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SATHERED ABOUT TOWN,
Interesting Items Gleaned by
Journal Reporters.
Zion workers will be to the front
March 26th.
Messrs. Moyer, Raymond and
Crouse are the Democratic delegates
to the State conveutiou.
All the Democratic candidates in
the recent city convention had their
price. '
First was last. We believe this is
inaccordance with the prophetie pre
diction.
Tommie Allsop and Nick Buller
did not make a fight to go to the
Democratic city or county convention
Tom expects to go as a delegate to
the National couvention, and Nick
expects to —-- go on with business
at the old stand.
The man who wrote the article in
Sunday's 7 elegram on the color line,
is opposed to a colored delegate tc the
State convention, this i 3 the reason
why he was tos much of a cur to sign
the names of the several co'ored. citi
zens.
Remember the Zion workers.
Mr. Carl Williams celebrated his
twenty-fourth anniversary Sunday,
March 9th, with a brekfast to a few
intimate frinds.
Prof. M. 1. Laytou celebrated his
twenty eighth anvivarsary Monday,
March 10th.
The leap year party will take place
next Thursday evening. Over 150
invitations have been issued to gen
tlemen.
Mr. Buart Lewis will be married to
one of our society belles shortly.
Bethel literary ‘met Tuesday night
with a fair attendance. The debsie
between Messrs. Il Howsard and Geo,
Fry was coucluded, the judges beiny
unable to decide which has been the
greatest evil to the negro race, “in
temperance or =lavery.
How absut that spiing suit.
Ice cream season is fast approach
ing. So girls take warning; leap year,
One of our young men will shortly
take unto himselt a wife. We wish
him much happiness.
The funeral ot Mrs. Hattie Taylor
took place from DBathel church on
Tuaesday aftertoon.
The Old IYulks’ concert, given for
the benefit of Wesley church, was
well attended and seemed to be highly
appreciated.
Theodore IFry bas but few equals
in the lightning musket drill.
The barbers are on a strike.
Mr. Samuel Hall will shortly ap
pear at Shakespeare hall.
Rev. Lawrence Miller, tke new
pastor in charge of Elder street ’res
byterian church, preached on last
Sabbath evering quite an interesting
sermon,
Mr. Seaton, of Coatsville, is spend
ing a few days in the city and lis the
guest of Jacob Cumpton, Jr.
The blue birds Lave commenced
o sing,
We will soon have the equinoctial
storms.
The Mite Society of the Eider
street Presbyterian church met at the
residence of Mrs. Miller, where an in
teresting programme was presented.
A petition has been signed by some
of our most prominent citizens for the
erection of a new market house.
Politics are being freely discussed.
Shad flies bave put in their appear
ance.
Kaster is rapidiy approaching.
Rev. Persoll wiil preach a sermon
to the Wesley Sabbath school on
Kaster Sunday at 3 p. m.
We have an abundance of mud.
Mr. Edward Taylor bas gone to
Philadelphia to spend several weeks.
The death of bis mother proved a
severe shock to him.
Wesley Literary.
The Wesley Literary met as usual
on Thursday evening, but was devoid
of interest. Persons being on the
programme for some cause unknown
absentep themselves. The select
reading of Miss Mary Popel, entitled
“The ’olish Boy,” was heartily en
chored. Reading by Miss H. Verry.
Rev. Lawrence Miller, pastor of
Elder street Presbyterian church,
kindly consented to make a few re
marks which was of a highly ioter
esting character and much appreci
ated. The meeting anjourned to
meet March 27, 1884.
Concert of Wesley Sunday School
a Grand Sucocess.
The concert of Wesley Sunday
school Tuesday night was quite a suc
cess. The attendance wss very large
and the audience a good humored
one. The features of the programme
which elicited the most applause
were the solo by Miss Martha Briscoe,
the driliing ot Theo. Frye and one or
two dialogues which were well ren
dered. The programme was made
up for the participation of the Suuday
school and mearly everything pre
sented was pleasingly received by
the large audience,
HOWARD'S LETTER.
Things of Interest in the City of
Brotherly Love.
Puicaperesia, March 12.—Not
withstanding the excitement over the
glorious victory at our city elegiion
has somewhat abated the political
evthusiam among the leaders in the
east end of the seventh ward. Now
that the nationel canvas is so near at
hand, is somewhat remarkable. There
has not been such harmony among
the influential men in this section of
the ward as now exists and which
bids fair to continue. All seem to
be determined upon going into the
fight with solid and well trained col
uma of line officers, Ball, Scott, Pitts.
