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MEMPHIS, TENIST., TUESDAY, JA.jSTUA.RY 6, 1874.
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Ke-aEsemblinc or the Senate and
House The Bankrupt Bill
and Civil Service
The Compensation or Senator,
Kepreseutatives, and Dele
ment in the Senate Kailroad
Transportation in the
The Army and Our Fortifications
The Supplementary Civil
Rights Bill Alex. Ste
h EX ATE.
"Washington, January 5. The sen
ate met at noon.
Chsirman Carpenter laid before the
nate the report of the secretary of the
senate, la reply to the resolution oi
December 17th, calling for informatiou
-is to the amount of compensation re
ceived by senators since the organiza
tion of the government. Laid on the
Kenstor Edmunds, from the judiciary
committee, reported back the house bill
t " repeal the bankrupt bill, with sundry
amendments, and recommended that,
with such amendments, the bill be
passed. Senator Edmunds said that he
ii-'l no hesitation in stating that the
committee had agreed substantially in
Senator Wright Iowa introduced a
resolution instructing the committee on
tivil service and retrenchment to in
quire into the expediency -of reporting
tue bill making the reduction of ten per
eeat. of compensation of all officers of the
government, whose salaries exceed one
tbusand dollars per annum, or five
dollars per day.
Senator Cameron objected, and it was
Ott motion of Senator "Wright, the
Lou'-e bill to establish the compensation
uf senators, representatives and dele
gates, was taken up, together with the
amendments reported by the senate
committee on civil service and re
trenchment, striking out the first and
Hard sections, and substituting therefor
the sc'ion3 repealing the act of March
Cd, 1S73, and fixing the salary as it was
prisr to the passage of that act,
aa J further providing that the compen
sation of the several head' of depart
ments be eight thousand dollars per
Senator Cragin introduced a resolution
requesting the secretaries of state, treas
ury, war, navy, interior, postmaster
genera and attorney-general to com
municate to the senate the number of
officers and employes connected with
tusir respective departments who are
furnished with official postage-stamps
either directly or indirectly, and if it is
custom when writing to parties not con
nected with the department, for infor
mation, to enclose an official stamp for
Senator Buckingham submitted a
resolution directing the finance com
mittee, in order to prevent inflation of
currency to meet the necessities of the
government, and to consider the
exp-diency of reporting a bill
which sball empower the secretary
ff the treasury to make tempo
rary loans, ami authorize national
banks ts u.e eertifieat-8 of indebtedness
as issues for such loaus as part of the re
serve; also to provide for the redemp
tion aud cancellation ot legal-tendeis
at a rate equal in amount to those which
have been or may be paid out of the
forty-four million dollars heretofore held
by the secretary f the treasury. Or
Sena'oi Vrt.lt offered a resolution,
wlii h tv i agreed to, directing the
fiana'e committee to inquire whether
tha national hanking law Bhould not be
fc amended as to prohibit the stockhold
ers aud officers ot national banks from
"'icing concerned in the business of pri
vate banking in or near the locality of
a national bank, whereby the means of
uch bank may be employed to produce
n greater rate of interest than allowed
Senator Conkling introduced a bill to
provide for a commksion to prepare and
report to congress a bill with reference
to the enactment of a general shipping
act, aud for other purposes. Referred.
Senator Stevenson introduced a joint
resolution to appoint Asa Gray, of Mas
pacbuseetts; J. D. Dana, of Connecticut-
ana Alexander r. btewart, of ew
York, agenta of the Smithsonian irsti
tu'aon. in place respectively of Louis
Agassiz, deceased, Theodore IT. Wool-
say anil V m. it. Astor, wnose terms
bad expired, and also fo reappoint Jno.
McLean, of New Jersey, and Peter
Parker, of the District of Columbia,
whose terms have expireiL The resolu
tion was referred.
Senator Allison introduced a bill
to regulate and facilitate the trans
fer of commerce across navigable
rivers forming a boundary of States.
The bid provides that all railway
bridges across Euch rivers shall
be declared public highways, and shall
be equally open to the use of every man,
Laving a term""' t or near such
bridge, upon p.- to the owner of
sur-U bridges ami i-ioache3 thereto of
reasonable comien!:atiou, under limita
tions and oomlitioDs, which the bill, in
detail, prescribes. Referred.
Senator Pratt renewed the legislation
bill inVegard to the increase of compen
sation, and that congress had erred in
this matter and should retrace its steps.
He thought the bill should be repealed,
ajd hoped the demand for economy
now coming from all sections would be
The morning hour having expired it
was laid over for the resolution reported
lnm the committee on finance before
the holidays, declaring it to be the duty
of ccDgrees at present, to adopt definite
measures to redeem the pledge made by
the government for the earliest, practi
cable redemption of the United States
notes in coin, was taken up.
Senator Bogy addressed the senate.
He thought the whole system of legal
tenders vicious and contrary to sound
financial policy, but the wants of the
country, and of his section particularly,
were so pressing now, that there was no
time now to remedy the evil. The
country wanted speedy relief. He
thought there had been an unequal dis
tribution of currency. The six New Eng- j
land States hud received one hundred
and ten million of dollars, when they
were entitled to but thirty-nine millions.
The middle States had received an ex-;
ress of nine millions, while the southern
States were deficient in their portion flf-;
tv-one millions, and the western biaies
tweLtv-one million dollars: he ad
vocated the reissue of forty-fou? million
dollars legal-tender reserve, au addi
tional issue o' fifty million dollars in
legal-tenders, and an issue of twenty
five million in national bank notes to
the western banks.
The consideration of the salary bill
was then resumea.
Senator Pratt offered an amendment
that the senators, representatives, and i
delegates of the forty-third congress,
who have received their compensation I
since March 4, 1873, at the rate of seven J
tnousauu nve nunurea tiouars per an-
iiuru, sball hereafter bo paid in such
monthly installments as will make an
aggregate for the whole congress at the
rate of five thousand dollars per annum.
