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KNOXVILLE. TENN.: WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 24, 1875!
plnl u Knoxvllle bronlcle.
Nasiivili.i, Feb. 16, 1S73
Mr. Jordan offered a resolution exclud
ing Sundays from Ibe To days fixed by tbe
Constitution for tbe section of the Logisla
By Mr. Marchbanks, a resolution in
structing our Senators and Representatives
in Congross to socure appropriations for
the improvement of tbe Ter.nes.see and
By the rac, a bill to relieve delinquent
tax payers from all penalties if paid by the
first of July. 1876.
Senate bill making betting on elections a
misdemeanor, passed its third reading.
A resolution pledging the honor and good
faith of the State for the payment in full
of all State indebtedness, principal and In
terest, was made the special order for next
Cummins introduced a bill to lease the
Penitentiary at the expiration of the pres
ent lease, the Governor and prison inspec
tors to advertise twelve months previously
for bids, the Penitentiary to be leased to
the highest and best bidder.
Senate resolutions in reference to tbe
Cumberland and Tennessee rivers were
ooncurred in. B.
Mpvclftl I Kaoxvllle threalel.
Nashvilli, Feb. 17th, 1875.
Petitions were received from thirty-three
ounties in the State, signed by over seven
thousand persons, praying for a passage of
stringent liquor laws. There was also pre.
sented a memorial from a mass meeting,
held hers last night, asking for the passage
of a local option law.
Senator Jordan was granted leave to
withdraw his resolution offered yesterday
excluding Sundays from the legislative
term of seventy-five days.
House bill declaring wards in cities, and
towns, from six thousand to eight thousand
inhabitants, civil districts, and allowing
two Justices of the Peace to eaeh district,
passed its third reading.
Senate bill taxing dogs was discussed on
its third reading, and finally re-committed
to the Committee on Judiciary. It will
probably become a law.
Senate resolution in regard to the Texas
Pacific railroad was concurred in. b.
pedal I Knoxvllle Chronicle.
Nashville, Feb. 18, 1875.
Mr. Logan introduced a resolution pro
viding for an adjournment of tho Legisla
ture at noon on Monday next, in order to
observe Washington's birthday. Rejected.
The House resolution providing for tbe
purchase of Bibles, Testaments and spellers
for convicts in the Penitentiary wns con
By Speaker Paine To make the new
county of Wisdcm, to be formed of portions
of Madison, Henderson, McNairy and
The bill allowing juries to disperse in
certain cases came up on its third reading,
and was debated at length and then recom
The resolution providing for the appoint
ment of Commissioners on Fisheries was
A petition was received from citizens of
Washington and Carter, praying for the
formation of a new county.
A petition was received from the Home
Insurance Company, protesting against the
bill requiring Foreign Insurance Compan
ies to deposit bonds with tbe Socrctary of
Also a petition from the citizens of
O rand Junction praying the establishment
of a special court at that place.
Both Houses adjourned at noon to visit
the Insane Asylum. n.
Ststerlnl to Knoxvllle ( liroulrle.
Nashville, Feb. ID, 1875.
In the Senate the Committee on Com
merce reportei a resolution instructing
Senators and requesting Representatives in
Congress to vote in favor of a bill to im
prove the mouths of tho Mississippi by tbe
Eads Jetty system.
Cien. Quartos introduced a bill providing
for the purchase by the State of the Her
miUgo property, and tho erection thereon
of a State Hospital known as the Jackson
The Senate bill to repeal tho conventional
interest law was reported back by the Com
mittee on Commerce, with the recommen
dation that it be rejected. It was made
the special order for the 27th inst.
The Senate bill authorixing the election
of a County Judge for Jackson county
passed third reading.
Judge Gardenhire introduced a bill ex
empting from taxation for ten years the
Southern Slates Coal, Iron and Land
Company of Kngtand for improvements
made in Tennessee.
