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VOLUME IX.-NUMBER 1266.
CHARLESTON, WEDNESDAY MORNING, JANUARY 12, 1870.
SIX DOLLARS A YEAR.
Cue Virginia Compromise Accepted
T?r Extreme Radical? Opposed to a
General Amnesty-S icicles'* Course in
?SPECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE NEWS.]
WASHINGTON, January li.
The Virginia bill that has been adopted by
the Reconstruction Committee is a compromise
that will pass both Houses. The oath provided
will exclude but one member of the Legislature.
The Virginia Legislative Committee here accept
The Reconstruction Committee discussed to?
day the removal of political disabilities, and the
leading Radicals took ground against a general
law, and said ttiat amnesty in some cases had
gone too far.
In the Senate, the Committee on Foreign Rela
tiou$discussed the Spanish question to-day, and
endorsed Sickles* course.
[FROM THE ASSOCIATED TRESS.]
Congressional Proceeding*, &c.
WASHINGTON, January ll.
In the House the Reconstruction Committee
reported a bill for the admission or Virginia,
which was made the order fer to-morrow. It con?
tains Butler's preamble, and exacts that nose
voting now shall hereafter bo excluded; it also in?
sists on the dlsqnali?cations required by the
Fourteenth amendment, and legalizes the senato?
The investigation by the House eommlttee of
the gold panic commences to-morrow.
In the House, Farnsworth referring to the bill
from the Reconstruction Committee for the admis?
sion of Virginia, said: "The instructions were to
allow a liberal latitude In every HTnendment."
Bingham offered a bill as a substitute, and both
were postponed till to-morrow. The indications
point to considerable debate.
In the Senate Sumner introduced a bill for the
funding and consolidation of the national debt.
Thc bill exempting from tax canned and pre?
served fish was passed.
The Finance Committee reported a bill as a sub?
stitute for all finance bills, providing for the lssn
ing of forty-five millions additional banking cur?
rency in place of an equal amount of three per
cent, certificates tobe retired; also, for banking
on the basis of United States bonds, to be deposit?
ed as security for the issue of coln notes only to
the extent o? eighty per cent, of their par value.
The consideration of .ilk- Virginia bill was re?
sumed. A mo ti OB to poNfeaae was defeated by a
vote of 25 to 2G. The votcs against postponement
were : Carpenter, Casey, Conkftag, Corbett, Fen?
ton, ferry, Hamilton, Harlan, Kerjpjrg, McCrcery,
McDonald, Morton, Robertson, Rofe, Saulsbury,
Sawyer, Scott, Stewart, Stockton, Thurman,
Trumbull, Vickers, Warner, AVllley and wn?fc?u,s.
The discussion of the bill was continued until "tffi*,
Congress Reassembles-Thc Questions
of tne Day-Virginia and Texas-The
Carpet-baggers-Grant going to Eu?
[FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.]
WASHINGTON, January 10....
Congress reassembled to-day, as thc tele?
graph has reported, and the result of the first
day's session 1B but a repetition, of nearly every
Monday before the recess. There are already
nearly one thousand bills before the Senate and
House, two-thirds of which will certainly noe be
acted on; yet members are not at all intimidated
by the fact, but go on introducing more with an
apparent confidence that they will all be enacted
Into laws. It is hard to anticipate what important
results will follow from this mass of preliminary
work, though lhere are really but two Important
questions to be considered lu the concrete
finance and reconstruction-and one of these has
been talked over so much by members already,
that the policy regarding it would seem to be
settled. Reconstruction, therefore, will not occu?
py the time of Congress'that some have antici?
pated. There will be no objection to Mississippi,
as she is Radical all over, and she will probably
be admitted as soon as the new constitution is
presented and accepted, and her members are
ready to take the oath of office. So willing are
the Radicals to accept the situation m her case,
that afBcmber or the Reconstruction Committee
remarked this morning, that he did not think
there would be a word of debate on the Missis?
sippi bill. There will be some objection to
Texas on the Democratic side, and an ap?
peal made for a new election in that ,
State, on the ground that enormous frauds,
most open and unblushing, were committed
by the winning side in thc recent vote. But
under the whip and spur or the Radical rule, such
an appeal, as well as the protests from the Con?
servatives In that State, will go unheeded, and
"Radical Texas" will be rushed-Into the House
for two years, and Into the Senate for four and six
years. General Reynolds, the satrap or thc State,
has the impudence even to publish his parti?
sanship in this Texas election; for he writes to
General Dent (who acts as a body guard to Presi?
dent Grant) a private note, in which he says:
"Texas will stand firmly by the administration,
with a Governor, Legislature and Congressional
delegation." or conrse this ls enough for Con?
gress. Enter Texas !
About hair the Radicals in the House are bent
on overturning the hair-way reconstruction or
Virginia, but they will not be able, lt is believed,
to carry the day. Conditions precedent to the
admission or the State will undoubtedly be
exacted, but they will not go so Tar as to require
the test oath or the members or the Legislature.
That would throw out about a third or the mem?
bers whose plaees would be filled easily, it ls said,
by the election of Conservatives, fhe Radical
programme, however, does not contemplate a !
new election, bnt provides that the minority can- i
dldates of the July election shall fill the vacancies
occasioned by the application of the test oath, or
that no^iew elections shall be held. Either way
would give the Legislature into Radical hands,and :
result In the election of two Radicals to the Senate I
of the United States. This scheme will fail, not be- j
cause Congress will hesitate to carry lt ont, but be. I
cause such leading Radicals as Wells and Under?
wood oppose undoing all that has thus far been ?
accomplished; and selfish Interests, in their cases, <
even rise above their political prererences. These ?
twj men have such business interests at stake, <
that they do not wish to see the State further i
jeopardized by postponing the day of its pros- i
perlty. The principal leader un the Radical side,
and to whom Ben. Butler listens, is Forter, elect- i
red to Congress from the Chesterfield District. I
This very same Porter was tried by this very same
Butler during the war for disloyalty, and sen?
tenced to sLx months' imprisonment, ile is a 1
specimen of your Virginia Radical Congressmen, t
There arc quite a number or bills pending be- ?
