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EVEN TJBILJEGMAFH H TOL. TI.-No. 154. PHILADELPHIA, MONDAY, DECEMI3IR 31, 18CC. DOUBLE SHEET THREE CENTS. t I 7 P r de tut lul ho iqu wl tit 'tfc fftl 1 .y e. a a k c 1) t; ai si s X u ci Is wi 'au 8tl ibo an de aa 'alo M', so I It . t) fit "hi at t ! f " v- THE FASHIONS. Xyoas Robes and the Cost A Ocniocr atic idea of a Fancy Ball Ball CostumrB A Htw Opera CloakThe Gored Velvet Skirts Dress Materials Haitian Syie A Series of Suits for Compl4K1( Head Dresses, and How the lalr la Worn, Etc. riRis.'Deceruber 14. Fashion le or t hing and Immunity another; for my part I dr t not bee that any great end is attained b'waUBC iauie8 wear Lyons brocades which half, xvMx their hus bands. The sal 1 splendid text ires 'have already caused great discomfort at ho- e, as they aie not Bclely adopted by the wives f millionaires. The fact of Lyons robes being U -origin of ruin shall he Illustrated with a tale fc jrauded on facts about b pair of slippers which w.rc ,put in BOme wcll. meaning lottery instill- for the p,or and gained by a sober-mind A ecntieman. The slippers were bo, oiaborntoly worked with told that the first tir M the winner thereof pu th.mon he obscr .Q lnat be was in want of a new morninir row a to make his f costume tomplete. Wher l c)ad ia Us now flowing cash mere be discove Jcd lhat hls foot-stool and the chair on which gat at his writing desk were very much t WOrse for wear, and ordered a wan to ren elT tuem wheB the th)n , wero brought Int j,,8 sUldy B the rc8t jooke(1 very laoeu, esp K ially the carpet and curtains; on C'Ousi..jni his nccount-books he found be had 7 Uroi!!' 'verT lon Tlmc anu resolved on i H tfllK'Tlcw hangings. In tb course of time everything In the sanc tum w-M reunCUi Whcn the gentleman's wife tor b vaH married declared that her lord's retre t wae the only respectable place In the hou- K to receive one's Irionds in. Monsieur, In rJe at alarm at the threatened invasion, ordered dame's drawing-room to be furnished in the ewest sty'e. fcext, servants were found fault "with for their ignorant handling of delicate Upholstery a new set was called in for higher requirement; but these objected to live with families who gave no parties. Dinners and par ties were in consequence piven, and the end was that beth Monsieur and Madame were ruined in a very short time. Among the wrecks of their past splendor a pair of old tarnished slips-hod shoes were found just fit to be thrown on a dust curt. Bui, to return to ourselves, people are cer tainly doing some very humane things, with the beet of motives, only a pity It is the motives are fashionable. Ho we are taken up by hippophagy, or thc use of horseflesh as lood. Others are col lecting all the points of their cigars, instead of biting them off and throwing them away. The ends thus preserved are to be sold for snuff. All this is doubtless very wise and saving, but I am not . quite sure that horse-steaks and snuff are essentially necessary. I may not say what my firm convictions are as reeards the latter article, because of M'me de Pompadour and M. de Voltaire, who both used H; and memoirs teach us that these unwortbles used their rich muUboxes with as much elegance as we display . in the flutter of fans. J Memoirs remind me that a splendid fancy ball was given last Saturday Iby M. de T., ut his chateau, and those who presented themselves in a costume not prescribed by the regulations of the host had to pay a foifeit. The fact is, nearly all paid, and thi where the poor really would have be 'benefited if the amount laid down in forfeits had been humanely distributed anion them. M. de T. Had decreed that all his visitors t-hould attend his bull In tlie costumes worn by their grandfathers. Now, it is all very well to be a Count or Mar quis in 1866, but it is very painful when people remind such nobles that their lathers before them were nothing but millers, brewers, and stewards. How much more than painful when grandsons are expected to glory in their humble origin by adopting graudsires' old clothes! Therefore many paid aud came to the ball in light kid, shiny boots, and not a speck of flour (which Is Immaculate white) upon them. I thiuk M. de T. must be mischievous; for his grandfather was a Marshal and Peer of France. Other ball costumes, without any humble as sociations whatever, are also flourishing in dress makers' hands, who are all in expectation of the Empress' return from Conipjcgue, but we may not anticipate. The newest Lyons silk pattern is the needle robe (we are getting so sharp). Whole heaps of perfidious looking darning needle?, all lengths and all sizes, are thrown over dark gold brown grounds, calltd Bismarks, and how hp deserves very prick of them I Opera cloaks are made of -the new white silk plush, with velvet ribs and all are lined with brlirht colored silk. The Rothomago opera cloak is made of red cloth. It is a pelerine, with a hood behind, ending in a very long conical point, which comet down as low as the pelerine itself. It Js trimmed all round with black cloth patches, bordered with gold braid. The ensemble U like what 'MeDbistonbeles" annears in when Fmit la played at the opera. A very pretty toilette de visite is the followinor:-The underskirt and high body are made of chesnut colored satin, over which a chesnut velvet gored overskirt