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VCLUME IX.-NUMBER 1967
CHARLESTON WEDNESDAY MORNING, MAY 1, 1872.
EIGHT DOLLARS A YEAR.
INTEREST OVER THE NORTH CARO?
What the Conservative Triumph
Means-The Murphy-O'Brien Conspi?
racy to Deliver New Vori- to Grant
The Corrupt Elements Combining
Against Greeley-The Reconstructed
B rt t la ti Blondes-Cotton Report.
(FROH OCR OWN CORRESPONDENT ]
NEW YORK, August 4.
Tbs Interest here over the result In North
Carolina has been almost unprecedented.
Much of the excitement was dus to the belief
that the contest in that State virtually decided
the Precl?eiitial question as far as Grant is
concerned, and much to the air ol uncertain?
ty which the Times has managed to throw
over the returns for the past lew days. The
public have been In a state ot animated
suspense; both sides hoping and fearing, but
the Liberals being the most confident. The
course of the press of the city heightened the
anxiety. On the morning after the election,
the Times claimed North Carolina for the Radi?
cals by ten thousand to twenty thousand ma
iority. The World insisted that it had gone
leajocratlc by five thousand to ten thousand.
Th? Tribune and Herald, more cautious, con?
fessed that lt was in doubt. On tbe next day,
the Tribune joined tbe World, and published
its glorification leader. The Times weakened,
but still bragged, and the Herald continued on
the fence. The sltnation ls unaltered this
morning, the Times still holding out, though
admitting that its party may have been beaten
by the most shameless trauds, bribery and In?
timidation of negro voters. The Times'leader
yesterday was a curiosity. The editor wanted
to back down from the North Carolina claim,
but to do lt so as not to completely demoralize
his Radical readers. So he broke forth Into
the high tragedy vele, swore that, if North
Carolina had gone Democratic, the crisis to
the country was of the most alarming charac?
ter; that lt threatened the overthrow of the
government by the rebels, and that the "loyal
North** must rise again as one mao to prevent
the horrible consummation. The conceit of a
new Confederate outbreak headed by Sumner,
Banks, Trumbull, Greeley, Schurz, kilpatrick
and their like ls thought to be amusing. Of
course the editorial was laughed at.
People crowded the newspaper offices on
Thursday night, and there were excited crowds
at the Liberal and Democratic headquarters
clamorous for advices from Haleigh. Probably
there was more money bet on North Carolina.
In this city, than has been risked on any elec?
tion since 1868. The Radicals were so san?
guine that some were even wilting to give
odds. Tom Murphy, lt was reported, had ten
thousand dollars up, a part of which, in spite
of Grant's ostentatious denial, la believed to
be Grant's. Such bets as dinners, champagne,
hats, Ac, were Innumerable. The multitude,
theretore, had a pecuniary interest in the re?
sult. 8ar?toga and Long Branch, where the
pol ii lei ans are mostly congregated, were even
more excited, and telegrams of Inquiry came
pouring In to this city Friday and Saturday.
Practical politicians consider the events of
the past week as conclusive evidence that
Greeley and Brown will be elected. The fail?
ure of the administration to carry North Car?
olina after the extraordinary appliances lt
employed, uncovers Its weakness In the coun?
try, and the defection of so prominent a poli?
tician as General Banks, following close on the
Sumner letter, shows that a tremendous
break ls imminent In the Republican ranks.
The air is filled with wild rumors of other Im?
portant defections. To-day I hear that Sena?
tor Anthony, of Rhode. Island, has come over,
and that his paDer, the Providence Journal,
will shortly announce the fact. The other
Rhode Island senator, the millionaire Sprague,
ls already for Greeley, and ls to entertain him
at a clam bake on the Narragansett this
The facts in the Murphy-O'Brien conspiracy
to carry this city tor Grant are beginning to
leak oat. The plot bas had deeper ramifica?
tions than outsiders were aware of. The con?
tracting parties were Tom Murphy on the one
side, and Jimmy O'Brien, Judge McCunn,
Tweed and Connolly on the other, and the ne?
gotiations have been going on for near) v two
months. The arrangement was for O'Brien,
who ls the most popular Irish politician In
New York, to come out with a declaration
that, as a consistent Democrat, lt would be
impossible lor him to support Greeley and
Brown, and that he would await the action et
the Louisville bolting convention. His prin?
cipal henchmen were then to take sides with
Mm in a noisy manner. Tweed and Connolly,
on account ot their bad characters, were to
keep In the back ground, but to use their in?
fluence, which ls still considerable in the low?
er slums. Of course the Louisville nomina?
tion would prove unsatisfactory, and then
Jimmy and his crowd would have an excuse
to pronounce for Grant, as "a choice of evils."