fore the Reconstruction Committee of the House <
and the Judiciary Committee of the Senate, to re- t
move the political disabilities or certain citizens (
or South Carolina and other Southern States. It I
is the present understanding that none or these
Bhall be acted on at present. In a fow days the j
former committee Intend framing a general am?
nesty bill and bring il into thc House, and in the l
meantime the measure penditig in the Senate will t
be pressed to a vote by Mr. Ferry, or Connecticut,
whe presented lt at thc last session. It will easily
pass the Senate by the required two-thirds vote,
but the result in the House is more doubtful. |
Certain fanatical Radicals and the carpet-bug
Congressmen declare that they will not vote for it
until the Fifteenth amendment is ratu'ed.
in Ocufcer last your correspondent wi ote that j
a grand scheme was incubating to annex San i
Domingo to the United States, nie Northern cor?
respondents were prompt to deny it; even the
Associated Press sent one of its semi-official con?
tradictions. Within thc last three days, however
they have opened their eyes to thc fact that the
treaty has been negotiated, that it is In Washing?
ton to bc laid before thc Senate, and that it pro?
poses to transfer to the United States the entire
Dominican Republic, and its seven hundred thou?
sand of population-enough to make a State with
two senators and three or four representatives. It
is not quite so certain that thc Senate will ratify'
the terms of this treaty, but 'hat will appear more
positively at a fnturc day.
Hie carpet-bag senators are daily getting into
despair. Thc lobby seems to hr.ve pounced on
them, and they have found them "open to con?
viction." Thc consequence Ls, that the more
decent of the Northern and Western senators
have become disgusted with their Southern col?
leagues and their corrupting schemes and associ?
ates. Even a New England senator remarked yes?
terday in the hearinr if vonr correspondent, that
he did not wonder ai. ." detestation with which
the Southern people looked upon the carpet-bag
It has been very doll herc during thc recess,
and the city has filled up but little since Congress
reassembled. Last year at this time thc hotels
were overflowing, but now they arc not more
than half full. The fact creates some desponden?
cy-especially among the capitalists who have
invested in the Arlington.
The Intelligencer lias virtually ceased to be a
Democratic organ, and within a few days has
been endorsing the reconstruction acts. Demo?
cratic senators and members will meet in a few
days to talk over the feasibility of establishing a
paper here, devoted to thc interests of the Demo?
cratic party, and to be known the National
Organ. The only question to bc considered is,
"wm lt pay ?"
The cable telegram about President Grant going
to Europe has some foundation. He has thought
abont it some time, and may go, the coming
summer, after the adjournment of Congress.
Washington ls at last froze np. Tuesday thc
thermometer got down to 1G degrees. Z.
The Process of Reconstruction.
ATLANTA, January ll.
The Georgia Senate convened at noon yes?
terday, and the galleries were crowded with both
Provisional Governor Bullock's order convening
the Legislature, and General Meade's order of
June, 1868, announcing the terms of senators,
were read, when the members came forward to
qualify, among whom were Aaron Alpeoria
Bradley and Campbell, negroes. Campbell, negro,
made a protest against the qualifying of several
white members, as having bold office or engaged
in thc rebellion and not yet relieved of their disa?
bilities by Congress; but, amid applause from the
galleries, all were sworn in. About two of thc
white members are considered as not being able
4o qualify. Benjamin Conley was elected Speaker.
5in the House, during the swearing of thc mern- '1
hers, Bryant, an ex-member and postmaster of
Augusta, interrupted the proceedings, declaring
the reading of the Attorney-General's opinion an
outrage, and thc acts of Congress illegal and rev?
olutionary, ne was called to order by the I ;
Speaker, but refused to obey, and his arrest was 1
ordered by the sergcant-at-arms. Bryant's ,
friends clustered around him, and several pistols
were drawn, bloodshed being imminent.
Bryant held the floor, protesting against 1
the right of the Speaker, protein,, to the chair, i
and flnaliywas himself elected chairman, when a
committee of three was appointed to wait upon t
General Terry, and get his views aa to the legal?
ity of the proceedings. General Terry advised ?
the organization of the House on the plan already 1
began, when the proceedings were "onducted in j
quiet. About nine members in thc House are
considered disqualified. Both Houses then ad?
journed to meet to-day.
On reassembling to-day a few members were
sworn in, and they again adjourned to meet to?
morrow at noon. The Republicans hold a meet?
ing to-night. It is supposed that thc Democrats
and Conservative Republicans will have a majori?
ty In both Houses.
The city is crowded and much excitement ex?
ists. .The'Attorney-General's opinion is that any
citizen who held ofllce previous to the war can?
not take the oath, but if this was not thc case, he
can take the oath no matter what his conduct
was during the rebellion.
DESTRUCTION OF COTTON.
GALVESTON, January ll.
The steamship Euterpe, hence for Now York
with one thousand bales cot ton and an assorted
cargo, is burning this morning [II Galveston Bay.
The vessel and cargo will be a total loss, except
one hundred bales. | ll
A Delicate Complication-R a m o r e d
Coup d'Etat lu Madrid.
PAKIS, January ll.
Rochefort's Ifarscllaisc newspaper attacked
Prince Pierre Bonaparte. Two of the editors of
the Marscllalse visited Prince Pierre Bonaparte to
arrange the duel. During the interview thc
Prince, becoming enraged, fired twice, killing Vic?
tor Noir. Tlie tragedy caused great agitation.
Bonaparte surrendered himself.
A rumor is prevalent that a coup d'etat occur- ;
red at Madrid last night. II
LATER.-Rocheiort's paper, the "Marsellalse,*' 1
has been seized.
Prince Bonaparte states tlnr lie received a t
slap in the race from Noir before Dring. ^
A decree has been issued convoking the Cham- s
bera to form a high court of justice. The Prince, t
belonging to the Emperor's family, can only be '
tried before it.
MADRID, January ll.
Thc new ministry is Installed. Thc Cortes reas- J
semble to-morrow. Additional disturbances arc r
reported in the provinces. n
The French Covcrnmcnt;. a
PAKIS, January 9.
M. Olllvler, in an address to the magistrates I c
yesterday, 6ald: "I will maintain Intact the dig- j J
aity of the magistracy, and, above all, will keep
ustice clear from politics, that decisions will
lave all the more weight."
