
excusi'd at their own request from serving ou
tho committee of conference on tho tariff bill,
and Messi-3. Mahono (Ya.) and McDill (la.)
were appointed in their places, after the follow
ing Senators had suceessivclydeelincd to serve:
Voorhees, (Ind.,) McPherson, (N. J.,) Harris,
(Tenn.,) Morgan, (Ala.,) Gorman, (Md.,) Davis,
(W. Va.,) Jonas, (La.,) Butler,- (S. C.,) Maxcy,
(Tex.,) Ingalls, (Kan.,) and Miller, (Gil.)
The conference repoit on tho fortification
appropriation bill was presented and agreed
to, and then the sundry civil appropriation
bill was taken up.
In tho Senate, on Friday, the 2d inst., the
conference reporton the District of Columbia
appropriation bill was agreed to.
. Mr. Plumb, (Kan.,) from the committee on
conference on the post-office appropriation bill,
reported that the conferees had failed to agree
upon two provisions iu the bill, the appropria
tion for the fast-mail service and the legisla
tion relating to the Pacific railroads.
The conference report was agreed to. Mr.
Plumb moved that tho Senate further insist,
and ask for a now committee of conference.
The bills providing for the admission free of
duty of articles intended for tho Louisville and
Denver expositions were passed.
At 2:30 the Senate, on motion of Mr. Ed
munds, went into executivo session. The
doors wero reopened at 5:45 p. in., when tho
conference report on the army appropriation
bill was submitted and agreed to. The item
limiting the compensation to be paid to sub
sidized railroads for army transportation is
stricken from the bill.
At this iKiint there was a heated colloquy be
tween Messrs. Van Wyck. (Neb.,) Cameron,
(Pa.,) aud Logan, (111.,) growing out of a bitter
attack of the former on tho Department of
Justice. At 7:15 the Senate took a rcccs3 for
After the recess the Senate, after debate,
concurred in tbe conference reports on the
legislative, executive, judicial, aud naval ap
Mr. Morrill (Vt.) then presonted and ex
plained at length the conference report on the
internal revenue and tariff bill.
At 12:30 a. m. the Senate agreed to the con
ference report ou the tax and tariff bill yeas
32, nays 31.
In the Senate, on Saturday, the 3d inst., the
bill to exempt the cadets now in the Naval Acad
emy from tho operations of the law providing
for a reduction was takon up and passod.
Mr. Bayard (Del.) offered a resolution giving
tho thanks of the Senate to President David
Davis for tho couiteous, impartial and able
manner in which he has presided over the Sen
ate aud fulfilled the duties of President.
Agreed to unanimously.
The bill for the relief of certain officers of
the army and that directing tho Postmaster
General to readjust the salaries of certain post
masters were passed.
At 12 o'clock Mr. Davis, the President, in
resigning that office pursuant to tho notice
given somo days since, delivered the following
Sns.VTons: Gratitude fails to express tbe feeling
which moves mu in responding to the generous
expressions in the resolution you have adopted.
As the presiding officer of this honored body 1 have
received courteous co-operfttion from both sides,
and constant kindness in the discharge of ofllcinl
duties and personal intercourse. 1 ought to be,
nnd I believe 1 am, fully sensible of the obligations
impo-jcd by these acts, the more so as 1 entered upon
the duties of the chair almost 11 stranger to parlia
mentary practices. Six years have passed away
sinco the Legislature of Illinois conferred upon mo
the trust which is about to expire by constitutional
limitation. 1 neither sought nor expected an elec
tion, which was brought about by a union of differ
ent elements. Political convictions have separated
me from tho two great parties, nnd have subjected
my action hero and elsewhere to the criticism of
organs of both organiJitions. A public man who
fateps outside of regular party lines is exposed to
misrepresentation of his motives, and to the charge
of weakness in his conduct, lie gains little credit
for the moral courage of self-assertion, and none
for casting aside ambition iu defense of his princi
ples. In legislating I have striven to consider
measures solely with reference to the publio good,
and without the least regard to their political pa
ternity. Above and beyond all other objects my
great aim has been to extinguish tho strife of sec
tions and to see the Union restored in all its integ
rity with refreshed and increased grandeur. Thank
God, that happy day has at hist come North and
South are only geographical expressions. Fifty
millions of free, happy, and prosperous people re
joico in n reunited country, strengthened by tho
sternest of human trials. I shall carry away Avith
me and cherish nsabolace in private lite the cordial
friendships formed here. It will be a constant
pleasure to reflect upon that no jar has disturbed
the administration of tho high office I now resign,
bidding an aHettionalc farewell to every member
of the Senate and every otlicer connected with it.
