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The Silt er Question in the SenateNew Bill
Making it a Legal Tender .Jointly with
GoldBill for a New Commission on the
Venezuela ClaimsTest Vote Jn the House
on the Question Making Greenbacks a le
gal TenderSubsidy Scheme for a Ball
road into MexicoSupreme Court Decis-
"WASHINGTON, Jan. 21.Senator Conkling
presented a large number of petitions from
citizens of Ulster, Livingstone, Orange, and
other counties of New York, in favor of the
remonetization of silver. Laid on the table,
the bill having been reported to the Senate.
Senator Beck submitted a concurrent reso
lution declaring that it is unnecessary and
inexpedient to impose the taxes at this time
asked for by the Secretary of the Treasury,
to provide $37,000,000 for a sinking fund,
and directing the Secretary not to purchase
any more bonds for liquidation of the public
debt until directed to do so by Congress.
Laid over for the present and ordered that it
be printed.
Bills were introduced and referred to the
appropriate committees, as follows:
By Senator McDonald, to establish a mint
for the coinage of gold and silver at Indian
apolis, and appropriating certain grounds for
the same and also money for the purchase of
the necessary machinery.
By Senatoi Cameron, authorizing the
coinage of the standard bilver dollar, and
providing that gold and silver jointly, and
not otherwise, shall be a legal tender.
By Senator Eustis, to authorize the estab
lishment of mail steamship service between
the United States and Brazil.
By Senator Conkling, for relief of Wni. It.
Hammond, late Surgeon General in United
States army.
By Senator Chaffee, a declaration of the
meaning and intent of the 15th section of
the Pacific Railway act of July 1st, 1862, &c.
Senator Burnside submitted a resolution
directing the committee on judiciary to ex
amine the laws relating to final reviews of
court martial, and report to the Senate upon
what official rested the duty to review pro
ceedings in the case of Col. Ilunkle, United
States Army. A lengthy debate ensued be
tween Senators Burnside, Conkling and oth
ers, and Senator Conkling finally withdrew
the resolution also, a motion by him a few
days ago, to reconsider the vote by which the
judiciarj' committee on motion of Senator
Conkling last week was instructed to mquue
into the subject. In withdrawing his motion
Senator Burnside gavo notice that he would
to-morrow submit a resolution so as to have
the judiciary committee inquire into the legal
questions of the case, and the militaiy com
mittee into its military charactei.
The "Vi^e President laid before the Senate
a communication from the Secretary of War
in regard to the publication of the history of
the late war, and suggesting that a committee
be appointed to examine the work already
done, and arrange for the form of publica
tion, &c. Referred. Also a communication
from the Secretary of War transmitting an
answer to the Senate resolution of the lOch
inst., a report of Major Lutre, corps of engi
neers, on the survey of the Missouri JRiver at
Omaha. lief erred.
Senator Terr\ presented a lesolution of the
Michigan State Giango, remonstratiug
against the pa&sago of any bill reducing the
duties on foreign wools and in favor ot the
passage of a law for the protection of pur
chaser of patented articles. Referred.
Senator Cameron, Wisconsin, presented a
resolution of the Wisconsin Legislature, ask
ing an appropriation to complete the Stur
geon Bay and Lake Michigan ship canal.
Senator Beck presented a petition of citi
zens of Kentucky, for a reduction of the tax
on tobacco.
Bills were introduced and referred as fol
By Senator Dawes, diiecting the Secretary
of the Treasury to pui chase the Freedmen's
bank building and adjacent property, owned
by the Fieedmeu's Savings and Trust com
pany, Washington, the price not to ex
ceed $275,000, and the money to be placed
in the Lmted States treasury to the credit of
the Commissioners of said insolvent com
pany for distribution among its creditors.
By Senator Plumb, to provide for the im
provement of the Osage river in Missouri
and Kansas.
Senator Howe submitted resolutions of
the Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce in fa
vor of a fair and equitable distribution of the
balance of the Geneva award. Referred.
After the disposition of Burnsides' Runkle
resolution, Senator Anthony moved that the
case of Surgeon Draper also be sent to the
judiciary committee.
Senator Edmunds suggested that Senator
Thurman, who was absent, had favored its
reference to the naval committee, and asked
that it be left there until he was present,
which was agreed to.
The Vice President laid before the Senate
a communication from the Italian Minister,
notifying the Senate that a commemorative
service of the late King Victor Emanuel will
be held at St. Aloysius' Church to-morrow,
and seats will be reserved for Senators who
may honor the occasion with their presence.
At the expiration of the morning hour the
Senate resumed consideration of the resolu
tion of Senator Matthews declaring the right
of the government to pay its bonds in silver,
and Senator Jones of Florida spoke at some
length as to the power granted Congress by
the Constitution to coin money, regulate its
value, &c, and argued that at the time of the
acts of 1869, to strengthen the public credit,
and of 1870, to authorize the lefundmg of
the national debt, were passed, the silver dol
lar was the legal tender coin of the country,
and Congress had no power to oxclude it
from the coinage of the country. If any
coin should have been abolished on account
of being unstable in value, it should have
been gold. He spoke of the advantages of
silver money, and said there was a large
channel in the business of the country which
silver alone could fill. It was emphatically
the money of the people. In conclusion, he
advocated the adoption of the resolution of
Senator Matthews, because he thought it
was for the true interest of the country.
