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“ Merry Christmas ar.d Happy Now Year.” ELEGANT HOLIDAY GIFTS! Few Moments with one Advertisers. The gift season approaches with its pleas ant memories and fund anticipations fur the young. No one is too old to share in the feeling flint is naturally produced in the minds of youth at this interesting season of tlmyear. Old and young alike share in the blessings. From the little child who hangs its stocking in the chimney corner to receive the toys that good old .Santa Claus may bring, to the gray haired veteran who must be charmed by more substantial tilings than toys, the stream of giving and receiving find a common channel, and (lows on to bless hutli old and young. No one can afford not to give. The best fountains of the heart may become dry by stifling these generous impulses. Our gifts at the close ol the season of industry in the outward world, should he expressive of grati tude to the Divine Intelligence that lias given us the succession of the seasons, the springing of the earth, which has yielded its increase for man and beast. We have been charmed in the field, in the garden, and in the solemn wood, with melody and fragrance, and color and tastes; and what enduring friendships have been formed ; what pleasing interchange of solitude and society, of labor and rest, has marked the progress of the year. All these tilings should induce us to evince a noble generosity at this gilt season of friend ship by bestowing some suitable Christmas or New Year’s present on kindred, friends, and neighbors. Let us actualize our good feeling for them in some form that w ill cause the gifts to help secure the blessings which we crave. Supposing, then, that all our readers have many friends whom they hope to remember in some appropriate gift, we now desire to let them glano at the holiday stocks of our ci# advertisers, feeling assured that from so large and rich a variety, selections can readi ly be made. We cannot mention those w ho do not advertiser, yet who may have laid in holiday stocks, for we have no means of knowing what they have for sale. At our jewelry establishments, wo would naturally look for the most costly and endur ing gifts. Kdward Kowsc tnakes a most magnificent display at his jewelry establishment, compris ing probably the largest stock of goods in his line ever brought into the city. He lias gold stem-winding watches, ladies' and gents’ opera gold chains, fine Homan jewelry (a grand display), seal rings, Masonic pins and emblems, real shell sets inlaid with solid gold, a very large assortment of the Celebrated Gorham's silver ware (for bridal and holi day presents), opera glasses, lockets set with precious stones, sleeve buttons and studs, silver tea services, cake baskets, cellery stands, pickle castors, handkerchief holders, ■ ladies’ glove fasteners, gold-bowed spectacles, silver-plated table cutlery. The exhibition is a fine one and will bear a close examination. M. M. Swan’s large stock of American and Swiss watches are attracting general attention. What better more or appropriate present to a fric-n i than a good time-keeper, constantly reminding him each hour of the day and iintiuie ot the hour of your timely gilt? Swan has constantly on hand Gorham's ster ling silver ware, fine gold jewelry, vest and neck chains, first-class plated ware, gold bowed spectacles and eye glasses, plated forks, Whitby jets, jea sets, ice pitchers, cas tors, cake baskets, vases, and in short mo.-t every article that one might expect to find in an old established jewelry store so popu lar as that of Swan's. One of our Augusta boys, Mr. !>. \\ . b air field, has recently opened a new jewelry es tablishment, and we hope he will not be over looked in the general purchase of gifts. He has a small butwell assorted stock of watches, clocks, jewelry, and fancy goods, and a full stock of spectacles nnd eye glasses, all of which are certainly appropriate for gifts. Mr. S. A. ltussell has the celebrated Dia mond glasses, and a select stock of foreign and American watchea. We see no necessity of sending to Tiffany’s for rich holiday goods, when our jewelry deal ers have taken pains to lay in such elegant stocks. Of late years our dealers in drugs and medi cines have made it a speciality to provide for their customers, besides those things calculated, to restore to health, a goodly assortment of fancy articles suitable for holiday presents. Mr. Charles K. Partridge, at his apothecary store, has an extensive variety of useful and ornamental goods for gifts. We thinlj the stock cannot be surj assed in completeness. For several days those who have passed by Partridge’s show windows ennnot have failed to notice the artistic arrangement of Parian busts and statuettes, bronze figures and groups (new and desirnble subjects), rich mantle nnd other vases. Partridge has all styles of vases, jewelry caskets and perfume boxes of the la test importation, and in most elegant designs, ilia toilet and smoking sets are gems in their way. lie has glove and handkerchief boxes, opera glasses, fans, hair brushes, perfumes, thermometers, (cheap and accurnte), nnd all the thousand and one articles that good taste and discrimination could select for a ready sale during the holidays. Persons looking for elegnnt gifts will find them at Partridge's. Opposite Frank Kinsman’s, the attention of the passer-by will at once