Tho local option bill was recommended
for rejection by the Committee on Tip
pling, but passed second reading and or
dered to be printed.
The hill to repeal the conventional law
passed second reading and was made the
special orJer for Thursday next. n.
Kurclnl to li no vllle lironlcle.
Nashville, Feb. "JO, 187,"i.
Mr. Turley introduced a bill, providing
for the distribution of tho funds of the Min
eral Home Railroad Company.
The resolution introduced yesterday in
reference to the improvement of mouths of
tho Mississippi river was adopted.
House resolution directing the Governor
to appoint commissioners to represent the
State at the Centennial exposition was con
A petition was received from Lincoln
and Moore counties, praying for protection
from red fox hunters.
By Mr. Jameson, a resolution directing
the Secretary of State to proceed against
the Nashville and Chattanooga railroad to
recover certain damages due the State on
account of the Nashville, Murfreesboro'
and Shelbyville Turnpike Companios.
By Mr. Mathes, a resolution providing
for tbe appointment of a joint committee to
investigate the Bank of Tennessee, and sus
pend the salary of Judge Watson, tlx Trus
tee, meanwhile. Adopted.
Both Houses adjourned at noon until 10
'clock on Tuesday, in order to join in the
demonstration here on Monday in honor ot
(! Mraalon Forty-Third ('narrem
Wasuinoto, Feb. 20.
Mr. Flanagan presented concurrent reso
lutions from the Texas Legislature asking
pensions lor me sotaiers ana sailors or the
Washington, Feb. 22.
Mr. Morton moved an amendment to the
bill reported by Ibe Committee on Privileges
and Elections for counting the votes for
President and V ico-1 resident. Tabled
ayes 32, nays 30.
Mr. Morton renewed his amendment.
He said under the operation of the treatv
the second joint rule objection of either
House would suffice to throw out tho elec
toral vote of a State,. The continuance of
this rule might result in throwing the elee
lion of the next President in the House of
Representatives, and he wanted those who
voted against bis amendment to understand
that they would be held responsible for it,
and in this connection he called attention
to the fact that the Democratic Senators
had all voted to lay his amendment on the
The pension appropriation bill was cony
no rs 2:.
Washington, Feb. 10.
The House passed bills for the relief of
Albert F. Yerby, of Virginia, Koiilo Lo
page, of Louisiana, Murk Davis, of Peters
burg, Virginia, and Kandull Brown, of
Tho River nnd Harbor bill was reported
to the House and referred to the Committee
on Appropriations. It gives Mobile Har
bor 2G,000, Cedar Key $15,001), Charles,
ton 10,0(0, Savannah 70,000, Galveston
100,000, Mississippi 000 and Arkansas
rivers 100,000 Mississippi between the
mouths of the Ohio and Illinois 200,000,
Ohio river 300,000, improvement at the
mouth of the Mississippi 200,000, Red Fish
Hay and Galveston liay 10,'.!00, Reel River
Raft $10,000, Chattaboochie ann Flint rivers
$25,000, Apalachecola $10,000, Checlo
watchie $10,000, Cape Fear river $20,000,
Channel in Oalvoston Bay $20,000, Sabine
Pass $2,000, Warrior and Tombigbee rivers
$25,000. The Secretary is directed to hare
the work boue by contract lo the lowest
bidder as far as possible.
Washington, February 20.
The House on the motion of Mr. Harris.
of Virginia, inserted in a bill providing for
biiiuuihi iiiuus iui peiisiunuis a provision
repealing all laws that prohibits the pay
ment of revolutionary or of the war of 1812
pensions, on account of disloyalty.
ine House mused to go into a Commit-
toe on the Tariff bill, and went into Com
mittee on the Private Calendar.
The Committee on the Private Calendar
rose without reporting u single bill, and
then the army appropriation bill was taken
up and passed.