M. Buffet, Minister of Finance, replying to the t
address from the A>rcat financial societies, de- s
:lared that they must conform strictly to their J.
statutes to avoid such misfortunes as that of the
Credit Mobilier, lie luforined them that the Min?
istry of Finance would not keep up the relations
is heretofore with thc great financiers.
In the Corps L?gislatif to-morrow, Deputy Crc
mclcux v.ill propose that l.edru Rollin and Tibaldi
ie not excluded from ?he benetlt of the amnesty
recently granted to political offenders. | h
In addition to thc project for thc reduction of
:he army contingent, the ministry will propose
:o-morrow, in the chambers, to abolish thc law of | V
Surote Generale; al the same time an explanation
>f the interior aud exterior policy of thc empire
viii be given. The ministry have decided that Al?
geria shall be represented i:i the Corps L?gislatif
jy four deputies.
Permission has been accorded for the sale of all b
ournals in the streets. ti
The resignation of Pietrl, prerect or police, has o
lot yet been officially announced, but it is certain U
hat he will, soon be superccded. s>
Cables Consolidate*!. n
LONDON, January ll. n
The Anglo American and French cables r
lave partially consolidated. "
-Work on the great bridge to ppnn the East c
[tiver, at New York, has onlv just commenced. It tl
s calculate! that thc bed for the reception of the .
ower on the Brooklyn side of the river will be 11
cady about the middle of March. t<
Vew Phospiiaic Billa Proposed-A Roy?
alty of One Dollar per Ton Wanted
Leslie to bc Shorn of his Plenary
. towers-Investigation of thc Doings
of tho Bine Ridge Railroad, &c.^/
(SPECIAL TELEGRAM TO TOE NEWS.]
COLOMBIA, January ll.
In the Senate the House bill to incorporate
the Colombia Oil Company received its first read?
ing. The House resolution to meet in joint as?
sembly on the 14th, to elect the regents of the
Lunatic Asylum, was concurred in; one to meet
to elect an associate justice was refer, .ni to ?;
Hoyt Introduced, without previous notice, a
bill providing that parties wanting to dig phos?
phates must apply for a license to thc Secretary
of State, and report monthly the number of tons
dug, and pay one dollar for each.
Cain introduced a bill to incorporate the South
Carolina Chemical and Mining Company, to dig
phosphates on land to be acquired and in the
streams and waters or the State. They arc wil?
ling to pay $500 for the license, and one dollar
for each ton dug.
Both bills were ordered to be printed.
Corbin gave notice of a bill to increase the
capital stock of thc Union Bank of South Carolina
to one million dollars.
Corbin denounced "Free Trade" as no gen He
man for not signing his name to lils communica?
tion in THE NEWS, and offered a concurrent reso?
lution that the Attorney-General bc instructed to
take such proceedings as will prevent the steal?
ing of phosphates now going on from the streams
and waters of the State. It will come up to-mor?
Jilleen offered ajsiut resolution to petition Con?
gress to grant aid to extend thc Alabama and
Chattanooga Railroad to thc racine Ocean; he
also gave notice or a bill to charter a rallrood
from a point near Bee's Ferry, on the Ashley
River, to a point near the mouth of Fiblin Creek,
an Cooper River.
The Committee on Agriculture recommended
that a bill to repeal thc act to secure an advance
for agricultural purposes do pass.
Cain gave notice of a bill to amend the act ap?
pointing the land commission. It provides for
Assistant land commissioners tn each county.
The bill to regulate thc rights and powers or
railroad corporations passed Its second reading.
In the House, a resolution to appoint, a special
:emmittec to investigate thc affairs of the Blue
Ridge Railroad was adopted aud sent to thc
DcLarge IntroduMfl'a bill to extend thc limits
>f the City of Charleston, and provide ror the
Section or mayor and aldermen, which was read
ind referred to the Committee on Privileges and
A joint resolution authorizing thc county com
nlssloners or Williamsburg County to levy a
ipecial tax was passed and ordered to bc enrolled,
["he bill to amend thc act to empower circuit
udges to change venue of action in civil aud
.Timinal coses, passed and was sent to the
VHE CHARLESTON EXTENSION BILL.
DEBATING THE PHOSPHATE QUEST
The Phosphate Monopoly-L ic s 11 c on
Phosphates-Dr. Shepard Traduced
Cain on Phosphates-Corbin's Amend?
ment s-Railroad Matters-Inspectors
of Naval Stores-Cooper's Union-Pro?
missory Notes, ?kc.-Thc Judges-Me?
tropolitan Police-Refer it to Parker
[FROM OITR OWN CORRESPONDENT.]
COLUMBIA. January ll.
THE CHARLESTON EXTENSION.
The bill providing for the extension of thc Hin?
ts or the City of Charleston has not yet been intro
luccd in thc House, but will be probably tomor
ow. It was submitted to the Charleston delega
ion to-day, and endorsed by them. Thc followiug
i a copy of the bill :
L bill to alter and amend the charter and extend v
the limits of the City of Charleston, and provide
Tor an election for Mayor and Aldermen of the I
Bi: it enacted by thc Senate and Mic House of
Lcprcsoniaiives of the State of South Carolina,
tow met and sitting in General Assembly, and
y authority of the same
SUCTION l. Thal the corporate limits of thc City
f Charleston be, and Hie same arc hereby, ex
ended so us to embrace all that neck of laud ly
ng between the Cooper River on thc east and the I t
kshlev River on the west, and extending lu ti ,
lortherly direction to the line which constituted 1
he extreme northern Hunt ol the former Parish
r St. Phillp, and extending from tho western | t
crmiuus of said line lu a continuous direction to
he margin of the Ashley River.
SEC. 2. That the City of Charleston is hereby t
ivided into ten wards, thc first eight of which c
hall have the same boundaries as now designa
ed by law. The Ninth Ward shall be hounded on -
he south by the northern limit of Ward Seven,
n the east by the Cooper River, on inc north by
he extreme northern limit of the city as hereby ,
?tended, on the west by a Hue mulling parallel
Uh and through the centre of the ?stale road, f
he Tenth Ward shall be bounded on the south by
he northern limit or Ward Eight, on Hie west by
he Ashley River, on the north by the extreme
.orthern limit of the city as hereby extended, I -
nd on thc cast by a line running parallel with | c
ml through thc cciitrcj>f the Stale road.
