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Official Piper of the Oity and County. tr- >, ■ ai 1 :•'■•■■ f»iwd " '■ f • ■'- '*>iX m :ek «>. r.MjL. GrbOBB PBXKTISQ 0OHU - o. 321 Wabashaw btreet, Ht. Paul, * y'f. PAUL, WEDNESDAY, JANUABY 9. NEW TEaiS OF THE GLOBE. ttEVEN ISSUES PER WEEK—BY CABK1EH. One Year, payable in advaace ?8 00 bix Months, payable in advanee 4 25 1 hree Months 2 3S Per Month 75 SIX ISSUES TER WEEK—BY MAIL, POST AGE PAID. One Year $6 O0 8ix Months 3 50 Three Months 2 00 One Month 70 All mail subscriptions .payable invariably in ad vance. Seve* ipsues'per week, by moll at eame rates u* lj cflT-rier. SUNDAY GLOBE. By Carrier—per yaar ?2 00 By Mail-per year, postage paid 1 90 WEEKLY GLOBE. By Mail-postasre paid, per year SI 15 YESTERDAY'S MARKETS. The local market yesterday w;is in sympathy with tho grain markets of Chicago HndM.ilwaut.oe; all three opened fully a coat IWow Monday's ((nutritions. The home market did not recover, but the Chicago and Milwaukee, after fluctuating all day like mercury under a succession of ther mal currents, but finally closed a shade higher than the opening. Corn and oats wore also lower while pork and laid were a eliade higher than on Monday. Tho New Y«'ik stock market opened weak and lower, all suffe ing from the depression from % to 1J<, Oregon Transcontinental, Northern Pacific ar.d Union Pacific feeling the pressure the most, hut tin markes recovered somewhat and closed rirxer. At the clone Orefjon was mi.rc buoyant owing to the fact that the company had pledged sccuritiui with the Farmers' Loan & Piust for £18,0U0,C0O. A CnicAao newspaper aBks, "Why do not j ., ie convict':" So far as Chicago is con cerned the reason why juries do not con vict is that there is, as a rale, more money to ba made by a jury through a vefd acquittal. It is a notorious fact, in tha'c oity, iliac no mau need be hanged there tor murder, however atrocious, who has enough money to "fix" the jury called to try him. A Washington correspondent makes a parade of tha alleged fact that Senator Hoar "looses from $10,000 to $20,000 a year in legal practice in order to give his ry his time." Tnia is positively ,iug. Tho senator oaght'nt to do it. Why, bless you old man, the country I a cent's worth of benefit from j o.:r "cima." Turn yourself out and go work "legally" and capture the "shekels" btfore any more get lost. Fob some weeks all the newspapers of C-iicigo were filled with assertions, direct aud unequivocal, that the common coun oil had bein heavily bribed by a railway wanting an entrance into the city. All the editors were summoned before tho grand j iry and were asked as to their knowledge as to the value of their assertions, where upon each solemnly s*,ore that he knew nothing whatever as to the truth of the chirges. Reputable journalism, this. ';The wicked,"they say,"cannot stand in slippery places.'' Gen. Grant it seems is not very £ure-footed when he strike i an icy paverneut. He will bo going ab> crutches nntil after ths ice is melted and gone, as tho penalty cf his latest contact with that element. Some dozsn years ngo in passing the residence of Hou. Zach Chandler at Detroit, he slipped on tho ice and fell. In his wrath he had Zach ar rested for not puttiug ashoa on his pave ment. Chandler was twice as m».:i as Grant ws.3 and never forgave him. r; / /: y * - v i* p u a v id E .VI*. Democratic canons at Columbus, Ohio, last night confirmed the Globs, pre diction that Henry B. Payne would be the nomineo for Senator to succeed Mr. Pen dleton. He received 48 votes against 34 for all of the opposition combined. As a nomination is equivalent to an election the struggle is praotioally over. Judge Thurman shied his castor into th i ring justin time to receive a death blow with Pendleton'd crowd. It was Thurmau who prevented the nomination of Payne for the presidency at Cincinnati in 1880. a nomination which, if made, would have re sulted in an election. Thurman was a hopeless candidate himself, but unfor tually controlled a minority of the Ohio delegation. Tho majority of the delega tion desired to add the solid vote of Ohio to the solid vote of New York that w&3 be ing cast for Payne. Thurman demanded of his friends that they should not sur render, and th9y did not, until New York, in disgust, abandoned Payne and Han cock, and defeat followed. Mr. Thurman's letter of day before yes terday was of his usual dog-in the-manger style, but this time it was not effective. Gentleman George, whom he especially championed had but 15 votes. The time was when Thurman's bugle blast was al most irresistible but that day has passed. It now only remains for the Democrats to nominate and elect Mr. Payne president of thy United States, and the people wiil see thr.t h, is inaugurated. BBS BUTLER. Beu Bailor, since his retirement from ths gubernatorial chair of Massachusetts, ha3 become a bugaboo to the uneasy Re publican newspapers which are on the look out for indications of danger. They an nounce that ho is a Democratic candidate' for the presidency; or, at least that he is iu search of the nomination, and as ho is persisteut, he may get what he is in search of. This may be the oase, except that it is nowise certain that he has his single eye on the Damocratic convention. If he be persistent, he is certainly pliable; he has a versatility that is marvelous, and which enables him to appear at one moment as a simon pure Democrat, and the next as a Republican without stain. In view of this, it does not follow that he is aiming at a Democratic nomination;in truth, it is ; just as possible that he has iais eye on Chicago, and that he will j bob up before the Republican convention as the would-be successor; of