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VOL XXXVI.N?-11,149.
NEW-IORK, FRIDA!, DECEMBER 22, 1876.
PRICE FOUR CENTS.
WASHINGTON.
THE CAMPAIGN AT THE CAPITOL.
IKWm'S I.KTTEKS AND CHANDLER'S DISPATCHES?
SENATE MP.AeRS OF THE COMPROMISE COM?
MITTEE? CJl IMP8E8 OK Pl'BLIC BUSINESS.
Tbe House bos ordered an investigation of
Mr. Hewitt's charges against the New-York
Post-Office. Mr. Hewitt paid a high compli?
ment in the House yesterday to Postmaster
James personally. The arrest of Manager
Barnes at New-Orleans for contempt, in
not producing campaign dispatches, was
ordered by the House. The Senate members
of the Compromise Committee are appointed.
They represent all shades of opinion. Mr.
geelye has submitted a plan for reorganizing
the lud?an Bureau. It proposes to create a
sort of permanent commission to serve with?
out pay. The Alabama Claims Court, which
will dissolve this month, will leave $9,000,000
on hand.
A GOOD WORD FOR P08TMASTER JAME8.
MB. HEWITI SPFAKS OF UIM IN THE HIGHEST
MtKMS-MR. HEWITT'S MISTAKE IN REFERENCE
TO OPENED LEITERS.
IBT TKI.EOKAFH TO THE TRIBUNE.)
Washington, Dec. 21.?The Democrats of the
House could not to-day prevent an investigation of
Mr. Hewitt's accusation against the New-York
Post-Office, though they ordered it with had grace
and sent the matter to a committee which cannot
care for it. The Cox committee uow in New-York
has probably about all it can attend to without in?
vestigating the Post-office.
Mr. Hewitt's mistake, in not calling the immediate
attention of the Post-Office officials to the matter as
soon as he liad cause to suspect that his letters were
opened, is forcibly shown by the experience of an?
other Democratic member from New-York City.
Jnst before the close of the campaign, two years
at <?. he caused to be deposited iu the New-York Post
office several thousand circulars, which were not de?
livered until after the election. Some time subse?
quently he happened to meet Postmaster-General
Jewell socially, and incidentally mentioned the fact
to him. Mr. Jewell at once caused an investigation
to be made. The guilty i>crsons were discovered
and dismissed.
Mr. Hewitt spoke in the highest terms to-day of
Postmaster James, and said be hoped that
whatever changes there might be in the political
control of the country, there would be no change
which would result in his removal.
CHANDLER'S CAMPAIGN TELEGRAMS.
THE nOl'SK BKNT IPON SEEING THr M?MANAGER
BAKNK8 TO BE AXRF.STED FOR CONTEMPT.
l?T TELEGRAPH TO THE TRIBUNE.]
Washington, Dec. 21.?The House followed
spite action of yesterday by making application to-day
of its new rule in regard to tbe production of telegraphic
dispatch. I. I.*st Tuesday E. W. Darnes, manager of the
Western Catea Telegraph Company At Kew-Orlcan*, on
the advice of President Oi ton, refused to produce the
dispatches received or sent since the 5tb of August last
by (Joy. Kellosjf, Marshal Pllklns. Geu. Augur, ex-Mar?
shal Packard, Col. Carter, Mr. Dibble, and cx-Gov. War?
mtb. The report In tbe case was made up by the <<>m
?utteo In due form and was telegraphed to Speaker ltaTi?
dal!, wbo presented it to the House.
To-day Proctor Kuott bad a resolution ready ordering
tbe arrcht of Mr. Barnes and bis arraignment before the
bar of the House to answer as for a contempt. The ques?
tion was at once raised by the Republicans whether the
House could take cognizance of the report of a commit?
tee transmitted by telegraph. It has been the iuvsria
ble rale of the House to receive reports of commit?
tee? either through the chairman or through some mem?
ber, and tha?e reporte a'ways bear the signature either
of tbe chairman or of a majority of the committee. The
document laid before the House by Speaker Randall to
day bad nothing about it by which it could be identified,
except the fact that it was written on the kind of paper
eoaiaonly used by the telegraph company ana was re
?erred from the agents of that company.
Tbe Democrats would listen to no objections based on
tins fact. They received the report, and gave it all the
eredit which they would give to an original document.
Proctor Knott at first attempted to crowd through his
resolution without giving the Republicans a chance to
debate It for a stugle minute. He would have succeeded
bad not the minority, under the lead of Uen. GnrfUld
tad Mr. Wilson of Iowa, resorted to flllibusteriug. When
tbe D?mocrate saw that the whole day inijjht be cou?
riers! and nothing accomplished they yielded, und
?greed to give the Republicans half on hour for discuss?
ing the rc*o1ution, reserving an equal time for their nide.
The first speech was made by Gcu. Gartleld, wbo called
attention to tbe unprecedented proceeding of tbe House
ta receiving s pajier of that character. Ho then passed
?a to a discussion of tbe still more important question
Involved in the character of tbe subpena itself which
was served upon Mi. Baruc*. Thin point was still more
forcibly presented by Mr. McCrary, who called attention
to tat fact that there was nothing in tbis subpena or in
tbe proceedings of tbe commit tec as reported showing
that the committee had any reason to supli?se that any
of the dispatches called for existed, or that if they were
produced they would have any bearing whatever on the
subject under investigation. The order to Mr. Dames
Was to produce all dispatches which had been |
sent or received by seven citizens of the J
Catted Mates, without regard to tta ir subject mat?
ter ; it included ail those relating to their private business
sad to their domestic affairs, if any such there were, as
veil as those relating to public matters. The arguments
Made in reply for tbe Democrats by Mr. Wood and Mr.
Knott were weak, as they were bound to be, on that side
?f the case. The House passed the resolution without a
division. It is understood that several of the more lib?
eral Democrats would bave voted against tbe resolution
as they voted against that presented by Mr. Knott yes?
terday bad the roll been called.
CHANGES IN THE SENATE.
ONLY THREE SENATORS LEFT OF LINCOLN'S TIME
ONLY ELEVEN WHO TRIEI> ANDRKW JOHNSON.
IBT TELEGRAPH TO THE TRtltl Nfc I
Washington, Dec. 21.?In tbe course of an
tapresfive eulogy on Senator Caperton of West Vir
|b>ta, wbo died last Summer, Senator Edmund? referred
^day te the f set that although the Senate Is the most
?**tefbranch of the Government In it? personality,
?'?ft He Judiciary, it bas now only three members
**o bdd their seats during tbe administration of Presi?
dent Uneoln, and only eleven who participated In the
"?pesehment trial of Andrew Johnson la 1868. The three
???stars whose terms of service date back to tbe time of
'resident Uneoln ar? Mr. Anthony, who took his seat iu
1859; Mr. Sherman, whose first term began in 1861 ;
?*d Mr. Howe, whose membership also dates back to
????- Mr- Cameron was in the Senate as long ago as
****. bat be resigned in lx?l to take tbe office of Becre
*?ry *f War and did not return to bis seat in 1807. Mr.
"??un. although not a Senator during Mr. Lincoln's ad
"JteUtratlon, presided over the body to virtue of his
??** ?s Vice President of tbe United Mates.
COMPROMISE COMMITTEE.
terriMENTS OF THE SENATE MEMBERS?SPEAKER
Randall's intention as to the house mem
?ERS.
lar tkleosaph to the tribune. I
Washington, Dec. 21.?The Senate branch
?f tlw committee, oa the political situation, which will
probably come to be known as tbe compromise coin mit?
ts?, was announced by President Ferry to-day. It is oom
Fosrd of Messrs. Edmonds, Morton, Logan, Frellnghuy
?*?. Thumian, Bayard, and Ransom. The four Repub
heao? Senators represent pretty fairly the two shade? of
?pinion -irevaillug among their political associates on
the question of counting the electoral vote. Mr.