Tunnel and Barrett are daily inter
viewing concerning the movement of
the forces ncxt fal. As they have
all experievced many battles and have
the confidence ot the “boys,”the east
enders aoticipate rolling up some
heavy figures. Several of the “boys”
who supported King out of consider
tions of gratitude have thrown aside
all those little differences of opinion,
and fallen into line and declared them
selves to work with a will next fall
for a sweeping I{epublican triumph.
This is as it shou!d be, and is grati
fying to ail who are interested in the
wilfare of the colored people.
Mr. C. 8. Smith of Illinois did not
create any improvement in the feel
ings and minds of the leading colored
people of this city toward the pro
posed conferenc. at Pittsburg, by his
visit to this city His selection of
men whom he called together to ar.
range for a delegation from this city
was an inrult to all fair minded per
sons, if he claims that they are repre
sentatives or leaders of the colored
citizens. His sclection was of the
class that can be bought by a few
dollars, or a few drinks, and if all the
attendants of the conference are of
that class, we pity the position that
we will be placed in before the
country, by this demoralized class of
men. If he desires to make the said
conference a suecess why does he not
selcet men that can be depended cn
to look out for the people and not
themselyes.
'l'he ialest sensation 18 the flattering
formation of the M. S. Quay club who
are making preparations to attend
the National Republican convention
at Chicago in June. The officers ot
the club are, President, Gilbert Ball;
Vice P'residents, Robert Taylor and
Warren Jackson; Treasurer, Capt-
Jas. Junior; Secretary, Thomas H.
Murray: Assistant Secretary, William
Jones; Marshal, Harry Scott; Assis
tant Marshals, Ssmuel Johnson and
Wm. l'otter, Jr. One of the features
ofthis body when marching to the de—
pot will be the dapper little Harry
Scott acting as chief marshal. He
is the shortest man in the club but
every inch a marshal.
Guy M. Burton will soon go up to
Harrisburg and big John Marshall
will bave the school at Sixth and
Lomba:d.
The Seventh wurd is going to send
Gen. Harry Bingham and Israel Dur
ham to the State Convention and if
they vote for McManes, the colored
votersshould remember them, knowing
as they do, that McManes never
recognized the colored voters.
Bishop, Burton and Taylor,run the
15th division of the Fifth ward. They
bave the division in their pocket.
Jim Tumnpell wants to adopt col
ored gingham shirts as part of their
uniform to wear to Chicago, but the
dudes and dandies will not have it.
Luke White of the Fifth ward is
very still. 'What is the matter Luke?
Mrs. Delepebna and Mrs. Pauline
Johnson of New York are in the city
the guests of Harry Johnson on
Montrose street.
On Thursday next is the reception
of the barbers mutual aid association
at Horticultural ball and no doubt it
will be the affair of the season. An
account will be sent later.
Rev. James Mitchell has returned
home after a long sojourn in Earope.
He delivered an interesting lecture
before Bethel literary to a crowded
attendance. :
Not witbstandingthe sensatiorcreat
ed by articles appearing, concerning
“Negroes in journalism” and “Nigger
reporters” the colored attaches of the
Times are still employed on that
journal and are receiving flattering
commendation for their intelligence
gentlemanly conduct in not answering
the vapid musing of imbicile papers
who have drawn public attention to
them. All honor is due the Zimes
for the manly course it pursues in
retaining or even employing a col
ored man in such a position and per
haps in the near future a colored man
will be recognized as a man by the
very papers that deride the Z%mes for
‘employing them.
HARRISBURG, PENNA., SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 1884.
The funeral of Mr. Thos. S. Darris,
Sr., was one of the large:t that has
been in Philadelphia for some time.
The services were held at Lombard
street Central Presbyterian church,
which was densly packed long before
the hour set. A few remarks were
made by Rev. Dr. Reeves and Rev.
Dr. Templeton of Reading, Pa.
A committee of private waiters wil|
give a calico leap year reception at
Natatorium ball, Wednesday even
ing March 26th.
The concert for the Progressive
workingmens clubon Thursday night
was a grand success financially as
well as artistically. Howarp.
NINETY-FOUR MEN DOOMED.
The Punishment that Awaits the
Rebels in the ‘“Negro Republic.”
New York,March 14.—Consul Bas
sett, representing the Haytian Gov
ernment at this port, said to day:
I have just received papers from
Port-au-Prince containing the details
of President Salomon’s decision to
execute or pardon the rebel refugees
in Jacmel. I find that there are sev
enty-eight who will be pardoned and
permitted to remain in the country,
and fifty-three who will have to emi
grate. There are twenty-six deserters
from the army who will be executed.
