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J JJldiLdJj VOL. XIV NO. 133. PHILADELPHIA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER C, 1870. DOUBLE SHEET THREE CENTS. FIRST EDITION THE LAST HOPE OF PARIS The Imperial Correspondence. How France was Deluded. Darning of the Varieties Theatre. The Dtlaware Whipping Post. Etc., Etc.. KtC. Etc., Etc, IS riRIS LOST! No Hope ttlthont ihe asHlataaee of a Keller tng Army. An article published by the Paris Figaro on the 11th of November it reproduced in the Afonitcur du heinf-et-Oise, which appears at Versailles under the auspices of the Prussian authorities. The Figaro beads its article with the question, "Are we Lost?" and proceeds to examine into the real position of the capital. It says: In a material point of view, the position of Paris is not improving; if our intrenchments are pushed on with activity the Prussians are still more active. Besides, we have already consumed a certain quantity of our provisions; lreth meat is becoming scarce; we are about to rely upon salt meat, and we know not, thanks to the reticence of the Government, how long that resource will be open to us. In a moral point of view, our position has not improved. Some people are completely depressed, aud are ready to give themselves up bound hand and foot to the Prussians, while others retain the old self-estimation and the old belief that Europe is locking on and admiring them. Paris cannot be delivered of itself, as every sensible man is convinced. In vain we are told that the number of our garrison is equal to that of the besiegers. Place on one Bide 100 of our pieces of l v, and on the other 100 of Krapp's guns. Then on either side there would be 100 cannon, but still the forces would not be equal. We ran successfully resist the Prussian army; we cannot hope to compel it to raise the siege. The soldiers of the Loire themselves aud tlie (iardes Mobiles very superior to the National Guards are still not equal to the German troops in niftmble and discipline. If we admit for a moment that we can brink the line of invest ment, do we cot know that the couutry, for a space of thirty leagues round, has been wasted, aud that the bloody sacrifice necessary to attain that end will not enable us to revictual Paris for a (ingle day? The whole question, then, is to know whether we have or not a rclievinir army which is ap proaching to our aid. Without it all our efforts will be useless. We shall, doubtless, kill many Prussians, but the enemy will kill many French men, and the loss of Paris will not be averted by a single day. We are not yet lost, but we are upon the de clivity whjch leads to great catastrophes. If we have written these lines it is to arrive at this yoncliiBion. If the provinces abandon Paris, Paris is tnrflrmia obligation uselessly to sacrifice herself, and may without dishonor seek to treat upon her own account. JH011E KArOLEOXIU REVELATIONS. Hew the French (iovermneat V Deluded In Regard to (irruiunv'i SireoKiU. A collection of despatches and other docu ments found at St. Cloud, and extending from the i!9th of June to the 28th of July, has just been published at Berlin. They are interesting as supplying some missing links In the history of the war, and also as showing the way in which the French Government was deluded by its agents with regard to public feeling in Ger many. As early as the 21) th of June, the Minister of Maiinewas inquiring as to the stores of clothing available for a campaign in the North. On the 6th oil July, the dale of the Due de Gramont's memorable declaration, so offensive to Prussia, Count Persigny cordially congratulated the Em peror, remarking, "All France will follow you; the enthusiasm is unanimous." while M. Ollivier informed him that the declaration bad been re reived with immense applause. "Even tLe lx.it," be wrote, "with the exception of a very small number, aflirmed that it would support the Government." The excitement at the first moment even outstripped iU goal. On the bih of July the Government sent orders for an intelligent man to be sent to Knstadt to see what the Baden Custom-IIouse officers on the Khine were doing. On the l&tu the Prefect of Perpignan re ported that war was ardently desired by the whole population, even the republicans predict ing the commencement or costumes in a week, and that the soldiers would celebrate the Napo leon fete (.August 15) at Berlin. "Nobody, ' he said, "doubts the favorable issue of the' war; there Is confidence everywhere, alike In the towns and in the smallest villages." On that verv day war was declared. On the lbth the Prefect of Marseilles reported a great torchlight demoustratiou of 1 5,000 per sono, and cries of "A bas la Prusse!" "A Ber lin !" the crowd being electrified. On the 17b the Kmpress wrote to her mother, the Countess Montijo, at Madrid: "Louis will set out in a few days with his father for the army. I with you to send him your blessing belore his departure. Do not be anxious. I a in perfectly culm. He must do his duty and honor to his name. On the 17th the "Marseillaise, so long forbiddeu as revolutionary, was sanc tioned. On the 21st a despatch was sent from Metz to the Uaulois, "Calling out of the land webr dim cult, conscripts weep, great fear of the French especially the of Turcs; they are carried