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weBrtishf shipo Bokt rrtsolearpd ester day for Liverpool with oto baes of ootto i and aOO pDiees of staves ; and the ship Listie, for Hawre, with 410o bales Of cotton and asa4 pieces The . ifpaments yesterday of grain were quite lr.., as will be saef by reference to our marine eluaem. The steamabip Alice, for Liverpool, leaSred with s0o.o0 bushels of corn in bulk; the steamer Fltaroy, for the same port, hos so,ooo hlshels; the bark Una, for Rouen, cleared with 4480 basheis, and the bark Arno. for Dunkirk, .with t4 8At bushels, making a total of exports of grain o the.d.y, loo,478 bushels. , In this con ieaiaie e take the opportunity of informing our Wustbrn friends, especially those of St. LOUIS, that they have no reason to fear that we oostlot afford them ship room for all the grain that they can send forward for export to foreign $(1b6. We can guarantee to them a quick dis foteh for all sucoh freight. bhe Banktupt Law. We believe that there are few persons who have any doubts concerning the equity and effllsºe of a bankrupt law properly framed and right~fuly administered. The law, as it stands now, is exceedingly faulty and needs modifloa tton or amendment. It is claimed that the statyite has worked mainly as a help to those who desired to defraud their creditors, and imaai astainees can be given in almost every .ammunity to sustain this position. But in the eonsideration of this important subject there a: re some who think that it is possible to make abankrupt law that cannot be used for this purpose. In the course of an article on this subjeet the St. Louis R~epubl*cn makes the fol lowing pertinent remarks: ' .The oomissioners in bankruptcy are work i rousJy against repeal, but they are au .land ellowed to remain in existence. e in the mode qf appointment of t to be made. They are now . poi| t e nted States Qqurts nd con tteby eupre Court. t old be te resent and con hme by T e origin idea was to curtalC ; . d ohton's aptý|ngn power. It is truo us isn't muc r than Andy was, it I. aonsoling to know that there are only re years and a quarter of him left. I/.. . . New Orleans Direet Trade. We take the following from the last circular, ufnd date of December 12, of our enterprising f. iLenda, Jesrsa Miller, Dolhonde &- Co, of this Yok Indictor of December 7: The ' e e mercats have finally succeeded a direet commuiat on with ., he New Orleans an Liverpool SLina been organi ed, and an ar tas been made with the Illinuis Oompany t serve thesteafth LhThe Oflcia of the llusois n ig the rate on grain at 4 o0 prons ti New Orleans, and 70 o , the same as now charged by e irunak lines." Teased to hear so favorably from a authoritics statements which confirm rts othe same subject received here S m OChicego papers. Now will the and influential cities in the Missis ley, such as St. Louis. Cincinnati, and all others, respond as well as for ropear lines of steamers, and assist O inndueing the owners of New nes lke allory's Morgan's and Crom steamers to extend their trips to Key e Cs U and Brasilian ports, from New Or Sy for the large coffee, flour, grain, oats., O ,, naval stores, potatoes etc.. ,n w Orleans as a point of distrt e ad official delegations should tren at once for solid and unanimous on from the different Southwestern com mereiai cations to carry out such arrange ,a oh cannot fail to be made large and ouis Iron Mountain Railroad Com l benefit themsolves and the whole , dt Loland the Northwest by owning n nia nga bar e line ii their connection m oelnt, lt tb Nw Orleans. s rom Wshinston says: When the perorof Birasi was in thi country, with the ok.pereeption of a ruler who had the good of people at heart, he saidtkat the natural -. of trade from that empire was to the Sates. Sincethen he has been perfecting 0la1 to oarry his views into effect. On Wednes t there arrived at the Braellian Le a here Senor Mondouca, a prominent oeti S.anb: the empire, who announced officially higovernment has granted a subsidy of S-Io0o pe annum for ten years. for the pur of i ning a direct steanshi servce be some prominent cti in the United States SeoOuntrr. SeBeveral steamship owners, 0o0"a theta John Roach, have been in negot fa tdi. i Senor Mondouca, but as yet he has u no arrangement. n private conver . a. latevy he has statLd that if some ar - t looking to the object of his visit rfected in New Orleans, the Em i Is cabinet would be disposed to give ty e preference for many reasons. e eompany organized in New Orleans and S summer is in a condition to avail offer, it is certain that a most ad Sarrangement could now be made. rer ondonuc states that English ship oeeous have made very liberal offers to nt .isovern whie n have been peremptorily oed-it being the wish of the Emperor that the subeidy shall be given to American ships saHlig under the American flag. This visit is Serea much interest in the otate Department. a it is the first positive step toward the re-es tabtahmeat of our decaying shipping interest. 