Senator Xiogan opposed tbe amend
ment. As for himself, he would have j
tbe salaries as at present, because he did
not believe tbem excesilve. He an
nouuoed that he would oppose any bill '
that did not wipe out the entire salary-
1.111, except as it related to the President
and the supreme court. He was opposed ,
t any law to cut down the salary of the
next President, and he believed that he
should have the same salary as the
present one, be he Democrat, Liberal or
Senator Thurman did not see any dif
ficulty in voting for the amendment of
the gentleman from Indiana.
Senator Pratt said he felt it to be hln
duty to undo as far as in his -power the
law incrcasiog salaries and the effects
Senator Losran tboucht the money re
ceived by the senators their private
property, aud could not be taken irom
tbem. He iuauired of the senator from
Ohio (Thurmsn) if the bill should be
come a law to-aay, anu ne (udsuj
should resiirn his seat in the senate to
morrow, could the government of the
United States recovertne money aireauy
paid him. He hoped the senator irom
Ohio would answer tnat question.
finat.ir Thurman I am afraid to
swer. The senator inieht resipru bis
seat in order to keep his money,
Senator Morrill Maine opposed the
amendment. He did not believe that
concress had a right to exercise that
power. He favored the repeal of the
bill, and shou'd vote for its repeal, but
would reject all other propositions
Senator Stewart also opposed the
The chair laid before the senate a
rnessaze from the President, transmit
ting the correspondence in regard to the
Virgiuius, which was laid on the table
and ordered printed.
Senator Edmunds said be was in favor
of an absolute repeal ot the. salary bill,
and. further, to reimburse the treasury
for all money taken out of it under that
Senator Wright gave notice that on
to-morrow he would endeavor to press
the salary bill to a vote, and be noped
the senators would remain until the
matter was disposed of.
Washington, January 5. The ses
sion of tue bouse, alter tlie vacation,
was resumed at noon, with a pretty full
attendance of members, and with densely-crowded
after the reading of the min
utes of the nineteenth of Decem
ber, the speaker proceeded to a call of
the btales lor bins lor re.erence only.
Under the call, a large number of bills
were introduced aud referred.
Mr. Coburn asked leave to report from
the committee on military affairs, ares
olution instructing that committee to
inquire into the expediency of dimin
ishing the regular army, and of discon
tinuing, in whole or in part, the work
of construction, preservation aud repair
of fortifications, and all other work9 of
defense, with leave to send for persons
and papers. Objection was made, and
tbe resolution was not received. Subse
quent'y the objection was withdrawn,
and tbe resolution adopted.
Mr. Garfield offered a resolution to
amend the rules, so that all bills for the
relief of private citizens, byname, snail
be filed with the clerk of the house, and
referred to an appropriate committee,
without being primed or referred.
Mr. Dawes olTered a resolution direct
ing the surgeon-general of the army to
detail one or more medical officers of
the army to vi;t towns in which the
cholera prevailed during 1S73, or such of
t lie in as tue surgeon-general may ueem
necessary, and confer with the health
authorities and resident physicians of
such towns, and collect all the facts of
importance with reference to such epi
demics, and to make a detailed report
on or before the first of January, 1S75.
Mr. Wheeler N. Y., from the com
mittee on appropriations, reported the
army appropriation bill, appropriating
twenty-eight thousand four hundred
and lorty-nine thousand niue hun
dred and sixteen dollars, which was
made the special order for Tuesday next
The bouse then resumed the consider
ation of tne supplementary civil rights
Mr. Frye advocated the bill.
Mr. Harris f Va.l addressed the house
in opposition to the bill, contending that
couerees had no right to interfere with
tbe internal legislation or any state;
that this bill would break up the present
nubile school system, the lunaticasylum
aud other charitable institutions of the
Mr. Stevens Ga. next arose to ad
dress the house, but said that he could
not say all be hau to say in twenty
minutes, and he asked that one hour be
Mr. E. R. Hoar objected, but subse
quently offered to withdraw his objec
tion in case the same privileges were
granted to Mr. Elliott S. C. (colored)
Then Mr. Walls Fla 1 (colored), re
newed his objection, but lie too with
drew. Mr. Stephens then proceeded to read a
speech in opposition to the bill, remark
ing that in view of the great importance
of the subject he had reduced his views
to writing. His opposition to the bill
did not spring Irom prejudice against
any one on account or race, color and
Erevious condition of servitude. He
elieved all men were created equal,
but he was opposed to this meas
ure or to any one kindred
to it because of a want of
the necessary power on the part of
congress under the constitution. He
assumed that every member would ad
Wit that the powers of congress were
specific and limited, aud that all tbe
legislative powers which congress could
rightfully exercise vere held by the
delegation from the people of the several
States; and be contended that no new
powers had been conferred on congress
by either the fourteenth or fifteenth
amendments to tbe constitution. The
proper remedy was in the judg
ment of the courts, to be rendered in
such a way as congress should provide,
declaring that any State act in violation
of the rights of citizens to be null and
void audof no effect. He opposed the
bill further becaino of i' inexpediency.
Even if tbe powt- -.a-.! laestioned in
congress V pass in u he thought it
would be injudicious and unwise to ex
ercise it. It would be better to leave all
such matters to the States. He did not
believe in the point of fact that the col
ored people of Georgia desired it; their
religion and church organizations, ex
cept in the case of Catholics, were distinct
from those of the whites; they had their
own schools, even a college for colored
youths. They did not desire to have
Mr. Stephens occupied the floor for
an hour and a quarter, having had his
time extended twice. The peroration
was in these words: "If you who call
yourselves Republicans shall, in obe
dience to what you consider a party be
hest, pass this bill in vain expectation
that the Republican principles of the
old and true Jeffersoniau school are
dead, be assured that you are indulging
in a fatal illusion; the eld Jeffersoniau
Democratic-Republican principles are
not dead, and will never die so long as
a true devotee of liberty lives.