Mr. Anthony (li. I.) offered a resolution de
claring Senator Edmunds elected President pro
tempore of the Senate. Mr. Pendleton (Ohio)
moved to amend so as to make the resolution
apply to Mr. Bayard. Tho amendment was
lost. Mr. Edmunds (Vt.) ,was then elected.
Standing by tho Clerk's desk he said:
Sexatoos : I beg to thank the Senate sincerely
for the honor it has conferred upon me, and to say
that I fehall endeavor to discharge the duties im
posed with fidelity. As I think that under the law
1 ought to take an oath of olllce, I ank the Senator
from JUiodu Island, the oldest Senator present, to
Mr. Anthony administered tho oath, and Mr.
Edmunds then took the chair.
Mr. McMillan (Minn.) reported that th6
Committee on Commerce did not feel justified
in recommending tho passage of tho river and
harbor bill, owing to the lack of time to prop
erly consider it, and it was laid on the table.
Mr. Hale, (Me.,) from tho Committee on Ap
propriations, reported the deficiency appropria
tion bill. Sovoral amendments were rflered,
but they wero till defeated except one directing
the Attorney-General to pay Chas. H. JReed for
his services in defending Guiteau whatever
sum ho may consider a proper compensation,
not to exceed $3,000. Passed.
At 3:15 o'clock tho Senate went into execu
When the doors wero reopened the Senate
passed the bill to refund to the State of Georgia
money paid out for tho common defense in
1777, The House bill to afford assistance and.
relief to Congress and tho Executivo Depart
ments in tho investigation of claims and de
mands against the Government was passed
without amendment, and tho Senate took a
recess until evening.
When the Senate resumed its session, the
House bill to modify the postal money order
system and that to punish larceny from tho
person in tho District of Columbia passed.
The House bill to provide for assessments of
real estato in tho District of Columbia was
passed without amendment.
The Houso joint resolution providing for a
new mixed commission, in accordance with
the treaty of 1SC6 between tho United States
and Venezuela, was passed without amend
ment. Tho Scnato again went into executive
session at 1:15 Sunday morning and ten min
utes later tho doors wero reopened and the
shipping bill, slightly amended, was passed.
House bill to adjust the salaries of postmasters
was passed. Several private bills were passed,
among them one for the relief of Samuel Chase
Barney, an officer dismissed from tho navy by
President Lincoln. At 2:10 the Senate again
went into executive session.
Tho Senato reconvened at 3:15, but it was an
hour later when a message was received that
the House had agreed to the sundry civil bill.
It was then passed. The Senate took a recess
until 10 o'clock.
On reassembling, Mr. Beck (Ky.) called the
attention of the Senato to the fact that tho
Secretary of the Interior had transmitted on
March 1st a response to the resolution calling
for an alphabetical list of pensioners on the
roll January 1st, 1833, and asked that it bo
printed. Agreed to. A resolution was adopted
for the appointment of a committee of two
Senators to join the Houso committee to wait
upon the President of the United States and
inform him that Congress had completed its
business and was ready to adjourn. The Presi
dent appointed Messrs. Anthony and Bayard.
At 11:45 tho Scnato committee aimointed to
wait upon the President reported that they had
performed the duty assigned to them, and that
the President had stated that he had no further
communication to make to Congress.
