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f jUtrft 33ffklr 3H&fcfll InilligtTJC VOL. IXXV. WASHINGTON, SUNDAY, JUNE S, 1S90.16 PAGES. NO. 12 if (!w $1I . BISMARCK IS QUITE OLD. 1HIT HI! CAN STILL ALARM KUKOPJB WHKN HE SPEAKS. How the Emperor Tries to Discount tho EITcotof His Utterances Gormiiny Very Wcnry of Her Military Hardens and Not "Willing to Incroase Them. LCopyrlBlit by New York Associated 1'rcs?. Beiimn, June 7. Cbaucollor Vou Uaprlvi did not send a circular note to the Towers, nor did be communicate with any foreign represen tative, except the Austrian Ambassador, on tbo subiect of Prince Bismarck's utterances in in terviews witb newspaper correspondents. Tho alleged remarks of the Prince to tbo effect that Germany was not bound by treaty to assist Austria in the event of a war with Russia over the struggle for dominance in the Balkan Pc niusula caused Count Kalnoky' to inquire bow far the Emperor and the Chancellor shared this interpretation of the responsibilities of the alli ance. Gen. Von Caprlvi, in his response avoid ing the discussion of such an interpretation, declined to attach any value to tho reported in terviews witb the retired statesman. Prince Bismarck has written to both Signor Cripi and Count Kalnoky correcting tbo irri tating impressions arising from these reports of Interviews. The Emperor and his Ministers concur in respectful treatment of the cx-Chan-cellor. They recognize his full right to a pub lic expression of bis views on state affairs through any medium he may choose. Sugges tions have been given to the ofllcial press to allude to Prince Bismarck only when neces sary, and to then speak ot him witb unvarying couitesy as a statesman who bas rendered the greatest services to his country, but who bas probably outlived hi3 capacity to guide the affairs of tbe nation. This exactly represents the attitude the Em peror desires the Ministers to assume toward Prince Bismarck. The North German Gazette, which is now as much Chancellor Von Gaprivi's orgau as ever It was Prince Bismarck's, seems to min imize the impoit of the Prince's utterances by declaring them to be those of a mere "privato gentleman," having nothing whatever to do with the present policy of the Empire or witb the means of influencing it. This view of the ex-Chancellor's position, however, Ignores tho fact that be still holds intimate relations and a continual correspondence with the beads of tbe Federal states, the leaders of the Conservatives and National Liberals, besides maintaining touct with foreign statesmen. Tbe govern ment may soon bo glad to accept his assistance to pass the army bill. Tbe Hamburger Nachrkhten intimates that tbe Prince, if he enters Parliament, will throw the wcigbt of his influence on the side of Chancellor Von Caprivl, witb whose policy at home and abroad bo continues to be in sym pathy. Nothing is definitely decided as to bis accepting a seat in tho Reichstag, but it is un derstood that he will not do so unless occasion demands his presence to justify bis policy as continued by Chancellor Von Caprivi. The occasion is likely soon to arise. The commission on the army bill has dis closed a complete change of tho Emperor toward the government proposals. Before tho Whitsuntide vacation Herr Richter alono openly opposed tho credit demands. Now Dr. Wind thorst, Ilerr Bennijrsem, and even some of the Conservatives on tbo commission declare tbat the country will not support the continuous in crease in the military charges. The frauk ad missions of Gen. Verdy Du Vernois, Minister of War, that ho did not know how much more money be would bo required to ask, roused re monstraucc on every side. The opinions of the constituencies were ascertained during tbe recess, and these have Incited the members to demand explicit proposals, tbe augmentation of the niunciical strength of tho peace effective, with a definite budget. The Centre pai ty, tho Frels Inutges, Volks" Partei, and Socialists are also combining to refuse to support the bill un less it is accompanied by a provision for a shorter peilod of compulsory military service. Ilerr Bichter demands as the price of his sup port the establishment of a two years' service, tho abolition of tho