aud small corset bodice, the latter both dented. The fashionable deat is like that ou the teeth of a saw. We are decidedly getting dangerous propensities. Eaeh seam of the pored velvet is joined under a thick silk cord of the 6ame 6hade. The walking casaque is lined with blue, and made of velvet. Black satin robej are made with long trains and have no oiher trimming bfvond two front side pockets a la Louis XIV. The necks of our bodies are trimmed round with several rows of jet ribbon gimp, or narrow lace, which forms a kind of large collar. Crossbands of satin are a so very e'epant just over the shoulders, espe cially when relieved by buttons or medallions. Foulards are much worn for fourreaux, the shades being ironrey and pearl-gry, over blue plisse petticoats. The sleeves are tight, and ol the same shade as the underskirt. The prettiest ball robe 1 have seen siuce my last letter was worn by one of Princess Dagmur's ladies, who has just returned from St. Peters burg. The Grand Duchess wore three tulle tunics, paduating in length, each caueht up at intervals by water rushes and other marine plants. The same fell from under the chignon vr the shoulder, while a complete set of emeraida fell on the fair wearers neck, arai3 and bodice. ' Court ladles Wd me to say that those of the last series invited at Compiegne, followed the hmpress' example by citing aside their ball attire for high dresses a soon as her Maiesti's official eveningreceptious wefeove r at tu df-nast ten. All w holiad a taste for a lime inteflectua fun were invited to a social tea orlnkini t leven in the private apartments and those who Jid so were to Join In a game invented by the Km press herself. No jewels and no ornameuts were allowed to remain in the hair; state was to )e lorrotteu. The Bavarian Ministers made a Cabinet question of Uichard Wagoer. How strange it would sound in London were Ministers to eo put on the Bohemian Girl; jet so it has actu ally been at Munich, The King was constrained to give up either Tannhaueer or his Cabinet, eo he abandoned the former. But his weakl Sf-'n Jm to tron ior h,m' Wagner is recalled to Munich, ,nd Kaulbach. who has already iirunortal.zed Keiniche Fuchs, is engaged by the rnelomanutc monarch to per form the stune operation, if possible, upon Jannhauter nd the other trash which has oome from thut ieverinh brain. Wo shall be c urious to ee hfulbacb' illustrations and hi! frOtlc uf treating object. m b A PHIUEEIPHIA CASF. A Mother Sema for the Custody of Her Child Cruel Abandonment of the Child hy Its Mother-A Dark Page In Married Life Disorderly Conduct at a Funeral. Within the pat month, Judge Brewster bad before him an interesting case, somewhat out ol the Ufltial routine of Orphans' Court business. The custody of a child was involved, ud the din put a necessitated a reference to au Kxaroiner to take testimony. The developments were of a somewhat racy character. The substance of the case is this: The case came before the Court upon the peti tion ol Mrs. Annie ft. B. Smith, as follows: "The petition ot Annie E. B. Smith, the widow of Abel C f. ISmith, respectfully prfwems: fhat she is over twenty-one years of ape ; tbat the sain A bo I C. X. 8m ih was deceased In November, 18!5, leav ing a will dated November 17, 1866, by which he ilevldcd, after ceitaln specific leeaoies, two-thirds ot the rt aid uary estate to his cbud, and one-third to yonr lietitionor, widow of said docedent; that by appraisement Hied, the personal Ohtate is aopraisod at 924,106 72, and appointed his brothers as execu tors, viz: E. A. Smith and M.J. B. Smith; that the real estate, as far as she at present knows, was duwed to bis brothers, the executor. Mhe pravs tt-at rhe tie appointed a guardian of the person and estate oi said child, now of the age of six years." This peti'.ion brought forth an answer from Mrs. Hannah Smith (the mother of A. C.'iT. Smith, the deceased), in which she alleged that the child had been abandoned by itsinothPr(the petitioner) forty-eight hours after its birth, and that siuce tbat time she (the grandmother) had had exclusive control of the lutle one. In addi tion to this answer, Mrs. Haunak Smith tiled her peiition to be appointed guardian of the per son and estate of the child. The case was now refeired to an Examiner, to take testimony, In order to settle the merits ot the dispute between the parties. The Examiner having completed his labor-, the case cume before Judge Brewster for adjudi cation. It appears from the testimony, that on the 3d of February, i860, Miss Annie It. Benners, a young lady of about eighteen years of nge, was married to Mr. Abel C. T. Smith, a gentleman some five or six years her senior. Everything passed oil pleasantly till July 11, 1859, when the wife left her husband and returned to her parents, on North llrond street, assigning a9 a reason that her husband frequently cursed, und on one occasion kicked her. At the time of the separation Mr. Smith was about starting on a pleasure excursion, and during his absence his wife removed the greater part of the furniture which had been presented to her by her lather at the marriage. It was believed then that the separation was final. On Mr. Smith's return a reconciliation took place, the husband consenting to reside with his wife at her father's house, where, as it was alleged by Mrs. Smith, his