Precisely at 12 o'clock the President pro
tern., Mr. Edmunds, brought down his gavel
and said: "Senators, the hour has arrived at
which, by the constitution and the laws of the
United States, the Forty-seventh Congress ter
minates. It becomes the duty of the chair,
therefore, to declare this session adjourned
without day, and in doing so he wishe3 you,
each one of you, a pleasant and safe journey to
your homes and every felicity in your future
lives. Tho Senate stands adjourned without
In the House, on Wednesday, tho 23th ult.,
Mr. Randall (Pa.) asked to be excused from
serving on the committee of conference ou the
tariff and internel revenue bill.
The Chair then successively appointed Mr.
Morrison, of Illinois, aud Mr. Tucker, of Vir
ginia, but these gentlemen declined. He after
wards appointed Mr. Speer, of Georgia.
The river and harbor bill was taken up, and
Mr. McLane (Md.) spoke in support of the bill.
Mr. Cox, (N. Y.,) in a five-minute speech, on-
posed the bill, and expressed his wonder at
how it managed always to get through. It
reminded him of the bill mentioned in " lolan
the." ' Though your fury it arouses, it shall
be passed by both your houses."
Mr. Butterworth (O.) expressed his disbelief
in the idea that the waters of the Mississippi
could be confined by mud walls withont a com
promise with muskr.its or a truce with moles.
Mr. Ellis (La.) spoke in favor of the levee
The bill was then read by paragraphs for
In the House, on Thursday, the 1st inst., Mr.
Forney (Ala.) presented the conference report
on tho fortification appropriation bill, and it
W03 agreed to. The bill appropriates $670,000,
being $295,000 more than when it passed the
The Ifouse then yeas 124, nays 107 ordered
that the consideration of the river and harbor
bill should be resumed, and immediately went
into committee on that bill.
At this point a message was received from
the Senate announcing the appointment of
Senators Mahone aud McDill as conferees on
the internal revenue bill to fill the vacancies
occasioned by the declination of Senators Bay
ard and Beck, an announcement that was re
ceived with laughter by the Democratic side.
The item relative to the Mississippi Hiver hav
ing occii readied, jstr. ltobinson otlereu an
amendment prohibiting the further construc
tion or repair of levees except in tho perform
ance of existing contracts. After debate the
amendment was defeated.
The clause as finally agreed to is as follows :
Improving Mississippi Uiver. That the sum of
one million five hundred thousand dollars be and
is hereby appropriated, or so much thereof as may
be necessary, out of any money in the Treasury not
otherwise appropriated, for the improvement of
the Mississippi l'iver from the head of the passes
to Cairo, including tho harbors of New Orleans,
Natchez, Vicksburg, Memphis, and the reaches at
Plum Point and Iiko lrovidence, and the deflec
tion of the waters of the Hod and Mississippi liivcrs
from the Atchafalaya Uiver; five hundred thousand
dollars from Cairo to the Illinois ltiver, including
Alton harbor, and one hundred and fifty thousand
dollars from the Illinois Itiver to the i)cs Moines
Itapids, including improvement of Quincy Bay,
which said sums) shall be expended under the di
rection of the Secretary War, in accordance with
the plana, specifications, estimates, and recommen
dations of the Mississippi Uiver commission, pro
vided that no portion of the money hereby appro
priated shall ne expended at any otuer points than
those herein speciiied.
The committee then rose.
The Speaker announced tho appoiutmcut of
Messrs. Steele, (Ind.,) Townsend, (O.,) and
Sparks (111.) as members of the board of visitors
to West Poiut, and of Messrs. Harmer, (Pa.,)
Updcgraff, (la.,) and Mills (Tex.) as members
of a similar boaid to Anuapolis.
Mr. Moore (Tenn.) offered a resolution call
ing on the Secretary of the Interior for infor
mation as to the amount of Indian trust funds
invested in Tennesseo bonds, and whether Ten
nessee has made any proposition
their settlement. Referred.
