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These rooms are under the personal supervision of MR. J. M. PECK, a thoroughly capable and practical Photographer of large experience in all branches of the Art. MOTTO:—Good Work at Moderate Cost. decs AIMi-To Bienneeodtf XLIXtli CONGRESS FIRST SESSION. SENATE. Washington, Jan. (i. Mr. Gray called up Mr. Beck’s recent reso lution of Inquiry regarding the payment of customs duties in coin and application of ttiat coin to purposes of the sinking fund, etc. The resolution having been read Mr. Gray said he would vote for it. but for rea sons very different from those which actuated Mr. Beck and those who thought with him. Reviewing the history of the coin legislation the act of 1878, Mr. Gray said was tentative. It was based on the idea that silver would shortly reach an international ratio with gold. It w as the hope ol attainment of this international ratio that actuated many thoughtful men in voting for that bill. His hope had been disappointed, the object of the hill had been defeated and a dollar worth 1)2 cents in 1878, was now worth less than 80 cents. Passionate invective on the part of the silver men wonld not enhance the value of the silver dollar. The actions and recom mendations of the President and secretary of the treasury on the silver question w'ere right. The true issue in question was wheth er the true relation of gold and silver could be reached by continuance of the present plan of silver coinage. He asserted that this could not lie done. Bimetallism could not be reached by any one country alone. France had long ago stopped her silver coinage, and should we by continuing our present course drive out oi me country mu iwvaw millions of gold coin. If we do so we should have contraction indeed, i he act of 1878 having failed to raise the value of sil ver persistence In any present plan of silver coinage would bring us to a silver standard. We would be descending to a basis of an 8t cent dollar, and thus the government of the United States would in fact be scaling its own debt. This would be a public misfor tune as evidencing a condition of public dis honesty which to say the least was equally reprehensible with individual dishonesty. Silver it is said should be in circulation con currently with gold, but the failure of the best efforts to get it in that condition was sufficient proof that our continued coinage would lie of no avail in that direction. Mr. Gray was listened to with unusual in terest. Irts voice was clear, resonant and well sustained, and at the close of his re marks lie received the congratulations of several of hisJSenatorial friends. ilr. McPherson followed on the same sub ject. He said if the coinage were now sus pended silver might be got into a proper re lation with gold and iu the opinion of ttie best authorities in the world we had now got to a point in the silver coinage beyond which it was dangerous fonts to go. The need of currency was a need created not by law, hut by business, and with a currency of nucuating value as ours was tending to become speculation was encouraged and monetary ruin hastened. On motion of Mr. Edmunds the Senate then took up the Utah bill, the pending question being on Mr. Hoar’s motion to strike out the section that would disfranchise the women of Utah. A vote having been reached oh the amendment it was rejected, yeas 11, nays 37. . After a long debate on the hill it went over till tomorrow, Mr. Edmunds saying he would ask the Senate to set it out and bring the bill to a vote. Mr. Voorhees gave notice that on Wednes day, 30 January, he would call up his reso lution expressing the sense of the Senate on the death of the late Vice President Hen dricks, , ... , ,. Mr. Glair from the committee on education and labor, reported favorably a bill to aid in tile establishment of common schools, the same as the bill that passed the Senate last Congress. At 5.30 p. m. the Senate adjourned. nvwvb* In the House today bills were introduced as follows: By Mr. Seney of Ohio, to repeal the civil service act- also to make shareholders in national hanks individually liable for the debts of the bank; also to retire the trade dollars. , _ , , ,, By Mr. Herman of Oregon, to place Gen Kufus Ingalls on the retired list; also fixing the salary of United States district judges at $5,000 per annum; also for the retiremenl of Gen. Alfred Pleasanton. By Mr. Bingham of Pennsylvania, extend ing’ tlie letter carrier service to cities ol 10,000 inhabitants; also prohibiting the mail ing of any newspaper or publication contain ing lottery advertisements. By Mr. Stain of Pennsylvania, for the re tireinent of the trade dollar. . By Mr. Negley of Pennsylvania, for tin relief of the merchant marine of the linitw States engaged in foreign trade. (It pro vides there shall be paid out of the Treasury P> any vessel, whether steam or sail, bull ,and owned wholly in the United States, en gaged in the foreign trade the sum of S cents per registered ton for each 1,000 mile: mailed.) By Mr. Hamiall of Pennsylvania, provid ing’ for filling vacancies in the office o: President and Vice President. * Before the conclusion of the call the Housi at 4.40 o’clock adjourned. There were 882 bills introduced today 1 luring the greater ]iart of the day Speake: Carlisle was absent from the chamber, thi chair being occupied by Mr. Springer, an< the impression was that the Speaker wa engaged in the final revision of his com mittee list. So far as can be learned, n e/jauges have been made in the formation o the committees since yesterday morning, liu there'niav be before the anouucement, how ever It is the Speaker’s intention to com plete the call oL states before naming th committees. THE PORTLAND DAILY PRESS, Published every day (Sundays excepted) by the PORTLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY, at 97 Exchange Street, Portland, Me. Terms—Eight Dollars a Year. To mall sub scribers, Seven Dollars a Year, il paid In advance Address all communications to PORTLAND PUBLISHING CO. THE WFATHER. Washington, Jan. 7. Indications for Portland and vicinity— Fair, colder weather. The indications for New England today are fair, slightly colder weather, brisk to high northwesterly winds, higher barome ter. Cautionary signals from Cape Henlopen to Eastport, LOCAL WEATHER REPORT. Portland, Me., Jan, o, 1886. |7 A M 111 am| 3pm 1~7"p m jTl i; m Barometer. 29.469 29.438 29.400 29.408 29.411 Thermo’r.. 35.7 30.7 38.4 32.5 27.0 Dew Point. ,35.7 33.7 30.9 27.7 24.0 Humidity.. 1100.0 89.0 80.0 81.8 88.0 Wind...... ISW W SW W NW Velocity... 15 2 3 ill 12 Weather 1 Foggy Clrng Fair [Cloudy Cloudy Mean daily bar...29.427 Maximum ther ...40.9 Mean daily ther..33.7 Minimum ther....27.0 Mean daily d’w pt.31.4 Max.vel.wind.... 18 NW Mean daily hum. .91.3 Total precip.00 PETITION DISMISSED, Proceedings In the Coburn Will Contest Ended. The Attempt to Set Aside the Will a Failure. Notice Civen by the Petitioners That Exceptions Will be Filed. [.Special to the Press.] Skowhegan, Jan. 0.