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VOL. XV. NO. 68.
PHILADELPHIA, WEDNESDAY. MARCH 22, 1871.
DOUBLE SHEET THREE CENTS.
THE SAH DOMINGO COMMISSION.
The Report Foreshadowed.
New Jersey Capital Removal.
Terrible Affair in WilkosbarrO.
Accident on the Penna. Central.
Bt. JBftC Etc., Etc., BtO.
Character of the Forthcoming Report Da
agreement Concerning Detnlls.
Key West, Florida, March 21. The steamer
Tennessee, with the commissioners and the
entire Santo Domingo expedition, arrived here
to-day at noon, with not one ease of sickness on
board. The vessel will probably stay here four
days to coal. It now seems doubtful what ar
rangements will be made for returning home
It was the intention of the commissioners to
leave ship at this point, and go home by rail
from Cedar Keys, or eomo other point accessible
by commercial steamers from this place. No
steamer being here in readiness, wo may all re
turn in the Tennessee.
Nearly two weeks' delay has been occasioned
by the visit to Kingston, and nothing has been
accomplished. The commissioners merely tele
graphed to the President that they were on
their way home. That was no reason for going
to Jamaica. They could have come here from
Port-au-Prince on the same coal it took to go to
Kingston, and in about the same time. Mr.
Wade opposed the Kingston visit very earnestly,
but he was outvoted. It required less than two
days to coal at Jamaica, but we remained there
five or six. There has been useless, extravagant,
and unreasonable delay from the time the com
mission left New York, more than two months
On the subject of the report of the commis
sioners to the President, there has been some
earnest and emphatic debate between the com
missioners. Three reports were under prepara
tion at one time. Mr. Wade wanted a short and
decided report ready to be presented when the
commissioners arrived in Washington. Mr.
White wanted to go to Washington and write
the report there, taking several weeks' time,
in order to make it as full and as perfect as
the importance of the case demanded.
Mr. Howe at first was undecided, and
all three began reports. The members
agreed upon the substantial points, as
sent in my letter from Port-au-Prince, all being
favorable to the administration side of the
question; but they did not agree as to the char
acter of the report aud its length. Mr. Wade
wrote a very plain, matter-of-fact document,
which be closed by saying, substantially, that
he thought it unbecoming the United States to
hold out inducements and promises to a weak
and helpless Government, and then treat her in
bad faith ana leave ner to her late. The report
all through was strongly in favor of annexation.
Mr. Howe nereed to sign it. Mr. White was
in favor of amending it, by extend
ing it, and leaving out the strong expressions of
opinion. He merely wanted to report on facts,
ns they found them; he thought Congress did
not want their opinions. Several meetings have
been held, but no decision has yet been reached,
except that the report will be amended some
what; but the general views will be retained,
perhaps the closing words modified. All the
commissioners will sign it, and the proposition
of Messrs. White and Howe, to present a pre
liminary report upon their return, and an ex
tended one a month or two hence, has been
Wade calls Cabral a "chicken thief," and says
it was unnecessary to see him; that it makes no
difference if he is opposed to annexation. Mr.
Howe was in favor of delaying the expedition
at Port au-Prlnce until Cabral could bo seen.
General Baez filed a claim with the commission
for personal Indemnity of nearly $100,000, for
destruction of property, etc., which he insists
must be paid if annexation occurs. He is will
ing to accept the old treaty. The commissioners
will all visit Washington as soon as they return.
The expenses of the expedition thus far are
about $10,000, exclnsiveof ship expenses.
EXCITEMENT AT TRENTON.
Projecta to Kf move the Capital of New Jersey.
A correspondent of the N. Y. Evening Post
The annual farce of pretending to take into
consideration the moving of the capital of this
State to some more favored locality has been
again brought before the Legislature this year,
but in a somewhat different form
"Heretofore some city, town, village, or ham
let, considering itself the hub of the State, the
centre of all attractions, the best adapted for
the final resting place ot the capital, has pre
sented its claim in duo form, with much setting
forth of lis real or supposed advantages, and
much recapitulation of the benefits that must
necessarily ensue to the State should it be
chosen. Annually these suggestions have been
received and carefully referred to dormant com
mittees, and the only result yet known to ensue
therefrom was a dinner or supper to such com
mittee on its farcical visit of inspection, and. a.
quickening ot the pulses of the land speculators
at the thought of such a monster arrival as the
State capital in their midst, and the conse
quent rise in lots,
Bui this year New York Las begun a hew sys
tem, which threatens to revolutionize old New
Jersey, and to raise her importance j o-isldcr-ably,
in the eyes of her own citizen), t least.