Impcilal Guard, tho aboli tion of tho system by which civil posts are ac corded to sub-officers on retiring from tbo service, tho suppression of tho cadet schools, and tho abolition of everything which assists aristocrats to a special rank in the army. Finally ho demands tho suppression of tho sep tennnle. Tho coalition will not insist upou all these demands, but will hold out for enough to render tho fate of tho bill doubtful, while as suiing 6tormy times within tho Beichstag. It is a critical period for the government. Before tho opposition of tho commission becamo ap parent the government expected to pass tho army bill and close tho Beichstag during tho ilrst week of July, leaving tbo labor bill until the autumn session. THE FIGHT FOR AFRICA. Tho AiiKlo-German Negotiations to I5o Re sumed at Once. Bnr.UN, Juno 7. Advices from London, ro celved at tho Foreign Oflice, report that Sir Percy Anderson will arrive hero on Monday to resume tho negotiations with DeKraull, head of tho Colonial Department, relative to the teni tory in Africa. The Emperor's pioposals made in his communications to Sir Edward Malet, tho British Ambassador, have beou practically accepted. The report of Moj. Wissmauu, published in a whito book to-day, advocates the erection of fortified posts at Tabora and Cinja ami tho establishment of stations in tho lakes, on whlcb he says small armed steamers are indispensable. Tho whito book further gives a leport of Capt. Valetto, from Zanzibar, statiug that Emin Pasha, with his expedition, is proceeding to the Victoria Nyanzu. Pardons Uefused to Strikers. 1'ahu, June 7. President Carnot has granted pardons to seventy-two woiklugmen who wore convicted and seut to prison for offenses in connection with recent strikes, Ho has refused pardons to twenty-four others, mostly foreign ers, who were pachseutenccd to oue mouth's imprisonment ft r tho same offense. THE TEN "WHO L.EAI). Alilst From "Which "Tho Herald's" Prize "Winner Will Probably bo Selected. Although there are over 200 contestants for The HkiumVs freo vacation excursion to Europo for the most popular school teacher, the great majority ot them have only received scattering votes from pupils or friends who voted as a compliment, without knowing whether the teacher desired to bo considered a candidate or not. As tbo contest progresses, however, as usual in all contests of the kind, a smaller number of candidates have forged far ahead of tho others, showing that their friends have rallied to their support and mean to do all they can to secure the handsome prize for them. In this connection it is interesting to note, in a special manner, who tbe leading can didates are. The ten who have tbo highest number of votes are the following: Mr. John T. Freeman 415 Miss J. P. McCauley N...30J Miss E. K. Scott 283 Miss A. M. Wilson 210 MIssM.E. Kowe 203 Miss E. L. McCartney 108 Miss Mae Jenkins 1G7 MIssM. W.Garjres 157 Miss S.J. Ollphnnt 123 MIssI. V. Kemp 112 Mr. Freeman has a good lead, as shown above, but Miss McCauley is a strong second, while Miss Scott has suddenly come up to third place In a way that indicates sho bas determined friends at work for her. Among tbe ten names given above it now looks that tbe fortunate winner of Tun Sunday IIekamVs prize will be selected, although there is still ample time for a "dark horso" to come in and carry off the honors. It is going to be an energetic "merry war," however, and it behooves the friends of tbe various candidates to be up aud doing. GEN. KAUM'S STATEMENT. Sweeping; Denial of Charges Against the Commissioner of Pension;. Gen. Baum, the Commissioner of Pensions, in an interview last evening, made the following statement in regard to the resolution introduced in tbe House yesterday by Representative Cooper, of Indiana, for an investigation of the administration of the Pension Bureau: "In the first place," said Gen. Baum, "there has not been a share of the stock of the refrigerating company sold to any one con nected with the Pension Oflice, or any one connected with the prosecution of pension claims. As to tbe merits of the refrigerator, that is a matter for the public to investigate and decide for themselves. "I say in tbe most emphatic manner, and