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IOLA, ALLEN:QOUNTY,:KANSAS, FEBRUARY 10, 1877.
NUMBER 7.
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CURRENT EVENTS.
The United' Stetes SupremeCourtpon
the 29th; djOirmedill the 19th of Feb
ruary on account of "'tne impending
withdrawal of five of the Justices to
form the judicial branch of the tripar
tltetecfaTCbmmlMionr '
Toe report of the Senate Special
Committee, appointed to investigate
election matters in Florida, was pre-'
sented to the' Senate onthe 29tK The
conclualdrTamved at by the Committee
is that the Hayes Electors have a legal
majority of 103, as ascertained and pub
lished by the'State' Canvassing Board.
The" Committee believe that the finding
"of tne Board is conclusive and can not
bejvisedbya jrecanvass, or reached
by a writ of quo warranto, because the
Electors are fundus officio, or reversed
by Congress, because the Constitution
lodesthe Whole" power in the State.
The report jvas adopted'by all the-Republican
members of the Committee on
Privileges and Elections. A minority
report will be' made by the Democrats'
of the Committee.
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A.decision has been rendered by Cir
cuit Judge Carpenter, of South Caro
lina,that neither Chamberlain or Hamp
ton has-been legally installed as Govern
or for the present term.and that Cham
berlain is therefore the legal Governor
by.right of holding over until his sue
"cessor is qualified!
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The Electoral Commission, as finally
completed, is constituted as follows:
SaratcT3-Edmnnds, Morton and Fre
linghuysen, Republicans, and Thurman
and BayardiJDembcrats ; Represent
lives Payne, Hunton and Abbott,
DeS&crSJjand. Garfield, and Hoar, Re
gutjlisariVSuDrenio Court Justices
Clifford, .Field, Strong, Miller and
Bradley, the two former classified,
pojitically, asDeinocrats, and the three
latter sls Republicans. The leading
counsel engaged for' the -Republicans
are Wm. MJEvarts and E. W. Stongh
tonjf New York, 'and Stanley Mat?
thews and S. S. Shellabarger, of Ohio;
and for the Democrats, Lyman .Trum
bull,. of Illinois, Matt..H. Carpenter,' Vf
Wisconsin, Jeremiah Black, of Penn
sylvania, and Ashbel Greene, of New
York: ,
Justice Joseph P. Bradley, who has
beenlchoeeh as the fifth member of the
Judicial branch of the Electoral Com
mission, was born in Albany County.N.
Y., March.14,'1813; graduated at Rut
ger College in 1836 ; was admitted ; to
thbar at Newark, N. J., in 1839, where
he ias since resided. He was appoint
ed xo the bench of the Supreme Court
byProsident Grant,-March 21, 1870.
In politics he was formerly a Whig, and
in later years he ranked as a moderate
Republican. He headed the Republi
can Electoral ticket in. .New Jersey in
1868.
The repbrt of the House Special Com
mittee, appointed to investigate the
Florida election, was made on the .31st.
The report declares that the Democrat
ic Electors received a legal majority of
the votes cast at the election, which
fact has "been judicially .determined by
the State Supreme Court.and. can not
be controverted. A minority .report will
be 'made by the Republican members
of the Committee.
Col. Preston. B. Plumb was chosen
United States Senator from Kansas, on
the 31s Vonthe sixteenths joint ballot.
Col. Plumb is a resident of Emporia,
was formerly publisher .of the Emporia
Nitcs, iLTid-is nowvFresident of a bank.
pr5 : -c p.. ,r" '- '
.-The connting;Of theEIectoral vote
by the Senate and House of Representa
tives, as- provided) for ty the Electoral
biUbegan'oxfthe'lst, at 1 p.m., in the
hairof'the'Hbuse' of Representatives.
AdmissionjtD'witness the proceedings
was restricfed to. those fortunate ones
who. wwereJahlo;tQ obtain tickets from
the members, and every seat was occu
pied. A number of distinguished gen
tlemen were present on the floor, and
the ladies' gallery was resplendent with
bright toilets.
The public debt statement' for Fab.
1 shows the total debt to bo $2,194,-
243,511; cash fn,Treasury exclusive of
special aeposits, $o,3,t; .decrease
since June 30, $3,587,772".
"jf-Madison1 Wells, of the Louisiana
Returning- Board, -was interviewed by:a
New York Eerald- correspondent, on
the 1st. He pronounced the statement,
made'iyJ.iHi'Maddox before the House
Committeejn reference to his ( Wells'a)
proposal to sell ont the Electoral vote
of Louisiana to Tilden, to be "an in
famous lie, baseless as, it ia malicious."
The statements of Littlefield he also de
nied point blank, and said the whole
evidence was gotten up to injure the
reputation of the Returning Board, be?
fore Congress and the people:
The President, on the 3d, transmitted
to Congress a special message on the
subject of the resumption of specie
payments, which is published in an
other column.
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MINOR MOTKt.
A collision between the whites and blacks
occurred at Timmonsvllle, Darlington
County, S. C, on the 28ih, brought about
by the assassination by some unknown par
ty, on the preceding night, of B. O. Hol
lows?, the Republican Trial Justice. The
blacks and whites both armed, and the re
sult ef the encounter was that two whites
were placed hors de cumbat. Th casual -
ties on the part of the
black if inv ar
oiacKS, Jl any, are
not mentioned
Peter WJntermnte, who 'shot and killed
Gen. HcCobk, at' Yankton, D.- T., two
years ago, died of cons'umptioa at his
father's home, in Horseheads, Chemung
County, N. Y., on the 28th ult.
Bepresentatire Piper, of thelJiret.Dls
trict, California, who was defeated by Horace
Davis In the last election, "has given notice!
that he will contest Davis's seat in the Forty-fifth
'Congress, on the ground of fraudu
lent voting.
The Countess Howe, a well known En
glish lady,-on the- 30th killed herself by
Jumping frpm a window of her mother's
residence in Berkley Square, ondon. The
Coroner's Jury rendered a verdict that the
act wis committed while the ltdy was in an
unsound state of mind caused by grief at
the death of Karl Howe, her husband.
It-is reported that a'vast scheme of con
spiracy and fraud by means of false invoices
has been recently discovered by the Cus
toms officers, in which. are Jnrplicated a
number of leading importing firms In vari
ous cities, together with United States
Consuls and revenue officials abroad. -
The American ship Dakota, frim Hew
Orleans to Liverpool, was struck by light
ning and burned when about 400 miles from
the Azores. The captain and crew reached
Fayal.in safety, after being at tea four days
In open' boats. i-"
Prof Edward ErSeyniour,'anhoofary
member of the' Polytechnic School at Dil
Ienberg, Germany, cut his throat in St.