Mr. Poland, of Vermont, from the Se
lect Committee ou Arkansas Affairs, re
ported it resolution, that it ii not advis ble
that there should be any interference with
govornment of that Ktuto, and gave notice
that he would call it up for consideration
Washington, Feb. 23.
The proposition to mako tho Texas Pa-
citlc railroad bill a special order for next
Wednesday evemug was ulso defeated.
ilie bill to pay the awurds ot tho Soul It
em Claims Commissioners (about $750,000)
was pussi u.
1 lie bill to pav claims allowed by the
Secretary of the Treasury was defeated.
I ho bill for tho re-organization of the
quartermasters' department of the army
Undor suspension of the rules, tho House
has passed the river and hurbor appropria
tion tun, including many items lor tho
The testimony taken by the Louisiana
Committee wae ordered printed for tho
use of the House.
Wvmiinoton, Feb. 19 The President
has issued proclamniioh calling f,.r an ex
Ira executive se-sion of Iho iSenuto lit
twelve o'clock, March fit Is.
Then- was a full Cabinet meeting to
day The Consular and diplomatic appro
priation was approved
The House t'ominilleo reported fsvor
ablyon the Texas Pacilic lUihoad lull. It
was recommitted. The Hon -,- will giro a
night session t. its consideration next
Wasuinuiox, 1). C, Fob. 20 The Balti
more .Villi special says Hoar, Chairman of
the sub Comniiiuee on Louisiana Affairs,
will make two reports, one seating the e
uminbrrs expelled hy the military and the
other recognising Kellogg.
Tho Library Commilieo heard General
llenver's and others of tho Mexican Vetcr
ii Association favor nn equestrian statue
in honor of General Zachary Taylor.
Tho Treasury Department received four
million bonds from Kuropo losday for re
demption and exchange.
n asiiinotos, reb. Vi. Messr. llurke.
Zachaiio and Leonard had a long interview
with Wheeler and tho Committee. They
are now with the President for his sanction
of tho conclusions reached, when they will
be telc'ianhed to New Orleans. .l,nr the
Conservative caucus is in session for
continuation. In the meantime details are
The Caucus thin mnrnini? rn.iVin.l n.. ......
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elusion beyond that they will dispose of the
Mnnrnnriut mn Killj t.il....nl. .1 e
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the House and give Pinchback nnd the
civil rights ad interim attention.
The following nominations were made
to day : Commodore liecd isto be rear ad
miral and Capt. Hughes to be admiral.
Tho report of the t'ommitteo on Flections
stands six to rive in favnr nf 1 ranoa mil
Sheridan. Lawrence contests the seat of
ucnoral fiypher, and Sheridan was eon
tealant Hiriii nut Pinthhaflr U.,n-u..At.
live of the Stato at Large. The majority
nao eiutu uy luree xseniocrau and
three Republicans; tbe minority report
was aiirned hv fivn RnnnMinane ini..H;n..
the chairman of the committee. '
Nkw Yohk, Fob. 16. A cable dispatch
to the fYeeman't Journal announces that
Jos. A. Ilealy has been made Catholic Bish
op of Portland, Maine; Thos. (iallerry, the
Augustine Bishop of Hartford ; Kain, of
narpcrs rerry, itisnop or Wheeling;
Krant Bayer, Bishop or Green Bay ; Uur
ly, Bishop of the See created for Pcona;
John Ireland, Vicar Apostolic for Nebraska ;
Seidenbush tho Benedictine Vicar Apostolic
for part of Minnesota. And also that the
Pope baa confirmed Boston, Philadelphia,
Milwaukee and Santa Fe to be arch-Kpis.
Montuomkry, Kub. 10. A Northern lady
deceased, left Maj. Thos. U. Jones, of this
place, a legacy of five hundred dollars, for
the great service done the cause of peace
and good will between tho North and South
by bis Confederate memorial oration deliv
ered here lust May.
Baltimore, Fe"b. 10. Tho correspond
ence between President Garret and Col.
