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Jj.H. ESTILL, Editor Had Proprietor.) declaring a president jhk mouse passes the elec toral count bile. a Synopsis of the Provisions of the Measure—The Kill Extending the Free pwivery System Passed Continued I)is .ereement Keportvd hy tile Con ferees on the Fortifications Appropria tion Kilt. Washington, Dec. 9. Among tlie matters submitted by the presiding officer when the Senate met to-day were the fol lowing: A communication from the Director of tbe Mint recommending the repeal of the limit of coinage of subsidiary silver coin, [t was referred. The House amendment to the Senate bill for the relief of graduates of the Uni ted Slates Military Academy and to fix tbeir pay. Tbe amendment provides that cadets shall be allowed full pay as second lieutenants from the date of their gradua tion to the date of their acceptauce of their commission. The amendment was con curred in and the bill now goes to the President. Mr Cameron moved that when the Senate adjourn to-day it be till Monday next. This was agreed to by a vote oi 23 yeas to 22 nays. MH. MORRILL’S TARIFF GAG. The Senate, after the introduction of several bills, proceeded to consideration of the resolution introduced by Mr. Mor rill Tuesday, declaring that “the promise of making any revision of the tariff in a spirit of fairness to all Interests, not to injure any domestic industries, but to promote their healthy growth, so that any change of law must be at every step regardful of the labor and capital involved, and without depriving Ameri can labor ot ability to compete success fully with toreign labor, and without Imposing lower rates of duty than will be ample to cover any increased cost of production which may exist, in conse quence ol a higher rate of wages prevail ing in this country, appears so obviously hopeless and impracticable that any further attempts at revision by the present Congress in contravention to the foregoing cardinal declarations are to be regarded as inexpedient and detrimental to a revival af tbe trade and industry of the country.” Mr. Morrill proceeded to address the Senate. The tariff debate was continued by Messrs. Beck and Sherman. After them Mr. Dawes got the floor to sneak on the subject, but the Senate at 3:30 o’clock ad jouiued till Monday. IN THE HOUSE. In the House to-day Mr. Forney, of Alabama, from the committee of confer ence on tbe fortification appropriation bill, reported a continued disagreement. A further conterence was ordered, and Messrs. Forney, Randall and Butter worth were appointed conferees. THE WORLD TAKEN TO TASK. Mr. Reagan, of Texas, rising to a ques - tion of personal privilege, sent to the Clerk’s desk and had read a VV ashington special to the Hew York World,published on Dec. 4, purporting to give an account ofa dispute in tbe conference committee on the inter state commerce bills, be tween Mr. Reagan and Senator Cullom, in the course ol whiph Mr. Reagan was compelled to retract the statement that all opponents o( his favorite measure were acting in the interest of monopolies. He also had read from the same paper of Dec. 7 a card from Senator Cullom deny ing the report of the dispute, and a fur ther article in the paper reiterating its first story. Mr. Reagan denied the truth ol these statements.” TAXING PARTS OF A GALLON. Mr. Morrison, of Illinois, from the Com- Biitteeon Ways and Means, reported back tbe bill relating to the taxation of frac tional parts of a gallon ot spirits, with the Senate amendments thereto, with a re commendation of non-concurrence. The report was agreed to and a conference was ordered. Mr. I’ayson, of Illinois, from the Com nutteton Public Lands, reported back the pill to restrict the ownership of real estate in Ihe Territories to Amerioan citizens, with the Senate amendments thereto. The amendments were non-coneurred In and a conference was ordered. tree postal deliveries. In the morning hour the House resumed consideration of the bill extending the J' e ® delivery system. By arrangement the Committee on Post Offices “"“J 08 1 Koads, Mr. Cannon, of Illinois, ithdrew the amendment offered by him yesterday, and Mr. Dockery, of Missouri, a hehait of that committee, offered an ■wendinent so as to make the bill provide oat letter carriers shall oe employed for “ e tree delivery of mail matter as fre- Huentiy as the publio business inav re- Suire, in every incorporated city, village, v,,,.,' ,r(,u kh, containing a population of ’ "ithin its corporate limits, and tami 80 em P ! °yed at every place con toß tabulation of not less than ,' w| thin the corporate limits, ac ming to the last general census taken s authority of the State or United States ‘ .or to any post office which produces gross revenue lor the preceding fiscal tsar "t not less than SIO,OOO. Mr. Dock ii, S i ! D \ clil * ,llei| t was adopted, and as •glided, the bill was passed. cJ; a, 'd, oflndiana, on behalf of the . '"‘tee on Post Offices and Post tils sm up and the House pussed haii aultl orlzing the employment, of 1 messengers in the postal service. the electoral count, hi ti! e **,° use ll) e n resumed consideration 'be electoral count bill. W v brlßf remarks by Mr. Baker, of tic t| *’ Hnd Herbert, of Alabama, j. noitHo proceeded to vote upon the W „! imendmsnlß ‘o the Senate bill. Sent. e a tfroed to, but the amend* i o n °“ r ed by the minority ol the “ committee were r. jeoted. s „„of Mr. Oates, ol Alabama, In lnen t was adopted by a vote of 10 108 Da y*< striking out the L'. directing the President of the ti „ n „‘ U|)on the declaration of the vote, *etwi Un .?.? ttlo tiauiee of the persons the bill was theu passed as '"•bded without division. PROVISIONS of the bill. hat ?kV'**, aB passed by the House directs id ui' ,f' o [‘T* of each State shall meet iv ? 