Arthur. There would be no trouble in j securing Republic in tssticnonials as to ' his pure Republicanism, his integrity as a man, his rupsrlative skill as a soldier, his ' tran?cendant ability as a etateiman. All these, to the amount of scores of bulky volumes, ca i be foand in the files of the Republican newspaper*, in the editorials of thft proprietors, and tho published speeches of leading Republican politicians. Butler is too smart to seek the Democrat ic nomination. It is about time for him to shift his political position; and he knows that if he secures the place of the leader ship of the Republican columns, ha can find his justification for it in the records of the Republican party. C URRENT COMMEB T. A liberal fund is being raised to be present ed to EmiXia Bond to er.able her to meet the ex penses'^ tho'protracted trial in ths courts. The verdict at the public is more righteous than the verdict of the jury, which was an outrageous pr .nunciaciento in favor of the authors of the most shameful crime human brnte3 are ever capable of. The men set free from legal re sponsibility are already loathsome outcasts-, the objects of just execration, never to be anywhere tolerated by respecable people. In Harrisburg on Christmas night Miss Carrie Swain, an actress, who is starring in the part of Cad the Tomboy was roused from sleep by having tho window of her room raised. A young man sprang in, and when Miss Swain's outcry brought assistance the intruder was found to be Koss Reno, son of ex-Major Reno, U. 8. A. When Ignatiom Donnelly gets be yon 1 "Faces" in his papers on Heredity in tha Current tie can find an illustration to his hand in this incident. In a notice of the death of David Cerf, the oldest Chefcle Claque in Paris, one of oar lead ing papers congratulates ns om having no soch institutions as thia hired appliance in our coun try. But we ought to have something of the plain speaking which would have spared Lot'a her r3cent disagreeable experience in London, and there anent we ought to • remind Charlotte Thompson riow that she should give up playing Jane Eyre. Geo. Fkaecis Tbain says he has not touched the hand of a man in ten years. If he cannot avoid shaking hands, as is sometimes the casi>, he does it "Chinese fashion," taking his own loft hand in his riijht bund and " shaking." A SMALL FIRE, But Distressing Results—An Old I.ady liadly Burned. The alarm cf fire sounded from box No. 34 at 11:35 last night, called the depart ment to witness one of the most distres sing fires that has ever taken place in this city. Iu poir_t of mere loss of property the blaze was comparatively nothing, but the circumstance:, of tijo affair v.cra most pathetic. Near the Manitoba railroad shops, and net. a great way from Oakland cemetery, dwelt AIr=. Hannah Call, an old and feeble, widow woman, who earned enough by scrubbing to supply her slender wants and keep the wolf away from her humblo and almost primitive one room shanty. On retiring last night she left some kindling wood near the stove to dry and in the course of a couple of hours a spark flew out and sat tho room on fire. Tho old lady slept souudly and was not apptised of her dan ger until aroused by the heat of the ilaines. On awaking she found herself in tho cen ter of a furnace of fire, and with rare courage and presence of mind she rushed through the flames to the open air, on reaching which she fell to the ground from sheer weakness and pain. By this time the shanty was in a blaze, and the firemen having arrived the old lady was tenderly assisted to a place of safety, where it was discovered that she had been seriously burned. Her hair and face were bnrned and singed, but the worst injuries were on the hand3, the flesh on the right hand being so badly burned a3 to hang in shreds, the member presenting tha pulpy appearance of hiv ing been boiled. Upon the arrival of the patrol wag >n, Sargeant Morgan brought hor to the city hall and Dr. Ancker, ths city physioiau, was summoned to attend to her. Her care is one which appeals to both publio and private charity and thsre should be 8ome aid secured fo- her. FliiE.S Large Coffin Factory in New York Hurtled —Destin.ctive Fircsin Cleveland, Mead ville and Elsewhere. New Yobk, Jan. 8.—The five story cof fin factory of Smith, Winston & Co., 191 and l'J3 Ch?istis street, caught fire early this morning and was destroyed ia about an hour. As tho London theater and Bow ery almost adjoins the rear of the factory the report spread that another theater was burning. The factory stands between tall tenements and abuts in the rear on an alley cutting into a four story block on Irving stroet, inhabited by a dense popu lation. The denizens of the alley wera threatened by the tottering walls of the burning building and were hustled out by,the police. The total loss is about $90,000. The fire was fought at great dis advantage owing to scarcity of water. A portion of the north wall fell on the roof of a three-story brick building, occu pied by the Eagle Parlor Furniture oom pany and smashed in its roof. Tho water soaked through and damaged the stock $5,000. The tenement adjoining the fac tory on the south side is water soaked and considerably damaged. The London The ater is not damaged. Smith, Winston & Co. place their loss at $50,000; insurance, $20,000. The two buildings are valued at $30,000. Cleveland, Jan. 8.—A fire occurred at Conneaut Lake, a summer resort, eight miles we3t of Leadville, last evecic/r, de stroying the Like View house. Loss, $10,000 on the building and furniture, in sured for $8,000. Cleveland, Jan. 8.—A fire at 3 o'clock ihii morning destroyed the Opera house block in Meadville, Pa. The loss will reach $100,000, which is probably fully covered by insurance. Cleveland, Jan. 8.