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THEMIDNIBHTBAID No Changa in the Situation During Yesterday. TEE ARRIVAL OF S. S. MERRILL. He Visits the Scene of Operations and Spies Out the Land. TALK WITH "GLOBE" REPORTER, Which Results in a Biief Card and Promise of Something More To-Day. AN EXPLANATION TO BE GIVEN, Winch Merrill Says Will Satisfy LveiylxKly Th.it His Road is Friendly to St. Paul. HOW THE ORDINANCE READS. Which Controls the Track Running AciObS the Levee. A temporary halt having been called in the railroid imbioglio through the injunction pro ceedings of Wednesday as set forth in th GLOB* a paitial lull ensued in the excitement prevailing the pre cdmg two da\a Still the various events connected with the proceeding were eagerly discussel wherevei people congre gated the tioublesome point with all being, as on thi pi ceding elijs, a reason ible cause for thcsnmmiry and unusual course adopted by the "Milwaukee company This po nt wa can vassed in all i beaungs and many theories advanced RO I to be i- ([uickly dispelled, and othcis to be found of sufficient iorcc to deserve considcialion But the lnipoitmt result il wajs leached was that even it nothing inimical to St Piul \va mten led by the move or wou ld result trom its beinj earned thiough it be hoovi St Piul to be on the alert, leady to act determinedly and with the power it can exert i noressary to ptotect its inteie3ts, no matter wh it the co"t. As is announced by th" GLOB- the regu lai tvpiess trim tit the uca^o Milwaukee Sr Piuliuhvi\ uiiving ht re at 2 l\) biought as a piviinjfci All S S Metall the geueial ma^ei the compmy With him was Mr. John Griult the isnstant ^eneril mauag i the great lubucatoi a hd has been ia eti ly dubberl, brought llonjf, so a bystander le marked to pom oil on the tr milled waters Alighting tiom thecal with Mr. Meiull, weie also Mcssis Pnoi and is th^ gentlemen undei dir tion the midnight wor'c was mauguiated anrl cirncd fotward until ta 3unct on st ppe opcritions, who hid gone down by the morning trim to meet the mcoai for the puipose undoubtedly, or thorough ly posting Mr Mcuili is to the situation be fore his txrri il the fit} \s Mr Merull stepped fiom his cai a city acquaintance after the usuil silutation, tacetioiibly abked if he hid bion^ht his gun along lcidy for the iray, to which Mi Aleuill liujuinglv respond ed, No I am utiug to ht fmm the back countiesbei donning my war lint Mi Mrrull then piocecded cii'-ectly to the genei il offices of the compam where after in terviewing the t"legi iph brieflj, he was accosted by i GrLoi lipoitcr, who pi iced his 1 ad pencil .at his disposn for nuntervu w, giving, if he so desired his statement of the proceedings had to the citizens ot bt ul thiough the GLO BF Mr Meinll piomptlv responded that he desired to make such i stitoment hut th it he nrsfc de sired to look ovei the situation The GLOBE min ihv ijs willing to accommodate told Mr "Herril! to ime his time, after a little re flection 7 clock in tl evening is fixed upon, when' sud he, -will give you the true inwardness ol this entire business With this i'igemt-iit Mr Merrill excused himsek and staited toi the dooi but just as he reached it he turnea ick to the repoiter and said Vovu people seem to be gieatly excited' RepoiterTo teU von the tiuth, Mi. Merrill, thty tne t,ieith excited Mr UcuiUBut I cmnot understand why thev should bi llw ijs thought they wanted shot line to Minneapolis mdtbatis what we propose to gi^e them, nothing le-.s and nothing moie. We hive not do not pro pose to in any ly mterfeie with the St. Paul 6 Sioux. City bhops IvepotteiIts tiuo that St. Paul wants Bhoiter connection with Mmneauolis But wh it they cannot uuder-.t is why it th it is all in object \im should have deemed it necessut to commence ontrations it midnight as \ou did I asked both Ylsis Caiy audPnoi to expl this |)io eeeliug but they eithei could not oi would Mi MerullOh I explain that a itistac tonly and v\ill to night With this the pte uninaiy interview ended. An Intiiiiai That U(i JSot an Inteivicw. Agreeably to the ipioiutment above men tioned, the GLO BF calle 1 at the Merchants at 7 o'clock bending his ci rd to Mr Mernll's room, No 20 was invited to step up which the repoiter did. I the room weieMi. Mei nll and All Ginlt, the lattei wrii'ing. Havi ng snppliol himself with a cigu, ta companion of wh eh wistenderel the repoitei arid ac cepted, Mi. Men ill said that he would have to ro ill In- promise of- an lnteai viewi ite in the afternoon Tuo fac1 a sau tna he had not yet had in inteiview with Messis. Drake Bishop, of the St. Paul Sioux City loa I as he then expected and until he hael such a meeeing, he thought lb bet'ei to svy but little Mi Merrill explained re i^on foi not having seen Messis Dr ike and Bishop, that upon ainvmg he ie he bid dnvon out to the pioposed loca tion of the bt IUI &, Sioux City hops, to see ow the land intended tor the location was sit uated with lererenc" to the line run in June last lii^ company tor the short connection between St. Piul and Minneapolis. Until this matter came up, he did not know any thing of thit location found by visit, which hid consumed the entire afternoon, that these grounds weie in the original surveyed route their short line, but tuither examina tion had shown a way to avoid all contact, and he hid no doubt peitectly satioiactor arrange ments could be made with the Sioux City com pany as to this mattei and all others issue. Continuing, Mr. Merull said while he ilid not tie ire to make an general statement in lei ition to the controveisy used, and the le cent movements connection with this const! uctnm of a shoru line to nneapoli, he had prepared a brief btatement which he would like to have published in the GLOB E, handing the leportei the following card ST PAUL, Dec 12, JSk -d 1 You may say to the citizens of St Paul that the ofueeis ot toe M. S bt. laihoaet company have no intention or wibh to mtertere witn auy plan the Sioux City comp raymiy ha\ of locating ttieir shops in St Paul, wherevei tne may choose, or ot mter fei lig with any mteie&t ot the city, to its detument. We simply de-me to connect our load with the short line about to