?Smonds and Mr. Frelingbnysen are understood to be In
feror of oteriug to tbe House some plan of settlement.
**? Morton ami Mr. Logan prefer to have the Senate
?hind Irmly upon what tbey believe to be IU
*tebu under the Const Itutiou. The Democratic members
?f the committee also represent the less pronounced
thtttencea of opinion on their side of Use chamber. Mr.
Annum has shown himself to be a good deal of a parti
?*? m tbe d?bate? this session. Mr. Bayard Is much
MM*? moderate, hat stands y?r* irmly for what he think?
*?*vh*mt?re??soibjapartr. Mi. Bs??an U a Os?sr
vatlve Southerner,, who will bo very likely to
Rayard'a lead.
Tho House members of tbe committee bave uot y
named. His ?aid the Speaker Intends to appolt
to-morrow. There baa been some discussion am
l>enioerats of the House as to tbe number of Repu
ihnt shall be placed on tbe eomuiittee. some holdi
uot more than two should be appointed. 8|K--itk<
?tall said to-day that he thought it would he well I
the same proportion preserved between the malor
niinorlt v parties In the House brunch of the ooium:
in the Senate braneb; and that ho should proba
point four Democrats and three Republicans.
INDIAN MANAGEMENT.
SKKLYE'S NEW PLAN?A PKKMA.NKNT TRUST C<
8ION?HOW THK PLAN WORKS F.LSKWIIKR
(BY TEI.RORAPH TO THF. TKinUNK.]
Washington, Dec. 21.?Mr. Seelye hat
il? ted to the Indian Committee a plan for the rei
zation of the Indian Bureau. It contempl?t s taiil
management of Indian affairs entirely aw iv fn
Executive Department of tbe Government and pla
In the bands of a trust commission, organized sin
to those which have control ot the great education
benevolent institutions ot the country. Hisp?an.
stance,cou templates the appointment of a certain m
of gentlemen of high character and eminent po
with whom might be associated one or two execute
cers of tbe Government who shall be ex offlcio nie
of tbe board. He would have these gentlemen
without pecuniary compensation, and would gl
them eutire control of all affairs rclatiug to Indiat
agement, under the general supervision of Con
Mr. Seelye would Intrust to this board the expem
of all moneys appropriated for the subsistence, cl
tlon, and education of the Indians, and through It
pay to all Indian tribes the aunuities which may t
to them under existing treaties. Ills plan also eo
plates the appointment by the board of one or mo
ccutive secretaries, who should carry Into executio
policy adopted by the board.
Tbe theory on which this plan of reorganizing tli
dian service is based isthat experience has showr
the best managed institutions of the country ?ire
whose affairs are in the hands of trust companies o:
kind. For Instance, the Yale College Corporal ton hi
150 years consisted of seven Congregational clergi
of Connecticut, who All vacancies in -, lie board as
occur, aud until lately of certain M ito ofllcers who
their positions during their term of official service.
places of the State officers are now fillet
alumni. In all this timo tbe affairs of
institution bavo been managed with such wii
| aud discretion that no occasion for criticism has
arisen. The funds of the institution have been lion
and profitably invested and expeuded, and the. eo
has year by year grown In character and efficiency.
other instance which Prof, Scclyo cites Is that ol
American Hoard of Foreign Missions, all the affali
which arc managed by a prudential committee, w
meets weekly In Boston and takes up for consider:!
every matter pertaining to the welfare of that great
Htitution. Alpheus Hardy, who has for many >cars I
the presiding officer of this prudeutial committee,
that although he hM invariably called the eoinmitt?
order at the hour turned for t s meetings, it has neve
corred that a quorum was not present.
Trof. Seclye's plan is to make the Indian Com
slon which ho proposes to establish self-pi ?peiu.itii
that is to allow the board to fill all vacancies wl
h ay occur In It. This plan has liten m
what discussed by the Indian Committee
tbe House. While it is hardly probable that it wil
adopted, inenitM'rs of t list commit i- a expresa tkeepti
that souio radical chantre in the system of hlMMj
In<li.4ii affairs will be report? (1 to the lions, tats ?ess
It is more than likely that the plan agreed B] on mat
to detai ii the Indian Mureati from the Interior I>ep
ment, and to make it a separate branch ot the Com
menu to be prectded over nj aa oftteer who aball rc|
directly to the President, although he shall not
allowed a peat la the Oablaei. it Una plan li adopted
is also suggested that the he.nl ol the Indian Depart?a
sli.ill oulv be removed for cause, thu? gl\ tag a ear
iieticy to tbe position which will add greatly to
efficiency.
-?
A REVIEW OF THE ALABAMA AWAKI
sink aftlfHWaj ??Ml flaMI on hand?? cur
fifJaf TTTiT CI AIMANTS DAIIY.
(UT MjaiAn TO THK THtntM |
"Washington, Dae. '21.?The ('?nut of Co
luissiouera of Alabama Claims will probably aunoui
its flnal decisions in the ten or twelve remaining ca
to-morrow. The whole number of claims fjai Im fore t
court nince its organization, Including those of whicl
was originally given JnrUdlctinii, as well MtkaM i ? ? ? ? i >
under the Act of July O, 1H76, extending the time of |
the court and slightly liter? tsing Its Jurisdiction,
'2,<K>7. The aggregate amount avariai i- al
000. The amount claimed in the cases as presentee
1144.?M)!?,51? The Geneva award in round figures a
$15,500,000, gold. This was at nine m\.-t..! in 1'nll
states bonds and the increment lies bwu vm l.ir.c,
that deducting the amount awarded, iH>,.r>00,000, thi
still remain over $9.000,0? x> uudi*p?.sed or.
For this amount there are at jirt sent no claims exo?
those known as tbo "War ptetuium und iiismar
claims." Tbe bill which passed the House at the I.
session does uot admit the insurance companies to p:
ti< lpation in this award, and there are at present In tl
city a great many representatives of the dill'rent at
Dantes who suffered by the avts of the Alabama who a
anxious to obtain a share of the money. Among t
later cases filed before the court was that of the ltepuh
of Peru, amounting to $'?04,000, for guano destroyed i
board vesaeis captured by the Alabama. This claim w
dismissed without a hearing, and leaves the point I
volved unsettled. The law requins that a ?Inluia:
shall bear true allegiance to the 1'nited Htat<
and tbe question came up, bow ran Peru,
foreign country, bear alb glance to our (?over
ruent! Another noteworthy case was that ?if tl
Hatteras, u claim brought :./ tat retary Kohesou again
the award for tbo destruction of tho Hatter.is by tl
Alabama off Galvestou, aud the Groeuland caplimd I
the Florida. These were both United states vessels. L'
to the last moment it waa supposed that counsel for tli
Navy Department.would argue the caaes, but upon lean
lug tbe ground of objection to be urged by/iYn. Cteswel
rouneel far the Government before the court, tho cas?
were submitted without argument. The .court peretu]
torily dismissed them.
Notwithstanding the long time the court has been I
session, new claimants appeal -almost dailj It is prol
able that an opportunity will be given such ta presen
their claims either before this or a similar tribunal.
t'BONIN NOT A LION.
HIS RECKPTION l??? WASHINGTON ( 'OOIi?MOUTON*
PKK8EVKHINO WARKAJIE.
|BT TKLBflRAFH TO THE TKHSl'NE.]
Washington, Dec. 21.?Cronin, tho hog?