conduct could be observed. Nothing occurred till September, 1859, when they again separated. According to the testi rooty of Edmund A. Smith, brother of Abel, ttiat gentleman came to bis house about 12 o'clock at night, stating that Mrs. Benners would not allow him to enter her house because he had taken his (Edmund A. Smith's) wife and his sister Amelia out riding in the afterncun. He asked his brother to smell his breath, which he did, and pronounced him perfectly sober. Mrs. Smith, the wi;e, explains the separation in this wise: Her husband had engaged to take her to the Academy of Music on the even ing in queslion, but did not retich home until late. He wag then intoxicated, but Mrs. Binitu and her sister accompanied him to the theatre. Upon their return she asked him to. explain his conduct, whereupon he gave as a reason that lie had had some ladies out riding with him, and had stayed to supper with them at Point Breeze Park. He said he loved these ladies better tban he ever loved me, and when I asked who they were, he said I am not going to tell you. I then mado the remark, that if they were Indies they would not take supper with a married man. lie then said he did not care much whether I would live with him or not a Laic; or if you choose you can go down to the Montgomery Hotel, or it not, yon can go to the devil. I declined doing either. He then left the house. Subsequent to this, Mr. Smith made appeal to his wife and to her parents, but without effect, the wife asserting, before the Examiner, that the li lters were ''solt." Mr. Smith then con tinued to reside with his mother, Sixth street, above Green. On the 22d of December, 1859, Mrs. Abel Smith gave birth to a daughter. And here com menced the real difficulty in the case. Mrs. Hannnn Smith, the paternal grandmother, swear.' fhnt before this child was forty-eight hours eld Mrs. Bt-nners brought it to her (Mrs. Smith's) house. It was born on Thursday night about eteven o'clock, aud was brought to her house on Saturday following about noon. Mrs. Bf uners testified that there had been threats upon the part ci Mr. Smith to take tbe child afttr its birth, and accordingly told her uaugnu'i- u wuiuu oe iuucn oeuer to lei mm have it before she had become attached to it. She further stated she had kept the child in the hr .use two days and nights alter its birth. The child was chiu-tened "Annie," and re mained under the care of its grandmother, Mrs. Smith. It was very ill on several occasions, but the mother was never called to see it, giving as a reason before the Examiner that 'she was afraid of violence at the hands of her husband. It was also alleged, on the part of tbe wife, tbat the grandmother was in the habit of taking the child carriage riding on Broad street, and that in passing her house the child was held to the carriage window In order to tantalize the mother. Mr. Smith, the grandmother, denied this allegation. On the 22d of November, 18C5, Mr. Smith died. A short time before his death he required his mother to promise that she would always keep the child, and provide for it. Two days alter the decease of Mr. Smith, Mrs. Benners and daughter called at the house where th9 body was lying, and according to the testimony of Charles M. Kirkpatrick, asked if Mrs. Smith wa in, and on being answered in the affirma tive, desired to see her. Mrs. Wilson told her she could not see Mrs. Smith, when Mrs. Annie Smith eutered and demanded her child. Mrs. Wilson told her she could not have it. Mr. Aunie Smith replied, she would not leave the house till she got the child and had seen Mrs. Smith. Mrs. Wilson ordered Mr. Jones to put fheiu out. While performing this unpleasant duty, Mrs. Benners made use ol the expression,"! f you putjyour hand on me vou are a dead man;" her Slaughter Annie in chiming with, "Voudare to touch my mother, aud you are a deadmau." After they left the hou-, out on the pavement, they talked so loud that it attracted the atten tion ot the passers-by, so much so that a gentle man, Mr. Nusbauai, came into tbe house and wanted to know what was the matter. Mr. Smith was buried November 24, 1865. Mis. Benners and Mrs. Smith deny the correct ness of this account of the visit in its material portions, and allege that when ordered out the gentlemen rudely got up to push them out. THI DECISION OF TBI C0UBT, Thig is the Bllhttt11f tlf tMllmnn. n. I. U..A been reported to the Court. The case was argued before Judge Brewster by Mr. Juvenal on behalf of Mrs. Abel Smith, but the Court j-eemed so impressed against her claim that Messrs. John II. Campbell and H. M. Phillips were relieved of toe necessity of arguing A lew days ago the Judge Bnnounoed his decision in which, after briefly noticing tbe facts, he an nounced that as the mother had abandoned the child, tbe Court would not remove it from its present custody, and the grandmother was accordingly appointed guardian Judge Brewster took oca-ion to refer to the conduct ol the utvUicr of this child as a sinking contrast with that found in the more humble walks of life. Women with scarcely enough to keep body and soul together become fraatic at tbe loss of their children, and the records of the Quaiter Sessions are full of instances where mothers have been ready to break down the doors orputHc Institutions in order to recover possession of their children who had