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THE NEVW ORLEANI S DAILY D EMUUR AT.I
OFFICIAL .JOURNAL OF THE STATE OF LOUISIANA AND OF THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS.
VOL. II--NO. 245. NEW ORLEANS, SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 1878. PRICE, FIVE CENTS.
YELLOW FEVER.
PROGRESS OF THE SCOURGE YES
TERDAY.
Continued Spread of the Disease at
Vicksburg-Physicians and Nurses
Sadly Needed.
[Special to the Democrat.]
VICKSBUGnc, Aug. 23.-There is no telling
--wn we-- may liok for'a decline in the fever
in ohr city. It is rapidly increasing every
hour. Physicians say the number now down
will reach fully 600. New cases for the past
twenty-four hours are estimated at seventy
five.
The suffering among the poor whites and
negroes is beyond description. In some local
ities many of the corpses turn black and
show a blue spot in the flesh.
|Since my last report two more of our phy
sicians are down-one from the fever (Dr.
Booth, of the Hill City Infirmary,) and Dr.
Hunt from exhaustion. The latter expects
to be at his post again in a few days.
Unless help in the way of physicians and
competent and experienced nurses soon ar
rive we will be a (loomed community.
G. W. R.
Monroe Increases Her Vigilance to Prevent
Infection.
[Special to the Democrat.]
MONRoE, La., Aug. 23.-Monroe is perfectly
healthy, but to preservo the same she has
been compelled to organize an armed and
mounted police for both day and night duty.
A meeting of the police jury sanctions this
and provides for a 'parish police.
C. KELLER.
The Fever Spreading at Memphis and De
clared to be Epidemic by the Board
of Health-Some of the Prominent
Victims.
MEMPIIs, Aug. 23.--The yellow fever plague
continues without signs of abatement. The
Charleston Railroad depot and vicinity is
now within the infected air. Cases are also
reported at 418 Shelby street, on De Soto and
Linden streets, and at the Exposition build
ing on Court street. At this rate the entire
city will soon be enveloped with the malarial
poison.
Among death's victims to-day was Hon.
John Rousheaux, member of the State Legis
lature, who was on the street, well, less than
two days ago. Another death is that of Au
gustus Anderson, proprietor of the Avalanche.
J. Hill died at the Worsham House this morn
ing.
As yet none have been attacked at or about
the Peabody Hotel. Mr. J. C. Forbes was de
cently buried by the Howards this morning.
A servant at United States Senator Isham G.
Harris' residence, on Exchange street, was
attacked to-day. Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Hollings
are also down.
Gen. Smith, a Howard on duty at Grenada
for twelve days plast, was brought up from
there last night quite sick with fever. Gen.
Smith is Collector of this port, and he Is care
fully nursed at his rooms on Madison street.
The Howards have live nurses down with
fever; none of their members, except Smith,
have yet been attacked. Gen. Smith and Major
Anderson have been at Grenada since the
fever broke out. The rest, thirteen in num
. r on duty here. _They were strength
Ssed h ` :ýen n A. T. Cook, U.
A. Rearhart and Rev. Dr. Bo.gs, all of whom
are on active duty, and have gone among the
Eiek.
The movement of people from infected dis
tricts has been going on quit; slowly to-day.
The citizens' committee favored their forci
ble removal to tents in camps. The board of
health declared the fever epidemic to-day. It
had as well have been done a full week since.
The weather is beautiful and the air breezy.
but every breath is freighted with pestilence.
Report of the Howard Association.
MEMI'HIS, Aug. 23.-The Howardis to-night
report a large increase of new cases, and
their death list reaches eighty-two in all
since Saturday last. Mr. John C. Rogers is
dying. Drs. Marble and Frayzer are both
down. The Howards employed two more
physicians this evening. They are short of
nurses, eight or ten of their force being down
with fever.
Reports from Vicksburg, Grenada, Jack
son. Canton, Summit and Port
Gibson.
NEW YORC , Aug. 23.--A Grenada, Miss.,
special says: The situation yesterday was
more hopeful and encouraging than that of
any other part of this week. The weather
was clear, fair and warm, the best weather for
the treatment of the disease. Physicians, the
sick and dying, were given new life and hope
yesterday at the appearance of twenty addi
tional nurses from New Orleans. They had
come here in answer to a call sent to the
Howard Association on Tuesday last, asking
for more assistance. Of these twenty nurses,
four are white men, accompanied by eleven
white and five black women. They had no
fear of the disease, even in its most malignant
type, and at once set to work to nurse and
help the sick and (lying. In the last report
mention was made of fifty negroes who were
prostrated. Yesterday added to the list,
making sixty in all. These negroes when the
fever first broke out here, with few excep
tions, refused to wait upon the sick and
dying. They laughed at the disease, saying
that it never rode a nigger. Since Thursday
night, however, it went through their ranks
like wildfire, and yesterday those who are
well and who before considered themselves
plague-proof were fleeing in terrorfrom the
place. There have been 115 deaths to
ate. The outlook was more encouraging
last night.