Senator Cockrell said he proposed to re
view the law and facts embodied in the reso
lution. The Senator from Ohio had argued
that the bonds were payable in both gold
and silver. He had proposed to submit to
the high court of national honor and public
faith, about which he had heard so much," a
petition on the part of the bondholders, as
plaintiffs, against the United Stales of
America as defendants, demanding the pay
ment in gold alone, and answer by the
United States setting up the right to pay the
bonds, principal and interest, in silver coin
of 412% grains to the dollar. Also a repli
cation by the bondholders denying this right
and giving the reasons for demanding gold
alone. Senator Cockrell then quoted exten
sively from the various financial acts of Con
gress to show that the government had the
right to pay the bonds in silver, and also re
viewed the arguments in behalf of the single
standard, but before he had spoken long he
yielded to Senator Edmunds, upon whose
motion the Senate^went into executive ses
When the doors reopened Senator Thur
man submitted the following:
WHEBEAS, The President m the Senate has
laid before it a letter to hini from the Italian
minister, stating that commemorative services
for his majesty the late king of Italy, Victor
Emmanuel,will take place Tuesday|in the church
of St. Aloysius, and that seats will be kept for
the honorable members of the United States
Senate who would honor their ceremony by
their presence therefore be it
Resolved, That when the Senate adjourn it
be until 1:30 p. m. to-morrow, in order to al
low Senators to attend said commemorative
Agreed to and adjourned.
House of Representatives.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21.Under the call
of States, the following bills were introduced
and referred:
By Mr. Norcross To prevent the manufac
ture, importation or sale of intoxicating
drinks in the District of Columbia.
By Mi-. Wells, N. Y.~To authorize the kill
ing of fur seals and other fur bearing ani
mals, within the limits of Alaska. Ajtao to
provide for the organization of the navy dur
ing peace.
By Mr. Ketcham, N. Y.Proposing an
amendment to the Constitution, providing
that no claim against the United Slates shall
ever be paid unless the same shall have been
presented to the proper tribunal within 10
years from the time the claim shall have ac
By Mr. SbellabergerAuthorizing the coin
age of silver dollars, and declaring gold and
silver coin, and not otherwise, to be full legal
By Mr. WilsonTo regulate inter-State
commerce, and prohibit unjust indiscrimina
tion by common carriers.
By Mr. MaishFor transfer of the Indian
bureau to the war department.
By Mr. LignouRestricting the admis
sion of cadets at West Point.
By Mr. GibsonFor the establishment of
mail steamship service between the United
States and Brazil.
By Mr. TownSend of OhioProviding for
a commission to examine and adjust all out
standing claims against the District of Col
By Mr. BlackburnExtending the time
for the withdrawal of distilled spirits now in
bond until Jan 1, 1879.
By Mr. Wood of New YorkFor a joint
committee to inquire into the causes of sick
ness in the District of Columbia.
By Mr. RiddleTo reduce the tariff and
internal revenue taxes by suspension of the
sinking fund law until, under the
operation of said law, there would accumu
late the amount which has been applied to
the reduction of the national debt in excess
of the requirement of said law from July 1st,
1862, to July 1st 1877.
By Mr. Brown, ind., by requestTo
incorporate the National Railroad Co.,
for the purpose of constructing a railway
from the Atlantic seaboard to Chicago, St.
Louis and Council Bluffs.
By Mr. FortTo prevent further distribu
tion or retirement of U. S. Treasury notes
and to keep them after resumption as the
paper currency of the country.
By Mr. LeonardDeclaring the sense of
Congress in regard to subsidies.
By Mr. BucknerTo suspend for five
years the operation of the law requiring the
puichasa annually of one per cent, of the
debt of the United States.
By Mr. DavidsonEstablishing a line of
mail and immigrant steamships between
Fernandino, Florida, and Liverpool.
By Mr. OliverProposing an amendment
to the constitution providing for the issue of
legal tender notes and regulating the a
mount there.
By Mr. LuttrelBy request, authorizing
the Postmaster Geneial to contract for ocean
By Mr. RyanFor the relief of actual set
tlers on Indian lands.
By Mr. KidderGranting lands to aid in the
construction of a railway from Bismarck to
the Black Hills also for the relief of settlers
in the Black Hills.
By Mr. YoungFor the erection of a fire
proof building for the national museum.
By Mr. BlairFor the erection of a Con
gressional library.
By Mr. BanksTo extend the commerce of
the United States with Mexico, and to pro
vide for the completion of the Southern Pa
cific railway.
By Mr. MorseTo repeal the duty on jute.
Mr. Clark, of Missouri, offered a resolution
directing the military committee to inquire
into the expediency of transferring the sig
nal service bureau from the war to the treas
ury deprtament. Referred.
Mr. Glover asked leave to offer a resolution
authorizing the committee on expenditures
in the treasuay department to send sub-com
mittees to such places as it may find neces
sary for the purpose of taking testimony.
Mr. Patterson objected.
The Speaker laid before the House a com
munication from the Italian minister, in
viting the attendance of the members of the
House at the funeral service of the late King
Victor Emanuel to be held at St. Aloysius
church, Washington, to-morrow morning.
Mr. Southard moved to suspend the rules
and pass the bill authorizing the payment of
custom duties in legal tender notes afrer the
1st of January, 1879.
Before the question was put the hour of 2
o'clock arrived and the House proceeded to
the consideration of business of the District
of Columbia.
The joint resolution of the Missouri legis
lature for the lemoval of the capitol was re
ported back adversely and laid on the table.