Sixty-eight men, who were actors or
abettors in the assassination of gov
ernment officers, will also suffer
death. The latter class are desperate
fellows and a disgrace to the couutry.
Ranch Ten Has a Narrow Escape
from Fire.
Abont four o’clock Tuesday morn
ing the fire alarm sounded from box
5 and in a short time after the sound
ing of the alarm the services of the
fire department were in active em
ployment in subduing what might
have been a very destructive fire at
the famous old (arnet house,corner of
South and Cowden streets. While
not a great deal of damage was done
by fire the inmates, consisting of col
ored and white people, bed bugs and
other things, with more or less activ
ity moved out into the keen morning
air, women clad in sparse night gar
ments and men in robes denwuit. One
man who reported to his wife that
he expected to bo absent from town
for a day or two was seen lo leave
the building with his clothing on bis
arm followed closely by a soiled white
dove endeavoring to hide her nude
condition with a newspaper. Of the
ten or twenty occupants of the ranch
all of them vacated the premises be
ing greatly excited. The building
was drenched with water, the fire
being confined to the third story,
where it is supposed to have origin
ated. Mr. Robert Young, who leases
the building and occupies the ground
floor, suffers the greatest loss, being
a cripple and having no insurance.
Mr. Young feels his loss from the
damage caused by the water very
much. The building is a very old
one and ig g perfect tinder box. Many
tough characters make it a headquar
ters. Had it not been for the vigor
ous efforts of the firemen the building
must necessarily have been destroyed.
PASSED INTO ETERNITY.
Death of a Much Beloved Lady.
Mrs. Harriet Taylor, wife of Wm.
Taylor, after a short illness, died last
Saturday morning at her residence in
Briggs street. The deceased leaves
a large family to mourn her loss; for
as a loving mother and a faithful wife
she has had but few equals. Inces
santly has she labored through life to
keep together her family of six chil
dren and to bring them up in a path
from which they would not depart.
With patience has she borne the vi
cissitudes of life and her taking away
leaves a void in the family that can
not be filled. The sympathy of a
host of relatives and friends go with
the father and husband. _ The faneral
which took place from Bethel church
Tuesday afternoon was largely at
tended. Among those prgsent to pay
the last respect to one who has gone
to that bourne from whence no trav
eler returns were Mr. and Mrs. Pat
ton Cook, of Philadelpbia, mother
and father of the deceased, Miss Susie
Cook, of Philadelphia, a sister, Mr.
Jokn Cook, a brother, Mr. Geo. Cook,
of Washington, D. C., a brother, and
Mrs. Neeton Perry, of Altoona, a sis
ter. The children have all been pro
vided for by kiod friends with whom
they will find pleasant homes.
In Memory of Mrs. Harriet Taylor,
Died March 8, 1884.
We loved you sister Hattie,
But the Saviour loved you best,
And he took you homs to heaven
With the saints of God to rest.
We loved you sister Hattie,
But the Saviour loved you best,
And fitted up & mansion
For your weary soul to rest.
We loved you sister Hattle,
But the Sayiour loved you best,
And sgfe within that mansion
You have eternal rest.
You'll be a guardian angel
Oe’r your children here below,
You’ll watch them in their slumbers,
You'll watch them where ere they go,
; MRB, REBECOA BURTON,
N A
.| GEN. PORTER RESTORED.
8 R
~ | JEFF DAVIS NOW ALONE IN THE
COLD.
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" | The Bill to Rehabilltate the Condemned
e Soldier Passed by the Senate—Senator
e Logan’s Speech Against the Meas
ure—Four Republicans Join the
. Unanimous Democracy—&c.
| | FITZ JOHN PORTER REINSTATED.
t | Four Republicans Join the Demoeracy in
Accomplishing the Act.
- WasHINGTON, March 14.—At the con
clusion ef Senator Manderson's speech,
which was loudly applauded, yesterda
© | Senator Logan took the floor and 9.3 t
t | dressed the Senate at length.
In 1865, he said, when the ministering
S | angels of his country had ceased to
smooth the brow of the weary soldier,
who, of all those that had been adminis
tering the laws to put down rebelllion
" | could believe that the power of the law
0 would be invoked in aid of such a measure
as that before the Senate? Traveling
back to 1865 we found that forty five days
were consumed by a court martial in the
- | trial of an individual who, by its decision,
. | was discharged from the army of the
United States. Part of that court mar
tial were learned in the civil law ; all of
1 | them were conversant With military law.