been takeu from them. THE SPORTING WORLD. The Great Ocean Yacht Race The Hen rietta the Winner. Th9 cable, which has been silent for some days, spoke 'last evening, and brought us the gratifying intelligence that the three yachts which started on the great ocean race on the 11th instant had all arrive! Bafely at their des tination, and that the Henrietta was the winner. The victorious yacht passed the Needles on Christmas day, having made the passage in the unprecedented time of thirteen days and twenty-two hours. She experienced-some rough weal her, ana on the eighth day out bad to h"avo to in a heavy gale; but she behaved splendidly ail the voyage, and fully justided ihe expecta tions ot those who expressed confidence in her seaworthy qualities. The Fleetwing and the Vesta also made splendid runn, arriving at the Needles on the lolloping day in good condition. There was one melancholy circumstance, however, attend ing this unprecedented adventure of pleasure sailing yachts the loss ot four men, who were swept from the bowsprit of tbe Fleetwing in a gale. This Bad mislortune mars what would otherwise be an event of unmixed gratification to this community and the American people. Tbe Henrietta, on starting, took a middle course, the Fleetwing going to the north aud the Vesta to the south of her traclr. She saw nothiDg of cither of her competitors after the first day out. This great race marks the commencement of a new era in yachting and in the construction of sailing vessels. Henceforth "wc may expect annually to see American yachts ou the Atlantic race course, and the yachts ol the British squad ron ariivin? in our harbor on similar trials of speed. The three pioneer adventurers have biaved the dangers of an ocean race in the loughost and niot threatening season, and future races will create no excitement equal to that attendant upon their gallant contest. It is said that the victorious yacht was received with much enthusiasm by the British clubs and the English people generally, and doubtless the presence, in person, of the owner on board con tributed not a little to the eclat ot his success. Tbe event has made a European sensation. The London journals are full of it the Times having given a fuU report of the trip of the Henrietta. On Thursday last the Royal Yacht Club gave a banquet to the officers of the Ame rican squadron; on Friday, in pursuance of an invitation from the Queen, the Royal Yacht Club were to present their American guests to her Majesty at Osborne House, and yesterday the municipal authorities of Cowes were to give them a dinner. When through with tlieir imme diate round of English welcomes, our yachtmen, wc expect, w ill avail themselves of an invitation to a banquet in Paris. We hope that the young geutlemen concerned have borne and will throughout bear themselves in a manner worthy of all praise. A'ew York tiunday Herald, AQUATICS. T no KiiglUh Scullers' Race on the Tyue. From the London Standard, December 15. A scullers' race of considerable importance, and which, inasmuch as great expectations have been formed regarding the principals, had created much excitement among aquatic circles in the North, took place on th e Tyne to-day, the competitors being James Taylor and T. Bright. The race was for 100, and the distance was the champion's stretch of two miles and a third from the High Level at Newcastle to Meadow's House. Both men are members of the Albion Rowing Club, Newcastle, and the career of each has hitherto been peculiarly successful. Taylor is looked upon as one of the neatest and most scientific pullers on tbe Tyne. He bandies his sculls with wondrous ease and dexterity, and, having only recently beaten Percy (in whoso interest a match had almost been made several days ago with Harry Kelly, and who took up a match with Chambers after the championship of the Thames had been settled, but which is now oil), it may well be understood how fondly Tynesuiers are looking to him as being the coming man. Heis one of a number of brothers, who have often competed against the Clanpers; but he himself is the only member of his family nnu una uumc u fjiuiiiiiieuiiy lorwaru. Blight's performances, although not so nu merous, have beeu equally promising, he hav ing beafen Wakefield, Cleland, and several others. He is not such a clean and easy puller as Taj lor, but is lull of game, and Is remarkable for his lasting powers. Both men were con side red well matched, and each well supported, Betting last night, when the preliminaries were settled, was tolerably even; if anything, Taylor had the preference. Tbe start was level. The men shitted their positions frequently till within a short distance of the winning-post, when Bright fell back, Taj!or winning by a length and a half. A capi tal race. A. Letter from Mr. Greeley. 1o the Editor of the Chicago 2'imes. Sir: In your leader of yesterday I note this assertion: "It will be remembered that Mr. Greeley (in 18ii2) assailed President Lincoln with much severity because the latter hesitated in issuing a proclamation of emancipation." So many things are "remombered" which never were true, that I am not astonished at hearing that this is among them: yet 1 am puz zled at finding that you, who( very properly) in sist on accuracy of statement from others, should have fallen into this error. If you will take the trouble to look up my h tter to Mr. Lincoln, entitled "Tbe Prayer of Twenty Millions," but more especially my brief rejoinder to the President's response, you will see that I only urged him to obey and enforce the laws of tbe land, and that I aid not ask him to step beyond them. I did think him griev ously wrong in annulling Geneial Fremont's order prescribing that "the slaves of Rebels are free," and sustaining General Halleck's infa mous No. 8, which forbade the reception of negroes coming from the enemy, and seeking to enter our lines. 