—The cause of the Mead?ille conflagration is not knowa. The total loss is estimated at half a mil lion. The fire waa discovered at 1:30 this forenoon and rapidly consumed the block. The lower part was occupied as stores aud offices. Mrs. Daniel Fowler, Mrs. George Torter and John Porter, owners of the Opera house lose $100,000, insuranoe $40, 000. Tha other estimated losses are: A. M. Fuller, $35,000, insurance $25,000; , Peter Miller, $10,000, partly iasured; Orr vis & Son, $20,000, insurance $9,000; J. L. Williamson, $4,000, insured; Charles Worst, $10,1.00. The jewelry is iu the safe in the ruins. Insuranoe $1,200. He Goes Well Guarded. Tobonxo, Jan. 8.—The Marqui3 of Lans downe and Lady Lansdowne and party, arrived to-night from Ottawa. This is the first time Lansdowne has ventured away from Ottawa since his arrival from Eng land. The special train by whioh he trav eled wa3 well guarded by a posse of gov ernment police, unusual precautions being taken as to his movements. They were met here at the depot by 100 volunteers, who will escort him wherever he goes dur ing hi3 stay. It was originally intended that the marquis should visit Niagara Falls, but owing to the recent excitement | caused by the Fenian dynamiters, the pro ' gramme was changed. Tho party will re turn to Ottawa on Saturday. THE ST. PAUL DAILY GLOBE, WEDNESDAY MORNING JANUARY 9,1884 WASHINGTON. A REPORT OF 4 JtIGH TARIFF COM BS NATION DENIED. Randall Indienaut at the Connection of Hi» Name witb. It—The Tariff" Eeformirg Weakening—Fraudulent Importations— The Cost of llie Navy—Tlie Mexican TroH-ty—Incidental Exposes of Conj»re*t» in--ii-<V Proclamation Relative to the Mississippi Riv*>r Improvemmt. (Special Telegram to the Globe. 1 Washington, Jin. 8.—One of the unfa vorable indications as to the outcome of the tariff agitation in the house of repre sentatives is the gradually developing bit terness between the Democratic factions. While the committee of ways and means is wasting time that is precious if it de sires to do anything with the tariff, some of the extremists oa the low side of the question are engaged in circulating reports fait Baudi'.I i3 to ra sort to any means necessary to compass the defeat of any tariff reform bill that Mr. Morrison's commjJioe^Spra^.jeport. They say that he will baud together the protectionists of his own party for a factions fight against tariff revision, and even resort to an alliance with the Repuolicans to ac complish their common purpose, which is the maintenance of high tariff rates. The publication of charges of this character has attracted much attention among the politicians, and formed the basis of bitter comment ia the tanks of the divided De mocracy. It foreshadows the nature of the contest ever the tariff, if the judge ment of prominent men of both political parlies is to be relied upon. Mr. Randall's friends are in dignant at tha charges against him, bat what most stirs their bile is a statement that he is engaged in an attempt to band together enough Democrats to march with him into tha Republican camp, and t'aat the end of the session will fiod them trim with the Republicans. Mr. Randall eaid to the Globe correspondent with anger in his tone, that he had seen the publications referred to, but they were palpable lies that would work their own refutation. Ha could not afford to reply to slanders of that kind, and would not authorize auy contradic tion. Bat Mr. Randall's friends denounce the statement as malicioisly falsa that ho is coquetting with the Republicans or en deavoring to organiza opposition to tariff revision.. He thinks it would be unwise and impolitic to reopen the tariff question under existing cir cumstances, and wiil do what he can to convince his fellow congri-esmen that his views of expediency are sound. Beyond that be will do nothing more than record his vote uprn any proposition, affecting tha tariff that may bo brought before tho hon^s. THE TABIFF BEFOBMEI1S do not appear to have as much confidence in tha efficenoy of the tariff issue to boom the prospects of the Democratic party as they had in tha b3ginning, but the seem ing lull in their enthusiasm may be due to the dilatory movements of the committee of ways and means and the devslopmeriS of more opposition to doing anything with tha tariff than has been expected. They have boon anno;, ed at tho blind way in which some of the warmest supporters of Carlisle have de clared that it is ine::podisiit to attempt re vision. But ii; is ear tain that the last mentioned persons would vote for tariff reform* if tho party would launch upon the work of revision. It is expactod that Mr. Morrison's committee will formally begin its duties to morrow by appointing ?ub-committee3 to take charge of fas bills thai hare beau referred to it. There ware several billsm relation to ths tariff among th.D 672 bills and resolutions introduced to-day. BONDED A7HI-KY. The friends of the boaded whisky bill fear that it ha3 fallen into unfriendiy hands by its reference to tho committee on ways aud means, but under the rules no other committee has jurisdiction of bills relating to taxation. They have o'nly faint hope, from the reputed temper of the com mittee towards it, that it will be reported to the house. But if it should come back with the endorsement of the ways and means committee it would be met with fierce opposition by some of the strongest men in the house. Mr. Ran dall on tbo Democratic aide is one of its ablest opponents. He frankly admits to Mr. Willis, of Kentucky, the champion of the Bourbon whisky manufacturers, that he is unalterably opposed to it. The Re publicans regard the