—The friends of the late ex-Gov. Coburn have reason to rejoice. The first act in the attempt to set at nought his express desire as to the distribution of his property lias failed and the petitioners are now obliged to commence just where they did five days ago with the prestige of defeat before them. Only those who have followed the case from Its opening to its close have any adequate idea of the magni tude of the fight which has ended in favor of the executors. The petitioners, while they had little or nothing in themselves to entitle them to a hearing, were represented by one of the ablest and most persistent lawyers in the State. Great care and attention was given to the preparation of the case on the part of the petitioners, who recognized that they had a desperate case and the result is gratifying to the great majority of the citi zens of the town where the testator lived and died. This is the best evidence of its justness. The argument of the Hon. W. L. Putnam, which was commenced the night before, was finished on the coming in of the court tlxis morning. It was devoted almost en tirely to a consideration of that part of the case touching the jurisdiction of Judge IS us well to act in his judicial capacity as judge of probate, and he cited many eminent au thorities to prove his position on this most important matter. His remarks were lucid and to the point. He closed with a hand some tribute to the Maine General Hospital which had been so handsomely remembered by the testator and which he is at the head of. At the close of his remarks, Mr. Stewart commenced his closing argument. His first words were a slur at the benevolence of the testator who, he said, would have done bet ter if he had given less to such institutions as the Maine General Hospital and done more to relieve the suffering of his own im mediate family in Skowhegan. The judge interposed and objected to this sort of argument and said that there was no sort of testimony in the case to prove that any of the testator’s relatives had been al lowed to suffer. The argument opened at 10 o’clock and continued for six hours, and every branch of the case was carefully and ably discussed. During the time he laid great stress upon the fact that no testimony had been offered to show the gains in the joint estate of A. & P. "Coburn that were claimed could and would be shown by the executors. The result came at 5.30 p. m., when the argument had closed. Mr. Stewart stated that he did not believe any judge could see his way clear to do otherwise than allow the appeal, and sat down. Judge Walton complimented him on his able argument, and leaning forward, ordexed the clerk to enter against the case “Appeal not granted, petition dismissed." Notice was at once given that exceptions would be filed and the court adjourned until morning, when the following exceptions will be filed by Mr. Stewart: The xxetitioners claimed that as a matter of legal right upon every lair and judicial view of the facts in the case, and as matter of legal discretion upon said facts which must be exercised under and governed by the rules of law and not by mere arbitrary will or caprice, they were entitled to an oppor tunity to test the validity of said will which deprived them of a large estate if al lowed to stand. The presiding judge refuses to allow' them to enter an appeal and denied the prayer of the petitioners. To this order and direction, and to the rulings rejected,the evidence of the petitioners in the progress of the case, as shown by the report of the evi dence, the petitioners respectfully ex cept and pray that their exceptions may be allowed_ MAINE. A Serious Charge. Skowiiegan, Jan. 5.—Dr. Moore of Solon is under arrest for malpractice which result ed in the death of Flora Bean, on Dec. 28th. At the preliminary hearing in Solon, yes terday, Dr. S. F. Greene testified that he was called to Moore’s about 9 o’clock on the morning of December 28th. He found Clara Bean suffering from what he thought to be a fever. Her pulse was 160, her temperature 103. At 12.30 p. m., he went to her room again, and found her dead on a lounge, covered with a spread. He was asked by Moore “What shall we do with the body.” He replied, “Lay it out ready for burial.” He examined the bundle of clothing and the pockets of the deceased. He found in a pocket a steel probe seven inches long. Auios J. Bean of Solon, uncle of the de ceased, testified as to how he learned of his niece’s death, and that he assisted in prepar ing her body for burial. Mrs. Jeruslia Merrill of Solon, who assist ed in preparing the body for burial testified to wliat she knew of her death. Dr. J. B. Twaddle of Anson testified that in liis opinion, based upon a post mortem examination, the girl came to her death tlirmirrh ail nfi.Rirmtftfl fll)0rti011. l)r. E. X. Wing of North Anson testified substantially the same. The court adjourned until Wednesday morning. Knights of Labor. Lewiston, Jan. 0.—The following officers were to-day elected by the District Assembly Knights of Labor: Master Workman—0. C. Phillips, Auburn. Worthy Foreman—W. II. Douglass, Lisbon Falls. . , Recording Secretary—R. F. Foss, Auburn. Financial Secretary—R. A. Williams, Port land. Treasurer—W. F. Eaton. Portland. Statistician—D. N. Smith, Lewiston. Judges—R. A. Williams, Portland; C. S. Emerson, Auburn: Oliver Otis, Rockland. Judge Advocate—Geo. F. Dutton, Lewis ; ton. Clerk of Courts—W. E. Hutchins, Bid 1 deford. Executive Board—O. C. Phillips, Auburn; ,J. W. Kittridge, Rockland; N. S. Bowie, Gardiner; S. w. Syphers, Lewiston; J. W. Harris, Auburn; T. J. Lyons, Vinalhaven; John McGuire, Biddeford; A. L. Mudgett, Belfast; A. C. Whitehead. Sheriff Roberts’ Assailant Arrested. Saco, Jan. 6.—Melville Bodwell, one of i the three brothers who brutally assaulted i sheriff Roberts at Springvale last year, has ' been arrested in Lawrence. The sheriff lias [ sent for him to-night, and he will be tried at t this term of court. His brothers, Charles - and Frank, both testified at the September ‘ term of court that Melville committed the crime. BRICHT SKIES Heighten the Enjoyment of the Legislators’ Reunion. The Solons Accept Hannibal Ham lin’s Invitation. Speeches at the Presentation of the Late Cov. Morrill’s Portrait. The Banquet the Creat Event of the Reunion. Abstract of Hon. James C. Blaine’s Remarks. [Special to the Press.] Augusta, Jan. G.—The favorable change in the weather bringing forth a particularly bright morning was hailed with delight by the ex-legislators. Their countenances as they marched in a long line up State street to the State House at 10 o’clock this morning indicated what they anticipated. They re paired at once to Representatives’ Hall and there continued the hand shaking greeting and personal reminiscences among them selves. CONSPICUOUS FIGURES were numerous. There was Uncle Solon Chase, direct from Chase’s Mills. The reg ulation ulster did not accompany him. It has seen too many hard winters to grace an occasion of this sort. A dark blue overcoat the pride of Mr. Chase’s neighborhood takes its place. But the regulation cowhides were there, and the old white hat which lias done service through so many heated greenback campaigns. Uncle Solon on this occasion ties up “them steers” in the barn of Judge Andrews, an old greenback chum. One day near the close of a session twenty five years ago, Speaker Blaine left the chair and called upon the gentleman from Turner to take his place. The House was in a sport ive mood, and at once the hall became a pandemonium. Solon roared and stamped, and addressed refractory members with, the expletive which he perhaps had found effec tive with “them steers,” but he didn’t suc ceed in restoring order. The next day a rep resentative moved that a copy of the Revis ed Statutes be presented to the member from Turner in consideration of the dignified and impartial manner in which he had presided over the deliberations of the House. The motion was carried ana mu preseuutuuu made in due form. Walking down from the State House with the copy of the statutes under his arm, Mr. Chase observed to a fel low member; “Well, we all made fools of ourselves yesterday, but as I can see I’m the only one out of the whole lot that made any thing out of it.” Then there were ex-Seuator Bradbury, a vigorous old gentleman far up among the eighties, Major Dickey and John C. Talbot of course, Ex-Legislators O’Brien of Wal doboro, the oldest of them all, Buggies of Carmel, the hero of many a wordy fight, Hinks of Bueksport, Randall of Gardiner, the oldest chaplain, with the exception of Campmeeting John Allen, whose absence on this occasion is a source of grievance to all, and besides these many other octogenarians and old survivors of hard fought legisla tive battles. The hall was filled and beside the old members were seen many ladies on the floor of the House and in the galleries. Mrs. Blaine and Mrs. Hamlin occupied seats on the left of the speaker’s chair. THE STORY TELLING. At precisely 10.45 Hon. Fred Atwood, chairman of the executive committee, with a loud rap on the Speaker’s desk called the meeting to order. Prayer was offered by the Rev. T. B. Randall of Gardiner. Mr. At- . wood then said with deep regret