.Louis on the 29th. Cause', poverty.
The'first annual meeting of the Sunday
school Congress of the United States began
its session at Chicago on the 29th.
Messrs. Hoady and Sankey opened their
revival campaign in Boston on the 29th.
G. W. Via and Granville Peake, two
horse herders, had a shooting encounter at
Gallaway's ranch, 25 miles south of Chey
enne, oh the 27th. Eieren shots were fired.
Peake was fatally wounded, but Via is like
ly to recover.- ', ' )
,' Lieut. John Weedon, of the United States
Engineer Corps, committed suicide,, al.San
Franclscd'on the 29th.. -C$auseJnot stated.
European advices of the SOlhTwere gener
ally indicative of a peaceful solution of the
Eastern troubles. , ' ,-
Edgar Moore, "the murderer of Habel
Hall, the St. Louis ballet girl, has been
found guilty of murder in the first degree.
The Jury, 'signed a recommendation for
clemency. f-
Robert Drury, who murdered his uncle,
Albert Gibson, at Memphis, on the 26tb,
was arrested at Paddcah, Hy., on the 3lst.
The first Installment of $3O0";000, due by
Mexico to the United States under the Con
vention of July 4, 1868, for the settlement
of claims, was paid to the Secretary of S&te
by the Mexican Minister on'the 31st. -
According' to the Coroner's Jury in the
case of the Brooklyn Theater calamity,
there' were 218 lives lost, two, by burning
and the remainder by suffocation.
Arunah Huntington, a native of Vermont,
who died recently In Canada, left by will a
fund of $202,000 for the benefit of the com
mon schools of Vermont.
The Cincinnati and Terra Haute Railroad,
raS miles completed and In operation, was
sold --on the 31st, under a decree of-the
UnttedStates Court; tqvV. K. McKeen,.
President of the Vandal ia line, for $73,000.
Judge J. T. Mackey has now rendered a
decision to the effect that Hampton isthe
lawful Governor of South Carolina. 'Ap
pealed to the Supreme Court.
The Atiaona Legislature has passed a. bill
exempting the Southern Pitclflc Railway
from taxation for four years, and per
mitting a tariff of 10 cents per mile for pas
sengers and 15 cents pertonfor-freightl
Indictments bare been returned against
the principal fficers of the defunct Securi
ty Life Insurance Company of New York
for embezzlement, grand larceny and per-ury.-N
The Mutual Life Insurance Company of
Newark, N. J., has gone ont of business in
a crippled condition, being reported $400, -000
short in its assets. , f
J. H. Maddox, who testified before the
House Committee In reference Louisiana
affairs, was oathe,.21 dismissed. iro'm his
official' position Jn the Internal' -Be venue
'Bureau, by order of the .President.
' Geo. M. Wheeler the def Milting"' Presi
dent of the La Crosse (Wis.) National Bank,
has been sentenced to'nveyears'lmprison
ment in the Wisconsin State Prison.
1 The steamshlD Colombo, from Hull.
England, for New York, was reported 46
days overdue on'the 3d.1 She had 47 per
sons on beard, and Itwas feared the vessel
and all on board were lost. The steamers
George Cromwell and Geprge Washington,
from Halifax for St. .'Johns, N. F;, the
former with SO and the latter with 31 per
sons onboard, were also reported lost.
FORTY-FOURTH CONGRESS.
In' the Senate, on the 30th,.a large num
ber of petitions were presented asking: the
adoption of a sixteenth' amendment. to the Con
stitution of the United States, prohibiting- States
from disfranchising persons on account of sex
Mr.Christianey.'la presenting the petitions, said
hewaa Informed there was not single dnfakard ,
gamnier or person oi vicioui me among ine pe
titionera, and.be Relieved the statement.
His obeerrauons in Uicnigan, wnre over
4-) ,ooo rotes "were given lor temale sunrage,
satisfied him -that the people .advocat
ing this. amendment .were . t among
the most thoughtful and Intelligent people of the
country. The Senate, at 3 :3cp. m., proceeded
to select tbe live members-of -that body to repre
sent it on the Commission authorized by the
Electoral OOnatliUU, It was ordered that each
Senator's name be called, and that he rise in his
place and announce the. names of five Senators
aion-, Mr. Cragin nominated . Messrs. Ed
monds .i Morton i and FreUsjrurraea'.MMd Mr.
Stevenson -aominsted - McMrs.Tharaan-and
Bayard. The roll was then called, and the five
Senators named were unanimously chosen. Mr.
Hamlin, from the Committee on Holes, said tne
cemmitteehadmet with the House Committee
on Bales in regard to some rules' governing ad
missions to tbe Capitol during the count of the
Electoral vote, ana ne naa oeen aueetea to re-.
portaconearrentresomuon, airecungtne er-
geaau-M-Arm ox uu oauuo uuagnw tn acp
resentatives respectivelr to appoint fifty men to
serve as special pouoemea a toe uspiui anrug
the
canvass
of the ""vote
for
dent
and
Vice-President. . . .
.In
the
Hium. tba bill anoroDTiatinr a:00.000
to be
paia to James a. bmom loroonnrucuon oi jai
sissippi Jetties, etc., passed. The Speaker laid
before the House the veto of a bill abolishing
the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan
Police of the District of Columbia. The ques
tion was put: "Shall the bill pass -notwithstanding
tbe President's veto?" aad was decided In
the affirmative yeas, US; nays, 78.- Mr.Pavne
offered a resolution that the House elect' five
members of the Commission on the Presidential
Electoral count. Adopted. Mr. Lamar nomi
nated Messrs. Payne, Hunton, Abbott, Garfield
and Hoar, and they were chosen ;
In the Senate, on the 31st, tbe President
vro ttmport presented a communication signed
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ZtolZ:lZSZZ
they hadrmet in pursuance of the Electoral Count
mil and selected Associate Justice Joseph P.