4. Bank Clearings La Seventeen Clties. [The New York Public.] The exchanges at the clearing-houses at sev :enteen ch e iofties for November are reported Sbelow and for fifteen the reports for the corre . londing month or weeks in 1876 are also given. The aggregate shows an increase of 3.4 per cent SIn troan jons, but a little more than the entire gain appears in New York alone, the al exhanges at the other cities showing a small los of only .2 per cent. It is to be remem bered that on account of the increase in the number of banks reporting, San Francisco - might be expected to return very largely in reased exchanges without any change the entire business transacted. As to the other cities, the reports represent s batantially the same banks each year, where reports for both years awear. Boston, Olncinnati, Louisville and Milwaukee, wits YNew ork report fair gains and these indicate an actual improvement in business transacted at these points, although the comparison is with a month of remarkable depression last year. It is less encouraging to find that even in comparsson with that month Philadelphia Chicago. Baltimore, Lt. Louis, Pittsburg, and even New Orleans, report losses though in some cases the loses is small. In the following the return for San Francisco includes only four weeks, ending November 24; in the return for cities marked * are for exact months, and the others are for five weeks ending December 1, 1877, but an estimate is given for Kansas City: 1877. 1870. .New York ......... 2.004,69,138 $1,908,921,289 Boston*..... ...... 208,845,201 195,957,359 Philadelphia ....... 1,453,265 188.352,116 Chicago .............. 97,794.906 112,988 442 San Francisco....... 6.510,301 34.821,249 Oincinnati* . 52,929.....52.. ... 50,153.798 New Orleans*-...... 51.678,094 52.408,911 Baltimore*........... 44,749,027 45.693,168 . Louis*-..... 39.0960.970 43,618,880 Milwaukee ....-..... 34.225,935 31,577,914 Louisville* ........... 19,082.70 16,863,022 Providence*......... 18,312,200 Pittsburg* ............ 17,6090,910 18.013,980 Cleveland............ 6,389,176 Kansas City ......... 6,000.000 5,~7.919 worcester* ........ 2.488,830 2.047,393 Columbus* .......... 2,180,938 2,126,5467 Total............ $2,827,911,383 Total eleven cities 2,803,210,507 $2,709,402,487 Outside New York 798,581,469 800,482,198 The Texas Pacific-The question Strongly Stated. [Holly Springs South.] Gov. John C. Brown, of Tennessee, in an ar gument before a committee of the Senate, in ebruy 1876, quoting from official documents, swho e that vtwen 1789 and 1873, that of the -81o4,70 8 4 e(penduld lby the government for SaoW n roads' and 9 al,,ab, Ihe sixteen ! clusive, lea. grn h. Ina at.h :' ,a to thIs thel South paid intothe treasury anot 68~. ,oe as a setl tax on eotton, while no corresondin burdens were imposed on the agrcultra products of other sections. Motel Paees m·inlin Rewa. gn. .erscan ?0 ,tO rw York nowada Stn iees m loey inthel r $o.a ~pck. jF'i~O.qtileatuu forfio $10to fib a week ste w Toy great mort ott UoutLerhertA'p T uekt nham htotel, a ew llmet, and surely one of the most el Qgt ever ereted in this coutyo-it stanris on FnffhiAert op mte owly rising Rtmhan (I.olie Oath dral-annlounces rooms tuo be fh or P7 a week. The Westmoreland has adopted a system of graded rooms, some as low as $2 56 a day, with board, and the Westminster, the favorite hotel for actors, singers, and artists of all kInds, also giveslow rates. Then the Delavan House at Albany, the famous hostelry of the Lelands is out with an announcement of lower terms. in deed, prices are coming down pretty much everywhere except at the theatres. All the prinb otal houses hold their own in this respect. and the public encourages them in their wicked way by crowding the house when Sothern or .eter son or Bouclcault or Wallack plays, w fhout seeming to care at all about the prices.-[New York Letter. Tie Decline In Stocks. [New York Daily Bulletin.] The main cause of the decline was the con tinued selling of "long" stock by the large speooulators, who have been carrying an enor mous amount since June and July. The rea son they give for selling is that the receipts of the roads are disappointing, and that the pub lic have, as never berore, not only refused to buy stock for investment, but have been steady sel lers. While this is the main cause for the de cline the minor causes are. the+" street" having caught the large speculators selling, have aided by making speculative sales and that the trouble concerning the National Trust Company has exerted a demoralizing influence. Disappearance of Small Bills. In the past year thdre has been a decrease of $.i50,ee of one and two dollar bank notes and legal tenders. This diminuendo movement has been going on for several years. The following shows the aggregate in circulation of both sorts of notes each year for seven years: Year. Small notes. Year. Small notes. 1871 ......... "$80.774,406 1875. ... ..... $6;0.1e2,407 1872 .......... 80,543,006 187 ........... 60,74(;.344 18731 ... .. 72,894,524 1877 ......" .. 565,490,343 1874 ........... 