The O'Brien-Tweed combination claim to
control fifty thousand votes In the city. It
they could deliver this to Grant, the calcula?
tion was that the vote in November would
stand about eighty-five thousand lor Grant to
sixty-eight thousand for Greeley "In the city,
which would be allowing a small Republican
percentage to Greeley. This would, it was
thought, save the State to Grant. .Trie con?
sideration to be paid by the Grant managers
for this treachery was the control ot the Fede?
ral patronage of this port by the O'Brien
Tweed ring under Grant's second term. I
have heard the particulars of a meeting at
Murphy's Long Branch house, where the ar?
rangements were made, and the spoils regu?
larly apportioned between O'Brien, Judge Mc?
Cunn, Judge Barrett. Twe* < and Connolly,
the two last being represented at the confer?
ence by proxy. When Judge McCunn's Bud?
den death took place about two weeks ago, it
is known that O'Brien hastened to Murphy's
office and claimed that McCunn's share of the
Srespective plunder should be made over to
This conspiracy, if it had the strength Its
originators claimed for it, would seriously me?
nace Mr. Greeley's election; tor It would lose
him this State. Fortunately, though, Jimmy
O'Brien has no such power as he imagines. It
he stuck to the Democracy he might still be a
leader, but he cannot carry five thousand
Irish votes over to Grant. His most danger?
ous rival among the Irish ls Sheriff Matt Bren?
nan, who ls "true to the flag,*' and would
scoop up nearly all tbe Irish- support if
O'Brien went over to the enemy. Just io the
nickol tlme.oomes the North Carolina tri?
umph to dishearten the Grant managers and
appal the conspirator?. O'Brien bas probably
gone too far to retreat, and will be the Grant
nominee for Mayor, backed by Tweed and
Tom Murphy's stolen money. The Democrats
and Liberal Republicans will unite on some
first-class respectable citizen like Colonel Steb?
bins, and the old struggle between rascality
ami honesty will be resumed. Jim O'Brien ls
notorionsly the most expert manipulator |ln
ballot-box stuffing and fraudulent returns the
city has ever hart. This was lils department
under the old Tammany regime. It gives bim
a certain advantage In the race, sustained OB
he will be on election day by Grant's bayo?
nets and gunboats, application for which,
under the election low passed by Cougress,
has already been made.
. The reconstructed Lydia ?Thompson troupe
are meeting with great success at Wallack's
Theatre. The houses are overflowing in spite
ot the weather. There are some Hew faces
picked up In London duriog Mrs. Henderson's
recent visit, and the voices are good. But In
personal beauty the troupe will not compare
with that originally brought over by Mrs.
Henderson, in which Pauline Markham and
some others, whose names I lorget, figured.
Mrs. Henderson herself ls the only really
handsome woman of the lot, the others lack?
ing in some essentials to completeness; a
pretty face, for Instance, being accompanied
by unattractive continuations, and vice versa.
The burlesque now being played at Wallack's
is founded on the romance of Robin Hood, and
affords scope for showy dressing and good
music, but the "talk part" is dreary drivel.
Of course the man who makes the
puns for the young ladles to throw off, with
appropriate winks at the audience, could not
omit allusions to Horace Greeley, and it is no?
ticeable that when that name is uttered the
galleries yell with delight,, showing conclu?
sively that the sage has captured the hearts
of the masses who go to blonde shows. The
engagement of the troupe lasts several
Nveekr, aller which a tour will be made of ihe
Union. Charleston will be visited in the
In the vestibule of Wallack's Theatre stands
s large bale of Georgia cotton, adorned with
ribbons, and inscribed with ihe statement that
lt was presented to Miss Lydia Thompson by
the citizens of Savannah, in April last. The
thoatre patrons, as they pass In and out. gaze
curiously on this generous and appropriate
gift, which ls going to do so much towards
giving symmetry to iuture Lydia Thompson
troupes. _ KYM.
LIGHT IN DARK PLACES.
The Columbia Hing Running a Gaunt?
let of Law Suits-Startling Revela?
tions Expected-Cardozo to Tell What
He Knows About Financiering-A
New Move tor Hulling State Bonds.
[SPECIAL TKLKGKAM TO THE NEWS.]
COLUMBIA, August 7.'
The atmosphere of Columbia is thick with
Important suits at law of immense public in?
terest. In the Blue Ridge case, the answers
of "Honest" John Patterson was flied this
morning. There are no important points
which I could discover in lt irom a hasty
perusal which was allowed me. Patterson, of
course, denies all the allegations ot fraud, and
also that he bas paid out one dollar ol t'ie
scrip without a lawlul consideration therefor.