that the Hon. Bion Bradbury of Portland, who had been elected President of the Association had been compelled by other duties to resign the office. The nomination of a successor being then in order, Harrison Hume, Es<p, of Boston, mentioned the name of Hon. Hen ry E. Ingalls of Wiscasset. This nomination was seconded and Mr. Ingalls was elected. He at once gracefully accepted with an ap propriate speech. Short speeches and reminiscences were then the order of the hour. HANNIBAL HAMLIN’S SPEECH. Ex-Gov. Hamlin was the first to respond to a call from the President. Amid deafening applause Mr. Hamlin; with vigorous step immediately marched up the aisle to a desk a little to the left of the centre of the House. “Fifty-six years ago this day,” said he, “I first entered this House and took my seat as a Representative to the Legislature of Maine. Before I go on I must express my sorrow at the thought that not one of that body is here today except myself. This thought gives me much pain. I come here to deliver no eulogy, but l must pay a pass ing tribute to the memory of the fellow mem bers who have gone before me. In all my experience as a public man I never experi enced the deep heartfelt pleasure that I did while serving those five consecutive years in this House. AVith me were men who could grace any body in this country. It is with exceeding pleasure that I recur to that period of my life and the friendships then formed.” Mr. Hamlin then by way of caution to the younger members related a personal remin iscence, which he said should illustrate how unwise it is to be mirthful and joking at im proper times and with improper persons. The story is a good one and was well told. It has appeared before in print, but is well worth repeating. It happened that when Mr. Hamlin was Speaker of the House a member by the name of AVilliam Allen was noticeable for the neat manner in which he arranged his hair. “The ladies,” said he, “could well take lessons of him.” One day during a long and tedious debate upon some unimportant matter, a circumstance of fre quent occurrence in those days, Speaker Hamlin called Mr. Allen to his desk and in formed him in a loud whisper that one hair was crossing another. Mr. Allen then and there became indignant. “That joke,” said Mr. Hamlin, “cost me a Senatorship. 1 lost it by a hair’s breadth as it were, for when I was up for that office I lacked one vote in the Senate of being elected. That vote, I found, was in AVilliam Allen’s hands.” Gov. Hamlin closed his speech with, “Boys, let’s have some fun.” SPEECHES FROM OTUEIi VETERANS. Following Mr. Hamlin came Major Dickey, the venerable member from Fort Kent, who paid fitting tributes to the names of John Holmes and Jonathan Seeley. Then followed Hiram Ruggles, who spoke of the “Denis.” and the AVhigs of old, and of l lll r essenuen, me menuon ui nnose mime calls to mind the words of Hon. H. II. Ba ker of Hallowell. “When Fessenden was a member of the House,” says Mr. Baker, “I had frequent occasion to notice the singular power that he had in debate. In those days party lines were strictly drawn, and the apostle Paul or the golden mouthed Chrys ostom could not have affected the votes on a question previously settled in caucus. Bui on a non-partisan question Fessenden would almost handle the members at will. When all the indications showed that the House was against him, he would commence by re lating some pleasant anecdote far from the subject, get the ear of the members, gradual ly come round to the subject in hand, and carry a majority with him. To bring out his highest powers you should corner him up; he was then at his best; his eloquence was like flashes of lightning. He had not a drop of cowardly blood. He went into the United States Senate in the, midst of the Wilmot proviso debate. He had scarcely taken his seat, when he felt called upon to speak for freedom. It was a midnight session. Butler of South Carolina, a lire-eating Southerner, interrupted Fessenden by threatening the dissolution of the Union. The new Senator replied in a moment to the white-haired, hot blooded veteran, ‘I beg the gentleman will not delay a moment on my account.’ ” Joseph Farwell succeeded Mr. Buggies with anecdotes of the strictly temperate council of Gov. Cony, of which he was a dis tinguished member. He called to mind the time when Gov. Coney entertained Gen. Grant, and the wine had go down on the bill as “etc., etc.’’ before it could be audi ted. Then came John C. Talbot with a story of the little legislative fight between Portland and Cape Elizabeth, in which he was called upon to reply to an able speech by Hon. Stanley T. ' Pullen who then represented Portland. Uncle Solon was then called and made one of his short speeches, which was received with hearty applause and laughter. PHE MENTATION OF THE LATE EX-GOV. MOE BILL’S POETEAIT. By this time it was twelve o’clock, the hour set for the presentation of the oil por trait of the Hon. Lot M. Morrill. Ex-Sena tor Bradbury made the presentation speech. He said: ME. BEADBUEY’S SPEECH. A few of the many friends of the late Lot M. Morrill have procured a life-like portrait of their distinguished associate,which they desire to present to the State, to be placed with the por traits of the other memorable men, which adorn the walls of the capital, that the features ol one who has ably filled so many high public posi tions, and who was so beloved for his private virtues, may be preserved for those who shall come after him. Mr. Morrill was a native of Maine, an out growth of our institutions and society; and his life and public career reflect honor upon the State of his birth. He was one of the men who have left such footprints upon the sands of time, that it is instructive to trace them and to note the steps by which he ascended to the eminence he attained. He was born at Belgrade, in the county of Kennebec. May 3, 1812 ; one of fourteen chil dren of l’easlee Morrill, an intelligent farmer and magistrate in comfortable circumstances for that day. Ten of the children lived to become men and women, und one of them the remarkable Anson P. Morrill, late governor and member of Congress, is still vigorous at the age of 82. Their mother I remember as a woman of unus ual native mental vigor. Mr. Morrill enjoyed only the ordinary ad vantages of education then offered to the t, -- ilies of fanners. He was a graduate of out m mon ttbuds. Teaching and toiling to cb a highereducation he fitted for and i ..d Watervu.c College, but remained tlit.o less than a year. Bis ambition was awakened to enter the legal profession and he hastened to do so. He read law at Readtield, was ad mitted to the Kennebec Bar in 1837, and com menced practice in that village. Prom his youth up he was a hard student, self-reliant, determined to succeed. Industry, application and perseverance, supplementing his native power, won the basis of his success. While pursuing his practice of the law at Readfield L. L.J 1'___lnfn TimntVlV O Howe, afterwards Senator from Wisconsin. Both met again in the United States Senate, and both became members of the cabinet. On the 20th of November, 1844, he married Miss Charlotte Vance, daughter of William Vance, Esq., who had removed from Wash ington to Readfield where he died in 1842. In 1847, Mr. Morrill moved to Augusta and opened an office there. You will pardon me if I now allude to the events that brought me into intimate relations with Mr. Morrill and tend to illustrate his private character. In January 1848, while I was at Washington, I received intelligence from the late Judge Rice whom I had taken into partnership and left in charge of a very large business,thathe had the opportunity of an appointment upon the bench and would leave the practice at the bar. I immediately wrote Mr. Morrill inviting him to go into my office and take charge of the business, and say ing we would form a partnership upon such terms as should be fair. He replied accepting the offer, and such was my confidence in him that these two letters for years constituted the only articles of agreement of a partnership in an extensive business. Eor more