They may be buried for a period, va the
Magna Cfiarta was trodden under foot
in England for more than half a cen
tury, but these principles will come up
with renewed energy, as did those of
Magna Charta, and that, too, at no dis
tant day. Old Jelfersonian Democratic
Rerublican princip'es would end
when the tide of the ocean
cease to ebb and flow; when the
winds of heaven are - hushed
into perpetual silence: when the clouds
no longer thunder; when earth's electric
balls are no longer felt or heard: wheu
her Internal fires go out, then, and not
before, will these principles cease to
live; then and not before, will these
principles cease to animate and move
the liberty-loving masses of this coun
try. Mr. Rauscer, a colored member, fol
lowed in a written fctwech in support of
the bill, contending that there was no
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nractical freedom in the southern States
for the colored people, and would not
be, so long aa the matter was left to the
discretion of the several States,
Mr. Mills opposed the bill as an unau-
uiorized ana unconstitutional usauiup
Hon of boner.
Mr. Elliott obtained the floor, but
yielded to a motion to adjourn.
The speaker laid before the house a
message from the President in reference
to the steamer Vlrginius. The mesa&ge
was read and referred to the committee
on foreign affairs,
The uoum adjourned.
At Philadelphia, Sunday, pterty
amounting to twenty thousand dollar
was licked up by fire.
i jiessage irom irre&iueut. uiuui iu
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! the Senate and Houso Touch
ing the Kecent Unpleas
antness. Synopsis- of Correspondence he'
tween Fish, Minister Siskle?,
and the Spanish Gov
ernment. Complete Olliclal History of the
Difllculty-The Yessel, her
Ofrners, and her Unfor
tunate Crew and
Finale Disclaimer of Intent to
Insult our Flag, Mado by Ad
miral Palo, and the Cur
Washington, January 5. The Pres
ident to-day sent the following mes
To the Senate and House of Representatives
In my inaugural message of Decem
ber last I gave reason to expect mat,
when a full and accurate text of the cor
respondence relating to the steamer Vir
einius. which had been telegraphed in
cypher, should be received, the papers
concerning tbe capture ot tne vessel, tue
execution of part of her passengers aud
crew, and the restoration of the crew
and tbe survivors, would be transmitted
to coneress. In compliance with the
expectations then held out, I now trans
mit tbe papers anu correspondence on
the subject. On the twenty-sixth
of September, 1870, tbe Virginias
was registered in the custom
house at New York as the property of a
citizen of the United States, he having
first made oath required by law that he
was the true and only owner of said ves
sel, and that there was no subject or
citizen or any foreign prince or estate,
directly or indirectly, by way of trust,
confidence, or otherwise, interested
therein. Having complied with the re
quisites of the statute in that behalf,
she cleared in the usual way for Cura
coa, and on or about tbe fourth of Octo
ber. 1870. sailed for that port- It is not
disputed that she made the voyage ac
cording to her clearing; nor from that
day to this she has not returned
within tne territorial jurisdiction oi tne
United States. It is also under
stood she preserved her American
papers, and that when in foreign ports
she made a practice of putting forth a
claim to American nationality, which
was recognized oy tne authorities at
such ports. When, therefore, she left
the port of Kingston, in October last,
under the flag ot the United States, she
would appear to have bad. against all
powers except the United States, the
right to fly that flag, and to claim its
protection as enjoyed by all regu
larly documented vessels registered
as a part of our commercial marine.
No state of war existed, conferring
upon maritime powers the right to mo
lest and retain upon tbe hich seas a
documented vessel, and it has not been
pretended that tbe Virginius bad placed
herself beyond the pale of the law by
acts of piracy against humanity. If her
papers were irregular or irauuuient, the
offense was one agai'st the laws of the
United States, justifiable only in their
tribunals. When it, therefore, became
known that the Virginius had been cap
tured ou the high seas by a Spanish
man-of-war, that the American flag had
been hauled down by her captors, that
the vessel had been carried to a Spanish
port, and that the Spanish tribunals were
tacine luriBUiction over tne tiersous
of those found on her, aud exercising
that jurisdiction upon American citi
zens, not only in violation of interna
tional law, out in contravention ot the
provisions of the treaty of 1795, I di
rected a demand to be made upon Spain
for the restoration of the vessel, and for
the return of the survivors to the pro
tection of the uniteu states; lor a sa
lute to the flag, and for the punishment
of tlie offending parties. The princi
ples ou which these demands rested
could not be seriously question
ed; but it was suggested by the
ripauiah government that there were
grave doubts whether the Virginius
was entitled to the character given her
by her papers, and that therefore it
might be proper for the United States,
after the surrender of the vessel and sur
vivors, to dispense with the salute to the
Has, should such facts be established to
their satisfaction. This seemed to be
reasonable and just. I therefore assented
to it. in assurance tt.at Spain would
then declare that no insult to the flag of
tbe United mates had oeen intended, i
also authorized an agreement to be
made that should it be shown to the sat
isfaction of this government that tbe
Virginius was improperly bearing the
hag. proceedings snouiu De instituted in
our courts for tbe punishment of
any offense committed against us
on her part. Spain undertook to
proceed against those who had offended
the sovereignty of the United States, or
who had violated their treaty rights.
The surrender of the vessel and sur
vivors to the jurisdiction of tbe tribunals
of the United States was an admission
of the principles upon which our de
mand had been founded. I therefore
had no hesitation in agreeing to the ar
rangement finally mado between the
two governments, an arrangement
which was moderate and just, and cal
culated to cement the good relations
which have so long existed between
Spain and the United States. Under this
agreement,the Virginius, with the Amer
ican flae flying, was delivered to the navy
of the United States at Bahia Honda, in
the island of Cuba, on the sixteenth of
December. She was in an unseawortby
condition, and in the passage to New
York she encountered one of the most
tempestuous of our winter utorms, and
at the risk of tbe lives of the officers
and crew placed in charge of her, they
attempted to keep her afloat. Their ef
forts were unavailing, and she sunk off
Cape rear. The prisoners who survived
the massacres were surrendered at San
tiago de Cuba on the eighteenth ultimo,
and reached the port of New York in
safety. The evidence submitted on the
part of Spain to establish the fact that
tbe Virginius, at tbe time of her capture,
was improperly bearing the flag of the
United States is transmitted herewith,
toeether with the attorney-general's
opinion therein, and a copy of the note of
the tspanisn minister, expressing; on ue
half of his government, a disclaimer of
any intent of indignity to the flag of the
United States. v. s. orant.