. What is the trial now going on? Isitthe
trial of Fitz John Porter?
No, it was a trial at the grave of those
that were dead—on a charge thatthe men
who had tried this man had distorted the
facts. Fitz John Porter had, after all
these years, become the prosecutor. It
was a trial not of the living, but of the
dead ; it was a trial at this late day of
Abraham Lincoln, rather that Fitz John
Porter.
“Without desiring,”” said Mr. Logan,
facing the Democratic side of the cham
ber, ‘“‘to criticise the vote of any one
I hope 1 may be pardoned for making one
remark. It is perfectly natural that
those who had been engaged in rebellion
against a great (%overmnent like this,
when they failed of success and have
themselves been pardoned by the govern
ment, that they should without the ex
amination of the evidence in the case
feel a sympatby for those wheo, during
the war, had been dismissed the service
of the United States. Why? Because
they would naturally sympathize with
them and say: ‘I have been forgiven,
and, therefore, Iforgive everybody else.”’
Continuing, Mr. Logan inquired what
it was that was before the court-martial
that tried Porter? The question was,
had there been a disobedience cf orders?
Military law showed that therc was no
excuse for the disobedience of a lawful
order unless there existed a physical im
possibility te its execution. Had there
been such a physical impossibility shown?
Not at all. Without taking up time'to
read the evidence, Mr. Logan showed the
position of the various forces on the ccca
sion Pope had expeeted he would be at
tacked, and any officer having a knowl
edge of his position had a right to expect
an attack, and he had properly ordered
Porter to be on hand by daylight. Porter
had no option or discretion in the matter.
His datv was to obey.
Mr. Logan charged, inthe course of his
speech, and defied contradiction, that
IMitz John Porter was the cause of the
loss of the first battle of Bull Run. The
Senator from New Jersey (Mr. Sewell)
had had a letter read from Gen. Grant.
If any man in the Senate had more re
spect for General Grant than Mr. Logan
he (Mr. Logan) did not know who the
man was. e would say nothing to de
tract from the well earned fame of Gen.
Grant, but he wonld be permitted to say
that as a lawyer General Grant could
not be regarded as first-class. It had
been said there was no battle on the
29th of August, 1862, andse Porter could
not be guilty. Well, then, if there was a
battle on the 29th, he was guilty—accord
ing to the views of Porter’s friends. Mr.
Logan then read the letter of General
Grant to General Porter, in which he
(Grant) said he had condemned Porteron
insuflicient information. That is, since
General Grant had ascertained that there
was no battle on the 20th, then he had
said Porter was not guilty. In this Mr.
Logan frankly agreed with General
Grant. Gentlemen did not like Federal
testimony. They wanted Confederate
testimony. He would, therefore, take
Confederate testimony.
Mr. Logan then read from the state
ments of (Feneral Lee to show that there
was a battle on the 29th, and that, as
General Lee said, it ‘“‘raged with great
fury.” Mr. Logan could prove by the
testimony of every Union officer that
there was such a battle. Ile read the
names of a large number of Union oflicers
to show that there had been such a battle
and that the losses were heavy.
Mr. Sewell said there was no question
of the fact that there had been heavy
fighting during the day, but it was by iso
lated brigadiers.
Mr. Logan said there evidently was one
““isolated’”’ brigade that did not fight
(laughter) and no battle was fought in
these times in which all the forces of both
sides were simultaneously engaged.
Mr. Logan, turning to the Democratic
side of the Chamber, continued: ‘I say
to-day in all kindness to this side of the
Chamber, though, of course, it will have
no effect, and I do not expect it to have
any, that the course of your people, as
sisted by a few of ours, is one which will
prevent the people of this country, as
long as you go on in this way, from hav
ing any confidence that you intend to
administer the affairs of the Government
fairly. This opening of the doors,”” he
continued, ‘‘meant breaking down the
barriers between loval men and disloyal
men,.so far as the foundations of army
discipline were concerned. It meant
opening the retired list to other men to
come in as Porter was coming in. DBut
it meant more than that.”” Mr. Logan did
not care what a few gentlemen who were
in and a few who were out of the Union
army might say, it was his conviction
that the great body of the American peo
ple did not believe in breaking down the
barriess between the men who failed in
the time of need and those who stood at
their post.
«And when I say that,”’ continued Mr.
