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-ne 28, 76.--y.
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LETTER FROiM WASHINIGTON.
[Special Corresponlence N.O. Democrat.]
WAtIIixrrorX, 1). C., lre'. 27, 1~76.
By a pleasant patlriotic fiction, Con
g:ress dild not adjourn for tihe ut:4tal holi
day bcudor at this particular season of
national travail. It is trite, :leary :ll
tile I(tnemb"lrs have gone honic, :.d there'
is no l -rirruni to tr:li:ns:t alI y Ir1::in' r::
ex'cel't to ai.joir'n tro.ti day to drL;y-a
sinesits for which thle rllnlrs havrohenitý:
ly provided tha:i whre:'rerr tw., o:" tihrel'
('ongrtssin'lll are gathererd totrot';t" in
lthe natriO tlo L , l th , , lire il ,;i -"
IqjIoratu meert for aI.joI rinIiiieit also. 1;i.l
to all practical i lenlrts, C(lgr,':u lunt
gone hoit, fotr the holidays, :ldjourttrlm .nt
or no, arid we m nay, with perfict p|roln ir
ty, sit down to a caimr survey of its ante
hlidray work. To L.gin at the luegirning
('onigress i..-sembtle:l a little over three
wtvr*ks argo, with blood in its, eye-or
rather witih bloodl itn it tI ro eyes, which
in this iusta:nc, seiemid atitlitied witlh
political stroblisinus. T'hto lrrpuiblicatr
Senate assenblledr to filnd thit its pro
grrrauo .:iLad. rri rCol.oier ly mr i I
out fur it, by Zartch Crhanuler, andl that
the winter's iwork for its rnre:nlrers and
colunrittre had iein drily toln off and
alpo rtion el bv lr t hr same providotet ail
thority. I t.ed not say that the pro
granrtne of Clhandler was largo and, in
nutny particl.atrs, startling; alnd I ntll
not lproceel with any dirir.rion to tel
you what it it wr:. ut1nlic; to say that
thre ctterprie on'[:otitiig in a: drleitedl
Plresident, eotllti ig out aln e'ettrld C(,oii
gress, and cornting tlhe devil gen:aally
n all directions, whirchl the Senattt fIouId
preparred for its embarkiing in three
weeks ago, was thei device of
To those who knew not the inside of
the thing, the venerable and formidable
Zacharie looImed up liko a brass Colos
sus, and to those who surveyed only the
metalic sitperstructitre and saw not 111(1
unsteady legs of clay which tottered
under it, the apparition was iilposinlg.
The casual visitor from the interior
came to Washington at the opeuniing of
the session, saw the upper story of this
ibrass Colossus blazing bright and bale
ful, as it were, from the portico of the
Patent Office, saw the Republican
Senate behind him propping uip the
unsteady legs with props rUrlinlry corn
posed of saw dust and north wind, while
in the still more remote lbaclground he
saw a phantom President at the hecad of
a few files of shadowy soldiers. Thus
the causal visitor fancied that we were
IX TIHE MIDST OF A RIrt,OI.UTION,
concluded that, lbecause similar appli
auces had once marde Bill Kellogg " Gov
ernor" of Louisiana, this inrexplicable
dumb show and noise was going to Make
Hayns President of the United. States,
and forthwith bought areturnrticket-or
most likely procured a pass-and hied
hims to the bosom of his famirly.
The result was that from December 4,
to the 15th tre co:untry ,was full of re
signed and solemn patriots who had
filly made up their. minds that the
CRACK OF DOOM
Swas about to be heard, anln who were
prayerfully devishg ways anrd nle slls of
avoiding that rrecessary lisrpensalion rf
fate whiech gives the hindmrost to tIe
devil. All conceded that the inaugura
tion of Hayes by the methods proposed
and under the circumstainces sot lforth,
would be the practical oral of ipoul'r
self-govermnent in this coiutry, and
would oonstituto the establishment of
an oligarchy of drunken thieves and
smock-faced hypocrites in its nlace ; lint,
at first place, marny also gave it up, fhat,
as the conspirators had in their hands the
of tho Government, and its appliances
of physical force-the army (sic) aud
the navy (sic)-it would Ie utterly use
less for the people to resiststhem. Strange
-isn't it ?-how prone the must dis
earning are, like the poor balance of us,
to lose sight of what may be in the fix
edness of their all-seeinig scrutiny irto
what has been.