off by lorce in wagons. BL'KKIXti OF" A THEATRE. Tit "Varieties" nt New Orleans Destroyed by Fire Hard l.ucL ol a Philadelphia itlnait ner I .on si" 1 .life A Philadelphia Fireman Injured. The burning of the Varieties Theatre has been already reported by telegraph. The New Orleans JOjublican of the lid iutt. had the fol limine Darticulars: Between four and five o'clock yesterday morn ing persons in the vicinity of the Varieties Theatre discovered it to be on lire, as smoke issued from the doors and windows frosting on the alley. In a very tew minutes alter the a is cevery, names burst forth with great fury. Ap parently the fire originated in the property room, or somewbere about the stage, wnere there was plenty of combustible material to feed the lire. An alarm was promptly given, but all efforts seemed of no avail. Ihe Bremen labored man fully and unceasiogiy, but water appeared to have litlle effect on the burning building. The devouring element soon destroyed the theatre, leaving nothing but debris and skeleton walls scarcely any property was savea. I Members of the dramatic company are suffer ers in looses of portious of their wardrobes All the properties belonging to th establish ment were lost. Scarcely a piece of fit&niture fcttms to Lave been rescued from the clubrooia on the ground floor, or frctn behind the scenes above. When the firemen arrived the smoke inside the building was so dense as to prevent any one from entering. The saddest portion of our record is yet to be made. Several of No. 14's men were fighting the fire, nnconscious and thoughtless of the great calamity then impending over their heads. A portion of the theatre wall fell, crushing every thing in its way. John Connors, foreman, of Philadelphia, was struck down by brick and timbers and injured, but not so seriously as to lay him up, as be was out during the day. One of his hands is burned. Near hint stood J. I). Nicholson, a member of his company, Unfortunately bis position was Just where the greatest weight fell, and he was buried beneath the ruins, killed so suddenly that he could not have been aware of intense pain, colonel noy, superintendent oi streets. learning mat some men were uuneu ueucaui me rubbish, soon gathered gangs of laborers and put them to work on the heated piles. They soon found the body of Nicholson, which was so charred and bruised as to be almost unreeog nixable. Insurance on the V arieties building, f 43,500; on furniture, stores, fixtures, ana club-room, $0000; insurance on wardrobe, stage fixtures, furniture, etc., 14, 500. This amount is divided among the varions home Insurance offices, averaging about $3500 each. The original enRt ot the building was between 1 75,000 and $30,000. It Is estimated that the association 1b covered by insurance to the amount of two-thirds of the property destroyed. Mr. Crickard, the lessee of the theatre, is per haps the heaviest sufferer, as he had expended the sum of f 7000 in recent alterations, exten sions, and improvements of various kinds. Ue bad also advanced to Mr. Lewis Baker, the manager, the sum of $5500 to go abroad and to procure his present company and inaugurate the season. On this amount Mr. cricKara nail SS000 insured. PILLORY AND TOST. Saturday's FloaTalnfre at New Castle. Four men were placed In the pillory and eight were flogged at New Castle, on Satirday, in the presence of a crowd, many of whom ex pressed a brutish delight at the disgraceful spectacle, nut many more, we aje giaa to say, turned away In disgust, denouncing the (bar barism which makes the bad worse, and leaves no spark of self-respect in a man's nature for philanthropy or unristianity to appea; to. Tho first nan placed in the pillory was a white man named James Johnson, convicted of a murderous assault on Edwin Francis. He stood his hour out alone, then came Thomas Johns and Joseph Robinson, colored, convicted of assault with intent to kill on each other, who stood ono hour, and they were followed by William Willey, colored, whD also stood one hour, he having been convicted of assault with intent to kill on Thomas Johns. This occupied the pillory up to 1 o clock. The new Sheriff seems to extend his race sympathies to convicts, and therefore did not facilitate matters by rutting them through two at a time. Ex- Sberiff Richardson had no such scruples, and pilloried rvhite and black beside each other without compunction. Alter the pillory scene was over the whipping commenced. All the persons had been con victed of larceny, and they were flogged in the following order: Lewis Finney, colored, 20 Inshes; John D. Davis, colored, HO lashes; Wil liam Camphor, co'ored, 20 lashes; Andrew Empsen, cslored, 20 lashes; William Lally, colored, 10 luetics; iienry j. cniton. wnite, 20 lashes; Charles II. Lee. colored, 10 lashes; (icorge Maherd, colored, 20 lashes. 