Logan, “I am speaking of our own peo
ple. They do not believe in your eoming
here to refiulate our court martials of the
war period; they do not believe it is just;
they do not believe it is right that you
should. I tell you I am speaking to you
the truth, as the people will speak it to
you hereafter. Your Confederacy could
‘regulate its own court martials while you \
had a Confederacy. But, sirs, do not
come here in numbers sufficient to put
back in our army the men who failed us,
and thus destroy the discipline of our
army, cast slurs upon the men who did
their duty, trample in the dust the bones
of the dead and put & siizma upon the
names of Union soldiers. lLet not your
feelings go so far. If you do I assure you
tbat more years than you think will pass
over your heads before you have the con
fidence of the American people,”
Mr. Conger expressed a desire to amend
the bill by striking out the word ‘‘the”’
and inserting the words “‘an additional”
before the words ‘‘retired list of the
army,’’ his object being he said, to save
from disgrace the regular retired list and
start a list prcvided for Gereral Porter
and those like him.
The chair (Mr. Frye) declared the bill
not subject to amendment at this time ex
cept for additional sections.
Mr. Riddleberger said he did not think
it necessary to apologize for the vote he
would cast. The fighting which Gen.
Porter had done afler this so-called diso
bedience of orders had been such as to
wholly negative the idea of treason. Mr.
Riddleberger professed to have some
knowledge on the subject of Porter’s
earnestness and fighting vigor, for he
(Mr. Riddleberger) had been a witness
of it. He had known of a similar case of
injustice in the Confederate army, when
Jackson told Garnett that he must go to
the rear and suffer arrest for ‘“‘disobe
dience of orders;” but Garnett was re
stored within a year and sealed his devo
tion with his blood at Antietam.
The bill was then ordered to a third
reading, read a third time and passed biy
a vote of 56 yeasto 25 nays. The result
was received with mingled applause and
hisses from the galleries.
The votle was as follows:
Yras—DMessrs. Bayard, D.; Brown,D.;
Butler, D.; Call, D.; Cockrell, D.;Coke,
D.; Colquitt, D.; Fair, D.; Farley, D.;
Garland, D.: Gibson, D.; Gorman, D.;
Groome, D.; Hampton, D.; Harris, D.;
Hoar, R.; Jackson, D.; Jonas, D.; Jones
(Fla.), D.; Jones (Nev.), R.; Lamar, D.;
M'Pherson, D.; Maxey, D.; Morgan, D.;
Pendleten, D.; Pike, R.; Pugh, D.;
Riddleberger, Read.; Sabin, R.; Sauls
bury, D.; Sewell, R.; Slater, D.; Vance,
D.;Voorhees, D.;Walker, D.; Wiliiams, D.
Nays—All Republicans—Messrs. Al
drich, Allison, Blair, Bowen, Conger,
Cullom, Dawes, Dolph, Edmunds, Frye,
Harrison, Hawley, Hill, Ingalls, Logan,
M’Millan, Manderson, Miller, (Cal.),
Mitchell, Morrill, Palmer, Platt, Sher
man, Vandyke and Wilson.
During the vote the following pairs
were announced, with the vote which
would have been cast by the Senators
had they voted: Mr. Beck, yea, with Mr.
ITale, nay; Mr. Cameron, (Wis.), yea,
with Mr. George, nay; Mr. Miller, (N.
Y.), nay, with Mr. Camden, yea; Mr.
Plumb, nay, with Mr. Vest, yea; Mr.
Sawyer, nay, with Mr. Kenna, yea.
A motion to go into executive session
was then agreed to, but while the doors
were being closed it was discovered that
the preamble to the bill had not been
passed, and a motion to secure its imme
diate passage was made.
Mr. Edmunds, however, insisted that
the order of the Senate be first executed,
so the doors were closed and immediately
reopened. The preamble was then passed
by a vote of 33 yeas to 22 nays.
During the vote Mr. Miller, N. Y., ex
pressed a wish to vote, and without ob
jection transferred Mr. Camden'’s pair to
Mr. Aldrich, who was now absent. Mr.
Miller then voted no.
The preamble to the bill as passed re
cites that the board of ofiicers convened
by the President to examine and report
upon the case of General Porter stated
that justice required the President to
annul the findings and sentence of the
court-martial in General Porter’s case,
and to restore him to the position ot
which the sentence deprived him, such
restoration to take effect from the date of
dismissal from the service; that the Pres
ident had remitted so much of the sen
tence as disqualifiecd General Porter
from holding office and that, in order
to do justice to General Porter, it
was enacted, etc. The bill then author
izes the President, by and with the ad
vice and consent of the Senate, to ap
point General Porter to the position of
Colonel in the army of the same grade
and rank held by him at the time of dis
missal, and authorizes the President, in
his discretion, to place General Porter on
the retired list as of that grade; General
Porter, however, to receive no compen
sation or allowance prior te his appoint
ment under the act,
The Senate then at 5 r. M. adjourned.