The correspondence is very volumin
ous, and contains tbe following features:
On the sixth of November, Minister
Sickles telegraphed Secretary Fish that
the Virginius had been captured six
miles from Jamaica, General Ryan,
Captain Fry, and two others executed,
and that the captain-general had been
ordeied, on Minister Sickles's sugges
tion, to await orders. The secretary
telegraphed to Minister Sickles, In re
ply, that the summary proceedings de
mand investigation as inhuman; that
reparation will be required if the
American citizens have been wrongly
executed. Minister Sickles next day
reported his interviews with Carvojal
and with President Castelar. The lat
ter, he said, had ordered that no person
be executed without the authority of the
cortes, and thereupon Minister Sickles
expressed satisfaction. He subsequently
telegraphed Secretary Fish that the
Spanish government would spontane
ously do everything required by public
law and treaty obligations; that the
Spanish government regretted the exe
cution of the four prisoners, and or
ders were, sent to stay further
proceedings. On the eighth of November
Minister Siokles gave a detailed account
of the interview with the minister of etate.
wlio said that no formal demand would
be necessary ou the part of the United
States, as the Spanish government
would at once take up the question and
decide It. The case of the Deerhound
was cited and tbe same principles would
be. applied to tho Virginius. After
further correspondence Secretary Fish
telegraphed Minister Sickles as follows:
"Accounts nave been received from
Havana or the execution of tbe cap
tain and thirty-six of the crew, and
eighteen othsrs. If true, Minister
Sickles will protest against tbe act as
brutal and barbarous, and ample
reparation will be demanded. The sec
retary confidentially informed Minister
oicKies that a doubt existed as to the
right of the Virginius to carry tho
American flag. Secretary Fish tele
graphed to Minister Sickles that the
course of the Spanish government was
accepted as an evidence of. Its willing
ness to administer justice. The con
demnation of the act should be followed
by punishment. Minister Sickles was
instructed to sav to the Spanish govern
ment that this government feared
that Spain would not control the insur
rection of Casion and Panol, in Cuba.
Minister Sickles, on November 12th,
states that he bad au interview with
President Castelar, who said such scan
dals must cease; that interrogatories
had been addressed to the captain-gen
end, and that as soon as replied to Min
ister Dickies would receive a communi
cation. The minister of state informed
Minister Sickles of the execution of
prisoners. The orders from Madrid ar
rived too lata to prevent it, but tbe
slaughter had ceased. The discussion
between Sickles and the Spanish minis
ter is given. Orders would be issued to
assure American eitizenjjbe protection
of the ordinary tribunal. General
Sickles urged a speedy solution of tbe"
difficulty, secretary risu teiegrapueu
MinisterSickles, November 14th: "Your
telegram announcing the adjournment
of the conference was reseivtd. Unless
abundant reparation shall have been
voluntarily tendered, you will demand
the restoration of the Virginius, and the
release and delivery to theUnited States
of the persons captured on her, who
have not already been massacred, and
that the flag of the United States
shall be saluted in the port
of Santiago, and the signal punishment
or the officials who were concerned in
the capture of the vessel and execution
of the nassemrers and crew. In case of
a refusal of satisfactory reparation with
in twelve days from this date, yoc will,
on the expiration of that time, close
your legation, aud, together with your
secretary, leave Madrid, bringing with
you the archives of the legation. You
may leave tbe printed documents, wnicu
constitute the library, in charge of the
legation of some friendly power which
you may select that will consent to take
charge of them. You will signify the
reception oi this oy teiegrapning to me
the plain word "New Jersey."
The sameday protests were made to the
Spanish government against the sum
mary executions, anu, on me niteenui,
Minister Sickles telegraphed toMr. Fish
and made a demand by note to-day, at
three o'clock in the arternoon, and on
tbe same day that he telegraphed re
ceived an ill-tempered note from- the
minister of state rejecting the protest,
and ssying that t-pain would never
theless consider and decide the question
according to law and her dignity. Mr.
Fish telegraphed Minister Sickles, No
vember 15th, reporting fifty-seven more
executions, and saying mat n bpain
cannot redress these ouliages theUnited
States will. These instructions to
Minister Sickles were to be used
cautiously and discreetly. Minister
Sickles, on the sixteenth of November
sent a copy of the note to Carvojal de
manding reparation, and a copy of the
tatter's reply, ami also Minister Sickles's
rejoinder. Minister Sickles alludes to
the abusive attitude of tlie Madrid press.
MinisterSickles telegraphed to Secreta
ry Fish on the sixteenth of November
as follows: "Mr. Layard informs me
that he has received instructions from
his government concerning the seven
teen British subjects among the.erew of
the Virginius who were executed, and
seven more under sentence of death
the latter all minors. Of the seventeen
dead, six were executed immediately
lipou the arrival oJ the Virginius in
port. A British frigate is ordered to
Santiago." Minister Sickles on the
eighteenth of November transmitted a
copy of tbe reply of the minister of state
to his note of November respecting the
report from Havaua. Minister Sickles
regards it as a refusal, and proposes to
close the legation unless otherwise order
ed, and on the eighteenth of the same
mouth he asks Secretary Fish
that a vessel maybe ordered to Valencia
to take him to France. The next day
Minister Sickles transmitted a copy of
uarvojars note rejecting the protest, un
the nineteenth, he informed Secretary
Fish that he was awaitinsr instructions,
and said : "The true temperand substance
of the written communications made to
me by the minister of state are very dif
ferent from the apparent purport of the
telegram sent to thebpanish minister in
Washington, and communicates to you
the refusal to say a word about the mer
itspf thecise. The reply to the demand,
repelled as arbitrary, inadmissable, and
humiliating, was announced to me here
on the same day that the different
professions were to vou. Carvo-
jal's notes to me are exhibited
here as showing the real position of this
government. They are ollensive in
form and dissatisfactive in substance.
If we hesitate it will be asserted and
believed in Cuba aud Spain, that we
paused before a defiant attitude was as
sumed by this government, and the
boast will be supported by the official
and formal declarations of this cabinet,
in reply to the communication, I have
made to it, in obedience to your instruc
tions. Misapprehending our forbear
ance, Spain would abuse any success ob
tained by duplicity and delay ,and show
herself more than ever arrogant aud
regardless of our lights and dignity.