The situation in Canton is also much more
encouraging. The fever there is not of such
a malignant type as that in Grenada.
In the country, four miles west of Summit,
Miss., a town of 3000 inhabitants, 186 miles
south of Grenada and eighty-eight miles
south of Canton, the fever broke out,and eight
persons are prostrated. The fever was Im
ported by refuge.es from New Orleans.
At Jackson, Miss., 111 miles south of Gre
nada, a great many have left the place, while
others are ready to leave.
Railroad men are suffering, owing to the
rules and regulations of various towns which
have quarantined.
At Port Gibson, Miss., ninety cases and five
deaths are reported. Eight nurses arrived
from New Orleans. The people are in great
want and distress.
At Vicksburg, Miss., the sexton's report
shows a decrease in the number of deaths,
there being fourteen for the past twenty-four
hours; but the increase in new cases is fear
ful, there being at least sixty for yesterday.
In one block seventeen new cases are reported,
sixteen colored and one white. Physicians es
timate 200 cases of fever not under treatment
or reported. There have been nearly 500 cases
to date. The weather was unfavorable yes
terday. New Orleans and Galveston have
been telegraphed to for help.
The sltuation at Grenada-A Graphic De
scription of Destitution and Death.
CI~TINNATI, Aug. 23.-A special dispatch to
the Cincinnati Enquirer from Grenada, Miss.,
August 22, says: Truly we feel like a God
forsaken people, and to-night our little band
feels that every man is doomed. In the
midst of our deepest troubles, when most
needed, brave and untiring Gen. W. J. Smith,
vice president of the Howard Association of
)emphis, was stricken down with the fever,
which nearly sent a death-blow to all hope to
the noble little brotherhood of Spartans hero
ically battling for the (lear lives of the strick
en and deserted people in this hour of deep
calamity. It is useless to attempt to describe
the state of affairs to-night. The trains pass
by us as though we were convicts. Not a
new face have we seen for days, nor will we
hereafter. I will be compelled to get my
death list from the grave diggers, as we are
now so disorganized that information is un
attainable.
The Secretary of War telegraphed the relief
committee that 200 tents had been sent here.
The question is, who will put them up? You
can't ind a mtan tbatis not nur&ing, and, in
short, there are not twenty active men in
this town to-night. We are lost; there is no
doubt of it, Who would dare enter this char
nel house? When the special train that was
sent in here to carry Gen. Smith to Memphis
left, it seemed all hope was gone, and to-night
the agony of the stricken, suffering for ice
water and attention, and calling for help, can
better ie imagined than described.
There is one brave man about thirty miles
from here, who is doing immense service to
these alflicted people, and his name should be
handed down to posterity. It is the special
reporter of the New York Herald, and he is
bold enough to date his specials from Gre
nada, and hourly annoys our poor over
worked operators for news. Dispatches are
sent to him here inquiring of his health, etc.
Please notify the world that we don't know
him as he has never dared to enter our little
circle. Every well nose is familiar, and a
stranger would shirk us. We have the
bravest little band the sun ever shone upon,
and consequently admire the bravery, the
charity of this sphynx, whose headquarters
are at Water Valley, instead of being with the
suffering.
A More Favorable R port--Subscriptions
In New York.
NEW YORK, Aug. 23.-Dispatches report
that fewer cases of yellow fever are reported
for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight
last night, although the disease seems to be
spreading in Mississippi and Memphis.
The government will send a large number
of rations to Grenada.
Large subscription.s continue for the infect
ed districts. Over $3000 were raised in this
city yesterday.
The New York Chamber of Commerce
and the Fever.
NEw YOiK, Aug. 23.-A meeting of the
Chamber of Commerce was held to-day,
President Babcock in the chair, to organize
measures for the relief of yellow fever suf
ferers in the South. Gen. IBussey, president
of the New Orleans Chamber, made a brief
address on the subject of the spread of the
disease in New Orleans, and made an earnest
appeal for aid for the afflicted.
On motion, a committee was appointed to
solicit and receive subscriptions and dis
tribute the funds collected among the cities
and districts afflicted by the fever.
The meeting then adjourned.
The Brooklyn Face.
BnOOKLYN, Aug. 23.--Wm. Shultz, the yel
low fever patient who was removed to quar
antine Wednesday, died last night. He was
employed as a laborer at quarantine, and it is
supposed contractedl the disease while un
loading a cargo of log wood last Saturday.
PEA( EABLE AND READY TO MOVE.
The Red Cloud and *potted Tall Sloux
Report of the Indian Commission.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 23.--Gen. D. S. Stanley,
U. S. A., Hon. J. M. Haworth, IHon. A. L.
Riggs and Commissioner of Indian Affairs
Hoyt, the Sioux commission, had a confer
ence with the President this morning. Major
Obierne, who accompanied the commission
West as correspondent, was also present. A
general conversation was had about the re
moval of the Spotted Tail and Red Cloud In
dians, and the members of the commission
gave the President a general outline of the
report which they would make. The princi
pal recommendation of this report will be
that the Red Cloud Indians be removed to
White Clay creek and Spotted Tail located on
the Rosebud; that a general depot for both be
located on the Missouri river below White
river, and that the names of the agencies be
changed to ()gallalla and Rosebud.