'heir votes on the second Mon- Hit s Uary following their appolnt •te'.i,.!? 1 * 00 2 provlaes that if any i„r,, ,a ' have provided by laws enacted ik., '.th® day fixed for tbe appointment [ anv C,orH ’ lor 118 final determination ilntiL. ,: . < " 1 ! 10vera y concerning the ap ich 0 “I* ,,r ny of the electors of nr,,.! 8 ' e u y judicial or oiber method* lull | lo ßtlUr . ,>s ' ant l ®uoh deterinlnatiou tfi.r, f, been made at least six days tutors tl,lie tlxed for the meeting of SijvJ ’ m| ob determination shall be con -1 theoi I *. Bll ail govern In the counting vote* so fur as the ascer icn si.. of 'ha electora appointed by Action®o* on norned. •> uresertbea the manner In which the electoral vote of each State shall be certified and comminlcated to tne Secretary of State at Washington. Section 4 prescribes the melting of the Senate and House in the hall it the House on tbe second Wednesday h February succeeding the meeting of tae electors. After providing tor the appdntment of tellers and the reading by then of the cer tificates and papers, purportug to be cer tificates of the electoral vote, the t>ill|eon tinues, and the votes, having seen ascer tained and counted and in the manner and according to tbo rules in this act, pro vided the result of the same shall bo de livered to the President of the Senate, who shall thereupon announce the B * at ® ot the vote, which anuornoement shall be deemed a sufficient dfclaratuin of the persons. If any, elected President and A ice President of the United States, and together with the list of vites shall be entered on the journals if the two houses. Upon such reading of any such certificate or paper the Presidsnt "of the Senate shall call for objectiins, if any. ivvory objection shall be made in writing and shall state clearly tbe discriminations, if any 7. Every objection shall b-t made in writing and shall state dearly and concisely, and without argument the ground thereof, and shall be signed by at least one Senator and one meuber of tbe House of Representatives before the same shall be received, When all oojections so made to any vote or paper Pom a State shall have been received aid read the Senate shall thereupon withdraw, and such objections shall be submitted to the Senate tor its decisions, and tbe Speaker of the House of Representatives shall, in like manuer submit such objections to tbe House of Representatives tor its decis ion, and do electoral vote or votes which shall have been regularly given by eleottrs, whose ap pointment shall have been certified ac cording to tbe third section of this act, from any State from which but one re turn has been received, shall be rejected. If more than one return or paper purport ing to be a return from a State shall "have been received by the President ol tbe Senate those votes, and those only, shall he counted which shall have been regu larly given by tbe electors who are shown by the determination mentioned in sec tion 2 of this act to have been appointed, if tbe determination in said section provided for shall have been made, or by such successors or substitutes in case ot vacancy in the board of electors so ascertained as have been appointed to fill such vacancy in the mode provided by the laws of the State; but in case there shall arise a question wuich of two or more of such State authorities determine what electors have been appointed as mentioned in section 2of this act is the lawlul tribunal of such State, tbe voles regularly given of those electors and those only, of such State shall be count ed whose title as electors the two Houses, acting separately, shall concurrently decide, is supported by the decision of such State so author ized by its laws; and in such case of more than one return, or paper purporting to be the return from the State, if there shall have been no such determination of the question in the State aloresaid. then those votes and those only shall be counted.whioh were cast by the electors, wbo-e appointment shall have been duly certified under the seal of the State by the Executive thereof, in ac cordance with the laws ol the State, unless the two houses, acting separ ately, shall concurrently decide such vo’es cot to be lawlul of the legally ap pointed electors of such State. When the two houses have voted they shall meet again and the presiding officer shall then announce tbe decision. Ho votes or papers from any other State shall be acted upon until objections previously made to votes from any State shall have been finally disposed of. Section 6 gives the President of the Senate power to preserve order. Section G limits to two hours the debate which shall be had ou any question alter the two houses have separated. Section 7 provides that tbe joint meeting shall not be dissolved until the count of the electoral vote is completed. In case the electoral votes shall not have been completed before the fifth calendar day after the first meeting of the two houses, no further recess shall be taken by eituer house. AGRICULTURE AND LABOR. The House then at 3:10 o’clock went into committee of the whole on the bill creating a department of agriculture and labor. M r. Weaver, of lowa, supported the bill as being in the interest of tue greatest in dustry. Mr. Breckinridge, of Arkansas, opposed the measure as creating a political depart ment, and he contended that agriculture would not be benefited by tinsel and frip pery. What it needed was a reduction of the load of taxation. .Mr. Gibson, of West Virginia, took the same view. Randolph Tucker also took this view, and he also opposed the hill on constitu tional grounds. Mr. lteagan saul that there was no con stitutional ground for tbe proposed legis lation. Mr. Anderson, of Kansas, and Mr. Hatch, ol Missouri, supported the bill, both as to constitutionality and expedi ency. Pending further debate the committee rose. Mr. Randall, of Pennsylvania, from the Committee on Appropriations, reported tbe sundry civil bill, which was reierred to committee of tbe whole. The house at 3 o'clock adjourned until to-inorrow. -- - r IIIVEKB AM) HAKBOKS. A Move on Foot to Keep the Ap propriation Down to $7,500,000. Washington, Dec. 9.