On the other hand Washington will ap-
Eear to corroberate the intimation mado
ere in high quarters, aud generally be
lieved, that my action iu the matter
of the Virginius, has not been
iu conformity with instructions I have
received, and is not approved by my
government. I bad the best reasons for
the opinion that my prompt withdrawal
from Madrid, in default of the repara
tion the President has directed me to
demand, will convince Spain that we
are in earnest, and she will yield to our
terms, and peace may be honorably
preserved. Tbe fact that Spain holds
one attitude here and another in Wosh
iugtou on tbe same day, would seem
to impeach hersincerity. Of this dissim
ulation! am sure it is due to the fear of
a diplomatic rupture, or something
worse. This cabinet have already
obtained all the information they
will ever get from Cuba about this
transaction. The Italian government
has kindly consented to allow Count
Maffl, the charge d'affaires of Italy iu
Madrid, to take charge of American in
terests here and accept the custody of
the library and property of this legation,
ou- application being made by your au
thority through our minister in Rome.
I hope you will make the request, aud
that this couttesy may be duly ac
knowledged." Secretary Fish telegraphed to Minister
Sickles, on November 21st, as follows:
"Your telegram suggesting a possible
difference ot attitude on the part of
Spain in Madrid, which you think calls
for your withdrawal from Madrid, and
asking a request to the Italian govern
ment to authorize its representative to
care for your library at Madrid, has
been laid before the President, who de
cides that public interests require that
you should remain at your post until
the expiration of the time heretofore
named, or until further orders, if a dif
ference exists, as you suggest, the Presi
dent feels it hi3 duty to take into con
sideration the representations made at
Washington, which approach most
nearly to a compliance with our just de
mands. He depends on you to co-operate
with our eflbrta to induce Spain to
make such concessions as may avert a
rupture between the two republics.
Without questioning the sincerity of the
Madrid cabinet, it will not be possible
to send a vessel to Valencia."
After further corresjwndence, Secre
tary Fish telegraphed, November 5tii,
"If no accommodation is reached by
to-morrow, leave. If a proposition is
pubmltted, you will refer It to Washing
ton and defer action."
Mluister Sickles informs Secretary
Fish. November 25th, that Lord Gran
ville regarded the reparation demanded
as just anu moueniie.
On the twenty-sixth Alinkter Sickles
telegraphed Secretary Fish tha Presi
dent Castelar says he (Sickles) would re
ceive a note that day recognizing the
principles on which the American de
mand was made, and asking delay till
December 29th for investigation.
MinisterSickles, November aitu, ac
knowledges Jthe receipt of instructions
that he had notified the minister that he
may defer a reply to the request for
passports, and transmits tbe substance
ot a note receivetl from the minister of
state containing a proposal for an adfust
ment. MinisterSickles telegraphs Sec
retary Fish November 28th, announcing
that it had been informally agreed at
Madrid, tbe previous day, that repara
tion should be made in accordance with
the American demand, and that he was
informed that a inherent proposition
had been authorized by Secretary Fish
and accepted by the Spanish govern
ment, and inquires whether this is true.
Secretary Fish, to Minister Sickles,
November 2Sth, says: "Supposing from
the tenor of MiuisterSickles's dispatches,
that he had left Madrid, reply to the
last Spanish proposal was communicated
to Admiral Polo, who now says that ne
gotiations are going on at Madrid, hav
ing received notice that Minister
Sickles would demaud his passport at
three o'clock. It is sapposed that these
negotiations have dropped." Secretary
Fish to Minister Sickles of November
29th. savs: "The Spanish minister yester
day made a proposal embracing the
substance ot tbe demands oi tue uiteenm
of November with a slight varia
tion which has been accepted
and the protocol sizned. On December
3d, Secretary Fish telegraphed to Min
ister Sickles the Dowers sent to Admiral
Palo to nego'iate the time and place for
the surrender or the virginius. i ne re
sult is given, and the correspondence be
tween secretary iisn anu aiin
ister Sickles, relative to the lat
ter's resignation, already published, ap
peared in the documents. Here fol
lows thecoriespondenceanu negotiation
with the Spanish legation, which has
been published; then a memorandum of
an interview between Admiral Palo and
Secretary Fish, on November 21,1873, is
given. Secretary Fish declines to sub
mit to the arbitration the question of
an indignity to the Hag. He is wi'ling
to submit all the questions which are
properly subjects ot reference. He is
surprised to find no expressions from
Spain of disapproval of the hasty exe
cutions, or of readiness to release the
vessel and the survivors. Arbitration
would be postponement. It was desir-
nble to have a settlement completed be
fore the assembling of congress. The
United States strongly detire a inenuiy
Admiral Palo to Secretary Fish, No
vember 23d, notifying him when and
where the testimony of Greenwood and
other witnesses will be taken.
Admiral Palo to Secretary Fish, No
vember 23d, inclosing a telegram from
Madrid that the reported manifestations
against General Sickles are not true.
Secretary Jmsu to Admiral i-aio.
November 21th. regarding the proposed
examination of witnesses in New York ;
telegram from Madrid, to Admiral
Palo, was handed to Secretary Fish by
Admiral Palo, November 26th, asking
whether the United States will audit the
results of the. investigation by Spain,
when the President will submit the ques
tion to congress, and for the statements
of offense in view of the treaty stipula
tion and internal law. A mem
orandum of the statement made by Secre
tary Fish to Admiral Palo, November
24th, in answer to the reason why it is im
practicable to want reasons, which the
President must submit with tacts to con
gress, and general statements or tbe
points of the offense is here given by
a telegram from Madrid to Admiral Palo
and handed to Secretary Fish Novem
'.News is contradictory as to the rightof
the Virginius to carry the United States
flag. It may appear that she is a sub
ject of reclamation against the United
Mtates. Spain suspends herreciamation,
and asks the United States to do the
same till the facts are known. No satis
faction possible till the right to demand
it is established."
Secretary Fish to Admiral Palo of
November 25th says: "The United States
will consider the subject of reclamations
when the honor of her flag is atoned for.
The identity of tho Virginius i3 un
questioned, as any irregularities lnier
papers therefrom are merely technical."