The President inquired as to the water on
the new reservations and the conditions of the
country. He expressed gratification when he
learned that the country was excellent for In
dians in all respects.
In reply to his inquiries if there would be any
trouble in the removal, answers were given
that there would not be. The Indians are per
fectly peaceable, and there would be no trou
ble with them. Recent reports to the contra
ry were sensational. The only cause for trou
ble would be the failure of the government to
carry out its agreement. This would be done
promptly. ,Commissioner Hoyt assured the
President that there would be no unnecessary
delay. Three millions five hundred pounds of
freight had already been purchased and was
ready to be shipped to them. The President
expressed himself satisfied with the work of
the commission, and that body withdrew.
The War Department directs that the su
perintending general of the recruiting ser
vice will cause seventy-five recruits to be pre
pared and forwarded under proper charge to
Omaha Barracks, where they on arrival will
be reported to the commanding officer of the
Ninth Infantry for assignment to companies
A, D, F and K of his regiment.
The Railroad C-nterence-New Rates
Adopted.
SARATOrA, Aug. 23.-The railroad confer
ence met at 12 o'clock to-day. It was agreed
to advance East bound freight rates from all
Western points on the basis of thirty-five
cents from Chicago on grain and flour. Rates
were also increased five cents per hundred
pounds on all fourth class freight. The divi
sion of live stock freights from St. Louis was
agreed to be settled by arbitration. It was
determined to discontinue the practice of re
turn passes for attendants of stock shipments,
commencing from September 1. The passen
ger rates East from St. Louis, on which there
has been so much cutting, were restored to
the regular schedule figures.
The reformation of the passenger commis
sion abuse will save the roads $3,000,000 per
annum. The enormous amount has not been
paid for business, but simply for neutrality.
The advance in freight rates does not quite
bring them up to those obtained last year.
Over twenty controlling roads are repre
sented, including all lines east from St. Louis
and Chicago, all trunk lines, and the most
important New England roads. The whole
conference has been very harmonious, every
body showing a spirit of concession and a dis
position to obtain fair rates without oppress
ing the public. It will probably continue its
sessions for two or three days.
Union Pacific Land Grant Bonds.
Naw YOVRK, Aug. 23.-The statement issued
by the Union Pacific Railroad Company shows
sales from January 1 to August 13. 1878, ofe
1,567,672 acres of land. These sales have pro
vided for the cancellation of $8,133,502 66 of the
land grant bonds, leaving in the company's
hands 11,232,328 acres for the unprovided bal
ance of $2,266,497 34.
James and Roscoe to Canvass Illinois
CHICAGo, August 23.-Hon. J. G. Blaine and
HIon. Roscoe C,,nkling have been invited to
speak in this State during the coming cam
paign. They are to speak at Chicago, Bloom
ington, Springfield and other leading cities.
Coin and Currency in the Treasury.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 23.-Coin balance in the
treasury at the close of business to-day $235,
589,000, showing an increase of $28.382.000
since the close of business on the thirty-flrst
of July. The currency balance was $4,539,
030, an increase of nearly $3,000,000 during the
same period.
TIlE POTTER INQUIRY.
MAJOR BURKE AGAIN ON THE STAND.
An Interesting Letter-The Wiltness Horne
Will Testify After He Has Looked
Over Certain Telegrams and Papers.
NEw YoRIK, Aug. 23.-There was a large at
tendance of spectators to witness the pro
ceedings of the Potter committee to-day.
When the session opened no reply had been
received from Gov. Young, of Ohio, though
one was subsequently received.
The witnessWmin. E. Horne, said it had not
been his purpose to appear here as a witness.
His refusal to testify to all that transpired at
the time of the electoral commission was
principally because there had been an ex
haustive review of the whole subject by
Major Burke. So far as witness knew the
facts they were fairly stated by Burke. Wit
ness would at some future time, after pre
paration, tell all lie knew. He had full and
daily dispatches of all that occurred at
Washington to Gov. Young, who had been
kind enough to say they were exact, and that
all of them were at the time shown to Gov.
Hayes.
lie did ndt mean, in refusing to answer yes
terday, that he had any knowledge which he
was withholding. He was willing, as soon as
he got his telegrams and papers, and re
viewed them, to come before the committee
and testify fully. Until then he desired to be
excused.
In answer to Chairman Potter, witness said
he was at present an attache of the Surgeon
General's office, on clerical duty. He was
then excused for the present, and Major
Burke resumed the stand.
Butler took up the examination upon th'
legal case of Louisiana. Witness was exam
ined at length relative to the laws governing
the Returning Board and Legislature. Wit
ness gradually went over the ground so often
gone over in previous sittings of the commit
tee, relative to the inauguration of the
Nicholls Legislature, the claims by the Re
turning Board, etc., taking much time but
giving no new facts.