thun a score of years we were thus enjoined, extending long after he had changed his political relations, and it i6 a pleasure to me to remember that we never had a misunderstanding, nor an unkind word between us. I therefore know of what I affirm when I bear testimony to his amicable, character, his kind heart, and his integrity of purpose. He loved his profession and was happy in it. He was not so situated as to call for the exer cise of all his energy and power. He steadily and rapidly advanced to prominence, and soon the highest honors of his profession came within his grasp. He was a very effective and successful advocate. His obvious candor and fairness lent force to his eloquent appeals to the judgment of the court or jury. In speaking he had a remarkable command of the most appropriate language, and his style was more felicitous than in his written productions. He seemed to need the excitement of speaking to bring his faculties into the most effective work ing condition. Had he remained at the bar and devoted himself exclusively to the law. I think he would have made one of the most distinguished and eloquent advocates that New England has produced. But he was tempted away and drawn into the vortex of political life. In 1852 he was nominated with Reuel Witham for Representative to the Legislature, by the Democrats of Augusta, und was de feated. He was again nominated by the same party in 1853 and elected. While a member of the House he met with the late Senator Fessenden. Both were young and ambitious and at once became the champions of their re spective parties in the House. An occasion arose in an important political debate to test their powers. They engaged in the conflict with intense ardor. I have seldom witnessed, in the halls of Congress or elsewhere, a debate conducted with more ability and power. They were very evenly matched. Both showed _1_s iU».. L/s nn,l niinmion nf tKoir future career. In 1855, Mr. Morrill was elect ed to the State Senate by the Democrats of the Kennebec Senatorial district and served in 1856. Upon the nomination of Mr. Buchanan to the Presidency, he resigned the chairmanship of the Democratic State committee, and yield ed to the influence that separated him from the party with which he had been so long associ ated. In 1857 he received the nomination of the Republican party for governor and was elected by a large majority. He was re-elect ed in 1858, and again in 1859. In 1861, upon the resignation of Senator Hamlin to accept the office of Vice President, he was elected United States Senator to fill the vacancy caused by Mr. Hamlin’s resignation. He en tered the Senate in 1861. In 1863 he was elected Senator for the full term. In 1869 he wa3 a candidate for re-election, but was de feated. Upon the death of Senator Fessenden in September, 1869, he was appointed by Governor Chamberlain to fill the vacancy. In 1871 he was again re-elected Senator for the whole term. His services in that body were exceptionally arduous. The business of Congress is ma tured by the committees, and by them, and not by mere speech makers, the principal labor is performed. For several sessions he was chair man of the committee on appropriations. The herculean labors of that position, requiring him as chairman to be prepared to explain every item of the immense appropriations in the various bills to be acted on at ever)' ses sion, visibly impaired his health which had been somewhat affected in 1869. In this con dition it was with great reluctance, and only upon the most urgent solicitation of President Grant that he consented to accept the office of Secretary of the Treasury, and resign his seat in the Senate. In a letter to him dated July 5, 1876, the President says: “I have not yet been able to solve the question of the secretaryship of the treasury in any way leaving you out. * * 1 ask you to come to my office this a. m. UI1U Ljutuuy. XX C 3 iwutu LKJ lliv J/.V.OO^ took upon himself the responsibilities and labor of this office, which he held until the close of Grant’s administration. In the council of the cabinet he had the un limited confidence of the President, and he discharged the duties of the financial depart ment of the government with fidelity and abil ity, and left it with clean hands. And I take pleasure in adding that Maine can say with pride that she has furnished two secretaries of the treasury, Fessenden and Morrill, both of whom amid the temptations that a knowledge of the condition and prospective need and action of the department afford, have disdained to make personal profit by that knowledge, and have left for the State that bears their memory, an untarnished record. I have been permitted to copy a letter from the President to Mr. Morrill, showing his es timate of his services as secretary of the treas - ury, which I will read: Washington, 1). C., March 0, 1877. Hon. Lot M. Morrill, Secretary of the Treasury: My Dear Sir,—In separating officially, allow me to express my gratitude to you for your able .anu satisfactory administration of the arduous duties of your office during the brief period you have held it. I feel secure in saying that no man has held the office of secretary of the treasury from the formation of the government to the present day, who has inspired more public confidence than yourself. No man has my confidence more fully, and I hope that the very friendly personal rela tions exisiting between us may always exist. With sincere wishes for your speedy restoration to health, and a long and prosperous career, 1 subscribe myself, Very faithfully yours, U. 8. GBA5T. As additional evidence of President Grant’s confidence and esteem he more than once offered Mr. Morrill the honorable position of minister to England. Upon the occupation of the executive chair by Mr. Hayes, Mr. Morrill was appointed collector of customs of the port of Portland. Ho held this office until his death. This occurred January 10th, 1883, after a protracted and painful sickness, during which his sufferings were mitigated us far as possible by the assiduous attention of his de voted wife and children. His public life was largely in troublous lines. Sectional strife ripene'd into civil war. He vigorously sup ported the war for the preservation of the Union. In this cause he was heartily sustained in all constitutional measures, not only by his own party, but also by the great body of his political opponents in the North, who with like devotion to the Union, realized the danger that if a State or States were allowed to with draw under a claim of a constitutional right to do so, the Union would be broken into frag ments and lost, and the hope of republican government throughout the world also be ex tinguished by its failure here under the most favorable circumstances. The question in its results was one of the most momentous in human history. Its successful termination was fortunate for both sections of the country, for the Union is alike valuable for both. For opportunity for distinction and impor tant public service the times were propitious, and Mr. Morrill achieved a character for which his friends and the State may find a just pride. No man is perfect; and to claim perfection for him would be to place him above the plane of humanity. Hut this is not the occasion to in dulge in criticism. De mortuis nil nisi bonum. It is justice to say that he had a high ideal of public office as a sacred trust for the public, and that it was his aim in every official posi tion to execute that trust with absolute fidelity. In this brief glance at Mr. Morrill as a pub lic man, I have already alluded to those traits of character that endeared him most to those who met him in the private walks of life. It was there that he appeared to the best advant age. His nature was kind, sympathetic, benevolent. He loved to do kind things, and say kind voids. His conversation was directed to give pleasure as well as instruction. Cen soriousness and harshness he avoided himself, and disliked to hear from others. He was a liberal, public spirited citizen, ever ready to encourage and aid whatever promised to be of public utility,—a sincere and warm hearted friend, and in the family circle, a most affectionate son, brother, hus band and father. His early example of in tegrity crowned with such success, we would hold up to the vie V of the youth of the present and coming generations. What an inspiration to the scholars of our common schools!