Scott has resulted in renewed hostilities.
The Pennsylvania railroad has taken
steps to shut out the Baltimore and Ohio
road from freight and passenger tratlic
north of Philadelphia over their Jersey
lines. This means war to the bitter end.
The quarrel involves the freioht nnd nass-
onger tratlio Norih and West, and indi
It is stated that orders have been issued
to the employoee in Now York of tho Penn-
sylvan ia Central, to issue no tickets for
points on the Baltimore and Ohio road, nor
lo honor through tickets issued by the B. &
The breakwater this eveniin? and this
morning carried the ice out to sea and took
many vessels with it. Part of these re
turned this eveaing without difficulty.
Tho Bark Cicnfugas from Havana for
Philadelphia had her bowsprits stove in by
the ice and sunk in twenty minutes, in live
fathoms of water. Ike crew were saved.
She lies about two miles south of Henlofen.
Her lower guards aro iust under tho water.
Steamers Williamsport, Kuttlesnuke, Ach
illes. Centipede, Wyoming, Alliance and
iieuer, anu me lugs UDarlcs, Lawrence,
Bruce and Cynthia are here.
Huntinoton, West Va., Fob. 17. The
Governor has agreed not to veto the Cari-
tal bill, and in live days it will become a
On the 'adjournment of the I.enislature
the Governor proceeds to Wheeling to
make arrangements for the removal of the
Wahiiis'ito.v, reb. 17. Information has
been received kere thai a motion was made
to-day hv II. L. Rusell, counsel for plain
tiffs, liet.n,. Judge Bond, of the U. S. Cir
cuit Court -i Itaitimoro, for an injunction
to prohibit i lie holding of the municipal
election of W ilmington, N. C, on the ground
mai tno cnarier rocentiy adopted bv the
Legislature of North Carolina disfranchises
the negroes. The case is to be tried at
Raleigh on March Cth.
A man supposed lo be laboring under
temporary insanity leaped from the dome
ot the capilol to-duy to the roof of the main
building, at least 150 feet His name is
J nines McMnhon, a carpenter of this cil.
I he dreadlul occurrence caused great ex
Philadelphia, Feb. 19. Train No C,
east-bound from Columbus at 6:25 lust
evening, met with a bad accident near
Sieubcnville at 3 o'clock this morning,
caused by n broken rail. A special car,
witu the V ice-President and General
Freight Agent of the Pennsylvania Com
pany aboard, was ditched and burned. The
two gentlemen were slightly hurt.
PiTTslii RQH, Feb. It). No lives lost by
the accident at Sieubenvillo. Vice-President
McCullough had his legs broken, quite
a number of others injured, and a number1
of cm s burned.
New Oui.eank, Feb. 10. The neiroes are
admitted in the High Schools. Twenty of
twenty-two left. No disturbance.
Mr. Ward, of Colfax Notoriety, who
represents the Government Parish, was
expelled for disorderly conduct. Voto, 40
New York, Fob. 19. Hnry Smith has
been sentenced for ten years for perjury in
falsely swearing that bo owned croDortv in
order to go bail fur a friend.
The lo.-s by the Port an Prince fire is
about 12,000,000. Nearly two tbirda of the
town J me.
The Alps brings the delaiWf the fire.
It roiimenccd at 10:30, and in short time
nssiitnal great magnitude, the homes being
princiiolly of wood, very dry, and water
scarce. Three small engines, with hose
"bout (lis garden siie, was all that tlin town
had tolight the firo with. Scvim hundred
fitmiliia were homeless, and tho place still
l)in nii;g when the Alps left.
I'll Uakki.I'Iiia, Feb 1 . At a special
fi eiitg of the Board of Directors i I' the
Peinnf Ivania Kailmnd Company, i lie po
si'ion assumed by President Sen" I wns scc
oi.iledand will bo supported.