be arrested by the red covered sin Ives in the show windows* adorned with exquisite articles calculated to make happy the hearts of expectant receivers of Christmas gifts. You enter the store and find a full line of elegant goods selected in New York by Mr. Kinsman’s- son, who is at tending a medical school in that city. Your ears may be saluted by fine music from the Lady’s ready Musical Companion, a superb gift, that no one dare approach unless he Has !J23 to spare. Then there are opera glasses, French gilt goods, glove and handkerchief boxes, card cases, dressing cases, bronzes, hand mirrors, playing cards, hair brushes, combs, imported goods, and an endless varie ty of perfUmcs. The trouble will be, to know ! what to select from so large a number of articles. Titeomb, at the old stand, west end of Ken nebec bridge, lias not made any special pre paration for the holidays, but lias a generous assortment of the old standard articles which are always useful and reliable. Of perfumery he lias a large line. The cologne of bis own manufacture is found to be a superior article, and is having an extensive sale. A few bot tles of this perfume would form a very appro priate holiday gift to a young lady, and would never be “out of odor.” At the family drug store of Messrs. Jolin ; son Brothers, may be found a full assortment ! of tlieir line of goods, from which a selection may readily be made of articles that would be not only ornamental as Christinas and New Year’s gifts, but also useful--and this slioubl be one of the main objects in selecting holi day goods. The Johnson Brothers keep a first class family drug store, and are fully supplied with a fresh and excellent ato k. Our Christmas gifts should be useful as well as ornamental and beautiful, ami so we must look at our dry goods merchants and clothing dealers. li.irtou & tsusseil nave in store me largest variety of dry goods they have ever offered to the public- since the formation of their part nership. They have lace and linen collars, embroidered sets, embroidered and hemmed stitclud handkerchiefs, Homan scarfs, ladies (ringed ties, muffs lor ladies and misses, vel vet ribbons, velveteens in black and colors fur-tipped kid mittens for ladies and gentle men, ladies' kid gloves of all colors. They manufacture boys’ suits of the latest styles and in the best manner. It would require more space than we can give to enumerate all the articles calculated to make the family hap py which may be found at their store. There has been a great rush for a few days past to examine the large and elegant stock of dry and dress goods at the extensive estab lishment of Howler, Ilanden S. Smith. One of the firm has recently returned from Boston with goods especially di signed for the holiday trade. It is next to imp .ssible to specify ar ticles, but we will state that they have in store woolens, ladies cloaks and cloaking, (cloaks arc manufactured to order), holies' nice ini tiil hem-stitched and embroidered handker chief-. fine tlinad collars, collars and cuffs, linen sets, ladies travelling bags, handker chii f and glove bo.ys, ladies' worsted jackets, nubias, hoisery and glove , a full line of nice kid gloves, lined mittens, Homan scarfs, la dies’ fringed ties, ladies underwear of every variety, woolen shawls, scarfs and cravats, gents’ doc and buck gloves. O. C. W hits house & Co., without making nny extra di-play for the holidays, have still a full line of dry goods, of excellent quality and which they are selling at reasonable prices. They have all the smaller articles usually found in a first < lass dry goods store, which are exceedingly appropriate and useful for holiday gifts. The winter weather is upon us, and where p the man who would despise a nice beaver overcoat or a good warm suit of clothes? It is only necessary, perhaps, to direct attention to the store of H. T. Bosworth, who has on hand a large assortment of custom made over coats and reefers', and full suits of excellent material and workmanship. His stock of cloths is very large, and he has Hie ability to manufacture into suits of the latest and most fashionable styles. S. W. Huntington, the pioneer of the ready made clothing business in this city, is fully supplied for the holidays. His long shelves and capacious tables are filled with the latest style garments for men’s and boy’s wear. In the furnishing line, this enterprising firm have almost every desirable article, such as gloves (cloth and doeskin and kid), worsted scarfs (a new and cheap article), a big assortment of of the latest style neck ties, under clothing, hoisery, white shirts, fancy woolen shirts paper collars, &c. In the heavy articles they have fall suits of ready-made clothing, reef ing jackets, and a raVe and comfortable nov j city in the “nobby” Derby coats. A little farthur up street we find the tailor ing es jblishment of Sawin & Doe, a firm of recent organization, but who are gaining a good trade, thanks to judicious advertising, fair dealing and a proper knowledge of their business. They have n choice and select stock of cloths which they are making up into suits of the most desirable patterns. They have also ready-made clothing and furnishing I goods. While we arc calculating on obtaining the most appropriate and useful gift for the money we have to invest, let us not forget to step into Clapp & North's bookstore. Do you know of a friend who has