The bill to punish embezzlement in the
District of Columbia, and to protect the Dis
trict records, passed after a motion to ad
journ which was defeatedyeas 95, nays
Mr. Southard's motion to suspend the
rule3 and pass the bill making customs du
ties payable in greenbacks after January,
1879, came up for vote and a motion to sus
pend the rules and pass the bill was defeated
yeas 154, nays 96. Not two-thirds in the
The House then adjourned, no report hav
ing been made from the committee on for
eign affairs on the invitation of the Italian
minister to attend the religious ceremonies
to-morrow in memory of the late King of
The National Debt.
WASHINGTON, San. 21.The following is
the full text of the concurrent resolution sub
mitted to the Senate by Senator Beck to-day:
WHEREAS, It is of the highest importance
in the present depressed condition of indus
try of the people that taxation should be re
duced to the lowest point consistent with a
faithful discharge of the obligations of the
government and an economical administra
tion of its affairs and,
WHEREAS, The Secretary of the Treasury
in his estimates of the sum to be provided
by the present Congress includes $37,196,-
045 to be applied during the next fiscal year
in the the purchase of United States bonds,
under the provisions of the acts of February
25,1862, and July 14,1870, providing a sink
ing fund for the extinction of the National
debt and,
ury in his annual report to the 44th Con
gress, in December, 1876, showed that up to
July 18th, 1876, the literal compliance with
the provisions of said laws from the time
they went into effect, required the application
of $433,848,215 to the purposes provided for
in said acts, and that $658,992,226 had been
so applied, being an excess of $225,144,010
over the amount required by law to be so
applied up to that date and
WHEBEAS, The present Secretary of the
Treasury in his report to this Congress in
December last, after repeating the state
ments of, his predecessor upon that subject,
says that on the same basis the amount of
the sinking fund would have reached $475,-
318,888 on the first of July, 1877, on which
date the reduction of the debt, including ac
crued interest, less cash in the treasury since
its highest points in 1865, amounted to
$696,273,348, or $222,954,459 in excess of
the amount required by law to be provided
for that fund therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate, the House of
Representatives concurpfig, that it is un
necessary and inexpedient either to maintain
or impose taxes at this time for the purpose
of providing for the $37,196,045 asked for
by the secretary of the treasury in his esti
mate for the purpose of providing further
for the sinking fund, and the secretary of
the treasury is hereby directed not to pur
chase any bonds for the reduction of the
principal of the national debt till further
ordered by Congress, and that the com
mittees having charge of the subject be and
they are hereby instructed not to provide
for payment, during the next fiscal year for
any part of said sum in the adjustment of
taxation required for the maintenance and
support of this grant.
Standard Silver Dollar.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21.The following is
the financial bill which was introduced by
request in the Senate to-day by Senator
Cameron of Pennsylvania:
A bill authorizing the coinage of the stan
dard silver dollar, and providing that gold
and silver jointly, and not otherwise, shall be
a full legal tender.
Be it enacted, die., That there shall be
coined from time to time, at the mints of the
United States, standard silver dollars as pro
vided for in the act of January 17, 1837, and
any owner of silver bullion may deposit the
same at any United States mint, or at the
United States assay office in the city of New
York, and receive in return thereof the full
commercial value of said bullion in standard
silver dollars and from and after the passage
of this act said silver dollars and gold coinage
shall jointly be a full legal tender, each to
the extent of 50 per cent., and no more, for
all debts, public and private, except as other
wise provided by law or express contract.
Sec. 2. All acts or parts of acts inconsist
ant herewith are hereby repealed.
Venezuelan Claims.
enforcement of the stipulations of said con
Jlf iscellaneotts.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21.Supreme Court de
cision, No. 159, United State3 vs. the National
Bank of Boston an appeal from the Court
of Claims.
This is a case of defalcation by sub-Treas
urer Hartwellin Boston, in which government
certificates of the United States were taken and
disposed of to Mellen, Ward & Co., with the
knowledge of the firm and replaced with
those of the appellants obtained by fraud.
The court remarked that it ought not to re
quire argument or authority to support the
proposition that where money or property of
an innocent person has gone into the treasury
of the nation by means of fraud to which its
agent was a party, such money or property
cannot be held by the United States against
the claim of the wronged or injured party.
Affirmed. Justice Swayne delivered the
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21.The bill intro
duced in the House to-day by Gen. Banks,
to facilitate commerce with Mexico passed
for a subsidy of $15,000 per mile for the
proposed 600 miles extension of the Galves
ton, Harrisburg & San Antonio Railroad,
from San Antonio to El Paso, there to con
nect with a proposed extension of the
Southern Pacific Railroad of California.
The bill requires the completion of 100 miles
of th'e Texas extension within two years, 100
more within four years, and the whole within
six years. In case, however, one of the
companies fails to reach El Paso at the end
of six years, the other is to have the right to
build onwards to the point of junction with
the same privileges granted the uncompleted
portion. The subsidy of $15,000 per mile
is to be paid in cash upon the completion
and equipment of each section of 100 miles.
The bill also provides that the government
shall make no payments for transportation
of its troops or property over the proposed
railway extension until the amounts thus
earned by the railroad shall equal the total
amount of the subsidy advanced.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21.Col. Adair, dele
gate of the Cherokee nation, was before the
House committee on territories to-day, and
spoke for more than an hour in opposition
to the bill establish the territorial govern
ment of Oklahama in the Indian Territory.