Oregon elector, arrived hero this inorulng, und was or
tbe floor of the Senate and House to-day, where be re
reived little attention. He is a man apparently aboul
40 years of age, stoutly built, with a florid face, heav>
dark mustacb-, and Weatern munners. His expeeta
tlons of being lionized by the Democrats have, It is said,
been aouiewbat dashed by tbe reception they hove given
him. Senator Morton allowa nobody to weave the thin
nost wel> of sophistry to conceal the enormity of Gov
Orover's political crime without instantly rending It to
pieces. To-<lay Mr. Maxey of Texas uiad?> a speech In
the usual Democratic vein on tho Oreg?>n ease. He was
at once answered by Mr. Mortou in one of bis short and
vigorous efforts. Tbe power of tho Indiana Senator with
his party It apparently greater Uian tver. Without
assuming the lcodeiahlp, be seems to be cil>ected on all
bands to lay down tbe position of the Repub,leans, and
to defend It on all aaaiaMM against l>cuiocratic a tacks,
and to assail bis opponents with unremitting zeal.
NEWS EXCLUSIVELY DEMOCRATIC.
Washington, Dec. 21.?Tbe Democrat? ?ay
that they bave news from Florida whleb makes it cer?
tain that the vote of that sit*!? waa wrongfully given to
Hayes. They report that Duunell, tho Republican mem?
ber of the House Investigating Committee, admita that
in tbe XHItb Diatrlrt, Leon County, there was un?
doubted fraud. T-ie Republicans bave beard nothing of
SE m
CURRENT TOFlCB AT THE CAPITAL.
ALL APPROPRIATIONS TO BK MADE.
Washington, Thursday, Dee. 21,1876.
Mr. Holinan, Chairman of the House Appro
priatlona Committee, remarked to-day to a Republican
representative that he should endeavor to secure tbe
pasaage of all the Appropriation bills before tbe end of
tbeaeaalon, subetantialiy upon tbe basis of the billa of
iaat year. He added that be thought It would bo very
unfair to tbe Incoming President, whether be be Oov.
Tilden or Oov. Hayes, If he should be compelled to call
au extra aeaeton of Congre*? to get the meona to carry
on the Oovrrument The attitude of the D?mocrate
generally In both houaea toward the appropriations U an
uicouraguix aigu ot the amcUoratlen o? ?art/ rancor.
When Cnnirress met, nearly all were In favor of doing
nothing with the bills uuMl It should he ascertained who
tsgoiuirto be President, and If the Republicans should
be determined to inaugurate Haves, they should promise,
to vote no money tor bis Admliisti.itloii to spend. Now
tlieie i? no talk of proceeding to such a revolutionary
extreme.
THE NAVY AND NAVAL PAY.
The- bill introduced to-day by Representative
Willis and referred to the Committee on Navnl Affairs
provides that the fleet of the navy In ]>cace, and until the
public safety demand? an increase, shall consist of .10
sen-going vessels of war, to be, distributed among the
respective M|iin<!rons and divisions. It specifies tin num?
ber of line officers, and provides that their full pay shall
be the same as that of ofllcers of the army with whom
they take rank ; that when on sea service the same
amount in emolument? ix- allowed as to the assimilated
grades In the army ; that when on duty on sboro officers
ah 11 lie entitled to their full pay without tt.e allowances,
and when on leave of absence to G12's per cent of the full
pay of tin ir grade without tbe allowances. Retired line
officers who have seen 20 years' actn.il service at se I, and
retired staff officers who hnve seen 14 years' actual ser?
vice at sea, ?ball receive 7"> per at nt of the full pay of
the gn4a from which tin y wein retired, and all Other
officers shall receive half of the fill! nay of the EMM
from which thev were retired. In addition to the mini
her of nu'ii now a Unwed to the navy, 850 boys for tiaiu
lng may be enlisted.
SUPERVISING INSPECTORS OF STEAMBOATS.
Supervising Inspector-General ot Steamboats
Dumout starts to-morrow on a tour of Inspection, in?
tending to visit New-York, Albany, New-Bedford, Bos?
ton, Portland, and Baltimore during his sbsence. He
has prepared a report, which has not yet l>cen submitted
to the Heeretarv of the Treasury, In which he recom?
mend.? that the. Hoard of Supervising Inspectors lie
abolished. Ho says that tbe continuance of the hoard is
attended with great expense, while Us delilicnitlous are
of little or no value. He bellow? that the service can be
as efficiently performed without as with then. Home of
the rule? adopted by I lie hoard are said to be In conflict
With the Statutes of the Lulled State? ami to i au-e great
confusion. An'iuMaucc is gUcn of a recent collision b. -
tucen an Aiiiniicnti and X Swedish vessel. The former
was sailing in lofOTdsnof with rules laid down by the
board, and the latter by the ruli s lined by the law.
VRISKlSd ?'SACKS 09 SOCIETY.
a bailor ucnnu ?Y THE MET. lilt. ohmimuv.
William K. Podge'* parlors were lillcd last
evening with weil-knowu business men, lawyer?, mid
ministers, assembled to hear the flrst of a scries of parlor
lectures to further tbe pulposos of the Young Men'?
Christian Association. Tim lectuicrof tlie om nlng was
the Rev. Dr. Ormlstoti, ami in bis audience were the
Rev. Mr. llevan,(,'hnstoplmr Robert, Kotier! farter, K. ?.
Juffruy, Dr. Wlllanl Parker, Norman White, the Uev. Dr.
Rogers, the Rev. Dr. Newell, Joan | I'm -win?, Dr. K. I.
I'liliie, the Kev D. C. Babcoek of Plulailelplila, IVti r
Cooin r, and Robert Hoc.jr. Mr. DsdgS bMcfh statodibe
object of IbSSS meetingH, and Introduced tlie lecturer.
Dr. Ormiston called attention to the grout importance
of Iks tempi raiuv movement, the ISfriMS ?1II of Intoxi?
cation, and the necessity that the cliuic.'ics thoiild take
a chief part In the contint against that evil, lie ?poke
of the difficulty of reclaiming the drunkard-though
work to that end should not be given up, a? nal N I
imili v. as a i raml tropliy and i:i fed that the I?'gainings
of iutciu|icrancf should be re.-lsted everywhere und al?
ways?at the Badal board as well M i the diinkiug
siuomi, In the party which cncmiragi | it as In the
duiker .shadows which encompassed its ?SIM forms.
'I lie magnitud" of the evil, to its tiii.no ?ul, aat lal. liiornl,
Sad spiritual result?, wrs incalculable.
In tlie ('luted State? .i;tii,lsiii.OOO of g?l: * of lii|iioni.
costing ?730,000,000, were consumed uiinunlly?f-JO to
euch mau, woman, and eh.Id. Four-tilth? of the inmate?
of the aim ?house? were the-e In eoi.n"iueiiee of lutem
peraoee. Vagrancy and beggar) bad their aula ?owe?
there, und BO to !Mi pet MSl of all ( iliioii..! Connected
their course of erttue with Intcmprra lee. Dr. Oimlaton
gave fully statistic? ?ust doing these tkrw?, ami stHike
at loiiirtli'of the ?1 ils aitalag to tie' mdll liliiul ilrunkuid.
ol tl.e 111II11 nee of ill in...lit; .1.1,11-; |.|,. in:, both at
home :? tul ?broad, and of the fad thai moderate drink?
ing wa? only the IntrodflM lion to nee? . lie alas
dwell upon tai daty of all par?ala, for tas ?ak? af their
clil'ill? 11, t.. make ealll'St efforts Uta! llicy be led .11
tangled ?11 this crime.