Mr. A. W. Dlmoek, who lives at$.ti'cth, has
backed the claims of that l sieut rival of
Trenton, with a proposal t J ; int t'ne State five
acres of ground in the handsomest part of the
city, valued by him at $100,000, and to further
give the turn of $25,C00 in cash, to be used ia
assisting to erect the new Capitol should it be
placed on bis gift of land. There la no doubt
of the genuineness of this offer. Mr. Dimock
is certainly able to make good bis words; and
' hints are thrown out that other subscriptions
will be forthcomlning from still more loyal
citizens ol Elizabeth if 1 hey are given ground
for hope. This bid, paraded with no little vain
glory in the local papers, has, however, sunk
into nothingness before the successive offers to
buy the Capitol's presence which it has drawn
The second to enter the field was the borough
if Englewood, too charming as a place of resi
dence to be spoiled by placing the capital and
its attendant train of legislators, lobbyists, and
hangers-on in its midst, but still, so says a pro
minent citizen, not only willing to put up with
it, but to do better than the Ellzauethean Dimock
to obtain it.
Mr. Wm. Walter Phelps, ahuge property owner
at Englewood, in a private letter to the Presi
dent of the Senate, dated Savannah, (ia., Feb.
81, thus writes: "I see in the Savan
nah paper that some one from Elizabeth has
mnnev and land to pet the canital. I
don't suppose we ought to move from Trenton,
but if there comes up any such idle talk again,
J with you would make this proposition for me
in the Interest of my section. If the State will
locate the capital at Englewood I will give
twenty acres of land and one hundred thousand
dollars ($100,000"). This Is. of course, ray offer;
I have no doubt my public-spirited neighbors
would double the Bum.'f
This second bid, as evidently made in good
faith as that of Mr. Dimock, has stirred up the
ambition of the Jerseymen, and the eutries and
bids are numerous. Mr. Dimock being first in
the field was enabled to procure the promise of
the special Inspection committee to come and
look at what he would do for the State, and
what advantages Elizabeth possessed to make it
the State capital; and so, with great parade and
Eomp, and with much flutter of expectation on
oth sides the visitor and visited a committee
of the Senate has gone to Elizabeth.
But still more dangerous rivals to Elizabeth
have sprung up. The inhabitants of the town
ship of Cranford, a suburb of Elizabeth, have
patriotically thrown themselves and their for
tunes at the feet of the State, and offer twenty
acres of land and two hundred thousand dollars
for the capital.
Still another applicant appears: the Senate
has received the humble petition of one George
Gifford. of Jersey City, who offers three acres
of ground in the centre of that city and $25,000.
TRAGEDY INWILKESB ARRE.
A Prominent Democratic I awver Cute a
Woman's Throat and then Ills Own.
The Bcranton Republican of yesterday has a
Wilkesbarre letter of Monday, which says:
The town was thrown into a high state of ex
citement this evening, between 0 and 7 o'clock,
by ar cport which spread like wildfire, that an
attempt at murder and suicide had been made
at a house on Northampton street. The report
proved true, and the following particulars were
gleaned. The man interested is a lawyer, and
has considerable notoriety throughout the ceunty
as a Democratic politician, and nominally
has been credited with being a man of
more than ordinary capacity. But a
too lree indulgence in strong drink, and a life of
eneral dissipation, have incapacitated him for
usiness, and before this he has been attacked
twice bv mania-a-potu, which attacks were to
be dreaded by all likely to come in contact with
him, for, being of strong frame, and goaded to a
fearful frenzy by imaginary wrongs, he hesi
tated not to threaten and attempt to perform the
most terrible acts. The woman who was at
tacked by him was the wife of a respectable
merchant on Northampton street, now divorced
from him, but still living in his house and acting
as his housekeeper. Returning last week with
this attack of mania-a-potu upon him, the law
yer went to the above houee, where he has since
been confined. Imagining there was a concocted
arrangement to poison him, he determined on
putting her and himself out of the way,
and thus frustrate its accomplishment. He
seized her, and in the struggle, with
a small penknife, succeeded iu cutting
her throat iu a most horrible manner, making a
gash on one side from which the blocd spurted
with a hissing sound awful to hear, and iniiict
iDg besides a gash in her breast, in one arm, and
on one thumb. He then commcuced on himself
with the same instrument, first at his throat,
making a cut of considerable length, from
which the blood flowed very freely, and then in
the region of his heart, where made five stabs.
By this time it was all done almost in
an instant outsiders were aroused, po
licemen came, and surgeons were called.
The woman was immediately attended
to the blood vessel severed was tied, etc. and
there is hope that she will survive, although
the cut is of a serious nature, and will demand
close attention. The wounds of the man were
dressed, and both he and the woman left in as
easy circumstances as can be expected. In a
talk with the man we found that he realized
what he bad done ho wa3 more sane but he
still regretted that he had not made a clean job
of it. His poor instrument, he says, was the
cause of his failure.
