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VOL. XIII. NO. 77.
PHILADELPHIA, THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 1870,
DOUBLE SHEET THREE 0BNT3.
The Fifteenth Amendment.
The Law of the land.
Tho Action of the State Legislatures
Effect of the Amendment
on the Tote of this City
and the State.
Kite, lite, Etc., lite, Utc.
""he tassago by both houses o( tho bill re
storing Texas to representation in Congress was
ail unit was necessary to permit the President
to issne a proclamation announcing to the coun
try the complete ratification of the fifteenth
am ndment to the Constitution of the United
States. Yesterday Texas was fully restored to
her place in the sisterhood of States, and the
event was followed quickly by the promulgation
ef the amendment, the official documents con
cerning which will be found in full on one of
our inside pages.
The measure of equal justice to all men, with
out regard to race, color, or condition, which is
thus auspiciously consummated, encountered
not a little tribulation in Congress before it as
sumed a shape that commanded the assent of
both houses. After the passage of a proposed
amendment, embodying its prime features in
diflerent shapes, by each house, the end of the
Fortieth Congress drew near, and the measure
was in jeopardy. With the exit of Andrew
Johnson, the two-thirds working majority in tho
lower house was to disappear, and the fact that
but a single week remained of the session when
a conference committee reported the final pro
position to both houses, caused tho friends of a
more extreme measure to rally around this one
as being the best they could then get, and, weak
as it was, infinitely better than nothing. The
compromise was reported to Congress on the
25th of February, 1809, and read as follows:
"Section 1. Tho right of citizens of the United
States to vote shall nut he denied or abridged by the
United States, or by any State, on account of race,
color, or previous condition of servitude.
"Section 2. The Congress shall have power to en
force this article by appropriate legislation."
On the 25th of February, the House of Repre
. , eentatives adopted the report of the conference
committee by a vote of 143 yeas to 43 nays; and
the Senate, on the following day, took similar
action by a rote of 39 yeas to 13 nays, Senator
Fowler, of Tennessee, alone voting with the
Democratic Senators, not because he was op
posed to tho amendment, but because, in his
spasmodic zeal in behalf of extreme Republican
doctrines, ho regarded the measure in that shape
88 imperfect and unequal to the requirements of
Action of the Ptatea on the Amendment.
Kansas was the first State to ratify the pro
posed amendment, which it did on the 27th of
February, 18G9; but its zeal was something like
that of Senator Fowler, and in the haste with
which it attempted to give Its assent, it neg
lected to see that the wording of the second
ection was perfect. In the cuse of Missouri,
which passed resolutions of ratification on
March 1, a similar degree of haste caused the
omission of the entire second section. Both of
these States, however, subsequently remedied
their defective action, and their votes are there
fore included among the list of States ratifying
tLe amendment. The action of the Legislature
of every State in the Ualon upon the amend
ment is given below as fully and accurately us
it has been possible to ascertain it:
A labama. Ratified by the Senate, November
16, 1809 yeas 24, nays 0. Ratified by the House,
November 16, 1809 yeas 09, nays 16.
Arkansas. Ratified by the Senate, March 13,
18G9 yeas 19, nays 2. Ratified by the House,
March 15, 1809 yeas 53, nays 0.
California. Rejected by the Senate, January
27, 1870 yeas 8, nays 23. Rejected by the
nouse, January 28, 1870 yeas 8, nays 51.
Connecticut. Ratified by the Senate, May 7,
1869 yeas 13, nays 6, not voting 2. Ratified by
the House, May 13, 1809 yeas 125, nays 105, not
Delaware Rejected by the 8en-te, March 18,
1869 yeas 2, nays 7. Rejected by the House a
day or two after yeas 0, nays 21.
Florida. Ratified by tho House, June 11,
1809 yeas 26, nays 13. Ratified by tho Souato,
June 14, 1809 yeas 13, rays 8.
Georgia. The action of this State has been
fearfully mixed up. The Senate, March 10,
18U9, refused to lay on the table a joint resolu
tion ratifying the amendment, by a vote of 13
yeas to 16 nays; March 12, the joint resolution
wa odopted yeas 21, nays 16; March 13, this
vote was reconsidered yeas 19, nays 14; March
17, the joint resolution was indefinitely post
ponedyeas 18, Hays 17; and finally, March 18,
the vote to postpone was reconsidered
yeas 17, nays 14, aud on the same day the
amendment was rejected yeas 13, nays 16. Tho
House, March 11, 1803, passed a joint resolution
ratifying tho amendment yeas 67, nays
60; March 12, this vote was recon
sidered yeas 60, nays 45; and, finally,
on March 16, the amendment was ratified
yeas 64, nays 53; but the ratification was In
operative, because of the action of the Senate.
After the State underwent the reconstructing
process the second time, the colored member
being restored to their seats in the Legislature,
and the ineligible whites replaced by their
highest opponents, the amendment was ratified
by the Senate February 2, 1870 veas 27, nays
10, and by the House February 2, 1870 yeas 53,
Illinois. Ratified by tho Senate March 5, 1309
yeas 18, nays 7. Ratified by the House .March
5. 1809 yeas 55. nays 28.