— Under instruc tions Irom the House Committee on Rivers and harbors, Chairman Willis has con ferred with Chairman McMillan, of the Senate Committee on Commerce, aud other members of that committee respect ing the feasibility of preparing a river and harbor appropriation hill In joint ses sions of the two committees. While no formal arrangement has as yet been made, it is stated that the proposition was favorably received by tbe Senate com mittee and that the probabilities are that tbe Gill will he prepared under u plan providing for a maximum appropriation of $7,500,000, less than otie-hali the aggre gate ot the appropriations mado by the bill passed at the last session. necolosgeof I’ratlo Dollars. Washington, Dec. 9.— The bill intro duced by Menutor Sewell to-day for the re demption oi trade dollars provides that for a period of six months United .States trade dollars. If not defaced, shall be re ceived at their face value in payments of all dues of the United States. For the same period holders on presentation ot the same at a United Slates depository may reoeive in exchange a like amount in face value In standard silver dollars. The trade dollars received shall not be reissued, but shall be reoomed into stand ard dollars. SAVANNAH, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1886. BITS FOR IRON HORSES. THU INTEH-sTATE COMMERCE CON FERE EH AGREE. The Senate's Scheme for Enforcing the Act and tlie House Provision Hiving Railroad* the teichf of Appeal Mutual ly Accepted—Pooling Absolutely Pro hibited Kat*a Muni be Published Equal Charge* for All Hauls. Washington, Dec. 9.—The conferees on the iutei-State commerce bill finished their labors this morning and will report their bill as soou as it can be printed. On tbe question of tbe enforcing act the com mission tealure of the Senate bill is ac cepted By the House conferees, while the Senate oonferees accept the system pro posed In the Reagan bill, under which a shipper is entitled to sue for damages in United States Courts in his own behalf. This gives shippers the option of making complaint to the commission or institu ting suits in the Federal Courts. Rail roads are prohibited from charg ing more for a short than lor a longer distance upon their own lines In tbe same direction, the shorter being included within tbe longer distance, and the circumstances and con ditions being tbe same, but tbe commis sion is authorized, upon tbe application of a railroad aud alter in vestigatim ot tbe tacts, to relieve tbe roads from tbe opera tion of the general rule in special caaes. The Senate conierees agree to the absolute prohibition of pooling contained in the House bill. These were the main features of difference. On the question of publicity of rates tbe provisions of the two bills have been merged so as to require each railroad to make public the rates between points upon its own road as proposed in the House bill, and in addition the com mission is required to secure publicity of through ratss In so far as it may be found necessary. THE PRINCIPAL FEATURES. The following is a synopsis of the prin cipal features ot the substitute bill as agreed upon: The act is made to apply to the transportation ol passengers or property by railroad, or partly by rail road and partly by water, ivbeti both are used under common control, management or arrangement for continuous carriage or shipment beLweeu any of the States or Territories, or from the United States to any foreign country, or irom the United Stat-s through a foreign country into tbe United States, as well as to property shipped to or from any place Id the United States from or to a foreign coun try. The term railroad is defined to mean all roads and all bridges and ferries used or operated by any corporation, and the term transportation is declared to include all instrumentalities for carriage, whicu is intended to bring fast freight lines, express companies, sleeping car compa nies, etc., within the application of the act. UNJUST DISCRIMINATIONS. Section 2 prohibits unjust discrimina tion in charge between individuals by means of special rates, rebates or other device for like and contemporaneous ser vice under substantially similar circum stances and conditions. Section 3 prohibits the making or giving of any undue or unreasonable preference or advantage to any particular peraon, company, firm, corporation or locality or any particular description of traffic in any respeot whatsoever. Railroads are required to afford all reasonable, proper and equal tacilities for interchange ol traffic between tbeir respective lines, and are prohibited from discriminating in tbeir rates and oharges between connect ing lines. Section 4 relates to long and short hauls, and section 5 to