bill as an essentially Democratic scheme, and it will get few votes on that side of the chamber. Mr. A.nderson, of Kansas, Bays he will use every parliamentary means in his power to defeat it. He thinks they have wonderful cheek to ask congress to lend them the use of the amount of the tax, which is estimated at about $132,583,000 for two years, although tho whisky will, at the sbnie time, be ap preciating in value to the owners to the extent of about $30,000,000 on account of age. THE NATIONAL BOABD OF HEALTH. An effort will be made this winter by representatives from states bordering en tha lower Mississippi river to rejuvenate the national board of health, which was lbft by the last congress to struggle alone without visible moans of support. The management of the board has not been such a3 to secure the confidence of any but its most interested friends either in its practical utility or its special capacity for the limited Snaucial transactions that per tain to its affairs. In the house to-day Mr. Young of the defunct city of Mem T phis, introduced a bill designed to give the board a fresh start in life. Mr. YouDg was one of the persons who officiated at its birth a few years ago. OBDWAX IN HIS OWN DEFENSE. In answer to charges made against him by some persons and papers in Dakota, Gov. Ordway said to-night he could prove conclusively that the blank petitions W6re gotten up by the Yankton ring, and were being secretly circulated throughout the southern portion of the territory by paid emissaries, some of whom are known experts in writing other people's n*mes. Four years ago 10 per cant, ter ritorial securities were hawked about at a large discount; country securities wer6 correspondingly depressed by tho Yankton repudiation and the nnmerons rings of county board jobbers. After three years and a half of the present territorial ad ministration six per cent, of the territorial securities have been selling at a premi- um. All repudiated county indebtedness has been refunded and the securities of nearly every county in the territory bring their face value. Three years ago the ter ritory had cot a brick or a block of stone laid in a permanent public building while to-day it his a brick and stone substantially fire oroof insane hos pital at Yanktoo.a competent penitentiary and a deaf mute school building at Sioux Falls; a university in full operation at Vermilion, and other university build ings well advanced in construction, at Grand Forks; an agricultural college building well under way at Brookings; a normal school building at Spear Fish in the Black Hills; another under way at Madison, and a capitoi building larger than the main capitoi building at St. Paul, which has been built within the last five months. ESAUDULENT IMPOSTATIONS. The house ha* adopted a resolution oaii ing on the seoretary of the treasury for such information as he may have from United States consuls and special agents concerning under-valuatiou, false classifi cations aEd other fraudulent importation of wools and woolen yarns. The depart ment is in possession of an elaborate re port, which is now in type, from a special agent of the treasury, which spec ifies a large number of oases of false valuation and other fraudulent evasions of the duties on wool, silks, dyes, velvets, ribbons, incandescent lamps, pick les, worsted goods, gloves, varnishes, and many other articles. This report specially mentions the names of the fo-eign ship pers, and the American firms to which the goods were consigned, and covers that pe riod from June, 1882, to December, 1883. Nearly all the consignees whose names are mentioned are well known importers do ing business ia Naw York or Philadelphia, and it is apprrant that the government is systematical lv robbed of its lawful duties by collusion between importers and foreign exporters. Under date of Sept. 4, 1833, the consul at Florence, Italy, transmits a letter addressed to a dealer in sculpture by a Mr. Dogget, of Chicago, in which he uses the following language: "I do not ask a less price than I had agreed upon for tha ata'.ue. I ouiy wanted you to bill it through the custom house at a less price. I did not mean you should accept less." Tbe agent a* Zurich of a large and r«putabiu house in New York, plainly told tho consul at Znrich that the tariff o- -<ik t<oods was commonly regarded as a ... . ..roaity not entitled to respect, bat a thing to be avoided and evaded by all possible means and methods, and ihac the declaration upon consulor invoices were not held to Le birring upon the conscience." A statement is being prepared ot tho treasury showing the ad vances on the invoice values made both by importers aud by tho ap praisers at New York during tho pa6t jcar. A DISAGREEABLE ST02M. The light snow which fell this morning changed into rain about 9 o'clock, and it has poured down steadily ever sir.ee. The streets are in fearful condition. At most of the crossings the slush is ankle deop. Tho hotels and theaters ara almost de serted. a dbedging bill. All the members of the Illinois delega tion have returned with the exception cf Mr. Davis, who is expected the last of the week. Mr. Dunham's bilT to reimburse the Chicago roiling mill for deepening the channal of tha Calumet river, is tho >a;ne bill that was introduced last session. When it was of fered to-day, tho speaker at first referred it to the committee oa claims,! where it would have been buried out of sight for the remainder of the session. Mr. Dan ham explained the nature of the bill, end urged that it ba sent to tha river ami har bor committee, to which the speaker assented. Mr. Dunham is very hopeful when it come3 np for consideration that the representa tions he