bo constiucted from St. Paul to Mmucipohs, a ul the grattiug in the blutls is for that ilj purpose We iuert uot tiouble the public with the matter that tho Sunn ty co npany elaim3 that baid gi ld ing is he ng done on laud owned oy that company, and that we had noiuhttograde~a claim that is disputed by us Such controversies aie not a proper subject of tfetteinent by newspapei discussion. The reporter suggested to Mr Merrill that his presence in the city being generally known, a more comprehensive statea^ent, embracing the reasons for commencing woik at midnight, would be expected but Mr Merrill contended that could not in justice make such a state ment at this time Betore he left the city, he said, he should want to make such a statement, and when it was made he had no doubt it would be satisfactory and satisfy the people of St Panl that in what had been done and what was to be done St Paul interests wre not to be jeopardized in the leist, but rather advanced. The reporter tnen mentioned a rumor current on the stieets during the day, and which had caused an additional ripple of excitement, to the effect that this company had secured, by purchase, the negotiations being conducted by telegraph with Mr Elrelt New York, seven teen acres of the track desired by the bioux City company, to give them the requisite forty acres required for their shops Mr Merrill desired that thus rumor should be denied the most positive terms possible. Hi Company had neither bought such land, or made any negotiations to that end I snort he said all that had been done the company id simply aimed to piotect ltseli, without the remotest intention of domganythmg antagonistic to the bioux City snop pioject, or the interests of bt Paul Mr Merrill ^a3 very emphatic on these points, reiterating the assertion onseveial occa sions that in all proposed there was noth ing unfriendly to eithei of the inteie-.ts as would be mule clear before hi depaiture from the city. The deir/e of bis comp-iny was sim ply a short line to Minneapolis An in stead of desiring to prevent any other railroad company from making the same connection, he wouid say that the Sioux City company, oi auy othei company desiring to make such connec tio i, will be given use of their track upon tat lstactory terms or allowed to put down addi tion il tiacks. Beyond these general assertions and thf card herewith given, Mr Merrill declined, tor the reasons stated above to go, so the reporter was of necessity compelled to close tus interview that was not an interview. The Control of the Citi/ Over the Railroads ltuiimng JChiough. The "hint" which appeareet in yesterday's GLO BE to the effect that the city had authority over the track of the Milwaukee & bt. Paul lead which crosses the levee, created a good cl ul of. comment and caused a good man} questions to be asked. Th history of the matter is thib In 1S73 an ordinance was passed by the city giantmg authority to the Milwaukee fct Paul and the St Paul So bioux Cif, oa to run a, trick acioss tbek.vee 1 he ordinance con tained the following section SEO 8 The said Milwaukee & St Paul Rail ioad company and the bt Paul d, ^Sioux City Uuhoael company, shall, within* sixty dajs trom and after the passage this orelinance, hie witn the city cleik a resolution duly adopt ed by then respective board directors, a cepting this ordinance upon the terms and con ditions herein contained, if either of said railioad corporations shall tail to accept thii orainani as herein provided, the same as such la in odd company n^gh cting or refusing shall be void and oi no effect The Milw mkee & St. Paul Railroad companj promptly accepted the ordinance ^nd changed i tr ick accordn gly. The bt. Paul ct Sioux Git) declined to accept it Having a ccepted the or dimnce, the Milwiuk ce &, fot Paul road is, of course subject to the follow section of the same HkG. 9. Th corpoiation of the city of St Paul hereby resi rve the right tc nltet, MJDIFV: or KLPLA.U this ordinance at my time when they may deem it nccessaiy to the public inter est oi the public welfare It jvill thus be seen that if the "publio in terest" reejuires the Milwaukee & St. Paul road might bo induced, by the epeal or modi- fication of the oramanee to halt in St Paul. The absence rails for a block or two -l necessitate a stop sufficiently long atcer the ir riv il of the train fi om Minneapolis to enable pa=scngeis to check their baggage and 13 tickets, at least. I is not likely that the pub lic weltaie wul tequire the positive lep al ot this ordinance but it will don harm lo the laiho ad men to refer to page 355 the charter and ordinances bt. Paul and see how the pi ovision looks official tjpe ELappinesi at tin Other Unci of the Ivenue. I Minneapolis Tribune, De 12 Oui excellent neighbors tlown St. Paul, we regret to say, are still laboring under an immense mental strain over the beginning the work by the Chicago Milwaukee & St Paul railroa on a short line railroad between St Paul and Minneapolis Hostilities, as ye-.- day threatened, were not actually begun by Piesident Drake at the head of his "thiee hundred men nneler good, sturdy leaders but ne was assured by the plucky and re solute deteudeis of then lights thtt swarmed aiound him that they would be ready at a moment's notice to march to the seat ot wai and elrench the ground with gore if necebsarj ior miles around. At one time tins seenicii 10 be the deidly imminent coarse thit events would take, tor we leam from the GLO BE th it the excitement was added to yesterd i o\ a leportthat the people of Minneapolis hul es poused the cause the corpoiationas was to be expectedanel that a paity was being organized to come to the defense of their working iorce, if, percharce, force suould be necessaiy to dispossess the trespassers and lestorc the invided propcity to the Sioux City company But we are lieved to turthei find fi om the GLO BE that all fe.us trom a Minneapolis invasion were allaicd when it was found th it the only ruthless in vader fiom Minneapolis that could be spied is a reporter of the Minneapolis it wit aimed, not with a itung ^u noi followed b\ 1 huge aimy corps, but only with a haimless lead-pencil from which he