67,789,812 Fractional Ctrrency Lost. The amount of fractional currency now in actual use is believed to be not more than $3,00000ooo. The amount lost is calculated by the rate of redemption to be not less than s$1s.oo,ooo, instead of 00,ooo,ooo, as estimated originally by Treasury oficials. FINANCIAL AND COMMERCIAL. MONIETARY. OFFICE NEW ORLEANSBDEMOCRAT, 1 Wednesday Evening, Dec. 12. 1877. 1 NEW ORLEANS OLEAERING-HOUBE. Clearings. Balances. December _... . 2,13 ,94-- - S$15.1 3-24t December 10o ........ 2,977,406 08 148,576 49 December 11............ 3,059,68 44 229,827 55 December 12............ 2,253,356 46 205,339 20 Total thus far...... .$9,883,720 96 $693,931 48 There was but a limited demand for discounts at the banks, and the counter transactions are small. The offerings of paper on the street are small and rates uncshanged, Exceptional commercial paper 8z9 p cent; Al do lo~12; second grade do 15@18; loans on collaterals g1!0: Al mortgage paper 9010; second grade do -- @- cent per annum. Gold is firm and in moderate demand. Foreign Exchange is quiet and strong. Sight is barely steady and freely offered. Siate Bonds are quiet and lower at 85%8815%. Premium Bonds are neglected and on the de eline at 386@36%. Stocks are steady but not much in demand. Gold opened in New York at 10:, and closed at loss. Here it opened at loa@1o3ti, and closed at lo3@103'l. Sales--1o,00oo. 10o.oo) and $3oo0 at 103lo. $5000 at 103, and $10.000ooo and $6000 at 1031@I03~. STERLING BALES-£26,o00 bill of lading at 492@492,K. £2000 do at 492. and £20,000 do at 491' @492)6. Bank sterling 495@-, commercial bills FRANC SALES-There were none reported. Bank francs - commercial 5.13%(email@example.com . SIGHT SlALEJ-4o,ooo, $2000 and $35,000 bank ers' and commercial at 7-16(&8 V cent discount. Bank sight 14 F cent discount. Bankers' and commercial 7-16@,6% cent discount. NEW OLEANS sTOoCK EXCANGE SALES. AT FIRST CALL, 10 A. K. $73,500 State Consols...................... s1% 50,000 Premium Bonds (B. to drawing) 36e% c10,00 City Consolidated Bonds. ..... . 42% BETWEEN FIRST AND SEOOND CALLS. 50.000 State Consols ....................... o 20,000 do ......-................. 85 SECOND CALL, 12 M. 13,500 State Consols ..................... 85% 9,oo0 Premium Bonds ................ ...3 BETWEEN SECOND AND THIRD CALLS. 20.000 State Consols .................... 85 30.000 do . .................... 857 75,000 do .......- ............... s8 17,000 Premium Bonds ................. 36%t THIRD CALL, 2 P. M. 10,000 State Consols..................... .. 5 5 10,000 do ....................... 85 3.oo00 Premium Bonds..... ............. 36% 7.500 do do ................ 36's OBESCENT CITY OPEN STOCK BOARD BALEB. BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND CALLB. $10.000 Premium Bonds............... 30% 15.000 do do ................. 36 10,000 do do .................. 36% BETWEEN SECOND AND THIRD CALLS. 45,000 State Consols ....................... 8954 5so,ooPremium Bonds ................... % 25,000 do do ............... ..- . 36% [By Telegraph.] NEW YORK, De. 12-Wall street.-Money closed at 5 per cent. Exchange closed firm at 48278 46. Gold closed at 108'. Governments closed feverish; currency sixes 120@120%. Pacific Rail road bonds closed as follows: Union firsts 107'.4 @107%.: land grants 103los(@1031% sinking funds 94%@95: Centrals 107%@108. In State bonds Tennessee old rose to 44: Louisiana consols sold at 85%@85%. and District of Columbia 3-65's 75'%@75!'. COMMERCIAL. OFFICE NEW ORLEANS DEMOCRAT. I Wednesday Evening. Dec. 12, 1877. I GENERAL REMARKS-Though there was a good demand, specially for the better grades of cotton, which are scarce, the market was a little weaker than on the previous day. The sales are small, considering the advanced stage of the season, amounting to only 8065 bales, which were sold, in some instances, at prices 1-16 to M under quoted rates. Gross receipts of the day footed up 4534 bales; exports 7200 bales. The receipts of sugar are improving a little. amounting yesterday to 1313 hhds; sales 1122 hhds. The market, we are glad to say, is steady and active. Of molasses the receipts reached 3658 bbls.; sales 3162 bbls. The market was active and slightly easier at the close. In pork, the market continues dull and nomi nal at $13-the point at which it has stuck for several days past. Dealers are jobbing at $13 75 W bbl. Holders are tenacious and stiff, while buyers are coy and timid. Dry salt meat is scarce, and shoulders, espe cially, are in demand. The market in this arti cle, which has become a most important one, is quiet. There is a very small business done in flour, only a trade for local demand; there is no change in prices, but receivers are stiff in their demands. There is a good demand for corn, and there is a slight improvement in prices. COTTON-The staple swung around to an easy basis to-day, barely sustaining yesterday's quotations. The feeling was weak and s650 bales sold at prices which in many instances were 1-16@c below quoted rates. Liverpool was steady on spots, arrivals being weak. At New York the market was variable on futures, but closed at an advance of 1 to 3 points on yes terday's flaures. The official quotations of the Cotton Exchange were as folloWs: TO-DAY. T.trBhDAY. Low Ordinary ..........