He avows that not a dollar of the scrip waB
given to Worthington or to Hardy Solomon,
or to any one else. Parker, he claims, held
obligations of the company lo the amount of
something over thirty-eight thousand, and
the sci ip given him is attempted to be ac?
counted for in that way. There will bo a
' hearing of the case to-morrow, but it Is not
anticipated that anything will be done. Cor?
bin is here, and maintains that he ls currying
out the wishes of the city authorities ot
Charleston lo the amendments be has made
to the complaint.
The case of Morton. Bliss & Co. VB. F. L.
Cardozo, which is a petition lor a writ of man?
damus to be Issued, commanding Cardozo to
sign certain bonds amounting to one hundred
and eighty thousand dollars, came up beiore
Judge Melton at chambers this morning. It
is a very interesting case, and sortie astound'
lng developments willi regard to the conver?
sion of bonds are hoped for. Cardozo has per?
sistently refused to sign any more new bonds
since last October, as it was discovered that
already between Ave and six millions ?ldol?
lars In bonds ind been unlawfully and fraudu?
lently issued under ihe pretended authority
ol'the act (or the conversion of State securi?
Cardozo in his return alleges that the act
of Assembly under which the right to convert
the bonds is claimed is unconstitutional; that
the bonds of Morton, Bliss &Co. were not is?
sued pursuant to law, and that the very iden?
tical bonds have been already converted.
The case of Stoibrand vs. Parker ls again
sprung Into life, and, between them all. Par?
ker is gelling in a light place. James D.
Trade well, the counsel for Stoibrand, threat?
ens Parker with immediate prosecution 'n the
Court ot Sessions. Tradewell ls In earnest,
and expresses Ms de' *?Hnation to have a full
showing from Parker m all his 1 rands and
It has leaked out that among the items un?
der the head ol "armed force," on account ol
which Parker claims to have paid out since
November the Bum of $83,000, lhere appear
among others the following strange payments:
To F. J. Moses, Jr., $11,000; to H. B. Elliott,
$10,500; to H. G. Worthington, $i,900; to one
Wilson, a parly unknown, $22,000; to one
Moonoy, who ls equally a mythical character,
$10,000, and to John Hubbard $7,000. Here
ls where Scott's impeachment lund came
Neagle ls ont in a financial lettie advising
Scott to have a tax levied lo pay the Interest
on the public debt-fraudulent bonds and all.
1 have trustworthy Information that a pool
has been made up in New York In which the
officials here have the chief interest. They
have now in hands five millions in the fraudu?
lent-conversion bonds bought at from 28 to 30
cents ec the dollar, and by this tax, whick is
to be levied al once, they expect to get the In?
terest? They hope thereby to bull their Iraudu
lent bonds, and thus realize enormously. The
difficulty ls with Auditor Gary. He will not
order the levy ot the tax, and Scott ls afraid
to remove him. He knows too much, and ls
dangerous. It they can manage lt, the tax,
it ls said, will not amount to less than ten
million dollars, and lt ls to be collected by
the IStlrof September at the farthest.
_ Qur VIVE.
A RUSSIAN CITY IN FLAMES.
ST. PETERSBORQ, August 7.
A dispatch from Nlshnil Novgorod states
that a great conflagration ls now raging In
that city. The fire broke out in that quarter
of the place where the annual lair is being
held, and has already destroyed a great quan?
tity of valuable goods.
THE KU-KLUX PRISONERS IN ALBANY.
WASHINGTON, AugiiBt 7.
In accordance with the letter from Mr. Ger?
rit Smith to me President, asking for the re?
lease of certain Ku-Klux prisoners now con?
fined in the Albauy Penitentiary, the attorney
general, to whom the President referred the
letter, has requested Colonel Whitely, ehle? o?
the government detective corps, to visit the
Institution where the prisoners are confined
and make a complete investigation Into the
condition'ot the Ku-Klux prisoners, reporting
all the fact s to the department.
DEPREDATIONS BY THE GREASERS.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas, August G.
Captain King, the largest stock owner in
Texas, was attacked six miles from his ranche
by a band of eight Mexicans. A German nam?
ed Speech!, In King's party, was killed. King
and the others escaped. The Mexicans fled
when their Are was returned. It is believed
these men were sent, to murder King and pre?
vent him lrom appearing belora the depreda?
tion commissioners at Brownsville. The com?
missioners express great astonishment at the
crimes and outrages that the Mexicans have
perpetrated on the people of Texas, as.shown
by the testimony thus lar taken.
SPARKS FROM THE WIRES.
-Spotted Tail and bis parly of Sioux chiefs
are to leave New York next Saturday for St.
-There ls some excitement throughout Ire?
land over a report that cold has been discov?
ered near the Town ot Kinsale.
-The flag ship Worcester of the North At?
lantic Squadron has arrived at Fortress Mon?
roe, and awaits the arrival or Admiral Green,
who ls to succeed Admiral Lee in command.