And the real logic of the situation was 1
clear as noon and transparent as fine
plate glass. A moment's reflection must
have convinced any head not wholly s
daft, and satisfied any brain not utterly
bedeviled with jim jams, that the Chan
dlerain conspiracy was. like its author
and chief promoter, a colossus of brass,
towering on thin and attenuated legs of e
clay, already tottering to its . fall. Half
a minute of coot calculation must have I
produced the ooitclnusiou -that, inasmuch
as nature has forbidden the industriihls
pismire to carry off a mountain at one
load, so. oven would the conspiracy of
Chandler.fail of ravishing away from our
sight the Presidency of the United States. (
Now, it is true, nature has provided that
the industrious pismire may transfer the
mountain ultimately, lijrdividitg it into
myriad picenmals and taking his time.
So also might Chandler, if giving time in
which to operate, have
ABDUCTED TIlE UNITED STATES
and carried them off, say a township or
a precinct at a time. But when he bent
his shoulder to the whole chunk its spe
ciiic gravity was too much for him, and
so great was the disparity between
weight of burdoen and strength of back
that the foeeblo boasts of the other pis
mires in the Senate and White House
In the meantime the Democratic House
had got together and had surveyed the
situation from the other st.indpoint. The
temper of the House during the first
flurry is ,perhaps best illustrated by
, AN O(ISEIRVATIO0 OF P1;OCTQR KNOTT.
Tihe WVluhnesday after the session began
I met our soln~n statesman of Kentucky
ii tile floor of tile ilouse, and asked hint
how t he situation loked to hil at that
Illmenllt, adding solme light remark alout
11h1, troops at the arsenal, and the peace
:tale inauguration of lI:aycs on the 5th of
M1:. Knott gatzed upon nme with solom
nit:. 'l'Ti, pupil of his. imelanclho.l grey
Sdilated. The corners of his funeral
w\hii:e moustache drooped sadly, and he
" tIow many people were there in the
North when the war began I"
About twenty millions.
" And how many in the South 9"
" Correct. And didn't it tr.ke the
twenty mulilions four years to whip the
' WVll, then, "ht that ratio, how long
will it take the five or six hundred sol
diers at the arseimul to whip the forty
odd l::iiions inl both North and Sduth
I told him that not having my light
ning cale:tLtor t iwith me, I should beg to
dehfier mly a:svy-er till the next day.
" Wll," said Knott, " when you solve
that ',rol,;eim I will tell you the exact
date upon which Hayes will be peace
This wa:s,,in outline, the view of the
; house. Whatever may have been the
pllantasms which took shape as possi
bilities in the distempered visions of the
Chaudlerian conspirators, there was
ONE COLOSSAL FACT
beaming as a beacon-light to the House,
and that was that it was in the right.
Tihe conlspirators sought in plain terms to
end a protracted debauch with an easy
revolution ; to sober oft from a big
drunk on a grand fraud. And the
House sought to evolve the order of law
out of the chaos of license.
The Chaudlerian conspirators based
their progrenunmo upon the theory that
the people were as debauched as them
selves. But the House grounded its plan
of resistance upon its faith in the sober
second thought of the nation. This is no
place to quote Carlyle. If it were I
should say that " the whole corporation
of cap:tains, from Walter the Peniless to
Napoleon Bonaparte," could not have suc
cessfully led our pitiful snuff-pinch of a
regular army to success against the embat
tied majesty which one sign of force in
1Washington would have worked at the
back of the nation's sobersecond thought.