Witness was thenrexamined as to certain
dispatches sent to Mr. Horne and others rela
tive to Louisiana affairs.
Mr. Butler took a letter from a package
handed him by witness yesterday. The sig
nature was torn. Burke said it was a private
letter, and did not kinow it was in the pack
age. He would not reveal the name of the
writer unless his consent was given. He
would telegraph asking the writer's consent
to disclose his name.
Butler then proceeded to read the letter, as
follows :
IConfidential.]
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
V ashington. March 5 1877.
Dear Mojor-I inclosed your two telegrams
received this morning. I underlstand a note
from you was left at my house early in the
day, but I have not been able to find it. I
think there will be dilficulty, not only in the
formation of a Cabinet, but in its first se's
sions, however formed, on the Louisiana
question. Sherman will make the fight. He
represenits the party and will look to his own
suprernacy and success in 1881. He wants
lackeys around him, especially Southern
lackeys, in the Cabinet, in the Senate and
Custom-House, and all offices. lie
will break Hayes down. I mean
to tell Hayes so at my next interview. He
means we shall trade. Hayes has no such
purpose. The country will condemnu a bar
gain. It will damn those who make it, espe
cially if they get Federal offices of any kind
for themselves. Taking Key instead of Joe
Johnston shows that they want putty, and
that their Southern policy is a shamn. Shier
man will play ball with us, bribhe and bully.
I intend to stand clear and assume
the offensive at the opening of Congress.
They have no idea of upholding Pack
ard-none in the world-but they will
try to make some of our unitiate+d believe they
will so as to build on their fears. I repeat
they will bully and bribe, threaten some with
Packard, bribe others with offices, and tho.y
will trust no men from the South with reins
and power, real independent. Hayes would
like to do so, but Sherman will prevent; but
they will n-ever get Hayes to recognize Pack
ard nor use the troops against' them. I hope
as soon as you are installed and get your
office in order you will return. This is a free
letter. You can show it to the Governor but
nobody else. Yours sincerely,
(onlgnUeu)
The signature had been torn off here, Some
other unimportant letters were read.
Witness was closely questioned as to cer
tain terms contained in the guarantee made
before the Wormhley couference, and which are
not to be found in printed pamphlets. The
draft of the Wormley conference agreement
had been interlineated both in pencil and ink,
materially changing it from its original form.
Witness saidl both sets of alterations were in
his handwriting and made by order of Stanley
Matthews in order to meet the views of Sena
tor Morton, who demanded that the Nicholls
government should agree to respect the thir
teenth and fourteenth amendments to the con
stitution in spirit as well as letter.
Witness was asked if Senator Morton fa
vored the abandonment of th,. Packard gov
ernment. He said lie understood from Mat
thews that Morton favored Hayes' policy.
Butler asked witness who else was roped
in. Witness said lie understood that Frye, of
Maine, was willing to be roped in until he
failed of a Cabinet appointment. He believed
all influential Republicans were willing to
abandon Packard.
The following dispatch from Gov. Young
was read:
"So far as I am concerned. Mr. Horne is at
liberty to testify all he knows. I have no se
crets to conceal as to our correspondence or
telegraph. . THos. L. YoUNG."
The balance of the session was occupied by
Burke explaining to the committee, as well
as he could remember, certain telegrams
which he had received from different persons
in Washington; also, an interview he had
with Mr. Gibson at Washington.
The committee then adjourned till to-mor
row.
SPOR I N(G NOTES.
THE HARTFORD RACES.
Rarus Against Time-He Beats All Pre
vious Records for Three Con
seculve Heats.
HARTFORD, Aug. 23.--To-day terminated
the most successful meeting ever held by the
Charter Oak Park Association. All the con
ditions,were highly favorable toa grand wind
up. the weather was fine, just about warm
enough for fast time and not too hot for com
fort. The track was in splendid condition,
and fully 10,000 persons witnessed the races.
The interest of the audience was centered on
Iarus, who was to trot three heats against
time, the conditions of which were that tie
should trot three consecutive heats, with an
average of 2:15 or better, for which he was to
receive $1000; -hould he beat 2:14, $500 addi
tional. He did both. The three heats were
trotted without a break, after a most mag
nificent start. Time, 2:15, 2:13%, 2:13[4, the
three fastest consecutive heats ever trotted.
When the result of the last heat was an
nounced Rarus received a most generous re
ception from the audience.
Edwin Forrest was then driven in two exhi
bition heats. Time, 2:14%, 2:16. He trotted
the first half of the second heat in 1:05% and
would, no doubt, have trotted the mile in 2:14
had he not broken at the three-quarter pole.
To please the audience Dan Mace drove
Hopeful a half mile. Time, 1:06%.