On November 27th the Spanish govern
ment asks that Spain hold the Vir-
inius while seeking the proof to justify
her capture. Thij request was refused.
Admiral I'alo then asks whether if the
vessel is given up if inquiries would
be instituted by the United
Staies with a view to pun
ishment of auy who might be found
to have violated the law of the United
States, reserving the question of a salute
forrurtner information, .air. if ish con
sults the President and accepts the pro
posal, 'ine vessel and survivors are de
livered forthwith. The salute will be
dispensed with if Spain, before the
twenty-nrtn, satisfies the United State3
that the Virginius has no right to carry
the flag. In that case, proceedings.will
be commenced against the vessel and
survivors implicated and Spain is
also to proceed in accordance
with the proposition to MinisterSickles.
Here follows tbe agreement between Mr.
Fish and Admiral Palo, December 8,
1873, as to the time, place and manner
of the surrender of the vessel and sur
vivors, and 03 to the mode of rendering
the salute, If not dispensed with. Ad
miral Palo to Secretary Fish, December
10th, transmitted evidence in order to
show, at the time of her capture, that
she was not entitled to carry the flag of
tne uniieu states. The nrst mil or
sale of the solicitors of the treasury
to John F. Patterson: second, the oath
of John F. Patterson that lie is the true
and only owner of said vessel, and that
there is no subject or citizen of any for
eign prince or State directly or indirect
ly, by way of trust, confidence or other
wise, interested therein; third, tbe bond
nn the issue of the certiricatp of registry:
fourth, the crew list; fifth, the clearance
bond; sixth, the mamrestof the cargo;
seventh, the master's oath of clear
ance; eighth, the-manifest, with tlie
ueposmou ot Francis v. shepherd;
tenth, deposition .of Francis Bowen;
eleventh, deposition of Francis Bowen;
twelfth, deposition of Charles Smith;
thirteenth, deposition of Edward Green
wood; fourteenth, depositions of John
McCauu and Mathew Murphy; fif
teenth, deposition of Thomas Gallagher;
sixteenth, deposition of Ambrose How
ling;" seventeenth, deposition of John
Furlong; eighteenth, deposition of
Adelfo Debarona. Secretary Fish to
Admiral Palo, December 22d, acknowl
edging the receipt of the one hundred
and twenty-nine inclosures, making it
appear to the satisfaction of the
United .States that the Virginius
was uqi enutieu to carry the American
llag at the time of her capture. The
salut- will, therefore, bedisnensed with.
and, in accordance with the" terms of the
protocol. Inquiries will be instituted and
proceedings commenced regarding the
vessel and all persons appearing to be
guilty of Illegal acts connected therewith.
Tbe documents conclude with a large
mass oi consular and miscellaneous cor
respondence, including copies of the
agreement with Admiral Palo, ad
dressed to Secretary Robeson, and
requesting that instructions may be
given for carrying it out; also the
opinion of Attorney-General Williams
that the Virginius, at the time of her
capture, was without right, and impro
perly carrying the American flag. Mr.
Fish, December 17tb, transmits the
opinion of the attorney-general to Secre
tary Robes in, and requests that st ps
may be taken to notify the proper offi
cers at Santiago that the salute will be
dispensed with. Admiral Palo to Mr.
Fish. January 3d, expresses, on behalf
of his government, a disclaimer of any
intent of indignity to the flag of the
united states anu tne virginius.
It is reported that before congress ad-
jotiras an appropriation will be asked for
the purpose of fitting out another north
pole expedition. Captain Green, who
commanded the Juniata in search of
the Polaris survivors, is spoken of to
"liondon has telegraphic intelligence
irom La Palma, up to Satarday, staling
that an assault had been mado upon
On tt alia, and tbe cordmander-ln-chlef
had advanced within five hundred yards
of the city limits, and that a desperate
engagement was in progress, the result
of which was doubtful.
TOMES Died, at Arcachon, France, st 12
.m.. December 2. 1W3. HakaK OtkyTomeh,
n loeiwemy-imru yearoi neroge.
Tills' lovely young woman was the second
I child of Hey. Charles Tomes and Henrietta U.
j Tomes, daughter ot the first Bishop of lennes-
of no mnch beantyand wor b to the loving
nearm innl claimed ner aoecuoii on rami.
Bat they mast lcofc beyond the clouds mat
encompass them, and dwell on the Immortal
Joy of the freed spirit singing the praises of
the Kedcemer with sainted fattier and grand-
fiarent-', and many loved ones of the hou
iola band gathered la tbe better land. Her
snderlngH were intense, hut some of her latest,
difficult ntterances were:"! feel that Jesus
ho Us me In Ills arms, and bhtelds me from
teinptatlon.bat the strength does not come."
"Ulve messages of love to all I love, mammn."
Her la--t words were: ' Patience, patience."
Named for the sifted and beloved daughter
Bishop Otey so m urned, she, like her, was
called away in her vltgln purity to serve in
the courts of heaven.
The precious sbrlne which held this pure
and noble spirit Is temporarily laid away at
Arcachon, tne scene of ner lait hours. In the
spilng her deeply-afflicted mother will bring
her ruth child to lie by the side of their
father's dust In Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nash
ville, Tennessee, in the words lor the lea-on
for to-dayj let ns remember, " the righteous is
taken fr.ira the evil to come " V.O. M.
ft Louis. December 2!. lys.
l SltciAL convocation of Memphis
r Koyai Arcn unspier.no. do. win
he held this (TDE-sDAYj evening,
January tth, at 7 o'clock, tot work in the
All K. A.'s are fraternally Invited.
W. S. MATTHEWS, II. E. H. P.
R. W.Shei.to:, secretary. Jatt
Old Folks of Sljelby County.
THE regnlarmonthly meeting of the Society
will be held on TOESDA'i, January 6th,
al 3 o'clock p.m., at office of -chool Board,
Odd Fellows Wall. New i osstttution and By
Laws are now ready. Members will call at
tho office of the Financial Secretary, No. 211
Main street, and get codes.
Jal J. P. PRESCOTT, RecSec'y.