expressed a desire tor a certain book just out, go and find it on their counter. They have all the standard and substantial works that give value to a library, and a rich collection of elegant gift books, including biography, history and poetry; illustrated books, juvenile literature, toys and picture books, a splendid assortment of hibles, sterescopic views, writing desks, backgammon boards, all the little games for children, and a full line of stationery. l’ierce, at his periodical stand, has laid in a good stock for the holiday season, but t<* specify nil the nick-nacks would require a great amount of room. We may mention that he has fancy boxes, nlhums, gift books, brushes, perfumery, hand mirrors, fans, bil les, games of all kinds, toy books, diaries and fancy goods in general, lie has all the leading periodicals and magazines, a year's subscription to which would form as useful and agreeable presents as could bo offered to a friend. Don’t fail to look into the establishment of i J. I). Pierce & Son, where a most attractive stock of Parian waye may be found; also, llohemian and Porcelain vases and Majolica | ware; French dinner and tea sets, cutlery, : silver and plated ware, and much else that is j highly appropriate for gifts. We arc sure | that a call at Pierce’s will result in finding ! much that is elegant and really useful. It will lie worth your while to visit Hen | dee's picture rooms, and examine the largest . stock of Chromos ever brought into the city. Some of these pictures are beautiful beyond description, and are even superior in many respects to costly oil paintings. Ilendee also I has a great variety of brackets; and what more appropriate present can you make a friend than a fine photograph cf yourself? Ilendee has acknowledged skill and native talent in this department. I A nice travelling bag or trunk, or oven a harness, if you have a friend who can afford to own a horse, arc useful gifts for tills sea son, and may be found in abundance at Hamilton & Turner’s, and at Collcr & Gar diner’s. ('apt. Long ha9 a good stuck of skates. “Children cry for them,” and the old “boys” will be “hankering” after them, if the present weather continues without snow until Christmas. Stacy has at his new’boot and shoe store, goods in his line, at a low price, which he avers are just the things to put a person on a good footing to enjoy the holidays. Misses Sager & White : nd Miss V. Turner have now in store and ore making into the most graceful and fantastic shapes, their winter millinery. They have French hat and flowers, Human sashes, ribbons and ties, real lace ami feathers, ready made velvet rib bons, German worsted and slipper patterns, and all the beautiful articles that only a lady dare describe or even mentiun. The little budgets you intend putting up for your chil dren are not complete without a package of candy. This may be fuund of the most de licious quality, at the store of Henry Hart. A good sewing machine is as valuable a present to a lady friend who is compelled to bend over the needle day after day, as can be suggested. There is a perpetual war between the representatives of the different machines ii market, but the following we can recom mend as first-class in every respect: The “Weed,” sold by G. W. Jones; “Davis,” at Kimball's dry goods store; the “Singer,” by S. I’. Plummer; ami the “American,” by C. W. Dunning. Do you want to make your self a present of a nice stove, range or fur nace? Call on our stove and hardware dial ers: A. P. Gould, W. II. Woodbury, Wil liamson & Greenwood. Perhaps some pru dent family in bumble circumstances is even now scraping the bottom of the flour barrel; the potatoes and apples are scanty in the cel lar, and the pork barrel low. A large hearted benevolence w ill send you to either of the following grocery dealers who have lull sup plies of the “needful:” J. 15. Dyer, llichards & Hall, Chandler & lioardmun, Marshall Whithead, Asa W. Hedge. Do you intend to have an oyster dinner on Christmas? Then patronize D'Artiienay and Cushing & Holmes. The inevitable goose is one of the accompani ments of a Christmas dinner. The “goose hangs high,” (not in price) at Gould &. Adams’, A. F. Emery’s and Small & Butler’s. Last, but not least, every man should have an eye to security. A paid up policy in a good accident company, represented at Cargill’s agency, would be an invaluable gift to a friend. From the ample enumeration we have made above, our readers should certainly have no difficulty in selecting appropriate gifts for Christmas and New Year's. On Saturday forenoon last, as Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wing of Wayne were on their way from their son’s residence in Gardiner, with a horse and buggy, the horse became frightened by a passing train of cars, and ran away, throwing Mr. and Mrs. Wing from the buggy, inflicting a fearful gash in Mr. Wing's head, and breaking one of Mrs. Wing's arms and bruising her head and face. They were kindly cared for by friends in Farmingdale, and af terwards brought to Gardiner and placed un der the treatment of Dr. Hildreth. Mr. George II. I’rav gave his entertainment at the Military Asylum on Friday evening last. It was very well attended and quite en tertaining, as he performs a large number of tricks in ledgerdemain, and fully explains how they are done, besides explaining quite a num ber of Prof. Anderson's great tricks, which