- 8' 8 Ordinary .................. 9s 94 Good Ordinaryd......... 10 1o Low Middling ........... -10 10i Middling ..................11 11 Good Middling............ 11% " n3 Middling Fair.. ........... 12 12 Lelutý4-4 e bale Market easy, demand In storetnd o ashipboard t.t. 1, .....21.,85 Gross recetbts since yes "ts ay-.. 55406 Gross receipts previously:..... 5..t. o s8M0 Total . p. y ...................... . t 7200L celon&, ifeOb-. ; NeZw York. bboleos et reaeqt M nce. yesterday...... ........ 8,49 ipts from other orts....... ......* 88 eipt last nesday ............... ,733 receits this d y last year ............. 8,602 t receipts since Friday...... ...... 89,779 Net receipts same time last week....... . . . 29,0x8 Net receipts same time last year........... 3s,90 Net receipts since September 1 ........486,629 Net receipts same time last year...........531,179 Cotton on shipboard as per account of the Cotton Exchange, as follows: Liverpool 50,R3s bales. Havre 54,671, Bremen 8833, Mediterranean 4273, North Sea 6750, Spain -, Mexico -, coastwise 3193; total, 128,255 bales. This taken from the stock at noon, as noted at the Ex change, leaves in presses 124,293 bales. The receipts at ports from noon yesterday to noon to-day as given in telegrams to the Cotton Exchange were 25,895 bales, against 20.;89 bales last Wednesday, 28,779 bales last year, and 36,086 bales the year before. The movement at ports for five days up to noon to-day is given below: Received Same time Same time Since Friday. last week. last year, New Orleans.... 39.779 29.063 38s,t8 Galveston ...... 14,413 14,294 17,586 Mobile... '. -.....14.598 14,035 12,816 Savannah ........20.152 19.365 16,:07 Charleston .... .15,787 15.084 14,704 Wilmington ..... 6,072 5,0 65 3,484 Norfolk ...... .... 9,41 3.167 12,190 Baltimore .. . . 269 258 299 New York....... 3,649 4,855 4,294 Philadelphia .... 00( 429 1,026 Boston........... 4,405 3,443 3,723 Total .........132 494 109,958 125,336 Receipts at ports since September 1.....1,814,108 Receipts same time last year .. .........2.128,377 Receipts same time year before.......... 1.80H,210 The exports from all United States ports, con solidated as per telegrams to the Cotton Ex change, for the five days have been as follows: G. B. France. Cont. Chan. Stooks. This week.. 47,502 12.949 18.580 .... 737.933 Last week.. 43,843 12,570 12.822 2,025 704.9856 This week last year.. 64..02 3,406 14,603 4.888 937.161 OCEAN FREIGHTS-Are Quoted as follows: By steam - Cotton to Liverpool )d: to Revel -d; to Bremen %d" to Boston I'rovi dence, Fall River. Philadelphia and Baltimore. via New York '7c; to New York %c; grain to Liverpool lo0d. By sail - Cotton to Liverpool 7:16d; to Havre %c; to Bremen 15-160; to Genoa le; grain to the Continent lo@lO 4d. Steam rates to Northern ports have advanced to $2 25 for molasses and $7 F$ hhd for sugar for New York. SUGAR-Receipts 1313 hhds. Sales 1122 hhds. Market steady and active. We quote: Inferior 3@4c; common to good common 4'.05@a'4efair to good fair 51@6'sce fully fair 6%:@6Xc; prime 7c: strictly prime 7-.7"o:c; gray clarified 60(@ 7 ic yellow clarified, as in quality. 74@KHc off whites, good choice. firstname.lastname@example.org; white clarified s8% @8.Ce. MOLASSES--Receipts .6s8 bbls. Sales 3162. Market active and slightly easier at the close. We quote: Common 204c20: fair 24@280; prime T13at: estrietlyprimr-e w;hacol t ce 4oa4.- FLOUR-A small business only was done to day The feeling in the market, however, is unchanged, and receivers for the most part are steady in their views. Sales-leoo at $4 50o; 25 at $5 so0; 60, 100 and 100 at S6; 60 at $6 12, ; 200 at s$ 15; 25 and 50 at $6 75:; 30 at $7. We quote fine to superfine at $4@4 25: single extra $4 25@4 so; double extra $4 5o@4 75: treble extras, low to choice. $56(8)5 75: choice extras 6O@6 25: fancy choice $6 50@7 V bbl. Dealers and grocers obtain 6oc above these prices. CORN MEAL-Is quiet and easy at $2 4o002 50 on round lots, dealers still iobbing at $2 75. Sales-145 bbls at $2 40o: 50 and 100 at $2 45. CREAM AND PEARL MEAL-There is about the, usual A~ipplv, and the market is .quet and steady at $3 40038 50 bbl. Demand 7jORN FLOUR-Is quoted at $3 75614. as in quality. Local demand small, and this article is chiefly sold for export. GRITS - Demand steady and fair, prices ruling easy in lots at .3 400o@3 50 bbl; dealers jobbing at $3 65643 75 9 bbl. RYE FLOUR-There is a moderate supply, but quite equal to the demand, at ,34 2504 s0 ' bbl. PORK-No movement in mess is reported to. day. In a jobbing way there is about the usual demand, but buyers are indisposed to bid on round lots except at figures much below the views of sellers. We quote the market dull and nominal at $13, dealers jobbing at unchanged prices-ll3 75 i bbl. DIIY SALT MEAT-Spot goods being scarce shoulders were in demand, and nominally 5Rc in broken lots at the depot. We quote the mar ket quiet at 5@061c for loose shoulders by the car load, and 5s4c packed; clear rib sides 6%@ 6etc. and clear sides 6%1@6%e, dealers jobbing !4('4'4c above. Sales-3 car loads loose shoul dors. to be shipped, at sc; 1o,oco lb clear rib sides, spot, t 69x0. BACON--Dull and nominal, there being no demand except for job lots. We quote shoul ders at V6c, clear rib sides at 8'4s3%e, and clear sides 89@9c, dealers selling at tl@Mc above. LARD-Demand light and market dull and easy. Refined lard is nominal, packers' prime steam 8'd@s8oc and kettle rendered 8'%Q8tc. Dealers sell at an advance of ':" @c on these prices. Sales-25 tierces refined at 8s.e. HAMS-Quiet, easy and unchanged, with a moderate but steady demand in the local trade. We quote uncanvased and plain canvased 10%@11'40 and choice sugar cured 13!'