In the third heat of the 2:20 class a collision
occurred at the quarter pole between King
Philip and Powers, and both drivers were
thrown out. King Philip was stopped at once,
'but Powers, thoroughly trightened by the
yells of the excited crowd, ran around the
track, with the sulky attached to him, three
times. All efforts to head him were of no
avail until John Murphy mounted a horse,
and, riding alongside of Powers, finally suc
ceeded in stopping him. No damage was
done and no one hurt; both horses appeared
in the next heat.
The first race was the 2:26 class, for a purse
of $1500, In which there were eleven entries
and seven starters. Steve Maxwell was the
favorite, selling at $20, Jersey Boy $12, field
$10. The race was won by Bateman, he tak
ing the third, fourth and fifth heats, Wolford
second money. Steve Maxwell third. Time:
2:22, 2:23%, 2:23%, 2:20%/, 2:22/.
The second event was the 2:20 class. There
were ten starters, and in the pools Albermarle
.d -at-1ý?5,withthe field at $10. The race
was won by Albermarie, John H. second, Ade
laile third, Lew Scott fourth. The fourth
heat was a dead heat between Scott and John
HI. Time: 2:20, 2:21%, 2:19.
The Saratoga Races.
SARATOGA, Aug. 23.--The first race, purse
$300, handicap for all ages, of which $50 to go
the second horse, entrance fee, for one mile,
was won by Vermont, with Rifle second.
Time, 1:44%.
The second race, purse $400, handicap for
all ages, $100 to go to the second horse, en
trance fee, for a mile and three-quarters,
was won by Inspiration, with Kinky second.
Tirne, 3:12.
The third race, purse $300, handicap for all
ages, $50 to go to the second horse, entrance
free, for three-quarters of a mile, was won by
Egypt, with Lady Salyers second. Time,
1:17.
The last event of the day, purse $300, all
ages, winner to be sold at auction, for a mile
and a quarter was won by Lucifer, with Kil
bourne second. Time, 2:12,%.
Base Ball.
Pr.rsnura, Aug. 23.-Indianapolis 0, Prov
Idencel 4.
CLEVELAND, Aug. 23.-Forest Citys 9, Uti
cas 3.
BALTIMORE, Aug. 23.-Pittsfields 4, Balti
mores 11.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass., Aug. 23.-New Bed
fords 2, Worcestets 1.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Aug. 23.-Springficlds
4, Holyokes 3.
LOWELL, Mass., Aug. 23.-Lowells 9, Man
chesters 4.
BUrFFALO, N. Y., Aug. 23.-Buffalos 11,
Stars 0.
MISCELLANEOUS.
Heavy Damage to Property from Ele
vated Raialroads.
NEW YORK, Aug. 23.-The estimated dam
age to property along and near the line of the
Metropolitan Railway alone, irom Rector to
Fifty-ninth street, will reach from $25,000,000
to $35,000,000, and some persons say $50,000,
000. When the Metropolitan shall have been
completedl, and the New York Elevated Rail
road also, the damage, it is thought, will
amount to fully $100,000,000.
Will of Montague, the Late Actor.
NEW YORKx, Aug. 23.-The following is a
copy of the will of H. J. Montague, the actor.
It was found written on a leaf torn from his
diary, and is not dated :
If anything happens to me I make this my
last will and testament in favor of my mother,
who is to take everything I possess. In ctse
of her death my sister inherits all my effects,
and Simon and Arthur Sewell I appoint execu
tors. H. J. MONTAGUE.
On the back it was witnessed by T. R. Ed
ward and Louis M. Simons.
An American Vessel in Distress Plun
dered by San Domingans.
NEW YORKu, Aug. 23.-The steamer Tybee,
from Sain Domingo, reported that the Ameri
can schooner K. C. Rankin, Capt. Bishop,
from New York, for Jacmel, June 18, went
ashore on Loana Point, San Domingo, .July
12, when the vessel was boarded by the na
tives, who drove off the crew, took possession
and destroyed what they could not take
away. A small part of the cargo was saved
and taken to San Domingo and sold. The
crew were taken off by a coasting schooner
and landed at San Domingo city. They were
brought here by the Tybee.
Wanted for Htagnmy and Forgery.
MONTrEAL, Aug. 23.--Four years ago a
young man nanmed Henry W. Greaterx, who
took a prominent part in the Dorchester
Methodist Church, and who had just mar
ried an estiniable young lady of the congre
gation. Suddhely disappeared. The fellow, it
1s now learned, went to Providence, R. I.,
married a young lady there under the as
soumed name of Thomas Patterson, subse
ouently left there, and is now wanted by de
tectives to answer charges of bigamy and
forgery.
A Rhode Island Scandal In High Life.
NEwronrT, R. I., Aug. 23.-Gen. Albert Gal
latin Lawrence, son of Wmin. Beach Lawrence,
filed in the Supreme Court of Newport
county a petition for divorce from his wife,
widow of an oilicer in the regular army,
killed during the war. Gen. Lawrence al
leges her adultery with one Van Dannest, for
merly secretary of the Belgian legation at
Washington. She has left her husband and
gone to Europe, where Gen. Lawrence, some
time ago, had a hostile meeting with Van
Dannest, at which one shot was exchanged
without bffect. When Gen. Lawrence started
for Europe, Mr. James Gordon Bennett and
Mr. Carroll Livingston, of New York, were
both In Paris and were consulted by him. It
is reported that both went with him to the
meeting, and that Bennett acted as one of the
seconds.