Indiana Ratified by the Senate May 13, 1809
yeas 27 (all Republicans), nays 0, 11 members
(all Democrats) being present and refusing to
vote, and 11 (all Democrats) abwnt. ine ue
mocratlc members present announced that they
had sunt their resignation to the Governor that
morning, but the Lieutenant-Governor ruled
that the Senate bad no official notice of their re-
lirnatlou. and declared the ratification com
plete. Ratified by the House May 14, 18W
ycas 54 (all Republicans), nays 0, present but
not voting 3 (two Democrats and one Rcpubli
can). Previous to tho vote being taken, 41
members of tho House (all Democrats) resigned,
the constitutional quorum of two-thlrd4 being
thus destroyed, but tho Speaker ruled that tho
Constitution did not specifically require more
than a bare majority for action upon a constitu
tional amendment, and declared the resolution
of ratification adopted.
Iowa. Ratified by tho Senate, January 19,
1870 yeas 44, nays 0. Ratified by tho House,
January 20, 1870 yeas 83, nays 12. Each house
having passed an lndcpenuent joint resolution
of ratification, thcro was a hitch between them
for a few days as to which should abandon its
initial action nnd concur with the other; but th3
difficulty was soon adjusted.
Kansas. Ratified by the Senate, February
27, 1809 yeas 25, nays 0. Ratified by tho House,
February 27, 1809 yeas 73, nays 7; not voting 10.
This ratification was defective, the second sec
tion of the amendment being imperfect, a3 acted
upon by both houses; but the succeeding Legls
tare remedied the defects, the amendment being
again ratified by both houses about January 14,
1870, the vole not being given in detail, but
being nearly unanimous.
Kentucky Rejected by tho House, March 11,
1809 yeas 5, nays 80. Rejected by tho Senate,
March 12, 1809 yeas 6, nays 27.
Louisiana. Ratified by tho Senate, February
27, 1809 yeas 18, nays 3. Ratified by the House,
March 1, 1809 yeas 55, nays 9, not voting 30.
Maine. Ratified by tho Senate, March 11,
1809 yeas 25, nays 1, absent 5. Ratified by tho
House. March 11. 1809 yeas 140 (Including 20
Democrats), nays 0, absent 9.
Maryland. No action, we believe, has been
taken by the Legislature of this State on the
amendment, but the dominant party is about
enacting such legislation as will place the fran
chise laws of the State in harmony with the
Massachusetts. Ratified by the Senate, March
9, 1S09 yeas 30, nays 2. Ratified by tho House,
March 12, 1809 yeas 193, nays 15, not voting,
Michigan Ratified by the Senate, March 5,
1809 yeas 25, nays 5. Ratified by the House,
March 5, 1809 yeas 6S, nays 24.
Minnesota. Ratified by the Senate. January
14, 1870 vote not given. Ratified by the House,
January 14, 1870 yeas 28, nays 15.
Mississippi Ratified by both houses, Janu
ary 15, 1870 the vote not given In detail.
Missouri. Ratified by the Senate, March 1,
1869 yeas 23. nays 9, not voting 2. Ratified by
the House, March 1, 1869 yeas 79, nays 30.
This ratification was defective, neither house
acting upon the second section of the amend
ment; but these defects were remedied by the
succeeding Legislature, the amendment being
ratified by the Senate, January 7, 1870 yeas 22,
nayg 8; and by the House, March 10, 1870 yeas
81, nays 33.
Nebraska. Ratified by both houses, Febru
ary 18, 1870 tho vote not given in detail, but
there were only 5 nays in both houses.
Nevada. Ratified by the Senate, March 1,
1869 yeas 14, nays 6. Ratified by the House
March 1, 1869 yeas 23, nays 16.
New Hampshire Ratified by both houses
about July 1, 1809, the vote in the Senate not
being given in detail, and in the House being
yeas 187, nays 131.
New Jersey. Rejected by the nouse, Febru
ary 1, 1870 yeas 27, nays 32. Rejected by the
Senate, February 7, 1870 yeas 8, nays 13.
New York. Ratified by the House March 17,
1809 yeas 72, nays 47, not voting 9. Ratified
by the Senate, April 14, 1889 -yeas 11, nays 15.
This action was ostensibly rescinded by the fol
lowing Legislature, the amendment being re
jected by both houses on January 5, 1870 tho
vote in the Senate being yeas 13, nays 14; and
in the House yeas 56, nays 69.
North Carolina. Ratified by the Senate .
March 4, 1809 yeas 40, nays 4. Ratified by tho
House, March 4, 1869 yeas 87, nays 20.
Ohio. Rejected by the Houso, April 1, 1809
yeas 36, nays 47. Rejected by the Senate, April
30, 1869 yeas 14, nays 19. The succeeding
Legislature reversed this action, tho amendment
being ratified by the Senate, January 14, 1870
yeas 19, nays 18; and by the House, January 20,
1870 yeas 57, nays 55.
Oregon. The Legislature of this State has, we
believe, taken no action upon the amendment
Pennsylvania. Ratified by the Senato, March
11, 1809 yeas 18, nays 15. Ratified by tho
House, March 25, 1S09 yeas 63, nays S3.
lihode Island Ratified by the Senate, May
27, 1809 yeas 23, nays 12. Ratified by the
House, January 18, 1870 yeas 57, nays 9.