SEC. 3. Thc county commissioners, sheriff and
lerk of the county, and city engineer, or any
hree of them, are hereby appointed commission
rs to proceed immediately upon the passage of
hts act to designate by proper marks and inonu
lienta the boundaries hereiubefore authorized
SEC. 4. An election ror Mayor and Aldermen or
he said City or Charleston shall bc held on the
ccoud Tuesday of April, 1870, and thereafter on n
he day provided by section ll, articles, of the g
institution of this Stale, for the election of
lembers of the General Assembly, provided Hitit
he officers elected at the election, provided lor
y this section, shall hold their oftlces until Mic
egular election or members of the General As
embly in the year 1872, or until their .successors
ave been declared duly elected and qualified.
SEC. 0. Thc Mayor and Aldermen shall be elcct
d by ?i plurality of ?ill the votes cast in the cn
ire city, and until the appointment provided lor
y law shall lie made, the represen lat lon of the
everal wards, as herein constituted, shall be as
allows, viz: Ward No. 1, one Alderman; Ward
lo. -J. two Aldermen; Ward No. 3, two Aldermen;
I'ard No. 4. lour Aldermen; Ward No. 5, two
Jdcmtcn; Ward Nu. 6, two Aldermen; Ward No,
. one Alderman; Ward No. 8, two Aldermen;
I'anl No. o, one Alderman; Ward No. 10, one
THE PHOSPHATE MONOPOLY.
A few minutes before 1 o'clock to-day, thc House
111 ror the better protection of migratory fish was
a ken up ror its second reading, during which l
'clock arrived, and, on motion, the "special or
er" ror that boor, the "bill to grant certain per-1 t
sus therein named thc exclusive right lo dig and
linc in thc beds of thc navigable streams and
?liters or thc State for phosphute rocks and phos
hatlc deposits," wa? taken up. Leslie moved
mt it be referred to a special committee, and
ain that it be referred to the Committee on In
Drporations. Corbin said that he knew
lat thc Senate intended to pass a bill
i regard to phosphates ; this ono ought
) be amended; he had two or three amend
raents to offer himself, and lt should be rcierr
to a committee; he hardly thought the Coramltt
on Incorporations was equal to the task; it w
now burdened with too much work. This rema
aroused Arnim, who is chairman of said comm
tee. He was opposed to thc motion to corns:
thc bill to any committee, and in concluding 1
remarks, took Corbin to task for somcstatemen
he had made In his big speech on phosphates, pt
yious to the recess, saying that the distinguish'
"legal senator" (Corbin) had.in the first part of r
speech, said there was a very small amount
phosphates in thc beds of the streams; and in tl
latter part said that thousands of tons were belt
stolen rrom the streams annually.
LESLIE ON PHOSPHATES.
Leslie bad more to say on phosphates to-di
than he has ever before said, perhaps, on any su
Ject; and he was less erratic than usual. Ills r
marks were substantially these: "As soon as ai
bill or importance is brought up, and any Intere
lb taken In it by any one, all seem to suspect th?
that one was specially interested in it, and r
marks, ench as "how much Is he going to get
were heard. This phosphate business Is a knoti
question. Every one of us here desire that tl
State should get as much as possible from th
source or wealth In her borders. The opinion i
the public seems to bc in favor or the Sta
letting those parties dig phosphates wi
shall pay the most for thc privlleg
Ever since the world began and the dev
got into it he has been roaming around, and no
he has gotten into these phosphates, and also in I
these good men who live around Charleston, wk
have been stealing and selling phosphates for
long time, and never once thought about paylo
anything for them until Geo. W. Williams an
others, (I suppose Geo. W. Williams Sc Co. woul
do), proposed to dig for phosphates and pay tl:
State something ror doing lt. Forty cents p<
ton has been offered; but most everybody saj
that amount is too small. Suppose we say i
per ton; but that might be too much; in fae
there ls no evidence of what would be a fal:
honest charge for a ton. The Senate should, 1
Us action upon this matter, place itself beroi
the country as having shown a desire that th
State should receive the highest price possible rc
her phosphates. Suppose a bill was Introducer
putting up these phosphates ror sale at an anctlo
to thc highest bidder, what then? Even th
highest bidder mhrht be the men named in th
present bill. There will probably be as muc
rascality In that matter as it is said there Is In t his
Suppose wc have a bill granting a license to ever
one who desires to dig phosphates; well, thci
there will bc as much stealing. In fact, titer
would be stealing anyhow; the world ls dishonest
I know this not rrom what I see or carpet-bag
gers, or senators, or Republicans, or Democrats
but rrom all. Thc newspapers say it is a swin
diing bill, yet those In thc bill are mostly Demo
mts. 1 have no Interest in the bill; some ma;
not believe lt, but 1 have none whatever. Sup
pose w??Uurge $2 per ton ror thc right; well, hal
or the phosphates dug will bc stolen; so wc will
virtually, get only one dollar per ton anyhow
Some say put thc price per ton so low that al
can be honest. If wc do, how will wo tell hov
much ls dug. or how can wc prevent any one win
does MB pay rrom digging ? This subject shouli
properly bc referred to the Judiciary Committee
but it would bc better for a special comm ittcc tt
take lt in hand, Investigate it thoroughly and rc
port. Ou this committee should bc thc two sena
tors rrom Charleston, who arc supposed to know
something about thc subject. The Committee on
Incorporations ls too small; while there are (Ive
senators on lt, there are only two who do any
work." Arter warning thc senators to do theil
tlnty to the people and the State, Leslie sat
DR. SHEI-AUD TUADCCED.
Ilaync desired to have the subject postponed
ant il the Governor could report what the State
inspector or guanos, (Dr. Shepard,) hail to say In
response to Inquiries made or him by thc Govern?
or, under Instructions embodied in a resolution
adopted by thc Senate before the recess. [Leslie,
Interrupting: I know a humbug when I see him,
ind Dr. Shepard ls one; he has beeu seen before
this; he is in the ring: he has been swallowed.]
Hay nc, continuing, I would like to know what ls
thc value or crude phosphates per ton before
roting upon this matter; the State should know.