—-to any one who has the power in him, and wills to rise. He sees the lad in the old school house devoted to his books, the law student burning the midnight lamp, the successful lawyer rising to eminence, the prominent member of the State Leaislature, the eloquent and distinguished Senator in the united States Senate, the skillful head of the financial de partment of the government, and the trusted constitutional adviser of the chief magistrate ol the nation, and, above all, sustaining in all these positions and in every walk of life a character of unsullied integrity. Who so in sensible as not to feel the impression of such a career! And now, sir, I have the honor, in behalf of the donors to deliver this portrait to your ex cellency as the honored representative of the State. Governor Kobie in behalf of the State fit tingly replied as follows: GOV. IiOBIE’s JiEl’EY. In behalf and in the name of the State of Maine, I have the honor and pleasure to ac cept this fine portrait of the lion. Lot M. Morrill, to be placed in the Capitol for all future time. The thanks of our citizens are due you, Mr. Bradbury, and your associates, who have conceived this noble idea for thus perpetuating the memory of one of Maine’s most distinguished and honored sons. This gift of yours is a fitting tribute and represents the high esteem in which his memory is justly cherished. The appropriate eulogy which has just been pronounced falls upon grateful ears. We all remember Governor Morrill as a cul tured citizen and a true friend. As a patriot he was devoted to the best interests of his country, as chief magistrate over our State, statesman in our national Senate, and financial adviser in the cabinet of President Grant, he was learned and sagacious, and through a series of memorable years, built up and maintained the dignity and power of con stitutional law, morality, education, temper ance and the material elements of a prosperous State and nation. He defended and supported the integrity of the Itepublic through the darkest days of its history. Although too young to participate in the early formation of our State government, he was well acquainted, and afterwards intimately associated with many of the distinguished statesmen and jurists, who took part in the first constitn tional convention of the State of Maine; citizens who were afterwards honored by the State, and added to its importance in its executive, legislative and judicial departments. The lessons and expe riences which he received in early life from such sources gave him the opportunity of be coming proficient in the science and necessities of government, and afterwards a teacher and advocate of those requirements so essential to the successful development of a State. He was the champion of freedom against every form of opposition, and a true frienil to all moral re form. His many official acts and recommend ations written upon the pages of the history of our State and nation, are memorials of his fidelitv and loyalty. 'ihe people of the State of Maine will never forget his virtues and what he has done for them; and as future generations look upon his noble picture so faithfully delineated upon canvass, and his biography, they will be re minded that he was “always faithful,” worthy of lasting remembrance for his high princi ples and noble purposes. Oh, who shall lightly say that fame Is nothing but an empty name, Whilst in that sound there is a charm, The nerve to brace, the heart to warm As thinking of the mighty dead, The young from thoughtful couch will start And vow, with lifted hands outspread, Like them to act a noble part. Oil, who shall lightly say that fame, Is nothing hut an emptv name, When hut for those, our mighty dead, All ages past a blank would he, Sunk in oblivion’s murky bed, A desert bare, a shipless sea. They are the distant objects seen, Thc’lofty marks of what have been. Again I thank you for this beautiful work of art, and may the citizens of the State of Maine follow this example which you have so gener ously set, showing thereby that appropriate and lasting memorial honors are but a just rec ognition of the valuable services of our dis tinguished statesmen, and add to the dignity and reputation of the State. ANOTHER SESSION OF STORY TELL1NO. The State House was again crowded this afternoon with [the legislator and many of their friend in the city. The Itepresenta tives Hall was filled by 3 o’clock and remin iscences were again in order. The speeches were all necessarily short and more infor mal than those of the morning. Congress man Dingley and Hon. Josiah II.Drummond related a few stories of times gone by in an off hand manner. Speeches were also made by Harrison Iluineof Boston, Charles Ham lin of Bangor, J. Porter and many others. Many fitting tributes were paid to Mr. Blaine’s services to the State and the men tion of his name was sufficient to bring forth prolonged applause. Mr. Blaine is taking great interest in the reunion and expresses much pleasure that he has such an opportun a, a _— .i„ THE BANQUET. The banquet of tlxis evening was the suc cess of the day. Granite Hall was tastefully decorated by the same hands that have done service for the legislative halls for the last few years. Six long tables were set in the hall and over :300 ladies and gentlemen sat down to the banquet. At the head sat the •toastmaster, Hon. J. II. Drummond of Port land, the presiding genius of the evening. On his immediate left sat Hon. J. G. Blaine, Hon. J. H. Manley, Miss Dodge, Congress man Dingley, Clarence Hale, Esq., Mrs. Manley and Chairman Atwood, while on his right sat Gov. and Mrs. Robie, Gen. Connor, Attorney General Baker, Miss Blaine and President Ingalls. The banquet did honor to a prohibition State as will be seen by the MENU. I!lu» Points, Deep Shell. Soup. Green Turtle. Consomme a la Cavort'. Pish. Baked Lobster on Shell. Saratoga Chips. Kemoves. Boast Young Turkey. Boiled Philadelphia Capon. English Beef Tongue. French I’cas. Butter Beans. Potato Croquettes. Entrees. Pears of Bice, aux Cherries aud Apricots. Mayonalse. Lobster. Chicken. Iteleve. Icr d’Orange. Game. Larded Prairie Chicken. Mallard Duck. Turkey en Belivue. Sweets. Frozen Pudding. Cream Cheese. Water Crackers. Olives. Dessert. Oranges. Bananas. Pears, Malaga Grapes Confectionery. Jordan Almonds. French Fruit. Lemon Sherbert Neanolitain Ices. Fancy Cake. Cafe Noir. “I count myself in nothing else so happy As in a soul remembering my good friends.” “Cold water flowed as freely as wine,” tc change the ancient saying. Precisely at 11 o’clock toast master Drum mond rose to his feet and called first on Gov. Robie, who responded appropriately. Hi was immediately followed by Hon. Hanni bal Hatnlio, who paid a high tribute to thi many officers of the State whom he had per sonally known. Next followed Hon. James G. Blaine who spoke as follows: MB. BLAINE'S SrEECH. I congratulate all these who are present upoi the first reunion of our legislative university, am sure that it lias been brilliantly successful and I trust it may be repeated at stated times ii the future. My personal connection with thi Legislature of Maine was for eight years—185* to 1802. Four years 1 was a reportor and loui years I was a member. I have never been abli to tell in which capacity I learned the more, * oi will remember that When Colonel Benton w'roti ills "Thirty Years’ View of the Senate,” Jaci Downing proposed to follow It with thlrt; Years Outside of the Senate,” a much more ex tended field of observation. Tliefour years I wa: In the Legislature I recall with as great pleasuri as any other field of my public life I received at that time impressions o the character of Maine men which maa< me proud that I was a citizen of the State I recall with especial pleasure the Legislature o 1862. I see gentlemen present who well remem ber the constitution of that body after the wai which broke out in 1861. There was a union o: Republicans and war Democrats in electing thi Legislature of 1862, and in cities where two mem bers were elected one was given to each party and thus prominent men of both parties were chosen, making a Legislature never equalled surely never surpassed in the history of Maine. 