will make will insure its favorable report to the house. THE COST OF THE NAVY. Two years ago the housa adopted a resolution of Abram Hewitt calling for a statement from the navy department of the original cost of evary ve.sael in the navy and expenditures on - each vessel under each bureau to date. The reply of the de partment gave detailed information down to October, 1881. To day the c enate adopt ed a similar resolution offarad by Senator Hale, which will result in tha republica tion of information obtained by Mr. Hiw att with the costs of repairing and fitting out every vessel for the past two yoais. All this information ought to appear in the annual reports of the heads of bureaus, but until Mr. Chandler became secretary none of this information wa3 ever given. The navy report of a year ago contained a statement of the expenditures of tha bu reau of steam engineering on each ves sel for th3 year, but the chief of the bureau of construction and repairs merely named the vessels on which repairs had been macie. THE TEEATX WITH MEXICO. Senators Bayard and Vest to-day offered memorials in favor of the pending com mercial treaty with Mexico. The treaty has been made public, and these memori als were offered for the purpose of br.ng ing public sentiment to bear on some of the senators, but Senator Edmunds in the chair ruled that they should be submitted in executive ssssion, and they were withdrawn for that purpose. Tha pending treaty being in the nature of a reciprocity treaty, Senator Bayard was much gratified at the faot that among the sixty or eighty business men ot Wilmington who signed the memorial sent to him were many of the mo3t ex treme protectionists in his state, includ ing the Dupont powder works and several large iron manufacturers. One of these gentlemen had circulated the memorial at the instanee of a large iron manufacturer in New England. Senator Bayard wel comes these things as indicative that man ufacturers ara waking up to ths import ance of enlarging their market and to the farther fact that this oan only be done by modifications of the tariff. INCIDENTAL EXPENSES. The report of Edward McPherson, ex clerk of the house of representatives, for the fiscal year ended June 3, 1883, fur nishes some interesting figures. During the month of July. 1882, it reqaired 740 dozen towels and thirty pounds of toilet soap to keep cieaii ti e hands and faces of the members; 45,00r pounds of ice were consumed during the same period; one hundred and twenty buckets of papte at $1 per bucket were purchased for use in the folding room each month. The funeral expanses of Hon. R. M. A. Hawk foot up to the respectable sum of $3,100, the largest sinjle item being rail road tickets from Washington to M:. Car roll and return. The fifteen persons te whem the tickets were furnished were manifestly in favor of making themselves comfortable en ront«. The report shows an expenditure of $38 for Apollonaris and Bethesda water alone; forty t*o pairs of kid gloves, |95; twenty-four silk sashes at $10 each. The insignificant sum of $4£0 was disbursed for seals, collars and cuffs. The casket co3t •f425. One hundred and fifty dollars was paid out for meals. These expenditures are considerably in excess of thosa at tached to the funerals of Mr. Oth in In diana and Mr. UpdegraiE in 0!ii?, the for mer a trifle over $1600 and the litter not quite $1,100. Mr. Shackelford's funeral cost $2,379. The traveling expenses of the eight members of the select committee relative to appropriations for the improve ment of the Mississippi river »ho* a wide margin. Frank Hi^eock renders a bill for f45 and Mr. Robinson, of Massachusetts, $63. Mr. Holman, of Iodiana, -true to his cheese paring instincts" modestly comes forward with an expense accouut of $7, which raises the suspicion that the great objector must have carried his lunch in a satchel and incurred the contempt of ths sleeping car porter by blacking his own boots. Some member with a view to ■ramming up on ancient history is credited with a copy of Plutarch's Lives. The American almanac at $1 a copy figures more ccnspiououaly than all the rest. The number of penknives, pocket books, tcoth brushes and card casts run up into the thousands. THE HENNEPIN CANAL. Illinois and Iowa members were a little disappointed at the extreme carelessness of the president's message regarding the Hennepin canal, for he not only made no recommendation, but he seemed very much afraid of committing himself as to the benefits to commerce that would result from making the canal. But the main thing is the feeling of congras3 toward the project, aud Senator Cullom is confi dent tho members of the senate com merce committee ure favort.blu to the canal. [Western Associated Prei „ i Washington, Jan. 8.—D. P. Bailey, of Missoa-i. has bicn made clerk of theo^u age, weights and measures comm Blai A. chairman of the committee, thinks no bi-- »Oll be reported for two or three week.-. At u meeting of tha house committee on ■ostollices and post roau- ' Logers, .'ard. Taylor, Bingham and Wakefield were appointed members of *he sub-com mittee oa p-jstai routes and THE 1XXSSI SIPPl The president to-dey transmitted to con' gress the following messag "I transmit herewith a communic from the secretary of war, submit annual report of the Mississippi river commission. I take thi3 ocoas vita the early attention of congress " continuation of tn*e work of ti. | sippi river, which h-.3 b?en carried on under the plana of the commission. My sensa of tho importauca of the improvement cf this im portant river, not only to tha people north west, but especially to the inhabitants of the lower Mississippi river valley has already been expressed in a special com munication to the last oongross. The harvests of grain and cotton pro duced in the region bordering on the Mis sissippi are so vast as to be of national imjortance, and the project now being ex ecuted for their cheap transportation should be sufficiently provided for. The commission report that the results due to the still uncompleted works have been re markable, and give the highest enooarago ment for expecting tbe ultimate success of the improvement. The act of August 2. 