As it is I shall suit the word more aptly
to the oceassion, and say that the whole
'AY 1RO1J OF TIIE TROOLY-LOIL,
from General Grant down to Private
Gal:gell, would havo been powerless to
- stemr the torrent of fury that would have
I greeted the first attemtpt at armed consun
1: mation of the Chandlerian conspiracy.
This the House saw and realized ; and,
seeing :ulnd realizing, the HIouse went
iabout its business with an uunmindflness
of the rant and flstain at the other dl
Sof the Capitol, which was contemptuous
Sto thl endl of contempt and the verge of
- pity. The Senate had expected that the
i House would mount a high hurso and
excite ;the ridiculeo of tihe peoplo. This
Shoie wtas dashed ; but not as cruelly as
I anotllr dlrenam of Chanldler had baod dis
f sipated. Chandler had dreamed that the
I South would rise up en masse the mo
moot he sent hlis Dick Turpins down
to coimmuit highway robbery upon the
Slhallot-lioxes of the Three S'ates. Thou,
wha1hn thie House dlid not mount its high
horse. aund, moreover, when the Sonth
i iot only did not rise up cln masse, but
- meekly ollirerd its pluntalons to the
thieves after the pockets thereof had
been rifled, andI turned a pitiful face to
the mnilliois of tlhoNorth, with mute in
quiry, " Uow long must we stand this
sort of thing in order to convince you
that we are part and parcel of one com
mon : countr y t" the situation of
Chandler and the Senate became very
sad. Chandler instantly took refuge in
the inaccessable labarynths of his own
profanity. The Senate fell back upon its
immense dignity. And the Administra
tion proceeded to refresh its stock of con
sittutional law from the usual jug.
From that moment the Senate began a
furious fusilllade upon.
THE OREGOXN ASE.
Enormous frauds! Gigantic conspiracy!
Monstrous outrage ! Unparelled offense !
Treason I Now there are those who im
magine that the Senate has been in dead
earnest about that Oregon matter. But
those who so imagine lack knowledge of
the fact. That Oregon debate in the
Senate has been a solmen farce. When
the commander of an army wants to get
out of a tight place he begins a tremend
ous cannonade all along his line. Then
under the cover of the noise and smokehe
quietly moves his baggage and his heavy
columns to the roar. So under the cover
of thisOregon debate the Senate hasbeen
stealthily withdrawing its material and
its main personnel of horse, foot and
dragoons from the front. When the
smoke rises next week you will see them
in full retreat. Meanwhile, to carry out
the metaphors they have put Grant,
Chandler and others of the pig-headed
variety in command of this diversion
with the present intention of abandoning
them to the enemy as soon as the retreat
is disclosed and the pursuit begins. But
the fun of it is that Grant, Chandler at
al., don't suspect--even most faintly
that they have been detailed as rear
guard, and fondly imagine that theoy
are leading the van.
To abandon the metaphor and "talk
United States," the Senate caucus of
Republicans; has concluded that the
Chandlerian conspiracy is impracticable.
Blaine has said flatly that to inaugurate
lH ayes under existing cirenustanuces
would be an unutterable calamity. Conk
ling has shaken his Apolline head and
murmured that it wouldn't do to kill the
mother for the sake of delivering the
child. Morton has taken an additional
shade or two of indigo upon his saturn
ine visage and growled that there was
no way out exept to back out, as slowly
and gracefully as time and circumstances
would permit ; but back ont. And so on.
In short and in fine, the last caucus re
vealed that enough Republican Scnators
had weakened ad and abandoned the ultra
Chandler programme to place its adher
ents in minority in open Senate. The
next move of the conspirators will be
developed very soon after the reassem
bling on the 2d of January. An offer
will be made to compromise on the fol
lowing basis :
1. The Senate will demand the elec
toral v-ote of South Carolina ftr Hayes,
to keep up appearances, giving the State
gov-ernment to the Democrats.