without any reservation, that there bas not been, so faras I know, any favoritism shown to any individual claimant or attorney prose cuting claims before the Pension Commissioner. There is no foundation -whatever for tbe statement that by a recent and partial ruling any cases have been advauced and taken up out of their order. Claims are treated witb absolute im partiality, and no preference Is or has been given to any one attorney over another in the prosecution of claims. In January I issued an order creating what is known as tbe completed files. This order was widely promulgated, and under it every claimant, either by himself or bis attorney, can, when his case is complete, have it put upon this list for action. Hundreds of requests come In from all parts of tho coun try daily for placing cases upon tho completed files These cases .ire taken up in their regular order and disposed of through tho adjudicating divisions without preference or prejudice to any. There Is no foundation whatever for any charge of favoiltlsm in the conduct of the business of the oflice. The Hawaiian Kingdom is Solid. San Fhancisco, June 7. The Hawaiian Legislative Assembly of 1S90 was opened May 21 by the King, who in his address stated that duriug the biennial period just closed tbo country had enjoyed a great deal of prospeilty and tbe financial affairs of tbo kingdom we:c on a sound basis. Ho lecuiumended that the credit of the kingdom bo pledged for tho plac iug of tho Hawaiian Hurbor in condition to furnish accommodation for tho great increaso of commerce which would follow tho probable completion of the inter-oceanic ship canal and of tho promised exten sion of lines of steam communication, also toward arrangements for a Pacific cablo line. Tho opening of tho Legislature was at tended by no disturbance. Tho National Rc form party seemed control for the organization of tho Houses. Tho most important treaty negotiated has been a parcels post convention with the United States, which was ratified January 29, 1SS9. Not A11ovm1 to Ijund. IlAi.ir.vx, Juno 7. Plckford it Black, agents of tho steamer Hailawa, to-day received a telegram from Captain Farquhar stating that ho had arrived at Bay St, George, N. F., and that tbo customs authorities had refused to al low him to land his cargo for that place. Tho reason glvon was tbat the people rofused to pay any customs duties on goods coming Into tho country. Tho Harlawa had to proceed on her voyage without having landed any of her freight for tho Bay St. George people. Tho steamer left beio last Tuesday on her regular trip to Cape Breton and Now Fouudland ports. An American "Wrongfully Arrested. Beuun, Juno 7. An Americau citizen named Jonassen, who was arrested here on tho charge of uttering treasonable words, has been liberated. Tho police weie censured for tho arrest, there being no ovldenco to justify their interference. Minister Phelps Was Present. Beiimn, June 7. Gen. Von Capilvi attended a graud military banquet to-night. Many gen erals aud a few civilians were present. Mr, Phelps, tho Americau Minister, was among tbo guests aud was seated next to the Chancellor. A Prince Converted to Catholicity, Beuun, Juno 7. Prince Henry of Nassau has professed his conversion to tho Catholic faith in the Cathedral at Fritzlar. TIeurich's Extra Palo Lasrci Ask lor it. A BLACK EYE FOR SILVER. THE BKI'UUHCAN CAUCUS BILL PASSED Y THE HOUSE. Tho Party Lash EfTocttially Annllcrt-Onjy Eight Republicans Uatl tho Temerity to Vote According to Tholr Convictions "An Infamous DomonotiKatlitn Hill." Tho Republican caucus silver bill, which was forced upon tho House by tho Speaker and his lieutenants last week, was passed by tbo House yesterday afternoon by a vote of 133 ayes against 119 nays. Previously a test vote was taken upon tho motion of Mr. Bland to recom mit the bill with instructions for free coinage, and tbat was defeated by 110 nays agaiust 110 ayes. On tbe motion to recommit fifteen Republi cans voted yea with tho Democrats, as follows: Allen, Michigan; Anderson, Kansas; Bartlne, Nevada; Carter, Montana; Connell,. Nebraska; Do Haven, California; Featberstonc, Arkansas; Funston, Kausas; Hermann, Oregon; Kclley, Kansas; Morrow, California; Perkins, Kansas; Townseud, Colorado; Turner, Kansas; Van