FITZ JOMN® POKTER.
What Senator Sewell Thinks He Knows
Knows About Presidential Action.
WasniNeTOoN, March 14, — Senator
Sewell, of New Jerscy, who had charge
of the Fitz John Porter bill in the Sen
ate, said to the correspondent of the TEL
EGRAPH to day that some doubt had been
expressed in different quarters as to the
position thie President would take with
respect to the bill in question. As for
himself he could say that the President
would approve the bill. He disclaimed
having spoken to the President himself
on the subject, but at the same time he
had positive information that no obstruc
ion to the bill becoming a law would
be interposed in that quarter. In
the War Department among the officers
of the regular army there exists very posi
tive antagonism. They state their oppe
sition on the ground that to recognize the
principle involved in that bill would put
an end to military jurisprudence. The
position of Recretary Lincoln will be
watched with much interest, as it was
President Lincoln who approved of tbe
modified -sentence. The first sentence
submitted to the tender hearted President
of that day was execution, but he
would not consent to that remarking
that he did not wish to begin shooting his
generals, as Senator Sewell said to-day.
’T‘his question is one that cuts both ways,
and therefore he did not think that any
political capital could be made out of
it. K.
———— e @ @ e
THE NATIONAL BANKS.
Proposition to Supply Present Bonds With
a General Fund.
Wasnincton, March 4.—The commit
tee of the Eastern Bank Association of
Pennsylvania had another hearing to
day before the Committee on Banking
and Currency and also before the Senate
Committee on Finance. They proposed
that the present bond security given by
the banks be abolished and in its place a
general fund be created in the hands of
the Government to make good the circu
lation of insolvent banks. It was shown
that the present high rate of bonds and
the rapid liquidation of the debt would
soon lead to the National Banks with
drawing from the National system. The
proposition was received very favorably
by members of both committecs. The
gentlemen representing the association
were W. H. Ainey, of Allentown; H. 8.
Eckert, of Reading ; Mr. Horn, of Cata
sauqua; Mr. Cooper, of Allentown, and
Mr. Gish, of Slatington. K.
A THIEF AND PLUNDER CAPTURED.
MiLWAUKEE, March 14.—Prentiss Til
ler, the Pacific Express company’s money
clerk at St. Louis, who decamped with
nearlgv £lOO,OOO a few weeks ago, was ar
rested yesterday by Milwaunkee detectives
and 390,000 of the stolen money was re
covered.
MAYOR SMITH STARTS RIGHT.
Philadelphia Record.
Mayor-elect Smith has made a good be
ginning. The aéxpoimmems announced
yesterday do credit to his judgment. The
office of Mayor in Philadelphia has been
so shorn of the proper authority that its
most important funection is the control of
the police force. Upon the Mayor’s man
agoment in this particular must depend
the success of his administration. The
selection of General James Stewart for
chief of police goes far toassure efficiency
and thoroughness.
BISMARUK’S EXPLANATION.
The_Chanecellor :Desirous of Maiotaining
Friendly Relations With America.
BeRrLIN, March 14.—Prince Bismarck
appeared in the German Reichstag yester
day and made a speech in justification of
the course he had pursued in refusing to
transmit the Lasker resolution to the
Reichstag. He said that he had recog
nized the good iutentions of the Ameri
cau Congress. but he was unable to har
ness himself to the car of the Opposition.
Prince Bismarck continued by saying:
*‘l should have refrained from noticing
this matter except for the manner in
which the Reichstag has discussed if, and
for the charge of interference wade by
Herr Richter. The relations of Germany
with American have always been good.
The Government has constantly tried to
cultivate them. . Ever since [ haye been
minister the relations of the two countries
have been satisfactory. After the war
with Austria in 1866, and again after the
Fianco-Prussian war, America gave nu
merous proofs of sympathy, notonly with
the prosperity of the Empire, but also
with the person of the Chancellor, ‘
“Nothing has occurred to disturb these
good relations. From the outset I re
gard the resolutions touching Herr Las
ker as an expression of the good feeling
of the American Congress towards Ger
many—the good feeling which has been
promoted and cultivated by myself. I
would have presented the resolution to
the Reichstag had I not been prevented
by its form. It was not confined to a
general expression of sympathg. but it
expressed the conviction that Herr Las
ker's labors had been very useful to
Germmany. This clause was directed
against the policy which, in the Emper
or's name, I have been pursuing and
which Herr Lasker had opposed for
years. Now, the question arises whether
Herr Lasker belonged to an opposition
group, which made immense capital out
of Herr Lasker’'s merits.”’