1 be new Mierilt lays on the cat o nine tails with more vigor than his predecessor did, but still with nothing like the barbarous severity which used to characterize these "disgraceful proceedings. H iliuington Commercial, !tk in si. THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE. Opinions of the New York Pre its. FROM Till "TRIBUNE." We cannot doubt that General Grant's second annual message will be read with hearty ap proval by a great majority of his countrymen and with interest and pride by them all. The prominent features of his administration had already commanded popular approbation, but this message will still more endear the Presi dent to the hearts of his countrymen. He is Abraham Lincoln's lineal successor, and the popular heart beats in unison with his aspira tions and his etiorts. FROM TUB "SUN." The first thought that occurs to one after read ing the message is that it is a poverty stricken document. It tells us mueh that we already knew, but leaves us in the dark on subjects about which we would like to be Informed. , FROM THE "TIMES." The message transmitted yesterday by the President to Congress is the best answer to those who insist that the mission of the Repub lican party is ended, or who impugn General Grant s fitness for interpreting the wishes and promoting the Interests of the people. The policy set forth is at once positive and practical. FROM THE "HERALD." To be a good politician, statesman, or shoe maker, you must learn the trade. But this mes sage indicates the turning over of a new leaf by General Grant, as the head of his party that he has been learning the trade and it may be that he will yet astonish his limping supporters on bis strategy ana tactics, action and activity. as master ot the political field. We think he bas fairly knocked away the underpinning of me revenue reioimers. FROM THE "WORLD. ' General Grant's annual message is a document which needs a good deal ot winnowing to sepa rate the mall amount of irrain from the heap of chert in which it W buried. The greater por tion of It is history; but history neither new nor well told. Three-fourths ox the message might be retrenched without any chasm in the public knowledge. Ihe document, a a whole, is a heavy blue-book, without the specific statements and detailed information which ren der blue-books valuable. So far as this message deviates from com monplace and dull historical statement, it de vlates into extra vagauce. Sale of Real Estate, Etc. M Thomas & Sans seld the following real estate aud stocks, at noon to-day, at tne Philadelphia Kxchauge: Pew Ho. 41 middle atsle St. Stepbe'u's Church $270-00 1 share Consolidation National Bank 47-no lhB shares Philadelphia and Krie Land Co. Kr&fl 5 shares Academy of Music, with ticket. . . sr'75 15 shares Central National Bank lwoo 1A shares Camden and Atlantic Kailroad. pn-feired 19-00 7 shares Reliance Insurance Co 49-00 22 shares Schuylkill -Navigation Co.. ore-. f erred lfi-TB 1W) shares Delaware Mutual Insurance Co. ti)t0 ,$1217-88 bond Philadelphia Cannel Coal Co.SOO'00 lot. 1 share Amateur Drawing Kootn (Seven teenth st. S50-00 38 shares Empire Transportation Co 67-00 tlH.CHXi Fredericksburg and Gordonsvllle Kailroad of Virginia S3 per ct, 11 shares West Jersey Kailroad Co 60 50 100 shares MoClintockville Petroleum Co.. - ttt 1 share Mercantile Library Co t-V Tenth (South), No. bos Brick Dwelling.. 1900-00 Caktkk, Nog. 206 and 207, below Cbesuut, between Second and .Third Five-story Hrk-k ltuil.linir 450-00 KicuMOND. Northeast comer of AUsrhenv avenue Desirable Lot 1 500 -00 K txioN, No. 109 Two Brick Dwtllings. . . 1500-00 Akkist of a Polickman Harbor Policeman Peter Khrenberg was arrested yesterday on a war rant c&arging mm aitn wun a violation r the elec tion laws in the fetate of New Jersey. This mora id ir he was taken across the river for a further hearing belore l . b. Commissioner C'waady, BECOND EDITION WAR NEWS BY CABLE. The Sorties from Paris. The Army of the Loire, The Black Sea Question. dortschakoff and Granville. A Conference to be Held. Etc. Etc. Etc.. Etc. Etc. FROM EUROPE. Tbe Bmck Nea Trouble Barl ftraavllle'a Answer to Prince UortachakaO'a Meeonrf Mote. Ixinpon, Dec. 5. The following Is the full text of Barl Granville's answer to the second note of Prince UortschakofT. It is addressed to Sir A. Buchanan, British Ambassador at St. Petersburg, and dated "Foreign Office, Nov. S3:" Sir: The Iinsslan Ambassador has read and given to me a copy of a despatch of Prince Gorts ihakofr of the date of 8-sotu November. It Is not necessary for her Majesty's Government to recar to the Important question of International law raised by the circular of Prince Uortschakorr, as they have notblno- to add to the declaration on that subject which they have already made. Ills Excellency has been good enough to appeal to my knowledge of facts which, his Excellenej states, prevented that consultation and agreement with other parties to the treaty which Russia would have preferred. I am aware that suggestions for con gresses to settle other European questions have been made and not adopted. It has also been stated tome that Intimations have been given to some of my predecessors that in the case of certain contin gencieswhich, however, have never occurred such as the possession or the principalities by Aus tria, Kussia would feel bound to question some of the provisions ol tbe treaty of 1856. But I am ignorant of any occasion on which Rus siathe party most Interested has proposed in any way to this country that a relaxation of the treaty should be taken Into cossideration I cannot, there fore, admit that the Imperial Government can justify this proceeding by the failure of eil'orts which have'never been made. The courteous language In which Prince Gortseha- kofrs despatcn