JOTTINGS ABOUT THE STATE.
-We mentioned several days since the re?
port that the professor ot Biirgery had re?
signed his position In the South Carolina
University., lesterday his official resigna?
tion-to take effect October 1st-was made
public. Professor Darby, in spite of general
competition, thus far stands at the head ot the
profession in anatomy and surgery
-Butler Johnson, colored, convicted, with
Edward Harris, colored, at the May term of
the Court of Sessions for this county of the
homicide of Patrlsk Murphy, and sentenced
to be hung on the 16lh ol this month, has had
his sentence, upon the recommendation of the
Judge, commuted to imprisonment in the
South Carolina Penitentiary for life.
SHIPS AGAINST CANNON.
AN EXPERIMENTAL NAVAL ENGAGE?
Impregnability of Turret Ship?-Battle
Between the Hotspur and the Glat
At Portland. L'ugland, on the 5th instant,
an extraordinary test of the ability of the Brit?
ish Iron-clads to resist the most powerful pro?
jectiles yet Invented was afforded. To build
the strongest ship In the world and then toex
poee ll to the fire of the most powerful guns
In the world is an expensive thing to do, but
perhaps it Is worth all it costs.
The Isle ol Portland, says the London Stan?
dard, ls a lofty, rugged mass of yellow rock,
rem iud lng one Instantly of the familiar views
ol the famous Gibraltar, nod like lt, too. lt ls
strongly fortified; the citadel of the Verne
crowns ltd quarried heights. With the land lt
Is connected by one of the most remarkable
I isthmuses In the world, the Cbesll Bank-a
long, narrow neck ol' shingle thrown up by the
waves of the sea. From the base of the Port?
land cliffs the Inner breakwater Juts out for a
quarter of a mile. Then an opening for the
entrance of ships, and then the great break?
water Itself-a mountain ridge of unhewn
stone-mainly the useful work of convict men.
Within these barriers and protected by
neighboring shores ls the noble roadstead,
foursquare miles In extent, sheltered from
every wind. At anchor here lie men-of-war
and merchant ships-mere pigmies to the
sight as lrom the headland of the Nolhe or the
heights of Portland the eye gazes over the
vast expanse. Opposite the entrance are seen
the lotty sides and painted ports of the Bos?
cawen i rain I ng ship; midway Inside the break?
water the Hotspur ls moored, and 200 yards
away from her the Glatton. Both are of the
modern, uoBhlplike type ot breastwork moni?
tors, designed with central raised platforms
or hurricane deck. The Glatton has a low,
heavily-armored freeboard of 3 feet, and ls In?
tended for coast de.ense. Her.length ls 245
feet, breadth 54 leet, draught of waler 19 feet,
displacement 4640 tons, engines 2868 horse?
power indicated, speed 12 knots. Her hull is
donbled-bottomed, the skins being riveted up
to bracket plates. The armor consists of two
strokes, the upper (above water) being 12
Inches, and ihn lower (below water) 10 inches
in thickness, the 12-Inch plate has a backing
of 18 inches, and the 10-inch plate a backing
Of 20 lo cn es.
The inner skin, consisting of 1} Inch of
iron, In two thicknesses to breaK-Jolut, is
supported by vertical iron girders 10 inches
moulded; the horizontal lower deck girders
are 6 Inches moulded, and are placed on the
level of the external shelf which supports the
armor externally, and, by its projection, acis
as a bilge board to prevent rolling; the upper
deck girders are moulded 0 inches, and are
on the same plane as the summit of the armor
belt; the deck, which ls laid upon them ex?
tends on either side of the breast vork which
encloses ihe turret, (and consists of a I Inch
iron plate covered by a two inch iron plate,
and over this 6 inches of oak planklog. .The
total depth of ihe ship from this deck to the
bottom IB 21 feet 6 Inches. The armored
breastwork, which rises G feet 3 Inches above
the upper deck, has on its sides two strokes of
12 inch armor, with 18 Inches of teak backing
secured to three j inch akin plates, supported
by vertical girders 40 Inches deep, and by
horizontal girders mounted atop moulded
to 9 Inches; the roof ls formed of two
I inch plate?, covered by 3 inches of oak
planking, ibe glacis plates surrounding
the base ot the turret being 3A inches
thick next Its walls, and diminishing to U
Inches where they abut against the roof
plating. The turret, which rises out of Hie
centre above the breastwork chamber, is 30
feet 6 inches in external diameter, and there
ls an interval of G Inches between lt and the i
surrounding glacls-belr, which ls 3 feet tn
breadth. The general thickness ot Its armor ,
IB 12 Inches, with 15 inches of wood backing,
but on the port side the plates are 14 Inches In .
thickness. These plates have a backing of 17 ?