Horace White's Views on the Commercial
Crisis.
NEW YORK, Aug. 23.-The Congressional
Labor Committee met to-day. Horace White,
of the Chicago Tribune, who claimed to have
given much attention to the labor question,
testified that Oe thought that the present
commercial crisis is only a similar one to
such as has occurred the whole world over
for 200 years. He thought all such crises
have been preceded by enormous speculation.
He thought the principal cause of the crisis
of 1873 was speculations in railroad enter
prises and not real estate investments. The
nature of the currency, in his opinion, has
little to do with the crisis. He didn't think
the introduction of machinery had very much
to do with the present difficulties, and did not
believe there was any faith in a change in the
distribution of wealth in this country by
legislation except through taxation.
MARINE NEWS.
PORT EADS, Aug. 23, 6 p. m.-Wind east,
strong. Weather partly cloudy.
Arrived: American schooner R. B. Locke,
Pitri master, 12 days from Puerto Cortes,
with fruit to G. Grande.
Sailed : Schooner F. L. Richardson.
SOUTHWEST PASS, Aug. 23, 6 p. m.-Barom
eter 29.50. Wind east, light. Weather clear
and paeasant.
No arrivals.
The ship Cromwell, previously reported ar
rived Icr orders, sailed this morning for Bal
timore.
NEW YORK, Aug. 23.-Arrived: Baltic from
Liverp,,ol; Java, from Antwerp; Hansa and
Oder, from Bremen; Tybee, from San Do
mingo; Antra, from Hull.
BosTON, Aug. 23.-Arrived: Capenus, from
Liverpool.
QUEENSTOWN, Aug. 23.-Sailed: City of
Chester, for New York.
LIVERPOOL, Aug. 23.-Arrivea: Andean,
from New Orleans; Caledonia and Erin, from
New York.
"I wish you had been Eve," said an urchin
to a stingy aunt, proverbial for her meanness.
"Why so?' "Because," said he, "you would
have eaten all the apple instead of dividing
it."
FOREIGN NEWS.
ENGLAND.
A False Report of the Associated Press.
LONDON, Aug. 23.-The dispatch published
in the newspapers of the New York Associ
ated Press, under date of Paris, August 4
alleging that Switzerland has received a grand
diploma for the exhibition for watches, also
nine gold medals, proves upon investigation
to have been little more than an advertise
ment for the Swiss Watch Company, and is
greatly at variance with the spirit of the facts,
as will be seen by the official announcement
that thee tdihst-rit.nnin nof wards will not be
made by the exhibition judges until after the
eighteenth of September. The dispatch was
evidently intended to give the impression
that Switzerland had beaten all competitors.
The fact is that no individual or firm of any
foreign nation will receive a higher premium
than American exhibitors. Is it not about
time that promiscuous advertising through
the New York Associated Press, and espe
cially to the detriment of American manufac
turers, was stopped ?
Entertainment of Mr. Cunliffe by the
American Exhibitors.
LONDON, Aug. 23.-Mr. Cunliffe, one of the
British commissioners to the Paris Exposi
tion, was yesterday entertained on board
Capt. Boynton's yacht by the American ex
hibitors. Many prominent gentlemen were
present. The American food department
of the exhibition supplied a sumptuous re
past, which was much relished by the invited
guests. Commissioner General McCormick
presided. Many toasts were drunk and
speeches and propositions made.
The Signatory Powers and the Greek UI
tlmatpim.
LONDON, Aug. 23.-Advices from Berlin,
Vienna, Paris, Rome and St. Petersbirg, re
ceived at the Foreign Office here, Indicate the
great powers are disposed to support the
claims of Greece, and that they will approve
of her sending an ultimatum to the Porte de
fining what is necessary in the matter of the
rectification of her frontier.
The Government of Eastern Roumella
Russians Going Home.
LONDON, Aug. 23.-The commission pro
vided for by the treaty of Berlin to organize
the government of Eastern Roumrnelia will
meet at Constantinople in September.
The Russians are making preparations for
the evacuation of San Stefano and for their
return home.
The Irish Nationals and Judge Keogh.
LONDON, Aug. 23.--The unhappy mental
aberration which overtook Judge Keogh at
Brussels has been made the occasion of a vio
lent attack upon him by the Irish Nationalists
and the Home Rule press. A bitter antago
nism to the judge has long been cherished by
the party represented by these papers. He
has been remembered as one who had proved
false to his promise and as a traitor to his
country, and they are now denouncing him
as a madman and a would-be murderer.
Heavy Failure-Liabilities, ,ii20,000.
LONDON, Aug. 23.-Samuel Wild, a cotton
spinner and proprietA)r of Rockdale colliery,
has failed. His liabilities are estimated at
$620,000.