is written, nis assurances oi toe man ner in which he would have prelerred to open this nuestion. and his declaration or tne strong desire for a continuation of good relations between the two nations as particularly important at tsis time, en- ourare Her waiestv s uovernrneuiin me oener mat the obstacle to such relations will be removed. Thev observe that nis excellency describes me declaration which has been made by Kussia as an abrogation of a theoretical principle without imme diate, app'ication. ii meae woruH are to oo con strued into an announcement tnat Russia has formed and stated her own opinion of her rights, but has no intention oi acting in conrotmiiy witn it without due concert with tne other powers, thev go far to close the controversy in which the two Gov ernments have been engaged. Her Majesty's Government nave no objection to accept the Invitation which has been made by Kus sia tc a coniercnce, upon ine understanding mat u assemble without any foregone conclusion as to Its result. In such a case Her Majesty's Government will be glad to consider with perfect fairness and the respect due to a great and friendly power, any proposals which Russia may have to make. 1 (1U will rcitu ftuu t'Vfj vi bum ucnjcii hj Prince Gortschakoff. I am etc, Granville. The War la France. London. Dec. 5. Major Maclean sends me word from Tours to-day that General d'Anrelles de Pala- dinesbas written to tbe Bishop of Orleans (Mon- scignenr Dupanloup) : -We have nau a series oi successes; i ao not Bay of victories, reserving that word for to-morrow. To-day a general engagement Is likely to take place to erred a junction between the armies of Paris and of the Loire near Etampes." THE FIGHTING ON THE MARHE. A courier here, to-night from M. M. Schercr, at Versailles, on the night of the 3d (Saturday), brings me details of the lighting on the SOU November (Wednesday) aad the 2d or December (Friday). 1 ne fxencn now aoiu a line Hireiciung irom uno- sur-Marne to Champigny, across the nsck or the peninsula formed by the bend of tbe Marne (In front of tbe Bois de Vincennes). At T o'clock on the morning of the 2d the Sd and llth Prussian Army Corps, and three brigades of tne w urtetnbergers at tacked Brle-sur-Marne and Champigny. They cap. tured the French positions at tne lormer place and a part of the French posltiors at tbe latter. At 10 o'clock tbe French advanced to regain these posi tions. A BIX HOURS' CONFLICT. The battle raged for six hours, when the Prus sians were finally driven out both from Brle-sur-Marne and from Champigny. They were also re pulsed from the positions of Villiers-sur-Marne (be tween Brie and Champigny) and of Coneilly (a small hill wooded and crowned with a chateau, to the southeast of Champigny). The latter position, bow ever, finally remained lr. the possession of the Ger mans. THE FRENCH NORTH OF PARIS. To the north of Paris tbe French also hold Gen nevilliers (on the road between Colombes and Ville-neuve-la-Garenne, in the peninsula formed by the bend of the Seine from Argenteuil to St. Denis) and Epnal les-St. Denis (on the north bank of the Seine, near the same point. These positions were cap tured from tbe Germans on the Both. THE LOSSES OF THE GERMANS. The losses of the Germans In the two days' fight nig (of Wednesday and Friday) were flftiH) men. The Saxons lost 2000 men, the Second Prussian Army Corps !6oo, and the wurtembergers 1700. The losses of the French are not known at Versailles. WHAT THE GERMANS THINK. A general officer of the German army at Versailles said to our correspondent: "Trochu can afford to lose six men to our three; If he goes on in this fashion, we shall be all used up, and he will have 60,000 left." WIDENINf THE CIRCLE. The German line of investment on the south and east Is now established considerably further back from Paris thsn It was before taese engagements. PARIS COMMUNICATING WITH TO 17 KM. Our correspondent from Tours sends me word to day (December 4) that the Government has des patches from the headquarters of General d'Anrelles de l'aladiues to tbe Sd, and from Paris to the 2d. THE ARMT OF THE LOIRE ON FBIDAT. On Friday (the Sd) the isth French Army Corps, commanded by General Pulhes, and the loth, com niaudud by General Reyan, had an engageaient with German force, which consisted of two divi sions of General von der Tann's Bavarian army, tbe 1st (Munich) Division, commanded by Lteu tenant-General btephen, and tbe Sd (Augs burg) Division, commanded by Lieutenant General Coont von Roppenheim, supported bv General Albrecht von I tul berg's Prussian cavalry division aud General von Wlttlch's S3d Prussian Infantry Division. 'Uke battle lasted all day without ai:y declslfe result. Tbe French fought With extraordinary courage and great skill. At nightfall the 15tb Corps held Artenay, and the 16th Corps positions extending northward along the line of the Paris and Orleans railway to Baaoches. THE ARMY OF PARIS UP TO FBIDAT. The despatch received from Paris states that the advantages gained by General Vlnoy aud General Duei-ut are highly Important. On the S9th (Tues day) General V inoy, with two divisions of the 84 Army Corps,' was perfectly successful In cutting his way south from Paris as far as Rangis (a village six wiles south of Paris, where are the fountain-heads of the water 'of the aqueduct of Arcueil). He only retired again In ord.