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7 H A VOL. XIII. NO. 77. PHILADELPHIA, THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 1870, DOUBLE SHEET THREE 0BNT3. FIRST EDITION AT LA S T! 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 the times. 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 Voting 6. 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, says 24. 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 amendment. 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, 33. 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 voting 29. 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 in detail. 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: California, Mlchlisn, Connecticut, MiHHonrl, 1'claware, Nevada, Illinois, New Jersey, Indiana. Ohio, KnnHns, Oregon, 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. vtiuin. 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- ueiiuiiii. 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 lBtjJ. 1870 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. Judgments. 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. Sbarswood, J.: 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 ulliiiutd. 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 service. SECOND EDITION 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. FROM Washington. Our Iron-t'lndn. 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 $8,870,113. 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 incomplete. Genrrnl Plcnuonton's 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 debate. 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 $1,500,000. 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; insurance uukrowu. 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. Kennte. 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 lorn. 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. Agreed to. 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 trary notwithstanding. 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 sinking fund. 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 repeal anything? 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 and inviolable. 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 reading. 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 follows: 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 bill passed. 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. Ilouse. 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 next year. 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, 0fl. 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 cent. 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- lerrea. 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. FIRST BOARD. g?nooFa6s,8se ids 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 lots... 87tf 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 strong. 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 10-18 112, 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. 11-01. 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. (By Telegrapli.) 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 OFKICB 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 Co. Steamer W. C. Plerrepont, Shropshire, New York, W. M. Butrd A Co. Steamer Bristol, Wallace, New York, W. P. Clyde & Co. 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, bound up. 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. BELOW. 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 ' bound up. MEMOaANDA. ; Bark J. L. Wick wire, Murray, yesterday, hcur Aun E. Carl, Tyler, ' terduy.