dever, California. Thirteen Democrats voted with the Republi cans in opposition to tho motion to recommit, as follows: Dargan, South Carolina; Dunphy, New York; Elliott, South Carolina; Flower, New York; Geissheimer, Now Jerscj-; Hemp hill, South Carolina; Maish, Pennsylvania; Mutcbler, Pennsylvania; O'Neill, Massachu setts; Quinn, New York; Tracey, New York; Venable, Virginia; Wiley, New York. On tbe llnal passage eight Kcpumicans voted with tbe Democrats against the bill, as follows: Anderson, Kansas; Bartlne, Nevada; Carter, Montana; Kelle', Kansas; Rockwell, Massa chusetts: Townseud. Colorado; Turner, Kan sas; Wilson, Washington. The only Demo crat who voted with tbe Republicans for the passage of the bill was Mr. Wilson, of Mis souri. Among the leading silver men of the Senate there is complete disgust on account of the stultification to which some of their friends in tbe House yielded in voting for the so called silver bill yesterday. Ono of the Senators re marked that ho could understand the feelings that prompt men to yield something for the sake of reaching a basis of compromise, but this is a complete surrender of everything, without possibility of getting anything in re turn or saving anything from the wreck, unless the Senate shall stand" In tho breach and pre vent a great outrage from being perpetrated. "Tbe bill passed by the House is infamous," said Senator Teller last evening. "It is another demonetization bill," Mr. Telle? "pntinued, "and its passage now is worse than the passage of the demonetization act of 1873, because in 1873 there was the excuse that many of those who voted for the bill didn't know its scope or purport, but now no such excuse can be offered; everybody voted to-day with his eyes wide open, and knowing exactly the effect" of tbe measure he voted for." The expectation is tbat the Senate will pass a liberal silver bill, providingamoug other thiugs for coin redemption aud allowing full legal tender function to silver certificates. Such a bill thrown into conference against the House bill would, it is suggested, afford a basis for a pretty fair silver bill, manufactured after the fashion of legislation by conference committees. Free coinage, however, is practically killed, sofar as the present Congress is concerned, THE ACCIDENT ON THE ALLIANCE A Sailor's Account of tho Bursting of the IJig Sixty-Pounder. Gus Ashton, a sailor on the United States steamer Alliance, in writing to his sister in this city, gives tho following account of the bin st ing of the big gun on tho vessel while crossing the Mediterranean a couple of weeks ago: "The morning was one of the finest I ever saw, aud every oue was as lively as could be when 'quarters' was sounded. Then, in less than a minute, tbe COpoundcr exploded, and when the smoke cleared away, great God, what a sight! One man was wedged in tbe lorecliains, blown to pieces, while another was burnt black and calliug for water, and a boy clawing at his eyes, while three or four more had their clothes on fire. All of the iu jured havo recoveied. The man who was killed we bad to bury at sea that night. You cannot imagine what a solemn fuueral that was, when all 6ails were furled and fires banked aud word passed for all hands to bury tbe dead. We lmvo a chaplain on board whom wo are to carry to the flag-ship, and when ho was through preachlug ' and poor Jack McGowan's body went over the side, I saw many an old sailor shed tears." A Washington Catholic Eleeted. New Yohk, Juno 7. At the regular monthly meeting of tho board of managers of the New York Catholic Protectory held yesterday Dr. Richard II. Clarko was elected president, to succeed the lato Henry C. Hoguet, Esq. Dr. Clarko was born In Washington, D. C in 1S27, and graduated from Georgetown College in 1810. He is a lawyer by profession and a writer of considerable note. IIo has been prom inently identified with Catholic interests in New York since 1S04. A Young Woman Gels High Honors. London Juno 7. A young woman has car ried off tho highest honors at tho Juno exami nation at Cambridge University. Tho winner of this distinction is Miss Philippa Fawcette, who is bracketed as tbe superior of tho