-r to allow General Ducrot to overcome the obstacles retarding tus further advance (the sudden rise of the river Marne, already telegraphed). Tbe light on the Sd was really a defeat of the Germans, General Ducrot mslauining his positions on the left fessk of the Jdarae. THE flKfttf ANS AGS FOR A TO PCI. The German losses on the win and HOth of No vember and the Sd of December were immense. Ueneral Troche granted an armistice of two hours (to bury tbe dead), at the request of tbe Germans, Vke Reeont Borito front Parle Less of the w riem o m r nora. London, Monday, Dec 5. The special eerrespoBd- nt of the Tribun at Versailles writes en tbe Sd Instant: "l'he fighting on the 80th was as hard as any la the whole war. The French roaslderlta partial tnnmpa, because they took one Bona red pri soners and occupied positions far la advance of their former line of outposts. 'In tne sortie between tneiPeine and Marne. the French had an overwhelming force. The Wortem kergers lout 700 men, but retook much of the Inst grousd. The prisoners taken were Raxons The French sortie comprised fonr whole divisions. No efforts eould wholly drive them back."'. 1 rW. FROM WASHINGTON. Repobllran Cancan. Special Dpteh to Tit JtMnino Tt'tgrmpK Washington, Dec. C The Republican Sena tors held a caucus this morning, for the purpose of appointing a committee, to revise the 8snate committees, and prepare the order of business. It was expected that some oblection would be made to Senator Schurz coming into the caucas, but he wae received as cordially as any other Senator. After general conversation about the business of tbe session a resolution was offered to appoint a committee of five to prepare a list of commit tees for the session. The attendance, however, was so meagre, and so much time was consumed in general discussion that nothing was done and the caucus adjourned to meet at the call of the chairman, which It Sb thought will be to-morrow or next day. The Committee of Ways and Means- had their fisrt session to-day. The report of the Secretary of the Treasury, which was re ferred to them yesterday, came up for consider ation. The various recommendations therein contained were discussed at some length, but so definite action was taken. It seems doubt ful whether a majority of the committee will agree to tbe bill providing for tho issue of three hundred million more five per cent, bonds, as recommended by the Secretary, in place of the four aud four and a half, per cents., and making tbe lntejest payable yearly instead of semi-annually. FROM THE WEST. Cincinnati Teboeao Asaoelatlon. Cincinnati, Dec. 5. J. R Spence was elected President of the Cincinnati Tobacco Association to-day. Ratlfllng Blown Down. Fart of the west wall of a four-story stone front building erecting at the corner of Vine and Front streets was blown down last night at half-past 8 o'clock by the high winds which hay been raging througbont te-day. Like the gas building, injured earlier, it was about ready for the roof. So far as known no one was hurt. Telegraphic accounts from all direetions state that severe winds have prevailed siuce 1 o'clock this afternoon. Obliaary. Indianapolis, Dec. 6. lien. Jeremiah Sulli van, Judge of tbe Criminal Court at Madison, Ind., died suddenly of heart disease lastnight. ile held court yesterday as usual. com (nth s s . rOKTV-FIRWT TKItn-TUIHI) MBH4ION. Wrnate. WAfniWiTON, Dee. Dills were introduced- By Mr. Harlan, t authorize the election ol ele- crate to Concress from the Indian Territory. By sir. Scott (fa.), to repeal so uiuch of the act of July 14. 1870, as continues tbe Income tax after De cember 31. 1869. By Mr. Fenton (N. Y., authorizing the Postmaster- General to eontinue in tne use of the postal service a patented device for postmarking, and for the more effectual cancellation of nostal s tamos. A resolution, offered by Mr. bberman (Ohio), was adopted, calling npon tne secretary or me Treasury for copies of the regulations prescribed by him for the transportation of goods in bond from foreign coantnes tnrouen tne unitea siaiee to uanaaa. In order to complete informally the revision of the standing committees the senate at 12-85 adjourned. Ilonse of Representatives. Vessrs. Frank Morey, of Louisiana, Charles H. Holmes, of New York, and William 1'. Wolf, of Iowa, memoers eieciea io mi vacancies, presented inetn selves aud took the oath of office. 11 r. mil Introduced a bill to repeal the Income tax. Referred to the Committee of Ways and Aleans. Like bills were introduced by Messrs. Kellogg and Aivers. A resoiniion ior a new urawrnir ui seats was offered by Mr. Stiles, and was laid on the table by a vote oi va to bit. Ihe bill passed by the Senate last session extend Ins: the time for the construction of a railroad from St. Croix river or lake to the west end of Lake Sune. rlor and to Bayfield came up as the regular order of business in the morning hour. It extends the term of the grant for seven years from May, 1869, pro vided that thirty roues ne completed wiinm eiirn teen months and thirty miles every year there after. Tbe bill was explained and advocated by Mr. Wil son, of Minnctota. The bul was further explained and advocated by Mr. Washburn, of Illinois, who stated in reply to Questions ny Mr. w el xer, tnat tne lenirtn or tne road originally was 800 mils, that nearly 1W0 miles are already completed and in running order, that the remainder was under contract, and that the quantity of land required win ue aooui l.ooo.oou acres. Mr. Wood (N. Y.) opposed tbe bill, declaring It to ne out a continuation oi vue i winauns; system oy which tbe publio lands have been given away to private corporators. The pretended renewal was slHinly an entirely new srant, the original grant navinar oeen lorieitea oy non-action. Mr. Ela(N. H.) desired to oner an amendment making a land crant for railroads In New Hamp shire, but Mr.