Inches of teak attached to an Inner skin of two ?
plates of i Inch thick; the two horizontal glr- ,
ders are each of 8 Inches deep, with Hanges of .
3s inches, and are j inch in thickness; the ver
neal girders are 10 inches deep by ;U by j inch .
thick. The whole ls covered inside ihe turret
by 4-inch Iron lining. The opening or trench
around the turret ls covered by a leather
fringe attached io lt and weighted with lead,
Its purpose being io prevent Die entry ot the ,
water from the wash of the sea. There are
two gratings in the root of the turret for venti?
lation and the exit of smoke. The armanent ls
two 25 ton 000-pounder guns, mounted on
Captain Scott's carriages. The Glatton has no
The Hotspur, or the light monitor, type,
looks but not a larger vessel; the difference IB
that her breastwork is enclosed within an ad?
ditional amount ol' skin-plating, robing above
the armor-belt of the hull lo ihe level of the
top of the breastwork, and decked over. The
free-board Is thus raised to 9 feet, and ihe ves?
sel fitted for sea going service. Her arma?
ment ls one 600-pounder gun. Her displace?
ment. 4010 tons; engines, 3497 Indicated horse?
power; speed, 12? knots.
The first shot at the Glatton was fired at
half-past eleven from the G00-pounder ol the
Hotspur, at a distance of 200 yards. It struck
the roof of the turret, and a streak of flame
attested the severity ot the blow. The F?cond
Bbot was fired, und lt told. An account saye:
The Palisser projectile had struck on the
horizontal Joint ot the 14-inch plates, and had
forced them slightly upan, as was clearly
marked by the dark line on either Bide of the
perfectly round shot-hole. It was, Indeed, a
terrible shot for the turret; lt bad hit it under
the fifth rib, aa lt were, but Its mechanism
was not hurt; Us gearing was all sound. The
turrett bad held Ita own. The hitting force
ot that huge shot was over 6000 loot tons;
the 85 pounds of pebble powder had hurled lt
wlih a speed ol'more than 1300 feet per sec?
ond. The first shot had cut away two ot the
stanchions In the top of the turrel-this ex?
plained the thin flash-and had twisted some
of the railing bars. The second slut bad
struck full on the middle of the turret between
the Joints, the shot-bead remaining in the
hole, the depth to the end of its core being
14 Inches, and the gape of the plates 3 Inches,
diminishing to zero at about lour or five feet
on each aide.
[aside the turret, the ?-inch Iron lining was
stripped from behind three of the vertical ribs
half way down on one side, and from top to
within IB inches of bottom on the other, and
turned back, between two ot these ribs the
shot had driven the double skin out into a
hummock, spining the Inner skin at tho hori?
zontal Joint or the outer skin. The middle
rib ot the three was broken through midway
or Its lielght, the gape being two inches. All
ihre? ribs were contorted, and long slivers In
the wood bucking protruded through tho
crack in the skln-platea. Three of the rear
ends cf the large through bolts were exposed
in a vertical IIUP, the nut ot the middle one
being broken off at ihe commencement of the
Minus screw-thread, aud the rubber ot the
lower Bascombe washer being pressed out. ai
its edges. Tbe damage was by no means
severe, and was such as Shoeburyness ex?
periments would have led one to expect.
A third shot was fired, and lt was now clear?
ly seen that the turret had been struck low
oown, close upon the Junction line of the
glacis-plate-a perfectly round and dangerous
wound. All anxiety was soon relieved, how?
ever, by the sight of the turret slowly revolv?
ing, first one way and then the other. Again
away In the tender to inspect results. The
shell had struck on the leather fringe, Just
where lt covered the extreme edge ot' thu
glacls-platlog; thence lt had curved slightly
upwards, driving into the lower fourteen-incn
plate midway between the ports. The shot
head remained in the hole-which was per?
fectly round-but waa easily got ont, when
the penetration was found io be 13A Inches.
Inside the turret the only damage done was
the knocking off the inward ends ol' the two
wood-buffers, against which the gun carriage
would abut when the gun was run out of the
port hole for action. Tnls result was perfectly
satisfactory, for nothing could demonstrate
the excellent qualities ol the turret more com?
During the practice a goat, a fowl and a
rabbit, with several buckets of water, were
kept Inside lt, the living creatures coming
ont unscathed from their ordeal. Both these
rounds were most fortunate, and as the lat?
ter solved the problem of the free working of
the turret without heeling the ship-which
was only intended to bring the junction of
turret and glacis in position to meet the di?
rect fire of the Hotspur's gun-lurther prac
tice was abandoned, except that the port
stoppers of the G lat ton's turret were tasen
out, and her two guns ruo in and out with
perfect ease, her turret turned by hand and
by steam, and a GOO-pounoer shot fired from
each ot her two guns.
