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YOL. XIVNO. 135.
PHILADELPHIA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1870.
DOUBLE SHEET THREE CENTS.
The Prussians in France
The Horrors of War.
Tremendous Gas Explosion.
Cuban Independence, j S
Letter from President Cespedes.
XVXexican Grant in California.
Etc., Etc.. Etc.. Etc., Etc.
The) Horrors of War-Condition of Alsace
The t'nlversal Desolation In the French Pro
vinces 'The Heiowotd l-oaler, L'hrlch."
A vivid idea of the sufferings and Borrows
that follow in the train of war is given In the
following letter from an Alsatian lady to her
Bon in Newark, N. J., which is published In the
Advertiser of that city. The writer Is a resident
of a village about five miles out of Strasburg:
Whole villages are burned down and the in
habitants nrc living in the woods, having fled
from their nouses on the approach of tho Prus
sians. Ob; how glad I am that you did not
come home lapt sprinir, as you intended to do.
And what would have become of your dear wife?
Yqu must know that those barbarian hordes
never fail to ruin the virtues of wives and girls.
Oh, what misery ! what poverty !
(Jh Joseph, you ought toj.see Strasbourg now!
They capitulattd the 5th of October, and as
soon as the capitulation was known everybody
got deniorali.ad. Neighbors went to Pee each
other, erying and embracing their friend. The
soldiers broke their arms eabres and guus
many a cannon was thrown into the river 111.
All broke out in imprecations nuainst the re
nowned looter, Uhrich, who forbade his artillery
to net againct the besiegers with effect. Ou the
7th of October I ventured out in the town.
What a heart-breaking view was offered to me!
Whole streets burned completely down, pre
senting nothing more than a heap of rains,
remains of black and smoky walls, with the
balf-burned furniture scattered among them,
and sometimes a whole house thrown into the
street, obstructing the passage. The quarter
between the gate of Kroncnburg and Stein
strafe, as well as the Finkmalt, are in ahes.
The street of the Nuce Kleue, where you lived
so long as a child, aud where you knew every
one of those magnificent building, is no more !
You cannot imagine what misery ishere;
everything eaten up, everything stolen and car
ried away; women are iusultcd and men beaten;
and the same thing is repeated every day aud
every day. I had fourteen soldiers to lodge
and two wounded Frenchmen; you can imagiue
how well they were cared for. I had to quarrel
all the time with the Prussians, but Anally got
the best of them
If you should come home now you would see
nothing else but ruins, ashes aud desolation, and
hunger aud pain in every face. And what will
we do then when those heavy snow-storms come
on, without food, without shelter, and con
stantly pursued by those barbarian Prussians,
who sing profane songs and cry "Down with
the French !' as they did on the eve of the sur
render of Strasburg. There Is never a kind
word spoken to us poor country people; every
thing is demanded with the pistol or sabre in
hand. Tbey shoot down people as they would
game in a great hunting expedition.
Herr Wachenhusen, writing from the vici
nity f Chartres on the 15th to the Cologne Ga
The small town of Auneau, near Chartres,
which had been occupied by the Germans, had
been punished with a line forits connectiou with
the surprise at Ablis. The Francs-tireurs, ac
cording to the hotel keeper, entered the town
at ii o'clock one morning with sixty captured
rrusnan cavalry soldiers, aud wiahea to es
tablish themselves there, but being refused any
countenance by tue inbabuants, wno were tear
fnl of the consequences, they retired just as the
l'russians entered, lue latter searched every
house, but ouly found and shot five of the band.
On'y greybeards, women, and children are now
to be found in the wretched villages of the Loi
re t, and these are so destitute that they ouly
live on what the German soldiers give them out
of their rations of meat and bread. JSven the
better-off families in the towns aud the country
have for weeks been glad to have olticers quar
tered upon them, for the ollicers are obliged to
feed the inmates as well as themselves, and do
so as soon as the ox Is slaughtered and the car
At Anreau tbe writers host, a farmer, ex
pressed a fear that the Grand Duke might meet
with a mischance. He was an Orluauist, and
had a great respect for the Prince. The 6auie
intertbt in him was shown iu all the places
wnere ne nxeu nis quarters, tne memory ot the
Duke of Orleans, to whom he was related, being
Held iu great esteem by tue rrencn provincials,
and his death still remembered as a national
disaster, "it is a disgrace." remarked the
bouest farmer, "that so great a nation as ours
should sins so low. vse, ot course, desire the
end of the war, and hate the Prussians; but," he
added, sighing, "I fear we shall still need them.
and shall have to recall them in order to protect
us against ourselves, for the end of the war will
be but the beginning of our wretchedness. May
uod save us :
HOW THE BAVARIANS LIVE ON THE COCNT11Y
Herr Wachenhusen states that the Bavarians
and Prussians fraternize most cordially, and
daring the whole campaign he has not heard of
a single misunderstanding between them. The
Bavarians pay great atleution to the material
side of life, and with their anxiety for the
menage they are a terror to the French
peasants. In a village lies, perhaps, already
a battalion of North German troops. All is
Btill and quiet in the peasants' cottages. The
soldiers are polishing their boots, stand in the
open kitchens, and wash their shirts or peel their
A Bavarian column comes along the road, and
suddenly there is a great commotion in the vil
lage. The hens cackle, the cocks crow, . the
ducks and geese cry out for help. A few
minutes afterwards all is again still, but no cock
crows, ne duck quacks any more, the inhabitants
wring their bands over the cut-off heads of
their fowls which the column has left behind.