Cincinnati, Feb. 10. Tho Staikosch
opera roneo )ot all their baggage by tho
St. Pai l, K. b. 10 S. J . R. McMillen.
eleclol Menatov. is the present Chief Jus
tice ol the Suite and is a iiepublioaii.
Nr.v YoiiK.Fcb. 22. An Oneanta, New
York, dispatch says, three boys, M, 10, and
11 yairs of aso were frozen to death.
Their parents forced thorn to peddle baskets
when the thermometer was 2" degrees be
low nro. When found Ihoy were dead, ly
ing iu the road. The larger had his arms
around tho neck of the younger.
Ciii tno, Feb. 22. A train on the Chi
cago, Rock Island and Pacilic Road, by a
broke rail had one coach thrown off the
track, which fell fifteen feet. Fifteen pas-senge-s
were badly hurt and one killed.
Thn Tribune t specials say Minister
John lay is to bo superseded by Hon. Sod
love S. Orth, member at Large from Indi
ana, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign
Atl'airs. His name w ill be tent to the Sen
ate at'er (he 4th of March, and will leave
for hii new duties soon thereafter.
Chi auo, Feb. 22. Wahl Bros'. Glue
Works, covering eight acres, on 31st and
Lanea-ter Avenues, have been burned.
The lot is $450,000; insurunce only $M0,
000. Nrv York, Feb. 23. The veterans of
the WBr of 1812 lo the number of about
twentj-eight, under oommand of General
Henry Raymond, were entertained at a
diunei to-day by officers of the sixth regi
ment in the Germania Assembly Rooms.
Thoir iges varied from 70 to 85 years, and
as the; tiled in their names were attached
to a petition praying for the passsgo by
Congress of the bill for an allowance for
men who served in the War of 1812 over
thirty days and widows married prior to
Lomioh, Feb. 17. It is reported that
John Mitchell will refuse t take tbe oatb
of allegiance. It is also said that the
Home Rule members will refuse to support
Mitchell; his policy differing from theirs.
At a meeting in Tippernry, it was declar
ed that in ease Mitchell was rejected, they
would again return kim.
London, Feb. 17. Disraeli will intro
duce a resolution, declaring John Mitchell
London, Feb. 19. Five men-of-war nt
Kial are, orderod to rendezvous for im
mediate service. The officers and crews
aro not allowed to go ashore. It is sup
posed they will sail tor Spain in case of
turtiier delay or satisfaction from Spain for
the Uustnv outrage. Ihis movo will prob
ably force Spain to resume active opera
tions against, tho Cnrlists.
It is stated that John Mitchell's son, who
was a captain in the Confederate army.
will be returned from Tipperary should he
be disqualified. .Mr. hickham, a released
reman, will be invited to stand for le
.Mitchell is reported seriously ill,incoise
quence of the excitement of his electiin.
Madrid, Feb. 22. The reported cofiinli-
ctionsa between Germany and Spain, ovr t he
uusiav Hiiair is uenieu. f
Tho J'olitit'al asserts that the "infoiuni
ty lo be paid lo the relatives of the f ictims
of the Virginus affair is fixed at eighjy-four
tuousaml, and that tho convention Ivill be
signed when Cushing presents his Creden
tials to the new govemmsnt.
Duiilin, Feb. 22. John M
issued an address to the Tippers
presenting Inmseir again tor
At a meeting in Tipperary it '
to support liim. Ills believed
i will havo
Lo.ndon, Feb. 22. Zanziba 7 id vices state
that a fleet of British men-ofvur bombard
ed snd captured Fort Wonijfiziquo, on tbe
island ol wombaz, on
east coast of
Africa. The engagement
f-ted tiro hours,
ana the garrison lost sev
had fifty wounded
.ave ships, with
three hundred slaves at
Beki.ui, Feb. 22.
of the principal
measures to check
ration is the pro
ia foreign account,
hibition of eulistm
by payment of
Miliums. It is specially
directed against I
tnllunnl Bank Bill.