ACCIDENT ON THE PENNA. CENTRAL.
Frightful Collision-Five Men Injured, Two of
'I'ncni f atally.
The Harrisburg State Journal of yesterday
A terrible accident occurred about eight
o'clock last evening on the Pennsylvania Rail
road, within the city limits, at Gallagher's
switch, a short distance above the round bouse,
which was attended with fatal consequences.
Six men were riding on shifting engine No. 430,
which was being backed down from the yards
above the town when, without any warning, a
collision occurred with the rear end of a freight
train standing on the track. The fireman suc
ceeded in lumping off the engine without sus
taming any injury, and the engineer escaped
with a lew slight scalds, r our nrauemen ana a
conductor, who were riding on the engine, were
less fortunate. They were all severely injured
by the escaping steam ana tne sudden concuS'
elon. one. and perhaps two, fatally.
William Callendar, brakeman, a married man,
residing on Allison's hill, bad both legs broken.
and was otherwise severely Injured. He died
a short time after the accident, while being re
moved to the depot in a car.
Edward Yoder, conductor, residing in the
lower part of the city.had one ot his legs broken
He was removed to his residence and received
S.'S wager, brakeman, had both hands scalded
and badly cruf-hed, arm broken, aud was injured
internally. Ills death was momentarily ex
pected at II o clock last evening, the hour we
left the Injured men.
&inuel Caster, brakeman, had his leg cut
below the knee and thigh bone broken. It is
thought amputation will be necessary.
The injured men were promptly removed in a
car from the scene of the accident to the depot,
and every effort made to alleviate the sufferings
of the survivors Dr. Rutherford, the company
physician, was summoned and rendered every
medical and surgical assistance. The Coroner
was notified, but up to a late hour had not ar
rived, and we are unable to give the verdict.
ANOTHER RELIGIOUS SWINDLER.
A Trusted Treasurer In Trouble.
For some time past it has been whispered
about that the treasurer of the Swedenborglan
Church, in East Thirty-fifth street, of which
Rev. Dr. Giles is pastor, had absconded with a
large sum belonging to the church. Anxious
to learn all the facts in the case, and probe the
scandal to the bottom, our reporter
called on Rev. Dr. Giles, at his cosy
residence in East Thirty-third street, this
morning. In reply to questions he said
that rumor had grossly exaggerated the facts,
which were simply that some time since the
treasurer of the church (whose name Dr. Giles
did not consider it advisible to publish) had
failed in business. On settling up the accounts,
It was found that he was Indebted to the church
in the amount of $600. He gave his check for
that sum to Dr. Giles, but it was found that he
had no funds to his credit in the bank, and on
the 4th of February he wrote a note stating
that, to his great sorrow, he was unable to
make the check good. He announced at
the same time his intention of going
West to retrieve his shattered fortune, and con
cluded by expressing his regret at severing
church associations. About tour weeks ago,
with the full knowledge of the members of the
Swedenborglan Society.he started for California,
and is at present in St. Louis. He has been la
constant communication with the trustees of the
church, and will return here about the 1st of
May. Rev. Dr. Giles added that the members
of the church had the utmost confidence in the
integrity of ihe.it former treasurer N. Y.
During the siege of Paris Victor Hugo pur
chased one or the nouses owned uy naass
maun, the ex-Prefect ol the Seine Department.
TO-DAY'S CABLE NEWS.
The Situation in Paris.
The Rebels in Full Power.
Proclamation of General Duval.
Murders of Lecomtc and Thomas.
How they are Excused.
Etc. EtCii Etc. Etc.. i?tc.
The French National Gnard.
Paris, March 21. The insurrectionary Offi
cial Journal urges the National Guard to exer
cise a vigilant watch for criminals attempting
to re-enter Paris.
The payment of the National Guard regularly
and the distribution of alms to the needy are
Proclamation of General Duval.
A proclamation signed by General Duval, and
dated simply Paris, demands the election of a
Mayor of Taris, with deputy mayors in all the
The proclamation says it is not the intention
of the Nationals to separate Paris from France,
but only from the Empire and Government of
National Defense, and from their measures of
treason and cowardice; and concludes with an
appeal to the people to sustain themselves as
we are doing, and to follow our example in op
A decree further postpones the
ftlnturliv of Commercial Bills, '
and prohibits landlords from expelling lodgers
for non-payment of rent until the issuance of a
The Insurrectionary CentraltCommlttee
has decided to respect the conditions of peace,
but considers it just that the largest portion of
the indemnity should fall upon the authors of
Many of the Nationals met last night, and
adopted resolutions for mutual protection.
Active measure. Creed.
The Siecle urges upon each battalion of the
army to take possession of its own quarters,
and says: If this is done the rising will be
promptly repressed, and probably without blood
shed. Farla la Quiet.