Til?- Rev. Mr. lievan, who Im? |u?t cine from Enirland
to Im- pastoi of Ihn ??Id llrick Cliurcli ot (his eil), spoke
briefly of the progress of the temperance cause m l.a
gl.iinl and especially the progiu? if total ahatlaeae?
among He- eleri | of EagtaosL
Dr. Wlli.ird Parker made ?orne renia:ks on the physio
logical resalta of dm.,; : u individual.and
illy of it? effi et? on offspring. It iw came a i
in the individual, und, like consomption, i? i ame heredi?
tary. H? ?pake with pesias of the effort? of UmUsUwUh
clergj to it ?train this rire m tin u parUhlooi i
The Rev. Dr. T. I. Cuyli-r, folluwing. thank -d Mr
P.. van for the ?tumi In-hnii Liken in this great warb in
England and hers He need not be ashamed of staadlag
?an Dr. John Hui, Dr. OrmUtea aad Dr. Taj lor in tin.
mador. Dr. Coyler trosted the] would ha vi more of the
same das? from the older coiiiiiiy. He offers?] las fol
lowing rsaola?oai
?Matas*. Tlist Oils coiilcreiice. In vie? nf the great peril In
volve.l In Hie .1 on oils MM lal 1 llMntll "t 01 .ill to: InlattCBUIWJ
f>. \t r.ivfs.e.^ oiiilly ii|s.i, .M'w Veal's l>al. si 10 ?II. le
all HlHlltis|>rll? lioaplnthly oil I ,jt dSJ Kl I'lo'li I in. .hi.. I
lutin? Illinois, ?ml Uiat ?e her? liv n-sp. 1 ilulli iii\ltr Um
clergy ana tin picks of tin? ?nil ml? i 01? s to ?u . ilic wnical
pos ni" iniiiiieiiv iu this om appeal.
rhlaresolution ttasheaitii.i adopted.
M:. Dodge spoke briefly of the work done In this SSMS
SjfthsToaag Men'? Orillas Association and of Um
publications under its sasptees, sad said that tbe mure
they refloated on this evil the plain, r the duty
became to tiiem as citizen?, paliioi?, taip i>eis, and
Christian? to 1 nutend sealaat It.
Dr. i'llioe iH-ilig 1 alleil on tinned uslde the i!i lo.md for
a speeeb I... a in- it loll of thanks to Mr. Dodge and the
previous ?awaken.
IJOI sic SUBCOMMITTEE IS LO?lSl?X?.
a WITXm WHO SAW NO intimidation in bUTOM
I.DliI I.
Nkw-Orlkan?, Dec. 21.?A special to 7/ie
Itrpubltcan from Hhreveport sav? the Mouse sub-t'om
Initi?e luit t here to-day. Witnesses were examined, but
nothing of importance was elicited. A ??.eclat to The
liemorrat treei Raton Rougo says tlie BSSSS Hubtoin
mlitee was at work there to-day. The most important
witness examined wim D. M. Lunge (colored) Republican.
He testified that he had canvassed the palish for the
R publican?; that there wus no Iniluildatioii of tlie ml
i red lh-publicans during the whole time of the roglstra
tlon, or at the election, or at any other time. He stated
that in no butanes Acre tae IroaMea in the parish dining
the psst year attrlbutuble to politics; there was no
trouble at his poll ; nn attempt wa? made by Jack Archi?
bald, S colored Republican, to rulse a row ; Archibald
said lie acted nniler iiiKtinetions m doing so; Arelilbiild
loft the poll and came buck ??ill Lieut, ??ein. Ii, who en
deavoied In peisiinde witness that he was intimidated,
and wanted him to close his poll.
ll.USOIS VEMOVUATS ??OVINO.
Si'itlNOKiKLD, 111., Dec. I'l.-'Ihc Dtiiioeratic
State t eiilial Committee met here to-day and appointed
a sub-eoiumlltee, who reported resolutions affirming the
eon-titiitlonal right of the House to purtloiputo in the
election count, ami denying the right of the President of
the Senate to conduct the count alone; also, deilarli.g
that ui*b* meetings shall bu held lu each county in the
Htutc o" lhr- :,0 by ftUasa?, Irrespi illve of patty, for the
?election of delegates to a coiiv nlioii t,, ,?r,.t ,tt Spring
Held. Jii"' w, and etprcKsing the belief that all good c it:
umi? wil''"'in the movement for MS yoverument, and
tiiat the Proceedings of the conven "on will be in har?
mony -a itbthe gravity of the occasion '
ASOTUKH tUii: A I LI il LE HOCK.
LiTTLK Kock, Ark., Dec. 21.?At G:-45 p. m.
to day a lire broke out on tbe corner of Louisiana and
Fifth-Ms. The tire was the work of Iticeuilluriei.aud was
started In the rear room of Berg's paper warehouse. This
is tbe sixth Ore in six days. Water was nut secured by
the steamer'1, and the hook and ladder companies razed
buildings. It is understood generally that the first man
caught tiling buildings or stealing will bo shot on the
SINlt.
All the buildings burned ?re wooden structure?. The
loss will not exceed Sl'2,0OO. A vigiluiicn committee
will be formed to-morrow. A second aiteinpt was mad?
to night to m e a coi dm warehouse in the r?ar of Fletcher
& llaber's block, but the flames wero ?ailagafcahid bar
the watchman, tatst night un attempt was made to the
the residence of Charles Brunt K, on tue corner of Rock
and rIflh-sU., but it was discovered.
THK HKBREW CHARITY BALL
The ball at the Academy of Music lust
evening for the benefit of the united Hebrew chantie?
was largely attended by the leading Hebrew ladies and
gentlemen of the city. The management of the bull wa?
Hi tbe hands of the old Puritn Association, which, under
the guidance of Us secretary, Jacob B. Isaac?, a ?on of
the minister of that name, maintained it? old reputation
for system and order in all Its undertaking?. The toilets
of the ladies were brilliant, some of them being superb,
and the gincrat view of the Academy with Its dancers,
it? handsome women. It? brilllaut Jet?, and IU artistic
decoi allons, came fully up to the past, when "bard
times" were not so generally mentioned as now. The
officers of the ball estimated that the lund raised In this
mauuer fur the relief of jwor Israelite? would reach from
f 12,000 to f 10,000.
THE VOTE IN LOUISIANA.
PROOF Off INTIMIDATION.
SENATOR SHKUMAN'S KEPOKT CONFIRMED BY F.E
ri-nuCAM WITNEflSFS?THE RETURNING BOARD
TO BE REPORTED TO THE HOLVE FOR CONTEMPT.
Tbe Senate Committeo at New-Orleans took im?
portant evidence yesterday. Tho exlatence of rifle
clubs iu Ouachita and o? tcrroriam by them
was ?worn to by witnesses from that
parish, who ha?l every meana of knowing.
The Houso Committee ?iiiestionod ex-Oov.
Wells of Hat ateteVftfaag Hoard and one of the secre?
taries, without, however, eliciting anything import?
ant. The committee resolved to report the board to
the House of Representative? for contempt in not
producing the records demauded.
VIOLENCE IN THE ELECTION.
IMPORTANT WmtMfJta lO.lOKi: THE ?K.NATE COM
MITTKF-THE KIFI.E OHM AND TIIKIH OPERA?
TION?.
?Nkw-Oki-eans, Dec. 21.?When the Senate
lnv?>stl?ntihg Committee met today an effort was made
by Senator McDonald to have the members of tho Return
Ing Hoard suhpeuacd. Action was postponed until to
moiTow. The ?jucstlon of taking the deposition of Eliza
Plukston was discussed for some time, aud also post?
poned until to-morrow. Counsel for the Republicans
rtated#that they had some 42 more witnesses to testify
iu regard to Ouachita Parish. The Democratic counsel
stated that It would be imposslblo to have their wit?
ness?? here before Tuesduy, as they had been misled in
regard to which parish would be taken up, and had sub
iwnaed their witnesses from East Raton Rouge first. The
Republican rouinel stated that the whole number of
witnesses from all parishes would reach 500.