1882, appropriated $4,123,000 for the work on that part of the river below Cairo. The estimates of the commission already transmitted to congress call for $3,000,000 for ihe continuation of tho work below C irf», and it appears from the report tl .-. all the appropriations availibio for active operations are exhausted and there n an urgent need of au ,. . diate appropriation of $1,000,000 toe n tinue the work, without loss of time, in view of tha approach of il)cd season and theattendantdaogera.lt ■ecotn mend to congress au early p senarate bill on this snbj< ot. [Signed,] Cbesteb A ABthub, Executive Mansion, Jan. 5, 1881. The president also sent to eougress a special message in respect to the con struction of the Hennepin canal. Accom panying the message are copies of tha act of the general assembly of Illinois, ceding to the United States the Illinois and Mich igan canal, a record of the state officers' vote upon the proposition to cede the canal at the state elections, according to the act of cession, and a letter from the chief engineers transmitting to the secre tary of var tha report of the surveys of tho proposed Hennepin canal. In the message the president says: "I submit the communication of tho governor of the state of irdnois, with a copy of the act of the general assembly cf the stato tendering to the United States tha cession of the Illinois and Michigan canal upon t' o conditio:*: that it be enlarged and maintained as a national water way for commercial purposes. The proposed Ges tionis the element subject congress had under consideration in that direction by tho aot of August 2, 1882, for a survey for a canal from a point on the Illinois river at or near the town of Hennepin by the most practicable route to the Mississippi river, at or above the city of Rock Island, The canal is to bo not lass than seventy feet wide at the water line and not less than seven feet depth of water, with ca pacity for vessels of at least 280 tons, and also the survey of the Illinois and Michi gan canal and the estimate of the cost of enlargiug it to the dimensions proposed for the canal between Hennepin and the Mississippi river. The surveys ordered in the abova act nave been completed bud a report of them included in the las; an nHal report of the seoretary of war, and a copy is herewith submitted. It appears from these papers that the estimated ykid of corn, wheat and oats for 1882 in the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minne sota, Kansas and Nebraska was mora than one thousand million bushels. It is claimod if a cheap water transportation route, which is now continuous from the Atlantic ocean to Chicago, is extended to the upper Mifsiasippi by such a canal great benefit iu the reduotion of freight charges wi!l re sult to th» people of the upper Mississippi vailey, whose productions I have only partly noted, not only upon their own shipments, but upon articles of commaroa used by them, which are now taken from the eastern states by water only as far a3 Chicago. As a matter of great interest, especially to the citizens of that part of the country I commend the general sub ject to your consideration. [Signed.] Chesteb A. Abthob. Executive Mansion, Jan. 8, 1884. HENNEPIN OANAL, In a letter from the chief engineer to the seoretary Of war, dated November 27,1883, he eoyp: The surveys demon strated the perfect feasibility of the route for the Hennepin eanal. Three lines sur veyed, known respectively as the Manari3 Dozier, the Watertown and the Rock Is land routes. He submits the following es timates of cost of each route: The Manaris Dozier route, for the construction of the canal and feeder, including the right of way, $5,811,367; maintenance and ordi nary repairs annually, $88,G0C'. The Watertown route-, for construction of canal and feeder, including the right of way, $7,207,640; maintenance and or dinary repairs, annnally, $91,245. Tho Rock Island route, for construction or canal and feeder, including the right of way. $'3,672,890; maintenance and ordinary repairs, annually, §1)4,820. These esti mates are based upon the following dimen sions: Canal, 80 feet wide at the surface, 7 fee: deep, locks 175 feet long and 30 feet wide. The cost of enlarging the Illinois and Michigan canal, so as to conform to these dime isions, is estimated at $2,198, 919, and the cost annually for mainten ance and keeping it iu repair is $50,000. He thinks no changes will be required on the present line of this canal, or ia the number or location of the locks are necessary. THK DEMOCBATIC PKOTKOTIONISTS. Democratic members of the ways and means committed say tho action of the protective Democrats of the house is still a matter of doubt, but tha action of the Damocratic committee will be conserva tive and calculated to unite the party for tariff reform. NOMINATION. The president nominated Chief Engineer Charlss H. Loring, chief of the bureau of the navy departmen!'