The cabs have resumed their trips, the theatres
are open, and railway trains from Paris to Ver
failles run regularly.
The Situation In JYIontmartre
and Belleville, however, is unchanged. All
business and labor have been stopped. There are
Frequent Night Alarm..
The tocsin and drums are sounded and cannon
fired, and the Mont martreists rush to arms, fear
ing an attack from the sixty thousand troops at
The Official Journal says the hour has ar
The Common People of the Capital Can Save
and appeals to the bourgeoisie for support in the
The insurrectionary Official Journal says, In
extenuation of the
Execution of General I.ecomte,
that he had four times ordered his troops to fire
on a crowd of inoffensive women.
says the Journal, was in plain clothes, sketching
the fortifications of Montmartre.
The Defense of the Republic.
Paris, March 21 Evening. AlUl-i at
talions of the National Guard i-i cond
arrondissement have signed a u 1 1 . 3 1 ; j oining
their voices to those oftl ,i;ies of the
Assembly and Mayors of Paris,,. determination
to defend the Republic and its tranquillity
against all persons. They have organized a
special force; and measures for the protection
of their arrondisement, and appeal for the co
operation of all in the work for conciliation
and abstention from crime. Similar move
ments are being made in other arondissements.
Demonstration Aanlntt the InsurreetlonUts.
There was a demonstration in the streets to
day In favor of the union of all men of order.
The demonstration proceeded to the insurgents'
headquarter but found their passage barred by
bayonets. An angry altercation ensued, after
which they retired, but the movement lias, a
tendency to spread.
ftl. Thiers hat Sent
Glals-BIzoin as a delegate on the part of the
Government to endeavor to conciliate the insur
gents, the prospects for which now seems more
The Mayor of Paris
refuse to give their concurrence to the holding
of the elections on Wednesday.
Versailles, March 21.
The National Assembly
has approved a proclamation condemning the
criminal attempts of a
Few Madmen to Involve France
in ruin and dishonor, which are repudiated by
the whole country.
Jt Appeals to the Troops
and citizens to rally and save the noble Republic.
The Assembly has also declared the urgent ne
cessity for a bill abrogating the decree suppress
ing the Councils-General.
M. Picard announced in the Assembly that all
the functionaries of the departments have offered
to assemble, fully armed, for the
Hupport of tho Republic.
It was announcees that the Government will
present to the Assembly on Wednesday a bill
providing for an election in the municipalities.
M. Schoelcher reported that he had visited
Prls, but failed to obtain the release of General
Admiral Saisset, in some remarks, gave the
details of the arrangements of the insurgents,
who, be said, held General Chanzy as a hostage,
and wMl shoot him if they are attacked.
Berlin, March 21. At the session of
Vhe German Parliament
to-day, Herr Frankenburg, by virtm of
seniority President of the Chamber of Depu
ties, on taking his scat warmly greeted the
South German members.
A motion wa: passed by the House
CoBcratnlatlesT the Emperor
upon the occurrence of the seventy-fourth anni-
versaiy of his birth to-morrow.
London, March 22. A special despatch
to the Daily JVetrs from Berlin says the
ceremony upon opening the German Parliament
Impo.lnc In Its Nlmpllelty.
The Emperor manifested deep emotioa dar
ing his speech, which was delivered from the
Marble Throne of Charlemasae,
brought from Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle) espe
cially for the purpose.
This Morning's 0 notations.
Lokdon, March 2211-80 A. M. Consols opened at
98 V for money, and 92V392 for account. Ameri
can securities quiet; United States 6-208 of 1862,
92V: Of 1865. Old. 91;: of 1867. 90V: 10-408. 89.
Erie Railroad, 18; Illinois Central, HOtf; Great
Frankfort, March U. S. 6-20 bonds closed at
86; for the Issue of 1862.
LivBRrooL, March 2211-80 A. M. Cotton
opened with a hardening tendency; middling up
lands, Td. ; Orleans, T.d. The sales to-day are
estimated at iz,wu oaies.
London, March 22. Linseed Cakes, 10 IBs.
This Afternoon's Unotatlons.
London, March 22 130 r. M. American securi
ties quiet and steady.
Livbkpool, March 22 1-30 P. M. fork, sis.
TallOW, 428. ea.
FROM NEW ENGLAND.
Providence, March 22. In Wickford yester
day two boys, aged eight and six years, children
of Borey Brimell, were killed by falling in an
old cave in which they were playing.
Fire Near lloston.
Boston, March 22. A block of four wooden
dwellings, owned by Mr. Briggs, in Somerville,
was burned last night. Loss $8000.
A Robber Sentenced.