1 hold Fremont's order to be the simple dictate of purest common sense, and in stnct(accordwith the laws of war; I hold Halleck's order to have been prompted by the essential spirit of treason, and issued in the in terest of tbe Rebels. And I hold that each Union officer should have welcomed to our camps every man and boy fleeing thither from the enemy who could shoulder a musket, wield an axe, or handle a spade; and either arrest and hold, or drive out of camp any im pudent Rebel who should venture within it on pretense of claiming as his slave any person rendering service therein to the Union. And I bold that had our Generals thus done their duty, aud the President let them do it, the Rebellion would have been crushed in 1862. I do not ask you to print this. Yours, Hobaci Gbeelet. Jacksonville, 111,. December 26, I860. New Zealand The last census gives the popu lation of Jklew Zealand, exclusive ot the military J . I. I r ii: dn nn. mi i . buu me ir iuiuiue, m im.iiui. i uere nr? uuout 35,000 aboriginal natives, principally in tbe r province of Auckland. THIRD EDITION EUROPE. By Atlantic Submarine Telegraph Cables THE YACHT RACE. A GRAND BANQUET AT COWES. The Challenge of J. it. Bennett, Jr. It is Accepted by the Puke of Edinburgh THE HACE TO TAKE ILCE I AUGUST NEXT. Etc. Etc.! Etc., Etc Ktc. Ktc. Cowes, December 30. -Yesterday tbe three American yachts, Henrietta, Floetiviug, and Vesta, upon invitation of Queen Victoria, sailed up Osborne bay. Her Majesty came down to the beach, and spent some time in witnessing the various manoeuvres of the yachts. As the winner of the great race, the Henrietta, passed by, she saluted it by waving her handkerchief. At the grand banquet given by the citizens of Cowes last evening, the hall was profusely de corated with British and American flags and pictures oi the contending yachts, while the watls were hung round with friendly mottoes. Sir Jobn Simon, M. P., presided at the enter tainment, and the greatest international good feeling prevailed among the guests. Toasts were drunk with groat enthusiasm to the Queen, the President, and the armies and navies of both countries. Toasts to peace and prosperity to the United States and to Old England were also drunk, the New Yprk Yacht Sqnadrou, the health of J. G. Bennett, Jr., and a host of other toasts of a friendly character. Major-General Seymour, by command of the Queen, expressed her Majesty's interest in the race, and her thanks for the display mr.de in the bay during the aftcrnoou. At the dinner given by Lord Lennox, his Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh accepted the challenge of J. O. Bennett, Jr., and agrees to sail round the Isle of Wight next August lor a prize of one hundredCpounds. Tho Duke will sail his own yacht, the. Viking. This announce ment has created a great sensatloo in ya.. htiug circles. Honor to the New York YachCineu The Henrietta" to Visit France Names of tine Four Unfortunate Men Lost from the "Fleetwing" Suuscrijt. i Ion a for Their Families, Etc. Cowes, December 29. The yachting party visited Osborne Home, one of th.j residnnces of tbe Queen, on Fridiy morning, aud wre courteously received by Major-General Sermour, who conducted them about the palace and swjnus, auer wnicn a sumptuous lunch was served for the party. On Friday evening the Commodore oi the New York Yacht Club (McVickar), with Mr. llennett and their yachting friends, dined with Lrd Lennox. Ilia Royal Highness Prince Alired, who manifests great interest in marine si orting matters, was present. The vessels in the Roads at Cowes displayed the Stars and Stripes alongside the Union Jack iii honor of tlie American yachts. The grand banquet of the Royal Yacht Club t" the members ol the New York XacbtClub was postponed until Saturday, in order to allow the latter to enjoy the hospitalities of the civil au horities of the town of Cowes on Friday evening. The entertainment of the Royal Yacht Club was probably one of the most noticeable Inter nH'ional courtesies ever given in England. The Henrieita will leave here ior Havre on Monday (to-day) to gratify the wishes of a number of Americans, and also upon the in vitation of French yachtmen, who desire to sp her. A subscription has been started at Cowes for the families ol the men who were lost from the t'leetwing, and the gentlemen on the Henrietta gave live hundred dollars in gold. The names ot the men lot,t are Captains Woods and Hazle tine, ol Staten Island: first mate Mr. Brown, ot Boston; and Steward Neilson, of Norway. Sea men Kelley and McCormick, with fivo others, were swept away with the jibboora, but through the exertions of the remainder of the crew tbey were saved. Description of the Contesting Yachts. As tbe three yachts which have successfully crossed the Atlantic will be the theme ot gene rl