At tho evening session the deficiency ap
propriation bill was called up aud passed, and
the House resumed consideration of the river
and harbor bill. The item for the appropria
tion for the improvement of the Sacramento
River led to a violent attack by Mr. Van Voor
his, of New York, on Mr. Page, of California,
who reported the bill. Mr. McLane (Md.)
made a motion to expel Mr. Van Voorhis for
unparliamentary language, but tho odendiug
member withdrew the objectionable words, aud
tho excitement quieted down.
In the House, on Friday, the 2d inst., Mr.
Carpenter, (la.,) under instruction from the
Committee on Education aud Labor, called
up Senate bill amending tho act granting pub
lic lands to tho several States and Territories
which may provide colleges for the benefit of
agriculture- and the mechanic arts. Passed.
At the conclusion of the hour the Senato
amendments to the sundry civil appropriation
bill were non-concurred in.
The conference report on the District of
Columbia appropriation bill was agreed to.
Mr. Caswoll (Mo.) submitted the conference
report on tho post-oilice appropriation bill,
which states a continued disagreement on tho
items providing for special mail facilities and
limiting the compensation to bo paid to subsi
Mr. Robinson moved that the Houso re
cede from its disagreement to the two amend
ments aud agree to the same. Agreed to.
Tho effect of this voto is to pass the bill re
taining the appropriation of $185,000 for special
mo.il facilities, aud without the clause limiting
tho compensation to bo paid to subsidized rail
roads for mail transportation.
Tho House then took up the Mississippi con
tested case of Buchanan vs. Manning. The
resolution which grants the contestant leave to
wi thdraw papers without prej udice was adopted.
This confirms the right of Mr. Manning to the
Mr. Bingham (Pa.) moved to suspend the
rules and pass bill to adjust the salaries of post
masters. Mr. Bingham explained that tho ob
ject of tho bill was to adjust the salaries of
47,000 postmasters. This had been rendered
necessary by the action-of Cougress in reducing
the rates of postage, to take effect on October 1
next. Tho bill retained tho present classifica
tion of postmasters. As to tho first clas3 of
postmasters tho bill carried $12,000 additional
compensation. The salary of tho postmasters
at St. Louis, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia
was increased from $1,000 to $G,000, and at Cin
cinnati, Baltimore, San Francisco and Washing
ton from $1,000 to $5,000. The compensation
to second and third-class postmasters remained
as at present. Tho rato of commission granted
to fourth-class postmasters had been changed
so that they would receive about the same com
pensation under tho two-cent -lawas they did
under tho three-cont law.
Tho motion was agreed to 152 to 21 and
the bifl passed.
Mr. Flower (IT. Y.) moved to suspend the
rules and pas3 a joint resolution proposing a
constitutional amendment granting to the
President power to veto specific itcm3 in bills
making appropriation of money while approv
ing of the remaining items in such bills. Lost
101 to 53 not the necessary two-thirds in
Mr. Butterworth (O.) offered to suspend the
rules and pass the bill to authorize the South
ern Pacific and other railroad companies to
unite and consolidate so 03 to form a continu
ous lino of railroad from tho tidal waters of tho
Pacific Ocean to tho Gulf of Mexico. Mr. But
terworth explained that tho bill simply author
ized the consolidation of nine roads to form a
continuous line from the Pacific to tho Gulf of
Mexico. In order to meet every objection tho
biil had been amended in many particulars.
The motion was lost yeas 87, nays 123.
Mr: Curtin (Pa.) moved to suspend the rules
and concur in Senate amendments to tho bill
increasing the pensions of soldiers and sailors
who have lost an arm or leg in tho service.
At 5:30 the House took a recess until 7:30
At tho evening session a resolution wo?
adopted seating Sessinghaus, contestant from
St. Louis, and he was sworn in. The confer
ence report on tho legislative appropriation, bill
was agreed to. It appropriates $20,46-1,298.