Rockland, March 22. Alden Litchfield, con
victed in September as accessory.to the robbery
of Lime Rock Bank, was sentenced to the State
Prison for four years.
The Htorin In Maine.
LewIston, Me., March 22 The storm yester
day wns very severe. .Nearly three inches of
rain fell. The snow still remains in the country
homering on tne upper waters ot the Andros
coggin, so that the river has riseu only nine
Inches. The washout on the Androscoggin
Railroad below Lisbon Falls prevents the trains
on that road running, and will take two days to
FROM THE WEST.
Cincinnati, March 32. At a meeting held
yesterday afternoon a constitution was adopted
for the purpose of carrying into effeci the de
clarations that are published to diy by promi
nent Republicans. Judge Stanley Matthews
was elected president and George
Hoadley chairman of the Executive
Committee, and a committee was appointed to
recommend the remaining officers to be elected
next Saturday. The organization ia a formidable
one, and will doubtless create a great sensation
In political circles.
Movement of Troops.
Louisville, March 2i Two companies of
the 7th United States Cavalry, under command
of Colonel Merrill, arrived here yesterday from
Harrisburg, March 22 A committee of the
Philadelphia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal
Church asked permission to present the resolutions
of their conference in person to the senate.
This was objected to by Messrs. Davis, Brooke,
Purman, and Evans as establishing a precedent
wmcn would obstruct tne business or the Legisla
ture. Messrs. White, Allen, and Osterhout favored the
admission or tne committee.
The resolutions which the conference desired to
present were in favor of a local option linnor law.
Mr. White moved that the committee have leave
to present their memorial to person to the Senate.
Mr. Dill moved to amend by allowing the memo
rial to be handed to the Speaker and read by the
Clerk. The amend raent was agreed to by 25 yeas to
6 noes', and the resolution signed by the President
and Clerk of the conference at Heading were read
by the cutk ana referred to tne j udiciary com.
Bills reported r Senate bill Incorporating the
women s christian Association, ravoraoiy.
Senate bill authorizing courts of quarter sessions
to divide wards, favorably,
Houpe bill urging Congress to prohibit the impor
tation of coolies was reported iavoruoiy Dy Mr.
Mr. McCiowan, from the Committee on Municipal
Corporations, reported with a negative recommenda
tion the House bill to insure a more eifectual assess
ment and collection of taxes on personal property
in tne city 01 rnnaaeipnia.
The Senate Printing bill was reported favorably.
Mr. White Introduced a bill la relation to the al
lotment ef prlsloners In the Eastern and Western
State t eiiitcutiaries. m nts bin transfers the coun
ties of Cameron, Putter. Clinton, Centre, Mifflin,
Juniata, Fulton and Franklin from the Kastern to
the western 1'enltentinrv dletrlct
Mr. istone. from the Special Committee on the
Erie Marino Hospital and Erie Harbor, reported that
they had investigated tiie miuject and found that de
vastations uau been committed on tne peninsula in
the harbor of iJrle. They presented a bill recom
mending an appropriation of f30,oo0 to the Marine
liosmiai. on common mat me Marine Hospital re
linquish its rights in the peninsula to the Kute, and
that' the peninsula be then transferred to tho United
Mr. smith, of Philadelphia, presented the memo
rial of the Board of Public Charities, remonstrating
againfct the bill repealing 'he act creating the board.
Mr. Uagar made a pergonal explanation, denying
that he bad ever been in favor of the Philadelphia
commission bills, as had been charged by the Phila
delphia Evening TELamr.rn.
Baltimore Prodnro market.
Baltimorb, March 28. Cotton flrra ; low middling,
14. Flour quiet but firm. Cloverseed weak at tTia
aT'69X. Wheat unchanged; choice white, 2 0614
S-15; fair to prime, tl 0(n 1-90: prime to choice red,
ll-SOcga-lO; fair to good, fl 6SO,l 5; common, l-40,i
1-50; Ohio and Indiana, $l-B7tlC3; Pennsylvania,
tlb0lt0. Corn white Southern active at 84 8jc. ;
yellow Southern dull at 82c. Oat weak at 64 US".
Mess pork weak at $21-7&(S28. Bacon quiet; shoul
ders, 8jo. : rib sides, HJic ; clear rib, 11 '.,'c. Hams,
1718c Lard steady at 13c Whisky, wlo.
Mew York Blooey ana Htoeli market.
Nbw Tobk, March 22. Stocks steady. Money easy
at 4 per cent. Uold, ill. e-iios, 186'i, cou-
, ivt4 ao. I'm, ao., iu; 0.0. law, no. 112;
So, 1886, new, 110 : da 186T, 110i : do. 1868, 111;
ie-40s, 10b; Virginia os, new, Missouri w,
91 j ; Canton Co,, 64; Cumberland preferred, 80; New
York Central and Hudson Klver, 95'C, ex-dlv. ; Krle,
19V; Heading, 102 ' 5 Michigan Central, 118; Michi
gan Southern, 994; Illinois Central, 134; Cleve
land and Pittsburg, 113 j;; Chicago and Hock
lKland", lUh i Pittsburg and Fort Wayne. 5,
ex-dlv ; weatern Union Telegraph, fis?; Adams'
Row York Produce market.