[ do not, like others, fear that ir this bill bc
?ererred to the Committee on Incorporations, lt
.viii never be heard rrom, never see the light
igaln. This question, as the scuator from Barn
rvell says,Isa knotty one, and if this bill be pass
id it will be knottier still. I know of a man who
las leased a tract of land with considerable
narsh lands, on which there ls pbospnatic de?
posit, yet, ir this bill pass, he will not bc
lennitted to go off or his main land into his mnrslt
;n get thc phosphates which bcloug to him. The
vhole subject should bc referred to tho Commu?
?e on Incorporations, and they should not bc re?
wired to report until after the Governor hears
rom Dr. Shepard.
Leslie took occasion to repeat that Dr. Shepard
vas a humbug, and that his report, if he made
me, would not bc worth two cents. This whole
natter started with George W. Williams & Co.,
md ends with D. T. Corbin, although I don't
.now about thc latter. After saying that he sup
lorted the administration as he should, .ud re
narking incidentally that he 'didn't think he
rould care two cents for the opinion or thc Gov?
ernor on phosphates, Leslie said he could name a
oiumlttee which he thought could bc trusted,
rlu.m the people and thc senators would trust
even would be sufficient-five Republicans and
wo Democrats. Now I would take J. A. Halncy,
t. II. Cain, D. T. Corbin, S. A. S walls, J. K. Jili?
on, and Bicmau or Foster or Buck. [In calling
he names or all, excepting Corbin and Cain,
.esllc made some complimentary remark about
heir honesty and justice, Ac, being thc
?use or their selection. Corbin and Cain he
elected "because they were rrom Charleston,
lome people might draw an Inference rrom this,
rbat was doubtless an oversight on Leslie's part.)
iTler this selection Leslie argued about thc pro
irlcty of having a general license bill or a bill to
ell to thc highest bldder.ln pretty much thc same
tjic as in his first speech, during which he sold
he subject should not be referred to thc Judiciary
,'onimittee, for lt looked as If lt took some inter
st in thc bill already. That committee had made
. favorable report upon thc bill or which he (a
iicmbcr or lt) knew nothing, and he would ven
urc to say neither did thc president pro fem,
Montgomery) who was also a member.
CAIN ON PHOSPHATES.
Cain started a long argument by saying that he
ad always noticed when men began digging in
raves there was trouble. Here were bones,
rhlch had been laying out of tlie sight or men so
ms: they were to bc exhumed, and there was
rouble. He then argued that the motion or Lcs
lc tu get thc matter referred to a special commu?
?e was not only a dodge, but was casting a
lur upon the Committee on Incorporations, to
flitch committee the bill should be rererred.
.esllc Interrupted Cain several times, until Cain
old him he was tired of these attempts to play off
odges upon him; he knew him of old. After a
Ula more of this by-play, Cain proceeded to Bhow
ow the bill, ir adopted, would work
Isadvantagcoiisly to a large class or poor people,
fliltc and colored ; and men who were looking
*r $2to $4, and $10 per day, would bc deprived
r this means or livelihood. Wright interrupted
im toi ntroducc a resolution providing that the
fhole matter bc referred to the Committee on In
orporatlon--' with authority to call upon any ol
he senators o aid them In their deliberations. ,
lain objected to this calling upon senators, as he ,
bought the Committee on Incorporations (or |
rhlch he ls a member) fully competent to con- <
?der thc bill properly; but then he was willing to
all upon the distinguished legal senator (Corbin) |
nd get some of his wisdom, legal attainments, i
:c. : and then, If more assistance were needed, he i
-enid not hesitate to call upon the distinguished (
enator from Barnwell (Leslie,) whose "wisdom ?
owed like a stream of mud." h
Corbin, after stating that he natl seen and c
suited Leslie previous to making the Judlci
Committee report, and he had said, Go aheai
don't care, or something like that, remarked t
In his opinion the bill ought to be referred t
committee ror amendments. Ile wanted to o
some amendments hlmseir, and they were t
there should be carerul guards Incorporated
thc grant to secure the interests or the Sti
that the grantees should give some security,
have lt a condition in their grant that at le
fifty thousand tons or phosphates should be tal
out yearly; that there Bhonld be a limit to
grant as to time, say ror twenty years.
The bill was rererred to thc Committee on Inc
poratlons: Yeas-Arnim, Barber, Buck, Blem:
Cain, Hayes, llayne, Maxwell, Nash. Be ld, R
gcrs and Wright-12. Nays-Corbin, Dun ci
Greene, Hoyt, Jlllson, Leslie, Lunney, Montgc
cry, Ralney and S walls-10.
To-day Jillson gave notice or his intention
introduce a Joint resolution providing that i
Legislature petition Congress to grant aid to 1
Alabama and Chattanooga Railroad Company,
enable it to extend thc road to the Pacific Ocei
I understand that a resolution or a similar ch
acter will be Introduced in the Legislatures
each or the Southern States.
The bill to amend an act entitled "An act inc
poratiDg thc Georgetown Railroad Company, a
the several acts amendatory or the same, a
providing that it be so amended as to author!
thc said company to extend their road to t
Norih Carolina line, by a route to be detcrmin
by said company, and that the corporate name
said company shall be 'Thc Georgetown a
Charlotte Railroad Company,' instead sr that
which lt Ls now callcd,!'-was called up in the Si
ate to day, Tor a second reading, but arter cons:
?rable discussion, was recommitted to the Coi
nnf.ee on Railroads, with Instructions to repc
by what route it ls proposed to reach the Nor
There have been nnmerous reports afloat co
ccrnlng the Blue Ridge Railroad, among whl
was one that the report about thc Crissvcll Ac C
contract being rescinded was untrue. Howevt
these reports have reached the ears or some or t
members or the House, and they state their 1
tcntion or learning something abont the road,
possible, and with this Intention one or the
(Drifrle) to-day introdnced a resolution providii
for the appointment or a committee or five, thr
rrom the House and two rrom the Senate, to I
vestigatc the management or affairs or the ro:
slnceits reorganization-thc committee to repo
before thc adjournment or the Legislature,
was rererred to the Committee on Railroads.