"All hope abandon," I exclaim whenever I coma
through a village in which I see the Bavarians
cantoned. Their philosophy, however, is the
right one, and I expressly guard myself against
the suspicion oi meaning ny disparagement.
The Bavarians are the true war philosophers.
"A la outrre comme a la guerre." PeoDle
tbonld not begin a war if they do not like its
disadvantages. Sine the cold has set in we see
the Bavarians inarching in their winter cos
tume. Every garment that fives warmth it
welcome to them. They have discovered an
excellent hood in the greyish blue capotes of
the fallen Zouaves and jiger, whoe heir they
have lliua becotue. Ou Uncles it is Ficuctl
battalion on seeing the grey hoods.
Important Letter Irons President Cespedes
The Htrnle HUH maintained with Hope
The following letter, addressed to General W.
McMabon by the President of the republic of
Cuba, has been received:
REPUBLIC OF CCBA OOI AND LIBEKTY.
Camauuev. August 11, lb'il To General M. T.
McMahon, President ot the Cuban league ot the
United states. Sir: I htive received with the
greatest pleasure your letter of the llihefMayor
the present pear, Iu which you are good enough to
Inform me of the organization of the Cuhau Lengtie
of the I'nited Mates, of the objects of the associa
tion, and of the sentiments which animate It in favor
of the cauHft which we, the free men of this island,
are roatutainiug. it is very gratifying and stgniu
caut to the people of Cuba to know that the league
as ieen establishes, ami inii yon are us wortny
resident; and we hope that It will produce Import
ant results for the speedy mancipation
of all the slaves, both black and
white, who are here fighting to secure
the blessing of modern liberty, following in this
th example of the American States. Believe me,
(ieneral, that the Cubans have never doubted for a
moment that the people of the United States are
earnest In behalf of the liberty and Independence
of Cuba, notwithstanding the unfortunate attitude
assumed by their Government; nor that the day Is
near at hand when public opinion, omnipotent in
all governments purely republican, will compel the
adoption of a mure natural line of conduct, and
which involves no departure from the true princi
ples of the great nation which your (Jovernment
directs. For this reason the people of Cuba have
not permitted the warmth of their sympathies with
the people of the United States to be in any manner
Put that which causes ns the greatest satisfaction
Is the Justice which you and your worthy associates
have uone us, In distinguishing the court net of the
belligerent Cubans from that of tnelr Inhuman op
pressors, including even those born on the soil, who
light under the banners of tyranny. I swear to you
on my honor that It Is fnlse, the calumny with which
It Is sought to prejudice us before the Cabinet of
Washington, by asserting that we have Imitated in
any respect the atrocities of the Spaniards. No, a
thousand times noi in tne very nrst uavs or the
revolution I endeavored to moderate the hardships
of the war. On a later occasion I renewed with
great earnestness my etrorts towards the same end.
Upon the consolidation of our Republican Uovern
nicnt, It appealed again to that of Spain to abandon
a practice revolting to moderu civilization, rather
than oblige us to resort to measures of reprisal. No
result was obtained. Silence or insult was the sole
reply. It was declared we were rebels, with whom
they would hold no intercourse, except by bullets.
t would have been shameful to the Cubans not to
chastise such insolence. Vet, iu doing so, there
has ever been observed all the moderation consis
tent with the stern duty impose! on
us. ir any cnimn oincer or soldier, in a rew very
rare cases, lius been guilty of excess in any particu
lar, he has sintered immediately the penalty of
df-atn ; ror our Government nas never authorised
the execution of prisoners taken in arms, excent
after formal trial by military court. The Spaniards,
on the contrary, mutilate the dead bodies of those
whom they assassinate, and direct their lusane fury
against peaceful citizens, women, old in'in, and
children, and hesitate not to dishonor their victius
by practices most foul.
The people of Cuba unite with the members of
the League In the hope that these horrors will soon
cease. The Spaniard will be driven from our
shores, and our beautiful and beloved Island will
take the place among civilized uatioas to which she
has established her claim by courage and long
suffering, and by the capacity for self-government;
so steadily developed during her prolunged aud
Our people will always Hold in graterul remem
brance the encouragement whtch they derive from
the Cuban League of the United States, anil from
the American uatlou In general, to which they are
bound by so many ties of brotherhood.
1 have had the pleasure to transmit to the Cham
ber of ltenresentatlves for appropriate action the
orlrtnal of your courteous coiumuulcatton.
riease nave ttio goodness, General, to oner to
your worthy associates the assurance of my high
est consideration, and receive the same tor yourself.
C. 11. DE CESl'KDES.
General Jordan's Latest Plan for Achieving
t'ubun Independence Scheme lor Iotroduc
lu an Army and Arms from the United
Washington, Dec. T. A new plan for the benefit
oflCuba has been bruited about within a short time
whir.n nas rounn many approvers, its main reatures
are drawn by Gcnctal Jurflan, and the following
leuer sseicnes iiieni iu cniei pari, i ney nave been
approved ny Air. Aidama auu tne conspicuous per
suns of the Cuban Junta, as his reply indicates.
The law lords or the senate, However, shaking
their hi ads, say the neutrality law of ISIS forbids
any person within our limits to begin, or set on foot,
or provide, or prepare me means lor any military
expedition or enterprise wuaever against auy
Spanish rule in Cuba. The intent of ueneral Jor
dan's plan, they say, clearly Is to begin here, aud
place in Cuba a military force armed and equipped,
and that those who furnish ships or transportation
provide me means ior it.