Jiiw YOBi, March Si Cotton steady : sales 1600
bales uplands at Hc. ; Orleans at 16(.c Flour
steady and without decided change: sales Oooo
hhia. Wheat aulet: sales of as.ouo bushels new
spring at at Utwi-61jtf; winter red and amber
Western at fl 73(l-t 4. Corn In moderate request;
sales 33,000 bushels new mixed western at bus.
Oats dull; sales 16,000 bushels Ohio at 68&700.
Beef quiet. Pork steady. Lard quiet. Whiekj quiet
ThelNew Hampshire CoacrearaBEleet.HI
Washington, March 22. lion. Fernando
Wood will tomorrow evening: give an enter
tainment in honor of the three Democratic
members from New Hampshire, who arrived
here to day.
together with ether prominent gentlemen, this
morning attended Professor Pratt's horse edu
cating school, and remained two hours.
THE BOARD OF PUBLIC CHARITIES.
A Protest Aanlnxt the Paannce of tho Bill to
Aooiian me jtoara now before the Lealala
tore. The follewinir crotest aeralnst the hill to. abol
ish the Board of Public Chaiities has been ad
dressed to the Legislature:
To the Senate and House of Representatives of
the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Gentlemen:
wc nave seen mat a dui nas oeen introduced into
the Legislature to repeal the act for the creation of
the Board of Public Charities. Of the grounds of
this action we are not advised ; but conceiving that
an instrument enpame 01 great good may be de
stroyed, we beg leave to present some
objections to the repeal of the law,
and as we .are members or the
board, we hope that we will not be deemed Intrnslve
In so doing. If the persons who constitute the
board are objectionable lor any reasons, It would be
oDviousiy proper . to remove mem, or 10 suggest
their resignations. If the expense of maintaining
the organization be objectionable, It would be well
to try the experiment of gratuitous services: for so
convinced are we that the plan is not only good,
but essential to the well-being of the
community, that we are persuaded that a sufficient
number of competent citizens can be found who will
execute the otuce without expense rather than that
the work should be abandoned. The only necessary
expenses at present are the salaries of the General
Agent and Corresponding Secretary, and some in
considerable travelling and Incidental expenses.
it seems Dy some to oe supposed that tne only pur
pose to be accomplished by the board is to assist the
Legislature to make an Intelligent distribution of
the funds of the State applied to charitable objects.
This is an Important duty, but It Is a small part of
the whole object to be attained. There exists In
the Commonwealth, as one of Its prerogatives of
sovereignty, a power known among lawyers as the
visitonai. liy virtue 01 mis tne state has tne right,
and it Is her duty to see that institutions designed
for and property dedicated to public objects
are property auiniuinereu uuu applied, wnero me
beneficiaries are personally incapable of enforcing
their riBhts or the duties of tho agents of such In
stitutions and property. Happily for this State
aud the fact may be mentioned with pride there
are few Instances In which there is reason to sus
pect an intentional neglect of duty or misappropria
tion 01 cnaritauie tunas.
It cannot fail, however, that such evils will arise.
A recent instance will present Itself to your minds.
developed through the instrumentality of our board.
Another has in past years accidentally found its way
Into the courts and been exposed. But there la
surely a need of some organization that, will be free
jroru local influences or prejudices removed
from the actual administration of chari
ties or public Institutions whose powers
shall be devoted not so much to redress grievances
as to point out wronga- and mistakes, and leave tne
correction to the proper authorities. It is surely
desirable that there shall be an organization, having
the sanction of the Government, to call public atten
tion to the wants of those In the State who are
incapable of helping themselves, and to whom the
estate owes a duty. And is it not also oesiraoie that
there shall be an Institution whose object
is to couect information, and thus assist tne govern
ment of the State in using its power most judiciously
ior tne amelioration 01 tne miseries or tne neipiess,
the destitute, the outcast, and the criminal ? Many
of the other States of the Union have thus pro
ceeded, and they are certainly among the
best Informed and intelligent of
our communities. Civilization everywhere
has declared these objects to be duties of the State,
and no other scheme has as yet been suggested that
is Detter calculated to mini mem. 'rue gentlemen
engaged in guarding the State, as the onVilal rulers.
roust, of necessity, look for assistance to others in
tins collateral way upon many subjects. Tneu
public duties leave them no time to give to such
details; or such labor may be distasteful to them.