In the Senate, Doyle Introduced the following:
Whereas, The building or the Blue Ridge Ra
road has been a private enterprise with the pe
pie or South Carolina ror twenty years, and tl
present General Assembly having espoused tl
cause with an approximation to unanimity ui
surpassed in the annals or legislation on a snbjei
Involving such grave consideration as to Stat
policy; and, whereas, the management of tli
affairs of such railroad havo been such as to elie
a great deal of injury, and to cause reflections o
both the Legislature and those who manage th
lie. it resolved by tho House or Representative!
the Senate concurring, That a committee, to cot
slst ol three members or thc House and two <
the Senate, bc appointed, with full power to sen
ror persons and papers, for the Investigation c
every transaction bad since the reorganisation c
thc Blue Ridge Railroad Company, with Instrm
tions to report to this General Assembly the resu!
or their Investition at least ten days before th
adjournment or thc present session.
Thc bill Introduced by Leslie, providing that i
may be lawful ror any railroad company or coi
poratlon organized under thc laws or this Stat
to merge and consolidate its capital stock, fran
chlses and property, with that or any other cot
nccting company, is much talked of here. It I
asserted that the object or thc bill is to ado-,
certain parties to consolidate thc Spartanburi
and Union, Blue Ridge, Laurens and Greenvill
and Columbia Railroads.
INSPECTORS OF NAVAL STORES.
Notice ol a bill to abolish thc otu ec or In spec to
or naval stores at Charleston was given In cad
of thc Houses to-day. In thc Senate Cain lntrc
duced two petitions requesting thc abolishmen
of thc office. Thc first, signed by M. Goldsmith i
Son, R. T. Walker, Robert Mure & Co., A. A. Gold
smitli i Co., and others, represents that tho tw<
Inspectors charge for each barrel inspected am
weighed six and a quarter cents; that they fre
quently brand Inrerlor grades or turpentine n?
flrst quality, and when called upon would noi
rerund the money lost by their carelessness oi
Incompetency, saying that they were not rcspon
stble; that the dealers In naval stores were noi
assisted by thc brands or the Inspectors; noi
were thc brands any guide to thc quality or thc
atores Inspected; altogether, the orllce was un?
necessary. Thc other petition was from several
or thc coopers, who complain that thc Inspectors
arri ed on the cooperage business also, charging
only two and three-quarter cents for cooperage,
when six cents was a proper compensation, mid
ano which all merchants and factors were willing
lo pay; that tims the Inspectors were underbid?
ing them and injuring their trade, and were
really or no service to those whose naval stores
In both Houses to-day notice was given or a
lill to inuorporatc the Coopers' Trade Unlou or
Charleston. The WU provides that A. R. Mitchell,
\. G. Gregorio, Jas. Chapman, Edward Jones and
Quiney Hall bc Incorporated under thc name or
he Coopers'Trade Union, "designed to bc or a
protective and charitable nature among thc
..oopers doing business lu Charleston."
PROMISSORY NOTES, 4C.
A bill entitled a bill to prohibit the Issue or
iromlssory notes, due bills and scrip to be used
is currency, was introduced and received Its first
residing In the Senate to-day. It provides that lt
(hail not be lawlul Tor any county, city, railroad
ir other corporation to Issue them hereafter or to
iso them, and all such heretofore issued must bc
-edeein cd and withdrawn from circulation on or
icrore the first or July next.
The House Judiciary Committee has reported ad?
versely upon thc resolution requesting that
.barges or impeachment be prererred against
ludgc Rutland, ami their report was adopted.
[ learn that as no charges have been preferred
igalnst Judge Carpenter, the Senate Judiciary
Committee will at an carly day ask to bc dis
:hargcil rrom any further coHslderatlon or the
natter, on the ground that there ls nothing to
-eport against him. The Joint resolution adopted
n thc House to-day to meet In Joint assembly
m thc 14th Instant, and elect some one to fill
he vacancy on thc Supreme Bench caused by
he resignation or Jndge H?ge, will hardly pass
he Senate, thc senators being opposed to any
uore jolut assemblages, rightly claiming that
hey are snubbed by the House when they do so
DeLarge gave notice to-day or his Intention to
nlroducc a bill to organize a metropolitan police
orce at Charleston. I learn that the object or thc
jill Is to get the Charleston police force out or the
?ontrol or the City Council, and will provide that
.he force be enlarged, well equipped and officered,
ind subject to thc order of the Governor, and to
jc used by him lu place or the present constabn
ary force, which will, or course, be abolished.
Jendricks, lt ls asserted, will be the commaudlug
REFER IT TO PARKER PILLSBURY.
J. L. Wright, orTimmonsville, who claims to be
'a teacher and member of the Methodist Church,"
>n the flrst of December last wrote a letter to
jovcrnor Scott calling the attention or the Legis
ature to the "number or g-ogshops, and conse
niently intemperance on thc part or both our
?vhite and colored people, especially the latter, ls
ncreasing to an alarming extent, and stating
hat the scarcity or bread, added to the enormous
imlay ror liquors, will certainly make terrible
Jestltution and disorder berore October next,
without something is done." The writer
:hought, and so stated, that one "grogshop
only to a township, properly licensed and
guarded, and made responsible to an extent for
thc conduct of its patrons or customers, would
be a stride upwards that would enhance the en?
tire Interest of all the people, and win thc appro?
bation of every true lover of the commonwealth."
The Judiciary Committee, to whom the letter was
referred, recommended that it be read as Infor?
mation. To-day it was read and received as In?
formation, despite DcLarge's motion to refer it
to Parker Pillsbury.
The House Judiciary Committee, to whom was
referred a resolution of the House instructing it
to inquire Into and report upon the question as to
whether there are any statutes of thc State dis?
criminating against persons on account of race
or color now in force in this State, have reported
there arc none "now of force." No action has
been taken on the report. L.
-The Duchess of Somerset will adopt Grisi's
-Wagner has wrtten another six-hour myth?
-Musicians, Punch considers dangerous be?
cause they are led by a string.
-Dan Cantello, the circus manager, is in
New York, prospectinglor a season.
-Patti speaks np very loudly In the English
papers to prove that she hasn't lost her voice
-Matilda Herron and Laura Keene are writ?
ing a play to bc called "Champagne, or Step
-Grau, after starting South with his Ger?
man Opera Troupe, took the back track. He
is now in Ohio.