assuied the exuted and ipprehcusive patnots who weie ready to bhed their bloodand the lpporter ieaied his owntnat they had nothing to feai. Thus leassured a feel of partial calm ensued, and no ictual hostilities were resumed until Pres dent Drake succeeded getting out an injunction, armed with which, anel suppoitecl I an aimy of re poiters citizens, newsboi", anel a squad of mix ed hangers on that would have done ciedit to Tilstdff volnnteeis he matched lesolutely to the place where Assistant Supenntendent Case was nghting the sand bulk with his com pany of shovelers, and commanded him in the name of Go and the eontment al council ot St. Paul to desist from his ma lauding purpose at once, and suirendei his forces at disci etion. Cie srnoled a smile of exasperating significance which Drake mtei pieted into a menace of teaiful import, and he then and there, tak'ng out his turnip and ftaz at it with a fiendish air, and brandishing his rolled injunction aloft, like a scroll of im mortal justiceexclaimed to the amused and grinning Case, I five minutes, it some thing is not aone ne imll do some thing'' Startled by this fearful and bloody threat Cast winked a wunk and said "That is ju^t what we aie ibout cloinq somethmq we are quite willing to keep on doing it without my injunction of the law This peaceful and lawful reply, however, only enraged the ma je-tit minister of the courts the more, aa Case, fearing that Drtke might go to pieces in his terrible wrath, ceased further war on the sand bank, by ordeung his men to quit. Ocean Stemsliivs L^DON, Dec. 12.The steamships England and State of Louisiana, from Ne York, have arrived out. BRFME N, Dec. 12.Arrived, the Berlin from Baltimore. NEW YORK, De 12.Arrived, the City of Chester from Liverpool, Maas, from Rot terdam. 'Ihe Public should know that we have the largest variety ot holiday goods to be found in the city. N trouble to show goodb aud gi\ prices Call and examine befoie the best geiods are selected and laid aside. WHITE, STONE & Co Book Store, bl East Third street. Get your children's presents at Merrill's. ~*F *tfi CAPITAL NOTES. PROCEEDINGS OF BOTH HOUSES COXGRE8S YESTERDAY. The Fortificati on Bill Passed hj th Senate With Increased AppropriationsThe Army Reorganisation Bill ReportedIts Provision*The Pension Appropriation BillAttorney General Devens WJ11 Not Retire from the CabinetMiscellaneous Wews. THB FORTY-FIFTH COXGRMS. The Senate. A BLIGHT ACCOMMODATION. WASHINGTON, De 12.Senator Anthony called up the Senate bill authorizing the public printer to print papers and documents for Sen ators, Bepreaentatires and Delegates in Con gress upon payment of cost and 10 per cent, ad ditional. Passed. THE FOBTTFICATIOV BILL. Senator Windom called up the fortification appropriation bill. Th amendments of the committee, including an appropriation for ar mament of sea-coast fortifications from 4125 000 to $250,000, and for preservation and repair of fortifications from $100,000 to $^00,000 were agreed to, and the bill then passed. ORDER OF BUSINESS. A brief discussion as to the order of busi ness resulted in an agreement that the vote on Edmunds bill regard to counting the elec toral vote hal be taken to-morrow. THB HOT SPRINGS. The bill from the House to correct the en rollment in the sundry civil appropriations bill of last year, in regard to the Hot Springs reservation in Arkansas, was passed without amendment. CHICAGO PETITIONS Senator Davis, of Illinois, presented a peti tion of citizens of Chicago, asking that a tract ofc land, not less than 1,000,000 or more than 3,000,000 acres, be held for a national charity farm, where all classes of Door, sick, dibibled or infirm persons may have a home, lie also presented a petition of citizens of Chi cago asking an appropriation for i-he construc tion a canal trom the southwest branch of the Chicago nver to the mouth of the Calumet nver. KEOIlGAXIZATIOV OF THE AB3IT. Senator Burn3ide, fr jm the joint select com mittee to prepare a pi in forth reorganization of the army, submitted a report accompanied by a bill and numerous documents bearing on the subject. Th bill is entitled a bill to re eluce and organize the army of the United Stateb, and to make lules tor its government md regulation. I was placed on thf calen dar, and it was ordered that all papers be print It piovides that the general officers shall el be reduced to six, namely, two major generals and four bugadiei generals, for permanent 01- ^atuzation, instead of eleven as at present 1 eduction to take pi lee by casualties, that ta permanent organization shall consist of not moie than 2a,000 enlisted men, exclusive of naval soldieis LEVI,E3 OI THE MISSISSIPPI. Senator Eustis ea'led up the bill introduced by him on the 4th of December, asking $5,000,- 000 toi constructing, lebuildmg and repairing the lee's ees on the Mississippi river in Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana, for the purpose of submitting some lemai&s thereon said the govern 1 ie.ni, oougnt the n^er, and no was not quite certain it bad not the right to dispose of it could seen reason why the United States was uoi responsible for damage to thousands and thousands of people the Mississippi valley who had been mined by crevasses. I was the dutv the government to police that river and keep it enclosed within its banks. I was im possible to i States to adopt and execute a suc cesbtull plan to perfect the levees. Th work must be done by the general government. THk POSSE COMailTATUS Senator Paddock introduced a bill to amend the posse commitatua clause of the army ap propriation bill forth present fiscal year, so as to provide that it shall not apply to any jai of the army employed in the States or Teiritones subject to Indian incursions. Re ferred. SPECIAL ORDEtt. On motion of Senator Burnside, the bill re ported by him from the joint committee, in tegaid to the reorganization of the army, was made the special order for the 8th of January, next. WEST POINT ACADEMY. Senator Windom called up the House bill making an appropriation tor the support of the West Point military academy, which was amended some unimportant particulars and passed. After an executive sessu