The emigrants, too, It Is said, really enter them
seves to go to Cuba with Intent or ia order to serve
the Insurrectionists, and that Jordan's scheme is an
advice that persons here assist the emigrants to go
to t he island so that they can embark la the military
enterprise. The Senators and members of Congress
laminar wun tne lacts say mat .tor dan s piautsa
repetition of the Crampton device of recruiting men
for the British army In the Crimea, by inviting and
inducing them to go to Canada, on payment of
board, passage money, expenses, or the like, there
to decide whether they will enlist for the Crimea.
(General Jordan's Plan.
The plan from which the following passages are
taken was prepared by Ueneral Jordan in August
The time has come when a plan of operations
must be definitely settled for the approaching winter
season in Cuba. My plan is simple aud of easy exe
AMERICAN SOLDIERS NEEDED.
There are ample resources of men in the island if
tbey were anted, equipped, and properly supplied
with ammunition men who may be readily moulded
Into an effective army if some good foreign o dicers
were iutroduce ;to drill and baudle them, especially
tne negroes, wno may ne inns unue excellent sol
fliers, armed even in me t.ogusn language, as
many rtgtments of Germans were daring fie
late war in this country. But while, as 1 have
suiil, there is abundance of native personnel In Cuba
for an army, I am nevertheless satisfied it will be
expedient that about fifteen hundred Americans
should be induced to emigrate, to form the nucleus
around which the native Cubans may rally aud soli
lify into au overpowtrlug force; and I may say here
this is the wish and the view, as 1 know, of all our
people iu Cuba. I believe, too, it nitty be achieved
without conflicting with the neutrality laws of the
I lilted states, which, for my pan, I must say I do
not uesigu 10 violate.
HOW 1IKN MAY BE SllIl'I'II).
In the Interview I had with Mr. Fish, I was much
impressed with his character as a gentleman, aud
sis sincere desire to give all lawful aid that he may
to the Cubans. He assured me, Indeed, of his 'be
lief that there is nothing lu the neutrality laws
which can be construed lutu a hindrance of Ameri
cans going to Cuba any inure thau elsewhere, pro
vided they go unarmed upon a shtp whose cargo Is
not contraband of war that is to say, if they go
manifestly as passengers, ana not evidently at an
armta military expeuiiiou,
GRAND EMIGRATION SCHEME.
I have a great number of applications from gentle.
men of In Hue nee iu this country who wish to go to
Cuba with parties to settle and live there, after bay
ing assisted to free it from Hpaulsh tyranny. These
persons may be informed in due season that trans.
portation will be provided at certa'n places for such
parties of emigrants as may be ready at the soeciUed
time, aud also that subsistence and transportation
will be afforded from interior points to the place or
places of embarkation, but with the distinct under
standing that they wUl leave this country siugly as
emigrants, to become Cubans by naturalization ami
entirely tree to do as taey please in Cuba upon
landing there; for I repeat there must not be even
an Intention, and there need not be any violation
of the laws. And especially, therefore, there mutt
be no offer of bounties, aua the going of the men
must be absolutely voluutary or without other In
dut emeut than such as may nave led Americans to
em i urate from State lo Slat, and particularly to
California ana oiner territories abounding iu the
precious metals. I am satisfied la this way a suf
ficient emigration may be Inaugurated, If managed
with discretion and a proper respect and considera
tion for the view of the present administration in
TIME IOR CARRYING OFT THE SCHEME,
This emigration sheald be arranged to be carried
ont so late in the year as to secure IU members
from risk of the pernicious fever which infests the
point which should be the immediate objective.
I:. deed, I would suggest a day as lata us the 2lh of
; December, the day Puerto began bis campaign
j against ice lat fear. It u, h job know, jrtt
fete day in Cuba one of extreme relaxation with
officers, so'diers, HDd the people of the cities and
all become absorbed with tne amusements or tne
bonr, so that there Is no discipline or organisation
among the people for the time. A landing made
then consequently will find affairs peculiarly favor
able for Us success.
of the capture of Santiago de Cuba would, of course,
be enormous, moral anu material.
1. it would give Cuba a seaport, In which connec
tion I will hereafter submit a special plan of subse
. a great quantity oi money, sugar, conee, ram,
cocoa, and some tobacco would be acquired to be
devoted to the Immediate nses or the republic ac
quired bv the confiscation of all In the hands or the
bpanlsh Government and Spanish enemies, and also
by donations on the part of friends.
8. Many arms and much military supplies would
be captured, enough to arm and equip a native
force that would Immediately assembled most eager
4. If conducted with proper secrecy and sndacity.
or dash, I am confident that some Spanish officers
of high rank would be taken and ma le hostages for
the future treatment of prisoners ot war with pro
per humanity on the Spanish side; and soon, In
deed, we might te able 1 1 force tne enemy to enter
into a cartel for the exchange of prisoners.
These are some or tue immediate results to be
anticipated, while the moral phases of the affair are
upon the surface.
A GAS EXPLOSION.
Ititnnmen Hevercly Injured Probable Fatal
Jujurles io i ne ureal rnysiciaa Lii-ro-Tai.
About 1 o'clock last evening, says the 8an
Francisco Jlulletin of the 2'Jth tilt., a terrific
explosion occurred in the building on the south
east corner of Clay and Dupont streets. The
building was owned by the great Chinese physi
cian who, during the past six years, has hum
bugged thousands of Americans, and amassed
a magnificent fortune, and was occupied solely
now TnE ACCIDENT OCCURRED.