He argued that the proposition was in the
interest of land speculators and in violation
of treaties and the decision of the supreme
court, and read from the writings of Presi
dent's Washington, Madison, Johnson and
Jackson, and of Calhoun, in support of the
treaty rights of the Indians.
A Couple of Incendiary Fires.
S T. LOUIS, Jan. 21.An incendiary fire at
Carrollton, 111., Saturday, destroyed five busi
ness houses. Loss not stated. Insurance:
$2,200 in Franklin, Philadelphia $1,000 in
Phdenix Brooklyn $2,800 in Continental,
New York $3,000 in North America. Dur
ing the fire a brick wall fell on the roof of a
one story building npon which several men
were at work battling the flames, carrying
the roof and men down in amass of ruins.
No one was killed outright, but Richard
Parker, Rucher Ennis and Jos. Dickson were
seriously injured, and eight others more or
less hurt.
OMAHA, Jan. 21.Pattee's block, a two
story frame building on 16th street, owned
by James W. Pattee, New York, burned this
morning. Incendiary probably. Five stores
on the first floor and the dwellings on the
second floor were destroyed. Loss about
$15,000 insurance about $4,000.
Pure Old Rye Whisky and Rock Candy at
Adrlanople Occupied in ForceNothing In
Reference to Armistice NegotiationsRe
ported Escape of Suleiman Pasha and
His Army Toward the Sea CoastHor
rible Picture of the Sufferings of Turkish
RefugeesImportant Servian Success.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21.Senator Eaton to
day intioduced a bill relative to the Vene
zuelan mixed commission. It directs the
Secretary of State to abstain, from distrib
uting any of the sums now in his custody,
or which may be hereafter accrued, on ac
count of awards of the commissioners or ar
biters, or under the convention of 1866, and
recommends a proposal to Venezuela of a
new commission for a re-hearing of the
claims which were laid before or passed upon
by said commissioners and arbiters, and also
for an examination of sacb. other interna
tional claims as may be piesented. The bill
lso provides for an immediate repeal of the
act ot Feb. 25,1873, which provided for the I ment was not yet aware of the Russian terms,
LONDON, Jan. 21.11 the report thatSulie
man Pasha has reached Drame should prove
correct, he can take his army, believed not
to be less than 50,000 men, to the sea by a
short march, and thence secure transporta
tion to Gallipoli or Constantinople. His es
cape through the Rhodepe mountains does
not appear in itself to be impossible, and it
now seems that the force which the Russians
were able to place across his path west of
Adrianople consisted entirely of cavalry
which could destroy his communications and
cut off his supplies, but could not seriously
impede his inarch eastward or southward.
However, news of Sulieman's safety is uncon
firmed. The report comes from Constanti
nople, where the wish would be likely to be
get the report.
LONDON, Jan. 21.The Daily Telegraph
prints the following under date of Constan
tinople yesterday: Mr. Master of the Eng
lish relief fund, has just arrived here with a
train full of refugees from Adrianople.
These unhappy people have been in open
cattle trucks three days. Many perished
from the cold weather. Last night fifteen
were found dead in the trucks. The suffer
ings of all are described as awful. Mothers
are reported in their frenzy to have thrown
away living babies rather than see them die
in their arms. As the train moved from
Adrianople numbers of people tried to cling
to the outside and framework of the carriages
and many attempted to ride on the buffers.
At one station where hundreds of people had
congregated without food for two days the
men threatened Mr. Master with violence if
bread was not given to them. Yesterday
there were fifteen thousand women and
children out in the snow at Oharlou. Three
trains full are hourly expected to arrive at
Constantinople. It is not known where they
will find shelter. The snow is seven inches
deep and is still falling. The cold is intense.
All that can possibly be done is being effect
ed by the administrators of the relief fund,
but many lives are being sacrificed.
LONDON, Jan. 21.A dispatch from Con
stantinople announces the entry of the Rus
sians into Adrianople. The Austrian consul
there telegraphed last night that the town
was tranquil. There is no news of armis
tice negotiations.
VIENNA, Jan. 21.A special from Con
stantinople says the opinion daily gains
ground that in consequence of the threaten
ing aspect of internal affairs, especially in
the capital, the Port will be compelled to
purchase a cessation of hostilities at any
price. Three hundred thousand refugees
are fleeing to Constantinople.
LONDON, Jan, 21.In the House of Com
mons to-night Sir Stafford Northcote, Chan
cellor of the Exchequer, stated the Govern
but had reason to know that the statements
published this morning were incorrect.
LONDON, Jan. 22.A Constantinople dispatch
dated Friday/the 18th, via Syria, says the Porte,
at the instance of the Sultan, has ordered all
Velayets at a distance from the seat of war, to
send, pending the result of the armistice ne
gotiations, all the forces they can spare to
Constantinople by the quickest route. The
dispatch says it has been decided that the Gov
ernment and Sultan quit Constantinople when
the Russians reach Tchatoldja, a station on
the Adrianople railway, 25 miles from Con
BELGRADE, Jan. 21.It is officially an
nounced that the Servians upon re-occupying
Kurschumlji, found twenty-four Servian sol
diers and two officers impaled.
BUCHAREST, Jan. 21.The Roumanians
occupy Flokenten, thus completing the in
vestment of Widdin. The bombardment of
the Russians set fire to Fort Belgradschik in
BELGRADE, Jan. 21.The Servian troops
have captured Preshina: also recaptured
Kershumli after an engagement in which the
Turks lost 400 killed and wounded and 450
Turks captured.