malo seulor wrangler in tho mathematical tripos. Miss Fawcette, who is twenty-two years of age, is a daughter of tho lato Professor Fawcette. Two other young women, Miss Field aud Miss Lea, aie also among tho wranglers. Death of Gen. Lindsay Walker. Richmond, Va., Juuo 7. A telegram ic ceived hero to-day annouuees tho death at Co lumbia, Fluvanna Comity, of Gen. R. Lindsay Walker. Ho was a graduato of tho Virginia Militaiy Institute in tho samo class with Gen. Mahouo. Since tho war he has been couuected with various railroads in tho South. "Emmons Blaine, Chicago." Bai.timohe, Juno 7. Mr. aud Mrs. Emmons Blaino will leavo Baltimore in a few days. Much of their bilc-il-brao and other articles wero shipped to-day in boxes labeled "Emmons Blaine, Chicago, HI." WEST POINT EXERCISES. Interesting Manumvros Pontoon Ilrldges Across Hudson River. West Point, Juno 7. Tho closing day at tho Academy was cool and cloudless. Secretary Proctor spent n few hours hero this morning. A saluto of seventeen guns was fired, but ho de clined tho honor of review of tho battalion bo causo ho did not wish to interfere with tho ex amination. Superintendent Wilson escorted him about tho grounds and buildings, and when he resumed his journey to Vermont it was with tho promise that bo would return next Wednesday and participate in tbo graduation exercises. Tho examination of the graduating class is finished, and the only thing that remains is to compute their relative standings. The "old warriors" of tho board were always on hand whon the cadets were being examined in gun nery law, tactics, and engineering, and were de lighted to put hard questions to tho boys. At So'clock the first class and part of tbo second gave an exhibition of pontoon bridge-building in the covo at North End. This brought out tho largest and most fashionable company of spec tators seen this week. SInco tho last year tbe Government has had uow pontoons built, cloven of which and two trestles were used in building a bridge over an arm of tbe Hudson. The cadets anchored boats in tbo stream one at a time, and laid stringers upon them and boards on top of all, and marched from shore to shore. Another division made a bridge on land by first constructing pontoons out of canvas stretched over framework. Mrs. U. S. Grant and Mrs. John A. Logan have ai rived. Gen. Sherman and other distin guished guests are expected on Wednesday to attend the meeting of tbe alumni. NAVY NEWS PROM THE PACIFIC. Movements of tho Charleston, Adams, and Othor War Ships. San Fhancisco, June 7. The Oceanic Line steamship Alameda arrived this morning twenty-four days from Sydney and six days from Honolulu. The United States flag-ship Charleston arrived at Honolulu on the morning of May 29, having left San Francisco on tho 21st Instant. The Charleston anchored In the naval row, saluted tho Hawaiian fleet, aud the shore battery responded. The English ship Champion saluted the admiral's flag, and tho salute was returned bvthe Charleston. U. S. Consul General Severance visited the cruiser, and Rear Admiral Rrown and staff called on IT. S. Minister Stevens. The cruiser was an object of much interest to the people of the island. On tbo 30th Admiral Brown and staff and Minister Stevens were received by King Kalakaua. The U. S.S.Nipslc remains in port, and the U. S. S. Adams arrived at Honolulu May 17, sev enteen days from Pago-Pago, Samoa, breaking the record between those ports for a naval ves sel. The U. S. S. Mohican arrived at Samoa April 20. - " - - 13. & O. RAILROAD STOCK. Tho IJncuii Syndicate "Will Get at Par tho City's Steele. Bai.ti.mouk, Md., June 7. The indications to-day are nearly direct that tbe Bacon syndi cate will get at par (its own offer) the city's Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Compauy stock 32,500 shares. Decker, Howell & Co., bankers, of New York, bad asked per mission to file a bid at par for the city's holdings, and Mayor Davidson agreed, to submit the old to the uouucfi on Monday, but to-day he received a telegram from Deiker, Howell k Co., withdrawing their proposition. Tbe mayor says he is not aware of tho probability of any other definite offer being made, but tbat all offers that may reach him on or before