ON tho 20th December, lS7i, the arm of
REED, BUCKHAM & CO. was dissolved
by mutual consent, J. F. BUCKHaM with
drawing. Thebu intsswill be continued by
UtOROB KEt-D and W. F. WILSO.n, under
th9 Arm name of RE CD A WILSON, who
assume all liabilities and are alone author
ized to collect all debts dne the old firm of
Keed, Buckham 4 Co. OKO. KEED.
J. K. BUCKHAM.
V. F. WILSON.
I take pleasure In recommending Messrs.
REE- & WIL-ONto alt our former patrons
and the public generally, and bespeak for
them a continuance of lermer lavors.
ja J. F. BUCKHAM.
ilOft ACRES of rich and fer ile land, 20
ll-iJ of it cleared, -with good Improve
ments. situated on tbe west side of Desha
county, Arkansas, about nine miles south of
Arkansas river ana nve nines Mwiugin.u.
p. B. & Ij. If. K. It. a zood bargain will be
slven. Forrurtner particulars applytoJ.F.
Diwdy Co . 20) Front sU, or A. N. Edmonds,
SOS Front St., Memphis or
jte w. d. ut jt.Qi apuiraa, aik.
BUILDING AND LOAN
3IEET3 TO-NIGHT AT 7 O'CLOCK
At Southern Life Insurance Co., office corner
Main and Madison streets.
L. LaoRUL, President.
CHAS. T Pattesos, Secretary. Ja
Election for Directors.
THE regular annual meeting of the Directors
of the West Tennessee Department of tho
Life Association of America,
will be held at the office oi the Association,
No.S9 Madison street, on
Tneit!nj-, Jnnnnry I3tn,nt II o'clock a.m.,
for the purpose of electing Thirteen Directors
for the year 1S74.
B H. ROBERTSON, Manager.
C. B. Wellfobd, Secretary. JaS
Morning Claim So. 102.
67 1 12 1 31 1 IS 41 1 61 1 13 1 22 1 73 1 3S 1 71 1 11
Evening Cliww Ho. 103.
G 27 1 16 1 11 1 f5 1 21 1 36 1 29 1 49 1 53 1 73 1 21
Memphis, this 5th day of January. 1874.
In consequence of the advanced state of the
season, we offer STILL LOWER our
D DRESS GOODS,
Corner JIaiu and Court Streets.
rim m r
T.ODIS If ANA TIER, J. 31. FETTIGBEW
It. P. UOLLING, Secretary.
INS. GO. OF MEMPHIS.
L HANATJEBor SchoolAeld, Hanauer & Co,
h wetter or h. wetter &co.
F. WHITE-. of F. M. White & Co.
L. . EATON
M. O. PEARCE
.United States Marshal
of Pearce, Buggs & Co.
of E. Urqnhart 4 Co.
J. W. DICKINSON JJlcklnson.Wlillams Co.
J. M. PETTIGREWEdmonds,Pett1 grew 4 Co.
H. H. METrE of H. H. Motte & Son, ChTn
ISAAC SCHWAB of Schwab 4 Co
W. O. HARVEY Ely, Harvey & Richardson
if.n FOR A FULL COURSE under a com
connected with SOS ES' CoMMEitCIAL .OL
LEJE.S. W. corner Fifth and Olive streets.
Scholarships good day and night sessions.
Can or write for a catalogue or circulars.
S. R. CLARKE'S
FIRE AND MARINE LOSS,
GERMAN-AMERICAN INS. CO.
REMEMBER HU LcuL, Chicago, New York,
Portland, and Boston! Look al your own
insurance policies and those of jour neigh
bor?, and see that there is no crowdlne.
The only rafetv lies in bCATTERING your
riSRS in liAKU tj Anu hulvemi U-OIPA-NIE-i.
None but tbe best hazards are desired
by us, and we will protect ourselves, if neces
sary, by such an Increase of flrst-class compa
nies as security may demand. ,
My lormer record for honest adjustments or
losses between both Insurer and Insured is my
best-reference. K. It. CL.IHHK.
Itooni ao. 22 Planters Building.
Jan! No 39 aiattlson afreet.
Personal Property Must be Listed
TAYORV-5 OFFICE, CITY HALL,
1TX Memphis, Tens., January 3, 1ST1.
owus Luwucu u city uruinasce mat,
owners of any and all kinds of personal prop
er niiuii, umier rovero penalties, list, uie
same to the Citr Assessors, such luta to In
clude all money ownln?,by bill.note, account.
Judgment, all shares In any bank, institution,
hlimlj nm.f .tiuilrj nn ...I. 1 - ' . .
- v ....me, au iuuujo iium uuuua ana
stocks that are exempt from taxation otber-
and gold and silver plate and Jewelry; all
n! ni r C -l rr t H T.. Tint hnnnloe alni...ui.
and all other personal property not enumer
ated, tho City Ai-sefcsors
Hereby Notify All Concerned
to give in such lists on or beforr January 10.
ttf!t tllnntr ! . . .... T 1 la 1 . 1 . 1 .
- " wu. win uo iui uuucu mube need
ing them on application to the Assessors at
II. O. DUNT,
THO-J. F. MACKALL,
janl City Assessors.
Oitice op 1
WASIttNGTOjr FlKE J1KD MARINE ISS. CO.
AT the election held on 1st January for a
Board of Seven Directors, to serve for the
ensuing vear, the folio lns result was had:
J. v . J tr p oi J. w. Jeserson & Co.
J.N.OLlVElt-ot O lver,Flnnle4CO.
WM. SIMPSON, of Peltit A Simpson.
H. V. It M BAlr, of E. M. Apperson 4 Co.
T. B. DILLARD, Cotton Facto-.
JONATHAN RICE, of Rice, Stlx 4 Co.
J. IC UODWIN.of J. R. God win & Co
Ja3 O. . L. CROOIC.Secretary.
TE are In direct communication with
V i parties having nnsurnassed facilities for
furni-hlng any number of
either white or colored. Address Immedi
J. C. LOPEZ,
G.T. AgentM.4 C.R.R.,IemphlF, Tenn.
U. U. ELLIOTT,
G. P. A gent, Chattanooga, Tenn.
IMON FEUCHT, wholesale LIQUORS.