Bradley fifth Associate Justice upon the Commis-
slon. A concurrent resolution was adopted,
,PTOTidinfrt2iat no person shall be admitted to
' the sou"1 wiDS of tbe Capitol during
u . to te f Prealdeat and V
the
conntioKof the votes for President and Vice-
President except upon tickets issued by the
President pro tan. of the Senate and Speaker of
the House of Representatives ,-such tickets to be
distributed to each Senator and Representative
by tbe Scrgeanta-at-Arms of tne Senate and
Iloure.as maybe directed bytbo Committees
on Bules of tho two houses In the IIouso
concurrent action with the Senate was taken. in
rerard to amtasemfeBlafdr cotmthur the Elect
oral vote.yrrhei majority rsport of hc Judiciary
Committee relative; '..to the' admission
At James B.- Belford-as a' Representative
from Colorado was adopted; and he was swom
in. The majority report of the committee ap
pointed to investigate the Florida election was
read amid great confusion, and efforts on the
Sart of tho Republicans to adjourn. .The report
eclares that the Democratic Elector In Florida
were legally pbosen ana cast their votes for Til
den and Hendricks; and that shcb votes should
be counted. The Democrats made an ineffectual
effort to get a vote on tbe resolutions, and at
luagp. m. ine xiousc aujouroea.
.In the Senate, on tbe 1st, -Mr. Bobertson
presented a series of resolutions passed by a
meeting of white and colored citizens at Barn
well Court-house, S. C, on Jan. 15, denying
that there was any intimidation on the part of
tbe whites towards tbe blacks at the recent elec
tion; and Mr. Saulabury presented a long print
ed petition signed by business men, clergymen
aad others of New Orleans, charging tbe Kellosg
Government with incompetency, etc. , and de
nying the charges of violence on the part
of the whites, f .Both . were, .referred.
Mr. Bogy presented Joint resolutions the Mis
souri Legislature in favor of the speedy con
struction of the Southern Transcontinental Kail
road. Referred. The Chair laid before the
f cnatc a communication from Associate Justice
Clifford, Prcsldentof tbe Electoral Commission,
announcing that thei members of the Commission
were now ready to proceed 1 Co the performance
uiuniuwa. xuf:inair appomicaiBenaiors
Sargent and Allfcon tellers on the part of the
Senate to count the votes for "Presi
dent and Vice-President of the Unit
ed States. Subsequently, Senator Sargent
icclined, and Senator Ingall9 was appointed.
In making the appointments the President pro
tern, stated it was bis Intention to' appoint one
Republican and one Democrat, but on noticing
the appointments by tbe House, he had deter
mined to appoint two Republicans. The Senate
then proceeded in a body to the hall of the lloure
of Representatives to take part in
the count of tho Electoral vote.
At 3: 10 p.m. the Senate returned, and took up
tbe report of the committee appointed to inves
tigate the eligibility to office of certain persons
appointefl.to.be 'Presidential .Electors In New
serscy . Missouri and Virginia. The' report de
clares the InelieihiUtvof William. ortw.lVr-
ey; and Frost, of Missouri. Mr. Kernan
announcea mat ne ma not agree with
the majority report f tbe committee
In the House tbe Chair appointed as teller on
the part of the House in counting the Electoral
votes .Messrs. Cook and Stone The Speaker
laid before the house a communication from
Justire Clifford, President of the Electoral
Commission, elating that tbe members thereof
have taken the prescribed darn' and
thai' the Commission was ready to
perform Its duties. Mr. Payne offered a resolu
tion directing the Clerk of the House to Inform
the Senate that It was ready to rccciveat body
for the purpose of opening. and couRing the
Electoial votes for President -anil Vice-President.
Adopted. The House then took a recess,
and soon after the members of the Senate came
in. the members of tne House ruins, and took
the seats provided for them in front of the
Democratic side of' the chamber.,
THE JOINT CONTENTION.
The President of the Senate took the
chair, having the Speaker on -his right. When
the senators and members were seated, the Pres
ident of tho Senate said: "The Joint Conven
tion of the two houses of Congress for counting
the votes for President, juidtVice-rraideat will
now come to order." Perfect silence followed,
and the President of the Senate continued : - Ha
obedience to tho ' Constitution, ' the Senate
and House of Representatives bave met to be
present at the opening of the certiflcaes and
counting anu declaring of results of the Electoral
votes lor ine ouicesoi resident anu vice-president
of the United States for the term 'of four
vears, commencing the 4th day of March next.
In compliance witn the law; the President of the
Senate will now proceed. In the presence of the
two houses, to open all certificates ol the several
Sfatj-si and, in alphabetical order, beginning
witb the State of Alabama,." Then tbe strong
box .In which the certificates were, was carried
In by Mr. Bassett,- Assistant Door keeper of the
Senate, and placed on the deck before the Pre-i-dent
of the Senate, who opeted it, and
taking from 'it the certificate from the
State of Alabama, handed it to the tel
lers, who were' sitting Just below him, at
the clerk's desk, and Senator Allison, one of the
tellers, read the document in eztenso, the
result of it being that "Samuel J. Tilden, or
New York, and Thomas A. Hendricks, of Indi
ana, had received tba ten electoral votes of .Ala
bama. ' The Vice:President said that the certifi
cate received from Alabama .having, been J
read, the duplicated certificate -"'re-1
ceivea uy man wouia De . read.
Objection was madet .however, . to-reading the
duplicates in extenso, and It was therefore or
dered that the duplicates be compared with the
originals by one of the tellers as the other read
ihe original. This having been disposed of the
presiding officer said, "Arc. there any' obieo
irona to the certificate from-the Stateof "Ala'
bamar" After a pause i "The Chair, hears
none.. The .votes or tot States of 'Alabama will
be counted. One of tho tellers will announce
the vote, so there may be no mistake." The
result was announceU' by Mr . Cook. VThe
same ceremonial' was observed in reference
to the next State. Tbe result "was announced
thateix vote's of Arkansas Were given for Tilden
and Hendricks. Tbe next State was California,
six votes for Hayes and, Wheeler. Then -followed
Colorado, with three votes for Hayes
and Wheeler: Connecticut, with six votes
for Tilden and'flendricks, and Delaware, with
three votes for Tilden and Hendricks. The read
ing of the Delaware certificates being concluded,
the presiding officer asked inadvertently il there
was any obJ-clioa to counting the votes of th
Stateoi Florida, but be immediately, corrected
himself " v and " submitted Delaware,
amid suppiessed but general laughter.