conversation and admiration in all tbe civilized countries of the world, a description of them will not be out of place: Tbe Henrietta is the property of J. G. Bennett, Jr. She was built in 1802 by Henry Steers, of Greenpomt, L. I , from a model by Mr. William Tooker, of this city. This beautiful vessel is of tore and aft schooner rig, and has a very deep keel. Her tonnage is two hundred and five tons; she is one hundred and eight feet long, has twenty-three feet beam, and ten feet depth of hold. She is a very beautiful model, her water lines being very fine, and her ec'.rauce of more than usual elegance, anticipation of tbe Atlantic race, the termina tion ol which has so nobly proved her power of speed, the Henrietta underwent a complete overhauling and elaborate alteration. Her bowsprit was shortened, and also her lower mast and roainboom. She was also -supplied with an entire new gang of rigging made of the first quality of Italian hemp, new fore and aft and jib stays of charcoal wire, and an extra, fore stay which entered at her knlghtbeads. Her hatches were rearranged, so that in two minutes tbey could be thoroughly caulked and wooded, and her skylights were all caulked and;battened d wn. Her deck-cabin over the ballast was secured by extra sleepers, which were, stanch ioned under the deck in doep sockets. The Fleetwing is the property of Mr. George A. Osgood, and is the largest of the three yachts, bhe was built by Joseph Van D asen in the early months of tbe present year. The Fleetwing is a most beautiful craft. Her appearance as she was riding off Staten Island on the morning of tbe start, will not be easily forgotten by those who were fortunate enough to see her. Her model is well night peifect, and her water lines and entrance very elegant. Like the Henrietta, she Is a keel boat, her tonnage being two hun dred and twelve tons. Her length on deck Is one hundred and six fee, 1-eaiu twenty-four iVef, 1eplh of bold ten feet. The alterations made In this vcrl previous to tho late match were not nearly so numerous or extensive as those which her opponents un derwent. Still, every precaution was taken that she should start in a seaworthy condition, bhe was furnishee with an entirely new gang of rig ring, and an entire new suit of seagoing sails. The main boom was shortened five feet, and she was famished with an extra shTond. Like her opponents, she underwent a thorough over hauling, and was raulked from stem to stern. The Vesta Is the property of Mr. P. Lorillard, and has on many occasions shown herself pos sessed of fine sailing qualities. She was built by Mr. Carll.of City Island, from whose, yard she was launched the 16th May, lfiCC. The Vesta differs from the other contesting yachts In a very Imporfant matter. She is a centreboard vessel, and not a keel boat, a arc her opponents. Her length of deck is one hundred and eight feet, of aeel ninety-right feet, and her trunk deck is forly feet long. She is built of while oak, white chesnut, and locustivood. Tho alterations made on board previous to the ocean race were vrry complete, everything being done both to insure the safety and com fort of those on board. She tock on board a new bowsprit, an entire new suit of sails, also a spare set, and was furnished with a new gang f ripeine. She also carried a ne;v lire-boat and a patent water anchor. Sketches of the Captain of the Yaihts. THB CArTAIK OF TUB nrNRlFTTA. Car tain Samuel Samuels was fcoin in 1822, in the city of Philadelphia, Pa. He hi? fallowed the sea from his youth. When he was sixteen years of age he went as a cabiu-boy ou a schooner, and has served before the m::st. Ky energy and perseverance he was promoted through the various grades until he rose to the rank of captain. This was in 1K48, wheu he was appointed to the command of the ship Manhat tan. He made two trips on her, one to Constan tinople and the other to Batavia. At the expiration of eightceu months he took command of the ship Augelique, owned by Sobuchardt & Gobhard. He continued In their employ two years, when the vessel was sold. I uo ship Drr ad u aught was then building, and when she was completed, in December, 1803, attain Samuels was appointed to the command oi that vessel. The remarkably quick passages which he made In this ship havo rendered his unnie famous, she havg made tho two q iickcst trms across the Atlantic on record. The liist ot these was in the month of December, ls64. The run from port to port was accomplished in thir tcon days and eleven hours. TLe second and fastest trip ever made by a sailing vessel from port to port acres the Atlan tic was in February, 185!, in thirteen days and nine hours. Captain Samuel remained nine years on tho Drcaduaught, aud made thirty pas siiges In her in the Liverpool trade, when his l g was broken by the displacement of the redder in a gale. In consequence of the damage v hicb tho ship sustained In the storm the Hreadnaught put into Fayal into distress. From the eflects of the accident Captain Sumueh was incapacitated from resuming his profession for twelve months. In June, 1861, he was employed by the Gov ernment and appointed to tho command of the stam propeller Jobn Rice, plying between this cay aud lortress Monroe. Arter remaining on h"r three months he was transferred to the com mand of the steamship General McOlellan. In ti ls vessel he v. as