require accomplices. The Bowdoin Quarterly Conference, Free Baptist, holds its second session with the church in Richmond Village, commencing this Tuesday afternoon, and closing Thurs day. Those passing over the P. & K. R. R. to attend the meeting, are furnished with free return tickets at the different stations on the road. The Satckday Gazette of this week will contain a sworn statement of Mrs. Hoswcll. giving her story of how the murder took place. The statement also covers the entire period of her married life with Hoswel). Copies may be obtained Thursday morning at Pierce’s. Price, five cents. During the past week meetings of consid erable interest have been holden at the Bap tist lecture room in this city. We learn that these meetings will continue through the present week. Short sermon every evening, followed by devotional exercises. The schools of the village district will close next Friday night, for a holiday vaca tion of two weeks. The next term will be gin January 9th. Iloswell and Kingsbury were taken toThom aston yesterday by Warden lticc. The County Commissioners commenced a session at the Court House yesterday. Special communication of Augusta Lodge this evening. Work—second. 81,000 reward is offered by the proprietor of l)r. Pierce’s Alt. Ext. or Golden Medical Discovery for a medicine that will equal it for the cure of all the diseases for which it is rec ommended, among which aro “Biliousness,” or “Liver Complaint," constipated bowels, impure blood, scrofulous diseases, Eruptions, Pimples, Blotches, Boils and severe and lin gering Coughs, Bronchitis, Consumption in ils early stages and nervous and general de bility. Sold by druggists. Dec.13—f&wlw From Observation under the Micro scrope of the blood of patients using Fel lows’ Compound Syrup of Htpophosphites, taken from time to time, positive proof lias been obtained of the steady removal of dis eased and dead blood particles and the sub stitution of vitalized discs, so necessary to the construction of healthy muscle. Dec.13— t&wlw Christmas Sale. riMIE LADIES OF ST. MARKS CHURCH will X hold their Annual Sale of Fancy Articles ! -ON Tuesday Evening, Dee. 20llt, AT WEEKS’ HALL. Refreshmeiua, with a Turkey Supper, wil served at seveu o'clock. A rlrv» -I mIqh 13 Ot». dec 17-tit BY TELEGRAPB TO THE — Daily Kennebec Journal. EUROPEAN NEWS. The DiKagret'inent in ilic Prussian Council. The French Army in Fine Con dition. The English Ministry Cppofo the Annexation of the Grand Duchy. Release of Fenian Prisoners by the British Government. Terms of Closing the War. Mew York. New York, Dee. 10. The French Cable there is working more rapidly to-day than usual, and the European dates received are down to 10 o’cioek this morning. Latest advices are from French sources and they unfavorably represent that the dis agreement in the I’us'ian council on propos ed military movements continue, and conse quently is daily improving the prospect of the French. The French armies are now declared in ex cellent condition and under command of the ablest leaders in Europe. There is no present probability of a colli sion between Prussia and Holland oti tie Luxembourg question, although the English Ministry still firmly oppose the annexation ol the Grand Duchy. Iterlm. Berlin, Dec. I!). 1 lie post newspaper on a war editorial this morning reports that the neutrality power will probably suggest to the proposed Congress to terminate war in the terms proposed by the Germans, viz., uncon ditional surrender of Baris to the submission of the French. Brussels. The Monitieur Beige denies the Prussian statement that French troops and batteries .marching to join the army of the north were suflered to cross Belgian territory. st. Petersburg. St. Petersburg, Dee. 10th. The Czar se verely reprimanded the Corporation of Mos cow for petitioning in behalf of free press religious toleration and other reforms. London. London, Dec. 10. The French confronting the Duke of Mecklenburg hold their ground with splendid gallantry. News have been received from Paris that provisions are plentiful and w ill last three months. A large open air meeting was held yester day (Sunday ) in Trafalgar Square, at which speeches were made and resolutions adopted sympathizing with France. The Germans invested Langres with the in tention of putting a stop to the inischiet done in the neighborhood hv French Franc-Tieurs. Deserters from Paris are numerous, hut alt are repulsed at Versailles. Special to N. V. World. London, Dec. 18. Keilling, Sec’y of Jules Favre, has escaprd from Paris, and started on a diplomatic mission to St. Petersburg and London. On Friday last he dined with Earl Granville and Gladstone; his mission to Eng and was successful. A Protestant meeting will be held in Lon don soon, to denounce Gladstone’s recent de claration concerning the Pope. Parliament will meet on the 2d of February. Dennison will be re-eleeted Speaker. All of the Fenian prisoners will he released immediately on condition of remaining out ot the Kingdom 5 years. The Observer says Granville’s despatch to Bismarck expresses the hope that Prussia will abstain from enforcement of her theories, and will frame amicable arrangements. Ministers have gone home to spend the hol idays. Vienna. Vienna, Dec. 18. A conference respecting mediation was held by representatives of neu tral powers at foreign office, on Tuesday last. All Ambassadors were