Senate adjourned. House of Kept psentatives. JOHINJ DAVENPORT WASHINGTON, Deo. li Mr. Wood offered a resolution directing an inquiry into the con duct of the chief ^supervisoi elections, Dav enport at the last election in New York, and its consideration was postponed until to-mor row. Tae allegation is tnat Davenport was guilty ol an illegal, unjust and oppressive ex ercioe of pretended authority in causing the aneat, detention cnd imprisonment of citizens innocent ot oflense, by which he deoiived them the right to vote and subjected them to indiguity, insult and intimidation without, warrant of law or justification, which arrests have been declared illegal by a United States udge. HOLIDAY RFCESS. A resolution was adoptei ordering a recess from December 20th to Januaiy 6th. THE GENEVA AWARD. The House lesumed consideration of the Geneva award bill, and was addressed by Mr. Welles (N in favor of the majority report of the judiciaiy committee. Mi Lapham supported the minority re poit. Messrs. Becknell and Potter spoke in favoi of the majonty repoit. Tiie matter then, without action, went over. THE MILITARY COMMISSION. Mr. Banning submitted the leport of the military commission. Oraered printed and made the special order for the 9th Janu aiy. A FRAUDULENT CLAIM. Mr. Baker, from tho committee on appro priations, reDorted a bill repealing so much of the civil sund iy bill as appropriates $39,000 to the payment of claimb of Charles Burkeik, late Indian agent at Ponca Indian agency. staled it was the unanimous report of the com mittee on appropriations. The item had been added to the bill in the Senate, but it had been since discovered to be a fraudulent claim. A more unmitigated swindle had never been foisted on a leg^lative bill. Mi Hewitt, of Ne York, stated it had been inseited the Senate, and a Senate conference committee had taken the responsibility of re taining it va. the bill, but now that it was proven fraudulent, he was sure the Senate would be anxious to remedy the wrong. Th bill then passed. PENSION BILL. Mr. Smith, from the committee on appropri ations, reported a resolution for the pension appropriation bill. Refeired to the committee ot the whole, and the House went into such committee on that bill. Several amendments were offered and rejected. The committee rose and the bill passed. QUININE. Mr Morrison introduced a bill to repeal the duty on quinine. Referred. Mr. Evens introduced a bill removing the political disabilities of Ex-Senator James Chesmet, of South Carolina. Passed. Adjourned. UENERAL CAPITA!. NITvTi. Army Reot gantxatlon. WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 The bill reported by the joint committee on the reorganization of the army provides that the officers shall sbe reduced to 2 major-generals and 4 brigadier generals for permanent organization instead 11, as at present but the reduction is to take place by casualties, that the offices of general and lieutenant-general shall cease to exist with the present incumbents, that the adjudant general's department, and inspector-general's deDartment be considered under one head, viz., the general staff, composed of 1 briga dier-general, 3 colonels 6 lieutenant-colonels and 8 majors, making a total reduction of 6 officers, that the quartermaster's department be composed of 1 brigadier-general, 2 colonels and 8 majorsin all, 11, a reduction of 48 officers, that the Subsistence department be compiled of 1 brigadier general, 1 colonel, 2 lieutenant colonels and 5 majors, in all 9 offi cers, a reduction of 17 cfficers, that the medi cal department be composed of 1 brigadier general, 6 colonels, 10 Jieutenunt colonels, 48 majors and 120 captains and first lieutenants, in all 187 officers, making a reduction of 11 officers, that the pay department be composed of 1 brigadier general, 1 colonel, 1 lieutenant colonel and 25 majors, i a all 28, making a re ductien of 27 officers, that the ordnance de partment be composed ol 1 brigadier general, 2 colonels, 2 lieutenant colonels and 8 majors, in all 15 officers, iking a reduction of 49 officers, that the bureau of military justice be composed of 1 colonel and 2 majors, in all 8 officers, a re duction of 6 officers, that the signal service re main unchanged, that the office of post chaplain be abolished but that one regimental chaploin be appointed for each cavalry ana infantry regiment, in all 85 officers, making a reduction of b, that officers of the corps of engineers remain unchanged, that the corps of artillery shall consist of 5 regiments, as at present, with a redaction of 2 in the num ber of officers, that the corps of cavalry shall consist of 8 regiments instead of 10, as at pres ent, that the corps infantry shall consist of 18 regiments instead of 25, as at present with a redaction of 136 in the number of offi cers, that each regiment of line shall consist of 4 battalions, 3 of whi ct are to be officered and manned, but the foLrth to remain unofficered and unmanned until especially authonzed Congress, that three batalhons of each regiment of cavali shall be manned fr the present, that but two batalhons of each of the regiments of artillery and infantry shall be manned for the present, that co-officers of the line shall be detailed for sei vice in the staff department as nearly as possible 1.1 relation, that piomotion shall be made by seniority different corps and de paitments, but that appointments to the rank of major, the lowest established grade in the staff department (other than the medical de partment) 6hall be maae from captains and farst lieutenants of the line, in ordpr merit and service in sai 1 departments, but such appointment in the oiclnance department are to be made only from the ^tillery, that wnen it becomes nec essary to officer and man tne fourth batallion, the appointment of officers shall be made by senonty in separate corps, and vacancies in the lowest grade sh"ll be filled by West Point graduates and ineutoiious soldiers that the present 01- gamzauon bhall not exceed 25,000 enlisted men, exclusive of signal soldiers Under this bill for the reorganization of the army, the number of efficers on tne executive list will be reduced by 