Then Florida was reached, sod Mr. Stone, teller,
proceeded to read tbe certificates." The read
ing of the first certificate showed, tho four votes
of Florida for Hayes and Wheeler. ' Then the
presiding officer handtd tne teller another, certi
ficate received from that State WhWh',V)b teiag
read ly Mr. Stone, showed four votes for Tilden
and Hendricks. The former certificate was au
thenticated by tho' late Governor suarns,
the latter by General Cocke. Then the
presiding officer handed down to the. tell
ers still another' certificate from 'Florida, re
ceived through a messenger on tbe aist January,
aadra corresponding one received by mall on tho
30th of January. This third one is an authen
tication of the aot of Electors who voted for, Til
den and 'Hendricks; 'and Is 5 made by present
Gov. Drew. Objection to the first certificate for
Hayeaand -Wheeler was Signed tv Senators
Jones, of Florida; Cooper and McDonald, of
Indiana, and by, Representative Field, Tucker,
Jenks and 'Springer. 'After half' an' hour was
spent In reading papen-acanapanying.tha third
certificate, Senator .i-HonVlirJg---proposed
the readinr be regarded as ramnleted
and the result announced ,'.s urMer a lateactot
Congress all the paper would be referred tq a
provisional tribunal raised to examine-leech
questions; There being no objection, it was so
ordered. The Clerk of the Houee rcaiThe papar
It asserted ,that those perseas (Messrs: Pierce
uumpnreys, noiuen ana l oung j assurnrcRW act
by the state of r lorida, or in any manner what
ever; (hat the other four persons had been elect
ed, and bad an irrevocable title to the office; that
the certificate of election of the first four persona
was untruly and corruptlyprocured and made.ih'
Durauance of a consDlracv between them and Alt
L.-ateamsVlate Governor; that thry were usurps
era, and that thtir acts are illegal, null and void.
Furthex' objections being caDed t or , Senator
Sargent sent up to the Clerk's desk, on behalf of
ninueu.ana.eenaiore iBover,,inerman ana
Teller, and of Representatives wood burn, Dun
MU.KassonandMcCrary, three. several sets of
otaJdcidiia,toi the vbsssVeast by -'Messrs. Call,
u union, nuuocxand xonge, vemoerauo-Electors,
en the ground that tbe papers 'are not au
thenticated as squired by the Constitution and
laita. .levator Jones.-ot Florida, mad bjecr,
lion specially to xxumpureya a noiaing an omce
oiirusrana prom unoer toe unueaouues. mx,
Bistro -'made an 'additional objection -to the
third ast of certificates, because they were not
authenticated by tbe
authenticated oy ine person who neiai
rso who held the ok
of Governor. at the ami
e.that the f traction h of
oflUe' were exercised. Tbe, Presiding Officer?
"Are there further objections to counting the
vote.oi Florida:-?. After -a pause: "If there
be none, the certificates and papers, together
with other papers accompanying the same.
aa'tvtaU-aa the. objections presentee, will
now he transmitted to tne Electoral ColleireCom
niasfan for- judgment and decisions 'The6cn
ate will now withdraw te its chamber, so that
the Huse,may act separately upon tbe objection .
Abuts of rbssent'tcr the' dosing mrt of. the sen
tence pervaded, tbe chamber, but the prestdiagJ
dffibertaade nottangeiand tbe Senate retired:' '
In the Snrtey.oo th.M, aUl waspMsedj
"T"5 ,"". !men oi persons mating
or having in their possession dies, moulds, etc ,
for manufacturing counterfeit coin; also a bill
' declaring all claims against the United States
shall be barred unless presented within six
yeara from the time they matured
Tbe House considered the Legislative Appro
priation bill iu Committee of the Whole, rho
bill' appropriates tH.tOJ.lvS.to. A long dis
cussion ensued on tne provision to re-luce tbe
salaries of members of Congress, which was
finally adopted in committee.
In the Senate, on tbe 3 J, a number of res
olutions and bills. of miscellaneous character
were Introduced aad referred, when after a
short executive session the Senate adjourned till
Monday. Tne House was agau) engaged in con -sidering
the Legislative Appropriation bill in
Committee of tho Whole.:' ; .
In the Senate, on tho 6th, Mr. West rose
to a personal explanation regarding the letter
addressed to him by Govv Wells' "and read on
Saturday, before the House Committee', which
explanation he was not permuted to make, he
said; before the committee. He could have
availed himself of bis privileges as a Senator
and refused to divulge the contents of the letter,
but he desired that all the facts in reeard to the
Louisiana count shonld be known:' ne hail not.
neiu, nor am ne intenam nnia.cianncsune
correspondent! with . any one. In regard to the
ceuntingthc Electoral votes. 'About the time
that the letter should hare been delivered to him
he was informed by the Secretary ot War that a
man by the name of Maddox was hero attempt
ing to trade off the vote of Louisiana. , He ( West)
immediately denied that be had any such au
thority, and telegraphed xtaJfew Orleans to a
friend in substance as follows: "Tell Gov
Wells that a man by the name of Maddox is
here professing to be authorized to
speak for him and tbe Returning Uoard of Lou
isiana. Who does this mtan?" The answer
came back as soon as the wire could bring it :
"Mr. Maddox has no such authority." Mr.
West, In answer to a question of Mr. Bogy
as to what explanation he could make of tne
letter, said that he (West was ambitious
to be his own successor in tb Senate, and
the letter "referred to that. As to
speaking of "million," Gov. Wells used the ex-,
presslon in the samenannerasCol. Sellers did:
be meant there was a ' barrel of monev "there
to be used against tbe Republicans, anil aid was
needed; that is, if money was to be spent on one
side it must be spent on tbe other. He (West)
would not rest for a moment under any suspicion
that he was trafficking Tn' tie Electoral voles.
The Legislative. Judicial and Kxecntive
appropriation bill was .passed by the House.
The amendment fixing the salary of Senators
and Representatives at $3,000 was agreed to;
tbe amendment increasing the eompensation
of the President to $50,000 was stricken out.
THE ELECT0R1L COMMISSION.
Washington, Jan. 31. The Tripartite
Commission assembled at noon In the Supreme
Court-room and organized.., The special oath of
office was, administered to Justice Clifford by
Mr. Middleton, Clerk of the Court, and Justice
Clifford, who by the Electoral act Is the
presiding officer of the Commission,
then administered the oath to the
other fourteen members. Jas II. McKenny was
appointed temporary clerk to the Commission,
and it was ordered that tb proceedings of the
Commission, except those here stated, shall be
neiu cuuuuemiai unui omerwiee ordered. A
series of rules wns adopted in regard to the
hearine of arguments, etc. . essentially tho same
as those which govern proceedings in the Su
preme i;ourt.
Feb. 1. The Tripartite Commission met
at 3 p. m. A communication from the two
Houses of Congress in Joint session was present
ed by Mr. Gorham, Secretary of the Senate, and
read, as follows:
Hall ok the House or Representatives,
February 1 . l77. To the President of the Com
mission : More than one return or paper pur
porting to-be the return or certificate of Elector
al votes of the State of Florida, having be n re
ceived, and this day opened in tbe presence of
the two houees of Congress, and objections
thereto having been made, said returns, with all
accompanying papers, and also objections there
to, are herewith submitted to the judgment and
decision ot the Commission, as provided bylaw.