O CIGAR"! and TOBACCO, has removed
from hi, old stand to
So. 3S5 Fro Street.
MECHANICS & TRADERS BANE
INTO, O MacUson Btroot
J. C. FIZER Estes, Flier 4 Co.
W. C. RUTLAND Rutland, Graham 4 Co.
C. C. GRAHAM Rutland, Graham 4 Co.
WM. STEWART J. A. HAYES, Jr.
Acconnta of Kerrbants and Other So
Orders for Purchase or Sale of Coin,
Stocks and Bonds promptly
Special attention gl veil to tbe aettllnx ol
City, State and Connty Taxes.
C. G. GRAHAM, IJ.
A. HAYES, Jr.
Prompt attention Riven to collections.
DIVIDES I NOTICE.
Memphis, January 3, 1S71.
11HE Directors of the GERMAN NATIONAL
BANK OF MEMPHIS, have this day de
clared a dividend of TEN PER CENT, out of
the net earning of the past elx months, pay
able on demand.
Jat MARTIN GRIFFIN, Cashier.
Orricic of Mississippi Valley Fibe as!b)
Marine Ins. Co., of Memphis, Tesn . i
Memphis, December 27, 1S73. J
mllE Stockholders of this company are here
JL by notified that the annual election of
nine directors, to serve the ensuing year, will
be held at the company's office on MONDAY,
Jan. 12, lK7t, between the hours or 10 a.m. and
Span. II. PRONATOR, Secretary.
A MEETING of the Stockholders of tbe
STATE NATIONAL BANK OF MEM
PHIS, wUl beheld on
Tuesday, I3tli Day of January, Nextf
at their banking honse, corner Madison and
Main streets, for the election of a Beard of
Directors, and the transacting of any other
business. Polls open from II a.m. to 3 pan.
JOHN J. FREEMAN, Cashier.
Election of Directors.
Union and;Plantebs Bask of Mexphis,!
Memphis, Tejw., Dec. 11, 1ST3. J
STOCKHOLDERS of this Bank are hereby
noticed that an election for Fifteen Directors,
for the ensuing twelve months, will be held
atthlsoace.No.HMsdison street, on Hon
day, January 12th, from 10 am. until 2 pan.
dec!2 S. P. READ, Cashier.
JM. PETTIOREW. only, is authorized to
. collect and receipt for all claims due the
estate of the late JosAVltkowski.
L. KAUFMAN, Administrator.
Referring to the above, I hereby notify the
debtors of said estate that if payment is made
by the 25th of January, 1S7I, a discount of nve
per cent, will be allowed, but If not made by
that time suit will be at once brought for col
lection. J. M. PETTIOREW.
ST08KHOLDERS of the German National
Bank of Memphis will please take notice
that there will be an election lor thirteen di
rectors to serve the ensuing jear, at No. 293
Main street, cn
Tuesday, January 13th'. Next,
Election from 11 o'clock a.m. to I pan.
dels MARTIN GRIFFIN. Cashier.
TO MY EBIENDS
CITY AND GOUHTRY
AFTEK a long and protracted llluess, ilnce
July last, I am again at my post, at the
GAYOSO PLANING MILLS,
No. 213 Adams Street,
on, I rcMJv and wllllna to fill all orders In the
building line, either fnrnlanlog material. or
ereoung ana cowpjtiuus uiuiuixigs iu every
del For FARRIS 4 WOOLBRllKlia.
. . . TV -
il. Jm V KA.OHAM
J. R. P08T0N-
Mi Li MliGHiM & OIL
WHOLESALE MRS & SALT AGENTS,
No. 9 UNION STREJI, Memphis, TenD.
WE HAVE NOW ON THE LEVEE,
S9OO0 Barrels Salt,
Wiiicli we trill sell
W. & S. JACK & CO.,
224 X-S jjgtSbi Ta Street,
HAVE THE MOST COMPLETE AND EXTENSIVE STOCK OF
In the city. They an iiow offtrlns for the
EOLIPAY TRADE AT GREATLY REDUCED PRICES
Decorated China Tea, Set, 310 to S Ki
ll eco rated China Dinner Setf.SSO to 3100.
Dooo rated China Dinner Sets, of extra large assortment J. various styles and
colors, and very handsome, 8325 to $350.
Purchasers are invited to make their selections soon, as the VERY LOW PRICHS we a
now offering these good at will lmureqaicksaiev
OTHER GOODS PROPORTIONATELY LOW.
W. C. It CI LAND. C. C. RA1IAM. B. T. FXEEJIAN. J. J. HHOEMAK
WHOLESALE GROCERS MB COTTON FACTORS,
"No. 272 Front Street, MempMs.
f T C DiC UUCHUK CAfcaiA 1 LIU UvCUJCU UJ A. VA..-) VA. , -A- s t AJi j yM VJf
TIES, TOBACCO, COFFEE, XEW CKOP LOUISIANA MO-LASSES and
SUGAR. Liberal CASH advances op consignments of Cotton.
EASILY KEPT IN ORDER,
The Grorer & Baker Sewing Machine Co. is the only company that
mane two instinct macnines, anu can gire tne
purchaser a choice of either stitch.
GROVER & BASER S. 3X. CO.?:
318 Main Street, : : Memphis, Tenn.
NO. 254 SECOND STREET
THE ORIGINAL "STAUFFER"
(Introduced by us In 1339.)
AKD A VARIETY OF.b'KVDES OF
RECTIFIED AND REDISTILLED
A. C. TBEADWELL. A. B. TREAD WE IX. B. . TREAD WELl.
"No. 11 Union treet9
BARN U m
JSlo. 265 Main Street, corner S oiirt,
SPECIAL REDUCTION FOR
Cash Assets, :
JUDAH & STURM, managers
M. U. JCDAfl,
148 Fifth Arenne, Chicago, 111.
E. K. MEACHAM
CIIEAX rtonaTe .Storage.
A- V. ROBERTS.
ELASTIC STITCH -
WITH ALL THE
, IRVING BLOCK,
In Kilderkins of about 22 Gallon,
- THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
: : $4,000,000.
41 Msdlsfln Street, 3IeDlp!L,', Tenn.
iuuu Man tan