present. Basis pro posed was as follows : Neutrals to acquiesce in annexation; Luxembourg to acknowledge Williantas Emperor of Germany; France to pay 1,200,000,000 francs, to raze two of the frontier fortresses, cede the district of Alsace to Germany, and acknowledge the German Emperor. Count Mosburg said that France would pay more money than cede one mile of territory. FORTY-FIRST CONGRESS. Washington, Dec. 19. Senate. Mr. Anthony from Committee on Printing reported a resolution on printing for the patent office report, which was taken up and discussed. The bill was advocated by Messrs. Willey, Sherman, Cockling and others and passed, with an amendment providing for a gratuitous distribution of plates to all mechanic insti tutes throughout the country. Mr. Nye introduced a bill to enable the people of Colorado to form a constitution nml State government, and the admission of said State into the Union. Deferred to Committee on Territories. Mr. Williams made an ineffectual effort to get up his resolution for a joint committee to take charge of all ocean telegraph legislation. Mr. Conkling and Mr. Sumner objected to the latter, on the ground that the pending legislation of the character referred to would have to loose its position on the calander, to be referred to a committee. If appointed they suggested the existence of the committee should date from the beginning of next ses sion. . . Mr. Williams spoke of the necessity of bis resolution as a rule for guidance of legisla tion, amid the many conflicting propositions which had been made. In one ease twenty propositions were now pending in regard to otic line. Some of the subsidies for these were in bonds and others for lands. By a joint committee all iu'erests and sections could he heard. lie gave notice that to morrow lie would renew his effoit to take up the resolution. The amnesty resolution by Mr. Seurz was referred to Committee on Disabilities, but Mr. Morton substquently stated that several Senators proposed to discuss the question, and entered a motion to reconsider the refer ence. The remainder of the session was occupied in a discussion of the question of the govern ment's liability to pay for individual losses in consequence of the appropriation of private property to the public use during the war. Messrs. Bayard, Howe and Davis sus tained the doctrine of liability, which Messrs. Howard, Chandler and Sherman opposed. Without a vote the Senate went into Ex ecutive Session and soon after adjourned. IIol’%E. A motion by Mr. Fitch of Nevada to sus pend rules and restore to the Speaker's table lie Senate bill relating to the eential branch of the racific Railroad, which at the last session, through misunderstanding of the Speaker and Mr. Twitchcll ot Mass., had been ri ferret! to Committee on Public Lands, was £t jeete d, 115 to 09. The bill cannot no v be brought before the House except by a two tliirds vote, whereas a majority vote could take it from tlie Speaker's table. A resolu ion by Mr. Voorhees of Indiana was adopted, i strutting tlie Committee on Public Lands to report at tlie pres, nt session i lull exempting disabled pensioners from the requirement of the homestead law wh.cli makes a personal settlement necessary. The bill ap| ropriating §30.000 to enable the President to collect the Apaches in Arizo na and New M. xieo on their reservations, to provide subsi-tanoe and promote peace and civilization among them, was passed. Mr. Strong of Conn , introduced n bill for the improvement of Connecticut river, which was referred. The House then went into Committee of tl e Whole on the pension appropriation bill, which Mr. Ki lsey of N. V., proceeded to ex plain He stated that the bill appropriated 830,000 000, hut an amendment had been made reducing the amount to 81 000,000; that tlie maximum of pensions had been reached, and that the appropriations will now be diminishing every year. The hill was passed. The House then went into Committee of tlie Whole on the Legislative Appropriation bill, and after an hour's discussion adjourned. FOREIGN NEWS BY CABLE. Madrid, Dec. 19. An early date was fixed yesterday for the reception of King Ainan dens. In the Cortes Saturday, the Ministry made an explanation to the effect, that Oluzagn, formerly Minister ot Paris, left France be cause Spain recognized the government of national defence, but not the republic. Sugasta in some remarks, said that in some respeeta, President Grant's message on Culm was without significance, as Spain was ready to accept a mixed commission for the settle ment of American claims connected with Cuba. Moret submitted the annual budget which exhibits 323,000,000 reals. He announced that tile governmei t was aide to meet the in terest on the external debt, and proposed to obtain a loan of $00,000,000 within the coun try at 12 per cent, interest, redeemable every 17 months. Moret expressed bis opposition to the imposition of any new faxes or nego tiations of any more loans after the one now proposed. He expected to reduce the ex penses on that liar,tl and economize otherwise to the amount ot $50,000,000. FROM NEW YORK. New York, Dec. 10. Advices from St. Domingo state that l'. S. vcssils Swntara and Nantasket are to sail in January for Ports mouth navy yard to refit, first for China, and then the Nantasket is to accompany a flag ship to the Mediterranean. Accumulated cable despatches have all been transmitted, and