Lord Dufferin to Go to Asia Minor.
LONDON, Aug. 23.-It is believed that Lord
Dufferin will be appointed British Commis
sioner to Asia Minor.
FRANCE.
Rumors That President MacMahon In
tends to Resign.
IPARs, Aug. 24.-Rumors are persistently
circulated that Marshal MacMahon has de
cided to resign the presidency of the French
Republic, and will retire from the office to
private life.
Our Monetary Conferees Dine With Minis
ter Noyes.
PARIS, Aug. 24.-The delegates to the inter
national monetary conference from the United
States were entertained to-day at a banquet
given in their honor by United States Minis
ter Noyes. The entertainment was very en
joyable.
GERMANY.
A Declination with Thanks.
PARIS, Aug. 23.--Germany declines, with
thanks, the invitation to attend the monetary
conference.
AUSTRIA.
Attack of the Montenegrins Upon a Turk
ish Town.
VrgINA, Aug. 24.---Dispatches received here
state that the Montenegrins are shelling the
town of Podgoritza.
TURKEY.
The Porte Will Surrender Batoum, But
Will Not Discuss with Greece.
LONDON, Aug..23.-A Berlin dispatch to the
Daily News says: A note from the Porte was
received here to-day agreeing to surrender
Batoum, but positively refusing to enter into
any discussion with Greece.
GREECE.
Sanction of the Signatories Asked for an
Ultimatum to the Porte.
LONDON, Aug. 23.-A dispatch from Athens
says: It is stated on semi-official authority
that the Greek government has requested
permission of the signatory powers to send
an ultimatum to the Porte.
CHINA.
The Loss of Life by the Great Famine,
LONDON, Aug. 23.-Official advices received
by the English government from consular
officers in China report that the loss of life
by the Chinese famine is estimated at 7,000,
000 people.
CANADA.
The Single Scull Race at Hamilton.
HAMILTON, Ont., Aug. 23.--The water was
in good condition for the great single scull
race, which came off here this afternoon. The
attendance was large, and as each oarsman
appeared on the water he was enthusiastic
ally cheered by his admiring friends. Among
the spectators was Edward Hanlon, but he
did not take part in the race.
With the exception of Wallace Ross, who
appeared a little the worse for his late illness.
the oarsmen were jn good trim. Ross got off
first, McKen second. Plaisted led at the half
mile, and at the turn Hosmer took the lead
and took Morris' water. Morris then fagged,
and Plaisted got into what appeared second
place. McKen pushed the pair, he
pulling in the fourth place. Hos
mer turned his buoy in the most
scientific manner and, by doing so, gained a
boat's length on Morris. The rest of. the race
was a shallow farce. Hosmer won as he
liked; Morris was second, Wallace Ross
third, McKen fourth, Plaisted fifth, Luther
sixth, Elliott and Harry Coulter anywhere.
Edward Ross did not start, as he had no
boat, and could not row in the one offered
him. The purse was $1000, of which $475
went to first, $275 to second, $150 to third, $75
to fourth, and $25 to fifth. Time, taken by
Hanlon, was twenty-four minutes and twenty
four seconds, but the course is said to be much
short of four miles. Twenty-eight minutes
and twelve seconds is as good time as the
champion has ever known for four miles to be
done in.
LOUISIANA.
Webster will hold its parish convention
August 19.
The police jury of St. Landry have quar
antined the whole parish.
New Iberia will hold its parish nominating
convention August 26.
The Democratic parish nominating conven
tion of Plaquernines will be held at the court
house on the first Monday of October next.
We notice that the workingmen of Mor
gan City, of both colors, have organized a
Worktgi mns Uon-.--------------
During Thursday's storm the lightning rod
of the Presbyterian church was struck, and
eight hogs, lying near where the rod entered
the ground, were killed.--[Vienna Sentinel.
An old negro man on Bayou Robert had a
setting hen to hatch out a brood of chickens,
seven cranes and four or five water turkeys,-
[lRapides People.
It is reported that a shad was caught in the,
vicinity of Clio, last week, weighing twenty
seven pounds and measuring three feet four
inches in length.-[Port Vincent Livings
tonian.
On last Thursday, at the residence of Mr.
H. Treadway, a short distance below Pointes-.
a-la-Hache, and on the opposite side of the
river, an Italian died of yellow fever.--Pla
quemines Observer.
There s a rumor that a move is being made
to organize an independent ticket in this par
ish. So far there is nothing definite known
about this movement beyond the rumor to
that effect.-[Pointe Coupee Record.
Mr. Wm. Martin. delegate to the Baton
Rouge convention from this ward, returned
home by way of Bayou Plaquemine, after
riding seventy-six miles in a skiff, which was
done to evade New Orleans and quarantine.
jLafayette Advertiser.
The cotton crop in St. Tammany and Wash
ington parishes, from Covington to Adams'
creek, on the Columbia road, are splendid
better than it has been for several years. The
latest corn that was planted has been ruined
for want of rain. All other crops-rice. pota
toes and peas--are good.--[St. Tammany Far
mer.