pooling. Their provisions have already been slated. PRINTED SCHEDULES. Section t! requires railroads to print and keep at every depot for public inspection copies of their schedules of rates and fares and charges between all points on their lines, and pro hibits them from charging more or less than the rates they may thus estab lish or make public. An advance in such rates and fares and charges must not he made except after ten days’ public notice. Reductions may be made with out previous public notice, but notice ol the same must he given immediately. Whenever any changes are maae they must either he immediately indicated on schedules then in force and kept for pub lic inspection,or new schedules must be printed. Wheu joint tariffs upon contin uous lines are agreed upon, copies must be tiled with the commission and be made public in like manner when directed by the commission, and so far as may be ound practicable. If a railroad refuses to make Its rates public as required, the commission must institute proceedings in the United States Courts, which are au thorized to enforce obedieuce bv any method that may become necessary, even to stopping tbe road from transacting business. SHIPMENTS CONTINUOUS. Section 7 provides that imer-State ship ments shall be considered as continuous from the place of shipment to the place ol destination, despite auy breaking ol bulk, stoppage or interruption made to evade the act. Section 8 makes any common carrier subject to the act liable to tbe person injured for damages sustained by any violation of tbe provisions of the act, together with reasonable attorney’s fees in case of recovery. Section 9 provides that any person claiming to be damaged may either make complaint tothe commission or may bring suit in the United Slates Court for the re cove r y of damages to which a common earner may be liable under this act, but such persons must elect wntcb course they will pursue, and cannot adopt both. Section 10 declares that a common car rier or any officer or emtdoye ol one wno shall willlully violate any of the provisions of toe act guilty of a misdemeanor and makes the penalty a tine not exceeding $5,000. FIVE COMMISSIONERS. Section 11 provides for the appointment of five commissioners by the President. No person in the employ of, or ho ding auy official relation to any common car rier subject to the act or owning stock or bonds thereof, or who is In any man ner pecuniarily interested therein, can hold such office, and not more than three ol the commissioners can lie ap pointed from the same political party. Section 12 gives the commission au thority to inquire into the management of the business ot railroads and obtain from them full and complete information, and for ibis purpose tbe commission is given power to require the attendance and tes timony of witnesses und the production of books and papers, Section 13 provides that complaints may be made by petition to tbe commis sion by anybody ooinpiaining of any vio lation of the not. Buob charges must be forwarded to the railroad, which must be called upon to satlslv the complaint, or to answer tbe satno within a given time. If settled to tbe satisfaction of the com plainant that ends the matter, but when it is not the commission must Investigate the complaint. WRITTEN REPORTS, Section 14 requires written reports of all investigations, and makes such re ports of the commission prime fame evi dence as to tbe facts therein stated in all judicial proceedings. It is provided in section 15 that when the commission finds tbe act has been vi olated it shall notify the railroad of its finding and set a time within whioh it must make reparation. If the railroad, alter such investigation and finding com plies with the requirements of the com mission it la relieved of further penalty. When a railroad refuses to obey any lawlul order or requirement ol the com mission seotion 16 r- quires the commis sion to apply to the United States Courts, which are required to hear and determine the matter in a summary way on short notice. And when it appears that the order of tbe commission hns been violated the court must enjoin obedience by man damus, injunction or writ of attachment, and may fix a penalty of not exceedmg SSOO for disobedience of such orders. Railroads are given the right to appeal to the United States Supreme Court when tbe subjeot in dispute exceeds $2,000, but such appeal does not operate to stay or supersede the order of the court, and railroads must comply therewith until it is changed or overruled on final hearing. PROCEEDINGS PUBLIC. Section 17 relates to tbe proceedings of the committee, which mus be public on request of either party interested. Section 18 fixes tbe salaries of the com missioners at $7,500 per anuum, and pro vides for its employes and expenses. Section 19 authorizes the commission to make investigations and to hold special sessions in any part of ths United States, but its principal offioe is to be in Wash ington. Beetien 20 makes it the duty of the com mission to require annual reports from railroads, which must ooutain a complete exhibitor all their financial operations. Section 21 requires tne commission to report annually to Congress. Representative Crisp, of ths conference committee on the inter-state commerce bill says that the conference report will have the right of way in both houses, and will be put through before the noliday re cess. MISCELLANEOUS ESTIMATES. Money which Congress is Asked to Spend Along the Coast, Washington, Dee. 9.