It was in view of these, and other considerations
and alms that the Senate, in March. 1S6S. anDOlnted
a committee to Investigate and report a scheme
by which this duty of the State could be execuced.
The resolution runs thus:
" "'A reas, It has been the wise and settled policy
of the Legislature to establish State, charitable,
uuu correctional institutions ;
"And whereas. It Is necessary for the proper un
derstanding of the condition and wants of these in
stitutions that accurate information should be fur
nished annually, with a view to proper legislation;
"Jtesolved, That a committee of two be appointed
by tne Senate, who, in connection with the Superin
tendent of Common Schools, be instructed to in
quire into the propriety of establishing a Board of
State Charities, and make such report to the next
meeting of the Legislature, by bill or otherwise, as
they may deem expedient, to procure a more appro
priate and efnclent sj stem of aid to these Institu
tions." In is;9, an elaborate report was pres?nted, cover,
ng fifty closely printed pages; and upon considering
this, the Legislature enacted the law which it is now
proposed to repeal.
You are already aware of the unhappy dlfferonce
that arose betweec the board and one of its mem
bers ; and we allude to this only to explain why there
has been such delay In laying before .you the result
of our year's work.
Our late President having undertaken that duty,
we were not in a position to render it possible for
us to comply with that requirement of the statute
until after the middle of February. Having obtained
the papers of the board at that time, our report was
prepared in less than to weeks, and left with tho
State printer on the first of March. The reasons for
the delay in furnishing you with the printed report
we cannot explain. We think when that la heiore
j ou, it will be discovered that our time has not been
uselessly employed, nor have the expenses of the
board been a waste of the public money.
One other matter is important. Wo have ex
amined and nported upon auour two-thirds of tho
institutions of the State, covered by the legislation
011669. We are now engaged in the labor of com
pletlng the survey, and gathering the remaining in
formation which the act requires, and which wo
believe should be obtained and recorded for the full
enlightenment of the Legislature and the public on
these important subjects. This we shall be able to
accomplish In the course of the present year.
All which is respectfully submitted.
Okorb L. Hakkison,
(J. Dawson Coi.kman,
Chaki.es A. Wood.
Secretary and General Agen,
uarnsourg, juurcu , 101 1.
Mr. llunn'a Case.
Court of Quarter Reunions Judge Peirce.
The Grand Jury have presented three true bills of
indictment, charging William M. Bunn. Register
of Wills, with subornation of perjury.
John O'Donnell, a young sailor on board one of the
war ships at League iBland, was tried for assault
and battery upon a shipmate named William Sander
son. The latter said O Dounell rushed at him one
day and attempted to push him ovet board, but was
prevented by other sailois; and the cause of such
murderous behavior was a quarrel concerning a bot
tle of whisky Sanderson bad smuggled on board.
For the defense Commodore Fiuley and other offi
cers testified that this matter was brought to the
notice of the department at Washington ami inves
tigated by a summary court-martial, the result of
which was that Sandersou was imprisoned and dis
honorably dismissed the service, and O'Donnell was
enlarged and placed upon uuty. 1 ue jury reuaereu
a verdict of not guilty.
Tho Hroad Mtrert Uulrace.
Tlievounir men. William Thorn, Michael Trimler.
William H. Weob, alias Buck, Henry Marter, Wil
liam Jeffries, and Christopher Baker, who were in
dieted for committing the outrage on Mies Marietta
T. Hershberger a week or so ago, were in tae dock
this morning for trial ; nut wnen the name of young
Chew, the companion of tl.e young lady on this oc
casion, was culled, there was no response. A bench
warrant was issued to bring htm in if possible, and
up to the time of our going to press nothing
heard ironi mm.
Xisi PrimJutlije Williams.'
The case of the First Reformed Presbyterian Con
gregation was this morning adjourned over until
Monday, in consequence of the other engagements
bis Honor Judge Williams will have to meet in the
What it has Created.
Dissensions among the Faithful
St. Clement's in an Uproar.
A Rector's Radical Ritualism,
The Vestrymen in Arms.
Bio ZHoro Confessionals.
No More Prayers for the Dead.
FJo More Vain Repetitions,
Charges by the Vestry
.Defense yy tlie Pfcector
The Rt. Rev. Bishop's Counsel.
The Defense Dissected.
fcC Etc., Etc.. CtC.t CtC.
For some time past there has not been that
harmony of action and oneness of spirit buV
slstlng between the rector and vestrymen of St.
Clement's Frotestant Episcopal Church, that is
so necessary In the up-bulldlng of the strength
of Zlonand the extension of Christian influ
ence; eo that now the congregation, rather than
for the purpose of mental and spiritual edifica
tion, attend the services to discover what new
action may transpire between the contending
forces. But Instead of giving our own account
of the difficulty, we refer the reader to the fol
lowing information, which we gleaa from a
pamphlet just circulated among the parishioners
that they may have a fair idea of the situa
tionand which is issued under the title "Ex
tracts from the Minutes of the Vestry of St.