. POSTMA3TEB3. Henry S. Park, Handerson, Ky.; Lawson Reno, Oweuborough, Ky.; Wm. Wallace, Battle Creek, Mich.; George E. Stow, Alle gheny, Mich.; Calvin K. Burch, Howard Oity, Mioh.; Lewi? G. Worthingtou, Little Falls, Minn.; H. Kemper, Perharo, Minn.; Wm. H. Smith, Maryaville, Kits.; Frank A. Morris, Chaunte, Kas ; Wm. H. Cramer, Needosa, Kas ; James W. Millard,Wakeene, Kas. James Braden, Indiana,receiver of pnbl'o moneys, Walla Walla, Washington terri tory; A.rfbnr J. Shaw, receiver of puoho aiuuevs, Lswiston, Idaho; Chas. F.Gard ner, receiver of public moneys, Sacramen to, Cdl ; T. J. Sherwood, receiver of public moneys, Marysville, Cal.; Jeremiah D. Hyde, register of land office, Visalia, Cal.; John C. Bradley, register of land office, , Cal.; David Walker, register laud offico, Bodie, Cal. BANK CII1CULATION. At a meeting of the senate committee on finance, on Saturday, Sherman's bill to authorize tho national bauks to issue a cir culation of ninety per cant, of the market vtilue of the bonds deposited, was under discussion, bu-. mj conclusion was reached as Senators Aldrioh, Allison ana Vo were a''!.;;.t. i! was urged in support of -, it would - banks I the b.iuds a long time : iu:r a rati ■ e pi" econp them-.! -i.-, but i1 ■ sage ,. . o ground te it il would be d-.ogerous to malto the ai of the circulating medium in ;'-;iy way t .-. Q : uating standard. It is prob ,able the bill, in some fo-m, bo re ed by the committee, and its i app >rC will not L« liLuiwou to either f.ui.j. The president recognized Kuute E-io Wotlind, vic3 consul of Sweden and 2<ior waj at Omaha. Mrs. Luoretia E. Patterson, wifft of ex- Senator John J. Patterson, South Carolina, died of heart disease this morning. The house cominittio on public lands report favorably on the report from the sub-land grant, >ti featuie3 declaring for feited the grants of sveen roads, as fol lows: Tho Gulf and Ship In land, Elyton & Beard's Bluff, Savannah & Albany, Tusoalossa & Mobile, St. Louis & Iron Mountain, St. Louis <5k Southern formerly the Iron Mountain, Missouri & Iron Mountain, Kansas, Mobile & New Orleaus,*iud the Memphis & Charleston. It was determined to hear the attorneys of the Texas Paci'ic road at u special meeting on Thursday. PATENTS. The house committee en patents, agreed unanimously to report favorably the bill authorizing the attorney general to begin proceedings in any of the Uni I oircuit courts to set aside a patent when it shall appear to his sati -faction such patent wr.s procured by fraud or mi: i tion. The committee on patents agreed to re: j port favorably the bill/o amend tho patent lav.s that when an article ia patented lountry previous ly to obtaining a patent in tbe United States the patent in this country shall not ; nuf.i seventeen yeari after the date of tho issu.- of the foreign patent. MUSTEIUl-IC IN. The Leu:- cjmmitt<?e on military affairs will report favorably en a bill relative to the date of mustering in certain officers. The object of the measure is in the pay of these officials for all the time served. A member of the committee is of ihe opinion that nearly every regiment in the late w<u had one or two officers who will be affect ed by the bill, and in some instances served a year or more before they were mustered in. COMMEECE. All inter-state commerce bills before the committee on commerce will be con sidered by the whole committee, aud will havepreceder.ee over all other business. BIVEB8 AND BABBOBS. The chairman of the committee was in structed to report back to the house at any tirna for reference from the committee on rivers and harbors, ail river and harbor appropriation bills or papers. UK LONG AND COMPANIONS. Secretary Chandler is making arrange ments to have the bodier. of Lieutenant Commander De Long and his companions appropriately received upon their arrival at New York. He will direot a com mittee of navy officers to receive the bodies aud they wiil be accompanied by rulatives an i friends 6f the deceased. Upon reaching NewjYork the bodies will be tciiien to th:-navy ) ard, where a tempor ary vault will be erec ed in which they wiil remain until finally interred in accordance with the wisr.ea of their friends. SALE BY ACCTION. The secretary of the interior has ordered a sale by public auction, on February 27, at the agency buildings, of 3,200 acres of land at Hot Spring, on the Ojo Caliente Indian reservation, New Mexico. No bid less than $15,000 wiil be entertained. POLITICAL CONTBIBUTIONS. Postmaster Goneral Gresham to-day, in respjnso to a resolution of the house call ing for information in regard to the alleg ed dis tributiou in the department of a cir cular asking for oontribu'.i».:3 from clerks for political purposes, says: "la reply I have the honor to state, that on Saturday, tho 5th instant, I was informed that th«,re was distributed in the department a num ber of circulars of winch the following is a copy: \ To the Indiana ReVublieans in Wash ington. Tha Republican state central committee are now orgauizing in the state for the ensuing campaign,'with great con fidence of success, if its efforts are proper ly seconded. Your attention is resyecif.il ly invited to the fact that mouey is now needed to meet the expenses of toe pre liminary work and the oommittee\mu*t rely on your zeal and sense of justice,, for assistance in this matter. They have sent j a;snbscription paper askin? for voluntary i contributions from all true Republicans of ' the state, now in Washington | whioh ha3 been placed in my hands,' and I am ready to receive subscriptions. The plan is to take a monthly subscription each month. Plea.-o inform me at once the amount you are willing to contribute, banning with Decern': Re spectfully, etc., Waohi;igto ., D. C , l".». C.V'.V I Jatr -. ■ ■ -, >gi •-.; vey, has reported to Major Powell, the resoltof last [season's operation waa tie di?oovery of several more rained civ.