at the siege of Wilmington, and at various times during the war plied ba tween this port, New Orleans, aud tbe Texas The last trip that Captain Samuels made in the General MeCicllun was to New Orleans, wtuther he conveyed General Scot (the steamer having been placed at the disposal of that chief turn by tho Government. In April of the same year lie (ook command of the steamship Fultou, o) the New York and Havre line. On the third tr.p home, in November lai, Mr. Bennett, the owner of the Henrietta, ent't;ged his services as caotain of his yacht in ike great race across tho Atlantic. THE CAPT1IN OF TOE FIBETW1NG. Captain Thomas, in command of the Fleetwing, made several rormirlrattla noacana. in 4ViA u;.. J. ISoyd. He was afterwsrds annnintoH in tho command of the ship Victory, owned bv Mr. David Otttan nflhla oitn 1 tvn. Mni.;Hn three voyages in her, he took command of the ship Ciiv of New York, which he left by permis sion of Mr. Mason to take command of the Fleet wing. CHE CAPTAIN OF THE TESTA. Captain Johnson, In command of the Vesta, was in the employ of Mr. Ogden for many years, as mate in the ship St. Patrick, wbich Vessel , be left to take command of the Invincible. He has since taken out one or two steamers to China. It is a singular fact tbat all thecantains of the yachts have ben iu the employ o: Mr. Ogden. JV! York Herald. Arrival of the Steamer Ileniy Chauncey. New Yobk, December 31. The steamer Henry Chauncey, with San Francisco dates to the 10th and Panama to the 23d, arrived Ihls morning, bringing $030,118 in specie. The United States flagship Powhatan, Ad miral Dahlgren, sailed from Pauima to Callao or the 16th. The brig Jacmel Packet was seized at Aspin wall by United States Consul Rice, on the sus picion that the Captain, who was offering tho curgo, consisting of spices, for sale at half its value, was a runaway. The vessel had sailed from Singapore for Melbourne, but had been run off her course. I Matters were very. quiet on the Isthmus. Mos qucra continues his war against tbe Church, and has ordered the fnrthcr confiscation and sale of Church properly. He has also ordered the seizure of all war materials crossing the Isthmus for the Pacific Republics at war with Spain. He has decreed neutrality, and gives liberty to both belligerents to bring prizes into fbe ports of the Republic for sale. No final decision has yet been arrived at re gai ding the peace propositions ot England and France. Peru still talks of war, although a minister from Chili hal been sent to Lima to consult and advise. Ship Disaster Holmes' Hole, December 31. The Cross Rip Light Ship was blown from her station, anJ sunk about one mile distant. She is a round stem vessel. Another vessel Is now off Sow and Pigs Light, four miles south of btatlon, with her colors Ui.ion down, wanting assistance. Boston, December 31. The schooner M. Rice, from Georgetown for Boston, with a cargo of coaf, was abandoned on the 27th, in a sinking condition. The crew were picked up by a fish ing vessel and carried to Newport. The Steamer Mlssisblppl In Quarantine. ' New Yoe, December 30. The steamer Mli sisbippi is detained at quarantine. The wind is blowing a gale from tie north east with bnow. (ship News. FcM'kteti Mnhob, December 31. Arrived, learners Ellen Terry and Dudley Back, from New Yorl forNewbern, under etress of weather. FINANCE AND C0M3IEUCK. OrFlCF Ol-' THB KVKNIN'l Trtn.BAm. j Monday, December 31, 1866. j The SlocV Markot was very dull this moru'ii;, out prices wrre without any ir at rinl rhmi". In tkivernmont bonds there was very llulo l1o,0fS , 10-40 "old at 0:A, a slight decline. lOoi was , bid tor old 6-iOs; llOforGs ol 1881; and 104J for June and August 7"30s. State mi I City loans' were unrbnntreu; Peunj Ivania fis sold at 95: new City ti atouj, ami old do. at 05V. Railrctd shares were inactive. Canufpn and Amboy sold 130, no change; and Philadelphia and Erie at 30it?!31, an advance of ; 6;J was bid for Pennsylvania Railroad; 61 tor Norrls town; r2i for Reading; 2:i. lor CatawUsa pro fcricd:68 1or Philadelphia and Baltimore; and 47 lor Northern Central. In C ity Passenger Railway shares there was nothing doing. t'O was bid lor Second and Third; 19j for Thirteenth and Fifteenth; M) lor Chesnut and Walnut; 73 for Wet Philadelphia; 141 for Hestonvlllo; 30 for Green aud Coates; 2bj(tor Cirard College; 10 for Ridge Avenue; and 3i2 tor Union. Bank shares were 6rmly held at full prices, but we hear of no sale. was bid for First National; 151 for Philadelphia; 135i for Farmers' and Mechanics'; 56 lor Coin inertia; and 150 for Kensington. Canal shares were unchanged. Schuylkill Navigation sold at 25J, nnd prt lerred do. at 351. 54 was bid for Lehigh Navigation; 13 for Sus quehanna Canal; aud Eii for Delaware Division. Vuotatlons of Gold lilj A. M., 131; 11 A. M.. 133J: 12 M., 133; 1 P. M., 133,'. ' The money maikctcontinues urtlvc. Capital Is In good demand from speculative borrowers, ami also for purposes of legitimate business. Call loans are readily placed en stock collate rals at 7 per cent., and upon Government secu rities in large sums at 6 per ceut. First-class commercial paper at short date is token at 7j8 per cent, per annum discount. The Kew York Tribtme this morning says: ''The supply of money to brokers at 7 per cent, ou call has been ample, and the offerings about the street are quite numerous. A'othlug less tban 7 is talked of, and borrowers are readv to pay it. In commercial paper the rates are unchanged. Best names p.i-s at 7 per cent., a"d names iiMinlly called fair can be had at paving rates." PHILADELPHIA STOCK EXCIIASGK SALES T0-DA1 Imported tij.De Havon & Uro .Ko. 10 S. Third street FIRST BOARD. 