The speaker was interrupted at this
peint with loud cries of “shame’” by the
Left. He turned indigoantly towaid the
quarter from which tke cries came, and,
advancing toward the Left, shouted:
*“The cry of ‘shame’ is an insult to me,
and demands for me the protection of the
president. I hope the anonymous libel.
ers will give their names. They should
have cried ‘shame’ on those who carried
on political intrigues at Herr Lasker’s
grave. As Chancellor I can do nothing,
of course, without the Emperor's ap
proval, and [ could not be expected to
ask his permission to present such a reso
lution to the Reichstag. Herr Lasker in
troduced himself in America as the cham
pion of German freedom against a gov
ernment of despotic tendencies, which he
impersonated in its Chancellor. Am Ito
make myself myenemy’s postman ?
“Even on the assumption that Ameri
cans are not intiinately acquainted with
our circumstances, the American Minister
at Berlin, or some other ofticial who pos:
sessed sufficient knowledge, might have
sent a confidential warning against con
ferring on me the 'Fart of postman. This
was not done. herefore, I instructed
Herr Eisendecker, the German Minister
at Washington, that I could not possibly
forward the resolution. The resolution,
moreover, did not emanate from Con
gress, but only from the House of Repre
sentatives. I never intended to annoy
Aumerica or to disturb our relations. I am
simply unable to make the opinion of
Herr {askcr. adopted by the American
House of Representatives, my own. -
“My desire is that the good relations
which have subsisted between the two
countries for a century may still continue.
My action was forced upon me by the
abuse to which I was subjected here at
home as a conseauence of the vote of the
House of Representatives. Prussia with
stood all temptations from other powers
to interfere in the affairs of Amersca and
to recognize the Southern States. Indeed,
Prussia might claim the merit of having
prevented such a recognition by the be
nevolent attitude which she maintained.”’
When Prince Bismarck concluded, Dr.
Haenel, of the University of Kiel, whois
a leading spirit among the Progressists,
and who took a prominent part in the in
cidental debate apropos of the Lasker af
fair some days ago, took the floor and
said in substance: “It is a matter-of pro
found regret that Prince Bismarck should
have uttered no single word in praise of
Herr Lasker. People are accustomed to
reserve reproof for the living. Why has
Prince Bismarck not spared the dead?”’
The Chancellor-retorted that he had
not sat in judgment on the dead, but
those who had tried to clorify the de
ceased had done so. He denied the al
leged friendliness of the Lasker party
toward him. Herr Lasker had consist
ently and persistently opposed him.
Dr. Haenel urged that the friendly
sentiments of the resolution should have
been recognized without too carefully
weighing the words in which they were
exgressed.
Prince Bismarck contended that the
exchange of sentiments between Parlia
ments was highly inappropriate, but he
added that Dr. Haenéfi if he so pleased,
could introduce a motion conveying the
thanks of the Reichstag to the House of
Representatives for its expression of sym
pathy.
The dppearance of Prince Bismarck in
the Reichstag is generally attributed to
his desire to maintain friendship with
America.
Views of Congressinen on the Matter,
WasaixeToN, March 14. — Several
members of Congress who were shown
the dispatch giving Prince Bismarck's
speech in the Reichstag yesterday ex
pressed conservative views.
Governor Curtin, chairman of the For
eign Aflairs Committee, and ex-minister
to Russia, said: ‘A great big statesman
made a great big mistake. When such a
man makes a mistake it is apt to be a big
one. The diplomacy of Secretary Fre
linghuysen in this connection is very
commendable, and we shall probably say
go in our report.”’
Congressman Hitt thought the position
and dignity of the House have been prop
erly protected by the course taken by our
own Secretary of Siate. The question as
it just now stands is in the form most dis
advantageous to Bismarck.
Congressman Ochiltree, the author of
the Lasker resolution, said of the speech:
“It is a complete hedge. If Bismarck
would instruet his minister to return that
resolution to him I think this whole affair,
in consideration of what he has said,
would drop. There never was any in
tention to do more than compliment the
pecple of Germany by paying our trib
ute of respect to one of Germany’s great
est men.”’ :
Mr. S. 8. Cox said the utterances of
Bismarck were nonsensical.
Mr. Hewitt characterized the speech as
a good natured attempt of Bismarck to
relieve himself from the unfavorable
cemment caused by his action.