for the first time in two weeks the cables are clear. Margaret Dunn was sentenced to day to 7 years in the States Prison for the murder of Win. Davis. FROM WASHINGTON. Washington, Dec. 13. The President to day nominated Henry Stover, Surveyor at New bury port. Mass., and Simeon Dodge, Collector of Customs, at Marblehead Mass. FROM PHILADELPHIA. Obiltinry. Philadelphia, Dec. 19. Commodore W. II. ; Gardner of the V. S. Navy, died suddenly at | the St. Lawrence Hotel, in this city, where he was visiting his friends. He was CO years of age. He entered the navy in 1814, and was one of the light-bonne inspectors until Oct. last. Sad Accident. Utica, N. Y., Dec. 19. Twenty men were buried this morning by the eaving in of an embankment on Syracuse & Chenango Valley j Railroad. Nine have been recovered—three 1 dead and two fatally injured. The men were i mostly new hands, and their names are not 1 known. Work of exhumation was delayed by night. Snow Storm. Poughkeepsie, N. Y„ Dec. 19. A snow | storm prevails here to-night—the first one of j the season. — FROM BOSTON. Boston, Dec. 19. Nelson P. Standstedt is on trial in the Supreme Judicial Court for wife murder. . Knilrond Accident. James F. Twombly of Chelsea wa9 killed to-day while walking on the track of the East ern Kailroad. FROM RICHMOND. Fire. Portland, Dec. 19. The residence of J. Winslow Jones^ at Prides' Bridge, near this city, was, with nearly all its contents, de stroyed Iiv fire tills afternoon. The house cost §20,000 a few years ago. Counterfeiter Arrested. Gen. John liamsey, formerly Major Gen. of volunteers, and now a tobacco manufac turer in Jersey City, was arrested here, charged with using counterfeit and cancelled stamps. When arrested he waa detected secreting a box of fraudulent stamps. Railroad Matters. Erie, Pa., Dee, 19. Hnilroad officials re presenting all important trunk lines assembled here to-day. Thirteen railroads are repre sented ly lorty ifficiais. A sleeping ear cotnpanie’a convention will be organized to morrow. FROM SAN FRANCISCO. San Francisco. Dec. 19. Pascal Geary, Wm. liice, alias Weebfoot, Sam'l Gibncy, David Hubbard, alias M. J. Nelson, Billy Wone, and Jas. McKellor were arrested at Sacramento, charged with It arsons, 13 high way robberies, and It) burglaries. One con fessed. Amos II. Titcomb, a California pioneer, anil late member of the board of Supervisors, died last night. There were heavy frosts the last 4 nights, but not sufficient to damage the flowers. The days are warm and fine. FINANCIAL & COMMERCIAL. New York Money Market. Sttw Yohk, Dee. 19. Gold closed 110*,. United Slates Sixes (coupons), 1881 1 l:l*» gill?* •• “ 5-iiti’s 1802, 107*, a iot;* • “ •' 1804, 107htH07?* “ ‘ •* 1805, 107J,alU7** * '* 1805, Jati. A July, iOu.Vnl'iOt* “ •* iso?, n o;, a no “ “ “ 1808, 11U),61I0J* “ " 10-40’s,(coupons). Ii00 u 107 I’aclllc sixes, ——— Central Pacifies, 9.’*. 8 Uniou ** so1, del New York Slock Market. New York, Dec. 19. Mariposa,.Vi, do. pfil ,10V (Canton Co. (Hi* (Cum heilaiid Cu., 25 ( W us lei n Union Tel. is .15’,; Quicksilver Milling Co., 4 ; Pacific Mail, 4UQ Boston Water Power, ltd* ; Adams Ex. Co., 04*. ; Wells, Fargo & Co., 30# ; American Merchant? Un. i 4ft# ; U. S. Ex. Co., 32# ; S. Y. Central and Hud non •<tv. , 91#, do. scrip. *-8 ; Erie. 23#, do. pftl. 45 Harlem, l:'2#, do. pfri, 132 ; Reading, 97# ; Mich. Central, i*20# ; Lake Shore and Michigan ^Miihsri , 91# ; Illinois Central 183# ; Cleveland A Pittsburg OIL ; Chicago A North Western 71# , do preferred HIV; Chicago A Rock Island 10ft#; Mil. A St.Paul 55#, do . preferred. 79#; Toledo Wabash A Wcsi u. 49 ; Toledo, Wabash A Western preieir***, f>9 ; Pittsburg A Fort Wavne. 94# ; Terre Haute 24#, do. nld. 53#; Alton. 115 , do. prefd. 116#; Ohio and Miss. 29 ; Boston, Hartford A Erie, 1# ; New York Produce Market. New York, Pec. 10. C<1TTON—sales 7847 bale? : mid. uplands 15# FLOI 14— S.50O; state r203Gl$0; round hoop Ohio 590gC40; western 5*20 g075, southern 0100825. WHEAT—94 uoo im; No. 1 spring ,253139; new So. 2 do. 1353137; winter red and amber western 142 fi '45. CORN—18,000; new mixed western, 72375 ; old. OATS—state 02:302; western ftOgf’l. PORK—mess, 19 253 : old. 18.5* 3 ItrTTKW—We-t’n 1 n25; stale. 20&42. W HISKEY—W estern free, 94395. RICE—Carolina, *»#&7. SUGAR—Porto Rico, -; Muscovado, 103 10# MOLASSES—N. O. 03372. si*’IN TURPENTINE 4*#-. ROSIN—210 for strained. PE I It* »LECM—crude, 13 ; refined, 22#428. TALLOW—8#8». LAKl>—steam. II#813; kettle,-. FREIGHTS TO LIVERPOOL — Cotton, 5-lGg | U-ltkl, flour 2s id, wheat 7#d. Chicago Produce Market, Chicago, Dec. 19. FI.OPR— spring extras 4 2563.50 WHEAT—No. 2. 105 CORN— —for old, 4If; for new. OATS-:!!) lor No. c. RVE—No. 2, HAUI.KY—TOJTl for No.2. MESS PORK—18.00. I, A KI»— 11. RECEIPTS—5000 flour. 