- and cliff oities, differing in some respects from any he had before exainui. markable was a village sixty-live feetunder ground. Tho dwc-llings are nt. - mit of one of the voleuc c ,; the San Francisco mountain.-, in the San Juan region, Arizona. I: is probably that another eall of ihree per cents, will be made this week. TOBACCO EUTY. Representatives of the tobacco gro rug interests waited upon Secretary Folder to day, and astced a reoonsideratioa of tne de partment's ruling in regar.i to importation of ten bales of Sumatra tobac co, on which duty of on!_v S3 cents per pound was assessed. They Jfsire the duty ou the importations of loaf tobacco to be • estimated by the per ceutage of the entire i consignment fit for wrapping in each pick age. The secretary promise:! to con sider the matter. TO POSITIONS. G-.neral McCook, secretary of the ssnate, ' adviBed Colonel C. C. Morrow, of Mitsoari, ' and Major Jere Williams, of Ohio, that they had been appointed to the positions , of assistant executive clerk aad petition ' clerk respectively. The -e gentlemen are D-mocruts and ex Union soldiers, and ' filled these positions efficiently for - ' ye^-s. TOSN 1GB. Representative George is preparing a bill to provide for the redaction oc' the tonnage tax on vessels engaged in foreign trade, from thirty to five cents per ton. Wnilo redlining tbe tax. Mr. Q poses that it shall be collected ou ■ entry into a port, instead of annnally, and this, he thinks, will prevent any lessening iu the receipts, whik elimination against tha Paoifio coast. THE PUBXIO Dl The secretary of the treasury has fur nished the senate an answer to its resolu tion of in<i liry, adopted on tho motion of Senator Beak, concerning the sinking fand. from w . ch it appoi; total debt of tl e '.'niton a :i in maximum pun.. June 80,1 ing a r : teres >. it TO: sicking fn i itat utee, . / ■ i.g fund act, i ■ / ■ ■ . . >:cen lie debt h;i same period $960,477,30^ beyond the amou.it staaed to I fo:- the sinking fandw C ■ sec the requirements otyaaw, that .. fixed pro position is existing, that the deb! each year be pyfi, *s render* imperative the purchase o^he United States bonds. Other provisions of the laws ace ci ed, permiting. * the use of '.no su pins /moneys in the-; trena ury in tne payment of ihe publio debt. /" O0Ll> WEATHER SICVU,. The following will be inserted in tho office of regulations of the signal bureau by direction of Goner u ii. Ie tho flag witn a black center will ba u I to in dicate a cold wave appron. evor it i.; anticipated (he tempi fall decidedly below thy no tant in charge of tho indtcatioi will send telegrams to I Chicago, St. Lonis, Louisville, and Cinoiuo Hi, "hoist col and will direct them lowi red w temperature ha- IS LOCK Fl/ Snow Storm Greatly Obstruct in it run. Whi snow I • "-,' over this section hiu-:<i 3 i -;.K-k this . di-pth ot t.vauty inches being now ground. Trains on the 1'. of the Baltimore & Ohio, and the P. W. ct K. division of the I Ciueinnati & St. Louis are almost abandoned, nnd all the roads are badly delayed. Tho etreet car traffic wis • I hero early i.u the day, one line -. j. It is the heaviest continu.ua snow Oj record here- Atlanta, Ga, Jan. 8. —The heiv.est fall of snow here in several years. Pittsbdbo, Jan. 8. -Eight inches of snow fell since 1 this morning and at. neon there are no indications of cleaning weath er. Trains are delayed ia all dir:oiiocs. PirrsBuao, Pa., Jun 8.— Weatem Pennsylva nia was visitad to-day by tho heaviest snuw storm in years. It has been snowing steadily since I this morning and at 12 to-ni-^ht the sig nal office rr porta a fall of two feet. The streets are blockaded and street cars are running with difficulty and it is thought by morning travel will be entirely suspended. Train- o.i all the roads are from one to eight hoars late, bnt no accidents are reported. A number of the flat roofed houses in the city are in ''anger cf falling on account of the weight <>r Two accidents are reported from parties clean ing roofs. A bey, named Avery, while shovel ling snow from a four story l.oase on Liberty street, slipped,from tho roof ana was fatally in jured. About 7 o'clock Annie Dnnn, aged twelve years, was struek by a brick, knocked from a house and her skull was fractured. Both will die. Wilkesbaebe, Jaa. 8.—A heavy snow torm is prevailing and tha wind in blowing with terri b] ■ velocity. The storm hascame.i ■if work in many collieries. i inoixnati, Jan 8.—Snow has been " with not much interruption for more than twenty-four hours, hut the fall The thermometer was about twenty al day. The river is not gorged and no damag ■ i - done. Business Troubles. Liveepool, Jan. 8. —Darl & Rogers, freighters, have failed. Liabilities £100, 000. Financial difficulties of other arms in the same trade are reported. Tob:»nto, Jan. 8.—D. H. Batido & Co., wholesale farriers, have assigned. Detboit, Mich., Jan. 8. —I. Rosenfi Co., wholesale dealers in leaf tobacco of this city, made ai . imant to Shimon Frcelick, Liabihtk 000, but ii is believe! it won't pay over twenty cents. Tha principal loser? are in New York, and some in uhicago. They were dealing, first in grain options in Chicago, and latteily in Urd. i he were the cuu=e of the assignment. ItCHon field claims tiny o.t a hindred thon.-aid this way iu tha last year. _ Maatpma, Jan. 7.—The Bluff City Dis tilling company have assigned. Liabilities, $15,000; assets, $2,000. Ozabk, Ark., Jan. 7.-J. H. Dicu=>, gen eral merchant, has assigned. Eitir. $22, 000; assets, §20 000. Bbadpop.d, Out., Jan. 7.—Williamson & Co., dry goods, have failed. Liabilities $25,000. Ail Closed. Wichita, Kan., Jan. 8.—All the saloons of this city, over thirty, were closed to-day by the concerted action of their keepers, who, it is understood, have gone o it of the bnsiuees for good.