South Carolina. Ratified by the Senate,
March 6, 1809 yeas 18, nays 1. Ratified by the
House, March 11, 1809 yeas 88, nays 3, not
Tennessee. Rejected by tho House, Novem
ber 10, 1809 yeas 13, nays 57. Rejected by tho
Senate also soon after, tho vote not boin given
Texas. Ratified by the Senato, February 15.
1870 yeas 24, nays 2. Ratified by the Houje,
February 15, 1870 yeas 70, nays 8.
Vermont. Ratified by both houses, October
13, 1809 the votes not given in detail.
Virginia. Ratified by both houses, Ostober
8, 1809 the vote being nearly unanimous, there
being but 2 nays lu the Senate aud only 0 nays
in the House.
West Virginia. Ratified by the House, March
2, 1809 yeas i, nays 19. Unified by tho
Senato, March 3, 1309 yeas 10, nays 6.
Wisconsin, RatlQcd by the House, March 3,
186'J eus6-., uays 29, not voting 9. Ratified
by tho Senate, March 9, 18133 yeas 15, nays 11,
ubsent and not voting 7.
There being thlrty-sevou States altogether,
the assent of twenty-eight was needed to perfect
the ratification. The required number, it will
be seen by the above synopsis, is furnished, with
out including either Now York, tho present
Democratic Legislature of which has attempted
to rcscliiitttue resolutions of ratification pissed
by its preduccssor, or Iudiaua, la the action of
whose Lelniature there were certain irregu
larities which', it Is claimed by the Democracy,
render her attempt at ratification null and void,
li licet of llio Auirudiiiciit on the Popular Vote.
Iii all the States which have undergone the
process of reconstruction, tho fifteonlh amend
ment has no present effect, but it forever pre
cludes the possibility of the froedmou being do
spoiled of their right to tho franchise by the
reactionary party. Of tho States which have
not been reconstructed, the ballot has heretofore
been expressly restricted to "white" male cltl
fcpr sever twenly-ono years of ago by c )i itu-
tic nal provision In tho following:
Illinois, New Jersey,
Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and
Maryland, West Virginia,
Taking the census of 1860 as a basis, and al
lowing one voter to every six of the population,
the following table gives the addition to the vote
in each of tho States named below:
CoVreii Pop. JVrw
fHatm. in 1MKI. Vofm.
California 4.0S6 681
Connecticut 8,627 1,4118
Delaware 21,637 3,004
Illinois 7,628 1,271
Indiana 11,438 1,905
Iowa 1,009 178
Kentucky 230,107 9,8fil
Maine 1.327 231
Maryland 171,131 28,523
Massachusetts 9,002 1,600
Michigan 0,799 1,333
Minnesota 253 93
New Hampshire 494 83
New Jersey 25,336 4,220
New York 49 005 8,107
Ohio 30,073 6,112
Oregon 128 21
Pennsylvania 56,949 9,491
Rhode Island 3,953 659
Vermont 709 118
"Wisconsin 1,171 195
The Colored Population and Vote of Peonsyl.
The rate of increase in the colored population
of Pennsylvania from 1840 to 1850 was 12 per
cent., and from 1850 to 18G0 it was 6 per cent.
Assuming the lncreaso during the last decade to
have been but 5 per cent., tho State has now a
colored population of about 60,000, of whom
about 13,000 are males above the age of twenty
one; but there Is no probability that tho colored
vote at the next election will exceed the ratio
of 6 to 1 in the population, which will make it
about 10,000, sufficiently largo to dissipate for
some years to come the chances of Democratic
aspirants for gubernatorial honors.
Tho Colore Popclntlon and Vote of Plilla-
Tho ratio of Increase in tho colored population
of the district now embraced In the limits of the
city of Philadelphia from 1850 to 1800 was 12 27
per cent. Assuming the ratio ef increase from
1800 to 1870 to have been but 10 per cent., we
have the following ns the colored population of
tho city at the three periods:
Yrnr. Kali. F'tnulr. Tn'nl,
18N) 8,4:i5 11.&26 19,701
18C0 9,177 13,003 22.1S5
1870 10,189 14,805 24,494
In 1860 the male adults numbered about 6300,
at present they number about 6000; but, accord
ing to the usual estimate, tho vote cast by them
will not exceed 4100, which, as in the case of
the State at large, is sufficient to "settle" tho
Democracy for some time to come.
In the following table is given the colored
population of each ward of tho city in 1800, with
the estimate of tho present population, the num
bers Included in parentheses being those of the
wards which have been formed by tho division
of old wards since 1800:
Colored limitation in Colored PoimlrtioH in
Wards. - ,
Mutr. i Vm'i, lolal: Matftf. Fem9. Tu:aU.