THE BLUE RIDGE SUIT.
A Rr pl y from City Attorney Corbin.
COLUMBIA, S. C., August 6, 1872.
Messrs. Riordan, Dawson ? Co.:
GENTLEMEN-Mr. Dawson told me a lew
days ago, here In Columbia, he favored the
prosecution of the president and directors of
the Blue Bldge Railroad Company. That he
was anxious that this proceeding should go on,
and he was very desirous that public Centi?
men t should be directed in the right direction,
and he would labor to that end.
It ls now scarcely a week since these pro?
fessions were made, and I to-day read your
editorial headed "The Blue.BJdga Suit," This
editorial ls but an attack on me for which
lhere is not the shadow of foundation or
cause. Since, by direction br tho mayor and
city council, I have appeared in this case In
their behalf, i have preseed the suit as vigor?
ously as was possible to do. I defy you or
auy man living to show anything to the con?
trary. Tbe record of the court ls open for the
inspection ot all men.
Now, it you gentlemen are as earnest and
honest as you proless to be In your desire to
prevent further loss to the City of Charleston
as a stockholder la the Blue Ridge Railroad
Company, through the misconduct of Its presi?
dent aid what lew directors net wlih him,
yon will cease to assail the attorney engaged
to accomplish that end. Nobody koowa bet?
ter than yourselves that you have no ground
in the world tor your attempt to cast suspicion
upon me lor the manner In which I have thus
far conducted this case. If you have, I chal?
lenge you to produce IL It you have not,
then I demand that you say so.
As to additional counsel In the above suit, I
have suggested to his Honor Mayor Wacener
that I would be pleased to have auch; bot he
smilingly informed me that he was satisfied
with the present attorney.
As rc my political course heretofore, which
you lug into this editorial, I bave nothing to
say to you. Your opinion on that subject ls
of no consequence to me, and to it I scorn to
make any reply.
D. T. CORBI.V, City Attorney.
The Yoong Nen In Politics-Effect of
the "Letters or Sumner ana Banks-New
England In Mot lon- Greeley Men In
[Correspondence or the Baltimore Snn.]
WASHINGTON. August 6.
A prominent Republican official from New
Hampshire received a letter to-day from his
son, a boy about eighteen years of age,
who, after some reference to private matters,
spoke incidentally of politics lu the State, and
remarked, as a singular fact, that nearly all ol
the. young men, those who were to vote for
the first time this fall, had announced them?
selves lor Greeley and Brown. This state?
ment led the official to mention, the fact to
other gentlemen from New Hampshire, and
then it appeared that they had similar advices,
and a further Inquiry developed the fact that
a like condition of things-existed lu other of
the New England Slates. The letters ot
Messrs. Sumner and Banks are supposed to be
producing this effect all over New England,
and Radical office-holders are beginning to in?
quire whether lt IB not necessary for them to
make some great exertion even in New Eng?
land to stem the tide that in evidently selling
In against them. ?. ,
There are also in all the departments here
many more Greeley men than the Republican
committee Is willing to credit. They, of course,
ilare not say anything, because, in spite of the
boasted civil service reform, they would quick?
ly lose their places If they gave utterance to
ihelr sentiments. In order to retain their
offices, they nuke their contribu loos when
requested to do so lu a voluntary way, but
they pay i hey are taxed more heavily under
ihe voluntary system than they were when it
was considered a matter of course that they
should contribute for political purposes.
Senator Sumner has had several thousand
copies of his recent letter lo colored men
printed lor dlstrioullon among his friends,
numbers of whom have sent to him for copies.
It ls printed in pamphlet form, the title page
bearing the following appropriate text: -I
will say to the North give np, and to the 8outh
keep not back."-Isaiah xlill, 5. The Liberal
Republican oommittee here are having the let?
ter, accompanied by General' Banks's letter,
printed for distribution In Maine, where also
the Radical committee are extensively circu?
lating Speaker Blaine's reply as a set-off. A
letter from Petersburg. Virginia, Bays the col?
ored people are readlrg Sumner's letter with
eagerness, and thu., lt will have a good effect
upon them. _ _
THE NEW ARMY UNIFORM.
The new uniform for United Slates troops
recommended by the army board which sat
recently at New York, has been sanctioned in
a general order of the War Department, issued
under date of July 27, 1872. Descriptions and
diagrams for distribution are In course of
preparation, and the entire army, lt is be?
lieved, will be clothed In the new dress be?
fore January 1, 1873. Some of the recent
adopted changes arc as follows:
The double breasted frock coat ls now to be
worn by officers of all grades, but the skirts
are to be shorter than the present style, and
the cuffs are to be ornamented with gold
stripes on the upper side. The undress sack
coal Introduced during the rebellion Is recog?
nized, with Borne simple ornamentation. The
unsightly irock coat of the enlisted men ls no
longer lo be worn, and a neatly fitting basque,
handsomely ornamented on the breast and
skirts with the colors of the different arms ol
service, la to be substituted. The brass shoul?
der scale is displaced by a cloth shoulder-strap
which ls used for keeping cross-belts In place.