—Among the miscellaneous estimates submitted to Congress this session are the following: For protecting tbe site of the lighthouse at Hunting Island, Bquth Carolina, or for tne removal and re-erection of the same if lound necessary, including the pur chase of a sate site therefor, $51,006. For the following aids to navigating channels leading to Pensacola. Fla.: Range lights, near B'ort Mcßae; re-estab lishment of Fort Barrancas ranges; lignted beacons at or near Devil’s point, Escambia bay, at or near the turn of the channel; and at Bay point, Blackwater bay, and for a day beacon to mark tbe shoals between tbe anchorage and Black water bay, $17,250. These aids were or dered by act of Congress, approved July 26, 1886. For completing the construction of tbe ligntbouse at Mosquito inlet, Fla., $20,000. For establishing a light at Hillsboro inlet, Fla.. $90,000. For establishing a now supply and buoy depot for tbe Seventh lighthouse dis trict in place of the quarters at Key West, Fla., heretofore occupied, $50,000, Naval station. Key West, Fla.; for two officers’ quarters. SB,OOO. Naval station, Port Royal, S.C., for va rious improvements, $5,729 85. For the acquisition ot sites for tbe Martello towers at Key West, Fla., by purchase or condemnation, $9,000. Continued construction of new military post, Atlanta, Ga., $75,000. YIELDING TO THE INEVITABLE. Bandall and the Radicals Changing Their Tariff Front.. Washington, Dec. 9.—There is good reason to believe that when Mr. Morrison moves to go into oommittee of the whole to consider bis tariff bill bis motion will have the votes ol all the Democrats, in cluding tbe Randall contingent and of some Republicans as well. Tbe Randall Democrats and Itepubllcana alike see that the time has come for tariff reduc tion, and it is now only a question with them how it shall be done. When Mr. Morrison’s bill shall have been taken up in committee of tbe whole, the Randall Democrats, assisted by (he Republicans, will try to strike out all alter tbe enacting clause, and insert tbe Randall tariff bill or some modification of it in wbioh the duty on sugar will bo taken off. The prospects of tariff relorm never were be-t ter. Secretary Manning’s vigorous recom mendations have had a telliug effect. Southeastern Patents. Washington, Dec. 9. The following patents to Southeastern inventors were issued to-day: James L. Campbell. Mon ticello, Ga., horse collar; Tbornas H. Cheek, Marietta, Ga„ water gauge. Lawson Foster, Duncan, S. C., cultiva tor. Walter T. Hanson. Macon, Ga., ma chine for winding yarn. Ellis Patterson, Cartersville, Ga., cul tivator. William B. Simpson, Richburg, 8. C., seed planter and lertdizer distributor. Job E. W. Smith and C. W. Smith, Jas per, Fia., plow. Louis H. White, St. Augustine, Fla., assignee to S. M. Bixby, New York, N. Y., handled blacking box. James G. Wilber, Starke, Fla., clamp. Money for the Indians. Washington, Dec. 9.—The Houso In dian Committee has completed the Indian appropriation bill, it calls for $5,178,000, w bich is $35,000 less than the appropria tion for the curreut year and $43,000 below the estimate. Cleveland’s I’alns Less Hcvcre. Washington, Dec. 9.—The President was very much better to-day. He pre sided at tbe Cabinet meeting as usual and received several callera on offioial busi ness. Chicago’s Postal Crooks. Chicago, Deo. 9.—The Federal grand jury to-day found true bills against Col. W. H. Bolton, late superintendent of seo ond class mail matter in the Chicago post office; J. T. Btuart, hiscbiet weigher, and Marshall B. Allen, caabler. The men were Indicted Jointly and separately. Stuart’s statement Is to the effect that tbe day after the investigation Col. Bolton told biin to destroy the ledgers of tbe office for the last two years. Btuart took tbe books away but did not burn them until Bolton insisted the second time upon this disposition of tbe records. CLUVERIUS’ WATCH KEY. ns INTERIOR CO K RESPONDS WITH JOEL’S DESCRIPTION. The Fact Uonslrisretl as Almost Conclu sively Fstabilshtng the Guilt of the Condemned—An Unknown Now York Crank Writes That lie Will Confess the M order on the Day of the Execution Richmond, Va., Deo. 9.—0. H. F. Deuring, the ex-policeman who was ar rested last night on a charge of bribing Herman Joel, the watch-key witness in the Cluverius oase, was before the Police Court to-day, but his examination was postponed until Deo. 18. When consider ing petitions for executive clemency in the case of Cluverius the Governor sent for Mr. Joel and questioned him in regard to the watch key. At the request of the Governor Mr. Joel desorlbed the interior of the watch key, which he had repaired for Cluverius, and alterwards opened It in the presence of the Governor. Ills description tallied exactly with the interior of the watch key. At tbe trial the commonwealth asked that tbe key be opened by Mr. Joel, but the counsel for the defense objected. This was perhaps the strongest point in the evidence against the prisoner, and now, since it has come to light that the interior ot (he watch key was found to be as desoribed by Mr. Joel, the evidence of the prisoner’s guilt is even more con clusive. a crank’s effusion. Chief of Police Poe to-day reoelved ft letter irom Stipt. Murray, of New York, containing the following which he had re ceived: DECKMPKR 8, 186(1. To Suvt. Murray. Dear Sir— lam sorry that the authorities of Richmond are making a great mistake about the i luverius esse. He Is the wrong man. lam sorry he could not prove an alibi. 