@14'ac, dealers getting O@lc advance on these prices. BREAKFAST BACON-Quiet and steady at 9%@100 in a wholesale way, dealers jobbing at 10%0@11c. PACKERS' HOG PRODUCTS-Dealers are selling on orders in the job trade at $7 75 * half bbl for pig pork, $12 75 bbl for prime mess pork. $10 for prime pork, and 11 50 for rump pork. Pigs' feet are selling at 52@32 2515 keg. Ham sausages are dull and quoted at s@ 84fc lb. Family pork is jobbing at $13 so ' bbl. Pickled pigs' tongues are quoted at 7%8ec apiece. Pickled heads are offering at $10011 Stierce. and jowls at 58 50@9 V barrel. Bo logna sausage 7a3@7K c. Spare ribs 7@09. WHISKY-Is dull and easy, city make selling at $1 01@1 04, and good to choice Western at 81 05(1 08 F gallon. CORN-Is in good demand, and pricet, show a slight improvement. Sales--10o and 500 white atSc; 500 yellowat sc; :oe do at 50: 3100 old white at - and eeo red mixed at sY5 P bushel. OATS--The supply is only moderate and the demand small; quoted at :ss400oc bushel. BRAN-Is weak and quiet; 300 and 5ee bags sold at soc 9 cwt. HAY-In moderate request; sHo bales prime sold at $17 9 ton; choice $18.. COFFEE-Light demand and market very firm. QUOTATIONS FOR GOLD. Cargoes. Job Lots. Prime...... ....194@19% 19o@C20o Good.............- -....... 18@19 19(4 @19 Fair....-..............'18'~@18sh 18s@18% Ordinary.... ...-....... 16%@17 17 @17t LEAF TOBACCO-Was fairly active, with sales of 62 hhtds on private terms. The stock I on sale is estimated at 2700oo hhds. QUOTATIONS. Inferior lugs....................... 3 @ 314 Lowlugs............................. ·s@ 34% Medium..-- ..................----- ....4- - 4 @ 414 Goodto fine ............................. 4%@ 61 Low leaf ........ .......................... 5 @ 6 Medium...:-:............ --........ 7 @ 8 Good........................ ........... 9 1@l4O1 Fine...................................11 @11% Belections.. ... .................12 @12% BUTTER-Ample stock and demand fair. We quote New York creamery, fine. o30@31c; New York dairy 1(8@270, as in quality; Western repacked 5@17c, as in quality. CHEESE--Stock and demand light. New York cream 15@161c, Western factory 12@13c. as in 8STAlCH-In good demand at 3ec in lots: jobbing at 3%(41c F~lb. WOOL-More stocks offering than there is de mand, and it is held above the views of buyers, Burry is quoted at 11@120, Louisiana clear 26%o. clear lake 27%@29e 4 ib. HIDES--Bupply fair and markeetquiet: coun try green 8@650, dry salted @13131C, dry flint 1438150. TALLOW--EScarce. City sc: country 70 9 3'. SALT-Stock lightwith a good demand. Since our last report one cargo, all coarse. sold at 721e per sack, afloat, and one to arrive on pri vate terms. We quote cargo price at 7076C5, ac cording to filling. Dealers are selling from warehouse at 75s80C for coarse, 95301 for fine, a nduality and quantity. Turks Island neg leted; held nominally at 320 . bushel. Table salt in ockets 13@7oe each. as in siaze. POULTRY-Old chickens 94@4 50, young $2@ 3; ducks 3as: geese $6: turkeys S10 dozen. EGGS--Western 26@28C; Louisiana 30o33C dozen. RICE-Is in moderate supply. No. 2 3@334c, common 4@041c, ordinary 4h@(44c, fair 4%@61, good 614@s6c. prime 5%@0s, choice 51co c lb. BULK CORN-None offering, and the market is nominally sHce $ bushel. WHEAT-None here, and nominally at s1 30o@ 1 35 Y bushel for winter, and $1 20o31 25 for SCfLENTS--Potatoes are selling at $1 zo@ 175; onions at $1 75@2 26; apples at $1 75~@4 bbl cabbages at $65a 8 100., and $1 75(2 ' crate. BAGGIN(G--teady at 121c in round lots; re tailing at 12%@13c. Baling twine at 1i1o in roundlots; retailing at 14e. Cmcemo. Dea. Io-'The mgtket1 op. with whe4 ve. t it08'for January. *a + e light r e d at @ a, ym lo4 . 10 1:80 p. m.-- ornlng (all.- Provislons steal.y Pork $11 877@11 90 for January, $12 0t@12 017 for February. Lard 7.se7.8#2% for January, 7.90 @7.926 for February. Wheat dull; $1 oes@ 08o for January, St 0991 091 for February, $1 07% for cash. Corn dull; 43 for cash, 4831 for De cember. 41% for January, 48% for May. 3:30 p. m,-Close.-Pork dull; $11 87%@11 90 for January, 512 o2%~s1 05 for February. Lard email@example.com for January, firstname.lastname@example.org% for February. Wheat unsettled; $1 06% for December, $S 07 `%@ 1 07% for January, $1 o0% for February. Corn auiet ; 42%@48 for December, 41% for January. 43%0d43% for May. ST. Louis. Dec. 12.