48.000 wheat, :i4,o(J0 corn. 8.188) oats. 2 (881 barley, 13,(88) hogs. SHIPMENTS—5000 flour, 7,000 corn, 4000 onto, 7,000 barley, 0)88) hogs. Cincinnati Produce Market, Cincinnati, Dec. 19. MESS PORK—dull. 1. Aid)—10', cll. IIPI.lv MEATS—sides S. j It A CON—shoulder anil clear rib sides, 126121;. t WHISKEY—)u good demand, 87687. XEWS BY MAIL. Heavy roads and lack of ammunition are the reasons now alleged tor the delay in be ! ginning the bombardment of Paris. i The union republican general committee in | New York organized on Saturday night: j Horace Greeley was chosen president. The Democratic State Committee of Con neeiieut has called the State Convention for the nomination of State officers to meet at Hartford on Tuesday, January 17. Hear Admiral Samuel L. Breese, of the United States Navy, died Saturday morning ! at Mount Airy, aged seventy-six years. The annual report of the Michigan State salt inspector shows that 628,979 barrels were inspected this year, an increase of 60,291 over last year. The New York Crispins maintain their strike resolutely. One of the manufacturers lias engaged twenty-live New England slioe niakers to work at the reduced wages. Attorney-General Akerman has given a long decision sustaining the position of Sec retary lloutwell in regard to the Pacific Hail road companies The new theatre built by Hebert Fox on the site of tlie old Academy of Fine Arts, in Philadelphia, was opened on Saturday night before ho immense audience. The building cost #200,000. Several parties engaged in collecting miners’ tax from Chinamen in California have been indicted to appear before the United States grand jury for violation of the fifteenth amendment. The quarrel in the Methodist church at Hoekville Centre, L. 1., culminated on Fri day night in the forcible ejection of Iiev. Mr. Kelsey from the church. Each of the fac tions claims the old church. Senator Si liurz does not propose to give up the ship in Missouri, and will sturdily con test in executive session the confirmation of the nominations made of late in that State on | the recommendation of Mr. Drake. President Grant has expressed to several Senators his hope that Gov. Morton's resolu tion, providing tor the appointment of a com mission to visit San Domingo, may l>e passed | by tlie Senate before the adjournment for the | Christmas holidays. The Great Western Mutual Life Insurance j Company lias been summoned to show cause why its affairs should not be wound up, there being a deficiency of assets to the amount of §26,120. The English cabinet lias decided not to do anything in case Luxembourg is occupied by force, but will inquire into the violation of neutrality of which it is alleged that power has been guilty. Phillips Exeter Academy was burned about three u'cloclc Sunday morning. The fire taught in the cellar of the main building and near the north wing. The tire was discover ed before it had made much progress, but all cffoits to save the building proved unavailing. The cause was incendiary. Insured for eight thousand dollars. STATE NEWS. Attorney General Heed has formed a co partnership with Clarence Ilale, a promising young lawyer who lias recently removed to Portland from Ellsworth. In the S. ,T. Court at Paris, recently, on motion of Alvali Black, Esq., Sullivan H. Hutchins of Paris v.as admitted to practice in ail the courts of this State. The amount of sales of goods by manufac turers in the county of Androscoggin during the quarter ending Sept. 30, 1870. us returned to the revenue oflicets, was §2,545,795. Mrs. Anna Light, widow of the late Capt. Peier Light, died in Waldoboro,’ on the 6th inst.. aged 99 years and eight months. In early life she was a domestic in the family of Gen. Knox, in Thomaston. Samuel Fessenden, son of lion. S. C. Fes senden, formerly of Hock land, has recently graduated at the Cambridge, Mass.. Law School, and enters into the practice of law in Connecticut, with an established firm. A house and lmrn belonging to Mr. Ers kine, near the Wiscassct and Aina line were i burned '1 hursdsy evening. Also a huuse be ' longing to a Mr. Coffin, which stood about a mile from the village, was burned Friday j morning. j On Friday night the gauge of the Belfast ! Mooselieud Lake Kailroad was changed ns far as Brooks. 10 miles from Belfast, and the ' change of gauge will probably he completed I to the latter place to-day. Four complaints have been made by ladies i against Mrs. Sarah A. Leavitt of Shupleigh, for selling intoxicating liquors and keeping a | drinking house nnd tippling shop, and she has ; been bound over to the S. .1. Court, ill the j sum of SS00. The New s says Mr. A. Hamlin of Ilridgton met with a serious accident while chopping 1 in the woods the otht'r day, burying his axe into the instep of his foot, and severing the : arteries. On his way home the blood (lowed | profusely, marking his tracks nearly the whole distance from the woods to th ; village. On Thursday of last week, in Dexter, Geo. Ham, a young man employed in the wood shop at the Stone Mill, had the index finger of his U ft hand so badly mutilated by a plan ing machine which he was operating, that amputation between the first and second joints wus necessary. The Somerset Reporter says the December Term trf 'he Spireme Court wiil sit at Nor ridgewock next Tuesday, Judge Dickinson presiding. The number of entries will be un usually large and the continued docket num bers over 600 actions. Mr. J. Herrick of Alfred, writes the Port land Transcript, that the statement going the rounds of the press to the effect that -‘the first velvet factory in the United States has just been started in Kansas,” is not true, he having worked in a factory previous to 1800 (the first cotton mill started in the United States) where a good article of velvet, both plain and striped, wss manufactured. The Presque Isle Sunrise of Dec. ICth, says: We have for more than a week past hud a succession of snow storms, until the snow is unusually deep for this season. It is said to be .thirty inches deep in the