1 had hoped he could, and now there Is noth ing left for mo but to surrender m vself as the murderer of Lillian Madison. I will surren der on the morning of Cluverius' execution at your headquarters. It is unnecessary to give you further particulars, ns my case will show clearly about the murder at my trial. 1 cannot wait any longer of confessing mv crime, as my conscience has troubled me enough. I will nrove all when I surrender, ami there is uothing left for me but to sur render, get n trial, and probably hung. Lillian Madison's Murderer. The police here regard the letter as the effusion of a crank. BOSTON’S BREAKS. Field, Thayer At Cos. Assign With Liabilities of $(i()O.OOU, Boston, Deo. 9.—Tbe old and well known boot and shoe bouse of Field, Thayer A Cos., oi No. 178 Congress street, made an assignment this evening to J. Q. Henry with liabilities estimated at $600,000. About $500,000 of this indebted ness is said to be held by banks and bankers, and tbe failure is due to tbe un willingness of these creditors to carry suoh a large amount of any firm’s paper. This feeling of timidity was greatly increased by the failure of A. I*. Martin A Cos., last Saturday, and the present embarrassment is thus traced in directly to that failure. Tbe firm of Field. Tbayer A Cos. has been in business here for torty years, and its standing has been of the highest. After the great lire here in 1872 the firm (ound itself SBOO,OOO in debt, but eventually succeeded in paying every dollar of its indebted ness, thereby winning credit and standing which were the envy ol its business associates. Tbe firm bas two factories, one in Medway and tne other in Haverhill, the latter having just been completed. The fact that in tbe erection of this factory the firm paid cash for all the materials made the (allure a still greater surprise to Its friends. The firm did a business ot $1,000,000 a year. It Is considered certain that the creditors will receive a good dividend, and tbe firm hope to be able to pay in full. Every thing has been turned over to the as signee for tbe benefit of the creditors. OILDOM’S MADNESS. The President of the Exchange Part ly Allays the Panic. Pittsburg, Pa., Deo. it.—The oil market toon another tumble this morn ing. Price* declined nearly 50. There was no cause for the drop except the un certain feeling prevailing, which deters dealers from buying. The market opened feverish at 70, and a general rush to un load lollowed. There were no buyers, however, and values slumped off their own weight to 05, when conlidenco was restored a little by a few purchasers coining in, and prices reacted totis at noon. Only one small failure was re ported this morning. The transactions at the Exchange yesterday were 10,000,000 barrels. After 1 o’clock the session was devoid of exciting features. The market became more settled and prices remained in the neighborhood of 08 for the balance of the day, closing steady at. (>H%. Shortly after the opening of the Exchange this morn ing President Stephenson culled the brokers away from the bull ring and in a little speech advisod them not to get excited but to keep quiet, to do as little trading as possible, take no risks that could be avoided, and above all not to sacrifice their oil. These remarks bad an instant good effect In quieting the overstrained nerves of the brokers and also helped to stay the mar ket, which thereafter slowlv recovered some of the ground lost in the slump dur ing the first ten minutes, MINING STOCKS PANICKY. Nearly Everything on Frisco’s Cist Goes Still Cower. San Francisco, Dec. 9.—Mining stocks were all lower this morning. Consolidated Virginia, the favorite, opened at SBB, a loss of $2 on last night, and under light sales went to SBS, closing at SBO. Best A B-leher opened at $lB 50 and closed at sl4 82>£. Opblr showed great weakness, opening ut $lO 00 and Closing at $lO 75, a loss of $5 on last night’s close. The transactions In Bavage were heavy, and the stock dropped from $lB 20 to sll, closlug at sll 00, the lowest price of the morning. Sierra Nevada was the only one which showed strength, opening at SB, an im provement of 20c., and closing at $7 70, at which it closed Ihsl night. The closing prices of others wi re Cboilars4 OO.Crown Point $4, Gould A Curry $0 00, Norcross $4, Mexican $0 20, l’oioei $8 25, Utah $8 00, and Yellow Jacket $7. He Robbed the Malls. Lynchburg. Va„ Deo. 9.—George H. Southall, who baa been for fourteen years a postal clerk between this city a >d Bris tol, was arrested to-dav for robbing the mall*. SPECIAL TAX BONDS. Suits in North Carolina to Enforce 'l hoir Collection. Raleigh, N. C., Deo. 9.—The case of Temple against ths State of North Caro lina and Roberts, Auditor, involving the right of the holders of special tax bonds to enforce the oollaction of special taxes levied by the same acts of tlie Assembly under which the bonds were autnorized was heard yesterday in the United State* Court before o udges Bond and Seymour under a motion of the State to dismiss. A novel question arises as to the right of a citizen of a Biate to sue it when his Fede ral rights have been invaded by alleged unconstitutional legislation. Edward h. Audrews, of No w York, and ox-Solloßor General 8. F.Phllllps.ln forcible and elabo rate arguments upheld the jurisdiction ot the court, while P. P. Battle and John W. Graham, for the Stale, opposed it with ability and free citation ol authorities. The Biime Judges were to-day engaged In hearing the oase ot Mort on. Bliss A Cos. vs. Roberts, Auditor, whioh Is a suit for a mandamus to compel tho Auditor to in clude In the tax lists a requisition lor the collection of special taxes. The same counsel appear in this oase. Tne deois lon ot the court is awaited with much In terest. ALL OUT OF TUNE. Musicians Never l heir Connection With a National Organization. New York, Dec. 9.