-It Is said that "Griffith Gaunt" has a great
run at the Salt Lake City theatre. The biga?
mist, however, had to be made a pentekal
dekagamlst, to suit popular, ideas. 0
-Thc Qhapman sisters, with their ctherlal
supporter, Bishop, aro drawing immense
houses in Baltimore. They will play a short
engagement in Charleston again beforo thc
close of thc month. ?
-"Hamlet" ls the big sensation In New York
Just now. Edwin Booth and Fechter, the
English tragedian, are pitted against; each
other, the former at his own theatre, and the
latter at Nlblo's. The tragedy was presented
at both plac?' on Wednesday night, with pow?
erful companies, new scenery, appropriate
costumes, and everything necessary to ensure
-It has long been a cherished idea that the
Italian opera depended principally on Italian
singers. A French paper has ruthlessly shat?
tered this belief by publishing the following
list of performers in the Traviata at Paris
last week: Wachtel, a German, from Ham?
burg; Zimclll, an Alsatian; Bonnchcc, a native
of Toulouse; Mme. Morensi, an American,
from New York; and Mme. Krauss, a Viennese.
-The latest NHsson tribute ls a little poem
published In a London musical paper, contain?
ing these slanzas:
Thou Pleiad of thc lyric world,
Where Pasta, Garcia shone.
Come back with thy sweet voice again
And gem thc starry zone.
Though faded, still the vision sees
The loveliest child of night,
The fairest of thc Pleiades,
Its glory and its light.
Fair Florence ! home of glorious Art,
And mistress of its sphere,
Clasp rast thy beauties to thy heart;
Behold thy rival here !
-At the Chatelet, Paris, a now extrava?
ganza in twenty-four tableaux is In prepara?
tion. It ls to bc called the "Paris Revue."
Its scenery Is to outdo some of thc recent Lon?
don sensation dramas. At the end of the pro?
logue there is to be a view of Paris by gaslight
at the hour when the theatres are disgorging
The streets are to be filled with living crowds,
and real equipages. In one scene, at a tunnel
mouth, there is to bc a real locomotive. At thc
end of the secoid, the audience are to be
transported to a fairy scene in thc moon, and
at the end of thc third a grand and character?
istic African ballet at thc inaugural f?te of the
Suez Canal. At thc end of the fourth act a floral
apotheosis, with living flowers. Harry Pal?
mer is after this extravaganza for Nlblo's
-Among other new fashions to bc brought
from thc "Kawntinent," says a New Orleans
paper, is a change in votive offerings to the?
atrical artistes. Flora Is to be supcrccdcd by
Pomona; instead ol* flowers flung at the feet of
beauly, we are t5 have fruits. Although there
is much more intrinsic worth in a basket of
hot-house grapes or delicions pears than In a
fading nosegay, yet \hn new fashion is more
objectionable than thc old on account of its
Uabilly to abuse. We hardly think the divine
Patti would appreciate being pelted with pip?
pins In the triumph of tho m??rere, or that
Ristori could die contentedly as thc virgin
queen under a shower of cantelopcs or Sicily
oranges. Viewed In this light, we feel that
the new fashion must be resisted. It may do
for thc "Kawntinent," but not for Ircc Ameri?
ca, where cabbages are very cheap and au?
dacity ls very plentiful.
-Another of the "old time" theatrical celeb?
rities has passed away. But lew persons of
thc present generation arc familiar with the
name of John H. Oxley, save as the late treas?
urer of thc New York Dramatic Fund Associa?
tion, yet at one time he was one ol the stars
of the stage. Over a quarter of a century ago
Mr. Oxley appeared at the Park Theatre, in
New York City, as Hastings, in "Jane Shore."
His deo wi was eminently success! ul, and
thenceforward he prospered exceedingly.
(Jolng to Philadelphia, he engaged in theatri?
cal enterprises with Francis C. Wemyss, and
amassed a handsome sam of money, and de?
posited it in the United States Bank. The
failure of that institution reduced him to pov?
erty, and, though he subsequently made efforts
to retrieve his broken fortunes, all of lils ex?
ertions proved unavailing. Then, in addition,
unrequited affection weighed upon his mind,
dampening his energies and transforming him
into a morose and eccentric character. For
many years he was supported by the dramatic
fund, upon which he wholly depended. He
died in New York a few days ago.
-A Paris letter says: "The Italian opera
has rarely been as good In Paris as it is this
year. The "Trovatore," for instance-sung by
Krauss, Wachtel, and Monbelli-was really
grand; the orchestra and chorus very correct,
and-thc essential to M. Bagler-the house
crammed It was not a French audience; but
then it never is or has been. Thc success ol
Hie "Frou-Froii" is encouraging, ?6000 In thirty
representations. MM. Meilhac and Halevy are
said to have in one month been credited with
?720. Marie Sass is having a great success at
Florence. She sang-and she can sing-at the
Pergola last week, "Faust" and the "Hague
no ts"-thirty-eight bouquets, a medal sur?
rounded with diamonds, and. lastly, a bracelet
from the king. I have a letter from St. Peters?
burg telling me that the success of Patti is
greater than it has even been before in that
city, which goes mad periodically about
singers and dancers. She has sung "Somn?m?
bula" once, "La Traviata"-a great favorite
four times; and the Emperor has selected the
"FIglia del Reggimento" for the State repre
NEWS FROM MJLYA.??JL
The Spanish Gunboats at Havana
Another Proclamation ot Capt aim
General DeRodas-Scheme for Settling
Soldiers after thc War.
A Havana telegram of January 8th says:
The Prensa announces the killing of thirty
unarmed men In the vicinity of Mansealea, a
few days since, by the Insurgents.
One of the Spanish gunboats from New York,
via Charleston, arrived here last night, and Hi
teen more arrived from New Nork to-day at
noon. They were accompanied by the war
Captain-General DeTtodas bas Issued a pro?
clamation generally complimentary to the
behavior of thc citizens and the army. He
says the sickly season has passed without
diminishing thc strength of the army. The
insurgents took thc offensive twice, and were
twice repulsed. Tho insurrection aller that
was confined to the mountains. The troops
already here were sufficient to subdue the In?
surgents, and the reason that so many troops
were coming from Spain was that their Spanish
countrymen desired to share the sacrifices of
Spaniards in Cuba. He adds that the Cubans
are not insurgents in war, but only in In?
cendiarism. The civil tribunals were periorm
lng their duties as usual, while, owing to the
surrender in the Cinco Villas district, the
troops remain without work.