woods. Many persons say they have never known so much snow at this season of the year. Very likely ram will settle it before many days. The Whig says that certain circumstances have come to light which appear to indicate that James Kirby, who was found in a dying condition in the river near the terry slip, on Wednesday night, came lo his death by foul play. The remains will probably be disin terred, and an inquest held. Two men named Frank Libbey and Martin Welch were arrested Saturday for breaking ami enteiing Bray & Moore's store at Mor rill's Corner, Thursday night. The Press says these two fellows have a bad reputation, nnd suspicion fell upon them as soon as the burglary became known. The Observer says cases of scarlatina con- „ tinue to multiply in some portions of Piacata buis county. The cases are generally mild, but typhoid fevers and diphtheria present themselves in malignant forms. Mrs. Potter of Sangerville village, has, on account of sickness in her family, undressed for the pur pose of sleep, only three nights since August. The Whig says the two stores at Lagrange, owned and occupied by 1). M. Willey, were destroyed by fire at noon Friday, i’he Dirigo House, only about twenty feet from them and just where rhe fire was driven by the high, wind, was saved. C. C. Durgin's house caught fire, but was not damaged much. Mr. Wil ley saved most of his goods in a damaged con dition. The Argus understands that the Portland & Ogdensburg ltailroad Company have awarded the contract for the extension of their road from Fryeburg to North Conway to Messrs. Tennant, Aogan & Gray. Judg ing from the energetic and satisfactory man ner in which these gentlemen have completed their contract front Sebago Lake to Frye burg, the railroad company can depend upon a sure and speedy completion of their line to that point. The Portland Press says the mistake of a young deacon causes a sad mishap to an old deacon. Deacon Munroe, of Parkman,bought some hides the other day, and left them in a pile by the side of the road, in front of his house. Soon after the purchase, deacon Sam uel Coburn, a veteran of 75 winters, came riding past; his horse took fright at the hides, capsized his sleigh and ran off at a furious speed, jumping fences, &c. Deacon C. es Imped uninjured, but the horse is badly in jured, if not ruined. The liockland Free Press says ‘-the ap pearance in our streets Tuesday noon of •Dock Coombs,' the owner of the Thomaston Accommodation Stage, £uci carrier of the U. S. mail between this city and South Thomas ton, navigating the street in a punt drawn by a horse, caused considerable merriment. In the 1m>w of the boat on a staff was a Hag bear ing the letters ‘U. S. M.,’ indicating that the craft or its owner was commissioned by the Post otHce department; and from the stern floated the stars and stripes. Mr. Coombs was accompanied by a boy, who served as helmsman. We learn that Mr. Coombs came the whole distance from South Thomaston in this vehicle, which is novel, though quite ap propriate in the present condition of our streets. It really cleft the sea of mud grace fully.” THE DAVIS IMPROVED# VERTICAL FEED SHUTTLE SEWING MACHINE I -at the Store of —^ li. KIMBALL, (nea’ly opposite the CONY HOUSE, Augusta.) T. M. FARR AND A CO., Agents decM-nf _ FOR AUGUSTA. TRY THE CELEBRATED CORN SYRUP ! Just the thing for Buckwheat Cakes. For sale at the Market Square Grocery Store, AUGUSTA. Beautiful, Useful & Desirable. J. 0. PIERCE ft 80N, No. 159 Water St., • • Augusta, Invite special attention to their stock of HOLIDAY GOODS! -Which they offer at LOW PRICES. ^Iecl9-ttf__ BIBLES, TESTAMENTS, PRAYER BOOKS, single, aud in cases with Lessons, a choice article. -ALSO Illuminated Texts and Cards, all beautiful presents for the Holidays, For sale at CLAPP & MOUTH'S, 155 Water street, • • Augusta. **- Sign ot the -Big Ledger.” decd-fSw The (treat Pictorial Annual. Hostetler’s United States Almanac Tor 1871, for dlstribuiIon, grafts, throughout the United States and all civilized countries of the Western Hemis phere, will be published about the first of January, and all who wish to understand the true philoso phy of health should read aud ponder the valuable suggestions it contains. In addition to an admir able medical treatise on the causes, prevention aud cure of a great variety of diseases, it embraces a arge amount of ii formation interesting to the merchant, the mechanic, the miner, the farmer, the planter, and professional man; and the calcula tions have been made for such meridians and lati tudes as arc most suitable for a correct and com prehensive NxRPNAL (jALENtXR. The nature, ™se», aud extraordinary sanitary effects of Hosteller's Stomach Bitters, the stsule tonic aud alterative of more than bail the Christian world, are fully set forth in Its pages Which are also interspersed w ith pictorial illustrations, valu able recipe# for the household and farm, humorous anecdote#, and other instructive and amusing read ing matter, original and selected. Among me An nuals to appear with the opening of the year, this will be one of the most useful, and mt* be had/or the (inking. The proprietor#, Messrs. Hostetler ft Smith, on receipt of a two cent stamp, will forward a copv bv mail to any person who cannot procure one K hi# neighborhood. The Bitter# are sold m ’ every cltv, town and village, and are extensively used* throughout the entire oiviliied world.