Tho Co'inittee on Banking and
CurreneyJfias Imd for some time under
conaideyftion various propositions to
lurtiievreguiute national iianRs, anu
liaveirtually agreed upon a bill which
is hriWantially the same as that of Mr.
Mayiiard, which was introduced ou
the 8tli inst. The Committee has the
power to report at any time, and will
probably report at au early day and
press their measure to a vote. As the
Committee is unanimous, it is) sup-
tiosed that It will lie aide to puss the
lill through the House, with a chance
for it to g'i through the Senate.
The lull makes material improve
ments iu the present hanking act. Iu
i)i first section it removes t lie restric
tions in the present law by which
hanks having a capital over one mil
lion dollars are funned in their circu
lation to hi), 75, and 00 per cent, of Bitch
capitul. AM hanks will, tinder the
new lit 1 1 . be ulloweil a circulation
ctjiinl to SiU ir cent, of the paid up
Section two provided for the appoint
ment of a receiver to wind tin a bank.
upon application from any judgment
creditor whose judgment is unsatisfied.
Section third provide that when
any association lias gone into liquida
tion, the individual liability of the
Bhurrholdera may bent once enforced
hy a hill in equity. ly any creditor. As
the law now glands this can not he
done uutil the receiver has closed his
account, and in one case this has last
ed four or ttve years.
Section fourth provides for better en
forcing the payment of assessments by
delinquent shareholders by selling
their stock at public auction.
Section rifth excludes liability for
special deposits In sealed packages or
locked boxes, unless a recelnt shall be
given liy the bank admitting its liabil
ity. There are over sixty suits now
pending nwallist one bank for such li
ability. Section sixth requires (under penal
ties) of saving hanks and trust com
panies (organized under an act nf Con
ic ress) all the resirls lo the Controller
now requited of national banks. Thl
provision Is suggested bv the experi
ence of the Freeilmeii's Hank.
Section eighth provides for the ap
pointment of hii agent bv the share
holders to wind up tlie a Hairs of the
bank alter iie claims of ouushle credit
ors and noteholders shall have been
duly provide! for.
Section nine provides that when the
moneys in the hands of a receiver are
not large enough for distribution, the
money on hand shall be invested by
the treasurer In United States bonds,
so as to yield an interest to the credit"
OI R MMIVII.I.K I.F.TTKK.
HrniiEer-nnK I.nw ninernl Home
Nashvii.i.k, Tknn., Feb. 20, 1S75.
From our i-itcial Correspondent.
Our Granger friends are moving
things. Through their efforts no
doubt a law will be enacted by the
present Legislature providing for a tax
on dogs, thereby giving protection to
wool-growing, and also relieving the
country of the support of an army of
250,000 dogs according Kllltbrew
who udd nothing whatever to the
wealth of the State, but detract theie
from at a rate absolutely alartly. So
far, so good, but when our Granger
friends get to tampering with the
money question, they are tampering
with something which they know
very little about, and something which
intimately and vitally concerns every
other business Interest of the State.
And that's just what they are doing
now ; having secured the introduction
of a hill providing for a repeal of the
conventional interest law, which bill
has passed two readings in both
Houses and has been made the special
order for next Thursday In the lower
and for Saturday in the upper House.
The vote by which it passed the for
mer stood, 42 in the affirmative,
agaiust 10 iu the negative, and no
doubt this is fair indication of the
status of the measure In that body, so
that its passage ou final reading iu
the House may be confidently relied
upon. The bill is not viewed so favor
aide iu the Senate, and there is not
much probability of its becoming
a law. A measure more suicidul
and disastrous iu its effects it
certainly never entered into (lie heart
of a Grauger, or auy other man, to
conceive, for it is money this State
needs at present, and it is money she
will not get if bills of the character ot
the one iu question are to go upon our
statute books. The law with regard to
the hire of money is good enough as it
Is, aud it is very evident that its repeal
will not accomplish tlie purpose the
friends of the measure have in view
the securing of investments Iu farms
aud farming operations. The mere
fact that a man having a surplus of
cash can make a better profit by lend
ing it, under the present law, than by
the purchase of real estate, has had
but little to do witli making farming
in this State an undesirable and un -profitable
business if it is unprofita
ble, when' properly aud intelligently
engaged iu, which I very much doubt.