1(1 A 40). 811 840 651 842 874 718
2 284 420 784 81 2 4152 774
8 im 428 T16 817 470 787
4 928 1870 22H9 1015 1313 2528
5 2218 8011 bt'l) 2440 8812 67112
6 10'J 172 Sl 119 189 803
T 145 2130 8021 1038 2:t50 3983
8 1182 19'22 3104 140.' 21i4 8514
9 82 1SI 2011 91 202 292
10 140 812 458 101 343 603
11 li 82 4!- 11 35 54
12 249 2Sf- 527 206 813 679
13 71 11 23', 71 184 201
14 242 422 601 260 404 730
16 804 809 013; 834 840 074
16 63 62 116 68 OS 128
17 124 142 280 130 156 292
18 8 0 9 8 7 10
19 (19 A 25) 129 142 271 142 15(1 298
20 171 227 898 188 250 433
21 (21 A 2S, 25 85 60 27 88 65
22 i 65 85 150 71 9S 164
23 309 810 019 8 10 Ml 681
24 (24 4 27; 896 4S3 878 434 631 9U5
Totals.. 9177 18,008 22,185 10,189 14,80s 21,494
The Ficken Cane He Does not Appear, and
Ills Bull la Forfeited.
Court of Quarter Sessions Judge Peiree.
This morning it was proposed by tho prose
cuting oillcers to try the case of Richard Ficken,
who has been indicted for an attempt to kill two
little boys by shooting, on tho night of February
14 last. Tho boys were in court with their
fathers, Artliur Curran, who was so badly
wounded, limping in upon crutches.
The name of Richard Ficken was
called, but no answer was made; again wiu the
name called, with like result. The District
Attorney moved that the recognizances be for
feited, which was allowed by the Court. The
amount forfeited was $17,500, Fickcn's partner,
Fielding J. Williams, being surety. Bench
warrants were at once placed in tho hands of
officers of the Court, who were instructed to
make the strictest search for the absentee and
bring him in if possible. The officers in a short
while returned and reported that Ficken was
non est inventus.
Svprtmt Court in Banc Chief Justice Thompson and
juaijes Aijiu w ana asiuirmcooa.
The following judgments were given to-day:
Thompson, C. J.:
Steinmeyer's appeal from the Orphans' Court
of Lehltih county. Decree reversed as to the
annuitant at the costs ot the aDDellees.
Hancock's appeal from tbo Common Pleas of
Luzerne county. Appeal dismissed at tho costs
ot trie appellant.
Weiss vs. Foster. Error to tho Common Pleas
of Carbon county. Judgment aillrincd.
Airuew, J :
Appeal of Jonathan Dlehl, administrator, from
the Orphans' Court of Lehigh couuty. Appeal
dit-mlsted ut costs of the appellant
Estate of Adam IlulfsmltU uud appeal of Peter
Ilolfsmith et al. From the Orphaus' Court of
Monroe county. Decree alarmed.
Kuerr vs. HolTman. Error to the Common
Picas of Lih'h county. Judgment iilllrmod.
Yeusrer vs. Weaver. Error to the Common
Pleas of Lehlch county. J milrinone alllrmed.
fcjpuckmun vs. Oit. Error to the Common
Pitas ot ruiladelpuu couuty. dudgmuut
The Itleh-nnnd Wharves.
Court of PiimJude Head.
Tills morning an argument was had in the case
of Andcurcid & Co. vs. ihe Heading lUHroad
Company, iu winch tho plaintiffs complained
that the defendants had unlawfully interfered
with them iu tho enjoyment ot their riirlits of
wluirfugu, and prayed for an in junction to
restrain ihciu from further placing obstacles iu
tho way of tho free exerdee of their rights.
The Darel Funoon. House of Sciences, or
university of. uonsianunupio, was inaugurated
in stale on ine autu oi r euruary, iu a new uuno.'
lnir smaller than that originally appropriated,
'1 bo courtes now opened provide for Turkish
literature and law. Fncouragement is to be
given to students by appoiutmeuta iu tho public
LATEST BY TELEGRAPH.
loss of tho Venezuelan.
Our Xron-clacl JSnvy.
New England Methodist Convention
Opposition to the Cullom Bill.
Fire Cleveland, Ohio.
ITliirmeliil aud Commercial
Etc., Etc., Etc., Etc., Etc.
Special Despatch to The Evening Telegraph.
Wasuington, March 31. Tho Senato is in
receipt of a report from tho Secretary of the
Navy in answer to the resolution of the 15th ult.,
showing the number and character of the iron
clad ships belonging to tho United States Navy,
their cost, by whom designed, their present con
dition, etc., from which it appears that the total
cost of sea-going monitors was $14,184,007.
The total cost of harbor and river monitors was
The cost of light draft monitors was $11,
630,099, and the cost of river iron-clads was
$8,080,153-81, making tho total cost of iron-clad
vessels for tho navy $35,371,004. Four of tho
monitors are reported in commission, thirty
nine arc reported lu good condition, aud one
ou the stocks, two required repairs, and one is
bond as Collector of tho Twenty -second New
York district was yesterday accepted by Com
missioner Delano. The boudsmen are Peter
Bremer, William C. Miller, Harkness Boyd,
John B. Fassitt, and Charles U. Pond, amount
ing to $100,000.
Resignation Not Accepted.
The acceptance of the resignation of Lieutenant-Commander
John C. Watson, of Philadel
phia, has been revoked by tho Secretary of the
Navy, and ho will again resume his former place
on the register.
FROM JVEW ENGLAND.
AlelhodlNt Kplscoiuil Conference.
Springfield, Mass., March 31. The New
England Annual Conference of the Methodist
Episcopal Church closed its sessions last night,
after being occupied eight days.