Senator Haulsbury here said ho thought it best to have
an understanding at present in reference to tiling a limit
to I he inquiry, as 500 witnesses on either side would con?
sume all their time until the 1st of March.
Tbe Chairman-1 have thought that the mass of evi?
dence might lie abridged by couusel, either side agreeing
as far as possible to accept the testimony lwforc tue Re?
turning Hoard without either side being expected to de?
velop further testimony from those wltucsses.
A long discussion ensued iu regard to the best means of
reaching, the object aimed at, viz., Information as to
whether thero was a full, free, and fair election In the
contested pttrislie*. It was the general opinion that this
con!,I inst he secured by examining and completing the
partake* separat? ly, and that the respective counsel
might sift the testimony of their witnesses and leave out
all ?-xeept the most Important, and thus avoid much
labor and waste of time. As It ?paean from the tabu?
lated stiitenn ut.4 furnished by the Returning Hoard that
the polls have b. in rejected m JJ parishes, the labor
aaaaaearj to drlcitnlno the fairness of the election In
these alone would be very great. It was finally agreed
t.. ?.lei ti'il with Ouachita Parish.
James Oallagher, M Irishman, 50 year? of age, who
worked en Mr. Wblled'? plantation in Ouaebita, t<
?Moil
Bqwada from the rita companies flatted Mr. Whlted
and tuld him he mil.?! \ute tut: llenioci.ill" ticket; one
day a portion ol McL od'a wrtapaai rlattod the planta
ti. stampeded the bauds, ami frightened all of u?;
If r. whlted, bur. wife, and the wttaeaa Sed to the cotton
Beldi Mr. Wdlted and hi? wlft returned to the house,
but v. itn. ai ubi out .ill alghl ; aooN af the M bulldozers "
??--in, <i Whlted tint be woaid not be moleeted, aud he
..ml 1er. wife returned to the house eboa.1 11 o'clock that
two weeks before the election ?lineas
aueaded a DemoecaU* barb?ese; after ihe barbecue
was "'.it Col. Klchardeoa and ?apt. lamer
eowttrnced to organize a colorad elub: ihn said
thai ??-! ucn joint tl them; some Joined wlfllngly,
but otie,' who Here relilctallf ?ere dragged up;
Vest to tbe polla la W'.inl Pour at alxmt 11 o'clock on
election day ; remained then about three honre; every
thing was pi a. i abb, a? It waa all om Ided; Republican
ticket? were not allowed to ba dletrlbuted; BUI Rtover
.t the door and Bade the aonrue* ihaw their
; the ticket* were of different colors ami easily
disilngulsbablr ; onlj three other wbltea bealdea witness
toted the Republican ticket there ; the rlfla companies
were computed of white Democrat?, who rode?bante!
nicht fully aniied terrorizing the entered people; at the
polla wherewttaeaarated,rai Min? brought aoaae Ba
publican tlt-krte ami the I?, inoerat.? m.ote hint le.ue.
J.iiii'-s It. II ill of < iiiachita. formerly ot Terre Haute,
Ind., and once In the Cnltetl Mate? Ai my, teititte?! :
I was Invited bv a eommtttee during the campaign to
n.eet ,.t tin i loot bouse iiml.loin a rille <?< itipaii.v ; they
?aitt they wore appointed by the Deaietralle noaiaillani
St Monroe to w.tit on t-v i i y timly ; they or, ?elite?! ine B
paper ami toileted on my reading il ; one
article In the papal ?aid that all who te
fared to Join a company wowM be consul
tml aawartaj m proteettoa umi bo left ta theaaaal vea ;
at the llisl mee of some gentleiin u oppoai .1 to I lie forma?
tion ot rifle t ' ib?. I went i., a meeting ; nearly evt ry
white man in the urighlxirhood was tin re; the beet
nu iintl of organtamg was dawnaeod; Mr. Jones sum,
M Let aU wbo wanted to alga the roll do ea, ami lei the
otheis so oh ," in ally ?ill joined ; many who had said
Uni wouiii not join did s<>; a committee WMappetated
to aaoaia anna t??r tae company; after adjoaraaeeal
i i t. liieobold said to .lone?, "Von ought to have
even inunj.'iii; the wsv is to make It so ?l- bot
for thelii la sla> out," atlM this they In can
to rule about at night ; seldom in day time; this coin
paay ??.s known a? tin- Uototu (laards; tiny rtatted my
negra quarters ?i all boan af the mg it; the?- aearoea
were ail Republicans, and the n?V ?miis would shoot
late their quarter?; Cap?. Metoed win an ardei to mi?
aue del to report at Ida ho?e with my aerea ami gun
Immediately ; tb? courier sai.I the c?ptala wanted every
man in the colony, as the hcgioes Were rising and going
to storm Mount?-; alter talking wilfi the Courier
wheea aarna ?as Parler I loM aha l would not go;
at the nu -einig in vt tlay I ?aw I'.cgroe? forced up to
sign the rail; after the ai artlag mm ?f my ? <ea laid me
tli.y hatl loimd. that they coutil not help It, ?41 tiny did
uot latent! to vote the D?mocratie ticket; I told them
they oiiK'iit not to bava doea it; they sai?l that on the
day etthei ni tion they would haw proteettoa: i uas
appmnteil t oramtsaloaer by Bupervbmr Orad] to hold the
electional Poll No. M, together wit:i twe others; soon
after <'.ipt. Tiitiibniii came iu ami Baked how near he
could In ng aims ami waste! 1 within ball a mile; Messt s.
Rcaxboroogb and Hervor arranged a table mar the polls
with t.iii> siici i?. Mr. Boarheroagh stood by the colored
men ami scrulinitcd Iheif tickets when then voted ; a
cnimid coii.tabii told me he w.is afraid to vote, ?isBear?
bi.iough whs spotting all who rotad the Republican
ticket ; abool the middle of the altcrmioii (apt. MrLeod
callad me oiit-iiie ?uni iiskeii me if UaitedMataa treopa
were near by In llicwixuls; l told him It w.i? unlruc ;
sever.il ottered lo go i?L<l see?among them one w ho said
he was ti.i.iv to tikiit Ireepa or any body alee; on tho
clo-iugof the polla ami befar? the votes were counted, a
numb r of armeil nun appeared bj tue jsill-room with
their M tolltel incuts on; I.I ot them wet t uieuibei s of
rille clubs; some became tired and left during the night.
befare tbe counting waa completed; UapLMeLeed said
he would runii>.h a guard for the ballot box to Monroe;
we I.,1.1 bim wa did not want a guard, but if he wanted to
go with it, all right, and some of them iiccouipauled us to
Monroe. ?
I beard of the murder of Henry Plnkstou and child,
I'liiuus Johnson, Dr. Dukgrave, aad James J. Jeebeoa.
and the shoot.ng or Katou LOfWOOd, lieorge Sheltoti, ami
other Republicans. No white DeuiiM'raU WefW killed
duiing the cumpaicn. After the eb< lion, lieltig a justice
of the is-ace, 1 was asked logo to the school -house and
tike affl. lu vils. I did so; amia number of colored men
signed atlidi.vits setting forth that they had rated the
D?mocratie ti'ket without fear or reward, tine party,
slier 1 hud read bis atlldavit U? bun, said il wo? hard to
take II ; 1 told him uot to take it then, vvlieu
the whiles tohl me that was not a part
of my business ; after looking around as if
for uie ana of escape the party signed luj; |one of them
told me afterward that he bad voted the Republican
ticket ; I asked him why ne had sworn he had voted the
Democratic ticket without fear or reward, und be said ho
could not ?nip it ; tb, mil ezpeot to i? turn to oua. mia ;
have letli'is advising DM not lo latera, Mil would not
b?i s?.fe; am Interested in a plantation there, for which I
pay #;t,500 rent ; Dr. Young and two others brought in?
affidavit? to sign after tlm election, sitting forth that the
eh ciion was fair ami peaceable ; l de? lined positively to
do so, and waaudviaed by friends to leered 1 could uot
sign the affidavits, and so I left t?r Monroe.