the Monday session of the City Council will be submitted to that body. Railroad Collision in Virginia. Richmond, Va., June 7. A special received hero to-night states that a collision occurred to day six miles east of the natural tunnel on tbo South Atlantic aud Ohio Railroad between a passenger mixed train and a construction train. Both engines weie smashed. Tho Injured are: Jeff Price, commercial agent, Bristol, Tenn., injured internally, will probably dlo; Charles Carpeuter, engiuecr, leg broken; Frank Sur face, Lynchburg, nose broken and otherwise injuied; N. H. Beachboard, Mlltou Totten, Joseph P. Morris, constiuction hands, injured internally. The Post Oillco Site Agreed On. No more welcome uews than that tho Seuato aud Houso conference committees have agreed on the Post Ofilco site, opposite tho Star oflice, could be circulated in Washington. Tbo agree ment was reached yesterday, and It was thought It might bo made known in tho Senate during tho afternoon, but it was not. Monday, how ever, will probably settle the matter. A now Post Office uow seems a certainty. An Infant Fatally Burned. The home of Mrs. Lottie Harris in tho alley between Ninth, Tenth, O, aud fP streets was damaged by lire yesterday afternoon to the amount of fifteen dollars. Tho turce-months-old infant of tbe woman was so badly burned that it cannot live. It was attended by tho phvsleluns of the Emergency Hospital. The police are investigating tbo caso. Suicide of a .Judge. Damei.sonvij.j.e, Conn., Juno 7. Judge A. M. Paine, of East Killlngly, committed suicide this morning by shooting. Judge Paiuo was a leading mau in town, aged seventy years. Cause, ill health. Ho leaves 100,000 and bequeaths $20,000 to chari table institutions in town. Tho President at IVort Monroe. Fout Moxiiou, Va., Juno 7. Tho Despatch, with President aud Mrs. Hanison ou board, ar rived at 5 P. M. G rover Cleveland Elected. New Yohk, Juuo 7. Grover Cleveland was to-night elected to tho Century Club by a yoto of 1-13 to 7. Tho Weather. For tho District of Columbia, Eastern Penn sylvania, Now Jersey, Delaware, Murj land, and Virginia, lair; cooler; northwesterly winds; fair Monday and Tuesday. Thermometer leadings yesterday: 8A, M.,74; 8 1 M., "2; ineau temperature, ?!1; maximum, bO; minimum, 6(5; mean relative humidity, 00, NATIONAL NOSE-COUNTERS. THE CENSUS ENUMERATORS ARE HAV ING AN INTERESTING TIME. Things Tlioy Do 1'lndOut and ThlnRsThoy Don't Among tho Latter Aro tho Aces of Ladles Somo Laughable Incldonts Washington's Prohablo 1'opulntlon, For six days tho great work of counting up Uncle Sam's family has been going on, and only ono fatality is reported as a consequence so far. This is tbe caso of tho Now York census enumerator named Lorgae, who failed to report for duty on Monday morning last, and committed sui cide when ho learned that his dereliction might cost him a $."00 fino. Tbo enumerators, as a rule, have not reported any violent manifesta tions to their interrogatories. There were a couplo of cases of assault in tho foreign quarter of Now York City. An enumerator in Michigan had a bull-dog set on him by an irasci ble farmer, who objected to the mortgage in quiry. A Minnesota enumerator reported to Superintendent Porter that ho got lost in tiio woods tho first day out and failed to collect any statistics. 'Ihero is talk of proceeding against those persons who refuse to answer questions and threaten or assault the enumer ators, but It Is hardly likely much will be done in tbat direction. Here in Washington the enumerators aro meeting witb very little opposition, aud they are turning iu their work promptly to Super visor Diugman. There aro ono hundred and sixteen of them in this city and their oxperi- ences In certalu sections have been varied and amusing. Tbe greatest trouble bas been ex perienced iu those quarters of tho city thickly populated by colored people, while the trips of tho enumerators iu the localities where the Italians, Chinamen, Bohemians, and Hun garians reside havo been fraught with experi ences at times a little alarming. Purity's Court, Arthur Place, and Grant avenue aro the locali ties inhabited by the professional organ-grinders and monke3'-traIners, and it is necessary to carry