Signed T. W. FBnur,
President of the Senate.
A somewhat lengthy discussion ensued as to
the proper methods of procedure, printing docu
ments, etc., when without acting upon the
merits of the case, the Presiding Justice an
nounced the public session closed,, and alter a
private conference the Commission adjourned till
10:30 a. m. to-morrow. "
RULES OF THE COMMISSION.
The .Electoral Commission to-day pro
mulgated the following rules, adopted by them
last evening-, under authority of the recent act of
Congress:
Rulel. The Commission shall appoint a Sec
retary, two Assistant Secretaries, a Marshal and
two Deputy Marshals, a Stenographer and such
Messengers as shall be needful, to hold during
the pleasure of the Commission.
Rule 2 On any subject submitted to the Com
mission a bearing slull be had, and counsel shall
be allowed to conduct the case on each side.
' Rule S. Counsel not exceeding two in number
on each side will be beard by the Commission on
the mtrits of any case presented to it, so longer
than two hoars blng alios ed to each slde.unless
longer time and additional counsel shall be spe
cially authorized by the Commission. In tbe
healing of interlocutory questions but one conn
sel shall be heard on each side, and he not longer
than IS minutes, unless the Commission allow
further time ani additional counsel , and printed
arguments will be received.
Rule 4 . I be objectors to any certificate or vote
may select two of their number to support their
objections in oral argument, and to advocate the
Validity of any certificate or vote, tbe validity of
which they maintain, and in likemanncr object
ors to any other certificate may select two ot their
number for like purpose, but under this rule
not more than four persons shall speak, and
neither side shall occupy more than two hours.
Rule 9. Application lor process to comel the
attendance of witnesses, or the production of
written or documentary testimony, may be made
by counsel on either side, and all process shall
be served and executed .by the Marshal of the
.Commission; or his deputies. Depositions here
after taken for nsei before tbe Commission shall
be sufficiently authenticated, if taken before any
Commissioner of the Circuit Courts of the United
States, or any clerk or deputy clerk of any Court
of the United States.
Rule 6. Admission to pnblio sittings of the
Commission shall be regulated in such a man
ner as the President of the Commission shall di
rect. Rule. 7. The Commission will sit. unless oth
erwise ordered, In tbe room of the 'Supreme
Court of the United States, ancLxrith open doors
(excepting when in consultation) , unless other
wise ordered.
Fkb. 2. The Electoral Commission met
at 1030 a.m., and Mr. Field opened tbe argu
ment as an objector In the case ot Florida, and
argusd in favor of going behind the face ot the
returns, on the ground that If this could not be
done the American people would be In the position-
ot- standing powerless in the face
of gigantic . fraud. He was followed
by Representative Tucker, another of tbe
objectors on, the same side of the case.
At the conclusion ot Mr. Tucker's argument the
Commission took a recess till 3. After the recess
Mr; Kasaon addressed the Commission, arguing
that tbe certificate presented by the Republican
Electors was the only one having any constitu
tional and. legal validity. He referred brief
ly to certain alleged frauds on tbe part of
the Democrats at various polls in the State; but
argued at length against the power ot the Com
mission to go behind the returns. He was fol
lowed .by Mr. HcCrary on the same side, who
cited numerous legal authorities to sustain his
position.-- The Question of 'adrniuinr evidence
before the Commission then came up, and its de-
o, was wit open unui ue next session.
-Feb. 3. After some discussion c to a'
mode of procedure, Mr. O'Conor, ot the Demo
cratic counsel, addressed the Commission, arc
ing' that evidence should be admitted subject to
the question of its relevancy and tbe effect to
be considered with the whole case. He then
submitted his proposition of evidence. Mr;
Evarts then moke is anonaltian to tha introdno
tion of evidence 'mainlv on the rarand that, if
.admitted,' it:wouldbe necessary, to go t the
iuaoamoniai nets in me .election, ue was re
plied 'to by Mr. Black. A motion .was then
adopted. tht counsel on either side be allowed
two hours to discus the .question as to what
evidence mignt Deaamiuea ana aiso wnai evi
dence was now before, tbe Commission. The
Commission adjourned till Monday. '
.
ISTESTIGATIStx' THE ELECTIONS.
The Senate Sub-Committee onfrivileges
and Elections, on the 57th, examined A. F.
Bash, of the banklng-hdnse of Ladd & Busb,
ot Salem, Oregon.. - -Witness testified that he
sent -a certain .dispatch in cipher (produced by
.-enator Mitchell) to C. E. Ill ton. New Yrk.
in reference to paying fees of lawyers retained
to argue before the Governor, or lo any of the
courts, against the issuing of an Electoral cer
tificate to Watts. He received the following
dispatch from A. E. and C. . Tilton, of New
IxoiK, on ue : tnoi aovemoer lasi: - useaii
means to prevent certificate; very important."
The witness understood the dispatch to refer to
Watts, but Pel ton. told him afterwards it re
ferred to Cronin. A little more than n,f00
was placed to the credit of witness's firm, which
be understood from Bellinger was for use In the
Electoral matter. Senator Mitchell Intro
duced a large number of dispatches, many in
cipher ana without signatures. The following
are among them : A. 3. Hewitt to Hon. J. Kelly,
sUting that "On investigation, the legal opin
ion is, votes cast for Federal office-holders as
Electors are void, and' the person receiving the
next highest number of votes should receive the
certificate of appointment. Canvassing offi
cers should act on this rule and , Gov
ernor's certificate of appointment be given
to Elector accordingly, and the subse-
auent certificate of votes or Electors be
nlymade. specifying how they voted. This
will force Congress to go bebied the certificates,
and open the way to go into the minutes in all
cases, which is not-only right, but will relieve
ine emoarrassmeni oi ine situation." rrom w
r. Pclton to Dr. Gcorgo L. Miller, of Omaha, in
reference to sending a party to Oregon to look
after Electoral matters, which resulted in the
visit of Mr. Patrick to Oregon .
The Committee. on the Powers and Duties
ot tbe House had Louis Kenner, of the Louisiana
Returning Board, before them on the 27th. fib.