A long cross-?'x ami nation elicited the fact that
Method's nun were huntlng'jesse llrlggs fur the purpose
of court-marshaling him for refusing to allow (l?:o. Rob
luaon, Demo? rat, and colored preacher, to preach in tho
church ol which linggs was a flaaaM, The rill?; duba
were armed with various kinds of arms, principally shot
guns. Aa a general thing the negroes did not carry anus.
Ceorge P. Hamlet, a native of Ohio, now sheriff of
Ouachita, testified as follows:
After returning from tbe Cincinnati Convention I was
advised not la go back to ouaebita, as it would uot be
safe; after consultutiou with i?r. Uiukgrave, we weut
aud organized u party there ; wheu It wa* reported that
negroes hud flr?;d into houses on the i-lund, 1, bel?g
?lui irr, o?Vinl lo ko with two men and Investigate Hi.
whole affair; Dr. Ahbey, ohatnuan of the Democratic
Kxecutive Commute??, said, "You d? Republicans
have raised this row and must bear tbe brunt ;" 1
?uumioued Ricbiugs, a member or the rifle club, to
go witti me, but he refused, and the captain of the
club said tbo men should obey no summons
from me; I went with a deputy ahead of the
rillemen, aud found the negroes iu the roaa much
cicitcil, saying that they had heard the whites were
couilug to kill them ; I advised them te go into their
houses aud blow out tbe lights ; Dr. Diukgrave told me
the uext morning that Dr. Abbey bad received a large
uumbet of arms from New-Orleans, and saui he had been
advued to leave, and that Mr. Ixtgun told him if he didn't
stop making Republican ?peechee he would be burl ;
while Investigating Dr. Dlnkgruve's assassina?
tion it WM difficult to get a posso to
pursue the assnsslns, aud while pursuing them I wu
wanted three times oy colored persons that the assassins
bad tnnulrod for him, aud soou after I abandoned the
pursuit ; after (hut I became demoralized, and concluded
lu abandon i.he Republican campaign; uext morning
about 10flanead men came to the eeaetearj m.ii the
city stacked tbelr gun?, and cuuie luto the town; the
ue*ro?a became very badly frightened and oaine to mo
for advice; they wanted to arm and organize sad flght ;
I advised them to so home and keep quiet, which they
did ; n few day? afterward alaint 75 colored meu, who
wen tired of sleeping in the cotton fields and bavins* their
houses Hlmt Into, got together on the Island anil determined
to flght. but Mr. Head and others went to them and ad?
vised them to disperse, which they did: Capt. Theo
iMild's company then inaugurated a reign of terror ou i he
Island ; on the day Gen. Nlchol's spoke at Monroe, Mr.
Farmer, member of Congress from that district, advised
me to leave or I would be killed, sayiug the people be?
lieved I hail told tbe negroes to arm and
fight ; on the 125th of Oeaeacf I attempted to
or gastas the Republican party ; I did put up a ticket and
staitedfor tue country, but was advised that If I at?
tempted to hold meetings I would be assaalnated. I
nsked ('apt. Hale to send ?orae soldiers, which be did ;
but the negroes were a i raid to come out, particularly on
the ?iami ; Capt.Tbeobold's company attended the meet?
ings, hooted our speakers, and intimidated the negroes.
Riflemen were organized by tbe Democrats iu every
ward of the parish.
The officers of the parish were all Republicana ; but no
Indictments or informations have been tiled against the
author? of the dist?rbame because the party In power
were uuable ta enforce the law. The whites were arm?d
and would not obey a summons.
Tbe witness then gave a list of colored men who bad
been silled snd wounded, and testified to the banging up
of two men and the whipping of a number of others, and
also that a large number of colored persons were driven
from their homes, he having had to feed 75 of them at
Monroe. He ?aid there had been no complaint of the
official conduct of the Republican official? in Ouachlta,
but the Democrats said they wanted and were going to
have a change.
DEMOCRATIC INVESTIGATION.
QUKSTIONINO THE RETURNING BOARD?THE BOARD
TO M KI.l'OlilKI) FOR CO.VTKMPT.
New-Orleans, Dec. 21.?At tho morning
session of the Investigating Committee from the House
of Representative? to-day, the testimony of ex-Oov. Wells,
President of the Returning Hoard, was given. He said
he did not know the aggregate vote thrown out, but
would ascertain and report; votes were thrown out, and
without considering which party would be affected by it.
He said that the board received boxes from Concordia
which did not come through the supervisors, and they re?
fused to consider Grant Parish because the returns did not
come through the supervisors. Mr. Jenks asked, " If the
stiperv sor was knave enough not to forward tho re?
turns, and you bad returns made by tho commissioners
of election, did you canvass such votes t" Gov. Wells
replied,'N;i, Sir. We canvassed no votes not received
through supci visors." Tlie attention of Gov. Welts was
here called to tbe fact that the lioxes from Concordia
did not come through tho supervisors, ami Mr. Wells
replied excitedly. "No. rt'r ; how could they I" In
answer to further questions, the witness testified as fol?
lows :
? No one except members of the board were present at
tlie private sessions ; the miiiut? s were made after the
private aaaatoD from memorada ki ?>t by members of tho
board | the law requires that the commissioners of elec?
tion shall In- appointed from both purlies, hut don't know
that all the [sills In the .-'late were represented by Daaao
critic commissioners, and do not know that there was
u n v Deasoerattssapai ?last af registration in tbe State;
I am a decided partisan, but would not allow politics to
influence me to do anything unjust; wu did not throw
out parishes and polls simplv la cause they gave Demo?
cratic majorities; 1 don't know that any Republican poll
In the Otate was rejected ; I did not state to Mr. Print
In 1874.thataa tue Republican? had the machinery of
the Qovernment aad I had a claim against the Govern?
ment, that my action on'lie Returning Hoard must bo
gm sraed accordingly, although claims of tin- niembcr? of
my family against liio Government amount iu
the aggregate to about ifToo.OOO; was not ln
Ouenceu tnerehy in my action; the clause iu
'lildcu's lettSC aariSff he would veto such a claim
as mine du) not laflaeaes my course ; I am Surveyor of
tbe Port and President of the State Hoard of Betonung
unit ris, inn do not think holding Indu position? is in
contravention to Presides! <?rant's order tnat no Federal
i Hi. . r i-li ill bold a State office ; do not receive any lixod
couip.'ii.-aiiou as member ef the Be turning Hoard, but re>
ei iiv pcrdlelii ami unlcj:.e ; tlie board lllictl n vacaucy in
1874, eauaed by the resignation of Qea. Loagalraat, pat
did not till the vacancy in lbTt? essaed by the resignation
of Mr. arrays In 1*7.'), because the hoard could not
aioee; Dr. Hugh Kennedy, the gentleman proposed for
tie vacant position on Hie board, la a gentleman of higli
standing. Irreproachable character, and a friend ot in inc.
but the liouiil could nut agree ou his appoiutuicu'., aud
no other name wim presented.