At the hour above named, Dr. Li-Po-Tal,
accompanied by two other Chinamen, entered
the house, and going upstairs, proceeded to one
of the front rooms, which was fitted up in a
style of gorgeous Chinese elegance. They
opened the door of the room, entered, and the
Doctor, taking a match, lit it iorine purpose or
lighting the gas, and there immediately followed
an explosion, which was most disastrous In its
effects. It appears that tne person wno bad
cleaned up the room in the morning had turned
on the gas, and it had been escaping all day, and
as the room was almost air-tigut, it bad become
completely filled with gas, which, commingling
with the atmospheric air, had formed a com
pound fully as explosive as gunpowder, and
almost as terrific in its effects as nitro-glycerine.
The lighting of the match Fet fire to the ex
plosive compound, and a loud report followed;
every window In the room was shattered to
pieces; the furniture was demolished, and
almost everything in the room was rendered a
total wreck. Dr. Ll-Po- lal, who bad advanced
farthest into the room, was thrown with great
violence to the floor, and his head. face. arms.
and neck burned In a most terrible manner, lie
also inhaled a volume of flame, and the air pas
sages leading to the lungs were badly burned.
The Chiuiiman who was immediately behind
him was also severely burned about the head,
face, and shoulders, lie, too, was thrown to
the floor. The third man stood near the door,
and was considerably burned, but not near so
badly as either of his companions. Scelug the
explosion, he jumped back and attempted to
get down the stairs, but tripping, fell headlong
to the bottom and sustained severe injuries or
the head so severe, in fact, that he was unable
to get up.
EXCITEMENT AMONG THE CHINESE.
lbe report of tne explosion was beard by a
large number of persons, who hastened to the
spot, and in a few minutes several hundred per
sons had collected. An American physician
was summoned to attend upon the injured
Chinamen, and he did all he could to alleviate
their sufferings, but he informed an attache of
the liuluiin that the injuries of Ll-l'o-1 al were
of such a character that it was almost impossi
ble lor him to survive. .
ANOTHER MEXICAN GRANT.
Five Leagues of Tin Alines Claimed.
The following communication appears in the
'While the newspapers are discussing the
questions of the Mctiarrahan claim, and the
probable reasons lor urant taking so mucu in
terest tnerein, it may not ue improper to call
the attention of the public to another fraud that
that is nearly it not ot quite equal magnitude
to the great Jklctiarraban swindle. I refer to
the attempt to float a Mexican grant on the
Temeschal tin miners in San Bernardino county,
"A succinct history of this case may not be
uninteresting to your many readers. About 1S53
or 1854 Leonardo Serrano, a native Callforniau,
put in a claim, before the Hoard ot Land Com'
missioners, wmcn was in session at tnat time
in California, for a Mexican grant of five
leagues of land to cover what was known as
the Kancho de Temeschal. After due investi
gation bis claim was rejected, and so the mat
ter rested until 185H, when tin was discovered,
In rather a romantic way, within three miles
of the Serrano house: but in the interim Ser
rano bad died. Upon the discovery of tin, Mr,
Abel Stearns, of Los Angeles, bought the
widow Serrano's claim. Stearns, by
the way, was the first man that ever sent any
California gold to the I'nited States Mint, he
having sent gold taken from the diggings near
the .Mission can rcrnando, twenty-live miles
from Los Angeles, more than ten years before
Marshall discovered iroia in sutlers mill-race
Stearns took an appeal in the United States
District Court from the Land Commissioner's
decision, and after considerable delay obtained
a decree for five leagues of lands. The locators
of the mining claims then appealed to the
Supreme Court at Washington, where, in 18(17,
the finding of the court below was reversed, and
me claim and mines were declared puouc
land. During the pendency of the result in
Washington, Pioch A Co., of San Francisco,
tried unsuccessfully to purchase some of
the lodes in the tin districts from the original
locators. After the decision of the cupreme
Court, l'ioch bought the Ban Jacinto Kanche, a
grant that was confirmed by the Land CoinmlS'
sioners about sixteen years atro, and situated
twenty-six miles from Temeschal. Pioch is now
before the Land Commissioner at Washington,
trying, with considerable show of success, to
tioat this grant on tne tin mines. Here are tin
mines that were discovered eleven years ago,
from which ore has been taken which would
yield over CO per cent, of tin the only locality
In the United States where tin has been found in
paying quantities; and yet they are unde
veloped. The only thing that has been done
with them was to make a tin box, which was
presented to ex-becretary beward, and which
was itemized by every paper in the
United States as something very remarkable.
Yes, all of these years these mines have been
dormant; the discoverers of the mines have not
been permitted to work them, and the grant
claimants would not work them for fear of
attracting public attention to their true value
belore tbey bad tne title arranged to suit tuem
selves. . It these mines were equally developed
they would, doubtless, be as valuable as the
New LJria Quicksilver Mines, bet the country is
losing revenue which would be derived from the
working oi the same, all because a lew men de
sire, by fraud, to take that which justly belongs
to tne people
Cincinnati permitted Mrs. Ilessing, a re
spectable woman, to be buried alive in a well
pit, and deliberated two hours whether there
wm nnv use in trvlng to get her nut. 8he
dead when her body was recovered, bat tue city
is tot fcaugta I or uHxaer.
WAR NEWS BY CABLE.
The Occupation of Orleans
Despatch from Xling William.
The News Sent into Paris.
Details of tho Late. Sorties.
The New Mexico Silver Mines.
Etc. lite. Etc. Etc., Cite.