THE «BEAR” THOROUGHLY SOUND,
WasgiNaTON, March 14. —Secretary
Chandler sayl';s the published report that
the steamer Bear is unfit for the Arctic
expedition is entirely untrue. ““There is
not an unsound piece of timber in her,”
said he, “‘and all that is necessary is to
strengthen her interior, which 18 mow
being done.”’ Lieutenant Commander
| M'Calla indorged this statement.
NO. 80.
GENERAL NEWS IN BRIEF
Items Gathered from all Parts of
the Country.
The Governor of Delaware has re
prieved a man from hanging for fifly
yeark
Georgia bas about 241,000 Bap.
tists—about equally divided between
white =~ ored.
Seved pclitical state conventions
have already been called to be heldon
Wednesday, April 30.
A writer in a Baltimore paper says
colored eooks sre the only ones who
understsnd stewing terrapins.
Michigan will elect two delegates
to the National Colored Convention
to be held in Richmoend, Va.
Ex-Lieutenant Jamgs A. Berry
has been dishonorably discharged
from the Washington, D. C. cadets.
Robert 3. Williams a colored
-student of Yale college olass of 'B5,
while boxing with a fellow stadent
at the Yale athletic meeting last Sat
~urday, dealt his opponent such a
l territfic blow as to completely paralize
him. Oiliver Dyer, the student whom
! Williams strack, has since died.
Mary Veasey, ao old colored wo
man, died at the Davis homestead in
Elkton, Md., on Wednesday. She
and her late husbandwere once slaves
and ex-Senator David Davis con
tributed to their support for many
years. He his ordered her burial at
his expense.
The Wilmington (N. C.) Star be
lieves that there are more readers in
the south now than there were before
the war; but thinks there is less love
for pure literature—for the highest -
manifestation of gevius. There are
also more writers now than formerly,
it says, and some of them are of ripe
promise, but while the south bas
better newspapers than ever before,
she has no literary papers, monthly
or weekly, of any decided merit.
A colored man who was summoned
a 8 a witicess in an assault case in
New Haven, Conn, on Saturday,
said that he beleved in a Supreme
power, but did not believe in a Su
& preme being. Judge Deming said
such a man belonged in a lunatic asy
lam, and refused to allow him to
testify. As he was the principal
witness the case was consequent'y
nolled.
COLOR LINE IN THE SCHOOLS.
Virginia’s Only Colored Senator
Opposes Separate Colored
School Directors.
Ricuyoxn, March 14.—The Demo
crats to day introduced a bill in the
Senate which proposes to make radi
cal changes in the present system of
public schools in the State. This
measure contemplates creating the
office of director of schools in all of
the counti+s in the Commonwealth,
the colored people to have their di
rectors and the whites theirs. The
duties of these officers are defined to
be to nominate teachers for and have
general supervision over the schocls.
It substantially gives the negroes
coutrol over their schools. The pa
tron of the bill, in explaining it to
day, said that it merely carried out
the pledge made by the Democratio
Conventi-n, which met at Lynchbarg
last summer, to give the colored peo
ple cortrol over their schools.
Secuater Norton, of York, a Co
alitionist and the only colored mem
ber of the Senate, made a strong but
respectful speech in opposition to the
change contemplated by the bill. He
contended that it wes calculated to
do vsst injury to the present system
of public education, so far as his race
are concerned. He s2id the colored
people of Virginia are perfectly well
satisfied for the whites to have the
managemeut of this importsnt branch
of the government : one of the great.
est objections to the peading propo
sition was that in many sections of
the State it wonld be impossible 1o
find colored men gualified to assume
the directorsbip ot the schools ays
tem. e respretinily urged the
Democrats uot to press the bill.
Mr. Kerner, the ex chairman ot the
Demceratic State Committee and the
patron of the resolution coatemplat
ing the colonizaticn of colored men,
said he favored it only beciuse he was
under the impression that the colored
people desired to have coutrol of their
own schools. ile did not approve of
the plank of his party which proposed
‘to separate the government of the
‘schools. The power ot appointing
the new colored officers contemplated
in the bill will be in the hands of the
Democrats. At the «olicitstion of
Norton and others, the messme was
passed by till Tuesday next. It will
attract a great deal of attention in
educationsl as well as politiesl circles
in this State.
AR AOl
BOMBS iN FLOUR SACKS.
By Assoplated Press.
TriesTe, March 14.—A merchant by
the name of Marash has been arrested
for smuggling bombs and petards in Hlour
sacks,

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