.2. They will ngrae to throw out the
electoral vote of Louisiana, and thus
throw the election of President into the
House, the Senate, of course, electing the
3. They will demrnd pledges of a com
posite administration-that is to say,
that Mr. Tilden shall divide his Cabinent
between the two parties.
I say this offer will be made. I know
that it has been canvassed among Re
publican Seuators, because I have my
self heard it talked ov4 between them.
And I have good reasons at this writing
to cast the Drama as follows :
DRAMIATIS PIrERSON.ES--HCay Villain,
Zach Chandler; Walking Gentleman, all
the Carpet-baggers, Supe, Grant.
Act I.-They wanted it all.
Act II--They were willing to put up
Act III.-They would take whatever
they could got.
Act IV.-They couldn't got a smell.
Whereupon there will be low music
and a slow curtain ; the brass Colossus
tumbles in a heap of clay, caused by the
collapse of his own legs ; the carpet-bag
gers disappear through the wings, and
make off with whatever stage property
they can lay their hands on, while the
present Adminiistration expires with the
jim-jalms, amid prodigious applause.
In the month of October last the
British steamship Nestor arrived
at Shanghai from the Straits of Mns
lacca. Shortly after the anchoring
of the vessel at Shanghia, John K.
Webster, the master, and James
Andersdn, the ship's surgeon, ap
peared before Mr. Donald Spences,
acting law secretary in her Britan
nic mojesty's Supreme Court, and
made affidavit to the following
marvelous statement of facts :
We, John Keller Webster, of
Liverpool, and James Anderson,
surgeon, of Liverpool, do solemnly
and sincerely declare as follows:
A nd, first, I, the said John Keller
Webster, iR command of thie steam
-hip Nestor, do declare that on
Monday, the 11th day of Septem
her, at 10:30 A. M., 15 miles north
west of North Sand light-house, in
the Malacca Straits;,. the weather
bCAg fine and theseasmooth, the air
also perfectly clear, I saw a little
forward of the beam, on the star
board side, about 200 yards dis
tant from the ship, an object first
pointed out to me by my third offi
cer, who remarked, ."There is a
shoal."', Surprised at tieditig :
shoal in such a. well-known track, I
watched the object a'nd found it was
inmovement, keeping up the same
speed with the ship and retaining
about the same distance as first
seen. The speed of the ship was
nine and three quarter knots, and
the object was moving parallel
with us during six minutes. Just
after I observed it the Chir ese
deck passengers discovered it, and
raised a great outcry, and about
the same moment it was descried by
three saloon passengers and the
surgeon. The shape of the creats
ure, for that it was a;ive there is
no doubt, I would compare to
that of a gigantic frog. Refer ring
to the head and body, as far as
they were apparent above the wa
ter, the head, of a pale, yellowi.h
color, was about 12 fedt in length,
and six feet of the crown was
above the water; occasionally the
head subsided until only a foot
or a foot and a half remained above
the water. I tried in vain to
make out the eyes and mouth; the
mouth, however, may have been
below water. The head was .im
mediately connected with the body,
without any indication of a neck.
The body was about 45 or 50 feet
in length, and of an oval shape,
perfectly smooth, and there may
have been a light ridge along the
spine. The back rose some five
feet above the surface. An im
mense tail, fully 150 feet in length,
rose a few inches above the water.
This tail I saw distinctly from its
junction with the body to its ex
tremity; it seemed cylindrical,
with a very slight taper, and I es
timated its diameter at four feet.