CONSTANTINOPLE, Jan. 21.Turkish peace
plenipotentiaries telegraphed the Porte an
nouncing their arrival at Kezanlik Sunday
LONDON, Jan. 21.A telegram from Athens
says: The Porte having addressed a note to
England complaining of the warlike attitude
of Greece, the British government has trans
mitted it, without comment, to the English
charge d'affaires here.
LONDON, Jan. 21.A special from Thumla
says the small-pox has broken out there and in
surrounding villages. A number of refugees
are arriving there from Bebraua and Osman
Bazar. Many die on the road from cold and
A Simnitza dispatch says, the Danube is now
completely frozen over, and transport wagons
are now crossing on the ice.
A Berlin special says all the old soldiers in
Russian Poland have been called in. This new
levy consists of men over 40 years of age.
A Vienna correspondent reports a telegram
from Constantinople states the Governor of
Salonica telegraphed the Porte that 3,000 sick
and wounded from Suleiman Pasha's army have
arrived at Drame.
A Pera correspondent understands that Sulie
man Paaha has with him at Drame 108 battal
lions and 115 guns.
A Gallipolis dispatch says a panic prevails
here in consequence of the report that the Rus
sians are between Uliien Kophri and Keshan,
ten hours' march hence. Orders have been re
ceived from Stambonl to resist any advance.
Troops are expected from Smyrna and the Dar
Affairs in the Black Hills.
DEADWOOD, D. T., Jan. 21.Sheriff Moulton
arrived from Rapid City, D. T., to-day, with
the following account of the Indian troubles in
that vicinity: At noon on the 20th a band of
Indians attacked the freight train on the Sid
ney route, six miles from Rapid City. One of
the freighters was shot through the back and
arm, ana two mules were killed.
The Woolley and Preacheco mining troubles
have been compromised and satisfactorily set
tled. A full force of men will begin work in
both mines to-morrow.
postmasters Confirmed.
^/WASHINGTON, Jan. 21.The Senate in ex
ecutive,session confirmed the nominations of
postmasters: M. Vosburgh, Union City,Iowa
C. McCullom, New Hampton R. L. Taylor,
West Side Minnesota, Mary E. Wetherell,
Wabasha E F. Horton, Trenton.
Big Gold Shipment to America.
LONDON, Jan. 22.One hundred thousand
pounds gold was withdrawn from the Bank
of England for New York yesterday.
Wisconsin Legislative Doings.
[Special telegram to the GLOBE.] Z^~%~
MADISON, Wis., Jan, 21.Both Houses had
short sessions to-night. Forty-five copies of
partly completed revised laws were sent in
by the revisers for inspection by the Legisla
ture. A resolution was adopted for the Leg
islative Manual for members, reporters and
others. Bills were introduced in relation to
warehouse receipts for the election of the
additional Supreme Court Judges, and to re
vise the general statutes.
In the Assembly a memorial for remonetiz
ing Bilver, and asking Congress to pass
Bland's silver bill. Bills were introduced
amending the record law of deaths and mar
riages authorizing the county of Burnett to
borrow money authorizing the Governor to
purchase the library and scientific instru
ments of the late Moses Strong, late geolo
A Well Known Chicago House Goes into
BankruptcyOther Failures.
CHICAGO, Jan 21.Benjamin V. Page and
William Spragne, constituting the wholesale
glass, paint and oil firm of Page & Sprague,
filed a voluntary petition in bankruptcy to
day. Secured liabilities $195,000, with secu
eitie3 of $104,000, quoted as worthless unse
cured debts $50,000. Liabilities on bills
discounted $116,500: assets $20,000 in lands
and $50,000 in personal property and stock.
The individual liabilities of Benjamin &
Page are $54,000 assets $4,000. Spragues
-liabilities are $11,000 no valuable assets.
Samuel Bliss & Co., grocers, filed a volun
tary petition to-day secured debts $14,000
unsecured $11,400. Assets, stock, notes and
accounts, $149,000. Bliss' individual debts
were $7,000 no asseta. Topliff, another
member of the firm, had secured debts of
$9,000 and assets of $20,000. Both these
firms have been suspended for some weeks.
NEW YORK, Jan 21.Waterhouse Bros.,
woolen manufacturers of Passaic, N. J., have
failed. Their liabilities are thought to be
$100,000 nominal assets $60,000. The de
pression af business and shrinkage of values
are assigned as the cause.
N EW YORK, Jan. 21.In the suit of Adolph
Schalk, stockholder of the Brewers and
Malsters insurance Co., for dissolution of
the company, a decree was filed to-day ap
pointing Peter Ammerman to wind up the
PHTLADELPHU, Jan, 21.Regarding the
failures to-day, E. Stokes, of the firm of E.
& C. Stokes, importers of goat-skins, states
he is advised by counsel to make an assign
ment, which he will probably do to-morrow.
Stokes says the firms which have suspended
are largely indebted to ths house of E. & C.
Stokes, which is one of the heaviest import
ers in the city in foreign hides and skins. It
is rumored here that two firms in Newark
engaged in the same business have or are
about to suspend.
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 21.The failure of
three houses here in the morocco and goat
skin trade, and the failure of a manufactur
ing firm at Wilmington, Dsl., causes excite
ment. The total liabilities are said to exceed
a half million of dollars assets unknown.