King William's Denpath Annonnclna; the Cnp
tnre of Orleans.
H Berlin, Dec. 6. King William has forwarded
the following despatch to Queen Augusta, under
date of Versailles, December 5:
'The city of Orleans was occupied by our
forces last night, without being stormed. The
3d Corps took nine cannon and 1 mitrailleuse.
The 8th Corps of the 1st Army, on the 4th last.,
beat the French in several conflicts northeast of
Rouen, taking one gun aud four hundred pri
soners. Our loss was only one killed and forty
I The Parisian leld of Orleaus.
London, Dec. C The Prussians have .sent a
flag into Paris announcing the capture of Or
leans, the rout of the army of the Loire, with
the capture of thirty guns, and thousands of
prisoners, and also a report of- the death of
The UmMlan Uimcnlty.
St. Petersburg, Dec. C. The Ilussiiu Gov
ernment has forwarded despatches to the
Government at Vienna, Florence, Tours,
and Constantinople with regard to the
Black Sea question. They are siciilar to those
addressed to Baron Bruunow, the Russian re
presentative at London. The general tenor of
all these despatches is that the Russian de
mands are essential to the maintenance of the
peace of Europe.
Further Particulars of the Recent Sorties.
Lomion, Dec. 7 The special correspondent of
the Ttibunt at tbo headquarters of tbe t'rowu
Prince of fcaxony, at Chateau de Conen, writes on
the- 1st: "I'rince ueorge has removed nis head
quarters from Lo Vert Galaut to Chelles-on-the-Marne,
to co-operate with the expedition or the
6i h Corps. There was a grand effort yesterilay.
The day before there was a heavy cauuouade, but
no infantry appeared on the uortb Bide. Very early
yesterday It was apparent there was hot wrk ou
the west; the fort of Alout Valerien was thundering
"From an eminence overhanging Argenteuu
everything was visible. A battle was In progress
at the south. Towards Mont Valerien, but closer
to my position, the work was very warm,
tstnee early in tbe morning, shells from
batteries at Nantcrre and courbevoie had
been crashing into iiezons aud Argen-
tcuil. The sheltered road behind the larter
town was scored in many places with deep rats
made by shells. The bank of the river on the French
side was lined by their Infantry, who kept up a
falterinK fire into the darkness, in anticipation of an
attempt to restore the bridge at Iiezons. The troops
occupying tnat town, Argenteuii, ami tne interme
diate posts stood to their arms, but made no effort
to reply to a tire so purposeless and doiug so little
"The batteries on the other side of the river, from
the eminence where I stood, kept up an unremitting
Ore upon it. Shells ploughed its summit in all direc
tions, and the buildings which crowned it were
knocked about remorselessly, as day broke, it be
came too dangerous a position, and, notwithstand
ing us advantages as a point ot outlook, i was
compelled to evacuate it, A retreat into the low
ground beyond it was 'out of the frying-pan tuto
the fire.' If I went east, shells from La jirtche
were tumbling into Eplnay, titrat, and Doutu Mont-
mapDy and Stains were having rough times at the
hands or tne fort uouoie-crown-oi-tiio-North.
rnrtber around, urancy and Le Bourget were at
tacked by Fort de 1'Kst.
"From Margency i accompanied a stair oincer
through Montinagny to Ciarges and Arnouvlile.
Then ror the nrst time the inevitable result a retro
grade movement set in. The French, however.
deserve credit for their regular manner or retreat.
"Another demonstration took place in tne direc
tion ot Le Ilourget, at a later hour. Dense co'umns
or French troops showed themselves on the plaia in
front of the Fort or Aubervilllers, and advanced
steadily toward Le Bourget. But they lost heart
before they cot nearer than the railway station, and
never came within range. Bourget, already pounded
with siicus, was again boniuarnea. au uay, in lact.
the shell-tire from the forts all around the circuit
was heavy and continuous, but so wild and pur
poseless that it did little damage. Everptning on
the northern side has been in the nature of a feint."
FROM MEW MEXICO.
Merlin of the I.esUlatnre.
Santa Fe, N. M., Dec. 7 Both houses of the
Legislature are now in session, but they merely
meet and adjourn from day to day without
transacting any business, until it can be deter
mined whether the session is legal or not. Some
of tbe lawyers and nearly all the members of
the Legislature hold that the first of the biennial
sessions provided for by the laws of Congress
can be held now, while others hold that the
first of these sessions should not be held until
December 1, 1871. Inquiries have been sent to
Washington in regard to the dispute.
Considerable excitement has been created
here by the arrival of parties from tbe Ralston
and Silver City mines with immensely rich spe
cimens of ore. In a rock of eighty pounds fifty
ounces of silver were obtained. Another specimen
yielded ten ounces of tilvef from 22 pounds of
rock, and many specimens are estimated as
valuing $8000 per ton. Quite a number of per
sons are getting ready to start for these mines.
FROM SOUTH AMERICA.
The Hlege of Montevideo.
Lisbon, Dec. 6. Tbe regular mall steamer
from Rio de Janeiro arrived here to-day bring
ing dates from that city to the latter part of
November. The Brazilian news was unim
Tbe Buenos Ay res authorities were negotiating
Tbe city of Montevideo was closely besieged
by the rebels.
FROM NEW YORK.
Flro at Albany.
Albany, Dee. 8. The grocery store of J. W.
Hall, No. 815 Broadway, was damaged by Are
hut night lo tbe extent ot 4600U and tb build
log alout t&OOinsuj-cd.
FROM THE STATE.
Death at fapt.Joha P. Cob.