-Wilson, of Minnesota, who bad charge or tne oui. aeennea to aamit n. Mr. Julian (Ind.) desired to have the bill amended so as to exclude the timbered land from the rraut. Mr. Lawrence (Ohio) also desired to have the coal and Iron lamia excluded from the grant, and to require the railroad company to sell tbe land to actual settlers only and in quantities not exceeding a quarter se-uon at not exceeuinsr t du uu acre. Mr. Van Wyek, (N. Y.,) argued that as to MS miles of the railroad contemplated by the bill, It was a new srant. not the renewal of an old one. Mr. Wilson denied that It was so to the extent of more than 'it miles. In reply to Mr. Wood, be argued that as it was now admitted that tbe public lands should so to the actual settlers. Congress should adept that policy wblcb would prove most advantageous to tbe set tlers, and that was tbe opening up of communication by rauroaaa. Plow Vorli Mlene and Htoek market. Nbw Yokk. Dec 6. Stocks quiet. Money 5a6 per cent. Gold, 110S. &-. lsca, coupon, 10T; da 1S64, do., lufi'j; do. 1865, do. JO v, do. 1868, new, 109V; do. 1867, loui a"o. 1868, to; 10-408. 106V: Virginia es, new, e.i; Missouri es. 92tf: Canton Co., 6IX: Cumberland preferred, 80; N. Y. Central and Hudson Kiver, 1S ; Brie, 84 V: Heading, loix : Adams trpress uo., M':; Micni- pan Central, 190; Michigan Southern, 93; llllliUlB leUUni. iOU , VlOfCIUU BUM IIWUUIKi W i Chicago and Hock Island, 110 V : Pittsburg aod Vort Wayne, 9X Western union Telegraph, 44. Baltimore rrooneo Bf arkot. Bai.timokr, Dec. 6. Cotton Middling uplands, lrultiVc. : lower middlings, uvo. Klour active; Howard street superfine, S-vb-oo; do. extra, $4i4 6 60; do. family, fVm-WH City Mills su peril ne, tri (6 15; do. extra, K6-47 S5; do. family, $T-7 Tft; Western sutM-rane, B4 T63ii&: do. extra, 5-ja, j; Wheat firmer; choice white, f 1-70(41 'To; good to Driiae. H-h(k1'60: prime to choice red, ii-cai-ts; fair to good, fl-WKl-4A; common, 1-1iK1H0; Ohio aed Indiana. I1-SN41-88. uorn steady; white, 1K4 lie, ; yellow, l473c Oats dull and lower at 484 4c. Kye unchanged. 1'rovisions no business. W hisky active at 9oc. THIRD EDITION TO-DAY'S WASHINGTON NEWS. The Republican Caucus The Organization of Committees. rrccecdings of Congress. New England Affairs. Etc.. litc.i Etc.. Etc. file. FROM JfMW ENGLAND. Mayoralty Elections. BofeTO, Dec. 6. Several cities in Massachu setts elected Mayors yesterday, as follows: Cambridge II. R. ITardinge. Chelsea J. W. Fletcher. Taunton-D. L. Mitchell. Fall River Samuel L. Brown. Haverhill Whittler re-elected. Lawrence Mr. Davis. These elections are destitute of political sig nificance. Fire la Coneord. Concord, N. II., Dec. 0. A Sre this morning destroyed a building owned by William and O. Walker, and used as a flour and grain store house, with Its contents. The building was oecnpled by O. F. Colton A Co., flour and grain dealers, who lose $8000; insurance, 14500. J. II. Pearson & Co., commission merchants, loss small; N. 8. Bacheldor, flour and dried apples; loss, $4500; insured. L. D. Brownshot; loss, $2000; insured. G. Walker, agricultural imple ments; loss, $2000; insurance, $15,000. Buckeye Mowing Machine Company; loss, $1000; Insur ance, $700. Total loss about $35,000. FROM WASHINGTON. Spteial Dttijmt to The Eening TtUgrapK Washington, Dec. 8. The Appropriation Committee held a session to-day and resolved to commence work at once, in order to get the appropriation bills throagh. There is a disposition to cut down the appropriations below the estimates in the same proportion as last year The Demo crats expect to make some capital out of the fact that the estimates are larger this year than last, but it will be shown that this is owing to the fact that there are no unexpended balances to fall back on. The Letter of Admiral Porter to the President, which appears to-day, is generally regarded very weak. Porter's friends regret that he either wrote such a letter or allowed it to be made public. The effect of this correspondence will injure bis confirmation as admiral, and may result in defeating him. Conteated Heat la Concress. Dttpaieh to (as Auotiattd Pre. Information has been received that Lewis MeKenzie will contest the seat of . M. Brax ton, who has received the election certificate to tbe next Congress from the Alexandria district of Virginia. Alexander Rives has given notice that he will contest the election of R. W. Duke in the Petersburg district, both for the remainder of this Congress and the next Congress. FROM TI1E SOUTH. I,t at Sea. New Orleans, Dec. C The agents of the Cromwell Steamship Line announce that the steamer General Meade was spoken off Key West on December 2, by the pilot boat In vincible, which reported that the crew of the Mariposa bad beeu picked up. FROM NEW YORK. Fire at Ponahkoepale. PovGiiKEirsiB, Dec. 0. The tannery of Uoyt Bros., of New York, at Shokan, Ulster coun-, was burned on Sunday night. Loss, $10,000. One man was seriously injured. Now York Produce market. NBW York, Dec. C Cotton dull; sales of isoo bales at lta Flour firm ; sales of 9500 ban sis State at ."a6-sn; Ohio at $5-90(46-85; Western at J.'