Tho application of Mrs. Van Cote, the woman
evangelist, for admission to the couference on
trial.was withheld for this year from motives of
policy, the sentiment of the conference being
doubtless against her admission. A resolution
merely commending Mrs. Van Cote's Christian
worth, rejoicing in her success, and recommend
ing her as an evangelist, was tabled without
Various routino business was transacted, and
Bishop Scott read the appointments.
New Haven Politics.
New nAVEN, March 81. Tho citizens' ticket
has been nominated for city olllces as follows:
Mayor, Hon. William Fitch, Republican; City
Clerk, Timothy J. Fox, Democrat; Collector,
Gardiner Morse, Republleau, and Sheriff, James
Reilly, Democrat. This ticket has been adopted
by the Republican City Convention aud reuom
mended to voters.
The Republicans held a grand rally at tho
Music Hall last evening, Benjamin Noyes pre
siding. The Hon. Thomas Fitch, of Nevada,
made an address.
FROM THE WEST.
The Itlvers Rising.
Fort Benton, Montana, March 81. The
river has risen two feet in the past two days,
and there Is every prospect for a very high stage
of water. The weather is mild and pleasant.
A Hank Wound Up.
Cincinnati, March 31. The directors of the
Central National Bank have determined to wind
up the business of the concern and consolidate
with the First National Bauk, with a capital of
Fire nt Clevelnnd.
Cleveland, March 31. At 1 o'clock this
morning tho fruit-packing factory of J. B. Gleuu
fc Co., on Canal street, wus burued. Their loss
is $8000. Insured for $5000 iu tho Home,
Albany, and Sau Fraucliico Companies. Liss to
the building, owned by F. D. Stouo, is $20,0J0;
FROM JVA'IK 1 ORK.
Tho Steaiiu-r Venrzuclnn.
New York, March 31. The steamer Camilla,
which arrived yesterday, brought the passen
gers of the steamer Veuezuelau, from Liver
pool for Aspluwall, thirteen iu number. The
Venezuelan was intercepted at sea disabled.
The crew, forty-six in uuuiber, remained on
board to work the steamer to port, but as thcro
have been very heavy gales siuce, it Is feared that
the steamer was not able to weather them.
New torn iWuney aiul Moou itlurtiet.
Nkw Yokk, March 81. stjcits steady. Money
easy at 6(48 per cent. iHoid, 112. five-twencis,
lse, couuun, 111 J-4 ; ao. I8i4, da, 110; do. I8to,
do., 110j ; do. do. new, lOs?; da 180T, lonjtf;
da 1808, 109; j 10-409, loo; Virginia 6s, new, 72 ;
M issourl 6s, 02 ; Canton , 04 ; (Jumnerlaud pru
ferreu, 8iJi! Consolidated New YorK Central ami
Hudson Itlver, U2;; iirle, S5','; Heading, 97
Adams Express, 61; Michigan Central, W
Michigan Houthern, sstf : miu;g Contra!, 140 v;
Cleveland and Plttahurg, 99 i Chicago and Kook
Island, 119X! Ptttsuurir mm Fort Wayne, 198;
Western Uuion Telegraph, ai.
FROM THE PLAINS.
TJrlalinin Young's Movements.
Salt Lake City, March 31. A telegram from
Toker, a few miles this side of St. George, Utah,
says that Brlgham Young and company will
start to-day, via Virginia City, for tho Kanatok.
All well, and no accidents have occurred.
Mr. Cullom's mil.
Meetings are being hold iu the southern por
tion of the Territory to protest against Mr. Cul
lom's bill. A mass meeting will be held here to
morrow on the same subject, and it promises to
be ua interesting affair.
TEN 5 S YLVANI LEGISLATURE.
Harrishuro, March 31. Among tho reports
from committees was the following:
Joint resolution protesting against the passage
by Congress of a bill for an alr-line railroad
through Pennsylvania from Washington to New
Mr. Bllllngfelt, from tho Committee on Fi
nance, reported a communication from the Com
missioners of the Sinking Fund, with a bill. Ho
moved tho Senate proceed to tho consideration
of the bill, making a few remarks in its favor.
The bill provides substantially:
First. That hereafter whenever the receipts of
the State Treasury, exclusive of the sinking
fund, shall not be sufficient to pay tin current
and ordinary expenses of the government, it
shall bo lawful for the State Treasurer to devote
such funds as may be In tho sinking fund other
than those placed there by tho Constitution to
the payment of such expenses.
Second. That the State Treasurer shall con
form to the decision of the Supremo Court of the
United States requiring the payment of the in
terest on the State debt contracted prior to 1803
in gold, as tho supreme law of the laud, any
thing in tho laws of Pennsylvania to the con
Third. That the Commissioners of the Sink
ing Fund be required to purchase for redemp
tion such amounts of tho Stato loans or certifi
cates of indebtedness as the condition of tho
sinking fund may justify, purchasing such
loans as first full due as far as practicable.
Messrs. Bllllngfelt, White, and Wallace sus
tained the bill. Messrs. Olmstead, Howard,
Otcrhout, and others, thought the hill was too
important to be considered lu manuscript, and
Mr. Olmstead moved it be postponed for tho
present and printed. Disagreed to.