In the House, on Saturday, tho 3d inst., Mr,
Kclley (Pa.) submitted the conference report
on the tariff bill, and after a short debate it was
adopted yeas 152, nays 115. It was a party
vote, with the exception that the following
Democrats wero recorded in favor of the billi
Messrs. Randall. Beltzhoover, Mutchler, Ermen
trotit, Wise and Klotz, of Pennsylvania ; Bliss,
Hardy and Scoville, of New York; Harden'
bergh, Harris and Ross, of New Jersey; LadtL.
of Maine; Morso, of Massachusetts; Fulkcrson.
of Virginia; Wilson, of West Virginia; ana
Speer, of Georgia sixteen in all The follow
ing Republicans voted against it: Messrs,
Baync, Brum, Campbell, Errott, and Miller, ol
Pennsylvania ; Dawes, McKinly, Robinson and
Taylor, of Ohio; Hazeltine, Ford, Rice and
Taylor, of Missouri ; Hubbell, of Michigan
and Urner, of Maryland.
Tho Houso then took a recess until 8 p. m.,
when it proceeded to the consideration of the
contested, election case of Lee vs. Richardson,
from tho first congressional district of South
Carolina, and Lee, colored contestant, spoke in
his own behalf, to which Richardson replied.
The vote was then taken on the minority
resolutions as a substitute for tho majority
resolutions declaring Lee entitled to the seat,
and they were adopted yeas 121, nays 114.
The majority of the commiteo reported a
resolution giving the contestant leave to with
draw his paper without prejudice the effect of
this being to confirm Richardson s right to his
scat. The vote then recurred on the majority
report a3 amended by the minority, and the
.Democrats refusing to vote, the House was lefS
without a quorum, the vote standing yeaa
125, nays 6.
The deadlock continned until 4 a. m., San
day when Mr. Hiscock (N. Y.) presented the
conference report on the sundry civil appropri
ation bill. The bill, as agreed upon, appropri
ates $23,596,147, an increase of $776,914 over
the appropriationoriginally recommended by
the House. The report was agreed to.
At 4:30 a motion was made for a recess, but
the friends of the bonded whisky extension
bill opposed it and raised the point of no quo
rum. Another deadlock ensued, and at 6:30 a. m.
the House took a recess until 9:30 a. n
that hour the House proceeded to tak
House bills with Senate at
wero on the Speaker's table, ontf
was made to obtain a vote on thei
but without success. A resolution
of regret at the death of Governor AiS
H. Stephens, of Georgia, was passed, as al3o
usual complimenlary resolution in regard, to
thc services of the Speaker of the House.
On motion of Mr. Hiscock, a committee- to
wait on the President and infJrin him. that
Congress was ready to adjourn was ordered
At 11:55 the committee to wait on the Presi
dent reported that he had no further commu
nication to make to Congress.
Speaker Jveifer then delivered his closing;
address. In the course of his remarksy he
It would be quite impossible at this time to-enumerate
the many important laws which lumj-been,
enacted to foster and Tjroniote the substantial inter
ests of the whole country. This Congress enacted,
into a law the first three per cent, funding: bill
known to this country, and under it a considerable
portion of the Government debt lias been refunded,
at lower rates than ever before. It did not hesitate
to take hold of the question of polygamy, and it is
believed it has struck the first effective blow in, the
direction of destroying that greatest remaining
public crime of the age. Laws have been passeito
protect the immigrant on his wayacross the sea ami
upon his arrival in the ports of this country. Laws
have also been passed to extend the charters of tho
banking institutions, so that financial discords can
not take place, which would otherwise Iiave come
at the expiration of the old bank charters. Many
public acts will be found relating to the Indian;
policy and the land policy of this country, which,
will prove to be wise. The post-oflice laws have
been so changed as to reduce letter-postage from,
three to two cents the lowest rate ever known ia
the United Stales. No legislation of this Congress
will be found upon the statute books revolutionary
in character, or which will oppress any section or
individual in the land. All legislation has been in.