The body and tail were marked
with alternate bands of stripes,
black and pale yellow in color, The
stripes were distinct to the very
extreme of the tai!, I cannot say
whether the tail terminated in a 'in
or not. I examined it carefully at
the above-mentioned distance, but
could not satisfy myself how the
tail terminated. The creature
possessed no fins or paddles as far
as we could preceive, never having
seen any part of its belly. I can
not say it had legs. It is very
po sible that the creature was much
broader and more massive than the
dimensions above given, for the
greater part of it was evidently un
der water, and we never caught a
glimpse of any but the extreme up
per parts. It appeared to me to
progress by means of an undulatory
motion of the tail in a verticle
plane, The tail seemed to have
an independent motion; that is to
say, a quicker and a different one
from the body. The head would
raise slowly and the body become
simultaneously lower, and vice
versa. The undulations of the tail
were briskor and very distinct,
and I closely watched them through
good glasses- I had for some mo
meants the idea of running the
creature down, but I shortly dis
missed the intention on the account
of the danger of breaking the
screw blades. The creature show
ed no sign of fear. I cannot even
say if it was couscious of our pres -
ence. It finally dropped under our
stern and passed over to the port
side, somewhat slacking its speed.
Some time afterward, however, it
increased its speed, and when last
seen was on our port beam, at
about one and one-half to two
miles distance. The creature for
med a distinct wake,and seemed to
exude an oily matter as he moved.
And, secondly, I, the said James
Anderon, do solemnly and sincere
ly deolase as followe, namely, tbst
the shape and color of as much as
was distingnisheble of the
creature bore an almost. exact res
emblence of the upper part of -
salamoudor ; the stripes, howe vr.
were rather more definite, `yellow.
(the peculiar yollow of salamandeir)
alternating with deep black. There
were 8 to 10 stripes on the back.
I almost immediately said, 'It is an
enormous salamander," and the
more I examined it the more I
was satistfied of the resemblance.
The back was much higher, son.e
eight or 10 feet at times, than the
head or tail. I was standidg on
the deck, and from my position I
could not form any opinion, of its
progression. It was apparentlybf
a gleatinous (i. e, flabby) substan
ce. Though keeping up with us,
its movements seemed lethargic.
I saw no eves or fins, and am cer
tion that the creature did not blow
or spout in the manner of a whale.
I should not for a moment com
pare it to a snake. The only
creatures it could be compared
with are the newt or frog tribe.
HENDRICKS MUST NOT BE
The success of Tilden must not
be alloyed or tainted by any
treachery to that pure and incor
ruptible statesm.n -an patriot.
Governor Thomas A. Hendricks.
The Democrats must insist on ev
erything they honestly won at the
polls, and the election of Governor
Hendricks was one of their tri
umphs. In their desperation the
Republicans would gladly compro
mise on Tilden and Wheeler. Ar
few eager expeetants would readily
sacrifice principle for office, and
sell out Governor Hendricks for
peace and emoluments. But the
Democracy of the country should
tolerate no bargain which involves
the sacrifice of Governor Hendri
cl.s, whose great name and unbound
ed popularity redeemed his own
State and contributed largely to
the victory of his party. Any
compromrise with 'the 'conspirator s
would be to condure the crime which
was batched to elect Hayes by fraud.
'Thcre must be no concession on the
part of Democrats. One party is
all right, and the other is all
wrong. The Democrats are as
well sati.ficd that Tilden has been
honestly elected by the people as
they are of their own t existence.
Ttiey know, too; with equal cer
tainty, that an effort has been made
to elect i layes by a gigantic fraud.
In such a contest honest Democratq
will not listen to any proposition
to a compromise. They are not
contending for office and spoils, but
-for principles, for justice, for right,
for law, for the constitntion in all
its integ:ity., and for tlhe perpetuity
of the republic. In such a view of
the case there is no room for any
thing but a fair and square consid
eration of allr the stubbon facts.
If we are right, we must maintain
that rirhlt at all hazards by stand
ing with equal fiairnces to both
Tilden and Herdricks. If tihe
tacets show tlhant Hayes and Wheeler
have received a nraj:jity of the
votes cast in Louisiana and Flori
da, that justice, the law and the
constitution are withl them, they
should be inaugurated, and the
Democrats mu.t yield.
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New Orleans, La.
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