333. miscellaneous. NOMINATIONS. WASINGTON, Dec 12President's nomina tions Jere Murphy, oT Alabama, to be United Statfes marshal forth nerthern district of Ala bama. Col. Randolph, Mercy, inpeetor general, to be inspector general, with the rank of brigadier genera'. THE HEARING CLOSED. The joint commission on the proposed trans fer of the Indian bureau, from the interior to the war department, has closed the hearing of evidence. THE POTTER COMMITTEE. The Potter committee will meet Tuesday next, unless the chairman in the meantime otherwise advises SUGAR DUTIES. The committee on ways and means to-day adopted a resolution inviting the secretary of the treasury and other officials to appear Tues day ne xt with reference to the duties upon sugar, and appointed a sub committee, Gibson, Phelps and Garfield, to collect information on the subject forth full committee on the first day after the reassembling of Congress. Th committee will hear all persons concerned in the questio n. THE NEW YOEK NOMINATIONS. The committee on commerce of the Senate has deferred till Thursday next consideration of the Now York custom house nominations THE PENSION BILL. The bill for payment of invalid and other pensions forth next fiscal year as it jiassed the House to-day appropriates 29 366,000, be $250,000 less than the amount estimated and $5,500 less than the appropria'iou for the present fiscal year The bill contains a piovibo that any unexpended balances from formet ap propriations may be expended for similar jects the present bill. The bill as reported 3 esterday was in precise accoidance with the estimates, but it having been found that there wa an unexpended balance, the committee on appiopnatio us accordingly prepareel a substi tute for that bill making the apparent reduc tion as above noted. CONFIRMED. The Senate confirmed Thomas Hillhouse, of New York, United States assistant treasurer at New York, Sidney W. Barnes, Ark United States attorney forth district of New Mexico, D. Moody Dakota, associate justice of the bupreme court of the United States for the ter ritoiy of Dakota. New Orleans mintMartin Y. Davis, Penn., coiner, Joseph Albrecht. La., assayer, Maximilian Ferdinand refiner. Post- mastersChas A. Noyes, Geneva, Wis James W Mack, Holden Mo Judson H. Steffe, Georgetown, Ky., Mis3 Mittie Todd Cynthi- anH, Ky. Capt Kichaid Law, Ind. chiet bureau ol yards and docks, with relative rank of commodore the United States navy, medical director, Winthrop iaylor, N. chief of bureau of medicine and surgery and surgeon general, with relative rank of commo dore. THE WHEAT CBOP. The October returns of the departure of ag riculture did not materially change the aspect of the wheat crop as foreshadowed by the monthly report of its condition. December returns, including estimates of the yield pe i acre, confirm and somewhat enlarge previous estimates. A compilation from all the returns show the aggregate crop to be about 425,000,000 bushels. DEVESTS WON'T RETIRE. It can now be stated positively that there is at least present probability of Attorney General Devens retiring from the cabinet. Th President and other members of the cabinet consider it to the advantage of the government that no change shall occur at present, and while Gen. Devens has had offered to him the position of first circuit judgeship, he will defer his own wishes in regard thereto and remain in his present office. THE FUNDS. The secretary of the treasury has sent to the House a report responding to the resolution in troduced by Mr. Kelly the 4th mst. The secre tary says there was no funds belonging to the treasury in his possession or in custody of any State bank or private banker in the United States or the States mentioned Sept 30 and Nov. 30, 1878 or any national bank except those especially designated as United States depositories. Juvenile festival at Merrill's to-day &4. AFGHAN SURRENDEE. HUMOR THAT 18 IMPORTANT IE TRUE. A F.nvny of the Government in Gen. Browne's Camp Asking Him to to C*bul and Organize a Government, as the People Are in Insurrection Against the AmeerContinuation of the Debate in the British Commons A Compendium of Foreign Ketes. THE THING SETTLED LONDON, Dec. 12 A special to the Advertiser from Bombay says an Afghan official arnved in Gen. Brown's camp fiom Jellalabad and in vited the British to advance to Cabnl and es tablish a new government in consequence of a general rising against the ameer. A EUMOR. LOXDON, Dec. 12.A correspondent ef the yeivs, in a dispatch dated Rawul Pmdes, says he has ome teason to believe that the ameer has sent a relative and high dignitary to Major Cavagnari at Dakka beseeching tn British to grant peace and asking for no conditioHs Th correspondent does not assert this positively. REINFORCED A dispatch from Quhtta says information has been received confirming the report that the garrison of Candahar has been reinforced by Afghan troops fi om Herat and a large force ot Turcoman cavalry. FIRED UPON. A correspondent at Berlin says a Russian ex ploring exposition from Fort "Vernoye was fired on by Chinese trooD3, and compelled to return. AN EXPLANATION. LONDO N, De 12 In the house of commons to-day Sir Stafford Northcote, replying to an inquiry reference to his statement that the Russian envo had left Cabul, said he had since been ^iven to nnderntand that only the Russian envoy, not the Russian mission, has been withdrawn trom Cabul. declared that England had not acquiesced aud would not ac quiesce in Russian interference in Afghanistan, in that or any other form DELIVERED UP FOR TRIAL CONSTANTINOPLE, Dec 12.The American consul has made three applications for the re lease of Romei. was informed that Romer was a party to a conspiracy in 1868 Syria. But as la arrest was contrary to the treaty ob ligations, the vizier ordered Romer to he de livered to the consul for trial The minister of police requested the remand of the prisoner till to-day The consul protested, and will ap ply again to-day for the custody of Romei. ADJOURNED VERSAILLES, Dec. 12 The chamber of depu ties adjourned ne die, after empowering Grevy to summon them to meet in event of neces sity MIMSTERUL CHANGES. PAR IS De 12 A movement