The rainy weather of this week is just the
thing for our sugar planters. The cane are
growing finely, and unless there should pre
vail a gale of wind and rain within thirty
dlays, the cane crop will be the best harvested
in this parish since the war. The rain retards
wood hauling for the mills.-[Iberville South.
During the storm of Monday night, light
ning struck the house of Mr. F. S. Hall, in
Waterproof. Our informant states that a
daughter of Mr. Hall's was stunned by the
stroke, and a horse, which was under the
house, also suffered from the shock. The
lightning rod on the building being discon
nected with the ground, was thought to be
the cause of the accident.-[Tensas Journal.
At the competitive examination for a cadet
ship to West Point, held in Baton Rouge on
the sixth instant, after a thorough examina
tion by a committee of competent gentlemen,
tlhe prize was awarded to Master John New
ton Thomas son of G. M. Thomas, Esq., of
East Baton ltouge. Master Arthur Isomn was
selected as alternate.--[West Baton Rouge
Sugar Planter.
Last Saturday the Greenbackers held a
meeting, and about 120 voters were present.
The Toledo platform was read, and some re
solutions were also read, after which Dr.
Gardner made a speech, and R. W. Knicker
bocker, attorney at law, likewise spoke in
favor of said party; after which the roll of
membership was declared open, and all pre
sent were requested to enroll, but unexpect
edly only nine joined, and it being impossible
to effect an organization that right, it was
po.to(on, u"~ i n(ext Saturday nigyt.--[Don
aldsonville Chief.
We have taken the trouble to inquire of
every one we could see from different parts of
the parish, and from every direction we hear
that the crops are good. Corn will give an
excellent yield, and will soon be ready to be
housed. Cotton is doing well, looks well, well
bolled, and free from the destroying vermin.
Cane is looking very good, and promises to
give a handsome yield. Upon the whole, the
prospects are very promising, and if there is
no back-set between this and the time these
crops are gathered splendid crops will be
made.-[Baton Rouge Advocate.
A negro recently shot and killed a white ia
,orcr tin 'ointe Coupee parish, and, after he
was dead, deliberately discharged the re
maining barrel of his shot-gun at the head of
his victim and blew out his brains. The de
mon tnen endeavored to make his escape to
the swamp, but was captured by a crowd of
residents and handed over to a justice of the
peace for safe-keeping, who placed a guard
over him. The sentinel was relieved of his
charge during the night, however, and the
murderer was called upon to yield up his life
by a band of armed men as an expiation of
his crime.-[East Feliciana Patriot-Democrat.
For the past fifteen days we are having a
shower of rain every day. Last Tuesday,
when the watery visitation came, it was pre
ceded by an unusual strong wind, lightning
and thunderbolts. But no sooner had the
rain ceased than the heavens cleared, and the
sun sent forth its burning rays, which had
the effect of absorbing every dr ,p of water
that had been so beneficently sprinkled over
our fields. Yesterday all day the weather
was cloudy and cool. Our parish will be
blessed this year with the largest and finest
rice crop ever raised here. The cutting is
being pushed with a will. The river is still
falling very fast. From the time it has com
menced declining our river tront has gained a
beach of seventy-five feet.-[Plaquemines Ob
server.
Emigrants from a New Field-More to
Come.
NEW YOXR, Aug. 23.-Among the emigrants
who arrived yesterday is the first family of
Servians that has ever emigrated to these
shores. The father's name is Joseph Obad
Arbine Damasquin, and with him are
his wife, six sons and one daughter.
Previous to 1860 they resided in Damascus,
but a general massacre committed by the
Druses in that year forced them to take
refuge in Beyrout, where they remained until
their departure for the United States. They
lost several relatives, victims to the fury of
the I)ruses, and left without a dollar, their
homes and household off.,( ts having fallen
into the hands of the butchers.
The head of the family is master of several
languages, and was professor of Greek and
Arabic and dictator of the college at Beyrout.
It was this man who taught a majority of the
American missionaries the Arabic language.
Their object in coming here is to share off
the Turkish yoke, and get rid of the continual
danger to which Christians are exposed in
Syria. They say that during the late war be
tween Turkey and Russia the Sultan scat
tered 200,000 Circassians over Syria, and there
is danger of revolt at any time. The Da
masquin family intend to settle here perma
nently and apply for papers of citizenship.
They assert that a large number of families
in Syria are anxious to emigrate to this coun
try.
The Egyptian lotos grows at Selden's cove,
on ttWe Connecticut river, not far from Long
Island Sound, and its rare and beautiful
blossoms are always in great demand, from
$2 to $10 having been offered for them.
Every effort to transplant the plant has been
unsuccessful, and only at one spot on the
North Carolina coast does it grow elsewhere
in this country. The origin of the lotos at
Selden's cove is attributed by tradition to
some seeds which blew from a shipload of
Egyptian rags passing the river. The blos
soms are of a delicate pale buff color and
larger and finer in their texture than the
yellow pond-lilies of this country.

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