-Wheat-No. 2 red, no sales $1 26 bid cash: No. 8 red opened at G t 28k and closed at $1 28 January: St 25% February; S1 201 bid cash. CO rn-cash 46%; opened at 45 and closed at 44 December: opened at 48 and closed at 423 January. Oats 273 cash; 27K J.anuary; Pork $12 cash and January: $12 So February. O it meats-shoulders 4%;, cleat rib 6, clear sides ariu. Loose bacon tanchn a ed Lard nominal. Hogs declined 20a300. Whisky 1 o00. CINCINNArT Dee. 12.-Pork unchanged at $12. Bacon-Shoulders 6%.oat%; clear rib 73407%1; clear sides. e as i. hams 11a12. Green meats Shoulders 4%a ; clear rib 6; clear sides 63. Lard-Current make 7.80 bid; prime winter 8`6 (;s%. Hogs lower at 63 o0@4 25: receipts to-day 14.920. Whisky 51 08. NEW Yo.a, Dee. 12, 11:15 a. m.-Ooffee firm; sales 940 Pendergrast at 18% 4768 Halley, in lots. ordinary to fair, cargoes Maracaibo coffee. for future dtelivery, at 185; 550 Mavanilla and 4000 mats Java p. t. Sugar steady; sales 1400 hhds; refined sugar steady; yellow 68%@7%: extra 0 aes% ; standard A W9934 : off A s%0s8%; stan dard crushed 9%169%: powdered 93 ; granulated 9%; cut loaf y%. 2:40 p. m.-Coffee firm. Bugar steady. Refined sugar steady. Foreign mIarkets. LIVERPOOL, Dec. 12, 12:15 p. m.-Cotton steady: Middling Uplands 69-1:d; Middling Orleans Gad; sales 12.000 bales, 2000 of which were for export and speculation. Other quotations un changed. 1:45 p. m.-Flour ed better, at 293 ad for extra 4tate American. Wheat id stronger; spring los sd ,#11s 3d; California club i3s@13s 3d; do average 128 9d@ 13s. Canada peas 36sa36e 4d. LONDoN Dec. 12. 2 p. m.-Flour ed higher at 29s od. Wheat unchanged; cargoes of coast, Chicago spring 51s 6d@52s : red:winter,5es'1bsed ; California club, 62s; to arrive-Chicago, 51si 51s ad: California club. 59s 41ls. Corn un changed at 3.s 9d for cargoes off coast, and 30s to arrive. Imports into the United Kingdom during the past week-flour, upwards of 100,000 quarters, or about the same quantity as during the previous week; wheat-upwards of 340,000 quarters, or about 21,000 quarters more than during the previous week. Corn-Upwards of 6s,000 quarters. or about 100,000 quarters less than during the previous week. Arrivals off coast for orders light. Mark Lane reports wheat and corn steady. Ocean Freights. [By Telegraph.] N-xw Yonx.e- tn..-fleananrihts are mnr active aad rates rather more steady for grain vessels and not quite so strong on the berth by steam as yesterday, while sail vessels are slow at 48. -001-~e-- RIVER NEWS. OFFICE NEW ORLEANS DEMOCRAT, I Thursday. Dec. 13. 1877. ArriYals. Belle. Isabel, Blue Wing No. 3, Kate Kinney, Clara S., Yazoo Valley, James Howard. Departures. Alvin. Belle, Ouachita Belle, John Wilson, St. John, Golden City, La Belle Thompson Dean, Isabel, Blue Wing No. 3, Willie, Commonwealth, Clarksvillo. To Arrive. Isabel. Alvin, lower coast; Mary Ida, Henry Tete. Blue Wing No. 3, Belle. upper coast: Assumption. St. Mary, W. J. Poltevent. La fourche; (Gov. Allen, Ouachita Belle, Bayou Sara; J. H. Hanna, St. John Baton Rouge ; A. C. Donnally, Cincinnati; M1aria Louise, dart Able. C. H. Durfee. Red river; Frank Pargoud, Greenville; Tensas, Macon and Tensas; Nat chez, Vicksburg. Weather clear and quite cool yesterday. A very dense fog settled on the river Tuesday night, lasting until 9 o'clock yesterday morning. The boats due last night were delayed in conse quence. and did not arrive until late in the day. Among them were the Belle. Blue Wing No. 3. Clara B.. Yazoo Valley~and James Howard. Business was very fair. the Thompson Dean. Golden City and Commonwealth, in particular, havin fine trips out. The Yazoo Valley had a fine trip in. and Capt. Parisot, who came down on her, was making every effort to get her discharged and off again last night. The Clara S., from Bayou Bartholomew, had also a big trio in. and is receiving to return to-day positively, taking freight for all points on the Black and Ouachita livers to the mouth of the bayou. She is a new boat, a very fine and fast one, and is commanded by a very clever gentleman, Capt. Wm. Wenzeli. Messrs.,Lew Rice and June Dunbar are her efficient clerks. The Lotus Disaster-The Captain of the Gold Dust Gives an Explanation. The following letter has been received by a prominent merchant in this city from Capt. Gould, explanatory of his action in' the matter of the transportation of the crew of the ill-fated Lotus to this city, upon which there has been some comment, and which we willingly make room for: ST. Louis, December 0lo, 1877. To --. New Orleans, La.: Dear Sir-I have seen since my arrival here an extract purporting to be taken from the New Orleans Democrat, reflecting unjustly, as I think, upon the Gold Dust. While the facts are as stated. so far as the boat is concerned, I think, in justice to myself, the whole story should be told, which is briefly as follows: Upon our arrival at Bayou Sara, which was soon after the arrival there of the passengers and crew of the unfortunate steamer Lotus, which had burned a short distance below, my clerk came to my room, where I was confined by sickness, and said the Lotus had burned, and that passengers and crew were going to the city with us. I said, "All right: I sup pose they have lost everything; don't charge them any passage." During the next d(lay he came to me