has been be gun foi the puipose of transferring Dufraure to the ministry of foreign affairs while he re mains president of ^be council, offering Wad dmgton the embassy to London, and placing in the ministry ot justice a Republican to make radical changes the magistru-y. DEBATE ON THE WAR LONDON, Dee 12 In the house of commons to-night Grant Dufr reopened the debate on the government's Afghan policy violently attacked the government, declaring that only becilamiteb believed in the possibility of the invasion of India. Bourke under foreign sec retary, lephed and the debate was continued by Hardy and Denmson for Conservatism, and 0 bhaughnessy, Jambe Rilands and Goschen to*- the Libera Goschen, who was the only important Lihei il speaker tc-night, said al though, con8ielenng that the government pol icy biou^ht the Russians to Cabul, and that the prespnt war was unjust, he admitted theie was no room in Afghanistan 0 both Russia and England avowed he is quite as anxious for England's supremacy there as was the government Debate was again adjourned. BLOWN FR03I THE CANNON'S MOUTH. LONDO N, De 12 A disnateh from Dakka says it is reported the ameer has blown the commandant of A Musjid from the cannon's mouth RUSSIAN OBSTRUCTIVENESS. A correspondent at Pera says according to the most trustwoitby information it is very prob able that in consequence of Russian obstruc tiveness the Rouraehan commissioners will be obliged to return to Constantinople and con sult the ambassador- GERMANY'S PROPOSAL. Sr PETERSBURG, Dec.fll The JSrew 0 Times' Berlin correspondent says A confidential com munication from Germany, which Burke, und^r foreign secretary, recently informed theBntish house of commons was received in September was a proposal that England should assume a protectorate over Constanti uople, and occupy certain neignboring posi tions as a ptice foi permitting the unification of Bul aria and Roumelia Th correspondent asserts that negotiations on the subject still coi tmue A semi-official statement published here aBseits that the reconstruction of the Turkish ministry is an indication of favorable progress in the negotiitions for a de-finitive treaty. Russia only desires full and complete peace in conformity with the tieaty at Berlin. W\N1 OF CONFIDENCE ROME, Dec 11 The chamber of deputies by a vote of 457 to 175 rejected the order of the day expressing confidence in the ability of the government to maintain order with liberty. The Capdale asset ts that the ministry will ask the king to dissolve parliament. This is how evei, contradicted in parliamentary circles. ROMLT. CONSTANTINOPLE, De 12 The minister of police +o-day handed Rom^r over to United States Consul HeaD Th latter declared he would be unable to deliver the prisoner at the American consulate unless the accusations aga nst Romer were communicated to him The minister of police promised to communi cate the accusations Saturaay next. THE MACEDONIANS WHIPPED. LONDON, Dec. 12A dispitch from Pesth says the British consul at Sofia confirms the report that 20 000 Bulgarians have fled from the valley of Strumsea, Macedonia, to Bul garian territory. This leaves no doubt that the Turks have mastered the Macedonian in surrection in that quaiter. VARIOUS ITEMS. PAR IS De 12 The appointment of Admiral Juarez, ambassador to Spam, is officially an nounced Gustav Rouland, a French statesmen, is dead. King Humbert is advising with Signor Do pratis concerning a new ministry. LONDO N, Dec. 12.Edward O'Kelly, the last Fei lan prisoner confined in Ireland, will be released before Christmas. His fr ends are endeavoring to secure him permission to reside in Great Britain COPENHAGEN, Dec 12 The government has telegraphed the go^cnor of Santa Cruz to grant administrative loans not exceeding 500,- 000 crowns, for the purpose of restoring the su_,ar plantations. MADRI D, Dec 12 Premier Caravas del Cas tillo, replying to the energetic protests of the Basque deputies, declared that the state of siege would be maintained in the Basque prov aa long as the agitation for Fuero& con tin tied ani that the law abolishing the Fuero would be carried out to the utmost, despite the pa sive res stance Th declarations cause a marked sensation in political circles. CONSTANTINOPLE De 12 The new budget sho ws the revenue of tn empire is 16,000,000 Tuikish pounds 1 he Russians have decided to leave 50,000 men in Bulgaria and concentrate all troops in excess of that number at Adrianople until a definite treaty is concluded. The British ambassador contradicts the re port that he is negotiating an additional treaty with Turkey. 8T. PETEBSBUBG, Dec 12.Gortschakoff has been received by the Czar, and has formally resumed the direction of the foreign office. MUCH ALARMED. A correspondent at Constantinople telegraphs that it is said domiciliary visits nave been paid to the houses of the late ministers. Th heir presumptive and sultan's brother and cousin are strictly guarded. Th streets are strjngly patroled. Th sultan is much alarmed. THE NORTHERN PACIFIC. B-turn of Gen Kosser'g Surveying Party Twenty five Miles of tine Laid OutA New TownBridge Building to be Begun A Once. [Special Telegram to the Globe.] MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 12 Gen. Ro-ser, chief egmeer of the Northern Pacific railway, ar rived in this city last evening, accompanied the entire corps, ho had been engaged on the working survey from the Missouri river west to the Yellowstone. Twenty-five miles of the line was surveyed and staked ready for the graders to go on as soon as the frost is out the ground the spring. Th corps of en gineers has been disbanded, and Gen Rosser will remain in this city forth winter. A new towm has been laid out on the west bank of the Missouri river, opposite Bismarck, called Mandan, the proprietors of which are expecting to take the wind out of the sails of the former place and transfer the business to the west bank of the Missouri in anticipation of the railroad business Gen Rosser Bays that it is probable that bridge builders will be at work putting in piles on the line surveyed on or before the first day of January. Steam Navigators. NEW YORK, Dec. 12 The annual