the direction of relief. Pension laws have been, en
acted which are deemed wise, and liberal appropri
ations have been made to pay the deserving: and
unfortunate pensioner. Internal revenue taxes
have been taken off. and the tariff laws havo been
revised. Sectionalism lias been unknown ia the
enactment of laws. In the main, a fraternal spirit
has prevailed among the members from alE por
tions of the Union. What has been said in.- the
heat of debate, nnd under excitement, and some
times with provocation, is not to be regarded in
determining the genuine feeling of concord exist
ing between members. The high office I have- filled
through the sessions of this Congress has enabled
me to judge better of the true spirit of the mem
bers that compose it than I could otherwise havo
done. It is common to say that the House of Rep
resentatives is a very turbulent and disorderly body
of men. This is true more in appearance than in,
reality. Those who look on and do not participate
see more apparent confusion than exists in reiuity.
The disorder that often appears upon the floor of
the House grows out of an earnest, active spirit pos
sessed by members coming from all sections of. the
United States, and indicate in a high degree their
strong individuality and their great zeal iu trying
to secure recognition in the prompt discharge- of
their duty. No more conscientious body of men
than compose this llouse of Representatives, iamy
opinion, ever met. Partisan zeal has in some- in
stances led to fierce word-contests on the floor, but
when the occasion which gave rise to it passed by
party spirit went with it.
I congratulate each member of this Honse-upon
what has been accomplished by him in the disehnrgo
of the important duties of a representative, and with
thesincereot hope that all may return safely to- their
homes, ami wishing each a successful aud happy
future during life, I now exercise my last oOieial
duty as presiding officer of this House by declaring
the term of this House, under the Constitution ot
tho United states, at an end, aud that it shall stand
adjourned s;nc die.
The Letter or a Patriot.
From the Eoslon Globe.
When the project of the Soldiers Home was
first proposed, .Mr. George Draper, a wealthy
manufacturer of Hopedale, Mass.. promised, to
be one of 100 gentlemen to give yearly $100 to
its support. The other 99 have not been forth
coining, but Mr. Draper has kept his individual
promise, and the post week the treasurer of tho
Homo received Mr.' Draper's check for $100
with the following letter:
HorcrAr.E, Mass., Feb. 5, 1.SS3.
GEonr.B "W. CnnAsnY, Treasurer Soldiers' Heme,
Dnvn Siu : Inclosed I hand you my check for $ICO,
to bo used for the support of the inmates of tho
It gives me pleasure to contribute this amount,
as 1 have long felt it to be a disgrace- to the citizens
of Massachusetts to allow any of tho-o who served
in the field to be innr.stes of poorhouscs. I have
within a fewdavs signed 11 petition to havetka
State appropriate 515,1)00 to the support of tho
I sincerely hope the sum will be appropriated,
and if so, I shall cheerfully pay ray share i tho
necessary tax. I take this occasion to outer my
protest against the unfeeling and relfisli remarks I
often see in 'the newspapers about pensions and
those who receive them.
The claim agents and unworihv pensioners aro
always in tiie foreground. I claim forourrctiwned
soldiers the presumption always gien to criiitja3
at least, i. e., it ought to be presumed taat thy n
trustworthy till proved otherwise. How often it is
said of criminals that "ninety-nine criminals had
lctter escnpo than one innocc.it person be pun
ished;" so I say, better pay pensions to nmety
nine doubtful persons who were actually iu the
service than have one who is actually entitled to a
pension be refused, aud porlmps in consc(iuenco
sent to the poorhouse. Yours, truly,
A Truly Soldier's Paper.
Pocahontas Times, 1'onda, loica.
Tue Natioxai. TniBUXE, a truly soldier's paper,
published at "Washington, is at this time publishing
a series of articles descriptive of the kittles fought
during tho rebellion. Tho paper is an excellent
one for ex-soldiers and keeps them posted about
pension and other matters particularly interesting
to (hem. Tho Times would recommend all soldiera
of the rebellion to subscribe. Terms i S1.00 par
year. Sample copies may be seen at this olua
where subscriptions trill fee received.