Mr. Davis opposed the first section, contend
ing that the whole fund was as sacred as any
part of it; that any part of it should be divested
by an act of Assembly he thought was strange.
If salaries of oillcers and others were endan
gered let them go, but obey the Constitution by
holding tho sinking fund sacred. If the State
Treasurer was in want of funds let him say so,
and the Legislature and the people would pro
vide for the deficiency. He was afraid, how
ever, that expediency would rule this question,
as it bad ruled others.
Mr. Wallace differed with Mr. Davis as to the
limitation oi the sinking fund.
Mr. Davis argued that tho constitutional pro
vinion setting aside as well tho funds enume
rated thcro as suctt other revenues that may be
applied from time to time by the Legislature,
precluded interference with any part of tho
Mr. Billingfcit said that tho tax on tonnage,
which was enumerated in tho Constitution as a
part of the sinking fund, had been diverted to
the general fund. Could not the Legislature
Mr. Davis answered no. The Legislature
could not do that indirectly which it could not
do directly. It could not repeal a tax specially
devoted to the. sinking fund by tho Constitu
tion. Mr. Howard said that ho had always boon op
posed to sinking funds. They were nuisances,
and really sinking funds in every sense. But
he believed the Constitution was explicit in one
point, which was that any disposition the Legis
lature might make of any funds by which they
were placed in the sinking fund was permanent
Mr. Purman said that the constitutional limi
tation of the Legislature amounted to just this,
that it should make such appropriations to the
Rtnkinff ft&ad ikl(tat W autHekenfc to . paty ihtt
Interest on the public debt at the rate of two
hundred and fifty thousand dollars per year
until the debt should be reduced to five millions,
after which other disposition might be made of
the moneys left.
Ho believed that we must either create new
objects of taxation, or divert some of the funds
of the sinking fund into the general fund, or
we could not meet the ordinary current expenses
of the Government. The bill passed second
Mr. Billingfeit then moved a reconsideration,
nnd incorporated an amendment requiring the
Commissioners of the Sinking Fund to abide by
subsequent decisions of the United States
Supreme Court, as well as the recent decision.
The bill then passed finally as amended.
Reports from committees were continued as
House bill creating Thomas Nicholson a
Commissioner of Pensions, ut a salary of $3000,
with amendments reducing the salary to $2000
and his term to one year.
Senate bill allowing two additional law judges
for the Tenth Judicial District, as committed.
Senate bill relative to the land liens of the
Commonwealth on unpatented lands, staying
proceedings ou the act of 1804 and on the lieu
dockets formed last year for three years. The
House bill for the promotion of the manufac
turing interests of Philadelphia as committed.
This is the Morris and McKean street railroad
bill, published yesterday.
An act authorizing Union Passenger Railway
to extend its track southward on Seventh and
Ninth streets and westward on Christian and
Ellsworth streets, as committed.
Mr. Elliot called attention to the fact that a
certain bill which authorized Commissioners of
Markets and City Property to clean market
bonnes after 1871, had gone to the Governor In
such shape as to make it take effect in 1870
Messrs. Davis and Bunn added their testimony
to the fact that the original bill as passed had
been so framed as not to go into operation uutil
The House gave its unanimous consent to
amend the bill as it was originally designed.
Speaker Strang gave notice that in order to
prevent errors oi this kind In future, ho should
require all amendments to bills to be plainly
written, and reua at lull lengtu oy iuo cierKs.
He declared that In the manner iu which it bad
been ut-ual for the House to do business, it was
absolutely impossible for the clerk to hear all
the verbal amendments. Ho denounced the con
fusion and hurry which had attended the pas
sage of bills.
Senate resolution to recall from tho Governor
the bill declaring charitable Institutions to be
those in which corporators receive no profits.
was opposed by Mr. 8ehnatterly, who assumed
that a large amount of escheated money on de
posit In the I'tiiladelpula Savings r uud. ana now
belouglng to tno State, was uelug used lor toe
personal benefit of tho institution without
authority. The act now in the hands of trie
Governor, and wblch it was proposed to recall,
had been intended to remedy such cases.
Mr. Elliot denied that the money belonged to
the State, or that it had been escheated. He
said that efforts bad been made to effect this
eeclieat, but the Supreme Court had refused to
muke any such decision. The House agreed to
the Senate resolution to recall the bill.
Nnw York I'roiluoe market.
Nkw Yokk, Murcli 81 Cotton steady, aud 800
bales middling upland sola ut PlXo. Flour State
and Wt-Hterii wltlinut decided change, aud Southern
ou1et. Wlieut quiet and prices favor buyers. Corn
1-M8 uctive and scarcely bo firm; new mixed
Wentern, $l03fitt'; new yellow Pennsylvania, f 1-03.
Outs dru.er: Wet.ern, fsfiiiftSc. Beef quiet, pork
firmer; mess, f Jd-fiO'iS'eO; prime, $19iiO-ao. Lard
quiet; steuui, 14',uH4;,e. Whisky tinner at 99Jtfc,
Knltlunore Produce llurk(.