convention of the National Beard of Steam Navigators closed its session te-day Th next meeting will be at Cincinnati, September 15 A resolu tion was adopted reunesting Congress to take measures for removing snags and wrecks fiom all western rivers, and asking the passage of a law that all wrecks lying in the paths of navi gation be treated as ab mdoned property after the expiration of thirty dajs from the disaster. A special committee reported resolutions protecting against the admis sion of foreiun vessels to American enroll ment and registry, or any change in the navigation laws which permit such admission as jeopaidizmg the interests not only of owners ad buildeis of vessels, but also the employ ment of hundreds of thousands of skilled and unskilled working people. E Evans Buf falo, was elected presulent, R. R. Wool folk, Louisville, ice president Amoig the execu tive committee are W Lewmgstone, Ji E. Payne, Erie, Pa Sampson Homer, Pitts burgh, E W Galdt St. Louis, John Boffiuger, St Loui s, W C. Hite, Louisville, Thomas Sherlock, Cincinnati, and Whitney, De troit. The Electricians. CHICAGO, Dec 12 The meeting of the Amei lcan Electrical society to-day was replete with a variety of interesting subjects, including speaking telephones electric lights, induction of multiple telegraphy and electric Dhenoinena Resolutions of respect to the memory of the late president, William Orton, and to Prot. Henry, who were honorary members wero adopted. Profs. Carhart, S P. Langley and Moneley were elected honorary members. The following officers, for the ensuing ear, were elected, President, Gen Anson Stager, vice presidents, C. Haskms, E Wrig it O Booth, F. L. Pope, Eli-ha Gray, S Wilson and Geo. Williams corresponding secretary, F. W Jones, recording secretary, 8 Jones, treasurer, E B. Chandler, libra rian, C. H. Wilson. Madison Notes. TSpecial Telegram to the Globe. MADISI N, Wis Dec 12 The annual sale of lands forfeited to the State was held in the capitol to day. Large numbers were present and the bidding good Forty thousand acres were sold, mostly in Ashland, Bayfield, Chip pewa, Lincoln, Oconto and Shawano counties. The average price obtained was SI 25 per acre State Superintendent Whiteford will move for a new trial in his libel suit against Ezra Goodrich, of Milton which was decided against him the Rock county circuit coart on Wednesday Newspaper Consolidation. S T. LOUI S, Dec 12 The Evening Dispatch and Evemnrj Post were consolidated this raoi a mg, and will appear this afternoon under the name of Post and Dispatch Jno. A. Dillon, of the Post, will have general control, Joseph Pulitzer will be chief political writer Th position of the paper will be strictly mdepenel ent. A new company will be formed, and the business of the concern be transacted under the title of Dis iahh printing company. The Ohio Grangers. COLUMBUS, 0 Dec 12 The State grange to day adopted resolutions of respect to the memory of the late John Khppart, of the State board of agriculture, and memorahzin^ Congress to pass the bill now pending to pre vent the importation and spread of contagious diseases among farm stock. Brigham, of Wauzon, was elected master, vice Ellis, declined Ellis was then elected chairman of the executive committee. "Won Ag.iiust Time. SVN FRANCISCO, Dec. 12 A Stockto to day Rarus and Sweetzer went in an exhibition trot for a pnrse of $500, with 5550J added if Rarus beat Goldsmith Maid's time 2 143/, the best time ever made in the State. Rarus trotted the first mile in 2 lbJ- A running horse went with him a second heat, which Rarus made in 2 14)^. Track fast and in good order. Anti-Drive Well Association. [Special Telegram to the Globe.l S T. CLOU D, Minn De 12 A well attended anti-drive well meeting was held at the court house this evening, and an organization formed with the fol'owmg officers President, Rwsenberger, secretary, MacDonald, treas urer, A. I Robertson The Cotton Crop. WASHINGTON, De 42 The cotton crop of 1878, round numbers is 5,197,000 bales, al lowing 450 pounds the bale. AI/L ABOUND THE GLOBE. The census of last September gives the popu lation of Tokio as 1,036,771. Houses in Tokio, 236,961. Frederick Anffam, registrar of court at Hong Kong, is convicted of embezzling nearly $100,- 000, and sentenced to seven years' penal servi tude A American, Frederick Auchmclass, of New York, suicided by shooting, at Yokahama, Nov. 17, aged 27 years. was partially de ranged. A citizen of Hong Kong named Belitos has ordered a bronze fetatne of Lord Beaconsfield from England for erection in the colony, to cost $1,000. A fire in the Fowler building at Nashua and Ann streets, Ne York, yesterday morning, caused a loss to owners and occupants of about $40,000, partly insured. Mote Blum, an operator in provisions, failed on the Chicago board of trade yesterday, on ac count of the heavy decline of the market re cently. His debts are supposed to be about $40,000. I is believed he wi eventnaLy settle. A British and Ita'ian ship was recently wrecked on the Island of Quelport, South Corca. Contrary to expectation, the nativ of whom little was previonsly known, showed great humanity and exerted themselves forth safety and restoration of all survivors. Th CASUALTIES AND OKIMES. Further Damage by the Storms at th* EastA Pair of Murderers Burned to Death by a Mob in WyomingAn Infant Found Frozen to Death In Rochester The Usual Variety of Devious Doings in all Parts of the Country. THE EASTERN FLOODS. SPRINGFIEL D, Dec 12The breaking of dams at Ashfield, Conway, Whately and North Hatfield caused the destruction of a number of mills and bridges and serious damage to high ways. OSWEGO, N. Y., Dec. 12.The rainfall here during the recent storm was four and one-half inches. Streets and cellars in the outskirts are flooded A portion of the east pier near the fort is washed away and telegraphic communi cation with Syracuse is interrupted. Wallkill Valley raihoai trains are abandoned, except one each way. LAWRENCE, Mass Dec 12.All mi'ls but two in the city have suspended nd those two have partly closed owing to high water in the nver which now passes over the dam Th bridges are overflowed and it is feared will be carried