It would be a refreshing and novel
experience for a State to convene n
legislature composed entirely of able
experienced and couscieucious men-
men who would tie promptly in their
seats at every roll call, hold two ses
sions a day,keep their seals when they
had nothing to say, and who when
they rose to their feet would talk di
rectly to the point aud then resign the
floor. But such a legislature never
was convened and probably never will
be. Usually a Senate is composed of
men who have a proper appreciation
of their position and the duties they
are called upon to perforin, but
this is the case, ordinarily
with not more than one
third of the members of the Lower
House. Of the seventv-live members
of Tennessee's present House of Rep
resentatives, half a dozen are wind
bags; about twenty are workers, and
the rest are mere figure-heads, who do
nothing beyond 'oting, seconds, culls
for the ayes and noes, which the six
wind-bags make in order to tint the
score of workers on ' the record," and
draw their fay witli promptness ami
dispatch. 15ut 'twas ever thus, aud,
as 1 said before, it probably ever will
be. Of the working members, Kat,
Gibson, Lea, Gardenhire, Ledgerwood
and Noblitt, are, perhaps tlie most
prominent. Kast is one of the best
lawyers und shrewdest men in the
Stale, und would bu the acknow ledged
leader of the House, but fur Gibson's
superior ability as a parliamentarian.
Of course Gibson would not be recog
nized as a leader by the sixty-nine
Democrats, as he is one of tlie six lie
publicans of the body, and is conse
quently oue of a helpless minority
not helpless either, as an examination
of the laws perfected by this Legisla
ture will doubtless show. He is al
ways in his place during tlie sessions,
is always on the alert, and few of his
fellow members care to tackle him in
debate. Gardenhire is an old man,
but his delivery is not good, and he
talks too much. For instauce,
when the local option bill was
before tlie House on second read
ing yesterday, he made a two
hours speech in its favor, when he
ought to have boiled his points down
to a talk of not more than twenty min
utes, in which ease he might have
hoped to have effected a lodgment
with some of them, in the minds of
his iiearers. When he began his
speech yesterday, one of the reporters
sitting at the table assigned member
of tbe press, remarked: " He's good
for un hour, at least."
THUS r AT K KK V KN f K
And how it shall be collected are sub
jects of paramount importance, nnd
several elaborate assessment bills have
been introduced to-day. One was In
troduced in the Senate by Overton,
which provides that assessments on
real estate are to be made every five
years, and ou personal property yearly.
Provision is made for an assessor of
real estate and au assessor of personal
property hy the county court. The bill
exempts all notes, due bills, anil other
evidences of debt for the payment of
which real estate is pledged, where the
real estate is assessed for taxation, and
makes other exemptions not contained
in tlie present law. It requires merch
ants to report to the Clerk of the Coun
ty Court I lie commission or other com
pensation earned by them every three
mouths, and, in lieu of all other priv
ilege taxes, must pay one-half of one
per cent, to the State, and one per cent,
to the county, on the amount so earn
ed. Where a merchant's stock of goods
does not exceed a thousand dollars, be.
must pay M0, one-third to tlie State
and two-thirds to the couuty. Taxes
are to be paid on tlie average value of
stocks on hand, instead of the highest,
and is now required.
Will certainly he established In Ten
nessee within the next two years, if
legislation iu that direction can accom
plish that purpose. Several bills on
the subject nave been introduced, two 1
of which one drafted by Logan, of
the Senate, and the other by Gibson,
of the House seem to be carefully
drawn, and one of the two will cer
tainly become the law, ta the decided
advantage of the honest, law-abiding
citizens of the State.