—The Musical Pro tection Society, of this city, have decided to sever their connection with the Na tional Association ol Musicians. Tbe rea son asigned is that membeis when travel ing are required to pay from S2O to $25 to branches in ditfereut cities through which they pass. They have also decided to abolish thd Musicians’ Journal, which haa been Issued by the aoolaty for a number ol years. Bino the organization of this society in IHO3 the sum ol $115,000 has been received, SIOO,OOO of which bas been used In donations to strikers, to siok membeis! deaths, benefits and general ex penses. The expenses of the last seven years has been $60,000. The society has just concluded a live days session In annual meeting. BULGARIA’* ENVOYS*. A Reception to lie Held in Tlieir Honor. Vienna, Dec. 9.—The Bulgarian dele gates were reoelved to-day by Count Jial noky. The audience lasted an hour and a half. The journalists of Vienna are arranging to hold a reception in honor of the deputation. ANSWERING THE PORTE. Constantinople. Deo. 9.—A majority of the powers have replied to tbe Porte's circular, nsklng advice as to the solution of the Bulgarian difficulty. The replica are all either evasive or Indefinite. Some ot tbe powers ask for further explanation, and . none throw any new light on the maiter. Tno Earl of Iddeslalgh refers tbe Porte to England’s views on tho Bulgarian situation previously ex pressed, Italy, but little more explicit, alludes to the alleged difficulty the Bul garians must experience in accepting Prince Nicholas, ol Mlngrelia. it is now thought the Porte will suggest tbe solution of the difficulty Italy reiers to. EVACUATION OF EGYPT. Bir William White, the British Minis ter here, has reoelved from Lord lddes leigh a dispatch saying tbe Porte bas in timated very distinctly its desire to dis cuss the subject of the evacuation of Egypt, and that be has promised to con sider the Porte’s interests. Count D’Aurey, tbe French agent at Cairo, has informed the Debt Commis sioner that his government will decline to enter into any arrangement looking to Egyptian administration reforms until a day bas been Uxod for thoßritieu toovae nate Egypt. TO UK GIVEN THE COLD SHOULDER PARIS, Dec. 9.—it is learned from a government source that tho Bulgarian delegates will get the cold shoulder In Paris. ENGLAND’S GaLE. Many Vessels Cost A Steamer Founders In Sight of Laud. London, Dec. 9.—The storm yesterday was worst in the Bristol ohannel. The sea walls were demolished, and many freight cars were overturned. The storm has not yet abated on the northwest coast. The seu is running mountain high at Holyhead. Balliuamorc Castle tell In to-day. Miss Cody, one oi tne inmates, whs killed. The British steamer Avon dale, for Philadelphia, the ship Pegasus and the Norwegian bark Dag mar, the latter from St. John, N. 8., nave been wrecked at Holyhead. The crows were saved. A steamer, supposed to he the Captain MoAlintock. of Dublin, was seen to founder to-day off Point Ly nas. Tne steamers City of Berlin, Cats lonia and Nova Sootfan, which wero due at Queenstown yesterday, arrived twenty four hours late. Liverpool pilots say the weather has been the severest they have over experienced. GBBVY’B RIGHT BOWERS. M. Goblet’s Selections for the Port folios Foreshadowed. Paris, Dec. 9.—Following Is a list of the probable members of the new Minis try: M. Goblet, President of the Council and Minister of the Interior; M. Duclere, Minister of Foreign Affairs; M. Dauphin, Minister of Puhllo Instruction; M. bar rier), Minister of Justice; Gen. Boulanger, Minister ol War; Admiral Aube, Minister of Marine and the Colonies; M. Grand, Minister of Posts and Telegraphs; M. Locbroy, Minister of Commerce; It. Kiobard, Minister of Agriculture. '1 no Cbamberof Deputies has adjourned until Saturday. Ijctlnrs Opened by the Government. Dublin, Dec. 9.—Post oflioe officials are accused of opening letters addressed to Mr. Sullivan, of the Irish Natloual League of America. It is alleged that a letter from Mr. .Sullivan’s wile in Chicago was received here with the seal broken. The officials deoline to institute an in quiry uuless the envelope which it is claimed was tampered with is produced. An English View. London, Deo. 10, 6 a. m.—The Times says: “II Washington politicians are suit averse to releriing the fishery ques tion to arbitration they cannot grumble if their aversion is taken as a measure of the goodness ol the American case.” Forty two Person# Drowned. London, Deo. 9.—Dispatches from Brisbane suite that the steamers Kiela wurra and Helen Nloholl have collided off Queensland, resulting in the drowning of forty-two persous. (PRICE *lO A TRAM.) 1 6 CENTS A COPY. J GORE OS ATLANTA’S MOON C/VPT, HOW ELL C ALLS COL, HAIG HI SON A THIEF. Th Colonel FrimUti to Glvs the State ment Ills Personal Attention at tlia Proper Time—The Captain’* Kefasal to Accept Psrut-versnoe Stock as a Lift—M r. ICinkln Hlg Statement Atlanta. Ga., Deo. 9,—The bribery in vestigating committee held a session tbit afternoon. K. P. Howell testified at soma length as to his knowledge of the alleged marble lobby and the various publica tions in the Constitution. He knew that Mr. Harrison was making efforts to get marble substituted for limestone, but he knew of no one else. Mr. Harrison had published some articles in the Constitution for which bn paid, but he did not know of any other