.(n6-S5. Wheat firm but quiet; sales of 46,000 bushels new spring at f i-S74i-H; winter red and amber Western at $1-45(31-46. Corn steady; sales of 86,000 bushels new mixed Western at 75 470c. oatsduu; sales or si.ouu ousneis i'nio at bmusc. ; Western at 60(40lc. Beef quiet. Pork steady ; new mess, $U2422-26. Lard quiet and steady ; steam ren dered, ltta13c.; kettle, 1313io. Whisk; quiet at S9ft90c. FROM THE DOMINION. The President's ffleaaaae aad the Canadian sianeria. Touonto. Ontario. Dec. . The papers this morn ing, commenting on the President s message, say la reference to the enforcement of Canadian rights In tlieOulf of fit. Lawrence that the President does not found bis obiactlons against the action or our Uovernment upon the seizure of vaasel actually en- gaffed in fishing within roroieuen Douaaaries, out en seiesrssand examinations of vessels suspected of deslgas to violate the regulations ef the Canadian Uovornmcat. lie states that while the csnsdisn act permits or such seizures snd examinations, the law baa not yet been pat In force, and he is rasolvea to poatpeue action until actual offense bas been given. Whstuer such seizures and examinations forsi a necessary part of tbs police duty of oar navy is a question for tbe Uovernmant to consider. We need hardly Bay, however, that If these pro ceedings are necessary to tbe driving out of In truders upon our waters mo iw uugm to oe en forced, whatever objections may be made by the American uovernraent, ana iu spite oi tareau or re taliation which the President holds out that Cana dian vessclH will Be refused adaalssion iu American ports, and that the bonded system, as it Is railed, under which Canadian merchandise parses through tbe States is to be susveuded, will not have tse slightest effect in preveatlngthe assertion of the just rights of Canada la tbe waters of tbe Ualf. Tbe number of Canadian vestals entering Ameri can ports Is quite Insignificant. The stoppage of the' bonding avalem might cause some Inconveni ence to individuals in Canada, bat It would enor mously beuent other parties, and the chief iujury would fall upou the American transportation lines. President Grant may try tliase measures ef coer cion whenever he likes. Ile will not cause the people of Cauada to abate their claims one jot or tune. 1 1 Tbe President asserts the right of the United fctat s to tke free navigation of the bt. Lawraase. It Is hardly worth wulle to dispute this claim. Whatever rights the American people may possess to the navigation of tke river, they certainly have none to the canal along its bask, wsanever a re quest kas been made to permit the passage of an American vessel down the river, It kas always been b railed, and the President ran hardly allege there fore tkat eight Slates on the lakes, of which he makes so much, have been seriously Injured by tke denial of bis claim. , It Is In cowing up the river, we beg to Inform his Excellency, that the trouble arises. Perkapi ke h. 1 - . k. .U L.' i ...... t n. , J r. - We assure him that, witaout tbe nse of ear can ' the Americans would obtain wonderfully little vantage from tbe free navigation of tke hi. rencc. FIFTH EDITION THE LATEST HEWS. AFFAIRS AT THE CAPITAL Defrauding tho Hevciue. Army and Navy Orders. The Manhattan CJas Co. Serious Steamer Collision. FROM WASHINGTON. .., Defraaolnc tho Revenue. lUtpattk to tho Anoeimtod Pro. WAsnmoTON, Dec. 6. The Collector of Customs at San Francisco reported to-day to the Secretary of the Treasury the seizure ef $4000 worth of opium, which was being smuggled into that city by a pas senger on board a vessel from Victoria, Vancouver's Island. Manhattan Uaa Company; In response to a letter from Charles Roorae, Presi dent of tbe Manhattan Uas Light Company ot New Tork, 'announcing an appeal from the assessment of $vl8-TS for gas sold during October last upon the ground that tke act of 18T2 repealing all laws Imposing taxes on sales repeals the tax on gas sold. Acting Commissioner Douglass, quoting the laws and various tortious Imposing a tax ob gai and also sections repealing portions of said laws, is of opinion that the question of the liability of the Manhattaa tias Company, tn common with all other gas compa nies In the country, to be assessed and pay taxes on all gas - manufactured and consumed or sold by them, is too plain to admit of ay qussttoa, but if the Manhattan Gas Light Company is of a different opinion, and sach Is a deci sion of tbe cosrt, the Internal Revenue oflice will oppose no other obstacle except to make such a defense before the court as may be necessary to protect the interests of the Government In the col lection of the taxes which Congress has imposed. Armr Orders. Csptaln C. A. Ilartwell is ordered to report te the Superintendent of the General Recruiting .service at ew York city, to accompany recruits to tbe Mtrt Infantry. Can tain B. K. Ames Is ordered to report to the same post, to aocompany recruits to the 23d In fantry. At his own request, First Lieutenant Wharton White is honorably discharged. Second Lieutenant Alfred It. Raphael, llth In fantry, Is ordered to prooecd to Fort Concha, Texas, for dty. The superintendent of the general re cruiting service of New York. Is ordered to forward all disposable colored recruits at that depot to Gal veston, to be assigned to the !