1 recall the prominent men of both parties will were members, John A. Peters, now chief justice of the supreme court; Bion Bradbury, who has grown old in tlie service of the party, which I am glad to see has honorably recognized his fidelity; William P. Frye. Nelson Diugley, botli youug men at that time; A. P. Gould, then as now emi nent in his profession; Geo. P. Sewall and Shep herd Carey, of long service in the Democratic ranks, Nathan Farwell, an old Whig and later a zealous Republican. 1 might give a long list oi men who took a new political departure from that legislature. Seven of these were elected to Con gress within a few years thereafter. I cannot bring to mind those days without regretting that our good constitution which his excellency lias so fittingly eulogized has been changed in one im portant respect, that of instituting biennial for an nual sessions of the legislature. I believe that tiie moderate expense of 83000 to $3500 which a session of the legislature ennses eanuot be more wisely Incurred than in bringing together and educating annually a company of young men for the public service. 1 believe it is a mistake in a Republican govern ment to get rid of frequent elections. Perhaps we need not yet fear the eginning of tyranny asSamuel Adams warned us we should if we dropped annu al elections, but I am persuaded we would find great advantage in retaining the old system. Peo ple must govern themselves or somebody w ill soon govern them and there is no Way to keep popular government fresh, strong and effective ture the prediction that the State of Maine, uol perliaps In my own time but before a great many years will return to the old system. There are few meu of the most cultivated nations of Europe who kuow anything of popular government. Ed ucated in all things else tnes knew nothing of that order of self government in which Americans arc so well instructed. Let us see that the instruction of that character shall not be diminished in force or frequency. hon. tv. w. rnoMAS, jh.’s speech. Hon. W. W. Thomas, Jr., was called upon as the Minister of America to the Court of Sweden. lie spoke warmly of the intimate and cordial relations that had always existed between Ameri ca and Sweden. “It was to the hardy sailors of die Northland,” he said, “that we are indebted for die (discovery of America, 600 years before Columbus. In the revolution It was Sweden next after our ally France that first among the nations of the earth recognized the new born republic, and in the war for the Union the inventive genius that gave us die monitor was the Swede, John Erickson, and now within a year while the chief nations of the continent are hedging themselves about with a wall of protection against die ex ports of our country this same galaut kingdom of die North votes to keep open all her harbors for die entry dutv free of the food products of Amer ica. Among tlie nations of the earth America has no truer, nobler or more steadfast friend than the united kingdoms of the Scandinavian Peninsular. Mr. Thomas’ speech was received with marked attention and frequently interrupted yvith applause. Other speeches were made by Hon. Hanni bal Hamlin, Congressman llingley, W. W. Thomas, W. W. Dickey, John C. Talbot and Solon Chase. TO-MOIiROW’S FUN. To-morrow will be a great day in the camp and serve as a climax to wind up the occa sion. At 10.30 the mock session will be held. Several candidates to preside over this ses sion are now' in the field, all with able and ardent supporters. George A. Wilson of Paris it is understood has many wire-pulling friends xvho will push him hard for the gov ernorship, E. 15. Bradley of Bangor would like to preside over the Senate, while Chas. A. Spofford of Deer Isle has an idea that he can fill the Speaker’s chair. Other candi dates are as follows: Clarence Hale of Port land, Secretary of State; Samuel W. Lane of Augusta, Secretary of the Senate; S. J.Chad bourne, Clerk of the House. Among the can didates for Page of the Senate are A. G. Le broke of Foxeroft, and William G. Davis of Portland. Botli gentlemen are fleet-footed and eminently well fitted for the position. The candidates for Page of the House are Uncle Solon Chase, J. C. Talbot, II. M. Heath, George E. Weeks, E. C. Goodenow, Gen. Mattocks and other well-equipped gen i-1 Uncle Solon will introduce and support, with ac haracteristie speech, a bill to set off Chase’s Mills from the town of Turner. A careful caucus of the members, made at a late hour this evening, indicates that the bill will pass. However, a veto by the Governor is not among the impossibilities. The festivities of the reunion will close in the evening with a grand ball, the charge oi which has been entrusted to Gen. Mattocks of Portland, and Hon. J. Manchester Haynes. [To the Associated Press.] Augusta, Jan. 6.—The second day of the legislative reunion showed a largely increas ed attendance. Some four or five hundred ex-members arc already present, a large pro portion being accompanied by their wives Including visitors, there are probably some 1200 here. Before the exercises commenced this forenoon, the State House was crowded, and the ex-lawmakers spent the time in hand-shaking and renewing old acquaint ances. Some of the most noted men in the State were present, several of them being well advanced in years. The auspicious weather also brought many others as lookers on. The oldest ex-member in age, so far as heard from, who is present, is Hon. Seth O’Brien of Warren, who is 87 years of age. lie was a member in 1853 and 1854 of tin House of Representatives. He is the only surviving member of a family of nine broth ers. About the time the exercises were inaugu rated, Representatives’ Hall was well filled and it was evident that the reunion was t big success. Most of the seats were occupied by ex-members, and on the floor was a sprinkling of ladies, among whom was Mrs. James G. Blaine. At ten minutes of 11 o’clock, Hon. Fred Atwood, chairman of th( executive committee, called the ex-lawmak ers to order, and at his instance Rev. D. B Randall made a fervent and impressivi prayer. Mr. Atwood men stated mat at: meeting held Nov. 5, 1885, in this city, t< take measures for a reunion of members am ex-members of the legislative and executive departments of the State government, tin following organization was effected; PRESIDENT l Hon. Bion Bradbury, Portland. VICE PRESIDENTS: Lincoln County—Hon. S. S. Marble of Waldobo ro, and Hon. Henry H. Ingalls of Wiseasset. Aroostook County—Hon. Eben Woodbury, Houl ton: William Dickey, Fort Kent. Washington County—Hon. F. A. Pike, Calais Hon. John C. Talbot, East Machias. Penobscot County—Hon. Hannibal Hamlin,Ban gor, Nathaniel C. Wilson, Orono. Waldo County—Dr. J. G. Brooks, Belfast; Join T. ltowe, Frankfort. Knox County—Hon. .John S. Case, Rockland Hon. Edmund Wilson, Thomaston. Kennebec County—Hon. Joshua Gray,Gardiner Hon. Joseph H. Williams, Augusta. Somerset County—Hon. R. B. Shepherd, Skow began; Hon. Albert Moore, North Anson. Sagadahoc County—Hon. William Rogers, Bath Hon. Washington Gilbert, Bath. Androscoggin County—Hon. Jere Dingley, Jr. Auburn; Henry A. Osgood, Lewiston. Cumberland County—Hon. William W. Thomas Portland; Col. John M. Adams, Portland. York County—Col. Mark F.Wentworth, Kittery William A. Cromwell. South Berwick. Oxford County—Hon. Sidney Perham, Paris Hon. W. A. Frothingham, Soutli Paris. Hancock County—Hon. S. T. Htncks, Bucks port; Hon. Charles A. Spofford. Deer Isle. Franklin County—Hon. J. W. Porter, Strong Dr. J. J. Liuscott, Farmington. Piscataquis County—Hon. Ephraim Flint, Jr. Dover; A. M. Robinson, Dover. SECRETARY: Hon. Oramandal Smith, Augusta. TREASURER; Hon. Edwin C. Burleigh, Augusta. Mr. Atwood