THE MINERAL HOMK KAILKOAI).
Senator Turley introduced a bill to
day for tbe distribution of the funda
collected, and to be collected, from the
indemnity from the sale of the " Min
eral Home Kail road Bonds."
This bill provides for the distrlbu
tiqjniot the funds collected by the auth
ority the State, aud to be collected,
aud shall be distributed through the
courts of the State, as provided for in
the Act of February 1st. 1H7.T unit !.
Rig nates tbe Chancery Court at Nasb-
vuie, empowering me jutiyp or said
court to hear and lieterroiiv the rights
or individuals (or State) to tbe funda
Collected, with the right of appeal as
iu other civil suits. '
This bill follows a bill introduced
the first week of the session, by Sena
tor Turley, which passed its third read
ing yesterday, askiug for a court of
proper jurisdiction to settle the rights
of individuals holding those unfortun
The legality or illegality, touching
tbe issuance and repudiation of these
bonds, may be questions that will come
before the court.
FKOST BITTKN CONVICTS
Were asublect of levlslMtiim ut V.
day, a resolution being offered by Seu-
iiwr u-oii,uireuiing me 1 eimeiiuary
Committee to inquire into the truili or
falsity f certain rumors to the effect
that convicts had been badly frost-bitten
while at work on railroads, in con
sequence of being insufllcieiilly clad.
Iu offering- the resolution, Wilson
stated that lie had been out to the pen
itentiary himself the day liefore; that
he hail seeu tlie convicts referred to,
and that they bad been seriously injur
ed by cold ami exi.nHure. The resolution
was adopted, eiiti ..-ed and transmit
ted al once to 'Ii,- i l..orie. whero it whm
concurred in hum diatolv. aud there
tli- mailer lest-. A portion of the
I'.-i. Herniary I'om uiitfee started on an
1 ii c ; iatinir lour to Knoxvillp K-
Hu e Mines, and other points iu Kast
Tennessee that night, and have not
i returned. Possibly the proposed
invent igHtioii will take place this
week. Let ns hope so.
There will be no session of tlie Leg
islature, both Houses having adjourn
ed over to accept an invitation extend
ed to tlie members hy tlie city au
thorities, to join iu a celebration of
Washington's Birthday. it.
What II HmuM.
The address of tho Democratic mem
bers from the South aud Southwest to
their constituents, which we published
yesterday, is as very a piece of political
detnagogery as men occupying such places
as the signers of it do ever put their hands
to. Tho assertion that tho "Southern
people'' are suffering "provocation and
wrongs" that make the present " fearful,"
and which it, requires "heroic patience "
to hear, is ridiculous balderdash, if it is
not Intended to suggest mischief. We
are inclined to think that it will be gen
erally interpreted simply to mean "for
God's sake don't kill any niggers till after
this liadical Congress adjourns, whatever
you may do afterward." Louisville
loilf or KleelliiK l"resllenl.
Mr. Harrison, of Tennessee, presented an
elaborate report to-day from tho Comuiitee
of Kluctions, with a bill providing f.-r an
amendment to tho Constitution providing A
lor a change in the mode of electing the ?
President and Vico President of the United
States. This Bill is now beforo the House,
and likely to lead to a discussion of an
interesting nature, though it is very doubt
ful whether the legislation coiitemplatod.or
that favored by Mr. Morton, call be imssed
at tho present session of Congress. h'oi
inytvii Dispatch, 17r7i.
Only a woman's hair! Who has not,
some lime iu his life, picked such it
golden thread from his best coat collar,
and felt ills heart beat the quicker for
it ? Or gazed upon a tress laid nway in
some nook, and not felt the influence
of tender memories ? Ouly a woman's
hair ! and yet we don't like it iu a bls