again and said: "The clerk of the Lotus is on board, and requests that I should make out as reasonable a bill as may be consistent and present it at the offlice of the Red River Transportation Com pany, who will pay it." I then told him the com pany was abundantly able to pay, and if they were to pay the bill. I thought they would be satisfied to pay half price for those in the cabin, and $2 each for those on deck, the boat furnish ing them meals. If tha6 was not satisfactory, I would make it so. The bill was made out and paid, and I heard nothing further in regard to it until I saw the paragraph from the DEMOCRAT. I know nothing of what the Katie and R. E. Lee may have done. Nearly all the crew went down on the "'Gold Dust," and if I had thought they were to pay their own passage I certainly should have charged them nothing. It will afford me pleasure to return to all, or any one of them, who feel aggrieved, the money they have paid if they will pDesent their claim on board of the Gold Dust when she ar rives in port. If the paper giving publicity to this thing can consistently make the proper correction it will place the transaction in its true light and me under obligations. Very truly yours, E. W. GOULD. Steamer Gold Dust. The W. J. Behan leaves Saturday for Minden, instead of the C. H. Durfee, previously adver tised. Capt. Joe Holmes stopped off the John Wilson for this trip. The Era No. o1, for B 7 if river, was unavoid ably detained. She goes to-day. The new Golden Rule, the handsomest boat of her inches on the river, is the Saturday Cin cinnati, Louisville and New Orleans Packet Company's steamer for the Ohio. Capt. O. P. Shinkle commands, W. R. Shaw clerk. The Natchez will arrive to-night from Vicks burg and return Saturday as usual. The John H. Hanna, for Baton Rouge to morrow, leaves at 10 a. m., instead of 12 m., as heretofore. The W. J. Poitevent for the Lafourche to-day at 5 p. M. The gilt edge.Maria Louise, Capt. H. J. Brink er leaves Saturday for Shreveport. The Gold Dust and the My Choice, with tow. are to leave St. Louis to-day, Part of the Commonwealth's cargo is 903 bales compressed cotton for Cairo. She has also 10 bales for Vicksburg. The James Howard arrived from Memphis and the bends yesterday, with one of her im mense trips of cotton, seed, etc., andis receiving to return to-day. The Howard is not only a great freight boat, but she is great also in her splendid cabin accommodations. Capt. B. B. Pegram commands, Mr. J. H. Chasseang clerk. The Kate Kinney arrived yesterday afternoon, having been detained b fog, which, together with the fat that part of her cargo is to be put off here will prevent her lesving to-day as ad vertised for fed river. She is announced to le ave to-morrow, and will go through to Shreve port. The New Orteenaand Bed iver Trnporta tion Compy snnaunee o Leefor mý oopqn.BIhens .a daý LL r*a&ft)Way s.. from Bi nvtllg tr tet r Wstea o. in , a . UoilertAon Wl tdIheJf e e and exaI ro to Donal son e he1 I line paqket Mary Ida., J. A. Ruiz master, leaves to-day, s usual, at 1 a. in., for the upper coast to the Welham plantation. The regular tri-weekly coast and Donaltseon ville nacket Henry Tete, J. F. Aucoin master, MH.. andry clerk, leavesto-day at 12 m.. mak ing all plantation landings in daylight. The New Orleans and Gulf Transportation Company's steamer Martha, W. S. Bassett mas ter, carrying the United States mail, leaves to day at 12 m. for Port Ends. The splendid passenger and United States mail steamer Frank Pargoud, J, M. White mas ter, Curt Holmes clerk. leaves to-day at 5 p. m, for Vicksburg, Greenville and mail landings. The sidewheel steamer W. J. Poitevent, U. D. Terrebonne master, Gabe Block clerk, leaves to-day for the Lafourche through to Thibo daux. Thd regular Tenses and Macon packet Tren ton. J. B. BSullivan master. J. L. Robbins clerk, laying over from yesterday. leaves to-day at 5 p.m. The regular Black and Bceuf rivers packet Era No. le, Tom Taylor master, Charles Freese clerk, leaves to-day at 5 p. m. for Eason's Ferry. The regular coast and Atchafalaya packet Bertha. H. H, Broad master, Theo. Jobin clerk, leaves to-day at p. inm, for Washington. The semi-weekly Bayou Lafourche and coast packet Assumpton, P. A. Charlet master. N. Z. Dupuis and Joe Lagrone clerks, leaves to-mor row at to10 a. m. for Thibodaux. The Gulf Transportation Company's steamer Alvin, W. T. Scovell master, leaves to-morrow at 12 m. for Port Eads. The fine steamer John H. Hanna. Frank Bergeron in command, leaves to-morrow at to a, m. for Baton Rouge and coast landings. Capt. E. B. Trinidad has charge of the office. The United States mail and passenger packet Gov. Allen, John J. Brown master. S. S. Streck clerk, leaves to-morrow at 5 p. m. for Bayou Sara. The Era of Competition. 