Towanda, Pa., Dec. 8 John P. Cor, Esq.,
General Superintendent of the Pennsylvania
and New York Canal and Railroad Company,
died suddenly yetterday of apoplexy, while In
the discharge of bis duties. lie was a most
faithful and efficient officer, and will be much
The following particulars regarding the death
of Mr. Cox were received this morning.
Towanda, Dee. 8, 187 Hon. Asa Packer Messrs.
Cox and Stedman drove from Waverler to the cross
ing of Brie and Southern Central. After examln
lbK'the conditioner the work they walked to the car
riage. After going a short distance the horse bmlked.
Mr. Cox pot out. baited the horse, and while
in the act was seized with a violent neuralgic pain
in the right knee. He stepped back from the horse,
dropped on his left knee, aud commenced robbing
the other. This lasted bnt a moment, when he reil
forward npon his face and died immediately. He
died like a faithful soldier st bis post. None were
more devoted to duty or more honest lu its dis
charge. I do not know how to replace him. tils
remains will be taken to Bethlehem for interment
on Saturday. Kqbkrt II. Satiii.
Dfjrpnteh io tht Atnotiated You.
Waphikcton, Dec. 8. Assistant Paymaster James
K. Cann has been ordered to duty in theotneeof the
inspector at the Navy Yard. New York. Lieutenant
Commander Baker and FirBt Assistant Ensrlner
Allen are detached from the Dictator, and Lieutenant-Commander
Nichols rrem the Terror, and
both placed on waiting orders. Assistant Paymaster
l( (iowan has been detached rrom the Navy Yard.
New York, and ordered to the receiving shin Ver
mont. Master John A. Vaughan has resigned.
Llentrnant-Colonel Alexander S. Webb, anas-
signed, has been honorably discharged rrom the ser
vice of the United States by the President, under the
new array act. Colonel Webb, who served as Brevet
Maior-General during the war, also servel as chlet
or staff to Ueneral Meade, and acted ss Chief Mar
shal at the lnancruration or President U-rant. Can
tain Leicester Walker and Lieutenant George W.
Smith, at their own requests, have been honorably
discharged the service under the same act
one hundred recruits have been ordered from
New York to San Diego, California, to recruit the
Decline of American Commerce.
Representative Lyach's select committee on the
decline of American commerce will hold their first
meeting this session to-morrow. The entire subject
as heretofore reftrrert is still before them. A report
will be made at an early day.
As usual, so much or tne president's message as
relates to that matter was referred to the Commit
tee on Commerce, this being a standing committee,
not, however, involving any coufllct with the sub
jects belore the special committee.
FROM jYBWm ENGLAND.
Convicted of Manslaughter.
Boston, Dec. 8. Two Italians, Bouerio and Qlllo,
tried for the murder of (Jeralriine, another ItmUu,
in July last, have been convicted of manslaughter.
FOKTV.FIR8T TEItM -TIUICD 8E44ION.
AV AfiHlUOTON. Dec. 8. liills were introduced and laid
on the table as follows:
BvMr. Wilson (Mass.). to prevent the assessments of
money npon Government, emuloyes for political or uther
purposes, 'ine tun proviue tnt it sunn ie uuiawrui tor
aDy lioad of dnpnrtmont, colluctor of customs or internal
revenue, or other ''oveirixeut official to ptrmit or know
ingly fait to prohibit any such assessinou". and any em
ploye paying such assessment shall be dismissed from
office, and be subject to a tine not exceeding one thousand
CI be bill also provides for the following addition to the
oath now subscribed to: "And that I have not, during
the same tune, paid or promised to p.ty any assesoineut or
iuvoHintHry contribution tor political or other purpises."
It also forbids, nnder the same penaltias. any importer.
broker, agent, or other person from making to any Gov
ernment official tr emploru. or member of his family.
directly or indirectly, any present, gratuity, reward, or
compensation tor any service promised or rendered in con
uection wiln tbo dunes ot bis ornoe.
House of Representatives.
Mr. Brooks (N. V.) presented a remonstrance of
envelope manufacturers, printers, and Htatloncrs, In
New lorn, against tue manufacture and sale tiv the
trovirnnieut of stamped envelopes and the printing
oi DustneFS earns tnereon.
By Mr. rie. to create a fund to ba known as the Mine
ral Land Fund and for other purpose.
By Air. kobs, a joint resolution relating to tue Miami
Indian reservation is Kansas.
By Mr. fomeroy. amendatory of the fre-etnntinn laws.
Also, a joint resolution proposing a Constitutional amend
ment relating to female toll rape.
Bv Air. Abbott, to establish tbe Western Judicial dis
trict ot norm uarouna.
v Mr. Morton. t provide tbat all eleotlona for frel-
dent. Vice President, and member of Congress .u.ll be
bv ballot, and Mr. Morton, in reply to Mr. Irumbull. ex-
t lamed that the bill waa intended to apply to Keulu kv
and perhaps oua or two other States where the elections
were tira rtxr tna not ny Daunt,
lbe resolution relating to colored soDOOismine uiatrtct
of Columbia was modified, on motion of Mr. Humner, so
as to direct toe request for information to tne Secretary
of the Interior instead of to tbe President.
Mr. Bote submitted a resolution reciting the allegation
of frauds now being perpetrated in tba dispo.al of the
innila embraced in tne Aiiami inuian reservation in
Kansas, and directing an inquiry by tbe Ooramitteo on
i no lit n a naira wneiner it is not sdvissuie to uirectasus-
ri.nHinn nf t h issuance of natents or other evidanoo of
title to said lands nntil such action may be taken lor their
disposal, as is contemplated by terms of treaty of lUbi with
aula Miauii Indians, miu over.