along an Interpreter to got the facts out of tbe Italians as to whether their house is mort gaged or if they are suffering from any chronic disease. In nine-teuths of the cases the occu pants of tbe bouses regarded the enumerator as an enemy or a tool of the police, and treated him accordingly until made aware of tho facts. Among tho darkies of Hell's Bottom, Bloody Field, and other classic purlieus, the enumera tor's lot was anything but a happy one. The entrance of tho enumerator was regarded with forebodings, the general impression being that he was a police spy or agent. As a geueral rule the darkies answered tho questions In re lation to diseases without hesitation. Ono enumerator on entering a room iu a bouse in "Bloody Field" was alarmed by an immediate rush of the occupants for the open air. It wa3 then ascertained that he had unknowingly broken up a quiet game of "crap," and the players thought him an officer of the law. In many cases the young ladies of the houses visited answered the calls of tho enumerators. Some of the latter are bashful and retiring, aud naturally felt embarrassed at having to pro pound such interrogations as "Are you white, black, or Chinese ? Mother of how many chil dren ? Suffering from any chronic disease ?" aud others equally as awkward. But stern ne cessity required that they should put the ques tions, aud after a few experiences they ap proached their victims in a manner calculated to draw out information and less abuse. In tho fashionable quarters of the city, especially in thohe containing many boarding-houses, "tho greatest trouble was found iu getting the ages of the lady boardeis. Supervisor Diugman says Washington is singularly free from most of tho elements that cause trouble, and he Is confident no difficulty will bo experienced in making very complete statistics. He believes tbo work will all bo fin ished and summarized as far as Washington is concerned by tho 15th of tho present mouth. Nine tenths of thoso already approached re fused to answer questions about chronic dis eases ami mortgaged property. A census official said yesterday tbat a careful estimate of tho population of the District of Columbia made by him placed It at about 239,500. The Census Office is now getting tho laigest mail of tiny branch of the Government, and the clerks of the official-room of tho City Post Ofilco havo as much as they can do to handle tho stuff for that ofilco alone. Every enumerator sends in a card a day, and us thero aro -10,000 of them, It can bo seen how tho work has suddeuly increased on tho small forco. To bo added to this are tho thousands of other pieces sent in, and it can bo readily scon how tho men havo to hustle. Tho clerks in this division Messrs. Dean, Willis, Gilllnwnter, Harvey, Tew, Chamberlain, aud Varolla put in each uiue hours solid work a day, aud it is surpris ing how well they manage to do it, and how tow errors aie made. This work will continue for the next twenty days. A very amusing census Incident occurred to a gentleman on 1 street. Ho procured a blauk ami proceeded to fill it out in the usual way, with tho names aud acres of tbo different mem bers of his family. It happened that tbo gen tleman is married to bis third wife, who is a young lady. Ho has a number of children by his former wives, but thero aro no spaces on tho census blauk to explain matters of this sort. Ho put down tho name- of his wife and her ago in tho proper places. Her ago wub twenty three. Then ho put down in tho next space tho name of his eldest daughter, a child of bis first wife, and her ago, which was thiitecu. Ho filled out tho other spaces iu tho samo way, aud then sent tbo document to the census enumera tor. When it was gono ho began to discuss with a friend ceusus matters, and suddenly it dawued on him that tho record would make it appear that his wifo was only ten yeuis older than bib daughter, aud that ho had minded her when she was but thirteen years of age! Tho gentlomau was badly cut up at tho showing his family would make in tho census, aud would havo given a good deal to get tho paper back, but it was too lato. Subscrlbo for TheSiniuy IIkiui.I) iida. nor month, dnhvorad nt vour residencn oarlv Suudav ( in O rill n f.