away. LOWE LL Dec 12 The water in the Mem mac and Concord 11vers stands ten feet above the Paw tucket dam. The Middlesex and Pras cott mills are closed and all others partially suspended WILKESBARRF Dec. 12 Coal mines are sus pended, ow to floods in the Susquehanna rivers A portion the South Wilkesbarre and Pljmouth gas house is submerged. PATERSON, N. J., Dec 12 Owing to a freshet in the Passaic a uumber ot mills have stopped and are now reached by beats. PrrrsroN, Pa Dec 12 The Su quehanna is still rising a little The damage to the Lehigh Valley railrea is immense, and it will take se\eral dajB to put the road in its former con dition. RONDIU T, N. Dec 11 There is the larg est and most damaging freihet in Rjndout and Eiopus creeks ever known Live houses in Pddyville floated awiy and dstrojed the schooners Katie and Marie. A number of sloops, barges and aua bo its laden light are either piled on the North dikes or sunk Families in houies west of the bridges were rescued in boats Some lives supposed to be lost Eso Jpus creek damaged Siugertj's, 5 000. Si boats and the steamer Marina were torn loose and carried awa\ The Manna is hi^h on the Hats tears of lives on the boats carried out of the creek 1 he entire damage at Kingston, Wilbur, Edd} 1 ilk, Rondout anel Rughty is es tim ited as ilf a million dollars WHITE IALL N. c. 11 Heav freshet in this vicinitj. At licowleiogi a largo part of the hard \are store of Wm Hooper A. Co. flooded damaging most of the stook. Twenty five bridges, wlmh cross Millbrook between Minenlleand Port Henn, are swept away. Iho iron bridge anel sixtv fpet of the embank mc n1" 111st north of Port Henry on the New York mada railrea are washed out At Eliza bethtown imilies were obliged to leave their homes and in my cattle were drowned. HARRISOURO Pa Deo 11 fhe low ground in the lower portion of the city, including a number of stieets ai completely covered with iter Uising considerable distrejs Many persons are moving household effects to places ot safety. A mi inner ot the industrial works in th south pait of the city are compelled to shut iv on account of hij ti water Bn\riiEBORO, Vt Dee 11Yesterdays storm and flood caused general a&d idespread destruction in this county Damage to this town alone, $30,000 SPRINOFIE LD Mass De 12 Tho loss by the htorm in eastern Massachusetts increases as communication is re established. Th losses at Westfaeld alone, maludin^ roads, railroads, and private property, is *500,000 BLRNED TO D1ATH CHICAGO, Dec 12 A dispatch from Omaha says two men, named Ketchum and Mitchell, accused of stealing Btock ho recently killed^ a herder named Stevens while he was trjmg to arrest them, were, on Tuesday ni^ht, taken from the sheriff of Custer county and his posse by a mob of armed men who tied them to a tree and burned them both to death. Th mob Was composed of twenty-five men, nearly all herders, and masked, A QUADRUPLE MURDER The murdered bodies of Mrs Harlson and three children were found yesterday a hay stack on her farm, fifteen miles south of Kearney. They are supposed to have been killed on the 8th mst S Ri hards is su pected of being murderer, and it is thought he left Kearney for the East yesterday. A re ward of S200 is offered for tho arrest of the murderer. PROBABLE INFAN1ICIDE. [Correspondence of the Globe ROCHESTER, Minn Dec 11 Monday about 6 A as Mrs Stewart was leaving her house she found a bundle on her step that on exam ination proved to be a dead child. The coroner was at ouce notified and took it away In tho inquest that llo eel the fact that the child wah thc-e, by its cryin/, at o'clock Sunday evening, and that it was there alive, was developed. Parties passing heard if, but sup poseel its muffled cries came from within the hri.~ Th police are making a thorough sfaroli to discover who the guilty parties are, that the} may be brought to justice. A F\rAL SPRtE. WHEFLIN G, W Va, Dec 12 Isaac Mille, whih under the influence of liquor, went to si ep the railroad track near Farmington, aftti having been ejected from the Cumber Ian a"commod itim train going east Th west bound accommodation train came al and struck him cutting off both le^s and mangling his body in a tnghtful manner Th remains were gathered up and irned in a sheet into Manmngtou, where deceased has a wife auel six children MYSTERIOUS ROBBERY. Sr. JOHN, N. Dec The office of Turn bnll &, Co Ward stiect, has been robbed of bond, stock certificates and other papers to the agi*gate value of ever ?100 000 Tho day of ribbcry and the thieves are unknown WILL NOT INTERFERE Or* AWA De 12 Governor General Lome has refused to interfere in the case of Co3ta Traley, sentenced to be haDged to-morrow at St John for the murder of Matheron, a silk peddler. ARREST FOR EMBEZZLEMENT. S Stark, agent of the Delaware, Lacka wanna Western railroad at Lackawanna Juii ion, has been arrested on the charge of embazhng a large sum of money from the Company. A THRTLLLNG ADVENTURE. PATTERSON, N. Dec. 12 Phis afternoon a nan and boy attempted to drive a wagon along Little Falls turnpike which is submerged by tho freshet. They missed the road and drove into the channel of the river above Passiac lall a. Th wagon bod}, with the man and boy, floated off. The swift current bore them to wards the rapids and a plunge of seventy feet beyond. Some gentlemen who were on the bridge that spans the river just above the boil ing rapids hastily toie the reins from some her-,e standing thpre, and made lines, which th- man and be caught as they passed under, The wagon body plunged over and weie saved, the falls hitherto supposed savages are now known to be goods, jewelry, pipes, pictures, glassware, sta- gentle and fairly civilized. i turnery, perfumery, etc FATALLY BURNED. CINCINNATI, O., Dec. 12 John C. Lindley. ex-treasnrer of Butler county, was seriously if fatally burned at Hamilton to-day, by an explosion of a coal lamp. N. All persons bu} ing a pocket book or work box amounting to one dollar can have their name gilded on the same, free of charge, at JULIUs BUECHNER & SON, 60 West Third street. Tosan Games in great variety at the 99 Cent Store Also, books, cards, vases, clocks, cag s, cutlery, plated L.