At 12 40 tbe Senate went Into executive session.
New York money aod Mtock Market.
New York, Dec. 8. Stocks Beady. Money 637
per cent. Uold, lio.s. 6-aos, 1S63, coupon, 10T";
do. I'M, do., 16;,; do. 1SC0, do. 10T; do,
1866. new. 108 V! do. 1867. log: do. 1868, 10:
10-408, io?!, : Virginia 6a, new, 64; Missouri
6s. 9W, Canton Co., eijtf: Cumberland preferred,
SS; N. x. central and unason Kiver, oi; isne,
S4: Kt adtntr. lOiV: Adams uxpress co.. oov :
Michigan Central, Michigan isouineru.
81 m -. Illinois Central. 134M : Cleveland ana pittatiurg.
lC4f : Chicago and itock island, ion7, ; Pittsburg
. ardFort vl ajne, 84V. Western union Telegraph,
FLIAnCK AND COTITI liltCB.
BTKHTlia TBLB9RAFH OTTlOll
Tnurbday. ilea. 8, 1070, I
The local monev market is quite active, as
tipual, but there is a tendencv to stringency.
which Is probably due to tne extreme caution ot
tbe banks in discounting paper and tnus lorcini?
most of the transactions on the street. The
ueneral Impression is that the market will work
closely until after the holidays, and that rates
may advance a point in consequence, but we do
not anticipate any serious pressure unless tne
market should be manipulated by the specula
tive rings. We quote call loans at S(6 per
cent, and prime paper at 7(a)'j per cent.
(old is dull and weaK at a rancre oi itu,fo)
In Government bonds speculatien Is quiet.
though the tendency of the market continues
The BtOCK maraei continue active, out prices
are weak. In State and city loans no sales were
made. Lthteb Gold Loan was taken at w.
Large sales of Keadintr Kuilroad at 51 3-16
51. Pennsylvania sold freely at a decline;
sales at OUtaGO, clotlnir at 61, b. o. Oil Creek
and AlltRheuy changed hands at lbW, and
Catawltea preierrea at aw.
In canal sloe us tne ouiy activity was in Le
high, which sold -at 'HCdiZVA. The balance of
tbe 1 let was quiet. Germantowa Hank sold at
OOand Central Transportation at 51.
PHILADELPHIA STOCK EXUHANUE SALES.
Reported by De Haven A tiro., No. 40 S. Third street.
tiooo Pa R mt 68.100
6 sh Nat Bk Oer'n 90
due in l!b0. ..1044
f!UX0 W Jer Is.. is. WT
f vtiuo W Frank Is stM
loo Lh gold L.C 0i
80 sh Head K...U.
ttfwn trf. tM
S do.afiwB.trf. 61 1
800 do .1.21.M -16
oo an renua xt..u.
40 IS. 60.
do.... SO li
loo do....l3 61 8-16
ao dou. 61
2C0 do b60. 611
MlO do is. 61 W
100 do Sd. 61
6 shoo a A K.. v
HO do. stthwn. 6
do ..U.boU. 40 '
SbshLeh NavHt... gt
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It. BOO. 81
60 do ','
14 shCeat Trail,
THE LATEST NEWS.
The Washburne Correspondence.
Complexion of Committees.
Proceedings of Congress
Etc., Etc., 12tc. Etc., Etc.
Despatch to tht Attotiatod Prtt.
Washington, Dec. 8 In reply to a resolution of
the Senate sailing tor all the correspondence be
tween the Cntted States Minister at raris and the
Secretary or State, rrom the breaking out of the war
between France and Prussia, the President to-ay
informed the Senate that all the desired correspond
ence was communicated with the other diplomatic
eorrespondence accompanying the President's mes
sage on tbe 6th Instant.
Changes la Committee".
Mr. Edmunds Is appointed on the Committee on
Appropriations In place or Mr. Wilson. The Jucll.
cisry. Naval, and Military Affairs remain the same
with the exception in the last of Mr. Ames for Mr.
FORTl'-FIHSr TElt tl-TIIIRD SESSION.
Conlinutd from tht Fourth JUition.
Mr. Hill (N. Y.) moTftd tu itika onk all tha iMilinni m
(he bill relating to the franking privilege, bain- eqaiva-
irai w its Biioiition.
The motion was agreed to jam 97, njt 79.
Mr. Hill (N. J.) moved an ailflitinnul HAntion. A anlarlnv
that nu perton should hereattai exorcise tbe franking
Mr. Famsworth said that there waa no neeesnitr for
teat ai tbe sections regulaMnir the franking privilege
ere struck out. aad a. lbe last section of the bill r.
riled all other potital law.
Mr. Hill pmierred to have a poiitive declaration of the
fart embodied in tbe sill.
Mr. Walker (Ohio) moved an amendment to it allow.
ing the free intercbngo of newspapers and nuvrasinen,
and the circalntion of weekly papers within the county
of their publication. Fending the vote on it
Mr Niblack introdnoeil a bill providing for the appoint
mertof clerks of tbe United Mates (Jir-cn it and District
Courts at Kvansviile and New Albany, Ind. Also, a bill
to repeal tbe act of 81st el May. 1870. to enforce tbe rights
of ritizrnsof the United States to vote.
Mr. Butler (Mars.) gave notice tbat be would on Ton
day nexii aek the House to consider the ceneral amnesty.