For fatigue dress a navy blue blouse, plaited
on the oreaste and gathered lo by a waist-belt,
IB provided. Tho trousers ol generals and of
staff officers are to be dark olue, and regi?
mental officers are to wear light blue trousers
with wide welted stripes the color of
their respective arms of aervlce. The
antiquated "stock"'ls no longer to be worn,
and ihe felt hat ls to be retained as an option?
al fatigue heed-dress for officers. General
and staff officers are to wear tbe French cha?
peau with an ostrich plume on dress occa?
sions; mounted troops are to wear a black lelt
helmet, with gold trimmings and hair plumes,
and marching troops are to wear a dress cap,
with an upright plume of cock's feathers-red
for artillery and white lor infantry. Foot sol?
diers are lo wear pompons instead of plumes.
Mounted soldiers may wear high troopers'
top boots, and Bashes and epaulettes can only
be worn by general officers. In actual ser?
vice soldiers'overcoats with appropriate em?
blems ot grade may be worn by officers, and
ornameuts likely to draw the fire of sharp?
shooters may be left off In the field. General
officers retain the "cloak overcoat," but other
crudes are to wear double-breasted coats,
with removable capes. Among the minor
changes are Ihe Introduction of felt saddle
cloths and the use of fabrics for soldiers uni?
forms adapted to the peculiar climates aDd the
varying seasons ol' the country.
The ex-Emperor Napoleon has come out in
his own vindication wiih the following letter,
which he Bent to one of the contributors of the
Figaro, and which has been published in that
M. de Sr. Genest, in a remarkable article
published in the Figaro, asserted that the Em?
peror's crime consisted in the declaration of
war at a lime when he ought to have known
that France was not prepared lo maintain lt.
Il would be more just to say that the fault of
the Emperor was to rely upon the accuracy
ot the reportB of ibe situation and of the
possibility of assembling within a few days the
various elements of which armies are compos?
ed. . NAPOLEON.
A DOUBTFUL VICTORY.
THE RADICALS CLAIMING THE NORTH
Unparalleled Frauds Discovered-The
Radicals Beaterr at the Polls, but Vic?
torious In the Returns-The Election
Of Caldwell to be Contested.
RALEIGH, N. C., August 7.
The official and positive returns are pretty
well in, all the western*counties having been I
heard from, except Ashe and Yancey. Cald?
well is elected by about- one thousand majori- .
ty; the increased vote amount to some eight
hundred or one thousand. The Democrats j
claim that there have been great frauds, and j
it ls probable the election "will be contested.
The Radicals will have a' jubilee to-morrow
night. The excitement is subsiding, and the
Democrats receive the news ol their defeat
Wholesale Swindle's In Brunswick
County-The Conservatives Still Hope?
WILMINGTON, August 7.
Unparalleled frauds have been discovered
in this election. At one precinct in Bruns?
wick: County, an official vote was announced
of 93 majority for Caldwell, bar, on Investiga?
tion, lt appears that lhere have, been so many
Irregularities and frauds Unit the whole
vote ol the township Is tbrovn out. ' This
gives Mer ri mon a majority of 3 n Brunswick
County. There are alao other frauds which
will give Merrlmon a great advantage In the
official count. The Conservatives still con?
sider the chances even without calculating
the gigantic frauds.
Opinions lu New Yoe-lt on Tuesday
. NBW YORK, August 7.
Special dispatches from Raleigh to the Times
says that Caldwell ls elected In North Caroli?
na by one thousand majority. Therre are as
yet eight counties to be heard frote.'*
The Herald's Raleigh dispatch- ?faina that
the latest returns elect Merrlmon*bt>761 ma?
jority, according to* ihe Democratic toast, but
adds that lt ls absolutely Impossible to decide
until the official vqte ls In.
The Tribune says ihe returns which lt bas
this morning give Caldwell a majority of 400,
but lt is not disposed to give up the State on
the present showing.
(.Estimates of the Politicians.
The following private dispatch was received
yesterday ny a gentleman In this city, from
the Hon. Zebulon B. Vance, the Democratic
Congressional candidate In the Eighth Dis?
CHARLOTTE, N. C., August 7.
Wade II. Manning, Charleston Hotel:
The election Is so very close that only the
full official returns can decide.
Z. B. VANCE.
The following private dispatch was also re?
ceived In thia city early yesterday morning,
from the Hon. D. M. Barringer, the North
Carolin? member of the Democratic National
RALEIGH, August 7.