Field showed the witness a certified copy of the
Parish of Vernon 'In which 178 votes had been
given for Hayes, while ih' the original returns
two votes only were given to Hayes. Witness
having been asked to explain thediffe, ence, said
that if any returns had been thrown out he was
not aware ot It. It did not take place
while he was in the Board Mr. Field directed
witness to look with a magnifying glass at the
original papers, and find whether there had been
any erasures or alterations. Witness, after
scrutinizing the figures, said it looked as if some
thing bad been done, as if the figures had been
written over erasures J. B. Do Berry,
telegraph operator at the railroad depot at Talla
hassee, Fla., testified regarding a number
of telegrams cent and received by him
between the 8th and lith of November,
the purport ot some or which was as follows:
From Z. Chandler to Gov. Stearns "We are
now absolutely sure of Electoral votes for
Hayes, and we must have Louisiana, South Caro
lina and! Florida by fab- means or otherwise."
Ue could not give the exact language, and did
not remember tlio number mentioned. Another
dispatch was i "Send couriers to each county
and secure returns. They must be made to show
a majority for Hayes." From Gov. Stearns to
Z. Chandler: "We can not carry the
State for Hayes unless we have troops and money
Immediately." These were not the exact words,
but the substance Charles H. Brush, tele
graph operator at Tallahassee, from the 8th to
the 12th of November, testified that Z. chandler
telegraphed Gov. Stearns that he had seen the
President ard Secretary of War, and troops
wonld be sent. ' Witness did not pretend to give
the exact words of the dispatches.
J. T. Littlefield, Clerk of the Louisiana
Returning Board, testified before the Morrison
Houbo Committee, on tbe 3 tb, that on the 3d of
December bo altered tbe original returns from
two of the polls in Vernon Parish, so as to trans
pose 174 Democratic votes over to the Republican
candidates; thst he did this by the express di
rection of Gov. Wells, cndthat.attermakingcop
iesot Uiealtcied originals and substituting them
for the originals, the latter were burned, either
by himself or by -Gsv. Wells, be did not remem
ber which, but. at all events, with Gov. Wells's
knowledge. Littlefield was subsequently ' ex
amined bv tbe Committee on the Powers and
Privileges of the House, and detailed at length
the circumstances under which be made the al
terations in the returns mentioned. He further
testified, that instead of destroying the original
statement of returns lrom Vernon Parish, as
directed by Gov. Wells, be took the paper home
and gave it to his nnclc, Mr. Spearing, to be
used in behalf of tho NIcholls Government.
Witness here Identified a paper produced by the
committee, as being the original return
referred to.) On cross examination, witness
said he did not know of any
other returns having been altered.
Before tho Senate Committee on Privi
leges and Elections, on the 30th, Wm. II. Hoi
lister, Cashier of the banking-house of Kountz
Brothers, New York, testified as to $3,000 be
ing placed en deposit with Kountz Brothers on
the 1st ot December by a .stranger, who repre
sented the dciwsit to be made by E. Davis to the
credit of S. II. P. Patrick; and on the ICth of
December, $1,019 in gold was deposited in
Kountz Brotlicrb' Bank by Charles Dimond, of
New York, subject to the order of J. U. X. Pat
rick, and it Is still there; the bank of Kountz
Brothers paid a draft of $8,00) on the lnhor
10th of December, in favor of Wells, Fargo &
Co. ; the draft was dated San Francisco, Decem
ber 6, and was given by J. H. N. Patrick. Sen
ator Kelly was next called. He testified that be
liecame acquainted with J. H. N. Patrick at
Portland, Oregon, on the 27th of December last.
A cipher dispatch directed to W. T. Pclton,
New York, signed by J. II. N. Patrick and in
dorsed by Senator Kelly, was produced by Sen
ator Mitchell, and handed to the witness, who
stated that he could not translate the dispatch,
but be wonld give the substance of it, which was
that he (Kelly) indorsed a dispatch asking the
Democratic National Committee to send
$1,0 0 to Oregon to pay any legal expenses
which might arise in connection with the WaUs
case; an answer in cipher came to this dispatch,
tha substance of which was that there was no
money; several telegrams passed between par
ties in Oregon and New York in relation to the
paying of any legal expenses In connection with
the Watts case, and finally word was sent from
New York to Oregon that S 8, too could be bad;
the cipher dispatches which passed between Sen
ator Kelly and Patrick were In relation to the
transferring of $ 8,1-00 from New York to Oregon ,
bow it should be done, and through what bank
ers; the dispatches had no other meaning; he
never heard of the unlawful use of money In con
nection with this case mentioned, and never bad
an idea that any money would lie used
improperly connected with it. Senator Mitchell
offered the following telegram, which he a-ked
to have inserted in connection with the testimo
ny of Hollister: "New Yobk. November 27-J.
II. N. Patrick, Salem, Oregon: Secure your
points at all hazards. Communicate-with me
Immediately, giving prospects.
Signed) VDAV18."
Before the Committee on tbe Privileges
of thenouse, on the 31st, John T. Pickett, at-torncy-at-law,
Washington, D. C, testified that
he bad a conference with Joseph H. Maddox in
Washington on Nov. 21, in which the latter who
had just come from New Orleans, proposed to
secure the Electoral vote of Louisiana for the
Democrats for one million dollars. Maddox in
formed witness that the State had gone Demo
eratio by from 8,000 to 10,000 majority, but that
it would be counted for Hayes by the Retaining
Board unless tho Democrats would put up tbe
amount required. Maddox farther informed
witness that he was the bearer ot a letter from
Gov. Wells to Senator West, which letter stated
that the Democrats had put up a million of
money, and that the Republicans wonld need
another million to counteract it. The result of
the Interview was that witness went to New
York and submitted the proposal to several
leading Democrats, among them Representative
Hewitt, who said that was the third proposition
of the kind that bad been made to him on the
part of the Returning Board, but tha under no
circumstances would they entertain the propo
sition. Joseph II. Maddox was then called and
identified the following memorandum as
having been written by him: " or one
million dollars the vote of Louisiana
can be secured for Tilden and
Hendricks. The manipulation must be
done by me, and as tar as possible, to protect
members of the Returning Board who ma;- favor
anch result. Details to be agreed upon ; money
to lie paid in installments, one-fourth' when the
fifth member is elected, one-fourth when one
member resigns and another is elected In his
place, and one-fourth when another resigns,
with another elected in bis place, the balance of
one-fourth to be paid when -certificates
are given." Question by Mr. Field: Was that
the proposition that Governor Wells wanted vou
to carry out? A. I decline to answer.- Q Did
or did not Mr. Wells negotiate with yon for the
votes of the Louisiana Returning Board? A I
decline to answer that question. Q. Did he
authorize you to negotiate? A. I decline to
answer that, also. Q. D yon know whether
he authorized any bojy else to negotiate? A.
I don't know; not of -my. personal knowledge.