Clement's Church iu the city of Philadelphia,
made iu accordance with a resolution passed
February 23, 1871."
A PRELIMINARY INSIGHT.
It is doubtless known to the congregation of St.
Clement's Church that differences have for some
time ealsted between the rector (Rev. IJ. O. Batter
son, V. P.) and the veBtry. JIauy rumors are cur
rent, and erroneous Impressions exist as to the na
turo of these differences. Ttey are confined to
matters of ritual and doctrine, and in no way affect
the choral service which the vestry voted for, ap
prove of, and unanimously desire to retain. In
order that the facts of the case and the points at
issue may be clearly and distinctly understood by
the members of the aggregation, whom they repre-
seui, auu m uum mcj bio reapunsioie, tne vestry
have instructed their Secretary to prepare and print
for the information of the congregation an accurate
statement from the minutes of all the proceedings
In the matter. An apprehension that the
old landmarks, ooth as -to doctrine and ritual
of our Church, would in St. Clement's
soon be obliterated, Induced and determined the
action of the vestry. Governed by this principle,
the resolutions of Messrs. Morris and Thompson
were adopted, and the questions put by Mr. Morris
The question of Mr. Morris and the rector's an
swers thereto were referred to a committee. By
these answers of the lector it appeared that not
only was auricular confession practised and
encouraged by the rector aud assistant
minister of Kt. Clement's Church, but heard
there with the Hector's consent, by a
clergyman not belonging to the parish or to this
diocese. Subsequently, with a view of restoring
harmony, a motion was offered by Mr. Lambert to the
effect that the differences be referred to a com
mittee consisting of the rector aud the rector's
warden (Mr. Morris). The members of this com
mittee separately put on paper their individual
views, and as neither was satisfied with the proposi
tions of the other, the papers "li" and "M,"
prepared severally by the rector and Mr.
MoirlB, were by the latter, in it letter suoer vised
nnd authorized by the rector, submitted to the
liibhop, the proper ecclesiastical authority. Of thia
action of M. Morris, the vestry subsequently ap
proved.' The BiMiop's reply was communicated in
wilting to Mr. Mori Is;, was by him handed to the
rector, end afterwards laid before the vestry.
(Note. Mr. Allen desires to state in explanation
of his resolution that it was Intended and oil. 'red
sotly for the purpose of pointing out the changes
w hich had bctn introduced in the uervicos.
John Lambert, IIenky Norius,
JlKKKY L lOWKER, (iEOHOE N. AI.LEN,
I. 1. Mowus, II. o. Thompson,
llENKY 11KNDBRSON, FRANCIS K. ABBOTT.
I, although not preseuc at the meetings of the
vettiy, have read the proceedings, and concur in this
action of my colleagues.
I sign the above simply to express my disapproval
of the doctrlao and practice of auricular coaresaion.
Cuaklbs S. Pancoast.
The questions, resolutions, and papers "U '
id "M" will be found below. The signatures
above are those of members of the vestry of St.
Clement's Church. Kep.J
FIRST ACTION OF THE VESTRY.
On the 9th of November last the vestry met,
with the rector, He v. H. O. Batterson, D. D., in
the chair, when P. P. Morris offered the follow
ing, which was adopted:
Jtfuohed, That, in the opinion of the ves:ry, the
ritual of this church should conform to tfre use of
the Frotestant Episcopal Church in the I'nited
Stats of America. While we agree, "That partlcu.
lar foinis cf Divine worship, and the rites and cere
monies appointed to be used therein, are things in
their own nature Indifferent and alterable," we
think, at the same time, that there are some rites
and ceremonies which have become so peculiarly
the propel ty of what we consider an erroneous
church, that their uso, however lnuocent in itself,
Is a source of scandal, occasions uneasiness, and ia
acccmpaiiied bv discordant and Irreverent feelings
iu many beholder. We think all such should be
Mr W. C. Thompson offered the following,
which was done to check certain changes which
the clerical head of the church bad intended.
It was adopted:
Evolved, That no alterations or additions shall be
made in the furniture or fixtures of the chancel or
auditorium of Sr. Clement's Church or of the pariah,
building, without the consent of the vestry being
Mr. George N. A'len offered the following,
which were laid upon tha table:
Whereat, As great and radical changes have beea
made in the manner of conducting the services in
the Church during the past year, and which changes
ore uot in accordance with the usages of the Pro
testant Kpincopal Church of the Diocese of Pennsyl
vania, and in the judgment of this vestry Co oa
' Continued en the Second Pa.