The niiniite Ismk. showing Ihe proceedings of the
hoard, and the receipt hook, showing the date of recep?
tion of the returns and how they were received, whether
by mail or otherwise, was sent for. The law says the re
tutu- must lie staled and forwarded by Hupcrvisora of
Rt gistratioti by mail. Mr. Jenks of tbe committee read
from stiitc, the other portion of the leaves being torn off,
the dates of the reception by the Returning Hoard of the
returns from the parishes. Iu seveu or eight instances
the entries ?Mowed the returns lad been received, part
by mad and part by hand. Two or three were marked as
received by express, and the greater portion were not
marked as being received ettaer by mail, express, or
hand.
At the evening session, Charles S. Abell, Assistant Sec?
retary of tbe Returutug Hoard, a uatiie of Rhodo Island,
tesrilleil:
I received the returns when they came to hand, and re?
ceipted tor them to the supervisors; Iu no case were
?meaded retama received ? the papers presented by the
Democratic committee were received br ase; lo the cuse
of the Raton Rouge box, it was received from the clerk
of the court, also the one from Concordia; I did not
know how then? returns atlected tbe original
retaras| they were asked for by tbe Democrats;
I eueld not state whether ret.irtis were receipt d from all
the ?Mills In the State; I am a member of the Flour
Hoard, appointed bv Gov. Antoine last August ; am paid
by the fees of tue SfflSS, which run from ?1 to 1100 per
m m it t li ; in 1*74 I was Inspector in tho Custom-house at
?f:i or *4 per day ; was then Asslstaut Secretary of the
Reluming Hoard.
The witness stated ho had real estate, but refused to
state where It was located, stating it was out of the
Stale, and also refused In an emphatic manner to answer
a number of questions relative to his business and In?
come.
Frank Johnson (colored) of Catahonla Parish said ho
voted the Democratic ticket and canvassed the parish.
He was a minister of the Haptlst Ch.ireb, but had been
turned out of that church because he was a Democrat.
He knew of a secret organization called tbe Council of
Fie. timen ; it was oath bound, and its members had arms
and cart litiges. Ile said ho was president of ?colored
Democratic club of about M members. No Intimidation
was used to induce tho colored men to Join the Demo?
crats, but the Republicans Intimidated the Democratic
speakers, telling them that If the Democrats succeeded
the tic crocs would again be reduced to slavery.
The House committee in executive session to-day In?
structed Mr. Morrison, chairman, to report the members
of the Returning Hoard to the House for contempt, lu re?
fusing to produce the records culled for.
THE PAMDOB OF EDWAUU PEliRY.
A Daim APPLICATION FROM THE PRISON INVKS
1 IDAHOS COMMISSION?TIIKIK ffSAflOffffa
|BT TBLKIiRAPK Tu TIIK Tltlllt.'.NE.I
Albany, Dec. 21.?Edward Petty, the innr
dcrerof Hayes, the Brooklyn night watchman, was par?
doned by Gov. Tilden on the united application of the
commission Investigating tho State Prisons, Mr. Hah
hock,tho incmiier recently deceased, having Joined In
the application. A letter from J. H. Hcrgcu, the counsel
for Perry, who was so suie of his acquittal on tho tira
trial that he rested his case on his proof of the prunn
er's good character on a statement of Patrick Cumpbcll,
Chief of Police of Brooklyn, states that an investigation
ha? been made as to Perry's character before hi? con?
viction, upon which it was found tbat it was good, but
that his companions were members of a bad gang 01
river taieves.
The members of the commission state that the grave
doubts of the prisoner's guilt would have carried hts rase
to the Court of Appeals except for his poverty. Jmlgo
Pratt and Judge Gilbert rejected certain proofs as to the
declarations of the wounded mini In the tlrst two trials,
and the jury disagreed, whereas Judge Baruard, on the
third trial, accepted these proofs, and the verdict ander
which he was serving his term was rendered, although
even then after considerable discussion on tho part of
the jury. His character dating his imprisonment han
been good, and (.on. Nlven of the eomnnssioii, in a lettei
written ufter the application for a pardon, says he can?
not conceive of any reusou why the Governor should not
graut a panlon at once.
CRIMES AND CASUALTIES?BY TELEORAPH.
Calais, Me., Dec. 21.?Three young men. l?igetio
Hinter, Frrd. l arson, and Ered. Janueaon, all ot Calais, wer?
badly frown ycaienlay while ou a huuiing expedition. Their
recovery is doubtful.
BOSTON. Das. 21.?Seven men were arrested habr?
today rli.n?o il with ribbing '.lie Parker House kitchen of
meat,-1 mous ibeni several employ?? of the House, wno had
bei 11 practicing the Uicli lor some time past.
IR'kpalo, Das, 21.?A terrible boiler explosion
occurred in the street car bsni ou Niagara-sL this morning. A
part of the botler w*? thrown over ?OU yam? into tbe canal.
Fortunately there was no one Iu the barn at tbe time.
Concord, N. H., Dec. 21.?Two men named Pet
truirill ami Bean, who bail been to tue Twin Mountain House
ou a pleasure excursion au Monday night, when a wheel nu
tbe 1.ami cai broke and the men ?Here lUrowu out, Petteiigtll
being instantly killed sad Sean seriously wouuued.
Nkw-Havkn. Conn., Dec. 21.?Wm. 0. Fletcher,
? wealthy resident of Wrsttteld, Maas., ?as found dead In the
?no? .111 Walt r st., here, last nhfht. He undoubtedly felldeatl.
over $5,0X0 Iu bills, a gold watch, a diamond pin, etc., ?ere
found uu hi? persoa, which bad out hseadtatarbsu.
THE EASTERN QUESTION.
m
PREPARING FOR THE PLENARY CON?
FERENCE.
THE NEW TURKISH CONSTITUTION TO BE PRO?
CLAIMED?THE rksionatiow or hie serv?an
MINISTRY ACCEPTKD?THE NEW GRAND VIZIER
WKI.L MCCKIVKD.
CoNSTAicnaoptE, Thursday, Dec. 21,1976.
The new Constitution will be promulgated
on Saturday with great solemnity. All the pnblio
edifices will bo Illuminated In tbe evening. DJeidet
Pasha has been provisionally appointed Preaidcut of the
Htate Council.
Gen. Ignatieff, the Russian Embnsaador, has asked the
Porte to fix a day for tbe first meeting of the Plenary
Council.
BEU.BADE, Thursday, Dec, 21? 187?.
Prince Milan has accepted tbe resignation of the
Ministry. Tbo Ministers will remain lu office pendlag
tbe formation of a new Cabinet
London, Thursday, Dee. 21,1876.
A dispatch from Constantinople to Renter's Telegram
Com| any says: "The preliminary conference held IU
last sitting yesterday. Tbe Plenlnotentiariea have
agreed to formulate their proposals la terms acceptable
to all parties. It ia stated t hut tbe Plenary Conference
will meet on Saturduy next. The nomination of Mldhat
Pasha to the Grand Vlilcrate has been very well received,
and it is believed will hasten tbe solution of all difficul?
ties."
A SEMI-OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE CONFERENCE.
The l'o$t publishes in official form a summary of the
results of tbo Preliminary Conference at Const ?ntlnople.
According to this account, when Russia forebore Insisting
on occupying Bulgaria herself, successive proposals for
Roumanian and Belgian occupation of that province were
brought forward by Italy and France resp?ctlvoly. Tbe
objections to both being obvious, the Idea was put for?
ward of employing a force which should not partake of
the character of an army, but merely be escort to the
European commission which may have to watch the
execution of the reforms. It waa presumed that
this force need not exceed 6,000 men, who might be ob
t.lined from a neutral country like Belgium, not m sol?
diers but as volunteers. The Plenipotentiaries ultimately
agreed on this outline project. The Marquis of tiallebury
ai.<. nted to It to avoid war, which would tustsntly bave
ensued If he had withdrawn from the conference. The
proposal insures the peace of Europe for the moment,
ami may admit of a further adjustment at the full con?
ference. We shall probably know by Dec. 25 the dispo?
sition of tbe Porte.