The Captain-General further says that the
new.troops and reinforcements, although they
are not. needed to suppress the insurrection,
have come from Spain to fulfil its obligations
towards Cuba and to protect the island against
murderers and robbers. He then reiers to the
threats of homicide made by cei tain bands of
men, against which precautions are now being
taken Tn garrisoning the plantations ?"fit*
troops and civil guards to save them iroJfde
struction. Ships of .war have also been sent
from SpainOo Cuba with the intent to cruise
along her coast and to prevent nie landing on
the Island of filibustering expeditions coming ?
from tin outside. Thf Captain-General says
that th ore vfas never before In the island such
a state of affairs as could be considered as a
state of war, but now peace has been so folly
re-established, that there ls no place In the
Island wherj^tbe administration of public
affairs and nm actions of the civil courts ar^
not entirely recognized. <
[BY TK LE GRAPH.] '
HAVANA, January IL
A number of engagements have taken place
in the Puerto Principe and Cinco Villas dis?
tricts. Jordan reports many msnigents suiv
rendering. ? _
-The Standard of London is publishing a
series of lengthy articles to prove that the Pea?
body charities are a fallare, ard. the lodging
houses are In no respect as' comfortable as those
built with other funds. The trajees are called
responsible for all the fallares.
-Since the first of January London, has free
trade In cabs. The job brougham, the livery ata?
ble "fly," the hansom and the four-wheeled
"growler,"' are all to have a fair show and to
charge what their owners choose, provided.al?
ways the rates of fare are painted legibly on the
-Thc smallest steam-engine in the world is
now ia the possession of John Penn, of Green?
wich, England, the maker of great engines. It
will stand on a threepenny piece; lt really covers
less space, for Its base-plate measures only three
eighths or an inch by three-tenths. From the ex?
treme smallness of this model, a few niinnthe
such, for Instance, as the air pumps-have neces?
sarily been omitted. Still, so small are some of
the parts that they require a powerful magnify
ing-glass to see their form. The screws are only
one eightieth of an Inch in diameter, and these
are duly furnished with hexagonal nats, which
can be loosened and tightened by a llllputiaa
spanner. The whole weight of the model la les?
than a threepenny piece.
-The excitement in regard to the consecration
of Dr. Temple to the See of Exeter does not seem
to have abated in England. The opposition to
him is based on a volume of essays and reviews,
said to have been of infidel tendency, though
written by clergymen, to which Dr. Temple ls re?
puted to have contributed, though il ls not alleged
that his individual contribution was exceptiona?
ble in that respect. The practical Importance of
this case consists in thc illustration which lt ls
held to afford by those who opposed the consecra?
tion of Dr. Temple, that the idea at least of some
power in the Church, Independent or State, ls dis?
sipated by the flat of Mr. Gladstone, which has
forced Dr. Temple Into the See of Exeter-an ex?
ercise or power which is leading many, even of
those who had never before questioned the expe?
diency of a union or Church and State, to doubt
-The Yellow River or China has a disagreeable
way of occasionally changing Its course, leaving
its old bcd entirely dry, and catting a new one
through Heids and towns without the slightest
regard lo vested rights. No less than nine such
changes are recorded in Chinese history, the first
dating about G02 B. C., and the last having com?
menced in 1S51 and been completed la 1853. A
party of English explorers went to view the
scene of this disaster in September last. After a
Journey of nearly four hundred miles on the
Grand Canal, they arrived, on the nth of Octo?
ber, on the banks of the new Yellow Hiver, near
he Town of Nanshan. At this point the stream
had not yet worn for itself a bed, bat was spread
over a belt of country some ten to twelve
miles in width. The banks of the Grand
Canal had here been carried away by the
invading current, and the whole country
wore an air of desolation. The party embarked
on the new river near here, and traced lt down to
its embouchure in the Gulf of Pe-chi-U. Nineteen
miles downward thc widespread waters converge
and flow into the narrower bed of a much smaller
river, the Tatslng, which henceforward serves as
Its channel. Thc great volume and rapidity of
the waters of the Yellow River are causing the
narrow bed to widen, and with the undermined
banks are swept away the streets of villages and
cities, gardens and fields. Bridges which form,
eily spanned the Tatslng now remain as ruins In
mid-river. At Tsl-ho-hem one of the bridges ef?
fectually stops navigation at present. Toward
the sea the banks of the river arc marshy and on
inhabitable, the limit of the peopled region being
the small port of Tu-men-quan. It ls hoped that
Bnglish engineering skill may be able to pat a
stop t ) these changes in future.
THE IRISH QUES 'ION.
"The O'Donoghuc" has recently written a
long letter to the London Times, the object of
which appears to be to recommend his coun?
trymen, both In and out of Parliament, to sup?
port the present Gladstone administration.
He says that the House of Commons is rap?
idly becoming really popular, that lt desires to
legislate for all with a spirit of natural justice,
that it deeply reveres the constitutional rights
of the people, and ls firmly determ!"?d to se?
cure the free exercise of those rights. In his
anxiety to give his views the widest publicity,
"The O'Donoghue" has addressed the Times,
and assures his countrymen that "the picture
so often held up before them of a House of
Commons oligarchical, fanatical, anti-Irish,
prepared to bully and cringe alternately, has
no existence in these days, and ls a creation
of the perverted imagination of those who
desire to sow horror, hatred and despair,
where confidence, friendship and hope should
alone flourish." He further advisesihe Irish
people not to put Implicit trust in any Minis?
ter or Cabinet, but to rely upon themselves,
and employ their constitutional powers through
their representatives. He tells the Irish peo?
ple further, to let lt clearly be understood
what they require, and that whatever meas?
ure, if inherently Just, a majority of their rep?
resentatives agree to support, the House of
Commons will pass, no matter how novel arc
Its features, or how violent thc opposition it
will have to encounter.