BALTIMORE, March 81. Cotton quit t at 221J22)tf,
Flour more uctive and firmer; Howard street super
line, ti-ixx.biu; do. extra, t.vi2(tf()6; do. family,
G-itf)(i7; City Mills superflne, 4-7rW60; do. extra,
fS-6ti(o:6; do. family, $il-75c8-76; Western superllnt),
f4t)'4(o; uo. extra. auisx''TO'; uo. ramtly, I
6-76. Wheat quiet; Pennsylvania, tl-SS&l'BO; Mary
land, fl'8r(l'4ft Corn active and higher; white, it
( lti3; yellow. 98c.ff.tl. Oar quiet at b5co)S7o. Mess
Pork firm at tnnn-M. ltaisuu firm ; rio Hides, lftu. ;
clear do., 10c. ; shoulders, lie. Hams, 19(290. Lard
Arm at lClUe, Whisky dull at vk$97o,
finance and conncncE.
XVENINO TKI-FfinAPH OlTIC!,) 1
Thursday, March 31, 1H70. J!
Money huntlncr Is the order of thA flatf tnifl
morning, owlnir to tho uavment fiilllnT dun
to-morrow: but it Is extreme'lr Pftflir St. thn tiqiinf
sources, and accessible to all provided with tho
proper credentials. There is a remarkable dull
ness in general trade circles, which restricts tho
aemana lor time loans within narrow limits, and
favors such as are in nesd at this nrrin l. Tim
current rato this morning on the street is 7 per
cent, for first-class acceptances, which is fully
3 per cent. lower than tno same time last 3ear.
vuii luttns are somewnai ncuve, owing to tho
speculative feeling at the 8tock Board, h nt thn
rate Is easy at 6 per cent, on choice collaterals.
The Gold market is extremely quiet, but tho
Sreminm is steady with a slight upward ten
ency. The range up to noon is 112fi(o113.
Government bonds ore in active request, and.
prices, compared with closing sales last night,
show another advance, varying from per
There was a fair business at tho Stock Board.
and prices were generally stronger. In State
and city bonds there were no sales reported.
Kcadlng Railroad was strong, selling up to 49
but closing at 48"l)4; Pennsylvania Kallroad was
steady, with sales at 50(5 57; Camden and
Amboy Railroad changed hands at 117: Lehigh.
Volley Railroad at 55; Philadelphia and Erie Rail
road at 28 and Oil Creek and Alleghany Rail
road at 40. 51.C was offered for Mioehlll: 41 for
Little Schuylkill; and 35; for Catawissa pre-
The balance of tho miscellaneous list was
neglected, but there was a steady feeling among
holders generally. We notice some sales of
uommonweaitu Bank at 57.
PHILADELPHIA STOCK EXCHANGE SALES.
Reported by lie Haven A Uro., No. 40 S. Third street.
108 gu KesdR..b80. 49
I30 C a Am 6fl. 88.
700 do. ..Is. 2d. 49
100 do DG0.4S-94
200 dO..lB.n0. 49
4sh Penna R.... 67
MO do.ls.ss.tl. fir
do is.c. t
61 shCara & Am ls.117
2 do.... 11T
lOOShrtul AEIi... 28 Y
mhi in t-enna is.so. o
11600 8ch N 6s, 82.. 69
fftOOOSusq 11(18 45
8S HhC'oin'tl JJk.lS. 67
IB do b6. 67
S9S sh Leh V R.ls.c. 55
100 do 65
S3 Sh O C A A R It. 40
MKR8K8. Dr Havkn A Brotorr. No. 40 8. Third
Street, Philadelphia, report the following quotations :
u. H.6sori88i,iuwii4v: do.,isc2,iiPi(ain ;
do. 1804, U0fU0'; ao. 18U5, UOft&Ul; do. 1866,
new, io8($iod; ao. 1867, do. logxiou ; do. 188,
no., iuv'.usi in: iu-4d8, iiti"rfO10ti!tf ; u. ft. 80 Year
6 per cent. Currency, 112.iil2' ; Due Comp. Int.
Hoies, in; uoia, uuii-iv: stiver. 108(9110.
Union Pacific R. K. 1st Mort. Uonds, ttUO'4860; Cen
tral Pnclflc R. R., 8920930; Union Paclflo Land
Grant Bonds, $760(4770.
Jay Cooks a Co. quote Government securities aa
follows: U. 8. 6s of 1881, 114,vrvU4 ; 6-20a of 1862,
111,U1; do., 1864, 1104110V; da, 18ti5, 110V4
111; do., July, 1865, I08r?4i09; do. do., 1&67,
10?tf10UV; 1808, 109(110; do., 10-408, 106(
106)4 ; Cur. 6s, irA112'. Gold, 112.
Mkssks. William Painter a Co., No. 86 S. Third
Street, report the following quotations: U. B. 6s of
1881, 114)tf114?i ; 6-208 Of 1862, 111 V(U1X ! do. 1864,
10($UO; do. 1865, UOMUO; do., July, 1866,
108 0109; do., July, 1807, 109);$103:: do. July,
1808, 109?i110; 68, 10-40, 10S,glOG ; 1J. S. Paclflo
RR. Cur. 6a, 112(3113. Gold, 112(112X. Market
Narr a Lidnkr, Bankers, report this morning
uoia quotations as iouows :
lOW A. M 112X
10-30 A. M llltf
10- 31 119
11- OT ' MVS
U-15 " 112
10-16 " 112
10-S1 " 118
Philadelphia Trade Report.