announced thnt Mr. Bradbur; having declined the honor of presiding ove: the meeting it was necessary to select an other. Hon. Harrison Hume, now of Boston, but formerly of Eastport, nominated Hon. Hen ry Ingalls of Wiseasset, which was seconded by non. Daniel Holland of Lewiston. Mr. Ingalls wa* unanimously chosen and accepted the position by expressing his thanks for the honor conferred. He hoped that all those present would participate in the exercises and make the occasion an inter esting one. Volunteer remarks then followed, the speakers all talking briefly. Hon. Hannibal Hamlin was the first to lead off, and the venerable statesman was re ceived with a vigorous clapping of hands as he arose to speak. He said that fifty years ago today he was a member of the Maine legislature and he believed he stood in the seat lie occupied then. Not one member of that legislature did he see here and said lie regretted that none were present to mingle with him on this occasion. He paid a pass ing tribute to his old associates and that in all 1 his long public career the pleasantest experi ence he ever enjoyed numbered among the five consecutive years he was a mem ber of this House. He recurred to that period with a mixed pleasure and related several reminiscences which produced merriment. Hon. William Dickey of Tort Kent related several personal reminiscences alluding inci dentally to Jonathan A. Cilley who was killed in the Graves duel as being one of his colleagues. Hon. Hiram Kuggles of Bangor, who was a member forty years ago, also referred to the past. Hon. Joseph W. Farwell of Itockland spoke of his having been a member of Gov. Cony’s Council during the rebellion. He said that when he was a member, every man of the ten of his associates was “a ramrod; and what is more remarkable yet,” he added, “I’ll Wt this can’t be said of any other Governor’s Council before or since.” He said be was about 70 years of age and never had wet his lips with a drop of liquor in all his life. He told a story of how a liquor bill was audited and paid while he was a Councillor, which elicited laughter. Hon. J. C. Talbot of Machias, in his re marks, said lie had occupied a seat in the House oftener than any other man: for fif teen years he was a member. He spoke of the pleasant associations he had formed while a member, and related a personal inci dent in the session of 1874 about the division of a town. -rl.....--,i: i- :.. 1., the presentation of an elegant portrait in oil of Hon. Lot M. Morrill by Hon. James W. Bradbury, formerly United States Sen ator, to tlie State. The picture was sus pended on the left of the speaker’s desk and was concealed from view by being veiled with the American ensign. It is painted by A. H. Bicknell, and is a duplicate of a por trait by the same artist of Gov. Morrill which is in the Treasury Department at Washington. It cost $1,000 and is the gift of a number of Gor. Morrill’s prominent friends, among which are Hon. James W. Bradbury, Col. F. M. Drew, Gen. B. B. Mur ray, Judge Wm. P. Whitehouse, Capt. Chas. A. Nash, Hon. John W. Chase, Major H. A. Shorey, Major A. O. Morgan (formerly Gov. Morrill’s private secretary) and others. The portrait is enclosed in a heavy gold frame. It is regarded as an admirable counterfeit pre sentment. At the base ef the picture was a beautiful display of calls lilies, contributed by the relict of the distinguished deceased. At the conclusion of the presentation speech the picture was unveiled and the portrait was revealed. Gov. Robie, in behalf of the State, then ac cepted the portrait. After this interesting ceremony was ever the exercises were continued. Hon. Solon Chase spoke in his characteristic manner, prefacing his remarks by saying, “I do not drive a mule team. ‘Them Steers’ don’t lie down in the farrow and kick.” He al luded to Hannibal Hamlin in a pleasant way and spoke of the State of Maine Yankees who had gone West and made their mark. At the conclusion of his remarks the re unionists adjourned to 2 o’clock p. in. Upon the reassembling of the ex-law makers this afternoon there was a fusilade of speeches. Hon. N. A. Farwell of Rock land referred to the young men in Maine who had reached eminence, and among the number spoke of Jajnes G. Blaine. Hon. Nathaniel Wilson of Orono indulged in pleasing allusions to the leading men ef the Legislature. Congressman Dingley referred to the lead ing men of the Legislature twenty-four years ago, when he was first a member, among whom he spoke of Bion Bradbury, George P. Sewall, A. P. Gould and Jamas G. Blaine, whose name has become since a household word throughout the country. Hon. Josiah Crosby of Dexter in his re marks claimed credit ,for being the author of the law which allows inter-mar riage between a negro ana a white person. Hon. Harrison Hume of Boston, but a former son of Maine, said he was proud of Maine and of her men who had achieved distinction in literature and in the walks of statesmanship. He referred to Longfellow, the poet, George Evans, Wm. Pitt Fessenden, James G. Blaine and Thomas B. Reed in tones of praise. Further remarks were made l»y David Dudley of Presque Isle, A. C. Stocking of Boston, Mr. Kilby of Boston, J. W. Porter of Burlington, Judge Williamson of Starks, Judge Knapp of Livermore, Josiah H. Drummond of Portland, Wm. Freeman of Cherryfield, Gen. J. Manchester Haynes of Augusta, Gen. Charles Hamlin of Bangor Eben Woodbury of Houlton, George D. Bisbee of Buckfield, L. R. King of Camden, and J. P. Bass of Bangor. JANUARY THAW. The Worst Floods for Years Report ed In Maine. Bridges Damaged on the Maine Cen tral Raiiread, And Creat Losses Occasioned to Lumber Operators. [Special to the Press.] Richmond, Jan. C.—Unless a cold snap puts a stop to it, the Kennebec will soon be open from above the dam to the sea. The rains of the past few days have created a freshet and weakened the ice to such an ex tent that this morning it is breaking up all along the river. At the head of Swan Island and at the narrows on both sides ot the island are jams. Opposite this village is clear water. Below the narrows the river is clear, the ice having gone from Merrymeet ing nay. m tne vicinity or iceooro tne ice at 10 o’clock in the forenoon had not broken up, but is giving away fast, and will soon be ! running. The towboats will be at work this afternoon breaking the jams, and to morrow morning will probably see the river comparatively clear of ice. The current is running at the rate of four or five miles per hour, sufficient to carrry the ice down against the flood tide. liiDDEKonn, Jan 6.—Lumbermen have been anxious for some days on account of the rapid rise in the Saco during the late 1 warm weather. Tuesday it was evident that the ice above the falls would break up and river drivers were at work all day for the ' various lumber dealers, ensuring the safety of their logs in the booms. About four o’clock this morning the heavy wrought iron chains supporting the two main booms part ed and a perfect jam of ice and logs ensued. About 500 logs, representing 50,000 feet of lumber floated down the river. As the main boom contained logs belonging to J. G. Leering, the Hobsons, Hamilton & Little field, each will suffer some loss, though most of the damage falls upon the Hobsons, they losing one private boom in addition to the rest. The oldest residents af the two cities fail to recollect the winter when the ice left the river at this time of the year, or when the water was so high in the month of Jan uary ns it is at present. A despatch received today from Bar Mills states that Charles MeKenney’s main boom broke early this morning and about 100,000 feet of logs were lost. It is feared that the boom of A. K. P. Lord at Moderation will be unable to withstand the fierce current. Augusta, Jan. 6.