Q. How came yon to make tbe memo
randum, which I- have read in evidence,
hMrinninr. "For one million of dol
lars?" A. I do not desire to explain
it at present. U I explained that I would nave
no hesitation in answering all tbe other questions
put to me. If I can properly do so I will answer
the question after I have considered tha matter
and consulted my attorney. I do not want to
cause any unnecessary-delay or to be captious.
I do not want to go through any scene, or to go
before the House. If I am compelled to give evi
dence I will give it.
J. H. Maddox again appeared before the
House Committee on Privileges, on the 1st, and
testified at length regarding bis negotiations with
President' Wells of the Louisiana Returning
Board . His evidence was mainly corroborative
of that ot Pickett given on the previous day.
Maddox testified that Wells asked him to go to
Washington, see influential men, and endeavor
to get some money one znuuuuuuiiATB w luwuiu,
would be about right. Wells said he would like
to serve his party, but the risk wss very great
and be would not undertake it unless paid for
it. Tne majority was too heavy for him to han
dle, and be did not know where to commence
l to throw out. Witness went to Washington,
saw Secretary Cameron, and told him that Wells
wanted money. The Secretary declined to har
any thine to do with the matter ot money. Tb:a
negotiation baring failed, witness' returned to
-New Orleans, and Gov. Wells then suggested
that they endeavor to make some arrangements
Willi the Democrats. On cross-examination,
witness said that Gov. Wells never asked him
to see Col. Pickett or snv othr IVmiwral,
what he did was on his own motion or tbe Joint
uuiiuMvi ..civ iuu miuecu. if. nu mere
any arrangement between yon and Col. Pickett
as to how much money you were each to get?
A. I did not know how much I was to get; that
depended upon circumstances; Col. Pickett said
be did not care about it except for charitable
puriucs.
General Anderson, of the Louisiana Be
turning Board, testified on the 2d before the
House Committee on Privileges, that to his
knowledge there was no change made in the fig,
urcs of Vernon Pariah aa nnm tn hv Mule
field; he was not present, however, when the
rcmruo irom mat pansn were passea upon; aia
not know of the destruction of retnrni from
any parish; never bad any conversation with
Maddox regarding a proposition to sell ont the
vote of the State, nor with Wells, nor
did be know of any negotiations for
that purpose. Q. Was there any proposition
made by any one in relation to the nw of money
to affect the declaration of tbe result? Yes ; Dr.
W. A. Robinson, Democratic State Senator,
came to my room at II o'clock at night on the
21th or 21th of November and said to me, there
was an apnortnnity to make a good thing, and
that I would get $200,000 if I would insure tbe
Etite for the Democrats. I replied, that was a
subject I did not wish to entertain. He asked
me to think it over. I replied that it
would be useless for me to do so.
and before ho left the room he exacted a promise
to meet blm at tbe St. Charles Hotel at six tbe
next evening. I promised to meet him to get rid
of him. I did not meet him. He came to the
Board and called me out. Inaulrin wbv I aid
not meet him. I said I had forgotten, when he
replied that it was too important for me to for
get. I said to him, ' 'I do not want to converse
anv further with von on the sublect. II vou
wish to retain my friendshlp,-you will never
again xncnuon wo matter.
J. H. Maddox was again before the House
Committee on Privileges on the 3d, and pro
duced the two letters heretofore mentioned In his
testimony. They are as follows :
New Orleans, Nor. 20, 1876. To Mr. J. H.
Maddox, New Orleans: Deah Sir Under
standing the Dolitlcal condition of matters from
association with both political parties, and as a
inenu oi inerresiaent ana as a uovemmeni on
cer, would it not be considered part ot your duty
to Co at once to Washington with as little delay
as possible and place before the President the
condition and pending dangers of the situation?
Should you conclude upon prompt action hi the
premises, allow me to commend you to Senator
West, who is my f rieml, and with whom yon will
ireeiv communicate.
Yours very truly, J. Madison Weixs.
New Orleans, La., N v. 21,1378. Mr Dear
Senator I regret much not seeing yon when
here. I wanted to say much to you which ws-uld
be at least imprnaent to pnt upon paper. I
trust, however, to meet you in Washington as
soon as tbe canvass is over which is upon ns
Our duties as returning officers have auzumented
the magnitude of the destiny of the two great
parties may i not say me nation? iiuuycom
nrebend the situation as well as mv duty to I be
greatest living General, U. S. Grant, and not
with my consent shall this oppressed people be
governed oy nis paroiea prisoners, aiaea oy
their white-livered cowards of the North.
Let me, my esteemed sir, warn. yon of the
aanger. minions nave Deen sent nere ana
will be u-ed In tbe interest of Tilden. and. an
less there Is some counter-movement it will be
impossible for me or any one Individual to ar
rest its productive results. Tho gentleman pre
senting this letter is fully aware of the moves.
and If yon allow will communicate freely to our
incniis ana act promptly, or results win oe dis
astrous. A hint to the wise. Strictly private
ana connuenuai.
Yours trulr, J.- Madisox Wblls,
To nbn. J. R. West. Waahinarton. D. C.
Daring the reading of the first letter. Senator
West entered the room, and at the request of
Mr. Field opened the letter addressed to him and
read its contents as above given. The Committee
men went into private session.
Investigation Into tbe conduct of the late
election in Mississippi was continued before the
Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections,
VU .UQ dU. V. A. IXUCDICt. A 4OIU?U V. .
.... K .t T ! T .... 1ljl.fr a tt
Mines Countv Board of Rexisters. testified that
mere was a conierence oi leaning liemocrau oi
llines County a short time before the election , at
which it was proposed to furnish oneot tbe Dem
ocratic Judges of Election at each polling place
with a duplicate key to the ballot-box. Witness
furnished about 15 of 'these duplicate Keys to dif
ferent men, all of whom were white men, and. he
minas. Democrats, tie suppea a sman parcel
into the vest pocket of one f the Judges, re
marking as he did so: "Hero is something
which may be of use to you." Did not tell them
what use was to be maae ot them, but thought
they were all smart enough to find out how and
for what to use them. In answer to a question
from Senator Teller, the witness said : I sup
pose my Idea was that if there were too many
Reonblican votes in a ballot-box. the kev was
to open the box, that the Republican votes might
ue utKen qui anu Lrcmucrauc toki nuubuuiwu
in their stead." Tbe witness admitted that the
Republican Judeea of Election in Hlnes
County were generally ignorant ne
groes, and it was an easy matter
lu get tneminioxicatea on election oay. neau-
mitted farther that duplicate ballot-boxes were
furnished to one of the Democratic Judges in ev
ery Dollins: nrecinct in tbe county. Henry Out
law, of Aberdeen, Monroe County, testified that
all meetings wntcn coiorea Kepuniieans attempt
ed to hold In his county, during; tbe late cam-
paign, were oroien up Dy armea uemocraia; ue
witness was at a meeting ia Aberdeen during
. -.' -fw. .-..-
September; at mat meeting it coiorea men wen
shot, some of them killed outright, and
others were so serionsly. wounded they
havn aini-.B died: Democrats, had a nractlce OI
riding through Monroo County at night, taking
aolored men from their beds and whipping
them . snrt many ot nis race naa siept out oi uoors
for several nights previous te the late election,
to nrevent beinir draaraed from their homes and
whipped; the witness was wounded in the shoul
der, oy a Duiiet, at apolitical meeting in Sep
tember last. Upon taking the witness-stand,
Outlaw asked to be excused from testifying.