Thursday, March 81 Tits . Flour market la
quiet, but prices are quotably unchangod. There
Is no demand for shipment, and the operations of
the home consumers ara confined to their ImmedU
ate wants. Sales of a few hundred barrels in lots at
4-87jtf4'60 for superflne ; $4-62)tf4-75 for extra;
t55-75 for low and choice grades of Northwestern
extra family; 55-60 for Pennsylvania do. do.;
t6-2fK36 for Indiana and Ohio do. do. ; and $6-25(37-25
for fancy brands, according to quality. Kye Flour
may be quoted at f4-&oa'4-62X per barrel.
The demand for Wheat Is quite limited at yester
day's quotations, gales of 1000 bushels fair and
prime Pennsylvania red at fl-21l-25. Kye la held
at 91c. for Western. Corn la scarce, and In de
mand at an advance or 2 cents. Sales of looo
bushels at 1(31-02, In the cars and from store. Oata
are firm, with sales of 2000 bushels Western aud
Pennsylvania at 6C(357c.
In Hurley and Malt no sales were reported.
Bark No. 1 Quercitron Is offered at 27 per ton.
Whisky la firmer. Sales of wood-bound at tac.
M. Leymerle has made an addition to our
knowledge of Spanish geology in a long memoir
on the valley ot the Set;re, a desolate and little
frequented district of Catalonia.
LATEST SMirPLtt INTELLIGENCE.
For additional Marine News see Inside Page.
New York, March 81. Arrived, steamship Hel
vetia, from Liverpool.
Foktkbss Monkok, Marcb 31. Arrived, brig Three
Sisters, from Liverpool for Alexandria.
PORT OF PHILADELPHIA MARCH 81
BTATE OF THIRMOMBTIR AT TUB BVKNINO TSLBOBAfH
7A.M 49 I 11 A. M. ...... 56 I 9 P. M 60
CLEARED THIS MORNING.
Steamer Mars, Grumley, New York, W. M. Baird A
Steamer W. C. Plerrepont, Shropshire, New York,
W. M. Butrd A Co.
Steamer Bristol, Wallace, New York, W. P. Clyde &
Schr J. n. Marvell, Qulllln, Norfolk, D. Cooper,
belir Flight, Htone, Alexandria, Va., via Wllmiugton,
Del.. V. ooper.
fichr M. E. Coyne, Facemlre, Cambrldgeport, via
Morris river, D. Cooper.
Tug Thog. Jeirerxon, Allen, Baltimore, with a tow
of barges, W. P. Clyde A Co.
ARRIVED THIS MORNING.
Steamship Pronicilieux, Grat, 70 hours from
Charleston, with cotton, domestics, etc., to K. A.
Kcuiler A Co. Off Brandywlnu Light yesterday,
parsed brigs Pralrlo Ho.se, from Matan.as; Alice
Starrett, from agua; and schr Grace Webster, from
Havana; off Fourteen Feet Bans, adoeplv-laden brig,
bound up; off Bombay Hook, barks N. Churchill,
from Liverpool; Tho Dlllgeiitea; and a light N. G.
bark unknown; off Newcastle, two herm. brigs,
HtedUiHlup J. W. F.verman, Hinckley, from Rich
mond via Norfolk, with indse. to W. P. Clyde A Co.
Steamer E. C. Riddle, McC'ue, 84 hours from New
York, with indue, to W. P. Clyde A Co.
Steamer J. 8. Bhrlver, Webb, 18 hours from Balti
more, with nidse. to A. Groves, Jr.
Brig Uattie E. Wheeler, Bacon, 9 days from Car
denas, with molasses to Thos. P. titotesbury & Co.
Had heavy weather most of the passage.
Brig Prentiss Hobbs, tinow arrived last evening
from Messina reports, 27th Inst., from Kenwlck'd
Inland to the Lightship, experienced heavy easterly
gale; split sails, stove hutch bouses, lost water
casks, and sustained other damage.
Bchr W. B. McShnin, Miller, 10 days from George
town, D. C, with coal.
Schr Reading RH. No. 42, Rodan, 10 days from
Georgetown, D. C, with coul.
Schr Problem, Marshall, 6 days from Norfolk, with
cedar ralla to 1). B. Taylor.
8chr Sarah Fiuley, Carlisle, 9 days from Richmond -
Schr Northern Light, Ireland, from Boston.
Schr Robin Hood. Adams, from New Haven.
tk-hr Almlra Wooley, King, from New York.
Tug Thos. Jefferson, Allen, from Baltimore, with
a tow of barges to W. P. Clyde A Co.
Tug Commodore, Wilson, from Baltimore, with
a tow of barges to W. P. Clyde A Co.
Tug Chesapeake, Merrlhew, from Baltimore, with
a tow of barges to V. P, Clyde A Co.
Mr. S. Schelllnger, pilot, reports having aeen bp
Gold Hunter, from St, John, N. 11., aud two unkr
brigs oil' the Buoy on tho Brown last '
Bark J. L. Wick wire, Murray,
hcur Aun E. Carl, Tyler, '