TOL. TI.-No. 154.
PHILADELPHIA, MONDAY, DECEMI3IR 31, 18CC.
DOUBLE SHEET THREE CENTS.
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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,
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
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
A. Letter from Mr. Greeley.
1o the Editor of the Chicago 2'imes.
Sir: In your leader of yesterday I note this
"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,
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.
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
Etc.! Etc., Etc
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Holmes' Hole, December 31. The Cross Rip
Light Ship was blown from her station, anJ
sunk about one mile distant. She is a round
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.
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
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
PHILADELPHIA STOCK EXCIIASGK SALES T0-DA1
Imported tij.De Havon & Uro .Ko. 10 S. Third street
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?
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
70 " .
116 " :
89 " :
40 " :
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,
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.
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."
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