J ha deatn ot Korjert JOdgwny, late m-muer from Vir.
ia. was announced, and remarks eulogistio or bis char
acter were made by Messrs. MoKenzie, Maynard, Brooks
iv. Y.) and Honker.
The House tben, at i'20, ad joarned until Monday.
Unittd Sattt DUtrict Court Judge Caditalader.
In the case of the United States vs. Edward 8.
Donnelly, an action on a distiller's bond, a verdict
by consent was rendered for the Government ror
ficSb'TO, several points or law being reserved by tbe
Oeoree II. Bender, assignee In bankruDtcv. yb. A.
IT. Hoover, bankrupt, and Nathan Hall and Abraham
Kleckner, creditorx. This is an action or trover to
r cover certain goods alleged to have been Bent by
Mr Hoover to Northampton, and sold ror the benefit
or Messrs. Hall and Bender pending the proceed
ings in DunKrupicy. uo iriai.
Coitrf of Quarter SesMoiui Judnt Pcucson,
Prison cases are now before the Court.
j homas Duroua pleaded suiltv to four charges of
Moil iiaggs, a rum old ladv. was round guilty of
having emaxhed a window while on a soree. and
attempting to Injure the nnse or the policeman who
cuereu to escort iter to Quarters.
John J. I-wls, a diminutive Hungarlar, was tried
upon a charge or larceny. John J. Fell testified
that the prisoner came to him in an apparently des
titute condition, and representing himself to be a
member or the secret order to which I belonged.
solicited charity; I took the wanderer In, and left
him in his room for a rew minutes, where fifty dol
larc were lying in an unlocked drawer, and npon
returning met hia protege going out, bat
promising to come back soon; be waited in vaiu
for him, and looking Into his drawer found bta
money had vanished at the same time; he. or course,
caused bis arrest at the earliest opportunity.
Lewis made a speech in Kugiish, very much bur
dened, bowever, with foreign accent, dwelt In reel
ing tetms npon his pood character, and was par
ticular to mention that he had twico before been
arrested upon charges or stealing, but waa each
time released for want of evidence against him.
Nahr fc Ladnkr, Brokers.
report this morning
uoia quotations aa louows :
10 02 " ,
11 -41 " .
1 0$ P. M
1045 " ,
10T.0 " ,
1110 " ,
Pblladelpbla Trade lteporc.
Thursday, Dec. 8. Bark In the absence of
sales we quote No. 1 Quercitron at28 perton.
Seeds Clovereeed Is In fall demand, at full
prices. Sales of 100 bushels at 19j010o. lb.
Timothy Is nominal at 55-25. Flaxseed sella to
the crushers at f 2(32-10.
The Flour market Is without improvement, there
belDg no demand except from tbe home trade, whose
purchases foot np 800 barrels, including superfine at
S4-&034-7S; extras at f5&-50; Iowa and Wis
consin extra family at r-50v46; Minnesota do.
do. at 16(46-50 : Pennsylvania do. do. at too 6-ttri:
Ohio do. da at 6"!5c41; and fancy brands at $52.'V4
8, as in quality, itye Flour may be quoted at fCKd
6-12M Nothing doing iu Coru Meal.
Toerelsa nriner fesilug In the Wheat market,
but the volume ol btmlriees is light Hales or SOOO
buHhels Indiana red at 1-4W43; amber at $P45
1-47 ; and white at $1 WwlM. Bye sells lu a small
way at 83(V4c. (or W esiern and Pennsylvania, aud
b('4S4c. Ior Delaware. Coin is quiet but steady.
Sales or 4000 bushels new vsliow at 7IMT3e. ; 40
bushels Western mixed, new, at Too.; and looo
buhhels white at 72c. Oats are uuchauged bales
of white Pennsylvania and Western at 54($s6c.
No sales were reported in Barley or Malt.
Whisky may be quote 1 at 81o. for Western Iron-
bound, witn sales of loo barrels.
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Niw Tone, Dec. .Arrived,
lnla, from Liverpool.
FORT OF PHILADELPHIA DECEMBER t
BT1T1- Or THBBMOM BTia aTTHl BVBNINO TKLIUaAPH
T A. M 48 1 11 A. M 60 P. M. 49
CLE A K ED THIS MORNING.
Steamer E.C. Biddle, McCue, New Vork, W. P.
Clyde A Co.
Steamer C. Conistock, Drake, New York, W. M. Baird
Bteamer Novelty, Shaw, New Tork, do.
Steamer Uannan Sophia, Teaf, Derby, Sinnlcksca
Schr A. F. Randolph, Maynes, St, John, N. B.,
Workman A Co.
Schr H. T. Hedges, Franklin, Providence, Graeff,
Kothermel A Co.
Schr J. J. Wort slug ton, Brown, do. do.
Scbr Mary S. Crauiuer, Harner, do, do.
tscbr M. v. Cook, i alkeuburg, do. do.
Schr Almlra Wooley, King, Gloucester, do.
Scbr Samuel C. Hart, Kebey, New Bedford, uo.
Schr W. S. DoiiRQtea, 'lateiu, Washington, do,
Scbr Sarah Clark, Grlftln, Newport, do.
Schr Othello, Matthews, Newburyport, Slnnlcksois
Scbr West Wind, Townsend, Providence, , do.
Sthr r. . Kdwsrds, Lee, L?nu, ao,
Scbr K. S. Dean, Cook, Taunton, aiu. 1
Schr K. M. Mmluiau, liabulu, i)ichtva, do.