money spent or of Mr. Fain’s and Mr. Rankin’* conneotion with the matter, ex cept through Bitaner’s alltdavit. He had no personal knowledge or either Mr. Fain or Mr. Kankin having anything to do with it. Htestimony hh to the Eager inter view was substantially the same as Mr. Kager’s, except that the interview wivt written in the Constitution office in Mr. Kager’s absence. RAORR’S STORY. When Mr. Kager testified he said thafer he and Mr. Howell prepared it in his room at the Kimball. Mr. Howell said than after the legislature adjourned in lss-g Mr. Harrison offered him some stock in the Perseverance Mining Company which shouldn’t cost him a cent. He said ha declined it beoause he did not want to taka the stock that wav. Mr. Harrison rose to refresh Mr. Howell’s memory, and asked if that did not ooeur last summer. Mr. Howell replied emphatically no. because In IKS4 Mr. Grady told him that Mr. Har rison hail also offered him the stock and he ( Mr. Howell) told Mr. Grady that ha would have notning to do with Mr. Hat's rlson as he was ad n thief. Rankin’s dkfknsk. Mr. Rankin made a lengthy and impres sive statement denying in toto all that Hiaaner charges, and submitted evidence and an argument to prove their falsity. Lem Aired, Doorkeeper of the Senate, was sworn, and said that he had known Bisaner thirty years, and that he would not believe him on oath. At the conclusion Mr. Harrison, In a personal statement referring to Mr. How. ell’s attack, said that it was uncalled for, and the Committee owed it to itself t< make Mr. Howell substantiate it. At tha proper time and manner he would give bis own attention to it. He referred again tu bis conduct in the marble business in show that what be bad done he had a right to do, and It was done honorably and legitimately. The Railroad Committee held another lively meeting to-night, in which Ms). Hanson, of Macon, concluded the argu ment for the Covington and Macon rails road bill. Jt Is not known what the oota. mil tee will do. AUGUSTA’S SENSATION. A Dispatch A llcglng Trouble in Hank Leads to a. Fig lit. Augusta, Ga.. Dec. 9.—The sensation to-day was a fight in the office of E. W.j Barrett, a newspaper correspondent. Mr. Barrett sent out yesterday sensational telegrams reflecting on the financial standing or the Augusta Havings Bank, involving tbs Georgia Chemical Works, and severely criticising and attacking Joseph 8. Bean, a rising young banker* Mr. Bean Is now prostrated, and bis brother, Thomas 8. Bean, indignunt ah the treatment of his sick broiber, de manded satisfaction at the hands of Mr. Barrett. In the office a fight snsued, which was ended by the inteiferenca of friends. Bad blood still exists, amf further trouble may result. So far as tha business standing of the Augusia Saving* Bank, the Georgia Chemical Works og Joseph Bean is concerned Mr. Barrett’d dispatches are wide of mark and unjust- The attack on Mr. Bean’s character was not warranted by the facts in the case. [The statements contained In Mr. Bari rett’s objectionable dispatch will be fount! In the Georgia sews column of this morn ing’s News.] } DUFFY A PERJURER. Another of the Rood In Itoard Cons fessns Nome of Hie blue. Nkw York, Deo. 9.—The court officer® to-day relussd, as In the former trial ol MeQuade. to allow any people in the General Session Court, part two, unless connected with the case. None of the accused Aldermen were present except the prisoner and Fullgraff. |The latter baa completed bis direst testimony. It Is, similar to that given on the former trial, and Is now undergoing the pillory or cro*#-exami nation. Alderman Duffy took the stand in the afternoon. Ills story did not vary si. terlally from that told in the first trial. On cross-examination be acknowledged committing perjury before the senate Ins vestlgatinic Committee when he testified that he received notice ol the meeting a$ his office through Maloney. This ae. knowledgrnent created a ripple of ex< cltement in the oourl room, as it was tbs first intimation of perjury on Duffy's part. The counsel for the defense elicited another acknowledgment from Duffy that be had again committed perjury before the Senate committee wpen be testified that he did not know or any corruption in tbs hoard. Duffy repudiated hi* testimony is the first trial that be had not been cos* fronted with evidence ot his guilt in tb® Thirty-fourth street job. He declared the testimony then attributed to biin as false, but did not feel sure that be bad so testi fied. Over a dozen times Duffy aoknowL edged that be bed sworn falsely on tbq Hist trial. After recess, to questions as to the disagreements between bis answers and evidence on the first trial and whether! be bad testified falsely beiore.Duffy, mads wise by experience, refused to reply. Alabama’s War on Futures. Montoombr y, Ala.. Dec. 9.—The lowg er bouse ol the General Assembly to-day passed a general revenue bill containing a clause levying a tax 0r55,000 on all deals ert, brokers or bucket shops that buy and sell future contracts on commission. Tbs tax is virtually prohibitory and tb* oou ton interests of Montgomery will make ® strong flgiit against it in the Senate when It comes up for consideration to-morrow, A Kali fund Engine Hursts. Jkrsky Shork, Pa., Dec. It—A Bead) Creek railroad engine wbioh had just left the shop* and come to a standstill near the station here, exploded this afternoon from an unknown cause, killing Philip H. Knight and James Wearne, engineer*! Allan Ramsay, a fireman, and J. C- Field, a raaoblnist. J. C. Stapleton, a machinist! was seriously injured.