WAR IU A l-l-l: i II! \IH.I..
This afternoon The l'ail Matt Oazetle says editorially :
"If peace or war depends upon the acceptance of a
P'oiHis.d to garrison the K'ii'o|M-au provinces of Turkey
with Belgian or uny other foreign soldiers, at the orders
of a foreign State, there will bo no pe;u'c. Our convic?
tion i? that the ?ultnu will refuse even to discuss the
si:, em-. There are abundant reasons for believing that
the Porte means to make a stand at any proposal of oo
enpatlon whatever, under any disguise whatever. ' Come
ami take what you ask for ' will lie the Turk's reply to
the Russian. Wo ourselves, it is to lie hoped, would uot
Hesitate a monte ut lu su -h a situation, v. hy should we
eoppoM that n determination which would seem natural
to us is out of the question with a warlike and fanatical
race like the Mu-su in.ius 1 The whole atea is a delusion,
a? tune, we fear, will but too shortly show. * ? We
have ae doubt that fhen If England formally withdrew
all support from Turkey, yet If foreign occupatlOuHa put
forward as au ultimatum the Turks will tight."
AMiTlIKR INDICATION OK WAR.
Router's St. Petersburg telegram says it Is reported
that the law authorizing the making of requisitions In
time of war will be put In force in Bessarabia on Jan. 1.
SOCIALIST MMOMIS?fMM IN HPJKA,
HT. PKn:it?iiLUi;, Thursday, Dec. 21, 1876.
Eleven wonnu und twenty-one men, students at the
School of M die,ne aud Technological Institute, have
baav arrested for shouting " Liberty ! " and unfurling
a red tlag bearing the Inscription " Union aud Liberty'
at a service in tbe Kassun Church.
lint ?-i.i ?. Thursday, Dec. 21, 1876.
The Foreign Minister was asked tod i v if Belgium had
been Invite?! to send troops to Bulgaria, but ho declined
to answer, aa he bud not received notice of the question
Viiinna, Thursday, Dec. 21, 1876.
Herv?a has manifested the greatest readiness to give
Austria the fullest satisfaction for the Maros affair.
Q ES ERAL FOR Eld S SEWS.
LEGISLATIVE CONFLICT IN FRANCE.
Ykusaili.ks, Tbuisday, Dae. 21, 1876.
In the Senate to-day the reporter upon, the
estimates of the Minister of Justice claimed the Senate's
right to accept or reject a bill as transmitted from tbe
Chamber of Deputies. The Deputies could again sup?
press any item restored by the Senate If desired, since a
law must have the Joint adhesion of the two bouses. The
items under discussion then paused by a vote of 236
against 42. The war and marine estimates were then
passed, the former Including a grant of $20,738 for
army chaplaiaa, whmb was suppressed by the chamber
ot Deputies and restored by the beuute by a vote of 22'J
to 43.
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THE WAR IN COLOMBIA.
DEFEAT OF TUB REVOLUTIONISTS DY THK GOVERN?
HIKT FORCES?PKOBABII.IIY (IF PEACF.
[FRO? AN (X< A-IONAI. ( OKl'KSl'ONUENT OF THE TBIRn,F..)
Honda, Nov. 23.?The excitement in Hoiida
during the past two weeks has been painful in Its Inten?
sity. The people have be?'ii expecting daily that the deci?
sive battle of tbe war would be toufrnt.as both the Liberal
and Conservative armies which have been couverglng
for battle for mouths, finally took up positions on the
plains of Uarrnpatc, about four hours' ride from here. A
weelt ago yesterday Oen. Cumargo, the geiieral-in-chief
of all the Government armies, entered this town
from Bogota wth two battalions, and left on Fri?
day to re?nforco Acosta, the general In immediate
command of the Liberal forces. On 8aturday
morning I was awakened by the noise ot sharp firing,
tho screaming of women, and the whistle of ntle bullets.
The Conservatives had seut a detachment of 1,200 men
tn enter Honda, which, being defended by only 300 men,
fell an easy prey. The Liberals, however, m ?de a| stout
tlgnt. At the corner of the eppet plaza, when) I have
my murtera, they held the enemy iu check for some ten
inmutes, tiring with great rapidity. Tiiey however had
to retreat, ana Immediately began to cross to the other
side of the Mugdalenu Kiver on the gunboats. The Con?
servatives tin u proceeded to load their mules with salt,
provisions, and all the anna and ammunition they oould
find, the pickets in the mean time keeping up an unlu
lei i i.pic?! tire from both subs of the river bank, tnc b ilia
1h;u tinting to all parts of the city. Finally at noonday
tho Conservativo ti?x,ps left, having secure?! all tliey
came for, aud lu au hour afterward the Lib?rala rv?u
tere?l.
Lust night our anxiety was put to an end by the arrival
of a messenger from Acosta's army, saying that the Con?
servatives laid been totally routed, with immense losa
on both subs, alter three days . f seven- lighting. Tho
Conservatives are thine to the mountains, aud although
they will endeavor to nach Autiocbia, the pasees aro
held hy the liovwruuu-ut Ueuerals, Tiujillio aud Delgado,
and they may not escape. Yesterday, before the result
was known, a sanitary commission, consisting of two
priest?, six Sisters of Charily, aud nine surgeons, went to
too Held ol battle, preceded M two foreigners healing. ?
lUg ot mice. Lvery action and baitle bus been disastrous
to the revolutionary cause, tb?; (JOTOrnneet having a? ted
with uuwontid energy, aud If the administration nuthea
tbe seceding Mates p.iv all the expenses of Uie w.r, SI
It threaten?, there will be uo revolution fulsome time
to euiiic. The gunlniat Colombia arnv. ?1 yesterday hriug
big a BmfL, i lu m ?t received in nearly two mouths. There
uro now four gunboats hero.
FOREIGN NOTES.
Rome, Doc. 21.?The Pope hae appointed
Cardinal Kafnele La Valletta to succeed the late Cardinal
Patrtal as Dean of the leered College,
London, Dec. 21.?Owing to d? lay iu the
completion of tho paters. Churlos Brent, the Louisvrlle
forger, will not leave for the United States until Satur?
day, when he will sail ou the Partida.
London, Dec. 21.?A ?evens gale, accompa?
nied by torrents of ralu, prevailed throughout the United
Kingdom ou Tuesday and Wednesday nishts. The gale
was particularly violent on the Hcoteh, lou-t, white ma?
rine disasters aie apprehended.
SirriSQ BULL ATTACKLD ASD PCRS?&D.
St. Paul, Minn., Dee. 21.?Tbo following w m ?re?
ceived at headquarters, Department of Dakota, to?
day :
Fobt Peck. W. T., Dec. ?.-Yesterday, with a foree of
100 men of the 5th lnfautry, I followed aud drove Sit?
ting Bull's camp of 1?0 lodges south across tbe Missouri
Blver, ueur the mouth of Bark Creek. Ho resisted my
crossing fur a short time and theo retreated to the ? Bad
Lands ' Hitting Bull U lu camp on Bark Creek,with over
500 warriors. P??k D. Baluwiii.
Lieut. 5th Infantry, commanding.
PBOPOBED CHANUKS LN PLYMOUTH CHURCH.
The Examining Coinmittoo iuapected Plymouth
church yesterday, aud will rcooiumeitf numerous ebaegee
tl.? removal of Ue eu.1? seats, widening the aisles, ano ^^rv?
rtSma'bettor meana ol tgress inuu tb? ceiloruav

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