Col. Wagner's Story of the Recent Raids
With Reflections "Upon Gov. Hampton.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21Col. Wagner writes
the commissioner of internal revenue from
Greenville, S. that the breech loading rifles
sent by the commissioner of internal revenue,
for use by officers of the revenue in their raids
on illicit whisky, has been of great
assistance in the recent raid by
his officers under the collectors, in
which they captured 80 gallons and a still, and
arrested the owners. They were assailed by
nine moonshiners with shot guns and rifles.
They responded with their breech-loaders, and
charged up a hill upon their assailants, and
drove them back, chasing them until they were
Col. Wagner states in a subsequent letter to
the commissioner of internal revenue that hear
ing Gov. Hampton had called for and received
information from a citizen of Union county
concerning a recent affair between the revenue
officers ana militia, he waited on the governor
in company with the United States marshal and
revenue collector and was shown written ac
counts of the affair which were chiefly false,
whereupon he furnished the governor with
the facts, but came away impressed
with the conviction that Hampton would avail
himself of any pretext to avoid the promises be
made some days ago in reference to sustaining
the officers in the execution of their duty.
Hampton explained that the officers -who had
trouble with the militia were low people, and
expressed the surmise that they might have
first provoked the difficulty with the militia.
He said he had written a letter to the Presi
dent about the matter. Wagner now proposed
to write the commissioner, giving some account
of the character of the men aspersed.
The Great Church Lifter.
NEW YOBK, Jan. 21.A subscription started
under the auspices of Mr. Kimball to relieve
the Central Congregational church of Brooklyn
(Rev. Dr. Scudder's) of debt, resulted in rais
ing the total amount required, some $65,000.
David M. Stone, of the Journal of Commerce,
who was opposed to agitating the subject on
the Sabbath, subscribed when approached dur
ing the week between five and six thousand
dollars. The church now being free from debt,
future Sunday subscriptions will be for benev
olent purposes only.
Chicago Whisky Cases.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21.The Attorney General
addressed a letter to-day to the District Attor
ney at Chicago, instructing him to proceed at
once in the prosecution of the whisky cases.
The Papal Allocution.
LONDON, Jan. 21.A Rome correspondent
telegraphs it is expected that the Papal allo
cution will be delivered shortly on the death of
King Yictor Emmanuel and the accession of
King Humbert.
Honors to Stanley.
LONDON, Jan. 21.The Roya} Geographical
society have resolved to give a banquet in
honor to Henry M. Stanley, and to invite him
to read a paper on his explorations.
Ac- August Peterson vs. Adam Gotzian.
tion heard and submitted to the Court.
St. Paul Gaslight Company vs. Thomas H.
Lyles. Case dismissed.
John Neis and Nicholas Hoffman were con
victed of larceny, and Neis was committed to
jail for fourteen days Hoffman was fined
$10 and costs.
Ellen Gilmore, so well known at this
Court, was again committed to jail for sixty
days for drunkenness.
J. Andrew Nippoll vs. John Leidman
Brandhorst & Co., garnishees. Settled and
case dismissed.
District Court.
[Before Judge BrilL]
State vs. J. Johansen. On motion of de
fendant's counsel, W. W. Erwin, Esq., a stay
of proceedings was granted for ten days to
apply for a new trial.
Joseph Masson vs. The City, for damage
to a cellar by building the Sixth street sewer.
Damages laid at $2,000. The jury brought
in a sealed verdict.
C. Bush, E Ray and H. Howard pleaded
guilty to larceny and were committed to
await sentence.
C. C. Berkman vs. The City, for damages
to property caused by the Sixth street sewer.
Adjourned till this morning at 10 o'clock.
Capital Building Society,
The Governor Ssqrs at Sank RapidsMr.
Hinds Introduces a Bill Which Says No
The Text of the Bill.
One of the most important bills yet intro
duced in the Legislature is the bill intro
duced on Friday by Mr. Hinds from Scott
county, providing for the location of the
new State prison some where in the southern
or western part of the State. It will be re
collected that the Governor in his message to
the Legislature, strongly recommends Sauk
Rapids as the proper place for the new pris
on. The obvious intent of this recommen
dation of the Governor was to forestall the
action of the Legislature in favor of a par
ticular locality. Mr. Hinds by his bill not
only excludes Sauk Rapids from competing
for the location, but in fact excludes the
whole of the Third Congressional District by
requiring the location of the prison to be
made at some-poiat in the other two districts.
This bill does not locate the prison at any
particular point, but appoints a Board of
Commissioners to examine all competing
points and render their oaths to select the
one which in their jndgment affords the best
advantages, and will be to the best interest
of the State. Thus all competing localities
in the First and Second Districts will have a
fair chance. If this bill passes it will show
that in the opinion of the Legislature the
new prison ought not to be located at Sauk
Rapids, but at some point in the other part
of the State.
The following is the bill:
A bill for an act to provide for the selection of
a site that pait of the State embraced in
the First and Second Congressional Districts,
on which to erect a State Prison.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of
Minnesota: SECTION 1. That a State Prison be located
and erected at some point in that part of the
State embraced in the First and Second Con
gressional Districts, accessible liy railroads
from the different quarters of the State, and
convenient to rock suitable for the erection of
such a building. The site for such a State
Prison shall embrace an area of not less than
forty acres, and shall be selei ted and deter
mined as provided in this act.