2000 U S 10 40s. op. o 09 800 sh SoliN stkc&po 251 H3W City ts n lots.. BKj 6(K)sh do.pf c&pe 81 SIOJ OO mnC&OlWt OA ah Cam tr A 200 Sll Ma sit 1000 Sch Nav Hs 72 89; I S8'J0 lAh 6s, Si.. lots 91? 4 17 shStNch Coal. Messrs. William Painter A Co., bankers, No. 36 South Third street, report the following rates of exchange to-day at 12 o'clock : IT. 8. 6s, 1881, coupon, HO.JfgllOi; U.S. 5-20s, coupon, 1862. 106 106i: do.. 1864, 105J1053; do., 1865, 105 105 j; do., new, 1865, 107il07i; U. 8. 10-40s, coupon, 99499; U. 8. 7-30s, 1st series, 105 7?1054; do., 2d scries, 1043101J; 3d series, 104i g)104J; Compounds, December, 1864, 13413j. Messrs. De Haven & Brother, No. 40 South Third street, report the following rates of ex change to-day at 1 P. M.: American gold, 133 J 5i;133 i Silver Js and is, 12f; Compound Interest Notes, June, 1864, 16; do., July, 1864, 15j; do., Angus, 1864, 15; do., October, 1864, 14$; do., December, 1864, 13,'; do., May, 1865, 11; do., Aununt, 1805, in; do., September, ltJOS, 95; do.. Philadelphia Trade Report. Monday, December 81. There was very little business effected In Flour to-day, bat prices, in oon sequence ot the limited receipts and stocks, were firmly maintained, About 600 bbls were taken by the consumers at 88-60 p bbl for superfine 5Hi10 60 for extras; 11-6018 for Northwestern extra family; tl214 for Pennsylvania and Ohio do. do. ; and 14-60io:16 lor lanoy brands, according to quality. Rye Flonr is hold at S7 20 w bbl. Prices ol Corn Meal are nominal. V ' The oflerinvs of prime Wheat were small, and this description was in fair request, while oommon qualities were plenty and dull. We quote Penn Mlvanla red at 92 658. and Southorn do. at 3 815. Aiiuall lotot white Bold at 88 85. Rvemov Le quoted at 1 -20 .a 1-4.0 for Southern, Western, and Pennsylvania. Corn was dull. (Small sale of nw yellow were effectid at OiWDSo., and old do. at CI 18 Oats are selliDK 6758c. Cloverseed is quiet, with small safes at S9-25 per 64 ibs. I imothy ranges lrom 3-25 to 3 75. i laxsed is wanted rv the consumers at 2 90 Ja. Nothing doing in W hisiiy, and prices are nominal. Philadelphia Cattle Market. Monday, December 81. The Cattle Market was very dull this n eek, but prices were without any material change; about 1800 head arrived and sold at from 16J16 cent lor extra; 1814 cents ior fair to good i and 10:12o. P" pound for common, at to sa'es: 83 head 60 " 84 120 " 100 ' 70 " . 136 , 47 70 ' 120 140 " 86 " 68 40 " 116 " : 89 " : 40 " : 46 " 49 ' 42 VWI U K-UIUU! IT OSLVril, At CT' It), Christy & Bro , Western, 16 16. , ucf iuen, VI estern, (xWH , rto . Hathaway. Western, I4,ffil64. imea 8. Kirk, Chetter oounty, 1416. mu. o. uvi moil, western, iD'glD. Ullman k Bounman, Western, 8fi:83. cross. j... uu s tutor o v., ti twieru, iftrutoi. Mooney & fcmith, Western, U wldl, T. Mooney fc Bro., Western, I0ta;l4. H. Chain, Pennsylvania, liafli, gross. L. Frank, Wstorn, 14a is!" " Frank & Shomberg;, Western, 1218. Hope k Co.. Western, 15,aia. Dryfoos & Bro.. Western, 798. (tross. B. Hood, Chester ejunty, la 16i. Chandler ft Co., Chester county, 14,31s. B. McFillen, Chester county, 1416 - v n t .did ui in. i , ,w umu ruiu nit UVf; I J lJr prlnfrers, and GrJ100 bead for Cow ana Calf. k hoon vara in lam si .-.in a n f i fit an arlvanaai K.Vi bead old at 66e. pound, prots. Hors were dull and lower: 800 bead sold at tbe Markets by Telegraph. Nbw Tork, December 81. The Stook market opened brisk, but became dnll and lower; Chicago aud Hock Island, 108 j 5 Keadlnar, 105; Canton Com. pany, 60); fcrle, 67ij Cleveland aud Toledo, 126; Cleveland and Pittsburg, 96 : Pittebura- and Fort Wayne, 106; HlobiKan Central, 108; iliohiean Boutbern. 82; New York Central, 111 4; Illinois Central, 119; Cumberland preferred, 86: United (Statos Five-twenties, li2. 106; do 1864, 1081 ; do. 1866. 1061: new do., lu71s len-fortio, 991; (Wen thirties, 106; do second and third series, 1041 1 Ster ling PJtchaune, 109J ; Gold, 13Sj. LEGAL INTELLIGENCE. District Court Judae Hharswood August Hash, Trustee, vi. The 1st .Nicholas Inturanoe Com pany of Hew York. An action on a policy or ln-i-urano for loss instaloed in the burning of a barn in Millord, Bucks county. On trial. District Court Judge Hare. Fuller ft Bat tel ly vs. Kills i'lltinr. An action on a promissory note. No defemie. Verdict tor plaintiff, 918U 77. 1). Kennedy vs. City of Philadelphia. Aa aotkm to recover for work and labor iu building a culvert. Verdiot tor plaintiff", 200-2D. Daniel Buck vs. H. K Kind!!. An aetlon on promissory note. Defense was tbat (he note was iriveu in payment of certain snares of stock of an ail company, whioo was ot afterwards formed, and that plaintiff bad noiice of Ihe failure of tbe oooai deration of the note. On trial. Blondin. The rope-walker Blondlu has just finished a successful tour ou the Continent. At Bordeaux his performance was greeted by a storm of enthusiasm seldom meted to any artist. He goes to Paris for tbe Exhibition of 1807. Karl Russell has completed hie 'Llf of Charles Jarrs Fotr."