—Two spans of the rail road bridge across the Kennebec here were carried away by the freshet at about 8.10 o’clock this morning. During the latter part of last fall repairs were commenced on the bridge, and at the time of the accident the two spans destroyed rested entirely on tres tle work built up from the bed of the river. The rains for the past few days have weak ened the ice greatly, and fears were enter tained for the safety of the bridge. A strict watch was kept. The water rose about two feet between 6 o’clock last night and G o’clock this morning, and quite a number congregat ed to watch the bridge.it being reported that the ice had started up river. At a little past 8 o’clock the ice commenced to run over the dam, and came down in large quantities piling up several feet high against the trestle work. The wood-work could not stand the shock, and soon gave way. The two spans first settled in the middle and then at the ends. At the time of the catastrophe, five loaded coal cars were on the weak spans, placed there to weight the bridge down; but when it became evident that the bridge must go two of them were hauled ofl by a rope. Two of the others went to the bottom, and the re maining one floated down the river on top of a lot of lumber, Engine No. 29, with a crew of workmen, went down river to try and se cure the floating material. Until the bridge is repaired, all travel will go over the back route, and local passengers and freight will be transferred across the river on the other bridge. There is no means of telling how soon repairs will be completed, as the river may not be in a con dition for work to be resumed for several weeks. The demolished spans were each 172 feet long. f i. ate it. J Mr. Booker, superintendent of bridges for the Maine Central railroad, arrived here this noon. He cannot tell yet what the damage will be, but thinks it will reach $15,000 or $20,000. A part of the lumber and iron which floated down the river has been se cured at South Gardiner. The rest will be a total loss. Gabdineb, Jan. 6.—The recent rains have swollen in the Kennebec to an unusual height. There has, however, been no dam | age in this vicinity. The ice is broke up | early this morning, running freely through to the sea. There Is little or no danger 01 a jam. Every prospect is for good fields for the ice men when the river freezes again. This clearing of the river will effectually dls pose of the claims upon prominent ice men for damage to fields below them caused by breaking up ice fields in order to secure a better quality of iee. Lewiston, Jan. 6.—The water in the river Androscoggin was very high this morning. A jam of ice and logs broke here, raising the water three feet, the iee and a small number of logs going over the dam. The mills on tho lower canal had thirteen feet of back water. Livekmohe Falls, Jan. 0.—Lane's saw mill has gone out, opening the Hume so that all the mills will have to stop till the flume is repaired. Yakmoittii, Jan. 6.—On Royall’s river here the freshet so weakened the bridge on the Maine Central that trains could not cross this morning Fakmixgton, Jan. 6.—The river here has risen rapidly and the railroad bridge across the ISaudy river from West Farmington is damaged by ice so that trains cannot cross. The water is now falling rapidly and the danger is over. Phillips, Jan. 6.—There is a great flood on the Sandy River. Several bridges have gone. The ground is bare and work in the woods has been stopped. The water is now falling. Canton, Jan. (i.—The ice was cleared from the Androscoggin last night. The Canton boom is broken, one pier gone and an old jam cleared. At Rumford Falls the water is the highest for years. At Other Points. The saw mill at Livermore Falls owned by C. Lane has gone out and flume to the other mills partly gone out, eausing all mills ex cept Record’s pulp mill to stand still until it can be repaired. The water is yet rising. The Sandy river at Strong has come up six feet within twelve hours. Where a few hours ago were snow drifts six feet deep is now bare ground. The lowlands of the Sandy River Valley are completely inun dated, and there will be considerable damage to bridges and property on the mill streams. The new pulp mill built at Snow’s Falls this fall was taken from its foundation by the high water of Tuesday and carried down stream and is a total wreck. The shank factory boom at North Anson, on the Kennebec, was partly carried away, and considerable birch lumber lost. At Madison Bridge, the underpinning of the picker room of the Madison Woolen Company’s mill was nearly all carried away. The Kennebec is clear at Bingham, and the water is commencing to fall. There is a heavy freshet on the upper Ken nebec. The ice is going out of the river. The snow is all gone and lumbermen are lying idle in the woods. FROM WASHINGTON. Cen. Sheridan. Washington, Jan. 6.—Senator VanWyck offered today in the Senate the petition of the National Labor League praying that Lieut. Phillip H. Sheridan be made a full general. He asked that it be printed in the Kecord and also be referred to the committee on military affairs. It was so ordered. The Alleged Embezzlement. Boston, Jan. 6.—John F. Wood, a promi nent business man, whose connection with the New England Manufacturers and Me chanics Institute was well known, was ar rested today on a warrant charging him with the embezzlement of S-443 from the Union Stone Co., of whicli he was treasurer in 1882. Mr. Wood claims that he is wholly innocent and that he is being persecuted by the com pany which lie is at present suing for a large amount for infringement of certain patents, and that the arrest was made simply to prej udice the jury when his patent suit is oi trial. The sum claimed by the Stone Co. ho says, is the result of a mistake made by a strange book-keeper, while the regular man was albsent. _ FOREICN. A Madrid Scandal, London, Jan. 6.—It is reported that an opera singer of Milan, named Barghi, is about to bring suit against the ex-Queen of the late King Alfonso, in behalf of an ille gitimate child, saying that Alfonso was its father. Foreign Notes. Orders have been issued for the vaccina tion of all the officers and men in the Austri The London Times eorrespondentat Man dalay, Burmah, telegraphs that 10,000 rebels are scouring the country within a radius of twenty miles of the capital, and that they threaten to attack the town, bears of an emeute are felt, owing to the great reduction of the British force at Mandalay. CENERAL NEWS. A Lowell. Mass., young man named Charles H. Veo who accompanied McNeil of the Lancaster Band when he absconded last week, was arrested at Rutland, Vt„ Tuesday, ;uid taken to Lowell. The recovery of Thomas Keene, the actor, is now only a matter of time. He Improved steadily Tuesday, and his friends have great hopes that he will be about In a day or two. William Northrup, aged 24 years, a resident of Cranston, R. I„ fell between the cars of a freight train on the New England railroad Tuesday night and was Instantly killed. The tobacco works of Ford & Moorman, at Lynchburg, Va., were burned Tuesday. Loss *36,000. The committee appointed by the city council of Dallas, Texas, to lnvegtigato the accounts of Wa ter Superintendent Wheeler, reported to that body Tuesday night that they had found a short age of *8,730. Tuesday evening, John Crowdus and J. Don Adair, two prominent young men of Marshall. Texas, between whom a Ifeud existed, fought In a saloon. Crowdus was killed. William Kennedy, a student at Tuseulum Col lege, near Greedvllle, Tenn., was shot and killed accidentally by a fellow student Tuesday night There Is now every indication that the long idle Washington mills at Lawrence, Mass., will soon resume operation. The special examiners after inspecting the New York pension rolls recommend that 489 names he JTCyfl lit is in progress among the members of the (Irani monument committee in New iorK, and it now looks as though the whole monument scheme there hail fallen through. .. . _ John (J. Stevens of Trenton, N. J.. president of the United New Jersey railroad and canal compa ny. committed suicide yesterday by sh(H»tlng him self in the head. The eansc was tnanclal difficul ties. A storm of unusual severity is prevailing in the Colorado mountains and the thermometer indi cates 33° below zero. Despatches from New Y ork, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire report heavy Hoods prevail om the rivers there.