1St. Louis Republican.] It is supposed that this era, par excellen-e will be inaugurated next spring on the rivers, as a very great increase in river commerce is anticiated. Already the contest is going on in the lower part of this great river, according to the New Orleans Times, which says: "There is a lively competition at present amond the steamboats in the Natchez, Bends and Memphis trade. Charges are reduced to less than half what they formerly were. A bale of bagging that formerly cost a dollar f6r freight is now carried for 40 cents, and a bun dle of hoops for to cents instead of 40 cents, as formerly. We hope this reduction will extend as far as St. Louis, and take in the grain trade." The "Vicksburg and New Orleans trade" has hitherto proved a bonanza for the owners of the gorgeous and rapid steamers enaged in it, but t. Louis boats, as noted above, have reached out for it, and not without success. Should the pool of St. Louis tonnage not be revived next spring, what may be the result on the -cenduct of --the -rer --service? The barge system of grain transportation need fear no competition but for package freight-even cot ton seed and oil cake-which these barges have been carrying largely, the steamers will earn estly strugale. Steamers in the New Orleans trade will also, it is supposed, make persistent efforts to secure the patronage embraced in shipments to Memphis. Vicksburg and all way landings, as they have been hitherto delivering numeron s. hipments to points between Vicks burg and New Orleans. The New Orleans steamboatmen of St. Louis have frequently talked about a necessity for breaking into that commercial territory the possession of which by the Anchor Line aom pany they have hitherto respected and refused to interfere with. What in this event is likely to he the action of the Anchor Line Company? Perhaps to build several rapid and elegantly furnished side-wheel boats to be added to their already splendid fleet. and extend their enterprise and superior man agement to the port of New Orleans in the shape of a reliable tri-weekly line. The banks of the Lower Mississippi are rich in freight and passenger traffic, and this traffic is growing rapidly, as one can judge by the fact that the wealthy owners of the Vicksburg and New Orleans packets are now building two o the fastest and costliest steamers ever construe f ed for the Mississippi river. The floating commerce of this river and its tributaries is apparently on the eve of an immense expan sion. The K. N. Line Packet Company has charter ed to the Babbage New Orleans barge line the barges East. West. North South and Keokuk. They are cargo-box, grain barges. It is said that the K. N. line has not at present one barge of its large fleet idle. Memphis Avalanche, December 11: The Katie P. Kountz went into Arkansas river on her way up early last Saturday, and the John Howard was expected at the mouth Satur day evening. The Dean and Howard cleaned nop all cotton at Terrene as they passed down. About 7oo bales awaited tonnage Saturday night. The Ashland, due out of Arkansas, might get this. The Scudder takes from the Lee wharfboat eoo bales cotton. 4oo bbls oil and about so tons sundries. The towboat Storm No. 3, with 13,000 bbles salt and a barge loaded with 2oe0 kegs of nails for the market, came in Sunday. She has several produce boats belonging to Spencer & Pukels, for the South, and will push on to-day or to morrow. IBy Telegraph.] VICKSURGo Dec. 12.-V. C. Dentzel: The steamer Ashland will arrive Thursday with 24o00 bales cotton. JOHN A. WILLIAMS. FOR MAKING Light Bread, Rolls, &c. SHEPARD'S IMPROVED Hop Yeast IS THE CHEAPEST AND WEST ARTICLE IN THE MARKET. ' O• Dyspeptics can eat Bread raised with this Yeast with impunity. ri~It is put up in half-pound tin eans, and warranted to keep any length of time in any climate. Full directions for use uro on every can, and if followed strictly, GOOD BREAD will be a certain result. FOR SALE BY GROCERS GENERALLY. RZ Man ufartured expressly for the Southerni Trade, by WM. H. SHEPARD, W.owLEsALs DEALER IN Teas, Spices, Mustards, &c. 58 Customhous4 St., NEW ORLEANS, LA. WOOD ! WOOD I WOOD ! C-ONSTANTLY RECEIVING PIR HONEY C OIsland line of steamers, J. F. Fraser. Jose phine and barges. At wholesale and retail Heney Island Wood and Coal Yards, No. er5 Julia, near Magnolia Bridge, New Basin, also at corner Carondelet Walk and Marais street, Old Basin. Main ofece. No. 158 Common street. 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Mottoes, eta~, is Vaied1 plotoiHE DRESS HeB DRESSMAKING DiP F" will be opened October 15, by Mrs. well known in this commun as one" most competent in this line of business. Orders filled at short notice; perfect 8fit entire satisfaction guaranteed. o001 A. CAPITON, ' MERCHANT TAILO a....... CA ONWEsI STUWre ....... Near Canal, Wishes to inform his customersn t lic in general that he has for sale We Evening uits, made in altogether and also Gentlemens' Fashionable To He has always on hand a nice aso the latest styles of Imported Goods, the best work in the city, at verr prices and satisfaction guaranted, nos 21m 8uTuThBa THE NEW AMERICAN 7 SEWING MACHINE COMPAI Having just opened a salesroom with a stock of the latest improved machines at 185 Canal street, we cordially invite the ladies and the generally to call and e e at~ This machine has all the LATod MENTS and is. maryelofiIN A PLICITY and DURABILITY. 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