He said he should not dare return home if he
told tbe whole truth.
The Chief Qoeem or Bonuh.
It is the custom of the Burmese Royal
Family to intermarry strictly within
itself. Thus the late Queen was a half
'sister of tbe King of Burmah. From
this practice may be traced much of
the insanity which has constantly made
its appearance in tne Burmese royai
dynasties. Therrawaddy, a descendant
of the great Alouong Fyah, was a
notable instance of a mad King of
Burmah, and several other Kings
have been addicted to suspicious
freaks. The Naudau was 60 years old,
and is said to have been much respect
ed. During her lifetime she was gen
erally accredited with having, a great
deal to do with the chief political
movements of her day in Burmah. The
remains of the deceased Queen are em
balmed. She will neither be buried nor
burnt. According to .the strict imme
morial custom of the Burmese Court,
these remains.savs the Rangoon Gazette,
are to be placed in one of the apart
ments occupied by the Queen during her
life in thepalace,ciotneainroyairoDes,
and surrounded with all the jewels and
paraphernalia of Burmese Royalty. In
that state the body is to remain until
time completes the work of destruction,
or another Kinc ascends the throne,
when the corpse will invariably be
thrust into a lumber room or consigned
to mother earth. It is the intention of
the Kingto spend a portion of each day
in the apartment containing the re
mains of the Queen in contempla
tions and musings on the transi
tory nature of this life. This determi
nation is in strict accordance with the
precepts of the Buddhist religion. If
the Burmese King abdicates, as is not
very improoable, ne will become a holy
Hoooneee. All business is at a stand
still in Mandalay. Every prisoner not
under sentence of death will Deliber
ated. The lying-in-state ceremonials
are to be opened with great ceremony.
In brief, as they say in India, there is a
grand fuw?Art going on in juanaaiay.
PUK0ESTPARA6RAPH8. , ,
An item from China stating that a
man's head was cut off for patting a
pretty girl on the cheek has caused one
man we know of to make up his mind to
stay in the United States, where he
won't run any risks. Bridgtpart Stand
ard. The objection to insuring his life
made by a veteran gambler, "I don't
care to play a game where I've' got to
die to win," is thns delicately para
phrased by a fastidious writer;-"Men
instinctively dislike, the contemplation
of a contract in which death is a neces
sary incident to give it value to their es
tate." A gkhtlemax in a stage-coaoh, pass
ing through the city and observing a
handsome edifice, inquired of .the driver
what building it was. The driver re
plied : " It is the Unitarian church."
"Unitarian!" said the gentleman;
" and what is thatP" " I don't know,"
said the Jehu; "but I believe it is in
the opposition line." Boston Adver
tiser. Mr. Rewet, of the Worcester Press,
is writing the biographies of the hu
morous newspaper writers of the coun
try. Tne public is looking forward to
their publication with a good .deal of
interest, in the expectation of learning
who killed Dr. Burdell and who it was
that tried to rob the New London Sav
ings Bank. Norwich Bulletin.
" Oh, mamma, if I could only have
one of those new style of dresses made
to button down the back from the
neck to the heels." " Well, daughter,
you can." " What! I can?" "Yes,
dear." "Button clear down?" 'Cer
tainly, my darling." "With smoke
pearl buttons?" "Yes, pet." "And
galloon trimmings?" "Yes, dearest."
"Ob, mamma!" They hug. Chicago
Journal.
Nature seems to have designed this
land as the permanent abode of a race
of men pledged to the eternal recogni
tion of the principle of equality. Hence
when we are' rich, or vain, or proud,
and feel stuck up above our neighbors,
along comes a bad attack of catarrh
the great national leveler and reduces
the backbone of our arrogance to the
flabbiness of putty. Brooklyn Argus.
Mr. Coville was reading to his wife
from a newspaper on Saturday mora
ine, when he struck this paragraph:
" Mr. and Mrs. James Clark, of Pulas
ki, N. Y., both came into the world on
the same day, and both were killed by
a cancer." Well, I declare! wasn't
that singular?" observed Mrs. Coville.
"Born on the same day, died on the
same day, and with the same disease.
Now, if they'd only been married on the
same day, the thing would have been
complete." " What's that?" suddenly
interrogated Mr. Coville, looking'cun
ously at her over the top of the paper.
"I say," she repeated, "if they'd both
been married on the why, to be "
she embarrassingly added, as she caught
the amused' expression of his face
" that is I wonder if I thought to put
on the dish-water," and she hastened
into the kitchen to attend to it. Ban
bury News.
m
Hew a Forger Paid a Lawyer.
The most clever forgeries which had'
been ever known, up to the time of
their occurrence, were those of Monroe
Edwards. This man really possessed
commercial genius, and had he devoted,
himself to legitimate business he would,
have become, a merchant prince. He
preferred fraud, however, and bore the
consequences. It is thirty-four years .
since Monroe Edwards was convicted.
William M. Evarts was then a young
lawyer, and was retained in the de
fense. It is said that he got his pay in:
a forged check. Edwards had great,
personal elegance and grace of man
ners. He went to England with forged'
letters from Daniel Webster, traveling1
as John P. Caldwell. The aristocracy,
welcomed him to their festal halls, and,
he actually borrowed 1,000 to return
with. In this city he forged $25,000 on .
Brown, Brothers & Co., and 'by three'
clever forgeries in Philadelphia be
raised $66,000 more. His trial in this,
city was the occasion of James Watson
Webb's duel with Tom Marshall. The
latter was one of the counsel for the
defense, and made severe reflections on
Webb, who challenged him and got a
bulletin his leg. Edwards was sen
tenced to Sing Sing for five years, and'
died before the expiration of the sen-'
tence. Utiea Herald.
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