SEC. 2. N. M. Donaldson, of Steele county
J. A. Thatcher, of Goodhue county, A. L.
Ward, of Martin county James J. Green, of
Lesueur county James Slocum, Jr., of Carver
county E. B. Hale, of Renville county, and J.
W. Sencerbox, of Scott county, are appointed a
board to select and determine the site for a
State Prison, in accordance with the provisions
of this act.
SEC. 3. Each member of said board before en
tering upon the discharge of his duties under
this act, shall take an oath to faithfully and
impartially discharge his duties enjoined by
this act to the best interest of the State, ac
cording to the best of his judgment and under
standing. In case any vacancy in said board
occurs by reason of a .failure to qualify, resig
nation, refusal to serve, death or otherwise,
such vacancy shall be filled by appointment by
those who do qualify and act.
S EC 4. It shall be the duty of said board to
proceed without delay and personally examine
such legalities in the first and second congres
sional districts as they may know, or have good
reason to beheve, would afford favorable sites
for Buch prison and they shall personally in
spect such sites and ascertain the advantages
and disadvantages of such sites as would be in
accordance with the requirements of this act
the facilities afforded for building material and
transportation, and access for the general pub
he, and from the sites so examined by them
they Bhall select the one which in their judg
ment would be to the best interest of the State,
and the title to which shall be conveyed to the
State free of cost.
SEC. 5. When said board shall have selected
such site, they shall make report of their doing,
and of the reasons for their conclusion, and file
the same in the office of the Secretary of State.
SEC. 6. This act shall take effect and be in
force from and after its passage.
Who is the Lowest Bidder for the Missouri
Biver BusinessStatement of the Claims
of the Yellowstone Transportation Com
The first regular meeting of above society I minor distances ranging from 300 miles and
will be held this evening at 7:30, at Building 11* *d *r
Society hall, No. 76 Robert street, IKiSa^S bid is the lowest but that for the two specin-
The recommendation of Chief Quarter
master Tompkins of the Department of Da
kota, for the granting of the award for army
transportation on the Missouri, Yellowstone
and Big Horn Rivers, as heretofore noticed
to S. B. Coulson of Yanckton, for the Mis
souri W. J. Kountz of Pittsburgh, for the
Yellowstone and Edward Felan of Leaven
worth, for the Big Horn, is likely to meet
with considerable opposition on the part of the
Yellowstone Transportation Company, before
the Department in Washington when such
awards are sent for final approval. This lat
ter company deny the correctness of the
conclusion reached by the chief quartermas
ter here, and claim that it is based on an un
intentional misconception of the amount
and quality of the work upon which bids
were asked.
The Yellowstone Transportation Company
was the succeesful bidder last season, and is
consequently thoroughly cognizant of the
nature and quality of the work required. Its
protest against Col. Tompkins' con
clusion, therefore, and its claim to
being the lowest bidder are entitled
to serious and candid consideration. In pro
testing against his action no charge of un
fairness is designed to be made against Col.
Tompkins, but the company insist that his
estimate is based upon a misconception of
the amount and kind of business to be done
under the contract.
To make the matter more intelligible to
the general reader, to the end that the point
made by the Yellowstone Transportation
company against Col. Tompkins' recommen
dation may be distinctly understood, it is
only necessary to state that proposals were
asked at so much per mile for 100 miles or
less 100 miles and less than 200 200 miles
and less than 300 300 miles and less than
500 500 miles and less than 800 and for 800
miles, and for each of which distances, the
rates for the transportation of officers, men,
animals and freight were to be specified in
the bids.
For the Missouri river, the rates of S. B.
Coulson, the successful bidder, for the sev
eral classes and distances appear to
been as follows:
100 miles or lessO. 3, M. 2%,A.
100 and less 200O. 3, M. 2j|*
200 and less 300O. 3, M. 2%,A.
300 and less 500O. 3, M. 2^,
500 and less 800O, 3, M. 2)4,
800 or over....,....O. 3, M. 2%,
The bids of Capt. S. Davidson, of the
Yellowstone Transportation Company, were
as follows:
50 miles or lessO. 5, M. 2, A. 3, F. 25.
50 and less 100O. 5, M. 2, A. 3, F. 25.
100 and less 200O. 5, H. 2, A. 3, F. 20.
200 and less 300-O. 5, M. 2, A. 3, F. 15.
300 and less 500O. 5, M. 2, A. 3, F. 12%.
500 and leas 800O. 5, M. 2, A. 3, F. 12^.
800 or over O. 5, M. 2, A. 3, F. 12^.
From the above it appears that for the
4, 4,
F. F.
F. F. F.
45. 12. 16. 14. 11.
A. A. A. A.
800 miles and over, Cortisols
cations ranging' between 200 and 500 miles,
Capt. Davidson is the lowest bidder. Coul
son's bid for officers is also the lowest, while
Davidson underbids him for men and an
The Yellowstone Transportation Company
assert that, last season, at least nine-tenths
of the business done was within the limits of
over 300 and less than 800 miles, and npon
this fact base their plain? of being now the
lowest bidder.
This, they say, will be the case
the coming season, from the very
necessities of the Indian situa
tion in that region, upon the upper Missouri.