We think that our State ticket 1B beaten by
a very close vote. Nothing but an official
vote can determine the result. The legisla?
ture ls safe. Five out of eight D?mocratie
Congressmen are elected.
. D. M. BARRINGUN.
WASHINGTON, .August 7.
Settle telegraphs Grant this morning that
North Carolina has elected the Republican
ticket by one thousand to fifteen hundred ma?
POLITICAL NOTES BT TELEGRAPH.
Jenkins .fennings In Trouble.
NEW YOBS, August 7.
The Tribune says that the grand Jury yester?
day presented an Indictment tor libel against
L. Jenkins Jennings, editor of the New York
Times, upon he complaint of General Kil?
Another Important Convert.
CHICAGO, A neust 7.
General John F. Farnsworth, the Republi?
can Congressman from the ciecond District of
Illinois, has declared for Greeley.
Ex-Preside nt Johnson to take the
st ii mp for Greeley.
KNOXVILLE, August 7.
Ex-President Andrew Johnson arrived here
to-day and look rooms at the Lamar House.
By invitations of the Democrats and Liberals
he will address the people on Saturday, the
10th Instant, at len o'clock, on ihe questions
of the hour.
CRIME IN THE STATE.
'. A Negro Boy Shot.
The Marlon Star says: "Mr. Leonidas Fer?
rell shot and desperately wounded a negro boy
on the plantation of Mr. Nathan Gibson, in
this county, a lew days ago."
A Murder In Marlon.
The Star says: "Ebb West, a colored man of
good character, and highly respected by all
who knew him, was stabbed on the 30th ult.
by another colored man by the mme of Sam
Brown, at M. Manhlem's store, near Ander?
son's Bridge, In thia county, from the eflecta
of which he died before a physician could be
THE WEATHER THIS DAT.
WASHINGTON, August 7.
Southeasterly and easterly winds on the
south Atlantic, with cloudy weather and areas
of rain on Thursday, variable southerly and
northerly winds and clear weather will pre?
vail In the Gulf States.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.
Discharge of the Edgefleld Prisoners.
[From the Colombia Du lon of Wednesday.]
The parties mentioned In yesterday's paper
as having been arrested, or who gave them?
selves up on Saluda, In Edgefleld County, were
yesterday brought before United States Com?
missioner Boozer, by Deputy-Marshal Beattie,
for a hearing. Their names are as lollows:
Joseph Cuibralth, Jobn T. Lewis, John Bla
ton, M. D. L. Adams, E. M. Martin, M. Wade
Taylor, Oliver Halterwlnger, George Horn,
William Griffith, Elisha M. Allaway aud F. D.
Cooper. The following were present, as wit?
nesses: Walter Smith, John C. Harris. Hamp?
ton Christian and Cyrus Morris, and John W.
Paine, Jr. Two women witnesses, Morris and
Cutler, and a male witness, named Morris,
were not present.
John C. Harris was the first witness ex?
amined, who testified that, in Edgefleld Coun
ty, in October, 1870, was assistant to the coun?
ty assessor of laxes, and that, on i lie 31st ol
October, he went to a corn-shucking to facili?
tate his business, and that, alter making his
arrangements to stay lhere for the night, he
sat down in David Butler's house and was as?
sessing, und had assessed ten or twenty per?
sons when the shucking ended, and supper
was had, much slang being Indulged In and
sport being made of him; asked bim how he
voted, and said Scott should never take his
seat, Ac; they wanled to know how he voted,
but could not tell who ot those present said it.
Some ol the d?tendants were present to the
beat of his knowledge. He tried to keep out
of their way, suspicioning something. King
took a hat off witness-' head, which he had
put on through mistake. In a short lime they
went ont, and some twenty-five or more came
in again, got around him, and carried bim
out into the kitchen and back again, when
they went Into the lot In rear ol the house,
Jerked bis pistol off, rode bim on a rail, and
H. C. King gave him several llckB
willi a palmetto leaf, After carrying him
back to the house they gave up the pistol, ami
Allaway went back to thc house. After these
parties went out he went to bed, and nothing
except some whispering under his window
transpired till next morning, when he lound
the mane and tall of his horse cut off.
Conld'nt say that he had heard ot any threats
In 1870 on account ot his voting. Was ostra?
cised since then, and he believed it was done
on account ot his politics. Had belonged^ a
secret society in 1868, and voted for Seymor*
and Blair. Thought when the Democracy
died he was a free man, ?c.
The other witnesses were sworn, and the
commissioner decided that while me misde?
meanor had been proved to have been com?
mitted, that it had no political significance,
and hence did not come under the enforce?
ment act. The prisoners were therefore dis?
charged without bail.
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