(Kh Infantry. Naval Orders. Paymaster R. W. Allen Is ordered o the re ceiving ship Potomac. Paymaster George Coo h ran Is detached from tbe Potomac ami ordered to settle bis accounts, Lieuienant-Coramauder Horaoe a. Mullen and Assistant Burgeon J. A. Klran, from tbe Idaho, and placed on waiting orders. Captain w. r. uobd is uetscnea from tne rsorroiK Navy Yard and ordered to the Severn. Kd ward O. Allen San been appointed second assistant engineer lu the navy. FROM NEW TORK. , a ftteaaahoat Collision. Nrw Yohk, Dec . At 12 o'clock last night a rol llalon occurred off the Woodlands, between the steamers Champion, of the Charleston line, aad tbe Isaac Bell, of the UM Dominion Hue, and both ves sels were badly injured. John James, one of the crew of the Isaae Hell, was killed. The Champion was so routs from Charleston to New York, and tbe Isaac Bell was bound to Norfolk. General Jordaa Arrested. New York, Dec. 6 General Jordan has been arreKted and balled lu $100,000 for an alleged viola tion of tne neutrality law. Hhla Newt. "Nbw York, Dee. . Arrived, City or Waishinetoa from Liverpool, and Dorian, from Glasgow. FROM THE WEST. Violent (Sale at 81. Louis. St. Lours, Deo. . During a violent wind-storm yesterday several houses in process of erection were wholly or partially blow a down, Involving considerable loss. A number of fences and chim neys, etc., were also blown down. Tho Louisville Canal. Cincinnati, Decs Tbe Chamber of Commerce bas adopted a resolution appointing a committee of three, in conjunction with a like committee of tbe Common Council and Beard of Trade, to viait Wash ington to procure an early appropriation of the amount asked by General Weltzal for the comple tion of Ue Louisville Canal, and also to induee Con grcaa to assume Its Indebtedness and abolish the tolls to other towns and cities ou the Ohio. All are Invited to co-operate. c,o y mtEs s. FOKTV-FiaST TERM TIKUD (SESSION. Bonse ot IteoresentatlTea. Continued from the fourth Edition.) A motion to reconsider the vote was made, and the Ilonse having refused to lay that motion on the tuVie less an, nays bt-it was postponed until Tucsdsy next. Hills were introduced and referred at follows: Br Mr. Ferry, making appropriations for certain harbors in Michigan. By Mr. Jones (Ky.), for the erection of Fnited States court-rooms, revenue offices, and l'ost omees In Covington, Ky. Ry Mr. Lynch, to revive the navigation and com mercial Interests of the United States, aud for re mitting duties on si ship-buildiug materials used for vchifls in the foreign trade. By Mr. Cox, to euable United States cltlaens to register foreign-built vessels. by Mr. Reeves, admitting to registry In the parts of tbe United States certain Iron and composite foreign-built vessels. By Mr. 8arut, making: appropriation for a Gov ernment building in Han Francisco; also, autkonz tng tbe tranafer of valid preemption claims to ae taal settlers: also, amendatory of the act of '23rt of July, l-66, to qnlt l laud titles In California confer rteg jurlsdiotiou on local land officers; also, amen datory of the pre-emption laws, following joint entry by conterminous proprietors. By Mr. Calloni, amendatory of the organic act of Idaho. By Mr. ArntstrcBg, to aathorize the Jersey Shore National Bank of 1'ennsyivaaia to change Us loca tion to WilUamspert. Passed. By Mr. Chsrtkill, to exempt certain boats from Ihe ' paymeat of marine hospltd duties; also, arnendstory of the act of July is, lbJO, relating to boats carrjiag paaaeagers between American boats and ike bnseriur. Bj Mr. Preaser, explanatory of the appropriation for public improvements. - By Mr. C'lark, of Texas, to laiarenify c'lisens of Bralnhara, Washington county, Texas, for the loss or private property by are and pillage at the hands of United Slates toldiers. The President s message was distributed among the several committees, aud the House at S 15 1'. M. adjourned. Is it a Homicide? Michael Hooker, aged twenty eight years, died suddenly ibis morning at a housT In Spaffo'd slra't. It is alleged Unit he came to the house last evening about six o'clock, soraewbal under the Influence of liquor, aad said that be bad a pain In bis chest. A few questions asked, led him to say that he had be?n beat-n and kicked aviut the clii fct, while he was 1 tug on a cellar door at Seventh and Bedford streets. He did not give tte names of bis sssaiianu, but liugered through the uiglit, occa sionally voiuitiag blood, until this morning, wbeu he died as stated. The Coroner will Investigate the circumstances ol the case. A Bak-hoom Row Ueore M. :ia'k veatrday dropped Into llaruey's tavern, at Grey's Ferry road aud Tweuty-sucond a'ret, nd bad not been in there long iHfore be. commenced qun ll.i:. be wss ejected, aud ahortly after returned with a double-barrelled gun, which he threatened to H I mot ile w deterred from so doing by a poncuiau. i Aldermun Dallas committed biui.