They also assert that their bid was largely in
favor of the government from the fact that
on men and animals the cost of transporta
tion as set down in their bids would be much
less than that of Coulson, while on the mat
ter of officers the low figures of Coulson
would have made but little difference in the
actual cost on account of the comparatively
small number of this class to be actually
It will thus be seen that the amount and
character of the business to be done within
the specified limits governs largely the ques
tion'as to who is the lowest bidder. Judging of
the amount of business the coming season
by that of last year, which is said to be a
pretty safe estimate, the Yellowstone Tranff
portatioa Company insist that it is the low
est bidder, and has accordingly, forwarded
to the Department at Washington, where
Col. Tompkins' action is to be reviewed, a
full statement of their claims in the premises.
Other points are of course made by the
Company, but the above are believed to be
the most importaint.
A tittle Blaze and What Might Have Been
a Large OneSamuel Potter's Store on
FireBarn Burned on Prince Street
The Insurance.
About 12:30 this morning, smoke was ob
served issuing from the cellar of Samuel Pot
ter's furniture store, corner of Jackson and
Sixth ftreets, and immediately thereafter the
alarm was sounded from box 24 at the Mer
chants Hotel. The fire department respond
ed in short order, and in less than five min
utes from the first tap of the bell at the City
Hall, three engines were on the ground and
ready for work.
The fire was ascertained to be located in the
cellar, whence a dense column of smoke was
pouring both through the rear opening and
in front on Jackson street. The smoke by
this time had penetrated and filled the ground
floor, thus preventing entrance, or any at
tempt to remove the contents of the store
room, and owing to the density of the
columns of smoke passing from the cellar
openings, it was difficult to get at the exact
location, or whereabouts of the blaze.
Some delay ensued cutting away the
sidewalk on Jackson street, and when this
was done two streams of water were thrown
into the cellar, but for some time it did not
appear that much headway was being made.
At length, however, the energetic efforts of
the firemen who all worked with a will,
prevailed, and the volume of smoke began
perceptibly to diminish.
A large stock of furniture of a miscellan
eous character was stored in the basement,
all of which was undoubtedly ruined either
by smoke, flame or water. The contents of the
ground floor were also more or less damaged
by the smoke, the fire not having reached
that part of the building. At this writing
I it is impossible to ascertain the amount of
the damage, but it is no doubt, heavy, caused
principally by water and smoke.
The stocks, it was ascertained, was in
sured for $10,000 in the St. Paul Fire and
Marine Company, which will fully csver the
In about one hour after the alarm sounded
the fire was gotten under control. During
the earlier stage of the fire, smoke penetrat
ed the building adjoining, E.
Albrecht's & Sons fur store,
and the precaution was taken of re
moving the best and most valuable goods of
that establishment. This was done, how
ever, quietly and without loss or damage to
the articles removed.
The fire last evening at about half past
seven drew a large gathering of people to the
corner of Rice and Martin streets. For a
time the flames illumed and made quite
lucid the foggy atmosphere, and aa the ru
mor floated around that the Park Place ho
tel was on fire, people ran from all points to
the scene of conflagration only to be disap
pointed, however, for the victim of the
flames was only a humble barn belonging to
Mr. Miched, 113 Rice street, and occupied by
Julius Snider, a butcher. The property, of
which only the upper part was destroyed, is
valued at $200, and is insured. While the
engines were playing upon the burning build
ing, two lengths of hose burst, scattering the
crowds of lookers-on of both sexes, and de
laying tiie streets as much as the building.
What would be done with such rotten hose
in case of a large fire?
The Musical society to-night.
Quite a grist of Ramsey County bills in ths
House to-day.
County Attorney Rogers is disposed to kick
against Captain Jack Reaney's ideas of re
trenchment and reform.
Mr. Wiley, the Third Ward Representative,
thinks twelve and a half cents about the right
"figger" for record work, per folio.
The annual meeting of the Knights of Py
thias will be held to-day. Members of ths
Grand Lodge will assemble at 10 o'clock.
The society of United Workmen hold a meet*
ing in their hall this evening, when addresses
will be delivered explanatory of the objects of
the society.
Representative Hicks, of Hennepin, flatters
himself that he has solved the problem of how
to make policies in life insurance companies
non-forfei table.
The grand jury found a true bill against C.
Bush, E. Kay and H. Howard, charged with
stealing a show case and its contents from the
store of Z. Haas on Third street.
Alvah H. Grindle, Patrick Hardman, and
George Downey were taken over to Stillwater
yesterday by Deputy Sheriff Callan to serve out
their term in the Penitentiary.
Miss Belle Irvine, Mrs. C. P. Thompson and
Mr. W. H. Leib sing to-night at the Musical so
ciety's concert at the Opera House. The pro
gramme contains some very choice numbers.
The nervous are assured that there will be
no cause for excitement when the fire alarm is
sounded to-day at 3 o'clock from box 8. It
have will be a false alarm given to test the appar
I atus.
The St. Paul Chamber' of Commerce
crowded yesterday and many turned away.
Next year the seats will bring a high premium,
as they now do in the Corn Exchange and stock
boards of New York and London.
At a recent meeting of the Mississippi Valley
Boat Club Association in Chicago, it waa deci
ded to hold the annual regatta at Peoria, 111.
The association which now represents twenty
five clubs, have guaranteed #600 for prizes, Ac..
and it is expected the meeting will be the finest
ever held in the northwest.
There was a meeting last evening of the
joint committees of the Fire Department Asso
ciation and the Exempt Firemen's Association,
for the purpose of "taking into consideration the
advisability of uniting the two societies into
one. The committees reported in favor of
union under the name of the St, Paul Firemen's
Benevolent Association,

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